Dry, Dammit!

A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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Monochrome squares nail art

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Hello hello! I hope your weekend has been enjoyable. Today I’m bringing you a look I wore more than a month ago now as I forgot I had photographed it. I hope you like it! It’s more nail art; this time I’ve used some square vinyls I bought from Emily de Molly and sponged a gradient of black and white on the vinyls and Celestial Cosmetics Candy Boat. I’m still working on my “lines” with vinyls, so excuse the uneven line widths (I find I can get a bit heavy-handed and then polish goes under the vinyl)!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The polishes I used for the black and white are both from Sinful Colors’ Sinful Shine Collection: Wisp (white) and Dark Room (black). I find with these two polishes you only need a little on the nail because they become opaque pretty easily. I tried to do four splotches in each corner, but looking at them now it looks like I just went from white to black in the middle and then back to black. Oh well. Like always with any design made with vinyls, these were a lot of fun to wear and so I’m looking forward to trying a few other shapes in the future. Thanks for reading!


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Sinful Colors Dazzle

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Hello hello! First thing’s first. I want to let you know I have updated my blog sale page. So if there is anything you’ve had your eye on, go take another look as now I have also reduced prices and am happy to do a deal if you buy a lot of polishes. Check it out, you know you want to!

Today I bring you Sinful Colors Dazzle from the 2012 Holiday Shimmers Collection. You know when you’re at Chemist Warehouse waiting for a script to be filled and you just start looking at all the random reduced items? Yeah, that’s what I did. And I’m so happy with this find! There were a few other polishes I wouldn’t have minded taking home with me but I was using cash and could only pick one. But I think I picked right – take a look.

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Dazzle is a bright raspberry with pink and gold shimmer, which you can see best in the bottle shot in the pic above. It looks better on the nails than in the photos, I think. What you see is two coats with a top coat of Seche. Application was super easy and I had no issues with cleaning up afterward. Sometimes with these little shimmer flecks they go everywhere – but not this time.

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I’ve never seen a Sinful Colors stand in Chemist Warehouse so I’m not actually not sure if these are available everywhere. I’ve only ever seen them reduced and some of them have the older barcodes on them. Still, worth checking out if you can. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review

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Hello hello! I’m really excited to bring you tonight’s post because I haven’t stamped in such a long time and this stamping plate from Born Pretty Store (provided for review) has made me excited about it again. It even makes my effort look half decent, if I do say so myself!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

The stamping plate itself is a bit odd to me, in terms of its images. It has Ms on it with lace – what an unusual combo! However, I probably could have done with it when I did my M&M’s nails. I think I would have prefered something more floral, like a flower, to go with the overall delicate lace theme. But that’s just a slight thought and not really a big issue, I don’t think.

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Now, the plate comes with blue film on both sides, so you have to remove it before you use it for stamping (I only removed the film from the front). Be careful though because those edges are sharp! Once uncovered the plate is beautiful and shiny – however it won’t stay that way long! Mwahaha!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

So this is the plate next to a Konad plate I own (m64). And just look a the image size difference! I measured one of the images and its dimensions are: 1.5cm wide by 2cm high. Significantly more massive-er than the Konad plate, but that is obvious even visually. My nails aren’t super big but they do have a really high annoying C curve so the bigger the better for me, really. I chose to use the more flowery design (the one closest to the right in the picture above).

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

And just look at that! The design fits my nail – yay! Win. Also, I was quite impressed with the crispness of the transferred image. I used Sinful Colors Fig to stamp with and thought maybe it would be a bit too thin, but it doesn’t seem to be a problem at all. Phew! Good for me considering I don’t own any proper stamping polish… something I should really get onto, hey!?

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

This is the end result. I am so chuffed with it! The colour below the stamping is OPI My Vampire is Buff (two coats) and it is topped with one coat of Seche. I just cannot believe I was able to create this look, especially since I’ve been MIA in the stamping world for probably a year or more. On my ring finger I included two rhinestones in the centre of the flowers, just to add a bit of sparkle and an accent (I also received them from Born Pretty Store for review but I’ll show you in more detail in another post).

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$2.99 (here)
  • What you get: One octagonal-shaped stamping plate with lace designs and various size Ms

So, what do you think? I am really impressed by this stamping plate. Considering how inexpensive it is and its payoff, I just think you can’t go wrong. And as a bonus it has helped me get back into the world of stamping. I hope you like it, too! If you’re keen to buy the plate or another item from Born Pretty Store, make sure you use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your next order (Born Pretty also has free shipping – just a reminder). Thanks for reading!


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One year blogaversary featuring Sinful Colors Easy Going and nail art

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Evening! Before April ticks over into May (gah! Who else cannot believe that!?) I want to celebrate my one year blogaversary with you. The actual date of this momentous occasion was April 8. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed my first year of blogging. I’ve really had a ball and I want to thank you so much for sharing it with me. I created this blog mainly to document my nail polish journey, but it’s turned into more than that I think. You’ve been with me travelling Europe, adopting the beautiful Shelbs – thank you so much for following me! Altogether I have 154 wonderful followers from both WordPress and Bloglovin’. Thank you again! πŸ™‚

Looking back at Dry, Dammit! I can safely say I am getting better at this blogging thing. My photos are the most noticeable difference. I think they are waaaay better than what I was taking when I first started. Then there’s the actual nail polish application itself. Still room for improvement, but definitely more consistent than when I first started. What do you think?

So tonight I am featuring Sinful Colors Easy Going and then a re-do of some nail art I originally did in April 2013. To be honest, I haven’t featured too much nail art on this blog, so I’d like to get into that more – especially more complex nail art. That and tutorials. You can never read too many tutorials!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Easy Going is just a fantastic pale pink / eggshell (depending on the light) creme polish. This is definitely a polish everyone should own, it looks great and I reckon because it’s not a true nude, it would go with most skin types. On me it looked a bit fluro! What you see here is three coats with Seche. I used three coats as I wanted to see how much more of an impact three coats would have rather than two; but two would be sufficient for sure. This polish would be great at work, on the weekend, at a party… basically anywhere! I had been wanting it for ages and I had recently read a few reviews about it. I figured for AU$4 I should finally try it out myself. I’m so glad I have!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Target, Priceline or Big W
  • Cost: Target and Priceline AU$4.95, Big W AU$4
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, onto the nail art inspired by a French tip design I did way back in April 2013. I wanted to do this design so show you how far I’d come overall, but when I put the top coat on top (Seche)… well, you can guess what happened. Yes, some of it dragged! So even after a year I still have to learn to be patient and wait longer for the polish to dry. But from afar it looks great so I hope you still like it.

Sinful Colors Easy Going nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going nail art by Dry, Dammit!

On top of Easy Going I have used one coat of Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend from its Screen Siren Collection. I love the look, way more than my April 2013 design! Plus it’s slightly neater too, which helps. The fact there is only one photo in the original post is proof enough that I didn’t want to show you the rest of my design due to its messiness. He he.

Is there anything you would like to see different about Dry, Dammit!? Any post I could do or themes I could do that would make it more interesting for you? A change of blog layout? Pictures of Shelbs? I have a few ideas myself, but I’d love to hear your feedback. Eventually I’d like to do a giveaway… but I’m figuring out the logistics of it. As always, thanks for reading!


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Nail polish haul & Look by BIPA Glitter Coral

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Hello! Finally after settling back into home life and work I’m ready to blog! I have a pretty big post for you tonight but I’m sure you won’t mind considering it’s mostly pictures of my haul from the past week – and who doesn’t like looking at people’s hauls?

It turns out while I was away I missed out on quite a bit of nail polish news. Over the weekend I went to my local Target and what was there but a brand spanking new Nicole by OPI stand! Wha? Little ol’ Target and Nicole by OPI? I noticed the polishes were AU$12.95 each. Also in Target was a massive Sinful Colors display with what I think are some holiday polishes. Also Sinful Colors is now AU$4 at Target, down by AU.95c. I went into my local Kmart and there was no more Sinful Colors! I was sad about that.

Anywho, while at Target I couldn’t help but pick up three Sinful Colors polishes (and still cheaper than just one Nicole by OPI!). You can see them below.

Sinful Colors mini haulFrom left: Super Star, Pinky Glitter and Triple Platinum.

Then I was in a chemist near my work and I spotted the Ulta3 Candy Couture nail book so I just had to buy it… there goes AU$24.95! But totally worth it, I think, as I didn’t think I would find it considering it’s limited edition. I can’t wait to do a proper post on this and show you some awesome looks!

The Ulta3 Candy Couture nail book

Here’s some peeks of the polishes and caviar beads inside:

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Berry Crush, Rock Candy, Gingerbread and Sugar Coated.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Sour Grape, Gumball, Fairy Floss and Peach Pie.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Berry Blue, Toffee Apple, Min-tea and Lemon Drop.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Caviar beads 100s & 1000s, Lotsa Liquorice, Mini Musks and Sugar Sprinkles.

I also bought a few assorted Ulta3s, I haven’t seen Lucky Bamboo before so that’s why I picked it up, even though the colour doesn’t really do much for me. That’s the good thing about Ulta3, at AU$2 you can give any colour a try without feeling guilty! Palette Play, Tone It Up and Bright Me are all from Ulta3’s recent Colour Game Collection. I also picked up the other two polishes from the Colour Game Collection from another chemist, Emerald Inten-ciy and Block It Out, but I don’t have their photos here sorry.

Ulta3 mini haulFrom left: Jelly, Citrus, Lucky Bamboo, Palette Play, Tone It Up and Bright Me.

And finally, if that wasn’t enough for you, I also stopped by my favourite Priceline and bought some new Savvy by DBs and one of the Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes, which were on special.

Savvy by DB polishesFrom left: Sally Hansen Bubble Plum, Savvy by DB Under the Sea, Savvy by DB Surfer Girl and Savvy by DB Cruise.

But wait, there’s more! I was at The Reject Shop and saw some really cute nail polish highlighters (OK, so they’re highlighters in the shape of nail polish bottles, not highlighters made from nail polish) and I bought them too, just a novelty really, but I thought it would be fun to show you. The second photo is how the highlighters work. I’m pretty sure they’re not going to last long, but oh well.

Nail polish highlighters

Nail polish highlighters

Phew! Now that I’ve shown you all that I can finally concentrate on Look by BIPA Glitter Coral. Look by BIPA is a home brand to a company called BIPA; it’s very similar to Priceline here in Australia. I bought this in Austria, I’m not sure if that’s only where BIPAs are but it’s the only country I saw them. I was in Vienna actually when I picked this up and thought it would be perfect from summer when I returned home. And I was not disappointed! This is an orange polish with tiny gold flecks through it and a really nice, even textured effect. I think this is a great summer polish and the textured effect of it just makes it even more perfect for the season.

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

I wore this over the weekend and it started chipping after two days, but it was still a lot of fun to wear. What you see is two coats; it was so easy to apply and dried so fast! Double good considering then you don’t have to worry about a top coat unless you really want to. It’s a very pretty polish and that’s saying a lot for me considering I’m not the biggest fan of orange polishes. Removal was a cinch too – I just used cotton balls, but if you’re not sure you could use the foil method.

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

It’s such a pity this polish can’t be bought in Australia, or something similar at least. Maybe a clever person mix a few textured polishes together and get the same result? If only it were that easy, hey? Thanks for reading!


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Rainbow nail art & I’m off to Europe for 3 months

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Hello! Sorry I have been MIA this past week but I’ve been so unbelievably crazy getting ready to go away to Europe that I haven’t even really had time to do my nails this week – I even went a couple of days without anything on! Argh!

Anwho, while I am meant to be getting ready I figured I just had to do one last update and show you a design I wore last week: rainbow nails! I was inspired from this pin I found on Pinterest, but I decided to add a blue background so it would be a full nail design. I still think the rainbow over the bare nails looks pretty cute, too. I used Revlon Blue Lagoon as the blue background and in some pictures you can see its pretty slight sparkle.

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For the rainbow I used Ulta3 Exotic Canary (yellow), Revlon Posh (green), Sinful Colors Boom Boom (pink) and Love Thy Polish Miss Priss (purple). I tried a group shot below of the polishes, but it looks a little messy! It’s hard to fit that many polishes elegantly in your hand. Oh, for the clouds I used Models Prefer No Angel.

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So you might be wondering what’s going to happen with Dry, Dammit! while I’m away. I will be endeavouring to update my blog at least once a week, and hopefully with some cool travel pics, so please don’t don’t stop following me! I promise when I return I will be back to my regular updating. I would love to share my European holiday with you. Thanks for reading and see you in Europe (with a Dubai stop along the way!)!


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Sally Hansen Lava from the Lustre Shine Collection & stamping nail art

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Hello! Tonight I bring you one of the polishes from the Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Collection. It’s the only one I found to be a bit different from the others in the collection, to me the rest of the colours are typical in what you see with duochrome / multichrome polishes. It’s called Lava and suffice to say it’s gorgeous!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Lava has a really beautiful pink / orange / gold shift. I’m not much of an orange fan but this deep orange I really love, it’s not so in your face. Sometimes when I’ve worn orange my fingers look like I’ve stuck them in a pumpkin. Not a good look. What you see on me are three coats; the formula’s a bit sheer so I would say stick with the three coats, but maybe two thick coats would work, too.

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

I found Lava to have a really nice shine (as the name of the collection would suggest) both indoors and outside. Plus it’s a fun colour to wear without being too over the top.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$9.95
  • Volume: 10ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three

I liked the look of Lava so much I decided to use it as a base for some stamping. I decided on a simple design from plate VL007 by Vivid Lacquer; a stripe pattern, which I’m sure has a fancier name than that. I used Sinful Colors Island Coral for stamping, which worked perfectly I am happy to say.

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I really like the stamping. I think it’s subtle. It had been a while since I did some stamping so I probably should have done something a bit more experimental, but oh well. In the meantime, have a great weekend. Thanks for reading!