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Sayuri Nail Lacquer Tamu Massif with stamping nail art inspired by Very Emily

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Hello! A quick post to show you Sayuri Nail Lacquer Tamu Massif and some nail art inspired by Very Emily (last design in link). I actually wore this ages ago (as in, October last year!) and kept the pics and details in a folder on my computer. I also have a heap of other stuff in there, so you may see some of it coming out and about sometime soon.

Sayuri Nail Laquer Tamu Massif with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Nail Laquer Tamu Massif with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Tamu Massif is a red shimmer with orange iridescent glitter and tiny red holo and copper glitter. It’s from Sayuri’s Mesozoic Collection (I only own this one from the collection). It’s a gorgeous red polish with a brilliant formula. I used two coats here and a top coat of Seche Vite.

For the nail art, I can’t actually remember the red stamping polish I used or the base colour underneath… If I do remember I promise to come back and edit this page. πŸ˜‰ I did use a stamping plate I was sent from Born Pretty Store for review though. I received a five-piece set of small round nail plates and I used number 08 (link to set is below). I found the plate easy to work with and the designs flowery, but not super flowery, if you know what I mean? I thought the red stud just suited the whole look well but looking at it now it might be a bit too big. Oh well.

Sayuri Nail Laquer Tamu Massif with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Nail Laquer Tamu Massif with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

Nail polish

Stamping plate

Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re thinking of purchasing from Born Pretty Store.

So what do you think of this nail art look? I really like it. (Obviously or I wouldn’t have recreated Very Emily’s!) I’m so used to thinking you need to do every single finger when stamping that I forget how elegant just a couple of decorated nails can be. I need to think more minimalist; what about you? Thanks for reading!


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Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder and contrasting stamping nail art

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Hiya! Tonight’s a quick post to show you the lovely Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder as well as a bit of stamping I did over it. I was so sad when Angela, the creator and owner of Gloss ‘n Sparkle, announced she was officially closing the brand earlier this year. It’s a real shame for the Australian indie polish community as Angela’s creations included the awesome Unicorn Droppings and Fruit Tingle. But onto the stunner that is Rose Madder!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Madder is (I think) from the Hail to The King Collection, which was inspired by the author Stephen King. It’s a red – almost pink – jelly full of holographic and iridescent multi-coloured glitter. I love looking at that macro! Such depth and a lot of love in it. It was super easy to apply in just two coats – but for extra depth you could easily do three and still not worry about it being thick. I topped it with a coat of Seche.

Below is the stamping I popped on top – I can’t remember which plate I used though, but I do remember I used one of Emily de Molly’s stamping polishes, which was Dark Pink. This was a lot of fun to wear! What do you think?

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

You can still buy Rose Madder at Color 4 Nails. If you’re looking for an Australian stockist, you’re out of luck unfortunately, butΒ Femme Fatale Cosmetics does have some of its Gloss ‘n Sparkle stock left at sale prices you may like to check out. Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red and metallic stamping nail art

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Hello! Gah, I have been away from my blog for too long! So glad to be back. Tonight I bring you Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red, which is from its recent stellar 22-piece Enchanted Fables Collection released last month. I’ve also got some stamping I did with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes. Take a look!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Red is my favourite from the Enchanted Fables Collection, from which I bought seven polishes. It’s simple yet complex, pretty yet not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s what I love about Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ polishes. It’s a pink-leaning red creme with a blue overlay. Totally gorgeous and nice and buttery to apply, with my application here being two coats plus a top coat of Seche.

I decided to stamp over Rose Red with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes I’ve bought recently: Metallic Teal and Metallic Purple. I think the stamping plate I used was also from Emily de Molly (EDM18). I thought the whole combo looked wonderful together!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Sadly, if you like the look of Rose Red, it was only available during April as a once-off release. You could try searching on destash sites and such but lately I’ve noticed a huge surge in the following of Femme Fatale Cosmetics so there may be some resistance by collectors to let their pretties go! (I know as I’m one of them). In the meantime, visit Femme Fatale Cosmetics and take a look about; it’s worth it. 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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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!


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The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 3: Wonder Woman nails

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Hello! Today I have day three of The Cuteberry Nail Challenge to show you. Its theme is your favourite comic book character. Sorry this has taken so long; I put it off because for a start I don’t really have a favourite comic book character and secondly, I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and do some proper nail art lately.

So I decided to do Wonder Woman nails, inspired by the colours of her costume. I’m not sure about Wonder Woman though, I like her because she’s a woman superhero, but I don’t like how sexualised she is pictured in some of the images I Googled. Here’s what I used for inspiration, a picture of Lynda Carter from the ’70s TV show The New Original Wonder Woman.

Wonder WomanPhoto courtesy Amazon Archives.

Wonder Woman nail art by Dry, Dammit!

As you can see, I stamped some stars onto my pointer finger to resemble the pants Wonder Woman wears. Then, on my middle finder I tried to replicate Wonder Woman’s headpiece… with a crappy freehand star! I am so sorry about that, it looks really ugly. My ring finger and little finger are just meant to be some detailing from Wonder Woman’s corset thingo. I wish I had a bit more creativity, ha ha.

Wonder Woman nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Wonder Woman nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Polishes I used:

  • BC Co. Shade 21 (blue)
  • Models Prefer No Angel (white)
  • Models Prefer Little Black Dress (black)
  • W7 (no name) (gold)
  • Essence Fame Fatal (red)

Well, that’s for tonight – I must think of my favourite textile or fabric now! Thanks for reading!


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Max Factor Candy Blue & newsprint stamping nail art

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Hello! Today’s polish is chosen by my husband. I asked him to pick out his favourite nail polish from my collection, which apparently turns out to be Max Factor Candy Blue. Why? Because he once saw a woman at work wear the colour and thought it looked nice! And then asked her the name of the polish and told me to buy it. Should I be worried? Ha ha.

Max Factor Candy Blue

Candy Blue is a really pretty blue creme, which was opaque in two coats. The only thing that annoying about it is that it comes in one of those teeny tiny mini bottles and consequently has a teeny tiny brush to go with it. If you’re a bit heavy handed like me you might struggle, but a bit of practice helps. I don’t know why they don’t do this in the larger Max Factor bottles. The mini colours are much better than its larger colours, but I’m thinking it’s all a marketing ploy to make people buy more. I mean, it only makes Fantasy Fire in the mini bottles and that’s exceptionally popular.

Max Factor Candy Blue

Max Factor Candy Blue

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$5.95
  • Volume: 5ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Over the weekend I decided it might be a bit fun to do some newsprint-inspired stamping thanks to Vivid Lacquer plate VL004. This plate has some really pretty designs on it, including a TV, a city skyline and butterfly wings. Sadly though when I applied the top coat it pulled some of the polish I used, which was Fing’rs Flirt Nail Art Stamping Polish in white (this is part of a stamping kit I hope to review sometime soon). I should have waited for it to dry more I think.

Max Factor Candy Blue nail art

So, what do you think? I reckon the newsprint would work well in a black-on-white combo, as you see with documents and books. Next time maybe. But I like the white on Candy Blue, too. Thanks for reading!