Dry, Dammit!

A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection watercolour nail art

Hello! Yesterday I showed you four polishes I bought from Face of Australia’s latest collection called Screen Siren: No Angel, Isn’t it Delicious, Some Like it Hot and Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. Well, I decided to do a quick post tonight to show you some nail art I did with all the colours, one of my favourite techniques called watercolouring, where you essentially dilute the nail polish with acetone and paint it onto your nails. Admittedly, this is not my best watercolour – I wanted the Screen Siren colours to be a bit more prominent rather than blend together in a smoosh like they did – but I still really like it! I also added black square studs (from essence’s Dark Romance stud set) on my ring, middle and pointer fingers.

I used No Angel as the base and layered Isn’t it Delicious, Some Like it Hot and Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend on top with a top coat of Seche.

Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Actually, I am impressed with the variety of colours that came from just three coloured polishes – very pretty if I do say so myself. What do you think? Let me know. Thanks for reading!


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Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing & studs nail art

Evening! Usually I like to bring you a nail polish and then add some nail art to it afterwards but as soon as I put Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing on I knew I wanted to add an accent nail that captured the fluro colours. White Icing is a gorgeous polish from Sportsgirl that I picked up when I bought Chunky Fluro. This one has glitters in a creamy white base though, rather than it being just a glitter topper. Oh how I am loving glitters in white bases!

What you see below is two coats of White Icing with Seche and two coats of MODE Love Me with some neon studs I bought off eBay topped with Seche. I did a post about the studs here, if you want some more info. The formula of White Icing was pretty good. I was a bit nervous the second coat would cancel out the neon bits from the first coat, but it didn’t at all, it had a really good level of opacity (or transparency?). The neon glitters themselves are small pink hexes, medium green hexes and blue bars. Simple – yet effective – and looks like icing! I just realised I should do some cupcake nail art with it. Why didn’t I think of that earlier?

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Love Me was again difficult to photograph – in real life it looks much more fluro. Removal of White Icing was easy – I just used cotton buds for a few minutes, but if you used the foil method it would go faster.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sportsgirl
  • Cost: AU$8.95
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I want to also apologise to my followers for not updating as regularly as I used to before my trip. I admit I have been totally lazy and I promise to kick things up a notch now that I’ve properly settled back into home and work life. My passion for all things nails is still going strong and I love hearing from you all so thanks for reading!


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Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs

Hiya! Today I just want to quickly show you an accent nail I wore last week with my new 2mm round studs from eBay. I bought two new Essence polishes, Free Hugs and Nude Glam Cotton Candy, and while they’re not “new” I had been eying them off for a while in their display. I decided to buy them when I noticed the Essence stand at my Priceline had changed tickets so that some polishes were half price – Cotton Candy being one of them. (Good news! This means new Essence polishes are on the way!).

Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs by Dry, Dammit!

Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs by Dry, Dammit!

Cotton Candy is a pink-leaning creme nude polish; on my skintone it looks very pink. I teamed it with Free Hugs on my ring fingers; a bubblegum pink creme. I used three coats of Cotton Candy and two coats of Free Hugs to achieve what you see here. As usual, the application was perfect and I am in love with the Essence brushes. So easy to use and wide! I decided to place the studs in a kind of sideways diamond and I really like the look of it. (I actually recreated this look on my mum’s nails over the weekend – I will show you very soon!). I placed the studs with a wax pencil, also bought off the ever-wonderful eBay.

Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs by Dry, Dammit!

Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs by Dry, Dammit!

Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

Nail polishes

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three for Cotton Candy, two for Free Hugs

Studs

  • Where to buy: eBay from this seller
  • Cost: AU$2.81
  • What you get: About 1000 studs

I really liked this design. It was a bit simple, a bit fun and bit girly all in one. I wouldn’t mind trying Cotton Candy on all my nails and seeing what it looked like, it’s a nice nude but it’s not nude enough, if that makes sense. I need more nudeness in my nudes! Ha ha. Thanks for reading!


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3D neon studs nail art

Hello! Geez it’s a bit like long time, no post, hey? Well I have been a little busy. My husband and I are going to Europe for three months at the beginning of October… what I will do with Dry, Dammit! yet is still in question, I’m thinking I’ll update it just once a week with polishes I buy in Europe or other nail polish stuff. I plan on going to WAH Nails when in London. Exciting! So anyway, in preparation for that, we’ve been cleaning the house and essentially doing a giant spring clean – fitting for the first day of spring! Oh, and it’s also our first-year wedding anniversary today. And I didn’t wear any nail polish! I had a design in mind, but we went out to tea last night and I just didn’t have time and then I couldn’t be bothered today. Sorry! But there’s nothing stopping me doing the design I had in mind another time, hey?

Anywho, I wanted to show you tonight some neon 2mm circular studs I bought from eBay. Usually I wouldn’t wear this many studs in one go, but because I was so excited when I got them, I figured I wanted to do something different on every finger. I think my favourite design is the little finger though, I like the cute little flower look. Second favourite is my thumb, I got the design so neat! You need a wax pencil to pick up the studs effectively, which I also got off eBay a little while ago now.

3D stud nail art by Dry, Dammit!

3D stud nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For my nail polish I used two coats of Sinful Colors Be Happy (which strangely is darker on the nail than in the bottle; when I got it out to use I was a bit disappointed it wasn’t as neon as I wanted to match the studs). I did both hands with the same designs, but just mixed it up on each finger.

3D stud nail art by Dry, Dammit!

3D stud nail art by Dry, Dammit!

3D stud nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: eBay, from seller echofairyland
  • Cost: AU$4.50
  • What you get: About 250-350 pieces

Apparently these studs are also glow in the dark, which I didn’t try out, but next time I will! And I have to say, the wear time on these was great, I wore them for three days including when I cleaned out under the house and they only scratched; they didn’t come off at all. Of course, you need a good top coat though. On my nails I used one coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Be wary of bubbles with the studs; on my middle finger in particular you can really see some bubbles. I think the trick is to push the studs into the polish as much as possible so there’s no room for air to get in.

So that’s it from me tonight, I hope you all had a great weekend. Thanks for reading!


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Revlon Charming & skittle nail art with Emily de Molly Block Party

Hello! Today I have to show you a nail polish I’ve had for a while, which I forgot was a really pretty polish. I’m talking about Revlon Charming. I don’t know if you’ve seen it about, but it’s a pastel purple creme. It’s a very pleasant colour for summer, but since when do I care about seasons? Wearing it over the weekend made me feel super girly even though it was a rainy winter weekend.

Revlon Charming

Revlon Charming

Pictured is two coats. I just think it’s a very simple but elegant looking polish. The colour actually reminds me a bit of Emily de Molly Block Party, so I decided so get creative and do a skittle manicure not only inspired by Charming, but the glitters found in Block Party, which are coloured bright pink, black and white.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU15.95
  • Volume: 14.7ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Revlon Charming nail art

What do you think? This was my first go at doing a manicure of the one colour family where every finger was different, but I’m quite happy with the result. Once on the nail, I could see Charming and Block Party were two very different colours (Block Party is more blue), but they still work well together I think. And from far away, who would even notice?

Revlon Charming nail art

Revlon Charming nail art

I’m especially happy with the animal print. You might have read before that my last animal print was a bit of a disappointment, but I think I can say I have improved. My tape work with the white and pink needs more work though; I’m either waiting too long before I remove the tape or removing it too soon. It’s very frustrating trying to find that perfect ‘tape removal’ time! I’m really keen to try this look again soon, I think it’s a bit different plus it’s a good chance to wear more than one polish at once, ha ha.

Also, I need to wear studs more often. They’re really comfortable to wear in comparison to the rhinestones from the Sportsgirl nail art pen I showed you. To eBay I must go and buy some more of different sizes and colours!

Let me know what you think of Charming and my skittle manicure. Personally, I’m happy I’m able to do more technical stuff on my nails now rather than just paint them the one solid colour all the time. Every day I’m learning more and more. Thanks for reading!


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Essence Prom-berry & nail art studs

Hello! Today I have another Essence to show you, Prom-berry. I’m not sure about the name, I don’t like the hyphen for some reason.

Essence Prom-berry

As you can see, I’ve added some studs to my nails, which I bought off eBay. At first I just placed the studs on top of the nail after a top coat, but then the studs would fall off. So I put a top coat over the studs and they held perfectly. Duh.

Anywho, Prom-berry is a deep purple creme with a pinkish-red shimmer, which unfortunately I couldn’t capture with my camera. The formula is wonderful and I only used one coat to get this opacity. I look forward to trying it out stamping.

Essence Prom-berry

Essence Prom-berry

How funny is that photo above? My hand looks like a spider.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: One

So what do you think? Do you use nail art studs? I think I need to get smaller ones, these ones are 3mm x 3mm and I think I should maybe find some that’s 2mm x 2mm. Thanks for reading!