Dry, Dammit!

A nail blog by an impatient polisher


The trip part 4: Back in Australia & P2 Sand Style in Seductive and Precious

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I’m back Down Under and I’m glad to be home after travelling for 24 hours on planes! I had an absolutely incredible time away for the past three months, everything has gone just too fast. My highlight of the trip is when we went to Italy. If you’ve never been I would definitely recommend you visiting, it’s got something for everyone.

If you’ve been reading my other posts, you would know I was just about to leave Greece and head to Macedonia. Here’s where we went after Macedonia: Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Scotland and England. Whew! All up in our trip my husband and I travelled to 12 countries, which was roughly a country a week! But anyway, onto the more interesting nail stuff. Below is a picture of all the polishes I bought while abroad – 68 in total! I love them all.

Final collection of European polishes

I would love to bore you with a more detailed picture, but for now with getting back and returning to work you might have to wait until I review them, ha ha. If I can I will try and take some quick pics of them sometime. But here are two lots of polish I especially do want to show you: OPI Pure (a 18k white gold and silver top coat from the Mariah Carey Collection) and Ciate Colourfoil (a foil manicure kit). I’ve tried both and I love them; I can’t wait to show you.

Final collection of European polishes - OPI Pure (18k white gold and silver top coat) from the Mariah Carey Collection

Final collection of European polishes - Ciate Colourfoil

I told you previously I was going to have my nails done at WAH Nails at its store in Topshop, London. I’ve been a huge fan of WAH Nails for a long time, I own the store’s first book and I was so looking forward to my appointment! Here I am getting nails done (the picture is blurry, you can thank my husband for that).

Haylee getting her nails done by WAH Nails at Topshop in London

I enjoyed getting my nails done, but I was disappointed with the little things, like for example when my nail artist was filing and buffing my nails she went back and forth rather than in one direction. Also, my tips weren’t wrapped. And finally, when the top coat was applied (WAH Nails uses Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat) it wasn’t applied to the full edge of the nail and some of it ended up bubbling. I feel like I’m being picky but for AU$58 I think there should be a little more finesse! Maybe I had built it up too much in my mind? Anywho, here is the design that I chose, it’s called art deco, it was suggested to me by the nail artist to do the stripes rather than the full art deco design on every nail. I went with their idea, but I wish now I had said no because I’m actually not too keen on how the stripes also don’t have black with them.

Nail art by WAH Nails at Topshop in London

But it was all an experience and nonetheless I’m glad I went. Like my husband said, if I hadn’t of gone to get my nails done at WAH Nails I probably would be kicking myself later.

Now I have to show you some polishes I wore while in Berlin. I bought these from a store called DM, which is quite similar to Priceline here in Australia. The brand is P2, which I think could be a budget-type brand for all types of cosmetics. But obviously I was drawn to the polishes. The two I am wearing are called Seductive (purple) and Precious (gold). Both are what P2 calls Sand Style, which is simply another name for textured polish. I wore these two together because I thought the colours were quite complimentary. Each polish is two coats.

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

I am so impressed with these two polishes. I wore them for about four days and there was no chipping at all. I did use the foil method to remove the polish, but I think you could get away with just using a cotton ball. Also the texture on them was perfect, there was no pulling on clothes or anything. Definitely a good budget polish!

Well, I am now off to see if I can get some sleep. So far so good with the jetlag. I’m looking forward to updating much more frequently now. It’s great to be back. Thanks for reading!

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The trip part 3: A quick update

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Hello! I thought I should do a quick update to let you know I’m still about and having fun travelling with the husband. I was looking back at a past post where I said I would try to post at least once a week… Well, clearly that hasn’t happened so I apologise, but I re-promise to update as soon as I am on Australian soil again. Thankfully that will be in less than a week’s time as we are arriving back in Oz on January 13.

Until then we have one more full day in London tomorrow (where we’ve been for the past four days) and I have an appointment with WAH Nails at its store in Topshop along Oxford St. Suffice to say I’m excited! Obviously I’ll get nail art done, which is what WAH is known for, but I found out you can just get a regular manicure or acrylics done, too. In my next post I’ll have pics and more details about the appointment for you.

In my next post I’ll also detail the rest of the polishes I’ve bought in Europe, and show you a design I wore while in Berlin. So I have a lot for you. I really appreciate all my readers following me during my holiday and I’m really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Thanks for reading!


The trip part 2: Italy, Greece & HEMA Holographic Blue

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Hi out there! Yes, I’m still around, I’m loving travelling so much. I know I said I would post once a week while I was away… well, it turns out it’s pretty hard to get a decent WiFi connection in Europe in a hotel. Gosh I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post.

Since my last post, my husband and I have travelled from Holland into France, Switzerland, Italy and now Greece, where we are at the moment. Yesterday we took a train from Athens to Thessaloniki. In two days’ time we take a bus to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. We’re heading back towards western Europe now be in Germany in time for Christmas; we have a couple of friends we’re catching up with there.

Nail polish shopping was not so good for me in France or Switzerland. I found both countries to be very expensive and there wasn’t a lot of variety. Even in Rennes, a city in Brittany, France, you were paying Parisian prices. I know I go on a lot about the prices, but I don’t see the point of paying more or the same for a polish I can buy in Australia; I want to buy European polishes, dammit!

But the good news is once we entered Italy I found Kiko. Oh, Kiko! Kiko is an Italian brand (Milan), but strangely enough the nail polish is made in France. I know France manufactures a lot of nail polish, but so too does Italy. I resisted and just bought two, which I have worn and love, you can see them below, as well as two polishes I bought in Rome. The polishes in Rome are from a brand called Lilla, but I haven’t had a lot of luck finding a lot of information out about it. I think it’s a brand from an Italian chain called Beauty Point.

Italy haul

My nail polishes from Italy (from left): Kiko 245, Kiko 242, Lilla 12 and Lilla 53. Yes, all numbers sadly, not names. Oh, and sorry for the blurry photo!

Since entering Greece I’ve been overwhelmed with nail polishes, but they’re pretty basic, if that makes sense. There’s a department store everywhere called Hondos Center where there’s a combination of current mainstream brands, but then also a heap of ’80s looking nail polishes at very cheap prices. There’s a decent chain called Stop to Shop, but that’s like Hondos Center, but on a smaller scale. I’ve bought a few Essence polishes in Greece, you can see them below.

Greece haul

Nail polishes from Greece (from left): GoldenRose 111 from the Jolly Jewels Collection, Essence Ultimate Pink, Essence Sparkling Water Lily, Essence Oh My Glitter! and Essence Take a Ride on Pegasus from the Fantasia Collection.

But for now I want to show you HEMA Holographic Blue, which I showed you I bought in my last post. To be honest, I didn’t think it would be so holographic. But it’s incredible. I would very much compare it to an indie formula more than a mainstream formula, it’s that good. Buttery and consistent, what you see is just two coats. If you can get your hands on any of the polishes from the HEMA Special Effect Holographic Collection, I say do so!

HEMA Holographic Blue by Dry, Dammit!

See what I mean? The colours in the holo are beautiful and as I recall I wore this polish for about four days without any chipping. I haven’t tried Holographic Bordeaux yet, but I can’t wait to.

HEMA Holographic Blue by Dry, Dammit!

HEMA Holographic Blue by Dry, Dammit!

So I hope to update sooner rather than later next time, but we’ll see I guess. All I can say is thanks for bearing with me. I promise when I return to Australia I’ll be posting more regularly. But for now, here is a photo of me in Athens at a rooftop bar with the Acropolis in the background. Thanks for reading!

Haylee in Greece


The trip part 1: Dubai, Holland & DA Magic Mauve

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Hello from Veenendaal, Holland! It’s taken me a little while to get this first post out because someone (AKA my husband) packed the wrong cord for the camera to the tablet we are using to access the internet while we’re away. So we had to buy an SD card reader, but can you believe that we had such great difficulty finding one? Oh well. We have been having a great time and I have a few interesting photos to show you, so I will start at the beginning: Dubai!

After our 14-hour flight from Melbourne (and before that a one-hour flight from Hobart) we arrived in Dubai. It was so extremely hot! I knew it would be but I still wasn’t prepared for it. One of our first stops was the Dubai Mall, which is huge. We spent a good few hours there just looking at things until I found a Konad stand. It turns out there’s actually two stands; one on the lower level and the other near where you catch the metro. The photo below is the stand on the way to the metro station. I was in heaven but ended up buying just two polishes (not stamping polish, but normal polish that I didn’t realise Konad made).

Konad store in Dubai

Now, a note on the photos. My husband said it would be a good idea to not bring my DSLR, but a smaller digital camera so we would have to carry less. Turns our his camera is falling apart and takes pictures to only 10 megapixels! So the quality of my photos are not at their usual, unfortunately.

Also in Dubai we went to another mall (Dubai is great if you’re into shopping) called Mall of the Emirates. Aside from its indoor ski slope, it was hosting a fashion week called World of Fashion and people were receiving free manicures. My husband and I both had our nails done and I was also given the nail polish they used on my nails, a purple creme (my husband’s nails were just filed and buffed).

Haylee and Steve nails by Dry, Dammit!

The nail company doing the free manicures was called Nailstation Paris. I’d never heard of the company before and the lady who did my nails did an OK job, but to be honest I could have done better. She got a bit of polish on my cuticles and told me that my nails were too short to file and buff! I have never heard of that before. Mind you, the night before I had to cut my nails back as many of them had sadly broke, but still, I was looking forward to having them shaped nicely by someone who knew what they were doing.

After three nights in Dubai we flew to Amsterdam. I was hoping the nail polish would be cheap, but so far it’s been very expensive. Only the cheap brands are cheap, if that makes sense. I’ve bought a few Essence polishes and some other Dutch cheap brands such as HEMA and DA, which I was excited about because DA is made in my grandmother’s hometown, Zwolle.

We are now in Veenendaal, which is where my grandfather comes from and where a lot of my family still lives. For five days we’ve been staying with my grandfather’s sister and tomorrow we will head off to Rotterdam and then Paris by train. I have been having such a good time just relaxing; it has been lovely. Holland is such a beautiful country and so flat! Bike riding has been a breeze.

Dubai haul

My nail polishes from Dubai (from left): Konad Love Holic, Konad Blue Mountain and Nailstation Paris World of Fashion.

Holland haul

Nail polishes from Amsterdam (from left): Essence Me & My Lover, Essence Glitter On Me, Catrice Genius in the Bottle and Catrice Denim Moore.

Holland haul

Nail polishes from in and around Veenendaal (from left): Essence Chic Reloaded, HEMA Holographic Bordeaux, HEMA Holographic Blue, HEMA Chameleon Purple and DA Magic Mauve.

I also did my grandfather’s sister’s nails. I said she could pick any colour she wanted and she decided on OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane, one of the few polishes I bought with me. Below is her hand and mine (with DA Magic Mauve on my nails).

Haylee and Tineke nails by Dry, Dammit!

So now I will show you DA Magic Mauve. I wanted to show you this one because I was so surprised I found a polish from Zwolle. It’s a beautiful duochrome polish, which is either a purple or greenish-blue, depending how you look at it.

DA Magic Mauve by Dry, Dammit!

DA Magic Mauve by Dry, Dammit!

What you see here is two coats, but I probably could have done another coat because for some reason in the sunlight it looked a bit thin. I’ve had this with other duochromes before, so I’m not sure if it’s just what they do. The formula otherwise was great and so far I’ve had this polish on for three days without a chip!

DA Magic Mauve by Dry, Dammit!

DA Magic Mauve by Dry, Dammit!

I’m more than a week into the trip and so far I’ve loved every minute of it. I’m pretty sure it’s only going to get better as well. I hope I find more great polish. I’m looking forward to seeing if France is cheaper for nail polish and what brands it has. Thanks for reading!