Dry, Dammit!

A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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Holographic swirl nail art

Hiya! I wasn’t sure what to call this post so I hope holographic swirl nail art will do. I wore this a while ago and posted it to Instagram, but thought I needed to do a blog post on it too as I loved wearing it. The base is Glam Polish Without Love from this year’s Hairspray Collection and the purple on top is ulta3 Radiant Orchid. I bought swirl vinyls recently from Emily de Molly and wanted to try them – I think it’s a great result!

Swirl nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Swirl nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Swirl nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Swirl nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I haven’t used vinyls before and so was really surprised with how easy they were to use. They have much better sticking power than nail stickers. I bought some other vinyls as well (squares and long triangles) that I’ll have to use now after the success of this attempt. I love this look with the holo peeking through. It looks more difficult than what it really is. Thanks for reading!


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My first ever gradient nail art

Hiya! So, I have a confession: Apart from my Sally Hansen Sugar Coat gradient nails I’ve never actually been successful at a gradient before. I think for me it was because I didn’t realise that a) You need a base colour and b) You need to sponge the colour on repeatedly, rather than just once. I know, I know, silly! But now I’ve actually given it a good try and I’m quite happy with the outcome; I think it’s perfect for this time of year, even if the weather doesn’t agree with me.

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The colours I used were from ulta3’s Candy Couture polishes: Lemon Drop (yellow), Fairy Floss (pink) and Peach Pie (orange). It’s a bit Halloween-esque (candy corn) so maybe my subconscious was wanting Halloween to not stop with my evil clown nail art, hey? Of course, I had to fiddle with it after a few days so I added OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat from the 2013 Mariah Carey Christmas Collection and a matte top coat. I really like how it turned out! Quite subtle I think.

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

I’m really looking forward to doing another lot of gradient nails, maybe with darker colours. That could be challenging though due to the clean-up involved. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Blackboard-inspired nail polishes & nail art stripers by ulta3

Evening! So I know what I’m showing you today has been out for a while now, but I’ve only recently been able to get my hands on the polishes to try them myself. Today’s post is more of a review of the product itself, as opposed to great nail art… he he I didn’t even try to do a school theme or something fancy to show you, just a few stripes and that’ll do me! Anywho, I bought these products individually, but I know there is a kit about that you can buy for I believe AU$10 that has the matte black polish, double-sided dotting tool and all five nail art stripers. It was my intention to buy that, but they were all sold out at the store I found the polishes at. 😦 Better luck next time!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

This “blackboard” trend is not new, as far as I’m aware Ciate started it with its chalkboard kit, but instead of stripers it used nail art pens, which I think would be easier than stripers, but depends how confident with stripers you are, I guess. So I bought the Matte Black Base Coat, Matte Top Coat and three of the five stripers in blue, purple and white. The other colours of the stripers are yellow and pink. I was excited about the stripers because I don’t have any in colours other than white, black and silver but the brushes made the stripers a let down for me. I think next time I use them I will trim the tips with scissors. Not a big deal but enough to be annoying.

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

The bottles have a cool matte finish (rather than a glossy finish), which I think is a nice touch. The Matte Black Base Coat is very opaque and with one good coat you can consider your nails done. I would be careful though as I found this polish to stick to my cuticles like anything! It was so hard for me to remove, even with pure acetone. So sorry, that’s why my cuticles look a bit dark in the pictures. I’m looking forward to trying this polish in stamping, actually. If I have any luck I’ll let you know.

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

The Matte Black Base Coat dries super fast so I was able to use the stripers on it almost straight away and I have to say I liked how the colours came out – not too bright, not too pale. I used two coats of the striper colours and added a few dots using the tip of the white striper to prove to myself I wasn’t just going to be lazy and only do obvious stripes with the stripers. I used the Matte Top Coat on top – it was a little runny – so I would suggest using two coats or one really heaped brush because it kind of streaks otherwise and has an uneven finish. All in all though every polish was easy to use and had great drying times, which is a bonus of matte polishes.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse (I got mine near Woolworths in Hobart’s CBD)
  • Cost: AU$2 each
  • Volume: Polishes: 13ml, stripers: 7ml

I really like that there’s a reasonably priced matte top coat available now that is quite good and I’m glad I bought the black matte base for its stamping potential, but I don’t think you need all these things to make a “blackboard” design – you just need a matte top coat, really. I wonder if whitebaord nails will become a thing in a few years’ time? I guess there’s nothing stopping people now from doing it, but I don’t think it would have the same effect as blackboard nails somehow. Thanks for reading!


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ulta3 Orchid

Hiya! I thought I needed to get at least one post in for August, geez, how slack have I been? I have been trying to be more active on my IG account though while I’m going through these quiet times on my blog, so check me out there!

So this is an oldie but a goodie from ulta3 called Orchid. It’s from ulta3’s Spring / Summer Collection in 2011. I’ve actually never seen it in shops before, but I’ve certainly kept an eye out for it since first reading about it. I knew I’d love it as it’s purple and a true one-coater, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

ulta3 Orchid by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Orchid by Dry, Dammit!

So while I said it’s a one-coater, I still used two coats with a top coat of Seche. Orchid is a deep purple shimmer that has a lovely redish glow to it, which I tried to capture in the picture below:

ulta3 Orchid by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Orchid by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Orchid by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Guardian Pharmacy, Terry White Chemists, Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse (this is where I got mine, near Woolworths in Hobart’s CBD)
  • Cost: AU$2
  • Volume: 13ml

My husband and I are heading into the wilderness this weekend for our second wedding anniversary so I’m hoping to have another post on Sunday night (meaning two posts for August :p). In the meantime, have a great weekend. Thanks for reading!


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ulta3 Hippidy Hop, Hop Pink & Egg-cellent from the Speckled Egg Collection

Hello! I know the ulta3 Speckled Egg Collection has been out for a while now, but I only recently found a stockist near me and figured I’ll still share it with you anyway. I bought Hippidy Hop, Hop Pink and Egg-cellent. I love the names! Such fun Easter names, it’s one of the things I really like about ulta3 – it has fun with its names and thinks a bit outside the box. I did notice this collection has been made in China (PRC) again, which is strange as only recently ulta3 changed its production to Taiwan. I’m not sure if this is a permanent thing, but I thought it interesting to point out. See the photo below of Hippidy Hop with a polish that says is made in Taiwan.

ulta3 Speckled Egg Collection by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Speckled Egg Collection by Dry, Dammit!

But, moving on to Hippidy Hop! From the bottle it looks fantastic but sadly the glitters just don’t want to come out! The polish itself is also really thick for glitter to be suspended in, so I think this has something to do with it. I couldn’t really fish for the glitter either, so it’s not as speckled as what I would like. But in saying that there were no actual problems with the polish, it applied fine. What you see is two coats with Seche. A purple creme-like base with large and small black glitters.

ulta3 Hippidy Hop by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Hippidy Hop by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Hippidy Hop by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Hippidy Hop by Dry, Dammit!

This was after I removed Hippidy Hop from a couple of my nails – if only it looked like that on the nail!

Next up is Hop Pink. I thought this would have the same issues as Hippidy Hop, but not at all. Everything is perfect – application was a cinch and the glitters knew what they were doing in this one. What you see is two coats with Seche. A hot pink creme-like base with large and small black glitters.

ulta3 Hop Pink by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Hop Pink by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Hop Pink by Dry, Dammit!

Lastly, Egg-cellent. This is my favourite, which is strange for me as I’m not a fan of green polishes but this dusty pastel green really won me over. It was just like Hop Pink as well, which was a massive relief. What you see is two coats with Seche. Like the others, it contains both large and small black glitters.

ulta3 Egg-cellent by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Egg-cellent by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Egg-cellent by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Guardian Pharmacy (where I bought mine, you might have a hard time finding a stockist like me!)
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 13ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Also with this collection ulta3 has upped the price to AU$3 (usually AU$2). I am not sure if this is to maybe get us ready for a price hike in the future? This collection is being sold as a “limited edition” so maybe that’s the difference? Buy up I say while ulta3s are AU$2! Also, I should mention that there are three other colours to the collection: Blue Bunny, Bunny Bloom and Hot Cross Fun. From what I’ve read these are getting mixed reviews, too. Thanks for reading!


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Throwback Thursday with ulta3: Sunset Pink, Copper & Tahitian Lime stripes nail art

Hello! Tonight I bring you some nail art using some older ulta3 polishes. I say older but really I just mean not from any “recent” collections (roughly 12 months). They’re not too old to be honest, you can still find them all about. The Heat Group recently sent me four ulta3 polishes: Sunset Pink, Copper, Tahitian Lime and Silver Glitter. I decided to use the first three as nail art in a Throwback Thursday post to share the love of ulta3.

ulta3 Sunset Pink, Copper and Tahitian Lime stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Sunset Pink, Copper and Tahitian Lime stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I decided to do simple stripes, with the twist being that it’s slightly more to one side rather than just through the middle, if you know what I mean. I just like that one one side it looks like a solid colour:

ulta3 Sunset Pink, Copper and Tahitian Lime stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

But on the other side it’s “Whoa! A rainbow of colour!” What fun, hey!?:

ulta3 Sunset Pink, Copper and Tahitian Lime stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

 

ulta3 Sunset Pink, Copper and Tahitian Lime stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I really like this colour combo too of the pink, green and copper together. I never would have thought of it . I wore it for three days and got a few compliments on it at work, so I was very happy. I think people at work are used to me wearing nail polish now and usually don’t say anything, so it’s nice to get some kind of reaction. And can you believe what you see here is just one coat of each colour!? I know, great, hey? It was a super quick and fun look to create so go do it I say! Thanks for reading!

*I received the products in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.


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Valentine’s Day nail art

Good evening! A very quick post tonight to share with you my Valentine’s Day nail art creation. I figured I might as well contribute to the swarms of Valentine’s Day nail art ideas around. I personally wouldn’t wear something over the top on Valentine’s Day so I figured this would be quite nice and simple – love heart tips with full hearts on my ring finger and thumb.

Valentine's Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Valentine's Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Valentine's Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I used two polishes from ulta3’s Candy Couture Collection for this – Rock Candy and Sugar Coated. I’ll show you more of the Candy Couture Collection soon, I promise. For the black outline I used my BYS nail striper. Thanks for reading!