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Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper review

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Hiya! Tonight I bring you a post that has been in the making for a few months now – the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper in purple. I say it’s been in the making for a few months because as soon as I got it for review from Born Pretty Store it’s become my go-to stamper. Sure, the tube isn’t clear, but for me that’s no biggie. The impressive feature of the stamper for me is its squishiness and purpleness (as a huge purple fan!). Read on for more!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Can we all take a minute to be amazed at the wonderful pick-up this stamper has?

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Here’s what it looks like down the tube of the stamper.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

So, as you can see from the pictures above, this jelly stamper picks up images pretty well. I was totally skeptical when I received the stamper, so to actually have photographic evidence it picks up images is incredible to me. Although I will admit it does struggle with finer images. With those you’re either really lucky or it simply doesn’t pick up. 😐 Which may come down to how the stamper head is primed. Yes, you do have to prime it (well, I did anyway). I washed it in dishwashing detergent and warm water and then used my nail file to gently rub the surface of the stamper head a bit. Once I had done that it was good to go for me. I would recommend you try washing in dishwashing detergent first and then stamping before going to the nail file as I found this made the stamper head a bit cloudy.

As you can see in my pictures, I’ve made a few scrapes to the stamper head. So a warning – be very careful! It’s quite sensitive and since it’s so squishy, once it’s “attacked” it’ll seem to totally crumble away in the area affected. Luckily for me that was only one or two spots. I really liked the squishiness of the stamper head and even with my huge C-curve nails it had no problem wrapping around it quickly and efficiently. I found it was easier to figure out where you wanted the image placed (by looking down the tube) and then smooshing right into your nail – not rolling from one side to another as you would do with a harder stamper head.

The stamper also comes with a purple plastic scraper. I didn’t used this as I used some former plastic gift cards to scrape with, but from sight it does look like it would do the job without damaging the plate you were working with.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

To stamp with I used Konad White Special Nail Polish over the top of Femme Fatale Cosmetics Poisoned Apple. The plate I used was one I received free from Emily de Molly in my last order as it was slightly damaged. I love the combination!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$2.99 (here)
  • What you get: 1 clear jelly stamper and 1 scraper (both purple)

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So, what do you think of the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper? Born Pretty Store has other colours available too if you’re not keen on purple, plus I even think it has a stamper now where the tube is also translucent. It’s fun to just check it out anyway. Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection swatches and review

*Press sample

Hello! It’s been a while, hey? Good news though; I’m bringing you another wonderbar collection from Celestial Cosmetics called Christmas in the Outback. I love that it has an Australian focus. It’s festive without being obvious and I think you’ll agree, there’s some beautiful polishes here. Let’s take a look!

EVERGREEN EUCALYPTS

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Evergreen Eucalypts swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Evergreen Eucalypts swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Evergreen Eucalypts swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Evergreen Eucalypts is one stunner of a polish and the surprise favourite of mine from the collection. It’s a green linear holo with a blue shift and I actually prefer it in natural lighting as opposed to full holo effect because of this awesome colour combination. The formula is very forgiving and applied very easily for me – two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray Quick Dry Top Coat is what you see here. If you’ve ever seen a gum tree, the colour really does live up to its name.

PARTY IN THE NEVER NEVER

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Party in the Never Never swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Party in the Never Never swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Party in the Never Never swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

“Never Never” is a term for the Australian outback and I love the idea of everyone having a massive festive shindig out there. Party in the Never Never is a purple jelly with pearl and silver flakes. It’s a completely different colour in my collection thanks to its ingredients as well as the purple shimmer effect it has. It took me three coats to get to the bottle colour, but I could have got away with two for a more jelly-like effect. Formula was brilliant and while there are so many flakes, I had no issues with lumps and only required a top coat of Solar Ray.

NO SNOW FOR SANTA

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection No Snow For Santa swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection No Snow For Santa swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection No Snow For Santa swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Gah! I love this one; especially that it was inspired by the red sand and dust seen by most people travelling through the outback. No Snow For Santa is a coppery red scattered holo with microglitter. And best of all – this was ONE coat! So yeah, you can kind of guess it applied like a dream and only required a quick coat of Solar Ray for protection.

BILLABONG BREEZE

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Billabong Breeze swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Billabong Breeze swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Billabong Breeze swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Billabong Breeze swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

You know when you have a polish you really like but just can’t capture its greatness? That’s the trouble I had with Billabong Breeze and why I’ve included a bottle shot. This is a white crelly with colour changing microglitter and a delicate blue shimmer that just hid every time I took a photo of my nails. So in the bottle shot you’re able to see the shift and a bit more of the microglitter, too. The formula on this one was a bit thick, so what I ended up doing were two coats as best I could (when it comes to white polishes it seems I’m like “Hey! I’ll just be as messy as possible!) and then dabbing the third coat into areas I thought there wasn’t enough coverage. I topped it with Solar Ray.

SUNSET ON YULE

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Sunset on Yule swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Sunset on Yule swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Sunset on Yule swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Finally we have Sunset on Yule – a berry linear holo. This is a very flattering polish and with a forgiving formula.Β Out of the collection it’s the least “unique” but it is pretty all the same and for holo lovers it’s a wonderful god spark effect. This is two coats with a top coat of Solar Ray.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: Individual prices range from AU$10 to AU$12
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

So that’s the Christmas in the Outback Collection! What do you think? Also, there’s good news for Celestial’s international friends as there’s a new Celestial Cosmetics international site. This is currently stocked with this collection so if you live outside of Australia, take a look. Thanks for reading!


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Face of Australia Not Just A Pretty Face, Show ‘Em Your Sparkle!, Don’t Judge Me! & Miss Congeniality from the Miss Universe Iconic Collection and chevron negative space nail art

*Nothing to disclose

Hello! I recently heard about a collaboration collection between Face of Australia and Miss Universe Australia (yes, the pageant) and I knew I would be interested in some of its polishes. Altogether there are 16 polishes to choose from in three finishes: cremes, glitter toppers and a clear top coat. Today I’ve got four to show you that I recently bought from my local Big W, the only shop I’ve seen them at even though apparently they’re meant to be available at Priceline, too.

NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

I love this polish but I hate its name, I just find it so sexist. In the bottle, this has a gorgeous pink shimmer but it didn’t translate onto the nail for me. Instead, I found this to be a really wearable pink creme that complimented my skin tone. The formula is a bit sheer but it does build up nicely and what you see here is three coats with a top coat of Seche.

SHOW ‘EM YOUR SPARKLE!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Show ‘Em Your Sparkle! is one of the glitter toppers. It’s made up of tiny multi-coloured glitter (kinda iridescent, but kinda not, if that makes sense!) in a pink base. In the bottle it looks really dense and the base colour brighter than what it appears on the nail, so I would recommend wearing undies with this one. What you see here is one dabbed coat over Not Just A Pretty Face with a top coat of Seche. My bottle is incorrectly labelled as It’s My Universe, another one of the glitter toppers.

DON’T JUDGE ME!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!
Don’t Judge Me! is a black creme. It was almost a one-coater for me, but I found the formula to be a bit too thin. It’s got a lovely shine to it and what you see here is two coats without top coat. I stuffed up my ring finger a bit so that’s why is looks a little bumpy.

MISS CONGENIALITY

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Miss Congeniality is a wonderful white creme. If you’re better at applying nail polish than me, you could get away with this as a one-coater, as it’s got the formula and consistency to to achieve that, but I found it a bit streaky at one coat. What you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche. I’ve read a few reviews saying this would be good for nail art and I’m assuming by that they mean stamping, but I’m not too sure as I haven’t tried. It would be great if true though!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Big W (I bought mine at Channel Court, Kingston)
  • Cost: AU$4
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See individual polish descriptions above

I couldn’t help but try and do some nail art with Don’t Judge Me! and Miss Congeniality. So I decided to do a negative space design. Sorry about how crappy these pictures are with the light glare. I had the wrong setting selected on my camera and I only realised how bad it was when I was editing.

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection negative space chevron nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection negative space chevron nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Overall, I enjoyed these polishes and I think I’ll pick up a couple more. There was a red and coral I thought looked pretty but I probably wouldn’t buy all 16. I don’t like how some of them have white lids and some have black lids, I think I would prefer one or the other. Also, I’m pretty sure the brush is attached the square lid. I tried to pull the lid away from the brush but it wouldn’t budge. Not a problem if you’re used to applying polish, but for the casual user it might be tricky dealing with the square lid as an applicator. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Fox & Owl Mmm Cupcakes

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Hello! He he, the title of this post has put me in a Simpsons mood with Homer’s famous “Mmm, cupcakes” saying at work. Anywho, tonight I bring you the final Fox & Owl polish I own, called Mmm Cupcakes from Fox & Owl’s Pink Collection, after showing you my three others: Kitsune, Purrrr and Snow Leopard. I think I’ve saved the best for last.

Fox & Owl Mmm Cupcakes by Dry, Dammit!

Fox & Owl Mmm Cupcakes by Dry, Dammit!

Mmm Cupcakes is a white creme base with black and neon pink glitters in hearts, hexes, squares and diamonds of various sizes. It’s really a wonderful combination – so simple, yet looks so complex. What you see is two easy coats with a top coat of Seche. You could probably layer one coat over a white base but I like how some of the glitters are covered by the white. I removed the polish using the foil method and I didn’t have any problems.

Fox & Owl Mmm Cupcakes by Dry, Dammit!

Fox & Owl Mmm Cupcakes by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Fox & Owl
  • Cost: AU$9.98
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

A polish like this reminds me why I need more white-based glitters in my collection. They’re just that bit more fun I think than glitters in a clear base and the white makes it look really fresh. Yay for indies. Thanks for reading!


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Sally Hansen Sugar Fix from the Sugar Coat Collection & textured gradient nail art

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OK, so by now you probably get that I am loving textured polishes at the moment. If you’re not a fan, sorry! But I can’t help it. Today I have for you Sally Hansen Sugar Fix from the Sugar Coat Collection. I really like this collection because they’re all just pretty much textured solid colours. To me that equals simple and easy!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

Sugar Fix is a milky white. What you see is two coats with no top coat. I really enjoyed wearing it but only could wear it for a day because I found since it’s white, textured and has no top coat, it picks up stains like anything. 😦 I could have re-applied a new coat, but I didn’t want it to be too scratchy, if you know what I mean.

Look at how massive the bottle is! It’s only 11.8ml, so I’m not sure why it looks so massive like that in my hand. The bottle is quite nice, pretty thick glass, so obviously that has something to do with it – my hands haven’t shrunk anyway!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$9.95
  • Volume: 11.8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I used Sugar Fix as the base for some gradient nail art for a competition on Instagram for Priceline. If you follow me (Please do! Click the link or search for @drydammit) you would have seen these nails a couple of weeks ago. Well, I thought I share the love here too. Along with Sugar Fix, I used Bubble Plum (purple) and Cotton Candies (pink) also from the Sugar Coat Collection to create a textured gradient. It didn’t come out too bad.

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat textured gradient by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat textured gradient by Dry, Dammit!I didn’t win any days of the competition unfortunately. Clearly I was robbed. πŸ˜› Still, it was fun and I’m curious to see what other textured gradients look like now, too. Thanks for reading!


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Ulta3 Tahiti & abstract nail art

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Hello! I have a very summery polish to show you today called Tahiti. It’s made by Ulta3 and apparently it’s been around for a while. In fact I think I saw on Ulta3’s Facebook page that it’s one of Ulta3’s best sellers, so maybe that’s why I haven’t seen it before; too many people are snatching it up! No wonder, it’s a beautiful colour.

I saw Tahiti simply glowing out of the nail polish bins they keep at selected chemists, and as soon as I saw it I thought, I haven’t saw you before. Tahiti is a neon orange creme, you could simply just do two coats or do two coats over one coat of white, which is what you see below. Sorry about being able to see some of the white polish close to the cuticle and the dodgy cuticle on the ring finger, it only really showed when I was uploading the photos.

Ulta3 Tahiti by Dry, Dammit!

Ulta3 Tahiti by Dry, Dammit!

Ulta3 Tahiti by Dry, Dammit!

Ulta3 Tahiti by Dry, Dammit!

I am so surprised I loved this colour, as I usually avoid oranges, but ever since I tried Look by BIPA Glitter Coral I’m getting more into them, especially for the beautiful weather we’ve been having recently. I think it would look great on toes as well!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Guardian Pharmacy, Terry White Chemists, Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$2
  • Volume: 13ml

So after a couple of days of wearing Tahiti I decided to do some kind of nail art. I sat about wondering what to do and then just got out some stripers from BYS in white and black and started what seemed to be a zebra look. I decided it needed a bit more and added some stripes of Ulta3 Block It Out for contrast and then Tahiti again for good measure. I think it turned out quite well! A bit animal print, a lot of random; hence the name abstract.

Ulta3 Tahiti and abstract nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Ulta3 Tahiti and abstract nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So what do you think of Tahiti? Do you like neon polishes? I think I’m a fan. 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!)!