Ulta3 Deep Rose Red Lipstick Swatch & Review

I picked up this lipstick out of the winter collection of matte lipsticks. The Ulta 3 packaging has definitely gotten classier, isn’t this quite attractive for $3.99!

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It’s a relatively sheer yet buildable matte colour. I’ve swatched here against Ruby Woo by Mac to give you an idea of the pigmentation/moisture levels compared to a MAC retro matte. It’s definitely on the moister end of a matte lipstick which makes it substantially more flattering on little lip lines and more comfortable during winter than a true matte, without sacrificing the matte look. Obviously the wear time isn’t quite as good as a true matte either but for the price point it really is a great product and definitely a great buy in this price point.

This shade is a slightly more ‘wine’ red shade than the name suggests which makes it a nice wintery shade.

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Galaxy by Sportsgirl Nail It! over Scorch by Illamasqua

Galaxy is a matte glitter topper with blue and green hex glitter in a meduim and small size. Sportsgirl have been doing some pretty cute ‘indie-esque’ style matte glitter nail polishes which I love as I like the look but find the drama associated with the indie brands a little bit much to deal with.

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Generally they retail for $8.95 for 10ml as well, although this one was on special for $4.95. I decided to layer it over scorch by Illamasqua (a pure white) but I have to say it did not want to play nicely with the illamasqua polish. Next time I’m going to try it over a cheapie essence or Ulta3 and see if it’s happier with those formulations.

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I’m really happy though to see Australian shops trying some different looking nail polishes and not just duping OPI all the time!

NOTD – I don’t give a Rotterdam (matte top coat).

I am loving this L’Oreal matte top coat. It’s such a great brush for a mini and just works quicky and dries well. How pretty does this polish come out matte! I love the blue-grey subtleness. 

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I need to get back to posting more regularly but the beta testing for the next version of My Makeup Collection is continuing and I’m totally busy. On the bright side I’m so exited by how v2 is looking!

Rose Lounge by Bourjois – Doll Hands time

I got a new nail polish with my latest GWP from Priceline, called Rose Lounge by Bourjois. In the bottle it looked like a baby pink, perhaps good for a french mani. I thought it might be fun for an ethereal neutral nude. It definitely look different – a little sheer for mine so a bit soft plastic doll nails, or perhaps presson fake nails circa 90’s .It was alternately repulsive and kind of adorable. Application was OK but a little sheer on the third coat still and wore very well until I took it off 3 days later. Image

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What do you think? Are doll nails the latest thing? Team it with this makeup tutorial to take it to the next level…

http://www.buzzfeed.com/marisantos/cool-beauty-tutorial-how-to-look-like-a-vintage-80s-doll

NOTD -OPI I spotted the Lizard Mattified

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I have been taking the L’Oreal Matte Top coat for a spin (so to speak) and I’m quite impressed. It dries quickly, dries to a good matte finish and has a nice easy to use brush for a mini bottle. The price is *comparatively* not that great at $6.95 for a mini but the mini does stop it all from drying up before you are finished which can be an issue with special top coats for me. I picked it up at the 40% off priceline sale (so paid 415 ish) and I’ll definitely get a new one once I get through this one esp at that price.