My New Normcore Nails… Cloud nine by Ulta3

The trend at NYFW is for distinctly neutral nails. I happened upon a new very on trend colour from Ulta3 which I really like called Cloud Nine – it’s a yellower and lighter grey than my old favorite early grey, but that makes it more neutral on my skin tone. As usual for Ulta3 it takes a while longer than a high end polish to dry but at $2 it’s hard to find too many serious issues. IMG_3852

earl grey vs cloud nine by ulta3

earl grey vs cloud nine by ulta3


Essence Just in Case

Just in case what you ask? Just in case you where looking for a light bronze, new penny shade of nail polish this polish will do you just about right!

This is two coats, with a Revlon speedy top coat. It wore well for 4 days and was a nice warm deeper shimmery neutral. It was very flattering on my lighter olive toned skin.  ImageImage

Essie Case Study with black stripy lines

This is a mani with Essie Case Study and Revlon Lunar.Image

Essie Case Study has a lovely formula and it wears really well (chipfree on day 3). It’s a light brown latte-ish colour, probably nude on someones skin but not mine! I like a neutral like this to sit under glitters and this does the job well and is a good office neutral sort of colour.


Fancy a cuppa? – Earl Grey by Ulta3 review

Ok, so as a little contrast from the crud that was the Sportsgirl Nail Polish I showed you in the last nail polih post I thought it might be nice to do an Ulta3 review. This is Ulta3 in Earl Grey which is a bit of a cult polish. Mine is a ‘made in the PRC’ polish where the polish mavens do tend to say that you need to find a ‘made in Australia’ but this polish is great. It apply easily and smoothly and 3 days later has next to no chip wear. It’s also $2 for a 13ml bottle.

It’s a classy mushroom beige. This is so glossy – this photo is 2 coats with no top coat… and you could see your face in the reflections. This is a case of doing what you do – but doing it well, as Ulta3 is a specialist in these gorgeous cremes. There has to be a downside of course, and it’s the 3s…. ie this is not 3 free. It’s probably choc-a-bloc of 3s. But I don’t wear Ulta3 all the time and I am comfortable with occasional exposure.


Yummy Mummy by Butter London

This is my take on the neutral/mannequin hands trend. It’s supposed to make the fingers look longer by not breaking the colour line. No doubt would look much better if my cuticles weren’t as gross 😦

Butter London “Yummy Mummy” is a funny colour, pinky-grey-beige with a light pearl shimmer. It is surprisingly flattering for a colour that doesn’t sound great on paper. I have seen it described as mushroomy, but it really does bring to mind “nude” stockings from the 1980’s or department store mannequins with that slight shimmer in the colour. I do like it a lot though.

What do you think? Image