This is a quick NOTD using the L’Oreal 24 Carat over Ulta 3 Cloud Nine. The L’Oreal top coat is one of the little goodies from the Priceline goody bag. It’s a simple fine gold glitter top, but nice and sparkly and dries quickly without messing up the undercoat.
This is a base coat of OPI Roll in the Hague, with an topper of Ulta3 Stop the Press on pinky and middle finger, and a black cat decal on the ring finger. I got my black cat sticker from a cheapie $1 ebay scary pack of nail decals.
Roll in the Hague is bright red-orange color, a really typical Dutch orange that you see whenever the dutch sports teams are out playing!! It applied like a dream – could have been a one coater but the second coat definitely deepened the colour. It’s also worn really well, this is about three days in and I have no noticable wear.
Making any SPOOKY plans yet?
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.
My Macaron by Ulta3 is part of the latest winter collection of polishes by Ulta3. It’s a darkened, almost black, red jelly. It reminds me of dried blood – very dark and vamp(ir)ish!
As nearly always this is a killer polish for $2, it wears well and has great pigmenation. The finish is nice if a little prone to scratches but that’s common for jellies as I am a bit of hard user of my nails (see: small children and lego)
Definitely worth picking up if you see it around, it will look fantastic under gold tones glitters as well.
I am SO BEHIND on this challenge. This is the glitter placement day – my first urge is to ramp up the bling when I hear glitter so I thought I’d go the opposite direction, and did a base coat of Butter London Yummy Mummy and a top coat of Ulta3 ShowStopper with a matte top coat. Subtle as I could make it!
Alas the flaw with my plan was that Ulta3 does not always play nicely with some of the 3-4-5 free polishes and made the Butter London gluggy and a bit prone to dings and dents.
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!
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.
The search for a perfect white nail polish can be a little frustrating. There is something very fresh and modern about opaque, yet shiny white nails but in practise white nail polish is often streaky and can look like white out if the color is not applied cleanly.
(If you don’t trust me, you gotta trust Queen Bey!)
My top 10 white nail polishes are;
Illamasqua Scorch – this is seriously good as a white, but not really worth the price tag (it’s just a pure white with go texture, shimmer or other tricks). Try and pick it up on sale from Illamasqua.
OPI Alpine Snow – Pure white, but a tricky texture
OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls – slightly off white but slightly easier to work with than OPI Alphine snow
Essie Blanc – Snowy white
Essie Marshmallow – more of a jelly like texture which is nice if you want something less stark.
Picture Polish White Wedding – milky white base packed with rainbow shimmer. This formula is NOT fun (thick, streaky, goopy) and the polish is not always easy to obtain. Yet the shimmer is really pretty and lifts it to the next level.
Ulta3 Lily White – this is only available locally in Australia and is a normal white (ie slightly hard to work with) with a relatively long dry time (ughh) … and yet it’s $2. A good basic to have on the shelf.
Chanel Eastern Light – which looks utterly stunning, yet the price tag is somewhat aspirational 27USD/39AUD
Butter London Cotton Buds – which has got some good reviews but I find chips quickly on me. YMMV of course.
China Glaze White on White – this dries quickly. Its a pain to get streak free but no more than the average white and at least a quick dry time is a plus.
Do you like white nail polish? What’s your favorite that I should try next?
This is a quick nail of the day on my current super short nails, Nubar Unpredictable Taupe with a top coat of Ulta3 Out of Sight. Out of sight is a black matte glitter, long drying time but super cheap at $2 so I can spend an extra few minutes waiting for drying I guess. (It’s such a slow drying polish that a quick dry top coat seems to cause bubbles as the gas tries to release.
The Nubar polish is a bit prone to chipping so the top coat might hopefully preserve the mani a bit.
My nail are looking a bit sad as I work towards V2 of My Makeup Collection which should make it even more useful to users! I managed to bite them all down which is not exactly good advertising…. hahahha
This is a jelly sandwich using Elope by Illamasqua (apple green) and Out of Sight by Ulta3 (black matte glitter). It ends up with a sort of kiwifruit effect which I wasn’t entirely aiming for but is a cool surprise. The only issue with trying to do jelly sandwiches with Ulta3 is they dry really slowly, so you need to commit a full 30 mins for the mani. If you try and use a quick top coat to fudge it you get some weird bubbling in the inbetween layer.
What is your favorite fruits? I love the stonefruits (nectarines and my kryptonite – fresh apricots). Nom Nom Nom.