NOTD! Essie ‘Butler Please’

I have always loved Essie polishes so when I heard recently that it was being stocked at Priceline, I immediately headed down to pick up a new shade for my burgeoning nail polish collection.

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Essie polishes normally retail for $18.95 each so I don’t have too many in my collection, but the introductory offer at Priceline brought the price down to $12.95 a bottle. This little baby caught my eye straight away. I can’t believe I managed to control myself and only bought one!

‘Butler Please’ is a bright cobalt blue shade that also happens to be the same colour as my husband’s favourite Rugby Union team (Western Force) so I am sure this will get a lot of wear when the season starts again next year 🙂

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Pictured above is two coats topped with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. I found the application a lot more difficult than the other Essie polishes I’ve used in the past – the consistency of the polish was really goopy so the first coat went on very streaky and tacky. A thicker second coat evened the colour out, which dried to a strange matte rubbery finish. I’m not a fan – it reminded me of a latex balloon! Because the formula is so sticky, it doesn’t allow much room for error so you have to be extra careful with application. This is definitely a polish that benefits from a shiny top coat. The shinier the better!

I actually swatched this last week but had the same problems with application and the polish chipped less than 24 hours later. I thought it was something that I did so I decided to try it again. It’s definitely the polish! I’m trying it with a different top coat this time so hopefully will have better luck with longevity.

I do love the colour though, it’s such a vibrant blue and I don’t have anything like this in my collection. It’s a shame that the formula is so awful.

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Do you like Essie nail polishes? What colours have you tried?


NOTD! MNY The Sequins Line by ColorShow ‘Gold’s Night Out’

Another NOTD for you! TriedandTestedBlog recently tweeted about her amazing new Maybelline New York nail polish and being the glitter tragic that I am, when I saw her picture I just knew I had to try it out for myself.

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Obsessed with expressing your fashion through your fingertips? The Sequins Line by Color Show is inspired by the hottest runway looks, ensuring front row sparkle with intense sequin effects! 3D formula – saturated with three glitter particle sizes and shapes for an intense sequin encrusted effect. Easy flow brush for smooth and even application. Formaldehyde, DBP and Toluene free. –

Maybelline New York The Sequins Line by ColorShow in ‘Gold’s Night Out’ is a super densely glitter-packed polish. I did need to smooth out the glitter on my nail as there is so much of it with each brush-stroke, however the design of the brush makes it very easy to do so. You could definitely get away with applying one thicker coat, but I went with a second coat to cover up any gaps.

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This is two coats topped with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat pictured outside in sunlight (which has since disappeared to make way for some super windy weather here in Perth!). This polish dries to a textured finish, similar to OPI’s Liquid Sands range. I have never tried Maybelline New York nail polish before but I am so impressed with this finish. It is soooooo shiny and definitely makes a really flashy statement on my nails especially when the larger glitter particles catch the sun. I have seen nail stickers with this effect but at only $5.95 a bottle for this polish, I think this is a better value option!

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Close-up of the holographic goodness

Maybelline New York The Sequins Line by ColorShow is available in four different colours: Silver Gleam (a bright silver), Sea-Quins (a dark turquoise), Rose Bling (a mid-pink) and Gold’s Night Out (a bright gold). I may or may not have picked up all four shades.. oops! 🙂

Are you a glitter polish fan?

NOTD! Ulta3 ‘Celebutant’

Next up in Ulta3’s Glitterati Collection is ‘Celebutant’ (to see my NOTD featuring ‘A-Lister’ click here). Thanks to my new Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, I love being able to always have perfectly polished nails to show you all 🙂

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Can you tell I love Seche Vite? I know I’m totally late onto the bandwagon but it means that I can put bubby to bed at night, do my nails, wait a couple of minutes then hop into bed myself without have to worry about the doona or sheets leaving crinkle/smudge marks on my semi-dried nails. It also adds an amazing shine to my polish unlike any other top coat I’ve tried – if you’ve ever looked at nail bloggers’ pictures and marvelled at how glassy their nails are, it is likely to be Seche Vite. Life-changing stuff!

Ulta3 ‘Celebutant’ is a lovely shimmery fuchsia polish with silver shimmer mixed through. It is of a thicker consistency but application was fantastic and totally opaque within 2 coats. This polish lasted 3-4 days chip-free (I wash my hands a million times a day and don’t wear gloves while washing dishes – shh!) so the lasting power is also really good which makes Ulta3 polishes such great value at only $2.00 per bottle.

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To find an Ulta3 stockist near you, visit their website here. For those of you playing along from Perth and looking for this collection, I have only managed to find this at Chemmart in Palmyra (next to the Stammers Shopping Arcade on Canning Highway) and Amcal Max at Cockburn Gateways Shopping Centre. Feel free to share in the comments if you have found this elsewhere as well!

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I love how purple this polish is – it really brightens up the rainy, dreary spring weather we’ve been having here in Perth!

What colour helps brighten up a rainy day for you?

NOTD! Ulta3 ‘A-Lister’ & Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’

It’s been some time since I’ve had colour on my nails so it felt right to choose something nice and bright! I’ve wanted to show you all the new Ulta3 Glitterati Collection as well, as I have such a weakness for glittery polishes and since I travelled far and wide to find all eleven polishes in this collection. Perth chemists are seriously behind the times with stocking this collection! Ulta3 is such a great value Australian brand – all their polishes are really affordable at $2.00 each so you never feel guilty picking up more than one polish (or eleven polishes in this case!).

I couldn’t decide which polish from the Glitterati collection to use first as they are all so pretty, so I’ve decided to go in alphabetical order. Without further ado, here is the first polish – A-Lister!

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I used A-Lister on my accent nail to really highlight this polish. I used two coats of my absolute favourite polish colour, Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’ on the rest of my nails and two coats of Ulta3 ‘A-Lister’ over two coats of Ulta3 ‘Corsican Rose’ on my accent nail.

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Can you believe this is the first time I’ve done an accent nail? I really like the look so I’m sure there is going to be plenty of accent nails from now on!

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A-Lister features three different-sized bright aqua glitter particles suspended in a clear base. Application was simple as the glitter is quite dense and I used two coats to get an even distribution of the glitter.

I topped everything off with my brand new Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat – almost every single nail blogger I follow uses Seche Vite and I wanted to try out this holy-grail product for myself. This stuff is seriously amazing, my nails were dry in minutes and I was able to carry on with my day. An absolute godsend for me as I have an active toddler to entertain all the time. I bought my Seche Vite from Crush Cosmetics ($14.95) and will be making sure I never ever run out!

Have you tried any Ulta3 polishes?

Thanks for reading 🙂

Sally Hansen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen – ‘Turquoise Chrome’

I received this Sally Hansen Colour Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen in a beauty sample box ages ago (possibly Bellabox?) and only came across it again while I was looking for a suitable base colour for a gorgeous new glitter polish I bought – more on that in a later post!

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I’m not sure if Sally Hansen have discontinued these as I did a search online and they were not listed on the Sally Hansen website, however you can still pick them on eBay and some other online retailers (I noticed that there are some shades are under ‘Clearance’ on the Priceline website).

“Click, Colour and Go! Just click to dispense colour, brush on and go! With panthenol, vitamins plus UV protector. Great for travelling, leak proof!”

‘Turquoise Chrome’ is a lovely shade of teal and comes in a thick 4ml pen (like a whiteboard marker) with a click-top and brush tip for application of the polish.

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This is what the brand new brush looked like before first use – instructions state to “click top of the pen to dispense colour” and to “re-click as needed”.

The formula was quite thick and I found it difficult to gauge how much polish was being dispensed when I clicked the pen. It was difficult to create a smooth application as you cannot control how much polish is being released, unlike traditional polishes where you can swipe the excess off the brush on the lip of the bottle before applying. I found the second coat came up a bit streaky as a result and I had to go over certain parts more than once to cover up some patchiness.

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The other thing about this design is that you cannot see how much polish you have left in the pen unlike a clear bottle so you never know if/when you are going to run out (not that I’ve ever finished a bottle of polish before, but it would be nice to know that you were not going to run out in the middle of a manicure). It also took a little bit to get used to applying polish with a pen as opposed to with a bottle-top brush, especially with my left hand, but I didn’t have much more clean-up to do than normal. For the record, I am quite useless when applying polish with my left hand!

The biggest positive about this polish though is how fast it dries – I was very impressed with the quick dry time – two coats was touch dry in just a few minutes and totally dry in less than 15 minutes (without top coat) which is very handy as I often try and sneak in painting my nails when my little boy is taking a nap or has gone to bed. I’m not usually far behind him so don’t want to spend hours waiting for my polish to dry before I can pass out exhausted too 🙂

Overall this product delivers on what it promises, which is a fast, quick-drying manicure and would be adequate to get something on your nails if you are in a rush. It may not be the best choice if you are looking for a perfect, flawless manicure. In my case, because I was using it as a base colour for a glitter polish, I wasn’t overly fussed about the streakiness as I was going to be covering most of it up and the quick dry time was a nice bonus.

I’ve also read reviews which say that this is a really good stamping polish as it is a thick formula so I must try that out next time and report back!

Have you tried the Sally Hansen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen (what a mouthful!), or used any other great quick drying polishes?