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! 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 🙂