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Emily de Molly Empty Journal

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Hello there. Another polish from the vault of my computer’s desktop today: Empty Journal by Emily de Molly. As you can see, it’s a rather gorgeous polish (even for not blue fans like myself) so why I kept pics away for so long… goodness only knows, really.

Emily de Molly Empty Journal swatched by Dry, Dammit!Photo taken in lightbox.

Emily de Molly Empty Journal swatched by Dry, Dammit!Photo taken in lightbox.

Empty Journal is a bright blue foil with blue to purple shimmer, which you can see in the macro above. I received so many compliments when wearing this polish. Everyone wanted to know where it came from – I reckon I generated a lot of sales for Emily de Molly the days I wore it! Well, it felt like that anyway. Formula-wise, it was easy to apply and manageable. I was careful with application otherwise I found it did tend to leave some brush strokes, so nice and slow is best. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite. Also – no staining once I removed it! It’s so great to wear such a potent polish without it staining for once.

Emily de Molly Empty Journal swatched by Dry, Dammit!Photo taken outside.

DETAILS

So, what do you think of Empty Journal? I know for some the fact it’s a shimmer will turn people off, but I actually like the look of it. Thanks for reading!

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Savvy by DB swatches in Surfer Girl, Cruise and Under the Sea

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Hello! Tonight I have three swatches to show you of some Savvy by DB polishes; in one of my initial ventures to Priceline when I arrived back in Australia I noticed the Savvy by DB polish stand had completely changed. It’s no longer got a mish-mash of polishes, there’s (I think) 12 new colours all with a summer theme, obviously to match the season. These are the ones that took my fancy.

Surfer Girl

Savvy by DB Surfer Girl by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Surfer Girl by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Surfer Girl by Dry, Dammit!

What you see here is two coats with Seche on top. A lovely pigmented creme, you could probably get away with one coat if you weren’t in the habit of doing two like me. It’s purple-leaning pink I think, but I’m willing to hear what you think. This was very easy to apply.

Cruise

Savvy by DB Cruise by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Cruise by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Cruise by Dry, Dammit!

A pale blue creme; this is two coats with a top coat of Seche. Again, you could get away with one coat. Application was just as easy as Surfer Girl.

Under the Sea

Savvy by DB Under the Sea by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Under the Sea by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Under the Sea by Dry, Dammit!

This is a lovely light blue shimmer with pink, purple and blue flecks that is best seen in the sun. What you see is two coats with Seche, while on my ring finger is two coats over one coat of Cruise with Seche. I think I definitely prefer this polish over Cruise rather than on its own.

Now, a note on the brushes. I’m not sure if they’re designed this way or it’s just dodgy manufacturing, but I found with both Surfer Girl and Cruise the brushes were cut to an angle. This is fine for someone who is confident in polishing, I didn’t find it too much of a problem for example, but I think for a casual polisher it might seem a bit daunting and difficult. And then, the brush on Under the Sea was super thick! So maybe check that out before you buy. Below is a photo of the different brushes, see for yourself.

Savvy by DB brushes by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 10ml

So, have you seen these polishes and the others at your local Priceline? What do you think of my choices? Thanks for reading!


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Ulta3 Glitterati Collection haul & Infamous nail art

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Hello! If my post today is a little confusing and long please bear with me as I have so much to share, I just don’t know where to begin! I will try and do it in the most logical order starting with some general good news. Over the weekend I had my parents and sister down for my sister’s graduation. She is now a fully fledged paramedic after being a nurse for about eight years I think. So congratulations to her. So of course with all the family down it was a hectic weekend made even more hectic by my husband finally getting to borrow his dad’s work labeller. You see, I’ve been swatching all my polishes on swatch sticks for a few months now but it just hasn’t been complete due to the lack of labels on my swatches. I had sticky taped labels on but it just wasn’t the same, I wanted something clean looking. So when my husband mentioned he could get the labeller, he got it and together we churned out about 300 labels over the weekend to give it back in time for work on Monday. I have stuck most of them on and I have to say I am so happy! It’s now so easy to see what I want to wear instead of pulling out all my polishes and looking at each bottle individually. When I am done I will take a photo and show you.

Now onto the most exciting news – the Ulta3 Glitterati Collection! After weeks of pestering Ulta3 through Facebook I was finally informed last Friday of one of the pharmacies where I could buy the collection in Hobart and lucky for me it’s near my work. So after work I raced over and bought them all apart from Stop the Press, which is really sad because that’s the one I wanted the most. 😦 However, the lovely staff at the pharmacy said the next time the Ulta3 rep came in they would save a bottle for me and give me a call, so that was really sweet.

Ulta3 Glitterati haul by Dry, Dammit!

So above we have (from left) Glamourpuss, Striking, Infamous, Celebutant, Xoxo and Triple Threat. These ones are colours, while the rest are glitter toppers.

Ulta3 Glitterati haul by Dry, Dammit!

And above here we have (from left) Outasight, Show Stopper, A Lister and Gossip. Stop the Press would be in here too, a beautiful matte black and white glitter topper, but sadly it was sold out as I mentioned earlier.

Now, because of the busy weekend I didn’t have time to swatch them on my nails, but I did have time to swatch them on my swatch sticks! I will probably get all the swatches to you this weekend when I have time, but for now my swatch sticks will have to suffice, sorry.

Ulta3 Glitterati Glamourpuss swatch by Dry, Dammit!

Glamourpuss

A very shimmery foil-like silver. This is two coats.

Ulta3 Glitterati Striking swatch by Dry, Dammit!

Striking

A really beautiful aqua jelly with fine aqua glitters. This is three coats.

Ulta3 Glitterati Infamous swatch by Dry, Dammit!

Infamous

I absolutely love this one! Similar to Striking, except it’s a teal jelly with fine teal glitters. This is two coats.

Ulta3 Glitterati Celebutant swatch by Dry, Dammit!

Celebutant

I really like this one too! Shimmery pink foil. Two coats.

Ulta3 Glitterati Xoxo swatch by Dry, Dammit!

Xoxo

This one is more of a topper to wear over another polish, so sorry about the difficulty to see with the swatch. It’s made up of multi-coloured iridescent micro glitters. This is two coats.

Ulta3 Glitterati Triple Threat swatch by Dry, Dammit!

Triple Threat

Black jelly base with fine red, blue and silver glitters. It’s very pretty with a top coat but gritty on its own. This is two coats.

Ulta3 Glitterati Outasight swatch by Dry, Dammit!

Outasight

Black matte large and small hexes in a clear base. This is two coats.

Ulta3 Glitterati Show Stopper swatch by Dry, Dammit!

Show Stopper

Silver and gold large and small hexes in a clear base. This is two coats.

Ulta3 Glitterati A Lister swatch by Dry, Dammit!

A Lister

Aqua hexes of three sizes and fine green hexes in a clear base. This is two coats.

Ulta3 Glitterati Gossip swatch by Dry, Dammit!

Gossip

Same as A Lister, except in pink. This is two coats.

Now, I have also noticed with the Glitterati Collection it is made in Taiwan, not China. I haven’t read anything about Ulta3 moving its production from China to Taiwan (there was a huge uproar a few years ago when Ulta3 moved production from Australia to China). I am just hoping if it’s a permanent change, it’s because there are better work environments and practices for the people who manufacture the polish. Also, you will notice in the photo below it says “Created and Designed in Australia” – this is also new and so I thought it was worth pointing out.

Ulta3 Infamous by Dry, Dammit!

So I decided to wear my favourite polish from the collection, Infamous. (That is, until I get my hands on Stop the Press!). As I mentioned above, it’s a beautiful teal jelly with teal glitters – the perfect teal overload for every teal lover!

Ulta3 Infamous by Dry, Dammit!

Ulta3 Infamous by Dry, Dammit!

It’s beautiful! And again, this is two coats. The formula was wonderful, you at first think it’s watery but when you put on the second layer it’s suddenly full of so much depth. Removal was easy, too. I did the foil method but to be honest I think you could remove it without foil because the glitters weren’t at all that “sticky”.

Ulta3 Infamous by Dry, Dammit!

Ulta3 Infamous by Dry, Dammit!

The photo above is what it looks like in artificial life, it’s sooo glittery and has much more depth.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Guardian Pharmacy, Terry White Chemists, Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$2
  • Volume: 13ml

I decided to do some crosshatch nail art inspired from a tutorial by Katy at Nailed It. It’s pretty simple, but it’s very effective and easy to do. All I had to use was a striper with black polish and a steady hand. Done! You should probably know this doesn’t have a top coat.

Ulta3 Infamous nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Ulta3 Infamous nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So once again I am so sorry for this huge post, but there was just so much to include! Have you been able to get your hands on any of the Ulta3 Glitterati Collection? I hope you have been able to. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!


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Colour by TBN D’or Pink

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Evening! I have quite the girly polish to show you today, it’s Colour by TBN D’or Pink. Ha ha, every time I write D’or I think of Homer Simpsons’ d’oh, it’s just an awkward word I think, if it is even a word. Maybe it’s meant to be Dior but it couldn’t use Dior due to copyright. Anywho, D’or Pink is a really girly pink shimmer. In the bottle it looks incredible – hence why I bought it – but on the nail it’s a little less impressive I think. The bits of holographic glitters just don’t pop out much.

Colour by TBN D'or Pink

I have never heard of Colour by TBN before and I only discovered the brand while looking for some Ulta3 polishes. They were on special for buy two get one free, so how could I resist? They are just cheapies anyway; they are two for AU$5.

I actually took the photos in today’s post at work. Since it’s winter here it’s so dark in the morning that the best light doesn’t happen until late morning. I must admit, taking the photos at work wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be – no one came up to me to ask what I was doing. I’ve told a few people at work about my blog, but not too many. I picked a quiet spot outside anyway to take the photos. I even realised my sandshoes for my walk matched my nails! How very coordinated.

Colour by TBN D'or Pink

See? Totally chic.

Colour by TBN D'or Pink

Colour by TBN D'or Pink

I used two coats to achieve what you see here. You have to make the coats a bit on the thicker side otherwise it is slightly sheer. I guess you could use three coats instead of two.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Discount Drug Stores (this is actually a company name! Its website is here)
  • Cost: Two for AU$5 (and I think it could be AU$3 each)
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, have you tried any Colour by TBN polishes before? I’ve done a quick Google search and they seem to be a bit common, but as I said I hadn’t heard of it until more than a month ago now. Thanks for reading!