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Ulta3 Glitterati Collection haul & Infamous nail art

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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What’s In-die Box? swatches – Love Thy Polish, Peita’s Polish, Lilypad Lacquer & Glam Polish

Happy Sunday! Today I have the rest of the swatches for you from my What’s In-die Box? I received earlier this week. In my previous post I showed you Alanna Renee Lenny that was part of What’s In-die Box? Click on the link to find out more about it in my past post.

For now though, all you need to know is that What’s In-die Box? is a collection of five Australian indie nail polishes following the theme of Toy Story. It’s very clever what has been thought of!

Glam Polish Ahhhh... Aliens!

Glam Polish Ahhhh... Aliens!

Glam Polish Ahhhh... Aliens!

Glam Polish Ahhhh… Aliens!

Ahhhh… Aliens! is a blue creme base with small white, purple and blue polishes and large green hexes. I’m wearing the above without a top coat. It looks beautiful on! Only two coats; I found it so simple to apply. A great formula from a brand I’ve never tried before.

Love Thy Polish How Do You Spell FBI?

Sorry about this photo! I didn’t realise it was blurry until I was downloading my pictures! 😐

Love Thy Polish How Do You Spell FBI?

Love Thy Polish How Do You Spell FBI?

Love Thy Polish How Do You Spell FBI?

This is my least favourite from the What’s In-die Box? I think it’s just because I find dark green ugly for some reason. I’ve tried Love Thy Polish before – and the formula has been great – but this one was a disappointment. It took three coats (without top coat) to get what you see here and I think it could still even use a fourth coat. It is a sheer green base with tiny green glitters and large green hexes.

Lilypad Lacquer Stretch for the Stars

Lilypad Lacquer Stretch for the Stars

Lilypad Lacquer Stretch for the Stars

Lilypad Lacquer Stretch for the Stars

Lilypad Lacquer Stretch for the Stars

Yes! Another purple holo. How weird I have receive two in one week when before that I had none? And because of that I can’t but help compare it to Emily de Molly Devotion.  Stretch for the Stars is a beautiful purple holo, which is less blue than Devotion. It also has less of a holo effect I found. In the above pictures it goes Stretch for the Stars in normal light, Stretch for the Stars with flash, Stretch for the Stars in normal light and Stretch for the Stars in normal light where you can see a hint of the holo. This is two coats (without top coat) and I found the formula to be wonderful; no balding at all when the second coat was applied.

Peita's Polish Hello! I'm Trixie

Peita's Polish Hello! I'm Trixie

Peita's Polish Hello! I'm Trixie

Peita’s Polish Hello! I’m Trixie

Hello! I’m Trixie is my second favourite from What’s In-die Box? (my favourite being Alanna Renee Lenny). It’s a really beautiful bluey-purple base with tiny purple glitter, large purple square glitter and lilac hexes. It’s just really fun. This is two coats and it applied perfectly.

So that’s What’s In-die Box? It’s a great idea, hey? I think I’m going to order next month’s too. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!


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Face of Australia Glitteratti Collection swatches & review: the final three

Evening! So in the end I did go and purchase the rest of the Face of Australia Glitterati Collection, like I said I may or may not do, ha ha. I reviewed Boogie Wonderland in this post here and also Dancing Queen, Funky Town, Heart of Glass and Lookin’ for Some Hot Stuff in this post here. Today’s post is Saturday Night Fever, Disco Inferno and Studio 54. Once again the last photo is taken outside.

Face of Australia Saturday Night Fever

Face of Australia Saturday Night Fever

I am so sorry this picture is blurry! I didn’t realise until I was going through my pictures and they were all like it! 😐

Face of Australia Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever is a multi-coloured glitter in a clear base. Its glitter includes green, red, silver and gold large square glitters; blue, green purple and silver large hexes; red, gold and light purple tiny hexes and purple, light purple and blue small hexes. Jam packed, hey? I’m wearing two coats over two coats of Beauty Attitude Pink Frost, without top coat. Again, as I have said with the other glitters in the collection, there was some slight curling of glitters. But I do think it could be tamed with a top coat, it was only very slight.

Face of Australia Disco Inferno

Face of Australia Disco Inferno

Face of Australia Disco Inferno

Disco Inferno

Disco Inferno is similar to Saturday Night Fever, but instead of it being multi-coloured, it’s more pinky-blue toned. It’s a clear base with small dark blue, light blue, pink, red and silver hexes and large red and light blue hexes. This is two coats over one coat of Revlon Knockout, without top coat. There was a slight curling of the larger glitter pieces, but I think this could be remedied by a top coat. I also found the glitter to be much more sparse than Saturday Night Fever; I had to place the glitter pieces so it would look how I liked it.

Face of Australia Studio 54

Face of Australia Studio 54

Face of Australia Studio 54

Studio 54

Finally, Studio 54. What an intense glitter this is. Can you believe this is just one coat over one coat of Revlon Kockout (without top coat)? Studio 54 has tiny copper glitters and small copper hexes in a clear base. Or I guess instead of copper you could call it rose gold? I didn’t have any issues with curling glitters with this one, probably because the glitter pieces are so small.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline or Kmart
  • Cost: AU$4.95
  • Volume: 13ml

So, that’s it for the Face of Australia Glitterati Collection. What do you think of it? I really like it, I’m definitely more partial to the milky/creme polishes, but Heart of Glass and Dancing Queen are also standouts for me. Thanks for reading!


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Face of Australia Glitterati Collection swatches & review

Good evening! As promised I did something different this weekend and did swatches of the rest of the Face of Australia Glitterati Collection I own. I have never done it before but I have to say it was pretty fun. This weekend I didn’t get to purchase any more of the collection, so the below is just the four of the others I own, apart from Boogie Wonderland, which I reviewed here. The last pictures of each of the swatch photos are taken outdoors.

Face of Australia Dancing Queen

Face of Australia Dancing Queen

Face of Australia Dancing Queen

Dancing Queen

I am wearing two coats over two coats of Ulta3 Lily White, without top coat. Dancing Queen is a clear base with black large and small matte hexes and large and small gold hexes. It’s very pretty on, however there was some slight curing on the larger gold hexes. I reckon this could be toned down though with a top coat. The glitters spread quite evenly over the nail, I didn’t have to do any placing at all.

Face of Australia Funky Town

Face of Australia Funky Town

Face of Australia Funky Town

Funky Town

This is three coats, but you could easily use two, I just wanted to make double sure it was coated. No top coat. Funky Town is a bluey-purple creme base with blue, gold and black hexes in small and large sizes. The problem I had with this formula is that the creme was so thick it would actually cover up the glitter so you couldn’t see it underneath! So beware. I found Funky Town reminded me of Emily de Molly Regal Beginnings, which I compared in the photo below. Similar idea, but totally different execution.

Face of Australia Funky Town

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