NOTD | Nicole by OPI Back in My Gloria Days…

Weather’s really starting to feel like Winter now, which means it’s time to chuck on some bright colours on my nails yay! Today I picked out Back in My Gloria Days… a polish from the Modern Family collection b Nicoly by OPI, my best friend was in US at the time, so I got her to pick up a few polishes for me hehe, and this was before Nicole by OPI was sold in Target!
3 coats of Back in My Gloria Days… w/ Topcat in the Shade

Back in My Gloria Days is a purple based shimmer, and sort of a duochrome depending on the lighting, usually in the shade, you can see a bit of pink peeking in around the edge of the nail, which makes the polish a lot more interesting!

3 coats of Back in My Gloria Days… w/ Topcat in Direct Sunlight

In direct sunlight, Back in My Gloria Days… is super sparkly! This photo does not do it justice. The polish seems be lit within itself, and it’s super attention grabbing. Not a colour for the faint-hearted hey.

3 coats of Back in My Gloria Days… w/ Topcat in the Shade

Just another photo to show off the duochromy goodness. I can even see a bit of dark blue (?) coming through! I decided to chuck some studs on just ’cause, but man idk if I’ve been using my hand a lot more or what, but they kept on falling off! Which usually doesn’t happen 😦

NOTD | Sally Hansen Green with Envy & Polish Me Silly Salt n’ Peppa

Honestly can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year! Exams – or bajillion words essays in my case – are just around the corner, which means PROCRASTINATION TIME YAY not. I really shouldn’t procrastinate, but seriously, old habits die hard. I have two 2500 words essays due by the time this post is up, and thank God for that. I always leave things to the last minute, but I love just daydreaming about the time when everything’s done LOL, great use of my time I know.
2 coats of Salt n’ Peppa over 3 coats of Green with Envy w/ Topcoat

Because Winter is here, I picked out a vibrant green polish to lighten up the mood a little. I’m quite fond of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear line, there are some staples, along with some more interesting colours. Green with Envy is a bright pastel light lime green, that’s a lot of adjectives I know, but seriously, it’s a really unique green! It’s not quite as yellow toned as the photo in real life, and in certain lighting it looks like a straight up pastel green, but in natural lighting it is quite bright! I love unusual colours like this!

And because I have issues and just can’t leave a creme as is, I chucked some glitter on top to make it even whackier. I remember Salt n’ Peppa being one of my biggest lemmings when I first discovered the world of indie polish, and then when Polish Me Silly (they were still called Lush Lacquer at the time) came out with another amazing glitter (that I will feature soon I promise!) I finally bit the bullet and ordered from their Etsy shop. Then you know, life happened, and this polish just sat in my untrieds draw for two years, sad story. BUT the important thing is, I finally dug it out and tried it yay! Salt n’ Peppa is a mix of black, white and iridescent glitters in a clear base, making it the perfect glitter to put on top of any colour. The black and white glitters come in all shapes and forms – bar, big square, small square, hexagon, and the fine iridescent glitter stops it from becoming your run-of-the-mill black and white glitter. Because I had my bottle for quite a long time, I did have to use two coats to get a good glitter coverage, but if you just put the bottle upside down for a while (I had no patience for this), one coat should be plenty!

Hope you like this combo as much as I do, and just in cause you’re wondering, I have a total of 7 coats of nail polish on, and it actually doesn’t really bother me haha!

Where to buy:
I purchase my Sally Hansen polishes from Priceline, and Polish Me Silly polishes from their Etsy shop.

NOTD | OPI The Thrill of Brazil

2 Coats with Topcoat

A classic red polish. It actually looks darker on the nails compared to inside the bottle. This was reasonably easy to apply, two coats was enough for me to get it opaque. It’s not an unique colour by any means, but if you don’t already have a neutral red in your collection, this would be a nice addition.

Where to buy:
I buy my OPI polishes from eBay mostly, from a buyer called beautyzone2007. Alternatively, Priceline and My Beauty Spot sometimes have OPI polishes for $10, although colour selection can be quite limited.

NOTD | Gloss ‘n Sparkle Antiquity

April is the worst month. Actually that’s a lie, June’s pretty bad too. And October, and November. Urgh, any time when I have more than three assignments due is a bad month in my book basically.

I went a whole month without painting my nails, simply because I didn’t have time T________T
Now that it’s colder in Melbourne – sort of, we still get weird warm days in between – I decided to whip out Antiquity, a bronzey-gold dense glitter polish.
3 Layers with Topcoat

Mmmmmm I love colours like this. This is a really unique polish, I think it has 6 different shades of bronze and gold finely milled glitters, which means that it’s super sparkly without being overly obnoxious.
I wanted something a little different but not overly complicated, so I went with the negative space nails that I’ve seen floating around instagram for a while now.
I used the Essence French tip guide stickers, applied it to the middle of my nails after applying a base coat, painted 3 coats of Antiquity, and peeled the stickers off while the polish was still wet.

What do you guys think? Is this a colour that you gravitate towards? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Where to buy:
Gloss ‘n Sparkle is an Australian indie brand, and can be found here if you live in Australia, alternatively, Mei Mei’s Signatures, Edgy Polish, Color4nails and Llarowe all ship worldwide! 

BEAUTY | Priceline 40% off Haul!

Recently Priceline had another one of their all-so-famous 40% off sales, they do these pretty regularly throughout the year I reckon, with makeup, skincare, and haircare, this time it was makeup! I went in with the intention of just picking up another bottle of makeup remover, nek minut…. here’s the damage LOL.

Australis Make Up Finishing Spritz – $8.99

My friend told me great things about this makeup setting spray, so I decided to get it while it’s on sale! I’ve never tried any makeup setting sprays before, so hopefully this’ll be a good one!

Ardell 120 Demi Black – $9.99

These weren’t on sale, but I lost the last pair I had and needed to replace them haha 😦 I really like these falsies though! They add some nice volume and length without looking too cray! Always a fan of the invisible band, and they don’t weigh my natural lashes down too much!

Maybelline Master Precise Liner in Blackest Black – $8.80

These are probably my favourite liquid eyeliners from the drug store in Australia. Although I picked up a bajillion eyeliners when I was overseas, you can never have too many backups LOL. And at $8.80 they were definitely a steal!

Boujois 123 Perfect CC Cream Foundation in 33 Rose Beige– $15.00

I haven’t really had a lot of experience with CC cream, but have heard great things about this one! When I swatched it on my hand in the store, it felt quite light weight. I don’t know if the colour will actually match me, since the lightest shade they had left was 33 rose beige, so yeh, hope it matches! My friend said this gives the same amount of coverage as her L’Oreal True Match.

L’Oreal False Lash Butterfly Wings Mascara in Black – $15.60

Haven’t heard much about this mascara, but the brush looked pretty interesting, so I decided to pick it up! I forgot whether I picked the waterproof formula or just the normal one 😦

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover – $10.89

I recently started using the Tarte Light, Camera and Flashes Mascara, and oh dear God it’s waterproof for realz. My regular makeup remover just won’t do the job. After some googling, I found two makeup remover that’s great for waterproof mascara, Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover, and its drug store counterpart – the one I picked up, because I wasn’t about to go ahead and spend $50 on a makeup remover haha. I have been using this and am super happy with the result! It does leave a little bit of an oily residue, but it’s nothing a cleanser can’t get rid off!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – $12.99

This is my everyday makeup remover. I don’t understand the science behind micellar water, but I’m so glad that it’s a thing now! I have tried Bioderma before, and to me, these two give identical results. The Garnier one is definitely a lot more wallet-friendly, being about a third of the price.

Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur Smoothing Base Perfector – $16.99

I have been using Benefit Porefessional as my primer since I started using foundation, and have tried a sample of the Garnier Perfect Blur Smoothing Base Perfector (Gosh that’s a mouthful), it had a very similar texture to Porefessional, both being silicone based I believe. Basically, it makes your skin feel super smooth and matte, and hides any pores, fine lines, scars, and all that shabam. So yeh, at half the price of Porefessional, why the hell not?! Oh yeh, this wasn’t even on sale, I was just on a roll.

L’Oreal Color Riche Eyeshadow Monos in 201 Nude – $12.00

I couldn’t find a link to this on the Priceline website o.o But yeh, just a nude metallic-y eyeshadow! For my everyday makeup, I always go for an all over the lid colour, and I usually go for greys because earthy tones don’t look great on me unless I spend some serious time blending, but yeh, this one’s kind of taupe-y and had a nice sparkle when swatched yay 🙂

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in Mi-a-mee, Ro-ma, Buda-pash – $6.00

Last but not least, lip products yay! I have been hearing some great things about these matte lip creams from Australis, and I gotta say, I’m so happy to see a brand that is exclusive to Australia coming out with so many affordable products that is great quality too! AC On Tour I’m gonna get my hands on you LOL. I picked up three colours, Mi-a-mee – peachy salmon-y pink, Ro-ma – light blue-toned pink, and Buda-pash – dark brick red. I’m so excited to try out Buda-pash now that it’s finally cooling down in Melbourne!

I’m happy with all the products I picked up this time round, sometimes it can get kind of overwhelming because of the amount of people in the stores and all those empty racks in Priceline, but yeh, let it be known that I hardly ever buy new makeup – lip products and nail polish aside, my two weaknesses haha – so yeh, gotta make the most out of these sales!

Did anyone else pick up some great things at the sale? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

NOTD | China Glaze Fancy Pants and Ray-Diant, Essence the Huntsman

Hey! So I think I need to upload these more often, because I’m getting a backlog already LOL 😦
This time I picked out Fancy Pants by China Glaze, a lovely denim blue with a bit of a purple shimmer added through it, which isn’t all that noticeable in photos, but I promise it’s there in person! The formula was pretty good, after the first coat it was super streaky, I thought I’d need at least three coats, but surprisingly, it evened itself nicely after the second coat! 
On my ring finger, I decided to use Ray-Diant, it was released in possibly one of the most unique collections from China Glaze, although now there seems to be quite a few dupes. Ray-Diant is a duochrome glitter polish, it changes colour from yellow to green, the duochrome effect isn’t all that obvious, but it’s definitely there. However, I chose to only use one coat of Ray-Diant with the Essence polish I used last time on top, the Huntsman, because I thought the yellow and green glitters would clash with Fancy Pants. Ray-Diant does dry to a slightly bumpy somewhat matte finish, but it’s nothing a good thick top coat wouldn’t fix!
2 coats of Fancy pants with topcoat;
1 coat of Huntsman over 1 coat of Ray-Diant with topcoat

Where to buy:

I purchase all my China Glaze polishes from eBay, and Essence polishes from Priceline.

NOTD | Essence Modern Romance and The Huntsman

I think every girl went through a period in their life where they absolutely despised the colour pink, we can get all deep and talk about gender stereotypes, sexism, feminism and whatnot, but come on, this is just a post about a couple of nail polishes, and there’s no need to get all serious about nothing. But yeh, it wasn’t until maybe three or four years ago that I started liking pink, and I’ve slowly accumulated quite a large collection of pink accessories.

Modern Romance though, is quite a subtle, peachy, soft nude-esque pink, that I think a lot of people will enjoy, regardless of their feelings towards pink. I had my first day of work, so I wanted to go with a colour that’s office appropriate, but still pretty on the nails. The formula was a bit hard to work with, but 3 coats gave a decent coverage, two would do if you don’t mind VNL. 
A little bit of glitter never killed anyone, so I decided to add one layer of Huntsman on top. Huntsman consists of a variety of gold glitters, hexagon, micro glitter, as well as some flakes, but they’re a lot harder to come by. I think the coverage was quite decent, but I did have to dab a little to distribute the glitter evenly. This is a polish from the Snow White collection and I’m so happy I’ve finally used it!
1 layer of Huntsman over 3 layers of Modern Romance
Where to buy:
Essence can be found in some Priceline and Target, call up the stores to double check if they store it!