NOTD | Essie Starry Starry Night

Starry Starry Night made its debut back in 1997, and since then, it has become a cult favourite, and a lemming of literally every nail fanatic I know. When Essie announced their Retro Revival collection, no one was surprised to see Starry Starry Night making its comeback, but everyone was beyond excited.
Three Coats of Starry Starry Night w/ One Coat of Poshe Topcoat
Three Coats of Starry Starry Night w/ One Coat of Poshe Topcoat
Three Coats of Starry Starry Night w/ One Coat of Poshe Topcoat
Excuse the excessive number of photos, but it’s so hard to capture the glitter in the nail polish! Starry Starry Night is a deep blue jelly polish with silver glitters through out, because of the jelly nature of the polish, the silver glitters appear to be both blue and green, and that’s what makes this an amazing polish! It does kind of remind me of Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe, with a similar colour scheme, but obviously the glitters are a lot smaller, and the base is much more opaque.
I love this polish, and am so happy that I finally got my hands on them without forking out over $100 on eBay. Apparently there are some differences between the comeback and the original version however, but regardless, this polish is gorgeous in all its glittery blue glory.
Side note though, the polish started chipping on me barely a day after application, which is quite odd. I’m willing to overlook it and maybe try it with a different topcoat, otherwise I’ll just suck it up anyway since the colour is too pretty to pass.
Where to buy:
Priceline stocks Essie nail polish, I buy all mine from eBay though, usually from the seller beautyzone2007, but I bought this particular polish from honeybee1909.

NOTD | Essie Strawberry Shortcake

Summer’s pretty much over in Melbourne, sad times I know, but hey, that also means the end of hay fever season yay!

During the warmer days, I threw on this blindingly neon combo in an attempt to make my skin look tanner, which kind of failed I gotta say. On the bright side (hehe), Essie Strawberry Shortcake had an excellent formula, an easy two coats was all I needed, and I slapped on some white glitter polish I bought in China for a dollar, and BAM, we have a winner! Although it looks like a pink-ish red, in real life, this polish is definitely a neon hot pink, with some shimmer through out, you know how cameras freak out with neons though.

Where to buy:
Priceline carries Essie nail polishes, I’m pretty sure this is one of the permanent colours.

NOTD | An Amorous Disposition by Arcane Lacquer

The long awaited Spring is finally here, although the weather has been crazy lately, with the whole tornado scare just a few days ago, definitely Melbourne weather at its finest.

Anyway, since it’s the beginning of Spring, I picked a colour that’s pretty weather appropriate for once, and it’s an Australian indie! I love supporting indie creators, but sometimes it’s just hard to be willing to fork out all that money on international shipping you know? So when’s it’s a local artist, it’s pretty much a win-win. Anyway, the polish is by Arcane Lacquer, and it’s called An Amorous Disposition, the name reminds me of Sweet Disposition haha.

It’s a beautiful magenta jelly filled with black and silver micro glitters, does it remind anyone else of dragon fruit? I was going through a stage where I had to slap a matte topcoat on everything because my Poshe one got all goopy and I haven’t gotten around to ordering a new bottle yet. But I do love putting a matte topcoat over a glitter polish, it transforms the whole thing!

I love how this is sort of understated but attention grabbing at the same time!

Where to buy:
Arcane Lacquer can be purchased on its website, where international stocklist is listed too.

NOTD | Ciaté Sugar Plum and PolishMeSilly Lite Brite

One coat of Lite Brite over Sugar Plum, with Matte about You over the top

Since Spring is officially here, with the temperatures reaching 30s already (what is this), I decided it’s time to whip out the pastels!

Sugar Plum by Ciaté is a pastel purple, but it’s not super stark like Essie Lilacism or something like that. It’s leaning towards pink, but still does definitely look purple on the nails – can I get anymore convoluted? Anyway, formula wise this was good, two coats was all I needed.

You know that awkward stage when your topcoat is all gooey and gross, but your new bottle hasn’t arrived yet? Well I was going through that, and so I had to matte everything, and I can’t just matte a pastel, what’s the fun in that? So naturally, I chucked some multi-coloured glitter on top. Lite Brite by PolishMeSilly had a good mix of blue, red, yellow, purple, pink, orange glitter in mainly two sizes, and the bigger glitters did take a bit of fishing. There was also some good amount of silver micro glitters in the mix. Unfortunately I think this polish is not stocked anymore, but there are plenty of rainbow glitters out there nowadays, I’m sure you’ll find something!

After adding the matte topcoat – I used Essie Matte about You, I was done for the day, and this actually lasted a good seven days surprisingly! I always thought matte top coats won’t last as long, but guess I was wrong.

Where to buy:
Ciaté can be found in Mecca, and Lite Brite has been discontinued unfortunately, but PolishMeSilly polishes can be purchased from their Etsy shop.

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 | 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! 

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.