April 2014 Julep It Girl Maven Box

 

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I had forgotten to skip my Julep subscription this month so I was sent a box even though I have not painted my nails in about 5 months now.  I guess I didn’t mind too much since I received two of the most gorgeous neons that I’ve ever seen!  The box that I received had 3 polishes and no beauty products.  The colors I received this month were Bailey, Maren and Flora.  While I didn’t care for Baily too much, I just loved the gorgeous blue flashes in Maren and Flora.  I will definitely be using these in a couple of months!

 

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Sparitual – Weathered the Storm

I haven’t been polishing my nails for the past 4 months.  I can hardly believe that its been so long already!  I’ve been going through my photos and found many that I had taken pictures of but just never had time to post them.  On a side note, Spring has finally arrived in NY after what seemed like a Winter that just wouldn’t go away.  I decided to post a nice Spring weathered shade in honor of this spring like weather.  Its name seems appropriate as well.  The color is a nice rosy neutral that I just love, great formula as well.  This is with 2 coats.

 

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Julep Polish in Zora

Julep’s nail polish in Zora is part of their Classic with a Twist Maven styles.  It is a light pinky beige with a shimmery pearl finish.  It is a color that is office appropriate and would work even in a conservative office setting.  The polish has a nice and semi thick consistency that works well with Julep’s thick brush.  Although the color is light, the coverage is good and fully opaque in two coats.

 

Julep - Zora

Julep – Zora

Urban Outfitters Polishes Swatchathon

I only have a handful of urban outfitters nail polishes.  The texture on them is pretty decent although the smell is just a bit stronger than I am used to.  I love the square shape of the bottles which makes lining up the bottles a cleaner and more organized look.  The newer urban polishes are in smaller square bottles so those would actually be able to fit in my nail polish rack as well.  The thing that really drew me to their polishes however is their uncanny resemblance to one of my fave brands, Deborah Lippmann.  I love her polishes but at $16 – $18 a piece they do get a bit hard to haul.  Don’t get me wrong, I have quite a number of her polishes despite the price, but can try to save a buck here and there.  Here are swatches of the Urban Outfitters polishes in my possession.

Urban Outfitters - Barstool

Urban Outfitters – Barstool

Urban Outfitters - Bright Lights

Urban Outfitters – Bright Lights

Urban Outfitters - Lollipop

Urban Outfitters – Lollipop

Essie – Madison Ave-Hue + FRUITIPS

Summer’s coming to an end although it really didn’t seem like we had much more than a week of summer here in New York.  After the one week heat wave, everything got pretty chilly and brisk.  I have been wearing a cardigan for almost 3 weeks now because the mornings are so cold.  Its time to transition to fall and I have been shying away from my usual super brights and neons.

I picked up Essie’s Madison Avenue Hue a couple of weeks ago at the nail supply store I used to frequent.  I haven’t really picked up too much nail polish this year as most of my funds have been going into subscription boxes.

Anyways this color is nice and saturated, two coats provided good coverage.  It reminds me of Essie’s Splash of Grenadine with some silver shimmer.  Also I am holding a tube of one of my favorite candies.. FRUITIPS!! I do remember them tasting significantly more flavor saturated but they are still super delish.  Its a black currant gummy with granulated sugar coating.  If you have these available to you, pick them up and give them a try.  They really are superb.

Essie - Madison Ave-Hue + FRUITIPS!!!

Essie – Madison Ave-Hue + FRUITIPS!!!

Sephora by OPI Polishes Swatches

I hope everyone has had a chance to take advantage of the big Sephora by OPI deal thats going on right now.  The polishes are usually $8 or $9 a piece but right now are $10 for 3!  I dont have too many of these but hope my swatches help some of you guys make your minds on a couple of colors that you might be interested in getting.

Sephora by OPI - Access 24/7

Sephora by OPI – Access 24/7

Sephora by OPI - Already Famous

Sephora by OPI – Already Famous

Sephora by OPI - Call Your Mother

Sephora by OPI – Call Your Mother

Sephora by OPI - Caught With My Khaki's Down

Sephora by OPI – Caught With My Khaki’s Down

Sephora by OPI - Iris I was Thinner

Sephora by OPI – Iris I was Thinner

Sephora by OPI - It's Totally Karma

Sephora by OPI – It’s Totally Karma

Sephora by OPI - Mash-Up

Sephora by OPI – Mash-Up

Sephora by OPI - Merry Me

Sephora by OPI – Merry Me

Sephora by OPI - Ocean Love Potion

Sephora by OPI – Ocean Love Potion

Sephora by OPI - Opening Night

Sephora by OPI – Opening Night

Sephora by OPI - Stop Stocking Me!

Sephora by OPI – Stop Stocking Me!

Sephora by OPI - Tempted by Teal

Sephora by OPI – Tempted by Teal

Sephora by OPI - Violet's Just Get Married

Sephora by OPI – Violet’s Just Get Married

Jenna Hipp Nail Polish Collection

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I picked up the Jenna Hipp nail polish collection at Costco earlier in the summer.  I was pretty excited to see this at Costco and at such an awesome price to considering they are five free.  It was only $15 for a set of twelve mini polishes.

I had tried to swatch these earlier but had such a hard time and everything was all goopy and gross.  I’m so glad I had tried then again because application was nothing like the first time.  Maybe I shouldn’t try to do my nails during the heat wave eh?

Anyways onto the swatches!

Jenna Hipp - Damage Control

Jenna Hipp – Damage Control

Jenna Hipp - Room Service

Jenna Hipp – Room Service

Jenna Hipp - Hashtag

Jenna Hipp – Hashtag

Jenna Hipp - Tweet Me

Jenna Hipp – Tweet Me

Jenna Hipp - Freshmaker

Jenna Hipp – Freshmaker

Jenna Hipp - Private Getaway

Jenna Hipp – Private Getaway

Jenna Hipp - Look Hot Feel Cool

Jenna Hipp – Look Hot Feel Cool

Jenna Hipp - I Can Afford It

Jenna Hipp – I Can Afford It

Jenna Hipp - Awards Season

Jenna Hipp – Awards Season

Jenna Hipp - Editor's Pick

Jenna Hipp – Editor’s Pick

Jenna Hipp - Editor's Pick Closeup

Jenna Hipp – Editor’s Pick Closeup

Jenna Hipp - Hollywood Reporter

Jenna Hipp – Hollywood Reporter

Jenna Hipp - After Party

Jenna Hipp – After Party

Revlon – Girly

In my cup: eggnog spice coffee
On my nails: naked 😦

The mani that I had worn on Saturday was an ubercute glitter that was almost sprinkles like.  Revlon’s Girly was a multi colored glitter in a sheer pink jelly base.  The polish was super cute in the bottle but on the nails I just wished I has a polish that was the color of that sweet and adorable jelly pink base.

I had taken the pics in the car when Hubs was driving do the lighting is very inconsistent depending on whichever way the car was facing to the sun!  Good thing I had taken the pics in the car tho because soon after we got home the nails started chipping because of the glue peel off base. Its great foot removal but don’t expect a good wear time!  Also the rest of the polish that was on my nails peeled off after my bath.  I guess soaking in the tub made the glue start to break down.

The Missing Pink

On my nails: The Balm Hot Ticket nail polish in The Missing Pink
In my cup: Dunkin Donuts caramel latte lite

Late Valentines day night after I had finished helping my husband with his project, I had a little bit of time so I gave myself a quick nail painting.  I had originally wanted rhinestones but it was getting pretty late and I didn’t really feel like concentrating to much. 

Here I used a later of Seche Base and three coats of The Balm’s Hot Ticket nail polish in The Missing Pink.  I topped it with Seche Vite and while it was still wet, quickly stuck on a couple of large nail art glitters along my nail line.  The glitter was a very pretty holographic light purple.  I felt like I should have topped it again with another later of Seche Vite, but my polish already felt pretty thick and I didn’t want to make then thicker.  Good thing I took a picture of this when I was finished because when I woke up, half the glitter was gone.


Happy Valentines day!

On my nails: nothing, they are naked today
In my cup: Starbucks morning Joe

I’ve been way busier then I had expected this week.  Everyday this week I had left work on time to go home and help my husband finish one of his projects for work.  The only time to rest was when I was using restroom.

Since I didn’t have anytime to do the Valentines day mani that I had originally planned until maybe tonight, I went through my phone during my commute to work and found a past mani that is suitable for this day!

The color is OPI’s Japanese Rose Garden.  I then accented my ring finger with pink resin rhinestones and red acrylic ones.  The resin rhinestones are slightly more expensive than the acrylic ones but the shine they give off is so much greater.  I do have Swarkovski rhinestones as well and they do have the best shine but the price point is pretty high and it really adds up considering each manicure is an average of two to four days.