Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Quick Update!

Hi, everyone!

I wanted to put up a quick post just to let you know that I realize I haven't been active on my blogs for the last month.  I am at the tail end of my pregnancy and have run into some small issues that have made it difficult for me to keep up at the moment.  I haven't disappeared or abandoned either of my blogs.  I just want to comfortably and safely make it through this last portion of my pregnancy, likely need a bit of recovery time, find a new balance with an addition to the family, and I will get back to my usual postings.

I do have a couple of posts that have been photographed already, but not typed up.  If I get some time and energy, I may post those.

Please understand, though, that I am quite drained at the moment and have my hands extremely full with general life and being a mother and wife already....  there are day to day things I am also managing. I will start posting again, however, before you know it!  :-)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Glitter Waterfall


I have seen quite a few "waterfall" manicures recently.  They're all quite lovely and inspiring.  I wanted to give it a try, too, but with some densely packed glitter polishes.  This ended up being the finished result.


I used all Milani glitters for the stripes of colors.  These are the polishes I selected:
  • Red Sparkle
  • Purple Gleam
  • Gold Glitz
  • Blue Flash
These were layered over a base color.  The polish I selected to do that job was Orly Black Vinyl. It is a matte finish.  I felt that the glitter finish over a matte finish would be striking.  

The problem that I ran into was that the glitter polishes are very rough.  It was rather obnoxious.  They were catching in my hair, and picking at the fibers of clothing.  I wouldn't be able to wear this manicure with it doing that.  

My solution was to take a thin brush and swipe clear top coat only over the areas that had glitter.  As you can imagine, this wasn't entirely easy seeing as each glitter stripe was a different length down the nail.  I managed a pretty decent job, but as you can see, there are some areas where the clear ended up extending beyond the glitter.

Considering the base was a matte polish, this wore extremely well.  I didn't have any chipping for many days.  I would like to do this again but more holiday themed. 


Monday, December 2, 2013

December Julep Maven Box

Today my December box from Julep arrived in my mailbox.  I was more excited about the "extra" product than the actual polish in this box.   That hardly ever (IF ever) happens.  

As usual, the box was packaged lovely.  The box was silver this month instead of the regular black.  Inside it had white tissue paper with glitter sprinkled on it.  The shredded paper on the inside was purple.

Let's go ahead and discuss the polishes.  I chose the Classic With A Twist box.  This consisted of two polishes in the colors Jillian (the berry color) and Mia (the green-tinged gold).

Mia is a micro fine shimmer polish that leans mostly gold but in certain lights/at certain angles you can see it has hints of green.  It almost has that old, tarnished gold look to it.  It is pretty but nothing out of this world.  It is just different enough, though, for me to justify owning it.

Jillian was a bit darker than I expected.  It is a berry micro shimmer polish that will show its greenish duochrome when angled just right.  It is lovely, I'm just hoping it shows better once on the nails.

The non polish product in my box this month was their eyeshadow palette.  Most people weren't too thrilled to see this show up on the preview.  I, however, was very curious.   I have more than enough neutral eyeshadows, but something was pulling at me to select a box with this in it.  Ya know, cause a girl can never have too many golds, taupes, browns, tans, creams, etc.  HAHA!

The palette isn't very large.  There are 5 shadows inside and each pan only holds .02 oz/.6 g.  It is right around the size of a deluxe sample.  It isn't outside their norm, though.  Their polish is already half the size of a regular polish (yet holds a retail value of $14) and any time they add non polish products they seem to be rather small (ie: smaller than the norm).



Sorry for the finger print in the pan.  I had to rephotograph this one after I had swatched and then uploaded the photos.  I saw that the pan shot didn't turn out right.  DANG IT!



These are swatched on the underside of my arm with no primer underneath.
While the colors don't blow me away, it is rare for that to happen anymore for me.  I do really like them, though, and am excited to actually test them on my eyes.  

I do want to note that none of them are mattes, so if you are like me and need at least one matte for highlighting and toning down the shimmer (no matter how micro fine that it is) you'll still need an additional shadow pulled out to create your look.  

Julep will often throw in a freebie.  Sometimes it is a lip balm or a candy, etc.  It is never anything too big.  But sometimes they're pretty dang fantastic.  This time we got some of the hair ties that are supposed to be more gentle on the hair and not leave dents.  I don't know if everyone got different colors or we all received the same, but I have a silver and a lavender.  I'm LOVING these!  These babies are going into my hospital bag for Labor & Delivery, too.  They'll be handy to have on hand.

If you are interested in Julep products and would like to receive a subscription box each month with nail polishes (and sometimes other products, if you select that box), you can sign up here: JOIN JULEP MAVEN.  To receive your first box free (you will be asked to pay for shipping this first time, though) key in FREEBOX. Please be aware that in signing up for your free box, you are agreeing that you are signing up to join the subscription service as well.  

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Rings of Plum Power

I am apparently on a purple(ish) polish kick.  I intended to grab a more berry colored polish but instead picked up this one thinking it was something else.  Oh well.  I still like the over all manicure.

I started by applying my base coat (Sally Hansen Hard as Nails).  Then I applied two coats of Sally Hansen Plum Power. Then, I swiped on CND Amethyst Sparkle.  for the design I used Pure Ice Silver Mercedes and more Plum Power.  I used different sized dotting tools to create the rings on top of one another.  Finally, I sealed everything in with a coat of Out The Door.

Somehow I managed to get a couple dents in my polish without realizing it.  I didn't even see them until I stepped into the sunlight to take photos.  That frustrates me a bit but I wasn't about to remove the polish and do it again.  I'm incredibly lucky to get any color on my nails at this point.  

I'm thinking it might be time to start busting out some holiday manicures.  I've been in the Christmas spirit for about a month now!  HAHAHAHA!  


Friday, November 22, 2013

Snowman Nail Polish

It is that time of year!  Around Halloween the jack-o-lantern polishes can be found.  With Christmas on the way, some places have brought out their snowman bottles of polish.  I have resisted them each year but this time around I couldn't help myself.

I found this adorable little guy in the stocking stuffer section of my local Meijer store. They had a ton of different colors and originally I had four in my hands.  I had this guy, a close dupe of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, a neutral pale pink glitter, and a small multi-colored glitter.  I noticed most of the polishes, though, weren't really winter or holiday "appropriate" colors. There were a lot of neons and such.  

Ultimately, I only bought this one.  I put down the multi-colored glitter because I have so many that are similar and I hardly use them as it stands.  I put down the neutral pale pink because I also felt that I had something rather similar (I think it is a Sally Hansen or a Milani that I am thinking of).  But, for all the polishes and glitters that I own, I don't have a single Christmas tree green one.   I have colored polishes with green glitter, but no clear base with this type of green glitter flecks.

Mr. Snowman doesn't have a name on the bottle.  They're all just labeled as a snowman polish.  Keep your eyes out, though, cause I would think places like CVS or Walgreens might have them too.  I know my Walgreens have had the Halloween ones in the past.

NOTE: I got this one 2 weekends ago, but I would suspect they're still out on shelves.