Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June Julep Maven Box (Boho Glam)

It has been quite some time since I opted in to receive my monthly Julep Maven Box.    I have gotten to a point where I have quite a large number of polishes and therefore, have become more picky about what I purchase.  I don't want repeating colors and that can easily happen with what I've already got.  With that said, however, neither of the colors in my box are out-of-this-world unique.  BUT, I'll explain why I opted in in just a moment.

My style profile is set as "Boho Glam."  You do have the option to switch your box to another style.  In the past I have picked other boxes and occasionally stick with my pre-selection style profile.  It just depends on my mood and the colors for each month. For June I did stick with my profile.  In my box were two polish colors and a lippie. (there were also 2 lollipops tossed in as a bonus "gift" kind of item)

The colors in my box are Manda and Isabela.   As I said, it has been a while since I've gotten a box.  I suppose I was having a tiny touch of polish withdrawal. I haven't polish shopped in quite some time and had a bit of an itch. While these colors aren't crazy or especially unique, they were just interesting enough for me to take the plunge. Manda is unique to my stash in that she is a very, very pale minty green with a golden flash to her.  I can't think of anything in my collection that would be a dupe.  Isabela, on the other hand, I think I could closely dupe.  But that is what made me curious.  I love Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue (original formula).  That one, though, has been reformulated to a much less interesting version of itself. This looks quite similar to the original formula and I wanted to swatch them side by side to test that thought. We'll see.  I haven't played with it yet.

The lip color for June could be changed out to your color of choice.  There were four, I believe, to select from.  I chose Poppy as it seemed the most flattering for my skin coloring.  I have only slapped it on once and very lightly at that.  It did give my lips a more red, blushed color but nothing insane.  It was a very nice day-wear kind of lip product.  It would be very pretty paired with simple mascara and some blush in a complimenting shade.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Ahh, the warmer weather is coming in and that means I'm livening up my wardrobe.....which includes my nails (when I'm polishing!).   I was a bit undecided on what I should wear but realized I hadn't worn any purples for quite some time so I did a bit of digging and came across this one.  This is Zoya's Perrie polish.  

Perrie is a creme finish and was amazing applying.  I had good coverage at 1 coat, but did apply a second one.  My nails have been peeling, so they're a bit thin.  I wanted to be sure I had that second coat to help with nail thickness.  That way, they'd be less likely to bend and create chips and cracks.

As you can see, I'm still not putting in the dedicated time to baby my nails and cuticles.  They're suffering right now.  I keep telling myself I'll do it the next time I polish, but then that time rolls around and I'm hunched over, late at night after the kids have been put to bed, just trying to slap on some color.  HAHAHA!    Day to day they really don't look bad.  It is just in up close photos where you can see the details that they are cringe-worthy.

So tell me, what color are you wearing?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Low Maintenance Nude Polish

No matter how I type that title, it sounds like I'm talking about things...other than polish!  YIKES!  ANYWAY!  I got the itch to put some polish back on my nails after about a week without.  As I've mentioned, no way (at least for the time being) will I be able to keep up with my old posting schedule and polishing routine.  However, when I slap some color on, I'll do my best to share.

After photographing I realized just how badly my nails and cuticles need some TLC. I need to go out and restock on some of my products.  One being 100% acetone.  Cleaning up the nails without it is just a mess.  The second being some good ol' cuticle butter.

As for the nail polish.  I wanted something low maintenance because I do have little ones and my hands take a daily beating. My polish will start showing wear extremely quickly and to avoid the job of removal, I just slapped some nude polish on as it will be somewhat camouflaged when it chips.

It is hard to tell from the photo, but it is a mixture of colors.  I started with Essie Topless & Barefoot and then blotted on a couple other Essie nudes, pinks, and whites.  I thought it would be fun to have a sort of hidden design/pattern.  Next time I will probably put some deeper shades so they stand out more, though. 

Let me know... What colors are you pulling out now that spring is here?  What are some of your long-standing favorites?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Polish Absence

Holy moly!  It has been a very long time.  I haven't worn polish in well over a year now.  I had decided to stop polishing my nails towards the end of my pregnancy as I was exhausted and just didn't have it in me to dedicate those days to sitting and polishing and changing it out when it chipped.  I was focused on just getting through the pregnancy comfortably.  Then, after my baby was born, I chose to avoid polishing for numerous reasons.  I didn't want the fumes from the polish anywhere near the baby, I didn't honestly have the time to paint with a newborn, and then as she got older, she started teething and would chew on my fingers....  And really, I can say I won't be polishing as frequently as I had been (2-3 times per week), but I plan to occasionally get some color on my tips and will post as I can. 

Yesterday I decided to bust out some spring colored polish to brighten my nails.  I selected For Audrey by China Glaze, which I know I have posted about (probably a couple of times) in the past.  I opted to do an accent nail with OPI Austin-Tatious Turquoise. 

It was very strange seeing color on my nails after so long.  But, it was also refreshing to see the shine on them.  I kept flashing them at my husband and saying, "Ohhh!  Look at that SHINE!  They're so GLOSSY!"  Hahaha!

Clearly, they are a far cry from perfection.  I didn't even bother with the full treatment as I used to.  My baby was napping so I slapped on some polish and called it a day.  There was no cleaning up on the edges or taking my time. I didn't trim and shape my nails, either.  They aren't exactly blog ready, but for my day to day life...  no one is looking and analyzing.  I call that a win.  :-)

While I haven't been polishing my nails this past 1+ year, I have been taking on some fun baby/kid/around the house projects that I will likely post and share on my other blog.  The last I can recall having posted over there was about DIY nursing tank tops.  That went swimmingly well!  I'm still using them, in fact!  You can check that out here:  DIY Nursing Tank Tops and keep an eye out for some other projects!

Friday, May 9, 2014

May Julep Maven Box

Long time no blog post!  As some of you may know, I took quite a long break from any blogging.  At the tail end of my pregnancy I wasn't feeling great and needed to focus on my family as well as myself.  After the birth of my baby, I felt like I just needed to continue to focus my energy on the family.  I'm sure you can understand.  Life always must take precedence.   Hey, I've also updated my second blog.  Some of you may be interested.  I certainly don't expect everyone to be, though.  It is a post on converting a normal tank top into a nursing tank top.   You can take a peek at that: HERE!

I have gotten several of my monthly Julep boxes since I've been gone but I will only post right now about my most recent one.  I got this in the mail about a week ago.  Forgive me for the delayed post on it.  I changed my box to the "It Girl" box.  Though I'm sure I have colors just like these already, I was a sucker.  Plus, this month they said you'd receive double the Jules if you opted to accept your box.  (which, I didn't get double...  I still need to make a phone call about that....)

This first color is called Kam.  She is a lovely, soft mint green.  She will be perfect to wear this spring.  I love these types of aqua-mint kind of shades.  They just scream warm weather and flowers blossoming to me.

This second polish is Jules.  She is a pastel peachy-pink (don't you hate the description "peachy-pink"?)  But, that is what Jules is!  I have a feeling Jules will be sheer and will need 3 coats to even be semi opaque.

My box also included their new Plie Wand.  It is supposed to make polishing your own nails easier as you aren't gripping a tiny polish lid.  We'll see. I don't really have trouble, but I'm sure some will find it absolutely amazing.  For me, personally, I have a feeling it will be more of a nuisance than anything else. 

Did you get a Julep box this month?  If so, let me know which you received and what your thoughts are on the colors!  If you aren't already a Maven, you can sign up through this referral link: CLICK HERE TO BECOME A MAVEN!