Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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!  :-)

Posted By Karen at 8:07 am
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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.


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Posted By Karen at 8:05 am
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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!

Tuesday, November 24, 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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Posted By Karen at 7:46 am
Tuesday, November 24, 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?

Posted By Karen at 7:39 am
Tuesday, November 24, 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?
Posted By Karen at 7:37 am
Tuesday, November 24, 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!


Posted By Karen at 7:36 am
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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!