I love this manicure…because I LOVE having black polish on my nails. Personally, I think it’s gorgeous and always appropriate! What do you think?! Do you get into Valentine’s Day? Does this mani appeal to your less-than-romantic side? Thanks for stopping by today =) Have a great one!
|Fruitcake is ready for her close-up!|
This post is part of my Valentine’s Nail Series =) I am challenging myself to post “Valentines-y” manis everyday in February through Valentine’s Day! I’m not necessarily trying to do heart nail art for 14 days, just nails inspired by the colors and feel of the holiday. Remember how exciting it was when we were kids and had Valentine’s Day parties at school and ate cupcakes and candy and enjoyed spending time with our friends? That’s the Valentine’s Day feeling I’m inspired by! Most of the manis I do in the next two weeks could easily be redone with any color scheme, so allow yourself to be inspired too!
Hope you are all having a great weekend so far! =) Today’s manicure is a nice and easy one with BIG impact! This could be done with absolutely any color, as long as you have a matte top coat, but to keep with the Valentine’s theme, I used a gorgeous, bright pink. After my base coat, I painted on two coats of OPI Strawberry Margarita and followed with a coat of Essie Matte About You. Matte polishes dry pretty quickly and the effect is really cool! The benefit of a matte top coat, such as Matte About You by Essie, is that they can be used over an polish in your collection, so you don’t need to specifically buy matte polishes! Once the matte finish was set, I used Strawberry Margarita and my dotting tool to add the design. No top coat for this one, or it would ruin the matte effect.
Personally, I LOVE how this turned out! It’s textural, interesting, and subtle. I want to try it out with all of my favorite shades! What color would you try this with first?!
Thanks so much for reading! =) Love you all!
|Pre-clean up but it shows the glitter nicely…|
Lynnderella polishes are designed and made by Lynn from the Lynnderella blog. They are now sold exclusively at Llarowe for $15 each. Leah Ann from Llarowe is doing a great job getting these polishes out to people who want them…and believe me, A LOT of people want them! There is currently quite the hype around this label…and after recieving my first two in the mail today (another one on back order that should be here soon), I see why! If you’re interested in getting yourself some Lynns, sign up for email updates from Llarowe (link above) or check out their Facebook page for ordering information! =)
Hope you enjoyed my first Lynnderella post! I promise to re-swatch this one over a darker color next week so we can see its full potential! =) Thanks for reading! Love you all!
Hi everyone! Today I have a review of the polishes in my Julep Maven It Girl February box! This month’s boxes were Oscar themed…and included a chocolate Oscar! Super cute. For me, half the fun of the Julep Maven program is the packaging and excitement of opening the box, and this month definitely did not disappoint!
|Oscar, Rachel, Elizabeth, and Chocolate Oscar|
The It Girl box included three polishes this month: Julep Rachel, Julep Elizabeth, and Julep Oscar. Let’s take a look at these award show worthy shades…
Julep Rachel is described by Julep as a “warm rich copper shimmer.” When I saw this shade in the bottle, I wasn’t that excited about it. I usually don’t like frosty shimmer shades, but once I put this on, I liked it! I really like the Julep brush, and it made it easy to hide the brush marks in the shimmery finish. The formula was fantastic and easy to work with. I feel like this would be a nice pedicure shade, and I think I’d love it on my fingers in the fall.
|Julep Rachel with flash…trying to capture the elusive shimmer|
Julep Elizabeth is described as a “Midnight blue with a hint of shimmer.” In the bottle, I was LOVING this shade, but I was sad that a lot of that excitement did not translate to the nail. In the bottle, you can see a blue and pink shimmer running through the dark, dark blue polish. On the nail, it mostly just looks like a dark, almost black creme polish. In the light, you can see the shimmer, but it is very subtle. Maybe in the sun (none of that in Ohio today haha) the shimmer would come out more, but I wasn’t super impressed with it. If you’re looking for a pretty dark blue polish though, it fits that description!
|Julep Oscar over Rachel|
|Julep Oscar over Elizabeth|
Julep Oscar is described as an “ultra chic, multi-dimensional gold glitter.” I would describe it as gold micro glitter in a clear base. I decided to swatch it as an accent nail (one coat) on the other two colors, and it is really pretty. I feel like with two or three coats, you could probably get it pretty opaque on its own, but I didn’t swatch it that way because I didn’t want to use up half of my bottle!
Overall, this box was fun. I really like Julep’s brush, but the bottle shape makes me nervous…I’m afraid I am going to tip it over when I try to wipe a little polish off the brush on the lip of the bottle. Also, each bottle is only 8mL, so about half the size of a normal OPI, Essie or China Glaze bottle. I definitely think that $14 is a steep price for 8mL of Julep polish. However, the price comes down to $11.20 if you are a Maven (20% discount). Now if you are in the Maven program, three polishes in the $19.99 box is a better deal!
The Julep Maven program is a subscription service you can sign up for! For $19.99 a month, you receive a box filled with $40 to $60 worth of Julep manicure products. When you sign up, you take a quiz to reveal your style and for $19.99 you receive an Intro Box, and then you’ll start getting the monthly boxes. Every month on the 20th, Julep sends out an email telling you what’s in the box that month and then you have three options: 1) skip the month with no penalty! 2) send your box to a girlfriend as a gift! 3) choose a different style for the month with no extra charge! How easy is that? Also, you’ll get 20% off and free shipping on anything else on the Julep site, and there is a referral program. Overall, if you like Julep’s polishes, it’s a win-win-win situation! To become a Maven, follow THIS LINK!
Thanks for reading today! Are YOU a Julep Maven?! =)