Tuesday, December 27, 2011

OPI My Private Jet, Holographic version!

Many many thanks to my sweet Sally's girl Felicia for letting me borrow this to swatch! I own one of the un-holo versions, and this is MUCH prettier!

Simply beautiful!

I hope you had a very merry Christmas! See you again soon! <3

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

ManGlaze Hot Mess

My sincerest apologies for the recent lack of updates! I have had some health things going on lately, so I've been a little distracted! Funny thing is, I have totally been doing my nails and taking pics, I just haven't uploaded! hah!

Today, I have ManGlaze Hot Mess to show you! This one was given to me as a Christmas present by my great friend Felicia!

What you see above is 3 coats of Hot Mess. It would look beautiful layered (I've seen it over Mayonaise, and MAN it's beautiful!!!), but I think it also looks gorgeous by itself! It's pretty silver glitter in a matte clear base. I really have to get myself some more ManGlaze.... the formula is just amazing!

See you again soon! <3

Monday, December 5, 2011

Zoya Gilda

Hey lovely readers! I hope you had a great weekend! I got lots of Christmas shopping done, and I even completed a Pinterest project! I will post a picture of it soon! :)

Here is a gorgeous color that I wore for at least 3 days. WHOA!

Zoya Gilda is described by Zoya as a "fashion pink sparkling metallic". Gilda comes from the same collection is Charla and Ivanka, so she's got the same gorgeous glass-fleck shimmer. There was an unfortunate lack of sun while I was wearing her, so my apologies for the lack of sparkly sunlight pictures. There was some photo-only VNL in these pictures after 2 coats, so pictured is 3 coats.

If you haven't noticed, keep a close eye on Zoya's Facebook Page.... There have been lots of fun promos lately!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December Julep Maven Boho Glam!

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts for the last few days! I've been busy catching up with friends and doing Christmas shopping! Today, I'm going to my friend's house to help her make her Christmas cards with her Cricut!

It's Maven time again! This month's box has a bit of flair to it, since it's Christmas time! Here's what I got in my Boho Glam box!

Julep Pomegranate Body Creme: This stuff SMELLS AMAZING! It's seriously really great, and feels SO silky! My husband even liked the smell of it! I might be biased since I tend to love anything Pomegranate-scented, but it really does smell awesome! The only down side to this is that some of the lotion worked it's way out of the jar during shipping, so everything in my package had a lotion-y layer. Nothing a quick wipe didn't solve! 

Julep Nail Applique in Peacock: The design on these are so cute! The next picture will show a more close-up picture of the design. I'm interested to see how these will hold up next to Sally Hansen and Incoco. 

Julep Fast Dry Topcoat: I wasn't too excited to get this. I bought this a few months ago with my referral credits, and wasn't impressed. After 20 minutes, my nails were still VERY tacky, and I actually ended up putting China Glaze Fast Forward over the top of it to force it to dry! I may be spoiled because of the top coats I've been using, but it seems strange that it would claim "fast dry" when it took MORE than 20 minutes! 

Here is an up close view of everything in the package! This month in everyone's box they included a bonus little pot of nail art things... The one I was given has little gold bullions! I don't think I have gold, so that's cool!

Look at how cute those appliques are! Can't wait to try them! :) I'll be sure to show them to you guys when I do!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

8 Days of Julep: Julep Chloe

Ahh, here we are! Day 8 of 8 Days of Julep, and the last day of the Turkey Day weekend! How was your holiday! I hope there were full bellies and good times all around! My weekend was so great and I got so much done, but now I've got a touch of a chest cold. I really hope it moves out soon... I hate being sick!

Anyway, on to the last Julep pretty that I have to show you.... Julep Chloe!

Chloe has a gorgeous black base with a gorgeous magenta-purple glitter. The pictures do this no justice at all... It's so beautiful! It was just a bit textured after drying, so I added a top coat to smooth things over. This is 3 coats.

Hooray! That's it! I hope you all enjoyed my Julep week as much as I did, and I hope you have new Julep pretties on your wish list! Maybe you'll get some in your Juleo Maven Box?

See you next time! :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

8 Days of Julep: Julep Boris & Nicole

Almost done with 8 days of Julep! Can you believe tomorrow is the last day? How have you enjoyed the swatches so far? Today's Julep swatch is a gorgeous one... Here's Julep Boris & Nicole!

Boris & Nicole is a gorgeous red-orange shimmer.... 2 coats were used to achieve complete opacity, and the formula was dreamy! I love this color... it reminds me of bricks and flames!

Remember, you can become a Julep Maven by clicking HERE, and you'll get monthly Julep goodies all for your very own!

See you tomorrow!

Friday, November 25, 2011

8 Days of Julep: Julep Catherine

Hey guys! How was your Turkey Day? Mine was great... I had 2 families to visit, and we brought home tons of left overs! Also, despite years of saying that I would NEVER do it again, I actually went Black Friday shopping! Michaels had a great deal on Cricut machines and cartridges, so I bought my Christmas present while my hubby was working! I got a Cricut Expressions 2 for $199 that came with 4 cartridges, plus the cartridges were on sale for $25 a piece! I'm so excited, but the hubby won't let me  play until I open it on Christmas. Hah!

Anyway, back to the Julep! Here is Julep Catherine!

Catherine is a perfect red jelly creme. This showed just a bit of VNL after 2 coats, but it was a lot less noticeable than it shows in the pictures. I got Catherine in a Holiday set on Julep.com... $48 for Catherine, another polish that slips my mind at the moment, a glass file, Facial for Hands scrub, cuticle oil, and the cute make-up bag that I missed out on when I picked the Polish Lovers option this month! It was really a great deal!

Remember, you can get lots of Julep goodies sent to you each month by becoming a Julep Maven!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

8 Days of Julep: Julep Amy

Hello again! And HAPPY TURKEY DAY!!! Do you have big plans today? We are going to THREE family's houses today... we will be running all over! But I'm very excited... I love Thanksgiving and I love turkey! What are you thankful for today? I am thankful for my husband, my family and friends, and for my life!!

Have you enjoyed the Julep love in my posts so far this week? I have another for you... Julep Amy!

 Amy is THE perfect dusty sky blue! It makes me think of the perfect cloudless day... Just gorgeous! The coverage was great, with just 2 coats. It dried to a neat satin finish... not quite matte and not quite gloss. It was very flattering and pretty!

I hope you're ready.... because there's more Julep coming your way! Which ones are your fav's so far?  Don't forget to stop by tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

8 Days of Julep: Julep Selena

Day 4! And there's still some more! Bahaha <3

Ok, I'll admit it. When I first saw the Boho Glam Maven box for November, I wasn't too sure about Julep Selena. The color was.... interesting. I was going to stick with it, but then of course, the Polish Lovers option was given, and I just had to! So, I decided I'd just order Selena with a referral credit! Boy, am I glad I did! I absolutely love this shade! You might think I'm crazy, but I love the way it looks on my nails!

Selena is a pretty-ugly-pretty yellow-y moss green creme. It's so ugly that it's pretty, ya know what I mean? No really, I love this color! It's so unique! 2 coats.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

8 Days of Julep: Julep Zoe

Day 3! Hooray! Today, I have the gorgeous Julep Zoe!

Zoe is a bright, shimmering copper orange. She reminds me of a new penny! I loved new pennies when I was a kid! I remember once, when my sister and I were home alone, we used a ton of vinegar and salt to clean all the pennies we could find! My mom was SO mad at us! Again, this is just 2 coats of Zoe.

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Stay tuned for day 4!

Monday, November 21, 2011

8 Days of Julep: Julep Amanda

Welcome to day 2 of 8 Days of Julep! Today, I have a fun polish to show you that came to me from the lovely Chelsea at The Nail Network! Behold the super bright Julep Amanda!

HOLY CANOLEY this polish is bright! And it makes my hands look pretty awesomely tan! Amanda is the perfect color of Orange Sherbet. The only flaw with Amanda is that she required just a bit of polish thinner (I believe I added 3 drops... you were right, Chelsea!), but after that she was nice and smooth... just 2 coats to opacity! This is definitely going to be my next pedi color!

Don't forget to click HERE to get your own Julep goodies!

Are you excited for day 3?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

8 Days of Julep: Julep Maggie

Hey guys! I've got lots of little Julep bottles and not a lot of Julep swatches... So I decided to give you a week of Julep! Then I realized that I had 8 swatches.... oops! So I'll do 8 days! Sunday to Sunday... nothing but Julep-y goodness!

The first gem I have to show you is Julep Maggie.

I wish my pictures actually did this beauty justice! Maggie is a gorgeous violet with glitter that shines flashes of pink, blue, and purple. Wonderful in 2 coats, and actually wasn't a pain to remove! My apologies for the tip wear... This is actually after 2 days of wear and tear on Maggie.

Interesting in getting lots of Julep goodies, including their beautiful polishes, amazing cuticle oil, and dreamy Facial For Hands Glycolic Hand Scrub? Click HERE to sign up for their Julep Maven program, and for $20 a month, you can get a box with some amazing goodies! Such a fun, great program!

Stay tuned for more Julep spam!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Catrice Sold Out Forever

Hey guys! Happy Saturday! I finally feel like I can slow down a little bit. I saw Breaking Dawn twice yesterday (once at Midnight and again that night with my work ladies)... To be honest, I really didn't like it. I hate that I didn't because I am a big Twilight fan. I was just really disappointed. :( But, the soundtrack was really good, so that's a plus!

Anyway, now that THAT is out of the way.... This is a polish from my very first swap with my Netherlands buddy, Kati!

Catrice Sold Out Forever is a gorgeous pale sage green with a soft green pearl shimmer. I love the formula on Catrice polishes.... This was absolutely perfect coverage in 2 thin coats.

What's on your nails this weekend?

Thanks for stopping by, sweet friends! <3

Friday, November 18, 2011

Zoya Feel Collection for Winter 2011 Swatches & Photos

I'm so excited to show you this collection! It's absolutely beautiful! Zoya has definitely delivered with these soft, gorgeous neutral cremes for winter! It's refreshing, after all of the dark fall shades!

L to R: Kendal, Megan, Avery, Kennedy, Carey, Kristen

Kendal: Zoya describes Kendal as a "lavender, beige creme". She is just gorgeous! Flawless in just 2 coats. 

Megan: Zoya describes Megan as "taupe gray creme". This one really reminds me of winter... almost the color of snow-y clouds! 2 coats.

Avery: Zoya describes Avery as a "blond-beige creme". This is the only one in the collection I'm iffy about. I love the color, I'm just not to sure about it on me. It seems a bit yellow for my skin tone. 2 coats.

Kennedy: Zoya describes Kennedy as a "pale, french beige creme". That's more like it! This one has more rose-y undertones, so it's much more flattering to my skin. I love it! 2 coats.

Carey: Zoya describes Carey as "periwinkle gray". This is like Dove's more sophisticated cousin. A true grey! 2 coats.

Kristen: Zoya describes Kristen as a "gull gray nail polish with a mild bluish hue". This is my favorite in the collection! Almost like a soft powder blue... it's such a flattering, pretty shade! 2 coats.

Overall, this collection is a winner for me. So simple, yet so sophisticated... and shades to flatter all! All of the polishes had great formulas and were completely opaque in 2 coats across the board.

What do you think of the Feel collection? Which ones are must-haves for you? Which one is your favorite? What do you think about Avery on me... Does it look weird or am I just being silly? 

Thanks for stopping by, my dears!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Essence Nail Art Twins: Edward and Bella


Eeeeeee :)

Anyway, short post! (Scheduling this, and it's past my bedtime!) Goodies from Kati! Teal and Glitter! Yay!

Bella: So, when I think of Bella, I don't think Teal. But It's pretty!.... 2 coats. :D

Edward: Sparkly! Geddit? Tiny holographic glitters with bigger square teal glitters! This one is fun! 1 coat

Also, obsessed with this song! Check it:

(Night! <3)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

China Glaze Eye Candy Collection Swatches

I was lucky enough to get my hands on 4 of the 6 China Glaze Eye Candy polishes... These are the 4 are at Sally's. The only ones I didn't get are Material Girl (Pink) and Marry A Millionaire (purple bar glitter). Anyone know where to get them? I'm keeping an eye on CosmoProf! If you have em for swap, please email me!

L to R: Love Marilyn, Lorelei's Tiara, Blonde Bombshell, and Some Like It Haute

Love Marilyn: "Vivacious red with shimmering silver particles." Love Marilyn has red microglitter and small round silver glitter in a clear base. Almost like the red glitter from the OPI Muppets collection, but they are very different. This is 2 coats layered over China Glaze Red Pearl.

Lorelei's Tiara: "Sterling silver infused with blue sprinkles." The silver glitter in this is SUPER tiny and dense (much smaller than the red in Love Marilyn), but the blue is the same size as the silver in LM. This is  one of my favorites from the collection! 2 coats, layered over China Glaze Devotion.

Blonde Bombshell: "Glistening multi-dimensional gold flecks." This polish has 3 different glitters going on. First, the super-fine gold glitters, like in Lorelei's Tiara. Then, the small round gold glitters. But Blonde Bombshell has a little something extra.... Holographic bar-glitter-ish fibers. They are so super tiny that they're almost hard to see, but it's a nice execution of it... Not "hairy" like many bar glitters tend to be. This is 2 coats, layered over China Glaze Passion.

Some Like It Haute: "Graphite gray with holographic glitter." This is my absolute favorite! In these pictures, you see the minuscule glitter that was in LT and BB, but with the way it's layered, you can see more detail on just how tiny it is. The larger glitters in this one are holographic... it gives a gorgeous effect! It's like Orly Androgynie's hot younger sister! This is 2 coats, layered over Zoya Raven.

Over all, this collection is gorgeous! These glitters have great coverage and are super easy to work with. All but Love Marilyn could have done without layering, but I thought layering would give them more depth... And by themselves I probably would have used 3-4 coats. I can't wait to see the other two in the collection... I hope I can get them soon!

What do you think about this collection? Which ones are you going to get for yourself? What do you think about ALL OF THIS GLITTER in these holiday collections?!!
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