Monday, September 1, 2014

Beach mani - Julep India, Kai, Kennedy, Adele

Hey internet Friends!

I realized Summer is coming to a close, even though it's crazy hot today I'm typing this up on Labor Day, so I wanted to squeeze a beach themed mani in. I originally had BIG plans for some stamping over a couple nails but once I got the base colors down I didn't want to cover up their loveliness so I said screw you stamps! Onto the pics.

Julep India thumb to middle, Julep Kai on ring, and Julep Kennedy topped with Adele on pinky. I have loved this mani since the minute I put it on! I think it came out lovely hehehe

India was an ok formula a little thick and stunk something awful! It smells like a sweet skunks butt lol the color though is gorgeous and sooooo blue. So. Blue. It has some super fine shimmer that looks green in some light. Even with the stink which isn't that awful it doesn't linger, I love this color. 2 coats here.

Kai is one of Julep's sea salt finish colors. It doesn't have any shimmer or glitter so I guess a creme sea salt finish? I have all of their sea salt colors and they normally dry lightning fast but this one took a while, I don't think it was 100% dry in my photos ooops because the next morning I noticed it had much more texture to it when it was fully dry. I used 2 coats.

Kennedy is a pretty light creamy neutral, very nice formula, 2 coats shown here. I topped it with 1 coat of Adele a gold shimmery topper that flashes green/aqua. These 2 go excellent together. I used a light blue 2 mm square stud that I got from eBay.

I used Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat except over Kai.

This turned out to be one of my fav manis in a while, what do you think? Did I do a good beach theme? :)

(Whoah just noticed the random floating curved watermark over the last 2 bottle photos haha! I can't fix it right now so that has to wait until tomorrow lol)

follow me on twitter twi_star

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Julep Waleska and Harlow - green and gold oil slick jewel nail art

Hey internet! Today I wanted something really rich and saturated and Julep Waleska was calling to me. In the bottle it's a green teal with lots of gold fine shimmer, truly gorgeous like a jewel. On the nail it seems to lose some of the teal and turns more green BUT it does read as teal just slightly greener, I was a little disappointed but the color is so beautiful I quickly got over it!

I used 2 coats for Waleska, it is very pigmented and almost a 1 coater. The first coat did show more teal but once I slapped on the second coat the green took over. The second coat did go on a little thick so make sure to load the brush up with as little as possible. You can see it shimmers like its nobodies business!

Julep Harlow for the ring accent. Julep describes Harlow as a "Golden dragonfly iridescent chrome" so basically a Chanel Peridot dupe lol. I used 2 coats, first coat was a touch sheer but the second made it nice and opaque. The first time I used Harlow I used 3 coats and that helps to bring out a little more of the blue duochrome that shows in the bottle.

The black oil slick jewels are from eBay. They were nice and shiny before I put on top coat but then after I applied HK Girl top coat and they looked a little textured then and lost their shine :( Oh well, they still look cool!

This is my kitty helping me take photos.


PS What do you think of my improved photos? These were the first taken with my ottlite.

follow me on twitter twi_star

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Color Club East Austin - leopard spots accent nail

Hey Interneters!

This is the last of my posts with crappy pics, I promise ;) I have been taking pics of my last few manis with my ottlite and they are leaps and bounds better. I'm no pro but you get what I mean. Onto the mani!

I love all things coral, neon, gold, and leopard print so I had to combine them ALL into one glorious mani. Color Club East Austin is one of those bright neons that makes your camera freak out all goofy. So yes, it is that bright.

Color Club East Austin is a neon coral peach creme. Formula was a bit wonky, kinda thick but streaky, I used 3 coats. Next time I will add some thinner to see if that helps. But my goodness! The color and crazy brightness are so so great so I forgive it for not having the best formula. I have seen it compared to China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy but I'd say it's a little whiter, very close though.

On the ring I used OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby aka LAMB from the OPI Gwen Stefani collection. I did 2 coats and it dries very fastI have a thing for golds but this one makes me happy. It's a satin finish and has tons of super fine shimmer which gives it a lot of dimension. The satin finish is meant to be worn without top coat and it does look gorgeous that way but I've worn it both ways and can't decide on topic. The leopard dots are East Austin for the inner part and Sinful Colors black for the outer spots.

I loved everything about this mani and was sad to remove it.

follow me on twitter twi_star

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gridlock Lacquer Garden Walk and Elmwood Village - purple glitter nail art

Hello Interneters!

Today I have another Gridlock Lacquer look to show you, I first used the glitter Elmwood Village here.

The purple is Garden Walk, a sort of metallic finish. It was interesting. I used 3 coats because it was kind of sheer, and you can still see a little visible nail line which does annoy me lol Some don't mind nail line so it is what it is. It had a peculiar formula, it wasn't a jelly but almost like a gel? It went on kind of thick but surprisingly dried fast! So that was nice. It is very pretty and had a glowy quality to it! So when I wear it again I'll probably layer it over a pale purple cream for opaqueness. Most people would not be bothered the slightly visible nail line, sometimes I think I'm just crazy lol

Now the glitter, Elmwood Village I adore! It has all sorts of colors and shapes, silver, blue, green, pink, black! It matches so many colors. I used only one coat and it applied nicely.

The 2mm black square studs are from eBay.

Aren't the labels adorable? Love that they show my hometown :)

follow me on twitter twi_star

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Julep Winter and OPI In True Stefani Fashion - icy gray nail art

Hey Interneters!

I still have some older manis to post before I start putting up pics taken with my brand spanking new ottlite. I think they've been coming out pretty friggin sweet, so late next week some good photos I promise :)

This gray mani has nothing to do with Summer, I needed a break from all the brightness, MINE EYES!!!

Julep Winter is a nice light/medium creme gray. To me it leaned slightly warm but I dunno, I still classify it as neutral. 2 coats for opaque coverage, decent formula.

OPI In True Stefani Fashion is amazing. I'm not normally into square glitter but this is HOLO square glitter so the rainbow got me :) One coat of ITSF, it's pretty good coverage and applied perfectly. It's shimmers rainbows much more in person. The 3mm square studs are from eBay. I chose square studs because duh the square glitter.

follow me on twitter twi_star

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

OPI LAMB, Julep Denver, OPI Pure 18kt gold top coat

OPI LAMB (Love. Angel. Music. Baby) has to be one of my fav golds of ALL time. It's a satin finish and looks so great without a top coat, really shimmery and interesting but looks equally as wonderful with some added shine on top. I've been using it a ton since I got it a few months back.

I used LAMB without a top coat here and applied 3 coats, and it dried fast! I probably could have gotten away with 2 coats for full opacity but sometimes I'm known for overkill ;) This pic was taken with my phone with no flash in my bathroom......yea I know, once I get my new Ottlight I'll be better I promise haha

Julep Denver on middle to pinky. A great sea foam creme, just overall gorgeous and sleek formula. 2 coats. Pinky has OPI Pure 18kt top coat over Denver, you can see how the clear base of Pure is kind of tinted a goldish tone. It looks ok with this many because of the color scheme but I'm annoyed that it will look strange over some colors. The 3mm gold circle studs are from eBay.

follow us on twitter twi_star