Friday, September 19, 2014

Julep Holly and Taryn - teal with jewels!

How’s it going?

All I can say is TGIFffffffff! I celebrated Friday with pizza and pepsi for lunch, a true rebel I am.

Who wants to see a gorgeous teal glitter? Two word, Julep Taryn. It was released back in March for their St. Patrick’s day green themed box as an exclusive polish, but I waited it out and picked it up in a set in one of the secret store sales. I think it was the August secret store? Whatever. My bottle fill line was little low, I think some of the base evaporated out leaving it a bit thick but it wasn’t a big deal it applied ok and next time I will add some thinner to it.

Look at my mani now.

Whooooooaaaahhhh baby, ain’t she purdy? For my base I used Julep Holly, an emerald green metallic. It has a little bit of shimmer. For a metallic it doesn’t show that many brush strokes. This is 2 coats, the first coat was pretty sure and I figured I’d need 3 but that 2nd coat went on like magic and was perfectly opaque!

For my Thumb and pointer I used 1 thick coat of Taryn (due to it being a thicker formula) over Holly. It’s a clear base with fine teal and silver holographic shimmer. I think it’s gorgeous and really works well with Holly. It’s so rainbow shimmery! You should see it in the sun, OMG.

The jewels are from ebay, they have a bit of a rainbowy oil slick look to them that didn’t photograph very well. In some of the photos you can see it.

I’ll be a little sad to take this one off as I am really loving it, but onto the next!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Julep Neha, Margot, and Gianna

Hello my internet lovers!

I’m still working through my August 2014 Julep Wanderlust collection colors, so many polishes so little time but I’m almost done with them. I always thought Neha was pretty looking in the bottle but I was in no rush to use her. Well, she knocked my socks off! Julep describes her as a “sari magenta shimmer” and I agree, what a gorgeous glowy lit from within color. The shimmer isn’t really big so it just gives it a nice depth, sooooo rich. It feels more like a Fall or Winter color to me, but it still does work for August.

Check out what I came up with.

How pretty right?! This is 2 coats of Neha, I think it has a pretty great formula, easy to apply and self-leveling. I feel like it would be hard to mess up applying it, it just laid down nice and flat with no imperfections.

On the pinky I used one layer of Julep Gianna, a jagged gold topper. I’ve recently became a fan of these types of glitter, I still will only use them sparingly in a mani but I think they add some good drama! I did have to move some of the glitter around to make it look more even but it wasn’t too bad.

For my index accent I used Julep Margot. A gorgeous foily gold, this is 2 coats. This is another color I think paints well and is easy to apply. The jewels are from ebay.

And here’s my collage. I love collages lol

Thanks for checking it out!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Different Dimension Keep Urchin Up and Julep Ramona and Carrie

Hey Peeps!

It’s definitely getting cooler here, but I’m still gonna squeak out a few more bright manis since it is still technically summer lol My friend Courtney bought me DIFFERENT Dimension Keep Urchin Up for my bday since I was eying it since its release, and it did not disappoint!

Ok, now I'm gonna spam you with a lot of very similar pics lol

Keep Urchin Up is a pale lavender crelly base with different sizes of matte hot pink glitter and sparkly teal glitter. I have seen swatches of this used alone and it gets pretty opaque with 3 coats but I chose to layer 2 coats over 2 coats Julep Ramona. Ramona is a soft lavender crème, they work pretty good together. KUU was a nice formula and I just love it!

On the thumb and pointer I used 3 coats of Julep Carrie, a bubblegum pink crème. This formula isn’t the greatest, 3 coats and still not perfect and that was after thinning it some. Oh well still looks pretty though.

Look at all that fun glitter in there! I especially love the hot pink matte glitter, it really pops against the lavender base.

I’m super happy with the way this came out! It might be a little Spring feeling but who cares lol

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Gridlock Lacquer Halloween polish - Haunted at Central Terminal

Hey my scary Friends, is it too early for some Halloween nail art? NEVER!!!

Today I have a Gridlock Lacquer Halloween polish to review, Haunted at Central Terminal. If you live in Buffalo you are probably familiar with The Central Terminal, if not click the link for some history.

When I opened the package with this polish I got so excited! It looks so witchy and perfect for Halloween. It has a black jelly base jam packed with black, orange, purple, and a touch of teal glitter. I was thinking it was going to be more of a glitter topper, but when I applied it to a swatch stick (which was immediately by the way, I need to try it ASAP lol) it was full coverage! This is no wimpy glitter, it’s fully opaque at 2 coats.

Onto pics!

Tell me this isn’t Halloween in a bottle. I especially love the square purple glitter.

Haunted at Central Terminal applied nicely and the glitter dispersed onto the nail evenly without having to mess with it. I applied with slow even strokes and that was enough to get the glitter to lay smooth.

For my accent nail I used another Gridlock Lacquer polish, Garden Walk a metallic purple. I think they look pretty great together! The stamping is MoYou London Biker plate 08.

As you can see I had a little fun taking these pics with some of my Halloween decorations lol

I have a feeling this polish will get a lot of use come October, I want to pair it with an orange next. Check out Gridlock Lacquer forgot groups polishes, Haunted at Central Terminal will be up soon, I'll update once it does!

(This polish was sent to me for review)

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OPI Nordic Collection minis - My Dogsled is a Hybrid and My Voice is a Little Norse stud nail art

Hey my Friends!

A couple weeks ago I bought the mini pack of the OPI Nordic collection and I was waiting for inspiration to strike so I could bust them out! I saw this mani by @meganelice08 on Instagram and it was instant love. I decided to use OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid instead of a white base. First, MDIAH is such a great Fall color, a dusty green teal crème. It applied very nicely but I think due to the mini sized brush I had to do 3 coats, I think with the full size bottle it would only take 2 coats for full opacity. Dang those OPI minis! The original mani used a few different sizes of square and round studs and I didn’t have as many options so I don’t think mine came out as nicely, not bad but just ok lol

Here is my try!

Isn’t My Dogsled is a Hybrid pretty? It dried darker than in the bottle making it a great Summer/Fall transition color.

I used My Voice is a little Norse on the pinky. In the bottle it’s a very gray/gunmetal glitter but loses some of that darker tone on the nail, I do like it but I guess I was expecting a little more out of it. The formula was very nice, this is one coat. If you don’t have a lot of these types of glitters then I’d recommend it, but if you’re like me and have tons of these then you can skip.

I used 3mm silver squares on all fingers but the ring finger, with 2mm gold round studs on each side. The ring finger is all 2mm studs randomly placed. I needed one size smaller than the 2mm studs to make my mani look more like the original.

I think I did ok, but not my fav. I can’t wait to wear My Dogsled is a Hybrid again, definitely a “me” color. Thanks for checking it out!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Julep Kirti and Kathy - Wanderlust nail art

Hey Polish People!

So I had what I thought was a brilliant idea of using Julep Kirti and Kathy together……..meh. This is an ok mani but not my fav. The polish colors are ok, I really love Kathy but I dunno.


Kirti is a very glowy juicy tangerine, it has a lot of shimmer in it. It applied nicely although thick and I had to do 3 coats to get rid of visible nail line.

For the accent nail I used 2 coats of Julep Kennedy with 2 coats of Julep Kathy. Kennedy is a perfect beige cream, been using this one often as a base. Kathy is a glorious pearly gold topper. You could wear it on its own but would take many coats to be perfectly opaque. It applied nice and even, I am really looking forward to using this one again! Would look great with sooooo many colors. The gold jewel studs I got from ebay.

Just another look at the whole thing :)

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