Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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

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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.

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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.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Julep Kayla and Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond

Purple. This. Is. Purple!!!!  My goodness.

Enough of that :)  This is Julep Kayla and she owns me. It's so juicy and bright and just glows. I knew from the bottle that it would be a bit sheer so I layered it over Julep Elisa, a pale cool toned lavender. I think Elisa was a good choice and it made Kayla pop.  2 coats Kayla over 2 thin coats Elisa.

I didn't want to take away from the vivid purple so I chose Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond as an accent, and I think it set off the mani perfectly. SOCD is a sparsely packed silver holo fine glitter in a clear base. The clear base is a bit thick so I only used one coat, I already had 4 layers of color down and one more coat would have been toooooo much.

This pic is intentionally blurry to show the pink shimmer.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise and Gridlock Lacquer Elmwood Village

A few weeks back I stumbled upon a local (Buffalo, NY) independent polish brand Gridlock Lacquer. They create polishes inspired by Buffalo and the culture. It was instant love for me! I couldn't wait to try the gorgeous glitter topper Elmwood Village.

I'm currently waiting for my Ottlite to arrive so that I can't take some better pics. These are a little blurry but I think they'll work for the time being :)

Onto the mani!

For the base I used China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise. Looks gorgeous in the bottle with some subtle shimmer, it did dry darker than in the bottle and it chipped in about 24 hours :( It is super bright and there must be neon pigments used for it that caused the chipping. I haven't had good luck with CGs lately and I think I'm done with them.

Look at that adorable label! It's the Buffalo skyline :) it's a clear base filled with silver, green, blue, green small and large hex glitter. There is also jagged pieces of black glitter in there which I did have to fish out the black to place them. The other glitters went on perfect, and the formula was very workable for such a jam packed glitter! Love it.

On the pinky is Julep Brandt, an off black creme. Currently my fav black as the formula is perfection and doesn't look as harsh as a straight black. The neon yellow 3mm studs I got from eBay. This mani made me super happy and then Turned Up Turquoise chipped and made me all angry face grrrrrrr.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Twilight Beauty items back from the vault! 50% off sale!

Remember Twilight Beauty? It's been 5 years since the launch and some items have come back in stock, or maybe they just never sold ;)

Twilight Beauty is having a 50% off sale for orders over $25 and $1.99 shipping on ALL orders. Here are the details from the email I received:

VAULT KEY: VIPvaultkey0714


Dear Twilighter,

There are ONLY 48 HOURS LEFT for our original email subscribers like you to have EXCLUSIVE access to this specialty site. This is your last chance to go wild and stock up on some of our best sellers before we open the vault to the general public. Some items have already been sold out, so grab what you love while you can!

You still get to use the TwilightForever discount. 50% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER when you spend $25 or more! Only, while supplies last.

We're also still including shipping for ONLY $1.99 on ANY SIZE ORDER! Yes, your fandom continues to pay off. Thanks for the love and enjoy the thrill while it lasts.

Simply go to and enter in the VAULT KEY password above to enter the site. Then on the checkout page enter in the DISCOUNT CODE above. Shhh.... this secret is ours for only a couple more evenings. The vault will be open on Thursday morning and there's no telling what will be left for Twihards to prey on....

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Julep Monaco, Max, and Serum No 5 Flashing Lights

Sooooo this is weird. I don't normally post my manis, but I am very into polish and nail art. Shocking, I know. Since all things Twilight have pretty much been at a dead halt since BD 2 was released on DVD :( I thought maybe I could share some of my manis :) See, from sad face to happy face!

My fav brand is definitely Julep. I'm a Julep Maven meaning I subscribe to their monthly polish box. They seem to get a lot of hate and side glances among many nail bloggers but I don't fucking care. I love them and their polishes. Not so much their makeup products, el Yucko fo sho. I wish they'd stick to mani/pedi products but whatever, I seem to have lost that battle. Onto the purdy polishes!

Photo taken with flash, this one isn't really color accurate it looks much brighter here than IRL but I thought it showed the mani off nicely so too bad. Julep Monaco on the first 4, with Julep Max on the middle and ring, Serum No 5 Flashing Lights on pinky. I used some 2mm black metal studs I got off eBay. Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

Dat shine! Pic taken with no flash.

This is way more color accurate. I used 2 coats of Monaco, the first went on kinda streaky, sheer, and thin. I used a second thicker coat and it was perfectly opaque. 3 coats of Flashing Lights.

I love the way this mani came out. I bought Max on a whim since these type of big glitter toppers aren't really my thang, but I think I kinda love it ;)

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