Category: Nails

 
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HUE19

Oh Zoya, it’s been so long…

I get all kinds of good information from my fb Groups. I had somehow missed the HUE19 promotion – no emails, nothing on from the brand on Social Media – but an online friend clued me into the HUE19 sale – any 4 polishes “FREE”, just pay $15 shipping. I took advantage of a similar sale in 2015, except it was just 3 polishes. Nice!

I only picked one from the newest collection – “Winter Holos” – and that was “Everly”, diamond holographic fuchsia red. I skipped straight to the “Jubilee Holiday 2018” collection for the last three: “Juniper”sparkling teal textured PixieDust, “Kateri”midnight brown cream, and the one I’d been lusting after for months – the Leopard Spots Topper.

Of course, I jumped on the Leopard Spots Topper first – I’ve already used it twice!

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January 2019 Ipsy Bag – Recharge

I am getting total summer vibes from this month’s ipsy bag. I mean, look at this summery bag – baby blue chambray stripes with a hint of coral lining…ugh, why are my feet so cold? Maybe because it’s January.

Inside this month’s “Recharge” bag: Fluide Lip Gloss in “Elsewhere” (brand is new to me…and um, will this blue gloss make me look like Elsa?); Color Club Nail Polish in “Williamsburg” (this blackened blue glitter is HAWT); Illumasqua Colouring Pencil Eye Crayon in “Honour”; Pure Brazilian Leave-in Conditioner; and H2O+ Beauty Oasis Hydrating Treatment.

This is a rather random assortment of products. The brands are kind of off as well. Is ipsy the next subscription box to get the boot???

I haven’t gotten my Allure or Sephora boxes yet this month…I wonder what that means?

If you’d like to try Ipsy – click here. I’ll earn 250 points if you sign up through my link.

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Angelique

I did it – I found a glitter nail polish that doesn’t look as good mattified!

This is Julep “Angelique”dragonfly wing iridescent glitter. It’s a mix of green and gold glitter – and shockingly, it looks better with a glossy top coat than a matte one.

This is two coats of “Angelique” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat. I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my thumb and ring finger, and regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest.

I bet this polish would look nice over a red or turquoise base. I need to experiment with it.

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Bad Witch

I’ve been waiting for someone to tell me to put down the matte top coat and slowly step away…but it hasn’t happened yet, so I guess I’ll just keep going.

I’ve been sitting on Sinful Colors “Bad Witch” since around Halloween. It is a gorgeous royal blue jelly glitter. I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and got absolutely full coverage in two coats. I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on all of my nails, except for the ring finger. I had to see what it looked like glossy, so I topped it with regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It looks great both ways!

I have no idea why, but my ring finger and pinky nails grow just out of control – they make me look like a cokehead! I trimmed them down to match the rest of my nails and then reshaped my index finger to be less pointy. What do you think?

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Sabina

You know when you go to the beach, and sometimes, the sand is really chunky, because the sand is not sand, but small bits of smashed shells and coral and it’s really rough, but pretty? That’s what Julep “Sabina” looks like – crushed seashells and sand.

“Sabina” is a really odd polish – smooth and sharp at the same time. I was afraid it would be blotchy and leave naked spots on my nails, but I got full, even coverage in two coats. I started with Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. Matte on matte on matte on matte!

In college, I knew a girl named “Sabina”. She was a really crunchy hippy girl, but she was hands down one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known – she was always smiling. I always wanted to ask her if her parents meant to name her “Sabrina”, but misspelled it – I didn’t realize that “Sabina” was a name on it’s own, because I’d never heard it before. D’oh.

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January 2019 Julep Box – Face the Future

Well hell, I picked an odd assortment of colors this month, didn’t I?

I skipped this month’s featured beauty product – boost your radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Oil. I’d gotten it in the January 2017 box – I ended using it more as a lipstick remover than a facial oil. It smelled lovely, but my face doesn’t do well with oils.

It Girl “Sabina” is seashell matte glitter and Boho Glam “Zara” is oyster grey sheer holographic. Both are very bland and neutral. Boho Glam “Angelique” is dragonfly wing iridescent glitter, but it’s not from this month’s collection – it’s from a Mystery Box, but it called out to me when I was building my box. I also added a sheet of silver stripe decals – I’m not quite sure how I’m gonna use them – they are super long.

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Smurf Pox

Oh no! My fingers have Smurf Pox!

I mean…look at the bottle. Is what happened to my nails what you would expect by looking at the bottle? In the bottle, it looks like blue glitter in a sheer blue base. Nope. The base is actually clear, with a slight purple shimmer. It doesn’t even camouflage my yellowy nails.

This…travesty…in Sinful Colors “Cosmotion”, from the ‘Moon Metals’ Collection. This is THREE thick coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

“Cosmotion” is not totally useless – it would make a subtle top coat? Or maybe sandwich it between some other colors of glitter?

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Marleny

I cannot resist a good fuchsia nail polish. I have dozens and dozens of “Furious Fuchsia” nail polishes that match my old car – and I will continue to collect them. When I die, they can paint my coffin with it. Oh wait – I’m getting cremated…they can paint my urn with it.

This one is Julep “Marleny” from December’s Maven box. It’s got a good silver shimmer to it – it adds a depth to the polish.

This is two coats of “Marleny” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. For some reason, it seemed to wear down on my tips quickly. I don’t remember if I did some dishes or something – unlikely, but maybe.

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Fairy Nails

I accidentally made fairy nails!

I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired, so I just grabbed a few polishes from my ‘untried’ basket, thinking that maybe I could make a wintry, blizzard type thing? I grabbed Pure Ice “Don’t You Wish” and…a nameless Style Essentials polish from a Beauty Box 5 almost 5 years ago!

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat (one of my faves, but almost empty). I then did two coats of “Don’t You Wish”. My nails are fairly unstained, if a bit yellowed, so I decided I could handle a sheer polish. For fun, I used the nameless polish on my thumb and ring finger. I finished with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat and was astonished at the result! The matte made the iridescence of “Don’t You Wish” turn blue, except only visible with a light shining on it. I wasn’t able to capture the effect in a picture very well, but they were amazing. I couldn’t stop looking at them.

I don’t know exactly why I decided they were fairy nails – probably because they were white and gauzy and shimmery. The reminded me of Galadriel in Lord of the Rings.

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Imagine

I imagine there’s no better polish for New Year’s Eve than a flashy holographic. Even though I was on the couch with the kids all night, eating popcorn and a Swiss Colony Beef Log, while watching Ru-Paul’s Drag Race All-Stars 4 – I needed to have the right nails for the occasion.

I selected Julep “Lennon” from this month’s Julep box. Can you believe that I got full coverage in a single coat? This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat – I did two coats, just to make sure. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, but I’m curious how holographic polishes look with a Matte Top Coat.

Oh, did you noticed that I fixed my thumb and index finger? I shaped them to match the rest of my nails. I feel like I have a hangnail on my middle finger though – or it is about to split from the side. I might have to cut it down to the quick to prevent a catastrophe. Pray for my fingernail, please.