Category: Nails

 
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Mist-erious

 

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Isn’t this color…mist-erious?

Not mysterious, as in “filled with mystery”, but mist-erious…as in “filled with mist”?

This is another Halloween polish – Sinful Colors “Mist-erious”. It’s very similar in finish to “Spellbound”, but light blue instead of light purple. At first, I thought it was a dupe for “Cinderella”, but “Cinderella” is slightly more greenish and more sheer and iridescent.

This is two coats of “Mist-erious”, over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

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Marjorie Merkin

 

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Fall hit SO late, I’ve just not felt very Halloween-y lately. These delightful Merkin Nails are just the thing to get me into the Halloween spirit – it’s just a week away!

First off, Merkin is the name of our little black cat – so don’t get any wacky ideas about me gluing pubes to my fingernails. I’m not saying it will NEVER happen…but it is highly unlikely.

I decided to use Julep “Marjorie” as the base. I could have sworn that I’d tried “Marjorie” before, but I couldn’t find any posts with it, just the Maven box that had it – in the summer of 2014. That was back in the early days of my collection, before I consciously set aside my “untried” polishes. I bet it just got put in with the rest of the Julep polishes!

This is two coats of “Marjorie” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat. I carefully placed each black cat decal with tweezers, then sealed with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I have lots more kitties left – I’ll have to do this one again!

 

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Spellbound

 

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Let’s have a moment of silence for my luxe long nails. After spending several days helping my sister look through boxes and pack and move, my nails were starting to see the signs. I’s already snagged and ripped two nails while washing my hair and I could tell that several more were approaching that point. even though the new hair and nail vitamins I got from Amazon have made my nails stronger than ever, they couldn’t take all that abuse. I just went ahead and cut them short…some of them TOO short. I foolishly decided to try cutting my nails BEFORE removing the polish, thinking that without being distracted by my nail line, I could get a more symmetrical shape. Nope – didn’t help, plus – I just ended up cutting them too short. Look at my index finger – I cut it almost to the quick!

Excusing the short toddler nails, what do you think of Sinful Colors “Spellbound”? It’s a lavender shimmer from this Halloween’s “Conjured Color” Collection. This is two coats of “Spellbound” over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

At first, I thought “Spellbound” was a dupe for Zoya “Leslie”, but “Leslie” is more purple – if that makes sense? “Spellbound” also has far more shimmer – it’s not just a flash, like “Leslie”.

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Nita

 

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Julep “Nita” is muy bonita, eh? It’s my first pick from this month’s box.

“Nita” is cinder ash microglitter – I think microglitter is my favorite finish by Julep. No other polish brand does this fine-grit, sandy finish like Julep does. It adds a dimension to the polish that is unlike any other.

This is two coats of “Nita” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat – no top coat.

You know what else this polish reminds me of? It’s something my children have never seen – and probably never will see. TELEVISION STATIC. They will never know the harsh sight & sound of TV static, while accidentally switching between Broadcast TV and the VCR. They will never know what it was like to adjust an antenna “just so” to turn static into a somewhat watchable channel. There’s an art to it! I almost want to find out how to get static back onto my TV, just to fuck with them. THEY’RE HEEEEEEEEEEERE.

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October 2018 Julep Maven Box – Up All Night

 

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Oh hey – I got some boxes piling up! I’ve been helping my sister move this week and been a little preoccupied…

I know I already have a bottle (somewhere) of Take a Breather Oxygen Nail Treatment – but this one is a new color – “Sheer Orchid”. Maybe after Halloween, I’ll let my nails breath and have a little break from polishes…

For polishes, I had a hard time choosing from all the rich Fall colors. Ultimately, I chose Bombshell “Nita”, Cinder Ash Microglitter, and Bombshell “Cecilia”, Nightshade Microshimmer. Microglitter, Microshimmer – why does everything have to be so tiny?

OH! And at the bottom of the box, a page of black cat nail decals. I can make Merkin nails!

Not a Julep Maven? Click HERE to join – I’ll get a $15 credit and you’ll get your first box free!

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Witch, Please

 

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Of course, Sinful Colors “Witch, Please” was the first polish I sampled from my score last week. I love a sassy nail polish name.

“Witch, Please” is a bright blue jelly base, filled with iridescent flakies. Although a single coat was somewhat sheer, I got nearly full coverage in two coats. The sheer quality of the polish gives the finished look a certain depth of field, since you can see the flakies layered upon one another.

This is two coats of “Witch, Please” over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I admit, “Witch, Please” is very similar to a Halloween polish from last year – Pure Ice “I Want You to Haunt Me”. The Pure Ice one is more purple leaning, while “Witch, Please” is a truer blue.

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On Wednesday, We Shop at Walgreen’s (and Ulta)

 

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Sinful Colors were 5/$5 this week – only 6 weeks or so since the last sale!

I set aside my entire Wednesday to Walgreen’s hop, so I’d be sure to find Halloween polishes. As luck would have it, I found most of the 2018 Halloween Collection, “Conjured Color”, at the first Walgreen’s. I picked up “Witch, Please”, “Mist-erious”, “Bitten”, “Bad Witch”, and “Spellbound”. Score! I also grabbed a few Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit Liquid Lipsticks from the Halloween Display – “Bewitched” and “Shady Witch”. No “Zombie Blush” in the Halloween Display though. I didn’t realize it, but I had accrued $10 in Bonus Bucks – Score again!

I hit three more Walgreen’s in search of “Zombie Blush” – nothing. (That might sound like a lot of driving, but it was a really tight circle in the Richmond/Katy area. Plus, I drive a Hybrid, so…) I made a quick stop at my Ulta, but no luck there…at first. I immediately spied an OPI Grease Collection Mini Set ($10.97, down from $14.50) and grabbed it for Lily (and myself, I admit). I was about to leave, when I checked a random aisle of hair ties and stuff…and there was the Wet N Wild “Zombie Blush” Display!!! It was $5.99, plus I grabbed another Halloween Liquid Catsuit – “Pink Your Poison”. I hate when ulta has the lame 20% off one item coupons. I couldn’t use it on a clearance item, so I got 20% off my “Zombie Blush” – a measly $1.20 off. At least they have a 3x points for Platinum going this week.

The “Zombie Blush” is amazing! It looks like a grungy grey-green in the pan, but shifts to a rusty reddish shade on your cheeks or eyes. Be warned – a little goes a long, LONG way. It is reminiscent of the color shifting shade in the “Plaid to the Bone” Quad I got a while back.

On a side note, on Friday, I went to a fifth Walgreen’s, still searching for more colors. I found 4 polishes, plus the Matte Top Coat from the “Radical Matte” Collection…but when I went to check out and this collection wasn’t included in the sale. I had to walk away…

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Mellow Mood

 

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It’s not nearly cold enough (in Texas) to try out a mood polish, but I was thinking that my nails are long enough that the tips would be colder than my body temperature.

They weren’t.

That’s okay – I was able to get my daughter to help me fake it with an ice pop. She held it on my nails for a minute or so, and then jumped out of frame.

Funky Fingers “Mellow Mood” is a basic lavender creme polish. When cold is applied, it turns a darker purple. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I think I need to get a new bottle of Top Coat. I’ve been carefully refilling my bottle, but I feel like what’s in the bottle is thickening enough to get uneven results on my nails. I got some wrinkling on the edges of my middle and ring fingers.

Remind me to get this one back out in January!

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Frida

 

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I never thought it could take me so long to spend $6!

It’s a long story…my insurance requires me to get all my prescriptions at CVS – I have no choice as a consumer. I hate CVS, but mostly because of poor experiences at the location by my old house. This new location is actually not bad. The one benefit to filling prescriptions at CVS is the $5 in ExtraBucks for every 10 prescriptions, although I vastly preferred Target’s old system of 5% coupons, but that went away when CVS ate the Target Pharmacy. ANYWAY, with all my surgeries, I am up to my 3rd $5 in ExtraBucks, plus an additional $1 from I don’t even know where. I had made a trip a few weeks ago, birthday shopping for the bestie – but forgot to use it. So I went back….an wandered around the store for nearly an hour and could not find a single damn thing to buy. BUT…

…BUT then, I saw some very unique nail polishes in the bins by the checkout. Frida Kahlo Nail Polish! There was a red, a yellow and a blue – I picked the blue – “FKN.37” – a sort of dusty turquoise, really. What an unartistic polish name though, especially considering the work that went into the fantastic bottle art.

This is two coats of “FKN.37” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. The polish was on the thick side, but the brush was very good quality and gave a lot of control. I might have been able to go with one coat, but it was just a bit streaky, so I went with two.

I don’t know that the polish was worth $8.49 – but definitely worth $2.49.

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Pink Hair, Don’t Care

 

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That’s a lie – I do care. I care about my pink hair…very, VERY much.

I have feeling that I will be sporting pink hair for much, MUCH longer than I expected. I’ve never tried Clairol Color Crave before, but the box says it’s Semi-Permanent, lasting up to 15 washes. The shade is “Flamingo” – now you know why I bought it.) I’ve already washed it 5 times and have barely seen a change in the shade. I go back to work in a little over two weeks. Oops. Obviously, I could cover it up with brown…but I really don’t want to do that. If I have to, I can transition to red pretty easily. I’m just gonna stop worrying about it and see what happens…

ANYWAY, I wanted my nails to match my hair. I pulled nearly a dozen pink Julep polishes – I had several that were very, very close. Ultimately, I settled on Julep “Raleigh”, which I received just a few months ago. It’s the HOTTEST pink. Before a thick coat of “Raleigh”, I started with Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and streaks of Julep “Coco” to represent the brown in my hair. I guess technicality this is only one and half coats of polish? I sealed the deal with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I also painted my toes to match, leaving out the “Coco”.

In case you’re wondering – and I know you are – my lipstick is Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liquid in “Miss Argentina”.

Pink forever!