Kayleigh

 

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Is it any surprise that Julep “Kayleigh” was the first polish I chose to sample this month? I mean…just look at it!

Holly berry iridescent shimmer is how Julep describes this polish. It does remind me a bit of holly berries. My current house doesn’t have any holly berry shrubs…I think…but my last house did. That pop of red in a sea of dark green is Xmas in a nutshell.

I’ve strayed away from taking nail pictures outside the last few months – partially because of daylight savings time, but also because my new kitchen lights are so good. I had to go back on the back porch though to capture the purple shimmer in “Kayleigh”. Can you catch it?

This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I am in LOVE with this polish.

Thank You for Being a Friend

 

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I seem to have come across Golden Girls-themed nail polish at Five Below!

In person, Fresh Paint “Rose” is more of a blush gold – almost rose gold, but not quite. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It was a bit touchy to apply – it’s not a true foiled polish, but I had to be very careful not to make brush strokes.

This is just two coats of “Rose” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. My tips are very worn after just two days, but I feel like that’s because of dishes and cleaning out the garage and Xmas decorating and just…life.

I Want You to Haunt Me

 

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Blurple for my stubbies!

Pure Ice “I Want You to Haunt Me” is a mostly blue silver flakie jelly, but there’s a hint of purple in there, too. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I decided to go with stubbies earlier this week because the edges were getting jaggy and bendy. I’ve learned the hard way that letting my nails break or get damaged and THEN cutting them is bad. For years, I didn’t cut my nails until I HAD to. NO MORE! By trimming all of my nails at regular intervals, they’re stronger and healthier – much less likely to split and/or peel.

Thanksgiving Nails

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I know that Thanksgiving is long past…don’t judge me…

I tested several polishes and finally settled on Julep “Laurie” as my base color. I know I just wore it, but it was good match for the wine color in my Thanksgiving dress. I started with two coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat.

I used Zoya Magical Pixie Dust “Bar” to jazz up each nail. I’ve never used a Magical Pixie Dust in this way, so I wasn’t really sure how it would turn out. I just lightly dusted it on each nail – the texture is heavy, so I used very little and spread it around. I topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat and it mostly smoothed it out, although there were a few pebbled spots.

I absolutely LOVE how these turned out. I need to try this method with the rest of my Pixie Dusts!

Drops of Jupiter

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So…I absolutely HATE the band Train – mostly because of the song, ‘Drops of Jupiter’. It’s just so…ew. I don’t even have a good reason for disliking it so much, I just do.

I was tempted to pass up this polish, just because of the name alone…but it was so unique and pretty, that I relented and made peace. This is Fresh Paint “Drops of Jupiter”. It’s a purple and green duotone and it is AMAZING. I wish the green was as obvious in the pic as it is in real life – just trust me, it’s WAY more green in real life.

This is two coats of “Drops of Jupiter” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I did my toes, too. It’s getting cold, though  – so no one is likely to see them…

Dina

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Julep “Dina” is perfect match for well-worn denim – I checked! Well, checked against my husband’s jeans.

I started with Julep Oxygen Binding Base Coat and then painted two coats of “Dina”. I got full coverage in just a single coat, but I always do two…just in case. (In case of what, I do not know.) I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

“Dina” was the only polish I picked from this month’s box – I love it though. Oooooh, and tomorrow I get to pick out stuff for my December box.

Fashionably Late

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Here we go, another eggplant nail polish. Eggplant is my favorite shade of purple.

This here is Deborah Lippmann “Fashionably Late”. I painted two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Polishes this dark are usually difficult to photograph, but I was able to capture the muddy dark purple quite well in my kitchen.

Eggplant was my mother’s favorite vegetable. She didn’t live long enough to see the invention of the emoji…I wonder how she would feel about her favorite vegetable now being the universally recognized symbol for an erect penis. I feel like she would roll her eyes at me, but secretly be laughing about it. Then she would ask why I have to be so gross.

Not What I Intended…

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…but pretty nonetheless.

I had seen a trend of turquoise and gold nails lately, so I thought I’d pile on. Julep “Naveena” is not turquoise, it’s more of a teal…but my bedroom is dark and I was in a hurry – so close enough. Even so, teal and gold is pretty, pretty combination. The gold is Julep “Oscar”, a dense gold glitter.

This is two coats of “Naveena” over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat. It’s a bit sheer on it’s own, but the glitter masqueraded my visible nail line. The finishing touch was Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I need to search my stash for a better turquoise – I want to be a Navajo Princess.

Trixy

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Here it is, the last of my Halloween nails…

Julep “Trixy” was the perfect match for my Halloween costume – the Evil Queen from Snow White. I rarely do full costumes anymore – in this case, my whole costume was the crowned wimple, a mini cape and the makeup. Really, the makeup WAS the costume. Oh…and an apple. The apple was key.

“Trixy” is a blackened purple glitter. It’s the sister of “Marlise”. Like Marlise, it a bit gritty, so I topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat.

Since the glitter is in a clear base, this would look really interesting over a contrasting color. Maybe a yellow?

Belly Dancer

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Years and years ago – like 1999 – I used to take belly dancing classes. I really enjoyed it, but I changed jobs at one point and started working weekends, so the classes no longer worked with my schedule. I couldn’t imagine taking classes again now – as self conscious as I was about baring my itty bitty belly at 23, I cannot imagine baring my lumpy mama belly now. Pretty sure I sucked really bad, too – the teacher always praised how well I could remember the choreography. I will, however, always cherish the brief moment in time when I was able to roll a quarter up and down my stomach – I really could do it!

My point IS…that my nail polish combination reminds my of  gorgeous belly dancer costume. I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and then two coats of Revlon “Chameleon”. I used Nanacoco “Emerald” and Sinful Colors “Twilight Twinkles” on the tips, to bring out the green and gold in “Chameleon”. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Hmmm…I’m gonna go find some quarters.