Pastel Rainbow Dotticure

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I was “inspired” by my friend Carrie to totally rip off the pastel rainbow dotticure she shared on Instagram a few weeks ago. Imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery, so….

I started off with Sinful Colors Base Coat and two coats of Sinful Colors “You Just Wait”. I forgot that even though it looks pink in the bottle, it’s green/gold on my nails. Eh…

Finding a “pastel” red was the hardest. I finally decided on Julep “Nan”. I followed with Julep “Mariska”, Sinful Colors “Otaku Anime”, Julep “Tatum”, Julep “Jeanne” and Julep “Paulette”. If I had the right yellow, I could’ve done ALL Julep.

I finished off with “HK Girl”. I’m really liking it! I need to do more dotticures.

Robin Eggs

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How’s this for an Easter Manicure? Robin eggs!

I started with Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and then two coats of Julep “Cassidy” (Bondi blue creme). The blue wasn’t quite right – it’s not quite dusty enough…but it’s close. For the speckles, I used Funky Fingers “Varsity Blue”. Maybe robin eggs don’t have such shiny speckles, so instead of a shiny top coat, I used Zoya Velvet Matte Top Coat to mute some of that shine and sparkles.

Even though my nails wouldn’t exactly blend into Mama Robin’s nest, I’m quite happy with how they turned out.

Ming Says Spring!

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Somehow, Julep “Ming” made it into my Julep box this month. Described by Julep as as sheer wild orchid jelly, it is the “Spring-iest” polish ever. A true jelly, it is indeed very, very, very sheer.

This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat. I was tempted to do one more, but I stopped. I was afraid it would get too thick around the edges. I topped with “HK Girl”…and it still got a bit thick around the edges.

“Ming” would be great in a glitter jelly sandwich…I got ideas.

That Would Be Enough

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I can’t resist a Hamilton reference to go with Julep “Eliza”.

My sole polish pick from this month’s box, “Eliza” is described as infinite ocean holographic. I don’t see much of that infinite ocean off the Gulf of Mexico, but I got a taste of it in Mexico last summer. It really does seem like glitters on forever.

This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and under “HK Girl”. It’s an extremely smooth applying polish. It wears forever, too. I’m on day four and it should last a few more days.

It’s polishes like this that make me think…how lucky we are to be alive right now.

That was bad – I apologize.

April Julep Maven Box – Relax & Remix

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So, I wasn’t feeling all of the Spring-like polishes available in this month’s “Relax & Remix” Collection. So I picked just one polish – Julep Bombshell “Eliza”, infinite ocean holographic. No idea why Julep It Girl “Ming”wild orchid jelly – is in my box. Thanks, I guess?

I decided to enlarge my makeup collection. I picked a new shade of Feels Like Velvet Full Coverage Eye Shadow Duo – “cinnamon & spice”. I LOVE these colors on me. They’re very warm and light up my face. I’m also impressed with the creamy formula – they stayed put all day without primer. I also picked a matching lippie – It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in “Say Hello”, rich marsala matte. It’s Whipped doesn’t last through meal, well…not tablitas and fajitas, anyway. I’m not sure ANY lippie would last through the juicy smoked ribs I ate yesterday.

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

She’s a Brick…House

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My nails match my house!

I never thought I’d live in a plain red brick house, but here I am…living in a plain red brick house. That’s okay, because now my nails match my house.

Julep “Rosemary”modern brick creme – is nearly a perfect match for these bricks. She’s from this month’s box. I’m digging a more “normal” manicure than I’ve had the past several weeks. I feel almost…grown-up.

This is two coats of “Rosemary” over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and under “HK Girl”. I got a bizarre chip on my index finger – I think from digging in my purse for my keys – so I’ll likely be changing polishes tomorrow.

Coincidentally, one of my favorite teachers from high school was named Rosemary. She taught history and gave us a bizarre lesson on how The Wizard of Oz was an allegory for the Gold Standard in the US. Why do I waste valuable brain space on that nugget of information???

Lara!!!

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I’ve been waiting over three and a half years and it’s finally here…Julep “Lara”!

Honestly, this isn’t the color I would pick to represent me (shell pink with shimmer), but it’s also possible that I don’t know myself very well. Maybe I really AM shell pink with gold shimmer? What if I’m NOT flamingo fuchsia?

This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and under “HK Girl”. no fuss, no muss.

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that this is a glossy dupe for the matte Sinful Colors “Angelik”.

I also have Zoya “Lara” – now I just need to track down a bottle of Deborah Lippman “Lara’s Theme” and I’ll have them all…

March Julep Maven Box – Spring To It

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I was a little bit heartbroken when I open this month’s Julep box and found that there was no insert describing this month’s box – “Spring to It”. I don’t really do anything with it after I read it, but I like having it. No candy either, although there were a few bonus Julep One-Step Nail Polish Remover Pads. That’s something I guess.

I got over my heartbreak as soon as I remembered what was in my box – Bombshell “Lara”, shell pink with gold shimmer. Yes, I finally got my very own Julep polish. I’m so happy I could shit! I also picked Boho Glam “Rosemary”, modern brick creme (dried blood, if you ask me). I also got Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum. I was expecting it to have a scent, but it doesn’t smell like anything. It’s much lighter than cuticle oil, and it doesn’t get all over everything.

I can’t wait to try my namesake polish!

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

Pepper

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Did you know that cornflowers don’t actually grow on corn plants? I never actually thought they did, but I had to google “cornflower”, because it occurred to me that I’d never seen a cornflower. My only experience with cornflower is the crayon.

My sudden fascination with cornflower sprang from Julep “Pepper” – cornflower multidimensional shimmer. It’s another polish from my big mystery box order. (I’ll get through them all eventually.) I started with Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat, two quick coats and topped with “HK Girl”. The shimmer is silver and very striking – this is a wonderful polish.

It’s already been several days and my nails still look perfect. I also did my toes, so I’ll be able to enjoy “Pepper” for quite a while.

Put on the Red Light

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Julep “Roxanne” is strictly black tie – a fancy, fancy polish. I feel like I should be more dressed up just to wear it. I did wear it to watch the Oscars, so it’s almost like I went somewhere fancy. It was another gem from my massive Julep score over the summer.

Even though it’s intended as a gold and black glitter top coat, I decided to try it on it’s own. This is two simple coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and under “HK Girl”. I feel like it gives very good coverage by itself. The glitter is rather jagged and rough. A few of the edges poked through the “HK Girl” and drove me NUTS.

I need to try it over another polish…perhaps a red, to match my red dress?