Avon Nailwear Pro+

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Oh gosh – another nail polish. Warning, I change my polish at least twice a week – it’s a problem. Anyway! I tried out the Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Luxe Lavender. Though I love the packaging which feels heavy and looks very classy, and I think the shade of purple is very pretty and great for spring, I was not a fan of the formula. As you can tell it was pretty streaky. It was definitely creamy and it only took 2 coats to get good coverage, I found the end result to be streaky and look terribly done. It didn’t settle nicely. I will probably try it again to see if I get the same result but this polish didn’t wow me. For all the polishes out there, I would probably skip this one.

I’m on Island Time by Ceramic Glaze.

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I’m on Island Time.That’s what this BEAUTIFUL……amazing…..AH-MAZING colour is called by Ceramic Glaze. I was walking through the store and immediately stopped, picked it up and took it to the checkout. Once on my nails I was not disappointed. It verges on neon but it’s so super creamy and easy to apply. My only complaint is that it took 3 coats. It was SO worth it though. I use my hands a lot for my work and there is minimal chipping, so for someone who is conscious of their polish or doesn’t use their hands aggressively, this could have some good wear time on it! This is probably going to be my most used colour this summer. Toes, fingers, friends toes and fingers. Go out and add this to your summer collection.

Essie Nail Polish in Mink Muffs

product_thumb.phpI’ve been waiting patiently for my January Julep box and it’s still not here! ARG! I even e-mailed them to see what the heck since i’m already choosing for February. There’s a delay at the boarder apparently.

Soooooo I did my nails today since I saw there was no Julep in the mail. I’ve been wearing some pretty vibrant colours as of late and was in the mood to tone it down a little. Mink muffs is a nice dark brown colour. It’s a touch darker then milk chocolate I would say. I find it a very sophisticated colour and you can wear it with PRETTY much everything. Love Essie, love their formulation. You do need 2 coats when using Essie polish, I’ve never been able to only get away with only 1. If you’re feeling like switching it up from the bright colours, this might be a nice one to go to for a couple days.

Revlon Nail Polish in Carbonite

 

I’m being kind of rude by telling you about this polish because I bought it last year and it was part of Revlon’s Christmas Collection. I haven’t seen it re-release this year (yet?). Let me tell you, when I bought this and put it on for the first time I LOVED it. I was so disappointed that everyone who commented on it wasn’t a fan. I wasn’t offended, trust me, I love me some cosmetic criticism, but I WAS shocked. I don’t know why, but I fell in love with it and I think i’m the only one that did! Anyway….I’m still getting over it, HA!

I decided to bring this baby back and put it on last night. I still love it. Very metallic, deep, dark silver/grey. Lasts well, doesn’t chip (at least not instantly) and it goes on very, very smoothly. I think this colour is so wonderful for the holidays. The one thing I do hate, and it has nothing to do specifically with this colour – the packaging. Oh my GOD! Revlon, come on! I hate, hate, hate the bottles. They are starting to come out with better packaging for nail colour but look at this bottle. It’s seriously ugly. Anyway, I’m still getting over that as well it would seem. I love this colour, maybe you could humour me and pretend to love it too.

Julep Maven November Box

 

So this month Julep was trying out some polishes that left your nails looking suede. I thought that was pretty cool but was still unsure. I’m still on the fence and I’ve gotten my November box, ha! My “style” is Boho Glam and this month was going to be the suede’s…. until I decided I was unsure about the suede effect and I wasn’t a fan of my styles colours. I switched over to Bombshell this round. I’m not sad that I did! Two beautiful colours with the same quality as past, Donna, smokey peacock blue creme and Trina, deep purple shimmer. I’m wearing Donna right now and can’t stop loving it. You also get this pink body frosting which is Pink Grapefruit scented. Oh.my.GOD. It smells like candied grapefruit and the texture is like whipped butter. It’s not greasy but it is thicker. I like thin lotions but I will use this when feeling like I need something a bit more…..decadent. Now, I also got a bonus item:

Julep Nail Polish remover pads. I cannot comment on them as of yet because I haven’t tried them. I will however update this post or do another post with this added in, once I try them. I do like the idea of them.
I should be getting my Topbox in today so I’m excited!!! I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julep Maven – October Box

I guess I should review the October Julep Maven Box before my November one comes this week.

So this is what I got from Julep for the month of October. It also came with candy corn, which I thought was such a cute touch. There was also a bonus Halloween glitter pot set.

The reason I didn’t love this months box was no one’s fault but my own. I was taking a risk because I had never owned a crackle before and I thought maybe it would be neat to have one. So Hermione, which is the white polish – is a crackle. The other polish is a nice light toned grey called Lisa. Lisa is pretty but not breathtaking and Hermione is something I could live without. Now having owned a crackle I know for sure I’m not a huge fan. It does crackle nicely, it does it’s job right, I’m just not a fan. The glitter is a nice touch though I found they were very difficult to put on. It could be that I’m just not an expert at putting glitter on nails but the pots are so tiny and then trying to get the glitter to fall properly on your wet nails – it was just rough! I will try it again eventually. The star in this box, for me, is the Quick Dry Polish Drops. I don’t know how I’ll ever naturally let my nails dry again. These drops are fantastic! My nails dry within seconds of putting just one drop on. If you are sensitive to fragrance though, careful. It has a very, very strong lavender scent. At first it was even a little overwhelming for me. If you can get past that though, the smell doesn’t last long and your nails dry in no time. I now don’t have to worry about long days, changing my nail polish and then having to wait to go to bed until my nails dry.
Again, these polishes had fantastic coverage and the only regret I have is my own for not choosing a box without crackle. I am still completely in love with the program and I look forward to receiving my November box. Julep

I’m also excited to say I signed up for a monthly beauty box called Top Box. It’s supposed to ship out November 10th. I’m super excited and super nervous at the same time. I’ve heard huge hits and huge misses, so I’m hoping my first one (and all the rest, really) is not a dud.

Julep Maven September Box (plus free add on)

Julep Maven, I love you. So, I figured I should probably review my September Julep Maven box before I receive my October one. In my box I got a closer-to-turquoise green called Popova and a beautiful dark royal blue called Gunta. Both go on with the same thickness as the first two I received. I also got a lengthening mascara in brown, which is rubber bristled and double sided. One side has the applicator and the other side is a brush, to brush out any clumping. I love it! I just wish it had been in black. It’s nice for a bare-faced kind of day though.

I did get a free add on, though I’m not sure why. It’s called Alma, and though it looks like a bright yellow, when you get it, it is actually more of a mustard yellow, almost Dijon. I don’t love the yellow but I have used it as an accent over another colour, so that’s alright. I’m super excited to receive my October box and I still think every girl who loves polish needs to get these boxes!!!!

Julep Maven – Toni and Sasha Introductory Box

I know, it’s been almost 1 whole month since I’ve done an entry. I apologize! Life has kind of been changing for me. I joined a gym and tried hot yoga for the first time, yowza! I also got a new job where I will be your wonderful specialist on skincare brands such as Tanda, StriVectin and Skyn Iceland as of October 1st! Yay!!! So, I have tons of things to blog about, but let’s just start slowly here. I started the Julep Maven monthly boxes and couldn’t love them more. I will show you what I got as my “Introduction” set.

So this was my personal Introductory Box. There are 5 Style Profiles which are American Beauty, Boho Glam, Bombshell, Classic with a Twist and It Girl. You take a very short “quiz” and the site determines which profile will fit you best. My results landed me in the Boho Glam category. Landing my Toni (purple) and Sasha (pinky-coral), as well as the Pedi Creme. What I love about The monthly boxes, is the fact that you have a window of time where you can see what you will be getting for the month and if you don’t like what your style has to offer, you can change it to a different style! You only have about 4 days to do so, though. You can also either skip it for that month or send it to a friend. LOVE it.

Now, as for the polish themselves I really do enjoy it. It is a thicker polish, so if you get it right the first time you don’t need to apply another coat of colour. In saying this, I do find a lot comes out with the brush even when you try to remove the excess, so keep an eye on that. The pedi creme hasn’t wow’ed me but it does make my feet a bit softer. I think I would stick with some of my Gehwol products instead.

If you have $20 or so extra a month and you love polish, I think you would absolutely love this program. I look forward to every month. I have my September box and I will blog about that later. So give this a check!

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OPI Cancun Fiesta & Essie Blanc

Well, I think I’m just so special that I got to be an exclusive participant in having the flu for the last 48hours! Last night I felt moderately okay and decided to do my nails.

OPI Cancun Fiesta

Essie – Blanc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancun Fiesta is from the 2009 summer collection and to this day, I still love it. It’s a very Barbie pink….maybe more like night time Malibu Barbie-esque. It’s a nice hot pink that gets a little bit more pop if you put the Essie Blanc underneath, which I did. You only need one coat of Blanc to benefit. Cancun goes on nice and thick, so if you get it right with one coat, you’re good to seal it up with top coat. You probably can’t get Cancun Fiesta anymore, but if you can, or can find a colour close to it, pick it up. It should be part of your pink nail collection.

Butter London – Bluey

I’m going to start out by saying this nail polish name is ridic! Bluey?

Moving on. I had an interview for Estee Lauder/Clinique on Saturday and wanted a fun colour. I picked this up. I love it! I needed 3 coats because it goes on very sheer, but once you get the intensity you want, you’ll love it. It’s described as a peacock blue and I couldn’t agree more. I did have the urge to add my own twist to it, so on my ring finger on both hands I put one coat of the Essie – A Cut Above.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!