Julep Sally Swatch

Here is a swatch of Julep Sally which was in the February 2013 Maven Box. It’s a beautiful creme, light, yellow.
I thought  it would be pretty with Vivid Lacquer I Daglaze with Wine.

Again, I used the new Julep Polymer Top Coat. It’s official. I’m in love. Yep. Better and quicker than Seche. Not only does it dry faster than Seche but it also doesn’t get the classic tip wear/pull back that Seche does. I will be stocking up on this top coat!


Julep Rebel Swatch

Here’s another one from the February Maven Box collection. Rebel was in the It Girl box and I’m super glad I got her! It’s a gorgeous silver holo polish.

I have used the Julep Polymer Top Coat twice now. I’m still getting a little used to it. You can see what kind of looks like some cracks in the polish. I now believe this is actually the brush from the top coat making a mark. Next time, I will wait until the polish has dried for a minute or two before I apply the top coat.

Nailtini Mini-Bar Mini-Haul

I love my mailman! He is always bringing me presents. :)

Today I got the Nailtini MiniBar collection called Party Circuit. It comes with two straight up colors and three mixers. The colors are Frappe and Bordeaux. The mixers are Spritzer, Crushed Ice and Blue Flame.

I also bought their Garnish Stencil Art.

Here are the stencils. There are 98 total. They are non-reusable stickers.

Here’s Crushed Ice and then Blue Flame.

Here’s Frappe, Bordeaux, and Spritzer.

The whole idea is to mix and match the ‘straight up’ colors with the ‘mixers’ so I’m excited to experiment!

Julep Maven Box February 2013

This month, I splurged and upgraded to the whole collection. I just couldn’t pick between the different maven profiles! So I guess that means I needed them all. :P

I received 12 colors, 2 of whom were dupes. I also received the new Oxgen Nail Treatment and the Freedom Polymer Topcoat. All of this came in a gorgeous jewelry box. They also included a surprise eyelash curler and two chocolate hearts.

This is the surprise eyelash curler Julep included.  It looks like it will be a great one for travel!

Oxygen Nail Treatment. Claims to increase nail strength and reduce peeling. It says to apply 1-2 times per week and for best results to not use with any polish. (Omg! Will I be able to go bare??)

 Freedom Polymer Top Coat. Claims to go on like a polish and perform like a gel. Instructions say to apply one coat over dry polish. So does that mean I should apply it after Seche Vite or instead of? I guess I’ll have to experiment! It says to cure under a 60-watt bulb for two minutes.

From Left to Right (for all pics)
Oscar (Duplicate. This was in last year’s maven boxes), Laura (green/gray creme), Marion (Blue shimmer)

Julianne (Creme blue/gray), Joan (Purpler shimmer), Helen (Creme purple)

Ellie (Duplicate from last box. Metallic formula, which I am not impressed with), Ginger (Purple/Gray Shimmer), Sally (Creme Yellow)

Ingrid (Creme orange), Claudette (Creme red), Rebel (Silver Shimmer)

Obviously, you can look forward to many swatches in the days to come!

Julep Maya Swatch

I love Julep. You probably know that by now since the vast majority of my posts are Julep swatches. However, I hate Maya. This polish is terrible! The color is fantastic, but the application and durability of it is laughable. It’s terribly streaky when it’s going on and then it peels off in big chunks no matter what base coat I use! It’s really unfortunate! I think I’m just going to throw the bottle away since I can’t see myself using it again. It’s really sad because it could be such a great neautral!

January 2013 Starlooks Starbox

Double post day!

I am very pleased with this month’s Starlooks Starbox. I’ve only been a subscriber for a few months now and I’m already loving it. This is different from other subscription services because all the products are the Starlooks brand. Also, I haven’t received any skin care items yet which is awesome. I don’t like receiving skincare samples because my skin is so sensitive that most don’t work for me.

This month, we got two eyeliners (each from a different line within the company), a blush, a brush, a bracelet, and the crystal. (They include at least one crystal every month so you can collect them.)

This bracelet is by Abby Rose Designs. I think it is very pretty and it’s awesome they included it!

The diamond line pencil I received was in the color “Fancy”. It’s a glittery light green (swatch below). It goes on very smoothly and I can’t wait to try it tomorrow!

The regular eyeliner I received was in brown. (Swatch below). This one also goes on very smoothly. 

The blush compact is in the color “Cuty Peach”. At first I was nervous about the pink-ness and brightness of the blush, but you’ll see in the swatch below it is very light and natural looking. It’s going to look great on my fair skin tone!

Top: Cuty Peach
Middle: Fancy
Bottom: Brown

Lastly, we received a small brush. The bristle are very soft and it feels very high quality.

I have nothing bad to say about this month’s box! I’m excited to try everything this weekend!!

Fantasea Checkerboard

I got this idea from one of the many beautiful manicures from Chloe’s Nails. I used Orly Fantasea which is a gorgeous holo that goes from pink to purple to gold. Then, I taped it off and used ManGlaze #Matte is Murder. It got smudged a little bit since I couldn’t use a top coat, else ruin the matte effect. But I still like it! Hope you do too. Enjoy!

China Glaze Running in Circles

I went into Sally Beauty today and guess what collection was buy one, get one free?! That’s right, the China Glaze Cirque du Soleil collection! So I picked up Running in Circles and Get Carried Away.

Running in Circles is a wonderful green shimmer that is very eye-catching. It went on easily with two coats. This will be a great color for Christmas manicures as well as some in the spring–especially St. Patrick’s Day! I can’t tell you how much I’m loving this polish!

QVC New Beauty Test Tube Winter 2013

I finally bit the bullet and re-subscribed to the QVC Test Tube. It’s such an amazing service with such great products to try! This quarter’s tube is no exception.

Here’s the whole lot. Nothing to sneeze at, right?

Mally High-Shinw Gloss in Mally’s Baby. This is not my favorite brand of lip color, but I do really like the look of the gloss. This one is very rosy and natural looking and will be perfect for a lot of my favorite makeup looks. The only reason I don’t really like these Mally glosses is I find myself having to reapply incessantly.  (In other words, not long lasting at all.)

Tarte emphasEYESy Eyeliner  in purple. This color looks gorgeous. I can’t wait to try it tomorrow morning!

Ole Henrickson Truth Creme. This is your basic face cream. They have included this brand a number of times. I’m not super impressed by it and will stick with spending money on Cetaphil, but it’s perfect as a backup or for traveling! 

Nick Chavez Conditioner. I recently gave up the ghost and trying to get Wen to work for me, so I’m super excited to try this conditioner! Plus, it smells aweeeesome. If the scent lasts for a few hours, I won’t even need perfume!

Philosophy Miracle Worker cleanser and mask. This is one of my favorite brands of all time. All of their stuff really seems to do what it says on the bottle. I have been breaking out a little lately and this one looks to promise clearer skin! Woohoo!

Julep Nail Color in Alicia.  The picture doesn’t do it justice. This is more of a peachy color than the picture shows. This is a dupe for me so I will stash it away and some lucky girl will receive it as a gift. :)

Bliss blood orange hand cream. Another brand that I absolutely love! As expected, this smells great. Almost like you just peeled a fresh orange and didn’t wash your hands!

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm. I can always use more eye cream!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. This is just the classic foil packet of sample. Test Tube will typically throw some of these in.

And, of course, the magazine. Which I actually hate! Why? Because it has a huge focus on cosmetic surgery! What?! I know! You’re surprised, too! You’d think a company that sounds like they promote natural beauty with the name ‘New Beauty’ that they would promote…natural beauty. Sometimes I’ll flip through this to look at the pictures but I typically just throw it in the recycling because it’s all about plastic surgery. I haven’t even cracked this quarter’s issue, but I guarantee you that cover story on “Anti-Aging Secrets” is about botox, face-lifts, and skin tucks. No thanks!

Overall, I love Test Tube. Look at all the fun products I got today!!

Ipsy MyGlam Bag January 2013

Ipsy (formerly known as My Glam) is far and above my favorite subscription service. I always have at least one item I’m thrilled to try and I always, always, always feel like I got my money’s worth.

In this month’s bag, I’m really excited about everything!
Here we go! 

Here’s a shot of everything. This month’s actual bag was a plain black one. I like that it’s bigger than the ones we’ve received in the past.

Nailtini Frappe. This looks like it will be an off-white, lightish pink guy. I can’t wait to swatch it for you!

Big Sexy Hair Hairspray. This is a great size for a good, multi-week trial. They’re not giving you wussy samples over at Ipsy!

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter.  I can’t even describe how wonderful this smells. Think orange creamsicle!

Josie Maran Argan Oil for hair. If I had to rank them, this is the item I’m least excited about. The only reason is that I have like 12 hair oil samples and I’ll never be able to use them up!

SoHo London Concealor Brush. Who doesn’t need more brushes?! Ipsy received some flack because they recently had another SoHo London brush and I guess you can get this brand at Wal-Mart and other drug stores. But guess what? That one is one of my favorite go-to brushes. So, basically they saved me a trip to the store. Thanks, Ipsy! :)