Funky French

I was going out with some friends so I wanted a fun, french manicure for the evening. I started off with two coats of Julep Kate which is a pearlescent white. Then, two coats of Vivid Lacquer Your Princess is in Another Castle. Finally, I taped off the tips and did one coat of Sally Hansen Black Out.  I got a ton of compliments!

(Obviously still working on getting my tape exactly straight on my nail! :) )

Julep Viola and China Glaze Luxe and Lush

For this mani, I started with two coats of Julep Viola which is a deep, dark purple. It almost looks black if you don’t look closely. Then I put one coat of China Glaze Luxe and Lush which is from last year’s Hunger Games collection. It’s a white flakies glitter that catches almost ever color in the light!

Resolutions Cravebox January 2013

I was selected to receive the January 2013 Resolutions Cravebox! You can find out more at Cravebox.com.
This looks like it will be a fun one. Lots of snacks!

Please pardon my ugly kitchen counter. :)

There were a couple sodas in the box, some Pantene Mousse, Mary Kay eye cream, and a lot of snack bars! As always, Cravebox also included a lot of coupons for included and related products.


Zoya Megan and Vivid Lacquer the Test Subject’s Companion

For this mani, I started with two coats of Zoya Megan (which I like on its own) and then did two coats of Vivid Lacquer the Test Subject’s Companion (which I don’t care for at all). I don’t like this mani one bit! I think it’s pretty dang ugly. But there’s always tomorrow for something pretty!

I hope you enjoy it more than I do. :)

Little Black Bag!!!!

I looooove  Little Black Bag. If you followed me over from my old blog, you will know how much awesome stuff I have received for little cost. I will not go into the mechanics of the site here because there are 8 gajillion blogs that have already done that. If you really want me to, please post a comment and I will make a special post on my trading strategy. Otherwise, I’ll just show you my beautiful loot!!

If you’re interesting in joining Little Black Bag, please use my referral link here

Here’s the haul all together. This time, I got 9 items. One item (The Betsey Johnson necklace) I purchased as an add-on during their holiday sale.

First, silhouette jewelry stand. On the website, it looked like it was mesh wire but it’s actually solid metal that looks very antique. It is beautiful!

 Next, here’s the Betsey Johnson necklace I bought during the sale. It’s gorgeous! Look how shiny! I have the bracelet that matches but I probably won’t wear them together. That would be a little too matchy-matchy for me.

Robert Rose earrings. This are really pretty chandelier  earring that will go with almost anything. I think I could wear them with jeans or dress them up for a night out!

Rain draped necklace…this thing is huge! I put my hand next to it so you could see just how big it is! Even though it’s gigantic, I think it’s really pretty and it will probably be the first item I wear out of this whole lot.

Michael Marcus lipstick. I didn’t really want this but trading was ending so I got it. The only reason I didn’t want it was because I have over 100 lip products and 90% of them are in the red family. I will say, however, that this is a great color on me and appears like it could be a lot longer lasting than some of the other products I use.

Nail polish!!!! WOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Most people try and get rid of polish if it’s in their bag, but I try and grab it up. On the left is Michael Marcus Tart which is a red with gold shimmer. In the middle is ncLA Hello I Love You which is more purple in person than the picture would show. Finally,  on the left we have ncLA Call Me For the After Party which is a great dark blue. You can look forward to seeing swatches of these on the blog in the days to come.

And now the head liner! An Elise Hopes Satchel. This is a great purse. It’s super cute and has a ton of pockets. There are even some pockets I didn’t photograph because I didn’t even find them until after I was transferring all my stuff from my old purse to this one!

I am extremely happy with my Little Black Bag this go-around! A lot of girls will do a bag monthly but it’s a tad too time consuming for me. I’ll probably do another one in April.
Thanks for reading!

Fairy Tale

I received Vivid Lacquer Fairy Tale in one of her Christmas-time promotions. I put on two coats of Sally Hansen White On and then followed up with three layers of Fairy Tale. I had to use that many layers to make sure it wasn’t streaky or see-through. This is not one of my favorite applications. Luckily, I really like the color. It’s a blue-gray with gold micro shimmer. It’s very pretty!

I Daglaze With Wine

The last day of 2012! I’m actually glad this year is over. It wasn’t the best year and I’m excited to see what wonderful things 2013 will bring my way!

We have another Vivid Lacquer glitter to look at today. :) I put two coats of I Daglaze with Wine (because isn’t that what we’ll all be doing tonight?) over Orly Dazzle. Dazzle is a silver polish that goes on very well. Daglaze is fuchsia glitters of different sizes in a clear base.
Enjoy!
And…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Julep Maven January 2013 Bombshell

Second post for today! I couldn’t resist because…I just got my January 2013 Julep Maven Box in the mail! I was a little sad that all the colors were neons this month, but I am really happy with the box I chose. I’m normally the American Beauty profile, but I changed to Bombshell this month.

Here’s a shot of the entire box contents.


There were three neon twist bands included as a surprise. These little guys are cropping up in almost every monthly beauty subscription box!

Two polishes: One is Ava and she is a gorgeous light pink with shimmer. The second is Bette who is a neon purple. It reminds me a lot of Andrea’s Choice Circus Tightrope so maybe I’ll have to swatch those two next to each other.

 

The lids each came with a swatch sticker on top.

Julep has redesigned their tops so you can pop it off and swatch the lid of the polish. I think it’s a really neat idea! A lot of the time, you can’t really tell what a polish looks like just by looking at the bottle. They can really dry differently!

We also received a hand and cuticle stick.  AS with all their hand-care products, it smells divine. I will probably pop this into my purse because it’s a lot less messy than their cuticle oil (which I also love).

Lastly, we got a sheet of the swatch stickers. There are 20 stickers on this sheet so I can make swatches for 20 different polishes. Should I just pick my favorites? Or save it for the weird ones? I don’t know!

If you’re interested in joining the Julep Maven program, please click here for my referral link.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
 

Pick Your Portal

For today’s mani I started off with one coat of Sally Hansen White On and put two layers of Vivid Lacquer Pick Your Portal. This was from the video game inspired collection. It kind of reminds me of birthday cake! Yum!

This is another one of those polishes that will be really fun to try over a lot of different colors.

Enjoy! 

Julep Sienna Swatch

I received Julep Sienna in the New Year’s Mystery box but you may have seen it in a past Maven box. At first, I thought it was more of a light brown when looking at the bottle, but now that I have it on my fingers, it’s definitely a gold. It is very pretty and reflective. If it was silver, I feel like I could almost seen my reflection in it!

Woo! Tangent

Here’s another mani using a little gem from Vivid Lacquer. I started off with two coats of Sally Hansen Heart to Heart. Then, I did two coats of Vivid Lacquer Woo! Tangent. This one is for the “ADD” person in you. It has lots of different colors and shapes of glitter. It should look really great layered over almost any color! I picked red because it’s the holidays. :)

I think it’s awesome and the more I use Vivid Lacquer polishes, the more of them I want!

Enjoy:

Julep New Year’s Mystery Box

The mailman brought me my Christmas present one day early. :) Today, I got the Julep New Year’s Mystery Box!

As always, I got my money’s worth but I won’t say it’s the best one I’ve ever received. I got a lot of polishes, but most were dupes. I guess that’s  the problem with being a long-time maven who buys lots of add-ons. :)

Everything was inside their tote bag:

Here is a shot of the whole lot (minus the tote). As you can see, the value is worth way more than the $21 I paid for it.

A few samples of their remover pads, hand scrub, and hand lotion.

I LOVE their hand-brightening lotion. This stuff is amazing and I’m very pleased that I received a second full sized tube. (I received another one in a past mystery box and I fell in love.)

I received 5 polishes. Three of them were dupes for me so I just added them to the Christmas present for my sister-in-law. What a lucky girl! ;)

Chelsea: A purple glitter. This is the third bottle of Chelsea I’ve received. Good thing she’s such a pretty girl!

Boris & Nicole. Another dupe. I received my fist bottle in the Halloween Maven boxes.

Mischa. Another dupe. This was in one of the summer Maven boxes. It’s a really pretty orange/red shimmer. 

The first new polish: Sienna. This was in a previous Maven box; just not one I personally received. She looks like a metallic/shimmer neutral. I’d call it beige or possible super light brown. She looks pretty!

Lastly, as promised, Julep included a never-before-seen glitter. They forgot to name her!!! It looks gorgeous, though. Despite the lack of a name. Maybe they’re planning a contest or something?

And last, but not least, I received a glitter pot with easy to follow instructions. I’ve really been into glitter lately so this will be fun!

If you’re interested in becoming a Julep Maven and receiving their monthly boxes, please use my referral link: http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/9527/

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Frosty French

Here is a wintery mani for you today. I used Zoya Yummy, Vivid Lacquer Snowjob, and Julep Kate. You are going to see a lot of Vivid Lacquer since I got a lot of her colors during a cyber Monday sale. :)

I was originally just planning on doing the Snowjob over Yummy but I wasn’t really happy with it. One way to make a mani better without re-doing the whole thing is to throw some french tips in the mix. Once I did that, I loved it!

Here are the pics. :) (Two coats of everything except just one of Kate.)