Swatched: Julep Alfre

**Updated 09/01/11: Some fellow nail bloggers (and non-bloggers) have run into issues with Julep regarding their referral program and customer service practices. For more information, I suggest checking out Jen’s and Kitty’s posts. Though I am fully aware of the current problems surrounding the Maven program, I will continue to participate unless my own experiences with Julep give me a reason not to. As always, use your judgment.**

This is the other color which came in my Julep Maven “Classic With a Twist” intro box. (You’re still not a Julep Maven? I think everyone should try at least one box! Find out how here*. And don’t forget the discount code! Enter TWITTER at check out for 50% off your first box.)

Alfre is a new, as-of-yet unreleased color for Fall 2011.

Dunno what's up with the pinky--it looks fine IRL

It’s a muted steely purple that seems to be a bit on the frosty side. Now might be a good time to practice your three-stroke application technique so that all the brushstrokes aren’t overly obvious.

It’s actually a really pretty shade, if you’re careful with application. And don’t mind a frost-type of finish.

Enjoy!

P.S. We are probably on the way to Panama City at this time. Wish us luck LoL.

*The link included in this post is a referral link. You get one too, when you sign up for the Julep Maven program. Each successful referral gives you a $15 credit. Enjoy!

 

 

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NOTD: Nubar Peacock Feathers

We all know that Nubar has discontinued this polish (apparently the pigment used to make it has been discontinued), and that it’s getting super hard to find. I had managed to find a UK company that was selling minis (7ml/0.25 fl oz.) about a month ago. Of course, I jumped on that and got one. What if that was the only chance I ever had to own the magic in a bottle?

But I never wanted to rest until I got my hands on a full-size bottle. Fortunately for me, Jasmine of Colour Coated fame sent her bottle to come live with me. She is truly an angel, and I highly recommend her blog. I owe you, J!

On to the sexy mani:

Heehee, isn't that little bottle adorbs?

I could spend all day trying to photograph this and still not show you all its glory.

I’ve heard others describe this as an oil slick in a bottle. I completely agree.

If you have a chance to get your hands on this, I would say to go ahead and do it!

NOTD: Julep Carrie + Birthday Nail Art

**Updated 09/01/11: Some fellow nail bloggers (and non-bloggers) have run into issues with Julep regarding their referral program and customer service practices. For more information, I suggest checking out Jen’s and Kitty’s posts. Though I am fully aware of the current problems surrounding the Maven program, I will continue to participate unless my own experiences with Julep give me a reason not to. As always, use your judgment.**

“You say it’s your birthday…”

Half of you might have an earworm. The other half don’t know what this song is or who sang it. And a few stragglers are probably remembering Showbiz Pizza (pre-Chuck E. Cheese) where the animatronic gorilla scared the shit out of me as a child. No? Just me then…

Anyhow, I got my Julep Maven box in the mail yesterday (still excited). I had been planning some birthday cupcake nail art for a while now, but I couldn’t decide what base color to use (I don’t care if it’s been overdone in the past, I never got to jump on the bandwagon). Enter Julep Carrie.

Carrie is a girly-girl bright pink creme. It’s a little too “in-your-face” to be a baby pink. The formula is a little thick, but pretty opaque. It’s kind of streaky, so I needed three coats to even things out. I find this happens to me a lot with really opaque pink cremes. I had to add some thinner to get it to play right. And the bottle lettering is upside down for my favorite way to take pictures LoL.

So like I mentioned earlier, I wanted to do cupcakes for my birthday. I grabbed some acrylic paints, some different colored bullion beads from the Born Pretty Store (never checked them out? You probably should. Discount nail art supplies and free shipping). And topped it all off with a rhinestone cherry (did anyone else get a “Rhinestone Cowboy” moment just then?) and life is good.

Up close and personal with the cuppycake:

Enjoy!

BTW: I don’t like vanilla icing. It just holds this particular cupcake together nicely.

Are You a Julep Maven?

**Updated 09/01/11: Some fellow nail bloggers (and non-bloggers) have run into issues with Julep regarding their referral program and customer service practices. For more information, I suggest checking out Jen’s and Kitty’s posts. Though I am fully aware of the current problems surrounding the Maven program, I will continue to participate unless my own experiences with Julep give me a reason not to. As always, use your judgment.**

No? Why not?

The Julep Maven program is kind of like Birchbox, except it’s all nail/hand care (and polish) all the time. Check it out here*.

For $19.99 a month, you get a delicious box of nail goodies delivered right to your door. The products within the box each month are at least $40 retail (the introductory box retailed for $74!). The best part? You get full-sized products. The nail polishes by themselves retail for $14, so with just one polish, the box has almost paid for itself.

Also what’s really neat: you get an email each month telling you what’s going to be in the next box. If you don’t like the color, you can request a “shelf pull” and they will pick another color based on your personal style quiz. If you need to pause your box for a month, you can totally do that. And, if you know of someone that needs a pick-me-up, you can send your box to a friend. How neat is that?

I’m really excited to share my box with you guys! 🙂

When I took the personal style quiz, I was categorized as “Classic With a Twist.”

Goodies came in a Julep bag tied with a bow. Awwww...

So, I untied the bow and thought, “This is the best birthday gift evah.” (Tomorrow is my birthday, in case you’re wondering if I’m a crack head.)

This is what came inside the bag:

The color on the right is called Alfre–it’s an unreleased color for Fall 2011. It’s a steely purple shimmer. The color on the left is Carrie-a girly pink. Which I’m certainly OK with (Pink Wednesday anyone?). And in the middle is Julep’s basecoat. I am interested in giving this a whirl too. I’m married to one particular basecoat, so we’ll see how it stacks up. 😉

There’s a full-size tube of Julep’s Glycolic Hand Scrub called “Facial for Hands” (and I’m really looking forward to indulging myself with this!) which retails for $32. They also included two samples: one of Facial for Hands and one of their SPF 30 Hand Cream.

So like I said, I’m super excited. What’s in your Julep Maven box?

Oh. You haven’t signed up? What are you waiting for? There’s even a code that will get you a 50% discount on your first box: TWITTER

*The link included in this post is a referral link. You get one too, when you sign up for the Julep Maven program. Each successful referral gives you a $15 credit. Enjoy!

NOTD: OPI DS original

The last time I wore this, I did this polish zero justice. Shameful it was (Yoda!).

Anyhow, since it was all bright and sunny outside, I decided to whip it out again and fix the error of my ways! 😀

Ooooh… Ahhhh…

DS original is a light purple holo. And I loves it. And I wants to hug it and squeeze it and pet it… well, you get the picture.

I applied this in a sandwich method: base, two coats of DS original, layer of top coat, then another coat of DS original.

I really don’t find that top coat dulls the holo effect. Once it dries, it’s still just as blingtastic as always. I just wanted to try a new way of applying holo polish that I had heard so much about.

Enjoy the eye candy!

P.S. The hubs and I are in the middle of planning a move to Panama City next weekend. While we are sad to leave Mobile, we are hoping that this will open up a new and more exciting chapter in our lives. So I apologize in advance if posts get even more sketchier than they have been recently. 😉

I also wanted to say hi to my new Twitter and FB followers. All of my followers mean so much to me. *hugs*