e.l.f. Red Velvet

I meant to post this before leaving for Miami last weekend, but I got sidetracked. My mother’s in the hospital, and (as you can imagine) things have been hectic.

RedVelvet1I received this polish from my Secret Santa for last year’s exchange. It’s a really pretty warm red with a gold shimmer.

RedVelvet2.1On a side note, I broke one of my nails, so they’re all filed down now. Maybe I will get around to showing another polish with the shorter length.



Swatch: Julep Glenn

Hey there.

I’m procrastinating in my real life responsibilities again, so I decided that I would swatch a polish that I’ve had for almost a year. This came in my last Julep box–I believe I received it for December of last year.

This didn’t start out as just a swatch. But I got irritated with the application of Glenn:

Glenn is a pretty warm red (looks like a cool in the photo, sorry) with a gold shimmer.

But I had a lot of cuticle drag. There was some pooling, but that might have been my fault for not wiping the brush 20 times. (._. )

So I stopped at a regular swatch and will not be wearing it for very much longer. 😉

Have a great day.

NOTD: NYC Chelsea

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Is this thing on?

Hi folks. I couldn’t let my favorite holiday go by without posting a little something something.

I couldn’t quite put my finger on what I wanted to wear today, being Halloween and all. I’m not dressing up this year–hubby is out of town working, and I’m hoping he gets back before the trick-or-treaters get here.

We’re in a new house (thank you jeebus) in a busy neighborhood, and I can’t wait to see what tonight brings. Just yesterday, I saw a group of adults out jogging in Halloween costumes. I almost hurt myself laughing.

So I was digging through the polish drawers trying to find something appropriate that I haven’t tried before, when I ran across this polish that a friend had given me. I thought, “vampy nails will work.”

Chelsea is a nice shimmery crimson in the bottle. It goes on a little lighter on the nail. This is three coats + top coat.

I wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween. Enjoy.

NOTD: China Glaze Sugar Plums

So it’s only been 10 days since I last posted. That’s a record right? (._.  )

I have several of 2010’s ‘Tis the Season holiday polishes from China Glaze that I never got around to wearing (don’t worry, I’m ashamed). One of these beauties is Sugar Plums.

So I decided that I would start showing off those polishes which I could not show off last year. 🙂

The elusive right-handed pose. :O

Sugar Plums has a maroon (mulberry? I don’t think of it as plum. Maybe an overripe plum…) base which is packed full of silverish microglitter. On further inspection, the glitter reflects a lot of colors, so it could be holo-ish. 🙂

This is just three coats and two coats of Seche Vite. It dries really bumpy, so thick topcoat is a must-have for me.

I never do this pose either... I think my pinky looks really short in comparison to the other fingers. And my fingers look weird-shaped. :\

I love how this polish looks lit from within. It’s dark on the sides and lighter in the center.

I really dig this color and I hate that I waited so long to wear it. Vampies always have a special place in my heart. ❤


P.S. The sun was playing peek-a-boo today, and you can tell how the sky is gray instead of that bright blue that it usually is.

Swatched: Julep Keira

I’m trying to get out of my lazy slump.

With hubby going to Massachusetts for three weeks to train on his new job, I’ve been kind of moping around. Then there’s the business trying to find somewhere to live where we’re relocating. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that’s New Jersey.

If you follow me in real life, you know that I am Southern through and through and I am really nervous. I have never lived farther north than Birmingham, AL (hush). I have visited all up and down the East Coast, but never stayed for very long. So this is going to be a huge change for me.


I thought it was past time to show you one of the polishes that came in my October Julep Maven box. October was already booked solid though, so now is the time. 🙂

This is Keira, which is a deep red/maroon/mulberry creme.

It applies very well, and I had zero problems with it.

Sorry for the odd position. Hubby had to take this with the new camera & apparently, I didn't hold my hand correctly.

This is three coats without top coat.

Also in October’s box was another color (which I will show later this week) and the Glow On Age Defying Hand Brightener. I keep wondering when they’re going to send a topcoat to go with the basecoat they sent in the first box. 🙂