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Colors: Alicia (Julep) and Portia (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD) per bottle
I receive a Julep Maven box every month that’s specially tailored to fit my Bombshell style profile, but this month, I decided to try out the Boho Glam box instead. Read on for my review of the nail polishes and the very special organic Moroccan argan oil that also came with the March Boho Glam box this month!
Alicia: This shade is a bright and sunny coral with a creme finish. As is always the case with Julep cremes, it was opaque in only two coats, and applied easily. This salmon shade is so chic, and transitions effortlessly from work to play. I can see it being a worksafe shade to rock from 8 to 5, a flirty color to pair with a cute outfit for any spring or summertime party, and a breezy, relaxing color for your fingers and toes for those days you just want to lounge around. This shade is so versatile and unique; Alicia needs to be in your life!
Portia: This shade is really what made me switch my box this month from Bombshell to Boho Glam. Doesn’t it absolutely remind you of the beach? Honestly, it reminds me of mermaids! However, as lovely as it is to look at, I wasn’t quite as pleased with the nail polish. Portia is a sheer tropical sky blue with transparent and pastel multicolored glitter throughout. When I layered it over Alicia, the sheer blue nail polish didn’t even make an impact. It looked as though I’d layered a glitter polish with a clear base over it! Even when I layered on three coats of Portia on one of my nails, I just barely got any hints of the blue. Portia did look considerably better layered over Kristen (Zoya), though. I tried to find a blue that reminded me a little of the sheer base in Portia, and that seemed to help me pull off the look/colors that Portia-in-the-bottle made me think of. Aquadelic (China Glaze) is, possibly, an even better icy blue to pair with Portia. So, while this nail polish looks magical in the bottle, it might take a little more effort to achieve the look that it makes you imagine.
Julep Elixir: The Julep Elixir, or organic Moroccan argan oil, is amazing! You can use it for your cuticles, hands, face, hair—just about anything you can imagine. It hydrates and smooths your skins, helps to remove scars, and really just adds a healthy glow to your skin (or hair). I’ve used it on the heels of my feet and elbows for a couple weeks now, and they’re both considerably smoother now. I also use it on my face after I wash away all my make-up for the day, and use a couple drops (a little goes a long way) to rub all over my hands, too. I do this all before I go to sleep at night, and when I wake up in the morning, I feel so fresh! Best of all, the Julep Elixir is completely odorless, so after you use it, there are no funny smells to haunt you for hours afterward. This stuff is magic in a bottle, and completely worth buying. You won’t regret it!
Overall, I was fairly pleased with the March Boho Glam box. Alicia is a wonderful creme, and a shade that everyone absolutely needs; and even though Portia did not meet my high expectations, it is versatile, so I can see it being a fun addition to your stash. I think the Julep Elixir is what really made the box for me. It’s one of those awesome products you don’t even realize you need until you finally get it for yourself.
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Disclosure: Product samples provided by Julep.
Color: Twisted (Finger Paints) layered over Black Lingerie (Revlon)
Retail Price: $4.99 (USD)
This flakie is from Finger Paints’ spring 2012 Special Effects collection. Interestingly, every bottle in this collection looks exactly the same with a sort of eerie, milky appearance. However, once you layer these over a nail polish color, the fun really starts! The flakies in Twisted are of various sizes and flash red, orange, green and blue, although, at a glance, the flakies seem to flash all colors of the rainbow.
The displays for this collection suggest layering these flakies over a solid black base color, and I also agree. The flakies are more apt to react against a darker background, although, layered over a lighter solid base color, they do still subtly flash some colors. In the photo above, I have one coat of Twisted layered over two coats of Black Lingerie (Revlon).
The formula for this flakie is great! Application is smooth and easy, the flakies spread evenly, and best of all, everything dries flat. Your manicure will look glossy if you top it off with a Finger Paints Special Effects flakie, and you’d only want to add a top coat over it to seal in this fun design!
I find myself wishing I’d splurged and bought some more of the Special Effects flakies while they were available in stores! Now, you can really only find them on eBay for about three or four times their original retail price! :(
If you were lucky enough to pick up a bottle from the Special Effects collection while these were on sale earlier this year, or are willing to pay the extra bucks to purchase a bottle now, I think any shade in this collection is the perfect way to add something special to any manicure—especially a darker manicure. Can you say instant nail art? A+, Finger Paints! I am absolutely impressed!
Color: Slapper (Butter London)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This shade is from Butter London’s spring 2012 collection. It is a bright, punchy teal with a creme finish (this is what I call turquoise, but I know people have different ideas of what that word/color truly means). I looked online, and apparently, in Brit-speak, a “slapper” is a girl who “gets around.” Oh, my! What am I to make of the fact that this is the color I was initially drawn to when the promos for the spring 2012 collection first came out? Haha!
Just like with Bossy Boots (Butter London), application was so smooth. This super pigmented color goes on effortlessly, and it’s so easy to create a smooth, clean manicure. Perfection! Here, I am wearing two coats of nail polish.
It was surprisingly difficult to photograph this nail polish! I tried photographing indoors and outdoors, and no matter what, the photo would look like I was wearing sky blue nail polish. Finally, I had to just do my best to edit the coloring in Photoshop. I held up my bottle next to the screen, and I think it’s a pretty close match! No idea what was going on with the photos, though! Anyone else tried photographing your Slapper manicures?
I think this would be a fun pop of color to add intrigue to any look, but it would really shine in a summertime look. Overall, I’m a big fan of Slapper—not only because I tend to love green (and greenish) colors, but because this would look excellent with all skin tones. So, get yourself a bottle, or maybe one for a friend—or both!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Butter London.
500 FACEBOOK FANS NAIL POLISH GIVEAWAY!!!
To celebrate 500 fans on Facebook, I’m hosting a nail polish giveaway! There will be TWO randomly selected winners. The first will receive Navigate Her (Essie) and the second will receive To Buy Or Not To Buy (Essie), both from Essie’s spring 2012 collection.
Click here for rules and to enter the giveaway! Note that this giveaway is hosted on Facebook—not on Tumblr. Also, this giveaway is open internationally, so everyone may enter. Good luck!
Color: Agro (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
This is another shade from China Glaze’s Capitol Colours collection, which is inspired by The Hunger Games. It is a shimmery olive green and…that’s about it! Sadly, I wasn’t really a fan, which is really strange since I love green nail polishes! The finish was really flat and uninteresting. I felt as though the shimmer should’ve added more sparkle than it actually did!
The formula for this shade is average. You’ll need a steady hand to ensure you don’t get a streaky finish. In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Agro.
If you like this shade, then the good thing is that olive greens fits well in spring, but are naturals in the fall as well. I’ve looked online, and this shade is getting really mixed reviews. People either really love it or they really don’t! So, if this is a color you were looking forward to, you might want to go ahead and buy it to see if you like it more than I did. Good luck!
Color: Dress Me Up (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s Hunger Games-inspired Capitol Colours collection. Previously, this collection was supposed to be inspired by characters from the series, and Dress Me Up is the color that went with Primrose Everdeen. (I have to say that now, I don’t really see this collection as matching the Capitol. Each shade relates more to a District, doesn’t it?)
Dress Me Up is a dusty rose pink with a creme finish. When I bought the colors I wanted from this collection, I initially didn’t buy Dress Me Up! But after I got home, I kept thinking about this pink, and I ended up going back to the store the next day to pick up a bottle. I think that experience proves how well the shade relates to Primrose Everdeen. It’s a delicate, natural beauty that may seem to blend into the crowd, but the fact that you think about it all night after not buying it proves otherwise!
The formula for this shade has exactly the right consistency to ensure a smooth manicure. Application is great; it’s so easy to create a flawless manicure with clean lines. In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Dress Me Up.
This color is so subtle and sweet. In fact, I think it’s a great work-safe color, but memorable enough for other moods and occasions, too. Moreover, the pink makes this great for the spring, but the dustiness makes it something I can picture in a winter wardrobe, too. This is absolutely a special color that needs to be in your stash!
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Collection: Nicki Minaj (OPI)
Retail Price: $12.50 (USD) for the mini 4-pack
This is my first time purchasing one of OPI’s mini nail polish packs. I come across them often, but for the first time, the Nicki Minaj 4-pack had every color from this collection that I wanted. Perfect! And funnily enough, I think it might be due to a packaging error! Here is a photo of the package I bought. The glitter, Save Me, is actually labeled as Metallic 4 Life. I googled other swatches of the 4-pack, and it looks like other people really did receive Metallic 4 Life in their Nicki Minaj 4-packs. Strange…but I’m not complaining! I rather like Save Me, so I’m happy. :)
Did It On ‘Em: This is a perfect chartreuse green with a creme finish. I absolutely love the color! It’s a bit like someone juiced a highlighter and mixed in some lime—daring and fun! The formula was a little thinner than I had hoped, though. It took me four coats to achieve bottle color. This shade is perfect for spring or summer, or any time you’d like to make a statement. Better yet, be inspired by the chartreuse dress/bold red lip trend many celebrities are pulling off by painting all your nails with Did It On ‘Em, and using a bright red creme for your tips!
Fly: This is a highly pigmented aqua teal with a creme finish. It’s bright and unique, and makes me wish I was sitting poolside in the summer! The formula for this shade is stellar; it’s opaque in two coats, and goes on smooth and easy. Fly deserves a spot in your stash because its naturally cool blue hue makes it a welcome pop of color in your winter and spring looks, and the “zing” from the pigmented teal makes this perfect for summer. As wonderful as this looks on my nails, I actually think it’s a color I’m going to be using for my toes this summer!
Pink Friday: If you’ve ever wondered what bubblegum pink looks like…this is it! This is the third creme in the Nicki Minaj collection. The formula is a little on the thin side, but not as thin as Did It On ‘Em, since I was able to achieve bottle color in three coats. I didn’t think I’d like it so much, but the pink has such a vibrance within that makes it stand out from other pinks. It’s a little too bright to be a pastel, and it’s definitely not desperately reaching toward any reddish hues. Pink Friday is a perfectly flirty pink that’s great to bring out any time of year!
Save Me: This nail polish features silver glitter and holographic bar glitter, all suspended throughout a clear base. It’s absolutely the most versatile of all the shades in this collection. You can pack on the layers for a truly blinged out final manicure, or you can layer one coat of Save Me over any nail polish to add some sparkle to an ordinary manicure (or to wake up a manicure midway through the week). In the photo above, I’ve layered it over the three cremes in this 4-pack, and honestly, I think it looks great over each shade. The holographic bar glitter really helps with that since it flashes all shades of the rainbow, meaning Save Me looks wonderful layered over absolutely any bright creme. As far as I’m concerned, this one’s a must-have, and my favorite from the mini 4-pack!
My favorite thing about this mini 4-pack is it’s the perfect gift—for yourself or for a friend! The colors are lively and unique, which inspires my favorite kind of nail polish use—based on mood and not on wardrobe! Feeling spunky? Did It On ‘Em is calling your name. Want a flirty Pink Friday? Or a relaxing Friday with Fly? I know a little sparkle can sometimes Save Me. ;) No matter your mood, this Nicki Minaj mini 4-pack is sure to fit or lift your spirits!
Color: Disco Biscuit (Butter London)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This shade is from Butter London’s spring 2012 collection. It is a jelly-like hot pink with iridescent fuchsia micro glitter throughout. If you own Primrose Hill Picnic (Butter London), then that’s a great match for the pink of Disco Biscuit. In fact, when I picked up my bottle of Disco Biscuit at Ulta, many Primrose Hill Picnics were mixed in with the Disco Biscuits! The difference between the two, however, is that Primrose Hill Picnic has a creme finish and lacks the glitter in Disco Biscuit.
I am a huge fan of the formula for this nail polish since I’m generally a fan of jelly polishes. It’s sort of thin, but it builds up nicely, and the finish is rather glossy, which I like. In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Disco Biscuit, but now I wish I’d added a third coat! You can see the slightest hint of bald spots in some places.
My earlier suspicions were correct—Gilda (Zoya) is an almost identical dupe for Disco Biscuit! There are two differences, though. The Disco Biscuit formula is much easier to work with (Gilda’s formula is a little thicker and doesn’t apply as smoothly), and Gilda has a lot more of the iridescent fuchsia glitter, which makes is sparkle so wonderfully. Possibly, less glitter in Disco Biscuit makes its formula shine a little more? Who knows! I honestly think if you have one, you don’t need the other, but I can’t really recommend one over the other. Iridescent glitter mixed into a spring color is a trend among collections this season, though, so regardless of which bottle you choose, you’ll definitely be on point!
Colors: Lira (Borghese), Brownstone (China Glaze), Little Brown Dress (Essie), Hey Sailor (China Glaze)
I’ve been catching up on Pretty Little Liars episodes, and I realized those chicas have some really fun nail art! Naturally, tutorial brain took over. Hanna’s leopard print manicure in “Let the Water Hold Me Down” (episode 16 in season 2 of Pretty Little Liars) is really easy to recreate!
Start by painting all your nails with a base coat. Then, use a creme like Hey Sailor (China Glaze) to paint some of your nails a solid red color. If you look at Hanna’s nails, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the way her nails are painted, so don’t stress about which nails are red, and which ones aren’t.
Use a gold foil like Lira (Borghese) to paint the nails that will have the leopard print pattern. Once that is dry, use my leopard print tutorial to finish the look. Use a coppery bright brown like Brownstone (China Glaze) to plop on leopard spots. Then, with a dotting tool or toothpick, use a dark brown like Little Brown Dress (Essie) to draw parenthesis-like shapes around the spots. Lastly, fill in the extra gaps between your leopard spots with small dots/blobs. Check out the full leopard print tutorial for more detailed directions.
Once all your nails are dry, seal everything in with your favorite top coat!
If you’ve noticed any nail art looks on Pretty Little Liars that you want to recreate on your own nails, let me know (in the comments or via the ask box) which episode the nail art is in, and I’ll see what I can do about a tutorial. Even better is if you can point me to a screencap of a particular nail art design!