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07/25/2014

Colors: I Just Can’t Cope-acabana (OPI), Where Did Suzi’s Man-go? (OPI), Live.Love.Carnaval (OPI), Black Shatter (OPI)

I got into nail art exactly three years ago, so to commemorate that, I thought it’d be fun to redo the manicure that started it all. The gradient mani with OPI’s Black Shatter on top is perfect for people who are hesitant about exploring nail art. There isn’t much finesse involved to achieve this look, so it’s really easy to reproduce consistent results with your non-dominant hand.

Start by picking out three nail polish colors that will blend well together. The colors I chose are bright and loud, but if you’re looking for something a little more reserved, consider skipping the shatter step and going for a monochrome gradient by choosing different shades from the same color family.

After applying a base manicure (mine was yellow), use a make-up sponge to sponge on two more colors that blend nicely into one another (start at the tip of the nail, and work your way up about 2/3 of the nail). Use a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to clean up any excess nail polish you might have sponged onto the skin around your nails. Finally, apply Black Shatter (OPI) over the gradient, and then seal everything in with your favorite glossy top coat.

I love how my end result is reminiscent of summer. The black splotches from the shatter look like silhouettes against a sunset.

The best thing about the gradient mani is you can mix and match all kinds of color combos, so there are infinite possibilities. Let me know if you try out this look; I’d love to see your results!

07/04/2012

Colors: Chancer (Butter London), Kate (Julep), Spring Gentian (Priti NYC), Diamond Geezer (Butter London)
Happy 4th of July to the Americans out there! :) I’m glad part of my celebrating for today was to do some nail art. In the middle of painting my nails, I realized this is the first nail art I’ve done since going on hiatus to finish my M.A. thesis in March! =/ I swear on my Seche Vite I won’t let another three months go by before I do nail art again!
Anyway, the majority of this manicure is pretty simple to achieve because it’s mostly just straight lines and dots. If you have them, you can use stripers to create the stripes in this manicure, but I actually just used a couple craft store paintbrushes since I find it’s easier to control them and because it doesn’t limit me only to my stripers! And you can use a dotting tool to create the dots, but I actually used a toothpick since I was in my kitchen while I painted my nails this morning.
The hardest shape to create is the star on my index finger. A lot of Independence Day manicures I’ve seen feature glitter stars, but I don’t have any! Still, I love stars, so I decided to freehand a star on my nail. My suggestion is to first paint your whole nail blue. Once that’s dry, use a toothpick to dot on the five points of your star, and then use your striper or paintbrush to create the star. If yours ends up looking funky, wait for the white to completely dry, and then use your blue nail polish to go over the white in order to “erase” parts of the white you don’t need anymore (I ended up needing to do this a couple times). If your nail looks a little bumpy at the end of it all, using a heavy-duty top coat like Seche Vite at the end of your manicure will make everything appear smooth again.
If yall have any questions about the manicure, ask in the comments or leave me a note in my ask box. Thanks for reading! :)

Colors: Chancer (Butter London), Kate (Julep), Spring Gentian (Priti NYC), Diamond Geezer (Butter London)

Happy 4th of July to the Americans out there! :) I’m glad part of my celebrating for today was to do some nail art. In the middle of painting my nails, I realized this is the first nail art I’ve done since going on hiatus to finish my M.A. thesis in March! =/ I swear on my Seche Vite I won’t let another three months go by before I do nail art again!

Anyway, the majority of this manicure is pretty simple to achieve because it’s mostly just straight lines and dots. If you have them, you can use stripers to create the stripes in this manicure, but I actually just used a couple craft store paintbrushes since I find it’s easier to control them and because it doesn’t limit me only to my stripers! And you can use a dotting tool to create the dots, but I actually used a toothpick since I was in my kitchen while I painted my nails this morning.

The hardest shape to create is the star on my index finger. A lot of Independence Day manicures I’ve seen feature glitter stars, but I don’t have any! Still, I love stars, so I decided to freehand a star on my nail. My suggestion is to first paint your whole nail blue. Once that’s dry, use a toothpick to dot on the five points of your star, and then use your striper or paintbrush to create the star. If yours ends up looking funky, wait for the white to completely dry, and then use your blue nail polish to go over the white in order to “erase” parts of the white you don’t need anymore (I ended up needing to do this a couple times). If your nail looks a little bumpy at the end of it all, using a heavy-duty top coat like Seche Vite at the end of your manicure will make everything appear smooth again.

If yall have any questions about the manicure, ask in the comments or leave me a note in my ask box. Thanks for reading! :)

07/03/2012

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Colors: America (Julep), Chelsea (Julep), and Kate (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD) per bottle

Julep boxed up quite a lot of awesome for their July boxes. They’ve released some colorful new glitters that are perfect to add sparkle to your July, and they’ve also presented their spin on the matching nail and lip color trend. If I’m not mistaken, I believe this is Julep’s very first venture into lip colors, and my very first review of a lip product! Lots of excitement in this post, so I hope you’ll keep reading for my review of my Julep Maven Bombshell box for July!


America: This is a special glitter Julep included in all of the American Julep Maven boxes this month in honor of the 4th of July (Canadians received O Canada!). It is a mix of small red glitter, large blue glitter, and silver stars all suspended in a clear base. I was most excited for this glitter because of the silver stars (I love stars!), so I was really disappointed to discover there actually aren’t that many stars in this (I had to fish out the ones that made it onto my nails). Also, I think I just got a bad bottle because this is what the inside of my bottle looked like when I opened it (yuck…). So, my bottle was thick and gunky (fairly certain my bottle is a fluke, considering my bottle of Chelsea [see below for review] was just fine), which made the application process terrible, unfortunately. I’m wearing two coats of America in the photo above, and after some top coat, I managed to make it look okay, despite the formula. In any case, this combination of glitters is really unique, and certainly ideal for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or any day you’re feeling particularly patriotic! 

Chelsea: This nail polish is a mix of violet, purple, and silver multi-dimensional glitter all suspended in a clear base. The formula for this is great, although I wish the glitter was a little more dense. Julep nail polish bottles suggest only two coats of each nail color is needed for a manicure, but if I’m only going to have glitter on my nails, I want full coverage! So, I’d recommend layering this over a solid color because two coats on a naked nail (as seen in my swatch photo) just doesn’t cut it for me. Julep’s nail art suggestion for this month is completing a Chelsea manicure with French tips in Kate (see below for review). I’m not so sure about this look, but then again, I appreciate its uniqueness since I would’ve done glitter tips on a creme manicure instead of the other way around. Always good to try new things! :)

Kate: This shade is a soft white pearl. It has a gorgeous, subtle shimmer in the bottle and also appears slightly grayed out, but on the nail, the shimmer sort of disappears and the nail color is a very bright white. For me, the difference between bottle color and nail color is fine because I like the brightness of the white. The formula for this is a little on the thin side, but I don’t mind since it’s still very easy to create a smooth, clean manicure. Overall, I think this would be a good nail polish to pick up since white is a staple for any nail polish stash and because the pearly shimmer makes Kate stand apart from other white nail polishes.

Zinnia: Julep created this odorless, tasteless (well, it tastes sort of like Vaseline, but I call that “tasteless”), long-wearing lip gloss to pair with Chelsea. It is a violet-plum lip gloss with subtle shimmer. Usually, when I wear lip color, I choose shades that are somewhat close to my natural lip color (Revlon lip butters in Pink Truffle and Berry Smoothie are my go-to colors right now), so when I first took out the lip gloss wand, I was a teensy bit startled with just how purple Zinnia is! But once you spread it on your lips, the color sort of thins out. As you can see in the photo of my lips, Zinnia only looks slightly darker/pinker than my natural lip color. So, if you’re into natural lip colors, this lip gloss might be for you! And even if you’re not, I think it would be great to wear over a saturated purple lipstick. My favorite thing about wearing Zinnia is that it doesn’t feel super sticky like some lip glosses do, so it’s easy to forget you’re even wearing it. Another cool thing about Julep lip glosses is the wands aren’t actually wands; the tip where the lip gloss gathers is actually a brush! I love this because it makes applying the lip gloss to your lips really easy to control. But despite all the reasons I’m digging Zinnia, I’m not entirely sure the Zinnia/Chelsea combo follows the matching nail/lip color trend since once Zinnia is on my lips, it’s not really the same color as Chelsea anymore. Perhaps Julep’s doing a creative spin on the trend because Zinnia is obviously still in the same color family as Chelsea. Regardless, I rather like this lip gloss!


There were some snags with my July Bombshell box (namely the America formula and the denseness of the glitter in Chelsea), but overall, I really do like this box and the cohesiveness of all the Julep Maven boxes this month. It was perfect for Julep to whip out glitters for July, and even better that every single box—no matter the style profile—received the America glitter. Also, I appreciate Julep’s spin on the matching nail/lip color trend, and was pleasantly surprised with how much I ended up liking Zinnia (I generally don’t like lip glosses).

After how much I loved last month’s box as well, I can’t even imagine what Julep will surprise us with next month! I’m most curious about what other kinds of cosmetics they might add to their arsenal of beauty products.

What do you like or dislike about Julep branching out beyond nail colors? Sound off in the comments or leave me a note in my ask box!


Want your very own Julep Maven boxes every month? Check out the bottom of this entry to learn how you can get your first box containing over $60.00 (USD) of products for only $5.00 (USD).

Disclosure: Product samples provided by Julep.

06/08/2012

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Colors: Parker (Julep) and Annette (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD) per bottle

I missed reviewing my monthly Julep Maven boxes while I was away on my hiatus, so I’m going to use the next three days to review my April, May, and June boxes, respectively. With that said, today, I’ll be reviewing my Bombshell box from April. Enjoy!


Parker: This shade is described as a “golden tangerine creme,” perfect for either a spring or summer manicure. I would say Papaya Punch (China Glaze) is a dupe, but the formula for Parker is much better; Papaya Punch is a bit thick, whereas Parker’s consistency makes application smooth and practically effortless. In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Parker.

Annette: This shade is described as a “subtle, dove grey creme.” I think the cool, not-quite-white nature of this shade makes it more suitable for spring or winter looks, but if you use Parker or any other bright creme to swipe on some French tips (Julep’s nail art idea for these two shades), you have yourself a neutral manicure that’s perfect for summer, too! As always, the formula for this Julep creme was flawless, and was opaque in an easy two coats.

The Best Pedi Créme Ever: If you’re a fan of pedicures (like me!), you need this stuff! It exfoliates, hydrates, and nourishes your feet. Julep suggests applying it nightly, but I think it’s also a good idea to rub it on your feet right after a pedicure. It’s just so soft and soothing! My only issue is I wish the container were larger. I know I’m going to run out of this pedi créme way too soon!


Overall, I was pleased with the April Bombshell box. Also, I love that Julep’s started providing nail art ideas and other tips with their boxes. Not only do the orange/Parker French tips look great, but the nail art ideas can be combined with other unique color combinations, too. Keep it up, Julep!


Want your very own Julep Maven boxes every month? Check out the bottom of this entry to learn how you can get your first box containing over $60.00 (USD) of products for only $5.00 (USD).

Disclosure: Product samples provided by Julep.

03/18/2012

Color: Drawn To You (China Glaze)Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s spring 2012 Magnetix collection. It is a shimmery, bright, magnetic purple, and the perfect nail polish if you’re looking to create some fast and easy nail art!
You could simply wear this nail polish on its own, but that’s obviously not what it’s really meant for. When you buy your own bottle of Drawn To You, make sure you also buy the magnets that China Glaze sells (I bought mine for $5.99 (USD) at Sally Beauty Supply). Each magnet comes with three designs, which enable you to create diagonal lines like in my manicure, above, pointed chevron shapes, and starburst shapes.
The thing to remember with magnetic nail polish is the magic happens while the polish is still wet. So, start by painting one nail with your magnetic polish. Then, hold your magnet above the nail while the polish is still wet. Wait 5-10 seconds, and when you remove the magnet—presto!—you’re left with a chic, easily replicated nail art design. Do the same to finish up the rest of your nails.
Like I said, you can wear these nail polishes without taking advantage of their magnetic tendencies. I think if you even want to consider doing this, the best thing to do would be to only “magnetize” one or two of your nails to serve as accent nails, just like in many other traditional nail art manicures.
The formula for this nail polish is really great! I’m only wearing one coat of Drawn To You on my nails, and as you can see, I absolutely got total coverage. I was so impressed! Application is really easy, too. I thought it would apply streaky, but it actually goes on so smooth. It’s almost impossible to mess up a manicure using this nail polish!
Magnetic polish isn’t new, but it’s beginning to catch on. Prior to the Magnetix collection, all the magnetic polish I’d come across was fairly pricey. So, even though it’s a little annoying to have to purchase the magnet for the Magnetix collection separately (thankfully, you only need to purchase one magnet to use with all the nail polish in this collection), even after you add together the cost of the magnet and one bottle of nail polish, the total is considerably less than other magnetic polish out there. Paired with the really saturated, bright finish? You honestly can’t afford to miss out on the Magnetix collection!

Color: Drawn To You (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s spring 2012 Magnetix collection. It is a shimmery, bright, magnetic purple, and the perfect nail polish if you’re looking to create some fast and easy nail art!

You could simply wear this nail polish on its own, but that’s obviously not what it’s really meant for. When you buy your own bottle of Drawn To You, make sure you also buy the magnets that China Glaze sells (I bought mine for $5.99 (USD) at Sally Beauty Supply). Each magnet comes with three designs, which enable you to create diagonal lines like in my manicure, above, pointed chevron shapes, and starburst shapes.

The thing to remember with magnetic nail polish is the magic happens while the polish is still wet. So, start by painting one nail with your magnetic polish. Then, hold your magnet above the nail while the polish is still wet. Wait 5-10 seconds, and when you remove the magnet—presto!—you’re left with a chic, easily replicated nail art design. Do the same to finish up the rest of your nails.

Like I said, you can wear these nail polishes without taking advantage of their magnetic tendencies. I think if you even want to consider doing this, the best thing to do would be to only “magnetize” one or two of your nails to serve as accent nails, just like in many other traditional nail art manicures.

The formula for this nail polish is really great! I’m only wearing one coat of Drawn To You on my nails, and as you can see, I absolutely got total coverage. I was so impressed! Application is really easy, too. I thought it would apply streaky, but it actually goes on so smooth. It’s almost impossible to mess up a manicure using this nail polish!

Magnetic polish isn’t new, but it’s beginning to catch on. Prior to the Magnetix collection, all the magnetic polish I’d come across was fairly pricey. So, even though it’s a little annoying to have to purchase the magnet for the Magnetix collection separately (thankfully, you only need to purchase one magnet to use with all the nail polish in this collection), even after you add together the cost of the magnet and one bottle of nail polish, the total is considerably less than other magnetic polish out there. Paired with the really saturated, bright finish? You honestly can’t afford to miss out on the Magnetix collection!

03/17/2012

Colors: Did It On ‘Em (OPI), Hey Sailor (China Glaze)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, followers! Instead of traditional kelly green nail color, I thought I’d twist it up with some chartreuse nails. And Beautylish is actually what inspired me to incorporate the chartreuse dress/bold red lip trend into my manicure. I suppose this is a risky trend, but Emma Watson, Nikki Reed, and Minka Kelly make it look effortless, flirty, and fun. What do yall think?

If you like this nail art, it’s really easy to recreate. All you need to do is paint your nails chartreuse. Once dry, use a bold red creme for your tips. If you don’t think your hands are steady enough to create freehand red tips, that’s okay! Place some tape a little before the tip of your nail (again, you’ll want to make sure your chartreuse manicure is completely dry before this step). Now, use your red creme to paint on your tips. It doesn’t matter if you get red nail polish on the tape because once you’re done painting the tips of your nails, carefully peel away the tape, and tada! Flawless red tips! :) Make sure you end by sealing in your manicure with your favorite top coat.

This is basically a wacky French manicure. Even if you don’t like the chartreuse/red combo, the great thing about the French manicure is that the color combinations are endless.

Enjoy, and stay fabulous! ♥

(Source: blanketprint)

03/07/2012

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!

02/26/2012

Colors: Super Star! (Pure Ice), Black Lingerie (Revlon), Connect the Dots (Lynnderella)
My nails are all dressed up for the Oscars tonight…even though the rest of me will be in my pajamas as I watch the big show!
The tuxedo nail is inspired by Zooey Deschanel’s Golden Globes 2012 tuxedo manicure, and it’s so easy to recreate. Simply paint your nail white, and once it’s dry, use a thin paintbrush or striper to create a black “x” near your cuticle. This is the bow tie! Use the paintbrush/striper or switch over to a dotting tool or toothpick to fill in the bow tie (I also added a final dot in the middle of the bow tie to represent the knot in the bow tie). Finish the look by adding on three buttons with your dotting tool/toothpick, and using a black nail polish or black striper to swipe a black French tip across your nail. Once it’s all dry, seal in your design with your favorite top coat!
The rest of my nails feature a white base color with Connect the Dots (Lynderella) layered over the white.
Hope your faves win tonight! :)

Colors: Super Star! (Pure Ice), Black Lingerie (Revlon), Connect the Dots (Lynnderella)

My nails are all dressed up for the Oscars tonight…even though the rest of me will be in my pajamas as I watch the big show!

The tuxedo nail is inspired by Zooey Deschanel’s Golden Globes 2012 tuxedo manicure, and it’s so easy to recreate. Simply paint your nail white, and once it’s dry, use a thin paintbrush or striper to create a black “x” near your cuticle. This is the bow tie! Use the paintbrush/striper or switch over to a dotting tool or toothpick to fill in the bow tie (I also added a final dot in the middle of the bow tie to represent the knot in the bow tie). Finish the look by adding on three buttons with your dotting tool/toothpick, and using a black nail polish or black striper to swipe a black French tip across your nail. Once it’s all dry, seal in your design with your favorite top coat!

The rest of my nails feature a white base color with Connect the Dots (Lynderella) layered over the white.

Hope your faves win tonight! :)

02/14/2012

Colors: Mandy (Julep), Glenn (Julep), Carrie (Julep), Blake (Julep), Brigitte (Julep)
Check out my Valentine’s Day mani! I love the combined effect of these colors on my nails. Looks like candy! Unfortunately, I was stuck in classes all day (seriously, my last class ended at 9:00PM!), so I didn’t really get to flaunt them anywhere. That’s okay, though; I felt fabulous, regardless!
Anyway, I’d like to wish all my followers (even those of you who follow me via Twitter and/or Facebook!) a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you for your constant support and enthusiasm for everything I do here. All of you are my sweethearts! ♥

Colors: Mandy (Julep), Glenn (Julep), Carrie (Julep), Blake (Julep), Brigitte (Julep)

Check out my Valentine’s Day mani! I love the combined effect of these colors on my nails. Looks like candy! Unfortunately, I was stuck in classes all day (seriously, my last class ended at 9:00PM!), so I didn’t really get to flaunt them anywhere. That’s okay, though; I felt fabulous, regardless!

Anyway, I’d like to wish all my followers (even those of you who follow me via Twitter and/or Facebook!) a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you for your constant support and enthusiasm for everything I do here. All of you are my sweethearts! ♥

Colors: Mandy (Julep), Glenn (Julep), Carrie (Julep), Blake (Julep), Brigitte (Julep)
I’ve received requests for a cupcake nail art tutorial since I first posted my cupcake mani in September (here), so I hope this tutorial is helpful. For such a cute end result, it’s actually very easy to recreate. Stay tuned!
Start by painting your nails with a base coat. Then, use a sweet pink like Mandy to paint about half your nail. Don’t stress about neatness! With a bright red like Glenn, use a thin paint brush to paint vertical lines over Mandy. Also add a horizontal line to the tip of your nail to create the bottom of your cupcake.
Using a dotting tool (you can also substitute a toothpick, ballpoint  pen, or the back end of a make-up brush), create light pink frosting on  your cupcake. Since I’m keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, I’ve  used Carrie for the frosting. Just like with real cupcakes, after the frosting comes the sprinkles! My sprinkles are in Brigitte, Mandy, and Blake,  but you can use whatever colors you prefer. Place one drop of each  sprinkle color on a napkin or a piece of scrap paper. Then, using a  toothpick or needle, dot on your sprinkles. Take your time!
Next, I used Glenn and a tiny paint brush to add a tiny little heart on top of the  cupcake. If you don’t have the patience for this, grab your dotting  tool, and add a cherry on top instead. You can also add a rhinestone on top as well. The options are endless!
Once your cupcake is totally dry, seal in your design with a top coat. And that’s it! Now you can paint cupcakes on the rest of your fingers as  well, or you can keep only one cupcake to accent an ordinary manicure,  or you can be adventurous and add different designs to your other nails. Get creative and have fun! :)
This tutorial is also my very first guest blog post at the official Julep blog, so I’d love it if you stopped by there as well. Thanks!

Colors: Mandy (Julep), Glenn (Julep), Carrie (Julep), Blake (Julep), Brigitte (Julep)

I’ve received requests for a cupcake nail art tutorial since I first posted my cupcake mani in September (here), so I hope this tutorial is helpful. For such a cute end result, it’s actually very easy to recreate. Stay tuned!


Start by painting your nails with a base coat. Then, use a sweet pink like Mandy to paint about half your nail. Don’t stress about neatness! With a bright red like Glenn, use a thin paint brush to paint vertical lines over Mandy. Also add a horizontal line to the tip of your nail to create the bottom of your cupcake.

Using a dotting tool (you can also substitute a toothpick, ballpoint pen, or the back end of a make-up brush), create light pink frosting on your cupcake. Since I’m keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, I’ve used Carrie for the frosting. Just like with real cupcakes, after the frosting comes the sprinkles! My sprinkles are in Brigitte, Mandy, and Blake, but you can use whatever colors you prefer. Place one drop of each sprinkle color on a napkin or a piece of scrap paper. Then, using a toothpick or needle, dot on your sprinkles. Take your time!

Next, I used Glenn and a tiny paint brush to add a tiny little heart on top of the cupcake. If you don’t have the patience for this, grab your dotting tool, and add a cherry on top instead. You can also add a rhinestone on top as well. The options are endless!

Once your cupcake is totally dry, seal in your design with a top coat. And that’s it! Now you can paint cupcakes on the rest of your fingers as well, or you can keep only one cupcake to accent an ordinary manicure, or you can be adventurous and add different designs to your other nails. Get creative and have fun! :)


This tutorial is also my very first guest blog post at the official Julep blog, so I’d love it if you stopped by there as well. Thanks!

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