June 2015 Julep Maven Unboxing

Woohoo! The June Julep Maven box is here! Here’s what we got this month:
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It’s a Lilly Pulitzer box! Which should be super cute, right? Except for I think I kinda got three of the most underwhelming colors ever: a puke green called Sam, a very light pink (almost beige) called Lillian, and a metallic neon pink dubbed Sally.

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Not really digging it this month unfortunately. Not even the candy was a saving grace – I have no idea what those lollipop things were but they were decidedly NOT delicious. Oh well – there’s always next month to look forward to!

Minty Fresh NOTD

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Doesn’t this combo just make you feel spring-y inside? Taken over my mother’s patch of strawberry babies for extra spring-y emphasis, obvi.

Mint nail polish: Julep’s Kam

Gray Polish: Barry M’s Gelly Hi Shine in Chai

Gold glitter top coat: OPI for Sephora’s Only Gold for Me (discontinued)

Base Coat: Julep’s Oxygen Bonding Base Coat (incredible)

Top Coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti Chip Top Coat

May Julep Maven Unboxing

I’ve tried my share of subscription boxes – Birchbox, Ipsy and all the others have all fallen by the wayside eventually, but I am still loving my Julep box. Probably because I’m a nail polish hoarder and I have a problem. But I digress. This month for their Set Sail themed box, I chose the Classic With a Twist profile. Behold:

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For some reason I was sent two of the navy polishes. I can’t complain; my little sister is quite pleased to be the recipient of  their mistake. P.S., they always send some lovely little candy treats in the box and the saltwater taffy was scrumptious, in case you were wondering.

I chose this one because navy nail polishes are the bomb.com, obvs, but also because I’ve never tried any of the Julep makeup before, so I was curious. I thought this eyeshadow duo in the shade Sequins and Showtime looked quite nice, and I’m a sucker for anything that looks like MAC’s Satin Taupe. I wasn’t disappointed.

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I put both the polishes on a wheel, and I actually quite like them together – you’ll probably see me rocking this combo sometime soon. The navy is called Shelby and is a navy ink creme, while the pink is called Amanda, and she’s a raspberry creme shade. Sequins and Showtime comes in a nicely packaged compact with a mirror, and swatched well with plenty of color pay off:

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They’re soft, buttery, and they blended acceptably well where the two shades met. Sequins is a nice gold-ish champagne color, while showtime is a pretty gray-purple taupe. Of course, they’re both a shimmer formula because what else would you wear?

What Julep box did you pick this month? Let me know how you’re liking it!

Goodies from the Aisle of Doom

So you know those aisles at Ulta and Sephora right before the cash register with all the adorable, petite, affordably priced little minis? I call it the aisle of doom – and it’s where I picked these little cuties up (damn you, Ulta).

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I’ve never tried a Stila Convertible Color before, but I’ve heard others rave about them, so why not pick up three of them for $20? That’s a damn steal. It would be irresponsible not to buy them at that price – I practically saved money, right? Right.

I’m quite the fan of the whole dewy look, so I am very pleased with these. The set is called the Stila blooming bright convertible color trio, and they give long lasting, pretty, natural color that stays nice looking all day. From left to right we have Lillium, a nude pink, Petunia, a coral pink, and Hibiscus, a coral red. I’m pale as all get out – let’s use a nice term and call me “porcelain” – so Lillium gives a wonderful, natural flush on me when buffed out, and it’s set to become my staple blush for the spring and summer when you don’t want a lot of stuff on your face, but still want to look fresh, natural and pretty. I’d say if you have $20 to spare, this might be a great way to spend it (and if you’re not as ghostly as I am, maybe check out the slightly darker trio set in the beauty in bloom color way).

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Get it, Griege

A good 90% of the time, you could probably bet significant amounts of money on my nails being painted some various shade of silver or gray. And you would win. Especially now that I own Essie’s Miss Fancy Pants. 

Now, Miss Fancy Pants came out a while ago in the 2012 Fall Stylenomics collection. I’m not gonna lie, my obsession was just a twinkle in my eye at that point, and it passed unnoticed. This year, I watched a MissGlamorazzi video and she was wearing it – and I wanted it. Lo and behold, a few days later I found it for $4 at TJMaxx, and it was like the nail polish gods had smiled upon me without even making me scour Amazon.

Missy (we’re on a first name basis now) is a classic creme formula, and it’s a lovely griege with what I would say are some purple-y undertones. The formula is wonderful, in case you were doubting Essie for a second. Observe:

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Of course, my ring finger must be bedazzled at all times or I just don’t feel like myself. I’ve actually had someone ask me if I was ill or something one time when I didn’t do it. So I slapped some of Sephora OPI’s Mauvie-Star in the Making on there, along with the staple Orly Bonder base coat and Sally Hansen top coat. 

Look at that griege. YASSS. GET IT GRIEGE, YASSSSS.

Ignite the Night

Sparkles. 

I love them. Eye makeup, nails, shoes, what have you: everything is better with sparkles.

Cue Essie’s 2013 holiday collection, Encrusted Treasures. I must say, I wasn’t impressed with the other shades that came out (The PolishAholic – love her – has swatches of the others, and after reading her reviews, I didn’t even want to try the others), but I absolutely had to have Ignite the Night.

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I got it to go opaque after two coats, which I was pretty impressed with. HOWEVER. I am totally not impressed with the lasting power. I used my usual Orly Bonder and Sally Hanson top coat combo that usually gives me at least a good three days without chips, but I painted my nails in early afternoon and this had flaked off horribly by the end of the night.

Do I love it? Yes. Does it frustrate me? Yes. Hate that.

*Update – I have now also used this as a top coat, and that works much, much better. Use it on top of other polishes, and you can enjoy your bling for more than a few hours.

Who is the Fairest of Them All?

It’s been all about Essie lately – let’s show OPI some love, shall we?

This lovely little shade, called Muir Muir on the Wall from OPI’s 2013 San Francisco collection, is a shimmer, plummy duochrome with hints of brown, gray and gold depending on how the light strikes its fancy. Between the pretty color and obvious Disney princess reference, I simply had to pick this one up.

 

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Muir Muir on the Wall – OPI

I must say that upon application of the first coat, I was a little horrified and thought I might be returning this one (thank goodness for Ulta’s lovely return policy), since it was a streaky, gray and plum mess. Upon application of the second coat though, I must say this turned out opaque and completely lovely. I paired it with CND’s Stickey as a base coat and Orly’s Top-2-Bottom as a top coat, and  I’m well into my fifth day of wear with only minor chips. 

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Orly Top-2-Bottom, CND Stickey and OPI Muir Muir on the Wall