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!

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!

The Purge: Confessions of a Nail Polish Hoarder

So here’s the thing: I kinda like nail polish. Just a little bit. And by little bit I mean 132 bottles worth. I like to tell myself it could be so much worse – I’m not on a TV show because I have 56 cats and a trash collection that fills my living room. Yet

Kidding. Sort of. I’d have 56 dogs, not cats. Anyway, the fact of the matter was that my collection no longer fit on my acrylic shelf, so some of it had to go. Here’s what we started with:

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Then I began to go through one by one. First went the ones that had gotten dried and goopy beyond all belief. Could I potentially save them with thinner? Yes, but none of them were special enough or full enough for the work. Peace out, my beloved Essie’s Set in Stones. I will be repurchasing you.

Then I went through and got rid of the colors I hardly ever wear. Lime green? No thanks, Sally Hansen. Pee-yellow sparkly Zoya polish I got for free in an Ipsy bag? Buh-bye. Purple Selena Gomez shade for Nicole OPI, where did you even come from? Next went the inferior formulas, such as that white, streaky Julip polish I hated from the get go.

Then we went through dupes – this one was hard because I was sending away perfectly lovely shades that I clearly loved so much that I had purchased multiple brand versions. I had three dupes for Essie’s Fiji – wait, what? You’ll notice I did keep the X-Factor and Julep nail polishes that are the exact same shade of cobalt blue (because I couldn’t remember which was the one that didn’t stain my nails through the base coat). Get off my back. 

In the end, we purged 36 nail polishes: 

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Minus the nasty dried ones, I put them all in a box and passed them off to my sister, who was thrilled. They went to a good home … where I can still borrow them if I find that I miss a particular shade. Mwahaha. 

In the end, I purged 27% of my collection. Not bad for a first pass at one of my obsessions. And this organized beauty is what we’re left with. Note the damn Juicy Couture nail polish that only fits laying down and is totally killing my vibe: 

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And now I have a whole empty row to fill with more polishes. Woohoo!

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

The Darling of Fall

I’m pretty sure Bahama Mama by Essie is quite possibly one of the most universally adored fall nail polishes ever, and today we combo’d it with Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear polish in Strobe Flash from their fall 2013 collection:

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From left to right: CND Stickey, Orly Top-2-Bottom top and base coat, Essie Bahama Mama, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Strobe Flash

For this lovely little result:

Sophisticated, yet fun,

Sophisticated, yet fun,

This is actually the first time I have used Strobe Flash since I bought it, and I’m diggin’ it. I’m not usually a fan of bar glitter, but this one works. It’s completely matte, and has a fun polka dot effect. Bahama Mama, of course, is that quintessential lovely, plummy wine color that everyone reaches for in fall. Together, it says “sophisticated fall look, with a splash of awesome.”