Showing posts with label Julep. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Julep. Show all posts

01 July 2013

Happy Canada Day!

Hi everyone! First off, I wanted to say thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway. I've chosen the two winners via random draw so congrats to Tanya Jung and Jennifer Markus Lee. Please respond to my email within 48 hours.

I was really touched by all the nice comments and things many of you had to say about my blog, and the new followers and support. Giveaways make me nervous because I always worry that there's going to be a mass exodus after the giveaway. But hopefully some people will stick around! As long as these giveaways are drama free, I'll continue to do them because I enjoy them, and so do you! So if you didn't win this time, hopefully you will next time. :)

So happy Canada Day to all you Canucks and Canuck-wannabes who celebrate. I originally wasn't going to do a Canada Day manicure, but I remembered that I had Julep O Canada! waiting to be tried. Instead of going with the usual maple leaf, I decided to do some freehand hearts on sticks.

Canada Day nail art

Canada Day nail art with Coin Coin ring

For the red I used Quo Old Hollywood, one of my favourite all time reds. If you don't have access to Quo, Orly Forever Crimson is a dupe. The white is Sally Hansen White On, and I did a bit of black outlining on the hearts with Orly Liquid Vinyl. The glitter is the Julep of course - it's a clear based glitter topper with small red hexes and iridescent hexes. I love the simplicity of it.

Canada Day nail art

Canada Day nail art with Coin Coin ring

For the occasion I also thought I'd show off my ring I bought a while back from Coin Coin Designs & Co. It's my friend's company and she sells keepsake coin jewelry, I'm so proud of her, and I love her products. This ring has a nickel from the Canadian centennial designed by artist Alex Colville. It's the only year that the nickel had a rabbit on it. Isn't it cute!? I thought it was the perfect accessory for Canada Day. :)

Canada Day nail art

What do you think of this design? If you're Canadian, how did you celebrate Canada Day?

23 January 2013

Dot Manicure With Julep Ava and Bette

Hi everyone! I'm posting a bit earlier today, I've got some marking and editing to do and I'm trying to put it off as long as possible! :D

I'm currently wearing this mani, I did this Monday night and I'm still not tired of it. The inspiration was these nails by The Polished Perfectionist. But instead of a more classic nude look, I wanted to use Julep Ava and Bette, the two polishes I got in my January Julep Maven box (this was the Bombshell box). I also decided to mix it up a bit and add a reverse accent nail.

Dot manicure with Julep Ava and Bette

I used a fairly small dotting tool, and the only trick with this design was the placement of the dots. I made a few errors, but I'm happy with how it turned out. But a little bit about the polishes...

Julep Bette and Ava

Ava: This is a pale pink with a nice silver shimmer that's subtle but noticeable. It's described on the Julep website as a "ballet slipper pink frost," but it really isn't a frost. What I like about this polish is that it's not sheer like most pale pinks, and 2 coats provided full coverage. It is however a bit thick and at times seemed a bit stringy (I'm not sure how else to describe it), but it was totally manageable. It's such a pretty polish though, and for me worth the effort.

Dot manicure with Julep Ava and Bette

Bette: This one surprised me very much. It's described on the Julep website as an "electric neon purple creme." I don't know how neon this is - the colour is gorgeous but not super bright. It's a bit more sheer so I used three coats, and it dries to a beautiful matte finish. With a top coat it looks like gel nails. I adore both the colour and finish on this one.

Dot manicure with Julep Ava and Bette

Final Thoughts: Overall, I like these two Julep polishes and I'll definitely be using them again. One thing to note about these polishes if you've never seen them in person: they are fairly small, 8ml/0.27 fl. oz. to be exact. So they are closer to a mini polish than a full sized polish. Already with Ava just using it for one swatch and one full mani, I noticed about 1/4 - 1/3 of the bottle has been used. So if you are interested in buying them, get the Julep Maven box so you can buy them at a discount. You get two polishes plus one extra item (i.e. foot cream, cuticle oil) for $20, and you can get add-on polishes for $5 each.

What do you think of this mani? Have you tried the Julep Maven boxes?

29 December 2012

Skittle Manicure with KBShimmer Band Geek

Happy weekend everyone! I've had a lot of ideas for future nail art designs floating through my head lately. But one thing that I keep coming back to is ways to incorporate indie polishes with nail art in an interesting manner. That's what I was trying to do with today's mani. Simply put, I started with the gorgeous KBShimmer Band Geek on my ring finger and used the colours in this polish as the basis for designs on my other nails. A skittle mani is one where all the nails are different but form a cohesive whole. In this case, I used the same colour palette for all nails to unify them.

Skittle manicure with KBShimmer Band Geek

KBShimmer Band Geek is a beautiful black crelly (in between a creme and a jelly) with silver, copper, and yellow gold glitter in various sizes. So for the other nails I also used various combinations of black, gold, copper, and silver (with a bit of white on my pinky).

Skittle manicure with KBShimmer Band Geek

Here's the polishes that I used for this mani:

KBShimmer Band Geek
Orly Liquid Vinyl (black creme)
Orly Luxe (gold foil)
Essie Penny Talk (copper metallic)
Sally Hansen White On (white creme)
Julep Vivien (pale gold glitter)
Stripe Rite in Black, Silver, and Gold

Skittle manicure with KBShimmer Band Geek

Starting with the thumb, I used Liquid Vinyl and freehanded gold zigzags with the Stripe Rite in gold. On my index finger I used a base of Liquid Vinyl and did a glitter gradient with Julep Vivien. On my middle finger, the mosaic design, I started with a base of White On. I originally was going to incorporate white into this nail but ended up covering it, still, the white was a good "blank page" to work on. I used the Stripe Rite in Black to draw the lines, then I filled them in with Penny Talk, Luxe, Liquid Vinyl, and Stripe Rite Silver (the silver appears white in some photos). I finished again with the Stripe Rite in Black, going over the outlines to make it cleaner. On my ring finger is KBShimmer on its own - this is three thin coats, no undies. And finally, on my pinky is a base of Liquid Vinyl and little crosses using White On and Stripe Rite in Silver. My thumb, middle, and pinky fingers were all done freehand.

My lonely thumb: skittle manicure with KBShimmer Band Geek

I'm really in love with this mani. I love the colours and the aesthetic. And I'm really enjoying the skittle mani - it's a fun way to try out different ideas and designs without having to commit to all five nails. :)

So what do you think? Does this work as a skittle mani?
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