Category Archives: Product Review

Sinful Color Nail Polish Swatch – Sinful Colors Boom Boom Swatch

Oh my goodness! I didn’t understand the hype of jellies until I used Sinful Colors’ Boom Boom when doing my Le Tigre inspired manicure. Boom Boom an absolutely gorgeous raspberry pink jelly. Sinful Colors is a line of 3 free nail polishes carried at Walgreen’s, Rite Aid, and other stores (but not CVS.) The polishes usually retail for $1.99, though they go on sale every once in a while for 99 cents.



This is one of my favorite pinks in my collection. It went on smoothly, required only two coats, and had that lovely squishy depth characteristic of jellies.




Boom Boom works so well with Sticks ‘n Stones. Do you have any recommendations for pairing this jelly? I’m excited to try a PB&J manicure, but I’m not sure which glitter to use. What other jellies do you think are must-haves?”

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Julep Maven: Month 1 – Julep Eva Swatch, Julep Sienna Swatch

I recently signed up to become a Julep Maven because they had a special where it was just 1 penny for the first month and $19.99 for every month thereafter (I used coupon code “PENNY”.) I started by taking the Julep Maven Quiz, and my results deemed me a Bombshell. Two days after signing up, I received my shipping notification, and less than a week after I signed up, my package arrived.

First, the packaging:



The box included a small reusable bag, Julep’s The Best Pedi Creme Ever, Julep Sienna nail polish, and Julep Eva nail polish. The Pedi Creme went on well and smell nicely, but I haven’t yet tried in on my feet. For folks who are interested in the ingredients list, I included a picture of it below.



Now, let’s be real. I only signed up for the nail polish, so on to the swatches. Julep’s Eva is a raspberry creme polish that is quite similar to Confetti’s Not My Mother’s Pink, but I wouldn’t call it a dupe.



The formula is absolutely divine, and it dried quickly as well. More importantly, it reached opacity in two coats. I sort of see what the fuss is about with expensive polishes, but I don’t think that’ll dissuade me from purchasing and swatching more accessible drugstore brands.





Also included in this month’s Bombshell was Julep’s Sienna, a beautiful gold foil. I don’t know what the right term is, but I would say that the gold is more silvery than it is brassy or yellowy. It’s so, so beautiful, and I typically don’t care for foils!




I also used two coats for this polish and really like the color, despite my previous aversion to foils.



After seeing these two colors combined, I’m sure that I’m going to do an Effie Trinket inspired manicure using these two colors. Are you a Julep Maven? If so, are you happy with the service and selection?

If you are interested in becoming a Julep Maven, please click this link here. Don’t forget to try the “PENNY” code to see if you, too, can get one month free! Plus, if two folks sign up using the above link, I get a month free!

Purchase: Portable light box!

I recently purchased a portable light box because my beloved cat kept shredding the tissue paper on my DIY light box. I haven’t yet used the LimoStudio light box, but I’m very excited to see how the product works. Particularly, I’m interested in the color correct-ness of the lights and how well the fabric on the light box diffuses light.
I ordered the light kit from Amazon.com for a little more than $30, which included shipping because I’m an amazon prime member. Included in the kit are two lights, a rather sturdy tripod, three backgrounds (red, blue, white, and black), and the light box itself, which is attached to the carrying case.

I’m pleased with the ease and quality of the light box. Set up was simple, thanks to the helpful and brief instructions. Storage is a major concern in our apartment because my partner and I live in a small 1-bedroom apartment with limited closet space. The light box is less than 5 inches thick when stored, so I can easily store it in the space between my desk and filing cabinet. The three pockets on the front store the lights and the tripod, and the backgrounds can be stored in the space that stores the light box.

As soon as I take some pictures using the lightbox, I’ll be sure to update the review!