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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!


Nicole by OPI Nail Polish Swatch – Nicole by OPI Love Your Life Swatch

I was overcome with cuteness when I picked up this nail polish at CVS. I immediately envisioned a Valentine’s Day manicure, even though I think the holiday is preposterous and problematic. Or maybe I envisioned a self-love manicure. Basically, I was overwhelmed by the hearts and needed to add Nicole by OPI’s Love Your Life to my collection. Love Your Life is a pale pink jelly base with heart-shaped and iridescent glitter. It retails for between $8 and 9 dollars, but some are saying that it’s inappropriate for adult women! I beg to differ!

I decided to pair the glitter with Sinful Color’s Feeling Great, a beautiful bright fuchsia cream polish.

The glitter wasn’t difficult to place, but it did require some fishing around to get the hearts onto the brush. This might make it more difficult as I use the polish, but we’ll see.

Do you like polishes with shaped glitter? Do you think this polish is too young for adult women?

Sinful Colors Nail Polish Swatch – Sinful Colors Cinderella Swatch

Cinderella was among the first Sinful Colors polishes I picked up. Cinderella is a pale, milky blue with pink and gold glass fleck and is inspired by the color of Cinderella’s gown. Sinful Colors is a line of 3 free nail polishes carried at Walgreen’s and other department stores for $1.99 per bottle. Though they aren’t available at CVS (the most popular drugstore chain in the DC area), they are available at Rite Aid, which carries exclusive colors, such as Citrine.

I wish the formula wasn’t quite so sheer. I used 4 coats, and it’s nowhere near opaque. But the fleck is really pretty, so I’ll keep experimenting with some layering combos until I find the right match.

Do you have this polish or any recommendations for good layering combos? Do you have any sheer polishes that you wish were just slightly more pigmented?

Sinful Colors Nail Polish Swatch – Sinful Colors Glass Pink Swatch

I loaded up on some polishes during Walgreen’s 99 cent sale on Sinful Colors polishes a couple weeks ago, and I’m just now getting around to swatching them. One of my favorites is Glass Pinka very sheer pale pink with lots of pink/green microshimmer

The color is similar to Confetti’s Dreamdate, but the multi-colored microshimmer sets Glass Pink apart. It was just difficult to capture the beauty of the shimmer.

I used two coats in the above photos, and as you can see, it’s nowhere near opaque. However, layered over Wet ‘n Wild’s Sugar Coat (pics later), this is a perfect “safe for work” combo. Delicate, shimmery, and oh so pretty.

What are some of your favorite “safe for work” looks? Do you have any favorite combos for Glass Pink?

NOTD – My Le Tigre Inspired Manicure & Cover Band Sticks ‘n Stones Swatch

I’ve been itching to do a Le Tigre inspired manicure, and the Le Tigre/Gossip album artwork kept popping into my head.

I also received Cover Band’s Sticks ‘n Stones in the mail, which lends itself perfectly to my inspiration. I decided to use Sinful Colors’ Boom Boom, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Traffic, and the aforementioned Sticks ‘n Stones. I also used Essie’s Good to Go as a fast dry top coat (not pictured.)

I am so very pleased with how this manicure turned out, and I cannot stop staring at my nails! I was also able to incorporate femme flagging by using the grad student flag again. Sticks ‘n Stones is amazing, and I’m contemplating ordering a second bottle. I have so many ideas to layer it over Essie’s Turquoise & Caicos, Confetti’s Lonesome Dove, Confetti’s Belle of the Ball

I haven’t yet swatched and reviewed Boom Boom, but I love this polish. It’s a bright fuschia jelly, and it achieved the perfect coverage in two coats. It didn’t bubble at all, and with the Essie topcoat, it dried quickly. Sticks ‘n Stones is really amazing, and I look forward to practicing the placement of the glitters. Do you have Sticks ‘n Stones? If so, what are your favorite polishes to layer it over? Do you have any polishes similar to Sticks ‘n Stones that you think I should check out? 

Confetti Nail Polish Swatch – Confetti Tasmanian Devil Swatch

Okay, I know that I have blogged about this Confetti polish before, but it’s just a fantastic glitter that it really deserves its own post. Tasmanian Devil is a clear-based polish with multi-colored, multi-sized glitterConfetti is a 3 free nail polish that retails for $1.99 and sold exclusively by CVS. According to the Confetti website, the line includes 48 colors.

Tasmanian Devil is probably my most favorite of any of my drugstore glitters, and some are calling it a dupe of Deborah Lippman’s Happy BirthdayConfetti is a 3 free nail polish that retails for $1.99 and sold exclusively by CVS. According to the Confetti website, the line includes 48 colors. I used only one coat for these pictures.

This polish is really amazing. Layered over white, and it looks like sparkly jawbreakers. Over Confetti‘s Lonesome Dove (shown below on the index and middle fingers), it reminds me of sparkly graffiti.

 Do you own this polish? Do you own Happy Birthday? Which do you prefer? What’s your favorite layering combo for Tasmanian Devil?

Confetti Nail Polish Swatch – Confetti Pink Confetti Swatch

Glitter polishes are pretty popular these days, so when I saw Confetti‘s Pink Confetti polish, a pink jelly base with holographic glitter, I decided to try it. Confetti is a 3 free nail polish that retails for $1.99 and sold exclusively by CVS. According to the Confetti website, the line includes 48 colors.

This polish has tons of sparkle, but I think it would be impossible to get anywhere  near opaque coverage. I do, however, think this would be great for layering.

Look at that sparkle!

I think this would be great for layering, so I am now on the hunt for a perfect soft pink creme. What’s your favorite baby pink creme? What other colors would you try layering with this color?