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Jeez, lady. Where’ve ya been?

My sincerest apologies for my lack of updates around here. School remained hectic, I changed jobs, underwent a surgery, and experienced some personal issues. I also continued to grow my business and coordinated to have water damage in my apartment fixed, which it still hasn’t been corrected to this day. Needless to say, I’ve been busy. Trust me though, that I have sincerely missed the outlet of swatching and blogging, so I’m hoping to reassess my schedule next semester to create at least two hours per week that I can dedicate to this little hobby of mine.

To celebrate finishing 2 of my 5 finals, I spent some time swatching and taking photos on Thursday, so keep an eye out for my swatches which will include some of China Glaze’s Cirque du Soleil Collection and Ninja Polish’s 2012 Holiday Collection.

Also, check out to updates to my stash here: whodoesyrnails stash log If you see anything on the sheet that you’d like me to swatch, please let me know!

See you soon!


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!

The Dreaded Yellow Nails

Recently, I’ve come across several blog posts where authors mention that yellowing is caused by staining from nail polishThe yellowing may very well be caused by wearing nail polish, but it’s not specifically staining. I even found one blog that shall not be named that said nail polish is good for your nails because it increases the moisture of your nails. Let’s be real – most nail polish has a lot of sketchy ingredients that are in no way good for you. Even if your polish is 3 free, it still contains some potentially icky ingredients. (Put it this way – would you eat your nail polish?) That said, it’s obviously enjoyable to paint one’s own nails, even if only to increase your perception of beauty to yourself.

But it isn’t necessarily an activity that increases your health. In fact, the increased moisture is probably the culprit of the nail yellowing, and that certainly is indicative of a slight imbalance. Wearing nail polish increases the moisture of nail beds while depriving your nails of oxygen. What does this mean? Well, it means that it throws off the natural balance of your nails, which can lead to fungal and/or bacterial growth. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle: wear nail polish, discover yellowing upon removing said nail polish, cover yellowing with nail polish, yellowing worsens. To avoid yellowing in the first place, it’s so important to give your nails a breather in between manicures, as hard as that may be with all the delightful colors in your stash. You can still groom and shape your nails, but avoid using any sort of treatments or polishes during this week off to avoid develop yellowing in the first place.

If you’ve already developed yellowing, remedies include soaking your finger nails in baking soda and peroxide. While this may lessen yellowing, it’s still important to allow your nails to breathe afterward.

I noticed some slight yellowing on my thumb and index fingers recently so decided to allow my nails to breathe. I also noticed that just after sanitizing food prep equipment in a 1:10 blech to water solution, the yellowing was gone. I’m not sure if the bleach whitened the stain, killed the bacteria, or both, but it did work. It did, however, dry out my hands pretty badly, so I do not recommend taking that approach. It was just a happy accident of reaching into the sink without gloves.

Do you have any easy or useful remedies for nail yellowing? What do you do with your nails during your week off of manicures?