Nail Adventures: February Julep Box Quick Hit

Almost forgot to show off the Julep box for February!

Partly because my apartment suffered a mini flood (snow, you can leave now. Please and thank you.)



This month we got three colors and a liquid eye shadow.

From left: Cameron (purple textured glitter), Rooney (deep taupe/brown creme), and Love (gold shimmer with red glitter). Love was a bonus color included in all boxes this month. I got the fig shimmer eye sheen. It doesn’t crease! Although my eyelids eat everything, it wears well.

Stay tuned for a look featuring Cameron and Rooney!

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Quick Hit: Julep Birthstone Polish

Hi Lovelies!
I got access to Julep’s secret store this month and decided to get the first in a series of 12 birthstone polishes.


January’s birthstone is garnet, and this color, named Betty, is a beautiful mix of deep red and purple sparkle. It’s hard to pick up on the purple in the pic, but in person, you can see the shift in the light. It’s just gorgeous.

Happy birthday to the January babies! I am anxiously awaiting April’s polish…I bet it will be awesome. Until next time, stay beautiful!

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Nail Adventures: Julep January Box

Hi Lovelies!

I know, I know. I need more nail polish like I need a hole in my head. But, I figure nail polish is a healthy addiction. It makes things pretty! And it makes me smile.

Ok, ok. I have a problem. But I’m not interested in fixing it. 🙂

This month’s box focuses on finishes:


I have two colors, the Ta Da! Quick Drying Drops, and two buffing blocks. A close up of the colors:

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From left to right: Mona (grey creme, dries shiny), and Abigail (champagne pink shimmer, dries semi-matte). I am working on a look with these colors. I’m thinking rhinestones! (ok, when am I NOT thinking rhinestones? Sparkle makes my life!) I’m looking forward to trying the drying drops, as I’ve grown weary of using my oil sheen to dry my nails (seriously though, it’s an awesome option if one happens to have it on hand.)

Until next time, stay beautiful!

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Nail Adventures: All That Glitters Isn’t Gold…

…but it may be just gold leaf instead.

Hi Lovelies!

So, in the interest of using the million and a half nail polishes I have in my house as creatively as possible, I came up with this really pretty gilded look.

I’m more into silver than gold in my jewelry, but I am doing my best to expand my horizons. So, these are the polishes I used to get my look:

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From left to right: Alexandra (buff creme), Francis (celery creme), Gianna (gold leaf), and Ski Slope Sweetie (iridescent white with gold shimmer). I did Alexandra on thumb, middle, and pinky, and Francis on pointer and ring fingers. I added one coat of Ski Slope Sweetie on all 10 nails, and added Gianna over the nails with Francis. The result?

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I love this! Not as big and sparkly as I normally do, but I love this for a cool change of pace. The iridescence makes the colors look more neutral, so it’s great for my day to day work look.

I’m working on some holiday, party, wedding (not mine, I’m attending!), and New Year’s looks for y’all. Can’t wait to share them with y’all!

Until next time, stay beautiful!

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Nail Adventures: Snow Day Nails

Hi Lovelies!

So, while I was in Texas visiting my family, this happened:


Snow is easy to deal with, but that there is ice. Maybe I should have called these nails Ice Day nails?


Since when icy, snowy, icky conditions happen in the south the world grinds to a halt (because seriously? The south should be warm!), I knew we;d be stuck in the house all day. No worries. I packed some nail polish before I left NY, so I figured I’d do my nails while my mom and I watched some Christmas movies. I used two colors for the look:

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That’s Evelyn on the left (from my Julep box this month) and Fly on the right (it’s from the Nicki Minaj collection). I figured I’d keep it simple, since Stinky wanted to be petted and I didn’t want to spend all day on it. The result?


Perfect contrast to the stark white outside. The rhinestones didn’t last long, though (of course not), but it looked great while it lasted. 🙂

And hey, here’s an extra pic of Stinky, because why not:


That’s her playing with little bro and the dearly departed squeaky toy, Bill. Poor Bill. He never had a chance.

Until next time, stay beautiful!

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Nail Adventures: Julep December Box

Hi Lovelies!

So, right before I left on my mini vacation last week, my Julep Maven box came. I packed all 5 of my newest colors in my luggage, but not before I took a picture of the haul:


I received 5 nail colors (my two for the month, plus 3 add ons), an eyeshadow palette, and hair ties. Bonus: I also received a coupon code for 40% off my next purchase on Julep! The eyeshadow palette was a really nice set of neutrals (browns and golds), and a good mix of matte and shimmer. Really nice, and will be awesome for my day to day makeup looks.

But of course, y’all came for the polish, right? Let me show you them:

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From left to right: Evelyn (rich grape purple creme), Misti (dusty teal creme), Joelle (holographic silver glitter), Christine (chocolate brown with silver sheen), and Gianna (gold leaf). Evelyn and Misti are a part of this month’s collection. Christine and Joelle are sold as a duo add on, and Gianna was an add on as well. I’m really excited to use Gianna because it will give an awesome granite look to a nail (I have a nail look coming that showcases this perfectly.)

Oh, and by the way: for those nail polish fanatics that either heard of Julep but haven’t tried it, or for those who like to look at their polishes in person before buying them: Julep has a Pop Up Shop coming Friday! I kept seeing the buzz about it online, and since I follow them on Instagram (@julepmaven) when it was confirmed, I was stoked! I’ll have to do a spreadsheet to keep from rebuying the same colors. Having written that, I ought to be ashamed for owning that much nail polish, but you know what? I’ve got no shame. 🙂 Go here for more details and the address. I’m headed there after work tomorrow, because it will only be open for a week. Maybe I’ll see some of y’all there!

Until next time, stay beautiful!

Disclaimer: I’m not being paid to advertise for Julep, I just love their stuff that much and want to share!

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