7/11/14

ModCloth inspired Nail Art



If you are anything like me you often go on fashion websites and lust after all the beautiful clothing that you can't afford. One of my favorite websites for window shopping is modcloth.com I have to admit, I am not much of a dress wearer. I feel like my body type just doesn't look good in dresses. But for some reason I find myself perusing the dress section of modcloth's website constantly. They have so many beautiful, relatively affordable dresses.

So, when I received an email recently from ModCloth, asking me if I would be interested in being part of their Nail Klub and Dresses challenge, I jumped at the chance! The idea was to check out their huge range of dresses and use the inspiration in nail art. Well, I may have broken the rules. I couldn't pick just one! They just have SO many amazing dresses!  Check them all out here, to see what I mean

Today's nail art was inspired by some of the dresses that I have fallen in love with off of the website. I hope you enjoy!

This first dress is just too cute! It's the Coach tour dress in rouge. I love the collar detail and the look of the black buttons against the red dress!


The combination of the black and red together is just so classy looking. The nail art that this dress inspired is super simple. It's just red nails with a black dot accent nail that mimics the buttons on the collar. I think this mani would look so cute with this dress!

The red nail polish is China Glaze Poinsettia. I used two coats on each of my nails. Then I used a dotting tool and added the three black dots using Julep's Jet. I love the way it looks!

Another dress that I positively fell in love with from modcloth is the Evolution of elegance dress in green. Can we just talk about hw beautiful the different shades of green are together. And I just love the style.


 If only I had an occassion to wear a dress like this! Luckily, I don't need a special occassion to rock the mani that this dress inspired.


 To replicate the look of the dress I chose three different greens/blues. My middle finger is polished with sally hansen complete salon manicure in Loden Green. My index and ring fingers are new york color long wearing nail polish in tudor city teal and my pinkie and thumb are Julep's adrianna. I might not have gotten the colors to match the dress exactly, but you can see where the inspiration came from.

Lastly, I came across this dress and absolutely fell in love with how cute and funky it is. Much more casual than the others, but I adore the color scheme. The after the rainstorm dress just reminds me so much of a funky watercolor painting.



I had to try to recreate it on my nails!



This nail art didn't turn out exactly the way I saw it in my head but I still like it a lot! I started out by applying two coats of sinful colors white on white to act as a base. Next I chose the colors I wanted to use for the design. I chose 3 polishes from the sally hansen hard as nails xtreme wear line. The purple shade is Lacey Lilac. The pink shade is fuchsia power and the blue is blue me away. To achieve the look I opened each of the three polishes, and brushed most of the polish off the brush. Then with the mostly dry brush I brushed the different polishes on my nails in random patterns. Then, before the polish had a chance to dry all the way, I topped my nails with a matte top coat. This blended the colors together a bit and made my nails matte, which I think really lends itself to this manicure. I think my thumb and ring finger look the best, but overall I feel like it's a good representation of the dress!

So that's it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post. If you haven't done so before I highly recommend you check out modcloth for dresses. http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses They have so many unique beautiful styles in a great range of sizes!

7/9/14

My favorite Yellow Nail Polishes

sally hansen hard as nails xtreme wear in mellow yellow
2 coats (needs 3 to get opaque)

Wet n Wild Megalast in lemon drop 2 coats over white

Julep Leila 2 coats (needs 3 to be opaque)

Lime Crime Crema De Limon 2 coats
For more about these polishes check out my video!

7/4/14

Happy Independence Day!

If you are one of my American readers, happy Independence Day! If not, happy Friday! I thought I would share my patriotic manicure with you today!


The red nails are Sinful Colors Sugar Sugar with Julep's America the Beautiful on top. The Blue Nails are Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Blue It with New York Color Disco Inferno Top Coat. The white nail is Julep Brigitte with accents of Sugar Sugar, Blue It, Sally Hansen Celeb City and a bit of Disco Inferno right in the middle. I love the way these turned out!

6/16/14

My favorite Orange Nail Polishes

I already shared with you my favorite Red nail polishes so next up I am moving on to my favorite oranges! Here they are in no particular order. 

1. China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy- this one is really more of a coral shade. It's got a lot of pink it in, but I figured I would share it with the oranges, since I am bound to have a ton of pinks to share with you when I get around to that post. Flip Flop Fantasy is the epitome of summer. It's a great neon coral that dries super fast (as most neons do) It dries matte, so if you want that super shiny finish you'll need a top coat. But, I love this polish! It makes my skin look super sad in contrast to the bright pop of neon coral fun! It's perfect for the toes in the summer. Guess that's why they named it flip flop fantasy! 


2. Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed- This is a great basic cream polish. It's a great crayola crayon orange that applies like a dream. Not much else to say about it! 



3. Wet n Wild Megalast in Club Havana- This one is a near exact dupe for the one above, so if you like the color but you love the formula and the brush on the megalast polishes as much as I do, go for this one. This is opaque in two coats, dries relatively quickly and is just a great orange! 


4. Elf Party Peach- This is another great, super affordable bright orange polish. This one has gold shimmer running through it which adds a little something extra. It's super opaque as well. Just one coat is all you need! 


5. Maybelline Color Show Classic Camel- This is one of the polishes from the vintage leather collection. I was not much of a fan of the line of polishes, but for some reason I really like classic camel. It's a sort of rust brown-y orange, so it's completely different than any of the other oranges I am sharing with you today. Very fall appropriate. These polishes dry to a matte type finish, but this one is beautiful with a top coat to make it shiny. I just find it so unique that I had to include it. 

no top coat

with a top coat

6. Wet n Wild Fast Dry 9.0.2.1.orange- honestly, I think what I like the most about this polish is the name. So fun and I love that show! But I also adore the polish. The fast dry polishes are pretty watery, so be careful not to flood your cuticles! But they dry quickly and this one is a gorgeous sheer jelly orange base with a TON of gold shimmer running through it. It's a beautiful unique polish that can be worn on it's own in 3-4 coats, but I love it most when used as a topped for other orange polishes! 

7. Julep Kyla- I hate the formula on this polish. It's super goopy. BUT, it's stunningly beautiful. It's a sheer orange base with iridescent orange and pink glitters. This is beautiful on top of any other orange polish. It's not the type of polish you can wear on its own, but it's so pretty. 

top two nails are julep kyla on top of Elf party peach
bottom two are wet n wild 9021orange on top of Elf party peach
8. Julep Mariska- This is another goopy formula from Julep. I swear, their formula is really hit or miss. But Mariska is this gorgeous neon sort of orange that is just something else. It dries matte, so you do need a top coat if you want that shiny finish. But, if you're in the market for a neon orange and you can stand the formula on this one I highly recommend it! 


So that's it, those are the favorite oranges from my collection! I hope you enjoyed this and found it helpful. Be sure to stay tuned for the next post in this series where I will share with you my favorite yellow polishes! Take care 

6/9/14

June 2014 Julep Maven Box: Boho Glam

This month's Julep Maven Collection was called The Three wishes collection. I was absolutely in love with most of the polishes, and I almost bought the entire selection. Then I wised up and realized I couldn't afford to do that and instead went with the boho glam box.



Even though I am technically an It girl, I find myself purchasing the boho glam box a lot recently. The colors that were part of this box are Julep's Harlow and Natalia.

Julep classifies Harlow as a Golden Dragonfly iridescent chrome. It is truly a unique polish. It's sort of a gold/green duochrome that is gorgeous on the nails. The formula on this is a little bit tough to work with, but I think it's just stunning. You can see it featured on my nails here:



Julep classifies Natalia as a refined copper metallic. This one to me leans more towards a metallic pink than a copper. When I think of copper I think of a more orange-y brown shade. It's absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite Julep polishes that I have tried to date. You can see it featured here on my middle finger and thumb in this mani.


The product this month was something that I sorely needed. A base coat! The Oxygen smoothing base coat. I actually really like this base coat. It goes on and smoothes the nail as well as matifies it, and I think it makes for a great base, so I am very pleased.

Overall  Ireally enjoyed this month's Maven box. If you are interested in signing up for Julep, you can do so for just 24.99 a month. It's an awesome deal and so much fun! If you want to sign up, feel free to use my referral link: http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/158571/

6/4/14

My favorite Red Nail Polishes

I have been meaning to do a series of my favorite nail polishes for a really long time. I will go through each of the colors of the rainbow (and then some) and share with you my favorite polishes from my collection in each color. I thought I would start out with Red. I just happened to have 10 favorite red polishes. I didn't plan it that way. For some colors there will be more, for others there will be less. But, for now, we'll start with my favorite reds!


1. New York Color Broadway Burgundy Frost- This is a deep burgundy red with a bit of a frosty finish. It's opaque in 2 coats, dries relatively quickly and is super affordable at under a dollar a bottle. 



2. China Glaze Poinsettia- This is a bright, tomato red that applies like a dream. So beautiful. Opaque in two coats and one of my favorite reds to use around Christmas time! China Glaze polishes are pretty affordable. I can get them for 5 dollars or less at Sally Beauty Supply.




 3. China Glaze Ruby Pumps- Another classic from China Glaze. Ruby Pumps is a favorite among beauty bloggers, and for good reason. It's a beautiful red with shimmer running through it. Just like Dorothy's ruby slippers! This polish is opaque in two to three coats and can be worn on it's own, without undies!



4. Wet n Wild Megalast in I Red a Good Book- This is another classic tomato red shade. Sort of primary crayon red. This can be worn with just one thick coat, but I tend to do two thin coats when I wear it. I love the brush on the megalast polishes. It's a nice wide brush that is super easy to use. The finish on this polish is a gorgeous cream. It's super affordable- under two dollars a bottle. It's probably my favorite red of the bunch and if you can only pick up one, I recommend that this be it! 


5. Ulta Eye Popping Poppy- This is different from all of the other reds I have to share with you. It's a bright poppy color. Sort of an orange-y red that is perfect for spring and summertime. This can be opaque in one coat, but again, I always do two coats. Ulta polishes are 6 dollars a bottle, but I got mine on sale for 2 dollars! What a deal! 


6. Sinful Colors Sugar Sugar- This is another super affordable polish. You can get sinful Colors polishes for $1.99 from most drugstores and can often find them on sale for $.99! Sugar Sugar is a deep metallic red that is absolutely beautiful. It's my other favorite red of the bunch. This practically glows on the nails, is opaque in two coats and is the perfect Christmas Red 


7. Sinful Colors Hot Chili- This is a deep chili red base with red and gold glitter pieces in it and it's stunning. The formula on this one is a bit thick, so it's not the easiest to work with, but it's a great color, and I would be remiss if I didn't include it. It's opaque in two coats and does not need anything underneath. It's a great polish! 


8. Elf Cranberry- This is another one coater polish that is super affordable. Elf polishes are just two dollars, and this one is stunning. It's a beautiful cranberry red that dries super fast and looks great on the nails. There's not much else to say about this one. It's fantastic. 


9. Revlon Parfumerie Bordeaux- This is a deep wine red with a cream finish that is the perfect fall red in my opinion. The parfumerie polishes are not only packaged in possibly the cutest way ever, but they run just 6 dollars, and they have the bonus of smelling amazing. Bordeaux smells like red wine and it's so pleasant to use. It applies smoothly and the color it just gorgeous, and dries to a high shine finish. No top coat required!  


10. Zoya Blaze- Zoya is one of my favorite brands as of late. It's not the most affordably brand. The polishes run 9-10 dollars a piece. But the quality of these polishes are amazing. The brush is great, the formula is awesome. And this polish, Blaze, is STUNNING! It's a gorgeous sort of berry red shade with holographic glitter running through it. This is truly something to see, and this picture does not do this polish justice at all. This finish from zoya is one of my favorites, and I sort of want to get one in every color! 


So those are my favorite Reds! I hope you enjoyed and I hope you'll stick around for my next entry in this series which will be on my favorite orange polishes. And if you want more info on these reds, check out my corresponding video! 



6/2/14

Influenster TLC Voxbox unboxing

I was super psyched when I found out I qualified for the TLC voxbox! If you aren't familiar with influenster, it's a website you sign up for, completely free. You fill out surveys and complete badges and sometimes you qualify for a voxbox! They send you a box full of complimentary products to try out! They sent the TLC Voxbox out to moms. In case you weren't aware, I am a mom. I have two beautiful boys! Robert is 11 and Austin is 6. All the products in this box are super helpful to a mom on the go! Here's what I got in my voxbox!


Neosporin Neo to go ($4.97 to $7.50) This is going to come in so handy! My boys are constantly tripping and falling, scraping up their knees and elbows. This is a handy on to go version of neosporin, to help keep those scrapes clean and help remove some of the sting! This little guy is going straight into my handbag!

Puffs to Go ($0.49 per single pack) This is another item that's going straight into my handbag. Tissues are always handy to have!

Ivory Bar Soap ($3.99 for a 10-pack) My boys use bar soap so this will definitely come in handy! I don't like to buy them body wash, because they are famous for leaving the bottles open and knocking them over, allowing all the body wash to slowly spill down the drain! No issues with bar soap and I love ivory because it's simple and doesn't contain a lot of heavy dyes and fragrances!

Avon Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother ($30.00) This product sounds like it's going to be right up my alley. It's a translucent balm that supposedly blurs the look of wrinkles on the forehead and around eyes. I can't wait to try this out. I have slight wrinkles around my eyes that foundation and concealer like to collect in so we'll see if this helps!

Shell Fuel Rewards Network Car- This is a free loyalty program that helps you save money on fuel! I can't scoff at that! Our family vehicle is a Ford Expedition and boy it is a gas guzzler! Any chance to save a few cents on gas, I am all over!

Breyers Gelato Indulgences ($4.49 to $5.99) We got a coupon to try this delicious treat and I cannot wait until we get the chance to pick it up! As you might know, I am currently on a weight loss journey, so this will definitely be a special treat for me! Yummo!


So that's what I got in my influenster TLC voxbox! I hope you enjoyed!

5/22/14

Ipsy May Bag Reveal

I apologize that this is so late. I have been suffering from some pretty severe back pain for the last week, and it's pretty much had me laid up. It still hurts like hell, but I am pushing through to bring you this very late post. I received my ipsy bag last week, and as always, wanted to share it's contents with you all!


The theme this month was Fresh picks, and it seemed to focus less on makeup and more on skincare. The contents of this bag were not the most exciting ever, in my opinion, but the bag itself is just beautiful. It's a sturdy canvas bag with a green leaf design. Very nice, and I will get a lot of use out of it.

Now for the actual products. In my bag I received:

Avene Thermal Spring Water: This is basically spring water made for misting your face or irritated skin, from what I can tell. It's basically water in a can. Let me tell you, this might just be the most useless item I have ever gotten in an ipsy bag. I suppose it would be handy to have on a really hot day outside to help cool off or something, but I am just not at all impressed.

Eva Nyc Therapy session hair mask: I was pretty excited to see this in my bag. I've never heard of the brand before, but I am always anxious to try hair products. This smells nice and it's a fairly large sample. However, I have already tried this and it does nothing for my hair. It really seemed to leave my hair looking dull and flat. I am glad I got to try it, but bummed that it didn't work for me.

Jersey Shore Sun Sans Tan Anti-aging sunscreen SPF 35: Sunscreen isn't exactly the most fun product ever, but as a woman with very fair skin that tends to burn easily I was pleased to see this. It will definitely get some use!

Pacifica Mineral eyeshadow duo #2: I have so many eyeshadows I will never in a lifetime use them all up, but I hadn't tried pacifica's eyeshadows before so I was psyched to get the opportunity. The duo I got comes with a shimmery white eyeshadow and a purple shadow. I love purple shadows on my eyes because they really bring out my green eyes in my opinion. However, the purple shadow does not seem very pigmented, and the white shadow is incredibly powdery. I haven't tried these on my eyes yet, but I wasn't impressed with the quality of these when I swatched them.

Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria: Lastly was this little sample size of the calvin klein endless euphoria perfume. It's a little rollerball, and is easily my favorite product this month. It's a light floral scent that I find very pleasant. I wasn't expecting this to be the favorite product. I have so many perfumes. But it's a great little size that I can toss in my purse if I want to take it with me throughout the day, and the scent is quite lovely.

So that's it. That's my ipsy bag for this month. As you can see, it wasn't the best bag ever but I will get use out of most of the products, and I am always excited to try new things. If you are interested in signing up for ipsy, you can feel free to use my link. If you sign up through my link, I get points that can be saved up and used to redeem extra goodies for my ipsy bag, so I would really appreciate it! http://www.ipsy.com/r/1cwc

5/9/14

May 2014 Julep Maven Box: Boho Glam

When Julep announced that they were going to be crowdfunding to raise money to create and produce the Plie wand, I was totally intrigued, and immediately pre-paid for the box. When I heard Julep was offering double jules this month I was psyched! When I heard that Julep was shipping out the crowdfunders boxes I was even more excited! Unfortunately, due to an error, my box didn't end up getting shipped out early like the rest of the crowdfunder boxes. Julep Customer service was super great and got it shipped out asap, and offered me jules to make up for the delay, which I gladly accepted. And my box arrived soon after with my maven selections as well as my add ons, and all was right with the world. The only problem with my box was that they didn't send the bonus polish they gave to all crowfunders, and so that arrived in a separate box a few days after my May box. Still, I got everything I was supposed to get, so I am not complaining.



For the May box I chose Boho Glam this time. It was the box that had the colors that I liked the most, even though I have similar colors already in my collection. As someone with over 300 nail polishes, it would be amazing if they had polishes available that were completely unique to my collection. Boho Glam came with two polishes and the plie wand. The polishes are Jeanne and Paulette.



Julep describes Jeanne as a jet set blue creme. It is a really pretty, but not terribly unique bright baby blue polish with a creme finish. I haven't used this polish yet, but when I swatched it, it had a very nice formula. Paulette is described as a Golden Lilac tulle shimmer. It's a beautiful pastel lilac purple with a ton of gold shimmer running through it. I wore this polish last week, and it applied beautifully. The formula was fantastic, and the color was stunning. It's become one of my favorite Julep Polishes.

In addition to the polishes, I also got the plie wand. It's a tool that Julep created to help make polishing nails easier. It is ergonomically  designed to bring more control, accuracy, and fin to every polishing experience. It is designed to work with julep polishes. I've only used it once so far, and while it was a bit awkward to hold in my non dominant hand, I think that with practice it will greatly help my polishing skills.



Julep sent everyone who crowdfunded a bonus polish. It's Yumi, a glitter topcoat with pink, silver and holographic glitter pieces. It's a really pretty polish, but again, not terribly unique.





I also added on the mod art kit to my monthly box. It seemed like such a great deal.It was just $19..99 and I actually used Jules, so it didn't cost me anything out of pocket! It came with the plie wand creativity kit, which comes with a dotting tool and striper that works with the plie wand. It also came with 5 polishes that I didn't already own. The 5 polishes are Brigitte, a bright white creme, Sienna- a gold shimmer polish, Madison- an electric neon hot pink creme, Bette, an electric neon purple creme and Jet- a jet black creme.


So that's it, that's my May Box! I hope you enjoyed taking a little peek inside! If you are interested in becoming a julep maven, you can feel free to use my referral link to sign up! http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/158571/

4/28/14

Elf Lip Balm Tints Review and Swatches!

It's been quite a while since I did a review on my blog, and I really want to get back into it. And I thought this would be the perfect product to start out with! The Lip Balm Tints from Elf have been out for a little while, and when I finally made an order from their website I had to include a couple of them because I have heard really good things about them. I am super glad that I did!

Here are the details on this product, straight from Elf's website, eyeslipsface.com


The lip balm tints are available from Elf's essential line and cost just 2 dollars each. Each lip balm tint contains 4 grams of product and comes in a clear tub with a white lid. They are available in  4 shades. Nude, Peach, Grapefruit and Berry. When I placed my order only two of the shades were available. The others were out of stock. So today I have a review of the lip balm tints in Peach and Grapefruit.



I found the lip balms to feel very nice on the lips. They are very moisturizing and made my lips feel very soft. They do not seem to have much of a smell, but they do taste a bit sweet when you lick your lips. I did not find them to be sticky at all, and while the color is not super long lasting, it's what I would expect from a tinted lip balm. I am generally not a fan of the style of lip balm that comes in a pot that you have to stick your finger in to apply, but at this affordable price, I don't mind, and you can easily use a lip brush.

The color is not incredibly pigmented, but again, from a tinted lip balm you don't expect it to be. "Grapefruit" is the more pigmented of the two. It's a lovely sheer pink shade that I find quite flattering. It's also a lovely glossy shade that is incredibly easy to wear!

"Peach" is slightly more sheer than "grapefruit" and a good option if you are more concerned with moisturizing your lips and less so about the color. It's a lovely super sheer peach shade that appears pretty much translucent on my lips except for the glossy finish.

Top: Grapefruit Bottom: Peach, with flash

Top: grapefruit, Bottom: Peach, no flash

Overall I am very pleased with these lip balm tints! I like the color payoff, the moisturizing quality and I even like the simply packaging. For the price, I think these are definitely worth checking out if you're in the market for a product like this! These are available for purchase from eyeslipsface.com and while I haven't seen them pop up in my local target yet, I did notice them in my local walgreens, so you might have luck there! I hope you found this post helpful! And I will be back again soon with more reviews of the products I have picked up recently from Elf, so if you are interested, make sure to check back soon!

4/15/14

Ipsy April Bag Reveal

Thought I would share with you what I got in my April Ipsy bag, which finally arrived today. It felt like it took forever to arrive this month. But I'm psyched to finally have it. I'll give you a quick overview of what I received, and then later on this month, you'll see more in-depth looks at each of these products including my review!


The theme for this month's bag is Beauty Rocks! The bag itself is a super cute, square shaped bag in a pretty purple color that has a cute record detail on it. I like the bag a lot. I also quite like the products inside! I received:

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion skin exfoliant. I honestly wasn't too thrilled about this product. Skincare just isn't as much fun as pretty makeup products. But, I've heard good things about this product, so i'll give it a whirl!

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Apple Pink. Ipsy has sent out cailyn lip balms in the past but I've never received one before. This is a really pretty pale neutral pink, that seems pretty pigmented. I'll have to try it out for a bit before I decide how I like it. I do like that the packaging comes with it's own little brush. And the color looks pretty nice. So we'll see.

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse. I love big sexy hair products. So I was excited to see this in my bag. Not sure how I feel about spray mousse though. I've never used anything like it. I'm interested to see how this will work on my hair! One thing I do know is that it smells amazing!

Elizabeth Mott Pop Goes the Shadow premium eyeshadow in champagne. I need another single eyeshadow like I need a hole in my head. But, this is a beautiful color and it swatches beautifully, so while it's not the most unique item ever I am certain I will get some use out of it.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet. This is the item I am most excited about. It's just a black eyeliner- another thing I have a zillion of- but the urban decay liners are my absolute favorite. And this is a new formula that is a matte black that is formulated specifically for smokey eyes. What's not to love. Can't wait to test this out!

So that's my April bag! Be sure to check back later on this month for a full review on all the products in the bag as well as close up photos and swatches!


4/4/14

April 2014 Julep Maven Box: Classic with a Twist

I have been a Julep Maven for about a year now. If you are not familiar Julep is a nail polish subscription service. You pay just 20 dollars a month and you get nail polishes and products delivered to your door. The wonderful thing about Julep is, there is a window of time towards the end of each month where you can choose between multiple boxes, so you can customize the box to your liking, and you can also add on additional nail polishes from the other boxes at a discounted rate. Also, if you just aren't feeling the collection, you can choose to skip the month and not be charged. I generally tend to skip the monthly boxes and instead opt to order from them when they have sales. I have gotten a ton of Julep polishes for 99 cents, and since I am a maven, I get free shipping with every order. It's a fantastic deal!

But, I just couldn't skip this month. I was way too drawn to polishes this month. The collection is called the vivids collection, and it was all I could do to keep myself from buying an upgrade and getting every single one! Plus, The beauty item this month is blush, and if you know me, you know I am a sucker for blush! So I immediately logged on as soon as the maven window opened and made my selections. After much hemming and hawing I went with the Classic With a Twist box (I am usually an It Girl!) and decided on the pearl pink blush. My maven box shipped on the 27th of March and arrived in my hot little hand on April 1st! Super fast!



I chose Classic with a Twist because the nail polishes are just gorgeous. These are going to be perfect on my toes for summer. The polishes included are Caitlin and Mariska.

 Julep describes Caitlin as a shocking hibiscus with Gold shimmer. It's a bright in your face beautiful pink with the tiniest hint of shimmer on the nail. The formula is fantastic. A little thin, but not too thin, if you know what I mean. It's got a bit of a sheer jelly finish but is opaque in 3 coats. It's beautiful!

Julep describes Mariska as a juicy tangerine shimmer. It's a gorgeous bright orange shade that I instantly fell in love with. I am generally not an orange nail polish fan, but there is something about this polish! It's a bit thicker in consistency than Caitlin, but not at all gloopy. Very easy to work with, and very opaque. It's practically a one coater. The shimmer in this polish is not discernible on the nail, and it's so bright that it's practically neon, which means it dries to a sort of matte finish. But that's easily remedied if you don't like that look. Just add your favorite shiny top coat!

Caitlin and Mariska, with flash, so you can see the finish

Caitlin and Mariska, no flash, best representation
of the true color (sorry for the blurriness)

I am very pleased with the nail polishes and I can't wait for warmer weather so I can pull these beauties out and wear them. I think they would even look good together in a color blocking manicure! 

The blush that I chose to accompany my pretty polishes is pink petal. The other choice was a peach-y shade, and I had a really hard time deciding but ultimately went with the pink. The packaging is really nice and sleep with the julep logo in the corner. And the blush itself is really nice. I am very impressed. It's a very pigmented bright pink with a nice sheen. It's very soft and easily blend-able! I haven't worn it on my cheeks yet but it swatches beautifully! It's supposed to be a pore minimizing blush, so I have high hopes for it! 



petal pink blush, with flash

petal pink blush, no flash

So there ya have it. There's my overview and mini review on the April Julep Maven box. I am very pleased with it! If you are interested in signing up for Julep, feel free to use my referral link. 

http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/158571/

And you can also use the coupon code FREECOLOR and receive your starter box for free (just pay shipping) It's a great service, and I think you will really like it! 

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