Hey folks! It seems I am unable to get a post up on Monday, even when the post totally relates to manicures. lol Let me blame the busyness of work and the federal election.
Today I’m excited to share another video with you about my tips and tricks for applying Jamberry nail wraps to help you get the most out of your manicure.
A couple of oopsies happened while i was taping. One, my husband comes in at some point and says good night. And the second is I say you can get four manicures out of one package of nails wraps. That is incorrect, I meant two, you can get two manicures out of one package of nail wraps.
I did mention in the video that I would link to the pattern of nail wraps I’m using but unfortunately they must’ve been seasonal stock as I can’t find them on the website.
I also have a special promotion for you. My friend Tara, who is a Jamberry consultant has generously offered a free half sheet of nail wraps with any Jamberry purchase before Monday, November 16th. First of all, click on this link to take you to the TLC Shopping’s Awesome Jamberry Party page. Next, click on the button that says, “Shop for this Party.” From there, fill your cart with all the gorgeous wraps you can handle and check out. Wraps will be mailed to you once you place your order, you don’t need to wait for the party to end. Tara will be mailing your half sheet separately, so watch for a second envelope to come in the mail.
Which wraps are you lusting after? Check out my top picks from the Jamberry Fall 2015 catalogue to help you make up your mind. Happy Shopping!
Note: I did not receive the wraps shown in the video as a promotional item. However, I will get “hostess credit” towards more Jamberry wraps with every purchase through this online party.
Happy Monday! Today I have for you my April Julep Maven box.
I ended up going with the Classic with a Twist box which included Jenna (orange) and Connie (purple) with the Lock Down Your Brows eyebrow gel. I then added on Randi (pink), Addison (yellow) and 3 emery boards (not shown) and got the lipgloss shown (no longer available) for buying three add-ons.
Honestly, I wasn’t crazy about trying the brow powder that was the feature beauty product last month. I use and love Anastasia Dipbrow and am not interested in trying anything else.
So, instead of just swatching, I decided to do some nail art as well.
First of all, I used Randi (pink) and Connie (purple) for a base coat. Randi is super smooth and wonderfully opaque in two coats. Connie is a little streaky and semi-translucent after two coats. I dotted on China Glaze Snow in a star formation and then added Addison (yellow) on Randi and Jenna (orange) on Connie in the middle and randomly around the flowers.
A couple of days later I did this dotticure using (L to R): OPI’s Just Groovy [no longer available], Julep Jenna, Randi, Leah and Addison. I used China Glaze Snow for the dots again. Addison (yellow) is surprisingly opaque after two coats as is Jenna (orange). Both had great consistency and went on easily.
Here is my Cinderella hand, proving that (occasionally) I paint both hands to match.
Overall, I am very happy with my April box. The colours are bright and fun, perfect for summer and the brow gel will make a great gift for a friend.
If you are interested in subscribing to be a Julep Maven, I’d love for you to use my referral code, here. Happy Shopping!
So, today I have a review and swatches of the Pretty and Polished February Beauty Box.
Pretty and Polished did some spoilers on their Facebook page which inspired me to buy this box. I am a sucker for thermals and pinks and purples so I was all over this. I purchased the box on Jan 16th and paid $37 CDN for $30 USD (ouch!). It shipped Jan 28th and I received it on Feb 6th.
This first polish is by far my favourite: Sweet Tooth. It is a cold thermal that is white when warm and pink when cold.
The second is My Dark Valentine and is a black jelly with purple and red glitter with dark purple microglitter. It is really pretty but I’m going to try layering it over a black polish to see if I can get it to pop more. This was a little underwhelming by itself.
Last and definitely not least, is Forget-Me-Not, a clear glitter topper with large silver circles, medium lilac hexes and silver and dark purple microglitter. This was really great glitter but you needed to do some fishing for the hexes and large circles. I show it here layered over Julep’s Brandis.
I am really loving all three of these polishes. I hardly ever wear brand new polishes right away and these were exciting enough to try all of them over the weekend. That being said, until the Canadian dollar is more on par with the American dollar, I will probably be holding off purchasing any more. Almost $40 for three polishes and some candy is a little more than I can justify (my cheapskate is rearing her head again, lol).
Sadly this box is no longer available but check out Pretty and Polished for more great glitters, thermals and jellies or to pick up the March Beauty Box. Happy Shopping!
I went shopping and for drinks last night with my friend instead of posting my Mani Monday, so I hope you’ll accept my apology and appreciate my Mani Monday on a Tuesday.
Over the weekend, I bought the gorgeous MAC polish in Just Jewels. It is described on the website as “light pink over silvery rainbow pearls.”
Here I’ve layered it over Essie’s Under the Twilight, which is a lovely dark purple-navy.
Did I mention how gorgeous this is? I think this is going to be my go-to easy-mani look for the entire Christmas season, if not the rest of the winter.
What’s on your nails this week? Happy Shopping!
It’s still technically Monday so I’m quickly going to type out my Mani Monday post. I purchased NYC Rock Muse Smoky Top Coat this weekend mostly because it sounded interesting and was cheap ($2 or 3). Being a girl who always has an eye out for a bargain, into my (Rexall) cart it went.
So, for my base colour, I used Julep Katie, which is described as an “Orchid iridescent chrome,” and is absolutely gorgeous. (Please excuse my messy nails, I wasn’t about to do clean up twice.)
It is a gorgeous bright pink with a little bit of shimmer and a lot of shine. It’s definitely one my my favs.
When I added the NYC smoky topcoat, the mani became this gorgeous berry purple with some great dimension and I love the added glitter to the mani. I have some ideas for upcoming manis and nail art that could totally be enhanced with this topcoat.
Right now my nails need some major TLC, as I’m sure you’ve noticed my cuticles, so I’ve cut them short and just featuring some deep fall shades for the next little while. What did you think of the NYC Rock Muse Smoky Top Coat? What are you wearing on your nails this week?
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I feel terrible that I haven’t updated in almost 10 days. Last week everyone in my house was sick and nothing got done. Not house work, hardly any cooking (we ordered out a lot), we all had at least one sick day (I had two) and definitely no blogging. It was terrible. Oh well, it’s over and I’m looking forward to more regular blogging schedule!
Today I have this gorgeous mani. I used two new (to me) Julep polishes: Fifi (tea time pink crème) and Candace (golden chocolate microglitter).
This is one of my favourite manis in awhile. I love the contrast of the baby pink of Fifi against the luxuriousness of Candace. I think I will be doing more of these non-traditional match-ups.
Here I tried to show you the microglitter, which only seems to really show up when the photos are blurry.
What’s on your nails this week?
So apparently I’m hooked on dotticures this month. I had a great time putting this one together using China Glaze Don’t Honk Your Thorn from the City Flourish collection that came out this past spring. This isn’t normally a colour I would buy at all. My mom bought it and it doesn’t go with her skin tone so I got it. Isn’t it great when that happens?
This is actually a gorgeous nude colour though with just a bit of shimmer, hardly noticeable at all but adds interest to the colour, imo.
Then I took a dotting tool and added large dots of both Julep Leah (green) and Julep Flora (purple) and then added small dots around those. Then topped with a thick coat of Seche Vite, which is my go-to, favourite top coat.
What are you wearing on your nails this week? Happy Shopping!
So, what’s better than a glitter gradient? A matte, bubble colour gradient, right?! I’ve seen this mani several times in several incarnations and here’s my take on it.
First, two coats of MAC Nocturnelle which is an excellent, full-coverage, shiny black polish. It is one of my go-to favs.
Then using the larger of two-sizes of dotting tools, I dotted Julep Avni, Katie and India in lines across my nail and then used a smaller size to fill in the gaps.
Then a thick coat of Sally Hansen That’s Matte topcoat and.. Voila! I am seriously in love with this mani. I think I’m going to add more topcoat when I get home to see if I can get it to last another day.
What are you wearing on your nails today? Happy Shopping!
Hey folks! This week’s Mani Monday is using some older colours. I got Julep Daria in a mystery box awhile back and while it’s not a colour I would’ve picked myself I think it’s going to be one that I use semi-regularly during the fall/winter. It’s a really nice dark gray that goes on opaque in two coats with no streaking. It also has a purple undertone to it in daylight.
OPI Divine Swine I bought ages ago. Like the first time The Muppets did a collab with OPI for the first Muppet’s movie remake. I was surprised when I typed it in Google and then found it on NailPolishCanada.com. I love the small pink glitter and the larger silver glitter. I’ve used it before and really love the effect it gives.
I also found The PolishAholic’s post about this collection. I think she was right about posting about the patchiness of the glitters. This one definitely makes a better topper than a stand-alone polish.
What are you wearing on your nails this week? Happy Shopping!