October 30, 2014

NOTD: October 30, 2014

This is 2 coats of Julep Tatum (from this haul). I used a coat of NYC Matte Me Crazy as the base and topped this with my Revlon Multi-Care Base+Top coat.
So it's not the first Fall / Halloween shade that comes to mind, but to me green nails with this frostiness to them reminds me of glow in the dark slime or other oozy green stuff!
When I picked Tatum I was worried that it would be too similar to 2 other Julep greens I own: Mackenzie and Leah. Luckily I think these are different enough from each other to not be dupes, but I definitely don't need much more in the way of light green polish from Julep!
What's on your nails for Halloween?
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October 21, 2014

First Indie Polish Haul!

I have finally jumped on the indie polish bandwagon! I'd been ooing and ahhing indie polish from a far, but didn't purchase any until I found out about Harlow & Co a Canadian company that sources and sells over 40 different indie brands! Not only do I love supporting a Canadian beauty business, but for orders over $50, shipping is free! I hate paying shipping on orders so this was another point that helped me bite the bullet and delve into the world of indie polish!

L to R: Girly Bits Save Your Scissors, Glam Polish Isengard, Love Thy Polish He Lives In You, KBShimmer Look High and Holo, Lac Attack Moony

Girly Bits Save Your Scissors is described as a "lavender crelly base with neon pink hexes and squares, lavender, plum, and teal hexes, aqua and white dots, and sparks of silver holo". I'm a huge fan of purple polish, and I love how unique this polish is. Plus how cute is the brand's logo?

Glam Polish Isengard was a must-have for me. I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan and it was hard to decide which polish from this collection was the one I would get (first...lol). I decided on Isengard due to the beautiful purple to blue shift, although I might just have to collect the whole collection since it combines two of my favourite things, Lord of the Rings and polish!

Love Thy Polish He Lives In You is described as a "medium gray base with white, orange, and blue glitters". Plus it's based on Rafiki from The Lion King. No-brainer!

KBShimmer Look High and Holo is described as a "raspberry jelly base loaded with holographic glitter". As you can see, this was my attempt to stray away from purples, blues, and grays!

Lac Attack Moony was my Harry Potter pick. I'm also a huge Harry Potter fan, and was originally going to choose The Brightest Witch, but I read some reviews about it being a bit hard to work with so I settled on Moony instead (and Remus Lupin is one of my favourite characters!). Moony is a "silvery blue foil with tiny flakes in it, some of which flash purple"
These 5 polish cost $50.40 before taxes and I am super excited that I get to try out 5 indie brands in the process!
Have you tried indie polish? Which indie brand should I look into next?
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October 19, 2014

NOTD: October 19, 2014

I love this Satin finish mani! This is two coats of Julep Quinn (from this haul), I used my NYC Matte Me Crazy as the base, and didn't use a top coat to keep the Satin Finish effect that was the selling point of this polish.
This colour is a bit hard to describe, kind of blue, kind of gray. I like it!
Have you tried any Satin finish polish? Do you think this is a passing fad or something that'll stay around for a while?
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October 17, 2014

NOTD: October 17, 2014

A fun sparkly mani! This is two coats of Sparitual Strike a Pose (from this haul) with one coat of nails inc. Electric Lane (from this haul) as the topper. I used NYC Matte Me Crazy as the base and topped this mani with Revlon Multi-Care Base+Top Coat.
I was kind of hoping when I picked up Strike a Pose that as the bottle was matte glass that the polish would be of a similar finish - alas that was not true and it's a basic sheerish pink (two coats still has visible nail line). Luckily, this is still different enough from other pinks I own, and I will get use out of it!
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October 15, 2014

Julep September Maven Box

I couldn't resist the colours and offerings from Julep in September...

L to R: Quinn, Lupita, Plush Pout Lip Crayon in Aurora

This month I went with Classic With a Twist, my first time choosing that offering from Julep since I joined (the quiz gave me It Girl, but I often order Bombshell if the product is interesting).
I was sold on this box because I love lip crayons - who doesn't they're the easiest lip colour application method! and I really like satin finish polish! Lupita was a nice bonus red nail colour for me!

I have noticed Julep's shipping is taking longer and longer each month, luckily I haven't noticed any change in the quality of the polish.

I skipped October, none of the polish were must haves for me, and I'm a bit polished out right now - I have over 40 polishes I've yet to use once.

Which Maven box did you get for September and/or October?

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October 14, 2014

NOTD: October 14, 2014

Another NOTD! This is one of my favourite colours - purple! This is 2 coats of nails inc. Bond Street (from this haul) with Julep Queen Anne (from this haul) on half of my ring finger. I used my NYC Matte Me Crazy as the base coat and topped the mani off with Revlon Multi-Care Base+Top Coat.
I really like this Gel formula from nails inc. it was quite glossy on its own, however Queen Anne dried semi-matte so I added a top coat for extra shine and consistency! My one complaint was how dark and vampy this purple was, in the bottle it seems more medium purple and this is almost eggplant in my opinion.
Have you tried nails inc.'s new formula? What did you think?
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