Sunday, September 30, 2012

Julep Maven Box for October - Maven's Choice

So this month, after all the emails went out, Julep made a new box for the people who didn't want a crackle polish in theirs and called it the "Maven's Choice" box. I didn't get an email about this but saw it on another blog - thrilled me! I did not want a box this month because of the crackle polish choices so I was glad they added this other option.

Let's check it out:

Julep box upon opening. Cute orange shreds, a black paper bag wrapped with a ribbon, candy (corn) and some glitter! The basic standard Julep packaging.

I love getting used to the random candies they send, and I love candy corn, so needless to say, after the piece my cat stole, the rest of these were gone as soon as the last picture was snapped! And glitters! Halloween glitters that are probably not eye safe but definitely are nail safe! I love when Julep throws in these little extras.

Everything unwrapped.

The Maven's Choice box contained Eloise, Lisa and Keira.
Eloise is a new color launched this month - Smokey Indigo Blue Creme.
Lisa is also a new color launched this month - A Warm Pebble Gray Creme.
Keira seems to be an older shade - Deep Burgundy Creme.

My overall thoughts on the box are good. I loved the glitter bonus as I have some Halloween mani's to do that I can include those in. As for the polishes, they all seem to be colors I don't have in my stash more or less so they should fit in nicely, I will try to swatch them this week now that I've got some free time to do so. If you would like to enroll in the Maven plan it is really easy - you go to their site and take a style quiz and then they tell you what style fits you best - you choose the enrollment box you want and it comes in the mail! Their shipping is very quick and you can skip months - you can also get free months for referring people! It's really a can't lose program! If you use the code PENNY or COLOR2012 at checkout you get your first box for a PENNY.

30/31 Day Challenge: Day 30 - A Tutorial

Todays prompt for the 31 Day Challenge is 'A Tutorial'
This can be to make one, to follow one or...I dunno, something with a tutorial!
I had grand ideas to recreate my Glitterfish mani today with a tutorial, alot of people had asked me for one so I really wanted to do this, since Day 1 of this Challenge.
But as is the case most of the days of MY life, this goal was not meant to see fruition.
I simply don't have a memory card large enough in my camera to film a lengthy tutorial. So I decided I would try to film one on my webcam. After an hour of creating the mani and filming it, waiting for polishes to dry, etc...I replayed it and it was just a mess.
So....long story short, today I am following someone else's tutorial.
I found this on the Dazzle Dry Facebook page a few days ago and figured I'd give it a go:

So here is my version:

For this heart chevron design, I started with a base of Catrice Steel My Soul. It s a stunning greige with  golden shimmer. Then I taped that off with reinforcement dots like in the tutorial and painted on the second color - Catrice Steel My Soul. A gorgeous taupe with blue and pink flecks. Both of the Catrice Steel polishes have a brushed metal texture - even after top coat you can still see it's texture in these photos. They were one coaters too!

Once dry, I taped my final section and painted the tips with China Glaze Midtown Magic. A reddish brown with gold and red shimmer.

Finished the manicure off with Butter London Quick Dry Topcoat.

I ADORE this color combination!

Feel free to visit the rest of the ladies participating in this challenge and see their tutorial versions:

Saturday, September 29, 2012

It's Hallowhimsy Time!

This lady right here has got the new Hallowhimsies from Whimsical Nail Polish by Pam, you ready to see the goods? I'll keep the talk short!

Boo, Wicked and Once Upon a Time

All the Hallowhimsies are ready to come to a town near you in the Creature Screecher!

Boo! - paired with Pure Ice Kiss Me Here (dupe of China Glaze Recycle with a better formula)

Pam describes Boo! as "Gray-ish, Blue-ish and sheer like a ghost, with pink shimmer" You can absolutely see that shimmer and this polish works on it's own or as a shimmer top coat.

In a darker angled shot, you can see that not only is the shimmer stunning, it also is a duochrome with a shift  from pink to goldish-orange.

My accent/ring finger is Essie No Place Like Chrome - Boo! simply whitened that up and disappeared, so I wouldn't suggest using it over silver! It looks fantastic over the gray polish though!

Here you can really see all of the different shades of shimmer working together. In some lights it even appears to flicker blue.

Yumz! Pam says this can be worn alone, so I will be trying it out that way one day soon!

Next up is Once Upon a Time, worn over Catrice's How I Matt Your Mother, a beautiful dark plum matte polish.

Macro-time! Look at the gorgeous translucency of these satin glitters! Good LORD! 'Halloween Colors with a pastel twist! Lavender and pastel green with micro silver and micro lavender in a clear base'

Formula was fantastic - this application is one coat How I Matt Your Mother followed by one coat of Once Upon a Time.

Application for this polish was fantastic, thin but easy to grab glitters and they came out nice and easy with just the right amount per coat.

I am super in love with the combination of colors and glitters in this. So simple yet beautiful and wearable all year!

How about some matte action? Oh yeah.

Wicked. Yes, this is the standout of the collection. Pam always seems to have that one super special polish that everyone freaks over, and I believe (judging by my informal FB poll) that this is that polish.

How's that for a macro?!  'Matte black and white glitter, red sparkly glitter in an elphaba green base' Sigh. You had me at Elphaba. I am a huge fan of the book Wicked, and it's sequel Son of a Witch. pull at my polish heartstrings.

This polish is worn alone here at 3 coats. Plus top coat. No gelous, just top coat and it smoothed out perfect. 

Not too thick or thin, this polish was nice and easy to apply, at first I wasn't getting any of those big round glitters out but then after doing 3 coats, they started coming out 2 and 3 at a time! So no fishing needed here!

The base on this polish is breathtaking, a jelly green with greenish yellow shimmer...I love how it sits atop the glitters - its like a slime sandwich. I mean that as a compliment.

The process of applying a polish like this at 3 coats will take some time. You may want to pair this over a nice green like Spoileds Im So Jaded or Cult Nails Deal With It. This is Wicked Matte.

How do you love those big, black round glitters?! Those are so gonna be the next big thing in Indie polish...I feel it.

Ya'll know I am Pam's biggest fan and cheerleader - she just knows how to make this stuff like she was born with it.  Even after 700+ polishes in my stash, she always makes something unique and ALWAYS makes me stand back and say WOW when I see her new creations.
A bottle will run you $10 and it comes with fantastic customer service and a lot of love.
She takes orders through email - which you can find on her Facebook Page.

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