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Julep Helena – On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

Happy Hump day!!   Midway through the week and it’s time for my random weekly tribute to Mean Girls with an ‘On Wednesdays We Wear Pink’ post.  Since Pink is not my usual color of choice, this will enable me to more fully utilize my many pink polishes.  Today in addition to a pink polish, I am also using a Pink Floyd themed glitter topper and a holographic polish to add to the look.  I hope you all like it.

First the base polish is Helena from Julep. My photos don’t capture it, but this pink has a strong blue undertone. It’s hard to explain, but as I pulled the polish wand from the bottle I picked up a strong blue-ish tint.  I had heard of colors (often reds) having a blue tone to them, but didn’t exactly understand how that could be until now. Very interesting!  This color is a very bright pink and is almost opaque with two coats as I am showing in these photos.  The first is with a photo flash and the second indirect sunlight. You can see that the flash brings out a lot more of the pink punch this pretty polish packs.  😉

 

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Julep’s Nan – June 2013 It Girl

Nan from Julep’s June 2013 It Girl Box

Julep It Girl June 2013

Today I am sharing with you a color from Julep‘s June 2013 It Girl box called Nan.  As you can see in the photo above, the box also includes the colors Char, a navy creme, and Bess, a baby blue creme.  Char and Bess will be coming to you in separate posts at some time in the future.  Julep’s website describes Nan as a Nantucket red creme.  Since I am not familiar with “Nantucket red”, my first impression was a that of a dusty salmon color.  I will say that after googling the term Nantucket red, this is exactly what I see in the returned images.  So in the process of blogging about nails, I’ve added to my bank of trivial knowledge.  Two bird with one stone and whatnot.  But I digress…  🙂

However you describe it, the color was a great application and nicely pigmented, I didn’t have any streaking when applying the color.  These photos are two coats with a clear topcoat (China Glaze Fast Forward, if memory serves).

Julep Nan - It Girl June 2013

I really like Julep’s nail polish, and they usually give me pretty good wear.  Considering I type all day at work then type at night at home for school, blogging or social media, anything over 2-3 days without major chipping is pretty darn good for me.  lol  Does anyone else subscribe to Julep’s Maven boxes and, if so, what do you think?  I’ve been lucky and have had good experiences with them and their customer service.
Julep Nan - It Girl June 2013

As always, thanks for reading.  I hope you all have a great day!!!

OH, I almost forgot!  My first granddaughter was born yesterday!! OMG, right??  Her name is Mia Rose and here is a pic of her adorable little mug. Are there any other blogging grannies out there?  Holla!!!  🙂

Mia Rose - first grandbaby!!

Over and out, all.  Thanks again for stopping by!! 

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Julep Caroline

Caroline by  Julep

Julep Caroline

Julep Caroline

Julep Caroline

Julep Caroline

Caroline by Julep is a deep vampy brick/ burgundy color that appears almost black in the bottle and on the nail in certain light, or a lack thereof. This is a lovely dark color, like so many I am drawn to recently.  In the right light, as I hope you can see from my photographs, it really comes to life with an amazing shimmery sparkle.  This one came in my Julep It Girl box for October(?), and it quickly became one I knew I would REALLY enjoy!  I’ve even noticed that there are a couple shades I have that are pretty close and will have to do a comparison before long with SquareHue‘s Dear John from the February box and Sinful Color‘s Rich at Heart.

Julep Caroline

Here’s a nice close-up of this color on the nail using a flash.  There is both a shimmer and an almost glittery sparkle that I really love about this color. 

Julep Caroline

That’s it for today, thanks for stopping by to check out the blog.  I hope you all have a great week!

Leslie

Rainbow Accent Nail

This manicure started with a couple designs I created on a wheel, here is one of them.  Since I have exactly ZERO limited drawing skills, my nail art tool of choice is my set of Mash 5×2 tool set.  I think these tools pack a good bang for the buck.  It’s amazing to see what can be done with just dots, seriously.  When looking for images/ideas of things to do with them I was amazed by the creativity and variety of designs that can be created with these simple tools.

Rainbow Accent on the wheel

Rainbow Accent on the wheel

Here are the colors I used.

  • Delaunay by Julep (Trina Turk Fall ’12 Collection) – chili pepper red crème
  • Riveting by China Glaze (Hunger Games Collection) – vibrant orange with a gold shimmer
  • Alma by Julep (Trina Turk Fall ’12 Collection – dijon yellow crème
  • Feelin’ Froggy by Cult Nails – muted kelly green crème with a bright green shimmer
  • Taylor by Julep – a deep, sky blue crème
Rainbow Accent Colors

Rainbow Accent Colors

Rainbow Accent Colors

Rainbow Accent Colors

My nails are a bit shorter than the nails on the wheel, so I adjusted the design a bit.

Full Mani with rainbow accent

Full Mani with rainbow accent

Here is a close up of the accent nail.

Accent Nail

Accent Nail

I would have done the entire manicure with these dots (and should have made the base red dot smaller), but I was short on time as that day I was heading to a birthday dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord and didn’t leave enough time for my nails.  I know, I know <smacking own hand>.  I will try and not let it happen again.  But it’s Shady Maple!  A cornucopia of PA Dutch delights mixed in with just about every other mouth-wateringly delicious thing you can think of.  And all you can eat of them all!  I wasn’t thinking clearly.

Thanks for reading – I hope you all are having a great week!
Leslie  (*^_^*)

Green Halloween

This manicure started with me wanting to use a color I haven’t recently: green.  To that end, I selected Finger Paint’s Sketch N Etch.  It’s a nice bright green shimmer, with some small green glitter here and there.  It’s basically a green version of Champagne Bubbles from China Glaze.  It really is a pick-me-up to see this bright color on my fingernails!  🙂

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch Label

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch Label

Then I decided to dress it up a bit for Halloween so I pulled out my Bundle Monster plates, BM-305 specifically, since this one has several great Halloween images.  Once again I couldn’t decide on which to use, so I used all of them!  At first I tried to stamp with a black polish (Sally Hansen Salon in Black Patent), but that wasn’t showing very well.  Then I tried to use a white color instead (Wet & Wild French White Creme), but to my shock an dismay that was as weak as the last color!  Then I decided to try a metallic polish and I grabbed my Harley by Julep, a silver chrome polish.  This one had much better results and I stuck with it.

Bundle Monster 2012 BM-305

Bundle Monster 2012 BM-305

 

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch and Julep Harley

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch and Julep Harley

The left hand was a series of do-overs with multiple color stamps, so that one will stay hidden this time.  Here’s a shot of what I managed to get done on my right hand.  I figured it was about time ol’ righty got some blog love for a change!  She works so hard to keep lefty looking her best, after all.

Green Halloween Stamp Manicure

Green Halloween Stamp Manicure

Here’s the only finger on the left that was worthy of posting.  I did a stamp with multiple silver arrows (or are those devil tails? hmm).  It didn’t come out as the beautiful fan I was hoping for, but I am glad I at least got them to line up in some semblance of order.  What do you think?

Green Halloween Thumb

Green Halloween Thumb

OK, time for me to pick my classes for Fall semester.  I have had the last couple months off school to help hubby through some neck surgeries, but it’s time to get my butt back in gear!  Between work, school and life in general, the blog posts may be fewer, but I will not let the blog to completely stagnant. 

As always, thanks for reading!  Hope you all have a great day!

Leslie  (*^_^*)

Houndstooth Design

My houndstooth manicure uses the following colors:  Julep’s Sienna, China Glaze fairy Dust and Sally Henson Salon Black Patent.  There are many polishes I have that I haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy, except for swatches :), so this is what I came up with.

Houndstooth Manicure - Colors

Houndstooth Manicure – Colors

Houndstooth Manicure - Colors

Houndstooth Manicure – Colors

Base of gold was nice, but I wanted to spice it up a bit, so I added some Fairy Dust (didn’t get a shot of it before adding the pattern, though, dangit!!).

Base color - Julep's Sienna

Base color – Julep’s Sienna

Then it felt like it needed a design of some sort. so I added the Houndstooth pattern on Bundle Monster’s BM-322 plate from the 2012 collection. 

Hounds tooth manicure in the sun

Hounds tooth manicure in the sun

Voila!  How do you like it? Here’s a bit of an out of focus shot, so you can see a bit of the sparkly, holographic goodness coming out from under the black stamping!

Blurry view

Blurry view

Thanks for reading!

Leslie (*^_^*)

Agro Skittles Stamp Manicure

This mani uses China Glaze Agro, from the Hunger Games Collection, and Julep’s Kate.  The base coat I used was OPI’s Nail Envy (not shown) and butterLONDON’s HardWear as a top coat.

Agro Skittles Stamp Manicure

Agro Skittles Stamp Manicure

Agro Skittles Manicure Colors

China Glaze’s Agro and Kate by Julep

First I have a base coat of China Glaze Agro, a sort of camo green with a silver shimmer that turns to a sort of yellow in the right light.  I really like the color, it’s perfect for fall and the coming cooler nights!!  It covers well with just two coats, which is really nice.  Actually, I probably could have gotten away with one coat.

China Glaze Agro

China Glaze Agro

 

China Glaze Agro

China Glaze Agro

Couldn’t decide on a design to stamp, so I went with five.  The plates I used are all from the Bundle Monster 2012 collection and the numbers are 311, 312, 315, 317 and 323.  I used Kate from Julep as the stamping color.  This one might be a bit sheer to use for stamping, but it’s not completely invisible.  In the future I may not use this again to stamp unless it’s over a VERY dark color  🙂

Agro Skittles Stamping Manicure

Agro Skittles Stamping Manicure

This is the first time I’ve done a skittles manicure of any sort, and I am not unhappy with the way it came out.  As usual, I need to work on my camera skills, in addition to making my nails stop breaking, but soon enough.  All in good time.

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!! 

Leslie  (*^_^*)