Tag Archives: Nail Varnish

June 2014 Julep Box

Julep Maven Welcome Box


**I am not getting paid or compensated for the following. This review is purely my opinion and I hope you enjoy!**


After hearing about and seeing all the ads for Julep, I decided to jump the gun and join to see how I would like this subscription service.  I adore makeup but I love nail polish even more so I figured this would be the best choice for me. Every month for $25/mo or $20/3 mo (pre-paid) you get 2-3 nail polishes and/or a beauty product depending on your style profile. Your style profile is determined by the survey you take upon signing up. The style profiles are: It Girl, Bombshell, Classic with a Twist, Boho Glam, and Modern Beauty.

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Vivacious Pink Nails

Vivacious Pink Nails

Hello Spice Girls & Guys,

I decided over the weekend to finally add some color to my nails.  I had spent a few weeks going commando on my nails as they were growing brittle and the layers were peeling off.  I was pleased to see they were super long and super strong after allowing them to breathe.

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Ciate Chalkboard Nails

Ciate Nails

When I made my way into Sephora, I had no intention on buying anything. I was simply accompanying my best friend Susan and an old friend of mine, Amanda.  I sprinted to the nail polish section and immediately began testing some of the different colors.  I gasped in delight when my eyes fell upon this set.  I loved the thought of Chalkboard Nails, something that would be customizable and unique.

Well, like most of Ciate’s products, it’s a great idea but the execution is terrible.


I followed the directions on the box.  I always tend to have a problem with black polish, they are thick and are often very messy, this polish was no different.  After putting the two coats, I cleaned up the edges with some Q-tips. I pressed the pens to some paper to get the polish out.  The minute I pressed the pen to my nail, I knew it was going to be a problem.  The tip was thick and didn’t leave me much choice but to make some polka dots as I have small nails.


It was even more of a problem when I had to switch to using my left hand.  It’s a pen, if you are not talented enough to know how to write with both hands, then it will be difficult to even hold it.  It looked like I had let my 2 year old cousin scribble on my nails.  It was not cute.  I sucked it up and put on the top coat.

I spent the rest of the day walking about and going to the movies.  Not even 30 minutes later, one of my nails had chipped a little. I was upset but didn’t think much of it.  An hour passed and my thumb nail had chipped off half way, literally half of the polish had come off.

The next day, I was left with only one pinky nail in tact.  I was horrified at the fact that I had spent money on it and wasted my time doing it.  I returned it immediately.  I would not recommend this to anyone.  If you want the same effect, get a better black matte nail polish and those nail polishes with the small detailed brush, you will be much happier that way.

Sorry Ciate, I can’t say I will be giving you another try. I still cringe looking at these photos.

Have a good night, my Spice Girls (Guys!)


Ruby Wing Nail Polish Review

photo(26)I had received this pretty light pink/coral nail polish in my April Birchbox. I was ecstatic, as nail polish is one of my obsessions. When I got the chance I swiped it on. My first reaction was that maybe the brush was too small and that’s why my manicure came out less than perfect. It streaks horribly and no matter how many coats you put on (I put 3), the streakiness comes through.  The polish does do what it says; it changes color.  I stood at my window a little creep like and watched as the color changed in front of my eyes. I love it, it’s like you are wearing two different nail polishes.  I just wish it didn’t streak so bad and in less than a few hours, some of it had chipped off. I’m disappointed and I know for a fact I won’t be purchasing the full-size. Too bad.

Thumb and Pinky NOT exposed to light, middle three fingers exposed to sun.

Thumb and Pinky NOT exposed to light, middle three fingers exposed to sun.

Sea Green

Sea Green

I decided to pamper myself on this beautiful breezy day (or procrastinate a smidge).  I decided it was time to change my boring nude nail polish that was chipping off horribly and swipe on some bright blue and add a twist of green.  Blue and green is by far one my favorite color combinations, especially in clothing.  Why should it be any different on nails? I was in a bit of a rush to get the color on and it’s less than perfect, but I love the color combination.  It instantly adds a skip in my step!


 The blue hue on my nails is Essie’s Greenport and the green hue is Essie’s Navigate Her.


What do you think of the color combination? What are you favorite color combinations?


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