“Debra” was my first polish that I ever tried from Julep. It was the perfect place for me to start. This was part of my free box that I got when I started out the Maven subscription in May of last year. I used the code “FREEBOX” to get it for free. The reason that I signed up for Julep’s Maven program was the flexibility of it. Julep curates a few boxes of polishes and products, made by them, every month for Mavens to buy for $20 or skip if they so choose. They are made to fit different customer profiles. When I signed up, I chose “Classic With A Twist” but you can change your box and take a different profile anytime you choose. As a Maven, you get free shipping on a purchases through Julep’s website. When I signed up, you were free to skip any monthly box that you didn’t want for any reason. I’m sad to see Julep change that though. As of December 18th, new Mavens will earn a skip for every 6 monthly boxes that they buy. If you were a maven before December 18th, you are “grandmothered in” to the old policy and can still skip anytime you want. So, hold onto those old Maven accounts ladies!
Now for the actual polish. “Debra” is described as a smoky taupe creme by Julep. I think that describes it perfectly. The colour is beautiful, light, and neutral. The application was wonderful as well. The polish was not too thick and not too thin. For opacity, it was very very close to being a one coat application. I added a second coat just to be safe to avoid any balding spots that might show up in the sunshine. The brush handle is really long but once you get used to that it is really easy to apply Julep polishes. I really loved this polish the first time that I tried it and I fell in love with it all over again when I put it on my nails again so many months later. Continue reading
Before Christmas, Dollish Polish had a limited edition polish called “Sugar Plum Fairy” in one of their restocks. I wasn’t 100% into it but I was planning on putting in an order anyways. So, I decided to toss it in my cart mostly because I’m a sucker for things that say limited edition. I was pleasantly surprised when it came in and looked stunning. The polish is a very light pink base with lots of different colours and sizes of round glitters. Oh boy! I am a huge sucker for the round glitters. The big glitters in here are the same size as the ones that can be found in the forces series from Emily de Molly.
As many of you know, texture is a huge trend these days. When the trend started, I took forever to get on board with it. My first experiences with it were the Julep Sea Salt polishes. For some reason, the look didn’t call to me and the feel on the nail really bothered me. I thought that I just preferred a smooth nail and that I would hate all texture polishes going forward from that point. Thankfully, I was wrong! I bought Zoya’s Arabella mostly as a namesake polish.
Arabella was the most adorable tiny baby at four weeks old!
When I was starting out in grade 11, my mother wanted another puppy. I didn’t want to go and see a puppy for some reason though. It had been a long day and I just wanted to go home. Thankfully, my mother didn’t give in. We went and saw the puppy. From that moment on, she had to be mine. I even got to name her. We met her when she was four weeks old. We paid a deposit on her and we picked her up to take her home when she was eight weeks old. That gave me one whole month to agonize over what to name my new baby. The name that I came up with came from a baby name book and that name was Arabella. It’s a dutch name that mean beautiful!
This is the lovely Arabella when she was just a wee little Bella.
You may hear me mentioning my little baby Gabi a lot. Arabella isn’t talked about a lot at the moment because she’s currently not living with me. She’s nine and a half years old now and living at my father’s house up north. She was living in Vancouver for a while and even had a companion. His name was Caspar. He was an elderly diabetic rescue. He passed away not long before Gabi came home. Arabella became very sad at the loss of her friend. She also did not get along well with the puppy. After six months of being a grumpy angry pants and trying to beat up the new annoying baby every chance she got, Arabella went to live up north again. This was a good change for her though. She had lived there before and the other family dogs that are closer to her age live up there still.
This is baby Arabella all grown up and hanging out with her friend Caspar.
Gabi may be my new and fun baby but Arabella will always be my little girl as well. I do miss having her around but I know she’s happier up north. So, now you know why I wanted to buy Zoya’s “Arabella”. It also didn’t hurt hat I’d already seen some swatches online and thought it looked stunning. The texture is a bit more uniform than the Julep Sea Salt polishes. I think the thing I didn’t like about the look of the Juleps was that it just didn’t look completely intentional on my nails. It was almost as though I had screwed up and just made a mess on my nails.
I’m going to start this post with some up front honesty. This is the first post that will be made by me about products that I did not pay for. These were sent to me by Influenster in my very first Voxbox. Influenster is a site that you sign up on, doing surveys about yourself, and then you might get chosen to get sent products for review. This is my first time getting a box from them to review.
This box was from Sally Hansen. It contained three of their “Complete Salon Manicure” polishes. Let’s start with the claims that these polishes make. They promise to have 7 benefits in one bottle. It’s supposed to be a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, colour, top coat, chip resistant, and have gel shine finish. That’s a whole lot of claims for one bottle. They also say that “after wearing brands for 10 days, the preferred polish OVERALL was Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure” when compared to Essie or Revlon Classic. Now those are even bigger claims. I love my Essie polishes and and they will last for days on my nails. Continue reading
It feels good to be back and in the new year. I’m feeling a little fresher and more pulled together than I was at the end of last year. That’s why it was so nice when the lovely Ginger from Ginger Loves Makeup tagged me with her Seven Deadly Sins Post. As some of you may know, I have a little bit of an obsession with makeup. The looks that I wear in the daytime to work are what a lot of other people consider to be “evening” looks. I have no problems with a dark smokey eye or a super bright pop of colour during the daytime.
Greetings from chilly Vancouver!
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Now that I’m feeling back into the swing of things on this blog, I’m going to attempt some makeup blogging again. Over the holidays Llarowe had a crazy sale on Model’s Own Makeup. I was actually yet to try out anything from the brand Model’s Own at the point of this sale. I couldn’t turn down 80% off though. So, what I picked up was 5 lipsticks, an eyeliner and a cream eye shadow. I paid just over $20 for all of it including shipping from Llarowe. For any wondering, that was $1.90US for each of the lipsticks instead of $9.50 each. The cream eyeshadow was $1.60 and the eye pencil was $1.30. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve had non buyers remorse. I wish I had picked up more of the line. I probably will pick up more in the future. Fingers crossed that I stumble across another sale like this one.
L-R Baby Pink, Annalise’s Pink, Pink Hawaiian, Coral and Deep Fuschia
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This is my third and final polish that I ordered from Indie Polish. this one is called “Pish Posh”. I really wanted to love “Pish Posh”. That’s not to say that there is anything wrong with this polish. It’s a glitter topper. I really don’t like glitter toppers though. I should have thought about this going into this purchase. I’ve only come across a few glitter that I love but most end up in the “I don’t like” or “I really hate” categories. I liked the look of the swatch on Indie Polish’s website. It was clearly this over a white base. I just didn’t like it on me in person.
This is the second of three polishes that I bought from Indie Polish. This is “Her Icy Glare”. It’s a lovely sheer white with some amazing glitz and glitter to it. “Her Icy Glare” was a surprise favourite to me. It was a completely random choice for me when I bought it. I think I bought it mostly because it was in the $5 and under section of the website. I really like getting a deal on polishes. Please don’t judge me too harshly for my frugality.
This post has been a long time coming. I’ve been busy with work, life and the holiday season lately. It’s a new year though and time to get my bum back into the swing of things. So, my first post back will feature a lovely polish from a fellow Canadian. This is “Black Duo Holo” from Indie Polish. It is a fun black holographic polish that is both scattered and linear holo, hence the “duo” in the name. Being that it is my first post back, I’ll make this a fun quick review for all of you.