Last week I had the outrageous honor of giving a first-time manicure to a friend and co-worker of mine, Theresa. Since she's a hair stylist, we definitely wanted to use Shellac so it lasted more than a few hours on her. I used Cityscape (light dove grey) and Silver Chrome to colorblock the nails randomly, then after curing, I added Rubble (stone taupe) in places and before curing, I engraved and dotted a little to make the above design. I finished it up with a nice coat of Shellac top coat and this is the end result. Very cool for the beginning of Autumn.
This month's box from Julep wowed me big time. I was happy to see a designer collaboration this time, and some really good shades. Some in the collection looked dupeable to me, but the ones I got were exceptional, and pretty unique. I went for the Bombshell box this time which included Alma (the greeny yellow) and Annie (the creamy electric blue) as well as a volumizing mascara which is a new product for Julep and which I will review seperately, though I will tell you now it's better than decent, but not anything heart-stopping. I also added on Otte, which is a weird-cool camel color. This month there was the opportunity to buy the whole collection (every box) for $50 as opposed to $20 for just one, which is a really good deal if you were interested in all the colors. I passed on this option as I have shades that look comparable to the rest that were available, but they all did look pretty solid and nice.
Before I go on to the swatches, so you know, you can join Julep Maven and get a pretty sizable discount off their website/Sephora price by opting for the monthly subscription box. I have been a member for several months now and I like it a lot, myself. You can read my review on the service here, or you can view all my Julep swatches so far here. And if you're interested in joining, you can click this link which is my referral link, and I will get credit towards my subscription if you join (or just click to join at Julep.com if you'd rather.) Don't forget you can get your first box for one penny plus free shipping with the code COLOR 2012 or PENNY. Either one I believe works.
RGB Doll - $16 at RGBcosmetics.com -
I've been casually yearning for some RGB polishes for a long time, and so I was very pleased when the first PopSugar Must Have Bag showed up with the top two RGB polishes on my wishlist inside. It was beyond serendipitous! Then again, they're probably the two most popular RGB among everyone, so it's not such a shock. Regardless, I was stoked.
Just really quick, if you don't know what the PopSugar Must Have Bag is, it started this July and is the newest entry into the subscription service world. The only other service I belong to is Julep, but since my blog has been happily residing on the OnSugar network since the beginning and I'm a fan of BellaSugar and several other "Sugar" sites, I felt I NEEDED to at least try out their service. It's $35 with free shipping (less if you buy more than a month at a time) and this month there was a pretty high quality custom PopSugar beach bag, $32 worth of nail polish, $48 worth of really nice lip products from Ilia, plus some really delicious KIND bars, and Body Drench scrub and lotion. I'll do a review of the bag in the next couple days, but it was pretty awesome and I'm going to keep getting the boxes in the future.
L'Oreal Tea and Crumpets - $6 at most drugstores -
L'Oreal's new Autumn Colour Riche Nail collection, entitled London Fall, has hit the shelves, and I don't know about you, but this freakish Anglophile is doing the Arsenio Hall fist thing all up and down the drugstore aisles. I picked up two polishes from the collection, leaving the other four indignantly huffing at me from their adorable display. Don't worry girls, I'll probably be back for you later, I can't help myself. Tea and Crumpets is a creamy, fleshy beige, which sounds super boring, but there's nothing I like more than sexy nude nails. I can't wait for my nails to be ready for ovals again, this polish will look like pure sex on those bad boys. Even if T&C were less sexy, I know it will find it's way into the sentimental corner of my stash where I'll encounter it while on a purging mission and say to myself, "You can't get rid of this, it's called TEA AND CRUMPETS, you ninny!"
The formula isn't exactly like buttah, but in three coats I got a pretty even look. I'll level with you, if it wasn't called what it is, and if it wasn't from the collection it's from, I may like it less, but I have spent a lot of money on polishes that look a heck of a lot like this, so I must really like them anyway despite what they may or may not be named. BTW, the other polish I picked up from this collection is called Brit Invasion... swatches soon.
XOX Betsey - $9.50 at sephora.com
I very nearly didn't buy this, but I can't resist a pinky sandy nude to save my life. Up till this point, my favorite nude polish had been another Sephora by OPI: Don't Feed the Hand Models, which I used in this manicure. I still love that one, but this is now on top. It is a bit pinkier, and has a bit more grey in the base, but really the main reason is because it's so much more smooth and opaque. Also, I don't know when this started, but Sephora by OPI polishes are coming with a flat brush similar to the OPI Pro-Wide which makes me like it even more. This polish went on perfectly in two coats. That's a first for me with a nude polish, especially one this pretty. The color changes a bit depending on what light you're in. Sometimes is a really pale milky beige, and in others it's a light pinky grey sand. Sounds strange but, have mercy, it is gorgeous! It looks sexy on the nail, in my opinion. LOVE IT!!
I'm telling you, the best thing I EVER did was shape my nails differently. For my entire life I've had square nails, and I always loved them and could never imagine my nails in another shape, but I got a wild hair and decided I wanted to try it. As they're growing, I refine the shape often trying to coax the tips into soft points, and I'm really enjoying them. There are so many nail designs that suit oval and pointed nails that never look right with squares like half-moons for instance, but now I'm enjoying the experimentation.
Anyway, for this look I used Sparitual Paradigm for the base color. It's a very thin and milky cream color and it makes the nails look perfect, even when underneath they may look like total crap. Ahem. Like my stained little claws, for example. Believe it or not, beneath Sparitual Paradigm and a coat of Color Club Milky White Base Coat, my nails are a disturbing shade of ear wax. This color is awesome, it's like the Spanx of the nail world. Then I used CND Copper Chrome to highlight the very tips and base of the nails. The result is almost like jewelry for the nails. I loved this.
- Color Club Milky White base coat
- Sparitual Paradigm
- CND Copper Chrome
- Seche Vite topcoat
I mixed up my last manicure with a little bit of leopard. On the blue nails remaining from the last mani, I used China Glaze Shower Together and an Art Deco striping polish for the zebra. On the other nails I used a base of Sephora by OPI Don't Feed the Hand Models. On the fingers with blue half-leopard, I used China Glaze Shower together and Migi Nail Art pen in black, and the full leopard nails are just the Migi Nail Art pen in black. I thought the nude and blue combination was super cute, and the leopard and zebra worked well together.
Nubar Finest Silks Collection - $49.95 for the set, $7.95 a la carte at bynubar.com
The polishes in Nubar's latest collection, Finest Silks, are inspired by and named after several luxurious fabrics. All are cremes but Organza which is a light and airy white-silver that you can wear over the other shades if you wish, or alone. You'll notice that there are only 7 swatches here because I don't have Taffeta to review, so if you're looking for that I know there are other blogs with great swatches of it, so check them out first if you're interested in buying Taffeta. As far as the rest of the collection, there are some pretty nice shades in it and they're all very creamy and pigmented.
There is an army of manicurists at NYFW right now scurrying from tent to tent, making tips and toes beautiful for the runway. Manicurist and nail polish designer Deborah Lippmann is among them and she tweeted about a look she did for the Richie Rich show on the 10th:
Naked isn't due out till Spring, but I used my new favorite re-discovered nude; OPI Canberra't Without You, to paint 8 of my nails, and Lippmann's Bad Romance on the ring fingers like Deborah did for the show. It's an interesting look for sure! Would you rock it?