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For this mani, I used the most vampy unused polish I have, Julep Elle. I went for a matte/shiny French look. But, I fell asleep too soon and smudged the tips! So the only halfway-decent photo I have is this one:
For the matte top coat, I used one from Nicole by OPI, which worked great.
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These nails include my current most expensive untried: Butter London Cotton Buds. I already had a white (Essie Blanc), but found that to be streaky on my nails, even though some people love it. So, I decided to fork out $15 to see how Cotton Buds held up. I do prefer Cotton Buds, but found that it still took two coats. Also, I’m not crazy about the very round Butter London brush.
So: base coat, two coats of Cotton Buds, a coat of Seche Vite to make it dry faster, and then a whole bunch of striping tape. This was my first time using striping tape. It worked very well. I could have spaced it a bit further apart for more even stripes, though.
I let the polish dry for 30 seconds or so and then removed the tape. A little bit of pink residue from the tape remained on one nail (not pictured). Next time I’ll be quicker to scrape that off.
The other untried polish I used was Julep Cassie. It’s somewhat sheer. The white made the coral color pop.
I could have done a better job with cleanup, but I still like how this turned out over all. The white and coral combination makes me look not as pale as usual. 🙂
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As soon as I saw that KBShimmer was coming out with a spring 2014 collection, I knew that I would be ordering something. One of the most tempting polishes was Make My Gray, a pale gray crelly with pink, teal, and silver glitters. Not sure what took me so long to wear it, but I’m glad that this challenge prompted me to do so!
I paired Make My Gray with Julep Libby, a shiny teal cream that only needed one coat. I was happy with the look, but my Seche Vite topcoat shrunk Libby at the tips, exposing the other polish underneath. As you can probably see if you look closely, I had to go back the next day and fix up the tips with a detail brush.
I got the design idea from this Pin.
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So I’m late again with my challenge post. But the Inlinkz is still open, so I’m going for it!
Revlon Parfumerie Lavender Soap is a scented frost polish. It’s a very pale lavender that looks almost silvery. When dry, it smells like lavender soap, which sounds like a good thing, but the scent had too much of a chemical overtone to really smell fresh.
I added a half-moon accent nail using Julep Flora. For some reason in my head, I thought these colors were closer in saturation than they really are. Flora is a really nice jelly polish. If you don’t topcoat it, it looks a lot like grape jelly to me. It needs a topcoat if you want a shiny finish.
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Here’s my late contribution to The Neverending Pile Challenge, Pastel:
The pastel blue is CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Skylight. I had somewhat low expectations for this polish, but it was great! Full coverage in two coats, creamy texture, no chipping after three days.
The black and white topcoat is Julep Max. Full glitter payoff in one coat. I felt that it was a bit too thick though, causing me to have a little more glitter than I wanted. Easy way to get a “paint spatter” effect without the mess.
I used a Kiss French Artist Pen to freehand the white line on my ring finger. Really did not like it! The line looks streaky, not smooth. Next time I will use a nail art brush and white polish.
Over all though, I’m happy with how everything turned out! Thanks for reading!
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