Thursday, May 31, 2012

June Julep Maven Box

I'm excited! I got home from work today to this lovely bit of nail mail - my Julep Maven box for the month of June. I skipped May, and have only gotten the April box before this one, so it's pretty exciting.

Here is how everything was boxed - super cute! Everything was orange and yellow this time, so it was very bright and cheery. 

I got the Boho Glam box, so I got the Daylight Defense on the left instead of a third polish. The two polishes are what was packaged inside the orange bag with ribbon. It's like a little gift! 

Here is everything unboxed and unpacked. 
This is what I received: 
  • Julep Daylight Defense lotion (3 oz) - SPF 30 hand and face lotion. It actually smells really good for practically being sunscreen. It smelled sort of like orange to me at first, almost like those chocolate orange candies. I put some on my hands, and it surprisingly wasn't very greasy.
  • Julep - Daisy - A very pretty shade of yellow. It's very bright, like the center of a daisy indeed. I got a  very pale yellow named Blake in my first Maven box, and I love both! I'm also really big on creams over shimmers, and it's hard to find a really pretty yellow that isn't shimmery sometimes. 
  • Julep - Robin - I suppose the first thing that comes to mind is robin's egg blue. This color is another very pretty one. It's just gorgeous in person, and isn't as bright and turquoise-y as my camera makes it out to be. I can't wait to try it out!

  • Julep Daylight Defenselip balm  (.15 oz) - SPF 15 lip balm in vanilla mint scent. I immediately tried this out upon opening the box. It "melts" just right, meaning that I don't have to press too hard on my lips to get a good amount on, but I also didn't get too much on my lips for them to feel gross. The mint in it definitely stands out, and made my lips a little tingly. I love this too - and the SPF 15 is perfect protection for summer beach visits. 
  • Replacement brushes (x2) - I didn't get the May box, but I heard that some of the brushes were messed up inside from being bent up against the bottom of the bottles. So I don't really need these ones, but I think it's very nice that they just sent replacements out to everybody for free! 
  • Wonka Pixy Stix (x2) - candy! Always a bonus in my book. 

I'm really enjoying everything I got in this box so far, so I'll be staying a member for a while longer! 
If you would also like to sign up to become a Julep Maven, you can signup here! As far as I know, you can still get your first box with a new account for a PENNY. That's right, one cent. The code to do is COLOR2012 - just make sure you finish your quiz, and choose your free Maven shipping option! (Also if you don't like your quiz results, you can add a different box to your bag!)

<3 Corrinne

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Birthday Manicure!

As some of you may know from my Facebook page, today is my birthday! So to celebrate, I did some birthday-themed nail art. I thought that would be a fun theme, and I also haven't really done any nail art since the 31-Day Challenge ended.

Here it is! It's a little cheesy, but eh, a lot of holiday themed manis seem that way to me... but that doesn't mean I don't love them though! I had a fun time doing this one, and now I'm looking forward to more holidays to make crazy nail art. 

It's a little hard to tell what some of them are with the glitter (which I wanted to look like confetti), so my thumb and ring fingers are cupcakes, my index is a present/gift box, my middle is a couple of balloons with confetti, and the pinky is two birthday candles with confetti behind them.

Like I said, it's a little kitsch, but it's cute, and I like it :) I think the cupcakes are my favorite part, so I may have to do a mani of just cupcakes. I also like the little present! I'll have to stow that idea in my memory for a Christmas time mani too.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

MyGlam - May bag

So this post is super late in terms of when I actually received this bag. But I figured that since May has a couple more days to go, and since the June glam bags won't be sent out for a while, I should still post about it!
Well as you may or may not know, I am a MyGlam subscriber. I have has my subscription since December, so it's been interesting to see how each bag is different.

The theme for May is "love is in the air." It has a light blue makeup bag with lipstick/lip marks all over it (not real, of course!). It came with the following items inside:

  • Philosophy Love Sweet Love spray fragrance (1.5 mL) - I actually love this scent. I was curious to know what it smelled like in person, and it's beautiful! The scent isn't too heavy, but it's a bit strong - a little dab will do ya. It reminds me more of a scent that body sprays would have, but with the power of a perfume. It smells very girly and flowery, and I like it!
  • Studio Gear complete color lipstick - the color I got is called Winter Red. It's a very deep shade of red, pretty much burgundy looking inside the lipstick container, but shows up lighter on skin. It has no shimmer in it, and I actually think it's a very nice lip color. A little dark for daytime or regular use I suppose, but still probably one of the more versatile colors. You can see it below. 
  • Miss Beauty nail bling - Being a blog focusing on nail polish and nail art, I thought these were pretty interesting. I haven't actually tried nail stickers, nail decals, press-on nails, or anything. These ones are stickers that cover the entire nail, and they are textured silver with pink hearts. There are 20 inside the package, so I guess I have enough to try them twice. I haven't used them yet, but I will post about it when I do! 
  • MyGlam concealer brush & defining eyeliner brush - The brushes inside MyGlam bags are usually hit or miss with subscribers. I'm pretty easy to please with them and think that they're pretty nice since I'm not a huge makeup guru or anything. I do my nails, and that's about it. I wear makeup everyday, but it's usually very basic eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, etc, but I don't have any expensive brushes myself. That being said, I enjoy the brushes that they've been putting in the bags each month since I barely have any makeup brushes, and they're a pretty decent quality. For people who are already more into makeup, you might not like them as much. Some people say they're poor quality, or they dislike receiving them since they already own an arsenal of brushes. 

All in all, I honestly like when MyGlam sticks to mostly makeup in their bags, but this bag was still alright to me. I don't have a very high income, so receiving some decent brushes and getting some new products delivered to me for $10 per month is still a pretty nice deal. For people who can be buying nicer things on their own, or who aren't really into trying a random mystery bag of makeup products, you might want to save your $10 for something else, especially if you're already used to more higher end products. 

I suppose the whole idea is still pretty hit or miss in itself since some people will almost always be pleased with it, and some people will almost always dislike the bags and selection of items. I still find it pretty exciting, and it certainly has been getting me to try new things! If you would like to become a MyGlam subscriber, they now have a wait list to join too - so no more racing to try and subscribe when there are openings. Visit the MyGlam website to find out how to sign up. 

<3 Corrinne

Monday, May 28, 2012

Pams & Kin - Made in America

Happy Memorial Day to all. It is a bittersweet time for us to reflect on those men and women who have served and given their lives in the United States Armed Forces. I don't have any work or classes today as it is a federal holiday, so it is a time for me to relax, and I hope many of you are able to do the same.

For the holiday, I decided to dress up my previous manicure of Zoya's Carey. To do this, I've used a polish called Made in America, made by Pams & Kin.

This beautiful polish is a clear base with red, white, and blue glitter in it, and a hint of superfine holographic pieces to give it that extra sparkle. The red appears to be tiny hex glitter, the blue tiny circles, and the white glitter is square.

I applied one generous coat of Made in America over Zoya's Carey, and topped it with a coat of Seche Vite. I also applied the SV pretty liberally, so it came out smooth and glossy! I was considering doing two coats of Made in America, but I didn't want to go overboard. Perhaps I should have done a really thick, glittery accent nail at least, but ah well, next time.

All in all, application was very easy, as the polish is not too thick, but holds enough glitter that you don't have to glob it on your nails. It's such a beautiful and patriotic glitter, and I will probably be reaching for it again when the 4th of July comes around! 

If you would like to buy Made in America, you can find it on Pams & Kin's Etsy page. It's $14 per bottle, however, 50% of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. I think this is not only a lovely polish, but it also supports a wonderful cause.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Zoya - Carey

Phew, what a work week it has been. One week at the new job now, and it's been great! Still adjusting to my new sleep pattern, and all around relaxing this weekend. I think this whole next week will be pretty fun with my birthday on the 30th, a wedding on the 2nd, and more! But for my "chill" weekend, I chose Zoya's Carey.

Carey is a beautiful grayish tone, with some blue undertones. It's definitely a cooler shade of gray, and with the hint of blue, it isn't as dull or boring as some other gray polishes.

I was actually really trying to decide on whether I should buy Zoya's Carey or Zoya's Dove. Both look like wonderful shades of gray, but I went with this one. I'm really enjoying it so far, as it's actually a very pretty color! I suppose it almost looks like a muted periwinkle too.

This is two coats of Carey topped with one generous coat of Seche Vite. The coverage is very nice, and the polish isn't too thin. Application was a little tedious, but wasn't terribly difficult. I thought I was going to have streaks, as I sometimes get with whites, yellows, or other lighter colors, but they faded within the second coat, and ultimately disappeared when I put the top coat on.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cult Nails - Evil Queen

I apologize that I had to unexpectedly skip a day of posting these Cult Nails polishes, but I'm back! I didn't feel too well yesterday, so I spent most of my evening napping and just taking it easy. I'm not sure if I had food poisoning or what, but I'm definitely feeling much better. That being said, on with the show!

So this is the last of the Cult Nails polishes that I am reviewing from the Fairytale Collection. Today's is a lovely red color called Evil Queen. Once again, I've put Happy Ending over it for my accent nail. This is two coats of Evil Queen on each nail too. 

I was really happy with this shade of red. I'm pretty pale, as you can see, so some reds are just so bright and look pretty crazy and bold on me. This one is indeed bright, but it's alright! It's definitely more on the actual red side than Deborah Lippmann - Footloose, which I consider more of a reddish coral. Still, reds are some of the hardest to capture just right with my camera!

All of that being said, this polish is quite pigmented, but not terribly pigmented. What I mean by that is that sometimes when I have a very pigmented polish, it looks beautiful, but cleanup and removal can be tough! When cleaning up around the edges with this one, it was leaving some reddish smudges, but it wasn't as bad as other polishes I have. It came off with a little extra work, and did not stain.

This polish is definitely another win! My whole experience with these Cult Nails polishes has been great. I am so grateful that I was able to meet Maria at the blogger meetup (which I'll also have to post about!) and try some of these polishes out before release. 

Cult Nails is launching this collection on Friday, May 25th (tomorrow) with a pre-sale event. During this one week pre-sale event, the whole collection is going to be offered for the discounted price of $40 - that's like getting one polish free! Cult Nails says that pre-sales are expected to ship out by June 15th, and the polishes will be available for individual purchase at that time too. Each bottle is $10.

This polish was provided by Cult Nails for review. As always, I only offer my honest opinion.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cult Nails - Charming

Three out of four! That means I'll be reviewing the last polish in the new Cult Nails Fairytale Collection tomorrow. As for today, we have Charming, and it is a charming polish indeed. Charming is a glistening purple color. It is very shimmery and shiny, and isn't too dark and certainly isn't too bright. 

I'm typically not a pink or purple person, but wow, this purple is just gorgeous. It has an incredible sheen to it, and I think it shimmers more than the other polishes in this collection! Even in my lightbox, the shimmering glare was pretty intense. 

As usual, I put Happy Ending over it for my accent nail, so you can see what it looks like over Charming too. Happy Ending is still super sparkly in all of its shredded goodness, but I don't think it pops quite as well on this purple color as it did on Princess or Feelin' Froggy. I suppose that's just because this purple is almost as shimmery as the topcoat! 

Still, it's a gorgeous color. I think the red flecks in the top coat really stand out on it in person. As with the other polishes, one coat was super thin, but two is what I did to achieve this look. I still feel like this one may be a bit thinner than the others, so you may apply a third coat, but I guess that's up to you and how thick you apply your first two coats! 

Don't forget! Cult Nails is launching this collection on Friday, May 25th with a pre-sale event. During this one week pre-sale event, the whole collection is going to be offered for the discounted price of $40 - that's like getting one polish free! Cult Nails says that pre-sales are expected to ship out by June 15th, and the polishes will be available for individual purchase at that time too. Each bottle is $10.

This polish was provided by Cult Nails for review. As always, I only offer my honest opinion.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cult Nails - Princess

Day two of swatching some Cult Nails! I am so grateful that I got to try all five of these wonderful polishes from the Fairytale Collection before they are released. They're all so beautiful.

Today I've used Princess. I was expecting Princess to be rather blue from looking at the bottle. However, it appears a little more periwinkle to me, but still definitely on the blue side.

The polish has a wonderful sheen to it. It doesn't really show in the photos, but it's definitely shimmery with almost a pinkish-goldish shine. You can see that I painted all of my nails with it and put Happy Ending over it for the accent nail. 

Application was great. The first coat wasn't too thin, but two absolutely did the trick. This is only two coats topped with Seche Vite, minus the accent nail which has two coats plus Happy Ending and then SV on top. It's very opaque, and I really don't think a third coat would be necessary. 

All in all, this is another wonderful polish. As I said on my Feelin' Froggy swatch & review, I'm new to Cult Nails, but so far the polishes have been fantastic! I love the colors, application is easy and covers in only two coats, and it's not streaky at all.

But mark your calendars! Cult Nails is launching this collection on Friday, May 25th with a pre-sale event. During this one week pre-sale event, the whole collection is going to be offered for the discounted price of $40 - that's like getting one polish free! Cult Nails says that pre-sales are expected to ship out by June 15th, and the polishes will be available for individual purchase at that time too. Each bottle is $10.

This polish was provided by Cult Nails for review. As always, I only offer my honest opinion.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cult Nails - Feelin' Froggy

This is quite an exciting post! I have had the amazing opportunity to try out the next Cult Nails collection - the Cult Fairy Tale Collection.

From left to right, the colors are: Evil Queen, Charming, Princess, Feelin' Froggy, and Happy Ending. 
My first victim? Feelin' Froggy! I just can never resist green nail polish, and this one is definitely one to grab if you can. 

I am actually new to Cult Nails, as these are my first polishes from them! I know. I've been eyeing several beautiful colors offered by CN, and after this great experience, it looks like I'll be back for more.

Feelin' Froggy is an amazing polish. It's a lovely green color that shimmers under the light. It applied like a dream, and what you see in the photos is only two coats - and if you know me, those are two baby coats (I don't apply very thick coats). Still, it looks perfect! 

The first coat was honestly a little scary. It was very thing, but after the second this is what it looked like - perfect! Since the polish Happy Ending is more of a colorful shredded top coat, I'll be using that as an accent nail for each color so you can see what it looks like over each color from the collection.

Even Happy Ending is wonderful. This is only one coat for my accent nail with no glitter manipulation, meaning that I didn't move any around to get full coverage.

All in all, both of these polishes are wonderful, and I absolutely love Feelin' Froggy - it's the perfect shade of green, and even with all of my green polishes, it's unique!

Mark your calendars! Cult Nails is launching this collection on Friday, May 25th with a pre-sale event. During this one week pre-sale event, the whole collection is going to be offered for the discounted price of $40 - that's like getting one polish free! Cult Nails says that pre-sales are expected to ship out by June 15th, and the polishes will be available for individual purchase at that time too. Each bottle is $10.

This polish was provided by Cult Nails for review. As always, I only offer my honest opinion.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Deborah Lippmann - Footloose

As promised, I'm going to swatch and review each Deborah Lippmann polish that I got from HSN. The first one I've used is a reddish one called Footloose from the Footloose collection.
The color footloose is a pretty bright red. It appears to be a dark coral in these photos, but it's definitely reddish! Although it may indeed fall somewhere in between red and coral. Still, it's one of the more difficult shades to capture with a camera.  

I have never owned a DL before, so it was fun for me to play with application. I wasn't all too surprised given the pricetag that these tend to carry, but application was very smooth. I applied 3 very thin coats in these images, so you can see that it's still barely translucent enough to see the actual white of my nail underneath. Then again, three of my coats may be two from someone who's a little more generous with polish application!

I was also able to apply the coats of polish pretty close together, meaning that I didn't wait very long in between them. It didn't get thick and messy, and with a coat of Seche Vite, they were dry even faster! Absolutely no streaks, and each layer was perfect.

Verdict: All in all, I think this is a great product. I'm still not sure I would pay $15 for a single bottle of polish, but to each their own! I do enjoy the polish though, and for my $5 HSN price, it really can't be beat.
Bottom line: Yes I would recommend this.

Friday, May 18, 2012

My first Deborah Lippmann polishes arrived

I was pretty excited when I  heard that HSN had Deborah Lippman polishes on clearance. I got two duo sets, and each set was just under $10 - so about $5 per polish! Needless to say, this is my first DL purchase since the price is typically pretty steep on them... but I still wanted to see what DL polishes were all about :)

Here they are in all of their unboxed glory. The colors are really pretty, but the names are also amusing! They're all part of the Footloose collection, named after the film Footloose. All four names are titles of songs from the movie.

Footloose and Almost paradise came as a set, and Let's Hear it for the Boy and Dancing in the Sheets also came as a set. They're such pretty colors - the red one is almost like a reddish coral color, and it will be the first one I use! Almost Paradise reminds me of key lime pie, and Let's Hear it for the Boy is like a light blue with a hint of periwinkle. Dancing in the Sheets is very dark, but it's a shimmery deep blue with hints of teal and purple.

I don't have all too much to say about them without swatching them, so I guess the swatches and reviews will happen this week! I'll try to post one at a time, beginning with Footloose. I'll probably be wearing it tomorrow to a blogger meetup since my dress is also red. I'll be posting about it afterward! :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Day 31: Re-create Your Favorite Challenge

Wow! As of now, I am officially done with this challenge! I can't believe how quickly that went. It seems like I was just considering starting last week. As for today's challenge: re-creating my favorite. Is it weird that I didn't really have a favorite? I enjoyed doing all of the challenges to be honest. It was so much fun, and it got me to try so many new techniques and methods. But, this one seemed to be a hit! Here is the old version of the rainbow challenge.

Yup, rainbows! It seems that my rainbow challenge was one of the favorites among my fans and followers, and I have to admit that I do love it myself. I did make it my profile picture on Facebook after doing it, and it's been that way the whole time, so I guess I enjoy it more than I thought I did!

This time around, I can take some different photos though. I made a lightbox not too long ago, and I'm still experimenting with it. Sadly, these photos didn't even come out as vibrant as the last! I guess you just can't beat direct sunlight.

But I'm still playing with different light sources for my lightbox. And I think the nails still look great, even with fluorescent lighting! I've gotten better at everything doing this challenge - nail art, taking photos... jeez, I'll be a blogging master in no time ;)

So alas, that ends the 31-Day Challenge! I can't believe it's over now. But that doesn't mean I will stop updating my blog. I will continue to post and do other exciting things! I love nail art, so of course plenty of that, but now I can also swatch and review tons of different indie polishes and test out other beauty items I've been collecting ;)

<3 Corrinne

Voting in Rainbow Honey's contest is now live!

A few days ago, I posted my My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic nails. They're for a contest being hosted by Rainbow Honey, and voting is now live!

Here is an image of my submission, for a refresher ;)

I think I did a pretty good job!
If you have a Facebook account, please vote for it here by clicking "like" on the photo - that's all!
If you don't have a Facebook account, you can still vote with an email address! Please vote here for your favorite (which is hopefully me!). You can also vote using both methods.
Voting runs until May 27 at 11:59 PM EST.

Thank you all for your support, and I appreciate each and every vote! The winner is getting the full size of Rainbow Honey's new Equestria collection, and two runner ups will receive mini sets!

<3 Corrinne

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Day 30: Inspired by a Tutorial

Wow, this is pretty much the last challenge! One more day to actually go, but it's where I have to re-create my favorite one. I enjoyed too many! It will be hard to choose which one.

As for today, I was inspired by a tutorial I had seen on YouTube by Cute Polish. You can see the full tutorial below (it's not very long, it just shows one nail).

I thought it would be really cute for summer time, and I hadn't tried it yet, so I went for it.

I love citrus stuff. The smell, the taste, even how it looks! It reminds me of refreshing lemonade during the summer. Also, I'll apologize for how terrible my cuticles look today. They're stained, they're dry - I slathered on moisturizer before taking pictures, but it only helped so much!

As much as I've loved this challenge, my nails are glad it's almost done! They need a little break before I start tackling my pile of stuff to review.

So which nail art challenge has been your favorite? Which one should I recreate for tomorrow's final challenge?

Monday, May 14, 2012

365 Days of Color - Summer Dream

So I've been eyeing some of the lovely nail polishes made by 365 Days of Color. She made an original collection not too long ago, and this Summer Dream polish is one of them. However, she also has a new collection coming out! For now, here's my swatch & review of Summer Dream.

Summer Dream is a beautiful blue polish, packed with glitter! It has all sorts of glitter in it - little hexes, big hexes, bar glitter - and it's all colorful too! Some of my images look a bit more saturated than it appears in person. It's a light blue, but it's gorgeous :)

This image is a little more true to the color, but alas, my camera is wonky and every image ends up looking different! I'm also playing with lightbox setup to see what works and what doesn't. But as you can see, this mini has plenty to offer!

The polish is a little thin, but that's alright for me. I was planning on using two or three coats anyway to get optimal glitter coverage. This is three thin coats, and it covered great! My first coat was very thin, and made it look like a very milky pale blue. The color definitely comes out quick after another coat. 

All in all, it applied very nicely, and after going over it with a coat of Seche Vite, it's smooth! I didn't have a problem with any glitter rolling up or anything, it all laid flat on its own. 

The 365 Days of Color shop is going to be run through Big Cartel, and you can find her shop here. So here's a heads-up - she's going to be stocking/opening on Wednesday, May 16th! So start picking out what you want! As I said, this Summer Dream color is from her first set, but she also is releasing a new candy inspired set. Polishes from both sets will be available for purchase.

This polish was provided by 365 Days of Color for review. As always, I only offer my honest opinion.

Rainbow Honey Nail Art Contest - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

While doing the 31-Day Challenge, I also took on one contest. Rainbow Honey is hosting a blogger contest that ends tomorrow (May 15th), where the theme is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I haven't been insanely into this show like others, but I like it! It reminds me of when I was little and watch My Little Pony on TV and had the toys.

I kept it pretty simple, and went for the cutie marks on five different ponies. My thumb is Rarity, my index is Applejack, my middle is Rainbow Dash, my ring is Fluttershy, and my pinkie is Pinkie Pie. I thought that the pinkie finger was only fitting for that!

But what about Twilight Sparkle?! I know, I know. Unfortunately I don't have six fingers on one hand, so I left her out! Why her? Well, she's the main character, and I love her dearly, but I thought that the other five would be really fun!

And I think they turned out well! I like the variety of color for each nail, and I had a fun time doing the cutie marks. It was a bit tedious, but I did it all freehand!

So a big "thank you" goes out to Rainbow Honey for hosting this fun nail art contest! I also look forward to the release of her Equestria collection of nail polishes. You can take a look at some of the polishes featured in that collection on Rainbow Honey's blog! Now I can't wait to get my hands on them :)