February 9, 2012

A-England Tristam

Tristam is from The Mysticals collection of Adina's polish brand, A-England. It is a dusty night sky blue with a ton of shimmer. The application was super easy. I find that Tristam was a lot easier to apply than Lancelot. Maybe it was because I've moved to an even dryer state? I noticed that all the polishes I've been using since I've moved are less runny. I'll have to try an oldie to test that theory.

Tristam is my favorite out of the 3 A-England polishes I have (Galahad, Tristam and Lancelot.) It is just BEAUTIFUL, possibility my favorite polish. I think the color is unique and the shimmer makes it pop. I bought Galahad and Tritam during a sale, it turned out to be about 10 dollars a bottle. I am waiting for a sale so I can buy some of The Legend collection. You can purchase A-England directly from the website, Adina the owner offers free shipping. But it takes me about 2 weeks to get the package. Or.... you can purchase them from Llarowe, the US stockist, for $12 per bottle with very reasonable shipping.

I love getting foreign packages so I've always purchased through the website. I will review Galahad next week!

February 6, 2012

Review: Julep Essential Cuticle Oil

Giveaway winner announced! Continue reading.....

I feel bad that I brushed off this cuticle oil yesterday. When I put it on, I thought "meh." but as the day went on, I noticed that my cuticles are dry and actually they looked pretty good. I was using Qtica before but there were still cracks, and looked pretty nasty. But with just one time use of Julep Essential Cuticle Oil, they are looking back to normal. I moved from a dry state to a even drier state. Like I said last post, I really liked the roller ball. I don't know how to describe the scent but it's not like any of other oils I've used. It's not bad or strong. If you put on hand lotions afterwards, you can't tell at all.

The major downside to this cuticle oil is the price, $18 for .28 oz! I am not sure how long it will last me, I am putting it on 2-3 a day. You don't have to, I just love putting on lotions and creme.

Now on to the announcement, this is strictly a facebook giveaway, you have to be a fan of my facebook page to win. If you are not a fan yet, head on over! 

The winner is.....

* I am wearing Julep Marisa

If you would like to try Julep, click here :)

February 5, 2012

My February Julep Maven Box

Hi everyone! I am all moved in and almost all unpack. The moving has done a serious number to my nails. I tried to take pictures but they are just so unattractive. One more week, and swatch pics will be back.

Our winner for the Revlon giveaway never emailed me so I will be picking another winner. Keep reading and find out how.

Anyways, today is about my February Julep Maven Box. Julep is a nail company based out of Seattle. You can purchased their product on their website Julep.com or you can become a Maven and get a monthly preselected box mailed to you. The first mail ever at our new place WAS my Maven box! How lucky is that? What is different about Julep Maven as opposed to other beauty box is that you get a preview before Julep ships the box to you. If you don't like what is coming to you, you can request a "shelf pull." That's what I did this month, I didn't like the polish colors for my "American It Girl" profile, so I went with BoHo Glam.

This is what I got!

Black box is this month, Red was December. I decided to skip January because of the move. Oh yeah, you can skip or ship your box to a friend as a gift!

I love their packaging. It always looks so festive! February has an Oscar theme, but the navy blue was perfect for the Big Game!

Left to right: Marisa, Oscar, and Julep Cuticle Oil Roller.

I have Marisa on right now, the formula is good, but because the brush is so long that it will pick up a lot of extra polish. So I always get rid of some in the bottle every 1 to 2 strokes. I will re-swatch later and show you the pictures. The blue is not super unique but I don't have it in my stash do I'm happy.

I also tried the cuticle oil roller, it's a lot cleaner than a brush, but the oil isn't anything too special. Feels like any other cuticle oil. after a whole day of use, I am LOVING the cuticle oil roller!!! It deserves it's own post. which is coming soon.

I got my first maven box for a penny and was able to get this one free from the referral credit. If you would like to try Julep Maven, Click on this link  http://julep.com/?r=18136990

If you google julep coupon code you can usually get the first box for $5 (normally $19.99) Shipping if free, just make sure you select the right option.

I am not totally convince to signed up for the program yet, I am a commitment-phobe. We are trying to decided wither we should buy a house or not, CAN YOU IMAGINE??? I want to rent for a year, hubby wants to buy now! It is very stressful. But the good thing is, I can keep skipping months if I don't feel like buying :)

Now on to the giveaway, just enter below. It is super easy to do :) Let me know if you have any questions.

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February 4, 2012

Icing Magnetix Polish Blue

Today I am showing you the Blue version of Icing Magnetix. If you haven't read my Gold version, click HERE.

Honest truth, I am not as in love with the blue as I am with the gold. I think the gold has more depth, especially with the flecks in it. The blue has more of a watery effect. I might try it again and position the magnet differently, I'll let you know.

It's just NOT as special as the gold but still pretty cool. If you don't have the patience for nail art, magnetix is a perfect alternative. This trend is just going to get more popular, and there are a couple of brands out there that has magnetic polishes already, but they are either expensive or hard to find. China Glaze will be coming out with their own version and they will be selling the polish and magnetic separately. Which is great because you can purchase China Glaze online or at Sally Beauty stores nation wide. There are several plates for sale so I will be purchasing those when they come out. 

What do you think? Blue or Gold?