Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Julep 'It Girl' June Box

I forgot to cancel my subscription this month, so I was a bit bummed at first when I got the notification email with my tracking info. That totally changed once I received my box! Here are the three beautiful polishes that came in June's 'It Girl' box.

Bess is a (bright) light blue. As in all Julep polishes, the application is super smooth and easy. This polish is oppaque in two coats, but pictured below is three coats just to be safe. Unfortunately for me, this color gives me lobster hands! (Luckily I was able to get a few pictures where my skin tone looked normal) 

'Char' is a nice dark blue, that to me looks more like a dark blurple (blue-purple) in certain lighting. Pictured below is 2 coats plus a top coat. I love how glossy it dries! 

'Nan' is sort of a dusty coral color. This is 2 easily applied coats with a top coat. This color reminds me of adobe bricks and clay pots. I feel a nail art idea coming on!

Which is your favorite?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Bellskandi Polishes

The lovely Natalie (AKA @bellskandi on Instagram) sent me four of her polishes to swatch and review. I was so excited when I opened the unexpected package! As you look through the swatches below, you will just why i was so happy! (:

'Hey Betty' is a neon pink (when warm) to pinkish brown (when cold) thermal. Do you see the color pink?? Its actually brighter in real life! The neon is gorgeous (but as with most neons, so difficult to capture). I really liked that the transition is not super fast. This gave me time to actually get good pictures. Bellow is three coats of 'Hey Betty' and a top coat. Without the top coat it has a slightly matte finish, and due to the glitters it almost has a gritty texture to it. Kind of fascinating, but alas, I smoothed it out with a top coat.
Bellskandi 'Hey Betty'  

Another gorgeous thermal! 'Plumberry' is a shimmer packed lilac (warm) to plum (cold) thermal. The transition in this polish was quicker than that of 'Hey Betty'. And thanks to the hot California weather, I had to stick my hand in a bowl of ice for the polish to change to the gorgeous dark purple and stay dark long enough for me to take a picture of it in the sun! Anyways, this is three coats (no undies) and a top coat.
Bellskandi 'Plumberry'

'D!ck Ch!c Raver' is a glow in the dark yellow jelly with black shred glitters and orange hex glitters. For some reason, this polish reminds me of a construction site! I love when polishes remind me of things! The glow is actually brighter than that of the picture, no matter how many pictures I took this is the brightest it would show up. I even tried taking pictures with an iPod touch, and iPhone 5, my dads Nikon camera and my Canon camera. Below is three coats with a top coat (taken with a Nikon camera).
Bellskandi 'D!ck Ch!c Raver'

'Blue Dolphins' is a dark blue glow in the dark that is opaque in 1-2 coats. Although it is dark blue, it glows a beautiful almost neon blue! I seriously need to buy a blacklight to be able to capture just how gorgeous the glow is! Below is 2 coats and a top coat (taken with the iPhone 5).
Bellskandi 'Blue Dolphins'
If you like these polishes, make sure to check out the rest of her polishes on Instagram as well as on her shop: www.etsy.com/shop/bellskandi 

Thank you lovelies for reading. And thank you Natalie for sending me these lovely polishes! (:

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cherimoya "Citified" Collection

So I've had this post sitting in my drafts for about a week (oops!) But I'm finally getting around to posting my swatches and review for the Cherimoya "Citified" Collection. The set came with six (6)  polishes. From left to right the names are: Copper, Love Drug, Green With Envy, Blood, Neon Purple, and Angel's Rave.

'Copper' is a (wait for it....) copper polish! Shocker, right? 'Copper' is opaque in 2-3 coats. Pictured below is 2 coats with a top coat. I don't think that the picture shows the full effect of just how metallic this polish really is!

'Love Drug' is a purple jelly with with blurple (blue-purple) shimmer. Since this polish is a jelly, it takes 3-4 coats to reach opacity. Below is four coats plus a top coat.
'Green With Envy' is a metallic neon green. that's right, metallic AND neon! It takes 3 coats for this polish to be opaque. I think this was one of my favorites from the collection! In addition to being neon, and metallic, it also has a slight gold shimmer. I just loooooved staring at this polish while i was wearing it!

My other favorite polish from the "Citified" collection was 'Blood'. This is a gorgeous bright red! usually red washes out my skin tone making me look sickly pale, but not with this polish. This polish was probably the easiest one to apply, plus unline many other reds, this one did not stain! Below is three coats plus a top coat.

'Neon Purple' is actually more of a fuschia than a purple. These pictures (as well as the pictures for other swatches) are color accurate. This polish also has a slight silver shimmer. Below is 2 coats with a top coat.

'Angel's Rave' is a black jelly with silver hex and bar glitters, as well as a few red hex glitters. The only think i didn't like was that I had to fish for the red glitters, and I still only got a few. This is 3 coats with a top coat.

Application for all of the polishes was a 7 from a 1-10 scale. I really loved the colors though! I bought this set at Ross for $5.99, so the next time you're at Ross make sure you check the Beauty section!