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Nail Polish of the Month: January 2013

Ah, my first monthly polish pick for 2013! Julep Lauren ($14) is an electric highlighter pink, perfectly in keeping with my sudden love of everything eye-poppingly bright. I got this shade as part of my New Year’s Mystery Box from Julep–how ever did they know that I needed it?!

Julep calls this a “creme”, but it almost has a jelly consistency. I used four coats and still had some tip show-through on some fingers. I usually keep my nails very short, and the polish dried super-quick, so it wasn’t a huge issue for me. But if you prefer to stop at two coats, or have very long nails with very white tips, you might not like this polish.

Lauren dries with an eggshell or satin finish but I use a super-glossy topcoat over all of my polishes, so the finish didn’t really matter.

This is one of those polishes that definitely has to be worn to be believed, because the bottle doesn’t do her justice. I love this polish and it’s definitely going to be in heavy rotation in my “nail wardrobe” this year!

Cute Shoe Monday: neon pumps!

Okay, you guys know I’ve been crushing on neons all week. Well, I finally found the perfect pair of neon pumps to satisfy my cravings!!

These come in pink and blue also, in case you’re just not a fan of the highlighter yellow shade. But personally, I love them. I’m now trying to think of a good reason I might NEED a new pair of pumps so I can justify buying these!

Worthington Sheena Neon Patent Pumps, $30, JC Penney or jcpenney.com.

My Julep New Year’s Mystery Box!

My New Year’s Mystery Box from Julep arrived, and I could not be more pleased! Take a peek at all the awesome stuff I got!

I decided to treat myself to this box since it was only $19.99 (for, mind you, at least $100 worth of goodies) and I was skipping my January box anyway (didn’t care for the color selections). The shipping slip said it definitely would not arrive in time for Christmas, but–SQUEE!–mine showed up on December 24th! Major Christmas present for moi!

So naturally when I opened it I was majorly psyched, and I was not let down by the contents. For starters, that big lovely jar is the Julep Sicilian Orange Foot Soak ($26/10 oz.), a sea salt foot soak that is 100% natural and vegan. I also got a few more packets of the polish remover wipes, which I have yet to try from my November Maven box, and a couple of sample packets of hand cream, along with a nail file. Nice little sample additions.

I also got a tube of Boho Glam Lengthening Mascara ($24) in Espresso Brown. I’ve heard very mixed things about this mascara and at that price I certainly wouldn’t have picked it up myself, so I was very excited to see it in my box.

Ah, but you’re really waiting for a close-up of those five lovely nail colors, aren’t you?

The bubblegum pink is Lauren, and I’m in love. This is that perfect almost-neon strawberry pink that I’ve been looking for in beauty shops for months, so I was thrilled to see her. This color almost reminds me of a pink highlighter pen. Next up is Georgia, a shimmery peach orange that I wouldn’t have bought for myself, but which looks interesting nonetheless.

Cindy was the real wild card of the bunch. I would normally not buy a shimmery kelly green for myself, but this is one color that sort of grew on me after I painted my tootsies. It’s certainly pretty for nail art, if nothing else.

The last two colors are flat-out awesome. Sienna is a metallic that’s neither gold nor silver–it’s perfectly balanced in the middle. And the promised “mystery glitter” is a full-coverage glitter with a black and champagne base flecked with multicolored reds and blues.

Altogether, I’m pleased not only with the contents of my box but the value: about $120 not counting the samples. Not bad, Julep!

Did any of you pretties splurge on a New Year’s Mystery Box? If so, what did you get? I’d love to see your posts and pictures, so leave me your links in the comments section below!

A look at the Zoya Lovely spring 2013 collection

Fellow nail polish junkies of the world, I do not normally get excited about pastel polish. But I just might possibly make an exception for Zoya’s upcoming spring 2013 collection. Take a closer look:

And here’s possibly my favorite of all the new colors: Neely, a gorgeous minty green. As I said already, I’m not usually a fan of pastels, but this year I’d really love to find a minty green for my fingers, and this looks perfect. And because I know you want to see the rest of the colors in detail (you do, don’t you?), they are also Pinned down below. You’re welcome.

Source: zoya.com via Martha on Pinterest

From the sneak previews, Zoya and Butter London are both releasing similar pastel collections for spring. However, I kind of prefer Zoya, since they’re a) cheaper and b) I like the formula a little better. What do you think, lovelies? Any must-haves from the new collection?

Cute Shoe Monday: cap-toe pumps

Are these shoes not amazing?! Target is actually carrying these in several different colors, including red, blue, green, and this shocking fuchsia. The red and fuchsia heels have gold-tone metal cap toes, while the blue and green have silver-tone cap toes.

I want to add these to my closet ASAP, but we’re in the middle of some of the wettest, nastiest weather we’ve had all month, so my feet are firmly planted in boots! I might have to snap them up anyway and tuck them aside for the spring months–cute shoes at Target rarely stay on the shelf for very long!

Viveca Blingy Heel, $32.99, Target

Nail Polish of the month: a holographic gold-purple

I have the loveliest nail polish for this month’s pick; it makes me immediately think of sugarplum fairies and holiday parties. It’s Zoya Daul, which was released as part of an autumn capsule collection but looks especially wintery thanks to a fine blend of gold microglitter. This polish has a holographic effect in any light.

While this polish looks dark in the bottle, it’s more of an orchid purple. The gold shimmer is almost impossible to accurately capture with a camera, but I’ve done my best. Enjoy!

Product review: NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil (swatches in Pink Nude and Irish Coffee)

It’s been quite a while (almost two weeks) since I picked up these lip pencils from ULTA, but I just wasn’t ready to post a review quite yet: I really wasn’t sure what to make of them when I first tried them, and I didn’t want to just post something negative without giving it a little time and thought.

So, here at last is my review, plus a few swatches.

Product: NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil ($4.49), shown here in Pink Nude and Irish Coffee

Claim: “It’s double or nothing with this lip liner and lipstick in one. Our masterful Jumbo Lip Pencils infuse lips with alluring, nourishing color, and help you create a precision pout. That’s line, define and color with one jumbo pencil. Plus the mineral oil formula does not dry out your lips and it goes on smoothly.” (From their website)

I tried it: The product sounds great, and the packaging is pretty. I picked up a couple of pinky-nude shades in the hopes of finding a good everyday lip color that I could apply on the go–no liners, brushes, or gloss toppers needed.

First, I have to say it: that pretty packaging disguises the fact that this pencil does not twist up or sharpen. What you see at the tip is what you get. Unfortunately, what you get is not a whole lot of product, which makes the price seem a little high.

On to the formula itself: I’ve tried a lot of lipsticks, pencils, and glosses in my time, and I don’t think I’ve ever found a formula this slippery! It really feels like I’m slicking vegetable oil onto my lips. I appreciate that the formula is supposed to be non-drying, but this is taking it a bit far.

I don’t like the coverage level, either. It goes on like a full-coverage lipstick, but it’s very smeary and splotchy. Consequently, the color looks really patchy and poorly applied.  I feel like my lip lines and chapped lips look extra bad with this pencil.

I don’t really have a lot to say about the two colors I bought. I thought I would really like the Irish Coffee, but it just doesn’t look right for my skin tone. In the picture it looks okay, but in person it has an odd peach undertone that highlights the yellow in my skin, and I just don’t like the way it looks. (This pic came out really oddly–I’m wearing a black shirt, not a blue one, and my hair is NOT green. Odd lighting today!)

As you can see in the close-up pic, the coverage is very splotchy; it looks worse in person. Lip lines ahoy!

The Pink Nude is loaded with shimmer. It’s a pretty color in the pencil, but it’s so frosty I don’t think I would wear it for every day activities. It might be nice as a highlighter over lipstick.

I’ve tried these a few times, and it doesn’t seem to matter whether I prep with lip balm or not: the lines still show up and the oiliness cannot be beat. After you’ve worn it for awhile the oiliness goes away, but so does the color. It’s not long-lasting and rubs off very easily.

One more thing: lip liner? I don’t think so! This formula is way too slick and smudgy to properly line your lips. It might be good as a topper for regular lip liner or lipstick, but on it’s own, it’s just too smeary to look good. I can’t imagine what it would look like in a very dark color.

My vote: Meh. I’m really disappointed by these lip pencils; they don’t perform at all like I thought they would, and the skimpy product size is a turn-off. I’m sure somewhere out there are people who like these pencils, but I’m not one of them.