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Totally Doable I Have A Life April Nail Art Challenge: Day 16: Match OOTD

Today’s nail was supposed to match the outfit of the day. I initially thought of striped nails, but since I was already doubling up with a striped top and striped clutch, I felt like striped nails would just push the whole thing over the edge into bad matchy-matchy territory. Instead, I opted for a subtle grey polish to match the grey stripes in my shirt. This is Zoya Dove.



Belated post: Totally Doable I Have A Life April Nail Art Challenge: Day 13: Ombre

By yesterday afternoon I was much more interested in a nap than nail art, so I totally bombed on posting this on time. But I thought I would put up a belated post anyway so you can see what I did for day 13 of the challenge, which was supposed to be an “ombre” nail.

This is probably the messiest and laziest ombre ever! I used Zoya Marley and Flower Beauty Thistle or That? to create this mani. I’m really obsessed with these two shades right now!

Nail Polish of the Month April 2013; plus, Totally Doable I Have A Life April Nail Art Challenge: Day 10: Bright

I couldn’t think of a better “bright” for day 10 of this challenge than my bottle of Zoya Mitzi that I ordered this winter. It’s a matte velvet lacquer in a highlighter yellow shade.

Like all mattes, this dries super-quick: I am not lying when I say I did four coats in five minutes. The trouble with such a quick dry time is that it’s very hard to get a smooth, even application, without streaks or patchiness. Also, this shows every imperfection in my nails. So, I think it’s going to take some work to learn how to make this polish look as lovely as my other Zoyas.

That said, I do love the color, which is why I’m also naming it my Nail Polish of the Month for April 2013.

Product review: Julep One Step Polish Remover Pads

These little sealed polish remover pads have arrived as extras in a couple of my Julep Maven boxes, and somehow I just never got around to using them. I guess since I’m happy with my Zoya Remove Plus, I just didn’t feel the need. But like the good little beauty blogger that I am, I finally opened up one of the pads to try it out just for the sake of review.

The product: Julep One Step Polish Remover Pads; $9.99 for a pack of ten; at

The claim: No-mess, lint-free pad is infused with aloe vera to moisturize and condition your nails.

I tried it: These pads are neither dry nor dripping in polish remover, and the scent isn’t harsh, so the “mess-free” part is true. That said, I feel like these aren’t the sturdiest cloths. They do seem to shed and shred just like cotton balls if you’ve got rough edges or hangnails.

I didn’t feel like one pad was enough to fully clean all ten nails. It’s true that I usually have three coats of polish on each nail, plus base and a coat or two of topcoat; but even so one cotton ball soaked in Remove Plus is usually enough to do the trick; I’ll use two if I was using dark polish. This pad just seems to dry out before I’m really done with it.

My verdict: Unless I was going on vacation and really wanted to bring along polish and polish remover for a mid-vacay manicure change, I probably wouldn’t buy these. That said, if you’re traveling, they’d be a great alternative to a leak-prone bottle of remover and a baggie of cotton balls. They’re just not worth the price for every day use, especially if you have a much nicer bottle of removal and a sink at hand.