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Nail art idea: gradient glitter with Zoya Feifei and Wet n Wild Fergie Mermaid Curves

I’m really into teal glitter and shimmer right now, though I don’t know why. I was playing around with some polish combos and created this gradient glitter manicure using Zoya Feifei for the base and Wet n Wild Fergie Mermaid Curves for the glitter topper.

It’s really hard to capture Feifei on camera. In the bottle it’s a steel blue with gold microglitter. On the nails, it can look icy blue or it can almost take on a mermaid-esque quality, with the microglitter giving it a blue-green holographic look. It just depends on what light you’re in at the moment! It’s intriguing, that’s for sure, even though I’m not normally a “blue” person.

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!

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?

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!