More Makeup by One Direction and a Giveaway!

Awhile ago I reviewed one of the limited edition Makeup by One Direction kits, Up All Night from The Looks Collection.  One Direction and Markwins have come out with more colors for select hit products, which are now available in type-specific sets.


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Why don’t we go there- Shock of blue
Does he know?- Pinkest hot pink
Story of my life- Amped canary yellow


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If you remember from my Up All Night kit review, this gloss was my favourite product of the bunch!  Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night.  Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look.  It is a surprisingly good dupe for the Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss, one of my favourite lip glosses.  In the set is three colors:

Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light
Kiss You- Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
Taken – Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light

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You know I love dressing up my nails, so I was especially excited about this set.  It features UV-reactive Nail Varnish and UV-reactive glitter that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night.  Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!   It can be messy (work on top of a big piece of paper!) but coating your polish with glitter will give more zing and be longer lasting than ordinary glitter polish.  In each set is three nail polishes and three bottles of glitter:

Nail Varnish:
Happily– UV iced blue glitter
Moments- UV neon pink
Diana- UV 3D holographic

Glitter Toppings:
Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter
Star– UV holo glitter


You can buy these new kits now at Macy’s, Dillards, Boscov’s, Stage Stores, Beauty Brands, and Lord & Taylor.

Keep up to date by following the official Makeup by One Direction Facebook page.

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Manicure Monday: Lilac and Lace

HI all! Today’s manicure features a beautiful lilac shimmer paired with steel and silver lace accent nails.

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First, I put on three coats of Julep Elisa, which is a beautiful lilac with a fine shimmer.  The shimmer is almost imperceptible, and really just gives the solid color a shine boost.  I went with this color, which was oh-so-chic this past spring, because I wanted to celebrate the last few days of nice mild I-don’t-need-a-coat weather.

To give my manicure some extra personality (and because I was too lazy to do any nail art!) I used OPI’s Trend Tips in a steel and silver lace design on the ring finger.  Trend Tips are “real lacquer strips” which you peel and stick onto your nail, which allows you to have all sorts of patterns and effects that wouldn’t be possible in a home manicure.  Each set comes with several sizes which you can also cut and file to shape.  I keep my nails fairly long, but I find that one strip usually ends up covering two nails!  Plus, they’re really easy to put on when fresh, and last a long long time.  However, I like to keep mine for a while (you’re supposed to use them all when you open it!) to use as accent nails.  They tend to get dry and stiffen up after time, but a manicurist showed me a cool trick – just heat them gently and the strip will soften and the adhesive melts to stick nicely on your nails.

BOTTOM: Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat

COLOR: Julep Elisa (lilac), OPI Trend Tips (sorry, it doesn’t have a color name!)

TOP: Julep Oxygen Performance Top Coat

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Manicure Monday: Autumnal Braids

This week’s manicure features two polishes from Julep’s Art Walk collection, which I received in my August Maven box.  Summer is moving into Fall, so I wanted to go with something a little darker.


Using Julep Mary Lee, a vampy oxblood, I first applied two coats of paint on every nail.  Mary Lee has a satin finish, which was a surprisingly nice effect, although I prefer a high gloss manicure.  But, after applying your topcoat, this satin finish gets covered, so I’m not sure when you would see it – because ladies, you should always use a base and top coat if you want a manicure to last more than a couple days.



After, I grabbed Julep Erin, also from the Art Walk collection, and Julep Zelda, one of my favourite metallics, along with my base color to achieve a braided effect on my ring finger and thumb nails.  This effect  looks harder than it is, and if you follow cutepolish’s Youtube tutorial, you’ll master it in no time!

BOTTOM: Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat

COLOR: Julep Mary Lee (burgandy), Julep Erin (grey), Julep Zelda (gold lame)

TOP: Julep Oxygen Performance Top Coat

For this month only, get the very special City Lights Welcome Box when you sign up for Julep Maven!  Or, if you’re already a Maven girl, use promo code FABFALL to get gift set free with $25+ purchase.

Manicure Monday: Suzi and Erin Bike Around Town

This week’s Manicure Monday features a manicure and a half (sorta!).
I originally went with a really simple but sassy manicure with a fairy-dust pink, OPI’s Pedal Faster Suzi!  I’ll be honest – I totally picked this polish because of the fun name.  I did a bunch of biking when I was visiting Washington D.C. last week and wanted a polish that reflected my activity (although I have no idea what this shimmery pink has to do with pedaling!).


Pedal Faster Suzi was great buuuuut after my August Julep Maven box showed up, I was dying to try out one of the polishes from their Art Walk collection ASAP.  The grey in particular, named Erin, caught my eye, and I decided to update my pink nails with a little bit of geometric flair.

For this month only, get the very special City Lights Welcome Box when you sign up for Julep Maven!  Or, if you’re already a Maven girl, use promo code FABFALL to get gift set free with $25+ purchase.

Julep Maven August Boho Glam Unboxing

Hi~! A few days ago I received my August Julep Maven box, in Boho Glam.  August’s collection is named The Art Walk, so of course, being an art historian, I had to have it.

A cute thing Julep does is send little bonbons in every Maven box!

I’m really loving these colors for fall, and grey is one of my favourites year round.  I’m sure these two polishes, Erin (grey) and Mary Lee (burgundy) will star in one of my upcoming Manicure Mondays, so I won’t talk too much about them today.


The plush pout lip crayon is an interesting hybrid.  It is a twist-style crayon, with a moisturizing core in the middle and lipstick on the edges.  First off, I know crayons are trendy, but I don’t see any advantages lip crayons have over conventional lipstick tubes, especially when they’re twisties and have a cap (if someone makes a capless crayon, then I’m on board).  The color and saturation of Plush Pout is really great, buuuuut that moisturizing core in the center really throws me off balance.  On one hand, with the moisturizing core, this is a nicely smooth medium-wear lip color.  On the other hand, the colorless core makes even application of the lip color tricky.  In my opinion, the way to achieve the most even coverage is by using a lip brush – which defeats the point of a carry-all crayon.    I’m not sure how much this Plush Pout retails for on its own, but as part of this fall set, I’m glad to have it.

If you love what you see here and want to sign up for your own fully customizable Julep Maven box or check out their full selection of great beauty products,  I have two great deals for you!

Only for the month of September, sign up for Julep Maven and get a Limited Edition Fall Neutrals 4-Piece Welcome Box! That’s two times the size of the normal welcome box!

If you’re already a Julep Maven, use code FABFALL to get gift set free with $25+ purchase.

Manicure Monday: Uptown Rocker

Hi there!  This week’s Manicure Monday is a modern and edgy take on a classic.  It’s been awhile since the last Manicure Monday.  I did do my nails while I was on vacation in the Bahamas last week, but I didn’t have my computer with me so no post, sorry (it was tropical, with yellow and pink)!

Today I have for you an updated French Manicure with extra metallic glam.  I made black French tips using Covergirl Black Diamond, a gold lame French tip and accent nail with Julep Zelda, and a second accent nail with crushed gold flakes with Julep Gianna, finished off with two coats of glossy topcoat for shine and strength.


BOTTOM: Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat

COLORS: Covergirl Black Diamond (black), Julep Gianna (gold flakes), Julep Zelda (gold lame)

TOP: Julep Oxygen Performance Top Coat

Jet Set Beauty

I just got back from a family vacation to beautiful Bahamas, and I wanted to share something interesting I bumped into during my travels!  In New York city’s JFK airport and Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, there are some very cute boutique/kiosk/vending machines selling beauty products!

I especially love the suitcases stacked on top!!
I especially love the suitcases stacked on top!!

On my way to the Bahamas at the Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, I stopped in my tracks as something very pink and very bright caught my eye.  It was the Benefit ‘van,’ full of their awesome products and adorned with their signature sassy style.  Other than their regular line of products, they were also selling special travel kits – I saw a quad of mini lip glosses, and a small skincare essentials set.


When I got home to New York City, I bumped into yet another Benefit van, but JFK also has an Essie boutique!  Now, you know I’m a nail polish junkie, and definitely an Essie girl (ok so most of my polishes are Julep, but I still love Essie’s colors the best!), so this was a little slice of beauty heaven.  Unfortunately, this machine doesn’t have their full stock of colors (nor does it sell any of their top/bottom coats, only the cuticle oil and the all-purpose coat),  but it does give you a free polish when you buy 4.

Have you ever encountered these beauty boutiques before?  What other ones are out there?