Manicure Monday: Daisy Dalliance

BASE: Essie Grow Stronger

COLORS: Dior Addict 150 (pearl), Essie Tart Deco (coral), Essie Shake Your $$ Maker (green), Ulta Fuschiamania (fuschia), Julep Charlie (yellow), Julep Sydney (red)

TOP: OPI Rapidry

Left hand with Essie Tart Deco
Left hand with Essie Tart Deco

Here’s my manicure of the week!  No, it’s not Monday, but still!  They were painted on Monday, but more importantly, Manicure Tuesday just doesn’t sound cool.

I wanted to go for a delicate and flirty floral this time around.  Originally I was going to paint a tried-and-true rose design, but I was inspired by Wondrously Polished and fell in love with this look!  Instead of  a solid base, I used only one coat of a white pearl polish, Dior Addict, 150, to create a sheer, simmering effect.

My favourite part about this manicure is how the flowers creep around the edge, like wildflowers at the side of a path.  It’s feminine and fun at the same time!

Manicure Monday: Julep’s Alexandra, Zelda, and Gianna

Julep’s Maven box for July brought me Alexandra, a light warm cream.  It’s the base for my manicure this week, paired with two of my favourite accent polishes: Zelda, a fine gold metallic, and Gianna, gold flakes in clear polish.

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From the left: Alexandra, Zelda, and Gianna

Alexandra is an elegant color that would work well as a neutral base for nail art, or on it’s own for a refined look.  I gave Alexandra’s natural elegance a kick by using gold as my accent, with two different ones polishes for extra pizzazz.  The result is a manicure that is classy yet has lots of energy.

 

 

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On my right hand, I switched up the accent nails to the thumb and the ring finger.

If you like the polishes I used today and want to try out Julep’s awesome nail products for yourself, click here for your first box FREE.

Julep Maven Bombshell

According to the dictionary, the word “maven” comes from the Yiddish word meyvn, meaning “one who understands.”  Sure, I understand – what it means to be a product junkie.  Because when you need your fix mailed to you every month, you are seriously addicted.

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My very first box from some months ago.

It may seem weird that out of all the beauty themed subscription boxes out there (Birchbox anyone?), I am hooked on Julep, one of the more niche subscriptions as it focuses on a single brand of nail color and care.  Why?    It might be their veeery pretty boxes and easy to use website, but I’m not going to lie – it’s definitely because I can reliably count on their products to kick ass most of the time.  There’s no such thing as returning the things you don’t like when you hop on the subscription box train, and with Julep, I really don’t feel like I need to.   I’ve been a Maven for something like half a year, with no plans to stop.

I love nails because it’s a pop of color that lasts longer than makeup or accessories.  I use my nail color and design as a sort of personal mood setter each week.  Happy to see the sun?  Splash on some canary yellow.  Need to get down to business?  Switch to a vampy plum.  Plus, it’s a relaxing ritual to take care of my nails as I watch TV.

I’ve already forgotten exactly which colors Julep sent me in my first Maven box because I now own so many Julep polishes (needless to say, they were so great that I wanted more).  As for the Might Nail & Cuticle Serum, I have finished the entire tube completely!  Thank god I have more boxes coming… did someone say “reorder?”

Stay tuned for box reveals as they come. 😉  Want to check out Julep for yourself?  Click here for your first box, free!