Julep Tali

So here’s my next random Stash Swatch. 

Julep Tali

It is such a pretty color and the holo makes it quite distracting in the sunlight! The formula on this was…interesting. The polish dries matte, and it dries quickly. That caused some balding when you went over an area again. I had to paint from side to side instead of middle then sides. And the smell of this polish. Oh my gosh so much stink! I know there’s another Julep polish that had this same bad smell, but I can’t remember which one. 

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Stash Swatch Challenge

I’ve neglected my little blog here. Busy, busy, busy. And Jamberry…and I don’t know that y’all would appreciate nail decals over polish. 

So I’m going to challenge myself to try lots of polish from my stash using random numbers. The first number (1-21) and the second number(1-30) will give me the polish coordinates. Today I got 17/6. 

Here’s what I got…Butter London Jack the Lad. 

Green is my favorite color…but not in nail polish. This green polish has microshimmer of blue, green and gold. It went on pretty thin, but two coats covered everything. This is three coats. It was a part of the Holiday 2012 collection and I’m certain I got it in the collection because I don’t buy green polish. 

Right after taking this picture I removed this and got a new polish from my stash. It’s much prettier… This green is going straight to my destash drawer!

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Glossique Nail Wraps

Provided for review by Glossique

Have you heard of Glossique? They are a company offering vinyl nail wraps. These wraps are similar to Jamberry, but they don’t require heat. 

A little history about the company from Magda, my contact:

“Nicolle and Cindy initiated the idea and invited me to the project. As three traveling business women, who are also moms, we frequently ran into the frustration of making time to get to the salon. We also attempted at-home manicures, however, you need time to let the polish dry and our nails were chipped after a day. Gel Polish emerged and we thought is sounded like a great long-lasting option! It took a lot of time to have them polished (then dried), not to mention the damage that followed.

Nicolle and Cindy were trying competitor products but they were very hard to apply, needed to use heat, or required a clear coat. They were looking for a solution that wouldn’t require heating, or using any chemicals like a clear coat. After testing a lot of different materials, they finally found the best one!

I’m very hopeless with doing my own nails, I’m from Europe and I always had a chance to have my manicure done in a professional inexpensive spa salon. Here in the States, I have had a hard time to find similar quality in a good price so Glossique nail wraps is a life saver for me! Now after a couple months, I can swear by them and I can’t imagine my life without them!”

Here’s the wrap I tried out: Warm Feelings

They have two sizes of wraps, petite and regular. The petite ones are skinnier. I got the regular size of these. 

The first thing I noticed was the number and sizing of the wraps. There are 19 wraps and they have the smallest in the center of the sheet. 

The next thing I noticed was the difference between the preview image and the actual sheet I received. My sheet has half and half of each design instead of just a few accents. 

Magda has been incredibly helpful answering all my questions. I asked her about this difference. Here is her reply:

“We had requests to add more of the second pattern and had done so but did not get to updating the template on the website with the new version. However, after testing the updated half and half patterns we have decided to go back to the four “accent” nails only.”

Ok. That makes sense. Let’s get these on! I followed the instructions found on their website. Because of the order of the wraps, I took one of my Jamberry sheets to compare sizes since I know which Jams fit which fingers. With these, you don’t need heat. I sat on my couch one afternoon and put these on. 

Sweet! And they went on really easily. The vinyl was really easy to stretch and pull to fit over my domed nails. This helps the wraps from getting puckers on the sides and tips. I used a glass file to file off the edges instead of cutting them close to the nail tip as the instructions suggest.  These look really great! 

You might notice the circle image on the thumbnail image above. On the biggest wrap, the frames are circles. As the wraps get smaller, the circles squish to ovals. I asked Magda about this and here is her response:

“We have tried shrinking the pattern and offsetting it so the size is relative, the downfall to these options is that you lose the look of the pattern in both options. Therefore, we have opted to the default which is what you received. We have come to the conclusion that when the patterns are on your nails it is not very noticeable. Most of our patterns though are to scale.”

I will have to agree with the theory that it’s not as noticible on the nail. 

The wear on these is great! On day three, all of the corners and tips were still really well adhered to my nail. And even more impressive, there were no puckers on the tips or the sides. 

These pretties stayed on a week before I *had* to take them off. I messed up one of the vinyls trying to untie a shoe. The rest were still looking great but I couldn’t stand the one messed up. I could have gotten several more days out of them. 

I removed these according to the directions. They said to just peel from the cuticle to the tip. Well, I would not suggest that method at all. I did that and managed to peel off layers of my nail. So, don’t take these off without at least using some oil to loosen them. And I usually get a flosser stick and use that to go between the wrap and the nail. There wasn’t a sticky residue left over, but they did a number on my nails. I lightly buffed my nails to smooth them, but I wouldn’t suggest buffing too often or too hard. That’s your nail your buffing off…it gets thinner and thinner with each buffing. 

So, my review of these gives Glossique an A+! They are $15 per sheet and frequently offer coupon codes. You can purchase these on their website 

*And here’s my funny story about these: every time I looked at the black and pink circles, I saw monkeys in the frames. Please tell me you see them too! 

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Jamberry Wraps over Lacquer

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Meet Julep Mari.  She’s described as a “Peony linear liquid holographic” by Julep. While I would say it is far from a linear holographic, it is still a gorgeous pink with an almost glowing shimmer that has a very faint scattered holo. To compare, here’s an amazing linear holo I’ve reviewed. 


At any rate, this polish is absolutely going into my “Favorite Polish” box. Wait…why don’t I have a box like that? It would be full of holos, neons and Tiffany blues!

What would be in your favorite polish box?

And to guild the lily, I added a clear Jamberry wrap on my accent nail. Look how great it looks layered over the polish! There are tons of wraps for all styles.  

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Redbook and Zoya :: Color Naming Contest

Have you ever dreamed of naming a Zoya Color? This is your big chance to join in on the color naming fun… Zoya Creative Director, Rebecca Isa has created 3 gorgeous, new colors for Redbook and the magazine is running a naming contest for them in the September 15 Issue (page 60).

  • Creamy Cherry Red
  • Metallic Plum
  • Sheer Sparkly Gold


As you may know, Zoya names all of our colors after women – so submit your Mom or Bestie or Idol or even your own name to maybe become the next new Zoya!


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 After the winning names are selected by the Redbook team, the colors will be available through December on Zoya.com as a full size (0.5 oz) trio – $27 (US).


And as individual colors in salons and ULTA stores – $9 ea. (US).


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Zoya Lidia

Press sample provided for review.
Here is Zoya Lidia from the fall Focus collection (Press Release here). 

She is just lovely! It looked great with my skin tone. The only thing I don’t like about the polish wasn’t even a problem with the polish…it was the brush. I just couldn’t get the brush in the right position to properly flare out on the nail. Pretty minor. 

I’m looking forward to trying out Sia, the royal blue cream. Are any of the creams or metallics from these collections calling your name?

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Zoya Fall Collections press release


Two exciting new Zoya Nail Polish collections arrive for FALL 2015


FOCUS (creams)

The Zoya Focus Collection features six strong, solid shades that anchor a look for fall as stand-alone shades. The densely pigmented cream formula features a unique, micro-grind pigment that allows for extra-smooth, streak-free application.

· Charli (ZP807) – a dusty taupe cream with a hint of green, a perfect neutral.

· Desiree (ZP806) – a classic sable brown cream that has just enough gray to keep it cool in tone.

· Hannah (ZP805) – a clear, classic red cream with a balanced (neutral) undertone.

· Janel (ZP804) – a deep red cream with a rich warm undertone.

· Lidia (ZP803) – a rich eggplant cream with a blackened purple base and just a hint of red resulting in a color that is wearable for most skin tones.

· Sia (ZP802) – a true, royal blue cream. NOTE: This is a highly pigmented shade – make sure to apply a base coat to prevent staining.
FLAIR (metallics)

Six, jewel toned liquid metal shades. The unique, micro-grind metallic pigment of the Zoya Flair Collection is fully blended into a vibrant base, creating the effect of brilliant colored melted metal!

· Tris (ZP813) – a blackened, brushed nickel liquid metal.

· Cinnamon (ZP812) – a classic bronze liquid metal, originally designed for Zang Toi NYFW F/W15.

· Aggie (ZP811) – a gold holo-flip, liquid metal with bronze micro glitter. Sheer enough for layering with one coat or fully opaque in three coats!

· Ember (ZP810) – a deep, fiery red liquid metal with enough blue to be wearable for all skin tones.

· Giada (ZP809) – a purple liquid metal with a hint of fuchsia pearl.

· Estelle (ZP808) – a blue on blue liquid metal with a blackened base.

$9 (US), Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com
* **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.


The Flair collection looks amazing with the metal finish! And the richness of the creams! I think these will be two more stunning collections! 

Which colors are calling your name?

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Jamberry Tips and Tricks

I love polish (as you well know), but I also love Jamberry Nail Wraps! I can do some nail art like polka dots, stripes using tape, watermarble, etc, but I’d never be able to paint comic strips on my nails. 

Take a look at these…

Awesome, right? Unfortunately this wrap, PopStar, is retired, but it was really popular so maybe something similar will come along.  

At any rate, I put these on Thursday night in order to wear them to church camp over the weekend where our theme was Super Heroes. I thought this was an excellent opportunity to pull out this special wrap. And I wanted to be sure they stayed on. Really well. Because I didn’t need to take a whole lot of supplies to church camp to fix a nail. Because, really? I did have a nail file. I didn’t go totally backwoods. 

So I did a few things differently for the application of these. First, I used a “sticky” base coat – Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu. I had read from other consultants that the Jamberry base coat helped their wraps staying power. I don’t have the Jamberry base coat, but I have plenty of others! My next change up was using the “baseball method” when applying the wrap. You can google plenty of videos of how to do this, but here’s the scoop:

Cut a very skinny notch on either side of the wrap toward the cuticle end, like this (but much skinnier)…


I have domed nails which means they aren’t completely flat from cuticle to tip. They curve there as well as the regular curve from side to side. Because of that, I was always getting bubbles or puckers on the side of some nails. Or I would get puckers along the free edge of the wrap. Both issues cause the wrap to not stay on very well and looking nice. So, using this notch method, you put the wrap on after cutting the notch and press it from the middle bottom (cuticle) up toward the middle free end. Then you press from the middle bottom out to the side, making sure the bottom flap is secured. Then you press from the middle top edge down toward the side notch. The notch helps the wrap to lay flat all around. Here’s an up close pic…
See the little notches at the arrows? There are notches on the other sides, too. And don’t mind the wear on the free edge of these wraps. This is my right hand and as much as I try to avoid using my nails as tools, sometimes I do…like untying knotted shoe laces after a camper’s trip to the pool. Oh, well. 

I’m happy to say that there are no puckers on my wraps! Yay!

The last thing I did differently was to use a glass file to file off the extra wrap instead of the Jamberry file (in the first picture). A glass file is a really fine grit. The Jamberry file is a really course grit. When you use a course grit file, it shreds the end of the wrap and makes it much easier for it to start lifting. With the glass file, it’s much smoother and stays down better. I can already tell I’m going to get a much longer wear time out of these wraps because they’re flush on my nail and smooth on the edge. 

If you’re interested in Jamberry wraps, you can visit my consultant’s site and check them out! What’s your favorite wrap?

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