Monday, February 25, 2013

Julep Freedom Top Coat Review!

 I know alot of you have been waiting for a review on this product.  I got this in my February Maven box!

The box says: "Be free! Free from chips, free to reach into your purse after a manicure, and free from the painful removal process of gels.  Get a gel-like shine without the hassle of curing lights.  Enjoy a durable, log-lasting manicure made possible by our copypolymer technology."

To use:  Apply a single coat over dry polish; cures in five minutes in natural light.  For longer lasting results, cure under a 60watt bulb for two minutes.  To remove, use regular nail polish remover.

I used one coat.  I really liked the formula, it was nice and thick.  I cured it under my lamp bulb next to my couch for 2-3 minutes.  I really liked how it wore.  It didn't chip, even though I did normal household chores.  

 *before pictures taking in sunlight

At the end of the third day, I was doing alot of dishes and it started to chip pretty bad. 
 Even though it did not last as long as I hear gels do (I have never worn gels, so I can't make a comparison) it did last a bit longer than Seche Vite does for me.

These pictures are from this morning in indoor natural light(morning of day 4).  All in all, I think it is a good product.  I will have to try it again and see how it goes.  Hope I was helpful!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Paisley Nails Tutorial!

There are a butt ton of pictures.  So let's get down to it!  

Polishes used:

Spoiled: Distant Memory
LA Colors: (some unnamed silver sparkle)
LA Colors: Nail art polish in white.

 1: I painted my nails a base color of Spoiled Distant Memory.  Two coats were used here. I also used a top coat of Seche Vite so that it would not smear during my nail art.

2: Take either a nail art brush, a toothpick, or a nail art pen...

3: Make a swoop on the bottom of your nail.  Think half a tear drop.

4: Then make a center to the half a teardrop you just made.

5: Next make another half a tear drop.

6: Make another half of a teardrop, and on the bottom bring to curve one way.

 7: Make a center for this tear drop.

8: Take a dotting tool (or use a toothpick if you don't have one)

9:  Make TINY TINY dots in the space between the center of your crooked teardrop, and the outline.  The tinier your dots, the daintier your paisley will look.

10: Do the same thing in the bottom half of a teardrop

11:  I thought it looked boring so I decided to add some sparkle!

12: I dabbed some sparkle in the centers, and on the outsides of the designs.

Top coat and you're COMPLETE!  Let me know what you think!

xoxo Emily

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

China Glaze Angel Kisses Over Zoya Tallulah

I love this polish!  I picked it up the other day from Sally's and it was on clearance.  I didn't realize that it was a holographic when I was in the store!  SO gorgeous.  I used Zoya Tallulah for undies.  Enjoy!

Monday, February 11, 2013


It's finally here!

All you lovely ladies (and a few gents) have been amazing!  

First prize will win any 2 polishes from Whimsical Ideas by Pam!  Feel free to click that link and browse her polishes.  They are gorgeous!

 photo used with permission from Jen Carter at

Second prize is a bottle of Pure Ice: Not Now!

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