Friday, March 30, 2012

Julep "Brooke" Swatch + Review

three coats, natural light 
I got this color courtesy of Julep in my March It Girl Maven Box. I think this color is stunning. It is a top coat and I think it would be almost impossible to get a completely opaque coat with this polish. I tried to take pictures that captured how truly beautiful this color is in person. If you look at the polish in the bottle, I think it can give you a better idea of what the color looks like.
I was a bit sceptical of this polish because I really disliked Sofia--a shimmery, green top coat. Sofia was thick and goopy. It dried with a matte finished and didn't very apply evenly. I was apprehensive but this polish impressed me. I think that this is my favorite Julep color for spring or summer. It adds a subtle twinkle to any nail polish. I know the photo above is a little out of focus but I was finding it difficult to take a picture that captured the shimmer and sparkle. Also, in case you are worried about difficult removal--I found that it was relatively easy to remove. For a shimmer polish. Sigh. It is so pretty. I can't say that enough.

FTC: This product was sent to me for review

Friday, March 23, 2012

Julep "Catherine" Swatch + Review

two coats, natural light
This was my first time ever wearing a Julep polish and I have to say that I'm impressed. In my opinion this is a fantastic, winter red. The consistency was great. Not gloopy or hard to work with. The only problem I had with this polish was because the brush is so long [it is very similar to a lip gloss wand] the polish would run down the stem of the brush and make it difficult to paint my nails. It was a bit of a hassle but I just had to take the time to wipe off and carefully wipe off any and all excess polish on the brush. After I did that I didn't have any problems. I received this polish in my December Julep Maven box but due the insanity that was my winter quarter, I'm only now getting around to posting about it. But it was a great winter/fall red. Alongside the ranks of OPI's Bogatta Blackberry. Now that it is spring, I find myself no reaching for it as often but it will still be there in my collection once the weather begins to cool.
One thing I must say, I adore Julep packaging. I think it is timeless and classic. But I do hate that it comes with so much less product than an OPI or Essie polish but it is more expensive. I sometimes find it hard to justify buying Julep polishes. They are definitely a splurge.
Here's a closer look at the color of the polish. I have no complaints about this polish at all. It has a glossy finish and even my father--who hates nail polish--complimented this color. And that's saying a lot. Currently Julep is available online but I have heard rumors that it will soon be available in Sephora. I'm going to cross my fingers. I mentioned the Julep Maven program earlier in this post. If you are more curious about that I've done a more in depth blog about that here. Also, here is a link to purchase Catherine on the Julep site.
Have you ever tried any Julep products? Please tell me about your experience below!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Elle Fanning's Street Style

Elle Fanning in Beverly Hills wearing multiple toned shoes, tattered light-wash jeans, a boxy mustard top, structured messenger bag, and oversized sunglasses [left].

Elle Fanning in West Hollywood wearing a blue sweater layered over a white collared tee, a high-waisted white shorts, a neon pink messenger bag, and multiple toned shoes [right].

 Elle Fanning at LAX wearing an oversized white cardigan, a floral printed top and matching shorts, brown oversized glasses, light brown messenger bag, and nude shoes [left].
Elle Fanning in New York City wearing a button down denim top, khaki trousers, dark brown ankle booties, and a two toned messenger bag [right].
What do you think of Elle's street style? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you.
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