Cancelled My Julep Maven

This passed weekend, after using up all my Julep points I decided to cancel my Julep account. Over the last year and a bit I’ve enjoyed the customer service and the product but I am just tired of being locked in. Even with the option to skip a month, sometimes I would not be on computer for days at time, it was just not making me happy.

My last Julep order with all my Maven points used up.

I have a lot of their nail polish and will continue to share my favorite colors that I haven’t shared already, and there are a lot! It just felt like it was time to move on. There are so many brands out there to try.

Now if a nail polish beauty box came out with a selection from across the board, I’d snap that one up. I’m fickle with my polish like I am with my beauty products which is why I like beauty boxes so much.

Anyway, I called on Saturday, because you have to call to cancel your account (this is incredibly irritating by the way). I was expecting a hard “Don’t Leave” sales pitch but the woman I talked too was polite, took my email, confirmed my name and said I would get an email in a few minutes confirming. Cool. As of Monday afternoon I still hadn’t received my email so I gave them a quick call a few minutes ago and another nice woman confirmed that indeed my cancelation was in the system but the confirmation emails go out in batches and I would probably get one later tonight. If I had a problem I should call back but I needn’t worry.

Overall, I have had a great experience with Julep, I have gifted it to people I love on numerous occasions, and if ever I had a problem they were quick to fix and provide me with a token of appreciation for the trouble. Even though I am leaving, I would totally recommend them if you are a fan of nail polish or want to build up your color collection quickly.

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From Rounded to Square Nails

I’ve decided to try this square nail tips thing again. As you can see from a recent video they were getting quite long by my standards — accurate typing was becoming difficult and a week bit frustrating.

I find it easier and more productive to keep my nails rounded. I’m also less likely to scratch out an eyeball.

My nails with rounded tips

Anyway, I decided it was time to trim all the nails and since I was trimming and I was still using the Duri nail strengthener I thought I would try going square again. In the past the corners would break off within a few days and I’d end up trimming them short and going round again out of frustration.

My nails with square tips.

So far so good. It’s been just about a week maybe a bit longer and the corners are hanging in there. Not sure how much longer because I’ve started wrecking my kitchen (dismantling cupboards, sanding, painting).

How do you like your tips, rounded or square?

Summer Nail Polish Collections

Seasonal nail polish collections always get me excited. There are so many swatch bloggers out there I feel like I can never see them all but there are a few I especially enjoy on a regular basis.

Check out these Summer Nail Polish Collection:

* The Polishaholic reviewed and swatched the I Love Polish summer collection. There are so many pretty polishes but I have to say my absolute favorite is the Masquerade (pink/gold/green multichrome).
* Peach Polish featured KB Shimmer’s summer collection. There are so many options with solids or glitter but I think my favorite is the Sea You Around which “has an emerald green jewel-toned crelly base” — so pretty.
* Beauty Crazed shared Quo by Orly’s summer collection (I love how short her nails are!). My absolute fave is Infused.
* The Happy Sloths shared Essie’s summer collection. Sooooo many wants! I love the “Intense Cocoa Mahogany”, “Unstoppable, Bold Orange”, “Compelling Cobalt Aqua”, and “Unforgettable Hot Guava”.
* Jary Nails shared the She nail summer collection which is quite electric all around. My fave would have to be the Blue Water.
* Polly Polish talks about Barry M’s summer mattes. I love the two blues best, Malibu and Cancun.
* Love for Lacquer shared Butter London’s Lolly Brights collection. Seriously, could that purple shimmer be more awesome?
* Glitter Gloss and Garbage worked with Zoya’s Tickled and Bubbly collections. So many options! From the Bubbly collection I love the Muse “mermaid blue” and from the Tickled that Kitridge “bubblegum pink” is tops for me.

See? What did I tell you, so many¬†polishes so little time! I could go on and on but that’s enough sharing for tonight.

What do you have your eye on for this summer?

What I Have Learned About Nails

We all learn things about our nails with the passage of time but sometimes we forget the basics for whatever reason — drink, forgetfulness, excitement… who knows. With this in mind I decided to make a list of what I have learned about my nails over the years. These are not in any particular order.

  • Two coats dry better than three or four (and also better than one really thick coat) so I like to apply two coats of color (the first one thin and the second one a little thicker) then apply the top coat the next day depending on which top coat I am using.
  • A little nail/cuticle conditioner is better than no conditioner but daily conditioner works wonders.
  • Taking a break between manicures to give nails an allover conditioning keeps them looking healthier for when you want to go bare or almost bare.
  • Buffers are evil. Sure they are great for reducing ridges and adding a bit of sheen to your nail beds but in the end all they do is weaken the nail so when the buffed part grows into the tip area it either splits like shale rock or breaks all together. Only use if absolutely necessary but preferably not at all.
  • Don’t yank on a hang nail, it will always end badly. Or at least 99% of the time. You may get away with pulling on one but the next one won’t go the way you want it to. Wait and clip with the proper tools. Here is a visual reminder:

A hang nail I just couldn't resist yanking on.

  • When doing manicures the more light the better. I find the more light I have to work with the less likely I am to get polish all over my cuticles. The same holds true for working on the cuticles. If I can actually see them them clearly I am less like to over maintain them.
  • If cuticles need to be pushed back then it works better and there is less damage if I just had a shower.
  • My nails / cuticles are not going to look like the other bloggers. It is impossible. But for someone who washers their hands 25+ times a day and uses her nails as tools — well, they look pretty darn good.
  • I don’t paint my nails to make them look better than someone else’s. I paint them because I think it is fun.
  • Some days my nails / cuticles will look better than other days.
  • There will always be someone who thinks your nails / cuticles look like crap. But there will always be others who think they look awesome. (Focus on the positive juice, not negative snit!)

It’s a simple list but I plan to continue to add to it as the light bulbs go on. Do you have anything you have learned about your nails recently?

A Year of Manis In Review

It is hard to believe we are drawing to the end of the year already. I had fun experimenting with different colors, brands, textures, and tools. I’ve learned a lot about my nails, polish, nail art and the wonderful world of nail-polish-a-holics of which I consider myself one — and so does my husband who just rolled his eyes at me when I bought three new bottles of today.

One year means a lot of manicures and thanks to the Flipagram app I am able to share with you in less than 15 seconds almost all of my manis for this year. Don’t blink you might miss one.

I am excited to start a whole new year of my polish addiction. How about you?

Holiday Cube from Elf

If you are looking for a gift for the nail addict in your life, Elf Cosmetics has a holiday cube with 14 nail polishes. The main summer color box is out of stock but the other three palettes are still available. And it is on sale for $10. I have tried a few of Elf’s polishes and was surprised by how long they lasted — back in the days when I wore polish for more than 3 or 4 days — and they have lovely colors.

The cute nail polish cube from ELF Cosmetics.

Seriously though, 14 shades of polish for $10!

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* Get your colorful nail polish cube from ELF Cosmetics

New Haul

I have not even finished wearing all the shades from my last Nail Polish Canada haul and here I am with a new one. I couldn’t resist the free shipping and some of the colors on my wish list. And Nubar was 20% off although I only got one bottle of that. Anyway, here’s a look at my stash that arrived a few days later with a lollipop.

From left to right:

  • Models Own Valerian (deep blue sparkle)
  • Zoya’s Hunter green (was on my wish list)
  • Orly’s Angel Rain
  • Zoya’s Pixie Dust in Carter
  • Nubar’s Torrid Red

My Zoya and Orly nail polish haul from NPC.

From left to right:

  • O.P.I.’s Kiss Me at Midnight
  • O.P.I.’s Peace & Love & OPI
  • O.P.I. Sleigh Ride for Two
  • And the “treat” I mentioned

My OPI haul from NPC.

Again, I am really please with the quick and safe delivery.

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Nail Polish Canada

I had my first visit to Nail Polish Canada on Monday and I went a bit crazy with a little Zoya, Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, and OPI. I could not turn away from the free shipping.

Within minutes of placing my order I received an email confirmation that the order was received. On Tuesday another email came letting me know my package was on its way. And on Wednesday it arrived. Now that is fast shipping. The package was delivered by Canada post and was expected to take 2 to 7 days. I had checked the online e-tracker number when I received the shipped email and it said it would be delivered today but I didn’t really believe it.

So what exactly did I order?

  • Billionaire by Deborah Lippmann, $13.00
  • My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours! by OPI, $8.95
  • Champers by Butter London, $17.00
  • Tinsley by Zoya, $8.75
  • Since I Fell For You by Deborah Lippmann, $11.00

My polish picks from Nail Polish Canada

It adds up fast doesn’t it? I hymned and hawed about paying $17 for Butter London nail polish then I remembered I paid $22 for the Blue Iris by Jin Soon because “I had to have it”. I’ve always wanted to try Butter and this was the chance.

I am excited to try these new colors. Stay tuned!

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