Visions of Love

Julep’s Love is described as a gold, pearl & fuchsia micro-glitter. It came in my February Maven box and I believe it was a “gift” for Valentine’s but am not sure. I took it with me as a back up nail polish when I went back home for a week. I ended up using it towards the end of the week. For some reason I only took one image of it and it was on my phone in the hotel. This is just one coat and I was happy with that.

My nails with one coat of Julep's special edition Love microglitter.

But I did make a few videos for Instagram. Go figure. The first looks like I’m still in the hotel:

And the second I’m playing with the sparkles under fridge water lighting. S.P.A.R.K.L.Y… I noticed I could see a lot more gold and glitter than I could with the previous one.

One coat goes on really nice and at first I thought I was really in love with the color and sparkle because it is so pretty but it has an overall gold sheen to it that I think is too much gold for my skin tone.

Mint Tea and Saffron

When I took the box of duo Mark Nailed It Trend mini nail lacquers from Avon out of my to-do nail box I was kind of at a loss as to why I picked these colors. They are not exactly me-colors. But I bought them and decided to give them a go.

First up is the Mint Tea. It went on nicely enough but I could see the brush strokes. But overall a nice almost watercolor green with sparkle added.

Testing out Avon's Mint Tea nail polish.

After conversing with some Facebook friends I decided this green needed some gold sponged (cosmetic wedge) on tips and since the sister shade was a yellow gold I decided to use it.

I'm wearing Avon's Mint Tea nail polish with Saffron sponged on the tips.

I need more practice sponging. I was going for a gradient but as you can see didn’t quite make it. And I think I needed a stronger gold. It was not a bad look but the color just didn’t feel right on me. I haven’t tried the saffron as a straight polish but I would like to sponge it on some black or a bright green to see what it is like.

Mint Tea and Saffron nail polish from Avon.

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Playing with Crackle

In the early fall I bought a bunch of Avon nail polishes including these two. At the time I bought them I had not planned to put them together when I pulled them out of the box last week it seemed like a good plan. Meh.

By itself the Suddenly Sunny Speed Dry goes on streaky. Even with a few coats it wasn’t very even. I then thought it was good choice for layering under something. It does dry super fast by the way.

Two coats of Avon's Suddenly Sunny on my nails.

The Mosaic Effects top coat is amazing says the geek in me. It is so cool to watch the cracks get bigger. And I love the color, Plum Illusion — it has a lot of fine sparkle. It’s a nice formula but I couldn’t play with it as the top layer dries pretty fast as it begins to crack. Even with the sparkle I find it a bit dull and think a top coat is required (shown with top coat).

Followed by one top coat of Avon's Mosaic Effects in plum illusion.

I’ve decided I am not much of a yellow person at least when it comes to nail polish colors. I’m definitely a purple fan though. I am also not a fan of the yellow/purple combination.

I really wanted to try the Mosaic Effects plum with another color so I swirled some blue (L’Oreal Not a Cloud in Sight) and gold shimmer (L’Oreal’s Because You’re Worth It) around (dry marble technique) then tried the cracking top coat. While the marbling of the blue and gold worked out nicely I am disappointed it didn’t show through as great as I thought it would through the cracked plum.

I experimented by swirling blue and gold shimmer together for my base under the purple crackle.

It is nice enough but I was just hoping the gold would have been more visible. Oh well, it was good practice. I did notice the second time around that the Mosaic formula is not as nice as when I first opened it — it has thickened up and become a bit goupy.

My final results with the purple crack over the blue and gold nail polish.

Have you tried any crack formulas?

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Butter London Champers

One of the polishes in my Nail Polish Canada purchase was a bottle of Butter London Champers (from their Summer Bespoke Collection). I have wanted to try Butter London for years and was very excited about getting it. The gorgeous color is described by Butter as “opaque rose gold shimmer”.

My First Attempt

Unfortunately this is one of the worst polishes I have tried so far. The polish went on well enough with two coats for a mostly opaque look — I probably could have gone with three. I took my pictures, one under artificial light and one under natural light. I find you can see the hint of rose more in natural light than artificial.

Rose gold nail polish from Butter London -- artificial light.

Like a say really pretty color. When I woke up the next morning there were a bunch of weird bumps in the polish. Now I now you are not supposed to shake nail polish so I didn’t, just to be clear on that. I rolled it in my hands, barely, because it is an awkward shape. The bubbles are small and you can barely see them in any of my pictures unless you are looking for them.

Rose gold nail polish from Butter London -- natural light.

My Second Attempt

But I thought, well maybe this is a sensitive formulation so I thought I will give it a good shake and let it settle for a few days. Giving it a tap when I remember to disperse any bubbles and then give it a try. It reacted exactly the same way.

Arrows pointing to the bubbles in the nail polish.

They are not huge bubbles but still not a smooth finish. To top it off the nail tips chipped the next day too. For a $17 nail polish this is incredibly disappointing.

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