Wizard of Oz Nail Polish

This is kind of a long post because it involves the four nail polish collection from Julep celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz movie starring Judy Garland — one of my all time favorite movies that I have watched at least once a year since I was a little girl. I even have the soundtrack. That being said it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I purchased the collection as an add-on for $19.99 (but not enough that I would pay the full price of $56) with my April Julep Box and if you follow me on Instagram/Facebook you know I have been playing with them over the last few weeks.

Glinda the Good Witch Frost

I found this pale pink frost nail polish to be thick, hard to control, and streaky. Also for this nail polish to be Glinda I felt there was not a strong enough glitter component. What there is you need a magnifying glass to see.

I'm wearing the Glinda frost nail polish from Julep's Wizard of Oz collection.

Emerald City Creme

This bright emerald nail polish definitely goes on nicer than Glinda. Even one coat gives super coverage! It has a nice shine too. On the downside, even with a base coat it stained my nails. Nothing as bad as some yellows and oranges but there was definitely a green tint left behind.

My nails with Emerald City nail polish from Julep.

Ruby Slippers Glitter

I was expecting Ruby Slippers to be my favorite but on its own it was OK. It applies nicely and I was able to easily manipulate glitter without it getting gooey. This is three coats. The glitter is not super bumpy, maybe a light sand but with a top coat I didn’t notice enough for it to bother me. I want to try it again with a deep navy.

A bright red glitter nail polish from Julep called Ruby Slippers.

Here is the video I posted to Instagram so you can see it in motion:

Tin Man Holographic

This Tin Man nail polish is so awesome both in color and formula. It looks awesome with one coat or two and is my favorite of the Wizard of Oz collection.

My nails wearing the silver nail polish from Julep's Wizard of Oz collection.

Did I mention that this silver is awesome? I have it on right now and it is just the right amount of sparkle and holographic that I’d feel comfortable wearing it anytime.

I am in love with this silver Tin Man nail polish.

This collection should have and could have been so much more than it is. Four colors? Really? What about a Toto Black, Yellow Brick Road, Taupey Lion, or some bright color for the Munchkins? How about A Polish of a Different Color and The Wicked Witch? Seriously, I could go on. I think the collection should have been at a minimum of eight colors.

Playing with the Wizard of Oz

This collection came in a book size case featuring images of Dorothy, the Tin Man, Glinda, and the Emerald City. I think it is nice for gift giving but I’ll probably remove my polishes from it and add them to the rest of my color coordinated collection.

The outside and inside of my boxed set.

Before I even got to applying them on my nails I wanted to test them on my swatch fingers. My plan was to try and get all four colors on in some amazing nail art fashion.

My mini swatches of the Wizard of Oz nail polishes from Julep.

The most obvious and easiest option was to add the Ruby Slippers red glitter to the tips which I thought looked really good with the emerald green and OK with the silver.

Ruby glitter on tips of green and silver.

I decided to use Glinda as my basecoat and applied the Tin Man to the tips — I should have stopped there (Tin Man was excellent for applying to the tips by-the-way). I then decided I would add the red glitter under the tips thickly then thinner going to the cuticle. I definitely should have stopped here!

What I eventually ended up with .

I guess it is not super bad but I definitely didn’t love it.

Same look different lighting and angle.

Then I decided to add my favorite dots along the nail line technique. Well, talk about a helluva mess! This mani did not stay on long and because I didn’t like it is the reason I didn’t start off with it at the beginning of this post. But I wanted to still share it with you anyway. Even though I didn’t like this four color look — the process was fun and painting my nails has a learning curve for what works and what doesn’t. I can’t skip it in the real world so I thought I shouldn’t hide it either.

Silly me thought I should add green dots. Did not like it.

The Wizard of Oz collection is currently on sale for $29.99 but as a Maven member I have seen it as low as $19.99 during the monthly add-ons. The polish were sold separately at one point but I just did a search and that no longer seems to be the case.

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* Purchase The Wizard of Oz Collection from Julep

DIY Nail Strips

You know those expensive nail strips that come in a box with different patterns. Well you can make your own… sort of. Last year I saw a video (shocker!) for DIY nail strips with a water marble look to them and it has always been in the back of my mind to try it. I searched high and low for the original video but couldn’t find it — not sure if she removed it or I imagined it. This week I decided to give it a try based on what I remember.

First off, colors. I chose three from my Julep stock: Lena, an iridescent green; Myrtle, a deep red; and Charlie, a bright yellow.

My three color choices for DIY nail strips.

I took a piece of Saran Wrap and tightened it over a white cereal bowl. On it I painted 10 spots with my base coat (I tried a test without base coat and I couldn’t get them off the Saran). On the dried base coat I put a few drops of each color and swirled them around with a toothpick. I put the bowl aside for a few hours and tested, still not dry enough to peel off. I promptly forgot about them.

A few days later I peeled them off — it wasn’t super easy but once I lifted an edge up it peeled right off. I crumpled up the Saran to save for another nail project. I put the strips aside and forgot about them again for a few more days.

When I finally sat down to use them I was afraid they would be too brittle but I lucked out.

I started by laying out the nail strips in order from thumb to pinky. I applied a basecoat to my nails and because my nail strips were not perfectly engineered I decided to paint one coat of Lena to act as a base color for any show through — I worked one nail at a time by the way.

My nails showing the DIY nail strips process: one with a base coat, one with the color coat, and done with the strip in place.

While Lena green was drying I used nail clippers to shape the strip I was working on to give it a straighter edge and alter sides to look more like a strip.

I applied the strip, base coat side down because it is the smoother side to the tacky nail polish and pressed it into place with a finger on the opposite hand. I then used an orange stick to gently press over it with a little more pressure. And clippers to carefully shape the tip to match my nail edge.

I did each nail in this manner then applied my Julep top coat.

My nails strips completed on one hand and laid out ready for the other hand.

It still didn’t fill in the bumps like I wanted it to so I applied two more coats of my Zoya base coat because it is thin and it was what was handy. A day later I did file the tips to make sure I had a smoother edge and gave them another top coat and sealed the tips.

My designs were pretty random and I probably could have assigned more control over what colors showed up the most but I really created them all willynilly this first try. Here’s a close up of one of my favorites.

A close up of one of my favorite designs.

Overall I didn’t mind the process. I love the marbling of three colors and the fact that it is not as messy as the true water marbling process — but there is something that is so perfect about water marbling that still makes me want to do it. That being said I know I will probably attempt this technique again. The DIY nail strips lasted me for my usual four days before I got bored and peeled them off — I just had some touch up cleaning to do with remover. Not sure what is happening with the middle nail of this photo but there definitely isn’t a chunk missing. The strips were all intact when I removed them except for a small chip on the ring finger.


How about you are you game to try or have you already?

I went looking for the original video again because I really like to show where I get ideas from but still couldn’t find it. But I did find three others you might find helpful if what I have said up above wasn’t enough:

Reese Dixon’s Nail Art Stickers

Reese uses parchment paper which is a great idea. I use parchment paper for baking cookies so I’ll have to remember this the next time I try.

DB DIY Nail Decals

This video shows how to make simple nail art on clear polish and put it over a darker color. Kind of like mini decals.

Julie Ventura Large Nail Strip

A completely different method that makes a large nail strip and pastes in reverse.

I’m confident you will come away with great techniques from each video to get you through the process.

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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* Check out Avon’s nail polish line

Brazil Inspired Nail Polish

When I first saw the twelve colors for OPI’s Brazil Collection I was immediately drawn to Amazon…Amazoff and knew I had to make it mine. When I was ordering I decided I would also give Live Love and Carnaval a try too. Since they are from the same Brazil Inspired Nail Polish collection I decided to use them together — I love when color matching is made easy.

I experimented with two colors from OPI's Brazil inspired nail polish.

Amazon… Amazoff is a deep green blue that is a bit watery and sheer. It definitely needs two coats for good coverage. Maybe even a third, but I stopped at two because I find three of anything tends to chip quicker. I love the color but it is definitely more green than I expected it to be.

Love the green and would totally wear it alone but love it with the orange accent.

Live Love and Carnaval is a thick creme. I found it needed two coats because the first coat did not go on smoothly and streaked. Lovely bright orange-coral. Both nail polishes dried super fast before I even got around to the top coat.

Having fun with OPI's Brazil inspired nail polish collection.

I love this color combination. I am not sure if I would wear the orange by itself because it really is quite bright but with the green I think it is smashing. I would definitely wear the green all on it’s own though. It’s all in personal preference.

I really find it to be more green than blue.

Have you tried any colors from OPI’s Brazil line?

Topic Links
* Check out the other colors at OPI
* Get your OPI Brazil from Amazon

My First Jelly Sandwich

I have been reading about nail polish jelly sandwiches (glitter top coat between two sheer coats of colored polish) for ages but never tried one. When I was testing Sally Hansen’s Jaded nail polish for Influenster I thought it might make a good jelly sandwich so this week I got out a few of my glitter nail polishes to see what I could come up with.

My first attempt at making Jelly Sandwich nails.

It was not until I went digging through my polishes that I realized most of my glitter based polishes are super fine and color based and I only have three somewhat visible ones that are top coat based (four if I include the Copper Penny one but I have been going crazy with that one lately so I left it out).

The glitter on the pointer finger is Essie’s Set in Stones. It is my fave glitter and is like having little mirrors on my nails. Of the three glitters I sandwiched it is probably my favorite because it provided a lot of medium sized glitter for effect. You can’t tell in the image but it does still have a bit of sparkle.

My nails with Essie glitter sandwiched between Julep nail polish.

Next up is Julep’s Oh Canada which has a mixture of small silver glitter and medium red glitter. I wish I had put on two coats of this glitter but it is not a bad result.

My nails with Julep's Oh Canada glitter sandwiched between the jaded nail polish.

This Revlon Celestial FX is brand spanking new. I didn’t like it. Well, not as a sandwich anyway. I can see all the fine glitter if I look really close (but who wants to look that close — you can see it if you look really close and use your imagination too) and the larger pieces were really hard to get out of the bottle. After two days they lifted off my nails a bit and kept catching on things. It’s really pretty in the bottle though!

My nails with Revlon glitter sandwiched between the Jaded nail polish.

Of course I took an Instagram video at the time so you can see the sparkles a little better.

I would like to try the jelly sandwich nails again with this color but I think it would look better with a medium multi-colored glitter with lots of bits.

Have you tried a jelly sandwich? Do you like the effect?

Jaded Nail Polish

Jaded is the second nail polish from my Sally Hansen Influenster Vox box. This light blue-green (I call it Robin’s egg, some people call it mint green) polish looks opaque in the bottle but it is quite sheer and needs to be built up with layers to get a reasonable opacity. Here is my quick Instagram video of it in case you missed it:

Now let’s take a closer look. Here is one coat. It goes on a little streaky but still tolerable. A little too sheer for my liking for one coat of polish.:

My nails with 1 coat of jaded nail polish from Sally Hansen.

Here is two coats. It is still streaky but the opacity is definitely building up. It feels a bit sticky putting the second coat on.:

My nails with 2 coats of Sally Hansen Jaded nail polish.

And here is three coats. I did not get the completely smooth finish that I would like and expected. The color is really pretty though.:

My nails with 3 coats of Sally Hansen Jaded.

I think I prefer the look of three coats the best. For a sheer formula it is ok but I find sheer polishes especially if they have color look unfinished to me. Like the previous bottle, this one dries so fast and has the superb contoured brush that the Complete Salon Manicure is known for.

Sally Hansen’s line of Complete Salon Manicure is available in 49 nail polish colors from most drug stores at prices ranging from 7.99 to 10.99. This line boasts seven benefits in one bottle: base coat (I used a base coat anyway because it is a dark color and I am paranoid), strengthener, growth treatment, color, top coat, chip resistant, and gel shine finish.

Topic Links
* Check out the colors at Sally Hansen
* Check out my Red My Lips Nail Polish from my Sally Hansen Vox Box

“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

Black Green Nail Polish

One of my favorite colors for fall nail polish right now is Deborah Lippmann’s Billionaire. This black green is super dark.

Deborah Lippmann's Billionaire nail polish under artificial lighting.

This is the first time I have tried Deborah Lippmann nail polish and I love it; although on the first coat I was concerned I wouldn’t. I picked up another DL at the same time so I am looking forward to trying that one too.

Another view of artificial lighting over nails.

According to the package this nail polish is made with Aucoumea, Biotin, and Green Tea — O.o.

Darker room with flash.

It also said to use a base coat and a top coat. I wasn’t going to put one on because it had such an awesome sheen without one.

Showing off my dark green nails in natural light.

It took me three coats to get this opaque look which looks black in some light and dark green in other light; like the sunlight below.

What my nails look like in direction sunlight -- more green.

You can still find this polish at DL’s official site, $17; at Amazon for $16 (plus free shipping if you spend $35–like on a book); or at NailPolishCanada for $13.

Topic Links
* Get your black green nail polish from Deborah Lippmann
* Get your Deborah Lippmann Billionaire nail lacquer from Amazon
* Get your black green nail polish from Nail Polish Canada

Savage Teal

One of the fall releases from Avon’s fall nailwear pro+ collection is the Savage teal nail polish. I love this color and it is super shiny if you are not a top coat person. This creme nail polish went on solid with two coats.

A blue green teal from Avon.

This is the third polish from their collection I have used this season and I am quite happy with them. As well as the color, I really liked the consistency, not too thick and not to thin.

Teal nail polish from Avon on my nails.

Have you tried any of the new fall colors from Avon?

Topic Links
* My Racy Red from Avon
* My Tempted and Untamed from Avon
* Check out Avon’s other nailwear pro colors

Turquoise and Caicos

The Turquoise and Caicos was part of Essie’s 2010 resort collection but was repackaged with Set in Stones and an Essie glass nail file. The turquoise nail polish is such a pretty color. I found the polish to be quite watery and required three coats to get an almost opaque look. Had I not been putting on the glitter layer I probably would have went for a fourth coat.

Essie Nail Polish Kit

The glitter… is awesome. It is very reflective, like having little reflective mirrors on my nails. And to top that off there was not a rough or bumpy appearance that some glitters seem to leave. I did not apply a top coat and for the five days I wore it there were no chips.

Turquoise nail polish with a silver sparkle top coat.

As for the mini Essie glass nail file. I did not care for it at all — maybe for an emergency. It is way too rough and does not provide a smooth finish. It feels more like it is pulling on the nail. I will stick with my awesome Quo glass nail file.

The glass nail file Essie included in their Turquoise, Caicos, and Set in Stone polish kit.

Topic Links
* Set in Stones is available from Amazon
* Turquoise and Caicos is available from Amazon

Constant Caribbean

One of my favorite colors this summer came about when I did the Gradient Sunset nail art for the Shoppers Drugmart contest. The last coat applied was Cover Girl’s Constant Caribbean. This rich green hue made the sunset and I was looking forward to trying it on its own.

A bright green iridescent polish from Cover Girl called Constant Caribbean.

I just could not capture how pretty this polish is with a photo so I made a very quick video. Is this beautiful or what?

I am looking forward to mixing this bluey green with other colors in the near future. I wonder how sharp it would be color blocked with black polish? I think it would make a great color come Christmas time too — dab on a few red dots — boom!