She had another one of them both and was looking for someone to trade with. I happily jumped in on that opportunity because Helena was a color I had my eye on for a little while now and I am sending her some Barry M‘s in return.
Julep isn’t a company I’ve had any experience with before and to be honest I wasn’t very interested in at all because for us Dutch people it is quite hard to come by and the polishes are quite pricey… that was until I saw fair Helena. It was love at first sight for me and I just had to have her. You see, I have a thing for very saturated colors lately, you know the kind; those colors that just scream summertime. It must be the cold weather because only a little while ago I was more into muted tones.
Now on to more information about this polish. This is what is said about it on Julep’s own page:
Ultra-saturated fuchsia. Looks great on all skin tones. A favorite of Seattle Magazine’s beauty editors. Professional quality “4-free” nail polish formulation, developed without carcinogens such as formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin, toluene and DBP. Shine on! $1 will be donated to organizations that support women through our Powered by Girlfriends program.
Well they’re certainly not lying there, this color does seem to look great on all skin tones! I’ve been Googling swatches before I decided I really wanted this and it seriously just delivers every single time on every skin tone.
Helena is a fuchsia, so it’s not pink and it’s not purple but stuck somewhere in between. And I’ve got to tell you the coverage is fabulous due to the heavy pigmentation. Is it worth the $14 though? I am honestly not sure. I haven’t worn this for more than two days (without any tipwear or chipping so that’s good) but is it worth the $14 they ask for it on the site? I haven’t quite decided yet… Let me show you the other polishes I have in my collection that could be a good dupe of it, first I will show you the polishes in the bottle:
- Sinful Colors – Dream On = 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz – $2 to $4
- Julep – Helena = 8 ml/.27 fl oz – $14
- O.P.I. – Don’t know… Beets me! = 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz - $7 to $12.
- O.P.I. – Dim Sum Plum = 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz – $7 to $12.
Dream on by Sinful Colors, the cheapest one of the four polishes pictured here and is the one that, to me, looks the most like Helena. Not just in color but also in texture after application.
It’s hard to capture the colors right by the way, especially when you are wearing it on your fingernails as you can see on the picture here on the right. But hey at least I gave it a shot right?
I believe Dream on has a hint more blue to it and doesn’t apply as evenly. The manicure you see here by the way has two layers of each polish over a basecoat. I did not apply a topcoat just so you can see how glossy the O.P.I. polishes are on their own while Helena and Dream on both dry to a semi matte that reminds me of the rubberized finish the recent Illamasqua Theater of the Nameless polishes have.
Now, my points for Helena. All in all I give this polish the following rating:
– For staying power so far, I can’t say much of it yet of course but so far, so really good!
- For color, it’s just a fabulous bright, intense eye catching color, I love it!
- For coverage, one layer is enough to be opaque but I used two for a bit more depth in the color.
- For price, $14 dollars is a LOT of money compared to Sinful Colors’ near dupe of $2!
- For amount. I would have loved to have more. It is only 8 ml/.27 fl oz compared to Sinful Colors’ 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz
So a couple of good scores but a few bad ones as well I’m afraid… But that doesn’t change the way I feel about this color at all, I am very very smitten still, it’s a stunning almost unique color and I am very certain that a lot of people feel the same way after applying it or even seeing it in the bottle.
And now a quickie about the Julep Fast Dry Topcoat that beautiful Helena came with it. I do like it for doing its job, it dries quickly as the name implies but man it smells! Never have I smelled anything like it before and I wonder what it is that is actually causing this. The description on their site is as follows:
Formulated to provide a glossy finish that prevents yellowing and protects nail color with fast-drying shine. For best results, use with Julep Basecoat or Julep Nail Therapy and Julep Nail Vernis. Professional quality “4-free” nail polish formulation, developed without carcinogens such as formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin, toluene and DBP. Shine on! $1 will be donated to organizations that support women through our Powered by Girlfriends program.
I wondered at first that because the polish is “4 free” it would have that smell, but Helena smells perfectly fine so it might be the component that prevents the polish from yellowing or makes it dry faster than regular polish. Well, I don’t know what it is but I know that I really don’t like it and I switched over to my ever loyal Seche Vite to finish the job. Yes, Seche Vite smells strongly too but the scent is familiar and gone again pretty quickly so it’s easy to handle I guess…
Okay, on to the ratings for the topcoat:
– For staying power. It dries quickly too as promised.
- For color, it’s a topcoat, no color.
- For coverage, it applies quickly and easily.
- For price, $14 dollars is a LOT of money compared to other topcoats. Seche Vite sells for $5.40 on Amazon and that contains 14ml/.5 fl oz, so yeah…
- For amount. Again, it is only 8 ml/.27 fl oz
Now what do you think of this brand, have you tried the Julep brand before or is the availability and quite possibly the price holding you back? And do you have anything like this color and love it as much as I do?
This is my current festive manicure, what do you ladies (and possible gentlemen) think of it?
It’s a layer of Sally Hansen’s Triple Strong as a base. Over that I have OPI’s An Affair in Red Square with a little layer of Beyu’s 209 over it for some extra depth. I’ve stamped an all over image with white Konad stamping polish on top of it for some holiday cheer. It’s an image from the BIG SdP K plate. One of the many Dashica Beauty Shop plates that I have. Over that I’ve dabbed some foil glue in the spots where I wanted my rhinestones to be and after putting those on I’ve used Seche Vite topcoat to seal it all. If you have not tried Seche Vite I seriously urge you to try it. It is the best topcoat I’ve tried. It dries gorgeously shiny and fast. And it keeps my manicure going for at least a week if applied correctly.
What do you think? I rarely wear red on my nails so it takes some getting used to for me and I might just switch when it’s Christmas, to something else and more sophisticated like Chanel Graphite. But for now it’s certainly helping me get in the holiday spirit!
Are you wearing any special holiday manicures this year?
Dutch cosmetics brand TEEEZ has recently come out with a wonderful new collection called Boudoir Secrets. And I just have to tell you about it
because not only is this new collection is decorated with a gorgeous print that has gems and cameo jewelry ll over the packaging of the 4 different products. But it also a reminder of the abundance 18th century queen of France Marie Antoinette must have lived in, a rebellious diva who had a passion for the pleasures in life. I love that, the opulence of that time and the sultry style of this collection make a gorgeous combination that I just have to share with you all.
The Boudoir Secrets collection consists of a Bold Eyeliner Pencil, French Kiss Lip Gelée, Boudoir Mascara and of course Couture Nail Lacquer. Renewed formulas, seductive colors and unique packaging make this collection to a serious must have for a sensual and elegant look this holiday season.
Now I wouldn’t have a nail blog if I didn’t want to share the lovely set of 8 new polish colors with you. This set of nail lacquers has 4 rich colors and 4 lovely more muted pastels as you can see on the picture below:
The Couture Nail Lacquers one by one:
- First in the set is Femme Fatale 09, which seems to be a re-release that first was a bit more red but has now morphed into a creamy pink color.
- After that we have Smooth 08 which is not to be confused with the holo lacquer they have called Smooth 01! This seems to be a pink colored cream.
- Outta control 07 is my favorite color of them all, and I’m sure you can guess why, yep it’s a lovely violet cream.
- Icy 02 is a semi transparent lacquer with ultra fine pearl particles. It makes the surface of your nails very smooth, leaving a soft layer like Gel Nails, for an elegant finish.
- Rebel 12 is a gorgeous coral that is sure to look beautiful on your nails during these cool winter days where you need a bit of warmth in your color palette.
- Gutsy 05 can only be described as a rich salmon pink cream that is just a bit darker than a nude but certainly looks to be a nice neutral color to wear.
- Cool 04 is a very soft light baby blue, a color that not everyone can rock but if you can I’m sure it will quickly become one of your favorites.
- And last but not least Free 06, a nice khaki color that is right in between an army green and a grey.
All of these powerful pastels have been directly translated from the latest catwalk trends. And with this new collection Teeez is also introducing an unique formulation: the lacquers leave a thick but smooth layer on the nails, which almost like a Gel Nail effect. They apply thick but are said to be quick drying and will last up to 5 days without chipping! I will of course test this out as soon as I get my hands on one of these.
The polishes are Big 3 Free (free from hazardous ingredients dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde) by they way and have a thick flat brush.
Another wonderful bit of info is that they are fragrance free: therefore suitable for people with a sensitive skin. And one last bit of info but to me one of the most important things is that they have not been tested on animals.
If you want to find out more about this particular brand just visit their website at http://www.teeez.eu, you can also use the site look up if there’s a store that sells Teeez near you!
Are you interested in this new collection or will you be skipping this one? If so, why?
Today I kind of have a little mixed media project on my nails because I’ve used several things to get to this flashy end result.
I started it all off by using a nice base coat and covered that with a silver polish by Barry M as a color base. I used a silver polish as a base because I intend to use a silver nailart foil. And the foil doesn’t always stick to the glue right you might get some bald spots. So this is just to make sure you cover your nails completely.
After that had dried I applied special foil glue and added a layer of silver foil that I’ve ordered from Dollarnailart ages ago.
Nailfoils are nothing like the nail stickers that Sally Hanson or all the other brands currently are selling. Foils are sold in a long rolled up strip that you can cut sections off of. You then rub those sections onto your nail after putting on a special glue. This glue dries clear and tacky and it helps the foil adhere to the nail. Once you’re certain the foil has attached to the glue you very gently pull it off. So what is left on your nail is a very very thin layer of color that has come off the actual foil that is now clear. The layer is so thin that it will get scraped off easily, this and the glue react strongly to certain topcoats so you need to be careful with that as well.
Just so the foil doesn’t crinkle I coated the silver nails royally with a waterbased topcoat by Piggy Polish, and by royally I mean at least three layers. After that had dried I stamped it with my black Konad stamping polish and Konad plate m57 topping it off with a regular topcoat.
Here’s the end result:
They are a bit hard to photograph because of how reflective they are, but they are so much fun to wear that I just had to give it a shot and take a picture for you all.
Have you ladies tried foils before? If yes, did you like it? If no, would you in the future?
Today, the 21st of September, is World Alzheimers Day and the color for that is purple. I’ve worked with people who suffer from this disease for quite a few years and so I couldn’t let this day pass by without doing something to honor the people I’ve met when I still worked as an Occupational Therapist. Of course the color of choice was purple, but what else could I do to make this manicure just a bit more special?
I’d like to show you this very subdued tape manicure. Even though I’ve used a holograpic color that normally pops, it only attracts attention in full sunlight now because it matches the basecolor so well.
And because I chose not to outline the holographic ‘shards’ as I like to call them it’s not as intense as my usual manicures. I’ve picked this technique because the memories of an Alzheimer patient shatter over time and I found a crackle polish just a bit too obvious for this quiet statement manicure.
The polishes I used are:
- Not your hum drum plum by Diamond Cosmetics bought at Boozyshop.nl
- 506 by Ozotic Holographic, bought at piCture pOlish
If you’d like me to do a tutorial on tape manicures or anything else, just let me know! I’ll see what I can do *winks*
How about you? Have you ladies painted your nails purple today? And have you ever tried a tape manicure before?
How exciting! I just won a color changing nailpolish by Blaze Nail Lacquer because I helped name it!
It all started with a little tweet:
I didn’t give it much thought because I wasn’t very inspired, but suddenly someone came up with the name for the blue part of it – “Blue by you.” Then it hit me – the purple should be “Pining purple” I tweeted that and BAM I had won! My very first time naming a nailpolish all through the help of twitter, isn’t social media just fabulous?
Now would you like to see what I won? Here it is in all its color changing glory!
I am having it shipped to my best friend Angel in the USA – who you might remember from this post a little while ago, as I am in the Netherlands and it would cause a bit of a problem for the company as they don’t ship here directly. So it might take a while for it to get here, but when it does I’ll tell you all about it!
By the way, if you are as intrigued by Blaze Nail Lacquer as I am, take a look at their site. They have many stunning colors and I’m sure you’ll find something you like.
Have you won anything on twitter before? If yes, I’d love to hear your story!
Nails Inc is introducing their limited edition glossy shades inspired by the catwalk this fall. Warm tobacco shades were spotted everywhere and red was also a runaway stand out for the season. They loved the bold, bright red shades that they spied at Prada along with the romantic red and russet colors at Gucci so much that they introduced the colors in their new limited edition collection.
This collection includes the most amazing pure red and a deeper red brown shade covering all angles of the trend.
The 4 shades are named after famous London Stations.
Charing Cross – Brilliant pure red gloss
Paddington – Deep khaki grey
St Pancras – Deep chestnut
Fenchurch Street – Russet creme
What do you think of these? I’ve got to say I’m not a really red nail person but Charing Cross is quite pretty! I also like the Deep Chestnut color.
One of the hottest colors of fashion this fall is blue. Yves Saint Laurent already has shown us this with a few pretty blues in their nail polishes and so has Dior. Now Chanel is introducing Les Jeans de Chanel. There are three colors to this mini collection designed by the Creative Director of the Chanel Make-up division, Peter Philips. He designed these three Jeans inspired colors specifically for Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out, that is taking place the second Thursday of September to kick off this years New York Fashion week.
- Blue Rebel - This is the darkest of the three, it’s a beautiful royal blue. And by the looks of it, my favorite out of the three. To me it looks a little bit like a slightly darker version of Rebel Debutante by Color Club. But only swatches will, of course, tell if this is really the case.
- Coco Blue - This reminds me of a previous release by Chanel called Nouvelle Vague, though I believe that one had a hint of a teal tone to it. This one is more of a baby blue or a clear sky blue. In my eyes it’s a wonderful color for everyone who wishes to continue the summer trend of wearing pale nail colors deep into the winter.
- Blue boy - Clearly a color that sits between the two. It’s not as dark and rich as blue rebel, but certainly not as light as coco blue. I personally think it’s the least exciting color of this trio.
The shades are to be released September 8th – the same day as the presentation at fashion week – and will be available at your local Chanel counter in the United States. There’s no information about these colors hitting the international counters but I am certain you will be able to at least try and score these at the Chanel website. In fact; you can already join the waitinglist for them right here.
These colors will only be available until the end of the month. That is a VERY limited time for a collection so if you want to one one or quite possibly all three of these run, don’t walk to your local Chanel dealer before they run out!
Today I have a little exciting news snippet for all the nail art stamping lovers out there!
Earlier today I found out via Twitter that Konad is releasing two new M series image plates; by the end of September. A little quick Google search led me to these product pictures of image plates M84 & M85:
What do you think? Are you planning to get one of these?
“Copycoats is a sensory experience like never before. Once dry, indulge yourself in six fabulously scented topcoats, each filled with a nice fragrance.“
They sound quite nice don’t they? This way you’ll get the Revlon scented nail polish effect without having the color dominate which scent you’re going to pick! I love it!
No release date yet, only that they will be out this year. And sadly I haven’t been able to find any description of the scents used either. Hopefully more information will be out soon.
What do you think of these? I personally would love to have them!
I come bringing you exciting news; MAC is releasing yet another great collection this fall called Posh Paradise.
There are some fantastic make up items in this release such as pearlized paint pots and ten beautiful semi matte lipsticks. However, since this blog is all about nails and handcare I would like to focus on the two nail laquers.
As there are some amazing jewel tones and metal hues to this collection, it didn’t come as a big surprise that the two laquers represent this colorscheme perfectly.
Immortal Gold is described as a beautiful Pale frosty Gold that, sadly, in the product picture comes across as almost a mustard yellow. We may have to keep our fingers crossed for that one as color is not always perceived the same way by others. And I’d much rather own a nice frosty gold than a bright yellow one.
Now, I personally won’t be buying either of the colors. Don’t get me wrong on this one. I love a nice purple and especially one with a blue tone to it, but this polish sadly isn’t for me, it reminds me too much of a dark navy blue shimmer instead of the promised purple one in the pictures. I have plenty of those in my stash already. If you are one to follow fashion trends, then you should definitely check this color out as navy is HOT this fall.
And the yellow one? Well let’s just say it doesn’t look too fabulous with my skin-tone. I’m way too pale to rock a color like that. If it is a frosty gold like they promise then I might reconsider, but the way it looks on the picture right now – it’s not for me.
The Nail Laquers will be out September 15th in North America and internationally in October. They will retail at $15.00 in the United States.
What do you think of these two pretties? Are they something you’d buy? Or are you an avid MAC Laquer collector and will you be picking these up for your collection regardless?