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Crumpet’s Tarts 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge – Week 1

So I’ve entered into my first nail challenge and I’m glad to be doing it under the guiding eye of Debbie Crumpet.  All of the ladies in this challenge are SO inspiring so I really have to step up my game to hang with this crew. The challenge is actually in its second week so I have a little catching up to do.  Here’s what I managed to do last night with Karbach Hopadillo IPA as my creative catalyst.

This week’s prompts were teal and 2-color gradient.  I wanted to do a different take on a gradient so I did a jelly dot gradient using Zoya Frieda – a teal jelly that I’ve had around a while but never used – and Zoya Purity for the dots.  I threw in some Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope for some holo water sparkle.  I’m really pleased with how this turned out!

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My First Water Marble

So here it is, in all its inconsistent pattern glory.  I watched a bunch of tutorials and boy do they make it look eaaaaaasy.  It was a lot of fun but I’m definitely not going to be on pro level for a long while.  I’m definitely going to try this some more.  I used OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Fly, and Get Cherried Away

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I’ll tell you no lies

Time for a Q&A post! Have any burning nail polish or nail care questions?? Just ask away down there in the comments section! I’ll be compiling questions here and over at my facebook page for an upcoming blog post. Even if I only get 3 questions, I’ll still be doing the post so don’t worry! All questions will be answered – even if the answer is “I have no idea.”

One question I can answer – yes, water marbling is tough, but fun! Here’s me playing with the new macro lens for my iPhone.

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I’ll share the glorious inconsistencies in a different post.

Don’t forget to follow on twitter and instagram. I’ll be posting some macro bottle shots from Hit Polish later!

Black Sheep Fall Collection Preview Plus One

As I mentioned yesterday, I love Black Sheep Lacquer.  Erin makes such fun, high quality polishes and is a pretty danged nice lady to boot. I have a couple of polishes from her upcoming fall collection that I received in my monthly subscription and one of my personal favorite polishes.  These were all paid for with my hard earned money so I have no obligation to be overly nice – but I can’t help it!  I love her polishes!!

First up is Smooth Criminal.  This polish will be available when she releases her Fall collection, which is available for preorder on her site now. It’s priced at $50 for full size (14mL) and $25 for minis.  Considering that there are EIGHT polishes in the collection – IT IS A STEAL. Smooth Criminal falls (har har) between royal and navy with an outstanding shimmer that’s meant to emulate the color of Michael Jackson’s tie in the “Smooth Criminal” video. I only know this because Mr. Tipsy is a huge MJ fan and he schooled me.

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Here’s her Fall Collection glitter – Mustard Flake.  It’s packed with bronze hexes, gold holo glitter in various shapes, gold micro glitter, and iridescent glitter.  It looks great over lots of different colors so I did a sampling here.

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The last polish is Blink.  A beautiful pink to blue duochrome that is downright magical over black polish. I used some chevron vinyl nail stickers that Mr. Tipsy made for me.  Pictures can’t capture how electric this looked in person.  It was like the polish was lighted from below.  Absolutely amazing.

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Yes – that’s what it looks like in the bottle. A delicate, shimmery pink. And then BOOM!!!! Electric Blue!!!

Black Sheep does have a monthly subscription for $16 in the states, $20 in Canada, and $22 international. She sends two full size and one mini. I know that Canadian polish addicts have a hard time getting reliable shipping on a lot of subscription boxes but since BSL is based in Canada, you don’t have to have any worries!  No getting your sub a month after it’s shipped!  You can let her know your polish preferences and she’ll work with you to try and get you polishes you’ll love. She hasn’t failed me so far.

Check out Black Sheep Lacquer and tell her nailtipsy sent you!

This post was brought to you by the letters D & H and the number 90.  As in Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.

Dear Julep – It’s you, not me.

I am breaking up with Julep.

This was a long time coming and the reasons are many and varied. I’m sure many of you out there have had some of the same issues and experiences. My latest experience is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

I ordered a Jewel Heist Mystery Box to check out the mystery box thing and with the hope of winning the birthstone collection which has, admittedly, been a really nice collection. My box arrived yesterday and, while I wasn’t overwhelmed by it, thought it was a pretty decent box. They are supposed to be valued at over $100 but, that’s only if you take everything at its original full price.

My box contained the following items:

Luxe Repair Skin Serum – $28.00 ($22.80 Maven)
Blank Canvas Plumping Lip Primer – $22.00 ($17.60 Maven)
Zoe – $14.00 (on sale for $4.99 but now out of stock)
Valerie – $14.00 ($11.20 Maven)
Sunny – $14.00 ($11.20 Maven)
Fiore – $14.00 ($11.20 Maven)
A neon green hair tie that I’m going to value at $1.00 since I can make these for  less than that.

Total at full price: $107    Total at Maven/Sale Price: $79.99

First things first – I won’t be swatching any of these colors because I won’t be swatching Julep at all anymore.  (I know, I know – what have I been swatching lately, anyway?  Don’t worry!  I haz posts set up!)

Now – on to my complaints. Upon first sight, I immediately noticed that Zoe wasn’t packed in a traditional Julep polish box.  It was shrink wrapped and to me that says “We’re sending you some seriously old, returned product that we decided to make money off of instead of donating it to a women’s program.” Another complaint about Zoe is the fact that they have a swatch on the site that looks NOTHING like the polish. The site described it as “smoky burnt umber metallic.” Yeah, no. It was described best in a review of the polish on the site as “fiery orange copper color with a faint gold shimmer.” And the swatch on the site is DEFINITELY not the color I got. They’re valuing it at full price even though they hucked ’em in the Mystery Box old, unboxed, and thereby ridding themselves of the clearance priced stock. As for the other polishes – I really have no complaints. Valerie and Fiore are lovely. Unfortunately, Sunny was a dupe for me since I’d order the entire Vivid Collection earlier this year, but that’s not really Julep’s fault. I figured that was a risk I was taking.

Ugh. The Luxe Repair Skin Serum (LRSS). I was SO excited to try this.  I pulled it out this morning to give it a try.  I put on my Shiseido Ultimune Serum Booster that I received in my Birchbox this month, let that set and then put a couple of pumps of the LRSS in my hand, added a couple of drops of Paula’s Choice Super C15 and applied it. The moment it hit my face I was overwhelmed with the smell of rancid oil.  That unmistakable, icky smell that no one wants to smell emanating from ANY product, let alone a skin care product.  It was FOUL.  I had to wash my hands and face immediately and just GET. IT. OFF. That’s going in the trash. *grumblegrumble made me waste an application of two perfectly good, high quality products grumblegrumble*  Same experience with the Lip Primer.  After clicking the dumb button on the tube a million times (approximately) the product FINALLY erupted from the tip with the same horrible, rancid stench that the serum had.

I spoke with customer service and they agreed to send new products out and said that, yes, they DO pull the stock for the Mystery Boxes from much older stock and I asked her to confirm that I would not be receiving old stock.  I think it’s pretty disgusting to knowingly send out skin and lip care products that could be rancid.

Are you ready, because I’m about to make Deborah Lippmann polishes seem like a deal and who doesn’t want an excuse to buy new Deborah Lippmann polishes?   The other little things that have piled up are things like them charging $14 for 8mL bottles. Standard polish bottles are 15mL. You can get 5-free (free of dibutyl pthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor), vegan polishes from Deborah Lippmann for $20/15mL bottle.  Julep is $1.75/mL ($1.40/mL at Maven prices) and Deborah Lippmann is $1.33/mL. How do you like that?

We’ll go with an indie polish comparison now – Black Sheep Lacquer is vegan, Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free, and 5-free. Her 14mL bottles will only run you $10-12 dollars, dependent upon the finish (multichromes are a touch more expensive). She also does a subscription service for $16 for US subscribers, $20 for Canadian subscribers, and $22 for international subscribers. You receive 2 full size bottles and a mini and she does super cool thermals, glitters, and holos. And I dare not forget to mention Zoya which has a HUGE selection, fun finishes and is 5-free, vegan, and cruelty free. All of these companies have much better, more consistent formulas with a bottle and brush design that doesn’t create the inevitable giant drop of polish that slides down the brush as you’re in mid-stroke.

So, there it is — my (very) long-winded explanation as to why I’m leaving Julep.  What is your experience with Julep and how are you feeling about them now?


 

*The Birchbox link is my referral link if you’re interested in trying them out! I was not reimbursed by any of the polishes mentioned above.  These are just examples and some of my favorite polishes.  If you decide to try out some of the Black Sheep Polishes, be sure to tell her you saw it on nailtipsy!
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Stash Shots on Facebook!

With all of the reorganizing going on in preparation of the relaunch on June 23rd, I thought I’d take some pics of my stash and share them on Facebook! Hop on over to the official nailtipsy Facebook page and give it a like! I’ll be posting throughout the evening!

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Hello, my darlings!

nailtipsy had to be pushed to the side for a while so I could get some things in my life in order.  We recently made a big move and I now have a nice big area just for me and my polishes so I will begin swatching polishes and doing nail art again VERY soon!

Look for the official relaunch of nailtipsy on June 23rd (earlier if I can swing it)! I’ve missed doing this and I can’t wait to get back!

Thank you to everyone that visits and I’ll see you soon!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I used a variety of polishes from Black Sheep Lacquer that I will be posting swatches of soon. Stay tuned!

Today I want to thank everyone who pops in to read my little blog and enables me to rationalize my polish addiction.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

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Baroness of Glitter

As I’ve made evident in previous posts, I love glitter polishes.  When I came across the Baroness of Glitter, I was intrigued for obvious reasons.  I grabbed 3 polishes from her etsy store and today I’m going to share them with you. First up are two polishes from the Chromatic Love Collection.

This is Prismatic – a multichrome holo topcoat.

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Below is just one coat over OPI’s Black Onyx and Polish Alcoholic’s Zoisite.  I really wanted to see how this would layer over a brighter color and I was quite happy with the results.  I only used one coat because there was a whopping 5 minutes of sun and I wanted to grab it in natural light.

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The formula on this top coat is quite thin. Mind the amount on your brush so you get nice even coats.  The photo below is two coats of Prismatic.  The purple color shift really comes through over the Zoisite. It has a beautiful galaxy look.

Prismatic3Next is Aquaflux.  This is a multichrome microglitter top coat with a green to magenta shift.

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I loved the color shift on this one!  I did my best to capture it in full flair.

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This is two coats of Aquaflux over OPI Black Onyx.  The formula on this top coat is thin as well so exercise caution on that brush dipping. But really, is there such a thing as too much glitter? (No.)

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Finally, we have Bubble Goth! An adorable mix of pastel pink, purple, and blue matte glitter in a white crelly base.  There’s also the very tiniest hint of blue microglitter.  Plus – skull and crossbones!

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I love the concept of this polish.  As with most heavy glitters, you have to do a bit of fishing for the skulls.  Let the bottle sit upside down for a few minutes and they’ll come up closer to the surface. Give it a good shakin’ and you should be good to go.  This is two coats over OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls and how freaking cute is it??

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On my middle finger is a reappearance from Prismatic.  I used two coats of it over the OPI.  This worked really well as a canvas for the holo.

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You can check out her many NEW polishes just released in her store at baronessofglitter.com. She’s also on twitter @glitterbaroness and on Instagram as baronessofglitter.

Multi-talented lady that she is, she also has a jewelry store on etsy! Check out demiflux.com to see her inspired creations!

Pop over to facebook and like Baroness of Glitter and Nailtipsy so you don’t miss out on anything! Cheers!

Hit Polish Tribute #3 – Egyptian Goddess

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I got a bit side tracked by existence and I’m behind on the tribute so we’ll make this the final Hit Polish entry.  I can’t think of a better polish to bid farewell to Hit with than Egyptian Goddess.  This polish is like a couture gown on your fingers.

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Turquoise and gold hexes and circles glimmer in a sheer nude base that goes on beautifully in two coats.  The small jagged turquoise flecks add breaks from the uniformity of the glitters and give a little edge to this magically subdued stunner. Hit Polish set a very high bar for indie polishes, in my opinion.  I only have 9 bottles of Hit and every single one of them is perfection.  Again with the perfect glitter load:

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Hit Polish, you will be dearly missed by me and many other polish fanatics.  Thanks for the beauty you created!

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