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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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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!

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.

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!

And thanks to you, dear readers, for coming back for a visit! Remember to follow @nailtipsy on twitter! I provide updates on upcoming posts and post info on polish promos and sales.  I have lots of great stuff in store for you.

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Hit Polish Tribute Day 2 – Sunset Over Sedona

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This is my personal favorite – Sunset Over Sedona.  An absolutely stunning mix of gold, magenta, turquoise, and copper hexes and circles that perfectly emulate a desert sunset in the background of sheer magenta shimmer with gold and turquoise microglitter.

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I used Zoya Mason as a base coat on my ring finger to provide some contrast.  I used a base coat of Glitter A-Peel, two coats of SOS, then topped it off with a coat of Glitter Food and Digital Flash.  Glitter A-Peel, Glitter Food, and Digital Flash are all from the glorious Nail Pattern Boldness.

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In natural light

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Cheers!

Tagged! I’m it!

The lovely Miss Ginger over at gingerlovesmakeup tagged me for this Would You Rather? post.

Here we go!

1.   Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows?

I’d definitely give up my eye shadows. I pretty much don’t leave the house without mascara.  My lashes are so light I’d look pretty bizarre with just shadow on.

2.   Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

I go through growing it out and chopping it off.  So I’d probably choose to chop it off.  It takes a LOT of maintenance to get this frizz bomb of mine to grow out nicely.

3.   Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

Definitely pink.

4.   If you had £1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

Even though my darling Mr. Tipsy would start calculating the closet space, I’m going to say clothes.  I get so much makeup through subscription boxes already.

5.   Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?

Ummmm…. I guess I’d go with lipstick as eyeliner?  As long as I had an eyeliner brush, I could make that work.  But the thought of eyeliner all over my lips skeeves me out.

6.   Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?

Sephora. Seems pretty self-explanatory.

7.  Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?

One lip color.  I’m nearly as crazy about eye shadow variation as I am about nail polish variation.

8.   Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?

I live in the Gulf Coast region.  I just wear summer clothes in layers for two months.

9.   Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

Dark nails with bright glitter!

10.  Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?

You’ll take my Make Up For Ever liquid liner from me when you pry it from my cold, dead hand.

11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

My ever faithful ponytail.

12.  Would your rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?

What do you think? Peace out, lip gloss!

13.  Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?

Not. Happening.

14.  Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?

Oh dear god!  What kind of world is this?! I’d go…with…out… NEITHER!  You can’t take them away from me!  /runs and hides

Lingerie for Your Nails – Julep’s Boudoir Collection

If you’re a Julep Maven, you’ve likely received your January box by now.  This month Julep presented us with their Boudoir Collection.  They chose to take familiar neutral tones and put a spin on them with silk and satin finishes. They also have some lovely cremes, as well.  I got the Classic With a Twist (CWAT) box and I added on a couple of polishes. With this box, you get two polishes and a product. This month the featured product was the Ta-Da! Quick Dry Drops. I didn’t know I needed them until I had them.

January 2014 CWAT Maven Box

The first polish included with the box was Abigail.  It’s a lovely pink leaning shimmery nude that dries to Julep’s silk finish, which is essentially a matte frost.  If you’re careful, it is opaque in one coat, but I used two for good measure.  You’ll want to skip a top coat so that the silk finish comes through.  It really does remind me of a silk nighty. The formula is very nice but do be careful because, like any frost, it can show brush strokes.

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Julep Abigail from the Boudoir Collection

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The second polish that came in the CWAT box was Mona – a deep charcoal creme. It’s a nice formula and is opaque in two thin coats.  It had an outrageous shine when topped with Digital Flash top coat from Nail Pattern Boldness.

Mona from the Julep Boudoir Collection

Mona from the Julep Boudoir Collection

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As a Julep Maven, you get to add on other colors from the collection at super reduced prices so I chose to add on two other polishes.  First I’ll show you Hope.  Hope is a bright white satin finish polish.  It goes on a little streaky so you’ll need to do two coats on this one.  Honestly, more than one person said it looked like a professional white out job.  I felt like it was too stark at first, but it really grew on me.

Hope from the Julep Boudoir Collection

Hope from the Julep Boudoir Collection

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Finally, we have Farrah.  A gray leaning lavender frost, this was probably my favorite of the bunch.  The formula is smooth and opaque in two coats.  You do have to be a little wary of brush strokes but it’s not difficult to manage smooth lines.

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Farrah from the Julep Boudoir Collection

Farrah from the Julep Boudoir Collection

The Ta-Da! Quick Dry Drops were nice to have with the satin and silk finishes.  Since you can’t use a top coat, it does help to speed up the drying time a bit. And I really like the lemongrass-y scent to it.

Overall, I was pleased with this collection.  All colors from the boudoir collection are available now on Julep’s website.