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Connie is a bright violet purple from the Classic with a Twist profile. Although Connie is my fiance's favourite shade of polish for me to wear, and one of the only shades of purple I'm willing to wear, the formula was extremely difficult to work with. A juicy crelly finish, it took ages to dry and when it did even three coats were streaky, with nail lines visible quite clearly underneath.
Drew is a beautiful hot pink from the Bombshell profile that is back from the Vault! Dried extremely quickly, super evenly, to a fine glossy creme finish. I can't praise this one enough, even though it differs every so slightly from the true old version. Given pigments vary based on source, I think it's to be expected, and it was at least a very very slight difference.
Jenna is a soft creamsicle orange from the Classic with a Twist profile. Dried very quickly [If you haven't noticed Julep's creams/cremes are fantastic at drying quickly] and to a super glossy finish. Very even, two coats would have probably been fine, typical of cream/creme polishes from Julep.
Randi is a hot pink reminiscent of every girl's Barbie entourage from the It Girl profile. Dried somewhat quickly, and due to the super neon pigments had a semi-gloss finish. [Neons are notorious for drying matte or partially matte]. Wasn't streaky in its full three coats, but was a little bit thicker than the others so two coats would have been fine.
Cassidy is a neon aqua/teal from the Bombshell profile. Dried quickly, was very creamy, and once again super glossy in finish. Please excuse the bumps on the nails, the acetone between swatches was starting to dry out my nails, causing pieces to stick up. Very good coverage in three coats.
Danica is a cobalt blue to deep purple shifty shimmer from the Boho Glam profile. Dried quickly, was brush strokes were slightly visible in some spots due to the metallic shimmer of the polish but not deeply so. Had a gloss to the finish, but not a super gloss like the cream/cremes. In the bottle, Danica looks grape-purple. On the nails, it looks like a beautiful cobalt blue; But when angled on the nails, you can start to see the grape-purple. The purple was VERY difficult to photograph, but in the tilted image you can start to see some purple in the highlights.
Angie - Holographic
Angie is a fairly bright silver holographic from the Boho Glam profile. Dried very quickly, two coats would have been enough but there were some minor streaking issues so a third coat had to be applied to cover those few spots up. Finish was very silk/matte once dry, and super soft to the touch.
Danielle is a super shifty blue to purple shimmer from the It Girl profile. Dried normally, two coats was perfect coverage. The shift is shown on the edges slightly, however in person tilting the nails up gave the impression it was 100% purple in colour. Honestly, the hardcore shift in this caught me off guard in the best way imaginable. Dried normal gloss, due to the metallic nature there were some brush strokes visible.
April is a neon/spicy hot coral from the Boho Glam profile. Dried normally, two coats were plenty as is normal for Julep cremes. Clean up was painfully tedious, with lots of bleeding happening. Final finish was pretty darn glossy, and the colour is SUPER wearable. No streaks, no brush strokes visible, nothing abnormal about this polish. Just another perfect creme!
Addison is a bright sunny yellow from the It Girl profile. Photographed very pale, in actuality is what I would call a 'true' yellow. Leans slightly green in the bottle, but is super bright on the nail. If requested, I can alter the above image until it matches what it looks like in real life. Shown with 3 coats, could actually use more. Very streaky to apply, many lines and streaks visible with even the number of coats I have now. A base coat of white will be needed for this polish to boost the bright colour, as well as provide a starting platform to build colour on. Typical to neon colours, the finish was slightly matte once dry, but still glossy enough you may be able to wear it without topcoat if you so wish.
If you're as ready as I am to get out of the Winter nail slump, and want to get a jump start on warm days and sloshing sea waters, the two new mystery boxes are for you! If you prefer polish, or beauty, or BOTH, you can take your pick! And each is $100+ in value, and each only costs $24.99!!
Nail Only Mystery Box - Cora
Beauty Mystery Box - Pamela
I debated whether or not I wanted to stop and share our Easter festivities, since I had no intentions of wanting to flash around things we do for other people, but I REALLY wanted to share the response we got from our actions.
My fiance and I, several weeks ago, decided that this year our Easter festivities wouldn't include egg dying, ham baking, or sweet eating. With family being so far away this year, we decided to share our love elsewhere.
First, a background. For the entirety of our time living in this home and neighborhood, we have had the worst neighbors you could imagine. The selfish, obnoxious kind of neighbors. Neighbors with two teenage boys that harassed, insulted, degraded, and otherwise treated our teenage daughter like she was less than the amazing and good hearted young woman we see struggle in today's mean-spirited society. Neighbors with frequent uniformed officer visits, and with animals they let roam freely and terrorize the people and animals around them. Finally, the teenage boys took it a step too far, and they were forced to leave. Cue, new neighbors.
After worrying that it would be a repeat of the last neighbors, we watched a young family with a large dog move in. Less than a week after moving in, the father actually came over late at night to let me know an opossum was eating our feral cat food. He was concerned because some of his relatives don't like when that happens, and wanted to make sure I knew. We did, and we intentionally help all the local wildlife, but the gesture was so sweet.
Now, fast forward. As a work-from-home kind of gal, I get a lot of time to see what happens in the neighborhood. Every single day, there are routines of course. Every single day before the sun has risen, the father next door warms his work truck up and goes to work. He's gone all day long, and comes home clearly exhausted, and still takes time before leaving and after coming home to show love and affection with his children. He takes the two school-aged ones to school during the week, without fail. There were two solid weeks where the snow was so deep I couldn't make it off our steep porch, let alone go anywhere. To our surprise, and awe, he never seemed to fail making it to work. If we hadn't seen the horse-sized dog they had, we wouldn't know it existed. Always so quiet, so well behaved, so calm. In snow or warm weather, the kids come out to play. Never were there quieter, more well behaved children living next door.
We were more than just pleased to have nice neighbors. We were so happy, so awed, to see a family that worked so hard and took the time to be kind to each other and their environment. So, together we decided we wanted to put together a surprise for them. With Easter on the way, we put together an Easter Basket for the whole family, horse-puppy included. We had chocolate eggs, huge chocolate and candy carrots, bunnies, sugar sticks, beans and coins. We had high quality, organic jerky for the puppy, and a giant collection of sidewalk chalk on the side. We put everything we could find that could possibly pamper a young family in the basket, and still wanted something else. At 4am Easter Morning, we snuck outside and hid 64 colourful plastic eggs full of jelly beans all around their house. There were eggs in the trees, on the statues, hidden in tufts of grass and sneaking behind the rose bushes. In one special, gold painted egg, we added $10; Enough the two older kids could share, if they wanted, but not so much the others would feel too sad they missed out on.
And then we waited. For 12 hours [since, you know, we're quite early birds] we stalked the window, hoping to see the joy on the kids' faces when they found out the 'Easter Bunny' had visited. For a while, we were afraid the sun would ruin their easter basket, but we didn't want to alert them as to who had done it right away. We wrote a card, and that was what we wanted to be. The silent bunnies. Right as we had given up, we peeked out the window to see the back of a little girl, maybe 3 years old, bounding away from the final egg in a tree, basket bigger than she was in tow. Her smile was so beautiful, it made every freezing second of egg hiding that morning totally worth it.
Then, the next morning, after a serious [see: Tornado warnings and shearing winds] storm, I went outside to check on the feral kitty that had just had her kittens. As I was coming back inside, there was a thick envelope falling between the porch and house. Trying to pick it up, the envelope fell apart.
Inside the envelope, was the most amazing thing we've ever received. There was a hand-written letter of thanks and appreciation from the neighbors, and four hand-drawn pictures from each of the four kids next door, thanking us for the eggs, and candy, and hiding. We couldn't believe the beautiful things we had, and we laid them out to dry like they were made of soggy gold.
So, while this post is long, the meaning is short. Show appreciation for those around you, and give those around you a reason to appreciate YOU. It feels way better than 200 likes on a post. <3
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