Monday, 21 April 2014

Julep Maven May 2014 Selections are Open - The Fresh Twist Collection!

The Fresh Twist Collection as pictured on

The May Maven Selection window opened up yesterday! This is the month a lot of people were waiting for, since it brought with it the premier of the Julep PliƩ Wand. I won't go into it too much, but basically Julep has created a new ergonomic polishing brush. (You can find out more about it on their blog if you want.)

The wand comes in all of the normal polish boxes, and to make sure everyone finds a box they want there are 7 boxes to choose from this month. SEVEN. That's ridiculous, but awesome.

Julep also announced that as of June you will be able to upgrade to a fully customizable box (for more $$ of course) - this will be called Maven Luxe and you can find out more about it here.

Now, let's take a look at the May boxes!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Swatch-It Sunday: China Glaze All Wrapped Up

Double-post day today, isn't that exciting! :) I always love digging polishes out of my stash for swatch posts because 90% of the time it ends with me falling in love with a shade I didn't even know I had. Case in point: China Glaze All Wrapped Up! I've had this shade since it came out last winter and for whatever reason it's never actually made it onto my nails until now. But now that it has I wish I could never take it off! Ahhh~!

Spring Renewal Challenge: Soft and Dreamy Rainbows

I'll admit, my last fill for this challenge is a bit of a cheat... This is actually the base I put together for my Crackled Easter Eggs fill. But it was just so pretty I knew I had to put it up on it's own, too! And I like the idea of using it for my freestyle fill for this challenge because then it kind of keeps both posts together in a way. :) This look on it's own is soft and dreamy and perfect for spring.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Spring Renewal Challenge: Blooming Spring Pansies

Flowers flowers flowers! There's so many options to try when it comes to doing a flower fill in a nail art challenge... I decided to go with one I've never tried before: pansies! I was inspired by the wonderful tutorial done by The Little Canvas that I came across the other day, and I was pleased with how simple it was to put this look together. It left my nails looking bright and cheery and definitely spring-like!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Spring Renewal Challenge: Spotted Pastel Accent Mani

The second theme for the Spring Renewal Nail Art Challenge was pastels. We all know that I love pastels so when it came to choosing what polishes to use I went with two of the new ones I picked up last week. This is actually the re-creation of a mani that I did for a coworker the other day - I just loved the combo so much I had to re-create it for myself! The look isn't in-your-face spring or Easter themed, but I still really like it and I'm really happy to be able to share it with you today. :)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Spring Renewal Challenge: Crackled Easter Eggs

New season means it's time to take part in a new seasonal nail art challenge. :) This challenge is called the Spring Renewal Challenge, and it's themed around Easter and spring. The topic for today: Easter Egg Nails! Rather than doing traditional designs I went with an abstract 'cracked egg' look, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Take a look below for more pics and info!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

My Julep Maven (Apr 2014) It Girl Box! Maren, Bailey and Flora (+ Caitlin Add-On) Swatches and Review [pic heavy]


I apologize for taking so long to get this post out to you guys! The amount of daily hits on my April Maven Preview post tells me that people are interested, so I've been trying to get my butt in gear for the last week to get this together. So now that you're here and I'm here and the post is here let's take a look at what I got in my April 2014 It Girl Box! :)

Maren, Bailey, Flora and Caitlin as pictured on