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My Top 6 Nail Polishes for Fall

Fall Nail Polishes

While I’m definitely a Summer-weather kind of girl, there are many things I love about Fall: pumpkin pie, Bath and Body Works scented candles, and a richer, darker colour pallet when it comes to fashion.  This includes nail polish, which I try to switch up on a weekly basis.  Below are my top picks for the perfect Fall nail polish; which one will you be wearing while sipping your Pumpkin Spice Latte?

1. Julep “Jet”

I never seem to get tired of black nail polish.  This one by Julep is described as a “Jet black crème”, and is like a little black dress: it’s great for anytime, anywhere, and goes with anything.  Enough said.

2. O.P.I “Ice-Bergers and Fries”

This creamy, brown tone is from O.P.I’s new Nordic Collection.  Truthfully, this wouldn’t be a colour I would normally pick, however after discovering it was Cosmopolitan’s recent award winner for “The Best Nude”, I decided to give it a try (you can check out my Instagram post about this here).  It applies beautifully, keeping it’s rich colour and creamy texture.  It’s also long lasting, and removes easily.  Definitely give this polish a try!

3. Essie “Wicked”

Spotlighted on the Essie website for the month of October, this polish is described as a, “strident, striking and bold, blood red lacquer”.  The description alone makes it the perfect nail polish for the month of Halloween, but aside from that, it is also a gorgeous, deep, oxblood red colour that will take you all the way through to Spring.

4. Julep “Karmen”

The colour red is a given when it comes to the Fall and Winter months.  But what I love about this one in particular, is that it’s unique.  Julep describes it on their website as a “Golden crimson microglitter” polish.  The result?  A cross between Fall leaves and Dorothy’s red slippers.  Gorgeous!

5. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure “Jungle Gem”

I once read that this polish is a universal tone, in that it matches nearly every skin tone.  I decided to put it to the test, and it’s definitely become a top pick of mine.  It’s a rich, creamy, dark teal colour, that is long lasting and can work as either a blue or a green when pairing with outfits or accessories (though if I’m being honest, I barely ever worry about matching my nails to my outfit).  Try it out and let me know if it worked for you too!

6. Essie “Style Cartel”

Just like black nail polish, I also love a gorgeous rich blue, and this polish is definitely has that box checked off.  Described on the Essie website as an, “inky, cobalt blue”, it is blue enough to be a for-sure navy, but also dark enough that it can be a “neutral” and pair well with nearly anything.  It’s also a nice Fall switch-up from another one of my favourite Essie blues: “Butler Please“.

 

 

May/June Favourites

May June Favourites

Here we are, right in the middle of 2014 (can you believe it!?).  June is one of my favourite months: a) because it’s the month of my birthday, and b) because Summer beauty and fashion is in full swing.  Check out some of my favourites for the months of May and June, below!

1.  Bluenotes Short Sleeve Boyfriend Tunic-$8.00

I have been in constant search of a loose-fitting, plain t-shirt that is long enough to wear with leggings (I’m one of those people who doesn’t believe that leggings are pants).  So, when I discovered these (ridiculously affordable) tunics from Bluenotes, I grabbed them in nearly every colour.  They are lightweight, soft, and the perfect length (they look great with jeans too).  I also love the crew-neck, which is perfect for pairing with statement necklaces.

2.  Addition Elle Turquoise Stone Pendant Necklace-$15.00

I received a 40% off coupon for my birthday, and decided to go check out the jewelry at Addition Elle.  They were having a 2-for-$22.00 deal on some of their jewelry, and this was the 2nd piece I chose.  What drew me to this necklace was its extra long length, as well as its simplicity; I’ve been wearing it non-stop since I purchased it!

3. Julep Clean Slate Conditioning Nail Polish Remover & Pump-$14.00 ($11.20 for Mavens)

The thing I hate more than waiting for nail polish to dry, is the mess it can make (and the time it takes) when removing it.  This polish remover is my new favourite for a few reasons: 1. the pump makes it extra-easy to remove polish with one hand, 2. it prevents spills since you don’t tip the bottle, and 3. the remover is effective, so a little goes a really long way.  You can also purchase refills, so no need to buy a new pump every time (and you’ll get a 20% discount and free shipping as a monthly Maven).

4.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown-$27.00

Up until recently, I had been using Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo to fill in my brows.  While I still really enjoy (and use) this product, I’ve been loving the Brow Wiz pencil, due to its precision application and all-in-one packaging (double ended applicator: one side is the pencil, the other is a brush).  The thin tip pencil doesn’t require sharpening, and allows you to easily create natural looking brows that last all day.

5. Eco Tools Skin Perfecting Brush-$7.99

I’ve been a long-time fan of Eco Tools brushes.  They are affordable, long-lasting, and most importantly, they don’t shed on your face.  It drives me crazy when I “invest” in some department store brushes, and then they leave bristles all over my face (is anyone with me on this one?!).  Eco Tools brushes are an impressive value for money, and I’m especially loving this Skin Perfecting Brush that is designed for the application of BB creams, CC creams, and tinted moisturizers.  It buffs product into the skin beautifully, and makes it easier to achieve even coverage.

6. O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in “Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around”-$9.95

While I love unique, fun nail polish colours (the brighter, the better), I’m also really fond of neutrals for Summer.  This gorgeous, creamy polish applies evenly with just 2 coats, and is also quite the chameleon: while it is described as a light pink crème, in some lights it looks purple,  and in others it even looks beige.  However, what I love most about it, is how great it looks with a tan!

“Every Summer has a story”

 

 

Glitter Be Gone: The cure for nail polish that just won’t come off!

Partys OverI’m one of those people who loves fun, glittery nail polishes, but absolutely dreads when it comes time to take it off.  Scrubbing, picking, and soaking: it might as well take the place of your workout that day (dramatic, I know).  This awesome kit from Julep takes all the pain and energy out of removing those beloved sparkles.  Simply tear open a polish remover packet, place it on your nail, and then cover it with one of the reusable nail caps.  Leave the caps on for 3-5 minutes, then squeeze and pull to remove both the cap and the pad, and finish by wiping off any excess glitter.  You can also use this product to remove gel manicures!

The kit, adorably named “Party’s Over”, comes with 10 reusable nail caps and 5 (10 piece) polish remover packettes.  You can also purchase polish remover refill kits which come in sets of 5.  If you’re a “Julep Maven“, you can purchase this kit for $22.40 (plus free shipping).  Essentially, the Julep Maven program is a monthly subscription service which costs $19.99 a month, and allows you the option to skip the months where nail polish and beauty products aren’t in your budget.  You can view the products selected for you, (based on a survey that assesses your style), and then choose if you’d like to keep them, choose a different set of products, or skip the month.  Additional benefits include free shipping on all Julep products (even to Canada!), 20% off your orders, and exclusive Maven-only products and sales (I purchased this kit during an exclusive sale for $19.99).  For every consecutive monthly box you accept, you earn points that can be redeemed for free items.  While Julep is famous for their nail polish and manicure tools, they also offer makeup and body care items as well.   Interested?  Sign up here

If you want to purchase this set, but aren’t looking to sign up as a Maven, you can grab it for $28.00 here (and get the refill kit here).

Want to see a review of one of my monthly Julep Maven boxes?  Already a Julep Maven? Let me know, below!