nail polish remover

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).

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Review: Gel Nails For Less!

Loreal Gel Lacque

On a recent trip to Wal-Mart, I saw a display for the new L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 nail polish system.  Basically, you purchase the gel primer (base coat) and gel glaze (top coat) as a set (I got mine for $9.99) and then choose your own colour (which you purchase separately, around $5.00-$7.00).  I decided on a dark, navy blue colour called “Don’t Shy Away”.  According to L’Oreal’s website, “New L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque provides high-gloss, and resilient shine while protecting nail color from dings, dents and scratches. Get the high-shine of a UV-Gel and the perfect nail shape without harmful UV rays.” I was bit skeptical, but figured I’d give it a try.

Application

The gel primer applied easily, and dried quickly (you only need one coat).  I then applied 2 coats of the gel colour, which proved to be a little trickier (but nothing unmanageable).  The consistency of the coloured polish is much thicker than a normal polish, and I found that you need to dip the brush in the polish more often (once per fingernail).  The colour is extremely pigmented: after applying one coat, you can’t imagine needing to apply another (though you should).  I found it was really important to let the coloured polish dry prior to applying the gel glaze.  I say this because the polish is so pigmented, I found it smeared a bit and dyed the brush applicator of the gel glaze.  I did find that total drying time was very reasonable, and the finish was glossy, rich, and definitely looked professional (after I cleaned up the edges with nail polish remover of course!).

The Wear

Below is a picture of my nails on day 4.  At this point, I’ve put these nails through cooking, fitness classes, typing, pretty much anything.  And, minus a few tiny chips around the ends of my nails, these babies are still looking freshly manicured.

Day 4-1

Next, is a picture at day 6.  At this point, normal nail polish on my nails would be extremely chipped and un-wearable.  Impressively, minus a few minor chips here and there, they are still completely wearable and could easily make it to the 1 week mark!

Day 6-2

Repurchase?

Would I repurchase this set, or recommend it? Definitely. This is one of the most effective, reasonably priced gel-nail sets I’ve seen.  It lives up to its promises and even comes in a full collection of colours, so you’ll have an option for every mood or outfit.  Next up, I’m thinking of trying “Diamond in the Buff”, a gorgeous peachy-pink colour, just in time for Valetine’s Day!  What’s even better about these polishes?  They remove easily with regular nail polish remover!

A woman is helpless only while her nail polish is drying