my nails have kinda been through the ringer lately. with the nail art campaign and then prepping for the man repeller book signing, i don’t think that they’ve been without polish for a solid month. i notice a distinct difference in color and texture when i don’t let things breathe, so i went in search of a little sweet salvation for my precious nail beds.
i discovered julep’s mighty nail and cuticle serum on a cruise through sephora and was intrigued. i bravely used the click pen and brush tip to apply the good stuff to my left hand and went about my shopping. (i say bravely because most cuticle products are on the greasy side and don’t soak in very well – not the case with julep mighty!) my nails and cuticles drank up the light liquid and it all but disappeared in seconds, leaving me with instantly healthier looking nails. the shine factor showed a major difference between my left and my right hand and even now i can tell that the cuticles on my left hand are much cleaner and far better behaved than those on my right.
this product is convenient and easy to use which means that i’ve been swiping it on regularly to enjoy healthier, less dry, and less brittle nails. i’m giving this one top marks and can confidently recommend that anyone whose nails need a little love will enjoy fab results from julep’s mighty serum.
julep mighty nail and cuticle serum ($22) >
i say it all the time, but i love brands that do one thing really well. they know who they are and they have a focused expertise in one area that usually means every single one of their products is of the utmost quality. for hands and nails, that brand is julep. if you’ve been reading this blog for a long while, you might remember this post. well, let’s just say they’ve come a long way. the brand has expanded to include over 150 shades of their signature polish and they’ve launched a monthly box subscription program called maven. while i will always look to julep as the cutting edge in color, it’s their innovative and advanced treatments that keep me coming back for more.
mighty nail and cuticle serum, $28 – just like the best serum does for your skin, this treatment improves the health and appearance of nails when applied at their roots (your cuticles)
oxygen nail treatment, $18 – this is your foundation. dubbed “nail makeup” oxygen hides little imperfections, provides a subtle gloss, and works to improve the strength and smoothness of your nail beds.
hand and cuticle stick, $22 – leaves hands silky soft without making them greasy, all in one twist up stick
freedom polymer top coat, $18 – a mini force field, this quick dry, gel like top coat extends the life of your mani yet comes off with any polish remover
have you tried any of these treatments? think you’ll add one to your mani mix?
i know i’m not the only one seeing green.
ever since pantone named emerald the color of the year for 2013, greens have been everywhere from teals and kellies to jades and shamrocks. i love the way that kermit’s favorite color has been popping up in fashion, but working this hue into your beauty routine can be a bit trickier. polish is an obvious choice (the best, in my opinion!), so here are six ways to get your nails on trend:
forever 21 nail polish in teal, $2.80
sonia kashuk nail colour in emerald city, $4.79
revlon nail enamel in posh, $4.99
butter london 3 free nail lacquer in thames, $15
julep nail vernis in emilie, $14
essie nail polish in going incognito, $8
will your nails be going green this season? which shade is your fav?
sometimes i feel like there are so many fun things popping up in the nail category that i can’t even keep up! i rounded up seven of the sweetest new nail products – from fresh shades to nail art tools, a crazy convenient cuticle oil and one seriously speedy top coat. take a peek:
one – nailezee: a new-to-me brand started by a sweet sister trio.
lacquers come in a whopping 66 gorgeous shades for $10 each.
two – essie good to go: i’m apparently the last person on
earth to know about this holy grail of top coats!
three – julep essential cuticle oil: comes in a rollerball for easy application.
just run it around the edges of each nail - how genius us that?!
four – sephora nail art set: a teeny tiny paint brush and double ended
marbling tool make perfecting your painting skills a piece of cake.
five – sheswai in fuckyeah: a wickedly hot new shade from my favorite brand.
six – sephora collection nail lacquer in myrtille: this $4 cornflower
blue is going to be my shade of the season.
seven – topshop nail art pen in fool’s gold: draw golden nail art
onto bare or polished nails. seal with a top coat and go!
i almost leaped out of my seat after catching a glimpse of this stunning nail color collection in last week’s lucky daily (do you get that email? it’s pure evil and i mean that in the best possible way). i did a bit more research and found that julep is a foursome of boutique nail parlors in washington state with its own lineup of 68 vibrant and gorgeous polish shades.
while i can’t find much by way of formula other than being free of the big 3, the unique colors and adorable packaging are enough to get me on board. to tempt you further, their website has a little tool called the color stylist that helps you whittle down the vast color selection into a smaller bunch selected just for you. it uses everything from skin tone to season and occasion to customize the shop – it’s totally brilliant.
julep is also offering free shipping on all summer orders – must i keep writing?!
hot on my list are sea foam-y miranda, sunny blake, and bubblegum-y susan but i’m also considering the catherine and pippa duo – two very wearable and classic shades. so much to choose from – i foresee many a manicure in the summer months ahead!
are you loving these pretty polishes? visit julep online to treat your own tips.