OMG! $1 Black Friday Nail Sale

Julep Beauty Inc.

If you are a mani Diva, this deal is all about you!

OFFER: Black Friday Special – $1 Nail Polish 

DATES: November 28 at 6 PM PT through midnight November 30

COUPON CODE: BLACKFRIDAY

Use code BLACKFRIDAY when you check out before Saturday at midnight.

Fine print: Offer expires 11/30/13 at 11:59pm PT, or while supplies last. To receive polish for $1, select shade from Black Friday catalog and add to shopping bag. Promo code BLACKFRIDAY must be entered at checkout. Limit one use per customer. No exchanges or returns on discounted polish. No adjustments on previous purchases. Taxes vary by location.

 

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Nail Art 101 with Char Miller of Couture Lux Nails

During my mani last week, I asked my Nail Stylist to do something different with an accent nail and she went above and beyond my expectations! I was so impressed, that I recorded an impromptu video for the 2nd nail (so no judging any shakiness or background voices…please and thank you).

With no further ado, here are the tools you will need in case you want to recreate this nail art.

  1. Bowl
  2. Water
  3. 3 – 4 nail colors
  4. Polish remover
  5. Nail art-dotting tool
  6. Nailbrush

*Click here to see the Nail Art Video*

Directions:

Fill half of your bowl with water

Paint you accent nail with a sheer background color of your choice and let it dry completely

Let 1 droplet of polish drop in the water

Note: *if the droplet goes to the bottom, try it again* If it floats and spreads, add a 2nd droplet of another color and repeat until the droplets are full of rings of color to your liking

Take your nail art-dotting tool and gently swirl the polish to make a design and mix the colors

Take your face down and roll in into the polish quickly and pull the nail out of the polish

Use your nail art-dotting tool and finish the design on your nail

Use your nailbrush with polish remover to clean the excess around the nail

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And presto…just like that, you have gorgeous, beautiful, glam nail art!!! Thank you Char for allowing me to video your work!!!

 

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My Luxurious Mani Monday

Last week I gave you a sneak peek of a nail polish that I had been wearing for 6 days!!! Today, I am here to give you the details on my journey, reveal the name of the brand and give you my final grade!!!

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A few months ago I attended the Simply Stylist event in Chicago and I met the owners of a nail polish brand by the name of LVX. LVX is a luxury brand of polish that recognizes beauty with a fashion forward outlook. They have developed their polish line with a unique understanding of fashion trends, which can be seen on the runway…. I don’t know about you but I am intrigued!!!

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I spotted the brand from across the room and I introduced myself to one of the owners, who then introduced me to his business partner – his sister. When I explained how I review and rate products, it was obvious that this was a match made in beauty heaven!!! I was surprised when they offered me every color within the summer collection to try and I could not wait to get home to put this polish to the test!!!

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The following week I make an appointment with my awesome nail stylist Char for my mani and pedi. When I arrived, she was surprised to see that I had a new brand with such vibrant colors. I think she became more excited than I was to try the new brand…LOL.

Now that you have the background information, let me share my likes!!! The polish has a long lasting, chip-free, non-streak formula that is free of toxins and harsh chemicals. The products are free of formaldehyde, resins and camphor which can be harmful to the nails and skin. More importantly, LVX is vegan, socially responsible, cruelty- free and all products are made in the USA!!! I loved the opaque colors and longevity of the polish (after the 4th try…see the details in the dislikes).

Now this sounds like a winner but I would not be sincere if I did not share my total story of my journey with LVX polish. As I stated earlier…I tried this polish 4 times because I did have some issues with it on trails 1-3. The first time the polish lasted 1.5 days before it started to chip and peel. So I tried it a 2nd time and it lasted 2.5 days :-(. So I tried it a 3rd time because I figured the 3rd time has got to be a charm…right??? I am sure you may be wondering why I gave this a 3rd try??? Well, I am glad that you asked me that question. I tried it 3 times because every review I read was great and I didn’t understand why the polish did not work on me. Plus, the claims and the quality had me sold and I wanted it to work. After the 3rd time, I noticed that the polish lasted up to 4 days so, I knew that it was not the product that was not working, it was my nails that didn’t work with the polish.

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After the 3rd try, I saw one of the owners again and I explained my issue. She was surprised and concerned. She wanted to make sure that I had the best experience because she stood behind her brand and gave me the 3-in-1 coat to try. Impressed with her customer service and concern, I had to try it again!!!

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Okay, stop…let me rewind and explain before you give me the side eye…LOL. I have been wearing gel polish for most of the winter 2012 and spring 2013 without letting my nails breathe. I also picked the polish off instead of going in and letting my nail stylist remove it properly, which led to soft, brittle nails with ridges and that made to the polish peel as well as chip. BTW…the same thing happened with other brands as well so I know it was me and not the polish. So after the 4th try, I had success and the LVX polish lasted a total of 8 days!!! I was so excited that I shared day 6 with you, as well as with the owner as she was very excited to hear the great news!!!

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My final grade for LVX polish is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! LVX is an awesome brand worth trying and the customer service is great too!!! If you are interested in trying the new fall colors, you can purchase a bottle for $16 at shoplvx.com. Happy polishing!!!

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6 Days and Counting

OMG!!! I have been wearing this nail polish for 6 days and I only have a chip because my nail broke. Can you guess the brand???

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Here are a few hints:

  1. It’s not a gel polish
  2. It is a high fashion luxury brand
  3. Chip resistant, non-streak and free of toxic and harsh chemicals
  4. A vegan-friendly socially responsible brand
  5. Only available online and specialty spas and boutiques
  6. The brand releases about 6 colors per season

So what do you think??? Who is the brand??? I will do the big reveal as soon as it starts to chip :-). Stay tuned…MUAH

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Sephora by OPI on Sale Now

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! I could not this day go by without sharing this deal for all my mani/nail/polish addicts…LOL. Sephora is discontinuing the Sephora by OPI line to make room for the new brand Sephora X and it is supposed to be all that and a bag of chips teehee!!! And speaking of chips…word on the street is that this polish is going to be chip free and so much more (check out the this link for more deats… Sephora X)
If you are all about nails, you better get to getting (yep, I said get to getting…it’s from my past life of living in the south for a few years…shout out to all my Southern Gals J) to your local Sephora today as I am sure that supplies will not last long!!!
So what are you waiting on??? Go on-line if you know your fave colors or stop in a store and find some that will glam up your style!!!
SIDENOTE: Don’t be selfish, (click) share this post with your gal pals so they can save too or maybe have a mani party in a few weeks on your next girl’s night in (and don’t forget to invite me…LBVS)!!! Happy Shopping…MUAH

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Product Review for Nailtini Nail Polish

Nailtini is a brand of nail polish and lip lacquers that you can customize the color and create a look that is exclusive to your personality called cocktailing (like mixing a drink except you use colors). I was introduced to this brand from ipsy.com, a company that I subscribe to for a fee to receive a glam bag of deluxe size samples on a monthly basis.
When I received my November glam bag, I was so excited to see a full size nail polish and a color that was sparkly just in time for the holidays!!!

Day 1 was my attempt of a DYI manicure, which turned into an epic fail as I butchered my cuticles, polished outside of the lines and had chipped polish the very next day (don’t judge me). Needless to say, I had to find time to get this fixed by a true professional so off to Big Girl Makeup Bar & Spa I go. Thank goodness they were able to fit me in because I could not written a true review without them!!!

 

Here’s what I loved: This is a textured polish that dries faster than a regular polish so I was able to function with my hands fairly quickly. Nailtini offers colors that I have not seen in other brands. Millionaire (the color featured here) was very pretty and I received a lot of compliments. You can wear this color alone as I did or you can cocktail it with another color to create a custom look of your very own.

Here’s what I did not like: The polish lasted 2 days and then the chipping began (see the picture below). I was so glad that I did not pay full price for this!!! On day, 3 the polish started to peel and by day 4, I was able to peel it all off instead of using a remover.
 

I give Nailtini Millionaire, 2.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH. This is a great holiday color but for 1 night only!!! This is not worth the full price of $13. If you are looking for a long lasting polish, I suggest you call your local nail salon and get a Gelish or Shellac manicure because they last up to 14 days!!! If you want to find out more about Nailtini, go to tinibeauty.com.
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