imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails Review

Hi everyone,

Recently Influenster sent me a two sets of press on nails to try out for free. I’ve been wearing them for a few days now and thought I’d share my thoughts on them.

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in Evil Queen

On my nails: imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in Evil Queen

According to Broadway Nails: “imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails is the revolutionary way to achieve a flawless manicure in seconds. Just peel off, press on, and you’re done – NO glue needed! More flexible than other artificial nails, imPRESS provides a comfortable fit and durable, lasting wear – twice as long as other press on nails. High-shine colours, trendy designs and glam glitter nails that last up to a week! Colours available for $8.99 and patterns for $10.99 at Walmart, Target, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Katz, Loblaws, and more. For more information, visit imPRESSmanicure.com

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in  Shout and Evil Queen

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in Shout and Evil Queen

I got a pink and black patterned set in Shout, and a green/teal/purple duochrome in Evil Queen. Of the two, I liked Evil Queen a lot more, and since I just broke a nail the other day, I figured it’d be a good time to test a set out.

Each box includes a nail polish bottle shaped container, a prep pad, and mini file.

Each box includes a nail polish bottle shaped container, a prep pad, and mini file.

Each little box comes with everything you need to do your nails with. I like that the nails come in 12 different sizes so you’re bound to find one to fit your nails..

Opening the container is just like opening any bottle of nail polish - just twist it open!

Opening the container is just like opening any bottle of nail polish – just twist it open!

Applying the nails is super easy and you could totally do it while in a rush just before you headed out for an event since there’s no dry time, or while you were on the bus (or even in class?).

Step 1

Step 1: Find the correct size for each nail and lay out all 10 nails in finger order

Step 1: Find the correct size for each nail and lay out all 10 nails in finger order

Step 1 is to find the correct size for each nail. The package suggests to use smaller sizes for best results if you’re in between sizes. Personally I found that my nail beds are a lot more curved than the nails in the kit, so I found that by using a bigger size and bending them to add more curve I got the pressons to fit my nails much more accurately.

Step 2.5: Roll nails gently between fingers to curve them more to natural nail shape

Optional: roll nails gently between fingers to curve them more to natural nail shape

Step 2

Step 2: Cleanse natural nails with enclosed prep pad

Step 2: Cleanse natural nails with enclosed prep pad

The next step is to wash your hands with soap, dry thoroughly, and use the enclosed prep pad. The prep pad smelled pretty strongly of alcohol, and I think the purpose is to remove any oil/impurities on your nails so the sticky side of the presson adheres better to your natural nail.

Step 3

Step 4: Peel off and firmly press on

Step 3: Peel off the tab and firmly press on

The last step is to peel off the tab at the cuticle and firmly press the nail onto your natural nail, down the middle and then down each side of the nail. They suggest applying the thumbs last (probably so you don’t screw it up) although I forgot about this and did them first. Doesn’t matter as long as you’re careful.

…and that’s it! 2 minute mani complete.

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Ta da! Gel worthy nails in minutes.

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Oooh duochrome… The colour “Evil Queen” is supposed to represent the evil queen in Snow White. Other colours in the Disney Villain series by Broadway include Maleficient and Cruella.

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Thought I’d add some extra bling. The colour reminds me a bit of mother of pearl so I thought little accent pearls would be fitting.

Overall I think these presson nails are a huge improvement over the fake nails I used to buy from the drugstore in highschool since you don’t have to deal with messy glue. These ones are way more convenient, just peel and press. It’s a subtle thing but I also really like that the cuticle end is tapered as well so it’s not so bulky and looks more natural. There’s a pretty wide variety of colours and patterns as well, although personally if I were to ever buy them I’d probably opt for a hard-to-recreate pattern. The colour I used, Evil Queen, while pretty, isn’t all that unique (dupes include Knackered by Butter or Wicked Game by Deborah Lippmann off the top of my head). Still, I got a ton of compliments on them, even from strangers, and everyone was surprised when I told them they were fake because the length looks so natural. At $10.99 they’re not cheap, but certainly cheaper than getting a gel mani at a salon. They claim to last up to a week, but after five days one nail came loose. There are 24 nails in each kit though, so it’d be easy to quickly put another one on if you wanted to keep your mani.

One thing I don’t like (but short nailed girls probably would) is the length of the press on nails. I had to file my nails down quite a bit so my natural nails wouldn’t stick out from under the ends of the press on nails, and even at the same length from the underside it looks pretty awkward since the press isn’t flush to my natural nail.. They’re like little shields on top of my natural nails right now. For short nailed girls this wouldn’t be a problem though.

Overall I’d recommend these. Ever glossy never chipping nails that are ready to go in minutes – what’s not to love?

Have you tried imPRESS nails? What did you think?

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Introducing: Glitterbomb Nail Lacquer Swatches, Discount Code & Giveaway

Hi everyone!

Today I’m so so excited to share something that I’ve been working on since last summer. Introducing… (drumroll please)

Glitterbomb Nail Lacquer!

The Horoscope Collection

The Horoscope Collection

Yep, I’ve launched an indie nail polish line called Glitterbomb (my favourite type of nails!). Unique handmade nail polish for glitter lovers, the polish in this line is bursting with colourful glitter that will transform any manicure. 4 free and handmade to order, these polishes will leave your nails looking gorgeous!

To celebrate I’m doing a grand opening sale!

Take 25% off of everything and get free shipping in Canada and the US on orders over $30 when you use the discount code: GLITTER25! Hurry, the sale ends March 14th at 11:59pm!

Check out my store here: http://glitterbombnails.storenvy.com/

So how did this all start?

Last year I was introduced to indie nail polishes and fell head over heels in love with how unique and fun they were compared to most mass market and even high end nail polish brands. I amassed a pretty significant collection, but not too long after I ordered supplies to start making my own. Which got me thinking..Why not start sharing my love of glitter with others?

I worked on the polishes all last summer and was hoping to launch then but then recruiting season came up, and then school, and then exams, and one thing after the other (you know how it is). But now I’m finally ready to share my polishes with the world!

I decided to do a horoscope collection for my first collection because I haven’t seen any out there, and as cheesy as it sounds I think there’s a bit of truth to them. Whether or not you agree, I hope there’s a colour for everyone in the final collection I came up with :)

So without much ado, onto the fun part: the swatches! (and at the very end, the giveaway!)

Scorpio is a beautiful blend of multi-sized cherry red, holographic red, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Scorpio is a beautiful blend of multi-sized cherry red, holographic red, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Glitterbomb's Gemini is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte watermelon pink, orange, peach, banana yellow, and orange bar glitter in a clear base

Gemini is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte watermelon pink, orange, peach, banana yellow, and orange bar glitter in a clear base

Cancer is a beautiful blend of multi-sized orange, peach, banana yellow, white, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Cancer is a beautiful blend of multi-sized orange, peach, banana yellow, white, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Leo is a beautiful blend of multi-hued shades of yellow, white, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Leo is a beautiful blend of multi-hued shades of yellow, white, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Taurus is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte aqua, pastel green, fern green, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Taurus is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte aqua, pastel green, fern green, and iridescent glitter in a clear base

Aquarius is a beautiful blend of matte aqua, iridescent, and holographic glitter in a clear base

Aquarius is a beautiful blend of matte aqua, iridescent, and holographic glitter in a clear base

Pisces is a beautiful blend of emerald, sky blue, and ocean blue holographic glitter in a clear base

Pisces is a beautiful blend of emerald, sky blue, and ocean blue holographic glitter in a clear base

Pisces is a beautiful blend of emerald, sky blue, and ocean blue holographic glitter in a clear base

Pisces is a beautiful blend of emerald, sky blue, and ocean blue holographic glitter in a clear base

Sagittarius is a beautiful blend of multi-hued purple, pink, gold, and holographic gold glitter in a pink tinted clear base

Sagittarius is a beautiful blend of multi-hued purple, pink, gold, and holographic gold glitter in a pink tinted clear base

Aries is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte bubble gum pink, rose, silver, white and holographic glitter in a clear base

Aries is a beautiful blend of multi-sized matte bubble gum pink, rose, silver, white and holographic glitter in a clear base

Libra is a beautiful blend of multi-sized holographic silver, gunmetal, and silver bar glitter in a clear base

Libra is a beautiful blend of multi-sized holographic silver, gunmetal, and silver bar glitter in a clear base

Capricorn is a beautiful blend of multi-sized gold, holographic gold, and gold bar glitter in a clear base

Capricorn is a beautiful blend of multi-sized gold, holographic gold, and gold bar glitter in a clear base

Moondust is a scattered holographic glitter topcoat with a slight linear effect in a clear base

Moondust is a scattered holographic glitter topcoat with a slight linear effect in a clear base

If you like anything, you can buy them online by clicking here to visit my online store. Remember to use the discount code GLITTER25 to take 25% off of everything and get free shipping in Canada and the US on orders over $30 now until March 15th!

And what you’ve been waiting for: Giveaway Time!

I’m super excited to have started my online store, and I want to share my glittery goodness with you! Click here to enter my giveaway on Facebook to win 6 Glitterbomb polishes of your choice! Good luck :D

Which polish is your favourite?

Nail Friday: Valentines Day Nails & Julep Maven February Bombshell Unboxing

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Today I wanted to share the Valentine’s Day themed nails I did last night, as well as my February Julep Maven Bombshell box, which I used to do my nails :)

Valentines Day themed nails

Valentines Day themed nails

Here’s what I came up with! I used Seche Vite though and there is already major shrinkage :(

Julep Maven

Julep Maven

So this month (and last actually) I forgot to skip my box, so I didn’t actually choose what I wanted. It was fun to get, but gah, $19.99..!

A quick look inside

A quick look inside

This month’s theme was “the Dramatic Collection”

Oooh, so many goodies!

Oooh, so many goodies!

As always the packaging was themed and super cute! It’s always fun opening these boxes. In addition to the usual two polishes and one product, the extra this month was a new colour called “Love”.

Julep Maven February Bombshell Box

Julep Maven February Bombshell Box

My default option is “Bombshell” from the quiz I took when I signed up way back then, and thankfully the colours I got I like quite a bit! Kristen, the blue is described as “deep sea teal with silver microshimmer” and is super pretty! Judi, the purple, is described as “English violet crème.” It’s a bit too similar to what I already own though, so I’ll be trying to swap that soon. Love is gorgeous! It’s described as “gold, pearl & fuchsia microglitter” and is super unique.

Julep Kristen, Julep Judi, and Julep Love

Julep Judi, Julep Kristen, and Julep Love

A look at the polishes outside of the boxes. I don’t know why Julep is using boxes now for the polishes. It seems like a waste of packaging if you ask me, but I guess it makes them more “giftable.”

Julep Eye Sheen Liquid Shadow in Warm Fig Shimmer

Julep Eye Sheen Liquid Shadow in Warm Fig Shimmer

I kinda wish Julep sent a more neutral colour as the default for people who didn’t pick what colour eye sheen they wanted this month. Dark purple tends to make my eyes look a bit bruised, but luckily this one doesn’t! I love how it can be as pigmented or as sheer as you want depending on how much you put on and blend out. I tried to swatch this but my swatches looked nothing like the actual colour, which is a warm brownish purple. I guess I’m kind of glad I didn’t pick, since I would have probably opted for a champagney-taupe colour that I always default to and have a million of. This is definitely different from other colours in my collection!

Valentines themed nails

Valentines themed nails

I loved the look of Love in the bottle, so I knew I wanted to use it for my nails, and figured why not go a step further by literally having “love” on my nails :p I love the fushia microglitter in the gold shimmer base! So fun.

Nail Friday: Valentines Day Nails & Julep Maven February Bombshell Unboxing

Wet Seal red glitter polish, Julep Myrtle, Julep Love, Revlon Blackest Black

Here’s a pic of the colours I used for my nails.

Also, since it’s Valentine’s day here’s some pictures of what I spent my morning doing. I put my domestic goddess hat on (that’s a joke, I’d be an awful wifey) and did my best to make some magic in the kitchen (to varying degrees of success) so I could surprise my boyfriend and family with some treats. Here’s what I ended up with:

Peanut butter pie

Peanut butter pie

I AM SO EXCITED TO EAT THIS! I used a recipe from Skinny Taste and tasted the batter – soo good. I wish I made a third pie just so I could hide it away just for me haha.

Flourless peanut butter cookies

Flourless peanut butter cookies

I used a recipe from the Food Network for these. It was super easy, only five ingredients, but I think they turned out too sweet :(

Chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries

And finally I made a big batch of chocolate covered strawberries. They’re kinda healthy right? That’s what I’ll be telling myself as I stuff my face with them anyways.. Ha.

Are you doing anything special for Valentines Day?

NOTD: Gold Flecked Turquoise Water Spotted Nails & Nail Art Tutorial

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday… Actually now that I’m out of school I can barely keep track of the days of the week anymore, but I knew it was Friday because my spidey senses were tingling and signalling it was time for a Nail Friday post.

NOTD: Waterspotted nails!

I’ve been seeing water spotted manis popping up everywhere all over Pinterest/Tumblr/all those other sources of pretty pictures lately and have been loving the look, so I decided to try it out for myself the other day. It’s pretty similar to water marbling, except you only drop one colour, and, there’s a secret ingredient: perfume (or hairspray, or even nail polish remover, which I’ve read work well too).

I thought I’d document my attempt to water spotted nails, and create a tutorial for anyone wanting to try it out. It was my first time trying this (I’ve never actually even tried water marbling yet) but I think the results turned out pretty decent! So if I can do it, so can you :p

Julep Felcity, Revlon Blackest Black, and Love & Beauty unnamed polish.

Julep Felcity, Revlon Blackest Black, and Love & Beauty unnamed polish.

Ok, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Turquoise nail polish (or a greenish blue/mint colour). I used a pretty dark turquoise I got in a swap and have been wanting to try out, but in hindsight I think it would look better if you used a brighter and lighter minty colour because the black marbling makes the colour look darker. I think Julep’s Denver or China Glaze For Audrey would look great for this.
  • Black nail polish. I used Revlon’s Blackest Black. I’d say use a cheapy drugstore polish, especially if you’ve never tried this before because you’ll probably waste a ton trying to get the hang of dropping the polish into the water. I think I went through a quarter of the bottle doing this mani lol.
  • Gold nail polish. I used Julep’s Felicity. Totally optional, but I think it looks prettier with bits of gold on top.
  • Vaseline or tape. Unless you want to spend forever and a day cleaning up around your nails.
  • Tissues
  • Q-tips
  • Toothpicks
  • A bowl or container for holding water. I’d suggest something you can just throw out afterwards like a plastic yoghurt container. Or if you’re Asian like me, a tofu container.

Got everything? Ok, here goes:

Step 1: Base coat! Make sure to use this especially if you're using a dark polish that might stain.

Step 1: Base coat! Make sure to use this especially if you’re using a dark polish that might stain.

Step 2: Paint your nails with a thin coat of turquoise blue polish. I'm using a nameless polish from Love & Beauty.

Step 2: Paint your nails with a thin coat of turquoise blue polish. I’m using a nameless polish from Love & Beauty.

Step 3: Optional, but do a second (or even third) coat until the polish is opaque.

Step 3: Optional, but do a second (or even third) coat until the polish is opaque.

Step 4: Use a small brush or a q-tip to paint a layer of Vaseline around your nail. I went up to the first knuckle. This step is essential! Don't forget to cover the pads of your fingers too. You could use tape as well.

Step 4: Use a small brush or a q-tip to paint a layer of Vaseline around your nail so the polish won’t stick to your fingers. I went up to the first knuckle. This step is essential! Don’t forget to cover the pads of your fingers too. You could use tape as well.

Step 5: Fill a bowl or container of some sort with cold water and drop your black polish into it. Don't make the drop too big or it'll be too heavy and sink to the bottom.

Step 5: Fill a bowl or container of some sort with cold water and drop your black polish into it – it’ll start spreading right away. Don’t make the drop too big or it’ll be too heavy and sink to the bottom.

Step 6: Keep adding drops of black polish to the center of your original drop as it spreads. You'll need probably around 5-6 drops but just eyeball it and keep dropping until your nail polish spreads out to a good size.

Step 6: Keep adding drops of black polish to the center of your original drop as it spreads. You’ll need probably around 5-6 drops but just eyeball it and keep dropping until your nail polish spreads out to a good size.

This took me forever to get just right! If the polish doesn’t spread out, or goes wonky, just use a toothpick to swirl up the polish in the water, pull it out, and try again. It might be because your container isn’t clean too. Try rinsing it out and adding fresh water. I don’t know why but cold water seems to work better.

Step 7: Spray perfume onto your polish. The alcohol will create holes in the layer of polish. The closer you spray it from, the bigger the holes will be.

Step 7: Spray perfume onto your polish. The alcohol will create holes in the layer of polish. The closer you spray it from, the bigger the holes will be. Spray it just once and wait for it to finish moving before deciding to spray again if needed.

This was my favourite part. It felt like spraying magic that suddenly gave life to my little puddle of black polish. Again if it turns out ugly and the holes are too big just use your toothpick to swirl it all up and fish it out.

Step 8: The fun part! Eyeball the holes in the layer of polish and decide what would look best on your nails.  Most tutorials recommend doing your nails one by one but I am lazy and just strategically placed my nails parallel to the surface where I thought the gaps looked best and dunked them all at once. Your call though. When your nails are in the water use a toothpick to swirl up the extra on top and pull it out. Use a tissue to wipe up around your nails where you have the Vaseline - it should come right off. Alternatively, pull off the tape at this point if you used tape (duh).

Step 8: The fun part! Eyeball the holes in the layer of polish and decide what would look best on your nails. Most tutorials recommend doing your nails one by one but I am lazy and just strategically placed my nails parallel to the surface where I thought the gaps looked best and dunked them all at once. Your call though. When your nails are in the water use a toothpick to swirl up the extra on top and pull it out before taking your nails out of the water so it won’t all cling to you. Use a tissue to wipe up around your nails where you have the Vaseline – it should come right off. Alternatively, pull off the tape at this point if you used tape (duh).

Step 9: The not so fun part. Use a q-tip or brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up whatever you couldn't tissue off.

Step 9: The not so fun part. Use a q-tip or brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up whatever you couldn’t tissue off.

Step 10: Let the water spotted layer of polish dry and TADA! You could stop here if you wanted and skip straight to putting on topcoat.

Step 10: Let the water spotted layer of polish dry and TADA! You could stop here if you wanted and skip straight to putting on topcoat.

Step 11: Drop a few drops of gold nail polish onto a piece of paper and use a toothpick (or if you're fancy and have a fine detail brush use that) to dab on little patches of gold in random places. I think it looks best when the sizes of the gold flecks are really different and not so uniform. They look best placed on really black areas when you leave a millimeter or so outline.

Step 11: Drop a few drops of gold nail polish onto a piece of paper and use a toothpick (or if you’re fancy and have a fine detail brush use that) to dab on little patches of gold in random places. I think it looks best when the sizes of the gold flecks are really different and not so uniform. They look best placed on really black areas when you leave a millimeter or so outline.

Step 12: Wait for your nails to dry for a bit and then slather on some topcoat. I use Seche Vite.

Step 12: Wait for your nails to dry for a bit and then slather on some topcoat. I use Seche Vite.

Et voila! Gold flecked turquoise water spotted nails.

…et voila! Gold flecked turquoise water spotted nails.

Closer

A look at then nails on my other hand.

Another shot

Another look at my (better looking) hand

Hope this helps out anyone wanting to try out waterspotting! Let me know if you try it out and how it goes.

Julep May 2013: The Full Shebang Upgrade Unboxing

Oooh, I’ve been itching to get this box ever since the maven selection window opened. I loved everything this month, and for the first time had to go for the full upgrade. This month’s theme for Julep was “Set the Stage” and was 1920s flapper themed, probably to coincide with the release of the Great Gatsby (which I really really want to watch!). Well after waiting for what felt like forever, I finally got it in the mail yesterday. Here’s what I got:

Yay! I feel like I've been waiting for this box for ages

Yay! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this box for ages

Opening the lid.. I love the tissue paper they used this month! I don't know if you can see, but it has glitter in it. So pretty!

Opening the lid.. I love the tissue paper they used this month! I don’t know if you can see, but it has glitter in it. So pretty!

Opening up the tissue paper... Love how the bow and crinkle paper matches the tissue paper. This month was 1920s/The Great Gatsby themed

Opening up the tissue paper… Love how the bow and crinkle paper match!

Paris, Zelda, Millie, Gabrielle, Coco, Alice, Clara, Myrtle, and Zora

All of the polishes from this month: Paris, Zelda, Millie, Gabrielle, Coco, Alice, Clara, Myrtle, and Zora

This months box also included Julep's new lip trios and included both sets, Paris and New York

This months box also included Julep’s new mini lip trios and included both sets, Paris and New York.

Julep's Paris Jazz Lip Trio in Charleston (cranberry lip sheer), Sweet Lorraine (bubblegum pink lip sheer), and Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

Julep’s Paris Jazz Lip Trio in Charleston (cranberry lip sheer), Sweet Lorraine (bubblegum pink lip sheer), and Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

Julep's New York Jazz Lip Trio in Tea for Two (nude shimmer lip sheer), Satin Doll (poppy lip sheer), and  Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

Julep’s New York Jazz Lip Trio in Tea for Two (nude shimmer lip sheer), Satin Doll (poppy lip sheer), and Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

So many goodies this month! This month also had Julep's Sugar Smooch Lip Scrub. I haven't tried this yet but  it smells amazing! Something like sugar cookies or maple syrup

So many goodies this month! This month also had Julep’s Sugar Smooch Lip Scrub. I haven’t tried this yet but it smells amazing! It’s super sugary and sweet, something like sugar cookies or maple syrup

American Beauty Volumizing Mascara

This month was really makeup heavy, and included Julep’s American Beauty Volumizing Mascara

A close up of the American Beauty Mascara brush.. The mascara has tiny little fibers to lengthen lashes. Super excited to try this out! My short stubby lashes need all the help they can get.

A close up of the American Beauty Mascara brush.. It’s hard to see, but if you click the photo to zoom in you can see the mascara has tiny little fibers to lengthen lashes. Super excited to try this out! My short stubby lashes need all the help they can get.

This month Julep also included floral hair pins as a surprise extra. Super cute! The white and coral are perfect for summer.

This month Julep also included floral hair pins as a surprise extra. Super cute! The white and coral are perfect for summer. They’re surprisingly big too and the antique looking brass makes them look really nice.

Julep's May 2013 Full Upgrade Box

Everything in all it’s glory: Julep’s May 2013 Full Upgrade Box

So many goodies this month! Normally I skip or just go for one of the profile boxes, but I couldn’t resist treating myself and getting everything for May since at the time I was just about to finish writing all of my final exams. A girl’s gotta treat herself right? Anyways I haven’t tried anything out yet, but will post reviews when I do!

If you’re interested in signing up for Julep’s Maven Program, you can use the code PENNY or FREEBOX to get your first box free by clicking here. Lots of love to you if you use my referral code 1668128! :)

Topbox May 2013 “February Favourites” Unboxing

I am seriously loving how quick Topbox is getting their boxes out now – it seems like they’re really on top of things lately where I’ve been getting my boxes on the 10th, rather than just the shipping notice and having to wait another week for it to get to me from the East coast.

So for May we had the choice of a slew of different boxes, and at first I picked the February Favourites box, hoping for a chance to get the Deborah Lippmann polish in Ray of Light (it was that, or Since I Fell For You) because I was super jealous of everyone who opted for the regular box back in February. But a few weeks ago Topbox sent out an email offering to let anyone who chose the February box  to opt out, and I got cold feet so I decided to not get it anymore and clicked the link they provided in the email. So of course I was rather surprised when I opened up my tube today and got it.

Yay, I'm loving how fast this comes every month.

Yay, I’m loving how fast this comes every month.

A quick look inside

A quick look inside

B Kamins Nutrient Replacement Cream -15mL (), Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation - 1g (), Deborah Lippmann Since I Fell For You - 15mL ($20)

B Kamins Nutrient Replacement Cream -15mL ($50.67), Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation – 1g ($8.40), Deborah Lippmann Since I Fell For You – 15mL ($20)

Another look at the MUFE foundation

Another look at the MUFE foundation

Overall, this is a great box with a really high value – altogether it’s worth about $79. However, I can’t help but feel a little annoyed that I got the box I opted out of receiving… Especially since I got the very nail polish that I didn’t want in the first place! The MUFE foundation is too dark for me as well, but maybe I can use it as a bronzer. I haven’t tried anything yet though and am going to email to see if there’s any chance I can exchange this for a regular box, which actually looked pretty good this month. Fingers crossed they’ll let me!

Which box did you get this month?

UPDATE: I emailed Topbox on Friday night to ask if I could return my box in exchange for the regular box, and this morning at 8am they got back to me and said they would send me the regular box to make up for their mistake! Yay! Super quick response and great customer service. I was thinking about cancelling my subscription but I think I will stay for a while longer since they were so great about fixing this.

NOTD: Purple Floral and Lace Nails

Whew, I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since I last posted! I finally finished my last exams two weeks ago. I went to Vegas for a few days with some friends right after, and since then have been keeping myself busy catching up on errands and with friends. I’ve got a bunch of errands to run today, but I wanted to do a quick post on the nails I did yesterday – I looove my nails right now and can’t stop staring at them haha.

Nails!

My purple and white floral and lace nails!

purple floral nails inside

A closer picture in natural light

I went with purple because my backyard is full of all sorts of purple flowers in bloom right now

I went with purple because my backyard is full of all sorts of purple flowers in bloom right now

Maybelline Unbreakable White, Essie Play Date, OPI Here Today Aragon Tomorrow, Julep Viola, and Glitzology Crown Royal.

The nail polishes I used: Maybelline Unbreakable White, Essie Play Date, OPI Here Today Aragon Tomorrow, Julep Viola, and Glitzology Crown Royal.

This was my first time trying to do floral nails and I have to say they are a lot easier to do than it looks! I just painted some blobs on with the brush and then used a sewing pin to wiggle on some leaves and some darker squiggles inside the blobs – voila! Flowers. I’m a little sad though – I put a thick coat of Seche Vite on to protect my design and what does it do but troll me and make my flowers bleed :( Oh well, next time I’ll wait longer before putting on top coat.  The lace nail stickers I got from a swap with Christine. I love how easy they were to apply – I’m going to need to ask her where she got them from!

Ok, off to run errands now! I’ve got a million and one things I want to post though so expect to hear from me again soon :)

Julep March Secret Store Purchases

I got home just a little while ago and found my secret store purchase waiting for me, so I wanted to do a quick post to share!

Love seeing this box on my doorstep!

Love seeing this box on my doorstep!

Wish Upon a Charm: Gold Rush set

Wish Upon a Charm: Gold Rush set

I’ve been wanting Vivien and Oscar for a while now, so I was so happy to see that they came together in a set. I wish it had been Sienna instead of Felicity in this set though, I feel like Felicity is a tad too yellow.. we’ll see. I really like the bracelet too! It’s from an Etsy seller called She & Jack. I think it’ll look super cute stacked with a bunch of friendship bracelets, or just on its own.

Yumi

Yumi

I used the free polish code I got in my Cupid’s mystery box to pick up Yumi. This is one of the colours I’ve been regretting not picking up when I had the chance to, and was so excited to see it was back in stock. I expect to be using this very soon :)

The colours I picked up

Everything came together in one box

Everything in one picture :)

Can’t wait to do my nails!!

Julep Maven March 2013 Boho Glam Box

A few days ago I got my March Julep Boho Glam box and wanted to do a quick post to share what I got with you all!

No golden box

No golden box for me :(

quick look inside

A quick look inside

everything wrapped up

Everything all wrapped up – so cute!

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Leila ($14) a “lemon yellow opalescent shimmer” and Joy ($14) a “smoky mauve creme” swatched.

I love these two colours! I picked this box because I have nothing similar to the colours in this box, versus the other boxes which had pretty standard pastel shades of lavender, pink, and mint. I haven’t tried these yet aside from swatching them, but will post pics when I do!

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Rock Star Hand Creme ($20)

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Love the inside flap of the hand creme box! This always makes me smile opening boxes of Julep product :)

The hand creme has a twist stopper, which is pretty unique. The scent is a typical sweet floral. I like the feel of it, it absorbed pretty quickly and left my hands moisturized.

Strawberry Mint Lip Blam

I LOOOVE this lip balm. This was a surprise extra they threw in for March. It smells and tastes so delicious. And I love the texture. It’s a bit more soft and greasy feeling compared to their vanilla mint lip balm, but I love it. This isn’t up on the website yet, but it sounds like it will be up on the secret store in April – I think I might need to order a backup.

march boho glam box

Julep Maven’s March 2013 Boho Glam box

Well, there you have it! This is Julep’s March Boho Glam box. I’m really happy with this box, the colours look so much prettier in person than they do in the swatches Julep had. Just 2 more sleeps away from the April selection window!! Can’t wait.

If you’re interested in signing up for Julep’s Maven program, you can use the promo code “FREEBOX” to get your first month for free by taking a style quiz and selecting your profile here. If you sign up I’d love it if you used my referral code: 1668128 <3

Sephora Triple Points on Fragrances Event Haul

A few weeks ago I made an online order during Sephora’s triple points event on all fragrance purchases. They were offering 3x the points on the entire purchase, so I thought it was a good time to pick up a few things that I’ve been eyeballing!

Everthing

Everything out of the box

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Betsy Johnson Too Too Gift Set- 50mL EDP and 10mL rollerball in a sparkly chiffon bow clutch

This was such a great deal I couldn’t pass it up! I don’t know if it was priced incorrectly, or if it was just an insane sale but I got this gift set for $15.50! Just the 50mL bottle alone costs $35.50 on the Sephora website. The scent is really similar Miss Dior Cherie, but with more strawberry. I love how fun the bottle looks! I don’t see myself using the clutch though.. :p

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Stila Loves CC Skye Set

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A look at everything out of the box

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The set included a full size Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot, Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Spectrum, and a Jewel Eye Shadow in Black Diamond

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A closer up look at the clutch – I love this!

I’ve been eyeballing this set online ever since it first came out and was priced at $100. Now it’s down to $40 and I couldn’t pass it up, especially with the triple points offer. The clutch is so gorgeous! It’s exactly the same as CC Skye’s Benatar clutch, but with silver chain instead of gold. The original clutch retails for $175. I’m heading to Vegas in April after my final exams are finished and I will definitely be bringing this with me! The whole set is such a great deal considering that the makeup inside is all full sized and retails at about $70 if you were to buy each item on its own.

don't be eggnogious vs. traffic stopper copper

Sephora by OPI Don’t Be Eggnogious vs. Sephora by OPI Traffic Stopper Copper

Last up, I bought Sephora by OPI’s Don’t Be Eggnogious, because I needed a little more to push me over the free shipping threshold. I bought this because I was curious how it would compare to Traffic Stopper Copper, which I bought a few months ago. Side by side you can tell that Don’t Be Eggnogious is an orangey copper, while Traffic Stopper Copper leans more towards a pinkish rose gold almost. They’re pretty close though!

samples

Finally here are the three free samples I picked, plus the Stila goodies I got for using the “VIBSTILA3” promo code.

The Stila VIB promo is such a great one! It includes 2 lipglazes in Loganberry and Delicate that are pretty close to full size at 1.5mL each (full size is 2.4mL). It also has a mini Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara. I’m actually in need of a new waterproof mascara, so this is perfect for me to try out!

What did you pick up during the triple points event?