Nail Polish Love

Mani Monday After An Accidental Vacay…

mani monday julep

So I accidentally took a vacation from this blog. Whoops.

The past week my allergies have been truly horrendous… it’s been migraine city. Add that to some crazy work stuff this past week, and I have basically been avoiding screens and computers like the plague.  I never thought it’d last a whole week, and so never announced anything here. So that’s my bad.

But for my triumphant post migraine week return, I have the first Mani Monday in a while, and it marks a kind of special milestone for me. Not only are my nails long enough and healthy enough to paint again (finally! No more cello gigs for a while), but this mani has the distinction of being the very first manicure I’ve managed to wear chip-free for an ENTIRE week! I painted them last Sunday, and actually am still sporting them today – although I got my first chip this morning so they’ll be off by tonight.

I can honestly say I never thought I’d see the day.

But anyway, the polish: the base is Julep Evelyn (which I got in a maven box recently) and the glitter for the gradient is China Glaze Pizzazz (from the 2012 Holiday collection). I was going to use my OPI Rainbow Connection (Holiday 2011 Muppets Collection), but I decided the smaller glitter in Pizzazz would make for an easier job, and I think I was right. Evelyn is just a hair darker than in the picture, but without losing that very pinky-purple tint.

mani monday julep closeup
Pardon my dry cuticles and the tip wear – nail blogger I am not…

Both polishes applied beautifully, although Evelyn took an absurdly long time to dry, even though I used very very thin coats – but it was also very hot and humid that day, so it may be less a formula issue, and more a quirk of the weather conditions. Pizzazz was a very dense glitter, which made doing a gradient a little more difficult, but I figured out if I pushed it down the nail from the tip instead of painting thin coats like I normally would, it worked beautifully in terms of glitter distribution. It did leave some odd textures in the clear part of the polish, but a coat of my trusty Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat evened that right out.

Overall, I love both polishes (both were untried for me), though the dry time was a bit irritating. I ended up with some thin patches (evident in the closeup) because I got frustrated and wasn’t willing to wait another hour for another coat to dry. But I love the color and the finish, so I’ll have to use Evelyn again on a less rainforesty weather day to see if that makes a difference.

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  • jenn

    I typically like how my Julep polishes come out. However, I hate that most of my julep colors seem to be the same in these monthly boxes. They have soooo many colors available. You’d think I’d have less pinks and purples coming to my door!

    • Magpiemakingdo

      Agreed 1000%. I’m lucky because I became a maven back when there was no skip limit (apparently there is now?) so I’ve just been skipping when the polishes are too similar… I do so wish they’d mix it up a bit!

    • Magpiemakingdo

      No streaks on this one! Honestly, if it hadn’t been so muggy and humid (so I did VERY thin coats to try to mitigate drying/dentable time), this actually could have been a one-coater.

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