Procrastination at Its Best

What should I be doing right now? School work. What am I actually doing? Sitting on my computer, jammin’ to some some country music. I don’t know what brought it on, but I got into a really big country mood today. I blame Youtube. Or Pandora. Just today, I downloaded Some Hearts and Carnival Ride by Carrie and Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves, who actually inspired today’s post.

I heard Kacey on the radio a while back, but recently saw the music video for “Follow Your Arrow.” After watching the video, I was inspired by these screenshots to make a nail look.

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With that, I present to you the nail look of the day!

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I saw Ms. Musgraves  take out the arrow fortune, and thought it was the cutest thing! After the MV, I tried my best to come with an arrow that would be simple enough for me, but still looked cute. I’d say I was marginally successful. For my thumb and index and pinky fingers, I used Wet N Wild’s I Need a Refresh-Mint.

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For my middle finger, I applied one coat of Julep’s Eden. On my pinky is 2/3 (I can’t remember) coats of Essie’s Beyond Cozy. And then for the arrow, I used Reverso from Circus by Andrea’s Choice, which I’m not really a big fan off.

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Unfortunately, there was a little bit of smudging. I’m not sure if I didn’t wait long enough before applying my top coat (but really though, I waited over 30 minutes), if I didn’t have enough product on my brush, or if my top coat (Out the Door) just smudges easily.

What music are you currently really into? What top coat do you like best? Let me know in the comments!

♡ Melissa

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Manicure Monday: Ombre Nails Take 2

I meant to have this up yesterday, but was busy with volunteering at school followed by a birthday party at Del Frisco’s.

I’ve done ombre nails before, but decided to give it another shot, with a new technique. This time around, I think my nails came out much better! Overall, I’m very happy with the results.

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The Products:

L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment/ NYC French Tip White/ Julep Eden/ Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint/ Orchid Twist of Lime/ Makeup Sponge

L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment/ NYC French Tip White/ Julep Eden/ Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint/ Orchid Twist of Lime/ Makeup Sponge

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Polish Remover/ Synthetic Brush/ Q-tip (optional)

The Procedure:

  • Paint all your nails with a base coat to protect your nails. Then, paint on a white base; this will make the colors pop and more opaque.

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  • Wait for the base color to completely dry. Then, unscrew the lid on the three colors for easy access. Take your makeup sponge and apply the first color and the last color on the sponge on half of the length of the sponge. Then, paint the second color in between the other two colors. This will create a better gradient because the the colors will blend together.
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I use the left side of the sponge for my left hand and the right side for my right hand.

  • Line up the sponge with your finger. Then using a rolling motion, keep your finger still and move the sponge. Depending on how much polish you use, you may have to do this 1-2 times.

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  • Once you finish a nail, apply top coat. This will smooth out the design and make the colors blend flawlessly!
  • Repeat steps 2-4 on each nail.
  • Once all your nails are done, clean up your skin with polish remover and a brush/Q-tip.

That’s it for this Manicure Monday! I actually planned on stamping on a design from my Konad m95 plate, but as I was testing it for a review, it came out horrible, so I decided to go without it.

I hope that this tutorial was somewhat helpful and if you have any questions, you can comment below or email me! If you try out this manicure, please tag me at @lilkwazylau on instagram!

I hope that everyone enjoys the rest of the week!

~Melissa

Julep Maven Unboxing: April 2013

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve been really busy. I’ve had to worry about both normal testing and AP testing. With that being said, I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting over the next couple of months, but hopefully, I’ll be able to get a few posts in since this week is TAKS week.

So for this first post, I want to share my April Julep box with you guys. I actually got the box really early, it was at the end of March. That’s one thing I really like about Julep- you get the package before the month even starts. Anyways, I took pictures on my phone the instant I tore open the package, but I’ve been too lazy to make a formal post.

Now that the rest of this week is going to be relatively chill, I decided, why not post it now. So here we go!

This month’s theme was “Turn on the Brights.” To go along with the theme, they packaged the products in bright colored tissue paper and it just looked über cute.

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This month’s bonus gift was a pink rock candy! Yum!

The boxes also now include the “Swatch Me!” Stickers. I’m not sure how long they’ve been doing this since my last order was in February, but it was a pleasant surprise for me. While I was glad that they sent the stickers, I wish they put them on a page so that you could peel them off yourself. Since they placed the sticker on the top, you would have to remove it swatch the color. Obviously, this isn’ that big of a deal, but it would help the stickers stay intact longer. Whatevs, I’m just a demanding person.

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I chose this box over the others because the rest of them came with the new dry shampoo. While I appreciate dry shampoo and wouldn’t have minded trying it out, I would rather have nail polish. Since I didn’t choose a box with the dry shampoo, I got 3 nail polishes instead of the standard 2.

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Left to Right: Abbie, Mackenzie, and Eden

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Abbie

This color is described as a “sunshine yellow créme with a neon créme finish.”

I actually really like this color. It’s unlike any yellows that I have, and unlike any that I’ve seen at the drugstore. The only thing is that this color is very sheer and you may need to apply more than 2 coats. You also need to make sure you use a base coat. I applied the color to a finger to test it out, but I was too lazy to take it off, so I kept it on for about a week. Once I removed it the color, if left my finger yellow, and it’s been that way for about 2 weeks now.

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This one is described as a “sour apple green frost.”

I feel like this is a very accurate description. The “frost” is spot on since it has a pearly sheen to it. This too is unlike any green I’ve really come across. This color, like the yellow, is very sheer and can stain your nails.

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This last polish is described as “a bright violet créme.”

This polish, out of the three, might be my favorite, but this might be due to my bias towards purple. I’m not sure I would categorize this color as a bright violet. Clearly, it is purple, but I think it’s more on the blue side. It has a matte looking finish, and I just really like it in general. This one doesn’t stain your nails and requires two coats.

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One coat of each color

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Two coats for each

Overall, I was very pleased with this box. I haven’t done an actual manicure with any of the colors yet, but I’m hoping that I’m able to do one soon.

What did you think of the April Box? Did you have any favorites?

~Melissa