New Release: Julep — July 2018 “Hot Tropics”

Collection: Julep 2018 July “Hot Tropics”

Julep’s May 2018 collection consists of six new and one repromoted shades of bright nail color, plus a new body cleanser, Rethink Your Shower Hydrating Cleansing Oil (296 mL for $38 / $30.40 Maven):

Julep Rethink Your Shower Hydrating Cleansing Oil (July 2018)

This month’s Nail Color shades are mostly brights (one vampy) in shimmery, metallic, frosty, and holographic finishes.

From Julep:

Welcome to the Jungle

Heat waves and dripping humidity meet cool reflection with vibrant jewels-of-the-jungle polish shades. Get drenched in energetic flora tones with radiating finishes.

Here are the seven polishes for July:

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Free Canada Day Nail Vinyls from Nail Polish Canada (2018)

Hi everybody! Once again, in anticipation of Canada Day on July 1, Nail Polish Canada is giving away a number of Canada Day nail vinyls by Whats Up Nails!

The first ten people (Canadian addresses only, please) to use the coupon code QJRG3846006 will receive the nail vinyls for free.

Nail Polish Canada free Canada Day Nail Vinyls by Whats Up Nails

If all ten have already been redeemed, you can check Nail Polish Canada for a list of other participating blogs, each with a unique redemption code.

My free vinyls haven’t arrived yet, but I’ll post pics here when they do! 🇨🇦

Disclaimer: This product is a press sample and was provided by Nail Polish Canada as part of a promotion. There are no referral links in this post.

[Images: nailpolishcanada.com / Whats Up Nails.]

New Release: OPI — Pop Culture (Summer 2018)

 

Collection: OPI 2018 Summer, Pop Culture

OPI has released a new effects collection, Pop Culture, for Summer 2018!

Introducing six new vibrant colors infused with bubble-like translucent particles for textured nails like you’ve never seen before.

 

The new collection consists of 6 new limited edition shades of Nail Lacquer. Frankly, I hate most textured polishes, and a bubble effect on the nail just makes me think of disease. Shudder. Hard pass for me.

At least the colors look cute! They’re a little shimmery, too.

Pink Bubbly
Ahhh, sip slowly and enjoy a nail polish manicure of pure pink effervescence.

OPI Pops
Raspberry red nail polish to make your nails POP-POP-POP!

Hate to Burst Your Bubble
A not so mellow yellow nail polish that treats your nails to an explosive burst of color.

Bumpy Road Ahead
Hang on! A galactic blue nail polish that will launch your nails into another dimension.

Days of Pop
Let your nail polish tell a story about your favorite old jeans and a bottle of pop.

Pop Star
Bring on the paparazzi! This poppin’ purple nail polish is ready to pounce.

4-pc Mini Set
OPI Pops, Pink Bubbly, Pop Star, Days of Pop

Happy Shopping!

[Images via opi.com]

Happy Nail Polish Day! L’Oréal — Bleu Nu (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Spring 2018, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer

Happy Nail Polish Day, everyone!

I am still reeling from the effects of watching the series finale of one of my very favorite shows of the last decade, The Americans. (It aired on Wednesday, but Mr. Fivezero and I didn’t have time to watch it until last night.) It was the best series ending I’ve seen for…I don’t even know how long. It was brilliantly written, brilliantly acted, brilliantly directed. It’s gut-wrenching, haunting, and the show remained true to itself to the very last frame. I cannot recommend this series enough, if you were not lucky enough to have watched it from the beginning.

The Americans on FX Season 6 poster

The Americans Season 6,
with Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.

Anyway, onto the polish! This is my first nail polish swatch in eons. Pardon my cuticles.

Bleu Nu (442) is a newer release in L’Oréal’s fantastic line of Colour Riche Vernis à l’Huile nail polishes. I spotted it in stores earlier in the spring, but didn’t feel like ponying up $11.99 for a couple of bottles. Luckily for me, I did manage to pick up two from the collection on clearance last month. I got Bleu Nu, Sable Tuileries, and I thought I was getting Rouge Opéra, the red from the collection, but it was just Rouge Amour which I already owned. D’oh! Ah well, can you ever have enough red creams?

This one is a deeper, electric blue shimmer. My favorite thing about this shade is that it should seem flashier, but actually it has an elegance to it. Really quite nice, though probably fairly easily duped elsewhere.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Bleu Nu

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Bleu Nu

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New Release: OPI — Grease (Summer 2018)

 

Collection: OPI 2018 Summer, Grease

OPI has released a Grease collection for Summer 2018!

I will fully disclose that I have never seen Grease in any format! I am familiar with a couple of the songs, of course, like “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Guess I should add the movie to my watchlist this summer…

The new collection consists of 15 new shades of Nail Lacquer, and 12 new shades for the Infinite Shine and Gel lines. The first 12 shades are available in all three product lines; the last 3 are only available in Nail Lacquer and have a Leather effect.

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New Release: Julep — June 2018 (Plus an Update for Canadian Subscribers)

Collection: Julep 2018 June

Happy Victoria Day! I didn’t grow up in Canada, so whenever there’s a holiday and I don’t know what it’s for, I guess “Victoria Day?” and that’s what happened again last week.

Anyway, Julep’s June 2018 collection consists of five new and two repromoted shades of nail color, plus three new shades of It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Blush, Skip a Beat, and Blind Date (4.1 g for $20 / $16 Maven):

Julep It's Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Blind Date, Blush, Skip a Beat (June 2018)

This month’s Nail Color shades are mostly pastels in several finishes. Elisa and May are repromotes.

From Julep:

Seaside escapes are so much better when paired with a sun-drenched palette of nail colors. These easy, breezy shades will transport you to a total summer state of mind.

Here are the seven polishes for June:

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Nina Ricci Les Monstres Nina & Luna perfumes, 2018 limited edition

Perfume Notes: Mother’s Day Edition (April 2018)

Hey, I’m squeezing in my April perfume notes just in time for Mother’s Day (May 13, 2018)!

Spring is in the air, and while my list contains a fair few carryovers from the winter, there are also many romantic, warm weather-friendly scents, as well. If you haven’t bought your mom (or yourself!) a gift, yet, I hope these mini reviews will give you some ideas.

  • Alaïa Alaïa
  • Alaïa Alaïa Blanche
  • Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage
  • Annick Goutal Rose Absolue
  • Annick Goutal Rose Pompon
  • Annick Goutal Songes EDT & EDP
  • Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise
  • Atelier Flou Sloane Rose
  • Calvin Klein Eternity Air
  • Chanel Les Exclusifs: Coromandel EDP
  • Dior J’Adore
  • Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Fig
  • Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Nectar de Parfum
  • Jennifer Aniston Near Dusk
  • Maison Margiela Replica: Lipstick On
  • Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDT
  • Nina Ricci Les Monstres: Luna & Nina
  • Ormonde Jayne Ta’if
  • Paco Rabanne Olympéa Aqua EDP Légère
  • Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger
  • Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire: Orchidée Vanille
  • Vera Wang Embrace: Marigold & Gardenia (yellow florals, melon)
  • Vera Wang Embrace: Rose Buds & Vanilla
  • Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris EDT

I also tested all of the scents in the Berdoues sampler I got from Sephora, but I’ll write a separate blog post for those!


ALAÏA
Alaïa

Alaïa EDP 100 mL2015 | Marie Salamagne
Top Notes: airy notes, pink pepper
Heart Notes: freesia, peony
Base Notes: animalic notes, musk

I wanted very much to love the eponymous first fragrance from designer Alaïa, especially since the bottle is so beautiful, but it didn’t move me. It is deep and a bit dark, but also a little too cloying. I wouldn’t mind trying it again for a better grasp of it, but my initial impression is not very favorable. I don’t love any of the notes in it, so I suppose it is not a surprise that I didn’t fall for it.

The stunning bottle design echoes Alaïa’s gorgeous, laser cut handbags:

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