Julep Nail Color in Christa, swatch

Julep — Christa (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Julep 2015 Summer, July “Holo Nights/Days Mystery Box”

It’s rare for me to find my name in a cosmetic item—even though I really do not have an uncommon English name—and I almost always buy a similar-named one when I see it. Over the years, I’ve picked up NARS Christina lipstick and nail polishes Zoya Christinna, NYX Christine, and Julep Chrissy, Christi, and Christa. Only one of those is my actual name!

So, when Julep ran a $4 charity sale back in September, I took the opportunity to pick up Christa, which was originally released in a 2015 Mystery Box. Julep calls it a “Purple Twilight Liquid Holographic.”

Julep’s stock photos make this look pinker than it is; to me, it’s a more neutral—and probably even bluer—purple with a silvery finish. The holo is on the subtler side, so in some light it just looks like a silver purple shimmer. In bright sunlight, you’ll see a stronger pink shift and soft holo effect.

Julep Nail Color in Christa

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Essie Gel Couture in Twill Seeker, swatch

Essie — Twill Seeker (Gel Couture) Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring, Gel Couture Launch: Atelier

Today I have another Essie Gel Couture color sent by one of my favorite online nail polish stores, Nail Polish Canada.

Twill Seeker (80) is from the original Spring 2016 launch, in particular the Atelier collection. It’s one of the shades that definitely caught me eye, as it’s a little different from most of the other Gel Couture shades, which tend to come in cream finishes. This one is a vampy greyed purple with veins of fine green shimmer.

Purple and green combinations are not too unusual these days, but this is a really gorgeously executed version, with an inky purple and subtle glints of green.

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Life's Grimm, swatch

China Glaze — Life’s Grimm (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Happy Halloween! 🎃

Collection: China Glaze 2017 Fall, Happily Never After (Halloween)

Today’s polish is from China Glaze’s recently released Halloween-themed collection. You can check out my other reviews from this collection:

Life’s Grimm (84084) is a blackened pewter olive with a charcoal base and plenty of antiqued green-gold shimmer.

The Grimm fairy tales are, of course, quite terrifying in their original, un-Disney-fied forms, and make a perfect Halloween theme.

Grimm fairy tale illustrations by Arthur Rackham
Grimm fairy tale illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
Source: Animation Resources

The polish is a blackened pewter olive with a charcoal base and plenty of antiqued green-gold shimmer.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Life's Grimm

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Queen, Please!, swatch

China Glaze — Queen, Please! (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2017 Fall, Happily Never After (Halloween)

2017-10-27 EDIT: I’ve layered Queen, Please! over Crown for Whatever, and added the swatch photos at the end of this review. Worth it.

This is another stunner from China Glaze’s recently released Halloween-themed collection. I’ve previously reviewed Sin-derella, which is drop dead gorgeous.

Queen, Please! (84079) is a sheer but extremely shimmery, pale pinked champagne microglitter with a golden mint flash.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Queen, Please!

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Essie Gel Couture in Sage You Love Me, swatch

Essie — Sage You Love Me (Gel Couture) Review

Collection: Essie 2017 Spring, Monique Lhuillier Bridal

I’ve been sitting on several shades of Essie’s Gel Couture nail polish for a while, now—they were launched last spring!—but somehow I never got around to trying them out. When one of my favorite online nail polish stores, Nail Polish Canada, contacted me about reviewing a couple of the Gel Couture colors, I was happy to oblige, and now I feel quite silly for having waited so long to try these.

I was sent the Gel Couture Top Coat (which I had actually already owned, haha!) and I chose two shades: Sage You Love Me, from Spring 2017’s Monique Lhuillier Bridal collection, and Twill Seeker, from the original Spring 2016 launch.

Today, I am reviewing Sage You Love Me (1044), which I wore all last week with the corresponding top coat. It’s a really lovely, soft and dusty sage green cream—I usually don’t go for sage greens, but this one is nicely balanced and neither too cool nor too warm. I like it a lot on my warm-toned skin, and I think it would work well on a good range of skintones.

We had quite a bit of overcast weather last week, so this muted color turned out to be a perfect choice! I also think Essie often do subtle colors amazingly well—so many of their shades seem less than unique in the bottle, but on the nail you can see that they are nuanced and well-balanced.

Essie Gel Couture in Sage You Love Me

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Julep Nail Color in Christi, swatch

Julep — Christi (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Julep 2017 Fall, October “Trancing in the Moonlight”

It’s rare for me to find my name in a cosmetic item—even though I really do not have an uncommon English name—and I almost always buy a similar-named one when I see it. Over the years, I’ve picked up NARS Christina lipstick and nail polishes Zoya Christinna, NYX Christine, and Julep Chrissy and Christa. Only one of those is my actual name!

So, when Julep released a polish named Christi in their latest collection, I was thrilled to see that it was a color I liked, and included it in my October Maven Box. Julep calls it an “enchanted teal shimmer”. I don’t think it’s super-enchanting (somehow that evokes iridescence in my mind) but it’s hot stuff, nonetheless.

It’s a deep, vampy teal shimmer that leans a little more green—at least on me—though when I removed it, it looked very blue and stained my nails blue. These deep, rich blue shades always seem to stain horribly. Small price to pay for such gorgeousness, in my opinion.

Julep Nail Color in Christi

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Londontown Lakur Enhanced Colour in Emerald Tower, swatch

Londontown — Emerald Tower (Lakur Enhanced Colour) Review

Brand: Londontown

Londontown is, like butter LONDON, an American nail polish brand inspired by all things British, complete with British spelling and slang.

I recently came across a few Londontown shades, and picked up a couple for review. I’d heard of them before, as I they were offered by Ipsy a while back, though I sadly did not receive one.

Emerald Tower is described as a “creamy hunter green.” It’s a rich, ultra-dramatic shade of vampy green in a cream finish.

Londontown Lakur Enhanced Colour in Emerald Tower

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