Yes Earth Day was over week ago but being as it is the last few weeks of the semester I didn’t have time to do any festive nails. Alas I made some time this weekend to try out this combo of OPI ‘Jade is the New Black’, ‘Green-wich Village’ and ‘Mermaid Tears’. and by golly do I love it! Reminds me very much of the blue mermaid fin marble I did last year for autism awareness. I am feeling a little short of words today as I’ve been cramming so much this week so enjoy these photos!
Posted by mucking fusser On April 30, 2014
Posted by mucking fusser On June 6, 2013
So the lumina lacquers I go yesterday had to hold off since the rain decided to make the sun hide. But don’t worry you won’t be dissapointed for what have in store with them!
For tonight I decided to review my Julep box that I got this month, something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. I was planning on doing a watermarble with them but these colors were just not agreeing with me. But hey whattya gona do? So here are swatches and what I think about em.
At first with this months box I thought of skipping it. Preppy styles just aren’t my thing, which was the theme of this months box, and I didn’t really see any colors that I absolutely needed. But being the Julep fan that I am I couldn’t resist, so I went with my usual style of Bombshell which included Reagan, Payton, Juleps new Dynamic Do-all Concealer Creme and some salt water taffy.
Here we have two coats of Payton a vibrant green creme with top coat. This polish was a tad bit on the thick side, but not overly thick. One coat would not be enough for full opacity. I would call it more of a crelly.
Decided to try out my new Cult Nails ‘Wax That‘ top coat with my Juleps. Really loving the way Wax that made this green look. I almost wish it would of just had that finish. I wore this color out to dinner this evening and really loved the vibrantness of it. Besides the application I say thumbs up.
Again I used two coats but of Reagan, a semi dark pink creme. Reagan was also kind of thick for a cream, in my world. Unlike Payton, Reagan had opacity with one coat. I felt the need to add another for it was not smooth to my liking.
Had to add Cult Nails ‘Wax That’ to this one as well. I think I shall be waxing many more things, nail wise that is.
As for the concealer I personally don’t wear much makeup so I really didn’t know how I would feel about it. I choose the medium skin tone for myself. It does include 25 SPF which is a plus for me. The photo on the left is without and the photo on the right is with the concealer.
I’m hoping next months box will be a little better last month I wasn’t to found of the lipstick and went with the It Girl style where you get three polishes and no beauty products. I feel as though I should of done that now with this month.
Julep is semi responsible for starting my love for nail polish. Back in December they were having so many sales where polishes that usually go for $15 were only $3. They are having their first online warehouse sale, which I suggest you check out. It is going to be for 24 hours starting June 17th 6:00am PDT.
If you’d like to sign up to be a maven and receive your first box for just a penny follow the link below and make sure to enter FREEBOX at checkout.
Posted by mucking fusser On March 15, 2013
Hey everyone! Wanted to make a tutorial for this clover water marble design so everyone could have rocking clovers on their nails for St. Paddys Day! I hope it helps in everyones Water Marbling endeavors!
For this Water Marble I ended up using some lovely Julep colors called Leah & Hoch, Enjoy!
What you will need:
White, Dark & Light green polish; toothpicks & cotton swabs; nail polish remover; masking tape; small plastic bathroom cup with rom temperature filtered water; Large stick could be an orange stick (to pick up excess polish) paper towels
1.) After doing some trials (which tends to be a must need) I found that using one coat of white and then one coat of Julep’s Leah gave me the best results as my base. Paint your nails with these colors and let them dry for a few minutes.
2.) Rip off a piece of short masking tape to wrap around your finger near the base of the nail and then rip off another longer piece of masking tape to wrap around the sides and top of your finger (fingers can be wrapped individually or all at once)
3.) Open your polishes and begin creating a bull eyes like design by dropping a drop of each color one after the other. Once you have a nice small green circle in the middle you are ready to make the design
4.) Take your toothpick (or other tool) and GENTLY drag to the center of the small circle (Wipe your pick after each use) Do this from the opposite side and then very gently dip the pick into the center of the design. This will create a tighter design attach to the two sides together. If need be dip the pick again to pick up more polish (As seen in #10 the toothpick has some excess polish that I picked up from the middle of the design)
5.) Now from the other side’s drag your pick in the same fashion. Dipping the toothpick to pick up any unwanted polish in the middle of the clover. (As seen in #12 this creates a nice tight design)
6.) Next with your taped finger place the nail directly on top of the clover. Placement is key for this water marble design. Don’t rush after you have your design, find where you need to place your finger so that it lines up in the middle.
7.) After dipping your finger leave it submerged in the water so that any excess polish can be picked up (using the large stick). If you brought your finger back up without doing this then your design would be ruined.
8.) Slowly take your finger out of the water to prevent air bubbles and CAREFULLY take the tape off of your finger, you wouldn’t want to ruin your amazing design!
9.) Clean up around your cuticles with an orange stick and then with some cotton swabs dipped in Nail polish remover. For nicer clean up use a small brush to get all the polish off of your fingers.
10.) Let your nails dry and apply a top coat!
I hope this helps anyone wanting to try out this clover look for St. Paddys Day! If you have any questions please ask me on here, instagram (@mucking_fusser) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Happy St. Paddys day everyone!