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Happy Holidays

I hope everyone is having a wonderful season, this is my first blogging christmas :) 
I just got a laptop for school next semester but blogging will be so much easier with my own place to store pics and stuff. 

**I wish you many snow days and lots of cups of cocoa!**


College VoxBox Review

           I am so excited for this blogpost today, I am going to review the items I was sent from These items were sent to me for review, I did not pay for them, but that does not change my opinions on any of these products.

 Here's the video I made if you want to see any of this stuff in "real life"! 

Pentel Energelx Pen in Purple 
From the company:
"EnerGel-X is the latest addition to the EnerGel family of Liquid Gel Pens. The high-performance ink technology combines the best qualities of liquid and gel ink for a super-smooth writing experience. The Gel ink dries so fast even left-handed writers love it - no smears, no smudges and no globs. The barrel provides maximum comfort and control with a latex-free grip. Constructed from 84% recycled plastic, EnerGel-X is part of the Pentel Recycology line dedicated to reducing landfill waste and protecting the environment."
From me:
If you're a lefty let me tell you; you need this pen! It writes amazingly smooth and pretty without getting so much ink out that it gets on your hand. It is not like those ballpoint pens that goo out sticky blobs of ink either, it glides smooth almost like a gel pen- but way better! The color is extremely vibrant it looks like a marker almost- without bleeding through your paper.

Tropical Necco Wafers:
From the company:

"Necco has introduced a new delicious candy item to be hitting store shelves soon! A tropical version of the famous Necco Wafer will feature such exotic favors as Coconut, Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Lime, Banana and Mango. 
The crunchy, sugary wafers will be sure to take your mouth to exotic places while you indulge on the many tropical tastes.This will be one of the first times Necco Tropical Wafers will be consumed by candy fans! Enjoy"
From me:
I just don't like this candy. I think that the flavors are really cool though and smell awesome! So tropical! But if you like original necco wafers than you'll probably like these even more because of the new flavors.

NYC New York Color Showtime litter eyeliner:
From the company:
"Missing the spark? Get it out there with New York Color's Show Time Glitter Eyeliner Pencils! Play it soft by painting on precise, crystalline lines or vamp it up with bold jewel-encrusted designs. These incredibly daring liners are loaded with sparkling micro-glitter to bring impact to any eye look!"
From me:
I love this eyeliner, it's so smooth and easy to work with. I think the amount of glitter is perfect and the way it blends out makes it easy to use for a smudgy look. The black is really dark and is comparable to my Urban Decay liner in zero, except this one also has glitter! Click HERE to see the eyeliner in action in my 5 simple eyeliner looks video!

Broadway Impress Press-On Manicure:
From the Company:
"Introducing imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, the revolutionary way to apply polish! Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! And, imPRESS is so easy to remove, you can change it up to match your mood as often as you want. Check out all 36 colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints. With imPRESS, your nails will always be your best accessory.
imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!"
From me: Click HERE to read my extensive review on the Broadway nails, which I did since I am writing a nail blog! 



Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure

Hey There,
Today I am writing a quirky review on these really cool products I received from!
I want to mention before I start that this product did not work out for me personally  (I'll explain) but I am definitely buying a set for my cousin because I think they are great!

Application process: These fake are the easiest things ever to apply! You just peel off a little plastic thing and press it on your nail; no glue, no drying time! I had to press some of them a little harder than others if they weren't lining up to the curve of my nail. I love that there are SO many of the nails in one set. There's more than enough for two applications so you can wear them for a really long time simply replacing a few here and there! 

The look: I LOVED the shape of these, very classic and not extra long and ridiculous at all. I used the leopard print pattern and I think it looks really cool personally. 

Wear: I'm just going to say it right off the bat, these did not last me a week. Some lasted through two showers and two sleeps but many did not. I'm not going to lie though, if it was getting loose I peeled it off. I didn't just let a floppy nail stay on my nail because I don't think that counts as it lasting. 

Removal: The ones that do stay on your nails long enough that you want to purposefully remove them, its not hard at all. I recommend washing your hands with hot/warm water and soap to loosen them but but you don't even need to do that. Also, they don't damage your nails at all upon removal like regular acrylics.

Cons: I just have to say, I probably won't wear these again because my nails are just too big for them! None of them fit on my thumb nail and I used all "thumb nail" ones for the rest of my fingers pretty much. I think these are better for tweens say 10-14 or any adult who doesn't have big nails. This isn't really their fault because my nail beds are just really big, but I can't honestly say I will repurchase for myself.

Where to buy: These are at drugstores like CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, Kmart, Walgreens, Walmart etc. They're only $5.99 for plain colors and $7.99 for patterns which is a great price for two applications! 

Check out more reviews on
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Funky Puzzle Nails

I hope you enjoy this video tutorial I posted inspired by a jigsaw puzzle! It's really easy if you're just a bit patient! 

Nail Tutorial Video: City Skyline

I don't know why but somehow when I type I tend to sound like a cowboy half the time.. I dunno y'all! 
Anyhoo- I did these adorable City Skyline at Night nails and I put together a video tutorial for it so I hope you check it out! I have used the Sally Girl 94 cent polish in IQ as the base color and then just a toothpick and skewer with black silver and yellow paints for the designs. 

Click Here to go to my Youtube Channel! 

xox Julia


Cute Collared Nails

Check out these cute collared nails, perfect for the preppy girl inside...if you have one! I don't know! But anyways, I got the idea from , this wasn't my original idea. ;)

NYC Glitter Eyeliner- 5 Eyeliner Looks

Hey guys,
I made this little video showing my five favorite ways to wear this glittery eyeliner. I worked really hard to do this on my canon camera that doesn't have a viewfinder! Haha that's why there are some times when it's totally out of focus-it also doesn't auto-focus
I got this eyeliner from Influenster to try by the way, so I'll just write a quicky review for y'all :) 

I'll just cut to the chase; this eyeliner is awesome! It is really bendable and you can even sheer it out like I did in one of the looks, which really displays its creaminess. I can go many uses without needing to sharpen it because it is so pigmented and I really don't have to press hard to get a good pigmented line.  The price is VERY cheap for these liners and you can get them at drugstores that carry New York Color products. I am not sure if they have more colors but I am definitly going to pick them up if they do. 

Just a side note, I have tried their other eyeliners and some of them are really hard and not pigmented so I am just going to clarify; I really recommend the Showtime Glitter Eyeliner in Black- I can't vouch for the other ones yet but if I get more I'll review & swatch them too!


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Essence Breaking Dawn Blush

Sun 18. Nov 2:42 pm

Here are swatches and pics of the new breaking dawn part two blush from Essence. You should be able to find this at your local Ulta.

I find it to be not very blendable but the color isn't too bright so the color is actually nice and wearable.

On the left blended out and on the right layered up :)

Cleaning My Makeup Collection

Sun 18. November 1:57 pm

I'm finally going to start blogging again! I decided to forget about trying to just make this a nail blog. This is going to by my life-blog with a focus on beauty, nails and fashion from now on.

To start it off I took some pictures last weekend when I was cleaning up around my desk and makeup collection. I also put away the stuff I only reach for in summer and traded for my more fall and winter

Here's the before:

And here are some after pics:

 My everyday eye and face products are stored in this little thingy mabobber from Salvation Army. In front are One By One waterproof mascara from Maybelline and Heather Silk blush from Wet N Wild to remind me to buy replacements.
 The brushes I need to clean and my Sonia Kashuk brush cleanser are ready to go to the bathroom for a bath :)
 My Winter/Fall face products :)
 My fall eye products
 More eye products are stored in this glass bowl because they're too little to store in the other wooden thingy.
In a vintage glass jam jar I have all my mascaras, eyeliners, and eye primers.

I also have a little jewelry box with 4 drawers for lip gloss and a caboodle with makeup I early used stored in it until I have recitals, shows, or competitions because I use that for..those. Anyways, I'll have a lip products collection and a what's in my performance makeup case another time :)



Nail Polish HAUL!

I got a $10 off $20 purchase from Sally Beauty Supply for my birthday so I went a little nuts with nail polish!
I didn't even like a few of the ones I got once I was out of the store, one the color was just wrong for a tutorial I bought it for and the other, I looked up swatches and it goes on so patchy and thin I know I'll never wear it.
The ones I'm keeping are:

Sally Girl Pea-Body $0.94
Image Credit: Steph's Closet
Sally Girl IQ $0.94
Sally Girl Simple $0.94

Image Credit: peacelovefashionxoxo
China Glaze Unpredictable $5.99 (Fall 2012 Bohemian Collection)
Image Credit: scrangie
China Glaze Top Coat $5.99 (Review coming soon, I'm ON THE HUNT for a non chipping and non shrinking shiny top coat- ISTHATTOOMUCHTOASK?!)

Halloween Nail Tutorials: Cleopatra

This year I'm doing as many Halloween-themed nail tutorials as I can, starting with these Cleopatra inspired nails.


Owl Nailart NOTD

Owl Nail Of The Day

This design isn't very easy but if you get a friend to do it on your dominant hand or just do accent nail with an owl then it'll be a lot easier.

  • an owl-colored nail polish: Revlon Streetwear Polish in Jelly
  • white acrylic paint
  • orange polish: OPI mini from a halloween kit
  • yellow polish: Sinful Colors in Pullover
  • a color that compliments your owl color (you could do pink and blue or black and grey, whatever you want!): Revlon in Copper Penny
  • Toothpick
  • Nail dotting tools or something similar in a few sizes

  • Base coat (optional): I use Essie Trillionails
  • Paint your nails the base color
  • Paint a big semi circle tummy for your owl
  • With a little toothpick paint some little feather lines
  • Use your toothpick again and make little triangles one for the beak, and two for the feet
  • Then use all your different size dotters to make the eyes

Here's the result!


Splatter Paint NOTD + Video Tutorial!

I've finally made another video tutorial, I hope you like it! Here are a few pics of my adventures in nail-splatter painting! Make sure you've got a nice big area covered for this design!


  • Base polish (I used Essence Nail Color in "You Belong To Me*)
  • Acrylic Paints (I used Craftsmart and Apple brands from Michaels Craft Store)
  • Top Coat (I used a crap one from Nina Pro, I don't recommend it- chips in a day)
  • I also used a base coat it's totally optional but in case you're wondering it's Sally Hansen maximum growth daily nail treatment.
  • Nail art brush (or any brush really!)
  • Water, this should be in a container you don't care about because it will get the acrylic paint all over it, it's also best if it's rather shallow and close to your working surface that way the paint has less space to travel around and get all over stuff. 

The materials I used, my work surface was the backside of an oversized calendar from last year.

My final result...

Just a quick picture of the bottle...I meant to include the swatch picture, oh well.

And if you'd like to see a video tutorial of how to achieve this design in the comfort of your own home (or someone else's if you're not too messy) here's it is! Take a moment to subscribe to my channel and comment if you like. I don't post videos often, but I find them very helpful to watch so I hope you do too!

*Quickie: I LOVE these essence polishes they're great for nail polish hoarders because they're cheap, cool/unique colors, and they're small so 1) they fit in your collection and 2) you don't feel guilty about wasting product because there's not a lot. And OF COURSE- they are amazing quality! Especially the brush, better than any comparably priced nail polish out there. The formula is right up there with my favorites like Revlon and OPI. 


Playful Polkadots Nail Art

Playful Polka-dots
A fun fresh polka-dotted design for any occasion!

  1. Apply a base-coat to your nails, I use Sally Hansen Maximum Growth
  2. Paint your nails your desired background color, I used Sinful Colors in Pullover (golden yellow creme)
  3. (optional) *after waiting more than 4 hours* Tape off your nail so that you can only make polka-dots along a set area, this will give you cut off polka-dots as seen on second finger from the left.
  4. Get a large dotting tool or the fat side of a wooden skewer and make a few big dots. I recommend doing this in one or two colors. I used Sinful Colors Folly (hot pink creme) and Sinful Colors Aquamarine (aqua creme).
  5. Take a small dotting tool, a pin, or the other side of the wooden skewer to paint little dots around the big ones. I recommend using two or three colors for this step. I used the same pink and blue as before.
  6. (optional) Find another object to make dots with (bobby pin, pencil tip) and add some medium sized dots for more dimension.

Remember you can change the color combination for any season/occasion!
Enjoy (:


Pansy NOTD

Brown- Pumping Gas by Spoiled
Petals- Diva of Geneva by OPI and an old weird shimmery pink.
Petals- Vanilla acrylic paint
Center- Pullover by Sinful Colors

These are inspired by Blognailedit, check out her blog, she does wonderful drawn picture tutorials.


Spring Cartoon Flowers NOTD

Colors used:
Sassy by Revlon (spring green)
Prospect Park Pink by New York Color

The colors ended up kind if looking like the flowers from Spongebob.



Blue on Blue Stitched NOTD

Stitched Nail of the Day

A cute blue on blue design inspired from a lovely nail-blog I've just discovered!

Products used:

  • Sinful Colors (lighter blue) in Aquamarine

  • LA Colors Art Deco nail polish striper in white

  • Pure Ice (darker blue) 

From afar you don't really see the two different colors as much. If you have two colors that are even closer together, I highly recommend that to get a more subtle effect.

Up close you can see all I did was paint the nail lighter blue, add stripes of dark blue and dashed lines of white.

I just put the white lines wherever I wanted to make the blue lines end. Some lines were a little too thick or wispy along the edges so I just covered it with the "stitches"!

Here is my inspiration from blognailedit!

see her original blog post here:

Stitched Together


Outer Space NOTD

This blackish color from Spoiled is my previously mentioned dupe for Smoke and Ashes from the Capitol Colors collection by China Glaze. I actually like it better because the green shimmer is smaller and more apparent. It also costs only $1.99! I guess you can't see it very well in the photos...I'll take a better picture next time I wear it.

Colors used:
Spoiled by Wet N Wild in Parking Meter Expired
Orly nail striping polish in Silver
NYC glitter top cost in White Lights Glitter


China Glaze Capitol Colors & Sally's Haul

I got them at Sally's for $4.99 each with my Sally's card. They are $5.99 without.

LUXE AND LUSH-- flaky top coat. Reflects all colors not just one family. It was much easier to remove than a normal glitter you just need the polish remover to soak through the clear polish and then the flakes will just come off with slight coaxing. (this is my experience using the Target brand strengthening nail polish remover.)

RIVETING-- Bright, bold orange with orange shimmer and sparkle. The first picture captures the color of the polish better. But you can see the sparkles in the second.

HOOK AND LINE-- browny silver. I wasn't planning to buy this one but when I saw it in real life I thought it was soo cool! It's not just plain silver.

The last one I got but not least is my first chrome-foil polish. It's Harvest Moon, which was originally called Cinna-mon before the copyright issues. It's a hard to photograph insanely sparkly foil and one of the few polishes that looks way better on the nail than in the bottle.


Cherry Blossom NOTD

Colors inspired by the Arizona Tea bottles. I can't remember the flavor...But it's the blue with blossoms.

My blossoms look more like buds in most cases...

Polishes and Paints used:
Minty blue: Essence
Brown: acrylic paint
Dusty rose: Jordana in grape
White: acrylic Paint in vanilla
Glitter: China Glaze in Luxe and Lush

Happy 2nd day of Spring!!
Ps. Dupe for CG Capitol colors Smoke& Ashes coming soon!


Dupes Found!

Just a quick update to say that I've found two exact duplicate colors of the two spoiled nail polish colors "Toad-ally..." and "Pumping gas". They art by Sinful colors. I have no idea which company is copying which but they are sold for the same price 1.99. Sinful Colors is at Target and Riteaid while Spoiled is exclusive to CVS.

Sinful Colors Nirvana = Spoiled Pumping Gas
Lovely swatch of Nirvana here

Sinful Colors Mint Apple = Spoiled Toad-Ally Awesome
*if you google swatches the shimmer looks more apparent on the Mint Apple.
A bottle shot here
My only comment is that SC has much more reliable brushes so if you're about to get a spoiled polish ; check the brush first! As for pigmentation and consistency, I can't say how they compare.



Wet n Wild 'Spoiled' - Pumping Gas

Spoiled "Pumping Gas"
Mini Review + Swatches

These new polishes are hitting the drugstores. The line is by Wet n Wild, a brand which I LOVE! I have some great polishes from them (Jezebel, Caribbean Frost, and Wildcard, if we're choosing favorites.) This line is around the same price as Sinful Colors but the product is pretty different. Sinful Colors runs on the sticky side and is more similar to OPI, these are thinner and don't remind me of any other brand I've tried. I hope you like this review and that the pictures are satisfactory.

I just did a review on another one of the Spoiled nail polishes so if you want to read what I think about the packaging, brush, and color selection click here!

Here we go!
One coat: (first one is a thick coat, second is a thin coat)
As you can probably tell, one thick coat is completely opaque! YAY! 
Here's a second coat on both: Even though one was opaque before, it looks even nicer with a second coat. I didn't not wait very long between applying coats. 

Brush even though it's weird doesn't works well on this creme polish.
Nonstreaky application as long as the first coat isn't super thin.
Opaque in one thick coat.
Dries VERY shiny and in a short amount of time even when a lot of polish is applied.
Probably the least sticky polish I've ever worked with.
Doesn't dry as quickly as "Toad-Ally Awesome". 
Dries a whole lot darker than it is in the bottle (I like the color it comes out to be a lot but I was hoping for a lighter brown.)
Slightly runny for a creme polish but the brush works well with the formulation.

OVERALL: Wow! For the price ($1.99 at CVS, currently on sale for 2/$3) these work really well. The application is great, the shine and drying time is unbeatable and even though the formulation and brush are new to me they worked well together. 

I definitely recommend this color but if you have other colors you've tried let me know what you think of them! I'm sure to pick up a few more colors!

Wet N Wild 'Spoiled' Toad-Ally Awesome

New Polish!
My local CVS finally got the new Wet N Wild nail polish line "spoiled" in stock and they are 2/$3! That's $.50 off each bottle. At full price it's still great, priced at $1.99. I have two colors so far and the rest of the were really interesting. There are a lot of glitters and brights in the line but overall it's very multifarious. I was on the hunt for a nice dusty green and I was so excited to see "Toad-ally Amazing" which is a greeny robins egg or a bluey seafoam. (lol) It's also very shimmery. The kind of shimmer that reminds me of colors like OPI's Petal Faster Suzi!, and Nicole by OPI's Kim-pletely in Love. 

On to the review!

Before I applied: 
I love the bottle, it reminds me of the sinful colors bottles which are based off the China Glaze bottles. But the Spoiled ones have a square base which is...irrelevant. The brush stem is flat and ovular and the bristles are wide, long, and flimsy. I've never had a nail polish with a brush like this before. The brush is not rounded at the tip like the Dior nail polish brushes though, it looks like it was supposed to be but its straight across for the most part.

Here's a comparison, the base of the brush is similar but the bristles are very different. The Dior ones are firmer and lay flatter. 


picture from here

Time to apply the polish!

Here's my nails before....
 After one coat (the smudge on the thumb was totally my fault.) It's kinda smooth but I wasn't wearing a base coat so I'm not really sure how it applies to my other polishes. It's rather thin as you can see. The thumb was a thick coat, more like 1.5 and the pointer was purposely a thin coat which I normally don't do.
 Here's after a 2nd coat! I never wait for my polish to dry to put on a second coat unless it was an accident and I had something to do. But this polish actually dried amazingly fast and  it wasn't tacky at all. The second coat went on great filling in the crazy streaks from the first coat. You can see some lines on my thumb but, like I said, I wasn't wearing a base coat or ridge-filler so I'm pretty sure that's just my nail.

Attractive bottle
Wide brush makes for quicker application
Color is gorgeous
Polish looks great without a top coat (I didn't use one in these pictures)
Season appropriate and different from most sea foam/turquoises
The shimmer is so pretty!
Needs no more than two coats
Second coat evens everything out
Unattractive label (looks sort of tacky)
Really streaky on first coat
You have to do two coats, you can't get away with one thick coat really
Very thin consistency
Brush seemed cheap, but it didn't inhibit polish application


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