I had a pretty bad experience at a Spa during my last pedi (you can see my post here for a walk down memory lane but, thankfully my toe-nails are a OK now 🙂 ) I am, however, laying off spa mani/pedis for a few months and learning how to ‘self mani and pedi-cate’ to make sure I look groomed during this difficult time!
Julep has come up with an awesome, easy-to-follow guide for winterizing nails and prepping them for nail color application which I am sharing you with you beauties below- all the products they have listed can be ordered on-line here. Don’t get carried away though, I know you’ll be wanting to get everything on the page 🙂 If you’re a beginner like me when it comes to doing your own mani/pedis, I’d say get your hands on the cuticle softener and remover (18 USD but you only need to use minute quantities so it is good value for money) , cuticle pusher and buff. They are very easy to use and promise a salon-like finish to your nails.
You can stock up on the rest of the available items as your budget permits 🙂
A few months ago I received a Julep nail-polish (Kendra IT girl – 8 ml) from my friend (alongwith a bunch of other things) for my birthday ( I love my friends, they know exactly what makes me happy :P) hehehe. I’m not a big fan of the color as I am into pastels as of August this year but I cannot complain about anything else. I loved the bottle – it is different compared all the OPI and Essies I have so it looks totally adorable on my dressing table 🙂
Apart from that the texture of the nail-polish is different compared to what I am used to. It is more fluid and even-toned in terms of application. I can darken or lighten the shade depending on the occasion and my mood and don’t need to apply and reapply coats to get an even look on both hands.
It holds its’ fort long enough – I wash my hands a lot but its’ lasted a day without chipping (most manis I get show wear and tear within 48 hours). I did apply a top coat though so don’t forget to do that! I’ll keep you posted on its’ longevity and update this post if I have any complaints.
Finally, what won me over is that it contains oxygen technology that lets nails breathe and antioxidants from pure green coffee extract. This basically means you don’t have to worry about discolored or weakened/broken nails if you are one of those girls who can’t remember the last time they went au naturale on their hands. So you get nail beauty and care all-in-one 🙂 Perfect for busy beauties 😉
I recommend Julep nail-polishes very strongly as they are great value for money at 14 USD (don’t worry I checked the price online, didn’t ask my friend :P). I will definitely be adding more of them to my nailpolish collection albeit in colors that I like. From their winter range, I have my eyes set on Kiki ( for use on the weekend and casual hangouts) and Shari (for office-wear). Those of you who are into the dark-nailed look this season will find your match in Sawyer and Ilsa.
But what I am totally in love with is their birth-stone collection. I plan on getting my hands on Rosa- Amethyst (made for Aquarians like me :)) in the coming months because glittery nails look A-W-E-S-O-M-E in the dreariness of winter (especially during night-time events) – if you have any doubts see the cover photo for this post 🙂
Unfortunately, Julep is not available locally, but you can order it online or ask friends and family visiting over the winter to bring it for you (I’ve started making my requests aleady ;). You do not have to worry about whether or not a nail-polish will suit your skin-tone, they have swatches on their website that show how each color will look on darker skin-tones (yay!).
Thats it for now ladies, if you have any questions, feel free to comment or inbox me. Until next time, take care and make-up well 🙂
For Image Source click here; For access to Julep’s nail-care range and order details click here; For access to Julep’s nail-color range and order details click here. The winterization guide and swatches for winter nail trends were developed and shared directly with WBVANITY by Julep.