I haven’t done a mani post lately so I thought I would show you guys a few of my latest looks. During winter I usually switch between dark berries and super glittery looks but this winter has been a little different. It seems like it’s been warmer than usual (although it’s still a little too cold for me) so I haven’t really been feeling dark, vampy colors. Instead, I’ve been loving bright pinks like Julep Caitlin in between my glittery manis.
A few weeks ago, Formula X sent a bunch of Sephora Beauty Insiders a free gift. I was one of the lucky ones to receive the gift, the Formula X Clix! The System To Go. I’ve tried some of Formula X’s polishes before (see my reviews here and here) and I had good results so I was happy to receive this kit. The color included was random but luckily I received the set I wanted, which contained the peach-pink polish Alive.
Lately, I’ve been really into bees. I don’t know if it’s because I like honey so much or just nostalgia for Pushing Daisies, but I’ve been finding bee products really cute. I love this bee ring I got for Christmas and I’m seriously lusting after these bee-shaped sugar cubes. I’ve had these bee nail decals from Vinyl It Up for a while but I was having trouble finding a yellow nail polish to pair them with. I have quite a collection of polishes but apparently yellows never caught my eye because I didn’t have a single yellow shade. I finally found one I deemed acceptable: Julep Bea.
Seriously though, how cute are these decals? I bought them in black because I wanted a true bumblebee mani, but they are available in so many different colors. Metallic gold would also be a lot of fun and I think white would be nice with red polish for a graphic look.
Yellows are a tricky color for nail polish and I found so many that I hated! Bright taxicab yellow seemed a bit much and I can’t pull off mustard. A lot of the colors I came across leaned green or had shimmer in them. I finally found Bea, a pretty pastel creme.
Bea is described as a lemonade creme. It’s a really pretty pastel yellow that reminds me of Easter. Some of the reviews claimed it was hard to work with and leaned green but I didn’t find that to be the case. This is a true yellow polish. It was pretty good with two coats but I added a third just to make it really opaque. The formula was fine but it did slightly stain my nails.
I really liked the black bees against the light yellow polish. This was a really easy mani and it made quite a statement on my nails. I have to admit, Bea is really pretty but I don’t think I’m really a yellow nail polish person. I found it to be very distracting but was still able to make it five days before changing polishes. Bea held up really well with no chips over those five days. The bee vinyls also lasted the entire time. I’ve really liked the decals from Vinyl It Up in the past (see my other looks here) and these were no exception. Julep Bea is $14/11.20 Maven here.
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When it comes to nail polish, I’m not really partial to any one brand, although out of my handful of favorites, I always seen to gravitate toward a single theme within each brand. For example, I love Essie’s opaque pastels and Julep’s full-coverage glitters. My OPI’s tend to be darker cremes or glitter topcoats and when it comes to Deborah Lippmann, the more sparkle, the better. Sometimes I know exactly which polish I want to use for a mani and other times I just grab a handful and pick one at random. For this mani, I wanted a couple of colors I hadn’t used in awhile. I ended up choosing Essie Lilacism and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow.
It’s no secret that I love a good pink nail polish. Light pink cremes are my go-to although bright pinks are super fun. One color I’ve been coveting for awhile is Julep Maren. I didn’t get it when it was initially released because it was described as a sheer color and I didn’t think it would be very noticeable on the nails (and Julep’s swatches are notoriously off). After seeing real-life swatches I was hooked. Yes, it was sheer, but not French-manicure-sheer. I purchased it a couple of months ago and couldn’t wait for warmer weather so I could try it out.
Now that spring is here and temperatures are warming up (seriously, it’s been in the nineties here), I am craving bright colors, and that extends to my nails. Usually, Easter is the time for pastels, but I like something that packs a little more of a punch. To me, spring calls for bright corals and oranges, not soft purples and yellows. After all of the black and gray I wear during winter, intense brights are just the thing I need. I’ve already pulled out my coral lipsticks but my nails needed some color as well.