Better Together: JulieG Umbrella Drink and Zoya Kimber

I’m going to be starting a series called Better Together. You know how you have a product and you like it and it’s perfectly fine by itself, but when you pair it with something else, magic and wizadry happens? That’s what this series will be about.

This first one came about after I discovered that JulieG’s Umbrella Drink showed a bit of visible nail line. It wasn’t super noticeable or anything, but it was enough to bother me. I decided to do a gradient with another color to cover it up.

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I picked Zoya’s Kimber because it has some orange tones in it, as well as gold shimmer. Zoya’s website describes it as “rich, bright and saturated medium magenta pink with strong gold mettalic shimmer and a foil-like finish.”

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My camera doesn’t do this combo justice: the shimmer in both plays off each other beautifully and the color combination reminds me of a delicious raspberry orange sorbet! I struggled a bit with getting the proportions right for the gradient, as you can see that my pointer and ring finger are more pink than orange. My favorite nail ended up being the last one I did (of course):

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This was one of my favorite manis to date! I really should have taken pictures in the sun, it was mesmerizing.

Discovered any good product pairs lately? Do tell!

Swatches: JulieG Umbrella Drink

Hey! I know I’ve been gone for over a week, but in that time I finally sent in my graduate school application!! It’s a huge weight off my shoulders, and now I feel like I can get back into blogging without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else far more important. Of course, now I have new anxiety over whether or not I’ll be accepted, and how I’ll afford it if I do, but I’m just going to focus on things one at a time.

Focus is now on JulieG Umbrella Drink nail polish!

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I picked up a few makeup things lately, as a reward to myself for completing the application, and this nail polish is one of them. I’ve been wanting to add a coral-y orange nail polish to my collection for the spring/summer season. The only place I’ve ever found JulieG where I live is Don Quijote, a bizarre Japanese supermarket. They had recently restocked, so I picked up this from their core collection, and Canary Islands from the Cruise Collection, after seeing it on The Daily Varnish.

On the Jessie’s Girl website, this is described as a “sorbet orange featuring a gold pearl shimmer.” I think the shimmer is more silver, but either way, it’s very cute for summer!

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The only thing I don’t like about this is that it is slightly sheer, and even after three coats, there is still a tiny hint of a visible nail line (VNL). I don’t think you can see it in my pictures, but I could definitely see it in real life. Still, there are worse things in life, such as a visible panty line (VPL), amirite ladies? ;)

JulieG polishes are budget friendly at $3.99 a bottle, even though it is on the smaller side. For the price, the quality is fantastic, though! They have a huge range of colors as well!

Have you tried JulieG polishes? Have you picked up any new nail polish colors for the summer season?

Happy Birthday, Pocky!

It’s my dog’s birthday today! She’s now eight years old. :3

To celebrate, my sister Jackie (link goes to her Tumblr) baked a puppy cake for her:

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A co-worker got me this for Christmas, and we never got around to baking it until now!

Note: There is a frosting mix included, and Jackie did make it… But when she tried a taste of it, she immediately gagged and said “it tastes like that salty sour taste you get in your mouth right before you throw up.” Oh. Uhh… That’s not good. But maybe the dog will like it because she’s eaten worse, more rotten things off the street?

I let Pocky taste some off my finger, and she didn’t seem to like it either. She made a face and crawled back under my mom’s bed, where she had been hiding.

I was worried she wouldn’t like the cake either. Not because “OMG my dog is so precious and she deserves only the best on her special day!” but because Jackie already went through all the trouble of making it, and it would have been a waste if Pocky turned her nose up at it.

But it turns out that we didn’t need to worry at all.

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She quite liked it, and growled at me if I got too close. I just wanted to take the wrapper off so she wouldn’t leave a sodden mess! This is probably the best picture I got; she kept moving around. Because duh.

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Here she is, under my bed, looking evil and replicant-y and saving the last of the cupcake for later, I’m assuming.

Happy Birthday, Pocky! May you have many many more!

Pocky is a purebred Tibetan Spaniel. She’s ridiculously spoiled (obviously) and spends most of her time lying around (when she’s not checking the stock market or riding around the city on her Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, of course).

Since neither of those are particularly good pictures of her, here’s a better one:


Now, I know I’m biased in the same way that parents are about their own kids, but isn’t she pretty?? :3

theBalm is having a flash sale!

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I just got this email less than an hour ago, and I thought I’d let you guys know that theBalm is having a flash sale tomorrow! Everything is going to be 50% off site-wide on!

theBalm is such an underrated brand that’s only recently been getting more attention. I have all three of their Shady Lady palettes, and the Nude ‘Tude palette, and their eyeshadows are beautifully pigmented and easy to blend. I also have the oft-discussed Mary Lou-Manizer highlighter, and while it’s definitely tricky for beginners to use, I do think the color is lovely and flattering. Just use a light hand and blend, blend, blend! Lastly, I picked up an InStain blush in Toile during one of their Hautelook sales, and it’s become one of my favorites. Basically, I have yet to find a dud in this line!

I want to try Cindy Lou-Manizer, and replace the Sexy Stacey single I threw out recently, but I’ll probably be refraining this time. Being an adult and saving money and shit.

Will you be picking anything up?

April 2014 empties

Aaand I’m back with another empties post! But this time it’s actually timely. Imagine that.

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NYX 10 color eyeshadow palette in Bohemian Rhapsody – I may or may not have bought this solely for its name. The color selection is really pretty and I like that the bottom row are all mattes, but I found the quality to be really lacking. I only used this a few times.

Smashbox Halo eyeshadow duo in Petal and Plum – I think it’s a novel idea, grinding only the powder that you need. But I bought into the gimmick, and I never used this.

Laura Mercier Mineral Eye Powder in Meteor – Also from my former co-worker. The color is really pretty, a dark green khaki with sparkles, but the lid is the hardest effing thing in the world to open.

The Body Shop lip butter in Pink Grapefruit – This is really really old. I have so many lip balms in rotation, and since this isn’t exactly pocket friendly, I haven’t been using it. It’s started to grow mold. I was going to take a picture of it to show you, but I decided that that’s too gross.

Urban Decay Primer Potion – Honestly, this is just okay. I find that my eyeshadows still crease a little bit with this. I bought the NARS primer to try again, so I threw this one away. It’s getting old, as well.

Milani High Speed Fast Dry nail polish in Yellow Whiz – I used this for my Easter mani, and I hate it. It streaks, it bubbles, and it’s not opaque even after three coats.

Urban Decay cream shadows in Radium and Grass – I’ve probably used these twice each.

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Non-makeup things!

The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle shower gel – I normally wouldn’t include shower gels in my empties, but over the last few months, I’ve ended up with quite a number of shower gels. I used to be the person who would have one shower gel, in the shower, and no backups. Now I have to get through the one in my shower, and three more, before I move halfway around the world. Anyway, I already mentioned that I love this scent in my last empties post, so now I’ve finished off the rest of them.

The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle mini body butter – The packaging is so cute, I’m going to keep it to refill with more ginger body butter during the next holiday season.

The Body Shop White Musk eau de Toilette – The Body Shop’s iconic fragrance. I’m not a huge fan of it, though. I got this in a gift with purchase a few years back, and this was the last thing I got around to using because I don’t care for the scent.

Random bath salts – I don’t even remember how I got this. I do have a bathtub, but I can’t even remember the last time I took a bath vs. a shower.

GapScent foaming bath powder in Dream – Oh man. Gap Dream was my favorite fragrance in HIGH SCHOOL. In fact, this was a gift from my boyfriend at the time. Which means this is over 10 years old. Why I still have it, I have no idea.

Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo – I’m no expert in dry shampoo, so my opinion on this doesn’t have much weight. It worked for days when I didn’t have time to wash my greasy hair. I don’t like the smell, it’s really artificial smelling. And at the end of the day my hair would be a disgusting mess of oil and product and I couldn’t wait to wash everything out. But I guess it works for the first few hours?

Not pictured – I gave away my ISO Beauty 5 pc curling iron to my friend Krystal. I also gave her my ecoTools flat top buffing brush because I already have a flat top brush, and two additional buffing brushes.

What have you used up in April?