Monday, March 24, 2014

Mani Monday #11: Julep

I'm seriously embarrassed with the way this looks, it's my own fault for being so determined to use a yellow which I just never had luck with no matter the brand. I redid my nails about three times and finally just gave up. The right hand looks decent but the left is just a hot mess and I apologize for all the closeups on it. This nail polish applied pretty badly, it was thick and streaky (yup, all at the same time) and then it dried to a gel consistency which I'm never a fan of. I want my nails sleek and hard as rock when I'm done with them. This week I am testing out Julep nail polish, I love the sleek and space saving bottles they come in and it makes me want to just buy a bunch of them except they cost $14!! These can be found at Sephora and also are known for their Julep Maven boxes which is a box of nail polish every month! I'm considering signing up for this for maybe three months because there are a lot of coupons out there where you can get your first box for $1, but first I need to clean out my nail polish collection.

Mani Monday is a weekly feature where I put a different brand of nail polish to a 7 day test. I chronicle my activities for each day with thoughts of things that could potentially attribute to chipping my polish. I use the same base and top coat each week, and this week applied two coats of Julep's Abbie. There will be a full list and links to all previous Mani Mondays at the end of this post.
Day One. Despite how horrific my nails are looking they have survived pretty well with a hair washing today. The week has only begun and I really can't wait for it to be over just so I can take this disgusting mess off my nails.
Day Two. I was picking a lot of price tags off some items this time, this was a high risk activity before but my nails are still looking unchipped (I'm not even going to say good this week).
Day Three. I'm noticing that my right ring finger is starting to snag on things, that's a definite sign that if something will chip it will be that guy.
Day Four. Still chip free, did my usual activities today plus hair washing. The most dangerous thing I did was peeling back the sticky tape wrapped around my new Tweezerman tweezers and it still looks fine to me.
Day Five. Today I realized just a few more days and then I can take off this horrific polish! So some major chippage today. I dug into a brand new jar of coconut oil so it's much more solid so you can see pretty much a quarter of my right middle finger is gone. Everything else is looking worn but at least still in tact.
Day Six. Quite strangely the entire bottom half of my left index finger is gone. I suspect it snagged onto a blanket while I was sleeping since I found it this way when I woke up. I did a lot of cleaning and organizing today, and some cooking so a lot of scrubbing vegetables and washing my hands repeatedly (I hate the feeling of oil on my hands).
Day Seven. Same chips as yesterday, didn't seem to get more chips or worse. Thrilled that I get to remove this finally!

Final Thoughts. I've heard good things about Julep in general, but this particular shade I need to fail it with an F. Application was horrible, it looked awful and streaky no matter how many ways I did it, took a lot of coats and then chipped and peeled like crazy. Also, even with a base coat, it stained my nails like crazy! I was hoping to test out a brand using a nude next but I had to switch to a darker color since the yellow would have shown through. I'm willing to try it out again but I don't expect to ever use this color again.

If you missed the previous weeks be sure to check them out here!

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