Sunday, October 27, 2013

Julie G Frosted Gumdrops Holiday Collection

When I saw that Julie G was having a special preorder sale on their website for the new 2013 Frosted Gumdrops Holiday Collection, my heart sank. You see, I don't normally have the option to shop online. My name isn't on any account; I don't have a card or even a checkbook. So, I took the husband on a little trip. A guilt trip. Yes, I turned into THAT wife. (Don't judge me...)

No, I do not work outside of our home, but I do work inside and FOR our home. My job is stressful, exhausting, and more often than not, thankless. But, I chose this life, so I do it without question and completely out of love. I don't ask for much. But I was going to have this collection. Oh yes. 

 I pointed out the fact that next month, he will be spending around $60, just on himself, for a video game. I explained that if he let me preorder the set, it would save him money. I really didn't think he would bite, but to my surprise, he pulled out his wallet and handed me the card.

I swear, I heard angels singing.

Three days later, my package came. I couldn't wait to get inside & tear it open, just knowing that they would be even more beautiful in person. And, Lord, were they ever!

Pictured L-R: Gift of Gold, Ho Ho Ho, Silver Bells, Sleigh Ride, 
Mistletoe, and Sugar Plum Fairy

Of course, I got right to swatching! I don't have a light box yet, and the lighting in our house really bites, so I have to take my swatch photos in the sun. I used Cameo Colours Lacquers' peel-off base coat called "Take It Off!", which made swatching so much easier! I was able to swatch twice a day a couple of times (I wanted to get this post ready & posted), all thanks to this base coat. Keep an eye out soon for a review! *wink*

I am a HUGE fan of textured polishes, and I have quite a few from various brands. But, the Julie G Frosted Gumdrop collections are my absolute FAVORITE! Now, I really like the Zoya Pixie Dusts, but they're harder for me to get. Like I said, I don't normally have the freedom of buying online. And, I recently found out that an Ulta opened up near me, but haven't had the pleasure of going yet. So, Julie G, being exclusive to Rite Aid, is much easier for me to get. Heck, there's a Rite Aid just a few blocks away from me, lol. And the fact that these polishes are affordable AND easily accessible, gets them brownie points with me.

And, when it's on your nails....

Sleigh Ride, 2 thin coats

It only takes a couple of coats, and my nails were dry within 10 minutes of polishing them. More brownie points :)

Silver Bells, 2 thin coats


Sugar Plum Fairy, 2 thin coats

I love how, even though it's a textured polish, it has so much glitter in it that it literally twinkles. So, I went a little bipolar, & started adding a top coat to a few of them. I was anxious to see how much more it would twinkle, because, you know, hehe, I do love me some glittah!!

Then, this happened....

Gift of Gold, 2 thin coats. Bottom photo is with one thick coat of topcoat

Ho Ho Ho, 2 thin coats. Bottom photo is with one think coat of topcoat

Mistletoe, 2 thin coats. Bottom photo is with one thick coat of topcoat

I think I hear those angels singing again...
And brownie points? Off the flippin' charts...

Seriously!! What is NOT to love about this collection?! I'm STILL drooling over them. I'm so glad I was able to get the entire set, and I can't wait to work on some Christmas nail art designs using them. If you like textured polishes as much as I do, you NEED this collection! You'll thank yourself for it later, I promise ;)

Hope you all enjoyed this post! Feel free to let me know what you guys think, what I could improve on, what I'm doing right OR wrong, etc! It's going to take me some time, but I'd really love for this blog to eventually be a success. Constructive criticism is always welcome, as long as you're nice about it!

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*hugs*
Shanna
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