Valentine’s Day is Upon Us. What Nail Polish Will You Wear?

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Not that I need an excuse to wear red, but now is the time where I really feel like I should wear as much red as I can get away with! It is all about love this weekend right? Even though this holiday is all about reds and pinks, I think for a different look, you can incorporate purple polish for the day as well! So, let’s see what red, pink, and purple nail polishes I would recommend to celebrate your holiday with!

Damsel by Julie G Nail Color, $3.99  I actually completely forgot that I had this color in my collection until I started for polishes for this post. But, once I came across it, I remembered how amazing the color is! It is such a pretty pink. It’s not too light and not too dark. Also, the quality is superb. From what I could remember, the polish lasted for at least 5 days without really chipping. Awesome quality for such a cheap price!

Star Spangled by Orly, $5.50  This has always been one of my favorite red polishes. I love that it has a deep red base with red glitter suspended in it. It wears well and is perfect if you are going out for a party this weekend!

Julep by Julep, $14.00


This color was the Julep’s Color of the Year last year. It is an orchid shade and absolutely stunning once applied. I think this shade of purple would be perfect if you would like to go outside of then norm of red and pink nail polishes.

Big Apple Red by O.P.I., $6.25 
Now this color is the epitome of Valentine’s Day. This polish is a true red. It is a creme formula and applies very smoothly.

What color polish will you wear for Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments.

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SquareHue Time! | February 2016

Well, it’s that time of the month again! SquareHue TIME! I am always super excited to receive this box because I LOOOOVEEEE nail polish! This month’s theme is Bike Amsterdam. Based off of that theme, I assumed that the colors would be related to nature in a sense, such as greens, blues, maybe a chrome to represent the metal on a bike. I was somewhat right in my guesses for the polishes this month.

The three colors I received this month are Waterland District, Vondelpark, and The Nieuwmarkt. I was disappointed to receive Waterland District in this box because it is another shade of baby blue and is very similar to a color I received in my box last month. I was hoping that they would change it up this year and not repeat similar colors. Anyway, the difference between the color this month and last month is that this color is more of a sky blue and it is a high gloss creme, whereas, the color last month was a baby blue and frosted. I really loved the color Vonderlpark because it is purple and I always love purple nail polishes! It is a deep, eggplant shade! I will definitely be wearing this color before the end of the month! The last color is called The Nieuwmarkt. It is a red polish with pinkish shimmer in it. Valentine’s Day is this weekend and this color may just be the perfect shade for the weekend! We shall see!

From left to right: Vonderlpark, Waterland District, The Nieuwmarkt 

From left to right: Vonderlpark, The Nieuwmarkt, Waterland District

Overall, I am satisfied with this box and I cannot wait to see what SquareHue has in store for us next month! Until then, scroll down below to see what SquareHue is about and subscribe to your very own box!


 

SquareHue is a nail polish subscription where you can receive either 3 full size polishes a month for $21 or 2 polishes for $16 a month, depending on your preference. Every month, I am pleasantly surprised with the color variety that is always spot on with the theme of the year/month. With every subscription, a portion of the proceeds are contributed to prevention awareness of human trafficking.

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Je Beau International Cosmetics Review + Swatches

*Although the products used in this review were provided by Je Beau International, the thoughts and opinions set forth in this article are solely mine and are 100% honest*

Recently, the founder of Je Beau International reached out to me and requested that I try out some of her company’s products. I happily obliged! I love trying new products, especially from brands that are not as mainstream, and introducing them to my followers!

Je Beau International in Beverly Hills, California, has a line of beauty products representing Hollywood Glamour with more than 100 celebrities using our products, as well as the everyday consumer. Je Beau International introduces only the finest ingredients in all of our luxurious products to bring out your true beauty.

Backed by more than 25 years of experience, our products transport you into a world of luxury and fashion by enhancing your unique style. Je Beau’s president, Julie Beauchesne, believes “Beauty and Glamour are possessed by all. And when you look your best, you will achieve your greatest.”

-Je Beau International

In the look below, I tried out several products from Je Beau. I tried out their luxurious lipstick, mascara, and eyeliner. They also sent me a lip liner. I did not use it in this look because I didn’t want it to take away from the lipstick, but I did swatch it below. Scroll down below to read my review of each product.

Luxurious Lipstick in Legendary, $18.00

I really loved this lipstick. It is a red shade with a little shimmer to it. It is not a true red, at least not on my complexion. But, it is a very pretty red. It is like a coppery red. It’s a nice change up to my everyday red lipsticks. The lipstick applied very smooth and lasted for hours. It was very moisturizing, with a very satiny feel. The lip color was also very pigmented. I definitely look forward to trying some other lipstick shades. It comes in 13 other shades.

Cat Eye Liquid Eyeliner Pen, $18.00

If you keep up with my blog, you know how much I love eyeliners! This eyeliner has a black felt tip. It applies super smooth and easily. The thickness of the pen helped make the application easy. The line came out very smooth and dried a matte black. It created a perfect winged look. I will be adding this to my rotation for nighttime eyeliners.

Movie Eyes Mascara, $20.00

I do not wear mascara too often, but I did notice a difference in my lashes after applying this mascara. This mascara added a lot of volume and lengthened my lashes. It is a smudgeproof and waterproof formula, so I had to really scrub with my makeup remover wipes to remove it. It is also a sensitive eye formula, so it does not irritate your eyes the way other mascaras may.

Luxury Lip Liner in Vermouth, $16.00

I do not use colored lip liners very often, unless I am creating an ombre look. I mainly stick to clear lip liners. But, if you are a fan of colored lip liners, I think that this one is nice. It applied smoothly and the color payoff was great. It would look nice paired with the lipstick in this review. It is a pencil lip liner, so you will need a sharpener if you purchase. This lip liner comes in 3 other colors.


 

Overall, I am a fan of this brand. I do find some of their products to be a bit pricey. However, the quality is really good, which makes paying the additional money worth it. I would definitely recommend the lipstick and eyeliner, as they were my favorites. Head over to their website and check out all of the other amazing beauty products they offer! Also, like their Facebook page; follow them on Instagram; and follow them on Twitter.

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Nails of the Week | Bird Fling by SquareHue

I was kind of feeling myself going into the week, so when I’m feeling myself, I like to wear a red nail polish. It adds to my fierceness and sexiness. Just like a red lip, you can never go wrong with red nails. Since I wanted to constantly feel myself this week, I went wanted to go with a true red. Lucky for me, SquareHue sent me a true red in my December subscription box. The color is called Bird Fling and it is amazing! Every time I looked down at my nails, no matter how I was feeling, my mood was instantly lifted and it made me want to do a hair flip and bat my eyelashes! LOL! Anyway, check out my gorgeous red nails below!  

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Nails of the Week | Friday Night Out With Vogue by SquareHue

For my trip to Vegas, I wanted a very chic and sexy nail polish. So I decided that I wanted to wear a shade of red. As I sat and thought about what colors I had in my collection, I remembered the perfect color from the Decades Collection:1990. The color is Friday Night Out With Vogue. It is a beautiful burgundy red with a slight shimmer to it. I absolutely love this color. There’s just something about it and I can’t put my finger on it…but it’s definitely awesome sauce!

  

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MBA Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lip Color Review

As you can probably tell from reading my blog, I am a huge fan of My Beauty Addiction Cosmetics! They’re products are super affordable and handmade! They sell products ranging from lipsticks to blushes to eyeshadows to highlighters to makeup tools! They pretty much have any makeup product you need!

A few months ago, I purchased two Matte Liquid lip colors. One in Vino and the other in Fame. Vino is a deep, blood red. Fame is a rich, true red. I was excited to try these products as there has been a lot of hype surrounding liquid to matte lip formulas. These each come in a lip gloss tube with a doe foot wand applicator. The applicator makes application pretty easy. However, if you want more precision, you can use a lip brush. In the swatches below, I just used the applicator that came with the products. I thought the colors were absolutely beautiful! They were true representations of what was pictured on the website. The only thing I did not like about the products is how sticky they are once they dry. You cannot rub your lips together or even pat them together once they dry without having them stick to one another. Even when I moisturize my lips prior to applying the lip colors, they are extremely sticky. I do not know about you, but I hate sticky lip products! I will definitely not be wearing these lip colors for an extended period of time.

Matte Liquid Lip Color in Fame

Matte Liquid Lip Color in Vino

Do you recommend any non-sticky liquid to matte lip color formulas? Let me know in the comments!

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Festive Christmas Nails

Merry Christmas Eve!!!! I have been waiting for this week to come so that I could really get in the Christmas spirit with my nail polish! When I think Christmas, I think about red, green, and gold. So, I decided to paint my nails red and gold for the weekend! For my red polish, I used Orly in Star Spangled. It is a red polish with red micro glitter sparkles! Super shimmery which I love! On my two accent nails, I used Julep in Margot as my base gold polish. It is a micro gold glitter polish. I provided a full review of this polish here. I then topped my Julep polish with Nails, Inc. in Snowglobe. This is a gold glitter polish suspended in clear polish. I did a full review of this polish as well. Click here to read more about it. The colors are so beautiful together and now my nails look so festive and I am fully ready to celebrate the holidays now! Check out my nails below!    

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What Polishes Were in My SquareHue Subscription Box This Month??

I am writing this post super excited because it is about my absolute favorite subscription box, SquareHue!!!! SquareHue is a nail polish subscription where you can receive either 3 full size polishes a month or 2, depending on your preference. Every month, I am pleasantly surprised with the color variety that is always spot on with the theme of the year/month. With every subscription, a portion of the proceeds are contributed to prevention awareness. The current focus is human trafficking. Click here to find out more about the A21 Campaign against human trafficking. This contribution to an issue that affects millions of people is even more of a reason to subscribe!

So, about the polish you receive, they are some of the best quality that I have ever used in my entire life! They are extremely durable and long lasting! I usually wear the polish for at least 5 days and it has never chipped! They are formulated with a 7 free clean formula (Does not contain Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resins, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide or Xylene), vegan, not made in the US, and not tested on animals.

The overall theme this year has been the Decades Collection. This month closed out the Decades Collection with the 2010 collection and it is amazing! The three colors I received are Bird Fling 2010, Baby, Baby, Baby 2010, and Olympiad 2010. Bird Fling is a beautiful true red. It will be perfect for Christmas! Baby, Baby, Baby 2010 is a shimmery royal purple. Olympiad is a foil gold color. It’s a very light metallic gold. I am most looking forward to rocking Baby, Baby, Baby because I love a good purple nail polish!



With that, the Decades Collection has been very good to me this year. I have loved 95% of the polishes I have received. I can’t wait for the Adventures Collection beginning January 2016! I think it’s going to be an awesome trip! Oh and if you subscribe before December 15, you can get a free Christmas box using the code XMAS2015! What are you waiting for!?! Click here to subscribe to your own SquareHue box.

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Bite Beauty Lippies | Hate em or Love em?

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of Bite Beauty. I was shopping around in Sephora and I was just looking for something small to add to my basket. I came across the lipstick duos and thought they were super cute, so I had to try them out! I bought the duo in Scarlet/Mulberry and am I glad I did! Bite Beauty is a new favorite of mine! Let’s get into a review of the lippies that I have bought from this brand!

High Pigment Pencil in Tannin, $24

I went to Sephora the other day with the intent to purchase the Bite Beauty Lip Crayon in Aubergine. But, as I was swatching the colors on my hands, I swiped Tannin and said to myself, “OMG! This is the one! You have to get this one!” And so, I did! It is described as a “deep poppy red” and I think that is a spot on description! It is definitely a very deep red and that is what made me fall in love with the color! The pigment is extremely rich and just gorgeous on! In addition, application is so smooth and the formula is extremely moisturizing…which is always a plus when it comes to lipsticks, in my opinion. Also, since it’s starting to cool down, this is the perfect deep red for winter. So, if you’ve been looking for a deeper red, this is the one to go with!

Creme Lipstick Duo in Scarlet/Mulberry, $14
   I actually did a review of this lippie a few weeks ago when I purchased it, so click here to read all about it. I guess since I am talking about it for a second time within a few weeks, that tells you just how amazing I think Bite Beauty is!

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Red Lips That Are To DIE For!

Everyone needs a good red lip. Red lips are classic and can be worn year round. The good thing about red lippies is that no two reds are the exact same. Which means, you can NEVER have too many reds. With that being said, get into a review of some of my favorite red lippies!

Wet n Wild Beauty MegaLast Lip Color in Stoplight Red, $1.99

This was one of the first lip colors I purchased from Wet n Wild and I have been in love ever since. I purchased it after doing some research online and finding an article saying that this particular lip color was a dupe of MAC Ruby Woo…and it is. However, it is not matte like Ruby Woo. It has a more satin finish, which I LOVE! This shade of red is more of a true red and that is what I love about it. It has awesome staying power, it barely fades after drinking or a light meal. If I had to choose, this would probably be my second favorite red.

My Beauty Addiction Luxury Matte Lipstick in Salsa, $9.50

Ooo la la! I so love this red! I saw it on a model on MBA’s IG page and had to have it!  To see my full review of this lippie, click here.

MAC Lipstick in MAC Red, $17.00
Soooo this is my GO TO RED! I wear this lipstick at least three times a week! It is super moisturizing and the perfect red for summer or winter. It has a very smooth, satiny application. The pigment in this lip color is very rich. The only downfall to this lippie is that it fades completely after eating. Bummer….but, it doesn’t stop this from being my favorite!

Julep Full Coverage Lip Crayon in Cardinal Red, $20.00 

I received this lip crayon in my first Julep subscription box. I tried it on and fell in love. It has a very smooth application and the color for this one is also very rich. I don’t wear this color very often because I forgot I had it, but, I will be wearing it much more often now that I have rediscovered it!

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Snow White, $4.00

I bought this lipstick from Target last weekend and am I glad I did! For this lipstick to only be $4, the quality is amazing! I applied this lipstick around 7 AM, ate lunch around 12:30 or 1, and the lipstick had barely faded. It looked almost as good as it did when I applied it that morning (head over to my Instagram (@jewellslipsandtips) to see a picture). This is a slightly deeper red, which makes it perfect for the cooler months. I will definitely wear this lippie out this winter!

What are your go to red lippies? Let me know in the comments so that I can try out some new reds! 

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