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Drum Roll Please… The Winner of the Cult Giveaway is….

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Well, $&%#. When I set out to pick the winner for the Cult Nails Internet Meme Giveaway, I expected to pick about 4 honorable mentions, and 1 winner. But I, honestly, chuckled at all of entries, and about ten or so either spoke to my soul or made me seriously laugh out loud. Consequently, I ended up with a million honorable mentions and a complete dilemma as to the winner. This was really tough, it was down to three favorite memes. I really wish I had multiple prizes to give away. Read on to see who won!

Before I get drawn and quartered by Lynnderella fans, let me just say: I wasn’t around from the dramz and I am totally not passing judgment on the polishes, etc. There are even a few I might pick up eventually. Still though, this seriously made me crack up. Thanks to Anna for the entry.

BAHAHAHAHA. This is the story of my life. Seriously. I think I chose so many of these nail polish = poverty memes, because they hit so close to home. I can’t help but to laugh/cry at them. Both of these were entered by Amy.

 Along the same lines, and still so true. I’m sure I’ll really love all my decades-old nail polish while I’m  mooching off my children during retirement. Entered by Jess!

*tears!!* I missed out on the 2,000 recent Butter London sales (see meme # 2) but this one made me laugh because I know a ton of people had this problem. Entered by Mollie!

Aaaa hahahaha : D I wasn’t around when this happened and, boy, am I glad… because I would have been hella-angry/rampage-y. You can read about the whole fiasco on Mara’s blog. Thanks to Hannah for the entry!

This is likely the #1 nail polish related sin!! It’s a crime against humanity and causes facepalms left and right. Don’t it! Entered by Jessi.

Okay and now we get down to the nitty-gritty. The next set of entries were the ones that gave me a really hard time. All of these were absolutely hilarious, you ALL deserve a prize.

This first entry was also by Jessi, oh how she slayed me:

This happens me to me every. single. time. I do my nails, without fail. How sad am I? haha. Loved this meme.

 

*dies laughing* I swear this happens to me constantly. I blow all my money at the beginning of the month, declare a no-buy, then inevitably a sale will happen at the end of the month. Which then causes me to a.) incur debt and my husband’s ire, or b.) pump my fists into the sky, asking why, oh why. This meme was entered by fellow blogger The Polish Well.

And, finally, the winner is:

*cries* Both of these were entered by Krystan - these were my two favorites but all her entries were awesome. Hey Girl, quit your day job because you are a comedic genius. I picked this set to win, not only because I love me some Ryan Gosling but also because I secretly wish my husband would say this sort of stuff (instead of, “hey, um, there’s nail polish covering every surface in the livingroom – can we, maybe, put some of it away?”)

Yeay! I hope you all had as much fun as I did – and I’m glad that the internet is now flooded with hilarious nail polish memes. *evil laugh – my plan is now complete* And a final special thanks to Maria and Cult Nails for this awesome giveaway!

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And a brief blog-status update: I feel a lot better and I’m almost caught up at work. I spent all day yesterday swatching and I have a ton of awesome polishes to post coming up. It took me all night to get this post done so I haven’t had a chance to respond to emails or comments, but I will tomorrow! Thanks for your patience. : )

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Cult Nails Giveaway Update & Some Work Appropriate Cult Selections

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Good news, I’m back from my trip to Savannah, GA. Bad news, I’m super swamped with work and life after being gone for most of last week. To add to that, I’ve been, and I still am, pretty sick. In other words, it’s going to take me a couple of days to catch up - so I probably won’t get a chance to judge the Cult Nails Internet Meme Giveaway until this weekend. For that reason…

 I am…

EXTENDING THE CULT NAILS CONTEST UNTIL NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT AT 11:59PM EST.

I’ve had so much fun reading your entries and I figured I might as well keep the contest open until I have an actual chance to sit down and pick a winner. This will also give me a chance to post some Cult Nails swatches for your viewing pleasure. If you haven’t seen it already, here is the link to the original post detailing the rules for contest.

As I began emersing myself back in nail culture, Cult Nails was one of the brands that everyone, and I really mean everyone, said I needed to check out. After that I began amassing a mega-list of Cult lemmings. When Maria contacted me about the giveaway, she was kind enough to fulfill some of those Cult lemmings for me. Sadly, none of my Cult lemmings were work appropriate so Maria, knowing that I’m trying (quite unsuccessfully) to focus on professional shades, was kind enough to send me some of those too.

Cult Nails Enticing is a delicate, milky baby pink with a very subtle pearly white shimmer that is nearly invisible. I wasn’t able to capture it, but Let Them Have Polish has great swatches that exhibit the subtle shimmer very well. This color is billed as a buildable sheer and that’s an accurate description. This swatch is 4 coats, but it was fully opaque at 3. This color was a part of the Divas and Drama 2012 Collection (of which I now need ALL).

Cult Nails Cruisin’ Nude is a darker toned nude with very fine magenta microshimmer that glows. Suprisingly, I found the shimmer more visible indoors, than outdoors. If your skin-tone is like mine, this color is a spot-on BABB (Band-Aid But Better). CN is definitely work appropriate, but with an interesting twist. This swatch is 3 coats. Cruisin’ Nude was released in 2011 in a collection entitled A Day at the Races.

I’m going to hold off on my new-to-me-brand comments (i.e. bottle style, brush, application, quality, pricing, wear, etc.) until I post Cult Nails Awakening and Vicious – which I wore as NOTDs. (However, rest assured, I have nothing negative to say). I was on vacation the week I worked on these swatches so I used that as opportunity to rock some non-professional shades. If you’re new to this brand too, they are available for $10 from Cult Nails.

What do you all think about Cult Nails? Only picking up the “different” shades, or do you love them for their more traditional colors as well?

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Disclaimer: These polishes were sent to me for review by Cult Nails.

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Cult Nails Internet Meme Giveaway!!

Monday, October 8th, 2012

If you haven’t heard it’s Cultober, a month full of giveaways hosted by the illustrious brand, Cult Nails. You can read all about it on the Cult Nails Blog. I feel really honored to be one of the lucky bloggers to participate in all the fun. The wonderful Maria, founder of Cult Nails, has pretty much given me carte blanche with this giveaway so I’ve decided to do an Internet Meme Contest.

The prize is $50.00 worth of any Cult Nails goodies of YOUR CHOICE! In order to help you select, I will be posting swatches of some great Cult Nails polishes this month.

There are only two requirements. First, you must follow Cult Nails on Twitter. Second, you must submit an internet meme in the comments section of this post. Your comment must include your twitter user name. *Edit* Multiple entries are allowed. 

The concept here is similar to the Haiku Contest - your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to create a nail polish related internet meme. You can use any medium, for example, you can create a Rage Comic, a someecard, an I Can Haz Cheezburger type photo with a caption, a fail image with a caption, a Mckayla is Not Impressed image, anything goes. Also, you can cover any nail polish related topic, you can poke fun at us bloggers, brands, colors, collector habits, i.e. hauling, hoarding, purging - whatever strikes your fancy. I will choose the winner based on creativity and hilarity. : D I know this contest is a little more involved than typical contests but the prize is worth it and I’m hoping everyone will have fun!

Here are a few someecards I made as examples (these are super simple to create on the someecard website):

(inspired by Jeanette of The Swatcholic, hahaha).

Submitting you entry: Your entry can be submitted by posting your creation in the comments section of this post. Since one of the requirements is following Cult Nails on twitter and because the winner will be announced on Twitter, you will have to include your Twitter handle in your comment for confirmation purposes. Feel free to tweet your entry to me as well, although it’s not required. Following me on twitter is also not a requirement, but I would love it if you did. : )

As an added incentive, Cult Nails is running a parallel Twitter contest in which you can win $100 worth of any Cult Nails goodies! You can read about it here. I will get to choose one of the winners – and Maria says I can even offer the soon to be OOS Cult Nails Awakening as a prize!

Official Rules: The approximate value of the prize is $50.00. Although you get to choose which Cult Nails polishes or products you want as a part of your prize, your choice is subject to the availability of the polish or product. This prize is non-transferable. There are no cash or other substitutes of prizes by winner. The Polish Addict reserves the right to substitute similar prizes of equal or greater value in the event the above prize is unavailable for any reason. Individual, parent, or legal guardian of the winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes with respect to the grand prize. Prize will be mailed from Cult Nails to the winner’s physical mailing address. Please allow six (6) to eight (8) weeks for delivery.
By entering or accepting the prize in this contest, winner agrees to be bound by these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions and to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
No purchase necessary to enter or win. This contest runs from October 8th, 2012 through October 15th,  2012 at 12:01AM EST. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. We hereby release Twitter of any liability.

Eligibility This contest is open internationally unless prohibited by their local state/country. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parent or legal guardian on their behalf. For reference, the age of majority is 18 years old in the United States, with the exception of Alabama (19), Delaware (19), Mississippi (21), and Nebraska (19).

How To Win One (1) winner will be selected by me from all eligible entries after contest closes. In the event that the original winner does not meet eligibility requirements or he/she forfeits the prize, the prize may be awarded to the next eligible participant chosen by me. All entries must be received on or before October 15th, 2012 at 12:01AM EST. The winner will be notified via twitter. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize after initial notification. If winner fails to respond within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected.

Thanks to Amy of Gotham Polish for letting me borrow her extremely well worded contest rules. : )

I’m really excited for this – I hope you all are too! Happy Memeing!

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Julep Pedi Brights 2012 Collection Swatches

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

 One thing that I’ve found striking now that I’m blogging again is the abundance of new (or new to me) brands that have sprung up in my absence. Julep is one of the “new to me” brands that popped up on my radar when I returned. This collection is my first experience with this company. Unfortunately, these polishes, while gorgeous, are too “out-there” for work, so I haven’t had a chance to wear these yet. Consequently, these photos are all swatches. I do have some work appropriate Juleps that I plan to rock soon so I’ll post my thoughts on wear, drying time, etc. in the future. With regard to this collection, it is touted as pedi-specific, but as every polish addict knows – brights are for finger nails, silly nail polish companies.

Julep Lauren is a neon hot pink. This was an unexpected neon – in the bottle, it just looked like a regular hot pink creme but on the nail it really popped. It dried matte, as most neons do, so I used SV as a top coat. I didn’t expect to like this one as much as I did, but it was pretty flattering to my olive complexion. I don’t know why, but I always feel like these colors are really sexy once I’m wearing them. This swatch is 4 coats, it was good at 3 coats but I had slight VPL. Formula was fine, no major application issues.

Julep Claire is a medium sky blue creme. My swatch is not color accurate, I apologize for my constant inability to capture blues properly. In real life, the shade is a lighter hue of blue. My first thought when I saw Claire was that it would be dupe-y to Zoya Yummy, OPI Just Groovy and Misa Right Here Now, No More Later. It’s not, Claire is greener in comparison. Claire, unlike Lauren, gave me some application problems. The formula was very thick, and the thickness problem was compounded by a wonky, bushy brush. This polish would have benefitted from a good old-fashioned thinning. This swatch is 4 coats. It would have been good at 3, but the pigments in this color are very unforgiving of nail imperfections (which I have a ton of right now) so I added an extra coat to cover the bumps and groves on the surface of my nails.

Julep Lily is a bright neon fuchsia. The photo is fairly accurate but the shade is a touch lighter in real life. It dries matte, so I used SV as a top coat and 3 coats of color. Like Claire, Lily was very thick. I decided not to thin it because I think Lily and Lauren would be a good combination for a marble mani – I’ve never done one before but I imagine using a thicker polish would work better. We shall see… if not, Lily will be getting a thinning as well.

Julep Morgan is a violet toned frosty purple with blue and fuchsia microshimmer. The photo is a bit inaccurate. This polish is less blurple in real life and way more violet. It reminds me a lot of the OPIs of yesteryear. This swatch is 3 coats + SV. I didn’t have application issues at all with this one, which leads me to believe the thickness in the other polishes resulted from the neon pigments.

Julep is big 4-free and retails for $14.00. They are available on the Julep site and at Sephora. The bottle design is aesthetically pleasing, slender and square-shaped with a paint splash cut-out on the side of the bottle. However, the design is impractical and unstable. I kept feeling like the bottle was going to tip over at any minute. Additionally, the bottles are pretty small in comparison to other “higher end” brands, which means you aren’t getting the same bang for your buck. Julep has a monthly beauty box service called Julep Maven. I’m not a maven and I don’t know much about it, but I’m assuming that being a Maven makes these polishes more affordable. I would say it’s definitely worth looking into if you are hoarding-inclined. While I was doing background research for this post – I saw that there was a ton of drama with the program last year as well as mixed reviews on Julep polishes in terms of wear and drying time, application, etc. I haven’t really formed any final conclusions about Julep yet – I am excited about their new Trina Turk collection (which I should be able to wear, swatch, and post soon) so I think I’ll keep an open mind for the time being.

What are your feelings about Julep? Love it, hate it? Are you a Maven? Is it something I should do (since I happen to be hoarding-inclined, haha)? What are you thoughts?

*Sorry about the lack of pep in this post – I have a HUGE headache, my eyeballs hurt and my vision is all blurry. I’m only posting under these conditions because I wouldn’t have another chance to post until Sunday or Monday and I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging… you know, trying to be a reliable blogger and all. With that said though, I don’t have it in me to reply to comments tonight – I have to get in bed. I promise I will reply to all the comments left on the last post soon. *hugs* If you want me to get in touch with me quickly in the interim, you can catch me on twitter.

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Disclosure: This collection was sent for review by Julep’s PR.

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The Return of Rescue Beauty Lounge Coral, Grunge & Moulin Rouge

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

I’m probably a little late to the party on this one as I know the blogosphere has been buzzing with this for the past week (you can check out the excellent swatches already posted by Nails and Noms and Scrangie). But, as an RBL fangirl, I’m going to hop on the bandwagon too. Both Coral and Grunge are long time favorites of mine, so I’m glad these beauties are available again. As a disclaimer, my swatches of Coral and Grunge are of the original release - so I recommend checking out newer swatches in addition to mine, as it appears that there may be some slight differences worth noting. Originally, I planned to reswatch these for this post – but I’m stuck with very short nails for the time being and I felt like my new stumpy nubbins wouldn’t do these colors any justice. Consequently, I’ve recycled my old swatches. Please accept my sincerest apologies for the lack of photo uniformity in this post.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge - I lemminged this color FOREVER. Back then it was pretty unique, and still is – it’s very refreshing to see “soft shades” with bad a** names. Oh yes, I’m a child of the 90s, flannel, Nirvana and all. For these reasons, Grunge, in all its mushroomy glory, is always going to have a special spot in my collection. To quote myself: “Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge is my stick-it-to-the-man color (Ohh hoo hoo I’m sitting in your meeting wearing a color called Grunge, ha!). It’s a serious business appropriate color but at the same time it’s very moody and edgy.” You can read my entire original review here.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Coral. Ooh, this color brings back memories. The last time I wore it was way back as a final hurrah before a long period of color fasting. I was just beginning my career then, looking at the old photo and post makes me nostalgic because so much has changed. Here is an excerpt from my original review: “Rescue Beauty Lounge Coral is g o r g e o u s. I began lemming this one because of the bottle image on the Rescue Beauty Lounge site. I don’t know why but I was immediately drawn to it. It’s very chameleon-like in the sense that the color varies in different lighting. It can be described as a bright pink, sometimes coral, sometimes orange-y.” You can read my entire original review here.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Moulin Rouge is a very deep chocolatey, wine toned vampy. I don’t often agree with the brand description of nail polish color, but Ji is right on this one. It really does look like the inside of a cherry bonbon. Although this NOTD is with Seche Vite a top coat, the polish itself is very glossy. If you look closely, you can see my reflection. : D Application was great at two coats, but I used 3.

The universe aligned for me to wear this color. I think I’ve discussed this a few times, I have many forms of neurosis when it comes to this hobby. For example, when my nails are long, I wear a lot of neutrals, soft shades, etc. When my nails are short, I wear a lot of vampies, darker colors, and stranger/unique colors. I was going to hold off on posting this color until I had nubbins again. And since my nails were newly pretty long, it was going to be a while before I filed them down out of my own volition.

In any case, I had a day off from work, so I was planning to sit down and do some serious swatching. I get everything all set up, nails are long and swatch-ready. I’m about to plant myself on the couch for the foreseeable future… when BAM. Our Welsh Corgi, Roy, the most clumsy dog in the world, runs into my mani lamp’s electrical cord, knocking it over, shattering it into a million pieces. Cursing-up a storm, I go to our bedroom to find suitable clothing to go out and buy a new lamp. You see, I was wearing PJs – a.k.a. formal swatching attire. As I’m digging through a pile of clothing to find some jeans (because we’re bad at house-keeping so instead of a closest… we have a pile…) one of my nails chips, diagonally, down to the quick. Oh boy, my wrath knew no end. Husband cowering in fear, dogs hiding under the bed, I stomped around angrily for hours. The break was so bad repairing it was impossible. I expressed my frustrations on twitter, tweeps sent condolences. Once I tuckered myself out from being angry at my misfortune, I took a nap. When I woke up, I cut my losses. haha. That, my friends, is how I ended up with these awful, stumpy nubbins. *sobs* Buying a new lamp took the rest of the night so I wasn’t able to swatch at all. The bright side is that I ended up with a much better mani lamp and I had an excuse to wear Moulin Rouge, so I guess every accident prone Corgi initiated disaster has a silver lining.

Do you all have any nail polish neurosis? Anything goes at all times? Or do you vary the colors you wear by occasion, season, nail length, etc.?

(Also, as an aside, I’m using a different lighting system now than I was back in 2008-2009. Comparing my old swatches to my new swatches, as I’ve done in this post, makes me feel like I need to make an adjustment – the highlights seem to overpower the polish, I don’t like it. I’m going to start trouble-shooting this – please bear with me while I work the kinks out.)

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Disclosure: I’m not really sure how I ended up with Coral and Grunge. I believe Coral was sent to me for review back in 2008. I believe I purchased Grunge. Moulin Rouge was sent to me for review by Rescue Beauty Lounge.

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