Fresh Mani feat. Julep

Spring is in full swing, which means it's time for pretty pastel EVERYTHING- including nail polish! 

Here are some tips to getting a perfectly fresh manicure featuring my all-time favorite nail polish brand Julep

Before applying any polish, washing your hands and trimming/filing your nails is a must. It's also a good idea to apply some cuticle cream beforehand, as well.

The first step is to use the Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat. This base coat allows oxygen to seep into the nail bed, which is great for promoting strong and healthy nails. It also smooths out any blemishes or ridges that might be on your nails. Using the base coat before your color helps the color last longer and prevents staining. 

I've been really into pastels lately, so I decided to go with the Alison polish (Sept. 2015 Collection) for my mani this week. I love the shade and the soft focus finish gives it the perfect satin effect. 

As a top coat, I opted for the glittery Melody polish. The iridescent gloss adds lots of shine to the color and dries ridiculously fast! I usually go for a non-shimmer top coat, but I was feeling a little extra sparkly!

Give your nails ample time to dry and finish the mani off by moisturizing with a delicate cream or lotion. (My fave is the Gardeners Ultra Moisturizing Hand Therapy by Crabtree & Evelyn)

Are you an at-home mani kinda gal or would you rather leave it to the professionals?



Julep Beauty Box Subscription

Am I the only one who thinks it's incredibly difficult to get an at-home mani to stay put longer than a few days?

I used to go to the salon just about every week or so to get my nails done. It wasn't until I discovered Julep that I realized I didn't need to spend $80/month on professional manicures.

Julep is a monthly beauty subscription box that allows you to choose the exact items you want to receive. Their specialty is nail polish, but I've gotten quite a few of their other beauty products over the last four years and they have yet to disappoint! 

There are four style profiles: Boho Glam, Bombshell, Classic with a Twist and It Girl. Once you sign up, you'll complete your style profile and your curated box will be chosen based on your profile.  Every month, the Maven (that's you!) has the option to choose her curated box, swap out a product for another (this can be from any style profile) or change polish colors. New collections arrive each month! Mavens also get free shipping on every order and get access to exclusive Maven-only promos!

Ready to get amazing beauty products sent to you every month? You can sign up here!

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