On Nnenna’s Nails #25: Starry Night

Starry Night Nails

Starry Night Nails

White- Julep Gunta // Gold Glitter- Forever 21 Gold Rush

I’ve been having fun playing around with different holiday manicures- busting out my favorite red, gold and glitter polishes.  This time I wanted to switch it up color-wise and try something besides red or gold; enter this bold blue polish from Julep. Then, since it is the holiday season, I had to add a coat of glitter for the sparkle factor. The end result reminds me a little bit of a starry night sky :)

Tell me: What colors have you been wearing on your nails recently?

 

Gift Guide: $20 and Under

Gift-Guide-$20-and-Under

For the francophile: Paris in Color // Paris vs. New York // Violette Glass Plate

For the home: Gingerbread Cookie Mix // Salt & Pepper Shakers // Rolling Pin // Flower Pins // Memo Mug

For the nail polish junkie: Julep Sugar Plum Set // Deborah Lippmann Cleopatra in New York

For the animal lover: Giraffe Necklace // Shark Convertible Gloves

For her iPhone: Hearts iPhone case // Floral iPhone case // Dotted iPhone case

For the stationery lover: All-Occasion Notecard Set // Personal Library Kit // Typewriter Stamp Set

If you want to see all of my gift picks so far, check out my other gift guides and my dedicated Pinterest board (which includes some picks not featured on the blog)!

Julep Skin Care

Julep Glycolic Hand Scrub and Age Defying Hand Brightener

You guys have already heard me rave on about Julep’s nail polish, but did you know they carry other beauty products as well? I received their Pedi Creme in one of my boxes a few months back and I absolutely love it- it does wonderful things for my feet. Recently, Julep sent me their Glycolic Hand Scrub and Age Defying Hand Brightener to test out. I don’t know about you guys, but my hands get really dry and a bit rough in the winter, so I was happy to try out products that might help keep my hands moisturized and soft.

The scrub and hand brightener are supposed to be used together, at least once daily. For several nights last week, I incorporated these two products into my nightly routine. Right before I went to bed, I washed my hands with the scrub, which has little beads within to help exfoliate the skin. Then I rinsed the scrub off and applied a small dollop of the hand brightener, which is a lightweight cream. And I have to say, after using both products, my hands did feel nice and soft! I’m not exactly sure how long it lasts, but by the time I woke up next day, I feel like I would have needed to reapply these products again. I think if you used these products more consistently that I did, say 2-3 times a day, you would see even better results. I also found the smell to be pleasant- very citrusy and fresh. Overall, I did like the way my hands felt after using both the scrub and hand brightener and I would continue to use them, perhaps trying to do so more often daily.

Tell me: Do you have dry hands in the winter? If so, what do use to combat that?

Disclaimer: These products was provided for me to review by Julep; however, I only recommend products and services that I like and believe that my readers will like as well. All thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.

On Nnenna’s Needles #29: Heart-Shaped

On Nnenna's Needles #29

Heart-Shaped (picture by Alex)

You might remember this sweater from last week’s outfit post! Well I wanted to revisit it this week and talk a bit more about the process :) I picked this sweater after a bit of a dry spell with knitting. I hadn’t knit at all during the summer and I was excited to pick something cozy to knit for fall. Whenever I take on a bigger project like this, I do a bit of research first to estimate how much it will cost me, read through the pattern in case there are any tricky bits, and search on Ravelry to see how other people’s projects have turned out. With every project I work on, I have to make sure I really love it otherwise I know I’ll never finish it!

That definitely wasn’t a problem here. I love the base color yarn I chose- Malabrigo is so soft and squishy and delightful to work with. Even better, it’s pretty affordable as far as high-quality yarns go.  For the hearts, I luckily had enough yarn leftover from this project for each of the three different colors. It took me a little over a week to complete since the pattern is very straight-forward and easy to follow. The hearts were the more time-consuming section, not surprisingly, since I had to keep untangling the yarn from itself.

This sweater is not super form-fitting, so I like to wear it belted like this to give it a little more shape. If I were to make another one of these, I would add some shaping in the middle section so that it nips in at the waist a bit. I would probably also make full-length sleeves, because cute as half-sleeves are, I kind of feel like it’s “go full or go home” when it comes to sleeve-length.

Tell me: For the other knitters/crocheters out there- are you working on anything currently?