Orly Elsbeth’s Rose



I got some nice nail polish from a Ross visit yesterday and got to try one last night.

This is Orly’s Elsbeth’s Rose. I feel like this could also be categorized as Color of the Year- Radiant Orchid. (Personally, I don’t really know how to deal with Pantone’s color winners… Emerald went out of fad really quickly last year!) Anyway, I used to own a Sephora OPI nail polish color this color, that I liked much, but had to throw away because it got too sticky, so I am happy!

I would also label this pink as Barbie Pink because it seems to be very similar to the pink used in Barbie boxes!

The photo is of base coat and two coats of Elsbeth’s Rose. I don’t think it shows up well in the photo but this polish has a pearly finish. The polish itself is pretty opaque, and one might have been good, but I used two. And as always, Orly brushes are always good, and like other Orly formulas, this one runs kind of runny, but at the same time, it’s astonishingly opaque.

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!


Julep Gabrielle Swatch


This is swatch of Julep Gabrielle! It’s a beautiful smoky mulberry creme polish! One coat is enough to cover all the nail, but I put two coats just in case. The formula is kind of gooey and thick – maybe because it’s been a while since this polish was made? But still a lovely color!!

Here are photos from different lightings.





Julep Donna Swatch



I got to try a Julep polish that my cousin had. Donna is a dark peacock green polish. My cousin also didn’t have a base coat, so I tried it on my bare nails (Eek!), and removed it later that night. This is a pretty dark color and I wasn’t wearing base coat, so I wasn’t surprised that it stained my nails a bit. The formula was pretty easy to work with, and one coat could be enough for opaque nails.

I am wearing one coat of Donna in the photo. Very pretty and very classy!

Julep Renee Swatch



My company was doing a Julep giveaway for Valentine’s day. After I mentioned that I wish I could have entered the giveaway, too, a co-worker gave me an awesome present of three Julep nail polishes! And Renee is the first one out of the three that I tried out. Thank you Bonnie!!

I usually don’t dig purple color that much. But I absolutely love this color Renee is a pastel purple color and I feel that it compliments my Asian, somewhat tan skin well. And I also want to note that this color looks good on short nail!

I don’t know what the trend for spring nail color is, but I am going to wear this color often this spring and summer!


All of these photos were taken outdoor, under somewhat sunny sky.

Sephora X Chaotic swatch


I finally got Sephora X Chaotic! I knew it was a nail polish that I would regret if I never got it.. so I ended up buying it.

I did a quick Google search of the swatches for Chaotic so far. One wonderful part of this top coat is that it would work well with many nail polishes.

To decide which color to go with, I tried different combination on each finger. I am not sure if this still can be considered as swatch.





Here are the nails without Chaotic. Just for reference, on the left hand (with yellow polish) :
Thumb: Julep Hailee
Index: Julep Cindy
Middle: Julep Alma
Ring: Julep Sienna
Pinky: Sephora OPI Yellow My Name is Betsey

On my right:
Thumb: Julep Annie
Index: Sephora OPI Too Too Turq
Middle: Sephora OPI Skinny Jeans
Ring: Sephora x Pantone Tangerine Tango Creme
Pinky: Julep Ellen

Yup, I should expand out of Julep and Sephora.

Bold colors feel like splattered paint. I am not sure what the metallic colors ended up like.




Here is another swatch of Chaotic on top of Sephora OPI Let’s Hear It for the Spirit! I reminds me of … quail egg shells.


I will not ever use Chaotic on top of nude/skin-color ish nail polish ever again!!

I have one more example of Chaotic here, on Julep Melissa. Hmm, I feel that Melissa has been the best match so far. Here’s the image from it so you don’t have to click on the link!


I’ll do a swatch of just Melissa and Chaotic later for Chaotic Melissa!