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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review: Julep DD crème

Julep's new DD crème arrived on my doorstep just a few days ago ... and look at me, all on the ball, posting a review almost right away. Cue Twilight Zone music. ;)

(Gotta wonder, though: Why "DD crème" and not "DD cream"? Who's going to put the accent mark on there aside from obsessive people like me? Won't people Google "DD cream" instead? And are we supposed to pronounce it with a French accent? Anyway...)

Julep's new "better than BB cream" offering ... Is it really?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Nails: Pastel sparkles

My current nail polish is inspired by an anime I'm watching. (A really really ridiculous one, so I'm not going to say what it is. If you can guess it, then points to you!) That is, the colors are inspired by it, but it's not really recognizable as an anime reference; I was too lazy to do an actual design and I don't have any silver polish right now. Pretty funny, since silver was a staple for me in the 90s. Anyway, the look is a bit unicorn-y, isn't it?

Blue accent nail: Julep Julianne (blue base), Sephora by OPI Hollywood If I Could (glitter). White nails: Sally Hansen Smooth & Perfect Color + Care in color Fog, Sephora by OPI Meet Me at the Disco (glittery tips).

And yes, I've cut my scary-long nails since the last time I posted a nail update! Hurray! No more claws! I decided to learn to play the guitar, so off the nails had to go. Actually, these are grown out a bit too long for guitar. I haven't practiced for a couple of weeks. ;)

The polish is a little bubbly because I forgot not to use the Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Diamond Shine as a top coat (DOH), but it's not as bad as that first fail.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Julep DD Crème snapshot and the results of the Battle of the Facial Moisturizers

I've been quiet for a while, haven't I? Marinating, maybe — since I definitely haven't given up thinking of the things that made me start this blog. ;)

Anyway, I got my June Julep Maven box today and even though the "letter cream" marketing is getting a tad silly (How long will it be before we use up all the letters in the alphabet? Can I get an XYZ cream that will magically fix my car, tailor my clothes, and dust my bookshelves?), I'm pretty interested in seeing how this DD crème compares to my favorite BB creams.

June Julep Maven box (Boho Glam): DD crème, nail color in Lexie (dandelion yellow crème) and Dianna (mint green crème), and some salt water taffy. Om nom nom.
It's supposed to provide anti-aging effects, buildable coverage, and an "ultra-smoothing" finish that minimizes pores and fine lines. If it does those things while matching my skin tone reasonably well, I'll be pretty happy. I'll weigh in once I've tried it. [Update June 8, 2013: I tried it, and the review is here!]

Also, I never did a final write-up on the Battle of the Facial Moisturizers: CeraVe vs. Philosophy, but essentially, I have nothing more to say on the issue than I said in my first report. I kept using it until I got tired of it, but the CeraVe night moisturizer isn't even a pale imitation of Philosophy's Hope in a Jar for me, although the substitution worked for someone else (link opens in a new window).