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Dior Saint-Tropez + Gradient

May 31, 2014

I have a ton of polishes in two shades: red and aqua. And I also have only two Dior polishes as well–in red and aqua. I ADORE both polishes. (The red polish is the one I used in this video a few days ago).

Of all the aqua polishes I own, I repeatedly come back to Dior’s Saint-Tropez. Sadly, I don’t think you can find it anymore. I ended up buying it on eBay a couple years ago, and even back then it was hard to find. That being said, I just love it. The formula goes on like butter and it self-levels to a perfect finish. Just a lovely polish to work with.

(The red Dior polish I love, Rouge 999, is still for sale, though. The formula has been updated, but it’s the same color).

Anyway, this is Dior Saint-Tropez…

After painting my nails with Saint-Tropez, I thought I’d try another gradient. So I added Julep Monaco to the tips with the gradient sponging technique shown in this video.

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Julep Rae vs. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lively Lilac

March 11, 2014

Still on an orchid nail polish kick. After painting my nails with the brand new Rae color from Julep (shown on right), I had to compare it to Sally Hansen Ista-Dri Lively Lilac (left). Rae is a bit more purple and lacks the bit of shimmer that Lively Lilac has (which is fine with me–I usually hate shimmer).

Julep Rae vs. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lively Lilac

And a closer look at just Rae…

Julep Rae

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