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Momma Told Me: It's time for something new.
It seems like I'm a part of a lot of blog swaps and subscription boxes as of late. I kind of jumped on the bandwagon late in 2012 and, while I already tend to get a massive amount of mail, there is just something satisfying about receiving a parcel hand picked and tailored for you. When I was a child I went through a similar phase, only then there were entire books devoted to kids and the receiving of mail. Not to mention these things were less subscriptions and more free promotions put on by companies to sway the hearts of their parents. In any case you may recall filling out a SASE (the generation I watch today would have no idea what this stood for), and a couple box tops or lids in exchange for a Detective's Kit or 'deluxe' cereal prize. Momma must've spent a fortune on these gimmicks, but she seemed perfectly content to allow me to send away for these 'free' items, so long as I was learning the value of patience and hard work. It certainly was a great way to practice my penmanship, and kept me from grumbling on the very long walk to the mailbox hutches on the other side of our condominium complex.
A little known secret to most all major Nail lacquer brands is the hidden base within the applicator cap. If you pull up, instead of twist, you will often be able to pull the cap right off, leaving a generic handle attached to the brush. This is often used by the hard core lacquer enthusiasts and professionals to store swatches. Thanks to Julep's Swatch stickers I can easily apply a swatch to any of their shades' caps, for an instant and accurate representation of the shade, dry. Swatches are especially great for semi-translucent or jelly shades that can be layered for a more intense color. Bette, above, is one of those hues that goes on very thin, yet can be layered up to 3x for a much more intense hue. Unfortunately, because it runs on the thinner side, it requires more cleanup after application. You'll see some seeped into my cuticles on my last 2 fingers, despite prompt touch ups with a Q-tip and remover. In all, I love this shade, which pairs unique in contrast to the nude Ava hue. I haven't quite figured out how to use them together yet, but I am beginning to like the trend of nude nails enough to let Ava go solo on my digits.
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