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SCOTCH Naturals!

Two years ago I saw this elusive polish brand on Pinterest called Scotch Naturals. It was the perfect gray color and I couldn’t forget it. The packaging was perfect, the color was exceptional, and I couldn’t find it to save myself. Fast forward two years, I’m walking down The Union in Phoenix with my cousin, and there it was, at Citrine. Unmistakable. That bottle. Those colors. I marched into the boutique and pointed at the bottles with my mouth wide open. I bought two – the quest was complete. (in reality it has only begun, y’all know how I am, they’re like Pokemon, I have to catch them all.) I wanted to share it with you because I’m so excited!

Scotch Naturals | Celtic Mix | The Polished Fox

Scotch Naturals | Celtic Mix | The Polished Fox

Do you see it. Do you see the perfectly minty subtle sage green goodness. I topped my ring finger with a little Sephora by OPI It’s Real! 18k gold leaf topcoat – I love the way the gold looks against that light mint. Gorgeous. The formula is pretty thin, but dries quickly and is easy to layer and build up to the color and opacity you’re looking for. This photo is with four coats for good measure.

Scotch Naturals is an all-natural, water-based polish line with 43 fabulous colors that you can check out on their website. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they’re amazing for your nails and the environment – they’re vegan, cruelty-free, gluten free, fragrance free, toxin free, paraben free, hypoallergenic and biodegradable. Forget 3-free, this polish is like 8-free. And the cool part? I just found out that they’re made right here in Phoenix! I’m so happy I found them. Have you tried water-based polishes and loved them? What do you think? Ever heard of Scotch Naturals? Let me know in the comments!

 

I purchased this product on my own. I have not been compensated in any way for this post. All opinions are my own.

Julep Maven Unboxing – April 2013!

Julep Maven - Classic With A Twist - April 2013 Polishes | The Polished Fox

Julep Maven – Classic With A Twist – April 2013 Polishes | The Polished Fox

The time has finally come – My April Julep Maven Box is here! I stuck with my Maven Style, Classic With A Twist for this month and added on one polish, Eden. I really wasn’t a huge fan of brights, let alone neons, but these are all absolute stunners, I’m going to love wearing them as we welcome in Spring and Summer!

Julep Maven - Classic With A Twist - April 2013 Polishes | The Polished Fox

Julep Maven – Classic With A Twist – April 2013 Polishes | The Polished Fox

From left to right we have Avery, Jackie and Eden. They’re very bright in the bottles! Eden is just a little more purple than this in real life, but, try as I might, the camera lens is not the same as the naked eye.

Julep Maven - Classic With A Twist - April 2013 Polishes | The Polished Fox

Julep Maven – Classic With A Twist – April 2013 Polishes | The Polished Fox

I love Julep’s new sticker system – all of the polishes are labeled with their date, their collection and their name plus a specific number. It helps me stay organized!

Julep Maven - Classic With A Twist - April 2013 Polishes | The Polished Fox

Julep Maven – Classic With A Twist – April 2013 Polishes | The Polished Fox

Here are the cap swatches. I’m so happy that Julep started putting stickers on the tops of their polishes – it makes it really easy for me to find in my Helmer. With over 200 polishes, a girl’s gotta be able to find what she wants quickly! (In case you’re clueless like I was until like two months ago, the rectangular cap can be pulled off to reveal a smaller cap attached to the brush, which you can then use to paint the sticker on top of the lid.) I was surprised at how opaque the cap swatches were – usually neons are jelly-esque and hard to apply.

For all of these swatches, I did a different polish technique on each finger. My pinky is two coats of polish, no top coat. My ring finger is a white base, two coats, and no top coat. My middle finger is a white base, two coats of polish, and a top coat. My index finger is two coats of polish with a top coat. That way,  I could see the different ways I could wear the polish and figure which I would like best.

With neons, I typically wear a white base underneath it – it helps the color to pop more. You can see also that neons typically dry rubberized or matte – all neons will dry like that. I think it’s a pretty cool finish, but I love the way it looks with a topcoat, too!

Julep Eden | The Polished Fox

Julep Eden | The Polished Fox

Julep Eden is a deep bluish purple neon. It’s opaque in two coats and looks really fun as a matte finish, but I think the top coat really sets it off – I love this color as an accent nail or maybe even as a gradient color with purple.

Julep Jackie | The Polished Fox

Julep Jackie | The Polished Fox

Julep Jackie is a squishy red neon that really surprised me – it’s absolutely stunning. It’s not as matte as the other polishes and doesn’t quite need a top coat to shine, but I think it’s totally gorgeous. I put it on and literally said, “whoa,” it’s just that good. Sexy, sumptuous, beautiful, magical. I think I like my index finger the most on this – two coats and a top coat are plenty to make this one shine like the Chrysler Building.

Julep Avery | The Polished Fox

Julep Avery | The Polished Fox

But OH, don’t count out this bananas pink. How ridiculous is Julep Avery? A bright bubblegum neon pink with lots of personality and flash. It’s perfect in two coats over white, but on this one I added three just to see on my middle finger – I LOVE it. I’m not girly by any means, and this polish is ridiculous. It looks similar to Julep Lauren in the bottle, but Avery is much more neon and intensely pink!

Not pictured, and certainly not to be counted out, is Julep’s new Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum. It’s in an easy twist-up brush stick and is “super-charged amino acids that build keratin (for your nails) and collagen (for your cuticles) – Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum’s secret weapon to transform dry and damaged cuticles almost overnight. Plus, you can get visibly stronger, smoother nails with fewer ridges and less splitting and brittleness in only 2-3 weeks” says Julep’s website. I’m pretty sure (though not positive) that this is a repackaging of Julep Reveal, which I love, so I’m excited to try this and see how it works! Julep Reveal completely saved my nails. I went from a splitting, peeling, cracked cuticle wreck to beautifully manicured nails in about three weeks. It’s worth a try in my book.

What did you think of this month’s polishes? Which box did you get? Let me know in the comments!

Don’t know what Julep Maven is? It’s a nail polish subscription service that sends 2-3 polishes and products (or now 2 full-sized products) to your door every month for just $19.99. The formula is great and the colors are always on trend – I love being a Maven, check it out!

FTC: I purchased these products by myself to review for my blog. I was not compensated for my review. This blog post does contain my affiliate links. If you click on one and decide to become a Julep Maven, I will receive points to put towards Julep Maven purchases that I’ll review on my blog. If you do not wish to click an affiliate link, you don’t have to – check out Julep here.

My Newest Obsession, Nail Jewelry

There comes a time when polish is not enough. And for me, the cure was nail jewelry. I’ve seen some pretty gorgeous 3D nail art from some seriously talented nail artists, and I loved how gorgeous they looked, so I took the plunge and ordered some from my new favorite Etsy shop, Hex Nail Jewelry. I’m in love – check these out!

Nail Jewelry | The Polished Fox

Nail Jewelry | The Polished Fox

For these nails, I used Julep Hayden and Shenae. I created the dots with a small dotting tool. The best way for me to apply the bow was to put a small amount of nail glue on it, wait for it to get tacky, and place it on my nail using a toothpick. If you have nail tweezers, I’d suggest using those. I used a top coat over it (Julep Freedom Topcoat or Butter London Hardware) and it stayed in place until I took it off – about four days!

Nail Jewelry | The Polished Fox

Nail Jewelry | The Polished Fox

I received this pegasus (and the below seashell) from the wonderful ladies in Long Beach of Hey, Nice Nails! (thank you again!). I’m obsessed with it – it’s just a little bit of whimsy and bling for an otherwise simple manicure. Here I used China Glaze Mimosas Before Manis, a gorgeous bright coral for spring and Orly High On Hope on the accent finger. I need to do a full manicure with High On Hope – it’s a perfect deep blue with a goldish purply fleck. It’s amazing.

Nail Jewelry | The Polished Fox

Nail Jewelry | The Polished Fox

This is the current manicure that I have on today – I was thinking about my friends and family on the east coast in the snow and wanted to send them a little west coast beachy sun! This is Butter LONDON Kerfluffle, a pretty light coral and Fiver, a light sea foam mint with West End Wonderland sponged on the sides with a triangle make up sponge. The studs on my ring finger are from BornPrettyStore.com,

What do you think? Would you try them? Do you love a little extra bling on your nails? What’s your favorite look? Let me know in the comments!

 

Influenster Sugar ‘n Spice VoxBox 2013!

I was finally selected to receive my first Influenster box – the Sugar and Spice box of 2013! It was packed full of amazing products to try that I received to review for free. I highly suggest signing up for Influenster – it’s free and fun!

Here’s how the box looked when I received it:

Influenster Sugar n' Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Influenster Sugar n’ Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Pretty large and vibrantly orange – my husband was pretty quizzical when I showed him this!

Influenster Sugar 'n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Influenster Sugar ‘n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

When I opened it up I was excited to see that it was packed full of stuff I would use for sure! There were also coupons in here that I didn’t take a picture of – at least five really large, generous coupons to share with friends.

Splenda Nectresse | Sugar 'n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Splenda Nectresse | Sugar ‘n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

First I pulled out the Splenda NECTRESSE sweetener. It’s a sweetener much like Splenda, but has zero calories and is 100% natural. It’s made primarily from monk fruit combined with other natural sweeteners. What I liked? The ingredient list is only 3 items long – and it’s all stuff I can pronounce. It doesn’t taste chemically or add other weird flavors – it just tastes sweet.

Colgate Optic White | Sugar 'n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Colgate Optic White | Sugar ‘n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

The VoxBox contained not one, but three Colgate Optic White products in their new formula. I used the toothpaste, brush and mouthwash together this morning and they made my teeth feel squeaky clean. I’ll report back on if I See a difference in five days!

 

Dickinson's Organic Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Wipes | Sugar 'n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Dickinson’s Organic Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Wipes | Sugar ‘n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

A new product that was in my box that I hadn’t heard of was Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes. Witch Hazel has many benefits for the skin – it refines pores, removes and controls oils, soothes irritation and locks in moisture. I’m all about that – I busted one out immediately!

dickinson's organic witch hazel wipes | Sugar and Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

dickinson’s organic witch hazel wipes | Sugar and Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

The towelette smelled clean and fresh, not overly scented. It has interlocking mesh that traps dirt and oils plus spun lace fibers that clean deep into pores. When I used it, it felt cleansing and left my skin looking bright and clean. I have really oily skin and it controlled the oil for a good 3 hours before I had to apply any mattifying powder. But, I do like that it’s all natural ingredients without any harsh chemicals.

Vaseline Spray & Go | Sugar 'n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Vaseline Spray & Go | Sugar ‘n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Also in my Sugar n’ Spice Vox Box, this fabulous giant can of Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer. It’s huge! The aerosol can sprays a light mist of moisture on your skin that dries in seconds and leaves it feeling silky smooth. Have you ever put on lotion and then tried to put on skinny jeans? This eliminates that feeling! It left my skin lightly moisturized and didn’t feel too thick in the Arizona sun. Love!

 

Belvita Breakfast Biscuits | Sugar 'n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Belvita Breakfast Biscuits | Sugar ‘n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Finally, I receive a pack of BelVita Cinnamon Brown Sugar Breakfast Biscuits. Now, I’m usually not a huge fan of the breakfast bar phenomenon. I like eggs and toast. But these were delicious – the flavor wasn’t overpowering and it left me feeling awake and alert until lunch. I wasn’t starving for a snack or anything – they were great!

Sugar 'n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Sugar ‘n Spice Vox Box 2013 | The Polished Fox

Overall, I’m in love with this box. Influenster send me some amazing products that I’ll absolutely use in the future (and will probably repurchase). I received seven full-sized products! All together the value of my box breaks down like this (prices from WalMart.com, Amazon.com, and Walgreens.com):

  • Splenda Nectresse: $3.48
  • Dickinson’s Organic Witch Hazel Wipes: $7.79
  • Vaseline Spray & Go: $11.99
  • BelVita Breakfast Biscuits: $4.50
  • Colgate Optic White Mouthwash: $4.96
  • Colgate Optic White Tooth Brush: $2.96
  • Colgate Optic White Tooth Paste: $2.96
  • Total Value: $38.64! What! That’s amazing!

I’m so excited I was selected for the Sugar ‘n Spice VoxBox. It’s right up my alley – I can’t wait to keep using them! What do you think – did you get this month’s VoxBox? Will you be buying any of these products? Have any questions? Let me know in the comments!

 

Disclosure – I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All reviews and opinions are honest and mine.

Mani Monday!

Hey lovelies! here’s a roundup of what’s been on my nails:

Floral Nails | The Polished Fox

Floral Nails | The Polished Fox

I’ve been playing more with my new nail art brushes – I love these fun florals! I used a ton of colors in this, but the base is Julep Sally (I’m holding Illamasqua Lament).

Gradient Nails | The Polished Fox

Gradient | The Polished Fox

Gradient with Julep Toni and Simone (from the March Maven collection) topped with a Spectraflair topcoat made by a friend

Feather Gradient Nails | The Polished Fox

Feather Gradient | The Polished Fox

My first try at putting feathers on my nails with China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, Julep Minnie, Essie Chinchilly and China Glaze I’m Not A Lion!

Which is your favorite? Which do you want to see a tutorial for? Let me know and I’ll pull one together!

Julep Maven – March Polishes!

Hello lovelies! Today I’m beginning my swatches for Julep’s March colors. Since I don’t want to completely demolish my cuticles, I’ll be posting a few colors a day over the weekend to share them with you. I’m going to start with my favorite colors, because this is my blog and I do what I want.

 

Julep Maven - March Polishes | Shenae and Minnie | The Polished Fox

Julep Maven – March Polishes | Shenae and Minnie | The Polished Fox

Check out these absolutely gorgeous, fantastic pastels! This is Julep Shenae (It Girl) with Julep Minnie (Bombshell) as the accent finger. The majority of the pastels in this month’s collection have a slight shimmer to them. I didn’t think I would like it (I’m not a big shimmer fan, I usually grab for cremes) but these are beautiful. They are more of a pastel-with-a-shimmer than a shimmery-pastel if that makes sense. Most of the time in indoor lighting they look like your run of the mill pastel, but when they get out into sunlight they just come alive. I’m a fan!

This collection is one of my favorites from Julep – which ones did you get this month? Share below!

Julep Maven is a monthly subscription box that delivers top-quality 4-free polish and products to your doorstep for $19.99 a month. Interested? Take the maven profile quiz here and use the code PENNY at checkout to get your first box for just one cent!

Tutorial – DIY Galaxy Nails!

 

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

I’ve been painting my nails since I can remember, but just this last year I got really interested in nail art. Instagram was what sparked my creative fire on my ten tiny canvases and I love trying new things on my nails! The (unexpectedly) easy manicure I keep coming back to is the Galaxy Nail – and I’m going to show you how to do it!

Tools needed:

1 triangle make-up sponge

1 pot of loose glitter (I used Julep’s translucent white glitter)

1 small concealer brush for cleaning up rogue polish on cuticles

A good moisturizer after polishing to rehydrate cuticles (I like Julep’s Rockstar hand creme)

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Polishes used:

Base: Elizabeth

Applied in order:

Gunta

Gayle

Drew

Daisy

Renee

Susie

Kate

Freedom Topcoat

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Application:

After prepping for your mani, start with a base coat of Elizabeth. It’s a great deep navy blue with a light shimmer that is a good base for galaxy nails. Plus, it’s my name! Make sure it’s completely dry before galaxy-ing.

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Take the make up sponge and rip it into three pieces. It’s easier to work with the tiny corners on such a small canvas.

Dab a small amount of your first polish (Gunta) on the corner of a piece of the sponge. Just a dab will do!

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Begin gently sponging the polish onto your nails in a nebula-esque shape. I like to have them go in all sorts of directions – across the nail diagonally, one peeking in from the side, one big one in the center – play with it! The first application of the darker colors can be wider, since we’re going to build on top of it.

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Slowly begin building the colors on top of the base, gradually keeping the lighter colors tighter and closer to the middle of the galaxy.

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

We’re getting close…

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Smooth it all out with a thin layer of Julep’s Freedom Topcoat. While the topcoat is still tacky, sprinkle on the loose glitter. A little goes a long way – or lay it on thick and get your sparkle on. Either way, it’s going to look amazing! Add another layer of topcoat to secure the glitter and cure for five minutes under a light bulb. Clean up the cuticles with acetone and a small brush – then admire your handiwork!

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! What do you think – would you try galaxy nails?

This post was originally created as a guest blog for Julep. I was compensated for my time.

Swatchy Saturday – Nail Art!

Hey lovelies! Here’s what’s been on my nails recently:

Leopard nails | The Polished Fox

Leopard nails | The Polished Fox

These vampy leopard nails are so out of my comfort zone, I feel sexay like Rihanna! I used Julep Bethany (layered over a white since it’s a neon to bring out the color), Essie Licorice and Butter LONDON West End Wonderland. I just used a toothpick for this. Yes seriously.

Cupcake Nails | The Polished Fox

Cupcake Nails | The Polished Fox

Haaaay, my birthday was this week! You better believe I put a cupcake on my nail, I waited all year for that! I used Julep Alicia as the base and Illamasqua Lament for the frosting drips, plus little caviar beads for the sprinkles. They fell off immediately but hey, they looked cool for the picture.

Vintage Hearts and Flowers Nails | The Polished Fox

Vintage Hearts and Flowers Nails | The Polished Fox

Finally, these were my Valentine’s Day Nails, some cute vintage roses with dots with Julep polishes for extra fun. What do you think? Would you try any of these looks out? Do you want to see a tutorial for any of them? Leave a comment and let me know!

Exciting news alert – New Julep Maven Style, Modern Beauty!

This morning I got an email from Julep with the most exciting news – they’re introducing a brand new maven style! Lots of people have asked Julep for more beauty products because they knock them out of the park – I personally love all of their lotions, cuticle oils and body scrubs, and I WANT MORE. So Julep is introducing Modern Beauty – and modern beauties will receive two full-sized beauty products in each box for their maven subscription!

New Julep Maven Style Modern Beauty | The Polished Fox | Via

New Julep Maven Style Modern Beauty | The Polished Fox | Via

For me, this means two things – if I’m not feeling the polish colors for the month, I could switch my profile to Modern Beauty and receive some fabulous products instead of polish. And, if I still want products and polish, I could switch to Modern Beauty and add on polish to my box with Jules or for just $5.99. I think it’s an awesome idea – what do you think??

Don’t know what Julep Maven is? It’s a nail polish subscription service that sends 2-3 polishes and products (or now 2 full-sized products) to your door every month for just $19.99. The formula is great and the colors are always on trend – I love being a Maven, check it out!

Palmolive Fresh Infusions – Review

First, if you’re not a member of Influenster, go do it. It’s a great program that allows you to earn influential points that can get you free stuff, like what I’m about to share with you. Alright, let’s roll!

Palmolive Fresh Infusions | The Polished Fox

Palmolive Fresh Infusions | The Polished Fox | via

A few weeks ago I happily received three full-sized bottles of Palmolive Fresh Infusions dish soap to try in my home and review from Influenster. It’s the first product I’ve received from them, and I was really interested in trying it. We live in an older home that doesn’t have a dishwasher, so that means dishwasher = me. I do dishes almost every day and while it’s inconvenient, there’s something ritualistic and little soothing about standing in front of the sink making things clean again. I received three scents to try – Lemon Thyme, Ginger White Tea and Lime Basil.

I have to say, I didn’t think that the scent of my dish soap made a big deal. I usually use Mrs. Meyer’s or Dawn for my dishes – nothing really over the top, but a little better than Ajax (which, surprisingly, is from the same parent company as Palmolive – Colgate). My main concerns are that my dishes are clean and there isn’t a weird residue or anything. This soap combines the best of both worlds – a great combo of smell and clean! I’ve used all three of them and like them all, but my favorite is the Ginger White Tea scent. It’s light and refreshing without being overpowering and smells clean and natural. The soap itself is a nice consistency – it has a lower viscosity than other soaps I’ve used like Dawn, meaning it’s a little more “runny” than other soaps. It also suds up really nicely and quickly, meaning I don’t have to put in the elbow grease to get a good sud going.

The clean factor, you ask? Our dishes have never looked brighter. I’d highly suggest trying out Palmolive’s Fresh Infusion soaps, they won’t disappoint!

Disclaimer: I was sent these products to review for free from Influenster. All opinions are mine and are for the benefit of my readers.

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