Khroma Beauty Nail Polish Swatch & Review

So while trying to organize my beautiful messes,  I found my sister’s bottle of Khroma Beauty Nail Polish in buff / le polissage 800.

Khroma Beauty Nail Polish in Buff Swatch

Khroma Beauty Nail Polish in Buff Swatch / My Instagram

 

I think I took a pretty good swatch for what I had to work with. Normally I do not bash products, usually if a product has been a staple in the market, it means it sells well. And often times, it sells well because the product has good merits. But I found no good merits with this nail polish. And its not because it was created by Kourtney, Khloe, and Kim Kardashian. First, lets start with the name. This nail polish line has been discountinued. If you find nail polishes made by the Kardashian sisters, they are now called Kardashian Beauty. This is because there is already ANOTHER similar makeup brand copyrighted and trademarked registered. The lawyers for Kim Kardashian should have checked that another makeup brand with a similar name already exist. Sucks. So Kroma Makeup founder Lee Tillett sued the Kardashians over the name Khroma Beauty almost two years ago, and Kourtney, Khloe & Kim paid an undisclosed amount to make the suit go away, and now we have Kardashian Beauty.

Khroma Beauty Nail Polish Review

I think the forced discontinuation was a blessing in disguise. The swatch took 3 heavy coats or 4-5 thin coats to produce. The Khroma Beauty nail polish was very milky, uneven, and started to chip like crazy within 24 hours. I was so disappointed that in 24 hours it started to chip, that I took my non-acetone polish remover and started to remove my mani, only to realize that not only does the nail polish chips, it also stains. I didn’t think it was possible to have heavy orange staining within 24 hours of wear. But I did, and I that made me kind of angry. I don’t like to write very negative reviews, but I can’t find anything great about a polish that takes forever to paint, chips like crazy, and stains your nails.

Maybe I got a bad bottle. Maybe its just buff and the other polishes in the Khroma Beauty/Kardashian Beauty Nail Polishes are really awesome. Maybe.

Too many maybes. Oh well.

Not gonna put links of where its available online because I don’t want you to waste your money and time.

 

xoxo,

Emmy

xoxo, Emmy

Lime Crime Utopia Swatch & Review

Lime Crime Utopia

Lime Crime Utopia

So I decided to jump into the indie scene! I am really in love with lip creams, which are a cross of a matte lipstick and a lipgloss. They are liquid to a matte finish and the bottles are shaped like lipgloss. I decided to purchase Lime Crime Utopia from DollsKill  (You may also find Lime Crime at NastyGal and ModCloth)

Authentic Lime Crime Utopia

Authentic Lime Crime Utopia

At time of writing, Authentic Lime Crime Utopia have similar stickers on both product and product packaging.

Now to swatch!

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xoxo, Emmy

The First Julep Mystery Box of 2015: I Woke Up Like This Mystery Box

Julep Mystery Box: I Woke Up like This Mystery Box

Julep has created its first Julep mystery box of the year! While you’re not guaranteed all the items on the image, you are guaranteed the nail polish (limited-edition Tanith (Classic with a Twist), a warm putty with gold microglitter) and $100 retail value.

In the image we see:

  • Julep Elixir Organic Moroccan Argan Oil
  • Tanith Nail Polish (limited Edition)
  • Julep Lipgloss (there are 4 colors available, we see Graceful which is a sheer pale pink)
  • Julep Plush Pout (lip crayon with a moisturizing core)

There are 4 different plush pout shades as well so you can get a variation of those as well. My guess is that box will also contain for certain individuals the Julep dry shampoo (its placed in lots of mystery beauty boxes), Sweep Eyeshadow Palette – Neutrals (Julep’s natural eyeshadow palette), Bare Face Cleansing Oil (another staple in add-ons and mystery boxes), as well as the Rockstar handcream. We shall see if I am correct when the mystery box arrives.

Fine Print: Offer expires on 1/18/2015 at 11:59pm PT, or while supplies last. Not all products shown above will be included in all Mystery Box versions. Not all products shown will be in all Julep Mystery Box versions. Every I Woke Up Like This Mystery Box will include the new polish color Tanith (Classic with a Twist). Purchase of multiple I Woke Up Like This Mystery Boxes may result in polish or product overlap. Offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer or discount (e.g Maven 20% discount). No exchanges or returns are possible on Mystery Box, individual items, or add-ons. Estimated full retail value is at least $100.00 for all I Woke up like This Mystery Boxes. Taxes vary by location.

 

I will post images of the Julep mystery box deliveries as they arrive!

 

EDIT: Boxes are here!

 

Julep I Woke Up Like This Mystery Box

Julep I Woke Up Like This Mystery Box

 

 The cuticle softner and decals were paid extra add-ons, but she received the Night Shift Mask, Blank Canvas lip primer, plush pout Aurora, and three polishes: Aurora, Sheri, and Tanith (thanks Amanda!)

And she also provided a swatch of the new nail polish, Tanith:

Julep Tanith Swatch

Julep Tanith Swatch

 

xoxo,

Emmy

xoxo, Emmy

New Julep Welcome Box Free for New Maven Subscribers

 

Julep has a new free 3-piece gift Julep Welcome Box for new mavens subscribers (you can always cancel within 30 days). The code is HOORAY .

This is what the welcome box will look like in person:

Julep Welcome Box using HOORAY

Julep Welcome Box using HOORAY

Along with the 3 free nail polishes in the Julep Welcome Box, you will also get a code (shhh… its TENOFF off all orders of $20+) plus some junior mints (freebie extra may vary, I have gotten candy corn, a hair tie, hard candy in the past). Thanks Jessika for the photo!

 

Expiring soon: The Winter Escape Welcome Box and Valentine Welcome Box offered at 50% off expire on January 16, 2015.

xoxo,

Emmy

xoxo, Emmy

Julep Maven Meetup NYC

Want to meet Jane Park, the CEO of Julep? Well if you live near NYC, on Monday January 12th you can!

Here are the event’s details from the official facebook page:

You’re invited to our next #MavenMeetup in NYC. Come meet Jane Park, share your ideas and feedback, meet other Mavens, and get a sneak peek at the February Maven Collection!Location: Park Hyatt New York parkhyattnewyork.com

 

xoxo,

Emmy

xoxo, Emmy

Newest Obsession: Essie Cashmere Matte Collection

Essie has a new collection! Its called Essie Cashmere Matte Collection. aren’t they pretty? They are matte, meaning no shine


  • cashmere matte - effects by essie Comfy in Cashmere – mauve with deep velvet undertones
  • cashmere matte - effects by essie wrap me up – whisper soft pink
  • cashmere matte - effects by essie just stiched – warm pearly-plush pink
  • cashmere matte - effects by essie all eyes on nudes – camel-hued neutral tone
  • cashmere matte - effects by essie coat couture – sultry satin greige beneath deep purple shimmer
  • cashmere matte - effects by essie spun in luxe – sophisticated matte blue-black

what do you guys think? <3

xoxo,

Emmy

xoxo, Emmy

New Year, New XoxoEmmy: Blog Goals & Resolutions for 2015

2015 is here! Its amazing what can happen in 365 days. We lost a lot of great individuals (Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joan Rivers, and those who were not famous but remain close to our hearts) as well as many advancement in our society (the first artificial ear was made in a 3D Printer!). A new year is often a time to start anew, create goals and resolutions.

A New Year can be a push to start anew. As a blogger, having blog goals & resolutions is important to start a clear direction for a blog in the coming year.

When XoxoEmmy started, I wasn’t sure what I wanted. I like a lot of things but they tent to be wide and varied. I tried to mostly focus on beauty but as my interest for other things increased, the posts on this blog started to dissipate. I want to write about various different things but I am often told that the only successful blogs out there are the ones that focus on a niche topic, be it nail polish or frugal travel.

A Blogger's Workstation: Chair, Books and Pens

XoxoEmmy’s Goals & Resolutions for 2015

  • More blog posts, doesn’t matter the topics. A more frequent blog is a better blog.
  • Brighter clearer pictures. This is will involve on my behalf investing in a better camera.
  • A better layout which is more organized.
  • More information about me (because the more you know about me, the more I connect with you)

that’s it! 4 goals, in no particular order, though I think I did write them out in order of importance.

 

I think the last goal will be the hardest. I do like to hide behind the computer.

Girl Hiding with her head down

 

its time to stop hiding.

 

love you all, xoxo

Emmy

xoxo, Emmy

and The Sephora Birthday Gift 2015 is…

and The Sephora Birthday Gift 2015 is…

Sephora Birthday Gift 2015

Sephora Birthday Gift 2015

NARS!

The pencils are Nars Cruella Velvet Matte and Nars Rikugien Satin. Plus VIB Rouges also get a mini eyeliner in Via Veneto as well. If you prefer skincare, you may alternatively select a Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleanser and Cucumber Mask. Thanks to the Sephora Community for the photo!

xoxo,

Emmy

xoxo, Emmy

All FREE Holiday Julep Maven Welcome Boxes Will Expire on December 18th

All three seasonal welcome boxes and the classic style profile free boxes are going to expire! (We will be announcing new offers December 19).

The seasonal Maven welcome boxes are:


Free 4-Piece Snow Day Themed Gift for New Mavens

Julep Beauty Inc.

Use CHEERS for Free 4-Piece Gift for New Mavens


Free 4-Piece Jingle Bells Themed Gift for New Mavens

 

 

Shipping on Snow Day, Bubbly and Jingle Bells Welcome Box offers is only $2.99! and you get a month to cancel if you don’t like the nail polishes. If you keep the subscription, you can see what is in your box each month and have the option of swapping out colors/products you already have or don’t want :)

 

happy holidays!

xoxo,

Emmy

xoxo, Emmy