Introducing: The Julep Plie Wand

If you’re like me and you love painting your own nails instead of having them done at a salon, this post is definitely going to interest you. I do still go have my nails professionally cleaned about once a month, but I actually prefer to paint them myself. Years of being nail polish obsessed (I used to post more NOTDs–should get back into that!) have made me very particular about the way it’s done. I think I’m pretty damn good, but the struggle to paint with my non-dominant hand is all too real. So when Julep got in touch with me to tell me about this newfangled contraption of theirs called a Plie Wand that supposedly “solves common polishing pain points” to “give you better results,” I was all ears (or eyes, if you prefer, as it was an e-mail I was reading).

PlieBrushHere she is! Julep describes the Plie Wand as “an ergonomic nail polishing tool designed to solve common polishing pain points and give you better results.” The tool fits onto Julep nail polish bottles, which I admittedly don’t own, but wish I did. They have an amazing-looking selection and as far as I know, they’re sold in Julep parlors across the USA and also in Sephora.

So why am I even sharing this, you ask? Well, I do have American readers and I was genuinely excited to hear about the product so I thought why not. If I ever get the chance to pick it up in the future, I will. As early as this point in the post, I want to make it clear that even though the brand contacted me, I am not being compensated for sharing the info in any way. Again, I just genuinely wanted to share an interesting product launch. Plus, I believe this is a crowd-funded product. Pretty cool! Now back to the Wand:


The idea is that the longer, adjustable handle will give you more control, comfort, and options as to the way you grip it and get leverage out of it. It’s a simple concept that looks incredibly promising, in my opinion. Watch it in action in this short video (btw, who else looooves watching nail polish glide onto a nail? #nailporn):

Pretty neat, huh? :) The Plie Wand is available starting today (June 25) on Julep’s website. I think the price is a little steep, but the brush can be cleaned and used on different colours so obviously you will only need one. The one major limitation is that it is limited to use with one brand–but then again, if it has to be so, then I’m glad it’s a brand with such a wide range of colours.

Again, this is not a sponsored review of any sort. I can’t exactly recommend that you buy the product because I haven’t put it to the test myself, but you guys can certainly share in my curiosity and excitement about it. I mean, why didn’t someone think of this sooner?!

Does the Plie Wand look like something you would try? :) And if you have tried it already, do leave a comment below!

Add Some Flair to Your Life — ULTA Nail Lacquer in “Smoke Screen”

There was a time when I was terrified of trying out new colours to paint on my nails. I stuck to my nudes and muted pinks for a good two years before I discovered red and how it didn’t necessarily have to make you look and feel old. Even after that, I was stuck on red, nude, and pink for a while until I picked up OPI’s “Jade is the New Black” which is a gorgeous jade green that just made me feel so happy while wearing it. After that, any and every colour became an option. Greens and pinks are still my preferred shades, but I’ve tried nearly every colour on my nails and  one Christmas I even went for a sparkly black instead of the usual red. Grey, however, is one shade I’ve considered but never really had the chance to pick up and try. Grey is tricky, because if it’s too light then your fingers look… well, dead. If too dark, then it’s just too close to being black (and “emo”). I finally had the chance to try a grey, and here it is: Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquer in “Smoke Screen.”

“Smoke Screen” is a sort of purpley medium-gray, which definitely doesn’t look black even from afar and it’s not too pale for my warm skin either. In the bottle, the polish swirls and it looks like actual smoke (cool!). When applied, it is a pretty creme finish that is opaque with 3 coats. To be very honest, I was surprised by how much I genuinely liked the colour on my nails. I was very excited to begin with, but the amount of pleasure I got out of wearing a grey was definitely a shock. Haha!

If you’ve never heard of the brand ULTA before, that may be because it’s a U.S. store. It’s like Sephora in that it carries beauty products from various brands and also has a line of their own cosmetics and beauty tools (which this polish is a part of). Unlike Sephora, ULTA stores usually have salons in the back… something that I found really interesting, at first. Haha! Anyway, if you’re wondering hear more about this nail polish and find out how I got my hands on it through the  awesome House of Flair, read on!

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