nail polish

Custom Named Nail Polish

Pretty Please Polish

I have a problem. Well, a couple problems. The first is that I have a slight nail polish addiction. My collection has grown larger than my lip gloss collection (and that’s saying something). The second problem is that I’m a sucker for fun nail polish names. I could do without the punny OPI names, but if something geeky comes up, I’ve got to have it. I’ve almost purchased this $27 Chanel nail polish just because the color name is “Dragon.” (And I still want it!)

So I’m naturally thrilled about Pretty Please, a nail polish company that lets you pick your color and name it whatever you want. You can purchase one bottle for yourself (for $10) or a bunch for gifts, party favors, etc. (depending on how many you purchase, the price can go down to $5.50 each!) I think this is a ridiculously fun way to wear the latest colors on your nails, but call the polish a name based on your favorite fandom, inside joke, or person.

Did your DnD group just complete their quest? Get them the gold nail polish with the quest name or their XP.

Have a weekly tv-watching session? Get a color named after one of the characters so you can all paint your nails together the next week!

Want to thank your wedding party for being in your wedding? Pick the color that suits each person best and name it after them.

What color and name would you pick? (Check them all out at prettypleasenailpolish.com)

Friday Favorites: September 20

Friday Faves Sept 20

This week has been book-ended with weddings, which means love is all around! I’m such a sucker for weddings. There’s a romantic story with a happy ending, dancing, cake, and a themed party. I can’t get enough. While I pack my waterproof mascara and fancy dresses, check out some of my favorite things from the past week!

Favorite Video: DIY DAMMIT
Nerdist announced a new show on their channel called DIY Dammit. It’s funny, informative, interesting, and everything I want out of a crafting show. I could watch these all day, but unfortunately there are only two out so far. Check back each Monday for more! Start your addiction with these two: How To Make a Dinosaur Planter and How To Make a Boy Scout Shirt Pillow.

Favorite Kickstarter: Mission: G.E.E.K. (Ginormous Exciting EBook Kaper!)
Alan Kistler and Jessica Mills are going on a road trip to see the exciting geeky things in the US, and on the way they’ll be recording their adventure in an E-Book, web series, and photo diaries. These two are amazing, entertaining, and all around great people. I can’t wait to see what comes of this! Back their project here.

Favorite Beauty Items: Julep Maven’s October Box
I just got to pick my selection for the upcoming Julep Maven box, and I’m really excited. These boxes come with a new Julep eyeliner as well as nail colors from the “Rebel Collection.” The Bombshell box includes a great sparkly teal and a rubbery/matte looking black that will be perfect for cosplay. They also have some fantastic add-on colors including a shimmery glow in the dark polish called “Casper.” Check it out!

Favorite Game: Magic: the Gathering
I’ve recently become kinda hooked on MTG. I still have a lot to learn, and I lose most of my games, but I’ve been enjoying getting to know the cards. I’ve been playing a lot of red decks, and I hope to check out black and white next  draft. Don’t know much about Magic? Visit their site!

What amazing things have you discovered this week?

Galaxy-Inspired Nails by Julep

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Julep, my favorite Seattle-based nail company, sent out an email about a new galaxy-inspired color yesterday called Estelle. (Why Estelle? I have no idea. EDIT: Apparently “Estelle” is a French name meaning “Star.” Thanks Wendy!) The color is black with holographic sparkles, and looks like the perfect mix of edgy, girly, and fun. To launch it, they created three “Galaxy Mystery Boxes” that contain $50+, $70+, or $120+ of Julep products for less than half the price.

If you’re looking for a fun new look and are willing to be surprised, or are looking for a great gift for someone, you should snag these boxes. You can find all three available at Julep.com.

I’ve been noticing a lot of my favorite brands coming out with space/galaxy-themed products for Fall. I’m loving that it’s becoming a trend. Science–it’s so hot right now!

The Ultimate Unboxing: Julep, Loot Crate, and Birchbox


This whole “monthly box” things has really taken off, and I feel like there’s a box out there for everyone. So I took the three I get and did a giant unboxing video. Now you can compare the contents and get a good feel for a variety of monthly boxes! (Also, it felt a bit like Christmas opening so many fun packages!)

Take a look at the video above and then leave a comment (on the video or blog) on monthly boxes you get (specifically if you get one I should check out!).

Here’s additional information on the boxes I get:

Julep: $19.99 a month.
Sign up here.

Loot Crate: $13.37 (plus s/h) a month.
Save $3 with code “GEEKYHOSTESS”
Sign up here.

Birchbox: $10 a month.
Sign up here.

Contest: Julep Maven

Before we go further with this post, there are two things you should know:

1. I love nail polish. It’s the best accessory to an outfit, it’s easy to change, it lasts a while if you want it to, and it’s not too expensive. I feel way more awesome when I’m wearing nail polish.

2. I am AWFUL at painting my nails. I’ve gotten a lot better since I’ve started wearing it more (practice makes perfect!), but let’s just say I’ll never be a manicurist. You will see some pictures below that may shock and concern you. Let me tell you this. If you’re not great at painting your nails, do it anyway. You’ll get better eventually, and until then, the polish you get on your skin can easily wash off next time you take a shower.

WIth that being said, I’d love to introduce you all to Julep. Julep is my absolutely favorite nail parlor, and they’ve launched their own line of toxin-free nail colors (and everything else you need for an awesome manicure/pedicure). Their polish is now available in Sephora, and you can get the newest colors before everyone else by joining their Julep Maven program. They send you monthly boxes based on a personality quiz you take, as well as other fun goodies. I’m obsessed with the quick dry polish drops that came in the October “Bombshell” package!

The candy corn came wrapped up in the box. But I thought it was more fun spread around. :-)

The October box featured polishes that would be perfect for your vampire or zombie costume: a dark, blood red, and a black crackle polish. I haven’t tried crackle before–it’s really cool! This color combo especially makes a sexy, fun “I just crawled my way out of a coffin” look. And that’s a sentence I never thought I’d type. Anyway, whether you need colors for cosplay or just want to stay on top of the trendiest shades, Julep is for you.

         You can try the Julep Maven box yourself for just ONE PENNY! (Unless you’re in Washington State–you have to pay tax on the box, so you’ll end up paying around $1.90. But still!) Just make sure you go to this link, take the quiz, then put “GEEKYHOSTESS” in the promo code.Is one penny too much for you? Want to grab a box for a friend? Can’t decide between the style profiles? Then enter to win an intro box for free! I will pick one winner (must be from the US or Canada, sorry!) on Tuesday, October 30th. Just enter through the Rafflecopter, below!a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: I was provided the October “Bombshell” box for free by Julep Maven in exchange for the review. I will also receive boxes based on the amount of people who sign up with my affiliate link. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own, and I only work with sponsors and companies that are a good fit for my blog. I truly love Julep and their Maven program and thought you would too!

Geek Beauty: Scented Nail Polish

The past year or so, nail polish has taken over as my main beauty obsession. It’s cheap, easy to change, and gives you a chance to try a new color or fashion trend without buying a new outfit. My most recent love: scented nail polish. I used to have some back in junior high, but haven’t seen it around since. It makes my hands look and smell good, and helps me realize when I’m resting my face on my hands (which is a not-so-good habit of mine).

Here are some of my fave scented nail polishes:

Betsey Johnson Nail Colour


This polish is the perfect shade of bright pink and is scented with  Betsey Johnson’s “Too Too” perfume. You won’t even need to wear perfume of your own with this on!
$9.50 at Sephora.com.

 Urban Outfitter’s Perfumed Nail Polish


I currently have the mint greenish color on my hands and it smells like bubblegum. I feel like a fashionable little kid holding bubblegum ice cream! The other scents are: cherry pie, vanilla shake, and raspberry lemonade. This collection is the perfect way to try new colors while constantly wanting to eat your hands.
$14 at UrbanOoutfitters.com (although I found my pack on sale for $4.99 at an Urban Outfitters store)

Amazon.com also has a variety of scented nail polishes available–I  haven’t tried the ones listed, but you can’t go wrong with primary colors and candy scents!

Have you tried scented polish? What do you think?

Geek Beauty: Hunger Games Nail Polish

Colors, from top to bottom: Smoke and Ashes, Agro, Fast Track, Luxe and Lush.

I’ve mentioned the Hunger Games nail polish back when it was first announced, but I had the privilege of trying some of the colors a couple days ago. I have to say, I’m very impressed. The initial ads made the colors look cheap and not too attractive, but this is actually some of the best nail polish I’ve found.

The polish, made by China Glaze, is thick, creamy, and extremely easy to put on. I am the worst at putting on nail polish, and even I was able to put it on without too many errors. My polish normally smudges or chips within hours of applying, and I’m on the second day with this stuff looking good as new. The darker colors went on easily with one coat, although I did two for each nail in the picture above. The polish dries very smooth, even the ones with glitter dries as smooth as the ones without.

Most importantly, these colors aren’t so closely tied with Hunger Games that they could never be worn again. In the Capitol Colours collection from Ulta that I purchased, you get the four colors shown above: ranging from subtle to intense. These colors can work in any season, for any type of person. The rest of the collection features even more versatile colors.

The Hunger Games collection can be found at Sally Beauty Supply and Ulta, but supplies are running low.

What color do you think I should sport to the premiere Thursday night? And what color(s) will you be getting?

OPI Spider-man Collection

OPI has announced a Spider-man collection to be released in May. You’ll have plenty of time to grab your favorite colors and perfect your manicure for the movie’s release on July 3!

I, as well as almost every nail polish and fashion blog, am obsessed with “Just Spotted the Lizard.” It’s such a cool color (and would be perfect for so many costumes–whether you’re dressed as Poison Ivy or a zombie!).

Will you be picking up any of the Spider-man colors?

Perfect Polish with Liquid Palisade

Time for a bit of geek beauty. I love painting my nails, but I am AWFUL at it. Seriously. Painting nails, miniatures, or anything else deserving of a bit of care and precision is not my forte. But Liquid Palisade may be able to help. It allows you to paint peelable strips where you don’t want polish to go: perfect for protecting cuticles, perfecting french manicures, and making sweet geeky nail art. At $22, I’d give it a try.

Have you tried it? What geeky design would you paint on your nails?

Liquid Palisade, $22 at LiquidPalisade.com.

Magnetic Nail Polish

When InStyle Magazine and Geekologie both talk about the same thing, you know it’s prime material for The Geeky Hostess. So I present to you:

Magnetic Nail Polish.

The polish is created by London line “nails inc.” and is available in the states through Sephora. You can purchase their chrome and purple colors for $16 each. Nail polish with magnets? I’m sold.

Magnetic Nail Polish, $16 at Sephora.com.