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Julep Birthstone Collection: March

After being super disappointed with February’s polish I debated on weather or not I wanted to continue with this collection. But, I decided that I couldn’t stop at February and wanted to give it another try.

March has two birthstones which include: Aquamarine and Bloodstone.

According to The American Gem Society, “The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.  The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.  Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes.  Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones.  This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.” Information found off their website here

According to The American Gem Society, “The second birthstone for March is bloodstone, a dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide.  This ancient stone was used by the Babylonians to make seals and amulets and was believed to have healing powers — especially for blood disorders.  It is sometimes called the martyr’s stone as legend tells that it was created when drops of Christ’s blood stained some jasper at the foot of the cross.  Generally found embedded in rocks or in riverbeds as pebbles, primary sources for this stone are India, Brazil, and Australia.” See link above for more information. 

Julep decided to go with the Aquamarine color.

Each month they name the polish after someone that was born in that certain month. This month’s Aquamarine polish is named Aretha for Aretha Franklin who was born March 25. In you’re interested you can find a biography in the link below.

What Julep says about this polish, “Aquamarine birthstone. Multi-dimensional glitter top coat. The March sparkler in our gold-capped. Birthstone CollectionAretha – Aquamarine for March is a tribute to a musical superstar. The soul queen, jazz diva, gospel godsend that is Aretha Franklin, born March 25.  More information here

With February’s polish, the picture on Julep’s site was very misleading. That polish was very sheer in real life, but in the picture it looked much more colorful. So with all the bad reviews, I think Julep learned their lesson because….

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It is shown more sheer and doesn’t have false advertisement. (Sorry the pictures are so small, pictures found here.) It is also described as a top coat in the description.

My Pictures & Thoughts

I painted this color over a pinkish white polish that I have had on for a few days. I decided to do this since it seems to be more of a top coat.

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As you can see, I felt like this was a very pretty top coat. I think that it worked nicely over this polish. I don’t think I would like it by it self as the photo from Julep shows. It was really easy to apply which is a big improvement from February. Although, I did try applying the February one without an underneath color (I did use a base coat). I do think that they could have done a better job with the color and make it more vibrant and opaque instead of making it a top coat.

Comment and let me know what you think of this month’s birthstone polish. Have you tried any Julep polishes?

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