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“What’s On Your Nails?” with Jude from The Girly Show

What’s On Your Nails? is a series focusing on my fellow beauty bloggers and industry insiders, their favorite nail polish and other hot nail topics.

For this week’s WOYN, I’d like to introduce you to a YouTuber/Blogger that gives me a serious case of eyebrow envy, Jude Rivera. I’m obsessed with brows. It’s one of the first things I notice on a person so when a fellow blogger directed me to Jude’s site, I was immediately smitten. She’s not only gorgeous with wicked makeup skills but she has an AMAZING set of arches.

If you haven’t watched Jude’s tutorials before run, I’m sorry RUN, to her channel and take a peek. I guarantee you’ll learn something new. Like did you know that Sally Hansen makes an invisible lip liner? I certainly didn’t and here I was tossing away $$$ on DuWop’s version that NEVER correctly sharpens. Thanks Jude!

So read on fanatics to learn more about Jude, see which orange lacquer captured her heart and what nail board trick she swears by for making her polish last.

Introduce yourself to the ALU readers. Tell us a little about you and your blog.
My name is Jude and I am an unabashed makeup enthusiast. I have a Face of the Day blog called The Girly Show and a Youtube channel where I focus mainly on makeup tutorials with some product reviews to keep things interesting.

I became interested in Nail Polish after a good friend of mine; Ness from Casual Lavish became an active member of the nail board on Makeup Alley. Her enthusiasm was contagious and I have been a polish fiend ever since.

Why is Pia by Zoya your favorite?

It is so hard to pin down one favorite but Pia by Zoya is definitely in my top three. I have a weakness for orange and shimmer so it is everything I want in a fun, popping color. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention IDK by China Glaze, Rio Nights by Orly, Tru Passion by Color Club, and Wild Child by Color Club. My list of favorites run the gamut from the more conservative like Cashmere Cardigan by Orly to the colors that scream to be noticed like Ali by Zoya.

What is on your tips and toes right now?
I have Miami Beet by OPI on my toes and Sol Cabana by Orly on my tips.

Do you consider nail polish a beauty necessity or accessory? Why?
Personally, I consider it a necessity. It is a cheap and easy way to add an unexpected pop of color to your day and a fun way to express yourself. You may not want to wear colorful eyeshadow but a brightly colored nail is a great way to show the playful side of your personality.

How many bottles of nail polish do you own?
I would say roughly between 100-125 bottles.

How often do you change your nail polish?
I never go more than three days with one polish but ideally, I change the polish up on a daily basis. I love the process. I live a pretty hectic life and setting aside one hour of my day to sit down, relax and take some time out for myself is extremely therapeutic. There is no multitasking with it; I am able to concentrate on this one thing from start to finish.

Do you have a favorite nail treatment you think my readers should know about? Why is it so fab?
The Stickey Sandwich! I learned about it from Alexa and it has been my favorite tip ever. I use Stickey by CND as a base coat and after applying my nail polish, I top it with another layer of Stickey. Let it sit for a few minutes and finish with the quick drying top coat of your choice. This technique has allowed me to go back to using Seche Vite that I had stopped using because of shrinkage issues.

What do you think will be the big nail trend for summer?
Bold, bright colors resurface each year and are especially interesting when they are bright jelly colors. They look like candy at your fingertips.

What nail trend do you wish would go away?
Acrylics so thick that they rise unnaturally from the nail bed. I am also not a fan of thick, awkward looking French tips.

What is the biggest nail faux pas that women make?
Ragged cuticles. I think it is a frequent faux pas because it is easy to forget to add cuticle oil several times a day. I had the same problem and alleviated it by placing an oily sugar scrub next to my sink at work. Whenever I wash my hands, I use the oil based scrub and it is a frequent and quick nail treatment that keeps them exfoliated and hydrated.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a good oily sugar scrub? I thought that sounded like a great idea for cuticle issues!!!

  2. All Lacquered Up says:

    Anon – I'm not a fan of oily scrubs personally but a cheap and easy method is to mix sugar and olive oil. You can add a few drops of essential or fragrance oil to make it smell nice.

  3. laura carson miller says:

    Love this 'What's on your nails?' feature! Great to find out what other beauty chicks are wearing. I'm currently wearing Zoya's Dita….

  4. blackkattats says:

    checked out her site and she is FABULOUS!!!!!!! Wish I had her talent with a brush LOL.

  5. Olivia says:

    I loved when Jude used to post all the time on the mac_cosmetics livejournal community. I'm really glad you featured her because she has some amazing skills!

  6. Michelle says:

    Jude mentions "shrinkage issues" in her interview with you. What does she mean?

  7. Michelle says:

    Hi Michelle,

    My name is also Michelle, and I love your blog! I'm hoping you can help me with a problem I've been experiencing for awhile now, and need really fast assistance on before I leave for Spain on the 16th of this month:

    I really prefer to wear clear nail color on my finger nails. I usually use the Essy Firstbase Base Coat, and then Seche Vite fast dry top coat, but for the life of me, it won't stay on for more than two days – I kid you. I put it on Friday afternoon, and by Saturday night, no kidding it's already chipping and peeling..What gives? Should I be doing something else? I figured I would wear clear to Spain so I wouldn't have to worry about touch-up's but now, I'm not so sure..please help me!!!

  8. Natalie says:

    Try using Quick & Slick top coat- by Olan Labs. I've been using it forever and it lasts a full week! I use it over my color polish or just as a clear coat by itself– it is terrific.

  9. Natalie says:

    Try using Quick & Slick top coat. I've been using it forever- It really lasts without peeling or chipping. I use it over my color polish but you can also use it alone for a really glossy finish!

  10. Initiales CC says:

    I love Jude! I see her everywhere in the makeup/beauty communities, and she is always one of the best contributors. Whenever I see her posting or doing a look, I always know it is going to be worth paying attention to.

  11. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the tip Natalie!

    I'm really pressed for time right now, because I'm leaving for Spain on Tuesday and only have a couple days with which to purchase this item. Do you know if I can get it at a beauty supply store or does it have to be ordered on-line?

  12. All Lacquered Up says:

    Michelle #1 – Seche Vite is known to pull back from the tips after a couple days of wear, the message board girls have termed this "shrinkage" It's not actual tip wear but more that the top coat pull back. It seems to happen more with certain base coats than others and I know that one way they've found to resolve it is to put a regular top coat on before applying Seche Vite. Why it works is beyond me.

    Michelle #2 – Natalie's suggestion of Quick & Slick is great as I've recently become a fan myself. My guess is that something is happening with the Essie & Seche formulas to cause such fast peeling. My suggestion would be to use a non-quick dry top coat like CND Super Shiney. It takes a little longer to dry but will probably adhere better.

    Oh and I got my Quick & Slick at a local salon so try contacting Olan at 800.645.1616 to see if they can locate a salon that carries their products.