Julep Minka

Hey Y'all, I'm back!

After being gone for a week I'm happy to be blogging again! (I'm also very happy to have my light box and daylight lamps back for photographing polishes. It was rough being away from home for the last month).

Today I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite polishes that I packed for my month-long vacation: Julep Minka.

Now if you read my blog or know me, you probably know that I'm not a fan of matte finishes. I am, however, a fan of Julep Minka. Minka was part of the Julep's Maven November suedes release, which I ironically forgot to skip and ended up loving.

Minka is a pinkish-amber polish with heavy silver shimmer and a matte finish. Matte polish with shimmer equals suede finish! (In case you ever wondered what the difference in a matte and a suede was).  The formula on Minka is nice and dense, I usually only wear one coat, but two coats deepens the color a bit more.

But none of that is the reason I love Minka so much. By carrying Minka and a polish-remover pad (which Julep just happened to include in my November box as a free gift) my bag, I have the means to remove a wrecked manicure at lunch, apply one coat of Minka (no top coat or basecoat) and it's dry in 3 minutes. For someone like me who hates to go un-polished (and tends to pick off my polish when I'm stressed) it's absolutely perfect! Minka is my new go-to 5-minute manicure.

Suedes are nice because they dry quickly, but the wear time on all matte polish is really quite atrocious, they chip so easily.

To extend wear time you can start with a good base coat (I recommend matte OPI Nail Envy for suedes) use one coat of the matte polish, one coat of any top coat, then top it off with one final coat of the matte polish.

What's your favorite go-to polish?

Thanks for reading! I hope you are all having a wonderful new year!


  1. Such a pretty polish! I hate being away from my light box, too! I was gone for two weeks and it felt like an eternity in the blogging world! My go-to polish is Zoya Aurora! :)

  2. That's a very pretty color

  3. Oh I've missed those lovely nails! Thanks for the swatch.

  4. That is really nice that it does dry really fast. I pick at my polish too when I'm stressed. Minka is really pretty!

  5. I really love Minka, it's so pretty and easy! Picking is so easy to do when stress comes, lol. One little chip and the whole manicure is doomed. :)

  6. Aww, thanks so much Kelli! I'm glad you enjoyed the swatch. :D

  7. Thanks Jannaful, I couldn't agree more!

  8. Ooh Aurora is in the mail on it's way to me, I can't wait to see if it's as gorgeous as everyone says! Being away from the regular "blogging procedure" is tough and weird, it almost made it harder to get back into the swing of things when I got back. :)