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Julep Maven March 2017 Review

Julep Maven March 2017 Review. Subscription box review. Photo copyright 2017 Sugarglow Blog: makeup, beauty, outfits, style, fashion, DIY, planning and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

When I first discovered subscription boxes a few years ago, I instantly became obsessed — I had to have them all. I subscribed to as many as I could and I stayed subscribed to a bunch of them for awhile.

Then, over the last year or so, I decided that I really didn’t need all of these subscriptions anymore; I was receiving a LOT of repeat products, and I just couldn’t justify spending all this money every month for subscription boxes that I really didn’t have much use for. So I suspended or completely cancelled many of my subscriptions, but there were a few that I absolutely loved and needed to keep … Julep Maven was one of the keepers.

Julep Maven March 2017 Review. Subscription box review. Photo copyright 2017 Sugarglow Blog: makeup, beauty, outfits, style, fashion, DIY, planning and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Maven was one of the first subscription boxes I ever received, and I’ve been with the service now pretty much since it began. Julep is constantly releasing new nail colors and new beauty products, so I don’t have to worry about always getting duplicate items like I was with a lot of the other beauty boxes.

I absolutely love many of Julep’s beauty products and I’m always super excited to see the new collection revealed on the 20th of every month. I also love the fact that Julep gives you the freedom of being able to skip any month you don’t want. This weighed in heavily when I was deciding which subscription boxes to keep and which ones to get rid of.

Julep Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum review. Julep Maven March 2017 Review. Subscription box review. Photo copyright 2017 Sugarglow Blog: makeup, beauty, outfits, style, fashion, DIY, planning and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum, $28 ($22.40 Maven price)

For the month of March, Julep released a new cuticle oil/serum: Julep Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum ($28 regularly; $22.40 for Maven subscribers). I have been using regular Argan oil on my cuticles, so I was kind of in the market for a new product. My cuticles really dry out during the wintertime, and I still haven’t totally kicked my cuticle-biting habit, so I really needed a multi-tasking product specifically formulated to whip my cuticles back into shape.

Julep’s new nail and cuticle serum promises to transform dry and damaged cuticles “almost overnight” and deliver “stronger, smoother nails with fewer ridges, less splitting and brittleness in just 2-3 weeks.” I have only used this serum once since I received it last week, but I already notice a difference: my cuticles look and feel a LOT softer and smoother.

I know I’m not the only one to notice such a big difference overnight — many reviewers on Julep.com said pretty much the same thing. I am really looking forward to using this serum more over the next few weeks and hopefully seeing a big difference in the overall appearance of both my cuticles and my nails.

Julep Maven March 2017 Review. Subscription box review. Photo copyright 2017 Sugarglow Blog: makeup, beauty, outfits, style, fashion, DIY, planning and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Nail Color in “Lara” (top) and “Jyliana” (bottom)

I had enough points (Jules) saved up to receive a free Maven box this month, so I decided to go with the basic box instead of getting a bunch of add-ons, and I was really happy because I didn’t have to pay a penny. The regular boxes usually include one beauty product and two new nail colors, and then you can add-on as many products as you’d like after that for a cheaper price. If you add-on three or more items, Julep will throw in a free gift (or gifts).

Julep’s Jules rewards program is pretty awesome, and it’s extremely easy to save up points just by taking your Maven box each month. I think I skipped maybe one box over the last 12 months and I’m pretty sure that this is the second free box I received this year. I also made one or two small orders on Julep.com outside of the monthly Maven box, so that helped in accumulating Jules (rewards points), but it’s still very easy to save up points towards a free box even when you’re not placing extra orders.

Julep Nail Color in Jyliana review and photos. Julep Maven March 2017 Review. Subscription box review. Photo copyright 2017 Sugarglow Blog: makeup, beauty, outfits, style, fashion, DIY, planning and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Nail Color in “Jyliana”, $14 ($11.20 Maven price)

Julep’s March nail collection was themed around “soft, serene shades.” I decided to go with a pretty, glossy teal hue, and a full-coverage, soft lilac shimmer.

Julep Nail Color in Jyliana ($14 regularly; $11.20 for Maven subscribers) is described as a “Smoky Jade Crème.” It is a full-coverage shade that goes on smooth and stays put, formulated with Julep’s 5-Free Oxygen technology. Julep’s nail colors also include strengthening Hexanal and antioxidant green coffee extract for healthier nails.

Julep Nail Color in Lara review and photos. Julep Maven March 2017 Review. Subscription box review. Photo copyright 2017 Sugarglow Blog: makeup, beauty, outfits, style, fashion, DIY, planning and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Nail Color in “Lara” ($14 regularly, $11.20 for Maven subscribers)

Julep Nail Color in Lara ($14 regularly; $11.20 for Maven subscribers) is described as a “shell pink with gold shimmer.” I think this color is a little more on the lilac side than pink, but either way it’s really gorgeous and very unlike any color I already own. This shade looks very light and sheer-like in the bottle, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is, in fact, a full-coverage shade. A perfect nail color to call in the beginning of spring!

 

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Julep Maven is a customizable nail and beauty subscription box that starts at $24.99 per month or $19.99 per month with a three-month prepaid subscription. There are options to add-on more products each month for a higher cost. To subscribe click here, or head over to Julep.com for more information.

 

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Ipsy Glam Bag November 2015 Review + Photos

Ipsy Glam Bag November 2015 Review + Photos. Ipsy Glam Bag monthly beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag theme was “Beauty Blast,” a “universe of brilliant beauties.” I have to say that even though the makeup bag might be a wee bit tacky, I am loving it anyway. I love the stars and galaxy stuff so I did a little dance as soon as I opened up my Ipsy package to see this bag 😀

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Pop Sugar Must Have November 2015 Review + Photos

Pop Sugar Must Have November 2015 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty, fashion and lifestyle subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Yippeeeee my Pop Sugar Must Have box has arrived! The inspirations for November’s box were friends and family, gratitude, gifting and festivities … so basically a very Thanksgiving-y theme. There were a lot of great items this month, including an absolutely wonderful eyeshadow quad from Tarte (one of my favorites). Read on for more descriptions … !

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Glossybox November 2015 Review + Photos

Glossybox November 2015 Review + Photos. Monthly beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I say this about almost all of the subscription boxes I receive, but really, Glossybox is one of my favorites and I am always looking forward to it each month. I didn’t think this month’s Glossybox was the best one ever, but it definitely wasn’t bad either.

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Julep Maven November 2015 Review + Photos

Julep Maven November 2015 Review + Photos. Monthly nail and beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I received my Julep Maven box for November a couple of days ago and yay — I loved it. I chose three add-ons this month so I got one item for free, and then Julep threw in a surprise nail color for all Mavens, which was another freebie … so I received 8 products in total, plus a yummy caramel apple lollipop. Really good month for Julep, in my opinion.

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Pop Sugar Must Have October 2015 Review + Photos

Pop Sugar Must Have October 2015 Review + Photos. Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, etc. subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Pop Sugar Must Have is the only monthly subscription I receive that sends out a random-ish assortment of goodies every month (all of my other boxes are mostly beauty boxes). This box is a little more expensive than the others I subscribe to but I definitely think the price is well worth it. Almost all of the items they send out are full-sized versions and they send out such a great mix of stuff, plus they feature a lot of new products on the market, so it’s also a fun service to discover new things. This month’s box wasn’t my favorite but I still liked all of the items and I definitely think the value was worth the $39.95 monthly charge.

Savvy Sleepers Luxury Satin Pillowcase review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have October 2015 Review + Photos. Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, etc. subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Savvy Sleepers Luxury Satin Pillowcase

The first item was this 100% satin pillowcase. I didn’t get a photo of the whole pillowcase but it’s an average satin bright white case. I really liked this pillowcase and I’m actually using it on my bed already 😀 Pop Sugar also included a 20%-off coupon for Savvy Sleepers so I might just order myself another satin pillowcase from them since this one is pretty sweet.

Savvy Sleepers Luxury Satin Pillowcase ($36; savvysleepers.com): A 100% satin pillowcase that prevents sleep wrinkles, reduces hair breakage and protects salon blowouts for “the ultimate sleep experience.” This pillowcase is “ultra-smooth for hair and skin” and it even comes with a little secret pocket. I think I’m going to put some kind of special herb blend in a little pouch and stick it in the pocket for a super peaceful sleep 🙂

The Honest Company Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have October 2015 Review + Photos. Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, etc. subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The Honest Company Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub

This body scrub was one of my favorite items this month. It made my skin feel super soft after using it and I love the light lavender vanilla scent.

The Honest Company Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub ($17 for 9.5 oz.; honest.com): This body scrub is formulated with whole grain sugars and sea salts to exfoliate the skin, plus shea butter and almond oils to hydrate and soften.

It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have October 2015 Review + Photos. Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, etc. subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

I have been using the It’s A 10 leave-in product on and off for almost 10 years now. Right now I am currently using the It’s A 10 leave-in plus Keratin so I’m going to be passing this original formula on to one of my girlfriends who also uses this product regularly.

It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product ($12 for 2 oz.; itsa10haircare.com): A leave-in product that provides 10 benefits to hair — it detangles, adds shine, stops frizz, conditions and more. There are a few different formulas to choose from now (I feel like I notice a new one every time I go to the store), so you can choose the best one based on your hair type.

Richer Poorer Hope Slipper Socks review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have October 2015 Review + Photos. Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, etc. subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Richer Poorer Hope Slipper Socks

I was actually pretty happy to see a pair of comfy-looking socks in my October Must Have box. My socks always mysteriously go missing (which kinda happens to everyone), so I am pretty much always in need of more socks, especially around this time of year as the temperature starts to drop.

Richer Poorer Hope Slipper Socks ($15; richer-poorer.com): These slipper socks were specially designed by Pop Sugar to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). They are super cozy and warm, plus they’re hot pink to bring awareness to breast cancer this month and every other month throughout the year. Richer Poorer proudly supports the fight against breast cancer and Right Action For Women, which helps to provide advanced cancer screenings to women.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and Easy, Tiger Brown Paper Liquor Bag Set review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have October 2015 Review + Photos. Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, etc. subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and Easy, Tiger Brown Paper Liquor Bag Set

I love receiving (pretty hardcover) books in my Must Have boxes because they are usually titles I wouldn’t normally buy for myself and discovering new stuff is one of the reasons I love this subscription box so much. I don’t think I would have picked up Mindy Kaling’s new book for myself but I am excited to read it — it seems like a light, funny, mood-lifting read, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ($25; amazon.com): Mindy Kaling’s second book is filled with “laugh-out-loud” essays in which she shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life.

Easy, Tiger Brown Paper Liquor Bag Set review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have October 2015 Review + Photos. Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, etc. subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Easy, Tiger Brown Paper Liquor Bag Set

Easy, Tiger Brown Paper Liquor Bag Set ($2 for one bag; cardsforawesomepeople.com): Brown paper bags to make transport, gifting and even drinking of liquor/wine a lot easier. These bags will definitely come in handy for the upcoming holiday season … !

Belgian Boys De Stroopwafel review and photos. Pop Sugar Must Have October 2015 Review + Photos. Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, etc. subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Belgian Boys De Stroopwafel

The last item in this month’s Pop Sugar Must Have box was a yummy treat from Belgian Boys. I was very happy to see this in the box — I love these things … gooey caramel goodness enclosed in a sweet waffle-like exterior!

Belgian Boys De Stroopwafel ($1.59 for a pack of two; belgianboys.com): A caramel-filled waffle with a crunchy outside and chewy inside. A yummy accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea, it’s the perfect “anytime pick-me-up.”

 

 

Subscription Box Breakdown:

This wasn’t my favorite Must Have box ever, but it wasn’t terrible and I did like all of the products. I was happy to discover the lovely, satin-y pillowcase, as well as the sugar scrub, socks and Mindy Kaling’s book. I don’t think these products were all that exciting compared to past Must Have boxes but they were pretty cool nonetheless and worth the $39.95 monthly charge (I think).

Pricing & Availability:

Pop Sugar Must Have is a monthly beauty/fashion/lifestyle subscription box that costs $39.95 per month. To subscribe click here, or visit musthave.popsugar.com for more information.

 

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Chicky Quicky October 2015 Review + Photos

Chicky Quicky October 2015 Review + Photos. Jewelry accessories beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Chicky Quicky is the newest monthly box that I started subscribing to and it’s the only one I receive that focuses mostly on jewelry and accessories. All of the accessories seem to come from the Patty’s Closet boutiques, which originate in Las Vegas. The Chicky Quicky box was started by Patty Barba, who is also the founder of Patty’s Closet.

Chicky Quicky October 2015 Review + Photos. Jewelry accessories beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Every month the Chicky Quicky box comes wrapped in really pretty and/or adorable wrapping paper. I especially loved the wrapping paper this month with the super cute Matryoshka nesting dolls pattern, complete with a colorful ribbon in one of my favorite shades of green.

Chicky Quicky October 2015 Review + Photos. Jewelry accessories beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The first item in my October box is this large cuff bracelet. I’m really not too crazy about this one so I’ll probably be passing it along to a friend, but I do love the color (which is pretty similar to that mint green ribbon). It’s just not really my style, but I’m sure someone I know will be able to wear it. Chicky Quicky October 2015 Review + Photos. Jewelry accessories beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I received two pairs of earrings this month and these were probably my favorite items in the October box. I wear a lot of post earrings (as opposed to hoops or dangle-y ones), so I will definitely be wearing these. I think both pairs are great pieces for any season and they can pretty much be worn with any kind of outfit — dressy or casual.

Chicky Quicky October 2015 Review + Photos. Jewelry accessories beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Starlooks Gem Pencil in Ultra Olive (top) and Starlooks Longing for Lashes Lengthening Mascara (bottom)

Each month Chicky Quicky usually includes some kind of beauty item and the beauty items this month were both from Starlooks. I’m sort of familiar with this brand because I received a few different products from them in past Ipsy Glam Bags. I don’t remember ever really using those Starlooks products, but I do have to say I was pretty impressed with this shimmery olive green eyeliner. I absolutely love the color and it glided on my lower lash line very well. I think this shade is a great way to still be in the neutral-ish range with a little bit of color and it looked great with the natural eyeshadow look I wore it with. I’m not really sure how well the mascara works because I haven’t tried it out yet but I have so many mascaras as it is that I might just pass this one along to a friend.

Starlooks Gem Pencil ($16 for 0.08 oz.; starlooks.com): Highly-pigmented eye pencils with a glistening micro-glitter finish. Available in 11 different shades.

Starlooks Longing for Lashes Lengthening Mascara ($7 for “perfect size” travel tube; starlooks.com): A lengthening mascara in a clump-free formula that comes in Starlooks’ “perfect size” tube (which is about 70% of a full-sized mascara tube).

Chicky Quicky October 2015 Review + Photos. Jewelry accessories beauty subscription box review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The last item in my October Chicky Quicky box was this super cute necklace, also in green (there was obviously a green theme this month). This statement necklace would look great dressed up or dressed down and I think it’s going to be a great way to bring a nice pop of color to a lot of my outfits this season. I definitely would have picked out something like this for myself if I saw it in a store so I’m really happy with this one.

 

Subscription Box Breakdown:

I really loved the earrings and the necklace this month, and I was pretty surprised at how much I loved the Starlooks olive green eyeliner. So I loved four out of six products, and that really ain’t bad. All in all I think it was a good month for Chicky Quicky!

Pricing & Availability:

Chicky Quicky is a monthly jewelry/accessories and beauty subscription box that costs $35 per month for the regular box. There is a $25 “Lil’ Miss Chicky” box (recommended for girls age 5-10) and an exclusive monthly box that costs $50 and includes more items than the regular box. To subscribe click here, or head over to chickyquickybox.com for more information.

 

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