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Julep Maven October 2015 Review + Photos

Julep Maven October 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’m posting this October Julep Maven review a little late (I got my box a couple weeks ago) — but, even though it’s late, it’s kind of sort of appropriate for today since today is the first day of the November Maven collection reveal. I just finished editing my Maven box for next month and saw some really sweet nail shades and other goodies (like the Holiday collection sneak peek) … but for this post I’m still focused on the October box, which I absolutely loved!

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

Julep Nail Color in (from top to bottom): Laurel, Anya and Colton

First up are the nail shades that I chose with my October Maven box:

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

Julep Nail Color in “Laurel”

Julep Nail Color in Laurel ($14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Raven feather silk.” I really liked this color, it’s like a shimmery black-ish color, but it looks almost dark gray because of the silver-y shimmer. The shimmer is also kind of muted so when you first look at the nail you might not even realize it’s a shimmer color. This is the only shade this month that I took a photo of (above), although this photo doesn’t really do this color justice. I’m going to start taking nail color swatches for all Julep Maven boxes from now on!

Julep Nail Color in Anya ($14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Climbing ivy crème.” I’m not gonna lie — I got this color mainly for the name, because of Anya from the Buffyverse 😀 But I also really love this ivy-green shade, it’s perfect for fall and it has a gorgeous crème finish.

Julep Nail Color in Colton ($10 special right now, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Black iris crème.” This shade is also really pretty but I think it’s more of a deep purple than a black. Either way it’s a super dark and rich shade, also perfect for the fall.

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

Julep Your Happy Look Pore-Minimizing Blush in “Rosewood”

This blush was probably my favorite product in the October Maven box. I received it in “Rosewood,” a new shade in Julep’s pore-minimizing blush line and I am totally obsessed with it. This color is a mauve-ish rose shade, which is a bit darker than most of my usual blushes (which is one of the reasons why I love it so much), and It’s also perfect for this time of year.

Julep Your Happy Look Pore-Minimizing Blush ($24 or $19.20 for Mavens, 0.26 oz.; julep.com): A “groundbreaking blush” that “minimizes complexion imperfections” with light-diffusing diamond powder and vitamin B6. This blush formula contains Julep’s “Power Cell Complex”, Rosehip seed oil to deliver essential nutrients and green coffee bean oil to invigorate skin and promote cell turnover. This blush is pretty generously pigmented and it blends very well. I have to say, once again, that I absolutely love this shade — it looks wonderful and has a perfect hint of subtle shimmer.

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

Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick in “Taupe Shimmer”

I was pretty surprised at how much I also loved this eyeshadow stick that Julep debuted this month. I’m usually not a huge fan of eyeshadow sticks and I never have much faith in cream shadows other than my tried-and-true favorites, but this crème-to-powder formula was pretty impressive. I love how easy it is to use this shadow stick and the best part is that it blended beautifully with the shimmery powder shadows I tried it out with. It lasted for my whole work day, but my eye makeup always seems to last extremely well when I apply my Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer first (my favorite).

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

Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick in “Taupe Shimmer”

Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick ($18 or $14.40 for Maven subscribers, 0.04 oz.; julep.com): A two-in-one crème-to-powder shadow and eyeshadow smudger. This “crease-proof, stay-all-day” shadow is formulated with skin-smoothing vitamins C and E and it blends easily before setting to a long-lasting finish. It is available in six different shades.

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

Julep Nail Files (top) and Halloween nail stickers (bottom)

These last two items were both add-ons that I chose for my October Maven box (the eyeshadow stick was the third add-on that I chose this month). I usually choose three add-ons every month because Julep will send you a free surprise every time you pick three or more add-ons with your Maven box. This month I received one of the nail polishes (that I wrote about above) as a free gift — I think it was the “Colton” shade, but I’m not 100% sure.

But anyway, I really needed good nail files so I decided to go with this nail file trio as one of my add-ons. I don’t know why but it has been SO extremely hard for me to find good nail files lately. I’ve only been able to find ones that do a pretty crappy job at filing and I end up throwing them away after just a few uses. So anyway, I am really glad I added these Julep files to my October Maven box because, as simple as they are, they definitely work well and get the job done. Totally worth it. I don’t see these files available anywhere on Julep’s website but I do see them every month when I pick out my Maven box as available add-ons, so I think the only way to get these specific files is to add them on to your monthly Maven box.

The last product this month were this super cool neon yellow Halloween nail stickers. These are also not available for regular purchase on the Julep website, but Julep usually comes out with different nail wraps and stickers every month or so during the Maven reveal. I’m going to try these out next week for Halloween and I’m sure I will be Instagramming them once they’re on my nails 🙂

 

Subscription Box Breakdown:

I loved my October Julep Maven box. I am seriously obsessed with this blush shade and how awesomely blendable it is as well as the eyeshadow stick, which is also awesomely blendable and has great staying power. I’m loving all three of the nail colors I received this month, the nail files are great and I can’t wait to try out the Halloween nail stickers. This was definitely one of my favorite Maven boxes.

Pricing & Availability:

Julep Maven is a monthly beauty and nail polish subscription service that costs $24.99 per month with the option to upgrade your box for a higher cost. To subscribe click here, or head over to Julep.com for more information.

 

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Ipsy Glam Bag September 2015 Review + Photos

Ipsy Glam Bag September 2015 subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Ipsy is a “personalized” monthly beauty subscription that sends out items based on your style profile (which you fill out upon first subscribing) and your reviews of the products that you receive each month. I think the review process is great and I always notice products that I like more and more after reviewing the previous month’s Glam Bag.

With that being said, I have been seriously slacking this summer and I haven’t reviewed any Glam Bags in months. SO … I was pleasantly surprised to open up such an awesome Glam Bag for September! I really like all of the products I received and I will definitely be putting them to good use.

Ipsy Glam Bag September 2015 subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The Ipsy “Glam Bag” makeup case for September

Every month the Ipsy subscription is sent out along with a brand-new makeup bag to hold all of your new goodies. This month’s bag was a gold case that was a little longer than most of the other bags sent out in recent months, so it can easily hold lots of makeup items like eyeliner pencils, brushes and even small eyeshadow palettes. It also easily fits into my handbag, so that’s always a plus!

tre'StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in "Nantucket Nude" review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag September 2015 subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

tre’StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in “Nantucket Nude”

I really liked this matte lip crayon and I was especially happy that I received it in this very perfect nude color. I have soooo many different lip products, but I absolutely love trying new ones so I really never get bored of them.

tre’StiQue Lip Crayon ($28; trestique.com): The full-sized version of this product is actually two products in one — each crayon comes with one matte shade, plus a shiny “BB Lip Balm” shade that you can layer together. What I also like about this lip crayon is that it can act as your lip liner as well — this product makes it super easy to draw a line around your lips and then fill it in with either the matte or shiny shade (or both). This lip crayon is also Infused with Vitamin E and Monoi Tahiti Butter which provide moisturization and antioxidant benefits.

Formula X Nail Color in "Ignite" review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag September 2015 subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Formula X Nail Color in “Ignite”

I now have a gigantic nail polish collection thanks to my monthly Julep subscription, so I’m really never that excited when I get new nail colors in other beauty boxes. I was, however, happy to see Sephora’s own Formula X nail brand in my September Glam Bag. This color is very perfect for the fall and it comes in a rather adorable little bottle (so it won’t take up too much room in my collection!).

Formula X Nail Color ($10.50 for 0.4 oz.; sephora.com): A three-free nail polish formula infused with “ShineXcel™” for “enhanced color and overall brilliance,” plus a custom brush design that’s engineered to “complement the polish’s highly pigmented formula with precise lacquer application.” I received the color “Ignite,” which is a wonderful autumn red-brown. It looks like this particular color is only available in an exclusive set of four Formula X shades that you can buy at Sephora for $16.

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NYX Cosmetics Ipsy Eye Shadow Trio

I was super excited to see this NYX eyeshadow palette in my September Glam Bag. I love NYX eyeshadows and this palette has two perfect shimmery browns plus an awesome dark brown/light black matte color to contour or line the lashes. I took a few photos yesterday of an eyeshadow look with this palette and I’m going to take a few more tomorrow and then post them to my Instagram. The colors also stayed on all night long — even through serious headbanging at the rock festival this weekend.

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NYX Cosmetics Ipsy Eye Shadow Trio

NYX Cosmetics Ipsy Eye Shadow Trio (nyxcosmetics.com): This eyeshadow trio was designed exclusively for Ipsy by NYX. They contain three complimenting eye colors that can be worn together or separately, each with a “silky texture for seamless application.”

ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub and Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag September 2015 subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub and Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush (C224)

ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub ($9.99 for 4 oz.; acureorganics.com): I haven’t really tried out this facial scrub yet, but I really like the fact that Ipsy sent out such a great deluxe-sized sample of this stuff, so I will definitely be getting a good amount of uses out of it. This scrub contains natural exfoliators plus organic chlorella growth factor and argan stem cells to stimulate new cell growth and repair. It is also formulated with madonna lily stem cells to help brighten skin. It is vegan, gluten- and cruelty-free.

Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush ($2.98 for one brush; crownbrush.us): I am usually all set when it comes to brushes — I try to invest in really good ones for each type of makeup and makeup application. A concealer brush is actually the one brush that I don’t have a set favorite, so I’m going to try out this one and see how I like it. This concealer brush is made of 100% Flexible Japanese Torray Taklon Bristles (which are synthetic) and it can be used for application and blending of any type of concealer formula or for applying cream eyeshadows.

 

Subscription Box Breakdown:

I was very happy with my Ipsy Glam Bag this month. I love the NYX eyeshadow trio, the nude matte lip pencil and even the Formula X nail color, which, again, is absolutely perfect for the fall. I think the face scrub and concealer brush round out the Glam Bag very nicely and this was definitely one of the better Glam Bags I have received in recent months.

Pricing & Availability:

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month, plus a small tax to a few states (here in New York my monthly Glam Bag comes to $11 and change). To subscribe click here, or head over to Ipsy.com for more information.

 

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Julep Maven September 2015 Review + Photos

Julep Maven September 2015 Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This was one of the first months that I just chose a regular Julep Maven box without adding on any additional products — mostly because this was the first month that I got a Maven box for FREE (yay!) with my Julep points (called “Jules”). I’ve used Julep points on other things before, but I realized during the September Maven reveal (at the end of last month) that I actually had 2,000 Jules saved up, and, as any Maven should know, 2,000 Jules = one free Maven box.

If I had added any add-ons this month I would have had to pay extra for those, so I kept it simple and stuck with the bare minimum (three items) so I wouldn’t have to pay anything. I ended up being pleasantly surprised when I saw an extra polish added to my box anyway — every Maven received the new Julep signature cream color, aptly named “Julep”, as a freebie this month. So awesomeness all around 🙂

Julep Light On Your Lips Full Coverage Crème Lipstick in "Wink". Julep Maven September 2015 Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Light On Your Lips Full Coverage Crème Lipstick in “Wink”

Each month Julep debuts a new beauty product or an update on one of their existing beauty products as part of the monthly Maven reveal. This month Julep came out with a few new colors for their Light On Your Lips lipstick line, making the lipsticks the featured beauty product for September. I really liked this lipstick the first time it came out so I was happy seeing additional colors added. I went with a couple bright colors last time, so I decided to order a more neutral color this time around.

Julep Light On Your Lips Full Coverage Crème Lipstick ($22 or $17.60 for Maven subscribers, 0.12 oz.; julep.com): A full-coverage lipstick that “floats on and feels weightless”, formulated with hydrating shea butter, antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, and Julep’s Power Cell Complex™. This lipstick promises to glide on easily to hug the contours of your lips and stay in place without feathering and it comes in 15 different shades. I received this lipstick in the color “Wink”, which is described as a “Tea rose crème.”

Julep Nail Color in Ellis (top) and Zoey (bottom). Julep Maven September 2015 Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Nail Color in “Ellis” (top) and “Zoey” (bottom)

These were the two nail colors I chose this month from the new September collection. You would think by now that I wouldn’t need any more nail polishes — being subscribed to Julep Maven for at least the last year-and-a-half — but each month there always seems to be new nail shades that I absolutely need (of course). 🙂  I probably should have posted swatches of how these look on my nails … I will definitely remember to do that next month though!

Julep Nail Color in “Ellis” ($14 reg., on sale right now for $10, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): A shimmery silver-y lilac that Julep describes as a “pink dawn linear liquid holographic” shade.

Julep Nail Color in “Zoey” ($14 reg. or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): A pretty blue-grayish “sea spray crème” shade.

Julep Nail Color in Julep's signature 2015 shade, called "Julep". Julep Maven September 2015 Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Nail Color in Julep’s signature 2015 shade, called “Julep”

The last item this month was a special extra added to every Julep Maven box for free. I’m not sure why, but this color is currently unavailable to buy. I don’t know if it’s sold out, or if Mavens just got a sneak peek and it won’t actually be released until later on.

Julep Nail Color in “Julep” ($14 reg., currently unavailable, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): This is Julep’s new signature creme — a really pretty purple-ish orchid shade. This went on beautifully and the finish almost made it look like a gel manicure. I’m really glad I got to try this one out!

 

Subscription Box Breakdown:

I really liked the September Julep Maven box and the best part about it, of course, was that I got it completely for free. Julep actually has a really great points program and I feel like I was able to save up 2,000 Jules rather quickly, especially since I got points for every monthly Maven box that I bought. The nail colors this month were great and I absolutely loved the surprise gift this month — Julep’s new signature creme shade. I also was happy to see new lipstick colors this month and I’m loving the nude pink-y peach that I chose.

Pricing & Availability:

Julep Maven is a monthly nail and beauty subscription box that costs $24.99 per month with options to upgrade. To subscribe click here, or visit Julep.com for more information.

 

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Birchbox March 2015 Review

Birchbox March 2015 Review and photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

What’s inside my March 2015 Birchbox …

Birchbox was the first subscription box I ever subscribed to and I have been receiving Birchboxes for a few years now (I think about three years). It’s one of the cheapest subscription boxes at just $10 per month, so I really think that it’s worth it even if I don’t love every single product every single month. I do find a lot of great products and brands through Birchbox that I probably wouldn’t know about if I wasn’t a subscriber, so that’s what really stands out the most for me when it comes to this particular beauty subscription.

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Chicky Quicky Box March 2015 Review

Chicky Quicky Box March 2015 Review. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Chicky Quicky — March 2015

Last month was my first month of receiving the new Chicky Quicky subscription box and I really loved it! I think this month’s box was even better so I am going to stand by the statement I made in last month’s Chicky Quicky post that this is definitely my new favorite subscription box. This month’s box was awesome I’m so happy with it!

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Julep Maven March 2015 Review + Photos: “The POP! Collection”

Julep Maven March 2015 Review + Photos: "The POP! Collection". Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Maven — March 2015

I was super excited about the Julep Maven collection for March and I couldn’t wait for the box to arrive! This month Julep debuted “The POP! Collection”, its first new collection for spring that included pretty new pastels with a “retro vibe,” Julep’s new “soft focus” semi-matte finish, a new hydrating lipstick formula and Julep’s newest Fluid Eye Glider eyeliner pen.

Julep is a customizable nail and beauty subscription so each month you can choose what goes into your box. There were three base products this month and then you can pick a number of other items to add-on to your box. I chose three add-ons this month and when you choose three or more you get a free gift!

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Chicky Quicky Box February 2015 Review + Photos

Chicky Quicky Box February 2015 Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Chicky Quicky Box — February 2015

This is my first month ever receiving the new Chicky Quicky Box and I really wanna say that this is my new favorite subscription box. I really loved it … lots and lots of stuff packed into this box! It’s also different than most of the other boxes I receive so it was very new and exciting for me.

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