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!
Smashbox Summer 2014: The Santigold Collection [Photo: Smashbox.com]
I know Smashbox debuted their new summer collection about a month ago, but the products have finally hit shelves so I just wanted to do a post going over all the awesomeness that is their new Santigolden Age Collection.
The Santigolden Age Collection was created by artist Santigold, who fused unexpected vivid colors and elements into the collection the same way she does regularly with her amazing fashion sense and all-around artistic boldness. This exclusive collection is influenced by Santigold’s “strong creative sense of collage,” with a “vivid and playful” color palette that is really unlike any beauty collection I have seen recently.
The whole collection is gorgeous and I can’t wait to get my hands on those eyeliner pencils. Besides the fact that the colors are amazing and there are a bunch of different products to choose from (from shadows to liners to lipgloss to nail stickers and even a lipstick ring), the artwork and packaging design is really over-the-top beautiful, so these items will definitely be some great collectors’ pieces.
The new Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection for the summer contains five different items, four of which have two different color combinations:
Apocalypse Now. [Photo: Smashbox.com]
Smashbox The Santigolden Age Eye Shadow Collage ($36 for 0.17 oz.; smashbox.com) is described as a “one-of-a-kind collaged and mirrored palette with five dramatic wet-to-dry eyeshadows.”
“Apocalypse Now” (above) consists of a shimmery oyster shade, shimmery tea, sparkling pewter, matte black and bright golden orange.
Earth As We Know It. [Photo: Sephora.com]
“Earth As We Know It” (above) consists of a soft sparkling cream, kelly green, dark matte blue, raisin with rosegold pearl and a dark sparkly forest green shade.
My favorite items in the collection are these gorgeous, versatile, bold eyeliners. The Smashbox Santigolden Age Double-Ended Limitless Liner ($24 for two 0.02-oz. pencils; smashbox.com) is described as a “double-ended eyeliner with eight-hour staying power and limitless possibilities.”
There are two different liner pencils in the new collection with two different shades on each one: Yellow Dwarf/Green Martian (a bright yellow and a mint green — on the left of the photo above); and Azurite is Never Wrong/El Dorado (a bright azure blue and earthy gold — on the right of the photo).
Be Legendary Lipgloss in All Gold E’rything (left) and Hot Lava (right). [Photo: Smashbox.com]
The next two products are Smashbox’s Be Legendary lipgloss formula in two very “Santigolden” shades. Smashbox The Santigolden Age Be Legendary Gloss ($20 for 0.20 oz.; smashbox.com) is described as “a vibrant, glassy-finish gloss hand-picked by artist Santigold.”
“All Gold E’rything” is described as a “sheer copper sparkle” and “Hot Lava” is described as a “sheer red-orange.” I’m loving the gold color so I will definitely be picking that one up (red is not really my thing, even though this red looks lovely).
Nail Polish Art Strips in “Serpent Charmer” (left) and “The Eye of the Beholder” (right). [Photo: Smashbox.com]
These sweeeet nail polish stickers come with two different designs in one pack and I have a feeling they will work pretty well, since they’re made by Smashbox (I usually have such a problem with these things). Smashbox The Santigolden Age Nail Polish Art Strips ($22 for set of two different patterns; smashbox.com) are described as “one-of-a-kind, mistake-proof nail strips designed by artist Santigold,” who is known for her collage art and strong creative sense, which influenced the whole collection’s “vivid and playful color range.”
“Serpent Charmer” (left) is a black snake pattern on what looks like a glittery gold background; and “The Eye of the Beholder” (right) is a creepy-cool (and yet pretty at the same time) silver eye design on a black background. I love the design and colors of the black eye pattern strips and, even though I’m not usually into snake-print anything, the gold one is pretty cool. I could definitely rock these.
Be Legendary Lipstick Ring in “Still Kickin.” [Photo: Smashbox.com]
The last product in the collection is a jewelry-and-makeup-in-one deal. This is a really pretty lipstick ring that is actually not tacky (in my opinion). I usually find these things to be either childish (‘cuz they’re usually for kids) or just tacky-looking. These are actually really nice.
Smashbox The Santigolden Age Be Legendary Lipstick Ring ($49 for one ring in size 8; smashbox.com) is described as “a collectible snake ring that holds a limited-edition shade of Be Legendary Lipstick inside.” This is the only product in the collection that comes in just one shade, but it’s a pretty “golden reddish coral.” I’m definitely picking this one up too.
I might as well just get the whole collection at this point (maybe just one eyeshadow shade, though, and just the gold lipgloss, not the red one). This collection is gorgeous and I usually don’t do posts as previews for new beauty collections, especially when I haven’t even bought the collection myself yet (using the official photos), but this one was way too pretty to pass up.
Smashbox’s Summer 2014 “The Santigolden Age” Collection consists of five different products in a range of prices (see prices above). It is now available in stores and online at Smashbox.com, Sephora.com, Beauty.com and other retailers that carry Smashbox cosmetics.
I get so excited when I find my Glossybox laying on my doorstep every month and I can’t wait to find out what’s inside. The majority of the products featured each month are a surprise, and it always contains what I consider more “luxurious” beauty items than many of the other beauty subscription services.
This month’s Glossybox was quite possibly my favorite Glossybox ever (I became a subscriber last year) — each product was amazing and three out of five were full-sized products. I will probably be purchasing the full-sized version of all the deluxe- and travel-sized items this month, and I will most likely be buying another product to replace the ones that were already full-size as soon as they run out! I just can’t get over how much I love every single one of the products featured this month.
Glossybox was originally created in the UK and they often send out products from UK-based beauty brands (which I love — I find that UK beauty products work amazingly well), along with products from other European brands that I haven’t necessarily heard of here in the states.
Each month there is always something new and exciting and I find that, out of all of the beauty subscription boxes I receive, I almost always find a product that I get hooked on through my monthly Glossybox subscription. I also find that almost all of the products that Glossybox sends out work extremely well, and, at $20 per month, you are definitely getting a good value as far as product size goes. This month, three out of five products were full-sized and the other two were deluxe- or travel-sized (you can definitely get multiple uses out of them).
THE FEBRUARY 2014 GLOSSYBOX CONTAINED:
Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches, full-size (reg. $11 for three 0.21-oz. bags — six patches total; asos.com)
Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in City of Angels, full-size (reg. $18 for 0.5 oz.; laurenbbeauty.com)
Pureology Serious Colour Care Colour Fanatic, 1-oz. bottle (reg. $24 for 6.7 oz.; amazon.com, ULTA stores, local hair salons)
Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum Plus, 0.17-oz. tube (reg. $73 for 1 oz.; qvc.com)
Sumita Beauty Kala Color Intense Pencil, full-size (reg. $15 for .06 oz.; shopsumita.com)
I haven’t tried out these eye patches yet but I’m sure I’m going to love them. I haven’t bought eye patches for myself in years, so I’m happy to find a product like this, that I normally wouldn’t buy for myself, in a monthly beauty box (and a full-sized one at that!). Anatomicals is a UK-based beauty brand and I loved the Anatomicals rose-scented shower gel that came in December’s Glossybox — which also had the same super cute hot pink packaging.
Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches (reg. $11 for three 0.21-oz. bags — six patches total; asos.com) are under eye patches that “will help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and revitalize the delicate skin around your eyes.” This product is supposed to be applied to clean, dry skin and left on for 30 minutes. They got great reviews on Glossybox’s UK site and I can’t wait to try them out!
Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in City of Angels
I fell in love with this nail polish color and the logo design on the bottle the minute I opened up my February Glossybox. Lauren B. Beauty is a brand-new nail polish line that is launching this spring, and Glossybox subscribers were able to snag a full-sized bottle from the new line.
Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in City of Angels (reg. $18 for 0.5 oz.; laurenbbeauty.com) is described as an “advanced, quick-drying nail enamel” that delivers a “high-shine, chip-resistant, long-lasting finish.” Glossyboxers received the color “City of Angels,” which is a “sheer, tender blush pink that flatters all skin tones.” I was just saying how I don’t really have any pretty light pink colors (until I received a similar shade from ZOYA in my February Ipsy Glam Bag), so it’s funny that I just got another one in the same month.
I actually liked the Lauren B. polish better than ZOYA, which is quite a shocker because I usually love ZOYA polishes. This polish went on flawlessly, the color came out way more opaque than sheer (in my opinion) with just two coats and it dried pretty quickly and wasn’t streaky at all. Lauren B. nail polishes are “eco- and vegan-friendly” with a “5-Free” formula (no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene or camphor). I can’t wait to buy more shades from this new line!
I have so many hair products that I rarely use (especially those that I have been stockpiling from beauty box subscriptions), and I have been quite happy with the Wen Haircare line so I don’t really have much of a need for excess hair products (I usually pass them along to my mom or my BFF). This spray, however, is a totally unique product that is unlike any other hair product I own. It’s considered a “multi-tasking hair beautifier for color-treated hair” and the smell is SO amazing that I swear it’s worth it just for the scent alone (but it works well, too!).
Pureology Serious Colour Care Colour Fanatic (reg. $24 for 6.7 oz.; amazon.com, ULTA stores, local hair salons) is a “multi-tasking hair treatment spray that provides 21 essential benefits to prime, protect and perfect color-treated hair.” I love, love, love multi-tasking products (they are my favorites), and it’s hard to come across one for the hair that works as well as it says it does.
I have only used this spray once so far on my dry hair (it is suggested for use with wet hair — but I’m not washing my hair until tomorrow morning) and it made it smell SO amazing. I can’t get over how wonderful this stuff smells. And, on top of that, my hair seemed a lot softer and more conditioned after using it. I can’t wait to try it out tomorrow on my wet hair and, if it works as well as I think it will, I am definitely going to be buying the full-size bottle.
The next product is probably my favorite product in this month’s Glossybox (even though I’m seriously in love with all of the products so far). This serum made my skin look amazing. Maybe it’s the placebo effect. Maybeeee I go a little crazy every time I read “truffle” anywhere (beauty products, food, food for your skin … yum, yum, yum), so I had high expectations of this stuff the minute I saw it in the box … but, I SWEAR my skin looks better than it has in months. This is one of those products that I will have absolutely no qualms whatsoever over dishing out nearly $75 for, so I’m going to be purchasing the full-sized bottle ASAP.
Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum Plus (reg. $73 for 1 oz.; qvc.com) is described as a “luxurious beauty base that plumps the skin with hydration and fights off any free radicals your day brings on.” This serum goes under your moisturizer to increase hydration and it also reduces fine lines and wrinkles. My skin definitely looked and felt extra hydrated after JUST ONE USE (I swear!!), and it just looked all-around better. I can’t describe it. I seriously love this stuff already. It also got rave reviews on QVC so I’m definitely not the only one who has seen extremely awesome and noticeable results … after just one use!!
Sumita Beauty Color Intense Eyeliner in Kala (glossy black)
The last product is a full-sized eyeliner from Sumita Beauty in a super bright, glossy black (my favorite eyeliner color). I received a mini version of Sumita eyeliner (in a different color, I believe) in one of my Birchboxes months ago and I honestly haven’t even really used it. I’m definitely going to put this one to use (and probably use the other one I have, too). If this liner stays on as awesome as it goes on (creamy, smooth, vibrant), then it’s definitely a keeper.
Sumita Beauty Kala Color Intense Pencil (reg. $15 for .06 oz.; shopsumita.com) is described as a deep-pigment, long-wearing eyeliner pencil that is ideal for use on the inner water line of your eye, as well as the outer lash. Sumita liners boast bold color, blendability and long-wear — I found that the color was super rich when I quickly swatched it on my hand (I should have taken a photo …), and it went on smooth with a creamy consistency that should make it great for blending. I’m going to try it out tomorrow morning and see how I like it. If it stays put like they say, then I’m sure I will love it.
Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $21 per month and sends out five full- and deluxe-sized “prestige” beauty products each month. To sign up with my referral code, shoot me an e-mail with your name and e-mail address, or visit Glossybox.com for more information.
This month, Julep debuted “The Dramatic Collection,” a mix of Hollywood glamour and Valentine’s Day sexy, with brand-new red carpet-worthy nail colors, shimmery liquid (not cream, liquid) eye shadow in four sultry hues and one of the best black gel eyeliners (plus an eyeliner brush!) that I have ever used. Each Maven box style this month also contained the brand-new exclusive nail polish called “Love,” just in time for V-Day.
With each new month I become more and more obsessed with Julep and more and more impressed with their beauty items. Julep started out as a nail polish/nail care company and has been quickly growing into a bona fide beauty brand. There are few Julep beauty (non-nail) products that I didn’t love — most of them work so well (for me, at least), so I decided to get the Modern Beauty box this month, with a couple of nail polish add-ons.
Julep Maven is a subscription service that lets you choose exactly what you want in your box shipment, so there is really no surprise when it arrives at your doorstep. There are x different style profiles to choose from each month, and then you can choose to add-on additional featured items that month at a discounted price.
Each month Julep debuts a themed collection that includes brand-new nail polish colors and a couple of new beauty products that are usually related in some way. This month’s beauty products were all about the eyes: the wonderful gel eyeliner and the perfect angled liner brush to apply it with, as well as the liquid shadows with a satin finish.
In addition to the beauty items (that came with the Modern Beauty box), I chose two add-on nail polishes and also received the pretty “Love” polish that came in every box.
MY FEBRUARY 2014 JULEP MAVEN MODERN BEAUTY BOX CONTAINED:
– Julep Ink Gel Eyeliner (reg. $22/$17.60 Maven price for .15 oz.; julep.com)
– Julep Angled Liner Brush (reg. $18/$14.40 Maven price; julep.com)
– Julep Eye Sheen Liquid Eyeshadow in Dusty Taupe Shimmer (reg. $14.40 for .15 oz.; julep.com)
– Julep Nail Color in Cameron (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price; julep.com)
– Julep Nail Color in Kristen (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price; julep.com)
– Julep Nail Color in Love (February Maven box exclusive shade)
Whoops … I thought i made the photo of this eyeliner pot bigger than I actually did … sorry about that! It looks super small now that I see it in the post. But anyway. I am so, so happy with this eyeliner and it has instantly become my favorite; well, maybe my second favorite because nothing can really beat out my tried-and-true decade-long attachment to the Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof liner. So, I’m going to say that the new Julep liner is my favorite gel eyeliner and it is absolutely amazing and I am so happy that Julep created it.
Julep Ink Gel Eyeliner (reg. $22/$17.60 Maven price for .15 oz.; julep.com) is described as a creamy, jet-black eyeliner that’s “packed with encapsulated pigments that deliver intense lines with a silky-smooth, smudge-proof finish.” I cannot stress enough how amazing this liner is, especially for someone like me who has a very hard time finding an eyeliner that 1). goes on easily, 2). has an intense, vibrant color payoff, and 3). stays put all day long. This liner fits all three points of my eyeliner criteria perfectly.
Julep Ink Gel Eyeliner — swatched quickly, and therefore crooked …
This smooth-gliding gel liner contains soothing botanical extracts and it is enriched with “Power Cell Complex,” which is an “age-defying blend of rosehip seed oil, Malvaceae Lipid Extract and green coffee bean oil that promotes collagen production.” The gorgeous black color goes on so vibrantly with a very creamy consistency that doesn’t crack the way some liquid/gel liners do. I think that half the reason this eyeliner works so well is because of the angled liner brush that came with it, which makes applying and/or blending easyyyy as pie (I never ever use that term, but I have no idea how else to describe its awesomeness!).
I honestly can’t decide which product I like better — Julep’s new gel eyeliner or the perfectly-angled brush to apply it with. Julep Angled Liner Brush (reg. $18/$14.40 Maven price; julep.com) is a precision brush (it is extremelyyy precise) with angled synthetic bristles “designed to deposit color close to the lash line.” This is hands-down one of the best (if not THE best) angled eyeliner brushes I have ever used. I usually have to dot on extra bits of eyeliner to fill in close to the lash line and I honestly didn’t have to do that at all with this brush because it gets so close.
This brush has also truly mastered the art of soft pressure for a thin line/harder pressure for a thick line, which I can never really seem to do perfectly with any other brush. The thing I like the most about this brush is that it doesn’t blend the liner in so much that the liner loses its color vibrance (which is also thanks to the intense color of Julep’s gel liner). I haven’t really used this brush with any of my other liners yet, so I guess I really can’t make a well-rounded judgment just yet, but, for now, I can say that it works perfectly with Julep’s gel liner.
I wasn’t as thrilled about this liquid eyeshadow as I thought I would be, but I haven’t really used it much yet. So far I have only worn it alone, so I think I might like it a lot better when I blend it with a regular-finish eyeshadow.
Julep Eye Sheen Liquid Eyeshadow (reg. $14.40 for .15 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “gorgeous liquid eyeshadow” that “glides on easily and sets to a satin finish that stays put all day.” It is a buildable and blendable formula enriched with Julep’s “proprietary Power Cell Complex,” an “age-defying blend of rosehip seed oil, Malvaceae Lipid Extract and green coffee bean oil that promotes collagen production.”
Julep Eye Sheen Liquid Eyeshadow in Dusty Taupe Shimmer
This liquid shadow formula comes in four shades and I received the “Dusty Taupe Shimmer” color. Like I said before, I found that this shadow didn’t blend as well as I wanted it to. I used it over an eyeshadow primer (which might have been a mistake) and it seemed like all the color fanned out to the edges of my eyelid and didn’t stay put in the center because of it’s liquid-y texture. I’m going to try it again without a primer and then also blended with a powder shadow and see how I like it.
For my first add-on product I chose this nail polish because I wanted to try out Julep’s Stardust Finish. Julep Nail Color in Cameron (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price; julep.com) is described as a “silver lilac stardust” and the stardust part is a matte glitter. This isn’t just a regular glitter polish, it’s more texture-y looking and if you apply a top coat over it then the polish kind of loses its effect (although you can still see the glitter and it’s still very pretty).
Julep Nail Color in Cameron (Stardust Finish)
I am in love with the Stardust Finish, which surprises me because I never really like any texture polishes I try (but this isn’t really a real “texture” — it’s kind of hard to explain unless you see it in person). The color is a true mix of silver and lilac and the whole polish is shimmery/glittery with pretty flecks of glitter throughout. It also has serious staying power, and has stayed put on my nails for about three days now without applying a top coat over it.
The next add-on I got was this color, “Kristen.” I’m actually not entirely sure why I chose this color — when the “Maven Window” was open for me to pick what I wanted in my February box I kind of rushed through it, so I think I might have actually picked this color when I wanted something else. I have a ton of turquoise-ish nail colors, but, either way, this one is a pretty addition.
Julep Nail Color in Kristen
Julep Nail Color in Kristen (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price; julep.com) is described as a “deep sea teal with silver microshimmer.” It’s definitely a very pretty teal color, and the microshimmer makes the shade a lot more sophisticated and work-friendly than a regular teal glitter polish. You could definitely get away with wearing this shade to the office; well, I would have no problem wearing it to the office, at least.
And the last polish in my February Maven box was this awesomely pretty limited-edition shade. I actually didn’t think I would like this color that much before using it and then I fell in love with it.
Julep Maven Nail Color in Love
Julep Nail Color in Love (February Maven box exclusive shade) is a limited-edition nail polish that was exclusive to the Julep Maven February 2014 shipment. This polish came in every single box, so every Maven received one. It is a bunch of colors rolled into one that actually work very well together.
“Love” was released as a Valentine’s Day shade and it’s a shimmery light gold with a slight hint of purple (that you can see better in the light) and it has pretty red flecks throughout. This color is super unique, it’s not just gold and purple, it’s a super unique light gold and a super unique light lilac purple. This is definitely one of my favorite nail colors ever and I hope Julep releases it again soon so I can pick up a few more bottles.
Julep Maven is a monthly nail and beauty subscription service that costs $19.99 per month. Each month, you get to choose which style box you would like out of that month’s collection and you can add-on up to three different items for a discounted price. To subscribe click here or visit Julep.com/Maven for more information.