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.
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!
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!
Hello everyone and happy New Year! I might be a little late with the new year’s wishes but this is actually my first post of 2015 so the wishes seemed appropriate. I’ve had so much going on lately that it was hard to find time to blog, but now that my work life has calmed down I plan on writing posts a lot more consistently.
This month I completely forgot about customizing my Julep Maven box so I received my default box, the “Bombshell” box, instead. Bombshell is the “style profile” that I ended up with when I first subscribed. Basically, you take a quiz based on your style preferences and that is the style box you end up with each month (there are a few different styles, about 5 or so). Then, each month, you start out with that specific box and you can add-on or swap out different products based on exactly which products and nail colors you want.
So, anyway. Even though I didn’t exactly choose my box this month, I’m still happy with what I ended up receiving. I’m glad I got the new body lotion (instead of the body scrub, which was the other featured beauty product this month), and I got two pretty nail polish colors that I probably would have picked for myself anyway.
Julep‘s July collection, appropriately called “The Poolside Collection“, features nine new nail polish colors and two new beauty products: the Julep Bare Body Milk (below) and Julep Bare Body Polish ($26, or $20.80 for Mavens). I didn’t receive the body polish, but it’s described as an “invigorating scrub that polishes away the rough stuff standing between you and smooth, beautiful skin.” It is a creamy formula, packed with “tiny spheres” to exfoliate and, unlike salt and sugar scrubs, it doesn’t turn into a crumble-y mess when you mix it with water.
All of the Julep monthly collections are first released for Maven subscribers, and then you can order any of the items featured that month on the website a few weeks (maybe up to a month) after that.
I’m a bit stocked up on body lotions and moisturizers, so I really didn’t think this was going to be the most exciting Julep Maven month for me, but I’m definitely digging the lotion, and I think that a skincare item is a nice change from the mostly makeup products that Maven boxes have featured in recent months.
It smells wonderful (a super beach-y scent), and, even though I’ve only tested it out so far on my arms, it seems to get the job done pretty well. I’m going to do a full application tomorrow. I definitely don’t have a problem covering my body in the amazing scent and the tube looks cute on display among some of my other beauty products on top of my dresser.
Julep Bare Body Milk (reg. $24 or $19.20 for Maven subscribers, 6.8 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “ultra hydrating”, lightweight, fast-absorbing body lotion that “leaves a soft, silky finish that’s not heavy or greasy” in Julep’s summery signature “Beach Tonic” fragrance. It contains milk thistle to lock in moisture and help protect against environmental factors; olive oil, which delivers essential fatty acids to hydrate and repair skin; grapefruit oil, which promotes cell turnover; and orange peel to brighten dry, dull skin. Sounds pretty yummy to me.
I was actually really impressed by the two new nail colors I received with my July Maven box. They contain Julep’s (fairly) new Color Treat Oxygen Technology which makes the polish dry faster and allows 30% more oxygen to permeate the nail bed (the 30% is compared to nail polish from other brands without this technology).
I think both of these colors went on flawlessly and stayed on very well (three days later, still no chips). I am comparing this to other Julep polishes I have used in the past that did not have this “Color Treat” oxygen technology. Some Julep polishes have been a huge pain for me and they have gone on kind of messy and the polish itself seemed very sticky. This new technology really makes a huge difference.
Julep Nail Color in Beverly (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “Boysenberry creme” color. It’s a dark purplish berry color. The photo above makes the polish look a little more purple, but it does have reddish berry undertones which you can see a lot better in the photo on Julep’s website.
My favorite of the two nail colors in my Maven box this month was this beachy turquoise shade. Like the Boysenberry creme shade (above), this one is also formulated with Julep’s Color Treat Oxygen Technology that allows it to dry quicker and makes the polish last longer (as well as the 30% more oxygen that permeates the nail bed). An independent trial revealed that 95% of women found that this technology revealed stronger, harder and more conditioned nails in just two weeks, and Julep’s “proprietary” 5-free formula also includes “strengthening Hexanal and antioxidant green coffee extract” for an extra healthy nails boost.
Julep Nail Color in Lissa (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “tumbled turquoise creme.” It’s a really pretty bright turquoise (it looks a little brighter than it does in the photo above), and it’s really a true turquoise — more on the blue side than the green side, but I really can’t describe it any better because it’s just a real turquoise shade.
And the very last thing that was in my July 2014 Julep Maven box were these very Fourth of July Tootsie Rolls. Julep actually used to add in a surprise beauty item each month (nothing crazy, like maybe an extra nail file or some nail buffers), but they did away with that and recently they’ve been throwing in some candy as a surprise addition.
I have no complaints about this — I’m a little sick and tired of all the super healthy snacks that I’ve been seeing in subscription boxes (and really, pretty much everywhere). I am a candy addict (I’ve had a few root canals to prove it) and free candy is the best. No shame.
Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty product subscription box service that costs $24.99 per month, or $19.99 per month with a three-month subscription (you get $40+ worth of products in each box). Julep recently added a new “tier” to their subscription service that costs $39.99 per month for $60+ worth of products. Each box is fully customizable. To subscribe, click here, or visit Julep.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.
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.”
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).
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 (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 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.
Yayyy I am finally able to get the photos and review up for this awesomely pretty and super cute nail art kit from Nails Inc. I bought this kit a few weeks ago when I made an order on Sephora.com because I noticed it was on sale (and it still is, for just $13.00, down from $25).
I love the 3D nail trend but I can never really find a salon that can do it for me (I know I just have to look harder) and I find that a lot of these “3D manicures” look kinda gaudy, and borderline ridiculous, so I was thrilled to find a 3D nail art set that came with such cute/fashionable/appropriately-sized flower and bow decorations.
The photos I took for this post aren’t the greatest — my nails are not in great shape (I’m planning on using my nail salon gift certificate next week to get my nails shaped up and pretty again), plus I am kind of a mess when it comes to crazy glue, so you can see some of the glue stuck to my nail polish and around my nails. I just wanted to get this post up quickly because the product might get sold out (or, worse, be discontinued, as is the fate of many “on sale” products), so I hope that I at least got the point across at how cute the little camellia roses and bow decorations are.
Nails Inc. Bling It On Floral ($13 on sale, regularly $25 for set; sephora.com) is described as a “floral nail kit with trendy shades, pearl bows and white camellia embellishments.” This set came with two pretty, very springtime, pastel colors: Holland Park Gardens, an “on-trend sage green,” and Bloomsbury Way, a “delicately feminine cherry blossom pink.”
I really should have taken photos of my nails painted in both colors in the set but, instead, I used a photo of Holland Park Gardens (above and below) as well as a color that wasn’t included in the set (it’s definitely a Julep color, I am just too lazy to look up which one it is right now).
This set comes with eight white camellia and four pearl bow embellishments, which can be re-used as long as you do a little prep work and try to get all of the super glue off with some nail polish remover, if you can. I have been using them with a bunch of different colors I have at home, including the two shades that came in the kit (which are very pretty).
The whole set contains:
– 1 0.13-oz. Nail Polish in Holland Park Gardens (sage green)
– 1 0.13-oz. Nail Polish in Bloomsbury Way (light pink)
– 4 Bow embellishments
– 8 Flower embellishments
– 1 0.1-oz. Nail glue
– 2 Wooden cuticle sticks
Basically, you paint your nails with two coats of polish, apply a top coat and then let your nails dry for at least five minutes. To apply the embellishments, use a tweezer to pick them up and apply nail glue to the back of the flower or bow, and also apply glue in the shape of the embellishment directly to your nail. Press and hold it there for at least 60 seconds. If you need to get extra glue under the edges of the bow decoration then use the cuticle pusher to apply it after the embellishment has already been put in place on your nail.
I bought this kit with not-too-high expectations because any type of manicure I give myself never really lasts, and any of these nail trends, whether they be 3D nail art, texturized nail polish, or anything else, never really works the way I want it to. I really thought I would lose any embellishments that I put on my nails on the first day, but I am very, very happy to say that I haven’t lost any of them yet at all (not even one!).
These things stay on amazingly well, just take a little bit of extra care with your nails and they will stay on for days. The only time one of the flowers came off was when I knocked my hand into my wall (I’m really clumsy) and it was in the exact spot that the embellishment was sticking out on my nail; I realized this right away, of course, so I was able to salvage the flower. Other than that, they’ve stayed on great — through showers, sleeping, getting dressed in the morning, brushing snow off my car. The nail glue they give you is serious stuff.
Nails Inc. Bling It On Floral kit is on sale for $13.00 (originally $25) at Sephora.com. There are actually a bunch of Nails Inc. sets and regular nail polishes currently on sale so even if you’re not into the whole 3D thing I’m sure you can find something you like!