Julep Maven October 2013 box

Hi, reader! Long time no blog! I’m back with my latest Julep Maven box. I had a hard time picking a box this month. I didn’t like the polishes in my normal It Girl box but I wasn’t thrilled with the product featured in the other boxes, though it was interested in trying the face mask in the Modern Beauty box. After much personal debating I went with the Bombshell box. So without further adieu here’s my Maven box.

The quote of the month.

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The extra this month is candy corn. I love candy corn so I was happy to see these. No one in my house likes these so I don’t buy them because eating a whole bag of candy corn would be bad. Pretty sure that would put a person into a diabetic coma.

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The product this month is a double ended Kajal Eye Glider liner and sharpener. The brown side applied nicely but the black side was dry with an uneven application. Also after five minutes I swiped my hand, the brown smeared but the black stayed still. This also isn’t waterproof.

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Now on to the polishes. Cleopatra is described as a latex polish, it is called latex because of how it looks not because latex is in it.

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Of course I had to get add ons and I got three polishes. Casper is glow in the dark and Ciara is probably the most unique polish in my collection. I hope it looks just as good on my nails as it does on the swatch nail.

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So that is my box. The two polishes I’m most excited about are Valerie and Ciara. They are both gorgeous and can’t wait to wear them.

Julep Maven September 2013

Julep Maven for September was interesting. I wasn’t thrilled with the colors but I really wanted to try their new oil cleanser Bare Face since I love the Dermalogica one so much. I went back and forth on what box to get and settled on the Bombshell box. The polishes looked interesting and I would get to try the new cleanser.

So the first thing in the box was the beauty extra, one polish remover wipe.

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The Bare Face is Julep’s new oil face cleanser. First off I love how this smells, nice and citrusy! I pumped two pumps into my dry hands and apply to my dry face. After the oil has been massaged into my skin I wet my face and scrub some more. I then take a wet cloth and hot water and get the oil off my face. It takes off my makeup and doesn’t make my skin feel oily after using it. My only complaint is that it doesn’t take all my waterproof eye makeup off. So for that reason I like the Dermalogica Precleanse better.

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Before I get into the polishes I got I should let you know that Julep polishes have a new look. Well, the bottle themselves look the same but the outer package is new.

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So the first polish in the box is Daria. This is a cream polish in a medium gray. I don’t have any grays in my polish collection so I thought this would be good addition.

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The other polish in the box is Karmen. This is a micro shimmer of red and golds. As I’ve said before red polishes are not my thing but this polish is gorgeous! Probably like it because of the gold but I’ll take it.

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Here is another picture to show the different colors.

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Of course I got some add-ons. Dang you, Julep, and your excellent marketing statergy!

The first thing is the Konjac sponge. This sponge is designed to go with the Bare Face cleanser and to provide a gentle exfoliation. It comes with a string built in to the sponge and comes with a hook so you can hang up your sponge to dry. That is my favorite part of the sponge. I just don’t think there is anything special about this. Maybe I’m using it wrong, who knows.

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I also picked up two polishes, Reece (a blackish purple with holographic shimmer) and Candace (brown and gold micro shimmer).

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So that is my September box. My next manicure will definitely be Karmen. I have to say I was surprised how much I love a red polish.

Julep Maven July 2013

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The theme from Julep this month is “The California Coast”. Since I’ve never been on the California coast I’ll have to take their word for it. Overall I think this is a weird collection. Don’t get me wrong, I think all the polishes are beautiful but more suited for a fall box, since most of the colors are dark, than a summer box. I went with the It Girl box this month, it has a yellow polish and there are not many yellow polishes that I can pass up. So let’s get into the box.

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The first thing in the box is the beauty extra, which is Green Tea blotting sheets. These worked really well and have a nice green tea floral scent.

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The first polish is Angela. This is a dark gray polish with a teal and dark blue duochrome. This needed at least two coats before you can even see the teal and dark blue color.

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This picture shows the duochrome in the polish.

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The next polish is Tracy. This is a sea salt texture polish and it has dark blue, light blue and silver glitter or what ever sea salt polishes are made of. Not sure I understand the concept of these texture polishes but this one is gorgeous, especially in the sunlight.

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It was so pretty that I had to put it on. Went on easily and was completely opaque after two coats.

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The next polish is Nadia. This is a butter yellow with a slight shimmer. Really pretty and a good yellow for people afraid of wearing yellow.

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Of course I couldn’t just get my box. Here are my add-ons.

My first add-on is Blakely. The is a dark purple and green duochrome.

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A close up of the bottle.

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The next polish is Adele. This is a peach shimmer top coat. Really pretty!

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And here is Adele over Nadia.

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And my last polish is Fireworks. The perfect polish for celebrating Independence Day with red, blue and silver glitter.

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And here is the look I wear for the 4th. I also used Julep Sharon (the red polish), Julep Char (the blue polish), and Zoya Purity (the white polish) with Fireworks layered on top.

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So that’s what I got this month. Thanks for reading! đŸ™‚

Julep Maven box June 2013

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Another month and another hard decision on what box to get. I liked all the colors in my normal It Girl box but I wanted to try out the new DD cream. So after much debating and changing my box a few times, thank goodness the window is open for 5 days, I went with the Bombshell box. Of course I couldn’t just get the box. So I also got three add-on polishes.

The freebie in the box this month was three pieces of salt water taffy. I love taffy and anytime someone at my work went on vacation they were required to bring back taffy. I work with a different group now so I might not get taffy anymore so I’m happy it was included.

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This month Julep introduced a DD cream, a combination between a BB and a CC cream. I got the shade in light, which I was nervous about since it looked really dark in Julep’s swatches. While this is darker than my normal skin tone it blended out very nicely. I only tried it on my hand but there was a noticeable difference between the two hands. The one with the DD cream looked smoother and had an even tone. So sounds like a great product for me, right? Nope. đŸ˜¦ This has a very strong sunscreen scent, which aggravates my allergies. So, this will be given away. I’m trying to convince my mom that she should wear it. She is super low maintenance so I’m playing up the sunscreen protection.

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The back of the package so you can look at the product info.

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The first polish is Raegan. This is a dark almost raspberry pink. It reminds me of a shiny Avery but Raegan is darker.

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The next polish is the reason why I choose this box, Payton. This is a spring green. The swatch is much cooler than the actual polish. The bottle picture is much more accurate. This is a very thin polish and it almost needed three coats on the swatch wheel. Still love it and it will be my next polish I use.

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Now on to the add-ons.

First one is Bunny. This is a white with a gold shimmer. The gold is really only noticeable in the bottle but not on the nail unless you are looking for it. Not disappointed in that since I wanted the polish when I thought it was just a plain white polish.

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Next one is Char. This is a cross between a navy and a royal blue.

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And the last polish I got is Dianne. This is a muted mint green. I have similar polishes to this but it is just so hard for me to pass up a mint green polish.

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So that’s what I got this month from Julep. Now the countdown begins until next month box.

Julep Maven May 2013

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This has got to be the prettiest box that I’ve gotten from Julep. I liked the theme from the beginning as I love the twenties and Art Deco and had a hard time picking which box I wanted. There were some polishes I definitely didn’t want and knew I wouldn’t use so the full collection was out. I asked my mom to help me pick and her only advice was not to get the one with the glitter polish because I have too many glitter polishes. Obviously she was of no help. I mean what kind of advice is not to get the glitter, is there even such a thing as too much glitter polish. So it came down to what lipstick trio did I like more and that box was the Boho Glam.

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Here is what was in my box. Everything was so pretty this month. I even loved the tissue paper!

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The freebie this month were these super cute bobby pins. I haven’t worn them yet but I’ve liked looking at them. Not sure how they will work in my curly hair though, they might get lost in a curl.

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So this month the product that was featured was lipstick. I think the packaging is gorgeous and I love the cute little lipsticks. What makes tiny things so cute? These smell super yummy, like tangerines! I say yes to things smelling like citrus. I was a bad blogger though and haven’t worn them yet. So no lip swatches or any review of how the wear is. I can tell you that Satin Doll and Tea for Tea are sheer and can be used alone or layered over Lady in Red. There was another lipstick trio in some of the other boxes that was berry tones.

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This shows the size of the lipstick.

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And now on to the nail polishes.

The first one is Alice. This is a pretty lavender with a sliver shimmer in it.

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The other polish is Millie which is an unique purple navy. This is the polish that was the decision maker for this box. I’m not usually one for dark polishes but I really like this one. The swatch does not do this polish justice as it is more than just a navy polish.

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Of course I couldn’t stop at these two polishes so I had got two add-on colors.

There should be no surprise that the first add-on I got was the glitter polish. Paris is holographic glitter polish with a mix of small glitter and large hexagon glitter. I am so in love with this polish. It is so gorgeous!

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The other polish I got is Zelda. This is a gold almost foil-like polish. The bottle side of the picture is a better representation of the color than the macro picture.

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So that is all my goodies for the month. I can’t even imagine how Julep will be able to top this box but I’m ready to find out.