Thursday, January 16, 2014

Julep January 2014 Review

I live in Washington state, so my Julep box doesn't need to travel very far to reach me. I got this buttloads of time ago. Julep wasn't tardy; I am.

The theme of this box was "The Boudoir Collection", which I only feel the need to point out because clearly the Julep creative team and I are shopping at different lingerie stores. (The last bra I bought was this hot pink and yellow monstrosity by Mimi Holliday. I think Julep has to release a leopard print nail polish before they can truly claim to be underwear-themed.) BUT HEY, I can still appreciate a good lavender satin.


As has been my pattern, I chose to upgrade my box. And, as has been my pattern, I feel that I should note that I wouldn't have upgraded if I didn't have the points to do so for free.

My upgrade included nine nail polishes, quick-dry nail polish drops, and a cuticle softener.

Nail Polish


The nine nail polishes in the collection include:

Mae is a cool, dusty lavender color. It's described as a "Satin" but it's nothing like any satin that I've ever seen. It reminds me of the Illamasqua rubber-finish nail polishes more than anything.

Farrah is the grayer, shimmery version of Mae.

Noelle is a shimmery, soft taupe.

Annemarie is sort of a "mauve meets milk chocolate". This is definitely the least romantic color in the collection.

Hope is a snowy white.

Hannah is a muted sage.

Mona is a dark, smokey gray.

Abigail is a shimmery scallop-pink.

Margot is a full-on glitter gold!

Here are my messy nails, featuring Farrah and Mae:

Julep Farrah and Mae
Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops

I was kind of expecting the quick dry drops to be really boring, but I was pleasantly surprised. They don't seem to do their job any better than a drugstore product, but they smell fucking awesome. The inclusion of rosewood oil,  lavender oil, and ylang ylang oil means that this product smells like an aromatherapy shop.


Shockingly, it's actually not even very expensive. This product is a full fluid ounce, twice the size of a standard nail polish bottle. (Given the teeny weeny sizes of Julep nail polishes, this is particularly shocking.) This product is $14.00 for non-subscribers and $11.20 for Mavens. For comparison, the Essie Quick-E Drying drops are $14.95 for 0.5 fluid ounces, or $29.90 per fluid ounce. That's more than two and half times the Maven price, ounce per ounce.

Vanish Cuticle Softener and Remover

So, I hear we're supposed to care about our cuticles for some reason. (This is why you should never listen to my nail polish advice. I have no idea what I am talking about.) I heard on the grapevine that if you paint your nails over your cuticles, the polish doesn't last as long and also... is ugly.


This product is sort of a milky substance that you can drop on your nails and it will, in theory, let you kind of moosh your cuticles out of the way. As someone who habitually does my nails in the bathtub, I didn't see any difference between this product and regular old water.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my Julep box. It could have been a little bit more exciting, but the nail polishes and the quick dry drops are both solid and I'll definitely use them. The cuticle softener, if I'm being totally honest, will probably just live a sad, lonely life under my bathroom sink.

If you have suddenly decided that subscribing to Julep is an awesome idea, you are always welcome to use my referral link by clicking here. The code FREEBOX or FREECOLOR will get you your first box for free.

20 comments:

  1. There were a couple things that I wanted to ask you that I can't remember now that I have a chance. Shucks.

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  2. Um, doing your nails in the bath sounds like a good idea. Well, for me I'd have to wait until my nails dried a little but still...

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    1. I just keep my hands out of the water!

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  3. I recommend your site to a lot of friends because people I know (myself included) never learned how to wear makeup or anything about it and you're damn informative. If you're ever looking for suggestions I would love an article on like, the 5 pieces of makeup you would recommend any beginner buy to start with that aren't too overwhelming.

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    1. ONLY FIVE? We better not be counting brushes...

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  4. Off topic question for you: You use the Tarte liquid foundation. It has SPF in it. Do you notice any flashback with the foundation because of the SPF? I want to possibly pick it up at some point but that's the only thing that holds me back. I did some samples on my arm and took pics and did not see any flashback but I wanted to ask someone who uses it.

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    1. I use it, and have never had flashback. I check before buying too, sometimes it's not noticeable in a search but it is over a whole face. Remember, if you try it and you don't like it Sephora will take back opened products and refund you.

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    2. I have never had any flashback, no.

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    3. You could also always ask for a sample, and I don't want this to sound as me abusing the perk but I got a sample of a clinique foundation which I still have about 10-15 uses. This might just be because its lightweight but still gives wonderful coverage.

      This simply works for me because I am still new to makeup, still getting comfortable in makeup stores, and working on improving/learning more about my skin (tone, etc.). Since getting the sample I've been able to find a drugstore foundation that works just as well. I only wish that you could get samples of shadows, silly I know, but that seems like a much bigger waste. Especially, if the purchase was an impulse buy, and you needed to return it, it gets trashed.

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  5. Dude, you do your nails in the bathtub? That's the best excuse to sit in a bathtub I've heard in ages. (I enjoy sitting in the bath, but I rapidly get bored, and my habit of dropping stuff makes me leery of bringing books or technology with me.)

    On the time-in-bath note, I have another question/potential reader study suggestion.... deep conditioners. Are they anything special? Seems like every brand has now brought one out, but like, I'm not sure that I see a major formulation difference between them and normal-conditioner-but-maybe-we-made-it-thicker. I also just used one (Charles Worthington Intense Rescue Melting Balm) that I had to shampoo out FIVE TIMES to make my head ungreasy, which I suspect negates any benefits my hair might have gotten out of it. So: what's your opinion? Any science basis in what constitutes a deep conditioner or did I just fall for some marketing? Could you (omg this would be awesome) get a reader quorum to do a half head normal conditioner/half head deep conditioner paired T test?

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    1. I can definitely do a post about it!

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  6. I've never understood the thing for brown nail polish (Like Annemarie here). I don't begrudge anyone the right to wear it if they love it, but it's beyond my comprehension :-P I would definitely get some for nail art, though, if I were any good at nail art...

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    1. Eh. I can see it working with gold glitter or something.

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    2. I actually got the product box this time and added on Annemarie. It looks great under copper glitter (in this case Rainbow Honey "Don't Gingersnap at Me") and manages to look classy and grown-up even with a ton of glitter.

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  7. I guess those would be nice colors for bedroom walls....

    Those are nice triangles on your nails! Did you use tape? I've seen that recommendation, but I've always worried that removing the tape will also take some of the nail polish.

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    1. I did use tape! Just make sure they are really, super, super, super dry when you do it. Like, wait until LONG after you think they are dry, and it will be just fine.

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