Monday, April 1, 2013

Julep Maven March 2013 The Playful Collection

What is more playful and fun than pastels! This month Julep pulled out all the stops to bring us not only one theme, but two, along with some great products.

As you know this year March is the month of the Cristian/Catholic holiday of Easter and the Irish celebration of Saint Patrick's day. Not religious, christian/catholic, or Irish? That's alright! Spring is the time of the fashion season where pastels start popping out anyway. So regardless of what you are you can have a pop of fun, yet soft, color on your nails. So put away the dark shades and transition into something a little brighter.

Julep got their color theme this month from the colors of chalk. Ever see kids playing outside and drawing hopscotch in bright yellow, orange, or even lilac? What a better time to let the kid in you come out, in a more adult and fashionable way of course! Time to meet the shades!

(Disclaimer: I have upgraded to the full collection box, see details after review)

Just a few notes on the formula's this month! Unlike the thick and goopy Neons from January (Nudes and Neons) these shades apply a lot nicer. They still apply opaque in about one coat, i always do two for good measure. They were not streaky, dried fast, and the bit of shimmer in these shades was just noticeable in natural light. Which is nice if your looking for something girly and soft but not overly childish. Don't worry! These do not cross that fine line.

1- Teri (It Girl)- Tropical coral pink creme
2- Adrianna (Bombshell) - Smokey Chartreuse creme
3- Joy (Boho Glam)- Smokey mauve creme
4- Leila (Boho Glam) - Lemon Yellow opalescent shimmer.

5- Minnie (Bombshell) - Warm pastel pink with opalescent shimmer
6- Debra (Classic with a Twist)- smokey taupe creme
7- Shenae (It Girl)- Pastel mint green with opalescent shimmer
8- Simone (Classic with a Twist)- Soft pastel lilac with opalescent shimmer

This month Julep offered Lucky an opaque kelly green glitter with flecks of gold glitter as well. This allowed mavens to be able to have colors themed for spring, Easter, and Saint Patrick's day. Each add on is $4.99 (up 1$ from previous months)

As a bonus all Mavens this month received this delightfully scented lip balm in Strawberry-mint. This minty, fresh, and fruity lip balm is the perfect thing to keep lips good and moisturized through the sometimes cold, breezy, months of spring. Appears clear on the lips, non heavy, and does not have a weird taste.

 Since the full upgrade includes items from every style profile this month i got both items from the newly created style profile Modern Beauty which is for product lovers (kind of like how It Girl is for polish lovers). The two items included were Rock Star Hand Creme and Glycolic Hand Scrub. I love that these products got a great make over in terms of their packaging. Both the hip boxes they come in to the new color scheme on the bottles themselves i really like it. My only complaint is the Rock Star hand creme opening. It is a twist cap and the product comes out through a hole. I did not read this and almost ripped the tip off. Once i figured it out i used the hand cream, which smells amazingly soft and feminine. I did not like that the tip stays dirty unless whipped clean so unless you hold the bottle vertically and let it drip into your hand you will be left with a dirty tip. That is my only complaint. 

Overall i thought this month was great in terms of color, product, application, quality, and theme. I like that it is on par with other brands such as Zoya (like the Zoya lovely collection). The range of colors from cremes to shimmers was a nice touch and the addition of a product profile is also a plus for mavens who just don't need/want polish that month but want to receive a box from Juelp that month.

If you are new to Julep or just want a little more information here is what you need to know. Julep is a nail polish company that offers a monthly subscription box that delivers nail polish, manicure/pedicure products, and/or beauty products every month for $20. There are lots of options that allow you to have the best experience. First you start by filling out a survey to determine what is your style profile so you can receive products that match your personality. Every month on the 19th/20th your maven profile will open for selection. You can choose to change your box to a different style profile, upgrade to a full collection box  (for $30 more), or skip altogether. Plus you can earn Jules from referring friends or even just buying your monthly box! They add up pretty quick! You can sign up here! Use promo code PENNY and your first box is only a penny!

And with that i leave you with a fun quote..

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