Wednesday, 18 April 2012

April Julep Maven Box

I received my second Julep Box in the mail today. I recently blogged about giving in to the $0.01 marketing scheme and signing up, and I choose to continue the subscription. I can't see myself doing it every month, but for now building my nail polish collection has been kind of fun. This month I switched it up and ordered the Bombshell box. As well, Julep had a promo where a bunch of their nail polish was discounted, so I chose another one to add to my order. One thing I can say: I'm not a big fan that they shipped them separately. The website told me this was so my original box arrived on time but all I see is a waste of packaging. Totally not eco-friendly...I'm being picky here but it was just something I considered. Anyways, here is my box!






*Makeup Bag - A simple black makeup bag. It has the Julep symbol stitched all over it. I am not crazy about the feel of it... feels very cheap and I would have preferred even a plastic makeup bag. Still, it is versatile and good for travel. Bags like these always get used by me at one point or another.

* Toe Separators - I love that they are pink, very cute! I don't usually use these, because I get my pedicures done by a professional, but I know my mom uses these so I will probably give them to her.

* The Best Pedi Creme Ever - I have extremely dry feet which has come from my years of playing soccer. This is why I go get my pedicure professionally done, even though I moisturize my feet every night they still get pretty bad. This cream smells exactly like cucumbers which I love. I find it very thin though and I don't find it to be highly moisturizing but that's just my opinion.

*Parker -This is a bright beautiful orange. I actually picked this box specifically for this colour... I was dying for an orange polish in my life. However, I forgot I had this ordered and before I received it I purchased the Joe Fresh nail polish. They are almost exact dupes of each other except Joe Fresh is only $4. If you aren't subscribed to Julep but want a good orange nail polish I suggest checking out the Joe Fresh one. Though since I am loving orange nail polish I am sure both bottles will be put to good use!

*Annette - This is the second polish that came in my box. It is a beautiful neutral grey that had such amazing staying power 5 days later when I changed up my manicure, this colour was in almost perfect condition. It actually applies opaque in one coat, though I always apply two. It is not a unique colour but any stretch, I have at least two other nail polishes that produce almost similar colour, but the staying power makes it stand out.

*Renee - Julep had a deal where certain nail polishes were hugely discounted in March ( I believe it was around $4 -$5) so I decided to order Renee as well. This is a really interesting colour. Again, even though it is a lighter colour it applies really opaque and wears beautifully. The colour is a mix between a grey and a purple. In darker light, it definitely comes across grey, but in daylight it takes on a pastel purple hue. Maybe it's just me, but honestly in different lighting this colour can look totally different, which I find totally intriguing. The best part? In the lights of the office building I work at it looks grey (perfect neutral for work), but as soon as I step outside into the sun light I have pastel purple nails. What a multi-tasker :)

I really liked my box this month, though I believe I am going to skip next month. I am not sure I can justify $20 a month for nail polish every single month. I am also thinking of finally making a commitment to one beauty subscription box... will it be Glossybox or Luxebox? So undecided!

Hope this was helpful!

xo Kathryn

34 comments:

  1. great review! I agree with you- $20 a month for nail polish is a little much for me, which is why I do not subscribe to Julep. I just live through other peoples posts about it, haha.
    As for the beauty boxes, if I were you I would get on topbox's waitlist- they're the best beauty subscription IMO. In the mean time, I'd subscribe to glossybox. Luxe is VERY hit and miss and their customer service has mixed reviews. Of course, that is just my humble opinion!

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    1. I totally agree I like nail polish but not $20 a month every month... I wish they made it easier to unsubscribe.. you have to call apparently which I hate doing.
      Thank you for the advice :) I appreciate and value your opinion! I was nervous to go with Glossy because it is so new but it has been good so far.. and there is a waitlist for topbox? I have an account but didn't know I could get on a list!! Teach me how! :)

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  2. I didn't understand the raves for the makeup bag either. Cheap. I just store my polishes from Julep in it. It has the feel of those reusable bags you can buy at walmart or any store. As for Anette, I was a bit disappointed because I wanted a light gray, but it's more of a greige. Even full on taupe in some lighting! The toe seperators were super cheap. I can get sturdier ones at Dollarama! But, no biggie it was just an extra.

    As for beauty boxes, I'm subscribed to all but topbox (wait list) and my favourite is glossybox! You can check my blog for a review!

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    1. I totally agree with you! The extra's in this box fell a little short with me. And I agree that sometimes the colours come out differently in person then they do online..I thought Renee was going to be a bright pastel purple. I will definitely go check out your Glossybox review.. and what is this Topbox wait list! I need to get on it

      xo

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  3. Parker looks really pretty! I just got my intro box today!! I'm going to post about it right now :)

    As for beauty boxes....I signed up for glossybox/luxe box/glymm just to try them all out so I can cancel all but my fave... but none of them have come for April...so I can't give my perrrrsonal two-cents yet (I will when I can!) but from what I've seen from other people's previous boxes I would say glossybox :) And definitely get yourself on the topbox waitlist!

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    1. I just read your post on your box :) Very well put together .. I've already commented on it hehe. I would love to see you opinion on the boxes when you get them... I'm kind of frusterated that they all come at the end of the month now :( I'm impatient!

      xo

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  4. Awww this is such a cute set of products :)

    The moisturiser sounds lovely :)

    xxx

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    1. The smell is amazing! I have used it as a hand cream a couple times because I find it a great consistancy for that... I'm not sure if that's allowed lol but I'm doing it anyways!

      xo

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  5. I love Parker! I also did an add-on product and found it wasteful that they didn't just ship it all in one box. I get a pedi every month, because although I love to do manis, I seriously cannot be bothered with pedis and the colour lasts for weeks on toes anyway. I do love the pedi cream though; it will make sure my feet are sandal-ready!

    I'm subscribed to Glymm, Glossy, Luxe, BB5 and Julep (and I'm on the waitlist for Topbox). Help - I need a beauty box intervention! It's definitely too much, but I just haven't decided yet what to cancel. I love getting these little 'presents' in the mail.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one that found the extra packaging wasteful.. I felt like maybe I sounded a bit to picky but it's just wasteful.
      Wow that is a lot of boxes:) But I agree with you I love getting them in the mail.. it's like someone is buying me a gift every month... except I'm paying for it? Haha oh well!

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  6. Great Review, looking forward to more! I think you should definitely go with Topbox if you're looking for consistent high quality products or give Luxe Box a chance (they surprise me with an incredible box from time to time) :D


    PS. I'm a new follower

    http://nailartcouture.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thats great advice! It took me a couple months to finally unsubscribe to Glymm so we will see how long till I can commit! Thank you for following I have been a follower of yours for awhile your nail art is beautiful :)
      xo

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  7. hey hun! i just found your blog and i LOVE it!
    happy to be your newest stalker! errr... follower i mean!
    <3333

    say hi back sometime?
    xoxo

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    1. Aww thank girlie :) have started following your super cute blog xo

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  8. I love your blog! I followed! I would love it if you could check out my blog! Thanks so much! http://camigmakeup4u2c.blogspot.com

    xoxo
    Cami

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    1. Thanks Cami! Going to check out your blog right now :)
      xo

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  9. Oooh, I love Annette and Renee :) Such pretty colours!

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    1. They are! I have found ordering these polishes to not make any judgement on how I would like the colour to be... things always look slightly different online.. and then I am much happier with the colours :)

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  10. Great review and great blog, I'm now following :) xx

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  11. likeeee your blog
    keep posting and go for it!!

    XO

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  12. really interesting colors! i love that bright orange :)

    Jordan xx
    - Boho Vanity Giveaway -

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    1. Thanks hun! It really is beautiful and perfect for the upcoming season! Love your blog

      xo

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  13. Hey girl. I nominated you for a blog award.
    http://beautymakeupaddict.blogspot.ca/2012/04/kreativ-blogger-award.html

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    1. Aww you are so sweet thank you :) will get on making my own post a.s.a.p
      xox

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  14. Annette & Renee are lovely. x

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