Julep Maven February Box and A Hartleigh Polish Giveaway!

Julep Maven February Box
Julep Maven February Box

Are you a Julep Maven? I have been for a couple of years and Julep is now my favorite nail polish!

Julep is a monthly subscription.  If you pay 3 months at a time it’s $19.99 a month and if you pay monthly it’s $24.99.  You get to customize your box and can choose your polish and beauty product shades each month.  The polishes are gorgeous and it is so much fun to get a box each month.  Plus, If you don’t want to receive it, you can skip for the month, or send it to a friend for a gift.  Click here to subscribe.


My My Maven choices this month are the left three polishes and I added on the 4th for $6.99.  My total this month was $31.98.  The polishes are normally $14.00 each or $11.20 each for Mavens.  The colors are from left to right:

London — Heather blossom crème                                                                     Hazel    — Wild violet and bronze duochrome                                                     Becky   — Oil slick duochrome silk                                                                         Ada      — Bright rhubarb fizzy


Every Maven received a free polish this month, a gorgeous Holographic heart glitter top coat called Hartleigh.  I got really lucky and received 5 more to give to friends!  I’m so excited!

Here’s a close up of the polish (you can also see swatches on http://www.julep.com)


You can’t see it, but there are different sizes and colors of glitter, including the red heart-shaped ones.

I am going to give most away to friends, but, I am going to give one away to a lucky USA based reader!

Just leave a comment and I will choose one name on Friday February 6th and will ship it that day (once I get an address) so the lucky winner can have it by Valentine’s Day.

Good Luck to everyone!  And if you would like to sign up to be a Julep Maven, click here.  It’s really worth it to get a selection of quality nail polishes and beauty products each month!

September Julep Maven Box


I received my Julep Maven September box this week!  I was so excited, because I haven’t received a Maven box for a few months.  I have been a member since February 2013, so I’m allowed to skip my monthly box whenever I want to and the last few boxes have seemed like repeats of former colors.  This collection, the Art Walk,  seemed a bit different.  Plus I really wanted to try their new Plush Pout lip crayon!

Here is the box I received:


This was the Boho Glam box.  It Included:

  • Erin (Boho Glam): Oyster grey crème
  • Mary Lee (Boho Glam): Oxblood satin
  • Plush Pout Lip Crayon: Rich, full-coverage color with a moisturizing treatment core, I chose almond nude

Plus I chose three add ons to my order at a reduced price: Queen Anne a Lilac confetti microglitter (Julep’s 3rd anniversary color), Lola a moonlit night blue satin, and Kirby a silver jagged glitter top coat.  For purchasing three add ons, I was promised a surprise gift.


These are the colors I received from left to right — Kirby, Queen Anne, Mary Lee, Erin, Lola.  My two surprise colors were Daria, dark slate grey crème and Candace, golden chocolate microglitter.  Both are great fall colors, but I already have both.



This photo’s a little blurry, but it’s the Plush Pout in Almond Nude.  It has a moisture core and is really nice on. It has the feel of a creamy lipstick.

Julep Maven is a wonderful subscription box if you love nail polish and other fab beauty products.  The cost is $24.99 on a month-by-month basis and you get your first month free with the code FREECITY.  Or you can pay for 3 months at a time for $19.99 per month.  You can also get a free box with the code.

You can sign up with this link (it is my referral link and I would appreciate it!) :  https://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/110583/

Are you a Julep Maven?  What box did you get this month?



Great Products To Show Your Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

There are so many great products out for 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  I have compiled a small list of products that are fab in their own right, but coupled with this worthy cause, are better — and pinker — this month!

You can’t go wrong with any of these:

Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink Edition
Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink Edition

Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink Edition ($79, 1.7 FL OZ) — $3 from each sale up to $50,000 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The notes of this pretty fragrance are:

Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.

Available now at retailers nationwide.

ck one shine lipstick breast cancer awareness limited edition
ck one shine lipstick breast cancer awareness limited edition

ck one shine lipstick breast cancer awareness limited edition ($16 USD) — This moisturizing lipstick is a fun, bright pink.  $1 from each sale will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment
Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment

Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment ($68) helps promote collagen synthesis around the lip area. The luxurious balm works to repair rough, chapped lips while minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Lips are left feeling smooth and moisturized.

This October, Sensai by Kanebo will donate 15% of their Total Lip Treatment sales to The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®.

Available at Bergdorf Goodman.


Mally Best Days Kit
Mally Your Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit

As a mother, daughter, and woman, Mally Roncal, Celebrity Makeup Artist and President / Founder of Mally Beauty has been personally touched by breast cancer. To stand with other women who hold this cause close to their hearts, Mally is offering an uplifting seven piece collection, the Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit.

With each purchase, a donation will be made to the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation’s breast cancer fundraising efforts (FFCF). FFCF leads the industry’s fundraising efforts for innovative breast cancer research and provides grants to the nation’s most distinguished breast cancer research hospitals and foundations.

Housed in a beautiful tote that reads “your best days are ahead” the Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit holds:

§  NEW Perfect Skin Illuminating Refiner with a brush and sponge

§  Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener in Lighter

§  NEW Luxury Lipstick in Pilar Pink

§  Evercolor Shadow Stick in Empowering Lilac

§  Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Fearless Brown

§  Mally Inspirational Bag: To remind you, wherever you are, that “Your Best Days are Ahead”

The Mally Beauty Brightest Days Ahead Limited-Edition Kit retails for $59.98 (MSRP: $140.00) during the month of October.

Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush
Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush

Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush ($14 USD) To commemorate their commitment to the fight against Breast Cancer, JDB proudly introduces the limited edition version of their best-selling detangler, The 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush.

This brush not only combats tangles, but also helps support the battle against Breast Cancer. Take comfort in knowing that every purchase goes towards supporting lifesaving research, providing valuable services to breast cancer sufferers, and creating awareness around this surmountable obstacle.

Dedicated to supporting charities, JDB’s unwavering commitment to various Breast Cancer Awareness programs shows the company’s continued pledge to help bring hope into the lives of so many people.

25% of JDB’s total profits will go towards Breast Cancer research.

Availability: TheWetBrush.com


Julep BCA Judith
Julep BCA Judith

This October Julep will release “Edith” ($14 USD) created in honor of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. The nail color is a pretty cherry blossom pink crème with holographic glitter.

Available at www.julep.com

Enjoy the month and giving for a great cause!


Summer Nail Polish Ideas

Sci-Fly By
Sci-Fly By

Take your summer manicure out of this world with China Glaze® Hologlam, an all new 12-piece collection of shimmering holographic China Glaze® established itself as the leader in holographic nail lacquer with the 2007 OMG! China Glaze® established itself as the leader in holographic nail lacquer with the 2007 OMG!collection, one of the most popular collections in the brands’ history.  Fueled by that success and back by popular demand,  China Glaze® Hologlam uses reflective, holographic particles to capture light and transform nails into amazing, ever-changing visual effects.  With a strong linear finish whether indoor or shining bright in the sun,  China Glaze® Hologlam bends and changes, creating an illuminated three-dimensional, traveling color effect across the nail.

The China Glaze® Hologlam collection features 12 futuristic shades, including:

Get Outta My Space: powdered violet

Astro-Hot: soft, baby pink

Infra-Red: warm, magenta pink

When Stars Collide: warm maroon

Not In This Galaxy: bright, warm coral

OMG A UFO: warm, moss green

Don’t Be A Luna-Tic: turquoise aqua

Sci-Fly By: light, silver blue

Take A Trek: cool, denim blue

Strap On Your Moonboots: midnight sky blue

Galactic Gray: warm, gunmetal

Cosmic Dust: silver metal

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.  The China Glaze® Hologlam (collection is available in April 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.

Poole and Bobby Dazzler
Poole and Bobby Dazzler

butter LONDON Summer Holiday Collection ($15 USD)– proves that bronze have more fun! With their Summer Holiday Collection, a lineup of six lacquers that serve up the perfect pop of colour against sun-kissed skin. Inspired by cultural elements and gilded textures, the Summer Holiday Collection includes sultry metallics in platinum, gold and rust, as well as crushed glitter in rich shades of copper and umber.


Bit Faker – A full coverage bronze glitter that was inspired by the tan from a can.

Sun Baker – This rust orange shimmer is named for a those slaves to sun whose skin had taken an odd and unnatural tone.

Champers – This rose gold shimmer is Brit slang for champagne; pop a bottle in the hamper for a toast on the beach-or anywhere else.

Poole – A robin’s egg blue crème inspired by this seaside resort town in high summer.

Marbs – This unique yellow-gold stunner was named for the city of Marbella on the Mediterranean.

Bobby Dazzler – Look fit and rock your fancy in this opaque silver chrome.

WHERE TO BUY: Ulta, Nordstrom and butterlondon.com


FACE Stockholm Optical Diffusions Holographic Nail Polish ($16 USD) -A new dimension in nail color, this special effect polish offers high impact holographic shimmer.  Each shade captures the light to reveal a full spectrum of radiant, iridescent color combinations.  Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP-free.

Shades are:

Athena – Silver holographic

Aphrodite – Rose holographic

Thea – Soft green holographic

Eos – Fade blue holographic

Aura – Pink holographic

Leto -Sand holographic

Available at http://www.facestockholm.com


China Glaze Texture Collection ($7.50 USD) –  China Glaze®  introduces  Texture, a unique new lacquer that applies as a crème but dries with a 3D texture effect. Unlike traditional nail art techniques that require multiple steps, Texture only requires one step—painting the nail.  Texture dries matte, but can be combined with China Glaze® Fast Forward Top Coat for a glossy effect. With a finish similar to that of a sugared rim, Texture is the perfect accessory for a beach day, night-on-the town, or special rendezvous.

Shades are: Unrefined – bright pink with textured grit In the Rough – light lime green with textured grit Itty, Bitty and Gritty – melon with textured grit Of Coarse! – bright, cobalt blue with textured grit Bump & Grind – hot pinkish-red with textured grit Toe-tally Textured – tangerine-orange with textured grit

China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

Gabrielle and Zelda
Gabrielle and Zelda

I am a Julep Maven.  That means that for 19.99 per month I receive a box of nail polish and beauty products delivered to my door! The May box had Great Gatsby Roaring 20’s style polishes.  The ones to the left are Gabrielle (Smoky mulberry crème) and Zelda (Pink champagne metallic).  Julep’s polishes are gorgeous and are “4-free” and do not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, or DBP. The professional chip-resistant formulation is fast drying and highly pigmented. June’s theme is Sail into Summer and I will try to feature it after I review it. If you would like to become a Maven, click on:http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/110583/

If you click on that link or manually enter code 8514891 at check out, I will receive a bonus to use toward future boxes.  I would really appreciate that!



Julep Sea Salt Mystery Box!

Julep mystery boxes are so much fun!  You never know what you’ll get!

Sea Salt

The link above is not live anymore, but this let me know what was possibly in the box.  I have been wanting to try a textured polish and was so excited to purchase this!  I received:

Julep Sea Salt Mystery Box.

I received April’s Mystery box (Sea Salt Mystery Box) #7.  Inside was:

Jill ($14) — Smoked beige Sea Salt Finish

Sarah ($14)  — Sheer neon pink with multi-colored glitter

Viola ($14) — Deepest dark purple creme

Charlotte ($14) — Smoky brick red creme

Rock Star Hand Cream ($20)

Nail file and toe dividers (not sold separately on website)

Total value of my box $76.  Great deal, since I paid $24.95 for it!

So the mystery box is and extra box that you can buy each month, but you can sign up to get monthly Maven boxes for $19.99 per month.  You will take a short quiz that will give you the type of Maven you are (IT Girl will give you 3 polishes, Boho Glam, Bombshell and Classic with a Twist will give you 2 polishes and the monthly beauty product and Modern Beauty will give you two beauty products).  I will be posting my May Maven box in a day or two to show you what I received.  I might also show pictures of my March and April Maven boxes (my first month was March).

You can get an introductory box for just $3.99 for shipping (all other month’s shipping is free) with the code FREEBOX. You can sign up here http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/110583/.  If you use this link, I will get credit towards free boxes, so I would really appreciate that you use that link or the code 8514891 at sign up.  Thanks!

I love Julep because their polishes are gorgeous.  They are also better for you than usual polish.  Info from the website:

“Julep Nail Color is “4-free” and does not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, or DBP. Our professional chip-resistant formulation is fast drying and highly pigmented. Julep nail color is a fun way to make the season’s latest shades accessible to everyone.  And because we’ve tested our trend-setting toxin-free colors and products in over 100,000 manicures and pedicures in our parlors, we have a good idea of what works and what our clients love.”

So check Julep out.  But be careful…you might become as addicted as I am!




Fabulous Nail Color With Julep Summer Colors Plus Their Julep Maven Program

Julep Summer 2012 collection

Julep has the perfect pick-me-up for Summer pedicures.  The ultimate balance of vibrant brights and pretty pastels, the new, refreshing Julep Summer 2012 collection will have your fingertips and toes packed with a gorgeous boost of color and long-lasting shine. Julep’s Summer 2012 collection includes nine dazzling shades, perfect for making a major color statement this season (available June, $14).

Rose:  This juicy watermelon red will be sure to have mouths watering.

Sasha:  This creme cantaloupe melon will refresh any summer pedicure.

Daisy:  This runway yellow is perfect for a day at the beach.

Courteney:  This trendy key lime vernis will be sure to have your girlfriend’s green with envy.

Parker:  This sun-kissed tangerine will compliment any summer tan.

Renee:  A soft lilac, to calm you during a hectic work week.

Jessica: A soft and sweet baby blue creme.

Susie: A delicious mint green, to cure any sweet tooth.

Robin: A vibrant robin’s egg blue.

America The Beautiful

I also have tried the wonderful glitter polish America the Beautiful.  This is a shiny red with royal blue glitter and sterling silver stars, it’s like nail art in a bottle! Launched in July 2012.

Tip for applying America: Dab polish and gently glide the brush to ensure silver stars remain on the nail.

The Best Pedi Prep Ever! + Julep Foot File

Julep also creates fab products for maintaining nails, hands and feet.  For summer sandal season, try the Best Pedi Prep Ever! + Julep Foot File ($20 USD) — Super exfoliating AHA’s combine with chamomile extract to soften and prepare calluses for foot filing. This no-mess roll-on formula is the most popular foot care product in Julep Nail Parlors. The magic really happens when used with the Julep Foot File.

Use this with The Best Pedi Creme Ever! ($22.00 USD) — Exfoliates with alpha hydroxy acids, hydrates with shea butter and coconut oil, nourishes with vitamin E. Apply nightly for noticeable results in just 1 to 2 uses.

Want to continue to indulge your fabulous nail color and care obsession all year round?  Leveraging their expertise in the nail category, Julep recently launched Julep Maven, a next generation e-commerce subscription experience offered at Julep.com.  Leading the beauty industry, Julep Maven provides women across the country access to the latest in runway nail colors and Mani Care and Pedi Care treatments uniquely selected to match their personalized beauty profile – whether it’s “Classic with a Twist,” “American Beauty,” “Boho Glam” or “It Girl.”

After taking a Style Quiz, the Julep beauty team hand picks the perfect polishes and products for Maven subscribers every month.  Julep Maven is available for $19.99 per month and features a trendsetting sneak peek of products that regularly retails for $40.  To polish it up, Julep Mavens also receive access to other perks including 20% off all purchases on Julep.com and receive a free month of Mavens after referring two friends.


Glitz Up Your Nails With New Spring Polishes

I love changing my polish each week to reflect my moods and the seasons.

Julep polish has just become available for purchase.  Which I think is great — now more people can be introduced to this innovative polish line.  I love the colors and the smaller bottles since nail polish tends to dry out before it runs out at my house.

Founded by beauty expert Jane Park, Julep celebrates friendship, expression, and connection through color. Applying her professional beauty advice—often featured in leading fashion magazines—Park developed a nail polish collection with colors named after inspirational, vibrant women. Julep’s fast-drying, long-lasting, non-toxic formula is paired with a high-performance, professional brush. Additionally, the brand donates a portion of their proceeds to organizations that support and empower women.

My favorite shade right now is Heather ($14 USD), a platinum greige with a metallic glow.  It is neutral so goes with everything and the metallic color is so cool — I get lots of compliments when I wear it.  I only need 2 coats and applies smoothly.

Visit www.sephora.com or www.julep.com where you can sign up for their Maven program.  You can purchase monthly mystery boxes that contain polishes and nail care products for $19.99.  Get your first box for 1 penny with the code color2012.

Sparkle all summer long with China Glaze®’s new Crackle Glitters ($9.00 USD)collection.  Once again taking crackle technology to the next level, this third-generation polish pairs the edgy innovation of crackling nail lacquer with glamorous glitters.  The China Glaze® Crackle Glitters features four shimmering shades including:

·         Luminous Lavender: Luscious light purple
·         Jade-d: Radiant bright green
·         Glam-More: Bold fuchsia
·         Gleam Me Up: Bright sky blue
Create glamorously different looks with just one sweep of China Glaze® Crackle Glitters.  Layer over different base colors to create bold styles.  Use a lighter coat to create a fine crackle, a thicker coat for a deep shatter effect.  Brush sideways or on an angle to create different looks.  As versatile and edgy as China Glaze®’s biggest celebrity fans (Lady Gaga, Rihanna,Nicole Ritchie and Kelly Osbourne, to name a few), China Glaze® Crackle Glitters add a spark(le) to one of the hottest nail art trends!
China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde and available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in May 2012.  For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze
Next is a new brand to me.  It is called Salon Perfect and it is affordable ($2.98 USD) and is available at Wal-Mart.  In fact, this collection called Blooming with Color, will be in stores May.  The 14 colors are:
  • Perfectly Peach — Delicate peach
  • Lemon Zing — Sunny Yellow
  • Kiwi Lime — Vibrant green
  • Blue Mint — Cheerful mint
  • Berry Blue — Classic periwinkle
  • Purple Sorbet — Dark lilac
  • Lavender Icing — Soft lilac
  • Spicy Tomato — Juicy red
  • Tangy Tangerine — Tart orange
  • Sour Apples — True blue-green
  • Blue Raspberry — Vivid azure
  • Plum Sorbet — Magenta with purple shimmer
  • Berry Pink — Bold flamingo pink
  • Bubblegum — Honeysuckle pink

Did the cold winter months keep your fingers and toes under wraps?  A fresh manicure with a bright, energetic polish is the perfect pick-me-up to bring your tips and toes out of hibernation.  Salon Perfect’s NEW Blooming with Color nail color collection is bursting with vibrant brights and sweet pastels.

So how fun will it be to do your nails with one (or more) of these polishes from one (or more) of these collections? Enjoy!