So I’ve been VERY MIA the last couple weeks, because I’m taking a short break. This blog is a lot more work than I thought it’d be, and that sucks because blogging about nails is all i ever wanted to do, and it’s hard with a full time job, among various other life obligations.

I might just continue my break until my November box gets here, and go from there.

Thanks everyone for your patience.

XOXO

Julep Review – Customer Service

I wanted to do something a little different today and review something that could actually stand a good review – Julep’s customer service.

If you had asked me the other day, I would have said that I’m on the verge of quitting the Maven program. My box was sent to the wrong address, and bounced ALL over Colorado before finally getting to me. Also, someone signed up under my referral link and I didn’t get the points, and I got sent a package missing an item that was supposed to be in it, only to find that it was sold out. Julep has a bad track record with selling items that they know are sold out, and that was the second time that’s happened to me.

However, they did all they could to rectify the situations, which is where the good review comes in.

The first time I noticed outstanding customer service was after a box shipped that was supposed to have a sold out item in it. They e-mailed me about a day before it was supposed to be delivered, and said that they apologized but they were sold out of the item, and they could offer me a refund or a gift card. That was fine, since I had only ordered the item in question to hit a limit so I could use a coupon, so I took the gift card.

Then, when I got my Fall Refresh package, it was supposed to have Bunny in it. I was SO heartbroken that it didn’t, because I was REALLY looking forward to using Bunny.

When I e-mailed and complained, I was already upset about my box being shipped to the wrong address. I think they totally understood that I was upset, and to rectify the situation, they offered me one free polish of my choosing.

Now, why is this so great? Bunny was on sale for 4.99. I got to choose a full price product to be sent to me in lieu of the on sale product that wasn’t sent. I got a new polish I loved instead of Bunny, which I was kind of unsure about.

I think Julep’s customer service rocks. And even though I was on the verge of quitting, they managed to turn that completely around.

A+.

xoxo

Review – October Maven Box

I finally FINALLY got my Maven box in the mail yesterday (after the debacle of them putting the wrong address on it and it being sent all around the state before going to me), and I couldn’t be happier with it! I love almost all the colors and I definitely think the polish lovers upgrade was the way to go!!SONY DSCSo the first color I tried out was one of the ones that I didn’t honestly think I would like all that much, only because it seemed to boring compared to the rest of them. I put Briana on first, and this is one coat with no top coat.
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I love Briana SO much! It’s not like any blue that I own yet, and the consistency is SO spot on. Julep REALLY knows what they’re doing with their creme polishes.

*edit* After having Briana on for a day, it already chipped. I had a top coat on too. It might be better with a couple coats, but not loving the longevity of this product. : (

After Briana I tried on DeAnn, another polish that I thought I wouldn’t like as much, for the same reasons.

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DeAnn was amazing as well. Same thing with the consistency being AMAZING. It’s a little more pink than it looks here, and SO beautiful. I don’t go for reds/pinks as much, and was definitely pleasantly surprised with this one.

After DeAnn was Margarita, the third one that I was kind of hesitant about (haha I was hesitant about all the cremes, I thought they’d be boring).

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Margarita was another VERY pleasant surprise. It’s a nice lightish royal purple, PERFECT for fall. Same deal with the creme finish. Perfect consistency.

After Margarita was Shailene. I was SO excited for Shailene, because the swatches were AMAZING, until I read reviews online about the consistency! I was moderately scared.

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I feel SO so mixed about Shailene. On one hand, I love the color. It’s so sparkly and amazing. On the other hand, the reviews about the consistency weren’t wrong. It was hard to put on, and kinda glopped. I’m thinking some polish thinner would fix it right up.

Logan was next for me, and another one I was pretty excited about!

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Logan is SO much more beautiful than the shot lets on. It’s got this amazing subtle purple shimmer to it. PERFECT consistency too. Definitely a little darker than the online swatches let on though.

Marla was up next! Another one I was excited for!!

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Marla is an AMAZING shimmery red that reminds me perfectly of vampire blood. Julep nailed it with their shimmers this month, and Marla definitely didn’t disappoint. This photo is with one coat, so I think that with two it would be nearly PERFECT.

Dana was next!! I was kind of skeptical about Dana as well, because Julep has kind of a problem with their white polishes.

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Dana was exactly what I expected. Stark white, can’t really see any blue at all, and definitely streaky (which is ALWAYS to be expected with white polishes, I don’t care what you’re trying). Now, I don’t have a black light, nor have I been under a black light since my high school best friend’s 15th birthday party 10 years ago, so I can’t speak to how it looks under a black light, but my guess would be blue? Most whites turn blue under a black light though, so I don’t know what’s special enough about it that it deserves it’s own “Black Light Reactive” label.

Next was Tia! My add on! I was SO EXCITED FOR TIA and I think it’s my personal favorite out of the collection.

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Tia was definitely a jelly polish. This photo is 2 coats, no top coat, and the second coat was DEFINITELY necessary on top of bare nails. I loved the different copper colored glitters in it though.

After Tia I tried on Nancy, another that I was excited for and probably the main reason I decided on the upgrade.

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Nancy is definitely a beautiful sage green metallic. It is a tad bit streaky after one coat, but definitely clears up after a second. One of my new instant faves. : )

Last was Ledi. I had an INCREDIBLY difficult time photographing Ledi for whatever reason, and it’s not my favorite.

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Julep in my opinion has a serious problems with blacks as well. I have Jet too and it’s got the SAME issues. Streaky, takes about 3 coats, and doesn’t dry well. I love the idea of Ledi, and it definitely has some shimmer the closer you look at it.

Verdict: I’m incredibly happy with the entire collection, one of my favorites from Julep so far. I would definitely buy all the colors if I didn’t already buy them, and other than some formula problems with Shailene, the formulas are almost all spot on.

Hope you all are enjoying your Maven boxes! Only 8 more days until the next renewal! : )

Review – Emerald City and Taryn

So yesterday I FINALLY got my Julep order in with my Wizard of Oz set as well as my champagne trio and what I was most excited for, Taryn.

Taryn was beautiful in the bottle and didn’t disappoint on my nails.

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I layered it on top of Emerald City,  (which is really more of a teal than an emerald but more on the later).  All in all I am SO glad that taryn made a comeback so I could buy it. It has just the right amount of sparkle (on my nails is one coat) and is just beautiful over more blueish hues. I never want to take it off!! I did try it on its own without a base color and it is definitely a color to wear as a top coat, aka not full coverage, which is ok because it never claims to be!  : )

Verdict: buy it. If you have the opportunity, get it. You will NOT BE disappointed. I can’t think of any major flaws with taryn!!

Xoxo

Review – Shades of Autumn Collection

So I was SO excited to get this four piece collection from the iPhone app. The swatches looked PERFECT, especially since I love fall so much.

As soon as I got them today, I knew I had to put them all on and immediately try them, though at first impression, the colors seemed more pinky to me than reds, golds, or browns.

Definitely more pinks than I was expecting, but I decided that I wouldn’t know until I tried it! All the colors are two coats, with no top coat 🙂

The first one I tried on was the one I knew I would be most excited for, Petra.

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The color looked pretty enough in the bottle. It’s definitely a hot magenta shimmer, though pink has never really been my go to color. Doesn’t remind me so much of autumn, and I don’t think this is ever going to be a go to polish for me. Still a beautiful color though!

Next up was Jodie. Julep’s website describes this one as “Rosy mauve with gold shimmer”.

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I would definitely describe this one as a straight up dusty pink. Once again not really my color, but still pretty. I have to be honest I was more excited about this one by the online swatch, because it looked more orangey red gold on the site!

After Jodie I put on Chloe, which to be honest I thought was going to be my least favorite of the collection. Let’s just say it didn’t disappoint in disappointing me. Haha I normally don’t go for browns anyway.

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Like I said, brown is never REALLY my favorite, but I could probably at least see myself maybe wearing this again. I don’t even wear brown clothes too often though, let alone polish haha.

The final polish I tried on was the one that made the whole purchase worth it, Nic. Nic is described on the site as “Black crimson crème”, and the description couldn’t be MORE spot on!

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Holy moly is Nic beautiful. It is black ish vampy dark glossy wine red. It is the color that I have literally been searching for for YEARS. It is the perfect fall crimson black color. I could go on forever. The closest color that I have to compare it to is like a darker, more glossy Mary Lee (which also happens to be one of my favorites). This single color made the WHOLE collection worth it, and is the only one I can see myself absolutely revisiting in the future.

Verdict: I wish I had saved a couple bucks and JUST purchased Nic, though it’s probably not one I would have gravitated toward naturally, because it looks more brown online. Definitely nice to snag 4 polishes for 13 dollars, but the others I really can’t see myself wearing, and don’t really scream “autumn” to me. Always nice to add to the collection though :). Definitely a tiny bit of streaking on Chloe, which is to be expected with the more “metallic” shads.

xoxo.

Review – Julep Vivien

So last night I was searching through my polishes for the one to wear today (Monday polish is especially important to me :)) and I came across Vivien. The thing about Vivien is I didn’t think much of it the first time I tried it – I had been eyeing it forEVER and when it finally went into the savvy deals, I knew I had to have it. I was in love with the idea of full coverage glitter.

However, when I got my package with Vivien in it, I put it on top of Mary Lee and hated it. It looked SO bad as a top coat, so I put it in my box and promptly forgot about it, until last night.

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What I found out about Vivien is you really have to glop it on to make it full coverage. I’m talking about using half the bottle every time you paint your nails with it, which I found to be the only other con (other than it looking terrible as a top coat). Once you actually achieve your desired coverage, it’s too beautiful to be mad at.

I fell madly in love with Vivien, to the point where I know I need to buy a couple more bottles while it’s still on sale.

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(Ignore my pointer finger in those photos, I have a mean cuticle problem right now)

Anyway, as you can see by the photos above, DEFINITELY full coverage if you want it to be. Definitely beautiful. Will be buying again.

VERDICT: Definitely worth the $4.99 it’s on sale for right now! The only cons were you had to GLOP it on, and it didn’t look good over the color I tried it as a top coat over. All in all, would definitely recommend purchase, and I wish I could take back the 3 star review I gave it on Julep’s official website before last night.

xoxo.

Secret Store!

Good morning Mavens!

In case you didn’t realize yet, the secret store is officially open now! (I think it opened up yesterday but I can’t be sure, I was hiking all weekend)!

There’s definitely some good deals in there, including this “Fall Refresh” set which I’m definitely getting, because I’m running low on the Luxe hand cream and my husband is running low on the Mind Condition Pedi Cream (I buffer his feet because he has the world’s most cracked heels and the cream does WONDERS for him!)

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Get on over!!

xoxo

New App Store Deal of the Day

Hello again Mavens! Time again to share the iPhone App deal of the day!

Today’s deal is Welcome to the Afterparty, a collection of Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops, Party’s Over Glitter Nail Polish Removal Kit, Cleanup Tool, Celia (It Girl), and Estelle (Boho Glam).

This collection can be yours today for $25.00, and is apparently an $84.00 value!

I’ve heard good things about the Party’s Over kit, but never tried it myself because I don’t mind scrubbing a little to get glitter off : )

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Swatch of Celia.

Estelle and Celia are both on my list of eventual polishes to maybe get but I’m not convinced so I passed on the set : )

xoxo

Buy 50, save 25 deal

Hey Mavens! While I write up my first ever review, I wanted to say that there is a coupon that’s effective today and tomorrow, where if you spend $25, you get $10 off, and if you spend $50, you get $25 off! That’s a pretty good deal, since I can never escape a day without spending $25 on Julep it seems! : )

Just use the code IWANTIT for the first deal and IWANTMORE for the second : ) I know I’m going to use it to hopefully knock a few colors off of my wishlist.

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xoxo

Daily App Deal (Shades of Autumn)

I don’t know how many of you have the Julep app for iPhone (I’m anxiously awaiting the day they release the android version), but there’s a deal going on today where you can buy a Shades of Autumn collection for 13.00!

This collection excited me (being a professed fall lover), and I scooped it up right away. It contains 4 polishes including:

Jodie (Classic with a Twist)

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Chloe (It Girl)

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Nic (Bombshell)

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Petra (Boho Glam)

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I think I’m most excited for Petra! I don’t have enough pink in my collection!

As always, expect a full review once these come! And scoop up the deal because after today it’s gone!!

xoxo