Tag: Julep

 
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Carla Calamine

Do they even sell calamine lotion anymore? Now that there’s a vaccine for chicken pox, what else can you do with calamine lotion? Oh, I guess people still use it for poison ivy, but I’m guessing that the vaccine has really killed the calamine industry.

I, though, am from the generation that had chicken pox – and boy did I ever. I still have very prominent scars from the chicken pox I got in 2nd grade and I remember how I looked, covered in calamine lotion. It’s not even lotion – it doesn’t absorb, it just sits on your skin and crusts. And that’s Julep “Carla” in a nutshell – it dried on my nails like calamine lotion. The first coat was super streaky. The second coat helped, but it was still super streaky. I think part of the problem was that base coat. I squeezed one more use out of my almost empty bottle of Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat – but that last coat was not even and did not give a good start to the manicure. (I am devastated that I cannot get this base coat anymore – nothing works as well with my Julep polishes, as their own formulation.)

I finished with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat, which was adding insult to injury. It showed every imperfection and of course, I managed to get several dents in it while getting ready for bed. It didn’t last long – I took it off after 2 days.

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Vibrant Virgo

Can you tell that this nail pic was taken in the middle of lovely Chicago Midway Airport? I was stuck there on a layover for five hours on Saturday, so I had plenty of time to take care of Instagram business.

Julep “Vibrant Virgo” is a multidimensional rose gold polish – and it. is. EVERYTHING. It matches everything – even my new wedding band.

This is two coats of “Vibrant Virgo” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I was kind of trying to riff on Jim Morrison in February’s box review – here’s the real quote:

“I don’t know how many you people believe in astrology…Yeah, that’s right…that’s right, baby, I…I am a Sagittarius. The most philosophical of all the signs. But anyway, I don’t believe in it.
I think it’s a bunch of bullshit, myself.
But I tell you this, man, I tell you this…I don’t know what’s gonna happen, man, but I wanna have my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames.

– Jim Morrison – “Roadhouse Blues”
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February 2019 Julep Box – A Star is Born

This is it – my very last Julep Maven box.

Yes, it’s true – Julep has shut down their monthly subscription box program. Customers were notified of the decision on February 15th. Not only is the program canceled, but we also lost all of our Jules – I think I had close to $40 worth. It’s a bummer, but not shocking after hearing that they had declared bankruptcy and were closing the physical salons in Seattle. I am disappointed, but also slightly relieved – that’s $20/month I can pump back into my beauty budget.

My first clue that the program was coming to a close was that there was no February Collection – the curated boxes included makeup and the new version of “love your bare face” Replenishing Creme-to-Foam Cleanser. I kept the cleanser in my box and added two polishes from last year’s Zodiac Collection – “Vibrant Virgo”, luxe rose gold multidimensional, and “Tranquil Taurus”, grounded honey wheat metallic. My mom was a Virgo and my younger sister is a Taurus, but I don’t believe any of that shit.

The face wash is rather nice – it’s a pretty big tube and it rinses clean. I still prefer the stick formula – it works well with my Clarisonic and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, but this one will do.

According to the breakup email I received, all Mavens will continue to get a 25% discount off of regular prices, but I don’t know how much I’ll be shopping at Julep. I do need more Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat, but they’ve been out of stock for months. So frustrating!

Yes, it’s the end of an era.

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Angelique

I did it – I found a glitter nail polish that doesn’t look as good mattified!

This is Julep “Angelique”dragonfly wing iridescent glitter. It’s a mix of green and gold glitter – and shockingly, it looks better with a glossy top coat than a matte one.

This is two coats of “Angelique” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat. I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my thumb and ring finger, and regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest.

I bet this polish would look nice over a red or turquoise base. I need to experiment with it.

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Sabina

You know when you go to the beach, and sometimes, the sand is really chunky, because the sand is not sand, but small bits of smashed shells and coral and it’s really rough, but pretty? That’s what Julep “Sabina” looks like – crushed seashells and sand.

“Sabina” is a really odd polish – smooth and sharp at the same time. I was afraid it would be blotchy and leave naked spots on my nails, but I got full, even coverage in two coats. I started with Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. Matte on matte on matte on matte!

In college, I knew a girl named “Sabina”. She was a really crunchy hippy girl, but she was hands down one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known – she was always smiling. I always wanted to ask her if her parents meant to name her “Sabrina”, but misspelled it – I didn’t realize that “Sabina” was a name on it’s own, because I’d never heard it before. D’oh.

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January 2019 Julep Box – Face the Future

Well hell, I picked an odd assortment of colors this month, didn’t I?

I skipped this month’s featured beauty product – boost your radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Oil. I’d gotten it in the January 2017 box – I ended using it more as a lipstick remover than a facial oil. It smelled lovely, but my face doesn’t do well with oils.

It Girl “Sabina” is seashell matte glitter and Boho Glam “Zara” is oyster grey sheer holographic. Both are very bland and neutral. Boho Glam “Angelique” is dragonfly wing iridescent glitter, but it’s not from this month’s collection – it’s from a Mystery Box, but it called out to me when I was building my box. I also added a sheet of silver stripe decals – I’m not quite sure how I’m gonna use them – they are super long.

Not a Julep Maven? Click HERE to join – I’ll get a $15 credit and you’ll get your first box free!

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Marleny

I cannot resist a good fuchsia nail polish. I have dozens and dozens of “Furious Fuchsia” nail polishes that match my old car – and I will continue to collect them. When I die, they can paint my coffin with it. Oh wait – I’m getting cremated…they can paint my urn with it.

This one is Julep “Marleny” from December’s Maven box. It’s got a good silver shimmer to it – it adds a depth to the polish.

This is two coats of “Marleny” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. For some reason, it seemed to wear down on my tips quickly. I don’t remember if I did some dishes or something – unlikely, but maybe.

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Imagine

I imagine there’s no better polish for New Year’s Eve than a flashy holographic. Even though I was on the couch with the kids all night, eating popcorn and a Swiss Colony Beef Log, while watching Ru-Paul’s Drag Race All-Stars 4 – I needed to have the right nails for the occasion.

I selected Julep “Lennon” from this month’s Julep box. Can you believe that I got full coverage in a single coat? This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat – I did two coats, just to make sure. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, but I’m curious how holographic polishes look with a Matte Top Coat.

Oh, did you noticed that I fixed my thumb and index finger? I shaped them to match the rest of my nails. I feel like I have a hangnail on my middle finger though – or it is about to split from the side. I might have to cut it down to the quick to prevent a catastrophe. Pray for my fingernail, please.

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Alessandra

Snowflakes on my nails, but it’s in the mid 70s in South Texas right now. These snowflakes are the only thing wintery right now!

For the best contrast, I picked the darkest polish in this month’s boxJulep “Alessandra”. Julep describes it as inked berry microshimmer, but wouldn’t it be easier to just call it blackberry?

This is two coats of “Alessandra” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat. I then oh-so-carefully placed the snowflake decals with tweezers. I just had to see what Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat looked like over the decals, so I used it on my thumb and ring finger, while using the regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest. I was afraid the Matte Top Coat would glob up over the decals, but it didn’t. Even so, it wasn’t as pretty Matte as it was shiny. Bummer.

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December 2018 Julep Box – Bliss in the Kiss

Julep’s lead product for the December Collection was lipstick, but I am REAL hesitant to get more Julep lipsticks – they go bad so quickly. I appreciate the fresh ingredients and lack of preservatives…but their products go rancid within six months! The liquid lipsticks seem to fare better, I’ll keep buying those.

I don’t remember choosing these polishes, but they look like colors I would choose, so I must have.

My selections were Wonder Maven “Marleny”cool peony shimmer, It Girl “Lennon”galactic holographic shimmer, and Bombshell “Alessandra”inked berry microshimmer. I am loving all these cool-toned polishes for sweater weather. Oh, and I also got another sheet of snowflake decals. I love these intricate snowflakes!

Not a Julep Maven? Click HERE to join – I’ll get a $15 credit and you’ll get your first box free!