January 21, 2012

Review of Julep Maven Box: Glycolic Hand Scrub and Nail Polishes in Catherine and Gayle

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I recently received my first Julep Maven box (watch my video here or read my post here) and I wanted to share with you my thoughts on these products.  Julep Maven is a monthly membership program where you get a box of over $40 worth of nail polish and nail treatments every month for $19.99.  You can skip any month, and you also get 20% off and free shipping on all purchases made on Julep.com.

The Julep "Facial For Hands" Glycolic Hand Scrub retails for $32 on the site.  This scrub is a mixture of glycolic acid and apricot seeds with a slight citrus scent that doesn't produce any lather when you're rubbing it on your skin.  I really like how the small exfoliating beads aren't abrasive and gently work on my skin to remove all dead skin.  Right after using this scrub for the first time, I noticed that my skin was significantly softer and smoother.  Now that I have used this scrub several times, my hands feel as soft as a baby's skin.  Julep claims that this scrub also makes your hands look younger by getting rid of age spots and fine lines on your hands.  However, I don't think that my hands look particularly aged to begin with, so I'm not sure if this scrub actually does anything for me in terms of anti-aging.  Another great thing about this scrub is how it doesn't contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.  I like to use this scrub before putting on any hand lotion because I feel like it helps prepare my skin for moisturizing.  

Since I had heard so many good things about Julep nail polish, I was really excited to try them out for myself.  All of the Julep nail polishes retail for $14 on the site, which is kind of pricey.  There are many benefits and disadvantages to these polishes in comparison to drugstore nail polishes.  I didn't find that the Julep nail polishes chip any less than my drugstore nail polishes.  For all of my nail polishes, I begin to see chipping around the third day.  However, I did find that these polishes have excellent color pigmentation.  2 coats of these polishes are enough for a really gorgeous opaque color.  On the other hand, some of my drugstore nail polishes require 3-5 coats to get enough color opacity.  Just like some of my other polishes, the formula for this nail polish is fairly liquidy, so you need to make sure that you wipe off all excess polish on your brush before using it.  If you don't wipe off the excess polish, it will run down your brush and make a mess on your nails.  Also, since this nail polish takes a fairly long time to dry, you have the chance to fix any mistakes you might have made while painting your nails.  Just make sure to find something to do that doesn't involve your hands while waiting for the polish to dry!  

                         Without Flash                                       With Flash

The Julep Nail Vernis in Catherine is a really pretty and wearable red color!  Depending on how the light hits your nails, it can look like a really bright, classic red color or a slightly deeper red.  I think that this nail polish would look fantastic with red lips and I will definitely be using it all the time!

                         With Flash                                          Without Flash

The Julep Nail Vernis in Gayle is a deep plum purple color.  I personally don't prefer to wear dark colored polishes on my nails.  However, I did find that this color is pretty wearable because the color is brighter and more colorful than the really dark polishes.  If you're someone who likes to wear polishes that are so dark that they are black with a tiny hint of color, then this is not the color for you.  

I haven't used the gold star glitters yet since I'm not sure as to how I want to use them.  However, I did use the Julep Hand Cream and the Julep Age Defying Hand Brightener samples.  Both of these products have a good consistency and seem to work well.  I would need to further try out these products in order to determine if they work as claimed.  

You get a really great deal with the Julep Maven program and awesome products.  So, go ahead and try out Julep Maven now!  As a new Julep Maven, you can use a code to get an even better deal on your first box.  You can use the code COLOR2012 to get your first box for only 1 cent!  Or, you can also use the code NEW5 to get your first box for $5.  

This is my personal invitation link to Julep Maven:  http://julep.com/?r=18183515

I hope you enjoyed this review.  Let me know if you have any questions about these products or requests to review any other products.

Don't forget to enter my Lovable Labels giveaway!  It ends on Jan. 24th.  You know you want to get your hands on these amazing labels!  :)

Disclaimer:  No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post.  I purchased these products with my own money.  The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way.  



Christina said...

wanted to let u kno christna's voice followed you back as well thanks.

Bertha Brown said...

Stopping by to return the follow from MBS. Thanks for checking out my blog. I absolutely love yours. I love the nail colors you got in your Julep box too.

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