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Julep Maven, July 2014 - Poolside Collection: It Girl & June 2014, Core Classics

My round-up of the Julep Maven nail polish/beauty subscription box is later than usual this month, mostly because my order came late. It came so late that I’d already made my decision for next month’s box before this one came in the mail. That said, July was one of my favourite collections in months, read on to learn why.

What is Julep Maven?

Julep Maven is a monthly beauty/nail polish box that sends nail polish and beauty products. Every month they release a new collection and you get to choose what box/products you want!

To give Julep a whirl, use my referral link for a free box, using the code FREEBOX. These boxes change every few months but offer a few neat polishes and products for you to sample before you want to dive in. If you like it? You can join Julep by paying $19.99 a month for a quarterly subscription, or $24.99 for a month-to-month subscription. You can also use the code POLISHPERK from now until July 31 to get a free polish with any order of $15+. So get polishing!

Don’t want to subscribe after getting your welcome? Call Julep and cancel. Easy peasy, but I’d try a few months to build up a small arsenal of their products. I’m particuarly a fan of their Oxygen base/top coat.

Julep Maven, July 2014: Poolside Collection



When I think about nail polish in the summer, I think of brights and neons, blues and yellows, colours that look fantastic in direct sunlight and that reflect a fun, light-hearted approach to beauty. I was less than enamoured with June’s offerings, but July more than made up for it. The colours were stunning and I was particularly taken with the It Girl box for the combination of Linden, a ‘poolside’ blue creme polish, and Dawn, a citron yellow creme. These colours scream SUMMER to me, and reflect that happy-go-lucky look that I desire. Also added in the It Girl box was Braiden, a graphite coloured Stardust polish (it leaves a rough, sandy-looking finish.) All in all, a nice playful collection for summer.



My Add-On? Tegan, a brick/rustic red Stardust polish!



Julep Maven, June 2014: Three Wishes Collection



Most of the colours in June’s collection were metallic/shimmer-y and I have more than enough of those in my collection as it is. So I opted for the Core Classics box which comes with two full-size beauty products from the Julep collection, Beach Tonic dry body oil which leaves the smell of summer on your skin, and the ever-popular Bare Face Cleansing Oil. I’ve been very impressed with Julep’s beauty products and these two are no exceptions. I’ve used the Beach Tonic after every shower and the Bare Face as part of my cleaning ritual. Great stuff.

The shipping problem

Last month and prior, Julep has come under massive fire for being unable to handle the shipping requests of all their Mavens. My Julep Warehouse purchase took a month to get to me, and one of my polishes was open and dried out. It took almost three weeks of emailing customer service for a response. Add my late-shipping for the next Julep box on TOP of that and I was an unhappy Maven. Since I still hadn’t received my July box when the August window opened, I opted to skip next month. They rewarded us Mavens with bonus Jules and have offered a replacement for my damaged polish, but I just needed a month on ‘break’ with them, so to speak. Since then, I received this box in the mail and was reminded as to why I continue buying their polish, so I expect I’ll be back to normal come September.

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

#Caturday

#Caturday

I get it.

I get it.

John found a giant squid. #TNTNightMarket #Omnomnom

John found a giant squid. #TNTNightMarket #Omnomnom

leslieknope:


travtrav87 So this just happened at the #gameofthrones beer launch party. #pedropascal posing with my #moonstick from #sailormoon

#stop pedro pascal

Oh my god. He’s so cute.

leslieknope:

travtrav87 So this just happened at the #gameofthrones beer launch party. #pedropascal posing with my #moonstick from #sailormoon

#stop pedro pascal

Oh my god. He’s so cute.

(Source: lagerthastormborn)

This is the part of growing out your bangs that really sucks

This is the part of growing out your bangs that really sucks


Beetlejuice (1988)

I see Catherine O’Hara around Toronto all the time and I just want to scream this at her.

Beetlejuice (1988)

I see Catherine O’Hara around Toronto all the time and I just want to scream this at her.

(Source: vintagegal)

The summer of untrieds continues.  Next up? #BikiniSoTeeny by @EssiePolish

The summer of untrieds continues. Next up? #BikiniSoTeeny by @EssiePolish

Hanging with my @Toronto2015 co-workers watching the Glasglow Commonwealth games with appropriate snacks.  #TO2015

Hanging with my @Toronto2015 co-workers watching the Glasglow Commonwealth games with appropriate snacks. #TO2015

A natural beauty-box surprise!

I have some of the nicest/most considerate friends around, I SWEAR. For my birthday this year, my lovely friend Tash sent me a customized beauty box that is WAY BETTER than anything I’ve received from Topbox, Julep, Loose Button and Beauty Box 5 combined. And these are all organic, vegan, raw and/or non-toxic products, so let’s dig in…



Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara - I know many ladies who swear by this mascara for sensitive eyes or those concerned with all the gunk in the mascaras you get from Sephora or the drug store. I’m really excited to use this when my Glam Natural vegan sample bites the dust. I've read some really good reviews about this mascara and Pacifica’s line hasn’t failed me yet. You can buy Pacifica online, but many organic shops/beauty places carry their line of products (the shipping to Canada is high.)

Piggy Paint Trio - I’ve heard a lot about Piggy Paint the last little while. While I’ve started purchasing more 3/5/7 FREE nail polish lately, I haven’t completely gone towards Piggy Paint because of it’s ‘kid-friendly’ tag. I loved the colour and the finish of the polish, but it took SO LONG to remove, and when I investigated,it’s formulated with the intention that kids will chip them off, so it’s not as conducive to the lifestyle of a beauty blogger who changes her nails twice a week :) I HIGHLY recommend this for the little budding polish-lover in your life though. A great alternative for kid-polish with really gorgeous results.

Faerhaven Walkerville Beer Soap- Perfect for any beer lover in your life… like me. I like bar soap for the bathroom and this gives me a full, heady smell of all the good-hoppy beer flavour while washing my hands. Who needs flowers when you have an ale to rinse all the dirt away? Also, another bonus, these guys operate out of Harlow, Ontario but sell a lot of their wares in Walkerville (in Windsor) which is basically a little oasis of awesome! They sell in some stores locally and online.

Faerhaven Orange Organic Coconut Milk Facial Bar- This thing smelled amazing but I packed it away in my move and haven’t found it yet. I’m a huge fan of orange as an aromatic and coconut oil/milk so I’m sure that WHEN I FIND IT, it’ll be pretty popular in my house.

Last but not least… Hurraw Orange Lip Balm - This stuff tastes like an orange creamsicle and it MOISTURIZES my lips while also working as a good base for lipstick. I love it, love it, love it. It’s organic, vegan and GMO-Free. The secret to the amazing aromatic orange smell is a mix of TWO different orange peel oils and it makes all the difference in the world. You can buy this online or at local natural beauty product stores.