Influenster hello VoxBox Review

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with influenster, it’s an online network that’s free to join. And, it’s Awesome! Basically, you fill out surveys and complete reviews to earn and boost your “badge scores” in different areas. My primary badges, are in Makeup, Dining Out, Travel, Outdoors, and Decorating. It definitely helps to have a social media presence, as posting via social media networks can work wonders to increase your scores. Based on your badge scores and other info like demographics, you may qualify for a “VoxBox.” It’s a completely FREE box of products for you to test and review. How cool is that? I recently received the Hello VoxBox, which is a brand focused box featuring hello’s naturally friendly toothpaste and mouth care products.

Here’s a look at the contents of the hello VoxBox: HelloVoxBoxProducts
I was actually pretty happy to get this box, as I’m always interested in trying out new natural products. And, coincidently, my household had just run out of toothpaste (seriously, we ran out the morning this box showed up in the mail), so it couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

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The box included the following hello products:

  • Two tubes of hello’s naturally friendly anticavity toothpaste in pink grapefruit mint and mojito mint flavors.
  • Two containers of hello’s naturally friendly supermint and pink grapefruit mint breath sprays.
  • One toothbrush.

I was most excited to try the toothpaste. I’d like to think I’m a pretty open-minded person when it comes to trying new things, so I opened up the Grape Fruit Mint tube first. I have to say the first three or four times I used it I was convinced it was the grossest combination of flavors ever. But honestly, over the last week or so it has grown on me, and now I actually kind of like it. Lets call it an acquired taste. The mojito mint flavor is a much more traditionally mint flavor. As for its effectiveness? It does the job, and my teeth feel very clean afterward. Bonus points for being free from preservatives, dyes, triclosan, microbeads and artificial sweeteners.

I’ve seen these hello breath sprays before, but had never purchased or used the product before receiving this box. It again, does the job. The nice thing about these sprays, that make them stand apart from other similar products, is that there is not any of the usual sting and artificial taste of the standard breath sprays. They are free from alcohol, dyes, and artificial sweeteners. I love that!

The toothbrush is, well…a toothbrush. It’s not the best toothbrush I’ve ever used, but again, along with the brands identity it gets bonus points for being made in the USA and is made partially with recycled materials.

Overall impressions of the hello VoxBox? I thought this was a great box to get, and so far I have had a great experience with Influenster. I love being introduced to new brands, and I will probably continue to purchase the hello products, especially the toothpaste. The box also included a $1 Target coupon, which I will probably use to try out the brand’s mouthwash (it wasn’t included in the box). I found a few products that I really like, and probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise.

Are you on Influenster? Have you received a VoxBox yet?

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from influenster. All opinions are my own.

Influenster #FrostyVoxBox Review

influenster ForstyVoxBox For those of you who are unfamiliar with influenster, it’s an online network that’s free to join. And, it’s Awesome! Basically, you fill out surveys and complete reviews to earn and boost your “badge scores” in different areas. My badges, are in Makeup, Dining Out, Travel, Outdoors, and Decorating. It definitely helps to have a social media presence, as posting via social media networks can work wonders to increase your scores. Based on your badge scores and other info like demographics, you may qualify for a “VoxBox.” It’s a completely FREE box of products for you to test and review. How cool is that? I recently received the Frosty VoxBox to review2014-12-28 16.15.27Here’s the first look at the contents of the Frosty VoxBox:2014-12-28 15.33.15And, a breakdown of the individual items included.

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EcoTools Hair Brush: $10.99 – EcoTools hair brushes are designed with unique features that leave your head and hair happy and healthy.

  • Impressions: I received the Full Volume Styler Hair Brush. Though this brush looks like it is good quality, and is certainly a substantial brush, it is just not the right type of brush for my particular type of hair. I have extremely curly hair, which by no means needs any help in the volume department (if anything, it needs to be tamed). This type of brush is better suited to longer, straighter hair then mine. I may keep an eye out for the other brushes in this line and see if I can find one more appropriate for me. I’m thinking their Smoothing Detangler Hair Brush would be a better bet for me.

FrostyVoxBox_RimmelRimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: $7.49 – Gently removes all eye makeup, including long lasting and waterproof makeup, with no oily residue.

  • Impressions: I was actually really happy to receive new eyemakeup remover. I had been running low and needed to purchase a new bottle. Influenster saved me the trip!  I had not tried this brand before, and was pleased at how easy it was to remove the waterproof makeup I was wearing. It’s good quality for the price.

Rimmell Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner: $4.49 – Gives instant colour impact with its high intensity pigments. It also has an ultra smooth and creamy formula which glides on easily.

  • Impressions: This was another product I was happy to receive. I love creamy eyeliners, and am always happy to try a new one.  This one went on really easily, didn’t smudge throughout the day, and didn’t tug at the eyelid during application. It was also super easy to sharpen, which is a bonus for eyeliners (as they can be tricky sometimes). At this price point, it may be a new fave. It also looks like they have a wide range of other colors I may have to try out.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum: $1.99 – This is a new lipstick line from NYC. It’s availabl in twenty different shades. It claims intense, amplified color and shine that lasts up to six hours.

  • Impressions: It’s a pretty shade, and I’ll definitely use it. But, it doesn’t quite live up to claim that it lasts up to six hours. I had a hard time getting it to last two…

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No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Sachet: Full sized would be $29.99 – This clinically proven serum is even more effective at reducing the appearance of deep lines & wrinkles, for younger looking skin in two weeks.

  • I received a sample sized sachet of this product. And though the texture and consistancy was nice, I received far too little product to accurately speak to its long term effectiveness.  I wish the sample size had been substantial enough for me to give an accurate review.

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Fruit Vines Bites: $1.79 – These are a new, soft, chewy fruit candy, available in two fruit flavors – strawberry, and cherry.

  • These are supposed to be low fat and made with no preservatives which I can definitely appreciate. They actually had pretty good flavor, and I’ll definitely pick them up again. Maybe next time I’ll try Strawberry.FrostyVoxBox_McCormick_Thyme

McCormick Gourmet Thyme: $4.79 – McCormick Gourmet’s Thyme imparts a light minty flabor that is distinctively warm and aromatic.

  • I’ve used a lot of McCormick spices before, and love cooking with thyme.  This was a full sized bottle, and I am positive we will use it all up. In my experience, thyme is great in turkey dishes, potato dishes, and most soups. It was a great addition to the Frosty VoxBox, expecially with the holiday theme.

Overall impressions of the Froxty VoxBox? I thought this was a great box to get, and so far I have had a great experience with Influenster. I found a few products that I really like, and probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise. Unfortunately, my box was missing one thing – a Celestial Tea sample, so I was unable to try that and review it. I may still go purchase a box with the included coupon, just to make sure I can complete the brand badge for this product. The value of this box was pretty awesome too, even with the missing tea sample. The #FrostyVoxBox contains about $29.00 worth of products and coupons, and it was completely free! Are you on Influenster? Have you received a VoxBox yet?

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from influenster. All opinions are my own.

October 2014 Birchbox Review

Disclaimer, this post contains referral links.2014-06-11 18_FotorIt’s Birchbox time again! This month they were celebrating the fan girl in each of us; sharing their passions and obsessions, and encouraging us to do the same.

Birchbox is only $10 a month and they send you 5-8 (usually sample size) products to try out. If you end up loving the sample, you can purchase the full size version in their shop. They also have a crazy good points system so you can rack up credit for significant discounts. It’s an auto renewing subscription which you pay monthly for, or pay for a full year at once (for a discount). You can also cancel any time.

Here’s the first look at my October 2014 BirchboxBirchbox_October2014_box

Screenshot 2014-10-17 18.26.37Here is a breakdown of the products.

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Macadamia Professional™ Flawless Cleansing Conditioner – (value $15) – A multipurpose, no-suds conditioner which is supposed to cleanse and soften hair, plus cut blow-dry time. I’m not all that excited about this. I am pretty loyal to the conditioner I use and like, plus I don’t blow-dry my hair so that benefit is lost on me. I’ll probably swap this. Having said that, I’m a little disappointed that this was the highest value item in the box.

BORGHESE Fango Brillante – (value $3.58) – This mud mask is infused with a blend of vitamins and minerals to brighten oily and congested skin, purifying pores, clearing up blemishes, and banishing dullness.  I was skeptical at first because this just sounded too good to be true. It was the first product from this box that I actually tried out, and I might be in love with it. First of all, my face felt like it was burning when the mask was on, which was a huge drawback because it was super uncomfortable. It actually made me wonder if I was having an alergic reaction to it because I had never used a face mask that felt like that. But, I kept it on for about seven minutes. You guys, the result was kind of amazing. The next morning I noticed a significant clearing of the breakout I had been experiencing on my chin, and my skin just looked brighter. I was really impressed! The only thing I’m not impressed by is the price tag. A regular sized pot of this stuff sells for $64.

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Benefit The POREfessional – (value $3.90) – An oil-free balm that shrinks the look of pores, smooths skin, and mattifies shine. I don’t have a big problem with pore size, but regardless I think that this probably acts much like a makeup primer. I love primers, so I’m sure I’ll use this.

Skin&Co Roma TRUFFLE THERAPY™ BODY MILK Super Enriching Anti-Aging Truffle Body Milk – (value $1.64 for 2 packs) –  This is an olive oil and shea butter lotion, rich in antioxidants, which hydrates and softens skin.

Lord & Berry Paillettes Eye Pencil – (value $4.50) –  Oh look, it’s another black eyeliner pencil. This is a blendable pencil, studded with bits of silver shimmer. In the last six months, Birchbox has sent me four black eyeliners. Seriously Birchbox? Stop with the black eyeliner already. Please, and thank you.

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I estimate the value of my October Birchbox at $28.62, and though it isn’t the highest value Birchbox ever, it was still a good deal. I found one product I really like, and another eyeliner to add to the growing pile (though if I get one more black eyeliner I may scream). I do hope next months Birchbox is more exciting though!

Also, as a side note I was pretty disappointed by my sample choice experience this month. I had requested the Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid lipstick in a pretty melon shade, but I guess they ran out and weren’t able to fulfill my request. It was a total bummer, because I was really excited about that item in particular. They still seem to be experiencing a lot of kinks with their sample choice program, and I sure hope they get them ironed out soon.

October Julep Maven Review

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Julep Maven is a nail polish and beauty box. Every month you have a choice between several curated style profiles or you can customize your box. If you’d like to customize your box, I suggest signing up for a 3 month prepaid subscription! Julep Maven is one of my favorite subscription boxes for a few reasons. Every month they create and release a new line of polish, all built around a theme. I think it’s a great idea. Also, I’m a big fan of the fact that their polish formulas are vegan, and 5-free.

For October, they introduced The Black Magic Collection.

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photo credit: Julep.com

I’ll admit, I was underwhelmed by this collection. I guess I was expecting something more “Halloween-y” for October. Most of the collection looked similar to other colors that I already have. Since I’m not lucky enough to have a skipable My Maven account, I was still able to select a few colors that I liked enough to customize into my box.

Julep Maven subscription details:

The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription). Both options are customizable for new Mavens. I totally recommend the 3-month subscription. That’s what I have, and I love being able to pick exactly what I want, and getting the lowest price.

The Products: Nail polish and beauty items.

Ships to: US and Canada

Here’s the first look inside my October Julep Maven Box.

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Here are the colors that I selected this month.

Photo Sep 23, 7 02 07 PMHere is the breakdown of what I received in this month’s box:

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Nancy – (Value $14) – From Julep: Silvery sage metallic.

  • I love this color. It depends on the light but sometimes it leans silver, other times it leans green. It’s really pretty!

Ledi – (Value $14) – From Julep: Black pearl shimmer

  • My collection was lacking in black, so I was happy to add this shimmery black shade to the mix.

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Julep Lip Gloss- (Value $20) – I selected the color “Polished”

  • I had never tried Julep’s lip glosses, and was excited to try them. They released two new shades, and I selected “Polished” as you see in the pic above. The finish is actually a little more pink than the picture suggests, but I still kind of wish I had selected the other new shade. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll pick that one up later.

I chose the following as ad-ons:

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Queen Ann – (Value $14 – added on for $4.99) – Lilac confetti microglitter

Misti – (Value $14 – added on for $4.99) – From Julep: Smoky blue-grey crème

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Cat Nail Decals – these were part of the Halloween theme, and aren’t actually offered for sale on the site (as far as I can tell). They’re super cute!

Because I purchased three add-ons, I received a beauty freebie. They sent:

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Catrina – (Value $14) – From Julep: Marigold yellow crème

Teri – (Value $14) – From Julep: Tropical coral pink crème

  • This is way prettier in person then the swatches on their site suggest. I had been wanting a pretty coral pink color, and am really happy this was part of the bonus this month.

So that was my box this month!

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If you’re new to Julep Maven, don’t forget to use code FREEBOX to receive your welcome box for free (you just pay for shipping or get free shipping when you sign up for a 3 month subscription).

I subscribed for another three months, so I’m looking forward to seeing what November and December have in store. I have high hopes for some really pretty finishes and festive colors!

Are you guys subscribed to Julep Maven? Do you love it? What did you think of your October Julep Maven Box?

Fall Walmart Beauty Box Review

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Walmart recently released a brand new subscription box called the Walmart Beauty Box. I was super excited to try it, as it is an awesome deal. This is subscription based, and auto ships once a quarter (four times a year). The box itself is completely free, you just pay $5 for shipping. I signed up in time to receive the Fall box. I’ve seen a few different versions of this box, and here is what I received in mine.

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At first look, I was really happy with this box!

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Covergirl Glowing Nights Glosstinis nail polish – (value $3.79) – I love getting nail polishes in subscription boxes. Even though I don’t really love this color, I’m sure I’ll use it.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Glossy Balm – (value $7.99) – This lip crayon is supposed to give lips a high dose of pigmented shine, while smoothing and conditioning to keep lips soft. I received the Lovely Mocha shade, and initially didn’t think I would like it. But then I put it on, and I really like the color. I’m glad this is the shade I received. I liked that it wend on easily, and didn’t dry out my lips. It just isn’t very long-lasting.

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Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj Eau de Parfum – (value $1.00?) – I guessed on the value of this. I’m super picky about the scents I wear, and though this doesn’t smell bad, it just isn’t my style.

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Secret Clinical Strength Completely Clean Invisible Solid – (value $7.92) – This was the product I was most happy to receive. I’ve used this product before, but don’t typically purchase it because it’s kind of expensive. I also love that it’s full-sized!

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 Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner – (value $0.41 each) – These are a great size, and will be nice to have for my travel kit. I generally like Dove products, so I’m sure I’ll like these too.

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Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Hair Treatment – (value $1.40) – I’ve never used an oil treatment on my hair. But, it’s definitely on the drier side right now, so I’m going to use this ASAP.

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Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup  – I like that this sample card has all the shades, allowing you to find your perfect match. That’s often one of the hardest parts of buying drugstore foundation, so I appreciate this method of sampling.

L’Oreal YouthCode Pore Vanisher – This is supposed to minimize the appearance of pores, and actually shrink pore size in one month.

Overall, I’m very happy with the Walmart Beauty box. I estimate its value at around $23.00, and considering it only cost $5, I’d say that is a pretty good value. I love that there were two full-sized products (the lip crayon, and the deodorant). The deodorant itself is worth the value of the box alone. I also like the fact that these boxes are seasonal, and will change based on seasonal beauty needs. I’m excited to see what they put together for winter!

Julep Jewel Heist Mystery Box

Recently, Julep offered a new round of mystery boxes – The Jewel Heist Mystery Box.

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Typically I don’t purchase mystery boxes. I just don’t love the idea of spending money and not knowing what I’m getting. But I caved on this one. Anyone who purchased one of the boxes was eligible to win all twelve birthstone colors – including the three remaining ones that no one has seen. Plus, one grand prize winner will receive a pair of sapphire & diamond earrings. It was just too good of a deal to pass up.

Here is what I received in my box.

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Ink Gel eyeliner – ($22/$17.60 Maven) – A creamy jet-black eyeliner. I’m an eyeliner pencil kind of gal, so this gel pot isn’t really my thing. It has good value, I just won’t use it. I’ll probably swap it or pass it along to a friend.

Alma – ($14/$11.20 Maven) – Dijon mustard yellow crème. I think that mustard yellow is one of those shades that you either love or hate, there’s no in between. I fall in the love it camp. However, this is a dupe for me. I bought it a few weeks ago.

Lengthening Mascara – Espresso Brown – ($24/$5.99 Maven Sale) – Lash growth enhancement ingredients and micro-fiber applicator separates, lengthens, and conditions individual lashes to lock in moisture and protect from breakage. I don’t wear brown mascara, so this will be gifted as well.

Mask Noir – ($32/$25.60 Maven) – An antioxidant-rich peel-off black mask that leaves skin smoother, brighter, and deeply hydrated. I love facial masks, and this looks like a good one. I love that I received this in the mystery box.

Double Duty Makeup Brush – ($28/$22.40 Maven) – 2-in-1 tool contains two stackable brushes—a large tapered brush for streak-free foundation application and a flat concealer brush that offers precision coverage and control. Julep makes great brushes, and I love that this is two brushes in one. Again, this is another win for me.

Green Tea Facial Blotting Papers – ($10) Not sold separately – This isn’t something I would have purchased for myself, but they will definitely get used.

Overall, I was actually quite happy with this mystery box. I also really loved that it was heavy on the beauty and makeup products. I totally get that Julep is primarily a nail polish company, but they make great beauty products and I’m happy to try them out. Even though I’ll only use/keep half of the products, the value is still well worth what I spent on it.  I estimate the value of this box at $130/$92.79 Maven.

 

September 2014 Birchbox Review

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I love Birchbox! This month they celebrated their 4-year anniversary, sent out adorable boxes with the theme “Fresh Paint,” and in my opinion killed it in regard to the samples. This was hands down my best box yet.

Birchbox is only $10 a month and they send you 5-8 (usually sample size) products to try out. If you end up loving the sample, you can purchase the full size version in their shop. They also have a crazy good points system so you can rack up credit for significant discounts. It’s an auto renewing subscription which you pay monthly for, or pay for a full year at once (for a discount). You can also cancel any time.

Here’s the first look at my September 2014 Birchbox. I should have received five products this month, but my box was missing the eyeliner. No big deal, their shipping me out a replacement.

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Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream -(value $2.94) – I’ve seen it around for months, but had never tried it. So this is a win for me. It’s made in the U.S. with eco-friendly ingredients, and the non-drying formula is supposed to give you a close shave without leaving your legs devoid of moisture. It’s also designed not to foam up, which is an interesting concept.

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Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute Peel – (value $4.80) – When I realized this was in my box I was thrilled. I’d seen this sent out in past boxes to other subscribers and was really interested in trying it. Needless to say, I am beyond happy that I get to. Lately, I’ve really been trying to nail down a skin care regamin that works for me, and I’ve been looking to incorporate a peel into the mix. I hope that I love this!

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Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture – (value $1.35) – I’m typically pretty on the fence when I receive fragrance samples, as I’m really picky about my scents. But I really enjoy other fragrances from Juicy Couture, so I am actually really happy to receive another one. This smells great, and is said to include a blend of wild berries, honeysuckle, and has warm caramel notes.

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Rituals Foaming Shower Gel –  (value $3.75) – Made with rice milk and cherry-blossom. I’ve never seen shower gel in a foam dispenser before. Having used it, I like the effectiveness of the product, but I really disliked this particular scent. I seem to be in the minority though, based off the online reviews people really like the scent, lol.

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Chap Stick duel-ended Hydration Lock Moisturize & Renew – (value $3.49) – This was the Birchbox Find that was included as an extra in my box this month, and was a complete surprise. It wasn’t listed in my sneek peek when I looked earlier this week. It’s a brand new product from Chap Stick. I love that it’s duel ended – one each side serving a different purpose. I love this chapstick, and I’m sure I’ll buy more when this runs out.

I estimate the value of this box at $31.33 (I included the value of the eyeliner pencil, which I didn’t receive, but which is being shipped to me). I can honestly say that I love and will use everything in my September Birchbox. It is by far the best one I have received yet. Bravo, Birchbox! You killed it on this one. And from what I can tell, everyone seemed to get pretty awesome boxes this month. I hope they keep it up.

September Julep Maven Review

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Julep Maven is a nail polish and beauty box. Every month you have a choice between several curated style profiles or you can customize your box. If you’d like to customize your box, I suggest signing up for a 3 month prepaid subscription! Julep Maven is one of my favorite subscription boxes for a few reasons. Every month they create and release a new line of polish, all built around a theme. I think it’s a great idea. Also, I’m a big fan of the fact that their polish formulas are vegan, and 5-free.

For September, they introduced The Art Walk Collection.

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Initially, I had mixed feelings about this collection, but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. This is definitely a transition month into fall, so I expected less bright, and more muted colors. Is it just me, or does this collection also kind of scream an 80’s vibe? I was born in the 80’s though, so I can definitely get behind this. I have also really been interested in the satin finishes, and there were at least three of those featured this month.

Julep Maven subscription details:

The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription). Both options are customizable for new Mavens. I totally recommend the 3-month subscription. That’s what I have, and I love being able to pick exactly what I want, and getting the lowest price.

The Products: Nail polish and beauty items.

Ships to: US and Canada

Here’s the first look inside my September Julep Maven Box.

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Here are the colors that I selected this month.

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And, here is the first look at my September Maven Box.

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Here is the breakdown of what I received in this month’s box:

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Erin– (Value $14) – From Julep: Oyster grey crème.

  • I love grey polishes, and really didn’t have any in my collection. This is a really nice creme finish, and I’m excited to have it.

Quinn – (Value $14) – From Julep: Charcoal purple satin

  • As mentioned before, I’m really interested in different finishes right now, so this purple satin was right up my alley.

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Ryan – (Value $14) – From Julep: Overcast teal satin

  • I’m not as in love with this as I thought I would be, but I also think it’s a color that will grow on me the more I use it.

Ana – (Value $14) – From Julep: White jagged glitter top coat

  • Ana was part of this collection, but was only available as an add-on. I am in love with this top coat. It’s a little edgy, and I love that it’s white.

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Julep also released a new line of lip products this month called Plush Pout Lip Crayons. I feel like lip crayons have become a trend lately, and I was excited to see if Julep’s version was any better than the alternatives on the market.  These are supposed to be full-coverage lip crayons with a moisturizing core, and long-lasting with a semi-gloss finish.

I ordered the Magenta Plum color, but actually received the Almond Nude shade.  I was a little disappointed, but it wasn’t that big of a deal because they’re shipping me the correct color, and I get to keep this one. Typically, this type of nude shade wouldn’t work with my skin tone, so I haven’t tried it yet. I’m still debating whether or not I want to keep this one or trade/gift it to someone who would enjoy it more. I’m super excited to try out the Magenta Plum color once I actually receive it!

I chose the following as ad-ons:

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Chloe – (Value $14 – added on for $4.99) – Warm cocoa frost

Lola – (Value $14 – added on for $4.99) – From Julep: Moonlit night blue satin

  • Lola is a beautiful midnight blue! I can see this being a favorite for fall.

Because I purchased three add-ons (including Ana), I received a beauty freebie. They sent:

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Daria – (Value $14) – From Julep: Dark slate grey crème

Candace – (Value $14) – From Julep: Golden chocolate microglitter

So that was my box this month!

If you’re new to Julep Maven, don’t forget to use code FREEBOX to receive your welcome box for free (you just pay for shipping or get free shipping when you sign up for a 3 month subscription).

This month was the last of my pre-paid three-month subscription. I’m still debating whether or not I will continue my subscription or not. I probably will, but just haven’t decided for sure yet.

Are you guys subscribed to Julep Maven? Do you love it? What did you think of your September Julep Maven Box?

EOS Lip Balm Review

Photo Sep 03, 8 02 45 PMIt took me a little while to jump on the EOS bandwagon. I didn’t get it. It’s just lip balm right? Well, yeah, it’s just lip balm, but seriously awesome lip balm! It’s moisturizing, super easy to apply, the flavors are great, and how adorable are those containers?

As these pictures show, I am now publicly admitting that I have a full-fledged EOS addiction.

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I love how unique some of their flavors are. My favorites are Summer Fruit (the red one), Coconut Milk(the one with pink stripes), and Honeysuckle (the lime green one), but they’re all super addictive. Summer fruit tastes like nectarines. Coconut Milk tastes like, well…coconut milk, and Honeysuckle tastes strangely like kiwi strawberry Starbursts (my favorite flavor of Starbursts). I can’t get enough.

2014-08-28 18_Fotor 2There are still a few flavors that I haven’t tried and am in search of. I’d love to get my hands on Passion Fruit (it’s purple), but I can’t seem to find it sold individually. It is available in a big multi-pack that I’ve seen on sale at Costco, but I can’t justify buying it since I already have most of the other flavors offered in the pack. There is also a plain Vanilla Bean flavor, as well as watermelon one that were offered as a combined Allison In Wonderland Disney themed set, but it’s not available anymore. I’d still really love to find them though.

All I can say is that I’m glad there’s a relatively small number of flavors to collect, lol. My husband just shakes his head every time we end up at Target and I glance sideways down the lip balm aisle just to see if there’s a new flavor available! But hey, that’s how I found the two new ones (coconut milk, and vanilla mint).

Are any of you as obsessed as I am? If so, what is your favorite flavor? And if you haven’t tried them yet, go buy one (or a few). I promise you’ll have a hard time not buying them all.

 

August Julep Maven Review

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Julep Maven is a nail polish and beauty box. Every month you have a choice between several curated style profiles or you can customize your box. If you’d like to customize your box, I suggest signing up for a 3 month prepaid subscription! Julep Maven is one of my favorite subscription boxes for a few reasons. Every month they create and release a new line of polish, all built around a theme. I think it’s a great idea. Also, I’m a big fan of the fact that their polish formulas are vegan, and 5-free.

For August, they introduced The Wanderlust Collection.

The Wanderlust Collection

(photo credit to Julep.com)

Firs off, I should mention that I am a sucker for any and all things jewel toned. I think that those super saturated colors really compliment any skin tone, but especially a medium one (like mine), and I just love them. I knew at first glance that I was going to have a hard time narrowing down my selections this month. I was also happy to see that there were no creme polishes in this month’s options!  Typically, creme is my go-to, and because of that my collection is kind of overloaded with creme finishes. Not to mention, that last months box was heavy on the cream selections, so it was nice to see different finishes highlighted this month.

Julep Maven subscription details:

The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription). Both options are customizable for new Mavens. I totally recommend the 3-month subscription. That’s what I have, and I love being able to pick exactly what I want, and getting the lowest price.

The Products: Nail polish and beauty items.

Ships to: US and Canada

Here’s the first look inside my August Julep Maven Box. First of all, isn’t the tissue paper just gorgeous? I’m totally going to save it, lol.

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This month my selections were all over the place, and really didn’t fall into one particular box type. I think each of my three selections came from different box types. There’s a little Boho Glam in there, a little Bombshell, and some Classic with a Twist too! Does this give you an idea that I really appreciate being able to customize my box? Otherwise, I’d be spending a ton more money and ending up with polishes I wasn’t in love with.

Here are the colors that I selected this month.

My Selections

(photo credit to Julep.com, layover text is mine)

And, here is the first look at my August Maven Box.

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There were a few problems with my shipment this month. I didn’t receive one of the add-ons I purchased (Sienna), and I didn’t receive the bonus product for purchasing three addons, and they ended up sending an eyeliner that I didn’t order. But, at the end of the day, it’s not that big of a deal, plus they are sending me the items I didn’t receive (and I get to keep the eyeliner!). I think the mixups ended up being a happy accident, actually. I ended up really loving the eyeliner, which I probably wouldn’t have normally purchased.

Here is the rest of what I received in this month’s box:

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India– (Value $14) – From Julep: Freshwater blue shimmer.

  • This blue is so stunning! I haven’t seen another blue polish out there quite like it. I had to have it, and since I’ve heard that it sold out very quickly, I’m super excited that I got it.

Tazeen – (Value $14) – From Julep: Full-coverage Bollywood gold glitter

  • Tazeen is a really pretty gold glitter. I thought that this would be one of my favorites from this month, but actually I’m a little less thrilled by it. It’s pretty for sure, but I’m not crazy about the formula. It seems to be really gloopy (is that a word?), but I haven’t used it yet. I’ll reserve final impressions until I actually give it a try.

Avni – (Value $14) –  From Julep: African violet shimmer

  • I’ve been really in to purple polish colors this summer. I didn’t have a deep purple in my collection, and am really happy with how saturated this purple is. I really like it.

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So, they sent one of their new Gel Eye Gliders by accident, and then let me keep it when I called to notify them. So I got to try it out, even though I really wasn’t interested in new eyeliners (I already have so many that I like). I’m so glad I did though! I really like this pencil, and the color I got – Plum – is a really nice color. It’s super easy to use, with a smooth application.

I chose the following as ad-ons:

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Sushmita – (Value $14 – added on for $6.99) – From Julep: Pashmina pink silk

  • This was also from the August Wanderlust Collection, and I thought the rich pink color in a silk finish was too pretty to pass up.

Sienna – (Value $14 – added on for $4.99) – From Julep: Sophisticated, shimmery gold

  • This had been on my wish list for a while, so I was happy to see it listed as an add-on. It’s not pictured though because it wasn’t actually included in my shipment, but they’re sending it separately.

Cameron – (Value $14 – added on for $4.99) – From Julep: Silver lilac stardust (matte glitter)

  • Honestly, I only added this so that I could max out my 3 add-ons and qualify for the free surprise gift. However, I thought that the idea of a matte glitter was interesting enough to try out.

If you’re new to Julep Maven, don’t forget to use code FREEBOX to receive your welcome box for free (you just pay for shipping or get free shipping when you sign up for a 3 month subscription).

Next month (September) will be the last of my pre-paid 3-box subscription. I hope it’s a great month, as I’ll have to decide wether to renew for another three months after that. So, the pressure is on, Julep! Lol. I do have a feeling that next month we’ll start to see a transition to more fall-like colors (or at least, here’s hoping), so I am excited for that. Also, that’s a good thing…I don’t know how many more bright summery colors my collection can handle.

And as a side note, I know that Julep transitioned to a new shipping facility and have experienced some shipping and inventory problems this month. I know my box was incorrect (they forgot to include two items, and sent one that I didn’t actually order), though they did rectify the situation. I think that compared to the problems other Maven subscribers have had with their August Maven shipments I have relatively little to complain about. But I do sincerely hope that before the September boxes are shipped that they work out all of the kinks they experienced this month (and there appear to be many to work out).

Are you guys subscribed to Julep Maven? Do you love it? What did you think of your August Julep Maven Box?