Glitter, Glitter, Glitter!

I hope you all had a wonderful holidays! I know Christmas was exciting around here. Little J had so many awesome gifts. He’s still trying to figure out what to play with first. 🙂

I’m going to take a bit of a nail break the rest of the year. I wore myself out this month with the challenge and my swatching in between. I have a couple of nail breaks on my right hand from opening boxes yesterday so I’m going to chop them all down to nubbins and leave them oiled up and naked for a few days. Luckily my nails grow really fast so they wont stay short for long.

Before I do that though, I wanted to fulfill a couple of requests. My first request was the Julep Mystery Glitter. Some people had stickers on the bottom of theirs that said this glitter was called Erica. Mine didn’t have a sticker. Erica is a clear base full of black micro glitter that almost makes this polish look like it’s in a black base. There are gold, bronze, and silver glitter throughout as well.


I did a little comparison in this picture also. On my index and ring finger I used one coat of black polish then one coat of the mystery glitter. My other 3 fingers are just two coats of the mystery glitter. You really can’t tell the difference. Personally, I like the way it looks layered over the black polish though so that’s probably how I’ll be wearing this one. It will save on polish too!

My next request was a swatch comparison of Julep Barbara and Chelsea. When I opened my mystery box and saw Chelsea I thought it looked just like Barbara (in my head). But once I finally got out my bottle of Barbara I realized they were different after all. Then when I actually swatched them side by side on my nails you could REALLY see the difference. They’re not alike at all.


My index and ring finger have Barbara and my middle and pinky fingers are Chelsea. All are two coats, no undies.


Julep New Years Mystery Box

😀 I got my Julep New Years Mystery Box yesterday. So excited over it. I love Juleps mystery boxes. Since my collection with Julep has grown, I’m a bit nervous with buying the mystery boxes because I don’t want a ton of duplicate colors. Which tends to happen. But not this time!

I ordered this one mainly because they were giving an iPad (mini?) away to one lucky person. I had high hopes that person would be me LOL. Not so much. But that’s ok. The “never released mystery glitter” had me sold too!

First thing in the box where the polishes. I received 6 total. Happy camper here :). ImageRenee, Chelsea, Emmanuelle


Catherine, Mystery Glitter, Lucy

I’ve seen in other posts that the Mystery Glitter is called Erica. Mine did not have a name label on it though. It looks like a clear base full of black, orange, silver, and gold glitter.

For the products in my box I received: Image

Julep Daylight Defense SPF 30 for hands and face (full size), white glitter pot, 3 one step polish removing pads (1 pad in each), and 2 sample size Age Defying Hand Brightener. I just realized that I do have 2 of the full size’s of this Hand Brightener. I’ll actually be giving one away here very soon ;).

Over all I was very happy with this box. I don’t use SPF like I should. So, I am looking forward to trying this out. Maybe it’ll get me into a good routine. Chelsea looks a lot like Barbara from the December Maven box so I will be swatching these to compare. Catherine, I plan on giving away to a good friend of mine. She doesn’t even know it yet 😉 Shhhh.

Julep said these mystery boxes would equal from $100 to $300. Lets see how much mine valued for.

Six polishes at $14 each = $84
Daylight Defense SPF 30 = $28
Glitter pot = ? maybe $3
Polish removing pads = ? maybe $3
Hand Brightener samples = about $2.78 a mL and I have 4mL, so $11.12? A full size is $32. I suck at math so I don’t know if I calculated that right lol.

Total of about $129. With just the polish and the SPF the who box was worth it. And I only paid $19.99 for it!

I’ve said it a million times but I love Julep! Soon enough I’ll have my January Maven box to share with you all too!

If you haven’t signed up for Julep yet and are thinking about it then you should do it soon. Rumor is that the penny intro boxes are going away after the end of the year :(. If you’re thinking about joining, you can use my referral link here or just go to Take the quick beauty profile quiz and use the code PENNY at check out to only pay $.01 for you intro box (plus shipping). Once you’ve a Maven, shipping is always free.