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!

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Julep Julia

I really am so in love with Julep’s December box. I haven’t found a color yet this month that I don’t like. Julep Julia is proof of how awesome it is.


Julia is an orchid purple with tons of gold shimmery micro glitter throughout. I can’t even put into words how in love I am with this color. It’s so stunning.


I think I’ll be using this one again soon in one of my days of the nail art challenge ;).

*** I forgot to add that this is 3 coats of Julia and 1 coat of HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat .

Julep October Mystery Box!

Welcome back! I’m glad you stopped back by to find out what the “mystery” was.

I received my October Mystery Trick or Treat Box from Julep. I almost missed out on this box. Which would have been a first since I became a Maven. Luckily I was able to snag one up last minute. They promised we would receive them by Halloween for the special little treats inside and they did not fail. Have I ever mentioned how much I love Julep?

Since other Mavens have already been posting what they received in their boxes I kind of had an idea of what would be in mine. In Julep’s sneak peak they showed that some boxes would have a skull scarf, skull ring, or skull bracelet. As more and more people were posting their boxes it seemed like maybe only the first few people who ordered received the awesome Halloween surprises so I wasn’t hopeful for one. But alas, I ordered my box anyways.

So enough blabbing, let’s see what’s inside!

Oh man, what’s that skull awesomeness I see?! Wait and find out 😉

Here’s the goodies they included in the box. I received two glitter pots. This time in red and pink. LOVE! Also Julep provided a “How to use” card with the glitter pots. I think people were sort of confused when they received them in their October Maven box and had no idea what to do with them. I admit, I thought it was eye shadow at first. ::Hangs head in shame::

Along with the glitter pots are some yummy Candy Corn (my son will probably devour those) and Halloween nail decals. So cute! The nail decals are from AlexCole Designs and you can purchase them in their Etsy shop. I’ll be using these soon for another Halloween mani.

The scarf!!! I got the scarf! How did I get lucky? I don’t know because I have the worse luck in history :). I can’t wait to wear this on Halloween. My son is dressing up as a pirate so how perfect is this?

And last but not least…

My mystery colors! I received Alma and Parker. Alma is part of the Trina Turk collection from the September Maven boxes. I already have Parker but Alma is new to my collection so I’m excited for that. I’ll save my extra Parker for something special. 😉

Here’s a quick swatch of the two colors. I wasn’t sure I’d like Alma. I’m not one for mustardy yellow colors. After two coats of it though I was pleasantly surprised. I’d have to say that Julep did good with picking out colors that were perfect for Halloween. *Sorry about the no clean up*

So there you have it. My October Julep Maven Mystery Box. What did you think of it?


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Saran Wrap Nails

I received Sophie and Brandt in my Julep Maven September box. I never did use them because at the time I had an overwhelming amount of polish to try out and these colors just weren’t at the top of my list. They’re darker colors and I was still in summer brights mode.

I figured since it’s October and these are warmer fall colors that I’d go ahead and try them out. Sophie is described by Julep as a chic truffle mushroom creme. Brandt is an off-black creme. Both of these colors are from the Tina Turk Fall 2012 collection.

I was surprised by Sophie when I put it on. It seemed to have a bit of a purple hue to it. Maybe it was just my eyes but it was prettier than I thought it would be. I wanted to try something different and still be able to use Brandt as well so I decided to try out a Saran Wrap mani. This was my first attempt at this type of mani but I was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out.

I started out by painting two coats of Sophie for full opaqueness. Topped that with a coat of Seche Vite and let it dry for about an hour to make sure both layers were good and dry.

Next I pulled out my Saran Wrap and made a wad with it. This was pretty easy to do since Saran Wrap wants to wad up all the time anyways. Easy Peasy!

I painted one coat of Brandt over top of my pinky nail. Gave it a couple of seconds to get sticky then dabbed my wad of Saran Wrap over top of the nail a few times to give it sort of a tie dye look. Repeat on each nail, one at a time.

At this point I was ready to clean all of it off of my nails and do something else. It looked terrible. I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and top it with a coat of Seche Vite to give it a glossy look in hopes that it would look better. I loved it! This mani was beautiful with a top coat. I’m going to be trying this again with other color combos as well. 🙂 I hope you love it as much as I do! XOXO