Julep - Hartleigh

Julep – Hartleigh [+ February Bombshell Maven Box]

Julep Maven February 2015Another month, another Julep box I meant to skip, but this one came with a special Valentine’s Day polish as a gift so… I guess it’s okay. Right?

Actually, by the time I realized I hadn’t skipped the box I had no idea what I was getting – so I will say it was a lot more fun opening the box not knowing what I’d be getting!

My February Bombshell box included two polishes: Elise (indigo with purple microshimmer) and Keiko (charred olive shimmer), the Julep Glow Highlighting Powder, and the special Valentine’s polish: Hartleigh.

Hartleigh is a glitter top coat with red hearts, two sizes of matte hex white glitter, fine red glitter and a sprinkling of holographic bits throughout. The application was fine. I applied Hartleigh like I would any other polish then dabbed the hearts where I wanted them. The hearts were a bit too big and I probably should have used a toothpick to help them settle. It didn’t bother me at all, but in some of the pictures they look slightly lifted.

I swatched it over Essie Licorice first and wore that for the majority of last week – the white/black/red combination made me think of playing cards but I did get a lot of compliments. Over black, I felt like the white glitter over powered the hearts so I also swatched it over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls which I liked a lot better.

Overall, this polish is just okay. It’s weird because I love hearts and I love glitter. This polish just seems a bit immature and gimmicky to me. It’s fun enough for Valentine’s Day but it’ll probably end up in my swap box. I prefer either a more uniform glitter, or full coverage (like last week’s SinfulColors Pinky Glitter). As far as the Bombshell box goes, I’m REALLY excited about Keiko and I hope Alli’s excited for Elisa because it’s right up her alley. Alli’s Alley… get it?

Julep polishes retail on their website for 14, but if you’re a Julep Maven they cost 11.20. You can also shop Julep at Sephora!

If you’d like to try Julep Maven you can click here! You can try the code FREEBOX or FREECOLOR to get your first box free!

Happy Monday!

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Julep - Paula

Julep – Paula

Julep - PaulaTruth time! I meant to skip my December Julep Maven box. I’ve been skipping a lot lately – I just have been very underwhelmed by Julep and overwhelmed by other brands. To make a long story short, I forgot to skip the box. My December box contained two polishes:  Paula & Soleil as well the Orbital Eyeshadow in Equinox.

Julep Paula is a brilliant ocean blue with the most magnificent gold microshimmer (very micro). Without the shimmer this polish would be extraordinarily boring – but WOW. The first time I put it on, I was on the sofa in low light – I sent a picture to Alli and we both placed it in the ehh… category. When I went to run some errands and stepped outside and… I was enchanted (cue Taylor Swift). Could not stop staring.

The application was great. I started off with Julep’s Oxygen Smoothing Basecoat and applied two coats of Paula. Sealed it off with a coat of Seche Vite & voila!

So…if you’re a fan of blues, I’d say this is worth the splurge. Julep polishes retail on their website for 14, but if you’re a Julep Maven they cost 11.20. You can also shop Julep at Sephora!

If you’d like to try Julep Maven you can click here! You can try the code FREEBOX or FREECOLOR to get your first box free!


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Julep - Tamara

Julep – Tamara

Julep - Tamara CollageIt’s been a while since I’ve gotten a Julep box. However, I just couldn’t find it in myself to check the “skip this month” box. I am so in love with the scent of the Julep’s Beach Tonic Dry Body Oil, that I couldn’t pass up the Bare Body Milk – same scent! Heavenly, seriously. While I love the Poolside theme for July 2014, it took a while to choose my colors. I knew Alli would want Dawn (you know how she is about yellows lately), but none of the colors screamed Katie. Yes, polishes can scream. Don’t even try to tell me yours don’t. I finally ended up choosing Tamara.  You can all sleep a little more peacefully tonight, I have found my perfect summer red polish! I can already hear your sighs of relief. Oh, I’m in such a sassy mood today.

Tamara is so lovely. Julep describes Tamara as a Lipstick red crème. There are so many red lipsticks, none of which I have the nerve to wear, so I don’t really find this description adequate. Whenever I look at my nails I think WATERMELON. Not real watermelon, of course. I’m thinking artificial watermelon flavored candies. It’s probably not the most accurate description; Alli can tell you, I almost reach panic mode when trying to describe red polish. When I was telling her about Tamara, she asked me in a very tongue in cheek Alli sort of way – if it was fire engine red. I try to make everything fire engine red… There’s something about Mary Tamara that is adorable and squishy – so I’ll once again disagree with the Julep description. This is not a 100% creme. It’s a creme jelly hybrid. Victory!

If you wanted, you could get away with one coat. I used two because otherwise I just feel somewhat guilty. Application was great: very fluid without being runny. Perfection. I always forget how much I love Julep polishes, I’m not sure why. They almost always end up being absolutely fabulous.

Julep polishes are available at Sephora, but the monthly subscription service is a much more affordable way to get Julep polishes. To get your first month free use the code FREEBOX!

Happy Monday!


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Julep - Monaco

Julep – Monaco

Julep - MonacoYes, I realize that it’s St. Patrick’s Day and that everyone else in nail polish land is probably showing off delightful green manicures today, but St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t my thing. What is my thing? Duke Basketball. SO yesterday, I was – of course – watching the ACC Championship game between Duke and UVA. After a pretty slow start, I decided that painting my nails blue would give Duke a little extra boost in the second half. Yes, I have magical long distance game influencing nails. They just didn’t happen to work this time…

I actually didn’t mean to get the March Julep Maven Box. I intended to skip March altogether, but when I got around to opening the box yesterday, I’m glad I didn’t. Seriously, how pretty is Monaco? Julep describes it as a “dazzling mariner blue crème.” It’s a great fit for Spring, representing Dazzling Blue from Pantone’s 2014 Spring Color Report. Well done, Julep! I so rarely wear shades in this range, but I really should. Monaco applied very nicely, even and opaque with three coats. I can’t wait to try Lilou.

Julep polishes are available at Sephora, but the monthly subscription service is a much more affordable way to get Julep polishes. To get your first month free use the code FREEBOX! Check below for swatches!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Reminder: There’s still time to enter the Lex Cosmetics Shades of Glitter & Gray Giveaway! Click here for details!

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Julep - Kennedy (Collage)

Julep – Kennedy

Julep - KennedyWelcome to another Monday Funday with Katie! I’m in full on vacation mode and I’m loving all of the polishes I chose from Julep’s Sail Into Summer collection!

I loved Nan, and I’m loving Kennedy too! In addition to the It Girl box I chose Kennedy and Bunny as add-ons – SO worth it.

Kennedy is described as a khaki creme. When I first opened the box, I was a little disappointed in Kennedy. It’s a bit more yellow than I was expecting. I’d envisioned something closer to Essie’s Sand Tropez, but since then it’s really grown on me and I love the color. It looks great with a tan and makes me feel very classy – as I usually feel when I wear more neutral shades.

The application was really awesome – I used two coats and they were smooth and easy – great formula on this one. Two thumbs up.

What do you think? Check below for another picture or two and to see what book I’ll be reading next!


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Julep – Nan

Julep - NanI have been raving about this polish ever since it arrived! Nan was the first polish I used from my June Julep Maven box and it’s been a whirlwind love affair! This polish was the main reason I decided to get my June Julep box (to see my unboxing post head over to The Daily Varnish Extra!)

Nan is described as a “nantucket red creme.” Get it? Nan…tucket! But in more familiar terms, it’s a warm faded/dusty red with yellow undertones. Alli says it’s falls in the salmon range. It’s insanely work appropriate and elegant. My camera decided that Nan is more coral than I think it is…so I have pictures from both my camera and my iPhone for comparison!  Guest starring my super cool K paperweight. Get excited!

Application was dreamy. I’d read some reviews before I tried it and people had said it was runny and thin and prone to pooling in the cuticles – I am so happy to say I haven’t had any of these problems!

So what do you think? Happy Monday!


PS: If you’re interested in signing up for a Julep Box, I included lots of promo codes on my unboxing post for June’s box!

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Katie’s Top 10 of 2012!

katietopten2Happy New Years Eve!!!

I can’t believe it’s time for a top 10 already! I really feel like I just pressed “publish” on my Top 10 from 2011! Personally, 2012 has absolutely flown by and it’s been an up and down crazy ride but all in all I’d give it a thumbs up.  Anyways, I’m really excited to share my favorites of the year with you!

Though I didn’t realize it when I was whittling down my list from 15 to 10, it seems my favorites for 2012 are for the most part filled with sparkle, shimmer, and shine – which matches my feelings on 2012, and represents my hope for a beautiful 2013. I hope you enjoy!

I’d absolutely love it if you left your Top 10 in a comment below!

Have a safe and happy New Years!



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Holiday Giveaway 2012

Countdown to 2013 Giveaway #1 – Julep’s Glitter & Glow [closed]

CountdownTDVTwo of my favorite things: Christmas & Giveaways. Why not put them together? We’ll be doing several “Countdown to 2013” Giveaways over the next few weeks, and I’m kicking it off with Julep‘s Glitter & Glow Winter Collection gift set!

The set includes 5 polishes:

  • Colbie – a full coverage citrine green multi-dimensional glitter
  • Lucy – Modern, dark burgundy crème.
  • Sharon – Dark, bold red shimmer
  • Kathleen – Honey gold flecked champagne shimmer
  • Carly – Full-coverage Malibu-blue multi-dimensional glitter


Now… onto the important question: How do I enter!? Click below for contest details!

Good Luck & Happy Polishing!




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Julep - Brit

Julep Suede – Brit

Julep - BritAs I said in my unboxing post for Julep’s November Maven Box, I was thrilled to see that Julep was going to try their hand at Suede finish polishes. I love my OPI Suedes – they’re perfect in a pinch since they dry so quickly! I was so excited that I even ordered an add-on (Hailee) to my American Beauty box.

Julep describes this polish as a Graphite Silver Suede – works for me! It’s very much the same idea as OPI’s Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees SUEDE.

I’ve now used all three: Amber, Hailee, and Brit and I am happy to report that this was very much on par with the OPI Suedes! I only used two coats for a fun matte look and the formula was perfect: flowed nicely onto my nails – not hard to work with at all!

The biggest draw back to Suede polishes is the wear time – and this is universal, a day or two is the most you’ll get out of them, but since the application is so quick and easy, that doesn’t really bother me.

If you’re feeling the need to add this to your collection, you can grab it on Julep’s website for $14 or $11.20 if you’re a current Julep Maven.

Interested in trying out the Maven program? Go ahead and click here, take the style quiz, and sign up for your introbox! Use the code JULEPVIP to get your box for a penny!


Julep - Lisa Label

Julep – Lisa

As I mentioned in my post over on The Daily Varnish Extra about Julep‘s October box, I was thrilled when they offered a Maven’s Choice box as an alternative to the boxes with crackles. Truthfully, I can’t imagine why anyone would choose a box with crackle in it, but to each her own (with a friendly reminder that it is not 2010).

The polish I was most excited to try was Lisa from the Boho Glam box. It’s described as a warm pebble grey cream. Spot on, Julep. This light grey creme has subtle yellow undertones – finally a flattering light grey (for me!) I went out to dinner with friends on Sunday evening and got several compliments!

The formula is great – which is a huge strength for Julep. The polish applied smoothly and evenly to an opaque finish after two coats.  After such a good experience with Lisa, I’m excited to try out the other two polishes: Keira and Eloise.

If you’d like to see a fun extra picture or learn more about joining the Julep Maven program – click below to see more!

Happy Wednesday!

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