Julep August 2015 Maven Box

julep august 2015 maven boxIt’s been awhile since I’ve taken a Julep Maven Box. I really like Julep’s subscription service but for the past few months I just haven’t been that into the colors offered. They’ve either been too similar to other Julep polishes I own or I’ve felt overwhelmed with polish and haven’t wanted to add any more to my collection. The latest collection changed that. The Julep August 2015 Muse Montreal Collection included plenty of bright colors and sparkly, unique finishes, just what I was craving.

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Sephora VIB Rouge Beauty Before Brunch

beauty_before_brunchOn Sunday, I attended a closed-door shopping event for VIB Rouges. The event, Beauty Before Brunch, was a way to kick-off Sephora’s Beauty Insider Appreciation Week, in which all Beauty Insiders get extra points for their purchases. Sephora’s VIB Rouge events can be a little hit-or-miss, depending on how high your expectations are. Sephora promises two hours of private shopping, mini makeovers, brand ambassadors, and a goodie bag filled with samples. The events vary by store though, with some attendees receiving tons of goodies and other stores being so crowded that it’s impossible to move around. I always treat their events as a way to get free breakfast and buy a product or two that catches my eye, so I’m always happy when I leave.

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Formula X Clix! in Alive

formula_x_clix1A few weeks ago, Formula X sent a bunch of Sephora Beauty Insiders a free gift. I was one of the lucky ones to receive the gift, the Formula X Clix! The System To Go. I’ve tried some of Formula X’s polishes before (see my reviews here and here) and I had good results so I was happy to receive this kit. The color included was random but luckily I received the set I wanted, which contained the peach-pink polish Alive.

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NOTD with Julep Bea

Julep BeaLately, I’ve been really into bees. I don’t know if it’s because I like honey so much or just nostalgia for Pushing Daisies, but I’ve been finding bee products really cute. I love this bee ring I got for Christmas and I’m seriously lusting after these bee-shaped sugar cubes. I’ve had these bee nail decals from Vinyl It Up for a while but I was having trouble finding a yellow nail polish to pair them with. I have quite a collection of polishes but apparently yellows never caught my eye because I didn’t have a single yellow shade. I finally found one I deemed acceptable: Julep Bea.

julep_bea1Seriously though, how cute are these decals? I bought them in black because I wanted a true bumblebee mani, but they are available in so many different colors. Metallic gold would also be a lot of fun and I think white would be nice with red polish for a graphic look.

Julep BeaYellows are a tricky color for nail polish and I found so many that I hated! Bright taxicab yellow seemed a bit much and I can’t pull off mustard. A lot of the colors I came across leaned green or had shimmer in them. I finally found Bea, a pretty pastel creme.

Julep Bea ManiBea is described as a lemonade creme. It’s a really pretty pastel yellow that reminds me of Easter. Some of the reviews claimed it was hard to work with and leaned green but I didn’t find that to be the case. This is a true yellow polish. It was pretty good with two coats but I added a third just to make it really opaque. The formula was fine but it did slightly stain my nails.

Julep Bea Mani with Bee DecalI really liked the black bees against the light yellow polish. This was a really easy mani and it made quite a statement on my nails. I have to admit, Bea is really pretty but I don’t think I’m really a yellow nail polish person. I found it to be very distracting but was still able to make it five days before changing polishes. Bea held up really well with no chips over those five days. The bee vinyls also lasted the entire time. I’ve really liked the decals from Vinyl It Up in the past (see my other looks here) and these were no exception. Julep Bea is $14/11.20 Maven here.


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Essie Lilacism and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow

Essie Lilacism and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom PowWhen it comes to nail polish, I’m not really partial to any one brand, although out of my handful of favorites, I always seen to gravitate toward a single theme within each brand. For example, I love Essie’s opaque pastels and Julep’s full-coverage glitters. My OPI’s tend to be darker cremes or glitter topcoats and when it comes to Deborah Lippmann, the more sparkle, the better. Sometimes I know exactly which polish I want to use for a mani and other times I just grab a handful and pick one at random. For this mani, I wanted a couple of colors I hadn’t used in awhile. I ended up choosing Essie Lilacism and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow.

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