Hey everyone :) I've been MIA lately due to impending move with the sale of our home and a search for a new one. Cleaning and the early packing stages has wrecked my nails! Seriously, I didn't even want to post these swatches. My ring finger is screaming, I got a deep paper cut right on the side of my nail by the cuticle and it was killing me as well as my nails are really dry from all the cleaning solutions and cardboard boxes I've been handling lately. Anyway on to the meat and potatoes!!
I've been seeing all this Julep hype around and had to try it out. Julep is a monthly beauty subscription. Basically you pay $20 a month and you receive a box of polishes and other nail care related items worth $42. It works along the same lines as the Hautlook or Birchbox subscriptions, where you would take a quiz and would get sent colors or products based on your answers. The Julep subscription is a bit different in that you can go online and preview your box before it is sent. If you aren't happy with that months box you can either request another pre-assembled box or opt to skip a month at no charge to you (if you call in time - see link for details). You can also cancel at any time. At Sephora and other stores Julep retails for $14 for each polish.
There are several introductory codes out there for Julep right now. My particular code was for their sneak peek box - HANDMADEREVIEWS. I was able to get 3 polishes plus and additional 2 free for $10. Making each polish just $2. They also have their 1 cent special - code : PENNY. And it literally is just 1 penny for 3 nail polishes or 2 polishes and a foot heel cream, depending on the box you choose. My first box took about 5 days to arrive. The subscription can also be cancelled at any time before the 27th of the month. That is when they charge your card for your next box.
On to the polishes. Julep has a huge variety of Jellies and cremes. Beautiful and very opaque! In my selection I received 1 glitter - Chelsea. And it seemed that in the entire collection there is only a handful of glitters. I have to say this glitter was not nice to me, I didn't like it at all. It didn't spread on my nail smoothly or even a tiny bit smooth. It was extremely chunky as you can see from the pictures I couldn't even get it to cover the top of my nail evenly. If I had added more, even with a quick dry topcoat the polish would have never dried. Maybe I got a bad bottle. It just seemed that the formula was too thick for that type of brush and together it was a bad recipe. All of the other polishes were wonderful to work and beautiful colors. They lasted long and covered almost completely opaque with one coat with the exception of the one sheer polish - Emma, that took 3 coats. Overall I really like Julep. It's fun getting my monthly box. Even though I'm paying for it, it feels like I'm getting a present each time my box arrives lol. Thanks for visiting!!