IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN!
I'm so so SO excited for this month's Secret Store. It's by FAR the best in a very long time!!!
***Update: Full list updated, links and all! Emma is not showing as valid, so I have removed it at this time.
Excited? Yes! Tomorrow the Secret Store opens for EVERYONE. Get in and get yours now; Strawberry Shake is already SOLD OUT. That means any of your favourites could be gone by waiting until tomorrow!!
If you know me, you know I LOVE and LIVE for two things. Nail polish, and Coffee. LOVE YUM.
So, it should be no surprise I felt like doing a coffee-inspired mani today! I went for a french-tip based mani, using Julep's Cynthia for the fancy Cafe, and Julep's Fiore for the DELICIOUS looking chocolate drizzle. Best part? BOTH are available for YOU to buy! Get crackin', I want to see more of these gorgeous manis out there! ;D
And don't forget! If you're not already a Maven, now is THE TIME to do so!! Slashed shipping costs on the FREE Welcome boxes, and a new and improved Maven Subscription program!!!
If you have ever EVER considered joining Julep Maven's subscription program, now is THE time to do it!
For an extremely limited time, with the FREEBOX code, you can get your box 100% FREE, and shipping [this is the limited time part!] is currently $2.99! That's HALF the normal cost of shipping the Introductory boxes!!
And as if that weren't great enough, we're rolling out a new Maven program, thanks to YOUR advice!
You can save $15 over three months with our new pre-paid Maven option. The NEW Maven program allows AMAZING customizability! If you're wanting a little of this style with a little of that: You can have it! It's literally having your cake, and eating it too. Normally $24.99 each month, a 3 month pre-paid option costs you the equivalent of $19.99 per month.
Why is that important? Because the current Maven program, which will become the "classic" program, costs $19.99 a month, and you have NO options to customize!! You'll still get style profiles each and every month, but now you can change them at will, to shades YOU connect with.
Because that's what we want. Beauty is about CONNECTION, not competition. :)
Did you know that the monthly Maven subscription is one of the best beauty deals available anywhere? Each month, ourMavens get:
I must apologize for this not being posted sooner; I had thought I'd published it 3 days after my Polish Post, when in fact it had only saved it as a draft. Doh!
As promised [if late] here is the comparison between Sunny, the new metallic yellow, and Nessa, the old metallic yellow.
As you can see, they are quite similar in finish and colour. However, they are very different tones. Since Sunny is meant as a neon, alone she leans green [As most if not all neon yellows do], where Nessa is more of a pure yellow.
Personally, with this comparison I greatly prefer Nessa. She was more opaque in fewer coats, she was much smoother to apply [Slightly more of a cream than Sunny], and she's more of a true yellow. To me, Sunny's green hue didn't look very good next to my skin tone.
Would they serve as a dupe to the other? Potentially, as without a side-by-side to compare them to, they are quite similar. But I wouldn't be able to use them as a replacement, simply because I do see the green in Sunny and prefer my yellows to be more pure. :)
Interested in either for yourself? Hurry! Nessa is currently ON SALE for $2.99 each! Click the link above, and add her to your cart now. Think Sunny is more your colour, or need to stock up on a few more? Click the link below and get your own Sunny for $11.20!
If you haven't become a Julep Maven yet, Spring is the time to do it! For a limited time only, or as long as supplies last, you can buy any one of THREE mystery boxes, and receive polishes and product perfect for ringing in Spring!!!
Already a Maven? Click the image above to order YOUR mystery boxes now!
Need to sign up? No problem! Click the image below, and welcome!! :)
Julep Maven's subscription program has entered its 3rd spring palette [My 3rd Maven Anniversary is tomorrow!], and I'm still as in love as I was on day 1. This month is the "Vivid Brights" collection, and I can PROMISE you I was not the least bit disappointed. Some of these are in fact SO bright and vivid, they threw the saturation levels off on my camera! As a result, I had to edit the saturation in a few shots to put the polish back as close as possible to its actual colour; And in the process my skin morphed into some pretty strange colours.
I'd like to step away from the polish for a moment, and explain what my stance and feelings are on Autism; Specifically a certain infamous Autistic Charity.
This morning I happened upon a blog post by a woman that goes by "OMum22", wherein she explains in great detail her own stance on the charity in question. I have to say I, for the most part, agree with her. I agree that I do not support the charity itself. I do not agree with Eugenics in Autism. I do not agree that Autism is something that, necessarily, needs to be "fixed". There are many successful members of society that are Autistic, and some have never had any medication or treatment. They have adapted, and thrived. Such is the human way. I also have to accept the bitter side to Autism; That, sometimes, it is not a beautiful disorder. Sometimes it is gritty, and painful, and just too much for any one person, or their family, to handle. So I also have to accept that there may just be some cases for which a treatment or reversal might be appropriate.
But even the bitter side has a bitter side. For every good use of a "cure", there will be at least 2 bad uses. Much like sexuality, even IF it's a biological "disorder" that is an anomaly, it is not something just anyone should have the power to wield. It should be up to the person dealing with the disorder or sexuality first-hand. Unfortunately, I know in my heart that would never happen. Those with the power usually desire it; Those that desire it usually do not deserve it; And hose that deserve it usually will never have it.
So, accepting the good AND the bad of Autism is necessary. And I cannot in good conscience support a charity that views Autism in all it's bitter beauty as a sickness. However, there is one point I disagree with OMum22 on: I DO support 'Light it up Blue'.
Yes, by supporting the event which is LIUB, I bring attention to the charity in question. But, by doing so I also bring attention to Autism. I open the door to a world of research, and beauty, and pain, and tears, and happiness. And that is never a bad thing.
By supporting LIUB I may be sending out "bad publicity". But, publicity is publicity, and for the sake of those who do indeed suffer unnecessarily at the hands of Autism, an effective treatment at the very least would be a good commodity. A commodity, and a choice; But the choice would come from legislation AFTER the creation of the commodity.
So, for me at least, I support Autism, and all those affected. I support Awareness for Autism. But I do not support Autism Speaks.
Those of you who follow me on Facebook will [hopefully!] know that I have never been to Ulta before. I had these visions of this magical place where nail polish is everywhere, and makeup is sparkly and bright and beautiful and rainbows came out of the registers.
Okay, maybe that's not feasible. I doubt ALL the makeup could be sparkly. ;D
So yesterday we were in town and I had my beau stop off at Ulta with me. I opened these magical gates to heaven, and promptly fell into a pit of disappointment. The "Nail bar" was in shambles, dimly lit, and not a damn polish was where it should have been, let alone in any decent quantities or order. There was almost NOTHING there.
Remembering that some stories were told of "bins" of clearance polishes hidden away, I went down every single aisle of crap to try and find some more polish. By what I presume was a hair/nail salon towards the back, I lucked out and found some OPI polishes. Very few, very ugly, very expensive.
After circling the Benefit Lash bar I finally found a tiny little aisle by the hair dye that had the clearance stuff. Maybe 1/3 of it was polish, IF it was lucky. I was extreeeeeeeeeeeeeemely disappointed.
I can't speak for if this is what all Ultas look like, but I"m never setting foot in THAT one again. Ever. It was a horror story. Even my beau, who couldn't possibly care less about makeup and polish, was disappointed. :/
Have a great story about an Ulta near you? A picture of a magical place completely different from the hell I set foot in? Please comment below and share with me! I'd love to see some redemption!
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