For those wondering what Influenster is, it's [essentially] a hub for beauty and product lovers everywhere to review the items they need in their lives. The most Influential get exclusive access to what's called a VoxBox, wherein you get a box in the mail with product inside of it that the company has sent out for honest and open reviews. You can unlock Brand Badges while doing VoxBoxes, and you can unlock Life Badges based on YOUR personal interests in life. It helps you see others who enjoy what you do, and open you to products you might not otherwise have found, while simultaneously letting you see what people like YOU really think of it! It's a wonderful place, really, and while some may complain about singular-product boxes: I for one can't. I enjoy new products, and finding out what I do or do not like, and sharing my thoughts with others. :)
That being said, My latest VoxBox [as the title informs] was from Venus/Gillette. They've marketed a razor for "in a snap" use, for the go-go-go ladies [...and men? Any men out there?] and have cleverly called it "The Venus Snap" [Ha.. haha... see what they did there? Venus SNAP? As in the venus fly trap that snaps shut? .... Don't judge. Those buggers are adorable.]
I haven't had much time recently to really enjoy a good hot bath, so I have put off testing this out. Until now. And by god, it was worth it!
First, the packaging has the razor inside a hard blue plastic clamshell. The razor itself is securely snapped into position, and there are holes in the bottom for water and air to pass in/out of. It's compact, and quite discreet should you not want anyone to know your secret to stubble-banishment.
Second, the razor itself is small, fitting within the palm of your hand, though uses a standard-sized blade head. These specifically came with Venus Embrace attached. The handle is circular, with a soft and flexible rubber pad in the center to stabilize. It was this circular shape that I found was most impressive! I didn't anticipate how much this would make shaving with either hand, and in harder to reach areas, EASIER!
Truly, genuinely, it did though! It bent over the curve of my knee, and behind, and around ankles [not to mention the underarms! DREAM-like!!] like a figure skater in the olympics. It was AWESOME.
Thirdly, the choice in blade head was perfect. So smooth, it really doesn't need anything more than a little wetting to work [Just like its advertised!]. There was a coupon for some more of these heads and you can bet I will be using it!
Please note: I DID receive this for free, in exchange for testing and reviewing the product. Venus/Gillette and Influenster have in no way endorsed my post, nor have they altered anything I have said about the product. I do swear my review is my own, and I have been honest to the best of my ability. :)
HUZZAH for another early release for us June Box-takers!!! Our benefit is your gain, with SUPER early access to the Secret Store! Featured below are the mystery boxes, and the birthstone polish, and later today you will see the rest of the secret store - ALL with convenient links for YOU to make your own purchase! No Maven box required!!
Kathy - June Birthstone Polish
"Named for Academy Award winner Kathy Bates"
June Friends and Family Surprise #1
June Friends and Family Surprise #2
June Friends and Family Surprise #3
I'd like to take this chance to offer up a moment of silence before we all head off to our Memorial Day festivities, and remember the fallen and fighting that have done so for our freedom and safety of mind on weekends just like this one. This is one of those days I will always treasure, with a family and life blessedly full of servicemen and women. Always in our hearts, and minds. Thank you. <3
And, in honor of this holiday weekend, Julep has again put forth a fantastic deal for us all to take advantage of! Mystery boxes: With hints! There are 10 available total, as follows. There is a guarantee of NO polish or product overlap, so if you're brave enough to spring for all 10 semi-mysteries, you won't be stuck with 10 of the same thing. Yay!!
Comment below if you go for any of these beauties! I'm still trying to figure out which one I want myself. xD
Mystery #1 Clue: Tips in top shape
To kick start the group is a beautiful big box, that includes the glitter topper pictured at left, 'Taryn' and the mint clutch pictured above, amongst many other products valued in total at $143!!!
Mystery #2 Clue: This one is clutch
Continuing in the large-box section of mystery boxes available, this one features the immensely popular Blush in 'Peach Bellini' AND corresponding weighted handle blush brush with the cute glam clutch bag! Including the mystery products, this one is valued at $144!
Mystery #3 Clue: Life's a beach
If big fancy boxes and bags aren't your style but you still want quality in quantity, this box features the just-in-time-for-summer must have product, 'Beach Tonic Dry Body Oil'. This oil and its mystery friends are valued at $101!!
Mystery #4 Clue: A healthy hi-five
This one is personally tempting me, as it is a box valued at $102, and includes BOTH the 'Vanish cuticle softener & remover', AND the actual 'Cuticle pusher' tool! Very good deal, if I do say so myself! [Spoiler alert: I do ;D]
Mystery #5 Clue: So fresh & clean
A highly rated favourite by Mavens, featured in this box is the 'Bare Face Cleansing Oil' And the award winning 'Konjac Sponge'! This box's value is at $102 as well, but it certainly won't cost that much!
Mystery #6 Clue: This box was made for walkin'
Another personally tempting box, this one features Julep's foam toe separators, and the 'Mint Condition Pedi Creme', that many have raved and rated as a 'must have' for their pedi regime! This box has a value of $42!!
Mystery #7 Clue: Sparkle & Shine
This cute box features two hot metallic shades, including the chrome-like titanium shine of 'Missy' [left]!!
This box's contents are valued at $42 as well!!
Mystery #8 Clue: Breathe easy
If you missed out on June's hot new Oxygen base and top coats, you might want to consider this one! Not only do you get the HOT cherry pie red 'Sheila' [left], but you get Julep's 'Oxygen Nail Treatment'! [And more? ;D] Valued at $46, this box is as hot as this red!
Mystery #9 Clue: Splatter & Smooth
If you're into hard-to-nail colours, the cool periwinkle blue of 'Talor' might just right up your alley, along with the rest of this $30 value box! Bonus: You get a cute gift bag with it!
Mystery #10 Clue: File under guava-licious
And last but certainly not least, this final box is valued at $33 and contains the hot new spicy-coral 'Harriet', among others, and you also get to keep this cute gift bag! These are GREAT for re-gifting, or using later as party favors!
If you're interested in any of these hot mysteries, get in there quick! Not only will they sell out before too long, you have less than 48 hours to get them while they ARE stocked!!
And, as usual, I will have the awesome Secret Store for June up for you next week!
Not a Maven? Sign up now, with the new [Limited Edition] Summer Welcome Box! Use code HELLOYOU to get it free, with $2.99 shipping, and treat yourself to colour!
Remember that limited edition Intro Box to Julep deal I mentioned a few weeks ago? Pay only $2.99 for shipping, and get your entire box FREE? Well that's now been EXTENDED, and UPGRADED!
Now, for a VERY very limited time, you can purchase one of the new 100% customizable Maven Box Subscriptions, and get your intro FREE, and in hot new shades perfectly tailored for this summer!
Sign up now, and you'll receive Kayla and Mariska, two shades I have previously reviewed from the Vivid Brights Collection, and Raegan. As if three gorgeous polishes weren't enough, you'll also get the sheer pink lip gloss 'Graceful', AND the amazing Kajal Eye Glider that comes with two colours [Bronze and black]!!! All for JUST the shipping of $2.99.
Curious? What exactly is this customizable box I speak of? The new Maven Program has listened to the feedback of its Mavens over the years, and has finally created THE perfectly tailored box for you. How? YOU tailor it!
Each month, log into your Maven account between the 20th-24th to preview the next brand-new, can't-miss Maven collection. During that selection window, you can customize your box as much (or as little) as you'd like. You'll be billed for your box on the 27th, and we'll ship it soon after. Get 20% off and free shipping on julep.com after you join. Cancel anytime with a simple phone call if you're not satisfied with the program.
But don't worry: With the new customized boxes, you will be!
To get this HOT Summer Shades Intro Box, use code HELLOYOU at checkout!!!
Julep has outdone themselves again. From now until the 12th, you can purchase any one [or more! ;D] of three Mystery Box styles. One lucky winner of each style will have a polish named AFTER THEM! Or, you know, someone near and dear to your heart. *cough cough*
For only $24.99 each, these are guaranteed not to have any overlap with the other two styles, AND the polishes and products inside them have never been in a mystery box so far this year!!!
Get them while you can, because these are selling faster than a Wonka bar!
I am so so so SO excited to review this box. I ventured forth away from my usual It Girl, and instead went for [I believe] Bombshell, with an It Girl polish added on. This means I also got the Plie Wand, the "Revolutionary new polishing tool" from Julep. I've been against getting it simply because I actually don't have any difficulties polishing with my non-dominant hand, as I am ambidextrous, but I figured since I got it anyway, I might as well try it. And I'm glad I did, for surprising reasons!!
Let me apologize for the lack of cleanup in all of the following reviews, I left the mess to show how much was left behind while using the new Julep Plie Wand.
This gorgeous apricot shimmer is Julep's Saaya. Mangoes, and apricots, and peaches all come to mind with this beautiful shifty colour, and prepare you for a day of beach strolling under the palms with a coconut in your hand. Saaya practically BEGS to be worn for just such a vacation, and while she was a little difficult and streaky with application, she eventually settled to be less noticeable. I firmly believe if I had used a fourth coat, they would have disappeared all together. :)
With Saaya, the Plie wand performed okay, although I did not use it for the first coat so this might have given it an unfair base to stand on. As a note, with Saaya, I did like many and tried to firmly attach the plie cap. Do NOT do this! It's just not designed for it. You'll risk breaking your beautiful polish, and/or the plie cap itself if you do, because you'll ultimately need to resort to pliers. Just lightly press the Plie cap over the brush cap, and it will hold just as well!
This, surprisingly [Or unsurprisingly?] was hands and nails down my FAVOURITE polish to swatch today. Even though I was painting with my non-dominant hand, WITH the plie wand, the colour didn't fight me one bit during application, and I was legitimately saddened that it got ruined when taking off the polish from my other hand. Truly, having to wave adieu to this polish... One should never experience it.
Laree is a BEAUTIFUL soft tulip pink cream with a subtle but obvious golden peach shimmer shifting its way throughout. With two coats it was opaque enough to wear, though three coats is shown, and not a streak was to be found anywhere.
With this polish, the wand neither made it easier, nor more difficult to polish. It was definitely comfortable to hold, but because it's an entirely different way to polish with my non-dominant hand, it was a bit shaky trying to apply without making a mess. I think another try or two with this hand would make such an improvement; And I do see how this tool would help someone who isn't otherwise able to paint neatly, with either hand.
Kam was my added-on polish, from It Girl, and the one I was most excited to get. A smooth surprisingly minty green cream, Kam applied with a fantastic shine and smooth, even layers, with no streaks whatsoever.
Although the wand got a little awkward with my thumb, I blame my posture, not the wand. I was so fascinated by the minty hue [I'm a sucker for mint greens] that I was practically hovering over my nails during application lol. The wand felt a lot more natural to hold by this time, the second time using it with my dominant hand. Very pleased by this point, and had a realization about the Plie Wand.
So, what about the Wand?
My original outlook was that it would be redundant, and highly unnecessary for me and my polishing fun. I can paint perfectly fine, with minimal cleanup required; On either hand. Prior to the style release, I had no intention of purchasing the Plie wand. Then the colours I wanted were not together, and in order to get them I had to have a style that included the wand.
During use, my outlook actively changed. While I was stubbornly refusing to admit it was comfortable, the fact remained: It really was. The diameter wasn't as large as I had thought, so it was much less like a jumbo kids crayon, and much more like your favourite pen in middle school that came with the gripper attached. While this has no such thing, [it should!] it was the same feeling.
After use? Have I changed my mind?
Maybe. I don't know that I'll jump right into daily use, simply because sometimes I really don't have the extra 10 seconds it takes to swap the caps out and attach the wand. I just want to put a quick coat of polish on and go.
However, much of my painting is leisurely, and so I could be very open to using this wand quite often. My realization though? This wand is ESSENTIAL for nail art. Every single time I used this wand, my mind kept reeling with ideas of how this wand could SO improve nail art I've done in the past; And now I'm absolutely kicking myself for not getting the creativity kit when I could.
I AM very glad Julep listened to feedback and made the plie cap fit over current brushes, and did not make them mandatory to all new polishes. I love my swatch stickers, and this cap just looks awkward on the julep bottles when the wand is not attached.
Overall, I do think this wand would be a HUGE benefit for ALL polish fiends, even if you don't use it 24/7. Those with hand-related disabilities will have no problem I can see with finally getting to [comfortably!] enjoy polishing their own nails.
The best news, is it's actually affordable! The wand itself goes for $20.00 [$25.00 for non-mavens] here:
And that Creativity Kit? It goes for the SUPER awesome price of $8.00 [$10.00 for non-mavens]!!!!
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