Hip hip, I do believe it's time for July's reveal! Man am I excited about this month. This will be the third or fourth month in a ROW now that I have truly been surprised with the collection Julep has released. Between untimely soft and delicate like last month, and wild pops of colour like the month prior; I've really been on my toes. It's quite refreshing!
Without further ado, prepare for ye wall of pictures!!
And, below are some of the featured products this month!! :)
Yeehaw! I received my first-ever sample of truvia [Sweetener made from the Stevia plant] yesterday! It came with a $2.00 off ANY size truvia product, and two packets of sweetener.
In our house, coffee reigns supreme. Tea is a nice alternative for hotter days, but coffee is almost always ready-made. With both options, sugar is a necessity. We drink both black, with roughly a spoonful of sugar or honey.
It would take probably ~3-4 packets of truvia to equal the spoon of sugar we use in our beverages, so having only two packets concerned me. I used them both in a single cup, expecting it to still be extremely bitter. Which, don't get me wrong, we definitely do enjoy pure black coffee on occasion so it wouldn't be a big deal if it weren't as sweet as normal.
To my surprise, it was NOT the least bit bitter at all! In fact, half as much truvia was sweeter than the normal spoonful of sugar! I was completely caught off guard. The taste of just the truvia was quite good, and I could see using it as a garnishment, to be sure. But in the cup, it did alter the taste of the coffee slightly. Nothing drastic, but enough to know I was using something completely different.
All in all, I was very impressed with this product. I was surprised by the sweetness, ultimately loved the taste. Can I see buying this product long-term? Definitely! I can't, at the moment, see it taking over as primary sweetener in the house; But it will DEFINITELY be in stock as a happy alternative. :)
Rating: 4 out of 5 Cherries!
A wonderful lady in a Facebook group I am in brought up a fairly well-known Youtuber that does nail-art tutorials, and love several of the designs. Having heard of the Youtuber, but not the specific design the gal was mentioning, I watched the video and was inspired not by the same art; But the following one. [The 3rd]
I had a failing mani in its final hours of life, and rather than remove it decided to USE it, and save myself a ton of time while trying out the new nail-art. And it worked! I ended up with a fantastic 'recovery' mani, AND got to try out my Plie Wand's striper tool! [Spoiler: I LOVE IT!]
Please note: While I was originally inspired by the Youtuber mentioned, my design is NOT a direct replica. As I was doing this, I felt drawn to go a slightly different direction, and I love where I ended up. Maybe someday I will truly replicate the design I liked, but that day was not today.
What you'll need!
Step One: The dying mani [Flora]
If you're doing a recovery mani as I did, you will likely already have a base coat, colour, and layer or two of topcoat on your nails. If not, this is the step to add all but the topcoat! If you're concerned the topcoat will affect the nail art, you don't necessarily have to worry. However, you can lightly wipe some remover that has been weakened with a little water [VERY little!] to remove some of the topcoat. 1-2 swipes at most, in an even manner to prevent streaking and thin spots. :)
Step Two: The first colour [Kai]
I wanted a pale blue to contrast the darker violet of Flora, and Kai was the perfect colour. Because she is a sea salt texture, I wanted her as far down the line of layers as possible, so the texture would be less prominent in the final product. So, she's the first colour! I went for an almost half and half diagonal swipe here. :)
Step Three: The second colour [Lauren]
For my second colour, I needed something from the warmer colours to bring a little balance back to the mani. Opting for a neon pink [Not the calm-pink it appears in these images] with Lauren my only regret was that I didn't add a third layer OF Lauren to even out the sheerness some more. Instead of matching the angle of Kai, I started halfway down the nail and gently curved to the tip of the opposing edge.
Step Four: The details
With my beloved copper glitter, Diamond Theory, and Julep's striping attachment for the Plie Wand, I lined the edges of all the colours with a single layer of glitter. I dipped my polish-brush in the polish, and dabbed the excess onto a plastic art tray, which I then used to pick up polish on the striping tool. A quick wipe with remover and my tool was clean! I was actually QUITE impressed with how well it performed!
Step Five: Finishing touches <3
After my edge cleanup [Gotta love orange wood sticks soaked in remover!!], a single layer of Freedom to fuel my high-gloss finish fix sealed [and dried!] this beautiful recovery in minutes. You can't even tell this was a re-used mani! <3
Evening/Morning ladies! While scrumaging around this morning to find images of an old Julep polish that isn't sold anymore, I once more came across THIS article. Originally it caught my attention because of the hints and information it gave about the [now implemented] MyMaven program. This morning, I was struck by something I [of all people] should have seen sooner.
Jane blatantly dropped by name and style a polish that would* be in the Fall 2014 lineup.
"The Artemis color might be something bold that makes a statement"
Given my own very personal affiliation with the wonderful world of Greek Goddesses and their modern-day use as names, it surprised me that I had missed this key name. That being said, I'm now hugely excited for whatever colour this might be; And, dare I say, hopeful I might one day see my very own Athena polish?
SO. Ladies, let us discuss! What colour, finish, and style, do YOU think Artemis will be? What month do you think we will see it, and what THEME do you think it will be a part of? Comment below, and let us discuss! Maybe, if someone guesses it correctly come fall, I might just have a little prize ready for them? ;D
*Since some have misunderstood this phrase, a clarification: Would is used in reference to 'Would, should it be included'. As I do not work for Julep's product development team [sadface!], I obviously cannot know with 100% certainty any upcoming polishes. This is simply my [obviously] hopeful interpretation, and I would like other opinions on what this polish WOULD look like, SHOULD it be made. :)
Ever have a vision in your head of just what you want to have... and then you try it and it does NOT end up like your brain saw it?
Welcome to my Nautical-themed stripes. For lack of proper white polishes, I substituted with China Glaze's "There's Snow one like you" on top of SinfulColors' "Rain Storm". Heart accents kudos to China Glaze's "Just Be-Claws". And only myself to thank for the horrid turnout. xD
I had wanted petite but bold stripes, clean-lined; But, being one that not only has very little tape in the house, let alone of that size, I am NO master of striping tape. Of any degree. Tips from you all would be much appreciated! Comment below with tips for makeshift striping, or pics of your success! Or Failure, I won't judge :) I clearly have no room to talk lol.
Yes! Julep has done it again! They've released a NEW Welcome Box theme, free to new Mavens! The theme? Nautical! Revel in a sea of beautiful colours, and get in SHIPSHAPE for summer festivities with this beautiful welcome box!
What is a Maven? Here at Julep, as a Maven, you get a beautifully tailored [Sailored?] box full of beauty products and/or polish to YOUR preferences, each and every month. Including full customization, you can swap out products or polish as needed to perfect the look YOU want!
What do you get??
YESSSS. The new Oxygen Performance Top Coat is BACK IN STOCK!
Now is the time to try out the OXYGEN2 code to get 30% off when you buy the base and topcoats!! :D
Need the base coat as well? Click below!!
Ladies, meet my new Red Holo courtesy of Polish Luv!
This beauty is 'Stiletto', and is a beautiful red/raspberry linear holo cream. Indoors, it appears more raspberry as seen here; But outside in direct sunlight, it becomes a bright crimson red! So very lovely, and I was surprised with the fantastic opportunity to share this with you all!
I was so sad that cleaning killed this pretty polish [I was working in chemicals, and sadly didn't have gloves :'(], but it was probably for the best. This is such a happy summer holo I didn't get much done for staring! <3
To see more from Polish Luv, or stay up to date with new releases, follow the Facebook page!
From left to right, the polishes are: Brigitte, Jet, Harley, Bette, and Lizanne. And, if you use the limited time code SPRINGPERK, you can get 30% off your order, making THIS awesome set only $15!
Alternative codes to try:
[* Please note, the Oxygen Performance Top Coat is currently SOLD OUT, so the OXYGEN2 code may not function properly right now.]
If you're looking for MORE awesome things to fill your cart with, it's the Best Friends Fest over at Julep! We're celebrating all our BFFs with a whole set of dynamic duo discounts! Whether you want to pamper, polish, or both, we've definitely got you [and her!] covered!!
Yes!! For you birthstone collectors out there, Julep has RESTOCKED the entire Birthstone Collection released to date! If you are missing Betty, Rosa, Aretha, Coretta, Priscilla, or this month's Kathy, get them now, and catch up! Keep in mind the original releases had these beautiful polishes sold out in less than 48 hours!
And, if you get them within the next few days, there is a FREE Expedited Shipping offer on orders over $30! :D
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