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Julep Maven May [Modern Beauty] Box

I’ve been a Julep Maven subscriber since November, but May’s Gatsby-inspired box has been my favorite. (The Glycolic Scrub and Rock Star Hand Crème in the Power Couple Box are pretty amaze too!–highly recommended) The themed box was sans polish, but I was more than impressed with all of the (toxic-free, always) beauty items included.
Julep Maven May Modern Beauty Box

I’ve tried other lip scrubs in the past, that usually get messy and have severe clingy properties, but the Sugar Smooch Lip Scrub smells absolutely amazing, and makes my lips so soft and smooth, with easy application. A perfect pre-lipstick ritual.

Julep Maven May Modern Beauty Box

The fun variety of lip hues in the New York Jazz Lipstick Trio came in two sheer shades (a nude and poppy color), as well as a matte red for a bold statement. The fun sized portions are great for a small clutch or pouch.

Julep Maven May Modern Beauty Box

It takes a lot for me to fall in love with a mascara. Lash separation, no clumping, and volume are all on the check list, yet this American Beauty Volumizing Mascara goes the distance with lash growth enhancement ingredients. The easy applicator wand even gets into the hard to reach spots to get even the smallest lashes. I’m sold!

**This is not a sponsored Post

Julep Maven {March}

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This month’s Julep Maven “American Beauty” box contained the ultimate secret to silky, soft hands. A Glycolic Hand Scrub that’s deemed as a “facial for hands” and a Hand Creme with anti-aging properties.  The beautifying duo contains all natural ingredients, and a refreshing scent. My favorite thing about Julep is their non-toxic products. The more the merrier!

IMG_4437 IMG_4436Are you a Julep Maven? If so, share your fave products!

Polymer Top Coat

Non-Toxic Gel Top Coat

Basic manicures never seem to last. Gel manicures have long-lasting wear, but since I prefer using non-toxic nail products, something that fit both categories was pretty  impossible to find. I couldn’t be more thrilled to discover a non-toxic polymer top coat in last month’s Julep Maven box.

Pastel Nails Julep Polymer Top Coat

The fast drying top coat gives nails a gel like coating, for the ultimate shine, and long-lasting wear. Waiting for a manicure to dry is something I’m sure anyone would love to eliminate from their beauty routine, and this 4-free top coat dries quickly, without smudging, making it the ultimate manicure must-have.

{Neon & Nude} Julep Maven January Box

Julep Maven January I’m loving the theme of this month’s American Beauty Julep Maven box. Spring nail trends range from chic neutrals, to bright hued neons (and every eye-catching embellishment in between.) The contrasting duo is the perfect pair to add a pop of color, or soften a handful of neon.
Julep Maven January
These fun “Swatch Me” stickers a great for showing off any deceiving or sheer colors, before applying.
Julep Maven January Since switching over to Twistbands, I can never go back. The snag-free hair ties leave minimal hair kinks and keep hair damage-free. This neon colored trio is a fun way to bounce into Spring.
Julep Maven January The Hand and Cuticle Stick is a great size to throw in your handbag mess-free, unlike other cuticle oils. The rich shea butter keeps dry Winter skin moisturized.
Julep Maven January Julep, American Beauty, “Bethany” & “Mindy.”

Beauty Awards 2012

I’m such a beauty junkie, I’m always testing out new products, so I love the beauty subscription trend going on right now with companies like Birchbox and GLOSSYBOX (highly recommend joining!) I’m sharing my top must-haves that I fell in love with this year. What are your favorite beauty products?

Beauty Awards 2012 Skincare Cleansing Brush: Clarisonic Mia 2
Cleanser: Philosophy ‘Purity Made Simple’ One-Step Facial Cleanser + Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash or Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanse
Toner: Bliss Steep Clean Mattifying Toner Pads
Moisturizer: Mary Kay TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer
Concentrate: Giorgio Armani ‘Luminessence’ Bright Regenerator Concentrate
Clearing Mask: Philosophy ‘The Oxygen Peel’ Kit (Super-Size Kit)
Anti-Aging Mask: Mario Badescu ‘Super Collagen’ Mask
Pore Reducing Mask: Mario Badescu ‘Cucumber Tonic’ Mask
Eye Products: Clinique All About Eyes Serum, Kiehl’s Eye-Brightening Concentrate
Lash Primer: DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
Brown Serum: Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum
Spot Healing: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Lip Balm: Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
Lip Mask: Mary Kay Satin Lips Set

Beauty Awards 2012 Makeup Foundation Primer: Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer
Foundation: Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation
Concealer: Benefit Stay Don’t Stray
Powder: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder
Blush: Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush (72 Rose Initiale)
Bronzer: Tarte Mineral Bronzer (Park Avenue Princess)
Eyeliner: Lancôme ‘Le Stylo Waterproof’ Long Lasting EyeLiner (Cafe Nior)
Brow Pencil: Giorgio Armani Eyebrow Pencil (2 Brown)
Mascara: ModelCo Fibre LASHXTEND
Palette: Lancôme ‘Color Design’ Shadow & Liner Palette (Taupe Craze 100)
Lipgloss: Chanel Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer (Seashell)
Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine & Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour
Brush Set: Giorgio Armani Brush Set
Blush Brush: Chanel Blush Brush #4
Concealer Brush: Sephora Collection Pro Concealer Brush #45
Shadow Brush: Bare Escentuals Smoky Eye Brush

Beauty Awards 2012 Nails Polish: Julep
Polish Color: Butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer in West End Wonderland
Top CoatSeche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
Nail File: Sephora Crystal Nail File
Polish Remover: Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover & Prep 
Cuticle Cream: CND Cuticle Eraser
Hand Cream: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Winter Hues

Winter Hues

This season I’ve been reaching for army green and wine colored hues, along with my usual neutrals. A pair of colored denim or an accent scarf really make my basic blacks, navys and beiges pop in a bold way.

Winter Hues
Coat: Vince  /  Denim: Decree (similar)  /  Boots: Nine West  /  Scarf: Zara  /  Nails: Julep Julie  /  Lips: Chanel Glossimer in Seashell (my favorite color)
Winter Hues

I’ve been living in this sweater coat that I purchased for the Fall season, but is surprisingly warm when layered for cooler temps.

Winter Hues
Winter Hues

Plaid & Polkadots


Plaid & Polkadots

It may not feel like the Holiday season just yet (today it was almost 70 degrees!) But lately, I’ve found myself leaning towards cozy plaids, and statement metallics. (oh and a festive red lip!.. love Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous in Inimitable)

Plaid & Polkadots

Top: J.Crew (similar)  /  Scarf: Cejon via TJ Maxx  /  Denim: J Brand  /  Shoes: ShoeMint  /  Bag: Prada  / Lips: Chanel Inimitable /  Nails: Julep Julie

Plaid & Polkadots

Plaid & Polkadots

 

Plaid & Polkadots

Plaid & Polkadots

Holiday Gift Guide {$25 & Under}

Holiday Gift Guide {$25 & Under}

  1. First Aid Beauty Feel FAB Kit
  2. Julep Nail Vernis 
  3. 2013 Weekly Planner
  4. Xhilaration Pajama Set
  5. J.Crew Crystal Bow Key Chain
  6. Striped iPhone Case
  7.  Glitter Bow Ballet Flats
  8. Macaron Box
  9. Campo Marzio Business Card Case
  10. C. Wonder Geo Paint Latte Mug

Julep Maven: November

This month’s pick for the Julep Maven program is American Beauty. The set came with colors Stefani and Lynn, and an essential cuticle oil.

 A fun surprise was the nail glitter pots included in the set. How cute is this?

I decided to try this peachy pink pair first.

One of the perks of being a maven is discounted products. I also snagged this goodies. Harley, O’Canada, and a base coat.

Have you joined Julep Maven yet? What colors are your loving?

**This is not a sponsored post, strictly my opinion.

Friday Finds {My Favorites Things of Fall}

November weather has me cozying up to oversized knits (particularly this sweater coat that I’ve been living in.), hot cups of tea, and a good read. Very Cameron Diaz-ish in The Holiday. (Cozy socks & all.)

How cozy is this scarf?

My cozy spot for reading & blogging.
I just can’t get enough of layering during the Fall and Winter months, so I’m constantly adding to my scarf collection.

Pumpkin Spice Tea. Almond milk and stevia complete this festive tea latte.
I’m in love with bow detail. This sweet little bracelet makes for chic Holiday arm candy. (A Kate Spade find at TJ Maxx, $29 originally $78!)
I’m all about subtle hints of sparkle. A great greige, Julep’s Sophie from the Trina Turk Fall 2012 Collection, and Butter London’s West End Wonderland.  I truly think West End Wonderland may be the prettiest polish I ever did see. I’ve declared it my Holiday go-to.

What are your must-haves and favorite things of Fall?