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Julep Maven July 2013 California Coast Collection

This month I decided to go against my profile style which is “It-girl” and decided to go with the Bombshell box this month. I really wanted to get the entire set but was good and restrained from spending the $55.00. I did however end up adding a nail polish that was worth $4.99 but I ended up using 750 “Jules” points that I’ve saved up and it was free!

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What was in my box:

JoannaLilac frost 
Regular Price: $14.00
Maven Price: $11.20

BlakelyPurple and green molten  

Regular Price: $14.00
Maven Price: $11.20

My add-on this month:
Fireworks- Red, white and blue multi-dimensional glitter top coat

Regular Price: $14.00
Maven Price: $11.20

I got this right on time for 4th of July! I’m so excited to put this on and will post a picture on my instagram later. I love glitter polishes, especially for accent nails.

From left to right: Blakely, Joanna, and Fireworks!

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swatches of Blakely, Joanna, and Fireworks!

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Beach Tonic Dry Body Oil

Regular Price: $23.00

Maven Price: $18.40

Here’s the description from Julep.com:

What It Is: A blend of lightweight yet nourishing oils that moisturize, condition, and restore elasticity and suppleness to the body.

What It Does: Absorbs instantly and leaves a satin finish without a greasy residue. Treatment mist contains a blend of cotton seed oil, rich in cell nourishing vitamin E, and sunflower oil-  for deep conditioning and softening of even the driest skin.

How To Use: Mist onto slightly damp skin. Massage in thoroughly. Use whenever and whenever skin feels dry. Can be used under lotion for more skin conditioning. Do not use on face.

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Green Tea Facial Blotting Papers (Estimated value $5?) pack of 40 sheets

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Loving the Quote that was in the box this month!

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I am very satisfied with my box this month. I was thinking about skipping this month until I got the email and got to see my picks for this month! I’m glad I ended up getting the box! What did you think about this month? Box Value without the Maven discount was $70 (including my add-on this month)

If you want to join Julep here’s a few things:

1. It’s $19.99 a month and you get to pick the box that is sent to you.

2. You can skip any month, send your box to a friend or keep the box.

3. You can try the box out for free by using these Promo codes: FREEMAVEN or FREEBOX

4.Julep is a Nail polish based company but has been coming out with other beauty products (DD cream, lip balm, lipstick, hair products and more)

Go to Julep.com and fill out your Style Profile, then pick your box and don’t forget to use the Promo code!

 

This week has been absolutely CRAZY! There will be new posts up soon, I promise. I should be getting my June Glossybox on Monday. It’s funny, Julep shipped from Washington State on the 27th and Glossybox shipped on the 26th from New Jersey (MAYBE 5-6  hours away) and is still not here. Kudos to Julep for fast shipping and stress-free experience. I’m kind of on my last straw with Glossybox. Hopefully the American Beauty Glossybox is worth it, that’s all I have to say!

 

XOXO,

Erin

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Lazy, rainy days

Hello There!

Hopefully the weather is a lot nicer where you are. Right now it looks like it wants to rain and the humidity is intense. The sky looks so depressing! I had planned to do some hiking today but I think that’s not going to happen now. I’m currently sitting indoors, looking out the window and enjoying my homemade iced coffee (thanks to the Samoa flavored coffee creamer!!!!) I’m seriously in love with the coconut & caramel flavor! I have gotten some great news about some of my subscription boxes today too!

The Summer FabFitFun VIP boxes will begin to ship next week (Finally!). They initially were supposed to ship around June 20th and honestly I don’t know what happened but I’m excited to get my first box! They just emailed me today to tell me that boxes were going to ship next week and that they would be charging my account soon. This will be FabFitFun’s second box and they ship every 3 months and cost $49.99. Every season there is a new box.  The boxes feature beauty, fashion, fitness, and wellness. The items are picked by Giuliana Rancic  and the FabFitFun team. I read a lot of reviews of people that were not satisfied with their spring VIP boxes. I’m taking a gamble with this box but I really hope this month will be a lot better. The only thing I don’t like is that their website is going through a lot of construction and I have had problems logging in. Fortunately, the customer service team has been awesome and has answered pretty fast. To order your own box go to https://vip.fabfitfun.com/

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June’s Glossybox should be in my mailbox tomorrow! I finally got an email today with my tracking info and it’s going to be out for delivery tomorrow! I should have a review of June’s American Beauty Glossybox on Saturday! Honestly, I’m starting to get frustrated with Glossybox’s unpredictable shipping and the fact that it’s almost July is a little redic if you ask me. You can check out my spoiler’s HERE and you can still order the box HERE.

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Here’s also some promo codes you can use this month:

Glossybox: valid until 6/30/13 use the PROMO code GIFT to get a free full-sized lip/cheek tint from ModelCo.

Popsugar must-have: July is Popsugar Must-have box’s birthday! I’m really excited to see what this next box has to offer! You can see my June Review HERE and you can use the promo code:  REFER5 for $5 off the first month.

Julep: use the promo code Freebox to get your first box free! You can see my reviews from May and June: Here and Here

 

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your Thursday! I’m off to Target to look at some new bedding/curtains for my home! Trying to stay away from the beauty aisles, wish me luck!

 

What’s your favorite subscription service?

How’s the weather like where you are?

 

XOXO,

                Erin

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned. I subscribe to these subscription boxes with my own money. All opinions on ECG are my own.

julep destination mystery box June 2013

I was kind of disappointed with my first Julep Mystery boxes for June. I ended up ordering two of the three available and I’m relieved I saved $24.95 and didn’t buy the third box.  I ordered the Miami Destination box and the Laguna Destination box (the third box was the Hamptons Destination box). There are different versions of each box which can range from $70-200. Each of my boxes were both valued at the lower end of $70.

Mystery boxes come out after the monthly subscription boxes are shipped. Monthly subscriptions are $19.99 a month and right now you can use the PROMO CODE : Freemaven or Freebox to get your first box free at Julep.com . Mystery boxes are not a monthly plan and you can buy them without a subscription to Julep. The destination mystery boxes are now sold out.

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I’ll start with the Miami box, which came in a bigger box than the Laguna box. I was so excited when the package came and that excitement was kind of deflated when I opened the box. The colors are great so I really can’t complain too much. I was excited because I had checked out previous Mystery boxes and most of them looked like a great value.

Here’s what I got in my Julep Miami Mystery box version #3:

Paris– Multidimensional holographic glitter top coat

Lauren– A hot tropical pink crème.

Isla–  A Soft milky-white metallic.

Dry Clean Invisible Dry Shampoo- $22 (Without the maven discount)

Strawberry mint lip balm – $6 (no longer available on the Julep site)

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Swatches of Lauren, Isla, Paris :

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The value of the box, without the discount makes it exactly $70

I tried the Dry shampoo and there is NO WAY I would pay $22 for this product. I prefer “Not your mother’s dry shampoo a lot better (and it’s only $5-6). I didn’t notice any extra volume or texture with the Julep Dry shampoo. I was really excited about using it too.

I loved the Nail polish colors. I think I would rather pay the $7-$8 and just pick out my own polishes in the store.  Paris was my favorite out of the three in this box.

The Strawberry –Mint Lip balm was a nice treat. The smell is delicious and I have already used it a bunch on my lips. I can tell it’s not going to last very long because it almost melts onto your lips and a lot of product comes off when you use it.

Out of the two boxes the Miami box was my favorite.

Now on to the Julep Laguna Mystery box;  I’ll start by saying that out of all of the Julep polishes they could’ve sent me as a duplicate- They sent me my least-favorite polish of ALL TIME, Abbie. If you read my posts you’ll know that I got Abbie in my first intro box in May. I was excited to find the perfect yellow summer polish UNTIL I took off the polish and to my horror MY FINGER NAILS WERE STAINED A DISGUSTING YELLOW COLOR! They are still yellow, a month later. I’m so embarrassed when my polish chips and have had to explain it to co-workers why so they know that it’s not some crazy fungus on my nails. It’s partially my fault for not using a base coat, but still. So my exact thought when I opened my box was “Really, Julep? You seriously sent me this??”Rather than give this away I might throw it away, I haven’t decided yet.  Maybe it was just my nails that it happened to. I still really hate Abbie and want everyone to hear me vent!  Ok now that my vent is done, on to the box!

Here’s what I got in the Laguna mystery box version #5:

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Cody – Cantaloupe orange crème $14

Fiona – Electric lime neon green crème $14

Abbie – Sunshine yellow crème$14

Glycolic hand scrub- $23 (Out of stock on the Julep site)

Strawberry mint lip balm – $6 (no longer available on the Julep site)

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 swatches of Fiona, Cody, and Abbie:

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The lovely Strawberry-Mint Lip Balm

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 The texture of the Gylcolic hand scrub:

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Value for the Laguna box without the Maven discount: $71

I did not like the smell of the hand scrub at all. It’s very floral and I’m more of a citrus girl myself. If floral is your thing though, this is the perfect hand scrub for you. I loved that it made my hands super-soft after one use, but I can’t get past the floral smell. I might be giving this to my sister.

I liked 2 out of the three nail polishes in this box. Fiona and Cody are nice colors and I’m actually wearing Fiona right now.

The final Verdict: Julep Destination Mystery boxes get 3 stars out of 5. I don’t think I will be getting another mystery box for a while. I paid $50.00 for both boxes and I don’t think I got an outstanding deal. Sure both boxes were valued at $144 and I only paid $50, but half of the items I got, I will not end up using.

Julep said that if you ordered one of each of the boxes there were no chances that there would be any duplicates, but I got another Strawberry-Mint lip balm. No complaints here, I actually gave the extra one to my sister and she loves it. I feel like they were just trying to get rid of some old products and didn’t really plan these out as much as I thought they were going to be. I think I might skip next month’s monthly box, but I haven’t decided yet. Maybe I was being a little hard on this mystery box, but no sugarcoating here! Just thought I’d write exactly how I feel.

Did you get a box? What did you think of June’s mystery boxes?

XO- Erin

Disclaimer: I subscribe to Julep with my own money. I was not paid for this review or any mention of this company on my blog. I do use referral codes in some links on this blog. All opinions  on ECG are my own.

The Julep Destination Mystery boxes are here!

Three mystery boxes available this month!

From the julep site : This month we created three boxes. Three times the mystery. Can’t decide? Grab them all — you’ll get different polish and products in each box.*

I love that there is absolutely no risk of getting duplicates of any polish if you get one of each of the three boxes! And that this is a once a month box that you don’t have to subscribe to – to get! No commitment, also it’s only $24.99 for $70-$200 worth of product! I’m loving the Julep nail polishes because they are very pigmented and I haven’t had any problems with chipping.

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Each box costs 24.95

 

Miami Mystery Box is glitzy, bold, and energetic. Unpack $70-$200 worth of pretty polish and product.

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The Hamptons Mystery Box is classic, preppy, and glam. Unpack $70-$200 worth of pretty polish and product

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Laguna Beach Mystery Box is trendy, vibrant, and fun. Unpack $70-$200 worth of pretty polish and product.

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Get your box before they run out! You can use this Link to order your Mystery box, Just search for Mystery box!

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ALSO: Three boxes (one from each destination) includes a $600 gift card from the United Airlines to bring you one step closer to your dream destination.

Which one will you be getting? I’m tempted to get all three, I’m not going to lie! The Fact that all of the boxes have different polishes are so exciting!

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by Julep maven, I subscribe with my own money. All thoughts and opinions of this company are my own. I was not paid for this post.

Glossyboxes?! My very lucky day!

Hey Everyone!

I guess the subscription box gods loved me yesterday because not only did my Julep Maven June box come in the mail, my May 2013 Glossybox came! I was shocked to see that there were two Glossybox packages in my mailbox. At first, I thought that maybe I had gotten charged for both… I frantically checked my bank account and I had gotten both boxes for only $21.00! Everything in both boxes were exactly the same (Except one had my free eyeliner in it from my promo code). I ended up giving the second box to my mother, why? Because I love her and she never buys stuff for herself, and two I was a horrible teenager who would raid her beauty supply on a regular!

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The month of May Glossybox turned one! Happy Birthday Glossybox! && thank you for both amazing boxes!

I used the promo code “wink” and got a free eyeliner with my first box! It a matte brown liquid liner, I’m not huge on wearing brown I prefer Black liquid liner but hey, free is free! I will probably end up using it eventually. That promo code is now expired, but you can use the Promo code “LOVE” for a full sized ModelCo eyeshadow ($22 value)

When I initially opened my box, they had the Glossybox Mag right on top which had some really amazing articles in it about beauty from all around the world, Lash Lust and an article about one of my new favorite bloggers/it-girls/Fashion illustrators, Dallas Shaw! She collaborate with Glossybox for June’s special edition box called “American Beauty”. Everything in the box is made here in America and Dallas Shaw personally picked out. I have to say, I am obsessed with her style! I can see why she has worked with brands like DKNY, Chanel, Kate Spade, Anthropologie and more. You can see some of the spoilers for the June box from my post a couple days ago. I think this is going to be the best box yet! If you haven’t subscribed to Glossybox, go to Glossybox.com (The box will ship the end of this month)

In both boxes I got :

This was the first box, with my eyeliner I got from using the promo code- WINK

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My second box that went to my mom:

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sample of Epionce intense anti-aging+ Repair serum This sample is really, really small but I look forward to using the expensive brand lol. I don’t think I would pay $136.00 Full price for the 30 ml you get for that price, but I’m curious about how the product is going to be! (my sample was 4 ml and a value $18) (Full size is 136.00/30ml)

1 Etre Belle collagen & aloe vera hydro mask- I’m actually really excited to try this mask! I will try to review the products when I actually have the chance to use them. (value $3.95) (Full size is valued at $39.50/10 masks)

European wax center In box boxes I got two samples each (4 in total, which I’m guessing are about $1 each?) 1 “The exfoliate” (4ml) ,1 Slow it down body wash, 2 Slow it down body lotions ($4.00? value for all) .I also got a coupon for a free bikini line wax/eyebrow wax or underarm wax! YAY! – I’m not going to guess how much those would be, but the value is great and I will definitely be locating the spa near me to use it!

A full size ModelCo lip duo lipstick & shine ultra lipgloss (Retails for $39!) I personally didn’t like the lipstick, but my mom did. In both boxes they were the same shade. I however did love the lipgloss. It smells amazing and isn’t sticky at all! the packaging even has a cute mirror on it, perfect for your purse!

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swatches of both the lipgloss and lipstick:

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Nicka K New York- Absolute! Perfume stick Full size!! (Full size retails at $14.99/ .29 oz.) I am in love with this smell. It has a citrus smell to it which is one of my favorites. I wore it today and mixed it with my Dolce and Gabbana light blue and had my own amazing signature scent. (I felt very glamorous) . In both boxes the scents and sizes were the same.

Sebastian professional volupt spray- (travel size worth $6.69/) full size is $19.95/5.07 oz. I also got a coupon with for the Sebastian professional line to use at Ulta for a free 1.5 oz. SHAPER or SHAPER plus with any $15 Sebastian purchase ($8.95 value)

Box of my boxes together were valued at over $169.00! each box was worth about $84.00 not including the free wax coupon, eyeliner or the Ulta coupon.

I think this monthly subscription box is worth it. The packaging is adorable, it came in a light pink save-able box that I will be reusing. The products were good, I haven’t really heard of most of the brands in the box, but it’s nice to try products I wouldn’t have normally found out about. That’s the whole reason I love subscription boxes is trying new products and brands! I’m really not sure why I got two boxes in the mail, but I’m glad my mom got to get my extra box!

&& again if you haven’t subscribed to Glossybox, what are you waiting for? Click on this picture below, and be sure and use the promo code LOVE if you’re ordering so you can also get something extra in your fabulous Glossybox!

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It’s $21 a month, and ships at the end of the month and contains 4-6 deluxe samples-full size products!

What was in your Glossybox? What’s your favorite beauty subscription box?

Stay Glamorous,

Xo Erin

Disclaimer: I paid for my Glossybox subscription with my own money, I am not sponsored by Glossybox for reviews, or posts about their products. All opinions on this product are my own.

June 2013 Julep Maven Nantucket Nostalgia Collection

This month I ordered the “Bombshell box” from Julep. This is my second box and I’m not going to lie, I came so close to ordering the entire collection! This month I decided that I was only going to buy one add-on and I’m definitely pleased with my entire box!photo 2 (1)

Update: On a side note before I get into what I got inside my box, last month I got the “It girl” Intro box with a bright yellow Crème nail polish color called “Abbie”. My first reaction after I put it on was vindication that I had finally gotten the perfect neon yellow for summer UNTIL I took it off! My finger nails are still stained French’s mustard yellow. WTF?!? So my advice for anyone uses that polish is to wear a base coat! It’s probably my fault for not putting it on underneath the polish in the first place, but I was so shocked when I took off the polish. I look at my nails in shame now 

I got 3 nail polishes (Payton, Raegan, and Bunny), the new julep DD cream (Light) and a couple pieces of salt water taffy! I added the white nail polish “Bunny” for $4.99 with my box.

I’m in love with the colors of this box! Payton is a beautiful Kelly green crème, Raegan is an Electric dark pink Crème and Bunny is a Crisp white linen with fine gold shimmer.

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The new DD cream is valued at $36.00 regular price and if you’re a Julep Maven it’s only $28.80

On the julep website it says: “A dynamic do-all makeup that goes beyond BB crème to moisturize, prime, perfect, and protect—both instantly and over time.”

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• It has SPF 25
• Anti-aging ingredients that decrease the appearance of pores and fine lines
• Hibiscus and olive extracts for hydrated skin
• Buildable coverage and smooth finish
• Comes in four shades: Light, Medium, Medium-dark, Dark

My total box value was around $78 (full price without the Julep Maven discount)
With the Maven discount this box is worth about $62

The Julep box is a monthly subscription service that is about $20 a month. Every month on the 24th they send you an email with your monthly picks for the upcoming box. If you like what they’ve picked out for you, you don’t have to do anything. You have the chance to skip your box, pick a different box, add items into your box for an additional fee, get the entire collection, or send it to a friend. They Charge you on the 27th of the month and send it out after that.

Pros:
• You can skip the monthly box if you don’t like what’s in the box, want to send it to a friend or if you just want to save your $20+
• The colors are beautiful and you only really need one coat to get the true color of the product.
• Packaging is beautiful

Cons:

  • In my first box, one of the nail polishes severely stained my fingers yellow (and they have been stained for about 7-8 days now)
  • The products that come in the box are pretty tiny compared to Essie/OPI/Zoya.

If you want to order the Julep box you can use the promo code – Freemaven  or Freebox  and  get your box for free, only pay the $3.95 shipping and handling!  Click on the picture below:

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Hope you loved the review! I can’t wait to do a review on the DD cream. anything that actually get rids of the appearance of my pores is a winner in my book!. So let’s cross our fingers and hope that it’s worth it. What did you get in your julep box? Have you tried the DD cream? Leave me some love below!

XO- Erin

Disclaimer: I subscribe to the Julep Maven box with my own money, I was not sponsored by this company and all of the opinions and reviews on this blog are my own.

I love promo codes!

Here are a few of my favorite monthly subscription boxes and some promo codes to use if you want to get in on the excitement of getting an awesome box delivered to your mailbox.

Glossybox

For the month of June they are collaborating with Fashion illustrator, Dallas Shaw who picked out all of the amazing products for this month. The box ships at the end of June. Inside the box it has been revealed that there will be a full size Bondi nail polish ($12.50 Value) One Tarte Color Enhancing lipstick ($15 value) and Samples from Oscar de la Renta’s new fragrance line, Essential Luxuries. Along with a few more surprises they haven’t announced. I’m probably most excited about this box this month.! See my post from May 30th to see more about this box.


Free eyeliner if you use the promo code: Wink

Click  the box  below to check out Glossybox.com and subscribe in time for limited June box “American Beauty” designed by Dallas Shaw! 7343_f7ae58c7f1a1cc4abe9273a0f971ba2a_orig  

Popsugar musthave box

I love this box because it has a little bit of everything in it.  The box features  beauty, Fashion, home, fitness and food. and comes with Full-size products and premium items. The value of the Popsugar box is around 100 or more every month. I’m in love with this box, and I think that it’s really like getting a birthday present delivered to your door every month!

You can get $5 off your popsugar musthave box using the code REFER5

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Julep Maven box:

The box is mostly nail polish and nail care products but occasionally does contain beauty products. This subscription box is 19.99 a month and you actually get to pick which box you receive. If you don’t like what’s in that month’s box or you want to save your money you can skip the box for the month and not get billed you can also send your box to a friend. They send you an email on the 20th of each month and you have until the 24th to submit your request. On the 27th of each month they bill you.

You can get your first box for free- Use the promo code : FreeMaven or Freebox . I used the code Freemaven and only had to pay $3.95 Shipping and handling.

You can subscribe by clicking on the photo below

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What are your favorite subscription boxes?

Disclaimer: I am no sponsored by any of these companies, I subscribe with my own money and all opinions of these products are my own.