October Julep Maven Box

October 22, 2014

Just coming off of a vacation with my husband (celebrated 5 years!) makes it hard to get back into the routine...so this week's posts are a little backwards from how it probably should be. I probably should have posted the October Maven Box before this post...oh well. I've decided that I just need to take more vacations and have more stress-free no-work time in my life.

I'd be a better person to be around. :)

Back to the backwards posts: Monday I wrote about some of my favorite Julep products...one of which I will talk about again because it just so happened to be in my Maven box this month (so if you're not into nail polish or skincare, so sorry). 

I personally picked my colors this month. Love that you have a chance to do that before the box ships! I wanted a deep blue and deep purple because those were two colors that I am missing. I have a lot of pinks and reds, natural colors...basics. I wanted something a little more daring. These two colors are beautiful.

The blue color is "Briana" and I'd describe it as a navy. The dark purple is "Margarita" - truly a deep plumb. I love how rich both of these colors are! Granted, I probably won't get as much wear out of them on a daily basis. It's fun though, right?

Of course, I've already raved about this night cream here, but I'm so glad that I swapped this in this month! It is perfect for the upcoming winter months! I love trying new skincare products (mostly because I'm always trying to find something that works miracles for skin texture).

If you've tried any of the other Julep skincare products, I'd love to know what you thought!


October 20, 2014

You've all seen my monthly posts going on and on about Julep nail colors and such. What I haven't talked much about is the other great stuff that I've found... goldmine.

In each Julep Maven box comes a little discount card that is good for a month or so. It's totally a ploy on their part to get me to buy things. It totally works. I fall for it. They also dish out these little points for purchases and you can use those points against new purchases (I mean, who wouldn't want that?). 

They have me right where they want me.

One. This Sea Salt Texture Spray is awweeeesoooommmeee (currently out of stock...I really need more too). I have a little natural wave in my hair, and there are times that I want to accentuate that (as in, times that I wake up late and don't have time to actually "style" my hair so I want it to appear "styled" as if I lived at the beach and had amazing natural beach waves). 

This spray works. I can spritz some on damp or dry hair, scrunch it up, let it dry, add a little hair spray, done. It doesn't feel heavy or feel like you have caked on gunk on the hair. Basically, it makes you look like you've spent a day at the beach less the sand and sweat. :)

Two. I like to sleep. I like to look like I've had about 12 hours of sleep even if I only get 4. But really I just want 12 hours of sleep - beauty sleep or not. I've been using the Night Shift Sleeping Mask ever since it came in my box this month, and it helps with the beauty sleep. It is probably one of the thickest night creams I have ever used, but doesn't feel heavy. I don't know how they do that. It just feels...soft and moisturizing once it soaks in. I wake up, wash it off, proceed with my daily routine, and my face feels happy. 

Three. Obviously they're known for their nail products. I wanted to test something other than nail color. With those fun points I spoke of earlier I got the Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover from their nail treatments line. I've always had what I would consider "excess" cuticles. I have one of those pusher tools that is supposed to help push 'em back (push 'em back, waaaaaaay back...) but then they sit there looking scraggly. I don't want to injure myself trying to cut them (because I have before), so I'm never sure how to solve this issue. Enter: bonus points and an on-line shopper that can't pass up a good deal (ha). I was very impressed with this stuff. It smelled weird, but did the trick. 

Four. Okay, so I have this problem where I paint my nails, then think "I forgot to get the clothes out of the dryer" or "now would be a good time to take out the trash." So again, with the bonus points, I got some of the Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops (plus I just really thought the name was catchy) also from the nail treatments product line. These drops work, but it took a few tries to time it right and not use too much - but I have issues with painting my nails anyway so normal people probably wouldn't have an issue. Now I can actually say "Ta Da!" when I'm done painting my nails and go wash dishes (joy).

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Mornin' Sunshine

October 15, 2014

Let's just say, I am not much for early mornings. I can get pretty grouchy, really. I just like sleep...a lot. Unfortunately I don't get the 10-ish hours I'd like very often. This is usually my fault because as much as I like sleep I am very much a night owl.

Despite all that, I would like to at least look like I got sleep.

I really only started using an eye cream about 8 months ago. I let a salesperson talk me into buying one as part of a "starter kit" thing, and it was so/so (the other products I liked pretty well though - I'll tell you about them sometime). I decided that I wanted to shop around some more, and wanted to start with a more economical option. 

Because I have used the Boots Botanics line before, I grabbed this during one of my frequent stops at Target - the Age Defense Hydrating Eye Cream

This tube lasted me several months, so I feel like I gave it a pretty good test. Was it hydrating? Yes. Did it keep the eye area moisturized all night/day? Yes. Did it reduce the appearance of my fine lines? Hmmm...no, not really. 

I feel like if you're looking for a good eye cream that provides moisture and protects against future signs of aging, this is a great option. It's not heavy, it has no scent, and it doesn't take much to do the trick. It just wasn't the whole package I was looking for.

Bottom line - would I buy it again? I might, but I want to test some other options first.