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My name is Christen, I'm 30 years old and a stay-at-home mom to my three beautiful girls, Lauren, Hailey, and Farrah. My husband David and I live on scenic Long Island and we love it. Our party of 5 keeps pretty busy, but I try to set aside as much time as I can to blog (which isn't as often as I'd like these days).


Monday, January 14, 2013

Julep Maven: January 2013 "Escape & Unwind"

January's Escape & Unwind theme for Julep Maven is all about nudes and neons.

December was my first month to receive a Julep Maven box. Me, the self-proclaimed subscription box addict searching beauty blogs for another fix, came across a blog post that stated I could get my first box for only 99 cents if I subscribed. Well...I'm a sucker for a good deal. I just HAD to!!! I do have a confession to make though - I'm not a nail polish person. I hardly wear it, if ever. But I'd like to wear it more often and expand my almost non-existent nail polish collection. So I was excited when I found out January's theme would include a nude and a neon. Two shades I didn't have and really wanted!

My style profile is American Beauty according to Julep Maven's style quiz. I opted to keep my shade selections, even though I had the option of choosing a different combination on any style profile if I preferred it over mine. I like that flexibility.

Escape & Unwind
"Laughter is an instant vacation."  - Milton Berle

Nobody needs a vacation more than me! For now, I'll have to settle with a little unwinding..

I love all of the neon used to pack January's box. How vibrant!

Though an added bonus from Julep, I wasn't surprised to see these new hair ties in my box this month. They are absolutely EVERYWHERE these days. 

Side note: I honestly don't understand what all the fuss is about. After using one for less than an hour - I was over it. My fine hair easily slipped out of any style using this tie to secure it. I'm not a fan of them at all. What's wrong with a plain black Scunci? Bah. I'm not going to go gaga over these like everyone else...

Like I said before, I only just subscribed to Julep Maven last month - so I don't know how their old system of swatching was. But from what I understand, these swatch stickers for the nail polish caps are a new thing.  I think it's just great. These stickers will help me to better organize my new expanding collection. I swatched January's new shades and the two introductory shades I received last month. It was surprisingly entertaining. Ha!

Hand and Cuticle Stick: Moisturize and protect in one easy no-mess step. Restore the 
youthful appearance of your hands with a peptide punch to strengthen and repair your skin. Vitamins C and E nourish and soothe.

Okay, so, I'm not going to lie. I had absolutely no idea how to use the Hand and Cuticle Stick. I didn't see any specific instructions on the box or the stick itself. I wanted to try it out though, so I slathered a thick layer on the top of my hands and onto my cuticles and massaged it in until it was absorbed, leaving only a shiny filmy residue (kind of like candle wax). The stick now looks a little misshapen because I must have been pressing down too hard. Oh well. At least I tried, right? This product actually works quite quickly though. My cuticles were previously damaged from me picking at them with a tweezer earlier in the week (DON'T ask) and this repaired the damage almost overnight. I'll continue to use it when caring for my nails.

Mindy: Porcelain Pink Sheer

I haven't used this shade yet, but it's the perfect compliment to my fair skin. I don't like sheer polish though so I will be using at least two coats on my nails to achieve a more opaque look.

Bethany: Electric Neon Orange Pink Crème

This neon orange also compliments my fair skin. I really like how it looks on my nails and I think I'll be using this shade a lot more in the summer. Indeed, it makes me feel like I'm about to go on vacation (or at least to the beach).

I really enjoyed January's "Escape & Unwind" theme from Julep Maven. I highly recommend this subscription service as my experience with the company thus far has been great. Each box is $19.99 per month and you can skip any month. Be sure to use the code JULEPVIP at checkout to get your first box for only 99 cents!!! Subscribe Now

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