January Julep Maven Box

Well what a surprise! My January Julep box arrived earlier than expected, on NYE! My box reached me before the new year. Just another thing to top off 2012 as a great year.

This month’s theme is Getaway Glam/Escape & Unwind. All boxes featured neon and nude colors. This month, I went with the Boho Glam box (as per usual).

1. Twistbands—three colors: orange, hot pink, chartreuse. I’m a huge fan of twistbands and have made a bunch of them myself.

2. Polishes, all packed away in a nice, bright wrapper.

3. “Swatch Me” StickersJulep has started incorporating these stickers to help you organize your polishes better, by adding labels to the top that show the nail color. With these stickers, Julep also had to create new caps for their polishes in order to be able to apply polish to the swatch. Now, there is an outer cap and inner cap. What are your thoughts on these? I’m a little torn—I think Julep had good intentions especially for those of us who really need to organize our polishes (ahem) but now if I use the stickers, my polishes will look a little…tacky.

My box came with a Hand and Cuticle Stick, Teresa, and Fiona.

I know it’s a little strange that Julep decided to go with bright spring colors for the month of January when most of the country is right smack in the middle of winter, but I welcome the brights and exciting colors after seeing months of dark polishes everywhere.

Did you get a Julep Maven box this month? What do you think of the “Swatch Me” stickers? Would you use that to organize your own nail polish collection?

Julep New Year’s Mystery Box

This month, I skipped the December Maven box. But every so often, Julep offers mystery boxes that contain Julep products (nail polishes, mascaras, hand creams, etc) worth up to a certain value, for a bargain.

Because of the holidays, Julep had been offering more mystery boxes than usual for gifting, but the box that caught my eye was the New Year’s Mystery Box. This $19.99 box is supposed to contain at least $100 worth of Julep products. This has been the best box they have offered so far, so I took it! Lucky me, this box arrived on Christmas Eve.

Here is what my box had: 

Julep Age Defying Hand Brightener (full-sized), silver glitter, Julep One-Step Polish Remover Pad (3x), Julep Age Defying Hand Brightener (2x), Julep nail polishes. My mystery box also came with a Julep bag (not pictured).

From left to right: Isla, Portia, Matte Top Coat, Mystery Glitter (no bottom label), and Hoch (Trina Turk Fall ’12).

If you also ordered a Julep New Year’s Mystery Box, let me know what you got!

The Naked Basics Palette by Urban Decay

The Naked Basics Palette by Urban Decay is the latest addition to their Naked line, following the huge successes of the original Naked Palette and Naked 2 Palette. I own both the Naked and Naked 2 and they are essentially the only eyeshadows I use because of the high quality, plus I like to use neutral colors on my eyes. So, it only seemed appropriate to invest in the Naked Basics Palette, that was probably made due to the demand for more matte colors. Last weekend, I went ahead and picked up one at my local Ulta.

Naked Basics Palette box

The photo above actually makes the palette look a lot bigger than it really is. The palette, when folded, is smaller than an iPhone. It’s very portable and definitely very light.

Naked Basics Colors: Venus, Foxy, W.O.S., Naked 2, Faint, Crave

This palette comes with four brand new shades. The only repeat between the three palettes is “Foxy.” While the shades are beautiful, I do wish they had switched out one of the very light shades with a medium shade. I would only really use the light shades for highlighting, so I’m not in need of three.

The case itself isn’t the best quality. It seems like they skimped on quality in order to mass produce this palette at it’s price point. It doesn’t seem very durable—my nails could scratch off the paint. Also, when I opened the packaging, there were remnants of shadow all over the place, including inside the palette. Maybe mine was the only one, but that definitely shouldn’t be happening, especially since it didn’t happen with my other Naked products. However, I wouldn’t say the case should stop anyone from purchasing the product, unless they really want this only for travel.

Another con to this palette is that it didn’t come with a brush. I would have probably paid a little more to get a travel-sized, high quality brush from UD.

All in all though, for $27 this is probably a great investment, especially if you wear eyeshadow every day (like me!).