PRIMP & JULEP Offer PERKS! Your 1st monthly box of pretty FREE!

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As an Expert Blogger on Pretty in my Pocket, I wanted to let you all know about their first online Perk partner, Julep! Pretty in my Pocket (PRIMP), named “Best Beauty App” by InStyle Magazine is a mobile beauty shopping tool that lets you access beauty product reviews, ratings, & looks all from a scan of a barcode. Follow me on PRIMP for all of my reviews & looks right on your mobile phone. Available free on Android & iPhone.

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Fine print: Pay shipping & handling only. First box signs you up for our monthly subscription. You can cancel any time. Promotional prices are applicable to first time Mavens and limited to one Maven box per household.

Julep has partnered with Pretty in my Pocket to offer an online Perk to the PRIMP community. You can receive your first monthly Julep Maven box FREE with your PRIMP Perk code. Julep Maven boxes always include over $40 worth of polish & product for only $19.99/month. You decide whether your box includes all polish, beauty products, or BOTH! Only available to NEW Julep Mavens – if you already are a Maven, share this offer with your friends! They will thank you!

How to get your code:

  1. Download the Pretty in my Pocket app or login to your account.
  2. From your iPhone app, tap “Perks” on the bottom navigation then “Online Perks.”
    From your Android app, tap “Online Perks” on the side navigation.
  3. Your one-time use Perk code is then displayed.
  4. Copy the code, email it to yourself, or write it down. Take the Julep Maven quiz & enter your code at check-out for your first monthly box free!

Let me know if you redeemed your PRIMP Perk!
Don’t forget to follow me on the PRIMP app & take my beauty knowledge with you next time you are in the beauty aisle!

***This post was Sponsored by Pretty in my Pocket.

Top 10 Nail Care Products

Nail Care products are available by the thousands.. maybe even more.  For this Top 10 Tuesday I’m narrowing down my top nail care products to just ten.  Oddly, I didn’t have 10 of any one item (such as cuticle oil or base coats, etc) to narrow this down with.  It seems when I find a nail care item I love I stick with it, which is good news because you’ll know these items are HG for me and not just a passing fancy!

Top 10 Nail Care ProductsIn no particular order:

  1. Cult Nails Glass Nail File.  I’ve had this for at least a year, maybe two?  I think I paid $10 way back but now they’re $15 and come with a case.  But that’s how long this lasts!  Well worth the investment!
  2. I am loving Revlon ColorStay Gel-Shine Top Coat for an incredibly glossy finish….
  3. ….but if I need my polish to dry super fast and still be glossy I go for Seche Vite.
  4. Sally Hansen Insta-Grip Fast Dry Base Coat.  I love this so much!  It dries like the wind.  I started using it after I ran out of another fave – Butter London Nail Foundation (not pictured).
  5. Julep Essential Cuticle Oil.  This has a roller ball, which excites me way more than it should.  It’s also a great oil.
  6. Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil.  This is just a go-to of mine for the last year, fabulous moisture!
  7. Nicole by OPI Oil to Go.  This just recently released, but it’s perfect for keeping in your purse.  I’m always running out the door and I look at my nails and I’m all… ew.  Especially in the winter, moisturize those cutes!
  8. LUSH Lemony Flutter.  Is there anyone out there who doesn’t use this?!  I smear it all over my hands, pop on some gloves and hang out.  It’s a savior.
  9. Gloves.  Seriously.  Get yourself manicure gloves and soak that cream and oil in.  Remember SOAK and LOCK!
  10. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.  I got to try this through BzzAgent and I’ve been rebuying ever since!  It’s coating, but sinks in.  Fabulous!

What are some of your favorite items for nail care?  Find out what the other bloggers are into by clicking the links below!

December 2012 Julep Maven Box Swatches & Review – Bombshell

I seriously love the holiday season.  How pretty are the beauty releases?  The makeup, the nail polish… even the skin care glows.  Glitter and glam just makes me smile.  Warms my heart!

For December 2012 Julep even tossed a fun craft into the Maven Box!  And, although it was quite tasty, I’m not talking about the peppermint.  In addition to two gorgeous nail polishes and a warming foot scrub, they also included a ring and instructions to make your own nail polish jewelry!

The two polishes included in the Bombshell Box for this month are Cindy and Hilary.  Cindy is a beautiful apple green shimmer and Hilary has a clear base with copper and gold glitters.

(photo taken in shade, with flash)

(photo taken in shade, no flash)

Also included for this month is a warming foot scrub (my freezing feets thank you!) and a ring with a Cabochon stone to create your own bling!

Creating nail polish jewelry has always intrigued me.  I’m not the craftiest person you’ll ever meet, so I never even looked into it.  But, let me tell you, it’s addicting!  I thought my ring turned out pretty cute:

When my hubs came home I made him push in the prongs better so the stone wouldn’t pop out.  If tools are involved I’ve learned it is smart to wait.

So.  You wanna be a Maven?  You know you want to make some jewelry.  If I can do it, you certainly can!

Being a Maven is SIMPLE.  Sign up here and take the style quiz.  After you sign up you’re eligible for all of the perks – including 20% off on all products plus free shipping on julep.com.  You can also add in more items to your box at a low cost.

The best part about this subscription program is that they send you an email with a preview of your upcoming Maven Box.  If you love it, do nothing.  If you want to try a new style or send your box to a friend, or even skip the month simply log in to your account within the allotted time and submit your requests.

Mavens also earn rewards!  Refer two friends and earn 2,000 Jules!  This will get you a FREE Maven Box.

November 2012 Julep Maven Box Swatches, Review & GIVEAWAY – Boho Glam

Last Summer I signed up for the Julep Maven program.  I ended up not renewing because I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the polishes at the time.  Recently Julep approached me to review a Maven box so I thought… it’s been a year, let’s give it another go.  Finding a navy one coat wonder makes me SO GLAD I DID!

The Maven Box that I chose is Boho Glam.  This box included two nail polishes in Toni (dusty vintage lilac cream) and Michelle (navy cream), Essential Cuticle Oil, and two pots of glitter, one in blue and one in purple.

Toni only needed two coats for full opacity and Michelle was a one coater!  I am much more impressed with the polish formula this time around, though it was slightly runny (nothing out of hand) and I had to be careful.

I ADORE the Julep Cuticle Oil.  I adored it a year ago, as well.  It’s in roller ball form and works perfectly.

The glitters are fine and ridiculously pretty.  They are also messy.  In the photo you can see the card where Julep suggests sprinkling over the nail and then using a top coat.  I thought dipping my nail in the pot was a better idea and, as you can see from the hot mess below, it coated my nail completely lol then I tried to smudge it out and do a gradient.  IDK.  For my first attempt with glitter I’m a smidge proud.  But I know all you nail aficionados out there are beating your heads off of the desk haha.

Clearly, I’m no artist and I also don’t play one on TV.  Below is my “art” which I like to call Glitter Fail.  I am DETERMINED to get the hang of glitter, because it’s GORGEOUS and I love to look blingy.

Don’t be too harsh!  And, PLEASE share your glitter tips with me in the comments!

So.  You wanna be a Maven?  You know you want to be as glitter-tastic as me ;)

Being a Maven is SIMPLE.  Sign up here and take the style quiz.  After you sign up you’re eligible for all of the perks – including 20% off on all products plus free shipping on julep.com.  You can also add in more items to your box at a low cost.

The best part about this subscription program is that they send you an email with a preview of your upcoming Maven Box.  If you love it, do nothing.  If you want to try a new style or send your box to a friend, or even skip the month simply log in to your account within the allotted time and submit your requests.

Mavens also earn rewards!  Refer two friends and earn 2,000 Jules!  This will get you a FREE Maven Box.

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Giveaway Time!!!

Please read all of the info below before entering this giveaway.  Your entry (entries) in the giveaway state that you understand all of the terms and conditions.

This giveaway is open to entrants within the US & Canada only and will end at 12:01am EST on November 23, 2012.

You can enter this giveaway via the RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET that will be at the bottom of this post.

*** Entries placed in the comments will not be valid and will not be approved. ***

There is ONE mandatory entries on the Rafflecopter Widget – to enter your email addressEmail address will be used to contact the winner.

To enter, please wait for the Rafflecopter Widget to load.  If it doesn’t, try to refresh.  If you still have issues (sometimes if you’re using Google Chrome it can be a pain) please contact me via the comments or email.  Additional terms and conditions are listed on the widget.  Please contact me with any questions!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The prize?  A Julep Maven Box of your choice!  If you want to sign up for Julep right away use the code JULEPVIP for a discount on your introductory box.

Thank you to Julep for providing the prize!!!

Julep CARRIE and ALFRE Nail Polish Swatches and Review

In August, I signed up for the Julep Maven program. Since that time, a lot of things have gone down. In a nut shell, Julep was not living up to their end of the deal on referrals and some people were being double charged. You can read more about that HERE (right click/open new window) on The Polishaholic’s blog. She posted everything very eloquently and truthfully.

I got my Maven box pretty quickly after my initial sign up, and was really pleased with the packaging and the contents. If you’re interested in seeing my initial review of the box and program, please click here (right click/open new window).

Because of everything happening as outlined in The Polishaholics post, I cancelled my Maven subscription. I wasn’t double charged, and I did receive credit for 3 referrals, though I have no idea if that is accurate. The reason I cancelled was as a preemptive measure so that the things mentioned WOULDN’T happen. I figured once I tried everything I could sign back up if I liked the products and the company got their act together.

I will not be signing back up for the program. I have no idea if Julep has redeveloped their program or fixed anything, but I wasn’t pleased with the quality of their polishes. You can get a much better quality polish for a lot less $$ wise. AND I’ve tried to email them twice and neither email has been answered. This says to me, that as of now, nothing has changed. Hopefully, they’re working on it, because this program is a GREAT idea and a GREAT deal. They need a re-vamp on their program AND their customer service.

Now, on to the swatches!

Even though I wasn’t pleased with the polishes or the program, some of you out there might be! What good do these polishes do if they aren’t swatched?! Might as well, right?!

Carrie

I love the Barbie/bubble gum pink that is Carrie. But I found that this cream polish did not coat evenly, and was RUNNY as all get out. I had tip wear within a day and a pretty decent sized chip on my pointer finger. I used 3 coats for the swatch photo.

Alfre

I really love the color of Alfre as well. But as a frosty polish it was streaky and runny, though it did coat much better than Carrie. I also had tip wear rather quickly with this one, and for some reason it wouldn’t dry. I used 3 coats for the swatch photo.

Julep does recommend two coats with their polishes, but 2 coats was still REALLY sparse and I felt it definitely needed a third coat. As a side note, they are a 3-free brand.

The quality just isn’t there. For $14 you could go to Ulta and buy almost 2 of another polish (from OPI, Orly, Zoya, China Glaze) that is better quality and has more product in the bottle. If the polish is quality, regardless of the price, I’ll sing it’s praises. (For example, Le Metier de Beaute polishes are $$$ for their size BUT the quality is outstanding).

Julep Nail Polish retails for $14 and can be purchased on their website.

ETA – I did just email them regarding using my credit and a possible overcharge, I received a response within 5 minutes. That’s what I’m talking about, Julep! Awesome! Very happy with that =)

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