Wantable May 2013 Makeup Box Unboxing and Review!

So my mailman came just now and dropped off my eagerly awaited Wantable box!  A few months ago Wantable announced they were going to start scaling up their service and offering their subscription boxes to Canadians, having previously only been shipping boxes within the US. The best part: the first 1000 to sign up would get theirs free! So of course I rushed to sign up.

Right now there are a million and one subscription boxes on the market I feel like, but I think Wantable’s done a great job of differentiating themselves by offering something different: a box of full sized products (not samples!) that are completely catered to your tastes. They offer a jewelry box and a makeup box and being indecisive, I went for both (ha). I haven’t gotten my jewelry box yet (and honestly am kinda nervous to get it based on the boxes I’ve seen so far), but here’s my unboxing of my makeup box!

When you sign up you go through a pretty comprehensive quiz of the types of products you love, like, and dislike, and more questions on the specific colours/types of products that you like/dislike. The only thing I disliked was blush, and based on my quiz, I think they did a pretty good job at curating my box! Ok, without further ado, here’s a whackload of pictures taken while I unboxed my makeup box:

The box

The box. It’s pretty cute looking. The cardboard is coated, which gives it some sheen and makes it look a little classier. It’s a pretty good size too – I think this would fit into an apartment mailbox for all of you condo dwellers.

A quick look inside after opening the lid...

A quick look inside after opening the lid…

Product info cards aside, here's what the inside of the box looks like. Black crinkle paper and and black tissue wrapped around the products

Product info cards aside, here’s what the inside of the box looks like. Black crinkle paper and and black tissue wrapped around the products.

A quick look at what i got! Besame Sweetheart Balm, Face Highlighter, Face Mascara, and Mia BelleZZa Eye Crayon. The products are safely packaged in a layer of bubble wrap under the tissue paper

A quick look at everything inside the black tissue paper! Besame Sweetheart Balm, FACE Highlighter, FACE Mascara, and MiA BelleZZa Eye Crayon. The products are safely packaged in a layer of bubble wrap under the tissue paper.

Besame Sweetheart Balm in Tangerine ($18)

Besame Sweetheart Balm in Tangerine ($18)

From the product sheet: “My Sweetheart Balm is a luminous lip moisturizing balm with a hint of colour that gives you an elegant, long lasting finish. I carefully crafted a healthy formula that deeply moisturizes and conditions, while fortifying with antioxidant vitamins C and E. It is highly emollient and protective as it drenches the lips with exceptional comfort and hydration in sheer, shiny pops of colour.”

This is my favourite from everything I received. The packaging is super super cute and looks vintagey and gorgeous. The lipbalm itself is great too, it looks like a gloss applied, but is thinner and completely unsticky. It’s super moisturizing, and it adds a bit of sheer colour and shine. The scent is great too – oranges are my favourite fruit.

FACE Stockholm Cream Highlighter in Dignity ($25)

FACE Stockholm Cream Highlighter in Dignity ($25)

From FACE: “Wear alone, over foundation or to add a lightness to tired eyes and under circles.”

I’m really happy to be receiving this too! I’ve been looking for a highlighter, so this is great to receive. I think I listed highlighter as a “love” on my quiz. I’ve never heard of this brand, but I swatched it (pics at end) and it’s super creamy and shimmery.

FACE Stockholm Volumizing Mascara in Black ($24)

FACE Stockholm Volumizing Mascara in Black ($24)

From FACE: “Our classic formula – create captivating eyes with just one coat.”

Mascara is my favourite beauty product, so I’m always happy to get another. I’ve got a million tubes to get through though, so I don’t want to open this one up and try it out.

MiA BelleZZa Summer Love Eye Crayon in Argento ($17.99)

MiA BelleZZa Summer Love Eye Crayon in Argento ($17.99)

From MiA BelleZZa: “Beautiful shadow crayons for easy application of rich creamy colour in a single sweep. With skin soothing Squalene, vitamins C & E your lids will be moisturized while providing antioxidant protection.”

Hm, not so happy to be receiving this. I didn’t “love” eyeshadow on my quiz, and asked for a neutral shimmer if I was to get an eyeshadow. I guess pink can be seen as neutral. I tried it out though and it was great being applied – super smooth and creamy with no tugging, but after only 10 minutes it settled into the creases of my eyelids. Hopefully it’ll be better with primer. By the way – not to be nitpicky, but I lol’d at the name of this brand. I’ve never heard of it before, but the name reminds me of the way I used to type back when I was 12 and just starting using MSN Messenger (“wUtz uP?!”).

Frownies Eye Gels ($0)

Frownies Eye Gels ($0)

Last, but not.. actually, yes, least,

From Frownies: “Anti-wrinkle treatment for puffy bags under the eyes contains powerful anti-oxidants that help protect your skin. With one 30 minute anti-aging treatment 100% of women testing Frownies eye gels saw a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. The weight of the anti-wrinkle patch smooths the under eye area and protects the integrity of the acid mantle and skin. Frownies Eye Gels promote beauty and provide antioxidants to fight free radical damage. Natural ingredients help improve the appearance of the skin.”

Interesting concept, but I don’t think I’m really in the target demographic for this product. I think these will come in handy come recruiting season in the fall or finals season when my eye bags are panda-esque though.

Swatched: FACE highlighter in Dignity, Besame lipbalm in Tangerine, and MiA BelleZZa eye crayon in Argento

Swatches: FACE highlighter in Dignity, Besame lipbalm in Tangerine, and MiA BelleZZa eye crayon in Argento

Wantable May 2013 Makeup Box

Wantable May 2013 Makeup Box

Overall I’m pleased with this box. The total retail value of the box was $85. The subscription costs $36, plus around $9 for shipping, taxes, and duties. With the first box free I’ll be getting the $36 credited back. For what I paid, it was definitely worth it, but going forward I’m not sure if it’s worth it. $45 is quite a bit to be hiking out for mystery products, but the customization aspect is great. I think to get a great box though you’d need to be very very picky in exactly what you wanted and didn’t want to receive. In hindsight, I think I would have been happier with my box if I’d listed exactly what I wanted, rather than listing that I liked almost everything.

I’m a little upset that I only received 4 items however (I’m not going to count the Frownies sample, since even on the itemized invoice it lists the value at $0) – I’ve seen a lot of lucky ladies get 6 full sized products. But again, for what I’ve paid I really can’t complain. The customized aspect means that I will definitely use everything I got, and going forward if I did continue to subscribe I’d be a lot more picky with what I loved and disliked to make sure I loved the box I got.

If you’re interested in signing up, Wantable is available in the US and Canada and costs $36 a month for 4-6 full sized products. I’d love it if you signed up by clicking my referral link here.

Did you sign up? Leave me a link to your box if you did!

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Julep May 2013: The Full Shebang Upgrade Unboxing

Oooh, I’ve been itching to get this box ever since the maven selection window opened. I loved everything this month, and for the first time had to go for the full upgrade. This month’s theme for Julep was “Set the Stage” and was 1920s flapper themed, probably to coincide with the release of the Great Gatsby (which I really really want to watch!). Well after waiting for what felt like forever, I finally got it in the mail yesterday. Here’s what I got:

Yay! I feel like I've been waiting for this box for ages

Yay! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this box for ages

Opening the lid.. I love the tissue paper they used this month! I don't know if you can see, but it has glitter in it. So pretty!

Opening the lid.. I love the tissue paper they used this month! I don’t know if you can see, but it has glitter in it. So pretty!

Opening up the tissue paper... Love how the bow and crinkle paper matches the tissue paper. This month was 1920s/The Great Gatsby themed

Opening up the tissue paper… Love how the bow and crinkle paper match!

Paris, Zelda, Millie, Gabrielle, Coco, Alice, Clara, Myrtle, and Zora

All of the polishes from this month: Paris, Zelda, Millie, Gabrielle, Coco, Alice, Clara, Myrtle, and Zora

This months box also included Julep's new lip trios and included both sets, Paris and New York

This months box also included Julep’s new mini lip trios and included both sets, Paris and New York.

Julep's Paris Jazz Lip Trio in Charleston (cranberry lip sheer), Sweet Lorraine (bubblegum pink lip sheer), and Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

Julep’s Paris Jazz Lip Trio in Charleston (cranberry lip sheer), Sweet Lorraine (bubblegum pink lip sheer), and Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

Julep's New York Jazz Lip Trio in Tea for Two (nude shimmer lip sheer), Satin Doll (poppy lip sheer), and  Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

Julep’s New York Jazz Lip Trio in Tea for Two (nude shimmer lip sheer), Satin Doll (poppy lip sheer), and Lady in Red (matte crimson lip color)

So many goodies this month! This month also had Julep's Sugar Smooch Lip Scrub. I haven't tried this yet but  it smells amazing! Something like sugar cookies or maple syrup

So many goodies this month! This month also had Julep’s Sugar Smooch Lip Scrub. I haven’t tried this yet but it smells amazing! It’s super sugary and sweet, something like sugar cookies or maple syrup

American Beauty Volumizing Mascara

This month was really makeup heavy, and included Julep’s American Beauty Volumizing Mascara

A close up of the American Beauty Mascara brush.. The mascara has tiny little fibers to lengthen lashes. Super excited to try this out! My short stubby lashes need all the help they can get.

A close up of the American Beauty Mascara brush.. It’s hard to see, but if you click the photo to zoom in you can see the mascara has tiny little fibers to lengthen lashes. Super excited to try this out! My short stubby lashes need all the help they can get.

This month Julep also included floral hair pins as a surprise extra. Super cute! The white and coral are perfect for summer.

This month Julep also included floral hair pins as a surprise extra. Super cute! The white and coral are perfect for summer. They’re surprisingly big too and the antique looking brass makes them look really nice.

Julep's May 2013 Full Upgrade Box

Everything in all it’s glory: Julep’s May 2013 Full Upgrade Box

So many goodies this month! Normally I skip or just go for one of the profile boxes, but I couldn’t resist treating myself and getting everything for May since at the time I was just about to finish writing all of my final exams. A girl’s gotta treat herself right? Anyways I haven’t tried anything out yet, but will post reviews when I do!

If you’re interested in signing up for Julep’s Maven Program, you can use the code PENNY or FREEBOX to get your first box free by clicking here. Lots of love to you if you use my referral code 1668128! :)

Topbox May 2013 “February Favourites” Unboxing

I am seriously loving how quick Topbox is getting their boxes out now – it seems like they’re really on top of things lately where I’ve been getting my boxes on the 10th, rather than just the shipping notice and having to wait another week for it to get to me from the East coast.

So for May we had the choice of a slew of different boxes, and at first I picked the February Favourites box, hoping for a chance to get the Deborah Lippmann polish in Ray of Light (it was that, or Since I Fell For You) because I was super jealous of everyone who opted for the regular box back in February. But a few weeks ago Topbox sent out an email offering to let anyone who chose the February box  to opt out, and I got cold feet so I decided to not get it anymore and clicked the link they provided in the email. So of course I was rather surprised when I opened up my tube today and got it.

Yay, I'm loving how fast this comes every month.

Yay, I’m loving how fast this comes every month.

A quick look inside

A quick look inside

B Kamins Nutrient Replacement Cream -15mL (), Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation - 1g (), Deborah Lippmann Since I Fell For You - 15mL ($20)

B Kamins Nutrient Replacement Cream -15mL ($50.67), Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation – 1g ($8.40), Deborah Lippmann Since I Fell For You – 15mL ($20)

Another look at the MUFE foundation

Another look at the MUFE foundation

Overall, this is a great box with a really high value – altogether it’s worth about $79. However, I can’t help but feel a little annoyed that I got the box I opted out of receiving… Especially since I got the very nail polish that I didn’t want in the first place! The MUFE foundation is too dark for me as well, but maybe I can use it as a bronzer. I haven’t tried anything yet though and am going to email to see if there’s any chance I can exchange this for a regular box, which actually looked pretty good this month. Fingers crossed they’ll let me!

Which box did you get this month?

UPDATE: I emailed Topbox on Friday night to ask if I could return my box in exchange for the regular box, and this morning at 8am they got back to me and said they would send me the regular box to make up for their mistake! Yay! Super quick response and great customer service. I was thinking about cancelling my subscription but I think I will stay for a while longer since they were so great about fixing this.

Topbox March 2013 (Regular)

So this morning I woke up to an email from Topbox saying that my Topbox had shipped. Usually they ship on the 10th of the month, and if that so happens to fall on a weekend they don’t ship until the Monday, so I was already happy they were shipping a bit early. Lo and behold I clicked on the tracking number and Canada Post said that my box was already out for delivery! (happy dance). It looks like Topbox shipped from Vancouver this month, so I really hope this keeps up!

Yay!

Yay!

This is the first regular Topbox I’ve gotten in a few months, so it was nice having a surprise again in the mail. Here’s what I got:

Topbox March 2013 regular box

Topbox March 2013 regular box

Here’s everything in a little more detail:

Here's the card describing everything

Here’s the card describing everything

Vera Wang Lovestruck Flora Rush

Vera Wang Lovestruck Flora Rush – 4mL ($6.32)

This is the item I’m probably happiest to be receiving in my box. I love Vera Wang’s perfumes and I haven’t tried this one yet, so it was great to receive. The 4mL tube is a pretty generous size and will probably last me forever. I tried it and it’s got a nice light floral scent to start and then fades to a musky scent. It actually reminds me quite a bit of Lancome’s Tresor perfume. My only complaint with this sample is the stopper for the tube – it is SO. HARD. to get off! I wish it had a spray top or roller ball instead, the stopper is wedged in there so tight that I’m terrified it’s going to fly out when I pull on it and have the perfume spill everywhere.

L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil - 3mL x 2 ($1.25)

L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil – 3mL x 2 ($1.25)

This is a nice sample to try out. Oils seem to be all the rage these days so I’m excited to try these. I’m glad they weren’t stingy and gave two of these instead of just one. Each sample looks like it should be enough for two or three uses with my medium length hair.

MaskerAide I Don’t Wanna Grow Up – 23g ($4.99)

I got another MaskerAide mask back in November I think , which was my first Topbox. I’m surprised they sent another, but I guess this one counts as being “different” since it’s a different type of mask. I actually still haven’t used my first mask yet, and doubt I’ll be using this one since this one seems to be for an older demographic (lifting, firming, and softening fine lines aren’t really on my top concerns). Still, it will probably get used eventually since masks are just fun in general.

Aveda Caribbean Therapy Body Cream

Aveda Caribbean Therapy Body Cream – 25mL ($5.25)

Ok upon seeing my box and reading the product card I was pretty excited about this product. It’s described as being with “Caribbean mango, cocoa butter and warm island aromas.” It sounds so good! But trying a bit out on my hand I was so, so disappointed. The overwhelming scent at first is not some warm tropical scent, but of peppermint. Which makes me think of foot cream. The smell fades into the typical Aveda scent – earthy, herbally, hippie nose cringingness. It is super rich and moisturizing however. Guess I’ve got a new foot cream.

Grand total value for this box: $17.81 – not that great, but I will use almost everything in the box so from a use value it’s good. I think I’m mostly disappointed because last month’s regular Topboxes were so great! Deborah Lippmann, MUFE, ridiculously expensive face cream.. Oh well, I guess it’s all about supply and demand since last month’s prive boxes were so great not many people opted for the regular box, versus this month had less exciting prive options.

What did you think about your Topbox?

Julep Valentines Mystery Box

So the doorbell rang a little while ago and I bolted to the door right away hoping it was my mailman with my Julep Mystery Box – and it was! I feel like I’ve been waiting for aaaggeeesss for this box and have been super antsy to receive it.

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Yay!

I opened it up right away and immediately knew I had lucked out when the first thing I saw wasn’t nail polish but product…

Is that pink grapefruit body frosting I see?

Is that pink grapefruit body frosting and everday SPF I see?

Sure enough, I dug around and here’s the amazing mystery box I received!

Woohoo!

Woohoo! This is Box 8

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The polishes I received!

I’m so happy with the box I received! I paid $19.99 for this box (actually less, more like around $10 because I used a Bloomspot voucher that gave me a $50 Julep gift card for $20) and in return got 8 polishes ($11.20 x 8), a voucher for a polish of my choice ($11.20), Julep Everyday SPF ($22.40), Julep Topcoat for Hair ($12.80), and Julep Pink Grapefruit Body Frosting ($14.40) for a total value of about $150 using Maven pricing. The best part is that none of the nail polish colours are dupes for me, and I’m actually in need of a new base coat so this couldn’t have come at a better time!

If you’re interested in becoming a Julep Maven they offer your first box for free if you use the promo code “FREEBOX” when you take a style quiz here and sign up for your intro Maven box! If you do sign up I’d be super happy if you used my referral code: 1668128 ♥

Did you buy a mystery box? What did you get?

Topbox December 2012 Review

So I got my long awaited Topbox in the mail today. It’s sort of got a festive theme, using red instead of their usual white and purple tube.  Not going to lie though, pretty disappointed with this box. This is my third one and I think I’m going to cancel this subscription, simply because I don’t think it’s worth it. At $12 it’s relatively inexpensive, but none of the samples I’ve been getting in my boxes are all that exciting..  Anyways, here’s my box:

Box #33

Box #33

From left to right:

Chloe Eau de Parfum – 5mL ($9) I would be stoked to receive this sample if it weren’t for the fact that I already have 3 of these… I feel like Chloe is pushing its samples hard everywhere because I keep getting them for free, which would be fine except I absolutely can’t stand the smell.  It smells like something a grandma would wear to me.. I’ll probably pass this off to my mom.

China Glaze “Exotic Encounters” from the On Safari Collection – 14mL ($10) I’m always happy to get nail polish so this is great.  Not something I would have picked for myself, but I guess that’s a good thing.  I’ve been on a nail polish buying spree lately and this isn’t the most exciting colour (I am on a mega sparkle kick right now) so I probably won’t be using this anytime soon, but will eventually.

Ferro Cosmetics Ultimate HD Foundation – 1 g? ($2.50) I’m totally guesstimating the amount in the container since it doesn’t say but it’s actually quite a bit of powder in there so it should last for a while since you don’t need to use very much.  I’m happy with my Bare Minerals but I will try this out eventually.  I really like the fact that it’s paraben free and cruelty free though!

Goldwell Jelly Boost – 30mL ($3.79) Apparently this is a spray gel.  I honestly do not think I will ever use this because.. well who uses gel in their hair?  Actually I stand corrected, my sister is a cadet and has to use buckets of gel in her hair when she goes to events so I guess I’ll be passing this on to her.  But seriously, what girl uses gel in her hair on an everyday basis?

All in all the “value” of this box is about $25, which is more than I paid, but I’m really not liking this sub.  I waited for months and months to get off the waitlist so there’s that emotional attachment (irrational I know), but so far I’ve been thoroughly disappointed by each box.  The brands aren’t as high end as they used to be, and the sample sizes aren’t overly impressive. I think I’m going to stick around for the January box because they’re introducing some sort of fancy shmancy “Prive” box that features some yet to be known but supposedly “iconic” brand.. Hopefully it’s good, because unless it’s mindblasting, sadly I’m going to be ending my subscription.  I haven’t even posted the other 2 boxes because of how unexciting they were.. but now that I’m on winter break maybe I’ll get around to posting them :)

Betty

Loose Button: Fall 2012 Luxe Box Unboxing

Hello my pretties.  So I finally received my fall Luxe Box!  I literally bolted to the door when I heard the postman ring the doorbell.  I skipped Julep Maven this month so I’ve been suuuuper antsy waiting for this box (I love getting goodies in the mail), especially since I haven’t gotten one for a few months since they switched it from monthly to quarterly.  Ok, straight to the pictures!

Oooh, the box is a different shape than the old boxes.

Unboxing the box, we find a second box. This one is super gorgeous. Heavy white paperboard with a little gold Loose Button logo. This box is a huge improvement over the old Luxe Boxes, which were made with flimsy card paper and pretty much useless because they were too small to store anything.

A little envelope sits on top of the contents which were wrapped in a little satiny square of white cloth.

So pretty! The other side of the envelope is sealed with a monogrammed gold foil sticker. I suuuuper cautiously peeled it so I wouldn’t wreck the sticker (even though I’ll probably end up tossing the envelope in the recycling in a few days :p)

The envelope had a card inside that lists everything in the fall Luxe Box.

So many goodies inside!

Everything inside all laid out! I’ll post the samples in order of what I’m most excited about receiving to least excited about.

Marcelle BB Cream (full size!). I was soo happy when I saw this sample! It’s perfect because I’ve been meaning to buy one. I was using Estee Lauder’s BB cream before but it’s so pricy, so it was awesome seeing this in my box! I tried it and already love it.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray eyeshadow primer. Yay, more stuff that I’ve been meaning to buy! I’ve been wanting an eyeshadow primer. I tried this right away too, and love it too. It’s a small sample but I feel like it’ll last a long time because you only need to use a tiny tiny bit each time.

KMS Free Shape Quick Blow Dry. So excited to use this! I have really long hair so I hate blow drying because it takes foreevvvveerrrr. I really hope this works because if it does I’m definitely stocking up on it. I am the worst at waking up on time so anything that helps me save time in the morning is awesome in my books.  It’s a really good sized sample too that should last quite a while.

Vichy Proeven Daily Dark Spot Corrector (x6).  These came out of one of the brown card pouches.  Okay, the packaging is pretty cheapy looking because I feel like I could get these little packets from any drugstore, but at least they included six of them so they should last for a couple of weeks. I have tons of freckles on my face I’d love to get rid of so I hope these work!

China Glaze On Safari (Fall collection) Nail Laquer in “Adventure Red-y” (full size). I love nail polish, but I really have too much of it so I wasn’t super stoked to see this in my box. The colour is kind of cool though, I have tons of reds but this one is a darker vampy shade of red, a bit darker than in the picture. I’ll get around to using it eventually.

Loose Button Exfoliating Pad. This came out of the other little brown card pouch. The other side has an elastic attached so it stays on your hand. This seems like a pretty lame excuse for a “sample” but I am in need of a new loofah type thing so at least this will come in handy. But really, this is a pretty lame sample.

Prada Amber Pour Homme. This sample I’m least excited about because it’s not for me haha. I took the opportunity to swap out the perfume sample I would have gotten for a men’s cologne because I have way too much perfume already and in the past, the perfume samples Luxe Box sent me were the tiny sample vials you can easily pick up at any department store. This is a pretty good sized cologne and the bottle is super cute! (I am a sucker for cute minis). Too bad it’s going to my boyfriend.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with this box!  The packaging is absolutely gorgeous, and it definitely lives up to its name of being a very luxe box.  The full size BB cream is definitely what made this box for me, because that alone is worth $23.  I do think that the fact that a house brand exfoliating pad was considered a sample is pretty disappointing however.  The box promised to come with 7-8 samples, and I feel like including the pad as the seventh sample was a pretty lame move.  Still, overall the value is definitely there since I’m paying only $14 a box because I bought a Buytopia deal and there are a lot of samples I’m really excited to try out.

Super excited to receive the next one!  (Too bad it doesn’t come for another 3 months – sob).

Julep Maven July It Girl Review

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(Squeal) I love seeing this box waiting on my doorstep :)

Hellooooo! So I finally got my July box a few days ago after hoping and wishing it’d come ever since I switched my box for it.  I’d just done my nails a few days before so I couldn’t try out the polishes right away but around midnight last night I decided I couldn’t wait any longer to use them.

Here’s some unboxing pics (my favourite part of getting these boxes is probably the excitement and surprise of opening them ha):

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Super cute wrapping inside! It’s supposed to be Canada Day themed but it’s a a little too American with the stars on the tissue paper mefinks. I bet you anything they probably had blue confetti for the US customers and took it out for all the Canadians :p The fireball candies (same flavour as those spicy cinnamon hearts you always get for Valentines day in elementary school) were a cute touch :)

My It Girl box! I switched to this box this month because 1) I have too much lipgloss, which all the other boxes included instead of an extra polish, and 2) I couldn’t resist the seafoam green polish. Oh and 3) I’m pretty much a sucker for anything sparkily.

From left to right: “Kate” a pearly white, “Daphne” seafoam green cream, “Mila” a “charcoal multi coloured glitter”, and “Oh Canada” iridescent and red glitter, which was freebie for this month. Normally $14 each x 4 = $56. Not bad for $20.

 

Daphne, the seafoam green, was basically the reason I picked this box so I had to try it out first.

Daphne with a few coats of Nicole by OPI’s “Make U Smile” (from their JBiebz line… which I totally got from Claires. Please don’t judge me).  Sorry it’s super hard to focus because of the glitter.

As always, super great formula that goes on opaque pretty much in one coat.  I used 2 coats in the above picture, with a few swipes of glitter topcoat, followed by some OPI topcoat.   Super happy with this box!  I wasn’t so happy with the June box which is why I haven’t bothered posting a review yet but maybe I’ll do that sometime this week too.

Julep’s still offering an intro Maven box for 1 cent if you’re interesting in signing up (you can always unsubscribe) if you enter “PENNY” or “COLOR2012” at the checkout after picking out which box you want at www.julep.com :)

xx

Julep Maven April Box Review

Yay I got my Julep Maven box in the mail on Friday!  I love getting packages in the mail, even if I know they’re coming… it’s always a surprise when they finally do :)  Super good motivation to get my studying done for my wine science final so I could do my nails too.

I love seeing this little black box on my doorstep :)

Super super cute! The April box had an Easter theme to it with chocolate eggs hidden in the crinkly green confetti. It's such a little thing but it put a huge smile on my face :) The bright pink paper and green grosgrain ribbon looked so cute hiding in the "grass".

The contents! I changed my style to the "Classic with a Twist" box this month because of the gorgeous mint green polish. Included was The Best Pedi Cream Ever - 60mL ($22), Mandy - 8mL ($14), Susie - 8mL ($14), some toe spacers, and a makeup bag ($18, not shown).

Close up of The Best Pedi Cream Ever, Mandy, a "fresh, bright, deep coral-pink", and Susie "a delicious mint creme".

I painted my nails with Susie during my study break. I looove this colour!! It reminds me of Essie's Mint Candy Apple, which I really wanted but never got around to buying.

As a bonus Julep added on a makeup bag for this month, but they forgot to put it in the box... So I got this as a separate package :p The huge waste of cardboard made me sad but the bag is super cute! It's got the Julep logo quilted on and the inside has 3 elasticized pockets perfectly sized to hold Julep polishes.

The side charm on the bag is super cute too :)

I was super happy with this month’s box.  I love the colours of the polishes, the bag is super cute, and I needed a foot cream so this is perfect.  I tried the cream and it’s a great moisturizer although I can’t vouch for the exfoliating properties yet, although it should since it’s formulated with glycolic acid.

I noticed when I was painting my nails that they changed their brushes since last month – they’re wide brushes now like OPI’s prowide brush, not the skinny brushes they used to have, which is awesome!  So much faster to paint your nails with haha.

If you haven’t already you should grab the 1 penny Julep Maven’s intro box! They extended the promo so you can get your first box for a penny with free shipping and you can cancel at any time so there’s really nothing to lose.  Just go to www.julep.com, take the style quiz, and enter “PENNY” at the checkout :)

Ok, back to studying accounting (wah).  I think I’ll do my toes with Mandy as a study break later :)