31 January 2014

The one with the Julep Maven January box.

Julep It Girl

I'm getting my January Julep Maven box (my referral link) up a little late (my February one has already shipped!), but I wanted to share some swatches as well as the extra items. For January, I went with the It Girl box.

Julep Maven January 2014

Julep Boudoir Collection

Julep Maven It Girl January

Julep Vanish

Cuticle Pusher by Julep

  • Julep Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover: I'm really pleased with this add-on. It gently removes overgrown cuticles and helps my nail beds look cleaner.
  • Julep Cuticle Pusher: From pictures online I thought this was going to be plastic. I was happily surprised to see that it is stainless steel coated with Teflon. It feels very durable and works wonders with the Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover.

Julep It Girl January 14

Julep Farrah Swatch

Julep Annemarie

Julep Hope Swatch

Sephora Formula X Demolition Swatch

  • Julep Farrah (lilac silk) Farrah is pretty - a little lighter than I was expecting. I didn't love the satin finish and chose to put a glossy top coat over the polish.
  • Julep Annemarie (warm cocoa creme) Annemarie is a creamy, neutral polish. I wear these colors often, especially during the week. It's a nice work-appropriate color.
  • Julep Hope (stark white satin) Hope was another satin polish. The semi-matte white on my nails immediately took me back to putting Wite-Out on my nails in junior high - not pretty. (For white polish I prefer butter LONDON's Cotton Buds.) Even after a glossy top coat, I still didn't like how this white looked against my skin tone. To add a little interest I topped it off with the Formula X for Sephora Demolition top coat.
The polishes weren't my favorite this month, but the add-ons were fantastic. I need to use Vanish for a while longer to see if I prefer it to my Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, but I love the bottle. I'm looking forward to seeing what Julep has for us in February. The free polish, Love, looks gorgeous from the swatches I've seen so far.


  1. I'm always so thoroughly impressed by how clean all of Julep's designs are that it makes me want to subscribe to this service, but I can't justify it because I rarely ever paint my nails! Though I probably would use it more if I had new and exciting things to try... what a dilemma.

  2. I really like Annemarie. This box I was going to skip but forgot to. I wasn't really happy with the colors from the Boho group. Was the cuticle pusher an add on or included in the monthly box?

    1. Hi, Melinda! The Cuticle Pusher was definitely an add-on. I can't remember if it came with the Vanish or if it came separately. Are you getting a February box?

  3. Meredith1/31/2014

    I added on the cuticle pusher but they said it was back ordered. I'm not going to get it until mid-February. You were lucky to get it! They just put regular wooden cuticle pushers in my box. :(

  4. I love the look of Farrah, it is such a pretty colour! x
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  5. "Immediately took me back to putting Wite-Out on my nails in junior high." HA. Forgot all about doing this...


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