Julep Fuchsia Fizzy Mystery Box

I’m VERY late posting this, please forgive me. Life has been very hectic, and I’ve been very forgetful. It wasn’t until the September Julep Maven box showed up today that I realized I forgot to post this!

I’ve been pretty good about not giving in to the wonderful mystery boxes the Julep offers…But this time I couldn’t resist. Not sure why, but I just couldn’t.



This box came with 4 polishes (5 because I ordered an extra polish, Alexa, it’s the light purple one.) Lock down your brows and the Beach Tonic dry body oil and nail decals.


The colors that came in the box: Connie, Jenny (Favorite!!) Mariska, and Trisha.

I have not even opened the Lock down your brows, but I hear it’s good to help keep them in place or help them grow–both problems I don’t experience yet in life. The Body Oil, is a great item, but malfunctions easily. I e-mailed Julep and a replacement is on it’s way— but reviews say that ALL their bottles have issues with the sprayer.

This box was 100% worth the money. Don’t believe me. I’ve done a price break down below:

Connie: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Jenny: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Mariska: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Trisha: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Body Oil: $23 for non Maven and $18.40 for Maven

Lock Down your Bows: $22 for non Maven and $17.60 for Maven

Total: $101 for non maven and $80.80 for Maven
The box costs just $24.99 (plus tax) which is a steal of a deal if you ask me!


“Good Friends are like stars, You don’t always see them but they’re always there.”


Back-Left to front-right. Ben, Mitchell, Rob, our neighbor Hilary and myself.

So, if you don’t know us personally, you don’t know that Mitchell’s best friend(s) live in Illinois. We have been trying and hoping to send him to visit, but just haven’t had the funds. So a couple weeks ago when they asked Mitchell if they could come for Labor Day weekend, we immediately said YES!

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Liebster Award


My last post, received a nomination from katscoverup, Thank you for nominating me, that was so kind of you!

About the Liebster Award:

The Liebster Award is intended to help readers discover new blogs, blogs that don’t have hundreds of followers, and that could use a little boost getting traction and views/readers.

Here are the rules:

Thank the nominator.

Display the award.

Nominate 10 more bloggers with 10 new questions.

Answer the questions

Notify the Nominees

Here are the questions I was given:

  • What’s your favorite color? Green
  • What’s your favorite food? Anything potato… I know, it’s awful for me, but I love potatoes!
  • Sweet or salty snacks? Salty, I’ve never really had a sweet tooth.
  • Favorite vacation place? I haven’t really ever been on vacation, as an adult at least, but I’d love to go to Ireland!
  • If you could live anywhere, where would you go? Right here, in the good old Pacific Northwest! 
  • What’s your favorite season? Summer
  • What’s your favorite movie? I find myself watching When Harry Met Sally several times a year, so I guess that’s my favorite?
  • What’s the most inspiring book you’ve read? I have to confess, I’m not much of a reader, but I did find iJustine’s book, I, Justine to be pretty inspiring. Just reading about how she went from the complete bottom, not being able to pay her bills to the huge success she is now, just by being herself. 
  • Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ice cream? Chocolate AND vanilla.
  • Favorite quote? “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better, and your better is best!”

My 10 questions for you:

  1. Favorite book?
  2. Favorite website?
  3. Do you have a favorite animal? What?
  4. If you could have only one job for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  5. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Why?
  6. Favorite photo?
  7. What is your favorite song?
  8. Favorite Harry Potter book?
  9. Favorite holiday food?
  10. How many siblings do you have?

I nominate:

Life Aboard the Traveling Circus





How to Treat Your Nanny


The Earl and me


3 Canadian Beauties

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Review: Julep Maven

My last post I reviewed ipsy. Today, I’ll be reviewing Julep Maven, the subscription service from Julep. As some of you may remember from my first Julep post, I was kind of dreading the customer service standpoint from Julep. I had heard horror stories on the beauty box group I’m a member of… I was not looking forward to having problems with the polish, or my monthly box.

I felt a little bit of pressure to actually LIKE Julep because Mitchell’s family knows someone who works at their Seattle office. I felt like if I didn’t like their products, then I’d be causing more problems for myself than I needed. This caused me to be apprehensive about the subscription box. I never would have imagined I’d fall in love with not only their polish, but their makeup!

The first few days, I did have some issues with the polish. After some stressful posts online, a friend of mine mentioned I needed a bonding base coat. This literally solved all my problems.

Their polish quality has gone up a LOT over the two years I’d been getting them from Mitchell’s family. I love every one of my Julep polishes.

I didn’t get make-up until a few months into the subscription service, and my oh my do I love their products. Their gel eye liners are my absolute favorite– I have to say though, Navy Smoke seems to be my top favorite. I never could have imagined loving them enough to get one in EVERY color they offer.

One month, I got their Konjac Sponge in my box. After tons of research I noticed a lot of people telling me that their sponges are over priced and not worth your money. I ordered a second one off amazon for myself and gave the Julep one to Mitchell. Big mistake. The Julep Konjac sponges are more than worth their current cost (they’re on sale for $9.60 and they usually go for $12) It’s lasted much longer and does a better job.

Overall review:
Julep has never gotten my order wrong, and has wonderful products. I will be keeping this subscription as long as I can afford to! :) I love that I can edit and customize my box, so if I want only polishes one month, great! If I want only make-up, done! They really do a great job with all their products!


Review: ipsy.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned on this blog. All comments/opinions on this post are 100% my own, and are not sponsored in any way.  

Well, here it is! The long awaited review of the beauty boxes I’m subscribed to! I’ve been getting both ipsy and Julep Maven beauty boxes for about 6 months now, and I think I have a pretty good feel on both.

Lets start with ipsy!

I was really excited to start ipsy. So many people I know get it, and raved about their monthly glambag. My first month was a little disappointing, but wasn’t too bad. It didn’t kill my excitement. As months wore on, I found myself re-taking the ipsy quiz and removing things from my preferences. I still have yet to be amazed or in love with ANYTHING from ipsy. Last month (July) I didn’t even get everything in my bag, and when I wrote them in, they said they’d fix their error… and only sent me 2 items. This month, I got a bag, with the tiniest lipstick ever and that was it. It was THE most disappointing waste of my money. Yes, I could contact their customer service, but after only getting part of my glambag last month, I’m not interested in contacting them and waiting two weeks to see if they actually got it correct. I’m on the verge of cancelling ipsy. September may be my last month. The Sephora subscription box cannot start soon enough!

The rewards points from ipsy are pointless. You get very few, and have to post all your quizes and information to facebook. It’s a cheap way for them to advertise, yet they only let so many people join and have a wait-list. They want me to invite friends, but my friends have to post a bunch of spam to facebook to even get taken off the wait-list. I have found their rewards points to be pointless and frustrating, seeing as they expire before you can rack up enough to get a free glambag.

up next: Julep Maven.