Julep Maven – Lucky Mystery Box

Hi everyone!!

I recently received my Julep Maven Lucky Mystery Box.

Julep offers mystery boxes several times a year, that feature various Julep polishes and products.

This St. Patrick’s Day, they offered the Lucky Mystery Box.  The boxes were $24.99 and came with over $100 worth of products!

There were four boxes to choose from, three of them featured a different green specialty polish and one was 100% mystery.

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Photo courtesy of Julep.com

I love surprises, so I chose the 100% mystery box!

ImageMy mystery box came with eight polishes! WOW!!

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  • Ursula – Bombshell – Blackest black crème crackle
  • Missy – It girl – Titanium metallic
  • Reece – It girl – Deep purple holographic shimmer
  • Audrey – Classic with a twist – Light pink microglitter
  • Jodie – Classic with a twist – Rosy mauve with gold shimmer
  • Diane – It girl – Dark forest green crème
  • Shenae – It girl – Pastel mint green opalescent shimmer
  • Olivia – Classic with a twist – Dark chocolate truffle crème

I love surprises so much that I couldn’t resist the Major Mystery Add-On!

My add-on came with four additional polishes, a mini Freedom Polymer Top Coat, and forget-me-not seeds.

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  • Nicolette – Bombshell – Opaque French white
  • Alaina – Classic with a twist – Driftwood taupe crème
  • Ingrid – Boho glam – Burnt orange crème
  • Adele – Bombshell – Golden reflective top coat

ImageI’m pretty happy with the contents of my mystery box.  Several of the colors are pretty dark and won’t get used until the fall, but I’m still glad I received them.

Although I’m pleased with my mystery box, I do wish I’d have gotten some products besides just nail polish.  I like the variety of my monthly boxes and the Cupid Mystery Box I bought in February.

I’ve bought the last two mystery boxes that Julep has offered, so I’m going to try to resist buying the next one! When I get their email though, I don’t know if I’ll be able to control myself!

I’m planning on experimenting with Shanae and Tania (from my March box) tonight!  I’ll let you know how it goes!

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A Few Things Friday

Hi everyone!!

I’ve decided to start a weekly post called “A Few Things Friday.”  In these posts, I will be sharing different things I’ve discovered during the previous week.

I LOVE Pinterest, so a lot of things I post about will come from there.

Posts will range from craft projects, to beauty inspiration, to yummy desserts, to pretty much anything!!

My post today will be about several crafts I want to make!

My best friend, Kylie, and I are moving into a new apartment this summer, and there are a few cute decorations I want to make for the apartment before we move in!

The first item I want to make is a koozie frame.  I have accumulated quite a few koozies in the last two years, so I need a cute way to store and display them.  Hayley, my brother’s girlfriend and my sorority sister, made one of these over the summer, and it turned out really cute!

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Photo courtesy of paintedhartstrings on Etsy.com

I plan on making my frame a bit bigger than this one, but this picture gives you the general idea of what I want to do.

If you’d like to buy a koozie frame, like the one above, you can click on the picture or this link.

If you’d like to make a frame instead of buying one, stay tuned! I will be posting a tutorial in the next month or so for you to follow!

The next item I want to make is this hydrangea wreath!

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Photo courtesy of ElegantWreath on Etsy.com

I love that this wreath is square!! I wouldn’t normally think to put a wreath in a 20-year-old’s apartment, but the square shape adds a ton of character that make this wreath more youthful!

The price of this wreath is outrageous, but if you’d like to buy it instead of make it you can click the picture or follow this link.

One advantage (aside from price) of making this wreath instead of buying it, is the freedom you have to choose your colors!  I really like the pink and green in the photo above, but I think I’m going to take my wreath in a different direction.

I have lots to do in the next few weeks, so I will start on these projects as soon as I can!  If you have any upcoming projects you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment!!

Happy Friday!!!

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Farmer’s Market Fun!

Hi everyone!

My best friend, Kylie, and I went to the local farmer’s market for the first time yesterday! We’ve been talking about going for the longest time and yesterday we finally got the chance!

There we’re lots of booths with fresh produce and baked goods, as well as several with handmade soaps and jewelry.

I’ve recently fallen in love with handmade bath products, so I couldn’t resist looking at a few of the booths that featured them!

I spent a several minutes perusing the bath products made by Herbs & Oils Bath.

ImageHerbs & Oils Bath had so many products to choose from, but I limited myself to only buying two bars of soap.

ImageI bought a Raspberry and White Tea bar and a Blackberry Vanilla bar.  They both smell delicious, and I can’t wait to give them a try!  I’m hoping to finish the bar of soap currently in my shower in the next few days so I can start using one of my fun new ones!

ImageThe Herbs & Oils Bath booth had some HUGE bath bombs that Kylie was really interested in!  She just bought some from Nourish, so she didn’t buy any this time.  I have a feeling that she’ll be buying some from Herbs & Oils Bath soon though!

I can’t wait to go back to the farmer’s market next week to see what else Herbs & Oils Bath has to offer!

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Nail of the Day!

Hi all!

So I tried that nail polish technique I talked about in my last post again and it turned out pretty good this time!! Yay!!

Photo courtesy of Julep.com
Photo courtesy of Julep.com

This is what I was trying to do!  Looks pretty easy right?! Let me tell you, it definitely was not!

To create the mermaid nail look, I used Tania and Soraphine from my March Julep Maven Box.

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I applied three coats of Soraphine to each of my fingers before I applied Tania.  Next time, I think I’m going to try four coats and see if that makes the white any more opaque.

The hardest part of creating the mermaid look was applying the perfect amount of glitter polish to my fingernails.  Oftentimes, I ended up putting on WAYYY too much!

I recommend wiping almost all the glitter nail polish off of the brush before attempting to apply it.  You’ll know when you have the perfect amount of polish on your brush because it will look like there is nothing left on it!

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Here’s a picture of my right hand!  I think it looks a lot better than my left hand, which is odd, because I’m right handed and it would make more sense for my left hand to look better.

I will say that my fingernails look much better in person than they do in that picture.

Here is another technique I want to try!

Photo courtesy of Julep.com
Photo courtesy of Julep.com

This technique features Soraphine again as well as Myriam!  I’m not sure how to achieve those skinny lines! It’s something I’ll definitely have to experiment with!

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Julep Maven Review – March 2014

Hi everyone!

As some of you may know, I just got back from Spring Break! When I got back to my apartment there was an exciting surprise waiting for me, my March Maven box!!!

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Julep Maven is a subscription box service that delivers nail polish, make-up, and other goodies to your door every month! Exciting right?!

If you’d like to be a Maven like me, follow this link to take a style quiz and sign up for a subscription! Your first box is FREE!! You just have to pay for shipping! (It’s only $3.99! What a deal!!)

Monthly boxes cost $19.99 with the opportunity to add on additional products, which are being featured that month, at a reduced cost.  Each box comes with over $40 worth of products inside!

There are many perks of being a Julep Maven!

Perks include:

  • Discounts on everything
  • Free shipping
  • A reward system that leads to free boxes and other exciting items
  • And much more!

Now on to my review!

This March, Julep focused on spring colors with The Riviera Collection.

After seeing the March preview, I was pretty excited for this box!  As usual, I got the Classic with a Twist.  I limited myself this month and only added on one item!

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My March box included:

  • Lip Gloss in Fearless
  • Gilliam Candy Company Stick Candy in Cotton Candy
  • Three Nail Polishes: Myriam, Soraphine, and Tania

Lip Gloss

Fearless – Sheer silvery pink shimmer

This month I chose to change the gloss color that came with my Classic with a Twist box.  I can’t remember what color the box was supposed to come with, but I changed it to Fearless because I thought it was prettier and more fun than the original shade I was offered.

I tried the lip gloss on last night, and I think I’m going to like it!  The lighting is terrible in my bathroom (yikes!), so I can’t tell how pigmented the gloss is.  I will say this though, I ate some Jello after applying the gloss (strawberry kiwi, YUM!!), and the gloss was very pink on my spoon!

Gilliam Candy Company Stick Candy 

This month’s box came with a fun little candy stick! The stick is cotton candy flavored, so I’m not quite sure if I’ll enjoy it!  I’ll certainly try it though!  If I don’t like it, I’ll probably give it to my best friend, Kylie. (You met her in my post about Savannah)

Nail Polish

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From left to right, we have Myriam, Tania, and Soraphine.  Myriam and Soraphine came in my box this month.  I chose Tania as one of my add-ons.

Myriam (Classic with a Twist) – Casino red crème

Tania (Bombshell) – Multidimensional mermaid teal glitter

Soraphine (Classic with a Twist) – Classic sheer white crème

My toes are currently painted with Myriam.  I love the red color!  It’s very bright and perfect for Spring!

Several weeks ago, Julep pinned a really pretty nail idea on Pinterest that involved Tania and Soraphine.  I tried to recreate that look on my fingernails last night.  It was a massive failure!! I couldn’t find the original picture, so I was working from memory and it didn’t work out as well as I was hoping it would!  Since then, I have found the picture and will try to paint them again tonight!  If I have any success, I will be sure to post about it!

Overall, I am very pleased with the March box!  I can’t wait to see what comes out next month!

In the meantime, I’m trying to resist buying The Lucky Mystery Box that Julep is currently offering! The temptation is strong, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist!  The good news is, I have lots of Jules (reward points), so my April box will be free!

I’m going to go paint my finger nails now! Let’s hope the results are better this time than last time!!

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Spring Break in Savannah!

Hi all!!

This spring break, my best friend, Kylie, and I decided to road trip to Savannah, Ga., for a few days.  We drove up on Monday and came back on Wednesday.  That seems like a really short amount of time, but it was actually perfect for us!

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We had a lot of fun on our trip!  We ate a lot of really good meals and did lots of shopping!

Food

Here are a few of the places we ate!

The Six Pence Pub

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Kylie and I were starving by the time we got to Savannah, so the first thing we did was find some place to eat.  The Six Pence Pub was really good.  I ordered a Reuben, and it was probably the best Reuben I have ever had!  I definitely recommend going to The Six Pence Pub if you’re ever in Savannah!

The Lady & Sons

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I was really excited to eat at Paula Deen’s The Lady & Sons! We didn’t make reservations beforehand, because we weren’t sure whether we were going to eat there or not.  We walked inside around six o’clock, and we we’re told that their next available reservation wasn’t until 7:30.  Neither of us were hungry yet, so we went ahead and put our names on the list.  While we were waiting, we did some shopping in the Paula Deen Store right next door.  I bought a souvenir for myself and one for my dad!

When our names were called, we went up to the third floor to enjoy our meal!  I ordered the chicken pot pie! It was huge, so I only ate a little bit of it!  What I did eat of it was delicious! Kylie got fried chicken.  It was also really good!  If  you can get a reservation, I definitely recommend going to The Lady & Sons.

Moon River Brewing Company

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Kylie was really excited to go to this restaurant!  She’s a huge fan of the show Ghost Adventures and the show’s host, Zak Bagans.  The Moon River Brewing Company was featured several years ago on the show.  It is believed that a ghost named Toby haunts the billiard room of the brewing company.  It is also believed that one of the ghosts that resides at the brewing company likes to push people down the stairs.  For this reason, patrons of the brewing company are not allowed upstairs.

I was expecting the waitress or hostess to mention the ghosts or the building’s notoriety.  I was really disappointed when they didn’t say anything about it!

Along with the festive ghosts, the Moon River Brewing Company had really good food!  I would definitely go back!

Sweet Carolina Cupcakes

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I LOVE cupcakes, so I was really excited to go to this place!  It looked really cute from the outside, and the inside was cute as well. I bought “Sweet Carolina,” their signature cupcake.  Kylie and I had just eaten lunch before we went to the cupcake shop, so I got my cupcake to go and saved it for later.

Later that day, I ate my cupcake and was VERY disappointed!!  The cupcake was very dry and flavorless, and the icing was hard.  I’ve eaten many cupcakes in my life, and I don’t think I’ve ever had one as bad as this one! I threw the entire cupcake away after only two or three bites!

Maybe they usually make delicious cupcakes and I just got one from a bad batch.  Who knows what happened?! All I know is that I was very sad and quite disappointed!!

I would probably give Sweet Carolina Cupcakes another chance, but if I get another cupcake like the first, I definitely would not go back!

Shopping

As I said earlier, Kylie and I did a ton of shopping in Savannah!

One store we went to that I fell in love with was Nourish Natural Bath Products.

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The shop was so cute and filled with so many wonderful bath products!

Kylie has been looking for bath bombs for the last few months, and we finally found some at Nourish!  They had a huge display, with so many different scents to choose from!  She picked six of her favorites to take home with her.

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I bought quite a few bars of soap while we were there! The reggae sunsplash, vanilla raspberry, and travel bundle are all for me! I bought the Apparition Ale bar for my older brother and the natural soap sampler for my mom.

They have an online store, which you can access at handcraftedsoap.com. I haven’t been able to make the website work on my laptop, but it does work on my iPad.

I haven’t used any of the soap yet.  I’m waiting until I get back to my apartment to do so!  I have a feeling that I am going to LOVE it and will be buying more in the future!

Fun

Because Savannah is known as “America’s Most Haunted City” and Kylie loves ghosts, we decided to go on the Ghosts and Gravestones trolley tour.

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The tour involved two different stops!  The fist stop was to an empty warehouse that was the scene of a triple axe murder many, many years ago.  Our tour guide gave us EMF detectors, and let us wander around the building to look for ghost activity.

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The red and green thing in Kylie’s hand is the EMF detector.  When the red light appeared that meant that a ghost was near.  When the device was lit, we could ask yes or no questions that the ghost would then answer.  The detector would light up one way for “yes” and a different way for “no.”  We never got to the asking questions portion of the hunt, but it was still fun!

Our second stop was the Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery.  At this stop, we listened to a man tell a haunting tale from the past.  His story was pretty creepy! It definitely kept with the spooky theme of the tour!

Between stops, our tour guide told us tales about a lot of the buildings and squares we passed.

The tour was scary but not too scary!  I’m kind of wimpy when it come to scary things, so I was very glad that the tour wasn’t to spooky!!

I had a lot of fun on our spring break trip, and I can’t wait for my next adventure!!

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Fabric Fun!

Hi everyone!!

I LOVE crafting, so naturally, I LOVE buying craft supplies!!  I have a project coming up that will involve fabric, so today I went to my favorite fabric store, The Sewing Studio, to get some supplies.

My trip was pretty short today, because I was with one of my friends.  When I go alone, I can spend over an hour wandering around!

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These are the fabrics I ended up purchasing!  I didn’t notice it at first but it seems like I had a color palette in mind!

I’m in LOVE with the silver and white material on the far left.  I will most likely end up using this fabric for my project!  It has a tiny bit of sheen to it, which I think will really make my project POP!

You might be wondering what my secret project entails, but I just can’t tell you yet!! It’s a gift for a friend of mine, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise!  I will be sure to post the project tutorial after she’s received her gift though!

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DIY Floral Monogram

Happy Spring flowers

Hi friends!!

I made a floral monogram for myself several months ago, and I promised my best friend/roommate, Kylie, I’d make her one too! Well I finally got around to making it, so I’m posting the tutorial for you to see!

Here’s the finished product! I’m quite pleased with it, and I’m hoping she will be too!

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To start this project, I would decide on a color palette.  I asked Kylie what colors she wanted, and she told me mint and black.  Well those colors aren’t available right now so I went with a blue, purple, and green palette. Sorry Kylie!! She likes the color purple, so I’m not too worried about her hating it!

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Next, gather your materials!

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You’ll need:

  • Flowers (Make sure you get more than you think you’ll need!)
  • Cardboard letter
  • Floral foam
  • Scissors
  • An X-ACTO knife
  • A large serrated knife (I used a bread knife)
  • Acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic in Brushed Pewter)
  • Paint brush
  • Paint palette (optional)
  • Glue (I used a hot glue gun)

Now we get to the actual crafting!

First, we need to cut open the letter to create an empty shell. I used the X-ACTO knife and scissors for this step.

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Use the X-ACTO knife to cut into the letter.  The goal is to make flaps that are easy to cut off with your scissors.

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After cutting off the flaps, take out the zig-zag cardboard. Now we have the empty shell.

Next, I painted the outside of the letter.  I used two coats of the metallic paint to create the planter look I was going for.

While the paint is drying, separate the flower heads from the stems.  Some of the heads will pop right off, but others you may have to cut! When you’re cutting the heads off, make sure you leave a little stem.  You’ll need a little bit of stem to stick the flower into the foam later on.

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Once the paint has dried, measure the interior of your letter to see how much floral foam you need to cut.

My letter measured 2 1/4 inches wide.  It’s easier if you cut the foam a little smaller than the actual measurements of the letter.

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This part is tricky if you’re weak like me!  Use your serrated knife to cut the foam as straight as you can.  I find that using a see-saw motion works best.  You can try sawing back and forth, but I find that method rather difficult.  I recommend cutting the foam outside.  It can get really messy!!

After you cut the (kinda) straight rectangles, you may need to cut some pieces at an angle to fit inside your letter.  The letter “K” required quite a few angles.  The good news is the angled cuts are pretty easy to do!  Just set the foam on top of your letter, and draw a line on the foam where you think the slant should be.  It’s very easy to fix the angled cuts if you guess wrong.

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Once you have cut all the foam, set it inside your letter to make sure it fits.  If you have little gaps between the foam and the edge of your letter, you can squeeze little pieces of extra foam in there to fill it out.

This step is optional, but I like to cut the foam to be a tiny bit below (or even with) the sides of the letter.

Next, take your glue gun (or whatever type of glue you’re using) and glue the foam to the inside of the letter.

Here comes the best part! Start placing your flowers!!

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When I got to this point, I realized that I did not have enough of the little green flowers.  I went to JoAnn Fabrics to buy more, and they were all out.  I ended up having to buy a different type of green flower.  This is why I told you to make sure you have more flowers than you think you’ll need!

Once I got back from the store I added the rest of my flowers.  Some of the flowers did not want to stay where I placed them!  If you have this problem too, just add a little dot of hot glue to the bottom of the flower and then stick it back into the foam.

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Once you have all your flowers placed, you are ready to decorate with your new monogram!!  If you have any questions or want some advice, feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Crafting!!

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