POPSUGAR Must Have Review: April 2017

Hi everyone!

It’s always an exciting day when my POPSUGAR Must Have box arrives!

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

The theme words for April are rest, natural, healing, clean, grow, and spiritual.  A soothing month for sure!

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Box Contents:

  • Makerskit – Crystal Sand Art Terrarium Kit
  • Morning Culture – Dipped Bamboo Cutting Board
  • Tonic Australia – Lavender Sachets
  • The Cottage Greenhouse – Carrot & Neroli Rich & Repair Body Wash
  • Cocolab – Cocofloss
  • Nourish Snacks – Holy Habanero
  • Pronamel – Strong & Bright Enamel, Extra Fresh Toothpaste

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Makerskit – Crystal Sand Art Terrarium Kit – Retail Value $32

This was one of the items that POPSUGAR sneak peeked in an email earlier this month.  I’ve been wanting a crystal for a long time now, so I was super excited to see this kit in my box!

Unfortunately, my kit came broken, so I’m unable to make my little terrarium.  POPSUGAR has fantastic customer service and my replacement terrarium is already in the mail!

Luckily, I was able to dig the undamaged amethyst crystal out of the box!

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Morning Culture – Dipped Bamboo Cutting Board – Retail Value $22

I love the mug I received a few months ago from Morning Culture, so I was pleased to see another item from them in my box this month.

I haven’t taken the plastic off my cutting board yet, because I think it would be fantastic housewarming gift! The lavender paint is so pretty and would go very well in a shabby chic kitchen!

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Tonic Australia – Lavender Sachets – Retail Value $15

How adorable are these little sachets?!  I LOVE the the floral pattern and fabric ribbon they’re packaged with!

I’ve added both sachets to my pajama drawer and love how my jammies are smelling! 🙂

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The Cottage Greenhouse – Carrot & Neroli Rich & Repair Body Wash – Retail Value $22

Continuing with the soothing theme, POPSUGAR included a body wash this month.

The Cottage Greenhouse gets an A++ on packaging from me!  The fonts, the tags, the jute?! It all works together beautifully! Also, this body wash smells INCREDIBLE!  It’s light and earthy with a touch of sweetness to it. I LOVE it! <3

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Cocolab – Cocofloss – Retail Value $8

I’m terrible about flossing my teeth, so hopefully this fancy floss encourages me to do it a little more!

In my defesnse, I have a permanent retainer that makes flossing my bottom teeth quite difficult.  Every time I go to the dentist, the hygienist grumbles about my retainer! I always get a little kick out of it! 🙂

Pronamel – Strong & Bright Enamel, Extra Fresh Toothpaste – Retail Value $5.99

I may not floss often, but I do brush my teeth twice a day! 🙂

The minty flavor of this toothpaste isn’t quite as minty as I would like, but I love that it whitens and strengthens. I’ll definitely be using the entire tube!

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Nourish Snacks – Holy Habanero – Retail Value $1.99

As you all know, I love the snack that POPSUGAR includes each month.  They’re usually funky things that I would never buy myself but would love to try!

I’m not into spicy foods, so I was worried about how spicy these corn bites were going to be.  Surprisingly, I don’t find them to be all that spicy.  I added a handful to a southwest salad I had for lunch a few days ago, and they were a pretty great addition.

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

The total retail value for the April box is $106.98. That’s pretty low for POPSUGAR but is still a great value!

The lavender sachets, carrot body wash, and amethyst crystal are my favorite items this month!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the April box?

<3 Natalie

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April Functional Planner Stickers: Free Printable

Hello Planner Friends!

Can you all believe that April begins this week?! I sure can’t!  2017 seems to be flying by!

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Here is this month’s functional freebie!

I love the periwinkle purples of April!  My version is a little more vibrant than Erin Condren’s, but still coordinates very well.

I’ve added a few new items to this month’s freebie!  I like using a habit tracker each week, so I’ve added two of them to this printable along with an additional “today” and “little bits” header.

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Before I give you the printable file, there are a few things I’d like to say.  I spent a lot of time designing and creating this printable, so please be kind when you use it.

  • Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes printables are for personal use only
  • You may not re-sell, redistribute, or claim this work as your own
  • If you post this on the internet, please give the credit to Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes and link it back to my blog (pinkbowstwinkletoes.com)

Enough of the heavy stuff! Now it’s time for the stickers!

I’m providing you this printable in both a PNG and PDF file format.  I’ve found that the PNG prints richer colors than the PDF.  It’s up to you which file you use though!

To download the PNG file:

  1. Click on the image above
  2. Click “view full size”
  3. Right click and save image
  4. Open saved file and print
  5. ENJOY!!

If you skip step 2 and don’t click the “view full size” button, the image will save in a much smaller format and will print incorrectly.

You can download the PDF file here, PBTT April Functional Sticker Sheet.

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Be sure to tag me in any and all Instagram posts featuring my stickers and your planner! (@pinkbowstwinkletoes and #pinkbowstwinkletoes)  I would love to see what you do with them! :)

Happy Planning!

<3 Natalie

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: April 2016

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly POPSUGAR Must Have review!

This review is a little later than usual because POPSUGAR had some shipping issues this month! I did get my box before the month ended, so I’m happy!

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POPSUGAR debuted their new packaging this month! It’s much more sophisticated than what they had before!

To receive fun boxes each month like I do, click here!

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Along with the packaging, they also updated the info booklet inside!

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Box Contents:

  • Cravings – Chrissy Teigen
  • Tinware Salt & Pepper Shakers – Canvas Home
  • Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans – Next By Nature
  • Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm – Farmacy
  • “Lemons” Flour Sack Tea Towel – Noon Design Shop
  • Field Poppy Conservatories Hand Creme – Royal Apothic
  • $20 Gift Card – Bloom That

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Cravings – Chrissy Teigen – Retail Value $29.99

I’m graduating college this week, so a cookbook is actually going to be great for me!  I haven’t done much cooking these last four years, so maybe this book will give me some inspiration!

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I flipped through the book and thought these wontons sounded delicious!

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Tinware Salt & Pepper Shakers – Canvas Home – Retail Value $12

I think these salt and pepper shakers are absolutely adorable!  I love vintage feel!

I’ll definitely be using them in my next apartment!

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Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans – Next By Nature – Retail Value $3.99

I’ve had chocolate covered espresso beans before, and I love them!

I was very pleased to see these in my box this month!

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Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm – Farmacy – Retail Value $48

I’ve never tried this brand before, but I think I really like it!

The balm smells great and hasn’t irritated my skin yet!  That’s always a plus!

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The balm came in this origami like box! How cool is that?!

The box was a little difficult to close but the packaging is so impressive, it doesn’t really matter!  I also don’t think normal people would open and close the box as many times as I did!

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“Lemons” Flour Sack Tea Towel – Noon Design Shop – Retail Value $18

This towel is SO cute!

My mom is a huge fan of flour sack towels, so she will probably be receiving this one soon!  She reads my blog though, so now the surprise is ruined!  Oh well!!

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Field Poppy Conservatories Hand Creme – Royal Apothic – Retail Value $24

I really like fancy hand cremes, so I’m a huge fan of this item!

The creme has a very strong perfume-y scent, so it could definitely become overwhelming!  I’m trying not to use too much at a time, so I don’t get a headache!

I like that it came with a little tool to help you squeeze every bit of lotion out of the bottle!  Super handy!

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$20 Gift Card – Bloom That

I don’t think I’ll be using this gift card, but I’m sure other subscribers will!

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The total retail value of the April box (excluding the gift card) is $135.98!  That’s fantastic!

I’m very pleased with the April box and see myself using each one of these products!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?

What do you think of the April box?!

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Julep Maven Review & Coupon: April 2016

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Julep Maven review!

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To receive fun boxes each month like I do, click here!

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Box Contents:

  • Love Your Bare Face – Detoxifying Cleansing Stick
  • Konjac Sponge – Kaolin Clay
  • Kimball – Classic with a Twist – High-Voltage Watermelon Vivid Sheer
  • Brigitte – Classic with a Twist – Bright White Crème
  • Air Head (Yummy yummy!)
  • Coupon

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Love Your Bare Face – Detoxifying Cleansing Stick

This cleansing stick smells just like the cleansing oil I received last week.  It’s very citrus-y and refreshing!

I am worried that this soap may be causing my forehead to break out, which upsets me quite a bit!  I’ve only been using it for a few days now, so I can’t definitively say if it’s this cleanser, the sponge, or something completely different!

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Konjac Sponge – Kaolin Clay

I absolutely LOVE the way this sponge feels on my face!  I received the body konjac sponge several months ago, and loved it too!

As I mentioned above, this sponge could possibly be causing my breakouts.  If I determine that it is the cause, I will most likely end up just using the sponge on my body, since it’s way less sensitive!

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Kimball – Classic with a Twist – High-Voltage Watermelon Vivid Sheer

This polish looks quite red in the bottle, but it actually is the vivid watermelon color that Julep describes it to be!

I have it painted on my toenails right now and it’s super fun and summery!

Brigitte – Classic with a Twist – Bright White Crème

I know this polish looks peachy in the photo (I think it’s reflecting the color of the tissue paper), but it’s definitely white!

I used Brigitte under Kimball to really make the watermelon pop!

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Here are April’s quote and coupon!

As always, the coupon is good for two uses until the end of the month!

Do you subscribe to Julep Maven?!

What do you think of your April box?

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Ipsy Review – April 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Ipsy review! IMG_9875Pretty in pink! IMG_9881I really like the makeup back this month!  It’s so colorful and fun! IMG_9883The theme for April is “Beautifully Bohemian.” IMG_9886Bag Contents:

  • MicaBeauty – Eye Primer
  • theBalm Cosmetics – NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single
  • Mullein & Sparrow – Mini Lip & Cheek Tint
  • Gallany Cosmetics – Lipstick
  • JulieG – Nail Color

IMG_9898MicaBeauty – Eye Primer

I don’t like beauty products that require you to stick your fingers in a tub.  I know that’s kind of weird, but I don’t like digging my nails into products.

Also, products are usually difficult to get out of the tubs. This primer is no different.  I’m having a hard time getting enough product out of the tub to be able to apply it.  What I have managed to get out of the tub is very thick and hard to blend.IMG_9895theBalm Cosmetics – NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single – Fit

I love the packaging of this eyeshadow!  It’s so unique and cute!

This eyeshadow has great pigmentation, and the bronze color is a good neutral! IMG_9902Mullein & Sparrow – Mini Lip & Cheek Tint

Another product in a tub. 🙁

This tint smells oddly of chocolate and fruit.  An interesting combination for a beauty product.

The tint is very sheer but much easier to get out of the tub than the eye primer above. IMG_9912Gallany Cosmetics – Lipstick – Petal

This lipstick has a very intense “makeup-y” smell. IMG_9908Petal is a great color for me!  It’s a very pretty, rosy pink. IMG_9905JulieG – Nail Color – Damsel

This nail polish is the perfect pink for summertime.

Since I subscribe to Julep, I told Ipsy (on my beauty quiz) that I didn’t want to receive nail polish from them.  So many people have had problems with the responses to their beauty quizzes that I figured I’d get nail polish all the time.  I’m pretty surprised that I was able to go almost a year without receiving any! IMG_9917

April was an okay month for Ipsy.  I like the bag and the eyeshadow.  The lipstick is okay, but because of the smell, I don’t think I’ll end up using it.

I’ve been pretty disappointed with Ipsy in the last few months, so I’ve decided to cancel my subscription.

I’ll continue to read other bloggers’ reviews, and if Ipsy improves, I will most likely subscribe again!

What do you think of the April bag?  Or Ipsy in general?

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POPSUGAR Must Have Review – April 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly POPSUGAR Must Have review!

IMG_9791To receive POPSUGAR Must Have each month like I do, click here!

IMG_9739I’m so proud of myself! This month I refrained from looking at any spoilers before my box arrived!

The mystery was so much fun!

IMG_9751Each box comes with a little card detailing each item featured in the box.

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  • Dabney Lee – Dottie Umbrella
  • One Love Organics – Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum
  • Produce Candles – Rhubarb Spring Candle
  • Flip & Tumble – 24-7 Bag
  • Potting Shed Creations – Garden-in-a-Bag Basil
  • Mott 50 – $25 Gift Card

IMG_9781Dabney Lee – Dottie Umbrella – Retail Value $20

I absolutely love this umbrella! The patten is adorable!

The polka dots are so much fun, and navy and pink are my favorite colors!

IMG_9787This umbrella is really well made!

I’ve used it once already, and since I live in Florida, I’m sure I’ll be using it again really soon!

IMG_9828One Love Organics – Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum – Retail Value $39

I was expecting this serum to be a gel instead of the thin oil that it is.

It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I really do like it!  I’ve used it twice now, and it’s great!

So far, I like it best when applied right after shaving my legs!  My legs are so smooth afterwards!  So awesome!

It smells good too!

IMG_9814Produce Candles – Rhubarb Spring Candle – Retail Value $20

I LOVE this candle!  The packaging is adorable, and it smells fantastic!

IMG_9818The back of the candle has lots of good facts about rhubarb.  Very interesting!

I also got a coupon code for 35% off! What a deal!!

IMG_9773Flip & Tumble – 24-7 Bag – Retail Value $12

I love reusable bags.  I prefer mine to be structured though.

IMG_9801The bag is a decent size.  It’s also nifty that it fits in that tiny, little stretchy pouch.

IMG_9802I like the padded strap!  Such a great feature!

I also got a coupon for 20% off!  I don’t think I’ll use it, but it’s nice to have!

IMG_9821Potting Shed Creations – Garden-in-a-Bag Basil – Retail Value $10

I love this! It’s so cute and fun!

On the back of the bag, there’s lots of information about basil and how to grow this Garden-in-a-Bag.

When I get enough room on my counter top, I’m going to start growing basil!

IMG_9767Special Extra – Mott 50 – $25 Gift Card

I’ve been looking on the Mott 50 website to see if there is anything I’d like to buy.  I found some cute cardigans, but they’re kind of expensive even with the gift card.  I’ll have to see if my mom or any of my friends want to use it!

IMG_9744I really love the April box!  It’s so springy and fun!

Not including the gift card (that I probably won’t use) the total retail value is $101.

That’s the lowest retail value I’ve seen since subscribing in January, but I’m okay with it.  Most of this month’s products are awesome!

Now, I can’t wait for the May box to come out!

What do you think of the April POPSUGAR Must Have box?!

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Allure Sample Society Review – April 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Sample Society review!

IMG_9698A bright, red box to brighten my day!

IMG_9700This mini-mag is the first thing I see when I open my box.

It has details on each product and an explanation of why the Beauty Directors picked them to be featured in the box.

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  • Mt. Sapola –  Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion
  • Jane Iredale – Just Kissed Lip Plumper – Rio
  • Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional
  • Bumble and Bumble – Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
  • Marc Jacobs – Daisy Dream
  • Illume – Tonka Noir Candle

IMG_9721Mt. Sapola –  Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion

I just applied this lotion, and I don’t think it’s for me.  The scent is VERY strong!

The curators are aware of the strong scent though!  I read the mini-mag and laughed when the writer very bluntly said that this product is not for everyone!  I’ll see if any of my friends like it!

Apart from the scent, I really like this lotion.  It is very quick to absorb and doesn’t leave a residue.

IMG_9715Jane Iredale – Just Kissed Lip Plumper – Rio

This is the smallest lipstick sample I have ever received!  The canister is super small but also super cute!

Even though the cannister small, there is a lot of product inside.

When applied, there is a little bit of a tingle but not too much!

Rio is a light brown shade and isn’t quite for me.  I prefer rosier colored lipsticks.

IMG_9713Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional

I use POREfessional everyday, so I am very pleased to receive this in my box!

I’m quite surprised with how many Benefit products I’ve received in subscription boxes recently!  I got some in my last Sample Society box and in my last POPSUGAR Must Have.  No complaints from me though!

IMG_9726Bumble and Bumble – Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

I have thin hair so I’m a little worried about adding oil to my hair.  After reading the mini-mag though, I have decided to give this oil a try!

The mini-mag says this oil is good for all hair types.  It also says that it smooths flyaways.  I have quite a bit of those, so I will definitely be giving this a try in the near future!

IMG_9729Marc Jacobs – Daisy Dream

I’ve gotten a sample of this perfume somewhere else before.  I can’t seem to remember where though.  Perhaps it was a Sephora freebie? Or maybe Ulta?

I like the smell of Daisy Dream when it’s sprayed into the air, but I don’t think I’d like it if it was sprayed on me.

I’ve never worn perfume before, and I would be quite overwhelmed if I started.

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Illume – Tonka Noir Candle

I absolutely LOVE this candle!  It smells great and the packaging is adorable!

I can’t find a specific scent anywhere on the package but the Allure mini-mag says their are notes of mandarin, plum, rose, jasmine, tonka bean, musk, sandalwood, and Madagascar vanilla.  That’s a lot of notes!  All I can say is that it’s a calming and soothing scent!

I definitely wouldn’t mind a full-size of one of these candles!

IMG_9710My second month of Allure Sample Society was great!

I can’t wait to see what month three has in store for me!

Do you subscribe to Sample Society?!  What do you think of the April box?

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Julep Maven Review & Coupon – April 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Maven review!

IMG_9548If you’d like to receive pretty, purple boxes each month like I do, click here!

I was surprised to see that my April box was much smaller than usual.  I received a small box like this one only once before when I bought a small, mystery box.  Maybe Julep is trying to cut back on wasted cardboard?  Who knows!

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  • Randi – It Girl – Pink Plumeria Crème
  • Danielle – It Girl – Cerulean Wave Duochrome
  • Oxygen Bonding Base Coat
  • Light On Your Lips – Chit Chat – Sunset Rose Créme
  • Gobstoppers (Yum!)
  • Coupon

I got a little wild this month and deviated from my usual style, Classic with a Twist!

IMG_9560April features “The Paradise Collection.”  There were so many bright, fun colors to choose from this month!

IMG_9564Randi – It Girl – Pink Plumeria Crème

I absolutely love Randi!  I have it painted on my fingers AND toes right now!

It’s the perfect pink color for spring!

It seems like all the pink nail polishes I own are orangey pink.  I love that this one is more of a true pink!

Danielle – It Girl – Cerulean Wave Duochrome

I haven’t tried Danielle out yet.

It might be too bold of a color for everyday where!

I think it would be perfect for an accent nail or polka dots though!

IMG_9582Oxygen Bonding Base Coat

I don’t typically use base coats, but I tried this one out when I painted my fingernails with Randi.  It dried really quickly and so far, it’s working really well!

IMG_9567Light On Your Lips – Chit Chat – Sunset Rose Crème – ADD ON

As I mentioned last month, I love the Light On Your Lips lipstick, and I wanted to try another color.

I was super excited to see that the new lipsticks were offered as add ons this month, and I just couldn’t resist picking up another!

IMG_9570 This time, I went with Chit Chat, and I couldn’t be happier!

I absolutely love the color!  It’s perfect for everyday where!

IMG_9556Here is this month’s quote and coupon!

Free polish! So fun!

What do you think of your April Maven box?!

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Julep Maven Review – April 2014

Hi everyone!!

I got my April Julep Maven box today, and I’m super excited about it!

ImageI got my April box for FREE!!! I used some of the Jules I’ve been saving up!

Here’s my box!

ImageThis month, Julep debuted The Vivid Collection.  This collection is full of bright and vivid (DUH!) colors!

ImageBecause I used Jules to pay for my April box, I decided not to add any other colors on. I LOVE all the colors in this collection though!

I got my usual Classic with a Twist, which featured two polishes and a blush.  My box also came with two little hard candies and a coupon.

ImageI wasn’t expecting a coupon in this box, so I am SUPER EXCITED!!!! I absolutely LOVE coupons, so I can’t wait to use this one!

I really like the Birthstone Collection, so I think I’m going to use my coupon on a few of those polishes.  I especially like Aretha and Rosa.

ImagePolishes:

  • Mariska – Classic with a Twist – Juicy tangerine shimmer
  • Caitlin – Classic with a Twist – Shocking hibiscus with gold shimmer

Both of these colors will be great for my little toesies in the summertime!

ImageBlush – Peach Bellini

I’ve recently decided to experiment more with make-up so this blush is perfect!  I’ve never worn blush before, but I am excited to give it a try.

I am very pleased with my April Maven box!  The colors are perfect for spring and summer, and I’m sure I will get lots of use out of them both!

Would you like to be a Julep Maven like me?! Follow this link to sign up and get your first box for FREE! (You only have to pay for shipping!)

I’m going to go try out my new polishes now!

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