Julep Maven Review & Coupon – June 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Julep Maven review!

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IMG_1994Box Contents:

  • Isabela – Boho Glam – amparo blue crème
  • Manda – Boho Glam – sky blue with golden shimmer
  • Luxe Up Your Lips – Blushing Rose
  • Lollipops
  • Coupon

June features “The Deep End” collection.

IMG_2002I picked the Boho Glam box this month, because I loved the polish colors!  I have already used both of them, and they do not disappoint!

Isabela – Boho Glam – amparo blue crème

Isabela is a beautiful dark periwinkle blue! I absolutely love it!

I painted it on my toes and it’s so fun! Perfect for summer!

Manda – Boho Glam – sky blue with golden shimmer

Manda is also a fun summery color!  The gold shimmers give it a slight sheen that really makes it pop!

I painted it on my fingers and it’s so pretty!

Because the blue is so light, it kind of works as a neutral!

IMG_2004Luxe Up Your Lips – Blushing Rose

I’m not a fan of Julep’s Luxe Up Your Lips.  I find the formula very grainy and unenjoyable.

I really love Julep’s basic Lip Gloss, but I can’t get behind this one.

I will say though, that the color is nice.  It’s definitely more opaque than the first round of colors they came out with.

IMG_2009I love that Julep featured a Lilly Pulitzer quote this month! 🙂

Here’s this month’s coupon.  It’s good until July 20th.

Are you a Julep Maven?

What do you think of the June box?!

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Allure Sample Society – May 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Sample Society review!

IMG_0604Such a bold, red box!

IMG_0608Each box comes with a mini magazine containing details on each product featured in the box.

IMG_0611Box contents:

  • Laneige – Water Sleeping Mask
  • John Frieda – Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment
  • Eau Thermale Avène – Thermal Spring Water
  • Versace – Eros Pour Femme
  • Julep – Lip Gloss
  • Alterna Caviar Repair – Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray

IMG_0618Laneige – Water Sleeping Mask

As you’ve probably figured out by now, face masks scare me a little!  This one is no exception.  I’m less leery of masks that you wash off after 15 minutes.  This mask is supposed to be slept in!  Yikes!  One of these days, I’ll work up the nerve to give this sleeping mask a try!

On a positive note, this mask smells great!  It’s fresh and clean!

IMG_0638John Frieda – Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment

After reading the directions on the bottle, I believe this mask is designed for people who style their hair right after getting out of the shower.  I shower at night and sleep with my hair wet, so this hair treatment isn’t for me.

IMG_0627Eau Thermale Avène – Thermal Spring Water

This spring water spray is very interesting!  It’s literally water in an aerosol can.

My friend, Lindsey, has received this product before in another subscription box, and she says it’s quite refreshing.  After spraying it on my face a few minutes ago, I would have to agree with her!

IMG_0617Versace – Eros Pour Femme

I love how large this perfume sample is!  It’s so much bigger than the tiny samples I usually receive!

The only problems with this product are that I don’t wear perfume and I don’t like this scent.  It’s a little too old ladyish for me!

Oh well!  Maybe one of my friends will like it!

IMG_0633Julep – Lip Gloss – Graceful

I’ve been subscribing to Julep for over a year, so I’ve received this lip gloss before.

The formula is fantastic.  It’s very moisturizing!

Graceful wouldn’t be my first choice, but the color is still pretty.  It’s a very light pink.

IMG_0629Alterna Caviar Repair – Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray

I recently started straightening my hair everyday, so this product couldn’t have come at a better time.

It smells great and seems to work pretty well too!

IMG_0648I’m not overly excited about this month’s box, but that’s okay.

Beauty subscription boxes are very hit or miss with me!

What do you think of the May Sample Society box?!

Are you following us on Instagram yet (pinkbowstwinkletoes)?!  You should be!!

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Allure Sample Society Review – March 2015I

Hi everyone!

I haven’t been that pleased with Ipsy lately, so I decided to try a different beauty subscription.

After quite a bit of research, I settled on Allure Sample Society!

I got my first box a few days ago, and I can’t wait to review it for you! IMG_8801This might be a little weird but I was really surprised by the quality of this box.  It’s very sturdy and will be great to reuse when wrapping presents and the like! 🙂 IMG_8812The first thing I saw when I opened my box was this mini magazine.

The magazine features a letter from the Allure Beauty Director and a page about each product included in the box, IMG_8817Here are two of the pages from the mini magazine. IMG_8805Box contents:

  • Benefit – Roller Lash Mascara
  • Juice Beauty – Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer
  • Oscar Blandi – Pronto Texture & Volume Spray
  • (MALIN + GOETZ) – Mojito Lip Balm
  • Cargo – Essential Lip Gloss

IMG_8819Benefit – Roller Lash Mascara

I was really excited when I saw that I’d be receiving the Benefit mascara!  I love Benefit and am always willing to try out a new mascara! IMG_8834Here’s a little card from Benefit telling all about the new wand they created for their Roller Lash Mascara.

I’m not used to the plastic bristle type of mascara wand like the Roller Lash features.  I usually go for the “regular” bristle wand. (That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but I think you know what I’m talking about!)

I’ve been using this mascara for a few days now, and I really like it! IMG_8824Juice Beauty – Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer

I’ve never used a scented moisturizer before.  This one has a light and fun apple scent!

I’ve heard great things about this moisturizer, so I can’t wait to give it a try! IMG_8826Oscar Blandi – Pronto Texture & Volume Spray

While reading about this product in the mini magazine, I discovered that it doubles as a dry shampoo-like product.  That’s really cool!

It also smells really good! IMG_8821(MALIN + GOETZ) – Mojito Lip Balm

I received this same lip balm in my January Ipsy bag.

I’m not used to the gel formula of this balm, but I still like it.  It has a great subtle scent!

Since I already have one, I think I’m going to give this balm to a friend! IMG_8832Cargo – Essential Lip Gloss – Tahiti

When I first opened the box and saw this lip gloss, I was really disappointed.  At first glance, this gloss looks really orange.  I’m not an orange lip gloss fan, so I was not pleased.

After applying, I really started to fall in love with it though! Tahiti is the perfect natural color for my lips!

When there’s a lot of gloss in one place, it looks really orange.  When it’s spread out though, it’s quite pretty!

I’m really pleased with my first Allure Sample Society box!

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

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Julep Maven Review & Coupon – February 2015

Hi everyone!
It’s Maven review time!

IMG_7923If you’d like to receive fun, purple boxes in the mail each month, click here!

IMG_7932Box contents:

  • Glow Highlighting Powder – Champagne
  • Fan Brush
  • Lip Gloss – Lively – Sheer Hot Pink
  • Hartleigh – Classic with a Twist – Holographic Heart Glitter Top Coat
  • London – Classic with a Twist – Heather Blossom Crème
  • Coupon

IMG_7963The theme for February is “The Afterglow Collection.”

IMG_7951Glow Highlighting Powder – Champagne

I’ve never used a highlighting powder before.  I tried this one out this morning and it seems very nice!

The champagne color is beautiful and perfect for my skin tone!

IMG_7943Fan Brush

I’ve been trying not to add on for the last few months, but I couldn’t resist this month!  I decided to add on the fan brush that goes with the highlighting powder.

IMG_7945This brush is fantastic!

It’s the perfect weight, and the bristles are very soft and fluffy!

IMG_7948You can see how thick and luscious the fan part is.

I received a Julep eyeshadow brush a few months ago, and really love it.  I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for another fantastic Julep brush!

IMG_7938Lip Gloss – Lively – Sheer Hot Pink

I like this lip gloss A LOT more than the one I received last month.

Thankfully, this lip gloss is not as bright as it appears in the bottle.  When applied, it’s the perfect shade of natural pink!

I think I’ll be getting quite a bit of use out of this product!

IMG_7933London – Classic with a Twist – Heather Blossom Crème

This polish is so pretty!  I painted it on my fingernails last night, and I really like it!

It’s perfect for the spring time, and it kind of reminds me of Easter!

Hartleigh – Classic with a Twist – Holographic Heart Glitter Top Coat

This polish is very festive for February!  The hearts are perfect for Valentine’s Day!

IMG_7970Hartleigh was included in every Maven’s box as a special Valentine’s Day treat!

IMG_7973So sweet! 🙂

IMG_7965Last but not least, we have this month’s coupon and quote!

As usual, the coupon is good for two uses and expires on March 31, 2015!

What did you receive in your February Maven box?!  Did you add on the Fan Brush too?!

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Julep Maven Review & Coupon – January 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Julep Maven review!

IMG_7326Before I start my review, I want to show you the cute Christmas card that Julep sent me!

IMG_7328Such a sweet idea!

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IMG_7312Box contents:

  • Oxygen Nail Treatment – Ivory
  • Tyra – Boho Glam – Metamorphic Top Coat
  • Maryam – Classic with a Twist – Dark Merlot Shimmer
  • Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment – Sheer Pink
  • Junior Mints
  • Coupon

IMG_7316The January theme is ” The Chrysalis Collection.”

IMG_7320Oxygen Nail Treatment – Sheer Ivory

I’ve never used any of Julep’s “treatments” before, but this one seems pretty nice.

I applied it to my fingernails several days ago, and I really like the look.  It’s very sheer and makes my natural nail look brighter.  It’s perfect for when you don’t want the hassle of a colored polish on your nails but still want your nails to look nice!

IMG_7325Tyra – Boho Glam – Metamorphic Top Coat

The Metamorphic Top Coat was a special and exciting extra in my box this month!

Maryam – Classic with a Twist – Dark Merlot Shimmer

At first, I didn’t like the look of Maryam.  In the bottle, the polish looks brown and a little weird, but after I applied it, I was much happier!!

I don’t know how to describe the color exactly (other than it being a dark Merlot shimmer), but I promise; it’s very pretty!!

IMG_7331As I mentioned before, the Metamorphic Top Coat was a special extra this month.

In December, Julep sent out an email saying that if I signed up I could receive one of two or three different metamorphic polishes in my January Box.  There was no risk in signing up, so I went ahead and did it!

The paper that came with the top coat said that it would transform my polish with a “chameleon effect.”  I tried it on an accent nail over Maryam and didn’t see much of a difference.  I will have to try it with a few other polishes before I determine what exactly it’s supposed to do.

IMG_7321Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment – Sheer Pink

I’m not a huge fan of lip glosses, so I probably won’t get much use out of this product.

The pink color is very sheer, and I didn’t notice any tinting when applied to my lips.  This product comes in four colors, and I wonder if the magenta and fig are just as sheer?

IMG_7317As usual, a coupon was included in the box! This one is for 30% off and is good for two uses!

What did you think of your January Maven box?!  Did you receive a Metamorphic Top Coat?!

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