Finally, I am digging some of these new shades! I have skipped my Maven boxes for the last few months because I haven’t been Julep’s new releases—apart from two polishes I just ordered, I’ve been Julep-free for a while. This month changes that!
Think cotton candy, mint ice cream, and confetti cake. The bright colors are half the fun. These new polish shades are the stuff of sugar-sweet dreams with shimmery and iridescent finishes as the icing on top.
This month’s collection is a little different in that it’s half repromotes! Granted, two of the repromoted shades, Maureen and Samma, were released in a 2017 QVC holiday set, so they weren’t really available to regular Julep Maven subscribers until now.
I already own a few of the Britney Spears Fantasy perfumes, and thought it might be nice to add another when I saw Hidden Fantasy at Rexall for C$19.99. Amazingly, they had a tester out! The first blast is cherry-vanilla root beer, with a bit of fizz. Yummy, right? But the drydown comes quickly, and it becomes a somewhat generic, vanillic powdery floral. The scent doesn’t have much longevity.
I don’t expect that much from an inexpensive celebrity scent, but I found Hidden Fantasy to be more disappointing than the others I have. I won’t be adding it to my set.Read More »
Julep is doing a great job of saving me money, with all the nail colors this month being matte! Eek—not my favorite nail polish effect. I shall be skipping yet another month.
Admittedly, the stick skincare looks a bit interesting, but I kind of feel like I’d rather try the Korean versions, first. Also, I am trying to get through my massive skincare backlog, so I am not really buying any skincare at the moment.
One other quick note: Julep released a Mystery Box (Express Yourself) last month, which included two polishes: Dora (Exotic Magenta Iridescent Shimmer), which I already have, and a new color, Ximena (Pink Sugar Iridescent). I’d probably have gone for it if Dora had been a second new color, instead.
Includes two better-than-candy nail colors with a fluttering heart cosmetic bag + more beauty surprises.
Look for some extra glimmer. There’s a chance you’ll win
a Tiffany & Co. necklace in your mystery box.
Anyway, here are the eight new polishes for March:
I know I have been AWOL for a while, now—among other things, I have been hard at work on the nail polish database—a brand spanking new version is coming, with the ability to track your own collection. (‘Cause I personally really, really need to do that!)
For now, I can only offer up this rather long list of perfume notes that I have compiled over the month of January. As you can see, I’ve been doing a lot of huffing. This comes just in time for Valentine’s Day, which is tomorrow, in case you need some gift ideas for a lovely lady in your life!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! 💝
The full list for January:
adidas Born Original for Her
Ariana Grande Ari
Bvlgari Splendida Iris d’Or
Calvin Klein Obsessed for Women
Calvin Klein Reveal
Chanel Allure (EDT)
Chanel Allure (EDP)
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (EDP)
Dior Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming
Dior Hypnotic Poison
Dior Pure Poison
Escada Sorbetto Rosso
Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge
Etat Libre d’Orange Jasmin et Cigarette
Etat Libre d’Orange Putain de Palaces
Giorgio Armani Sí
Givenchy Ange ou Démon
Guerlain Mon Guerlain
Jason Wu Jason Wu
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Essence de Parfum
Lacoste Eau de Lacoste
Lancôme La Nuit Trésor EDP
Prada La Femme Intense
Paco Rabanne Lady Million
Paco Rabanne Olympéa
Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Misteriosa
Sofía Vergara Love (Fragrance Mist)
Sofía Vergara Sofía (Fragrance Mist)
Mugler Angel (EDP)
Vera Wang Princess of Hearts
Vera Wang Princess Noir
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Floral Shock
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche
I also got minor sniffs of these on cards, so I won’t talk about them today. Several are scents I had tried once and forgotten—I’ll have to revisit some of them on skin!
Chanel Cristalle (EDT?)
Dior J’Adore Eau Lumière (EDT)
[Quick edit note: I had to fix quite a lot of things in this post; WordPress appeared to have not saved some of the bits I wrote, so certain entries were just incorrect. I think I’ve fixed everything, now! (Feb 13, 2018 at 11:55 PM)]
philosophy’s best-selling Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser has been a staple in my bathroom for years. I don’t know exactly when philosophy started selling it, but reviews on MakeupAlley go back to 2001, so it’s been around for at least seventeen years. I’ve probably been using it for eight years or so…possibly longer. But I know I’ve repurchased it several times, usually in the 8 oz standard size that seems to last me about two or three years.
A little does go a long way, and I only use about a pea-sized dab each time, but the main the reason I take so long to go through it is that I often switch things up and use other products. If I were to guess, if I used it twice a day and every day, then the 8 oz bottle might last me around six months.
I only recently finished up a bottle I bought in 2014, so that’s the one I’ll be reviewing today. I assume philosophy haven’t gone and changed up the formula since then! I did repurchase a new, 12 oz bottle a year ago since my previous 8 oz bottle was nearly empty, but I switched cleansers around a lot last year and only finished the last bottle a couple of months ago. The photos I’ve taken are of the newer 12 oz bottle, which I got for CA$15 (reg. CA$36) during Sephora’s 2016 Boxing Day sale and no longer seems to be produced.
Currently, the sizes available are:
Price / oz
3 oz (Mini)
US$11 / CA$15
US$3.67 (CA$5) / oz
8 oz (Standard)
US$24 / CA$32
US$3.00 (CA$4) / oz
US$36 / CA$48
US$2.25 (CA$3) / oz
US$44 / CA$56
US$1.83 (CA$2.33) / oz
32 oz (with Pump)
US$1.72 / oz
Inexplicably, the largest size—which is also the only one that comes with a pump dispenser—does not appear to be available in Canada:
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