New Release: Julep — December 2018 “Festive Delights”

Collection: Julep 2018 December “Festive Delights”

Julep’s December 2018 collection consists of six new shades of jewel box-worthy nail colors, plus the return of Light on Your Lips Full-Coverage Crème Lipstick (3.6 g for $22 / $17.60 Maven), three of which are brand new () shades: After Hours, Chit Chat, Strut, Pirouette*, and Muse*.

From Julep:

Like a cool rush of frosty winter air, this month’s nail collection is the refreshing update your party look has been longing for. The glistening cool tones and jewel-inspired dark hues exude arctic-chic with every toast and every shimmy on the dance floor.

Mix a couple of this month’s cool polish shades for a fierce & frozen palette.

Here are the six polishes for December, plus this month’s shade of Intention polish and some photos of Julep’s Holiday Sets!

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The Face Shop Gelato Tint in Cherry Mousse (06) via Tester Korea

The Face Shop — Gelato Tint in Cherry Mousse (06) Review

Over the next week or so, I will be reviewing several Korean beauty products sent to me by one of my favorite Korean beauty online shops, Tester Korea. I have reviewed my experience with them in the past; they have a different selection of brands from a few others that I use, and their prices are very competitive. My favorite thing about them is you can request brands and products and they’ll try to get them in stock!

Today’s review is for The Face Shop Gelato Tint in Cherry Mousse (06). As with Mamonde, I haven’t tried too much of The Face Shop’s makeup products, so I was looking forward to trying this lip tint.

And, as I did with the Mamonde foundation, I think I chose the wrong color again! The Face Shop Gelato Tint comes most adorably packaged in a case that looks like a small ice cream cone! The screw-off cap is rubbery and looks like the ice cream part, with sprinkles on top. SO CUTE.

The Face Shop Gelato Tint in Cherry Mousse (06)

I chose the yellow one, since I’m fond of the color, and I didn’t particularly care for the other shades available (pinks, reds and oranges). I thought the yellow might have been a sort of sheer coral. Well, I should have found out that the yellow shade name is actually Cherry Mousse. So obviously, it is a bright freakin’ fuchsia! The brightest fuchsia in the six-shade lineup! And oh, by the way, literally none of the colors really align with the ice cream colors. Duh.

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Haulage! Shoppers Drug Mart / beautyBOUTIQUE (September 2018), Joe Fresh clearance

Haulage! Joe Fresh clearance at Shoppers Drug Mart (September 2018)

Over the last few months, Loblaw, a Canadian grocery and pharmacy retailing giant, has been making a lot of changes to their online luxury beauty store, beautyBOUTIQUE.

For one, they changed their website from beautyboutique.ca to keep it under their Shoppers Drug Mart umbrella at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca. This redirects to beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca/beauty-boutique, which seems a little redundant to me.

Anyway, secondly, they added a regular Beauty section to the Luxury Beauty section! This means that Canadians can now purchase a wide variety (though not a full selection) of drugstore beauty products online via Shoppers. This is great news for me—I’ve been sending messages about this to Shoppers whenever they ask for suggestions—since I hate having to hit up a few different locations just to find the all products I want.

I’ve noticed that there are still some growing pains. For example, not all brands are available online (L’Occitane and quite a few perfume brands in the luxury section). The weekly sales are not always posted at the right time. The database is a bit wonky: Mid- and lower-priced brands (Calgon, J.R. Watkins, Marcelle, Pixi, Cake Beauty, all lower-end fragrances) show up in the Luxury section. There are some other oddities: Vasanti is under Luxury, but similarly-priced Nude by Nature and Consonant Skincare are slotted into regular Beauty; Strivectin is Luxury but Fekkai and Redken are filed under regular Beauty.

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New Release: Julep — September 2018 “Seize the Day”

Collection: Julep 2018 September “Seize the Day”

Julep’s September 2018 collection consists of four new and two repromoted shades of muted nail colors, plus three new shades of It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon (2 g for $20 / $16 Maven): Canyon Rose, Melon Nude, and Sepia Mauve.

From Julep:

Go all day, every day with these seriously chic new polish shades. They’ll take you there and then some with a little extra shimmer on the side.

Here are the six polishes for September:

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New Release: Julep — June 2018 (Plus an Update for Canadian Subscribers)

Collection: Julep 2018 June

Happy Victoria Day! I didn’t grow up in Canada, so whenever there’s a holiday and I don’t know what it’s for, I guess “Victoria Day?” and that’s what happened again last week.

Anyway, Julep’s June 2018 collection consists of five new and two repromoted shades of nail color, plus three new shades of It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Blush, Skip a Beat, and Blind Date (4.1 g for $20 / $16 Maven):

Julep It's Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Blind Date, Blush, Skip a Beat (June 2018)

This month’s Nail Color shades are mostly pastels in several finishes. Elisa and May are repromotes.

From Julep:

Seaside escapes are so much better when paired with a sun-drenched palette of nail colors. These easy, breezy shades will transport you to a total summer state of mind.

Here are the seven polishes for June:

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Julep April 2018 nail color collection

New Release: Julep — April 2018 “Sweet Escape”

Collection: Julep 2018 April “Sweet Escape”

Julep’s April 2018 collection consists of four new and four repromoted shades of bright nail color, plus eight new shades of a reformulated lip sheer: Way Butter Hydrating Lip (3.2 g for $20 / $16 Maven).

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!

From Julep:

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.

Here are the eight polishes for April:

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Essence Winter 2018 collection, Winter Dreamin'

New Release: Essence — Winter Dreamin’ (Winter 2018)

Collection: Essence 2018 Winter, Winter Dreamin’

 

Germany-based Essence Cosmetics has just released a new collection, Winter Dreamin’, to kick off 2018. The online exclusive, limited edition collection consists of four new nail colors (US$1.99), a snow ball top coat ($3.99), and nail stickers ($1.49), as well as an eyeshadow palette ($9.99), sheer lipsticks ($3.99), inner rim eye pencil ($1.99), 2in1 highlighter & blush powder ($5.99), and fluffy snow touch hand cream ($4.99).

Cozy Mountain Mornings (01)

Hot Cocoa & Fuzzy Socks (02)

Sleigh Rides & Snowball Fights (03)

Girlstalk at the Fireplace (04)

Ready Set Snow
Snow Ball Top Coat

Sprinkle Me With Snowflakes
Nail Stickers
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These are marked as online exclusives on the US site. They are not (yet?) available on the Canadian site.

Happy Shopping!

[Images via essencemakeup.com]