Monday, December 22, 2014

BEAUTY: December Maven Box

I love the holidays. I mean who doesn’t? 

Anything peppermint mocha, red velvet, and sparkly.


The hubs does an oh-so-flattering imitation of me, “Ooh shiny!” (Think the dog from the movie Up! with “squirrel!”). But it’s true. Everything this time of year is shiny-Christmas lights, wrapping paper, candy. 

And nail polish. Gold? Check. Silver? Check. Shimmery red? Check.

Needless to say, I was super excited when Julep released their December “The Countdown” collection. I chose the “Bombshell” box which included colors Paula (Persian blue with gold microshimmer) and Soleil (lustrous rose gold chrome) as well as the new Orbital Eye shadow, which I chose in Airglow (champagne with rose gold pearlescence). 

I added on the nail decals, Nell (blushing holographic full-coverage glitter-looks great combined with Soleil!), and Silk Effect top coat.

I LOVE the nail colors this month. I have used ALL of them at least once. While I don’t normally think blue for the holidays, the touch of microshimmer really makes it look festive.

And we all know about my rose gold obsession. Looove Soleil and Nell, especially worn together.

Now let’s talk about the eye shadow. I was hesitant at first because I am well-stocked in the eye shadow department. However due to it fitting in the rose gold family, I was willing to give it a shot.

I love Julep. I hate this eye shadow.

It is SHIMMERY. Not even Shimmery with capital S-in full caps. I’m only 25 but I feel waaay too old to wear this eye shadow-it looks like I’m going out to the club! And while the glitter is prominent, I feel like the color payoff is not-at least on my olive skin tone, it looks just like an overly-glittered version of my skin. I like shimmery eye shadow, but this one is just not for me.  It went in the trash.

The silk top coat I do like-while I feel like it doesn’t have the lasting power of their Freedom Polymer Top Coat or Oxygen Top Coat; it gives your nail color a cool effect.

Overall-LOVE the nail polish, HATE the eye shadow.

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