My Julep Maven It Girl Starter Box (June 2013)! Alice, Paris and Mackenzie

by - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

So, I finally gave in. I am finally a Julep Maven. And you know what hooked me? Paris. That's the gorgeous hex glitter topcoat pictured in the middle above. It's so shiny and pretty! I went back and forth between "I'm gonna do it!" and "But the other colours look so booooring..." for over a month, and then finally decided what the hell. Let's do this. And now Paris is mine! And look how pretty it looks, oouuuuuu!

I subscribed for three months to start, with a referral from my friend Christina and the FREEBOX code (because I'm not going to say no to not paying for my first box, thankyouverymuch). Now I have a shiny referral code of my own, which you can check out in my sidebar. :)

So this is what I saw when I opened my box...


Like I said, I started this program because I decided I NEEDED to have Paris in my collection... That means the starter box I got was the It Girl starter box which apparently means I'm "A fashion risk-taker who sets trends and turns heads, you believe style rules were made to be broken." Who knew! lol


Underneath the welcome card was a nail file (perfect timing, I've already put it to use!) and a single pack of Julep's one-step polish remover pads. I'm curious to see how well their pads work, since my previous favourite pads are no longer being carried at my local PharmaPlus. :(

And here's the colours I got!




Alice is described as an antique lilac shimmer, and it went on like a dream. It was good after two coats, but I did three just to be safe.

Mackenzie is described on the site as a sour green apple frost, and that's a perfect description for it! The vibrancy really comes through in these pictures, which I'm pleased to see. I'm not a fan of greens (I only own two true greens, one bought every year on Saint Patrick's Day on my way to parties when I realize my nails should be green - and I hate both of them), but I don't mind this one. Success!


After giving it more thought than it needed, I decided to layer Paris over Mackenzie (rather than Alice) as accent nails. I was hoping it would draw out some of the colour if I layered it over a contrasting colour. I want to do another swatch-fest with Paris later, because it was really hard for me to find good pics of it over black and white polish before I bought it.

Paris is described as a multidimensional holographic glitter topcoat, but it's so much more than that! It's hard to see, but it's actually made up of tiny and and larger holo hex glitters in gold, silver, light purple and rose pink. Gorgeous!! I know that it's hard to make them out in these pictures, but that's what came through when I swiped some over white paper to examine. Ahhhh! I love Paris!


Also, I'm trying to find a new watermark that I like. Thoughts on this one?

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16 comments

  1. Paris is definitely pretty! :) Nice box you got too!

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  2. I actually like Alice and Mackenzie more than Paris! I'm not big on chunky glitter haha

    I like the watermark but I would maybe make it a bit transparent and on move it to the top right corner so it's not easy to remove? Just an idea!

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    1. I'll take aaaaall the chunky glitter, then! Hahah. Also thanks for watermark feedback! I'll give that a try in my next pics. I always go between not wanting it to be too easy to remove but also not wanting it plastered over the majority of the picture b/c I find it distracting... That sounds like a possible happy medium though!

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    2. I know what you mean! Sometimes watermarks are so obnoxiously placed that I'm like, what's the point of posting it if you can't really see anything? Haha
      That being said, I've never really bothered watermarking my pictures, maybe I should xD

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    3. I've been watermarking since the time that random site stole my pics... Grr! But yeah, I hate the super in-your-face watermarks that are sometimes used. Also, girl do you have a blog that I haven't been following? Because if so I need to remedy that!

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    4. I meant the ones I posted on Tubmlr haha I do have a "beauty" blog that I started recently but it's in Spanish. I've been debating whether to leave in as it is or writing every post in both Spanish and English which, let's be honest, is a pain in the butt lol But more people would be able to read it so...I don't know!!

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    5. Exciting!! What's the blog link? I know un poco de Español from university so maybe I'll understand a little bit... Haha. :) But as long as there are pictures people can probably get the idea. I follow a few blogs that do all their posts in two languages, but it's usually just a line or two of text before each picture.

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    6. Wow, that last comment of mine was a complete mess. I just came home from having a couple of beers so apologies for any mistakes I might make haha
      I didn't know you knew some Spanish! =D I do follow blogs in other languages and run them through Google translate to fully understand them haha
      Here's the link <3

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    7. Hahah, I didn't even notice! For real! :) Checking your blog out now!!

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  3. Beautiful! I was debating signing up & picking these colors, but I couldn't decide.

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    1. Thanks! Also that was totally me before I signed up, too. Hahah. I'm happy I did though. :)

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  4. Very pretty mani, and that glitter nail polish looks great :)

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