ProcrastiNails: My Julep Maven (Feb 2014) It Girl Box! Roc Solid, Diamond Theory and Glam Roc (+ Love) Swatches and Review [pic heavy]

Jay-Z and nail polish. Those are some words I never thought I’d see together! And yet here we are! This month Julep’s theme was The Dramatic Collection, and they had a ton of deep, vibrant and rich shades available. I went with the It Girl Box which was interesting because as I alluded to earlier this entire box (and only this box) was curated and named by Jay-Z’s ROCNATION. How random, no? Hahah. Well, Jay-Z’s people know their stuff because these colours were lovely. As well Julep must have heard my complaints last month because my box got here a week earlier than estimated! πŸ™‚

As pictured on Julep Roc Solid, Julep Diamond Theory and Julep Glam Roc
(Note: Julep Love was a Maven Exclusive and so isn’t available on the site)

“If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you… I CAME TO LIVE OUT LOUD.” -Emile Zola

The whole collection this month was pretty but it wasn’t one of my favourites. A few of the shades in my box looked mighty similar to some other Julep shades I already own, so keep an eye out after Valentine’s Day for some posts looking deeper into that…
The beauty item that came with the other boxes this month was a creamy eye sheen in one of four colours, and the Modern Beauty Box had that and an Ink Gel Eyeliner. Those sounded like awesome products, but I already have my prefered brands for eyeshadow and gel eyeliner so I decided to pass and stick with my 3-polish It Girl box. The boxes all came with some discount codes, so if you’re interested you can use the code SHEEN10 to get 10% off on one of Julep’s eye sheens, and code ALIST20 for 20% off on their A-List Eyeliner Duo (which contains the gel eyeliner and an angled brush). Both are valid until March 1/14.

One other nice little bonus that came with this month’s box was a BOGO code to be used on a polish for yourself and another polish for a friend. Or at least that’s what they suggest! πŸ˜‰ The code is BEMINE and is also valid until March 1/14.

As you may have read on the BOGO card above, this month’s free gift was a special polish from Jane to all her Mavens. An exclusive shade called Love! The only way you could get it was if you took your Maven box this month. πŸ™‚ I took some swatches of this polish along with the others so keep scrolling to see what this beauty looks like on the nails!

Now, let’s take a closer look at all these polishes!
Julep Roc Solid

The first shade we have this month is Julep Roc Solid, which is described as a “vintage military crΓ¨me.” It’s a lovely deep and murky turqoise shade, and it’s a touch more vibrant in real life than it looks in these pics. This colour doesn’t excite me that much but it’s a lovely staple colour. I’m sure I’ll find some nail art uses for it in the next few months, if nothing else. Pictured here is only two coats because the polish is so lovely and thick. It applied very well. πŸ™‚

Julep Diamond Theory

Julep Diamond Theory was the shade I was most looking forward to this month, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s described as a “full-coverage multidimensional copper glitter” and this is one of those times when Julep says it’s full coverage and it’s actually full-coverage! I felt like I was wearing gold on my nails when I had this on, seriously. Decadent and sparkly and rich. It’s made up of a combo of large and micro glitters suspended in a clear base, and this is PACKED with glitter. If you look close you can actually see some of the glitters lean more towards gold, and others towards copper. I think that’s part of the reason this polish comes out so striking. Definitely my favourite this month! Pictured here is three coats.

Julep Glam Roc

This month Julep brought out a new finish for us that they’re calling a Stardust Finish. It’s their version of a sparkly textured glitter. The shade in this box is called Glam Roc and is described as a “midnight purple & gold stardust.” This is a very pretty polish, and the gold sparkles shimmer in the light when you move your hand around. I wish I could’ve picked up just how sparkly this shade is, but my camera wasn’t cooperating. Pictured here is three coats, and like all of Julep’s textured polishes it went on beautifully. They should stick to the more creative finishes, they do them well!

Julep Love

The last colour I have to show you is Jane’s special gift for the Mavens. It’s a beautiful full-coverage microglitter called Love. Isn’t that a cute name for a Valentine’s shade? πŸ™‚ It’s described as a “Gold, pearl &  fuchsia microglitter,” and like I said earlier if you didn’t get a box this month you’re out of luck when it comes to getting this shade. In the right light the microglitters create a golden pearl/pink duochrome, and the fuschia glitter scattered throughout is just enough to give it that extra pop. 
Pictured here is three coats, and this polish wasn’t as sheer as I expected at all! That being said: since I had to cut my nails down to nubs because of a break anyway, there wasn’t much visible nail line to show through. So if you have a very white/distinct nail line you might want to start with a white basecoat just to be safe.

(UPDATE Feb.12/14: I used a single coat of Love over a white base for this Valentine’s Week mani, so you can check that out if you want to see the difference between using this as a topper and using this on it’s own.)

I like how all these shades work together as a cohesive collection. All together they have a very rich and decadent feel, and they’re definitely dramatic!

These polishes retail for $14 each ($11.20 Maven price), and this entire
box for February (with the exception of Love) is up now in the Jule Box section for
$19.99. In
general the monthly box program is $19.99/month and you get either
three polishes, two polishes and full size product, or two full sized
products depending on which beauty profile you choose. Julep ships to Canada and the US and as a Maven you get free shipping.. If you’re
interested in signing up for the Julep Maven program you’re welcome to
use my referral link, and remember to use the code FREEBOX at the checkout to get your first month free!
I feel like I say this a lot, but I was pleasantly surprised by the box
this month! So many fun finishes and colours, and so. much. glitter. πŸ™‚ What about you, any favourites? Did you pick up a box this month? Do you wish you had so you could’ve gotten your hands on Love? Planning on using any of the discount codes? Let me know!! 
Thanks for visiting! xx 

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