Sephora Play!

Are you ready for this month’s Sephora, PLAY! subscription? Here’s what I got! I’ve put descriptions of each photo in the captions of the photos, because I’m short on time today. I promise a better post next month!


Opening the box!


This month’s bag!


A photo of all the items


TARTE TARTEGUARD 30 SPF SUNSCREEN: You can never be too careful!


BECCA BACKLIGHT PRIMING FILTER: I don’t use primers, but I’m interested to see how it works for me!




TOCCA BEAUTY FLORENCE: I’m disappointed in the size of the purfume samples, as you can get these free inside any Sephora…


BAREMINERALS bareSkin bronzer: I’m not a bronzer type person, but the paper that came with the box has me intrigued and I will be trying it this time!


Bumble and Bumble don’t blow it: SUPER excited to try this – as It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for, in regards to my hair!


Review: Julep Maven

My last post I reviewed ipsy. Today, I’ll be reviewing Julep Maven, the subscription service from Julep. As some of you may remember from my first Julep post, I was kind of dreading the customer service standpoint from Julep. I had heard horror stories on the beauty box group I’m a member of… I was not looking forward to having problems with the polish, or my monthly box.

I felt a little bit of pressure to actually LIKE Julep because Mitchell’s family knows someone who works at their Seattle office. I felt like if I didn’t like their products, then I’d be causing more problems for myself than I needed. This caused me to be apprehensive about the subscription box. I never would have imagined I’d fall in love with not only their polish, but their makeup!

The first few days, I did have some issues with the polish. After some stressful posts online, a friend of mine mentioned I needed a bonding base coat. This literally solved all my problems.

Their polish quality has gone up a LOT over the two years I’d been getting them from Mitchell’s family. I love every one of my Julep polishes.

I didn’t get make-up until a few months into the subscription service, and my oh my do I love their products. Their gel eye liners are my absolute favorite– I have to say though, Navy Smoke seems to be my top favorite. I never could have imagined loving them enough to get one in EVERY color they offer.

One month, I got their Konjac Sponge in my box. After tons of research I noticed a lot of people telling me that their sponges are over priced and not worth your money. I ordered a second one off amazon for myself and gave the Julep one to Mitchell. Big mistake. The Julep Konjac sponges are more than worth their current cost (they’re on sale for $9.60 and they usually go for $12) It’s lasted much longer and does a better job.

Overall review:
Julep has never gotten my order wrong, and has wonderful products. I will be keeping this subscription as long as I can afford to! 🙂 I love that I can edit and customize my box, so if I want only polishes one month, great! If I want only make-up, done! They really do a great job with all their products!


Review: ipsy.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned on this blog. All comments/opinions on this post are 100% my own, and are not sponsored in any way.  

Well, here it is! The long awaited review of the beauty boxes I’m subscribed to! I’ve been getting both ipsy and Julep Maven beauty boxes for about 6 months now, and I think I have a pretty good feel on both.

Lets start with ipsy!

I was really excited to start ipsy. So many people I know get it, and raved about their monthly glambag. My first month was a little disappointing, but wasn’t too bad. It didn’t kill my excitement. As months wore on, I found myself re-taking the ipsy quiz and removing things from my preferences. I still have yet to be amazed or in love with ANYTHING from ipsy. Last month (July) I didn’t even get everything in my bag, and when I wrote them in, they said they’d fix their error… and only sent me 2 items. This month, I got a bag, with the tiniest lipstick ever and that was it. It was THE most disappointing waste of my money. Yes, I could contact their customer service, but after only getting part of my glambag last month, I’m not interested in contacting them and waiting two weeks to see if they actually got it correct. I’m on the verge of cancelling ipsy. September may be my last month. The Sephora subscription box cannot start soon enough!

The rewards points from ipsy are pointless. You get very few, and have to post all your quizes and information to facebook. It’s a cheap way for them to advertise, yet they only let so many people join and have a wait-list. They want me to invite friends, but my friends have to post a bunch of spam to facebook to even get taken off the wait-list. I have found their rewards points to be pointless and frustrating, seeing as they expire before you can rack up enough to get a free glambag.

up next: Julep Maven.