Manic(ure) Monday: Julep Maven November 2013, Boho Glam

Julep Maven is a monthly subscription from Julep.com.  You get an assortment of products from Julep for $19.99.  Every month they come out with a few different boxes, they give you the opportunity to chose which box you want or skip the month entirely.  I love that it is a recurring box and I have a set profile that usually fits me perfectly (so if I forget it will still come), but I also enjoy having the option to skip.  There are also referral/reward points.  Each box that your purchase gives you points.  Once you accumulate a certain amount of points you can redeem them for a free box and/or add-ons to your box.

This month the Boho Glam box had two nail polishes and a lipgloss.  

The lipgloss is called Charming.  It feels good on the lips.  It has a natural-pink color with a sheer, glossy finish.  

The two polishes I received are Aisha and Alexandra.  Aisha is a wildberry purple creme and Alexandra is a blonde creme.  I personally love creme finishes and I think that these two shades are perfect for fall.  The two together could create a very fun, yet sophisticated mani.  

Overall, Julep Maven is a great deal.  I have received a lot of good polishes and other products that I can’t live with out now.  The Cuticle Oil and Rock Star hand cream are staples in my collection now.  If you want to sign up you can get your first box for 1 cent using the code PENNY or a free box using code FREEBOX.  I honestly am not sure if either of these work but in the past one of them has always worked.  It is a really great deal to preview the service and then fall in love! 
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L’Oreal Colour Caresse Gloss Stain

Lip products aren’t usually the items I hoard, but recently there have been so many absolutely great high end dupes FLOODING the drugstores.  I am not a fan of spending a ton of money on high end lip products so when there are dupes I will almost always spring for them.  L’Oreal Colour Caresse Gloss Stains are said to be dupes for the YSL Glossy Stains.  I have none of the YSLs but I am loving the L’Oreal glosses.  

The packaging is okay: gold in shade and very lightweight.  I do like that you can see the color through the clear section of the tube.  It makes it easy to find which one (if you own several–like a good makeup hoarder should) you are looking for easily.  The close up tight, which is always a relief.  I really dislike flimsy packaging that doesn’t close securely.  

The shape of the doe-foot applicator is almost exact to the YSL Glossy Stains–very thin when turned sidewys and wide and arrow shaped with turned face on.  It has a slight bend and I feel that it really hugs the lips perfectly.  
The texture of the gloss is very thin and lightweight.  The color is very build-able.  The high-gloss shine doesn’t go away when the product dries down, it stays looking very hydrated and fresh.  It lasts a super long time.  I was wearing them for a couple of hours and then went to dinner.  By the end of dinner my color had finally faded, but that is a lot of action it stood up to.  

Lilac Ever After is a lovely pinky nude.  I don’t really understand why the name of this is Lilac Ever After because I see only a very slight lilac tint but it is mostly a nude-pink.

This one is the most sheer of all the colors I chose.  It looks the most like a gloss of them all.  The color is pretty and it is a nice daytime option because while it adds a touch of color it isn’t overpowering.  

Infinite Fuchsia is a pretty, bold option.  I can’t decide if I want to call it fuchsia or berry.  Either way it is beautiful.  My favorite color of the three I purchased.  

Please excuse the blotchy swatches.  It looks much better on the lips than this picture shows.  I literally slapped it on and snapped a picture.  

Endless Red is very pretty.  I was excited to try this because I have been dying to own a glossy red that doesn’t transfer easily (my husband has been too)!

This red has an orange tint but the plummy tones in my lips make it look more neutral.  

The swatches below, in order are: Lilac Ever After, Infinite Fuchsia, and Endless Red.  

I snapped pictures of the display case.  I want to share the full display so you know what you may be looking for.  
There are lots of colors to choose from.  

I want to mention that these lip products have several different names.  I believe in Europe they are being called Shine Caresse and in the States they are being called Colour Caresse.  I have seen other names too but these seem to be the two most popular names.
I give the L’Oreal Colour Caresse Gloss Stains 5 out of 5 stars.  The formula and texture is magnificent and I wouldn’t be surprised if I decided to buy several more… like all of them.  
Have you tried these yet?  Are you looking for them currently?  Which colors interest you the most?  Let me know in the comments below!  

Sephora + Pantone Universe: Color of the Year 2012 Tangerine Tango

There has been a lot of buzz lately about “The Color Of the Year” and I was lucky enough to purchase this 6 piece kit with the recent Beauty Insider/VIB 15% discount sale.  I own relatively no orange shades of any form in my collection and I thought this was the best bang for my buck to try out a full face of the tropical hue.  
I have seen/heard a lot of people complaining about the excessive packaging on some of the individual products but the box that this kit came in wasn’t completely oversized like some of the individual products.  I think it was quite an appropriate amount of packaging.  Also, the detail of the packaging is perfect.  Feels nice and luxe but simple.  

The products themselves have a nice luxe feel to them as well.  I am sure that by now everyone knows about the magnetic closing devices of the products–the lipstick has a magnetic lid that clings to the base and the eyeshadow quad and blush duo have the magnetic closure very similar to Inglot packaging.  

I am going into detail on the specific items from left to right in the kit.  First up is the ‘Color of the Year Eyeliner in Tangerine Tango Twist‘.  It is a twist up eyeliner which is perfect because you don’t have to worry about sharpening it ever.  It is a fun and unexpected item in the mix, at least for me because I rarely venture outside of black eyeliner.  


Here we have the Color of the Year Eyeshadow Quad.  
This quad contains:
- Scallop Shell, Pantone #12-1010 (nude) 
- Carnelian, Pantone #16-1435 (orange) 
- Sparrow, Pantone #18-1404 (plum) 
- Pavement, Pantone #19-3900 (black glitter) 

At first glance I was thinking that this quad doesn’t really harmonize with the entire tone of the kit but after I swatched them I see how well it all works together.  My favorite color in this quad is actually quite unexpected but it is the one called Scallop Shell.  I usually am not attracted to colors that are on the whiter/brighter scale but something about this color just screams out “HEAVEN” to me.  I love it.  

The Color of the Year Prisma Chrome Blush in Apricot Brandy is very interesting.  
The Sephora site says:
“This revolutionary blush combines all the best features of baked, powder, and cream formulas, releasing perfect color and a texture that lays on cheeks like a second skin. Easily blendable and buildable without being powdery, this unique blush leaves an unbelievably polished finish. The warm shade, Apricot Brandy (PANTONE #17-1540), was inspired by the Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, and will light up the apples of your cheeks with a spirited glow.”

I don’t consider this as much of a blush as I do a highlighter.  I was thinking that in the pan it looks awful close to the other shimmery blush or even the shimmery orange eyeshadow but once swatched it is noticeably different.  It is a nice addition to the blush duo.

The Color of the Year Blush Duo is probably one of the items I was most excited to get my hands on.  
This duo contains:
- Coral, Pantone #15-1439 (Color of the Year with gold shimmer) 
- Desert Flower, Pantone #15-1435 (light orange matte)

The Sephora site says:
“This micro-fine pressed-powder duo delivers unprecedented wear in combination with extreme comfort and color purity. The spirited color combination was inspired by the Color of the Year and each shade can be worn alone or layered for a contoured look. Light, yet creamy to the touch, this translucent powder is packed with brown seaweed extract to keep your skin soft and supple. Smooth away fine lines and blemishes with a veil of natural coverage and give cheeks a warm, energized flush. “

These colors are BREATHTAKINGLY beautiful.  I can absolutely say that these will definitely become a staple this spring and summer… and who knows, maybe into the fall.  I love that there is a matte and shimmery shade.  

The Color of the Year Lipstick in Tangerine Tango Cream was one of the first things that I saw a video on YouTube about from this collection.  I suppose there was a special invitation to VIBs to order this early.  What everyone says is true… it smells good and it is a nice creamy wearable version of orange.  

The Color of the Year Lipgloss in Tangerine Tango Luminous is a nice shimmery version of the lipstick.  When swatched they actually look very similar in color, major difference being the sparkle.  This lipgloss is very creamy and wears like a liquid lipstick.

Here are the swatches outside in the sunlight.
L to R:
Eyeliner in Tangerine Tango Twist
Eyeshadows: Sparrow Pavement, Scallop Shell, Carnelian
Prisma Chrome Blush in Apricot Brandy
Blush Duo: Desert Flower and Coral 
Lipstick
Lipgloss

Here are the exact same swatches taken indoors with a flash.  

I obviously haven’t worn these items yet so my review is pending.  Let me know if you want me to update this post after I have given it a good try or do an entirely separate post on it.  Either way would be fine with me.  I had to get these swatches up for you ASAP while it is still a fresh, new kit.  :)  If you got something from the collection tell me your thoughts and also let me know if you plan on picking something up.  Do you normally wear orange or is it something new and different for you? 
xoxo,
Laura