Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Julep Maven: February 2013 It Girl (Joan, Marion, Rebel) Swatches

The amount of photos I have from London/Paris is quite intimidating, so I haven't taken the time to sort through them just yet.  While I'm procrastinating on that, I thought I'd share with you my February Julep Maven box.  This came while I was away, so it was nice surprise when I got home.

I actually debated getting the full collection this month because I liked quite a few of the colors AND there were several holographic polishes.  Also, I kind of wanted to try that Oxygen base coat thing.  But in the end, I decided on the It Girl box because it had the color I really wanted (Joan) and the holographic color that I really wanted (Rebel), and also because an upgrade wasn't quite in the budget for me.

(Side note: my profile is supposed to be Boho Glam, but I can't even remember the last time I got that one. I'm really glad they let you choose which box you want, and also that they let you skip.)

Anyway, on to the pictures!

All the February boxes came with the Freedom top coat which is supposed to be like a gel top coat without all the hassle.  I think all the boxes also came with an eyelash curler (in the pouch) and some chocolate (hidden under the eyelash curler, lol).

I think these Swatch Me stickers are quite handy, but you can't really tell from the swatch that Rebel is holographic.  You can't really see the pretty gold flecks in Joan either...But I still like the idea of these stickers. :)

And this time around, I actually had time to swatch all of the colors.  I feel so proud that I'm really working on swatching more now.

First up is Rebel.  I had a hard time photographing this one.  It's a silver holographic polish, but I find the holo-ness to be quite subtle compared to other holo polishes I've seen.  Still very pretty though!

Click through for more swatches of Rebel, plus swatches of Joan and Marion!

Next up is Joan.  I really liked this one by the description that Julep put out, and after seeing it in person, I'm not disappointed!  This one is really gorgeous!  It's a pretty raspberry color with lots of gold flecks in it.  I don't think my pictures really do it justice!

And last, but not least is Marion.  This is a pretty teal polish with silver shimmer.  It was hard to really capture this one too!  I only got one kind of good picture, so I may take more pictures and update this post, next time I decide to wear this polish.

I used 3 coats for all swatches above.  The formula and application was great for Rebel and Joan, but Marion gave me a little trouble.  Marion's formula was a bit watery and I had some bald spots, but it evened out after the third coat.  Overall, I'm happy with this box and can't wait to see what's in March's!

P.S. If you are not a member of Julep Maven and would like to be, please consider using my referral link.  You can find some coupon codes at RetailMeNot.com, but I'm not sure which ones work or not right now, though I think the PENNY code and COLOR2012 code are your best bets. :)

P.P.S. THIS IS MY 100TH POST!!! dun duh dun!  *fireworks* ;)

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