Everyone who knows me knows that I am a major glamour girl. Big hair, makeup, heels, the works. These things have worked their way into my personal style over the last few years and have now become part of who I am (well, that and my signature curls, naturally). One thing I hadn't really put much effort into was my nails. Oh sure, when I lived in Florida there was this little nail salon in the mall I'd go to on my lunch break for cheap manicures, but since moving away I haven't really put any effort into them. Then I started seeing my friends tweet about putting crazy prints on their nails, and seeing all kinds of nail art pins over on Pinterest. I started thinking about nails again. I used to love having my nails done...why not learn how to do them myself? Let me just tell you - as with anything, having the right tools for the job makes a huge difference. Enter Julep.
I first learned about Julep through Pinterest, where someone had pinned a stunning photo of a beautiful nail polish I couldn't tell you the name of now if I had to. I found out that you can sign up for a service that will send you a box of nail polish in the mail every month, and it's called Julep Maven. It costs $19.99 per month and is guaranteed to have at least $40.00 worth of product in it. I asked around, but none of my polished friends seemed to have heard of it. Still, I was intrigued. I like getting things in the mail...I like nail polish! I decided that the price was a little bit more than I was comfortable spending every month on products I didn't know that much about, and decided to put the idea on the shelf to revisit later.
Last month, I won what Julep refers to as a "Golden Box";
instead of the usual 2 polishes, I got 6, a pair of earrings, and a tube of mascara!
THEN I found out you can try out the first box for FREE. Yup, free. They don't even charge you shipping! You just sign up for the service, use the handy-dandy coupon code "penny", and away you go. There's a fun personality quiz that matches you up with one of five styles - Boho Glam, American Beauty, Bombshell, Classic With a Twist, or It Girl. Each month, each style receives a different set of colors - and the great thing is, you can decide each month which girl you want to be! Far from being some kind of scheme where your credit card gets charged 20 bucks every month because you forgot to cancel your subscription, the gals over at Maven send you an email to confirm that you want a box that month (and if it's not in the budget, you just click "skip a month"). You also can choose to see just what each girl is getting in their box that month and select the colors that are most appealing to you, or just stick with the style you matched to and be surprised. I like peeking at all the colors! You can even choose to have your box sent to a friend's house that month for a special surprise. I think this would be great for birthdays!
So many pretty colors! Everything comes giftwrapped, too - so fun and girly!
After I got my first box for free, I was hooked. I also found out that Julep offers a referral service that can earn you free boxes - I've mentioned it on Twitter just twice and have earned a couple of freebies already! So far, I've received 9 polishes, some heel cream, a tube of mascara, and a pair of earrings, all for free. You can't beat that, right? The quality of this stuff is outstanding, too. It goes on smoothly and evens out like a dream, and the saturation of the colors is just great. Here's a shot of me modeling the Annie colorway in my new pattern, Surplus Stripes:
I would ordinarily never think to put blue on my fingernails, but isn't it glam?
Anyway, you can probably tell that I'm really enjoying this service so I'll stop raving about it now. Suffice to say, I'm probably going to be a Maven until I can change the color of my nails as frequently as I change my socks, and I'm okay with that.
You want to know how to sign up, don't you? Click here, click on "Take Our Style Quiz", take the test, give them all your info, and when you get to the end use the coupon code "FREEBOX" during checkout. This will reduce your total for the first month to $0.00! If you decide to cancel the service after your free box (but seriously - tell your friends about it first, because you might just keep getting free stuff!), log into your account and click "cancel" on the left hand side of the screen. No fees, no penalties, and you get to keep all the goodies in the first box!
Really. What do you have to lose? :)