April Julep Maven Box

April 2017 Julep Maven Subscription Unboxing
As always, Julep’s beauty box is a delight and one of my absolute favorites. Their monthly subscription is $25/month, though I choose to purchase three months at a time for $20/month. You are able to swap out every item they curate for you and build your own box, as well as add on items from Julep’s shop at a steep discount. I’ve been subscribed to Julep for almost a year now (mostly because of the ability to skip months without cancelling!) so I’ve become quite familiar with Julep’s house brand, and I’m consistently pleased. 

Julep Eye Glider Gilded Gold Radiant Amethyst Electric Teal Shimmer Fig Shimmer
I love the items I chose for April’s Julep Maven box. I swapped out my original items (I can’t remember what they were, but they’re typically two makeup or skincare items and a nail polish) for two of Julep’s eyeshadow duos (rosé & vacay and moonlight & starlight) and one of their new eyeliners. I added on three more “eye gliders” (so in all I have gilded gold, radiant amethyst, fig shimmer, and electric teal shimmer – swatched below in that order from top to bottom). I’d been lusting over the new color options and was considering purchasing a variety of stila eyeliner shades, so this made more sense financially.  
  
    Swatches of Julep Eye Glider in Gilded Gold Radiant Amethyst Fig Shimmer Electric Teal Shimmer
I chose the eyeshadow duos because I’d been looking for blendable matte shades since nearly my entire collection is full of shimmers. Rosé is so much more beautiful than I could’ve imagined and is going to get a ton of use. So far I’ve worn it in my crease with UD Fireball on my lid and I love the combo for Spring. I haven’t played with Vacay yet, but I’ve needed a matte brown. Starlight is extremely sheer but really pretty on the eye. Moonlight seemed difficult to blend, but I was using it with a new eyeshadow primer that was quite sticky on my lid, so I’ll be giving it another go soon with a different primer. I wore Moonlight & Starlight a couple of days ago for the entire work day and they never creased. Swatched below, from top to bottom: Rosé, Vacay, Moonlight, and Starlight. 
    Swatches of Julep Feels Like Velvet Eyeshadow Duo Rose Vacay and Moonlight Starlight
Finally, Julep included two additional nail polishes. One was sent to all subscribers as a special bonus, and the other was sent because I added three add-on items to my box. I already own Tatiana (a golden, burnt orange microglitter) and consider it my favorite shade for Halloween. Eliza (an “infinite ocean” holographic) has a beautiful rainbow effect in the bottle, but I have yet to try it on my nails. It’s highly rated though, and I’m looking forward to trying it! 
Julep Nail Polish in Tatiana - Burnt Orange Microshimmer and Eliza - Infinite Ocean Holographic, Blue Holographic

How to Know Your Makeup Obsession Has Gone Too Far

I was recently inspired (primarily by the Makeup Rehab subreddit and the Anti-Haul blog) to take inventory of my beauty products as a way to assess what I actually need and what I simply want to purchase out of impulse, because it’s shiny and new and temporarily exciting. The “inventory” process took me a couple of weeks here and there, but guess what … I finished taking stock, and it turns out that I have over 230 makeup items in my possession.

You read that right. Over 230.

If you’re so inclined, check out my relatively organized inventory. Since I have so. much. stuff. I’m considering writing reviews as I use products up as a way to motivate myself to shop my own collection. I truly don’t need another thing! While I’ve never hit VIB Rouge at Sephora, I do (clearly) spend way too much money on makeup that I could be spending on travel or student loan payments or literally anything other than more makeup I don’t need.

I have a few goals to work toward:

  • Don’t purchase a new product unless it fills a truly empty void or I’ve used up/destashed the product it’s most similar to. 
  • Focus on using up products I already own (a.k.a. “Project Pan”) – I’d like to pan 5 items completely before I purchase anything else
  • Finish my current lip hoarder project (where I have to wear every lip color in my collection once before I’m allowed to repeat). Check out posts here and here.
  • Don’t hold on to products that don’t work for me (be it because of the shade or formula, whatever) – it’s not going to magically improve! 
  • Pay attention to the products I use & make notes on them; I’m bad about wearing things and not paying attention to how they wear throughout the day unless they’re dramatically bad. I want to improve on that in order to be better informed for future purchases.

Wish me luck!

Saturday Reading List

One blog I’ve been following religiously lately is an anti-haul beauty blog. This post on why she won’t be buying Mac’s new “Basic Bitch” palette is a perfect example of why I love it & why it’s been motivating me to be more deliberate with my purchases. Be sure to scroll down to where she discusses the phrase “basic bitch”.

Check out this wonderful piece by a congressional candidate Alejandra Campoverdi – who also happens to have posed for Maxim – on women and society’s unwillingness to see us as multidimensional.

This home office post is over a year old, but I’ve been lusting over the clean, dreamy workspaces pictured within.

Have you seen Victoria Beckham’s new Target collab? There are some pieces I really adore and some I’m not so sure about.

This post is titled “25 Promises for All the Single Ladies Who Travel” – I’m not a single lady, but I’ve been dreaming of traveling solo soon, so this is inspirational nonetheless.