~ Gift Guides: Julep Holiday ~

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Julep has given Mavens a special treat this Halloween – a sneak peek at the Holiday Collection!  Officially launching on Wednesday, November 5th, these special gifts are available for pre-order to VIP Mavens!  We’re able to score these great gifts before they are released to the public!  Nice!

I think Julep has really outdone themselves with these sets.  A variety of nail polish duos and trios, along with makeup – gives you tons of options!  There are new colors mixed with old favorites.

Bright jewel tones – soft neutrals – shimmering glitters – Whoever you’re shopping for, you’ll find something that will suit them!  See below for some of my personal favorites from the collection!

 Warm Wishes ~ $50  $30

Warm Wishes

Julep bottled those warm fuzzy holiday feelings – and they are beautiful...

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~ Currently Craving: Texture ~

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Currently Craving

I’ve talked about my love of beachy curls before, and how I’m always trying to create texture in my hair.  I recently finished my bottle of Julep Sea Salt Texture Spray and I’m on the lookout for my next purchase!  I’ve been browsing online, trying to decide which sea salt spray it is going to be.  

I’ve compiled the list below – and besides the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, I haven’t tried any of them!  So if you’ve had experience with any of the ones shown below (or have a suggestion for one not listed) please share in the comments!


xoxo – T


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~ Dry Shampoo ~

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Anyone who knows me – knows that I do not wash my hair everyday!  Typically we get 3 days out of 1 shampoo…2 days down and styled, 1 day up.  Dry shampoo is a must for giving my hair a break from the blow dryer and flat iron (as well as giving me 20 minutes extra of sleep).  I’ve used a variety of dry shampoos to help extend the life of my style – and I’m excited to talk about a new one!

Julep’s Dry Clean.

I had been seeing it in some Maven boxes – or part of hair focused sets in the Secret Store – but when I would decide to try it out – it was either sold out or not even showing up on the website!  So I was super happy when I logged in the other day and discovered it waiting for me!

Dry CleanDry Clean ($22)

While some dry shampoos have a very specific scent (lemon seems to be a common one) – D...

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~ Makeup Monday: Stila Eye Liners for Everyone ~

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A few weeks ago I shared the Stila Holiday Collection.  For their 20th Anniversary they teamed up with BaubleBar to create some amazing makeup and jewelry sets.  Definitely check out all the options if you are shopping for a makeup addict in your life!

Now there are two amazing collections that are definitely for the die hard fan!  But if you have an eyeliner addict on your shopping list (and really feel like spoiling them) then these might be for you!


The Smudge Stick Collection is a dream come true for those of us who love these waterproof eye liners. (Hint – Hint).  18 colors in every shade across the color spectrum!  Seriously – I don’t think I would ever run out of options!  Also included is a gold bracelet and $10 Gift Card from BaubleBar and a gold roll clutch...

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~ Skincare Sunday: GlamGlow ~

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I received a sample of GlamGlow’s YouthMud in my Birchbox awhile back.  It has sat in a drawer for the past few months when I finally decided to check it out.  The story of how the company came to be is pretty inspiring.  Created by Glenn and Shannon Dellimore back in 2010, it was originally strictly for backstage and professional use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award industries.  It came to be when a few friends were gathered together at Glenn & Shannon’s home, when an actor friend confided in them that he could not find a product that made his skin instantly camera-ready, instantly pore-refining, instantly diminish visible imperfections, reduce fine lines & produce a noticeable glow that would last for days.

This became a topic of conversation with Glenn & Sh...

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~ On My Radar: The Skimm ~

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I came across The Skimm while reading Design Darling, Mackenzie Horan’s blog last month.  I had never heard of it, but was definitely intrigued.  The Skimm is a daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day.  They do the reading for you – and break it down with fresh editorial content!  Basically they read…we Skimm.

Definitely check out Mackenzie’s interview with Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, the founders of The Skimm.  After reading I was inspired to sign up, and now I enjoy getting my news each morning – directly to my inbox.  In fact I end up reading it before I even get out of bed!  Suddenly I have a better knowledge of what’s going on in the world.  Because lets face it…getting your news from TMZ and E! is not the way to go!

Happy Skimmin...

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~ Secret Store Review ~

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It’s been awhile since I’ve ordered anything through the Julep Secret Store.  For those who don’t know - The Secret Store is a monthly online pop-up shop where Mavens can score insane deals (up to 65% off!) on best sellers, cult faves, and goodies from recent collections.  The store typically opens a few days after the Maven boxes start shipping (usually on the 1st) – but Julep always sends an email out to remind you.  If you purchases a Maven box for the month – then you get VIP access to the Secret Store.

VIP Mavens get first dibs on everything, including some verrrrry tempting, VIP-exclusive sets. Once the VIP window closes, the Secret Store opens to all Mavens.

So – this past month I ended up making a Secret Store purchase!


I’ve been wanting to try the Party’s Over Glitter Nail Po...

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~ Currently Craving: Bubble Bath ~

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Currently Craving

I can’t tell you the last time I took a bubble bath.  Probably because the tub at my condo isn’t a big, soaking tub!  But when I did have one of those luxurious and relaxing tubs – I probably took a bubble bath once a week!  Nothing better than pouring in some deliciously scented bath oil and relaxing with a good book.  Whether I just want to relax and unwind after a long day – or I need the jets going to soothe sore muscles – there’s a bubble bath for every mood!  

Bath Oil – Bubble Bath – Bath Salts – Bath Bombs, take your pick!  Share your favorites in the comments!

xoxo – T


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~ Beauty Protector ~

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Here’s another product that I received in my October Birchbox (sorry, I’m not doing a full review – just little ones of the products I loved).  

I had never heard of Beauty Protector (and still haven’t been able to find it anywhere but Birchbox).  I’m guessing it’s an exclusive to them.  A savvy hair stylist realized that most women were dealing with heat damage yet didn’t have the time for regular deep conditioning treatments at the salon. With this in mind, he launched Beauty Protector, a niche brand dedicated to preventing and healing the negative consequences of overstyling.

I received the Protect & Detangle.  The list of features is pretty impressive.  This one little bottle claims:

  • Instant Detangler
  • Thermal Protector
  • UV Protector
  • Seals Cuticle
  • Smoothes Hair
  • Locks In Color
  • Add...
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~ Julep Maven Box: November Preview ~

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Yesterday was the opening of the Maven window for November and The Friendsgiving Collection!  

“Everyone gather ’round for a color combo seriously worth celebrating. We’re talking rich crèmes and elegant shimmers, metallic finishes meant for a special occasion, and all sorts of shades to make you feel the warm ‘n’ fuzzies.”

According to Julep, jet-black mascara is the LBD of the beauty world—dress it up, dress it down, look forever sexy—and they have two styles for us this month!


Length Matters uses a finely tapered, micro-bristle brush to layer on more and more mascara for a softly curled, wide-eyed effect that keeps on going and going…and going…!

Go Big is all about bombshell body: its micro-cylinder brush is tapered to reach every last little lash with a luscious, ...

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