Category Archives: Julep

Julep – Kennedy

Julep - KennedyWelcome to another Monday Funday with Katie! I’m in full on vacation mode and I’m loving all of the polishes I chose from Julep’s Sail Into Summer collection!

I loved Nan, and I’m loving Kennedy too! In addition to the It Girl box I chose Kennedy and Bunny as add-ons – SO worth it.

Kennedy is described as a khaki creme. When I first opened the box, I was a little disappointed in Kennedy. It’s a bit more yellow than I was expecting. I’d envisioned something closer to Essie’s Sand Tropez, but since then it’s really grown on me and I love the color. It looks great with a tan and makes me feel very classy – as I usually feel when I wear more neutral shades.

The application was really awesome – I used two coats and they were smooth and easy – great formula on this one. Two thumbs up.

What do you think? Check below for another picture or two and to see what book I’ll be reading next!


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Julep – Nan

Julep - NanI have been raving about this polish ever since it arrived! Nan was the first polish I used from my June Julep Maven box and it’s been a whirlwind love affair! This polish was the main reason I decided to get my June Julep box (to see my unboxing post head over to The Daily Varnish Extra!)

Nan is described as a “nantucket red creme.” Get it? Nan…tucket! But in more familiar terms, it’s a warm faded/dusty red with yellow undertones. Alli says it’s falls in the salmon range. It’s insanely work appropriate and elegant. My camera decided that Nan is more coral than I think it is…so I have pictures from both my camera and my iPhone for comparison!  Guest starring my super cool K paperweight. Get excited!

Application was dreamy. I’d read some reviews before I tried it and people had said it was runny and thin and prone to pooling in the cuticles – I am so happy to say I haven’t had any of these problems!

So what do you think? Happy Monday!


PS: If you’re interested in signing up for a Julep Box, I included lots of promo codes on my unboxing post for June’s box!

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Julep Lucy

Julep LucyIt may be inching towards 90 degrees outside but sometimes I just crave a dark manicure! I was looking through some of my untried polishes and Lucy caught my eye. Quite awhile back Katie sent me several Julep polishes including Lucy and Sienna.

Lucy is a deep burgundy (or Chianti!) creme. It’s along the same lines as the ever famous Essie Wicked. It’s a beautiful color though definitely more appropriate for the fall and winter.

The formula is good but not great. I needed three coats to even everything out which wasn’t really the problem. It’s on the runny side. So careful application is recommended! Otherwise this polish will pool in around the cuticles.

Overall this is a great, basic polish that everyone needs in their nail polish repertoire (or something similar). This would fit nicely in my 5 polishes every girl should own post!

There are additional swatches below the jump.


PS: If you’re interested in Julep they do a monthly nail polish subscription service. You can get your first box for a penny using the code JULEPVIP 🙂

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Julep Sienna

Julep SiennaOh hey, Julep! Long time no see!

I was looking through a bunch of untried polishes on the hunt for a good neutral polish to wear with a navy dress when I ran across Sienna. In the bottle it reminded me alot of one of my all time favorite metallic polishes; Orly Rage.

Sienna is a cool gold metallic with significant silver undertones. This is legitimately the perfect shade of gold for cool skintones.

The formula is fantastic. I used just two coats in my swatches.

As it turns out this polish is more similar to Cover Girl Golden Opportunity than it is to Orly Rage, though neither are dupes.

Y’all know me….I rarely rock just one nail color! To further accent my navy dress I used bondi New York Strawberry Fields to add an accent nail and just a little color. There are additional swatches of Sienna as well as my manicure with Strawberry Fields below the jump!



PS: If you’re interested in Julep they do a monthly nail polish subscription service. You can get your first box for a penny using the code JULEPVIP 🙂

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Saved by the Resort Giveaway!

Giveaway - Resort headerI am so over winter and ready for spring and summer! I’m not a fan of the cold, I much prefer the basking in the sun by the pool. I figured some of you might be feeling the same way so to honor my mid-winter blues, I’m having a giveaway!
This is a bit of a mix and match giveaway – my favorite kind! In January, Julep released their Resort Collection: Escape & Unwind which paired nudes with neons. I used my Julep Jules to order the Bora Bora Trio as an add on to my Bombshell Box The Bora Bora trio includes: Taylor:  a deep sky blue creme, Renee:  a spring lilac creme, and Mandy: a fresh, bright deep coral pink creme.

These colors are sure to warm you up! To step it up a notch, I’m including two polishes from Wet n Wild’s Saved by The Bell Collection: Fashionista Lisa and Pin ’em Slater.

For details on how to enter the giveaway and a picture of the goodies, go ahead and click below!

Stay Warm!


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Katie’s Top 10 of 2012!

katietopten2Happy New Years Eve!!!

I can’t believe it’s time for a top 10 already! I really feel like I just pressed “publish” on my Top 10 from 2011! Personally, 2012 has absolutely flown by and it’s been an up and down crazy ride but all in all I’d give it a thumbs up.  Anyways, I’m really excited to share my favorites of the year with you!

Though I didn’t realize it when I was whittling down my list from 15 to 10, it seems my favorites for 2012 are for the most part filled with sparkle, shimmer, and shine – which matches my feelings on 2012, and represents my hope for a beautiful 2013. I hope you enjoy!

I’d absolutely love it if you left your Top 10 in a comment below!

Have a safe and happy New Years!


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Countdown to 2013 Giveaway #1 – Julep’s Glitter & Glow

CountdownTDVTwo of my favorite things: Christmas & Giveaways. Why not put them together? We’ll be doing several “Countdown to 2013” Giveaways over the next few weeks, and I’m kicking it off with Julep‘s Glitter & Glow Winter Collection gift set!

The set includes 5 polishes:

  • Colbie – a full coverage citrine green multi-dimensional glitter
  • Lucy – Modern, dark burgundy crème.
  • Sharon – Dark, bold red shimmer
  • Kathleen – Honey gold flecked champagne shimmer
  • Carly – Full-coverage Malibu-blue multi-dimensional glitter


Now… onto the important question: How do I enter!? Click below for contest details!

Good Luck & Happy Polishing!




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Julep Suede – Brit

Julep - BritAs I said in my unboxing post for Julep’s November Maven Box, I was thrilled to see that Julep was going to try their hand at Suede finish polishes. I love my OPI Suedes – they’re perfect in a pinch since they dry so quickly! I was so excited that I even ordered an add-on (Hailee) to my American Beauty box.

Julep describes this polish as a Graphite Silver Suede – works for me! It’s very much the same idea as OPI’s Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees SUEDE.

I’ve now used all three: Amber, Hailee, and Brit and I am happy to report that this was very much on par with the OPI Suedes! I only used two coats for a fun matte look and the formula was perfect: flowed nicely onto my nails – not hard to work with at all!

The biggest draw back to Suede polishes is the wear time – and this is universal, a day or two is the most you’ll get out of them, but since the application is so quick and easy, that doesn’t really bother me.

If you’re feeling the need to add this to your collection, you can grab it on Julep’s website for $14 or $11.20 if you’re a current Julep Maven.

Interested in trying out the Maven program? Go ahead and click here, take the style quiz, and sign up for your introbox! Use the code JULEPVIP to get your box for a penny!


Julep – Lisa

As I mentioned in my post over on The Daily Varnish Extra about Julep‘s October box, I was thrilled when they offered a Maven’s Choice box as an alternative to the boxes with crackles. Truthfully, I can’t imagine why anyone would choose a box with crackle in it, but to each her own (with a friendly reminder that it is not 2010).

The polish I was most excited to try was Lisa from the Boho Glam box. It’s described as a warm pebble grey cream. Spot on, Julep. This light grey creme has subtle yellow undertones – finally a flattering light grey (for me!) I went out to dinner with friends on Sunday evening and got several compliments!

The formula is great – which is a huge strength for Julep. The polish applied smoothly and evenly to an opaque finish after two coats.  After such a good experience with Lisa, I’m excited to try out the other two polishes: Keira and Eloise.

If you’d like to see a fun extra picture or learn more about joining the Julep Maven program – click below to see more!

Happy Wednesday!

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Julep Daisy (+ bonus nail art)

Oh Daisy. I won’t lie, I picked the June Boho Glam Julep Maven box (that post has info on how to get your first Julep Maven box for a penny!) specifically because it included this polish. The Great Gatsby has been my favorite book since I was a teenager. I’ve read it at least once a year since then and Daisy is a character I have a love-hate relationship with. Which is eerily similar to my relationship with this polish….

Daisy is a true yellow creme. The color is lovely. Who doesn’t love yellow? It’s just a happy color. Unfortunately, it looks terrible against my skintone. Just dreadful!

Equally dreadful is the application of this polish. The formula is a bit thin so it can be runny, plus I had to use 4 coats to get an opaque, streak free color.

A card that was included in the Julep Maven box this came in had a suggestion for nail art using Daisy along with Robin. I gave it a go, swatches of that are below the jump.

And just a reminder…don’t forget to enter our Julep Maven giveaway!

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