Julep July 2016 Review
Instead, I went back to my Julep-y roots with It Girl, the all-polish box. It contained three polishes: Angela, Nadia, and Tracy.Nadia is a frosty sunshine yellow. It takes about three coats to reach opacity. It’s got a fair bit of glitter in it, but the glitter doesn’t interfere with the texture, making it easy to remove. The shade, to me, is a little bit too “Spring”-y. It reminds me of newborn chicks and easter eggs. I don’t really understand how it fits into the “California Coast” monthly theme.
Angela is a deep, emerald-y blue-green. Again, this color doesn’t feel like summer to me. However, the deep richness and funky color mean that this is still a fabulous polish.
Tracy is a textured glitter with a sandy-looking finish. This was my favorite of the polishes that I received because the finish is pretty unconventional. It’s opaque in two coats, just like a traditional nail polish, but the rough, salty-looking texture looks absolutely stellar. It’s neither over-the-top nor boring.
Julep also included forty sheets of green tea blotting paper, which I think was a brilliant decision for the heat of summer. Unfortunately, it’s so hot here that blotting paper can’t exactly contain the waterfall of sweat that pours off my temples every day. (WHY DID I GO ON A BIKE RIDE IN ONE HUNDRED AND TEN DEGREE HEAT TODAY. WHY.) This is a great tool, though, and I love blotting paper. I would much rather get something like this than some fucking rock candy or whatever. I will admit that this seems to be a little less absorbent than the Boscia blotting linens I typically use.
This is the first month that Julep has shipped their add-ons with the actual box, which is a choice so obvious that I am kind of shocked that they did not do it earlier. Having no fourth-of-July manicure plans, I picked up Fireworks to fill the patriotic hole in my nail polish collection.
Fireworks is a red, white, and blue topcoat that’s perfect over another patriotic color or over a neutral.
As per usual, I am relatively ambivalent about my Julep box. The quality of the polishes is totally acceptable, but I am not sure that I will ever wear Nadia. Perhaps I am simply being taunted by the idea of that sea salt texture spray that I did not get to try…
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