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Julep Sweet Steal Brown Eyed Girl, and the March 2015 Birthstone

The Sweet Steal is a daily deal offered by Julep. It is the place where you can get a specially curated set at a deep discount. If a steal is really good, do not sit on it. They sometimes sell out in the middle of the day. My Julep obsession is huge, so I check it several times a week. You are not generally notified of a new offer, but there is a new one available or sold out for the day almost every time I check.

I stalked the March birthstone daily for almost a month. In addition to the fact that I collect all the birthstones, March is my birth month. Plus, the polish color looked gorgeous. It was out of stock the first time I checked on 03/16/15. From that day until 04/14/15, I never saw it in stock.

On 04/14/15, Brown Eyed Girl was the Sweet Steal. It included two eyeliners and a sharpener for $14. The Gel Eye Gliders were in Olive and Bronze Shimmer. I already owned a mini Bronze Shimmer, but it is one of my favorite eyeliners. Getting the full-sized one seemed like a great idea. Some people say Julep pencils are hard to sharpen, so I thought it would be a great idea to own the Julep Gel Eye Glider Sharpener. Olive is an eyeliner shade I had not tried yet, so I decided this would be a great purchase. I am a brown-eyed girl, so this cliché clicked with me. Each eyeliner has a $16 value, and the sharpener has a $10 value. That made this $14 special worth $42.

Julep Sweet Steal and March 2015 Gemstone

This was my last eyeliner purchase before I put myself on an eyeliner no-buy. For those keeping track, my eyeliner no-buy started on 04/14/15. It is still in full force. I will gladly accept eyeliner in boxes or kits, but I have not made any purchases that only involve eyeliner.

I already know and love Bronze Shimmer, but I thought I would show you a picture of why I loved it so much.

Julep Gliders

Julep Bronze Shimmer

Juelp liner shadow

Olive did not present as green as I thought it would, and it was a little darker than I imagined. When it comes to my top lid, Julep Eye Gliders work very well. They are smooth, pigmented, easy to control, and last all day. The bottom lid is a different story. I have a hard time keeping any eyeliner on the bottom. These pictures are after six hours of wear.

Ulta eyeshadow before

Ulta eyeshdow before 2

I had a coupon code for a free polish with a $15 purchase. Sometimes those coupons work on the subtotal before the discount. Other times, they work on the total after the discount. This time, Julep wanted $15 after the discount meaning I had to add Julep Katie, which was on sale for $4.99. Remember to place something on sale you are not ready to purchase in your wish list. Although some items stay on sale, finding them is difficult since Julep eliminated the official sale section, savvy deals. The deals still exist, but the link to the special section holding them does not always work. By placing them in your wish list, you can pull them up later to see if the sale remains. Katie is a polish I noticed on sale earlier, so I was happy to see she was still on sale when I only needed to add $1 to my purchase. Nothing retails for $1, so why not pick her up! Compare this to my other purple polishes.

Julep Katie

Julep Liza, the March birthstone named after Liza Minelli was the free polish I selected. After all my work stalking it, I thought it would be nice to say it was free. When I put my polishes away, I swatch the top. I could not even open this bottle to swatch it. It finally opened after minutes of trying, so I swatched the top of the bottle. This polish was a thick, gunky mess. My guess is it was never sealed properly, because I’ve never had that happen on a brand new Julep polish. Compare this to my other blue polishes.

Julep Liza

Unfortunately, the polish was out of stock when I noticed and every time I’ve checked since. Customer service was great. They offered to either refund the purchase or give me 600 Jules (read about Jules here). I took the Jules, because it is kind of hard to get a refund on a free polish. My intention was to use the Jules to repurchase this as soon as it came back in stock. It was out-of-stock for so long that I decided to restore it instead.

The problem was I could not open the bottle to restore it. My husband was able to get it open with a wrench, but it was a sloppy mess. It did restore enough to swatch it on my finger. This is one of the prettiest polishes I have ever seen.

I tried a second dose of restorer, and it got much better. After a third treatment, I think I got the polish to where it belonged. It taught me that unless the polish is brick hard (as what happened with one of my Urban Decay Naked ones), restorer will probably bring it back to life. This is something I’ve explored further and discussed in this nail polish restoration article.

This order cost me $18.99. Although my free polish is messy, I did get 600 Jules to replace her. The birthstones are my favorite polishes to collect.

End of Season Savvy Deals are on sale through Thursday. Get up to 75% off. Use code BLISS to receive a 3 piece Bare Body Travel Trio with a $40 purchase. You do not have to be a Maven to shop the sale and will get free shipping with a $25 purchase.

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If you want to join Julep, visit my Julep Maven page to see all start-up offers. Visit my regular Julep page to see more offers for shopping. All polishes above are swatched once. They get darker with more swatches. See all Julep or Subscription articlesTips For Getting the Best Deal lays out every way I can think of to save money at Julep. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.

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