Happy Valentine’s Day! Yes, I know. I featured Julep Hartleigh for my Valentine’s Day Nails in 2015 as well. After all, Julep sent a free bottle of Hartleigh in February 2015 and February 2016. It is as if Julep thinks Hartleigh makes the perfect Valentine’s polish, and that assumption is probably correct. The odds of me finishing any bottle of nail polish are slim, so I will gift or trade the duplicate bottle. For this look and the swatch, I used my 2015 freebie. My look from last year to this year is actually quite different even using Hartleigh as the main accent polish. This look also uses Julep Oxygen base and top coats and Formula X X ♥ Rouge.
When it comes to nail polish, I am a huge fan of Julep’s five free formula. These polishes chip less than most, and the polishes themselves are a good deal when you have a Maven membership. They are quality polishes, so I would probably purchase them at $14 each if I did not have my Maven membership. Luckily, I do not have to pay that much. The color selections and polish finishes are more vast than almost any other nail polish line. Every month, they release nine new colors (unless they re-release one or two from the vault). I have not skipped a box since I first subscribed in May 2014, because I find something I want every month. More often than not, the nail polishes are what draw me in, but I like to try Julep’s beauty products as well.
My nail polish collection is large. Polishes kept in good condition (away from heat or light) can last a long time, longer than the two years many people quote. A good thinner (I use Seche Vite) can also revive them. I have tossed polishes when thinner cannot save them or they have obviously gone bad, but it is rare. When I started collecting polishes again, I tossed all polishes older than the summer of 2013. To avoid ordering duplicates, I created a spreadsheet. Swatching them with these spoons I purchased from Amazon will help me compare the colors, finishes, and overall quality. All polishes only have one coat, because I wanted to spot the difference between my sheer and opaque polishes. We’ve all seen polishes that look dark in the bottle only to need 3-4 coats for opaqueness. No polishes have base or top coats either, because that can change the way the polish looks.
When it comes to creative ideas, I will never be of any help to anyone. My artistic abilities are lacking and hover near nil. Say hover near nil five times really fast! Some Beautytalk readers may have already seen these, because I actually shared them there just before I intended on writing this article. Well life and a million other things got in the way. This is the look I came up with for my nails, which I painted on Valentine’s Day.
In last month’s Article, I already established how much I love Julep and every detail I could think of about how a Maven membership works. For those choosing to read on without looking back, I will remind you that a Julep Maven Subscription is a great way to collect quality polishes and other products at a fantastic price. I will also remind you that the deals are fast and frequent, so it can get very expensive. You will have a lot to show for those expenses though.
For the second month in a row, Julep allowed basic subscriptions to select two beauty products and one polish. This is a big deal, because usually subscriptions that get two beauty products do not get a polish. The beauty products are more expensive than the polishes, so it is a great way to get a higher value box is to select the beauty products. Like all brands, Julep has some hits and misses when it comes to beauty products. I’ve personally found more hits than misses, so I like exploring the beauty products.