I was planning on skipping my December 2018 Julep Maven box, because I was out of pre-paid boxes and was very close to my beauty budget for December with all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. The problem is I forgot to skip. You have to log in between the 20th and the 24th to skip a box. With all the emails I received for that week on the best deals of the year, I missed the email reminding me that selection was open. It was there (as I discovered later), so it was 100% my fault. It also means this was the first box in the history of my Julep subscription (which originated in May of 2014) that I did not get to customize. One of the things I love about Julep is I get to pick everything that goes into my box. Whenever I cannot find enough things to buy or want to take a break for financial reasons, I do. Since I am on a Bombshell subscription, I could not even see what items I was receiving. My order history lists my December 2018 items as Wintry Florals. So, the items I received below were 100% a surprise. You can call it a Christmas gift I “sent” to myself by forgetting to skip the box. Keep reading to see if I regret not skipping or consider this a happy mistake.
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.