Maven Box from Julep | Review

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I typically pass on subscription boxes, but I’ve heard so many people rave about Maven Boxes by Julep.  When I had a little pocket money this month I decided to give it a try.  What makes Maven Boxes pretty cool is the fact that not everyone gets the same box.  After you take the style quiz they reveal your style profile and the items your box would include.  If you don’t agree, you can check out the other boxes and pick which one you think fits you best.  Every month, before they send out the boxes, you get to review your box and switch it if you like.

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I was labeled an ‘It Girl’ by the style quiz.  I think I fall somewhere between ‘It Girl’ and ‘Classic with a Twist’, but I took Julep’s advice and went with the ‘It Girl’ box that was selected for me.  My welcome box was shipped quickly and arrived in days.  It was beautifully packed.  My box included 3 full-sized exclusive nail colors.  Julep Nail Colors have a cult-like following.  They are always coming out with cutting edge colors and updated classics in their chip-resistant, formaldehyde free formula.

It also came with some extras, including a pair of shaping blocks and a coupon for 50% off my next Julep order.  Julep Mavens already get 20% off and free shipping while they are subscribed.  They also have a killer rewards program for sharing with your friends as points that add up to free products.

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I’m in love with all three of my new nail colors.  They fit three different facets of my personality and make great additions to my growing polish collection.  I’m planning to ride it out for a couple more boxes before I decide to stick with it.

To get your own box start by taking the quiz and finding out what Julep recommends for you.  It’s fun and fast.  I’m looking forward to receiving my next box.  It’s such a treat at the end of the month to see that purple box in your mailbox.  Give Julep Maven Boxes a try for yourself!  You deserve it!

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Handmade Scents of Autumn

Handmade Scents of AutumnOne of the best things about fall is all the amazing scents.  From apple to cinnamon to spicy chai, and of course pumpkin.  “Warm” scents are a personal favorite in our home.  Why not treat yourself (or someone else) to something that smells seasonal?  Here are some of my picks…

  1. Apple Picking Soy Candle by Pommes Frites  //  $16
  2. Caramel Apple Shampoo by The Gnarly Whale  //  $17
  3. Pumpkin Puree Exfoliating Facial Mask by Bellaroma
  4. Chai & Vanilla Owl Soap by Seventh Tree Soap  //  $9.57
  5. Caramel Pear Candle by Witch City Wicks  //  $16.50
  6. Caramel Apple Lip Butter by Briar Muse  //  $7

Fall 2013 Nail Color Picks

Sally Hansen - Pinch of Punch

This is not going to become a nail art blog, I promise.  But I have been obsessed with a rotating palette of colors on my nails lately.  It looks so clean and feminine and makes me feel like a lady.  I’m not awesome at keeping it all on my nails, but I’m learning. I’m getting a ton of practice since I seem to need a change every day.

This weekend I picked up Pinch of Punch from Sally Hansen in the clearance bin at Target and it’s my new favorite. I can’t find it online anywhere (it must be discontinued), but here are a few other hues I’m digging right now…

Fall Nail Color Picks

  1. L’Oreal Colour Riche in Walk on the Beach – $4.99
  2. FACE Stockholm in Bronze Face – $10.00
  3. OPI Nail Lacquer in Aphrodite’s Pink Nightie – $6.65
  4. China Glaze in Heaven – $4.50
  5. Essie in Twin Sweater Set – $5.68
  6. Essie Matte About You Matte Finisher – $6.33
  7. butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Fairy Cake – $14.76

DIY // Rosewater: Method One

Do-It-Yourself Rosewater on Lost and Fawned

One of my goals this summer is to find more uses for the things we spend so much time and energy growing.  Of course I love bouquets of roses and lavender on our kitchen table, but I’ve been doing research on ways to stretch them further.  One way I’m going to get more mileage out of my roses is buy making my own rosewater.  Rosewater has been used for ages all over the world as a refreshing skin toner and light fragrance.  It can also be used to rinse hair and as a linen spray.

You can buy it already made, but it often has preservatives and other impurities (like artificial fragrance).  There are a ton of methods of making it yourself, so I’ll be testing out a few over the course of the summer and perfecting my recipe.

Make Your Own Rose Water

Rose Water Tutorial Progess

The first method I’m trying is the simplest. This is all you need…

  • Roses
  • Clean Glass Jar that Seals (I love these ones from Schoolhouse Electric)
  • Distilled Water
  1. Bring the water to a pretty decent boil.
  2. While the water is boiling, clean your jar really well.  You don’t want bacteria in your rosewater.
  3. Wash your roses gently to rinse away any bugs or dirt from the garden.  Carefully pluck the petals and toss them in the jar.
  4. When your water is boiling, carefully pour the hot water over your petals.  Seal the jar and let it soak for at 24-48 hours.
  5. Strain your water and return it to the jar.  I used a large spoon to wring the petals out.
  6. Store in the refrigerator.

DIY - Rosewater

This method is SUPER easy, which is it’s biggest advantage.  Because I used peach colored roses, my rosewater turned a (not-so-lovely) shade of yellow.  It still smells nice though.  It’s a little “planty”, but I suspect that is because I used fresh petals instead of drying them first.  Next time I plan to dry them before I let them seep.

Stay tuned this summer for more as I refine my technique.  I also am planning on making lavender oil!

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You Smell Luxury Soap

I’m smitten with the beautiful packaging from You Smell Soap, a new luxury soap brand.  And the paper soaps are such a great addition to your purse for adding a little cheap opulence to hand washing.  The bars would make such a lovely hostess or house sitting gift.

Trend Test Drive: Coral Nails

I’ve never been a nail polish girl.  I work a job that’s tough on your hands, my hobbies as well tend to wreak havoc on the nails and a manicure just never seems to last more than a day.  But yesterday at the store something was calling me to treat myself to a new color for my toes.  Coral is all over the magazines, runways and blogs for this spring so I tracked down a pretty shade of peach.  I was dying to give it a try but I already have lilac on my toes so it ended up on my fingers (luckily for my nails, it was raining out on Sunday and I couldn’t get my hands in the dirt).

I’m actually surprised how much I love it!  Even on my pale skin is looks warm and so springy.  It’s bright but doesn’t remind me of a grandma’s toes in Palm Beach.  I’m sure they will be toast by the end of the day but I plan on rocking coral on my toes all summer.

I found three pretty good options at Target in a range of prices.  Essie‘s Tart Deco ($7) is the spot-on shade all the celebrities are wearing, but if you have a hard time paying $7 a bottle Revlon‘s Peachy ($5) was almost exactly the same for a couple dollars less.  I also noticed NYC‘s Times Square Tangerine Creme (.99) was pretty close as well for a budget option.

Skin Care for the Gardener

It’s easy to forget to take care of your skin when you are busy taking care of your garden.  But with spring and summer comes long days in the sun with your hands in the dirt and it can really take a toll on your hands and face.  Luckily, there are lots of lovely products out there to help!  Or you can even try making your own sugar scrub with this tutorial from Grace Violet.

Working Hands 100% Natural Soap from Roots Soap Co. – $5

  1. Burt’s Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Lotion – $10
  2. Fresh Umbrian Clay Foundation with SPF 20 – $42
  3. Crabtree & Evelyn Gardener’s Hand Therapy – $18
  4. Weary Gardener’s Bath Herbs – £3.58
  5. Dr. Rose Gardeners’ Salve – £4.00