Julep

D.I.Y. :: Galaxy Nails

Last night, I decided to try out a nail art idea that I’ve seen floating around the internet for a long time: Galaxy Nails. It’s super easy to do and there’s really no way to possibly mess-up. All you’ll need to do this yourself is a few nail polishes and a makeup sponge or a couple of cheap eye shadow applicators.  The color polishes you’ll want to work with include: 1. Black or Dark Purple or Dark Blue. 2.) White 3.) Light Green or Light Gold. 4.) Blue or a Brighter Blue (if you used dark blue for your base color) 4.) Pink. 5.) Sparkles. Here are the colors I used:

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  • wet n wild :: black creme
  • sally hansen extreme wear :: white on
  • julep :: piper
  • sally hansen triple shine :: wavy blue
  • julep :: lily
  • julep :: trina
  • sinful colors nail art :: bad chick
  • sinful colors :: queen of beauty

IMG_6870.JPGStart by painting your nail with your dark color. Next, dab white polish around the center of the nail with the sponge using a very light hand. Then, apply your next color the same way.

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Blend the last color into the dark polish perimeters with blue. Now, add touches of pink or purple around, still using the sponge technique. *Be sure not to over-do-it with any of the colors and end up covering all of the white; you still want some white popping out.* The next step is optional: Using a teeny-tiny nail art brush, you can add some white specks and x’s (or maybe bigger chunks of glitter). Finally, finish with a sparkly top coat and you’re done!

Next time I paint my nails like this, I will definitely do a few things differently. One of those adjustments will be to go easy on the sparkle polish too. I feel like the overabundance of of silver takes away from the colors. But what can I say? I like a lot of glitter in my galaxy.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

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November 2012 :: Julep Maven #4

Here it is. My final delivery as a Julep Maven. I have enjoyed my time as a Julep Maven but I have decided to cancel my subscription and pursue other cosmetics options. It’s not you, Julep, it’s me.

I hope you’ll check out my upcoming post reviewing all the polishes and other goodies I received from Julep since subscribing back in July. I’ll post that Julep review sometime in December but for now, let’s see what my November 2012 Julep Maven box brought to Ms. Ginger Kate, shall we?

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Always delivered on time and wrapped up all pretty. Julep really does a great job with their Julep Maven services. Their customer service team is also quite amazing.

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Although I was classified as an “It Girl” when I originally signed up to be a Julep Maven, I opted for the Bombshell Box this month. In the past I have swapped boxes as well. The ability to swap your intended box for another box each month is one of the features I liked most about being a Julep Maven. You also have the option of skipping a month or sending your box to a friend as a gift. All are great options for a subscription beauty box service.

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The first polish I received is a deep, glittery purple. The color is named, Trina. I love this color and purples are a big trend we are seeing throughout the fall and winter this year.

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Next up, Donna, a peacock blue. I love this color as well. In fact, I’d say that Trina and Donna are my two favorite colors tat I’ve received since becoming a Julep Maven.

Here’s a shot of both colors being put to good use:

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A little seasonal, peep-nail action going on… (my thumb on my left hand shows my glittery Nailtini polish that I received in my Nov 2012 Ipsy Galm bag! … I couldn’t wait to give that a try either!)

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My third product, this month, is Julep’s Pink Grapefruit Body Frosting. I don’t normally like receiving anything other than nail related products in my Julep Maven boxes, but this body frosting is fantastic! The smell is absolutely amazing!

As a bonus, Julep through in three of their nail polish remover pads. They’re pretty effective too! When I received my box I wanted to try on Donna and Trina right away and so I whipped out one of those pads, removed my polish and experimented with my new colors. I removed the polish from all ten nails very easily with only one pad. Sometime the nail polish remover pads end up spreading the polish all over my fingertips but not these.

So that’s that. My final Julep Maven box. Please check out my upcoming Julep Maven review of all that I have received whilst a Julep Maven. It may inspire you to become a Julep Maven yourself!

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

Boxy Lady

This month, November 2012, I will receive FOUR subscription beauty boxes. I’ve never received more than two per month and I will finally and officially be cancelling two of my current subscriptions before December… at least, that’s the plan.

I’ve come to find that my most popular posts are those in which I discuss what I like and dislike about my monthly sample box subscriptions so, here’s another one for you to read! Before I cancel the two boxes that I’ll be cancelling, I figured I’d share a little bit of what I know about all four subscriptions before they are shipped out. Since I hate showing favoritism [insert telling wink here], I’ll present each subscription service in the order of which I signed up for them. First up: Birchbox.

Let us all join together in a communal groan over what has quickly become the worst beauty sample subscription service. At $10 per month, I was excited to sign up for this service back in April of this year. I took my beauty survey to give the folks at Birchbox a better idea of what products I need and would love. The first box I received was for the month of May and I have to admit that my disappointment started pretty early on. Aside from the fact that May’s box was a Gossip Girl theme (which I luh-uh-uh-oved) the goodies inside weren’t exactly what I was expecting.

As the months passed by and I continued to receive my monthly Birchboxes, the samples seemingly got worse and worse. This all came to a head last month when I received their Goop.com partnered box. IT. WAS. WRETCHED. If you haven’t already, please go back and read my review of the the products in the latest box: Birchbox #6 :: October and then take a peek at my post regarding Birchbox’s absolutely disgusting customer service: Bad Bad Birchbox Ops. If you’ve been considering becoming a Birchbox subscriber, this may cause you to rethink that.

As I stated in previous posts, I will be cancelling my Birchbox subscription. I had wanted to cancel before being billed for the November box but I’m a procrastinator and didn’t. I also redeemed the Birchbox credits I had earned for some products off their site and didn’t want to cancel before they were shipped out to me. Now, I MUST remember to cancel before December. (I sincerely doubt the November box will be able to get out the horrible taste left in my mouth from the October box and subsequent customer service debacle.)

Overall comments: $10 a month membership (very affordable), minuscule samples from less than stellar brands. Horrible customer service.

Status: CANCELLING – because they suck.

After signing up for Birchbox, I became a Julep Maven. Being a Julep Maven means have 3 Julep nail polishes shipped to me monthly for $19.99. Now, I’m a huge nail polish fanatic but I wouldn’t have signed up to be a Julep Maven had I not been able to redeem a coupon code to receive my first box for $0.01 (How can you beat a penny, really?) I wasn’t exactly unimpressed with what I received my first month (July 2012), so I maintained my membership for an additional month. 2 boxes for $20 total. Not too shabby but I was ready to cancel. Something inside told me to hang on for one more month, so I did. After receiving and reviewing my 3rd Julep Maven box in September, I vowed to cancel before October’s box. I should’ve read the cancellation terms because the day before I was to be billed, I logged-in on-line and found that I was supposed to call before 5pm.

Luckily, Julep allows members to skip a month if necessary. In fact, you can skip multiple months or have your months box shipped to a friend instead. I really like this about Julep. It came in handy too because I opted to “skip” my October 2012 box and would cancel during regular business hours before Novembers box… yeah, right.

When Julep launched their new and improved site for members, they award their members “Jules”, their version of accrued customer credits that can be used to purchase items off of Julep.com. I had more than enough Jules to cover the cost of my November box so I figured, why not receive one more box since this one is free to me anyway.

In addition to the “skip a month” feature, Julep also allows you to choose to receive a different box than the one you were due to if you prefer to colors in a different box. Much like other subscription services, when you first become a Julep Maven, you take a beauty quiz and you are categorized as a specific type of girl. (IE: “It Girl”, “Boho”, “Classic”, etc.) When I took my survey I was classified as an It Girl; I believe I only opted for the It Girl box my first month. After that, I opted for another box each month. I love that Julep shows you exactly what you are scheduled to receive and allows you to swap for another box if you’d like.

I simply wasn’t impressed enough with the quality of the polishes to continue my subscription and although I enjoyed and will continue to enjoy what I’ve received as a Julep Maven, it’s time to explore other subscription beauty boxes.

Overall Comments: $19.99 per month (there’s always a coupon code available to get your first box for less; just google it). Fantastic customer service.

Status: CANCELLING – time to explore other subscription services. When I was exploring beauty subscription boxes back in May, before signing up for Birchbox, I read up on GlossyBox. I liked the look of it but wasn’t sure if they were shipping to the US at that time. It also carries a higher price tag each month so I passed. In September, I decided to go for it when I found that they do indeed ship to the US for $21 per month. Its more than I would prefer to pay but boy is it worth it! I was so flipping happy with my very first GlossyBox (October) and if the boxes continue to be so damn fabulous, I don’t think I’ll ever cancel.

Like I said, I’ve only received one box so far from GlossyBox but I’m excited to find whats in store for me in the future. Check out what I got in my October box: GlossyBox #1 :: October. I highly recommend signing up if you love having luxe beauty products delivered to your door each month. I originally decided to sign up once I had concluded I would be cancelling my Julep Maven subscription (no additional spending).

Overall Comments: $21 per month. AMAZING products.

Status: Continuing Subscription. (FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER)

Finally, as of today, I am to happy to say that I am officially and Ipster. I have signed up to receive the Ipsy (MyGlam) bag each month. I had been researching this service for several months and never have I seen a bad review of the 4-5 samples they send their subscribers each month. The products are great quality and also a substantial size. (Unlike the evil Birchbox).

Obviously, I haven’t received my Ipsy products yet but my first delivery isn’t too far away. To give you a better idea of what you can expect to receive monthly, goodle Ipsy reviews and see what other Ipsters have been receiving. (Looks pretty sweet).

For the same price monthly as Birchbox, I look forward to receiving much much more.

Overall Comments: $10 per month. Previously known as MyGlam bag.

Status: Brand new Ipster; awaiting first delivery.

This month, I will receive and review all four subscription deliveries. As of December 2012, I will only be a subscriber to GlossyBox and Ipsy and I think that is the right combination for me (and for you!)

I hope you’ll check out my previous reviews of these products boxes and I especially hope that you will check back to see what I get for November and beyond!

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment on how you feel about these services if you are a current member of any or if you’re planning on becoming a member.

Love, GK

PS: a note to my regular readers. I have been lacking hardcore on my Daily Threads posts. Recently, with the cool air we’ve been enjoying in South Florida, I’ve been channeling my inner Amy Pond and rocking some awesome jackets and straight hair (straightening in this humid state any other time of year is just pointless). I’ve been having so much fun in my awesome outfits that I have been blowing off my picture-taking and posting responsibilities. This will change because, frankly, I’d like to brag about and show off my awesome ensembles instead of the office appropriate outfits I was showcasing in previous weeks. -Check back!!!

November Julep Maven Sneak Peek

After receiving my September Julep Maven box of polishes, I said I would be canceling before receiving my October box. The, I said I was going to wait on canceling, just to see what was inside the October box. I also said, “don’t be surprised if this time next month you’re reading Julep Maven :: October”.

Well, I didn’t get an October box but I didn’t cancel either. Per usual, I waited until the last minute and was unable to cancel my subscription. Instead, I “skipped a month” which is a fantastic option that Julep gives their Julep Maven subscribers. I skipped October and was notified recently of what my November box would contain. It’s nothing overly impressive and for yet another month, I have elected to swap my It Girl box with an other, the Bombshell box. In the past, I had elected to receive the Boho Glam box over my It Girl box multiple times.

However, the only reason that I am due to receive a November Julep Maven box is because I earned enough Julep Jules to receive it for free. I earned these Jules by referring other subscribers and just being loved by Julep. When they launched their new and improved Julep.com, they awarded Julep Mavens a few hundred Juleps just for being us. Thanks, Julep!

I was never unhappy with Julep or their Julep Maven program. I will admit that their polishes are less than the absolute best quality but they are more than decent and over the last several months, I’ve received some adorable colors and shades. The reason I will be ending my time as a Julep Maven is because I would rather receive my GlossyBox each month for $21 over the Julep Maven box for $19.99. I am a total nail polish junkie, but I think I have enough Julep polishes for now. It’s just time to move on.

November will be the absolute very last box I receive from Julep. I cashed in my Jules and it’ll be on it’s way soon. I wanted to write this post, not only to update readers on the status of one of my subscription beauty boxes, but to also applaud the amazing customer service team at Julep. When I checked how many point I had, I noticed that 1000 of them had not been transferred from the old site to the new one. I wrote a short message to their customer service department and in an extremely timely fashion, my 1000 Jules had been applied to my account with a “We’re so sorry” message. I was impressed with their swift action. The next day, I received an email from a customer service member apologizing again for the mistake. There was really no need to apologize the first time let alone a second time but it felt good to have a company care that I am taken care of and receive what I am owed and to do all this is a very timely fashion.

After my post the other day, in which I shared my extreme upset with Birchbox, their crappy one-time use samples, their inattentive and copy-and-paste master customer service team and their overall horribleness, I wanted to share a story about an experience with a great customer service team. Thank you, Julep!

Here’s a sneak peek at my November, Bombshell, Julep Maven Box.

I only wish I had these two nail colours now. They would go with my peacock Halloween costume fabulously! Speaking of my peacock costume: I have been searching for makeup inspiration and practicing my look this week. After I receive my order from Sephora this afternoon, I’ll have even more goodies to play with! I’ll be sure to post pics and I may even make this my first tutorial video… probably not though. I’m horrible about doing these things I claim I’ll do… I’m a liar, basically, is what I’m driving at. Or at the very least, the worst kind of procrastinator.

Thanks for reading! If you’re interested in becoming a Julep Maven, I’ve included a link below. If you click my link, I can earn some more of those Julep Jules and maybe I’ll receive a December box for free as well! I just need two of you to sign up via my link! Also, keep in mind, as I’ve posted in the past, you can find a coupon code for a Julep Maven subscription online, each month, that will earn you your very first box for just a penny (or some other awesome deal). Just google “Julep Maven coupon code” and use the most recent one. You can cancel at anytime and like I mentioned earlier, you can skip a month whenever you need to or select a different box to receive. When you do sign up, you’ll receive your own personalized link to share with friends, readers and followers to earn those Julep Jules. Its definitely worth at least a one month try!

Become a Julep Maven

Thanks again! Love, GK

Subscription Box Switch-Ups

I received my email from Birchbox a little while back letting me know that my September Birchbox was on its way. Awesome. Then, just the other day, it kind of dawned on me and I mentioned to my mom how I still hadn’t gotten my samples yet for the month but my mind has been kind of all over (per usual) and I didn’t check the tracking number. I guess I wasn’t that concerned. Then, on Thursday, I received a new email from Birchbox stating that there was a mix-up with shipping and my September box was on its way. For the “inconvienence”, they gave me 100 Birchobx points! Way to go, Birchbox customer service! Nearly before I even realized there was a problem you corrected it and gave me points to purchase some beauty products. Thanks, Birchbox!

As far as my Julep Maven subscription: I’m canceling this month. September was, in deed, my last Julep Maven review. If I can get my October box for free, I’ll review it, obviously, but if I don’t earn a free box by later today, I’m going to go ahead and cancel. Its not that I don’t like Julep’s products and I am obsessed with nail polish and am a firm believer that you can not have too many colors but I’m ready to explore other products.

If you’re interested in becoming a Julep Maven, you can sign up by clicking here: Become a Julep Maven You can receive your first month’s box for $0.01 by using the promo code COLOR2012 at checkout. (I’m already a Maven so I haven’t used this code and can not vouch for it. HOWEVER, every single month they have a coupon code out there and it is usually for a first time subscriber to get their box for a penny. Just google it.) If you like it and want to receive future boxes, it’s $19.99 per month, free shipping and you can cancel at anytime. You can also review all the boxes for the month and choose another box if you’d like which is something I really like at being a Julep Maven.

I expressed in my last post about my Julep Maven box (the September review) that I was curious to see what October’s box had in store since Halloween is approaching. Here’s what each Julep Maven box consists of this month:

I was classified as an “It Girl” but have opted for the “Boho Glam” box two out of my three months. (I love that the white crackle is named Hermione btw) I would stick with my “It Girl” box this month if I were to receive one.

Like I said, unless ONE OF YOU reading right now, subscribes to become a Julep Maven by clicking the specific link I provided thus awarding me with the one Julep Maven credit I need to receive my October box for free, I will be cancelling later today. So, if YOU are curious about how you’d like being a Julep Maven, please sign up here: BECOME A JULEP MAVEN AND EARN ME A FREE BOX FOR OCTOBER Just use the monthly coupon code and get three (or two depending on your box) nail polishes for a penny, then cancel. All you’ve got to lose is a penny and, if you’re lucky, you’ll find one on heads on the ground somewhere. 🙂

I won’t be saving my $19.99 per month though, even canceling my Julep Maven subscription. No, I’ll be spending $21 per month to receive a monthly box of samples from GossyBox USA. YES! Before I signed up for Birchbox, I had read about GlossyBox and was upset that it did not ship in the US at the time. More recently, I have been checking out GlossyBox again and they do ship in the US now and have for a few months.

I much prefer receiving boxes of various types of beauty products each month, like Birchbox. As much as I love doing my nails and collecting polishes, I don’t want to receive the same type of products each month. Being a Julep Maven was fun while it lasted, but I’m excited to receive my very first GlossyBox!

Thanks for reading! and thanks for even considering becoming a Julep Maven for me and for you! A BIG thank you to anyone of you who does sign up to be a Julep Maven today. I will promote your blog, or your twitter or give you an amazing kick-ass shout-out, I don’t know. It would be pretty awesome to get my very last Julep Maven box for free. If you sign up, you’ll receive your own Julep Maven sign-up link which will earn you points toward a free month’s box and I will post your link so hard its not even funny. Promise.

I’m excited to review my soon-to-arrive Birchbox for September and even more excited to review my very first GlossyBox! Check back later for the reviews!

Thanks again! Love, GK