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You guys have already heard me rave on about Julep’s nail polish, but did you know they carry other beauty products as well? I received their Pedi Creme in one of my boxes a few months back and I absolutely love it- it does wonderful things for my feet. Recently, Julep sent me their Glycolic Hand Scrub and Age Defying Hand Brightener to test out. I don’t know about you guys, but my hands get really dry and a bit rough in the winter, so I was happy to try out products that might help keep my hands moisturized and soft.

The scrub and hand brightener are supposed to be used together, at least once daily. For several nights last week, I incorporated these two products into my nightly routine. Right before I went to bed, I washed my hands with the scrub, which has little beads within to help exfoliate the skin. Then I rinsed the scrub off and applied a small dollop of the hand brightener, which is a lightweight cream. And I have to say, after using both products, my hands did feel nice and soft! I’m not exactly sure how long it lasts, but by the time I woke up next day, I feel like I would have needed to reapply these products again. I think if you used these products more consistently that I did, say 2-3 times a day, you would see even better results. I also found the smell to be pleasant- very citrusy and fresh. Overall, I did like the way my hands felt after using both the scrub and hand brightener and I would continue to use them, perhaps trying to do so more often daily.

Tell me: Do you have dry hands in the winter? If so, what do use to combat that?

Disclaimer: These products was provided for me to review by Julep; however, I only recommend products and services that I like and believe that my readers will like as well. All thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.

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Recently, Julep sent me a Classic with a Twist box and I was so excited to test out these colors when they arrived! To me, these are the perfect fall/winter colors- dark and rich.

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Olivia is a lovely dark brown nail polish. I have to admit, I was skeptical about brown nail polish at first (I don’t generally like to wear brown because I feel like it blends too much into my skin color), but I totally changed my mind once I put this on. It looks like a delicious dark chocolate- how can I not love a color that reminds me of chocolate?! It was also wonderful to apply and very opaque- I think I could have gotten away with one coat, but I decided to do two coats just to be consistent.

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Ahhh, Catherine. The perfect red nail polish. I mean, it’s just like bam! I don’t know about you, but I love a classic red nail polish- it can’t be too dark, or too light, or too orange, and that can be pretty tough to find. I feel that this polish hits the nail on the head and with two coats I had the perfect pop of color on my nails. I think this will definitely become my go-to red polish!

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If you like purple, I think you’ll definitely be a fan of Gayle. I personally prefer a darker purple to lighter ones, so this color is right up my alley. The color is very rich and deep, but not so dark that you’re not sure if it’s purple or black.  After testing all three, this is the color I decided to stick with for now! I hadn’t sported a purple manicure in a while and I do love to wear darker colors at this time of year.

You guys already know that I really like the Julep formula- it’s a great consistent, goes on smoothly, and dries pretty fast.  The Classic with a Twist box is what I usually order each month because the colors are so wearable- classic, but never boring. If you like what you see, Julep has been kind enough to offer my readers 20% off on purchases of $20 or more- just go to their site and use the code VIP20 to get your discount!

Tell me: Would you wear any of these colors?

Disclaimer: This nail polish was provided for me to review by Julep; however, I only recommend products and services that I like and believe that my readers will like as well. All thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.

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Julep Morgan (purple) and Julep Oscar (gold sparkle)

You guys already know that I am a fan of Julep, so when they contacted me with the opportunity to do a product review, I jumped at the chance! In case you don’t know, Julep has a monthly subscription service where they send nail polish and other beauty products. When you first join you take a quick quiz and are matched with one of the following style profiles: American Beauty, Boho Glam, Bombshell, Classic with a Twist, and It Girl. Normally I order the Classic with a Twist box, but for the purposes of my review I wanted to try something different and went with the It Girl Box.

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One thing I love about Julep is the packaging- they always have cute packaging and clearly put a lot of thought into the way each box is presented. For my first It Girl box, my nail polishes were carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and tucked into the adorable tote above. The three colors I received are Claire (a pretty sky blue), Blake (a creamy pale yellow), and Morgan (a shimmery medium purple). I love all three of these colors and I love the Julep forumla. In my experience Julep colors always go on really smoothly and dry fairly quickly. Check out my swatches below to see how each color looks on my nails!

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The Julep Maven subscription is only $19.99/month and I definitely feel like I get my money’s worth each time. Each box comes with at least 2 nail polishes (which retail for $14 each) and a little something extra (generally about $40 worth of product). If you don’t want to get a box one month, it’s really easy to skip the month, or if you want to try out a different style one month, it’s easy to do that too! Each month they come out with great new colors and I was particularly in love with the designer collaboration Julep did with Trina Turk for fashion week last month.

Now here’s the fun part for all of you guys! Julep has generously allowed me to give away an introductory box of your choice to one of my readers (U.S. and Canada only). This giveaway will be open until 12:01 am on October 15th and the winner will be selected randomly and announced that Monday- just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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Even better, if you don’t want to wait to see who wins, you can get your own introductory Julep Maven box for one penny. No, you’re not reading that wrong- you seriously only have to pay one penny (including shipping and handling) for your first box! If that sounds like something you’re interested in, sign up here and use the code STARCROSSEDSMILE at check-out!

Disclaimer: This nail polish was provided for me to review by Julep; however, I only recommend products and services that I like and believe that my readers will like as well. All thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.

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c/o Incoco: Top to Bottom- Show Off, Pretty Thing, Call of the Wild

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Recently, I had the opportunity to try some Incoco Dry Nail Polish Strips.  I was saving them for a special occasion, and what better time than my birthday to sport some pretty nail designs? =)  I absolutely LOVE the patterns I chose.  The best thing about nail strips is that you can give yourself a beautiful manicure with very little effort.  Everything comes in one handy kit and it took me about 20 minutes to apply the strips, and that’s just because I had to clip my nails first!

For my first go-round with these, I decided to start with this pretty pink chevron pattern (aptly named, Pretty Thing :). The application process is so simple: just choose the strip that best fits your nail, peel off the backing, apply to your nail, and file off any excess strip!  In comparison to other nail polish strips, I find the Incoco strips more flexible and easier to mold to your nails. They are also a little bit cheaper, ranging from $8-10 per set.  Incoco has an amazing selection of patterns, as well as many solid colors and french tip sets too.  I would definitely recommend Incoco Nail Strips for a chic and easy manicure!

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I can’t wait to use the other patterns I choose!  You should definitely check out the Incoco website to see what colors/patterns they have.  I’m also excited for them to release their holiday collection- click here for a sneak peek! :)

P.S. I’m thinking of making my weekly manicures a regular feature here since I’m always trying out new colors/designs on my nails.  What do you guys think?

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P.P.P.S. Last one of these, I promise!  The lucky winner of my Birthday Month Giveaway was Jeanne- congratulations to her!