Hello! Hope you're all enjoying November! I can't believe we're already half-way through; Thanksgiving is in two weeks and Christmas is only a month and a half away! ...I actually started Christmas shopping, but that's mostly because I was in the mood to wrap presents. I refuse to put the tree up until after Thanksgiving, though!
This month, Julep released their "Right At Home" collection; a selection of nail polish colors that can only be described as "comfy" and "cozy" (which I will be saying. A lot.). Julep also launched a new line of lip glosses and a new lip primer/plumper. This was another month where I had a bit of a difficult time picking which Maven box I wanted; a lot of the colors didn't really appeal to me (which isn't to say they aren't pretty, they're just not for me). I ended up going with the Modern Beauty box, the one that doesn't come with any polish! Weird, I know.
Like always, my Modern Beauty Maven box was packaged beautifully, using colors that matched this month's theme of "At Home".
The other beauty product released with this collection, the lip primer/plumper, was only included in the Modern Beauty box (you could add it on to the other boxes, but it was pretty expensive).
As far as the actual lip primer/plumper goes, I like it! I've used lip primers before, and I've used lip plumpers (and lip color products with plumpers) before, but I've never used a product that was a combination primer/plumper before. It doesn't show in the picture (because I took it before I used it), but it's a peachy-pink color. It does leave a little color on my lips, but it's pretty sheer and it seems to "sink in" as the plumpers go to work. The plumping action does sting a little, and it did turn the skin around my lips where it touched red, especially on my cupids bow (I have a very defined cupid's bow, which is kind of annoying. It makes putting on lip products without a mirror tricky), but it went away fairly quickly and my lips ended up feeling soft and hydrated.
I like the idea behind this product, and the actual product does deliver on its promises of plumped and hydrated lips, but the packaging is kind of annoying. Not sure if I will purchase this again after I run out, but it was nice to try!
And now onto to the nail polishes! I went pretty basic this time and I got two neutrals; Alexandra (from Boho Glam),
These are the polishes swatched; they're the two in the middle with Cynthia on the left and Alexandra on the right. These are pretty accurate to real life and you can really see the gorgeous sparkle Cynthia has.
I'm very glad I went with the Modern Beauty box this month. The nude gloss is very pretty and versatile and the lip plumper/primer is an interesting and fairly unique product. I really like that Julep let's you add on things to your Maven boxes (from what I can tell, this was not always the case) since you basically get to make your own custom box (to a point, you still have to pick a base, pre-made box). As always, I'm excited to see what the December collection brings!
Thanks for reading! <3