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A beauty blog featuring DIY recipes, tips & tricks as well as natural & organic beauty product reviews.

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Who writes Beautiful Basics?

 Hi Beautiful! My name is Kassie and I’m a 27 year old from a small town in Oregon. I have a passion for all things beauty, being green, and writing which is why I started Beautiful Basics. In this blog you will find my thoughts on natural and organic beauty products as well as DIY beauty recipes and other odds and ends.

I’m not an expert or a professional but I have learned a lot about beauty and skin care by experimenting and teaching myself.

I like to keep this blog as positive as possible. I love testing out products but I only write about the ones I love.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you enjoy!

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I also have a blog that chronicles my life living with chronic illness.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Talk About It - Julep Maven Box + GIVEAWAY (closed)

Nail polish is like icing on a cake, it’s a pretty finishing touch to any look and Julep has the perfect polish to go with any outfit. I was lucky enough to receive a Julep Maven box a couple of months ago and I’m very impressed with Julep! I got to try “Classic With A Twist” which included Keira and January polishes, their Glycolic Hand Scrub, and some fun glitter. Keep in mind - There is no such thing as natural nail polish, but there are healthier alternatives.

If you are unfamiliar with the Julep Maven program the gist of it is that it’s a monthly delivery service that sends the hottest of the moment nail polish colors directly to your door. All of you have to do is take their style quiz and they will custom design a box each month based on your taste. You have the choice to skip the month if you want, but with such gorgeous colors why would you want to? You can even try a new style if you don’t like the original box. The box costs $19.99 a month and is worth over $40. You will receive mani and pedi must haves in each box in addition to 20% of all julep.com purchases and free shipping. They even give you a free month when you refer two of your friends and they join the program.
Now to the best part – Juelp nail polishes are cruelty (which my fur baby Parker loves!), DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin free. They even donate $1 from every bottle of Julep Nail Color to organizations that support women, how cool is that? You know how much I enjoy companies who stand for something and give back!

On to the review now, let’s start with the “Facial for Hands” Glycolic Hand Scrub which smells deliciously citrusy and helps hands look and feel softer and younger without being too harsh or abrasive. This scrub is formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates and is safe enough to use every day. The tube should provide 30 uses and leaves hands smooth, silky, and clean. This alone retails for $32.

Let’s talk about the most exciting feature of the Maven Box now – the nail polishes! Like I mentioned above I received Keira, a deep burgundy shade, and January, retro tomato red with a modern shine. I really love both colors since they are right up my alley. I don’t like anything too intense, bright or neon so these classic colors are perfect for me. They come in a tall, skinny tube unlike any other nail polish I have ever seen and they have a really nice brush, which is easy to use. I would say that I like Keira more just because its consistency is a little bit thicker and it only takes one coat to get full opacity while January takes two and runs a tad. They both wear very well and are long lasting and durable. I usually have a problem with polishes chipping right away but these don’t. The colors are also very flattering and wearable. I wear polish on my toes more than fingers so these are definitely new toe nail polish staples. I think I’m going to wear January nonstop this spring and summer.
 One of you lucky Beauties will win your very own complimentary Maven Box (which will feature different products than the one I'm reviewing. Each month a new Sneak Peek box comes out)!

This giveaway is open to the US and Canada only.

All you have to do is:

 

For extra entries – 

  • Follow Beautiful Basics (either by e-mail or through onsugar) 
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest (or all 3 for 3 extra entries) 
  • Like this blog post
  • Take the Julep Maven Style Quiz and leave a comment on this post telling me what your result is

 

(Don't worry if your comment doesn't show up right away. Sometimes it takes it a while for them to go public but I can see them right away since they show up in my mail which I check constantly.)

This giveaway will end on Friday March 9 at noon PST. The winner will then be announced on Facebook, and will have 48 hours to contact me.

For those of you who don't win the giveaway - Julep provided me with a code to share with all of you that allows you to get your first Julep Maven Sneak Peek Box for only $5. Just use the code BEAUTIFULBASICS at checkout for this awesome discount.

To learn more or check out their fabulous selection of nail colors you can visit http://www.julep.com/.

 

(FTC: These products were so generously provided to me for review consideration by the company. I am not being compensated to write this review. All thought and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

posted by Megan A
2/28/12

I liked both Julep and Beautiful Basics on Facebook!


posted by
2/28/12

Hi! I wanted to enter your awesome giveaway. Julep looks totally worth trying :) I liked both FB pages and also liked the blog post too


posted by Taylor W.
2/29/12

I liked Julep and Beautiful Basics on FB!


posted by Taylor Webb
2/29/12

I liked this blog post!


posted by Taylor Webb
2/29/12

Shared giveaway on FB!


posted by Taylor Webb
2/29/12

My style is Classic with a Twist!


posted by
2/29/12

I liked Julep on facebook


posted by
2/29/12

I already liked beautiful basics on facebook


posted by
2/29/12

I already follow beautiful basics on onsugar


posted by
2/29/12

I shared this giveaway on facebook


posted by
2/29/12

I also shared this giveaway on pinterest :)


posted by
2/29/12

I liked this blog post


posted by
2/29/12

I took the style quiz and it said I am an American Beauty :)


posted by Nasrin Aboulhosn
2/29/12

Liked it all! And love it all too! :)


posted by Rachel Hogue
2/29/12

Liked and love this all! I do love nail polish


posted by Rachel Hogue
2/29/12

And Im a classic with a twist. I loooove crazy colour nail polish though.. especially for my toes


posted by Grace Roney
3/03/12

I liked Julep and Beautiful Basics on facebook! :)


posted by Ke Wilson
3/04/12

I liked both Julep and Beautiful Basics on Facebook! :)


posted by Anonymous
3/05/12

I liked both Julep and Beautiful Basics on Facebook


posted by Anonymous
3/05/12

follow you by email


posted by Anonymous
3/05/12

tweeted
https://twitter.com/#!/helldog3/status/176909769628594177


posted by Anonymous
3/05/12

posted by Anonymous
3/05/12

posted by Anonymous
3/05/12

liked on facebook (Helen B)


posted by Anonymous
3/05/12

I took the style quiz and it said I am classic with a twist


posted by Sylvia Zajis
4/12/13

I Liked Julep on Facebook & Liked Beautiful Basics on Facebook


posted by Sylvia Zajis
4/12/13

I follow your blog by email, mrszajis@yahoo.com


posted by Sylvia Zajis
4/12/13

I liked this blog post.
Sylvia Elmore Zajis


posted by Sylvia Zajis
4/12/13

I took the style quiz: I am a Bombshell.


4/16/13

Hi Sylvia! I'm so sorry, but this giveaway is no longer open.


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