March is Here...and So is The Beauty Closet's Monthly Maven Un-Boxing! Get the Lowdown on Julep's March 2016 Maven Box Here:

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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S MARCH?!

It seems that time is really flying at the moment- perhaps it's my impending graduation in May or it might be that Springtime often suddenly appears before I realize it...whatever the cause, I'm glad that it's here :) I love donning new outfits, colors, and makeup palettes that remind me of the warmer season. My monthly Maven Box from Julep plays a role in this too- they usually put out some fantastic new items and colors around this time of year, that make it super easy to be right on trend [without spending tons of cash!].


STILL A MAVEN :)

My fiance picked up another gift subscription for me again since my last one ran out in February, but I decided that the 6-month option was a tad bit too much this time around. I pricing does seem to have gone up a bit on the gift subs and the 4 month now costs around $80 [before taxes]. If you want to go for the 6-month choice, then you're looking at around $119 before taxes.

There are a couple of positives to snagging a gift sub: for starters, these work for both current Mavens AND those new to the program all together. With a gift sub [any of the options of 2, 4, or 6 boxes] you also give free shipping and 20% off at julep.com. You also get to customize your monthly selections for you Maven Box each time the 20th comes around- or you can let Julep surprise you with their picks that are based off of a short "beauty quiz" that you take when signing up.

As for extras or what Julep calls "add-ons" to your monthly box, those DO cost extra OR they can be purchased with Jules points/rewards. These points do still accrue with gift subs which means that every month you choose to use a box in your subscription, you will get 350 Jules [get 2,000 to snag 1 free Maven box!]. If you do get the 6 month sub., you will actually get an extra box out of the deal as you will accumulate enough Jules for another Maven Box if you so choose.

You can however use these points to snatch up "add-ons" for your monthly box and then you don't have to spend a dime on anything ;) It should be noted: if you manage to have a Maven Anniversary or your birthday while on your gift subscription, you get an extra 200-500 Jules :) Julep really doesn't skimp out on their rewards program, even if you are using a sub that's been gifted and I don't really come across a decent rewards program like that! I decided that I would share my March 2016 Maven Box as soon as it arrived- especially since I had a new gift sub ;) Get the lowdown on my Spring picks below!


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THE BEAUTY CLOSET'S MARCH 2016 MAVEN UN-BOXING:

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WHAT I GOT:

  1. NAIL POLISH: "Charlene" -hint of Lavender chrome
  2. NAIL POLISH: "Yiyi" -Pink freesia holographic jelly
  3. EYE PENCIL: When Pencil Met Gel- "Electric Teal Shimmer"
  4. *Bonus: Strawberry Hard Candy
  5. *Bonus: $15 OFF [your next julep.com purchase of $30+] >this can't be used on deals, Secret Store, monthly Maven boxes, Mystery Boxes,etc. > basically only for regular purchases @ their site. You DO however still get your 20% Maven discount on top of this coupon :)

The option that I chose, is normally priced at $24.99 + tax and with free shipping- but since I was using my gift sub, this one didn't cost a thing ;) I decided to hold back on any add-ons for the month and instead keep storing up my Jules so that I can get an extra Maven box out of my subscription. I already had 700 points saved up before I snagged a 4-month sub and you need 2,000 points in order to get a FREE Maven box, so I've decided to hold on to them. This is actually more difficult than it sounds as there's usually something extra that I'm wanting to add [lol!]

My picks for this month were pretty good choices. The 2 nail polishes turned out to be absolutely beautiful and are both new colors to the Julep line-up and came from their Limited Edition The March Collection. These each normally cost $14 a piece and the eye pencil also costs $16- that makes this monthly Maven Box around a $15 savings :) That's not huge of course, but it can add over time and equals more cash for beauty stuff! I'm not always a fan of my color picks, but this month I loved all of them.

The Charlene shade is a beautiful concoction of a light lavender shade mixed with a silver chrome finish that's sure to please most anyone. This shade isn't over-the-top, but it does have an alluring metallic appeal that's right on with the seasons nail trends :) As for the Yiyi nail polish, I really like Julep's twist on this freesia shade- it's a combination of a fine holographic glitter and a jelly-glaze finish that gives it a unique look. You can layer this one on to other shades for a cool look that's all your own or bare this polish all on it's own.

I'm not a huge fan of gel-like eye pencils, as they don't always have the same staying power that other pencils do, but Julep's long-lasting gel eye liners do! They "set" in about 30 seconds, which does allow for you to blend and/or smudge before it's locked into place. It really does last all day long, but it will easily come off with a decent eye make-up remover. I went with 1 of the newest shades available- Electric Teal Shimmer and it turned out to be a wonderfully beautiful color. It's a shiny teal that really makes your eyes pop and I love the way it looks with my blue eyes :) You'll get a well-pigmented and intense color out of this one! These pencils from Julep are self-sharpening too, making them the perfect on-the-go option.

When it comes to candy, I'm particularly not fond of hard candy and this was something that I knew my kiddo would enjoy more that myself. Although he ended up with the candy, I kept the other little treat- the $15 off a julep.com purchase. This is actually not a bad coupon and I will end up using it in the near future since it expires in April. I suppose I'm just going to keep a watchful eye on Julep's site and snag a favorite item ;) All in all, I would say I was quite pleased with all of my picks for my March 2016 Maven Box and I will be enjoying my Spring shades in the upcoming weeks!






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Use These Awesome 6 Simple Tips to Protect Your Face from Sun Damage + Bonus Recommended Product from The Beauty Closet: Australian Gold Sheer Coverage SPF 45 Faces Sunscreen

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6 EFFORTLESS TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR FACE FROM THE SUN:

  1. One of the easiest ways to protect your head, face, & neck is to wear a nice wide-brimmed hat or a cap. I LOVE the stylish alternative that's also great for protecting hair- Hadry! This unique trendy option is a twist between a cap and a scarf that can be worn in a variety of ways to achieve different looks. Hadry is made out of a material called Humiloc that protects hair and and your head from the elements, while also being water-resistant :) Get your own >here<.
  2. Wear a sun-screen containing makeup and/or moisturizer before stepping outside- this allows for you to enjoy the Spring weather, without worry! Plus, you don't have to slather on regular sunscreen that tends to be packed full of oil-clogging ingredients. Makeup and facial moisturizer that are designed specifically for your face are designed to be oil-free and utilized on the more-sensitive skin of the face! [broad spectrum w/SPF of 15+].
  3. Don't forget your lips and around the eyes! It's usually not a very good idea to pack on products in this are, as they may cause breakouts and irritation. Instead, go for an SPF lip balm; skip the SPF-containing moisturizers around your eyes and go for eye creams that have SPF.
  4. Thinking tanning is okay! It's totally NOT a good idea- not only can it cause skin cancer, but it can bring out freckles, discoloration, and dark spots on the face as well :/ You're also going to see the signs of aging- even with tanning bed exposure and that means wrinkles line prematurely :(
  5. Get an extra boost of protection with a natural supplement! HelioCare contains the power of the Fern with "Fernblock PLE Technology",this awesome natural supplement can be taken daily. HelioCare brings antioxidant power to your skin from the inside out and protects your skin from the very first day that you begin taking it :)
  6. Want to snag a perfect, sun-kissed glow + protect your face and neck from sun damage?! Try a product that contains an instant-bronzer AND a broad spectrum SPF 15+ This means you get a beautiful golden glow without causing damage to your skin and possible skin cancer! Make sure to check out The Beauty Closet's top pick from Australian Gold below:
HADRY:  The Ultimate fashion beach accessory that protects your head &amp; hair

HADRY: The Ultimate fashion beach accessory that protects your head & hair



THE BEAUTY CLOSET RECOMMENDS:

 

AUSTRALIAN GOLD

SHEER COVERAGE faces

WITH INSTANT BRONZER

BROAD SPECTRUM SPF45

$9.99

This is a super affordable way to protect your skin AND snag a beautiful glow that you can achieve in a snap :) Not only does this product smell great, but it won't clog pores or cause breakouts! It's curated specifically for your face and is water resistant for up to 80 mins and an broad spectrum SPF of 45. The bronzer is a nice light color that it buildable and will get a couple of shades darker with 3-5 applications.

I like applying a thin layer before I lay down for the night and then when I first get up for the day, I re-apply with a beauty-blender sponge on my entire face and neck areas. It will dry quickly and absorbs into the skin well, but putting this on the night before does allow for the product to fully absorb into your skin ;)

The scent is also fantastic- it's light and pleasant, which I LOVE. There are times when I have come across similar products that don't smell all that wonderful [most likely due to the bronzing & SPF ingredients], yet this Sheer Coverage Faces Sunscreen from Australian Gold doesn't and smells great! I would recommend this product for most skin types and ages- even those with sensitive skin :)







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