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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Gear Up for Spring with The Beauty Closet's Recommended Product of the Week: Michael Todd Eye Stix!

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SKINCARE BRAND SPOTLIGHT:

MICHAEL TODD

I've become a big fan of this skincare brand for some time now and they recently decided to branch out into the realm of cosmetics too- which I jumped at the chance to try, of course! Michael Todd knows quality and every skincare product I've give a try thus far, has been wonderful- I had high hopes that their makeup would be of the same caliber...AND I was right! ;)

If you haven't heard about Michael Todd- here's a bit about who they are, for some background: the company was started by Lewis Hendler, one of the minds behind Scunci- the well-known International hair accessory brand.  He began the brand in hopes that the right combination of active & natural ingredients would achieve fantastic skincare results. 

Michael Todd uses only 100% Certified Organic Aloe Vera as a base for their products and are formulated free of: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, and artificial dyes. Their products aren't tested on animals and are made in the U.S. too. 

Make sure to check out below my review of their latest product- the Eye Stix Cream Shadows! There are 4 awesome colors and I snagged all 4...get the lowdown on these cream eye shadows below:



THE BEAUTY CLOSET'S RECOMMENDED PRODUCT OF THE WEEK:

 

michael Todd

Eye stix

Cream Shadow(s)

[4-pack @ $56 & ind. ea. @ $16]

 

I admit to having high hopes that these would end up being a great product and good venture into the cosmetic world for Michael Todd and I'm glad that my hunch was correct! I absolutely LOVE these Eye Stix :) They go on easily and will layer & build with little effort- you can smudge these as well, making them great candidates for use as a eye-liners too.

You can really achieve a variety of looks- from sheer to super dramatic, based on how much you: apply, blend, layer, or combine with other shades! The real treat for me, was the richness and prettiness of the color- you can get a sheer effect or a deep, lush depth of color that is gorgeous :)

It was honestly difficult to choose out of the 4 colors, which one was my favorite- but if I had to pick a top shade it would be "Champagne". This beautiful shade is a nice take on a metallic gold and looks great layered all of the other shades or as a brow highlighter. A close 2nd pick would be the "Copper" shade- this was a very close 2nd pick too...it's just the opposite in depth of color as this one is a rich metallic copperish-bronze that's equally pretty.

The other 2 colors are fun versions of this Spring's new shades and they were both likes as well. Overall, I was quite happy with the color, quality, and blendability of these Eye Stix from Michael Todd. Want to snag these awesome cream shadows? Get them at: michaeltoddusa.com


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...!

When I noticed that this was available I just couldn’t resist. They arrived at my house a couple days ago and as soon as I opended my package I immediately tried one out (I ordered both the champagne and emerald). I’ve always had such a hard time finding a good gold color but as soon as I put the color on my eyes I was in love! It glides on so smoothly and was really pigmented so you could actually see the gold. Love it!
— Hailey *michaeltoddusa.com
Great consistency and terrific shades (I have all FOUR) you can use alone or as a base. Stays put all day long!! Wish there were more color options! 






— Loanna *michaeltoddusa.com








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