User review: Becoming a Julep Maven (Part 1)

Julep began in 2007 as a boutique nail parlor in Seattle.  Julep now offers a line of products promising professional results at home.  One can purchase these items at but the special twist they offer is to shop with them by becoming a Julep Maven.

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Nothing like freshly painted fingers and toes

Becoming a Maven, which is kind of like a subscription service, is quite simple.  On the Julep home page you will find a Style Profile quiz.  Taking the quiz will place you into one of several Style categories (descriptions are my shortened versions of their descriptions):

“It Girl” – a natural trendsetter, cutting-edge colors

“Iconic Beauty” – timeless aesthetic with chic, elegant colors

“Boho Glam” – a creative free spirit, a mix of earthy tones and chic, vibrant colors

“Bombshell” – bold, glam colors and anything that sparkles

“Modern Beauty” – a savvy tastemaker who wants to try the latest and most innovative products


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Each month, there is a carefully selected box for each style profile.  Depending on the profile, the box contains nail colors, beauty products, or both.  Julep says that each monthly box, priced at $19.99,  contains products worth a total of $40 and up.  Each month a Maven has the opportunity to preview each box and select the one she prefers.  Once she has a chosen a box, the Maven is then presented with opportunities to add certain products to the box at discounted prices via the Secret Store.  She will also receive free shipping and 20% off at

This offer appealed to me for several reasons.  One, it sounded like a good deal, and I’m all about a good deal.  Two, I love getting packages in the mail!  And three, when it comes to special little treats like nail polish, I tend to either purchase very similar items (“rut”), not purchase things because I think I don’t “deserve” them, or just never get around to buying them.  Having a monthly box delivered will “force” me to a treat that I probably would not otherwise have gotten myself, along with trying colors and products I might not otherwise have purchased. Kewl.

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A package! A package! Somebody loves me!

PS – Through the Powered by Girlfriends program Julep donates a portion of their proceeds to “organizations that support and empower women.”  These include National Women’s Sports Foundation, Dress for Success Worldwide, Girl Up, Polaris Project, and the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.

PPS -Can’t wait to become a Maven?  Here’s my referral link to join.  Use code FREECOLOR to try it out for free!


(sorry, couldn’t resist, used to always do that on my notes to friends when I was a girl!)

Coming up:  I discover my style profile and I receive and review my first order!











Running Red-Faced: Rosacea

Rasacee couperose zones

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I don’t have an official diagnosis of Rosacea, but I learned about it when my mother was diagnosed several years ago and I decided that I probably have it, too.  It didn’t bother me much other than the occasional flushing after drinking a glass of wine.  However, last year as I got into a fairly challenging TurboKick class at my gym, I found myself getting rather red-faced during class.  It would last for a while after class, sometimes for several hours, and sometimes I’d have burning and/or itching and/or tingling on my cheeks throughout the day afterward.  After reading up I started taking breaks during class to wet a paper towel with cold water from the water fountain and wipe off my face and the back of my neck.  This seemed to help enough to keep my face from getting too red, and to keep the effects from lingering.

However, once I started training for my 5K, the problem flared up again (no pun intended!).  Once I started running more than 1/2 a mile at a time, my face would get very hot, beet red, and stay that way for quite a while.  I found a couple of things helped.  One was to choose a treadmill where one of the ceiling fans was blowing directly onto me.  We have a few leftover “chill towels” from one of my husband’s sporting events and I would wet a couple of them and put them in a plastic zipper bag with some ice cubes.  As I started to get warm, I would hold one of these against my face and/or hang it around my neck.  After my workout I would hold one up to my face for a while in addition to washing my face off with cool water.

After my post-workout shower I would lightly moisturize my face with Artistry Essentials Soothing Creme.  According to the Artistry website the creme features:

  •      Exclusive Artistry Soothing Complex featuring Black Bamboo, Licorice, and Blue Lotus Flower to soothe, quiet, and address the visible signs of irritated skin and maintain skin’s normal moisture barrier function
  •             Vitamins A, C, E, and B5 nourish, fortify, clarify, protect and balance skin
  •             Chia and Borage supplement the skin with essentials fatty acids
  •             Works day and night to optimize moisture balance
  •             Ideal for all skin types and safe for sensitive skin

This is a very lightweight cream and I liked the way that it hydrated my skin without feeling thick or greasy or causing any more “trauma” (for lack of a better word for the redness, stinging, etc.).  It didn’t automatically make the redness and discomfort go away but gently applying it did feel soothing.  I’ve been using and selling Artistry products for over 20 years so I felt safe applying this to my face.

Recently I purchased a product called “Ultracalming Mist.”  It is made by dermalogica and I purchased it at Ulta.  According to the label it is “Recommended for sensitized, reactive and recently resurfaced skin.”  It is described as:

A soothing and hydrating mist that quickly relieves sensitivity while helping to calm redness, stingin and aggravated skin. Our exclusive UltraCalming Complex contains Oat and botanical actives that work below the surface to interrupt inflammatory triggers that lead to sensitization, while helping to minimize discomfort, burning and itching.  Oat and Giner actives combined with Bisabolol and Boerhavia Root Extract work synergistically to relieve and restore skin while fighting future flare-ups.  Soothing Aloe helps calm while correcting the moisture level imbalance that can provoke sensitized skin. 

I haven’t been running recently so so far I have just used the mist when I’ve been hot from just being outside, it feels refreshing but I don’t know if it’s really had any “effects.”  I’m planning to start doing some running again, though, so I’ll report on whether or not the mist seems to help.

I hope that this information will be helpful to others who may be experiencing these issues.  I’d love to hear any tips others might like to share, please Tweet me @realmugglemom.