As I watch as New York gets ready for it’s second storm in as many weeks, I attempted to regain some sense of normalcy. Finding myself in midtown, I ventured into one of my favorite nail salons for a mani-pedi.
One of the benefits of being a blogger is that you get a chance to sample some of the newest products on the market. Essie recently sent me some gorgeous colors from their Fall Collection. So with a beautiful deep wine (Essie’s Skirting the Issue) and glittering gold (Essie’s Good as Gold) nail polishes in hand, I set off for some Fall inspiration.
Thanks for New York Nature Spa (just steps from Bryant Park on 41st Street) for this adorable wine and gold mani (and pedi). (Just a little note, in order to get the burgundy to be as deep as the color on the bottle I had to apply 3 coats.)
Every two weeks, I make an effort to treat myself to a mani-pedi at my local nail salon. It’s kind of my own little therapeutic moment when I don’t have to worry about the needs of clients (FYI, for those of who do not know, in addition to being your favorite blogger, I’m a fashion and beauty publicist) and to have a little me time where I get to be pampered and feel pretty. So when the opportunity to review a the new line of nail polish from the company, Julep, I was super excited as it was another chance to enjoy a hot stone manicure and pedicure—but little did I know that Julep was more than just a pretty nail polish brand.
Julep, it turns out, is a new nail polish and beauty product subscription program. You’re probably wondering what that means. Well… it means that every month Julep sends you some of the most fashion forward polishes and high quality beauty products right to your door-step based on your style profile (determined by a short quiz on their site when you sign up to be a “maven”). There are 5 style profiles (AMERICAN BEAUTY, BOHO GLAM, BOMBSHELL, CLASSIC WITH A TWIST and IT GIRL) that mavens can fall into based on their fashion and beauty likes. Yours truly was determined to be BOHO GLAM—not surprising with my love of earthy and neutral tones.
Literally two days after signing up, Lou (seriously the best postman ever—gotta give him a plug because he lugs all the magazines, new products and the results of my shopping binges to me with a smile) brought me my introductory Maven Box. From the moment I opened it, I was in love.
So what was in it? Inside the box, carefully wrapped in fuchsia tissue paper was a mini- reusable tote with Julep’s motto: “Beauty is about connection, not competition.” You see, Julep was founded as a tribute to girlfriends—true friends who tell it like it is and share new fashion and beauty secrets so that we can all call look good.
Within the tote was the following:
Toni – Greige (what you get when grey marries beige) with a hint of lavender crème
Sasha – Fresh cantaloupe melon crème
Best Pedi Crème Ever! Exfoliate, hydrate, and nourish your feet (seriously I don’t know how they knew I’ve been hiding some seriously dry cuticles on my tootsies these last few days).
Julep actually names their nail colors after women who inspire them—a testament to the company’s pledge to empower women to be their most beautiful, confident, and happy—all while having fun along the way. Julep takes this mindset to heart and actually donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations that support women through their Powered by Girlfriends program.
The day I got my mani-pedi it was an unseasonably warm day (80 degrees in New York in October—seriously!) which probably persuaded me to opt to try Sasha as it gives you a little bit of summer (which came in handy today as I write this post and the temperature dropped like 30 degrees!).
Both the manicurist and I were impressed by how pretty Sasha was and how true to color it actually was (sometimes what the color looks like in the bottle isn’t what it looks like on your hands and feet). Also, we noticed that that super strong “nail polishy” smell didn’t really exist. That’s another great thing about Julep—they actually make a “Girlfriend’s Oath” to give you en trend beauty without all the toxins. Now though I love getting my nails done, I hate waiting for them to dry. If you’re like me, have no fear! Julep’s nail polish actually dries really fast. I was practically dry before I even got to the dryers. At the end of my therapy time, I had the cutest set of manicured fingers and toes.
Later that night before bed, I decided to try the pedicure cream. Julep boasts you can see results in one to two uses. I can attest to that. My feet felt soft and cool after the first use. I’m definitely a fan.
But the thing I love most about Julep best…they’re all about sharing! Julep has been so gracious to offer a discounted rate on their intro box to readers of my blog! The promo code “CURVYSOCIALITE” can be used here to sign up!