Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Julep Nail Polish Review & Giveaway!

Being the nail polish lover that I am, I was thrilled to be contacted by Julep. The company started out as a boutique nail parlor in the Seattle area and later expanded into offering their own line of nail color, very similar to Rescue Beauty Lounge. The difference with Julep is that they offer a monthly subscription service called Julep Maven where you take a style quiz (I’m Classic with a Twist btw) and for $19.99 a month, you’re sent new nail colors and nail care products fitted to your style type. If you don’t want to subscribe, you can purchase as you wish from their website.

One of the most impressive things about Julep is that they believe in women celebrating other women, which is so important in today’s competitive world. Their mission statement reminds you to take a step back and support one another. They also donate $1 from each bottle of nail polish sold to various women’s charities.


The Girlfriend's Essential Nail Vernis Gift Set


It came packaged neat and sleek!

Julep sent me The Girlfriend's Essential Nail Vernis Gift Set, which includes two nail polishes in the colors Catherine and Jennifer as well as their Essential Cuticle Oil.

Here are my thoughts on each product:

First and foremost, I wanted to mention that all of their polish formulas are 3 Free, which means they do not contain any DBP, toluene, formaldehyde. Hooray for that!

Catherine


I’m not someone that wears red nail polish very often, but after seeing how gorgeous this looked on my nails, I might need to rethink that. Catherine is a warm-toned, classic red that applied like a dream. I’m not exaggerating. I’m always skeptical with any new polish and this made me a believer. It went on smooth, with no pooling at the cuticles or streakiness. The coverage was great and pretty opaque with one coat. I used two for good measure and topped it off with Seche Vite (I also used Sally Hansen as a base). The color is vibrant, shiny and classy looking.


I put this polish to the test and it lasted 5 days with only minor wear at the tips from typing. There were no large chips and the color stayed true.

Jennifer


When I saw this pretty pink in the bottle, it made me smile. Soft, neutral pinks like this are something you can never go wrong with and fitting for any occasion. This is a sheer pink that could easily be worn alone or used to do a French Manicure.

The wear on Jennifer was just as good as Catherine and overall I’m very impressed with the quality of these polishes.

Essential Cuticle Oil
The convenience of this cannot be beat. It rolls on and it’s completely travel friendly. The oil also smells so nice which can be attributed to the lavender, rosewood and ylang-ylang essential oils. It also contains jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and castor oil for moisturizing and vitamin E as an antioxidant. This is also paraben-free.

This does work and made my dry, cracked cuticles smooth and soft, which is so important especially in the dry months of fall and winter.

Onto the fun part…the GIVEAWAY!

One of you lucky ladies has the chance to win The Girlfriend's Essential Nail Vernis Gift Set! This set is the same one that was sent to me for review and is very much Chic & Pink approved. The red shade will be perfect for the upcoming holidays and the pink will work anytime of the year. I also know you’ll love the cuticle oil.

To enter:
Simply leave a comment on this post. Easy as that!

Extra entries:
Follow my blog or let me know you’re already a follower +1
Follow me on Twitter or let me know you’re already one of my Tweeps +1
Tweet about this giveaway – you can use this: Enter to win a Julep Nail Polish Set from @ChicnPink here: http://tinyurl.com/7ne8uge +1
Blog about this giveaway +1

You can leave all your entries in one comment or separate comments. I'll ensure they're all counted.

The giveaway will close on 12/07/11 and the winner will be announced 12/08/11
Due to shipping restrictions, this giveaway is open to US Residents only.
Winner will be chosen via Radom.org.

Good luck!

FTC: This nail polish sent was sent to me by Julep in return for an honest review.

77 comments:

Emily said...

I'm commenting!
I'm a follower
I follow you on twitter!

Great giveaway, I'm obsessed with nail polish lately!

xx Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

Mrs. Monologues said...

Love love the nail polish!

Mrs. Monologues said...

I follow your blog of course!

Mrs. Monologues said...

Follow you on twitter!

Christina said...

Fun fun giveaway. Love the colors. I'm a follower.
I follow you on Twitter (@xtinascripps) and I tweeted about it.
I added the giveaway to my blog sidebar.

Mrs. Monologues said...

Tweeted!
https://twitter.com/#!/MrsMonologues/status/141891170920955904

Miss K said...

i've never heard of this brand, but those colors are gorgeous! it's so hard finding a good nude and red,

please enter me!

also, I follow you on twitter

Christina said...

I LOVE Julep. I've been to the one downtown Seattle and in Gig Harbor.

Christina said...

I'm a follower of your blog!

Christina said...

I'm a follower on twitter!

Christina said...

I tweeted!

Gwen said...

I'm with you on red but every once in a while I'll find a good red with a blue base that look amazing. This looks like one of them. :)

vegAnn said...

Great colors, would love to try them on

vegAnn said...

Following your blog

vegAnn said...

Following on twitter @coniecone

vegAnn said...

Tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/coniecone/status/141934514787205120

siilenti said...

That red is stunning, very festive!

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Ashlee Miller said...

I love the Jennifer color!
I'm a follower!
I follow you on twitter :)
I tweeted.
https://twitter.com/#!/amiller534/status/141938817312620545

Sunni Dae @ Pearls and Curls said...

Cute colors! I haven't tried a nude color this year but this would be a great time to start! :)

Sunni Dae @ Pearls and Curls said...

I am a follower of your blog :)

Sunni Dae @ Pearls and Curls said...

I am a fellow twitter tweeter!

Sunni Dae @ Pearls and Curls said...

I am a fellow twitter tweeter!

Sunni Dae @ Pearls and Curls said...

I tweeted about this give away!

Frugal Frida said...

I love both color especially Jennifer

Leila said...

Just love the products!! :)

cupcake_bomb said...

I followed you on twitter, and re-tweeted your contest. I also followed your blog and Im gonna write a blog about your contest :) Love the colors!

Bonnie said...

Red nail polish is my all-time favorite! It looks great on anyone, and red is always chic.

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Twitter: @GlamKitten88

erikab629 said...

I am now following. :) I have never tried Julep, but have fallen in love with nail color lately and would LOVE to try it!!

Rebecca said...

I love your colors! Always have great choices.

Wendymoon said...

Beautiful stuff. I'm so loving Julep right now! And I almost bought this set. Perfect.

A Cajun Belle said...

Love these nail polishes!

A Cajun Belle said...

Following your blog!

A Cajun Belle said...

Following you on twitter

Lexilooo said...

what a great idea, monthly nail polish! I am totally looking into this!

Lexilooo said...

I follow your blog!

Lexilooo said...

I follow your tweets!

Lexilooo said...

I just tweeted too!

Nails, Actually: A Nail Art Blog said...

Just started following your blog!

Love Julep!

Thanks!

tinytina3 said...

Red is so perfect to wear during the holidays—classic and spicy!!

Cara said...

Super cute giveaway!

I follow the blog :)
I follow the twitter :)
I tweeted :)

Susan said...

I have been dying to try Julep nail polish. I have heard so much about it.

Cait said...

1.omg how fabulous :) i would ove love love this!
2. im now a follower of your lovely blog
3. i follow you on twitter now :)
4. i just tweeted!

mich said...

Love Jennifer such a pretty pink. A def go to color for on the run... Thanks for the giveaway!

Leslie said...

I've heard of these polishes and wondered about them! Loved reading your review! and I love that they donate money to a great cause! I always love hearing about companies that give back!

Leslie said...

I'm a follower of course! :)

Leslie said...

I follow you on twitter! (@lesliebentley)

Leslie said...

I tweeted about your giveaway!

G. said...

I'm following you on Twitter

G.
@GNBarnett
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G. said...

I tweeted about your giveaway
http://twitter.com/#!/GNBarnett/status/142017403478487040

G.
@GNBarnett
http://gayleswishlist.blogspot.com
gwel210@hotmail.com

kittysnickers77 said...

I follow your blog! I LOVE both of those nail polish colors! :)

Meghan said...

I'm in! Of course I follow:)

Meghan said...

Just tweeted! @CompilationTape

Meghan said...

Just tweeted! @CompilationTape

Erin said...

Of course I'm a follower
Follow you on twitter @heydtie042
I tweeted!!

Megan said...

I love that pink color!

Megan said...

I'm a follower!

Megan said...

I follow you on Twitter!

Preppy Girl Meets World said...

Nail polish is crazy expensive in Germany, so I would love to win some!

I follow your blog.

I follow you on twitter.

Melody said...

These are pretty.

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Melody said...

GFC Follower.

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Fashion Meets Food said...

How neat is this! I have been dying to try their polish! xo

Fashion Meets Food said...

Of course I follow your fabulous blog!! xo

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Both colors are pretty! And I like the bottles - they look like lipgloss. And the fact that they are made with safe ingredients and the company gives back - extra bonuses!

I'm a follower, and a tweep, and tweeted :D

Jenn :D said...

I'm a follower of your blog!

Jenn :D said...

I follow you on twitter @mrsdellefave

Airam nevels said...

i love the color jennifer!

brainechic said...

Gorgeous nails!

Pretty. Special. said...

I've never heard of Julep before but I just checked them out. Love 'em!

Lauri said...

Julep has gorgeous colors, and you can't go wrong with the rollerball cuticle oil; especially with the cold,dry air of Winter!!
What a wonderful giveaway!!

CRICKET said...

Beautiful polish, I usually stick with clear but this has enticed me to break out of the box:) Excited to become a follower.

Trina said...

Enter me please :)

Trina said...

I'm one of your Tweep! :)

Trina said...

I tweeted :)

Lindsey R. said...

How fun! I just recently heard about Julep, so I would love to try out their products!

Nina said...

I love Julep! I follow you on twitter already. I signed up to follow your blog.

Jayzilla said...

Hello! I've wanted to try these polishes for a while now but 14 bucks for a 0.27 oz bottle??? Hurts my poor college student bank acct :( I do like the fact that portion of proceeds go to womens charities.

Azslyn said...

wow my mom would love this for Christmas this is an awesome giveaway =}