festive polishes and nail care gift sets {Julep} + giveaway

What says “holiday” more than a glittery nail polish?  Right, nothing.  Everywhere you look  for the Winter 20011-12 season, there are sparkling shoes and shimmering dresses.  This swing of fashion excites me and I’m already building my shopping list–chock full of festive colors and glittery textures.  Being in season doesn’t just stop with your wardrobe.  The perfect nail colors complement your style, make you appear more groomed, and generally make women happier (that’s a proven fact).

Julep is a nail polish and nail care company who excels at presenting top quality products.  Polishes come in every color under the sun but I’m going to be focusing on winter shades (for now).  All of the  polishes are free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin, but beautiful and long lasting nonetheless. The nail care products range from nail therapies to skin brighteners–everything you need to have flawless in-home mani & pedi sessions.

Just in time for the holiday season, Julep has released a huge selection of Gift Sets.  There is such a wide selection to chose from that you will not have any trouble finding the right gift for your mom, sister, aunt, daughter, BFF or even just for yourself!  Since I decided to dive head first into this glitter and glitz fashion surge, I had to go with the Sparkle All The Way Holiday Gift Set.  The set includes three polishes and a roll-on cuticle oil.  I’ve always had to battle with my cuticles.  They have been super dry, even tend to peel in dryer months.  As you can imagine, I have tried quite a few oils with varying results.  The Julep Essential Cuticle Oil is absolutely a must have that now lives in my purses.  It is an all-natural blend of essential oils and Vitamin E to hydrate and strengthen nails and cuticles. It also extends the life of your manicure while leaving a glossy sheen.  Multi-tasker alert!!  I roll it on everyday, sometimes multiple times a day.  It goes on smooth and isn’t greasy like some oils can be.  With just a couple days, I could already see a difference.  I am happy to say my cuticles are currently content–moisturized to perfection.  And it’s a good thing because cuticles frame your nails, much like you eyebrows do for you eyes.  Both are crucial to get right or their companion’s look fails.

festive holiday colors – including Vanessa, Chloe, and Sienna at front:

Julep Nail Polish winter

So now that I have the perfect canvas for my new wintry colors, I paint.  The polish is a perfect consistency, which is something I have noticed some companies cannot get right.  It wasn’t too thick, and definitely not too thin.  After my basecoat, I applied Chloe, a charcoal base with a holiday sparkle in a vibrant magenta.  It is absolutely gorgeous on.  I easily swiped the color on, using the proper technique (look it up if you are unsure).  It was four days (no chips in sight) before I just had to try out another color.   The Sparkle All The Way set comes with two other polishes, Sienna (a sophisticated shimmer gold) and Vanessa (a glitter in clear base).  Sienna is absolutely stunning and offers more of a sheen than a glitter (for those of you who are not as jazzed up about the glitter craze).  Vanessa is a great polish to have as it can be worn alone or as a glitter top coat for any other color.  With Vanessa in your nail polish arsenal, you can have a whole range of glitter glosses.

Purchase Holiday Gift Sets now right from Julep.  Since it is the season of giving…Use the code INTHEKNOW at checkout to receive an additional 15% off ANY of our fabulous 2011 Holiday Gift Sets!  Become a Julep Maven for savings, specials, tips, and first pick at new colors!



Julep Sparkle all the way Gift Set giveaway

One lucky reader will win the Sparkle All The Way Holiday Gift Set from Julep.

Head over to Julep and check out all the awesome Holiday Gift Sets. Return back here and leave a comment about the products you like.

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Contest ends December 4, 2011 at Midnight PST. Winner will be chosen by and emailed.


Special thanks to Julep for providing  products for review.

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