Natural, Boho, or Retro: Which Bridal Beauty Style Should I Choose?

Natural, Boho, or Retro: Which Bridal Beauty Style Should I Choose?

So, I'm engaged. And as anyone who’s been in this place before me knows, wedding planning isn’t always glamorous. Usually, it's the opposite of glamorous, alternating between overwhelming (so many choices!) and terrifying (so much money!) … and there are a lot of spreadsheets involved. But there is one aspect of wedding planning that I unabashedly love, and that IS totally glamorous (at least in my head): looking at bridal beauty and hair inspiration. I call it “research,” for when my turn... Read More

Holiday Makeup Tutorial: The Easy & Elegant Red Lip

Holiday Makeup Tutorial: The Easy & Elegant Red Lip

Meet Chaitra! She's the writer and makeup-lover behind PinkPot, a beauty blog based here in Seattle. "Simple, comfortable and elegant is my style mantra," says Chaitra. "I believe in beauty in everything. Natural beauty rocks, but a little bit of liner and lipstick never hurt anyone." In keeping with her mantra, we asked Chaitra to create a simple yet elegant holiday beauty look using some of her Julep favorites. Here's what she came up with: Well, the time has arrived, and we are counting down to... Read More

12 Unique Gift Ideas for Beauty Lovers

12 Unique Gift Ideas for Beauty Lovers

Have you checked out the Julep Holiday catalog yet? There are TONS of excellent holiday gift ideas for the beauty lover in your life, from festive nail polish trios---like my personal favorite, Fa La La---to ready-to-glow skincare, such as the Bare Body Travel Set, and brand new makeup must-haves like the Sweep Photogenic Palette. I could go on. And on. But a girl can't survive on cosmetics alone. (...Or can she?!) So whether you're on the lookout for another special gift for a special someone,... Read More

Beauty & the Buzz: Harvest Fizz Cocktail & Egg Yolk Hair Mask

Beauty & the Buzz: Harvest Fizz Cocktail & Egg Yolk Hair Mask

Every fall, two inevitable things happen: I start craving apple-flavored everything, and my hair becomes a dried-out wreck. And so I submit to you this second installment of Beauty & the Buzz, which seeks to cure both ailments at once, all thanks to that little self-contained miracle: the incredible, edible egg. If you’ve never put egg in your hair or your drink, never fear: neither is as scary as it sounds! Many folks are initially wary to put a raw egg white in a cocktail, but it’s actually... Read More

20-Second Makeover (a.k.a. Just Add Lipstick)

20-Second Makeover (a.k.a. Just Add Lipstick)

Tuesdays, amiright? Everyone is always all "boo hoo Monday blues," but for me Tuesdays are the longest/hardest/sleepiest. Always have been, always will be. And so when I dragged myself to my desk this morning and grumbled my way through my first cup of coffee and complained about wearing flats without socks on a rainy day and yadda yadda yadda, my desk mate finally said "SNAP OUT OF IT!" Her recommendation—and now mine for you—is to just add lipstick. Before: 20 seconds later: My new... Read More

Currently Crushing On: Fall Vibes

Currently Crushing On: Fall Vibes

Time for another enchanting journey into the Insta-lives of our Mavens! Last time, I shared some of my favorite chevron nail art that I've seen you sporting lately. Today I'm reveling in the rich hues and laid-back moods of autumn---and judging from our Instagram, you ladies are, too! Here's just a sampling of the cozy fall vibes emanating from our feed: It wouldn't be the holidays without that iconic red cup, or deliciously dark nails. Allie's rocking Nic (Bombshell).   Colors of nature, meet... Read More

3…2…1…The December Maven Collection is Here

3…2…1…The December Maven Collection is Here

Log in to your Maven account to make your selections for The Countdown Collection. Set the Mood This month, discover a new collection of striking shimmers and luxe crèmes designed to accent every event on your calendar. Oh don't worry—we've got glitter too. (What are the holidays without some glitter?) Speaking of Glitter... May we introduce Nell (It Girl), a fully festive full-coverage glitter that adds a bit of blushing sparkle to a nail look—or wows all by her holographic self. Something... Read More

Out of This World: Orbital Eyeshadow in Action

Out of This World: Orbital Eyeshadow in Action

True story: When we had show-and-tell for our new Orbital Eyeshadows a few months ago, the initial response was a chorus of oooo's. That wouldn't stop. Seriously. Slap some auto-tune on our conference room and we were basically The Pussycat Dolls. But our reaction was understandable. Just look at them: They sparkle. They shine. They are bursting with color. It was love at first swatch. These shadows are just. so. cool. Each shade is injected with three layers of pigment for a mix of metallic shimmer,... Read More

Hat Tricks: How to Wear a Beanie Without Getting Hat Head

Hat Tricks: How to Wear a Beanie Without Getting Hat Head

Brrrr! I don't know about where you live, but here in Seattle, it's been c-c-c-c-coooold this week. And you know what that means: we're officially in beanie weather. No, not THOSE kind of beanies. THESE kind of beanies! (Admittedly, not quite as cute. But just as soft and collectible.) I love me a great beanie (fun fact: I received five last Christmas from different people) and not just for their ear-warming factor. Beanies are a great way to show off some fun fashion sense or a pop of color when... Read More

Holiday-Ready Beauty & Detox Starring Turmeric

Holiday-Ready Beauty & Detox Starring Turmeric

Turmeric. With its rich history of uses inside, outside, on, around, and through the body, I've been thinking the tales of this blemish-blasting, scar-erasing, acne-curing, skin-brightening superspice might be worth looking into. Plus, turmeric is delicious (helloooo curry), with digestive and immunity detox powers rivaling any herb or spice (or magician) on the planet. So, since the Thanksgiving stuffing (and I do mean stuffing) is imminent, with another month of hedonism right on its tail, I'm... Read More

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