Beauty, Reviews

Julep Maven Summer Brights Welcome Box Review ~ Part 1

A couple weeks ago, I saw a promotion for Julep Maven on Facebook. The company was offering a special Summer Brights Welcome Box, which included eye liner, a sharpener, lip gloss, and 3 nail polishes (CaitlinKayla, and Mariska). All I had to do was sign up for a subscription, use a specific promo code, and pay S&H. A friend of mine had recommended this company to me because of the quality of their products, and this promotion seemed like a great deal – so I decided to give it a try.

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I was extremely excited when my Summer Brights Welcome Box showed up a few days later, and I immediately painted my nails with my new Caitlin polish (shown below). I was pleased with the appearance of my nails after only two coats, but three coats might be necessary when using one of their lighter colors. It has now been five days since I painted my nails, and they just started chipping today. I find this absolutely amazing! My nails normally begin to chip within two days, even when I get them done at a salon.


My June box is being shipped tomorrow and should be arriving on Tuesday. I am a little nervous about the polish colors I’ll be receiving this month, but I was very pleased with my welcome box and hope to be just as satisfied with the next one. Click here if you are interested in signing up for your own subscription, and use the promo code FREEBOX to get your first box free!

Bucket List

Bucket List ~ Update

It’s been a month and a half since I posted my Spring and Summer Bucket List, and I figure it’s time for me to reflect on my progress so far and give y’all an update!

1.  Attend a music festival

About two weeks ago, I bought my ticket for Bonnaroo, and I got my wristband, bandana, lunch box, and instruction manual in the mail a few days ago. I’m pretty sure I’m driving my coworkers insane, because it seems like I haven’t been able to talk about anything other than Bonnaroo ever since I bought my ticket. I’m going to the festival with two of my best friends (Amanda and Colleen) and some other friends from college that I haven’t seen in a couple years. Phoenix, Cage the Elephant, CHVRCHES, Skrillex, Grouplove, Hunter Hunted, and Zedd are a few of the artists I am most excited to see. It’s going to be four days of great music and amazing friends (both old and new), and I cannot wait!

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2.  Complete 3 projects from Pinterest

In the spirit of preparing for Bonnaroo, I completed my first Pinterest project – I made two pairs of cut-off jean shorts (pictured below). I am debating adding lace to one pair as shown here. For my second and third projects, I plan on making a flower headband (another item I’ll use at Bonnaroo) and patching up some holes in a pair of my jeans with lace.

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3.  Cook 3 meals from my family recipe box

I am not going to lie – I have been putting this item off since I don’t have the best track record when it comes to cooking. Unfortunately, I only have 3 months left, so I need to get started soon!

4.  Donate blood

I have researched places I can go to donate blood in the area, but I haven’t actually gotten up the courage to go yet.

5.  Finish a 5K (without walking)

I have been trying to run no less than 3 times a week, and I always run at least a mile. I recently started cycling as well in the hopes of increasing my endurance without pushing too hard and potentially injuring myself. The longest distance I’ve run without walking so far is 2 miles, so I’m almost 2/3 there!

6.  Get certified in coastal sailing

My mom is attending a conference in Orlando in June, and my dad decided it’d be fun to turn the trip into a family vacation. While there, my dad and I are going to take a coastal sailing course. I was nervous about being able to cross this item off of my list, so I’m excited to have a plan in place for completing it!

7.  Jump the wake on my wakeboard

I’ve only been able to go to the lake once in the past month and a half, but I’ll be going back next weekend for Memorial Day. I am nowhere close to jumping the wake yet, but I definitely haven’t gotten worse since last summer.


8.  Learn to speak Spanish

I have Rosetta Stone, but I haven’t started using it yet. I’m hoping to start the first lesson sometime this week.

9.  Lose 25 pounds

Of the items on my bucket list that I have started working towards completing, this is by far the most challenging. I have significantly improved my eating habits, and I have been working out pretty consistently. I feel healthier and can tell that my clothes are fitting better, but I have only lost 5 pounds so far. I am definitely going to continue working towards my goal of losing 25 pounds by the time I start medical school, but I need to keep in mind that weight is just a number. My overall health is what’s most important, and I do not need to be disappointed or discouraged if I don’t lose all 25 pounds as long as I am improving in my overall health.

10.  Pay off the interest on my student loans

Although I haven’t made any payments on my loans yet, I have made a budget for the summer which includes paying off the interest by early August.

Friends, Trips

Weekend Trip to Charlotte, NC

One of my best friends from USC, Madison, was accepted to the Teach for America program and is moving to Hawaii at the end of the month. So, I went to visit her in Charlotte, NC this past weekend with two of my other friends, Amanda and Taylor.

We woke up pretty early Saturday morning and started the day bargain shopping at Goodwill. Madison bought several children’s books for her classroom, Amanda found a few books and movies for her own personal collection, and I bought a short, wool business skirt.

Next, we went to lunch at Portofino’s Italian Restaurant, where I got the linguini primavera with broccoli, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and peas. My pasta was amazing, and I can’t wait to eat the leftovers at work tomorrow!

After lunch, we went strawberry picking at Hall Family Farm in Ballantyne. This was by far my favorite part of the weekend! We each picked a pound of strawberries, drank delicious strawberry and peach slushies, raced through the maze, and climbed on a couple huge tractor tires. I also bought some homemade apple butter for my mom and grandmother since Mother’s Day is coming up, and Amanda fell in love with an adorable strawberry-shaped cream and sugar set (I’m going to try to find a similar set to give her for her birthday or Christmas this year).

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We ended the day with dinner from Sushi 101, homemade mini cheesecakes with chocolate and strawberries, and an exciting game of Phase 10 (a card game modeled after Liverpool Rummy). As nerdy as it may be, the girls and I are a little obsessed with this game, and we tend to get pretty competitive.


This morning, Madison and her mom made cream cheese croissants with a vanilla glaze, brown sugar-coated bacon, and scrambled eggs with cheese. I didn’t eat the bacon since I’m a pescetarian, but everything else was absolutely wonderful!


Not long after brunch, it was time for us to get on the road (I had at least 5 hours of driving ahead of me). Surprisingly, not a single one of us cried as we said goodbye to Madison. Instead, we found ourselves laughing and recalling stories of when we all met freshman year. I know I’m going to miss Madison while she’s living halfway around the world, but I also know that she is going to do extraordinary things through the Teach for America program and that our friendship is more than strong enough to handle the distance. Plus, now I have a legitimate excuse to splurge on a trip to Hawaii!