Amor de Lacquer: Are Julep’s handcare products worth the price tags?

Remember when I did that post on Julep nail products for Beauty Stat? I have since had the opportunity to test drive some of their products. Their hand treatment products to be exact. Here’s the thing about hand scrubs and creams…they have to be almost as amazing as kale for me to say good things about them.

Why, you ask?

Because, let’s face it…the truth is, if you’ve got a good body scrub and good body lotion, then who’s to say you can’t use the them on your hands? Do you see where I’m getting at? That said, while I think Julep’s nail care products are wonderful, I’m not sure if they are worth their steep price tags.

Let’s start with the Facial for Hands Glycolic Hand Scrub that retails for $32.00.

Well now…$32 is pretty steep for any kind of scrub, much less one that is specifically for hands. What makes this scrub so special? According to Julep, “Potent glycolic acid combined with apricot seeds provides powerful double exfoliation that leaves your hands feeling noticeably softer and looking younger after just one use. Naturally scented with orange oil for a refreshing aromatherapy boost with each use.” (source) This paraben-free scrub feels absolutely wonderful. The apricot seeds feel so good and feel even better if you’ve got someone to massage your hands for you. It’s a nicely fragranced scrub that leaves your hands feeling beyond smooth.

To follow up with that scrub there’s the Everyday SPF Hand Cream that retails for $28.00.

I love that this cream has SPF in it. While I’m always sure to use facial moisturizers with SPF in them, I always forget to apply a moisturizer with SPF in it on my hands. This streak-free and paraben-free moisturizer smells just like a sunscreen; a smell that I know shouldn’t bug me but does. I do love that it’s not super greasy. I’d love to see a smaller version of this. I think I’d be more inclined to use a hand lotion with SPF in it if it was small enough to throw in my purse, car or desk at work.

And then there’s the Julep Essential Cuticle Oil that retails for $18. This product is my favorite out of the bunch. It’s perfect for using on the go.

I’m obsessed with constantly moisturizing my cuticles and the rollerball makes it super easy to do so.

The fragrance smells just like an essential oil blend that my Mom would mix up.

Products-wise, I think Julep does a phenomenal job. But their prices can certainly use some work. When purchased together, the scrub and hand cream go for a whopping $60. Wow-sers. The cuticle oil, while nice, I don’t think is worth $18. From a consumer’s point of view, I think these products would be a lot more appealing, if the prices were slashed in half. Would I spend $30 on a hand scrub and moisturizer? Sure. But would I spend $60 on them? Absolutely not.

That said, if you’re in the market to try something new and don’t mind the splurge, give Julep’s hand and nail treatments a try. You’ll definitely get what you pay for. Head on over to the site to start a buyin’.

What do you think? Have you tried anything from Julep yet?

 

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Amor de Lacquer: Nicole by OPI. Target exclusives that you so need.

Finally! My nails want to act normal and not chip every 3.2 seconds. They aren’t as long as I’d like but they’re polishable and I’ll take ’em. I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed any Nicole by OPI polishes. Which is pretty funny because I’ve been loving this brand forever. Nicole is the younger and more affordable sister of OPI. While OPI polishes can go for $9-$10, you can snag Nicole for $7.

Check out some of the gorgeous shades sitting on Target shelves….



Green Up Your Act is one of my favorite Nicole by OPI polishes. This cream applies absolutely stunning. It reminds me of my murky hunter green.

If you’ve seen one foil-y bright red, you’ve seen them all. Doesn’t make this one any less purty though.

This blue reminds me of a pair of jeans I had when I was 15. They were these dark denim sparkly jeans. This polish is the perfect recreation of that fashion bomb.

I couldn’t quite capture the true color of this polish but it certainly isn’t purple like a grape. Not sure where Nicole by OPI got that one from. If anything, I found it to be a dark amber with bronze shimmer. It’s the perfect Fall color!

I used 2 coats for each polish and didn’t have any problems. You can grab these Target exclusive at Target stores and on Target.com.

Which shade is your fav?

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

A nail polish addict’s dream…

My nails have been on the fritz for quite some time. Hence why you haven’t seen an Amor de Lacquer post from me in a few weeks. Between my biotin and taking extra care of my nails, I hope to have strong nubbins sooner rather than later. So yeah…no nail polish posts on Clumps. But that doesn’t mean I’m not nail polish blogging at ALL.

Check out the post I did on Beauty Stat about the oh so amazing Julep. Haven’t heard about this all-natural nail polish lines? Brace yourself for this one, lovelies. This is exactly what us nail polish addicts need.

 

….click here to read my post.

Amor de Lacquer: Essence’s polishes- 99 cents but 100% aweseome.

Oh. snap. Those were my words the minute I saw just how beautiful Essence Colour & Go nail polishes I applied. Have y’all heard of this affordable brand? They are located in Ulta and I am just lovin’ everything I’ve discovered so far. Their mascaras aren’t half bad and the polishes are totally worth the 99-cent price tag. And I’m not even kidding. These babies are less than a dollar per bottle. Cool, uh?

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Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Touch collection

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I’m a colorful nail polish lover by nature. When I heard about Zoya’s Touch collection a mumbled “Meh…” passed through my lips. When I saw them in person, I was a slightly impressed. But when I tried them out on my nails, I was floored. Now I’m head over heels in love with these nude-y patooties.

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