I firmly believe that all women deserve to feel beautiful. Makeup, perfume, nail polish, and all those other beauty products aren't for other people--even though the other people are the ones who will be seeing it most of the day--make no mistake, these things are for you, for the feeling you get when you see yourself in the mirror, or smell your own perfume, or look at your hands and smile at your cute nails, and in that moment you feel pretty.
One of my first memories with makeup was with nail polish; my mom would put nail polish on me and I thought my hands looked so pretty that way. It seems like in the past year I've started to neglect my beauty routine, and especially my nails, though... it seems like it's just too easy to get too busy and let the polish get all chipped up, and then once I take it off but don't have time to re-do it, then I just go around with unpainted nails for a few weeks.
But no more--My sweetie got me inspired by getting me started on Julep! They have a 'regular' online store, but their primary offering is their "Maven" beauty subscription: It's $20 a month if you pay 3 months at a time, and each month you get new nail colors and other beauty products shipped to you, default selections are based on your "Style Profile" but are customizable on the site each month. I am a 'Bombshell', according to their quiz, and I got the little blog badge to prove it. :D
I haven't received anything just yet; after looking for a day or two, I finally splurged yesterday on the $60 3-month sub along with about $60 more in add-ons and sale stuff (you know, to get things kick-started). I will be getting a "Welcome Box" along with the other stuff I ordered, but I'm going to have to wait until the end of August to do my first customizable "Maven Box." They're threatening to send me a "Secret Sale" at the first of the month though, which will be hard to resist in my current mindframe.
I am excited! It's a lovely feeling to feel pretty. I haven't been having that often enough recently, but I think that is going to change now.