Julep – November Boho Glam Maven Box Review

Julep Maven

I receive my Boho Glam Box from Julep a few days ago, and I was pretty excited.  Julep Maven is a monthly subscription box that cost $20 per month. Each month you receive a goodie box of Julep products that consist of 2 nail polishes plus another item that can either be another nail polish or a beauty item such a a lotion or mascara.  The items are promised to be a value of $40 or more. The items that are sent to you are based on a quiz that you take that makes you out to be one of four categories.  You are sent an email the 20th of each month that gives you a preview of what is coming next month and  you have between the 24-27th to change what you would like to another of the categories, send it to a friend or simply cancel that month. On top of the subscrition you receive 20% off all of their items and free shipping for being a member and every month you can have add on’s to your box for a low as $5.

This month I received two nail polishes, and body lotion, 3 sample nail polish remover pads and a coupon.

Polish Remover

The box with came with “extra goodies” of One-Step Polish Remover Pads. I have not tested them out so I will have to write about them in a later post. As samples they are a good way to test if you are interested in the full size product without having to buy the entire thing.

Value: $1

Julep Body Lotion

The lotion was called Body Frosting and it smelled good and doesn’t go on greasy. I think it is of good value, but I generally do not buy fancy lotions. This was great as an the extra beauty item as I would not normally buy it for myself.

Value: $18

Julep Maven Polish

The nail polishes I received this month are from their suede collection and they dry quickly with a matte finish.  The burgundy wine color is called Minka and the Silver Tone color is Brit. They are really nice fall colors and can have a nice sheen to them if you add a top coat. These are good for all ranges of users as they are easy to apply and are fast drying.

Value: $14 each x 2 = $28

 Information on the values of items as taken from the Julep.com site. I had no idea on the pad removers, so I made an estimate. The estimated total value comes to about $47, so pretty good! The picture above is my nails done with the Minka polish and a clear top coat. The color right now is big for fall so it was a pretty excellent choice. Overall I was happy with the selection and will continue to be a member.If you like this post and really want to join please use the link below to subscribe to give me some credit! It would be greatly appreciated!

Trouble Shooting: White Spots in Polaroid Film

So I work alot with Impossible Project Film and their last batch has been fantastic. As you can see in all the Polaroids the colors are amazing minus the fact that they all had a row of white spots going across them. I was out picking apples that day with a friend that had come into Texas so I wanted to use my whole box of film in the nice sunny fall weather. I was so sad when they pictures started to come out with dots since I really hadn’t dealt with it before.  I was busy picking the apples and enjoying myself so I didn’t look into it too much and just kept snapping photos.

Impossible Project PX680

 

Impossible Project PX680

Impossible Project PX680

Impossible Project PX680

Later I got home and I was able to figure it out. Apparently in the first shot that was taken the little pouch of chemicals  at the bottom of the Polaroid burst. These chemicals are spread across the Polaroid with the rollers as it ejects to cause the development reaction. So the pouch burst causing some of the gunk to get on to the rollers causing them to now be uneven. (I simulated this “gunk” in the pictures with toothpaste because I didn’t take pictures at the time.) Now every time a Polaroid was taken the gunk would leave an indent every few cm as it was being pushed out through the rollers. The indent caused the chemicals to not really get spread correctly in the spot causing it to be white. whomp whomp.

So I have learned to make sure that your rollers are clean in your Polaroid Cameras! This goes across the board for most types including, SX-70, 600, Spectra and pack cameras. If they aren’t clean they will cause your picture to have undeveloped or incorrectly developed spots. You can simply use a little bit of cotton or a Qtip and go over them with some rubbing alcohol.

Super Clean Rollers!

Although this is a way to try to prevent these spots from happening it does create a kinda cool affect that you can only get from this type of analog photography. I am still happy the way the images came out at the end and now think they are pretty neat. Maybe you can experiment with globs in different places and create a pattern effect.

I hope you enjoyed this little trouble shooting session based on my experiences. I hope to keep them coming every so often and help others out before they make the same mistakes 🙂  Drop me a line if you are having some Polaroid camera issues and if I am able to address them and write about them.

Impossible Project PX680

Until Next Time!!

Umba Box – November Review

I have recently got into this kick where I am obsessed with subscription boxes. In the last 2 months I have managed to subscribe to 3.  They are currently for Umba Box, Julep and for Popsugar Must Have. Yesterday I received my second Umba Box which contains handmade goodies. The says that they will send you 2-3 modern and whimsical handmade products every month. The cost is about $25 a month plus  shipping and they claim to give you at least $25 worth of items. I subscribed for 3 months during a deal where they offered 1 month free for a total of 4 months. The deal was done through their facebook page so I highly recommend that you connect with them to see what goodies they are offering.

http://www.facebook.com/umbabox

So for the unveiling of the November Box you can see all the goodies inside in the above picture. This box contained 3 smaller items that consisted of candy, a hardback notebook and a set of clothed pins.

  

Starting with the biggest item the Notebook is very cute and it is made by To Boldly Fold. It is about 5 by 3.5″ in size and has a hard cover. Looking at both her stores on her website and Etsy I am not able to exactly price the value of this notebook. It seems to be a specially made order for Umbra, but based on her other items I would price this at about $18-20.

You can find her other items at the links below:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ToBoldlyFold

http://www.toboldlyfold.com/

The next item was a set of 6 decorated clothes pins from Earth Cookie Creations. These are nice to have to hang maybe pictures or reminders on a string in your home. They also come with handy magnets on the back so you can stick them on your fridge or any other metal surface.  Too bad my fridge is not magnet, otherwise they would be been used there.  Based on her Etsy store, where she hand makes other paper items like pin wheels and note cards,  it looks like the cost of these clothes pins would be about $4.

You can find some of her other products in her Etsy store below:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthCookieCreations

Last but not least was this tiny bag The Caramel Jar. It contained 3  handmade and wrapped Fleur de Sel Caramels. The label claims that they are 8 oz, but it was more like 2-3 oz. Nonetheless these tasted amazing and were just enough to get you hooked. I gave a try to my boyfriend and he had to have a whole piece to himself. On comparing the size of the bag and what is in her Etsy shop, they are about the size of her wedding sample pack which has a value of $3.50.

You can see more of her creations in her Etsy shop below:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCaramelJar

Overall this was a good box and total value came out to about $25. I think it was worth it considering you would have to pay shipping for any of the items, and it’s nice to get a mix of different things.

Can’t wait for the December Box!

Herbert George Co. Imperial Box Camera

Herbert Gerorge Co.

The Herco Imperial Camera was made by the Herbert George Company, which was based Chicago, Illinois. The camera was probably mass produced in 1951. It is made out of black Bakelite and has a silver metal face plate.  It was made to take No. 620 film and could up to 12 snap shots. It was introduced to consumers at a reasonable price of $3.99 so that it was affordable to most households. It was manufactured in several variations of printed face plates and molds, most notably a Roy Rogers version with the image of  Roy on a bucking horse and the words Roy Rogers spelled out below the lens by his lasso.

I have been able to get my hands on two of these cameras one being in excellent condition and the other being very neglected. I was able to score the pristine one in a vintage shop in South Boston for $5 after haggling a bit, and the other off of Ebay for a bit more.  I have added some other various angles of the camera below.

620 Film Camera

Herco Imperial Camera

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Inside of Herco Imperial Camera

Image of the Inside of a Herco Imperial Camera

Though this camera takes 620 film which has been discontinued for a long time I have seen on that many people have respooled 120 film on to old 620 spools and have been able to use this camera again. Looking thought Flickr and Lomography.com I can see that the camera produces nice hazy dream like pictures that are hazy on the edges. Old 620 spools pop up on Ebay all the time, so I am sure it wouldn’t be hard to give new life to this little camera.

Specifications
Manufacturer: Herbert George Co.
Year: ~1951
Shutter: ~ 1/60
Lens: f/11
Film: 620