This time of year is never good for the nails and hands. Between end of year filing, pulling out all our papers for taxes and a busier load at work, my hands are usually covered in papercuts, I break nails, my cuticles are a mess from catching on files and my skin is worse in general due to stress, tiredness and eating on the run.
With the long weekend, I thought I would give myself a manicure only to find I have used the last of my CND Solar Oil and Canada Post his holding my package of nail stuff hostage in the sorting depot in Mississauga and the motor went on my nail bath (yes I need bubbly water to do my nails – it is the only time I am super girly). Since they also have my new nail polish, there was little point doing a full manicure, but I could do something about my tired looking hands and cut down my nails to even lengths right?
Looking for a bottle of cuticle oil in my stockpile, I came across a Julep set given to me last year. I am not a Julep Maven, I prefer to hand pick my nail polishes but have used the Oxygen Treatment in the Julep Hand Model set a few times, but never the hand scrub or lotion.
Julep Glycolic Hand Scrub
Whisk away dirt and oil and reveal noticeably softer and younger looking hands after just one use. You’ll be surprised that something so effective smells so good! (Insider tip – try this gorgeous scrub all over your body, it’s even gentle enough for your face.)
Contains Glycolic Acid and is paraben and sulfate free.
I do exfoliate using my regular scrub regularly but since I had the set out, thought I would give the Julep glycolic hand scrub a chance too. While I know not all scrubs are created equal, this one surprised me. The apricot seeds do not feel as rough as some scrubs but it did an amazing job exfoliating and softening my skin.
I am fairly happy using St. Ives Scrubs for everything, but this left my skin so soft, I would be tempted to buy it again. That being said, I am not a Julep Maven so the price is a little high – still cheaper than many of the glycolic scrubs available in Sephora. It smells delicious though (don’t recommend trying to eat it though) and the scent lingered even after washing. Fine for me, but if you are scent-sensitive, something to be aware of.
Julep Rock Star Hand Creme
An anti-aging blend of shea butter, glycerin, coconut oil, and vitamin E that keeps hands hydrated, even after washing. This non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula will leave you cheering for an encore. Rock on
Julep’s Rock Star Hand Creme is really softening and feels great after the scrub. After just a couple of days using the Julep scrub/creme my hands feel so much better and the nicks from papercuts are much less noticeable. It absorbs quickly yet actually moisturizes. Like the glycolic scrub, it is fairly scented so you may not want to use it if you are sensitive. It is a fairly fresh scent though, not overly sweet or floral. You can feel the effects of the shea butter and coconut oil. It did leave my hands soft even after washing the dishes (so not into rubber gloves even though my nails would thank me for wearing them).
Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment
Complete nail care and make-up all in one bottle. Made with a patented Hexanal formulation, nails are restructured to a stronger, thicker, and smoother condition in just one stroke. Advanced plant stem cell complex provides anti-aging benefits, while ground-breaking oxygen technology forms a nonocclusive film on the nail, proving resistant to water penetration and improving the permeability to oxygen. Results are nails that are structurally stronger, and less prone to breakage and splitting.
I thought I would give Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment a go since my nails are in rough shape at the moment. A blue polish left them discoloured even though my base coat and I have chipped most of them. I am not a huge fan of sheer nail polishes, go big or go home and all that, but Julep’s Oxygen leaves leaves a nice sheer pinkish look. Great if you are into bare nails but want to make your nails healthier and give them some shine.
The pink was enough to hide most of the discolouration on my nails, think of it like a colour correcting primer, you can kinda see it but not, and a high shine that some top coats could learn a thing or two from. It is too early for me to tell if it actually helps nails and I am unlikely to go long without wearing coloured polish but it certainly made them look healthier while wearing it.
In all, I liked all three products, but I since they are not available as a set and are fairly expensive individually, I am not sure if I would buy them.
Julep Hand Model Products
Julep Mavens will receive a discount on these prices.