Hi sweet friends!

No surprise here, you already know that I’m a self-proclaimed (and not ashamed!) beauty junkie!  I’m all about finding the best of the best when it comes to skincare & makeup & all-things-beautification.  Then, after I discover something great, I love nothing more than sharing all of that fabulousness with you!  That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to my most current crush: Julep.  Julep is a Korean beauty brand that has become a cult favorite amongst the skincare and makeup obsessed (myself included!).  Julep launches over 300 innovative products a year (incredible, right?!), and the company prides itself on its collaborative, customer-centric approach to product development.  Julep listens intently to the thoughts and the recommendations of its fan base and then creates products accordingly!   I am ALL about that.

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So, without further ado, I’ve written up a little Julep skincare review of my fave 4 products!

#1 Detoxifying Cleansing Balm Stick

This cleansing balm is crazy-popular!  Simple, effective & portable.  What’s not to love?!

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The design is absolutely brilliant.  It’s as portable and spill-proof as a stick of deodorant (#practical!) which makes it the best face wash on the planet for travel.  TSA won’t even mind if it’s in your carry-on!  This is a huge score for all you light packers out there that opt for carry-on only.  However, I’m typically the girl with 2 bags to check, each accidentally exceeding the weight limit (whoops!).  But we’re all a work in progress, right?  

Keep in mind that I don’t plan on reserving this cleanser for vacays alone.  It’s a day-in, day-out skincare superstar.  (See the products reviews for proof!!)

Anywho, the best part is that this face wash is jam-packed with pomegranate fruit enzyme and rosehip seed oil for skin health (Rosehip seed oil is one of Julep’s go-to, antioxidant-rich ingredients!).

Tip to Try: Jane Park, the visionary (and total girl boss!) that started Julep in 2007, swears by the fact that this cleansing stick also acts as an easy pre-shower face mask in the morning.  Just leave on for 10 minutes before you scrub-a-dub-dub.  Simple as that.  I’m totally trying that tip mañana.

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#2 Hydrating Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil removes makeup like magic.  I absolutely despise makeup removers that require rubbing and tugging.  No thank you.  Oftentimes I’m shocked with the amount of makeup remaining on my face after trying a new (not so good) remover.  All of this snark underscores the fact that I’m pretty picky when it comes to makeup-removing products.

Sooo, attention all skincare snobs that have tried every makeup remover in the book (like me!)…

This cleansing oil is literal perfection.  You must have it.  You will love it.  I promise.

It removes every trace of my foundation and melts away each layer of my mascara (there are 3 layers to be exact) so simply and so (freakishly) quickly!  It kind of makes me feel like a magician.  Plus it gets bonus points for leaving my skin as soft as a baby’s bum.

Side Note:  It’s recommended that you use this cleansing oil in conjunction with Julep’s exfoliation sponge.  The sponge is made from Konjac root and bamboo charcoal powder.  It isn’t featured in these images but I’m a huge fan!  I love that it’s gentle enough for everyday use!  My combo skin gets flakey around my nose more often than I’d like to admit, so exfoliating is a MUST for me.

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#3 Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil

This facial oil absorbs quickly into skin so it’s anything but “oily” post-application.  After less than a minute, my skin feels supple and hydrated (not greasy!).  It’s as if the skin just sucks up all the nutrients in seconds.  It contains vitamin E along with the ever-so-fabulous rosehip seed oil that I mentioned above.  This product promises to boost skin’s radiance, protect against free radical damage and regulate oil control.  (And I’m a sucker for the fragrance – it’s delightful!)

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#4 No Excuses Invisible Sunscreen Gel

Out of the entire skincare crew, this transparent sunscreen gel takes the cake!  It’s an absolute must-have.

I’m beginning to panic a bit when I think about the damage that my not-always-sunsafe days of yesteryear may have caused my skin (yikes!).  Growing up, my mom was THE BEST at ensuring I was covered head-to-toe in sunscreen while on the beach.  She’s quite literally the queen of sun protection.  But, come college, I was tempted enough to try a tanning bed or 2 (or 10… sorry mom!!) and then I gave them another go-around pre-wedding day for that bridal glow (tisk, tisk.)  Sooo, in an effort to prevent any further damage, I’ve found a self tanner regime that I can stick to for life and I wear sunscreen daily.  That’s why this invisible sunscreen gel gets me SO EXCITED!  I’ve tried a myriad of daily SPFs the past few years and many end up feeling heavy and sticky whilst leaving a not-so-lovely white film on my face.  This Invisible Sunscreen Gel is completely clear and it absorbs into the skin very quickly.  There’s no greasy residue whatsoever!  It’s virtually traceless after application, yet it provides SPF 40 protection from both UVA & UVB rays.  This will be an everyday must for me under my makeup so I’m forever thankful to have found it.

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By the way, you can purchase Julep’s exclusive K-Beauty Skincare “Must-Haves” Trio at Ulta store locations up until January 30th!  I recommend all skincare mavens hop on over there to snag one, first thing!   The kit includes the cleansing balm, facial oil & sunscreen that I reviewed above.  This trio is absolute dynamite.

And, before I wrap it up, I want to share one more Julep favorite!  These matte lip mousses!  As a matter of fact, I’m wearing shade “Amore” in these photos.  Over 80,000 women in Julep’s online community helped Julep develop this lip product, so it must be great, right?!  It has a cult following of sorts and here’s why:  It’s highly-pigmented, antioxidant-rich, and it lasts up to 12 hours!  Three pillars of lip color greatness, if you ask me!

Oh, and it also happens to be avail in 14 different hues!  So no matter the outfit, there’s a lippie to match!  Hugs to you!  xo

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