Beauty boxes are slowly but surely becoming all the rage. Who wouldn’t want the latest and greatest beauty products mailed right to your door? With all the boxes out there, it’s hard to choose one. Today I’m featuring two beauty boxes that I both think are great buys, depending on what you’re looking for. So, in the blue corner, created by Jane Park is the Julep Maven Beauty Box! In the red corner, created by Lisa Sugar, is the POPSUGAR Must Have Box!

1) Price

For me, my budget is the biggest piece in my decision to buy clothing and beauty items.The Julep Maven program offers a monthly subscription of $19.99, 3 months for $60, 6 months for $120, and one year for $240. You also get free shipping and 20% off the entire Julep website for the duration of your subscription. The POPSUGAR box offers a monthly subscription of $39.95, 3 months for $110, 6 months for $215, and one year for $430. Overall, the Maven program is better for a budget babe, whereas the POPSUGAR box is better for a splurge-y kind of girl!


The content of the Julep Maven box is full of nail colors and innovative beauty products all set to a specific monthly theme. When beginning your Maven subscription, you take a “Style Profile” quiz to decide what kind of box you receive each month. The five types you could receive are:

1) Classic with a Twist- Receives 2 unique nail colors and one full-sized beauty product

2) Boho Glam- Receives 2 unique nail colors and one full-sized beauty product

3) Modern Beauty- Receives 2 full-sized beauty beauty products

4) Bombshell- Receives 2 unique nail colors and one full-sized beauty product

5) It Girl- Receives 3 unique nail colors

The POPSUGAR box is more widespread in its offerings. The box usually features a full-sized fashion, beauty, home, fitness, or even food product that has been hand-picked by the editors each month. However, everyone receives the same box each month.

3) Rewards Programs

Now if you’re going to pay for these magnificent boxes, you want to be rewarded for it, no? Thought so. Now the Julep Maven Reward’s Program runs through a points system called Earn On. You earn points, called Jules, for doing certain things in the Maven program. For example, for each box you pre-pay for, you receive 300 Jules. You also receive 1,000 Jules fro referring a friend to the Maven program! You can use the points to buy items around the site such as add-ons for your box, single beauty products, or even a free month of Julep Maven! See the full rewards conditions here.

The POPSUGAR rewards program is much less complex. It’s a simple referral system. Refer two friends, get a free month. Refer 5 friends, get three months free. Refer ten, you get six month. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Both boxes are amazing are absolutely amazing (I’ve tested!), but it all comes down to your budget and personal style. So who do you choose? Let me know below! Until next time,


The Mechanic! <3

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New Years Chic

Hello ladies and gentlemen of the interwebs! Welcome to The Chic Machine, a place full of style, fun, and little bit of magic! 😉 A new year comes, and so can a new you! If you want to start 2014 off right, you’re going to need a slammin’ outfit to party in while the ball drops. And if you’re staying home this year, you still don’t want that Instagram photo to be of you in that same old hoodie with a champagne glass in your hand (Uck!) . This list is a go-to guide for NYE 2014. If you don’t see your style, mix them together, or let me know so I can broaden my writings for my lovelies!

1.Super Glam!

To you, New Year’s Eve is all about the parties-and being seen at them. On a night when you really want to shine, throw on some glitter! There can never be enough glitter! The secret is to pair that sparkly top or those shimmering heels with solid, neutral colors like black and white.  Beauty-wise, glitter eyeliner makes your eyes sparkle, and no guy will be able to take his off of you.

Super Glam!

2.Menswear Inspired

Maybe you’re not one for all the dresses and frills, but you lean more towards the suave coolness of menswear. For that type of outfit, find a cool graphic tee (preferable in white, gray, or red) and pair it with a sharp black blazer (or white with the gray or red shirts. Then add a pant with a tuxedo stripe down the side and some loafers. To top it off, throw on a cute bow tie. Ta da! Menswear chic! For a neat,elegant beauty look, put your hair up in a tucked chignon and spritz with hairspray to keep flyaways in place.

Menswear Inspired

3. At-Home Cozy

Are you stuck at home this year? Well, that gives you no excuse to lounge around in your dad’s dingy college sweater and some sweats(no offense Dad!). If you want any Instagram worthy selfies tonight, dress down,yet classy, in the good old pair of blue jeans. Add on any color sweater and a pair of black combat boots, and you’re good to go! Keep your makeup natural, and make sure to take you the pic in good lighting so you can truthfully post #nofilter!

At-Home Cozy


Lastly, I want to ask, what’s your NYE style?

I want to wish you all a very happy New Years! Check back soon for more fashion, beauty, and life tips here at The Chic Machine!


The Mechanic <3

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