Julep Maven: October 2014 – The Black Magic Collection – Bombshell Box

For October, Julep introduced the intriguing Black Magic Collection. I’m still one of the hold-outs with a non-customizable box so I still have to choose between the preset options. This month I went with the Bombshell box and snagged one add-on.
Box Open Box 1 Open Box 2

The one thing I love about the October collection is that it always has that spooky, dark Halloween vibe. Now enough chitchat let’s get to the box.


Night Shift Sleeping Mask
(Retail $34.00/Maven Price: $27.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A reparative moisture mask that does the heavy lifting while you’re fast asleep so you wake up to a brighter, smoother, firmer complexion.”
I was super excited when I saw this mask. It reminds me a lot of the Korean sleeping packs. It’s basically a heavy moisturizer you apply at night before bed and then wash off in the morning. You only use this a couple times a week. It has an amazing spa-like smell (like fresh atermelon) and it goes on really nicely. On nights I used it I did notice my skin was more moisturized when I woke up. I’m definitely going to keep this in my winter time skin routine.

MargaritaMargarita 2
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Gift
Description: Palace purple crème
This is a pretty shade but way similar to a lot of things I own and that Julep has put out in the last couple collections. Since it’s that time of year where I start hoarding box items for Christmas gifts, I will be adding this shade to my stash. It’s a nice deep purple and there are a few folks on my list who I think will enjoy this.

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: Silvery sage metallic
I chose this box mostly to get this shade but it’s a bit more silver than sage so I’m a touch disappointed. It’s a nice color but I do wish there was more green to it.


Tia 1Tia
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Copper and gold glittered black jelly
Jelly finishes are my favorite and Julep doesn’t put out too many so as soon as I saw this one I knew I was going to snap it up. It’s a fun black jelly that was quite apropos for Halloween and it’s a nice addition to my polish collection.




While very little says Halloween than the quintessential candy corn, I’d really love to see more Julep sample packets. It’s a great way to try products before committing to a full size. There’s also a coupon code for 30% off – each account can use this twice. Use DROP30 before November 30th to save 30% off your purchase.

Full Box
Verdict: Like
While I really liked the mask and my add-on, Nancy wasn’t quite what I’d been hoping for and Margarita was very similar to other previous Julep shades. The maven value on this order was $60.60 and the retail value was $76.00. I’d been saving up jules so I was able to grab this order for free so it was still a win.

Did you grab any items from the Black Magic Collection? If so, what did you think of them?


Julep Holiday Glam GWP ($120 value) FREE with any $35 purchase – Use code SHINETIME at checkout. (To receive free gift, add a Shine Time Gift set to shopping bag in addition to $35.00+ of other julep.com products.)

Limited Edition Jingle Bells Welcome Box Valued at $58 FREE for New Maven Subscribers (Pay $2.99 Shipping)


COUPON CODE: If you love Julep’s products, you can try out a box for free just use the code: FREECOLOR
Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription. If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel .

Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products. They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:
Maven Subscription: $19.99 – Monthly Maven box where you choose from the boxed sets in each category.

My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options:
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.

Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is or change it. Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping. Julep polishes retail at $14.00 each, so a Maven box of two to three brand new polishes for under $20.00 is a great steal.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday. You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

Author: Writer Preziosi

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island trying to help real people, while making up stories about imaginary ones. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure, was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon.

2 thoughts on “Julep Maven: October 2014 – The Black Magic Collection – Bombshell Box”

  1. I got the same box and add on! 🙂 I’m probably not going to be using the mask for fear of breaking out, but I loved all of my polish colors.

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