It’s Julep time again and while I skipped my May box, I grabbed a box for June when Julep introduced their “The Deep End” collection which featured new jelly polishes and lip products. I’ve also got a great coupon code for $10 off orders of $30 or more at Julep.com (expires August 7, 2015). Just enter 10OFFYAY must be entered at checkout. (For discounted subscriptions and special offers jump down to The Backstory).
When Pencil Met Gel – Long Last Gel Eyeliner in Radiant Amethyst
(Retail for each: $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Description: “Clinically proven to last for 10+ hours, this easy-to-use eye pencil delivers the creamy formula & intense color payoff of a gel eyeliner. The waterproof formula glides on, sets in 30 seconds, and then stays put. Because eyeliner shouldn’t stand in the way of adventures.”
I love Julep’s eye gliders and I’ve been collecting all the new colors. This is a really fun purple that can easily transition into Fall. The only downside to the product is that Julep gave it a new, ridiculous name.
Lori: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description: Pressed marionberry jelly
Jellies are my favorite finishes and I love various shades of red and berry so this was a must have for me. Julep’s new jellies can become pretty opaque in only 2 coats, so don’t be scared that these are super sheer (like their previous rock candy glazes). Jellies are great for easy nail art (just layer glitter between at least two layers of jelly polish for a jelly sandwich) and can transform other shades when you add a different color of jelly polish over your base color. If you haven’t tried a jelly polish, I recommend nabbing one and having some fun.
Tiffany: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description: Pink radish jelly
This is a much brighter color than Lori and perfect for summer. The squishy, almost juicy quality that jelly finishes have works so well in cheerful shades like this one.
Bare Face Cleansing Oil
(Retail for each: $28.00/Maven Price: $22.40)
Description: “A lightweight, antioxidant-rich cleanser for all skin types. What it does: Gently and thoroughly dissolves makeup, dirt, and excess oil without over-drying. Leaves skin soft and hydrated with no oily residue. Treats your complexion to a nourishing formula that includes grapeseed oil, olive oil, and Power Cell Complex™, a Julep-exclusive blend of age-defying, skin-boosting, ultra-hydrating ingredients: Rosehip seed oil delivers essential nutrients to soothe and repair.Malvaceae Lipid Extract™ improves barrier function so skin retains moisture.Green coffee bean oil invigorates skin & promotes cell turnover..”
This is a holy grail product for me. Not only will this cleanse your skin but it will break down even your most hardcore makeup on contact. I love winged liner and lots of mascara and Julep’s Bare Face gets it all off easily. It also leaves my combination skin, really soft. This is hands down my favorite Julep product and since I’d just cracked open my backup bottle, I nabbed an extra for a great price.
Luxe Up Your Lips in Blushing Rose
(Retail $19.20/Maven Price: $19.20)
Description: “Enriched with natural ingredients that soothe, hydrate, and plump lips, this silky-smooth treatment delivers major moisture with a hint of tint.”
Julep first introduced these with a light tint of color and I know a lot of mavens were unhappy with the texture, taste and coverage. I actually liked the previous one and was excited when Julep revealed they were releasing a version with more coverage. Unfortunately, I’m not seeing the “more coverage” aspect. This seems just as sheer as the previous color I purchased (Sheer Fig) and while it is a good size, it’s not close to worth the retail price. This is one Julep Product you can skip.
Polly: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description: Vibrant azalea shimmer
This is such a pretty, shimmery fuschia and it just screams out summer. The subtle blue shimmer really makes the shade pop. This one is a perfect summer pedicure color.
If you take 3 or more add-ons, Julep offers a free mystery gift.
Marcy: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description: Prosecco silk (semi-matte opalescent)
Despite my giant Julep collection, I don’t actually own Marcy. It’s a really sophisticated way to do a shimmer and I’m so happy to have it in my collection.
Except for the luxe lip product that was too sheer, I loved everything else in this box. Julep’s jelly polishes are easy to apply and have an excellent color saturation. The other shimmery shades were gorgeous, and the eye glider and Bare Face were wonderful as usual. I paid $56.67 and received products with a retail value of $116.00 and a maven value of $102.40.
Have you ever tried a polish with a Jelly finish? If so, what did you think?
Subscription Box Offers & Discounts:
(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. You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.)
August Birthstone Welcome Box: Join Maven and get the August Birthstone Welcome Box FREE ($58 value) – just pay $2.99 shipping
Korean Skincare Welcome Box: Korean Skincare Welcome Box Free for New Julep Maven Subscribers – just pay $2.99 shipping
Lipstick Welcome Box: Join Julep Maven and get the Lipstick Welcome Box FREE! ($68 value) Just pay $2.99 shipping.
Bold Color Welcome Box: Free Bold with Color Welcome Box for NEW Julep Maven Subscribers!
Treat Me Nail Art Welcome Box: Join Maven and get the Treat Me Welcome Box FREE ($58 value) – just pay $2.99 shipping
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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:
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 (Take the quiz here):
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.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
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, change it, or skip. 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 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.