Julep Maven: August 2015 – The Muse Montreal Collection – Boho Glam Box

With all my new boxes, I’m woefully behind on reviewing some of my longtime favorites so for Tuesday we’re going to catch up with Julep – the sub that started my addiction. For August, Julep introduced “The Muse Montreal Collection” which featured their new stick style blushes.
Julep included some special inserts which included their mission statement from their founder Jane. It’s actually pretty fabulous so I thought I’d include it for you:
Pretty is previous.
It’s dainty. And polite.

Pretty follows the rules.
Never speaks out of turn.
And always asks for permission first.

Let’s stop it with the pretty, please.

It’s time we take that box of crayons
we call makeup.
And draw outside the lines.

Whether we’re doing the boldest eye
Or nudest lip.
All that matters is that we’re trying it.
And having fun with it.
Knowing that there are no mistakes.
No judgments.

Because pretty shouldn’t be something
we define for you.
It’s whatever you choose to show us.


As if we didn’t need another reason to love Julep?
A beauty mission statement in poetry that tells us to do whatever the hell we want? Rock on, Julep.

Now on to the makeup!


Raisin GliderGlider Close
Raisin Swatch
When Pencil Met Gel in Deep Raisin

Long Last Gel Eyeliner
Retail: $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Love!
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’ve been collecting all of Julep’s eye gliders which is one of the reasons I opted for this box. The raisin color is actually really wearable and comes off as this almost wine like brown (rather than purple). I really like it and I think it will complement my brown eyes and red hair quite nicely.

GuavaBlush Close
Guava Swatch
Skip the Brush in Golden Guava

Crème-To-Powder Blush Stick

(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “A one stick wonder made for luminous, dewy cheeks, but versatile on eyes and lips, too. This soft-focus powder has ultrafine color pearls that go on creamy then set to a long-lasting powder finish. Easy to apply, easy to blend (no brush needed!), easy to keep in your clutch for on-the-go beauty touch-ups.”
I am a bit cooler toned and I went back and forth over which blush to try. This shade reminded me of the orange color on Benefit’s Fine One One which actually looks really great on me, so I gave this one a shot. It gives a nice warm glow to my cheeks but it doesn’t work for my eyes or lips. It’s super easy to apply and gives a natural, shimmery color. I think these are great for travel and I’m going to grab some of the other shades to take with me on an upcoming trip.

CallyCally Swatch
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Festival fuchsia iridescent chrome
The iridescence on this polish is lovely and I think the color was perfectly appropriate for August.


Love! I love it when Julep includes nail decals or decorations as a freebie.

Julep August 2015

Verdict: Love!

I really loved all the items in this box and I thought the colors definitely had a summer boho vibe. I will use everything in this box. Normally my box costs me $19.99, but I’ve was able to use jules so this bad boy was free. The retail value of the box is $54 and the maven value is $43.20 so this would have still been a really great value at the regular price.  If you’re interested in subscribing check out my list of coupon codes below.  Julep has lots of great options for your first free welcome box  (just pay $2.99 for shipping).

What do you think of Julep’s mission statement and what does “Brave Pretty” mean to you?

I’ve got lots more Julep on the way including trying out their Maven Luxe option, so be sure to check back!

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.)

Vampy Halloween Welcome Box:

Join Julep and get the 4-piece Vampy Welcome Box FREE ($50+ value) – just pay $2.99 shipping

4 Piece Brave Pretty Bold Eye Welcome Box:
Brave Pretty

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October Birthstone Welcome Box :
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White-Hot Neutrals Welcome Box
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4-piece Brave Pretty Red Lips Welcome Box
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4-piece Pretty Spooky Welcome Box
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Bridal Welcome Box
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4-piece Ombre Welcome Box
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Free Custom 4-Piece Welcome Box
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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.

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.

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