Julep Maven: June 2017: Bask in the Heat + $20 Off

I got my first royalty check for “Ice Maiden’s Tale” and I really don’t want to brag but I can totes buy myself a slice of pizza now.  Maybe next time, I’ll make enough to add on a can of soda.  We’ll have to play it by ear.  But in the interim, I’ve got a review for you today and a fab coupon offer from Julep.
Save $20 off any purchase of $50 or more, just use code MATCHPOINT
Julep’s June Collection, “Bask in the Heat”, offered a new mascara and some warm polish shades.  I’m always on the hunt for the perfect mascara so I thought I’d give this box a shot.

 MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX

With a Twist – Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara
(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $22.40)
Verdict: Like
Description: “This multitasking mascara lengthens and volumizes lashes with just a twist of the customizable wand. Bamboo extracts & peptides support healthier, longer, fuller lashes over time. To use: To build volume, twist the customizable wand to shorten the brush. Sweep upward from base to tip. To separate and lengthen lashes, use the wand in its fully extended position. Repeat the same sweeping motion, wiggle up as you go until desired look is achieved.”
This mascara features a unique customizable wand that allows you to  adjust the length.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t even tried that part yet.  I basically just used it as is and like an idiot totally forgot it could be adjusted.  The formula itself isn’t too thick or thin and does a nice job of covering lashes without being too smudgeriffic.  I found though that it didn’t give me quite as much volume as some of my favorite brands, but I haven’t experimented with the different application techniques so I’ll need to play around with it a bit more.

Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric
in Alabaster

(Retail $30.00/Maven Price: $24.00)
Verdict: Hit as a Concealer – Fail as a Foundation
Color Description: Light Alabaster with Cool Undertone
“This multitasking skin perfector has a natural, demi-matte finish with buildable medium-to-full coverage that conceals, corrects, illuminates, blurs & brightens.  The convenient cushion tip applicator allows for easy and precise application, even on the go. Use it to spot correct and conceal, or all over as a foundation.”

I don’t remember Julep releasing this as the featured beauty product for a collection, but this was a recent release. I was so so excited to see a pale shade with a cool undertone that I nabbed this immediately.  The pictures above show the swatch on application and then how it looks blended in.  It blended into my skin tone beautifully and worked great under my eyes and on spots where I just wanted to even out my skin tone.

That being said, let’s discuss Julep’s suggestion to use this all over as a foundation.
#1 – This little stick is supposed to retail for $30.  How long do you think it will last if you are using it as a foundation? You’d be spending so much that you could pretty much buy any foundation you want  (even the really high end products) for much less.
#2 – The packaging is not conducive to application as a foundation.  Cushion compact foundations are a thing.  They are everywhere in Kbeauty and plenty of other brands have jumped on the bandwagon.  If this is supposed to be a foundation, it should be in a proper compact.
#3 – The product itself.  I tried this as a foundation to see what would happen.  I looked like I was wearing Japanese Kabuki makeup.  It was awful.  I couldn’t understand how it could blend so nicely in small areas and be so very awful spread out all over my face.
In conclusion, it seems pretty obvious to me that this should not be used a foundation.  It’s a concealer for small areas.  It works well for that purpose and when used in that capacity, the small tube should last for some time.

JUNE FREEBIE!
I’m not a fan of Fireball candy – but Free Candy is FREE CANDY!

OVERALL:
Verdict:
Like!
I paid $21.39 for this box and the retail value came out to $52 and the maven value was $41.60. I thought both items were excellent quality and definitely a step above normal drug store brands.  I’d recommend buying them on sale from Julep since I find their normal retail/maven pricetags to be a little high.  If you use the code MATCHPOINT you can save $20 off a $50 or more order, so you can snag these at a serious discount.  I ended up paying a little over $10 for each item, so I feel like I got a great value.

Have you ever tried a cushion concealer or compact?

OFFERS!
$20 off orders of $50 or more
Use Code: MATCHPOINT
(Expires 09/04/2017)

THE BACKSTORY
(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.)
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.

Julep Maven: May 2017: Sun Crush

I know it’s been oh so quiet over here, but my plans to clone myself so that one Lisa could go to my day job, another could work on my house, while a third could handle my book promotion, so that I could do my blogging just didn’t pan out. I have managed to sneak out some time to get back to my boxes and soon I will have an actual place to write and take pictures instead of a room full of boxes and junk.

Because my budget is super tight with the renovation of my shack, er house, I skipped Julep boxes for March and April.
In May, I decided to snag a Maven box when Julep featured their Sun Crush collection.
This set brought back some summer favorites like Julep’s sea salt spray, mint pedi cream and sunscreen along with some cheerful new summer polishes.
On to my box…

 MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX

No Excuses – Invisible Sunscreen Gel
(Retail $28.00/Maven Price: $22.40)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A completely transparent, fast-absorbing face sunscreen in an essence-gel base that delivers Broad Spectrum SPF 40 protection from UVA/UVB rays. This lightweight gel goes on smoothly and dries quickly to a satin finish, making it perfect to wear under makeup.”
Julep actually introduced this last summer, but couldn’t actually get it out to customers.  I had ordered it then, but wasn’t able to try it out.  What I really like about this sunscreen is that it feels nice going on.  It never has that awful stinging feeling sunscreen get can when you start sweating.  It does give you a dewy complexion so if you want to look more matte, than top it with a touch of powder.  I used this as a pale redhead and didn’t burn so it seems pretty effective to me.

Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home
(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Love!
Color Description: Warm Brown
“Two-in-one tool with brow powder and an angled brush to fill in and define your brows.”
I’ve ordered this product many times, I didn’t bother to take it out or swatch it, since you’ve seen it before.  I’ve tried other brow products but Julep’s is hands down my favorite.  It’s easy to apply and stays put.  My only beef, besides the stupid name (seriously Julep, you need to stop with that nonsense) is I’d love to see a shade with a bit of red for us redheads. Both “warm brown” and “cool brown” can work for me, but I think something with a little red too might be even better.

Thin Iridescent Holo Nail Tape
(Retail ???/Maven Price: ???)
Verdict: Like
I had room in my maven box for something small so I added on this nail tape.  At some point I will have my studio finished and I will then actually attempt some fun nail art.  I have no idea how much this costs since you can’t buy it on the Julep site.


MAY FREEBIE!
Free Candy is FREE CANDY!

OVERALL:
Verdict: Hit!
As is par for the course these days, I went really practical with my box.  I’ve been hoarding Jules so I got this box for free!  Excluding the tape which I don’t have a value on, this box came out to a retail cost of $52 and a maven cost of $41.60. I use both the items regularly so I’m super happy with my choices. The best thing about Julep’s subscription is the options it gives you to customize or skip.  If you’re like me and you regularly use their products, it’s great to have an option each month to add on what you need at a greatly reduced price.  As a maven you also get lower prices on all Julep products and free shipping.  If you fall in love with any Julep products that you’re going to use regularly, consider signing up for a Maven box.  It’s easy to skip months where you don’t need anything, and when you do, you can grab your favorites at an awesome discount.

What are your favorite beauty products that you use regularly?

OFFERS!
          Summer Pop Paradise Beauty Box
Get your first beauty box free when you join our beauty box subscription.
Use Code: SUMMERPOP
(Expires 8/31/2017)

THE BACKSTORY
(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.)
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.

Julep Maven: February 2017: Cozy in Love + Free 12 Piece gift

It’s time to finish out the last of my February reviews that have been languishing.  Today I have my very first sub, the one that started it all: Julep. Their February “Cozy in Love” collection featured some new shades of their plush pouts and eye gliders plus some dusty hued polishes.

They also have a great free gift if you grab a subscription between now and July.

You can nab this 12 piece nail polish gift with a  new Julep beauty subscription. Just use code: POLISHGIFT

On to the box…

 MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX



When Pencil Met Gel – Clay

(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Love!
Color Description: Taupe Grey Matte
When Pencil Met Gel – Soft Black
(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Love!
Color Description: Charcoal Matte
“A waterproof eye pencil with the formula of a gel eyeliner that glides on smoothly without tugging or skipping. Sets in 30 seconds and provides 10+ hours of wear. Ophthalmologist tested.”
Julep’s eyeliners go on so smoothly and have excellent staying power.  I’ve become determined to collect all the shades.  Both of these are excellent staples that are perfect for everyday use.  The clay is a bit more understated and nice for those natural makeup looks.  The trick to these pencils is to be sure to sharpen them before each use.


Mariolis
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Color: Dusty Coral Ghost Shimmer
I’m a sucker for those soft coral peach shades.  I think this is a perfect color for Spring.


Opalescent Crystal Nail Rhinestones
(Retail ???/Maven Price: ???)
Verdict: Love!
I had room in my maven box and I love opals so I figured these would be fun to try out.  You can’t buy these from the site normally so I’m not sure what the retail value would be.

FEBRUARY FREEBIE!

I love free samples of products.  It’s a great way to try things out before you commit.  Their cleansing oil is one of my go to products, so I’m going to save this to tuck into an overnight bag.

OVERALL:

Verdict:
Love!
I paid $21.39 and got two eyeliners I can use every day, a really pretty Spring polish and some fun nail stickers.  The retail value came out to $46, while the maven value was $36.80.  That’s even better than drugstore prices and these products are superior to anything I’ve tried from my local CVS.

To stick to my budget, I’ve skipped the last couple Maven boxes, but I did take one for May and I’ll have that review soon, so be sure to check back.

Do you like to switch up your polish colors with the seasons?
If so, what do you like to wear for Spring?

OFFERS


12 pc Nail Polish Gift with New Julep Beauty Subscription
Use CODE: POLISHGIFT
Offer valid while supplies last. The 12-piece nail polish gift is valid with the purchase of a Beauty Box Monthly Subscription.
(Expires 7/1/17)

THE BACKSTORY
(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.)
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.

Julep Maven: January 2017: Future Fresh

It’s time to review my oldest subscription box: Julep. Their January “Future Fresh” collection featured a brand new facial oil and some shimmery polishes that can be worn alone or layered over other shades.
january-collection

 MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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radiance
Boost Your Radiance – Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil

(Retail $36.00/Maven Price: $28.80)
Verdict: Like!
Description: “A reparative “wonder booster” that leaves all skin types radiant and hydrated. Prevents and repairs the appearance of fine lines and hyperpigmentation while regulating oil production.  To use: Massage 1-2 drops onto face after cleansing and toning. Can be used alone or added to your favorite moisturizer, treatment, or liquid makeup for a hydrating antioxidant boost. Use day or night.”
I haven’t had a chance to try this out yet, but I love so many Julep skincare products that I am happy they are expanding their line.  Once I finish up some of my other open products, I’m going to give this one a try.  I’d love to see Julep keep expanding on their successful Korean skincare line and give us an awesome eye cream.

yuliayulia-swatch
Yulia

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: This iridescent polish can be worn alone for sheer shimmery color or layered over a crème shade to transform it into something altogether magical and new.”
Color: Turquoise Sheer Iridescent Shimmer
I adore shimmery polishes and iridescent finishes and I like shades that you can layer.  I can’t wait to try this out with a variety of different colors beneath it.

darcydarcy-swatch
Darcy

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: This iridescent polish can be worn alone for sheer shimmery color or layered over a crème shade to transform it into something altogether magical and new.”
Color: Baja Sunrise Sheer Iridescent Shimmer
I chose this one because it had that kind of oil-slick shimmer, that I think is both edgy and feminine.  I want to try this out over some dark holo polishes.


JANUARY FREEBIE!
candy
Free Candy!

OVERALL:
julep-january-2017
Verdict:
Hit!
I love the shimmery iridescent polishes and I wish my budget would have allowed me to pick up a few more shades.  I’m interested to see if I love the hydrating oil as much as the cleansing oil, but for $21.39 for all three products, it was worth taking a gamble on.  The retail cost of this box came out to $64, while the maven cost was $51.20.  Overall, I feel like I got a great deal. I’d pay more for drugstore products that aren’t as unique and don’t have quite as nice packaging.

Do you like to layer polish shades?  What are your favorite combinations?

THE BACKSTORY
(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.)
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.

Top 16 Sub Box Items of 2016

Since I finally wrapped up my 2016 posts, it’s time for me to pick my favorite 16 items from all of my 2016 Sub boxes.  With so many different boxes and cool items, it was hard to narrow it down.  They are simply in chronological order.

JANUARY
Popsugar Must Have: January 2016
Planner
Blue Sky Day Designer Weekly Planner (Suggested Retail: $15.99 (now reduced))
I loved this planner and was so bummed that I couldn’t find the exact same one for 2017.  They need to keep making it!

MARCH
Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Spring 2016

Earbuds 2 Ear Buds
LSTN Sound Co. Wembley Earbuds (Retail: $99.00)
These are adorable and so comfortable.  I wore them so much they kind of started falling apart.  But even though they look a bit worse for the wear, they still sound great!

Julep Maven: March 2016 – The Lighten Up Collection
Trudy

Trudy: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
I love this color so much, that I’m painting my kitchen cabinets a similar shade.

Popsugar: March 2016
On Wrist

Nanette Lepore Classic Rose Gold Watch (Suggested Retail: $55.00)
Loved the color combination of pale strap, rose gold and white lock face. It’s elegant and chic.

APRIL
Popsugar: April 2016

Cookbook
Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat  (Suggested Retail: $17.99)
I love to cook and this book had some amazing recipes.

MAY
Orglamix Glam Box: May 2016
Necklace & Oil

Aromatherapy Diffuser Necklace
(Estimated Retail: $26.00)
A cool way to wear perfume + a scent I could wear without getting a headache?
It was like a miracle.

JUNE
Orglamix Glam Box: June 2016
Perfume

Perfume Palette – Fresh picked fruit (Estimated Retail: $21.00)
Solid perfumes don’t get nearly enough play.  They are great to keep in your bag and this one had 3 different scents that were all delicious and fun to layer.

JULY
Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Summer 2016
Turban

DreamDry The Dream Turban (Retail: $30.00)
I use this almost every day.  They need to start making them in white.

SEPTEMBER
cheek-tint
Orglamix Glam Box: September 2016 Moroccan Hammam
Moroccan Rose mineral lip + cheek tint (Estimated Retail: $18.00)
This shade was so lovely with just the right amount of shimmer, that I found myself reaching for it over and over again.

OCTOBER
Popsugar: Fall Limited Edition Box
headphones

Caeden Linea No1 Faceted Ceramic & Rose Gold Headphones (Suggested Retail: $149.99)
These headphones are gorgeous and super comfortable.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Fall 2016
bracelet on-wrist
The Eye-Catcher: Rachel Zoe Tassel Bracelet: (Estimated Retail: $95.00)
This bracelet is great for layering or dressing up or down.  I found myself reaching for this all during the week as it paired perfectly with all my work outfits.

Popsugar: October Must Have Box
mug
Morning Culture Rise & Shine Diner Mug (Suggested Retail: $16.00)
I love diner style mugs and grabbed another of these at a huge discount during a Popsugar boutique sale.

Julep Maven: October 2016: Dark & Stormy Nights!
desiree-swatch

Desiree
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
This lets you turn any polish into one with some holo sparkle!

NOVEMBER
bracelet-wrist bracelet-front
Kendra Scott Elaina Rose Gold Bracelet in White Pearl
(Suggested Retail: $50)
I love the design on this – gorgeous rose gold + a versatile white stone and a unique clasp.  A winner.

runner
Pehr Chambray Runner Wine
(Suggested Retail: $44.00)
I love home items and this is going to look perfect in my new house.

DECEMBER
Popsugar: December 2016 Must Have Box
catchalls
Odeme Catchall & Ring Dish
(Suggested Retail: $67)
Love the versatility of design here.  You can use this in so many ways.

OVERALL
Most Consistent:
Orglamix Glam Box.
They always had something surprising and stuck really well the box theme and what I feel their subscriber is expecting.
Best Value: Rachel Zoe Box of Style.
$100 is steep but the quality of items and their value is usually 4 times that.  They include luxury brands and a lot of exclusive items.
My 2016 Favorite: Popsugar Must Have
I really love the lifestyle items that Popsugar offers.  You get your beauty fix, plus great home finds and cute surprises.
It’s also important to note that Popsugar’s customer service has greatly improved and they’ve started offering their long-time customers more promotions.

What was your favorite sub box item or sub box of 2016?

Julep Maven: December 2016: This Way to the Soirée

In my game of review catch-up, today’s lineup has Julep’s This Way to the Soirée December collection which included a bunch of new matte lip shades. Despite my overflowing makeup box, I don’t have many matte lip products so I was excited to nab a few in my box.  If you’d like to try out Julep for yourself, be sure to check out the coupons and offers below.
december_collection

 MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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lipstickslip-swatches
pillow-talk
It’s Whipped – Pillow Talk – Matte Lip Mousse

(Retail $20.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: So close to perfect
Description: “A weightless matte lip color that lasts all day and never feels dry. A super-pigmented formula provides saturated color for up to 12 hours of comfortable wear.”
Color: “Victorian Pink Matte”
I’ve been searching for a great everyday pink – something to pair with a simple cat eye. This color was almost perfect, it leans just a touch too yellow for my complexion.  The formula is great though and goes on matte without over-drying your lips.  I don’t get 12 hours out of it, but it’s definitely more durable than a lot of my other lip products.

xoxo
It’s Whipped – Pillow Talk – Matte Lip Mousse

(Retail $20.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A weightless matte lip color that lasts all day and never feels dry. A super-pigmented formula provides saturated color for up to 12 hours of comfortable wear.”
Color: “Femme Fuchsia Matte”
I thought I’d take a chance on this one and it is so much lovelier in person than on the screen.  It’s a saturated shade that can go glam or laid back.  I also think it would work well for a variety of skin tones.

shatter-stickers
Holographic Shatter Stickers
(Retail $???/Maven Price: $???)
Verdict: Hit!
These aren’t available for individual purchase so I couldn’t link them or give you a price.  I thought they looked really fun and something I could use with my jelly polishes for some interesting looks.

OCTOBER FREEBIE!
candy
Free Candy!
OVERALL:
julep-12-2016

Verdict: Like!
While I still haven’t found the perfect everyday matte lip shade, I still thought the lip products were quite nice.  As I mentioned, Julep has a really great formula and I hope they continue to make more shades.  The shatter stickers are fun and great for folks who aren’t adept at nail art, but still want to try something different.  Excluding the cost of the shatter stickers, the retail value of this box was $40 and the maven value was $32.  I paid $21.39 and I think I got my money’s worth.  Even excluding the stickers, that’s like paying $10 per lip product, which is basically akin to drugstore pricing  Personally, I feel the “It’s Whipped” products have superior packaging and formula to  anything I can find in my local Rite Aid.

Have you ever tried a matte lip product?
What did you think?

COUPONS & OFFERS

Join Julep and Get a Valentine Welcome Box FREE (Expires 2/28/17)
Use Code WITHLOVE

Free 5-pc Gift when you Join Julep Beauty (Expires 2/28/17)
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THE BACKSTORY
(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.)
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.

Julep Maven: November 2016: Light & Shadow!

I’m powering through my Winter 2016 box reviews so today I’ve got Julep’s Light & Shadow November collection including swatches of all the Eyeshadow 101 shades they introduced!  Also, Julep has a great coupon code that expires TODAY.  Get $20 off your $50 Purchase, just use code YOUYEAR at checkout.  At midnight this offer turns into a pumpkin so if you’ve got a long Julep wishlist going, jump on this asap.

I was so excited to see all the new Eyeshadow 101 shades Julep introduced, that I opted to go for a pricier maven box and snag them all.
My maven box came in a large box with a smaller box and my add-on nestled inside.
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MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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Eyeshadow 101 – Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick

(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Description: “A waterproof, crème-to-powder shadow stick on top with a spongy smudger on the other end. Expect huge color payoff and crease-proof, stay-all-day power.”
Pearl Shimmer: Soft Cream Shimmer
Violet Shimmer: Electric Lavender Shimmer
Midnight Blue: Deep Navy Sheen
Burgundy Shimmer: Port Wine Shimmer
Evergreen Shimmer: Forest Green Shimmer
Gunmetal Shimmer: Pewter Shimmer
Copper Shimmer: Cinnamon Shimmer
Verdict: Hit!
These colors are so lovely it’s hard to pick a favorite from the bunch.  The pearl is a great highlight shade that you can use with other eyeshadows in your collection, or just in the inner corner of your eye for that extra bit of pop.  I found the burgundy to be unique and surprisingly wearable and the midnight blue is great for a smoky eye that isn’t too Goth.  I was concerned that the copper shimmer might be too warm for my cool skin tone, but it’s still quite wearable.   The gunmetal is a classic that I reach for everyday and the violet is a really fun, unexpected pop of color.  These eyeshadow sticks come with a blending tip at one end, but I personally don’t use it.  In order for it blend and not erase the product, you need to first saturate it with shadow.  Instead I use my fingers or a brush to blend, and reserve the tip for erasing if I’ve put too much on.  I find myself reaching for eyeshadow sticks during my work week because they are so fast to apply and there’s no need to fuss with brushes.  If you like minimal effort in your makeup application, consider giving these a try.


OCTOBER FREEBIE!
candy
Free Candy is always good!

ADD-ONS:
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Keila

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “Putty Multidimensional Holographic”
I’m a sucker for nude glittery polishes so I had to grab this one.  It has a lot of sparkle and I think it can work for both dressed up and down looks.

 OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Love!
I’ve been saving up jules (rewards you get for your maven sub box orders) and used it to cover the cost of my maven box, so I only paid for my add-on polish.  That brought my out of pocket costs to just $7.48 for all the items you see!  According to my calculations, this box had a retail value of $140 and a maven value of $112 – so not too shabby. Those eyeshadow 101s are really lovely and the Keiko polish is a glamorous update on a neutral shade.  Definitely one of my favorite Julep boxes to date!

Have you ever tried an eyeshadow stick?
What did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
(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.)
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.

Julep Maven: October 2016: Dark & Stormy Nights!

I finished my Christmas cards and made some headway on my manuscript edits, so I’ve finally earned some time to chat with you about boxes.  Today I’m reviewing my October Julep Maven box.  October’s theme was “Dark & Stormy Nights” and brought some lovely dark shades, a free holographic topcoat and a product favorite.
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If you love Julep products, today they’ve got 40% off for “friends and family”.  Use the coupon code JUSTFORYOU.
At midnight this deal turns into a pumpkin, so if there’s something you want, grab it now!

MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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Night Shift – Deep Sleep Facial Mask

(Retail $34.00/Maven Price: $27.20)
Description: “A reparative moisture mask that does the heavy lifting while you’re fast asleep so you wake up to a brighter, smoother, and firmer complexion.”
Verdict: Gift!
I love this mask.  You just pop it on at bed time and when you wake up your skin is softer and your skin tone is more even.  I already own this, but I nabbed one to use as a gift.

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Ebony

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Graphite Holographic”
This polish is edgy and sparkly and absolutely perfect.  Some holos can be hard to wear in every day settings, but the dark color on this keeps it sophisticated and chic.

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Jean

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like!
Description: “Black Cherry Crème”
Dark reds are my go to pedicure shade and this one is perfect for Winter.  It’s dark without going oxblood or too vampy, making it versatile.  Great for both work and play.

OCTOBER FREEBIE!
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Desiree
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “High-Gloss Holographic Top Coat”
I think this is my favorite free gift Julep has ever included.  Below I’ve got a swatch of Jean with and without the holo topcoat.
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This gives a lovely effect and can turn your polishes into unique holo shades.  I had heard some folks were missing these in their orders.  My box was complete and hopefully Julep was able to make it right for any customers that were missing an item.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Love!
I paid $21.39 for this box.  The retail value came out to $76 and the maven value was $60.80.  For just a little over $20 I got two great polishes, a fun and innovative topcoat, plus an awesome night mask. If you regularly use Julep products, I recommend getting a subscription. It’s a great way to stock up on products at a huge discount.

Have you ever tried a holographic polish?
What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
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Join Julep and Get a 3-pc Holiday Welcome Box FREE (Limited Time Offer)
(Expires 12/31/16)
COUPON CODE: NEWMAVEN

THE BACKSTORY
(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.)
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.

Julep Maven: September 2016: Cheers to Five Years!

Chugging through my backlog of boxes, I realized I’m overdue for a Julep Maven box review.  September’s theme was “Cheers to Five Years!” to celebrate Julep’s anniversary.  The collection featured some cute makeup kits and an array of cheerful polishes.
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If you’re interested in grabbing a Julep sub, there’s a great promotion going until 11/25/16. If you’re a new subscriber, use the code FREEFALL and get this 12 piece polish gift set with your subscription.
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MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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Cheers to Five Years! Mini Eyeliner Set

(Retail $40.00/Maven Price: $32.00)
Description: “Five brand-new mini shades of our cult classic eyeliner, When Pencil Met Gel. A waterproof eye pencil with the formula of a gel eyeliner that glides on smoothly without tugging or skipping. Sets in 30 seconds and provides 10+ hours of wear. Ophthalmologist tested.”
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Set includes (swatches from left to right):
When Pencil Met Gel – Galaxy Black Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Deep Sea Foam Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Gilded Gold Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Lilac Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Ultraviolet
Verdict: Love!
I love Julep eye gliders because they go on so easily and have great staying power.  As soon as  I saw the fun colors, I knew I had to grab this set.  The shimmer in the black really shows up, and the sea foam shade has a great boho vibe.  The gold is more of an antique tone and feels art deco.  The lilac is my least favorite of the bunch as it reads a bit faded.  The Ultraviolet is a fun shade that feels kind of 80s (but in a good way).  This is a fun set to play with and while I wouldn’t pay the retail price of $40, I think it’s worth at least $18.  Julep has tons of great holiday sales so keep this in mind if you see a great coupon code.

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Meredith

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Sea Mist Chrome”
I love mints and sea foam shades and this one is lovely.  I think the shimmer in it will make it great to wear during the holiday season.

SEPTEMBER FREEBIE!
You’ll note that there’s no picture here.  Why?  Well, it’s another one of those unfortunately consistent Julep screw-ups.  As part of Julep’s anniversary, they promised to include a free makeup bag in every box…except of course they didn’t.  People had to ask about it and when they did Julep said the bags arrived not up to their standards and so they didn’t include them.  No mention of including them at any other time.  I believe people who complained to Julep might have gotten a free item or a coupon code, but they didn’t offer that to everyone affected–you had to call and complain.  I didn’t bother since it was a free item and I didn’t really need another makeup bag, but this constantly promising things they can’t deliver needs to stop.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Good
This box would have been a “love” if not for the makeup bag fiasco.  I paid $21.39 and got a great little eyeliner set and a pretty polish.  The retail value on these items is $54 and the maven value is $32.  The eyeliner set features a lot of colors I didn’t already own and that I think will look great for the holidays.  It’s fun to experiment with bright eye colors and a mini kit is a great way to try lots of things without committing to the cost of one full size product.

Have you ever tried a colorful eye liner?
What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
free-gift

Free 12-pc Fall Nail Polish Gift Set for New Subscribers ($168 Value!)
(Expires 11/25/16)
COUPON CODE: FREEFALL

THE BACKSTORY
(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.)
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.

Julep Maven: August 2016 Endless Summer! A Halloween Mystery Box Plus 20% Off!

At long last, I’ve gotten to the last August box review that’s been sitting on the shelf.
Julep Maven offered their “Endless Summer” collection which is perfectly appropriate for today since it’s like 80 degrees in NYC in mid October.  Before I jump into all the info on a new mystery box, my review and more Julep gossip, I’ve got some awesome coupon codes and offers.  For 20% off your julep.com purchase use coupon code LETSGET20  (expires on 10/31/16).  If you’re interested in subscribing there are some great free gift offers, just jump down to the backstory for my affiliate links and coupon codes.
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BEWITCHED GLOW MYSTERY BOX
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(Price: $24.99 – Estimated Retail Value $106)
Description: “Something wickedly fun this way comes. This intriguing mystery box includes a fan-favorite black polish, a glow-in-the-dark top coat, and more. Don’t be left in the dark!”

This mystery box definitely includes:
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   Xena (Boho Glam)
Description: “Glow-In-The-Dark Glitter Top Coat”

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Johnny (Bombshell)
Description: “True Black Crème”

   Plus Additional mystery items of beauty products and polish
Hurry this offer ends 10/19/16!

MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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Sadly, it seems these days we can’t get a month without another Julep issue.  This collection offered an invisible sunscreen gel called “No Excuses”.  It did not live up to its name because like Julep’s other sun-related products, it was delayed and didn’t come in this box.  Julep did go big on making it up to mavens, by sending those who ordered the sunblock (myself included) a $50 credit for their site.  That seemed like a very generous solution and my only issue was that there was an expiration date to the credit that wasn’t clearly listed.  If not for all my Facebook friends who are mavens I might have missed out on using mine.

The Missing Product:
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No Excuses Invisible Sunscreen Gel

(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Description: “completely transparent, fast-absorbing face sunscreen in an essence-gel base that delivers Broad Spectrum SPF 40 protection from UVA/UVB rays.  This lightweight gel goes on smoothly and dries quickly to a satin finish, making it perfect to wear under makeup.  To use: Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Reapply at least every two hours.”
Verdict: Isn’t it ironic, don’t think?
Seems like this product is full of excuses.  It only became available for sale, fairly recently so I opted not to order this since my Fall/Winter sunblock needs are pretty well met.  This product was also not available for the Canadian mavens at all.  While I appreciate Julep’s ambition, they need to focus on doing the things they can do very well, rather than attempting things they can’t truly pull off with the resources they have.

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Stephanie
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Juicy cherry holographic”
I’m a sucker for red polishes in general so I had to snap up this holo polish.  I think it will be fun come Christmas time.

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Zori
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Cotton candy holographic jelly”
What’s better than a jelly polish?  A holographic jelly polish!  I find sweet pinks and nudes holos to be super flattering and a more understated way to do holos.  This one is just so pretty.

 MARCH FREEBIE!
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Free Candy!

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Good
So this box is a tough one to calculate.  If I’d gotten the box I ordered (with the sunblock) it would have had a retail value of $56 and a maven value of $44.80.  For the retail polish prices + my $50 credit, I got a $78 value.  With the maven value + store credit, we come out to $72.40.  I used Jules I’d saved up for this box so I ended up getting it for free.  The only reason this box doesn’t have a “hit” rating is because of Julep’s disorganization. I appreciate that they try to make it right, but problems have turned into the rule rather than the exception, and that needs to change. I wish I could tell you that Julep’s problems stopped in August, but there’s more Julep gossip to share in my next reviews, so be sure to come back.

Have you ever tried a holographic polish?
What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
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Free $132 Always Sunny Beauty Gift with New Subscription
(expires 10/31/16)
8 Piece
Free 8 pc Beauty Gift with New Subscription
(expires 10/31/16)
Get this  8 Piece set when you join Julep!
COUPON CODE
: COLOR8

Join Julep and Get Your First Box Free (Limited Time Offer)
(expires 11/3/16)
COUPON CODE: Treat

Save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 10/31/16)
Spring Polishes for $5 each!  Check out the great selection here!

THE BACKSTORY
(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.)
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.