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: April 2015 – The Paradise Collection – Modern Beauty

I’ve still got a few April boxes to share with you guys including my Modern Beauty box from Julep’s ”The Paradise Collection”, which features brand new brow products and some tropical inspired polishes.

Right after my box shipped out, I received an email from Julep saying they accidentally sent me an extra “Don’t leave your brows at home” instead of the brow gel product I was supposed to receive. They told me to keep my extra product and that they were shipping out my missing item asap. Usually my Julep snafus don’t include free items so this was a nice surprise.  Mistakes happen and it’s great when companies are right on top of correcting them.
Maven Box

MODERN BEAUTY BOX
Open Box 1

Brow
Brow BrushBrow Swatch
Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home
in Warm Brown:
(Retail $24.00/Maven Price: $19.20)
Verdict: (Almost a love)!
Description: “Everything you need to fill in and define your brows. This two-in-one tool includes brow powder and an angled brush.”
The consistency on this is fabulous, it goes on easily, blends well and stays put. I also love that it has an easily included applicator brush. Unfortunately, there are a few problems that kept me from absolutely raving about this.
First, the little pot that you dip the brush into is just a touch too small. It makes it super awkward to apply and get the right amount onto your brush. If Julep just made the bottom piece a little bit wider it would be perfect. Second, Julep’s selection of colors is just not there. They had an incredibly convoluted chart to tell you which shade to pick and it honestly made no sense. It asks you to select based on skin tone, but what happens when your hair color is in opposition to your skin tone? I’m a super pale natural redhead with pink undertones. My hair is warm, my skin is cool and following their charts was like trying to do Calculus. I opted for the “warm brown”, but it’s a tad dark for a natural look. I had actually sent Julep an email when I first heard they were developing brow products begging for an auburn shade. Please someone represent the damn redheads. We may have no souls, but we still need frick’n makeup. I’m going to try out the taupe and see if that works for me, but Julep really needs to create more shades between their “taupe” and “warm brown” options and include something for the gingers.  I’m passing along my extra tube to my sister who is also a redhead, we’ll see how she likes it.

 Brow Gel
Lock Down Your Brows: (Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A clear setting gel infused with brow-boosting peptides and nourishing Power Cell Complex™.
This product is a nice compliment to the brow powder and I found it did a great job of keeping my brows in place without getting hard or weirdly crunchy.


MARCH FREEBIE!
Freebie

Candy! It’s free so, yeah for free stuff!

 ADD-ONS:

Gel GliderGlider Swatches
Gel Eye Gliders
in Indigo and Forest Green Shimmer
(Retail for each: $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’m kind of obsessed with Julep’s eye gliders so I’ve made it one of my makeup priorities to collect them all. These go on really smoothly and stay on me fairly well (when I use an eye primer). I think both of these shades will make my brown eyes and red hair pop.

Danielle PolishDanielle Swatch
Danielle:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Cerulean wave duochrome
I don’t have any shades in a really tropical blue and I’m a sucker for duochromes so I opted to try this polish out. I like the color although I’m not seeing much of a duochrome affect.

ADD-ON FREEBIE:
If you take 3 or more add-ons, Julep offers a free mystery gift.
Add-on Gift
Julep Lip Gloss
in Vivid: (Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: Gift
Description: “ A gorgeous lip gloss that offers subtle color, unstoppable shine, and luscious hydration. (Iridescent burgundy shimmer with Power Cell Complex™)”.
This is a really pretty shade and a lot more wearable than it seems at first glance. Unfortunately, I have a ton of glosses right now so I’m going to add this to someone’s birthday gift.

OVERALL:
Full Box
Verdict:
Love!

Despite some small issues with Julep’s brow powder, I really love the product and use it regularly. The gel works well, the eye gliders are lovely and the polish is a nice shade for summer. The Vivid gloss was definitely a nicer freebie than I’ve gotten in other boxes so April proved itself to be a great month to nab a Maven box. I paid $43.83 and received products with a retail value of $108.00 and a maven value of $89.60.

Have you tried Julep’s new brow products? If so were the colors a good match for you?

THE BACKSTORY
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. 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:
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, 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.

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