Julep Maven Luxe: November 2015 – The Switch-Up Collection & A New Mystery Box!

Today brings us back to my quick push to get through the last of my 2015 boxes. It’s time for the subscription that began it all—Julep. For the last few months of 2015, I opted to try out the Luxe subscription option which offers more items in your box and customization. I’ve been using it to hoard, err, stock up on my favorites plus try new things. For November, Julep introduced the Switch-Up Collection that included a new skincare product and an assortment of polishes in the matte metallic finish. Let’s dive in.

MAVEN LUXE BOX
Open Box

Oil
Love Your Bare Face – Age-Defying Cleansing Oil (Retail $28.00/Maven Price: $22.40)
Verdict: Love
Description: This ultra-lightweight, age-defying cleanser melts away even stubborn long-wear makeup in just seconds.  Don’t be afraid of oils – this one leaves behind no oily residue, just clean, nourished skin.
This is hands down my favorite Julep product. I use this every night and it melts off my mascara and eyeliner with incredible ease and leaves my skin super soft. It’s particularly great in the Winter when the cold leaves my face raw. If you can only try one Julep product this is the one you need to nab.

Sheer Shimmer
Take a Breather – Sheer Shimmer – Oxygen Nail Treatment:
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict: Still waiting to decide
Description: Don’t be fooled by appearances—this subtle, glossy pink tint is actually a powerful strengthening treatment that lets your nails breathe. Our nutrient-rich formula also includes nail-boosting Hexanal, anti-aging plant cells, and a protective UV filter.
I’m using a Julep photo for this item because it wasn’t in my box. I actually didn’t even realize it was missing until I started to work on my review. I emailed Julep and they are sending me one asap. I opted to try this because some days I’m just too tired to go through the whole base coat/2 coats of polish/topcoat procedure and this looks like a nice alternative to use in between regular manis.

Milk
What Your Skin Needs – Restorative Facial Milk (
Retail $38.00/Maven Price: $28.00)
Verdict: Like
Description: This ultra-lightweight facial moisturizer is a high-tech blend of five skin-boosting oils that absorb into your skin in under 10 seconds to treat, hydrate, and replenish.  Use daily, gentle enough for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
I love the Bareface Oil so much that I’m always up for trying new Julep skincare products. The first thing that struck me about this was that the packaging felt very luxe. My biggest issue with Julep products in the past has been packaging. I’ve had so many containers that break easily, are hard to use or mess up the product (like how the quick dry drops evaporate at an alarming rate). I tried this out and for me it definitely feels more like a treatment and something I’d use at night because it is a bit heavier. It does a nice job of softening and smoothing so folks with dry skin may be able to use it more frequently.

Polish
Cheyenne Swatch
Cheyenne:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Auburn matte metallic
I figured I had to try one of the new matte metallic finishes so I opted for Cheyenne. It’s a really pretty red brown that sort of reminds me of my hair color.

ADD ONS!

Janice Swatch
Janice:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Carnival full-coverage microglitter
This shade was exclusively an add-on and I couldn’t resist the glitter plus the mix of colors. I think this would be so pretty paired with a darker grey and used just on the tips.

NOVEMBER FREEBIES!
Candy

We start with some candy – a caramel apple lollipop. It was very tasty!

Freebie - MelodyMelody Swatch
Melody:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description:
Julep offered this as a freebie, you just had to confirm via email in advance that you wanted it. I love it when we get polish as a free gift. This is a fun glitter topcoat that you shake in order to get the coverage you want. Shake it like a Polaroid picture for more glitter coverage, for less just shake it like…a salt shaker? I don’t know, just you know, shake it less.

 OVERALL:
Julep November 2015
Verdict:
Hit!
The retail value on this box was a whopping $116.00 and the maven value was $108.40. I paid $50.27 and I got a great skincare set, a nail treatment, a polish and a fun topcoat. That’s an incredible amount of product for the price. I also think my November picks had a nice balance of fun and practical items. Because I use so many Julep products, Maven luxe has proven really cost effective for me. Nearly every product you could want is included in the customization options. If you find you need to restock your Julep favorites regularly, consider a Maven Luxe subscription, it might save you money as well. To lower the cost even more you can prepay a 3 month Maven Luxe subscription for a discount.

I’ve got one just one more 2015 Julep box to finish so be sure to come back for more fun swatches.

Do you find you use heavier skincare products in the Winter months or does your skincare routine stay relatively the same?

JULEP NEWS!
Julep Mystery Box Posey Andie

Tote-tally Awesome Mystery Box!
Julep is offer a Tote-tally awesome mystery box featuring two new polishes and a tote. There are 3 Tote options to choose from and the new polishes are Posey, a Lavender fog crème and Andie, a pastel confetti matte glitter top coat.

Personally Andie is really calling my name, but after the Holidays my wallet is telling Andie to shut the hell up. What do you think the of the new Julep new colors? Worth taking a chance on the mystery bag?

THE BACKSTORY

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
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.)
Winter Ice Beauty Welcome Box:
Join Julep and get a FREE Winter Ice Beauty Box (just pay shipping)

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 Luxe: October 2015 – New York Never Sleeps Collection

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m playing catch up with reviews of some of my tried and true subscriptions. In October, Julep introduced their New York Never Sleeps Collection featuring new eyeshadow sticks. Since there was some other Julep makeup I was interested in as well, I opted to try out Julep’s higher tier subscription option, Maven Luxe. I had been hoarding jules, so I was able to snag this 39.99 box for free.

MAVEN LUXE
Maven Luxe is a customizable sub with tons of options so it’s a great choice for folks that use Julep products regularly as you can stock up on the things that are running low. I opted to try a couple new things and stock up on some items I’ve been wanting.
Open Box Open Box 2

Brows
Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home in Warm Brown:
(Retail $24.00/Maven Price: $19.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Everything you need to fill in and define your brows. This two-in-one tool includes brow powder and an angled brush.
This is a restock item for me. The only reason this product isn’t a “love” is just because the shade is slightly off for me and Julep doesn’t really offer a real red/auburn option. The brush is also a bit oddly sized for the product tube, but its super easy to apply once on the brush and stays all day. I was new to doing my brows and this product was a breeze to work with. I highly recommend it.

2 Moonlit SandsMoonlit Sand Swatch
Skip the Brush in Moonlit Sand
(Retail $24.00/Maven Price: $19.20)
Verdict: Hit!
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.
I liked the consistency of the Guava Julep blush stick I got so I wanted to experiment with Moonlit Sand as a highlighter and Desert Rose as a blush/bronzer. Unfortunately Julep sent me to Moonlit Sands. I called them and they sent a replacement Desert Rose and let me keep the extra item, so really great customer service. As to the product itself this gives a lovely highlight and has a touch of glitter (but not too much). It’s easy to apply and goes on smoothly. It’s also great to use on your eyes – just add it to right below your eyebrow or the corner of your eye for a touch of shimmer.

Desert Rose with boxDesert RoseDesert Rose Swatch
Skip the Brush in Desert Rose
(Retail $24.00/Maven Price: $19.20)
Verdict: Hit!
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.
This one arrived later in its own box. This brownish pink looks super natural on me as a blush and I love the easy application. I can use it on my eyes as well, but it reads a little too warm as a lip color.

Eyeshadow 101Eyeshadow TubeEyeshadow Colors
Stone & Taupe SwatchesEyeshadow Blenders
Eyeshadow 101 in Stone
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Eyeshadow 101 in Taupe Shimmer (Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: A crème-to-powder shadow stick on top with a smudger on the other end. Expect huge color payoff and crease-proof, stay-all-day power.
This is the new featured makeup product for this collection so I opted to try out two different shades. I really wanted matte colors but there was only one to choose from. I was hoping these would be similar to the Laura Mercier eyeshadow sticks that I have but to me they were a little difficult to work with. There are smudgers on one side but I didn’t really have much luck getting them to smudge and I felt like I had to layer on a lot of the product to get the color I wanted. I do think these probably have a learning curve so I’m looking forward to playing with them more. I’d also love to see Julep introduce more matte options in this product.


OCTOBER FREEBIE!
Candy Corn
While I hate candy corn, free is free and I’ll be passing this along to my niece and nephew who for some reason love the stuff.


OVERALL:
Julep 10.2015 Maven Luxe
Verdict:
Hit!

The picture above is the box minus the cheek product that was missing and came later.  The retail value on this box was a whopping $108.00 and the maven value was $86.40. I got this for free with my jules, but it would still be a great deal at $39.99. I think I’m going to be trying out the maven luxe for a bit since I’m running low on a lot of my Julep faves. If you really like Julep’s makeup and skincare products, it’s very cost effective to sign up for maven luxe and grab what you need once a month.

I’ve got two more Julep boxes for you this year, including the December one which only showed up yesterday so be sure to check back.

Have you ever tried an eyeshadow stick? If so, what did you think?

JULEP NEWS
Julep is featuring lots of holiday specials during their “12 days of deals” plus free shipping on all of their 2015 Holiday Collection, so be sure to check out their site.

THE BACKSTORY

COUPON CODES & LINKS:

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.)
Jingle Bells Welcome Box
Join Julep and get the 4-piece Jingle Bells Welcome Box FREE ($50+ value) – just pay $2.99 shipping
Winter Ice Beauty Welcome Box:
Join Julep and get a FREE Winter Ice Beauty Box (just pay shipping)
Bridal Welcome Box
Join Maven now and get the Bridal Welcome Box FREE. ($58 value – just pay $2.99 shipping)

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.

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