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: February 2016, 20% Off & April Spoilers!

It’s time for the sub box that kicked off my entire addiction: Julep subscription.  (Save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20 which expires on 3/31/16).  For more special offers jump down below.

For February, I opted for one of the curated boxes.
Open Box
CLASSIC WITH A TWIST BOX
Open Box 2

Eyeshadow 101Eyeshadow CloseEyeshadow Swatch
Eyeshadow 101 – Olive Shimmer
Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict: Love!
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…” 
I thought this shade would complement my fair skin and red hair and it does.  It also goes on really easily.  It’s a great color that’s not too dark, or too light and I think it would complement a lot of skin tones.  It reads very bronze and it has this art deco type vibe I adore.

PolishesMeghan Swatch
Meghan:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Flaming red crème
Reds are my favorite and this one reminds me of a 50s pinup.  It will be great for summer pedicures.

Kay Swatch
Kay:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Warm taupe with gold microshimmer
I’m a sucker for shimmery nudes and I thought this would be a really pretty base for some nail art.

FEBRUARY FREEBIES!
Freebies
Free Candy! &
Hartleigh: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Gift
Description: Holographic heart glitter top coati
I already have this topcoat so I’m going to hoard this extra as a gift.  I love it when we get polish freebies and this one is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

OVERALL:
Julep 2.2016
Verdict:
Hit!
The retail value on this box was $60 and the maven value was $48.00.  I paid $21.39 with tax and I feel like I got a great value for my money. Julep has now graciously upgraded their long time mavens to customizable boxes for the same price, so I should have all kinds of goodies from Julep to review in my upcoming boxes.

JULEP APRIL SPOILERS!
aprilmaven-thewholeshebang

For April Julep is introducing a Vivid sheers collection and a cleansing stick.  Here’s a pic of the “whole shebang”.  I’m a sucker for sheers and jellies, so you know I’ll be snapping up a ton of polish, and I can’t resist trying that new cleanser…looks like April will be pricey for me.

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
Save 20% on your julep.com purchase
with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 3/31/16)
Spring Polishes for $5 each!  Check out the great selection here!

Free Shadow
Free Eye Shadow Gift
with Subscription ($54 value)!  Get the RSVP Palette when you sign up for a subscription.

Get Your First Beauty Box Free With A 3-Month Subscription to Julep

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.