NYC Beauty & Fashion: Julep Maven Meetup & February 2015 Sneak Peek!

So one of the resolutions I have for this little blog of mine has been to take advantage of living in the NYC metro area and periodically feature beauty and fashion events in NYC. Today I’ve got something super special featuring our sub box darling, Julep.

Julep periodically hosts “maven meetups” in different geographical locations for its box devotees and last night they hosted one at the Park Hyatt in midtown. While meeting some friendly and fabulous Julep mavens, along wit the effervescent and charming Jane Park, CEO & Founder of Julep, I snagged a sneak peek at what’s in store for February. So gather round and let’s take a look at my best attempts at using my Iphone to take pics.

February is going to be all about the glow and features two types of luminizers. There is a powder version with a really awesome fan brush and a cream style that comes in a light and dark shade.

I didn’t grab a pic of the cream luminizer packaging but it is similar to the lip plumper. I’m on the fence about whether I’ll purchase one, but the fan brush is high quality so I think I may be grabbing one of those for myself.


Before we get into the polish colors, I can let you know that February will bring another polish freebie and it’s frick’n awesome. Heartleigh is a red heart glitter polish and it will be a freebie in all the maven boxes. It was my fave color of the evening so I’m super psyched to grab it for free.

Here are my polish swatches on white paper.
I’m going to give you my best descriptor of them, but realize I’ve got them swatched on white paper so some colors will probably look very different on the nail. Another maven was brilliant and brought along her own swatch sticks and I am definitely going to steal that trick for next time.

London: (Classic with a Twist) A dark, smoky lavender. (Similar Julep Shade: Charlotte)
Keiko (Bombshell) A very dark army green. (Similar Julep Shade: Kendra)
Elise: (Bombshell) A dark marine blue creme (Similar Julep Shade: Lacey)
Carla (It Girl) Petal pink creme (Similar Julep Shade: Martha)
Jess: (Classic with a twist) Dark Mahogany Brown (Similar Julep Shade: Fiore)
Heartleigh: (Classic with a Twist): Red heart topper with pink, white and red glitter
Colton: (It Girl): Black with a bit of shimmer (Similar Julep Shade: Ledi)
Brandis: (Boho Glam) A dark seafoam crème (Similar Julep Shade: Denver)
Hazel: (Boho Glam) Electric purple shimmer (Similar Julep Shade: Katie)
Becky: (It Girl) A satiny grey with green shimmer (Similar Julep Shade: Blakely)

Funny enough, I’m most excited for the Heartleigh polish. I have a similar drugstore OPI, but Heartleigh is much nicer and very similar to the NCLA’s Heart Attack polish that I have coveted for a long time. As for the other colors, Hazel and Becky are most likely going to find their way into my box. I like Brandis and Elise but I already own similar colors. I’m still on the fence about the beauty products but if the add-on price for the brush is reasonable I’ll probably snag that as well.

Overall I was surprised that the collection featured so many dark colors and shockingly not a single red (excluding the glitter in Heartleigh). I do kind of wish there was another bright option or something a bit more cheerful, but I’m sure that will come as we get closer to Spring.

What did you think of the colors? Are any of the shades calling out your name?


Julep has a brand new mystery box the “I woke up like this” box featuring the new shade Tanith for $24.99

Beauty-Full Welcome Box:
Join Julep Maven and get the Beauty-Full Welcome Box FREE! ($42 value) Just pay $3.99 shipping

Birthstone Welcome Box: Join Maven and get 50% off and FREE Shipping on your Birthstone Weclome Box

Valentine Welcome Box: Join Maven and get 50% off and FREE Shipping on your Valentine Welcome Box

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.

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 or change it. 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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