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.
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 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.

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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:
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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.

Julep Maven Luxe: January 2016 – New Year, Fresh Look Collection & a 20% off Coupon Code!

It’s time to kick off my 2016 Julep subscription with their New Year, Fresh Look Collection. Julep also currently has a great coupon code that’s valid through 2/28/16 –You can save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20.

Since there were so many great holiday polishes, I opted to keep my Maven luxe box for another month. Prepare yourself for lots of swatches!
Let’s get to it!
MAVEN LUXE BOX
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Orchid Shimmer Box Orchid Shimmer Close
Julep Orchid Shimmer Swatch Orchid Swatch #2
It’s Balm – Dusty Orchid Shimmer (Retail $20.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: Okay
Description: “A full-coverage lip crayon with a moisturizing treatment core in the middle..” 
I’ve been hunting for the perfect pinkish shade for every day and I thought this might be a great match. Unfortunately, the shade isn’t quite what I expected. It turns a slightly odd shade of pink. (I’ve swatched it in two kinds of light). This does look nice layered with other colors and the formula on the “It’s balm” (I HATE that name) is excellent. This is moisturizing for your lips which is great during these cold winter months.
Shower Gel
Rethink Your Shower – Hydrating Body Cleansing Oil
(Retail $38.00/Maven Price: $30.40)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Our ultra-hydrating, lightweight body cleansing oil that reaches deep to dissolve impurities and prep skin for exfoliation, then rinses away to reveal silky, nourished skin.”
This item was a restock for me. This shower gel has a light citrus scent and doesn’t leave my skin feeling super dry like some cleansers can. It’s quite pricey (even with the maven discount) so I love being able to add it to my Maven box.

JanieJanie Swatch
Janie:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Whisper pink sheer crème
I am sort of obsessed with pink and nude sheers. I like to use them for jelly sandwich and negative space manicures.

MariahMariah Swatch
Mariah:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Plum eclipse microshimmer
This polish reminded me of my very favorite Julep shade Ciara, so I had to snap it up. I love polishes with contrasting microshimmers and this one is lovely. I’d like to see Julep make more like this but with higher contrast. (Like I’d love to see a dark red, with a dusty seafoam shimmer).

TaliTali Swatch
Tali:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Glacier breeze linear liquid holographic
The holo on this is lovely and I think the light shade is a nice transition from Winter to Spring.

ShayShay Swatch
Shay:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Celadon iridescent chrome
As soon as I saw this one I knew I had to have it. I love these seafoamy greenish shades and this one has wonderful sparkle.

JamieJamie Swatch
Jamie:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Iridescent mylar jagged-cut glitter top coat
I really like the iridescence of mylar and I think this topcoat will be great paired with some jelly polishes.

ADD ONS!

CelesteCeleste Swatch
Celeste:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Cosmic gray iridescent glitter
Cosmic gray iridescent glitter? Who could say no to that? This was only available as an add-on, and I just loved the mix of colors so I had to add it to my collection.

JenniferJennifer Swatch
Jennifer:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Sheer soft pink crème
This is an older Julep color and I’ve had it on my wish list for a long time. Another pink sheer, but this one is a bit warmer and more opaque. I think this one will be great for interviews.

MelindaMelinda Swatch
Melinda:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Fuchsia berry liquid holographic
Another Julep holo! I loved the saturated dark raspberry color of this one. I think this will be another great transition shade as we move toward Spring.


JANUARY FREEBIES!
Candy
Yah for Free Candy!

ADD-ON FREEBIE!
Add-on Gift

Janae: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love/Gift!
Description: Cool charcoal crème
I love charcoal shades of polish. They are a great way to look edgy and polished without the harshness of black. I have a lot of shades similar to this so I’m on the fence about keeping this one for myself or giving it as a gift. Decisions, Decisions.

OVERALL:
Maven Luxe January 2016
Verdict:
Love!
The retail value on this box was a whopping $184.00 and the maven value was $147.20. I paid $60.95, to get 9 polishes, a lip product and a container of shower gel. I think that’s a great deal. For February, I’m heading back to my curated boxes, but it’s hard to resist the pull of Maven luxe with its many discounts, so we’ll see if I don’t opt to upgrade again.

JULEP SPOILER
Julep should be revealing it’s products and shades for March soon and I’ve heard that a new featured product will be…drumroll….a Detoxifying Cleansing Stick! I have no idea what that is but I want it!

What products do you want to see Julep come out with? Different polish finishes? Haircare? More skin items? Dish!

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
Save 20% on your julep.com purchase
with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 2/28/16)

50% of the Valentine’s Welcome Box when you join Julep Beauty

Get a FREE GIFT ($42 value) when you join Julep by 2/14

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

THE BACKSTORY
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 2015 – The Chrysalis Collection – Modern Beauty

For January, Julep introduced “The Chrysalis Collection” which was chock full of beauty products I wanted to try so I nabbed the Modern Maven box and maybe (just maybe) went a bit overboard with the add-ons.
Box
So let’s dive into some products and some swatches.
Open Box

MODERN BEAUTY BOX

Scrub
Brilliance Glycolic Hand + Body Scrub:
(Retail $32.00/Maven Price: $25.0)
Verdict: Love for Product/Miss for Packaging
Description: “This dual-action exfoliating scrub instantly reveals brighter, smoother skin—like a facial for your hands and body! 90% of users noticed softer, younger-looking skin after just one treatment.”
This is the same formula as Julep’s awesome hand scrub but megasized so you can use it for your body. I love this scrub. It’s super gentle and the ability to squeeze it from a tube (as opposed to the many jarred scrubs) is a huge bonus. Unfortunately, as soon as I used mine I got a tiny bit out, then no more would come.  I did everything I could (including standing on the tube) and still nada. The hole is super super small and the scrub is pretty dense. I have a call out to Julep about it, but I think I’m going to need to bust out my exacto knife to cut a bigger opening. Others seem to have no issue with it so it may just be my version that is defective. This is also available in the original smaller size and I’ve had no packaging issues with that version.


Lip Treatment Lip Swatch
Luxe Lip Treatment in Fig:
(Retail $24.00/Maven Price: $19.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “Enriched with natural ingredients that soothe, hydrate, and plump lips, this silky-smooth treatment delivers major moisture with a hint of tint. The cooling tip soothes lips and boosts microcirculation.”
This product has gotten a lot of mixed reviews and even though I really like it, I can see why other folks might not. Let’s start with the positives. This is a slightly tinted lip treatment that has a thin consistency. It’s not at all sticky and gives just a shimmery hint of color. I found it to be very moisturizing and the oil like consistency and organic taste didn’t bother me as it did with some other reviewers. I also would have loved just a touch more pigment to it. On the negative side, the price listed is way too high. The product is generously sized, but for a lip treatment with so little color payoff, I think $12 would be a more appropriate price point. (Although I have no issue with it in a maven box since that has a huge discount).

ADD-ONS:

BorealisBorealis Swatch
Orbital Eyeshadow – Borealis:
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict: You had me at hello
Description: Charcoal with peacock pearlescence
Once I saw this shadow as an add-on option, I knew it would be mine. Then I got it home and fell instantly and completely in love. This is possibly my favorite eyeshadow ever. It should be labeled “smoky eye for dummies”.   You just apply it to your lid and boom you look like you have a smoky eye from a magazine. (No need to blend with other colors or add layers – it does the job all on its own).   As a pale ginger, smoky eyes are difficult for me to pull off without looking like a zombie and this shade is damn perfect. It’s got a mix of colors that work so well with my brown eye and red hair.  Based on swatches from other folks it also seems to works on a ton of other skin tones. If you’re thinking about grabbing this, go for it, you won’t be sorry.

Eye Gliders Glider Swatches
Gel Eye Glider in Navy Smoke and Olive:
(Retail $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’ve become obsessed with Julep’s eye gliders and determined to collect all the shades (All I need is graphite shimmer and my quest will be complete!) They go on so easily and have great staying power. I’d put them up against any high end makeup brand’s gel liners. Both navy and olive are great colors for me so I nabbed them both. The navy looks a bit black with my skin complexion but it pairs perfectly with the Borealis shadow. The olive works compliments my brown eyes. I know I’m going to have a great time playing with these.

Luna
Luna Swatch Luna Closeup
Luna:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Light blue duochrome with jagged cut glitter
I have an unhealthy obsession with beauty products named after the moon and this polish really does have a moonlit ethereal feel. I couldn’t resist trying this one out as soon as I got it and it was lovely over Julep’s Shenae.


ADD-ON FREEBIE:
If you take 3 or more add-ons, Julep offers a free mystery gift.

Candy
So along with this lovely candy I received…
Add-on Freebie
Glycolic Hand Scrub: (Retail $23.00/Maven Price: $18.40)
Description: “Whisk away dirt and oil and reveal noticeably softer and younger looking hands after just one use. You’ll be surprised that something so effective smells so good! (Insider tip – try this gorgeous scrub all over your body, it’s even gentle enough for your face.)”
This is the original scrub in its smaller packaging. Since I love this product I’m happy to have an extra.

ANOTHER FREEBIE!
Freebie Metamorphic Topcoat
Metamorphic
Julep had an email sign up where we could grab a free “metamorphic” topcoat with our box. These are sheer, tinted topcoats that change the polish beneath them. There are three different shades (blue, green, magenta) and you’d randomly get one in your box.

Tilda Polish Tilda Swatch
Tilda:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Green pearlescent silk top coat
These topcoats have not made an appearance yet on the Julep site, but they are add-ons for the February box. I went ahead and estimated the price based on what Julep typically introduces new polish for.

So that we could see what this topcoat can do I swatched it over Julep’s Jet (Black) and Julep’s Amity (Silver).
Below is a before and after side by side.
Before Tilda After Tilda
Tilda gives light colors a slight sheen, but has a much more noticeable effect on darker shades. I can’t wait to try out the other two.

OVERALL:
Full Box
Verdict:
Love!

I think this is one of my favorite Julep boxes ever. I love and will use everything I ordered. I paid $56.66 for all these items (including all the freebies) and received a retail value of $157.00 and a maven value of $125.60.

I can’t recommend the Borealis shadow or the eye gliders enough and I’ve already had a ton of fun playing around with the Luna and Tilda polishes.

If you want a sneak peek at Julep’s February collection, take a look at my blog post about Julep’s NYC Maven meetup which is chock full of swatches. I’ve ordered the full set of Metamorphic polishes for February so be sure to come back if you want to see how the other two metamorphic shades fare.

Did you pick up any items from the Julep January collection? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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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.

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.