Julep Maven: May 2016 Rainbow Brights! Plus 20% Off!

It’s time to check in with the first sub box I ever signed up for, my beloved Julep Maven subscription.  Before I get into all the details, I’ve got some great coupon codes and offers.  For 20% off your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20  (expires on 10/31/16).  If you’re interested in subscribing there are some fabulous free gift sets, just jump down to the backstory for my affiliate links and coupon codes.

Before we get into the May Box, there’s some Julep gossip to dish.  Beauty box controversies seem to be the buzz this summer, as Julep, like Birchbox has had some bad press.  Their July box collection featured SPF lip sheers that mavens had been totally pumped up about trying.  They arrived stamped with an expiration date of August 31st.  Cue the many confused social media posts to Julep.  It turns out that one of the SPF ingredients will start to be less effective, so the product itself is safe to use, but not for sun protection. In addition, Canadian mavens couldn’t receive the products at all due to regulations regarding the SPF ingredients.  As you can imagine there were many angry customers.  Julep offered refunds or replacements to folks that contacted them, so they did their best to make it right.  The products themselves actually got a lot of positive response, so hopefully Julep will be able to re-formulate the product without SPF.  I got two in my July box so I’ll be able to tell you all about them soon.

May’s collection offered a rainbow of polish and some new lip oils.  Because I have a ginormous polish collection, all of these shades were similar to colors I already own so I opted to try out one of the lip oils and stock up on another product.

MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
Open Box Open Box 2

Lip OilLip Oil Open
Lip Oil TipLip Oil Swatch
Your Lip Addiction – Tinted Lip Oil Treatment in Obsessed

(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A healing blend of lip-loving oils formulated for weightless, wear-all-day comfort. Super shine meets zero stickiness in your new favorite nourishing lip product, boosted by a sheer tint of color (or clear, for when you want to go au natural).”
This oil left behind a really pretty lip stain type look.  It felt quite moisturizing and I was surprised at the staying power it had.  This is a nice product for summer when  you want a little color on your lips, but don’t want the stickiness of gloss or the heaviness of cream lipstick.


Brow Gel
Lock Down Your Brows – Iconic Brow Gel
(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A clear setting gel infused with brow-boosting peptides and nourishing Power Cell Complex™.”
I love Julep’s brow products and I had run out of their clear gel.  This product does a great job of keeping your brows tidy without giving them a strange texture.  (Anyone else ever had “crunchy” brows?)  Since Julep offers so many options to swap into your box, the subscription is a great way to restock your favorites.

MARCH FREEBIE!
Candy
Free Candy!
Free is always Fun!

OVERALL:
Julep Maven May 2016
Verdict:
Hit!
The retail value on this box comes out to $44.00 while the Maven Value was $35.20.  I paid $21.39 and while this was a small box, I like both of the products and will use them.  I think they are definitely worth $10 each, so I’m quite happy with what I received.

Be sure to come back for my next Julep reviews, including swatches of the aforementioned, oh so controversial SPF Lip Sheers.
In the meantime, what are your favorite lip products to use for summer?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
Coveted 12-Piece Mini Polish Gift With Purchase when you Join Julep
(expires 8/31/16)
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Get this 12-Piece set when you join Julep!
COUPON CODE
: GIFTCOVET

Summer Brights Beauty Gift for New Subscribers
(expires 8/28/16)
Summer Brights
Get your free Summer Brights 6-piece gift when you join Julep Beauty Box. Features four vibrant nail colors, a bold lipstick, and a luminous highlighting powder – everything you need to brighten things up for summer. A $106 value.
COUPON CODE: HEYSUMMER

Save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 10/31/16)
Spring Polishes for $5 each!  Check out the great selection here!

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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