Julep Maven: February 2015 – The Afterglow Collection – It Girl

For February, Julep introduced “The Afterglow Collection” which I gave you a sneak peek of in my NYC Maven meet up post. This month’s makeup fix highlighted, well, highlighters. Since I’ve got plenty of those in my makeup bag, I opted for a polish heavy month and chose the 3 polish It Girl Box. I also went a little nuts with polish add ons.
Open Box 1Open Box 2
IT GIRL BOX

My Tiny It girl box came nestled inside my bigger Julep box like those cute Russian stacking dolls
It Girl Box
It Girl Open It Girl Open 2

It Girl Bottles 1It Girl Bottles 2

Carla Swatch
Carla:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Tea rose crème
For some reason Julep’s paler pinks never photograph true to life for me. This shade isn’t as pale as it looks and is a lot more of a sweet petal pink. The formula went on so easily and I think this is a nice subtle Spring option.

 Becky Swatch
Becky: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Oil slick duochrome silk
Becky reminded me of Julep’s Borealis shadow that I am in love with so I had to have it. If you like edgier shades, this one is a must have for you. I can’t wait to experiment with it using some different topcoats.

Colton
Colton:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Eh,Okay
Description: Black iris crème
This is a black shade with a purple undertone.  There’s nothing wrong with it but it’s just not super exciting.  I really consider it a bonus because I wanted the other two colors in this box and it will work well as base for a lot of my cool topcoats.  For full disclosure, this bottle and one of my add-ons came leaking (all the excess was under the caps and around the rims) I sent Julep out a pic and they immediately responded and sent me out new ones.


FEBRUARY FREEBIE!
Julep has a tradition of sending us a free Valentine’s themed polish and this year we received the adorable Hartleigh.
Hartleigh Freebie
Hartleigh BottleHartleigh Swatch
Hartleigh
:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Holographic heart glitter top coat
You can never have too many polishes with glitter hearts in them, seriously folks. This is free so automatically it’s a win. In terms of application, I had a hard time getting a lot of hearts out. You’re going to have to do a little calculated digging if you want a certain number of hearts. But the polish is pretty and it’s a great freebie.

ADD-ONS:

Oil
Elixir Organic Argan Oil:
(Retail $24.00/Sale Price: $12.00)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: A lightweight, fast-absorbing organic moisturizer known for its healing, conditioning, and anti-aging effects. Use a couple drops to hydrate a thirsty complexion (it’s good for all skin types), smooth split ends, or soften rough cuticles.
Argan oil is a lifesaver during the winter season.   You can add a few drops to your regular beauty products for a great moisturizing boost and you can use it directly in tons of ways. From scalp treatments to combatting frizz, Argan oil is a beauty multi-tasker. It’s typically on the expensive side, but it showed up as a $4.99 add-on and I jumped right on it. It’s a great value at that price and I know I’ll need it during this winter of our discontent.

Hazel Bottle Hazel Swatch
Hazel: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: It had to be you..it had to be you….
Description: Wild violet and bronze duochrome
The moment I saw Hazel I knew she would be mine. She just has this amazing glow about her. The duochrome effect isn’t that obvious to me, but it’s such a beautiful shade. I’m going to be trying this one out with a matte topcoat.

Ada BottleAda Swatch
Ada:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly..
Description: Bright rhubarb fizzy
A new finish! And it’s called “fizzy”! How could I not get this?  (Clearly that is a rhetorical question.) I love jelly polishes so this one was a must have. It goes on very easily for a jelly polish and looks great with only two coats.  It has a unique speckled finish which makes it different from my glitter jellies. If you like jelly polishes, you should definitely give this one a shot.  Ada was the other polish that had some leaking and was replaced promptly by Julep.

Metamorphic Bottles
Metamorphic Top Coat Trio:
(Retail $40.00/Sale Price: $30.00)
Tyra –
Magenta pearlescent silk top coat
Tilda – Green pearlescent silk top coat
Bjork – Blue pearlescent silk top coat
Metamorphic Naked Swatches
Verdict: Girls just wanna have fun..
Last month Julep sent out one of these three topcoats to maevns for free.  I got Tilda and vowed to finish out the collection when they were available for sale. The full set was an add on and it was more cost effective to pick up the whole set than the two bottles I was missing so I nabbed it.

I’ve got swatches of them on their own then a before and after with Colton.
Metamorphic Before Metamorphic After
I think these topcoats are a ton of fun to play with and the ladies that are adept with nail art could do some really phenomenal designs. On their own (or with lighter shades) they give a subtle sheen. Over darker colors they do change the shade quite a bit. Personally I think the current price is a bit high so I’d wait until there was a sale or a coupon code to grab them.


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

Tatiana Swatch
Tatiana:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Golden burnt orange microglitter
I’ve actually lost track of the number of Tatianas I’ve given away. I think it’s up to three. Tatiana is one of Julep’s go-to shades for freebies and mystery boxes. On her own I don’t think she works so well with my vampire complexion but I caught someone wearing it underneath a matte topcoat and I thought it was amazing, so Julep you win.  I am finally keeping a Tatiana in my collection.  We both knew if you just kept sending her to me, eventually I would break.

Queen Anne: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Gift
Description: Lilac confetti microglitter
Queen Anne is another polish Julep likes to give away. I already have one, so I didn’t swatch this and instead saved it for a gift. This is a really pretty shade with a lovely sparkle. It will be a nice transition shade into spring.

OVERALL:
Full Box

Verdict: Hit!
I picked up some really interesting polish shades that aren’t too similar to what I already own. This box had a lot of product and I only paid $53.45.  The regular retail on all these items is $176.00 and with maven prices and sales the cost still comes out to $130.40.

Did you pick up anything from Julep’s February box? Did you opt for beauty products or was it polish all the way?

JULEP NEWS!
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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. 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.

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.
Overview

BEAUTY PRODUCTS!
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.
PowderBrush

Highlighter
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.

 

POLISH COLORS & A FREEBIE FOR FEBRUARY!
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.
Swatches
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)

MY PICKS!
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 NEWS!
Box

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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.