Julep Maven: October 2016: Dark & Stormy Nights!

I finished my Christmas cards and made some headway on my manuscript edits, so I’ve finally earned some time to chat with you about boxes.  Today I’m reviewing my October Julep Maven box.  October’s theme was “Dark & Stormy Nights” and brought some lovely dark shades, a free holographic topcoat and a product favorite.
dark-stormy
If you love Julep products, today they’ve got 40% off for “friends and family”.  Use the coupon code JUSTFORYOU.
At midnight this deal turns into a pumpkin, so if there’s something you want, grab it now!

MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
open-box-1 open-box-2


night-shift
Night Shift – Deep Sleep Facial Mask

(Retail $34.00/Maven Price: $27.20)
Description: “A reparative moisture mask that does the heavy lifting while you’re fast asleep so you wake up to a brighter, smoother, and firmer complexion.”
Verdict: Gift!
I love this mask.  You just pop it on at bed time and when you wake up your skin is softer and your skin tone is more even.  I already own this, but I nabbed one to use as a gift.

ebonyebony-swatch
Ebony

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Graphite Holographic”
This polish is edgy and sparkly and absolutely perfect.  Some holos can be hard to wear in every day settings, but the dark color on this keeps it sophisticated and chic.

jeanjean-swatch
Jean

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like!
Description: “Black Cherry Crème”
Dark reds are my go to pedicure shade and this one is perfect for Winter.  It’s dark without going oxblood or too vampy, making it versatile.  Great for both work and play.

OCTOBER FREEBIE!
free-gift desiree desiree-swatch
Desiree
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “High-Gloss Holographic Top Coat”
I think this is my favorite free gift Julep has ever included.  Below I’ve got a swatch of Jean with and without the holo topcoat.
jean-holo-comp
This gives a lovely effect and can turn your polishes into unique holo shades.  I had heard some folks were missing these in their orders.  My box was complete and hopefully Julep was able to make it right for any customers that were missing an item.

OVERALL:
julep-10-2016
Verdict:
Love!
I paid $21.39 for this box.  The retail value came out to $76 and the maven value was $60.80.  For just a little over $20 I got two great polishes, a fun and innovative topcoat, plus an awesome night mask. If you regularly use Julep products, I recommend getting a subscription. It’s a great way to stock up on products at a huge discount.

Have you ever tried a holographic polish?
What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
holiday-box

Join Julep and Get a 3-pc Holiday Welcome Box FREE (Limited Time Offer)
(Expires 12/31/16)
COUPON CODE: NEWMAVEN

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: September 2016: Cheers to Five Years!

Chugging through my backlog of boxes, I realized I’m overdue for a Julep Maven box review.  September’s theme was “Cheers to Five Years!” to celebrate Julep’s anniversary.  The collection featured some cute makeup kits and an array of cheerful polishes.
cheers-to-five-years
If you’re interested in grabbing a Julep sub, there’s a great promotion going until 11/25/16. If you’re a new subscriber, use the code FREEFALL and get this 12 piece polish gift set with your subscription.
free-gift-2

MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
open-box-1

open-box-2 eyeliner-set-open
Cheers to Five Years! Mini Eyeliner Set

(Retail $40.00/Maven Price: $32.00)
Description: “Five brand-new mini shades of our cult classic eyeliner, When Pencil Met Gel. 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.”
eyeliner-swatches
Set includes (swatches from left to right):
When Pencil Met Gel – Galaxy Black Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Deep Sea Foam Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Gilded Gold Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Lilac Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Ultraviolet
Verdict: Love!
I love Julep eye gliders because they go on so easily and have great staying power.  As soon as  I saw the fun colors, I knew I had to grab this set.  The shimmer in the black really shows up, and the sea foam shade has a great boho vibe.  The gold is more of an antique tone and feels art deco.  The lilac is my least favorite of the bunch as it reads a bit faded.  The Ultraviolet is a fun shade that feels kind of 80s (but in a good way).  This is a fun set to play with and while I wouldn’t pay the retail price of $40, I think it’s worth at least $18.  Julep has tons of great holiday sales so keep this in mind if you see a great coupon code.

meredithmeredith-swatch
Meredith

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Sea Mist Chrome”
I love mints and sea foam shades and this one is lovely.  I think the shimmer in it will make it great to wear during the holiday season.

SEPTEMBER FREEBIE!
You’ll note that there’s no picture here.  Why?  Well, it’s another one of those unfortunately consistent Julep screw-ups.  As part of Julep’s anniversary, they promised to include a free makeup bag in every box…except of course they didn’t.  People had to ask about it and when they did Julep said the bags arrived not up to their standards and so they didn’t include them.  No mention of including them at any other time.  I believe people who complained to Julep might have gotten a free item or a coupon code, but they didn’t offer that to everyone affected–you had to call and complain.  I didn’t bother since it was a free item and I didn’t really need another makeup bag, but this constantly promising things they can’t deliver needs to stop.

OVERALL:
julep-august-2016
Verdict:
Good
This box would have been a “love” if not for the makeup bag fiasco.  I paid $21.39 and got a great little eyeliner set and a pretty polish.  The retail value on these items is $54 and the maven value is $32.  The eyeliner set features a lot of colors I didn’t already own and that I think will look great for the holidays.  It’s fun to experiment with bright eye colors and a mini kit is a great way to try lots of things without committing to the cost of one full size product.

Have you ever tried a colorful eye liner?
What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
free-gift

Free 12-pc Fall Nail Polish Gift Set for New Subscribers ($168 Value!)
(Expires 11/25/16)
COUPON CODE: FREEFALL

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: August 2016 Endless Summer! A Halloween Mystery Box Plus 20% Off!

At long last, I’ve gotten to the last August box review that’s been sitting on the shelf.
Julep Maven offered their “Endless Summer” collection which is perfectly appropriate for today since it’s like 80 degrees in NYC in mid October.  Before I jump into all the info on a new mystery box, my review and more Julep gossip, I’ve got some awesome coupon codes and offers.  For 20% off your julep.com purchase use coupon code LETSGET20  (expires on 10/31/16).  If you’re interested in subscribing there are some great free gift offers, just jump down to the backstory for my affiliate links and coupon codes.
endless-summer
BEWITCHED GLOW MYSTERY BOX
mystery-box
(Price: $24.99 – Estimated Retail Value $106)
Description: “Something wickedly fun this way comes. This intriguing mystery box includes a fan-favorite black polish, a glow-in-the-dark top coat, and more. Don’t be left in the dark!”

This mystery box definitely includes:
xena-dollop xena-light xena-dark
   Xena (Boho Glam)
Description: “Glow-In-The-Dark Glitter Top Coat”

     johnny-dollop johnny-swatch
Johnny (Bombshell)
Description: “True Black Crème”

   Plus Additional mystery items of beauty products and polish
Hurry this offer ends 10/19/16!

MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
open-box

Sadly, it seems these days we can’t get a month without another Julep issue.  This collection offered an invisible sunscreen gel called “No Excuses”.  It did not live up to its name because like Julep’s other sun-related products, it was delayed and didn’t come in this box.  Julep did go big on making it up to mavens, by sending those who ordered the sunblock (myself included) a $50 credit for their site.  That seemed like a very generous solution and my only issue was that there was an expiration date to the credit that wasn’t clearly listed.  If not for all my Facebook friends who are mavens I might have missed out on using mine.

The Missing Product:
no_excuses
No Excuses Invisible Sunscreen Gel

(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Description: “completely transparent, fast-absorbing face sunscreen in an essence-gel base that delivers Broad Spectrum SPF 40 protection from UVA/UVB rays.  This lightweight gel goes on smoothly and dries quickly to a satin finish, making it perfect to wear under makeup.  To use: Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Reapply at least every two hours.”
Verdict: Isn’t it ironic, don’t think?
Seems like this product is full of excuses.  It only became available for sale, fairly recently so I opted not to order this since my Fall/Winter sunblock needs are pretty well met.  This product was also not available for the Canadian mavens at all.  While I appreciate Julep’s ambition, they need to focus on doing the things they can do very well, rather than attempting things they can’t truly pull off with the resources they have.

stephanie stephanie-swatch
Stephanie
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Juicy cherry holographic”
I’m a sucker for red polishes in general so I had to snap up this holo polish.  I think it will be fun come Christmas time.

zori zori-swatch
Zori
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Cotton candy holographic jelly”
What’s better than a jelly polish?  A holographic jelly polish!  I find sweet pinks and nudes holos to be super flattering and a more understated way to do holos.  This one is just so pretty.

 MARCH FREEBIE!
candy
Free Candy!

OVERALL:
julep-august-2016
Verdict:
Good
So this box is a tough one to calculate.  If I’d gotten the box I ordered (with the sunblock) it would have had a retail value of $56 and a maven value of $44.80.  For the retail polish prices + my $50 credit, I got a $78 value.  With the maven value + store credit, we come out to $72.40.  I used Jules I’d saved up for this box so I ended up getting it for free.  The only reason this box doesn’t have a “hit” rating is because of Julep’s disorganization. I appreciate that they try to make it right, but problems have turned into the rule rather than the exception, and that needs to change. I wish I could tell you that Julep’s problems stopped in August, but there’s more Julep gossip to share in my next reviews, so be sure to come back.

Have you ever tried a holographic polish?
What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
free-132-gift

Free $132 Always Sunny Beauty Gift with New Subscription
(expires 10/31/16)
8 Piece
Free 8 pc Beauty Gift with New Subscription
(expires 10/31/16)
Get this  8 Piece set when you join Julep!
COUPON CODE
: COLOR8

Join Julep and Get Your First Box Free (Limited Time Offer)
(expires 11/3/16)
COUPON CODE: Treat

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: July 2016 Into the Sea! Plus 20% Off!

It’s more time to get caught up with my backlog of summer boxes, so today I’ve got my beloved Julep Maven subscription.  Before I get into all the details, I’ve got some awesome coupon codes and offers.  For 20% off your julep.com purchase use coupon code LETSGET20  (expires on 10/31/16).  If you’re interested in subscribing there are some great free gift offers, just jump down to the backstory for my affiliate links and coupon codes.
july-2016-julep-polish

July offered some really pretty ocean inspired polish shades and Julep’s brand new SPF sheer lip butters.  Unfortunately, there was a controversy to mar this new launch.  When mavens got their boxes, the lip sheers were set to expire in just one month.  Julep clarified that the product itself wouldn’t expire, but the SPF in it would no longer have full potency after the expiration date.  As you can imagine that didn’t go over so well since many folks (like myself) bought these because they thought they’d be great for wearing in the sun.  And who finishes an entire lipstick in a month?

Julep offered refunds when contacted and I ended up getting my whole box comped which was really nice of them to do.

So enough controversy let’s try out the products.
MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
open-box  open-box-2

Love the quote we got this month:
quote

Sheer Lip Butters
(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Description: “A luxuriously silky lip butter that glides on weightlessly to deliver a sheer wash of color plus the ultimate SPF 30 Broad Spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Crafted with a nourishing blend of moisturizing butters and natural oils, Lip Shade gives you the color you want and the protection you need..”
Lip Shade Plumeria
plumeria
Lip Shade Crimson
crimson-lip-sheer
lip-sheer-swatches
(Plumeria, Crimson)

Verdict: Hit!
The only thing wrong with these lip products is that the SPF expires.  The packaging on these is feels luxe and high end and the sheerness can be built up for more or less coverage.  If you’re someone who wants to try out brighter shades but is intimidated, these would be the perfect option to ease you into color.  The sheerness is so much more wearable than something like a matte liquid lipstick.  These also feel great on your lips.  If Julep can release these without the SPF, they will fly off the shelves like hotcakes. (Do hotcakes really fly off shelves?  I’ve always wondered.)

tomi tomi-swatch
Tomi
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Bermuda blue holographic jelly”
Jellies are my jam (you know what I mean) so I had to snag this and its absolutely lovely.  The holo catches the light and the blue is so pretty and serene.

ADD-ONS
camilla camilla-swatch
Camilla
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like!
Description: “Grape Lollipop Jelly”
I can’t say no to jelly polishes.  This is a juicy purple that’s really playful.  This will be fun for jelly sandwich looks.

 MARCH FREEBIE!
candy
Free Candy!
I love gummies and this one was super juicy.

OVERALL:
julep-july-2016
Verdict:
Hit!
I was originally charged $28.87 for this box and the retail value came out to $72.00 with a maven value of $57.60.  Because of the SPF situation I received the box for free.  Now if the lip products hadn’t had an expired component I would have been really happy with paying the $28.87.  I’d also gladly have bought more lip butters.  They are a perfect everyday product and the packaging feels very durable. I hope that Julep can formulate them without the problematic SPF component as I’d love to order more.   I wish I could tell you that this was the last Julep controversy this year, but there are some more coming, so be sure to check back for the gossip.

Do you like SPF in your lip products?  Why or why?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
free-132-gift
Free $132 Always Sunny Beauty Gift with New Subscription

(expires 10/31/16)
8 Piece
Free 8 pc Beauty Gift with New Subscription
(expires 10/31/16)
Get this  8 Piece set when you join Julep!
COUPON CODE
: COLOR8

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.