Julep Maven: May 2017: Sun Crush

I know it’s been oh so quiet over here, but my plans to clone myself so that one Lisa could go to my day job, another could work on my house, while a third could handle my book promotion, so that I could do my blogging just didn’t pan out. I have managed to sneak out some time to get back to my boxes and soon I will have an actual place to write and take pictures instead of a room full of boxes and junk.

Because my budget is super tight with the renovation of my shack, er house, I skipped Julep boxes for March and April.
In May, I decided to snag a Maven box when Julep featured their Sun Crush collection.
This set brought back some summer favorites like Julep’s sea salt spray, mint pedi cream and sunscreen along with some cheerful new summer polishes.
On to my box…

 MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX

No Excuses – Invisible Sunscreen Gel
(Retail $28.00/Maven Price: $22.40)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A 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.”
Julep actually introduced this last summer, but couldn’t actually get it out to customers.  I had ordered it then, but wasn’t able to try it out.  What I really like about this sunscreen is that it feels nice going on.  It never has that awful stinging feeling sunscreen get can when you start sweating.  It does give you a dewy complexion so if you want to look more matte, than top it with a touch of powder.  I used this as a pale redhead and didn’t burn so it seems pretty effective to me.

Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home
(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Love!
Color Description: Warm Brown
“Two-in-one tool with brow powder and an angled brush to fill in and define your brows.”
I’ve ordered this product many times, I didn’t bother to take it out or swatch it, since you’ve seen it before.  I’ve tried other brow products but Julep’s is hands down my favorite.  It’s easy to apply and stays put.  My only beef, besides the stupid name (seriously Julep, you need to stop with that nonsense) is I’d love to see a shade with a bit of red for us redheads. Both “warm brown” and “cool brown” can work for me, but I think something with a little red too might be even better.

Thin Iridescent Holo Nail Tape
(Retail ???/Maven Price: ???)
Verdict: Like
I had room in my maven box for something small so I added on this nail tape.  At some point I will have my studio finished and I will then actually attempt some fun nail art.  I have no idea how much this costs since you can’t buy it on the Julep site.


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OVERALL:
Verdict: Hit!
As is par for the course these days, I went really practical with my box.  I’ve been hoarding Jules so I got this box for free!  Excluding the tape which I don’t have a value on, this box came out to a retail cost of $52 and a maven cost of $41.60. I use both the items regularly so I’m super happy with my choices. The best thing about Julep’s subscription is the options it gives you to customize or skip.  If you’re like me and you regularly use their products, it’s great to have an option each month to add on what you need at a greatly reduced price.  As a maven you also get lower prices on all Julep products and free shipping.  If you fall in love with any Julep products that you’re going to use regularly, consider signing up for a Maven box.  It’s easy to skip months where you don’t need anything, and when you do, you can grab your favorites at an awesome discount.

What are your favorite beauty products that you use regularly?

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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.
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BEWITCHED GLOW MYSTERY BOX
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(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:
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   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
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MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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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:
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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.

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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.

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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.

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OVERALL:
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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?

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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.