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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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.

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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!
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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: December 2016: This Way to the Soirée

In my game of review catch-up, today’s lineup has Julep’s This Way to the Soirée December collection which included a bunch of new matte lip shades. Despite my overflowing makeup box, I don’t have many matte lip products so I was excited to nab a few in my box.  If you’d like to try out Julep for yourself, be sure to check out the coupons and offers below.
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 MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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It’s Whipped – Pillow Talk – Matte Lip Mousse

(Retail $20.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: So close to perfect
Description: “A weightless matte lip color that lasts all day and never feels dry. A super-pigmented formula provides saturated color for up to 12 hours of comfortable wear.”
Color: “Victorian Pink Matte”
I’ve been searching for a great everyday pink – something to pair with a simple cat eye. This color was almost perfect, it leans just a touch too yellow for my complexion.  The formula is great though and goes on matte without over-drying your lips.  I don’t get 12 hours out of it, but it’s definitely more durable than a lot of my other lip products.

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It’s Whipped – Pillow Talk – Matte Lip Mousse

(Retail $20.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A weightless matte lip color that lasts all day and never feels dry. A super-pigmented formula provides saturated color for up to 12 hours of comfortable wear.”
Color: “Femme Fuchsia Matte”
I thought I’d take a chance on this one and it is so much lovelier in person than on the screen.  It’s a saturated shade that can go glam or laid back.  I also think it would work well for a variety of skin tones.

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Holographic Shatter Stickers
(Retail $???/Maven Price: $???)
Verdict: Hit!
These aren’t available for individual purchase so I couldn’t link them or give you a price.  I thought they looked really fun and something I could use with my jelly polishes for some interesting looks.

OCTOBER FREEBIE!
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OVERALL:
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Verdict: Like!
While I still haven’t found the perfect everyday matte lip shade, I still thought the lip products were quite nice.  As I mentioned, Julep has a really great formula and I hope they continue to make more shades.  The shatter stickers are fun and great for folks who aren’t adept at nail art, but still want to try something different.  Excluding the cost of the shatter stickers, the retail value of this box was $40 and the maven value was $32.  I paid $21.39 and I think I got my money’s worth.  Even excluding the stickers, that’s like paying $10 per lip product, which is basically akin to drugstore pricing  Personally, I feel the “It’s Whipped” products have superior packaging and formula to  anything I can find in my local Rite Aid.

Have you ever tried a matte lip product?
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.

Julep Maven: November 2016: Light & Shadow!

I’m powering through my Winter 2016 box reviews so today I’ve got Julep’s Light & Shadow November collection including swatches of all the Eyeshadow 101 shades they introduced!  Also, Julep has a great coupon code that expires TODAY.  Get $20 off your $50 Purchase, just use code YOUYEAR at checkout.  At midnight this offer turns into a pumpkin so if you’ve got a long Julep wishlist going, jump on this asap.

I was so excited to see all the new Eyeshadow 101 shades Julep introduced, that I opted to go for a pricier maven box and snag them all.
My maven box came in a large box with a smaller box and my add-on nestled inside.
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MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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Eyeshadow 101 – Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick

(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Description: “A waterproof, crème-to-powder shadow stick on top with a spongy smudger on the other end. Expect huge color payoff and crease-proof, stay-all-day power.”
Pearl Shimmer: Soft Cream Shimmer
Violet Shimmer: Electric Lavender Shimmer
Midnight Blue: Deep Navy Sheen
Burgundy Shimmer: Port Wine Shimmer
Evergreen Shimmer: Forest Green Shimmer
Gunmetal Shimmer: Pewter Shimmer
Copper Shimmer: Cinnamon Shimmer
Verdict: Hit!
These colors are so lovely it’s hard to pick a favorite from the bunch.  The pearl is a great highlight shade that you can use with other eyeshadows in your collection, or just in the inner corner of your eye for that extra bit of pop.  I found the burgundy to be unique and surprisingly wearable and the midnight blue is great for a smoky eye that isn’t too Goth.  I was concerned that the copper shimmer might be too warm for my cool skin tone, but it’s still quite wearable.   The gunmetal is a classic that I reach for everyday and the violet is a really fun, unexpected pop of color.  These eyeshadow sticks come with a blending tip at one end, but I personally don’t use it.  In order for it blend and not erase the product, you need to first saturate it with shadow.  Instead I use my fingers or a brush to blend, and reserve the tip for erasing if I’ve put too much on.  I find myself reaching for eyeshadow sticks during my work week because they are so fast to apply and there’s no need to fuss with brushes.  If you like minimal effort in your makeup application, consider giving these a try.


OCTOBER FREEBIE!
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ADD-ONS:
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Keila

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “Putty Multidimensional Holographic”
I’m a sucker for nude glittery polishes so I had to grab this one.  It has a lot of sparkle and I think it can work for both dressed up and down looks.

 OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Love!
I’ve been saving up jules (rewards you get for your maven sub box orders) and used it to cover the cost of my maven box, so I only paid for my add-on polish.  That brought my out of pocket costs to just $7.48 for all the items you see!  According to my calculations, this box had a retail value of $140 and a maven value of $112 – so not too shabby. Those eyeshadow 101s are really lovely and the Keiko polish is a glamorous update on a neutral shade.  Definitely one of my favorite Julep boxes to date!

Have you ever tried an eyeshadow stick?
What did you think?

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.