Julep Maven: June 2016 Midsummer Light! Plus 20% Off!

It’s time to get caught up with the sub box that started my addiction, 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 is a fabulous free gift offer, just jump down to the backstory for my affiliate links and coupon codes.
June Collection

June’s collection offered soft summery polishes and new blush sticks. I thought the colors were lovely, but many were similar to ones I already owned so I opted to pick up only one polish and grab some other beauty items.

Let’s get to it.
Open Box
MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
Gel Pencil Gold Pencil Swatch
When Pencil Met Gel – Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Sunset Gold

(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: “Color description: Golden Amber Shimmer  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.”
Julep eyeliners have a great formula so I tend to jump at trying any of the new colors.  This one is pretty and goes on smooth (just like the other shades) but I’m not sure I can pull it off.  It’s going to require some experimenting.

Shower Gel
Rethink Your Shower – Hydrating Body Cleansing Oil

(Retail $38.00/Maven Price: $30.40)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “An ultra-hydrating, lightweight body cleansing oil that reaches deep to dissolve impurities and prep skin for exfoliation, then rinses away to reveal silky, nourished skin.”
I really like this shower gel, it’s hydrating while still giving your skin a clean feeling, and the scent is light and fresh.  I do think it’s quite overpriced (even at a maven discount) so I like to add this to my box when I need more.  If you enjoy Julep products, the customizable subscription is a great way to stock up at a great discount.

Naveena Naveena Swatch
Naveena
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “Lush jungle teal jelly.”
I love jelly polishes and this was such a pretty shade I had to grab it. Teal is one of my all time favorite colors and I think it’s a great year round shade.

ADD-ONS
Voila!
Voila! – Nail Polish Thinner
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Specially formulated for Julep nail colors, these drops magically restore your favorite polish to its ideal consistency so you get more out of every bottle.”
Folks have been begging for this product forever and I’m so glad Julep finally caved.  If you’ve got a giant polish collection, you may have bottles you don’t use for a while and they get a bit thick.  A touch of thinner will make them perfectly useable again.  As a PSA, don’t use acetone to thin your polishes.  It will ruin them!  Just grab a bottle of polish thinner instead.  A little goes a long way and a bottle will last you quite some time.

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

OVERALL:
Julep June 2016 Maven Box
Verdict:
Hit!
The retail value on this box comes out to $82.00 while the Maven Value was $65.60.  I paid $28.87 and I got quite a lot for my money.  The only item I’m iffy about is the gold eyeliner, but even excluding that I think I got a great bang for my buck.

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
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.

Julep Maven Luxe: January 2016 – New Year, Fresh Look Collection & a 20% off Coupon Code!

It’s time to kick off my 2016 Julep subscription with their New Year, Fresh Look Collection. Julep also currently has a great coupon code that’s valid through 2/28/16 –You can save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20.

Since there were so many great holiday polishes, I opted to keep my Maven luxe box for another month. Prepare yourself for lots of swatches!
Let’s get to it!
MAVEN LUXE BOX
Open Box 1 Open Box 2

Orchid Shimmer Box Orchid Shimmer Close
Julep Orchid Shimmer Swatch Orchid Swatch #2
It’s Balm – Dusty Orchid Shimmer (Retail $20.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: Okay
Description: “A full-coverage lip crayon with a moisturizing treatment core in the middle..” 
I’ve been hunting for the perfect pinkish shade for every day and I thought this might be a great match. Unfortunately, the shade isn’t quite what I expected. It turns a slightly odd shade of pink. (I’ve swatched it in two kinds of light). This does look nice layered with other colors and the formula on the “It’s balm” (I HATE that name) is excellent. This is moisturizing for your lips which is great during these cold winter months.
Shower Gel
Rethink Your Shower – Hydrating Body Cleansing Oil
(Retail $38.00/Maven Price: $30.40)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Our ultra-hydrating, lightweight body cleansing oil that reaches deep to dissolve impurities and prep skin for exfoliation, then rinses away to reveal silky, nourished skin.”
This item was a restock for me. This shower gel has a light citrus scent and doesn’t leave my skin feeling super dry like some cleansers can. It’s quite pricey (even with the maven discount) so I love being able to add it to my Maven box.

JanieJanie Swatch
Janie:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Whisper pink sheer crème
I am sort of obsessed with pink and nude sheers. I like to use them for jelly sandwich and negative space manicures.

MariahMariah Swatch
Mariah:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Plum eclipse microshimmer
This polish reminded me of my very favorite Julep shade Ciara, so I had to snap it up. I love polishes with contrasting microshimmers and this one is lovely. I’d like to see Julep make more like this but with higher contrast. (Like I’d love to see a dark red, with a dusty seafoam shimmer).

TaliTali Swatch
Tali:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Glacier breeze linear liquid holographic
The holo on this is lovely and I think the light shade is a nice transition from Winter to Spring.

ShayShay Swatch
Shay:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Celadon iridescent chrome
As soon as I saw this one I knew I had to have it. I love these seafoamy greenish shades and this one has wonderful sparkle.

JamieJamie Swatch
Jamie:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Iridescent mylar jagged-cut glitter top coat
I really like the iridescence of mylar and I think this topcoat will be great paired with some jelly polishes.

ADD ONS!

CelesteCeleste Swatch
Celeste:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Cosmic gray iridescent glitter
Cosmic gray iridescent glitter? Who could say no to that? This was only available as an add-on, and I just loved the mix of colors so I had to add it to my collection.

JenniferJennifer Swatch
Jennifer:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Sheer soft pink crème
This is an older Julep color and I’ve had it on my wish list for a long time. Another pink sheer, but this one is a bit warmer and more opaque. I think this one will be great for interviews.

MelindaMelinda Swatch
Melinda:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Fuchsia berry liquid holographic
Another Julep holo! I loved the saturated dark raspberry color of this one. I think this will be another great transition shade as we move toward Spring.


JANUARY FREEBIES!
Candy
Yah for Free Candy!

ADD-ON FREEBIE!
Add-on Gift

Janae: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love/Gift!
Description: Cool charcoal crème
I love charcoal shades of polish. They are a great way to look edgy and polished without the harshness of black. I have a lot of shades similar to this so I’m on the fence about keeping this one for myself or giving it as a gift. Decisions, Decisions.

OVERALL:
Maven Luxe January 2016
Verdict:
Love!
The retail value on this box was a whopping $184.00 and the maven value was $147.20. I paid $60.95, to get 9 polishes, a lip product and a container of shower gel. I think that’s a great deal. For February, I’m heading back to my curated boxes, but it’s hard to resist the pull of Maven luxe with its many discounts, so we’ll see if I don’t opt to upgrade again.

JULEP SPOILER
Julep should be revealing it’s products and shades for March soon and I’ve heard that a new featured product will be…drumroll….a Detoxifying Cleansing Stick! I have no idea what that is but I want it!

What products do you want to see Julep come out with? Different polish finishes? Haircare? More skin items? Dish!

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
Save 20% on your julep.com purchase
with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 2/28/16)

50% of the Valentine’s Welcome Box when you join Julep Beauty

Get a FREE GIFT ($42 value) when you join Julep by 2/14

Get Your First Beauty Box Free With A 3-Month Subscription to Julep

THE BACKSTORY
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 2015 – The Full Drenched Collection!

I usually only splurge on an ultimate upgrade once a year, but Julep’s colors and products in the “Drenched Collection” totally won me over so I went for it. There are lots of swatches and add-ons so get ready for tons of pics.

My Big Julep Box packed with lots of goodies!
Open Box 1 Open Box 2

THE ULTIMATE UPGRADE

Shower
Rethink Your Shower Hydrating Body Cleansing Oil
(
Retail: $38.00/Maven Price: $30.40)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Our ultra-hydrating, lightweight body cleansing oil that reaches deep to dissolve impurities and prep skin for exfoliation, then rinses away to reveal silky, nourished skin.”
I’ve been begging Julep all over social media to make this because I love the bareface oil so much. I was thrilled to see this get included in their skincare line up. It has a lovely citrus scent and leaves your skin soft, clean and hydrated. I do think it’s a tad overpriced for the size, so I’d probably wait until you’ve got a Julep code or a sale offer to grab this one.

Sponge
It’s Fun To Exfoliate All-Natural Body Konjac Sponge

(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “We took our cult-favorite, all-natural Konjac face sponge and made it big enough to use from top to toe.”
I swear I have gone through so many different types of shower sponges, poofs and brushes and I’ve hated them all. This one is awesome. It’s soft with just enough exfoliation to make you feel clean, but not so much that it bothers your skin. It really gives your shower a spa like experience and definitely worth the cost at the maven discount.

Cuticles
Your Cuticles Look Thirsty Fast-Absorbing Cuticle Crème

(Retail $20.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A super-charged mixture of honey, shea butter, vitamin B5, and salicylic acid that hydrates and heals dry, damaged cuticles.”
This felt really nice going on and absorbed quickly.   It had a fresh scent and I thought the size was excellent.

Treatment
Brighter Is Better Oxygen Brightening Nail Treatment

(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict: Like
Description: “A breakthrough nail treatment infused with optical brighteners that hide discoloration, plus lemon extract that, over time, makes your whites whiter and your pinks pinker. Meanwhile, Oxygen Technology delivers oxygen to your nail beds, encouraging strong, healthy growth.”
I’ve heard some mavens say that this treatment can really make your nails look blue in the light when you use it. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I could use a treatment for in-between manicures so I’m happy to see this in the collection.

PoppyPoppy Swatch
Poppy:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Sale Price: $6.99)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Chili pepper jelly
Jellies are my fave and this one is so bright and cheerful. It makes an awesome shade for pedicures. I also think it’s a great transitional shade into Fall.

LaineyLainey Swatch
Lainey:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Summer berry shimmer
I love shimmers and this saturated berry color is beautiful.

CorinneCorinne Swatch
Corinne:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Disappointing
Description: Sandcastle stardust
I had high hopes for this. I thought it would be more like Zoya’s nude pixie dusts, but it’s just more sand and less sparkle. If you want a better version of this, try out Zoya’s Godiva.

AlexaAlexa Swatch
Alexa:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Hyacinth crème
I don’t typically gravitate toward pastels but the dusty quality in this one really appeals to me.

BrittanyBrittany Swatch
Brittany:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Bleached apricot ghost shimmer crème
I wish there was a touch more shimmer (maybe it’s called ghost because it’s invisible?). I still like the color and I think it could be a nice base for some nail art or a good neutral for the office.

JulianaJuliana Swatch
Julianna:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Pink grapefruit sheer iridescent
This is such a unique shade of orangey pink and I love that it’s sheer so you can build up the coverage. This is definitely one of my favorites from this collection.

AlyssaAlyssa Swatch
Alyssa:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Beachside turquoise crème
This is a sweet, beachy shade that I think will complement a lot of different skintones.

MaraMara Swatch
Mara:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: Thistle blossom stardust
I like this stardust better than Corinne, but I still don’t think it’s as nice as Julep’s previous ones. I’m not sure if they changed the formula or what, but these just aren’t as nice.


JULY FREEBIE!
Candy! It’s free so, yeah for free stuff!
Candy

 

ADD-ONS:

BalmBalm CloseBalm Swatch
It’s Balm (Plush Pout) in Vintage Mauve

(Retail: $16.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “A full-coverage lip crayon with a moisturizing treatment core in the middle.”
I really love the consistency and coverage of Julep’s plush pouts. They are moisturizing while still having excellent staying power. I’ve been searching for a neutral lip shade so I added on the mauve. It runs on the cooler side and suits my coloring really well. I think it’s a perfect every day pink.

Gingerginger Swatch
Ginger:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Back from the vault! Sand linear liquid holographic
This was the “back from the vault” choice for July. I love nude polishes with unique finishes so I added this on. This is definitely a more subtle holo than what you might find in other brands, but I do like it and I think it’s a way to do holos that is work appropriate.

Nail Gems
Nail Diamonds:
(???)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Nail Art Diamond Stickers
These aren’t for sale on the Julep site, but I thought they were adorable and I couldn’t resist. I’m a mess with nail art so little stickers like these are an easy way for me to fancify my mani.

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

Add-on Gift
Ilsa:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Gift
Description: Ink blue crème
I love dark blue cremes, which is why I already own this one so I’m giving it to a friend who will love it.

swatches polishSwatches Labeled Drenched Collection

OVERALL:
July 2015 Julep
Verdict:
Love!

I thought this was a really wonderful collection full of awesome beauty products as well as different finishes and shades. There were nail products for the mani enthusiasts and bath products for the beauty addicts. My only disappointment was with the stardust finishes, but they may improve with some topcoat. Excluding the value of the diamond stickers, I received a retail value of $220.00 and a maven value of $174.99. I paid $102.68 and it was definitely worth it for the variety and quality of the items.

What did you think of the July collection? Did you like the variety as much as I did?

If you love Julep swatches, be sure to come back because I’ve got the August Boho Glam box and the September It Girl reviews coming soon!


THE BACKSTORY

COUPON CODES & LINKS:

Subscription Box Offers & Discounts:
(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.)

Free Custom 4-Piece Welcome Box for New Maven Subscribers – Just Pay $2.99 Shipping
August Birthstone Welcome Box: Join Maven and get the August Birthstone Welcome Box FREE ($58 value) – just pay $2.99 shipping
Korean Skincare Welcome Box: Korean Skincare Welcome Box Free for New Julep Maven Subscribers – just pay $2.99 shipping
Lipstick Welcome Box: Join Julep Maven and get the Lipstick Welcome Box FREE! ($68 value) Just pay $2.99 shipping.
Bold Color Welcome Box: Free Bold with Color Welcome Box for NEW Julep Maven Subscribers!
Treat Me Nail Art Welcome Box: Join Maven and get the Treat Me Welcome Box FREE ($58 value) – just pay $2.99 shipping
Poolside Beauty Box: Join Maven and get the Poolside Beauty Box FREE ($78 value) – just pay $2.99 shipping

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.

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