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.

Julep Maven: June 2015 – The Deep End Collection & Coupon Code!

It’s Julep time again and while I skipped my May box, I grabbed a box for June when Julep introduced their “The Deep End” collection which featured new jelly polishes and lip products. I’ve also got a great coupon code for $10 off orders of $30 or more at Julep.com (expires August 7, 2015). Just enter 10OFFYAY must be entered at checkout. (For discounted subscriptions and special offers jump down to The Backstory).

Because I am obsessed with Jelly Finishes, I opted for Julep’s specialty June box called “Jelly Much?” featuring the two Jelly polishes from the June set.
Open Box

JELLY MUCH? BOX
Jelly Much Box!

Eye GliderRadiant Amethyst Swatch
When Pencil Met Gel – Long Last Gel Eyeliner in Radiant Amethyst

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Retail for each: $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Clinically proven to last for 10+ hours, this easy-to-use eye pencil delivers the creamy formula & intense color payoff of a gel eyeliner. The waterproof formula glides on, sets in 30 seconds, and then stays put. Because eyeliner shouldn’t stand in the way of adventures.”
I love Julep’s eye gliders and I’ve been collecting all the new colors. This is a really fun purple that can easily transition into Fall.  The only downside to the product is that Julep gave it a new, ridiculous name.

Jelly Polishes
Lori Swatch
Lori:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Pressed marionberry jelly
Jellies are my favorite finishes and I love various shades of red and berry so this was a must have for me. Julep’s new jellies can become pretty opaque in only 2 coats, so don’t be scared that these are super sheer (like their previous rock candy glazes). Jellies are great for easy nail art (just layer glitter between at least two layers of jelly polish for a jelly sandwich) and can transform other shades when you add a different color of jelly polish over your base color. If you haven’t tried a jelly polish, I recommend nabbing one and having some fun.

Tiffany Swatch
Tiffany:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Pink radish jelly
This is a much brighter color than Lori and perfect for summer. The squishy, almost juicy quality that jelly finishes have works so well in cheerful shades like this one.

JUNE FREEBIE!
Candy!

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

 

ADD-ONS:

Bareface
Bare Face Cleansing Oil

(Retail for each: $28.00/Maven Price: $22.40)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “A lightweight, antioxidant-rich cleanser for all skin types. What it does: Gently and thoroughly dissolves makeup, dirt, and excess oil without over-drying. Leaves skin soft and hydrated with no oily residue. Treats your complexion to a nourishing formula that includes grapeseed oil, olive oil, and Power Cell Complex™, a Julep-exclusive blend of age-defying, skin-boosting, ultra-hydrating ingredients: Rosehip seed oil delivers essential nutrients to soothe and repair.Malvaceae Lipid Extract™ improves barrier function so skin retains moisture.Green coffee bean oil invigorates skin & promotes cell turnover..”
This is a holy grail product for me. Not only will this cleanse your skin but it will break down even your most hardcore makeup on contact. I love winged liner and lots of mascara and Julep’s Bare Face gets it all off easily. It also leaves my combination skin, really soft. This is hands down my favorite Julep product and since I’d just cracked open my backup bottle, I nabbed an extra for a great price.

Luxe LipsBlushing Rose Swatch
Luxe Up Your Lips in Blushing Rose

(Retail $19.20/Maven Price: $19.20)
Verdict: Disappointing
Description: “Enriched with natural ingredients that soothe, hydrate, and plump lips, this silky-smooth treatment delivers major moisture with a hint of tint.”
Julep first introduced these with a light tint of color and I know a lot of mavens were unhappy with the texture, taste and coverage. I actually liked the previous one and was excited when Julep revealed they were releasing a version with more coverage. Unfortunately, I’m not seeing the “more coverage” aspect. This seems just as sheer as the previous color I purchased (Sheer Fig) and while it is a good size, it’s not close to worth the retail price. This is one Julep Product you can skip.

PollyPolly Swatch
Polly:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Vibrant azalea shimmer
This is such a pretty, shimmery fuschia and it just screams out summer. The subtle blue shimmer really makes the shade pop. This one is a perfect summer pedicure color.

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

Free Gift 3 Add-ons Marcy Swatch
Marcy:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Prosecco silk (semi-matte opalescent)
Despite my giant Julep collection, I don’t actually own Marcy. It’s a really sophisticated way to do a shimmer and I’m so happy to have it in my collection.

OVERALL:
June 2015 Julep
Verdict:
Love!

Except for the luxe lip product that was too sheer, I loved everything else in this box. Julep’s jelly polishes are easy to apply and have an excellent color saturation. The other shimmery shades were gorgeous, and the eye glider and Bare Face were wonderful as usual. I paid $56.67 and received products with a retail value of $116.00 and a maven value of $102.40.

Have you ever tried a polish with a Jelly finish? If so, what did you think?

If you love Julep swatches, be sure to come back because I’ve got the full July “Drenched” Collection swatches and the August Boho Glam box review coming soon!

THE BACKSTORY

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
Take $10 off orders of $30 or more at Julep.com
Just enter 10OFFYAY must be entered at checkout. (Expires August 7, 2015)

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.)
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.

Julep Maven: April 2015 – The Paradise Collection – Modern Beauty

I’ve still got a few April boxes to share with you guys including my Modern Beauty box from Julep’s ”The Paradise Collection”, which features brand new brow products and some tropical inspired polishes.

Right after my box shipped out, I received an email from Julep saying they accidentally sent me an extra “Don’t leave your brows at home” instead of the brow gel product I was supposed to receive. They told me to keep my extra product and that they were shipping out my missing item asap. Usually my Julep snafus don’t include free items so this was a nice surprise.  Mistakes happen and it’s great when companies are right on top of correcting them.
Maven Box

MODERN BEAUTY BOX
Open Box 1

Brow
Brow BrushBrow Swatch
Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home
in Warm Brown:
(Retail $24.00/Maven Price: $19.20)
Verdict: (Almost a love)!
Description: “Everything you need to fill in and define your brows. This two-in-one tool includes brow powder and an angled brush.”
The consistency on this is fabulous, it goes on easily, blends well and stays put. I also love that it has an easily included applicator brush. Unfortunately, there are a few problems that kept me from absolutely raving about this.
First, the little pot that you dip the brush into is just a touch too small. It makes it super awkward to apply and get the right amount onto your brush. If Julep just made the bottom piece a little bit wider it would be perfect. Second, Julep’s selection of colors is just not there. They had an incredibly convoluted chart to tell you which shade to pick and it honestly made no sense. It asks you to select based on skin tone, but what happens when your hair color is in opposition to your skin tone? I’m a super pale natural redhead with pink undertones. My hair is warm, my skin is cool and following their charts was like trying to do Calculus. I opted for the “warm brown”, but it’s a tad dark for a natural look. I had actually sent Julep an email when I first heard they were developing brow products begging for an auburn shade. Please someone represent the damn redheads. We may have no souls, but we still need frick’n makeup. I’m going to try out the taupe and see if that works for me, but Julep really needs to create more shades between their “taupe” and “warm brown” options and include something for the gingers.  I’m passing along my extra tube to my sister who is also a redhead, we’ll see how she likes it.

 Brow Gel
Lock Down Your Brows: (Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A clear setting gel infused with brow-boosting peptides and nourishing Power Cell Complex™.
This product is a nice compliment to the brow powder and I found it did a great job of keeping my brows in place without getting hard or weirdly crunchy.


MARCH FREEBIE!
Freebie

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

 ADD-ONS:

Gel GliderGlider Swatches
Gel Eye Gliders
in Indigo and Forest Green Shimmer
(Retail for each: $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Clinically proven to last for 10+ hours, this easy-to-use eye pencil delivers the creamy formula & intense color payoff of a gel eyeliner. The waterproof formula glides on, sets in 30 seconds, and then stays put. Because eyeliner shouldn’t stand in the way of adventures.”
I’m kind of obsessed with Julep’s eye gliders so I’ve made it one of my makeup priorities to collect them all. These go on really smoothly and stay on me fairly well (when I use an eye primer). I think both of these shades will make my brown eyes and red hair pop.

Danielle PolishDanielle Swatch
Danielle:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Cerulean wave duochrome
I don’t have any shades in a really tropical blue and I’m a sucker for duochromes so I opted to try this polish out. I like the color although I’m not seeing much of a duochrome affect.

ADD-ON FREEBIE:
If you take 3 or more add-ons, Julep offers a free mystery gift.
Add-on Gift
Julep Lip Gloss
in Vivid: (Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: Gift
Description: “ A gorgeous lip gloss that offers subtle color, unstoppable shine, and luscious hydration. (Iridescent burgundy shimmer with Power Cell Complex™)”.
This is a really pretty shade and a lot more wearable than it seems at first glance. Unfortunately, I have a ton of glosses right now so I’m going to add this to someone’s birthday gift.

OVERALL:
Full Box
Verdict:
Love!

Despite some small issues with Julep’s brow powder, I really love the product and use it regularly. The gel works well, the eye gliders are lovely and the polish is a nice shade for summer. The Vivid gloss was definitely a nicer freebie than I’ve gotten in other boxes so April proved itself to be a great month to nab a Maven box. I paid $43.83 and received products with a retail value of $108.00 and a maven value of $89.60.

Have you tried Julep’s new brow products? If so were the colors a good match for you?

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.

Julep Maven: March 2015 – The POP! Collection – Modern Beauty

In March, Julep introduced “The POP! Collection” featuring their new lipstick line and lots of bright shades. I couldn’t resist the new beauty products so I opted for Modern Beauty with a bunch of fun add-ons.

Box Open Box

MODERN BEAUTY BOX
Lipstick Box Primp
Primp Swatch
Light On Your Lips
– Primp:
(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A full-coverage lipstick that floats on and feels weightless. Primp: Marsala crème”
Julep swatches are really awful for choosing colors so I took a gamble that Primp would be more of a nude pink, than a hardcore warm brown. Thankfully, my gamble paid off and I got a lovely wearable nude. The lipstick isn’t super moisturizing, but it’s not drying either. Personally I’d wear it over some type of hydrating base or balm. The packaging on this lipstick is quite substantial (it has a magnetic cap) which gives it bonus points.

 Eyeliner Eyeliner Close
Eyeliner Swatch
Fluid Eye Glider: (Retail $20.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “A jet black eyeliner pen with a no-fray precision felt tip that makes it easy to create thin or thick lines.”
I’ve always been skittish with liquid black liners because it’s just so easy to give yourself raccoon eyes instead of the awesome cat eye you were hoping for. I love, love, love this liner. It has a superfine tip which makes it easy to use and it stays put on my super oily lids. This is my favorite liquid liner from any brand that I’ve tried.  Julep really hit a homerun with this.

Lip LinerLipliner Close
Get In Line Invisible Lip Liner:
(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Like!
Description: “A clear, waterproof lip liner that works with any lip color or gloss.”
I’m in the camp that lip liners need to be either nude or invisible. There is nothing more hideous that a super dark line around your lips that does not go with your lipstick at all. I think this will work fabulous with my vampy red lip products. The invisible liner will keep the red from feathering while ensuring I don’t have that dated mismatched liner look.

MARCH FREEBIE!
Candy

Candy! I’m generally not a Smarties fan, but free is always good!

ADD-ONS:

RemoverRemover Close
CTRL + Z Eye Makeup Eraser:
(Retail $10.00/Sale Price: $8.00)
Verdict: Like
Description: “An opthalmologically-tested corrector pen featuring a precision tip loaded with gentle eye makeup remover.”
Oh the pains of perfecting a cat eye. Does anyone ever get both eyes to look the same on the first try? I was so psyched to see this pen because I need all the help I can get when it comes to getting my liner just right. You have to use a light touch with this since the applicator tip is kind of hard and you don’t want to tug much on your delicate eye area. It generally worked but if you remove too much at once then you can end up sort of smearing it around. I love the idea of it, and the execution is mostly there so I’m giving it a “like” rating.

Harmony BottleHarmony Swatch
Harmony:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Holographic jagged-cut glitter top coat
I love jagged glitter so I had to grab this. I think it will be fabulous for jelly sandwich style manicures where you layer glitter between sheer polish.

Ming BottleMing Swatch
Ming:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Sheer wild orchid jelly
Jelly polishes are my favorite finish, so the moment I heard Ming was a jelly it was going in my box. This is such a pretty romantic shade for Spring. It makes me think of Monet paintings and wildflowers.

Ali BottleAli Swatch
Ali:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description:   Hint of mint soft focus (semi-matte)
I wanted to try at least one of Julep’s new “soft focus” finishes, so because I love mint I opted for Ali. I’m not quite sold on it, since it can read a little more white than I would like. I’ll need to experiment with it a bit to see how really feel.

Lucky BottleLucky Swatch
Lucky:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like!
Description: Kelly green and gold coin multi-dimensional, full coverage glitter
I grabbed this because I don’t have much in bright greens and I thought it would be nice to have a St. Patrick’s day polish amongst my stash.

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

Addon Freebie
Francis:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Déjà vu anyone?
Description: Celery green crème
Poor Francis, she’s like a social awkward cousin that your mother keeps forcing you and your friends to hang out with even though no one wants to. Julep has been handing out Francis in all kinds of mystery bags and freebies. The saddest part for me is I purchased Francis when she first came out, and now I’ve lost track of how many I’ve received. I just give them out as gifts and this is a freebie, so it’s all good.

OVERALL:

Full BoxVerdict: Love!

I’m in love with Julep’s new liquid liner and their beauty offerings this month were practical picks that will get a lot of use. I adore the Ming polish and I’ll have some fun playing with the other shades. This box had a ton of product and I only paid $56.65. The regular retail for this haul would be $133.60 and even with the regular maven discount, I’d still have to pay $114.80

Have you tried Julep’s new liquid liner or any of their new lipstick line?

JULEP NEWS!
Julep has a new mystery box for April! There are two options, one with all beauty and one with all polish. They also feature two new polishes: Pamela & Cora. You pay $24.99 and are guaranteed to receive $100+ product value. Some lucky folks will also find a Markkit necklace along with their Julep goodies! Good luck!

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.

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!
Get a free glam clutch & polish with your $25+ Order – Just use code: REDCARPET at Checkout!

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.

Julep Maven: January 2015 – The Chrysalis Collection – Modern Beauty

For January, Julep introduced “The Chrysalis Collection” which was chock full of beauty products I wanted to try so I nabbed the Modern Maven box and maybe (just maybe) went a bit overboard with the add-ons.
Box
So let’s dive into some products and some swatches.
Open Box

MODERN BEAUTY BOX

Scrub
Brilliance Glycolic Hand + Body Scrub:
(Retail $32.00/Maven Price: $25.0)
Verdict: Love for Product/Miss for Packaging
Description: “This dual-action exfoliating scrub instantly reveals brighter, smoother skin—like a facial for your hands and body! 90% of users noticed softer, younger-looking skin after just one treatment.”
This is the same formula as Julep’s awesome hand scrub but megasized so you can use it for your body. I love this scrub. It’s super gentle and the ability to squeeze it from a tube (as opposed to the many jarred scrubs) is a huge bonus. Unfortunately, as soon as I used mine I got a tiny bit out, then no more would come.  I did everything I could (including standing on the tube) and still nada. The hole is super super small and the scrub is pretty dense. I have a call out to Julep about it, but I think I’m going to need to bust out my exacto knife to cut a bigger opening. Others seem to have no issue with it so it may just be my version that is defective. This is also available in the original smaller size and I’ve had no packaging issues with that version.


Lip Treatment Lip Swatch
Luxe Lip Treatment in Fig:
(Retail $24.00/Maven Price: $19.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “Enriched with natural ingredients that soothe, hydrate, and plump lips, this silky-smooth treatment delivers major moisture with a hint of tint. The cooling tip soothes lips and boosts microcirculation.”
This product has gotten a lot of mixed reviews and even though I really like it, I can see why other folks might not. Let’s start with the positives. This is a slightly tinted lip treatment that has a thin consistency. It’s not at all sticky and gives just a shimmery hint of color. I found it to be very moisturizing and the oil like consistency and organic taste didn’t bother me as it did with some other reviewers. I also would have loved just a touch more pigment to it. On the negative side, the price listed is way too high. The product is generously sized, but for a lip treatment with so little color payoff, I think $12 would be a more appropriate price point. (Although I have no issue with it in a maven box since that has a huge discount).

ADD-ONS:

BorealisBorealis Swatch
Orbital Eyeshadow – Borealis:
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict: You had me at hello
Description: Charcoal with peacock pearlescence
Once I saw this shadow as an add-on option, I knew it would be mine. Then I got it home and fell instantly and completely in love. This is possibly my favorite eyeshadow ever. It should be labeled “smoky eye for dummies”.   You just apply it to your lid and boom you look like you have a smoky eye from a magazine. (No need to blend with other colors or add layers – it does the job all on its own).   As a pale ginger, smoky eyes are difficult for me to pull off without looking like a zombie and this shade is damn perfect. It’s got a mix of colors that work so well with my brown eye and red hair.  Based on swatches from other folks it also seems to works on a ton of other skin tones. If you’re thinking about grabbing this, go for it, you won’t be sorry.

Eye Gliders Glider Swatches
Gel Eye Glider in Navy Smoke and Olive:
(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Clinically proven to last for 10+ hours, this easy-to-use eye pencil delivers the creamy formula & intense color payoff of a gel eyeliner. The waterproof formula glides on, sets in 30 seconds, and then stays put. Because eyeliner shouldn’t stand in the way of adventures.”
I’ve become obsessed with Julep’s eye gliders and determined to collect all the shades (All I need is graphite shimmer and my quest will be complete!) They go on so easily and have great staying power. I’d put them up against any high end makeup brand’s gel liners. Both navy and olive are great colors for me so I nabbed them both. The navy looks a bit black with my skin complexion but it pairs perfectly with the Borealis shadow. The olive works compliments my brown eyes. I know I’m going to have a great time playing with these.

Luna
Luna Swatch Luna Closeup
Luna:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Light blue duochrome with jagged cut glitter
I have an unhealthy obsession with beauty products named after the moon and this polish really does have a moonlit ethereal feel. I couldn’t resist trying this one out as soon as I got it and it was lovely over Julep’s Shenae.


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

Candy
So along with this lovely candy I received…
Add-on Freebie
Glycolic Hand Scrub: (Retail $23.00/Maven Price: $18.40)
Description: “Whisk away dirt and oil and reveal noticeably softer and younger looking hands after just one use. You’ll be surprised that something so effective smells so good! (Insider tip – try this gorgeous scrub all over your body, it’s even gentle enough for your face.)”
This is the original scrub in its smaller packaging. Since I love this product I’m happy to have an extra.

ANOTHER FREEBIE!
Freebie Metamorphic Topcoat
Metamorphic
Julep had an email sign up where we could grab a free “metamorphic” topcoat with our box. These are sheer, tinted topcoats that change the polish beneath them. There are three different shades (blue, green, magenta) and you’d randomly get one in your box.

Tilda Polish Tilda Swatch
Tilda:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Green pearlescent silk top coat
These topcoats have not made an appearance yet on the Julep site, but they are add-ons for the February box. I went ahead and estimated the price based on what Julep typically introduces new polish for.

So that we could see what this topcoat can do I swatched it over Julep’s Jet (Black) and Julep’s Amity (Silver).
Below is a before and after side by side.
Before Tilda After Tilda
Tilda gives light colors a slight sheen, but has a much more noticeable effect on darker shades. I can’t wait to try out the other two.

OVERALL:
Full Box
Verdict:
Love!

I think this is one of my favorite Julep boxes ever. I love and will use everything I ordered. I paid $56.66 for all these items (including all the freebies) and received a retail value of $157.00 and a maven value of $125.60.

I can’t recommend the Borealis shadow or the eye gliders enough and I’ve already had a ton of fun playing around with the Luna and Tilda polishes.

If you want a sneak peek at Julep’s February collection, take a look at my blog post about Julep’s NYC Maven meetup which is chock full of swatches. I’ve ordered the full set of Metamorphic polishes for February so be sure to come back if you want to see how the other two metamorphic shades fare.

Did you pick up any items from the Julep January collection? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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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.

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

NEW MYSTERY BOX!
Julep has a brand new mystery box the “I woke up like this” box featuring the new shade Tanith for $24.99

JULEP SIGN UP OFFERS
Beauty-Full Welcome Box:
Join Julep Maven and get the Beauty-Full Welcome Box FREE! ($42 value) Just pay $3.99 shipping

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Valentine Welcome Box: Join Maven and get 50% off and FREE Shipping on your Valentine Welcome Box


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.

Julep Maven: December 2014 – The Countdown Collection – Classic with a Twist Box

For December, Julep introduced “The Countdown Collection” featuring their new orbital eyeshadows. As one of the “grandmothered’ mavens with a non-customizable box, I opted for the Classic with a Twist box and then went a bit overboard with add-ons. (There was glitter involved and I just couldn’t help myself).
Big Julep Box

Julep sent me a giant box, with lots and lots of crinkle paper and my usual little box nestled inside. Julep went a bit overboard this season with the packing so I’m now searching for alternate uses of crinkle paper.
Open Big Julep Box

THE CLASSIC WITH A TWIST BOX

IlgaIlga Swatch
Ilga:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like!
Description: Rich Bordeaux crème
The biggest section of my polish hoard is for dark reds so I opted for this classic box so I could nab this one. It’s very pretty and while not super exciting I think it’s a great shade for pedicures.


Sienna
Sienna:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Gift
Description: Sophisticated, shimmery gold
If you love Julep than this one might seem familiar. Julep has now started to reissue one “retired” color each month and December’s was Sienna. I already own this shade so I included this in a Christmas gift. It’s both sophisticated and fun, so it’s a great addition to your polish collection. I do wish that Julep would feature the “retired” polishes as add-ons only since many of us long-term mavens already have them.

SupernovaSupernova Swatch
Supernova:
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: Charcoal with electric orchid pearlescence
All the orbital eyeshadows looked so cool that it took me a long time to decide which ones to choose. I decided to gamble on this purple shade because I don’t have anything similar in my current makeup arsenal. The problem is that it sort of looks like a giant glittery bruise on me. I’ll definitely need to experiment with this color so I don’t look like Glenda the Good Witch gave me a black eye. Also keep in mind that these orbital shades are incredibly glittery—like holy,Batman that’s a lot of glitter, glittery.

ADD-ONS:

MoonglowMoonglow Swatch
Moonbeam:
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Silver with lilac pearlescence
I wanted to treat myself to another orbital eyeshadow so I could try to use them together. I’m sort of in love with any colors that use the word “moon” in them and I thought I could use the silver layered with all kinds of other shadows I own. This is basically a beautiful luminous silver glitter and with a light touch I think I could even get this to work for day time.

 

Topcoat
Silk Effect Topcoat:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: A fast-drying, silk finish top coat.
I haven’t gotten a chance to try this out yet, but I’m giving it a positive review for the sole reason that I really want to see Julep making more interesting topcoats. If you’re not a polish collector, these types of topcoats can really expand your collection by offering different finishes for the polishes you already use. I’m looking forward to trying this one out with some metallics.

Reindeer
Reindeer Games Duo:
(Retail $28.00/Maven Price: $20.00)
Verdict: Hit!/Gift
Description:
Duo includes:
Neely (It Girl):
Sparkling cranberry full-coverage glitter
Nic (Bombshell): Black crimson crème
Neely Neely Swatch
I already own Nic and love the shade, so that one went into the gift pile. I bought this set exclusively to get Neely. I hate that Julep pairs these new polishes with old ones since it penalizes their most loyal customers who collect all the shades. I just wait until the set gets low enough in cost that the dupe(s) becomes just a free bonus. When I nabbed this set it was $7.99, so it was worth it for me, but I wouldn’t pay full price for it, even though I think Neely is gorgeous.

NellNell Swatch
Nell:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Blushing holographic full-coverage glitter
Photos do not do Nell justice. If magic could be a nail polish color, it would be this one. It is this beautiful pale pink with an amazing rainbow sparkle. It’s the shade every little girl who dresses up like a Princess wants to wear and every woman who remembers that fondly would enjoy gazing at. Even in the bottle this color is gorgeous and I consider it a Julep must have.

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

So along with this lovely candy I received…
Free Gift
Blank Canvas Lip Pumping Primer: (Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $7.99)
Description: A multitasking primer that preps lips for flawless, all-day color.
Julep has been trying to unload these for a while, since they’ve been popping up in mystery boxes for some time, but it’s free so I can’t complain. I’m going to add this to my stack of lip primers that are going into some gifts.

OVERALL:
Full Box
Verdict:
Hit!

I paid $55.59 for all these items (including the freebie) and received a retail value of $142.00 and a maven value of $100.60, so I feel like I got a great value.

I really thought the orbital shadows were a fun new product even if I’m not sure I can pull off the looks. Nell was amazing and it was great to see the silk topcoat, but a lot of the other colors in this collection were a bit dull. Julep’s holiday collection on the other hand was a-mah-zing but you could only nab them in exclusive sets (like Neely in the Reindeer duo). I think that Julep creating two separate full collections really split their focus. They should have combined the two offerings into a fabulous December collection full of exclusive add-ons instead of a lackluster December collection and a fabulous, but hard to acquire Holiday set.

Did you pick up any items from the Julep December collection? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

JULEP NEWS!
Join Maven and get 50% off and FREE Shipping on your Winter Escape Welcome Box!

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 polishes retail at $14.00 each, so a Maven box of two to three brand new polishes for under $20.00 is a great steal.

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 2014 – The Friendsgiving Collection – It Girl Box

For November, Julep introduced the Friendsgiving Collection with the new featured beauty products being two different types of mascaras, (Length Matters Wow-Impact Mascara and Go Big Volumizing Mascara). This collection had some eye catching shades but a lot of them felt similar to other Julep colors I already own.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m still one of the old school folks with a non-customizable box so I have to choose between the preset options. Thanks to my sub box addiction, I have quite a supply of black mascara so I opted to do the It Girl box that featured only polishes and gift a couple of the shades.
Box
Open Box

THE IT GIRL BOX
It Girl

Kiki Swatch
Kiki:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Oceanic silver shimmer
I’m a sucker for oceany shades so this was a must have for me. It has a lovely shimmer to it and is interesting while still being a touch understated. This is my favorite shade in the collection.

I didn’t swatch the other two shades since I’ll be using them as gifts:

Marzia:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Gift
Description: Pewter chrome
This seems like a pretty color, but is way too similar to other Julep shades I have. I do think it would be nice for accent nails and Holiday parties.

Ilsa: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Gift
Description: Ink blue crème
Am I the only one who feels like Julep puts this shade in every single collection? It’s like every single one has a dark blue in a very similar hue to this one. I like the color but I have at least 5 other polishes that are similar to this, so it goes into the Christmas Stash.

ADD-ONS:
Add Ons
I really liked a couple shades so I splurged and got two add-ons.

Devon Swatch
Devon:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: Slate grey with fuchsia microshimmer
I love greys that have colorful shimmer so I snagged this right away. While it’s a pretty color, the shimmer isn’t as obvious as I expected it to be. It’s not bad, but it’s not quite what I was hoping for.

Fazia Swatch
Fazia:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Liquid garnet shimmer
Dark reds are one of my makeup obsessions so I am almost always compelled to grab the one featured in each collection. This isn’t new or daring, but it’s got a lovely look to it and I think it will look really intriguing with a matte topcoat.

FREEBIE:

Freebie
Plie Wand Cap & Candy

Freebies are always good and since I have a plié wand set I can use this, but it seems like a waste for the folks that don’t have a wand. Still, free things are always nice!

OVERALL:
Full Box

Verdict: On the Fence
I really liked Kiki, but I found a lot of the other shades to be a bit too similar to others from recent collections. I’d love to see Julep experiment with different finishes and color combinations. This box had a retail value of $70.00 (and a maven value of $55.60) and I paid $36.35 so I definitely got a value from it, although I think the only “must have” color out of the bunch was Kiki.

Did you pick up any colors from the Friendsgiving Collection? If so, I’d love to hear your opinions!

JULEP NEWS!
Limited Edition Jingle Bells Welcome Box Valued at $58 FREE for New Maven Subscribers (Pay $2.99 Shipping)

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:
Maven Subscription: $19.99 – Monthly Maven box where you choose from the boxed sets in each category.

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 polishes retail at $14.00 each, so a Maven box of two to three brand new polishes for under $20.00 is a great steal.

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: October 2014 – The Black Magic Collection – Bombshell Box

For October, Julep introduced the intriguing Black Magic Collection. I’m still one of the hold-outs with a non-customizable box so I still have to choose between the preset options. This month I went with the Bombshell box and snagged one add-on.
Box Open Box 1 Open Box 2

The one thing I love about the October collection is that it always has that spooky, dark Halloween vibe. Now enough chitchat let’s get to the box.

THE BOMBSHELL BOX

Mask
Night Shift Sleeping Mask
(Retail $34.00/Maven Price: $27.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A reparative moisture mask that does the heavy lifting while you’re fast asleep so you wake up to a brighter, smoother, firmer complexion.”
I was super excited when I saw this mask. It reminds me a lot of the Korean sleeping packs. It’s basically a heavy moisturizer you apply at night before bed and then wash off in the morning. You only use this a couple times a week. It has an amazing spa-like smell (like fresh atermelon) and it goes on really nicely. On nights I used it I did notice my skin was more moisturized when I woke up. I’m definitely going to keep this in my winter time skin routine.

MargaritaMargarita 2
Margarita:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Gift
Description: Palace purple crème
This is a pretty shade but way similar to a lot of things I own and that Julep has put out in the last couple collections. Since it’s that time of year where I start hoarding box items for Christmas gifts, I will be adding this shade to my stash. It’s a nice deep purple and there are a few folks on my list who I think will enjoy this.

Nancy
Nancy:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: Silvery sage metallic
I chose this box mostly to get this shade but it’s a bit more silver than sage so I’m a touch disappointed. It’s a nice color but I do wish there was more green to it.

ADD-ON:

Tia 1Tia
Tia:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Copper and gold glittered black jelly
Jelly finishes are my favorite and Julep doesn’t put out too many so as soon as I saw this one I knew I was going to snap it up. It’s a fun black jelly that was quite apropos for Halloween and it’s a nice addition to my polish collection.

 

FREEBIE:

Freebie
Candy

While very little says Halloween than the quintessential candy corn, I’d really love to see more Julep sample packets. It’s a great way to try products before committing to a full size. There’s also a coupon code for 30% off – each account can use this twice. Use DROP30 before November 30th to save 30% off your purchase.

OVERALL:
Full Box
Verdict: Like
While I really liked the mask and my add-on, Nancy wasn’t quite what I’d been hoping for and Margarita was very similar to other previous Julep shades. The maven value on this order was $60.60 and the retail value was $76.00. I’d been saving up jules so I was able to grab this order for free so it was still a win.

Did you grab any items from the Black Magic Collection? If so, what did you think of them?

 

JULEP NEWS!
Julep Holiday Glam GWP ($120 value) FREE with any $35 purchase – Use code SHINETIME at checkout. (To receive free gift, add a Shine Time Gift set to shopping bag in addition to $35.00+ of other julep.com products.)

Limited Edition Jingle Bells Welcome Box Valued at $58 FREE for New Maven Subscribers (Pay $2.99 Shipping)

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:
Maven Subscription: $19.99 – Monthly Maven box where you choose from the boxed sets in each category.

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 polishes retail at $14.00 each, so a Maven box of two to three brand new polishes for under $20.00 is a great steal.

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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