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’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.
MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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.
Rethink Your Shower – Hydrating Body Cleansing Oil
(Retail $38.00/Maven Price: $30.40)
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.
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
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.
Voila! – Nail Polish Thinner
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
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.
Free is always Fun!
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.
(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.