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.

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