Julep Maven: October 2016: Dark & Stormy Nights!

I finished my Christmas cards and made some headway on my manuscript edits, so I’ve finally earned some time to chat with you about boxes.  Today I’m reviewing my October Julep Maven box.  October’s theme was “Dark & Stormy Nights” and brought some lovely dark shades, a free holographic topcoat and a product favorite.
dark-stormy
If you love Julep products, today they’ve got 40% off for “friends and family”.  Use the coupon code JUSTFORYOU.
At midnight this deal turns into a pumpkin, so if there’s something you want, grab it now!

MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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Night Shift – Deep Sleep Facial Mask

(Retail $34.00/Maven Price: $27.20)
Description: “A reparative moisture mask that does the heavy lifting while you’re fast asleep so you wake up to a brighter, smoother, and firmer complexion.”
Verdict: Gift!
I love this mask.  You just pop it on at bed time and when you wake up your skin is softer and your skin tone is more even.  I already own this, but I nabbed one to use as a gift.

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Ebony

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Graphite Holographic”
This polish is edgy and sparkly and absolutely perfect.  Some holos can be hard to wear in every day settings, but the dark color on this keeps it sophisticated and chic.

jeanjean-swatch
Jean

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like!
Description: “Black Cherry Crème”
Dark reds are my go to pedicure shade and this one is perfect for Winter.  It’s dark without going oxblood or too vampy, making it versatile.  Great for both work and play.

OCTOBER FREEBIE!
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Desiree
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “High-Gloss Holographic Top Coat”
I think this is my favorite free gift Julep has ever included.  Below I’ve got a swatch of Jean with and without the holo topcoat.
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This gives a lovely effect and can turn your polishes into unique holo shades.  I had heard some folks were missing these in their orders.  My box was complete and hopefully Julep was able to make it right for any customers that were missing an item.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Love!
I paid $21.39 for this box.  The retail value came out to $76 and the maven value was $60.80.  For just a little over $20 I got two great polishes, a fun and innovative topcoat, plus an awesome night mask. If you regularly use Julep products, I recommend getting a subscription. It’s a great way to stock up on products at a huge discount.

Have you ever tried a holographic polish?
What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
holiday-box

Join Julep and Get a 3-pc Holiday Welcome Box FREE (Limited Time Offer)
(Expires 12/31/16)
COUPON CODE: NEWMAVEN

THE BACKSTORY
(Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription.  If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel.  You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.)
Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products.  They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:
My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options (Take the quiz here):
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip.  Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday.  You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

Julep Maven: September 2016: Cheers to Five Years!

Chugging through my backlog of boxes, I realized I’m overdue for a Julep Maven box review.  September’s theme was “Cheers to Five Years!” to celebrate Julep’s anniversary.  The collection featured some cute makeup kits and an array of cheerful polishes.
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If you’re interested in grabbing a Julep sub, there’s a great promotion going until 11/25/16. If you’re a new subscriber, use the code FREEFALL and get this 12 piece polish gift set with your subscription.
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MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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Cheers to Five Years! Mini Eyeliner Set

(Retail $40.00/Maven Price: $32.00)
Description: “Five brand-new mini shades of our cult classic eyeliner, When Pencil Met Gel. 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.”
eyeliner-swatches
Set includes (swatches from left to right):
When Pencil Met Gel – Galaxy Black Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Deep Sea Foam Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Gilded Gold Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Lilac Shimmer
When Pencil Met Gel – Ultraviolet
Verdict: Love!
I love Julep eye gliders because they go on so easily and have great staying power.  As soon as  I saw the fun colors, I knew I had to grab this set.  The shimmer in the black really shows up, and the sea foam shade has a great boho vibe.  The gold is more of an antique tone and feels art deco.  The lilac is my least favorite of the bunch as it reads a bit faded.  The Ultraviolet is a fun shade that feels kind of 80s (but in a good way).  This is a fun set to play with and while I wouldn’t pay the retail price of $40, I think it’s worth at least $18.  Julep has tons of great holiday sales so keep this in mind if you see a great coupon code.

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Meredith

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Sea Mist Chrome”
I love mints and sea foam shades and this one is lovely.  I think the shimmer in it will make it great to wear during the holiday season.

SEPTEMBER FREEBIE!
You’ll note that there’s no picture here.  Why?  Well, it’s another one of those unfortunately consistent Julep screw-ups.  As part of Julep’s anniversary, they promised to include a free makeup bag in every box…except of course they didn’t.  People had to ask about it and when they did Julep said the bags arrived not up to their standards and so they didn’t include them.  No mention of including them at any other time.  I believe people who complained to Julep might have gotten a free item or a coupon code, but they didn’t offer that to everyone affected–you had to call and complain.  I didn’t bother since it was a free item and I didn’t really need another makeup bag, but this constantly promising things they can’t deliver needs to stop.

OVERALL:
julep-august-2016
Verdict:
Good
This box would have been a “love” if not for the makeup bag fiasco.  I paid $21.39 and got a great little eyeliner set and a pretty polish.  The retail value on these items is $54 and the maven value is $32.  The eyeliner set features a lot of colors I didn’t already own and that I think will look great for the holidays.  It’s fun to experiment with bright eye colors and a mini kit is a great way to try lots of things without committing to the cost of one full size product.

Have you ever tried a colorful eye liner?
What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
free-gift

Free 12-pc Fall Nail Polish Gift Set for New Subscribers ($168 Value!)
(Expires 11/25/16)
COUPON CODE: FREEFALL

THE BACKSTORY
(Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription.  If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel.  You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.)
Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products.  They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:
My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options (Take the quiz here):
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip.  Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday.  You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

Julep Maven: August 2016 Endless Summer! A Halloween Mystery Box Plus 20% Off!

At long last, I’ve gotten to the last August box review that’s been sitting on the shelf.
Julep Maven offered their “Endless Summer” collection which is perfectly appropriate for today since it’s like 80 degrees in NYC in mid October.  Before I jump into all the info on a new mystery box, my review and more Julep gossip, I’ve got some awesome coupon codes and offers.  For 20% off your julep.com purchase use coupon code LETSGET20  (expires on 10/31/16).  If you’re interested in subscribing there are some great free gift offers, just jump down to the backstory for my affiliate links and coupon codes.
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BEWITCHED GLOW MYSTERY BOX
mystery-box
(Price: $24.99 – Estimated Retail Value $106)
Description: “Something wickedly fun this way comes. This intriguing mystery box includes a fan-favorite black polish, a glow-in-the-dark top coat, and more. Don’t be left in the dark!”

This mystery box definitely includes:
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   Xena (Boho Glam)
Description: “Glow-In-The-Dark Glitter Top Coat”

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Johnny (Bombshell)
Description: “True Black Crème”

   Plus Additional mystery items of beauty products and polish
Hurry this offer ends 10/19/16!

MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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Sadly, it seems these days we can’t get a month without another Julep issue.  This collection offered an invisible sunscreen gel called “No Excuses”.  It did not live up to its name because like Julep’s other sun-related products, it was delayed and didn’t come in this box.  Julep did go big on making it up to mavens, by sending those who ordered the sunblock (myself included) a $50 credit for their site.  That seemed like a very generous solution and my only issue was that there was an expiration date to the credit that wasn’t clearly listed.  If not for all my Facebook friends who are mavens I might have missed out on using mine.

The Missing Product:
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No Excuses Invisible Sunscreen Gel

(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Description: “completely transparent, fast-absorbing face sunscreen in an essence-gel base that delivers Broad Spectrum SPF 40 protection from UVA/UVB rays.  This lightweight gel goes on smoothly and dries quickly to a satin finish, making it perfect to wear under makeup.  To use: Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Reapply at least every two hours.”
Verdict: Isn’t it ironic, don’t think?
Seems like this product is full of excuses.  It only became available for sale, fairly recently so I opted not to order this since my Fall/Winter sunblock needs are pretty well met.  This product was also not available for the Canadian mavens at all.  While I appreciate Julep’s ambition, they need to focus on doing the things they can do very well, rather than attempting things they can’t truly pull off with the resources they have.

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Stephanie
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Juicy cherry holographic”
I’m a sucker for red polishes in general so I had to snap up this holo polish.  I think it will be fun come Christmas time.

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Zori
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Cotton candy holographic jelly”
What’s better than a jelly polish?  A holographic jelly polish!  I find sweet pinks and nudes holos to be super flattering and a more understated way to do holos.  This one is just so pretty.

 MARCH FREEBIE!
candy
Free Candy!

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Good
So this box is a tough one to calculate.  If I’d gotten the box I ordered (with the sunblock) it would have had a retail value of $56 and a maven value of $44.80.  For the retail polish prices + my $50 credit, I got a $78 value.  With the maven value + store credit, we come out to $72.40.  I used Jules I’d saved up for this box so I ended up getting it for free.  The only reason this box doesn’t have a “hit” rating is because of Julep’s disorganization. I appreciate that they try to make it right, but problems have turned into the rule rather than the exception, and that needs to change. I wish I could tell you that Julep’s problems stopped in August, but there’s more Julep gossip to share in my next reviews, so be sure to come back.

Have you ever tried a holographic polish?
What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
free-132-gift

Free $132 Always Sunny Beauty Gift with New Subscription
(expires 10/31/16)
8 Piece
Free 8 pc Beauty Gift with New Subscription
(expires 10/31/16)
Get this  8 Piece set when you join Julep!
COUPON CODE
: COLOR8

Join Julep and Get Your First Box Free (Limited Time Offer)
(expires 11/3/16)
COUPON CODE: Treat

Save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 10/31/16)
Spring Polishes for $5 each!  Check out the great selection here!

THE BACKSTORY
(Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription.  If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel.  You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.)
Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products.  They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:
My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options (Take the quiz here):
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip.  Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday.  You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

Julep Maven: July 2016 Into the Sea! Plus 20% Off!

It’s more time to get caught up with my backlog of summer boxes, so today I’ve got my beloved Julep Maven subscription.  Before I get into all the details, I’ve got some awesome coupon codes and offers.  For 20% off your julep.com purchase use coupon code LETSGET20  (expires on 10/31/16).  If you’re interested in subscribing there are some great free gift offers, just jump down to the backstory for my affiliate links and coupon codes.
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July offered some really pretty ocean inspired polish shades and Julep’s brand new SPF sheer lip butters.  Unfortunately, there was a controversy to mar this new launch.  When mavens got their boxes, the lip sheers were set to expire in just one month.  Julep clarified that the product itself wouldn’t expire, but the SPF in it would no longer have full potency after the expiration date.  As you can imagine that didn’t go over so well since many folks (like myself) bought these because they thought they’d be great for wearing in the sun.  And who finishes an entire lipstick in a month?

Julep offered refunds when contacted and I ended up getting my whole box comped which was really nice of them to do.

So enough controversy let’s try out the products.
MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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Love the quote we got this month:
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Sheer Lip Butters
(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Description: “A luxuriously silky lip butter that glides on weightlessly to deliver a sheer wash of color plus the ultimate SPF 30 Broad Spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Crafted with a nourishing blend of moisturizing butters and natural oils, Lip Shade gives you the color you want and the protection you need..”
Lip Shade Plumeria
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Lip Shade Crimson
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(Plumeria, Crimson)

Verdict: Hit!
The only thing wrong with these lip products is that the SPF expires.  The packaging on these is feels luxe and high end and the sheerness can be built up for more or less coverage.  If you’re someone who wants to try out brighter shades but is intimidated, these would be the perfect option to ease you into color.  The sheerness is so much more wearable than something like a matte liquid lipstick.  These also feel great on your lips.  If Julep can release these without the SPF, they will fly off the shelves like hotcakes. (Do hotcakes really fly off shelves?  I’ve always wondered.)

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Tomi
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Bermuda blue holographic jelly”
Jellies are my jam (you know what I mean) so I had to snag this and its absolutely lovely.  The holo catches the light and the blue is so pretty and serene.

ADD-ONS
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Camilla
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like!
Description: “Grape Lollipop Jelly”
I can’t say no to jelly polishes.  This is a juicy purple that’s really playful.  This will be fun for jelly sandwich looks.

 MARCH FREEBIE!
candy
Free Candy!
I love gummies and this one was super juicy.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Hit!
I was originally charged $28.87 for this box and the retail value came out to $72.00 with a maven value of $57.60.  Because of the SPF situation I received the box for free.  Now if the lip products hadn’t had an expired component I would have been really happy with paying the $28.87.  I’d also gladly have bought more lip butters.  They are a perfect everyday product and the packaging feels very durable. I hope that Julep can formulate them without the problematic SPF component as I’d love to order more.   I wish I could tell you that this was the last Julep controversy this year, but there are some more coming, so be sure to check back for the gossip.

Do you like SPF in your lip products?  Why or why?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
free-132-gift
Free $132 Always Sunny Beauty Gift with New Subscription

(expires 10/31/16)
8 Piece
Free 8 pc Beauty Gift with New Subscription
(expires 10/31/16)
Get this  8 Piece set when you join Julep!
COUPON CODE
: COLOR8

Save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 10/31/16)
Spring Polishes for $5 each!  Check out the great selection here!

THE BACKSTORY
(Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription.  If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel.  You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.)
Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products.  They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:
My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options (Take the quiz here):
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip.  Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday.  You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

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

It’s time to get caught up with the sub box that started my addiction, my beloved Julep Maven subscription.  Before I get into all the details, I’ve got some great coupon codes and offers.  For 20% off your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20  (expires on 10/31/16).  If you’re interested in subscribing there is a fabulous free gift offer, just jump down to the backstory for my affiliate links and coupon codes.
June Collection

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

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

(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: “Color description: Golden Amber Shimmer  A waterproof eye pencil with the formula of a gel eyeliner that glides on smoothly without tugging or skipping. Sets in 30 seconds and provides 10+ hours of wear. Ophthalmologist tested.”
Julep eyeliners have a great formula so I tend to jump at trying any of the new colors.  This one is pretty and goes on smooth (just like the other shades) but I’m not sure I can pull it off.  It’s going to require some experimenting.

Shower Gel
Rethink Your Shower – Hydrating Body Cleansing Oil

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

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

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

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

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

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
8 Piece
Free 8 pc Beauty Gift with New Subscription
(expires 10/31/16)
Get this  8 Piece set when you join Julep!
COUPON CODE
: COLOR8

Save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 10/31/16)
Spring Polishes for $5 each!  Check out the great selection here!

THE BACKSTORY
(Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription.  If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel.  You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.)
Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products.  They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:
My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options (Take the quiz here):
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip.  Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday.  You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

Julep Maven: May 2016 Rainbow Brights! Plus 20% Off!

It’s time to check in with the first sub box I ever signed up for, 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 are some fabulous free gift sets, just jump down to the backstory for my affiliate links and coupon codes.

Before we get into the May Box, there’s some Julep gossip to dish.  Beauty box controversies seem to be the buzz this summer, as Julep, like Birchbox has had some bad press.  Their July box collection featured SPF lip sheers that mavens had been totally pumped up about trying.  They arrived stamped with an expiration date of August 31st.  Cue the many confused social media posts to Julep.  It turns out that one of the SPF ingredients will start to be less effective, so the product itself is safe to use, but not for sun protection. In addition, Canadian mavens couldn’t receive the products at all due to regulations regarding the SPF ingredients.  As you can imagine there were many angry customers.  Julep offered refunds or replacements to folks that contacted them, so they did their best to make it right.  The products themselves actually got a lot of positive response, so hopefully Julep will be able to re-formulate the product without SPF.  I got two in my July box so I’ll be able to tell you all about them soon.

May’s collection offered a rainbow of polish and some new lip oils.  Because I have a ginormous polish collection, all of these shades were similar to colors I already own so I opted to try out one of the lip oils and stock up on another product.

MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
Open Box Open Box 2

Lip OilLip Oil Open
Lip Oil TipLip Oil Swatch
Your Lip Addiction – Tinted Lip Oil Treatment in Obsessed

(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A healing blend of lip-loving oils formulated for weightless, wear-all-day comfort. Super shine meets zero stickiness in your new favorite nourishing lip product, boosted by a sheer tint of color (or clear, for when you want to go au natural).”
This oil left behind a really pretty lip stain type look.  It felt quite moisturizing and I was surprised at the staying power it had.  This is a nice product for summer when  you want a little color on your lips, but don’t want the stickiness of gloss or the heaviness of cream lipstick.


Brow Gel
Lock Down Your Brows – Iconic Brow Gel
(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A clear setting gel infused with brow-boosting peptides and nourishing Power Cell Complex™.”
I love Julep’s brow products and I had run out of their clear gel.  This product does a great job of keeping your brows tidy without giving them a strange texture.  (Anyone else ever had “crunchy” brows?)  Since Julep offers so many options to swap into your box, the subscription is a great way to restock your favorites.

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

OVERALL:
Julep Maven May 2016
Verdict:
Hit!
The retail value on this box comes out to $44.00 while the Maven Value was $35.20.  I paid $21.39 and while this was a small box, I like both of the products and will use them.  I think they are definitely worth $10 each, so I’m quite happy with what I received.

Be sure to come back for my next Julep reviews, including swatches of the aforementioned, oh so controversial SPF Lip Sheers.
In the meantime, what are your favorite lip products to use for summer?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
Coveted 12-Piece Mini Polish Gift With Purchase when you Join Julep
(expires 8/31/16)
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Get this 12-Piece set when you join Julep!
COUPON CODE
: GIFTCOVET

Summer Brights Beauty Gift for New Subscribers
(expires 8/28/16)
Summer Brights
Get your free Summer Brights 6-piece gift when you join Julep Beauty Box. Features four vibrant nail colors, a bold lipstick, and a luminous highlighting powder – everything you need to brighten things up for summer. A $106 value.
COUPON CODE: HEYSUMMER

Save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 10/31/16)
Spring Polishes for $5 each!  Check out the great selection here!

THE BACKSTORY
(Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription.  If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel.  You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.)
Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products.  They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:
My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options (Take the quiz here):
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip.  Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday.  You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

Julep Maven: April 2016 Vivid Brights! Plus 20% Off!

It’s time to catch up with some of my longtime subs, so today I’ve got a review and swatches Julep’s April 2016 collection featuring their vivid brights.  I can’t resist jelly style polishes, so I snatched the whole set of colors.  Prepare yourself for lots of swatches!  I’ve also got a great coupon code even non-mavens can use: Save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20  (expires on 10/31/16).  For more on the special offers jump down  below.

In addition to Julep’s new finish, they introduced a new Cleansing stick, which I  also had to have.  I did some calculus (at least it felt like it), came up with the best configuration of box choices and add-ons that got me everything I wanted for the lowest price.
Open Box
MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX PICS

BarefaceBareface Close
Love Your Bare Face – Detoxifying Cleansing Balm Stick

(Retail $28.00/Maven Price: $22.40)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: “A blend of natural oils and fruit enzymes that removes dirt, oil, and impurities while gently exfoliating for a deep-down clean.  To use: Generously apply cleanser to wet hands, then massage over wet face. Rinse thoroughly. For best results, use with a Konjac Sponge.”
I’m in love with Julep’s Bare Face oil cleanser, so when they came out with a stick version, I knew I had to give it a shot.  I’m still trying to figure out quite how to use it.  I didn’t quite like using it with the sponge or with my bare hands.  I’m going to need to keep experimenting to see if I can find a method that works for me.

BrowsBrow TipBrow Swatch
Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home in Cool Brown
(
Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “Everything you need to fill in and define your brows. This two-in-one tool includes brow powder and an angled brush. What it does: Tapered brush allows for precise application Long-lasting formula glides on like a gel, dries to a powder, and holds like a wax. Travel-friendly design takes up less room in your makeup bag.”
I love Julep’s brow product and I’ve been using the warm brown shade because I have red hair.  However, I have a cool complexion so I decided to try the cool brown.  It’s still not a perfect match, but I do like it and I think it gives a much more dramatic look than the warm brown.

Basecoat
Be Strong Nail Therapy
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “A conditioning treatment that heals and hardens nails with five botanical oils and Oxygen Technology.”
My nails tend to peel, so I tried using this as a basecoat and every time I use it, I feel like my nails are a lot stronger.  The bottle I already had was running out so I nabbed another in my box.  Maven boxes are a great way to stock up on the basics at a lower price.  If you use Julep products regularly definitely consider becoming a maven.  (It will save you a ton of money.)

MARCH FREEBIE!
Free Candy

Free Candy!
Free is always Fun!

I went with the Polish Lovers Upgrade so I could get all the shades.  If you purchased any of the vivid sheers, Julep threw in a free Brigitte (white polish) that you can use as a base.

The Vivid sheers are designed to be layered for fun nail art looks.  They are similar to jellies but a bit sheerer.  The Julep blog has some great nail art ideas for these finishes.

Now for some long awaited swatches!

THE ADD-ONS
POLISH LOVERS UPGRADE
Add-on

Brigitte
Brigitte:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Gift
Description: Bright white crème
I already own this shade so I’ll be using this as part of a gift.  Julep included this with any purchase of a vivid sheer, so it was just a nice bonus.

GigiSwatch Gigi
Gigi:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Zesty mandarin vivid sheer
Typically, I’m not a big orange polish person, but something about the tangerine shade plus the sheerness makes it a lot more wearable.  I think this would be fun paired with a navy blue.

BrynnSwatch Brynn
Brynn:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description:    Ripe tangelo vivid sheer
This color is like if red and orange had a baby.  I love it and think it’s perfect for summer.  I may try pairing this with some glitter for a jelly sandwich look.

AriAri Swatch
Ari:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Extreme fuchsia vivid sheer
Hot pink shades plus a jelly sheer finish are always a winning combo. I think this is a great color for summer.

KimballKimball Swatch
Kimball:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: High-voltage watermelon vivid sheer
I think this is just a touch more red than watermelon would be, but reds are my fave so this one is still a hit for me.  If you want a more pink watermelon shade, go with Ari (pictured above).

Shanna Shanna Swatch
Shanna:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Botanical violet vivid sheer
This shade really does make you think of flowers, and I think it would be gorgeous in floral themed nail art.

Delaney Delaney Swatch
Delaney:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Blue atoll vivid sheer
I love blue polishes and this one reminds me of bright oceans in Greece.  This is another one I think will work great sandwiched with glitter.

MarissaMarissa Swatch
Marissa:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Electric clover flower vivid sheer
This shade has a bit of dustier feel to it and I think it will be a nice transition shade when we move from Summer to Fall.

Striping Tape
Striping Tape:
(Retail $???/Maven Price: $???)
This was included in the Polish Lovers Upgrade.  You can’t buy it on its own from the Julep website so I’m not sure on the price.

Vivid Sheer Set All Swatches
Sheer Sticks
OVERALL:
Julep April 2016
Verdict:
Love!
The retail value on this box comes out to $168.00 while the Maven Value was $134.40.  I paid $64.18 and got all of the polishes in the collection, plus restocked some Julep products and got to try their new cleansing stick, so I think this is one of the best values I’ve gotten from Julep.
I love playing with sheer and jelly polishes and they can be layered beyond just the included white polish.  Try them over a silver for a foil effect, or layered over other colors to change the overall shade.

Except for the cleansing stick (which I’m still trying to figure out), everything works really well for me and were great additions to my beauty collection. The one fault I can find in this set, is that there are a lot of pinks/reds/oranges and no green or yellow.  Hopefully Julep will release some different colors in this same finish.

Have you ever tried any sheer or jelly polishes?  What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
Star Spangled Set
Get a Free 8 Piece Star-Spangled Beauty Gift when you join Julep

Get a free Star Spangled 8-piece gift when you join Julep Beauty Box. Includes four patriotic polishes, a hot pink lip gloss, a peony pink blush stick, a bronze eyeliner, and white chevron nail decals. A $122 value.  Use code FIREWORKS at checkout. (Expires 7/5/16)

Save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 10/31/16)
Spring Polishes for $5 each!  Check out the great selection here!

SUBSCRIPTION THERAPY NEWS!
I’ve finally gotten off my rump and started an Instagram.  Writing posts takes lots of time to research and find links, meanwhile impatience is setting in to see what’s inside.  So now I’m posting Instagram spoilers as soon as I get my boxes!  So for the scoop before the scoop, follow me on Instagram at subscriptiontherapy.  I’ve got full spoilers for my most recent boxes (including Rachel Zoe’s Summer Box of Style) plus some fun pics from my travels.

THE BACKSTORY
(Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription.  If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel.  You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.)
Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products.  They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:
My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options (Take the quiz here):
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip.  Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday.  You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

Julep Maven: March 2016 – The Lighten Up Collection, Plus 20% Off!

It’s Maven time and today along with review of Julep’s March “Lighten Up” collection I have some great offers. If you sign up now for your own maven sub, you can get a fabulous $150 set. (I wish they had this one when I signed up!) If you don’t want a sub of your own, you can save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20 (expires on 5/31/16). For more on the special offers jump down to below.

I’ve been a maven for several years now and been clinging to my un-customizable $19.99 a month box.  Julep decided that our years of devotion meant that we could keep our $19.99 price tag but customize for free. So now I can make each of my boxes exactly what I want and not have to pay extra! I am now a very happy sub box addict.

 So let’s get to my handpicked box:
Open Box Open Box 2
MY CUSTOMIZABLE BOX

Ocean LinerOcean CloseOcean Swatch
When Pencil Met Gel – Long-Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Ocean

(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.” 
Julep’s eye gliders are wonderful. They go on easy and have excellent staying power. I love blue liners and I think this one is a terrific shade for summer.

Ceciile Cecilie
Cecile:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: I love this like Kim Kardashian likes taking naked selfies
Description: Caribbean breeze holographic jelly
Yes, you read that right: holographic jelly. Jellies are my favorite finish and with a holo added, it’s like my nail polish dreams have all come true. If Julep keeps making more of these I’m going to need to make room in my nail polish cabinet. Teal is one of my fave polish colors and I can’t wait to rock this during the warmer weather.

YiyiYiyi swatch
Yiyi:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like Unicorn Tears
Description: Pink freesia holographic jelly
Another holo jelly! This one is a sweet purple pink that screams Springtime. The holo jellies are probably the most cheerful finish I’ve seen. There’s something so fun and lighthearted about them. I highly recommend given them a try.

MARCH FREEBIE!
BlowPop
Free Candy!
I love me a good Blow Pop and this was gone five minutes after I took all this picture.

THE ADD-ONS

Andie Andie Swatch
Andie:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Pastel confetti matte glitter top coat
This polish was introduced in a Mystery box for January and not currently available for individual purchase, so I’m estimating the value at the regular price for Julep polishes. I thought this was a fun shade and would be fun in nail art.

Créme of the Crop Add on Set
Julep regularly offers cool sets in the add-on options and this one had a bunch of polish I wanted and some cute little pearl nail art so I nabbed it.
Add on Set Add on Polishes w Names


Trudy
Trudy:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Botanical teal crème
This is like a slightly smokier Tiffany Blue and I absolutely adore it. The formula went on really easily as well.

Kenna Swatch
Kenna:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Dove grey crème
Something subtle and soft for Spring time. I think this will make a nice base for some funkier topcoats.

Abby Swatch
Abby:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Honey almond sheer crème
My niece is named Abby so I had to get this for the name alone. I really love nude sheers and I want to try this one with a bit of glitter at the tips.

Yen Swatch
Yen:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Concord grape crème
I love the smoky quality to this purple and I think it would complement a wide variety of skin tones. It’s also a way to go a bit edgier without using a super dark shade.

OVERALL:
Julep 3.2016
Verdict:
Love!
Excluding the pearl stickers which aren’t on listed on the site, the retail value on this box comes out to $114 and the Maven Value was $91.20. I paid $45.98 and I got a ton of awesome products. I thought Julep did a great job with this collection. It felt seasonally appropriate and the new holo jelly finishes were wonderful. I hope to see them pop up in more boxes.

Have you ever tried a jelly polish? A holographic polish? Or a Holo Jelly Polish?
What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
$150 Beauty Gift is FREE with Julep subscription!
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Get this 8-piece beauty gift valued at $150+ when you join Julep beauty box.


Save 20% on your julep.com purchase
with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 5/31/16)

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

THE BACKSTORY
(Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription. If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel. You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.)

 Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products. They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:

My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options (Take the quiz here):
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip. Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday. You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

Julep Maven: February 2016, 20% Off & April Spoilers!

It’s time for the sub box that kicked off my entire addiction: Julep subscription.  (Save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20 which expires on 3/31/16).  For more special offers jump down below.

For February, I opted for one of the curated boxes.
Open Box
CLASSIC WITH A TWIST BOX
Open Box 2

Eyeshadow 101Eyeshadow CloseEyeshadow Swatch
Eyeshadow 101 – Olive Shimmer
Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “A crème-to-powder shadow stick on top with a smudger on the other end. Expect huge color payoff and crease-proof, stay-all-day power…” 
I thought this shade would complement my fair skin and red hair and it does.  It also goes on really easily.  It’s a great color that’s not too dark, or too light and I think it would complement a lot of skin tones.  It reads very bronze and it has this art deco type vibe I adore.

PolishesMeghan Swatch
Meghan:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Flaming red crème
Reds are my favorite and this one reminds me of a 50s pinup.  It will be great for summer pedicures.

Kay Swatch
Kay:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Warm taupe with gold microshimmer
I’m a sucker for shimmery nudes and I thought this would be a really pretty base for some nail art.

FEBRUARY FREEBIES!
Freebies
Free Candy! &
Hartleigh: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Gift
Description: Holographic heart glitter top coati
I already have this topcoat so I’m going to hoard this extra as a gift.  I love it when we get polish freebies and this one is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

OVERALL:
Julep 2.2016
Verdict:
Hit!
The retail value on this box was $60 and the maven value was $48.00.  I paid $21.39 with tax and I feel like I got a great value for my money. Julep has now graciously upgraded their long time mavens to customizable boxes for the same price, so I should have all kinds of goodies from Julep to review in my upcoming boxes.

JULEP APRIL SPOILERS!
aprilmaven-thewholeshebang

For April Julep is introducing a Vivid sheers collection and a cleansing stick.  Here’s a pic of the “whole shebang”.  I’m a sucker for sheers and jellies, so you know I’ll be snapping up a ton of polish, and I can’t resist trying that new cleanser…looks like April will be pricey for me.

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
Save 20% on your julep.com purchase
with coupon code LETSGET20. (Expires 3/31/16)
Spring Polishes for $5 each!  Check out the great selection here!

Free Shadow
Free Eye Shadow Gift
with Subscription ($54 value)!  Get the RSVP Palette when you sign up for a subscription.

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

THE BACKSTORY
(Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription.  If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel.  You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.)
Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products.  They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:
My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options (Take the quiz here):
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip.  Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday.  You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADD ONS!

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

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

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


JANUARY FREEBIES!
Candy
Yah for Free Candy!

ADD-ON FREEBIE!
Add-on Gift

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE BACKSTORY
Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products. They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:

My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options (Take the quiz here):
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip. Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday. You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.