When I first discovered subscription boxes a few years ago, I instantly became obsessed — I had to have them all. I subscribed to as many as I could and I stayed subscribed to a bunch of them for awhile.
Then, over the last year or so, I decided that I really didn’t need all of these subscriptions anymore; I was receiving a LOT of repeat products, and I just couldn’t justify spending all this money every month for subscription boxes that I really didn’t have much use for. So I suspended or completely cancelled many of my subscriptions, but there were a few that I absolutely loved and needed to keep … Julep Maven was one of the keepers.
Julep Maven was one of the first subscription boxes I ever received, and I’ve been with the service now pretty much since it began. Julep is constantly releasing new nail colors and new beauty products, so I don’t have to worry about always getting duplicate items like I was with a lot of the other beauty boxes.
I absolutely love many of Julep’s beauty products and I’m always super excited to see the new collection revealed on the 20th of every month. I also love the fact that Julep gives you the freedom of being able to skip any month you don’t want. This weighed in heavily when I was deciding which subscription boxes to keep and which ones to get rid of.
For the month of March, Julep released a new cuticle oil/serum: Julep Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum ($28 regularly; $22.40 for Maven subscribers). I have been using regular Argan oil on my cuticles, so I was kind of in the market for a new product. My cuticles really dry out during the wintertime, and I still haven’t totally kicked my cuticle-biting habit, so I really needed a multi-tasking product specifically formulated to whip my cuticles back into shape.
Julep’s new nail and cuticle serum promises to transform dry and damaged cuticles “almost overnight” and deliver “stronger, smoother nails with fewer ridges, less splitting and brittleness in just 2-3 weeks.” I have only used this serum once since I received it last week, but I already notice a difference: my cuticles look and feel a LOT softer and smoother.
I know I’m not the only one to notice such a big difference overnight — many reviewers on Julep.com said pretty much the same thing. I am really looking forward to using this serum more over the next few weeks and hopefully seeing a big difference in the overall appearance of both my cuticles and my nails.
I had enough points (Jules) saved up to receive a free Maven box this month, so I decided to go with the basic box instead of getting a bunch of add-ons, and I was really happy because I didn’t have to pay a penny. The regular boxes usually include one beauty product and two new nail colors, and then you can add-on as many products as you’d like after that for a cheaper price. If you add-on three or more items, Julep will throw in a free gift (or gifts).
Julep’s Jules rewards program is pretty awesome, and it’s extremely easy to save up points just by taking your Maven box each month. I think I skipped maybe one box over the last 12 months and I’m pretty sure that this is the second free box I received this year. I also made one or two small orders on Julep.com outside of the monthly Maven box, so that helped in accumulating Jules (rewards points), but it’s still very easy to save up points towards a free box even when you’re not placing extra orders.
Julep’s March nail collection was themed around “soft, serene shades.” I decided to go with a pretty, glossy teal hue, and a full-coverage, soft lilac shimmer.
Julep Nail Color in Jyliana ($14 regularly; $11.20 for Maven subscribers) is described as a “Smoky Jade Crème.” It is a full-coverage shade that goes on smooth and stays put, formulated with Julep’s 5-Free Oxygen technology. Julep’s nail colors also include strengthening Hexanal and antioxidant green coffee extract for healthier nails.
Julep Nail Color in Lara ($14 regularly; $11.20 for Maven subscribers) is described as a “shell pink with gold shimmer.” I think this color is a little more on the lilac side than pink, but either way it’s really gorgeous and very unlike any color I already own. This shade looks very light and sheer-like in the bottle, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is, in fact, a full-coverage shade. A perfect nail color to call in the beginning of spring!
Julep Maven is a customizable nail and beauty subscription box that starts at $24.99 per month or $19.99 per month with a three-month prepaid subscription. There are options to add-on more products each month for a higher cost. To subscribe click here, or head over to Julep.com for more information.