I received my Julep Maven box for November a couple of days ago and yay — I loved it. I chose three add-ons this month so I got one item for free, and then Julep threw in a surprise nail color for all Mavens, which was another freebie … so I received 8 products in total, plus a yummy caramel apple lollipop. Really good month for Julep, in my opinion.
These two nail colors were both part of my core box (which came with three products this month — two nail colors, plus Julep’s new beauty product). I chose:
Julep Nail Color in Cheyenne ($14 or $11.20 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): A shimmery deep auburn red in Julep’s newest finish — matte metallic. I haven’t tried this one out yet but I thought it looked really pretty and I really wanted to try out this new finish, which sounds like a very intriguing oxymoron.
Julep Nail Color in Kris ($14 or $11.20 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): This shade is Julep’s “Wonder Maven” color of the month — a shade that’s named after an inspiring woman, the “Wonder Maven.” This is a really pretty shade and I honestly don’t really have that many silver-y nail polishes so that’s why I picked it. It is described as an “arctic iridescent chrome” with a metallic/chrome finish.
This item is Julep’s newest beauty product that debuted with the November Maven collection. I’ve been using it since I got it, day and night, and I really like the results so far. Of course, as it is with any skincare product, I really need to use it for a few more weeks to see how well it works, but I love the fact that I am already beginning to see results, plus it feels wonderful on my skin. It’s also a great way to get my skin ready for the inevitable cold, dry weather that will be arriving soon enough.
Julep What Your Skin Needs Restorative Facial Milk ($38, currently on sale for $28, 1 oz.; julep.com): A lightweight “facial milk” that is infused with a five-oil blend to “treat, hydrate and replenish skin” while absorbing completely into your skin in under 10 seconds. The oils included in this formula are: Olive oil for softness; Jojoba oil to heal and lock in hydration; Argan oil to repair and replenish skin with essential fatty acids; Coconut oil to calm skin; and Squalane, a plant-derived oil that absorbs rapidly and helps the entire blend go deeper into the skin.
I chose Janice as one of my add-ons this month and I received Eliana as a freebie. Julep will send a free gift if you choose three or more add-ons for the month. Usually I think it’s quite worth it and I’m really surprised that I haven’t received any repeat colors lately as freebies … And I’m certainly not complaining about it. It’s great!
Julep Nail Color in Eliana ($14 or $11.20 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): This shade is a lovely dark blue, with an almost hint of grey. It’s described as a “soft denim crème” with a crème finish. I think this color is great for the fall and winter — I love blues that can easily be worn for work or other professional-related things where you might prefer to look more “toned down” (not like I usually care about that kind of stuff, but I know there are plenty out there who – understandably! – do care).
Julep Nail Color in Janice ($14 or $11.20 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): The photo above really doesn’t do this shade justice. I tried to get a good swatch photo, I really tried, but the lighting wasn’t great (I think it was raining the day I took it) and, even though it’s still on my nails and almost perfect-looking, it’s slightly chipped in some places so I don’t really feel like re-doing my nails just to take another photo.
ANYWAY … I love this polish. I really, really love it. I usually don’t like glitter-y polishes but this is way different than most “glitter” shades I have ever seen. The glitter is so pretty and fluid-like, a perfect continuous glitter composition. This shade can also be worn to work or professional functions (in my opinion) — I seriously cannot believe how versatile it is. Maybe I sound like I’m going a little overboard with my love for this color, but I really couldn’t believe how much I liked it, especially because of the fact that I generally don’t like glitter polishes. This shade is described as a “Carnival full-coverage microglitter” and it has a reddish base, with multi-colored glitter that all flows together beautifully.
This polish was a freebie that Julep added to all Maven boxes this month. It looks super cool and I can’t wait to try it out. I think I’m going to use it over the blue color above (Eliana) for a cosmic-y effect 🙂
Julep Nail Color in Melody ($14 or $11.20 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): This shade is described as an “Iridescent high gloss glitter top coat.” It’s a really pretty translucent lilac with silver glitter, mixed with shades of purple and blue. You have to seriously shake the bottle to get all the glitter mixed in to become one solid polish. Pretty and fun! Again, can’t wait to use this one.
I added this base coat to my November Maven box as an add-on because I am pretty much all out of the base coat I have been using. I didn’t realize that I was using Julep’s bonding base coat, and I ordered the smoothing one instead, but I really think I like the smoothing one better, even after just one use! The nail polish that I used on top of it (the glitter-y Janice, above) has stayed put with extremely minimal wear and tear; the only spots on my nails that are a little bit un-polished are the very tippy top, and you can hardly notice it (unless you’re looking). Needless to say, I am impressed. Love Julep’s base coats.
Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat ($18 or $14.40 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): A “perfecting, hydrating base coat” that contains Oxygen Technology and smoothing silica minerals. It allows oxygen to permeate the nail bed, which encourages strong and healthy nail growth; it helps color last longer (while preventing it from staining your nails); and it works with Julep’s polishes to “create a long-wear system that lets your nails breathe.”
The last item in my November Maven box were these gold zig-zaggy nail wraps. There are usually new nail wraps each month that you can choose to add to your Maven box, but most of them aren’t available for sale regularly. That seems to be the case with this set of wraps. I royally messed up the Halloween nail wraps I got from Julep last month, but I got a bunch of compliments on them anyway, so I’m curious to see how these will turn out.
Subscription Box Breakdown:
My November Maven box was another hit. Maybe not as great as the October box, but definitely still awesome. I loved all the polishes, plus the free polish I got for choosing three add-ons and the glittery lilac top coat that every Maven got as a freebie this month. The new beauty product this month, the facial “milk”, was also pretty sweet … I can’t wait to see what kind of results I’ll be getting after using it for a few more weeks.
Pricing & Availability:
Julep Maven is a monthly beauty and nail polish subscription service that costs $24.99 per month with the option to upgrade your box for a higher cost. To subscribe click here, or head over to Julep.com for more information.