Every month, Julep opens the window between the 20th and 25th of the month for you to pick out exactly what you want in your Maven box for the next month. I am always super excited to pick out my Maven box each month, so I never forget about the Maven Reveal window … well, I did forget about it once a few months ago, and then I forgot about it again this month. I guess I was a little too busy at the end of this month, so I didn’t even check my e-mail for like a full week.
(Clockwise from top): Julep Length Matters Mascara; Julep Nail Color in Jessie; and Julep Nail Color in Fazia
So, if you don’t customize your box you get the default box based on the style profile that you chose when you signed up for the program. My style profile is “Bombshell” so, instead of a heavily customized box (which is what I usually do), I got the basic “Bombshell” box this month. I’m definitely happy with the items that I got, and I love the two nail colors, I just wish that I remembered the Maven Reveal window so I could have added-on extra products. There is absolutely no way that I’m going to forget to choose my products for next month’s Maven box!
Julep Length Matters Mascara
Julep debuted two brand-new mascaras this month– the Length Matters High-Impact Mascara (the one I received, pictured above), and the Go Big Volumizing Mascara. I probably would have found the volumizing mascara more useful since my lashes are so sparse (although they have been growing in a lot better lately), but the lengthening mascara has definitely been living up to its name. I’ve been wearing it every day since I received my Maven box last week, and I’m really liking it so far. It’s not my favorite mascara ever, but it’s definitely been getting the lengthening job done without the clumpiness, and it lasts pretty much all day.
Julep Length Matters High-Impact Mascara ($26/$20.80 for Mavens for 0.34 oz.; julep.com) is made with a finely tapered, micro-bristle brush that “layers on more and more mascara for a softly curled, wide-eyed” lengthening look.
Julep Nail Color in Fazia (top); and Julep Nail Color in Jessie (bottom)
Julep’s collection for November, The Friendsgiving Collection, included the two new mascaras, plus nine new nail colors in really pretty festive fall shades. I love the two colors I received (above), but there are a few others I probably would have added to my box this month if I didn’t forget about the Maven reveal window! These are the two “Bombshell” box colors of the month.
Julep Nail Color in Fazia ($14/$11.20 for Mavens for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “liquid garnet” with a shimmer finish. It is formulated with Julep’s “breakthrough Oxygen Technology” that provides for a faster-drying and longer-lasting nail color while allowing 30% more oxygen to permeate the nail bed than other polish. Like all Julep nail colors, this shade is “5-Free” — it contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP or camphor. It is also “vegan-friendly.”
Julep Nail Color in Jessie ($14/$11.20 for Mavens for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “deep Kalamata” shade with a crème finish. It is a super dark brownish-purple — I love this color for the fall! This shade is also formulated with Julep’s Oxygen Technology, and it is also “5-Free” and vegan-friendly.
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I loved the nail colors I received this month and I am really liking Julep’s new lengthening mascara so far. I wish I remembered the Maven reveal window so I could have added more items onto my box this month, especially some more nail colors because this month’s collection had some super pretty shades. Even though I didn’t customize my box this month I’m definitely still happy with the basic “Bombshell” box that I received 🙂
Pricing & Availability:
Julep Maven is a customizable monthly nail and beauty subscription box. Maven boxes cost $24.99 per month, or $19.99 per month with a three-month pre-paid subscription. Julep also offers a “Maven Luxe” tier of the program which costs $39.99 per month or $34.99 per month with a three-month paid subscription. To subscribe click here, or visit Julep.com for more information!
This month I completely forgot about customizing my Julep Maven box so I received my default box, the “Bombshell” box, instead. Bombshell is the “style profile” that I ended up with when I first subscribed. Basically, you take a quiz based on your style preferences and that is the style box you end up with each month (there are a few different styles, about 5 or so). Then, each month, you start out with that specific box and you can add-on or swap out different products based on exactly which products and nail colors you want.
So, anyway. Even though I didn’t exactly choose my box this month, I’m still happy with what I ended up receiving. I’m glad I got the new body lotion (instead of the body scrub, which was the other featured beauty product this month), and I got two pretty nail polish colors that I probably would have picked for myself anyway.
Julep‘s July collection, appropriately called “The Poolside Collection“, features nine new nail polish colors and two new beauty products: the Julep Bare Body Milk (below) and Julep Bare Body Polish($26, or $20.80 for Mavens). I didn’t receive the body polish, but it’s described as an “invigorating scrub that polishes away the rough stuff standing between you and smooth, beautiful skin.” It is a creamy formula, packed with “tiny spheres” to exfoliate and, unlike salt and sugar scrubs, it doesn’t turn into a crumble-y mess when you mix it with water.
All of the Julep monthly collections are first released for Maven subscribers, and then you can order any of the items featured that month on the website a few weeks (maybe up to a month) after that.
Julep Bare Body Milk
I’m a bit stocked up on body lotions and moisturizers, so I really didn’t think this was going to be the most exciting Julep Maven month for me, but I’m definitely digging the lotion, and I think that a skincare item is a nice change from the mostly makeup products that Maven boxes have featured in recent months.
It smells wonderful (a super beach-y scent), and, even though I’ve only tested it out so far on my arms, it seems to get the job done pretty well. I’m going to do a full application tomorrow. I definitely don’t have a problem covering my body in the amazing scent and the tube looks cute on display among some of my other beauty products on top of my dresser.
Julep Bare Body Milk (reg. $24 or $19.20 for Maven subscribers, 6.8 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “ultra hydrating”, lightweight, fast-absorbing body lotion that “leaves a soft, silky finish that’s not heavy or greasy” in Julep’s summery signature “Beach Tonic” fragrance. It contains milk thistle to lock in moisture and help protect against environmental factors; olive oil, which delivers essential fatty acids to hydrate and repair skin; grapefruit oil, which promotes cell turnover; and orange peel to brighten dry, dull skin. Sounds pretty yummy to me.
Julep Nail Color in Beverly
I was actually really impressed by the two new nail colors I received with my July Maven box. They contain Julep’s (fairly) new Color Treat Oxygen Technology which makes the polish dry faster and allows 30% more oxygen to permeate the nail bed (the 30% is compared to nail polish from other brands without this technology).
I think both of these colors went on flawlessly and stayed on very well (three days later, still no chips). I am comparing this to other Julep polishes I have used in the past that did not have this “Color Treat” oxygen technology. Some Julep polishes have been a huge pain for me and they have gone on kind of messy and the polish itself seemed very sticky. This new technology really makes a huge difference.
Julep Nail Color in Beverly (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “Boysenberry creme” color. It’s a dark purplish berry color. The photo above makes the polish look a little more purple, but it does have reddish berry undertones which you can see a lot better in the photo on Julep’s website.
Julep Nail Color in Lissa
My favorite of the two nail colors in my Maven box this month was this beachy turquoise shade. Like the Boysenberry creme shade (above), this one is also formulated with Julep’s Color Treat Oxygen Technology that allows it to dry quicker and makes the polish last longer (as well as the 30% more oxygen that permeates the nail bed). An independent trial revealed that 95% of women found that this technology revealed stronger, harder and more conditioned nails in just two weeks, and Julep’s “proprietary” 5-free formula also includes “strengthening Hexanal and antioxidant green coffee extract” for an extra healthy nails boost.
Julep Nail Color in Lissa
Julep Nail Color in Lissa (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “tumbled turquoise creme.” It’s a really pretty bright turquoise (it looks a little brighter than it does in the photo above), and it’s really a true turquoise — more on the blue side than the green side, but I really can’t describe it any better because it’s just a real turquoise shade.
Tootsie Rolls added in to the July 2014 Julep Maven box
And the very last thing that was in my July 2014 Julep Maven box were these very Fourth of July Tootsie Rolls. Julep actually used to add in a surprise beauty item each month (nothing crazy, like maybe an extra nail file or some nail buffers), but they did away with that and recently they’ve been throwing in some candy as a surprise addition.
I have no complaints about this — I’m a little sick and tired of all the super healthy snacks that I’ve been seeing in subscription boxes (and really, pretty much everywhere). I am a candy addict (I’ve had a few root canals to prove it) and free candy is the best. No shame.
Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty product subscription box service that costs $24.99 per month, or $19.99 per month with a three-month subscription (you get $40+ worth of products in each box). Julep recently added a new “tier” to their subscription service that costs $39.99 per month for $60+ worth of products. Each box is fully customizable. To subscribe, click here, or visit Julep.com for more information.
I was SO excited about this month’s Julep Maven collection and it finally arrived a few days ago! This was the first month that I decided to upgrade and get the whole entire collection (regular monthly price of $19.99 + an extra $55), which included nine beautiful, bright nail colors, Julep’s new pore-minimizing blush and bronzer, PLUS their new blush brush and bronzer blush.
I have loved every makeup brush that Julep has made so far (including my favorite eyeliner brush ever), and these new blush and bronzer brushes are no different — the bronzing brush is especially amazing. This post is a bit photo-heavy so just a warning …
Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty subscription box ($19.99/month) that has a bunch of different box “styles” you can choose each month, and every one has a different color/makeup combination. Every month, Julep debuts a new collection, which includes brand-new nail polish hues and brand-new Julep beauty products.
Each Maven box usually contains one of the new beauty products featured that month, plus a combination of 2-3 nail colors from that month’s collection (there are also options to just receive the beauty products that month, or just the nail colors). For an additional cost you can upgrade your box to contain more products or, for $55, you can upgrade your Maven subscription that month and receive the whole month’s collection, which is what I did this month.
This month’s Maven box debuted Julep’s “Vivid Collection” — super bright, spring-y nail colors, plus Julep’s brand-new blushes and bronzers in a pore-minimizing formula and two new brushes to apply them with.
From left to right: Julep Nail Color in Flora, Bailey and Maren
I love every single nail color featured this month and I’ve been painting my nails in a new one every day since I received my April Maven box. Pictured above are the “It Girl” colors of the month:
Julep Nail Color in Flora (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “exotic dragonfruit with blue shimmer.”
Julep Nail Color in Bailey (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “hyped cobalt sheer.”
Julep Nail Color in Maren (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “electric bubblegum sheer with blue sheen.”
Julep Nail Color in Phoebe (left) and Sunny (right)
These two shades were both featured in the “Boho Glam” box for April and they both have a metallic/chrome finish:
Julep Nail Color in Phoebe (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “vibrant jungle metallic.” It is very metallic turquoise-y.
Julep Nail Color in Sunny (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “overexposed yellow chrome.”
Julep Nail Color in Tatum (left) and Kayla (right)
These next two colors were both part of the “Bombshell” box for April:
Julep Nail Color in Tatum (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “neon chartreuse chrome.”
Julep Nail Color in Kayla (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “electric iris sheer with violet sheen.” I would also call this a periwinkle-type violet-blue. It was a little difficult to take photos of this particular color — the first set of photos came out with the polish looking very blue, and then I was finally able to capture how it actually looks — which is a blue base mixed with a lighter purple-ish color. I still wasn’t able to capture exactly how this polish looks, but the photo above was the best one I could get.
Julep Nail Color in Mariska (left) and Caitlin (right)
The last two nail colors in the Vivid Collection were the “Classic With A Twist” box colors, which both have a shimmer finish:
Julep Nail Color in Mariska (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “juicy tangerine shimmer.”
Julep Nail Color in Caitlin (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “shocking hibiscus with gold shimmer.” This was definitely my favorite shade of the month!
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush (left) and Bronzer (right)
I was most excited about the new blush and bronzer this month because it’s the first time that Julep has ever released these kinds of products. For the most part, I have been extremely impressed with almost all of the Julep beauty products I have used so far (and this is saying something, since they are originally a nail polish/nail care company), so I was really looking forward to these two new products.
I was definitely not disappointed in the shades and formula — both products were extremely natural-looking (in a good way) but I did have a huge problem with the packaging and both the blush and the bronzer have already crumbled on me (mostly just the bronzer, though). This seemed to be a common sentiment among those who reviewed these products online already.
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer in Medium Tan
I’m loving the bronzer color + “pore-minimizing” formula — well, I don’t know if it’s the bronzer or the bronzing brush (below) that I’m applying it with (probably both — the brush is amazing), but it goes on so smoothly, blends well and looks SO natural. This is probably the most natural-looking bronzer I have ever used and I’m loving that.
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer (reg. $28 or $22.40 Maven price for 0.26 oz.; julep.com) comes in two different shades – “Light Golden Bronze” and “Medium Tan” (I received the latter). It seems that both the blush and bronzer are out of stock right now on the Julep website, but this usually happens when a new product is released with a Maven box and those products don’t really debut to the public for another few weeks, at least. I’m kind of hoping that they fix the packaging problem before they officially release both products.
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer in Medium Tan
This bronzer contains a “ground-breaking formula” that “diffuses the appearance of pores and imperfections,” and diamond powder to give cheeks a “luminous shimmer.” It is also formulated with vitamin B6 for a “truly healthy glow.”
It’s kind of a shame that this product has all this awesome stuff in it and the shade really is very lovely and natural-looking, but the packaging is just so disappointing and the bronzer crumbled into a powder by the second day of me using it. I was also actually quite surprised that it came in such a cheap-y plastic container. It’s weird — I can’t explain it — but it’s just CHEAP feeling and looking.
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini
The blush was nice too, but I didn’t like the color as much as the bronzer. It blended well but the color didn’t pop on my skin as much as I would have liked (I applied with a very heavy hand in the photo below to be sure the color can actually be seen). I love the way the color looks in the pan so I was a little disappointed that it didn’t come out exactly the same.
Also, I feel the need to put a disclaimer on my photo again because I’m still a little shy about putting photos of myself on the blog — I’m working on the angles, I know they’re not the best, but I really wanted to try a photo out with this blush because I definitely want to break that fear. I think that actually seeing these products on the skin, how they’re supposed to be applied, is so much more helpful than just seeing a swatch on my arm (which I also took a photo of, below). I took this photo with my iPhone because I can’t quite figure out how to take photos of myself with my regular camera just yet. And it was dark out so the lighting was a little off …
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini — applied heavily so it would actually show up!
I’ve been using a little bit of this blush mixed with my Laura Geller blush (review to come soon) and that way I get a near-perfect color. Either way, this blush is still very pretty and great for lighter skin tones and for a more natural flush. This one hasn’t crumbled nearly as much as the bronzer … yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush (reg. $24 or $19.20 Maven price for 0.25 oz.; julep.com) also comes in two different shades, “Petal Pink,” and “Peach Bellini.” I received the latter, which is a light peachy-pink with a slight shimmer. It actually comes out a lot less peach and way more pink when applied on my cheeks, which was a little disappointing because I would have preferred a much more peach-looking shade.
This blush is also created with Julep’s Glow “groundbreaking formula” to diffuse the appearance of pores and imperfections. It contains diamond powder to give cheeks a “luminous shimmer,” as well as vitamin B6 “for a truly healthy glow.” Again, like the bronzer, this blush sounded SO promising and it really would have been great if A). the color was a little more vibrant — I felt like this was more of a sheer or semi-sheer blush, which is really not my thing (I want my blush colors to really pop); and B). the packaging wasn’t so cheap/it didn’t start crumbling in the pan already.
Swatches: Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer in Medium Tan (left) and Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini (right)
All in all I really liked the new bronzer formula, except for the fact that it broke within the first 48 hours of me using it. I really would have liked the blush too if the color was a little more vibrant. I will probably pick up the other blush color (“Petal Pink”) when Julep officially releases the new blush and bronzers.
Julep Blush Brush (top) and Bronzer Brush (bottom)
And now for my favorite products from April’s Julep Maven box … the blush and bronzer brushes! The bronzing brush was especially amazing and, unlike the packaging of the blush/bronzer, the brushes are super luxe looking down to the handle. Both brushes feature “comfortable, weighted handles” and “super-soft synthetic bristles.” The bronzing brush is definitely one of the best brushes of its kind that I have ever used. I also loved the blush brush, but it was slightly larger than what I’m used to, so I just have to get adjusted to it.
Julep Blush Brush (reg. $24 or $19.20 Maven price; julep.com) is specifically designed to be used with Julep’s new Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush and features an angled bristle design that hugs the contours of your face for a naturally beautiful finish.
Julep Bronzer Brush (reg. $28 or $22.40 Maven price; julep.com) features Julep’s “comfortable, weighted handle” and has a “unique tulip shape” that evenly picks up and distributes bronzer for a “natural, sun-kissed glow.”
All in all I really did enjoy the Julep Maven box for April and I’m glad that I upgraded and got the whole entire Vivid Collection but I was a little disappointed in the packaging of the blush and bronzer. I seriously hope they fix this issue before officially releasing these products on their website.
Julep Maven is a monthly nail and beauty subscription box that costs $19.99 per month with the option to upgrade. To subscribe and get your first box for FREEclick here and use the code “FREEBOX.” For more information head over to Julep.com.
I know this post is super late and the Julep Maven box for April will start shipping in less than a week, but I’m still playing catch-up getting this month and trying to make as many posts as I can. I’m also REALLY trying hard to condense my subscription box reviews — make them shorter (more to the point) and less of an in-depth review (I want to save that for individual products and other posts), so I decided to still review the March Maven box and practice a more short and sweet review.
Every month, Julep releases a new collection for their monthly Maven boxes ($20/month) and for March they released “The Riviera Collection” – a mix of Spring Break-y colors plus the necessary tools to keep your lips soft and smooth all year long. As a Maven subscriber, you get to choose between box styles that have different combinations of nail polishes and beauty products featured that month.
This month (like most recent months), I decided to go with the Modern Beauty” box, which contained two new Julep beauty products: a super-smooth lip conditioning treatment packed with natural ingredients and an exfoliating, hydrating lip scrub that uses sugar crystals as a natural exfoliant. I then added-on three polishes (you can choose to add-on up to three products each month) — two polishes from the Riviera Collection and one limited-edition polish in the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 (Radiant Orchid), and then Julep threw in a classic candy stick (one of my favorites). I love it when my subscription boxes add in some candy — I have a crazy sweet tooth.
From left to right: Tania, Rae & Lilou
I went with three add-on polishes this month:
Julep Nail Color in Tania (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Mavens. 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “multi-dimensional mermaid teal glitter” and I found that this polish, unlike most of the other Julep polishes I own, really didn’t look like the swatches of it on Julep’s website. Even with two coats, this polish still comes out too sheer to really get the full effect of the turquoise color and I kindaaaa wish I chose a different color as an add-on. I really thought this polish would be awesome but I had to layer it over an opaque turquoise polish for it to look wearable for me (I don’t like wearing sheer glitter colors). I only tried it once though, so I’m going to keep playing around with it.
Julep Nail Color in Rae (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is the limited-edition Pantone Color of the Year 2014 nail color for Radiant Orchid. It’s an opaque creme polish and, even though I own so many similar colors, I really wanted this one because it’s a special edition and it has the Julep silver cap for exclusive, limited-edition polishes. I am quickly building a very large Julep nail color collection so I think I’m going to start collecting as many of these silver-capped polishes as I can and begin a collection of those, too 🙂
Julep Nail Color in Lilou (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is yet another yellow-lemon shade to add to my collection. I can’t seem to get away from this color I just love it so much. This shade is described as a “lemon chiffon creme” and I like the fact that it’s a bit more opaque than the last yellow Julep color I received — I forgot the name, but I know that that bottle is almost finished so this new one (which I like better), has swooped in to take the old color’s place.
As part of the Modern Beauty box I chose this month, I received Julep’s new lip scrub (as well as the conditioning lip treatment below). I have a really bad lip-biting issue and a dry-ass, seemingly never-ending New York winter to add to the problem. Since my lips were in such a bad condition before trying this scrub, the scrub didn’t really do much. I’m going to try it out again tomorrow since my lips are finally healed and then see how I like it.
Julep Buff Lip Scrub (reg. $20 or $16 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “exfoliating, hydrating scrub” that “makes it easy to de-flake on the go.” You massage the scrub on to your lips and then tissue off when you’re done. This lip scrub contains fine sugar crystals that act as a natural exfoliant and it is formulated with Panthenol (vitamin B5) that “dives deep” to heal and moisturize lips, plus shea butter to leave lips feeling smooth.
This next product gave me awesome, instant results and it quickly became one of my favorite lip conditioning treatments. Like I said before, I have had extra-dry and chapped lips this winter and this conditioner made my lips look and feel amazing — even better than some of the medicated balms.
Julep Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment (reg. $20 or $16 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “silky-smooth moisturizer” enriched with natural ingredients that soothe, hydrate and plump lips. As soon as I put this stuff on my lips immediately felt better AND looked better — I really got noticeable results from the hydrating ingredients and the plumping agent.
This conditioning lip balm is formulated with Omega-rich pumpkin seed oil which boosts lipids and helps retain elasticity; a “healing oil blend” to heal lips, enhance definition and lock in hydration; vitamin E, which “unleashes protective antioxidants to prevent collagen loss;” and natural botanical waxes that create a soft and silky-smooth texture.
The awesome part about this balm that sets it apart from similar products is the cooling metal tip which helps soothe dry, chapped lips and stimulates microcirculation. This one is a winner for me and I am definitely buying another tube the minute mine runs out.
Overall, I was happy with my March box. I loved the lip conditioner and that really made the whole thing worth it for me. I kinda wish I got a different nail color because I wasn’t too crazy about the turquoise glitter but it’s whatever, and I’m not exactly sure about the results of the lip scrub, but I’m going to try it again now that my lips are more healed.
Since I did this post so late, Julep has already revealed the April Maven boxes and I love this new collection so much that I am finally doing the upgrade and going for the whole entire collection ($20 Maven price + an extra $55).
Julep is debuting their new blush and bronzer formulas, and I have loved almost every single Julep beauty product I have ever used, so I can’t wait to try these two new products out. They are packed with light-diffusing diamond powder and skin nourishing vitamins and minerals “for a very healthy glow.”
All of these colors are totally right up my alley — I love every single one of them. I never really wanted to get the whole Maven upgrade before because I have never really been crazy about every single nail color featured that month, so I figured April is definitely the month to do it. Yet another plus is that I reallyyyy want to try out Julep’s blush and bronzing brushes … I loved their eyeliner brush so much (part of February’s Maven collection), so I have a feeling these two will become my go-to brushes as well.
Anyway, I am super excited about April’s Maven box and this is the first time I went all in and I decided to get the whole entire collection so I’m really happy that I finally have the extra funds to be doing that and, most importantly, this month is my birthday so I am gifting myself 🙂
Julep Maven is a monthly nail and beauty subscription service that costs $19.99 per month. Each month, you have the option of what box you would like to receive based on different styles and you can cancel your subscription at any time. To get your first box for FREE click on this link and use the code: FREEBOX. For more information, check out Julep.com.
This month, Julep debuted “The Dramatic Collection,” a mix of Hollywood glamour and Valentine’s Day sexy, with brand-new red carpet-worthy nail colors, shimmery liquid (not cream, liquid) eye shadow in four sultry hues and one of the best black gel eyeliners (plus an eyeliner brush!) that I have ever used. Each Maven box style this month also contained the brand-new exclusive nail polish called “Love,” just in time for V-Day.
With each new month I become more and more obsessed with Julep and more and more impressed with their beauty items. Julep started out as a nail polish/nail care company and has been quickly growing into a bona fide beauty brand. There are few Julep beauty (non-nail) products that I didn’t love — most of them work so well (for me, at least), so I decided to get the Modern Beauty box this month, with a couple of nail polish add-ons.
Julep Maven is a subscription service that lets you choose exactly what you want in your box shipment, so there is really no surprise when it arrives at your doorstep. There are x different style profiles to choose from each month, and then you can choose to add-on additional featured items that month at a discounted price.
Each month Julep debuts a themed collection that includes brand-new nail polish colors and a couple of new beauty products that are usually related in some way. This month’s beauty products were all about the eyes: the wonderful gel eyeliner and the perfect angled liner brush to apply it with, as well as the liquid shadows with a satin finish.
In addition to the beauty items (that came with the Modern Beauty box), I chose two add-on nail polishes and also received the pretty “Love” polish that came in every box.
MY FEBRUARY 2014 JULEP MAVEN MODERN BEAUTY BOX CONTAINED:
– Julep Ink Gel Eyeliner (reg. $22/$17.60 Maven price for .15 oz.; julep.com)
– Julep Angled Liner Brush (reg. $18/$14.40 Maven price; julep.com)
– Julep Eye Sheen Liquid Eyeshadow in Dusty Taupe Shimmer (reg. $14.40 for .15 oz.; julep.com)
– Julep Nail Color in Cameron (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price; julep.com)
– Julep Nail Color in Kristen (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price; julep.com)
– Julep Nail Color in Love (February Maven box exclusive shade)
Whoops … I thought i made the photo of this eyeliner pot bigger than I actually did … sorry about that! It looks super small now that I see it in the post. But anyway. I am so, so happy with this eyeliner and it has instantly become my favorite; well, maybe my second favorite because nothing can really beat out my tried-and-true decade-long attachment to the Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof liner. So, I’m going to say that the new Julep liner is my favorite gel eyeliner and it is absolutely amazing and I am so happy that Julep created it.
Julep Ink Gel Eyeliner (reg. $22/$17.60 Maven price for .15 oz.; julep.com) is described as a creamy, jet-black eyeliner that’s “packed with encapsulated pigments that deliver intense lines with a silky-smooth, smudge-proof finish.” I cannot stress enough how amazing this liner is, especially for someone like me who has a very hard time finding an eyeliner that 1). goes on easily, 2). has an intense, vibrant color payoff, and 3). stays put all day long. This liner fits all three points of my eyeliner criteria perfectly.
Julep Ink Gel Eyeliner — swatched quickly, and therefore crooked …
This smooth-gliding gel liner contains soothing botanical extracts and it is enriched with “Power Cell Complex,” which is an “age-defying blend of rosehip seed oil, Malvaceae Lipid Extract and green coffee bean oil that promotes collagen production.” The gorgeous black color goes on so vibrantly with a very creamy consistency that doesn’t crack the way some liquid/gel liners do. I think that half the reason this eyeliner works so well is because of the angled liner brush that came with it, which makes applying and/or blending easyyyy as pie (I never ever use that term, but I have no idea how else to describe its awesomeness!).
I honestly can’t decide which product I like better — Julep’s new gel eyeliner or the perfectly-angled brush to apply it with. Julep Angled Liner Brush (reg. $18/$14.40 Maven price; julep.com) is a precision brush (it is extremelyyy precise) with angled synthetic bristles “designed to deposit color close to the lash line.” This is hands-down one of the best (if not THE best) angled eyeliner brushes I have ever used. I usually have to dot on extra bits of eyeliner to fill in close to the lash line and I honestly didn’t have to do that at all with this brush because it gets so close.
This brush has also truly mastered the art of soft pressure for a thin line/harder pressure for a thick line, which I can never really seem to do perfectly with any other brush. The thing I like the most about this brush is that it doesn’t blend the liner in so much that the liner loses its color vibrance (which is also thanks to the intense color of Julep’s gel liner). I haven’t really used this brush with any of my other liners yet, so I guess I really can’t make a well-rounded judgment just yet, but, for now, I can say that it works perfectly with Julep’s gel liner.
I wasn’t as thrilled about this liquid eyeshadow as I thought I would be, but I haven’t really used it much yet. So far I have only worn it alone, so I think I might like it a lot better when I blend it with a regular-finish eyeshadow.
Julep Eye Sheen Liquid Eyeshadow (reg. $14.40 for .15 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “gorgeous liquid eyeshadow” that “glides on easily and sets to a satin finish that stays put all day.” It is a buildable and blendable formula enriched with Julep’s “proprietary Power Cell Complex,” an “age-defying blend of rosehip seed oil, Malvaceae Lipid Extract and green coffee bean oil that promotes collagen production.”
Julep Eye Sheen Liquid Eyeshadow in Dusty Taupe Shimmer
This liquid shadow formula comes in four shades and I received the “Dusty Taupe Shimmer” color. Like I said before, I found that this shadow didn’t blend as well as I wanted it to. I used it over an eyeshadow primer (which might have been a mistake) and it seemed like all the color fanned out to the edges of my eyelid and didn’t stay put in the center because of it’s liquid-y texture. I’m going to try it again without a primer and then also blended with a powder shadow and see how I like it.
For my first add-on product I chose this nail polish because I wanted to try out Julep’s Stardust Finish. Julep Nail Color in Cameron (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price; julep.com) is described as a “silver lilac stardust” and the stardust part is a matte glitter. This isn’t just a regular glitter polish, it’s more texture-y looking and if you apply a top coat over it then the polish kind of loses its effect (although you can still see the glitter and it’s still very pretty).
Julep Nail Color in Cameron (Stardust Finish)
I am in love with the Stardust Finish, which surprises me because I never really like any texture polishes I try (but this isn’t really a real “texture” — it’s kind of hard to explain unless you see it in person). The color is a true mix of silver and lilac and the whole polish is shimmery/glittery with pretty flecks of glitter throughout. It also has serious staying power, and has stayed put on my nails for about three days now without applying a top coat over it.
The next add-on I got was this color, “Kristen.” I’m actually not entirely sure why I chose this color — when the “Maven Window” was open for me to pick what I wanted in my February box I kind of rushed through it, so I think I might have actually picked this color when I wanted something else. I have a ton of turquoise-ish nail colors, but, either way, this one is a pretty addition.
Julep Nail Color in Kristen
Julep Nail Color in Kristen (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price; julep.com) is described as a “deep sea teal with silver microshimmer.” It’s definitely a very pretty teal color, and the microshimmer makes the shade a lot more sophisticated and work-friendly than a regular teal glitter polish. You could definitely get away with wearing this shade to the office; well, I would have no problem wearing it to the office, at least.
And the last polish in my February Maven box was this awesomely pretty limited-edition shade. I actually didn’t think I would like this color that much before using it and then I fell in love with it.
Julep Maven Nail Color in Love
Julep Nail Color in Love (February Maven box exclusive shade) is a limited-edition nail polish that was exclusive to the Julep Maven February 2014 shipment. This polish came in every single box, so every Maven received one. It is a bunch of colors rolled into one that actually work very well together.
“Love” was released as a Valentine’s Day shade and it’s a shimmery light gold with a slight hint of purple (that you can see better in the light) and it has pretty red flecks throughout. This color is super unique, it’s not just gold and purple, it’s a super unique light gold and a super unique light lilac purple. This is definitely one of my favorite nail colors ever and I hope Julep releases it again soon so I can pick up a few more bottles.
Julep Maven is a monthly nail and beauty subscription service that costs $19.99 per month. Each month, you get to choose which style box you would like out of that month’s collection and you can add-on up to three different items for a discounted price. To subscribe click here or visit Julep.com/Maven for more information.
NOTE: Please bear with me while I get used to taking better photos and upping my Photoshop skills. I know these pictures aren't the greatest, but I'm trying to get used to taking photos of beauty products and
figuring out the kind of style I want to use for photos posted on the
blog. Thank you :)
I wasn’t sure if I needed a more “official”, like, “Welcome to my Blog”-type post for my first post? I have been trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to post first for a few days when I noticed the little pile of subscription boxes getting bigger and bigger on my bedroom floor … So I decided to just jump in and start posting reviews/overviews of the boxes I receive since I consider them “time sensitive” — i.e. I better get the posts up before the next month’s subscription box arrives on my doorstep.
Julep Maven is definitely one of my favorite subscription services if not my #1 favorite. I hesitated to sign up for it for awhile because I figured I really don’t need that many nail polishes; at the time I was going to the salon to get gel manicures every other week or so and I rarely did my nails myself. Well, after a few months I quickly realized how much I love the service not just for the nail colors but also for the beauty products.
Julep beauty products rarely ever disappoint me — and that’s really saying something for a company that started out solely selling nail polish. I have been extremely happy and even over-the-top surprised at how well Julep‘s beauty products work and many of them have become staples in my beauty routine (like their Kajal eyeliner — the black color is pretty much tied with my all-time favorite Chanel Stylo Yeux eyeliner).
My Julep nail polish collection is getting quite large, so I recently ordered their cute Color Caddy (a post on that later) to keep the polishes organized, stopped spending money at the salon on gel manicures and started painting my own nails almost every single day.
So, I was wrong, and a girl really can’t ever have too many nail polishes.
Julep Maven isn’t your typical monthly subscription service in that the products sent out aren’t exactly a surprise. Julep makes their service pretty personal by letting you customize your box each month. Each box is a different style (ex. Boho Glam, Bombshell, Modern Beauty, etc.) and then you can add-on different nail polishes or products featured that month at a discounted price (you can add-on up to three different products). You can also upgrade your box to receive nearly everything offered that month, including all of the nail polish colors and/or beauty products. (For more information or to subscribe click here).
Another reason I love Julep so much, as stated earlier, is because of the beauty products they send out each month. Julep Maven isn’t just a nail polish subscription service, it is a true beauty subscription service that includes nail polish, nail care, makeup, skincare and even hair products.
My Julep Maven January 2014 Box
The Boudoir Collection nail polishes I received this month, from top to bottom: Mae, Abigail, Mona + Hope
For January 2014 Julep released The Boudoir Collection, which included a lot of natural-ish nail polish colors with silk and satin finishes. The beauty products this month were Julep’s amazing Ta Da! Quick Dry Nail Polish Drops, Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover, Julep’s stainless steel Teflon-coated Cuticle Pusher, plus nail buffers to complete the full manicure set. My Maven box this month included four polish colors (two of which I chose myself as add-ons), the quick dry drops and the nail buffers; the buffers were a surprise addition to the box and I’m pretty sure everyone received them.
I really needed a white-ish nail color so I was happy to see that there was a perfect one included in this month’s Boudoir Collection, and I made sure that I would receive Hope (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; Julep.com) in my Maven box this month. It’s a pretty white polish with a satin finish. I also really loved the purple color, Mae (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; Julep.com) which Julep describes as a “soft lavender” with a satin finish. These two colors I chose myself as add-ons.
Above are the two core colors that came with my “Classic With A Twist” box, Mona (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; Julep.com) and Abigail (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; Julep.com). Mona is described as a “storm cloud grey creme,” so it has a creme finish, and Abigail is a “light peony pink” with a silk finish. Mona is actually also a little dark blue-ish which makes it a pretty unique color, and Abigail seemed almost sheer when I swatched it (on white paper), but I haven’t worn it yet so I’m not sure how it really looks when it comes out on the nails.
Here are the swatches for the four colors I received in my January Maven box. Again, please excuse the photo quality while I just work out all the kinks on how to best take pictures for my blog. I know they aren’t the greatest but I’m still learning 🙂
As you can see, there is definitely a blue tint to Mona, while Hope is almost a creamy white, even though it does have a satin, not creme, finish. Mae is a pretty lavender with grey-ish tones, and I had to swatch Abigail pretty heavily since it seemed so sheer at first, but I’m actually quite happy with how the finished swatch product came out since you can see the almost iridescent-like finish of the polish.
I’ve heard amazing things about Julep’s Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops (reg. $14/$11.20 Maven price for 1-oz. bottle; Julep.com) but I haven’t been able to order them since Julep’s website didn’t have them in stock for the longest time. I think they re-released this product with January’s Maven box and I really have to say this little bottle works wonders. Well, the bottle isn’t exactly little, it’s an awesome size (1 oz.) which will last forever since you use so little of the product. Just apply a drop or two to nails about a minute after your last coat of polish and your manicure will be smudge-free in minutes.
I am the BIGGEST mess when it comes to polishing my nails (which is why I went to the salon to get a gel manicure for so long) — I cannot seem to sit still for long enough to let my polish dry perfectly and it almost always gets messed up. These quick dry drops are a godsend and they really work very, very well. They aren’t flawless, however, so you do still have to take care and sit still for a few minutes longer to let the drops do their job and seal in your manicure.
The last items in my January Maven box were these cute nail buffers. I’m pretty sure everyone got these and they were a surprise addition to the box since there was no sign of them anywhere when I chose what I wanted this month. Julep will often throw in a random mystery product, sometimes they are something small like these buffers or a nail file, but I have also received full-size products some months that I absolutely was not expecting. I can never, ever complain about a good surprise, that’s for sure. 😀
There were a bunch of other nail colors that were sent out this month that I didn’t personally receive, so to check out the full Boudoir Collectionclick here. There was also another beauty product, Julep’s Vanish Cuticle Remover & Softener (reg. $18/$14.40 Maven price for 1-oz. bottle; Julep.com) which is described as a “conditioning formula” that “quickly removes overgrown cuticles.” Pretty much every single one of Julep’s beauty products that I have ever tried works amazingly, so I’m sure their cuticle remover/softener works great too.
Julep Maven is a monthly subscription service that costs $19.99 per month with the option to add-on products or upgrade the box for an additional cost. For more information or to subscribe click here or head on over to Julep.com.