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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.