Julep Mystery Box: Naughty & Nice – December 2013

Happy New Year!  2014 is going to bring some fun, new features to this little blog, so stay tuned.  I’ll also be featuring a review of the top 13 items from all of my subscription boxes of 2013, so be sure to come back for that one.

For right now, I’ve still got some late December boxes to show you.  This is another of Julep’s mystery boxes entitled “Naughty and Nice.”
Box

Julep periodically offers mystery boxes where they guarantee a special polish or two and then the rest is  a big old surprise.  Sometimes there are various price options for different size boxes.  This time there was only one size box, priced at $24.99.  If you purchased this box you were guaranteed two new polishes: Aviva and Brenda, and that you’d receive an assortment of products valued at $125+.
Open Box

Let’s start with our promised polishes….
N&N Colors

This are not currently available  for individual purchase on Julep’s site, but I’m sure eventually they will show up for sale so I’ll use the standard pricing for polishes.

Aviva:(Estimated Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Descripton: Purple with silver full coverage holographic glitter
Verdict:  Love!
Despite my rapidly growing polish collection I have very few purples and none that include glitter.  I think this will be a lot of fun to use.

Brenda: (Estimated Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description: Blizzard white microglitter
Verdict:  Hit!
I think this will be look great layered over different shades of white polish.

Blotting Papers & Samples
Green Tea Facial Blotting Paper
s (Estimated Retail???/Bonus Item)
Verdict:  Hit!
I don’t see this up on Julep’s site and I have received it before as an extra in one of the past Maven boxes so we’ll call this a bonus and not include it in the overall value. It’s a nice little addition that you can throw in your purse for daily touchups.

Luxe Samples (Estimated Retail???/Bonus Item)
Verdict:  Hit!
Included are a few samples of the luxe serum and hand cream.  I’m always happy to see samples from Julep so that I get a chance to try stuff out before I commit.  The luxe serum is a liquid, so personally I’d probably use it during my nighttime skincare routine.

Lip Gloss    Broken
Timeless Lip Gloss((Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Verdict:  Hit!
Description: Sheer nude
Unfortunately my gloss came broken, but on the bright side, it was all contained in its own box so my other items were unaffected.  I have Julep’s “Charming” gloss and use it frequently, both on its own and layered over lipsticks.  It’s light, not too sticky and has a nice vanilla-y scent.  I know when I get my replacement product (which Julep customer service is shipping to me as we speak), I will end up using this a ton.  I can’t find this product for sale right now on its own, so I’m using the individual pricing they featured previously.  Julep currently has a great sale on the full set of glosses and plumper, which is what I’ve linked to above in case you’re interested.

Eyeliner
Kajal Eye Glider & Sharpener:(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Description: Two intensely pigmented colors—carbon black and brown shimmer—that glide on smoothly and blend like a dream.
Verdict:  Gift
I don’t use pencil liners very much and almost never use black so this is going to my gift pile. If someone does use pencil liners its dual sides and sharpener make it a nice buy.

Hand Cream
Rock Star Hand Cream:
(Retail $20.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Description: Anti-aging, emollient blend of shea butter, glycerin, coconut oil, and vitamin E keeps hands hydrated, even after washing.
Verdict:  Love!
I’ve been wanting to try out this cream so I’m psyched to receive it.  I’m adding it into my manicure kit and it will make its appearance the next time I do my nails.

Primer
Blank Canvas Mattifying Face Primer: (Retail $28.00/Maven Price: $22.40)
Description: This age-defying primer creates a smooth, even canvas for gorgeous makeup that lasts all day.
Verdict:  On the Fence
Most days, I use a CC cream that has a built in primer so I’m not really in the market for a separate primer, but now that this one arrived I’ll give it a try and see if it makes all that much of a difference with my makeup.

Alaina & Joanna
Alaina:(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description: Driftwood taupe crème
Verdict:  Love!
I’ve been wanting to pick this one up because I think it would look fabulous underneath some of the cool topcoats.

Joanna:(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $2.99)
Description: Lilac frost
Verdict:  Hit!
Now this a color I would never have picked up based on the pics on the Julep site.  I’m not really a pastel person, particularly lavender.  But this shade really turns a pretty gray and I think it will look great paired with a lot of items.

America & Nellie
America:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $2.99)
Description: Sterling silver stars with shiny red and royal blue glitter
Verdict:  Miss/Gift
Despite my now giant Julep collection, this was the only duplicate polish shade I received.  I love this topcoat but I really don’t need another one.  It will go into the gift pile for someone else who loves glitter.

Nellie: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description: Pink fuschia crème
Verdict:  Hit!
For some reason I don’t usually gravitate toward fuschia, but it’s a fun color and it will be nice to try something new.  It’s a great shade come summertime.

Full Box
Overall

The retail value of my items was well over $100 even using maven values and counting the samples and blotting papers as bonus items.  I was able to use a coupon so I only paid $16.04 for this whole box.   I got a couple items that will be gifts, a few I will get a ton of use from and a few more that are new things for me to try out. It seems like the perfect mix of a mystery box.

What do you think?  Was this box more naughty or nice?

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.

They have a monthly maven box that costs $19.99.  You simply take their beauty quiz and it will match you up with a specific style.

The options:

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.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

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.

The real beauty of a maven box is that you only get what you want.  You can change profiles each month or simply opt out of a box.   Julep will email you your monthly box selection, at that time you can choose a different box than your regular beauty profile or opt out entirely.  Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons at a huge discount along access to their “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 their store along with free Shipping.  Julep polishes retail at $14.00 each, so a Maven box of two to three brand new polishes for under $20.00 is a great steal.

Coupon: To try out a box for free, use the code FREEBOX
(you’ll just have to pay for shipping this time).  Just remember this is a subscription service so your free box will sign you up to get a box every month.  Either opt out each month when you don’t want a box, or cancel by calling Julep’s customer service.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island trying to help real people, while making up stories about imaginary ones. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure, was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

4 thoughts on “Julep Mystery Box: Naughty & Nice – December 2013

  1. I have been taking a break from Julep, but I will resume again soon! This is a great box…I love your detailed “love, hit or gift it” categories~ I have Nellie, Joanna and Alaina and I love them, but i’ve always wanted to try America…I have dupes of Tracy…would you want to trade if you don’t already have it? Let me know my email is kvieweg 07 at gmail dot com 🙂

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