Julep Maven Box “The Boudoir Collection” – Modern Beauty – January 2014

Julep’s January maven boxes introduced their new “Boudoir Collection” featuring lots of soft shades, and silk and satin finishes. If you want more info on Julep’s maven subscription service and a coupon code, skip down below.  Now let’s get to the box.
Box
I’m not a pale neutrally sort, so this month I opted for the “Modern Beauty” box which only contains beauty products.  Since I cannot resist new finishes so I added on one “silk” polish.
Open 

THE MODERN BEAUTY BOX: 

Typically the Modern beauty box features only two full size beauty products, but this month we got three.

Quick Dry
Ta Da!  Quick Dry Drops:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict:  Hit!
This was the featured beauty product included in all the maven boxes this month.   The surprise is that it’s not new, (although this may be a new formula.)  I actually purchased this in a Julep set long before I was a maven, so this was my first non-polish item from the brand.  I found the drops to be effective as a quick dry solution and while the smell is strong (very herbal) it is not at all chemically (which is an issue I had with other quick dry products).  Unfortunately, the product had a few other problems.  The liquid seems to evaporate quickly (even in unopened bottles) and over time it gets a yellow tinge.  Hopefully this incarnation has fixed those issues, but even with those drawbacks it is still a solid product. 

Vanish
Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover:
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict:  Hit!
This was the beauty product everyone was buzzing about and there was some disappointment that it wasn’t the featured beauty pick that went in all the boxes.  According to Julep, “Used in over 250,000 Julep Nail Parlor manis, this…conditioning formula quickly removes overgrown cuticles, clearing the way for a cleaner, prettier mani (or pedi). Over time, you’ll notice a dramatic decrease in cuticle regrowth.”  Now I normally don’t mess with my cuticles much and they aren’t too much of a problem for me, but I was really intrigued by this product and can’t wait to try it out.

Cuticle Oil
Cuticle Oil:(
Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict:  Love!
I feel like this product is perfect for the time of year.  Thanks to the polar vortex it’s been so damn cold and I’ve been pretty much dipping every body part that gets exposed into some kind of oil.  I love the rollerball applicator and the Vitamin E. I feel like it really helps my poor winter abused cuticles.

THE ADD-ON:

Abigail
Abigail:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description: Light peony pink silk
Verdict:  Hit!
Another month and another polish that I chose for sentimental reasons.  (Who would think polish could tug at the heartstrings?) My niece’s name is Abigail (although she is an “Abby”).  She loves pink and fashion and nail polish and art and all things girly and fun. I wanted to try out the silk finish and I think this shade of pink will work great with a wide variety of topcoats.  (I can’t wait to try it out with Julep’s Max). It’s not the most exciting shade, but it’s another solid, practical addition to my collection.

Freebie
Freebie
: Orange Sticks
Orange Sticks are always useful so definitely a worthwhile surprise.

Full Box
Overall

The retail value of my items was $64.00 and the maven value was $51.20.  With all my products and tax I only paid $26.73.  Ironically “the boudoir collection” was probably my least exciting Julep box, yet my most practical. This was chock full of manicure staples that I will use over and over again.  The Abigail polish is a lovely neutral that I can wear alone for an understated look or dressed up with lots of fun topcoats. 

So maybe my choices were more flannel pajamas than lacey negligee, but I’m really happy with my maven selection this month.

THE BACKSTORY
If you love Julep’s products, you can try out a box for free just use the code FREEBOX
Just remember this signs you up for a subscription that you will need to cancel or opt out of each month. 

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, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of living somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” is set to be released May 30, 2017 by Xist Publishing. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

3 thoughts on “Julep Maven Box “The Boudoir Collection” – Modern Beauty – January 2014

  1. Very true…I much prefer getting mani staples! I wish I opted for this box I really wanted to try that vanish cream! And i’ll choose flannels over negligee any day! 😉

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