Julep Maven: March 2016 – The Lighten Up Collection, Plus 20% Off!

It’s Maven time and today along with review of Julep’s March “Lighten Up” collection I have some great offers. If you sign up now for your own maven sub, you can get a fabulous $150 set. (I wish they had this one when I signed up!) If you don’t want a sub of your own, you can save 20% on your julep.com purchase with coupon code LETSGET20 (expires on 5/31/16). For more on the special offers jump down to below.

I’ve been a maven for several years now and been clinging to my un-customizable $19.99 a month box.  Julep decided that our years of devotion meant that we could keep our $19.99 price tag but customize for free. So now I can make each of my boxes exactly what I want and not have to pay extra! I am now a very happy sub box addict.

 So let’s get to my handpicked box:
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MY CUSTOMIZABLE BOX

Ocean LinerOcean CloseOcean Swatch
When Pencil Met Gel – Long-Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Ocean

(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Clinically proven to last for 10+ hours, this easy-to-use eye pencil delivers the creamy formula & intense color payoff of a gel eyeliner. The waterproof formula glides on, sets in 30 seconds, and then stays put. Because eyeliner shouldn’t stand in the way of adventures.” 
Julep’s eye gliders are wonderful. They go on easy and have excellent staying power. I love blue liners and I think this one is a terrific shade for summer.

Ceciile Cecilie
Cecile:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: I love this like Kim Kardashian likes taking naked selfies
Description: Caribbean breeze holographic jelly
Yes, you read that right: holographic jelly. Jellies are my favorite finish and with a holo added, it’s like my nail polish dreams have all come true. If Julep keeps making more of these I’m going to need to make room in my nail polish cabinet. Teal is one of my fave polish colors and I can’t wait to rock this during the warmer weather.

YiyiYiyi swatch
Yiyi:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like Unicorn Tears
Description: Pink freesia holographic jelly
Another holo jelly! This one is a sweet purple pink that screams Springtime. The holo jellies are probably the most cheerful finish I’ve seen. There’s something so fun and lighthearted about them. I highly recommend given them a try.

MARCH FREEBIE!
BlowPop
Free Candy!
I love me a good Blow Pop and this was gone five minutes after I took all this picture.

THE ADD-ONS

Andie Andie Swatch
Andie:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Pastel confetti matte glitter top coat
This polish was introduced in a Mystery box for January and not currently available for individual purchase, so I’m estimating the value at the regular price for Julep polishes. I thought this was a fun shade and would be fun in nail art.

Créme of the Crop Add on Set
Julep regularly offers cool sets in the add-on options and this one had a bunch of polish I wanted and some cute little pearl nail art so I nabbed it.
Add on Set Add on Polishes w Names


Trudy
Trudy:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Botanical teal crème
This is like a slightly smokier Tiffany Blue and I absolutely adore it. The formula went on really easily as well.

Kenna Swatch
Kenna:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: Dove grey crème
Something subtle and soft for Spring time. I think this will make a nice base for some funkier topcoats.

Abby Swatch
Abby:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Honey almond sheer crème
My niece is named Abby so I had to get this for the name alone. I really love nude sheers and I want to try this one with a bit of glitter at the tips.

Yen Swatch
Yen:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Concord grape crème
I love the smoky quality to this purple and I think it would complement a wide variety of skin tones. It’s also a way to go a bit edgier without using a super dark shade.

OVERALL:
Julep 3.2016
Verdict:
Love!
Excluding the pearl stickers which aren’t on listed on the site, the retail value on this box comes out to $114 and the Maven Value was $91.20. I paid $45.98 and I got a ton of awesome products. I thought Julep did a great job with this collection. It felt seasonally appropriate and the new holo jelly finishes were wonderful. I hope to see them pop up in more boxes.

Have you ever tried a jelly polish? A holographic polish? Or a Holo Jelly Polish?
What did you think?

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THE BACKSTORY
(Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription. If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel. You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.)

 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.

Monthly Maven Options:

My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options (Take the quiz here):
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.”
Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.”
Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.”
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.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip. Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “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 Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday. You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

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 working 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,” 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.

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