Julep Maven: October 2016: Dark & Stormy Nights!

I finished my Christmas cards and made some headway on my manuscript edits, so I’ve finally earned some time to chat with you about boxes.  Today I’m reviewing my October Julep Maven box.  October’s theme was “Dark & Stormy Nights” and brought some lovely dark shades, a free holographic topcoat and a product favorite.
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If you love Julep products, today they’ve got 40% off for “friends and family”.  Use the coupon code JUSTFORYOU.
At midnight this deal turns into a pumpkin, so if there’s something you want, grab it now!

MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX
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Night Shift – Deep Sleep Facial Mask

(Retail $34.00/Maven Price: $27.20)
Description: “A reparative moisture mask that does the heavy lifting while you’re fast asleep so you wake up to a brighter, smoother, and firmer complexion.”
Verdict: Gift!
I love this mask.  You just pop it on at bed time and when you wake up your skin is softer and your skin tone is more even.  I already own this, but I nabbed one to use as a gift.

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Ebony

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “Graphite Holographic”
This polish is edgy and sparkly and absolutely perfect.  Some holos can be hard to wear in every day settings, but the dark color on this keeps it sophisticated and chic.

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Jean

(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like!
Description: “Black Cherry Crème”
Dark reds are my go to pedicure shade and this one is perfect for Winter.  It’s dark without going oxblood or too vampy, making it versatile.  Great for both work and play.

OCTOBER FREEBIE!
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Desiree
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “High-Gloss Holographic Top Coat”
I think this is my favorite free gift Julep has ever included.  Below I’ve got a swatch of Jean with and without the holo topcoat.
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This gives a lovely effect and can turn your polishes into unique holo shades.  I had heard some folks were missing these in their orders.  My box was complete and hopefully Julep was able to make it right for any customers that were missing an item.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Love!
I paid $21.39 for this box.  The retail value came out to $76 and the maven value was $60.80.  For just a little over $20 I got two great polishes, a fun and innovative topcoat, plus an awesome night mask. If you regularly use Julep products, I recommend getting a subscription. It’s a great way to stock up on products at a huge discount.

Have you ever tried a holographic polish?
What did you think?

COUPON CODES & LINKS:
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Join Julep and Get a 3-pc Holiday Welcome Box FREE (Limited Time Offer)
(Expires 12/31/16)
COUPON CODE: NEWMAVEN

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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