Julep Maven: June 2017: Bask in the Heat + $20 Off

I got my first royalty check for “Ice Maiden’s Tale” and I really don’t want to brag but I can totes buy myself a slice of pizza now.  Maybe next time, I’ll make enough to add on a can of soda.  We’ll have to play it by ear.  But in the interim, I’ve got a review for you today and a fab coupon offer from Julep.
Save $20 off any purchase of $50 or more, just use code MATCHPOINT
Julep’s June Collection, “Bask in the Heat”, offered a new mascara and some warm polish shades.  I’m always on the hunt for the perfect mascara so I thought I’d give this box a shot.

 MY CUSTOMIZABLE MAVEN BOX

With a Twist – Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara
(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $22.40)
Verdict: Like
Description: “This multitasking mascara lengthens and volumizes lashes with just a twist of the customizable wand. Bamboo extracts & peptides support healthier, longer, fuller lashes over time. To use: To build volume, twist the customizable wand to shorten the brush. Sweep upward from base to tip. To separate and lengthen lashes, use the wand in its fully extended position. Repeat the same sweeping motion, wiggle up as you go until desired look is achieved.”
This mascara features a unique customizable wand that allows you to  adjust the length.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t even tried that part yet.  I basically just used it as is and like an idiot totally forgot it could be adjusted.  The formula itself isn’t too thick or thin and does a nice job of covering lashes without being too smudgeriffic.  I found though that it didn’t give me quite as much volume as some of my favorite brands, but I haven’t experimented with the different application techniques so I’ll need to play around with it a bit more.

Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric
in Alabaster

(Retail $30.00/Maven Price: $24.00)
Verdict: Hit as a Concealer – Fail as a Foundation
Color Description: Light Alabaster with Cool Undertone
“This multitasking skin perfector has a natural, demi-matte finish with buildable medium-to-full coverage that conceals, corrects, illuminates, blurs & brightens.  The convenient cushion tip applicator allows for easy and precise application, even on the go. Use it to spot correct and conceal, or all over as a foundation.”

I don’t remember Julep releasing this as the featured beauty product for a collection, but this was a recent release. I was so so excited to see a pale shade with a cool undertone that I nabbed this immediately.  The pictures above show the swatch on application and then how it looks blended in.  It blended into my skin tone beautifully and worked great under my eyes and on spots where I just wanted to even out my skin tone.

That being said, let’s discuss Julep’s suggestion to use this all over as a foundation.
#1 – This little stick is supposed to retail for $30.  How long do you think it will last if you are using it as a foundation? You’d be spending so much that you could pretty much buy any foundation you want  (even the really high end products) for much less.
#2 – The packaging is not conducive to application as a foundation.  Cushion compact foundations are a thing.  They are everywhere in Kbeauty and plenty of other brands have jumped on the bandwagon.  If this is supposed to be a foundation, it should be in a proper compact.
#3 – The product itself.  I tried this as a foundation to see what would happen.  I looked like I was wearing Japanese Kabuki makeup.  It was awful.  I couldn’t understand how it could blend so nicely in small areas and be so very awful spread out all over my face.
In conclusion, it seems pretty obvious to me that this should not be used a foundation.  It’s a concealer for small areas.  It works well for that purpose and when used in that capacity, the small tube should last for some time.

JUNE FREEBIE!
I’m not a fan of Fireball candy – but Free Candy is FREE CANDY!

OVERALL:
Verdict:
Like!
I paid $21.39 for this box and the retail value came out to $52 and the maven value was $41.60. I thought both items were excellent quality and definitely a step above normal drug store brands.  I’d recommend buying them on sale from Julep since I find their normal retail/maven pricetags to be a little high.  If you use the code MATCHPOINT you can save $20 off a $50 or more order, so you can snag these at a serious discount.  I ended up paying a little over $10 for each item, so I feel like I got a great value.

Have you ever tried a cushion concealer or compact?

OFFERS!
$20 off orders of $50 or more
Use Code: MATCHPOINT
(Expires 09/04/2017)

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 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.

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