My Julep Maven February 2016 Maven box arrived this past Monday – yay! I would’ve posted earlier, but it’s hard to fit in time to post on work nights, especially now that I’ve got ‘Fiend Jr. as a second full-time job. :]
Anyway, on to the box! I got the Modern Beauty box this month and tacked on some nail polishes that I wanted to try out.
White pearlescent tissue paper, cream-colored paper crinkles, loads of nail polishes (which I’ll list out in a moment), Julep Lip Gloss in Captivated (one of the Modern Beauty choices this month), and a smaller box. And, inside the smaller box…
Charcoal/gold-shimmer tissue paper (maybe my favorite tissue paper from Julep so far) and more cream-colored paper crinkles cradling the rest of the Modern Beauty box items:
- Julep Gel Eye Glider in Olive,
- Julep Lip Gloss in Timeless,
- a chocolate heart (this month’s freebie)
- a quote card doubling as an introduction to this month’s new Eyeshadow 101 colors, and
- a promo code for a free Eyeshadow 101 with a $15+ purchase (use code FEBEYES), expires March 31, 2016.
This month’s quote is from Martha Beck:
“Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but feeling beautiful exists solely in the mind of the beheld.”
I hadn’t heard of Martha Beck before seeing this quote card, but it looks like Dr. Beck is a life coach and author. I find the quote kind of interesting because unlike the other, more lighthearted quotes I’ve seen from Julep, this one sounds like tough love to me: your self-perception is your own responsibility. I’d agree with that message, though I don’t know if that’s how it was meant. Anyway, I guess the quote goes along with Julep’s recent #bravepretty campaign, which might not really resonate with me personally, but hey, I won’t knock a positive message.
Onward to this month’s new nail polishes that I picked up!
These four are new colors for this month, which I picked up in two add-ons:
- All Gold Everything – Kay (“[w]arm taupe with gold microshimmer”) and Luz (“[s]unset gold metallic”) – plus it was supposed to include a roll of Thin Gold Line Nail Tape for nail art, but this was missing from my box (boo) :(
- Beet It Duo – Hayley (“[b]eetroot crème”) and Rosie (“[c]harcoal grey with magenta glitter”)
Luz strikes me as a possible fraternal twin to Essie Leggie Legend, so I may compare those two in the future. I’ve got my eye on Hayley for Valentine’s, though. It could be because I really love beets (yum). :)
- Sienna is a classic Julep color (older) and a duplicate for me, but I don’t mind having a backup because I’ve used it quite a few times, and it’s a great polish. Very versatile and matches with everything. This was the freebie for taking 3+ add-ons this month.
- Hartleigh is a “[h]olographic heart glitter top coat” – new for me, but first released last February as that month’s Valentine’s freebie. Julep gave it out as a freebie this year, too – they sent out an e-mail that gave you the opportunity to opt in if you took this month’s box. (To be honest, I might have skipped this box, but that extra incentive might have given me the little push needed to change my mind. Well played, Julep. Well played.)
- Hazel (“[w]ild violet and bronze duochrome) – a polish I wanted before and was able to snag for $4.99 as an add-on.
Here’s the new olive eye liner (I need to find a better location to take photos at my new place, but in the meantime, please excuse the bad lighting, etc.):
Close-ups on the lip glosses:
Here’s where I discovered something wonky with this month’s Modern Beauty box. The default items in this month’s Modern Beauty box were the Lip Gloss in Timeless, the Eye Glider in Olive, and Eyeshadow 101 in Olive. As usual, Julep offered the option to swap your color if you preferred something else. Most of the options were other shades of Eyeshadow 101, but at least one of the options was the lip gloss in Captivated (another new release this month). I liked the olive eyeshadow and eye liner, so I picked the alternate lip color, since I’ve already got a nude one in my collection. Oddly, against what I expected, instead of swapping out Timeless, though, Captivated ended up replacing the Eyeshadow 101!
I e-mailed Julep customer support about this in case it was a mistake and was told that the Eyeshadow 101 was the swappable item in the Modern Beauty box, never mind that it wasn’t the same product as the option I chose. Weird. I wanted to find the selection-time original text for the Modern Beauty box, just to check if I had a brain fart and didn’t read something that would have tipped me off, but I wasn’t able to find it, since the selection window’s closed now. I’m a bit bummed out, but at least the lip gloss is the higher-value item of the two (regular retail price of $20, versus $18 for the Eyeshadow 101), and it’s not like the gloss won’t be put to good use.
Also, they did refund me for the gold nail tape that was missing from my box, and they offered me a free nail polish for the inconvenience, which was nice of them. All in all, everything’s copacetic.
Did any of you get this month’s box? Any issues with yours?
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