Julep March 2014 Maven Box: The Riviera Collection, Modern Beauty (with promo codes)

My Julep Maven March 2014 box came in today! Peach tissue paper and blue/purple scrunchy shredded paper this time:


The freebie this month was a Gilliam old-fashioned candy stick. (Mine was cinnamon flavored. What about yours?) We also got a promo code for 35% off the Luxury Lipcare Duo (use LIP35), which is $44 regular and $35.20 Maven – not terribly useful for me, since I got that exact duo in my box – and 25% off Julep lip gloss (use GLOSS25), which are $16 each.

Looks like Julep’s running out of inspirational quotes this year or something. Instead of a quote, we get a blurb that just says “You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them.” I guess that’s all right, but I really prefer their past tradition of using quotes from notable women. Those were at least somewhat educational or thought-provoking in that they sometimes prompted me to go dig up info on and learn about the people quoted. I also miss the blurb Julep used to include about the inspiration behind their collections.


I’ll be brutally honest with you guys – I wasn’t super excited about this month’s selections at first. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the colors, but other than Lizanne (the “[s]ea green shimmer”) and Tania (the “[m]ultidimensional mermaid teal glitter”), they were either really close to colors I already have or just not particularly up my alley. As for the lip glosses, well, I have uber-sensitive skin, so I’m usually allergic to lip glosses, and I’m not usually big on makeup in general.

Because I waffled for a while, by the time I made my selection, Tania was already sold out, so I just went with the Modern Beauty box, which included the Buff Lip Scrub Pen and Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment. I also added on Lizanne, which turns out to be a peacock teal/green (a bit bluer-toned than it looked in the promo shots on my monitor, but not quite as blue in person as it looks in my photo above) with very subtle shimmer. Maybe it’s just me, but it reminds me of Ariel‘s mermaid tail.


I know I just said I usually have issues with lip products, and it’s true. I thought I’d go ahead and try these anyway, though, because the ingredient lists are slightly different from other products I’ve had issues with, and these are more skincare-related and usable for someone who likes to go makeup-naked.

The Buff Lip Scrub Pen ($20 regular, $16 Maven, for 0.08 fl. oz./2.4 mL) has a velvety applicator similar to a doe foot, and the pen dispenses product from the center when you turn the bottom dial. Once it’s primed, it seems to dispense enough for one lip (bottom or top) per click, and it has a pleasant light, peachy scent. I followed the directions on the box (massage over lips and tissue off) but it didn’t seem to exfoliate much for me somehow. I can see how this would be convenient to carry around, but I find Julep’s Sugar Smooch Lip Scrub works significantly better.

The Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment ($22 regular, $19.20 Maven, for 0.42 oz/12 g) also has a yummy smell that reminds me of snickerdoodles. The cool metal applicator is actually pretty soothing, as advertised, and the product has a frosting-like consistency that, when applied, leaves a shiny finish like a lip gloss or Vaseline. It feels moisturizing, but I can’t tell if it does more than plain Vaseline at this point. It’s definitely a plus that I smell like I just ate cookies, though. 🙂

It’s too soon to tell if I’m going to be allergic to these things, but since I think I’m an outlier in this case, I’m going to leave my reviews as is for the rest of you.

Did any of you get this month’s Julep box, and what did you think?


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