My Julep Maven January 2016 Maven box arrived yesterday! I got the Modern Beauty box this time because I wanted to try their new moisturizer, plus I grabbed a few add-ons with some of the polishes I wanted at a reduced price. Such a good deal.
Here’s what came in the mail:
A smaller box, plus the It’s Balm lip crayon in Nectar Pink from the Modern Beauty box, all my add-on nail polishes, and the freebie for picking up three add-ons, all nestled in cream-colored paper crinkles and wrapped in glittery baby-blue tissue paper. ❤
Before I continue on, here’s Nectar Pink, one of the new It’s Balm colors released this month, up close:
I haven’t tried it on yet, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m not allergic. I don’t even wear lip stuff very frequently because of skin sensitivities, but the coral color really attracted me. So happy looking. I’d brave that for a special occasion.
The smaller box had the No Limits Luxe Hydrating Creme (an all-purpose moisturizer, the other half of the Modern Beauty box) and this month’s bonus: a little box of Junior Mints! Yum. I liked that the quote this month is from Dr. Seuss.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
True, that. And, here’s No Limits, unboxed:
The sparkly pearlescent box and plastic jar are pleasing to the eye. Under the lid, though, the dispenser for the moisturizer was unusual – at least, I’ve never come across this kind of dispenser before.
Gotta admit, it took me a few tries to figure it out. “Push to dispense,” unfortunately, was not an adequate instruction. It should have read “pump a few times to prime, then push to dispense.” (If anyone from Julep is reading – maybe you could include the instructions on the side of the jar?) I didn’t pump the button first because I didn’t want to accidentally dispense too much, so when no product came out when I pressed the button, I initially tried pressing again, then pressing harder, then holding the button, then even checking the valve (the smaller circle) to see if there was a seal I hadn’t removed before I tried priming the dispenser. After priming, the product eventually squishes out from under the edges of the valve, so you can scoop it up with a fingertip or something. Weird design, but I guess it works.
Also, maybe I’m a n00b, but hey, I got it working eventually. ;P
The moisturizer itself is nice; I tried it on my face and hands. The creme isn’t greasy or heavy, soaks into the skin quickly, and kept my horribly dry skin feeling nice for many hours. So far, my super sensitive skin hasn’t had any bad reactions to it, either. The smell isn’t my favorite, though. It’s got the same scent as Julep’s Rock Star hand creme, I believe.
The add-ons I picked up were:
- Out Of This World trio (three polishes released this month: Tali (“[g]lacier breeze linear liquid holographic”), Shay (“[c]eladon iridescent chrome”), and Celeste (“[c]osmic gray iridecent glitter”)) for $14.99,
- Viv (“[c]rème de menthe liquid holographic”) from this past holiday’s All Is Bright holographic polish trio, for $4,99, and
- Tiffany (“[p]ink radish jelly”) from last June’s The Deep End collection, for $4.99.
Janae, a “[c]ool charcoal crème” was my freebie for getting three or more add-ons.
Last, but not least, the promo codes for this month:
- JAN10 for $10 off a $20+ purchase (from my box) and
- JANLIPPY for a free It’s Whipped matte lip mousse ($22 regular retail price, $17.60 Maven) with a $20+ purchase (from my sister’s Boho Glam box)
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