I received my Julep Maven July 2016 Maven box almost a week ago (last Friday) but I didn’t have time to post about it until now.
I’d been thinking of skipping to save money, but I thought I’d give Julep’s new Lip Shade Sheer Lip Butter a try, since my lips need something with SPF that they’re not allergic to, and I’d yet to find the magic lip balm that fits that bill.
On to the box!
Neon yellow tissue paper and turquoise paper crinkles: nice, bright summer colors. And:
- Intro/quote card – “I must be a mermaid… I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin, Cuban American poet.
- Promo code – use JULY30 for 30% off a Julep.com purchase through August 31, 2016.
- Glow Highlighting Powder ($28 regular, $22.40 Maven) – I think this product currently only comes in one color, since the Julep website doesn’t actually specify a color choice, but mine is labeled as Champagne.
- Lip Shade Sheer Lip Butter in Macaroon ($22 regular, $17.60 Maven) – Julep’s new product this month, with broad-spectrum SPF 30.
- Julep Tomi ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven) – “Bermuda blue holographic jelly”
- Julep Mickey ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven) – “Pink geranium ghost iridescent,” a freebie!
- Pizzazz Juicy Jelly – This was pretty yummy, actually. It’s a soft jelly made of agar (a kind of algae), which seems more common in Asian candies. These are made in Canada, though. (Mine was cherry-flavored, and TiO2’s was lemon.) A freebie!
The Glow Highlighting Powder case has a simple and clean modern design, matte-black cover, and shiny sides. The hinge opens easily, though not so easily that I’d be afraid of it just swinging open in a bag. I did notice some loose powder inside the cardboard box, though, so I wouldn’t want to just throw this naked into a purse.
Here it is, opened, though with the protective film still covering the powder well. I don’t typically carry makeup with me since I hardly wear it and don’t bother to touch it up when I do, but the large mirror seems handy for that, so I dig it.
Glow seemed like it could be a fun, subtle addition to barely-there makeup, so I gave it a shot. I swiped some on over the usual highlight areas (cheekbones, bridge of the nose, chin, etc.), and it looked fine over my favorite mostly matte bareMinerals. The sparkly diamond dust added a bit too much shine to some of my tinted sunscreens/BB creams, though. Guess it takes some trial and error not to end up looking sweaty. 😉
Lip products are always such a gamble for me because of how often they irritate my skin, but Lip Shade Sheer Lip Butter in Macaroon is okay so far! Only time will tell if my skin will eventually hate it, but it’s otherwise a nice product. (EDIT 4/21/18: Nevermind, allergic to it, after all; just forgot to update this post – probably the sunscreen element, sadly. :() It smells a bit like cotton candy or cookies, goes on smoothly and semi-sheer, and feels moisturizing. (Macaroon turned out to be not the most flattering color for me because it’s not as bright as my natural lip color and makes my lips kind of disappear into my face, but a little lip liner helps with that.)
And, finally, Tomi and Mickey, this month’s polishes. I’d completely forgotten that Julep promised to throw in a free surprise pink polish for sharing a Julep e-mail coupon earlier in the month. I’ll be trying these out soon and posting up swatches.
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