Julep March 2018 (Press Forward) Maven Box unboxing (with promo code!)

A bit late, as I received my Julep March 2018 box back on the 10th, but it gave me a chance to try out all the products before posting. 😉

This month, I just went with the “Night Moves” curated box that was suggested to me, which included:

  • Dream Big Nightly Renewal Pressed Serum with BHA 0.53 oz, 15 g ($36 regular, $28.80 Maven),
  • Jesslyn (Bombshell) – Honey Gold Matte Shimmer 0.27 fl oz, 8 mL ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven), and
  • Yvonne (It Girl) – Moonbeam Matte Shimmer 0.27 fl oz, 8 mL ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven)

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Looks like Julep’s cutting costs and reducing waste by combining their monthly product intro card with the quote and promo code cards. I don’t know when they started doing this because I haven’t gotten a box since last November. I’m all for reducing waste, but I’ll miss having the separate quote card that I could hang up as artwork!

This month’s quote:

“Looking back isn’t going to help you. Moving forward is the thing you have to do.” – McKayla Maroney

Anyway, I also threw on the Luminous Luck polish trio as an add-on:

  • Angelique (Boho Glam) – Dragonfly Wing Iridescent Glitter 0.27 fl oz, 8 mL ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven),
  • Marlise (Wonder Maven) – Luminous Borealis Glitter 0.27 fl oz, 8 mL ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven), and
  • Vivien (Classic with a Twist) – Champagne Bubbles Full Coverage Multidimensional Glitter 0.27 fl oz, 8 mL ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven)

This month’s freebie was a sheet of Gold 4-Leaf Clover Decals, which I was quite pleased about!

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Mysteriously, I also received a free packet of silver nail art triangle studs. I’m not sure what earned me this freebie, but whatever the reason, thanks, Julep! ❤ ❤ ❤

I’ve now swatched all the polishes I received in this box:

Here’s Angelique, Vivien, and Marlise (more details about application, etc., at the link);

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and Jesslyn and Yvonne.

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The Dream Big Nightly Renewal Pressed Serum with BHA was what I really snagged this box for. I’ve got a crap ton of skincare products all over the place, but I’m always on the search for anything better or more convenient! Would this balm-like stick allow me to have a lazier skin routine before bedtime? Curious minds (well, my curious mind) wanted to know!

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Comfortable-to-hold matte white plastic tube (with a cute chrome moon and stars on the cap to help distinguish it from the daytime serum stick I didn’t get) and a translucent plastic inner cap to keep the product clean. It’s similar to (but smaller than) the Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Stick packaging.

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Inside, it’s very much like a giant lip balm, except you rub this over your face, then finish the job with your fingers. I put down a light layer, focusing on my drier spots, like my cheeks, temples, and chin, though I suppose you could put it everywhere, depending on your skin. (Julep recommends forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.) I like how quick application goes.

The product had an interesting smell, though: mostly fresh and herbal (which I like), but with a stinky undercurrent that I couldn’t quite place. I wouldn’t call it cheesy, exactly, but it bordered on that. I went around sniffing other things, in case it was me, but nope, it’s the serum stick. I didn’t love that part. My sister can’t smell it, though, so maybe it’s just me and my dog-like super nose. Anyone else notice a weird stinky smell? Just me? Could be just me.

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The next morning, I woke up with a well moisturized face – maybe a little too moisturized, as my skin still felt a little greasy, and I had maybe a little bit of the start of some acne. Nothing that a wash and remoisturizing couldn’t fix, but I’m not sure about the acne.

Over the next week, I used Dream Big maybe every other day. It did moisturize my skin overnight and possibly improve my skin’s smoothness overall, but I sometimes had mild acne the morning after, which is odd for my generally dry skin. My sister who also got this product hasn’t had that issue, but her facial skin is possibly drier than mine, so it could just be my skin type or hormones or something. I’ll keep trying it for now and report back later if I notice anything different. In short, it seems to work fine if you have very dry skin, if you don’t mind the smell. No eczema breakouts so far, though, which is a definite plus, as I’m prone to those with many skin products.

Anyway, the regular retail value of this box was $64 (plus $42 for the add-on polish trio, for a total of $106), and if I paid for this box, it would have been $19.99 plus $11.99 for the add-on (for a total of about $32). As usual, not a bad value – even more so that this one was free. 🙂

That’s it for now. I’ve got some other products I’ve tried recently that I want to journal about, so those will be coming up soon.

EDIT: Ahhh, I almost forgot the promo code promised! It’s MARCH30 for 30% off a Julep.com purchase, expiring 3/31/18. Enjoy!

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