Julep September 2017 (Flawless Without the Fuss) “Peaches & Dream” Maven Box unboxing (with add-ons and promo code!)

Just a quick unboxing post! I went with one of Julep’s curated boxes this month, “Peaches & Dream” (the box they suggested for me), and threw in a few extra nail polishes:

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My picks:

  • Skip the Brush Creme-to-Powder Blush Stick in Sweet Peach ($24 regular, $19.20 Maven), a “Light Peachy Pink Sheen,” plus these nail colors:
  • August ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven), new this month, “Chocolate Cherry Ghost Shimmer,”
  • Karin ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven), new this month, “Powdered Lilac Crème,”
  • Eve ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven) as an add-on, sold as the Unicorn Party Mystery Polish, “Iridescent Lilac Matte Shimmer,”
  • Signe ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven) as an add-on, “Red-Hot Coral Shimmer,” and
  • Ange ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven) as an add-on, “Tidepool Blue Crème.”

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Extras:

  • Katya ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven), freebie for getting three or more add-ons, “Açai Berry Crème,”
  • Julep stickers, this month’s freebie, and
  • the collection description card with the monthly quote (below) and featuring Julep’s primers, new cushion skin perfector, and new finishing powder (which I picked up in July).

I got two each of the sticker sheets and paper inserts this month, for some reason. Not that I’m complaining!

This month’s quote:

“Find a sense of self, because with that, you can do anything else.” – Angelina Jolie

The promo code that came with this box is FALLPOLISH for a free nail polish with a $10+ purchase at Julep’s website, expires 9/30/2017.

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I have Skip the Brush in three other colors already because they’re so versatile, and I’ve liked them all to varying degrees. I thought Sweet Peach would be a little more of a cream finish and a little less shimmer/glitter than Golden Guava, but that was only maybe somewhat true. Though you can’t see it in the tube, Sweet Peach ended up having some of those odd chunks of gold glitter inside, too. I think there’s less than I saw in Golden Guava, but if you can’t stand glitter, this is not for you.

I think Sheer Glow and Moonlit Sand stand as my favorite shades of this product. They have that glowy shimmer a good luminizer has, but no random chunks of gold glitter.

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I’ve already swatched new colors August and Karin in another post, and Eve is a duplicate I’ve also swatched, if you’re interested. (I love Eve, which you can read about at the swatch link.)

In short, August disappointed me because the shimmer doesn’t show, and in person, it reads as an almost-black creme. Here, you can see it next to an older Julep polish, Ledi, which has the same largely gimmicky “ghost shimmer” finish. You can see in strong direct light (this is taken in harsh sunlight) that it’s actually a very dark chocolaty brown compared to Ledi’s black, but it doesn’t look that way on the nail. Also, the shimmer is silver, not, say, reddish. Too bad.

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Signe and Katya are new to my collection and will be swatched at some point. 🙂

That’s all for this box. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions or comments about the products I got, Julep, etc. Happy fall!

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Julep August 2016 (Endless Summer) Maven Box

My August 2016 Julep Maven customized box arrived a bit early this month (yesterday) because Julep apparently hit a bit of a snag with the production of their No Excuses Invisible Sunscreen Gel and had to give us a rain check on that. Last I spoke to their customer service, there was no ETA on the sunscreen yet, so to make up for it, they gave us free expedited shipping for everything else in our boxes. I’m totally cool with that.

The box:

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Hot-pink tissue paper, blurple paper crinkles, and:

  • A quote card with a product photo and the Endless Summer theme text on one side and this month’s quote from American poet and Blue Mountain Arts co-founder Susan Polis Schutz on the other: “Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”
  • 20% off coupon for Julep at Ulta Beauty – an actual physical store coupon this time, to celebrate Julep’s launch at Ulta. No promo code this month, folks, sorry!
  • Julep Fan Brush, an all-synthetic soft fan brush for my arsenal,
  • Eliza, “[i]nfinite ocean holographic,”
  • Pam, “[t]igerlily holographic,”
  • Ellis, “[p]ink dawn linear liquid holographic,”
  • Alysha, “[v]ivid pansy holographic,” and
  • Lemonhead lemon candy, this month’s freebie

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Eliza, Ellis, and Alysha were an add-on nail polish trio (Sunshine Sparkle, which totally sounds like a My Little Pony name). Eliza and Alysha are both new colors for this month and have really promising rainbows in the bottle! Pam looks a bit more frosty and subdued than those two, which I wasn’t expecting. Ellis is an older polish from September 2015 and doesn’t have the bright rainbows of Eliza and Alysha but should still be a holo. We shall see!

And because finding dupes in my existing collection is always half the fun, here’s Ellis next to L’Oreal Masked Affair:

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It doesn’t look like Ellis has the linearity of Masked Affair, but it could still be worth doing a face-off! 🙂

I’ll do more photos of the fan brush for Part 2. To be continued when No Excuses comes in!

UPDATE 8/21/16: This was originally going to be half of a two-part post, but Julep’s since contacted Mavens who ordered No Excuses and let us know that it’s been delayed indefinitely due to unforeseen circumstances, so they gave us each a $50 code to spend on their website instead. I’m happy enough with that. 🙂

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Julep May 2016 (Rainbow Bright) Maven Box, part 2 of 2

The second half of my Julep Maven May 2016 Maven box came in a bit earlier than expected, yay! (Here’s the first half, if you’d like to read about the original unboxing or snag a promo code.)

I normally don’t post a picture of the description card, but this month’s appealed to me with its bright rainbow colors:

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I took a couple better pictures of what came in the original box last week:

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Pepper is described as a “[c]ornflower multidimentional shimmer.” It’s a medium blurple (blue-purple) with silver shimmer and flashes pink/purple from certain angles.

Your Lip Addiction (in Crave) is Julep’s new tinted lip oil in an orange shade. The oil is pretty sheer (barely there) and nicely moisturizing, and it has a light citrus candy scent that I like, though it’s not the most natural citrus-y smell. The applicator is a very flexible doe foot that works quite well. The packaging on this is also aesthetically pleasing, with its clean and modern rounded square shapes and semi-matte mirrored cap.

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And here are the previously missing items that came in yesterday:

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Summer, “[c]antaloupe sheer iridescent,” also from this month’s Rainbow Bright collection, and the Flower Power Trio add-on, which included two other new colors from this month, Francine (“[s]eaglass iridescent chrome”) and Regina (“[n]ebula pink iridescent chrome”), as well as Paulina (“[p]eacock duochrome”) from October 2015’s New York Never Sleeps collection.

I’ll be swatching some of these colors soon, so feel free to check back later for those. 🙂 I may need to do some comparisons with existing colors in my stash; we’ll see what happens when I try them on.

(UPDATE 6/2/16: Swatch post links added!)

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Julep May 2016 (Rainbow Bright) Maven Box, part 1 of 2 (with promo code!)

My Julep Maven May 2016 Maven box arrived this past Tuesday – only it arrived in a suspiciously small box. I was pretty sure not everything I ordered could have fit in it.

Here’s what was inside:

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Baby-blue glittery tissue paper, indigo paper crinkles, and:

  • Collection description and quote card with a lovely photo of the bright new nail polish colors this month and an introduction to this month’s new product, Your Lip Addiction tinted lip oil. The month’s quote is from Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr: “Sunshine is good for the soul, but I always make sure I wear a big hat.” (Me, too, sister.)
  • Julep Your Lip Addiction tinted lip oil treatment in Crave – it’s orange, dude. Pretty excited to try this out.
  • Pepper, a new nail color described as a “[c]ornflower multidimensional shimmer.”
  • Promo code for $15 off a $30+ purchase – use MAY15, expires June 30, 2016.
  • A pink “shimmery gumball” per the ingredient card (a.k.a., the flip side of the promo-code card). No brand name, manufacturer, or country of origin provided. I hope it’s safe to eat.

And…that was it. It was missing Summer, which was part of my base box, as well as the Flower Power Trio add-on – all nail polishes because I was a sucker for the bright and shiny iridescent colors this month. I did contact Julep customer support, and though I’m a little irked that I’ve had shipment issues multiple times recently, to their credit, they were very courteous and prompt in shipping out the missing items to me. The missing loot should be here by next Friday, so I’ll continue with part 2 of my unboxing after they arrive!

To be continued…

(UPDATE 5/12/16: Part 2 is now up with the rest of my May 2016 box items!)

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Julep February 2016 Maven Box + add-ons (with promo codes!)

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.

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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…

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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,
  • chocolate heart (this month’s freebie)
  • a quote card doubling as an introduction to this month’s new Eyeshadow 101 colors, and
  • 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!

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These four are new colors for this month, which I picked up in two add-ons:

  • All Gold EverythingKay (“[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). 🙂

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Next up:

  • 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.):

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Close-ups on the lip glosses:

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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?

Happy Valentine’s!

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Julep January 2016 Maven Box: New Year, Fresh Look Collection, Modern Beauty box + add-ons (with promo codes!)

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:

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Julep December 2015 Maven Box: The All Night Long Collection, Eye Contact box + add-ons (with promo codes!)

My Julep Maven December 2015 Maven box arrived yesterday! I had enough Jules saved up to snag a free box this month (birthday present to myself! ;)), and I have to admit, Elsa had me pretty excited. More on that in a bit.

Here’s what was in my shipment this month:

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The Eye Contact box had all four new “dial up your glam” (previously Orbital Eyeshadow) colors:

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  • Cosmos, “Moss Green with Gold Pearlescence,”
  • Andromeda, “Fig with Chrome Pearlescence,”
  • Luna, “White Gold with Gold Pearlescence,” and
  • Eclipse, “Slate with Silver Pearlescence.”

Here they are, opened up (photographed in indoor warm-white LED lighting):

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The colors look pretty, though as with Zenith in a previous box, sadly not as intense as they look in Julep’s marketing photos. That’s a bit disappointing, since that makes Andromeda and Luna, especially, pretty similar to other shadows I already own. Drat! Well, I’ll give them a try later on before passing judgment.

I also picked up three add-ons and received a freebie:

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  • “Chilled Bubbly” – a set with Elsa (“Snowdrift iridescent stardust”) and Judy (“Moonbeam iridescent chrome”), new this month,
  • Brandy (“Steel grey with blue microglitter liquid holographic”), previously an exclusive new color from October’s Night Lights mystery box (woo, I wanted this one but didn’t get the mystery box!),
  • Becky (“Oil slick duochrome silk”), from February’s Afterglow collection, and
  • Katie (“Orchid iridescent chrome”), from last August’s Wanderlust collection, the freebie for picking up three or more add-ons.

I may have lukewarm feelings about Frozen, but Elsa is a beautiful polish. I’m a snow-loving December baby, and it singlehandedly decided whether I was getting a box this month. :] I was kind of afraid it wouldn’t apply like shown in Julep’s official swatch, but it did! Love the snow-flurry look – but more on that in my next swatch post.

The freebie this month was a Gilliam cinnamon-flavored stick candy. I’m not sure if Julep sent out other flavors, since my sister and I both got cinnamon. Fine by me, since I love cinnamon candy!

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Everything was packaged in purple paper crinkles and wrapped in a glittery tissue paper. There was the usual new-product description card (with a horrible comma splice that I’ll not repeat here), but no quote card this month. Instead, the inside of the box was printed with “If you can put it on, you can pull it off. #bravepretty,” which seems like Julep’s new thing. The campaign doesn’t really strike a chord with me, but I guess it’s cool that they’re advocating acceptance and healthy self-esteem.

Anyway, onward to the promo codes!

  • DECEMBER gets you a free color with a $10+ purchase, and
  • DEC10 gets you $10 off an order of $20+

Enjoy!

Did you get a Julep box this month, and if you did, which one? What did you think of this month’s products?

Disclosure: This post contains one or more referral links. I don’t expect you to use my referral links unless you want to, of course, and they don’t affect me giving my honest opinion. Referrals go toward products reviewed on this site – thanks!