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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Zoya June 2015 Mystery Trio Box unveiling

I’m such a sucker for Zoya deals. Late May, Zoya sent out an e-mail offering yet another Mystery Trio Box, promising “3 brand new, never before released or produced colors in adorable mini 0.25oz sizes,” promised to flatter all skin tones, plus a “special gift,” all for $15 and free shipping. I figured that with a newborn to take care of, I’d probably be too occupied to keep up with my nail-polish obsession for a while, so this might be kind of my last hurrah for now. :]

Here’s what I received last Saturday! (Yep, this blog’s probably going to see sparser updates for a while.)

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The three mini-sized nail polish colors, from left to right:

  • Mini Temperance ($5 retail for Zoya mini polishes), a cool-leaning medium gray with dichroic/duochrome gold-to-magenta shimmer,
  • Mini Marion ($5), a dichroic/duochrome green-to-purple metallic, and
  • Mini Violet ($5), a dusty violet creme.

As promised, these are the Zoya mini 0.25 fl. oz./7.5 mL sizes, only slightly smaller than a bottle of Julep polish (0.27 fl. oz./8 mL). All three colors are ones I’d be happy to wear, and I’m especially excited to try out Temperance, which is different from anything else I currently own.

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Just from looking at the bottles, Marion looks like it could be pretty spot-on as a dupe or near dupe for Julep Phia ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven), a color that I love. I’d like to do a face-off post later on, if I can find the time. (7/11/15 UPDATE: It’s up!) If Zoya releases Marion as a regular nail color later on, I suspect it could be a more economical substitute for Phia, as Zoya frequently has excellent deals. Even at full retail price, Zoya full-size polishes are typically about $5 less than Julep polishes for about double the volume of polish.

The “special gift” turned out to be two items:

  • A 1 fl. oz./15mL bottle of Zoya Remove+ nail polish remover ($2.30 estimated retail value, based on $4.60 for the 2 oz. size) and
  • A 12 g/0.42 oz. tube of Zoya Hot Lips Glossy Lip Balm in Sweet Tart ($6), which looks like a lovely raspberry/plum with fine silver shimmer. (I found a swatch posted by another blogger, if you’re curious how it looks when applied.)

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The estimated retail value of this box is about $23.30, based on Zoya’s regular website prices. When you think about it, the $15 price tag is significantly lower than that of a Julep monthly box ($19.99/month for grandfathered-in older Mavens or if you prepay for three months as a newer Maven with the option to fully customize your box, else $24.99/month), and the items are arguably a better value than what you’d get with a default Julep It Girl box – not that I’m saying that Zoya and Julep are necessarily interchangeable, but for those that don’t prefer one brand over the other, there it is. Not bad, not bad.

Did you pick up this mystery box, and did you like what you got?

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