July 2012 Julep Maven American Beauty Box: It's Your Time To SPARKLE
I was really excited when I saw the options for this month. Julep announced that they would be sending a free polish to everyone - America the Beautiful or O Canada, depending on where you live. Other than It Girl, each of the boxes came with a lip gloss and matching polish (a trend I noticed in MAC's Hello Sailor line as well), plus a glittery polish. I bounced back and forth between the American Beauty box, which had blush colored gloss, and the Boho Glam box, which had coral colors. I ended up doing the American Beauty, but I got the coral gloss and polish as add-ons (you have the option to add on two additional items each month at $4.99 each).
The deets: You can read more about the Julep Maven program here or here. Also, I have to forewarn you that a lot of my pictures this month are crappy since my only free time has been when it's stormy or late at night, so you might want to check out the Julep blog for swatches.
Date of arrival: Friday, June 29 (I think - my days are all running together).
Packaging: This box was 4th of July themed, so we had red, white, and blue crinkly paper, silver star tissue paper, and red ribbons. Cute! A
This month's box came with fireballs, which will be gifted to the husband (cinnamon = the devil). From top to bottom, we have America the Beautiful, Yumi (pink opalescent multi-dimensional glitter), Lynn (nude blush pearl), and Peony lip gloss. The lip gloss came in a box, while the polishes were bubble-wrapped. I included pictures with and without flash so you could see the sparkles better.
Mini product review: I am saving America the Beautiful for the 4th, so I tried a couple of coats of Lynn with an extra two coats of Yumi on my accent finger. I probably should have done a third coat of Lynn since it wasn't as opaque as I wanted. It's even prettier in person than it is here; very girly. I think it's amusing that I am so into blushes and corals right now, since my normal thing is dark, vampy colors. No consistency issues this time, woohoo! A for Yumi, B for Lynn.
Overall impression of the box: Another solid effort by Julep! I love that they included both a free polish and a lip gloss as the extras, I'd much rather have those than another hand lotion or whatever. A
Value: This box was free for me due to referrals (thank you!!!!), but it's normally $19.99. The three polishes were worth $42 and the lip gloss is $18, for a $60 value. With the add-ons (which haven't come yet), it's another $9.98 for $32 of polish, bringing the grand total to $29.97 for $92 worth of product. On my previously discussed value scale, that makes this a B-
Overall impression of the service: I really do love Julep Maven. When I signed up, I honestly thought I'd get my box for a penny and then cancel, but they keep sucking me in. I suspect this happens with most people, since they keep offering the penny boxes. Love the golden and mystery boxes, love the free polishes, love the referral programs, love the excellent customer service (I had to call them because I couldn't tell if a coupon code worked, it was a good experience). I still think that the individual polishes aren't worth the full price due to consistency issues and the fact that they are half the size of OPI, but the subscription program seems to be a good value. A
If you want to sign up, I get a free month for every 2 of you who sign on and stay with Maven for 30 days - here is the referral link, if you want to use it. Right now you can get your first box for a penny if you use the code COLOR2012. ONE PENNY!!!