Friday, August 3, 2012

Julep Maven Intro Box Review and Giveaway

This box was sent to me as part of the Julep VIP Blogger program, in which a blogger is sent a box for review and a reader can win one in a giveaway.  See below for giveaway details.  

Any of you who have been reading for the past few months are well aware that I have a slight obsession with beauty subscription services in general, and with Julep Maven in particular.  I was a nail polish hoarder long before I got into makeup.  I have been known to identify the specific brand and name of nail polish one is wearing from across the room.  It's pretty much my only party trick, since I could never master the cherry stem thing.  So, as you can imagine, any service that sends nail polish to me on the regular is okay by me.  

Here are the things I love most about Julep Maven:

  • The colors are definitely on trend.  I have yet to see a month where Julep hasn't hit the nail on the head.  Since I have been a subscriber, we have had bright colors for June, glitters  and matching lip glosses to nails for July, and metallics for August.  
  • The program is so well done it's ridiculous.  You take a quiz and get assigned a style, but if you don't like your style that month, you can switch.  Or you can skip.  Or you can send it to a friend.  I love the flexibility.  
  • You can add on up to three items to your box at a hugely discounted rate ($4.99!)  
  • They have fun mystery boxes.
  • They might surprise you with a golden box.
  • I love getting mail.  
  • They have great packaging - not once have I gotten a broken polish, and if I did, I know Julep would fix it because...
  • They have the best customer service out of any box I subscribe to, hands down.  Some of the brushes were wonky?  They sent two free ones to everyone in the next box.  They accidentially mislabeled some of the nail polishes in a photo shoot?  They sent everyone who ordered either color both.  
  • They have been offering penny boxes for months, with no further obligation.  You can cancel any time!  I suspect that most people, like me, sign up with the intent of spending a penny and then cancelling, but they don't because it's such a great service.  If you want to sign up using the penny code, it's MAVENINTRO.  
  • They have an amazing referral program.  If you want to use my referral link to sign up, click here.  For every two Mavens I refer I get a free box, up to two years.  And you can do this too, after you are a Maven!  It's pretty awesome, thank you again to everyone who has subscribed using my link.   
So what is in the Julep Maven Intro box?  Two polishes and The Best Pedi Creme Ever! if you choose American Beauty, Boho Glam, Bombshell, or Classic With A Twist, or three polishes if you choose It Girl.  They change the intro boxes every few months, so the ones I linked to are actually a bit different than what was offered when I picked my box to review, and those were different from the ones when I first signed up.  But I think the ones I linked to are the ones you will get to pick from if you win the giveaway.  

UPDATE: Above links only worked for Mavens (duh), so I removed them and added the screenshot below.  The correct link is here



I chose the American Beauty box; my version had the pedi creme, toe separator thingies, Renee, and Eva. 



Julep says: The Best Pedi Creme Ever! Exfoliates with alpha hydroxy acids, hydrates with shea butter and coconut oil, nourishes with vitamin E. Apply nightly for noticeable results in just 1 to 2 uses.

Laura says: Dang, my feet are gross from running!  I see results after just a few days of use, but I will spare you all my crusty foot pictures.  I wish it was a bigger bottle (2 fl oz) because I think I'm going to love it and it might be too expensive to purchase on it's own ($22).  Fingers crossed that I get more in the next mystery box.  Wait...I'm an idiot!  I could buy an intro box for $19.99 and get two more polishes with it!  I always forget you can do that because the option to buy an intro box or the last few month's boxes aren't there unless you are signed in to your account (it's for Mavens only).  Woohoo!

Julep says: Renee is a spring lilac creme.  Surprisingly ladylike.

Laura says: Renee is definitely lilac, but there's a touch of gray in there too.  The formula is a bit thick, but not in an overly goopy bad way.  It's actually thick in a "hey, I could do just one coat if I wanted to" kind of way.  I did two, because that's how I roll.  I know from past experience that these thicker Julep formulas are the least likely to chip, even without a topcoat, which is awesome considering that with two children, I find myself quickly painting my nails at my desk more often than not.  This pic from Julep's blog is cute and more accurate than mine.  

Grr, not photographing true to life.  
Julep says: Eva is a juicy raspberry creme.  The right balance of sophisticated and whimsy.

Laura says: Crap!  Renee is so pretty that I repainted it instead of testing out Eva!  But it looks really pretty in the bottle.  I read on the internets that it takes 2-3 coats and there aren't any formula problems.  I opened it and it's a little thinner than Renee so that sounds about right to me.   

Adriana says: YAY, MORE NAIL POLISH FOR ME!  

The face on the left is what she does every time I ask her to smile.
You can get up to six entries to win your very own Intro Box below.  Julep ships to the U.S. and Canada.  


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45 comments:

Lacey said...

I joined thanks to you! I love Adriana's crooked smile...too cute!

Currently 90% of my fingernails are polishless. I just got the August box the other day and painted my left thumb nail Felicity (the gold color) to see how it looked, and then got distracted and never finished the other 9 nails. Pretty sweet, right?

My toes are the aqua color from the penny box I got last month. I can't believe how long it's lasted!

Brenna said...

I got the same intro box! I have tried Eva and I love it. I generally shy away from "traditional" colors (pinks, reds) but I think this one is bright enough that it passed the test. Love it! I think my favorite from this month's box is Isla. Such a gorgeous pearly white!

Laura Diniwilk said...

HI BRENNA! I didn't know you were still reading, yay!

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

I have Kate on toes (from my intro Julep box). Love it. Never seen a white polish with 2 coats stay on my toes for so long, without a topcoat!

Delco Deal Diva said...

I love anything bright this summer - usually I love a good pedi but tend to forget about my fingernails

Jill said...

Like you mentioned, I joined with the intention of just getting the penny box but have since bought one more! Too good to pass up!

Ann said...

I love the picture of your daughter with her nail polish! I'm going to stay out of this contest. Milani sent me enough polish to keep me busy or the rest of the year. :P

Erin said...

That Pedi Creme is the best thing EVER.

My deep thought on nail polish: The worst kind of chipping is the chipping that starts at the TOP of your nail, by the cuticle. Because it doesn't make any sense for polish to chip THERE when I bang my tips against crap all day long.

Emily said...

I have Julep's Sienna on my toes right now and I ADORE it!

Jessica said...

I'm one who joined intending to cancel right away and have gotten one additional box so far (and haven't cancelled yet).

Kathy said...

I like to remove polish with the felt pads sold in single packets.

Kayla Gilbert said...

I just signed up for a 3 month subscription for American Beauty. I love nail polish and I can't wait to try Julep nail polish!

kayla_93@hotmail.ca

Calli said...

I have pink and white zebra stripes on my nails right now!

Melanie said...

I am just getting into different colors of polish. I love that purple one you are wearing.

Melduke26 at gmail dot com

Cathy said...

Currently rocking a tape mani with shatter, and I love it!

Tami McTaggart said...

I just took off a watermelon mani!

Lauren Hadley said...

Wearing OPI yellow with Julep Bombshell Intro gold glitter layered and Intro Bombshell Orange on my fingers :)

Sandra PrettyandPolishedPointers said...

I don't own any Julep :-( Ahh I know, My favorite polish brands are Zoya, Opi, China Glaze and Orly. Also, I have such a mad obsession for nails that I'm actually a Nail Tech Student!!!

Edna Maldonado said...

I'm wearing oranges and pinks this summer. thanks for the giveaway

Megan said...

I pretty much know NOTHING about nail polish. I am interested, this could be a gateway drug?

liz said...

OMFG, I love metallics? :D

Your daughter it adorable, by the way!

L.M Carpenter said...

I Love Julep!!! They have some of the cutest polishes ever. I also, joined intending to cancel, but it is very addicting.

Laura Diniwilk said...

Thank you :)

Laura Diniwilk said...

Julep is definitely a great way to build your collection, especially if you get a good mystery box or a golden box. Good luck!

tragedy6996 said...

Right now I just used Sally Hansen Magnetic in Polar Purple

Miskate said...

I'm wearing essie navigate her right now!

April Gevedon said...

My favorite diy nail art mani is watermelon, its soo cute!!

Crystal Lozano said...

I love Julep. There colors are awesome and they have great customer service! I just ordered their Robin color. Can't wait to receive it.

Amy B said...

i just discovered using one end of a bobby pin to make polka dots on my toes! love it!

heheitstracyy said...

I've been wearing corals and bright pinks on my toes this entire summer :)

Marissa Aizprua said...

Right now im wearing pink flamencos by opi, i havent tried julep yet, i would love to win!

meredith m said...

I so need to paint my nails - i would go for one of the fun bright julep colors!

Van said...

They're cute packages! I only wished they had Alicia, but perhaps that was limited edition. Definitely great gift ideas!

Cathy said...

My favorite Julep color is Melissa.

Van said...

They're cute packages! I only wished they had Alicia, but perhaps that was limited edition. Definitely great gift ideas!

Katherine Dallas said...

I love Julep so much! I have entered your giveaway and I just wanted to let you know that I alway have a giveaway right now for a August box of the winners choice if you are interested.
http://sparklegirlslife.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/100-followers-giveaway-featuring-julep/

Toshi said...

I love stamping

Katie said...

Such cute colors! Please check out my blog and subscribe!

ThePaintedPony said...

I have never liked subscription services until Julep Maven, I love it!! So well done. Entry name:Kate K

Lynn L. said...

thanks for hosting the contest!

I currently have Zoya's Wednesday nail polish on my hands. I love the colour! (twitter name: emeeach)

Lynn L. said...

thanks for hosting the contest!

I currently have Zoya's Wednesday nail polish on my hands. I love the colour! (twitter name: emeeach)

Glogirl said...

On my toe nails right now is a silver sparkle nail polish!

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

Right now I don't have any polish on, but I like a real dark burgandy color when I do.
Twitter: MsCarolsueA
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Rachel said...

I am subscribed to Birchbox and I hate it, so I have been resistant to another subscription service. But Julep's products, customer service, and most importantly, their community seems so wonderful that I think I'm going to have to break down and subscribe!

Addibrae said...

The Renee colour isn't something I'd normally choose but I really like it.