SPOTLIGHT: JANUARY 2015 BEAUTY BOX SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE REVIEW: Julep

by Christina


IT FINALLY ARRIVED!!! 

I LOVED the Junior Mints and quotation card...they were cute touches! :)

I LOVED the Junior Mints and quotation card...they were cute touches! :)

Let me start about by saying that I absolutely LOVE Julep and the fun and personalized service they provide!!!!....BUT...I DID WAIT a little long to receive my box this month :( Many customers have already gotten theirs and some several days ago, but there was also very bad weather in its path in addition to the recent holidays which did cause some shipping delays this month for SOME Mavens :( However, they HAVE GREATLY improved the shipping time and service and have switched over to using FedEx in the U.S. so Mavens should see this part of the subscription service greatly improve!

WHAT I GOT...

  1. Nail Polish- Luna (color) *light blue duochrome w/jagged cut glitter $14/$11.20 for Mavens

  2. Nail Polish- Margit (color) *mushroom w/rose shimmer $14/$11.20 if you're a Maven!

  3. Nail Polish- Tyra (color) *metamorphic top-coat > unknown pricing ...I got this as a FREE extra when I received an email w/link to click on and choose which 1 out of the 3 I wanted Julep to send me!

  4. Luxe Lip Treatment- Coral (color) *hint of color tint $19.20

  5. Gel Eye Glider- Bronze shimmer (color) *$16/$12.80 for Mavens.

  6. Orbital EyeShadow- Borealis (color) *multidimensional w/iridescent pearls $18/$14.40 if a Maven.

  7. *Junior Mints :)

  8. Quotation Card.

  9. FREE POLISH w/NEXT PURCHASE code.*expires 1/31/15.

WHAT I SPENT: 

I was able to use some of my Jules Rewards/Points towards my 2 add-on {Luna Nail Polish & Orbital Eye Shadow} and the Tyra Nail Polish was also a free add-on from Julep so I only ended up spending only $31.98 on my box this month for all of those goodies!

A LOOK AT EACH PRODUCT...

*Orbital Eyeshadow-Borealis* This was actually even prettier in person!!!! The picture does NOT do it justice at ALL. I was also really surprised by the quality of the product as this is a new realm for Julep, but I really like the color I chose! It has a chromatic pearlescence cross of deep turquoise-green and deep purple and it has excellent pigmentation! I will definitely be buying more of these. Although the amount of product in the actual pan is less than it appears, you don't have to use much AT ALL of this eye shadow to get beautiful results :)

*Orbital Eyeshadow-Borealis*

This was actually even prettier in person!!!! The picture does NOT do it justice at ALL. I was also really surprised by the quality of the product as this is a new realm for Julep, but I really like the color I chose! It has a chromatic pearlescence cross of deep turquoise-green and deep purple and it has excellent pigmentation! I will definitely be buying more of these. Although the amount of product in the actual pan is less than it appears, you don't have to use much AT ALL of this eye shadow to get beautiful results :)

*Kyra* I have not decided yet if I am completely on board with this color...it's a neat concept and it may work if layered on the right colors. I am going to agree with other Mavens who have also tried this one and the other 2 options that we could choose from, that it may be too light for a LOT of the lighter nail colors and does take anywhere from 2-3 good coats to 'shift' the look & effect of your nail colors!!! I am however, going to give it a chance and try on a few colors    

*Kyra*

I have not decided yet if I am completely on board with this color...it's a neat concept and it may work if layered on the right colors. I am going to agree with other Mavens who have also tried this one and the other 2 options that we could choose from, that it may be too light for a LOT of the lighter nail colors and does take anywhere from 2-3 good coats to 'shift' the look & effect of your nail colors!!! I am however, going to give it a chance and try on a few colors

 

 

*Gel Eye Liner*  I was actually REALLY surprised by the quality of this pencil and the color is fantastic! I was debating on between this and the Olive color and and I'm glad I chose this one! Its got a pretty shimmer that catches the light, glides on really smoothly, and doesn't rub off in 2 seconds. These are a LOT better than the previous eye pencils that I have used from Julep. I was not a fan of the Kajal Eye Glider that is double-ended and included a sharpener that I have previously purchased from Julep. It PALED in comparison to the new Gel Eye Glider by far and I would DEFINITELY recommend this one! I'm glad I gave them another chance on their eye liners :)

*Gel Eye Liner* 

I was actually REALLY surprised by the quality of this pencil and the color is fantastic! I was debating on between this and the Olive color and and I'm glad I chose this one! Its got a pretty shimmer that catches the light, glides on really smoothly, and doesn't rub off in 2 seconds. These are a LOT better than the previous eye pencils that I have used from Julep. I was not a fan of the Kajal Eye Glider that is double-ended and included a sharpener that I have previously purchased from Julep. It PALED in comparison to the new Gel Eye Glider by far and I would DEFINITELY recommend this one! I'm glad I gave them another chance on their eye liners :)

*Luxe Lip* in Coral So I have mixed reviews on this one....here are the things I LIKE about it: It's got fantastic SHINE!!!...it looks and feels like on the lips....AND the application w/metal tip is actually makes it very easy. BUT, I am in agreement with other Mavens who have voiced their opinion as well that I do NOT really love and maybe even leaning towards not liking the taste of it :( It does have Pumpkin & Castor oils which I believe may  be the possible source of some Mavens (including me) dislike for the taste. That being said, I am willing to keep trying it out as I really LIKE the positives and I am wondering if I can get past the possibility that I may not actually like the taste! We will see...I will update in the near future on this product review :) Also, I did see others who voice opinions about the color , or rather the lack thereof and I actually DID like the color and it was what I was looking for. It's described and should be a sheer color so there was only a hint of actual tint!

*Luxe Lip* in Coral

So I have mixed reviews on this one....here are the things I LIKE about it: It's got fantastic SHINE!!!...it looks and feels like on the lips....AND the application w/metal tip is actually makes it very easy. BUT, I am in agreement with other Mavens who have voiced their opinion as well that I do NOT really love and maybe even leaning towards not liking the taste of it :( It does have Pumpkin & Castor oils which I believe may  be the possible source of some Mavens (including me) dislike for the taste. That being said, I am willing to keep trying it out as I really LIKE the positives and I am wondering if I can get past the possibility that I may not actually like the taste! We will see...I will update in the near future on this product review :) Also, I did see others who voice opinions about the color , or rather the lack thereof and I actually DID like the color and it was what I was looking for. It's described and should be a sheer color so there was only a hint of actual tint!

*Margit*  This color is actually darker than it looks and will make a nice base color for other topcoats and designs. It's also got a very pretty shimmer that is difficult to see in the photo but would compliment almost any outfit :) *Luna*  This color is so far one of MY FAVS!!!! Again, the pic really does NOT do it justice in the least! It was named after the character named Luna from Harry Potter and it is every bit as a unique as she is! Not only does it look nice by itself, but it also looks beautiful layered on top of other colors as well! 

*Margit* 

This color is actually darker than it looks and will make a nice base color for other topcoats and designs. It's also got a very pretty shimmer that is difficult to see in the photo but would compliment almost any outfit :)

*Luna* 

This color is so far one of MY FAVS!!!! Again, the pic really does NOT do it justice in the least! It was named after the character named Luna from Harry Potter and it is every bit as a unique as she is! Not only does it look nice by itself, but it also looks beautiful layered on top of other colors as well! 

HERE'S WHAT OTHER MAVENS ARE SHARING ABOUT JULEP'S JAN. 2015 BOX...

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  • "Julep, I absolutely love my maven box. I am moving this month so I wanted a special treat from the chaos in my life right now and I couldn't have been happier, even the candies are yum! I just don't know where to start with this box, this is so much fun inside."- Angie 
  • "Loved the Snow Day Welcome Box that I received today."- Anonymous
  • "Dear Julep, you spoil me. Thank you so much for polish upgrade-- for free. I have no idea why I received two free upgrades in a row, but I'm so thankful! Thank you!" -Natasha
  • "Just got Maven box, a day earlier than tracking said I would (again! :) I love it all! Thank you Julep, you even threw in one of your favorite candies!"-Sarah
  • "My hubby wanted to say thanks for the Junior Mints in this month's Maven box- they're his favorite...that's his own little Julep treat."-Colleen

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