March is Here...and So is The Beauty Closet's Monthly Maven Un-Boxing! Get the Lowdown on Julep's March 2016 Maven Box Here:

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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S MARCH?!

It seems that time is really flying at the moment- perhaps it's my impending graduation in May or it might be that Springtime often suddenly appears before I realize it...whatever the cause, I'm glad that it's here :) I love donning new outfits, colors, and makeup palettes that remind me of the warmer season. My monthly Maven Box from Julep plays a role in this too- they usually put out some fantastic new items and colors around this time of year, that make it super easy to be right on trend [without spending tons of cash!].


STILL A MAVEN :)

My fiance picked up another gift subscription for me again since my last one ran out in February, but I decided that the 6-month option was a tad bit too much this time around. I pricing does seem to have gone up a bit on the gift subs and the 4 month now costs around $80 [before taxes]. If you want to go for the 6-month choice, then you're looking at around $119 before taxes.

There are a couple of positives to snagging a gift sub: for starters, these work for both current Mavens AND those new to the program all together. With a gift sub [any of the options of 2, 4, or 6 boxes] you also give free shipping and 20% off at julep.com. You also get to customize your monthly selections for you Maven Box each time the 20th comes around- or you can let Julep surprise you with their picks that are based off of a short "beauty quiz" that you take when signing up.

As for extras or what Julep calls "add-ons" to your monthly box, those DO cost extra OR they can be purchased with Jules points/rewards. These points do still accrue with gift subs which means that every month you choose to use a box in your subscription, you will get 350 Jules [get 2,000 to snag 1 free Maven box!]. If you do get the 6 month sub., you will actually get an extra box out of the deal as you will accumulate enough Jules for another Maven Box if you so choose.

You can however use these points to snatch up "add-ons" for your monthly box and then you don't have to spend a dime on anything ;) It should be noted: if you manage to have a Maven Anniversary or your birthday while on your gift subscription, you get an extra 200-500 Jules :) Julep really doesn't skimp out on their rewards program, even if you are using a sub that's been gifted and I don't really come across a decent rewards program like that! I decided that I would share my March 2016 Maven Box as soon as it arrived- especially since I had a new gift sub ;) Get the lowdown on my Spring picks below!


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THE BEAUTY CLOSET'S MARCH 2016 MAVEN UN-BOXING:

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WHAT I GOT:

  1. NAIL POLISH: "Charlene" -hint of Lavender chrome
  2. NAIL POLISH: "Yiyi" -Pink freesia holographic jelly
  3. EYE PENCIL: When Pencil Met Gel- "Electric Teal Shimmer"
  4. *Bonus: Strawberry Hard Candy
  5. *Bonus: $15 OFF [your next julep.com purchase of $30+] >this can't be used on deals, Secret Store, monthly Maven boxes, Mystery Boxes,etc. > basically only for regular purchases @ their site. You DO however still get your 20% Maven discount on top of this coupon :)

The option that I chose, is normally priced at $24.99 + tax and with free shipping- but since I was using my gift sub, this one didn't cost a thing ;) I decided to hold back on any add-ons for the month and instead keep storing up my Jules so that I can get an extra Maven box out of my subscription. I already had 700 points saved up before I snagged a 4-month sub and you need 2,000 points in order to get a FREE Maven box, so I've decided to hold on to them. This is actually more difficult than it sounds as there's usually something extra that I'm wanting to add [lol!]

My picks for this month were pretty good choices. The 2 nail polishes turned out to be absolutely beautiful and are both new colors to the Julep line-up and came from their Limited Edition The March Collection. These each normally cost $14 a piece and the eye pencil also costs $16- that makes this monthly Maven Box around a $15 savings :) That's not huge of course, but it can add over time and equals more cash for beauty stuff! I'm not always a fan of my color picks, but this month I loved all of them.

The Charlene shade is a beautiful concoction of a light lavender shade mixed with a silver chrome finish that's sure to please most anyone. This shade isn't over-the-top, but it does have an alluring metallic appeal that's right on with the seasons nail trends :) As for the Yiyi nail polish, I really like Julep's twist on this freesia shade- it's a combination of a fine holographic glitter and a jelly-glaze finish that gives it a unique look. You can layer this one on to other shades for a cool look that's all your own or bare this polish all on it's own.

I'm not a huge fan of gel-like eye pencils, as they don't always have the same staying power that other pencils do, but Julep's long-lasting gel eye liners do! They "set" in about 30 seconds, which does allow for you to blend and/or smudge before it's locked into place. It really does last all day long, but it will easily come off with a decent eye make-up remover. I went with 1 of the newest shades available- Electric Teal Shimmer and it turned out to be a wonderfully beautiful color. It's a shiny teal that really makes your eyes pop and I love the way it looks with my blue eyes :) You'll get a well-pigmented and intense color out of this one! These pencils from Julep are self-sharpening too, making them the perfect on-the-go option.

When it comes to candy, I'm particularly not fond of hard candy and this was something that I knew my kiddo would enjoy more that myself. Although he ended up with the candy, I kept the other little treat- the $15 off a julep.com purchase. This is actually not a bad coupon and I will end up using it in the near future since it expires in April. I suppose I'm just going to keep a watchful eye on Julep's site and snag a favorite item ;) All in all, I would say I was quite pleased with all of my picks for my March 2016 Maven Box and I will be enjoying my Spring shades in the upcoming weeks!






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The Beauty Closet's January 2016 Julep Mystery Box Review: Tote-Ally Amazing Mystery Box

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Julep's January 2016 "Tote-Ally Amazing" Mystery Box:

  1. NAIL POLISH: Tyra "Boho Glam"- Magenta pearlescent silk top coat [special effect] $14.
  2. NAIL POLISH: Posey "Classic with a Twist"- Laveder fog creme [discontinued] $14.
  3. NAIL POLISH: Bianca "Bombshell"- Textured silver holographic glitter $14
  4. NAIL POLISH: Janice "Classic with a Twist"- Carnival full-coverage microglitter [glitter finish] $14.
  5. *** NAIL POLISH *** NEW COLOR = Andie "It Girl"- Pastel confetti matte glitter top coat $14
  6. lIPSTICK: Light On Your Lips- Full-Coverage Creme Lipstick "Stepping Out" $22
  7. EYE PENCIL: When Pencil Met Gel- "Forest Green Shimmer" [only available in "The Eyes Have It" set for $40 > you might however be able to find this ind. somewhere else for around $14]. 
  8. TOTE BAG: Canvas "Fun Looks Good..." Tote Bag $?

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THE VERDICT:

For starters, there's the pricing- it's actually fairly decent this time around with a grand total of about $106.00 if you were to normally purchase these items individually. However, when you snag up these items in one of Julep's Mystery Boxes like I did with this one- you usually get a pretty good deal as you only pay around $30 for it :0 The downside to this though is that if you already had some of these nail colors for example, you aren't really getting much of a deal and just more duplicates :/ I'm a bit torn on this month's Mystery Box as I did end up with some of those duplicate colors.

I was really excited about the new color that hasn't been released yet and was only available if you snagged January's Mystery Box. There were 3 separate options that each included the "Andie" nail color and a cute tote bag with a different saying on each bag. I chose to go with the "Fun Looks Good On Every One"- Brave Pretty canvas tote with a peach and pastel blue color scheme and dark teal handles.  

Unfortunately for me, I had ALL of the additional polishes that were provided :/ Two of them were in past Julep Maven boxes and the other 2 colors were sent in a previous Mystery Box. If you are a regular Maven like myself, this might have ended up being quite a miss for you as you would have ended up with 4 polish colors you already had.

This means that you will have gotten 1 color ["Andie"] and possibly 1 lip color and eye pencil you didn't have if you haven't ordered these items previously in Maven boxes or on their own from the Julep store. Although I was initially excited when this box arrived, my energy quickly dissipated when I realized most of the items provided were "dupes".

If you take away the duplicates I received, you end up with only about a $50 total in products that I didn't have and that leaves me with only around a $10 savings :( I was hoping for a bit more- especially considering how often I purchase their products and have been a Maven.

It should be noted though that the nature of Mystery Boxes means that you don't know what you will end up with and there might be duplicates as Julep warns. But, this Mystery Box in particular seemed to included quite a few colors and things that Julep wanted to get rid of more than some great products they wanted to share with their dedicated Julep Mavens :/

 When looking at the products that I got in the Mystery Box that weren't things I snagged up before, I wasn't a big fan of the lip color- it's a beautiful red color but a little too bright for my tastes. I have very fair skin and reds are something that I'm terribly picky about and this is the reason why- they often don't work out and I usually try these on in-store so I can find the right shade of red that doesn't cause me to look like a clown [lol!].

Although this shade of lip stick wasn't right for me, it would be a good color for most skin tones and others might have quite the opposite experience as myself. The new nail color was probably my entire fav item of the Mystery Box. This unique and limited edition color is a fun colorful microglitter with a variety of shapes and sizes of glitter too.

It's great to wear all on it's own- I got a great effect with 2 good coats and then a clear top-coat. You can also wear this shade over a bright or darker shade for an even neater effect. The eye pencil was a close second and a nice little surprise as most of the pencils I've snagged from Julep in the past weren't near as pretty and striking.

With a beautiful pearlescent green color, the eye pencil can really make your eyes pop! It blends & smudges well; you will want to blend it in immediately following application since the gel glider will "lock in" once applied- it takes about a minute for this to occur for me. As for the canvas tote bag, I decided to use it for school in my final semester since it's decently made and has a well-designed pocket inside for extra storage.

All in all, there were a couple of nice items that I received that I really liked but this month's Mystery Box was a little lacking. I still love Julep and I will be continue to be a Maven, but I have hopes that things will turn around with my up-coming February Maven Box. They will be shipped out shortly and it should be arriving within a couple of weeks...I will make sure to give all of you the lowdown as soon as it does!


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