Sunday, May 6, 2012

May Julep Maven box

In February I joined Julep and became a Julep Maven.  Julep is a monthly subscription company that sends out nail polishes. When you log on to the Julep website you take a little quiz and it will tell you what kind of polish girl you are.  You are not obligated to stay with that that type though.  I was told I was Boho Glam but liked the It Girl colors better so I picked that one.  The monthly fee is $19.99 w/free shipping.  The company advertises that you will receive $40 worth of product for $19.99.  Also you will 20% all purchases from their website.  I opted to skip March and April because the company offered a St. Patrick's Day and Spring mystery box and I purchased those instead.  I scored on the mystery boxes and didn't want any more polish in March or April.  The May box looked interested though so I didn't skip May.   

You can read my February review here

The good:

The colors: If you like nail polish then it's a nice way to experiment with multiple colors

Skip a month? Yes! you can skip a month.  They will send an email when your selections are ready and you have 4 days to let them know to skip the month.

Need a gift? If you want to send your box to a friend there is an option to do so.  Just log on to your account and click send to friend.

Ingredients: Julep is 4-free which means it's formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene or DBP free.  

Want the polish but not he commitment?  You can buy the polish online at or in Sephora stores.  The cost is $14 so if you like polish then becoming a Maven is a better deal.  If you want to try it out first you can always pick one up at Sephora or online.   

Referral program. If two of your friends sign up you get a free month!

The not so good:Price: Seems kind of high to me for nail polish but I'm not a big nail polish girl.

Quality: I'm not sure about the quality of these polishes.  They seem to chip rather easily on me.  This could just be an issue for me though.  I have very thin bendy nails, I type a lot in my job and I cook a lot.  They say they have a professional chip-resistant formulation that is delivered via their exclusive flat brush with micro-frayed brush hairs.   

The choice: They pick the polishes for you.  You may receive a color that you will not use.  Of course you can always gift it or use it to decorate your nails if your creative. 

This is the inside of the box.  The polishes are wrapped in bubble wrap, placed in a bag then the box has shredded paper for cushioning. 

I continued with the "It Girl" collection because it came with 3 polishes and thought it would be my best value.  I received L-R Ashley, Kylie, Nessa and a sample of pedi creme.

The bottles are .27 fl oz or 8ml.

Ashley -  Sunset orange with a metallic micro-shimmer.
Kylie - Sultry violet magnetic polish.  use the included magnet to create dark accent stripes in whatever    direction you choose.  Polish can also be worn without magnet effects. 
Nessa - Bright lemon sorbet shimmer. 

The value of my maven box is $42 if I bought these items online at Julep.  They didn't have these colors available online through Sephora. 

The magnetic Kylie polish is what made me get a box this month.  It sounded fun and interesting.  I wasn't too crazy about the other colors but when opened them I was pleasantly surprised.  The are very metallic and look like they are going to be fun summer colors. 

On a side note.  In one of my mystery boxes (cost was $19.99 and included multiple item like polish, hand scrub, lotion, nail files, makeup bag, etc) I received the Julep essential cuticle oil ($18.00).  It's about the size of the nail polish bottle with a roller top.  You roll the fluid over your cuticles and rub it in.  I cook, garden etc and tend to have dry cuticles.  This stuff is amazing!  My cuticles have never looked so good.   

Verdict: I'll keep this subscription box going.  Skipping the month is easy.  The mystery boxes are a great value and worth being a maven to have access to those. 

**I pay for this service myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Julep

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