Julep Maven December 2016

Julep Maven is a monthly beauty box full of their own brand of cosmetics and nail polishes.  You can take the box they select or trade out items and colours to get exactly what you want each month.  You also get access to their online store before anyone else each month and can add on any amount of extras you want (paying for them on top of your box of course).  When you sign up you take a little quiz so they get to know your likes and can curate your box just for you.  All items in the box are full sized.   Boxes start at $24.99 a month but they do go down if you pick a longer plan.  They are also always giving away something for joining so make sure you look around a bit first.  I got a set of items worth $112.00 for free!  I have waited quite a while before joining this one as they mostly are nail polish and I don’t need anymore of that but since you can customize your box I was able to reduce the polish and up the makeup.

They have a nice purple accented box.  Inside your items are packed in squiggles and covered with tissue paper.

They don’t have an info card, they send you an email about what you’re getting, but they do tell you all about the curated box items.  This month there was  also a coupon for a free polish with purchase and a paper letting me know I got a bonus item for picking 3 or more add-ins.  I was using up Maven points since this was my last box from them and that’s how I got the extras.

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It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Dare-$16.00

“A weightless matte lip color that lasts all day and never feels dry. A super-pigmented formula provides saturated color for up to 12 hours of comfortable wear.”  This is really dark and a little odd to apply.  The wand is not great.  It has a texture almost like a lipstick and made a bit of a mess on my face actually.  I think it’ll be okay once I get used to it but I now know I should have traded for a different colour as this one is not really me.

20161212_193025When Pencil Met Gel Eyeliner in Smoky Taupe Shimmer-$12.80

“A waterproof eye pencil with the formula of a gel eyeliner that glides on smoothly without tugging or skipping. Sets in 30 seconds and provides 10+ hours of wear. Ophthalmologist tested.” I am so in love with their eyeliners that I get one every box I think.  The really and truly do not smudge or move or do anything but accent your eyes.  I want every colour…..now!

20161212_192949Eyeshadow 101 Stick in Orchid Shimmer-$14.40

“A waterproof, crème-to-powder shadow stick on top with a spongy smudger on the other end. Expect huge color payoff and crease-proof, stay-all-day power.” This is a totally wearable purple colour.  I think this is my third shade of this shadow and I have been wearing them since they showed up.  They last on my eyes and are not over the top with the shimmer. No disco ball eyeballs here.

20161212_193219Skip The Brush Blush Stick in Sheer Glow-$19.20

“A one stick wonder made for luminous, dewy cheeks, but versatile on eyes and lips, too. This soft-focus powder has ultrafine color pearls that go on creamy then set to a long-lasting powder finish. Easy to apply, easy to blend (no brush needed!), easy to keep in your clutch for on-the-go beauty touch-ups.” This one is not providing any colour really but a gentle shimmer.

20161212_193240Clean Slate Conditioning Nail Polish Remover-$8.00

“This gentle lavender-scented nail polish remover quickly melts polish away without drying your nails.” I always need more remover and I’m thinking that a company that makes polish should know how to get it off again.

20161212_193111Gel Eye Glider in Smoky Taupe Shimmer-$?

This was supposed to be a lip crayon.  Instead it is an old version of the When Pencil Met Gel liner.  They noticed their mistake before the box got here and sent an email to let me know the right product was on the way.

20161212_193309Classic With A Twist in Jacqueline-$5.00

“A fast-drying, long-lasting nail polish powered by breakthrough Oxygen Technology that makes nails healthy and more beautiful at the same time. Our proprietary 5-free, vegan-friendly formula also includes strengthening Hexanal and antioxidant green coffee extract.” This was my bonus item for adding things to the order.  It is a red shimmer and perfect for Christmas!  Great bonus item.

As I mentioned above, this is my last Julep Maven box. I love the liner, if you can’t tell.   The items had a value of $88.20 and I used the Maven pricing, which is better than regular retail.  I won’t be renewing but that’s just so I can try new things, not because I didn’t like the items included.  If you want to try them out or really like nail polish, click here to visit their site.

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