I love collecting the Julep birthstones, so I collect them all and not just my birthstone. March had been out of stock for over a month, and I do not like to collect the polishes out-of-order. If for any reason the OOS polish does not return, I do not want gaps in the collection before it ends. My concern was March would return to stock, but April would go out of stock by then. As such, I decided on 04/13/15 to purchase April before March. It worked out, kind of. Julep Liza, the March offering returned to stock the next day before disappearing again. She has been gone every other time I’ve checked, too. Some may want to order this the first day of the month when it opens up in the secret store to get it before it sells out. The problem is they charge the full $11.20 Maven price in the secret store, and promo codes do not apply.
If you wait it out a little, even the colors that sell out will usually return. It can take some time though (looking at you, March). As a Maven, I get free shipping with every order, so I could order the birthstone each month and call it a day. That is not my style though, because I live for a deal. Mavens get offer codes in each box (that I will always share with you here as long as Julep allows me to share it).
I had a code, although I cannot find a record of what it was, that brought $1o off. Based on past orders, I am assuming it was $10 off a $20 purchase. The codes usually apply pre-discount, meaning as long as you have $20 in your cart before applying the code, it will work. Some codes for Julep work post discount (usually the ones with an offer starting at $15). Those need to have $15 (or whatever the determined minimum is) after the code deducts from the cart. If you ever have a code, and you’re not sure how it works, play around with it. Julep codes are only good for 1-2 months, so even if I remembered the one I used here, it expired.
I am in love with the Pantone color of the year, Marsala. It still irks me that I missed purchasing anything from that collection. While I find Julep Marsala, a full-bodied rubino crème, very beautiful, she does not look like Marsala to me. Why can’t I own anything in the Pantone Marsala color! This is lovely, so I have no regrets purchasing it. Compare this to my other salmon and wine polishes.
The birthstone for April, Leona, is a diamond iridescent shimmer. She is quite striking, and I think this would look beautiful on its own or paired with just about any other color. Compare this to my other sheer and white polishes.
My birthstone collection consists of January 2014-August 2015, although I plan to replace March 2015 as soon as possible. As long as I am a Maven and can collect the polishes in order, I will continue to collect the birthstones. If you have not already taken a look, I highly suggest you do.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.