When it comes to nail polish, I am a huge fan of Julep’s five free formula. These polishes chip less than most, and the polishes themselves are a good deal when you have a Maven membership. They are quality polishes, so I would probably purchase them at $14 each if I did not have my Maven membership. Luckily, I do not have to pay that much. The color selections and polish finishes are more vast than almost any other nail polish line. Every month, they release nine new colors (unless they re-release one or two from the vault). I have not skipped a box since I first subscribed in May 2014, because I find something I want every month. More often than not, the nail polishes are what draw me in, but I like to try Julep’s beauty products as well.
There was a free gift for anyone who accepted the box (as long as they responded to the email for the free gift). It is the same gift we received in the February 2015 box, but I am never turning down a free gift. I can find someone to gift it to.
If you’re not already familiar with the Julep Maven program, read my review. My subscription renews after three boxes for $59.97, or $19.99 a box. Paying month to month charges $24.99, so I like paying in advance to save $15 every three months. New Maven subscriptions allow you to swap products in, so I always suggest trying that. You can at times get a higher valued box with swaps. Assuming you really want an item you are swapping out, you can generally get it in the add-on section, so put the more expensive item inside the box. Plus, swaps make the box possibilities almost endless.
Every box comes with a coupon code. There are usually 2-3 codes, and while I’d love if mine was always the best available, it is not always the case. I keep a listing of all promo codes I am aware of. This code is the Feb version of the Jan offer I received last month, so I am guessing the trend will continue throughout the year.
Candy usually comes in the box as well. This month the candy is a chocolate heart. It is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
This is the first month in a while where none of the new beauty products were speaking to me. The good thing about ordering products from the older line is Julep usually allows you to swap generously. I was able to get three beauty products (2 came in a set) and a nail polish.
The first item I subbed in my box is the Korean Skincare Made Simple set. It retails for $24 and includes a 1.5oz love your bare face and a Konjac Cleansing Sponge. Getting both means the 1.5oz cleansing oil (which is not sold separately) is worth $12. A Konjac Cleansing sponge retails for $12. I love these little sponges and will get them for a discount when possible. There are three more en route to me now, so my entire family will be trying one of these soon.
The 7.3oz Brilliance Glycolic Hand + Body Scrub retails for $32. I already know and love the Hand Scrub, and the ingredients in this look exactly the same. While the ingredients could be added in different amounts to make one better for hands, the picture of each scrub looks the same. There is a good chance this is the same or close enough to the same product. It is cheaper per ounce, so I look forward to trying it out.
The new polishes released did not really speak to me either. Kay is a warm taupe with gold microshimmer nail polish. This retails for $14. She was the best looking one, and I hoped she was different from any I already own. Compare this to my other beige and nude polishes.
All four items total $70. That is a really great value when most boxes hover around the mid fifties to low sixties. My last box was also $70, so that is two great months in a row. The best part is the $14 free polish, Hartleigh, bumps the value up to $84. To keep this polish new, I am attaching the swatch from the bottle I already own. Compare this to my other red polishes.
You have to select three add-ons to get a free item. There were not three that appealed to me. I am less inclined to select add-ons when I get a free polish anyway, because it already seems like a good enough deal getting one. Spending more to get two seems a little less desirable in these months.
The total box value is $84, and I only paid $19.99. My personal value is only $70, because I already own Hartleigh and will not keep the duplicate.
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