I obviously love Julep nail polish, but I think a lot of items in their lip range are equally impressive. When I saw they were releasing a new product, a Lip Butter for the July 2016 Maven box, I decided to order two. My Julep Maven Subscription Boxes usually arrive between the 5th and the 9th with a few anomalies in either direction. On 06/29/16, I received an email stating my box was delayed with a code that offered 20% off as an apology. Usually Julep just gives added Jules as a delayed shipping bonus, so this coupon code was different. The email said this code, JULY20 works on anything, even items in the secret store.
Codes that work in the secret store are rare, and the only other time I remember one working there was around Black Friday. Each code works twice, but this one expires 07/20/16. That prevents me from using it for this month’s store, which should open around the 27th. It is a simple code, so I will also be testing each month with the 20 to see if this is a new common inconvenience code. Outside of the secret store, there are usually better codes than 20% off. If you’re curious about the lip butters, check back around mid month (I hope), because I have not even received a shipping confirmation yet. The email does not say which shade is holding up my order, so I am unsure if it is Crimson (red) and Currant (purple).
I spent all of 2014 and 2015 collecting the Julep birthstones. My plan was to collect every birthstone in 2016 as well. Julep decided to forgo the Birthstone Collection this year to focus on the Zodiac Collection. Each sign releases before the introduction to the new period. That means we can expect each sign to release before the secret store opens. Thanks to the code, this order is from the Secret Store.
The sixth nail polish in the Zodiac Collection is Cancer. I decided to order it in a bundle called Seaside Shimmer. This gave me a second polish that I did not already own and find beautiful. In the secret store, the newest Zodiac Polish always retails for the full Maven price, $11.20. Mavens get 20% off the regular $14 price of anything, including color polishes. Purchasing it by itself from the secret store even with the 20% discount is not a good deal, because you can combine it with better codes the moment it exits the store (usually around the 4th or 5th). Getting it in the $14.99 set with a discount is worthwhile when you want the other polish.
The Zodiac collection comes with a silver lid, so it looks very different from a regular Black Julep lid. Standard Julep polishes come with a swatch label on top, because you can twist the black cap and pull it up to access the smaller brush handle underneath. I will add a picture of this later. Silver (Zodiac and other special polishes) and Gold (birthstones and other special polishes) tops do not have a swatch sticker. Unless it is more difficult and I’ve just never figured it out, these do not detach. It makes swatching the top a lot harder, but the trade-off is a much fancier look. I think it is possible they came off in 2014, because I do not remember this issue when I started my collection. As soon as I remember to test this, I will report back.
Cancer is a glistening crab shell duometallic with pink micro glitter. Like Pisces, she is pink and orange, but Cancer leans more pink than orange where Pisces leans more orange than pink. The finish is semi glossy and smooth. Compare this to my other pink polishes.
Getting both polishes for $11.99 makes each one $6. If you want to join Julep, visit my Julep Maven page to see all start-up offers. Visit my regular Julep page to see more offers for shopping. All polishes above are swatched once. They get darker with more swatches. See all Zodiac Collection, Julep, or Subscription articles. Tips For Getting the Best Deal lays out every way I can think of to save money at Julep. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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