If you have to buy it, get the best deal!
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 seven to nine new colors (and at times re-release 1-2 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.
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 20%. There is a new subscription option that offers six boxes for $99.96, or $16.66 a box. This is the plan I will probably go with when my current subscription expires. Sales tax applies in select states, and my state is one of them. New Maven subscriptions allow you to swap products in, so I always suggest trying that. You can 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. Swapping also gives a subscription where you actually want all the box contents every time. If you cannot find enough items to swap in, skip the box that month and pay nothing.
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. My code is a unique 20% off code for Ulta. Like all Ulta coupons, it has a 20 character bar code, and a 10 character code for online purchases. That means I could use in once online and once in store. It expires 08/31/16, and I will post it on my Ulta Page if I choose not to use it. The candy this month is a Lemonhead. Julep is good at finding candy I have not eaten since I was a kid. This was not as sour as I remember it, which I appreciate.
Julep usually launches a new beauty product every month. This month it launched No Excuses Invisible Sunscreen Gel. I initially selected this until I noticed it had a two-year expiration instead of three years. My sunscreen stash is a little to large, and I do not feel I could finish a new full-size sunscreen in less than two years. That does not mean I do not want to try this, so I hope it sticks around a while.
My It’s Fun to Exfoliate, now called Charcoal Body Konjac Sponge, was dying, so I swapped an item to add this to my box. I adore this sponge, so I will keep repurchasing it. Another sponge actually arrived yesterday in a separate order I placed, so I have two now. This retails for $16.
I love reds, but I really love selecting polishes when they’re named after people I love. Stephanie is a juicy cherry holographic. That means she is a glittery-red. Although I have some glitter reds, I am happy I picked up this shade named after my niece. She is as beautiful as her namesake. This retails for $14. The finish is semi glossy and smooth. Compare this to my other red polishes.
I have all the It’s Balm lip colors from the regular line (12 in total). They are one of my favorite lip products, because they’re comfortable like a balm but impart color like a lipstick. Some shades accentuate lip lines, but none of them highlight dry patches. After I decided not to get the sunscreen, I was looking through the swap options and saw Merry Berry Shimmer.
This must have been a limited edition Christmas shade, because it is not even listed on the regular product page. Now, I have all 13 (that I am aware of). This retails for $20.
This is a really beautiful purple, so I am glad I noticed it. The vanilla scent in this seems stronger than usual, but it could just be that I am hungry.
This is a great berry color. It does not accentuate lip lines or highlight dry patches, so it is one of the stronger ones. Like all the others, it is very moisturizing and long-lasting. This is just super comfortable.
If you select three add-ons, you get a free surprise item. I usually only get 3, because I can wait for items to go on sale and/or use promo codes. If I cannot find 3, I get 0. That is better than buying everything I see in the add-on section when it only takes three to get the gift. There were not three items I wanted this month, so I passed on add-ons.
I swapped all the items out of my Bombshell box and selected three that suited me better. My swaps were not high value items (although I could have done that if I wanted to). The total box value is $50, and I only paid $19.99. That is also my personal value, because I will use everything. Read my program description to learn more about Jules. Jules redemption are more valuable if you select beauty products instead of polish, but I got the beauty products I wanted and the polish I wanted for the best value.
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 Julep 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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