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Julep Maven October 2016 Subscription Box Review and Freebie Désirée

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.


Julep usually launches a new beauty product every month. This month it launched Fluid Eye Glider. That was usually something I’d pass on, but I’m trying to get better at applying liquid eyeliner. More product means more practice and the chance to possibly find one I love that is easy for someone with shaky hands to use.

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 OCT10, which gives $10 off a $25 purchase through 11/30/16. As I mention in my Getting the Best Deal at Julep article, this is usually a $10 off $20 coupon. If it continues to come in with a $25 purchase, I will update the article. This box did not come with any candy (as most Julep boxes do). Most of the candy gets wasted, so I never mind much when it is not included.

My husband is Filipino and my boys call his Dad Lolo. That means this Lolo shares a name with another family member. I love collecting polishes named after family members. This is also my favorite of every polish released this month. We got a sneak peek of the polishes at the Maven Meet-Up we attended on 08/29/16. Gladys was also lovely and named after another family member. She really stained my nail, as I mentioned in my September Manicure reviews. Trying the polishes ahead of time is not something I usually get to do, so I like knowing Gladys stains. Once Ulta starts carrying Julep polishes, I may get to swatch before buying shades. Lolo is an intense indigo ghost shimmer. The finish is semi glossy and smooth. This retails for $14. Compare this to my other blue polishes.


I am terrible with liquid eyeliner, but I’ve practiced with a liner that is way too thick. It will be nice to experiment with other brands to find one with the thinner line that is easier to work with. If I remember, I will come back and swatch this after I wear it. Liquid eyeliners expire too fast, so I will not open this Fluid Eye Glider until I ready to use this. This is a jet black, water-resistant eyeliner pen with a no-fray precision point felt tip. If it works as well as that seems, I will be happy. The eyeliner retails for $20.

The Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Balm Stick is a repurchase. I’ve loved this face cleanser, and I noticed the stick poking through the balm right around selection time. It retails for $28, so I love getting it with other items inside a $19.99 box. Shortly after the selection period closed, I noticed the one I own was not actually anywhere near empty. That relieved me a little, because I thought it went too fast. Samples usually last longer than the 3 months I had this open. As much as I love it, I will not purchase it a third time. Once the container no longer pushes the product up, I have to dig it out of the bottom of the container.


Everyone who received a box this month received a free polish, Désirée. Julep usually sends an email asking subscribers to opt into the freebie. This freebie got mentioned on the Julep blog where it previews items from the upcoming collection. It is possible those who do not read the blog did not even know it was coming. If that was you, surprise! I hope Julep keeps this up, because some people unfairly miss out when they have to respond to an email. She is a high-gloss holographic top coat. The finish is semi glossy and smooth. Compare this to my other top coats.


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 some great items for Julep’s Birthday, so I had a hard time narrowing it down to three.

The Julep Foot File was $3.99. This retails for $6. I actually ended up ordering a Clarisonic Pedi a few days after ordering this, so I will probably not use this as much as I originally planned. Smooth feet are important, so I love tools that assist with that endeavor. It will get used eventually.

The Nail Wrap White Skull & Crossbones were $4.99. I am not super talented, as evidenced by my Halloween nails from last year. My plan is to use these with the ones below for a nice look that is also easy. They work on bare or polished nails, but I think I will try them with polish. These nail wraps are not listed on the site, but most Julep nail wraps retail for $8.

The Nail Wraps Neon Skull & Crossbones were $4.99. They also work on bare or polished nails. I think these will make great accents. These nail wraps are not listed on the site, but most Julep nail wraps retail for $8.

My free item was Colton ($14). It is black iris crème. This is a polish I did not already own, so this is a great addition. The finish is semi matte and smooth. Compare this to my other purple polishes. Depending on the lighting this can look black.


I swapped all the items from my regular Bombshell items with ones I wanted more. The total box value is $112. That is also my personal value, because I will use everything (a given when I select everything in the box). I pre-paid $19.99, and I had to pay $13.97 for my extras ($35.10 with tax). 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.

Julep Beauty Box Subscription

Julep has a Bewitched Glow Mystery Box available through the 19th. It retails for $24.99 and offers a minimum of $100 in value. This is a great way to sample Julep products if you do not own a lot. Those who own a lot are likely to get duplicates. Every box includes a Xena and Johnny. Click the name links to see my swatches of these shades.

Bewitched Glow Mystery Box

If you want to join Julep, visit my Julep Maven page to see all start-up offers. Product reviews do not always make it into the haul article, but you can always type the product into the search bar to see if I’ve mentioned it or reviewed it elsewhere. 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 articlesTips 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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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.

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