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I am here to give my Julep Maven February 2019 Review, because I forgot to login between January 20th and January 24th to skip the February 2019 Julep Maven subscription box. My favorite thing about Julep is the ability to select the items I get in the box. Whenever I forget to skip (which has happened twice now), Julep sends me whatever it wants. In this case, it worked out, but I would have preferred getting these items later. To see my usual spiel where I go over the Julep subscription program, view the review for the December 2018 Maven Box. As I was prepping this article, I noticed the links to sign up for a subscription box are not working. The links bring me to the best-sellers page. This could mean Julep halted selling new subscriptions while it catches up on its backlog, but it could also mean it might stop the subscription service altogether.
I am really not sure what Julep is planning, because customer service is not getting back to anyone at the moment. As a huge fan of Julep and Jane Park, I hope whatever is going on is a temporary setback and everything gets back on track. While I would continue to purchase items from the Julep shop and from Ulta during events, I feel the best value is as a Maven with the subscription program. Paying full-price for Julep items when I’ve been trained to get them at a steep discount is just not something I want to do. If you know more than I do about what is going on, feel free to comment below.
Every box usually comes with a coupon code. The code in my box was STARS. This code gives a free color polish with a $10 purchase through 03/31/19. *I like that Julep returned to the format where the code is good through the end of the following month. It switched over to making the code expire in the current month a little over a year ago, which is problematic on months where the box arrives late.
Everything comes inside a purple box wrapped in cardboard colored paper pulp. This provides some protection, but more fragile things could still move around.
Julep used to put candy inside every box, but that happens a lot less now. There was no candy in this box, which is uncommon for a February box. I do not really care about the candy anyway, but it is safe to assume it is permanently gone now that so many boxes have arrived without it.
The Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil retails for $28 ($22.40 Maven). I have one of these open now, and it is pretty full. Between already owning this and having so many new ones from other brands in my stockpiles I want to try, I would not have selected this. It does remove most of my makeup, but it never removes it all. So far, I have not been able to find a cleansing oil that removes it all, which is part of the reason I keep buying new ones to explore. This is not terrible and a little micellar water after a double cleanse will remove excess makeup. That makes this a duplicate product I will probably keep.
The Julep Charcoal Konjac Sponge retails for $12 ($9.60 Maven). This is a product I love so much that I declared it a FabuFind. As such, I will definitely keep this duplicate. Because I stockpiled a huge number of these when I found a great sale and have not used them in a while, it will take me a long time before I get to this specific one though. That means I would have preferred something I do not already own so many of in place of this beloved sponge. My favorite thing about this is how gentle it is and how it dries down between uses.
Julep Tranquil Taurus from the Zodiac Collection retails for $14 ($11.20 Maven). I enjoy collecting the Julep Birthstones and the polishes from the Zodiac Collection. Every polish from those collections released in 2014, 2015, and 2016 is in my possession. From the 2017 collection, I only had my sign, Pisces. Having my sign alone made the incomplete collection okay, but this polish makes me want to grab the other 10 I am missing. This is a Grounded Honey Wheat Metallic. Julep gets fancy with its descriptions, but I would call this bronze. The finish is semi glossy and semi smooth. Compare this to my other bronze polishes.
If you select three add-ons, you get a free surprise item. I usually only get 3 when I select some, 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. This month, I did not select any add-ons. Since I forgot about this box altogether, I never got a chance to even view the add-ons this month. As I am on product overload, I am sure I would have passed anyway.
The total box value is $54. That is also my personal value, because I will keep everything. Julep only charged me $19.99 plus tax for this box. It is the second time in a row that happened, and I am unsure why. Even at $24.99, I would say this box is worth it. I like the cleansing oil, love the sponge, and enjoy collecting the Zodiac polishes. This one is new to my collection, so I am happy with it. While I would have skipped if I remembered, I am not disappointed with any of the items I received. There are some Julep products that would have disappointed me, so I am not even upset about the duplicate cleansing oil despite not loving it. Getting 63% off retail is precisely why this subscription is so valuable and why I would be so disappointed if it went away.
This is my usual footer to sign-out of a Julep Maven article, but the ability to start a new subscription is not available as of the date I am publishing it. In case it returns, I will leave the usual footer intact for future readers.
Use code POLISHGIFT for a 12-piece full-size nail polish gift ($168 value) with a new subscription.
What do you think about my February 2019 Julep Maven Subscription Box? Let me know below. 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 articles and all Nail Polish Swatches. 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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