Julep Review, February 2017

Julep, $24.99 per month (free shipping to US; see website for shipping to Canada)

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Little Marco is excited to model for the first time!  He was sick for a while, but he is doing much better now, so he finally felt up to modeling.

Julep is a monthly beauty subscription that contains a mix of nail polish, skincare products, and makeup.  Originally, Julep did only nail polish, but they've branched out over the years.  Subscribers are able to customize their boxes, so you can get all nail polish, all makeup, all skincare, or any combination of the three.  If you don't want to customize your box, Julep will put together a box for you based on your profile.  Each month, Julep releases a new collection of nail polish and then either a new product or new range of products.  You can choose any three of those or they also have a selection of products from past months that you can choose from.  You can also add on additional products at a discount.  Julep lets you skip a month or have a month of your subscription sent to someone else.  Besides the monthly boxes, Julep also has a secret store for subscribers and offers subscribers a discount on all of their products.  Normally, I don't like beauty boxes that feature products from only one brand, but Julep's skincare, makeup, and nail polish are of really great quality, so I make an exception for this box.

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Here's what I got this month:

My February Julep was worth $102.40.  Normally, you get three products in your Julep box, but I paid a little extra to get add ons.  I wanted four polishes from the February 2017 Collection, plus two eyeliners.  Because I added on three items, I was sent a free gift, which was the Juliana nail polish.  I was supposed to be getting Opalescent Crystal Nail Rhinestones, but they forgot to put them in my box.  I contacted Julep and they said they were out of stock, but they offered to send a nail polish in its place.  Julep's non-nail polish featured product this month was the It's Balm Full Coverage Lip Crayon in a range of new shades, plus they had two new shades of When Pencil Met Gel eyeliner, Clay and Soft Black.  I didn't want any of those. 

Instead of sending a piece of candy this month, Julep sent a teeny sample of the Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil.  There was a card in the box advertising that you could get the product in your box next month, so I assumed it was a new product.  I looked it up, though, and they've had it for years, so I'm not sure why they are featuring this product right now.  I also bought the Dawnelle nail polish in the February Secret Store, but that was shipped separately from the subscription box.  I've included a picture of it below for you, though.

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Swatch of Julep When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Graphite Shimmer

Swatch of Julep When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Graphite Shimmer

I absolutely love Julep's When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner.  I've been wanting a grey shimmer eyeliner, so I couldn't pass this up the Graphite Shimmer option this month.  The When Pencil Met Gel eyeliners go on smoothly and evenly and are much easier to use than most eyeliner pencils.  I love the formula.  It was slightly darker than I was expecting, but it did have a lot of shimmer and was a very pretty color.  Unfortunately, this eyeliner didn't hold up all day.  That surprised me as I've always had good luck with Julep eyeliner lasting all day.  I reapplied it once and then I was good for the rest of the day, so it wasn't a big deal.

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Swatch of Julep When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Smoky Plum

Swatch of Julep When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Smoky Plum

I've also been wanting a new purple eyeliner, so I chose the Smoky Plum When Pencil Met Gel.  This is a very deep plum!  As you can see in the picture, it's close to black.  It was very pretty, though, and this color did hold up all day for me.  

Swatches of Julep Nail Color, left to right:  Dawnelle, Juliana, Ainsley, Della, Maylee, and August

Swatches of Julep Nail Color, left to right:  Dawnelle, Juliana, Ainsley, Della, Maylee, and August

Julep Nail Color in Maylee

Julep Nail Color in Maylee

Julep Nail Color in Della

Julep Nail Color in Della

Julep Nail Color in August

Julep Nail Color in August

Julep Nail Color in Ainsley

Julep Nail Color in Ainsley

I was planning on getting two nail polishes plus one makeup or skincare product, as I usually do, but I really wanted four of the nail polishes in the February collection, plus I wanted two more eyeliners, so I decided to buy a few extras.  If you buy three extras, you get a free gift.  Maylee, which Julep calls a "midnight navy with gold microshimmer," and August, described as a "chocolate cherry ghost shimmer," were the two nail polishes I wanted the most.  The other two I chose were Della, a "misted blackberry microshimmer," and Ainsley, a "feather grey with gold ghost shimmer."  Maylee, Della, and August look a lot darker in the pictures above than they are in real life!  Maylee is a beautiful navy, but it is hard to see the gold microshimmer in it.  Della is a medium deep purple that was a very pretty color on me.  August was a lot darker than I expected it to be, but it looks black in the picture above and it wasn't quite that dark. It was a very deep oxblood color with just a hint of shimmer.  Ainsley, the color I thought I would like the least, ended up being my favorite of the four!  It's a very pale grey, bordering on white, and the warm gold shimmer adds a lot of depth and beauty to the color.  I would never like a color like this without the shimmer, but the gold shimmer makes it really special.  Normally, Julep polish will last a couple days on me without chipping.  I'm hard on my nails, so that's pretty good.  Maylee, though, chipped after one day.  I don't think I was harder on my nails than usual and my accent nail was in Ainsley and that didn't chip, so I think the formula for Maylee might be a little different from most Julep polish.

Julep Nail Color in Juliana

Julep Nail Color in Juliana

Julep Nail Color in Dawnelle

Julep Nail Color in Dawnelle

Because I had three add ons, I got a free gift, which was Julep Nail Color in Juliana.  Juliana is a "pink grapefruit sheer iridescent" and is not currently for sale on the Julep website.  I'm so glad I went ahead and got the three add ons because the free gift ended up being my favorite nail polish this month!  This color is gorgeous!  It's a medium peachy-pink with a lot of shimmer.  It's sheer, but if you put on a couple of coats, it's pretty opaque.  The picture above doesn't do the color justice.

Julep subscribers have access to a secret shop once a month where they can buy products at a deeper discount than normal.  They often have nail polish they are discontinuing on sale for $5.  I bought Dawnelle, which is a "mixed-metal full-coverage microglitter."  This has teeny glitter bits that are gold, copper, and silver, and it's beautiful!  This held up longer than most Julep polish does on me.  A lot of glitter polishes are more like topcoats and the glitter is kind of sparse, but when they say full-coverage, they mean full-coverage.  Two coats of this and you have glitter fully covering the nail.

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Instead of candy this month, Julep subscribers got a sample of Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil.  We got a one-time-use packet.  You apply this to a dry face and it removes makeup and dirt.  You then rinse with warm water.  This didn't leave a greasy residue on my face and it got all the makeup off easily.  I'll have to see what is available when the March collection comes out, but I might choose this for my box next month.

I love my February Julep box!  It's easy to love your box when you get to choose all your products, though.  The February nail polish collection had some beautiful options.  I was hoping to avoid spending extra money and getting add ons, but I couldn't help myself.  I'm glad I got three add ons, though, because I got Juliana as a free gift, which was my favorite of the nail polishes.  I wasn't overly impressed with the Graphite Shimmer eyeliner as it didn't last as long as Julep liner usually does, but the Smoky Plum stayed on all day.  I have no real complaints about the Julep box.  I think this is my favorite Julep box so far!