Julep, $24.99 per month (US and Canada only)
Marco didn't want to get out of the Julep box! It was the perfect size for him and he loved sitting in it.
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.
Here's what I got this month:
- When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Fig Shimmer (full size, worth $16)
- Julep Nail Color in Lara (full size, worth $14)
- Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil (full size, worth $36)
- Julep Nail Color in Rosie (full size, worth $14)
- Julep Nail Color in Pam (full size, worth $14)
- Julep Nail Color in Nayely (full size, worth $14)
- Julep Nail Color in Jenna (full size, worth $14)
- Clean Slate Polish Remover Single-Use Pad Kit (2 pads, worth $2.80; 10-pack costs $14)
My March Julep was worth $124.80. I added on three products -- the Rosie, Pam, and Nayely polishes -- and Julep gives you a free gift when you order three add ons. My free gift was the Jenna nail polish. Julep also throws in either a piece of candy or a small product sample each month, and the Clean Slate pads were my free sample.
Julep added a new color to their When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner line this month. The color was Fig Shimmer, which Julep calls a "wild mauve shimmer." I love the When Pencil Met Gel liners, so I always love seeing the new colors they have available. They are pencil liners that actually go on smoothly and evenly. You'll never have to soften the tip with a lighter! I was worried that this might be a bit of a weird color for an eyeliner, but it actually looked great on me and really brought out the green in my eyes. I find that I sometimes have to retouch the eyeliner later in the day, but it usually holds up pretty well.
You may remember that I got the Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil back in January. It was a new product that month and I was excited to try it. Unfortunately, it fell on the floor and the glass bottle shattered after I had used it only once or twice, so I wanted to try it again. This is a face oil that absorbs quickly and doesn't leave you feeling greasy at all. It was very moisturizing, which was perfect as the dry winter air has really gotten to my skin recently. I haven't used it enough to see an effect on radiance yet, but I'm liking what I'm seeing so far.
Normally, I choose two nail polishes and then either a skincare or makeup product, but the new March nail polish collection didn't do much for me. The only two colors I liked were Lara, pictured above, and Faith, a "mauvewood microshimmer." I wasn't completely in love with either Lara or Faith, and I decided I liked Lara just a little bit more, so I just went with that. Julep calls Lara a "shell pink with gold shimmer." It looks almost white in the picture above, but it is a very pale pink. It's a pretty color, but it's not my favorite.
I decided to get three add on polishes this month. Julep has a section of items that can be added to your box at a discount and you get a free gift if you order three of them. I chose Rosie, a "charcoal grey with magenta glitter," Pam, a "tigerlily holographic," and Nayely, a "papaya nectar crème." These were nail polishes from past months. Strangely enough, my favorite color was Pam, which is one I almost didn't get. It's just such a bright, happy color with tons of sparkle. Plus, it's the perfect color right now as I live in Syracuse! Rosie was quite pretty also. It took two coats to get full coverage glitter. Nayely was okay. It's pretty but not really my style. My free gift was Jenna, a "tangerine burst crème." I didn't like Jenna at first, but it has grown on me. It's a medium reddish orange and it's quite pretty. Crème finishes aren't my favorite -- I love sparkle! -- but I'll definitely use this occasionally.
The little extra Julep threw in this month was two packets of the One-Step Polish Remover Pad. This is an acetone remover. I found it worked pretty well. It wasn't even all that difficult to remove glitter polish with it! Best of all, it contains aloe to help keep your nails healthy. At $1.40 per pad, these are pretty expensive, so I doubt I would ever buy them.
I'm very happy with my March Julep box! I loved everything! That is one of the wonderful things about Julep, though -- you're going to love most, if not all, of the products as you get to choose them yourself. If you're someone who prefers surprises, you can still do that with Julep, though. My favorite products this month were the Fig Shimmer eyeliner, the Pam nail polish, and the face oil, but everything was fabulous. I can't wait until March 20th when I can see the April collection!
What did you think of Julep this month?