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Julep Maven May 2016 Selection Time + Free Box Coupon!

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It’s Julep Maven selection time for May! Here is a close up of the nail polish shades:

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Which Julep Maven items are you getting this month?

FYI – if you haven’t signed up for Julep Maven yet, use this offer to get this $150 beauty gift free:

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Julep is offering a free 8-Piece Gift Set when you sign up for a Julep Maven monthly or 3-month subscription!

The free gift set includes a blush stick, an eyeliner, an eyeshadow stick, three lip colors and two polishes, plus a cosmetics bag sized just right for travel.

Use coupon code COLOR8 to get this free gift when you sign up!

This box is $24.99 with a monthly subscription or $19.99 with a 3-month subscription. Check outour Julep Maven reviews to learn more about this subscription!

 

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

28 Comments

  1. The Secret Store is OPEN!! Now please make a post helping me on which coupons I might be able to use? I’m excited!

  2. Just a heads up for anyone using the code COLOR8 to sign up, I was billed the full $59.97 when they shipped out the free box instead of on being billed $19.99 on the 27th of the month for each box. I was taken by surprise so unfortunately bounced two payments due to this unexpected debit. Just be aware this seems to work different than usual!

  3. Did anyone else notice the switch up this month? If a box is $24.99 a month and each lip oil is $9.99, why can you only choose 2 and not have a third option of a smaller priced item like the nail polishes? It doesn’t even cover the cost of the box. Normally you can choose 2 “big” items and one small- not the other way around. I just think they should’ve notified us of the changes they made… like no clear lip oil! I love Julep to death but both these things seem pretty shady.

    • I chose a box that originally had a lip oil and 2 polishes. I swapped out the lip oil and swapped in another polishes. It then had me swap in another item (I truly don’t remember all the choices, but it was things like the emory blocks) so I chose the wand art thingie. I guess it was because the lip oil was more expensive than the polish, and that was a way to equalize it.

      • Yeah there was a 3 polish and accessory curated option. It still maxes out at around $26.

  4. You ladies are awesome! I didn’t even think about playing around with all the different options until after I read some of the comments. I wanted all of the colors so I had to go back and change my order to see if I could find it cheaper or get more for my money.

    I chose the 3 polish and decals box: Pepper, Summer, Cher (emerald for May) and the turquoise decals.
    Add on #1: Sunset Blvd – gives you two colors from this months collection (Wilma & Mickey) plus Brittany
    Add on #2: Flower Power – gives you two colors from this months collection (Regina & Francine) plus Paulina
    Add on #3: Glitter nail polish remover kit
    The only color I didn’t get from this month’s collection is Riley because I wanted Cher more.

    I want Taurus but I will wait until next month and I will have enough Jules to get it free.

  5. I chose:
    -Beach Tonic Dry Body Oil
    -Freedom Polymer Top Coat
    -Summer polish

    Add-Ons:
    -May Mystery Trio
    -Flower Power (Paulina, Regina, & Francine polishes)
    -Sage polish (used my 400 Jules to get it free!)

    On my second subscription (which is a one time thing I did for a free gift) I chose:
    -Love Your Bare Face
    -When Pencil met Gel (Blackest Black)
    -Holo Gem Nail Wraps

    Add-Ons
    -Hazel polish
    -Viv polish
    -Buffer Blocks (free with my 300 Jules!)

    I know it’s a lot! I couldn’t decide on some of the $4.99 polishes and knew I wanted to use the Jules on my account I planned to cancel…so I just decided to do add-ons on both. I wanted the oil face wash and a sponge but I think I’ll wait for the secret store. Same with the Zodiac polish so I can use a coupon. I also play around to get the absolute best deal and to try and include everything I really want. This time was hard because I actually really liked a lot of the new polishes!

  6. I got the body oil and night mask and then added the May mystery polishes thinking that they would be from the May color selection but now I see in an earlier post that they are not – oh no! does anyone have any guesses as to what they might be?

    • You still have time to edit your box for 5 days or so if you change your mind. I get the Mystery Trio every time and I’ve gotten a couple duplicates but I still think it’s worth it. It’s fun to have a little bit of surprise to a box you customize yourself and it’s a great deal!

  7. I got the Regina and Summer polishes, smoky plum eyeliner, and the holographic decals. I wanted the clear lip oil but it was gone already 🙁

  8. I ended up getting 7 nail colors, including Taurus and Cher (the emerald color for May). I have tons of skincare products, and while i like getting good value it’s not my primary reason for subscribing to Julep — getting pretty nail colors is. I always make a list of what I want, then figure out the best combination to do that.

  9. So question for all the Julep Maven experts out there. When you add the Mystery Add-ons, are those usually polishes from that month’s collection? Or completely different polishes? Because I wanted to just go ahead and purchase the entire collection and add both the two mystery polishes and then the mystery trio, but I wasn’t sure if those mystery add-ons would be from the collection and then be repeats! If that makes sense at all… haha

    • The mystery add-ons are ususally NOT from that months selections. If you can eliminate 2 colors from the collection (other than Regina and Francine) your better off doing the curated box with 3 color and a decal and subbing in the colors you want from the collection and adding the Flower Power trio ( that has Regina and Francine in it along with another). Then just add 2 other items and you will get a free gift too

  10. Anyone else notice that the clear lip addiction isn’t listed anywhere? Not even as an add-on

    • I noticed it was sold out. Must have sold out very quickly. Its on my wish list I was hoping for clear

      • On the Julep Facebook they replied to a few people’s inquiries and said:
        “Your Lip Addiction in Clear will not be available this month, we do apologize for any inconvenience!”

        On the reason why all that was said was:
        “Just didn’t make it in time BUT will be coming soon.”

        Bummer.

  11. That was fun! This is my first month of being able to select my own box. Value is super important to me so it took me awhile but here’s what I ended up doing:
    Swapped out the lip oil for the Night Mask (would be $14.99 as an add on)
    Swapped out the two polishes for Love your Bare face (would be $13.99 as an add on)
    I feel like there’s more value in the cleanser & cream mask than the lip oil and polishes.
    Then I did 3 add ons:
    *May Mystery Trio (9.99) cause I love mystery grab bags!
    *Flower Power Trio with Francine, Paulina, Regina (11.99)
    *Foot file (3.99)
    Does anyone else check out the add-ons and play around to get the best value? Maybe I’m just cheap? But, my original box was worth $20 by the add on prices. I guess that would have driven my cheap brain crazy if I didn’t get the higher value…plus I love skincare stuff.

    • Nope I’m cheap too… very cheap but I also love stockpiling nailcolor. That’s why the Flower Power Trio is so awesome, 2 of the three items are from this months collection and helps count toward a free item too. Did you do the Victoria Secret promo too? Got 52 gift cards to spend there this weekend

      • No, what’s the VS promo? I didn’t see anything about it…

        • You know how if you make a purchase at VS they give your a reward card? Well they had a mail in request option without making a purchase. Well I did it for me, my MIL, and grandma….and they gifted them to me. The request window ended in March but they do it again at the end of October

  12. I did the three polish and decal curated and customized it to ( Wilma, pepper, summer and torquoise decals), then added the flower power pack (has Regina and Francine from this months collection in it plus a 3rd polish), added on 2 $4.99 polishes and used 1000 points to get the flower pack free. Also since I added 3 items I get the free gift. Spent just under $10 on top of my box for 8 polishes, decals and a free gift ( 5 of which are from this months collection)

  13. I don’t want the lip oil and don’t really like the colors this month. I went with a plie wand, vanish cuticle softener and remover and a teal nail polish.

  14. I upgraded to the polish lover set. I had to! These are all exactly the type of nail colors I LOVE! And this is after months of, “Blargh, skip it this month.” No to the lip stuff for me…I’ve never had a Julep lip item that I loved, plus I get so much from other boxes anyway that I never used. But I also grabbed Taurus (I’m a Taurus and they did it well!), Kay and the foot file as add ons. Excited for my box!

  15. I’m not a huge fan of the lip tint so I swapped for the charcoal sponge and the pearl nail decals. I also swapped out my nail colors for the Cher Emerald for May which is really beautiful and the Margot Gold. I also added the 3 add ons- Don’t leave your brows at home brow powder and wand, the sunset Blvd trio, and the May Mystery chill color. Can’t wait for this box!

    • Have you played around with you box and add-ons to see which is cheaper? Konjac sponge is $5.99, Nail decals are $3.99 for a total of $9.98 but the Leave Your Brows at Home is $11.99. If you put the brows in you box and sponge/decals as add-one you will save $2! I spend forever trying to see what is the most bang for my buck. Hope that helps!

      • That’s a great idea! Thanks

  16. I had to get all of the colors this month. The Summer cantaloupe color looks like it is going to be my new favorite, but even the reds look fresh and summery. I passed on the lip tint, i have way too many great lip colors from julep, ipsy, and birchbox already. I really wish i would have signed up with julep first, I could have saved a ton of money trying other boxes that aren’t as much fun or as high in value.

  17. I would never remember this if not for these posts. After seeing the example of the lip tint, I think I’ll pass. I like bold colors. But the polishes look good this month.

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