Julep Maven Review & Free Box Coupon Code – May 2016
Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty subscription box. They make all their own products, so subscribers get a good value each month – over $40 retail worth of product for $24.99 a month.
Each month Julep releases a new collection on the 20th, and you can decide which box you want, you can upgrade to the entire collection, or you can skip that month.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Julep Maven
The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription)
COUPON: this link to get a free box when you sign up for a 3-month subscription!
Limited Time Deal (ends tonight!): Get this free box offer for June
The Products: Nail polish plus beauty items.
Ships to: US and Canada
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your Wish List or Subscription List!
Recently there have been some questions about how customizing your Julep box works and choices available, etc. So I want to take a minute to show you the choices I had available when making my May subscription box selections.
When you subscribe to Julep, they ask you some brief questions to see what you like. That quiz resulted in Julep’s determination that I fall into the Classic with a Twist category. (I agree.)
So what that means is that the Classic with a Twist box becomes my default each month. I can choose to go with a different box combination entirely if I want to or swap out items in any of the boxes.
Here were the other box combinations based on other Julep profiles:
Nail wraps are not regularly found in Julep boxes. Perhaps Julep is branching out.
Also, there are choices if you don’t want any nail polish.
If you love all the nail colors, you can upgrade your box. Depending on how many colors you want, this may be more economical than choosing several individual color add-ons.
Or if you love all the colors and the new beauty item, you can go for The Whole Shebang. The upgrades are a way to get a great price on everything if you love it all.
This month I decided I liked the Bombshell Box better than Classic with a Twist. So I chose that. It comes with a pink lip oil which is the color I would normally wear. However, since the formula seemed kind of sheer/build-able and life is short, I decided to swap that for the red one and give it a shot.
So here was my box selection.
But then, of course, there are add-ons which are offered at a further discounted price which I love and sometimes go for.
The cantaloupe color is something I would normally never try, but it looked intriguing. And I love anything blue, green, beachy, or sea-related so I had to pick that polish as well. And since Julep doesn’t normally have nail wraps, I grabbed those, too. (I figured even if I didn’t love the nail wraps both of my daughters definitely would.)
Julep gives you 300+ Jules (what they call their reward points) for each monthly subscription box you buy. Upgrading your box gets you more Jules. You get 200 Jules for your birthday so make sure you add this to your profile or they won’t know when your birthday is and you will lose out on these. You get 500 Jules on your Julep anniversary. Jules add up pretty quickly. Since you can get a whole box for 2000 Jules, I usually save up my Jules and do that versus using them on individual items.
I want to mention something here that confused me in the past and that I have seen others confused by as well. The 600 Jules listed by each of these items does not mean that you earn 600 Jules by selecting these add-ons; it means that if you want to use your Jules to purchase the add-ons you can do so. Each of the items here would cost you 600 Jules if you went that route. (Julep gives you the option to apply Jules to your selection or keep saving them up.)
Julep sends you an email to confirm your selections.
Okay. Let’s look at the box itself.
Rainbow Bright it is!
Seasonally appropriate. And good advice.
Looks good to me! The 3 items on the left are my regular subscription box items. The 3 items on the right are my add-ons. The polish on the bottom is the bonus Julep threw in since I selected 3 or more add-ons. The gumball is bright and fun, but I wasn’t a huge fan when I tried it.
Let’s look at the May polish colors I chose.
Julep Nail Color in Pepper – Retail Value $14 (cornflower multidimensional shimmer)
Julep Nail Color in Regina – Retail Value $14 (nebula pink iridescent chrome)
Julep Nail Color in Francine – Retail Value $14 (seaglass iridescent chrome)
Julep Nail Color in Summer – Retail Value $14 (cantaloupe sheer iridescent)
The new beauty item this month is Your Lip Addiction, a tinted lip oil treatment.
As I mentioned above, I went with the red Your Lip Addiction – Obsessed (Retail Value $22).
This picture was taken after I used this lip oil. A lot. I love it. But I really wish they would give you more in there!
Just for fun. You can really see the color here.
This is right after application.
This is a while later. It almost turns into a kind of stain.
My other add-on besides the 2 polishes was the Holo Gem Nail Wraps – Retail Value $10.
Since this was the first time I was attempting nail wraps on myself as far as I can remember, I appreciated the step-by-step instructions. They are really easy to use.
In the sunlight!
Julep Nail Color in Becky – Retail Value $14 (oil slick duochrome silk)
Becky is the nail polish Julep threw in. I would not have chosen this color myself, but I was impressed with it in person.
Sorry the picture is blurry, but that is the best picture I could get that captured the colors inside.
Finally, here are the May colors I chose on me.
This box also came with a promo code for a 30% off your next purchase from Julep. (Expires June 30, 2016.)
Value: This subscription box cost $24.99 + my add-ons for a total of $44.96. Based on my selected options, it includes $102 worth of beauty items and polish at retail value (or $81.60 if you are a Julep Maven and can enjoy the pricing discount) + the candy. Either way, I think this is a great value!
Verdict: I’m happy with my selections this month. What do you think of the May 2016 Julep Maven box? Which items did you pick?