Yay, it’s Julep Maven time! My box came very fast this month– in fact, I got my November box on October 31. Heyo! I always like to compete with my friend Melissa on who gets their box first. I think this month I won. Though I suppose that is not important. What is important is what I got!

For those of you just joining us, the Julep Maven program allows you to customize a box of 2-3 nail polishes and other beauty products for just $24.99/month. They also allow you to add the appropriately named “Add-On” products to your box for extremely discounted prices. This month, I added 3 Add-Ons to my box which brought the total of my box to right around $43. However, Julep will reward you for adding the 3 Add-Ons to your box and give you another polish.

It’s also important to note that you are also able to easily skip a month and save your monthly subscription cost if you aren’t a fan of the color scheme.

november julepThis month’s Maven theme was “Time for the Switch-Up.” They are basically describing the transition from Summer to Fall. Let’s see what I got this month!

Here’s everything I got! The first thing I noticed is that the packaging has changed! One thing I would like to point out right now– Julep has slowly rebranded all of their product names and I really, REALLY HATE IT. The names of products are now phrases instead of just names. They are ridiculous, and hard to say. And this is likely not the last time you will hear me complain about it because I think it’s so stupid. (And I have a blog and a forum in which I can complain. So I apologize in advance.) But it’s so much easier to say “nail polish” instead of “color that treats.” That does not even make any sense. Wouldn’t “serum” be more intuitive than “What Your Skin Needs?” This doesn’t even explain what the product does! I don’t know who is making these decisions at Julep, but hear my voice that I am NOT a fan!

Rant over. Here are the three main products I received in my box: What Your Skin Needs Restorative Facial Milk, and two Matte Metallic finish polishes: Sonia and Cheyenne.
 Julep can describe What Your Skin Needs better than I can!

What Your Skin Needs is a lightweight treatment milk infused with five potent oils (Olive Oil Keeps skin soft and supple, Jojoba Oil Heals skin and locks in hydration, Argan Oil Repairs and replenishes skin with essential fatty acids, Coconut Oil Calms skin with natural anti-inflammatory properties, Squalane (plant derived) Absorbs rapidly and helps the entire oil blend go deeper. to hydrate and replenish skin.) Just in time for winter’s harsh bluster on our sweet faces, this restorative facial milk is a seasonally on-point addition to the daily routine—under moisturizer, before makeup. The robust ingredients are blended with Microsperse® Technology—a cold-pressed process that sets up each oil to do its best work without the use of fillers or chemical emulsifiers.

I really like it! It’s very lightweight, and feels nice under makeup. I am using it in place of my serum and it’s working quite nicely. I have only used it a few days, so I can’t speak for its long-term effects but this looks promising!

Here are my three Add-On’s: Gold Vine Nail Decals, When Pencil Met Gel (stupid product name) in Olive (swatched below), and the polish Janice.   I love that the Julep gel eyeliners stay on SO LONG. They aren’t great in the waterline but they do not budge on the eyelid.
This polish in “Oscar” was the free gift for taking 3 Add-Ons this month. I like it! I think it will be really festive for the upcoming holidays. And I am going through a big gold phase, so I am into this. Who knows, maybe I’ve even gotten this before but I am excited about it!

This was a free polish that everyone received this month. It is sort of a weird glitter polish where the glitter sets at the bottom unless you shake it up first. I’ve seen swatches of it and it’s kind of pretty. Not my favorite, but I never turn down a free polish.

Final Grade: A

So far, I am really into the matte metallic NAIL POLISH and the FACIAL MILK. I also really love my new EYE LINER.  Which I what I will continue to call these products because those names make sense. Julep is one of my very favorite brands, and just because they have dumb product names now doesn’t mean I will stop buying them. It just makes it harder to talk about them in conversation, and for a brand that is so much about word of mouth, it seems strange.

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A self-proclaimed beauty junkie/hoarder with a serious Sephora problem. After years with Birchbox, she now has a subscription box problem as well. Her free time is a mixed combination of cats, TV, and finally trying to figure out how to do her hair.

2 Comments on Julep Maven: November 2015 (Lauren’s Box)

  1. Nichole
    November 8, 2015 at 2:26 pm (2 years ago)

    I agree SO MUCH about the stupid product names. I love Julep, but just call things what they are, or at least tell me something about the product! When they switched from Plush Pout to It’s Balm for the lip crayons, my first thought was “no it’s not! It’s not balm at all!” Plush Pout seemed appropriate for what made this crayon special, and the new name almost made them seem..mundane. On another note-how’d you like Cheyenne? I settled on Rashida instead, but it was a close one. I’m wearing Melody (the free gift) now (over Nedra, a soft denim-y blue) and it’s cute, but nothing to write home about.

    • Lauren
      November 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm (2 years ago)

      I liked Cheyenne but didn’t find that it had decent staying power. If you obviously want the matte-ish finish you can’t use a top coat. I found that Sonia gave me a bit more wear time!

      And totes agree over plush pout > it’s balm.