It’s Julep Maven time again! 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. However, Julep just rewarded some of their long-time Mavens with special discounted box pricing, so I think my base box is now $20/month, which was the price it was when I first joined, prior to the customizable boxes! They also allow you to add the appropriately named “Add-On” products to your box for extremely discounted prices. You also earn points or “Jules” for taking your monthly boxes and you can apply these Jules to purchases. This month, I added 2 Add-Ons to my box but also applied my remaining Jules which brought the total of my box to right around $37.18. Julep will also reward you for adding the three Add-Ons to your box and give you another polish, but I didn’t do that this month.

Let’s see what we got…

This month, I took the plunge and tried Julep’s new Konjac sponges. I have previously tried their charcoal infused konjac sponge. As you might know, charcoal is a popular ingredient with the oily skin crowd, as it helps naturally clarify the skin. I’m a fan. I don’t really know why I got both the Kaolin Clay (which is supposed to draw impurities from skin) and the Green Tea (which is supposed to balance the skin) Konjac Sponges. I’m not sure how I feel about them. I certainly don’t dislike them but I’m not over the moon about either one. I liked the smell of the Green Tea one the most but I probably won’t repurchase. After buying several of the Charcoal version, I realized I don’t love these as much as I thought. I’ll be working my way through them for awhile, though.

I was really interested in trying this Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Stick. I thought it might be good for my gym bag but I actually find the packaging to be harder to use, especially on the go. The directions say to wet hands and face, and rub the stick on your hands and then put on your face. This is problematic because if you’re supposed to be rubbing it on your hands, then which hand is holding the stick? I made a mess the first time. Second time, I was like, “I’m just going to rub this straight onto my face.” I thought I would cut out the middle man. However, I pressed too hard and then the top of the stick kind of broke on my face. I didn’t feel like I was pressing particularly hard either. The contents of the stick are pretty good. i have no complaints, my face felt soft and clean. However, I’m clearly not responsible enough to use this product given my first few experiences, so I will continue using face washes in tubes and bottles. 

If you ever meet me in person, there is a 95% chance I am wearing this lip gloss. I think I currently own five of them, and there are at least two within arm’s length right now. My ride-or-die lip gloss is Julep’s Lip Gloss in Posh. (I’ve swatched below.) It’s the most beautiful shade of berry that works really well with my coloring. It’s probably pretty similar to the Clinique Black Honey craze from back in the day. Julep doesn’t always offer the color “Posh” as an Add-On too regularly, so when I see it, I buy it. I can’t live without this lip gloss, y’all.

I’ve been enjoying Julep’s Zodiac collection. I previously bought Aquarius and now I’m onto Aries. This is such a pretty, sparkly red. I could not resist! (See swatch below.)
  Julep’s Posh Lip Gloss and Aries Nail Color

Final Grade: B+

I gave this month’s box a B+, but since all the products were my choice, I’m really giving myself a B+ for not making better choices. Like, I don’t totally understand why I got two of the sponges and I didn’t choose more nail polish? This is clearly a personal problem, so I’m not taking that out on Julep. The only thing I’m not a huge fan of was the Love Your Bare Face cleanser, and I wanted to like it! Maybe with more practice, I will get the hang of it.

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julep april 2016

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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.

3 Comments on Julep Maven: April 2016 – Lauren’s Box

  1. Hillary
    April 20, 2016 at 12:22 am (2 years ago)

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone call Julep lipgloss their ride or die! Makes me curious about it. 🙂 Looks just a bit more purply than black honey (which I still have, lol!), so I might have to give it a try!

    • laurenelectro
      April 25, 2016 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

      It is THE BEST! It is definitely a little more rosy than Black Honey, but it reminded me of it because it’s so dark in the tube, similar to BH. I hope you like it if you end up getting it!

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