Julep Maven Subscription February 2013

Julep Bombshell box for February 2013

Julep Bombshell box for February 2013

Included in my February box is…

Laura – Olive khaki creme

Ginger – Sand holographic

Oxygen Nail Treatment

Freedom Polymer Top Coat


Travel eyelash curler

Valentine’s chocolates 🙂

Julep is a monthly subscription service that retails for $19.99 for 2 or 3 nail colours (which retail for $14 each at stores such as Sephora) and/or different products ranging from Julep brand mascara, lotion etc.  This month had a special offer which included the bonus top coat.  I’m usually an It Girl, but I loved the look of the Ginger holographic so I switched to Bombshell.  I’ll admit that I usually skip the months because I find it hard to justify spending $20 on nail polish each month when I already own tons of bottles but since there was the bonus top coat included, I decided to go for it.  I’ve since tried the top coat and I cannot believe how fantastic it is! Ir dries quickly and left my nails looking ridiculously shiny and feeling so so smooth.  It’s without a doubt the best top coat I’ve ever used.

Edit: I’ve tried the top coat for about a week and a half now and unfortunately I’ve come to realize that it CHIPS LIKE CRAZY.  Sometimes after only 2-3 days 😦 The first time I had applied many coats of the (non-Julep) polish before applying this top coat and my nails were chipping the next day.  The second time I tested it with “Ginger” underneath and I used only two thin coats of the polish and another thin coat of the top coat and it still chipped really quickly. 

Also, as mentioned, I tried out Ginger and I really love it.  It looks like shiny grains of beige taupe-coloured sand on the nail but it’s a really warm colour, I find.  Will probably look good/better with a tan; it’s winter in Canada so naturally I’m extremely pale and it makes my hands looks a bit dead haha.

If you’re interested in signing up for the Julep Maven subscription, you can use my referral link here.  Use the code PENNY to get your first box for just (you guessed it) a penny ($0.01!!!) + free shipping. 🙂


Out of the box: Julep Maven “It Girl” unopening

Thought I’d do a quick blog post about a subscription service I’ve recently tried out, Julep. Julep is nail polish brand that also has lines of polish remover and other beauty items like face and hand creams.  I saw a coupon code to try out a starter box for only one penny, instead of the regular $19.99 – (the coupon code is “PENNY”). The polishes, on their own, retail for $14 each.
Just keep in mind that when you sign up for your first box, you are subscribed to them meaning that every month, unless you cancel or skip the month you will be charged the $19.99.  Here’s what my box looked liked when I opened it.

My Maven box came with three polishes and two nail separators.

The polishes come in a compact black box.  Every box has a card showing the polishes, with a description of each.

Left to right: “Sasha”/ “Daisy”/ “Lily”

These colours, all creme finish, appear different in person than they do online; the first colour, Sasha looks more pink-peach in the photo above but depending on the light, can look more orange.  Daisy, the yellow colour looks more like a mustard yellow in person. Lily the fushia is pretty true to colour, and looks almost the same in photographs as in person.

Julep nail varnish in “Sasha”

While I find the polish a good quality, I’m not sure they’re worth the $14 each. The monthly subscription service is pretty original; I don’t know any others that specialize in nail polish but I think that spending $20/month every month just on nail polish just isn’t in my budget.

Nails of the Week

Happy Apothecary Tapping Tips “Paint it Red” and NYC “Brown”

This was the first time I had ever painted my nails red, and I hated it at first but it’s definitely grown on me this past week.  I love the combo of the red with the “greige” paint on the pinky finger- for some reason the combination seems like it’d be fun for a Christmas or Valentine’s nail theme.

As for the polish, I really like the formulation of the Happy Apothecary nail polish (red one), which can be found at Aerie stores.  It’s stayed on about 4 days without any serious chipping- at that’s without a top coat (as I hadn’t planned on keeping them red).  I’d say it took about two coats for it to be completely opaque.

The NYC polish is good too; it’s a quick-dry polish, went on opaque and I haven’t had any serious chipping either.  This polish is around $2 at your local pharmacy or Walmart.  The Aerie polish was a gift, but you can get it online for around $5.