Julep Maven Review & GIVEAWAY (ft. July American Beauty Box)

The Julep Maven July American Beauty box had me very excited this month. Julep announced there would be a freebie polish in honor of Independence Day, appropriately named “America.” I was also psyched to see Julep introduce some lip products into their beauty range! PS: the Atomic Fireballs were a nice touch.

  • Lynnnude blush pearl
    This is a gorgeous everywhere, every occasion type of color. My only complaint is that it bubbles very easily. To avoid this, I suggest applying a very thin first coat and allowing it to dry completely before adding a second coat. Photographed with two coats.
  • Yumipink opalescent multi-dimensional glitter
    I have to say, this shade is my favorite out of the three. The pinky-purple shimmer is gorgeous and pairs wonderfully see Lynn (see photos below). I photographed Yumi with only two coats. At two coats it is still slightly transparent, but a third would make it nicely opaque if that’s the look you’re going for.
  • Americared, silver, and blue glitter with red micro-shimmer
    This is so fun for the 4th of July, and it would work well for New Years Eve as well. I love these little bonuses Julep gives out! It makes the boxes that much more special. Photographed with two coats.
  • Peony (Lip Vernis) – nude blush cream
    Peony pairs very well with Lynn. I’m a fan of the visual consistency across the products. The bottle is slightly taller than the polish bottles, but it’s the same square shape. I’m also a big fan of the brush applicator as opposed to a doe-foot applicator. The color is a little milky, so don’t layer this on. Wipe the brush off on the tube before applying – just a little is just right.






What is Julep Maven?
Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish subscription program by Julep. It costs $20 a month, but you can get your first box for only a penny by using one of the following codes at checkout: COLOR2012, PENNY, TWITTER1.  Subscribers will take a beauty quiz and be assigned a beauty profile. The best part? You don’t have to purchase the profile they assign you. You can select any beauty profile! The even BETTER part? You can preview what’s going to be in each box before you decide. Each box contains either 2 polishes and one beauty product or three polishes.

Any for those of you that still like the surprise aspect of monthly beauty boxes, Julep offers limited edition mystery boxes now and then, so keep your eyes peeled! In addition to mystery boxes, Julep throws in a little bonus item here and there. So far I’ve received a nail file, a makeup bag, and an extra nail polish. Nice! ALSO, each month every subscriber has the chance to win an elusive Golden Box which contains every single color in every single box style from that month.

When you purchase your first box, you’ll receive what’s called an introductory box immediately after ordering. This box only costs a penny if you use one of the codes above. After that, you will start receiving the monthly box on schedule with everyone else. Each month Julep sends out an email on the 20th reminding subscribers that they should switch their box style, change their mailing address, change their billing address, or skip the month. On the 24th these items are all locked in, and the boxes will ship out shortly after. The nice part is, if you want to skip a month, it’s no big deal. With some beauty programs you have to cancel all together a re-sign back up. What a hassle!

Another perk of the Julep Maven program is their wonderful refer-a-friend set up. You only need to refer two friends to earn a free month. With intro boxes for only a penny, anyone can manage that! Your friend must remain an enrolled Maven for 30 days after purchasing their first Maven box for you to keep your referral credit.

Subscribers enjoy 20% off all products plus free shipping in the Maven Boutique (accessible from your profile). I took advantage of this to by my mom The Best Pedi Creme Ever for her birthday. I loved it so, so much that I knew she’d love it, too. Also, Julep Maven makes a great gift. Instead of skipping the month, you can opt to send you box to a friend. Last month I sent mine to my sister, and she loved it.

To top it all off, Julep Maven has the most wonderful customer service. You can see it happening every single day on their Twitter. People will complain that they forgot to update their box or address during the 20th-24th window, and they’re so kind about helping people out. So what are you waiting for? Sign up!


GIVEAWAY (US and Canada, must be 18+)
Now, on to the giveaway! Julep is kind enough to offer one of my readers/viewers a free introductory Julep Maven box. Didn’t I say they were awesome? The winner will receive a a Julep Maven box in the style of their choice. Please do not enter if you are already a Julep Maven. Let’s share the happiness!

One of the entry options is to like Modern Martha on Facebook. Modern Martha is a new website I am working on that will officially launch in August. Facebook fans will be privy to details about the soft-launch.

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