I am very sad to report that Julep is not an all-vegan company, as they have previously claimed. I support many companies that aren't fully vegan, but Julep has repeatedly told those who asked that all their products were vegan. I will no longer be purchasing from this company and I urge you to do the same. Watch this video for more information on Julep's dishonesty and inconsistency regarding their products.
After I got my free Julep Maven starter box, I concluded that I wasn't sure if I'd purchase it again, since I don't paint my nails all that regularly (though that is starting to change) and I have a pretty extensive collection already. But then Julep emailed me with a preview of the August boxes, and I wound up getting one anyway. These garden party colors are just plain gorgeous!
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. - Anais Nin
The box came with two polishes, Francis and Lois, and Doublestep, a beauty product which can be used to prevent blisters/friction on your shoes. In addition, I ordered an add-on of Sylvia from another box.
The PolishLois is a "dusty rose frost" polish, which I don't usually go for, but is absolutely gorgeous! It's sort of a nude pink on my skin, but the frosty, metallic-y texture gives it something special. It went on in two coats and dried like a dream. This might be my new go-to pink.
Francis is a brand new color for me -- a true celery green. It is a creme polish and looks like a versatile color that I could either use solid or in nail art designs (leaves on flowers!).
The additional color I picked up was Sylvia, a "lilac purple creme" polish from the Classic With a Twist box. I don't have any bright purples in my collection yet, and Sylvia looked like the perfect polish to fill that gap. If it's anything like the other cremes from Julep, I'm sure it'll be great!
Doublestep Foot Treatment and Friction StickThis product is something I've never tried before. Doublestep is a shea butter-based friction stick to prevent blisters that doubles as a foot treatment. I'm excited to have a barrier on shoes I know give me blisters instead of having to prep with band-aids. (Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, maybe I should just buy shoes that don't cause blisters.) I also like the stick application, which makes it easy to target specific areas of your foot, unlike traditional lotions and creams which are kind of messy and go everywhere.
I probably never would have bought this product on its own, but now that I have some to try, it might quickly become a staple. Could this be the solution for wearing painful shoes during days full of walking, nights full of dancing, and everything in between?
ConclusionOnce again, Julep has lured me in with its beautiful colors and innovative products. Julep is really starting to become a company I love.
This time, I decided to do a little bit more digging into the value of these products to see what sort of deal the Maven box offers. Normally, each polish is valued at $14.00 and Doublestep is valued at $22.00, for a total of $66.00. With the Maven program, I paid $24.98 for all four products. Definitely a great deal if you love the polishes and products that month! I also love that Maven allows you to switch between boxes whenever you want or even choose to skip a box if nothing is calling your name.
If you are interested in trying out the Julep Maven boxes, use the code FREEBOX to get a starter box shipped to you for FREE! All you have to pay is shipping.
Linking up with Mani Monday at Glitter and Gloss.