Julep: May 2013 Boho Glam Starter Box Review

First Look06.01.13 — My very first Julep box came in the mail Thursday. I was very impressed with the shipping, because it wasn’t supposed to get here until Friday. So, I didn’t even check the mailbox. I actually found out it had arrived after I checked the tracking info online.

To start things off, Julep is a wonderful little subscription service for those who love everything and anything about nail polish. Now, while I’m all about painting my nails every week, splurging on nail polish isn’t something I normally do. I’m a $4.99/bottle nail polish lady, not a $9.99+/bottle kind of gal. Unless! I have a coupon. And, boy did I have a coupon! I saw the coupon code FREEMAVEN out there and it let me get a starter box for only $0.01 ($3.99 for shipping and handling). Now, who could resist that?

Boho Glam

Style Profile: Boho Glam

Now, when you visit Julep, the first thing you do is take a fun little quiz to determine your style profile. I got Boho Glam. I guess that means I’m a “dynamic free spirit with a creative eye” and my “effortlessly chic look pairs earthy neutral tones with fun, vibrant colors.”

Okay, I can roll with that.

The thing about Julep is for $19.99/month, they’ll send you at least $40.00 worth of  Julep nail polish and other related products. Unlike some services, you can actually preview your box, switch to a different style profile if you don’t like it, send your box to a friend or skip the month entirely.

This time around, I took what Boho Glam was dishing out. I did check out the other style profiles, but decided to stick with the quiz results instead. My box offered up:

  • Julep Nail Polish | Millie
  • Julep Nail Polish | Etta
  • Julep | Glycolic Hand Scrub
  • Julep | Nail File
  • Julep | One-Step Polish Remover Pad 
Polish Wrapping

The Wrapping

Before I discuss the products, something needs to be said about the wrapping. Everything was so delicately packaged, and I especially appreciated the extra care around the nail polishes themselves. Not only were they wrapped in pretty pink paper and black ribbon, but they were also protected in bubble wrap!

Colors

Julep Nail Polishes | Millie & Etta

Julep Nail Polishes | Millie & Etta
Full Size Regular Price: $28.00 ($14.00/each)
Purchase Millie at Julep
Purchase Etta at Julep

I got two bottles of Julep Nail polish in my Boho Glam box. Of the two, I was particularly exited about Millie. It’s a pretty navy blue, or as Julep calls it a vintage indigo crème.

Other than loving the color, it also went on very smoothly. I don’t know if it’s the brush or the consistency of the nail polish itself, but I feel like it just flows onto your nails. I only used two coats and may have been able to get away with one. It also has that really nice glossy finish. I actually went to bed shortly after painting and woke up without any smudges or creases.

I was less thrilled about Etta, the sparkly green shade. Julep calls it an art deco peridot metallic.

Whoever is writing these nail polish descriptions has got it figured out! I mean, who is coming up with these things? Too perfect! Alas, I digress.

My Nails

The Finished Product

Etta looks nicer on than I expected, and it’s actually the one I got the most compliments on! It’s not quite my style, but I would go ahead and put it on my toes for the summer. It’s hard to tell how much you’re using though, so I ended up with some bubbling. But, the finish is really solid and not transparent the way other sparkly nail polishes end up sometimes.

Both bottles also had this really nifty window on the side to let you see how much is left in the bottle. I’ve never seen that before and thought it was pretty cool!

Julep’s nail polishes are “4-free,” aka there’s no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene or DBP in them. Bonus! And, they boast a chip-resistant formulation, fast drying and high pigmentation. All of which I experienced first hand!

Scrub

Julep | Glycolic Hand Scrub

Julep | Glycolic Hand Scrub
Full Size Regular Price: $23.00
Purchase at Julep

Can’t say I’ve ever bought a hand scrub before, let alone a glycolic hand scrub.

Described as the facial for hands, this scrub features 10% glycolic acid to remove dirt and oil and leave softer, younger looking hands.

I tried it out, and while I didn’t notice anything earth shattering, I did notice that my hands were softer when I rubbed them together. I’ve put it by bathroom sink for the dear hubby to try out too. No word yet on his take.

Julep’s website says this scrub is gentle enough to use on your face, and I’m thinking that’s how I’ll be using it primarily.

File

Julep | Nail File

Julep | Nail File
Full Size Regular Price: $2.00 (Approx)
Not Available on Julep

Why thank you Julep. Yes, I do need a nail file. I imagine the avid nail polish user would have a ton of these lying around, however I seriously didn’t have one in the house. So, it was a welcome inclusion. While Julep sells many nail files on their site, I couldn’t find this one online. Though, you all know the type. Nothing really out of the ordinary here.

Julep | One-Step Polish Remover Pad

Julep | One-Step Polish Remover Pad

Julep | One-Step Polish Remover Pad
Sample Size Value: $0.99
Full Size Purchase Price: $9.99
Purchase at Julep

This was absolutely the first thing I used. It’s as if Julep knows as soon as you get your box you’re going to tear it open, want to take off whatever nail polish you have on and try out something else. That’s exactly what I did.

I’m actually fairly new to these polish remover pads, and I think they’re delightful. Why you would ever want to mess with cotton balls and a bottle of polish remover after encountering one of these, I could never guess!

Julep Verdict
Value: $62.99
Cost: $19.99/month

If you love nail polish and often splurge on the quality stuff in store, you’re going to love Julep. The products themselves are really great, and if nail polish is the beauty product you’re willing to spend the extra money on, then this subscription box is great for you.

I love the fact that Julep lets you see what’s inside their boxes before deciding if it’s something you want to keep. Since I can change to a different box, send it to a friend or skip entirely, there is quite the incentive to stay on. And, while I normally like being surprised by my boxes, I am glad I have this option with this one since nail polish isn’t necessarily the beauty product I like to splurge on.

There are other perks to staying on as a Julep Maven as well. For one thing, you get 20% off all their products. And you can earn Julep Jules for referring friends. These points can be used toward your boxes, upgrades or special products. You can help a sister out and tell them I referred you here . Don’t forget about that coupon code FREEMAVEN!

And lastly, they have stellar core values. Seriously, I think the copy team over there is rocking it out. If you’re interested, you can find them here.

As for me… I think it’s just a wait and see on whether or not I’ll continue with Julep. I want to see what’s going to be inside next month’s box before I decide if it’s something I want sent to my doorstep.

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this review
are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a
review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post
may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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3 thoughts on “Julep: May 2013 Boho Glam Starter Box Review

  1. […] Julep: May 2013 Boho Glam Starter Box Review (justlouisepleaseblog.wordpress.com) […]

  2. Amanda Hevener says:

    I love both of those colors! I took the quiz and wound up as Boho Glam, too. I just haven’t gotten around to ordering my starter box yet. :-(

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