ProcrastiNails: My Julep Maven (May 2014) Bombshell Box! Laree and Saaya Swatch and Review [pic heavy]

Hello lovelies! Today I bring you a post with part of my May Julep Maven box! I say “part of” because there was too much to cover in this box with the new Plié Wand and accessories coming out. So with that in mind the box has been split into three smaller posts that will be coming up over the next three days: today we have a look at the general box and swatches of the polish, tomorrow I’ll share my review of the Plié Wand with you, and the next day I’ll have a review and mani using the Plié Wand Creativity Kit. Sounds good? Sounds good! Let’s get started. 🙂

“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” – Coco Chanel

This month Julep shared The Fresh Twist Collection with us. To be honest this felt like a theme that was sort of just thrown together… The boxes either had pastels or bold shades with a hint of gold. I don’t really see the cohesiveness, but I liked the colours all the same.

The beauty item included in the boxes this month was the long-awaited Plié Wand, and the free gift we got was an extra Plié Overcap and Precision Brush. I thought this was a nice addition since I didn’t spring for any extra caps or brushes when I ordered. 

As I mentioned earlier I’m going to be doing a full review of the new Plié Wand tomorrow, but to give you a quick peek: I really really like it. It feels different in your hand, but in a good way. The Plié Wand came with it’s own set of cap/brush already attached, so now with the free gift I have two sets. Yay!

I also picked up the Plié Wand Creativity Kit as an add-on this month, since I’ve been in the market for a good striping brush for a while (and it was only $5 to add, woohoo!). The dotting tool is quite large but the striping brush looks wonderfully tiny. Keep an eye out for my full review of this set on Friday!

On to the polish!

Julep Laree

Julep Laree is described as a “golden pink taffeta shimmer” though I would call it more of a bold cotton candy pink. The gold shimmer in this polish is stunning, and it went on really well with just two coats. I’ve never heard the name “Laree” before so I always giggle because in my head I say “Larry.” Any info about how to properly pronounce it would be appreciated (though I’ll probably still refer to it as Larry the Polish in my head).

Julep Saaya

Julep Saaya is described as a “golden apricot shimmer.” It’s between a yellow and an orange and I was surprised how good it looked on me – both of those are colours that don’t normally work with my skin tone! Saaya had the same gold shimmer as Laree, so I feel the two polishes work well together as a set. The formula for this polish was quite thick, and needed almost 4 coats for full coverage. That being said I think some polish thinner and time are worth it for the lovely shade you get in the end.

These polishes retail for $14 each ($11.20 Maven price), and the May boxes should be up in the Jule Box section soon for $19.99. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Julep has made some changes to their program recently. When you sign up as a new Maven you can now choose between the My Maven account for $24.99/month (or $59.97 for three months if you pre-pay – this works out to the original $19.99/month) or the Maven Luxe account for $39.99/month ($34.99/month if you sign up for 3 months at a time). With the new accounts you can swap out any or all of the products in your pre-set boxes for other options.

Julep ships to Canada and the US and as a Maven you get free shipping. If you’re interested in signing up for the Julep Maven program you’re welcome to use my referral link, and remember to use the code FREEBOX at the checkout to get your first month free!

Let me know what you think, and keep an eye out for my Plié Wand review tomorrow!

Thanks for visiting! xx