My Julep Maven (June 2015) MyMaven Box Unboxing, Swatch and Review!

by - Friday, July 31, 2015

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Unboxing of my June 2015 Julep Maven Box

I'm a bit late with this box, and I want to apologize for that! It's been sitting on my desk for over a month practically unopened, if you can believe it. I went through a recent burst of swatching and art-ing and blogging and this box was one of the ones that got caught up in my whirlwind of productivity (along with my July box!) so here we are!

Let's jump right into it after the cut!

Unboxing of my June 2015 Julep Maven Box

"Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink." 
- Lilly Pulitzer

I'm going to be honest - at this point I can't even remember what the theme for this month was supposed to be. I'm thinking something beachy? Hm. Not impressed that the quote cards are no longer little squares - I loved being able to put them up in my cubicle at work when they had quotes I liked! :( Dislike, Julep.

Unboxing of my June 2015 Julep Maven Box

All I ordered this month was my usual trio of items - two polishes and a beauty product (more on those in a few). So imagine my surprise and delight when along with my bonus candy there was a sheet of chevron stickers! Woohoo! I don't know if everyone got them or if they were just put in my box on accident, but I'm irrationally excited about them. :)

Coupon codes:

  • GOWILD for 30% off your next order, expires July 20th (oops!), one use per customer


Julep It's Balm Fuchsia Berry

Julep It's Balm Fuchsia Berry from my June 2015 Julep Maven Box

Julep It's Balm Fuchsia Berry
Price: $20 for .07 oz
Description:  A full-coverage lip crayon with a moisturizing treatment core in the middle

I really love Julep's Plush Pout Lip Crayons (which they've recently renamed "It's Balm" which I think is awkward to say) and the Fuchsia Berry shade was the only one of the deep red/magenta's left for me to get, so this month when nothing else really interested me I decided to add it to my box. I find these lip crayons apply really easily, and if the colour is deep enough it slightly stains the lip so that even when it starts to wear off you don't really notice. :)

Swatch of Julep It's Balm Fuchsia Berry

Unfortunately, this shade was a bit more bright pink than I was expecting. I didn't love it on my lips, though after wearing it out for a day I grew used to it. Definitely not one of my favourites, though. That honour will remain saved for my love Magenta Plum.


Julep Harmony

Swatch of Julep Harmony

Julep Harmony
Price: $14 ($11.20 Maven) for 8 mL
Colour Profile: It Girl
Description:  Holographic jagged-cut glitter top coat

I decided to swatch Harmony over this gorgeous deep plum to see what colours I could get to come through in those lovely iridescent (not holo, Julep) flakes. It leans heavily orange with flashes of green and blue, though I would have to swatch it over a black and white to get a real idea of the spectrum of colour.

Macro of Julep Harmony

I do have to take a minute to comment on the application of this polish - it was a bit of a nightmare. The base was quite goopy and it was difficult to get the flakes onto the brush. What you see here is two coats of polish (with digging for the flakes) as well as a round of sponging on some extra bits. The base really wanted to goop up on the nail so I had to be careful of that, and it needed a top coat to smooth it all down in the end.

Too labour intensive, and not a gorgeous or unique enough polish to be worth it!

Swatch of Julep Harmony

What you see on my pointer finger isn't a dent or an error in application or anything - that's a cluster of flakes that just decided to look odd when applied! :/


Julep Yumi

Swatch of Julep Yumi

Julep Yumi
Price: $14 ($11.20 Maven) for 8 mL
Colour Profile: It Girl
Description:  Pink, silver and holographic glitter

I wasn't super excited about Yumi but I'm relieved to say I really like it on the nail. I've already used this as the base for some upcoming nail art, and I really love the spectrum of colour that comes through in the scattered holo when you shift it in the light.

Macro of Julep Yumi

What you see here is three coats of polish and I had zero issues with application. It didn't goop up or make bald patches on subsequent strokes or anything! I did have to put a layer of top coat on it since the shine was a bit dulled when it dried. Even though you can still see some visible nail line I don't really mind as that's pretty normal for a pure glitter polish.

Swatch of Julep Yumi

Overall I'd give this month's box a 6 out of 10. I only really liked one of the polishes I picked up, and the lip crayon wasn't as deep a shade as I had been hoping it would be based on swatches online. That being said nothing was terrible (well okay, the application of Harmony was a bit terrible). Hm.

About the Julep Maven Program: The Julep Maven program costs $24.99 a month and is fully customizable, or you can pre-pay for 3 months and receive each box for $19.99. You can also upgrade to the Maven Luxe program for $39.99 a month ($34.99/mo if you pre-pay for 3 months) which entitles you to a fully customizable box plus one additional product per month. And you can skip or send to a friend whenever you want!

Let me know what you think!


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10 comments

  1. Too bad about Harmony, because otherwise it's very pretty. That macro shot of Yumi is totally killing it, btw! :D

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  2. Oh Yumi, why so pretty?? It had to be a PITA to remove thought, wasn't it?

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  3. Yumi is so sparkly and girly, I really like it :).

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  4. This is actually a really nice box! I cancelled my sub with them over a year ago

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  5. Wow, Yumi is gorgeous!! Any sparkly is a win for me haha :D

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  6. I'm really loving Yumi and that lippie too!

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  7. IT's a bummer about Harmony because that's the one I like the best.

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  8. Yumi sure looks pretty! But I'm disappointed about Harmony, too much fuzz!

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