I truly believe that every once in awhile we need to splurge a little on ourselves. Even if that means heading to a local thrift store and dropping a couple cents on a figurine that you just have to have. It's those little things that make life seem a little easier, especially for those of us who can't afford everything we want, or even need for that matter. For me, splurging means things like getting my nails done, buying a new purse, or getting a hair cut. However this generally happens once a year, if that. But, now I have the perfect way to spoil myself every once in awhile when my budget allows. I became a Julep Maven, and I couldn't be happier with the program!
A few months ago I purchased a Maven box from Julep, however that was a Christmas gift for a family member and I didn't get to enjoy what was in it. Although, I was impressed with how quickly it shipped. I've been DYING to try their products because I've heard so many great things, so I requested a box to review, and they sent me the February "Classic With A Twist" box! I was so excited I literally ran squealing into my bedroom to tell my husband. If you can't tell already, the simple things really make me happy.
The Julep "Classic With A Twist" Box came packaged so nicely! It was as if I received a late Christmas present. The two nail polishes I received were bubble wrapped, and so was the Top Coat for Hair product. They included a little surprise too; an Oscar award shaped piece of chocolate - which was really delicious. My daughter "helped" me eat it right after I took pictures. Although it made a little bit of a mess, I also loved the confetti they used to package it in so the products didn't get jostled around in transit. Also in the box was a welcome letter to the Maven program, an ingredient list for the chocolate, and a card outlining everything in the box.
These goodies alone would have cost more than $40 if purchased individually, but the Maven program makes splurging quite a bit more affordable. For $20 you get more than $40 worth of products each month and there is no obligation to purchase every month. If you can't afford it, just "skip" the month! I also really like that you're able to gift your monthly boxes and can have them sent to a different address. Just think, for the same price I could of had my nails done at the mall... once. I'm actually waiting on a Valentine's Mystery Box! I paid $20 for $60-$200 worth of products. How much is coming is the mystery (that and the nail colors.) Anyway, onto the Julep polish!
I received two colors; "Oscar" is the gold glitter polish, and "Meryl" the medium grey color. I've never had a grey nail polish so I wasn't quite sure how much I'd like it, but it happens to be a really gorgeous color when applied. The formula that Julep uses goes on extremely smoothly, and dries very quickly. Every polish is free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin.For this reason I was comfortable using the nail polish on my 2 year old daughter. I put "Oscar" on her and she went, "Wow! Oh cute!" Then she proceeded to chip at it with her teeth. Goob.
From what I can tell, the formula is long lasting. Generally I buy really cheap polish because that's what I can afford, and within a matter of hours it has chipped away, especially on the tips of my nails. Between being a mom, and a blogger, my nails get attacked with my household chores, kids, and typing all day. I put it on yesterday afternoon, and it's still holding strong! I can't wait to see how much longer it actually lasts. I put on two coats of "Meryl", and one coat of "Oscar". Drying times between the coats was about 5 minutes or so. This is great because I don't have 10-20 minutes to wait for each coat to dry. I left my ring finger nail without an "Oscar" so you can see the true color of "Meryl". The lighting I had makes "Meryl" look a little lighter than she really is. Think... about 1-2 shades darker.
I haven't used the Top Coat for Hair yet. Not because I don't think it'll work, but I know my hair. My hair does not do well with products one applies after showering. It's just my personal preference, however I've seen people on the Julep Facebook page raving about it. I check out their page daily. They're always running some sort of contest or sweepstakes. The Top Coat for Hair on Julep's website is described as, "This hot new treatment works on your hair just like topcoat does for nails, leaving a lustrous, protective sheen. Multi-weight silicones protect against both thermal damage and the elements while smoothing, conditioning and sealing." Julep also offers "the most effective and innovative hand, nail and foot care products."
The Julep Maven program is very easy to sign up for! You start by taking a style quiz [HERE] so they can best tailor your monthly boxes to your preferences. Once you're a Maven your account will give you the option to update your information, ship to a friend, choose a different box (one that isn't what the quiz picked out for you), skip, unskip, and even easily cancel your account. Their contact information is easy to find, and if you have any questions you can email or call. The best part about the Maven program is that you can earn FREE boxes by referring friends! The second best thing about the Maven program is that shipping is ALWAYS free.
Want to know what the third and fourth best thing are? Julep has generously provided DealPeddler with a promotional code so you can get your FIRST Julep Sneak Peek box for only $5 (Valued at more than $40)! This makes trying out the Julep Maven program even more affordable. Use code DEALPEDDLER when signing up, and voila! You just became a Maven for only $5 and you will receive the same perks and benefits that you would have if you had paid full price including FREE shipping.
Finally Julep has also agreed to sponsor a giveaway! This giveaway is open to residents of both the USA and Canada. However you must be 18+. One lucky winner will win a complimentary introductory Julep Maven Box, again valued at $40+! I will run this particular giveaway for TWO weeks.
** I received a product for free in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own. See Disclosure Policy.