Holy cannoli! I'm so behind on these reviews. I blame working, personally. I should do less of that. Anyhow, here's February's Julep Maven box. . . at least this review's in a week before I get March's box :)
Julep is a monthly nail polish subscription box / beauty subscription. Their polishes are 5-free and vegan-friendly which I love! For $24.99 per month (or $19.99 per month if you sign up for 3 months up front), you will receive your choice of 2-3 nail polish / beauty items each month according to your profile. "Classic With a Twist", "Bombshell" and "Boho Glam" profiles receive 2 polishes and 1 beauty item; "It Girls" receive 3 polishes and "Modern Beauties" receive 2 beauty items. But now, no matter what profile you are, you can totally customize your box or even switch to a totally different box! And you can skip any month after your first month as a Maven (Welcome Boxes don't count). Sounds perfect to me!
If you're interested in trying out the subscription, my links will take you to a FREE Welcome Box, just pay the cost of shipping - this will sign you up for the subscription so be forewarned about that (if you scroll down though, you can get in for the 3 month rate of $19.99 per month). Check out the Welcome Box I received here. This is an American sub so do factor in the cost of exchange although, aside from Welcome Boxes, shipping is free for Mavens - even Canadian ones :)
On to the products!
Clockwise from top left: Feels Like Velvet duo in "Moonlight and Starlight", Hartleigh, Meghan, Rosie and a chocolate treat (my older son loves when this sub shows up!)
I didn't even realize until this moment how cohesive my choices made this box. All-around Valentine's themed!
Hartleigh, Classic with a Twist ($14 value)
Hartleigh was a freebie for picking up a box this month and it's so seasonally-appropriate. It is a "holographic glitter top coat" and perfect for Valentine's Day. . . as long as you're not planning on wearing your mani for long. I found the small glitters and white dots to be easy to apply and long-wearing but the larger hearts were a bit of a pain. They require a little digging and careful placement (so, finicky) and came off within a day - even with a thick-ish layer of top coat. So this is a fun polish but not a fave. But it was free :)
Meghan, Classic with a Twist ($14 value)
This "flaming red creme" is not super-special or unique. . . but it does bear my name, spelled correctly no less, so I had to get it! As far as reds go, this is a nice creme as it is easy to apply and gives good coverage. I was good to go in 2 coats. I just wish there was something "wow" about it, to be honest. This is a standard shade and I do have a few other reds that are similar. I do like the formulation of this one though. And, of course, the name :)
Rosie, It Girl ($14 value)
Rosie is a "charcoal grey with magenta glitter" and I love it. Straight up. This is gorgeous. The charcoal base is a little thin but adds a depth to the colour so the glitters stand out. And do they ever. This is packed with glitter and the magenta colour is a new fave. Definitely 2 good coats, even 3, are needed to get enough depth of colour. I just wish the base was a little thicker. I will be reaching for this one lots.
Feels Like Velvet Eyeshadow Duo in "Moonlight and Starlight" ($20 value)
I had picked up one of these duos a month or two ago and I love it. They really do feel so soft (so be careful with your brush or you'll dig right in!) and the pigmentation is good. I like their eyeshadow sticks a lot but I use traditional pans more often. While the other duo I have ("Dark and Stormy") is a little intense for most "day" looks, this one is lighter. Much lighter. Swatches below. . . sorry the top colour is so much like my skintone - this is my life. I did try to pick up the shimmer for you though so it's a little packed on. I wish that shade was just a little more pigmented. . . maybe pinker? Something to make it pop a bit more. But I do love the darker shade and, together, they are a great look for day.