As you have probably noticed, a penny doesn’t buy very much these days. So obviously, anything you could get for one cent would basically HAVE to be a good deal, right? (Don’t start posting examples like pre-chewed gum, just work with me here. Although, that’s exactly what I would do if I were a reader, so okay, feel free to post things that would be a bad deal even for one cent).
Moving on, I mentioned a few days ago that I had signed up for the Julep Maven program, because it is usually $19.99 per month and they had a sale going where the first month was reduced to $10. Then the sale was reduced again to $5 for the first month, and then finally down to an impressive one cent. I bet you’re curious what my penny bought me, aren’t you?
…I know, right? That is a pretty awesome deal. Inside my Julep Maven box was a little gift bag containing a full sized Glycolic Hand Scrub, two nail polishes, a jar of purple nail glitter, and a small sample packet of the hand scrub. Can I just take a moment to point out that those nail polishes, which I’m fairly certain are also full sized, sell on their site for $14.00 each? The polishes in my box were a classic bright red and a grape-y purple shade. The Facial For Hands Glycolic Hand Scrub is listed as $32. I don’t see the glitter listed individually on the site, but we’ll assume that’s worth at least a dollar, and then a bonus little sample packet. So that adds up to around $61 total. Holy crap. I knew it was an awesome deal, but really, that’s super impressive.
Is there a catch? Well, the truth is I don’t know. The coupon code was for your first box, and you are supposed to be able to cancel at any time. I haven’t tried to cancel it yet, so I’m not sure if that will be difficult. As far as the box itself goes, it was an amazing deal. It would’ve still been a great deal even if you had the regular monthly subscription of $20.
I immediately put on the red polish to try it out. The formula is a little different than the polishes I normally use. It has a thinner texture and is a little less forgiving than Zoya, my standard favorite brand. Thin enough that while I was concentrating on not getting red polish all over my cuticles, a drop of polish fell off the top of the brush and landed on my pants. That was entirely my fault for not sitting at a desk to do my nails, but still something to be careful of. Even though the polish wasn’t as thick as some, one coat covered my nails really nicely. I added a second coat to even it out a little and catch any missed spots, but I could have easily just gone with one. The color is bright and pretty, it looks really nice on and reminds me of Zoya Sookie. The only drawback is that after only one day I already have a small chip and very slight tip wear. This might just be due to my application of it though, so I’m definitely not writing this polish off. And full disclosure – I used neither a base coat nor a top coat, because I rarely do.
The hand scrub was really interesting. It came nicely boxed, and I was happy to see that it was sealed under the flip cap, so that nothing leaked in shipping. I was expecting this to be some sort of lotion consistency, with some kind of exfoliating beads or something in it. I was quite surprised to find that it’s a really watery, liquid consistency. Suddenly the sealed cap made much more sense. I applied it to my damp hands as per the instructions, rubbed my hands together for a bit and rinsed it off. My hands felt soft and smooth. I’m use hand lotion pretty often, so I didn’t notice a huge difference right away, but I think it did help. I’ve only used it once so far, but it was really easy and has great reviews, so I will continue to use it. If it does what it promises, it should be a great item to have in these cold winter months, especially since I tend to wash my hands quite a bit. (Slight germaphobe. Dont judge me).
Overall, this was definitely worth signing up for. I’m anxious to try out the purple polish and I would love to get another Maven box to check out. I think the idea of a beauty subscription for nail polish and manicure/pedicure products is great. I love that the polishes exclude the nasty chemicals, like Zoya does. I also really liked the squared polish bottles because they look pretty, are easy to store, and are easier to hold while painting your nails than some other bottles. I’m not convinced that these polishes are worth $14 each, and I would really be hesitant to pay $20 a month to be a member. If you’re a fan of Julep polishes, it does seem like you would get your moneys worth and more each month.
As with many of the other beauty subscription services, you start off with a quiz to determine your style. This supposedly allows them to tailor your box a little more toward your tastes. My quiz result was “Bombshell” in case you’re interested. They show you the colors before they ship, and you are allowed to request another ‘shelf pull’ if you don’t like the colors chosen. (Great idea). You can also choose to skip a month, or have your box sent to a friend (also great), and they have benefits for referring friends. Julep offered mystery boxes in limited quantities for $20 over the holidays that all seemed to be a pretty good value. Some people got 2 or 3 polishes and a few other items, while other lucky people got about 10 polishes, nail decals, etc. Anyway, they seem like a pretty cool company, and I’ve already seen what the Bombshell box for January looks like, and I’d love to get it, though I’m not sure I will. I’m hoping that if I need to cancel it will be fast and easy. All in all my only two issues are the cost of the monthly box (since I already subscribe to Birchbox), and the fact that the polish chipped so quickly. Next time I wear this color I will definitely try a topcoat.
If you’re interested in trying Julep Maven, I am not sure if the one cent box deal is still running, but the code I used was SHAREON. Here is my referral link if you’d care to use it http://www.julep.com/?r=18201691