Julep Maven: Boho Glam June 2013 Box Review

The Box

Company: Julep

Category: Nail Polish/Beauty

Cost: $19.99 USD per month + free shipping

Availability: USA and Canada

The Skinny

Once you’ve signed up to be a Maven, each month a classy little black box — filled with trendy nail colours and beauty products — will be delivered straight to your front door.

The Perks

  • Free shipping (on all Maven boxes + any other orders)
  • 20% discount on all products
  • Earn Julep Jules redeemable towards free products and/or boxes
  • Send your box to a friend or skip the month (and your bill!) as often as you’d like


The Service

The company is based out of Seattle, Washington which is great for cross-border shopping. (If I lived in the Vancouver, BC area a trip to a Julep Parlor would be on my bucket list!) However, the Maven subscription boxes — like anyone or anything else crossing the border — need to be cleared by CBSA first. Have you heard about patience being a virtue? You have? Awesome! Make that your mantra, as delivery via Canada Post will take roughly two weeks.

*FYI* — once your order has been processed by border security, enter the USPS tracking# on the Canada Post website to continue watching your box’s journey.

Worried about duties? You shouldn’t be. Thanks to NAFTA, there are no duties on Julep Maven boxes. Click here to read more from Canada Border Services about importing goods by mail.

The Products

DD CRÈME | Reg. price: $36.00, Maven price: $28.80

Julep DD Crème is a dynamic do-all makeup that goes beyond BB crème to moisturize, prime, perfect, and protect—both instantly and over time.

Features & Benefits:

  • SPF 25 provides daily defense from the sun
  • Two patented anti-aging ingredients decrease the appearance of pores and fine lines
  • Hibiscus and olive extracts keep skin hydrated
  • Lightweight, buildable coverage with an ultra-smoothing finish
  • Comes in four shades—light, medium, medium-dark, and dark

NAIL POLISH | Reg. price: $14.00, Maven price: $11.20

Lexie is a dandelion yellow crème polish. Dianna — also a crème — is a pretty mint green polish. You can see my swatches in this post.

The Verdict

  • As always, the polishes are fast drying and apply smoothly. One coat is often enough. For budget reasons, I had decided to skip June. But then I saw the colours chosen for the Boho Glam box. The dandelion yellow was gorgeous, and mint green is so trendy at the moment — I had to have them!
  • The DD crème is really quite nice. I tried it out multiple times throughout the month, and I must admit that it lived up to its claim. The light shade was a perfect match for my skin tone. The sun protection was adequate for my needs and my dry skin stayed hydrated. TIP: Apply with a foundation brush, not your fingers. The packaging, however, is a HUGE disappointment — the tube is mostly air! Like many other Mavens, I felt that Julep was not upholding one of their main core values (Integrity), so I fired off an email voicing my concern. Here is the response:

“While the packaging of our products was too large we assure you that the amount of product in each tube matched the advertised amount. As a thank you for your understanding as we continue to develop the packaging of this new product, we would like to place 1,000 Julep Jules into your account (half the amount needed to earn a free Maven box). During the Maven selection window between the 20th and 24th, you will be able to apply these Jules to your chosen box and/or add-ons.”

  • If all the items had been purchased separately at the Maven price, the actual box cost would be $51.20 USD. So the $19.99 box price is a great beauty bargain.

Not a Julep Maven yet? If you don’t mind being a guinea pig for an up-and-coming brand’s new products, please consider signing up through my referral link. Try entering coupon code freebox or freemaven at check-out and your first box should be FREE!

Stay beautiful,

– Alicia ♥

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