Julep Maven: June 2014 Modern Beauty Review


For $20 a month (or more for the ability to customize your polishes or receive more of them), Julep Maven allows you to pick from a set of Julep nail polishes, products, and/or tools. For June’s collection, I went with the Modern Beauty set.


I love Julep Maven because their formulas are 5-free (do not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP, or camphor) and there’s no overwhelming nail polish smell to them; you get discounts and free shipping in the Julep store; a portion of their proceeds go to women’s empowerment organizations; they have excellent customer service; and I’m a huge fan of their Parlors. Erin at the Bellevue Julep Parlor gives the most amazing facials ever. I’ve had facials all over the world – literally – and hers cannot be beat. I know it’s all about the nail polish, but if you’re in the Seattle area, give her a try!


June’s Modern Beauty box came with with their Oxygen Base Coat, Oxygen Treatment, and some fun extras: buffing blocks, Pixy Stix, and a couple of coupon codes. I used the Oxygen Nail Treatment soon after receiving the box. They bill it as “nail makeup,” saying it gives a sheer pink hue to nails and strengthens them. I can confirm that it does both.


You also build up a currency of “Jules” with each box you receive. I redeemed some of my Jules for this Plié Wand addon kit and am looking forward to spotting and striping my nails.

Verdict: Julep nail polish is typically $14 a piece. With the Maven subscription, you’ll get at least three, or an equivalently-priced set of products, making this around a $42 value for $20 a month. I’ve found it to be a great deal and one of my favorite subscription boxes.

Referrals: Receive your first box free by using my Julep Maven link. I will receive a $15 credit.


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