Friday, February 03, 2012

Julep Maven Sneak Peek Box

**Before you read this blog post, I just want to let you know that there is another penny promotion going on at Julep Maven. If you're familiar with Luxe Box, Birch Box, and all those beauty subscription boxes, Julep Maven is essentially that but with a focus on nails. So if you are interested click here and complete the style quiz. When you check out, type in this Promo Code: COLOR2012, and your total should be reduced down to one lovely penny. This promotion is for your first box. I'm pretty bananas about sharing this deal, so get your first box before the promotion is over.

Referral Link:
Disclaimer: If you sign up through my referral link, I will receive a credit that goes towards a free subscription. Thanks in advance :) 

With these promotion codes, I believe your first box is called "Sneak Peek Box". When you complete the quiz there are five style profiles that you could fall under, which are Classic with a Twist, Boho GlamAmerican Beauty, Bombshell and It Girl. I am Classic with a Twist in case you were curious. Here are the product you would receive for the month of February.

Classic with a Twist and Boho Glam Boxes
American Beauty and It Girl

Since this was a company I never heard of until these promotions started popping up, I always like to do a little research.  What I found was a very inspirational story. The founder and CEO, Jane Park, grew up in Canada, went to Princeton, received a law degree from Yale, became an executive at Starbucks, and gave it all up to start her own beauty parlour in Seattle known as Julep. This was a decision that Jane's parent didn't fully embrace because they felt that she threw away her ivy league degrees to settle for a Korean stereotype. Obviously for such a smart woman, her hard work and risk really paid off or else I wouldn't be blogging about her! She started Julep Nail parlour as a tribute to her girlfriends and she created a social atmosphere that was different from many spa and nail parlors, where an "indoor spa voices" were required.

Julep Maven Program

The Julep Maven Program is a new addition to the company. For $19.99 plus tax a month (including shipping), Julep Maven will give you "access to the hottest trends in nail color and the latest in Mani Care and Pedi Care products - delivered right to your doorstep, just like beauty editors do." As a subscriber you get to check out the latest trends and color before they are actually released. They also do very limited runs for each colors, so once that color is gone, it's gone for good. Scarcity tactic at its finest.

As a Julep Maven, you can keep the products matched to your style profile, switch to another style profile, or you can choose to send it to your friend as a gift, or skip the month. What's awesome about this program is that they let you see what products are available before they are mailed out for that month so you can make your own decision to either keep, switch, gift, or skip.

  • Over $40 worth of products each month customized in a gift-able beauty editor Sneak Peak Box
  • Featuring new, and never before released colors and treatments FIRST to you, before anyone else
  • Invitation to exclusive Julep MAVEN online events
  • Receive 20% off purchases
  • Free shipping 
Speaking of referrals, for every friend you refer that signs up, you receive 1 credit. For every 2 credits, you automatically earn a free month. But, in order to keep those credits, "your friend must remain an enrolled Maven for 30 days after purchasing their first Maven box for you to keep your referral credit". Referring your friends is easy, especially when they have these penny deals flying around, so I understand why they put this "clause" in place. It just sucks if any of the referrals cancel before the 30 days.

To cancel the subscription, you have to call Julep's "Maven Experience Agents". I can't imagine being a huge hassle because when I called the other day, I was put through with an agent right away. Or you can try to remember to skip the box and try to build up your referrals to earn a free month.

Now onto the Unboxing.... 

I was emailed a $5 Promo Code that I took advantage of right away and this was what I received in my first Classic with a Twist Julep Maven Box! I was really excited about this box considering regular price is $19.99 and each individual polish is already $14. So, $5 was a pretty good deal to me!

JULEP: Glow On Age Defying Hand Brightener
Visibly minimizes the appearance of fine lines and age spots on your hands, adding radiant glow and evening skin tone. Contains rare African plant extracts that are clinically proven to block melanin production and reduce hyper-pigmentation and micro light diffusing technology gives hands an instant glowing and luminescent appearance. Advanced emulsion system imparts water-resistant, non-greasy softness.

Full Size: $32 (89 ml)
Sample Value: $32 (89 ml)
Jane's Tip of the Month: Use Julep Glow On Age Defying Hand Brightener throughout the day to get smoother, younger, more touchable hands. Micro light diffusing technology gives hands an instant glow and luminescent appearance.

  • I really like this cream, it has a very light clean scent (only after it dries) and it's not too greasy, which is something I hate about hand creams. The moisturizer leaves my hands feeling very soft and moisturized. I guess to maximize the use, the package recommends you to use it after Julep Facial for Hands Glycolic Hand Scrub, which has been featured in past Julep Maven Box.

JULEP NAIL VERNIS: Maya and Taylor
Maya - Peachy Pink Seashell, like shimmering pearl
Taylor - The perfect Periwinkle Creme
Full size: $28 ($14 for each polish)
Sample Value: $28

  • I really like creme based nail polish and I definitely don't have enough of them so I'm really happy that they threw in the periwinkle colored polish. Taylor, is a very beautiful color as well, so I can't wait to give them both a try! The only downside to these polishes is that it's so much smaller than regular nail polishes like OPI, Sally Hansen, etc. I guess the product is higher quality than polishes like OPI. Also, I've been watching other vlogger's unboxing videos, and they all rave about how smooth the application is. I expect nothing less for a $14 nail polish! 

JULEP: Everyday SPF Hand Cream SPF30
Created to protect your hands from sun-damage. Facial creams and foundation all have SPF built in, and now your hand cream can too. Our FDA approved Everyday SPF was specially designed to protect your hands from UVA and UVB sun-damage while promoting skin renewal and penetrating hydration.
Full Size: $28 (89 ml)
Sample Value: $0.63 (2 ml)

Total Value of this Box: $60+

I'm very satisfied with my this month's box and I really love the colours of the nail polishes that they have given me. For $20, I really don't see myself subscribing on a continual basis. Therefore, I am really depending on these promotion codes and my referrals to receive these monthly treats.

If you are still interested in purchasing your first box, I would appreciate if you signed up through here and help me gain some referral credits towards a free subscription. Use the promotion code: COLOR2012 for the penny promotion. In case the promotion is over you can try the code MAVEN5 to get your first box for $5. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post.

If you tried these codes and they don't work, please leave a comment and I will update this post. Thank you! 


  1. Hey Sam I just used your code, thanks for letting us know :)

  2. Five types -- don't forget about Bombshells :)

  3. I updated my post, thanks for pointing it out :)

  4. Hey, I don't usually comment on blogs, but I used your referral link and promo code to sign up.

    I don't know if I'll stick with this, because it is kind of pricey, but I'll probably hang around for at least the first 30 days. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Hey Michelle,

    Thanks for checking out my blog and signing up through my referral link!


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