UNBOXING: Julep Maven July 2014

by - July 18, 2014

So... this took forever to get to me. I honestly don't remember any of my Julep orders ever taking as long as this one took. Once it got to the Canadian border, it took like 3 days to get here - so it hung out in the US for over 2 weeks. According to my tracking info, it didn't even get picked up until about a week after I got my tracking number. Not cool, Julep. Not cool. Whatever changed recently in their shipping is really disappointing me. I'm pretty bummed about this, really, and it's not helping with my overall feelings about sticking with Maven. But I'll get to that a little bit later.

For now, let's talk about the products - because I actually have really good things to say about that. Keep reading for a closer look.

I almost skipped this month, because I wasn't really into any of the polish colours, but I ultimately decided to go with the Modern Beauty box because I'm a bit of a goo hoarder and I love lotions and creams. I particularly like foot creams because I'm pretty finicky about my feet looking good. There were two products in this month's Modern Beauty box, which I feel is a pretty good value for $20 as long as the products are good quality.

 1. Julep Mint Condition Pedi Creme - 3oz.
This product retails for $16 for Mavens on the Julep website and it is actually their old foot cream simple renamed and repackaged. I'm alright with that. I really like minty foot creams because they're really cooling and comfortable on the feet. This one is also said to exfoliate, but the directions say to just rub it on the tops and bottoms of your feet so I'm not sure how exactly it's exfoliating. I'm not too concerned about that myself, because I use body scrub and a pumice stone, but it's something to be noted. The texture on this product is pretty nice, not too thick but still quite emollient and smooth to apply. The mint scent is strong, and it's nice that it actually reminds me of peppermint oil rather than the sweeter mint fragrances of a lot of these kinds of things. On the skin (from my very minimal test of this product) it has a cool, slightly tingly feeling, but it's pretty subtle. All in all, I'm looking forward to trying this out as it's actually intended.

2. Julep Bare Body Milk - 6.8oz.
This product retails for $19.20 for Mavens on the Julep website. The description on the website says that it's an ultra-hydrating, lightweight, fast absorbing formula. Also, it has the same scent as the Beach Tonic Dry Body Oil, which so far is my favorite part. I absolutely hate the spray nozzle on that dry oil, but I love the product and particularly the smell. I did actually open this and apply it to both of my arms, and my first impression is that it lives up to its claims. It's not at all thick and it smooths easily onto the skin and absorbs quickly. It doesn't feel at all greasy or sticky on my skin, which is a huge plus for me. And the smell. Oh my god, the smell. It's really fresh smelling with tropical floral notes. I feel like this will actually be a hell of a lot more convenient than the body oil, so I think it'll get a lot of use. 

Look for reviews on both of these products in the future.

There were also 2 Tootsie Rolls wrapped in American Flag wrappers in the package. I like when I get candy. I'm pretty sure that I didn't get a little quote card this month though, unless is floated away and ended up under a piece of furniture. Bums me out, I like those cards.

NOW for the slightly frowny part. As I said last time I wrote about Julep, I'm not so sure that I'm going to stay with the Maven program. Don't get me wrong, I do love their polishes and almost all of the beauty products that I've tried from them have been quite good, but with the price increase recently and the issues with shipping, I'm a little bit unsure. I'm going to keep thinking about it and I have a feeling that I'll be swayed to staying a while if these products are as good as I think they might be from my first impressions. We'll see.

If you're interested in joining Julep Maven, click here and use the code HELLOYOU at checkout to get your first box free. Honestly, it's really worth trying out when all you have to do your first month is pay for shipping. There's no obligation and you can cancel anytime.

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