Julep Maven Review, Nail Polish Swatches and Giveaway

 Just last month, I made a brief post about monthly makeup subscription services, admitting that I have never subscribed to one. Frequent reader and fellow blogger, Jojo, voiced her curiosity in Julep Maven. As a beauty addict, I was quite curious about the program myself. And later that week, by chance or by miracle, I was offered a chance to try the Julep Maven starter box myself. Now let's dive into the goodies. (For photographic purposes, I contained my excitement and prevented myself from tearing the packaging to bits.)

The package is delivered securely in a red cardboard box. Inside is the kit wrapped in a holiday-themed bag with a ribbon and card. I have a soft spot for anything wrapped with a ribbon as it feels like a gift with a personal touch.
Julep Maven Kit contains: Glycolic Hand Scrub, Nail Glitter, Nail Varnishes in Nicole and Whitney and sample packets of Hand Cream and Hand Brightener.

The first thing I noticed upon opening the package was how beautiful the nail polish bottles were! I could hardly believe they included two full sized bottles - and of such beautiful colors. Each polish retails for $14.00, yet Julep sends out these Julep Maven boxes for just $19.99/month. That sounds like a pretty good deal already; then throw in the hand scrub, glitter and sample packets. To be honest, I am no fan of nail glitters, but these came just in time for the holidays, when I might want to spruce things up a little. I do like everything included in the package, but the nail polishes definitely made this a success!

I can't believe I have never tried Julep nail polishes before. I have not been this impressed with nail polishes for a long, long time. The consistency is much smoother than Essie polishes - and the applicator lies flat and applies evenly.

Julep Nail Glitter
Julep Nail Polish in Nicole
Julep Nail Polish in Whitney
Julep Nail Polish in Whitney with a touch of glitter.

If you are interested in trying Julep Maven, they have generously offered to my readers the Julep Maven Sneak Peek Box (valued over $40) for just $9.99! To get the discount, simply use the coupon code HANDMADEREVIEWS at checkout.

In addition to the promotion, one lucky reader will have the chance to win a Julep Maven intro box! To enter, simply visit Julep to pick out your favorite nail polish and fill out the form below. This giveaway is open until December 31st 11:59PM EST and for US and Canadian readers only (sorry, but Julep doesn't ship internationally). Giveaway CLOSED - Winner is BooBooNinja

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  1. oo they have interesting packaging

  2. I think the bag design is specific for the holiday. :D

  3. "Whitney" looks great!

  4. thanks for the giveaway katherine! the polishes look great

  5. Thank you for the giveaway! I love Nicole!

  6. I love both the nail polishes they selected! :) I am wearing Whitney this week but will probably switch the Nicole for Christmas hehe

  7. Great review! I am loving the Whitney and the packaging. I think I will look into signing myself up.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! That's some funky glitter.

  9. Love the colours! I just ordered a maven box! I really hope they turn out as nice as yours!

    I found a promo code for julep's maven box for every who wants to try this polish out!
    It's only $0.01 & free shipping! i found it odd, but when i went thru check out it actually worked!

    Here's the link
    & promo code : ShareOn

  10. Thanks for the giveaway!