Hello! This post is going to be the opening and review of my May 2013 Julep Maven box!
I actually got this on April 30th, which I found amusing. I had ordered some add-ons as well, but they didn't arrive until May 3rd. Julep was (and still is, I think) having issues with shipping notifications and tracking numbers going out, so I never received an e-mail shipping confirmation for my add-ons. I got a little worried when my May box arrived without my extras, so I rechecked my shipping confirmation e-mail and saw that the add-ons ship separately from the boxes. It makes sense that Julep would send things like add-ons separately since they probably have all the boxes made up before hand and just stick shipping labels on them when they send them out (though in my welcome box they included my add-on). I ended up e-mailing customer service and about four days later got a reply saying that my add-ons had shipped on May 1st and they included a tracking number for me. They were very nice, and considering how many people were probably e-mailing them with questions, they replied in a timely manner. What I like about Julep is that you can actually call them and talk to someone if you have an issue.
Here's my May 2013 Bombshell Box (on the right) and the box my add-ons came in. I really liked the packaging for the May Maven boxes; once again Julep has clearly put thought and effort in to the presentation of their products, and I really appreciate that.
The two polishes in the May 2013 Bombshell box are Gabrielle:
For my add-ons, I knew I had to get the lip scrub. The box is super cute and has the same detailing as the box for the lip trio.
Ever since I learned about lip scrubs a few years ago in a beauty training session at my old job, I've been addicted to them. I have very dry, flaky lips and I always struggle with making lip products look, well, presentable on me. Lip scrubs help a lot in prepping my lips (I also use a balm and then a lip primer from Too Faced), though some perform better than others. Right now I have LUSH's Bubblegum lip scrub and fresh's Sugar lip scrub. Like the one from LUSH because you can lick it off your lips and eat it when you're done instead of having to tissue it off, but it's probably the least effective lip scrub out of these three. The fresh one does a really good job of exfoliating my lips, but it can be hard to tissue off all the way. Julep's Sugar Smooch Lip Scrub is by far my favorite out of all the ones I've tried. It gently exfoliates, and it's so moisturizing that you really don't even need to put a balm on afterwards (though I do just because my lips get dry so fast). But the best part about Julep's lip scrub is the smell. It smells INCREDIBLE. It's like...buttery burnt sugar, toffee, and cookies all rolled together in delicious perfection. Seriously. I can't fully describe how fantastic this product smells. It's amazing.
The two polishes I also added on were Alice:
Alice is also a beautiful color and in the store is describe as an "antique lilac shimmer". I'm not sure why, but I've been very drawn to lilac/lavender nail polish colors this spring. I also love the shimmer finish on this polish, it really gives dimension to the color. I've also attempted to swatch these two colors for you as well, still using the white foot of my fan to try and give some contrast.
Once again, Julep has meet and/or exceeded my expectations with the quality of their colors and products. I will continue to be a loyal Maven and look forward to the next box!
Thanks for reading! <3!