This month, Julep released their Fall-appropriate "Cityscape Collection". I'm not the biggest fan of Fall colors since I don't like the darker, more jewel-toned shades that seem to come out around this time of year, so this was probably the least interesting collection Julep's released since I became a Maven (which doesn't mean it's a bad collection! I just don't like it). Even though I'm considered a "Boho Glam" girl, I ended up going with the "Classic With a Twist" box this month which is a rarity for me. As the name implies, "Classic With a Twist" tends to have, well, the more classic colors like reds and pinks and it tends to include only creme colors.
Like last month, and I assume from now on, Julep didn't include a "Style Card", which is great since not including one will save a lot of paper. While the style tips were fun and all, I usually just gave it a quick glance and then threw it in the recycling bin. I am happy that Julep does still include the little square quote cards since I like collecting and keeping the ones I really like!
As always (well, usually? At least they have in ever Maven box that I can remember...) Julep included a special little extra. This month I got a One-Step Polish Remover Pad.
I'll start with this month's new beauty product (though technically Julep released three new beauty products; one was included in the three polish + product boxes, one was included only in the Modern Beauty box, and one was add-on only, if I recall correctly), Julep's Bare Face Cleansing Oil.
Julep's oil facial cleanser is formulated with a special "Power Cell Complex" which is a trio of "skin boosting super stars". It includes Rosehip Seed Oil (which has vitamin A and C to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and post-acne marks), Malvaceae Lipid Extract (a lipid complex that hydrates), and green coffee bean oil (which is an anti-inflammatory that helps promote cell turn-over). I've used this a couple times and I like how it makes my skin feel. I use my Clarisonic in the morning, so I used this to clean my face before bed since I was worried the oil might make my skin feel greasy (from what I could tell, it actually rinsed away cleanly and left my skin feeling hydrated, not slick). It has kind of a strange citrusy scent, but it goes away fairly quickly. It can be used by all skin types.
And now for the polishes! I ended up with four this month; the two from the Classic With a Twist box and two add-ons.
These four are really the only ones I would consider wearing from this collection, and while at first I was pretty "meh" about the first two, Florence and Padma, they've really grown on me. I had a hard time deciding which box to get since I knew I didn't like the polishes in the Boho Glam box (brown and orange aren't my thing, though I did pick up an orange polish from Zoya specifically for the month of October), and while I really, really like Karmen (it reminds me of Chinese New Year and Christmas), I didn't like the dark slate grey that also came with the Bombshell box. I really wanted to try the cleanser, and since it's cheaper to buy it in the box than to add it on, It Girl was out, and I didn't want to go with the product-only Modern Beauty because I have terrible luck with primers (they usually make my skin very, very angry). After getting the polishes though, I'm actually really happy I went with Classic With a Twist; Florence is a beautiful neutral and it goes incredibly well with the deep, almost black, Padma, both very on trend for fall. I knew from the beginning, too, that I had to have Reece. Color-wise, it's very similar to Blakely, the purple/green duochrome from the July collection, but it has this gorgeous holographic shimmer, which really adds a lot of dimension to it.
As I said before, the new packaging, boxes instead of bubbles, makes me kind of nervous about the shipping safety of my polishes, and for good reason. One of my polishes, Reece, arrived with a split cap.
Julep's had some issues in the past with their shipping department/partner (not sure how they work it) where sometimes you never get a shipping confirmation or tracking number, but your package will just show up. In past experiences, Julep shipping usually only takes 1-2 business days to process and about three to get to me, so, after not getting any notifications nor receiving any package after five days, I was starting to get a little worried. I had also purchased a Cosmic mystery box on the 9th that I was also still waiting to get a shipping confirmation and tracking number for. I grew especially nervous when people on Julep's Facebook page started talking about what they got in their boxes. I purchased my box pretty much right when they were announced (I'm pretty sure it was that Monday morning), so why hadn't I gotten mine yet, or any shipping info on it whatsoever? I sent another e-mail to Julep's customer service yesterday, asking about both my Reece replacement and my mystery box, but obviously I haven't heard anything yet since it's still the weekend. I'm pretty nervous about my mystery box since tomorrow, the 16th, is the final day you can get them and I don't want to miss out on the special polish included with them.
I do feel somewhat better, and a little silly for sending that e-mail, since I actually did get my Reece replacement yesterday (but still no tracking or confirmation number). My mailperson (the older man) buzzed me down for a package yesterday. I was expecting my Blush Beauty Mystery Box and I was hoping he'd also have my two Julep orders. I got down there and, unfortunately, he said he only had the one package (the Blush one) for me. I told myself that morning that, if I didn't get a tracking/confirmation number for my Reece and mystery box or if I didn't actually get them in the mail today, I would e-mail Julep about it. So I did. It wasn't until later in the afternoon, when I went downstairs to get the other mail (for some reason he never gives me my mail with my packages) that I found the other, little Julep package with my Reece in it (if it fits in the mailbox, the mailman won't buzz you). I didn't want to clog Julep's customer service's inbox, and I am still worried about my mystery box, so I didn't e-mail them back telling them I got my Reece. Hopefully, my mystery box will come Monday, but we'll have to see.
And that was my September 2013 Julep Maven box! I'm very happy with this box, especially since I got some beautiful and very on trend colors for Fall. The cleansing oil is very nice, too, and will be great for winter, when everything is all dry and harsh. I thought that this was a very appropriate Fall collection and, while I wasn't too excited about it, I know that, if you like Fall colors (or just deeper, darker colors in general), you'll love what's on offer in this collection.
Thanks for reading! <3!