Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Julep Maven Box November 2012 Classic With a Twist plus Fall Warmth Nail Wardrobe Review and Swatches

It is almost December and i still have not blogged about my amazing Julep Maven box for November. Shame on me seriously. Let me start out by telling you when my maven window opened up i was like a kid at Christmas. I have been waiting for these polishes to be in a Maven box since around the end of summer when there were talks of a suede polish. To my dismay i was unable to acess my maven account, encountering a blue bar that insisted i call customer service. I swear i was calling almost everyday telling them how badly i wanted to get the entire nail woredobe for the month and that i know they sell out quick. The very kind and very understanding Julep customer service represtivties assured me i would get the box i wanted. After about a week i spoke with them, because of the blue bar of horror, i would recieve the entire November nail woredobe complimentary. I literraly started to tear up. I never cried on the phone with a customer service rep, but i did this time. I believe the best part of a company is how you react with and apprecaite your customer, and Julep really does. Their whole girlfriends for girlfriends slogan they really take to heart. If you have ever been on the fence about Julep for any reason i hope this changes you mind a little. Their products are not only amazing but if there is ever a problem the staff is never rude and always will work with you to sort things out! Ok before i start crying again over here, let me get to telling you about the box!

The November Julep Maven box featured a collection of beautiful suede (matte) metallic shades along with two glossy shades. As a bonus nail polish remover towelettes and pink grapefruit body frosting was also incuded. Since i got the entire November nail woredobe i also recieved a second pink grape fruit body frosting and a body scrub, a small Julep towel, extra nail polish remover towlettes and all the shades of the month including a matte top coat! Needless to say i was giving a whole lot of thanks for this awesome box. It litterally felt like Julep Christmas!

My initial Julep Maven Box for November.

Julep nail polish remover towelettes-
I found these to be really handy. I have a 2 year old son, and while i use the pump nail polish remover we received a few months ago, sometimes it is nice to have something that is completely spill proof while doing my nails. Plus i put some in my purse to remove a chipped manicure on the run. Its nice to get home and have clean nails ready to polish!


The two colors included in the Classic With a Twist box are Minka and Brit (See swatches below with the nail wardrobe box.)

Julep Pink Grapefruit Body Frosting
This super soft, citrus smelling, body frosting is so moisturizing and light. I love how this feels like whip cream for the skin. The scent wasn't too strong but did leave a nice lingering smell. I used this on my knees and legs and it made my skin feel super smooth.

The Fall Warmth Nail Wardrobe-
This box included all the colors from this months nail collection plus an extra Pink Grapefruit Body Frosting and Body Scrub, Julep mini Towel, extra nail remover towelettes, and a matte top coat. This box retails for an extra $30 in addition to the monthly $19.99 box. This would have been my first nail wardrobe purchase since i was so excited about these polishes. Even though the price tag, $50, seems a bit pricey for nail polish you are getting over and beyond the worth of that. Each nail polish retails for $14 dollars, meaning the polish alone is worth $112 and this doesn't even include your monthly maven box! I think a purchase like this would be great for a gift (keep the wardrobe box and give your maven box!) it would also help to introduce your friends to some great Julep products. Or even if a few friends put in a little money each and got the box to share. It is worth it any way you slice it. Not something i would get every month, but a treat that turns out to be worth it non the less.


These two are perfectly paired. There is nothing better then having a nice, citrus scented, exfoilating scrub before you use some soft, fluffy, critrus scented body frosting. These products compliment each other without being over the top.

This small towel is fantastic to use to dry your hands right before a Julep manicure.

Fall Warmth Nail Colors-
I honestly like the variety in this collection. Even though many of the colors look alike they truly represent the colors of fall.

The Suede's-
Warm, muted, matte, silver, gold, green, purple, and copper, remind me of the holidays. Copper and gold in the falling leaves, deep green for the coniferous trees, smokey purple for the makeup trends. Apply smoothly, dry quickly, cover opaque in one coat, and are smooth to the touch. All have a silver and grayed undertone to them. If you aren't a fan of matte colors a quick swipe of Julep Top Coat turns these shades into shiny metallic.

Brit- Soft silver gray.

Julep Suede Brit natural
Julep Suede Brit with gloss top coat.
Minka- rednd copper

Julep Suede Minka natural
Julep Suede Minka with gloss top coat
Amber- Beige gold

Julep Suede Amber natural
Julep Suede Amber with a gloss coat.
Hailee- Forest green

Julep Suede Hailee natural
Julep Suede Hailee with a gloss top coat
Julep Suede Nora natural
Julep Suede Nora with a gloss top coat.

Also include in the Fall Warmth collection were two non Suede shades called Donna and Trina. Both shades have a glossy finish. While not as warm as the matte Suede's these shades add a nice variety of color to the collection. To turn these shades matte simply apply a matte top coat. These also applied opaque in one coat. I found them to dry just a little bit slower than the suede shades. Still excellent quality

Donna- Smokey peacock blue crème

Julep Donna
Julep Donna with Matte Topcoat

Trina- Deep aubergine shimmer.

Julep Trina
Julep Trina with Matte Topcoat

Matte Top Coat- Fast drying matte-fying topcoat. Turn any glossy shade into a muted matte with this topcoat.

If you are interested in receiving a box filled with amazing polish you can sign up here! Every month you will receive a box with at least two polish and some extras! Each box is worth over $40 but you only pay $19.99. You start by taking a style quiz, your style determines your color picks for the month. If you don't like your style you can browse other styles and pick any one you want and if you aren't satisfied you can cancel anytime. Also if you don't see anything you like, or just cant afford it, you can skip as many months as you'd like while still maintaining your Maven status! As a bonus once you are a Maven all orders ship free plus a discount on all polish! Still not convinced? You can always try your first box for only a penny. Enter promo code PENNY! Sign up here! Free shipping even to Canada!

Some final words-
Fall fashion inspiration.

Some inspirational words-

Some gift ideas plus a preview for Decembers box!