In general, I’m a very picky person, but like most of us I get excited at the prospect of receiving presents of glorious beauty wonders on a monthly basis. I’ve been researching the various subscription services, and reading reviews done by other beauty bloggers, and even so I’ve only been able to select TWO services that meet my criteria. The problem is that beauty subscriptions are still a new concept, so I think the experiment phase is happening now, where some companies are figuring out what to do. That said, my criteria are actually not super demanding: I need a service that allows me to skip months, and a service that allows some basic level of choice/customization. That’s it! Even still, only two services have met that: Beauty Army, and Julep.
I first learned about Julep from reading about it on Ekiblog back in February. Julep was having a deal where you can “sign up” for their subscription, pay nothing (well, you pay a penny so they can set up your theoretical subscription payments) and receive one free box of nail stuff. I was thinking this was the same trick magazines do where they make it hard to cancel but in reality Julep wasn’t like that. They’ve been a fun subscription with excellent customer service. I’ve been with them since March and I plan to continue.
Here’s the greatest thing about them: if you’re poor, hate the boxes, have too much nail polish (guilty) you can just decide to skip the month. Heck, you can just skip your month every time forever if you want, no limits. I know some people who did the deal back in March just to get the free stuff and have been “skipping” ever since, never paying for a single box. As for me, I’ve enjoyed them. The biggest issues have been a box that didn’t arrive (they just sent me a free box the next month), and one polish with a chippy formula (I’ll do a mass review of Julep products and tell you which one it was). They over-deliver with extra freebies in a lot of boxes, which always makes me feel like I got a good deal for my money.
Julep boxes are $19.99 (includes shipping), and usually come with two polishes and a Julep product. Most polishes retail (on the Julep site) for $14 so according to that your box is a good deal. If you don’t like products and only want nail color there is always the option of the “It Girl” box which only contains nail polish (you get three polishes). When you sign up, the box you get is determined by a personality quiz which I actually think is annoying, but after the quiz you’re either a “Bombshell”, “Classic with a Twist”, “American Beauty”, “Boho Glam”, or “It Girl”. Thankfully every month you’re allowed to change the box, so if you’re a Boho Glam and you like the Bombshell box you can just ask them to change it and you’ll get the Bombshell box. No fascism here!
After having used this service for about eight months now I do like it, I’d recommend it for people who love nail polish and are looking for a subscription service, especially people new to nail stuff because you’ll be interested in on-trend colors and trying new things like their various products.
Another thing I like is that any time you order a box you can also “add on” up to three things from that month’s selection (including polishes and products from other boxes) at a huge discount (the “add-on” polishes are $4.99 and product prices vary).
If you’re thinking it’d be fun to try, or you’d just like to get some free polish this is my referral link (or use my invitation code 1682989) and if you decide to try it out they’ll send you a free box for one penny with the option to cancel or skip months. I know you’re not in love with me but if you try out Julep with my referral, your generosity produces Julep bonus points (called “Jules”) which I can use to buy boxes and products after you purchase a box for real. Thanks to any of you who decide to use my referral. Anyone who uses Julep can refer others the same way, so I don’t have any special affiliation with Julep at all. As it says on the site:
You earn 1,000 Jules for referring a friend to Julep Maven
300 Jules for each full priced Maven box you are billed for
200 Jules on your Birthday
500 Jules on your Maven anniversary
750 Jules when you pay for the monthly upgrade box.
You even get 100 points just for becoming a Maven!
This month, I got a fall/Halloween-themed box. I’m a “Bombshell” and for $19.99 here’s what it came with:
That’s all for this month!
Products were all purchased by me, check out my disclosure for more info.