Julep Maven Unboxing and Review7:21 AM
I now understand the popularity of DIY here. Not like in the Philippines; DIY there is usually confined to arts and crafts. Here it's anything that requires manual labor -- haircuts, hair dye, manicures, electrical wiring, assembling all the furniture in your house (hello Ikea). Because anything that needs a human is expensive.
My small leap into DIY is painting my own nails. Don't laugh! I miss seeing my hands clean and manicured. And you know those ads that come up when you're browsing sites like 9gag... io9... ahaha my surfing haunts are becoming painfully apparent. Anyway, I clicked on one for a free beauty box from a nail lacquer company.
Julep is an independent polish brand with a 4-free formula in lots of gorgeous colors. Yesterday I mentioned availing of the free Julep Maven box. (Click the link to read about how to do the same and the options available to you.) I was assigned the Boho Glam starter box but the colors didn't appeal to me, so I chose It Girl which comes with 3 bottles of polish. I later found out that each box also includes an extra gift.
I really like the clean design of the polish boxes, silver text on white. The formulas are "4-free" -- manufactured without without dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde resin.
FormulaThe consistency is on the goopier side, which I think what helps it apply so opaque. Drying time is longer than usual for the same reason. Amazingly, even while playing it rough with dishwashing and fruit-peeling and rummaging around for keys, it took 4 full days before some very minor chipping started to occur. A+ for that.
The brush seems wider than that of drugstore brands. Works the same.
Glass Nail File
Parting ThoughtsColor me impressed with Julep's great formula and abundantly pretty colors. It doesn't come cheap; at 8 ml per bottle you get half the volume of a drugstore polish for double the price. I think the best way to get these is to become a Maven, because you get 20% off and special deals as listed in the "Maven Tips" card above.
Julep Maven boxes ship out at US $19.99 monthly. You get a preview of the box contents on the 20th of each month, and you can cancel your subscription or skip a month any time -- as long as you do it before the 27th of the month so you're not automatically charged. Unfortunately they only ship to United States, US Minor Outlying Islands, and Canada. Click this link to take the quiz and get your own free box. Just enter the code MAVENBFF at checkout.