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(Spoilers) Julep April 2014

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I have Boho Glam (as always) with the peach blush and Felicia as an add on. I'm tempted to add on the bubblegum pink and the blush brush, but I'm often low on funds at the end of the month, and my boyfriend's birthday is coming up. Ideally I'd get a full upgrade.

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I went ahead and did the full upgrade. I stopped caring about Julep for awhile and cancelled my sub for almost a year. Now, I feel like I'm too far behind and I want alllllll of the pretties :/

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I can't decide if I should skip or not. I love Flora and Maren in the It Girl but added on Monaco last month which looks so much like Bailey. I don't want the blush since i just restocked my favorite blush that for sure doesn't break me out (sensitive to talc/bismuth). I don't really need the polish, but I do really enjoy receiving a box. Ugh, decisions!

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I decided to skip after all. I really just want flora and Felicia, but I can get them later during a promo. I don't need the blush or bronzer. Plus I just ordered 6 juleps during the free gold promo and 2 butter Londons from ulta today...

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Hmmmm, right now I am debating between getting the Modern Beauty Box OR going with the It Girl Box (even tho I just got Monaco last night) with Jet & the Blush Brush as add ons. I do really need a new blush brush, but I don't know if Julep's would be worth the $16.99....I may just pop into Ulta today for the 2x$15 Butter Londons.  

 

FWIW, I love my Real Techniques Blush Brush. You can get it at Ulta for less than $10, and it is very soft. Great for blending!

 

I would have gone for It Girl, which is my usual profile, but I am intrigued by the blush. Right now I have Bombshell selected, with Flora and Maren as add-ons. The blue sheen intrigues me, and I think these may end up looking a lot more interesting in person than the swatches we have seen so far.

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I'm seriously excited about getting my box this month! I just got the OPI Sheer Tints for the sake of making jelly sandwiches. While I could use these new Juleps for that too, I simply like how it looks on its own. Maybe they will help me be more confident with letting the whites of my nails show through! I think I'll go with It Girl this month, but I gotta see some more up-close swatches. Flora looks incredible! The trio also reminds me of some L.A. Colors I had to give away [got them from an evil relative & wanted to avoid any possible omens that would come with accepting them], so I'm really happy those colors are offered together cuz I really want shades like that in my collection. :)

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I did the full upgrade, but not gonna lie.. this made me laugh.

 

Nicolette (Opaque french white), found in the March Mystery addon:

 

700

 

vs this month's Brigitte (bright white crème):

 

700

 

 

SPOILERS: They're the same friggin opaque white polish. Come on, Julep. ROFL.

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I did the full upgrade, but not gonna lie.. this made me laugh. Nicolette (Opaque french white), found in the March Mystery addon: LL vs this month's Brigitte (bright white crème): LL SPOILERS: They're the same friggin opaque white polish. Come on, Julep. ROFL.
Yeah, I thought about adding on Brigitte (already have Jet), but seriously, how many white polishes does a girl need? I have Nicolette, Bunny, and also Zoya's Purity and Butter's Cotton Buds. So. Much. White.

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I did the full polish upgrade. Love these colors.  Plus, my friend at work was looking over my shoulder this morning and wanted some, so added on Tatum, Caitlin, and Maren for her. 

 

Yea Springtime!  It's been a loooong coooold winter in Wisconsin.

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Several of the colors look gorgeous, but then I realized that 1) I own near-dupes, and 2) a lot of them are sheer, and I almost always hate sheer polishes. Who has time for that many coats!?

I have similar (or better) blushes already, I'm too pale to ever have a use for shimmery bronzer, and I already have a Mighty cuticle stick.

 

Okay, I think I've convinced myself to skip this month. I think.

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Something interesting: I just got my email about the April Maven window being open, so I open it and see that they are awarding me 750 jules for taking my first box (since this is my first month subbing). I wonder if these types of promotions are going to happen more regularly for new subscribers to help make up for the fact that we can't skip. I'm OK with it :) 750 jules is enough to get an add-on right?

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Something interesting: I just got my email about the April Maven window being open, so I open it and see that they are awarding me 750 jules for taking my first box (since this is my first month subbing). I wonder if these types of promotions are going to happen more regularly for new subscribers to help make up for the fact that we can't skip. I'm OK with it :) 750 jules is enough to get an add-on right?

I got the same thing when I joined in December right before the no skip cut off. Yes, it's enough to cover one add on polish.

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Woo, another skip for me. I like Caitlyn, phoebe, Felicia and Flora, and I can't get all of them together without paying like $35 and getting two items I don't pertiulary care for. Ah well. It also kind of annoys me that polishes like Felicia are ALWAYs addons and never in any boxes. If there is a glitter in a box, it's always a micro glitter in a clear or slightly tinted base. I want some cool chunky glitter! Also, I agree that savvy deals are a MUCH better choice than maven boxes. It seems you only have to wait a few months, and they are much cheaper. The cheapest option is still $5 a polish, and you don't get to select your favourites. Savvy deals has like a page of $2.99 polishes. Plus julep does extra promotions ALL the time. The past month had 2 polishes and a clutch for a $25 purchase, then a free gold polish with a purchase of $10. You get 3 polishes for $20, or 5 for $11.96. Hmm... I know what I'm choosing. I do have to say these are the best swatches julep has done in a while though, so bravo. They actually look like real nails that are actually polished. Hopefully these will be colour accurate too :)

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Just a quick question when you add an add on do you get jules for them as well?? I picked boho glam for my box and added on the It Girl box that's why I ask;)

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Woo, another skip for me. I like Caitlyn, phoebe, Felicia and Flora, and I can't get all of them together without paying like $35 and getting two items I don't pertiulary care for. Ah well. It also kind of annoys me that polishes like Felicia are ALWAYs addons and never in any boxes. If there is a glitter in a box, it's always a micro glitter in a clear or slightly tinted base. I want some cool chunky glitter!
Also, I agree that savvy deals are a MUCH better choice than maven boxes. It seems you only have to wait a few months, and they are much cheaper. The cheapest option is still $5 a polish, and you don't get to select your favourites. Savvy deals has like a page of $2.99 polishes. Plus julep does extra promotions ALL the time. The past month had 2 polishes and a clutch for a $25 purchase, then a free gold polish with a purchase of $10. You get 3 polishes for $20, or 5 for $11.96. Hmm... I know what I'm choosing.

I do have to say these are the best swatches julep has done in a while though, so bravo. They actually look like real nails that are actually polished. Hopefully these will be colour accurate too smile.gif

As much as I love the deals, you do have to consider that getting the box with say 2 polishes and a product reduces the cost of each item to ~$6.67 if you just pay the $20. I understand if you don't like the colors, but if you're skipping just because of the price, it's actually a pretty good deal. Especially when you consider what the price of the beauty product for any given month goes up to after the maven selection time. Then when you start upgrading it's down to $5 a color. Sure you can get many of these on sale within a few months, but I like getting them when they are seasonally appropriate during selection time. :)

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Something interesting: I just got my email about the April Maven window being open, so I open it and see that they are awarding me 750 jules for taking my first box (since this is my first month subbing). I wonder if these types of promotions are going to happen more regularly for new subscribers to help make up for the fact that we can't skip. I'm OK with it :) 750 jules is enough to get an add-on right?

I don't think this is a new thing, I subscribed last June and got the same number of Jules with my first paid box in July.

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Something interesting: I just got my email about the April Maven window being open, so I open it and see that they are awarding me 750 jules for taking my first box (since this is my first month subbing). I wonder if these types of promotions are going to happen more regularly for new subscribers to help make up for the fact that we can't skip. I'm OK with it :) 750 jules is enough to get an add-on right?
Something similar happened to me too! I got my 1st box in January & they gave me 1,050 Jules. I was shocked. It was probably an accident though so I try not to bring it up that often haha.
Is anyone picking up the brushes??
I REALLY WANT TO. But I may wait to see if there's a promo code for them in the April box.
Just a quick question when you add an add on do you get jules for them as well?? I picked boho glam for my box and added on the It Girl box that's why I ask;)
Nope, you only get Jules for your monthly box selection (as well as your birthday, referrals, anniversary month, etc.). You can however spend your Jules so that your add-ons/boxes are free.

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Alright is is just me or is this collection nearly identical to last April? 400 The it girl last time was green, yellow and purple, so it's nice the colors are distributed differently, but it's still really close

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Woo, another skip for me. I like Caitlyn, phoebe, Felicia and Flora, and I can't get all of them together without paying like $35 and getting two items I don't pertiulary care for. Ah well. It also kind of annoys me that polishes like Felicia are ALWAYs addons and never in any boxes. If there is a glitter in a box, it's always a micro glitter in a clear or slightly tinted base. I want some cool chunky glitter!
Also, I agree that savvy deals are a MUCH better choice than maven boxes. It seems you only have to wait a few months, and they are much cheaper. The cheapest option is still $5 a polish, and you don't get to select your favourites. Savvy deals has like a page of $2.99 polishes. Plus julep does extra promotions ALL the time. The past month had 2 polishes and a clutch for a $25 purchase, then a free gold polish with a purchase of $10. You get 3 polishes for $20, or 5 for $11.96. Hmm... I know what I'm choosing.

I do have to say these are the best swatches julep has done in a while though, so bravo. They actually look like real nails that are actually polished. Hopefully these will be colour accurate too smile.gif

First, they should add polishes like Felicia to boxes. I hate that the colors they know will probably will be popular are the "featured add ons" but I guess that's good from a business model since it forces people to pay an additional $5. 

 

Second, I agree with you on the bargain aspect. I really like some of the colors this month and have gone back and forth between skipping and unskipping with a million different box combinations but found the same problem you did...it gets expensive very quickly! I also liked 4 of the main box colors this month and also think Felicia is a fun/interesting color...but to get the colors I want I would have to get a box + 3 add ons (which is $35). That's almost like having to pay for another box just to get the colors I want together.  In addition to it being much more than the normal box price, I would also be stuck with either a polish or product I didn't really want...so I decided just to skip, add the colors I like to my wishlist, and hope for a sale to come along soon! 

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I wanted to put my 2 cents in about the blushes: using diamond as an ingredient for cosmetics is not uncommon. They use diamonds for the OPI Designer Series, Redken Diamond Oil, S Factor Diamond Dreams, & so forth. & it does exactly what it's supposed to: it gives off a lustrous shine. Whether this new Glow blush will clear pores because of the diamond powder is still to be determined. But I personally love the idea & I support Julep for trying new things all the time with their ingredients in products. Diamond isn't too far from being as popular as argan, so hopefully this helps the trend grow. As for my stance on the blushes themselves: I have rosacea, so blush has NEVER been something in which I was interested. I usually use bronzer on my shoulders, & even then I gotta mix it with blush to even out with my skin tone. I'll wait it out until reviews come out for it to see if it's worth my money. If yes, I'll probably get Peach Bellini & only reserve that for my performances. Or I'll go for Light Golden Tan & just reserve that for summertime haha. Be mindful of what you're buying though! Pay close attention to the Vivid collection photo & notice that the size of the compacts for the blushes will be as tall as a Julep bottle without the cap on. I know many people felt ripped off from the size of the liquid eye sheens back in February, so just be aware of that ladies!

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I skipped for the first time. I have been with them since May2013. Since I really wanted to buy something, I went to spend the money on the new memebox that came out.

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