Julep Mystery Box – Bling It On

Julep occasionally does mystery boxes and I got this one in late November. I wanted the chance to review some of the products in here fully so this will be posting after the box is no longer available. I hope, however, that this gives you some idea of what their mystery boxes are like. If you are interested in them, they seem to run approximately monthly. December’s is all gone but January’s should be available soon!

Your Lip Addiction Tinted Lip Oil Treatment in Obsessed ($22)


I wasn’t sure how this was was going to go at first, because I haven’t worn anything sheer in a while, but I was ready for the oil treatment. My lips are currently all messed up because of the winter months, and this felt amazing on them. It really felt hydrating and worked like a charm at keeping them smooth. I would only say it has a very lipstick-y smell that isn’t necessarily pleasant, and a slippery feel that didn’t bother me but I could see bothering some people.

It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon in Magenta Plum Creme ($20)


This was much more familiar to me than the lip oil, though I haven’t used a tinted lip balm in a while. Let me tell you, when they say full-coverage, they mean it. This basically covers like a lipstick, smells amazing, and works like a really quality lip balm at hydrating.

No Limits Lux Hydrating Cream ($24)

I, unfortunately, haven’t used this yet! But, it came with the box so I wanted to make sure I included that it was in there.

Skip the Brush Creme to Powder Blush Stick in Moonlit Sand ($24)


I have mixed feelings about this. It is a pretty nice feeling cream – it doesn’t feel too sticky, or heavy, or greasy. However, I’m not sure on the color. It is not a blush color to me, so I want to use it as a highlight, but it’s too dark for that. It blends out lighter except it blends out to a point I don’t think you can really see. I would be willing to try a different color for this, and have found some success using it as a blush topper.

Maxine (Not Available)


I’m so sad that this isn’t available because it is a great, true, silver holographic. There are no big chunks, it just leaves a great glittery holographic sheen on the nails.

Reina (Not Available)


I was interested that this was “textured” and it did not disappoint. It felt so interesting that I was rubbing my nails all day – like a soft grit. It looked really nice, a very good deep black with a holographic shimmer.

Missy ($14)


This is almost a chrome color – the silver shimmer is that finely milled. You can still see some specks, however it is so awesomely close to a silver chrome and goes on in one coat.

Eunice ($14)


This is a perfect true dark blue metallic. It goes on very opaque in two coats, and is a great all-purpose blue. The metallic is very pure metallic; you don’t catch any glitter specks in it at all, it shines like polished metal.

Shawn #Shine ($14)


This is almost just like Missy with its chrome style, however it ha a gold-silver shift that makes it a unique metallic to me.

Jane ($14)


This is the only chunky glitter I’ve gotten. I think it would work best as a top coat but as you can see it can be layered to get pretty opaque – the photo above used three coats. It’s a beautiful shiny copper glitter that is big without being so chunky it becomes tacky.

Let me know if you are interested in more of these mystery boxes, or if you’ve ever gotten one yourself!


December Julep Maven Box

I signed up for the Julep Maven Box. If you don’t know, its a beauty box run by the cosmetic company Julep. It includes cosmetics and nail polishes, and you can personalize it every month; I chose to only receive nail polishes and will likely continue to use this as a nail polish subscription.

Mira (Bombshell)


This is such an interesting nail polish because I wasn’t sure how a matte was going to transfer with all this glitter, but it actually looks so super awesome. It’s a great black matte color. It’s a true black and it looks badass, and the glitter that is in it is itself dark so it gives an interesting shine and sparkle without lightening up the black at all.

Lonelle (Boho Glam)


Okay, I didn’t notice until I just now went to the website to grab the title link, and apparently, this is holographic. Looking more closely at it, it’s not a lie! It has shimmer that reflects the entire spectrum of the rainbow so it is in fact holographic. This is a pretty cool toned back holographic because the rest of the shimmer is a very true yellow gold that looks pretty awesome. This is a glitter nail polish and goes on like one, however, unlike most glitters that I would personally say need to be put on with a sponge, swiping three coats on will actually give you fairly full coverage. It also works as a glitter top coat on another nail polish if you only put a layer or two down.

Emmaline (Classic with a Twist)


This is a great deep, deep burgundy that leans toward dark purple but with a definite red note. The shimmer basically matches the color of the polish. It goes on with minimal streakiness that disappears on the second coat. It’s a really good fall color, in my opinion, and I wish I got it earlier, because I’m leaning toward bolder dark colors as we move from fall to winter rather than these colors that I wouldn’t call neutral, but I wouldn’t call vivid.

Leia (Boho Glam)


This literally looks like a Christmas tree with multicolor lights, and I am in love. If I hadn’t bought a (beautiful) set of false nails (that you will see a post on soon) I would be wearing this for Christmas because it really genuinely reminds me so, so much of a Christmas tree. I think it’s totally wearable as a non-holiday color, but that fact of it is what is making me love it so much. It is bright evergreen with holographic shimmer, which is what gives it that lit tree effect.


As you can see in the header, I also got little gold studs that came with it, which I think will be great to make an interesting12 look, especially paired with Lonelle – Lonelle as an accent nail with the gold studs on a more basic color is a great idea to me (which you might see soon 😉).

The Verdict

The thing with this subscription is that it should be worth it because you get the opportunity to choose your own nail polishes; none of them should really be misses unless the formula just sucks in real life. So far, all the formulas are good and pigmented and look even better in real life than I expected when I chose them online. So, for me, this is great and worth it. The subscription is $20 a month and you can sign up here if you are interested.