Subscription Box Review: Julep Maven Welcome Box, And August Box.

Julep is a beauty company that focuses on nail polish and nail care with a large variety of makeup collections, and bath and body selections as well. Customers can become members of Julep Maven by subscribing to their monthly boxes.. Mavens get 20% discounts every time they shop at the site. In addition, they are privy to a variety of  “members only” perks which they will be notified about through email.  The box costs $24.99 a month. If you agree to a prepaid 3 month subscription, the fee is $19.99 per month. They offer free welcome boxes to new members, so you will get the welcome box and your first box for the price of one. This month’s code for the freebie is FREESIZZLE. The monthly charges are recurring, but you may cancel membership at any time.

You are guaranteed 5 full size Julep products in your welcome box. My welcome box was “Nautical By Nature”. The items in my box are pictured below. All full size!

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product                           retail value

Shiela  nail polish              $14.00

Michelle nail polish           $14.00

Soraphine nail polish        $14.00

Bare Face Cleansing Oil   $28.00

Mighty Nail And Curicle Serum  $16.80

Total value is $86 and you get it for free after only paying $24.99 for your first month! They also send you a card with a 50% off code to be used when you shop the Julep online store. In addition, you will get a little booklet explaining the benefits of membership.

Below is my first box as a member, the August box Wanderlust collection.

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I took a quiz and my results categorized me as an “It Girl”.. Julep will prepare selections for all of the categories that different subscribers may end up in. Before they send out the boxes, you can view the selections and swap out items with other products and colors, or send the box as a gift to a friend. If you like the selections that were chosen for you, do nothing and they will send those to you. They will temp you with gorgeous add on items at deep discounts.  If you order three items as add ons, they send you an extra product free of charge. I couldn’t resist. I loved the “It Girl” products chosen for me, and I clicked the  “accept” button at the website. Then I chose three more items. I thought it was fun planning my own box. As you can see in the photo, I received some gorgeous products.

The Items And Total Values:

Blank Canvas Eye Shadow Primer 

Katie nail color(Orchid Iridescent Chrome)  $14.00

Cameron nail color (Silver Lilac Stardust Matte Glitter) $14.00

Kirti nail color(Persimmon Iridescent Shimmer) $14.00

Tammy nail color(Lemongrass Green Shimmer) $14.00

Jane nail color(Full Coverage Rose Gold Multi-dimensional Glitter) $14.00

Joyce nail color(Lava Red Shimmer) $14.00

Cameron, Jane, and Katie are my chosen additions. The eye shadow primer was my free gift. Joyce, Tammy, and Kirti  are the “it Gitl” selections.

My box came with a code card for a free polish with a $15.00 order that I could use twice. It also came with a screen cleaner for my Smartphone.

I am excited about my September box because Julep has introduced lip crayons, and I’m getting a few of them.

I did pay more than the $24.99 that my box would have cost without the add ons. I paid $41.96, but as you can see, I received $84.00 worth of products, plus a free gift.

As a maven, I have earned points which I used for add ons to my September box. I have some points left over too, which is awesome.

If this sounds great to you, check Julep out!

http://www.julep.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Subscription Box Review: Flirty Fingerz Nail Design Box.

You can order a one time only box, which is what I did for $14.99 plus $5 S+H, or you can subscribe monthly which is a recurring charge of $10.99 plus $5 S+H.  Starting in September, the company Flirty Fingerz will offer a subscription for girls called Lil Dolls Nail Design Box.

The Flirty Fingers website states that you will get a design idea with everything you need to complete it. Well….they sent me two design ideas :) Yay! The more the better!

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Behind the design cards is the packaging that was inside the box, a plastic bubble envelope with cute striped bags inside. The products were inside these striped bags. Below is how the box looked when opened.

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Here is a better look at the card on the inside lid.

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And the box itself……..

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The products to complete the designs……

f6  Nabi Nail Lacquer in Fruit Green. Maybelline New York Color Show in Mint Mist. Stickers to help create the first design.

f4The plastic envelope that the striped bags were in, and Maybelline Color Show in Midnight Swim.

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The labeled swatches are below.

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Every product in the box came as a full size.

Value of Products:

Essie Good To Go Rapid Dry Top Coat-$8.50

Nabi Nail Lacquer-$2.95

Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish-$3.99 x 2 = $7.98

LO’REAL Nail Stickers-$3.99

Total:  $23.42  I paid a total of $19.99(including S + H)for the box.

Verdict:

I like this box. I got about $3.42 more than what I paid for, and the design tutorials are fun, as well as creative. I love how they even included the Essie top coat and nail stickers.  I have too many subscriptions right now, lol, but this is definitely a box I would consider subscribing to in the future. The one time box is especially good for those who wish to experiment, or even just get started, with a variety of nail designs.

http://www.flirtyfingerz.com/

Subscription Box Review: Rainbow Honey Mini Mystery Bag.

Inside the envelope, this was the packaging:

bagThe sticker is really cute. It says, “From Rainbow Honey Labs”.

Below is what was under the wrappings:

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All of the products are by Rainbow Honey. I subscribe to the mini bag, so they are mini, not full sized. Honestly though, these mini sizes are rather substantial, and you get quite a bit of product in each item.

The following are the products I received, their volume/size, and information from the included card:

Modern Hearts, 5 ml-A mix of peach, pink, and neon matte glitters with white hearts in a shimmery base. (Glitter Top Coat Nail Polish)

488nm, 5 ml-A brand new solid blue azure crème, part of an upcoming 2015 collection! Oooh, a sneak peak! (Nail Polish)

Royal Fruits Scented Top Coat, 5 ml-(Nail Polish Top Coat)

Royal Fruits Cuticle Balm, .15 oz-Scented cuticle balm that is enriched with vitamin E, and protects your cuticles and nailbeds.

Royal Fruits Eau de Parfum Rollerball, 4 ml.

Summer Juice Body Splash, 1 oz

All of the above are brand new, upcoming products.

The full sized mystery bag products would be 15 ml for the polishes, 12 ml for the parfum, and 4 oz for the splash. The balm is the same size in the full bag as it is in the mini.

The scents are deliciously fruity and juicy, which I happen to love.

Below are labeled swatches of the polishes. One swatch is the polishes layered together.

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Oh, I almost forgot. Included in the mini bag was a code for 20% off of a purchase at Rainbow Honey’s online shop. I intend to use it. You should see the unique, gorgeous shades, fragrances, and scents that they offer.

Subscriptions:

Mini Mystery Bag-$10 plus S+H.

Large Mystery Bag-$25 with free US shipping.

The fee is recurring each month. You will be sent nail polishes, fragrances, and bath and body products.

Verdict:

This is another subscription that I really, really like.

 

Check out this link to subscribe, or even just look through their shop.

http://www.rainbowhoney.com/collections/rainbow-honey-mystery-bag/products/mystery-bag-subscription

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscription Box Review: Ipsy Glam Bag.

The packaging that the bag came in was a pink, shiny, bubble envelope.     

Ipsy2 This is everything that was in the bag, or came with it. The card on the left is all about this month’s theme, “Beauty Schooled”.

This subscription service is $10 a month.

Contents of my box:    

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow

Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk

The lip conditioner is full size. Everything else are deluxe sample sizes. They are a bit larger than your typical, tiny samples. At Sephora and Ulta you have to purchase anywhere from $25 to $50 worth of full size products before they give you the larger samples like these for free. So you are getting your money’s worth and a bit more with this beauty subscription service, especially since a cute makeup bag is always included. You get a new design each month.

Verdict:

I love the lip conditioner. I will definitely use it ALOT . It feels nice on the lips, and has a fresh citrus smell. The bag design is adorable. The other products are decent. I have to say I’ve seen products that I was far more excited about on Ipsy unboxings for past bags that I’ve viewed on YouTube. $10 is a reasonable price, so I will see what products I get in the next few months before I truly have a final verdict.

http://www.ipsy.com/home

Subscription Box Review: Square Hue Nail Polish Box.

My first month’s box, and the free surprise box that I received for getting a subscription:

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The surprise box on the left is the Rio Collection. The box on the right is the Beverly Hills Collection.

Here are the swatches, which I have labeled:

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The cards that came with these collections explained the type of polishes featured.  For example: In the Rio set, Leblon is a shimmer, Ipanema is a micro glitter, and Copacabana is a glitter polish. In the Beverly Hills set, Rodeo Drive is a micro glitter, and Cannon Drive, as well as Wilshire Boulevard are both micro shimmers.

How it works:

Every month, Square Hue sends its members the newest collection that has been prepared in the company laboratories. New formulas and colors are created each month. Next Month’s feature is the Sydney Collection which I must admit I am excited about. The Square Hue website will give you clues about what is featured in upcoming boxes, but not so much of a spoiler that it ruins your surprise. The cost of this subscription is $14.99 a month plus $5 S + H per month. This total of $19.99 per month is a recurring charge until you cancel.

Verdict:

I really like the design of these easy to store bottles. The colors are gorgeous, and the polish applies smoothly. Most importantly, these polishes didn’t begin to chip for about 7 days. Even then, the chipping was very tiny, and only in the top corners of the nail.  I am a nail polish addict, so I’ve tried many brands. I can honestly say that Square Hue has been the longest lasting on my fingernails. This is a subscription that I will be sticking with.

If you are interested, Square Hue is still offering the free surprise box.

http://www.squarehue.com/

Subscription Box Review: My Kandy Box Tease Me Box, and Mini Box.

This company offers single boxes that you can order separately as opposed to monthly subscriptions. I ordered the Tease Me Box for $14.95, and the Mini Box for $12.95. Both were one time charges. The Kandy Box Website is offering larger boxes that you can preorder for November, and December. October is sold out. The November box is the Sweet Treats Special Edition which will have 7 full size products. The price for the box is $29.95. December’s box is Pop Of Color which will have 6 to 8 beauty items, and cost $24.95.  Shipping and handling for both is free.

The Tease Me Box:  This box is a teaser for Krav Cosmetics lip products. I received a full size lipstick, and a full size lip treatment cream. Krav charges $14.95 for just the lipstick, so the price was a nice little deal since the lip cream was an extra.

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Contents of Tease Me Box:

Cotton Candy Lipstick-  $14.95  Lovely packaging!

Vitamin C Lip Treatment- $9.95

Total Value: $24.90

Contents of Mini Box:

Full Size Baby Lips By Maybelline Moisturizing Lip Balm-  $3.99

Full Size Liner 101 Eyeliner With Sharpener By Kleancolor in Viridian Green-  $1.49 at the Kleancolor website, but this color was not found there.

.34 oz. Sample Size Package of Macadamia Nourishing Leave In Cream For Hair-The full size bottle is $28, however this size is like the kind of free samples that you get from shopping at the Sephora and Ulta websites.

2 ml tube of Nars Multi Protect Primer SPF 30 with UVA and UVB protection-The full size is $36, but like the Macadamia product, this is a sample size that you might get at the Sephora, or Ulta sites.

A very pretty, on trend, silver tone ring with sapphire colored crystals-I looked, but when you do not know what company sells the ring, you cannot find retail value. It is a good quality though, not at all cheaply made.

Total Value: ?

The lip treatment and Baby Lips Balm go on sheer. The latter has a nice minty scent.

Here is a swatch of the Krav Lipstick:

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I love this!  It is absolutely gorgeous on my lips. It is creamy, and glides on smoothly.

Verdict:

The Tease Me Box was worth more than the actual price, and the lipstick is great, so
I am very pleased with this box.

Although I really cannot determine the value of the Mini Box, I was not disappointed in it. I think the ring might have brought the value of this one up to the $12.95 that I paid for it. So, I at least got what I paid for.

I am going to give one of the larger boxes a try.

http://kandybox.com/beauty-box/

Paper Dots Revisited.

I realized today that in my excitement for this box I’d forgotten to check retail value. I’m disappointed to tell you that what I received had a total value that was less than what I paid. This is a shame because I was so tickled to receive a book and gift chosen especially for me. I love the concept of this subscription, and will give the company another chance. We will see what happens next month. I just firmly believe that if I can’t get more product for my buck, I should at the very least get my money’s worth. I have no idea why a box worth $16.38 would be priced at $25. I mean they even charged S+H on top of that. It wasn’t included in the $25 fee. I chose the paperback subscription. I am seriously wondering if those who paid $30.00 plus S+H for hard cover are getting what they paid for. Am I missing something? Maybe the rest of the cost was for the people choosing my selections. That still seems a bit odd even if that is the case. The website did not say anything about that in writing.

Let’s break it down.  The book, The Dinner,  had a value of $14. The salad plate gift, although very nice, is available at Walmart for $2.38. Total Value-$16.38.

Again, I love the idea of this subscription, and will give it another month. My next step will be to contact the company.  Maybe they could send 2 books, or 1 book and 2 gifts to justify the cost. I will probably suggest that to them. I know that they need to make money from this venture, but that should not be done by sending customers less than their money’s worth.