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One of the perks of not working a standard 9-5 job has been that lately I’ve had time to keep my nails up. I mean, REALLY up. I always keep them manicured, and usually have a coat of polish on them, but with time to watch a few hours of TV while I paint my nails (don’t judge me!), I’ve been experimenting with different polish brands and more elaborate designs, like these:

I had to try all three colors together, because they looked so good together coming out of the box! My Julep Maven Box, that is. Yes, reader, I loved my Rocksbox experience so much that I decided to take the plunge and try the Julep Maven box as well.

This is the skinny on how the box works: for a monthly fee of $24.99, you receive a Maven box each month containing at least $40 worth of Julep products (and the box is usually worth more!), You can go with a curated box, choose to swap out any product you don’t want for something different, or change up your nail polish colors. It’s up to you. Just make sure you do it before the 24th of every month, or you’ll get whatever Julep decides to send (which, by the way, isn’t a bad thing! That’s what I did for my first box, and it worked out great).

The box itself is a fun shade of fuscia, and when you open it, you’re greeted by a shiny silver hello. Nestled in some crinkly paper were three nail polishes and a gel eyeliner.

Now, onto the products themselves: I had never tried Julep anything before, so I was excited to see how they compared to my usually beauty staples.

First off, the Gel Eye Glider. You guys, I.AM.IN.LOVE. It goes on incredibly smoothly, creates a skinny or thick line effortlessly, and stays put through anything (and, ladies, I do mean “anything”). It’s normally $16.00 per pencil, but if you’re a Maven you can grab these little beauties for $12.80 each. It’s a safe bet that my old Almay liners will be hitting the trashcan.

The nail polish is beautiful. I’m usually a Sallie Hansen Gel girl, or Essie when I want something non-gel, but these Julep shades are pretty fantastic. The pigment is beautiful, and you get even coverage with just two coats. They did take a bit longer to dry than my Essie polish does, but they’re also wearing much better! I’m on day three, and no chips or cracks. Just minor wear on the tips, which is pretty standard for me with the cooking and typing I do every day. The polish runs $14.00 ($11.20 if you’re a Maven), which isn’t too steep, considering my Essie usually runs around $8.00 a bottle. I’ll let you know how these nails wear; I usually get around five days out of my Essie polish. If the Julep polish makes it closer to eight, it might be worth it!

So there you have it! All in all, if you’re a big fan of polish and makeup, I’d give Maven a try! So far, I’m pleasantly surprised, and looking forward to my March box! Oh, you need more incentive? How about Free? Use code “SPRING" at checkout when you sign up, and your first Maven box is on them. Have fun!

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