Julep Beauty Box July 2016 Subscription Box Review + Free Box Coupons

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julep beauty box july 2016 box

July’s Julep Beauty Box theme was Into the Sea! This collection focused on saturated brights and seaside shades. Julep Beauty Box is Julep’s monthly subscription box — from nail polish to makeup to skincare, they cover everything but mostly focus on nails. It’s completely customizable — you can choose a pre-curated box or pick and choose what you like. You can skip your box or send it to a friend. There’s always a plethora of coupons as well, which is great.

julep beauty box july 2016 unboxing

My box arrived extremely late this month. The Lip Sheer product in the box was delayed.

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Everything in my box. I selected my regular subscription, plus a few add-ons, which also netted me a free gift.

julep beauty box july 2016 review

Julep’s Beauty Box subscription is customizable – you can swap out products to get exactly what you want from the available selections – this was the basic portion of my box – what you get for the regular monthly fee. There’s usually an extra goodie – I got a watermelon jelly (it came wrapped of course, but I couldn’t wait to eat it – I  love jelly candy!).

If you’re a current Julep Maven you can use these codes when you shop at Julep (and of course you have free shipping!)

  • Free Brighter Is Better with additional $10 purchase. Use coupon code  JUNEBRIGHTER. Expires 07-31-2016

  • Save 30% on your next Julep order! Use coupon code  JULY30. Expires 08-31-2016 OR  Use coupon code  JUNE30. Expires 07-31-2016

  • Get a free polish with a $10+ order! Use coupon code  SUMMERCOLOR. Expires 08-31-2016

  • Save $10 on a $20+ order! Use coupon code  JUNE10. Expires 07-31-2016 OR Use coupon code  JULY10. Expires 08-31-2016

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Annalise – Boho Glam ($14) Vivid wisteria ghost iridescent. I have this swatched below, but the iridescent you can see glimmering in the bottle in the photo below doesn’t really show up on the nail all that much.

Lip Shade – Currant ($22) I waffled between the color I picked – Currant – and Dahlia. It has a sleek magnetic case, which I like a lot. More on this product below!

Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops ($18) New packaging for these lavender & ylang ylang drops which dry your mani in a few minutes. I found them less heavily scented than the last bottle I got, which was a plus for me. We use a lot of these and they are a definite must-have!

julep beauty box july 2016 shades

Lip Shade was advertised on the Julep Blog as follows:

Give your lips a well-deserved dose of luxury with the sheer wash of luscious color it craves and the SPF 30 broad spectrum sun protection it needs daily. Lip Shade Sheer Lip Butter is crafted with a nourishing blend of soothing shea butter, protective broccoli seed oil, reparative rosehip seed oil, and softening black currant seed oil to keep your lips silky smooth as you bask in the sunshine.

Rest assured we’ll be reaching for these lip butters all summer long (and beyond)!

I noted during box selection time that Lip Shade couldn’t be shipped outside of the US, which I thought was curious. This box was delayed because of the lipstick.

julep beauty box july 2016 expiration

And now we know why. It has a shockingly short expiration date. According to Julep the SPF in this product expires at the end of September (some shades had an 8/16) expiration. I think that’s unacceptable and wouldn’t recommend this product.

julep beauty box july 2016 lip sheer swatch

I liked the formula itself – it’s sheer but buildable – but it smells like sunscreen so I would only use it as a lip sunscreen, and not just to be pretty. I think it’s disingenous at best to include a product that has active ingredients that expire shortly after receipt while advertising it as for summer and beyond. It was disappointing and not what I expect from this company.

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Here’s all the shades. I suggest not adding any to your box.

julep beauty box july 2016 add ons

Here’s my add-ons! I picked up nail polish remover, the Seaweed Trio, Mickey, and Cancer from the Zodiac Collection.

julep beauty box july 2016 add on shades

A closer look at the polishes.  Swatches for these are below.

Cancer: Glistening crab shell duometallic. It’s super metallic and a little hard to work with compared to a normal polish.

Mickey: Pink geranium ghost iridescent. Like Annalise above the sparkle doesn’t really show up.


Shelly: Wintermint crème.

Becca: Viridian tide shimmer.

Fleur: Evening Matte Bloom Glitter
julep beauty box july 2016 clean slate

The acetone-free polish remover has a neat lid. Twist to unlock and then just press down to dispense. Retwist to lock.julep beauty box july 2016 IMG_3254

It does work amazingly well for an acetone free remover!julep beauty box july 2016 free gift

I got this freebie for picking up 3 add-ons.julep beauty box july 2016 IMG_3566

Shelly & Becca. julep beauty box july 2016 swatches

And the other polishes. julep beauty box july 2016 IMG_3553

I wasn’t in love with my box this month, but I was glad to have picked up more quick dry drops and polish remover. I wish the iridescents had a little more shimmer but I’ll use them as bases for nail art. My personal opinion is that the Lip Shade should have never shipped and Julep should credit everyone who received one with 1/3 of a box.

What did you pick in your Julep Beauty Box this month?

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  • Dawn S

    Very concerning about the expiration date, also a red flag that the lip product could not be shipped outside of the US. Many other countries have very strict rules about products and that they would have a problem sending the product out says to me that it should be recalled.

  • Susan Burge (@georgiarealist)

    PS – Good to know the Zodiac one is harder to work with. I’m liking the new Zodiac polishes, but kind of thinking of waiting for the inevitable collection of the whole set.

  • Susan Burge (@georgiarealist)

    I went with all polishes this month – Mickey, Tomi, Fleur and Sam (more chartreuse than I like, but I keep looking for the elusive light green I want – most of them turn out more aqua than green). I think I had a different jelly candy treat, but I don’t remember what it was because I ate it immediately! Those are some of my favorite candies.

  • Adeline

    I love the honest reviews. I appreciate the good and the bad reviews that way I know what to expect when I purchase a subscription.