Friday, February 21, 2014

boxfullove polish :: Julep Maven March reveal :: The Riviera Collection

The Julep Maven March selection window opened today!

And with it launched the Riviera Collection.

Clearly inspired by the sun-baked, beach-chic French Riviera, the collection rolls out fresh, bright spring shades perfect for showing off nails after months of cold, wintry, bundled-up hibernation.

This month, Julep also débuts two brand-new products: a luxe lip conditioning treatment and a buff lip scrub.

And it brings back its lip glosses, this time enriched with "hydrating, age-defying Power Cell Complex."

Left to right: Fearless, Adored, Graceful, Enchanted, Awestruck

I don't know about you, but I was almost more excited about the glosses than anything else this month. I'm really picky about lipglosses --so many turn out to be sticky, goopy, and drying-- and was initially skeptical about Julep's version, but I was so pleasantly surprised after receiving it in a box a few months ago.  It's not sticky, it smells great, and it doesn't dry out my lips.  Plus, the Charming shade is crazy flattering.  

Also new this month (and also more exciting to me than the profile polishes!) are two brand-new add-on polishes.  One is the 2014 Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid, and the other, Monaco Blue, was the Pantone color of spring 2013 (mislabeled as 2014 in the selection window description).

And these are the March style profiles:


  • Lilou: lemon chiffon crème
  • Monaco: mariner blue crème
  • Awestruck: lip gloss in golden blush shimmer (customizable)

Classic with A Twist

  • Myriam: casino red crème
  • Soraphine: classic sheer white crème
  • Graceful: lip gloss in sheer pale pink (customizable)

Boho Glam

  • Elisa: soft wisteria shimmer
  • Harriet: guava coral crème
  • Enchanted: lip gloss in sheer watermelon (customizable)

It Girl

  • Lizanne: sea green shimmer
  • Margaret: light periwinkle crème
  • Princess Grace: rich papaya crème

Modern Beauty

  • Luxe lip conditioning treatment
  • Buff lip scrub

Core Classics

  • Cleanup tool
  • Freedom polymer top coat
  • Oxygen nail treatment

One more add-on

  • Tania: Multidimensional mermaid teal glitter

So I'd told myself I would skip March and try to economize a bit this month, since my bank account and I are still recovering from the holidays and from this subscription box habit.  Yeah, that's what I'd told myself -- and then the selection window opened.  And I could have resisted all the new polishes, really.  In fact, I did.  But what I couldn't resist was, believe it or not, the Core Classics box!  I'd never picked Core before because it's just not as exciting a selection: old standbys are never as exciting as new crushes, right?  Wrong!  I couldn't pass this one up.  I love love love the oxygen nail treatment, it's a true miracle worker (like BB cream for nails!), and my bottle is old and gummy and really needs an update.  Also, I desperately need a cuticle pusher, and Julep's sleek, industrial version is super sexy.  I don't really need top coat, but hey, top coat is always useful and welcome in my stash.  

So this month I strayed from my usual Classic with a Twist (though I would've gone Boho Glam if I'd picked a polish box) and went Core, plus picked up the absolutely gorgeous Rae orchid add-on, plus a lip gloss in Awestruck, to try a new shade (gotta give my trusty Charming a break).  After last month's sell-out issues, I chose fast, minutes after the window opened, afraid I'd miss out on Rae or my favorite gloss color.

Speaking of last month... I still haven't received my February box!  It's in transit and due to arrive this weekend, I think -- whew.  This month's weather delays have been insane, totally wreaking havoc in our sub box realms.

What style are you picking this month?  Did any of the add-ons grab you? And are you also still waiting for your February box?  Can't wait to get my hands on those eye sheens! 

If you're new to Julep and interested in subscribing, you can enter code FREEBOX at checkout and get your first Maven box free!  You only pay $3.99 for shipping and handling.  Woo!

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