Julep Maven: Sea Salt Mystery Box

I’ve only been a Julep Maven for a few months and had never been too tempted by their “Mystery Box” offerings until I received an email about their Sea Salt Mystery box for April. The sea salt finish looked fun (textured and matte) with lots of potential. I was especially smitten with the swatch of “Sadie”, a greyish-black sparkly shade. Each mystery box guaranteed only one sea salt polish, so it was a gamble that I’d get the shade I wanted…

IMG_0243Lo and behold, my Mystery Box arrived and the sea salt finish polish I received was the exact one I wanted!

Here’s what came in my box:

Dakota (American Beauty) – Rose gold metallic chrome (Comes off as a peachy orange on me)
Janel (Bombshell) – Pink raspberry frost (So! Excited! to get this one – it was the only color that tempted me in the April Brights collection)
Leah (It Girl) – Vivid and refreshing grass green with a hint of shimmer (Very pretty – will be great in the summer with a little bit of a tan)
Sadie (Bombshell) – Black lava sea salt finish (This was my top choice of all the sea salt polish options, so was super excited to see it in my Mystery Box)

Glow On Age Defying Hand Brightener – visibly minimizes the appearance of fine lines and age spots on your hands, adding radiant glow and evening skin tone. Contains rare African plant extracts that are clinically proven to block melanin production and reduce hyper-pigmentation and micro light diffusing technology gives hands an instant glowing and luminescent appearance. Advanced emulsion system imparts water-resistant, non-greasy softness. (This is one of my new favorites – I’m not too worried about my hands looking old, but the formula is super moisturizing, makes my nailbeds and cuticles look great, and absorbs very, very quickly.)

Toe Separators and nail file – let’s not even pretend like these add any kind of value to the Mystery Box, mmkay?

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Dakota (top) and Janel (bottom)

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Sadie (top) and Leah (bottom)

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Above: Dakota with an added gold glitter topcoat (not sure of the brand – something I picked up at Walgreens)

Below: Sadie – two coats, no topcoat (and don’t worry, I was not attempting to drive and take nail pictures – I just happened to be sitting in the car when I decided to take these pics!) It was hard to get on – it comes out of the bottle rather gloppy – but the end result was totally worth it. And with the textured finish, it’d be pretty hard to make a visible mistake.

Julep Sadie for blogThe total cost of this box was $24.99, and with each polish being valued at $14 (Maven price: $11.20) + the hand cream at $32 (Maven price: $24.60), the total value, even at discounted Maven prices, comes out to $69.40. The Mystery Box was definitely a splurge for me – I had already skipped my April and May Maven boxes (although I’m very tempted by the 1920’s theme they had for May). This box was a gamble that turned out really well for me, as I got the colors I most wanted from both the Brights collection (Janel) and the Sea Salt collection (Sadie).

If you are interested in becoming a Julep Maven, you can click here to use my referral link to sign-up. I have been really impressed with Julep so far, and I like that there is always the option to skip a month (or gift it!) if nothing is really calling out my name.

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