September Julep Maven Review – The Cityscape Collection

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection

My September Julep Cityscapes Collection arrived today and it was a nice distraction from thinking about what L was doing at school (aka what he was doing without me).

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

The Box

September is the last month that Julep is using Priority Mail for shipping ;(. I believe that they are switching to DHL Global Mail beginning in October and will be shipping from both coasts instead of just from Seattle. I am sad about this because Priority Mail is fast (though my box didn’t arrive as scheduled this month) and, well, DHL is slow.  We’ll see how next month goes before I get annoyed about it though!

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

First Look (includes add-ons)

I don’t know what got into me this month, but I not only upgraded to the full collection (AGAIN), I also filled all my add-on slots!

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Second First Look

The September Julep theme was the “Cityscape Collection” and was inspired by the lights of the city!  Oh, and I should mention that this was the first month the mavens received Julep’s new polish packaging.  I certainly don’t hate it (I think it’s cute), but it’s also kind of unnecessary.  I’m going to through it out in about two seconds, so I don’t really know what it adds for me?

Here’s what was included:

~Julep Florence (Classic With a Twist) ($11.20):  Florence is a classic camel crème and really isn’t my color at all.  It’s too similar to not wearing polish for me.  Now, maybe some glitter would make it a fabulous and I will try that, but it’s not a color I am loving.

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Julep Florence – Classic With a Twist

~Julep Padma (Classic With A Twist) ($11.20): Padma is a royal plum crème and I LOVE it!  It’s dark and shiny, which are two things I love in a polish.  I need to remember to use a good base coat though because I sometimes I have problems with Julep’s darker shades staining my nails.

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Julep Padma – Classic With A Twist

~Julep Karmen (Bombshell) ($11.20): Karmen is a golden crimson microglitter and is one of my favorite Julep polishes ever.  It’s even more beautiful in person than in my horrible pictures.

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Julep Karmen – Bombshell

~Julep Kristy (Boho Glam) ($11.20): Kristy is a midnight blue crème and is another one of my favorites from this collection.  It’s the perfect navy polish and will be a go to this fall / winter!

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Julep Kristy – Boho Glam

~Julep Tatiana (Boho Glam) ($11.20): Tatiana is a golden burnt orange microglitter and I am picturing this in combination with Kristy in, oh, so October when my Detroit Tigers are in the world series ;).

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Julep Tatiana – Boho Glam

~Julep Daria (Bombshell) ($11.20): Daria is dark slate grey crème and I don’t think I have  any polishes like this?  I need to get B to hang my nail polish racks so I can better track these things!

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Julep Daria – Bombshell

~Julep Josephine (It Girl) ($11.20): Josephine is a deep teal grey crème and is actually JUST the color I was looking for a few weeks ago when I was doing this mermaid inspired  nail look.  I had the perfect mermaid glitter, but couldn’t find the perfect green, but not green, but ocean like, but not blue polish.  I think this is it!

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Julep Josephine – It Girl

~Julep Catrina (It Girl) ($11.20): Catrina is a marigold yellow crème now brings my collection of yellow polishes to at least half a dozen.  That’s a lot of yellow polish!

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Julep Catrina – It Girl

~Julep Candace (It Girl) ($11.20): Candace is a golden chocolate microglitter and basicaly love it because of the glitter!  It reminds me of sandpaper, but in a good way.

Julep Candace - It Girl

Julep Candace – It Girl

~Julep Reece (It Girl) ($11.20): For some reason I thought this was strictly an add-on and didn’t take a picture of it??    It’s a holographic shimmer and of course I love it.  It’s reminds me more of outer space than of the city, but I love it either way!

~Julep Blank Canvas Mattifying Face Primer ($22.40): I am more of a BB cream girl, but on those rare (super rare) occasions I do want to do a full face of make-up, I will give this a try.  I’ll actually probably end up wearing it alone too, because I do like that it absorbs shine!

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Julep Blank Canvas Mattifying Face Primer

~Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil ($22.40): I am loving this!  DHC makes an oil cleanser that I love and this is very similar.  I have only used it once, but I liked the way it left my skin feeling and the smell is great too.

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil

~Julep Konjac Sponge ($9.60): I don’t know how necessary this is, but I think it’s very fun.  I’m going to try this for the next 2-3 months and see how it compares to my clarisonic.

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

Julep Konjac Sponge

This month’s add-on was a nail polish remover pad which wasn’t all that exciting.  But looking at pictures of the full collection is, so I am including that again ;).

September 2013 Julep Cityscapes Collection Review

The Full Collection

All totaled the September Julep “Cityscapes” full collection had a value of $166 and that’s using Maven pricing! Regular boxes are $19.99/month and it’s only an additional $30 ($35?) to upgrade to the full collection. So all of this for $55? Now that’s a deal!!!

Did you get a Julep Maven Cityscapes box this month?  What was your favorite color in the box and what collection did you opt for?  If you are interested in signing up, or just want to learn more, click here.  And, as always, you can use code “FREEBOX” to score your first box free (you pay shipping which I think is $3.99).  If you want to see if how you like the Julep colors / formulas, this is the best way!

 

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10 Responses to September Julep Maven Review – The Cityscape Collection

  1. Ashley says:

    This was my first month with Julep, and of course I upgraded to the full collection. I was SO excited, I instantly painted each nail with one of the colors, and had Eric pick which one he liked the most. There honestly wasn’t a color that I did not like. Now, my nails are painted Kristy, which was Eric’s pick :)

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  2. Jordan M says:

    I noticed you skipped the individual picture of Candice that came with It Girl. It is the color I am most looking forward to and was hoping to see what your opinion of it was. I am supposed to receive mine tomorrow. I can’t wait!

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  3. Deena says:

    Did you not get Reece (It Girl)? It was an add on for me and I LOVE it. It’s a purply-holographic color.

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  4. Bonnie says:

    I upgraded as well and added Reese and the polish remover pads. I was excited for Florence as it reminds me of my grandmother. I do a lot of nail art so this color may come in handy. I love Candace, these are all great colors for fall. Even for someone who is not a fan of purple, Padma and Reese are both colors I will wear. Unlike last month Sylvia, which I had to force myself to wear, for one day.

    I never realized the sample polish remover pads were so much smaller than the ones you buy.

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  5. Jenny says:

    So sad they won’t use priority anymore. I missed that announcement. I loved getting my polish in 2 days :( Agree this was a really nice fall collection set. I’m still rocking my Labor Day nails of Ally with a top coat of Fireworks but I’ll need to change soon.

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  6. Tiffany says:

    My box arrived on Saturday.. which is 2-3 days after I thought it’d come. It shipped from New Jersey instead of Seattle where I am. I was getting it the next day or at least the day after. It still came before the 1st though which is nice. We will see how DHL goes next month.

    I got the Classic w a Twist and have my padma on right now. I love it, but its almost black it is so dark. I love the cleansing oil, I think more than the precleanse/cleanser that came on Pop Sugar. And I also really like the remover sheet, i used it right away and I’m going to order more. My polish has never come off so easily.

    Thank you for my new Julep and Pop Sugar addictions.

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  7. Angela says:

    Wow all the colors are so beautiful this month! I never upgraded to the full collection before but definitely should have this time

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  8. Alexi says:

    I received my tracking info on the 17th. My package is shipping DHL from Seattle to New York, and the tracking info hasn’t changed in two days, so I’m going to go ahead and say it hasn’t moved yet.

    Guess you were right to be upset about the change in shipping :(

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  9. krankenheim says:

    The new packaging, while it does seem useless, is actually quite functional. I’m sure you’ve been a Maven since the beginning, as have I, and I’m sure you’ve received more than one broken polish. They were most often broken at the neck and because of the shrink wrap, Julep couldn’t tell if it was broken prior to packing and shipping the box. The shrink wrap didn’t provide any impact resistance. The boxes, while they may seem like they won’t, actually will help prevent this issue. Additionally, it will be easier for their packers to spot a broken polish before it’s sent to us! Awesome! Personally, I did like the shrink wrap for sanitary purposes; I knew no one had opened the bottle. What I’d like see in the future is a little safety seal on the bottle between the cap and the bottle itself.

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    Jennifer Reply:

    You know I never even thought about it breaking! I’ve actually never gotten a broken one. Makes total sense though!

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