Monday, April 28, 2014

- - Julep | Lucky Mystery Box Review | Taryn - -

Hey everyone!

This review and the next couple of others that follow are long overdue, and I apologize for that. I received my three Julep Lucky Mystery Boxes on March 24 and 25 - a week after St. Patrick's day had passed. It takes forever to receive my Julep purchases and mystery boxes, but I've now come to expect that from DHL. Nonetheless, I did finally get the boxes and will now share the contents with you. Because there are already so many reviews of these mystery boxes, I'll try to keep my reviews short.

You will soon be able to find the other Lucky Mystery Box reviews here:

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Julep Subscription:
Frequency & Cost: $19.99/a month (price increases with add-ons) (referral link)
Products: at least two nail polishes and one beauty product 
Ships To: US and Canada
Shipping Cost: FREE standard shipping (5 - 10 days)
Promo Code: use code FREEBOX or FREECOLOR to get your first box free! (small shipping fee applies)

If you'd like to know more about Julep, you can get more information here.

Previous Mystery Boxes:
Lucky Mystery Box: Shannon | 100% Mystery 

I received the Taryn and the 100% Mystery boxes in the same shipment.

* Please note that all the prices are in U.S. dollars. *

1 | Nail Polishes

Top to bottom:
Brielle (Bombshell) | Deep autumn orange crème | $14.00 (Non-Maven) / $11.20 (Maven)
Dahlia (Boho Glam) | Goldenrod microglitter | $14.00 (Non-Maven) / $11.20 (Maven)
Taryn (It Girl) | Deep sea teal holographic glitter | $14.00 (Non-Maven) / $11.20 (Maven)*
Tatiana (Boho Glam) | Golden burnt orange microglitter | $14.00 (Non-Maven) / $11.20 (Maven)

* Taryn was available only in this mystery box, so I'm going to assume that it has the regular $14/$11.20 value

In terms of these colours, only Dahlia was a repeat for me. Funny enough, Dahlia was actually the first stand-alone polish that I purchased from Julep last October.

Here's a look at Taryn, the feature polish for this mystery box, by itself:

Artificial lighting
Direct natural lighting

Taryn is nice on its own, but I think that it would work better on top of another polish.

All of the nail polishes included in this box were regular priced, which, at the very least, is a good change from the previous mystery boxes.

2 | Julep Lengthening Mascara in Brown | $24.00 $12.99 (On Sale!)

This is the exact same mascara that I received in my Cupid's Mystery Box in February. If you would like a more detailed look at it, you can check out my review for that box here. I don't have much to say about this mascara except that I still haven't used the first one I got - not even once.

3 | Neon Nail Dips | ~$10?

I had seen this kit on a while back, so I knew it existed. Overall, this is an interesting product, but I'm totally guessing on the price. I've seen picture online of the results that people have gotten and I have to say that I'm curious to try out these neon dips. Some people choose to paint over the neon-coloured particles, so maybe I'll try doing that too. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!

The set comes with two neon-coloured pots, a small brush for clearing away excess particles, and a fast drying top coat to lock in the particles.

My only issue with this set is that the containers/pots that hold the particles are poorly designed for such small grains. Here's what I found when I opened up the set and tried opening one of the pots:

It's so easy to lose the neon-coloured particles! Even when you think that the lid is tightly closed, the little grains still seem to find a way out.

In any case, even if I don't find use for the particles, I'm sure I'll find other uses for the brush and the top coat.

4 | Mint Condition Pedi Crème | $20.00 (Non-Maven) / $16.00 (Maven)

I kind of had a feeling that it was only a matter of time before I received this cream again. I initially received it in my Julep starter box and I've used it quite a few times. It has a peppermint scent and according to Julep it is supposed to "provide soothing moisture and gentle exfoliation for rough, dry skin."

I think this cream is moisturizing; however, I typically don't use it too often because I've sort of gotten lazy at putting it on before bed. I'll most likely end up giving this away.


|| Total value: $98.99 (Non-Maven) / $83.79 (Maven) || 

There were 3 repeat products out of 7 overall products in this mystery box. In terms of value, even though the promised $100+ worth of products wasn't quite reached (I guessed at the price of the neon dips), both the non-maven and the maven values of this box were well over the $24.99 (US) that I paid for it.

So was this box a disappointment? In some ways, yes; in others - no.

To be honest, I'm not really sure why I purchased 3 mystery boxes this time around (watch out for the other two reviews coming soon). I guess the wording that Julep used in their promotions confused me enough to think that there may have been something new and exciting in these mystery boxes. In reality, there were only products from previous collections and even then it was ones older than 5/6 months.

To give myself a break, I decided against purchasing the Speckled For Spring mystery boxes a few weeks ago. From the reviews/reveals I've seen, I didn't miss out on too much. There's also been an outcry from the public to include the speckled polishes in the Secret Store this month, so hopefully I may be seeing them again soon.

Will I purchase another mystery box again from Julep? I'm pretty sure I will. Despite the possibility of disappointment, I love surprises and maybe Julep will include something the next mystery box that's from the previous collections of this year.

Did you pick up a mystery box in March? What did you think of it?

Thank you for reading! -A.

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