User review: Becoming a Julep Maven (Part 1)

Julep began in 2007 as a boutique nail parlor in Seattle.  Julep now offers a line of products promising professional results at home.  One can purchase these items at but the special twist they offer is to shop with them by becoming a Julep Maven.

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Nothing like freshly painted fingers and toes

Becoming a Maven, which is kind of like a subscription service, is quite simple.  On the Julep home page you will find a Style Profile quiz.  Taking the quiz will place you into one of several Style categories (descriptions are my shortened versions of their descriptions):

“It Girl” – a natural trendsetter, cutting-edge colors

“Iconic Beauty” – timeless aesthetic with chic, elegant colors

“Boho Glam” – a creative free spirit, a mix of earthy tones and chic, vibrant colors

“Bombshell” – bold, glam colors and anything that sparkles

“Modern Beauty” – a savvy tastemaker who wants to try the latest and most innovative products


Photo not meant to imply any sort of endorsement

Each month, there is a carefully selected box for each style profile.  Depending on the profile, the box contains nail colors, beauty products, or both.  Julep says that each monthly box, priced at $19.99,  contains products worth a total of $40 and up.  Each month a Maven has the opportunity to preview each box and select the one she prefers.  Once she has a chosen a box, the Maven is then presented with opportunities to add certain products to the box at discounted prices via the Secret Store.  She will also receive free shipping and 20% off at

This offer appealed to me for several reasons.  One, it sounded like a good deal, and I’m all about a good deal.  Two, I love getting packages in the mail!  And three, when it comes to special little treats like nail polish, I tend to either purchase very similar items (“rut”), not purchase things because I think I don’t “deserve” them, or just never get around to buying them.  Having a monthly box delivered will “force” me to a treat that I probably would not otherwise have gotten myself, along with trying colors and products I might not otherwise have purchased. Kewl.

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A package! A package! Somebody loves me!

PS – Through the Powered by Girlfriends program Julep donates a portion of their proceeds to “organizations that support and empower women.”  These include National Women’s Sports Foundation, Dress for Success Worldwide, Girl Up, Polaris Project, and the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.

PPS -Can’t wait to become a Maven?  Here’s my referral link to join.  Use code FREECOLOR to try it out for free!


(sorry, couldn’t resist, used to always do that on my notes to friends when I was a girl!)

Coming up:  I discover my style profile and I receive and review my first order!











My “Me” Week

I keep meaning to “take some time for myself” and keep putting it off.  This spring I finally did something about this.  My impetus was the fact that Ron & Ginny, going to different schools, had two different spring breaks this year.  I realized that I would not be getting a “week off” (as much as a mother can have a ‘week off!’) so I decided that, the week between their breaks, would be *my* week and that I would do one thing “for me” each day.  Here’s how it went down:

Monday: Pedicure

I usually get a pedicure once or twice a year, if that, so it’s a big treat for me to do this.  I went to a new (to me) salon that is near Ron’s school, thinking that it would be a convenient spot in the future.  However, I won’t be going back.  During the pedicure she pulled a chunk of skin from my toe that ended up getting infected.  Other than that, though, it was great, lol!  Seriously, except for that it was a nice experience and my toes did look nice (except for the oozing part). 

Tuesday: Movie

I went to see “Alice in Wonderland” in 3-D and just loved it!  It was definitely too intense for Ginny but I had the feeling she’d enjoy watching it on our TV at home.  (And I was right, I went on to buy it on DVD and she’s watched it over and over).

Wednesday:  Massage

Need I say more?  Heaven.

Thursday: Facial

I’ve only had one other facial so this was definitely a treat.  I really liked the lady who did it, including the fact that she did not try to sell me any products.  It was sooo relaxing and my skin looked and felt wonderful afterward.  Now that I am getting older *ahem* I am going to try to do this more often in an attempt to maintain my skin.

Friday: Car Wash

I had originally planned to either get a manicure or a spray tan but I ended up needing to stay with Mom which limited my time.  It’s always a treat for my car to be squeaky clean, inside and out, so I took my car to the car wash for a treatment.

I felt like the week went really well.  It was fun planning out what I was going to do each day, and the anticipation of each item was almost as much fun as the actual experiences.  My goal now is to continue to incorporate these “treats” into my schedule.