February Beauty Box 5

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This is my 2nd month with Beauty Box 5. It was a subscription that I was never really that wowed by before, but recently it seemed they’ve been featuring brands and products I enjoy. I purchased a one year subscription to save some money. Normally BB5 is $12.00 a month. You can click on my pictures to be taken to their site.

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John Freida Touchably Full Shampoo’s & Conditioner’s. I don’t see value in these because I get tons of them free. But I do have a few weekend trips planned and these will be perfect to pack along.

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Rockstar Nail Polish and Nail Polish Sprinkles. I also don’t see a lot of value here because I have heard such bad things about this set. I haven’t used it, and honestly.. it’s going in the swap pile. I love the color, but that is all.

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This Aveeno Lavender Body Wash is already gone. I loved it. It was so relaxing and I need it in my life always. I will for sure be buying the full sized bottle. The mascara I have tried from Birch Box I believe in the past. I remember really liking it.

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BB5 included a $10.00 off voucher for a personalized necklace. I wasn’t excited at first cause usually that means spending a ton more money. I had one box send me a $25.00 gift card and when I went to the site the cheapest item was $215.00! Well, this was different and I only had to pay shipping which was inexpensive! I wanna say maybe $7.00? If that.

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It came in the cutest little box!

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I know. It’s gaudy. But I freaking love it. I had to go with the neon Barbie pink.. had to. I’m so excited to wear this! hah.

February Birch Box

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When I received my February Birch Box in the mail I was excited. I mean this thing was heavy which for Birch Box was a first. I couldn’t wait to dive in. I had no idea what I was getting. I know you can see what you are getting in most subscription boxes but I really love the surprise of it all. Birch Box is $10.00 a month (I bought one year to get one month free), and after you review your products you receive a $5.00 credit. So for me, I consider this a $4.00 a month subscription. Birch Box generally sells high end product which I love. Even though the samples aren’t always huge, they give me a great idea of what to expect when I’m ready to splurge.

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Bain de Terre Passion Flower Shampoo and Conditioner. These are what was making my box heavy! The full sizes are $12.00 each. I don’t feel like doing my calculations to figure out the sample values right now but I will say these are big enough to last about 2 weeks. Which I am cool with. I won’t be buying them because although they smell great, they don’t do anything special for my hair.

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I also got this small Ruby Wing Color Changing Polish. The full size is $10.00. I am prob going to swap this. I am not a fan of Ruby Wing.

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The last 2 items are Joan Vass’s L’eau de Amethsyt ($75.00 full size) perfume and Previse Hydromilk. I don’t mind getting perfume samples in subscription boxes, I may be the only person that doesn’t mind it. I like being able to try out a perfume for a week, see if I get any compliments, and see if it irritates my skin. Then I either pass them on, order a full size, or throw them out. Total win. This was a very strong sweet floral scent that I felt was overpowering. I work in a small office and I’m pretty sure my coworkers senses would be offended by this perfume. I threw this one away. The Hydromilk is a small sample same in size to the Juara Candlenut cream I tried last month. I like getting moisturizer samples but this one is so small it doesn’t give me enough of an idea if I would want to buy the full scent. It covers half a leg. That’s not enough to judge something by or decide to spend $48.00 (!!) on. That’s a lot for moisturizer. I need a better sample to risk spending that kind of cash.

So although this wasn’t my favorite Birch Box, I got to nix a perfume off my try list, swap a polish for one I’d like better, and have 2 weeks of shampoos. Works for me!

January Beauty Box 5

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So it’s late February and I am finally reviewing my January Beauty Box 5 box. In my defense, I signed up in February and as part of the promotion I received this January box free of charge and also a discount on a 1 year subscription. That means I will only be paying about $9.00 a box. Usually Beauty Box 5 costs $12.00 and promised 5 deluxe or full size products.

ImageSwissco Bath & Shower Exfoliating Gloves -$5.00. These are wonderful. I’m sure everyone has owned a set at one point. I was due for a new pair so I was so happy to get these.

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Jergens Daily Moisture moisturizer -$.33. & H2O Spa Body Wash in Lotus -$1.36. The moisturizer is in my purse because it’s the perfect travel size and is a great moisturizer. I haven’t tried the body wash yet because I have a few to get through first, but it smells amazing and reminds me of summer.

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The ‘That Awkward Moment’ Compact is just a small mirror for a movie promotion. I brought it to work and threw it in my desk. I needed a mirror there anyway!

Epic Blend Hemp Coconut Lip Balm -$3.39. When I saw I was getting this I was so excited. I love coconut everything. Then I tried it and hated it because it smelled weird and not what I expected. Now I am completely addicted to it and use it constantly. Weird, huh? It’s easily my favorite lip balm I’ve ever used.

In the box we also received a $5.00 cuticle oil by Nubar, mine is vanilla scented. I must have been pretty excited it about it because I forgot to photograph it and I have been using it daily. lol. I’ll be honest that it hasn’t really done a lot for me and I haven’t seen any results. But keep in mind I live in Wisconsin and it is freezing cold here so my hands are as dry as can be.

All in all, this box was so amazing for me. I realize these are super high end expensive samples, but they are all things I will happily use and I cannot say that about all the expensive stuff I get from other boxes. I especially love this box because it was free. 😉

January Birch Box

Birch Box is so different. They are the first subscription box that I have ever tried. At $10.00 a month Birch Box seemed like a proper investment. Little did I know it would spark an obsession to subscriptions that will never feel quenched. I want them all! Seriously, if I were rich, I would get every single last one of them with no regrets. I had considered canceling my Birch Box subscriptions after a few particularly bad months but I figured $10.00 isn’t that much, and after you review your products you do get $5.00 back in credit so I held back. I am so glad I didn’t cancel! I had seen some spoilers of other people’s boxes for January and I was so excited to see what was in mine.

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Now the obvious stunner is this red glitter Nail Rock set. It’s a full sized item that retails for $7.00! I was so excited about this. But then I started thinking about the obvious problems.. loose glitter.. removing glitter from the nails.. red glitter covering every surface of my home. I haven’t tried it yet. I love glitter. If the world sparkled I’d be happy forever. But that’s not realistic. I am going to wait until Valentine’s Day and wear this for a night on the town. And probably not again.

ImageI was also very excited to see this Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. The 3.2 oz retails for $19.50 but this 1.06 oz still has a value of $6.50. I really enjoyed this dry shampoo. I was so lucky to get it when I did because for the last few days the city has been working on the sewer system which means no showers! This left very little residue and the usual white chalk was easily brushed out, leaving my hair looking fresh and clean!

The Juara body cream I haven’t touched yet. It’s a small sample (.17 oz). The full size is 7.5 oz and retails for $35.00. This is for severely dry skin. The only thing that irks me with Birch Box is that my profile does say clearly that I have oily skin and I keep getting moisturizers. Couldn’t they send me some oil blotting papers instead? Yes, I really have the oiliest skin ever. I will use this because at least it isn’t for the face. But I am saving it for summer.

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Most people hate getting tea in their boxes. I can’t get enough and this is actually the first time I have ever gotten tea. it makes me sad because I know I am one of the few that enjoys it! I used to hate tea but now all of a sudden my tastes changed! This Ahmad tea is so good! The English Breakfast is a staple in my home. And I loved the Lemon Vitality. It’s next on my Birch Box shopping list. I also got an Apricot flavor that I gave to my mom because she loves peach and apricot things. Birch Box sells 2 boxes of these teas for $7.00! This is actually one of the least expensive teas on the market, and genuinely one of the best! The samples only have a value of about $ .17 each but that’s okay! I was so happy to try a new flavor that I loved. Btw Birch Box also sells the cutest tea tins from Ahmad. I have bought all of them and proudly display them in my kitchen.

This mascara is by 100% Pure and I received the Black Tea color. I have seen mixed reviews on this but personally, I think this is fabulous and I intend to buy the full size. It’s pricey at $18.00 but this worked wonders on my lashes. People really need to realize that mascaras suit each person differently and stop complaining about them. You just need to find the one that works best for you and roll with it. I got the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara in one of my box, and every person I’ve seen seems to love it, but for me it’s the worst I’ve ever used but I am still glad that I got to try it!  The thing I love most about this mascara and all 100% Pure products is that they are organic, natural, and made from fruit and vegetable pigments. I worry about all the chemicals in products and try to get away from them as much as possible. I can’t wait to try the other products in this line!

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December Ipsy’s Bag

 Welcome to my Ipsy bag for December. Now that I have had time to use these products for a couple of weeks I am better prepared to review them.

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The first thing I will review is the thing I thought I would hate. I have received several J Cat items through Ipsy and genuinely hated them. Like to the point of wanting to write them a letter expressing my frustration in their products.  This J Cat Beauty ‘The Big Lip Pencil’ retails for $3.99. It looks bright but when applied to the lips is a nice almost neutral shade that is a tiny bit rosy. It is moisturizing and I absolutely love it.

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Image credit: J cat Beauty’s website. Please click the pic to view it.

I also received Be A Bombshell’s ‘The One Stick’ in Sunset. This all in one stick can be used on your eyelids, lips, or cheeks.  Now, I’m not sure that I would use this on my eye lids but it works very well to give you rosy cheeks. I also even like it on my lips! This retails for $16.00.

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Image Credit: Be A Bombshell’s website. Click the pic to view it.

Here are swatches of the above to items. The top is with flash, the bottom is without flash. The top product is the all in one stick, and the bottom is the lip crayon.

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I also received this Pop Beauty Cosmetic’s eye shadow palette in ‘Bright Up Your Life’. I’m not sure the value exactly because the real palette is much larger but I will value it at $7.21 based not that palette. I was so happy to get this trio because the other was grey, silver, and white. These colors are nice, not highly pigmented, and would never compare to my UD Naked palette, but I will wear them! The swatches below are horrible but were the best I could get. It was starting to get dark out and my cam wouldn’t focus.

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ImageI also got this Mirabella Eye Blender Brush. It retails for $27.00! It’s beautiful and very heavy. Prob my prettiest brush I own. It is used to blend your eyeshadows to create a more fluid look. For me, I’m ehhhh about this brush. The bristles are so long it is awkward for me to use. I am so close to trimming it but I am not sure if that would ruin it.

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Image Credit: Mirabella Beauty’s website. Click to view.

Last but not least is Nicka K’s nail polish in ‘Ripe Apple’. I couldn’t find a picture of the bottle itself but I did do my nails in this color so that’s pretty good, right!? It retails for $4.99 which is quite inexpensive for polish these days. I thought the color was stunning but even with a base, 2 coats, and top coat it started chipping within 2 hours. Had it not been for that, I would have been hooked on this brand. The application was flawless and I hope maybe next time it’ll be chip free. I will keep trying because I want to love this.

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So December’s bag retailed for $59.19! Did you know Ipsy only costs $10.00 per month!? I mean, that is pretty amazing. They are the only beauty subscription that consistently sends enough make up each month to create an entire look with. And I think this month’s bag was curated beautifully. The deep reds and golds were holiday appropriate and I loved everything.

Please use my link to sign up for Ipsy. For each person that signs up you receive IpsyPoints good towards additional products. You can also review each product you receive for points each month! Thank you!

http://www.ipsy.com/r/2pym

Premiere August Bondi Box!

August was the first month that Bondi introduced their subscription service. For $19.99 a month you will receive 3 full size polishes ($37.50 value) and a surprise beauty treat. I am not currently subscribed to any polish boxes so I was excited to find one I wanted to join! A huge selling point for Bondi is that they are 5 free, their net profits go to several non-profit foundations, and are made in the USA. 

As a bonus I received an e-mail offering me a second August box for only $15 that would contain no duplicates!

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Again with the bad cell phone pictures. I am on the market for a nice digital camera at the moment. 

Each box contained 3 polishes, 1 small perfume, and 1 make up product. I received a shadow stick and a cheek tint. Their make-up and perfume is 100% natural! 


However, I do have to say this and it isn’t going to be pretty.  I would have rather received no beauty products at all and only have received polish, rather than receive very poor beauty products. When you mix those bad products with the good, it still makes me think that maybe all of the products aren’t as good as I originally thought. This perfume stinks of rubbing alcohol. It made me nauseous and after 5 minutes faded to nothing, in this case that was a good thing. The shadow stick is sub par and the cheek tint doesn’t work at all. I really want to make it clear to Bondi that sending these items has really hurt my view on them.

But on to the good news.. I love their polish. Truly. The colors are beautiful. The formula is great. And these dried FAST. Fully dried. Not just the looks dry but smudges 20 minutes later kind of dry. 100% dry and staying put. 

The colors I got are as follows, and the images are stolen from http://www.bondinewyork.com 

 

Fushia-Istic

Fushia-Istic

Central Park Blossom

Central Park Blossom

Fool's!

Fool’s!

Brick Road

Brick Road

Blue Skies

Blue Skies

City Slicker

City Slicker

There ya have it. Wonderful colors. They just need to drop the beauty extras and focus on great polish!

July Glossybox

ImageFor many, July’s Glossybox was their last and final straw due to the fact that this Glossybox had no full sized products or impressive deluxe samples. This was my second month of Glossybox and I am not unhappy and will continue my subscription. Glossybox is $21.00 a month and ships pretty late in the month. 

ImageI will start with the only full sized item in this month’s box. Figs and Rouge ‘Cherry Blossum Tinted Lip Blam Tube’. Value- $9.00. I have never tried lip balm in a tube like this before. I like it! It smells nice, adds a touch of color, and isn’t as sticky as I assumed it would be. It is all made with 100% natural ingredients.

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Image taken from http://www.nailsinc.com

This ended up being a deluxe sample and I am okay with that! I have so much nail polish I really don’t need full size all the time. I love this color called ‘Baker Street’ by Nails Inc. It costs $9.50 for a full sized polish. Not bad price because this polish is vibrant and applies well in one coat. I have it on my toes right now and it is so fun!

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Got a sample sized Bvgari ‘Au the Blanc’ Shampoo and Shower Gel. This is truly a beautiful, soft, feminine scent. I love it. I would absolutely wear this as a perfume as well. The full size wash is $42.00. so the sample is about $7.00.

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I received a Brazilian Blowout ‘Acai Deep Conditioning Masque’ for the hair. The full size is $40.00 though the sample is significantly smaller so it’s hard to price out.  I try to do a hair mask about twice a week. I have not used this because I am doing a hair trial and cannot use these kind of products right now. Apologies!

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A small sample of Evologie’s  Intensive Blemish Serum is included but since I have (for once) have no acne I can’t try it out! The reviews are good and I am excited to have this product to use. I haven’t found anything that works on those few zits I get during my time of month. I hope this does the trick! The full size costs $35.00 but this is much smaller.

If you look above you will see the bonus item- a 10 pack of Absolute make up cleansing towelettes. I just finished up my package of these that I found at TJ Maxx (30 wipes for 4.99 I think!) and I love these! I have found that most wipes make my eyes burn but these do not at all. I can get all my eye make up off without any problems and they smell pretty too! I will continue to buy these ( I have tried Almay, Yes! to Cucumbers, and Simple wipes.. all burned!).

 

So even though this is almost all sample sized products, I will use each and every one of these items and be happy to do so!