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Sephora Play! Box August 2016

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in Love Affair

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-544

Items in this months’s Sephora Play Box are the following:

  • Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-544
  • Clean Reserve Warm Cotton Perfume
  • Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
  • Lancôme Énergie De Vie Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Moisturizer
  • Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in Love Affair

The only item from this box that I have previously sampled is the Urban Decay Perversion mascara. The mascara wand is really fluffy and comes out of the tube with a lot of product. I felt that the formula was wet and would cause a bit of clumping on my lashes. In addition, the huge con about this mascara was that the stopper inside the tube would never stop excess product from coming out of the tube. Every single time I would take the wand out and put it back in a lot of product would accumulate on the rim. Basically I was losing lots of mascara and I always had to wipe off the tube’s rim so that I wouldn’t get mascara on my hands. I’m not sure if the full size of this mascara does the same thing, hopefully not, but this alone would make me not want to use the mascara even though the end result on my lashes was pretty decent. I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking so at least that’s on the plus side.

After swatching the Sephora eyeliner on my hand, I noticed that the product set rather quickly and after when I tried to smudge it the liner would not budge. It seems this eyeliner might actually be waterproof and last a long time! I wish they would’ve sent a different color than Love Affair since it seems most subscription boxes tend to lean towards purple eyeliners. I would’ve much more preferred a color like yellow,  a color we don’t normally gravitate to.

I’m excited to try the Make Up For Ever eyeshadow since I’ve read excellent reviews about them; however, I don’t feel quite as thrilled for the rest of the items. I’m definitely going to give the Algenist eye cream a try since I’ve been thinking about getting a good eye cream to help keep my under eye hydrated and prevent aging in the future. There were two variations of this box, one included the Lancôme moisturizer meanwhile the other contained the Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Eye Lifting Balm. Neither of these products appealed to me so I might be passing along the moisturizer especially since I just found my holy grail night time moisturizer, the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation.

Until next time, peace out!

August 25, 2016
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Rocksbox Designer Jewelry Subscription Review

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I got my first Rocksbox in the mail today and I couldn’t wait to open it. I was actually referred to Rocksbox by one of my best friends and with her referral code I was able to get this first box free. This subscription is $19/month and will provide you with three unique jewelry pieces to wear. What’s different about this subscription is that you can swap out the pieces as many times as you want each month and you can actually buy any piece you love. Anyway, I took a survey about my jewelry preferences, sizes, color selection, etc. and added some pieces to my wishlist. This box contained the studs that I had added to my wishlist which I thought was great because they tailor the box to your liking, unlike other beauty subscriptions. I really like the presentation of the box with the bow and the way that they make you feel special by including your name on the card.

The studs are really nice quality, however I wasn’t expecting the gold to be so vivid. I would’ve preferred if they looked a bit more rustic but regardless they’re cute and I can see myself getting good use out of them. I was sent two different necklaces, lets discuss the chain looking one first. I really like how this necklace contains gold and silver components and how heavy it feels. The chain’s clasp is firm and if you want to make the necklace longer or shorter you can because the clasp fits in various sized slots. Now for the second necklace, I like the concept that it’s basically two in one but the chain is way too thin for my liking. I feel this thin chain is way too fragile and can break at any second. If this necklace had a sturdier chain than I think I would’ve liked it more. Overall, I was pretty content with the box although they could’ve changed one of the necklaces for a ring since I added tons to my wishlist. Also, this is my first box so I’m sure as time progresses they’d get better at picking items for my specific taste.

Would I actually purchase these pieces? The card I was given listed the retail values and the discount you get by being an “insider.” Even though you are receiving a discount, I personally think the prices are way too high for the quality of the jewelry. The studs are supposedly worth $30, and in all honesty I wouldn’t pay anything higher than $13 for them. If each jewelry item had a price cut of at least 50% of that listed in the card I would be more likely to make a purchase. I think paying $19/month is reasonable since you’re basically renting the jewelry and they can be worn to different occasions but I don’t think the selling prices for each individual item is fair for the consumer. Have you tried Rocksbox before? If you have, let me know about your experience below. Peace out!

February 17, 2016
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Frosty Voxbox Unboxing

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Contents of the Frosty Voxbox:

  • Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (Value: $4.47)
  • McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme (Value: $8.99)
  • Fruit Vines Bites Cherry (Value: $2.99)
  • EcoTools Full Volume Styler (Value: $9.99)
  • NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum (Value: $1.79)
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Black (Value: $3.97)
  • Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea (Value: $0.17)
  • Boots No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED (Value: $1.72)
  • Total Box Value: $34.09
*Influenster is a great free program that allows you to receive products complimentary for review purposes. I have a previous post that explains Influenster in-depth here.*

This box contains a good amount of beauty products which I’m excited to try! I have previously owned the Rimmel eyeliner and found it to be long lasting with dark pigmentation. In a prior voxbox, I received a NYC lipstick from the same line but in a different shade and with a matte finish. This lipstick’s shade is a nice dusty rose with a satin finish. These lipsticks are moisturizing and glide on easily, however, they do transfer quickly. I’m eager to test Rimmel’s eye makeup remover and the Ecotools brush, especially since I’m always wearing eyeliner and blowdrying my hair. My family and I tried the Fruit Vines Bites and thought they were tasty but don’t follow through with their claim of being a “soft chewy candy.” The Bites are rather tough and not as soft as other fruit gummies I’ve tried in the past. I can’t wait to test the rest of the products! If you’re interested in joining Influenster just let me know so that I can send you an invite. Peace to the outt!

-Products were sent for review-

December 20, 2014
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December 2014 Boxycharm Unboxing

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Contents of December Boxycharm:

  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette (Value: $19.95)*
  • Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes – Glamorous (Value: $30.00)
  • Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush (Value: $19.99)
  • Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Hot Damn (Value: $14)
  • Eva NYC Clean It Up Shampoo (Value: $1.40)*
  • Total Box Retail Value: $85.34

*=Prices have been adjusted to actual retail values

So after looking at the breakdown, as you can see, there are two items that were incorrectly priced. On the info card inside the box, the listed price for the Revealed palette is $39.95. Coastal Scents does have that price listed on their website but they have it strikedout and instead they have “Our Price: $19.95.” Coastal Scents Revealed Palette is almost always on sale for $19.95 on their website and sometimes there are mega sales and it is sold for $9.95. I have already owned this palette for almost a year now and I absolutely love it. The shadows are buttery, soft, and the pigmentation is absolutely phenomenal.Would I pay $39.95 for it? No. I did purchase the palette for $9.95 and wouldn’t buy it for anything higher than $19.95. The packaging is sleek, thin, lightweight, easy to pack for traveling, and lots of people say this palette is a dupe for the original Naked palette. Before I move on to the next product, has anyone noticed that this is the third Coastal Scents product we receive from Boxycharm in the last four months (2 eyeshadow palettes and 1 concealer palette)? As much as Coastal Scents has some good hits, I desperately want to see NEW brands Boxycharm!! NEW BRANDS!! I can’t stress that enough.

The second item that was incorrectly priced was Eva NYC Clean It Up Shampoo. There were two other Eva NYC products available for subscribers. Currently, all full sized Eva NYC products are on sale at Ulta with the full sized shampoo retailing for $6.99 at Ulta. When you calculate the price for this travel sized bottle you get $1.40 and definitely not within the $7-$12 range Boxycharm claims. Anyhow, this shampoo contains two important ingredients Argan oil and Keravis protein. I’ve never heard of Keravis protein before but after doing some research it seems to be from a plant and helps reduce hair breakage. This shampoo smells purely of argan oil, yet it’s not too strong.

I have never heard of Lina Lashes before and it doesn’t help that I’m not a constant lash wearer. I’ve only tried wearing false lashes once for a wedding and I failed epically. I’ve been waiting for the right event to attempt to wear them again so I’m glad I received these lashes. However, the pair I received seems to be extremely long so I’m not sure how they’ll blend in with my real lashes. The packaging seemed inexpensive and kind of tacky to me, especially with the way the font is printed. The good thing about these lashes though is that they’re made out of mink which is supposed to be long lasting (about 10-20 uses).

Mistura Beauty Solutions retractable beauty brush is perfect for travel and the bristles are surprisingly softer than expected. This Mistura brush is similar to the Too Faced retractable kabuki brush but it has longer and less bristles. The density of the brush isn’t enough for liquid or cream foundation but is ideal for any powder product. I like the long handle on the Mistura brush more than the Too Faced short handle because it allows for more control over application.

Lastly, another Be A Bombshell product. It  just seems like this brand makes its way into every single beauty box possible. I received the lip crayon but there were two other possible lip products that a subscriber could’ve received. The crayon glides on smoothly and the product seems creamy. I just personally don’t like that the crayon is so thick because it makes it harder to apply and to achieve a crisp line. I don’t think it’s worth $14, if I had to repurchase I might pay a max of $6. I don’t see myself really using this product a lot because the color is a bright red orange and the application process is just too messy for me.

In summary, I feel this box would’ve been great for someone who didn’t already own the Coastal Scents palette. I gave my new palette to my mom since she’s always trying to take my makeup anyway. If Boxycharm doesn’t start showcasing new brands I’m not so sure their subscribers will be satisfied. In order for me to redeem my points I will need to be subscribed for one more month so January will be my last box. Hoping its a great box with some new brands in it! Well that’s all for now, peace to the out!

-Purchased by me-

December 19, 2014
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November 2014 Boxycharm Unboxing

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This is the November Boxycharm with it’s contents:

  • Kevin Murphy Color Bug in Purple (Value: $20)
  • Tarina Tarantino Eyelicity Glitter Liner (Value: $16)
  • OFRA Cosmetics Pressed Blush in Paradise Pink(Value: $24.95)
  • Bellapierre Shimemer Powder in Sensation(Value: $14.99)
  • MicaBeauty Eye Primer (Value: $22.50)
  • Total Box Value: $98.44

The hits in this box were the Tarina Tarantino eyeliner and the OFRA Cosmetics blush. Although the liner has some glitter to it, it is really nice, dries quickly, and doesn’t budge at all. I would have preferred the white eyeliner to add a pop of color instead of the typical black eyeliner but either way it is a great item. I have yet to use the blush but the pigmentation is opaque, the color is lovely, and the amount of product will last a long time.

The misses have to be the Bellapierre Shimmer Powder and the MicaBeauty Eye Primer. For one, on the info card they stated that the primer is worth $44.95, which is ridiculous. On the MicaBeauty site they have the primer on sale for $22.50 that is a bit more reasonable (still would not purchase this at that price) but I am not appreciating how they sometimes miss inform their subscribers about the retail prices. The primer is the worst one I have ever tried honestly. I loved the color and the packaging of the product and it reminded me of MAC’s paint pot bases. However, this primer creased my eyeshadow every single time I used it regardless of the type of shadow I applied. I do not have oily lids and whenever I use any other primer my eyeshadow doesn’t crease. I might just try this primer by itself as a cream shadow instead but its performance as a primer was catastrophic. Now for the Bellapierre Shimmer Powder, I didn’t open it or swatch it because it’s so light and probably won’t even show up on my skin. Boxycharm sent out this exact same product in a different shade back in July. That shimmer powder had low quality pigmentation and was not opaque at all. I was highly disappointed with it back then and that’s why this month’s shimmer powder will be going to the swap pile.

I personally do not understand why the Kevin Murphy item was in our box but I guess Boxycharm is trying to add more variety. At first, I thought the product was a liquid hair dye and in all the pictures I saw on Instagram they looked extremely tiny. I was happy to see that they were actually larger in real life and turns out, they are just hair chalk. I used to have magenta and purple hair back when I was a freshman in high school so I am grateful that I received the purple color bug. I am going to use the chalk on my highlights so that the color shows up more on my extremely dark brown hair. I will post pictures and describe my experience with this product in a new post once I try it out.

This month’s box was okay and did not have that “wow” factor for me. I am deciding whether I will keep my subscription after December because lately the boxes have been “meh” and I am not using most of the products. Well, let me know what you think! Thanks for reading and as always, peace to the outttt.

-Purchased by me-

November 30, 2014
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