Saturday, May 31, 2014

PopSugar Must Have - May 2014

PopSugar Must Have
Cost: $39.99/month

Well hello there, May PS box. This magically appeared on my doorstep today, I haven't even gotten a shipping notice yet.

Cornfields Hi I'm Skinny Sticks Multi-Grain Sweet Onion - $4

I ripped this bag open as soon as I got this box.... and then was disappointed. To be honest, I only ate probably 3 of these and then put the bag down. Just not for me.

Kerry Cassill Sleep Mask - $24

I was actually pretty excited about this. I know, I know, it's just a sleep mask. But this came at the perfect time, as I think it's time to retire my old one. :( I like the blue pattern too, and it is made with soft voile cotton.

Tone It Up One Day Fat Blast DVD - $15

I know I'm not going to use this, but summer is just around the corner so I will pass it along to a friend.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Polish in "Pool Boy" - $10

This is my first OCC polish and I am loving this color!!! The polish is densely pigmented and delivers super-long-lasting results. Better yet, this quick-drying nail lacquer is 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Zing Anything Citrus Zinger - $17

Not something that I will use, but my boss is going to LOVE THIS~!

28oz bottle, BPA/Halogen/EA and Phthalates free

Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser - $45

First I thought "$45 for this?". Then I sniffed it....and I'm having a hard time figuring out what I think it smells like.... The beach, maybe? But not in a good way.... It says it has a "intoxicating blend of jasmine absolute and fresh coconut aromas. Hmmm. I am definitely not a fan of the scent.

Overall, the May box was mostly a miss. The only items I will keep/use is the nail polish and the sleep mask. But hey. Some months are good, and others not so much. Guess this is one of those months.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

GlossyBox - May 2014

Cost: $21/month

May 2014's Glossybox. This is the last month is my 3-month sub, and I will not be renewing. The boxes are mostly skin care / hair care items, and I am interested in monthly makeup.


Ciate' London Paint Pot in "Skinny Dip" - $15.00 (Full Size)

I got the color "Skinny Dip", and it looks very, VERY ORANGE in the pot but when swatched, it comes out a really pretty, almost coral color. And the little bow is adorable!

Caldrea Body Wash - $18.00

This is a 1oz sample, the full size item is 11.5oz and sells for $18. Infused with brightening free-radical fighting angelica root and linden flower extracts.

LASplash Cosmetics Eyeshadow Sealer/Base - $9.00 (FULL SIZE)

Something totally new to me, this product intensifies color and provides extra protection against smears and smudges for flawless 12-hour wear.

Aqua Spa Relax Body Creme - $10.00 (Full Size)

Another body creme. Thanks to my subscription addiction, I have so many lotions/creams, it's going to take me forever to get a chance to use them all. This may get traded, simply because I have so many others already "in line".

Bellapierre Cosmetics Super Gloss in Vanilla Pink - $24.50 (FULL SIZE)

This lip gloss is made with natural ingredients and enriched with vitamin E, jojoba, avocado and sunflower waxes. It is infused with a natural plumper, which helps minimize fine lines on and around the lips.

BoxyCharm - May 2014

Cost: $21/month

The May 2014 BoxyCharm is here!

The theme this month is "Mother's Day" and the box is advertised as having a $75+ value.

Information card

Mirabella Pretty & Provocative Lip Color - $22 (FULL SIZE!)

This was one of the spoilers released and I am super excited about it. The color is beautiful.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish Remover Pads - $15.00 (FULL SIZE)

Interesting concept, but nothing I will personally use. This item is sealed in wrap, and since I am not planning to use it, I didn't want to open it, but on the website it says this has 15 pads included, though it's not listed on the package itself.  It may be a good item to throw in a travel bag, no worries of leakage.

Ferro Cosmetics Pink Fabuki Brush - $20.00 (FULL SIZE)

This was also released as a spoiler and bloggers and gals alike were going NUTS OVER IT. Admittedly, I was as well. I love getting tools in boxes, ESPECIALLY when they are pink!! :) Honestly, this could be the only item in the whole box, and I would be thrilled.

Embelleze Novex Olive Oil & Argan Oil - Sample

These are large, foil samples. They claim to help condition your hair by treating dryness, split ends and frizzies.

Illume Lavish Hand Creme - $20.00 (FULL SIZE)

Full sized hand lotion. Really, it's huge. I haven't opened it to smell it yet, as I have a few other lotions that I need to finish off first, but I will definitely use it! And the packaging is so pretty!!

Verdict: Once again, BoxyCharm is in my Top 3 favorite subscriptions! If you haven't signed up yet, you are missing out!

Ipsy - May 2014

Cost: $10/month

May 2014 Ipsy bag!

This looks really good!

The theme this month is "Fresh Picks"

Seriously?!?! HOW CUTE IS THIS BAG!!?? This is my new favorite design. Plus, it's a canvas type material.

Pur-lisse Pur-Moist Hydra Balance Moisturizer

I really don't use moisturizers so I will be passing this along to a friend.

Avene Thermal Spring Water

I got a face mist in the PS Resort box so I don't need this right now, and will be trading it.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo #2

The colors are "Moonbeam" and "Unicorn". Love this duo! It's gorgeous!!

Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in "Frappe"

I will trade this item, as I'm not really a fan of nude colors like this.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Prestige Cosmetics Prize Pack

My prize pack from Prestige Cosmetics has arrived!

Items Include:
Total Intensity Beyond Lashes Mascara in Jet Black
Total Intensity Bold Eyeshadow Trio in Smoke and Mirrors
Total Intensity Long Lasting Eyeliner is Deepest Black
Total Intensity Cosmetics Bag

This was a prize I won for taking a survey on Prestige's facebook page.

Birchbox - May 2014

Cost: $10/month

The May 2014 Birchbox is finally here! (This box was a freebie for me this month because of the fiasco with the April box).

"Freewheeling" is the theme this month. I really have no clue how they come up with these.

SmartyPants All-In-One Gummy Vitamins for Adults

This was the "lifestyle extra" and really Birchbox?? Wth?  Given the choice, I'd prefer tea! Obviously one dose of vitamins isn't going to be enough to do anything for you. I did sample them and they taste exactly like those orange slice gummy candies.

Whish Shave Cream

At first glance, I thought this was lotion. Honesly, I have never used shaving cream. I am more of the "shower gel and water" kind of shaving girl. But I did give this a shot the night I got it and let me say this, my legs have never felt smoother! It is Acai Grapefruit scented which is also very pleasant.

Will I use this? Yes. Will I purchase this? Yes. Will I purchase this for $20 (the selling price in the BB shop)? No.

No. 4 Shampoo and Conditioner

Meh. Whatever. The shampoo is a decent size sample. I'm not thrilled about the foil packet conditioner but they will both be used eventually.

LAQA & Co Lip Lube in "Menatour" (purple)

At first I thought "No way!". That's a PURPLE LIPPIE! Then I swatched it on my hand and instantly changed my mind. It it such a pretty color. Definitely not what I was expecting!

CotzFace Natural Skin Tone SPF 40

Another super small sample that I will not have a use for, as I got a large box of sunscreen samples from BzzAgent this week!

Verdict: For a $10 Birchbox, it's not bad. I am excited to use the shaving cream and the lip lube, and will get use of the shampoo and conditioner.

Beauty Box 5 - May 2014

Beauty Box 5
Cost: $12/month

My May 2014 BB5 is here! This month there was 2 variations of boxes, this box shown above was the "Paid" box. There were also boxes floating around that were "freebie boxes". BB5 released a promo code for a free box last month and apparently customers who used the code got a box of leftovers that BB5 says was the "most popular items" in previous boxes.

"Fresh and Focused" was the theme this month.

Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel

This is a very, very tiny sample and I really won't have any use for it. Will pass it along to a friend.

Maskeraide Mask

I'm not really a fan of masks in general, but I've seen photos of bloggers wearing this mask (what looks like a wet sheet of paper with eye holes) and I can't imagine I will use this either.

Harvey Prince "Hello"

I got this sample in my Birchbox in December and I LOVE THE SCENT! I can't justify spending $55 on it right now, though, so I will gladly accept another sample~!

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths

Nothing really exciting. Useful, yes. Exciting, no. But I'll keep them handy!

Cattiva Retractable Waterproof Eye Liner

Bloggers are RAVING about this one! It's a brand I haven't used before and I am super excited to try it!

Verdict: This box didn't have a "WOW" factor this month, but I do still feel that I got $12 worth of products and I'm happy with that.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mail of the Day - May 13, 2014

BzzAgent Chobani Greek Yogurt campain #gotitfree

BzzAgent Coppertone Sunscreen campaign  #gotitfree