Monday, April 30, 2012

The Look Bag April 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
So this month bag was an okay bag, I wasn't overly excited about any particular item. I did receive things that I would use and I also received things that I thought I would not like but ending up liking it and vice versa. Here is what was in my bag this month:

- CoCo Cosmetics Jovie Jubilee Luxury Body Lotion (Size: 2 oz.)
A festive scent that works for anyone, at any time of the year. A celebration for your skin. This moisturizing lotion has tea tree oil and pro vitamin to help your skin stay soft and smooth. Apply all over your body and prepare to celebrate your beautiful skin with an exciting new lotion. This lotion really does smell divine! It is enriched with shea butter, moroccan oils, and vitamin complex. The fragrance has notes of sandalwood, black cherries, and vanilla. So far I really am enjoying this sample.

- Pur~lisse SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer (Size: 0.5 oz.)
Stay radiant in the sun with pur~lisse's pur~protect SPF 30. Powerful protection from the entire spectrum is yours, all in a lightweight, nourishing moisturizer. Pur~protect combines the unique peptide complex Lotus Lupine 5 and the Hydra-Shield complex, featuring vitamin E and soy proteins. It's a quick-drying, non-whitening formula, so it won't interfere with makeup! No matter the weather, keep your skin supple and nourished with pur~protect SPF 30.

- Orofluido Beauty Elixir For Your Hair (Size: 0.17 fl oz)
Beauty elixir for all hair types, with a pure luxuriance that envelops your hair. Three organic natural oils in an exquisite mixture with a pleasant, silky texture, absorbed rapidly and leaving no residue in the hair.

- Laura Mercier Perfecting Water Rich (Size: 0.34 fl. oz.)
Laura Mercier Perfecting Water Rich is a hydrating fluid that temporarily over-hydrates skin allowing deeper penetration of ingredients, moisturizers and serums in further treatments. Use on clean, dry skin. Saturate a Cotton Square and gently massage over the entire face and neck using a patting motion.

- Virga Botanicals Fragrance Aromatic Greens (Size: Small Vial)
 Truly green and modern! A unisex fragrance loved by everyone. Vibrantly herbal, not too sweet and beautifully refreshing. Notes of balsam, peppermint, coriander, sage and rosewood, softened with a bit of vanilla.  Long-lasting and so uplifting!

Overall there were two samples that I had already received in other subscription services which was kind of a bummer. But there are things that I am excited to try out like the Laura Mercier Perfecting Water Rich and the Jovie Jubilee Luxury Lotion. I really did not like the scent of the Virga Botanicals Fragrance in Aromatic Greens it just wasn't my cup of tea. This will be my last month with The Look Bag, maybe in the future I will try it again but as for now I do not feel like its the right subscription company for myself. Did anyone get anything different for April's bag? If so I would love to hear what you received. 

Beauty Box 5 April 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
So this month I think was a pretty good month. I was really excited to receive some makeup items in this month's Beauty Box 5. Here is what I received:

 - Freeman Pink Grapefruit Exfoliating Scrub (Size: 0.5 fl oz.)
The Pink Grapefruit Facial Exfoliating Scrub is a real treat. It gently resurfaces your skin, removing dead cells so your skin experiences healthy cell renewal. It's non-invasive, perfect for all skin types - and, oh yeah, it smells amazing! Full size is 6 fl. oz. and retails for $3.99

- Supergoop! SPF 30+ Sunscreen Swipes with Zinc (Size: One 6" X 8" Swipe)
Supergoop! believes that UV protection is the foundation of any skincare regimen, and their Sunscreen Swipes are no exception to this rule. Formulated with zinc for sensitive skin, these pre-moistened, water-resistant wipes can be used by children two or three months old. Soothe your skin while giving it powerful SPF 30 protection. Like all Supergoop! products, they're made without parabens, petrochemicals, fragrances, and phthalates. Full size has an 8 count and has a retail value of $10.00

- Pur~lisse SPF 30 Pur~Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer (Size: 0.14 oz.)
Stay radiant in the sun with pur~lisse's pur~protect SPF 30. Powerful protection from the entire spectrum is yours, all in a lightweight, nourishing moisturizer. Pur~protect combines the unique peptide complex Lotus Lupine 5 and the Hydra-Shield complex, featuring vitamin E and soy proteins. It's a quick-drying, non-whitening formula, so it won't interfere with makeup! No matter the weather, keep your skin supple and nourished with pur~protect SPF 30. Full size is 1.7 oz. and has a retail value of $55.00

- La Fresh Eco-Beauty Waterproof Makeup Remover (Size: One Wipe 5" X 4")
Bid greasy makeup removers bye-bye with the luxurious six-oil blend of Eco-Beauty Waterproof Makeup Removers from LA Fresh. A blend of olive, jojoba, lavender, sesame, grapeseed, and vitamin E nourish and refresh the eye and lip areas while instantly dissolving resistant makeup. No need to worry about pulling - the Eco-Beauty wipes are an effortless way to feel fresh and clean. They're free of alcohol, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, dyes, glycols, artificial fragrances and animal byproducts. And they're 100% biodegradable! Full size has a 24 count and has a retail value of $9.99

- Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan: Twilight (Size: 0.064 oz.)
For an everyday product, eye shadows can feel like a major investment. In steps Makeup Geek, with their budget-conscious shadows that don't sacrifice striking color. Their highly pigmented shadows are talc- and paraben-free, and never tested on animals. These pans can be placed in empty palettes (like MAC Pro Palettes or Z-Palettes) for the ultimate in custom tones. I was sent a full size pan and it has a retail value of $5.99

Like I mentioned above I did enjoy everything that I received this month. I am still on the fence about this service so I am going to stick with it a little longer because I feel like they are improving with every month that passes. What are your thoughts on Beauty Box 5?

Birchbox April 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
Last month's box arrived damaged and I was suppose to get a replacement and when it didn't arrive I contacted Birchbox and was told that it was shipped to the wrong address and I was issued a full refund so that is why I did not share last month's Birchbox. This month's box arrived all in tact which was nice. Here is a picture of what I received for the month of April:

- Dropps Laundry Detergent (Size: 2 pacs)
Made with a highly concentrated formula, each Dropps pac has enough cleaning action for a whole load of laundry. Free of fabric damaging enzymes, the detergent is safe for all fabrics, colors, temperatures, and washing machines. Just drop the dissolving pacs into your washing machine, then move on to more important things on your to-do list. These sell in a pack of 20 pacs for a retail value of $6.00

- Amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask (Size: 20 mL)
Sourced from rare sea buckthorn berries, Obliphica oil is a wonder ingredient rich in natural vitamins and omega acids that sink into each follicle, repairing any signs of heat and styling damage. Moroccan argan oil infuses hair with deep moisture, while vitamin C adds brightness and shine. Plus, the formula is completely free of parabens and sulfates. A full size is 500 mL and retails for $40.00

- Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer (Size: 0.17 fl oz.)
Instead of plain old H2O, this moisturizer is formulated with a blend of juices and other botanicals that nourish skin. Organic apple, grape, and pomegranate juices nourish with antioxidants and phytonutrients, while hyaluronic acid draws moisture to the skin without the weight of oils. Aloe leaf juice and cucumber extract soothe skin and heal redness and irritation. Use it regularly to balance your skin tone while replenishing moisture levels. Full size is 2 fl oz. and retails for $28.00

- Zoya TRUE Spring Collection: Lotus (Size: 0.25 fl oz.)
Each Zoya shade goes on opaque with just one coat and lasts 50 percent longer than traditional polishes. And you’ll be glad to hear that the vegan-friendly formulas don’t contain formaldehyde, tuolene, camphor, and other toxic chemicals. Full size is 0.50 fl oz. and retails for $8.00

- Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift (Size: .04 fl oz.)
Inspiration for Wonderstruck came from Taylor’s favorite memories and scents. The fragrance is a gourmand floral; a charming and sparkling surprise of vibrant fruits, kissed by a bouquet of soft petals and a touch of sweet indulgence. Full size is 3.4 fl oz. and retails for $59.50

Overall I thought this was a pretty good box. Everything I received are things that I will use. I really enjoyed the Zoya nail polish it is such a gorgeous shade of purple! Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services so I can't wait to see what next month holds.

MyGlam April Bag 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
I am running behind this month with my monthly subscription services. I have just been so busy this month, I'm sorry! But on to this month's MyGlam bag. This month's theme was Girls Night Out, when I first heard of it I was excited to see what items would be included this month. When I received this month's bag I was pleased with the items sent. But hopefully future months hold better things... Here is what was in my bag this month:

This months bag was a pink metallic color which I thought was rather cute. The info card was also really cute and I liked the color blocking that was used in the back where the item information is located.

- DermStore Lip Quench Moisture Infused Lip Treatment (Size: 0.21 oz.)
Lip Quench uses a blend of powerful nourishing oils to moisturize and smooth lips. Maxi-lip, a patented peptide complex, instantly improves hydration, definition and volume, while olive and sweet almond oils provide antioxidant protection. Helps lips feel softer, smoother and more plump by delivering intense moisture.I really enjoyed this when I tried it out initially so I will try it a few more times so that I can get a better feel for this product. This item is actually full size and retails for $12.00

- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: Ransom (Size: 0.03 oz.)
Creamy, forever-lasting, award-winning and waterproof, 24/7 pencils delight you with lush tropical hues, deep metallics, and unusually vibrant neutrals. I really liked the purple shade in Ransom that I received and I cant wait to use it. The full size is 0.04 oz. and retails for $19.00

- MyGlam All Over Eyeshadow Brush & Eyeliner Brush
Two new additions for your exclusive Glammie travel brush set in our signature pink. This month includes an all-over eyeshadow brush made of pony hair, which is the perfect tool for packing color all over the lid. Pair it with our nylon eyeliner brush for super precise application. The bristles on these brushes are soft and seem like would great when using them. These did not have an odd odor like the previous brush that was sent out. Since it is a MyGlam exclusive item I do not have a retail value for these brushes.

- All Belle Eyelashes: Apple Green Genic (Size: One Pair)
Take your eye look to the next level with these All-Belle lashes. Handmade in Taiwan, these lashes are soft and knitted tightly for maximum comfort. Lashes can be reused up to 10 times and packaging includes glue for easy application! I like the ones I received they seem to be full and really pretty. Can't wait to try these babies out! Retail value is about $3.33 (MyGlam has 3 pairs for sale for $10.00 so I am basing it off of that.)

Overall I thought this was a pretty good bag. It has an approx value of $34.33 not counting the value of the bag itself nor the brushes that were sent out. If you received a bag what did you think about this months? If you didn't receive a bag what are your thoughts on MyGlam from items that you have seen that were sent out?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Beauty Bar Sample Society April 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
Sample Society send out 5 deluxe-sized samples from beauty brands like Murad, Stila, and Oscar de la Renta fragrance for $15 a month. You will also receive $15 gift code to redeem on a $50 purchase - when any product from the brands you've sampled is included in your order. A bonus one-year subscription to Allure magazine ($12 value). This was my second month with this company and this is what I received:

- Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel (Size: 1.69 fl. oz.)  
Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel is a daily cleaning formula which develops a purifying lather to gently clean your skin pores. It helps to refine the look of pores leaving your skin fresh, comfortable and good to touch. This gel has a complex blend of botanical amino acids and other natural things that help to protect your natural complexion. The full size is 5 fl. oz. and has a retail value of $26.00

 - DDF Amplifying Elixir (Size: 0.5 fl. oz.)  
Formulated with a potent blend of hand-picked ingredients, DDF's Amplifying Elixir can strengthens the skin's moisture barrier by up to 50%. Banyan leaf, lotus flower and red clover extracts improve hydration and transform the skin's appearance. The full size is 1.7 oz. and has a retail value of $63.00

 - Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Acne & Shine Control (Size: 0.17 fl. oz.)  
Refine your skin tone and minimize the appearance of pores with this acne-fighting primer, which creates a smooth, non-shiny matte finish. It's the secret tool for ensuring a flawless foundation application. Full size is 1 oz. and retails for $35.00

 - By Terry Creme De Rose Soin Nutri-Lift Reconfortant (Size: 0.14 oz.)  
The enhanced new formula of CrFme de Rose New Formula - Nutri-Lift Comfort provides soothing nourishment for tired and thirsty skin effortlessly for hours, softening lines and wrinkles for a firmer, more youthful appearance. The luscious scent of roses makes every velvety application a sensuous experience. Full size is 1.01 oz. and retails for $99.00

 - Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil (Size: 169 fl. oz.)  
Smooth unwanted frizz and shine all day with this lightweight, moisturizing hair gloss from stylist to the stars Oscar Blandi. Add definition and light reflection to dull hair with this strengthening and perfecting serum, which can be applied on both wet and dry hair.

 Overall I really am enjoying this months box. I am really excited about the Murad Primer and to see how that works out. I do wish they would add a cosmetic item every now and then but other than that so far I am a content customer. Do you guys subscribe to this service? If so what are your thoughts?