Saturday, May 26, 2012

Beauty Box 5 May 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This months box I am really excited about! I have been really enjoying most of the samples that I was sent this month. Beauty Box 5 has really started to become one of my favorite subscription box companies! This is what I received this month:

- It's A 10 Miracle Styling Serum (Size: 7 ml)
No matter your style, get a flawless finish every time with It's a 10's Miracle Styling Serum. Whether your goal is bouncy curls or flowing straight locks, this serum is the solution for you. It protects hair from heat styling and environmental damage with naturally-derived ingredients. I was really excited about this brand because I have been wanting to try it for a couple of months now but didn't want to pay the full retail price since it is a bit high. Full size is 120 ml and has a retail value of $24.96

- It's A 10 Miracle Hair Mask (Size: 13 ml)
The Miracle Hair Mask from It's a 10 turns your locks up to 11! This high-performance mask gives you detangling, frizz reduction, vibrant color, and amazing body all in one. Just work through cleansed hair for one to three minutes and then rinse - in no time, you'll see more manageable, shinier, softer hair. Like I mentioned before I am excited about these samples because I have been wanting to try this brand out for a while now. I really love hair masks so I love receiving samples to try out different ones and see which one works best for myself. Full size is 240 ml and has a retail value of $22.96

- Comodynes Convient Cosmetics Self Tanning Towelette (Size: 0.8 oz. - 1 wipe)
Get a natural-looking tan with Comodyne's Self-Tanning Towelettes - no salon appointment required! In just three hours, you'll have an even, clean tan with no side effects or streaking. So this sample I was disappointed to see in my box this month because I had already received this in my first month. Hopefully in the future I do not receive any more repeated samples. Full size consists of an 8 pack and has a retail value of $17.00

- Merlot Moonlight Radiance Night Cream (Size: 3 packets)
Infused with grape seed antioxidants, Merlot Skin Care's Moonlight Radiance Night Cream keeps skin hydrated and healthy. Specially-formulated peptides team up with natural grape seed to reduce deep wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging while locking in moisture. Find the tone, elasticity, and pH balance your skin has been craving! This seems like a pretty exciting sample to try out. I am very pleased that since this was a packet sample that they sent more than one packet. This will help me get a better feel for my thoughts on the product. Full size is 4 oz. and has a retail value of $19.00

- Tree Hut Hawaiian Shea Body Butter (Size: 2 oz.)
Luxuriate in the infusion of organic shea butter, cocoa butter, and safflower seed oil. This extra thick body butter seals in moisture, giving you rejuvenated skin with a healthy sheen. Natural Hawaiian kukui nut oil repairs cracked skin and provides deep moisturization. I absolutely love this product! It is so moisturizing and smells divine! This is my first time trying this brand out but I am hooked! I will definitely be placing an order once my sample runs out. Full size is 7 oz. and has a retail value of $7.49

- Evie Evan Purity Masque (Size: 0.5 oz.)
Experience the enrichment of the Purity Masque from Evie Evan. It's a smart, nutrient-rich purifier that gives you glowing skin while shrinking pores. Infused with safflower, chamomile, witch hazel, and orange peel oil. This sample is a very generous size sample. I haven't had the time to try this out yet but I cant wait until I do. I have heard very good things about this product so I can not wait to see how well it works out for myself. Full size is 2 oz. and has a retail value of $36.00

Overall like I previously mentioned I think this was a great month. The samples sent out were great sizes and the ones that I have been able to test out I have really been enjoying so kudos to Beauty Box 5! Can't wait to see what next month holds! Until next time dolls. =)

MyGlam May Bag 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month's bag I thought was really cute in a light blue shade with lips all over it. The contents of the bag I was a tad underwhelming. But any who I will get into what the bag consisted of and you can be the judge of what your own thoughts are. Here is what I received this month:

- Philosophy Love Sweet Love Fragrance (Size: Small Vial)
Feel smitten and irresistibly pretty with this flirty and fruity fragrance. This is probably the sample that I have been enjoying the most. I really do like the scent of this. Its light and just smells delightful. This is something I would actually purchase for myself.

- Studio Gear Complete Color Lipstick (Size: Full Size 3.4g)
Rich color that plumps and hydrates for perfectly kissable lips. I received mine in the shade Warm Embrace, it is a little too dark for my taste. It is like a medium brown shade. I think this could have been a good item this month if the shade was something more wearable for myself but since the color isn't going to look good with my skin tone this was a fail on my end.

- Miss Beauty Nail Bling (Size: 20 pieces)
Nail art that will make you fall head over heels in an instant. I think the design is pretty cute. I wouldn't wear them all at the same time. I think I would be more inclined to use it for an accent nail. It is not a complete fail but this is an item that I could have gone without.

- MyGlam Concealer Brush & Defining Eyeliner Brush
Two final signature pink brushes to complete your myglam collection. These are pretty decent brushes. I think that the concealer brush is more like a lip brush so I might use it as that instead. I think this is the last month that brushes are going to be sent out which I think is pretty good. I want to get other samples besides repetition month after month. It is not that I mind getting brushes I just think it would have been better if the brushes sent out were more spread out a few months so that it didn't get a bit predictable.

Overall I think this month was okay not too excited about much. Hopefully next month will improve greatly. Did any of you receive any other shades of the Studio Gear Lipstick? What did you dolls think about this months bag? Are any of you unsubscribing? Until next time! =)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hautelook: Lorac, Pixi, & Pop Beauty

Hello Gorgeous!
A while back there was a sale on Hautelook that featured Lorac, Pixi, and Pop Beauty and I ordered a few things. If you dont know what Hautelook is it is a membership website where they feature different brands at some great discounts. To join Hautelook is completely free and you can join either by going directly to or you can join through my link and help me with my referrals:
Since Lorac is going to be on Hautelook tomorrow I thought this would be a great time to share what my thoughts were on the products that I purchased. So from the Lorac sale I bought two items. The first item was the Lorac Bejeweled Day & Night Jewelry Box Collection:

This had a retail value of $56.00 but I was able to get this at Hautelook for $29.00! I thought this was a complete steal because this Lorac Bejeweled Day & Night Jewelry Box comes with two eyeshadow palettes in Day & Night which includes sixteen eye shadows each and a blush in each of the palettes. The eye shadow palettes are each located in one of the drawers of the jewelry box. The top of the jewelry box flips open and it contains two lip glosses in Peach and Rose along with a huge bronzer in Bronze that has a net weight of 0.53 oz. The eye shadows are really pigmented and go on really smooth. They also blend like a charm! The lip glosses are really nice shades as well and aren't overly sticky. The bronzer has a light shimmer to it but it isn't overly bearing which I have really been enjoying. Overall I am really happy with this Lorac Bejeweled Day & Night Jewelry Box Collection and truly believe that this was worth every penny!

The last item I bought from the Lorac sale was a baked matte satin eye shadow in the shade Insider. This has a retail value of $22.00 and I got it for $2.00! I wish I would have picked up some other shades when I made this purchase but I was hesitant since this was my first time trying this brand. Insider is just a stunning shade of blue and it is insanely pigmented and blends so effortlessly. I will definitely be picking up some more shades in the future.

During the same time that Lorac was on sale on Hautelook they also had a sale for Pixi and Pop Beauty products. This would be the first time I was going to try these brands as well so I only picked up three items. From Pixi I picked up Pretty Eye Perfection Limited Edition Palette and from Pop Beauty I bought a Pretty Punk Palette and Lid Neon Palette.

The shades from the Pixi Pretty Eye Perfection Palette have a retail value of $12.00 and I was able to get these for $3.00 I believe. These shades are all very pigmented and go on smoothly. The only things that I didn't really like is that there is a bit of fallout and the size of the eye shadows are on the smaller end so it gets a bit tricky when using an eye shadow brush. But other than that it was a great deal and its perfect size for travel.

Next up I picked up Pop Beauty Pretty Punk Palette and I believe I got this for $3.00.  The eye shadows are not that pigmented and are a bit on the smaller size so using a brush can be tricky with this one as well. I didn't get fallout with these shades though which is nice. I think I could have gone with out having this palette as part of my collection but it wasn't a huge bust either. Maybe using the eye shadows wet I will get better results? I will have to try that out and update this later on.

Last thing I picked up was Pop Beauty Lid Neon Palette and I believe I got it for about $5.00. I was drawn to the vibrant colors and thought it would be a great addition to my makeup collection. The eye shadows are more pigmented then the Pop Beauty Pretty Punk Palette but less pigmented than the Pixi Pretty Eye Perfection Palette. These are definitely more workable and I can build these up more as I apply them which makes this not a total bust. I think it was a pretty good buy.

Hopefully this helps some of you decide on what products you might like to purchase on future Hautelook sales. Did any of you dolls make a purchase during any of these sales? If you did what did you get and what were your thoughts on it? Until next time I hope you all are doing great! =)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Birchbox May 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
My box arrived today which seemed to have been the fastest I have ever received mine. Usually I get the chance to log on to Birchbox and check what box I was sent before it even arrives but this month it was a complete surprise. I think I prefer when I don't know what I am getting until I get it. It was nice not expecting anything in particular. So enough rambling here is what my box included this month:

This month's theme was Gossip Girl which was nice. I personally haven't seen the show. I am just really bad at keeping up with TV series. But regardless I was excited to see what was going to be included this month. Upon opening my months box I was delightfully surprised with all of the items I was sent.

- Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo (Size: 15 mL)
Made with purifying deep-sea volcanic extracts, Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil lathers up into a light foam to transform tired locks into a luscious mane. It gets rid of any and all signs of oily debris while softening hair. Plus, the formula is made without heavy silicones, so it won’t weigh hair down. Pretty excited about this sample. It is a nice size and I think I can get a few uses out of it. The full size is 400 mL and has a retail value of $55.00

- Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 (Size: 0.5 fl. oz.)
Miracle Skin Transformer, the brand behind the cult concealer, has developed a formula that evens out all our imperfections all over your body. It works as a light moisturizer, SPF 20, and a skin-perfecting tint—curing roughness, hiding blemishes, and even masking scars (good news for the klutzy ones among us). It’s the perfect accessory to that strapless cocktail dress, not to mention all your summer tank tops and shorts. I received mine in the shade glow which seems to be a really nice shade especially for the summer time. Full size is 3.38 oz. and has a retail value of $34.00

- Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara (Size: 4 mL)
Tiny spherical black pearl pigments define and add thickness, while metamorphosis powders plump up each individual lash. A unique SR38 ceramide complex conditions your lashes, repairing damage and helping them grow more lush than ever before. I've never had the chance to try any Dior products so I was really excited about getting the opportunity to try this mascara out. The full size is 10 mL and has a retail value of $28.50

- Dior Miss Dior Eau De Parfum (Size: 0.03 fl. oz.)
An audacious chypre floral scent, Miss Dior charms with opening top notes of fresh citrus before blossoming into a bouquet of jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, and rose. It’s anchored with a base of patchouli laced with sultry musk. I was also excited about this sample. I had smelled this before from a sample in a magazine and I liked it but never thought I'd be able to buy it since its on the higher end. Now I get to have a small spray vial for my special occasions lol. The full size is 3.4 fl. oz. and has a retail value of $102.00

- Birchbox Notecards (Size: One Card)
Made of durable cardstock, these are pretty much the cutest notecards ever. You can use them as thank you notes, invitations, and just-because-you’re-awesome cards. I felt indifferent about this sample. It is a cute and simple card but would have preferred something else personally. Full size is a set of 12 notecards and has a retail value of $10.00

Overall I am really enjoying this box. Everything I received I will use, even the notecards. I don't know how I am going to use it but I'm sure I will figure it out. What did you dolls receive? What are your thoughts on Birchbox? I personally really like this subscription. Let me know what you dolls think. I'd love to hear your feedback! =)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Beauty Bar Sample Society May 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 third month with this company and this is what I received:

- Colorescience Pro Suncanny SPF 20 Travel Puff (Size: 1g / .035 oz.)
Colorescience Pro SPF 20 Travel Puff provides sun protection whenever and wherever you need as well as a dose of color to keep your complexion looking its best. This weightless mineral pigment provides hours of water-resistant SPF 20 and fits easily in any purse or bag, making it perfect for travel. Each puff contains 10-20 applications for multiple uses. Once empty, use for other makeup applications. This item has a retail value of $10.00

- StriVectin SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles (Size: 0.75 fl. oz.)
Strivectin powered up the original with even more potent collagen-boosting peptides and Strivectin re-engineered the formula with NIA-114. Discovered in DNA skin cancer research, NIA-114 accelerates the rebuiling of skin layers. Proven in Clinical Trials. And in Your Mirror. Strivectin's research was conducted under rigorous scientific standards. The result? Multiple patents, proven and documented in years of clinical trials. But the only results that matter to Strivectin are yours. Full size is 5 fl. oz. and has a retail value of $135.00

- Alterna UV+ Color Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide (Size: 0.25 fl. oz.)
Fade-Proof Fluide combines strengthening pure Organic Bamboo Extract & color-locking, damage-locking Kalahari Melon Extract in a formula that weightlessly shields hair with a UVA/UVB barrier to fade-proofs color while enhancing vibrancy & multi-dimensional shine. With rinse resistant Color Hold UV+ Technology for the highest level of color protection. Full size is 2.5 fl. oz. and has a retail value of $24.00

- Stila Cosmetics Forever Your Curl Mascara (Size: 0.12 fl. oz.)
Few things are prettier than sweeping, flirty, curly lashes - and thanks to Stila's revolutionary mascara, you can see to it that the 'pretty' lasts all day. Featuring innovative lash-curl memory, this eye-catching wonder contains a proprietary resin that continuously curls lashes throughout the day - and holds curl for long-lasting results. A unique brush design coats and extends each individual lash, while an intense carbon black hue delivers maximum impact. Full size tube of mascara has a retail value of $22.00

- Bond No. 9 New York Bon Bon Sample in High Line
The scent starts off with a prairie grazing weed- purple love grass-mixed with citrusy bergamot and zesty Indian rhubarb. The perfume floral heart is red-leaf rose, Lady Jane tulips, and grape hyacinth. Its lingering base notes combine bur oak- from the sheltering tree that thrives here- with imported sea moss, to evoke the Hudson River proximity, along with musk and teakwood, to remind us that Bond No. 9 High Line is a metro- perfume. Full size is 3.3 oz. and has a retail value of $230.00

Overall I think this was an okay box. I have been with this subscription company for 3 months so at this time I like to evaluate and see if its a company that I will continue with. Even though they have sent out some nice samples. I don't feel like this is the right sampling company for myself. So this will be my last month with them for now. Maybe in the future I will try this company out again but as for now I will just continue with the other companies that I am currently subscribed to. Are any of you dolls subscribed to this? What are your thoughts? How do you determine if you will stick it out with a sampling company a little bit longer? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Sircle Samples Haul

Hello Gorgeous!
Sircle Samples is a sampling website where you can earn Sircle Coins by completing different tasks like completing a survey, referring friends, and completing your beauty profile among other things. Once you accumulate coins you can then go to the Sample Shop and order samples that catch your interest and they will be sent to your house free of charge. Isn't that amazing? I have been a member since April 2012 (I believe) and while they are still in beta I have been able to get the opportunity to sample some amazing products. Since they are still in beta you need to get invited to join the website you can request an invite to join by going through this link:

Above is a picture of all of the samples that I have been able to sample. Most of these samples that I have received so far have been full size which is just more than I would have expected! So here is what I recieved in the order that the items are in the photograph:

- Soulstice Universal Body Lotion (Size: 8.5 fl. oz.)
Deliver maximum moisture with this rich, long-lasting essential treatment. Fortified with a multivitamin complex and potent antioxidants in a lush avocado base. Designed to keep all skin types ultra soft and luxuriously hydrated. This all-over, daily treatment moisturizes and smoothes even the most parched elbows, knees and cuticles. A rich base of avocado oil intensively moisturizes. Fresh, clean fragrance naturally derived from the essential oils of rosewood and cedarwood. Full size is 8.5 fl. oz. and has a retail value of $28.00

- Lila Grace Lotion in Hydrangea Peony (Size: 2 fl. oz.)
Massage this silky lotion into hands and body to keep your skin feeling soft and delightfully scented. Not for use on face. Full size is 15.80 fl. oz. and has a retail value of $8.00

- Napoleon Perdis Lip Gloss in Gold / Mango (Size: 2.50 mL)
Be swept away with one of these delish Siren Lip Glosses from Napoleon Perdis. With tropical scents and fun colors you're in for lovely lips. Full size is 2.50 mL and has a retail value of $20.00

- RAW Color Brush Set (Size: 3 Brushes)
Get three professional brushes that blend, conceal and gently sweep powder across your skin for a flawless finish. These three high quality brushes are made with the finest hair and have sturdy refined handles for precise application of your favorite products. Brushes included are: Concealer Brush, Maximum Coverage Foundation Brush, and Multi-Tasking Retractable Brush. These brushes have a retail value of $49.00

- Simple Pleasures Lip Balm in Strawberry Banana (Size: 4.2 g)
These fun, fruity, sheer lip balms are an every day treat for your lips. With bright colors and tasty flavors, you'll want to put one in every purse! These are sold in a pack of 7 and have a retail value of $13.00

- Glamour Doll Eyes Eye Shadow in Skinny Jeans (Size: 1 gram)
These shadows are the Pigment of your Imagination! Highly pigmented and great for blending. A rainbow of colors are available. Full size is 2 - 2.5 grams and has a retail value of $6.00

- L. Erickson  Sassy Bow Headband in Dark Green
The L. Erickson for France Luxe Sassy Bow Headband features a large four looped bow on one side of the band. Luxury 100% Silk Charmeuse covers entire surface. Shimmering silk fabric will capture your imagination. This 1/2" wide hairband is ultra lightweight and comfortable for all hair types. Retail value for this headband is $42.00

- L. Erickson Hair Bracelet in Purple
These adorable hair bands not only keep your pony tame, they can double as a super cute bracelet when you need to keep an extra on your wrist. The wide stretching elastic is perfect for all hair types. These hair bracelets are sold in packs of 5 and have a retail value of $12.00

I feel very privileged to have been able to get these products to sample and to be a member of this fabulous website. It is such a great site that I would definitely recommend to everyone who is interested in getting beauty related samples. Have any of you dolls joined yet? If you have, what have you been able to sample so far? What are your thoughts on the Sircle Samples?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Join Sneekpeeq & Recieve A Free Bracelet!

Hello Gorgeous!
Let’s celebrate Spring and Summer! Locked in amber for all eternity, these flowers are a symbol of sunshine and adventure. Nature-inspired accessories are a must for warm weather. A flower bracelet adds an air of cool, calm and cheerful color to your Spring and Summer ensemble. A FREE ETERNAL SUMMER BRACELET ($60 value) and FREE SHIPPING just for joining sneakpeeq! Plus you will also receive a $10 credit when you join as well. So click here and join this site before they run out of these gorgeous bracelets!

Target Beauty Bag Spring 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
About a month or so ago Target had a free sample that was their Target Beauty Bag. I was lucky enough to have been able to sign up for one. The site was crashing constantly so I had to be persistent in refreshing the page for a while but at the end I think it was well worth it. Target has done this in the past and previous bags have had some great samples in them. I believe that Target does this once to two times a year so keep a look out if this is something that interests you. Make sure to add me on Facebook: Mz. Shy's Beauty and follow me on Twitter: mzshybeauty because I will be posting the next time this offer is available! This is what my Target Beauty Bag consisted of:

All of the samples arrived in this cute striped makeup bag. This kind of reminds me of a Victoria Secret makeup bag. I just think it is really cute and it is a nice size to carry around in your purse. There were five samples included along with a Target coupon book that has a good amount of beauty related coupons. The samples that where included in this Target Beauty Bag are:

- Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes (Size: 7 wipes)
On the package it states that their cleansing wipes contain a perfect blend of vitamin goodness and gentle cleansers, refresh and nourish your skin and remove waterproof mascara. Perfect especially for sensitive skin.

- Pantene Color Preserve Volume Shampoo (Size: 1.7 fl. oz.)
Pantene Pro-V Color Hair Solutions Color Preserve Volume Shampoo gently cleanses colored hair to remove dulling residue and build-up that work against volume. The advanced shampoo helps protect color, while helping to restore natural fullness and brilliant shine.

- Nivea Extended Moisture Daily Lotion (Size: 1 fl. oz.)
Nivea Extended Moisture Body Lotion is a luxurious, non-greasy lotion, infused with Provitamin B5, that can provide up to 48 hours of relief for very dry, tight skin. Use it daily for soft, supple skin.

- Neutrogena Visibly Bright Daily Facial Cleanser (Size: 0.5 fl. oz.)
Visibly Bright Daily Facial Cleanser transforms dull, tired skin to visibly bright & refreshed skin in just 4 uses. The unique formula, infused with Soy and Vitamin C, dissolves skin-dulling impurities and surface skin cells, while a citrus anti-oxidant complex helps to refresh skin. Skin looks brighter and less tired.

- L'OREAL Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer (Size: Card Sample)
Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer instantly boosts skin's natural luminosity for a more lively complexion that is full of life. Skin texture is smoothed & toned to provide a perfect canvas.

Overall I think this is a great sample bag that Target gives out. Now I get the chance to try out some new brands and some new products from brands that I already use. The samples are all very good sizes and it doesn't hurt that this was all sent for free! Did any of you dolls get the chance to get one this time around? What did you think about this Target Beauty Bag? I'd love to hear from you guys!