Thursday, December 13, 2012

Birchbox December 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
I got my December Birchbox today. I had forgotten that I still hadn't received it this month so it was a lovely surprise. I didn't even check my account to see ahead of time what I was being sent so it was nice not knowing ahead of time. Lets jump into what I got this month.

- Frownies Eye Gels (Size: 1 set)
Cactus collagen improves circulation and reduces puffiness, while arbutin combats hyperpigmentation and dark circles. Meanwhile, aloe vera and vitamins C and E increase radiance and slow the aging process, helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles over time. Full size contains 3 sets and has a retail value $29.95

- Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream (Size: .17 oz / 5 ml)
Free of harsh toxins, this eco-conscious CC cream uses natural and organic ingredients to protect and treat skin. It’s part tinted mineral sunscreen—the SPF 30 formula contains 20 percent zinc oxide—and part antioxidant serum, thanks to infusions of grape-derived resveratrol, vitamin C, and fruit stem cells. The actives work together to reverse cellular DNA damage (translation: less noticeable lines and wrinkles), and the formula is designed with all skin types in mind. Full size is 1.7 oz and has a retail value of $39.00

-Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Advanced Volume Shampoo (Size: 2 oz / 59 ml)
The star of this shampoo is the exclusive Expansion Technology, which features one of our favorite moisturizers: hyaluronic acid. Keratin and soy protein give hair added strength, while UV protectants help prevent further damage. Full size is 237 ml and has a retail value of $22.00

- Cartier Baiser Vole Eau de Parfum (Size: Small Vial)
Dreamed up by in-house Cartier perfumer Mathilde Laurent, this unique fragrance focuses on a single floral scent: lilies. Notes of lily blossoms, fresh buds, and the flower’s green leaves slowly unfold, leaving a soft, powdery scent in their wake. Full size is 50 ml and has a retail value of $100.00

- ModelCo Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in Strip Tease (Size: 4 ml)
These lush hues can be worn alone or layered over bolder lipsticks. It stays put for hours, without ever feeling heavy. Full size is 4 ml and has a retail value of $16.00

- Cartier Declaraion D'un Soir (Size: Small Vial)
The prefect blend of spice and wood notes, this chic scent features an alluring cocktail of spicy pepper and earthy sandalwood, with subtle touches of sweet rose. This was my bonus this month and it is for a birchbox man. Full size is 3.3 oz and has a retail value of $105.00

- Rent The Runway (Discount Code)
Choose the perfect look for your special occasion. Select a date up to 6 months in advance and rent for 4 to 8 days for 10 - 15% of the retail price. They send a second size for free with next day delivery within the U.S., same day delivery in NYC and they even ship to hotels. After you are done then just drop the pre-paid envelop in any mailbox. They handle the dry cleaning. Discount card sent is for $50 off your dress rental of $125 or more. Discount code is BRCHBX50.

Overall I think it was a decent box. I wasn't too impressed with anything in particular, wish it would have wowed me more but you can't have a winner every time. What did you dolls receive this month? I'd love to hear from you guys!

Until next time, take care <3

Urban Decay Deluxe Mystery Travel Bag

Hello Gorgeous!
Towards the end of November Urban Decay had a mystery bag available for purchase on their site for $16.00 and is said to contain over $45 of makeup! This Mystery Travel Bag is packed with fan favorites in both full and compact, travel-friendly sizes. TSA Coveted And Approved! So I jumped on and took a chance and it finally got here. Lets jump in into what I was sent in mine.

- Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (Size: 15 ml / 0.51 oz)
In an exclusive partnership with Skindinavia, we developed this groundbreaking, hypoallergenic setting spray that keeps your makeup on for 16 unbelievable hours. Legendary enough that it’s already inspired imitations, All Nighter boasts a patent pending Temperature Control Technology that makes this weightless mist so powerful and sets it far above the competition. Your makeup won’t melt when it's warm and humid or become dehydrated when it’s cold and windy. Yes, it actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to hold foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place. This is the travel size and it has a retail value of $12.00

- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Size: Sample Card)
The most coveted eyeshadow primer on the planet for a good reason, it keeps your eyeshadow true, vibrant and CREASE-FREE for 24 hours.

- Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked (Size: 10 ml / 0.34 oz)
You want a super-shiny gloss, but can't stand the sticky texture, right? Wait till you feel the soft, cushiony texture of this gloss! Lip Junkie stays put longer than other glosses, but never feels gummy or gooey. This is a full size item and has a retail value of $19.00

- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Shadow Pencil in Rehab (Size: 2.5 g / 0.088 oz)
They’re crease-proof, they’re waterproof… it’s the next generation of 24/7 Pencils! Our Shadow Pencils deliver incredible color payout, but feel lightweight. The new fat shape allows you to cover large areas more quickly. Use the thin tip as eyeliner, or the side of the tip as a generous swipe of eyeshadow. Full size is 2.8 g / 0.10 oz and has a retail value of $20.00

- Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara (Size: 5.4 ml / 0.18 oz)
Curl makes a lady. Sculpt your lashes with perfectly sexy curves to feel instantly prettier-than-pretty. Our formula boosts curl, separates lashes, and literally crafts each one into an expertly-shaped, battable set. Part of the secret lies in our molded and curved new technology wand that shapes lashes AND holds curl effectively throughout the day. Even more impressive are the incredible conditioning ingredients in our formula packed with glycoprotein for lash thickening, moringa seeds to help with curl definition, and Meadowfoam seed oil and Shea Butter for conditioning and smoothing. Full size is 9 ml / 0.3 oz and has a retail value of $20.00

- Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm (Size: 3.7 ml / 0.12 oz)
This lightweight, velvety, oil-free miracle worker makes skin look better instantly and delivers serious results in just 8 weeks. Pepha-Protect helps inhibit DNA damage while Vitasource and dGlyage firms skin, improves elasticity and fights wrinkles. The universal shade glides on and dries down to a translucent, demi-matte finish that works on most skin tones. This was sent as my bonus sample with my order so your sample may vary. This is a new exclusive sample so as far as I know this actual product has not been released yet.

Overall I think this was such a great deal. The bag and all the items included definitely surpass the $16.00 cost that I paid for. This item is still available for sale so if you are intrigued by this great value I'd would suggest that you hurry on the Urban Decay site and purchase it before it is gone.

Until next time, take care <3

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ipsy / MyGlam December 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
December's Ipsy / MyGlam bag has arrived! When I saw the items were revealed on Facebook and was rather under enthused about this months items. I thought it would be a bit more glamorous. But anyways lets jump into what I received:

- Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess (Size: 3 g / .11 oz)
The perfect holiday “true red” lip gloss that goes on sheer! Layer for a more opaque look. This formula instantly creates the look of fuller more voluptuous lips with luminous shine. This maximum-shine, moisturizing gloss will be perfect for any haute holiday party. The applicator features a soft sponged tip that picks up a generous amount of gloss. This has a retail value of $14.00

- NYX  Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Pearl Shadow in Charcoal Pearl (Size: 0.06 oz. / 5 ml)
It’s not hard to sparkle with one of NYX’s ultra-shimmering loose shadow powders that can be used on eyes, cheeks, even lips. These finely-milled mineral eye shadows are high-impact, long-lasting and a little addictive! Just the sparkle you need this holiday! This item has a retail value of $3.00

- Mai Couture Highlighter Papier (Size: 25 sheets)
Add radiance to desired areas of your face and body. The shimmering highlighter paper from Mai Couture will illuminate any dullness for a glowing complexion. Lightly press and sweep paper to desired areas of face and body. Full size has a retail value of $28.00

- Mirabella Prime for Face & Eyes (Size: 12.85 g / 0.45 oz)
Prime for Face and Eyes weightless, oil-free formula glides onto help promote long-wearing makeup. Vitamin E works as an antioxidant to smooth out lines as it moisturizes and protects skin. Prime provides a silky feel to the skin as it aids in repairing cellular damage. Application: Use a small amount and lightly pat into skin. This is a full size item and has a retail value of $29.00

- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero (Size: 0.8 g / 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. Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof, too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge.Full size is 1.2 g / 0.04 oz and has a retail value of $19.00

Like I mentioned at first I was not that excited about the items that were going to be sent. But once the items arrived and I had a chance to play around with them I am really happy with everything. I liked that items were sent to help complete a lovely holiday look. Its nice to be able to try out new items from different companies and I am surprisingly happy after all with this months bag despite of what my initial thoughts were. What are your thoughts on this months bag? I'd love to hear them.

Until next time, take care <3

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Beauty Army December 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
Today I received my Beauty Army box for the month of December! Crazy how time has been flying by and we are already in the last month of the year. Enough blabbering lets get into what I picked for this month:

- Skinn Cosmetics Twin Set in Coral Poppy (Size: Lipstick: 0.12 oz, Gloss: 0.08 oz)
With the perfect blend of vitamins and great shine, this dual ended lip gloss/lipstick from Skinn Cosmetics gives you an ultra-modern, high fashion look that also helps to condition your lips and helps soften lines. Drench your lips in the most up-to-date colors delivered with collagen forming ingredients in a creamy rich formula that won’t feather. Item sent is a full size and has a retail value of $18.50

- Not Your Mother's She's A Tease Volumizing Hairspray (Size: 2 oz)
So you want big & beautiful hair and you’re tired of Mr. Humidity getting in the way, right? Then stop dreaming and make it happen already! SHE’S A TEASE will have the whole crowd gossiping about your huge head errr... I mean hair. Infused with natural apple blossom & bamboo, this salon formula will have you walking tall. Size of 2 oz has a retail value of $3.00

- You Da Balm Tea Tree Lip Balm (Size: 4.25 g)
100% natural & organic lip balm. Crisp, revitalizing citrus. Smells delightful and has a smooth nice texture on the lips. This is a full size and has a retail value of $2.99

- Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel (Size: 3 fl oz)
Bath & Body Works' exclusive formula is now enriched with Shea Butter for softer, cleaner skin in their bubbliest lather ever! Moisturizing Aloe Vera and skin-loving Vitamin E join our original, award-winning Japanese Cherry Blossom fragrance for lather that bursts with fragrance! Japanese Cherry Blossom is a seductive and mysterious floral scent. Retail price for a 3 oz bottle is $5.00 and  for a full size 10 oz the retail price is $11.00

- Mark. Hook Up Lip Gloss in Blow Kisses (Size: 0.12 oz)
Glistening shine, sheer color and minty freshness all in one. Lips stay smooth and moisturized, with a slick and sexy finish. Hook up products: packaged in a convenient mini vial. Indulge in this bold, shiny red gloss that not only gives your lips a pop of color but keeps them moisturized.  Full size is 0.12 oz and has a retail value of $6.50

- YoungBlood Mineral Primer (Size: 5 ml)
Rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, this primer is a must-do first step for any make-up look. Apply this weightless primer with finger tips to smooth out skin and eliminate imperfections. Follow with your favorite foundation. Full size is 30 ml and has a retail value of $41.00

Overall I think this was a pretty good box it had a lot of products that I am excited to use. My body shower gel spilled in my box a bit so that was a bit disappointing but other than that I am overall happy with this months box and cant wait to choose next months items.

Until next time, take care <3

Starlooks Starbox December 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month was the main reason that I decided to take the chance with this subscription service. I heard that a palette was going to be sent for the month of December and since I have such an love / obsession for eye shadows that made my choice much easier. My December Starlooks Starbox has come in and I am so excited to start playing around with these eye shadows! Here is what came in this month:

This month the items were sent in this cute red box with a gold bow. Upon opening it there was white padding with glitter which I thought was rather cute. Underneath all of that was this eyeshadow palette. How gorgeous are these colors!? I am happy that they are not all nuetral because I already have a ton of those. These seem really nice to change it up a bit from time to time and add a pop of color to any eye look. The palette sent is i07A and it includes 15 eye shadows.

While playing around with these shadows I noticed that they have pretty decent pigmentation without a primer especially the green and gold row. These shade go on very smoothly. I did not experience any fall out with any of them which is such a major plus for myself. These are just some absolutely gorgeous shades. I do not have anything bad to say. The size of each shade is a very generous amount. It overall is a pretty great product and for $15 I think it is a steal! This palette has a retail value on the Starlooks website of $99 so for the monthly price that I got it for it was an amazing bargain. Have any of you dolls tried out this subscription service or any of their products? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time, take care <3

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Square Hue December 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month the first package I received is from a new subscription service that I recently joined. It is a nail polish subscription service where the company sends three full size nail polishes of .50 oz to keep. Each month the colors sent will be colors that are in style and up to date with today's fashion. The nail polish are 3-free clean formula - does not contain DBP, Formaldehyde, and Toluene and are not tested on animals. Now through December 8th their is a deal going on where each month will have a monthly subscription price of $14.99 per month as long as you stayed subscribed to this company. If you were to sign up after that date then the monthly price is $21. So lets jump into the polishes that were sent this month.

- Holly Berry
This is a gorgeous shade of red with some subtle sparkle to it. Under certain lighting is almost has a velvety finish like appearance to it. It is a perfect shade for the holiday seasons!

- Champagne Toast 
This is a very unique shade and I do not have anything like it in my collection. It comes off as almost silver in certain lighting but then also comes off as a light golden shade as well. This shade also contains some shimmer and is just absolutely stunning.

- Sugar Plum
A lovely purple shade that also contains some shimmer. Its really nice for the winter and fall season and will look lovely complimenting most colors that are worn during this time. It adds a subtle pop of color which is really nice.

Over all I really enjoy the shape of these bottles I think they are really cute and has a good shape that will keep the bottles stable on the table. The application is very easy and smooth and that is because the formula's consistency is pretty awesome. The dry time is pretty good, I noticed that I didn't have to wait as long as other nail polishes that I own which is such a huge plus because I am not that patient when it comes to allowing my polish to dry. So far I am very very impressed with this company and will stick around a while longer and hope that the company keeps going as fantastic as it is now!

Until next time, take care <3