Beauty Boxes: A Rant

I am annoyed.

This is not a good feeling to have. I think it started when I got an email from Glossybox opting out of their automatic renewal. Since I will be moving, I figured I shouldn’t have them just renew my subscription. The thing that got me was that they only gave subscribers two days to say “no thanks.” Ugh. But it was that email that sent me down the slippery slope.

There were more. Trust me.

Boxes. Blech.

I ordered one box from Blush.com. The box looked interesting enough. As I waited for my delivery, I received my Glossybox. The contents were pretty good (Sue Devvitt face powder, a Jelly Pong Pong chubby lipstick) but these were higher end products than usual. If you get Glossybox USA, they have sent us some Absolute! products. I want you to know that I have seen these in my local independent beauty supply for under $3 US, with a health warning. Yes, a health warning. I was horrified. Basically, the product is probably made where they don’t care if they add the not so good for you chemicals. And for Glossybox to keep sending their subscribers products from a company that does this really makes me angry.

Not for me.

One. Of many.

Here are some more…

Chubby stick lip stains: Though I like them and use them pretty frequently, I think I got three chubby stick lip stains in two months. Enough already.

Beach Waves Style Spray: Ummm… two full size bottles and one travel size. Why do I fill out surveys asking what type of hair I have, etc, when I never get things good for it?

Don't let this happen to you.

Don’t let this happen to you.

Dry Shampoo: I don’t really have a use for dry shampoo. I can use baby powder if necessary to cut grease.

In the words of Kelly Clarkson: Never again.

In the words of Kelly Clarkson: Never again.

Sunscreen ( especially Coola): After the giant, painful zit incident I will not use it. Ever again. I don’t want leg zits, too.

Self-Tanning Towelettes: Usually I got one in a subscription package. What the heck is one going to do? Maybe, if I combined the five different self-tanners I received, I would have a good glow.

Sunless tanning towelette and a hair tie that can't get wet.

Ignore the hair tie.

Hair Conditioning Treatments: These aren’t so bad. Until you have six small tubes or jars.

After mentioning all of this to my husband, we both figured companies just send out a bunch of samples to these beauty box places and we get them. I understand the goal is for the consumer to try new products BUT we pay for these subscriptions. I really think that the companies need to pay more attention to what the consumer actually needs- not what they have in stock. The other issue is that these companies are sending the same products, sometimes even the same brand.

I said buh-bye to Birchbox and after December, sayonara GlossyBox. I will not order the Blush.com box again, either.

Grrr…

Keep Calm (I’m not, obviously) & Primp On! XOXO

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Lipstick L<3ve!

Ah, lipstick. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. Lip products have been my favorite cosmetic item(s) since I was a kid. My very first lipstick was a tube of Brucci purple lipstick.  The obsession continues and I have enough lip glosses, tints, sticks, wands, balms, creams, stains, tars, etc. to probably span the globe. This post is an ode to my love for lippies and I am sharing my favorite lip stuffs (!) of the summer.

A few weeks ago I blogged about Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm. It is a glossy balm that is sweet and sheer. You can build them up for more color payout, too. I recently bought Apricot Pucker and I think it might just be my favorite in the line. (I own four, okay?)

Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in Apricot Pucker.

Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in Apricot Pucker.

I only have on a thin layer and my lighting isn’t the best but can you see that pop of color?

Hey! It's me!

Hey! It’s me!

Lindz, the Girl in the Glasses, was kind enough to do a semi-swap with me fairly recently. I sent her some requests and she sent me some lipsticks from KIKO  MAKE UP MILANO. I find it ridiculous we can’t get KIKO here yet. Trust me, I asked. Of course, I wanted the Smart Lipstick. Lindz sent me two to try, #912 Crimson Red and #904 Strawberry Pink. I was very excited when they made it to my mailbox.

How smart are they?

How smart are they?

The case is super sturdy and looks pretty fabulous. I kind of avoided taking a full pick of the case because this post is pic-heavy as is.

#912 Crimson Red & #904 Strawberry Pink

#912 Crimson Red & #904 Strawberry Pink

Let’s talk Crimson Red. It is not super crimson red and it errs on more of a pink. In fact, I thought it would have had a pink name but I am not necessarily great at naming colors. Eh. The color is very daytime friendly and that makes me happy.

This is like your worst nightmare. You know, like that crazy aunt that wants to kiss you close-up shot.

This is like your worst nightmare. You know, like that crazy aunt that wants to kiss you close-up shot.

Next up is #904 Strawberry Pink. I love this color. I actually favored #912 but this quickly became my favorite. The color is just summer perfect and isn’t too warm or cool. I can’t wear cool pinks. I look terrible. This shade is just plain pretty and feels great on the lips.

Some summer punch!

Some summer punch!

Since neither shade is matte or super shiny, they make for an easy look. The colors are both buildable, so you can work them up in you need to.  The lipsticks aren’t thick so your lips don’t feel coated. Application is very smooth. If you are in Europe, find a KIKO store and buy them!

The final color I am obsessed with (this week) is Tarte Complexion Brightening Lipstick in Medium-to-Tan. I have a few Tarte lipsticks and they are excellent. I received  this in my June GlossyBox and it is delightful.

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Case love!

Smooth and creamy,Tarte Complexion Brightening Lipstick in Medium-to-Tan has a berry jelly core and is surrounded by a natural nude. I have a hard time finding a natural color that doesn’t make me look washed out and this does the trick.

Does this look naughty? Swatched on my hand and on my lips.

Does this look naughty? Swatched on my hand and on my lips.

It is also difficult to find. I googled it and see it is available on QVC in a pack of both shades. I wouldn’t say that this is the longest lasting lipstick but if you want a “naked” face without being a total nudie, this is worth a try.

Lips! Lips! Lips!

Lips! Lips! Lips!

What are some of your favorite summer lip looks? I am obviously onto the nudes and pinks this season!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

I Have A Lot of Beauty Boxes to Recycle

There were more. Trust me.

There were more. Trust me.

And I only mean that after I have opened them and emptied the contents! I got FIVE beauty packages in the mail this week. In this post, we will take a gander at my GlossyBox and Birchbox deliveries. In the next post, we need to discuss the HauteLook Summer Beauty bag and a package all the way from someone Short (and Sweet) in Texas. I will give you a quick rundown of each box and then pick and choose the items I really think you need to know about in future posts.  Here we go!

First up is the July GlossyBox, le Grand Bleu, or the Big Blue, or the Grand Indigo (I made that up.) Very disappointing delivery- probably most disappointing of the lot and there was no magazine! Actually, that’s good news because that means things will be looking up from here. There were five products plus a “bonus.” At $21 a month, I deserve a bonus. Unfortunately, I will not use three of them and only one is a full size product and the cheapest in the box.

Okay, okay, give to my sister, okay, throw in travel bag, give to someone that needs it

Okay, give to Cindy, give to my sister, okay, throw in travel bag, give to someone that needs it

The Brazilian Blowout Acai Deep Conditioning Mask will be used up when I need to deep condition. (Remind me to tell you my Rio acai story sometime. I was fun in my 20s!)  Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au the Blanc Shampoo & Shower Gel is the third product from the white tea fragrance line. Though I like the scent, enough alread, my friend Cindy likes the smell and just like I passed off the soap to her, she will get the shower gel. Nails Inc. Baker Street Nail Polish may look like a regular bottle but it is small and I know because I already own it. My sister is lucky. That girl ends up with everything. Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Tinted Balm Tube is full size and is $9 US. I thought it was an L’Occitane hand cream. Nope. I will use it since I like the way the tube looks. My “bonus” is Nicka K New York Absolute! Make-Up Cleansing towelettes. I have said it before and I will say it again- they sell this brand at my local beauty supply and the make-up runs around $3 US on average. Lastly is the Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum. I rarely get acne and I like my good old tea tree to handle that.  I am not impressed with this month’s selections- they are way too run of the mill and small!

Every year, the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) have the Insiders’ Beauty Awards. Birchbox curated two boxes of winners. They were recently on sale- $26 for both. I thought that was pretty good and had some points left, so I managed to score both for $23.31. I’ll start with the Prestige Headliners – Birchbox for CEW. Originally priced at $18 US, this little box had the stuff you could buy at Sephora or a department store.

Birchbox Presige Box

Birchbox Prestige Headliners

Since there are so many, I’ll list:

-IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil (might be a full size- Sam over at Samandro22 got me into filling in my brows!)

-Living Proof Prime Style Extender (Decent sized tube. Eh.)

-Julep Nail Color in Teri (It’s a full bottle!)

-Julep Essential Cuticle Oil (Another biggie! For my dry cuticles, I need a miracle.)

-Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Triple Defense Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (“Deluxe”Sample)

-La Fresh Eco-Beauty Oil-Free Face Cleanser, Scented (2 wipes. I’m cool with that.)

Next is the Birchbox for CEW Mass Market Finalists. This box is a treasure trove of drugstore finds and I have only tried two out of the six! Five of the products are full size, making for a great value.

On the cheap.

On the cheap.

-Olay Pro-X Spot Fading Treatment (Sample tube but it should last a bit because you only use a few drops at a time.)

-Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey (Love these!)

-L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow in #557 Glistening Garnet (I hope it is way better than the Armani Eyes to Kill one I bought.)

-Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream (Full size tube- since I finished my most recent favorite, I will try this next.)

-Nivea A Kiss of Olive OIl & Lemon Moisture Rich Lip Care (Finally! My favorite balm is LaBello- it is Nivea in the States and this flavor is more European!)

-Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On (I love eye rolls…)

What do you think? I have a lot of work ahead of me, huh?

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

GLOSSYBOX and I are Exclusive- Almost.

Hello, gorgeous! I hope the week as treated you well and that the weekend treats you even better. I have some interesting PH news to share. It actually isn’t that interesting but after months of complaining and disappointment, I have cancelled my Birchbox subscription. I really thought about it, considering it has started to get a little better but when I received the email that it would be renewed on July 1st, I took the plunge and bid Birchbox adieu. I would post pictures of some of my monthly boxes but why live in the past? Besides. my ipsy and GLOSSYBOX subscriptions should keep me busy enough. I also decided to keep up with FabFitFun, since the first box was excellent and they only ship four times a year.

And after waiting a looooong month, I did get my June GLOSSYBOX today. Curated by Dallas Shaw, the theme is “American Beauty Box.” (You can read more about Dallas Shaw by visiting her website. I really had no clue about her until I read a bit about her today.) I purchased a six month subscription to GLOSSYBOX for $90 US, which was a decent discount. The June box is better than those I have gotten recently. Are you ready?

Pull tab here.

Pull tab here.

On top is the GLOSSYBOX magazine. I really wish they would save a tree. I always find typos and it takes all of five minutes to read.

Good things come in small packages.

Good things come in small packages.

The box has an illustration by Dallas Shaw and this one might be a keeper. Inside there is an insert with the same illustration, a note, and a listing of products.

She hopes I love her selections. I do, too!

She hopes I love her selections. I do, too!

The body and hair care portion of the box is actually quite nice. First up is c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist (2 oz. bottle, $4 US value): An oil that can be used on the body and the face, it absorbs quickly and leaves a “light, lasting glow.” I am attending a wedding tonight and I will try this out of the shower. (Full Size 8 oz., $8 US).

For my tresses, there is Philip B. Lovin’ Leave-In Conditioner (2 fl oz tube, $8 US) which seems to be a frizz fighting, color saving, heat protector for you tresses. My two ounce tube will come in handy since I am running out of my usual hair cream. It is also a Paraben & Phthalate Free Formula.

I will smell so nice.

I will smell so nice.

I got an email from GLOSSYBOX about two weeks ago stating that some product was unavailable but that there would be a great replacement. I don’t really remember if these Essential Luxuries by Oscar de la Renta are the consolation prize or if it is another product in the box. Whatever the case, I like three out of the six samples. This is Uncle Oscar’s tailored line of six scents that are “imbued with his love of beauty and luxury.” They are: Granada (love it), Oriental Lace (smells divine), Sargasso (I can’t even- delicious), Coralina (yeah, no), Santo Domingo (for those of a certain age), and Mi Corazon (gardenia- a lot of gardenia). A 3.4 ounce bottle of one is $150 US. Pure peanuts in my book, especially if I love it.

Lips and tips weren’t left out either. I have been itching to try SpaRitual Favorites Nail Polish, as it is vegan, certified organic, and made with fair-trade ingredients. Clay Creme was in my box and though I am not particularly fond of the color, it will make for a nice autumn shade. (Full Size bottle $12 US)

Tarte’s Complexion Enhancing Lipstick in Medium to Tan is an interesting addition. I am kind of on the light to medium skintone side, though maybe with a little sun, more medium. I will give this a try in about a week after I get a little more sun (and yes, I use SPF and I never bake myself.) It is a jelly core lipstick in a nude shade that will give the appearance of more youthful lips. I am hoping this works for me because I love a good nude lip. (Full Size Tube $14.50 US).

Lips and my tips!

Lips and my tips!

This month’s GLOSSYBOX retail value is roughly $36 US, which isn’t bad since six months was 90 bucks.

Spoiler. Or just spoiled?

Spoiler. Or just spoiled?

I think the lipstick and nail polish are my favorites though the oil and hair cream will be useful. If you would like to try GLOSSYBOX, use my referral code by clicking here.

See you soon!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

ipsy-licious!

Hi Lovlies! I am home today with a nasty cold. I can’t hear out of my ears and my head is pounding. Great fun for a Friday. To ease my feeling yucky, I figured I would write about my ipsy delivery. I read about the June bag over at Pink Lady Beauty. Melissa got a slightly different bag but I am happy with the contents.

The theme of this month’s bag is “On the Wild Side.” I think the products I received actually fit into this idea quite nicely!

For the birds!

For the birds!

J. Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette ($4.49 US) : These glitter creams are neutral and that is better for me. If they were colorful I might have more trouble using them than I already will. I am not big on glitter and though these are really pretty, I probably won’t have much use for them. On the description of ipsy’s website, it says to NOT use them on the eyes, which makes it more problematic.

Lots of lights in this bag.

Lots of lights in this bag.

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil($18 US) :  This pencil will get some serious use. I usually use the beige NANO pencil from Sephora and this one is a chubby pencil that I can use in the corners of my eyes or under my brow bones. This pencil can also help conceal redness and blemishes. This type of pencil is great for people that wear glasses. I do and I swear by some highlighting to help enhance the area that is hidden by my specs.

Starlooks Lips Pencil in Tickle Me Pink ($12 US): I have read a few reviews on Starlooks boxes and am intrigued. If I didn’t already get ipsy, GlossyBox, and Birchbox, I might have taken the plunge. The Starlooks line claims to have quality make-up at pro-prices (I guess they mean a discount.) The color seems to be very vibrant and I will probably use it this summer with a nice gloss over it.

Putting the pieces together.

Putting the pieces together.

NYX Mosaic Powder in Dare ($7 US): I love my NYX cosmetics! This powder has shimmer and matte colors. This is more of a rosy gold and I think will make it easy to use, as it can almost double as a light bronzer.

And I hope this next one gives you a giggle. I have now received my fourth bottle of… DRY SHAMPOO. I. CAN’T. EVEN.

My best secret?

My best secret?

Psssst! The TRUE Original Dry Shampoo (Travel Size $2.99 US): Great for sopping up oily roots and adding volume, Psssst! is the matriarch of dry shampoos. Basically, you spray in and brush out- which I why I probably can’t use it. If I put a brush to this head, you’d be looking at Frankenstein’s Bride.

Wild Things!

Wild Things!

I am pretty pleased with the month’s bag. It far exceeded the $12 monthly charge.

You still have a few days to enter my giveaway. Click  here for a chance to win!

Until next time…

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Ipsy! GlossyBox! I Don’t Know What To Do With Myself!

Okay, okay. I am a bit late on my ipsy review. I find blogging has been a bit difficult as of late. I have been running around like crazy and am rarely home. I try to fit in a bit here or there but you know the deal: life gets in the way. I like living so I try to cram in as much  as possible. This weekend is no exception. The hubs and I had two parties yesterday, one today, and we were invited to another. I never thought I would be this popular. Anyway, I received my ipsy bag last week and my GlossyBox yesterday. I am meshing the two together.

My ipsy delivery was better this month than in the recent past. The bag is adorably cute with its chevron design and summery colors.

Love the bag!

Love the bag!

I scored two Pacifica products : the Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter and Island Vanilla Perfume Roll-On . I enjoy using the Pacifica body butters and Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter ($7 US/ 2 oz, $24 US/ 8 oz) will make me glow and shimmer. This is NOT a gradual tanner so it will wash off. The Island Vanilla Perfume Roll-On ($12 US) could be considered a gourmand scent but it isn’t super sweet or strong. In fact, it is more of a floral than an uber sticky, gooey vanilla. It is totally summer appropriate but isn’t very long lasting.

I smell like cake.

I smell like cake.

A few bags back, subscribers received a magnetized palette with two magnetic eye shadows by Yaby. This month, there is a Yaby magnetized concealer in Honey. It is tiny and I am not sure how much use I will get out of it. (Refill pan $4.85 US)

Hide out.

\ Hide out.

A big draw this month was the full size bottle of Zoya polish ($8 US). I got Blu from the recent Spring collection in my bag and it isn’t a shade I am particularly fond of. It looks chalky and I find that Zoya’s creams aren’t very good. I would have preferred a metallic.

I'm blue.

I’m blue.

I do love the Mirabella Colour Sheer Lipstick ($22 US). Daydream looks very light but it enhances my lips. The color is very sheer– do not expect serious pigmentation. It also needs to be reapplied quite a bit.

Dream on.

Dream on.

GlossyBox just celebrated its one year anniversary stateside. Needless to say, I thought the anniversary box would rock. I am curious to see what you think…

My love letter

My love letter

The packages always come wrapped in ribbon.

I stop myself from reading the card first.

I stop myself from reading the card first.

The first thing you see when opening the box is the GlossyBox Mag. To tell you the truth, I always think the small articles are superficial and poorly written. I have found typos, too. (We all make mistake but this is going out to thousands of people that pay for the subscription service.) I kind of wish they would save trees and not include the magazine. It takes me all of five minutes to read and I almost feel like I do out of obligation, considering I still read cereal boxes.

mag

There is an etre belle Collagen & Aloe Vera Hydro Mask. The single use packet hydrates and improves elasticity. I gave away the last single use mask and might try this one. I’m not exactly looking for more hydration and I’m not terribly concerned about elasticity yet. ($39.50 US/ 10 masks)

We wear the masks.

We wear the masks.

The European Wax Center sent over a complimentary waxing service. I need to get my brows done so I am hoping there is one nearby. There are two tiny samples of The Exfoliate and Slow It Body Wash. I might get one use out of each.

Tiny.

Tiny.

I also finally got a hair product I can use. Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray Volume Building Spray Gel will make my hair ginormous and soft. I love big hair, especially when I go out on the town. My curls will enjoy this. ($19.95 US/ 5.07 FL OZ)

The bigger the hair, the smaller the hips. (Not really.)

The bigger the hair, the smaller the hips. (Not really.)

Being greasy, I was excited to see My Prime Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer. I currently use the men’s one from Kiehl’s and I love it but this claims to provied intense hydration and anti-aging benefits while creating a matte, flawless finish. It also works as a primer. I’ll give it a go. ($68 US/ 60 ML)

There is also a really cute compact of AMOREPACIFIC Color Control Cushion Compact. The small compact multitasks with SPF, deep hydration, and complete coverage. The only problem- the color is too deep for my complexion. I’m not even sure if I can use it during the summer. ($60 US/ 15 G & 15 G Refill)

Te Amo

Love and a Primer

The ONLY full size product this month is a Nicka K New York Absolute! Perfume Stick in Parc de 59. The tube packaging is really pretty and the product tries to evoke the sophistication of NYC. It smells similar to Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea Parfum.  Here is the rub- GlossyBox tells that retail is $14.99 US. I beg to differ. I have purchased Nicka K cosmetics in a beauty supply store for $1.99. I have also purchased some items in the dollar store. Don’t get me wrong- the products are not bad but I can’t see this perfume stick being worth $14.99. Call me a skeptic.

There was also a fact printed on the outer tube.

There was also a fact printed on the outer tube.

The ipsy bag was a decent value this month with three full size products but I expected way more from GlossyBox, especially for an anniversary box. It is no wonder why GlossyBox is giving incentives to join. A six month subscription was recently only $90 US. If these subscription services aren’t careful, they may fail. I see a downgrade in products since my initial shipments.

If you are interested in signing up for a subscription (GlossyBox, ipsy, or BirchBox), please drop me a line at producthoochie@gmail.com  and I will send you a referral code. I am beginning to wonder if beauty subscriptions are worth it but if you want to try them, go on ahead.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

GlossyBox and I May Have to Take a Break

Ah, today. It is a beautiful day in NYC- the sky is blue and clear and the trees and flowers are in bloom, which makes for itchy eyes and scratchy throat but I won’t complain. It is just gorgeous. Moving along- it has been a crazy busy week and of course, my Product Hoochiness has been affected. I have a few products to share. Let’s get started…

I received my GlossyBox Monday night. I sadly am disappointed with GlossyBox as of late. Though always better than Birch Box, I find the products become more and more sparse as time goes on.

The suspense... is killing me?

The suspense… is killing me?

First up, Alterna Haircare Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist.  It is supposed to give natural “just back from the beach” waves. I am not quite sure how this will work on my curls. I may give myself a spritz and see. This product in the second or third one from Alterna that I have received in a GB. A 4.2 ounce bottle is $22 US. The sample is .85 ounces.

If looking like you just came back from a beach holiday isn’t enough, why don’t you soak yourself in some tea? Another repeat in a different form, there is a Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au the Blanc Tea Bag for Bath. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like soaking in tubs and I especially do not like very strongly scented products. I received a soap in this scent in February or March and the box REEKED. That is too close, too soon. That is not to say that the scent is unpleasant but a body lotion used sparingly is more than enough. I received one full size packet, valued at $9.50 US.

Continuing with bath stuff, there is a “deluxe” 1 ounce sample of Wash With Joe Coffeemint Invigorating Body Wash. I don’t care if it will revitalize the mind, the smell is weird but they are my two favorite flavors. The name also freaks me out-my dad was Joe. It is just creepy. A 16 ounce bottle is $28 US.

That's it?!

That’s it?!

Next in line, there is a tube of The Honest Company Honest Organic Lip Balm. I love Burt’s Bees so this is a product I may enjoy. It has virtually no smell and is made from jojoba, olive, sunflower, and coconut oils. Sounds like a party! A three pack is $10.95 US.

There is also a small sample of Le Metier De Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution. Lucky for me, I can get a full size $225 US jar for $150 US! Uh. Nope. I give my mom or aunt these samples. I am too oily.

The big ticket item in this month’s box is TIGI Cosmetics Glow Blush in Awaken. GlossyBox claims it is a universal shade and it is a pretty bronze coral. In other words, it is kind of rusty. I think this may work well with a summer glow. It is a full size blush and costs $22 US.

I know, I know. The blush value “covers” the cost of the box but I find that these products are not tailored to my needs. I understand that I may find something new that I love. In that sense, I would rather do a little research and pick out my own products. I have 1000 Glossy Dots. I think I will use them on the next box and move along.

I think I outgrew you, GlossyBox.

If you want to try GlossyBox, please email me at producthoochie@gmail.com and I will send you a referral link. I also am an ipsy subscriber. Click HERE for my ipsy referral link. I DO NOT receive monetary compensation if you use my referral links. I do get free products or points to use on the websites.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Too Many Beauty Boxes!

I bet you thought I would never say that, huh? I think I am at the point where I am getting too much stuff. I already have too much stuff, so to add on more is just a nightmare. I just might have to do another beauty giveaway- le sigh. Scuttling along, I received two beauty boxes this week- one from GlossyBox and the other from FabFitFun or fff by Giuliana Rancic. I know she has really overcome some obstacles but I have a hard time buying products endorsed by “celebrities.” She has plenty of dough and when I tell you the price of the box, you will understand why.

It's in the box(es)!

It’s in the box(es)!

I will start with the ever familiar GlossyBox. I waited FOREVER to get the March box. Ridiculous. After the January Man-Repeller box, they have started to go downhill. I think people in Europe would not take this crap- neither did this New Yorker, but more on that later. I love the way GlossyBox packages the items. It is always pretty and tied up neatly with a bow. Too bad I tear into it, practically with my teeth. This month’s theme is “Spring Fling” which would be fabulous if spring would hurry up and get here already.

Thinned out box!

Thinned out box!

Elite Models Liner in Matt Brown: A liquid eyeliner from France (ooh-la-la), touts to be waterproof and long lasting. It has a brush applicator and you can draw on thin or thick lines depending on your preference. ($15 US)

ModelCo Cheek + Lip Tint in Rosy Red: This looks like a little paint tube. Adorable! Dab the product on cheeks or lips and tap with fingertips. You can do a sheer wash of color or layer it for more impact. ( $24 US)

PIXI Lid Last Shadow Pen in Mocha Mauve: I thought mine was missing. I called GlossyBox. They are sending me a new one. I found the one that I thought was missing. I also mentioned how disappointed I was about the shipping. I got “we are so inundated…” I just said, “Maybe you should have started smaller…” Anyhoo,  I hope I get another color… Looks like a chubby pencil (these seem to be all the rage now) and can be used as a shadow, liner, or highlighter depending  on the shade. ($18 US)

I once was lost. But now I'm found.

I once was lost. But now I’m found.

Prestiche Essential Oil Bar Soap in Lathernder (get it? lather?): Lavender scented soap that is supposed to be good even for the most sensitive skin. That seems to be me at the moment. The scent was very strong initially but has seemed to calm down. ($16.99 US)

Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce Finishing Hairspray: Great. Another hairspray that I won’t use ever. I have to give all of these samples to my aunt so she can use them at work. ($17 US)

I received three out the five products in full size- the eyeliner, the tint, and the PIXI stick. The rest are all “deluxe.” Prices indicate a full size product.

Now, onto FabFitFun. I bought the VIP box (and you know I wouldn’t win one of the possible extra prizes, right?) and it was about $35 US. fff boxes come quarterly and cost about $50 US a box. I happened to catch the first box on a coupon code and knew that there would be a product in there retailed at about $40. 35 bucks was a steal, no?

Giuliana Rancic at the 81st Academy Awards

Giuliana Rancic at the 81st Academy Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Hi, my fellow Product Hoochies!

I got a note from Giuliana Rancic, telling about the inaugural box and the ideals behind fff– beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness, and health. So lets see what I got, shall we?

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I love the compartments. My OCD is singing!

Starting with the obvious…

MoroccanOil: This oil is NOT organic and has some argan oil in it, but not  a whole bunch. I used this as my first foray into hair oils. I am currently running low on my bottle of pure stuff- I will get to this next. ($43 US/ 3.4 oz bottle)

Go Smile On the Go Whitening Pen:  My first “exclusive bonus gift” for being an fff VIP-Twist and apply anywhere for whiter teeth. I wonder if using this in public is more attractive than applying lipstick. Hmmm… ($22 US)

Zoya Nail Polish by FabFitFun: I like Zoya polish, particularly metallics or glitter. fff sent us their signature color- a lovely metallic fuschia. Maybe it is more magenta- it’s pretty whatever it is! ($8 US)

Tips and lips!

Tips and lips!

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Wallis: I almost bought this myself a few weeks ago. Phew! My sister misses out though, since she gets my extras. The color is “tarnished, metallic olive gold,” according to Butter London’s website. This also was my second “exclusive bonus” item for being a VIP. Not too bad! ($15 US)

Jouer Lip Gloss in Glisten: I happen to love Jouer gloss. They are so soft and pretty and feel so good on the lips. The only bad thing is their staying power. They don’t take a licking and keep on ticking. I received a mini which is fine since I might already have this color. ($20/Full Size Tube)

JewelMint Jewels: I received earrings and a ring. The ring is nice and heavy. It fits my pinkie and though it is quite large, looks pretty cool. The earrings feel really light but I like the color scheme- greens and blues. My only gripe- the ring is gold tone and the earrings are silver tone. I know some people don’t care but I can’t wear them together. I just won’t. (I refuse to sign up for an account but there is a code for two pieces at $29.99 US.)

I love the compartments. No muss, no fuss.

Rings on her fingers and bells… on her ears?

Think Thin Bar in Creamy Peanut Butter: The story of my life. ($1.99 US/ one bar)

Peanut Butter!

Peanut Butter!

Doing the math (or barely doing the math), the MoroccanOil alone covers the price that I paid for the fff box. I am pretty impressed with the contents. I might give away the Go Smile stuff because my teeth are sensitive but the rest will get used up in no time.

Now the big question: Should I cancel GlossyBox, let my Birch Box subscription die, wear out ipsy, and just do FabFitFun four times a year? Thoughts? I might do one more fff box just to make sure. I need opinions!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

GlossyBox a No Go

Why is it that when I buy a beauty subscription it seems to go downhill? I apologize to those of you that have ordered a GlossyBox subscription since my raves. The last few I received were not that great, with the exception of the Man Repeller box. Man Repeller curated an excellent box. Maybe I am being too hard on GlossyBox. I mean, they are fairly new stateside and are better than Birch Box (and maybe ipsy, too) but at $21 a month, the cost of both ipsy and Birch Box combined.

The one thing GlossyBox does differently is that there is a magazine included. I find a number of editing problems in the publication and I rarely find the products in my GlossyBox being featured in with tips and tricks.

Glossy Mag!

Glossy Mag!

There is also the postcard with the list of products. February’s theme is “International Style.” I think they followed through.

Postcard is airmail. Soap keeps you clean.

Postcard is airmail. Soap keeps you clean.

BVLGARI Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc Soap: I stayed at Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun during my honeymoon. I loved it there. In the bath, there were Bvlgari The Blanc products. It smelled clean and delightful. The scent of the soap is very strong and the entire box is fragrant… a little too fragrant. I’m not even sure I can use such a strongly perfumed product. (Full Size $30 US)

Nail Rock Nail Wraps: I like Nail Wraps. These are a but more funky and a little scary. Mine have eyeballs and ghosts. (Full Set $8 US)

Maybe I will save these for Halloween.

Maybe I will save these for Halloween.

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask: I have no idea what this does. The ingredients make me a little nervous. It is supposed to be healing. I’ll let you know. (One packet $6 US)

Escargot for my face.

Escargot for my face.

Da Vinci Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in Wild Lilac: This pigment is a pretty purple. It really is meant to be used as a highlighter. I rarely go for loose mineral pigments- way too messy- but I might try this. (Full Size $15 US)

Da Vinci will paint my face.

Da Vinci will paint my face.

LISI Sheer Sparkle Lip Gloss in Bryant Park: A glittery pink,  though I’m not quite sure how pigmented, as glitter gloss is not necessarily something I normally would wear. Maybe I will throw it on this weekend. (Full Size $7 US)

LISI on the lips.

LISI on the lips.

All in all, I guess this month’s box isn’t all that terrible. At least there are three full size products, not counting the Missha mask. I also feel like some of the products, like the pigment and gloss, really aren’t for me. I’m also not so sure about the Nail Rocks, too. I like fun nails but these just aren’t my style. We will see what gets delivered at the end of the month.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Like Sands Through The Hourglass…

Emotions (Mariah Carey song)

Emotions (Mariah Carey song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I finally tried OPI Liquid Sand Polish from the Man Repeller curated GlossyBox. The liquid sand polish is from the Mariah Carey collaboration with OPI. I received “Can’t Let Go”- a purple matte glitter. Cue Mariah, “Oooh hoooo… Can’t let go…. Oooh baby… Ahhh (in Mariah’s 8 octave voice/scream/screech).”
Maybe it’s because I started doing my nails at 9:55 PM EST. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to use a quick dry topcoat because it will make the matte glitter polish shiny. Or maybe, just maybe the polish just stinks. I know the Silver Nail reviewed the polishes and I read her post. She has much more patience than me but I found the swatches to be gorgeous and this woman knows her nail polish. Seriously! Check out her post when you HAVE the time- that means just do it http://thesilvernail.wordpress.com/?s=liquid+sand.

Oh no, I just can't get you out of my mind. I never can say goodbye

Oh no, I just can’t get you out of my mind. I never can say goodbye

I applied a thin coat and it covered but seemed a bit streaky. I applied coat #2 and messed up four nails. Both thumbs and pointer fingers, not to mention my left pinkie. Annoying.

The overall effect is pretty. I like the texture and it isn’t loud or flashy but edgy enough that I can wear it to work and still feel cool. Yes, I still like to feel cool. I guess that means I shouldn’t bring my portable CD player and my Mariah Carey “Emotions” CD. I’m kidding. Well, maybe I’m not. Anyway, if you like textured polish and have a bit of patience, give these a go.

Picture was taken the next morning with flash.

Picture was taken the next morning with flash.

Update: I did my nails Wednesday night. By Friday, I needed to cover up some chips. I also suggest getting some drying drops. I bought cheap ones at Sally Beauty Supply. It didn’t seem to change the color and help me not nick the polish before it dried.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO