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October 2013 :: Glossybox :: Byrdie Box

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October 2013 Glossybox US

Byrdie Box

This month, Glossybox US sent out another special edition box. This time, they partnered with Byrdie.com. I’ve been pretty diappointed with Glossybox for a while now. If you’re a regular reader, you know I’ve been threatening to cancel my subscription for the past couple of months. I wanted to hang in for this special edition box, so here it is, October 2013’s Byrdie Glossybox US:

  • Tarte – Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara This is a full size product and the product I’m most excited to receive this month! The Application wand has two distinct side, one with more flexible bristles for layering product, the other with stiffer bristles to break-up lashes and avoid clumping. I’m a huge fan of Tarte products and am loving this mascara!!
  • Bvlgari – Eau Parfumee Au The Vert Eau De Cologne Smells ok; smells more like something my mother would enjoy. It’s clean. I’ve said it before and I hate having to say it again: Enough with this Bvlgari bathroom stuff. Come on already…
  • Sesha – Renu Exfoliating Gel Wow! Honestly, Wow! This exfoliater does it’s job and so gently! You don’t feel a bunch of scrubby bits, but as you massage it into your skin, the dead skin just rubs right off. After rinsing, my skin feels AMAZING! I love this product!
  • Balance Me – Shine On Tinted Lip Slave in Super Soft Beige A very subtle tint, this lip salve feels great! It feels so fresh and tingley! It smooths, hydrates and adds gloss to lips and it’s 100% natural organic!
  • Fresh – Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream Anther face moisturizer… This isn’t the first product from Fresh I’ve sampled thanks to Glossybox; their products are great quality with great ingredients. This face cream is no different. It smells like cucumbers too! I’m just ready bored with face creams in my monthly boxes.

Overall I’m pleased with the products I received inspite of the yawn-inspiring reaction it gave me. I’m going to stick out my Glossybox subscription for one more month and then cancel. It’s been fun, Glossybox, but I’m just not as impressed as I used to be.

 

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

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January 2013 :: GlossyBox :: The Man Repeller

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January 2013’s GlossyBox USA was a special edition box, a collaboration with The Man Reppler’s Leandra Medine. This box was a generous one, packed with 7 great samples! This month’s box included the following, each as described by Glossybox:

  • OPI – Liquid Sand Nail Laquer in Can’t Let Go ($9.00/0.5 oz) A unique matte purple shade with subtle accents of reflective shimmer.  This long wearing liquid sand lacquer dries to a matte finish which means no top coat is necessary!  Apply base coat and two coats of color for full opacity.
  • Estée Lauder – Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara ($25.00/0.27 oz)Three different high-volume fibers create audacious, false-lash effects.  Lustrous color leaves eyes brighter, wider, more seductive than before.  Build bigger, bolder, more extreme lashes at the Estée Lauder counter today.
  • Le Métier de Beauté – Replenishing Daily Solution ($225.00/1.17 oz) This rich, emollient formula protects, conditions and hydrates while it nourishes, rejuvenates and detoxifies skin, restoring a healthy suppleness to your skin.  Paraben-free.
  • Narciso Rodriguez – for her Eau de Toilette Spray ($104.00/3.3 oz) A fragrant harmony of music, intimately refined with a floral facet developing gently and slowly, rounding out into the feminine warm tones of sun-kissed skin, dusted in snow, velvet-like sensuality.
  • Fresh – Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum ($35.00/1 oz) Umbrian Clay, Fresh’s proprietary ingredient, has a uniquely high-mineral content that works to neutralize acidity, purifying and clarifying the complexion.  This treatment formula tones and hydrates while controlling shine and minimizing the appearance of pores.
  • Sebastian Professional – Potion 9 ($19.00/5.1 oz) The ultimate versatile styling cream infused with nine botanical extracts to help restore lost moisture and rejuvenate the healthy look of your hair.  Perfect for styling your wet or dry hair into multiple looks with flexible hold.
  • Tarte – Glamazon Pure Performance 12-hour Lipstick in Fierce ($26.00/0.07 oz) Achieve vivid long-lasting color with a superb blend of emollient-rich butters (mango, avocado and shea) encapsulated in Tarte’s 12-hour power formula.  Helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines leaving lips with a perfect, plumped-up appearance.

My two personal favs from this box are: the Tarte Lipstick because Tarte is one of my absolute favorite companies and this lipstick looks and feels fantastic! and the Sebastian hair creme. The other products are lovely choices, but those two are products I will use over and over.

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

May 2012 :: Birchbox #1

As you may have read, I received my first Birchbox on Monday! Since signing up at the end of April, I have eagerly awaited my box of 5 deluxe samples! When it arrived, I immediately opened it to find what goodies I’d be trying out this month.

Ok, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t gripe about something: These samples are far from deluxe. They are standard sample sizes you’d receive from a department store. However, I don’t know any places near me that could offer me samples of some of these products and so, I don’t mind that I pay $10 monthly to receive them. Adding to my excitement, May’s Birchbox had a Gossip Girl theme! (So that earned the box some over-all points with me)

To more easily convey my enthusiasm or lack there of for my Birchbox goodies (and other products I rate in the future) I am implimenting a “GK L♥VES” Scale… in hearts. ♥

Basically, 5 hearts is a product that I absolutely love, 0 hearts is a complete waste… simple enough. A perfect Birchbox score would be 25 hearts (provided it’s the standard 5 product samples).

Here’s the loot and what I think so far:

1.) Atelier Cologne – Vanille Insensee – Full Size Bottle: $65-$175 – I really enjoy this fragrance. It’s a “vanilla scent with a splash of lime and coriander.”. I definitely enjoy citrusy smells and the classic, soft vanilla makes it a more romantic scent. At this time, I would totally consider buying this in a full bottle, but it didn’t give me the “I must have this” feeling… It may grow on me more; we’ll have to wait and see. PS: I love that this sample came with a totally adorable NYC themed postcard which definitely preyed upon my deep love for my native state. ♥♥♥

2.) Color Club Nail Polish in “Disco Nap” – Full size $8 – Described as a “luxe metallic polish”, I’d have to agree. It took a few minutes to dry, not rapidly fast, but the coverage was amazing after just one coat and it’s a metallic polish without the cheesey look of too-large-glitter (you know what I mean). It’s the perfect amount of sparkle. I probably won’t ever buy this but I do really love the product. ♥♥♥

3.) Dr. Jart + – Waterfuse BB Cream – Full size $32 – This product is really four-in-one: moisturizer, serum, sunscreen (spf 25), and skin perfecting tint. It’s described as the “swiss army knife of your beauty lineup”. I like the light weight coverage, the color was suited to my skin tone and the combination of products is fantastic but it’s impossible to really tell the long term effects with such a small amount. (There was barely in the bottle.) I’ll be nice, despite my disappointment in the skimpy amount. ♥♥

4.) fresh – Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 – $22.50 – This lip tint has natural sugar extracts to exfoliate and smooth lips. I love the sheer color. It adds the perfect amount of color without being overdone. Lip stick isn’t a daily part of my makeup regiment, I prefer lip tints, glosses or just chapstik; this product gives me exactly what I love. I also love the twist-to-open tube; no accidental openings in my purse! However, I can achieve the same results from a much more affordable, drug store brand. ♥♥♥

5.) twistband Hair Tie (green) – reg price $18 for a 12pk – Ok, this is a pice of elastic tied in a knot. I can buy “snag-free elastics” by goody for $2 anywhere… I’m still totally going to use this though. I have a lot of hair! Plus, green looks fab with the red locks. But really? ♥

6.) *BONUS* They also included an adorable notecard and envelope. ♥

May’s Birchbox total: 13/25 ♥s.

… I was hoping for better results. I will use each of these products but whether I will purchase the full size is another story. My two favs are definitely the Atelier Cologne and the fresh tinted lip treatment! I’m looking forward to future Birchbox deliveries!

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Love, GK