I am starting something new here at Boxy Mom. Every month, I am going to review a new product. Should be fun, right?
This month, Teeyna, over at Pretty Lippy By Teeyna supplied the products I am reviewing. Lipsense is a long lasting lip color, that is applied in 3 steps and is advertised to last from 4 to 18 hours. Continue reading →
I absolutely LOVE this months’ Glamp Out theme! I love to be outside, and am an avid camper, so this spoke to me on a deep level. When I camp, I admit, I do wear a bit of makeup. What can I say? I like to look nice, and I feel better when I have a bit of mascara on, and no under eye circles, and SPF! ALWAYS SPF.
Isn’t this an adorable bag as well? It totally reminded me of the summer camp in the original Parent Trap movie. I always wanted to do a long term sleep away camp like that.
I really love this color of Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag. The formula is amazing, it slips right on, and does not dry your lips out! It’s also a perfect nude color for me. I am really excited about this color and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it.
Next up we have IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara in Black. Its a good formula, and goes on easily. I did not see the dramatic results pictured, however, I only used one coat. I don’t like to wear black mascara, I prefer brown, but I like the way this one looks on me. It was easy to put on, and easy to take off, and it didn’t flake during the day! Win win win.
This is both the mascara and the lip color. Nice and natural!
Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick was a nice little surprise! I used this mainly for my puffy eyes when I didn’t get enough sleep because the baby was up all night. It works like a charm, goes on light, and with almost no residue. It was very easy to smooth right on, and add makeup immediately after. No waiting for the excess to absorb!
I was excited to try the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Mask. Unfortunately, I only used this once because I just could not get past the smell! It is VERY organic, if you get my drift. I did not see much of a difference here, but I could only stand to leave it on for about 10 minutes because, oh man, that smell. Pungent…
This Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray is a nice little item. I use leave-in conditioner every day, so this will definitely get used. The smell is great, and it leaves no residue.
I received this Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine in my first Play Box Last year. The smell is light, fruity, and perfect for summer, and I am happy to have gotten it again.
With July, came the HEAT. Here in Southern Ca, it’s hot hot hot. Actually, it’s hot across the US right now, so I suppose I cant really complain.
I am always excited for the summer bags because I hope for some fun bright gloss or maybe a bright blush or highlighter.
The bag is ok, but I didn’t really like, or get the theme it was promoting, which was Lazy Sunday. That’s not at all what I think about when it comes to mid summer! However, Lazy Beauty, I can get behind! I want out door adventure themes and travel themes, but I digress. Lazy Sunday it is…
This particular box is really a hit or miss for me, sometimes its full of awesome items that I never would have considered purchasing for my self, and sometimes there isn’t much that I’ll use. I figure, at $5 every three months, even if there’s two items I’ll use, it pays for itself. Because I we camp so often, I throw most of the travel sized items in my camp bag to be used as they are needed.
So this one is a little different. With Amazon Prime, you have the option of ordering a beauty box (when available.) There are several boxes available at any given time, and prices range from $11 to $25 for regular to luxury products. This particular one is $11.99. They also offer a few men’s boxes. The way it works is: you buy the box, full of sample size products, and a few days after the box arrives, you get a credit in the amount you spent on the box, in your account to spend on any full size item that was in the box. Its a great concept, if a little hard to understand at first. It took me a few read-throughs to grasp… but I’m a sleep deprived mom, so I might have been a little dense.
Happy June! This little bag of awesome arrived earlier this week.
This is a monthly subscription from Sephora, it $10 a month, and it has always got a great theme. This one is “In a Summer State Of Mind”
So here we go!
Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It Air Styler
I got this in another bag a few months ago and I LOVE it. I don’t like to use a blow dryer, especially in the summer months, and this is so perfect for just letting your hair air dry because it tames the fly-aways, conditions, not to mention, it leaves my hair super silky and smooth.
Tarte Tarteguard Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 20 in Medium
Light and silky, this tinted moisturizer is sheer and doesn’t melt away in the heat. It also doesn’t have a heavy smell, it’s light and clean. I don’t like heavy makeup, so this fits the bill nicely.
Thierry Mugler ALIEN Perfume
This is the perfume extra in the box this month. Its not a scent I would buy for my self, but i can use this sample. The scent has notes of Sambac jasmine, Cashmeran wood, and amber gris.
Kat Von D liquid lipstick in K-Dub.
This is a beautiful bright fuchsia matte Lip color. It’s not my style, as I prefer neutral, and sheer satin or gloss. That being said, it looked surprisingly good on me, and because it’s so bright, the more tan I get, the better it will look.
Briogio Curl Charisma Leave-in Defining Creme
I don’t know if I will use this because my hair is only slightly wavy, but I’ll give it a go.
Hello again beautiful readers! I had to take some time off because, well….
That’s right, We are now parents! Crazy right? Sorry for disappearing on you like that, but time off with no deadlines was essential. But after almost a year, I’m back, and more ready than ever to get back into reviewing boxes.
Now, on to the review!
This was a great month for Ipsy. The bag is adorable, and, after months of getting stuff that won’t get used, I feel like there’s adorable few things in here that I’ll enjoy and probably purchase again.
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Game Changer
There were two options for nail polish for this month and I was really glad to get this one. I love how this color looks next toy skin tone and it will look even better on my toes when I’m tan!
PUR Fully Charged Mascara
Here’s the description from the website “Opposites attract with this anti-aging mascara that has a magnetic polymer matrix that wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define each lash for long-lasting performance” I’m excited to try, I’m very picky about my mascara, so I’m hoping it’s good.
Hey Honey Undercover Detoxifying Mud Mask
This should be a great addition to my stash! My skin has been looking tired lately, because, well, I’m tired, but I hate for the world to know that by looking at me, so hopefully this will help.
Skyn Glacial Face Wash with White Willow
Another skin item I will add to my rotation. This should help brighten me up!
Peek Black Primer
I was SO excited about this item! I have seen several tutorial’s on some other sites I follow, and it looks amazing. Because it’s black, it brings out the colors in your eye shadows. You can also use it on your lips, to darken your natural color, or your lipstick. It can also be used to sculpt your cheekbones.
So I guess I’m on the later ship date for this since I just received my box the day Paige posted her review of it. This box contained less makeup than the previous ones but it more than made up for it in other items that I really like.
Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste:
Well, not super exciting, but I love a good mint (none of that rubbish spearmint stuff please) and I do love travel sizes. I have to jump on planes often enough for work that these are super handy.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Medium:
Well, I am a HUGE fan of this. As someone who burns when they even think about going into full sunlight regardless of the SPF slathered on (yes, I am the person they make the 100 spf for…), I’ve known and used this product (in Fair) for years. It goes on easily (especially now that they have the lotion version instead of the spray that got everywhere) and once dried (and it dries quickly) stays where it should and not on your clothes. You won’t regret it. Bonus, it covers up those random bruises that you have no idea how they got there.
Burt’s Bees Lipstick in 511 Magenta Rush:
Not a color I ever would have chosen in the store but after having put it on, I actually really like it. It’s fun, not too orange, goes on really well, has good pigment, and was a little shines without being over powering. Good job Burt. I plan to get a more neutral shade the next time I’m at the store.
Incoco Coconut Nail Art in Fashion Statement #03505:
I’ve used these before and they go on pretty easily. I really like the pattern/colors on these and can see them being accent nails for black polish or something like that. The only warning I will give is that when using these, make sure your nails (the top of your nails) are really smooth. Make sure to clean, buff well, and dry leaving no dust or bumps. Anything left on your nail WILL be extremely visible once the strip is applied.
Schwarzkopf Shampoo and Conditioner Essence Ultime:
Thank you sending both the shampoo AND conditioner. Also, thank you for sending enough of a sample to actually be able to try it out. I’ve been seeing these commercials and am very interested to try it. I’ll report back.
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented:
Again, this is an item that I use already and really like. This will go into my travel stash as it is small enough to be carried on. LOVE the unscented-ness of it. It does everything it should and doesn’t let anyone but you know that it’s been applied.
Nivea In Shower Lotion:
I think this is the third one of these I’ve received from various boxes and might actually have enough now to be able to try it. Maybe it’s just me, but this seems like a potentially bad idea. Wet tub floor plus very smooth, slick substance equals at best a bruise that is awkward to explain and at worst a trip to the ER. Wish me luck.
So…beauty Army has had a rough few months. It basically fell apart, got a new CEO, tried to get its subscribers to come back by giving multiple promises that things were different and vouchers for free boxes. I fully admit to being skeptical. The old Beauty Army had a very poor sample selection, hit and miss as to whether you actually got the samples you selected, and unreliable delivery.
The new Beauty Army has better sample selection, still not amazing, but pretty good, delivery was smooth, but the actually getting the samples selected is still a bit of a problem. You choose 6 samples from a list of about 20. Well, I received five samples. I probably wouldn’t have even realized that I was a sample short except that the one that didn’t make it into the box was the one I was really excited about. Good thing this was a free box. Well, scratch that, technically I had paid for a year’s subscription and only received 5 boxes, so I paid for this…
Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Remover Towelettes:
I will always take these when they are available. I use them everyday and this sample pack of 7, is perfect for my travel stash.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
I have the cherry scented version of this (thank you another monthly beauty box) and it works great. Very excited for this unscented version (since I really don’t like products to have specific smells unless it is perfume).
Revlon Bold Lacquer
I REALLY like this! Went on amazingly well. No clumps, didn’t smudge, nice layering. Usually it takes me half a bottle to get to this ease of use. I can’t wait to see if it holds up. If it does, I’ve found my new go-to!
Pretty good size sample. Feels nice, didn’t leave any residue. Not sure if it will actually be firming and anti-wrinkle but I’ll keep using it just for the moisturizing it provides at night. I wonder how much a full container is…I don’t know that it is really any better than my basic St Ives lotion that I normally use…
Scratch Nails Multi Base and Top Coat
I like that it came with a sheet showing all the different colors available. Nice as a top coat. I won’t be trying it as a base because I am so in love with my Rubberized Base Coat by Orly…(if you don’t have it already, go now and get one. You’re welcome).
The Walmart beauty box is a fun one. It’s seasonal, coming out every 3 months, but unlike Target, you can subscribe to it, and it’s only $5. I call that a pretty excellent deal, especially since even if I don’t use EVERYTHING, the value is definitely there.
InCoco Nail Art Stickers
Speaking of Value, these really got me excited. I love nail decals, and polish, and this style is especially fun. I can’t wait to try them.
Goody Slide Proof Hair Ties
I use and loose hair ties all the time, so these Goody Slide Proof were a great treat. (See? The box has already paid for it self) I’m in that super thick preggo hair mode right now, so I go through these really fast
Lady Gaga Black Fluid Fame
I have received this Lady Gaga Fame perfume in other boxes
It’s not my favorite, because it’s super sultry, and rich. I prefer much lighter scents. I can see possibly wearing a very light splash out to a formal event or a ritzy date with the hubby, but it’s definitely not for every day wear on me.
Sally Air Brush Legs
I LOVE this stuff, I have been using the spray version for years! I hate wearing nylons and this is the perfect product when its too hot out for an extra layer. It makes legs super smooth looking, and spider veins are no more. Just make sure you let it dry COMPLETELY before you get dressed.
Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Diamond Color and Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner
Well. That’s a mouthful… I didn’t notice an immediate difference when I tried this out, but I also don’t have colored hair, and for right now, my hair is pretty healthy, other than needing a trim. That being said, it smelled OK, and I REALLY appreciate the fact that there are BOTH a shampoo and conditioner to try.
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion
Lotion samples always come in really handy, and Vaseline makes a great product! not much more to say there…
Truly Radiant Clean and Fresh Toothpaste by Arm and Hammer
I like Toothpaste samples, and this is a good one. With as much as we travel, samples like this are super useful and this will be thrown in my stash for camping and traveling.
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water (one use)
This was a tiny (one use) sample. We call them foil packets, because you cant close them back up and essentially need to be used all at once. It was a nice little bonus, but it would probably not be something that I would buy because I like the act of washing my face. It relaxes me at the end of my day, and makes me feel cleaner. This was like putting on a toner, I didn’t feel like I got everything, and I used it on a day when I wasn’t wearing makeup at all.
Nivea In Shower Body Lotion (single use)
I use this stuff on a regular basis, because I’m constantly forgetting to put on lotion after I get out of the shower. This way it’s already in there with me and super easy to rub on, rinse off and BAM! Silky skin! This got used immediately.
I felt the box definitely paid for itself this season, although, I would have LOVED to have seen a makeup product this time around. What did you guys think of your boxes?