Product of the Month: Have You Tried Lipsense?

I am starting something new here at Boxy Mom. Every month, I am going to review a new product. Should be fun, right?

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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

July Sephora Play Box Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This is both the mascara and the lip color. Nice and natural!

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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!

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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…

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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.

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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.

Did you all enjoy your boxes this month?

July Ipsy Box Review

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.
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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…
Review time!

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Megan’s Walmart Beauty Box

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Reviewed By:
Megan
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Megan’s Beauty Army Box Review

wp-1468580110547.jpgSo…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… 😒😑🤔
wp-1468580049606.jpgNeutrogena 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.
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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).
wp-1468580101027.jpgRevlon 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!
wp-1468580090847.jpgL’Oreal Revitalift
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…
wp-1468580059716.jpgScratch 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).
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Megan
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Paige’s Walmart Summer Beauty Box Review

imageThe 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.

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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.

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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

imageLady 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.

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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.

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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.

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HMMM, I may have to rethink using my phone…

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…

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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.

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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.

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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?

Reviewed By:

Paige

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Natalie’s May Ipsy Bag review

The Bag

May Ipsy glam Bag

I am on the fence on this bag. I like the idea of it but not necessarily the design I got. I am not a huge fan of the color purple so that’s the main reason. I will definitely use this bag. The size is comparable to other bags we have received but nothing out of the ordinary.

Smashbox X Rated Mascara

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ALL Smashbox mascaras are amazing. This one is no
exception. The brush was a bit interesting. I actually stopped to look at it in detail before
applying the product because it was such an odd shape. It applied well and I was able to also use it on my lower lashes with no product hitting my cheeks or under eye area. I really like this mascara and will definitely use it.

Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer

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 I adore Hikari products! I got the blush in my Ipsy bag a few months ago and it is now one of my go to products when I want a bright pink blush with great pigmentation. This product was no exception. I applied this product this morning for a general overall flush effect and it worked beautifully. The four colors in the compact blend well together and give a beautiful pink/brown color. There are little sparkles in one corner and that adds a bit of shimmer to the overall effect which I love. I highly recommend this product and Hikari products in general. Love it!

INSPR Eye Fluff Brush

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I used this today to apply my shadow in the crease. It worked really
well and applied the product evenly. I can always use a good crease brush and this is a perfect addition to my collection. The bristles are soft and pick up a decent amount of product with just one swipe.

Soo AE 3 Collagen Essence Sheet Mask Set

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I am giving this away because I honestly won’t
use it. I will most likely try to trade it with someone for something I will actually use and if not, will give it away as a gift. I know Ipsy is always trying to promote new partners but seriously? I won’t use this. Never have and probably never will. Stop sending me stuff I specifically say I will not use, please. UGH.

Epice Hydrating Mask

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Yet another product I will not use. I will try to trade it to someone for something better. I am frustrated with this month’s selections as this is the second item I will not be using/have no use for. Yes, it’s only $10 a month for this stuff but I want to get things I will actually use and not throw/give away. What a disappointment

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Natalie

Photo Credit:

Paige and Ipsy!

Natalies’ April 2016 Ipsy Bag Review

The Bag:

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Not my favorite bag in terms of looks but still a cute one. There have been
others I have loathed getting but this one is not one of them. I will definitely be using it in
the future.

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L.A.B. Live and Breathe Beauty “Just Blending In” brush

The brush is a nice size, blending brush. The bristles are soft and pick up product well. I was able to use this brush as both a transition shade brush and an accent shade brush. I can definitely see myself using it regularly. It is not as soft as say a Morphe brush or even an ELF brush but it is still a nice texture.

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Nudestix Lip & Cheek Pencil in “Mystic”

The product comes in nice packaging and applies
smoothly. It almost has a cream finish look to it. That makes sense as it is also being marketed as a blush. I only had to apply once around the lips to get a great color payoff. Overall a great nude lip product.

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Ren Skincare Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream

Wow! This product is amazing! I was
a little skeptical about it when I first opened it but after applying it, I know I will purchase it in the future! The lotion has a semi strong scent that fades after applying and the product goes on smoothly and easily. Usually when I apply my face cream, it takes two attempts before my skin feels moisturized and not “tight”. That was not the case at all with this product. I could feel it absorbing into the skin and when I woke up with morning, it was still doing the job and my skin felt incredible. I love this lotion!

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Buxom Cosmetics Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid lipstick in “Centerfold”

This product is…interesting. It is being marketed as a liquid lipstick and it really isn’t. I would compare this product and consistency to the Maybelline Vivid Matte liquid lipstick. It goes on smoothly, like a gloss, but does appear matte. It does not dry the lips and the color payoff is great. I am just thrown off by the label of “liquid lipstick” as it isn’t. I love the brand and wear products of theirs but in this case, would prob not purchase this again as it is so similar to the Vivid Matte lipsticks. Maybelline is cheaper. 🙂

Moroccan Oil Moroccan Oil treatment

I’ve used this product in the past. It is nice but not for
me. I already have healthy hair and don’t need this product. I didn’t even use this. I traded it for a lipstick from someone else who also gets Ipsy. I also don’t really like the scent either.

Looks like Natalie had a great bag this month! How did you like yours?

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Natalie

August Birchbox Unboxing

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Howie’s Birchbox

I thought the packaging was beautiful. I loved the spring flowers. This is my first box with Birchbox and overall I’m very pleased. I think I’ll keep this subscription going.

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LAQA&Co. Cheeky Lip in the color Humble Brag:
I love getting full size lip colors and this one didn’t disappoint. When I first tried this, it was shockingly pink on me and I thought this one wasn’t going to make the cut, but then I paired it with my Mac lip liner in Whirl and it was the perfect summer pink for me, I’m very excited to use this one for a fun date night!

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St. Tropez in Shower Tanning Lotion:
I don’t usually like tanning lotions, I’ve had bad experiences with streaking. This one seems to be working pretty well, but a few more uses and I’ll know for sure if it’s working. I guess it’s a good thing I wear pants to work, who knows if I’m going to end up with zebra striped legs.

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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion:
I love, love, love this exfoliant. It’s so gentle on my face that I didn’t think it was working, but wow my skin looks great and is so smooth. I will definitely be using this one a few times a week.
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Ferterer Leave-In Smoothing Fluid for Hair:
So, as you can tell by my cute pics, I have very short hair so I don’t get too excited about hair products unless it’s a new taffy (my favorite to use for my short hair, I don’t like pomades), but this did make my locks feel smoother and softer, this one is probably going to my sister for her to use on her long tresses.

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O. P. I Nail Polish:
Ok first I have to say a baby nail polish bottle?!?!? ADORABLE!  I’ve always been a fan of O. P. I.  and I love this color, it’s a perfect transitioning season color. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name because it’s not listed on the bottle, but I would describe it as a metallic peach with a hint of copper. This will be well used as we’re heading into late summer and early fall!

August Birchbox review was done by:

Howie

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March Glossy Box Review (Megan and Paige)

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Paige’s Glossy Box
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Megan’s Glossy Box
We LOVE Glossy Box. It never fails to impress and amuse. Both of us love to get the fun new products every month that are tailored specifically to our profiles. This specific box is no exception and chock full of goodies!
unnamedMegan– I received Tree Hut Shea Body Butter in Coconut Lime  – Heaven.  Heaven in a petite package.  It smells like the tropics are all around.  It goes on like silk, soaks in quickly, leaves smooth skin and no residue. $6.37 Value
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Megan– This a a great little  liner.  It goes on well and stays, so if you get it somewhere you didn’t mean to, it isn’t going to wipe away easily.  I may have had to redo half my face this morning when I sneezed while applying and had a line from my cheek to my eye brow…Ok, I did have to.
Paige– I was so impressed with this liner. I love purple eye makeup, and I rarely find a good enough product that is subtle enough to wear every day, but purple enough to highlight my eyes nicely. Megan is right though, I needed an eye makeup remover to get this off my face at the end of the day, and my hand after a curious mishap that i still can’t figure out.

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Paige swatched this way to early in the morning

Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Stain in Pink – (Another Item we both received ) $12.99

Megan and Paige– We admit, we were both hesitant to try this.  The color was scary. It was bubblegum pink…(See Megan’s March Boxy Charm Review)   You have to go easy with it. Lots of blending.  But, when applied correctly, it is very clean and pretty.  Just a hint of flush to make you look glow-y and healthy. It even worked as an eye shadow!
This pot will last a long long time.
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Megan– My hair needs this.  Badly.  I haven’t tried it yet because it is a little labor intensive to use.  First I need to buy a shower cap and then I need to unearth my hairdryer from…. somewhere…  I hope it’s as good as it says it is. $26 value for a sample size
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Orogold Cosmetics 24K Multi-vitamin Day Moisturizer – (We got a lot of the same this month)
This is a very heavy cream.  A little goes a very long way.  Both of us feel that we couldn’t use this as a day moisturizer like it says because nothing went on well on top of it, even after we let it soak.  That being said, this makes an outstanding, just-before-bed-on-a-clean-face moisturizer because it really does feel good.  (bonus, there were two of these minuscule pots in our boxes!). Value estimated at $25 per sample
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Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo
Paige– I’m all for sample and full size trials of beauty products, but I would so rather have a small sample of a SET, than a full size sample of something that wont work properly when not used in conjunction with the other items in the set.
Ok, rant over, on to the review. I didn’t like this product at all after I used it. The smell was nice, but that was it. I don’t have colored hair, so, while I can always use a good deep conditioner, a shampoo for colored hair does not work for me, other than make my hair greasy, and weirdly dry at the same time. It might have worked better had it been used with the correct conditioner, but, we’ll never know. Value Estimated at about $15 for deluxe sample size
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So Susan Concealer Quad-
Paige– Valued at $37.14, this little gem has everything you need to conceal all sorts of imperfections. It’s an awesome blend of four great shades to cover anything you want. Its also 100% cruelty free and not tested on animals. (A HUGE plus for me) The concealers them selves are lightweight, and super sheer, though when blended properly, can offer amazing coverage. The darker colors are also great for contouring.
All in all, these boxes were valued from $105.36 to $125.13. For a monthly payment of $21, its a great value. Even though there were one or two things we didn’t like (On Paige’s end anyways), we still both feel its worth the money. Glossy box hasn’t’ let us down yet, and we are always waiting for the next awesome treat!