Saturday, February 28, 2015

Random Product Reviews - Perfumes Part II

I've never been a big wearer of perfumes because I have an allergy to some.  In addition, most give me headaches.  But I'm a girl.  So I love them.  I recently received a few fragrance cards from Sephora, and begged reps for Marc Jacobs and Ed Hardy for samples.  I thought I'd give you some info and my personal impressions of some.  Two thumbs up for my favorites, one thumb up if they're just okay, and no thumbs up if I think they're garbage.

Born Wild by Ed Hardy EDP - Let this daring Ed Hardy perfume take you on an aromatic adventure. With notes of dewberry, casis buds, magnolia, black currant, peach blossom, mugget, sandlewood, and musk. The 2.5oz bottle retails for $55.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  The peach and magnolia really stand out in this particular perfume.  It's reminiscent of my teenage years.  A decent memory of my teenage years.  But... no thumbs up.

Candy by Prada EDP - In an explosion of shocking pink and gold, Prada CANDY takes us on a walk on the wild side, showing us a new facet of Prada femininity where more is more and excess is everything. With notes of caramel, musk, vanilla, and benzoin.  The style is carefree, sophisticated and sensual.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $86.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  All of the notes in this perfume are distinct.  One time I smell caramel, the next musk, the next vanilla.  I don't know what benzoin is, but I'm sure I probably smell that too.  Overall, I think this smells like a caramel frappe from Starbucks.  While fragrant, smelling like a frappe is not for me.  I give this one thumb up.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs EDT - The heart of Daisy is floral with vintage edge of violet.  Always elegant, always enchanting — but not too serious — Daisy is a sparkling floral bouquet, spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth.  With notes of strawberry, violet leaves, ruby red grapefruit, gardenia, violet petals, jasmine petals, musk, vanilla, and white woods.  The style is bright, alluring and eternal.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $76.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  Oh, this is lovely.  Daisies are my favorite flower.  This is so fresh and smells like daisies even though that is not one of the notes.  Two thumbs up, no question.

Daisy Eau So Fresh by Marc Jacobs EDT - A whimsical interpretation of the original Daisy fragrance, this scent is more fruity, more bubbly, more fun! Open the bottle and you'll be transported to a field of sunshine that bursts with the flirty scent of flowers and the cheerful sweetness of fruits. Its light, woody base infuses a subtle but sharp glimmer of musk for an unexpected twist of radiance.  With notes of natural raspberry, grapefruit, pear, violet, wild rose, apple blossom, musks, cedarwood, and plum.  The style is exhilarating, bubbly and playful.  The 2.5oz bottle retails for $89.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  This smells a lot like the original Daisy but with a little rose added in.  Two more thumbs up.

Dot by Marc Jacobs EDP - Surprising and effervescent, energetic and alive — DOT by Marc Jacobs captures a charming, upbeat spirit with timeless sophistication. Simple and straightforward in statement, exuberant and feminine in design, DOT is a colorful Marc Jacobs creation that comes full circle with a balance of modernity and elegance.  With notes of red berries, dragonfruit, honeysuckle, jasmine, coconut water, orange blossom, vanilla, driftwood, and musk.  The style is chic, energetic and upbeat.

MY IMPRESSION:  I was hopeful for this one because it contained honeysuckle notes, but I didn't get that at all.  It was pleasant though.  Just not as nice as Daisy.  One thumb up.

Ed Hardy by Ed Hardy EDP - Rock and roll wearing this Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier perfume. This fragrance was created for your on-the-go lifestyle.  With notes of apple souffle, tropical mango, wild strawberries, red grapefruit, black freesia, water muguet, linden blossom, warm amber, sensual musks, tonka bean, and vanilla pudding.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $55.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  I have a weird feeling that all Ed Hardy perfumes are going to remind me of my teenage years.  This is probably my favorite Ed Hardy though.  You can make out many of the individual notes from above.  I give this one thumb up.

Guilty by Gucci EDT - Made for the woman who shatters expectations, this fragrance imbues with a feeling of power, a sense that she can attain whatever she wants—even the thrill of the forbidden.  With notes of mandarin, pink pepper, peach, lilac, geranium, amber, and patchouli.  The style is daring, rich and sexy.  The 1.6oz bottle retails for $77.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  This is an overwhelmingly perfume-y perfume.  I cannot make out any of the individual notes.  This is an old woman's perfume.  I give this no thumbs up.

Hearts & Daggers by Ed Hardy EDP - Express your edgy attitude with this women's Ed Hardy Hearts and Daggers perfume. This fruity and floral Christian Audigier fragrance will captivate your senses.  With notes of blood orange, violet leaf, apple, mango, apple blossoms, pink jasmine, cashmere musk, amber, benzoin and blond woods.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $55.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  I changed my mind about the original Ed Hardy being my favorite of the Ed Hardy fragrances.  This is delightful.  The florals outweigh the citrus fruits, and despite my usual distaste for musks, in this case it actually accents the other smells.  That being said, I can still only give this one thumb up because it is a rather juvenile scent.

Honey by Marc Jacobs EDP - Honey by Marc Jacobs is a sunny, delicious floral—energetic and alluring, with a sparkling, golden touch. The perfect mix of brightness and warmth.  With notes of pear, juicy mandarin, orange blossom, peach nectar, apricot, honeysuckle, honey, golden vanilla, and smooth woods.  The style is sweet, sassy and energized.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $76.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  I LOVE THIS!  The citrus and honeysuckle are very present, as well as a fresh rain scent that I suppose would be the smooth woods.  I'd give this three thumbs up if I had three thumbs.

Oh, Lola! by Marc Jacobs EDP - Flirtatious, charming, and sparkling with lighthearted personality, this fragrance leaves you flirting with your senses! It bursts open with a bright and whimsical effervescence.  With notes of raspberry, vanilla, peony, pear, and cyclaman.  The style is vibrant, flirtatious and lighthearted.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $68.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  I can smell every note in this perfume.  It's lovely.  All of the Marc Jacobs fragrances got high marks from me, but after Honey, this is my next favorite.  Two thumbs up.

Roses de Chloe by Chloe EDT - Luminous and subtle, it inspires and evokes a unique facet of the signature Chloé rose, capturing the spirit of the Chloe woman.  With notes of fresh cut roses, bergamot, rose essence, magnolia accord, white musk, and amber.  The style is floral, delicate and luminous.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $95.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  The rose and white musk are very strong here.  It's a very pleasant fragrance for a mature woman.  I give this one thumb up.

Skulls & Roses by Ed Hardy EDP - Bold citrus and wild strawberry combine in this Ed Hardy women's Skulls & Roses fragrance.  With notes of wild strawberry, blood orange, peach juice, gardenia, apple blossom, water lily, caramel, sandalwood, and musk.  The 2.5oz bottle retails for $55.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  Musk overwhelms this perfume and takes me right back to 1994.  This is not a fragrance for women.  No thumbs up.

Villain by Ed Hardy EDP Let this Ed Hardy women's perfume take you on an aromatic adventure with scents of lychee and blood orange that linger on your skin all day.  With notes of lychee, watermelon, blood orange, tangerine, water lotus, magnolia petals, freesia, creme brulee, sandalwood, and orris.  The 2.5oz bottle retails for $55.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  The scents in this are very distinctive.  It's maybe the most mature of all the Ed Hardy fragrances.  The citrus fruits and florals are ever-present, but the crème brulee and sandalwood are the highest notes.  If I were in my 20's I'd give it two thumbs, but I'm 36, so I can only give one thumb up.

Oishii Box (February 2015)

Oishii Box's mission is to bring a little bit of Asian culture to everyone’s doorstep both conveniently and affordably through subscription candy boxes. They handpick each month’s box to provide you with an eclectic mix of tastes and textures that cannot be found at typical retailers.

Each box comes with a convenient card that details each treat they've included.

Yan Yan Hazelnut Dip (product of Singapore) - If chocolate is good, hazelnut is even better.  Dip your supply of biscuit sticks into the creamy, chocolaty frosting that is lip-smacking tasty.

Nigi Nigi Osushiyasan Gummy DIY (product of Japan) - Assemble your own fruit-flavored gummy sushi creations!  No rice cookers or elite knife skills required.

The dip and biscuit sticks were good.  I was trying to save the longer sticks to get to the bottom of the dip, but oops, the dip container only went about a third of the way down.  Needless to say, I had a lot of leftover biscuit sticks that weren't quite so good without the frosting.  They're probably a lot like those Nutella snack packs.  The gummies were a little more trouble than a snack is worth. They were nearly impossible to get out of the packaging, but after twenty minutes of wrestling, they were cute and the flavor was... nothing special... just okay.
Mini Assorted Chocolates (product of Japan) - These individually packaged chocolates are perfect for satisfying that chocolate craving without over indulging.  Flavors include creamy milk chocolate with biscuit wafer and milk chocolate with strawberry jam filling.

Flower Kiss Candy (product of Japan) - Sweet and slightly creamy flower flavored hard candies.  You've never eaten flowers before?  Don't worry, this candy tastes cream and fragrant with a tinge of fruit.
The chocolates were... interesting.  The chocolate itself was not super high quality.  The cookie wafer in the milk chocolate was a fun, tasty treat.  The strawberry was strange tasting.  The jam had a mochi texture but was chewier and pleasant.  The hard flowal candies were unsettling.  I cannot tell from the wrapper what kind of flower I am eating. This one tastes lightly of watermelon and flowers.  The second one appears to have lavenders on the packaging and a light strawberry flavor.  Not a fan.

Marukara Assorted Gum (product of Japan) - A Japanese bubble gum full of fruity flavor.  Includes strawberry, orange, grape and melon

Rice Craker Party Mix (product of China) - A little bit crunchy, a little bit sweet, and a whole lot of delicious, these Japanese rice crackers are the ultimate party snack.  Dried seaweed and green peas gives these Japanese crackers a satisfying crunch.

The gums are delicious!  Bubbles are a little sad, but tasty, even if it doesn't last long (5 - 10 minutes).  Oh, this party mix was terrible!  Just terrible!  Some of the pieces had no flavor, some had a zesty flavor, some had almost a honey taste, and the pea shaped ones had a violent sriracha flavor.  Yuck, yuck, yuck.  Terrible! 

THE VERDICT:  I'm intrigued by these Asian treat boxes, but Skoshbox blew this one out of the water.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Memebox: Special #80 Pumpkin Pie Cosmetics

This is my thirteenth Memebox, and I have two more sitting here.  I'm OBSESSED with Memebox.  They are not a subscription service; instead they allow you to only buy the boxes you're interested in, although most are mysteries.  I would be stoked if they did have a subscription service though.  

A little background:  "Memebox curates only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. An extremely competitive industry, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their unprecedented quality developed through cutting-edge technology."

I ordered this back in November and am just now getting to it.  At the time, obviously, pumpkins were a big theme and I love all things pumpkin.  Now, it probably seems a little strange.  But I got way behind on my Memebox reviews, so better late than never.

This box cost $23 (plus $6.99 S+H), but by using two Memepoints, I saved $2, paying $27.99, and there was a total value of $94.

"This beauty recipe takes pumpkin pie to a whole new level!  With a drizzle of beautiful, a sprinkle of gorgeous, and a whole lot of amazing, this Pumpkin Pie Cosmetics box contains all the yummy, beautifying ingredients that you'd find in a pumpkin pie!"

"October and November calls for a big ole pumpkin celebration, and while you probably won't be thinking about the beauty benefits of pumpkins while you're devouring a delicious pumpkin pie, you'll want to hoard all the pumpkin that you see this season once you discover the AMAZING beauty boosts that they give!  Plus, the other yummy ingredients that consolidate the pumpkin pie will seriously get you hungry for more beauty!"

Included in this kit were five full-sized items, fully-detailed with a great informational card with directions for use, which is extremely helpful since the directions on the packaging is almost all in Korean.

DEARBERRY Coco's Secret Recipe Pumpkin (100ml FULL-SIZED) - This pumpkin wash-off pack is made from real pumpkin extracts and has a spongy paste-like texture that smoothly adheres to skin.  Pumpkin carries high concentrates of vitamins and beta-carotene which deeply replenish dry skin and clarifies and brightens up dull, uneven complexion.

INSOBEAU Multi Complex V-Line Repair Sleeping Mask (80ml FULL-SIZED) - This sleeping mask contains rich nutrients and protein from its egg complex.  The buttery yellow formula resembling egg yolk melts quickly into skin with minimal stickiness to revitalize and firm dry, tired skin overnight.  A blend of adenosine, peptide, argan oil, collagen, albutin, and ceramide delivers intense moisture resurge and skin brightening effect as well.

The wash-off pack is really a light mask.  It has the consistency and appearance of canned pumpkin, and was great fun to use.  I liked the pumpkin smell and how it felt on my face.  It left my face smooth and I noticed a more even skin tone, but that could've been because of the cleanser and scrub I used.  The sleeping pack was delightful as well.  There was a distinctive egg-like visual effect and feel.  It had only a little scent.  Just clean, but the initial sensation on my skin kinda burned.  Once it settled in, my face was very soft.

TONYMOLY Gold Black Sugar Mask (100ml FULL-SIZED) An effective facial exfoliator formulated with nutrients from black sugar, gold, and honey extracts.  Use occasionally to cleanse away excessive dead skin cells, oil, and skin impurities piled up in the pores to make skin sensitive and troublesome. This facial mask will work wonders to bring back the suppleness and healthy glow to your complexion.

This smelled delicious.  The black sugar granules are very large, and the process is abrasive, so I would only suggest using this once a week.

ENESTI Shea Butter Hand Cream Lemon & Verbena (50g FULL-SIZED) - This hand cream has a lightweight, non-sticky formula that softly melts onto hands and leaves skin feeling super moist and nourished.  A blend of lemon and verbena extracts gently soothes and replenishes dehydrated hands.

ENESTI Day To Day Rice & Milk Cleansing Foam (160g FULL-SIZED) - Enriched with abundant milk protein and rice extracts, this cleansing foam gently cleanses away all makeup residues and skin impurities while also clarifying uneven skin tone for a brighter, more youthful complexion.
I have the Enesti hand cream in Apple & Honey, which I enjoy very much, so I was excited to get another.  I didn't expect to like it even more.  I don't know about lemon and verbena being in pumpkin pie, but I'll take it!  It has a bold, citrus smell and is thick without leaving your hands greasy.  The cleansing foam was super airy, like whipped meringue.  It had a sweet milky scent and was a fine cleanser.

THE VERDICT:  Despite my ridiculously late use of a box meant for Fall, I was a happy girl.  This was a start-to-finish facial, give or take a few steps... cleanser, exfoliant, mask and sleeping pack.  My skin really does feel fantastic.  I love the theme and thoughtful curation.  I've rarely had a "bad" Memebox.  Even so, this is one of my favorites.

Memebox: Special #68 Hair Salon

This is my twelfth Memebox, and I have three more sitting here.  They are not a subscription service; instead they allow you to only buy the boxes you're interested in, although most used to be mysteries.  In recent months Memebox has drastically changed their format.  The box setup is different, but I'm hopeful they'll revert to their roots in the near future.  

A little background:  "Memebox curates only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. An extremely competitive industry, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their unprecedented quality developed through cutting-edge technology."

If there's one area I definitely can use help with, it's my hair.  I was cursed with this strange mix of wavy/straight-ish, frizzy, poofy, thin hair.  It's worse than it sounds.  So, yes Memebox.  I would like some assistance.

This box cost $29 (plus $6.99 S+H), but by using coupon code "XO9DOV", I saved $5, paying $30.99, and there was a total value of $71, which is EXTREMELY low for Memeboxes.

"Good hair day?  That's so Hair Box #1.  This new Hair Salon box gives you every hairstyle in your arsenal - from romantic waves and classy blowouts to sophisticated ponytails and more - a mega health-boost for salon-quality hair!"

"We've all been there, done that.  No matter how much time we spend in the morning perfecting our tresses, inevitable situations (hate you, humidity and frizz) your hair has a mind of its own and shows a frustratingly sad ending to our hair-y story.  But, arm yourself with this box, and you'll kiss stubborn frizzies goodbye and say hello to a world of health locks, stunning shine, and mega pro-quality hair care."

"Load up on this box, and you'll have everyone asking where you get your hair care done!"

Included in this kit were six full-sized items, fully-detailed with a great informational card with directions for use, which is extremely helpful since the directions on the packaging is almost all in Korean.
LA'DOR Perfect Hair Filler (13ml x 2ea FULL-SIZED) - A highly concentrated hair ampoule awarded 1st place in the Hair Ampoule beauty category.  Its rich formula is enriched with top hair renewing nutrients - protein, silk, amino acid, keratin, collagen, and ceramide.  Replenish abundant moisture and healthy shine to dry, damaged hair with hair salon quality care!

THE SHAMPOO Natural Waterless Shampoo Outdoor (50ml FULL-SIZED) - A non-rinse type shampoo designed to target those on-the-go.  The blend of menthol and fifteen kinds of naturally derived ingredients refresh and deliver rich vitamin nutrients to hair and scalp tired from long hours spent outdoors.  The foamy formula absorbs easily into hair with a refreshing menthol after-feeling and without the need to wash it off with water.

The hair filler was a little troublesome, but paid off big!  My hair was extra super silky and nourished.  I'm glad I got two.  Looking forward to using the second one.  Um, yuck to the leave-in shampoo.  Smells like eucalyptus, but even more so, my chain-smoking grandpa's house.  It left my hair feeling kinda greasy, a little silky.  It seemed like something an unsavory, unsanitary person might use because... I need to stop before I say something really awful.  Did I already cross that bridge?  I'll be tucking this away in File 13.
NA. 8 Outbath Treatment (150g FULL-SIZED) Na. 8's Outbath Treatment is a yuzu citron-scented leave-on hair treatment.  It deep conditions hair and delivers and optimal blend of transformative hair nutrients to restore and replenish damaged hair to a shiny, healthy state.  Best for busy girls on-the-go, this miraculous hair treatment restores the protective layer on dry or damaged hair and reduces hair's porosity for strong, lustrous strands.
HAKEN Natural Baobab Oil (160ml FULL-SIZED) - This is an intensive hair care oil for dry and damaged hair.  It contains baobab oil extracts fortified with avocado oil which works not only to protect hair from external stress - UV and heat - but also to deeply nourish and replenish.  The gentle formula is also enriched with vitamin E, vitamin A, omega 6, omega 9, and chlorophyll, all widely acknowledged ingredients for restoring aging skin and care.

The directions on the card say to apply the outbath treatment to dry hair while the directions on the package say to apply to wet hair.  So I did both.  The scent was wonderful, like a high quality salon treatment.  I can't describe it better than that, other than my husband detected light notes of citrus, vanilla and coconut.   On dry hair it did leave my hair a little nappy.  On wet hair, it left a wonderfully soft feeling.  The baobab oil was very thick and coated my hair nicely.  I can't tell how well it's working, but I'm going to keep using it to see if I get any results.

SOLUCION 9 Aztec Therapy Shampoo Natural Herb 50% (50ml FULL-SIZED) - Solucion 9 is a scalp and hair specializing cosmetics brand using only natural herbal ingredients.  This shampoo gets its inspiration from the beauty secrets of Ancient Aztecs - known to have incorporated herbal and medicinal plant extracts in anti-hair loss treatments for their females.  A blend of 9 natural herbs - espinosilla, jojoba oil, nettle, oritiguilla, aloe vera, rosemary, chamomile, and citrus - works to soften and strengthen damaged hair, and deliver a refreshing aroma therapeutic effect.
RYO Anti-Hair Loss Treatment (50ml FULL-SIZED) - Infused with biota seed, coix seed, green tea and gold extracts, this hair treatment will not only prevent hair loss but also re-energize and strengthen thin, damaged hair.  Its excellent cooling formula will gently soothe and nourish your scalp at the same time.
I cannot say enough about how much I love this shampoo.  It's like using a high-quality co-wash.  My hair was so clean, smooth and conditioned after one use.  I'm just ecstatic.  This will definitely be making it into my hair cleaning rotation.  BUY THIS!!!  Seriously... now!  What are you waiting for?  I'm saving the anti-hair loss treatment for a giveaway/swap because although I do lose a small amount of hair daily, it's not abnormal.  I think someone else could benefit much more from this product.

The Hair Salon box was part of a group of kits that Memebox promoted as part of a "Golden Ticket" giveaway.  Each one would contain a ticket with some value but there were many levels of winners including a $1,500 in Memeboxes grand prize.  I of course, got a golden ticket worth $3.  I'd be more excited if there weren't a bajillion $3 codes for Memebox online already. 

THE VERDICT:  The premise of this box was great, but the execution lacked.  I liked the filler and therapy shampoo, thought outbath treatment and baobab oil were just okay, didn't need the hair loss treatment, and HATED the waterless shampoo.  This was not one of my favorite boxes, but it was a rare miss for me.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Beauty Box 5 (November 2014... seriously)

When I decided to end my relationship with Beauty Box 5 back in October, they ended up charging me for the November box.  Intelligent me would've contacted them immediately to get a refund, but I decided to just go ahead and get the last box.

Unfortunately, my box didn't show up in November.  I figured having canceled my subscription, I must just be last on the list.  And then I forgot about it.  Until January.  So I contacted BB5 in late January and explained that they had charged me for the November box and that I had never received it.  They got back to me quickly and promised to send me the missing box, and three weeks later, here it is.

Each BB5 comes with a helpful card detailing the products included.

DOVE Deep Moisturizing Body Wash (1.8oz, ~$0.65) - With a rich lather and even more of our gentlest cleanser, this body wash will leave you with softer, smoother skin after just one shower.

LAURA ASHLEY Body Butter in Sweet Peony (1.75oz, ~$3.50) - Indulge in this nourishing, rich lotion.  For a maximum moisturizing moment, smooth it on post-shower while your skin is still damp for seriously smooth results with a sweet scent.

DENTEK Floss Picks & Case (4ct, $2.49) - Get a fresh clean mouth anytime, anywhere.

NICKA K NEW YORK Eyelight Crayon in Moss (0.056oz, $4.49) - This creamy shadow stick glides on easily and adds a pigmented pop of color that lasts.  There's a hidden sharpener in the bottom cap so you can use this crayon as a colorful liner tool.

HASK Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil (0.625oz, $2.99) - Apply a small amount of this ultra-hydrating oil to your ends after conditioning and watch dull strands come back to life.

Well, this isn't the worst box they'd sent me, but I wouldn't call it a big win either.  The body wash was a big let-down.  You can get the full-size at any dollar store for... a dollar.  The body butter is great and smells really good.  The floss picks... snore.  Nicka K is in almost all beauty boxes, but particularly BB5, and the moss color is a big miss for me.  Not even remotely good for my skin or eye coloring.  Hask is another product that shows up repeatedly, but it's okay and I'll use it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Glossybox (February 2015)

I've been admiring Glossybox from afar for a while.  After stints with ipsy, Birchbox and Beauty Box 5, which are between $10 - $12 in monthly costs, and a measure of displeasure with each, I decided to splurge and get the object of my desire.
Glossybox is a monthly subscription that delivers beauty products - hair care, skin care, makeup, perfumes, tools, etc. to your door for $21 per month if you buy the monthly plan, but that price goes down if you buy a 3-, 6- or 12-month subscription.
Glossybox carries some of the best brands in beauty.  Each box contains five items from full-sized to deluxe samples.  Following is the contents of my February box, and my impressions of each:  
SCALISI SKINCARE Cleanser & Exfoliator (3.4oz full-size, $25) - designed to prevent and repair visible wrinkles in tandem, this hybrid cleanser/exfoliator utilizes gentle microbeads to remove impurities and contains hydrating botanicals like jojoba, macadamia nut and sunflower oils. I did not like the scent. It was very chemical-y. But I did like how well it cleaned my face.
RITUALS COSMETICS Foaming Shower Gel Sensation in Yogi Flow (6.7oz full-size, $15) - The unique gel-like formula transforms into a rich foam on contact with water.  Combines the ancient Ayurvedic ingredients of sweet almond oil and Indian rose.  I loved this stuff, it was extra super foamy.  The scent was light and clean.
UNWASH Bio-Cleansing Conditioner (2.5oz deluxe sample, ~$7) - This lightly fruit-scented formula replaces your shampoo and conditioner, thoroughly cleansing without stripping natural oils, moisture, or compromising color.  OHMIGOSH!  This stuff was amazing.  I am not a big fan of co-washes, but this... just WOW!  My hair felt completely clean and remarkably soft.  This is something I want in my arsenal when my hair is tired of my regular shampoo and conditioner.
JULEP Color Treat in Hartleigh (0.27oz full-size, $14) - I received this product in a prior Julep order, so I was a little disappointed to see it show up here.  However, it is a high-quality polish.  Glossybox knows how to spoil their members.
ROYAL APOTHIC Tinties lip Butter in Pink (01.2oz full-size, $14) - Within the vintage-inspired packaging is a sweet pink balm, comprised of soothing ingredients like argan, grape seed and almond oils along with shea butter. I liked the super-light tint and the slightly buttery taste. Very moisturizing.
This box had a total value of $75, contained amazing products and arrived in a delightful "LOVE" themed box.  As long as they keep this up, I expect a long, happy relationship with Glossybox.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Julep Secret Store (February 2015)

I love Julep's Secret Store.  It only exists for a small timeframe each month.  But you can obtain some of Julep's newer and older colors very inexpensively.  It pops up for non-subscribers usually within the first three to four days of the month, but for Julep Mavens, it comes much sooner and they are notified by email when they can enter the Secret Store.
Hazel - Wild violet and bronze duochrome.

The photos do not do ANY of these colors justice.  Hazel is a beautiful shiny plum.  It's a much darker, bold shade than I'd usually use, but for $6.99, it was a steal!

Hartleigh - Holographic heart glitter top coat.

The photo on the left shows my middle finger with a white polish applied first, and then Hartleigh over it.  The index finger has just Harleigh applied.  It's lovely, but it's hard to get the heart glitter applied correctly.  This one was also $6.99.

Love - Full-coverage gold, pearl & fuchsia microglitter.

I cannot express how much prettier this color is in reality as opposed to the photographs.  Three layers leaves the most beautiful reddish-goldish finish.  I nabbed this one for only $4.99.

I wish I could tell you when the Julep Secret Store is open, but I usually have to troll Google and the Julep website for a few days before I can find it.  If you do find it though, you'll be delighted by the selection.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Memebox: Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

This is the ultimate one-step facial mask with both pore care and cleansing functions. Not only is it packed with green tea extracts, pomegranate extracts, and charcoal extracts, this Clay Mask contains carbonated water which starts to bubble up the very moment it's applied on your face and deeply penetrates into your pores for getting all the gunk out without having to harden up like average clay masks.
I had a lot of Memepoints to spend and free US shipping, so even though it cost $19, I ended up getting it totally free.  How exciting!

How to use:

Spread the Bubble Clay Mask over un-cleansed, un-wet face. Let it be for about 5 minutes until it starts to create bubbles, then massage onto your face with wet hands for deep cleansing effects. Rinse off with warm water.

This is my new favorite mask ever!  It came with a helpful spatula and spreads easily.  You can see from the picture how it begins foaming within a minute.  I was really entertained and loved the feeling of the bubbles forming on my face.  I felt like a CHIA PET!  It rinsed off relatively easy with warm water and a wash rag.  With a little moisturizer afterwards, my skin felt IN-credible.  I love it.  Buy it immediately!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Memebox: Missha Mask Variety Set

  1. Pure Source Sheet Mask Aloe (21g) - Soothes and moisturizes with Aloe Extract
  2. Pure Source Sheet Mask Caviar (21g) - Nourishes and firms with Caviar Extract
  3. Pure Source Sheet Mask Green Tea (21g) - Hydrates and brightens with Green Tea Extract
  4. Pure Source Sheet Mask Honey (21g) - Moisturizes for radiating skin with Honey Extract
  5. Pure Source Sheet Mask Lemon (21g) - Sebum and pore care with Lemon Extract
  6. Pure Source Sheet Mask Olive (21g) - Moisturizes and nourishes with Olive Extract
  7. Pure Source Sheet Mask Pearl (21g) - Brightens and revitalizes with Pearl Extract
  8. Pure Source Sheet Mask Pomegranate (21g) - Revitalizes and firms with Pomegranate Extract
  9. Pure Source Sheet Mask Raspberry (21g) - Nourishes and firms with Raspberry Extract
  10. Pure Source Sheet Mask Tea Tree (21g) - Treats acne with Tea Tree Extract
After washing face, prep skin with Toner. Unfold and spread sheet mask over face. Remove after 15-20 minutes and gently pat to fully absorb remaining essence. Use 2-3 times per week. 
These are without a doubt my favorite sheet masks. The smell is not overwhelming and the essence left over is not excessive like a lot of masks. Plus, it's not a heavy essence. It's very light and super softening. 
So far, I've used the caviar, green tea, olive, pearl, and pomegranate, all with similar results.  They don't have the heaviness of creams, sleeping packs, and regular moisturizers. 
Missha Pure Source masks are the best. Ordinarily they cost $2 each but for a limited time, you can get the 10-piece set for $15 or the 20-piece set for $30 on the Memebox website. At $1.50 each, you'd be crazy not to buy them!