Saturday, July 18, 2015

Random Product Reviews - Perfumes Part III

Ever so often, I'll amass enough perfume samples and minis from subscription boxes and beauty site orders that I feel the need to lump them together and give my two cents.  If you haven't already, check out Perfumes Part I, Perfumes Part II, and for the woman who hates what her man wears and wants to find him something better, Colognes.  For the purposes of this post, I'll give two thumbs up for my favorites, one thumb up if they're just okay, and no thumbs up if I think they're garbage.

Ageless by Harvey Prince EDP - Ageless is inspired by recent studies conducted by the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, which find pink grapefruit and mango to be the olfactory antidote to aging. The fragrant notes disguise the familiar scent of age, caused by the breakdown of particular fatty acids in your skin.  With notes of mango, apple, pineapple, pomegranate, pink grapefruit, leafy greens, jasmine, Lilly of the Valley, cherry blossom, peony, precious wood, and vanilla.  The style is fresh, sensual and luminous.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $55.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  The fruits overwhelmed my senses, but rather than having that immature scent that I usually associate with fruity fragrances, this one is light, summery, and really has me yearning for a delicious cocktail on a Hawaiian beach.  I give it one thumb.

Angel Eau Sucree by Thierry Mugler EDT - Mouthwatering, charming, irresistible!  Enjoy the sweet dreams of childhood as you indulge in this decadent delight!  The heavenly scent of this treat is one of pure perfection.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $80.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  This is Angel plus some sugar which if I'm not mistaken, is what sucree means???  One thumb for sure.

Angel The New Star by Thierry Mugler EDP - Defying the laws of gravity, a new star is born in the ANGEL universe.  This majestic sculpture was designed as an infinite star revolving around its core.  In perpetual motion, this new gem pierces the celestial skyline exposing its countless facets.  A work of art carved out of starlight, this precious star was created to be treasured and refilled forever.  The 2.6oz bottle retails for $150.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  I really like this.  Although I can't quite make out the individual notes, it's just "heavenly."  Two thumbs up.

Couture La La by Juicy Couture EDP - Ooh La La!  This fragrance will be your new go-to aroma for days at the office or nights on the town.  With notes of sparkling mandarin, water hyacinth, green apple, red currant, Lily of the Valley, blushing peony, violet leaves, orange flower, and smooth woods.  The 1.0oz bottle retails for $48.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  Well... no.  I wanted to give this some credit for smelling better than other Juicy perfumes, but it's still not good.  I don't have any thumbs for it.

Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs EDT - Inspired by the boundless spirit of daisies and blue skies, Daisy Dream reflects Marc Jacobs’ irresistible mix of intricate details, elegance, and femininity for a fresh interpretation of the iconic Daisy motif.  The fruity-floral fragrance has a light and airy touch.  With notes of blackberry, grapefruit, pear, jasmine, lychee, blue wisteria, white woods, musks, and coconut water.  The style is ethereal, free-spirited and luminous.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $76.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  I really enjoy Marc Jacobs' fragrances.  But there's just too much going on with this one.  I don't particularly care for it as much as the others.  It's just too fruity for me.  One thumb.

Eros Pour Femme by Versace EDP - The primal power of woman is captured in this radiant, sensual essence. Attraction, desire, and passion intertwine in an alchemical mix of tempting, bright, and feminine notes. A refined accord of lemon and jasmine is exalted by sensual and smooth woods for a fragrance of strength, individuality, and seduction.  With notes of Sicilian lemon, Calabrian bergamot, pomegranate, lemon flower, Sambac jasmine absolute, jasmine infusion, peony, sandlewood, ambrox, musks, and sensual wood.  The style is vibrant, feminine and enchanting.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $92.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  This smells like the high-quality, if not overwhelming, perfumes I used to smell on distinguished ladies in my youth.  Times have changed though.  This seems like it should be on a lady wearing a shoulder-padded ball gown in the 80's, like on Dynasty.  It's just not current.  No thumbs.

Fame by Lady Gaga EDP - From the Haus Laboratories in Paris, the first ever black eau de parfum compounded by Lady Gaga.  Black, like the soul of fame, but invisible once airborne.  With notes of incense, belladonna, apricot, honey, jasmine, sambac, and tiger orchidea.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $55.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  This is a pretty juvenile scent.  Okay for a teen, but entirely too sweet for a grown woman.  No thumbs.

Folle de Joie by Joie EDP - There are two spots that feature prominently in our wanderlust-fueled daydreams: SoCal beaches and Parisian sidewalk caf├ęs. Luckily, we can live vicariously through this refreshing fragrance. Folle de Joie, which translates to “crazy with joy,” evokes both the relaxed and playful vibe of California and the seductiveness and refinement of the City of Light.  With notes of citrus, a light woodsy floral, cognac, jasmine, Damascenia rose, spicy woods, and rich leather.  The 3.4oz bottle retails for $98.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  The description provided for this is actually spot on!  I can smell the California sunshine and the seductive Paris nights.  Hard to explain, but all the notes just go so well together.  I'd give this more than two thumbs if I had them!

j'adore by Dior EDP - Discover J’adore, the iconic fragrance that embodies the ultimate expression of femininity and luxury.  For the confident, sensual woman who celebrates her femininity — this is Dior's golden girl.  With notes of ylang-ylang essence, Damascena rose essence, and Sambac jasmine absolute.  The style is feminine, luxurious and sensual.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $92.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  Dior perfumes seem to have a certain maturity to me that only older women would like.  I want to like it, but I just don't.  No thumbs on this one.

Jasmin & Bergamote by L'Occitane en Provence EDT  - Evocative of a graceful, sensual dance, Jasmine & Bergamot Eau de Toilette offers the fragrance of a delicate flower blossoming in the light of dawn.  Revealing the many facets of the jasmine flower, this eau de toilette blends absolutes from Grasse and Egypt.  The addition of bergamot essential oil from Italy balances this floral fragrance with fruity notes.  The 2.5oz bottle retails for $62.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  This scent is just so clean and floral.  It's really strong at first but then settles into a very romantic scent.  Two thumbs up!

Midnight Fleur by NEST EDP - With notes of exotic woods, black amber, patchouli, night-blooming jasmine, and vanilla orchid.  The style is sensual, intoxicating and bold.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $68.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  I really like NEST fragrances and this is no different.  The patchouli is the strong note I smell, and even though I'm not a patchouli fan, NEST has managed to bring all of the notes together perfectly.  Two thumbs up!

Sincerely by Harvey Prince EDP - The road of life is invigorating, mystical, and often unpredictable. Stay enlightened with Sincerely; the scent that opens your mind and awakens your senses. Exotic, inspiring, and full of surprises, Sincerely whisks you away from the day-to-day.  With notes of Indonesian clove bud, Australian sandalwood, Moroccan rose, French bergamot, Indian tuberose, Japanese orange flower, Lebanese cedarwood, Turkish cyclamen, and South African freesia.  The style is exotic, awakening and transformative.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $55.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  Sincerely takes me back to my childhood; early summer at my grandparents' country home, when all of the flowers are just starting to bloom. Don't mistake me, this scent is mature and fresh.  It gets two thumbs up.

Swiss Army Victoria by Victorinox EDP -
Victoria expresses the personality of the modern woman, endowed with an innate sense of casual chic.  Victoria will give her the strength and reassurance of feeling good for the daily adventures in life.  The woman wearing this will confidently express her elegance and independence.  The 3.4oz bottle retails for $48.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  Whoo!  That's pungent.  This without a doubt should be a unisex fragrance, if not men's only.  I can't make any particular smells out other than musk and alcohol.  No thumbs for women.  One thumb for men.

Waterlily Sun by Aerin EDP - Like sunlight reflecting on water, bright Sicilian bergamot and lush dewy greens entice the senses for an invigorating, luminous first impression.  With notes of Sicilian bergamot and jasmine sambac. The style is floral and watery.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $110.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  This fragrance IS floral and watery.  It reminds me of hanging out by the creek as a kid in the summer with the wildflowers blooming.  Absolutely fresh.  Two thumbs way up!

Womanity by Thierry Mugler EDP - With notes of sandalwood, golden amber, sensual incense, Egyptian myrrh, pink grapefruit, blackcurrant buds, Lily of the Valley, star jasmine, rose petals, ylang-ylang, cardamom, and madagascar vanilla.  The style is elevating, luxurious and serene.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $78.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  I didn't care too much for this. It had a very fig-ish smell.  It reminded me of getting stuck in an elevator with an old lady.  Sorry, but no thumbs.

Womanity Eau Pour Elles by Thierry Mugler EDP - Feel the Mediterranean notes of WOMANITY, and enjoy an overdose of sun and wild strawberries in this new Eau de Toilette – a tribute to the girls around the world!  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $68.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  This version of Womanity wasn't any better in my opinion although the summery scent wasn't quite so old lady-ish.  I still can't give it any thumbs.

Yogini by Harvey Prince EDP - Relaxing, light, lasting.  Yogini is the glow that stays with you.  Crafted with the highest quality natural essences and oils, Yogini is Nature’s antidote to stress: it will make you feel as good as you smell.  With notes of sandalwood, golden amber, sensual incense, Egyptian myrrh, pink grapefruit, blackcurrant buds, Lily of the Valley, star jasmine, rose petals, ylang-ylang, cardamom, and madagascar vanilla.  The style is elevating, luxurious and serene.  The 1.7oz bottle retails for $55.00.

MY IMPRESSION:  Yogini is the most mature, sensual, spicy and intoxicating of the Harvey Prince fragrances I've sampled. This is the date night perfume you want to wear to invoke romance.  It's not one I would usually like so much, but once it hits the skin, it's just so sexy.  Two thumbs up.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag (July 2015)

Each new month, the Rainbow Honey mystery bag features sample sneak peeks from upcoming collections and future releases, plus a selection of their custom blended fragrances and body care products.

The mystery pack comes with a letter detailing the products, along with information on upcoming products, RH news, and deals they are offering for a limited time.

I'll start with the body care products:
Pomelo Body Splash (1oz) - The signature fragrance blends of their upcoming Summer Treats collection, their light and refreshing body splash is a great "pick me up" this summer and now available in Pomelo and Summer Juice!

Sweet Mandarin Lip Sugar Scrub (0.25oz) - Sweet and full of pucker, a fruity taste of a new line of lip balms and sugar lip scrubs coming soon!  Their flavored lip sugar scrub, enriched with shea butter, deliciously and gently exfoliates the outer surface layers of your lips making them smooth, soft and comfortable!

Rainbow Honey Organic Shea Butter Treatment (0.25oz) - A new skin care treatment to combat dry skin!  Use on lips, hands, elbows, knees, feet or any dry spot.  This is the first time that RH is offering shea butter in its purest form.

I've never been big on body splashes, but this Pomelo splash is delightful!  It has a refreshing fruity pineapple scent.  I love RH's sugar lip scrubs more than any other I've tried, and the Sweet Mandarin is no different.  This stuff's so good I could eat it and the light flavor leaves your taste buds yearning for more, while thoroughly scrubbing all of the dead flesh from your lips, leaving them smooth and ready for color.

Boy they weren't kidding about the shea butter being in the purest form.  A little of this paste-like substance goes a long way.  Be careful how much you apply because it practically melts on contact.
Each of the nail polishes included in the mini bag I subscribed to for $10 are 7.5ml, which is not only half the size of the full-size products, but the perfect size for those of us who have entirely too many polishes.

Summer Tan Nail Lacquer - an opaque golden glow lacquer.

Costa Dorada Nail Lacquer - a tinted yellow/gold base.

Calama Nail Lacquer - inspired by the copper capital of the world, Calama represents the chemical reaction that occurs when copper is in contact with other elements and oxidizes over time; a gorgeous opaque green.
I like using a layering thing to see what looks I can create with the items Rainbow Honey sends me each month.

My pinky is Calama only, while my ring finger is Calama with a layer of Summer Tan.  It made the Calama slightly green with a layer of gold flecks.  My middle finger is all Summer Tan, and matches my index finger which has Costa Dorada and Summer Tan.  Those colors go perfectly as a base and glitter coat.  My thumb is only Costa Dorada and it's a very nice neutral for Summer.
I do like the quantity and quality of products you get for $10 from Rainbow Honey.  I wasn't crazy about the colors this month.  I'd really like to see some bright pinks and oranges for Summer colors.  They've done a ton of blues this season, so maybe next month will have a little more diversity.

I have so many fingernail polishes, I keep thinking I might cancel my subscription, but I LOVE the body products, especially the lip and hand care items, I just can't.  I'm always looking forward to what else they'll send me in addition to the polishes.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Your Bijoux Box (July 2015)

"Your Bijoux Box will arrive at your doorstep containing 3 pieces of jewelry, hand curated by Shana. The jewelry we select is on-trend, versatile and wearable,  and you will receive at least $100 worth of jewelry each month. We scrutinize hundreds of pieces of jewelry until we find just the right ones for the box. The sparkles in the box might include a long layering necklace, a fun statement collar, a pretty piece of arm candy."

Your Bijoux Box generously sent this box for me to review, but all opinions expressed are my own. 
Your Bijoux Box is only $35 per month (free shipping), renews monthly and is delivered straight to your door.  If you buy 3, 6 or 12-month subscriptions, the price goes down per box.  Each necklace or bracelet you receive from Your Bijoux Box retails for at least $35, and very often much more.
The boxes come immaculately wrapped, each piece in its own pretty bag, and includes a helpful card detailing all of the pieces they chose for the month, plus tips on how to style your new pieces.

July's theme is "Happy 4th of July," which was a little disheartening because June's theme was "Summer Stripes," so it kind of felt like another Independence Day theme.  I would've been more excited for a drastically different vision for this box.  However, the jewelry speaks for itself.

The first piece I unwrapped was the Art Deco Collar.

"Art Deco jewelry is marked by its geometry and symmetry and this gorgeous collar reminds us of the beautiful lines of the Chrysler Building in New York.  Solid colors and simple lines will highlight this timeless piece."

At first I was skeptical about this piece.  It just didn't seem like it was my style, so I dressed it up with a drastically different light pink blouse and liked it quite a bit.  I don't know that it is something I would wear frequently, but I do appreciate the silver and beautiful painting of the acrylics.

The next package included the Meridian Silver Bracelet.

"This sparkler was designed to complement the Meridian Silver Pendant from our May box.  We love the beachy vibe!  It pairs well with blues and greens and will give a pop of color to any all-white ensembles."

I was ecstatic when I pulled out this piece.  I knew somewhere I had a lovely statement ring along the same lines.  It's not exactly the same but very close.  I love big costume jewelry.

What was sad was that I really wanted that pendant necklace from May (see bottom, last picture on the right).  This is so right up my alley.  I probably wouldn't pair it with so many statement rings as I did in the pic on the left, but it will definitely be one of my go-to pieces.

The last item I opened were the Tiny Fishie Earrings.

"Sweet little preppy-chic fish earrings are a whimsical not to Summer.  Wear with our fave outfit of the season, a starched poplin midi skirt, comfortable tee and a pair of barely-there gold slides."

These fishies are adorable, but one thing I noticed, they both faced the same direction???  So that would mean one fishie would be facing you and the other would be facing away.  Was that maybe an oopsy?  Also, these were gold-colored whereas the rest of the jewelry this month were silver.  I did like how the colors from the fishies match the Art Deco Collar, but with the different metallics, they just seem off.

Your Bijoux Box definitely upped their game this month, even if the theme was pretty much the same as last month.  Everything is usable and beautiful.  I'll get a lot of use out of the Meridian Silver Bracelet in particular, and who knows... maybe Bijoux will just up and decide to send that one to me!!! :-)

Here are January's, February's, April's and May's boxes for you to see for yourself.  I love the large pendants on the necklaces in particular.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Julep Glossy Mini Set FREE and *Pan*!

I haven't ordered much from Julep lately because I have every color of the rainbow in nail polishes.  However, they've been releasing more and more makeup products, and I have been very interested in their Orbital Eyeshadow collection, but alas... each pod is $18 which is just a little out of my price range for single eyeshadows.

So when I got an email from Julep offering a $52 Glossy Mini Set for free with a $25 purchase, it sparked my curiosity.  I checked out the set they were offering.  The star of the set was the Blank Canvas Plumping Lip Primer, 0.08oz full-sized, which sells separately on Julep's website for $22, and three mini lip glosses (~0.125oz, $10 each).  After looking at some of the new makeup offerings, something caught my eye, so using the code, "PINK", I received the following $52 in lip products for free.

The Blank Canvas Plumping Lip Primer is a multitasking primer that preps lips for flawless, all-day color.  Benzyl Nicotinate instantly plumps.  Sepilift DPHP smoothes fine lines, firms, and moisturizes.  Julep's exclusive Power Cell Complex™ blends the benefits of three age-defying, skin-boosting, ultra-hydrating ingredients, including Rosehip seed oil (delivers essential nutrients to soothe and repair), Malvaceae Lipid Extract™ (improves barrier function so skin retains moisture), and Green coffee bean oil (invigorates skin and promotes cell turnover).

The three mini lip glosses came in Timeless, a sheer nude, Glowing, a sheer light pink, and Charming, a sheer mauve.

Julep's lip glosses offer subtle color, unstoppable shine, and luscious hydration.  They also contain the exclusive Power Cell Complex™.

From left to right in the photo above, and top to bottom in the photo to the right, we have Blank Canvas, Timeless, Glowing and Charming.

I liked Blank Canvas.  It was a nice primer that could be used with or without a color on top.  I felt the plumping sensation, not as a tingly feeling like most, but as an almost numbing feeling.  The results weren't drastic, mind you, but only the second I've used where I saw any change at all.

Seeing the lip gloss colors in their tubes, I was a little skeptical, but I shouldn't have been because I received a different mini in my May Allure Sample Society box.  These are not highly pigmented colors.  I liked all of them.  They're a little tacky in consistency when first applied but that goes away.  If I had to guess, I'd say most of the glosses are pretty similar when applied, so I'm glad I haven't purchased any, per se.  I do look forward to trying some of their lipsticks and lip crayons, which are sure to deliver a bigger punch pigment-wise.

What got me to push that "PURCHASE" button though, was this.

I'd mentioned earlier that I was extremely interested in Julep's Orbital Eyeshadow collection.  Four in particular - Borealis*, Equinox, a pewter with silvery purple pearlescence, Moonbeam*, and Supernova*.

At $18 a pop, it would cost me $72 to buy all four colors, so I was waiting for a sale or something, but this was better.

Pan, The Journey Begins, Multidimensional Eyeshadow Set includes three of my four wishlist shadows.  What would cost me $54, and I got those three plus another for only $52.  Also... what an incredible theme and packaging!  Yes, please!!!

The inscription on the inside of the book-like package reads "Looking for your own bit of pixie dust?  Set your sights on this curated collection of Orbital Eyeshadows.  Blending metallic Shimmer, cosmic pearlescence, and intense color, each multidimensional shade is designed to spirit you away on your own adventure."

Pan is the story of an orphan who is spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies, where he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.  This collection of four Orbital Eyeshadows is curated to capture the essence of Pan with cosmic color, metallic shine, pearly iridescence, and a little bit of pixie dust.  These shadows use iridescent pearls and vibrant metallic pigments to create an effortless, multidimensional eye look, and blend the color payoff of a cream shadow and the layering power of a powder.

The colors left to right in both the photo above and the photo to the right are Earthshine, tree bark with chrome pearlescence, Moonbeam, a silver with lilac pearlescence, Supernova, charcoal with electric orchid pearlescence, and Borealis, charcoal with peacock pearlescence.

These colors are so much more awe-inspiring that the photographs I took.

Try not to laugh at me.  I wanted to give you an idea of what these highly  pigmented eyeshadows would look when applied, but I had terrible lighting to work with.  They go on smoothly, stay put (like, for real... took the jaws of life to get off) and have just the most beautiful, one-of-a-kind shading.  They're stunning.

Anyhoo, I got $124 in Julep's high-quality makeup for $52.  Another Julep win for me!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Allure Sample Society (June 2015) by

Allure Sample Society is quickly becoming one of my favorite subscription services.  A little background:

"Allure editors don't just obsess over beauty products — they uncover the groundbreaking, game-changing formulas making waves throughout the beauty sphere, from hair and makeup to skin care and fragrance."

"They do all the legwork so that you can do the fun part: open a glossy red box filled with five hand-picked, editor-tested products every month. Bonus: Allure editor-penned mini-magazine boasting in-depth reviews of each sample."

Here's what's included:
  • Five deluxe-size beauty samples—so you can use each one more than once
  • Curated mix of skin, hair, and makeup products, as well as fragrance
  • Allure mini-mag, packed with in-depth beauty sample product reviews written by Allure editors
  • $10 gift card to redeem on any $50 Beauty Bar purchase

I really dig the mini-mag.  Very professional and so much information on the products!  Definitely the best, most descriptive tool I've seen in any box.  Each page has a "What It Is," "How It Looks/Feels," "Why We Like It" and the retail price of the full-sized item.  Some products have a "What It Does," as well as a "Key Ingredients" list.  A lot of people have allergies or find certain ingredients affect their skin in negative ways, so I think this bonus information is great.

Here's what I received:

ST. TROPEZ Self Tan Express (1.69oz, $11.10) - A fast-acting self-tanner foam for the body which allows you to customize the depth of your self-tan.  It has a light floral scent and an odor-eating formula that doesn't stink as the color develops.

COMPLETELY BARE Wax Strips for Face, Bikini & Body (QTY/VALUE, unknown) - Prewaxed hair-removal strips which remove hair when warmed by your hands.

COTZ FACE Sunscreen SPF 40 in Natural Skin Tone (0.18oz, $2.40) - A water-resistant sunscreen with a sheer tint.  Provides long-lasting, broad-spectrum sun protection while minimizing shine.  It also doesn't interfere with makeup.

I was pretty excited to try the self-tanner.  First I should remind you... I am white.  Not just Caucasian white, but like ghostly white.  So a self-tanner is my ultimate nemesis because it is going to turn me orange.  However, this one went on with a greenish tone.  I separated the part of my arm I tried it on into three sections.  I washed the first section off after one hour, the second part after two hours, and of course the third after three hours.  Supposedly there should have been a difference in darkness depending on the length of time before washing off.  I didn't see that, but I was surprised by the natural tint it left.  Sure the final result looks like I have a giant, mostly healed bruise on my arm, but I'm pleased enough that I'm going to try it on my paper white legs next weeks.  Maybe (gasp) I'll wear shorts!!!

I didn't find the wax strips to be any different than the Nair versions in stores. They'll pull the hair off, but they leave a lot of stickiness where the hair used to be.  The sunscreen felt nice, moisturizing, but the tint was a little dark for me.  That being said, I am (shock) pale.  So more than likely it'll work great for you.

E.L.F. STUDIO Small Stipple Brush (FULL SIZE, $3.00) - A synthetic makeup brush that can be used to apply creams or liquids - foundation, blush, or bronzers (not powders.  The white-tipped long and short bristles are packed in two layers.

LAUREN B. BEAUTY Nail Couture in Polo Lounge Punch (0.5oz FULL SIZE, $18.00) - A deep-pink nail polish with a wet-looking finish.  The formula is free of DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde.

This brush feels very nice.  I am only just starting to understand the intricacies of 21st century makeup application, so I always need new, quality brushes.  The polish is really pretty and only needs one coat to achieve solid color, and it's super easy to apply.  In the picture to the left, it is the deep burgundy stripes.

eSALON Perfect Ending Leave In Conditioner (1oz, $3.99) - A leave-in conditioning cream for color-treated hair.  Restores shine and moisture, makes hair smoother and, if it's knotty, easier to untangle.  The white cream has a light, clean, floral scent that disappears almost immediately.

I LOVE ESALON!!!  I recently used them for the first time and did an eSalon post devoted to it.  I haven't really had a chance to figure out how well this leave-in conditioner works, but if it's anything like their other products, I imagine I'll love it.

The thing that really bums me out is that the exclusive offer of 50% off is only available to new users.  I think if you're going to include a coupon in my box, it should be something I can use even if I've already been there, done that.  I will also say that you can find 50% off coupons for first time use of eSalon pretty much everywhere online.  All that being said, I think... yes, I'm sure... I just heard my husband saying he wants to start dying his hair the same color as mine.  Hmm... I do believe he is a first-time user!

I calculate this June box to have a value of $38.49, not including the wax strips or the 50% off coupon from eSalon.  All of the products are good sizes, and I think this is a fantastic summer box, which fits the theme, "A Day at the Beach."

Next month the box will no longer be affiliated with, so I'm anxious to see how Allure does with their first box.  It should be interesting.