Subscription Overload

Oh dear. I think I may have gone overboard with this stuff. I signed up for several new boxes recently.

  • Birchbox – I’ve been burned by them before, but their point system seems worth trying them out again. I took a peek at my box onl(it just shipped) and I have seven items. Hopefully that means I get to get points for reviewing all seven items! That’d be awesome.
  • SocialBliss Style Box - Last month’s box looked SO good to me (see Rambling of a Suburban Mom’s post about it right here.) Each SocialBliss box seems to contain one purse/clutch, a piece of jewelry, a makeup item, and some kind of accessory, at the very least. It’s $47.90 (that includes the shipping price), so I’m a little scared. That’s big chunk of money to spend on what is basically surprise. Their Facebook page is saying that this month’s box will have over $200 worth of items in it! Also, I had to contact their customer service after I placed my order, and they got back to me very quickly, were friendly, and answered all of my questions. One of my pet peeves with subscription boxes (and in general) is poor customer service or rude customer service representatives.
  • SquareHue - Honestly, I don’t need any more nail polish at all, but I couldn’t pass this up. SquareHue had a coupon (“BOGO”) where if you purchase a subscription, they’ll also send you a previous collection for free. I had to do it! Or at least I keep telling myself that.

On the plus side, my Orange Glad Dessert Box will be here Saturday. Perfect timing for my diet “cheat day.” I figure I’ll keep the things that I love, and then give the rest of it to my parents. That way it won’t just be sitting around for me to eat, and they get to enjoy a subscription of mine for once. Although not a subscription box, just a regular order, my Fortune Cookie Soap order will also be here Saturday. I didn’t order much, just a sugar scrub and a body lotion, since it’s almost skirt wearing season and my legs look terrible. I’ve never used their sugar scrub, so I’ll see how that goes!

 

This feels like so much stuff, but I’ve had to cut back financially in a lot of ways lately, and this is the first time in a while that I’ve genuinely been able to spend some money on things like this. I hate that I feel like I need to explain myself about that, but I don’t want to seem like some kind of hoarder. LoL

 

 

Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag April 2014

I just got my Rainbow Honey mystery bag for this month. It’s amazing! Rainbow Honey is, by far, my favorite nail polish company ever. They’ve been doing mystery bags for a while now, but they just started a monthly subscription service for them. You can still buy the mystery bags outright without a subscription, or you can get one for free if you spend more than $65 at Rainbow Honey. The bags are $10 plus shipping. The subscription comes in two choices: mini, for $10, or large, for $25. The difference between the two is that the mini subscription comes with mini-sized polishes, and the large has their regular-sized polishes and ships for free.

 

What’s in the bag? I will say from here on out, there are spoilers. If you don’t want to know what’s in the bag, look away! (I pasted my own post from MakeupTalk here, if this looks familiar.)

 

April's polishes.

April’s polishes.

 

- Cameo 18 polish- It’s a bubblegum pink cream polish. Very nice!
- Stellar Travel polish- Super glitter time! The majority of the glitter is a fine pink, but then it has pretty much every other color in there, too. And tiny little hot pink stars! It’s so cute.
- All Your Base – Base coat. LoL at the name. (“All your base [coat] are belong to us” now. I’m sure everyone will make that joke.) I love their top coat, so I hope I love their base coat just as much.
- Rose Nectar Rollerball- Perfume sample. I don’t know how I feel about the scent, but I’m not a big rose person. It’s kind of a sweet smell, and the rose scent in there is also a sweeter rose than I’m used to smelling.
- Sparkling Agave Pigment- This is loose pigment in a jar. It came with two foam eyeshadow applicators. They say these are “cosmetic pigments,” so I guess you can use them as eyeshadow? It’s a light green-blue color with a sparkling glitter element, just like their Sparkling Agave polish.
- Rose Nectar Lip Balm- This is the same scent as the rollerball perfume. It feels so nice on. The majority of the ingredients are natural oils (avocado, coconut, etc.).
- Plus ten nail art studs! Mine are little gold square studs.

Conclusion: All of this for $10 (plus shipping)?! That’s right. I think it’s completely worth the money. I love the polishes, and I can’t wait to try them out with the base coat.

New Perfume

I just found out about a solid perfume called AROMAS. I’m really excited.

They’re solid perfume that comes in stick form, like chapstick. I’ve used solid perfume before, but its always come in little pots that you have to dip your finger in. This way, you just unroll the perfume and apply it. Neat! I wasn’t sure which scent to choose, but they have sampler packs, so I got the biggest one they have. It was a little less than $13 including shipping (all the way from Australia!), and comes with seven samples. You get to choose which ones you’d like, and apparently they’re good for many uses, so you can get a feel for how the scents work for you. I’m looking forward to smelling Almaty Apple. The website says that people find that it smells like DKNY’s “Be Delicious,” which I do like. It’d be nice to have a much cheaper alternative to that!

 

Edit to add: I just ordered this a few hours ago, and they already sent me a “your order has shipped” email. Awesome!

Impatience!

Whenever I order a new something, I get so impatient about it. I check my tracking information way too many times. Does anyone else do this? It drives me crazy, but I keep doing it!

 

I have more packages coming soon(ish) than I have in a while.

  • Sephora sale order
  • Popsugar – I hope this one ships soon. I’ve seen that people who ordered before the sale code (now expired) already had theirs shipped.
  • Orange Glad Sweet Box – I’ve never received this subscription before, but I’ve heard great things about it. Their website says it’s supposed to ship out the second week of the month, so that should be soon! There was a coupon a while back, so I ordered myself a gift subscription. (And I may have chosen the “double the treats” option…)

 

I got two of those Diamond Candle candles (link), and they arrived yesterday. These are the worst for an impatient person! They’re candles that have a ring inside. You light the candle, wait for it to melt to the point that the little ring package is showing, blow it out and wait for it to cool a bit, then grab the package with a pair of tweezers. The ring is in a plastic bag that’s wrapped in foil, so no wax gets into the cracks of the jewelry. It takes quite a long time for the candle to melt down to where the ring is. Most of it is costume jewelry, but their whole gimmick is that you could potentially find a real diamond ring in your candle. I bought them mostly for the fun of it, and because I love candles.

The ring I got from the first candle is cute, at least. I don’t love the heart on it (you can sort of see it on the right side of the photo), but the heart is hard to see when I’m wearing it. The only bad thing about this candle was the smell! I picked Watermelon Wedge and Sunwashed. Watermelon Wedge smells like watermelon bubblegum. I’m not a fan of overly sweet smells, and this one is super sweet. The Sunwashed scent smells way better to me. It has a “clean laundry” smell. I haven’t burned that one yet, but I’m excited to see what’s in it.

Watermelon candle ring.

Watermelon candle ring.

Popsugar Sale!

*This post has referral links.

Edit: Apparently the code no longer works. That was quick. It was only up for two days total, I believe. Hope you all got a box if you wanted one!

 

Attention all subscription box lovers!

Popsugar Must Have Box has a sale code right now for April’s box. The code is: CHANNEL7. This gets you 50% off the regular price! (Also, fair warning, the Popsugar website has a sort of irritating auto-play video!) The box includes free shipping. After this month, it does auto-bill you each month at the regular price, so if you sign up and don’t want another month, make sure to cancel before next month.

 

There are spoilers for April’s box on the web, compiled by the ever-so-nice Ramblings of a Suburban Mom, in picture format. I don’t want to hotlink her image, so see her post here.

The box is supposed to contain around $130 worth of products, including (SPOILER alert) a fantastic Too Faced eyeshadow palette, among other things! That alone made me sign up as fast as I could. I’m not sure how long this box will be in stock, since it seems like a good one!

 

My referral link is http://popsu.gr/rBcT, if you’re interested. (Of course, you are certainly not obligated to go through my referral link if you don’t want!)

New (To Me) Face and Eye Makeup

The last time Sephora had a coupon, I went a little crazy with my leftover gift cards and I got some pretty great stuff!

Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette: Long name! I love this palette. It has six matte eyeshadows, two eyeliners (in powder form), and a neutral pink blush, all in a really nice case. The colors are all fairly neutral, minus the dark purple shade. They’re all really blendable and each color goes well with all of the rest in the set. The brush that comes in the palette works fine for the eyeshadows, but it’s a little tricky to use with the eyeliners. Other than that, I love this set! Unfortunately, it seems sold out a lot of places. Sephora doesn’t have it. I swear I just saw it at Ulta, but now it’s not showing up on their site, either.
Would I recommend this? Absolutely!

 

Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner: I heard great things about this eyeliner all over the internet. I’m always looking for the perfect black liquid liner, so I got this. It’s a dark, rich black color and the liner tip is pretty thin. However, the application is horrible on me. When I put it on, if I go over the line I just drew, it sort of re-picks up the liner and leaves me with a blank, smudgy spot. Not good. I tried it both with an eye primer and without, and it did the same thing. I’m not sure if it was just that my eyelid chemistry and this liner didn’t match, or if that’s the formulation of the product.
Would I recommend this? No.

 

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush: Tarte is becoming one of my favorite brands. I love, love, love this blush, and I am not a huge blush person. (I put it on, but it’s not something I must collect.) This comes in a ton of different shades. It goes on sheer, yet there is a lot of pigment in it, and it’s very buildable. It looks very natural, which I prefer most of the time.
Would I recommend this? Yes!

 

So I got two good products, and one dud (that I thankfully did not pay full price for). Not bad! At least I know that Eyeko brand doesn’t go well with my skin. From now on I’ll be keeping my eye out for new Tarte eyeshadow palettes!

 

Sephora is having a sale coupon for VIBs starting today. Well, I went to purchase what was in my cart and the $10 Tarte set I tried to buy was suddenly out of stock! I can’t help but wonder if it was really out of stock, or if Sephora is going to “out of stock” some of the smaller gift sets in hopes that people spend more. I bought the Tocca Beauty Florence Travel Duo instead, (I’ve heard nice things about it) so I’ll review that on here when it arrives.

New (To Me) Foundation

Hi all! Lately I’ve switched from Bare Minerals loose powder foundation to liquid foundation from other brands. It’s really hard finding the correct shade since I’m very pale, have olive undertones, and some serious redness in my cheeks.

 

I got the L’Oreal Paris Magic Nude foundation (link here) based on a comment I read online that said it was a dupe of Urban Decay’s much, much more expensive Naked Skin foundation.

  • The Magic Nude foundation applies strangely, at least to me. The bottle specifically states that you should only use your fingers to put it on — no use of brushes or sponges. I guess this is because the formula is so powdery.
  • The color I chose, Light Ivory, seemed to be the lightest one they had. The color is a pretty decent match.
  • My biggest problem is that my skin can be somewhat dry. This foundation shows every single tiny dry area of skin on my face, no matter if I moisturize and use a primer underneath! My second biggest issue with it is that it takes quite a bit of product to cover up the redness in my cheeks.
  • All in all, I’m not a big fan of this one.

Next is Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation (found here). I think Drugstore.com just got it, because I had to buy it through Asos when I first got it (and shipping took forever). Drugstore.com seems to have a weird assortment of colors to choose from, though.

  • I like the texture of this foundation. It’s not too thick, but it’s not runny like the L’Oreal product.
  • The color is almost perfect for me.
  • The coverage is good. It’s not too heavy, but it covers my cheek redness. Plus I can put it on with a BeautyBlender, which is my preferred method lately.
  • It does have a little bit of fragrance in it, but luckily that doesn’t bother me in this product.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation (found here) is one I obtained solely through a sample, since I didn’t want to gamble $57 on it. I always hear good things about it from “beauty gurus” on YouTube.

  • Since it’s a sample, I can’t really comment on the color. I got B50, which is their medium-est of medium shades.
  • The formula isn’t too thick or too thin, which is good.
  • It went on very smoothly and left a really nice finish on the skin. It looked very even, even though I did a terrible, slap happy job of putting it on.
  • My only complaint with this one is that it has a “green” smell to it. (That sounds crazy, I know!) It has a scent of something like freshly cut floral stems. While not unpleasant at all, my face has a thing against strong smells in foundation.

Conclusion: I’ve been trying a lot of foundations lately, but these are just the three that stood out most. I was wearing Makeup Forever’s HD foundation, but if I’m out with friends and they take photos (not like this happens often, but you know), the flash bounces off of the MUFE foundation really, really badly and I look like a crazy glowing woman next to all of the normal people. The Bourjois foundation is my favorite as of right now.