More Mystery Bags!

Again with the grab bags! I’ll discuss three of them that I have recently acquired.

This time, the bag is from Bubble Girl Soap Co. on etsy. This shop has tons of adorable, brightly colored products like sugar scrubs, lotions, and even Doctor Who TARDIS-shaped soaps. The mystery bag was $10 and claimed to have $20 worth of products in it. The products can pretty much be any sort of bath item: sugar scrubs, bubble bath, fun shaped glycerin soaps, etc. They also allow you to chose whether you want no men’s products, no kid’s products, or no men’s and kid’s products in your mystery bag. Neat! I chose no men’s products.

This one had:

  • Two lotions, one of which smells just like cake batter.
  • Two lip balms of very nice quality
  • Three beautifully colored small glycerin soaps in wonderful fruity scents

 

They're so pretty in person.

They’re so pretty in person.

  • And one shower gel/bubble bath

All in all, not bad for $10 plus shipping! Everything was very nice quality. I didn’t care for the smell of the lotion, but that can easily be given away as a gift.


Another mystery bag! I went nuts, but some of them were on sale (like this one). I got this mystery bag for $5 from Sunkid Gifts on etsy. The site’s description really had zero information on what to expect, but an internet friend recommended the brand and their mystery bags.

I paid $5 for the bag, so I wasn’t expecting much. I got a quite large sugar scrub in a pumpkin scent. Not my favorite, but it’s giftable. I also got one wax tart piece in a very, very, very strong bakery scent. It reminded me of those cinnamon + applesauce “cookies” kids make as Christmas decorations. If there was a chance for non-season items in this bag, then it’d be a better deal for me. Still, I can easily gift the scrub to someone else.


Sakura Bath and Body on etsy had a grab bag. (If you’ve read my last few posts, you’ll see I went on a grab bag kick.) I managed to snag the last one. The description says that it contains $20 worth of products for $10. The products may have wonky labels, dents, or dings.

This bag came with:

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  • One lotion in Rainforest scent. The lotion is a little too oily for me, and the scent is pretty masculine.
  • Bath salts in a cranberry scent
  • And a pumpkin coffee sugar scrub

All in all, it wasn’t a bad deal at all. It’s just I probably won’t use any of the items I got. The bath salts and lotion I can give away, but I guess I’ll have to use the scrub since I’m not sure I can think of anyone who won’t mind the handwritten label in a gift. I have no problem with handwritten labels for myself, but as gifts I just never know how the recipient will react.

 

In total, I spent $25 plus shipping to get all of these. Was it a good deal? Eh, kind of. If I could/would use all of the items it would have been a great deal. As is, I have lots of things to give away to friends, at least!

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Fresh Sugar: Dare to Bare Sugar Lip Ritual Kit

I recently purchased this Fresh Sugar Kit from Sephora (while they had a sale coupon, of course!).

The kit contains:

  • Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy – This has a very watery consistency, which was honestly off-putting at first. However, once it soaked in, I could feel my lips get softer. It’s supposed to be a nightly serum, not a replacement for lip balm, so I think it does its job just fine.
  • Sugar Lip Polish – I’ve tried other sugar lip scrubs, and this one is pretty much the same as any other. I will say that it has a better consistency than LUSH’s sugar scrubs, which is nice. Fresh’s scrub has a bit more oil in it.
  • Sugar Shine Lip Treatment – I’m not big on lip gloss, but I like this one. It’s a totally neutral color and I didn’t find it to be obnoxiously sticky like some glosses can be.
  • Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 – This is basically tinted lip balm. The color is a nice, bright coral-pink that gives you just a hint of color. I like that it’s very moisturizing.
  • Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment  – This, which is probably the most boring item in the box, is my favorite! It’s even more moisturizing than the tinted version. I find that if I put this on after the Lip Serum, my lips feel very moisturized the next morning.

All in all, I really enjoyed this kit. I’m not sure it’s quite worth the money ($45 retail), but I liked being about to try a handful of different Fresh lip products. If you can get it on sale or at least get some of those awesome Sephora holiday sample bags with it, then I’d say it’s probably worth the purchase price.

EOpenmarket Lucky Box II Haul

I’ve never really done a haul post here before, so here it goes!

I ordered this Lucky Box II from EOpenmarket. The site seems a little sketchy, so I ordered through PayPal just in case. I got my package about two and a half weeks or so after ordering! Basically, it’s a large sampler box of various Korean cosmetics and skin care products!

It came with a ton of stuff, including this very large sampler kit of Etude House’s “I’m Blooming” line. It came with minis of the cleansing water, lighter cleanser, heavier cleanser, moisturizing mist, and a BB cream.

The biggest sampler.

The biggest sampler.

 

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Here’s a swatch of the BB cream on my wrist.

It also had these slightly smaller (but still large) samples:

  • 1 Aloe sheet type mask by the brand “It’s Skin.’ It looks really nice, and I enjoy sheet masks, so I will at least give it a go.
  • Snail Bee High Content Serum – I’m not sure if I want to try this on my skin. I’ve heard of other people having really good results with the snail serums, but it’s the bee part that scares me.
  • Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream – I hold the same reservations as the previous one.

The small samples by brand

  • Missha for Men

o   Science Activator Ampoule

  • Mizon

o   Bee Venom Calming Fresh Cream (Still scared of this!)

o   Crystal Miracle Face Cream (x3)

  • Skin79

o   Super BB (green container) (x3)

o   Super BB VIP Gold Collection (x3)

o   BB Cleanser (x3)

  • Tony Moly

o   Floria Whitening Capsule Essence (x3)

o   Aqua Aura Rich Cream

o   Aqua Aura Moisture Cream (I’m not sure what’s the difference between them.)

o   Pure Aura Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream

o   I’m Real Avocado Rich Cream (x2)

o   I’m Real Tea Tree Sebum & Pore Lotion

o   Tomatox Magic Massage Pack (x2)

o   Red Appletox Honey Cream (x3)

  • Skin Food

o   Black Egg Pore Primer (Luckily it comes out clear. I was a little scared!) (x3)

o   Black Pomegranate Emulsion

o   Good Afternoon Honey Black Tea (I’ll have to ask some other people if they know what this one is. I’m not sure.) (x2)

o   Broccoli Cleansing Foam

o   Royal Honey Mask

  • Holika Holika

o   Good Cera, Moisturization Barrier

  • Etude House

o   Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Foam. I’m glad to get to try this without having to buy the big thing of it.

o   Moistfull Super Collagen Cream (x2)

o   Fresh Cherry Lip Tint (x4 in light pink, x1 in red)

o   Precious Mineral BB Cream (x4)

o   Nymph Aura Volumer (Again, I’m going to ask to find out what this is!)

o   Face Conditioning Cream (x2)

o   Correct & Care CC Cream Silky (x3)

And that’s it from the sampler pack! I paid $19.99 for the kit, including shipping. I think it’s a great way to try out some products I may not otherwise be able to get a hold of. I’m excited to try out all of the BB and CC creams and find one that’s perfect for me. I’ve been using Missha BB Cream in #21, but it has a tinge of a grayness to it that I have to cover up with some very lightly tinted setting powder. I’ve also been using the “I’m Blooming” set since I got it, and I love it. My face feels nice and the cleansers don’t leave that terrible tight feeling that some others do.

New (to me) Korean Skincare and Makeup

Ever since I heard of Memebox, the company that curates different boxes with Korean makeup and skincare products, I was seriously interested in this idea. Finally a few weeks ago, after lurking around in some Memebox forums, I made the plunge. First I ordered a package deal that has two memeboxes in it. Then I caved and ordered the Cute Wishlist box. And finally, I purchased the Girls’ Night Out box (it’ll be my own birthday present to myself!). I think the first of them ships at the beginning of August, so you’ll be sure to see lots of posts then!

 

Until then, here is a sampling of the things that I have bought on my own.

I got an amazing sampler kit from this place. I know it looks a bit sketchy, but my ordered arrived with zero problems, and it only took about two weeks for me to get it. I made sure to pay with paypal instead of a credit card, just in case. I’m going to do a whole post just about the samples! That sounds crazy, but there are so many of them.

I also got this TonyMoly gel-type moisturizing cream. I love it. It has a light citrusy scent, but nothing that bothers my pretty sensitive facial skin. Usually it comes in a large tub, but I got this promo packaging from beautynetkorea.com. I wanted to try it without having to shell out the bigger bucks for a large tub of it. It does feel very wet when you first put it on, but as it soaks in, the texture feels very nice.

Great stuff.

Great stuff.

I got another TonyMoly product: Crystal Lovley (their spelling, not mine) Eyes. It’s a wonderful eyeliner/eyeshadow stick combo! If I put on eye primer before I use this, it seriously takes me twenty seconds to do my eye makeup. I love it!

 

Eyeshadow/Eyeliner

Eyeshadow swatch on top. Liner swatch on bottom.

Eyeshadow swatch on top.
Liner swatch on bottom.

 

That’s it for now. In the next post I’ll talk about all of the samples I got in the package from Eopenmarket.

 

Skip this next bit if you don’t want to hear my ramblings on beauty blogging.
Sorry I haven’t really been writing lately. Sometimes I see other people’s wonderful blogs that have hundreds of hits a day and it discourages me. I know I shouldn’t let it bother me, but that’s just part of my personality. I have some money to spend on these things, but only the things I really want; I can’t shell out money for the more popular boxes just to be able to review them for my audience. Plus I really like to show things that I truly like or have solid reasons for disliking instead of giving grand overviews of different subscription boxes. That’s more of my style. Thanks for reading this, and I hope you read the next installment on Korean skincare samplers!

 

Edit to add: This is my fiftieth blog post!

New (to me) Eyeshadow Palettes

  • Naked Basics Palette: This is “just ok” to me. I am big fan of matte, nude shadows, but for some reason I didn’t love these. They didn’t load great on my brushes (I tried different brushes just to check), and they require, for my tastes, to have an eyeshadow primer underneath to make the polishes pop more. The first three colors (starting from the left of the palette) really don’t show up at all unless you do lots of blending.

 

  • Too Faced Natural Palette: I like this one better. The colors pop more. Even though the glitter is a little overkill for me, used in the right amounts it can work just fine. I didn’t get as much fallout with this one as with the Naked palette, and it loaded up on my brushes much better. This one would be my pick, even with all of the glitter in it.

 

Sorry for such a short post, but I figured after my last, long ranting one that it’d be best to keep it short!

Benefit Feelin’ Dandy Kit

The Benefit Feelin’ Dandy Lip & Cheek Kit is the latest makeup thing I’ve bought. I love it!

 

The box.

 

The box everything comes in is really cute, and you can take out all of the makeup and use the box to store other little items, if you want.

 

The kit comes with some great products:

  • Benefit Posetint- This is one of my favorite lip tint/stains. It’s a nice light pink color.
  • Benefit Dandelion- This blush is very, very light, but I like it. It has a shimmery quality to it.
  • Benefit High Beam- Highlighters can go kind of weird on me, but this one is great. It has a very, very light pink tint to it and looks sort of pearlized.
  • Benefit Ultra Plush Dandelion- This one is the lip gloss. It looks a lot darker/more brown both online and in person in the tube. However, when you put it on, it’s a very sheer, light pink. Very nice!

All in all, I really liked this kit. I thought it was a good deal for the price ($28). I also think it’d make a great gift for friends who love makeup, especially since the box is reusable and looks cute.

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