Bumblesoaps Christmas Box

Bumblesoaps Christmas Box

I got my Bumblesoaps Christmas box today! Bumblesoaps is an indie bath and body store that makes amazing stuff. (I know this site is “unskewed reviews, but hey, this place is a favorite.) They have seasonal boxes available at different times of the year. I got their previous Halloween box as well. I pre-ordered this Christmas one to make sure I got one, as there were only 300 total available!

The box!

The box!

Box Contents:

Bee Sanitized hand sanitizer in “Christmas Cabin”: This is my least favorite item. The smell is very Christmasy, but also very masculine at the same time. It reminds me of what a grandpa might like to wear for a fancy cologne. It’s not by any means a “bad” smell, it’s just not for me. It’s very heavy on the bayberry, with some cinnamon and citrus in there as well.

Cuticle Butter in “Cranberry Cobbler”: The cinnamon is really strong in this one! It reminds me of orange spiced tea. The cranberry is pretty faint. The actual product is excellent, and I love that it’s a full-sized version.

Bath Truffle in “Them Apples”: This smells amazing. It smells just like an apple! I am in awe. LoL. These bath truffles are meant to be plunked into your tub before you get in to soak. They’re more of a moisturizing product than a bubbling product. I also like to break them up and soak my feet in them before a pedicure!

Creamy Whipped Soap in “Sweet Potato & Brown Sugar”: I hate foodie scents. This, though? This I do not hate! It really does smell like sweet potatoes, and it doesn’t really have that plastic, caramel undernote that lots of foodie scents have. Plus Bumblesoaps makes an amazing whipped soap. I have one in a different scent from a previous purchase and the scent lasts for hours after you’ve used it.

It even has little marshmallows on top!

It even has little marshmallows on top!

Bubble Bar in “Brandied Pear”: Bumble’s bubble bars are like a solid bubble bath. You crumble them up under the running water and they make loads of bubbles. This Brandied Pear scent is so nice, and it goes really well with Them Apples. The pear scent is the strongest, with a tiny bit of apple.

Snowflake Soap in “Sweater Weather”: I am loving this scent. The soap is so pretty, too. The scent reminds me of a very expensive body wash. Of course I can’t remember the name of it! This one has juniper, sage, eucalyptus, and all sort of other things. You would think that would smell like a grandma, but it’s a really clean scent!

Lip Scrub in “Marshmallow Fluff”: This scrub feels pretty moisturizing and it has a nice, sweet scent to it.

Whipped Body Butter in “Tinsel”: I was afraid I’d hate this scent, but I don’t. It’s a “blend of pomegranate, strawberries, and raspberries, with a subtle hint of fresh peppermint leaves and fresh vanilla.” First of all, the formula feels really great. Secondly, I can’t believe I like the scent with the peppermint in it, but I do. It’s like a little kick at the end of the scent! You smell of the great foods, and then *kick!* a little peppermint for your nose.

All in all, I like this box a ton! I will use all of the products (except maybe the hand sanitizer), which has never happened to me before, even with the previous Bumblesoaps seasonal box. Normally I get a box like this and I like maybe half of it, but I really do like all but one of the scents, and even that one I don’t totally hate.

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.

Fancy Mystery Box – Women’s Medium

Fancy Box is offering different sized mystery boxes. Small is $10, medium is $20, and large is $40.

 

Here’s what was in mine:

 

Medium Fancy Mystery Box.

 

1. Japonesque Precision Lash Curler  $10.50
2. Stuff Every Woman Should Know [Book]  ~$7
3. Ciate “Corrupted Neon” set in “Shout Out”  $25

4. Creature Cup in “Shark”  $~9

 

Thoughts:

The whole box comes to approximately $51.50, which is way more than the $20 I paid for the box. However, it’s not my favorite box of mystery items I’ve ever gotten. The book? Eh. That’s stuff you can google. It’s literally a book of tips on how to do everyday tasks and how to socialize. The nail polish kit is cute, but knowing the quality of Ciate, I would never pay full price for it. The eyelash curler looks great, and the shark mug is cute. I’ll definitely use those. I will say that the glazing on my shark mug is not great. There are spots near the top where the glaze didn’t settle right. I was going to give it to an ocean-loving friend for her birthday, but now I guess I’ll just keep it myself, since the spots are really obvious.

All in all, I’m not sure if I’d get one of these mystery boxes again. I like some of the items, but I don’t know that I like them enough for $20 and shipping costs.

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.