Saturday, April 27, 2013

Wantable: April makeup box

Wantable is a service that offers truly customizable boxes of full sized cosmetics. (They also have jewelry option, but I have not tried that one!) They allow you to choose categories of makeup that interest you (eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lip color, highlighter, blush, bronzer, nail color brows) and then within those categories, specific types (shimmer, matte, bright, neutral, powder, cream, etc). They then select items for you (around 4 full sized items). You can subscribe for $36 a box, or buy a single box for $40.

I have gotten one box in the past, and I was happy with what I received, so I decided to try another one. This month, I chose to receive all categories but brows and bronzer, and within the categories, I chose color options over neutral. Here's what I got!

I think their packaging is so cute. It's small and just put together well.

They included a little bonus this month - two La Fresh makeup remover wipes. I love these and am always happy to receive them.

This is eyeshadow by Be a Bombshell. The shade is Divine. It is a super shimmery baby blue! So pretty! It is nice and pigmented, soft and smooth. I love this color!

Be a Bombshell eyeliner in Amethyst! This is a marker style liner in a deep purple. I have the black one and it is great! I actually don't have a purple liquid liner and I am so excited for this one. I'm loving this brand.

Cailyn Cosmetics Dramatic Impact mascara in blue. It's a lengthening, thickening mascara in a pretty blue color. I don't have any colored mascaras and I am happy to try one! I have a Cailyn gel liner that I really enjoy, so I'm pretty excited to try the mascara.

This is a cream blush by 29 Cosmetics. The shade is Napa Rouge, and it is a nice, highlighting pink. It feels nice and creamy and the color is subtle. The packaging is gorgeous! This blush alone retails for $39.

In all, I am excited to try these products! I love blues and purples, so they chose perfect shades for me. This box has a value of $85, which is a great deal.

Here is what everything looks like swatched. From left to right, here is the blush, shadow, liner, and mascara. Everything seems to be of really great quality!

I am still impressed with Wantable's products and service. I'll probably get another box in the future!

Have you tried any of these brands?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Starlooks Starbox - April 2013

I've said it before, but Starbox is becoming my favorite sub. Every month, I enjoy pretty much everything in it! So, I was excited to wake up to my box today!

This month, they promised a neutral "No makeup look" month. As I have an abundance of color products, I was excited for something different!

Here's what I got.

We received four products this month, one being a  Starbox exclusive bonus. This bonus item was a mint lip balm! It is a clear, minty balm with SPF. I didn't photograph it separately, as it is a clear balm. I'm happy to get it, though! The box itself was adorable, too - blue and brown!

The first thing I saw was this - a Translucent/Nude Mineralized Loose Powder! This powder goes on completely invisible, and controls oil, sweat, and shine. I was just thinking that I needed to buy a powder before summer got here, so the timing is excellent! Super excited to get this.

This is a lash boost mascara base - a primer! It conditions lashes, helps prime them for growth, and acts as a thickening mascara base. You can also wear it alone on the lashes at bedtime for conditioning benefits. I tried my first lash primer last year and loved it, so I'm really happy to get this!

And finally, a Tendergloss lipstick in Trinity. Their Tenderglosses are really cool - they are essentially a hybrid between a lipstick and a lipgloss...they feel super light and moisturizing. This is a nude with golden shimmer. I'm ecstatic about it, it will be a perfect everyday lip product for me.

As always, I am super impressed with my Starbox this month. It remains my favorite sub, and I'm excited to use all of these products!

What's your favorite thing you've gotten recently?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ipsy Glam Bag - April 2013

Yesterday was a great mail day for me, as I woke up to both my Ipsy and my Birchbox! I already shared my BB with you, so now it's Ipsy's turn.

Ipsy's theme this month is Pretty in Pink. I love pink, so I was really excited to get this! This month, they actually offered different color/product options for everything in the bag...and I got exactly what I would have chosen! Here's what I got:

  • healthy sexy hair - soy renewal. This is a styling treatment that contains argan oil, and helps to tame frizz, protect hair, and enhance shine. I love products like this and use them daily, so I was really happy to get it. The other option for this product was a volumizing powder.
  • Be A Bombshell blush in sweet cheeks - This is a pretty, medium rose pink blush with shimmer. It is super pretty and a great color for me! It is quite pigmented. The other option for this one was a matte, darker pink.
  • micaBeauty Shimmer Powder in earth - This is a pretty mineral eyeshadow in a beautiful pink color. It is so shimmery and pretty, great for an everyday color for me! The other option here was a shadow duo by two cosmetics.
  • Sation Nail Lacquer in Of Corset I'll Call You - this is a baby pink creme polish. It is very sheer, but with a few coats it is gorgeous and shiny.

Here are swatches of the blush (top) and shimmer powder (bottom) pretty.

This is one of my favorite bags to date! I'm happy with all the products and they will all be used often. As always, I'm impressed with the sizes of the products offered by Ipsy and the amount of makeup they send!

What do you think of this month's bag?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Birchbox - April 2013

I was so excited to wake up to my Birchbox today!

This month, they teamed up with Women's Health magazine to give us a box themed "tiny tweaks, big results", designed to help up fine-tune our lifestyle.

This is a pretty full box!

These are towelettes by Herban Essentials. They are basically little moist towelettes made with essential oils. They're good for germ killing and aromatherapy! I got peppermint and lavender. These aren't the most exciting sample, but hey, I'll use them...I currently have some sinus issues so the peppermint will be useful for me!

These are macaroons by Hail Merry. Now, I have gotten these before in a Conscious Box, so I have tried them...and I am not a fan of them. They are raw, vegan, gluten-free, and made with non GMO ingredients, which is great...they just don't taste that great. But I am not a fan of things like this. THey are coconutty and similar in texture to something like a Luna bar, which I don't enjoy.  I am glad this product exists, though!

This is SOS Morning Eye Rescue by Caudalie. It is a daily treatment for the eyes. Eye creams and products are always welcome, as I have genetic dark circles and all kinds of not-so-greatness going on in my eye area. It's a teeny little tube, but as an eye cream, a little will go a long way. Really excited to try this.

Malin + Goetz cilantro hair conditioner - This is exactly what it sounds like. A daily conditioner containing cilantro. It promises to balance PH levels and hydrate. My thirsty hair is always happy to try a new conditioner.

And finally, the Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Lipstick. This is a pencil with a glossy shiny finish and a great, hydrating formula. The shade I got is Quick Kiss, which is quite orangey. However, I found that I liked the way it looked on, and I love the finish and the feel.

The packaging is odd. It seems like a full size, though it does not twist up or anything like that, so what you get is what you see, basically.

It is very pigmented and super smooth and glossy.

Definitely a bold shade, but wearable. I would really be into trying more shades of this formula!

In all, this is a pretty decent Birchbox! I am excited about the lipstick and the eye cream, and everything else will be used. Not bad, Birchbox!

What was in your box this month?