Petit Vour February 2021 Unboxing

I believe the final February subscription box has now arrived. It’s actually not surprising it is Petit Vour as they don’t ship until about the 20th and as February was a short month, it is not unusual for there to be a little overlap. I just find it kind of fun that I’m already getting e-mail shipping notices for some of the March boxes. Honestly with February this happens every year regardless. the short month just plays havoc with everyone and if feels like February’s boxes barely arrive before march is on the doorstep. Since January always feels like it takes forever it sort of feels like February tries to accelerate to make up for it. But speaking of moving on…

It is time for the February Petit Vour unboxing. For those that don’t know, Petit Vour is  a cruelty Free subscription box that costs $18 per month.  They do have a Petit Vour Plus that costs $25 per month.  I have not tried that one so I can’t vouch for it.  The regular Petit Vour box contains four items that are generally deluxe sized samples with the occasional full sized item thrown in.  While I really do enjoy this subscription, this will be my last Petit Vour box for a while. I will continue to shop on their site as they offer really good deals on lots of clean products that I really enjoy. I am certain I will be back at some point for the box as well, but I needed to take a little break from it. 

So what is in the February Petit Vour Box?

Well the first item up is from a brand that pops up routinely in the Petit Vour Box and that is K Voss.  This time it is the K Voss Perfecting primer. It claims to be a multi use illuminating primer that naturally adjusts to your skin tone.  As I have an ongoing love affair with the primer category, I am very much looking forward to trying this out. I think it may end up in next week’s make up bag.

The second item in this month’s box is also from a brand we see quite often.  Personally I have an unsteady relationship with the brand Goldfaden, MD.  Everything about it says I should like ti and I always approach with high hopes.  Only occasionally are those hopes realized. 

This month I received the Goldfaden, MD Doctor’s Scrub which is an exfoliate.   I love exfoliants as much as I love primers.  I actually tried a full size of this a while back and if I remember correctly it was a good exfoliate but it was also the kind of exfoliate you only use once a month at most.  I could be wrong, I will have to check my notes, but I believe that is the case. It is a small enough sample that I can easily test it again to confirm.  I’ll keep you updated on that once I take it out to try.

lip swatch

There was actually a second makeup item in the box this month ant it is the lip color pencil from the brand Slate Cosmetics.  The name sounds vaguely familiar but I don’t think I have ever actually tried them. I tried looking up the lip pencil but only found skincare on their site. i will do my best to find out more information before I use it and report back to you.  I am always up for trying a new lip product and when I swatched it the color seemed nice.  So I will add it to the products to put in the makeup bag for testing. I find the fact that I can’t find much about it on line rather intriguing.

And finally we have the fourth item in the box and that is Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste.  I’ve seen the toothpaste around, but never tried it before.  In general, I am a Crest girl at least as far as Toothpaste and whitening strops go.  I tend to go with Listerine for my mouthwash.  I am however almost out of my Crest toothpaste so perhaps I will give this a trial instead of repurchasing my standard tube.

One think I like about this subscription box is that they so often send items I would never think of picking up on my own. Often times I find brands that I’ve never heard of or only heard of and never tried.  A few of my new favorites have come out of this subscription box like the Akar Balancing Toning Mist and the Bkind exfoliating scrub of course Bkind also now has a Papaya Enzyme Scrub and as I am really liking the Elemis Papaya Mask so I may have to give that a try as well soon, but that is another story. 

I really like both and would not have found either on my own. While I am taking a break from this box for a little while, it is only so that I can try out other subscription boxes, not because I don’t like it.  This is a box I will definitely be circling back to in the future. But for now, I must bid a fond adieu until we meet again.

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Macy’s February 2021 Beauty Box Unboxing

The card, the bag and the pink tissue roll of goodies for the February 2021 Macy’s Beauty Box

I know it is March, but my February Beauty Box from Macy’s finally arrived.  It is however not the last of the subscriptions to arrive as I am still waiting for Petit Vour and EarFleek to arrive.So even though February has departed, we have a few late arrivals to cover.

Macy’s Beauty box is a $15 per month subscription and in the subscription box you are supposed to receive five deluxe Sample size items and I believe you are supposed to get a bag of some sort each month as well. In December the bag was replaced by a set of plastic travel sized containers (which was actually pretty nice) and in January since it was a hair care themed beauty line up they replaced the bag with a mini flat iron. As I already have a mini flat iron I passed it to my mom and she is absolutely loving it. It was kind of an amazing thing to get in a $15 Beauty Bag.

The Canvas Bag

This month the canvas draw string bag is a little less exciting, but to be fair it is a really sturdy and well-made canvas bag.  It actually put Ipsy’s Glam Bag Plus draw string bags to shame and that is a $25 beauty bag.

But the bag is really just a little something extra. 

This month’s bag celebrates ‘skin-gredients’ and features items  ‘Grounded in skin loving ingredients from mother nature. So let’s see what was inside.

The first item is the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. (currently Lovely Skin has this Mask on sale for 20% off if you follow the link it will take you there. I’m not sure how long the sale will last but I am always excited to see Elemis on sale so I thought I’d share).  You know I love the brand Elemis.  Every product I have tried from them has done amazing things for my skin.  And actually this Papaya Enzyme peel was in my Look Fantastic Box this month as well.  In addition, that was the box I received two of due to my own miscalculations and so I now have three of these trial sized tubes.  The three of them may be enough product to do a full skin care review. Regardless of future reviews, I am always happy to see Elemis in any beauty bag.

Do you know what I am also happy to see? Caudalie.  The Vino Perfect Radiance serum was in this bag and I am never upset about seeing it.  I’ve tied it before and really liked it.  I have a couple of other Caudalie serums and really enjoy them.  At the moment the Beauty Elixir is in my skin care line up and I have to say it has been a great edition to the skin care shelf.  

Next up is the First Aid Beauty Ultra repair cream.  I have a love/hate relationship with First Aid Beauty.  Well actually it isn’t a love/ hate relationship it’s more of a love/meh relationship.  The products I like from them I really really love and the products I don’t like aren’t bad they are just meh.I tried a tiny sample of this cream before (it lasted two weeks) and I ended up putting it on my to be purchased in the full size list.  This tube is packed full and I am very happy to have this appear in my beauty bag this month. 

The next item in the February Beauty Bag is from Perricone MD.  It is the soothing and hydrating eye cream. To be honest the only thing I have ever tried from Perricone has been the no makeup makeup lipstick.  It was an excellent product and one I reordered once it ran out.  I look forward to trying the eye cream.  The eye cream I am currently working with isn’t really making me happy, so it is nice to have another one in the wings.

I’ll admit I have only heard of Sundari before and never actually tried any of their products.  I am also not entirely certain how to use an eye oil, but I now have the Sundari Chamomile Eye oil in my collection.  According to the little pamphlet it is suppose to smooth skin and combat fine lines.  My guess is that you either use it in place of a n eye cream or to boost your current eye cream. I will be looking at more information before I open it and if it is an eye cream booster I may be putting it to work soon. 

The final item in my bag this month is a perfume sample from the brand Clean it is the Galbanum and Rain Fragrance.  I’m not entirely certain what a Galbanum is so I will have to look that up before I give it a week’s trial.  Right now I am testing a group of Perfumes from Kierin NYC Perfumes, but this will definitely go into the lineup of perfumes to be sampled in my never ending quest to build a scent library.

All in all I have to say I am very pleased by the selections in the February Macy’s Beauty Box.  I wish it didn’t have to spend so much time hanging out in a Georgia Post office, but I am glad it is here now.  I received two items from brands I adore (Elemis and Caudalie) One cream that I know I like, two skin care items I have never tried and am looking forward to giving a go and a new perfume to try out. This was an excellent $15 bag. And I can’t wait to see what turns up in March’s Beauty bag.

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Refreshments Unboxing

My first Refreshments Bag

A few months ago IPSY started a side subscription called Refreshments. The Refreshments bag is designed to ship your bathroom essentials to you every month.  The bag ships with your Glam Bag, this reducing shipping costs.  The first bag was free so I signed up for it.  The price varies based on what you order from their listed items.  You can sign up to receive the same items each month or vary it based on your needs. You can even skip it that month entirely if you are well stocked on product. I actually really like the flexibility of the system.

The first complementary bag came with face wipes and hand cream.  It has been at least three years since I have bought face wipes.  While I really like having them on hand and I really like using them, I don’t like the waste of them so I weened myself off of them . 

Since I couldn’t alter the items in the first free bag, I now have a set of facial wipes.  I will use them, but I have already logged into my Refreshments account and taken them off my recurring purchases list.  So I have just this set and no more.

That being said, the wipes are clean smelling with very little scent attached to them.  I used one of them to remove the lipstick swatch from the About Face liquid lipstick. It is a very dark color so I figured it was a pretty good test. 

swatched lipstick

It worked tolerably well.  It left a little pink behind on the skin of my hand and I did have to rub quite hard to get the lipstick off.  I think with regular makeup it will be fine.  It just wasn’t happy about the dark color.

The wipes are not dripping with liquid which was nice.  They were slightly on the dry side which leads me to believe they won’t last a long time.  Are they the best wipes I’ve used?  No, but I wouldn’t be ordering them even if they were.

removed swatch with some residue left behind

Knowing I have used better wipes just means there will be no regret for not receiving them again.  I will say that I had a lot of regret when I used my last AYAM Dead Sea Minerals with Vitamin C infused Makeup remover wipes. They were amazing and it felt like an actual sacrifice not to order a new pack as soon as the last one ran out.

The second item in my free bag was the Luscious Hand Cream in the scent Citrus Spritz. It has a nice scent to it and is thick enough to ward off chapped hands after excess washing and sanitizing.  I really like this cream.  I’m not entirely certain I need a new tube of it every month, but it is a nice cream and I will use it. 

cream

The two items came in a satin like draw string bag, similar to the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, although to be honest, it is of better quality than last months’ drawstring bag for the Plus subscription tier.  It will go into the drawer with the others and when next I travel it will be used for either underwear or jewelry.

With this tier the products are supposed to arrive by the middle of the month and you have the opportunity to change things around as long as you do it before the end of the month. Each month they are adding new items.  They started small and are slowly increasing the number of products. 

Next month, I am signed up to receive a razor from them. The first razor comes with two sets of blades and a handle and subsequent razor purchases just have the two pack of blades to go with the reusable handle.  As the blades each month are $5 and two sets of blades are pretty much what I go through each month, if this works out, it will be the cheapest shaving subscription I’ve tried and the easiest to refill as it would just come tucked into my Ipsy Box.  So I have my fingers crossed. I’m sure at some point I will try some of their other products as well. 

I won’t be ordering the Cleansing wipes, but I will probably pick up another tube of the Luscious Hand cream as I really like the scent and the formula.  It like the other products, have a decent price as well with every item available thus far ranging from $5 – $11. This could be a very nice subscription in the long run.  To be honest, if the razors work out, it may end my shaving subscription quest, regardless of any other products. Over all, I am glad I looked into the Refreshments subscription.


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Ipsy Glam Bag X February 2021 Unboxing

The First Glam Bag X: February 2021

The Postal gods have been appeased. My sacrificial offering of three forever stamps and a postcard depicting Thor did the trick and my IPSY Glam Bag X bag finally arrived.  This is the first bag for the new quarterly tier of IPSY.  It is $55 per quarter.  The months you receive the $55 bag are February, May, August and November. I am pretty sure they chose those months specifically not to interfere with Boxycharm’s Luxe Months (those are March, June, September and December). In between the Quarterly months, you would be signed up to receive your regular $25 Glam Bag plus.  At the moment, you can’t sign up for Glam Bag x without being an IPSY Glam Bag Plus Member.

For this bag, you are allowed to choose three items of your eight full sized items.  The first item I chose was the actual bag.  In that category, there wasn’t much else I wanted and I thought the bag looked cute. 

I like the shape, I like the red and the gold lips.  I like the bump out at the bottom and the way it expands.  I do not care for the letter decal on the back. I didn’t notice that when I chose it. 

On the small Ipsy Glam Bags it looks cute.  On this it just limits its usefulness.  However, with a few cotton swabs and some nail polish remover, the gold lettering on the back does come off.

The bag is better without it and more versatile. At least I will use it more that way.   It is somewhat cheap feeling though so I don’t know if I would choose the bag again moving forward. Its retail price is listed at $18 although I think that is a bit high for the bag. It feels more like $8.

The second Item I chose was the Saints and Sinners Illuminati Divine Shine Holographic Serum.  (retail $27.50). I’ve never heard of the brand before.

I chose it partially because I was intrigued by it and partially because it was the best item in my selection. I am always happy to try new things for my hair.  I’ve certainly never tried a holographic serum so it will be fun to give it a try. I also find the shape of the bottle oddly pleasing. I’m not entirely certain why, but I enjoy the shape.

The third item I chose I am actually really excited by.  It is the Private Doctor Define Minus Serum.  (retail $49).  It is a relatively new launch I believe, but I’ve heard good things about it and am very much looking forward to trying it out.  At the moment I am testing out the Unicorn Essence Serum from Farsali, but this is definitely going in my line up of products to try. 

While I was very happy to have the chance to pick this, the selection of items offered to choose from this time around wasn’t the greatest.  Flipping through the newspaper like booklet that came with the Bag I saw several items that weren’t in my selection at all. I’m going to check my profile and see if anything in there limited some of those items from appearing. I’m sure it was a cost issue as well on the part of IPSY so that all the bags have approximately the same value, but I think I will be fiddling with my profile to see if that helps with my selection process. Over all I am happy with the items I selected, but I wasn’t thrilled with the selection choices. If the selection had been better in the category where the bag was, I would certainly have chosen another option.

And now for the items chosen for me.  The first was a Patrick TA Blush (retail $32).  I think you could either get the blush or an eyebrow waxing kit.  I am very happy with the blush, especially as I don’t use wax on my eyebrows. I always think that heavier eye brow products tend to make eyebrows look more like stickers plastered on the face and I find the look somehow rather repellant. Admittedly as it has been about a year since I have had my eyebrows threaded and I am just awful with the tweezers, my brows aren’t exactly looking spectacular right now either. But that is another story. I didn’t get the eyebrow kit, I received the blush.

I am always happy to have a new blush to try and I have never tried the Patrick Ta formula. In addition the packaging is gorgeous.  I can see the metal finish collecting fingerprints, but it is really pretty and it is a huge blush so it will last for quite a while. 

The next item was the Pat McGrath Labs Fetisheyes Mascara (retail $30). I won’t open it until I am ready to try it, but I have had this mascara on my list to try out for quite some time. So I am thrilled to have it in the bag to try out. 

I was also very excited to see the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette Remastered.  I’ve tried the smaller Huda Beauty Obsessions Palettes and I really loved the formula.  I had my eye on the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette for a while but as eyeshadow palettes have been accumulating through various subscription boxes, I didn’t actually get around to ordering it.  I am so looking forward to playing around with it. So many of the colors speak to me. And yes I did swatch the copper shade as soon as I had it out of the package. I just couldn’t help myself. The shimmer was so soft and buttery as well as highly pigmented. I am going to have some fun playing around with this one.

Next up was the About Face Paint-it Matte Liquid Lipstick (retail $22).  There were several shades available and I received the shade Take Aim.  It swatches pretty well and like the blush and eyeshadow palette it will be going into my next week’s makeup bag to play around with. 

I may even crack and add the Pat McGrath mascara into the bag as well instead of waiting for it. I know I planned to have the number of mascaras I keep open lowered but I so want to try this formula.  I will try to resist, but I don’t know how good the resistance will be.

And finally the last item in the bag is the Complex Culture Sonic T-Bar Facial massager. (retail $58).  I am used to my Foreo and really like the vibrations on my skin when I am working product in.  I’m not sure about the T bar though.  That will be interesting to play around with as well.

Over all I am very happy with the products, both the ones I chose and the ones that were chosen for me.  I was a little disappointed in the variety of the selection and if I had to choose again I wouldn’t have chosen the bag.  I would have chosen one of the other products even if I wasn’t as enthused by them. If nothing else they could be passed on.

Otherwise, I am very excited by all of the items in my box.  I like the newspaper like brochure as it actually conveys more than just basic price.  It describes how to use the items and tells you a little more about them, which I find very appealing.

I am also very excited about one of the items that was in my box, but not a part of the actual Glam Bag X.  If you switched from Ultimate to Glam Bag X early enough the gift was a 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream.  I switched early enough to be on that list.  I tried a sample size of this moisturizer last year and in my first impressions and really liked it. 

The cream actually made it on to my list for products I wanted to try in a full size so I am thrilled to now have it in a full size. I will definitely be scheduling a full skin care trial. So that was an extra bonus. 

Over all I was very impressed with this bag and I am very pleased that I am signed up to receive it quarterly.  I know I sound just a little surprised, but after the ups and downs of the Ultimate bag, I wasn’t entirely certain what to expect.  However if they manage to keep this level of products for the Glam Bag X, I think this is going to be a quarterly upgrade that I keep.  This was a very good month.


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IPSY Glam Bag February 2021 Unboxing

Through snow, ice and winter winds, my Ipsy Glam Bag did fly, finally arriving on my doorstep. This is of course the $12 IPSY glam bag.  I am still awaiting the arrival of the first Glam Bag X. This Glam Bag featured five sample sized products. 

The reason I signed up for the regular IPSY Glam bag was actually for this month’s bag.  I liked the little envelope style clutch, red faux leather with a gold lip clasp.  I thought it was cute.  I also thought it would make a cute clutch, until I saw the back.

  While the back of the bag is cute with the letter look stamped on the back, it does make the bag less versatile.  I actually chose the larger version of this bag for my Glam Bag X without realizing that it had the same back design.  While cute on the small one, I’m not so sure about the larger version.  The design is stamped on and not integrated into the material so I may actually use some nail polish remover and see if it will come off.  But that is a craft project for another day (although I will post it in one of my upcoming daily posts.

While I do enjoy the bag, it is what is inside that counts and of course what will let me decide if I plan to keep this subscription or let it go to try something new.

The first item I took out of my bag was the item I chose.  It is the Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Daily Cleansing powder. I absolutely adore Amore Pacific.  I’ve tried two creams from them and loved both of them. I am very excited to try the cleanser.  I have to say I do like that it is a powder.  It means there is more product in the bottle without added water.  One of my favorite masks from AnnMarie Skincare (the Purifying Mud Mask) is the same way.  It makes it shelf stable for longer and it makes the product last longer. It makes it fantastic to keep around, and why I always keep the Purifying Mud Mask around (well that and it is a fantastic mask).  I can’t wait to try this one out. 

The next item in my bag was the Farah Flat Foundation brush.  I have been looking for a good flat foundation brush so I may give this a test this week to see how it works out for me.  The IPSY Glam Bag arrived this weekend and so I chose several different foundations for my weekly makeup bag in order to give the brush a good trial.  I’ve had some really good brushes from Farah and some not so great ones so it will be interesting to see where this lands.

Following the foundation brush was the NEOGEN Dermalogy Probiotics Youth Repair Cream. Currently I have an essence from NEOGEN in my skin care routine for testing and will soon have used it a month (I think I have another week and a half on the trial).  I also have a larger NEOGEN cream of a different variety to try out.  As prior to these products I hadn’t heard of the brand, I am happy to have several items from them to try out.

As always I love getting any sort of powder so I was pleased to see the Lottie London Ready Set Go Loose Setting powder in my Glam Bag this month. I’ve never tried anything from Lottie London that I can recall and if there is one product I will always go through it is powder.  Whether pressed of loose even if I wear no other makeup, I always add a layer of powder over my moisturizer. I love a freshly moisturized face, I just don’t like the shine. So even on no makeup days I use powder. It is always nice to try a new one.

And finally there is the Design Me Gloss Me Hair Oil.  It is designed to smooth down hair.  I remember trying something from this brand a while back and I recall liking it, but I can’t recall what the product was.  I look forward to giving the brand another try.

Additionally I did add on a pack of hair scrunchies from the brand Kit-sch Beauty. They were a three dollar add on and while they are nice and pull my hair back without pulling it out, they do feel a little on the cheap side. I suspect I will use them for a while but not have them last a terribly long time. They don’t have the feel of something that will last a long time. I could be proven wrong, I often am actually. However as a three dollar add on, I am very pleased with them, no matter how long they last. I actually really like IPSYs add on section. I love that it is very simple divided into sections by price and that many of the items you didn’t get in the bag are options.It is very neatly organized and I have to admit, I almost always find something to add on each month.

Over all I have to say I am fairly pleased with my bag this month.  It is a surprisingly good mix of products.  I am very excited for the item I chose and really hope that Amore Pacific appears more regularly.  I will take any size they feel like sending sample or otherwise from the brand.  I also have a few new to me brands/products  that I get to try out as well, which is one of the reasons I get this subscription box.  Quite frankly I have to say that I am happy to keep the IPSY Glam Bag another month to see what they come up with next month.  If it remains a good mix, I just may have to hang on to this subscription.


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BoxyCharm Premium February 2021 Unboxing

This month I was surprised by Boxy Charm.  Normally they send out e-mails with tracking links when the box ships.  This month I received the e-mail in the morning and then that afternoon my box arrived on my doorstep.  I’m not complaining, it was actually quite fun.  Just a little surprising. 

While Boxy Charm has a couple of different tiers at the moment I am only subscribed to the Premium tier which is $35 per month.  At one point I had a box in every tier and quite frankly it was a bit much for me.  I ended up evaluating which box I routinely enjoyed the most and pared it down to the one box.  Since the Premium was the most reliable for me, that is the one I chose.  There are still items in the other boxes that I like, but most of the time they are also offered for sale at a discounted price in the Boxy Pop up and add ons. So if there is an item in another box that I find I really want to try, often I can pick it up then so I never feel like I am missing out.

This month’s theme is Hugs and Kisses (XOXO).  I don’t know why it bothers me when people read that out as XOXO instead of Hugs and Kisses, but it sort of does. It’s the same impulse that makes me twitch when people don’t conjugate their verbs correctly.  But don’t worry, I only correct grammar in my head, not out loud. It may bug me, but I’m not rude enough to correct it out loud.

While the theme is appropriate for February, I can’t actually see how it relates to the contents in the box. I will say however, this month, I received a good box.

The first item I pulled out of the box was the one I chose.  It was the Elemis Muscle Ease Active Body Oil.  (retail $63.50). I chose this because I have been trying to expand my exercise routine and as a consequence have had many sore muscles in the past few weeks.  In addition, while I really like Elemis as a brand I have only used their face products, never anything from any of their body line so I was eager to try it. 

At the moment nothing is sore, but as the week goes on, I am certain that will change.  The bottle the oil comes in is a very lovely blue with a silver cap.  On the cap only the finial turns so there is only a small hole for the oil to be poured from, which I really like.  It contains maritime pine, sea buckthorn, sea fennel, and rosemary and when taking a sniff of the oil it does smell rather medicinal.  I actually sort of like the scent.  It will be interesting to see how the scent changes or lasts when it is applied, as well as if the product actually eases muscle ache. But for now, it awaits my next bout of sore muscles.  It is at least a pretty bottle to have out and waiting.

The second Item out of my box this month was the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir 24K Moisturizing gel cream. (Retail $39). While I was not a fan of the rose gold setting spray from Farsali (the scent isn’t my favorite) I did just start trying out the Unicorn Essence serum and thus far I am liking it.  That right there is all I really know about Farsali products so I am pleased to have another one to try. 

It is a very loose gel formula and there are sparkly gold flecks in it.  I’m not sure whether they will stay on the face when the moisturizer is applied, but it could be fun to try out.  The scent is actually quite pleasant as well.  It is slightly sweet but I’m not quite sure what it reminds me of.  As I just finished a moisturizer, I went ahead and opened this one to give it a sniff as I was moving it into the bathroom. I like the scent and will begin the 30 day trial of the moisturizer in the morning.  So it was a well-timed arrival.

Surprisingly a Rodial product also arrived in this month’s Boxy Charm Premium.  It is the Rodial Soft Focus Glow drops (retail $60).  It is a makeup/skincare hybrid which according to the card claims to be a cross between a serum and a primer.  With the Glossy Box Rodial Limited Edition box I received as one of my Surprise boxes from Glossy Box, let me try out several products from Rodial I am looking forward to giving this a go.  I found Rodial to be interesting. 

With the sheet masks I hated the mask material but loved the serum that was in it.  I didn’t care for the lip masks and found the under eye masks to be just okay.  However the Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel I just finished using was absolutely fantastic.  With Rodial I am finding that I like the formulas of their products, but their delivery – like the mask paper – isn’t always to my taste.  This gives me high hopes for this makeup/skincare serum/primer as it is just a bottle of liquid with a dropper. Hopefully my love of their formulas holds.

Next we have the Bali Balm Sweet Orange and Coconut lip balm (retail $33).  Now we all know I like lip products in almost every variety they come in, but if this lip balm retails for $33 it had better be a fantastic lip balm. Because that is a high cost for lip balm. While I will no doubt get use out of it, I believe this lip balm was also in the Boxy Charm Base box last month, which sort of makes it feel like a left over.  And that is slightly disappointing.  It is however the only disappointment in the box this month and like I said it is a slight one.  I will probably be very critical of the lip balm when I try it though as it is so expensive and I will want to see why it is $33.

Next up is something I have wanted to try for a while and have not gotten around to it.  It is the REN Clean Skincare Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser. (retail $32).  REN is one of those brands that I have seen around but never actually tried anything from.  I have heard good things about them and I love that they are a clean skincare brand so I am very happy to give them a try. 

At the moment I have about half a tube of the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser to use before I open another cleanser, but this one definitely makes the line up to open after The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser has been used up.  I’m not rushing it though.  The Soy Face cleanser is one of my top five cleansers (Elemis Foaming Cica Face wash, La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying foaming Facial Cleanser, Erno Laszlo Black Soap cleansing Bar and Olay Regenerist Daily Scrub are the other four at the top of the list and there is almost always one of the five in my skincare drawer.)

And finally we come to the one makeup item in this month’s box.  It is the Tarte Double Take eyeliner.  (retail $24). For now, mine is remaining unopened, because I have this eyeliner already and I really like using it. I don’t use a lot of eyeliner these days, but this is a good one.  It has a pen style of liquid liner on one side and a soft pencil liner on the other side.  The pencil side is soft and applies well and easily and the liquid liner has never seeped into any fine lines or faded on me.  It is a really good eyeliner and I am very pleased to have a back up.

My February Premium Boxy Charm was heavily skincare with only eyeliner in the makeup category.  For my $35 I received $251.50 worth of products so looking at it from a strictly retail perspective, the box was well worth the price.  Personally I will get a lot of use out of all of the product.  Several of them I am rather eager to try actually.  So it has a very good personal value for me as well.  While I am happy with the products, and I love trying out new skin care items, it would be nice if there was a better balance of makeup to skin care next month. Other than that, I have no real complaints. This was a good month and I am happy to keep up my subscription to the BoxyCharm Premium box.


If you are interested in doing a little shopping of your own, The Olay Regenerist Cleanser I mentioned is now on sale. As are a bunch of their other products. Everytime the Regenerist line goes on sale it tends to sell out of products very quickly, but I think this cleanser is still in stock.


Look Fantastic Beauty Box February 2021 Unboxing

My February Beauty Box from Look Fantastic arrived and I have to say I couldn’t be happier.  This is a UK Based Beauty Box so shipping has been interesting in the past couple of months.  It is $19 per month, but if you sign up for a three, six or twelve month subscription, the price drops down.  I have had this box for about a year now as a month to month option and while some months are better than others, I have never felt like cancelling it. That’s why I went ahead and switched to the annual subscription and starting next month I will be getting this box for $16 per month.

Normally, I try to only look at the one spoiler that comes in the pamphlet so that it will be a surprise.  This month I was on the Look Fantastic site a lot as I really enjoy ordering from their on-line store (plus they are always running sales on various items and brands so I can pick up some of my favorite high priced products for a little less.) and I did see a couple of sneak peeks.  There were two variation items in the box this month and I knew right away which variation I wanted and I am pleased to say, I got the variation I most wanted.  Not that the other options didn’t look lovely, but well, we all have our favorites.  But before I give too much away, let’s open the box and go through it together.

First up, is the spoiler from last month.  Each month in the pamphlet Look Fantastic lets you know one of the items that will be in the following month’s box.  Last month they Announced the Illamasqua primer.  Now I have, use and love the Hydra Veil Primer from Illamasqua and the shape of the Illamasqua product looks the same as he samples I’ve had in the past (which is mostly a mini version of the full size) So I thought, wow, I’ll have a travel size handy so I don’t have to travel with the large version next time I travel (because the hydra veil primer actually helps with the skin travel dryness I tend get when traveling).  But of course I skimmed the text and wasn’t wearing my reading glasses so I missed that this was a different primer all together it is not the Hydra Veil Primer it is a mini version of the Beyond the Veil Primer.  It combines the hydra primer with the Beyond Powder into one product. I have not tried the Illamasqua Beyond Powder, but it is on my list to try as I have heard fantastic things about it. I already love the Hydra Veil Primer so I can not wait to try this one out.  I am very happy to have gotten it wrong.

The second item in my beauty box this month was from Eyeko.  It is the galactic lid gloss.  While I adore their eyeliners and like their mascaras, I have not tried out any kind of colored makeup products from the,  There were to shades that were options Stardust which is a silver and Zodiac which is a copper color. 

so pretty…

While I would have used the silver, you know I have an absolute weakness for copper colored shadows.  So after seeing the spoilers you know I was keeping my fingers crossed for the copper colored Zodiac, and that is the one that appeared in my box this month. I don’t know if the swatch does it justice but in person it is absolutely stunning. It looks like liquid metal and I can’t wait to try it on my eyes.  I think if I took a black shadow and blended it out across the lids and then used this on the inner part of my lid it would be absolutely stunning.  I can not wait to play around with it and see how it performs.

The third item in my Look Fantastic box this month was the Bubble T Strawberry Macaroon Body Butter.  While I do have a lot of body lotions and hand creams at the moment, I do like the brand Bubble T and I do like the scent of strawberry Macaroon.  It will be interesting to see if the sent lives up to its name as well as if it is a good body butter. I took a sniff through the metal foil and it certainly smells very strawberry-esque

There is a hint of almond to it which might serve to cut the scent somewhat.  I really like the size of the tube as well.  With this size I can use it as a body butter and perhaps even get two or three uses out of it instead of just one.  Which is nice as some of the body butter samples I’ve received in different subscription boxes have been small enough that they were just one use. This is definitely a good size for testing out a product meant to cover the entire body.

The Balance Me AHA Glow mask was an interesting addition to my Beauty Box this month.  I have a sort of love/hate thing going with Balance Me products right now.  I’ve tried several samples and the product itself always works well, but the scent of the product is never one I want to use.  Because their products work well, I am crossing my fingers that this one has a scent I like.  It is also a mask though which might have an impact on my use.  Thus far I have tried only serums meant for daily use.  The scent of the serums meant that I didn’t want to use them daily. With a mask, it isn’t designed for daily use so even if the scent isn’t my favorite I still might be able to use it.

This leads me to the second variant in the box this month.  This month you could either receive the Hydra Recharge Cream from SOS or you could receive the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel.  I was actually looking at purchasing the Enzyme Peel the last time I was on the Elemis site actually.  (I ended up going with the Cleansing Balm, it is one of my absolute favorites and the reason I was on the site in the first place.)

I didn’t purchase the peel, mostly because I needed cleansing balm, so I was thrilled not only to see this as an option but that it was the option I received in my box.  I have nothing against SOS, but if there is one brand I have a weakness for it is Elemis.  Every product I’ve ever tried from them has worked well on my skin.  There are very few brands I can actually say that about.  Plus after using the High Beauty High Maintenance Peel, I kind of want to try another peel  product to see the comparison.  Why not try one from a brand I like?  So I was very happy to receive this Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel to try.

And last but certainly not least was the product I was most excited for.  I know that sounds strange but I am so looking forward to trying out the Magnitone Wipe Out Reusable ‘Swipes”(The link is to the magnitone UK website. I am hoping that if I do order I’ll be redirected to a US link I can order from or that they will just ship to me but this was the only place I could find the exact product).  I have been looking for reusable replacements for my cotton rounds as I am trying to reduce the amount of waste in my routine and I use a lot of cotton rounds.

  These Swipes are the same size around as my cotton rounds so I have high hopes. They are thicker so I am hoping that makes them more durable and they are really soft to the touch.  I’m hoping that if I like them they are available for purchase as I will need more than two to get through a week. For now though I am happy to have a chance to try them out.

I know this post was a bit more excitable than my normal Beauty Box reviews but I have to say I was really excited by the selection of products in my box this month.  I get to try several new to me products from my favorite brands as well as test out more reusable rounds in my quest to reduce the amount of trash I produce. All in all this was a fabulous month.  Not only will I be keeping this Look Fantastic Subscription, but I am now signed up for a full year.  After all the only thing better than getting a really nice beauty box each month, is paying less for the really nice beauty box each month.


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Birchbox February 2021 Unboxing

I know some of you are reading this and thinking, wait didn’t you just do a Birchbox unboxing?  I did, and thank you for remembering. The January Birchbox was delayed so I reviewed it quite late.  This month’s Birchbox came in on time.  Typically they are sent very early in the month.  For those that don’t know Birchbox is a $15 per month subscription.  If you purchase a six month subscription the price drops to $14 and if you agree to a full year of Birchbox then the cost drops to $13.  While I had this box a while ago and cancelled, I am currently signed up for the full year and this is my fourth month of the subscription.  In previous months I have to say I am happy with this being a $13 per month subscription.  I think I might be less happy if I was paying the full $15.

Each month on the 27th subscribers can log in and choose from several options.  You can choose one of two curated boxes, you can choose one item in your box and let them choose the others based on your beauty profile, you can choose to exchange your box for the one full sized item they offer or if you don’t like any of the options you can pay your subscription box price and just  put it toward a purchase in their store. While that sounds like a lot, for the first three months, when I logged in to make my selection the full sized item was always sold out as was at least one of the box choices which was somewhat frustrating.

This month there was no offered full sized item and surprisingly both box options were available.  So this month I chose their Clean Beauty Curated box.

I’ll be honest, the reason I chose it was because of the Bare Minerals Bounce and Blur Blush in Mauve Sunrise. I saw it, clicked the button and then thought, “I should probably look at what else was in the box.” I did and I liked the other items so I kept the selection. 

swatch

This blush feels like a cream when you touch it but applies like a powder on the face and is fantastic color.  I love Bareminerals blushes and am so happy to have one regardless of the size. They are just a great makeup brand. So I was thrilled.

I was also pleased with the Naturelab Tokyo Perfect Repair leave In treatment. I used up a full size of this during the summer actually and found it was excellent.  It was light weight and never got sticky in the hair no matter how high the heat and humidity rose.  It was an excellent product and I am happy to have a travel sized bottle of it. 

I have gone through an entire large size of the Australian Pink Clay Porerefining face mask before as well and really enjoy the mask.  It is one of those clay masks that is so fabulous in the summer time because it cools as it dries so you feel very refreshed after wearing it – along with all of the skin benefits as well. This is always a mask I am happy to see, but I may hold off on using it for a while as I work through other open products.

While I have tried many Balance Me products, I have not tried the Congested Skin Serum.  Balance me and I have a strange relationship.  I like the products and I enjoy using them, except for the scent.  It is almost always the scent of them that gets me.  The last two products I tried I really liked and they worked excellently well, but I just couldn’t get past the scent to use them on a daily basis.  I haven’t opened this serum yet, but I am sure it will work just as well as every other product in their line.  I just have my fingers crossed that this one has a scent I like.

My final item was the Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Cream.  Now I have seen this cream flit in and out of subscription boxes yet somehow it has never landed in one of mine.  After seeing it around for so long I am happy that I finally managed to get a tube to try out. Hopefully it will perform well and end up on my list of moisturizers to try in the full size.  Here’s hoping.

So that was my February Birchbox.  I have to say that thus far it has been the best one I have received this far.  I don’t know if supply systems have had their issues worked out or if somehow the fates aligned or what, but I really enjoyed this box. I like the items in it and I was not frustrated by my lack of options when I went to make my selection. It is a nice mix with a mask, a serum, a moisturizer one makeup item and a hair care product. While technically that does mean there are three skin care items in the box, they are all from different categories so I don’t mind it. All in all, this, my darlings, was an excellent month.


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Underclub February 2021 Unboxing

Just in time for Valentine’s day

I think the Underclub is very quickly becoming one of my favorite subscriptions.  For those that don’t know Underclub is an underwear subscription.  They have several options in their subscriptions depending on if you want one set each month or two and if you want their regular subscription or their premium one.  I am in the regular subscription and I receive one item each month.  My subscription price is $15 per month and the underwear is mailed out at the first of the month. 

I love the double bagging of the product

This is my second month of this subscription.  The first month was a lovely black set of underwear that had a subtle detail.  While I was impressed with the quality of the undergarment when it arrived, I have now washed and worn it several times and I have to say the quality still remains.  There are no loose strings or coming apart at the seams. I was very impressed.

So how does my second month stack up to the first?

Very well actually.  This month I received a pair called Celeste from Peche.  When I looked the company up, and managed to convince the computer that I did not in fact mean peach, I found the company offered a pair almost identical to the set I received (different color) for $30. Which is of course double what I paid in my subscription.

package rumpled pre washing

Before I wear any new underwear, I wash them.  I know they come sealed not only in the outer packaging, but inside an inner plastic package as well, but I still always wash underwear before putting them on.  Before washing these looked very nice, if a bit rumbled from shipping. 

There were no loose strings, all the seams were straight and correct and there was no damage to the underwear.  I know that sounds like a lot of inspection, but I wanted to make certain they were in good condition before they went into the wash.

lace and stitching detail

Both the material of the garment, as well as the lace decoration are soft material that will wear well against the skin.  According to the label the body of the underwear is 76% nylon and 24 % spandex and the lace is 82 % nylon and 18% spandex. It is also a lovely lavender color. (The camera tended to wash it out to a pale pink, but id you look in the top photo you can see it is lavender).

I was actually pleasantly surprised actually.  Usually I expect everything in February to be geared towards pinks and reds.  The pastel lavender was a very pleasant surprise.  Not that I don’t like pinks and reds, but it was nice to see something different. Although they do have valentine’s day packs avaialble.

Valentines Day Sale: Toast Pink / Red set both Bikini & Thong, Electric U thong 3-pack, Monique Morin packs – both Black & Infinite and Strappy Black 3-Pack

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When looking in the member store I spotted the celeste in both the Curvy Weekender Three Pack and in the Best Week Ever Seven Pack. Both sets looked really nice actually. One of the reasons that I chose this underwear subscription out of the multitude of underwear subscriptions available is because of the size selection.  For many of the subscriptions I was simply just not within their size range.  For the Underclub I looked at their size chart, realized I fit into it and joined.  I still expected the underwear to end up being cut a little small, but it is not.  Both last month and this month fit perfectly. 

For me if I know I am wearing pretty underwear I feel pretty all day.  In fact, underwear and perfume are the only two things that can do that for me. If those two items make me feel good then it doesn’t matter if the wind swirled through my hair and the wings of my eyeliner are lopsided, I feel pretty. 

Given that I love subscriptions, an underwear subscription is a no brainer. I had ‘an underwear subscription’ on my list of rewards for weight loss from the very beginning, figuring that at some point I would lose enough weight to be in range for one of the subscriptions and then I could feel pretty on a monthly basis.

I love the fact that Underclub’s sizing lets me do that now.  I may be losing weight for my health, but I like feeling good about myself at whatever weight I am.  I shouldn’t have to be thin to enjoy either my body or pretty underwear and I love that Underclub’s front page tag line: Designer Underwear for Every Body, Every Month, makes me feel included instead of like an afterthought. I also love that the women modeling the underwear also come in a variety of sizes as well and don’t all fit into the ‘standard underwear model’ category of woman.

A good pair of underwear makes me feel pretty, being included instead of feeling like an afterthought makes it feel fun. Add in the fact that I like the underwear I’ve received, and I can see myself keeping this subscription for a long time to come. Personally, I can’t wait to see what they send my way next month.


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Glossy Box Beauty Box February 2021 Unboxing

Late Friday afternoon I was surprised by the early arrival of my February Glossy Box. That’s right, it is here!  I love when the boxes come early because it means that I didn’t have a chance to see any spoilers and can just be surprised by the box when it arrives. I love the surprise. If you want to maintain surprise then i suggest looking away. That way if you want your own subscription to be a surprise you wouldn’t have any spoilers. As of the writing of this post, this box was still available so if you are trying to decide whether or not to subscribe or just want to see what came in my Glossy box then read on.

Always like unwrapping a gift.

This month the theme is Sing, Dance, Love, Repeat – very appropriate for February.  And they adjusted the design or the box to suit.  This month the box looks like an old school cassette tape. It actually looks pretty nice and it is one I will happily reuse. 

Of course the products themselves look pretty nice as well. 

The first item I took out of the box was the Avant Skincare Velvet Perfecting Rose Sugar lip scrub.  It is full sized and as Avant ia a pretty pricey brand the product more than covers the cost of the box. (retail $71).

I know I didn’t mention it at the top of the post (because I just got so excited by the box itself), but Glossy Box is a $21 monthly beauty subscription that has five products that are generally deluxe samples with a few full sized items on occasion.  The cost lowers if you sign up for a yearly subscription, and If you sign up for a yearly subscription, you are still billed monthly, which means you don’t have to come up with a year’s worth of subscription fees at once.

I am on the yearlong plan and pay only $18 per month.  It saves me some money, but no matter what price, I always find something to love in this box.  It is heavily weighted towards skin care with a few makeup items.  What I especially like is that they are often high end products and tend to feature brands I have never heard of before or never tried. Currently they have a special introductory offer with your first box costing only $16 with code:RETRO

While I have heard of Avant and tried several of their products, my enjoyment of the brand has been a bit hit or miss.  Some of their products I like, others I don’t.  Lip scrubs in general I really like so I am happy to try it, and I am really happy that I get to try this one out without paying the full price for it. Or me that is one of the main subscription box benefits.

My second item was the SYS Moisturizing cream (deluxe mini – retail value $19.99).  I’ve never heard of the brand or read anything about it, but I am always ready to try a new moisturizer.  This one features prickly pear extract which I don’t believe I’ve ever had in a moisturizer before.  I’ve had it in a cocktail but not in skincare. The cocktail was delicious if I remember correctly.  It will be interesting to see what it is expected to do.

The shimmer powder – way too much dispensed, but it is lovely

The one makeup item in my Glossy Box this month is from Bellapierre.  It is a full size (retail $15) and it is the Shimmer powder.  There were three shades you could possibly get and I received the shade Wow which is a sort of pearly pink. 

The description claims that it can be used as eyeshadow, highlighter, lip color and more. I’m guessing the more is something like body shimmer.  I put some on my hand and it looks like it will be a good eyeshadow color.  I rubbed it into my hand and realized that a little goes a long way so in the future it needs to be dispensed into the cap and then applied to the face. 

My entire hand was a shimmery pink from the product I put on it.  I think that given the way it blended though it might make a pretty good highlight.  I could even see possibly adding a light dust over a darker lipstick or even a clear gloss to add a bit of shimmer. I think this will be fun to play around with and on occasion it is just fun to play around for a bit.

The LAPCOS Pearl Sleeping Cream Spout ($6) is also a full sized item and I am always looking for good sleeping masks.  I’ve never heard of the brand before but it is something I am very excited to try out. 

Finally the last item in my box is a shampoo and conditioner set.   The Pataua shampoo and conditioner set is from Natura.  They are deluxe minis (mini set retail value $6).  I al always happy to try new shampoos and conditioners.  I also love that the set counts as one item and not two (you know I complained about that last month with a different subscription box) and even though these are sample sizes they are large enough that I should be able to get two to three uses from the bottle (depending on how much product is needed per use).

That is enough for me to actually get a feel for the product.  As I wash my hair every other day that gives me about a week’s worth of use.  I don’t mind buying expensive shampoo, but I do want to know how my hair is going to react to it before I spend extra on a luxury shampoo and conditioner set.  In general I am a try before you buy sort of person and with hair products in particular I very much like to see how my hair reacts to the product before I go for a full size, regardless of price.  I just don’t like wasting products.

But I can tell you that nothing that came in this month’s box is going to go to waste.  Everything in this month’s box is one that I will use.  Whether or not I like it enough to purchase it in the full size is up in the air, but I will use every single item that arrived.  And if that weren’t enough on the March Sneak Peek was a reminder about the Annual Easter egg Limited Edition Box.  This year there is the added bonus of a few golden eggs which, if found will gift the lucky winners with a prize from Foreo worth $299. I love Foreo products. I love their original although the Luna Mini sonic cleanser looks amazing and I have to say I have been eyeing their Sonic masks since they came out and trying to figure out how to work one into my budget. So you know I’ll have my fingers crossed that I find a golden egg. Until then I’ll just cyber stalk their website and tweak my budget to add a little more into savings so that someday soon it can be mine.

But march sneak peeks aside, I was very happy with my February Glossy box.  It has a variety of products, all of which I will use, it had three full sized items, and it came in a fun, well designed box that I can reuse.  All of this makes me quite happy to keep my annual subscription for $18 per month. And if you are interested in signing up for Glossy Box, remember you can get your first month for only $16 with the code RETRO.