The Underclub April 2021

I love the double bag for the Underclub

This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite subscriptions. The Underclub is a monthly luxury underwear subscription service. While they have multiple tiers, some with more than one set of underwear, I went for the $15 per month option. It is exactly $15 no tax or shipping added. For this price I receive one pair of undies each month. It ships on the first and charges on the 11th. I actually received April’s pair on Thursday April 8th (there was a shipping delay adding two days to delivery) and I was charged for May’s set on April 11th.

I initially chose this subscription service to try for three reasons. The first is that I really like subscriptions. I really do like the surprise package in the mail and the ability to try new things.

The second reason was that I wanted to try some subscriptions that weren’t makeup and skincare based. I am trying to branch out more into lifestyle and clothing subscriptions.

Plus, one thing people don’t tell you when you start working out is that no matter what underwear you are wearing, it is going to take a beating. I generally pick up packs of Hanes Cotton Undies for workout wear but I like to have nice underwear when I am not working out and in my initial workout phase, I didn’t realize I needed to switch out my undies like I switch out my regular bra for a sports bra so a lot of my nicer underwear didn’t survive. So it is nice to build up my collection again.

And thirdly, when I went looking for sizes, the Underclub was very size inclusive. They not only had a size that fit me, they had models that weren’t Victoria Secret Standard. They were all beautiful women but they were also real women. I know that I do not look like a Victoria Secret model in my underwear. I know that even if I get my body down to a healthy weight I will not look like that. Which is perfectly fine. How boring would the world be if we all looked alike? I like that The Underclub recognizes that and markets for real world bodies.

Waist detail

I also like the quality and styling of the undergarments as well. This month’s set of pants was quite lovely. On the surface they look like plain black undies. They are made of a kind of net material. The front has an inner liner, the back does not. The Brand is MOD by Parfait which we have seen before.

This set, like every set I’ve received fit perfectly. So if you are looking for your size, follow the size chart. I measured myself, took my inch measurement to their chart and have not had an issue with fit. It is a spot on size chart, which is really nice when trying to find your size. And while I am on the heavy end of the spectrum, they do have extra small for those of you on the other side. They have a pretty wide array of sizes which is again one of the reasons I chose to try out the subscription in the first place.

With this month’s set, I was very impressed by the quality of the elastic around the waist band. I know that sounds very strange to say, but most of the underwear I’ve received thus far has less of a stout waistband, The thinner waistband suited the style and the elastic was thinner because of design. This pair has a thicker waistband and a correspondingly thicker elastic. The elastic doesn’t constrict too tightly and you can tell it is the sort of elastic that will last a while. It is an oddly difficult balance to find. The elastic fit properly and didn’t leave marks on my skin.

As with all the underwear, it went straight from the packaging to the washer and then I tried it on. There were no loose strings or missed stitches wither before or after washing. The garment was well constructed. Like I said before it fit perfectly.

My one issue was that there was not a liner on the rear as there was for the front. I understand the styling and looking at it, I really like the way it looks. However, I did wear them sitting at the desk while working on the computer and ended up with a net print across my rear end. It wasn’t in any way uncomfortable, just oddly textured skin when i stripped down for my shower. I was momentarily puzzled, then realized it wa from the pants.

Over all I am very pleased with this pair and happy to keep the subscription another month. I am still wearing the Valentine’s bralette and pants set. They have been in rotation since February and they are holding up quite well even though it is more delicate looking than untehr sets. It looks just as good now as it did when it arrived. I really like the bralette, I just have to remember it is in no way designed for exercise and change accordingly. It does fit well though and looks great when working at my desk or generally moving around. It just doesn’t have the support i need for workouts (which isn’t surprising as it isn’t a sports bra). I still have my eye on the minty green pajama set (pictured above) and now they have a Birthday three pack available. In fact each month they seem to come out with a new set in a different style and the list of ones I want just keeps getting longer.

While I am drawn to the mint green Pajama set mostly because I am starting to transition from my winter pajamas into more summer themed sleepwear, I also like the bra and pants in the same material and style. I’m actually torn as to which one I want to order as they both look really nice. Soon I will start inventorying my spring and summer clothing so it may end up being a decision made on what survives the purge. I have some spring and summer clothing that is now a little large on me and some that is just worn out from seeing too many summers. So I may make the decision after, but seriously how cool is that set? I think I may have said the same thing last month but it still remains true. I just really like the color and design of it. And if you are just looking for undies, they have great bundles as well as individual sets. I’ll link the birthday link below.

Personally, the more I receive from this subscription the more I like it. They are size inclusive and don’t make me feel badly about myself because I don’t fit a certain mold. They recognize that everyone deserves to feel pretty, which I love. If I am wearing pretty underwear, even if no one knows it, I feel pretty all the way through, which I’m sure reflects in my attitude and self confidence. while pretty underwear doesn’t fix everything it is often a great personal boost.

I like that they are always coming out with new designs and that every piece i’ve had from them is a quality piece. Plus it is a really good monthly surprise. Overall I just really like this subscription service. If you are looking to expand your underwear collection, this is definitely one I would recommend looking into. I for one will be keeping this one for a while.

Birthday Gift 3-Pack

April 2021 Macy’s Beauty Box

Good morning my darlings.  The April subscription boxes have begun to arrive.  First in the mailbox this month is Macy’s Beauty Box.  It is a $15 ($16.46 with tax).  I signed up for this box and December of 2020 was my first one so this makes the fifth that I have received.  Thus far I have been really impressed by the items they have included.  Each month has been very much worth the price of the box and I have to say, it is one of the subscriptions that I am really excited to find in my mailbox each month.

Inside the pink roll

While I believe prior to December Macy’s Beauty Boxes always came with a small makeup bag, for the past few months the makeup bag element has been substituted for other items.  In December there was a reusable plastic container with travel sized containers and I believe January’s bag was hair product themed so instead of a makeup bag they included a mini hair straightener. There has always been something that replaces the bag. Personally, I am okay with the substitutions. I like makeup bags, but there are realistically only so many you can use. This month, we actually received a makeup bag.

I kind of like it.  I wish the zipper went down the sides a bit so the mouth could open wider making the insides more accessible, but it is a really cute little bag that can hold quite a lot of items. I like the iridescent blue and the almost cracked mirror look.  While the bag does come with an information card, the card says nothing about the bag itself.

The card does give some pretty good information on the products and it also lists the theme as Red Carpet Inspo. Usually Macy’s does a pretty good job linking the theme to the products so it will be interesting to see how it relates.  Let’s dive into the pink tissue sausage roll shall, we?

I’ll admit, the first Item out of the bag made me happy.  It is a sample size of the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer.  You know I love primers. They smooth the canvas of your face so that you may paint your daily masterpiece upon it.  A good primer can make even a not so great foundation better. This is one that I have wanted to try.  However it is on the pricey side, so I held off hoping I would get a chance to try it out before actually purchasing the primer. 

I know, I love trying products before I buy them. I’ve mentioned that about a zillion times before. Because here is the deal, it doesn’t matter if it is a very expensive luxury brand or a discount drugstore item, a product is only good if it works for you.  And you don’t know if it works for you until you try it.

There have been several products everyone raves about (both drugstore and high end) that just performed horribly for my skin and there are some that just really work well with my skin type that other people can’t stand to use.  Playing around with samples rather than listening to marketing is a better way to determine if something works for you.

Which is one of the reasons I love subscription boxes.  Now don’t get me wrong, I saw the YSL logo and the pretty, pretty gold flakes and I really wanted to take it home with me. Hence the delight that it is a sample in the bag.  I will gladly use the sample and see how I feel about the product after a week or so of use. And you know I am going to have to give it a go this afternoon when I put on my makeup. So you’ll get a first impression soon.

But on with the bag.

The second Item was a small Makeup Eraser. It is so small and cute. I really like Makeup Erasers.  They let me stop using makeup wipes and thus reduce the amount of trash that I produce and have become an essential part of my skincare and makeup routine.  While I do use makeup removing balms and oils, I apply the balm and oil to my face use the Makeup Eraser to help me out. It keeps the wash cloths from becoming mascara stained and keeps me from having to do any harsh scrubbing on my face. 

And the Makeup Eraser always washes up clean.  I’ve had mine for over a year (maybe 2 for the current one I’m using, I lost track) and after the wash it looks practically brand new.  The colors have faded a tiny bit, but there are no stains.  I can’t actually say the same thing for the PMD Cloth I received in a Boxycharm a few months ago, but that is another tale to tell.

Thus far I was as happy with this box as I have been with every other Macy’s box I’ve gotten. 

Then out rolled two black gel pencil style eyeliners. One is Natasha Moor’s Kohl it Magic Eyeliner and the other is Clinique’s Quickliner for eyes in Intense Ebony. I swatched them both and they look slightly different but feel the same on the skin.  I’m sure there are differences between them that I will find out once I start wearing them.  I’m sure that they are both fabulous.  But here’s the thing.  Its two black eyeliners in the same box. The same color. The same type of formula. It seems like a bad decision.

I have to say I was not all that happy with the Bodyography tapered blending brush either.  The ferrule is a little loose already and it feels a little cheap.

Next up we have the two perfume samples.  The Macy’s box tends to come with at least five items and usually includes two perfume samples.  This month the samples were both from Jimmy Choo.  One is the New I want Choo which looks interesting and the other is Jimmy Choo Man.  I will give that a sniff and see if it is unisex enough for me to wear or if it needs to pass to someone else but I am always happy to have new perfume samples to try out.

I have to say as much as I love the YSL Primer and the Makeup Eraser, this isn’t one of their better boxes.  Sadly I might have thought differently if the brush wasn’t wobbly and one of the eyeliners was in a shade other than black. 

Then I would probably have been a little happier.  But the brush was cheap feeling and there were two black eyeliners.  And as the boxes have been really good in the past few months, I just really expected more. I still think it is a good box for $15 and I am still glad to have it, but I feel it just isn’t as good as the other Macy’s boxes I’ve received in the past few months.

It’s still a good solid three out of five for me, but that is really because I love Makeup Erasers and am always happy to have another one in any size and because I really wanted to try out the YSL primer. Still a three isn’t all that bad all things considering.  It is solidly middle of the pack. It only feels like a letdown because the past few months have hit high fours and fives.


Makeup Eraser

Goat Milk Hand Cream with Dionis

I’ll admit I wasn’t terribly enthused when this arrived in one of my IPSY bags. Partially I was irritated as I specifically told them in my profile that i didn’t want hand creams. The reason I didn’t want hand creams isn’t because I don’t use them. I do. Quite often. Several times a day in fact at this point.

For a while I wasn’t using them as regularly and my hands became very dry and cracked from excess washing and the hand sanitizer chaser. So now I am back to using the hand cream. I have to say i was intrigued by the Goat Milk Hand Cream. While I have a wide variety of creams in my house I don’t have any that are goat based.

Not that I am opposed to the idea. I have a very fantastic goat’s milk soap that I pick up periodically and really love. I had just never tried a goat milk hand cream. So Despite having other options I decided to go for it and use it until it is used up. Only a little bit now remain and soon the tube is destined for the empties bin.

Before I tell you my thoughts on the Cream, lets talk a little bit about it. Dionis Goat Milk Hand Cream is sold at both Ulta and Macys. Ulta has the full size listed at $10 and the travel size (which I have) listed at $5. Currently Macy’s has the fill size on sale for $7.64. The Travel Size is 1 oz (28 g) and the full size is 3.3 Oz (93 g). The Brand website for Dionis has the hand cream in a large pump top container (which I find really hand for hand lotion) containing 8.5 oz (240 g) for $12.

So in general it is a reasonable price and you can get the cream in whatever size suits you from several locations. It’s always nice to have options. The links will take you to the brand site in case you are wondering (I have no affiliation and make nothing from the links) and the information about the product is also taken from the brand page.

So what do they have to say for themselves?

Dionis Lotion is a non-greasy formula that leaves your skin soft and hydrated. The lotion absorbs quickly, helping to keep your skin moist and beautiful. Use as needed, wherever you have dry skin.

Our rich and creamy body lotion, with regular use, will ease rough skin and make it smooth and silky without leaving a greasy residue. Our formula is made with natural Goat milk that is packed with vitamins and minerals used to nourish and help retain skin moisture, making it ideal for those of us with dry skin.

Our 8.5 oz. Body Lotion comes with a pump

Made in the USA
Paraben Free
Cruelty-Free

Dionis Goat Milk Skincare

I will say that my skin always reacts well to goat milk. I’ve tried a couple of different soaps made from it and generally find it gentle and soothing regardless of the brand so I had high hopes for a hand cream. And I was not disappointed. Despite the washing and the hand sanitizer, the rough and dry skin of my hands is gone. I was especially having issues with the skin around my joints and now, that is not an issue. The skin is soft and supple.

I was concerned that because it is listed as for dry hands it would be a heavy formula. It is nice. It is a very light weight cream that absorbs well and quickly into the skin. It feels almost as though it has a whipped texture to it. Almost. it is as light as a whipped formula, but massages in a lot more quickly. Like the claims made, it leaves no greasy residue behind.

I have noticed that with goat related products, they can smell a little, well, goaty. It is completely understandable, however this didn’t have that issue. It is listed as Vanilla Bean and it is definitely a vanilla bean scented product. There is no goaty scent to it at all. The vanilla bean is a little strong for me. It is very sweet when applied to the skin. Luckily, the scent does fade down once the cream is absorbed. Overall I have to say that I did like the cream and despite having other products to use, am rather sorry that the tube is now virtually empty. I will more than likely finish out the tube today and send it to the emoties bin.

I very much enjoyed using it and I think that I would definitely consider buying this product in a full size. I probably wouldn’t pick up a travel size to keep in my purse as the scent is really strong and I think using it in public would cause the strong initial scent to travel to others who might not enjoy the vanilla bean as much. I would actually consider buying the full sized pump top bottle to keep by the sink. Our kitchen is relatively open and the scent dissipates quickly. I also like keeping a hand cream near where I wash my hands so that the triple hand care can just become habit. Wash hands, dry, apply hand sanitizer and then add the hand cream. I think this is the way to keep germs down and my skin from drying out again.

For this, the pump top would be a fantastic option. In addition, my baby doll really likes the scent. He likes it a bit more than I do, but then he does have a stronger sweet tooth and things that desert is imminent when i use it. Once he got over his no creme brulee disappointment he used and liked the cream as well. As it is really hard to get him to use a cream regularly, I am more than happy to repurchase one that he thinks he will use. This very much argues for a full sized purchase in the near future. I also think that I may have to branch out and try some of their bath bombs, or body scrubs as well. Perhaps they too will be something my skin will appreciate. All of the products on the site seemed to be reasonably priced when i perused it so trying several products from the brand won’t be cost prohibitive. And at the moment I really need to stock up on bath bombs and other bathing products. I’ve been using up a variety of sample sized products in my bath and have almost cleared out my entire collection of bath time samples. Soon it will be time to make some full sized decisions.

But that is a tale for another day. For now, the Dionis Goat Milk Hand Cream goes on my list to repurchase. However it is one that will be used at home where the strong scent will just make my babydoll think of delicious desserts.

Indulging in the curiosity of the Walmart Beauty Spring 2021 Box

Have you ever seen something and thought, I just want to know? I have been seeing the $5 walmart Beauty box floating around for quite a while. It is one of those things that swims into the edge of my consciousness every now and again and then darts back out before i can focus.

Now I will be the first to admit that I like a lot of high end products. I am also one to admit that I like a lot of low end products. I am both caviar and potato chips. (which incidentally is a really good combination. You need a dip of sour cream to cut through the salt bomb and choose a sturdy dipping chip, but it is actually quite a nice contrast of textures and flavors).

Plus as much as I do order most of my products on line, occasionally I forget to reorder and like to be able to run out locally to pick something up.

I also realized that while I will occasionally do a slow meander through Target, I only go to Walmart when I need something I know they have. The I go directly to where what i want is located, pick it up and get out as fast as possible. The Walmart near me is a bit of a zoo so by the time i make it through the parking lot i am generally ready to have the trip over with. As a consequence I have very little knowledge of their offered goods.

And I was curious as to what would actually be in a $5 beauty box.

First of all, it is no longer $5. It is, I believe $6.95. With tax it comes to $7.66. I always mark down the actual cost I pay in case you are wondering why one is a definite price. This is a quarterly box and the products are variable. When you sign up you take a short quiz. It is a fairly general quiz and not as in depth as something like Ipsy or Boxycharm, Not that either of them have been paying much attention to the quizzes lately, but that is another discussion. So the products vary from person to person.

The card that comes with the box lists a total of nine products and I received six of them. So it isn’t a huge variation. Before I move into the actual products I recieved, lets talk a little about ordering. This is a quarterly box. The Spring Box becomes available in February (or at least you are charged for it in February. The months you are charged are February, May, August,and November. However the system for shipping seems to be that as long as they ship it sometime in the quarter then it isn’t late. I placed my order in February and was charged immediately. I was sent a welcome e-mail with my general account information and then nothing until last week when the box shipped.

When it ships they send you an e-mail saying it shipped. To find out more you have to log into your account, go to the order and locate the tracking number. Clicking on the tracking number gives you the location but no dates on delivery expectations. It tells you when it left or arrived at a particular distribution center and that’s about it. I know I probably pay a little too much attention to tracking numbers than I probably should. So not having an estimated arrival date sort of made me twitch. I got over it, and my box did arrive about a week after I received the shipping notice.

So My box arrived. Lets see what is in it shall we?

First up is a Hello antiplaque and whitening toothpaste. It is in natural peppermint. I’ve heard of the brand Hello but not tried them and quite frankly didn’t know they were sold at Walmart. I am currently trying David’s Natural toothpaste (and am almost done with that review) so I will try this one out next. The tube is small but it is well filled and will no doubt be enough product to let me know how i feel about it.

The second item in my box was a little pot of cream. Moisturizer that is. It is the Olay Regenerist Ultra Rich Hydrating Moisturizer. Honestly it is on my list of products to try. the only reason I haven’t picked it up is because I wasn’t sure it the Ultra Rich Hydrating Moisturizer would be too moisturizing for me.

The New REGENERIST ULTRA RICH MOISTURIZER Fragrance Free now available for Pre Order. Get the REGENERIST ULTRA RICH MOISTURIZER for only $28.99 plus free shipping.

I do love the regenerist line so I have high hopes. It is just the moisture level I have to worry about. i am very happy to give it a go in the form of a trial size. It is small but again it is large enough to let me know it I want to try a full jar.

I’ll admit the Tanologist Face and Body Drops aren’t all that exciting to me. Even with layers of SPF me and the sun get along and even though it is barely spring my time in the garden is already starting to bring me out of my winter pale. I’ll try it on my legs though as I don’t really get a lot of sun on them and they are much paler than the rest of my body. It is interesting and I don’t mind trying it but I’m not all that excited.

I am kind of excited for the Dashing Diva Gloss Ultra Shine Gel Manicure stickers. Its a pack of 20 nail strips. At the moment I am trying out a strengthening formula from OPI but as soon as that trial ends I might give these a go. They look quite interesting actually and I certainly wouldn’t have picked them up on my own.

There was one makeup item in my walmart beauty box for spring and it is the Hard Candy Hydrating Primer. We all know I love a good primer. the fact that it is Hard Candy kind of tickles me.

I remember the brand from long ago and it has been a really long time since I tried them. I think I might try out the primer for just nostalgia’s sake. If it works I’ll be tickled. But it isn’t a brand i’ve used in a long time.

My last Item I was actually impressed by. It is a pack of five cloth scrunchies from scunci’s Wild Primrose collection. Despite the name they are all in shades of brown. There are several I quite like the look of and to be honest my hair is thick and heavy so once the weather warms up, 90% of the time I tie it up and out of the way.

Right now I am wearing it down as much as possible because soon it will be tied up and not released again until fall. Having a new set of scrunchies going into summer makes me very happy. they probably won’t last though summer but they will be quite useful.

I have to be honest, I had very few expectations for the box. I didn’t actually even anticipate reviewing it. I thought I’d get a box of samples that were small and not really worth the cost of the box. I really just ordered it to see what it really was. I have to say I am somewhat impressed. I will actually use all of the products inside. I am actually excited for a few of them.

It was a very good mix of health and wellness, and beauty and the items spanned a variety of categories. I anticipated getting the box and cancelling right away. Now I find myself a little curious to see what the summer box coming out in May holds. Admittedly I may not get it until the end of June, but for now, I’m willing to give the box a chance.


Using the Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish

Do you know the definition of insanity?  Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish often makes me feel slightly insane.

While this brand is available on-line, it is primarily found, at least by me, in Target. While I have been a big Target shopper for years, this year it has become one of my main in person shopping venues. It is actually located in the same shopping complex as my grocery store so this past year it was easier to hit both Target and the grocery store in one big excursion rather than run all over town. So I have expanded my Target purchases to include anything I didn’t get at the grocery store or forgot to order on-line.

I’d like to say that this was a new to me brand that I found this year and been trying out, but honestly, Sinful Colors has been getting to me for years.

I have had several of their nail polishes in the past and their colors are fantastic. That is what draws me in every time. They look fantastic in the bottle. Each time I apply them on my nails, two coats gives me the perfect color. In fact, it always looks almost exactly like what it does in the bottle on your nails when you first apply it.

I know that sounds strange, but I have had a lot of polishes that don’t quite look the same as in the bottle. Typically from brands I no longer purchase from, but still, not all polishes look the same on the fingertips as they do in the bottle. This one does.

One of my absolute favorites is Ruby Glisten.  I couldn’t find it on line, but it was still on the store shelves near me last week. I checked when i couldn’t find it on-line.

Two coats give me the perfect deep red with an understated glittery shimmer that isn’t actually glitter. It is a part of the nail polish and in my opinion absolutely stunning.  To be honest any color I have ever tried from Sinful Colors has been absolutely stunning.

The problem is that as soon as you apply it and let it dry, the clock starts ticking.

I have yet to be able to keep this nail polish on my nails more than 24 hours without it chipping.  I have tried top coats from a variety of brands to try and protect the color, but quite frankly nothing helps. In the photo here, this is what my nails looked like after about 48 hours.

Typically my nail polish lasts about a week before I have to replace it.  At least in the winter time.  Once spring gardening season starts all bets are off on the length of a good polish as it suddenly becomes weed-pulling contingent.

Over time many of Sinful Colors have come and gone from my nail polish collection.  This one I keep holding onto because of the color.  I think that if I end up keeping it, then I am just going to have to admit that it is a special event polish.  It is a polish that is meant to be put on the day of an event and worn to that event.  It will be stunning there and look fabulous, but like Cinderella’s pumpkin turned coach, it isn’t going last past the end of the ball. Trying to make to do so is just going to cause insanity.


The Skincare Line Up: March 19th, 2021

The line up of products currently in use

Today I’m going to do this a little differently. (I’m still playing around with this format so if you have an opinion please let me know.) Today I’ll start with the list, and then below add my thoughts.

Make Up Remover: Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm from Banilla Co. with Klorane Cornflower waterproof eye makeup remover (both sample sizes)

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Exfoliator: Soap and Glory Scrubatomic Daily Scrub (not used daily, but used once this week)

Toner: Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist

Essence: NeoGen Dermatology Real Ferment Micro Essence (sample size)

Serum: It’s a secret (can’t talk about until March 31st)

Retinol: Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Oil: Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

AHA: Good Genes by Sunday Riley

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Soothing Hydrating Eye Cream (sample size)

Moisturizer: 111 Skin Y Theorem Day Cream

Night Cream/Mask: Pearl Brightening Sleeping Mask by Lapcos (sample size)

Lip Scrub and Mask: Hanalei Sugar lip scrub and Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

The links above will take you to each product so you can look at it’s specifics. when I do fill reviews of each i will break down the ingredients as well as the detailed usage, bit this is a little less formal and more impressions as I use the product.

Okay, first up we have the products that are a hold over from last week.  That would be the Klorane Cornflower waterproof eye makeup remover and the Neogen Dermatology Real Ferment Micro Essence.  The Klorane eye make up remover will be with me for a while.  Just a little drop is all that is needed to remove eye make up, it doesn’t sting my eyes or cloud my contacts.  To be honest the only thing that is going to change about that is the size. I will use the sample size until it is gone and then just order a full sized version.  I don’t use it every day, as I don’t always wear tough to remove eye products, but I haven’t found another eye makeup remover that I like as much. So for now it is my go to.

The Neogen Essence has just a tiny little bit left in the bottle.  I think I may have about three days worth of product left.  It doesn’t take much and to be honest I pour just a little in my hand and then apply it with my hands.  Any attempt to use a cotton round (whether reusable or not) just makes the product disappear into the cloth. The point of an essence is to open the skin up to receive other skin car and I have noticed that when I do use this essence my serums seem to absorb more rapidly. I will be at the 30 days of use mark when it finishes so there will be a full review of the essence when I have used it up. (so next week)

Bare skin the morning of March 19th, 2021

Speaking of serums, you may notice that this week I didn’t mention one.  I am using a serum.  It was sent to me through Influenster and I am not allowed to talk about it until after March 31st.  As April second is a skin care line up update (and three weeks into using the serum) I will bring it up then, with a full review to follow after thirty days.  I hate being secretive, but those are the rules. So for now there is a serum, I’m just not talking about it.

A couple of products that were just added are sample sized this time around as well.  The Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm from Banilla and Co is a sample.  Thus far I am enjoying it.  It takes very little to remove all of my makeup so it will be with me for a while. All cleansing balms, sample or not, take a while to get through and I suspect this one will be no different. Initial reactions are very positive though. I rotated the sample in when my MAC Cleanse Off Oil ran out so I have only been using it for about two days. I actually staggered the newer products as they came in so that I didn’t just wake up one morning and start an entirely new line up.

I may change products a lot but I do have a system to keep my skin from freaking out.

The Perricone MD Soothing Hydrating Eye Cream is technically a sample size, but it is an eye cream so very little product is actually needed.  Thus far I am liking the way the eye cream applies.  It isn’t greasy and absorbs very quickly.  As silly as it sounds, I also really like that the squeeze tube has only a small hole for dispensing product. It means that i can squeeze out only the small amount i actually plan to use without accidentally going overboard or wasting product. I don’t know if I will have enough product in the tube to see results, but I remembered to add photos of the side of my eyes where the lines are so it can be monitored as I continue. Sometimes I forget that you can’t see those lines as well when I take forward facing photographs.

And we look to the side

The last new sample size I’ve added is the Pearl Brightening Sleeping Mask.  It is a pretty good sleep mask, but it does take a while to absorb.  It feels wet, but not greasy when it is applied and I generally have to wait about half an hour before I go to sleep so that it can absorb enough to stay with my skin and not migrate to the pillow.  I started applying this on Wednesday and I’m not entirely certain how I feel about it yet. I’m going to have to use it a bit longer before I decide.

My Soap and Glory Daily Scrub was the exfoliator that I chose but I only used it once this week.  It is a good daily scrub.  It is not too harsh and it smells deliciously of peaches. I wanted to use it actually because it was a back up I picked up a while ago and it ended up buried in the skin care drawer. I also believe that this Scrubatomic cleanser may have been discontinued. The link goes to the Soap & Glory site (I’m not an affiliate, but I do like them) When I looked it up there were a lot of posts about it being discontinued. I will look into it. As it is really a very good and gentle exfoliator from the drugstore I will be very sad if it has been discontinued. I’ll let you know when I learn more.

Even though it is out now, I won’t be using it a lot at the moment. I really enjoy using it, but I think I might set it to the side while I am using the Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum.  I simply think it is too much with the chemical exfoliate.

I will say though that the Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum is quite effective.  I only used it twice this week since I wanted to see how it worked with my skin.  I applied the retinol and let it sit for a minute then I applied the Marina Biome Brightening Ampule as my facial oil to help with the moisture of my skin.  About an hour later I had dead skin peeling off my face.  Not in a horror movie kind of way, but in kind of shedding way. The retinol also felt a little warm and tingly on the skin.  I rinsed it off and patted my skin dry.  There was no redness or damage to the skin, In fact it looked really good. I waited a little while, then I applied my essence, Serum and Night mask. I was really happy with the way my skin looked the next morning. The second time I used it, I didn’t have nearly as much skin pilling up, which was both a relief and slightly disappointing. Disappointing only because it was oddly fascinating to see the dead skin leave and the fresh skin appear. Relieving as I don;t think you could lose that much skin that often without causing problems.

And the other side

On the mornings after I used the retinol I followed with the Good Genes Sunday Riley AHA serum.  The AHA’s are supposed to sweep the dead skin cells away, although I am pretty sure that most of them were gone before then.  I have had the Sunday Riley Good Genes for a while and am trying to use it up.  It is a nice product but it sort of has that lemon scented cleaner scent to it.  It isn’t my favorite scent, but the product works and my skin always looks good after using it. I would more than likely purchase this product again, but I would like to give some other AHAs a try first. Right now, I am just going to concentrate on using the bottle up.

Next, we get to the day cream.  I am using the 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream and quite frankly I really like it. I also really liked the sample size that I tried a while back so it is nice to have a full sized version to work through so I can see change over time. For me it has just the right amount of moisture for a day cream.  It is light, it absorbs well and it doesn’t leave me feeling greasy.  It also sits well under makeup. 

And of course I can’t leave out the lips. My Milk Makeup Kush Lip Scrub and Kuch Lip Glaze are no more. Both tubes are empty and have alas gone to the Empties bin. I will definitely repurchase both in the future. The Hanalei lip scrub I am using is one I opened a while ago, set aside and then forgot about. It is still good and about half empty so I am going to use it up. It is a good lip scrub but I do kind of miss the lipstick shaped lip scrubs as they are easier to use and less likely to get under your nails and or damage the nail polish. It is a great formula though and I really like both the scent and the taste. In a lip scrub that is oddly enough a consideration.

The lip mask I use right after is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in the scent Maple. It is not my first tube of this and it will not be my last. Hopefully. I saw questions about whether or not it had been discontinued as well and I am hoping not as it is fantastic. It is a thicker formula and you really only need a little bit because of it. It makes the small tube last a really long time and it is excellent for overnight wear.

At the moment I am having no issues with breakouts, which is nice.  The clogged pores I had from the Avant eye cream have cleared up.  I Used the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Cacao and Chamomile Clearing Clay Mask over the weekend and then followed it with the Soap and Glory Daily scrub to get rid of what was brought to the surface. (Incidentally you can get 20% off Herbal Dynamics Beauty Right now with the code HDB2021) It was the one time I used the physical exfoliator this week and it worked really well.  I quite liked the combination. While I don’t need the physical exfoliation around when I have the chemical one, I do like having it around for situations like post clearing mask. 

At this point I am using the Versed Retinol twice a week and I’ve noticed no sun sensitivity, mostly I believe because it is Bakuchiol based. However, I just don’t think I need to use the product more than twice a week.  I think more might actually be too much exfoliation for my skin and might actually do more damage in the long run.  So twice a week it is. If I think I need more, I might increase it to three times, but I suspect i will be holding steady at twice.  Thus far I am liking it and hopefully that will continue to prove true. 

Other than watching the amount of exfoliation that I am doing, the current slate of products I am using is working really well.  There have been no issues as I used up other products and bring in new ones. As always there will be full reviews as I finish products or reach the thirty day mark.


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Refreshments: March 2021

A few months back IPSY started a subscription called Refreshments. This is a line of bathroom products that you could customize and use to restock your bathroom each month. Last month I received the free introductory bag that included a pack of the Makeup remover wipes and the Luscious Hand Cream in the scent Citrus Spritz.

I’ve been using both all month and I have to say i wasn’t all that impressed. The hand cream smells nice and applies well, but it isn’t anything spectacular. i have many better hand creams in my collection and will not be placing this on reorder.

Likewise the makeup removal wipes were disappointing. They are on the dry side and they aren’t the best at removing makeup. while I have more or less removed disposable wipes from my routine, if I were going to add them back in, this isn’t the brand I would choose to order. It would be convenient to have them sent to me each month, but I think I would rather have something that works a little bit better. At the moment I am sticking with my Makeup Eraser.

Neither of the items made it into this month’s cart. However each month they release a new item. I looked over their list of items and found that a razor with replaceable blades was an option. In the first pack you get the reusable handle, two sets of blades and a suction cup wall mount for the razor. Each subsequent month you just get two replacement blades. The razor is listed at $5. It remains five dollars each month. The handle and suction cup mount is considered a free gift with your first purchase. I’m glad they don’t charge for the handle but i have to laugh at it considered a free gift. what are you going to do with the blades without a handle?

When I received my Refreshments package this month, I was pleasantly surprised. After the first two Refreshments products I recieved, I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much. The handle is metal and quite sturdy looking. It has some heft to it but it isn’t very heavy and it has sort of rubberized nubbies on it to aid with grip in wet situations, like showers.

With tax the monthly set of razors comes to $5.95. There is no shipping fee as it is just sent with the subscription box. As many of you may know, I have been trying out several shaving subscriptions over the past year. Some have been better than others. one thing i have found out is that I prefer metal handles with rubberized grips that don’t slip and that I generally go through two sets of blades each month. Which, it I like the shave I get, sort of makes this an ideal subscription for me.

The trick is of course, the shave.

I’ll have to get back to you on that. At the moment I do like that the subscription is completely customizable. The items are supposed to arrive mid month (which this one did) and you can sign up for the frequency on the IPSY page under the Refreshments tab. There you can decided how often you want each item sent to you. You can choose any items on the list you want and the cost of each is clearly marked beside the item so that you know exactly how much you will be charged. Any changes you make have to be done before the end of the month because like the other IPSY subscriptions it charges to your account on the first of the month.

For now I am happy to give this razor a try and if I like it to leave the blades on continuous restock. Before next month I will have to see how I feel about the other items on offer. Perhaps I will add them or perhaps i will just stick with my razor blades. I’ll let you know what I end up deciding.


Unboxing the March 2021 Look Fantastic Beauty Box

Look Fantastic is one of those beauty box subscriptions that I look forward to receiving every month.  Of course some months are better than others.  Last month was a truly fantastic month.  In fact I enjoyed it enough that I signed up for an annual membership instead of keeping it month to month. 

The month to month membership is $19 per month.  If you sign up for a year you still pay monthly but the cost drops down to $16.  I thought the box was worth it at $19, I am thrilled to only pay $16.  Oh and if you do sign up for this box (either subscription) the cost is total, there is no shipping charge and if there is tax it is rolled into the cost so it is just a flat $19 or $16. I know before I sign up for a subscription I like to see how it will affect my budget so I run the numbers through before committing, and knowing about tax and shipping helps, so hopefully you find that helpful to.

This month’s box was very interesting actually.  I was actually on the phone with my mother when it came in so I unboxed it while talking to her.  The first Item I took out was the AHAVA Mineral Dead Sea Mud Soap. My mother adores anything AHAVA while I have generally found that my skin likes the products but they aren’t ones that I absolutely love.  She actually tried this bar and unsurprisingly she loved it.  So I will be leaving it unopened and sending it to her in an Easter care package I am sending out.

I will also be sending her the package of First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance pads.  I tried and used an entire jar of them a while back.  I liked them but they weren’t my favorite.  I find I generally prefer the Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads to the First Aid Beauty ones.  She was happy to give them a try as well so into the mail we go.

The rest of the box I am keeping and will use.  The first item that is remaining with me is the Brushworks Eyebrow brush.  In general I dislike dual ended brushes but I make an exception for eyebrow brushes because the spoolie doesn’t get its bristles crushed if it is placed on its end. 

Plus while I have eyebrow brushes I was looking for a thin angled brush I could use with the Eyeko Galactic lid gloss and I think this may actually work.  Since it is an eye brow brush it is thin with stiff bristles so I may try it with that and just play around with the metallic shades. I’ll have to report back once I see how that goes. When I went to look for the individual brush, I couldn’t find it but I did find it as part of a rose gold set that retails for $14.55 on All Beauty. It is a nice looking set actually. The brushes are good quality so if you are looking for a simple set you might want to check it out. It has the brush, spoolie, flat packing brush, and two types of tweezers. Oddly none of the brushes are double ended. They are all single. Personally I rather like the tweezers. I have been looking for a pair of the really fins point ones for a while. I couldn;t find this particular brush on it’s own, but for $14.55 it is a nice set.

There was one makeup item in my box this month and it was the Lottie London AM to PM retractable eyeliner in black. At the moment I have several eyeliners open, some almost used up, so I will wait for a bit before opening it and using it.  I recently tried a Lottie London powder, my first item from the brand. While the powder seemed nice, the holes were almost impossible to get the product out of.  I may doctor the lid just so that I can more fully try the product.  I have no idea what to expect from the liner.  So it will be a surprise when I get around to it. 

I am not entirely certain what to expect from the Polaar IceSource Ultra Moisturizing mask but as everything I have tried from Polaar has been really nice, I expect this will as well.  I am still in the dry skin section of my year so I will be trying this out on Friday to see how it performs.

Likewise I will be testing out the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear seed oil, possibly this Saturday on my usual hair mask night. I am actually very curious to try this mask.  I tired the sea salt mask from the brand but found that my jar had too many large salt crystals to make it through my hair effectively to the scalp. 

My hair was silky soft from the formula but as it was a scalp mask I felt like I was missing out.  I talked to a few friends who also tried the mask at the same time and they didn’t have the same issues.  Their salt crystals were much finer, so I think it was just my jar.  I have secured a second   jar to try out and hope that it has smaller crystals.  Since this isn’t a scalp scrub I just have to see how the formula works with my hair on this one.  As the other formula was good, and I have friends who rave about the brand, I have very high hopes. 

The final item in this months’ box is the Bloom and Blossom Wonder Worker Multitasking balm.  It can be used on the lips or any other skin that is dry.  I usually keep a lip balm on my desk. I recently finished  a Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm in Lemonade (they are my go too lip balm brand actually) and I recently opened the Bali Balm to try out.  I can already tell you the Bali balm will not be replacing the Jersey Shore Cosmetics in my affections. Since I wash my hands so much I have started keeping hand cream at my desk as well.  The skin around my finger joints has been getting very dry lately. It might be because that’s where the skin bends a lot as well as being overly washed and hit with hand sanitizer.  I don’t know.  However I think I may try keeping this Bloom and Blossom on the desk for a while and see if it does anything for the extra dry bits.

While I am passing along two items unopened, one I have already tried and the other I know will be loved.  I don’t actually mind passing them on I am actually looking forward to trying out the other five items in my bag.  This month isn’t quite as spectacular as last month, but it is still a really good box.  I am looking forward to trying out all of the products.

I was thinking about ordering the Limited edition Mother’s day box from Look Fantastic, but it has already sold out.  The limited edition Easter egg (not to be confused with the Glossy Box Egg) is still available.  It costs $75 with a retail value of over $220.  I went looking and the items look fantastic.  It includes products from <a href="http://<a href="https://www.dpbolvw.net/click-9275903-14361596&quot; target="_top">Shop Erno Laszlo</a>Erno Laszlo, Molton Brown, <a href="http://<a href="https://www.jdoqocy.com/click-9275903-14345400&quot; target="_top">These beauty steals are the prettiest pick-me-ups.</a>Chantecaille and 111Skin.  You can follow the like to see the full details as well as some (if not all) of the products.  I am seriously tempted. I also know I need to make a decision quickly before it sells out.

I’m still kind of bummed about the Mother’s day box being sold out as I was going to send it to my mother.  I might just go with a gift card from The Art of Tea.  I give her the subscription as a gift for her every Christmas and she enjoys it all year and I know she makes a list of her favorites. A gift card will let her pick out some of her favorites, or maybe a new teapot.

She’s kind of funny with teapots actually.  She uses her mother’s brown glazed earthen ware one (even though she now uses and electric kettle to heat the water), but I always catch her eyeing the more modern glass infuser ones when she thinks no one is looking.  I might just go ahead and pick one of those up for her so that she’s saying she is only giving it a try because it was a gift.  I might say that it is for non-caffeinated teas as I am pretty certain that no matter how clean she gets her teapot, it has been used to make black tea for so many years you could probably just add water and leave it over night to find you had tea.

Magically.

But the tale of the magic teapot is for another time.  At the moment I am happy with the contents of this month’s Look Fantastic box and I am thrilled there are even a few items I get to share. This month there was also the first spoiler for next month in the pamphlet and next month subscribers will be receiving the Avant Pink Orchid Subtle Restoring Overnight Serum.  While I didn’t like the eye cream from Avant, most of the other products I’ve tried from them I have really enjoyed.  I haven’t tried this one and am very much looking forward to giving it a go.  In addition, this month’s brochure was really nice as well.  Some months I flip through them and think okay, fine,  This months I really liked the short article on PHAs which I knew nothing about and need to look into more.  Even better was the article about The Eve Appeal and the signs and symptoms of gynecological cancers.  It was well worth reading making the pamphlet inclusion an excellent addition to the box this month.



Going Beyond the Veil with Illamasqua

The Illamasqua beyond the Veil Primer

In general I like primers.  Okay, let me correct that. I adore primers.  I think it is a holdover from my painting days.  I there is just something about the thought of a properly prepared canvas that just makes me think all is right with the world. 

Even on days when I only wear powder and skip the foundation, I reach for primer first.  It is just a habit.  I have noticed that as I’ve gotten older, primer has been much more of a staple in preparing the canvas of my face for makeup application.  Over time my pores seem to have enlarged and there are so many fine lines that just need a little bit of filling before the foundation goes over them.  For this primer is my go to product.

Sample on the left, full size on the right

Typically I also like the brand Illamasqua.  I think at this point powder and foundation are the only two products from them that I haven’t actually tried.  For me their products always work really well.  And In case you were wondering, both of their powder and foundations are on my list of products to try.

So when the new Illamasqua primer, Beyond the Veil, appeared in my Look Fantastic Box I was thrilled.  This was also the Look Fantastic Box I accidentally ordered twice, so I ended up with two samples of this primer. The second is still sealed in its little box.  The first went into my makeup bag this week. First off, I love the look of the jars. There is just something really pleasing about the shape of them.

comparing the products

Now I have used the Hydra Veil Primer from Illamasqua repeatedly.  I tried it first in the sample size and then moved on to the full size (which is now in my dressing table). I really like it.  The difference between the Hydra Veil and the beyond the Veil primers is that Beyond the Veil has Illamasqua’s Beyond Powder blended in.

(I know it gets a little confusing but the links in that paragraph will take you to each individual product so you can see them all separately in more professionally lit photos. Because of the products themselves photographing them was really hard to do. They reflected light in really crazy ways.)

I was very curious as to how this world work.  Would it eliminate the need for powder?  Would the primer be more concealing? Or more powdery? What about texture? So many questions. Let’s find some answers.

First there is a difference in coloring.  The Hydra Veil Primer has no color to it whatsoever. It is a clear jelly like substance.  I always have fun playing with it when I take it out.  I love that once you scoop out a little bit of the formula it leaves a little chunk of jelly missing, but by the time you’ve applied it to your face, the surface of the container has smoothed out again so that it looks like none was taken.  It’s a little thing, but it always makes me feel like I am opening a new product every time I open it.

The Beyond the Veil has the same tendencies but it is a beige color.  The color goes away or blends into the skin, when applied, but in the jar, I can’t lie, it looks more like an overly set, and possibly split, custard because of the color.  There is something slightly off putting about the color and about scooping it out.  It reacts the same way as the clear version, but somehow with the color I always find myself sort of making the icky face at it.

Childish I know, but there it is.

The original is completely liquified by the heat of your hands. The Beyond the Veil melts a little but not all the way down to liquid. It is more of a thin paste. It is thinner than other primers, almost a foundation like consistency.   Once that happens I am fine with the color.  It is just the initial scooping out of the jar that gets me. It is fine once it is out of the jar. Despite the slight change in texture, and not melting to a complete liquid, it applies like the original primer, however it is a slightly dryer formula. 

The Hydra Veil is a very wet formula.  When you apply it, you need a moment to let it dry and set.  Personally I don’t mind it as I tend to apply my powder directly over it and then put foundation on top.  I find this gives me an excellent base.  As the Hydra Veil dries down it becomes slightly sticky and locks the powder into place giving me a fantastic matte base that doesn’t look powdery.

I thought there was the possibility that with the powder blended in, the Beyond the Veil might eliminate the need for powder. It does not. It is less wet than the Hydra Veil and dries down a little more quickly because of it.  It also dries to the same slightly sticky consistency that the regular Beyond the Veil Primer reaches.  I still applied my powder over it and then moved on to foundation.

No primer on the left, primer on the right

What the Beyond the Veil does is it helps over redness and minor blemishes better than the regular Hydra Veil because of its tint.  Because of this I found myself using less concealer this week as I worked my way through the primer. Because of the wet shine in the above photos, I’m not sure how much of the covering aspect it shows. It didn’t affect my use of powder, but I really only needed the concealer under my eyes and on my lids to prep them for eyeshadow. 

The week of use ended up using up my sample size of primer. I do have a second one and I will be using that at some point in the future. Over all I really did like using the Beyond the Veil Primer this week.  It did well eliminating redness and minor sunspots, letting me skip the concealer for face application, it dried down relatively quickly and locked my powder and foundation into place really well.  It is not pore filling but it is slightly sticky and keeps everything set and does a good job of preventing the product overlaying it from settling into fine lines. The above pictures may not look dramatic, but it did wear really well and help out the other makeup products I used this week.

The only drawback I can see is that color in the jar.  Getting it out of the jar is really unappealing.  Once out it is fine and it is a good product to use, it is just that initial jump. Perhaps it would look different in the full size, I don’t know.

While I will still lean more towards using the regular Hydra Veil, I have to say on days where I have a lot of redness that I want to conceal I would have no problem reaching for this hydrating primer.  I might not look into the jar when I scoop it out, but I will certainly use it.




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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