Saturday, 26 October 2013

hiatus

I apologize for the long wait for a post but work and family obligations have slowed down my production. You will see a posting for the Luxe box that I just received.

Monday, 23 September 2013

August 2013-last box from BuluBox

This was my last box from Bulu. I'm sad to see it end but it has to make financial sense to send these samples. Here are the contents of the Box.


The box contained a sample of Manitoba Hemp hearts, a hemp product that boosts the nutritional value of food. I'm intrigued by the product and will look forward to eating with oatmeal or add to a smoothie. The next item is Raw Protein Organic Protein Powder. I liked the chai flavour but the texture was gritty and coarse. The box included a sample Urgent Rx Ache & Pain Relief To-Go. I will save this for next-day workout pain. A bottle of Tranquility Kare offers relaxation and promotes well-being. The sample is small and my biggest worry is staying awake not falling asleep. But the pills couldn't hurt. The most ridiculous item in the box was a sample from New Body Passion Tone. The pills promise 'enhanced' sexual pleasure. I want nothing to do with these pills but I'm afraid to throw them away. If anyone wants them, please contact me.

This is my last box from Bulu. This box was meh. Out of the three boxes I got, my favorite item was the GU Chomps. But I'm fine with the subscription ending since it was getting too expensive to maintain all the boxes.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Topbox July 2013 Box

Topbox has never disappointed me....yet. This month included an Avon Mega Effects mascara, a Ferro Cosmetics Cheeks, Lips and Eye Shadow in the shade X3, Belvada Cosmetics Tweezers and a sample size of Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+.



I wasn't wild about getting an Avon sample, but when I looked at the unique and unusual applicator, I viewed it as a great addition. I found out the the mascara alone was $12, which more than pays for the package. I don't know very much about Ferro cosmetics but the colour is a shimmery berry shade. I'm willing to try it. I leave the tweezing of my eyebrows to the professionals but having a sturdy metal set of tweezers is always a plus. I like Clinique and any face cream samples is perfect for me to stash away for a later date.

Topbox is definitely worth it for $12 and I look forward each month for my cardboard tube. Now if they can glue the label properly, then it would be the perfect sub box.

Beauty Box 5 August 2013 Box

The Beauty Box 5 August box came a lot sooner that I thought. This is improvement from the previous months of 3-week delays. This month included Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow in shade Always a Bridesmaid, a Swissco Nail File, Bask Heavenly Silk Daily Skin Lotion, H2O Plus Aquafirm+Micro-Collagen Moisturizer and Nubar Nail Lacquer in White Tip.

I'm not found of Be a Bombshell since I got that silly colour of sugar lips. This particular eye shadow looks more like a bright blush. I will keep this aside and hope to incorporate this shade in my other eye shadows. This Swissco nail file is nothing special and looks like it came from a dollar store. Bask Heavenly cream had a light, pleasant smell. I hoard hand creams like crazy cat ladies hoard cats. I will add this to the collection. This is the second H2O cream I have recieved. I like face creams and the more, the merrier. I don't wear nail polish but a white nail polish might be fun for my sister.

This is coming to the end of my three-month subscription to BB5. I like the box but not as much as Topbox and Loose Button. I may have to cancel it since financially it is too much to keep all these subscriptions. But it is a nice entry-level box.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Wantable Jewelry August 2013 Box

I was prepared to give up on the Wantable Jewlery box after the notorious June box. The box was so bad that I didn't take any pictures of it and I sent it back for a refund. This box was a vast improvement.
My box included three items; the Gretchen Necklace, a large multi-toned pendant; the Silver-tone Sidney Watch; and a thin metal bracelet with the infinity symbol.

These three items were a vast improvement over my last box. The Gretchen necklace is the right length with the huge pendant in the middle. It has a 70's vibe that can be paired with a solid-coloured blouse/shirt/dress. I'm one of the rare people that like watches and I already own two other metal watches. The Sidney watch is another member of the watch collection. Finally, I wasn't entirely wild about the infinity necklace since I like chunkier styles but the symbol is understated and elegant for any type of outfit.
According to the insert that came with the box, the value of three items is $72. The key to getting the items you want from the Wantable Jewelry box is specifying in minute detail your loves, likes and dislikes. I'm not sure if I will order next month since this can become an expensive habit.

Beauty Box 5 July 2013 Box

This is my second Beauty Box 5 package. The box contained an Every Beauty Foot Smoother, Jean Pierre Cosmetics Nail Polish Remover Wipes, Be A bombshell Lip Gloss in Sugar Lips, La Fresh Travel lite Antibacterial Wipes and H2O Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment.
The foot smoother is unique combination of a pink sponge with a sandpaper surface. This will definitely get some use when I'm too cheap to pay for a pedicure. The nail polish wipes are convenient and I'll use them to remove old nail polish from my pedicure. The antibacterial wipes will be handy for travelling or just an outing on the TTC (why do I need to take a shower after taking the Yonge-University Line?). The H20 Plus will get some use since I love any facial cream samples. If I ever get into a situation where I can't afford to buy the full-sized cream, I can always dip into my stash of facial cream samples. I left the least desired product for last. The bombshell lip gloss in sugar lips was too light and frosty. If I could, I would trade it away but I see this given away to someone else. The inclusion of bad lip colors is my pet peeve of beauty boxes.
The entire package is a great value for $10 and I'm not sure if I will continue with Beauty Box Five. I like the price but it takes too long for the boxes to get here.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Ipsy July 2013 Box

This was my last Ipsy package. I like the makeup bags that come with Ipsy but I have found many of the colours for my face ugly and unflattering. This last bag was fun yet it only highlighted why I was ending the subscription.

My Ipsy bag included a clear fuchsia make-up bag, a bottle of Soy Renewal Beach Spray, BH Cosmetics California Eyeshadow Sample, Pop Beauty Pouty Pop CrayonCoola Mineral Face SPF 20 Unscented Moisturizer and Demeter Salt Air Perfume Oil Roll-On.
 The Soy Renewal Beach Spray only appeals to me for its argon oil and not the ability to have beachy waves. I love eyeshadows, so I am looking forward to trying the California Eyeshadow pallet. I'm especially looking forward to trying Hollywood. I like any face cream with SPF so this Coola Mineral Face Moisturizer sample will come in handy. My favorite item is the Salt Air Roll-On, with its fresh and light fragrance. The hideous colour of the Pop Crayon reminded me why I stopped subscribing to Ipsy. I tried it on my wrist and I saw a coral, frosty smudge.

This was the best bag out of the three months that I subscribed to Ipsy. I am more of a face cream/body care person, so Ipsy was not the right fit for me.