Sunday, February 26, 2012

January 2012 Topbox Beauty Sample Goodie Box!

My first ever Topbox arrived!  January 2012 Topbox came and I kind of left it on the back burner.  I've been up to many important things, such as gluing rhinestones over a pair of pumps, gluing rhinestones all over a pair of ballerina flat's for my God-daughter for her birthday, watching over my three little God-daughter's and doing various errands for the girls mommy. :)  However, I digress!

Topbox is quite similar to Luxebox and Glymm, where beauty samples are scent on a monthly basis for $10 CAD per month. Much like the others, they are partially customized to your beauty tastes. 

My January 2012 Topbox included samples of Principessa Beauty Notte Breeze Dry Shampoo, Shu Uemura Full Shimmer Illuminating Shampoo, Cake Beauty Velveteen Hand Creme (full size!!) and LillyPilly Tea Tree Hand and Body Creme.

First off, I absolutely adore the Cake Beauty Velveteen Hand Creme.  It smells like a delicious piece of vanilla birthday cake with a bit of candied fruit.   Fast absorbing and light, along with being infused with shea butter and mango, it is a winner in my books. 

The tube included a second hand creme from LillyPilly. The LillyPilly Tea Tree Hand and Body Creme is a refreshing lotion that is creamy and non-greasy.  My hands feel much softer, although I am not so loving the Tea Tree oil scent.

I was most surprised with the Principessa Beauty Notte Breeze Dry Shampoo.  I am usually not a fan of dry shampoo's, but my stylist has encouraged me to use them due to my colored hair.  I usually wash my hair 2-3 times a week.  With the Principessa Beauty Notte Breeze Dry Shampoo I can usually delay by an extra day.  It is brownish in color with a light rose scent. 

Unfortunately, I have not tried the Shu Uemura Full Shimmer Illuminating Shampoo.  It is suggested that it may add life and shine with a musk rose oil scent.  However, my stylist has suggested I stick to Redken products.  So at the moment I've set it aside and may try it at a later date.

Topbox packages up the product in a patterned mailing tube (first photo) that is then wrapped in brown mailing paper. The mailing tube is pretty cute.  I'm thinking of cutting them in half and using them to organize makeup brushes and pencils.  Perhaps after I get a few more ;)

Overall, So far, so good. My second box/tube has arrived. I promise to post on that very very soon.  :)  Until then, enjoy the pictures!

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

January 2012 Glymm Beauty Sample Box

I realize this post is rather late, however I always like to think is better late than never!  My January Glymm box came in a few weeks ago.  It included samples of Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths, Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Burt's Bees Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion and a full size of Cargo Cosmetics Eye Pencil in black. 

My favorite product of the bunch was the Burt's Bees Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion.  Two creamy packets were included, although I would've loved some more!  It is creamy, soft and very hydrating.  At the end of the day, I didn't feel like my skin was dry enough to need more lotion.  It's on my list of lotionsto get once I'm running low on my current lotion stock. 

I also liked Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloth.  I only received one sheet, but I think I would have liked a second sheet just to give it a try with heavier makeup.  Made with bamboo cloths, they are lightly scented (but not overpowering) that is soft against the skin and help to cleanse dirty and makeup.  It seemed to do a pretty good job, although I did have to rinse off a bit of residual makeup and cleansing product from the cloth.

The full size product I received this month was Cargo Cosmetics Eye Pencil in black.  It is a sooty black that doesn't seem to wear well.  I tried it on my waterline and it disappeared.  I had a bit of a racoon eye problem within a few hours. Perhaps in a smoky eye look, it may work, but this won't be one I will be reaching for on a day to day basis.

On the other hand I do quite like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel.  One sweep with this gel and unruly eye brow hairs are set :)  However, I think the opening of the product could be smaller to allow for less gel to come through.  I found a bit too much product ended up on my eye brows and I had to take a brow brush through it. 

The Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator is an interesting combination product.  While it cleanses, it exfoliates and apparently brightening product.  I was a tad confused at first, how it brightens.  I guess I won't be able to tell that unless I get a full size product one day.  The sample is a good size at 12 grams where only a pea size amount is used at a time approximately 3-5 times a week.  It is pretty abrasive compared to other exfoliaters I've used in the past.  Be careful to use this gently, otherwise a very red face will be yours (yes, I speak from experience....oops!).

My January 2012 Glymm box was a fair mix of products.  I only think I will repurchase the Burt's Bees Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion.  Until the next sample box, here are the pictures of what I got! :)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

MAC Naturally: MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish Tragedy with A Perfect Day & Pillow Talk Lipstick

One of the items I was utterly grateful to be re-promoted in the MAC Naturally collection was the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Redhead.  If you scroll down to the fifth picture you will see my poor cracked Redhead MSF.  It sadly took a nosedive to the tile floor at work one day while getting ready to leave.  Thankfully it is only the top part that broke off and was mostly whole.  It's one of my favorites being shimmery and not glittery.  With gradations from pink to champagne, I use it as my blush and highlighter.  All in one, gotta love it!

Besides a backup of MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish, I had enough containers to back to MAC for A Perfect Day Lipstick and Pillow Talk Lipstick.  A Perfect Day is pale neutral pink in an Amplified finish.  I quite like it for a completely naked lip on my NC40 skintone.  It doesn't completely wash me out, but a darker eye and some blush are absolutely necessary to not look anemic.  Pillow Talk is a creamy browned pinky nude in a Cremesheen finish.  Pillow Talk is a gorgeous warm shade that makes me think of a perfect cappucino.  These lipsticks don't go look at me or sparkle the world, but I know I would use these without much thought. 

Until next time, enjoy the swatches!  As well as glimpse of a near tragedy ;)

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

MAC Naturally Mineralize Eye Shadow & Blushes Review & Swatches

The MAC Naturally Collection includes a beautiful set of satiny Mineralize Eye Shadows and Blushes.  I picked up all five Mineralize Eye Shadows and two of the three Mineralize Blushes. I got Summer Haze, Twilight Falls, Cloudy Afternoon, In The Sun, and Daylight Mineralize Eye Shadows.  As well I got Early Morning and Subtle Breeze Mineralize Blushes.

The Mineralize Eye Shadows of the Naturallly Collection were surprising.  I think I've gotten used to the super shimmers and brighter more dynamic colors of past collections (eg Semi-Precious, Style Black and Glitter & Ice).  Overall though, they are softer and smoother than past collections.  They have a satiny texture with low level shimmer was what I thought of most of them.  However, In The Sun, a melange of peach, fuchsia, and plum, wasn't as satiny compared to the other four eye shadows.  It had a grittier texture due to peachy orange micro glitter.  Summer Haze was much the opposite of In The Sun.  Summer Haze is a melange of cool beige with copper veins.  Twilight Falls is my favorite of the bunch. It is a melange of pink, plum and grey with pearl microglitter.  It reminds me of Rare Find from the MAC Semi-Precious Collection 2011 although Twilight Falls is more subdued.  Daylight is a melange of pink, lavender and pinky grey with pearl microglitter.  Cloudy Afternoon is my second favorite with shades of grey, gold, ivory and pink champagne with gold microglitter.  The microglitter in these is not overwhelming.  It's not like you'll see chunks of glitter everywhere, although these do have a tendency for fallout. 

The blushes were a dream of soft pigmented powder with no shimmer.  Early Morning is a deep warm peachy pink. Subtle Breeze is a soft blue pink.  Both require a light hand to avoid clown cheeks.  Very lightly with a duo fibre brush is probably the best way to apply these.  I like that these have no shimmer, unlike many past Mineralize Blushes that tend to be shimmery and glittery.

As much as I liked this collection, I can't say I love it as much as the MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Collecion.  I think this collection was a little more wearable for medium and darker skinned gals compared to the MAC Glitter & Ice Mineralize Collection.  Oh well, c'est la vie, not every collection is going to be showstopping.  Until the next Mineralize Collection, these will have to do.

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