Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Target Beauty Box March 2014

Target Beauty Box 
& Shopping Finds

Every now and then Target offers a Beauty Box. This box was $5 and was offered online with free shipping and handling. It also came with a $3 off coupon if you send $15. I ordered 2 boxes, one for me and one for my daughter. The boxes are identical except for one item. We received different color lip glosses. The box I opened had pink and the box she opened contained clear. 
There are five items included in this beauty box.

BB Body Cream in Light 
This is a larger sample (2 oz.) than I received from Birchbox (1 oz.)
It blends in well. Target describes this as a multi-tasking beauty creme. 
It goes on sheer, has a quick drying formula and you should see results in just 5 days.

Herbal Essences Naked 
Dry Shampoo
This is perfect for absorbing excess oil with less residue and has a pleasant scent.
I don't use this type of product often, so it is nice to get a sample to try this brand.

Casual Sea Salt Texturizing Spray
This spray is designed to help you get a beachy hair look without heading to the beach.
To use, spray from root to tip to create those windswept waves.

Smoochies Sizzle Girl
This is a shimmering moisturizing lip gloss that does not leave your lips feeling sticky!
We got clear (Date Night-500) and pink (Tickled Pink-505).

L'Or√©al Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
This mascara stretches and lengthens lashes. It is supposed to create a winged out look .
It has a unique asymmetrical Butterfly Brush.

I like this mascara, you can actually see my upper lashes in the photo below.  
Overall, I am glad I got this in this box. The mascara alone retails for $7.99 and the box was only $5. I would have preferred the waterproof formula since my eyes tend water a lot when I wear makeup. I have very light and short lashes, so this mascara does help some. My hair has way more whispys than I imagined while pulled back and in a clip. 

Shopping Finds

I stopped in today to see if there where any changes to my local Target Beauty Dept. 
I am looking forward to seeing the Korean brand Laniege brand there. I'm hoping they offer a trial kit for this brand! There was no design changes yet, but there were a lot of markdowns and sales on makeup, cleaners, lotions, nail polishes and lots more. I picked up a few things.

1. - An Elf Stippling Brush $3 - Full Price
I have heard good things about this brush, thought I would add it to my collection.

3. Dead Sea essentials by AHAVA
Soothing Chamomile
Spa Facial Mud Mask
Was: $2.99  - Now: $1.48
50% off

I picked up several of these face masks.
This is one thing, I have found I can do with both of my girls!
I have also heard great things about using Dead Sea mud. 
So for me this product is a win-win!
I can't wait to try this.

2. - A Sonja Kashuk "Fur Print" Valet 
Was: $29.99  - Now: $14.98 
50% off
*Also on sale on at the Target website

I picked this up for my daughter, since she will be traveling home soon.
This should come in handy as she travels to and from college.
I got one for Christmas in a different pattern, It has a magnetic closure as well.

Turns out, this is a great time of year to look out for sales.  
Keep an eye out for great deals.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: Ipsy March 2014

March 2014

Yes, My first * Ipsy Glam Bag arrived, in this cute hot pink bubble wrap mailer.
I have been looking forward to this for a long time since I had to wait a couple of weeks on the waiting list to join. Then after I joined in February I had to wait another full month to get my very first bag. I'm really pleased with this bag and looking forward to using the products.

So here is what I got on my debut month!

bare Minerals
Marvelous Moxie Lipstick 1.5 g
Shade: Get Ready 
Full size product is $18 (3.5ml)

I absolutely adore this color! It's a color I would have picked for myself so I am really excited I got this shade. I wish I would have more to try, but I knocked it over trying to take a video. This goes on smooth and also hydrates. It is like butter going on and smells amazing! I would love a full size of this once I use this sample size up.

Pixie Beauty
Flawless Beauty Primer 12ml
Full Size Product: ($9)

This product does what it says. It is designed to help you glow. 
It really does that, so if you need a primer that has a sheen to it. This is for you.
Unfortunately, I don't, so I will be passing this one on to one of my daughters.

Nichole by OPI
Roughless 0.5 fl oz.
Shade: On What grounds?

This is a speckled nail lacquer that dries in a pebble matte finish. 
Add a top coat for shine.

I haven't tried this, yet. 
I am, however, using Nichole by OPI Gel Kit that I got at Sam's Club on sale!
I love it!

Be A Bombshell
Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad

These eyeshadows offer high pigmentation and are a long lasting formula for all day wear.
I'm looking forward to trying to incorporate the teal color into my look.
The other colors I would normally wear.

Shades: Starlet, Bora Bora, Ricky Business, Rock Bottom

My first video opening my Ipsy glam bag. 

Blooper at the very endTip - Use dish soap to remove lipstick stains from carpet.

*The Ipsy link is my referral link .
I am not paid for this review. These are my personal opinions and experiences.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review: Memebox | Luckybox #1

 Luckybox #1 

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I was really excited about my Memebox arriving. 
I have heard a lot about Korean and Asian skincare products lately.
Even Target is getting in on Korean skincare bandwagon. 
They are adding a line of Korean skincare called Laneige to their beauty areas in stores.
You can already buy them online at their website. I am looking forward to trying their mask.

Memebox is like a grab bag of Korean beauty products for a great price.
They also offer shopping as well for individual products.
The Luckyboxes offer items from past Memeboxes.
The Superboxes are each specialized to a theme.

I was super happy this Luckybox fit in my mailbox when it arrived! 
We upgraded to a larger mailbox last year. I really love its size.

I ordered this box back in February it had its shipping date moved from Feb. 25 to March 3rd.
 Once shipped, standard shipping took about 10 days to arrive and cost 6.99. 
Here is what the back of the packaging look like. 
The box was packaged in a bubble sleeve and has a hot pink wrapper.

The box is pink in color and very sturdy.

Here is how my box came packaged. 
This is Luckybox #1.

It cost $23 and $6.99 S&H.
It was literally filled with products, 8 in all!

On top was an insert card that listed each product in the box and directions on how to use each item. The card comes in handy since each item has the instructions printed in Korean on the back of them, there are no English instructions except for on the card.
The insert also lists the sample amount and the cost of the full sized item. 
There are full sized items included in this box as well.



CNP Laboratory Cleaning Perfecta 50ml
Full size product 150ml ($23) 
Found in Memebox #5 & #5-2

This is listed as a lightweight cleansing gel. I like how easy it was to use.
It can remove makeup and sunscreen quickly and without leaving any residue. 
I will be saving this for summer to use when I am wearing lots of sunscreen.

Nuganic Customize Pore Control Essence 30ml
This is a full size product: 30ml ($46)
Found in Memebox #5 & #5-2

This serum refines pores, rebalances skin and locks in moisture.
It has a Pore Resurfacing Complex, includes triclosan, salicylic said, camomile extracts, and white bark, which clears out pimples and blackheads. I haven't had a chance to test this, yet.
 I can't wait to see how it works.

Danahan Bon Yeon Jin Essence 12ml
Full size product: 50ml ($68)
Found in Memebox #4

This serum helps to create radiant and smooth skin.
It adds moisture and helps repair fine lines and wrinkles.
This had red ginseng and herbal extracts to restore elasticity.
This leaves skin looking firmer and radiant.
For use on all skin types.

Mamonde First Energy Serum 10ml
Full size product: 100ml ($27)

This is a lightweight serum. The flower vinegar is fermented for over 6o days in clay pots. 
It extract is then used to help provide moisture and skin renewal in this serum.
The packaging is really nice on this product. It shows the clay pot on a sample and even has printed flowers on the inside of the box.

Face Lifting Mask 30g
This is a full size product: 30g ($14)
Found in Memebox #1

This is a 6 in 1 hydrogel sheet mask that has a special lace fabric in it.
It provides intensive nutrition and fights against wrinkles.
It brightens skin tone, firms fine lines and hydrates the skin.

You place this on your face after cleaning.
 Then leave it on for 10 min. then peel off and do not rinse off. 

I'm giving this product my first 5 star rating!

This was the first product I tried from the box. To say I love this would be an understatement.
I haver never used any type of sheet mask before and I was really excited to try this.
I had a little trouble getting it out of the packet, it is a little bit slippery. 
Once I got it on my skin, I was in heaven. 
I left it on my face for close to 45 min. instead of the 10 as directed.
I would have slept in this if that was an option. 
It felt extremely cooling and hydrating and I did not want to take this off. 

As a fair skinned person who burns very easily.
I will be ordering a box of these to have on hand for the summer to use. 
I am definitely sold on hydrogel masks. 
I will be looking for more kinds to try as well! 

Too Cool For School 
Aqua gel mist 100ml
This is a full size product: 100ml ($12)
Found in Memebox #1

This scented mist replenishes the skin with soothing hydration. 
I am sure I will be using this a lot more when it gets hotter here. Use when needed.

Delight Tony Tint Red 1.5ml
Full size product: 9ml ($3)

This is a lip tint. It comes in a cute bottle with a heart top.
It is described as one of the best lip tints sold in Korea. 
It instantly gives a vivid red color on your lip.
It creates a gradient lip known as "Korean Lip".
You should apply a small amount from the inside to the outside of your lip then apply your lip gloss.

I swatched my hand to see the color.
It took several washes to remove all the color from my hand, it has staying power.

Dear By Enprani 
Bounce Cheese Creme 100ml
Full size product: 300ml ($16)
Found in Memebox #3

This facial creme has a really unique texture that comes from a high concentration of milk serum. 
Milk serum, also known as Whey, is a good source of protein that hydrates and firms your skin.
Use this after using a toner or serum. 

I have used this several times. It hydrates and is fun to use.
It stretches when you touch it. I'm not sure If I would buy this again.
However, It is part of the reason, I decided to try Memebox in the first place.
To try items I don't see offered locally that really are new and creative.
I have been using it in place of my night creme.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review: Birchbox March 2014

March 2014

This is my 2nd month with *Birchbox.  
A box is $10 a month you get 4-5 samples per box. 
I wanted to share what I got this month.
I got 5 items this month or 4 items and a "Find".
Well, lets get into it, here's what I got.

Air Repair Rescue Balm

This is an all purpose skin salve and lip balm. I will use this to help heal my lips. 
I did not care for the taste of this, but I do plan on using this when my lips are extremely chapped. 
Other uses: cuticles, hands, elbows, & knees
This is my least favorite item, but probably most needed.

Beauty Protector
Protect and Detangle

This is the product I ordered a full-size of before my sample even arrived.
I got the Beauty Protector Oil sample last month and we loved using it for detangling.
So when I saw I was getting this in my box this month I went ahead and ordered.
My daughter loves this and is very impressed. She was surprised how well it works for her.
This product is a home run for her and can also be used to protect your hair from heat when styling. 
It also helps lock in color, adds silkiness, & has a nice scent.

Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face

This product is designed for your face & is tinted. It goes on smooth and leaves a nice powdery feel on your skin. I am looking forward to trying this during my upcoming Spring Break, when I find myself outside for more extended periods of time. It bends nicely with my skin tone and feels great.

the Balm
How 'Bout Them Apples?
Cheek & Lip Creme

I am in love with this cute sample and not just for the eye candy put on the inside of the packaging. This is the sample called PIE and is a duel purpose creme. It has a nice color and I have used it as a lip creme so far. I enjoyed this, but I am not sure if I will use this as a cheek creme or not. I think the best part if this product is it's packaging. It is phenomenal.
It looks like a tiny book, has a magnetic closure which I couldn't stop playing with. 
I'm pretty sure this will be the first sample I keep even after I am through using it up.
I plan on using it to decorate with some of my other small knick knacks.
This amazing color goes on creamy and is build-able and blends out well.

BB Body Perfecting Skin Creme

This product is considered a "Find" in my box.
Finds are affordable items that you might find in your local drugstore.
This Find came with a $2 off coupon in my box.

This is body creme that goes on sheer & absorbs quickly.
If your looking for a body creme that gives moisture and is color correcting you might want to give this a try.  For me this might be a good night or indoor creme, but I tend to look for SPF in products for body when I am going outside. 

That's my box for this month!

*The Birchbox link is my referral link and I am a Birchblogger. 
I am not paid for this review. These are my personal opinions and experiences.