POPSUGAR Must Have Review: September 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: September 2017

Hello, everyone!

My POPSUGAR Must Have box has arrived! Yay! Yay! My POPSUGAR and PLAY! boxes actually arrived on the same day this month. Talk about some serious happy mail!

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The September box has some fall-ish vibes with a darker color palette! I’m really loving it!

Box Contents:

  • Hudson + Bleecker – Bonjour Smartphone Wallet – Dusty Rose
  • Figs & Rouge – Hydra Prime Light Reflective Brightening Primer & Illuminator
  • Buji Baja by Hat Attack – Coco Flower Pin
  • Richer Poorer – Wool Striped Nora Sock – Charcoal & Black
  • Lipstick Queen – Black Lace Rabbit Cream Blush
  • Pipsnacks – Kettle Pipcorn

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Hudson + Bleecker – Bonjour Smartphone Wallet – Dusty Rose – Retail Value $47

I received some travel bags from Hudson + Bleecker in a previous POPSUGAR box and absolutely love them! I use the makeup bag from that set every single time I travel!

I have a lot of wallets, and I’m happy to add this beauty to the rotation. Inside it has four card slots, one longer, money slot, and a large, open space that will fit a cell phone, lipgloss, and a few other small items. Basically, this wallet will fit all of the essentials. Perfection!

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Figs & Rouge – Hydra Prime Light Reflective Brightening Primer & Illuminator – Retail Value $45

Primer (along with mascara) is one of those frequent fliers in the world of subscription boxes. I’m not complaining though! I love that I never need to buy mascara or primer! 🙂

I switch back and forth between illuminating and smoothing primers depending on the day. The Figs & Rouge primer looks rather dark when it comes out of the bottle but goes on very sheer. I’ve been using it for several days now and like the results. I’ll be using this primer until the bottle is empty!

 

Buji Baja by Hat Attack – Coco Flower Pin – Retail Value $17

This little, flower pin is just adorable! My winter coat is navy (and I don’t mix navy and black), so I need to figure out a cute place to pin this baby!

POPSUGAR suggests attaching it to your purse, coat (already ruled this one out), blouse, or bracelet.  I’ll have to see if it looks cute with one of my fall purses!

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Richer Poorer – Wool Striped Nora Sock – Charcoal & Black – Retail Value $22

SOCKS!!! I love socks! Especially wool ones! Living in central Florida, wool socks are hard to come by. We rarely have days that are cold enough to warrant wool socks. But you can bet that I’ll be wearing these bad boys on the cold days we do have! 🙂

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Lipstick Queen – Black Lace Rabbit Cream Blush – Retail Value $25

Two beauty items in one month? Yes, please!

I love the Lipstick Queen color-changing lipstick from the May box, so I was super pumped to see a color-changing blush in this month’s box.

The blush starts out black and then turns to a berry shade once it’s been applied to your skin. The intensity of the berry is determined by your skin’s pH. I love beauty products that adjust to each user!

Since this is a cream blush, I ‘ve been applying it with my fingers. I’ve been taking my middle finger, swirling it around the compact, dabbing the product on the apples of my cheeks, and then smoothing it out with my other fingers. I also use a stippling brush to further smooth out the “edges” of the blush on my cheeks.

This berry hue is going to be just perfect for fall! Next, maybe POPSUGAR will give me a lipstick to round out my fall, beauty look! 😉

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Pipsnacks – Kettle Pipcorn – Retail Value $4.99

You know what’s better than the POPSUGAR snacks each month? FULL-SIZE POPSUGAR snacks!! I absolutely love it when POPSUGAR sends a full-size package of their featured snack. That way, you can really enjoy the snack and figure out if it’s something you’d like to purchase again in the future.

You know what else I love? Kettle Corn! I love the sweet. I love the salty.  I just love it!

Also, that’s not a typo above. This product really is called “Pipsnacks” and “Pipcorn” because the corn is actually teeny tiny and pipsqueak size. So cute and fun to eat!

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The total retail value for the September box is $160.99! That’s pretty fantastic!

I love all of this month’s products and have already started using half of them. The other half I will begin using very soon!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the September box?

<3 Natalie


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POPSUGAR Must Have Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: August 2017

Hello, hello!

August isn’t QUITE over yet, so I have just enough time to sneak in my POPSUGAR Must Have review for the month!

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POPSUGAR celebrated their 5th anniversary this month, so this box is special to them and has a slightly celebratory theme!

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Box contents:

  • Pastel – Cheers Lacquered Tray
  • First Aid Beauty – 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask
  • Dogeared – Friendship Bracelet with Small Open Heart
  • Meri Meri – Gold Glitter Candles
  • Fringe Studio – Free Spirit Journal
  • Goodie Girl Cookies – Chocolate Chunk
  • Shoptiques.com – $25 Gift Card

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Pastel – Cheers Lacquered Tray – Retail Value $28

How adorable is this tray?! It reminds me a little of Kate Spade. I can see it on the classiest of bar carts or at a New Year’s Eve party!

I don’t know how I’m going to use this tray yet, but I know I will! It’s way too cute to go unused!! <3

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First Aid Beauty – 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask – Retail Value $38

I’m always a little wary of face masks because of my sensitive skin. Surprisingly enough, this mask agrees with me! So far I’ve used it once and plan on using it again tonight!

The instructions say the mask can be used up to three times a week. Just to be on the safe side, I’m only going to use it one or two.

The mask is way thicker than I expected it to be. The gel texture is nice though. Very refreshing! It also has a slightly tingly sensation to it that I quite enjoy!

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Dogeared – Friendship Bracelet with Small Open Heart – Retail Value $34

This little bracelet is just darling. I don’t wear this type of jewelry too often though, so I’m going to save this cutie to give as a gift!

I’ve given POPSUGAR items as gifts in the past, and my friends always LOVE them!

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Meri Meri – Gold Glitter Candles – Retail Value $7.50

I think these might just be the prettiest birthday candles I’ve ever seen!

I turn 24 this year and these beauties are definitely going to be on top of my cake!! 🙂

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Fringe Studio – Free Spirit Journal – Retail Value $16

If you know much about me, then you know that I love a good notebook! I have an extensive collection of May Designs and Rifle Paper Co. notebooks on my shelf right now! I am more than happy to add this rose gold beauty to the bunch!

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Look at the gorgeous rose gold pages! <3

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Goodie Girl Cookies – Chocolate Chunk – Retail Value $2.95

You all know how much I love a good snack!

I devoured these bad boys (all eight of them) during the Game of Thrones series finale! I dipped them in some milk and went to town while rooting for Dany and Jon! 😉

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Shoptiques.com – $25 Gift Card

I don’t typically use the gift cards that come in my POPSUGAR box. However, this month I actually am! Shoptiques is a website that sells merchandise from thousands of boutiques across thousands of cities.

Right now, I have a Lilly Pulitzer tumbler and some wooden cutlery in my cart. I’ll be pulling the trigger on that purchase as soon as I finish this blog post!

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The total retail value of the August box is $151.45. That’s not too shabby at all!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the August box?

<3 Natalie

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017

Hello, hello!

It’s always an exciting day when my PLAY! By Sephora box arrives! I do my best to avoid any and all spoilers each month. I love for my PLAY! and POPSUGAR boxes to be complete surprises! 🙂

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The August 2017 box revolves around the Elements of Beauty.

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This month’s PLAY!BOOK has an adorable periodic table of all the different ingredients that can be found in beauty products. It lists the ingredient, in which product(s) it can be found, and what it’s best for.  How neat is that? I’ve learned a lot from looking at this little table!

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Box Contents:

  • beautyblender – beautyblender micro mini
  • Clinique – HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo
  • Hourglass – Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Shell
  • Korres – Golden Krokus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum
  • Alterna Haircare – CAVIAR – Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist
  • Burberry – My Burberry Black
  • Drawstring bag

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beautyblender – beautyblender micro mini

Beautyblenders are the best! I’ve been using the full-size one for years and love the way it applies my foundation. I was so excited when I pulled this little, cutie out of my bag!

Once you add water, the blender grows quite a bit. It’s still pretty tiny though so gripping it while applying your concealer is a little awkward! I’ll still be using it though. 🙂

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Clinique – HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo

I’ve been using Clinique makeup for years. It’s actually the first real makeup I ever used! I have sensitive skin (as I’m sure you know by now!), so all their products work really well for me!

I haven’t used a mascara+primer product in years, so I wasn’t really sure about this product. Surprisingly (at least to me), I LOVE it!! The primer goes on really nicely and my lashes are long and soft after it’s all said and done. I will definitely be using this duo until the bitter end!

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Hourglass – Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Shell

I’ve never used a stick foundation before, so I was quite intrigued when I pulled this out of my bag.

At first, I was concerned that the shade might be too dark, but I actually think it works well on me. I don’t, however, like how much product you have to use to cover your face.  I applied the foundation two times and still felt like I needed a little more for the right amount of coverage.

I think what I’m going to do is save this foundation to use as a concealer when I have a particularly stubborn blemish!

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Korres – Golden Krokus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum

I LOVE a good anti-wrinkle product, so I’m always pleased when I get them in my subscription boxes. Unfortunately, this serum isn’t for me.  After one use, my face broke out in lots and lots of places. Yikes!!

Because of that, I will have to find another home for this guy!

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Alterna Haircare – CAVIAR – Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist

I’m a big fan of Alterna hair products. I’ve been using their leave-in conditioner for many, many years now. I also love their heat protecting spray.

This product is for blow-dried hair (which I never do), so I gave it to my mom to test out. She likes it a lot! She has thin hair, so she often worries about the weight of the hair products she’s using.  This spray is very light, so it works really well for her. Also, it smells wonderful! 🙂

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Burberry – My Burberry Black

If you’ve read any of my PLAY! reviews before, then you know I’m not big on fragrances. So there’s nothing new on the perfume front this month!

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The August bag is quirky and cute! I’m a glasses-wearer, so I appreciate the red specs! 🙂

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August was a so-so month for me. I will gets lots of use out of the mascara and the beautyblender, but not so much out of the other products. That’s okay though. You can’t win them all!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! By Sephora?!

What do you think of your August box?

<3 Natalie

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PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017

Hello, Beauty Gurus!

It’s that time again! My PLAY! By Sephora box has arrived, so let’s dive on in!

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“Beauty Staycation” is the theme for the July 2017 PLAY! box!

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The July PLAY! BOOK includes lots of beauty and skincare tips for when you’re on vacation or just relaxing at home.

My favorite travel tip is packing your compacts with cotton rounds so the powder doesn’t break in transit! I’m definitely doing that the next time I go on a trip! A broken compact (spilled all over your pants) is guaranteed to ruin ANY day! 🙁

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Here’s a look at the July PLAY! BOOK. The “How to use/How to apply” section is my favorite each month. Sometimes, I just really need to be told exactly how to use a product! Don’t you?

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Box Contents:

  • Bobbi Brown – Eye Opening Mascara
  • Fresh – Rose Face Mask
  • Briogeo – Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
  • Tarte – Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick – Set Sail
  • Caudalie – Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum
  • Clean Reserve – Sueded Oud
  • Drawstring Bag

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Bobbi Brown – Eye Opening Mascara

I love a good mascara sample! I’ve received so many since subscribing to my first subscription box that I won’t need to buy any for a long, long time! Sometimes, I still do though! 🙂

This is my second Bobbi Brown mascara sample. I also have the Smoky Eye Mascara.  Between the two, I prefer the Smokey Eye.

As you can see in the photo above, the Eye Opening Mascara is very chunky, which makes it hard for me to apply. There’s very little space between the handle and the spooli, so it’s hard to coat all my lashes without getting some product on my face. I don’t imagine that would be a problem with the full-size mascara though!

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Fresh – Rose Face Mask

I love Fresh so trying their products is always fun for me!

I’m not usually a face mask person, but I decided to give this one a go! I’ve already used it twice now.

This mask has more of a gel texture, so it’s super easy to wash off without making a huge mess. I’ve been putting it on after I get out of the shower and leaving it on while I brush my teeth and clean my makeup sponge. So far, it’s working out pretty well.

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Briogeo – Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

I’m a HUGE believer in leave-in conditioner. I use it every, single night!

I use conditioner for two things. One is obviously conditioning and the other is as a detangler. This Briogeo conditioner works wonderfully to condition my hair but doesn’t work so well at detangling.

I do think it’ll work pretty well after I use my favorite Briogeo hair mask though. I meant to try them together the other night but completely forgot until after applied a different conditioner!

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Tarte – Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick – Set Sail

I love Tarte lipsticks! I keep one in my purse (along with five other lip products!) at all times.

When I first saw the color of this lipstick, I didn’t think the dark nude shade was for me. However, after applying, I’ve decided that I love it! It’s a great natural, neutral shade for everyday wear.

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Caudalie – Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum

I may only be 23 years old, but I’m a big fan of wrinkle cream! It’s never too early to start preventing wrinkles, right?!

I’ve been out of my usual wrinkle cream for a few weeks now (whoopsie!), so this sample couldn’t have come at a better time!

I love how this serum smells. It has a very earthy, planty scent like it came straight from the garden! Very nice!

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Clean Reserve – Sueded Oud

Surprisingly enough, I like the way this month’s fragrance sample smells! I still probably won’t wear it though. Perfume wafting all around doesn’t usually end well for me.

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How cute is this month’s gingham bag?! I am ALL about it!

“Glamp out!” is pretty cute too!

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I’m pretty pleased with the majority of this month’s products!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! By Sephora?!

What do you think of your July box?

<3 Natalie


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POPSUGAR Must Have Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: July 2017

Hello!

It’s POPSUGAR Must Have review time!  I’ve been stalking the mailbox for days, and my box has finally arrived!

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

The July box has a fun, summer theme just like the June box. You could take this entire box down to the beach with you!

Box contents:

  • Ocean Tribe by Turkish T – Kilim Towel
  • BAN.DŌ – Sip Sip Tumbler
  • SUPERGOOP! – Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50
  • Tarte Cosmetics – Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara
  • Sister of Los Angeles – California Fireplace Matches
  • Snyder’s of Hanover – Wholey Cheese! Smoked Gouda

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Ocean Tribe by Turkish T – Kilim Towel – Retail Value $49

This towel is adorable! The fabric is super soft and the design is great.  That fringe really makes it though!

POPSUGAR suggests you use the towel for picnics or at a concert.  It’s big enough for me to do those things but probably not big enough for me to do them with friends!

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BAN.DŌ – Sip Sip Tumbler – Retail Value $14

I’ve admired BAN.DŌ products from afar for a while now and am happy to finally own one! I use tumblers every signle day, so I’m pumped to add another one to my collection.  In fact, I’m drinking from this new one while I write this post!

Something about this design reminds me of Slurpees.  Anyone else? I don’t know if it’s the color or the font. It just screams Slurpee to me!

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I love the road trip suggestion they give for this tumbler. That’s so fun! 🙂

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SUPERGOOP! – Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50 – Retail Value $19

I’m a rather fair-skinned girl, so sunscreen is a must for me in the summertime. SPF 50 happens to be my SPF of choice so this is a win from all angles!

Every August, I go on a beach trip with my family, and this little guy will be coming with me this year!

I’ve never seen a mousse sunscreen before, so I’m very intrigued. I think the application process is going to be very fun. I’ll keep you posted!

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Tarte Cosmetics – Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara – Retail Value $23

Yippee for another Tarte product! I think this is the third Tarte item I’ve received since subscribing to POPSUGAR over two years ago.  🙂

This mascara comes in both a waterproof and a regular version. I used the regular version years ago and loved it! So far, I’m loving the waterproof version too!

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Sister of Los Angeles – California Fireplace Matches – Retail Value $10

POPSUGAR thinks that these matches would be great for a bonfire and s’mores, and I have to agree. I’m a HUGE fan of s’mores!

I don’t light too many fires though, so it’ll probably be a good while before I strike up one of these. I will definitely use them at some point but probably just for lighting candles! 🙂

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Snyder’s of Hanover – Wholey Cheese! Smoked Gouda – Retail Value $3.69

As you know, I’m all about the POPSUGAR snacks! I espcially love it when the package size is large! This month’s snack didn’t disappoint either.

These little guys are like fancier Cheez-its.  YUM!

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The retail value of the July box is $118.69.  That’s pretty low for POPSUGAR but is still great since the purchse price of this box is only $40.

I will use every single item from this month’s box.  I can’t remember the last time I said that!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the July box?

<3 Natalie

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POPSUGAR Must Have Review: June 2017

Hello, hello!

Subscription box delivery day is one of my favorite days of the month! Between this box and my other two, I have three very exciting days that are guaranteed each month!

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The June box is all about the beach.  The theme words for the month are “beach read, swim, waves, breeze, mermaids, and palm trees.”

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Box Contents:

  • Billabong – Aloha Forever Trucker Hat
  • Captain Blankenship – Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Aloha Collection – Mid-Size Ocean Coco Palms Pouch
  • NCLA – So Rich — Mermaid Tears
  • Belgian Boys – Mini Cookie Stash
  • Meri Meri – Blue and White Party Straws
  • Starbucks Frappuccino – Coffee Drink

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Billabong – Aloha Forever Trucker Hat – Retail Value $17.95

If you know anything about me at all, I’m sure you’ve figured out that this hat is not exactly my style.  I got a monogrammed baseball cap for Christmas last year, which I love.  This trucker hat has a little bit of a different vibe to it!

I’ll be giving this hat to someone who will get a lot more use out of it than I will.

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Captain Blankenship – Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray – Retail Value $24

I told you last week that it wouldn’t be summer if I didn’t receive a sea salt spray in a subscription box! It must be summer because I’ve received two in the last week!

I gave the last sea salt spray to my sister-in-law.  I’m not sure yet who’ll receive this one!

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Retail Value $26

I read a little bit (sometimes A LOT) each day, so I’m always looking for a new book! This one looks like a great beach read (go figure!) I’m going to the beach in August, so I think I’ll save it to read then!

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Aloha Collection – Mid-Size Ocean Coco Palms Pouch – Retail Value $36

I’m a bag lady from way back.  I have so many bags and pouches it’s a little ridiculous! I love them though!

The one thing missing from my extensive bag collection is a wet bag. The tag says “stow damp items / keep dry things dry.”  Maybe I’ll pack my new book in this bag when I take it to the beach in August!

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NCLA – So Rich — Mermaid Tears – Retail Value $18

This cuticle oil smells incredible! It has a subtle honeysuckle scent that’s just delightful!

I don’t have problems with my cuticles but adding this oil to my hand/nail routine couldn’t hurt.

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Belgian Boys – Mini Cookie Stash – Retail Value $0.99

You know how much I love POPSUGAR’s snacks each month! These cookies did not disappoint! I just wish the bag had been a little bigger! 🙂

Starbucks Frappuccino – Coffee Drink – Retail Value $2.19

I love Starbucks iced coffee! I buy it buy the jug from the dairy section at my grocery store each week. Since I love the regular iced coffee (and Starbucks in general), I was very excited that this Frappuccino drink was included in my box this month!

I feel old when I say this, but I found the Frappuccino to be way too sweet! I used to drink Frappuccinos (from the actual Starbucks store) all the time and loved them.  I think the liquid, grocery versions are so much sweeter than the real thing. I tried diluting this sweet treat with more iced coffee and milk but couldn’t get the sweetness down! In the future, I’ll stick to the regular iced coffee!

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Meri Meri – Blue and White Party Straws – Retail Value $5.95

Out of all the items in this month’s box, these paper straws are my FAVORITE!!! If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should! @pinkbowstwinkletoes) then you’ve probably seen glimpses of my extensive paper straw collection!

Paper straws are so fun and are perfect for photo props! These cuties will definitely be making an appearance on the PBTT Instagram account soon!

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The total retail value of the June box is $131.08. That’s not too shabby!

It’s safe to say that this wasn’t my best month as a POPSUGAR Must Have subscriber. That’s okay though. I can’t love everything they send out! I am eagerly awaiting next month’s box though!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of your June box?

<3 Natalie


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PLAY! By Sephora Review: June 2017

Hello all!

My PLAY! Box has arrived! I try my best to avoid all spoilers so that my box remains a true surprise when it arrives each month.

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The June box is all about summertime!

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Part of the June PLAY! BOOK includes tips on beating the heat this summer.

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I love the mermaid, swimmer, and hula girl illustrations. They’re too cute!

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Box Contents:

  • Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Face Primer
  • COOLA – Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30
  • Verb – Sea Spray
  • Kat Von D – Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick
  • Klorane – Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
  • BVLGARI – Omnia Crystaline
  • Drawstring Bag

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Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Face Primer

I’ve been using POREfessional for over three years now! I’ve tried many primers over the years, but I always come back to this one. It goes on very smooth and does a great job minimizing my pores.

My large bottle is almost empty, so I’m very pleased to receive this sample.  I won’t have to buy another full-size bottle for a little while longer. Yay!!

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COOLA – Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30

I’ve received sunscreen setting sprays before.  They’re a little thicker and greasier than regualr setting sprays but are SO much better than applying lotion sunscreens on top of your makeup!

I haven’t been able to locate my other sunscreen setting spray, so I’m happy to receive this one just in time for summer!  I could’ve definitely used it over Memorial Day Weekend and will have many other opportunities to use it as the summer progresses.

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Verb – Sea Spray

It wouldn’t be summer if I didn’t receive a sea spray in a subscription box! I received some last summer and will surely receive more this summer.

I don’t have much luck with sea sprays. My hair always ends up looking ratty and like I haven’t brushed it! Because of that, I gave this spray to my sister-in-law for her to play with!

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Kat Von D – Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick

I always love a lipstick sample! This one looks very similar to the NARS liquid lip I received a few months ago. However, this liquid lip is matte. I’m not usually drawn to matte lipsticks, but I really like this one!

Lovesick is a mauve nude that adds just the right amount of color to my lips. It’s nautral and great for everyday wear. I’ve worn it several times already and have added it to the growing collection of lipsticks that I keep in my purse!

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Klorane – Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

I’m a firm believer in washing my hair, so I don’t ever use dry shampoos. I used to try them in high school but never liked how my hair felt afterward. I have a friend who LOVES dry shampoo, so I’ll probably end up giving this sample to her.

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BVLGARI – Omnia Crystaline

As always, the fragrance samples just aren’t my thing! I don’t subscribe for the fragrance, so that’s okay!

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Drawstring Bag

More cute swimmers! I love it! 🙂

I always look forward to seeing what Sephora comes up with each month for these bags!

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I like half of this month’s products. One of which I’ll use everyday! The ratio of love/hate could be better, but I’m okay with it this month.

Do you subscribe to PLAY! By Sephora?!

What do you think of your June box?

<3 Natalie

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PLAY! by Sephora Review: May 2017

Hello, hello!

My tracking is always off for the PLAY! by Sephora box, so it’s always a surprise when it pops up in my mailbox!  I love mail, especially surprise mail, so I’m okay with it!

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Sephora did something fun with this month’s PLAY! BOOK! I love learning new things about my favorite stores!

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Unfortunately, my favorite doodles didn’t make an appearance this month! Hopefully, they’ll be back again next month!

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Box Contents:

  • NUDESTIX – Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone
  • Skin Laundry – Gentle Foaming Wash
  • Belif – Hungarian Water Essence
  • Trèstique – Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent
  • Rahua – Omega 9 Hair Mask
  • Tocca – Stella
  • Envelope Bag

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NUDESTIX – Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone

As you know, I love receiving lip colors in my subscription boxes! As soon as I pulled this lip color from my box, I was skeptical.  It’s a dark brown color, which I find a tad odd.  I applied it and thought it made me look a little like death! I have very fair skin, and brown is so not my color! 🙂

One of my best friends also subscribes to PLAY! and described this lipstick at chocolate on her lips!! How funny is that?!

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Skin Laundry – Gentle Foaming Wash

I’d never heard of this brand before receiving it in my box.  A friend of mine had though and said it was pretty good! I’m very pleased with the size of this sample! It comes with more than enough product for you to form an honest opinion of it before you use it all up!

My skin has been a tad itchy and irritated these last few days.  I’m not sure if it’s from this cleanser or one of the other products in my box this month.

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Belif – Hungarian Water Essence

This product really intrigued me!  Hungarian water essence?! Doesn’t that just sound interesting!

As I mentioned above, my skin has been itchy and irritated this last week, so it’s either this product or the cleanser above that’s causing the problem. I’m going to wait a few weeks and then try these products individually to see which one is causing the irritation.

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Trèstique – Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent

As you probably know by now, I don’t contour my face at all. Instead of using this as a highlighter, I’m using it as a multipurpose stick.  I’ve been applying it as eye shadow for the last few days and love the color!  It’s the prettiest champagne pink. Exactly what I like to use on my eyes!

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Rahua – Omega 9 Hair Mask

I discovered my favorite hair mask in a PLAY! box last summer. Before subscribing to this box, I’d never tried a hair mask before.

My favorite mask is from Briogeo. This one isn’t bad, but I don’t like it as much as the Briogeo one. I will finish off the bottle though!  I think I have at least one, maybe two, conditions left!

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Tocca – Stella

I received a candle from Tocca in my last POPSUGAR box and LOVE the scent! I don’t, however, love the scent of this perfume.

That’s okay though.  As you know, I don’t purchase this box for the fragrance samples. 🙂

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I LOVE this month’s bag! It’s made of thicker plastic and seems quite durable! I’m going out of town this week, so I’ll be using this bag to hold my liquids in my carry on!

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Overall, this month wasn’t that great for me.  I am very pleased with the bag and multipurpose stick though!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your May box?

<3 Natalie

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: May 2017

Hello, everyone!

It’s POPSUGAR Must Have time! One of my favorite times of the month!

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Box Contents:

  • Lipstick Queen – Mornin’ Sunshine
  • Samantha Faye – Samantha Faye Inspiration Cuff
  • Tocca – Voyage Montauk 3 oz Candle
  • Swing Design – Essex Silver Plate Frame
  • Southern Culture Artisan Foods, Inc – Strawberry Cream Muffin Mix
  • Nicely Noted – Exclusive Must Have Card Collection

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Lipstick Queen – Mornin’ Sunshine – Retail Value $25

I LOVE lip products, so I was super excited when I pulled this out of my box!  I’d seen this yellow lipstick in an Ulta email (I think) a few weeks ago, so I knew that it was color changing as soon as I opened the package.

The yellow is supposed to change to a custom coral shade when you apply it.  When I apply it, it turns a bright pink shade.  It’s not coral in the slightest, but I still really like it!  I’ve already worn it a few times and know I’ll continue wearing it throughout the summer months.

Samantha Faye – Samantha Faye Inspiration Cuff – Retail Value $60

This bracelet is a POPSUGAR exclusive, which is always fun!  I like having products that are made especially for me (and thousands of other subscribers!)

“Be good Do good Feel good” is inscribed on the front of the cuff.  I think it’s going to go really well with so many outfits!  It’s simple + neutral and will blend with almost anything!

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Tocca – Voyage Montauk 3 oz Candle – Retail Value $20

I LOVE candles!  In my college apartment, I used to burn one at least five hours out of the day.

The scent is incredible!  I love how fresh + clean cucumbers are!  I haven’t lit it yet, but I can smell it unlit from across the room! Yum!!

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Swing Design – Essex Silver Plate Frame – Retail Value $13

I love how classic + chic this frame is.  The silver plating is very shiny and will compliment any decorating style.  I’m partial to shabby chic and this will go so very well!

Now, I just have to decide what photo to put in it! 🙂

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Southern Culture Artisan Foods, Inc – Strawberry Cream Muffin Mix – Retail Value $7.99

Muffins! YUM!

As soon as I saw this in my box, I’d knew they’d be perfect to make on Mother’s Day morning! My mom loved the idea as well!

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To top off the muffins and make them a tad sweeter, I added some homemade strawberry sauce that my mom and I made after picking strawberries a few months ago!

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Nicely Noted – Exclusive Must Have Card Collection – Retail Value $17.50

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should be! @pinkbowstwinkletoes), then you know how obsessed I am with pretty cards, stationery, and notebooks!  These cards are right up my alley!

These are all so cute that I’m having trouble picking a favorite!  I absolutely love the mix + match envelopes! I have a friend (maybe two) with summer birthdays, so I’ll get to use the “Summer Birthday Vibes” card very soon!

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The total retail value for this month’s box is $143.49.  That’s not too shabby!

I think my favorite items this month are the lipstick and the candle! I love everything though! There isn’t a single item from the May box that I won’t use.  That’s fantastic!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the May box?

<3 Natalie

 

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017

Hello there!

It’s that time again!  My PLAY! BOX has arrived, and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

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“Step it Up” is the theme for April.  It’s all about updating your everyday routine.

Sephora mixed it up with the style of the April PLAY! BOOK.  I love the little redhead that takes center stage this month!  She’s so cute!

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I can’t help but miss the product illustrations! 🙁

They didn’t eliminate the doodles completely though, so I’m happy about that!

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Box Contents:

  • Peter Thomas Roth – Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream
  • Philosophy – Made Simple Face Cleanser
  • Smashbox – Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Make Up For Ever – Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner
  • Sephora Collection – Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
  • Miu Miu – L’Eau Bleue
  • Drawstring Bag

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Peter Thomas Roth – Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

I don’t think I’ve ever tried any products from Peter Thomas Roth before.  I’m always intrigued by brands I’ve never used before.

I’ve substituted this moisturizer into my evening moisturizing routine.  It’s a little wet, but I expected that since “water” is in the name!  I like it and will finish off the bottle.  I don’t think I’ll be purchasing the full size anytime soon though.

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Philosophy – Made Simple Face Cleanser

I’ve received this Philosophy sample before but didnt actually try it until it arrived in my PLAY! BOX.

I love that this cleanser works as a makeup remover too.  I don’t typically use makeup remover, so I always rely on my face wash to do the job.  Sometimes, my face wash doesn’t completely get the job done.  This cleanser sure does though!

I’ll definitely be finishing up this bottle.  I might save it for traveling though.  It’s the perfect sample size to slip into my travel bag!

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Smashbox – Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer

As you know, I love testing out different foundation primers.  I’ve tried a few Smashbox primers before, but not this one.

I found this primer to be very wet.  I’m not a huge fan of the texture either, so I don’t think I’ll be using this primer too often if at all.  I will have to see if any of my friends are interested in giving it a try.

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Make Up For Ever – Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner

I’ve mentioned in previous posts, that I’m not so good at applying eyeliner.  I can’t see well enough and shake a little.  That is not a recipe for flawless eyeliner application! 🙂

I love Make Up For Ever products, so I did test this eyeliner out!  In the PLAY! BOOK, it gives explanations for easy, medium, and expect eyeliner application.  I loved that!  I tried out the “easy” application and added a little to my bottom waterline.  It was super easy to do, and I liked the look.  I think I’ll be adding it to my eye routine a couple times a week!

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Sephora Collection – Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

As I mentioned above, I don’t typically use makeup remover.  I probably should, but I’m just a little too lazy to add it to my routine.

I do like that Sephora included two products this month that would work on removing the waterproof eyeliner that was also included.  That was great thinking on their part!

Although I don’t use remover often, I will save this for a time when I need it.

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Miu Miu – L’Eau Bleue

As usual, I’m not a fan of this month’s fragrance sample.  I don’t buy this box for the perfume though, so that’s okay!

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As I mentioned above, I love the little redhead this month!  She is just too cute!

The quote on this month’s bag is pretty fun too! “The best things in life are me!”

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This month’s box wasn’t super exciting for me.  I love the illustrations and like a few of the products, but I don’t think I discovered any “must have” products for myself this month.

I’m excited to see what next month holds though!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?

What do you think of this month’s box?!

<3 Natalie