POPSUGAR Must Have Review: July 2017

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

Hello!

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

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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

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

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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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

 

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: April 2017

Hi everyone!

It’s always an exciting day when my POPSUGAR Must Have box arrives!

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The theme words for April are rest, natural, healing, clean, grow, and spiritual.  A soothing month for sure!

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Box Contents:

  • Makerskit – Crystal Sand Art Terrarium Kit
  • Morning Culture – Dipped Bamboo Cutting Board
  • Tonic Australia – Lavender Sachets
  • The Cottage Greenhouse – Carrot & Neroli Rich & Repair Body Wash
  • Cocolab – Cocofloss
  • Nourish Snacks – Holy Habanero
  • Pronamel – Strong & Bright Enamel, Extra Fresh Toothpaste

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Makerskit – Crystal Sand Art Terrarium Kit – Retail Value $32

This was one of the items that POPSUGAR sneak peeked in an email earlier this month.  I’ve been wanting a crystal for a long time now, so I was super excited to see this kit in my box!

Unfortunately, my kit came broken, so I’m unable to make my little terrarium.  POPSUGAR has fantastic customer service and my replacement terrarium is already in the mail!

Luckily, I was able to dig the undamaged amethyst crystal out of the box!

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Morning Culture – Dipped Bamboo Cutting Board – Retail Value $22

I love the mug I received a few months ago from Morning Culture, so I was pleased to see another item from them in my box this month.

I haven’t taken the plastic off my cutting board yet, because I think it would be fantastic housewarming gift! The lavender paint is so pretty and would go very well in a shabby chic kitchen!

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Tonic Australia – Lavender Sachets – Retail Value $15

How adorable are these little sachets?!  I LOVE the the floral pattern and fabric ribbon they’re packaged with!

I’ve added both sachets to my pajama drawer and love how my jammies are smelling! 🙂

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The Cottage Greenhouse – Carrot & Neroli Rich & Repair Body Wash – Retail Value $22

Continuing with the soothing theme, POPSUGAR included a body wash this month.

The Cottage Greenhouse gets an A++ on packaging from me!  The fonts, the tags, the jute?! It all works together beautifully! Also, this body wash smells INCREDIBLE!  It’s light and earthy with a touch of sweetness to it. I LOVE it! <3

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Cocolab – Cocofloss – Retail Value $8

I’m terrible about flossing my teeth, so hopefully this fancy floss encourages me to do it a little more!

In my defesnse, I have a permanent retainer that makes flossing my bottom teeth quite difficult.  Every time I go to the dentist, the hygienist grumbles about my retainer! I always get a little kick out of it! 🙂

Pronamel – Strong & Bright Enamel, Extra Fresh Toothpaste – Retail Value $5.99

I may not floss often, but I do brush my teeth twice a day! 🙂

The minty flavor of this toothpaste isn’t quite as minty as I would like, but I love that it whitens and strengthens. I’ll definitely be using the entire tube!

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Nourish Snacks – Holy Habanero – Retail Value $1.99

As you all know, I love the snack that POPSUGAR includes each month.  They’re usually funky things that I would never buy myself but would love to try!

I’m not into spicy foods, so I was worried about how spicy these corn bites were going to be.  Surprisingly, I don’t find them to be all that spicy.  I added a handful to a southwest salad I had for lunch a few days ago, and they were a pretty great addition.

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The total retail value for the April box is $106.98. That’s pretty low for POPSUGAR but is still a great value!

The lavender sachets, carrot body wash, and amethyst crystal are my favorite items this month!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the April box?

<3 Natalie

Beauty Review: Smashbox

Hello everyone!

I have a fun, little beauty review to share with you all today!

A few days ago, I received a few new Smashbox beauty products from Influenster to sample and review.  I was provided these items for free but all opinions are my own.

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Box Contents:

  • Be Legendary Liquid Metal – Brains ‘N Bronze
  • Cover Shot Eye Palette – Matte

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Be Legendary Liquid Metal – Brains ‘N Bronze – Retail Value $24

As you know, I love sampling lip products! When I saw this liquid lip in my box, I was very excited.

I haven’t tried very many liquid lipsticks, and I haven’t tried a single metallic lip product before.  So this liquid metal lipstick was quite intriguing for me! I have determined that I like the formula and the shine, but the actual color of this lipstick isn’t for me.

I have very fair skin and don’t see myself wearing this bronze shade too often.  I may be able to pull it off during a fancy, evening party but not any other time.  Unfortunately, I don’t go to too many fancy, evening parties!

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Cover Shot Eye Palette – Matte – Retail Value $29

Eye shadow palettes are my other favorite to test out!  I went through a faze two years ago and bought at least 10 palettes over the course of a few months!  Excessive, I know!  During that time, I did, however, discover what kind of shadows I like and what kinds I don’t.

I’m usually drawn to champagne colored shimmer shadows.  They’re so pretty, natural, and versatile.  I have so many of them already, that it’s probably for the best that there wasn’t a single one in this palette.  Up until now, I really didn’t like matte shadows.  I found them more difficult to blend and not as exciting.

Since receiving this palette, I have discovered that I do indeed enjoy matte eye shadows!  Imagine that!

I love how this palette has two different looks to choose from.  There’s there browner tones of the left and the pink berry tones on the right.  I’ve used them both multiple times and prefer the browns.  That dark purple shadow on the right seems to get away from me and sometimes it looks like I’ve given myself a black eye! Whoopsie!!

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I’ve loved sampling these new releases from Smashbox this last week.  I’m definitely adding this matte palette into my weekly line up of eye shadows!

I’m going to try to find a time and place to wear the liquid lip.  Perhaps I’ll try mixing it with something a little lighter?

Have you tried either of these products before?

If so, what did you think of them?

<3 Natalie

**These items were sent to me for free from Influenster for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.**

 

 

 

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: March 2017

Hello everyone!

My POPSUGAR Must Have box has arrived, and I can’t wait to share all my new goodies with you!

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To receive a fun box of surprises each month like I do, click here!

Box Contents:

  • Kate Spade New York – New York Photo Album
  • Stephanie Johnson – Camera Crossbody Bag
  • Sunnylife, LLC – Eco Lunch Box Watermelon
  • Thrive Causemetics – Brilliant Eye Brightener in Stella
  • Smashmallow – Cinnamon Churro
  • Velvet Eyewear – $25 Gift Card

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Kate Spade New York – New York Photo Album – Retail Value $20

This is the first item I saw peeking out of my box and is, by far, my favorite!  I absolutely LOVE Kate Spade!

I’m sure this beauty will be making an appearance on Instagram in the near future!  Follow me (@pinkbowstwinkletoes) and never miss a post! 🙂

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My mission for the next week or so is to gather and print lots of photos to fill my new album!

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Stephanie Johnson – Camera Crossbody Bag – Retail Value $45

I love bags, but I’m not so sure that this one is for me!  I carry A LOT of nonsense in my purse and don’t like the idea of others being able to see all that!

A lot of stadiums are requiring people to bring clear, see-through bags to sporting events now.  I’m wondering if this bag will make the cut even though it’s red?  I don’t go to that many sporting events, but I will take this bag to my next one if it meets the regulations!

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Sunnylife, LLC – Eco Lunch Box Watermelon – Retail Value $18

How adorable is this little watermelon?!  I received an eco lunchbox from POPSUGAR a while ago and absolutely loved it!

These boxes are perfect for keeping your chips and sandwich from getting crushed when throwing your lunch in a tote bag!

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Thrive Causemetics – Brilliant Eye Brightener in Stella – Retail Value $24

How gorgeous is this turquoise packaging?!  I love it!

I also love the champagne-y color of this highlighter.  It looks beautiful on my skin tone!  I added some in the corners of my eyes this morning, and they brightened right up!

The packaging says you can use this highlighter as an eyeliner and eye shadow as well.  I’ll be trying it out as a shadow tomorrow morning.  Champagne is one of my go-to colors, so I know it’ll look fantastic!

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Smashmallow – Cinnamon Churro – Retail Value $4

Gourmet marshmallows?! Yes, please!!

The marshmallows smell amazing and taste pretty good too.  I’ve eaten four (one serving size for those who care) by themselves and found them to be quite delightful!   If I can find some hot chocolate in my pantry, I’m going to add them to that next!

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Velvet Eyewear – $25 Gift Card

I don’t like like it when gift cards are included in my boxes.  Very rarely do the websites have products that you can buy with the gift cards alone.  Velvet Eyewear has a few pairs of sunglasses for $45-$65 but the majority were $150 and above.

I already have two pairs of nice sunglasses, so I won’t be spending this card.

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The total retail value for this month’s box is $111 not including the gift card.  That value isn’t too high, but it’s still great for a $40 box!

My favorite items this month are the Kate Spade photo album and the Sunnylife lunch box!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the March box?

<3 Natalie

 

PLAY! by Sephora Review: February 2017

Hello there!

My PLAY! by Sephora box has arrived!  It’s always an exciting day when this box lands on my doorstep!

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“The Soft Side” is the theme for February.

This box definitely evokes soft + girly feelings.

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Box Contents:

  • Clinique – Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer
  • NARS – Velvet Lip Glide in Bound
  • Marc Jacobs – Divine Decadence
  • Sephora Collection – Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara
  • Too Faced – Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake
  • Origins – GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream
  • Drawstring Bag

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Clinique – Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer

I’ve been interested in trying out several items from Clinique’s Pep Start line.  I’ve tried the eye cream from this line before and like it quite a bit, so I was very pleased to see this moisturizer in my box this month.

The Hydroblur Moisturizer also doubles as a makeup primer.  I love a product that does double duty!

I use a lot of Clinique skincare products, so although I’ve only used this cream a few times, I’m not worried about skin irritation after prolonged use.

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NARS – Velvet Lip Glide in Bound

I love NARS products, so I let out a little squeel when I pulled this out of my bag.

I own several NARS lipsticks but have never tried their liquid lipstick before.  After several uses, I know I’ll be using this lipstick in its entirety.  I’m also very likely to purchase the full size version in the future!

The formula is creamy and the color is perfect for me!  I love it!

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Marc Jacobs – Divine Decadence

As usual, I’m not a fan of the fragrance sample.

I don’t buy this box for the fragrances though, so that’s okay!

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Sephora Collection – Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara

I don’t typically buy store brand beauty products.  However, I’ve been very pleased with every Sephora Collection item I’ve received through my PLAY! box.

After using this mascara, my lashes look great!  They’re quite long and rather dark!  That’s a win win for me!

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Too Faced – Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake

I love lip products, so I was rather excited when I saw two of them in my box this month!

I’ve tried several lip plumping glosses in the past, and I was not a fan.  Unfortunately, this gloss falls into the same category.  I don’t like the intense tingles that these glosses generate.  It burns a little, and I don’t ever see the results that the tingles are supposed to bring.

Another negative for this gloss is that the color is just not flattering on me.  Yikes!

I’m going to see if any of my friends want to plump their pouts!  If so, I’ll be gifting them this gloss! 🙂

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Origins – GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

I LOVE receiving eye creams in my subscription boxes.  Eye cream is a product that I love to use but hate to buy! Receiving it in a box is the ideal solution to that problem!

I don’t think I’ve ever tried an eye cream from Origins before, so I’m excited for this product.  I used it last night and so far, so good!

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I LOVE this month’s bag!  It goes perfectly with the soft + girly box theme! The dark blush and silky material is so fancy!

This bag is a huge improvement from last month’s!

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All in all, I’d say I’m very pleased with this month’s box! I’m going to be taking the NARS liquid lipstick with me everywhere for the foreseeable future!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your February box?

<3 Natalie

 

 

PLAY! by Sephora Review: January 2017

Hello everyone!

My PLAY! by Sephora box has arrived, and I’m excited to share it with you!

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The theme for January is “Beauty, Set, Go.”

A fun, little “fresh start” “girl on-the-go” kind of thing!

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Box Contents:

  • tarte – FRXXXTION Stick
  • OUAI – Treatment Masque
  • Tory Burch – Love Relentlessly
  • Youth to the People – Kale + Spinach + Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Cream
  • Clinique – Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
  • AmorePacific – Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
  • Drawstring Bag

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tarte – FRXXXTION Stick

I’ve never seen face cleanser in a stick form before.  I think the stick form is pretty cool!  When cleanser comes in a bottle, I inevitably end up dumping a little on the floor at some point. Since this soap is in stick form, that’ll never happen.  How handy!!

I’ve never tried a charcoal cleanser before, so the black color of the soap was new for me.  It was rather fun!  I actually saw the tip of my nose turning black, so I hopped out of the shower so I could see what my entire face looked like! 🙂

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OUAI – Treatment Masque

Since receiving the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair mask several months ago, I’ve fallen in love with hair masks!

I enjoy trying new things (as evidenced by my love of subscription boxes), so I was quite intrigued when I saw this hair mask in my box.

I was rather surprised when my PLAY! BOOK said that one treatment could end up using the entire sample bottle.  I don’t like the idea that you may only get one use out of a sample.  It seems like a bit of a waste to me.  How can you accurately judge whether or not you like a product or whether a product likes you off of one application?  Luckily, I only ended up using about half for my first treatment.

My hair feels very soft today, but I think I like my Briogeo mask better.  I don’t end up using nearly as much product, and I get the same results.

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Tory Burch – Love Relentlessly

My nose has been rather stuffed up recently, so I haven’t been able to tell whether or not I like this fragrance! 🙁

However, I do really like the pink and gold packaging!

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Youth to the People – Kale + Spinach + Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Cream

This moisturizer is very light and agrees well with my skin.

I had a problem last week with a moisturizer that was too heavy for me (uh oh!) and am very glad that this one is light.  I also like that it’s anti-aging!  It’s never too early to start preventing wrinkles!! 🙂

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Clinique – Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Clinique is actually the first makeup brand I ever tried, and I used it for many, many years.  I still use them for the majority of my skincare.

Throughout the years, I’ve received tons and tons of free samples of Black Honey, but hadn’t ever really given it a try until now.

The lipstick appears to be quite dark but is actually very light once it’s applied.  It slightly enhances my natural lip color and is quite pretty.  It’s perfect for everyday wear!

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AmorePacific – Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

I’ve been waiting for a foundation/BB/CC cream sample to come in my box!  Unfortunately, neither of these colors worked for me.  I have very fair skin, and both of these were just a little too dark for me.

That’s okay though.  I know how difficult it must be to match the skin tone of each and every subscriber that Sephora has.

I do like that this sample came with two colors though.  I’m sure it worked out for many people!

This month’s drawstring bag is plastic on the front and mesh on the back.

The quote is, “Sweat is just another way to glow.”

This bag and quote definitely goes with the theme for the month, but I am not a fan.

That’s okay though.  I’ve been subscribing for nine months now, and this is the first bag I have truly disliked.  I’m actually glad I don’t like it, because I won’t feel bad when I throw it away! I like all the other month’s bag, so I haven’t thrown a single one away yet!

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January wasn’t my favorite month of PLAY! by Sephora, but I do like a few of the products.

I’m going to tuck the Clinique lipstick in my purse and finish off the hair mask sometime this week!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your January box?

<3 Natalie

 

 

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: December 2016

Hello everyone!

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POPSUGAR Must Have delivery day is one of my favorite days of the month!

To receive a fun surprise each month like I do, click here.

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Box Contents:

  • Odeme – Catchall + Ring Dish
  • BaubleBar – Snowfall Pendant
  • Mane Message – Date Night Bobby Pins
  • Winky Lux – Lip Pill in Bunny
  • Sisters’ Gourmet – Baker’s Dozen Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • Dessange Professional Hair Luxury – Color Restore Color Protecting Top Coat Serum

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Odeme – Catchall + Ring Dish – Retail Value $67

Those of you that follow me on Instagram (if you don’t follow me, you totally should @pinkbowstwinkletoes) have probably figured our how much I love trinket dishes!  I like to use them in the majority of my photos.  So as you can imagine, this little set is just perfect for me!

I love the size, shape, and detailing of both of these dishes! When taking flatlay images, you’ll only be able to see the white rims, which I’m very pleased by.  Many of my dishes have gold accents, so these are a great change of pace for me!

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BaubleBar – Snowfall Pendant – Retail Value $28

I’m not so sure about this necklace.  It’s not exactly my style.  I wear more gold these days than silver, but I’m more unsure about the pendant itself.  It sort of reminds me of an old fashioned microphone.  Is anyone else getting that vibe, or is it just me?! 🙂

I’m going to see if any of my friends would like this necklace!  I’m sure one of them will!

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Mane Message – Date Night Bobby Pins – Retail Value $10

I pull my hair back with a plain bobby pin quite often, so I’m excited to mix it up with one of these.

This pack came with two glitter pins and one solid one.  They’re all so pretty, and I’m having trouble deciding which one is my favorite!  I haven’t decided what I’m going to wear for Christmas yet, but I’m going to try to incorporate one of these pins!

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Winky Lux – Lip Pill in Bunny – Retail Value $14

I loved this lipstick right off the bat just because of how adorable the floral box is! Isn’t it the cutest?!  Also the name “Bunny” is pretty adorable too!

After trying it on, I loved it even more. The cranberry color is very pretty!  I like it much more than the red lip stain I received in my PLAY! Box this month.  I’ll definitely be packing this pretty lip pill in my purse for the winter months.

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Sisters’ Gourmet – Baker’s Dozen Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix – Retail Value $6.99

POPSUGAR featured a cookie mix kit last winter.  I invited all my friends over, and we had a blast baking them together!  My friends and I are all living in different places now, so unfortunately, we won’t be able to do that again this year.  🙁

POPSUGAR recommends this as a hostess gift, which I think is a fantastic idea.  I also think it’d be great as a housewarming gift.  One of my friends is moving in January, so perhaps I’ll send it to her!

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Dessange Professional Hair Luxury – Color Restore Color Protecting Top Coat Serum – Retail Value $11.99

I’m always intrigued by the hair conditioners and treatments included in my boxes.  I actually discovered my favorite leave-in conditioner and hair mask in subscription boxes.

I have thinner hair, so some products are too much for me.  After using this product, I noticed that my hair was a little greasier than usual at the end of the day.

This serum isn’t bad, but I still don’t think it will become one of my favorites.  I’m going to see if one of my friends is interested in trying it out.

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The total retail value for the December box is $137.98.  That’s not too shabby!  I’m very excited about the trinket dishes, bobby pins, and the lipstick!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the December box?

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PLAY! by Sephora Review: December 2016

Hello everyone!

My PLAY! box has arrived, and I’m very excited!

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Sephora is prepping us for all the Christmas and New Year’s parties with this month’s “The Partygoers” box!

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All the rose gold detailing this month is just gorgeous!  So glitzy!  I love it!

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Box Contents:

  • Bobbi Brown – Smokey Eye Mascara
  • Make Up For Ever – Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer
  • Drybar – Detox Dry Shampoo
  • Urban Decay – All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
  • Sephora Collection – Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
  • Elizabeth and James – Nirvana Bourbon
  • Drawstring Bag

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Bobbi Brown – Smokey Eye Mascara

I’ve been using this mascara for several days now and really love it!  The spoolie is super fluffy (way fluffier than my usual Benefit Roller Lash), and I love it!  My lashes are loving it too!

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Make Up For Ever – Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer

I recently mentioned in another post how much I love trying out different face primers.  I’ve gotten a ton recently and have enjoyed mixing up my primer several days a week!

I received my first sample of this one several months ago.  It’s very nice, but right now I’m more into the illumating primers.  I’m sure I’ll jump back to the smoothing and “pore minimizing” ones like this soon though! 🙂

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Drybar – Detox Dry Shampoo

I never use dry shampoo, so this product is a loss for me.  That’s okay though.  I have several friends that use a great deal of it!  I’ll just give it to one of them.

I gave this product a test spray though, and it smells pretty fantastic!

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Urban Decay – All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Unlike dry shampoo, I use setting spray every single day.  I actually use this exact spray, so this is perfect for me!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally have a travel size bottle of this stuff!  I hate lugging the big bottle around on trips.  When this mini bottle runs out, I’ll just fill it up again from my full size and keep on spraying! 🙂

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Sephora Collection – Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

The perfect red lip for all your holiday parties!

I like the formula and pigmentation of this stain.  However, I don’t wear red lipstick often (if ever), so I’d definitely be interested in trying out this product in a more neutral, every day shade!  The next time I’m in Sephora I’m going to have to swatch a few different shades to see which one will work the best for me!

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Elizabeth and James – Nirvana Bourbon

As you know, fragrances and I don’t typically mesh well.

This perfume isn’t terrible, but also isn’t for me!  Oh well!

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This month’s bag is so pretty!  The black with the rose gold is just so glamorous!  It goes perfectly with the “holiday party” vibe that Sephora has going!

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All in all, I’d say I’m pretty pleased with this month’s box!  I think the setting spray and mascara are my favorite products this month!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your December box?

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