POPSUGAR Must Have Summer 2018 Review - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

POPSUGAR Must Have Summer 2018 Review

It’s been months since my last subscription box review! That’s entirely too long to go without a surprise box of goodies on my doorstep! Therefore, I am so happy to be back again today with this POPSUGAR Must Have Summer 2018 review! I’m so excited for this box and review! Are you?

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As I mentioned above, it’s been months since my last POPSUGAR Must Have review! That’s because POPSUGAR recently switched from a monthly subscription service to a quarterly one! From now on, you can expect my reviews to pop up every three months or so! Enough talking. Let’s get to it!

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Box contents:

  • Beauty by POPSUGAR – Be the Boss Lip Gloss: Time After Time
  • Eberjey – Wrap Robe
  • Sunday Riley – C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum
  • Lele Sadoughi – Circle Garland Earring
  • Sphynx – 3-in-1 Portable Razor
  • Mela Artisans – Concha Round Box
  • Ahmad Tea of London – Fruit & Herb Selection
  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Lavender Hand Sanitizer
  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Lemon Verbena Bar Soap
  • Propel – Watermelon Powder

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Beauty by POPSUGAR – Be the Boss Lip Gloss: Time After Time – Retail Value $18

I was very pleased to see a POPSUGAR beauty item in this box, especially since they recently launched the line! The gloss is a neutral color, which is great! Many times, when lip colors are included in subscription boxes, they’re the most ridiculous shades.

I love the consistency of the gloss and the color payoff! So pretty and natural. This gloss will be added to my revolving rotation of lip colors!

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Eberjey – Wrap Robe – Retail Value $88

This robe is incredibly soft! The blush pink with navy ribbing is feminine and pretty.

I can see myself lounging around the house on Sundays, sitting on the couch, and enjoying a cup of tea while wearing it! So comfy!

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Sunday Riley – C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum – Retail Value $85

I’ve heard lots of great things about Sunday Riley products, so I was very excited to give the C.E.O, Brightening Serum a try. I’ve been using this serum for several days now and really like it! It smells fantastic – like an explosion of oranges!

Because of the hefty price tag, I don’t see myself repurchasing. I’ll reconsider if I find the serum to be life changing though!

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Lele Sadoughi – Circle Garland Earring – Retail Value $98

These earrings are beautiful! I love the length and all the different colored stones!

I’ve worn them a few times now and love the way they look when paired with black dresses and tops. The stones really pop!

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Sphynx – 3-in-1 Portable Razor – Retail Value $14.99

How neat is this shaving kit? It includes a spray bottle, a shea butter shave bar, and two razor blades. How convenient is that? It’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time!

I haven’t tested it out yet, because I want to save it for an emergency. I’m sure you understand!

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Mela Artisans – Concha Round Box – Retail Value $60

This box is absolutely gorgeous! The shell top is just stunning and pairs very well with the wooden bottom.

I’m going to keep this on my dresser with little treasures or keepsakes inside.

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Ahmad Tea of London – Fruit & Herb Selection – Retail Value $4.50

This is the yummy tea I’ll be drinking while wearing the snuggly robe above!

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Mrs. Meyer’s – Lavender Hand Sanitizer – Special Extra

I just ran out of hand sanitizer at my desk, so this couldn’t have come at a better time!

The scent is subtle and perfect for the workplace. I wouldn’t want to annoy the people around me with any strong smells.

Mrs. Meyer’s – Lemon Verbena Bar Soap – Special Extra

I haven’t opened the bar soap yet, because I’m saving it to use at my kitchen sink. I’ve smelled it through the wrapper though, and it smells great! Fresh and clean!

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Propel – Watermelon Powder – Special Extra

I don’t do a lot of exercise, so I won’t be getting full use of this product. However, I’m planning to keep it at my desk at work to drink when I don’t feel like drinking plain water. Watermelon water will be a nice change of pace!

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The POPSUGAR Must Have Summer 2018 box has a total retail value of over $368.49. That’s incredible!

The quarterly box is about double the price of the old, monthly box but the retail value is almost double! I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the POPSUGAR Must Have Summer 2018 box! The selection and value of the items is greater than what I was expecting, so I can’t wait to see what the fall box has in store!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR?

What do you think of the POPSUGAR Must Have Summer 2018 box?


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POPSUGAR Must Have Review: February 2018

Hello, hello!

It’s time for my monthly POPSUGAR Must Have review! I’m sad to say that this will be my last monthly review. Not because I’m unsubscribing but because POPSUGAR is changing to a quarterly box. That means I’ll be doing a review every three months or so.

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Box Contents:

  • K. Hall Designs – Peony Jar Candle
  • TokyoMilk – Anthemonessa No. 84 Shea Butter Handcreme
  • Nima Oberoi Lunares – Heart Vase
  • Droga Chocolates – Money on Honey – Dark Chocolate Brown Rice Crispy
  • La Soula Jewelry – Universal Love Bracelet
  • TokyoMilk – French Kiss No. 15 Parfum
  • Stella Artois – Limited Edition Chalices

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K. Hall Designs – Peony Jar Candle – Retail Value $26

Over the last few months, POPSUGAR has added quite a few candles to my collection! I’m not complaining though! I love a good candle!

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TokyoMilk – Anthemonessa No. 84 Shea Butter Handcreme – Retail Value $22

I use hand cream every single night before bed, so I’m always pumped when I get a tube in a subscription box!

The packaging is absolutely stunning! The scent is pretty great too! Very light and girly!

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Nima Oberoi Lunares – Heart Vase – Retail Value $49

This vase is simple but chic! I don’t have a place for it now, but I’m sure I will soon!

P.S. How awkward is it to photograph things that are reflective?! #SuperAwkward

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Droga Chocolates – Money on Honey – Dark Chocolate Brown Rice Crispy – Retail Value $4.99

Chocolate with caramel is one of my favorite types of chocolate! Dark chocolate isn’t at the top of my list, but it’s pretty good in this honey caramel and rice crispy combo!

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La Soula Jewelry – Universal Love Bracelet – Retail Value $39

Another simple and chic item! POPSUGAR let us pick between gold and silver this month, and I went with silver. Since I picked gold before, I decided to mix it up this month!

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TokyoMilk – French Kiss No. 15 Parfum – Retail Value $30

I’m pretty sensitive to smells on my body. Super scented hand creams bother me and the same goes for perfumes.

I like the fragrance of this perfume, but I don’t think I could handle wearing it! I have a friend that’s interested so I will be gifting this to her!

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Stella Artois – Limited Edition Chalices – Special Extra

For each one of these glasses sold, Stella Artois and water.org will provide five years’ worth of clean water for someone in need, which is pretty cool!

I understand and appreciate the charity aspect of the glasses, but I’m just not sure what I’m going to do with them. The person I had them in mind for doesn’t want them! I guess I’ll just have to think of someone else then!

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The total retail value of this box is $170.99, which isn’t too shabby for a $40 box!

However,  I’m a little disappointed in the February box. Because of the switch from monthly to quarterly, I thought POPSUGAR would have an incredible, final monthly. I just don’t think that’s the case with this box though. Nothing about it really WOWs me. 🙁

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?

What do you think of the February box? What do you think of the switch from monthly to quarterly?

I’ll be back again in a few months with my first quarterly box review!

 <3 Natalie

 

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: January 2018

Hello, hello!

It’s time for the first POPSUGAR Must Have Review of 2018! Are you excited?! I know I am!

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Box contents:

  • Hat Attack – Lightweight Ribbed Hat with Faux Fur Pom
  • Nuun  Hydration – Nuun Vitamins – Strawberry Melon
  • RXBAR – Chocolate Sea Salt RXBAR
  • BAN.DO – Best Year Ever Wall Calendar
  • KeepCup – KeepCup Original Clear Edition – 16 oz.
  • Farmacy Beauty – HONEY DROP Lightweight Moisturizer with Echinacea GreenEnvy Honey

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Hat Attack – Lightweight Ribbed Hat with Faux Fur Pom – Retail Value $44

We’ve had a few really cold days in Florida recently, so I’ve loved wearing this hat in the mornings for my walk from the parking garage to my office.

Also, that pom pom is fantastic!

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Nuun  Hydration – Nuun Vitamins – Strawberry Melon – Retail Value $7

I am not 100% sure what this is for and what it’s supposed to do for me. I need to do a little more research on it before trying this out!

RXBAR – Chocolate Sea Salt RXBAR – Retail Value $1.99

I’ve seen a lot of these bars on Instagram over the last few months, so I was pumped to see one pop up in my box. I took it to work with me the next day for a midday snack.

The flavor was great! However, the entire time I was eating it I was worried about it getting stuck in my teeth. The bar was dark brown and gummy, so you can just imagine how gross and embarrassing that would be to have stuck in your teeth!

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BAN.DO – Best Year Ever Wall Calendar – Retail Value $20

Y’all know how much I love planners. It turns out I love calendars too! I haven’t used a wall calendar in years, so I’m excited to add this cutie to my wall decor!

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Each month has a different piece of artwork on top. Out of all the months, February is my favorite! <3

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KeepCup – KeepCup Original Clear Edition – 16 oz. – Retail Value $19

For the last few days, I’ve been thinking about taking some hot tea with me on my commute to work. This to-go cup will be perfect for that!

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I like how sleek and simple this cup is. The light blue lid accent adds a great pop of color to it!

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Farmacy Beauty – HONEY DROP Lightweight Moisturizer with Echinacea GreenEnvy Honey – Retail Value $45

I have sensitive skin so trying new moisturizers is always a little scary for me! I’ve tried Farmacy products before, so I had it on good authority that this moisturizer probably wouldn’t agree with me. Unfortunately, I was right and it makes me a little itchy.

I love Farmacy though! Their packaging is incredible! They really pay attention to details. The lid on this container has a magnet in it, so that little metal spatula stays right where it’s supposed to!

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The total retail value of this month’s box is $136.99. That’s relatively low in the grand scheme of POPSUGAR box values but it’s still great for a $40 box!

My favorite items this month would have to be the BAN.DO calendar and the KeepCup. I’m also pretty excited about the pom pom hat!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the January box?

<3 Natalie

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PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017

Happy Halloween!

I wanted to test the October products for a little while longer this month, so I pushed back my review until the last possible moment!

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“Complexion Companions” is the theme for the October box! All of this month’s products (aside from the fragrance sample) are complexion-related.

This month’s PLAY!BOOK features an adorable “get ready with me” series full of tips and tricks to prepare your face for the day.

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Box Contents:

  • Becca – First Light Filter Face Primer
  • Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • Laura Mercier – Translucent Powder
  • Cover FX – Custom Enhancer Drops
  • Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Skin Booster
  • Chanel – Gabrielle Chanel
  • Drawstring Bag

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Becca – First Light Filter Face Primer

You know me well enough by now to know how much I love trying new primers!

This Becca primer is the prettiest shade of lilac and is very thin and lightweight. The primer is so light that I actually think the bottle feels half empty.

There’s nothing that excites me about this primer (aside from the color!) I don’t love it enough to by the full size, but I will be finishing up this little tube.

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Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in R230

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I pulled this foundation sample out of my PLAY! bag. If you watched my IG Story a few weeks ago, you can attest that I was very pleased!

One of the two foundations that I currently switch off between each day is actually Make Up For Ever Ultra HD. I’ve been using it for several years now and absolutely love the formula and the coverage!

Unfortunately, the shade I received in this month’s box doesn’t work for me. However, my PLAY!BOOK says that I can go into a Sephora store with my PLAY!PASS and get a sample that’s just right for me! (I wear shade Y235.) That is fantastic news!

Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Skin Booster

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I put off writing this review for a week or so because I wanted to really get an in-depth feel for a few of the products. This skin booster was one of the products that I needed a little more time with.

My PLAY!BOOK says that this product is “a skin-perfecting serum that plumps, smooths, and hydrates your skin for flawless makeup application.”

I’ve used the skin booster several times and haven’t noticed any difference in my makeup application. I think this might be one of those products that just doesn’t work for me.

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Laura Mercier – Translucent Powder

A few months back, I went on a mission to find my new, favorite setting powder. I used the Urban Decay loose powder for years and LOVED it. Over the last few years, it’s become increasingly difficult to find. Because of that, I decided to abandon ship and find a powder that worked just as well but was easier to come by.

While on that mission, I tried the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.  I thought it was going to be my new favorite, but alas, I was wrong. This powder is a little chunkier and perhaps slightly more moist than I would like.

Eventually, I settled on the bareminerals Mineral Veil loose powder. Their powder is nice and fine and perfectly suits my needs.

Even though I didn’t find the Laura Mercier powder to be my favorite, I’ll still save this sample and use it in a pinch!

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Cover FX – Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight

Cover FX drops have interested me for months now. I heard about their Custom Cover Drops at an in-store PLAY! event and have wanted to try them ever since.

These drops are slightly different but are still the same idea. All you have to do is add a few drops to your foundation and then apply to the areas of your face where you’d like a little highlight.

I’m not the best at highlighting my face. I usually stay away from contouring products, because I don’t want to accidentally make myself look like a clown! However, these drops were super easy to use! I’m going to save them for special events when I want to add a little extra glow to my face.

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Chanel – Gabrielle Chanel

You know by now that perfume and I don’t get along! 😉

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Sephora is at again with the adorable doodles! <3

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Sephora did a fantastic job this month of picking a theme and sticking to it!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your October box?

<3 Natalie


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PLAY! By Sephora Review: September 2017

Hello, friends!

I hope you all are having a great week so far! Mine is shaping up to be a pretty good one! Starting it off with a PLAY! by Sephora review is always fun!

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“Fall Into Beauty” is the theme for the September 2017 box. Quite fitting since fall just officially began!

This month’s PLAY!BOOK is full of tips and tricks for transitioning your beauty/hair/skincare routines to fall. Lots of great tips this month!

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Box Contents:

  • Benefit Cosmetics – Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel
  • stila – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
  • DevaCurl – Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask
  • Laura Mercier – Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Happy
  • belif – The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb
  • Giorgio Armani – Acque di Gioia
  • Drawstring Bag

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Benefit Cosmetics – Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

Y’all have probably figured out by now that I’m a lover of Benefit Cosmetics. I use their moisturizer every single day and one of their primers several days a week.

You probably also know that I don’t do much (anything actually) with my eyebrows. I have thick brows, so I never feel the need to fill them. Even if I wanted to, this shade of brow gel is a little too dark for me.

My sister-in-law has darker hair, so I’m going to see if she’d like to give this product a try!

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stila – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Another thing I’m sure you’ve noticed is that I rarely wear eye liner. I have the hardest time applying it, so I usually only wear it for special events.

My mom uses this particular eye liner every day, so she’s happy to take this sample off my hands!

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DevaCurl – Melt Into Moisture Match Butter Conditioning Mask

One thing I do love? Hair masks! I discovered my love of hair masks in a POPSUGAR Must Have box many moons ago!

Because of their brand name (devaCURL), I always thought that all their products were for curly-haired girls. As a straight-haired curl, I don’t have much use for curly products.

I am happy (ECSTATIC, actually) to report that this hair mask is INCREDIBLE!! I’ve used it twice now and have been so impressed with the results. One of my good friends told me that my hair looked “the best she’d ever seen it” after I used this mask!

I worked a quarter-size amount into my hair after shampooing. I went about my shower (about seven minutes) and then rinsed and combed it through. I slept with it wet and brushed it the next morning. TA-DA! The best hair ever!

I will definitely be purchasing a full-size bottle once this sample is empty.

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Laura Mercier – Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Happy

Another thing I love? Lipstick! There’s just something about lip color!

I’m not sure if you can see it, but this lipstick has tiny shimmers in it. That scared me a little at first. I don’t particularly love glitter on my lips. However, once the lipstick is applied, you can’t really see the glitter! Woohoo!! That makes me very happy! 😉

“Happy” is a warm fuschia color that’s quite fun! It’s bright, but I like it! I think this color is better suited for spring/summer instead of winter/fall though.

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belif – The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

One of my friends really likes this cream, so I was excited to give it a try. I’m always wary of breaking out when I try new moisturizers. Thankfully, this one agreed with my skin!

Although it agreed with me, there’s nothing super exciting about it for me. There’s nothing bad about the product. I just prefer my Benefit moisturizer.

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Giorgio Armani – Acque di Gioia

Another month. Another fragrance sample.

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The drawstring bag for September is super fancy and satiny. It’s a pretty color too! My sister-in-law took the last satiny bag, so maybe I’ll manage to hang on to this one for a bit! 🙂

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September was a decent month for me! The lipstick is great, and I LOVE the hair mask!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your September box?

<3 Natalie


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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

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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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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