FabFitFun Summer 2018 Review - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

FabFitFun Summer 2018 Review

It’s subscription box review time! Today, I’m coming at you with a FabFitFun Summer 2018 review. I received a starter box a few months back, but this is my first “official” FabFitFun box. Trying out a new subscription box is always so exciting! Want $10 off your first box? Follow this link and use the code NEED10.

FabFitFun Summer 2018 Review - Pink Bows & Twinkle ToesEach FabFitFun box comes with a large magazine full of information on this season’s products, tips and tricks, and fun articles. The last page of the magazine has six coupon codes. One code for almost every brand included in the box. Who doesn’t love coupons?!

FabFitFun Summer 2018 Review - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Box Contents:

  • Yumi Kim – Makeup Train Case
  • tarte tarteist – PRO glow highlight & contour palette
  • Orlando Pita Play – Atmos-Shield Hair Protectant Treatment Spray
  • Minor History – Post Script Wallet
  • Jaboneria Marianella – Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar
  • COOLA – Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer
  • FOREO LUNA – fofo
  • Pier 1 Imports – Marble Ring Dish

FabFitFun Summer 2018 Review - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Yumi Kim – Makeup Train Case – Retail Value $58

FabFitFun gives subscribers a few customization options each month. I chose this navy train case instead of a beach towel. I have tons of towels, so I figured a new bag was a better choice!

FabFitFun Summer 2018 Review - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I love the navy and striped geometric pattern. It has a brush holder and a zipper pocket on top and a larger compartment on the bottom. I haven’t quite decided if I’m going to use this case for makeup or craft supplies yet. It’s going to be fantastic for both!

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tarte tarteist – PRO glow highlight & contour palette – retail value $45

I’m not one for contouring, but I do love makeup palettes! Since subscribing to my first box years ago, I quickly learned that subscription boxes LOVE to give out contour palettes. Also, contour palettes work great as eyeshadow!

I’ve been using this palette as eyeshadow for several weeks now an absolutely love it! I’ve been using Stunner on my lid, Scuplt in my crease, and Strobe as a highlight under my brow. If you have this palette too, you should give it a try. I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on this look!

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Orlando Pita Play – Amos-Shield Hair Protectant Treatment Spray – Retail Value $34

Right before getting this box in the mail, I purchased some new heat protectant spray. Terrible timing, right? Oh, well! I will eventually use up the spray I bought and this one too! I always like having a little extra on hand anyway.

I’ve been using this heat spray for the last few weeks and really like it! It smells nice and doesn’t leave the floor all slippery. You might think that’s a weird comment, but if you use heat protectant spray regularly, then you probably know what I mean. Sometimes, the spray will get on the floor and almost take you down! Yikes!

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Minor History – Post Script Wallet – Retail Value $20

This wallet is cute but is teeny tiny! It would fit 2-3 cards and that’s about it.

I think it’s better served as a luggage tag. That’s probably how I’m going to end up using it!

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Jaboneria Marianella – Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar

This is another item that FabFitFun let us pick out! I chose this body caviar over a ring and muscle gel. Out of the three items offered, I made what I thought was the best choice. After receiving the scrub though, I’m just not quite sure.

I can’t determine exactly what scent the caviar is, but it smells tangy and is just a little off. I’m also not a huge fan of the charcoal. It’s a tad messy and gets all over the shower wall when you go to wash it off. I’ll have to see if any of my friends are interested in taking it off my hands.

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COOLA – Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer – Retail Value $32

Sunscreen is a given when it comes to subscription boxes in the summer. I can guarantee that I will always get one, if not two or three, during the summer months. Although sunscreen is not an exciting product to receive, this fair-skinned girl doesn’t hate it! It’s definitely something that I will always use!

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FOREO LUNA – fofo – Retail Value $89

I think it’s so funny that this FOREO LUNA is called a fofo. What kind of name is that?! Too funny!

Aside from the goofy name, I do like the product. It’s quite different from my Clarisonic Mia 2 though. The fofo is smaller and harder to hold once it gets soapy, but is great for my back and chest. Because of the shape, I find it’s more difficult to use on my face. Because of that, I will be sticking to my Clarisonic for face washing.

A huge feature of the FOREO LUNA fofo is that it connects to an app and has the ability to create a personalized profile just for you and can be customized to your skin and its sensitivities. That’s fantastic except I can’t get the app to work. I have several friends that also received the fofo and aren’t having any troubles with the app. I think it’s just me! I’m hoping to get the app working soon!

Pier 1 Imports – Marble Ring Dish – Retail Value $14.99

How cute is this dish? The gold detailing is very chic! You can bet you’ll see this cutie pop up on my Instagram page in a styled photo sometime soon.

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The total retail value of my FabFitFun Summer 2018 box is $340.99. That’s incredible for a $50 box!

I got some great products this season and a few that I’m not in love with. Even so, I would consider the FabFitFun Summer 2018 box a success!

Do you want $10 off your first box? If so, follow this link and use the code NEED10.


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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

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

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!

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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

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

 

 

PLAY! by Sephora Review – June 2016

Hello everyone!

My second PLAY! by Sephora box has arrived, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

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The theme for the month of June is “The Minimalists.”

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Sephora is going for a “less is more” look this month.

I like the minimalist look myself.  I wear makeup everyday and have no problems with it, but I feel like some people completely over do it in their everyday lives!

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I can’t get over how cute and informative their PLAY! BOOK is.

The drawings are adorable and they give you some really useful tips!

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Box Contents:

  • Bumble and bumble – Don’t Blow It
  • bareMinerals – bareSkin Bronzer
  • Benefit Cosmetics – They’re Real! Mascara
  • BECCA – Backlight Priming Filter
  • TARTE – Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • TOCCA Beauty – Florence
  • Drawstring Bag

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Bumble and bumble – Don’t Blow It

The idea of this product is that it gives your hair the look of a blow dry without actually having to blow dry it!  That sounds fantastic!  All you have to do is apply it to towel dried hair and then let air dry!  Sounds super easy to me!

I wash my hair at night and sleep with it wet.  Because of that, I haven’t had a chance to give this a try yet!  You could argue that I could sleep with this product in my hair, but I don’t think it’ll look blow dried in the morning after being mashed into my pillow all night!

As soon as I get a chance, I will be giving this a try! I can’t wait to see the results!

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bareMinerals – bareSkin Bronzer

I have very fair skin, so I’ve never really used any bronzing products.  I’m quite comfortable with my fairness, and most bronzers are too dark for me anyway.

I won’t be getting any use out of this product, but I’m sure one of my friends will!

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Benefit Cosmetics – They’re Real! Mascara

I love Benefit products!  I use quite a few in my everyday routine!

I’ve used the They’re Real! Mascara in the past and it’s nice.  However, I prefer Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara.

The brush on They’re Real! is a huge selling point for many women, but I don’t actually like it.  I’m afraid I’ll poke myself in the eye with it!

Even though I prefer the Roller Lash, I will still keep this mascara in my rotation!  When I use up my current tube of Roller Lash, I’ll most likely start using They’re Real! again!

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BECCA – Backlight Priming Filter

I’ve never used any BECCA products before, so I was so excited to see this primer in my box!

I’ve been using it for several days now, and I like it!  It gives my skin a dewy look, which is different, but not bad!

I don’t think I’ll be making this my everyday primer, but I will definitely continue using it!

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TARTE – Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30

As I mentioned earlier, I’m very fair, so sunscreen is one of my best friends!

I went on vacation in May (and got quite a burn), so I wish this product had been in the May box instead of the June!  I’ll be going on vacation again in August and will definitely use it then!

The sunscreen is very light and smells great!  It’ll be perfect for layering under makeup or by itself!

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TOCCA Beauty – Florence

I love the packaging of this sample!  The little birdies are too cute!

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I’m very sensitive to perfume smells, so I’m always worried about whether or not I’ll like the samples I receive!  Luckily, I love this one!

Florence is light and fresh!  I’ve worn it twice this week, and it’s been great! I think I’ll wear it again tomorrow!

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Once again, Sephora packed all of their fantastic samples in a fabric, drawstring bag!

I love these bags!  The quality is fantastic, and I think it adds quite a bit to the box!

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Aside from the bronzer, I will use/have used all of these products!  I’d say June was a success!!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the June box?

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PLAY! by Sephora Review – May 2016

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to share my first PLAY! box with you!  I’ve been wanting this box for months and finally got my hands on it!!

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I love the striped packaging!  It’s so fun!

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Each box comes with a PLAY! BOOK and a PLAY!PASS that is good for a free one-on-one tutorial and 50 extra Beauty Insider points with any purchase!  How awesome is that?!

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When the booklet is completely unfolded, there are details, tips, and tricks on each product featured in the box.

I love how there’s a little drawing of each product instead of a photo!  So cute!!

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The theme for the May box is ” The Forces of Nature.”

Box Contents:

  • Atelier Cologne – Orange Sanguine
  • Korres – Wild Rose Sleeping Facial
  • Tarte – Lip Crayon – Latergram
  • Briogeo – Don’t Despair, Repair! – Deep Conditioning Mask
  • Bite Beauty – Amuse Bouche Lipstick – Kimchi
  • Origins – Maskimizer + Drink Up & Clear Improvement Masks
  • Drawstring goodie bag

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Atelier Cologne – Orange Sanguine

I’m very particular when it comes to perfumes and scents, so I don’t ever wear them.  However, I love citrus and like how this cologne smells!  I’m very surprised that I actually like the scent!

I’m going to go way outside my comfort zone and wear this cologne one day to see how I like the scent when it’s actually on me!

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Korres – Wild Rose Sleeping Facial

I’ve been replacing my nightly moisturizer with this product for several days now, and I really like it!  The rose scent is pretty light and my face looks great after I use it!

My friend, Lindsey, really enjoys this product as well!  She purchased the full-size a little while ago, so I know she’s looking forward to receiving this travel size in her PLAY! box!

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Tarte – Tarteist Lip Crayon – Latergram

I love Tarte products, but I haven’t had a chance to try any of the products from their Tarteist line yet. So I was very excited to see this lip liner in my box!

The color is a very neutral mauve, and I think I will get lots of use out of it!  I actually own a lipstick from Bite Beauty that matches it perfectly.  The lipstick color is called “Latte.”

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Briogeo – Don’t Despair, Repair! – Deep Conditioning Mask

I’ve never used a hair mask before, so I was quite intrigued by this product!  I used it in the shower last night, but I really didn’t notice any difference in my hair.  However, my mom did compliment my hair today and said it looked very pretty, so I do believe it did something!  I’m going to try it again soon, and then maybe I’ll notice a difference myself!

I’m not exactly sure what the scent of this mask is, but I really like it!  Before I had a chance to smell it, a friend of mine told me that she thought it smelled bad.  Thankfully, I disagree with her! 🙂

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Bite Beauty – Amuse Bouche Lipstick – Kimchi

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I own quite a few Bite Beauty lipsticks and absolutely love them!  As you can imagine, I was very excited to see one of their mini lipsticks in this box!

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The color of the lipstick is Kimchi and is described on the Sephora website as a “Shocking Pink.”  I definitely agree with that description.  This pink is very bright!

I’m sure plenty of girls can pull off this color, unfortunately though, I don’t think I’m one of them! 🙁

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Origins – Maskimizer + Drink Up & Clear Improvement Masks

I don’t do face masks very often, but I like the idea of a mask primer!

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Along with the mask primer, this little packet comes with two different masks. One mask cleans out pores and the other is hydrating.

I have sensitive skin and am very worried about irritation.  I’ve already changed my skincare routine by adding in the Korres sleeping facial, so I am going to wait a few days before giving these masks and this primer a try!

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Lastly, we have the drawstring bag that all of these goodies came in!

This is such an adorable bag with a fantastic design!  I love little bags, so I hope Sephora gives out a few more bags like this in the coming months!

I’m not sure what I’ll be keeping in my little goodie bag yet, but I’ll definitely be using it!

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I’m so happy with my very first PLAY! by Sephora subscription box!

I will certainly be using most of these products, and I can’t wait to see what comes in next month’s box!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the May box?

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POPSUGAR Must Have Review: November 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly POPSUGAR Must Have review!

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It’s always hard for me to take this picture!  The anticipation is almost too much, and I want to tear into my box right away every time!

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Box Contents:

  • Deepa Gurnani – Katie Crystal Headband
  • Tarte Cosmetics – Beauty & the Box Eye Shadow
  • West Emory – Bingo Set
  • Capri Blue – Mercury Jewel Box in Rain
  • Gramr Gratitude Co. – Exclusive Thanksgiving Postcard Pack
  • Terrapin Ridge Farms – Pecan Honey Mustard

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Deepa Gurnani – Katie Crystal Headband – Retail Value $56

I absolutely LOVE this headband!  I put it on right away!

I’ve been wanting a fancy headband like this for a long time now, but I’ve never found one that I thought was perfect or reasonably priced.  This one certainly isn’t reasonable priced, but it is perfect!

It has nice weight to it and doesn’t slip out of my hair. Fantastic!

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Tarte Cosmetics – Beauty & the Box Eye Shadow – Retail Value $22

I’m a huge Tarte fan, so I always love to see it in my boxes!

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These shadows are pretty and neutral.  They’re perfect for every day!

Some people got a different color variation of this same palette.  I think I would’ve preferred the other option better (it had a shimmer shadow in it), but this one is still great!  I’ll definitely use it!

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West Emory – Bingo Set – Retail Value $20

I love that they included a game in this month’s box!  So fun!

I’m not going to open mine yet, because I think it’ll make a great gift someday!

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Capri Blue – Mercury Jewel Box in Rain – Retail Value $18.95

Unfortunately, my candle came broken.  I’ve spoken to POPSUGAR and a replacement will be mailed to me in the next few weeks.  The candle is on back order, so it’s going to take a little while to get to me. 🙁

This candle smells great, and from what I can tell, the jar is beautiful and will make a great little knick knack holder when I’m done burning the candle.

Hopefully, the candle will get to me sooner than POPSUGAR’s estimate!

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Gramr Gratitude Co. – Exclusive Thanksgiving Postcard Pack – Retail Value $ 10

These postcards are so fun and pretty!  I absolutely love them!

Since they’re thanksgiving themed and thanksgiving is in less than a week, I don’t think I’ll be getting any use out of them this year.  Next year I will though!

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Terrapin Ridge Farms – Pecan Honey Mustard – Retail Value $6

I love honey mustard, and this kind looks really nice!

I’ll have to cook some chicken, so I can give it a try soon!

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The total retail value for the November box is $132.95!  So awesome!

Once I get the new candle, I will be super satisfied with this month’s contents!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the November box?

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POPSUGAR Must Have Review – February 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my POPSUGAR Must Have review! IMG_8074Subscription box days are my favorite days of the month!! IMG_8076Such a pretty pamphlet! IMG_8114Each box comes with a card full of detailed information on each product. IMG_8115Box contents:

  • Tarte Cosmetics – Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – True Love
  • U.S. Apothecary – Rose Water Bubble Bath
  • ACME Party Box Company – Bamboo Heart Cutting Board & Cheese Knife
  • BaubleBar – Mini Arrow Pendant Necklace – Silver
  • Figs & Rouge – 100% Natural Balm – Lemon Berry
  • Chuao Chocolatier – Ravishing Rocky Road Bar
  • Sally Beauty – FingerPaints Nail Color – Brushstroke Blush

IMG_8094Tarte Cosmetics – Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – True Love – Retail Value $26

I was SO excited when I saw that I would be receiving a Tarte blush is my February box!

Tarte is a fantastic brand, and this blush is great!

True Love is a very pretty reddish pink! I have to be careful with it though!  I’m used to a little bit lighter blushes, so I have to make sure I don’t apply too much!  I don’t want to walk out of the house looking like a clown! IMG_8134U.S. Apothecary – Rose Water Bubble Bath – Retail Value $30

This bubble bath is so luxurious and fancy! It smells pretty good too!

I don’t take bubble baths very often, so I’ll be saving this for a special occasion! IMG_8130ACME Party Box Company – Bamboo Heart Cutting Board & Cheese Knife – Retail Value $32

This is the cutest cutting board and cheese knife I’ve ever seen!

I don’t have much use for this right now, so I think I’ll save it and gift it to a friend in the future! IMG_8100BaubleBar – Mini Arrow Pendant Necklace – Silver – Retail Value $32

I’ve never bought anything from BaubleBar before, but I’ve heard great things about the company!

This necklace is perfectly dainty!

I read a few spoilers before I got my box, and saw that the necklace was being given out in several different metals.  At the time, I couldn’t decide which one I wanted.  I’m happy to say that the silver was a perfect choice for me!

I haven’t worn it yet.  I’m waiting to pair it with the perfect outfit! IMG_8137I was really excited to see that the necklace came with a coupon code!

I can’t wait to go online and see what else BaubleBar has to offer! IMG_8126Figs & Rouge – 100% Natural Balm – Lemon Berry – Retail Value $8

This is another item that varied from box to box.  Based on the reviews I’ve read, there are at least 2 different flavors.

I love lip balm, but I not a huge fan of the types that you have to stick your fingers in.

The balm says it’s tinted, but I didn’t notice any color when it was applied to my lips.

A few positives for the lip balm are that the smell is nice and light and the packing is super adorable!  I’m a sucker for good packaging! IMG_8117Chuao Chocolatier – Ravishing Rocky Road Bar – Retail Value $6

This chocolate bar is very yummy!  I’m eating it as I’m writing this post!

The marshmallows and salted caramel almonds are a great touch! IMG_8121SPECIAL EXTRA – Sally Beauty – FingerPaints Nail Color – Brushstroke Blush – Retail Value $5.50

This nail polish was added to every February box as a special bonus!  Very exciting!!

The polish I received is a pretty baby pink color!  Very fitting for the spring! It also came with a BOGO coupon!  Who doesn’t love BOGO?! IMG_8081I am very pleased with my February POPSUGAR Must Have box!

I payed ~$27 for this box and received $139.50 worth of product!

That is so awesome!

What did you think of your February box?! Bow signature pink

Ipsy Review – December 2014

Hi everyone!

My Ipsy review is a little late this time!  My bag didn’t come in the mail until after I’d already left for winter break, so I had to wait until I got back a few days ago to review it!

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IMG_7030The December theme was “Thinking of You.”

Ipsy thinks I’m a talented being!  Well isn’t that flattering?! 😉 (I didn’t know WordPress had emoticons!)

I like the shape of the December makeup bag, but I’m not a fan of the black material it’s made of!  I’d prefer a bag that is a fun, bright color and a nicer fabric!

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  • Sexy Hair – 450 Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray
  • Beauty Without Cruelty – A.H.A 3% Facial Cleanser
  • NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lip Balm
  • Tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • CAILYN Cosmetics – Just Mineral Eye Polish

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I rarely blow dry my hair, so I don’t have much use for this product.

I guess I’ll give it a try the next time I straighten my hair.  I assume it’ll work in that instance too!

IMG_7041Beauty Without Cruelty – A.H.A 3% Facial Cleanser

I’m not adventurous at all when it comes to facial cleansers, so I doubt I’ll ever use this.

It smells nice though!  Very clean!

IMG_7043NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lip Balm – Marshmallow

Ipsy offered four different color options for this lip balm.  Three of them were really pretty, and then there’s this one.  I’m really disappointed that I received the blah, nude color.

I have several friends that also subscribe to Ipsy, and they got marshmallow too.

I think the lip balm is supposed to be marshmallow scented, but it just smells like cheap, generic sweetness to me.

IMG_7044Tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

I LOVE Tarte, so I was pretty excited when I saw that it was the featured brand for December.

In all my Black Friday shopping, I acquired a deluxe sample of this mascara.  I love the formula, so I’m happy to have another one!

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CAILYN Cosmetics – Just Mineral Eye Polish – #5 Orchid

I was very intrigued when I saw this product appear in my Glam Room!  I’ve never used a loose powder eye shadow before.

I used the shadow yesterday, and I really liked it!  The color is a little pinker than I thought it would be, but it’s still very pretty!

I’m a mess, so I really like the packaging of this product.  The bottle is designed so that none of the loose powder can escape.  I didn’t quite believe it, so I turned the bottle upside down just to see what would happen! Crazily enough, there was no spillage! Yay!

IMG_7049All in all, December was a good month for Ipsy!  The Tarte and CAILYN were great, but the NYX could’ve been better!

What did you think of your December Ipsy bag?!

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