POPSUGAR Must Have Review: February 2017

Hello everyone!

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

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To receive a fun box of goodies each month like I do, click here.

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Box Contents:

  • Tribe Alive – Foldover Clutch – Atitlán Brocade
  • Battington Lashes – Monroe 3D Silk Lashes
  • Kris Nations Jewelry – Love Script Necklace
  • Chuao Chocolatier – Cinnamon Cereal Smooch Chocolate Bar
  • Juara Skincare – Candlenut Body Creme
  • Revlon – Super Lustrous Love Is On Lipstick

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Tribe Alive – Foldover Clutch – Atitlán Brocade – Retail Value $98

This clutch is absolutely gorgeous!  I love the black + cream color palette.  So cute.  So classy.

I don’t carry clutches often (I’m afraid of setting my purse down and accidentally walking away), so I will be using this bag to hold my planner(s) and accessories when I travel.  This clutch is super roomy, so I know I’ll be able to fit all my supplies inside!

Here are photos of both sides of the clutch.  Each side features a different design.  How fun is that?!  I’m not sure which is my absolute favorite, but I’m leaning toward the one on the right!

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Battington Lashes – Monroe 3D Silk Lashes – Retail Value $28

I was pretty surprised to see these lashes in my box this month.  I’ve subscribed to many different beauty boxes over the years and have never received eyelashes before.

I tried to put on fake eyelashes once in high school for a spirit day and things didn’t go so well.  I haven’t tried since then.  I have luscious lashes (mostly kidding 😉 ), so even if I were capable of putting these on, I probably wouldn’t bother.

I have a few friends that wear fake lashes, so I’m going to see if any of them would like to give these a try!

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Kris Nations Jewelry – Love Script Necklace – Retail Value $48

I received some earring from this brand two February’s ago in my POPSUGAR box, and absolutely loved them!

The packaging (real glass and cork) is divine, and the jewelry styles are adorable too!  I’ve already used the jar + cork in an Instagram post, and am wearing this necklace today (Happy Valentine’s Day!!)

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Chuao Chocolatier – Cinnamon Cereal Smooch Chocolate Bar – Retail Value $6

This is another brand I’ve received before in a POPSUGAR box.  The last bar I got was rocky road flavored.  Yum!

I love all the fun flavors that Chuao includes in their chocolate bars.  Cinnamon Toast Crunch is one of my favorite cereals, so I was elated when I saw it was included in this bar!  Unfortunately, I’m not getting much cinnamon flavor.  The chocolate is still delicious though!

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Juara Skincare – Candlenut Body Creme – Retail Value $35

I’ve been really into trying out different body + hand cremes recently, so I was pumped when I pulled this jar out of my box!  The creme is thick and smells really yummy.  It has a soft, sweet, and nutty vibe to it.  I love it!

I like to put creme on my hands and arms every night before bed.  I’ve been using this creme for the last few days and absolutely love it!

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Revlon – Super Lustrous Love Is On Lipstick – Retail Value $7.99

Y’all know how much I love lip products, so you can probably guess how excited I was to find this in my box.

I don’t typically wear red lipstick, but this one is gorgeous.  I’ll definitely be wearing this the next time I hit the town!

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The total retail value for the February POPSUGAR Must Have box is $222.99!  That is just crazy!  I’m not sure I’ve ever received a box with that high of a value before!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?

What do you think of the 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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PLAY! by Sephora Review: November 2016

Hi everyone!

My PLAY! by Sephora box has arrived!

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I never received a tracking email for this box, so the arrival was a welcomed surprise! 🙂

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“Best in Glow” is the theme for the November box.

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So many great tips included in this month’s PLAY! BOOK!  I also enjoy watching the Sehpora unboxing video to learn even more tips and tricks!

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Box Contents:

  • COVER FX – Illuminating Primer
  • Laura Mercier – Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold
  • MAISON MARGIELA – ‘REPLICA’ Lipstick On
  • Caudalie – Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
  • Sephora Collection – Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Pink
  • GLAMGLOW – THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment
  • Drawstring Bag

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COVER FX – Illuminating Primer

I’ve been itching to try some new primers recently, so I was very pleased when I pulled this product out of my bag.

I loved the BECCA illuminating primer I received in my June box and ended up using all of it.  This COVER FX primer is fantastic, and I definitely see myself using all of it too!

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Laura Mercier – Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold

I’m sure you’ve already figured this out, but I love Love LOVE eye shadows, especially champagne, shimmer ones!  This shadow color is perfect for my everyday, natural look and the stick form is pretty handy!  Just a few swipes and I’m good to go! 🙂

I’ve used this shadow stick everyday since receiving my PLAY! box and will continue to use it until it’s all gone!

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MAISON MARGIELA – ‘REPLICA’ Lipstick On

I love this product packaging.  I think all the details on the front are super cute and rather informative!

I’ve worn the fragrance once and wasn’t in love with it.  That’s okay though, because I don’t typically enjoy wearing perfume!

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Caudalie – Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Before even trying this moisturizer, I was in love!  The pink bottle and the name “sorbet” were instant hits with me!

My skin is having some moisture issues right now, so I can’t form an honest opinion on this moisturizer.  I’m sure I’ll really like it when my skin is back to normal though!

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Sephora Collection – Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Pink

This lip gloss is super duper hot pink looking, so I was rather intimidated by it at first.  I assumed that it would look just terrible one me!

Surprisingly enough, the gloss is actually a sheer pink that’s very flattering!  I think it’ll be a nice color for spring and summer.  I live in Florida, so I will get some use out of it now, but don’t see myself using it in the winter months.

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GLAMGLOW – THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment

I’m not a huge fan of face masks, so I wasn’t as excited to see this product in my bag as some people might be!  I take a shower right before bed, so face masks really don’t fit in with my nightly routine.

That being said, I did see in the Sephora unboxing video (linked above) that you can sleep in this mask and not worry about washing it off in the morning.  That sort of low maintenance application is right up my alley, so I will be giving it a go tonight!

I already promised one of my friends that she could have the mask, so I better not use too much tonight! 🙂

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This month’s bag is pretty fun!  I like all the product sketches and that they included the month of the box! 🙂

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All in all, I’d say that November was a pretty great box for me!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your November box?

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POPSUGAR Must Have Review: November 2016

Hello everyone!

My POPSUGAR Must Have box has arrived, and I’m super excited about it!

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To receive a fun box of surprise goodies each month, click here!

I try my best to avoid all the spoilers for POPSUGAR each month! I really want my box to be a complete surprise, so I don’t follow POPSUGAR Must Have on social media.  I also don’t look at subscription boxes on Instagram until after mine has arrived.  Unfortunately, I did accidentally stumble upon a spoiler for this box about a week before it arrived! 🙁

I LOVED the spoiler that I saw, so I was rather impatient after that for my box to finally arrive!  Although I did end up enjoying the spoiler, I’m still going to try my best to avoid all the spoilers for the December box!

I want to apologize really quickly for the lighting in all these photos.  I took all the photos at the same time, but the sun seems to have been working against me! 🙁

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Box Contents:

  • Kendra Scott – Elaina Rose Gold Bracelet in White Pearl
  • Pehr – Chambray Runner Wine
  • Stowaway Cosmetics – Dawn to Dusk Palette
  • AJ Goods – Nest Wire Basket
  • Meri Meri – Star Party Picks
  • Oogie’s Snacks – Oogie’s Gourmet Toffee Butter Popcorn

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Kendra Scott – Elaina Rose Gold Bracelet in White Pearl – Retail Value $50

I love Love LOVE Kendra Scott jewelry!  I have quite the collection and wear something KS almost every day! This will be my fourth toggle style bracelet of hers.  Yes, I really do have a large collection.  My friends think I’m a tad crazy! 🙂

This was the spoiler I accidentally stumbled upon!  As you can imagine, I was super duper excited when I saw it on Instagram and even more excited when I got my box and had it in my hands!

I’ve been waiting for POPSUGAR to feature another Kendra Scott product for years!  I’m so happy that it finally happened!!

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Pehr – Chambray Runner Wine – Retail Value $44

I love the design of this table runner!  The colors and pattern are simple and quite attractive.

I think it would be perfect for a Thanksgiving tablescape!

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I love that there is wine colored fringe on the ends of the runner!  That adds a nice, little touch to it!

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Stowaway Cosmetics – Dawn to Dusk Palette – Retail Value $25

Eye shadow palettes are always fun in subscription boxes!  I use the Pixi palette from the March box several times a week!

This Stowaway palette has some fantastic, versatile shadows in it that I know I’ll get a lot of use out of. The four shadows on the left are my favorites! I’m not sure I’ll get use out of the navy shadow, but I know I will use all the others!

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AJ Goods – Nest Wire Basket – Retail Value $35

This bowl would go really well with the table runner above.  Throw some fruit in there and you’ve got a pretty center piece!

This bowl would also be excellent for holding some of my extensive washi tape collection! 🙂

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Meri Meri – Star Party Picks – Retail Value $8

These party picks would have been PERFECT for my friend’s bachelorette party last week!  If only my box had arrived sooner! Oh well!

I think I’ll save these for a birthday party or perhaps New Year’s Eve!

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Oogie’s Snacks – Oogie’s Gourmet Toffee Butter Popcorn – Retail Value $2.99

Just like usual, this month’s snack is delicious!

How fun would it be to pick out the snack for each month’s POPSUGAR box?! I would have a ton of fun doing that job! 🙂

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The total retail value of this month’s box is $164.99.  That’s fantastic!

Honestly, if all this box had it in was the bracelet, it still would’ve totally been worth it to me! That being said, I am still really excited about all the other products! After I get done writing this post, I’m going to eat some more of that yummy popcorn!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the November box?

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PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2016

Hello everyone!

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

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“The Cool Cut” is the theme for the October box.  Sephora has dubbed all of these products as the ones to watch!

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Sephora does it again with the adorable doodles!

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Box Contents:

  • Smashbox – Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat
  • NUDESTIX – Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Belle
  • Too Cool For School – Egg Mellow Cream
  • Skin Inc. – Pure Revival Peel
  • Verb – Leave-In Mist
  • TOM FORD – Orchid Soleil
  • Fabric drawstring bag

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I love sampling lip colors, so I was rather pumped when I pulled both of these out of my drawstring bag.

Smashbox – Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat

I’m not a huge fan of matte lipsticks, but I love this one! The formula is smooth, and the applicator is great!

Unfortunately, this shade is a little too orange for me, so I’m going to look into purchasing this product in a rosier hue!

NUDESTIX – Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Belle

This stick is pretty cool and has a multitude of uses.  It can be used as a lip liner, lipstick, and a cheek color!  I’ve tried it all three ways and think it’s better suited for my lips than my cheeks.

I think this stick has a hint of orange in it just like the lipstick above.  It’s more wearable for me than the Smashbox lip color though.

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Too Cool For School – Egg Mellow Cream

I’ve gotten a few freebie, foil packet samples of this product with previous Sephora purchases but haven’t actually given it a try until now.

This is another one of those “do it all” products.  It can be used as a serum, priming moisturizer, eye cream, neck cream, and sleeping mask.  I’ve chosen to use it as an eye cream for now.

The egg extract in this cream certainly gives it a more gooey texture, but I like it.  I don’t know why, but I do!

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Skin Inc. – Pure Revival Peel

This skin peel is so cool!  I’ve only used it once, but I already love it!

After rubbing it on my face for a few seconds, I could feel (and see) the dead skin balling up and coming off of my face! I know that sounds disgusting, but it’s also really cool!

I’m definitely going to continue using this product! Who knows, I might even purchase it when my sample runs out!

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Verb – Leave-In Mist

I’m a dork and totally thought that this product’s main function was as a leave-in conditioner!  It wasn’t until I watched Sephora’s unboxing video (and used the mist) that I realized that wasn’t actually the case! Whoopsie!!

This leave-in mist’s main function is as a heat protector. I don’t have a travel size heat protecting spray, so this will serve me well the next time I leave town!

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TOM FORD – Orchid Soleil

As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, I’m not a huge fan of most perfume-y smells.  Sadly this perfume doesn’t agree with me.  That’s okay though!  I don’t ever expect to enjoy the perfume samples, so it’s always an exciting surprise when I do.  Perhaps I’ll enjoy next month’s sample!

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I think the phrase on this month’s bag is cute, but I don’t necessarily love the execution.

I’ve loved every other bag they’ve given out, so I knew there would be one I didn’t like at some point!

Perhaps I’ll give this baggie to a lipstick-loving friend of mine! 🙂

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This wasn’t my favorite month of PLAY! by Sephora, but I still ended up with some great products that I know I’ll use!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the October box?

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POPSUGAR Must Have Review: October 2016

Hello everyone!

It’s POPSUGAR Must Have review time!  Are you excited to see what I got?!

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

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Box Contents:

  • Henri Bendel – Packable Umbrella
  • Lalicious – Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil and Bubble Bath
  • My Cup of Cocoa – Dark Drinking Chocolate
  • Morning Culture – Rise & Shine Diner Mug
  • Makeup Eraser – The Makeup Eraser Mini!
  • Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar
  • Revlon – ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen

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Henri Bendel – Packable Umbrella – Retail Value $58

I was so excited when I saw POPSUGAR’s sneak peek of this item earlier in the month! I received an umbrella from POPSUGAR last year and absolutely love it!  It’s my go-to umbrella on rainy days!  I’m sure I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this umbrella too!

I love the chocolate brown and white stripes with the raspberry accents.  So pretty!

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Lalicious – Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil and Bubble Bath – Retail Value $28

I always enjoy receiving body wash in my subscription boxes.  I’ve gotten so many in the past that it’ll be a while before I have to go out and buy any myself!

My only complaint about this product is the scent.  I know vanilla is a standard scent that the majority of people enjoy, however, I am not one of them.  I’ll most likely end up giving this product to a friend who will enjoy it more than me.

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My Cup of Cocoa – Dark Drinking Chocolate – Retail Value $4.99

As you know, I always look forward to the edible item that POPSUGAR includes every month.  This drinking chocolate did not disappoint!

The chocolate powder mixes with milk to create a deliciously creamy treat! 🙂

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Morning Culture – Rise & Shine Diner Mug – Retail Value $16

These days I’m a huge fan of mugs and trinket dishes to hold all of my pens and planner supplies!

I’m sure I’ll drink something (perhaps the drinking chocolate?) out of this mug at some point, but right now, it’s sitting on my dresser holding several pairs of scissors!

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Makeup Eraser – The Makeup Eraser Mini! – Retail Value $12

A good friend of mine has a Makeup Eraser and absolutely loves it!  After her rave reviews, I was very excited to give this little guy a try.

I’ve used it a few times now, and it’s been working really well.  The cloth is very soft and more gentle on my skin than the typical makeup remover wipe!

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Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar – Retail Value $25

Motivational books aren’t typically my style, but I’m enjoying this one so far!

I’m going to keep Power Your Happy by my bedside and read a little bit each night.  I’m sure I’ll be finished with it in no time!

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Revlon – ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen – Retail Value $8.99

If you’ve read my last couple of subscription box review posts, you know by now that eyeliner and I aren’t the best of friends.  This is another product that I’ll be giving away to a better home!

One neat thing I’ll mention about the eyeliner is that its felt tip is designed in a way that provides you with three different line thicknesses.  You can see a little sample of the thicknesses on the packaging above. If I was an eyeliner user, I think I’d find that feature pretty handy!

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The total retail value for the October box is $152.98.  That’s not too shabby!

I’m very pleased with five of the seven items included this month! And I’m sure my friends will be very pleased by the two items that I’ve chosen to give away!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the October box?

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PLAY! by Sephora Review: September 2016

Hello everyone!

My PLAY! by Sephora box arrived a few days ago, and I can’t wait to share all my new goodies with you!

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I love Sephora’s packaging!  They always knock it out of the park!

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September’s theme: The Unbasic Basics

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As you know, I love me some product doodles! 🙂

I love reading all of the tips and tricks that Sephora includes in their PLAY!BOOK each month!  I also enjoy watching their monthly video.  Check it out!

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Box Contents:

  • Sephora Collection – Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Gel
  • Ole Henriksen – Sheer Transformation
  • Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner in Trooper
  • Atelier Cologne – Sud Magnolia
  • Living Proof – Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector
  • Drawstring bag

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Sephora Collection – Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell

Lip products are one of my favorite things to sample, so I was very excited when I pulled this out of the fabric bag!

Love Spell is a very light, natural pink color.  I think it might be a little too natural for me though.  When applied, I can’t see much difference between this lip color and my lips!  Maybe I’m not applying enough or maybe this just isn’t lip color for me!  We will see!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Gel

I know tons of people are all about brows right now, but I’m not one of them. I don’t actually do anything to my eyebrows except pluck them.

My sister-in-law has been wanting to try some Anastasia products, so I knew she’d want to give this gel a try.  I gave it to her several days ago, and she was so excited!  I’m sure she’ll get way more use out of it than I would have.

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Ole Henriksen – Sheer Transformation

I received some Ole Henriksen makeup wipes several years ago in another subscription service, but unfortunately, they were so strongly scented that I couldn’t use them.

Thankfully, this moisturizer is unscented, and I like it quite a bit. It’s lightweight, and I have no worries about it irritating my skin.  That’s always a plus!

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Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner in Trooper

As a mentioned last month, I’m not a big eye liner user.

I love the idea of liquid liners, but I’m just to shaky and unpredictable to be trusted with them.  I actually have a few liquid liners, and when I’m feeling really brave, I do bring them out and give them a whirl.  That doesn’t happen often though!

Like the Anastasia product above, I gave this liner to my sister-in law!  She tried it out right away.  She wasn’t in love with the thickness though.  She would’ve preferred a little thicker of a line from the get go.  However, she did love how much control she had over the application!

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Atelier Cologne – Sud Magnolia

This is the second Atelier Cologne I’ve received since subscribing to PLAY! in May.  I like the brand and the scents, but I’m surprised that they repeated a brand so soon.

I love that they include a postcard with their fragrance.  That really adds a little something to the product and packaging!

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Living Proof – Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector

I’ve really been enjoying new hair products recently, so I was pretty excited when I saw this in my box.  One huge plus to this product is that you can use it with damp hair.  I shower at night, so I don’t like products that require you to wash them off/out in the morning!

Perfect Hair Day reminds me quite a bit of Don’t Despair! Repair, which I’ve now received in both POPSUGAR and PLAY!  I love Don’t Despair! Repair, so I’m quite alright with the products being similar!

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I always look forward to the drawstring bag each month!  I love every new design!

The little, pink lipstick is just too cute! 🙂

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I did end up giving away two of this month’s products, but I’m okay with that!  I really like the products that I’m left with!

If you haven’t noticed, I am a little particular about some things, so I do end up giving quite a few subscription box items away every few months!  My friends always enjoy it when I declutter! 🙂

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the September box?

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PLAY! by Sephora Review: August 2016

Hi everyone!

As some of you may know, I was on vacation all last week, so I’m a teensy bit late with my PLAY! review this month!  Only by one day though!  That’s not too bad! 🙂

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“The Eye Openers” is the theme for the August box!

Most of this month’s products revolve around the eyes! What a fun theme!  I hope they do a lip theme soon! 🙂

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Along with reading my PLAY!BOOK each month, I also watch Sephora’s unboxing video to learn even more about the featured products!

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Box Contents:

  • Make Up For Ever – Artist Shadow in I-544
  • Clean – Reserve Blonde Rose
  • Caudalie – Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm
  • Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara
  • Lancôme – Énergie De Vie – Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer
  • Sephora Collection – Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof – Flirting Game
  • Drawstring Bag

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Make Up For Ever – Artist Shadow in I-544

I use Make Up For Ever  foundation every single day, but I haven’t tried any of their eye shadows until now!

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Every box came with this pink granite shadow sample! So pretty!

This shadow is a little too dark to wear all over my lids, but I really like it as an eyeliner!  I don’t wear eyeliner often, but when I do, I typically use darker eye shadows and apply them with an angled brush.

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Clean – Reserve Blonde Rose

I have yet to make a final decision on whether or not I like this fragrance!  I think I like it from afar but not when it’s too close.  Does that make sense?!  Maybe not!  One spray isn’t bad, but I think it could quickly become overwhelming!

If I can remember, I’m going to try to wear it tomorrow and see how it goes!

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Caudalie – Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm

I’ve been needing to buy eye cream for a long time now, so I was very pleased when I saw this in my box!  Now I can put off buying eye cream for even longer!

I’ve heard great things about Caudalie products, and so far, I’m a fan!  Who knows?! When I finally get around to buying eye cream, I may just purchase this one!

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Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara

I love Urban Decay and use many of their products.  Perversion mascara isn’t one of my favorites though.

I’ve received samples in other subscription boxes and have even bought the full size before.  After buying the full size, I realized that this mascara isn’t for me!  I think it’s a little too wet, and I always end up with it all around my eyes! 🙁

I gave it to my sister-in-law for her to try!  Hopefully, she’ll like it more than I did!

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Lancôme – Énergie De Vie – Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer

I didn’t realize how liquidy this moisturizer was until I spilled a good portion of it on the floor when I went to use it for the first time!  I know, I’m a dork! Oh well!

Once I cleaned up the floor, I applied the moisturizer, and I like it!  Its liquid formula is quite a bit different than the moisturizers I’m used to!  I probably won’t end up purchasing this item, but I will definitely finish off the sample!  That won’t be too difficult for me, since I spilled a lot of it! 🙂

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Sephora Collection – Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof – Flirting Game

As I mentioned above, I don’t wear eyeliner that often.  However, I can see myself using this taupe color more often than I would any of the black liners I own.  The taupe is subtle and will go very well with my blue eyes!

If I wasn’t so shaky and could see better, I would wear eyeliner more often.  Maybe one day soon I will master the art of applying it!  Maybe! Probably not though! 🙂

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The drawstring bags just keep getting cuter and cuter!

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All in all, the August, PLAY! by Sephora box was pretty great for me!  I will use the majority of these products!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the August box?

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