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julep destination mystery box June 2013

I was kind of disappointed with my first Julep Mystery boxes for June. I ended up ordering two of the three available and I’m relieved I saved $24.95 and didn’t buy the third box.  I ordered the Miami Destination box and the Laguna Destination box (the third box was the Hamptons Destination box). There are different versions of each box which can range from $70-200. Each of my boxes were both valued at the lower end of $70.

Mystery boxes come out after the monthly subscription boxes are shipped. Monthly subscriptions are $19.99 a month and right now you can use the PROMO CODE : Freemaven or Freebox to get your first box free at Julep.com . Mystery boxes are not a monthly plan and you can buy them without a subscription to Julep. The destination mystery boxes are now sold out.

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I’ll start with the Miami box, which came in a bigger box than the Laguna box. I was so excited when the package came and that excitement was kind of deflated when I opened the box. The colors are great so I really can’t complain too much. I was excited because I had checked out previous Mystery boxes and most of them looked like a great value.

Here’s what I got in my Julep Miami Mystery box version #3:

Paris– Multidimensional holographic glitter top coat

Lauren– A hot tropical pink crème.

Isla–  A Soft milky-white metallic.

Dry Clean Invisible Dry Shampoo- $22 (Without the maven discount)

Strawberry mint lip balm – $6 (no longer available on the Julep site)

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Swatches of Lauren, Isla, Paris :

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The value of the box, without the discount makes it exactly $70

I tried the Dry shampoo and there is NO WAY I would pay $22 for this product. I prefer “Not your mother’s dry shampoo a lot better (and it’s only $5-6). I didn’t notice any extra volume or texture with the Julep Dry shampoo. I was really excited about using it too.

I loved the Nail polish colors. I think I would rather pay the $7-$8 and just pick out my own polishes in the store.  Paris was my favorite out of the three in this box.

The Strawberry –Mint Lip balm was a nice treat. The smell is delicious and I have already used it a bunch on my lips. I can tell it’s not going to last very long because it almost melts onto your lips and a lot of product comes off when you use it.

Out of the two boxes the Miami box was my favorite.

Now on to the Julep Laguna Mystery box;  I’ll start by saying that out of all of the Julep polishes they could’ve sent me as a duplicate- They sent me my least-favorite polish of ALL TIME, Abbie. If you read my posts you’ll know that I got Abbie in my first intro box in May. I was excited to find the perfect yellow summer polish UNTIL I took off the polish and to my horror MY FINGER NAILS WERE STAINED A DISGUSTING YELLOW COLOR! They are still yellow, a month later. I’m so embarrassed when my polish chips and have had to explain it to co-workers why so they know that it’s not some crazy fungus on my nails. It’s partially my fault for not using a base coat, but still. So my exact thought when I opened my box was “Really, Julep? You seriously sent me this??”Rather than give this away I might throw it away, I haven’t decided yet.  Maybe it was just my nails that it happened to. I still really hate Abbie and want everyone to hear me vent!  Ok now that my vent is done, on to the box!

Here’s what I got in the Laguna mystery box version #5:

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Cody – Cantaloupe orange crème $14

Fiona – Electric lime neon green crème $14

Abbie – Sunshine yellow crème$14

Glycolic hand scrub- $23 (Out of stock on the Julep site)

Strawberry mint lip balm – $6 (no longer available on the Julep site)

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 swatches of Fiona, Cody, and Abbie:

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The lovely Strawberry-Mint Lip Balm

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 The texture of the Gylcolic hand scrub:

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Value for the Laguna box without the Maven discount: $71

I did not like the smell of the hand scrub at all. It’s very floral and I’m more of a citrus girl myself. If floral is your thing though, this is the perfect hand scrub for you. I loved that it made my hands super-soft after one use, but I can’t get past the floral smell. I might be giving this to my sister.

I liked 2 out of the three nail polishes in this box. Fiona and Cody are nice colors and I’m actually wearing Fiona right now.

The final Verdict: Julep Destination Mystery boxes get 3 stars out of 5. I don’t think I will be getting another mystery box for a while. I paid $50.00 for both boxes and I don’t think I got an outstanding deal. Sure both boxes were valued at $144 and I only paid $50, but half of the items I got, I will not end up using.

Julep said that if you ordered one of each of the boxes there were no chances that there would be any duplicates, but I got another Strawberry-Mint lip balm. No complaints here, I actually gave the extra one to my sister and she loves it. I feel like they were just trying to get rid of some old products and didn’t really plan these out as much as I thought they were going to be. I think I might skip next month’s monthly box, but I haven’t decided yet. Maybe I was being a little hard on this mystery box, but no sugarcoating here! Just thought I’d write exactly how I feel.

Did you get a box? What did you think of June’s mystery boxes?

XO- Erin

Disclaimer: I subscribe to Julep with my own money. I was not paid for this review or any mention of this company on my blog. I do use referral codes in some links on this blog. All opinions  on ECG are my own.
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Popsugar Must Have Box June 2013

Hello Sunshine!

My June Popsugar Must have box arrived yesterday and I was so excited to see it waiting for me after work! My pictures really don’t do it justice.

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The front page of the description booklet that came with the box, I love that it explained everything in the box and why it was chosen for the box.

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Here’s a detailed look at what was in this amazing box!

Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger retail price $25.99

I’m so excited to actually read this book! It also came with a bookmark from shopstyle.com . This is going to be perfect for sitting poolside or in the comfort of my air-conditioned home. It’s only early June and the humidity is killing me! It get’s so humid here that as soon as you walk out of the door, your hair starts to frizz and you feel sticky (Not very glamorous!)  I watched the movie “Devil Wears Prada” and loved it but never read the book. You can read the book sample in the July issue of Cosmopolitan out right now!

(I just spotted this book at my local Target and it was on sale for $18.99)
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Juice Beauty Stem Cell Repair MoisturizerRetails for $65.00

Juice Beauty is becoming one of my favorite companies for skincare. I got the Juice Beauty Apple peel in my May Birchbox and absolutely fell in love with it. This Moisturizer has a pump so you’re not digging your fingers into the tub and not contaminating the ingredients that makes it work! It has a citrus smell that I’m loving and a instantly hydrated my face as soon as I used it. I seriously wish you could smell this over the computer screen, it’s smells amazing!!!

The description that came on the card says “This rich Juice Beauty moisturizer utilizes its own blend of fruit stem cells infused with vitamin C and grape seed. It’s made with organic ingredients and proven to reduce fine lines and fight signs of aging plus it smells spectacular.”

+ 2 Juice Beauty CC cream samples in two different shades, Natural glow (light) and Warm glow (medium)

The description card says: “We also adore the Juice Beauty CC cream, so as an added bonus, we included samples of the two different shades Juice Beauty makes, so there’s one to match you and one to give to a friend!”

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This is the top of the Juice beauty Moisturizer with the pump:

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And the two Juice Beauty CC creams included:

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Gorjana & Griffin- Zuma Scarf -Retails for $62

Also included was a $25 off a purchase at Gorjana & Griffin with no minimum purchase! I will definitely be using this and will be including this with the value of my box because I don’t have to spend any money in order to use it.

This scarf is gorgeous and my pictures don’t do it justice. Realistically, I don’t think I would’ve paid $62 for this, but I’m thrilled it came in my box! It has nautical navy blue and white strips and an accent pop of neon coral.

The description card it reads: “It’s cute and versatile and can be used as a head scarf or a sarong to cover up your bikini and hit the beach. Pair with a t-shirt and jeans for daytime, or let it add some personality to your go-to sundress all season long”

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Hard Candy Fitness DVD- Addicted to Sweat 4 retails for  $19.99

I normally wouldn’t buy a workout video, but I’m glad this was in the box. It gives me no excuse to skip my workout when I can do it at home. I love throwing variety into my workout routine.

The description card reads :Want to know the secrets behind one of Madonna’s go-to workout routines? Use a chair and this DVD- and get ready to sweat. This intense but fun workout is aimed to sculpt, tone, and tighten the entire body.”

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Project 7 Quench the Thirsty – Wintergreen mints retail for $1.79

I’m excited to learn about this brand of mints! Not only were these mints tasty and the packaging is adorable, I think it’s amazing that Popsugar added this into the box because it’s for a great cause. We definitely take for granted the fact that clean drinking water is so readily available for us. I couldn’t believe it when I read that more than one billion people worldwide lack a basic supply of clean water, and more than 1.8 million children die each year from water- and sanitation- related diseases.

The description card reads : “Project 7 is an amazing company that makes products that give back to a variety of charities in America and abroad. We picked these wintergreen mints, which benefit a project to bring clean drinking water to communities around the world. By choosing Project 7 Quench the Thirsty products, we are helping to provide clean water to people in need.”

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Popcorn, Indiana – Fit  Sea Salt Popcorn $2-3 value ?

I thoroughly enjoyed this snack while watching the Bridesmaids for the millionth time!

It was really lite, and I’m really glad they didn’t put some crazy flavor in the box because I really loved the flavor of this popcorn. I love trying new healthy snacks. I think adding new snacks to your diet really make dieting enjoyable when you’re not stuck eating the same bland rice cake day after day. I’ve lost about 55lbs since October 2011 and it’s been really hard not to go back to old habits. I will be picking up another bag of these. They had a really light flavor but weren’t bland either.

The description card reads: “With 40 calories or fewer per cup, this is an addictive snack you certainly don’t have to feel guilty about. It’s all natural and gluten-free with zero trans fat. Try it to perk up your afternoon, or bring it out when you watch the big summer blockbuster.”

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The total estimated value for this Popsugar must-have box was $202.00 (with the $25 gift card included)

I paid $30 for this box, with the promo code ” Refer5 ” . The box is $35 a month and there is an estimated value of $100 or more each month in the box. The box has a variety of things from beauty, home goods, food, books, fitness and a lot more. Most of the items in the box are Full-sized or Deluxe sized. This is the one box I get most excited about getting every month!

Next month Popsugar Must Have box turns one years old! I can’t wait to see what they’ll have in their boxes! This is the perfect time, in my opinion to subscribe if you’re going to. I had been eyeing this box for awhile and every month when a new box would come out I would be kicking myself for not getting it. In my opinion this box has a lot to offer and it seems to just be getting better. Right now you can use the PROMO CODE: Refer5 and get $5 off you’re first box! You can go to this link to order your first box: https://musthave.popsugar.com/  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

Do you subscribe to Popsugar Must have? What’s your favorite box that you’ve gotten so far?

XOXO-

Erin

Disclaimer: I paid for this Popsugar box with my own money. All opinions of these products are my own, I was not paid for this review.

Glossyboxes?! My very lucky day!

Hey Everyone!

I guess the subscription box gods loved me yesterday because not only did my Julep Maven June box come in the mail, my May 2013 Glossybox came! I was shocked to see that there were two Glossybox packages in my mailbox. At first, I thought that maybe I had gotten charged for both… I frantically checked my bank account and I had gotten both boxes for only $21.00! Everything in both boxes were exactly the same (Except one had my free eyeliner in it from my promo code). I ended up giving the second box to my mother, why? Because I love her and she never buys stuff for herself, and two I was a horrible teenager who would raid her beauty supply on a regular!

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The month of May Glossybox turned one! Happy Birthday Glossybox! && thank you for both amazing boxes!

I used the promo code “wink” and got a free eyeliner with my first box! It a matte brown liquid liner, I’m not huge on wearing brown I prefer Black liquid liner but hey, free is free! I will probably end up using it eventually. That promo code is now expired, but you can use the Promo code “LOVE” for a full sized ModelCo eyeshadow ($22 value)

When I initially opened my box, they had the Glossybox Mag right on top which had some really amazing articles in it about beauty from all around the world, Lash Lust and an article about one of my new favorite bloggers/it-girls/Fashion illustrators, Dallas Shaw! She collaborate with Glossybox for June’s special edition box called “American Beauty”. Everything in the box is made here in America and Dallas Shaw personally picked out. I have to say, I am obsessed with her style! I can see why she has worked with brands like DKNY, Chanel, Kate Spade, Anthropologie and more. You can see some of the spoilers for the June box from my post a couple days ago. I think this is going to be the best box yet! If you haven’t subscribed to Glossybox, go to Glossybox.com (The box will ship the end of this month)

In both boxes I got :

This was the first box, with my eyeliner I got from using the promo code- WINK

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My second box that went to my mom:

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sample of Epionce intense anti-aging+ Repair serum This sample is really, really small but I look forward to using the expensive brand lol. I don’t think I would pay $136.00 Full price for the 30 ml you get for that price, but I’m curious about how the product is going to be! (my sample was 4 ml and a value $18) (Full size is 136.00/30ml)

1 Etre Belle collagen & aloe vera hydro mask- I’m actually really excited to try this mask! I will try to review the products when I actually have the chance to use them. (value $3.95) (Full size is valued at $39.50/10 masks)

European wax center In box boxes I got two samples each (4 in total, which I’m guessing are about $1 each?) 1 “The exfoliate” (4ml) ,1 Slow it down body wash, 2 Slow it down body lotions ($4.00? value for all) .I also got a coupon for a free bikini line wax/eyebrow wax or underarm wax! YAY! – I’m not going to guess how much those would be, but the value is great and I will definitely be locating the spa near me to use it!

A full size ModelCo lip duo lipstick & shine ultra lipgloss (Retails for $39!) I personally didn’t like the lipstick, but my mom did. In both boxes they were the same shade. I however did love the lipgloss. It smells amazing and isn’t sticky at all! the packaging even has a cute mirror on it, perfect for your purse!

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swatches of both the lipgloss and lipstick:

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Nicka K New York- Absolute! Perfume stick Full size!! (Full size retails at $14.99/ .29 oz.) I am in love with this smell. It has a citrus smell to it which is one of my favorites. I wore it today and mixed it with my Dolce and Gabbana light blue and had my own amazing signature scent. (I felt very glamorous) . In both boxes the scents and sizes were the same.

Sebastian professional volupt spray- (travel size worth $6.69/) full size is $19.95/5.07 oz. I also got a coupon with for the Sebastian professional line to use at Ulta for a free 1.5 oz. SHAPER or SHAPER plus with any $15 Sebastian purchase ($8.95 value)

Box of my boxes together were valued at over $169.00! each box was worth about $84.00 not including the free wax coupon, eyeliner or the Ulta coupon.

I think this monthly subscription box is worth it. The packaging is adorable, it came in a light pink save-able box that I will be reusing. The products were good, I haven’t really heard of most of the brands in the box, but it’s nice to try products I wouldn’t have normally found out about. That’s the whole reason I love subscription boxes is trying new products and brands! I’m really not sure why I got two boxes in the mail, but I’m glad my mom got to get my extra box!

&& again if you haven’t subscribed to Glossybox, what are you waiting for? Click on this picture below, and be sure and use the promo code LOVE if you’re ordering so you can also get something extra in your fabulous Glossybox!

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It’s $21 a month, and ships at the end of the month and contains 4-6 deluxe samples-full size products!

What was in your Glossybox? What’s your favorite beauty subscription box?

Stay Glamorous,

Xo Erin

Disclaimer: I paid for my Glossybox subscription with my own money, I am not sponsored by Glossybox for reviews, or posts about their products. All opinions on this product are my own.

What is Influenster?

This is a FREE online community were you post opinions and review products you’ve tried. I love the site because you can review almost anything! It’s not just for beauty or fashion; it has something on the site for literally everyone from gamers, frequent travelers, foodies, beauty queens, fashion trendsetters, pet lovers and more. You can unlock badges from the reviews and other stuff you participate with on the website.

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(from Influenster.com because they explain it way better!)

Influenster [in-floo-uhn-ster]

noun

An exclusive online community where tastemakers and trendsetters (such as yourself) come to share the latest and greatest news, places, products, and reviews with each other. 2. The hotspot you just bookmarked on your web browser that turns your social influence into sweet rewards.

Basically, Influenster is a place for culture junkies to come together and share their unique opinions of products and experiences. Active members of Influenster get exclusive access to deals, promotions, and swag from brands that thrive off the input (the good, the bad, and the ugly — they just want to know what’s up).

About the Influenster Badge:

“This is the mother of all badges — the T-Rex of the dinosaurs, the queen bee of the hive, the Suri Cruise of celebrity spawn. This is your “Look at what a rockstar I am” badge. It shows all the people (and algorithms) of the interwebs how influential you are. “

How to Increase Your Score:

“This one’s easy. You can increase your score by connecting Influenster with your social media channels . Also, your score goes up if you create valuable content on Influenster that other members deem as useful, helpful or insightful. Basically, get people to like you by what you review and say. *The score you have on this badge affects your other Expert and LifeStage badge scores so get this puppy high and you’ll be golden. And by golden we mean a true Influenster qualifying for programs, rewards and perks”
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My score isn’t as great as I’d like it to be, but I’m working on participating more!
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I love this site because it’s a great community to express how you really feel about a product! In return, Influenster.com has a system called VoxBox. It’s a box full of products for you to try out and it is COMPLETELY FREE! All they ask for in return is that you fully review each of the products and fill out a survey when you’re done.

I recently got chosen to participate in the Sunkissed Summer 2013 box and I’m really excited for it! I have been on the site since February and this will be my first Voxbox. They sent me a survey to complete and I sent it in and a few days later I found out that I was chosen to get the box. My complimentary box ships in mid-June and I can’t wait to see what’s in it! 4b28c6a252fe77288d485c18108eb4341f678a80

*If you have any Questions about the website or if you want to join the site you can go to Influenster.com and request an invite and wait to get an email back, or you can or if you email me at EastCoastGlamm@gmail.com I will personally send you an invitation so you can get started in all the fun!

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan oil review

I did not get serious about my skincare until I was about 21. I have wanted to try this product for a couple of years because I have always heard only good things about it. I got this at Sephora in the “Sephora Favorite Super Stars Beauty Essentials” kit. It is 0.5 FL oz. and retails at $14. A little bit goes a long way, and all you need is a few drops. You can use it on your cuticles, face, body, or in your hair!

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I have noticed that it has given my hair a whole new life. I have dry, damaged hair from using heat and coloring my hair and it has completely saved my hair. I put it in after showering when my hair is still damp.

I have also been using this on my face at night after washing/ exfoliating my face and also in the morning in place of a moisturizer and I have gotten compliments on how rested I look (even though I haven’t been getting much sleep) and how radiant my skin is. I have combination skin that at times gets very oily and I was scared about using oil on my face. The oil is so light that it just absorbs into my skin without a trace of looking greasy. I haven’t noticed any clogged pores either.

This is a product that I don’t mind splurging on. I will be buying the bigger bottle when I run out of this.
If you want to try it out, I suggest the smallest bottle for $14/ .5 FL oz. But if you’re worried about using oil in the morning, I suggest the Josie Maran Argan daily moisturizer SPF 40+ lotion as a morning alternative.

Pros:
• This oil can replace at least 3 things in my beauty collection
• Non-greasy and a very light oil
• No smell
• A little product goes a long way
• 100% argan oil
• organic with no chemicals added

Cons:
• $14 per .5 FL oz. is very expensive
• No SPF

You can buy this at Sephora.com or QVC.com

Disclaimer: I was not paid or sponsored for this review, I paid for the product with my own money. All the reviews on this site are my own opinions.

Urban Decay Naked skin BB cream is a dream!

Hello world!

I’ve been using this for two weeks and decided it was definitely time to do a review.

I ordered this from Sephora after hearing great things about it. I purchased the smaller travel size BB cream to try it out. It was $14 for .50 oz and the full size was $34 for 1.18oz     (available at Urbandecay.com or Sephora.com)Urban decay bb cream

At first I was a little concerned when it first came out of the tube, I thought it was going to be way too dark for me (it had an orange tint in the tube). When I put it on, it matched perfectly. I’m in between the shades 3.5 and 4.0 in Naked Foundation (depending on how much I’ve been outside).I have large pores and after I put this BB cream on my skin it was flawless! It’s perfect for summer when you don’t want to wear a heavy foundation.I have been just using a little under-eye concealer, Urban Decay Naked skin BB cream and setting it with Rimmel Stay Matte powder and it stays put. My face feels smoother, and I’ve noticed less imperfections.

Pros:

  • Easy to blend
  • Minimizes pores
  • Good for combination skin
  • SPF protection
  •  Gave my skin a nice dewy glow

Cons:

  • Only comes in one shade (right now)
  • A little runny

Verdict: I will be buying another when I run out of this one.

What’s your favorite BB cream?

Disclaimer: I bought this product with my own money. I was not sponsored for this review and I am not affiliated with the companies mentioned. All of the opinions are my own.

Blush Beauty Mystery box May 2013

My blush beauty mystery box has arrived! It’s a newer monthly subscription service that includes full-size, travel size and sample products. It is supposed to be valued at over $100.00 every month. You can pay $24.95 for the monthly subscription or can purchase a one time box for $34.95. It has a little bit of everything in the box : Cosmetics, Hair products, skin care, and this box even came with a cute bracelet!

When I opened my box there was my black drawstring bag full of my mystery goodies, and a sample by Vichy laboratories of Cellu destock(cellulite treatment cream).
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What was in my box:
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Skylark Wild and Free Mini Nail Lacquer Set – Value $29
Colors are in: Jello Shot, BDAY in Cabo, Seafoam, Dream Catcher
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Cailyn Cosmetics Line-FX Gel Eyeliner – (full size) Value $21
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B. Kamins BB Cream – .5 oz Value $15 & Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40 – Value $1.50
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Bauble Bar Bracelet – Value $15 & code for $15 off a Bauble Bar purchase
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Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Advanced Volume Conditioner – full size! Value $22
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I paid $34.95 for this box and received over $100 worth of products.

I was pleasantly surprised with this box! I loved the mini nail polish colors (perfect for summer). The eyeliner was really creamy and glided right on when I swatched it and seemed really pigmented. I also loved my bracelet and can’t wait to use my coupon that was included in the box! What did you get in your box?

If you’re interested getting $10 towards a purchase at blush.com/dermstore.com/Hair envy Contact me and I’ll send you the referral!
 

disclaimer: I paid for this box with my own money. I was not sponsored for this review and not affiliated with this company. All the opinions on this blog are my own.