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Allure Beauty Box Fall Must-Haves Review

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I’m going to start off with a confession. I set a timer on my cell phone to make sure I got one of these boxes! I tried to get one of the Summer boxes a few months ago and it had sold out 10 minutes before. I couldn’t let that happen this time! I went on at 12:01 and quickly ordered my box and my order number was in the 800s! Allure beauty box is a seasonal box that is first come, first serve type of box and these sell out quick! Usually around 10-20 minutes! Crazy right?!

The Fall box was filled with around $350 worth of beauty goodies and was only $39 + $10 s/h + $2-$3 tax. totally worth it!! Almost everything was full-sized and the box weighed over 10lbs! I love that the items included are items that I will actually use! Plus tried and true bestsellers from high-end to drugstore products! I was not expecting it to ship so fast!

Here’s a look at what was in the box:

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1. Schick Hydro Silk Razor $6? //  This razor is AMAZZING! I usually use men’s razors but this was way better. It left my skin really smooth. I won’t be using any other razor and I’m so excited they have them at Sam’s club!

2. Skintimate Sensitive Skin Skin Therapy Moisturizing Shave Gel $3.79 // I’m happy they included this! It’s scent free and is pretty thick when I lathered it on my legs. Love it.

3.Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Leg Makeup $12.99// I tried this and didn’t like this at all. It reminded me of an episode of south park  “It’s a jersey thing”. I put a little on my legs and it was really streaky and orange. I’m going to try to mix it with some lotion so it’s not so intense.

4. Sally Hansen Ouch-Relief Pre-Wax Strip Kit $8.99 // I’m happy to have this, I wouldn’t have bought this on my own, mainly because I’m a big baby when it comes to waxing and I would rather have someone else inflict the pain on me. I’m excited that these are ouch-relief though! Being a girl can be so painful sometimes!!

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5.Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash $6.99 // I like Neutrogena and I know this is a classic, but I have months worth of face wash so this is going to my mom.

6. RoC Multi Correxion Eye Treatment $25 // I have used this twice a day since it came in the mail. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I have been stressed to the max lately! Work, toddler, etc… this might be my favorite thing in the box! I love this more than the Philosophy “hope in a tube” I was using before.

7.Redermic R Dermatological Anti-Aging Treatment Intensive $56.99 // I’m a sucker for eye creams and skin care in general. I am so excited to try this. This is supposed to help  correct fine lines, deep wrinkles, and premature sun damage. It also has caffeine in it!

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8. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, Fragrance Free // $11.49 I like Cetaphil and I really like this lotion. It’s not my absolute favorite but I love that it doesn’t have a fragrance and it’s hydrating.

9. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer $22 // This is supposed to correct dark spots in a week. I haven’t used it, but I’m glad they included this in the box.

10. Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer $8.99 // This was my first time using something from Simple. I was shocked at how hydrating the lotion actually was. It made my skin feel so fresh and healthy! I will be picking up more from this brand.

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11. Style Sign Magic Finish Brilliance Hairspray $17.99 //I have been using dry shampoo instead of hairspray this summer, but I tried it out and it didn’t leave my hair sticky or stiff. This will be great for the fall.

12.KMS California Hair Stay Anti-Humidity Seal $17.99 // Doesn’t smell bad, but not as good as my Bedhead “Headrush” shine spray . I have been using this after straightening my hair and every single time my hair stayed straight all day! Even in the east coast humidity! LOVE this! Where has this been all my life?!

13. Redken Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion $18 // I adore Redken. This was very silky, smooth and added volume to my hair after blow drying it.

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14. Global Keratin Serum $25 //This was apparently supposed to be oil, but I got serum. No complaints here, I’ve never used this brand but I love using stuff like this on the ends of my hair because

15. Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil $30 // Redken all soft collection is one of my favorites and I love argan oil.

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16. Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask $6.99 // I used this once and it didn’t work as well as the Carol’s daughter, it was thick and made my hair soft though. I also like the smell of this over the other.

17. Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask $32 // I don’t like the smell of this at all. I have damage from coloring my hair and bleach from highlights. I did notice that the tangles disappeared when I was washing it out of my hair! I don’t think it was 96% repaired like it claimed. It worked really good, I just wish it didn’t have a strong floral scent.

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18. Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm $6 // This cuticle balm as a light cucumber scent. It’s really moisturizing and I really like it! I will probably buy this again when I run out!

19. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure $8 // All in one manicure ?! Sign me up! I’m all about saving time and I haven’t used this yet but I’m excited to try it. I love the color too!

20. Sation Nail Laquer in Wine-y Happy People $5 // This is a perfect fall color! Plus with football season starting this is perfect for me because I’m a Raven’s fan! Haven’t tried this yet, but I will be using it!

21. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips $13 // I don’t know how I feel about the pattern that I got. It kind of reminds me of gaudy curtains. I do love the salon effects nail strips though and have tried this before. They’re perfect when you don’t have time to wait for your nails to dry. I also love using them for an accent nail!

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22. ROC retinol correxion sensitive night cream- $1 //  An added bonus to my box! I gave this to my mom because she also loves stuff like this.

23.Pixi Eye Bright Liner No. 1 – Nude $17.00 // This eyeliner is supposed to make your eyes look bigger. I have eyeliners like this one, and I don’t really use them as much as other eyeliners. This is my first Pixi product that I have owned, I’m not crazy about it and probably wouldn’t pay full price for it.

24. Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry and Dark Chocolate $3.30 // I didn’t like the smell of this, I love blueberry anything and Burt’s Bees is a brand I frequently buy, but I will be giving this away.

This  was my first box and it was amazing! So worth setting a timer on the phone and writing it down on my calendar! I will be doing the same thing when the next box comes out! For only $52 I got over $350 worth of beauty goodies and I think this may be the best valued box that I have ever bought!

What did you think of the Allure fall must have box? Have you ordered one?

XOXO,

Erin

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Glossybox July 2013

 

 

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I feel like a horrible blogger lately, I have been sick and really couldn’t sit down and finish a blog post the last couple of days so I apologize. I have so many things coming up this week on the blog!

This is my third month with Glossybox, and I’m really loving it so far! This is always the last box that arrives in the month. Glossybox is a beauty subscription box that usually has 4-5 items in the box. It costs $21 but the value of the box is usually way more than the cost! You can check out my reviews Here & Here. I was really excited to open my box, I didn’t look at any spoilers this month so this box was 100% surprise (But probably because I forgot about it)!

Here’s what I got in July’s box:

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Nails Inc Baker Street Nail Polish // Mini size Value $4 – Love the color of this polish! This is actually the first time I’ve tried the Nails Inc brand and I really like them! The color was completely opaque when I applied it to my nails. I really love this bright blue!

Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Tinted Lip Balm Tube // Full-size Value $9 -I am excited to use this! I will take lip balm over lipstick any day!

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Nicka K New York ABSOLUTE! Make-up Cleansing Tissues //10 sheets Value $1.49 – I love when boxes include make-up wipes! It’s something practical that I use almost every day. Glossybox has featured this brand before, and I really like them!

Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum //I received something like this in my July Birchbox and I’m not complaining! I love getting stuff for acne because I’ve fallen victim to adult acne 😦

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Bvlgari Shampoo & Shower Gel // 1 oz Value $6- I’m not sure if I love the scent of this, it’s ok, but not really my favorite.

Brazilian Blowout Acai Deep Conditioning Mask // 1 oz Value $5 – This smells good and I will definitely be using this on my poor dry & damaged hair.

I paid $21 for this box and I will use all of the items in the box! I was pleasantly surprised to see 6 items in my box! This box did not have an amazing value like some of the other boxes- but the face that I will use all of the products in this box makes it more valuable than most! If you want to subscribe, go to Glossybox.com

XO,
Erin

Disclosure: I pay for my Glossybox subscription. no referral links are used in this post.

June 2013 Julep Maven Nantucket Nostalgia Collection

This month I ordered the “Bombshell box” from Julep. This is my second box and I’m not going to lie, I came so close to ordering the entire collection! This month I decided that I was only going to buy one add-on and I’m definitely pleased with my entire box!photo 2 (1)

Update: On a side note before I get into what I got inside my box, last month I got the “It girl” Intro box with a bright yellow Crème nail polish color called “Abbie”. My first reaction after I put it on was vindication that I had finally gotten the perfect neon yellow for summer UNTIL I took it off! My finger nails are still stained French’s mustard yellow. WTF?!? So my advice for anyone uses that polish is to wear a base coat! It’s probably my fault for not putting it on underneath the polish in the first place, but I was so shocked when I took off the polish. I look at my nails in shame now 

I got 3 nail polishes (Payton, Raegan, and Bunny), the new julep DD cream (Light) and a couple pieces of salt water taffy! I added the white nail polish “Bunny” for $4.99 with my box.

I’m in love with the colors of this box! Payton is a beautiful Kelly green crème, Raegan is an Electric dark pink Crème and Bunny is a Crisp white linen with fine gold shimmer.

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The new DD cream is valued at $36.00 regular price and if you’re a Julep Maven it’s only $28.80

On the julep website it says: “A dynamic do-all makeup that goes beyond BB crème to moisturize, prime, perfect, and protect—both instantly and over time.”

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• It has SPF 25
• Anti-aging ingredients that decrease the appearance of pores and fine lines
• Hibiscus and olive extracts for hydrated skin
• Buildable coverage and smooth finish
• Comes in four shades: Light, Medium, Medium-dark, Dark

My total box value was around $78 (full price without the Julep Maven discount)
With the Maven discount this box is worth about $62

The Julep box is a monthly subscription service that is about $20 a month. Every month on the 24th they send you an email with your monthly picks for the upcoming box. If you like what they’ve picked out for you, you don’t have to do anything. You have the chance to skip your box, pick a different box, add items into your box for an additional fee, get the entire collection, or send it to a friend. They Charge you on the 27th of the month and send it out after that.

Pros:
• You can skip the monthly box if you don’t like what’s in the box, want to send it to a friend or if you just want to save your $20+
• The colors are beautiful and you only really need one coat to get the true color of the product.
• Packaging is beautiful

Cons:

  • In my first box, one of the nail polishes severely stained my fingers yellow (and they have been stained for about 7-8 days now)
  • The products that come in the box are pretty tiny compared to Essie/OPI/Zoya.

If you want to order the Julep box you can use the promo code – Freemaven  or Freebox  and  get your box for free, only pay the $3.95 shipping and handling!  Click on the picture below:

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Hope you loved the review! I can’t wait to do a review on the DD cream. anything that actually get rids of the appearance of my pores is a winner in my book!. So let’s cross our fingers and hope that it’s worth it. What did you get in your julep box? Have you tried the DD cream? Leave me some love below!

XO- Erin

Disclaimer: I subscribe to the Julep Maven box with my own money, I was not sponsored by this company and all of the opinions and reviews on this blog are my own.

American Beauty Glossy Box June 2013 (Spoilers)

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Glossybox has announced some spoilers for the June 2013 box “American Beauty” . Dallas Shaw, a fashion illustrator has collaborated with Glossybox. Even though I have not received my May 2013 Anniversary Edition box yet, I’m really excited about my June box!  I was that kid that looked in my parents closet during Christmas time to peak at what they had gotten me. I am horrible with surprises! I have gotten a little better, but I do love my spoilers!

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How Cute is the packaging she designed for the box? On the Glossybox website it says: “Hand drawn by it-girl illustrator and style expert Dallas Shaw, the GlossyGirl graces the cover of the limited edition June box.

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There will be one of six Bondi New York nail polishes in each box which she designed!

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sample from Oscar de la Renta’s Essential Luxuries fragrance collection (one of six fragrances)

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A Tarte Complexion Enhancing lipstick (an assortment of different colors):

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Also a few more surprises that they haven’t announced that Shaw, personally picked out for the Glossybox.  All of the items in the American Beauty Glossybox were made in the USA.

There is still time to order your American Beauty Glossybox :

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If you use the promo code “Wink” you can also get an eyeliner sent with your order!

A little bit about Glossybox (from the website)

Glossybox is a bespoke box of 5-6 luxury-sized cosmetic and wellness samples hand-picked by our beauty experts and mailed directly to your door. No matter which subscription plan you choose, from once-a-month to just once, this box is perfect little present from you to you!  Monthly subscription costs $21 per month (plus tax if your box is being shipped to California or New York).

 

 

You can check out Dallas Shaw’s Fabulous blog here: http://dillydallas.blogspot.com/

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What do you think about this month’s special edition box?

 

 

XO- Erin

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by Glossybox, I subscribe monthly with my own money. All opinions and views on this blog are my own.

Ciate Chalkboard Manicure™

How cute is this Chalkboard Manicure? I’m currently debating whether or not to buy this from Sephora. I have been on a shopping kick lately and have to admit that half of those purchases have been impulse buys (I’m not proud). It’s $25 and I can just imagine all of the amazing designs and doodles that have endless possibilities. I’m not usually a fan of Matte nail polish, but I’m in love with this idea.  You can also fix your mistakes and start over again. I have to give it to Ciate for being so inventive! I heard this also comes with a little booklet with ideas for designs.051413_Ciate_BrandImageUpdates

This set contains:
– Mattnificent Matte Top Coat
– Chalkboard Paint Pot
– 4 x Chalk Pens in Teachers Pet (blue), Satchel (white), Jump Rope (pink), Recess (yellow)

 

 

Have you tried this? what did you think? What are your favorite nail trends for spring/summer 2013?

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Photos are from Sephora.com