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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

Olay Fresh Effects review

I tried this product and had high hopes. I like Olay and I really thought that this product was going to be great. I received this product in my Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox. It’s a free box that Influenster sends out to members to test and review products. You can learn more about Influenster here, I have 2 more invites if you’re interested in joining. ( go to the contact page and I will email you an invite. )

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Unfortunately I did not like this product at all. I have combination skin, that tends to be a little more on the oily side than dry. When I put this on the first time, I liked that it blended into my skin really easily. I also liked the scent at first, until I was wearing it on my face all day. If you’re sensitive to scents or perfumes, I do not recommend this product. I personally will not being using this as a base for my makeup. I didn’t like the sheer coverage it had and I did not like smelling like the BB cream all day. It made my face very oily and shiny. By the end of the day my makeup was all sorts of messed up.

Description on the box:

B.B. Cream, also known as beauty balm, is one of Asia’s hottest beauty sensations. Its multi-tasking formula works to moisturize, brighten and help protect skin from harmful UV rays. This silky, tinted lotion blends effortlessly with your natural skin tone, helping hide imperfections and minimizing the need for concealer and foundation. With just one use, skin will be left glowing naturally even.

it also states on the box: 6 skin perfecting Benefits: Refreshes, Brightens, Evens tone, Hydrates, Smoothes, Protects. All-in-one solution for instantly brighter-looking, smoother-feeling, more even skin tone.

I would only wear this if I was going to be outside for a short period of time. If I were to be at the beach or at the pool for a few hours, I would not put this product on. I did like that it made my face feel a little more hydrated. The Olay Fresh Effects BB cream only has SPF 15, which is really next to nothing (especially in the summer time). On the box it says to reapply at least every 2 hours, use water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.

A little bit about the product:

$12.99 at most stores (Target, CVS, etc.) Not sold with the makeup, but I actually found this product in the skincare/face lotion section.

Comes in two shades: Fair to light and Light to medium (I personally have not found Medium to dark anywhere)

Directions: Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours. Use water resistant if swimming or sweating.

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(swatch of the product).
Final verdict: This product just was not for me. If I had dry skin this product would have been better I think. I also think that maybe if I had gotten a shade that was a little darker, maybe that would have looked better on my skin. This product did make my face feel more hydrated after using it, but that’s pretty much the only thing I noticed about this BB cream.  If I were grading this product I would have to give it a D.

 

 

Have you tried Olay Fresh Effects BB cream? What did you think?

 

XOXO,

Erin

 

disclaimer: I received the Olay Fresh Effect BB cream, complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. I was not paid for this review or post. All opinions of this product are my own.

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.

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.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2013

Hello, My name is Erin, and I’m addicted to Sephora Favorites sets…

I ordered this as soon as I heard about it because this product always sells out quick. I’m actually glad I did because online it is out of stock online now. The sun safety kit 2013 was $30.00 at Sephora for Beauty Insiders and they are also selling a store version I’ve heard for $26. This Product was more than worth it to me because a $20 donation from each kit will benefit The Skin Cancer Foundation. How awesome is that ?!  The value kit was valued at $210.00

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What was inside:
– 0.03 oz bareMinerals® Original Mineral Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 25
– bareMinerals® Mini Flawless Application Brush
– 0.5 oz Boscia® Self-Defense Antioxidant Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30
– 0.3 oz Clarins UV Plus HP Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 40
– 0.25 oz Dr. Brandt® Signature Flexitone® BB Cream SPF 30
– 1 Towelette Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Alpha Beta® Glow Pad™
– 0.5 oz Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40
– 0.5 oz Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Cream
– 0.5 oz L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Hand Care SPF 20
– 0.16 oz Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Skin Transformer Face SPF 20
– 0.5 oz Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50+
– 0.5 oz Origins A Perfect World™ SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea
– 0.5 oz Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skincare Max Sheer Day Moisture Defense® Lotion SPF 30
– 0.169 oz Sephora Collection Age Defy Moisture Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen
– 0.64 oz Ultimate Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
– 0.25 oz Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF 20 with Dermaxyl™ Complex
– 1.69 oz St. Tropez One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion
– 0.5 oz Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner
– 0.14 oz Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa
– Cosmetic bag

(I also got some pretty cool samples)

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  • Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye – 0.1 oz
  • Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter  – 0.17 oz
  • Living Proof  Nourishing Styling Cream – 0.33 oz
  • Sephora Fragrances booklet with 5 samples – 1.7 oz
  • I  used the promo code Lucky4you for a Lucky Magazine subscription for one year for free. ($10 value)

I loved the bag it came with it’s a very large cosmetic bag that will be perfect for traveling. I’m excited that I’m able to try out some amazing products with SPF that I might not have tried without getting it as a sample or in this kit. What’s your favorite sunscreen and self tanning products? Leave me some comments 🙂

Disclaimer : All products mentioned were purchased by me. I was not sponsored for this post, all opinions are my own.

XOXO Erin