GlossyBox July 2017 Review

Hi all!  This is the second of my three GlossyBoxes in my 3 boxes for $30 deal.

That deal is over, but for a limited time, use coupon code COOLVIBES to save 50% off of the August box AND get a free FREE Josie Maran Argan Illuminizing Powder with your first month of GlossyBox!

GlossyBox is a monthly beauty subscription that sends 5-6 makeup, skincare, and hair care products in deluxe or full sizes. It costs $21 per month, less if you purchase 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions.

This was supposed to be my first box, but I received August before July.  You can read that review here.  Here are the products that I received for July:

Plus an extra not on the fold out —De Bruyere Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bubble 07

Aerin Tangier Vanille Body Wash

Aerin Tangier Vanille Body Wash is a very nice luxury product.  I was very happy to receive it.  I haven’t used it yet and am trying to decide if I should keep it or give it as a nice gift!  I haven’t tried anything from Aerin, so maybe I’ll keep it!

Doucce Freematic Blush

Doucce Freematic Blush with compact.  The color is Summer Sunset.  It’s a pretty coral color.  It has a bit of a pearl finish.  It’s a little bright for me without a tan.

Doucce Freematic Blush Duo

This is the Doucce blush with the shade I got from my August GlossyBox called Pink Beach.  The Pink Beach shade is very light and needs building up to give some color.  It’s okay, but I have better blushes.

NCLA Clean Up Your Act

Sorry that this photo is blurry.  NCLA Clean Up Your Act polish removing pen is my least favorite product in the box anyway… It doesn’t have product in it.  It may have dried out before I received it.  I won’t use this.

The LaRoche-Posay Hydrating Gentle Cleanser is right up my alley!  I’ll save it for a trip this fall or winter.

De Bruyere Paris After-Sun Lotion smells amazing, like being in Hawaii.  It’s a very strong Monoi scent, but I like it. The lotion isn’t very thick, which is good for an after-sun lotion.  It will sink right into the skin. It’s a decent size, too.  1.76 fl. oz.  I will be using this for the rest of the summer.

I will also be using the Dr. PawPaw Original Balm.  When I got it, I used it on my sad cuticles and it instantly made them softer and feel better.  I will be using this on chapped lips, elbows, etc.  It’s fragrance-free.  I like fragrance, but I know lots of people don’t.

De Bruyere Paris Pearly Eyeshadow Pencil

De Bruyere Paris Pearly Eyeshadow Pencil.  Sorry about the blurry photo.  I definitely need a new phone (and better glasses)!  This wasn’t on the information fold-out, but I found it on the GlossyBox website.  It’s a medium shimmery shade and will work well as an eye shadow.  I have swatched it below the blushes:



Here are swatches of the color cosmetics I received.   The first one is the Doucce blush in Summer Sunset, then second is Pink Beach.  And I also have swatched the eye pencil.

I think this was a pretty good box, better than August’s.  I will use most of the products.

Do you subscribe to GlossyBox?  What do you like about it?  I’m trying to decide if I will keep it past the 3 months.  I guess it will depend on my September box. I might do three more boxes to see how the holidays go. We’ll see!

GlossyBox August 2017 Review

Hi all!  I used to subscribe to GlossyBox a few years ago, and decided to give it a go again!  At least for 3 months, anyway.  I subscribes with a 3 boxes for $30 deal.

That deal is over, but if you subscribe through August 31st, you can get a FREE Josie Maran Argan Illuminizing Powder with your first month of GlossyBox!

GlossyBox is a monthly beauty subscription that sends 5-6 makeup, skincare, and hair care products in deluxe or full sizes. It costs $21 per month, less if you purchase 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions.

The first box I was supposed to receive was July.  But, it’s still on it’s way to me, so I am reviewing August. The items I received for August are:

This is my variation.  Some people will receive the Freeman Beauty Infusion Charcoal & Probiotics Cleansing Clay Mask instead of the Rituals product.  I’m not sure what other variations there are, besides different fragrances for the Bliss Body Butter and I believe another shade of blush.  Some subscribers were able to choose their shade of blush, but I wasn’t.  It may have been because I just signed up.

Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara

This is the item I was most excited about trying.  It’s a tiny tube, but I will use it all! This mascara really gives length and volume.  My little lashes looked huge! This is one I would definitely pick up if I’m looking for a high end mascara!

Pixi Brow Tamer

I have tried Pixi products (like their amazing Glow Tonic) before, but not the Brow Gel.  I don’t use a lot of product on my brows because they are thick and dark, but I love Brow Gel to tame them.

This works well!  It sets my brows and doesn’t leave them sticky or stiff.  My brows have stayed in place all day and look really nice.  I will be using this every day to keep my brows neat and tidy!


This is a pan, not a compact.  The July box included the compact and one blush.  This pan is supposed to join the other blush in the compact.  Hopefully I’ll be receiving my July box soon and will be able to complete it.

This shade is called Pink Beach.  It’s a little light for my skin now, but will work well in the winter and spring. It has more of a matte finish and is really pretty.  The pan is small for a blush.  It looks like the size of an eyeshadow.  I will let you know how they work together when I receive the July GlossyBox.

These both smell amazing!  They are deluxe samples, so I will probably save them for vacations or short trips.  I may stick the body butter in my purse.  I always have lotion with me.

These are both nice, but I’ve tried them before and deluxe bath samples doesn’t have a wow factor!

Doctor Babor Hydro RX 3D Gel Eye Pads

Meh.  I have so many gel pads for eyes that I might use them, but probably will give them to a friend.

My favorite items in this box are the Lancome Monsieur Big mascara and the Pixi Brow Gel.  I will use the blush once I receive the compact.

The remaining three products will be gifted or used on trips.

Altogether this is an okay GlossyBox.  I did really miss the sturdy pink boxes, so am happy to have that too!  I am glad I did the deal and am looking forward to my July and September boxes!

Do you subscribe to GlossyBox?  What did you get in your August box?


November 2015 PopSugar Must Have Subscription Box Review


I have been subscribed to PopSugar for over two years now and really love it!  You receive a box of goodies with a retail total of over $100 for $39.95.  If you’d like to subscribe, use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box. Available at


I received my October PopSugar Must Have a few days ago and have been enjoying the contents!  For a Fall box, it doesn’t have Autumnal or Halloween colors, but the items are really cozy.  Here is what is in the box:


I received my November PopSugar Must Have today.  The items this month are great for giving. Here is what is in the box:


Tarte Cosmetics Beauty & the Box Eye Shadow in Apple of My Eye (sorry for the blurry photo) – $22.  The shades are Golden Delicious (gold), Caramel (rust brown), Gala (dark brown), Honeycrisp (bronze). I like the colors, but I have so many natural eye shadow palettes.  I will give this away or sell it on eBay!




Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box Candle in Rain – ($18.95 USD) — As you can see, my candle arrived broken.  Which is too bad, if you check out the website, it’s so pretty!  I have emailed PopSugar and I’m sure that they will send a replacement if they can.  They are pretty good about that sort of thing.


West Emory Bingo Set ($20 USD on sale) —  This is a cool, modern set.  My kids and I will have fun playing this!


Gramr Thankful Cards — These are so cute! They are a set of 5 Thanksgiving post cards.  I think that they would make great place settings at a Thanksgiving table. Or mail them out to family members who are far away.


Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard ($7.30 USD) — I love mustard, but I’m not a fan of honey mustard.  Still, I will find someone who will use it to make a vinaigrette or to put as a glaze on salmon or chicken.

Ink Dot Print Gift Card $20 to use on their website.  There were also coupon codes for Capri Blue and Gramr.

I love PopSugar, but there isn’t anything in this box that I will use (except for the candle if I get a replacement).  That was the only thing I really wanted, but I think it should have been packaged in a box, then bubble wrap.  But it just came in bubble wrap. I will gift the rest of it, and maybe play bingo with my kids.  I am hoping that the December box has some nice items and maybe a good treat!

Do you subscribe to PopSugar?  Did you like this month?



Birchbox + Women’s Health Partner for Second Year in a Row!

Sample Birchbox + Women's Health Box
Sample Birchbox + Women’s Health Box
Birchbox + Women’s Health are thrilled to announce our partnership for the month of July. This month, Birchbox + Women’s Health have collaborated to create a special edition Birchbox focused on wellness.
This is the second time that Birchbox + Women’s Health are partnering to bring Birchbox subscribers products hand-picked by Women’s Health editors. Themed “Power Up,” the box will feature products to help you take your beauty routine up a notch and includes brands like Supergoop!, Benefit, Cynthia Rowley, and Vasanti. The box shown above is once variation that you may receive.
Existing Birchbox subscribers will receive the Women’s Health box as their July box; new subscribers can sign up here until July 30th: (This is my referral link for points.  I would love it if you used it when signing up, thanks!). If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code WOMENSHEALTH100 when you order to get an extra 100 points ($10) to use in the Birchbox shop.
Do you subscribe to Birchbox?  I have an account, but haven’t signed up for the monthly box yet.  I’ve been thinking about it, because it gets such great reviews and their points program is amazing!  You can purchase items from their store with the points.
If you receive the July box, leave a comment with the products that you receive.  I would love to know what you get!

Blush Mystery Beauty Box — A Fab Beauty Subscription Box!


I was sent this wonderful July Blush Mystery Beauty Box to Review for my honest opinion.  What is the Blush Mystery Beauty Box, you ask?  From the website:

Monthly Beauty Picks Delivered Straight to Your Door!

Love beauty products? Join the club to sample the latest and greatest products in skin care, hair care and makeup handpicked by a team of beauty pros!
  • Each month, we’ll be offering a different blush Mystery Beauty Box, featuring mostly full- and (some) travel-size products worth at least $100.
  • Products are handpicked by our panel of beauty experts, so you know you’re getting only the best.
  • Enjoy a Free Gift with your Beauty

The Mystery Beauty Box is only $34.95 (a $100+ value!), or as low as $24.95 with monthly subscription.

Here is a peak inside of my July box!  I know it’s August, but I was very happy to receive this awesome bag full of goodies!  I received:


Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray– ($22 for 5.07 fl. oz, full-sized) — Gives you touchable, adjustable hold – never sticky or tacky. Enriched with Panthenol (Vitamin B5) and Phytantriol (Amino Acids) to strengthen and condition your hair while adding body and shine. Doubles as a fantastic root volumizer.

What I think:  I love how the more you use, the stronger hold that you get, but it never makes the hair stiff.  Available at

Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance 24H Lotion  ($20 for 1.7 fl. oz. full-sized) — Natural radiance & detox for brighter skin! Refreshing lotion invigorates and balances the skin’s functions. The lotion leaves a matte surface on the skin. Regular use normalizes sebum production and helps to reduce the appearance of pores.

Arctic cloudberry seed oil, which is bursting with natural antioxidants, protects the skin from stress factors. The detox properties of cloudberry nectar help to make the skin look brighter and more radiant. Ideal for women especially 25+ who are in the middle of the “rush years”. Ideal for normal to combination skin. Paraben-free. Synthetic colorant-free: the colour of the cream comes from cloudberry. Product contains over 90 % natural ingredients.

What I think: This is a really nice lotion!  I love the 24 hours, but I would love it more if it had SPF.  It does give the skin a nice glow.  Learn more at and it can be found at mass market retailers near you!


Bioelements Quick Refiner – (.25 oz Value $3.83, $46 for 3 oz) – Eliminates dead surface cells, uncovers smoother, softer skin, targets the appearance of pores and used once a day will last almost 4 months!

What I think:  This really makes my skin smooth!  It is also unscented, which I really like. This is a good-sized sample, because you don’t need a lot. Available at

Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex SPF 15 ($50 for .5 oz) – By employing the most advanced beauty research technology, Hydroxatone products conclusively deliver rapid, safe and long-term visible results. AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex SPF 15 is a unique moisturizer specifically designed to increase skin hydration and soften the appearance of visible wrinkles by helping the skin stimulate the production of collagen. Increased collagen produces a long-term reduction in visible wrinkles, crow’s feet, and facial lines. Your multi-functional anti-aging powerhouse and moisturizer in one! Hydroxatone is formulated for all skin types, both women and men, and all ethnicities.

What I think:  I haven’t tried this yet, but I have always wanted to try Hydroxatone, so I am really excited about it.  I also think it is a great item to find in the bag! Available at and

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad ($18 for 10 pads) — Alpha Beta Glow Pads provide a radiant, sun kissed glow year-round, without exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. Formulated with the sun vitamin, Active Vitamin D, these pads give the face believable, natural color.

What I think:  I have tried one of these and I love the natural color you get.  Also, it is not smelly (lots of self tanners are).  Available at Sephora stores and


Deborah Lippmann 3D Holographic Luxurious Nail Color in Ray of Light ($19 USD, full-sized) – This is an indigo jelly polish with a little copper red holographic glitter.

What I think:  VERY pretty!  This is the first thing that I tried on when I received the bag.  I love blue polishes and think that this is perfect for fall! Avaialbe at and other fine beauty stores.

Emani Organic Lip Shine in Blush ($16 full-sized) — Cover your lips with spectacular color. EMANI Organic Lip Shine is a long-wearing formula that enhances lips without leaving a sticky finish. Fruit oils and vitamin E moisturize to maintain a pout that’s soft and in kissable condition.

What I think:  I love that this is organic.  The shade is so pretty too, and it is very moisturizing. Available at

I believe this awesome July 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box had almost $150 worth of products in it!  Such a great deal!  I highly recommend the Blush Mystery Beauty Box!  Visit to sign up.


From The Lab Subscription Beauty Box


Innovative brand From the Lab has already shown us they understand what makes us beauty fanatics blush. This new and unique monthly subscription service is designed to give every woman access to the future of high-end beauty products before they hits shelves.  In the first box, From the Lab brought us beauty from the future in the form of primers packed with anti-aging properties, color correcting capabilities and pore minimizing assets. Cutting-edge ingredients like Peruvian Rhatany Root Extract provides anti-aging and skin-conditioning benefits while Para Cress Flower Extract stimulates collagen production and increases the skin’s natural lifting capacities to deliver visible results in just 30 days!

For a limited time, From the Lab is offering a special charter membership for the low price of $19.95!  While they can’t tell you what’s coming up next, they can promise between 1-3 completely revolutionary products in each box that can’t be found anywhere else for up to 18 months!

Price: $19.95 (+S&H) per month for a charter membership. Once fully launched the price goes up to $29.95 (+S&H) per month.

These are full-size, 30-day supplies of 1-3 beauty products each month (project value $40-200). Memberships are limited. From the Lab offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

To request and inviatation to join, visit and click on the Get Invited Button on the upper right hand corner.


I received the June box to review courtesy of From the Lab from my honest review.  The two products that I received in the box were Face Primer No. 327 and Eye Lift Primer No. 328.  I have to say, I love both primers and use them every day (and I have a lot of makeup and skin care to choose from each day)!

Face Primer No. 327 — The claim is that it glides on to your skin, creating a smooth, even canvas that keeps your makeup looking fresh for up to 24 hours. Its advanced formula enhances adherence while it calms and repairs the appearance of your skin by giving you multiple skincare benefits in a single primer including anti-aging, color correction and pore minimizing.

What I think:  When I first pumped this out, I was very surprised.  It is white and thin, like a sunscreen.  It is unscented.  When I apply it onto my face after moisturizing it instantly smooths and evens the color on my face.  It’s pretty amazing. The finish is really natural, not too matte or too glowy.  LOVE this!  Sometimes I put it on and nothing else before a little powder and blush.

Eyelift Primer No. 328 — The claim is that it nourishes the delicate skin of your eyelid while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its weightless, pure velvet cream texture diffuses light to provide an optical smoothing effect, while its innovative, extremely long-wearing formula prevents creasing and keeps your eye shadow vibrant for up to 12 hours.

What I think:  I have been known to put this on, a little liner and mascara and go out the door.  It is so pretty!  It has a sheer beige color that evens out the eyelid’s tone and is pretty by itself if you want a neutral eye!  And shadows last longer when the primer is applied first!

So visit and check it out.  It is an inexpensive way to try quality skincare and makeup products!


Wantable Monthly Makeup and Jewelry Subscription Boxes

Products You May Receive in the April Makeup Wantable Box
Products You May Receive in the April Makeup Wantable Box

I was recently very lucky to receive a complementary Wantable Makeup Box for my honest review.

What is Wantable? It is a new monthly makeup or jewelry subscription service.  For a $40 one-time fee or $36 if you subscribe, you will receive 4 to 6 full-size premium makeup products or 4 to 5 boutique jewelry items that are valued at $80-$100.

To get started on the website (, click on whether you would like a makeup or a jewelry box.  Then after a few questions regarding your preferences, you can sign up to receive a box.  If you decide to subscribe, you can skip a box or cancel at anytime.

The following is what you will receive in April Wantable Boxes:

Makeup Box:

  • 4 to 6 full-size premium makeup products.
  • Featuring celebrity makeup artist Iris Moreau.
  • Each box hand-picked just for you to perfectly match your style preferences.
  • Expert application advice for each product.
  • Free shipping and free returns.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

Jewelry Box:

  • 4 to 5 boutique jewelry items.
  • Hand-selected by fashion photographer and stylist Helen Berkun.
  • New and unique items sourced every month.
  • Expert accessorizing to help you wear each piece.
  • Customized to your personal style preferences.
  • Free shipping and free returns.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
  • Your box will contain on-trend and personalized product


The products I received are:

Color Club Nail Polish in Wild Cactus, emerald green ($8 USD

Be a Bombshell Eye Shadow in Risky Business, a shimmering golden brown ($14

Manna Kadar Blush in High Five, a peachy-pink ($19 USD

Real Techniques 2-in-1 Kabuki Folding Brush ($10 USD

Be a Bombshell Onyx Mascara ($15 USD

Paula Dorf Eye Liner in Chocolate, a deep brown ($20 USD

Plus a sample card with 29 Cosmetics skincare.

The retail total of these products is $86.  I think this is a great deal for $36 – $40!

I haven’t tried most of these brands (except for Color Club) and I was so excited to try them! I love the green (Pantone color of the year) polish.  It is a gorgeous color and quite edgy.  The eyeshadow is a great everyday neutral. The blush is so pretty and shimmery.  The brush is very cool, it unfolds so it can be used as a wider, flat brush for blush or bronzer.  Close it up and it is a good kabuki powder brush.  It has very soft bristles, too.

My least favorite products are the mascara, which gives a natural look (I like a more dramatic look) and the eyeliner is not very pigmented.  They will be fine for a soft, natural look.

I recommend this service.  Getting full-sized products is amazing and they are from some great brands.  Visit to sign up!  Also, visit them on Facebook and Twitter on and @Wantableco.