BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — December 2019

IMG-2361Hi all! I received my December BoxyLuxe about of week ago. But, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to review it. I started subscribing to BoxyLuxe last December and have been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for two and a half years.

The regular BoxyCharm box is $25 a month now. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $25-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $24.99, you’ll get the Luxe box, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.  I did get to pick some of the items I would receive, which I really liked.

The theme for this month is Whimsy. There’s a good mix of makeup, skincare and hair care this month.  Here’s what I received:

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My total this month is a whopping $485.50!  Wow!  Amazing for a $50 box.

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I’m excited about both of these!  I love Rituals and I haven’t tried this shower gel before.  I’m going to put it in my shower after we’ve used up all the holiday shower gels, LOL!

The IGK dry shampoo gets great reviews.  I don’t usually use dry shampoo much, but I will give this a go!

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The bottle of the Elemis oil is so gorgeous!  It is very rose-scented.  I like it, but I hope it isn’t too strong for me.  I have a few oils open now, so I will be trying it later.

The QMS product is so expensive!  It would be great if it worked on my lip lines.  I will be trying this soon.

I am already using the FRESH cleanser.  It’s such an OG cleanser, but I haven’t used it before. I like it so far.  It has a refreshing scent and really cleans skin without drying it out.

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I’ve been trying to decide if I want to keep the Ciate blush, but I think I will.  I don’t really have one in this darker pink shade.  I’m excited to try it!

I am not keeping the metallic lipstick or the liquid eyeliner.  I don’t wear either.  I’ll find someone who will love them, though.

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This is a very pretty palette!  I love how it looks like a book, and the shades are gorgeous.  I’m gifting this to someone, because I have so many eyes shadows that I need to use!  I am actually going to start a new series in 2020 where I review 20 of my current palettes that I haven’t reviewed yet.  I have so many that I bought last year or the year before and haven’t reviewed!


Do you get BoxyLuxe?  What did you get this month and what were your favorite products?

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Bath and Body Products From Soaptopia, Yves Rocher, Aerin and Fresh

When you don’t know what to get the ladies in your life, try a bath and body set.  I know I love to receive these, since pampering myself is such a luxury.

There are so many different price ranges and types of bath products to give.  Below is a natural bath set, affordable bath and body products, luxe bath and candles and sugar scrubs that will leave her feeling soft:

Soaptopia Soap Day
Soaptopia Spa Day

Soaptopia Spa Day ($50.50 USD) — More relaxing than a day at the beach. What’s better than a gift certificate for a free massage? All the goodies for all-over relaxation!

Spa Day Set Includes:

(1) 6-7 ounce bar of Artisan Soap
(1) Massage Candle
(1) 16-ounce bag of Salt Soak Bath Salts
(1) Alotta Bubbles Bubble Bath

Choose from one of our flavor families —  Orange, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rozilla (Rose Geranium & Vanilla), Rose, Grapefruit, Lime & Coconut, Hippeee (Patchoulli & Cedar), Black Spruce & Lavender, and Vanilla.

These are wonderful handmade, natural bath products and smell so fresh! I love the Alotta Bubble Bath, you do get a lot of bubbles!  And the massage candle is a neat idea, once it melts down you can use it as a massage oil.  This is the perfect gift for the lady who loves natural products.

Available at http://www.soaptopia.com

Candied Orange & Almond Holiday Collection
Candied Orange & Almond Holiday Collection

Candied Orange & Almond Holiday Collection ($20 USD) — Treat yourself or offer this pampering Candied Orange & Almond Holiday Collection that comes with a cute FREE cosmetic case. Delicious scented formulas will instantly lift holiday spirits!

This Collection includes:
– Candied Orange & Almond Liquid Hand Soap, 200 ml / 6.7 fl.oz. Pump-bottle
– Candied Orange & Almond Nourishing Lip Balm, 0.17 oz. / 4,8 g Stick
– Candied Orange & Almond Perfumed Body Lotion, 6.7 fl. oz./200 ml bottle
– Candied Orange & Almond Hand Cream, 2.5 fl. oz./75 ml tube
– Candied Orange & Almond Shower & Bath Gel, 6.7 fl. oz./200 ml bottle
– Candied Orange & Almond Exfoliating Bubble for Bath, 8.4 fl. oz. / 250 ml Bottle
– FREE Cosmetic case

I love this scent and this collection is such a great deal! You get so much for the price.  This would be an amazing teacher gift.  Yves Rocher also has other festive scents, my other favorite is Candied Orange and Cinnamon.

Purchase at http://www.yvesrocherusa.com

AERIN Rose de Grasse Collection
AERIN Rose de Grasse Collection

AERIN Rose de Grasse Collection — The collection includes AERIN’s creamy Rose de Grasse Body Wash to softly cleanse skin and AERIN’s rich Rose de Grasse Body Cream that drenches skin in moisture – both lightly scent the body with a delicate hint of the AERIN Rose de Grasse scent. The collection further celebrates the rose with the premier fragrance, Rose de Grasse captured in a luxurious candle. Appealing to all the senses, AERIN’s Rose de Grasse Candle transforms any room into a garden of roses.

Pricing:

  • Rose de Grasse Body Cream, $80
  • Rose de Grasse Body Wash, $60
  • Rose de Grasse Candle, $65

I haven’t tried this scent or collection yet, but I think it sounds amazing.  If you love rose scents, try these.  They might be perfect for your mother or mother-in-law.

Availability: AERIN.com and EsteeLauder.com

Fresh Sugar Indulgence
Fresh Sugar Indulgence

Fresh Sugar Indulgence ($54, a $75 value) — Experience the sweet sensation of head-to-toe nourishment with these bestselling formulas from the iconic Sugar Collection. Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 is a nourishing blend that moisturizes, protects, and smooths the lips. Sugar Face Polish is a gentle exfoliating mask made with real brown sugar that instantly softens and smooths all skin types for a more radiant complexion. Brown Sugar Body Polish is the original, natural sugar exfoliant that combines real brown sugar crystals with precious oils for soft, radiant skin.

This set contains:
– 1 oz Sugar Face Polish
– 7 oz Brown Sugar Body Polish
– 0.15 oz Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Untinted

Any lady would love this luxurious gift!  These scrubs leave skin so soft and smell delicious.  Plus, the lip treatment leaves lip moisturized and help keep them from chapping in the cold air.

Available at Sephora and other fine beauty stores

Let me know what bath products you are giving this holiday season!

Fresh Soy Face Cream

Fresh Soy Face Cream
Fresh Soy Face Cream

I’m always looking for a quality face cream that will make me look youthful and dewy. When I received a sample of Fresh Soy Face Cream ($42.00 USD at Sephora), I thought this sounded like just the thing.  

This moisturizer is “enriched with natural protective soy proteins, restorative rose water, soothing cucumber extract, nourishing meadowfoam, and jojoba seed oils that work together to provide moisture and promote collagen synthesis. It hydrates and renews the skin, creating supple, healthy, firm, radiant results.”

And guess what? It does all of that. My skin glows right after using and looks very smooth and young. The only thing is…the smell.

It has a very strong scent. Very strong. You can really smell the rose water and cucumber. With a natural product like this, you are going to smell the ingredients. It is not a bad fragrance at all, but if you are sensitive to scent, I wouldn’t invest in this product.

But, if you love all things natural and especially if you love rose; I would definitely recommend this cream. It is very a high quality product and will make your face look smooth and lovely almost immediately.    

What else you need to know (from the Sephora Website):
Soy Face Cream has been scientifically proven to have significant, long-term moisturizing and restorative effects on the skin. A healthy dose of antioxidant-rich tea complex and an infusion of vitamins A, C, and E make this skin-smoothing formula exceptionally fortifying and beneficial. For best results, use it as a complement to the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser.

My Christmas List Part 1 — Fragrance

 
Sephora Scent Sampler Best Sellers
Sephora Scent Sampler Best Sellers

Hi all! I’ve decided to make each Monday in December leading up until Christmas my Wish List Blog. I’m going to review products I am intrigued by and really want to own! 

I think fragrance is a natural Christmas gift because it isn’t an item a woman buys every day. It’s more of a treat, and because of this, it makes a great gift.  But unless you know the exact scent someone wants, it can be a tricky gift to give. 

That’s why I think that the Sephora Brand Scent Sampler Bestsellers For Her ($50.00 USD) is the perfect gift when you’re not sure which fragrance a woman would like. This set includes ten samples of fragrances to try. Once she’s chosen the scent she likes most, she can use the enclosed gift voucher that can be redeemed at any Sephora store for a full-size bottle of any one of the samples included.

The scents in this collection include:

– Aquolina Pink Sugar
– Bulgari Omnia Crystalline
– Calvin Klein Euphoria
– Givenchy Very Irresistible Givenchy Sensual
– Gwen Stefani L.A.M.B.
– Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit
– Marc Jacobs Daisy
– Philosophy Amazing Grace
– Stella McCartney Stella
– Vera Wang Princess                                                                                                               

This is the perfect fantasy gift for me. I love the thought of trying out ten scents, then choosing a full-sized bottle of one. I already own Amazing Grace (and am almost out of it), so I know I could always get another bottle of that if I don’t like any of the other scents. The best way to choose is to wear it for a couple of days. It is also good to wear a fragrance to bed, and if it doesn’t bother you, it is a good choice. 

Fresh Sake
Fresh Sake

A fragrance I have received samples of and worn in all situations (including to bed) is Fresh Sake ($75.00 USD). I love this velvety, musky fragrance. It is soft enough to use every day, but special enough to use for an evening out.

The notes include Langsat Fruit, Grapefruit, Ginger, White Peach Absolute, Lotus Flower, Lily of the Valley, Osmanthus, Vanilla, and Musk.

The thing I really like about fragrance is how it completes your look as you get ready for the day. I spritz my scent on last, then I know I am ready to go! New scents are a special way to change up how you feel.

Happy shopping!