I got lucky with the Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Once a year the webstore Beautylish has a secret sale for Lucky Bags. This is my third year buying this and it keeps getting better. The Lucky Bag is different for everyone lucky enough to be able to buy one. The typical bag is $75 and the only clue you get when buying is that the items are brands that Beautylish sells. Considering the quality that they cover, you can’t go wrong! This year they offered a $150 bag with the same amount of items but ones with a higher value. That went in a flash. I was on an early access list, went to buy the second I saw the bags were available but no luck with that. I’m not the least big unhappy though as you’ll see from my amazing bag.beautylish lucky bag 2017 tag

6 items, 6 top notch brands! $75 plus shipping = $198 in products that I’m so excited about.

my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

BIODERMA MICELLAR WATER: ($6.90) I believe that everyone received the small size of Bioderma Micellar. Happily for me the one I received is Sensiblo H20 which is the one I use all the time. It never hurts to have a spare of this. 5 stars!!

Bioderma Micellar Water Sensiblo H20

Bioderma Micellar Water Sensiblo H20

JOEUR LONG WEAR LIP CREME in DULCE DE LECHE ($18): There are 26 shades of this liquid lipstick available at Beautylish so I consider myself extra lucky that I received a shade that I love. I’m always receiving dark lipsticks yet I really only wear MLBB or light shades. This matte pink (which I consider warm but they say is cool) is a perfect shade for me. It also gives me the chance to try this at last to see what I think.

Joeur Long Wear Liquid Lipstick - Dulce de Leche

Joeur Long Wear Liquid Lipstick – Dulce de Leche

I have always admired the Joeur matte lipsticks on others but never was sure if I should buy one. This has a caramel fragrance that lasts for a short while and doesn’t annoy me. My lips have to be well exfoliated to wear this but that’s not a problem. 4 stars! (fragrance removed one)beautylish lucky bag 2017 joeur lip collage

ORIBE DRY TEXTURING SPRAY ($22) – Believe it or not I’ve never used a product like this. I occasionally will use a dry shampoo and always like having one in the house. Ditto with a hair spray. But it’s rare that they get used. I saw this and thought of Lisa since she’d love this (“Bigger, better, full-on glamorous hair. This invisible dry hair spray builds in incredible volume and sexy texture. Patented polymers absorb oil at the roots, leaving you with just-styled hair for days (and nights).”). I’ll try it but I bet I end up giving it to my blog partner. 3 stars from me and surely 5 stars from Lisa.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

SMITH & CULT NAILED LACQUER in LOVERS CREEP ($18): I can’t tell you how much I’ve wanted a Smith & Cult polish. I just never remembered to buy plus I couldn’t decide what color. Lovers Creep is a beautiful opaque bordeaux shade. I have a lot of polish to test but I just can’t wait to have the time to wear this.  Smith & Cult is “8-Free, Long Wear, High Shine & Smooth Coverage.” Definitely 5 stars.

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

NATASHA DENOUNA EYESHADOW PALETTE 5, PALETTE 13: ($48)  Well my heart skipped a beat when I saw the Natasha Denouna box. While palette 13 wouldn’t be one I’d pick to buy, it gives me the chance to try out her eyeshadows to see if I like them as much as her blush. Happily this doesn’t have the fragrance that the blush has. What it has is a duochrome green, a shimmery copper, and 3 matte shades that apply like butter.

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

I’m anxious to play around more with these shades. Flamingo is a great base shade with its touch of warm pink that doesn’t make me look like a flamingo. Sand Storm is very warm so I don’t think that it will get much use. Arizona is an easy to wear brown that can be built up. The prettiest shades are Pinja which looks green but reminds me of MAC Club with its green brown tone but with more oomph and Umber is an amazing golden copper. It’s a metallic shadow without visible shimmer. 4 Stars –  NO 5 stars, after all it is Natasha Denouna.

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

WAYNE GOSS OO BRUSH ($85): This originally was a limited edition brush but now it’s a permanent brush in the Wayne Goss Beautylish collection. It’s so magnificent that I don’t want to use it and get it dirty. How many times do I have the opportunity to have an $85 brush? Totally soft and luxurious. I’m overjoyed to have another Wayne Goss brush. I need to gather all the ones I have to review them for you.

Designed for a quick application with the softest finish. The large size is ideal for applying mineral or powder foundations—or any powder, bronzer, or blush—across the face. The tapered point lets you go into the eye area and do detailed highlighting work.The bristles measure 50mm in length, with a width of 20mm at it’s widest point. Hair Type: Goat. 100% cruelty free

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

I’m thrilled with my Lucky Bag and absolutely will be purchasing the 2018 bag. It’s been one of my favorite buys in a long time (and I’ve bought a lot). Have I tempted you? Would you spend $75 on a surprise bag?  —  Marcia

Go for natural beauty with Good Earth Beauty’s Beauty Box

I read complaints all the time about beauty boxes for several reasons: there aren’t any boxes for natural beauty lovers; I don’t need a new box every month; there are so many products that would come that I wouldn’t use. Forget all that because there’s a beauty box in town that has shot these all down. That box is from Good Earth Beauty. I’m very impressed with the way they run the box program. You pick exactly which box/es you want. You pick when they should come. You pick the variety you like best. And there are often new boxes that will tempt you.                                               *pr sample

Good Earth Beauty Beginner's Beauty Box

Good Earth Beauty Beginner’s Beauty Box

The Good Earth Beauty Beginner’s Beauty Box is a no-nonsense box. The box isn’t fancy but the products within are a perfect way to learn about Good Earth Beauty’s products. What you’ll find in this $23 non-subscription box is:

*soap – unscented full sized bar by Good Earth Beauty

*shampoo & conditioner – by good earth beauty – 1 oz sample bottles

*Cleanser  –  By Good Earth Beauty – 1 oz sample bottle

*perfume – mini roller bottle – vanilla

*chocolate lip scrub – full sized

Good Earth Beauty Japanese Cherry Blossom Shampoo and Conditioner

Good Earth Beauty Japanese Cherry Blossom Shampoo and Conditioner

Good Earth Beauty has created 8 different scents in their shampoo and conditioner line. You can purchase any of these 8 fragrances for $2.50 each in sample sizes (Mint Mojito, Pumpkin Chai, Bamboo Flower, Coconut, Coconut Lime, Cranberry Citrus, Kiwi Lemon Basil and Japanese Cherry Blossom). While I’ve only used the Japanese Cherry Blossom that was in my set I can tell you that not only does it smell delicious but the shampoo and conditioner left my hair soft and well-cleansed without stripping it of natural oils. This fragrance is considered their moisturizing one and my hair appreciated it. (Value in box $5)

Good Earth Beauty Vitamin C Normal Skin Facial Cleanser

Good Earth Beauty Vitamin C Normal Skin Facial Cleanser

The Good Earth Beauty cleanser in my box is the Vitamin C Facial Cleanser for normal skin. There are 3 cleansers that Good Earth creates: Vitamin C for normal, Sugar Cleanser for oily skin, and Aloe & Honey for dry skin. “this Botanical Gel Wash is exactly what you have been looking for. Plant actives enrich this inspired formula with healing components. Plant lipids sooth and protect the upper dermal layers for a desirable washing experience….every day! Aloe Vera heals all that ails you skin wise…and coconut and sugar derived surfactants gently wash away the grime and goop of daily living for a fresh new start..” As someone with normal to dry skin this is a great cleanser for me. The fragrance is a light lemon one, a favorite of mine. (You can buy the samples for $2.50)

Good Earth Beauty Mint Mojito hair and body wash

Good Earth Beauty Mint Mojito hair and body wash

The delicious smelling Hair and Body Wash in my box is Mint Mojito. This minty lime smells so much like the drink. Good Earth Beauty says it’s enough for 3 uses but I’ve already gotten 4 uses out of it and will get at least one more. There are 7 flavors of this: Mint Mojito, Chocolate Amour, coconut, cranberry citrus, Honey Almond, Strawberry Margarita and Warm Vanilla. (Hungry or thirsty yet??). If I was willing to share then my husband would love this as a hair and body wash but I haven’t told him even though I’ve been using it as a body wash. (Samples sold for $2.50)

Like all Good Earth Beauty products these are all free of parabens, pesticides, petroleum, propylene glycol, phthalates, sulfates, and artificial colors.

Good Earth Beauty No Nonsense Non-Scents Soap

Good Earth Beauty No Nonsense Non-Scents Soap

No Nonsense Non-Scents soap is one of 7 that Good Earth Beauty creates. This fragrance free soap contains Saponified Organic Oils of olive, coconut, and palm plus shea butter. I always have a a bar of soap at each of my sinks as well as a liquid soap and this is a great choice. It keeps my hands from drying out with its moisturizing ingredients. ($8)

Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Lip Scrub

If I didn’t convince you in my previous Good Earth Beauty Lip Scrub review then this is the perfect opportunity to drill this into your head. OMG Chocolate! I love the other flavors but you know a chocoholic is going to go nuts for this one. This is a sugar scrub that you really want to just lick off your lips but wait until it’s done its job first. Scoop out a little and rub your lips with it. It feels a tiny bit oily at first but that’s just the way it moisturizes. After exfoliating you’re allowed to lick your lips but you’re going to want to go back again and again to do this! Total yum and available separately in 7 flavors. ($8.25) Ingredients: sugar, organic sunflower oil, organic coconut oil, organic almond oil, organic shea butter, organic jojoba oil, and flavor.

Good Earth Beauty Warm Vanilla Candy Perfume

Good Earth Beauty Warm Vanilla Candy Perfume

This tiny roll on bottle brings delicious concentrated fragrance. This beauty box seems to only have this scent available but in total Good Earth Beauty has 16 samples available for $3.99 each. These are made by Mod Fragrance exclusively for Good Earth Beauty. Ingredients include Olive Oil, Squalene, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Grapeseed Oil, Natural Orchid Extract, Pure Essential Oils and/or Natural Fragrance Oils.

Good Earth Beauty Beginner's Beauty Box

Good Earth Beauty Beginner’s Beauty Box

While you can always put together your own sampler box with Good Earth Beauty you will save money by purchasing this for $23 and free shipping. It’s a $30.25 value so it’s like getting the soap for free. Good Earth Beauty also has a variety of boxes like a Chocolate Lovers box, a Coffee Lovers box and a Pumpkin box. There’s no end to the wonders of these boxes and you aren’t bound to a subscription. Buy what you want, when you want. —  Marcia

*sent for consideration