Great goodies from October’s Glossybox

Glossybox

Glossybox

I’m guessing that we all love surprises although there are a variety of surprises we could have in our life. Some aren’t so great (falling and being out of commission for months) and some are wonderful (finding about a new baby or marriage) while others are surprises that come because we want them. Glossybox sent their latest surprise box and this qualifies to be in my third category – surprises because we /want them.

October’s Glossybox is a welcome surprise for me and added some needed fun to my life. While I haven’t had a chance to use them all, I think this box is loaded with products that are going to be well loved for me.

Contents of the October Glossybox

Contents of the October Glossybox

I was especially thrilled when I opened the pink box to see some familiar packaging – TARTE!  One of my favorite brands and definitely one of my favorite products: POWER PIGMENT in Flush. I’ve raved constantly about these lip crayons so it’s no surprise to hear me rave again. Flush is a sheer berry hue that will suit most complexions. This is a matte lip but it doesn’t feel or look that matte to me. I find the Power Pigments to be comfortable on my lips. They are easy to use, easy to wear, and beautiful. With Flush you can create a stained effect by just dabbing it with your finger. If you don’t have any of these Tarte Lip Crayons or don’t have Flush then this $24 pays for the cost of the box. The rest is just gravy!

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon in Flush

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon in Flush

The next product I pulled out of the box is from NAILS INC. I have always enjoyed the polishes that I’ve bought from Nails Inc. and this is new to me: Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat ($10). What’s great about owning a matte top coat is that you can get double wear out of your polishes. Do your manicure with a glossy top coat, wear it a few days, then apply this matte top coat and change up your look in an instant. Another thing I’ve been seeing a lot is people that apply the matte polish/top coat on their full nail and then doing a “french” tip in a shiny top coat.

Nails Inc Matte Top Coat

Nails Inc Matte Top Coat

You can’t miss the biggest product in the box PROGANIX VOLUME ROOT BOOST FINISH + BODY BUILDER ($11.99, 5.1 FL OZ). Proganix has gone through some name changes in the last year so you might be more familiar with their original name of Organix. Same great line, just a new name. The Volume Root Boost is to help give you not just bigger hair but it adds volume and body. It contains soy protein and caffeine to walk up your style. It’s a great shine booster too.

Proganix Volume Root Boost Finish + Body Builder

Proganix Volume Root Boost Finish + Body Builder

Next is pampering time and boy do I need that. SESHA BOTANICAL HYDRO MASK ($9 each) is a full sheet facial mask that is great for calming down your skin. It contains cucumber, green tea and marigold which are known for anti-inflammatory benefits. Give yourself 15-30 minutes of relaxation with this mask on and you’ll be glowing after.

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

For all you fragrance lovers out there Glossybox has included one of the prettiest minis I’ve seen in a long time. The fragrance is VINCE CAMUTO AMORE EAU DE PARFUM and this is a limited edition. According to Glossybox this stars “ephemeral scent of fresh-cut flowers and fragrant fruits atop a base of comforting cashmere, rich amber and earthy sandalwood”. The fragrance is a sensual one. The mini bottle is a beautiful addition to your fragrance wardrobe.

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Lately Glossybox has been adding in some bonuses and this month is no different. My box contained a $40 gift car to HELLO FRESH which is a food service. You go to their website at hellofresh.com, pick out recipes you want to try from their weekly menus, and order the pre-measured ingredients to create the recipe fresh at home. They deliver nationwide and have veggie boxes as well as ones with meat products. It’s an interesting concept and a nice way to try it out for free.

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

This October Glossybox is still available as of this writing and it’s a great deal. You pay $21 per month and get all these goodies along with free shipping. Right now they have a bonus for new subscribers, Glamglow Tinglexfoliat Treatment Deluxe sample with the code GLAM. Order this box ($60 value, for $21) at Glossybox.com. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

BCA Limited Edition products from Coach, Smashbox, and Origins

BCA LE products lips and fragranceReviewing and writing about all these wonderful limited edition BCA products reminded me I was overdue for a mammogram.  I should have gone in August, but you know how life sometimes flies by. Suddenly the influx of favorite products that help stamp out breast cancer in one way or another made me pick up the phone and make an appointment.

I was surprised when my doctor called the day after I went through the tiny slice of hell that is ‘the mammogram’.  Based on my family history and personal health, I have a very low chance of breast cancer.  But for the first time, my mammogram results weren’t great.  They show there is an issue and I have to go back for more tests.

The reason I am getting so personal today is because I want to emphasize that ANYTHING that gets you to your yearly mammogram appointment is worth it.  I love cosmetics, I pay attention to cosmetics, so I thank every single company that promotes awareness or supports research.  That ten minute boob-squishing-torture just may save my life…and yours too.  Make your mammogram appointment today.

BCA 2014

Here are some of my favorite BCA Limited Edition products sent to us by Estee Lauder companies.

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins Berry Splash swatch

Origins Berry Splash swatch

ORIGINS Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm in Berry Splash ($17): I have been a huge fan of this lip balm forever. It has terrific slip and makes my lips soft and hydrated.  Ingredients like Jojoba Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil make this major hydration.

Berry Splash is a flattering shimmery medium pink that makes lips look especially lush.  And Origins is donating $3.50 from each one purchased to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

A very jaunty looking Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

A very jaunty looking Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

COACH Poppy Wildflower Perfume ($68):  This is some of the cutest packaging ever.  Coach Poppy Wildflower just came out this past summer.  The rounded glass bottle is topped with a suede ‘posse’ reminiscent of a beautiful poppy.  This is a fragrance for those who like things a little spicy, with notes of bergamot, pink pepper, freesia, mandarin, jasmine, patchouli, violet, and a hint of vanilla.  I don’t normally go for spicy florals, but this one is super sexy and is a perfect autumn fragrance.

20% of proceeds goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Smashbox BCA Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox BCA Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise swatch

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise swatch

SMASHBOX Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise ($20):  I adore Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss and I have several shades in constant rotation.  This lip gloss is hydrating, silky, and long-lasting.  The Promise shade, created just for Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, is a soft pink tint with hot pink shimmer.  The formula is incredibly moisturizing and silky, and it lasts longer than any other typical lip gloss I have tried.    It keeps its shine and has a great slip without any stickiness whatsoever. 

$5 from your purchase is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.

Remember, these are all limited edition products so get yours now before they sell out.  Restock your favorites or try some new things while supporting breast cancer awareness and research.  And if you haven’t gotten your yearly mammogram yet…PLEASE schedule it now.  You are worth it!  – Lisa

*  sent for editorial consideration by the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. Learn more at  www.bcacampaign.com. Join the conversation: @BCAcampaign / #BCAstrength.

Boutique couture natural perfumes: Opus Oils Island Girl Collection

Perfume_Collection_plateIf you read the BIZ, you probably know that I have two big weaknesses:  coconut scents and anything vintage.  Well, color me happy because I recently discovered the perfect blend of my two favorite things at Opus Oils Perfumes, a stunningly gorgeous boutique line of couture ‘natural perfumes’ and custom scents.   Natural perfumes have no synthetics, so the scent actually evolves and changes as you wear it.

This line is the creative brainchild of Kedra Hart, a FiFi® nominated Master Perfumer who was one of the original developers of The Apothecary at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills.  Kedra co-owns the brick and mortar store called OPUS OILS’ Jitterbug Perfume Parlour, an Artisan Perfume Atelier in Hollywood, CA.

Opus Oils Perfume Parlour

The goal of the uber-glamorous OPUS OILS is “to create high quality, couture perfumes, made in the traditional methods of the artisan perfumers of centuries past.”  Kedra herself hand blends and pours every single fragrance.

Kedra recently sent the BIZ a few sample vials.  Even the little samples are meticulously packaged with mini versions of the artwork.   I want every scent in every type of product – and the packaging is so beautiful it hurts.  There are over 400 different products available, and if you can’t find the exact perfect scent for you (which seems impossible!) then you can have Kedra whip you up a custom scent.  Now that sounds intriguing!

The Island Girl Collection

The Island Girl Collection

The Island Girl sample pack of five fragrances is $20.   This is a “natural perfume collection of exotic floral scents made with 100% pure, rare and precious absolutes, attars, and essential oils in a fractionated coconut oil base.”  I think this collection is totally swoon-worthy.

Sugar_Island

Sugar Island is a delightfully tart & fruity fragrance with citrus and floral features & a soft powdery dry down.  Key Notes include Lime, Pomegranate, Black Currant, Orange Flower and Jasmine.

Island

Island is an exotic Natural perfume that features all the scents you would find in a lush, tropical Hawaiian Island Garden.  Sweet, juicy florals dance around each other wrapping you in a delightfully sweet ambrosial embrace.  Island Girl is a vacation in a bottle! Key Notes of Ginger, Plumeria Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute, Pikake Absolute, Pink Lotus Absolute, Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute & Tuberose Absolute.

Tropique_collection

Tropique Calling all Coconut lovers!  A soft & creamy delight that is not your typical “candy” coconut scent.  Tropique is a great layering scent that wears beautifully with the rest of our Island Girl Collection.  Key Notes include absolutes of cacao, coconut, vanilla and coffee.

Tiare

Lovely Tiare features the rare exotic absolutes of Gardenia & Coconut. A soft, feminine, dreamy scent that is dangerously addictive! Key Notes of Gardenia, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla, Jasmine & Coconut.

Opus Oils Mantra

Opus Oils Mantra

Mantra This exotic perfume is mysterious, rich, earthy, deep and calming with a soft powdery Patchouli/Amber dry down. Key Notes include Plumeria Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Honey Absolute, Mint, Oud & Patchouli.

Each of these scents can be worn by themselves or layered with each other.  I just can’t rave enough about the beauty and elegance of the whole collection.  My favorite by far, though, is Tropique, a wonderful natural coconut scent with a slight hint of vanilla and coffee.  Absolutely yummy without being too foody.

There is something for everyone – and I mean everyone! – at OPUS OILS.  Take a minute to check out the online store…but be warned, that minute will become an hour before you know it.  – Lisa

*sample vials sent for editorial consideration

Do you dare to wear this sexy scent? Guess Dare

Guess Dare Perfume 4I know, I know…we should all be loved and appreciated for what is on the inside, not what’s on the outside.  But Guess Dare ($52) brings out the shallowness in me.  Don’t get me wrong – the scent is beautiful.  But what I really love is how it looks.

I guess I just totally outed my inner egocentric 15-year-old.

Guess Dare Perfume

Guess Dare Perfume

When Guess sent us the new Dare fragrance that was released last July, I didn’t even care what it smelled like, I just wanted the gorgeous bottle on my dresser!  The box itself is pretty cool, with denim print and pinky-gold metallic rivets.  The pale pink glass flacon has little rivets that embellish the sides, along with a pinky-gold cap.  Hanging around the neck of the flacon is a golden neckplate with the name GUESS stamped into it.

Guess Dare

Guess Dare

Guess Dare - love the emblem!

Guess Dare – love the emblem!

The fragrance was created by Bruno Jovanovic, and is a beautiful fruit/floral mix of kumquat, jasmine, and coconut palm.

  • Top notes: crisp kumquat, pear blossom, lime flower
  • Middle notes: living Palm Springs cactus flower, jasmine, wild rose
  • Bottom notes: blonde woods, living Key West coconut palm

This is a very sexy scent.  The blond wood and musk really soften the floral so it’s a wearable fragrance for day or evening.  It’s a strong scent, but not overpowering.  When I first put it on, I get a lot of the lemon and pear blossom, but when it dries down it’s more of a musky jasmine.

This is a beautiful scent in an even more beautiful package – if you are in the market for a new fragrance definitely try it out!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

The scent of high fashion: Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

I remember when Viva la Juicy came out in 2008 and gorgeous women everywhere went crazy for the over the top, blinged out packaging and the sweet and floral scent.  It spawned several more sister scents:  Viva la Juicy la Fleur, a romantic floral, and Viva la Juicy Noir, a more dangerous, sexy scent.

Juicy Couture sent us the latest release that just came out in August –  Viva la Juicy Gold Couture, a feminine, intoxicating scent housed in a kicky, trendy bottle that is worth the price alone (3.4 fl.oz. $92, 1.7 fl.oz $72, 1.0 fl.oz $52, .17 fl. oz Rollerball $25).

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture...even the box is stunning.

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture…even the box is stunning.

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture is a luxurious, sensual, decadent scent that is fashion-forward but relatable at the same time.  Think Cindy Crawford – stunningly beautiful but with a girl-next-door flavor.  The notes include wild berries, honeysuckle, jasmine, golden amber, melted caramel, vanilla elixir, and sandalwood.

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

This is a warm, luscious floral that will make women want to hug you and men want to bite you.  It has just the right amount of sweetness, just the right amount of floral, just the right amount of fruitiness, and just the right amount of gourmand with creamy caramel and vanilla notes.  It doesn’t have a huge throw, which I personally prefer – I don’t want people to smell me even before they see me.  But the lasting power is awesome, a good four hours on me before fading a bit.

All the bling a girl could want.

All the bling a girl could want.

Love the black Swiss dot bow.

Love the black Swiss dot bow.

The bottle is a wonder.  Thick glass covered in melted gold with a hot pink nameplate and a black organza Swiss dot bow – what’s not to love??  Put a pair of heels on it, and this flacon is runway ready!

If you are a fan of previous Juicy Couture scents, please check out Gold Couture.  I really think it’s the best one so far, one that has become a ‘signature’ fragrance for me.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

May’s BIZness

The month of May has just flown by, hasn’t it??  With all the parties, wedding and baby showers, and spring cleaning the month has melted away. We know that it’s not always possible to read each post every day so we thought a summary post of the month’s reviews would be helpful. Here is everything we reviewed and reported on this month. Happy reading and hello June!!

May

COSMETICS:

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

Vapour Organic Beauty, eco beauty done right

Butter London Lolly Bright lipglosses

Top 10 Tuesday gift time

My Beauty Diary

Senna HD Concealer

Susan Posnick ColorEssential Lipsticks

Face Stockholm Pastel Eyeshadows

Face Stockholm BB Cream

Ellis Faas Mascara

Beauty Addicts GlimmerSheers

Bella Mari natural foundations

Makeup Wars takes on Nude lips

Epic Blend Lip Balms

Tarina Tarantino’s Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and Eyeshadow Brushes

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

May Wantable Accessories Box

May Wantable Cosmetics Box

May IPSY bag

FabFitFun VIP Summer Box preview

NAIL POLISH:

Butter London Lolly Brights

Butter London Kerfuffle

3 perfect bold nail polishes for spring

Dior Front Row gel formula polish

Top Ten polishes for spring and summer

Trind polish – Mint Julep

Butter London Sweet Somethings Set

BATH AND BODY:

Beautifully Clean with Faith Aromatherapy

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths

See what MST Miracle Balm can do for you

Farmhouse Fresh Honey Magnolia Sparkling Soak

Lush Mum Gift Set

4 tips for brushing wet hair and a Knotty Girl Coolway Brush review

RITUALS Laughing Buddha line

SKIN CARE:

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair with Peptide K8

Introduction to Derma MD

Clayspray Masks:  The most hygenic mask you’ll ever try

Livad A&D Cream

Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care Seven Facial Rejuvenating Oil Treatment

Neova Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0 and Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair

Derma MD Enzyme Cleanser

YBF Define and Quench lip treatments

HAIR CARE:

Cristophe Volumizing Spray, Argan Oil Treatment, and Shaping Spray

Argan Oil 7 5-in-1 Moisture Healing Shampoo by NelsonJ

FRAGRANCE:

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent and Shimmering Body Oil

EXERCISE/HEALTH PRODUCTS:

Malory Band

FlipBelt

POISE MicroLiners

SUNDAY SCOOP

Giveaways from Beauty Info Zone and beyond

ACCESSORIES:

3 graduation gift ideas from Mont Bleu

June

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent and Shimmering Body Oil

I love summertime. I am constantly wishing I was at the beach so I adore body products that transport me to the ocean. I recently treated myself to two new Estee Lauder summerific items:  the Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent ($62) and the Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil ($40).

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent and Shimmering Body Oil

Bronze Goddess perfume

Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent

The bottle for the Estee Lauder Eau Fraiche Skinscent looks like a bronze goddess, doesn’t it?? It is a gorgeous, substantial bronze spray bottle that houses the perfect summer fragrance. Not that you need to wait until summer to wear it! Spritz some on whenever you want to be instantly transported to your favorite tropical location. The main notes include Bergamot, warm Amber, Tiare Flower, Vanilla and creamy Coconut. Check out the full list:

The Sensuous Heat of the Sun

  • Amber
  • Coconut Milk
  • Sandalwood
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver
  • Myrrh

The Silky Softness of Warm Sand

  • Juicy Mandarin
  • Sicilian Bergamot
  • Lemon
  • Pulpy Orange

The Radiance of Bronzed Skin

  • Tiare Flower
  • Jasmine
  • Magnolia Petals
  • Orange Flower Buds
  • Lavender

It reminds me of the scent of sunset on the beach – a little bit of suntan oil, a lot of warm sand, and the soft scent of flowers breezing past. This is a very sexy scent that will make you want to wear your teeniest bikini.

Bronze Goddess

Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil

see the shimmers?

see the shimmers?

For day, I wear the Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent. For the evening, I put on my Bronze Goddess Shimmering Oil Body Spray. This body oil has the same sensual scent and it moisturizes skin while also dusting it with golden shimmer. The shimmer is not too over the top, so it’s great for any age.

Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess collection has lots of other wonderful, colorful items like blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow, but I am all about the scent of summer. And Bronze Goddess delivers it to perfection.  – Lisa

*I purchased these products