I love surprises even if they do cost me $75. I’ve shopped at Beautylish many times and have always loved what I’ve bought there. The brands they carry are pretty amazing – Inglot, Charlotte Tilbury, Kevyn Aucoin and Wayne Goss brushes – just to name a few. When they offered a mystery bag with $150 worth of products I decided to take a chance on it. There were 3 available (Bold, Natural and MUA) and I wavered. By the time I chose there were only 2 left and I decided to take the safest route and ordered Natural.
Of the 6 products in my bag 5 hit the bulls eye both in quality and appropriateness. There’s one anomaly and that’s the giveaway item (saved for last). If you are a BIZ reader then you know I’d rather have eye makeup than anything else so when there were 3 items that fit that category I knew my money was well spent.
I haven’t had a new Kevyn Aucoin eyeshadow in ages so opening Duo 210 in Sugared Peach and Rust Brown Shimmer was a thrill. Eyeshadow! Kevyn Aucoin! Peach and brown! Can’t beat it. At $42 for a duo I knew my bag was a winner with the first product opened.
To go along with the great eyeshadow there is a NUDESTIX Mascara. I’ve been wanting to try NUDESTIX for a long time so this was a happy find. I haven’t used it since I have 3 open mascaras but I hope to love it and report back. This is a lash lengthening formula ($24) that is also a treatment mascara.
What could be better than a Wayne Goss brush? The only thing I can think of is that I don’t have this brush even though I do have a few Goss brushes. Brush 20 is designed with a tapered end for smudging. It is also great for defining anything from a cut crease to a modern soft smokey eye. ($30) This is a very firm brush that’s still super soft. I have used it to smudge some eye crayons I’ve been wearing and it’s perfect for that. It’s also great for smudging along the lashline.
Unfortunately it can’t all be eyes but when it’s the Bliss Body Butter in Blood Orange and White Pepper ($29) that makes it okay. This is the only Bliss body product I’ve ever bought for myself so it’s a great find for me. I’m a citrus lady when it comes to products I use on my body and this is a scent I already know I like.
When I read this description of the Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner ($32) I knew that it was meant to be: “An alcohol-free toner featuring CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant found naturally in almost every cell in the body. Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic acid provide added hydration and help balance the skin’s pH level. Ideal for normal to dry skin.” Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic acid are enough to get me wanting to use this. I’d never have bought it on my own so this adds something new to my skincare collection.
Now this is the only product that doesn’t fit in the “Natural” bag. Lit Cosmetics Summer Sparkle Lit Kit is not natural, no way Jose. Lit Cosmetics is for a different age bracket than Beauty Info Zone is in. I’m sure it’s wonderful since other reviews of Lit Cosmetics are mostly raves. But it’s not for me. This sells for $19.95 at Sephora, the kit is Hello Sunshine – soft creamy porcelain glitter w/ hints of orange sun bursts.
The total value of the Beautylish Lucky Mystery Bag that I received is $177 so they beat the promised value. Take away the $20 for the item I’m giving away and I still have $157 worth of wonders. Will I do this again next year when it’s offered? Absolutely. There’s no knowing what you’ll get (here’s Beauty by Krystal’s bag) but that’s the fun. — Marcia
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION – In this giveaway you’ll receive a black leatherlike Sephora cosmetic bag containing: Lit Cosmetics Summer Sparkle Lit Kit as seen above, a deluxe sample of Buxom Mascara sealed, deluxe sample of Dr Jart+ BB Cream, a sealed Blinc Mascara, NYX Butter Lip Balm in Marshmallow, NYC Lipstick in Sugar Plum plus more samples. The giveaway is for US and Canada and is open through Wednesday January 28th at 11:59 pm EST. Something for everyone and even better if you are a sparkle girl.