Fashionistas rejoice! The Wantable July Accessories Box

My Wantable July Accesorries Box has made me very happy with four summer accessories that totally perk up my warm weather jewelry and hair collection. The selection Wantable sent the BIZ this month is pretty terrific.

My loves, likes, and dislikes

My loves, likes, and dislikes

July Accessories Box

July Accessories Box

For July, all four pieces definitely fit my preferences – I love sunglasses, hair accessories, drop earrings, and statement necklaces. Trends this month include Aztec influences, gold, and turquoise.

The Aubree Sunglasses

The Aubree Sunglasses

The Aubree Sunglasses (retail value $18) have a cool, funky print – pixellated chevron. You can’t go wrong with the wayfarer shape. These are absolute perfection for the beach.

The Valerie Headband

The Valarie Headband

The Valerie Headband up close

The Valarie Headband up close

The Valarie Headband (retail value $14) is one of the few classic pieces I have gotten from Wantable. The black band features a gold and rhinestone jeweled accent that shows up beautifully and works with dressy and casual outfits. It’s a headband that looks great with long, loose locks or with a braid or ponytail.

The Carlisle Earrings

The Carlisle Earrings

The Carlisle Earrings (retail value $16) are delightful gold tone drop earrings with faceted turquoise colored stones. Talk about boho heaven! These stunning earrings work great with a loose summer dress and a casual, messy bun.

The Carlisle Earrings and the Amber Necklace

The Carlisle Earrings and the Amber Necklace

wearing the Amber Necklace

wearing the Amber Necklace

My favorite item in my Wantable Accessory Boxes tends to always be the necklace and this month is no exception. The Amber Necklace (retail value $42) is dazzling…photos really don’t do it justice. Distressed gold tone tabs are accented with light and dark green jewels. It’s a fashionista’s dream necklace.

The total value for this month’s box is $90…truly a great value for a $36 box. Wantable continues to impress the heck out of me. What accessories did you get in your Wantable subscription box this month?   – Lisa

*box received for review; affiliate link to help us earn credit off our future boxes.

Wantable wants you to look gorgeous in July

Wantable July 2014

Wantable July 2014

I love opening a Wantable package and just looking at the boxes of products inside. I try to guess what they could be before I look at the accompanying sheet or open them. For July Wantable sent an interesting combination of brands and products for review on Beauty Info Zone. And as usual I’m thrilled with them all.

Wantable cosmetics July 2014

Wantable cosmetics July 2014

I just read an article online that there are two colors you can’t go wrong with this summer – black and white. My Wantable box proves that this month. I have a treasure of black and white with a pop of color. The brands received are all known and loved by me making this a box I’m excited to use.

First product I opened was by Tarina Tarantino. It’s a brand I’ve grown to love so I was excited to see a TT box in there. I did laugh out loud though because the same eyeliner that my blog partner recently reviewedUltraviolet Eye Dream Hyperliner was the treasure in the box ($15). Now Lisa and I can be twins when we meet for lunch. This waterproof liner glides on easily because it has spheres of jojoba oil and vitamin E to moisturize and prevent it from cracking when on your eyes.

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner

Ultraviolet swatch

Ultraviolet swatch

My eyes were then drawn to a box from GlamNatural. In a previous Wantable box I’d received a terrific cream blush that I love using so I couldn’t wait to see what other treasure I’d received from GlamNatural. This time it’s a mascara ($28).

Glam Natural Mascara

GlamNatural Mascara

The mascara reminds me a lot of the one I’ve used from Le Metier de Beaute. It’s not a dramatic mascara, it’s like the name “glam natural”. But it’s a reliable mascara that is good for daily use. GlamNatural products are vegan and paraben free.

Glam Natural Mascara

Glam Natural Mascara

The next box for me to open was from Mirabella and the treasure inside is a Perfecting Powder. I love the packaging of this. To me a loose powder needs to have a sifter top with holes and one that can be opened as much as you want and then totally closed so it doesn’t spill. Mirabella did this right. The translucent silica powder is weightless and doesn’t make me look like Angelina Jolie on a bad day ($30).

Mirabella Perfecting Powder

Mirabella Perfecting Powder

I saved the most intriguing for last – Three Custom Color aka 3CC Wet/Dry Cake Liner in Charcoal. This can be used wet or dry (obviously) and it can be used as an eyeshadow too. ($22.50)

3CC wet/dry eyeliner

3CC wet/dry eyeliner in Charcoal

I love the complexity of the color. In person it’s a darker charcoal than the picture shows but in a close up like above you can see the specks of different shades of gray and blue. It’s really a pretty color. I don’t use powders for liners on my eyes unless I either use them wet or I use them with a transforming liquid like Trish McEvoy Finish Line since they are more intense and longer lasting that way. Three Custom Colors doesn’t get enough publicity so it’s easy to forget about them but Wantable knows that their quality is top notch.

Each month Wantable works with a different makeup artist or beauty blogger to help choose the brands and products that will be sent out. For July they featured Sacha Selhi, a professional makeup artist from NYC.

I love seeing what others got in their boxes each month since no one gets the same. Brands for July are the ones I got plus Ofra, Mica Beauty, Vincent Longo and more.

As you surely know by now, Wantable is the best subscription service because it’s so customizable. I love that they go by my personal preferences in colors and types of product. A subscription is $36 per month and you always get at least 4 full size products. This month’s box value is $95.50! Now that’s a bargain.

A treat awaits you for July and onward with Wantable. I’ve linked to our affiliate link in case I’ve convinced you that you can’t live without Wantable. We earn credit toward boxes for review if you are kind enough to click through our link. Thanks to all who’ve helped us out. I hope you are a Wantable fan! Tell me in the comments which product you’d love from this box. — Marcia

*sent for review using credits earned

Stars & Stripes Forever with Glossybox June 2014

Glossybox June 2014 Stars & Stripes

Glossybox June 2014 Stars & Stripes

The June Glossybox came (sent for review) and it made me smile just opening the box. It’s the Star & Stripes Edition and the box alone is worth the price of admission. I save the boxes and keep all my doodads and gizmos in them. This is going to be so easy to find among them. glossybox stars stripes

Glossybox always contains 5 products – a combination of full size products and deluxe samples. There’s usually some variation in the boxes but this month there are 3 items that I understand everyone will receive. This month’s box is filled with delightful products, a terrific way to start off a summer of beauty.

STRANGEBEAUTIFUL created a set of red and blue polishes just for Glossybox and this will be in all boxes. These are smaller than an average size bottle but are a great, easy to use size. Perfect for the Fourth of July holiday and for nail art. I’m super excited since I’ve always wanted to try this brand and thanks to Glossybox I can. (value of $18)

StrangeBeautiful polishes exclusive to Glossybox

StrangeBeautiful polishes exclusive to Glossybox

StrangeBeautiful

StrangeBeautiful

SUMITA BEAUTY EYE SHADOW PENCIL in Champagne. This is a full size eyeshadow crayon in the prettiest shade. At first I thought it had a touch of lavender to it but after using it I see it’s a pretty golden shade with a touch of shimmer. This is the kind of product I love for a quick makeup look. I know all subscriptions will get this though I don’t know if there are different shades. (value of $18)

Sumita Champagne eyeshadow

Sumita Champagne eyeshadow

Sumita Champagne eyeshadow

Sumita Champagne eyeshadow

RUSK TEXTURE DRY FINISHING SPRAY is also in all of the boxes. The spray is meant to give your hair a boost after a long hot day. It’s talc free so there’s no white or chalky residue to it. It’s a deluxe sample size that will easily fit in an overnight bag or daily tote. (value of $3.95)

Rusk Dry Finishing Spray

Rusk Dry Finishing Spray

AYRES PATAGONIA BODY BUTTER is a deluxe sample size of a fragrant body formula to soften any dry patches. The notes in it are a blend of jasmine, rosemary, lavender, begamot and essential oils. (value approx $4.50)

AYRES Body Butter

AYRES Body Butter

CAMILLE BECKMAN PLATINUME GOLD IMPERIAL REPAIR HAND THERAPY is a full size tube of a very rich and creamy hand cream. I’ve read so many great reviews about this brand and it’s a pleasure to be able to try it. I smell citrus which makes me a happy camper. (value $10)

CAMILLE BECKMAN PLATINUME GOLD IMPERIAL REPAIR HAND THERAPY

CAMILLE BECKMAN PLATINUME GOLD IMPERIAL REPAIR HAND THERAPY

What I don’t have but I understand that most subscribers will get in their boxes is a bonus gift card for the store/website C.Wonder. It can be worth anywhere from $5 to $500. That’s a nice bonus since there are some interesting items there.

A Glossybox subscription is $21 a month and this month’s box is worth a minimum of $54. In the last few months I’ve noticed that Glossybox is getting better and better. I especially love that this month had two cosmetic items. I also love that it gave me the opportunity to try almost all new brands that I’ve heard so many great things about. If you haven’t added Glossybox to your life, it’s not too late to subscribe! — Marcia

p.s. If you subscribe before June 30th use the code HAIR to receive a full size Nioxin Diamax hair thickener. If there’s a new code for July I’ll update it.

*sent for editorial consideration

 

How did Ipsy rate for June?

Ipsy for June 2014

Ipsy for June 2014

Do you ever wonder why you see so many reviews for IPSY? So many bloggers will be reviewing their June bags and that’s because it’s one of the best bargains around. You will always get your money’s worth out of the bag and the items in it but whether you’ll like those items is the question.

There’s been a lot of talk about the good and the bad of IPSY this month. Has the good outweighed the bad? In my opinion yes, yet with other people I’ve noticed talk of quitting.

IPSY goodies I got

IPSY goodies I got

There were 3 full size items in my subscription this month – Be A Bombshell mascara, NYX Butter Gloss and Ofra Eyebrow Pencil. The two deluxe samples were Marc Anthony Beach Spray and Real Tree fragrance.

I’m going from the bottom of the ladder to the top

Bottom rung contains Be A Bombshell mascara. Now why would a brand as good as Be A Bombshell with a full size product be at the bottom rung? Open it, smell it, and you’ll know. I’ve never smelled a mascara this strong and petroleum smelling. I’d be afraid to put it near my eyes. I haven’t heard any bloggers say they liked the mascara so for me it’s pure garbage. Ipsy and BaB testers blew it big time with this stinkbomb.

the three cosmetic items - Ofra Eyebrow Pencil, NYX Butter Gloss, Be A Bombshell mascara

the three cosmetic items – Ofra Eyebrow Pencil, NYX Butter Gloss, Be A Bombshell mascara

Second rung – Real Tree fragrance spray. It could be wonderful, it could stink, but I’ll never know. I don’t wear fragrance so for me this isn’t a happy product.

Moving up to the third rung is Marc Anthony Beach Spray. My blog partner Lisa loves Marc Anthony and loves Beach Spray so she’ll get this at our next exchange meeting.

Deluxe samples: Marc Anthony Beach Spray, RealTree fragrance

Deluxe samples: Marc Anthony Beach Spray, RealTree fragrance

Fourth rung so not much higher to go – NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brule. I only own a few NYX products so this is a nice addition in an easy for me to wear shade.

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brule

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brule

Fifth rung and my favorite product – OFRA Eyebrow Pencil. I really laughed out loud when I opened my bag and saw this. In my last Wantable subscription I received this and was so close to keeping it but decided to do a giveaway with the complete box. So karma (and Ipsy) brought it back to my life. I really like this. It’s supposed to be a Universal shade but I think it’s a dark brown. Either way, it works perfectly for me.

And last but not least, the item that I think everyone got the most excited about

Rebecca Minkoff for IPSY bag

Rebecca Minkoff for IPSY bag

the Rebecca Minkoff cosmetic bag. A pretty floral bag holds this month’s crew.

The month’s “theme” was “Pretty in Paradise”. With pretty eyes, a glossy lip, beachy hair and a nice fragrance these 5 items do fit the theme.

If you choose to join I’d love it if you’d use my personal affiliate link. I pay for IPSY and as a member you earn points by reviewing their products and if others join your affiliate link. What did you think of IPSY this month? Did you get the same items? — Marcia

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

What is inside the upcoming FabFitFun VIP Summer Box? You want this!

In case you haven’t heard, the first reveal for the upcoming FabFitFun VIP Summer box is the $95  Sonya Dakar Flash Facial.  This is an award-winning facial gel that has been seen in People, Allure, andReal Beauty magazines. It is also one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite beauty products! This fast-acting exfoliating gel only takes 1 minute to leave your skin feeling softer, plumper, and younger.

sonya_dakar_flash_facial

The second reveal for the upcoming FabFitFun VIP Summer box is also here, and it is a doozy. Take a look at the gorgeous clutch that will be included in the upcoming box:

Lips Away Mini Clutch

Lips Away Mini Clutch

inside the Lips Away Mini Clutch

inside the Lips Away Mini Clutch

Could this be any cuter??

Could this be any cuter??

Valued at $35, the Thursday Friday mini clutch is a go-to cosmetic bag for all summer travel. Their unique line features a series of canvas bags screen-printed with iconic purse designs inspired by Chanel, Balenciaga, and many more. Use the code SUMMER5 for $5 off this box of amazing summer finds!  - Lisa

May I show you my Ipsy bag?

Ipsy for May 2014

Ipsy for May 2014

I don’t always write about my Ipsy bags especially if I can’t get to them quickly. It’s such a popular subscription since it’s only $10 (including shipping) and you always get more than your money’s worth. As with all subscription services, some months are better than others. While I like my bag for the month, I can’t say it overwhelmed me.

Ipsy usually has about a dozen different items that they put in bags. You do fill out a “profile” of sorts and they are decent about putting items in that you say you’d use.

Here’s what Ipsy decided to send me this month:

Avene Thermal Spring Water

Avene Thermal Spring Water

1. My favorite item!! AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER. I’m not sure everyone would be as happy with this as I am. I use this product for a variety of things for example this is how I wet my Beauty Blender sponge. I also spritz myself off to cool down since it can be so refreshing. This 1.76 size sells for $9.00 so I’ve basically paid for my bag and this is just the first item!

Boo-Boo Cover Up

Boo-Boo Cover Up

2. BOO-BOO COVER UP – When I first learned about this concealer I wanted to try it but that didn’t happen and then I forgot about it.

Boo-Boo Cover Up in Medium

Boo-Boo Cover Up in Medium

Boo-Boo Cover Up blended

Boo-Boo Cover Up blended

This isn’t the concealer you’d use under your eyes or to cover up a typical spot, instead it’s a healing concealer. It’s made with ingredients to help with bites, scabs, scratches, acne. It contains green tea, aloe vera, vitamin E, chamomille and tea tree oil. The container is 0.34 oz/10 mL which sells for $19.99 on their website. I wish they’d sent it in Light but the Medium should be useful.

BALANCED GURU HAIR OIL

BALANCED GURU HAIR OIL

3. BALANCED GURU HAIR OIL – I’m not sure if I’ll use this actually since I have hair oils from Coolway and Redken that I really love so this will probably be in one of our giveaways. Then again I did get the No Frizz version (they sell 2 others) so I just might change my mind as all women have the prerogative to do at any moment. This 0.5 oz size sells for $13. We are definitely ahead of the game now!!

HANG TEN Natural sunscreen with SPF 50

HANG TEN Natural sunscreen with SPF 50

4. HANG TEN Natural sunscreen with SPF 50 – I can’t complain about an SPF 50 sunscreen in a size small enough to put in any bag. Hang Ten is made by Coola just in case that packaging looks familiar. The size is 1 oz while a full size ($12.99) is 6 oz., making the value just over $2.

PACIFICA EYESHADOW DUO 2

PACIFICA EYESHADOW DUO 2

5. PACIFICA EYESHADOW DUO 2 – At first I was very excited to see this in my bag. I love eyeshadow and I’ve never tried Pacifica, nor will I after reading other reviews. The consensus seems to be that this isn’t very pigmented. So as pretty as this purple and sparkly ivory duo appears to be, it’s not going to be mine. I’ll either put it in as an extra in a BIZ giveaway or put it in with the new items I give to charity. The only price I found for this is $3.92 but I’m not sure if that’s correct.

The theme this month is Fresh Picks and the makeup bag the items came in is the freshest pick of the month. It’s a nice canvas bag rather than the typical plastic so it’s more down to earth. I ended up with $42 worth of goodies for myself or to share so this was a good month value wise.

Ipsy May goodies

Ipsy May goodies

I pay for my own subscription and I do have a question for the rest of you who do too. How in the world do I let them know I want to cash in my points for an extra next month? I’ve been a good girl and done the reviews and a few of you have been kind enough to purchase through my referral link, now what do I do to use those points? Thanks.– Marcia