Take me away to the South Pacific please Color Me Monthly

July selection from Color Me Monthly: South Pacific

July selection from Color Me Monthly: South Pacific

COLOR ME MONTHLY, for those that don’t know about it, is a monthly subscription for $7 including shipping. The colors are always timely, of high quality, and are long lasting shades that apply beautifully. I’m always thrilled when Color Me Monthly sends me a new polish to wear.

CMM Nail Polish Is…

Non-toxic & Carcinogen-free

Never tested on animals

Vegan

Eco-friendly

Made in the USA

Shipped FREE!

South Pacific by Color Me Monthly

South Pacific by Color Me Monthly

The July color SOUTH PACIFIC is a stunning ocean blue that has micro glitter in it that makes this polish glisten. You really can imagine sitting on the beach on a South Pacfic island and seeing this exact color in the water.

South Pacific by Color Me Monthly

South Pacific by Color Me Monthly

I waited to share this beauty because I knew we had a Mermaid challenge coming up and this is so mermaidy to me – the scales of a mermaid’s tail and the ocean teal are a quintessential shade for this group of blogging fun. South Pacific is already in CMM’s Vault and you can pick it up for $9 if you aren’t a subscriber. But why not subscribe? CMM nail polish is cruelty-free and does not contain toluene, formaldehyde/formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), or camphor. And for $7 a month you’ll have a polish that wears beautifully.

Color Me Monthly South Pacific

Color Me Monthly South Pacific

color me monthly south pacific haiku card

blanket of white sand

touching the crystaline sea

a slice of heaven

SOUTH PACIFIC

I may not know how to do nail art like some of the group, but I know fabulous polish when I wear it. And this is fabulous. — Marciamermaid challenge

Check out the other ladies who took part in this mermaid challenge!

1. XO, Noelle: The Challenge | Mermaid

2. Quick Mermaid Makeup

3. Mermaid Nails with WhatsUp Nails

4. Nidia – Lit from Within

5. Mermaid nails

6. Under the Sea! with BeautyJudy

7. Mermaid Inspired Makeup Tutorial – From My Vanity

8. Face of the Day: The Mermaid Challenge!

9. Beauty Info Zone

10. Makeup Of The Day With Mermaid Inspired Eyeshadow

11. Easy, Wearable Mermaid Makeup Tutorial

*sent for consideration

See my other Color Me Monthly articles to find other Vault shades

Gorgeous Globetrotter Boxycharm for August is incredible (and there’s a giveaway)

I’m on my 4th month of the Boxycharm subscription and I’m enjoying it very much. Being a makeup blogger and cosmetic junkie makes it difficult to find products that I don’t already have but amazingly Boxycharm has done just that. Colors may be similar but the products are all unique to me.

Boxycharm's August 2015 products

Boxycharm’s August 2015 products

Gorgeous Globetrotter from Boxycharm

Gorgeous Globetrotter from Boxycharm

BOXYCHARM sends full size products only and the value of each box is pretty amazing. At $21 per month and free shipping I’ve gotten over $100 worth every month. This month’s box alone has products that sell for $118.95. Now that’s a deal. One of the many things I appreciate is that everyone gets the same products. That may or may not be so good for you but we all get the same value. I just saw a post for an IPSY Glam bag that the blogger got things I wanted and didn’t get. That won’t happen here.

CoastalScents Reveal 3D eyeshadow palette

CoastalScents Reveal 3D eyeshadow palette

CoastalScents Reveal 3D eyeshadow palette is the first product I saw in my box and the most anticipated one. This 20 shade palette is reminiscent of UD Naked 3 but with many more colors and more purples. The colors are shades of cream, browns, pink, plum, gold, taupe, and more.

CoastalScents Reveal 3D eyeshadow palette

CoastalScents Reveal 3D eyeshadow palette

This sells for $39.95 but it’s on sale for $19.95 which is how Boxycharm valued it. In my first month of the subscription I received a different CoastalScents palette and it surprised me with the amount of pigment it has. So why didn’t I swatch it for you? Two reasons – 1) I hate to swatch and 2) more important I decided this would make a great prize for a giveaway so it’s pristine and will be won by someone.

Even though there’s a dark shadow in the CoastalScents palette that you could use for lining, Boxycharm included two eyelining products. MICA BEAUTY GEL EYELINER in Black (($35) and SETA EYELINER BRUSH ($16).

Mica Beauty Gel Eyeliner (black)

MicaBeauty Gel Eyeliner (black)

Seta Eyeliner Brush

Seta Eyeliner Brush

Considering I have 2,367 black eyeliners (or maybe a little less) and this is brand new… it’s part of the giveaway as is the Seta Eyelining Brush. The gel liner will definitely last longer than a pencil liner. The company says to apply the liner from the middle of your lashline and move across to the outer corner, then to apply to the inner corner and connect at the center. This is a new way for me but it does work if you feel you aren’t good with gel liners.

Seta Eyeliner Brush

Seta Eyeliner Brush

The tip of this Seta Eyeliner brush is thin and feels very firm. I prefer a thin brush like this since I can get close to my lashes this way.

Now for what I’m keeping from the box. NIOS SHIELD LEAVE IN CONDITIONER ($26) is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while.

Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner

Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner

Nios Shield is known for being a line that helps protect your hair from the sun because the products contain SPF 15. This contains Moroccan Argan Oil to tame frizz and keep your hair shiny and easy to manage. I haven’t tried this yet since I’m using my Tara Smith products but I am eager to use this. My husband would benefit from it because of the sun protection but I’d have a better chance of getting him to wrestle an alligator than use a leave-in.

The last is a total surprise for me. SO SUSAN STATEMENT SKIN HIGHLIGHTING CRAYON in Candlelight ($20) is so beautiful. I only have one other So Susan product (a blush that I love) and am thrilled to have this gorgeous crayon.

So Susan Statment Skin Highlighting Crayon

So Susan Statement Skin Highlighting Crayon

So Susan Statment Skin Highlighting Crayon

So Susan Statment Skin Highlighting Crayon

I love the glow! I love the color! And I love that I don’t have to sharpen it. This has no mineral oils, no parabens, no phthalates, is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It contains Silk Peptide to promote suppleness and organic Chia Seed extract to help moisturize skin. With this unusual chiseled tip you can reach both large and small areas. I have tried it on my browbone and I love it there. To highlight with it glide it across your forehead, down the center of your nose and chin and then blend. You’ll have a subtle glow that will make you feel like a million.

Can you see why I’m so excited by Boxycharm? Products I’ve wanted that are full size and all new to me! Now you get to be excited too because our giveaway is for these three products:

Giveaway prize: CoastalScents Reveal 3D palette, MicaBeauty gel liner and Seta Eyelining Brush

Giveaway prize: CoastalScents Reveal 3D palette, MicaBeauty gel liner and Seta Eyelining Brush

This is open to US and Canada through Thursday Sept. 3, 2015. If comments close early you can email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Boxycharm, that counts as your comment and you can continue. Now that you’ve seen the charm of Boxycharm I hope you can be a winner just like I consider myself to be. — Marcia

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*disclosure – while I pay for my subscription I have used a referral link so that if you decide to subscribe I can earn points toward receiving gratis products with later subscriptions. I’d appreciate it if you used my referral link. Thanks

Going for gold this month with my Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection*August’s collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable personalized accessories so we can build credits for future collections*

My Wantable Accessories Collection for August showed up with some great pieces in a new and improved style of packaging.

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

The box didn’t have any of the felt pouches that Wantable has used in the past…instead I found a sleek box that held the longer pieces in place, and the bracelet was packaged separately. I think the new packaging is a better way to ship necklaces.

My preferences lean towards boho, although I also like an eclectic mix with classic items as well. While I typically wear silver pieces, lately I have been wanting more gold toned items and this month’s collection was basically a goldmine.

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

Ella Headband (retails for $14)  This headband has orange, turquoise, and brown beads in a geometric pattern that looks sort of Native American. The elastic band is excellent. I love the boho vibe and this is probably the most comfortable headband I have that actually stays in place. Big winner for me!

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

Amy Jean Necklace (retails for $27)  This is a gorgeous pendant necklace. The turquoise beads are beautiful, and it is two-sided – one side is all beads, the other side has a cool gold wire pattern throughout the beading. A great, versatile classic piece!

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

Dream Catcher Necklace (retails for $18) I wasn’t so sure about this one at first. The dream catcher pendant is large and since it’s all gold I thought maybe it looked a little too cartoony…I mean, why not just have a real dream catcher, right? But once I put it on it won me over. I don’t have many gold necklaces and this one is fun and dresses up a simple t-shirt.

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

Wantable August 2015 Accessories Collection

Stefania Bracelet: My whole box is full of gold pieces, which is good because I need them.  This classic bracelet nicely rounds out my Accessories Box. It’s very modern and chic, and I love how it can be worn loose at the wrist or as more of a cuff further up on my arm.

Overall I am very pleased with this month’s accessories collection. It’s a beautiful mix of styles with lots of gold, exactly what I wanted.  – Lisa


*August’s collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable personalized accessories so we can build credits for future collections*

Getting a little wild with Wantable August Intimates Collection

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

*August’s collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable personalized intimates so we can build credits for future collections*

I have gotten so many great pajamas and sleepwear sets in my Wantable Intimates Collections, all comfy, cozy, and cute. Recently my husband remarked on my nightwear and said, “Why don’t you ever get anything really sexy?”

Hmmmmm.

So I went to Wantable and changed up my preferences a bit. There is a whole section for lingerie and I had quite a few changes to make. Really, if you are a subscriber it’s a good idea to make a date each month for updating preferences to get an even better variety of items.

So did my changes make a difference in what I was sent this month?

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

Pajama Drama Raw Edge Tank (retails for $16)  This is a very cute, comfortable racerback tank top with a bit more length in the back panel. It goes with:

Drama Raw Edge Shorts (retails for $16)  Great sleep shorts with a draw string waist, coordinating pattern, and the same raw edging. It’s a great set for the dog days of summer! But what about the romance?

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

Daisy Fuentes Mesh & Geo Lace Babydoll (retails for $42) Oh, here it is!! Holy moly. The bra-sized top has pretty mint lace detailing and adjustable straps. The sheer rose print is simply beautiful.

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

Wantable August 2015 Intimates Collection

This also comes with a matching see-through g-string.

Needless to say the husband is THRILLED with this month’s intimates collection.

So….I totally would have picked out the first PJ set, but I never would have gone for the Daisy Fuentes. And that’s what is so fun about a curated collection!  This month my collection has a retail value of $72. My hubby’s reaction to that babydoll set? Priceless.  – Lisa



*August’s collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable personalized intimates so we can build credits for future collections*

I’m feeling fab with my August Wantable cosmetics

Wantable August 2015 cosmetics

Wantable August 2015 cosmetics

Welcome to my August cosmetic box from Wantable. This is the subscription that I’ve kept up since I first heard about them. I do love the surprises I get from a subscription box and Wantable remains in my heart. This month’s box is worth $74.15 and I paid $36 for it. I had $4 in credits so I didn’t have to pay the full $40 fee. That means I got double my money’s worth and I’m quite happy with the variety I received this month.

OFRA LIPSTICK IN AMETHYST (retail $13.15) is the item I was most excited to see. I’ve gotten a few scattered OFRA products in boxes but nothing yet that’s been on my wishlist, until now!! Not only have I wanted to try their lipsticks but it’s a shade in my comfort zone. Amethyst is a pinky lavender that’s midtone, it’s not too light and it’s not too dark. Nor does it turn on me. Ofra lipstick is quite moisturizing and it’s enriched with anti-oxifants, vitamin E and natural sunscreens. It does have a fragrance, that reminds me of grape popsicles, but luckily it’s pleasant to me. Good job Wantable. You pleased me right off the bat.

OFRA lipstick in Amethyst

OFRA lipstick in Amethyst

MODEL CO BLUSH in COSMOPOLITAN (retail $22) isn’t the blush I’d pick to go with the Amethyst lipstick but I’ll still use it often. It’s a warm pink that will work well with most of the lips and eyes I choose to wear. It’s got a satiny finish and I love that there’s no glitter in it. My pores aren’t taking well to shimmer lately.

Model Co Blush in Cosmopolitan

Model Co Blush in Cosmopolitan

Ofra Amethyst lipstick and Model Co Cosmopolitan blush

Ofra Amethyst lipstick and Model Co Cosmopolitan blush

MOSI MEI POLISH in PASSIONATE (retail $15) is a stunning nail polish that I’ll love in the fall. It’s a metallic violet that has incredible shine. I’m a huge fan of metallic polishes and this is a shade I don’t have. I love the square bottle and I’m very happy to have this shade. The Mosi Mei polishes are 5 free, cruelty free and vegan. If this wears well I see a lot of shades on their website that I’d be interested in.

Mosi Mei polish in Passionate

Mosi Mei polish in Passionate

CATTIVA DIVONO LASH MASCARA (retail $24) is my only complaint this month. I’m not complaining about the mascara though. I’m complaining that I’ve been sent 3 mascaras in the last 3 months. Considering a mascara is good for 3 months did I really need another one so soon? If they sent this in November I’d be pleased as punch but I’m not using it until November because I have their last two mascaras open along with others. What I can tell you is that this has beautiful packaging with the top being crystal studded. It’s a paraben free mascara. I just can’t explain how it works yet. There’s a slight chance I’ll send it back to get the $12.95 credited to my account. I just need to decide.

Cattiva Divino Mascara

Cattiva Divino Mascara

Overall I’m very happy with the WANTABLE subscription box for August because it’s given me products I’ve never tried and in shades that work beautifully for me. Nail polish is on my LOVE list in my profile and the other 3 products are all in my like list so they were on track. I understand that there’s now an option to receive skincare as part of your box but I won’t add that to my profile since I’m overloaded with skincare. But it’s nice that it’s an option and you can decide for yourself.

What do you think of this box? Are any of these products you’d be thrilled to suddenly own? — Marcia

While I paid for this box my links are the Beauty Info Zone affiliate links so that we can earn money toward future boxes.

Getting to know Julep Maven Box with a great freebie

Beauty Info Zone is excited about working with JULEP and their MAVEN subscription service. Julep Maven has grown so much in the years since they started. I used to get the Julep Maven box when it was just about nail polish but they’ve expanded into something more. So much so that we want to be involved.  Here’s a special that we just found out about and want to share with you. korean-skincare-affiliateIf you subscribe to Julep now you’ll get this Korean Skincare Box for free. It’s a $38 value and it can be yours as a bonus for trying out the Julep Maven program. Korean skincare is the newest craze and you’ll find it just about everywhere now. I’m reading so many blogs that are totally obsessed with Korean skincare and I find it fascinating.

Julep now has their own version with BARE FACE CLEANSING OIL. Use it with the Julep Konjac facial sponge and your skin thank you. Two fabulous items along with a pretty pink nail polish named Shari makes me smile.  — Marcia

Julep is offering this fan favorite skincare product as part of their limited-edition Korean Skincare Welcome Box offer free for new Maven subscribers.

 

Julep Maven Welcome Box

Julep Maven Welcome Box

A Maven beauty box subscription is one of the best values going and as a Julep Maven subscriber, you get first access to trend setting colors and top-rated beauty products every month.

  • Julep Maven is the only customizable box of full-size, limited-run nail colors and beauty innovations. That means no surprises, no dupes or colors you don’t like. You can see what is in your box each month and have the option of swapping out colors/products you already have or don’t want.
  • Julep Maven is affordable. Every month you get more than $40 of full-size products for just $24.99 per month (tip – prepay for three months at a time and save $15).
  • Julep Mavens get 20% off all single product purchases, free shipping, early access to secret sales. If you are passionate about your polish, that adds up to some amazing savings!

Step up your summer skin ritual with the latest Korean Beauty trend, made easy. Grab the Korean Skincare Welcome Box Free for New Julep Maven Subscribers – just pay $2.99 shipping with code GLOW.

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How charming is Boxycharm?

Boxycharm subscription box

Boxycharm subscription box

Have you discovered Boxycharm yet? It’s a monthly subscription that contains full size products only. I’m on my 4th month now and I’ve read to receive a sample. Each month there are 4-5 goodies for $21 per month including shipping. I’ve been negligent about reviewing even though I have taken pictures and it’s time I got on the stick here. Each box comes with a card describing the products and prices. The box I’m sharing today has a value of approximately $133.

Information card from Boxycharm

Information card from Boxycharm

Boxycharm for July 2015

Boxycharm for July 2015

So what do we have? How about a mascara from the UK, a blush brush, transparent setting powder, conditioning spray for hair and a lip liner? The only difference in the boxes this month is that some people received a lip liner and some an eyebrow pencil. I’m a happy camper with an international twist (US, Canada, UK, Sweden).

Boxycharm Ofra Lip Liner in Maya and YourMinerals Transparent Veil

Boxycharm Ofra Lip Liner in Maya and YourMinerals Transparent Veil

It’s always a pleasure to see an OFRA product in any of the subscriptions I get. I love learning about this line and what better way to do it! In my box is the OFRA Cosmetics Lip Liner in Maya ($13). This is a brick red so it’s different than what I typically buy and a nice addition to my cosmetic collection. It applies smoothly and lasts well. I’ve used it to darken some of my very very pale lipsticks. It blends well with a lip brush to get the change.

yourMinerals Transparent Veil Setting Powder is the medium full size ($26). This is a Swedish line that is all natural. “Transparent Veil is a transparent fixing powder for the foundation that settles like a soft transparent veil over skin. The ultralight silk texture gives a nice smooth surface by minimizing fine lines and pores. The skin is kept matte and the makeup will perfectly stay all day. Apply over your foundation for a flawless performance. For you who quickly gets a blank/shiny face, this Transperent Veil is the perfect tool!” I haven’t used this yet since I have too many powders open but I appreciate the packaging because I know that I can peel back the sticky label, cut it partway down and be able to get the right amount of product out the perforations in the top.

MDMflow Greater Than Mascara

MDMflow Greater Than Mascara

I love trying new mascaras and MDMflow Greater Than Volumising Mascara is very new. So new in fact that it has will become available for sale in late July at Boxycharm’s website for $35. Currently it’s only sold in the UK for 21 pounds so this is a sneak peak. I’ve worn it now for a few days and I am finding it to be very pigmented. So far I don’t notice that much volume but I think this is the kind of mascara that will do better in a few weeks. Some mascaras are like wine and need to age, this one will age well. It’s a very dark black and it removes without much effort. So far no clumping, no flaking and no smudging. I’m really happy about this product in my Boxycharm.

Vasanti Profession Blush Brush

Vasanti Profession Blush Brush

Vasanti Profession Blush Brush

Vasanti Profession Blush Brush

I do happy dances when I find a brush in my subscriptions and this one from VASANTI made me do a jig. Vasanti is a fabulous Canadian company and this $29 brush is made with high-quality nylon fibers and applies blush and powder effortlessly. I’m a very pleased cosmetic applier with this Vasanti Profession Blush Brush.

GORGE I'll make you look amazing daily spray

GORGE I’ll make you look amazing daily spray

Normally you’ll find me yawning when I receive anything to do with hair. I am pretty picky about what I use and I don’t like to switch too often. But GORGE* I’LL MAKE YOU LOOK AMAZING DAILY SPRAY ($29.95) took away the yawn and made me use it the next day. This is a leave in conditioner that they call “magical”. While it didn’t turn my hair into the sexiest ever, it sure made my hair look great. My hair looks shiny and it didn’t get frizzy!! According to gorge* there are 10 reasons you want to use this! 1) Repairs damaged hair. 2) Instantly adds shine 3) Detangles like no other! 4) Seals and protects hair color 5) Prevents split ends 6) Stops hair breakage 7) Creates amazing silkiness 8) Protects from heat 9) Enhances natural body 10) Helps with flat irons. Pretty big promises but they seem to be accurate. This has a coconut fragrance which does linger but surprisingly hasn’t bothered me.

July 2015 Boxycharm subscription

July 2015 Boxycharm subscription

This is a wonderful way to spend $21. I know that buying subscription boxes is taking a chance but when you get products as nice as these, it’s totally worth it.

Boxycharm has a referral program and a way to earn points towards their products. It’s called earning Charms and I’ve used my link in this review in case you decide to subscribe. I’m really happy that I found this box and can’t wait to see what else is in store for me. Have you subscribed to Boxycharm? Would you consider it? — Marcia

*nothing to disclose