Happy birthday Glossybox! August 2014 Glossybox review

Happy birthday and happy third anniversary, Glossybox!  I can’t believe it’s been that long.  Glossybox has mastered the art of delivering full and sample-sized surprise collections of goodies from unique and interesting lines.  $21 a month is a wonderfully affordable way to treat yourself, especially when the value is always well over that – the retail value of the Glossybox they sent us for August is $64.

Happy birthday or happy anniversary?  I guess it's both!  August 2014 Glossybox

Happy birthday or happy anniversary? I guess it’s both! August 2014 Glossybox

a peek inside August 2014 Glossybox

a peek inside August 2014 Glossybox

The August box has four sample sized products and two full-sized products.

deluxe sample of Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream

deluxe sample of Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream (deluxe sample, retail value $17)  This is the first I’ve heard of this line, and this moisturizer sounds intriguing.  Ginseng has wound healing properties, collagen supports elasticity, avocado is an emollient and a terrific antioxidant, and wheat germ and sesame oils are great emollients.

deluxe samples of Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

deluxe samples of Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner (deluxe samples, combined retail value $8) These two hair care products should be extremely hydrating for hair with ingredients like royal jelly and keratin – plus these are sulfate-free.  I am excited to try them out, and they are the perfect size for my upcoming trip out of town.

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner (mini size, retail value $8)  I absolutely adore my Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner, so I literally squealed when I saw this cute mini liquid liner.  I find Skinny Mini is a softer black than the Eye Do Liner, so it’s great to have the choice of dark black or charcoal black.  The applicator is the same, though, and this is and incredibly easy liquid liner to apply.

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish (full size, retails for $12)  Each box has a different shade, and I got Uncharted, a fuchsia shimmer.  This is a pretty, perky pink that is total fun.  I love pink shades so it’s perfect for me.

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere swatched

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere swatched

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere (full size, retail value $18.95)  What a gorgeous, glowy cream highlighter – I love this!  It’s a small jar, but it’s so concentrated it will last forever.  The jar was created specially for Glossybox’s third anniversary, and it’s worth the price of the box all by itself.  A little Cashmere tapped onto cheekbones gives a perfect amount of glow.

For me, the stand out items are the Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner and the Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere.  However, everything in the August box is going to get play from me!  If you are considering subscribing, I have some codes for extra goodies for you.  Happy birthday and happy anniversary, Glossybox!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

GLOSSYBDAY will get you 20% off a monthly beauty box (through 10/21).  MAGIC will get you a full size Eyeko Black Magic Mascara with your first Glossybox (through 9/26).  HIPGLOSSY will get you a free Boscia BB Cream with any new subscription (through 9/30).

Wantable September Accessories Box

The latest Wantable Accessories Box is ready for fall: crisp weather, sweaters, and layering!  The new collection features classic pieces with an edge, lots of metallics and geometric shapes, and multi-toned pieces, all with a feminine flair.

Wantable September Accessories Box

Wantable September Accessories Box

My loves, likes, and dislikes

My loves, likes, and dislikes

I thought it was very interesting that the selections Wantable sent me this month include three pairs of earrings, even though earrings are in my ‘like’ section.    But you know, I have bracelets, watches, and rings all in the ‘dislike’ section, so I guess I have limited categories from which the stylists can pull.  I am going to do some major surgery on my preference list for next month.  Regardless, every piece in my September box is a winner and I am extremely happy with my selections.

Carly Headband

Carly Headband

Carly Headband up close

Carly Headband up close

The Carly Headband (retails for $14) is two beaded strands of alternating pearls and beads on an elastic band.  The band is very comfortable, and the silver beads and pearls show up nicely on my brown hair.  Often I find elastic headbands sort of collapse on me and slide off, but this one stays in place and doesn’t hurt my head.  Color me happy!

Gracie Earrings

Gracie Earrings

The Gracie Earrings (retails for $15) have a dangling trio of shimmery silver hoops.  These are so much prettier in person, photos just don’t do them justice.  They are very delicate but attention-grabbing at the same time.

Faye Earrings

Faye Earrings

Faye Earring up close

Faye Earring up close

The Faye Earrings (retails for $22) are small but thick silver hoops with sparkling rhinestones.  These are very expensive looking, the rhinestones are quite convincing!  This is a perfect pair of classic hoops that will go with anything – definite anchor earrings to strengthen a jewelry assortment.

Box for the June Stud Earrings

Box for the June Stud Earrings

June Stud Earrings

June Stud Earrings

June Stud Earring up close

June Stud Earring up close

June Stud Earrings (retails for $41) are truly beautiful studs from Cate & Chloe.  Even the box is to die for!  I am seeing versions of these knotted mesh studs everywhere, and this silver pair is elegant and intriguing.  They are a little heavy for my second piercing, but Lobe Wonder (a miracle product that takes the pressure off ear lobes so heavier earrings hang perfectly) takes care of that.  I love these paired with the Faye Earrings, or with the Gracie Earrings for contrast.

Wearing the Carly Headband, June Stud Earrings, and Gracie Earrings

Wearing the Carly Headband, June Stud Earrings, and Gracie Earrings

Even though I didn’t have a wide assortment of type of jewelry, the pieces I received are top-notch and in styles I love.  Plus, Wantable is still an amazing value – this $36 subscription box has a retail value of $92.  If you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time for Wantable to pump up your fall accessory wardrobe.  – Lisa

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

September 2014 Intimates Box review

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Let’s get intimate…Wantable September Intimates Subscription Box

Getting a surprise box of undies in the mail…definitely a new experience for me.  Marcia and I have reviewed many Wantable Cosmetics and Accessories Subscription Boxes, but the Intimates Box - well, that is certainly a little more personal.  In spite of my hesitations, I took the plunge and filled out my preferences for Wantable to send me the Intimates Subscription Box.  This box includes 4 to 5 essentials that are handpicked based on chosen preferences, and any unhappy campers can always return the box for a refund.

My preferences for the Wantable Intimates Box

My preferences for the Wantable Intimates Box

My biggest worry was size.  Clothes sizing can vary so much, and there is nothing worse than undergarments that are too small.  A wedgie is not only embarrassing, it’s downright depressing.  However, it’s been a while since I added some spice to the drawer that stores my drawers, and since everything is returnable I figured why not.

Wantable September Intimates Box

Wantable September Intimates Box

Inside the Wantable Intimates Box for September

Inside the Wantable Intimates Box for September

There were two pairs of underwear in the box:

Rene Role Dreamlike Bikini

Rene Rofe Dreamlike Bikini

1.  Rene Rofe Dreamlike Bikini (retails for $14) in pink.  What a gorgeous pair of undies – beautiful silky fabric with a front lace panel and a darker pink bow.  For fancy pants, they are extremely comfortable.  Nice!

Pucker Up! Cotton Fusion Hipster

Pucker Up! Cotton Fusion Hipster

2.  Pucker Up! Cotton Fusion Hipster (retails for $12) in light pink with white polka dots.  The fabric is seriously soft and smooth, and there are no seams – so no panty lines, either.

My box of ‘unmentionables’ wasn’t all underwear.  I also got a pair of pj’s and some shapewear, both of which were very impressive.

Sutton Industries Button Front PJ Set

Sutton Industries Button Front PJ Set

Love the pink trim on the Sutton Industries Button Front PJ Set

Love the pink trim on the Sutton Industries Button Front PJ Set

3.  Sutton Industries Button Front PJ Set (retails for $28).  This is a 2-piece set with a short sleeve button down top and matching pj pants.  The fabric is a cream color with a black pattern and pink trim.  I love the detail, and the pajamas are very soft and comfortable.  I like pj pants so much better than a nightgown, so I was very happy to see these.

Yummie by Heather Thompson Stephanie Seamless Tank

Yummie by Heather Thompson Stephanie Seamless Tank

4.  The big-ticket item in my subscription box is the Yummie by Heather Thompson Stephanie Seamless Tank (retails for $34) in peach.  This is a perfect layering tank that has the added benefit of sucking everything in so I look a little thinner.  It’s a great option for eliminating ‘muffin top’ with low-waisted jeans.  The crazy soft fabric has Outlast, something that absorbs body heat and only releases it when the temperature drops.  I love the color, and I love the body shaping so this is a real winner.

The four delicates in my Wantable Intimates September box

The four delicates in my Wantable Intimates September box

My four items have a combined retail value of $88 – nicely done for a $36 subscription box.  Everything included is a style I like in colors I like.   It was definitely a treat to open a box of pretty delicates that are also practical and wearable.  Nice job Wantable…I am very happy we finally got intimate!  – Lisa

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

August 2014 Accessories Box review

July 2014 Accessories Box review, Cosmetics Box review

Ecocentric Mom August Subscription Box review

Of course Beauty Info Zone loves the Ecocentric logo!

Of course Beauty Info Zone loves the Ecocentric logo!

Being a mom is stressful enough, trust me I know – I have three kids ranging in age from 10 to 21.  It is definitely time-consuming to do all those mom duties and be ecoconscious as well, but help is here with The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box.  The Ecocentric Mom is a $24 every-other-month subscription box that does all the research for busy moms and then sends the best natural and organic products to try.  Each box has 5 to 9 large sample or full size items that are healthy, sustainable, and socially responsible.  Shipping is included in the price, and retail value is anywhere from $40 to $70.  I was sent the Mom Discovery Box, but there are three options available:

The Mom-to-Be Discovery Box introduces the expecting Mom to new products that are safe for her and her unborn baby. Hand-selected with Mom-to-Be in mind, this box includes products ranging from skin care and prenatal vitamins to organic foods and spa products.

The Mom & Baby Discovery Box is for Moms and their newborns to 18-month-olds. New Moms can look forward to boxes with surprises introducing them to items like diapers and wipes, skin creams and washes, feeding products, organic ‘first foods’ and organic cotton clothes for baby.

The Mom Discovery Box is for any mother, from first-time Moms to Moms with teenagers and beyond. It features healthy, non-toxic, eco-friendly and safe products, including skin care, make-up, healthy home cleaners, non-GMO foods, snacks and treats and wellness and spa pampering products.

The Ecocentric 'Mom' Subscription Box

The Ecocentric ‘Mom’ Subscription Box

oodles of goodies inside

oodles of goodies inside

In addition to products, the box has tips for fitness, nutrition, and green living.  Plus I found lots of coupons and discount codes in my subscription box.

Ecocentric Mom Tips for the Healthy Traveler

Ecocentric Mom Tips for the Healthy Traveler

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Cream Foundation travel sample ($1.40) is an all-natural full-coverage foundation that has SPF 28.  These are generous samples and I like how there are three different shades to try.

Lauren Brooks Cosmetics Cream Foundation samples

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Cream Foundation travel samples

Savannah Red Beautiful Sugar Lip Balm ($2.99) is a moisturizing balm that came unflavored in my box, but it’s available in 14 different flavors.  You can combine up to three of them for a custom flavor – I’d love to try a combo of sweet orange, vanilla, and coconut.

Savannah Red Lip Balm

Savannah Red Lip Balm

Genuinely Simple Comfrey Cream Multi-Use Healing Salve ($6.99) is a terrific natural muscle rub that soothes and reduces inflammation.  I put this on my bruised, scraped ankle that I got from a truly epic biking fall, and it really helped.

A Place of Healing Organic Goodnight Balm ($6) is a balm to rub under the nose, on temples, or on the bottoms of feet for a calm, restful sleep.  My ten year old finds it wonderfully comforting.

Comfrey Cream Multi-use Healing Salve and A Place of Healing Organic Night Balm

Genuinely Simple Comfrey Cream Multi-use Healing Salve and A Place of Healing Organic Night Balm

ArnicareGel (sample size) is a cooling gel that relieves pain, stiffness and swelling.  It’s a great natural treatment for my sore legs after riding my bike on trails.

Body Beans Dietary Supplement ($2.95 for sample pack of 2) is an intriguing combination of four different superfood supplements that come in daily packs.

ArnicareGel and 2 sample packs of Body Beans Vitamins

ArnicareGel and 2 sample packs of Body Beans Vitamins

 The Natural Suburban tea and spice sample packs - they both smell amazing.  I can’t wait to try the Summer Herb Garden Savory on some grilled chicken this weekend!

Spices and Tea from The Natural Suburban

Spices and Tea from The Natural Suburban

Yogavive Apple Chips ($4.49) are Fuji apple chips that are flavored with chocolate for a healthy sweet snack.  These are going straight into my lunch bag for Monday.

eInvite Stationary is an online source for customizable invitations, announcements, and stationary.  I got some very cute little bears on my sample.

Aromaflage Botanical Fragrance and Insect Repellent ($3.75) is such a great idea!  Smell wonderful with cedar wood, vanilla, and citrus while also keeping the bugs away.

Yogavive Apple Chips and stationary from eInvite

Yogavive Apple Chips and stationary from eInvite

Aromaflage sample

Aromaflage sample

Bioray Before the Flow Dietary Supplement ($58) is the big ticket item of the box.  The July/August box came with either this supplement or else the After the Flow one.  Before the Flow gives a woman all the support she needs to detoxify, increase the immune system, and replenish energy before her menstrual flow.

Bioray Before the Flow Dietary Supplement

Bioray Before the Flow Dietary Supplement

Overall, I found this box to be a diverse and unique combination of organic and ecoconscious beauty, nutrition, and body products.  Everything was interesting and appropriate for both moms and for women who are simply busy and on the go.

With an overall value over $70, the Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box is definitely worth the $24 price tag.  It’s a great way to try new things and spoil yourself a little bit at the same time.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Transitioning into fall with the Wantable August Accessories Box

For August,Wantable paired up with Rachel Weiland for picks that transition from the dog days of summer into the cooler autumn months. Trends include hard metallics, sparkling beads, and vintage flair. Wantable sent a great box that is all about layering pieces, pairing up different lengths to play with focal points and create unique looks.

Wantable August Accessories Box

Wantable August Accessories Box

My August Accessories Box has four – or five, really, since it’s two pairs of earrings – items with a total retail value of $93. That’s beyond awesome for a $36 subscription price, and I am extremely happy with every piece (although the sunglasses are on the large side for my face.)

My favorite items are the Cece Earrings (retails for $12). I am head over heels in love with this pair of posts.

Cece Earrings

Cece Earrings

Cece Earrings up close

Cece Earrings up close

I am astounded that these only have a $12 retail value because they have a very expensive look and feel. The hamsa symbol earrings have pale blue stones. If you aren’t familiar with the symbol, it’s an ancient symbol for magical protection. Since I like to always have all bases covered, I am totally down with that. The hamsa posts are paired with pretty peach stone posts – they look terrific together.

The Karleigh Scarf

The Karleigh Scarf

The Karleigh Scarf ($18 value) is a lightweight infinity scarf. It has a feather print and beautiful shades of black, tan, blue, and taupe. This is a great scarf that is light enough for summer but will also work until the snow flies.

Ettika Necklace

Ettika Triple Faceted Ring Bead Chain Necklace

The Ettika Necklace up close

The Ettika Necklace up close

The most expensive item in my August box is the Ettika Triple Faceted Ring Bead Chain Necklace (retail value $45). It has a short gold chain with three faceted beads. This is a classic yet unique necklace that is a great staple for any accessory wardrobe. It’s great on its own or layered with one or two longer necklaces.

The Bryn Sunglasses (retail value $18) are the final item in my August box.

Bryn Sunglasses

Bryn Sunglasses

The other side

The other side

These sunglasses have a really interesting black and brown pattern on the frames – you can see the that the pattern sort of morphs from spots into stripes. These are definitely ‘Jackie O’ style frames with major coverage. While they really are big for my face, these are the sunglasses I will reach for whenever I have a headache and have to go out in the sun.

wearing the shades and earrings

wearing the shades and earrings

I like the little gold fleur-de-lis on the stem along with the earrings. In fact, this a box of accessories that can all be worn at the same time.

the whole kit and caboodle!

the whole kit and caboodle!

I am definitely happy with my Wantable August Accessories Box, the best value I have received so far at $93. If you love accessories or need to build up your wardrobe, I have no doubt that this is the best subscription box out there.  – Lisa

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

So...WHY haven't you subscribed yet??

So…WHY haven’t you subscribed yet??

July’s Glossybox love

It’s rare that I open a box and say “OH MY GOSH, what is that delicious smell?“, that’s just not typical of my style. But that’s exactly what happened when I opened up the July 2014 Glossybox that was sent for review. My nose stood up and took notice! I couldn’t wait to get into the box to see what it was that was so delicious and then to discover what other products that the Glossybox Subscription box shared. I only wish I could waft the smell through the computer to you.

Glossybox for August 2014

Glossybox for July 2014

For July 2014 there are 4 very deluxe samples and 1 full size item in this Glossybox. I know that there are some variations but for the most part this is most likely what you’d receive if you subscribe. Products for August will be 5 of these brands: Malin+Goetz, GlamGlow, Mitchell and Peach, Skin Inc, Philip B, Nail Gals and The Aloe Source.

Mitchell and Peach Body Cream

Mitchell and Peach Body Cream

I couldn’t stand the suspense and my nose honed in on the MITCHELL AND PEACH BODY CREAM. Talk about luxurious and you have this body cream. Talk about fragrance that’s good enough to eat and you have this body cream. I’d never heard of Mitchell and Peach before since I’m not an aficionado of body products but this is a brand I’m interested in knowing more about.

Mitchell and Peach ingredients

Mitchell and Peach ingredients

It’s made in Kent, England and contains pure English honey, organic cocoa, Vitamin B25 and shea butter along with steam-distilled floral essential oils from the Mitchell’s estate. The dry down is immediate on this so you don’t need to sit around worrying about when you can finish getting dressed. This is a winner. A full size of 6.08 oz is $61 and this is a 1.4 oz sample (value approximately $14).

GlamGlow

GlamGlow

The next thing I dug out is GLAM GLOW YOUTHMUD TINGLEEXFOLIATE TREATMENT. This has always fascinated me but I never was willing to pay $69 for a full size. This 10 minute mask is comprised of French sea clay, volcanic pumice rock, and pieces of green tea leaf. Now this doesn’t sound delicious like the body cream but it’s touted to be a facial in ajar and what better way to try it then to sample it with Glossybox? You can buy it in a sample size jar for $19 at Sephora but here it is in this $21 Glossybox; paid for the box with this one item!!

(Malin+Goetz) Mojito Lip Balm

(Malin+Goetz) Mojito Lip Balm

How about a drink without worrying about alcohol? Put the (Malin+Goetz) Mojito Lip Balm on to soothe your lips and let the mojito flavor moisturize without stickiness. A .35 oz full size is $12 making this worth about $7.50.

3 great Glossybox treats

3 great Glossybox treats

The only item that was in a box comes from SKIN INC and it’s a CUSTOM-BLENDED ANTI-AGING SERUM. This is the cutest thing once you open the box. Aren’t you intrigued by the colors within?

Skin Inc Custom Blended Anti-Aging Serum

Skin Inc Custom Blended Anti-Aging Serum

Skin Inc Custom Blended Anti-Aging Serum

Skin Inc Custom Blended Anti-Aging Serum

I adore serums, I’m finding that serums are what is keeping my skin looking its best and much more youthful so I’m excited about this. Not only does it contain hyaluronic acid (my fave for hydration) but it takes Coenzyme Q10 and encapsulates it with elasticity promoting marine collagen. I can’t wait to try this out. This full size serum costs $45. Full size!!!! Are you ready to buy yet??

Philip B

Philip B

Last but not least is PHILIP B PH RESTORATIVE DETANGLING TONING MIST. Philip B is a well known high end brand of haircare. This toning mist is a double duty product from his brand. You can use this right after you wash your hair to help detangle and comb through and you can also use it to revive your hair style during the day. It helps leave your hair frizz free and shinier. What I like about it is that it’s keratin safe so I was happy to see this in the box. A full size of 4.23 oz is $24 and this is slightly less than half size at 2 oz so the value is about $10.

If you’ve been doing the math you can see that what looks like a box of samples is actually worth a lot, especially if you like what’s inside your Glossybox. A subscription is $21 per month and this month’s box is a $95 value. I will be trying everything in the box too so it really is a value. august 14 glossybox open in lid

For more fun, if you are a new subscriber and use the code CIATE at checkout, you’ll receive a full size CIATE Nail Polish in your first box. That’s a $15 value for subscribing. Now’s the time to insure that you’ll be receiving a box of fun in the fall. — Marcia

UPDATE: The new code is fabulous!! Enter MAGIC at checkout to get a free Eyeko Magic Mascara valued at $24.

*sent for review consideration

Beauty Army & Ipsy for July – which is best?

Beauty Army July 2014

Beauty Army July 2014

This month I decided to add Beauty Army back into my rotation of subscription boxes. Beauty Army charges $12.00 per month for 6 beauty samples. The catch here is that they are samples and not usually even deluxe samples. I’ve been pretty fickle with that subscription and have quit twice. There are pros about this service though –

1) You fill out a survey and they supposedly narrow down your choices to fit your survey

2) You get to pick what’s in your box. But you don’t have a huge selection to pick from. You can pick 1-6 samples out of a range of 9 so that’s not much of a pick.

3) If you don’t like your sample selections, redo your survey and you’ll get different choices.

4) You can skip as many months as you want but you better watch for the email that tells you it’s selection time or you’ll get a box they pick.

The reason I went back to Beauty Army for July is that they sent an email promising some full size products. And they came through with that as you’ll see.

my July Beauty Army collection

my July Beauty Army collection

2 full size products were included and I’m very excited about both of these. Roux Anti-Aging Hair Serum Leave In Treatment is wonderful since I have shampoo and conditioners that I love from Roux. Lisa has reviewed this so I know it’s a winner.

Roux Hair Serum Leave in Treatment

Roux Hair Serum Leave in Treatment

The second full size item is Revlon’s newest mascara, Bold Lacquer. If you get a lot of subscriptions you might find this in another box since there’s a full PR program going on with it. This is a length and volume mascara. I am going to try it very soon since I’m ready for a new mascara in my life but reviews are mixed. That’s okay, I’d rather try it via a subscription box.

Revlon Bold Lacquer

Revlon Bold Lacquer

The other products in the box are samples. One that I chose is a semi-deluxe sample of Vincent Longo Lip & Cheek Gel Stain in Liquid Kiss. Lisa recently reviewed this in another shade so it’s a nice coincidence. It has a very sweet fragrance though so it will be included in our Maybelline palette giveaway. The other almost deluxe sample is Phyto 5 Pigmentation Cream which I will try. Sample packets are a Cetaphil Cleansing Cloth which is great for my purse or gym bag and No7 Lift & Luminate Day & Night Serum. There’s probably enough in there for about 5 tries since you’d need so little.

No7 Lift & Luminate, Cetaphil wipe and Phyto 5

No7 Lift & Luminate, Cetaphil wipe and Phyto 5

Vincent Longo Lip & Cheek Gel Stain

Vincent Longo Lip & Cheek Gel Stain

Now onto Ipsy for July 2014 which is only $10 for a month. You can’t skip a month but they usually have products that I really enjoy for myself or others. July is a hot pink month with a leather-like cosmetic bag that will be easy to find in my big dark purse. This month’s theme is Sensationally Sunkissed.

Ipsy for July 2014

Ipsy for July 2014

There are usually a lot of reviews for Ipsy since it seems to be the most popular of all the subscriptions out there. There’s usually some similarity between what we seem to get. Some of these are really fun for me.

Models Own

Models Own

There’s no name on my Model’s Own polish but it’s a pretty semi-sheer red with pretty holographic glitter in it (I’ve read that it’s called Red Sea). I was so excited that I put it over a fresh manicure – oops. ipsy july models own nail

bareMinerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow is brand new from bareMinerals. I just learned about it this week so it’s nice to have a sample of it to try out myself. There are 10 shades, this one is Divine Wine (other bags will have Barely Nude). It’s a great way to test this.

bareMinerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow

bareMinerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow

Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass in Cherry is the full size cheek & lip tint that’s similar to both Benetint and the one in the Beauty Army kit. This retails for $23.

Elizabeth Mott Tint & Sass

Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass

Two more deluxe samples: pur-lisse SPF30 sunscreen and Marrakesh Endz. I know I like pur-lisse and it’s a great size for my purse. I won’t be without my SPF! Marrakesh Endz is new to me and it says it’s a split end mender and preventer which sounds interesting.

pur-lisse SPF30 and Marrakesh Endz

pur-lisse SPF30 and Marrakesh Endz

The value of IPSY is always way above their $10 subscription price. From what I can gather I’ve got about $50 worth of product here (Model’s Own approx $9, bareMinerals approx $5.50, Elizabeth Mott $23, pur-lisse approx $16 and Marakesh Endz approx $6). That’s not a bad investment. Plus you earn points at IPSY with reviews and referrals (my referral link).

I’m not unhappy with either of my subscriptions this month. I’ve got some new things to play with, more to add to our giveaways as extras and a few super treasures. Which do you think is best? Would you consider Beauty Army? — Marcia

*nothing to disclose except referral link for points