Refreshing my wardrobe with the Wantable February Intimates Collection

Wantable 2015 February Intimates Collection

Wantable 2015 February Intimates Collection

Nothing like a surprise box of ‘unmentionables’ waiting for you on the porch after a long day at work! I love surprises and the Wantable Intimates Collection I am sent for review is always the best…sometimes more for me, sometimes more for the hubby. This month was all about me. If you are thinking about ordering a Wantable subscription, click here for Valentine’s 2015 30% Off!

Firm Control Shaping Pants

Firm Control Shaping Pants

 1.  Firm Control Shaping Shorts in Black – Waist Watcher (retail value $21):  This is some pretty perfect shapewear. I like that it smooths out hips and tummy, and it also grabs thighs so it makes it comfortable to wear under dresses or under jeans. It also rides a little high so it minimizes the waist and eliminates the dreaded muffin top!

Pajama Drama Cami with lace

Pajama Drama Cami with lace

2.  Pajama Drama Cami with Lace in Navy (retail value $21):  This is a very soft and oh-so-comfy cami. The lace detail puts it on the sexy side, but the loose fit makes it wonderfully comfortable and easy to wear. The straps are also adjustable, guaranteeing an awesome fit.

MukLuk Slipper Socks...just the best!!

MukLuk Slipper Socks…just the best!!

3.  MukLuks Slipper Socks (retail value $24):  Where have these been all my life????  I am not a big fan of slippers in the winter. They keep my feet warm but then my calves are still freezing. I usually resort to socks but they don’t give the insulation from the floor that I need. MukLuks Slipper Socks are the answer. These cute thick socks have the sole (and the soul!) of a slipper. This means cozy calves, warm feet, and a happy dance.

My Wantable February Intimates Collection has a retail value of $66, although I would say that my most favorite item, the MukLuk Slipper Socks, have actually been invaluable. Some collections are more on the sexy side, but this one is more on the practical side and so appreciated.

Click this link for a $5 Coupon off a Wantable collection or if you order before February 28th use this link for a Valentine’s 2015 30% Off!.  – Lisa

*Sent for editorial consideration, opinions all mine.  The Wantable links are affiliate links.

Lots of fun in the Wantable February Accessories Collection!

Looking outside my window right now, it is snowing and blowing and the temperature is below zero.  I can’t be alone in wanting warm spring weather and fun, bright colors to match a shining sun!  My February Accessories Collection that I was sent from Wantable for review brought me a fabulous teaser for warm weather with four pieces that are going to get lots of play.

Wantable February 2015 Accessories Collection

Wantable February 2015 Accessories Collection

Like last month, my collection includes a ring, a necklace, a pair of sunglasses, and a scarf.  I am thrilled with the variety of items, and they all go together with silver tones and fun-loving vibe.

Courtney Ring

Courtney Ring

The Courtney Ring (retail value $11) is a silver stretch ring that looks like an arrow.  This is a bigger, statement ring that looks especially good with a white t-shirt, jeans, black boots, and pastel nail polish.

Macy Sunglasses

Macy Sunglasses

The Macy Sunglasses (retail value $14) have extremely large frames and the most gorgeous silver detailing on the sides.  These are going to be fantastic for maximum protection at the beach!  This is a pair of sunglasses that Jackie-O would absolutely love.

Sheila Necklace

Sheila Necklace

I am totally digging the Sheila Necklace (retail value $16).  This is a double layer necklace with fun silver disc details.  It looks like it would be very heavy but it is feather light.  The Sheila Necklace is just beautiful and I am so glad I can specify my necklace length preferences as this is exactly the length I like.

Suri Scarf

Suri Scarf

My final item is the Suri Scarf (retail value $24).  This is a lightweight oblong scarf in fun, springy mint, cream, and grey.  Pictures don’t really do this justice.  The Suri Scarf is one that works with any outfit, from casual jeans to a sundress.

Wantable is always a great value at $36 a month.  My collection this month had a retail value of $65, and I will definitely wear every item.  I think the best part about Wantable is how very specific you can be regarding preferences, yet every collection is still a wonderful surprise.

Click this link for a $5 Coupon off a Wantable collection, or if you order before February 28th use this link for a Valentine’s 2015 30% Off!.  – Lisa

*Sent for editorial consideration, opinions all mine.  The Wantable links are affiliate links.

Getting in a new year groove with the January Glossybox

Glossybox 2015 January 3Better late than never!  The Glossybox for January 2015 is a great collection of full size and travel size skin care and cosmetics. It actually isn’t too late, you can still order the January box, thank goodness. A three-month subscription is $60, and the January Glossybox alone has over $70 worth of products. Here is what was in the box they sent to us:

Glossybox 2015 January

There are two sample items. The Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser is a deluxe size, 1 oz.  This was actually voted the best cleanser in Allure’s Best of Beauty, so I am anxious to try it out.  No question this is going in my travel bag, stat!  There is also a small sample size of Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum.  The sample is 0.17 oz, which is a wonderful way to try out this $80 serum.  I tried it last night and this morning, hoping I wouldn’t like it because I have so many serums right now…but it felt pretty awesome. Rats.

Glossybox 2015 January 4

The Kueshi Pure & Clean Revitalizing Face Toner is full size and this is a new line for me. Kueshi is a Spanish line, and this toner gets great reviews. The toner has aloe in it, so it is very gentle and healing.

Glossybox 2015 January 2

Another new line for me is Lollipops. The Eye Pencil in Goodbye Moon is just darling, love the packaging! This is a retractable eyeliner that goes on smooth and has great lasting power. Goodbye Moon is a black with a slight metallic finish. Definitely a keeper!

Glossybox 2015 January 5

The star of the January 2015 Glossybox is the Teez Trendy Cosmetics Beautiful Flat Stiff Brush. This is a wonderful eyeshadow brush! I love it for packing on color, and it also blends and smudges beautifully. Just check out that super cute handle.  Yes, it’s trendy, but it’s also just a great brush that I am happy to have in my collection.

I love Glossybox because it really is a tremendous value, plus I love the introduction to new and niche lines.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, the January Glossybox is a great way to begin.

Use the coupon code AIMODSTER15 for a Ardency Inn Modster Eyeliner Travel Size Duo with a monthly subscription to GlossyBox.  – Lisa

Glossybox code

*sample for editorial consideration

Thank you Ipsy for saving the day

Fresh Start - Ipsy January 2015

Fresh Start – Ipsy January 2015

The January theme for IPSY’s subscription is Fresh Start. I’ve been writing about my subscription for IPSY for at least 2 years. Occasionally I’m a little disappointed but for the most part I am very happy with IPSY.

Ipsy costs $10 per month and that includes shipping. If you read my Beauty Army review for January then you’ll see what I like about this price. There are are 5 products in each cosmetic bag and almost all are full size. (Again read that Beauty Army review!!) This month’s bag is vinyl that’s blue on one side, white on the other and lined in red. Very patriotic.

IPSY January 2015 bag

IPSY January 2015 bag

I received two packages on the same day – this Ipsy and the previously mentioned Beauty Army. I opened Ipsy first since I didn’t know what would be in it and was very happy to see what was inside. 5 full size items can’t be beat especially for $10.

BellaPierre mineral eyeshadow and Pacifica eyeshadow

BellaPierre mineral eyeshadow and Pacifica eyeshadow

Two eyeshadows (my favorite product) were in the bag. Bella Pierre Mineral eyeshadow pigment in Whesek, a gunmetal gray ($4) and Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Treasure, a golden brown (approx $10). The reason you aren’t seeing swatches today is that Lisa and I are saving up for our upcoming 5th Blogaversy giveaways and these will be in one of the prize boxes. I like these and I’m happy they came but one of you will too.

Probelle nail polish in Into the Blue

Probelle nail polish in Into the Blue

This nail lacquer from Probelle is a beautiful summery shade. Into the Blue is a dark sky blue with a touch of teal. It’s available on Probelle’s site for $6.

Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush

Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush

Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush

Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush

This Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush ($10) is my favorite item in this month’s subscription. I’m a brush hoarder and this pretty pink brush is right up my alley. It’s on the firm side with densely packed bristles so it’s great for blending shadows as well as placement.

Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm

Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm

(Malin + Goetz) Mojito Lip Balm ($12) is the last in my cosmetic bag and a wonderful addition. This is not the first time I’ve received this in a subscription so I know it’s great. “Flavored with (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito, our lip balm is scientifically blended to restore and replenish.  Our hydrating lip gel easily integrates for daily maintenance, prevention and treatment of dry, irritated lips.  Color and paraben free.”

IPSY for January is filled with $32 worth of items. But that’s not all ladies and gentlemen (said in my infomercial voice). You earn points on IPSY for reviewing products and when people sign up with your referral link. This month I cashed in 500 points for >>>>

Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow

Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow

bare Minerals Elegant Taupe 5 in 1 cream eyeshadow

bare Minerals Elegant Taupe 5 in 1 cream eyeshadow

bare Minerals Elegant Taupe 5 in 1 cream eyeshadow

bare Minerals Elegant Taupe 5 in 1 cream eyeshadow

Previously I had gotten a sample size of this bareMinerals Cream Eyeshadow in Vintage Wine and liked it. When this was in their shop I decided this was perfect for me. The color is Elegant Taupe and it makes a great base. It’s not an exciting color but it works well with other shadows, makes an easy to use base or all over color when I’m in a hurry. And it sells for $18 but my points helped me get this for free.

All of my January Ipsy items

All of my January Ipsy items

I’m happy as a clam with this month’s bag. I have items I’ll use, some goodies for the upcoming giveaways and I’m earning points for extra items. Did you get this same Ipsy bag for January? If you don’t subscribe, are you considering it? Here’s my referral link for extra points so if you are inclined, I hope you’ll use it? — Marcia

Bye Bye Beauty Army – I’m done with you

Beauty Army mailer

Beauty Army mailer

Beauty Army is a monthly subscription service that I’ve been buying on and off for a few years. What I like about it is that you can skip a month without a problem. But that’s about the extent of what I like. Let me show you my latest box to see if you agree with me.

Beauty Army box inside

Beauty Army box inside

Number 1 reason to quit: The price of Beauty Army has been raised to $12.99 and they now charge shipping. It used to cost $12 a month with free shipping but not now.

Number 2 reason to quit: Beauty Army used to put the items in the cutest small cigar style box that you could use to store items. Now it’s just the outer mailer. That wouldn’t be bad if the items had improved, but have they?

The storage box it USED to come in.

The storage box it USED to come in.

Number 1 reason to stay with Beauty Box: You get to pick your samples. You fill out a questionnaire, which you can change at any time, and they generate 9 samples for you. You can pick up to 6 (I always picked 6).

Number 3 reason to quit: Beauty Army has samples and rarely anything more. This month I did get a full size item as a choice and that’s why I decided to try it. That was before I knew they raised the price.

Number 4 reason to quit: You have a window of 5 days to pick your samples. If you don’t pick within those 5 days, they’ll pick for you and not necessarily from your questionnaire. I missed the email one month about making my selection and they sent me a package with nothing I could use.

Number 5 reason to quit: Unlike most services there’s no perks like earning points towards more products, no discount on full size items if you bought them and not even a referral credit.

Here’s what I received in my January 2015 Beauty Army. What do you think of it?

Beauty Army for January 2015

Beauty Army for January 2015

Cosmetics included beauty army cosmetics

– a mini nail polish from Pretty Woman in a bright summery pink cream. Nice shade at least but it really is small.

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands. Now this is the reason that I decided to order. I’ve been wanting to try Burt’s Bees lip crayons and the color is right up my alley.

Burt's Bees Sedona Sands lip crayon

Burt’s Bees Sedona Sands lip crayon

Burt's Bees Sedona Sands lip crayon swatch

Burt’s Bees Sedona Sands lip crayon swatch

The rest is skincare since there were no other cosmetic choices.

Skincare samples

Skincare samples

– deluxe sample size of L’Oreal Revitalif Anti Wrinkle & Firming Eye

– sample pump of AminoCare moisturizing cream

– sample tube of Skin + Co Truffle Therapy Serum

Michael Todd samples

Michael Todd samples

– 4 packets of Michael Todd True Organics products (Cleanse & Tone, Hydration Boost Facial Serum, Wild Rose Petal Creamy Body Wash, and Citrus Cream Moisturizer)

Would you pay almost $15 for this? I am using the Burt’s Bees lip crayon but everything else is going in the contest pile as extras for BIZ giveaways. The skincare samples feel like ones that Sephora lets you pick as freebies when you order. What’s your take on this? — Marcia

*nothing to disclose – check my Ipsy January package later today to see the difference

 

Wantable January 2015 Accessories Collection

2015 Wantable January Accessories CollectionSomehow January always seems to be a lackluster month to me.  Maybe it’s because December was so twinkly and bright with all the decorations and bells and whistles.  After I take down the tree and put away all the holiday chotchkies, everything seems bare.  My January Wantable Accessories Collection brought me some stylish brightness that sparkles up even my plainest looks.

2015 Wantable Accessories Collection

2015 Wantable Accessories Collection

This month’s Wantable Accessories Collection is well worth a $36 subscription fee.  My collection has a scarf, a necklace, a ring, and a pair of sunglasses – great variety!

The Shannon Ring

The Shannon Ring

1.  Shannon Ring (retail value $9)  What a super cute ring.  I am partial to round stones, so this vintage-looking gold ring with a salmon stone is a real treat.

Kelli Sunglasses in silver

Kelli Sunglasses in silver

2.  Kelli Sunglasses (retail value $18)  You just can’t go wrong with aviator sunglasses – they look good on everyone.  My pair is silver, and they are fantastic for sunny winter walks.  These are super sturdy so it should be a while before I manage to break them!

Eileen Scarf in mustard

Eileen Scarf in mustard

3.  Eileen Scarf (retail value $24)  This is a tube design knitted scarf with fringe detail.  Mine is mustard, which is a wonderful winter color.  I am a huge scarf fiend, but this is my first tube scarf!  I love how easy it is – even if I throw it on it instantly looks artfully arranged.

Karina Necklace

Karina Necklace

4.  Karina Necklace (retail value $32)  I can’t begin to tell you how difficult it was to photograph this necklace.  It has three different length multi-tone chains.  The shortest chain has a golden ball, the middle length has a beautiful pearlized semi-precious drop stone, and the longest chain has taupe colored beads.  It is truly gorgeous and is great for dressing up simple tops.  Wantable recommends pairing this with a marsala colored sweater, so of course I am now on a mission to find one.

Trying to look cool for winter...

Trying to look cool for winter…

The retail value of this month’s collection is $83, and I love every item.  Wantable continues to be the best surprise I get every month…do something nice for yourself and get a subscription!  – Lisa

*Sent for editorial consideration, opinions all mine.  The Wantable links are affiliate links.

A little love and a little “eh” = Ipsy’s December bag

Ipsy December 2014

Ipsy December 2014

I had some higher hopes for IPSY for December that were dashed when this arrived. While I like the contents of this bag there’s not a lot that I love. No matter what though, I got my $10 worth like I do every month.

One of the fun things about IPSY is that not everyone gets the same bag. Now that can create some jealousy when you read other blogs and they received a shade you’d die for or a product you really wanted to try, but that’s okay.

This month’s cosmetic bag is just a plain black bag with a small Ipsy heart on the zipper. Nothing exciting but sometimes you want something not too showy. Inside was 3 deluxe samples and two full size items.

BWC Cleanser and Big Sexy Hair Spray

BWC Cleanser and Big Sexy Hair Spray

Beauty Without Cruelty is a great brand and it’s nice to be able to try their Facial Cleanser in the box. I have a big box of samples to pick from if I travel and this is a great size for any time I’d get away.

Style Sexy Hair 450 Protect is a hair protectant for blow drying and flat irons. It’s waterless so it also keeps hair safer from frizz. While I don’t love getting haircare all the time, this will come in handy when I’m refreshing my hair with my flat iron.

tarte deluxe lights, camera, action 4 in 2 mascara and NYC Butter Lip Balm

tarte deluxe lights, camera, action 4 in 1 mascara and NYC Butter Lip Balm

tarte deluxe lights, camera, action 4 in 1 mascara is probably my favorite item in the bag. I love mini sizes of mascara and I love tarte mascara. It’s a great way to try a new formula from any brand and even better when the brand is a favorite.

NYX Butter Lip Balm isn’t opened because it will end up in one of my giveaways. I’m one of the few that don’t really use NYX lip products, I just don’t like the scent. I know they get raves and most people would be thrilled to receive this.

Caitlyn Eye Polish in Orchid

Cailyn Eye Polish in Orchid

I was happy to see Cailyn Eye Polish in Orchid in my bag. But it turns out I’m not really crazy about the formula. I love the color (which isn’t very orchid in my book) but the application was patchy.

Caitlyn Eye Polish in Orchid

Cailyn Eye Polish in Orchid

Caitlyn Eye Polish in Orchid

Cailyn Eye Polish in Orchid

Next time I’ll try it with a brush and not the spongy applicator since it didn’t allow it to apply smoothly. This is the most expensive item in the bag at $15.

While I should be raving about the bag so that you’ll use my referral link for extra points to subscribe, I have to be honest and say that Ipsy finished the year sort of on the down side. But here’s to 2015 and better products!! — Marcia