Sephora Play vs Allure Beauty Box – which would you pick? #sephoraplay #allurebeautybox

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

I can’t seem to keep away from subscription boxes. At the moment I’m buying 4 of them even though I keep promising myself that I’ll quit some. Not only don’t I quit but I started up with Allure Beauty Box this month. The longest running one for me is IPSY Glam bag, next is Boxycharm, then when Sephora Play opened a few months ago I added that, and now here I am with Allure’s Beauty Box. Both of the boxes I’m showing are the August boxes. Which is your favorite of the two?

Sephora Play for August 2016

Sephora Play for August 2016

Each month Sephora Play ($10) has a theme and for August it’s THE EYE OPENERS. Up until this month I’ve been very disappointed in the Sephora box and it’s been sitting on the cutting block. This month though was better for me and I’ve got items in this box that I’m actually going to enjoy using.

Sephora Play pamphlet

Sephora Play pamphlet

As you open the box you’ll find a pamphlet explaining each product within and giving you some great ideas. There’s also a card worth 50 Beauty Insider points which can be redeemed in store only. I have yet to use one but I’m hoping to shop soon.

August Sephora Play products

August Sephora Play products

THE EYE OPENERS contains 4 eye products and 2 others. All items are deluxe samples so it’s not just packets.

Eyes 1: ALGENIST EYE RENEWAL BALM is already a favorite. I’ve actually used up an entire jar and my deluxe sample is mostly gone so this is a welcome addition.

Eyes 2:  MAKE UP FOREVER ARTIST SHADOW IN I-544 is small but mighty. I stands for iridescent which is going to make my eyes pretty happy. It’s described as a “highly saturated iridescent pink granite eyeshadow made with a unique gel-powder formula”. The texture is so smooth! The color appears to be a purple and taupe combination that went on beautifully and easily.

Eyes 3: SEPHORA COLLECTION CONTOUR EYE PENCIL in LOVE AFFAIR (33) is a shimmery plum liner. It’s awfully small so I had a hard time using it. But the color is very pretty, it’s lasting well on my upper lashline, and I don’t see any glitter.

Eyes 4:  URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA is a lengthening and volumizing formula that gets lots of love. I just opened a new mascara today but I’ll try this in a few days.

Fragrance:  CLEAN RESERVE WARM COTTON will be in a giveaway package since I don’t wear fragrance. Each month Sephora include a vial of perfume in Play. Reserve Warm Cotton is described as “bright and pure blend of understated floral and musk, reminiscent of the soft scent of fresh linens”.

Skincare: LANCOME ENERGIE DE VIE – SMOOTHING & GLOWING LIQUID CARE MOISTURIZER is a fragranced liquid lotion meant to visually relieve dullness, diminish signs of fatigue, and promote a healthy looking glow. This too will be an extra in a giveaway package since I’m not able to tolerate Lancome fragrances.

Sephora Play for August

Sephora Play for August

These all came in a cream linen bag that’s winking outside the box. What do you think so far? Worth $10?

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

With my first month of the ALLURE BEAUTY BOX I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’ve read reviews for a long time with this and the last few boxes seemed to be outstanding so I decided to give it a chance. The box is $15 which includes shipping. There’s usually $5 off your first month if you start a subscription. Allure Beauty Box is also deluxe sample sizes with some being very generously sized. For August there were 8 items in the box.

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Hair #1 and 2: GARNIER WHOLE BLENDS SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER in HONEY TREASURES. These are each 1.7 fl oz so they’d be great for travel. I can’t use these though because they have Sodium Chloride which pulls the keratin from my hair and they contain sulfates. I think these were bonus items since they aren’t listed in the booklet that comes with the box.

Hair #3: WET BRUSH in MIDI SIZE is an exciting find in this box. I had just given away a new full size Wet Brush to a relative in need and this is a great size for home or travel.

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Skincare #1:  PIXI GLOW TONIC is a product I’ve written about many times. It’s Pixi’s best selling Skintreat. While Pixi sells a smaller bottle now on their website this is a great travel size. There’s even a $2 off $10 purchase of any Pixi product at Target on the back. I know exactly what I’m buying too.

Skincare #2:  SUPERGOOP DEFENSE REFRESH SETTING MIST SPRAY WITH ROSEMARY. I love Supergoop but not this unfortunately. I’ve tried it before and the fragrance (sunscreen w/alcohol and a hint of mint) fades but it still doesn’t work for me. This will be a great extra though in one of our giveaways to help mattify skin and give a shot of SPF 50 to your face.

Skincare #3: FREEZE 24-7 ANTI-AGING EYE SERUM is a product I’ve used before. I had a much smaller size that I took with me on my last trip. It’s a good eye cream but not one I’m likely to ever buy. I didn’t notice the tightening it’s supposed to have but it was a nice moisturizing effect.

Skincare #4: PUR-LISSE BLUE LOTUS BALANCING MOISTURIZER is a lightweight lotion for normal, dry, or sensitive skin. I know you don’t want to hear it but the fragrance = no/no for me. It’s a floral aquatic one which is probably wonderful for a future giveaway winner.

Cosmetic: CARGO SWIMMABLES EYE PENCIL in PEBBLE BEACH. At first I feared this was another black pencil eyeliner of which I have dozens but it’s actually a deep espresso brown. I’ve noticed Cargo making a reappearance after what I considered a long snooze. The new Swimmables line is making headway with water resistant products. This is a nice size, about half the size of one you’d buy.

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Sadly for me the Allure Beauty Box is too fragranced but I’m still impressed with the brands and quality in the box. My lose will be other’s gains.

So which one wins the battle? $10 for Sephora Play or $15 for Allure Beauty Box? I think my choice is pretty obvious in this post. — Marcia

 

*affiliate link for Allure Beauty Box which would earn me a small amount towards my next box if you decide to order.

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Making waves with Modern Merbabe the Boxycharm July box

Boxycharm for July 2016

Boxycharm for July 2016

I’m sure you’ve heard of Boxycharm. It’s become my favorite subscription box and the July box shows me why this has made me so happy. Let me start by telling you that a subscription is $21 a month and you’ll receive only full size items. It can be 4 or 5 each month. This month the box has a value of $120. Not a bad investment at all.

Boxycharm for July 2016

Boxycharm for July 2016

As with all subscriptions you may not have bought the items to begin with so the value of $120 may be high but not worth it to you. For me this month’s Boxycharm is a winner and one I’m very excited about.

OFRA PROFESSIONAL MAGNETIC PALETTE AND 6 EYESHADOW PANS

OFRA Magnetic Palette and eyeshadows

OFRA Magnetic Palette and eyeshadows

How could I not be excited about this? I’ve been thinking of buying a new Z palette since mine are almost filled and I’d like to organize better. Not only do I not have to do that but I got 6 gorgeous shadows that would retail for $12 each on their own. These don’t have names imprinted on them and I can’t really tell from the OFRA website but there are 3 beautiful shimmer shadows and 3 mattes. All 6 are very workable shades with the shimmers and the light yellow shade (could be Banana Highlighter Powder) my favorites. They’ve valued this set at $59 but I think they undervalued it since the shadows alone would be $60.

OFRA eyeshadows

OFRA eyeshadows

MALLY BEAUTY is included this month too and I got lucky. Some boxes received an Ice Blue Mally Waterproof Eyeliner pencil ($18) while others got one of two Mally Rounded Blender Brushes ($15). I love brushes so having this green metallic brush is a little piece of heaven.

OFRA Magnetic Palette, eyeshadows, and Mally Rounded Blender Brush

OFRA Magnetic Palette, eyeshadows, and Mally Rounded Blender Brush

Mally Rounded Blender Brush

Mally Rounded Blender Brush

The brush has longer hairs than my other blending brushes so it’s a great change of pace for me. Into my brush cups this went instantly.

To add to the thrill of this box there’s a NOYAH LIP GLOSS in Malbec ($16), a wine berry shade. I remember when Noyah only had lip balms and I lovingly reviewed them. It’s great to see how far they’ve come. This is a natural lip gloss made without made without sulfates, parabens or phtalates. The packaging is adorable with an earth friendly bamboo top.

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

To top off the beauty in this sweet box is PYT HAIR Oil Treatment ($30). While I’ve only used it once I was amazed at the shine I suddenly had from the treatment. It’s made with Argan Oil which I already know is great for my skin or hair. It’s safe for color treated hair and it helps leave hair frizz free.

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Argania spinosa kernel oil, Fragrance (Lilial, D-Limonone, Hydroxycitronellal, Lyral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Coumarin), Triticum vulgare (Wheat) germ oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Panthenol.

PYT HAIR Oil Treatment

PYT HAIR Oil Treatment

I’m thrilled to learn about this new brand and use it in my routine.

Even though I don’t have a clue why this month’s Boxycharm is called Modern Merbaby (other than they do say “Let’s Make Waves”) I still think it’s one of the best I’ve received from my subscription. Now I can’t wait for another month to pass so I can get my next one. Are you a subscription box fan? — Marcia

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Have fun in the sun with the June Boxycharm

boxycharm june box

I don’t know about you but I love going out to the mailbox to see what’s been delivered. Are there any of the magazines that I whiz through? Are there products from PR reps with items I’m looking forward to testing? Maybe there are some bills – no, I don’t love that! One of the best things for me is when one of the three subscription boxes I buy comes. Not all months are a success but the June Boxycharm happens to be a winner. The GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE SUN box is the perfect example of why I subscribed to this $21 a month bundle of fun.

Boxycharm June 2016

Boxycharm June 2016

The 5 full size products are going to make summer a blast. Since I don’t know where to begin I’ll show you in alphabetical order.

COUGAR BEAUTY MINERAL FACE & BODY SHIMMER

Cougar Beauty

Cougar Beauty

Cougar Beauty Diamond Kiss

Cougar Beauty Diamond Kiss

Even someone as old as I am wants to make summer shinier every once in a while and this Cougar Beauty Diamond Kiss powder (full size, $16) is just the ticket. This is a light golden kiss of powder that you need to apply lightly with a fluffy brush. The bigger the area you want to shine, the bigger the brush. For me a small fluffy brush over my eye makeup can make my eyes shimmer. The powder is so finely milled that it’s not like big blobs of glitter. But it is shimmery. This was fun for me to find in the box because it’s not something I’d buy myself especially since it’s a UK brand not easily found here.

FARMACY HYDRATING COCONUT GEL MASK, BRIGHTENING

Farmacy Brightening Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask

Farmacy Brightening Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask

It’s no secret that I love facial masks. I review them all the time. Farmacy is a brand so many beauty bloggers have written about yet I haven’t had the chance to indulge in it. What better place to start but with a mask. These are available for sale in a box of 5 for $24, since there are 3 in the special Boxycharm box these are valued at $15. Now why is this brightening mask so good? Because it targets dark spots and freckles, both of which I’ve been ?blessed? with. Farmacy is a brand that uses naturally derived ingredients, is cruelty free and contains no parabens or formaldehyde.

This particular mask is powered by Echinacea Greenenvy, a variant of Echinacea Purpurea which contains the highest known concentration of blah blah blah. You don’t care about anything other than if it works though and this is exceptionally nice. 20-25 minutes of relaxation later and your skin looks more even.

GIRLACTIK PRECISE EYELINER MARKER in Black

Girlactik Precise Eyeliner Marker

Girlactik Precise Eyeliner Marker

Most beauty blogs I read (including mine) moan and groan when we get another black eyeliner in a beauty box. Even though this is black I have no intention of moaning or groaning. First I haven’t used Girlactik in a very long time, second I love liquid eyeliners, and third this is a great eyeliner. It doesn’t bleed on me and the formula is quite long lasting. The tip of this is perfect for me since I like a very thin defined line, especially with black. It’s possible to make it thicker but not my style. Girlactik is found in prestige drugstores like Duane Read and Rite Aid’s Beauty stores, none of which are near me. $20

LVX NAIL LACQUER in SERENE

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

LVX Serene Nail Lacquer

I am most thrilled about this $18 polish in the subscription. My goal of trying every brand just got one step closer to reality. To make this more exciting this is one of LVX’s newest summer colors. Serene is a “whimsical sky blue” that is 7 free, high shine and a beautiful creme polish. I haven’t worn it yet but you better believe I will. This is lighter than my picture and just waiting for my nails.

LVX Serene

LVX Serene

OFRA OIL CONTROL PRESSED POWDER

OFRA Oil Control Pressed Powder

OFRA Oil Control Pressed Powder

While a pressed powder doesn’t look exciting, it’s a necessity so why not get a great one worth $39.95 in your $21 subscription? Boxycharm works with OFRA often but many times what I get is too dark for me. This powder on the other hand is just right. My blog partner Lisa would steal this from me if she had a chance since she’s addicted to oil free pressed powders and this one works like a charm, a boxycharm.

Boxycharm June 2016

Boxycharm June 2016

If you’ve read this far you can tell that this box is fantastic and I’m so happy it’s mine. Worth $109 it’s a steal for me. And I don’t have to give any away! I get to keep it all and use it happily.  — Marcia

If you don’t subscribe to Boxycharm, I think this is the best sub on the market personally. My affiliate code is HERE just in case you decide to take a chance. With Boxycharm you earn charms that help you “buy” extra products.

 

Subscription catchup with Ipsy, Sephora Play, and Boxycharm plus giveaway

Boxycharm, Sephora Play, and IPSY Glam Bag

Boxycharm, Sephora Play, and IPSY Glam Bag

At this point in my cosmetic life I’m the last person that should be buying monthly subscriptions but I can’t seem to stop. I’d say that I’m afraid to miss out on something great so each month I buy Ipsy ($10), Boxycharm ($21), and now I’m getting Play by Sephora ($10). That $41 goes into my makeup allowance for the month and I always seem to come out ahead.

Today is a quick rundown of what I’ve received in my last two month’s packages without a ton of detail. I’ve chosen the items I know I won’t use to put in a giveaway since not everyone is quite as nutsy as I am.

IPSY APRIL

IPSY Glam Bag for April 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for April 2016

April’s theme is Dreamers and to me its only the pretty cosmetic bag that fits in with that theme. In the package there’s a very pretty peach Elizabeth Mott blush in Peach Pink (giveaway). While I love the color, the packaging seems to be something you toss and put the blush into another palette. There’s also a Nomad mini eyeshadow in Desert Sand, a sparkly golden sand shade.

IPSY April Nomad Desert Sand e/s and Elizabeth Mott Peach Pink Blush

IPSY April Nomad Desert Sand e/s and Elizabeth Mott Peach Pink Blush

In addition there’s a Crown Tapered Duo Fiber Blush brush (giveaway), Tarte deluxe sample size Lipsurgence in Wonder (giveaway), and two Purlisse Sheet Masks. April was definitely worth the price of admission.

tarte lipsurgence in Wonder

tarte lipsurgence in Wonder

IPSY MAY:

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

The May bag is titled Destination Chic and contains 5 items, 2 of which will be part of the giveaway. There’s a Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude (giveaway), Smashbox X-Rated mini mascara (giveaway), Epice Hydrating Mask, Peek Nom Nom teensy tin of lip balm, and SLMISSGLAM small contour brush.  I’ll probably lose the Peek balm since it’s that small but I wanted to try it, I love masks so Epice is a keeper, and the brush is so soft that I want it!!

PLAY BY SEPHORA:

Play by Sephora May 2016

Play by Sephora May 2016

I think I’m in the minority about my feelings for the Sephora Play bag. Most people are thrilled by it but I was underwhelmed. The items aren’t bad, they just aren’t for me. The prettiest item in the bag is BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in KIMCHI. If I wore reds I’d be thrilled with it but instead it’s in the giveaway so someone else can enjoy it.

BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in KIMCHI

BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in KIMCHI

KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (giveaway), I love Korres but I don’t love rose scented items. Speaking of fragrance there’s a vial of Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanquine that sounds really nice (giveaway). The box also contains Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask (giveaway), a very thin Tarte Tarteist lipliner in Latergram, and a trio of sample sizes from Origins. The trio contains Maskimizer, a primer mist, Clear Improvement, a charcoal mask, and Drink Up Instensive, an overnight mask. I’ll continue with Play by Sephora to see if more items will appeal to me in the future.

BOXYCHARM APRIL

Boxycharm for April 2015

Boxycharm for April 2015

Sadly for me, happily for my winners, everything in this box is part of the giveaway. The products are nice but I am so overloaded with items that it’s hard to keep these and not share. Items include Blinc Black Lash Primer (full size $26), Purlisse Lip Comfort (full size $16), Anderson Lilley hand cream (full size $24), Ofra Long Lasting Lipstick ($19.90, full size) in Pasadena, Your Minerals Eyeshadow (full size, $21) in Brown Hypnotic.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena, Your Minerals eyeshadow in Brown Hypnotic

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena, Your Minerals eyeshadow in Brown Hypnotic

The value you receive in each Boxycharm amazes me. This box costs $21 yet the 5 full size items are valued at $106.90.

BOXYCHARM MAY

Boxycharm May

Boxycharm May

When I opened this box with the theme Springvibes I had a big smile on my face. These is a fabulous box.

Boxycharm May

Boxycharm May

I was most excited to see a box containing a Makeup Geek blush. Different boxes had different shades and I received Covet which I don’t own (full size $15). I have some MUG blushes but not in this beautiful new packaging.

Makeup Geek blush

Makeup Geek blush

Makeup Geek blush in Covet

Makeup Geek blush in Covet

Another favorite for me is the Pur Cosmetics Double Ego eyeliner. I use the brown one all the time. This time I received Bora Bora, a bright navy liquid and a blue gray pencil (full size $21). Boxes contained different shades. Catherine Malandrino Rome de Provence Deluxe Mini Sprayer ($20) (giveaway) is a nice change for a fragrance since it’s a spray that’s easier to use.

Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Pistache

Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Pistache

The Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Pistache will be part of the giveaway but that’s tugging at my heart. I just love the logo and I’ve been wanting a polish from them. But I know that it’s not a Marcia color (full size $10.50). Boo hoo.

What I am keeping though is The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks Clear Brow Gel (full size $20). I use brow gels but I usually toss them after about 4 months so having this one is great for me. I’m also looking forward to using the Starlooks Luxe Liner in Boxycharm, a great pinky peach shade (full size $19.50). The May Boxycharm is what I’ve come to expect from them. 6 full size items that are worth $100.50.

If you choose to join Ipsy or Boxycharm I’d appreciate it if you could use my referral so that I can get some credit towards future items. Thank you — Marcia

GIVEAWAY:  This is an international giveaway for 2 Beauty Info Zone subscribers. I have to say again (and again) that in order to be eligible to win you must be a proven subscriber and make a comment. Anything beyond that is extra to give you more chances to win. The comment is to list about 4-5 items you’d like to win (or you can mention things you wouldn’t want) since I haven’t divided these up and will do that once winners are chosen.

most of the items in this subscription box giveaway

most of the items in this subscription box giveaway

This giveaway is open through 6/17 at 11:59 eastern. UPDATE: Commetns have closed (stupid WP) so early  email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it SUBSCRIPTION, send me your comment and continue on IN the Rafflecopter since that’s how I choose winners.. The giveaway is open even when WordPress decides to close the comment section. Good luck!

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IPSY Glam Bag March review and giveaway

IPSY Glam bag for March 2016

IPSY Glam bag for March 2016

My loss is your gain. I received my March IPSY Glam Bag and excitingly opened it only to find that it’s not my personal taste at all. The items are great and well worth the $10 I pay for my IPSY subscription but they don’t say Marcia. Therefore the bag and all its sealed products are being given away to one US subscriber.

What’s great about this month’s bag is that 4 of the 5 items are full size and the 5th is a very deluxe size. No complaints about that at all. What doesn’t work for me though are the colors they sent. I’m a very pale, cool toned woman and just can’t do these shades.

IPSY Glam Bag 3/16

IPSY Glam Bag 3/16

Let’s start with lips and NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick. The internet is filled with raves about these lipsticks. The one I received is a red, LSCL11. Unfortunately I don’t wear red lipstick so it just doesn’t suit me. But I’m sure this is going to be a big draw for this giveaway. ($6.99)

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

Moving on we’ll go to eyes and Skone Insanely Intense Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner. This is something I’d use for sure if I hadn’t decided to gift this. It’s black though and I have a dozen black liners. (Full size, $15)

Skone Insanely Intense Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner

Skone Insanely Intense Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner

Your cheeks would probably love the Mellow bronzer. It’s not too dark and it doesn’t look orange. The pattern is pretty too. It’s not a shade that will enhance my complexion though. ($10, shade made for IPSY)

mellow bronzer

Mellow bronzer

Now we’ve got hands and the deluxe sample size of Organic Surge Comforting Hand & Nail Cream. I’m always look for this kind of product but the scent is Lavender Meadow. My nose and migraines won’t do good with this fragrance. (deluxe sample, $4.50)

Organic Surge Comforting Hand & Nail Cream.

Organic Surge Comforting Hand & Nail Cream.

Last is a great Margaret Dabbs London two sided nail buffer. I understand that it’s great for nails to file and/or buff. (from the UK, 7 pounds).

Margaret Dabbs London two sided nail buffer

Margaret Dabbs London two sided nail buffer

So there you have it – a cute silky orange and green cosmetic bag with these 5 items within. Do you want to win this?? If so use the Rafflecopter to enter. The giveaway is open through March 28th for US only. If comments close, email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it IPSY to make your comment and continue. — Marcia
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Rush to Relax with February’s Boxycharm

Boxycharm for February 2016

Boxycharm for February 2016

The subscription that I most look forward to each month is BOXYCHARM. There’s something refreshing about Boxycharm since the brands they share are more unique than other boxes plus there’s almost always 5-6 full size products in it for just $21 a month. Since I love to have giveaways on Beauty Info Zone, nothing ever goes to waste. For February they charmed me with a heart shaped product as well as 3 other full size items and 2 deluxe minis. According to my calculations this box is worth $134 so my money was spent wisely.

Rush to Relax is the theme “From Stilettos to slippers, get ready to work hard and rest easy!”. Let’s see if there’s a bit of rushing and relaxing here.

Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String

Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String

February is the heart month and I adore anything with hearts so this instantly brought a big smile to my face. Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String ($15) is a a body wash that is infused with hydrating olive oil and a blend of energizing and toning extracts. The fragrance is peony which Songelle says is both subtle yet energetic.

Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String

Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String

It’s two sided with the red soft side to be used for cleansing and toning while the white texturized side is for exfoliating and stimulating circulation. You should be able to get 14 uses out of this. I have a suction cup with two mini clips in my shower so with the rope this can be hung up so it won’t get ruined. RELAX in your shower or RUSH through it with this moisturizing wash.

Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask

Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask

Shray full face

Shray full face

Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask was made especially for Boxycharm so it’s a limited edition mask ($12 but their masks on their website are $10). This is a full face mask that is made to be ultra hydrating. Shray masks are 25% off until 3.15 with the code Boxycharm25% off. While I haven’t used this one yet it appears to be like a lot of masks I use and always like. This is a RELAXING 10 minute mask.

OFRA Cosmetics Banana Powder

OFRA Cosmetics Banana Powder

OFRA COSMETICS BANANA POWDER GODET ($12) is a new product for OFRA. This is the full size but in palette form. This is definitely in the RUSH category since this is an all-in-one powder. You can use it on your eyes as a light matte shade to brighten them. You can use this under your eyes to help conceal dark circles. And you can use this as a setting of finishing powder.

Realtree Travel Sprayer

Realtree Travel Sprayer

Realtree Eau de Parfum Travel Sprayer is 10 mL in a spray which is much easier to use than a sample vial. This is sold for $12.99 on the Realtree website. “Real Tree for Her opens up with the sweet taste of pomegranate, a hint of persimmon and an exotic scent of orchids. It blends with lotus blossom and champaca flower and it’s followed by the rich scent of amber, the transient scent of violets and the depth of mahogany wood.”

Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum

Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum

Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum is the sample size of the box. The value of this is $58 since the full size is $115. I’ve got this in my travel bag for the trip I’m on as you read this and I hope to report back to you that it’s worth that amount. The eye serum is said to work on fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. Put it on and let it sit for 3 minutes before apply anything over it. I guess I’ll call this a RELAX but I’d still use it if I was in a RUSH.

Beauty for Real Blush + Glo in Coral Crush

Beauty for Real Blush + Glo in Coral Crush

I saved my favorite for last!! Beauty for Real Blush + Glo in Coral Crush ($24) is the winner of the box. As a huge fan of cream blushes this one is a winner. Not only is the Coral Crush side soft and pretty and peachy on me but the Hi-Beam highlighter end is subtle enough to give a radiant glow without sparkle. This is a cream to powder formula so it dries down.

Beauty for Real Blush + Glo in Coral Crush swatched

Beauty for Real Blush + Glo in Coral Crush swatched

To top it off Beauty for Real provided anti-aging benefits to this. “Featuring our patented ingredient, Luminera with a diamond core complex. As the transparent particles come into contact with the skin, the diamond core complex transforms invisible UV light and works to dramatically diminish the expression of wrinkles, discolorations, and imperfections. Vitamin E and grape-seed extracts provide anti-aging benefits and antioxidant protection. Pomegranate extracts along with organic minerals contribute to this standout formula to maintain its consistency in all climates and exceptionally long wear.” I don’t know whether this is RUSH or RELAX but I do know it’s pretty.

What do you think of BOXYCHARM? Are you as charmed by it as I am? Which items would you be most thrilled to see if you had this subscription?  — Marcia

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Color Me Monthly Janus for January’s polish of the month

Color Me Monthly Janus

Color Me Monthly Janus

What color do you think of when you think January? Some months are just so easy – February is pink and especially red; March is green and the more emerald the better, April brings us pastels that would be Easter Egg perfect, October is orange of course. But what about January? Maybe navy because of the darkness of it would fit. But charcoal? Who would think of charcoal other than the wonderful women who own Color Me Monthly.

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Color Me Monthly Janus

Color Me Monthly Janus

If you don’t know about Color Me Monthly it’s time you did. This is a one polish a month subscription ($7) made by two sisters that is  Non-toxic & Carcinogen-free, Never tested on animal, Vegan, Eco-friendly, Made in the USA, Shipped FREE!

Each month they pick a color they think represents the month. And yes, they did choose charcoal. A charcoal gray jelly. This was chosen in honor of Janus, the god of beginnings, transitions, and door. He looks to both the past and the future so January is his month.

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

While you won’t be able to purchase this polish until it hits the VAULT soon ($9) you can be smart and order a subscription for yourself or someone else as a last minute Valentine’s Day gift.

Color Me Monthly polishes last a full week on me without any chipping or fading. While I can’t wear every month’s polish I certainly can wear most of them, especially their beautiful creams and jellys.

Color Me Monthly Janus, January 2016

Color Me Monthly Janus, January 2016

Let me leave you with their monthly haiku but remind you that these are polishes you’d be pleased to own.  — Marcia

the new beginning

boundless possibilities

here’s to memories

JANUS

 

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