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

Fashionistas rejoice! The Wantable July Accessories Box

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

My loves, likes, and dislikes

My loves, likes, and dislikes

July Accessories Box

July Accessories Box

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

The Aubree Sunglasses

The Aubree Sunglasses

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

The Valerie Headband

The Valarie Headband

The Valerie Headband up close

The Valarie Headband up close

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

The Carlisle Earrings

The Carlisle Earrings

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

The Carlisle Earrings and the Amber Necklace

The Carlisle Earrings and the Amber Necklace

wearing the Amber Necklace

wearing the Amber Necklace

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

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

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

Wantable wants you to look gorgeous in July

Wantable July 2014

Wantable July 2014

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

Wantable cosmetics July 2014

Wantable cosmetics July 2014

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

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

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner

Ultraviolet swatch

Ultraviolet swatch

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

Glam Natural Mascara

GlamNatural Mascara

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

Glam Natural Mascara

Glam Natural Mascara

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

Mirabella Perfecting Powder

Mirabella Perfecting Powder

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

3CC wet/dry eyeliner

3CC wet/dry eyeliner in Charcoal

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

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

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

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

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

*sent for review using credits earned

Stars & Stripes Forever with Glossybox June 2014

Glossybox June 2014 Stars & Stripes

Glossybox June 2014 Stars & Stripes

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

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

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

StrangeBeautiful polishes exclusive to Glossybox

StrangeBeautiful polishes exclusive to Glossybox

StrangeBeautiful

StrangeBeautiful

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

Sumita Champagne eyeshadow

Sumita Champagne eyeshadow

Sumita Champagne eyeshadow

Sumita Champagne eyeshadow

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

Rusk Dry Finishing Spray

Rusk Dry Finishing Spray

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

AYRES Body Butter

AYRES Body Butter

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

CAMILLE BECKMAN PLATINUME GOLD IMPERIAL REPAIR HAND THERAPY

CAMILLE BECKMAN PLATINUME GOLD IMPERIAL REPAIR HAND THERAPY

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

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

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

*sent for editorial consideration

 

How did Ipsy rate for June?

Ipsy for June 2014

Ipsy for June 2014

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

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

IPSY goodies I got

IPSY goodies I got

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deluxe samples: Marc Anthony Beach Spray, RealTree fragrance

Deluxe samples: Marc Anthony Beach Spray, RealTree fragrance

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

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brule

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brule

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

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

Rebecca Minkoff for IPSY bag

Rebecca Minkoff for IPSY bag

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

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

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