It’s “Just For You” from Color Me Monthly

Every month Color Me Monthly brings out 1 special nail polish shade for their subscription and they just keep getting better and better. When I received this month’s box from them I had the biggest smile on my face upon opening it. JUST FOR YOU is a stunning metallic red that’s a true red. It’s the kind of color that I can wear every day without ever getting tired of it. It’s Christmas and Valentine’s Day rolled into one magnificent nail polish.

Color Me Monthly December Just For You

Color Me Monthly December Just For You

Color Me Monthly December 2014 JUST FOR YOU

Color Me Monthly December 2014 JUST FOR YOU

Just For You applies without any streaks. As I’m typing this I’ve worn it for one week and it looks absolutely perfect. It’s a shiny red that you’d just love!

Color Me Monthly Just For You

Color Me Monthly Just For You

CMM Just For You

CMM Just For You

I can’t recommend COLOR ME MONTHLY enough. I’ve never been disappointed in the application or wear of the polishes. These are vegan polishes that have never been tested on animals. They are non-toxic and carcinogen free. And they have the added bonus of being just $7 per month including shipping for their subscription. Each bottle is full size: 16.5mL / 0.56 fl. oz. From CMM: “Our nail polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde/formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. Color Me Monthly is dedicated to delivering what we believe is one of the ‘cleanest’ and most eco-friendly nail polishes on the market.”

Color Me Monthly named this Just For You but I’m renaming it Just For Me. This is a total Marcia color.

Don’t forget that they have a giveaway going on for a 6 month subscription and it ends on 12/21/14.  – Marcia

never forgotten

a token of gratitude

carefully gift wrapped

JUST FOR YOU

monthly haiku CMM

monthly haiku CMM

 

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A special holiday version of Glossybox that you don’t want to miss

Holiday Glossybox

Holiday Glossybox

Holiday Glossybox

Holiday Glossybox

Several times a year Glossybox comes out with a special version that goes above and beyond their regular subscription box. This time it’s a holiday box that is absolutely fabulous and so fitting for this season. The box itself is a keepsake box that has a magnetic opening on a red velvet box. You will find so many uses for this that you’ll be begging Glossybox to make all their boxes like this.

Inside you’ll find 7 full size items and one very deluxe sample size. If you were to give this as a gift ($40 with free shipping) the recipient would squeal with delight.

CALVIN KLEIN REVEAL: this is the only sample size in the box but it’s big and wonderful. The packaging is beautiful. Reveal is described as a solar oriental that captures traces of the skin and is blended with orris and a drydown of sensual sandalwood.

CALVIN KLEIN REVEAL Holiday Glossybox

CALVIN KLEIN REVEAL Holiday Glossybox

TEADORA NOURISHING LIP BUTTER IN RAINFOREST AT DAWN: I have read so many rave reviews of this Teadora Lip Butter and now I know what they mean. This is infused with anti-oxidant rich plants found in the rainforest: maracuja, acai oils, mango butters. The flavor is citrusy. Lips need this for the colder weather. Full size ($15)

TEADORA NOURISHING LIP BUTTER IN RAINFOREST AT DAWN

TEADORA NOURISHING LIP BUTTER IN RAINFOREST AT DAWN

TEADORA NOURISHING LIP BUTTER IN RAINFOREST AT DAWN holiday Glossybox

TEADORA NOURISHING LIP BUTTER IN RAINFOREST AT DAWN holiday Glossybox

NCLA NAIL LACQUER IN SATIN SHEETS, VELVET ROPES: Gorgeous! This shimmery red is the perfect shade for the holidays and beyond. It’s absolutely fabulous and wears like a dream. It’s 5-free and American made. It was inspired by the sights and sounds of Southern California. It’s making me crave more NCLA Nail Lacquers. ($16 full size)

NCLA NAIL LACQUER IN SATIN SHEETS, VELVET ROPES holiday Glossybox

NCLA NAIL LACQUER IN SATIN SHEETS, VELVET ROPES holiday Glossybox

THE LIP BAR LIPSTICK IN CRIMSON WONDERLAND is a new brand for me. It’s a candy apple red that’s cruelty free and has ingredients like organic shea butter, avocado oil and coconut oil. The packaging is divine.

THE LIP BAR LIPSTICK IN CRIMSON WONDERLAND holiday Glossybox

THE LIP BAR LIPSTICK IN CRIMSON WONDERLAND holiday Glossybox

THE LIP BAR LIPSTICK IN CRIMSON WONDERLAND

THE LIP BAR LIPSTICK IN CRIMSON WONDERLAND

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND – if you are like me and don’t feel comfortable in red lips then this is perfect for you. Wear it alone or top The Lip Bar lipstick to lighten it. Jouer lip glosses are very moisturizing. You’ll wand to wear this hydrating formula with vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba seed oil to soften your lips on a daily basis. It’s a pinky nude that isn’t sticky. ($20 full size)

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND holiday Glossybox

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND holiday Glossybox

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND

KORRES VOLCANIC MINERALS VOLUMIZING MASCARA – Now that you’ve perfected your lips and nails it’s time to move on to eyes and this Korres Mascara is just the thing. This Volumizing Mascara contains volcanic soil and is said to increase lashes by 600%. There are some natural film formers to help with the volume. I didn’t notice them so they aren’t going to fall loose. ($20 full size)

    JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND KORRES VOLCANIC MINERALS VOLUMIZING MASCARA holiday glossybox

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND
KORRES VOLCANIC MINERALS VOLUMIZING MASCARA holiday glossybox

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE IN SMOKE – If you love cruelty free cosmetics then you’d love OCC. If you love pigment eyeshadows then you’d really love OCC. They make some of the finest pigments around. Smoke is a beautiful shimmering taupe that makes your eyes glisten. It’s a very easy to wear shade. ($14 full size)

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE IN SMOKE

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE IN SMOKE

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE IN SMOKE holiday Glossybox

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE IN SMOKE holiday Glossybox

CARGO TEXASLINER LIQUID EYE LINER is a chubby felt-tip marker eyeliner that will make your eyes stand out. It’s perfect for a cat eye or smoky eye with its deep black shade. You can also use the very tip to make it thinner. This is a water based formula that glides on beautifully yet washes off easily after lasting the day. ($20 full size)

CARGO TEXASLINER LIQUID EYE LINER holiday Glossybox

CARGO TEXASLINER LIQUID EYE LINER holiday Glossybox

This amazing box has over $130 worth of cosmetics with a bonus of the fragrance. You can’t go wrong for $40. You don’t need to be a subscriber of Glossybox to buy this either. If you want to subscribe for a year though then this is your bonus with the code HOLIDAY. Make December a little prettier with Glossybox Holiday Gift Box.

 

Holiday Glossybox Gift Box

Holiday Glossybox Gift Box

Wouldn’t you love to own this? Thanks to Glossybox for sending it so I could share with you. — Marcia

 

Roasted Chestnuts leads the way for Color Me Monthly

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

I’ve been a big fan of the nail subscription box COLOR ME MONTHLY for exactly 2 years now. This unique company creates one special polish a month and keeps getting better and better. For November they produced an absolutely gorgeous shade called ROASTED CHESTNUTS. I don’t think that they could have improved on this at all.

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

ROASTED CHESTNUTS is a brown with embedded colored glitter. It absolutely shined on my nails. In bright light the colors glistened calling for people to come and take a gander. We had a week without sun yet even that couldn’t hinder how much I enjoyed wearing this polish. What could be better for November than roasted chestnuts, a glorious shade?

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

COLOR ME MONTHLY keeps up with the seasons and times of year by sending a color that’s appropriate for then. But you’ll want to wear the shades over and over. Of all the polishes I’ve received from them, there is only one that I haven’t worn a second (or even third) time. The others just call my name.

sweet, earthy flavor

a tradition almost lost

seasoned in fire

ROASTED CHESTNUTS

Color Me Monthly haiku for Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly haiku for Roasted Chestnuts

I normally keep away from polishes with glitter since they are so difficult to remove. I have a wrap done on my nails to keep them strong and the removal process with glitter destroys the glue. NOT the case with Color Me Monthly’s Roasted Chestnut. This came off (after one week) as easily as any cream polish I’ve used. There was no staining and the only place that needed a little extra removal was where the wrap was old at the base of my nail. I was so happy to see that but I should have known since I’ve found the quality of these polishes to be superb.

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

Here’s more reason to love this company:

  • Non-toxic and carcinogen-free
  • Never tested on animals
  • Vegan
  • Eco-friendly
  • Made in the USA
  • Shipped FREE!
Color Me Monthly.com

Color Me Monthly.com

At $7 for one month this is a subscription service that doesn’t break the bank yet delivers quality that you won’t believe. It’s wonderful for you or for any of your nail polish lovers. You’ll look like a big shot when you roast the season with perfect colors. — Marcia

PS – Color Me Monthly is offering 20% off everything we sell (gifts, subscriptions, and Vault items) through Cyber Monday. Just use promo code BLACKFRIDAY14 at checkout.

PSS – Check out The Vault for past polishes for $9. It’s hard to find on their website but it’s a hidden treasure.

*sent for editorial consideration

How Ipsy November 2014 won me over

Ipsy November 14

Ipsy November 14

When I first opened my November IPSY subscription and saw this card I became frightened, very frightened! A woman of my decades is not one that seeks out glitter. It has its place but not in my everyday life.

Ipsy November 14

Ipsy November 14

When I opened the glittery cosmetic bag I wasn’t too thrilled with what I saw inside but I’ve learned that the $10 I pay for my subscription is usually money that is well worth it so I journeyed on.

Ipsy November 14

Ipsy November 14

Not everything in this month’s subscription is a winner. While the products are nice they aren’t necessarily ones I’ll use.

Ipsy November 14 goodies

Ipsy November 14 goodies

A good example of that is this Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil hairspray. It’s a fabulous product, that I know from my blog partner, but it’s not one I use often. I have quite a few hairsprays from my reviews and most end up gathering dust. What is great though is that I could use this for travel. Great product, just not my favorite.

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argain Oil Hairspray

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argain Oil Hairspray

I’ve read a lot of reviews about this J catS Wonder Lip Paint. It’s been favorably compared to the much more expensive Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks. I’d have been utterly thrilled if I’d received this lip paint in a shade I’d wear but Red Potion is just too dark so it will be part of a BIZ giveaway instead. Again, wonderful product but just not my color.

J catS Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion

J catS Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion

Now this is where the tides turned. At first I just saw a box from be a bombshell that said Eye Base. Then I opened it and voila ->->->

be a bombshell Eye Base in Submissive

be a bombshell Eye Base in Submissive

What I found is a beautiful sheer cream eyeshadow in Submissive that can be used alone or as a base for other shadows. It’s a very pretty golden brown that works well with my favorite colors. At first I didn’t see glitter but once applied I noticed subtle glitter that amazingly doesn’t wander. It stays where it’s placed. This $14 item pays for the subscription!! It’s available in 6 shades and I’m thrilled this is the one I have. This is where my smile started.

be a bombshell Eye Base in Submissive

be a bombshell Eye Base in Submissive

be a bombshell Eye Base in Submissive

be a bombshell Eye Base in Submissive

be a bombshell Eye Base in Submissive

be a bombshell Eye Base in Submissive

Next I found a very small item from Temptu which is a brand I’d love to experiment more with. When I swatched it and saw the Pink Pearl highlighter my smile grew. I like mixing this kind of highlighter with a little foundation to put on my cheeks to give it a glow. Pink Pearl is a great shade for my light complexion. Even though this is a small sample, it fits my needs.

Temptu Highlighter in Pink Pearl

Temptu Highlighter in Pink Pearl

The last item is this Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. I was thrilled to see a liquid eyeliner since that’s what I’ve been using more and more lately. When I noticed the name, Glitterati, I started to worry. But I shouldn’t have. It’s basically a black liner with just a small amount of glitter in it. Enough to make my eyes twinkle, not enough for me to be called out for being too old to wear glitter. This is $17.99 and full size so my mind was made up with this that IPSY for November was a winner for me. Three products I’ve already used and enjoy, 2 that are great but will be gifted most likely. I can’t beat that.

Elizabeth Mott You're So Fine Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Elizabeth Mott You're So Fine Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner  in Glitterati and Temptu Pink Pearl Highlighter

Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Glitterati and Temptu Pink Pearl Highlighter

Not all IPSY boxes are exactly alike which is one of the things that makes this an interesting subscription to buy. At $10 the price is right. It makes the most fun surprise to get in the mail and it would make a fun gift too for someone. (At this time of year we mention gifts often, don’t we!!)

All of Ipsy for November 2014

All of Ipsy for November 2014

What items in this month’s bag would you be most interested in? Is the JcatS Lip Paint a color you’d like wearing? — Marcia

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Glossybox for November is ready to pamper you

It’s always a pleasure to see what surprises Glossybox sends for discovery. The November box (sent for consideration) is filled with items that are pretty and pampering. Hair, nails, skin, color and your bath are all being taken care of in lovely ways with this $21 subscription.

glossybox nov14

Glossybox for November 2014

Glossybox for November 2014

This month there are 2 full size items and 3 deluxe samples. The total value of the box is $54 so you are ahead of the game with this.

OPI "Pink Outside the Glossybox"

OPI “Pink Outside the Glossybox”

example of the OPI description card

example of the OPI description card

OPI PINK OUTSIDE THE GLOSSYBOX NAIL LACQUER was what my eye was immediately drawn to. This is a rosy pink polish that’s a beautiful neutral. OPI created this just for Glossybox so it makes it more unique. If you need classic colors or love the softness of a pink polish then this will thrill you as much as it did for me. It’s full size and OPI retails for $9.50.

So Susan Cosmetics Universal Blush

So Susan Cosmetics Universal Blush

SO SUSAN COSMETICS UNIVERSAL BLUSH was another thrill for me. At heart I’m a cosmetic woman. That’s what I love so seeing this pretty blush was a happy moment. The blush is called Universal since it’s a color that will work on most skin tones. Besides having a beautiful shade it’s also loaded with skincare benefits like Buriti (an Amazon fruit rich in beta carotene and essential fatty acids) and uses pink kaolin clay to adapt to your skin tone. Very interesting that the color will be different on each of us. This full size blush retails for $23.29.

Kneipp Herbal Bath

Kneipp Herbal Bath

KNEIPP HERBAL BATH IN BALANCING LAVENDER is part of this pampering package. After a long day there’s nothing like looking forward to a hot bath. Kneipp is known for their bath oils and has been popular for a long time, way before essential oils became the craze. The bath treatment helps calm fatigue and even nervousness. This deluxe sample is enough for at least 2 baths. A full size is $20 while this sample at 4 ml is valued at $4.

12 BENEFITS Instant Hair Treatment

12 BENEFITS Instant Hair Treatment

12 BENEFITS INSTANT HAIR TREATMENT is a new brand and product for me. The goal is to correct damage from things like chemical processing, hair styling and pollution. It’s a leave in treatment that you spray on to benefit hair that’s dry and parched. It’s a sample size (value $5) that is perfect to try at home and to take with you when traveling. I find that the different climate and water in new places doesn’t always leave my hair looking like it does at home so this is a nice addition.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer

JUICE BEAUTY’S GREEN APPLE AGE DEFY MOISTURIZER will pamper your skin with its brightening cocktail. It contains a complex of apple, lemon and white crape juice along with vitamin C and peptides. It’s like a “drink of water for your face”. Since a full size of this wonderful moisturizer is $45 you get the opportunity to see if you like it with this .5 oz size ($11.25 value).

Glossybox November 2014

Glossybox November 2014

If you are new to Glossybox there are ways you can get more product with your subscription order. With a one year subscription they currently have a free box that you can see HERE. You can also buy this gorgeous box for $40 if you prefer.glossy holiday giftboxIf you don’t want to commit to a year then use the code “ALEXANI” to get a FREE Alex and Ani bangle (a $38 value) with your new subscription purchase.  Since a GLOSSYBOX subscription is a great gift for someone (as well as for yourself), then adding in the Alex and Ani bangle would make it even more special for them.

What items strike your eye in this Glossybox? Are you like me with the blush and polish? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Wantable November 2014 Accessories Subscription Box

Winter is the perfect time to go bold with accessories, and this month’s Wantable Accessories Subscription Box came with four great pieces to perk up my collection.

2014 Wantable November Accessories Subscription Box

The Wantable Accessories Subscription Box is $36 a month, and I typically receive 4 or 5 different selections in each package they send me every month.  I changed up my preferences a bit to go even bolder; here’s what I selected for this month:

Wantable 2014 November Accessories preferences

Not much I don’t like!  I actually think I will bring scarves back into the mix for next month to round out that collection.  This time, I added to my earring collection with a statement pair and a classic pair.  I also received a gorgeous watch and a beautiful bold, long necklace.

Wantable 2014 November Accessories Mariah Earrings 3

The Mariah Earrings ($17) are truly beautiful in person, I don’t think the pictures do them justice.  They are total glam with black and white stones, gold trim, and rhinestones.  Perfect with a simple black cashmere turtleneck sweater, jeans, and black leather boots.

Wantable 2014 November Accessories Cece Earrings

On the other end of the spectrum are the Cece Earrings ($18).  I am astonished at how substantial these pretty hoops are!  This is a fantastic addition to my classic earrings collection.  They complete and add polish to any outfit.

Wantable 2014 November Accessories Mabel Watch

I am beyond happy with the Mabel Watch ($28).  Isn’t it gorgeous??  The tan leather band perfectly complements the large classic face with gold and rhinestone accents.  And the pave rhinestone trim really makes this watch a stunner.  Love it.

Wantable 2014 November Accessories Sloane Necklace

My fourth item is the Sloane Necklace ($32).  This is a unique, geometric long necklace that is wonderful on its own or paired with a simple scarf.  The metallic fringe and gold shield pendant hang from a gunmetal chain, and these mixed metals are right on trend.

Total overall value of my Wantable November Accessories Box is $95.  Pretty terrific for a $36 box, and since I love every item it’s definitely worth it.  At this time of year, another great idea is get a single box for $40 and then gift each piece – if you can part with anything!  Each item comes in a pretty black velvet bag.  Just pop it into a gift bag and the holiday shopping is done without even leaving your house.  Brilliant! – Lisa

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What winning products did you find in November’s Wantable Cosmetic box?

wantable november

I was especially eager for my subscription to Wantable’s Cosmetic box to arrive this month since I’d seen hints that there would be Surratt products in the boxes. I was actually quite surprised since the brand isn’t very old and it’s exclusive to Barney’s New York. It’s amazing to me that Wantable has come this far in bringing subscribers high end brands like this.

November 2014 Wantable Cosmetic box

November 2014 Wantable Cosmetic box

Even though you see 5 products in the picture there are actually 4 since 2 fit together. There was also a mistake in my box, a product that was left out and another in its place. Wantable has great service so I knew that if I contacted them I’d get the correct product but I am perfectly fine with what I did receive.

Starting with Surratt, the brand created by the famous Troy Surratt.  The Beauty Brow Pencil took up two of the boxes.

Surratt Beauty Brow Pencil

Surratt Beauty Brow Pencil

Surratt Eyebrow Pencil

Surratt Eyebrow Pencil

This is a mechanical pencil that comes in two parts. You buy the refills separately, they come in 4 colors (mine is Brunette). This is a $40 value with the refill being $15 of that. I’m always looking to improve my brows as they’ve become quite skimpy so I’m happy to have this. I love that there’s a brush on one end.

The other Surratt is the Smokey Eye Baton ($35)

Surratt Smoky Eye Baton

Surratt Smoky Eye Baton

Surratt Smoky Eye Baton

Surratt Smoky Eye Baton

The color is Vapeur Mauve but it’s really just a very dark purple. There are two parts to this. First is the thick eyeliner part and then hidden is the eyeshadow. You have to unscrew the middle to find the shadow. The Barney’s website says it’s light reflective,  I find it to be a smoky purple with some reflection that works perfectly with the eyeliner.

Surratt Smoky Eye Baton

Surratt Smoky Eye Baton

Surratt brow and eyeliner swatches

Surratt brow and eyeliner swatches

I was very happy to find another Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail Lacquer in my box ($14) since these are fabulous polishes. The shade this time is called Medallion and it’s a beautiful golden pewter.

Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail Lacquer in Medallion

Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail Lacquer in Medallion

Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail Lacquer in Medallion

Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail Lacquer in Medallion

Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail Lacquer in Medallion

Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail Lacquer in Medallion

Liberty Republic polishes are 5 free which is the way to go!

Now for the mistake. On my list it shows I should have received MARSK Mineral Powder Flawless Foundation ($52) in Nude. Instead I received another Vincent Longo Mascara Volume Plus Mascara ($25) like I did last month. Since it’s rare that I use a powder foundation it’s an okay trade for me.

Vincent Longo Volume Plus Mascara

Vincent Longo Volume Plus Mascara

The total value of my particular box is $114 for my $36 subscription. If I’d gotten the foundation it would have been $139! That’s better than the stock market! As usual I’m thrilled with my Wantable Cosmetic Subscription and the ways they personalize each box. We have many Wantable reviews (cosmetics, accessories and intimates) for your reading pleasure. I think once you see what you get, you’ll be tempted too. — Marcia

 

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