How charming is Boxycharm?

Boxycharm subscription box

Boxycharm subscription box

Have you discovered Boxycharm yet? It’s a monthly subscription that contains full size products only. I’m on my 4th month now and I’ve read to receive a sample. Each month there are 4-5 goodies for $21 per month including shipping. I’ve been negligent about reviewing even though I have taken pictures and it’s time I got on the stick here. Each box comes with a card describing the products and prices. The box I’m sharing today has a value of approximately $133.

Information card from Boxycharm

Information card from Boxycharm

Boxycharm for July 2015

Boxycharm for July 2015

So what do we have? How about a mascara from the UK, a blush brush, transparent setting powder, conditioning spray for hair and a lip liner? The only difference in the boxes this month is that some people received a lip liner and some an eyebrow pencil. I’m a happy camper with an international twist (US, Canada, UK, Sweden).

Boxycharm Ofra Lip Liner in Maya and YourMinerals Transparent Veil

Boxycharm Ofra Lip Liner in Maya and YourMinerals Transparent Veil

It’s always a pleasure to see an OFRA product in any of the subscriptions I get. I love learning about this line and what better way to do it! In my box is the OFRA Cosmetics Lip Liner in Maya ($13). This is a brick red so it’s different than what I typically buy and a nice addition to my cosmetic collection. It applies smoothly and lasts well. I’ve used it to darken some of my very very pale lipsticks. It blends well with a lip brush to get the change.

yourMinerals Transparent Veil Setting Powder is the medium full size ($26). This is a Swedish line that is all natural. “Transparent Veil is a transparent fixing powder for the foundation that settles like a soft transparent veil over skin. The ultralight silk texture gives a nice smooth surface by minimizing fine lines and pores. The skin is kept matte and the makeup will perfectly stay all day. Apply over your foundation for a flawless performance. For you who quickly gets a blank/shiny face, this Transperent Veil is the perfect tool!” I haven’t used this yet since I have too many powders open but I appreciate the packaging because I know that I can peel back the sticky label, cut it partway down and be able to get the right amount of product out the perforations in the top.

MDMflow Greater Than Mascara

MDMflow Greater Than Mascara

I love trying new mascaras and MDMflow Greater Than Volumising Mascara is very new. So new in fact that it has will become available for sale in late July at Boxycharm’s website for $35. Currently it’s only sold in the UK for 21 pounds so this is a sneak peak. I’ve worn it now for a few days and I am finding it to be very pigmented. So far I don’t notice that much volume but I think this is the kind of mascara that will do better in a few weeks. Some mascaras are like wine and need to age, this one will age well. It’s a very dark black and it removes without much effort. So far no clumping, no flaking and no smudging. I’m really happy about this product in my Boxycharm.

Vasanti Profession Blush Brush

Vasanti Profession Blush Brush

Vasanti Profession Blush Brush

Vasanti Profession Blush Brush

I do happy dances when I find a brush in my subscriptions and this one from VASANTI made me do a jig. Vasanti is a fabulous Canadian company and this $29 brush is made with high-quality nylon fibers and applies blush and powder effortlessly. I’m a very pleased cosmetic applier with this Vasanti Profession Blush Brush.

GORGE I'll make you look amazing daily spray

GORGE I’ll make you look amazing daily spray

Normally you’ll find me yawning when I receive anything to do with hair. I am pretty picky about what I use and I don’t like to switch too often. But GORGE* I’LL MAKE YOU LOOK AMAZING DAILY SPRAY ($29.95) took away the yawn and made me use it the next day. This is a leave in conditioner that they call “magical”. While it didn’t turn my hair into the sexiest ever, it sure made my hair look great. My hair looks shiny and it didn’t get frizzy!! According to gorge* there are 10 reasons you want to use this! 1) Repairs damaged hair. 2) Instantly adds shine 3) Detangles like no other! 4) Seals and protects hair color 5) Prevents split ends 6) Stops hair breakage 7) Creates amazing silkiness 8) Protects from heat 9) Enhances natural body 10) Helps with flat irons. Pretty big promises but they seem to be accurate. This has a coconut fragrance which does linger but surprisingly hasn’t bothered me.

July 2015 Boxycharm subscription

July 2015 Boxycharm subscription

This is a wonderful way to spend $21. I know that buying subscription boxes is taking a chance but when you get products as nice as these, it’s totally worth it.

Boxycharm has a referral program and a way to earn points towards their products. It’s called earning Charms. It’s not available right now so I’m unable to add in my link unfortunately. I’m really happy that I found this box and can’t wait to see what else is in store for me. Have you subscribed to Boxycharm? Would you consider it? — Marcia

*nothing to disclose

Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection is here!

Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection

*July’s collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable personalized accessories so we can build credits for future collections*

I love the days I find a Wantable package on my front porch. I never have any doubt that what’s inside will either be items soon to become a staple in my wardrobe, or else ones that go a little outside my comfort zone and challenge me to take a risk. This month, all my items are staples…nothing outrageous, but lots that fit right into my accessories wardrobe, rounding it out nicely and adding versatility.

Wantable July 2015 Accesorries Collection Ellen Scarf

Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection Ellen Scarf

The Ellen Scarf (retail value $28) is a beautiful light scarf with paisley grey print on an off-white background. I love it because it is so versatile. It works great paired with everything from denim to a summer dress. I brought it with me to the movies because the cinema is always so cold and it was a perfect weight to carry and also give me a little warmth.

Wantable July 2015 Accesories Collection Caroline Bracelet

Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection Caroline Bracelet

The Caroline Bracelet (retail value $19) is simple yet beautiful. This cuff bracelet is made of brass and has stunning chain link accents. Again, versatile is the word – I wear it with jeans shorts and a white t-shirt or with a summer maxi dress.

Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection Pamela Necklace

Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection Pamela Necklace

I can never have enough long necklaces, so I was happy to find the Pamela Necklace (retail value $17). This is a silver necklace with gold bead accents and a double chain. The longer chain ends with a coin pendant.

Wantable July Accessories Collection Earring Trio

Wantable July Accessories Collection Nala Earring Set

The Nala Earring Set (retail value $19) was actually a mistake in my collection! I was supposed to get the Shanny Ring, but got this fabulous earring trio instead. I think I got lucky! I love the little golden feathers and the other two stud earrings are really pretty when worn together.

Lots of staples that add versatility to my wardrobe in this collection! I am once again a happy camper. With a retail value of $83 this month, Wantable continues to be a subscription service well worth the monthly price. If you decide to subscribe, please use our link HERE which will help us earn credits toward other boxes for review.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

July’s Ipsy bag is summery fun

Ipsy Glam Bag for July 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag for July 2015

Summer Lovin’ is the theme for IPSY’s July subscription and you can see by the cosmetic bag that it’s meant to be summer fun. Since it’s summer you need to have beachy hair, bright skin, pretty lips and an easy to use eyeshadow. All 5 of the items sent can be popped into the colorful bag for you to take with you.

Ipsy July 2015 plus

Ipsy July 2015 plus

This month I used my points to get another Breakups to Makeup bag. I know I have a gazillion cosmetic bags but these are so cute that I just needed it. It’s already in my purse filled with necessities – my kind of necessities that is.

Octavio La Play deluxe sample

Octavio La Play deluxe sample

The most obvious product in the bag was this La Playa Sea Salt Spray Infused with Algae Extract by Octavio. This is a 2 oz deluxe sample with the full size being 4 oz and $15.50. This would be a great product if you like the beachy texture and volume you can get from this type of product. Since I have a Brazilian Blowout on my hair, I can’t use it (nothing with sodium can be used) but my blog bestie, Lisa, will get this in her next goodie bag from me.

Crown Brushes Tweezers

Crown Brushes Tweezers

I was super excited to see a Crown Brush Tweezers in my bag this month. I have a very bad habit of dropping tweezers and destroying them. But this $6.50 product performs like a $1 product. No bueno. This isn’t precise enough to grab hairs neatly. But it won’t go to waste since my husband steals my good tweezers all the time and this will now live on his side of the bathroom sink.

Teez Read My Lips Lipstick

Teeez Read My Lips Lipstick

Teez Read My Lips Lipstick in Killing Me Softly

Teeez Read My Lips Lipstick in Killing Me Softly

Teeez Read My Lips Lipstick in Killing Me Softly is a simply beautiful pink coral. I’m very impressed with the color. The company says this is a Satin Matt finish and the pigmentation is terrific. BUT (why is there always a but??) it is so highly fragranced that I just don’t know if I can wear it. The packaging is terrific, very artistic. Here’s what the company has to say about this: “This long-lasting lipstick combines the power of highly-pigmented coverage and a unique satin, matte finish. The lipstick’s smooth, ultra creamy texture and added coconut oil extract nourishes and hydrates the lips, with color that lasts for up to 8 hours.” This is a full size lipstick and sells for $22. It’s Limited Edition on their website.

Pur-lisse Pur Bright

Pur-lisse Pur Bright

Pur-Lisse Pur-Bright is a sample size that I’ll be bringing along with me on an upcoming weekend trip. This is a brightening serum that is hydroquinone-free; it contains Vitamin C to help with a bright, luminous look. A 1 oz bottle of this is $74 so this 0.34 oz size is the perfect way to try it out. I’ve had luck with other Pur-lisse products so I’m looking forward to trying it. I don’t know how to figure out the value of this but my guess is about $3 – $5.

Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow

Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow

Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow in bronze

Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow in bronze

My favorite item in the bag!! Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow that is actually nameless. Even on their Jelly Pong Pong’s website it doesn’t tell the name but in the URL it says Bronze. This is a beautiful shade and I love eyeshadow crayons. It’s too thick for my taste as an eyeliner but if I work quickly I can smudge it to get a pretty bronze shade of shadow for a quick eye. This full size Shadow/Liner sells for $16, it also comes in black, steel and plum. I’m glad I received the bronze since that’s a perfect shade for me.

swatches: Jelly Pong Pong Shadow/Liner in Bronze and Teeez Read My Lips in Killing Me Softly

swatches: Jelly Pong Pong Shadow/Liner in Bronze and Teeez Read My Lips in Killing Me Softly

I’m happy with the assortment this month. Everything will get used by me or loved ones and the value is pretty darn good. I pay $10 a month and this is worth over $50. IPSY has a point system that is great too. When you review the items you received you earn points towards free items. You also receive points if someone starts a subscription using your referral. That’s why I have my referral on this review, maybe you’ll decide that it’s time and order through Beauty Info Zone.

https://www.ipsy.com/new?refer=3q7k

My Ipsy Glam bag for July 2015

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? What was in your bag this month? — Marcia

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Wantable July 2015 Intimates Collection

Wantable July 2015 Intimates Collection
*July’s collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable personalized intimates so we can build credits for future collections*

Wantable Intimates subscription collections are always a great mix of bold, sassy, and sexy, and the July collection is all that PLUS comfy. My collection came with three pieces this month – terry lounging pants and a pajama shorts/tank set. Give me a glass of wine and good book and I am totally set for the evening. Well actually this combo could last the entire day for me.

Noveau French Terry Pant in Red

Noveau French Terry Pant in Red

My Noveau French Terry Pant ($30) came in red – I am not sure if it comes in different colors for others. Red works for me though!  These pants are super soft and cozy, and I wear them as pajama pants as well as sweatpants during the day. Love the rope drawstring detail, too.

Rene Rofe Tuck Me In Set and Noveau French Terry Pants

Rene Rofe Tuck Me In Set and Noveau French Terry Pants

The next two pieces are a set – Rene Rofe Tuck Me In Shorts ($21) and Tank ($21), both in a sweet floral pattern with black bow details and soft grey hems. I just can’t tell you how super comfortable this set is…the fabric is slightly stretchy but not slick; it has the feel of extremely soft cotton.

Rene Rofe Tuck Me In Set

Rene Rofe Tuck Me In Set

TA-DA!!

TA-DA!!

The cut is flattering and the set is so cute! I adore it for summer nights. Last month’s nightgown/robe set was more on the sexy side and this month’s gives me fun adorableness. Or as my eleven year old says, adorabolical!

The personalized intimates collection is always the highlight of my month. The value of this month’s box? $72, definitely worth the $40 per month subscription! If you haven’t subscribed yet, I recommend it.  Who couldn’t use more functional and fashionable intimates??  – Lisa



 *July’s collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable personalized intimates so we can build credits for future collections*

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015 is a huge box of fun! @FabFitFun #FabFitFun

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FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015Talk about a box of fun! FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015 is chock full of awesomeness. In fact, even though it was Marcia’s turn to review, I snagged this box because it has so many things I just knew I couldn’t do without. Let’s address the numbers right up front – it costs $40. It has $276 worth of goodies.  This box is worth it people.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

The big-ticket item in this box is the Wren 14Kt Gold and Sapphire Necklace ($100). There are three possibilities you might find in your box:  a heart, a horseshoe, or a moon. They all feature a black sapphire and I am thrilled with the one I got – a moon to match the stars in my eyes! This is definitely a fab necklace.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

Summer isn’t summer without some jams and the Everyday Wireless Speaker ($29.99) makes sure I have tunes wherever I go. It latches onto a purse, bag, keys, whatever, and has an FM radio, a bluetooth feature, and is a great speaker for my iPod.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

The roll-on perfume from Inkling Scents is the scent ‘Sultry‘, perfect for summer nights. The notes include sandalwood, white amber, lotus flower, orchid, Bulgarian rose, and vanilla. It’s far more sultry than I typically go, but this summer I am purposely going out of my comfort zone.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

With trips to the beach and long bike rides, my hair can easily get fried so I am thrilled with the Gorge “I’ll Make You Look Amazing” Daily Spray ($24.95). This is a spray on conditioner with a wonderful name. Love it.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

Since I am already a big fan of tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss ($19) I was happy to find this in my box – the shade is True Love and oh yes, just picture yourself wearing this awesome lip gloss, running down the beach with the man of your dreams! It looks like it would be a true red, but it’s a shimmery pinky/red that looks awesome with a tan.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

The season calls for some fun, funky nails and the FabFitFun box has fun…Scratch Nail Wraps ($12). I don’t know if every box has the same color, but mine is a pretty teal with darker teal triangles.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

A big winner for me is the Hello Konjac Cleansing Sponge ($12). I’ve never tried this Korean cleansing sponge before, and it is really terrific. It has an attached string so you can hang it to dry after each use.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

No one wants heavy body moisturizer in the summer, so the Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer ($7.99) is perfect. It sprays on, smooths in, and leaves skin soft and moist but not the least bit sticky. This is going to be a repurchase for me for sure.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

Don’t forget the ‘fit’ part of FabFitFun. The last two items keep you fit physically and emotionally. The CosmoBody Jump Rope ($14) gets a big thumbs up from the jump rope queen, my daughter. She is very picky about her jump ropes – no plastic kids stuff for her!  This is a heavy-duty jump rope that will get the job done.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

Also included is a 3 month subscription to Headspace ($38.85). I hadn’t heard of this before, but it’s an app with guided meditations that you can dive into anywhere at any time. How smart is that?? I can’t wait to give this a whirl.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

The FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015 Box truly is a HUGE box of fun. Get yours before it’s sold out!!!  – Lisa

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Would you want some Wantable cosmetics? Of course you would.

Wantable Cosmetics for July 2015

Wantable Cosmetics for July 2015

Each month WANTABLE SUBSCRIPTIONS delivers unique boxes to their subscribers. While Lisa loves the Intimates and Accessory boxes, I am truly a Cosmetic maven and that’s the box that I love getting from them (pr sample). Whenever I see a Wantable review online I like to read it to see what they sent to the subscriber and I’ve yet to find a duplicate among them. One thing I have noticed for the last few months is that the brand DOUCCE has made a big appearance. I’ve received three different Doucce products and other than the fragrance of the lipstick each has been a great addition to my cosmetic wardrobe.

The one thing that surprised me this month is that I received two items very similar to my June box. I was a bit put off at first but when I went to use them I realized just how much I liked the additions for July. In June I received a Doucce black liquid eyeliner and this month I received a Frankie Rose gel eyeliner in black. June and July brought me mascaras but they are as different as can be. The Chella Water Resistant mascara from June is great for a daily mascara while the Doucce mascara is wild and crazy (and a great look).

Doucce Volumizer Mascara in black

Doucce Volumizer Mascara in black

DOUCCE VOLUMIZER MASCARA is called PUNK VOLUMIZER MASCARA on the box. I was intrigued and frightened at the same time. At my age the word Punk isn’t in my personal vocabulary but what was the harm of trying this? Doucce says this mascara defines lashes one by one making them thicker and adding spectacular volume. My puny (unpunklike) lashes actually did end up with spectacular volume. I can only imagine what they’d do for someone who had great lashes to begin with. This is NOT a mascara I could wear daily because it eventually flakes on me but when I’m going out at night and just have a few hours, it’s definitely a go. The retail price of this mascara is $24. If I were to return it (which I won’t) Wantable would refund $10.67 towards my next box.

Frankie Rose Limitless Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Midnight

Frankie Rose Limitless Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Midnight

I wear eyeliner every day of my life though I wear brown more than black. I was a little upset with another black eyeliner until I tried FRANKIE ROSE COSMETICS WATERPROOF GEL EYELINER in MIDNIGHT. This gel eyeliner is incredibly smooth and applies like a dream. It’s a rich dark shade that’s smudge proof and waterproof. When I use this I’ll use Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover to get it off. It won’t wash off but it’s doesn’t stain. I’m a fan of Frankie Rose Cosmetics so whatever Wantable wants to send me from the brand is wonderful. The eyeliner comes with a small brush (2 1/4 inch closed) that opens to 3 1/2 inches. I prefer my own brush but this is pretty decent. Like the Doucce mascara the price is $24 with my price being $10.67.

Manna Katar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

Manna Katar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

MANNA KADAR EYESHADOW STICK IN SPELLBOUND is the third item and one I was excited to see. If it’s eyeshadow then I want it. What’s not to love about a taupe eyeshadow? Welllllll – it’s sparkle city. But it’s not the kind of sparkle that falls down on the job. Once I put this eyeshadow crayon on everything stays where I put it. It sets quickly and there’s absolutely no fallout. My cheeks and under eyes don’t end up glittery. This $24 eyeshadow is great with the punk look of the mascara so these will be a couple. And I’ll do my eyebrows next time I wear them – oops.

wearing Doucce Voumizer Mascara and Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

wearing Doucce Voumizer Mascara and Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound on my lid

Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound on my lid

The last item in my box is a SETA Eyeshadow Brush. This brush brand is new to me. I have Tools listed under my Love column in my preferences so I’m always happy to find a brush, especially one for my eyes, inside. This pretty teal brush is firm yet soft and is manmade and costs $18 (return value $8) but I couldn’t find any more information about the company.

SETA Eyeshadow brush

SETA Eyeshadow brush

This month’s Wantable Cosmetic box has a value of $90 so you’d come out ahead with this $40 box. If you kept all the items then you’d have a $4 credit and next month’s box would be $36. Wantable has been sending out cosmetics for a few years now and they just keep making some great choices. When you are thinking of a subscription, think Wantable. — Marcia

*This collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable so we can build credits for future collections. We hope if you decide to subscribe you’ll go through our link.*

Americana is the Color Me Monthly choice for June

as  the flag billows

our folklore and heritage

makes one nostalgic

Americana

Color Me Monthly created an absolutely perfect nail polish to stand out in the sea of red, white and blue for the holiday. We’ve seen some beautiful shiny reds for the season but what we haven’t seen is the color of Old Glory, that is until Color Me Monthly created it for their June box.

Color Me Monthly for June 2015, Americana

Color Me Monthly for June 2015, Americana

Color Me Monthly always seems to be right on target for the month or season but at the same time they have a slightly different take on everything. That’s one of the reasons it’s such a unique company.

Color Me Monthly Americana

Color Me Monthly Americana

Color Me Monthly Americana indoors

Color Me Monthly Americana indoors

This is considered by CMM to be a brick red but when I look at it I see the color of the flag in its Old Glory-ness. It was chosen as the June 2015 shade because it was nestled between two very American holidays – Memorial Day and Fourth of July. It embodies the essence of both while celebrating what makes America special.

Color Me Monthly Americana in my car

Color Me Monthly Americana in my car

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While you won’t be able to get this shade if you subscribe now to Color Me Monthly, you will for $7 a month be able to receive some beautiful polishes that won’t be on every Uncle Sam Aunt Samantha around. The CMM lacquers are

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

Eventually most polishes end up in The Vault so you can find some of my favorites there for $9, but I love the idea of these beauties coming each month. The wear of Color Me Monthly Lacquers is terrific. I’ve never had chipping, fading, or lifting with any of the shades I’ve received. They last me a full week without a problem.

Take a chance on a week ($7) or save and try a 6 month subscription ($40). You’ll be delighted and see why these nail lacquers are favorites of mine. — Marcia

*received for editorial consideration

Some of my favorites that are in The Vault can be seen here.