Boxycharm for January 2016 is all about eyes

Boxycharm January EYES ON 2016

Boxycharm January EYES ON 2016

BOXYCHARM couldn’t have picked a better theme than EYES ON 2016 in my opinion. I’m all about the eyes, I could even write a song about it – but then you’d get tired of me! There are several things I like about my subscription to Boxycharm

* It’s $21 a month complete

* They only put in full size products

* There are usually 4 or 5 products per box

* You get a great value for the money. This month’s box adds up to $109 (MSRP) which isn’t too shabby!boxycharm jan insideWell now, what do we have here? I spy 4 full size pieces that are all about eyes!

BLINC MASCARA AMPLIFIED

Blinc Mascara Amplified

Blinc Mascara Amplified

If you haven’t tried Blinc Mascara before the first thing you need to know is that it’s a tube mascara. Actually it was the first tube mascara I ever tried and I loved it. Over the years I haven’t had an opportunity to use this again so that makes this a pleasure to find in my Boxycharm. Even better is that this is the new improved version. With Amplified you have the capability of applying as many coats as you want (that wasn’t possible with the original). When you remove this mascara, with water by the way, you’ll find little spider legs on your face. It doesn’t remove like a typical mascara, the tubes slide off without taking lashes with it. I haven’t opened this since I have too many mascaras in use but I am anxious to use it and see if it’s as good as I remember. ($26)

STARLOOKS LUXE LONGWEAR EYE LINER PEN

Starlook Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen

Starlook Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen (starlooks.com)

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen (starlooks.com)

I admit that I complain about boxes containing black eyeliners but I’m going to make an exception for this black LIQUID eyeliner pen. I do love liquid liners especially when they are in pen form with a sturdy pointy tip. I prefer a thin liner but sometimes you just need a little more oomph and this should provide that. According to the directions you can smudge it too when you first apply. ($19)

ROYAL & LANGNICKEL [R]EVOLUTION BRUSH SET

Royal & Langnickel [R}evolution Boxy Charm Eye Set

Royal & Langnickel [R}evolution Boxy Charm Eye Set

Royal & Langnickel [R}evolution Boxy Charm Eye Set

Royal & Langnickel [R}evolution Boxy Charm Eye Set (top BX-85, BX-95, BX-90)

This set was put together for Boxycharm but the brushes are sold individually. When I’ve been to IMATS it has always amazed me to see the lines at the Royal & Langnickel tables. These well made yet inexpensive brushes are hits there. Any of the big makeup shows sell these at great prices. The value of the set according to Boyxycharm is $24 but the brushes are often on sale. The [R]evolution brushes are 100% Vegan yet they feel like natural hair. In this set is the BX-80 DETAIL, BX-90 CREASE, and BX-95 DETAIL SMUDGER. These are 3 essential brushes for me and it’s a nice addition to find in this month’s box.

COASTAL SCENTS REVEALED SMOKY EYESHADOW PALETTE

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette box

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette box

Of course there had to be eyeshadows – what would EYES ON 2016 be without a palette? Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette is a 20 shade palette with all the shades you need to have a smoky eye. There are medium to dark shades with just a few light ones. The palette contains mostly matte, satin and lightly shimmery shades with a few glittery ones thrown in to up the wow factor.

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette

There are 4 Revealed palettes from Coastal Scents. I have one from Boxycharm, used another from Boxycharm in a giveaway, and now here’s my third one. They list the value as $39.95 but it’s actually always on sale for $19.95. This is a semi-dupe of all the expensive Smoky palettes like Urban Decay’s. I can see myself getting a lot of use from this by just adding in a few lighter shades from my collection.

Boxycharm Eyes on 2016

Boxycharm Eyes on 2016

BOXYCHARM for January is a delight and it makes me look forward to February since that’s Valentine’s Day. I hope I see pink and red next month. If you’ve been charmed by this month’s box and decide to join in on the fun I do hope you’ll use my affiliate link to give me points toward a freebie. Anything in this month’s box that would thrill you?  — Marcia

*affiliate links

#BOXYCHARM      #BOXYeyes

Some holiday Pop Fizz and Clink with December’s Boxycharm

Boxycharm for December 2015

Boxycharm for December 2015

The December Boxycharm subscription stands out to me mainly because I can smell it when I open the package. Happily it’s a delicious fragrance from a product I know I’ll enjoy. Boxycharm is a $21 subscription that comes monthly although you can stop anytime you want. I’ve been getting it since this summer and I’ve enjoyed this subscription a lot – it’s always loaded with full size items and worth a lot more than the $21 it costs me.

just a peak

just a peak

NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask ($23) is a brand I’ve tried but not in the coconut scent that is creating the delicious fragrance in my box. This hair mask is made of 100% Argan Oil and helps moisturize hair. What’s interesting about this is that it’s a PRE-WASH. Apply it for a minute for regular conditioning or wait 5 minutes for a deeper repair before you shampoo. The next step is to leave it in (don’t rinse) and then shampoo and condition hair as usual.

NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask

NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask

NCLA SO RICH CUTICLE OIL ($18) helps to revitalize and hydrate cuticles and nails. It contains Vitamin E extract paired with sunflower seed oil. The packaging is great with the dropper. Don’t take too much out though since for me one drop does the job although my cuticles behave normally.

NCLA SO RICH CUTICLE OIL

NCLA SO RICH CUTICLE OIL

TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers ($12) are wonderful for all skin types. I just get a little oily in my t-zone lately but I love using these luxury blotting papers to refresh my makeup. If you have oily skin they are even better! These are soft and whisper thin. They’re made of 100% natural abaca leaf and gold flake to absorb excess oil without disturbing your makeup.

TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers

TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers

Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow ($15.95) is an oil free lightweight luminizing gel. I haven’t used it yet because I want to find out from others if it has a fragrance to it. It contains micronized pearlescent pigments and jasmine extract to highlight your face for a radiant complexion. (The black you see is from the crinkled paper in the box, it clings to shiny wrapping)

Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow

Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano ($19.90) I believe there were 3 shades sent out. When I saw the spoiler I knew that this would end up in a giveaway for two reasons. First Ofra lip products are more fragranced that I like but the main reason is that this brown red just isn’t my color. Therefore it’s not swatched or opened. What Ofra says about this Liquid Lipstick is that it’s non-feathering, creamy and soft in texture, and that it moisturizes lips.

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

BELLAPIERRE Waterproof Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon ($17.99) is the perfect liner for the OFRA lipstick. These two were a great combination for Boxycharm this month. If you were these shades you’ll be in heaven. A gel liner (eyes or lips) is a great liner since they glide on. This too will be in a giveaway since they are like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup and belong together.

The value of this month’s Boxycharm is $107. Even if I give away the two lip products I still have $69 worth I’ll love using. And a happy Beauty Info Zone winner. So it’s win win all around!

Boxycharm for December 2015

Boxycharm for December 2015

What do you think of this month’s subscription? Is it worth $21 to you? — Marcia

*I’ve included my referral link which would get me “charms” to purchase products from the Boxycharm store. If you decide to subscribe, or send a last minute gift to someone, I’d love if you used my link. Thanks

On the 2nd day of Christmas, Beauty Info Zone’s giveaway is for Boxycharm November

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BOXYCHARM has a charm about it that’s hard to beat. A month’s subscription is $21 and you are guaranteed to get 5 full size products. While I spent $21 to receive this, the box contains products worth $123. Where can you get 6 times the value of what you’ve spent except at Boxycharm?? Well you could get it by winning the November box right here for the 2nd day of our giveaways.

November Boxycharm subsciption items

November Boxycharm subsciption items

Let’s start with cosmetics since that’s what I subscribe to get. There are 3 items that make me “think pink”. First is the Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain ($24) which has only been opened for photographs and not swatched at all. Manna Kadar calls this the latest innovation in lip stains. It contains Vitamins A & E plus Berry Extracts. It’s considered to be a lip primer and lip stain all in one. The color, All of Me, is really pretty and seems universal to me.

Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain in All of Me

Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain in All of Me

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Wildflower ($17) is a soft neutral that appears to be a warm pink. StudioMakeup describes this as having a silky smooth texture and being highly pigmented. It could also be used as a contour depending on your skintone.

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Sahara

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Sahara

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Sahara

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Sahara

Last of the pinks is the Luxie Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush 211 ($12). This is a vegan makeup brush that’s coated with anti-bacterial solution. While it’s considered a concealer brush, it can easily be used an eyeshadow brush especially if you like to pat your shadows on rather than sweep them on.

Luxie Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush 211, Studiomakeup blush, Manna Kadar Priming Gloss Stain

Luxie Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush 211, Studiomakeup blush, Manna Kadar Priming Gloss Stain

Coolway Leave-In Treatment

Coolway Leave-In Treatment

Coolway Leave-In Treatment ($14.95) is 60 ml/2 oz. It doesn’t look full size but it it is. This is to be used on either dry or damp hair to condition and add moisture to your locks. It is said to help with split ends (or the appearance of split ends actually). Leave-In Treatment is a healing potion based on our patented formulation, that reduces frizz, moisturizes and repairs damage, as well as prevents split ends.”

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

The piece de resistance is the Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum ($65). It was hard for me to decide to include this in the giveaway actually. This contains active ingredients like soy protein and French marine plants to help prevent aging. It’s meant to work against wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness while also hydrating and lifting. Those are powerful words. I think this eye serum is the star of the show.

GIVEAWAY:  This is open to internationally except that I’d have to leave out the Coolway and substitute it with something else since liquids can’t be sent. You’d still get the rest of the products though. As usual you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone (and not just to enter the contest and then unsubscribe). The giveaway is open through December 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please email me beautyinfozone@gmail.com with the title Boxycharm and leave your comment so you can continue.

I purchase Boxycharm subscriptions myself and have used my affliate link in case you want to get in on the fun and bargain of this great subscription. Thank you. — Marcia

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Color Me Monthly polish review and Black Friday special

color me monthly black friday

You’ve seen me write about Color Me Monthly many times. It’s one of my favorite nail polish companies for many reasons. Since it’s a subscription service you never quite know what color will show up in your mailbox but that’s a lot of the fun of it.

Color Me Monthly doesn’t have many sales but for Black Friday through Cyber Monday (11/27-11/30) they have 20% off everything they sell.

“Color Me Monthly is a fun and simple subscription service that delivers gorgeous toxin-free and cruelty-free nail polish to your door each month. CMM’s mission is to provide environmentally responsible products with the focus on delivering quality ingredients rather than flashy marketing. Our eco-friendly nail polish is made in the USA, never tested on animals, and shipped FREE. After all, nail color should be safe, affordable, and fun!”
Subscriptions cost $75 for a year and $40 for 6 months or you can buy it monthly for $7 each with free shipping. At 20% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY15 it’s a deal that can’t be missed. You could spoil yourself or a giftee 12 months a year for only $60. I’d be your friend forever if you wanted to spoil me that way!
Color Me Monthly polishes

Color Me Monthly polishes

Let’s look at some of Color Me Monthly’s latest shades that were sent to us. These are currently in the Vault for $9 each (but you’ll get 20% off).
Color Me Monthlly Incantation

Color Me Monthlly Incantation

Color Me Monthly Incantation

Color Me Monthly Incantation

Incantation was the October color and it’s stunning. This is an inky dark purple with subtle gold shimmer within. The finish is very glossy. I can’t find my pictures of this when I was wearing it and I feel terrible for that but trust me it’s a beautiful winter shade and not just for October.

Color Me Monthly Nature's Splendor

Color Me Monthly Nature’s Splendor

Color Me Monthly Natures Splendor

Color Me Monthly Nature’s Splendor

Color Me Monthly - Incantation, Nature's Splender, Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly – Incantation, Nature’s Splender, Roasted Chestnuts

Nature’s Splendor is the November shade of the month and oh so fitting. It’s a burnt orange with gold shimmer and a glossy finish. It’s everything that you think of when you think fall.

Color Me Monthly Daily Grind

Color Me Monthly Daily Grind

Daily Grind was the September shade that Lisa absolutely loved. It’s a perfect office ready polish and especially great for those of you that like a cream finish and no glitz. Lisa’s review is here.

Color Me Monthly Americana

Color Me Monthly Americana

Color Me Monthly Americana in my car

Color Me Monthly Americana in my car

Americana is one of my favorites. It’s a brick red cream that’s not too dark. It reminded me of Old Glory.

July selection from Color Me Monthly: South Pacific

July selection from Color Me Monthly: South Pacific

Color Me Monthly South Pacific

Color Me Monthly South Pacific

South Pacific is my favorite teal polish. It’s an Ocean Blue with Colorful Micro-Glitter. This wore like a dream and was easy to remove like all Color Me Monthly polishes are.

Color Me Monthly January 2014 - Seven Sisters

Color Me Monthly January 2014 – Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters

One last one (it’s hard to choose!) is Seven Sisters. I adore this dark starry night blue with micro shimmer. It definitely is one of my top 3 from Color Me Monthly.

While you have the chance, take advantage of this once a year sale using the code BLACKFRIDAY15. This is available through 11/30/15. — Marcia

*polishes sent for consideration

 

Lots of love for this subscription box: Love Goodly #lovegoodly

Love GoodlyI am going to shop. It’s simply a fact. So I love it when a purchase I buy not only makes me happy but also helps out a cause. The LOVE GOODLY ecommerce site only offers products that are healthy, eco-conscious, and that support a cause. They have a terrific subscription box chock full of 5 to 7 full size products and deluxe samples.

Love Goodly Subscription Box

Love Goodly Subscription Box

They sent me the October/November edition of the LOVE GOODLY BOX to review. What a delight to find so many ‘eco’ natural, cruelty-free, and vegan beauty, wellness, healthy snacks and accessories! Right now you can order the December/January Box which will ship on December 15th, just in time for holidays.

Love Goodly Subscription Box

Love Goodly Subscription Box

Love Goodly Subscription Box

This bi-monthly box is $39.95 for one box, or you can order a 6 month subscription for $99 or a 12 month subscription for $198. The October/November box had lots of great items from brands new to me, with support going to the ‘F Cancer’ charity. Check out what was inside:

Go Raw Choco Crunch

Go Raw Choco Crunch

Go Raw Choco Crunch ($4.79)  Who knew something so good for you could also taste so good??  There are only a few ingredients in these delicious treats – coconut, dates, cacao – and no sugar or salt, but they taste delicious! To be fair, they had me at chocolate.

Kindri Organic Beauty Oil

Kindri Organic Beauty Oil

Kindri Organic Beauty Oil ($20):  This is a beautiful body oil that works to moisutize skin and hair. I first read about this in InStyle so I was happy to see it in the box – Argan, carrot, pumpkin, grape seed, sunflower, sweet almond and grapefruit oils combine to make a fantastic oil that keeps away dryness and smooths frizzy hair. It has a very light, clean grapefruit scent that is wonderful.

Crystal Essence Pomegranate Deodorant Roll-On

Crystal Essence Pomegranate Deodorant Roll-On

Crystal Essence Pomegranate Deodorant Roll-On ($4.75):  I know there is a lot of research about deodorants and the role they play in personal health. This one has no harmful chemicals and it has an endorsement from the Cancer Treatment Centers. Plus it smells great, slightly fruity and a little sweet.

Fountain Super Green Molecule

Fountain Super Green Molecule

Fountain Super Green Molecule ($28):  This is a nice big bottle of healthy goodness. I add a teaspoon to my evening smoothie every night for some beauty on the inside thanks to the alfalfa chlorophyll, kelp, and vegan Hyaluronic Acid. I will definitely be buying more once I run out.

Dogeared Make a Wish Bracelet

Dogeared Make a Wish Bracelet

Dogeared Make a Wish Bracelet

Dogeared Make a Wish Bracelet

Dogeared Make a Wish Bracelet ($26):  This is my favorite item in the box. It’s a red linen bracelet that has a cute sterling silver heart charm. You make a wish, put it on, and when the thin cord breaks your wish comes true. I love hearts and I believe in magic, and this is a perfect manifestation of both!

It’s easy to love the LOVE GOODLY subscription box with so many great products that support great causes. If you’d like to get one for yourself, use the Beauty Info Zone coupon code LOVEBEAUTY for $10 off your first box order.  Trust me, you will love it!!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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PopSugar Must Have box for November is loaded with gifts to give or keep

PopSugar Must Have November 2015

PopSugar Must Have November 2015

The theme of the November PopSugar Must Have subscription is

  • Friends & Family
  • Gratitude
  • Gifting
  • Festivities

There are so many items for November that will make great gifts, whether you are self-gifting or have friends and family that would enjoy some. I certainly am getting my money’s worth with this PopSugar Must Have box.

PopSugar Must Have November information

PopSugar Must Have November information

For my sister:  DEEPA GURNANI Katie Crystal Headband ($56).

Deepa Gurnani Katie Crystal Headband

Deepa Gurnani Katie Crystal Headband

Since this is a gift it’s still in the package. As much as I love this beautiful headband I rarely wear them but my sister does and this will be gorgeous on her. She often has to work early and needs a way to beautify her hair quickly and this stunning crystal headband will make a great gift for her. This is handcrafted in India and the detailing is perfect. The backside is made of material that will help keep it from slipping around.

For my older son: WEST EMORY BINGO SET ($20)

Bingo Set by West Emory

Bingo Set by West Emory

popsugar november box bingo close

This is the most elegant Bingo set I’ve ever seen. The cards are quite big and on heavy cardstock and the bingo markers are on silver cardstock. Everything about this particular game speaks adult and speaks quality. My son and his wife are big entertainers and always have people over. Games are a big part of their fun (especially once the wine and beer start flowing) and this coffee table game will be a big hit with him.

For my other son: TERRAPIN RIDGE FARMS Pecan Honey Mustard ($6)

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard

This is my son who does all the cooking for his family. While my grandchildren wouldn’t go near anything made with this I know that this will be a great addition to his cooking repertoire. Since this is fat free (and gluten free) and that’s his number one criteria, I think he’ll enjoy this as part of his holiday gift.

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard

For my sister-in-law: TARTE COSMETICS BEAUTY & THE BOX EYE SHADOW in Apple of My Eye ($22)

TARTE COSMETICS BEAUTY & THE BOX EYE SHADOW in Apple of My Eye

TARTE COSMETICS BEAUTY & THE BOX EYE SHADOW in Apple of My Eye

This new eyeshadow palette is part of a collection that Tarte is coming out with. My SIL is always amazed at the amount of makeup I have so it’s time to share. With these beautiful neutral shades from a cruelty free company this will definitely become the apple of her eyes.

Tarte Apple of My Eyes

Tarte Apple of My Eyes

For me: GRAMR GRATITUDE CO. Exclusive Thanksgiving Postcard Pack ($10)

Gramr Gratitude Co. Thanksgiving Postcard Pack

Gramr Gratitude Co. Thanksgiving Postcard Pack

This is a set of 5 large postcards with a Thanksgiving theme although several can be used any time. I’ve already used one to include in a gift and have plans for a second. These are really well made and unlike a souvenir postcard. What’s really a positive about buying from Gramr Gratitude is their giving back policy.

Gramr Gratitude Co.

Gramr Gratitude Co.

Hostess gift (or maybe just for me) CAPRI BLUE MERCURY JEWEL BOX in Rain ($18.95)

popsugar nov teaser

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

This was the teaser for the November box. The candle from Capri Blue Candles is made from handblown recycled glass. Each box will be slightly different depending on the manufacturing of the glass. The top is made of recycled wood making this quite unusual.

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box in Rain

I’m not a candle person but I’m oddly drawn to this. It smells mild and it becomes a keepsake box once you’ve burned the candle. Because of the imperfections of it being handmade I’m not sure if my holiday hostess will think I dragged this out of a closet for regifting which is why I’m on the fence about gifting this. But whoever ends up with it will surely enjoy it.

PopSugar Must Have November 2015 subscription

PopSugar Must Have November 2015 subscription

I had decided to give myself three months with PopSugar Must Have before deciding whether or not to continue. With a value of $133 for my $39.95 investment I think I came out ahead of the game so December’s box will be mine too. I love surprises and as long as they are items I can use or gift then it’s a fun box to get in the mail. Have you considered buying this subscription? Do you think it’s worth the money? — Marcia

If you decide to purchase a subscription for yourself or as a holiday gift I’d appreciate it if you could use my referral code.

Loving the Daily Grind from Color Me Monthly

If you love nail polish, consider the Color Me Monthly subscription box. I am so happy with the shade Daily Grind from September I have to tell you about it – and luckily it is in THE VAULT.

Color Me Monthly Daily Grind

Color Me Monthly Daily Grind

Daily Grind ($9.00) is a shiny cream mocha shade that is perfect for fall. Sometimes I find chocolate shades to be kind of boring, especially cream polishes, but this one is lots of fun. It’s very flattering, not a ‘fade into the woodwork’ beige or a sort of depressing grey. I wore this for several weeks and got loads of compliments. Plus, Color Me Monthly polishes are the ‘cleanest and most eco-friendly polishes on the market’.  

Color Me Monthly Daily Grind

Color Me Monthly Daily Grind

Color Me Monthly Daily Grind

Color Me Monthly Daily Grind

A subscription is $7 a month and you can easily cancel at any time.  It’s a great way to try new shades and their seasonal picks are always right on the mark. If you missed September, head on over to THE VAULT  and get the Daily Grind before it’s sold out.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

CMM nail polish is cruelty-free and does not contain toluene, formaldehyde/formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), or camphor