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

What brought me back to POPSugar Must Have?

After about 18 months of buying the POPSUGAR MUST HAVE Subscription box in 2012 and 2013 (reviews here) I decided it was time to move on. The items were always quality ones and I certainly got more than my money’s worth from the subscription but I realized I was keeping 1/3 and giving away 2/3 of the box so I decided to go on a hiatus. But I’m back and going to give it a few months to see whether the boxes changed and/or my taste changed. I started with the September box after seeing their teaser:

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

PopSugar Must Have sells for $39.95 and the Too Faced Brow Envy Brow Shaping & Defining Kit is $39. That meant I could try a new product plus whatever goodies would be in the subscription and come out ahead. I know that PopSugar only sends full size items that are from great companies so I had nothing to lose. Did it meet my expectations??

PopSugar Must Have for September 2015

PopSugar Must Have for September 2015

PopSugar takes inspiration from the latest fashions and fads when putting together a box. All boxes are the same and they are a blast to open. I try not to read other reviews because I love the surprises inside. September’s box turned out to have a value of $156. Let’s take a peek:

TOO FACED BROW ENVY SHAPING & DEFINING KIT ($39) This is a one size fits all kit. I’ve become brow obsessed in the last year after realizing that my brows are beyond sparse. The kit is interesting but far from perfect. It contains setting wax, a cream highlighter, blonde powder and brunette powder. There’s also a set of mini tools (brush, spoolie, tweezers) along with 3 eyebrow stencils and directions.

Too Faced Brow Envy

Too Faced Brow Envy

Too Faced Brow Envy  swatches

Too Faced Brow Envy swatches

Too Faced Brow Envy tools and stencils

Too Faced Brow Envy tools and stencils

I am not a fan of stencils though I have used them on occasion. I always feel I need a third hand to hold them in place while my real hands do the work. Plus it’s hard to get them to match my brow shape. That said I know some people who need to start from scratch so these can be extremely helpful for them. While my swatches are quite light, the powders apply much better on my eyebrows since they have something to grab onto and a brown base. This won’t take the place of my Pixi brow favorites but it’s a good kit for on the go.

ncLA SO RICH VITAMIN-E ENRICHED CUTICLE OIL ($18) is close to perfect for a subscription box like this. There’s no worrying if you get a color you don’t like or can’t wear (glitters for me) because this works for everyone. Other than nail bloggers I’m willing to guess that most of us don’t take care of our cuticles like we should. This conditioning oil goes a long way and it smells so yummy. When I get my nails manicured I have about a minute with a cuticle oil on so having this is a nice touch.

NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

ncLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

ncLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

BRIOGEO ROSARCO MILK REPARATIVE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONING SPRAY ($20)  is a leave in conditioner that’s different than the ones I have. First of all, it really looks and feels like milk. It’s not the least bit sticky. While it’s a thin consistency you don’t need as much as you’d first think because it’s loaded with amazing ingredients that will help protect your hair from heat and the elements. It contains an antioxidant rich milky blend and nutrient packed argan, rose hip, and coconut oils. I remember when my blog partner Lisa reviewed Brigeo and fell in love with the brand. Now I can too.

Brigeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

So far we’ve hit a triple with three great products. Let’s see if the others can score a run for the home team! Next onto travel, fashion and food!

KRIS NATIONS “XO” STUD EARRINGS ($35) are the cutest earrings I’ve seen. XO of course means hugs and kisses and that’s what these will do to your ears. The packaging is great – they come in the cutest cork topped bottle. I love mini items. The only bad news about these recycled brass & plated with 14k gold earrings is that I don’t have pierced ears. Boo hoo. I’d wear these in a minute but my once pierced ears have closed up after I had an allergic reaction to metals.

Kris Nations "XO" Stud Earrings

Kris Nations “XO” Stud Earrings

Kris Nations "XO" Stud Earrings

Kris Nations “XO” Stud Earrings

One of my favorite items in the box is the HUDSON+BLEEKER LABYRINTH ONYX TRAVEL TRIO ($42). It’s TSA perfect. There’s a see through cosmetic bag big enough to hold a good amount of treasures along with 2 14″X12″ silky drawstring bags to hold things like your intimates and shoes in your luggage. These are so well made and so handy. They fold up easily back into the travel case to store until you need them again. I can see using these at home too for your “special” intimates that you don’t want co-mingling with the reggies.

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio pouch

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio pouch

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio bags

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio bags

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio

Yes ladies and gents, we’ve scored! The only thing I can’t use are the adorable earrings but I’m sure they’ll find a home with one of my daughter-in-laws. To celebrate …. let’s eat!

NOURISH SNACKS ALMOND TO CHERRIES ($2 for 1.4 oz) is an absolutely delish snack that is totally my taste. Their website is loaded with mouth watering products that are gluten free, dairy free, GMO free and vegetarian. They were founded by Joy Bauer, the Today Show’s nutritionist. I need these to carry around with me to stop my cravings!

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

PopSugar September Must Have Box

PopSugar September Must Have Box

A winner!! I’m so happy that I resubscribed and hopefully I’ll be filled with joy on subsequent boxes. I do have a referral code that will help me earn money off future boxes if you decide to subscribe yourself.

What do you think of this PopSugar Must Have Box? Is this worth $39.95 to you? — Marcia

October's teaser

October’s teaser

Top Ten red nail polishes

Favorite red nail polishes #beautyinfozone

Favorite red nail polishes #beautyinfozone

It’s Top Ten Tuesday and we’re going red. Each blogger is picking their favorite red items so they could be anything. I’m all about red nails. I love red nail polish and wore it for years and years. I’d wear pink in the summer and red the rest of the year. I’ve expanded horizons but to me there’s nothing like a good red. If it’s metallic, that’s all the better.

Top Ten red polishes #beautyinfozone

Top Ten red polishes #beautyinfozone

In no particular order here are the reds I can wear again and again and never tire of. In the meantime my nail drawers are filled with more reds but I narrowed it down to:

butter LONDON, A-England, FACE Stockholm, Illamasqua, FABY

butter LONDON, A-England, FACE Stockholm, Illamasqua, FABY

1.  butter LONDON Knees Up – this metallic red speaks for itself. It lasts and lasts and shines the entire time. This is one of my very favorite butter LONDON polishes and it’s still available.

butter LONDON Knees Up

butter LONDON Knees Up

2.  a-england Perceval – this is called a ‘splendid and resplendent red’ by a-england and it’s definitely splendid. I am a big fan of a-england polishes and would own them all if I could. This deep ruby has a subtle shimmer that makes it perfect.

a-england Perceval

a-england Perceval

3.  FACE Stockholm 128 – This polish was in one of my Wantable subscription boxes and I’ve never been so happy to see a polish. 128 is the perfect red that is ultimately wearable. I love a cool red and this does the job.

FACE Stockholm Nail Polish #128

FACE Stockholm Nail Polish #128

4.  Illamasqua Scarab – I haven’t worn this polish in forever and in my mind it was redder than it shows on the wheel. Instead it’s a stunning deep burgundy with subtle shimmer that’s a touch metallic.

Illamasqua Scarab

Illamasqua Scarab

5.  FABY Lacquer in Hibiscus Bloom – A little known Italian brand that makes gorgeous polish. This beautiful red has some pink shimmer in it to make it even more special.

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Faby Lacquer Hibiscus Bloom

Color Me Monthly, Zoya, ncLA, Pixi, Sally Hansen

Color Me Monthly, Zoya, ncLA, Pixi, Sally Hansen

6.  Color Me Monthly Just For You – I’m wearing this right now actually because it’s a beautiful metallic red and I can’t resist metallic red shades. CMM is a monthly subscription for $7 a month. When you receive a color like this, you know it’s the right subscription service to belong to. This is currently available for $9 in their Vault and I highly recommend it.

CMM Just For You

CMM Just For You

7.  Zoya Lisa – I bought Lisa in one of Zoya’s sales and it was the best choice. I love the shimmer in this because it’s definitely there yet it’s subtle and easy to remove. It’s a cherry red which I especially love in the summer.

Zoya Lisa

Zoya Lisa

8.  ncLA Satin Sheets Velvet Ropes –  What can I say? It’s red, it lasts, it’s cruelty-free, and it’s beautiful.

ncLA  Satin Sheet Velvet Ropes

ncLA Satin Sheet Velvet Ropes

9.  Pixi Beauty Good Jul! nail polish – A beautiful warmer red than most of my other picks. Pixi makes some fabulous polishes and this one proves it.

Pixi Beauty God Jul! nail polish

Pixi Beauty God Jul! nail polish

10.. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Red Eye – This is new to me and boy do I love it. I hated to buy the top coat too but now that I’ve had a chance to experience one of the polishes I’ll go back for more. On the Sally Hansen site there are so many beautiful shades of Miracle Gel.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Red Eye

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Red Eye

top ten red nail wheelTake a chance on a red polish. It will gather attention and put a big smile on your face. What are your favorite red polishes? There is always room in my life for more. — Marcia

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