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.

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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


10 Budget Friendly Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

Whether you or your kids are going back to school or off to college, it’s the perfect time of year to find deals on essential beauty products.  The Meijer Beauty team challenged me to find my top back-to-school picks, and it was gratifying to see my must-have bath, body and color items with wonderful prices.  Considering I work in a high school and have kids in both college and middle school, I am all about finding the best products at the right price.  Drumroll please…my top ten recommendations for essential (and budget friendly) back-to-school products.

Soap for school:  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love...Coconut & Cream Shower Gel

Soap for school: J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream

1.  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap ($4.99, I got it at Meijer for $4.49)  The reason I first bought this hand soap was for the awesome vintage label.  The reason I keep buying it?  It’s excellent foaming hand soap, especially for the price.  The soap in public buildings like schools is usually pretty rough stuff, I wash my hands all the time.  My solution is to bring my own.  I keep this soap in my office, and it would fit nicely into a locker.  I like the Aloe and Green Tea scent as a real mood enhancer to help get the school year off right.

2.  I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream ($7.29)  This British brand is soooo good…doesn’t the packaging look like the Philosophy bottles?  I actually prefer the I love… brand, and it is so much more affordable.  I start my day with a shower then end it with a bubble bath, and the Coconut & Cream scent takes me right back onto vacation.

Necessities for school

Necessities for school

3.  Goody 50 piece Ouchless No Metal Elastics ($2.19, but I got mine at Meijer for $1.10!)  The perfect way to hide morning bedhead is with a ponytail or bun…and these Ouchless Elastics don’t snag, pull, or break hair strands.

4.  Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss ($3.99)  This super cute lip butter has only been available in the U.S. for about a year, and I am so happy it’s easily found now!  It has great slip and keeps lips soft and moist, plus it tastes like caramel toffee.  Yum.

5.  Meijer Hand Sanitizer ($1.19)  This is simply a must-have for purses and backpacks.  You never know who was sitting in that desk or what nose they were picking…eewwwwww.

Perfect colors for back to school!

Perfect colors for back to school!

Nudes and deep pinks

Nudes and berries

6.  Cover Girl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.39)  I think this is the best drugstore mascara out there.  One end is the base coat, which gives definition and length perfect for casual days.  When I want more oomph – and I mean fantastic oomph – I use the other end, the intensifying top coat.  This side darkens lashes and provides mega-drama without any flakes or smearing.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

7.  Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes ($9.99, but I got mine at Meijer for an incredible $6.99)  I am loving neutral, nude eyes with berry cheeks for the fall, and this nude eyeshadow palette is to die for.  Is it reminding you of the Urban Decay Naked2 palette?  Yup, me too, but this is way cheaper with the same quality.  Use these shadows dry or wet for more intensity, and keep the palette sitting out because the packaging is stunning.

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

8.  Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose ($8.29)  Just check out the gorgeousness of this mosaic highlighter/blush.  The soft, creamy shades can be used alone, but I like to swirl a big brush over the whole thing for a beautiful berry glow on my cheeks.

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

9 and 10.  Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sing You Like a Bee and Cocoa a Gogo ($5.99 each)  Going back to school is an awesome reason to treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure, and these two shades are perfect for a nude and berry combo.

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee is from the Carrie Underwood collection.  This is a gorgeous sheer white with golden shimmers.  It is a beautiful shimmery nude look by itself, and it makes a perfect top layer over pretty much any color.

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo is a shimmery chocolate-brown that I love for pedicures…and it is the perfect color for transitioning into cool days and cozy nights by the fire.  Even better, it smells like cinnamon!

Not only are these ten products essentials, it also costs less than $55 to purchase them all at Meijer.  Get your style on for back to school and save money too!

Be sure to check out the last week in August for a post with links to lots of blogger Back-to-School articles – one lucky person who comments on the post will receive a gift basket of Back-to-School/Back-to-College products.  – Lisa

*products reviewed courtesty of Meijer, opinions and selection of items all my own!

Nailette – the cutest mini polish subscription


nailette siteNailette is the newest nail subscription on the market. It’s only two months old so it’s a baby in the world of subscriptions but that’s so fitting since the polishes you will get with your subscription are sort of like babies too. They are minis from companies like Essie, OPI, and Orly.

Nailette subscription box

Nailette subscription box

Read this poem by the founder of Nailettes and you’ll see why I was happy when she offered to send me a box.

‘Twas the first day of spring, when all through the sky,
Not a cloud was present, or none I could spy.
When out at brunch I saw a friend’s nails,
In a stunning coral that matched her coattails.

Away to the beauty store I flew like a flash,
And found 30 shades of coral – a total mishmash! 
Finally, I gave up and just asked an employee, 
What the bestselling coral shade might be. 

With a fat little brush, so lively and quick, 
I applied my new polish and hoped it would stick. 
Alas, alas – the shade was too red, 
And my savings account, 15 dollars it’d shed.

I decided something must be done,
Wasting all this polish was no fun.
Could someone help me find the right shade?
In a size I can finish before I’m an old maid?

And then, in a twinkling, I founded Nailette,
A mix of nails and a game of roulette.
Mini nail polishes mailed to your door,
In handpicked colors that you will adore.

Nailette’s aim is to find colors you want yet don’t want to be overloaded with. Sometimes you want a bold, bright shade for your toes but you know it’s a one or two time polish. With Nailettes you can change your subscription to fit the mood of the moment.

Nailette - what's inside?

Nailette – what’s inside?

For $7.99 (plus $2 shipping) you’ll get the cutest little box with two well wrapped minis in it. You start by specifying your skin tone and then choose what type of colors you want: Simple and Subtle; Sophisticated and Classy; Bold and Edgy; or I want to mix it up.  There are sample nails of the types of shades they are talking about on their subscription page.

With my package I wanted Bold and Edgy. Here are the two great polishes I received:

Peace, Love & OPI; Orly Frisky

Peace, Love & OPI; Orly Frisky

I love holographic polishes and I’d mulled over OPI’s Peace, Love & OPI every time I was in Ulta but I had similar colors and didn’t feel like buying it to use once. I was thrilled when this came in my package. Orly Frisky is a cream polish that is more suited for spring and summer so I haven’t worn it yet but I will since I love my nails to look frisky in sunny weather.

OPI in bright light

OPI in bright light

The OPI polish was so much fun to wear because it always looked different. The above picture was my nails under my nail tech’s bright light. The bottom was taken within the shop. Look how different they are.

OPI under salon's overhead lights

OPI under salon’s overhead lights

Each month you need to be signed up by the 20th of the month to change your options. You can order a set of three polishes for $13.79 shipped too. This makes a great gift for someone you know who loves polish and loves to wear different colors all the time (like me!!!) You can purchase a 3 or 6 month gift for someone.

With Nailette you get surprises every month but you’ll never have to worry about the quality of the polishes since you know and love those brands anyway. I love subscription boxes and surprises so this is a great find for me. If you are a polish maven it’s time to get to know Nailette too. — Marcia

*sent for review



The Nail Collection subscription box has begun

The Nail Collection subscription box

The Nail Collection subscription box

If you’ve been reading Beauty Info Zone for any amount of time then you know I love to know about every subscription box that’s available. There’s a new kid in town, The Nail Collection, and they offered to send me a box so that BIZ readers could find out about them.

For $30 a month you’ll receive 4 polishes from some of the big names: China Glaze, Essie, OPI and Orly. If you live in the US your shipping is included but if you live in the UK, Canada or Australia you’ll have to pay an additional shipping charge of $9.99-$14.99. Since these polishes are so expensive in those countries this might be a great option to get them more reasonably.  Here’s a special code to receive this box for $25 as a welcoming gesture from the company. Just enter Infozonenails at checkout,


nail collection card

The Nail Collection will always include polishes from the newest collection. For their initial box I received 2 essie polishes, 1 from China Glaze and 1 from OPI. Since I haven’t been concentrating on these companies each of these is new to me and very appropriate for spring and summer.

The Nail Collection

The Nail Collection

China Glaze’s dark peach MIMOSA’S BEFORE MANI’S comes from their Avant Garden collection.

Essie’s beautiful spring green FIRST TIMER and lilac UNDER WHERE? are from their recent Resort collection.

OPI teal-icious CAN’T FIND MY CZECHBOOK is part of the new Euro Centrale collection.

China Glaze, essie, OPI

China Glaze, essie, OPI

From what I understand these boxes may not be identical but they’ll be similar. Ana, the owner, wrote a nice note and packaged these perfectly so that there was no chance of breakage. It was such a pretty package to open. She promises that you’ll always have the most up to date polishes in the box. The boxes are mailed in the first week of the month. If for some reason you need to skip a month they recommend that you stop the subscription and then start up again the following month.nail collection wheel 2

nail collection wheel1Beautiful shades that are perfect for the season. See The Nail Collection to subscribe to the new kid in town. — Marcia

*received by company for review



Makeup Wars – Halloween nails

The Makeup Wars team thought it would be appropriate to share our Halloween nails with you. Why though did I think it was appropriate to even try this? I have two left hands, I can’t do nail art, I’m a total klutz. When Makeup Wars first started I was handed a mission from the Mission Impossible Team and I agreed to try to do every mission. Ha! And I thought favorite red lip was hard. That was a cinch compared to doing nail art. Oh well, if you laugh I won’t hear you on my end of the computer.

practice time using a nail wheel

First stop was practice time on my nail wheel. For that I used OPI Black Onyx, WetnWild The Wonder Yellows, Le Metier de Beaute Penny Lane and Le Metier de Beaute Wild Ginger – black, a golden yellow, two shades of orange. Then I went to work and couldn’t believe what a ghastly job I was doing. Maybe that’s okay since Halloween and ghastly go together.

I decided to try a marble attempt because I’d seen a nail blogger do a gorgeous manicure. It looked and sounded so easy.

Everything I used

I started with the OPI Black Onyx base with just one thick coat. (I should have stopped there). I let that dry and then dotted on WetnWild The Wonder Yellows dabbing it on with the cosmetic sponge. Next I used Le Metier de Beauty Wild Ginger in the same way. Should have worked right? This is what I got:

Uneven blotches of color taken by my window on a rainy day

Same polish in bathroom light with bleeding black and orange

Up close it looked and felt a lot like vomit

Well that certainly wasn’t working and I was running out of time. So onto the nail decals which I’d bought as an emergency backup.

Kiss Halloween Nail Decals with cats

The finished product! I had so much trouble with the one decal that I didn’t go farther.

The finished product

The only good that came out of this is that I learned that no one who is a nail blogger needs to fear competition from me. While I have (what I consider) great taste in nail colors and a large collection, the best I can do is paint my nails a single color.

Hopefully my fellow Makeup Wars team members will be an inspiration where I failed. Please use their logos to go visit them all. Thanks for staying and not throwing up!! Happy Halloween — Marcia

My Contest Winnings – thanks Mary!

In June, Mary from one of my most favorite blogs Body and Soul ran a little contest in honor of her birthday.  I was stunned and amazed to find out later that I was the winner!!  So, another happy birthday wish to Mary, and here are the really fabulous items I won:

Everything in the box was birthday themed.  First, there was a great Birthday Girl Set from Philosopy.

Inside I found Amazing Grace Shower Gel, Purity Made Simple face cleanser, Time on Your Hands hand cream, Soul Owner exfoliating face cream, and Vanilla Birthday Cake lip shine.  There was also a card that said, ‘if tomorrow never comes, what do you ‘wish’ you would have done with your time here on planet earth?  may we suggest you begin fulfilling your ‘wishes’ now.’

Next I found four great OPI items:  Espresso Scrub, two Espresso Soaks, and Cappuccino Massage.  They smell DIVINE, I can’t wait to treat myself to a nice long pedicure!!  And when I do, I will have lots of new nail polishes to choose from:The shades from left to right are:  OPI Japanese Rose Garden, a gorgeous cool-toned creme pink; OPI Birthday Babe, a frosty silver that will look great with my faux summer tan; Lippman Collection Happy Birthday, a super fun clear color with different colors and sizes of confetti.  I had to put this one on right away:

I see green, pink,  silver, gold, red, light blue and dark blue confetti.  It’s going to be a blast finding different ways to use this polish!!  Next in the lineup above is OPI 20 Candles on My Cake, a gorgeous warm creme red (and my hubby’s favorite); and then OPI Pearl of Wisdom, a truly amazing iridescent pink that seems to flash other colors as well, depending on the light.  I love it.

Thank you again Mary, this was just a terrific collection of great birthday-themed items!!  – Lisa

The Perfect Spring Nail Color

I was digging through my stash and I found this gorgeous OPI nail color called Venus di Violet.  I had just bought our hanging baskets for our porch, and it reminded me so much of the petunias I bought that I had to use it for my next manicure.

This light, opalescent violet is just a perfect shade for spring.  I don’t think OPI sells it anymore, it was part of the Colorcopia collection, but I found it here for only $7.32 a bottle!

Here it is right after my mani:

And here it is, a little out of focus, with my inspiration.  Happy spring!! -Lisa