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The Zoe Report Box of Style Spring 2017

The Zoe Report Box of Style Spring 2017

I just got back from my spring vacation and I actually used and loved every single item from this season’s The Zoe Report Box of Style.  The Tribe Alive Custom Carryall and the Symbology Scarf were perfect for my adventures in Naples, Florida, and I received constant compliments on my Adornmonde Ivo Convertible Earrings.

Symbology Scarf and Tribe Alive Carryall

Symbology Scarf and Tribe Alive Carryall

Adornmonde Ivo Earrings

Adornmonde Ivo Earrings

My Butter London Piece of Cake Nail Polish manicure perfectly matched my ultra cute and oh-so practical BKR Glass and Silicone Water Bottle.  And I used my  Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder to keep my sensitive skin from breaking out with all the nasty airplane air.  The exfoliating powder really is perfect for traveling.

Butter London Piece of Cake Nail Polish

Butter London Piece of Cake Nail Polish

 BKR Glass and Silicone Water Bottle

BKR Glass and Silicone Water Bottle

Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder

Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder

Ok, I will admit there was ONE item I didn’t use on my travels – the Stella Artois Chalice.  However, I did pour a beer as soon as I got home from the airport because, hey, it was 5:00 somewhere.

Stella Artois Chalice

Stella Artois Chalice

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Glimmering baubles in Your Bijoux Box December Collection!


Your Bijoux Box The December CollectionSometimes everything just works out. A week ago, I found out at the very last moment that my husband and I were invited to a black tie affair. I rarely go to anything black tie, but I had a dress ready thanks to a recent Stitch Fix order – this Maggy Sophia White Floral London Fit and Flare Dress:maggie-london-sophia-white-floral-fit-and-flare-dress
I winterized it with a darling Alice Blue black jacket, also from StitchFix. I just needed the right jewelry.  Lo and behold, my December Collection of the Your Bijoux Box arrived!! Everything inside was exactly what I needed to perfectly accessorize my party dress.                          sample, affiliate links

Your Bijoux Box The December CollectionThe December Collection from Your Bijoux Box is a coordinated set of four pieces that complement almost any outfit, dressy or dressed down. Each monthly box has three jewelry items for women (although this month there were three jewelry items and a pretty scarf!). The boxes are curated by stylists so although these are customized everyone gets the same jewelry each month. A monthly subscription is $36, and there are options for a three-month ($103) or six month ($206) subscription. They ship to the US and Canada.

Here’s what is in December’s box of bling:

Your Bijoux Box The December Collection David & Young Scarf

David & Young Scarf ($30) – I love love love this scarf. The geometric pattern is beautiful, the colors go with everything from a winter coat to a slinky dress and it is super soft and cozy. Awesome.

Your Bijoux Box The December Collection Holiday Bracelet by Deepa GurnaniYour Bijoux Box The December Collection Holiday Bracelet by Deepa GurnaniYour Bijoux Box The December Collection Holiday Bracelet by Deepa Gurnani

Deepa Gurnani Beaded Bracelet ($50) – This is a very cool, retro, sort of steam punk/art deco piece that has lots of sparkle and tons of personality. It is handmade by artisans and imagined by former couture beading designer Deepa Gurnani.

Your Bijoux Box The December Collection Juliette DropsYour Bijoux Box The December Collection Juliette Drops

Juliette Drops ($26) – Wow these are stunning. These crystal drop earrings add fun and bling to a maxi dress and will be fantastic to pair with a silky sundress this summer. Total romance.

Your Bijoux Box The December Collection Juliette CollarYour Bijoux Box The December Collection Juliette Collar

Juliette Collar ($38) – My exact words when I pulled this shimmering beauty out of the box: shut the front door!! Freaking fabulous. It was just perfect for my black tie event, but it also looks incredible with a simple white t-shirt (like the Citizens of Humanity Premium Vintage Esmay T-Shirt), skinny jeans (like the Rag + Bone Frayed Skinny Jeans), and black Acne Studio Pistol booties. citizens-of-humanity-vintage-esmay-t-shirtrag-and-bone-frayed-skinny-jeans
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Quite honestly, I would have been thrilled if Juliette Collar had been the only piece in the box!

Your Bijoux Box The December CollectionAdd it all up – these four beautiful pieces are worth $154, a fantastic value for a $36 box. You can buy each item separately at Your Bijoux Box if you want…or you can get a single box without the automatically renewing feature. I am loving Your Bijoux Box more and more every month and I hope you decide to get your sparkle delivered too!!  – Lisa
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Sephora Play vs Allure Beauty Box – which would you pick? #sephoraplay #allurebeautybox

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

I can’t seem to keep away from subscription boxes. At the moment I’m buying 4 of them even though I keep promising myself that I’ll quit some. Not only don’t I quit but I started up with Allure Beauty Box this month. The longest running one for me is IPSY Glam bag, next is Boxycharm, then when Sephora Play opened a few months ago I added that, and now here I am with Allure’s Beauty Box. Both of the boxes I’m showing are the August boxes. Which is your favorite of the two?

Sephora Play for August 2016

Sephora Play for August 2016

Each month Sephora Play ($10) has a theme and for August it’s THE EYE OPENERS. Up until this month I’ve been very disappointed in the Sephora box and it’s been sitting on the cutting block. This month though was better for me and I’ve got items in this box that I’m actually going to enjoy using.

Sephora Play pamphlet

Sephora Play pamphlet

As you open the box you’ll find a pamphlet explaining each product within and giving you some great ideas. There’s also a card worth 50 Beauty Insider points which can be redeemed in store only. I have yet to use one but I’m hoping to shop soon.

August Sephora Play products

August Sephora Play products

THE EYE OPENERS contains 4 eye products and 2 others. All items are deluxe samples so it’s not just packets.

Eyes 1: ALGENIST EYE RENEWAL BALM is already a favorite. I’ve actually used up an entire jar and my deluxe sample is mostly gone so this is a welcome addition.

Eyes 2:  MAKE UP FOREVER ARTIST SHADOW IN I-544 is small but mighty. I stands for iridescent which is going to make my eyes pretty happy. It’s described as a “highly saturated iridescent pink granite eyeshadow made with a unique gel-powder formula”. The texture is so smooth! The color appears to be a purple and taupe combination that went on beautifully and easily.

Eyes 3: SEPHORA COLLECTION CONTOUR EYE PENCIL in LOVE AFFAIR (33) is a shimmery plum liner. It’s awfully small so I had a hard time using it. But the color is very pretty, it’s lasting well on my upper lashline, and I don’t see any glitter.

Eyes 4:  URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA is a lengthening and volumizing formula that gets lots of love. I just opened a new mascara today but I’ll try this in a few days.

Fragrance:  CLEAN RESERVE WARM COTTON will be in a giveaway package since I don’t wear fragrance. Each month Sephora include a vial of perfume in Play. Reserve Warm Cotton is described as “bright and pure blend of understated floral and musk, reminiscent of the soft scent of fresh linens”.

Skincare: LANCOME ENERGIE DE VIE – SMOOTHING & GLOWING LIQUID CARE MOISTURIZER is a fragranced liquid lotion meant to visually relieve dullness, diminish signs of fatigue, and promote a healthy looking glow. This too will be an extra in a giveaway package since I’m not able to tolerate Lancome fragrances.

Sephora Play for August

Sephora Play for August

These all came in a cream linen bag that’s winking outside the box. What do you think so far? Worth $10?

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

With my first month of the ALLURE BEAUTY BOX I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’ve read reviews for a long time with this and the last few boxes seemed to be outstanding so I decided to give it a chance. The box is $15 which includes shipping. There’s usually $5 off your first month if you start a subscription. Allure Beauty Box is also deluxe sample sizes with some being very generously sized. For August there were 8 items in the box.

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Hair #1 and 2: GARNIER WHOLE BLENDS SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER in HONEY TREASURES. These are each 1.7 fl oz so they’d be great for travel. I can’t use these though because they have Sodium Chloride which pulls the keratin from my hair and they contain sulfates. I think these were bonus items since they aren’t listed in the booklet that comes with the box.

Hair #3: WET BRUSH in MIDI SIZE is an exciting find in this box. I had just given away a new full size Wet Brush to a relative in need and this is a great size for home or travel.

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Skincare #1:  PIXI GLOW TONIC is a product I’ve written about many times. It’s Pixi’s best selling Skintreat. While Pixi sells a smaller bottle now on their website this is a great travel size. There’s even a $2 off $10 purchase of any Pixi product at Target on the back. I know exactly what I’m buying too.

Skincare #2:  SUPERGOOP DEFENSE REFRESH SETTING MIST SPRAY WITH ROSEMARY. I love Supergoop but not this unfortunately. I’ve tried it before and the fragrance (sunscreen w/alcohol and a hint of mint) fades but it still doesn’t work for me. This will be a great extra though in one of our giveaways to help mattify skin and give a shot of SPF 50 to your face.

Skincare #3: FREEZE 24-7 ANTI-AGING EYE SERUM is a product I’ve used before. I had a much smaller size that I took with me on my last trip. It’s a good eye cream but not one I’m likely to ever buy. I didn’t notice the tightening it’s supposed to have but it was a nice moisturizing effect.

Skincare #4: PUR-LISSE BLUE LOTUS BALANCING MOISTURIZER is a lightweight lotion for normal, dry, or sensitive skin. I know you don’t want to hear it but the fragrance = no/no for me. It’s a floral aquatic one which is probably wonderful for a future giveaway winner.

Cosmetic: CARGO SWIMMABLES EYE PENCIL in PEBBLE BEACH. At first I feared this was another black pencil eyeliner of which I have dozens but it’s actually a deep espresso brown. I’ve noticed Cargo making a reappearance after what I considered a long snooze. The new Swimmables line is making headway with water resistant products. This is a nice size, about half the size of one you’d buy.

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Sadly for me the Allure Beauty Box is too fragranced but I’m still impressed with the brands and quality in the box. My lose will be other’s gains.

So which one wins the battle? $10 for Sephora Play or $15 for Allure Beauty Box? I think my choice is pretty obvious in this post. — Marcia

 

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Subscription catchup with Ipsy, Sephora Play, and Boxycharm plus giveaway

Boxycharm, Sephora Play, and IPSY Glam Bag

Boxycharm, Sephora Play, and IPSY Glam Bag

At this point in my cosmetic life I’m the last person that should be buying monthly subscriptions but I can’t seem to stop. I’d say that I’m afraid to miss out on something great so each month I buy Ipsy ($10), Boxycharm ($21), and now I’m getting Play by Sephora ($10). That $41 goes into my makeup allowance for the month and I always seem to come out ahead.

Today is a quick rundown of what I’ve received in my last two month’s packages without a ton of detail. I’ve chosen the items I know I won’t use to put in a giveaway since not everyone is quite as nutsy as I am.

IPSY APRIL

IPSY Glam Bag for April 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for April 2016

April’s theme is Dreamers and to me its only the pretty cosmetic bag that fits in with that theme. In the package there’s a very pretty peach Elizabeth Mott blush in Peach Pink (giveaway). While I love the color, the packaging seems to be something you toss and put the blush into another palette. There’s also a Nomad mini eyeshadow in Desert Sand, a sparkly golden sand shade.

IPSY April Nomad Desert Sand e/s and Elizabeth Mott Peach Pink Blush

IPSY April Nomad Desert Sand e/s and Elizabeth Mott Peach Pink Blush

In addition there’s a Crown Tapered Duo Fiber Blush brush (giveaway), Tarte deluxe sample size Lipsurgence in Wonder (giveaway), and two Purlisse Sheet Masks. April was definitely worth the price of admission.

tarte lipsurgence in Wonder

tarte lipsurgence in Wonder

IPSY MAY:

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

The May bag is titled Destination Chic and contains 5 items, 2 of which will be part of the giveaway. There’s a Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude (giveaway), Smashbox X-Rated mini mascara (giveaway), Epice Hydrating Mask, Peek Nom Nom teensy tin of lip balm, and SLMISSGLAM small contour brush.  I’ll probably lose the Peek balm since it’s that small but I wanted to try it, I love masks so Epice is a keeper, and the brush is so soft that I want it!!

PLAY BY SEPHORA:

Play by Sephora May 2016

Play by Sephora May 2016

I think I’m in the minority about my feelings for the Sephora Play bag. Most people are thrilled by it but I was underwhelmed. The items aren’t bad, they just aren’t for me. The prettiest item in the bag is BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in KIMCHI. If I wore reds I’d be thrilled with it but instead it’s in the giveaway so someone else can enjoy it.

BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in KIMCHI

BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in KIMCHI

KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (giveaway), I love Korres but I don’t love rose scented items. Speaking of fragrance there’s a vial of Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanquine that sounds really nice (giveaway). The box also contains Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask (giveaway), a very thin Tarte Tarteist lipliner in Latergram, and a trio of sample sizes from Origins. The trio contains Maskimizer, a primer mist, Clear Improvement, a charcoal mask, and Drink Up Instensive, an overnight mask. I’ll continue with Play by Sephora to see if more items will appeal to me in the future.

BOXYCHARM APRIL

Boxycharm for April 2015

Boxycharm for April 2015

Sadly for me, happily for my winners, everything in this box is part of the giveaway. The products are nice but I am so overloaded with items that it’s hard to keep these and not share. Items include Blinc Black Lash Primer (full size $26), Purlisse Lip Comfort (full size $16), Anderson Lilley hand cream (full size $24), Ofra Long Lasting Lipstick ($19.90, full size) in Pasadena, Your Minerals Eyeshadow (full size, $21) in Brown Hypnotic.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena, Your Minerals eyeshadow in Brown Hypnotic

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena, Your Minerals eyeshadow in Brown Hypnotic

The value you receive in each Boxycharm amazes me. This box costs $21 yet the 5 full size items are valued at $106.90.

BOXYCHARM MAY

Boxycharm May

Boxycharm May

When I opened this box with the theme Springvibes I had a big smile on my face. These is a fabulous box.

Boxycharm May

Boxycharm May

I was most excited to see a box containing a Makeup Geek blush. Different boxes had different shades and I received Covet which I don’t own (full size $15). I have some MUG blushes but not in this beautiful new packaging.

Makeup Geek blush

Makeup Geek blush

Makeup Geek blush in Covet

Makeup Geek blush in Covet

Another favorite for me is the Pur Cosmetics Double Ego eyeliner. I use the brown one all the time. This time I received Bora Bora, a bright navy liquid and a blue gray pencil (full size $21). Boxes contained different shades. Catherine Malandrino Rome de Provence Deluxe Mini Sprayer ($20) (giveaway) is a nice change for a fragrance since it’s a spray that’s easier to use.

Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Pistache

Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Pistache

The Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Pistache will be part of the giveaway but that’s tugging at my heart. I just love the logo and I’ve been wanting a polish from them. But I know that it’s not a Marcia color (full size $10.50). Boo hoo.

What I am keeping though is The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks Clear Brow Gel (full size $20). I use brow gels but I usually toss them after about 4 months so having this one is great for me. I’m also looking forward to using the Starlooks Luxe Liner in Boxycharm, a great pinky peach shade (full size $19.50). The May Boxycharm is what I’ve come to expect from them. 6 full size items that are worth $100.50.

If you choose to join Ipsy or Boxycharm I’d appreciate it if you could use my referral so that I can get some credit towards future items. Thank you — Marcia

GIVEAWAY:  This is an international giveaway for 2 Beauty Info Zone subscribers. I have to say again (and again) that in order to be eligible to win you must be a proven subscriber and make a comment. Anything beyond that is extra to give you more chances to win. The comment is to list about 4-5 items you’d like to win (or you can mention things you wouldn’t want) since I haven’t divided these up and will do that once winners are chosen.

most of the items in this subscription box giveaway

most of the items in this subscription box giveaway

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Wantable September 2015 Intimates Collection

Wantable Intimates Collection September 2015

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This month Wantable brought me an Intimates Collection with a mix of comfy items and sexy items…and the flirty stuff is both sexy and comfy, a huge bonus!

Dreamwave Pajamas - Ruffle Trim Tank and Shorts

Dreamwave Pajamas – Ruffle Trim Tank and Shorts

Dreamwave Pajamas Ruffle Trim Tank

Dreamwave Pajamas Ruffle Trim Tank

First up, the Dreamwave Pajama Drama Ruffle Trim Tank and Shorts Set (retail value $28). This is a is a super soft and totally wearable lounging pajama set. It’s more for warm weather, and will be a go-to for the Michigan Indian summer that I hope is coming! The fabric is an interesting blue/purple tribal print and I just love it. Paired with the ruffle ribbon trim on the bottom of the tank and on the outer edge of the shorts, this is a stylish and unique set that works for around the house and for getting some great zzz’s.

Honeydew Essential Bliss Cami

Honeydew Essential Bliss Cami

The Honeydew Essential Bliss Cami in Yellow (retail value $30) is an ‘upscale’ cami tank. The fabric is crazy soft and silky. Check out that gorgeous lace trim…really beautiful. I love the tiny pink bow, such an unexpected and neat girly touch. The straps are adjustable, always a big plus for me since I have narrow shoulders. Wantable sent the cami in a size up because it tends to run small – a good thing since mine fits, but any smaller would have not have been good. This is another go-to piece for lounging and I can even see pairing it with jean shorts for a cool casual look during the day.

Daisy Fuentes Swirl Lace Hipster

Daisy Fuentes Swirl Lace Hipster

Cue the ‘bow-chicka-wow-wow’ music! When I first pulled the Daisy Fuentes Swirl Lace Hipster in Black (retail value $9) panties out of the box, the thought that ran through my head was these are NOT going to be comfortable, so thank goodness they will probably only be on for about three minutes. However, they surprised me…this lacy panty isn’t just sexy, it’s also very wearable. While I can’t wear them under lighter pants because of the spiral pattern, they are great with jeans and black pants – and they are comfortable enough to wear during the day. There is something about wearing sexy underclothes that puts some fun into an average, ordinary day. These panties are great incentive to mix things up a bit!

I am always impressed with the quality and fit of the Intimates Collection items, and the value is impressive – this month’s selection has a retail value of $67. Why not give yourself this little treat once a month?  You are worth it.  – Lisa

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Wantable July 2015 Intimates Collection

Wantable July 2015 Intimates Collection
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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



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My Wantable June 2015 Intimates Collection is a real winner!

Wantable Intimates June 2015

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My Wantable Intimates Collection for June may only have three items, but it is huge on quality! This month my collection has bold, fun socks and comfy, gorgeous pajamas with a matching robe.

Wantable Intimates June 2015 Ozone Socks

The Ozone Big Dots Socks (retail value $13) have a busy pattern that is just plain fun. These are medium weight socks that work year round. They are extremely comfortable and they lighten up my mood every time I wear them.

Wantable June 2015 Intimates

Wantable June 2015 Intimates

The next two items are the Rene Rafe Spring Print Chemise (retail value $22) and matching Robe (retail value $36). Love, love, love the pretty coral and white print, and the soft, stretchy fabric is exactly what I need for sultry summer nights. The detailing on this set is terrific – lace and bows in the right places, and the chemise has adjustable straps.

Wantable June 2015 Intimates

So these pics were taken this morning…no makeup, still pretty sleepy!

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I adore the set and have worn it every night since it arrived. The Wantable Intimates Collections never fail to brighten up my month. Every set comes with great items that quickly become favorites that I can’t do without. If you haven’t signed up for this monthly subscription, you should take the plunge. You won’t be sorry!!  – Lisa

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