Winter Luxe Box 2015

Well, here we are in the middle of January and I’m going to talk about a box I got…. almost six weeks ago. On the bright side, it’s a quarterly box so the next one won’t show up for another six weeks.

Without any further ado, here is the Winter Luxe Box from Loose Button. This was shipped on Nov 30th and arrived the first week in December. And like every other time, I think that this will be the last one, that I’m going to cancel after this box. And every time, after I open the box, I’m pleasantly surprised at the interesting things sent to me. This time was no exception.

Three full-sized products and four samples – awesome!

Teez Trend Cosmetics Read My Lips Lipstick in Roulette Red, 2 g, $28.94

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 colour that lasts for up to 8 hours.

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Swatches of Roulette Red and the Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen.

I haven’t really used this lipstick too much. It’s a smidge too brown for my liking and I seem to be on a nude lip kick right now.

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen, 10 mL, $19

This liner is a staple product for every makeup lover, this felt tipped pen makes it impeccably easy to create flawless eye lines of any variety. Applies smoothly, dries quickly, and lasts all day (or night) long. 

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This has becoming my go-to, favourite liner. I like that it’s got a solid, felt-tipped pen-type applicator which makes lining my eyes super easy and fast. I also get perfect lines, everytime.

The FaceShop Character Mask, $4 

Wash face. Pull out the mask and carefully place it on the face. Remove after 10-15 minutes and tap lightly to absorb the remaining essence into the skin. 

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While this worked really well, I looked absolutely ridiculous while wearing it. Even more ridiculous than regular paper masks look. I can’t imagine anyone who would like to look like a barnyard animal while they did their beauty routine. Highly unlikely I will buy this in the future.

Benefit Cosmetics, they’re real tinted primer, 3g, value $10.33

Dramatically boost length and separation with a high performing gel formula, which is water-resistant, and keep the lashes in great condition with the provitamin B5.

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I don’t really understand this product. It’s like brown mascara… to go under other mascara, right? I wore it one day just to try it (and of course, forgot to take pictures) and it had a nice, light brown tint to it that gave me a natural, I-woke-up-like-this look. I’m still grasping the point to this though. One day I will wear it under the other mascara and let you know if it makes a big difference.

Benefit Cosmetics, roller lash mascara, 3g, value $10.33

It’s a roller for lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls… which the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. Gently wiggle the wand from base of lashes to tip. Repeat across your lash line, making sure to catch every lash.

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I had bought into the hype about this and was wanting to love it. And while it’s nice, I don’t think it’s all that. I’ll use up the sample but I prolly won’t buy it in the future.

Benefit Cosmetics, they’re real! mascara, 3g, value $10.33

Benefit’s #1 nascar lifts, curls and lengthens for lashes beyond belief! Jet Black, glossy and long wearing.

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I appreciate this mascara way more than RollerLash. I especially love the little porcupine spikes at the edge helping to get all the smaller  lashes at either end of my eye – as long I don’t poke myself. lol. I know this sample shows up in all the boxes and is easier to get than just about any other sample but I still enjoyed receiving it and count it as a win.

Benefit Cosmetics, they’re real! remover, 3g, value $1.38

Dip a clean cotton swab in they’re real! remover to instantly fix any eye makeup mistakes.

Ever since I started using Julep’s Bare Faced Oil, I haven’t felt the need to use eye makeup remover. However, this remover by Benefit helped me out of a few tough spots this week when I didn’t want to rub oil all over my eye and either start my makeup over again or re-wash my face. I think this will go on my list to purchase in the future.

So, there you have it, another Luxe Box. The value of products was $84.31 and while the value of the Benefit deluxe samples are high, I used the cost of full sized products to find the value of the samples so they should be fairly accurate. I paid $29 (including taxes) so the quality of the box is still there for me. I’m also please that despite the decline in the Canadian dollar, there has not been a decline in products/value for this box.

Thoughts? I’d love to hear them. Happy Shopping!

Summer Luxe Box 2015

So apparently my Spring Luxe Box was so underwhelming that I didn’t even talk about it on my blog at all. It actually didn’t occur to me that I hadn’t used or photographed any of the products until my Summer Luxe Box turned up. Oops! Oh well.

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Well, now looking at it again, I did love the Buxom Weightless Foundation and I do use the Eyeko Brow Gel on the weekends when I don’t want to use my usual Dipbrow.

Anyways, the Summer Luxe Box was much more exciting. I got 7 products with a good range of hair, makeup, skin and nail products.

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Bare Minerals Lash Domination mascara, 1.5 mL, value $3.13

A do-it-all mascara for larger-than-life lashes. This volumizing, lengthening, thickening, separating, and long-wearing mascara is designed to curve around lashes and coat from all angles with intense black colour.

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First up is the BareMinerals Lash Domination mascara. I already know I love this mascara, having gotten it in the Sephora lash sampler from last summer. What came as a shock was the tiny tube it came in. 1.5mL?? It’s about the same size as my pinky finger. It probably cost more to produce than what I’ve figured out it’s worth is above. Speaking of that, I used the cost from Sephora for a full size instead of the price on the Luxe Box card, $23 vs. $18. Anyways, I will throw this in my purse for some emergency mascara touch-ups.

Here’s a photo of me using the deluxe sample of Lash Domination from last summer.

 

essie Nail Lacquer, 13.5 mL, value ~$10

After applying an essie base coat, apply 2-3 thin coats of colour, waiting 2 min. between each coat. Finish with ‘good to go’ topcoat.

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This is a pretty coral-y pink shade that I would never buy but I will wear. Win-win. Name of shade: Cute as a button (haha, Luxe Box, that’s a good one)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 50, 3 mL, value $2.01

Advanced 100% Mineral sunscreen + antioxidant protection in revolutionary ultra-light texture, slightly tinted for a healthy glow.

So, I knew 3mL wasn’t a lot. It’s about enough for one application…. which has left me feeling ambiguous about the product. First of all, I liked the tinted aspect. It covered up my dark circles and the couple of zits I have and evened out my skin tone. The fact that it’s tinted did kinda make me feel like I should be applying with a brush instead of my fingers but whatever. It went on smoothly and seemed to sink in right away. I have been out in the sun and my face doesn’t appear to have burnt, so it’s doing it’s job there. I just wish there was more. Maybe there are other effects that would be more noticeable if only I could’ve tried it for a week.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo, 50 mL, $5

Batiste Dry Shampoo is your secret weapon for fresh looking and feeling hair anytime, anywhere.

I love dry shampoo. I’ve tried about 15 kinds looking for the perfect one. (This is the perfect one but it is perpetually sold out, bummer). I started using this product this week and have already emptied the container. Apparently there’s only about 3 uses in this size. It works well, I mean, it gets rid of oily hair but overall this is a dud product. It is stinky and it turned my hair white when applied. Not a fan, will never be buying again.

Fruits & Passion Cucumber Face Mask, $2.50

This refreshing Face Mask contains an essence specially formulated to improve the appearance of your skin. Your skin is moisturized, softened and more luminous.

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This is going with my other products for an at-home-spa day. You know, a day that I have some time to myself, like never.

Medusa’s Makeup Eyeshadow in Xtinct, 2g, $8

Highly pigmented mineral pressed powder with micro sparkles. For best results, apply “Stick It” primer and then apply with a brush.

I was not thrilled with this product. I thought it would be this lovely bright purple with sparkles. And it is, just not on it’s own. I used Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk and then it finally looked sort of the way I wanted it to. Not a great product.

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Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum, 3mL, $31

Help tighten, firm and smooth the appearance of visible aging signs around your eyes with Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum. Pair this with PREVAGE Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum for face to improved texture and ton and achieve younger-looking skin.

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Wow, this little tube is $30! I’m only in my 30s and super happy with my skin care regime with Julep’s Bare Face oil and Biotherm’s AquaSource Deep Serum. This sample will probably go to my mom. It seems more than what I would need at my age. I also don’t need to get hooked on $155 eye cream just yet.

So, that was my box this quarter. Overall I liked the products and felt it was a good mix. Fairly good value too considering I pay $26+taxes and the items total $61.64. This is the first box since Topbox took over Luxe Box/Loose Button and they have done a great job. My only (small) complaint was that they included this card to tell me all about my products, which didn’t allow me to cut and paste all the descriptions, which is what I normally do instead of typing them out. This is the extra mile I go for you guys. 😉

What did you think of the box? Did you get one? Or did this one make you want to sign up to receive the fall box? Check Luxe Box’s Instagram and/or Facebook to see the fall product leaks. Happy Shopping!

Fall 2014 Luxe Box Review

I feel like a lot of my blog is, “Oh my goodness!, I totally love that product. You should try it. This is amazing. You should try it. I totally recommend this.” etc, etc, etc. This is one post where I am not happy.

My fall Luxe Box was HUGELY disappointing. After such great spring and summer boxes, I was a little pissed when I opened my box. Then I decided they must’ve missed something and I would email them and they would send whatever I was missing along and it would be okay. Then I checked my dashboard.

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No, I wasn’t missing anything. All I could think was, are you kidding me? I got dollar store lotion and a travel-sized hair spray?? What’s luxe about that? And Burt’s Bees? That I could find at the drug store. It was hard for me to even try these products to write this review. But here goes:

Fan Brush LOOSE BUTTON

Retail Value: $18 (Full Size)

This brush is designed to dust, wipe, and redistribute powders along your features making it the perfect tool for all the finishing touches. The flat fan shape allows for even and soft definition, as well as, fanning away excess product, such as, eye makeup fallout.

I’ll probably use this for the latter suggested use rather than the former. I’ve always thought about buying one so I’m fairly happy with this product. It probably won’t be the most used brush I own but it’ll come in handy sometimes and that reason only is worth having it in my collection

Aqua Cream AMARTE

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Sample Value: $10.00 (5 mL)

Aqua Cream® is designed to deliver a smooth radiant glow. This antioxidant-rich rejuvenating moisturizer with 1% retinol uses the botanical ActivExtract® arbutin to enhance clarity through melanin reduction. Functional organic ingredients control skin’s oil-moisture balance and increase softness. 

This is actually almost gone. I really liked it and I think I’ve seen some improvement in my skin while using it. That being said, it smells like it has some kind of citrus oil and I’m allergic to orange oil so prolonged use probably wouldn’t be suggested. I definitely got more than 10 uses out of this sample size. With this a little went a really long way.

Aqua Veil Pure Hydration Serum AMARTE

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Sample Value: $4.30 (5 mL)

Aqua Veil® Pure Hydration Serum is a light and fresh hydrating serum. Rich in natural herbs and intensive moisturizing ingredients, this deeply hydrating formula optimizes skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.  A visible magic-water veil is formed immediately upon application with resultant coolness and softness.

I haven’t tried this, simply because i wanted to see the results of the two serums separately. I’ll let you know how it is.

Universal Blush SO SUSAN

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Retail Value: $17.50 (Full Size)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

A micronized, jet-milled blush that works with your skin’s natural chemistry to create a universal healthy flush that is flattering on all skintones. Made with Buriti Fruit Oil to repair the epidermis and improve skin elasticity. No Mineral Oils, No Phthalates, No Animal By-Products, Fragrance-Free, With Buriti Fruit Oil & Pink Kaolin Clay, Hypoallergenic, Non-comedogenic.

This is a nice blush. It’s sheer but easily buildable and lasts most of the day. It has a bit of a shine to it that I’m not completely crazy about. The first time I put it on, I put powder over it to get rid of some of the shine but the second time I wore it, I just tried to rock it. It could be more like a shimmer vs. a shine but it’s not my favour blush finish. I’d be interested to see reviews from anyone who can compare this to the Nars Orgasm blush, which is also supposed to be universal and is well-loved.

Lip Gloss in “Ruby Moon” BURT’S BEES®

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Retail Value: $12.99 (Full Size)

Rich, pearlized colour combines with natural oils rich in nutrients to leave your lips soft, shiny and 100% naturally beautiful. Available in 12 gorgeous shades.

This is nice. The colour is a really deep berry and perfect for this season. I probably will end up wearing it a few times. But overall, the product does not blow my skirt up. It also has a little bit of a woody smell, you know, like when your lipstick is starting to go off but not quite there yet. I’ve never tried Burt’s Bees before so maybe all their products smell like this, I’m not sure.
AG Hair – High & Dry MATTE VOLUME AND FINISH SPRAY

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Sample Value: $8.00 (50 mL)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

AG’s all new High & Dry is a versatile, high-grip, spray that infuses hair with natural lift and a matte texturized finish. The non-powdery and non-sticky spray creates the perfect balance of volume and texture.

So, I haven’t tried this yet. But really, it’s a hairspray. That I’m pretty sure I saw on sale at Chatters the other day.
Tropical Scents Body Lotion LILA GRACE

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Sample Value: $4.00 / 65 ml

Keep your skin feeling silky soft and delightfully scented with this moisturizing body lotion that takes you away to the tropics.

This is the product I’m pissed about. I googled it and you can buy it at Kohl’s in the US. Imo, that’s like saying you can pick it up at Winners here. It’s not exactly a high-end product. It’s like a gift that your great-aunt buys for you at Christmas time cuz she saw it and forgot you aren’t 14 anymore. This particular scent smells just like your great-aunt too.

So, that was my review of my Luxe Box. Extremely disappointing from my perspective. Nothing I would buy again. According to Luxe Box, the value of my box was just about $75. Which is below the previous boxes at $83 (Summer) and $90ish (Spring).  According to me, it was barely worth the $25 + GST that I paid for it. All this being said, two outta three ain’t bad. So I’m going to wait and see what Christmas brings.

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Happy Shopping!

Summer 2014 Luxe Box Review

20140729-160959-58199237.jpgHey folks, anyone else get a Luxe Box this season? I didn’t take any of the upgrades. Some looked really nice but I love the element of surprise in my Luxe Box. Overall I was pretty pumped about the box. I know it’s been a month since I got my box but I really wanted to review the products not just unbox them and that always takes awhile. I’m also going to be stealing photos from websites for some of the products because I got carried away during Sample Killah and forgot to take photos of the packaging before I threw them away.

Here’s a list and some comments about the things I got:

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Nexxus Color Assure Sulfate-Free System
Sample Value: $2.00 (2 x 5 mL & 1 x 9 mL)

Spring 2014 Luxe Box Review

Way back in December I signed up for a Luxe Box from Loose Button. Since they are only quarterly boxes, I just received my a few weeks ago. Bekkie from Lipsticks and Lullabies got completely different stuff in her box than I did. She paid the extra $5 for the upgrade and I did not so maybe that’s the difference? We aren’t sure.

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First of all the packaging is gorgeous. It’s a heavy, white gift box and then your products come in a silky bag, like a shoe bag or a lingerie bag. Very nice!

No Dark Shadows complexion enhancer

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Full Size / $20
No Dark Shadows is a multi purpose complexion enhancer designed to conceal imperfections and dark circles under the eye area as well as highlight the complexion. Available in two universal shades – Wow (rosy tone) and Pizazz (yellow tone). No Dark Shadows will wake the eye up and highlight the t-zone. The oil-free formula is waterproof and long lasting, enhancing your complexion for up to six hours

The first thing I noticed when I opened this is how good it smells. Like lemons. Nice and cheery for blurry eyes in the morning. The product twists up from inside the brush which makes your first swipe with it a little heavy, so keep that in mind when applying. I applied it to the dark circles under my eyes and then straight down the middle of my face: between the eyebrows, down the nose and on my chin, all to hide the large(ish) pores on my face. I didn’t bother applying it anywhere else as my skin tone is fairly even. I used my beauty blender knock-off that I bought at Shoppers to blend it in. It disappears wonderfully and leaves my skin very smooth-looking and lasts all day. I typically don’t use a CC cream or foundation so I haven’t tried anything over the complexion enhancer.

Fekkai PrX Reparatives shampoo and conditioner

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Sample Value: 59 mL x 2/ $10 Full Size: 236mL / $20 each

Help repair and protect hair daily with the indulgently effective care of PrX Reparatives Shampoo. Fekkai’s masterfully crafted repair shampoo fortifies and provides strength against damage.

At first I was a little concerned about liking this product as it had “Argan Extract” written on the side and so far I have hated all the argan scented things I have tried. But this was light and fresh, definitely nice. I have permed and coloured hair so I tend to use alot of conditioner but with this product it didn’t take much for my hair to feel silky smooth. Overall, I like it alot but saw the full size at Shoppers the other day for $28 a bottle, so probably won’t be buying in the future.

Gel eye pads

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Full Size / $30
Close your eyes and relax with this soothing eye mask; warm or cool. May also help with headache and sinus pain.

Umm… what do I say about gel eye pads except that I’ve never worn them before. I will give these a try sometime but really, if I have five minutes to myself it’s unlikely that I’m going to use them lying on the couch with things over my eyes.

Lancome Advanced Genifique

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Sample Value: 8 mL / $20  Full Size: 50 mL / $125

Award-winning serum that helps create a more youthful-looking skin by promoting natural skin renewal that is characteristic of young skin. Visible results in just 7 days. Drop by drop, skin is vibrant with youth, its tone becomes astonishingly even and its texture dramatically refined.

I am actually super pumped about this product. I have a huge line right by my left eyebrow where I tend to furrow my brows so I have been looking at line-minimizing and anti-aging products for awhile. I have been using Snoxin and Hydraluron from Indeed Labs and I’ve been really happy with that but I would like to try some other products just to see what is out there. This is just a small sample of the product so I doubt I will have enough to do the 8 weeks the website suggests to see marked results but you probably don’t need much so we’ll see how it goes.

Marc Jacobs Dot fragrance

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Surprising and effervescent, energetic and alive—DOT by Marc Jacobs captures a charming, upbeat spirit with timeless sophistication. Simple and straightforward in statement, exuberant and feminine in design, DOT is a colorful Marc Jacobs creation that comes full circle with a balance of modernity and elegance.

I have been looking for a new fragrance for awhile. Buying a fragrance is the most ridiculous process in the world. Smell four to seven fragrances in the store until you realize you can’t tell which one is which anymore because your nose is overwhelmed and refuses to continue smelling. Throw a couple of those scent cards in your purse and leave, thinking you can try smelling them later. Three weeks later when cleaning out your purse, discover the cards and frantically try and remember which perfumes you had sprayed on there. Of course you didn’t write it down, you knew you would remember! (haha) Go back to the store in another three weeks, stare at bottle and will yourself to remember which one (or seven) that you liked last time you were there. Realize that it’s been so long that it’s a new season and all these perfumes are different from the last time you were there. Either give up or buy something at random that you end up hating. Repeat.

Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad but perfume samples are always a good idea. I’m looking forward to trying this one. I’ll let you know how it goes.

BareLoveBeauty Body lotion

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Sample Value: 30 mL / $9 Full Size = 88 mL / $28

The first luxury FIRM Oil with proprietary OlioLove Technology. Bare Love Body is fueled to improve skin elasticity, vitality and overall radiance. Rich in Vitamin C,E, essential fatty acids and Omega 6 & 9. Helps improve the appearance of dry, cracked skin and protects against external factors

I have only used this product once so far. It was kinda greasy going on but made my skin feel soft for hours after. It will need further testing before I decide whether I really like it or not.

So that was my first Luxe Box and I have to say I was pretty happy with it. Looking forward to the summer box and sharing it with you.

Do you subscribe to any boxes or to Luxe Box? Which one is your favourite? Happy Shopping!