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!

Fall Luxe Box 2015

It’s Luxe Box time again! I was considering cancelling this subscription and saving some money but both the products and the value of the box is still great so I think I’m going to continue with it for awhile. Here’s what I received this month:

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Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil, 1.13 g, value $13

Water resistant pencil suitable for the most sensitive eye area. It is the perfect solution for your eyebrows and is call Universal Eyebrow Pencil for a reason as it is one colour to suit all skin tones. It is soft enough and will make it easy for you to create a perfect shape.

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This eyebrow pencil has a great gel-like formula and helps brows stay in place while filling them in. I really like it. That being said, it is a shade or two too dark for me. I think I’ll end up giving it to my mom. I checked their website to see if they sold any more colours. They don’t…  Anyways, while this product didn’t work out for me, I would be willing to try more of their makeup products in future.

So Susan Rose Quartet Lip and Cheek Cream, 4 g, value $12

A richly-pigmented, hydrating lip and cheek pomade that delivers 12 hours of continuous wear with dryness, creasing or smudging. 

I’ve gotten other So Susan products that I totally love but I have a hard time believing I am going to use this. The brush looks cheesy, the colours look over-saturated and nothing like anything I would put on my cheeks. My lips are still super dry and not accepting anything except Vaseline and Blistex so I can’t try them out on there. This is going in my give away pile.

Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patch,  3g, value $4.50

Our botanically infused eye patches instantly brighten and revive eyes for a wide-awake look. Concentrated anti-stress and anti-fatigue ingredients treat the delicate eye area visibly diminishing dark shadows and puffiness leaving skin hydrated and firm. 

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My daughter laughed her head off when she saw me walking around the house like this. While I haven’t really noticed any difference in the moisture in my under eye area, this was kind of fun. This also might be a great product for when you have a fever or a hangover.

OSIS+ Session Label Dust It Flex Fragranced Mattifying Powder, 10g, value $25

The first mattifying frangranced powder for smashing texture and incredible root volume with lava rock for flexible hold and grip that lasts non-stop. 

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I love dry shampoo. I’ve probably mentioned that once or six times. I got this one in my Flare box last year and loved it. I am excited to get it again.

Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream, 60 mL, value $7

This miracle material hand cream is packed frill of goodness with shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera, to smooth, nourish and rejuvenate hands and cuticles. Rich and never greasy, this beautiful blend leaves your hands super smooth, superbly soft and perfectly pretty.

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This hand lotion was greasy when I initially put it on. But it absorbed quickly and then my hands were soft for awhile after. The smell is nice and the sample is a half decent size. I think I will take this to work for use at my desk.

pur~delicate gentle soy milk cleanser and makeup remover, 30 mL, value $6.55

A mild soap-free, on-foaming cleanser that respects the delicate nature of your skin. Leaves your face touchable and silky soft, without a trace of impurity. 

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I used this to take off my makeup and it was fine. I mean, it did what is was supposed to do but not in a way that made me excited about it. I can’t see myself purchasing this again.

Ciate London Nail Lacquer in Couture Noir, 13.5 mL, value $15

The formula is amazingly pigmented, long lasting and available in a range of finishes whilst formulated to be easy to apply.

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Ciate Couture Noir over Julep Cally

I haven’t every tried Ciate before but I was very impressed with the shine in this glitter topper. It didn’t really need a coat of Seche Vite but I needed the manicure to last three days for sure, so I added one anyways. The price tag for Ciate polish is a little steep but I will probably pick up another colour in the future.

Not on the card but also included was the Tresemme Perfectly Undone Wave Creation Sea Foam. I don’t have curly hair anymore but I will try this when I’ve left my hair to dry overnight and I have major bedhead.

This quarter’s box had five full sized products and three samples and was worth $85. If you are thinking about signing up for Luxe Box, I’d love if you would use my referral link here. Try any of these products? Which is your favourite? Happy Shopping!