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Friday, September 30, 2016

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box - September 2016

Hello Beauties <3

PLAY! by SEPHORA is a subscription box program. Each month you will receive five deluxe samples (plus a fragrance bonus) from the same prestige brands that you can find in Sephora stores, a PLAY! BOOK packed with tips, tricks, and helpful advice, a PLAY! PASS to redeem in-store for a free one-on-one tutorial and 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any product purchase during the same store visit (each ticket may only be used once and expires after 30 days), a collectible makeup bag and an invitation by email to attend PLAY! DATE, a subscriber meetup held at select Sephora locations across the country. All this for $10 a month!

This month's theme is The Unbasic Basics - An Anything But Ordinary Assortment. 

Dr. Jart Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer - Value $12 for 1.0 oz Full Size $36 for 3.3 oz

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector - Value $7 for 1.0 oz  Full Size $28 for 4.0 oz

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel - Value $7 for 0.085 oz Full Size $22 for 0.28 oz

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper - Value $7 for 0.007 oz Full Size $20 for 0.02 oz   

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell - Value $4 for 0.035 oz Full Size $12.50 for 0.13 oz

Tory Burch Jolie Fleur eau de parfum - sample 

Approximate value $37

Stacey <3

GlossyBox Subscription Box - September 2016

Hello Beauties <3

GlossyBox is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and deluxe size beauty items for $21 a month.

Here is a peek at the September box of beauties........

Korres Twist Lipstick in Raspberry - Full Size $18 for 0.09 oz

Borghese Superiore State of the Art Mascara - Value $ 7 for 0.10 oz Full Size $19.50 for 0.30 oz

Phyto Huile Supreme Rich Smoothing Oil - Value $12 for 1 oz Full Size $40 for 3.4 oz

ModelLauncher Brow Duo Pencil in Taupe - Full Size $12

Sesderma Sensyses Cleanser - Value $2 for 0.50 oz  Full Size $20 for 6.8 oz

Sesderma C-Vit Moisturizing Serum - Value $5 for 0.10 oz  Full Size $52 for 1.0 oz

Approximate value of this box is $56

Stacey <3

Ipsy Subscription Glam Bag - September 2016

Hello Beauties <3

If you subscribe to Ipsy, each month you will receive a cute Glam Bag filled with a mix of 5 full sized beauty products or deluxe samples all for just $10.

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme - Value $14 for 0.05 oz   Full Size $28 for 0.14 oz

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Nail Polish in Va Voom - Full Size $6 for 0.46 oz

Bellapierre Mineral Blush in Autumn Glow Full Size $20 for 0.21 oz (site says 0.14 oz)

BeFine Food Skin Care Exfoliating Cleanser - Value $6 for 1.0 oz Full Size $24 for 4.0 oz

Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum - Value $4 for 0.10 oz Full Size $28 for 1.01 oz

Approximate value of this Glam Bag is $50

Stacey <3

BoxyCharm Subscription Box - September 2016

Hello Beauties <3

BoxyCharm is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and luxury size beauty items for $21 a month. This month's theme is Camp Glam. Let's go glamping!

Here is a peek of the September box of beauties........

Project Beauty Hairgurt Smoothing Yogurt Hair Mask - Full Size $11 for 4 oz

This strawberry banana hair mask is perfect for dry frizzy hair and it smells really really good. I left it on for about 15 minutes, then rinsed it out. My hair felt soft and smooth after blow drying.

Butter London Nail Polish in Yummy Mummy - Full Size $15 for 0.40 oz

Yummy Mummy is a pretty medium beige polish that can be worn all year round.

Pur Cosmetics Lip Lure in Belle - Full Size $22 for 0.05 oz

Belle is a coral liquid lipstick with a unique sponge applicator that you must twist up to apply. It is opaque and dries down nicely but isn't completely kiss proof.

Hikari Cosmetics Eyeliner in Raven - Full Size $13 for 0.01 oz

A nice black liner that glides on smoothly and is great for tight lining.

Studio Makeup On The Go Palette - Full Size $49.95 for 0.45 oz

This on the go palette consists of 9 matte and shimmery neutral shadows.

Approximate value of this box is $110.95

Stacey <3 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Peter Thomas Roth Mini Haul

Hello Beauties <3

Every year around this time, Peter Thomas Roth has an amazing sale on travel size products. Blockbuster and deeply discounted prices on so many great items, it's hard to pass them up. There is a maximum limit of 6 per product and I make sure I stock up!

This year I ordered the Un-Wrinkle eye cream, Laser-Free Regenerator moisturizing gel cream and Laser-Free Resurfacer face serum.

Un-Wrinkle Eye Cream - Sale $7 for 0.30 oz (full size $100 for 0.50 oz) - Amazing Deal

As the name suggests, this eye cream reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles leaving your skin firmer and smoother. 

Laser-Free Regenerator moisturizing gel cream - Sale $5 for 0.50 oz (full size $68 for 1.0 oz)

My skin really loves a gel cream moisturizer especially one that diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This moisturizer improves your skin's texture while firming and brightening for an overall radiant look.  

Laser-Free Resurfacer face serum - Sale $7 for 0.50 oz (full size $75 for 1.0 oz)

It's an odd feeling when you read the description and you see "Dragon's Blood" in it. Since I already have the Laser-Free Resurfacer eye serum (which I stocked up on at the last sale), I didn't hesitate to purchase this. Like the other products in this line, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while evening out your skin tone.

As an added bonus there was a deluxe sample of the Cucumber Gel Mask along with 3 foil samples of the 24K Gold Lift & Firm Prism Cream, Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel and Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane.

Until next year's sale!

Stacey <3

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

July & August Empties - 2016

Hello Beauties <3

I really didn't use a lot of foils or deluxe samples in July, so I vowed to step it up in August. Some were staple items and some I tried for the first time. Aside from the Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil shampoo and conditioner, I loved everything.

Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes - Retail price $11.99 for 150 count
Included in this box are 4 - 30 count flip top recloseable lid packs and 2 - 15 count resealable travel packs. I absolutely love these makeup wipes from Costco. I use them every night to remove my makeup although I still pour a little makeup remover on them just to help remove my waterproof mascara with ease. I do not like tugging on my eyes and lashes if I don't have to.
Pamper yourself with an effective and complete skin care solution that offers a deep clean and will not irritate your skin. This mild formula has cucumber, chamomile flower extract and aloe and will remove all traces of makeup, dirt and oil leaving your skin glowing and refreshed, No need to rinse your face afterwards.

Kat Von D Unlock It Makeup Remover Wipes - Retail Price $10 for 30 wipes

A pack of powerful yet gentle, oil-free makeup remover wipes that effectively eliminate long-wear, high-pigment makeup. Bold formulas begone - this pack of 30 wipes effortlessly unlocks makeup for a clean, refreshed complexion so skin is left ready for your next artistic adventure. The gentle texture is safe for use on face, eyes, and lips, and the smooth fibers promise not to irritate even the most sensitive skin. The antibacterial formula absorbs all moisture, eliminating potential for build-up. Fragrance-free and bio-degradable, this pack makes for a great travel companion.

Ulta Exfoliating Round Cotton Pads - Retail Price $3.49 for 80 pads

These round pads have 2 different surfaces, a soft side and exfoliating side. Both are great for removing eye and face makeup. I like to use these with cleansing water after removing my makeup with a wipe. I do not use the exfoliating side on my eyes, but its great on the face and around the nose. 
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water - Retail Price $28 for 6.7 oz

A soap-free micellar water that attracts and traps dirt, oil, and makeup to gently remove impurities and cleanse your complexion without drying out the skin. This micellar water uses molecules like magnets to lift dirt, oil, and makeup from the face and eyes, as it soothes, moisturizes, and softens skin. There’s no need to rub for a thorough cleanse, just a quick swipe and makeup easily clings to the formula. Enjoy the refreshing feeling on skin and the uplifting fragrance from orange and lemon blossom, watermelon, and mint leaves. 

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo - Retail Price $22 for 5.3 oz

Whether you’re in need of a quick no-wash cleanse or an extra boost of volume, a swift mist of this dry shampoo leaves hair soft and refreshed, while a spray to the roots adds instant amplification. Apply before bed to beat greasiness to the punch, and extend that coveted “just left the salon” look for days. A dry shampoo that absorbs oil, creates volume, and refreshes hair between shampoos, minus the chalky residue. The Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo contains the lightweight natural rice starch to absorb excess oil and dirt that weighs hair down. The lightweight, cleansing formula creates texture, adds volume, and deodorizes to refresh hair between shampoos. As an added bonus, it smells awesome. 

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Retail Price $38 for 1.0 oz

A silky, lightweight setting powder with sheer coverage for a natural-looking matte finish. This translucent powder sets your makeup for longer wear. Perfectly for nearly all skin tones, the soft-focus effect subtly blurs the look of fine lines and imperfections, and it doesn’t settle into lines or pores. This powder ca be applied with a puff, sponge or brush.

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Setting Powder - Retail Price $35 for 0.25 oz

For the longest time, I only used loose powder to set my makeup. That was until this pressed powder came into my life. It minimizes the appearance of pores leaving my skin with a soft focus matte finish. My foundation lasts all day without the need for a touch up.

YourMinerals Transparent Veil Setting Powder - Retail Price $29 for 0.25 oz

Transparent Veil is a transparent setting powder that settles like a soft transparent veil over skin. The ultralight silk texture gives a nice smooth surface by minimizing fine lines and pores. The skin is kept matte and will help your makeup last longer. Apply over your foundation for a flawless finish. I found this powder to be extremely powdery almost to the point of choking on it.

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask - Retail Price $62 for 2.0 oz

Pamper your skin with this hydrating green algae mask and your face will be bright, smooth, radiant and even toned. It is a thick clay mask with gritty particles that exfoliates and tightens your skin. It is lightly scented and did not dry out my face.

Tatcha Indigo Smoothing Triple Recovery Cream - Retail Price $135 for 1.7 oz

I love the purple packaging and the color of the moisturizer. This luxurious cream is rich in anti-inflammatory indigo and moisturizing liquid silk to soothe and firm skin, calming and restoring youthful beauty. It is a little pricey but I am happy that I have a bunch of deluxe samples of this moisturizer so I can continue to use it.

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub Almond & Honey - Retail Price $7 for 18 oz

Experience an intense exfoliation with Tree Hut Sugar Body Scrub with the rich, sweet scent of Almond and Honey. Natural sweet Almond Oil and real Honey condition damaged and neglected skin that has become unhealthy over time. This gentle sugar scrub is infused with Certified Organic Shea Butter, real Honey and an array of natural oils, including Evening Primrose, sweet Almond, Avocado, Macadamia Seed and Orange Oil. The real sugar grains and Almond bits will softly buff away dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smooth all day.

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil shampoo $31 for 8.5 oz and conditioner $34 for 6.7 oz 

It is a sulfate free shampoo that hydrates dry, coarse and brittle hair. It is infused with oils that makes hair softer, smoother and silkier while taming frizziness. Personally,  I did not like this shampoo mostly because I prefer one that gives a nice lather. The conditioner was okay and it is safe for color treated hair,

Stacey <3