BeautyDNA – March 2014

This subscription box is currently in BETA… I had to join.  It is $25.00 dollars a month for 1 full-sized product worth at least $45.00.  You have to fill out an intense survey so that they can match you to a product that is right for you.  I think it’s pretty neat.  The only bad thing is that if you don’t like what you receive, you cannot return it. http://www.beautydna.com.

It came in a super cute box and packaged very nicely. 

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I’m not a mother or pregnant, but I got matched with a brand that is geared towards motherhood.. With that aside, I do have some stretch marks on my arms and legs from gaining/losing weight so this is actually a decent product for me.  It is for existing stretchmarks and I think if I use it regularly it will diminish the look of them.  This also feels like an amazing lotion in general, so I might use it for all over. It smells really fresh and fruity so I of course love it.  Even though the brand itself is something I would probably never look into, beauty DNA really listens.  AND the best part is that this product is Allergy Tested, has  no Artificial Dyes or Fragrances,  no Phthalates, no Paraben Preservatives, and it’s  Cruelty-Free.

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I’m pretty sure that this is an older version of the bottle because the one on Ulta’s website and Belli’s website look different.  Also, this product is $34.00 on amazon.. But I still saved about $10.00 so I’m not upset.  

 

Overall, I’m happy with this service so far and can’t wait to see what I get matched with next month!

Socialbliss The Style Box March 2014

I forgot to cancel this sub (too expensive), but I’m glad I forgot to cancel it!! haha.  This subscription is a little less than $50.00 a month.  

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And this is what a Spring box looks like.. Although th theme of the box is “Paris is always a good idea.”

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AND the contents This box has 5 items:

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Flourishing in Florals Headband.  Retail, $14.00.

Love this headband.  It’s super cute and tiny. It’s definitely not as bold as the floral headband I received in fabfitfun, but I will wear it.  I think my new obsession is headbands. It’s definitely a Spring item. 

Ohh la la Baumes Pour Levres.  Retail, $1.00

This item doesn’t wow me, but it will be good to throw in my purse.  It has a light floral scent.  Oh, and it’s from avon. 

French Milled Lemon Verbena by South of France.  Retail, $1.00.

I’m not the biggest fan of bar soaps, but it has a nice lemon scent to it. 

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Eco-Chic Beauty Brushes Set.   Retail, $25.00.

I don’t own many brushes, because I guess I just prefer to use my fingers.  I actually recently received my first brush set from my sister for my birthday…  This set has babmboo handles soft synthetic taklon bristles that are cruelty and the case is made out of hemp and natural cotton.  I like the look of these brushes and it seems to be good quality. 

 

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Spring in paris Mattie Bag by Melie Blanco.  Retail, $80.00.  

Also known as the best item I have ever received in a box.. Seriously i love this bag.  It’s a nice spring pink (photo is a bit washed out) and the inside is super cute.  I love that it zippers and has multiple sections and pockets.  It does not include a shoulder strap, but I think a shoulder stap from another bag of mine will look good on this.

 

What did you guys think of this month’s box?  I love the purse so it was definitely worth my worry of forgetting to cancel. 

 

 

FabFitFun Spring 2014

This is my first fabfitfun box.  I adore Giuliana Rancic.  I was dying (a bit overdramatic, I know) to receive this quarterly subscription box.  I swear I signed up in January.  This sub is about $50.00 every quarter.  I had a $5.00 off coupon when I signed up, so I only spent $45.00, which is still kinda a lot for a sub, but I kept seeing posts of what people received in their previous boxes and thought this was a good fit for me.  

The box:

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And the contents:

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Cult Gia Turband.  Retail, $48.

This is the item I was most excited for.  I absolutely love this headband.  It’s totally a Spring item, and I love the print.  I like that it has wire in it so it makes it easier to style.  I can’t wait to wear this.  I received a 20% next purchase, so I will probably be buying a couple of these headbands.  I really want the one with cherries in it. 

Merrithew Mini Stability Ball and DVD.  Reatil, $28.94.

I love anything fitness, so I was excited to receive a fitness item.  I’m not big on working out at home, but maybe this will push me to some core strengthening exercises.  

Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt.  Retail, $19.99.

This is a great Spring item — Time to wash away our dead winter skin… Not my favorite in the box, but this will come in handy.  It doesn’t seem too harsh either, so I don’t think it will turn my skin red. 

Kai Perfume Oil. Retail, $48.00.

This does smell like Spring!  I think it’s a little too strong for me, or at least too strong in the bottle.  I’ll still use it, since it is a pleasant scent.  It’s super tiny for being $48.00.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray.  Retail, $25.00.

I have a million dry shampoos, I love this stuff! I currently have one for brown hair so that it doesn’t leave any powder in it, but this one says it sprays on clear.  I can’t wait to try it out.  It doesn’t have much of a scent, which isn’t a bad thing, because some dry shampoos are way too strong.

Cover FX SPF 30 Protection Primer.  Retail, $38.00.

I needed a new primer (surprisingly, I didn’t buy one from benefit), and am happy to have gotten one from a great brand.  I love that it has a decent SPF and it goes on clear.  It’s paraben free and vegan!  Oh, and it goes on clear. 

Level Naturals Shower Bombs.  Retail, $7.99.

These smell just like menthol to me (but I guess also a eucalyptus scent).  They smell super strong in the box, but I already used one and didn’t find it too strong in the tub.  It is very pleasant, but I prefer sweet and floral scents.  It seems like the perfect bomb to use when you have a cold or to wake you up in the morning.

The better Chip.  Spinach and Kale with Sea Salt.  Retail, $1.99.

I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks pretty good, and relatively healthy for a chip.  It is kind of high in calories – 130 calories for a tiny bag. But it’s Non GMO and naturally gluten-free.  

Overall, I think this was a great box!  I love that everything is full-sized and I know I’ll use everything in this box.  It’s perfect for Spring, so I can’t wait to get my Summer box!! Oh, and the box is worth about $215.00 so that’s an amazing deal!  The Turband alone pays for the box.  What did you guys think of this box???  

Bulu Box Weight Loss Box March 2014

I’m really liking this subscription.  I have a three month subscription and am debating on getting another three months, once this subscription box ends.  

The box:

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K-Pax Energy.  Full-size, 30 tablet $24.95.

This is actually a full-size product! Yay!  Although it’s an energy supplement, it looks like it can be taken as a daily vitamin.  The serving size is 2, but since I drink caffeine I think I would only take 1 tablet a day, so I don’t get any weird palpitations. 

Body Glove Surge Energy Gel.  Full-size, 12 packets $25.12.

I received this in chocolate.  I’m kind of scared to try this… gel chocolate flavor sounds kind of gross to me… But I guess I shouldn’t knock it until I try it, so I will report back on the taste and if I feel the product works. 

Nuvia Trim.  Weight Loss Coffee.  Full-size, 30 packets $35.00.

I received two packets which is nice.  I’m excited to try these!! I love coffee.  They have green coffee bean extract and raspberry ketones in them. 

Rootology.  Full-size, 40 tablets $18.99.

I received two packs of this as well so 4 tablets.  This sounds like a great alternative to benedryl.  

Havvn Go Sticks.  Full size, 30 packets $64.99.

Well, these are seriously expensive.  I’m not really sure what these are suppose to do or what flavor these are (((they work with the body at the genetic level, not sure what that means))), but I’m willing to try it out.  I wonder if this is the same brand as the birchbox night cream I received this month??

Overall, this box is well worth the $5.00 dollars I spent on it.  I’m really curious if they work.  =) 

Birchbox Benefit Event March 2014

Little disclaimer:  This is going to be my longest post. haha.

Okay, so on Wednesday I went to the benefit birchbox event here in Chicago at the Southport Benefit store.  Benefit is my favorite makeup line.  I have used their products for as long as I can remember.

My sister and I arrived at the benefit store about 7 p.m. and not many people were there yet.  We were greeted, checked in, and handed a glass of sparkling pink wine.  I started out by getting my eyebrows tinted and waxed by Savannah.  She did a really great job, and this was my first time getting my eyebrows tinted.  I am definitely going to do it again and I might even go one shade darker.  The waxing was included with the $45.00 dollar ticket and is usually $20.00, but the tinting was not included and cost $18.00.  After the eyebrows, I was sent to Meg who applied my makeup, and she did a fantastic job and was so easy to talk to and very informative about products I’ve been wanting to try and ones that I’ve been scared to try.  After she did my makeup, I had another glass of wine and a sprinkles cupcake.  Then we purchased a bunch of stuff and the ticket included a $35.00 store credit. I can’t wait to go to more birchbox and/or benefit events!! We also got a free birchbox!!

The card in the birchbox:

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Just a little card detailing the event and talking about a contest if you tweet pics of benefit make up from the event.

Back of card:

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The card details the products in the box… Seriously, I almost died from pure excitement.  A strictly benefit birchbox?? Best birchbox ever!!!

The products I received in the box:

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All of the samples are so cutely packaged.

Stay Don’t Stray.  Full-size, $26.00.  

I’ve sampled this before (not from birchbox) and this is such a great eye primer.  Keeps the eyeshadow on all night.

It’s Potent! Eye Cream.  Full-size, $34.00.

I’ve sampled before too (not from birchbox) and really like it.  It’s really moisturizing, but didn’t get rid of bags or dark circles for me.

BadGal Las Mascara.  Full-size, $19.00.

I’ve sampled this before as well (not from birchbox), and it’s a great mascara for a dramatic look.

Creaseless Cream Shadow in No Pressure/liner.  Full-sie $20.00.

I’ve haven’t used these mascaras yet, but Meg put one of the colors on my eyes on Wednesday and it looked great! Can’t wait to wear this out somewhere.

Lifestyle extra.  Twistband.  Hair Ties.  6-pack $10.00.

I’ve received this a previous birchbox and love it.  Completely snag and crease free.  I wear these a lot at the gym.

And now everything I bought (or my sister bought for me).. Don’t judge.. I had the $35.00 credit!

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The Big Easy.  Full-size, $38.00

My color is actually number 2.  I’m extremely pale, but I guess the redness in my face makes me a light shade and not a fair shade.  As with all benefit powders and liquid foundation I really recommend going and asking the make up artists for suggestions as to which shade will best suit you, you might be surprised.  I’m a different shade in all benefit products.  Also, if you tan in the summer your foundation shade might change.  Anyway, with that said the BB cream is amazing!!! After she put this on me, I was sold.  You don’t really need anything on top of this unless you just want some extra coverage.  I also think this product will last a while.

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Moisture Prep Toning Lotion.  Full-size, $30.00.

I’ve always wanted to buy this toner from benefit, but never did.. until now.  This is seriously the best toner for me, because it reduces redness and still moisturizing.  It’s perfect for putting on after you wash your face or if you are feeling lazy as just a quick clean up for the day/night/after gym.

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Lollitint.  Full-size, $30.00

I have a couple samples of benetint and like it as a lip tint, but not a cheek tint, so I was kinda hesitant about lollitint. Meg told me that this purple color would work great with my skin tone and she was right.  It also looks good on my lips as a base for the lipgloss she put over it..

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Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Kiss you.  Full-size, $16.00. 

So meg put this color over the lollitint and it looked amazing!! I felt like spring.  I’m happy she used these purple colors, since they are the color of the year.

So my sister bought me this:

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Kitten:  A Sparkling Powder in a Puf.  Full size, $26.00 (I think?) 

When I was a lot younger, my sister and I would always see these at Marshall Field’s and wanted it more than anything (probably because my cousin had one), but when we were old enough to afford it we didn’t see it.  When we were at the benefit boutique we found a bunch of these kind of hidden away.. My sister bought three… One for me, my cousin and herself.  I’m not sure if this is discontinued because I don’t see it on their website.

And then she bought me this:

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Coralista.  Full-size, $28.00.

I love this “tropical” pink blush.  It’s so pretty and smells amazing.  I can’t wait to wear it!!

TLDR; benefit birchbox event was amazing, my eyebrows look great, bought too much stuff, spent too much money, sister spent too much money, and drank good wine.  =)

Target Beauty Box March 2014

Have I mentioned that I love Target? Seriously, I could spend (and have spent) hours in target.  Anyway, I saw a post on reddit.com/r/beautyboxes about a target beauty box, so I bought it. The cost $5.00 and some change for tax.. At first they charged me about $6.00 for shipping, but I called and they took the shipping price away, because the info on the target said that it was free shipping. 

It was packaged so nicely:  

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This box came with a $3.00 off coupon your next beauty purchase of $15.00 or more. =)

It also came with a card detailing the products that are inside. 

And the inside of the box:

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Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturing Spray.  Online I saw full size going for about $17.00 

This product was also sampled in previous birchboxes. I was kinda bummed that I didn’t get it in a birchbox so that’s one of the main reasons I bought this target beauty box.  The sample size is 2.5 oz, so it’s worth around give or take $6.00. This alone makes the box worth the $5.00.  I want beachy and wavy hair so bad, and since I live by a lake it’s impossible to get “sea salt” textured hair.  I can’t wait to try this product out!

Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo.  Online I saw full size going for about $7.00

This product is 1.7 oz, and worth give or take $1.65.  I love dry shampoo, but since my hair is darker at the roots, I always get the funky white residue that takes forever to comb out.  I really that this is a travel size.  It’s the perfect size to bring to the gym without lugging around full size products. 

Jergens BB Body Cream Light.  At Target the Full Size is $12.00.

This is a whole ounce bigger than the sample I received in my birchbox!  This sample is worth roughly $3.20.  I think this is my new favorite body product.  I went to buy the full size, but target was sold out of the light skin tone one.  So I hope my samples last me a while!

Covergirl Smoochies Sizzle Gloss.  This is a full sized product and the price varies, but the average is about $5.00. 

The color I received is blind date, and it smells like candy.  It look like it’s geared towards a younger buyer, but I’ll still use it.  It’s a fun light pink and glittery color.   

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara.  This is full sized, and the average price is around $8.00.

I have so many mascaras, so this wasn’t too exciting of a product for me to receive.  But I must say that I rally like the wing tip brush.  

My pricing might be a little off depending on where you live, but even if I overvalued (or undervalued) this box is still worth more than the cost and I’m really pleased with it.  I can’t wait until target does another beauty box!

March 2014 Birchbox

Birchbox is my favorite sample subscription box and this month for an extra $20.00 they sent out a personalized link to add on either nail polish or a necklace.  I ended up doing the add on, because I got the link for nail polish, and they were too pretty to pass up…

 

The Card that explains what I’ve received:

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And, what I received:

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LAQUA & CO.  Awesome Sauce (pink)  Lovely Jubly (purple).  I paid $20.00 

These polishes are usually priced at $11.00 dollars, I saved $2.00 dollars… I’m not sure how I feel about that… oh well.  I think they are super pretty.  They are sparkly and perfect for Spring! I can’t wait to try them out.  One thing that annoys me is that I can’t review these 10 points each or get 20 points for spending $20.00 on them… Birchbox is usually amazing with their point system, just not with the birchbox plus option. 

Coola – Tinted Matte SPF 30 for face.  Full size, $36.00 

I really like this brand.  I recently bought Radical Recovery after-sun lotion… I think I’m just dying for it to be summer, and I know my pasty white will need this after a few minutes in the sun… Anyway, this sample looks like a great sized sample, but it’s not even a quarter of the way filled — bummer.  I am excited to try it out and I think there might be enough for two uses if I try really hard to squeeze out every last drop.  I like that this product has 70% organic ingredients and that’s pretty impressive for a sunscreen.  

English Laundry No. 7 for Her.  Full-size, $90

Usually if I receive a perfume sample in my birchbox I end up tossing it.. I just don’t like the tiny glass bottles and they usually don’t have caps.. They are just not my thing, so I opted for the “send me no more then 6 a year” option.  I actually like this sample.  It’s plastic and ahs a cap. I might just throw this in my purse.  It smells like Spring too, it’s really fruity with hints of vanilla.  I don’t think the price is worth it though.

HAVVN – Night Cream.  Full size, $30.

I do not like the smell of this. I put it on as a hand lotion, because the bottle says it makes a good hand lotion, and it just smells like a weird mix of herbs and fruit… I do like that it is natural.. So I guess I can handle it as a hand lotion, but I’m happy I sampled it, so I know it’s not for me. It does leave my hands feeling smooth. 

Luster Now! Toothpaste and distinctly White Set.   Full size, $19

I’m super excited that I got a tooth paste in my birchbox. I read that since has a blue dye in it it gives the look of whiter teeth and that the toothpaste itself doesn’t actually whiten (not sure how true that is) BUT  I’m okay with that if it is true.  After all, make up does the same thing — it masks the appearance of flaws, it doesn’t make them go away.  It smells really good too.

Birchbox Find:  Jergens BB Body.  All light skin tones. 

This matches my skin tone perfectly, and it smells amazing.  I don’t buy the whole “5 visible results in 5 days” thing, but I think this is a pretty awesome find!

 

Overall, I liked March.  The samples were smaller this month, but I got/get to try some products I’ve never heard of before.  I already can’t wait for April’s box.