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February 2014 Glossybox Review & Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

February 2014 Glossybox Review & Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box

February 2014 Glossybox Review & Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I get so excited when I find my Glossybox laying on my doorstep every month and I can’t wait to find out what’s inside. The majority of the products featured each month are a surprise, and it always contains what I consider more “luxurious” beauty items than many of the other beauty subscription services.

This month’s Glossybox was quite possibly my favorite Glossybox ever (I became a subscriber last year) — each product was amazing and three out of five were full-sized products. I will probably be purchasing the full-sized version of all the deluxe- and travel-sized items this month, and I will most likely be buying another product to replace the ones that were already full-size as soon as they run out! I just can’t get over how much I love every single one of the products featured this month.

February 2014 Glossybox Review & Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Glossybox was originally created in the UK and they often send out products from UK-based beauty brands (which I love — I find that UK beauty products work amazingly well), along with products from other European brands that I haven’t necessarily heard of here in the states.

Each month there is always something new and exciting and I find that, out of all of the beauty subscription boxes I receive, I almost always find a product that I get hooked on through my monthly Glossybox subscription. I also find that almost all of the products that Glossybox sends out work extremely well, and, at $20 per month, you are definitely getting a good value as far as product size goes. This month, three out of five products were full-sized and the other two were deluxe- or travel-sized (you can definitely get multiple uses out of them).

February 2014 Glossybox Review & Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

THE FEBRUARY 2014 GLOSSYBOX CONTAINED:

  • Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches, full-size (reg. $11 for three 0.21-oz. bags — six patches total; asos.com)
  • Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in City of Angels, full-size (reg. $18 for 0.5 oz.; laurenbbeauty.com)
  • Pureology Serious Colour Care Colour Fanatic, 1-oz. bottle (reg. $24 for 6.7 oz.; amazon.com, ULTA stores, local hair salons)
  • Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum Plus, 0.17-oz. tube (reg. $73 for 1 oz.; qvc.com)
  • Sumita Beauty Kala Color Intense Pencil, full-size (reg. $15 for .06 oz.; shopsumita.com)

Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches review and photos. February 2014 Glossybox Review & Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I haven’t tried out these eye patches yet but I’m sure I’m going to love them. I haven’t bought eye patches for myself in years, so I’m happy to find a product like this, that I normally wouldn’t buy for myself, in a monthly beauty box (and a full-sized one at that!). Anatomicals is a UK-based beauty brand and I loved the Anatomicals rose-scented shower gel that came in December’s Glossybox — which also had the same super cute hot pink packaging.

Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches (reg. $11 for three 0.21-oz. bags — six patches totalasos.com) are under eye patches that “will help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and revitalize the delicate skin around your eyes.” This product is supposed to be applied to clean, dry skin and left on for 30 minutes. They got great reviews on Glossybox’s UK site and I can’t wait to try them out!

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in City of Angels review and photos. February 2014 Glossybox Review & Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in City of Angels

I fell in love with this nail polish color and the logo design on the bottle the minute I opened up my February Glossybox. Lauren B. Beauty is a brand-new nail polish line that is launching this spring, and Glossybox subscribers were able to snag a full-sized bottle from the new line.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in City of Angels (reg. $18 for 0.5 oz.laurenbbeauty.com) is described as an “advanced, quick-drying nail enamel” that delivers a “high-shine, chip-resistant, long-lasting finish.” Glossyboxers received the color “City of Angels,” which is a “sheer, tender blush pink that flatters all skin tones.” I was just saying how I don’t really have any pretty light pink colors (until I received a similar shade from ZOYA in my February Ipsy Glam Bag), so it’s funny that I just got another one in the same month.

I actually liked the Lauren B. polish better than ZOYA, which is quite a shocker because I usually love ZOYA polishes. This polish went on flawlessly, the color came out way more opaque than sheer (in my opinion) with just two coats and it dried pretty quickly and wasn’t streaky at all. Lauren B. nail polishes are “eco- and vegan-friendly” with a “5-Free” formula (no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene or camphor). I can’t wait to buy more shades from this new line!

Pureology Serious Colour Care Colour Fanatic and Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum Plus review and photos. February 2014 Glossybox Review & Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I have so many hair products that I rarely use (especially those that I have been stockpiling from beauty box subscriptions), and I have been quite happy with the Wen Haircare line so I don’t really have much of a need for excess hair products (I usually pass them along to my mom or my BFF). This spray, however, is a totally unique product that is unlike any other hair product I own. It’s considered a “multi-tasking hair beautifier for color-treated hair” and the smell is SO amazing that I swear it’s worth it just for the scent alone (but it works well, too!).

Pureology Serious Colour Care Colour Fanatic (reg. $24 for 6.7 oz.amazon.com, ULTA stores, local hair salons) is a “multi-tasking hair treatment spray that provides 21 essential benefits to prime, protect and perfect color-treated hair.” I love, love, love multi-tasking products (they are my favorites), and it’s hard to come across one for the hair that works as well as it says it does.

I have only used this spray once so far on my dry hair (it is suggested for use with wet hair — but I’m not washing my hair until tomorrow morning) and it made it smell SO amazing. I can’t get over how wonderful this stuff smells. And, on top of that, my hair seemed a lot softer and more conditioned after using it. I can’t wait to try it out tomorrow on my wet hair and, if it works as well as I think it will, I am definitely going to be buying the full-size bottle.

The next product is probably my favorite product in this month’s Glossybox (even though I’m seriously in love with all of the products so far). This serum made my skin look amazing. Maybe it’s the placebo effect. Maybeeee I go a little crazy every time I read “truffle” anywhere (beauty products, food, food for your skin … yum, yum, yum), so I had high expectations of this stuff the minute I saw it in the box … but, I SWEAR my skin looks better than it has in months. This is one of those products that I will have absolutely no qualms whatsoever over dishing out nearly $75 for, so I’m going to be purchasing the full-sized bottle ASAP.

Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum Plus (reg. $73 for 1 oz.qvc.com) is described as a “luxurious beauty base that plumps the skin with hydration and fights off any free radicals your day brings on.” This serum goes under your moisturizer to increase hydration and it also reduces fine lines and wrinkles. My skin definitely looked and felt extra hydrated after JUST ONE USE (I swear!!), and it just looked all-around better. I can’t describe it. I seriously love this stuff already. It also got rave reviews on QVC so I’m definitely not the only one who has seen extremely awesome and noticeable results … after just one use!!

Sumita Beauty Kala Color Intense Pencil review and photos. February 2014 Glossybox Review & Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Sumita Beauty Color Intense Eyeliner in Kala (glossy black)

The last product is a full-sized eyeliner from Sumita Beauty in a super bright, glossy black (my favorite eyeliner color). I received a mini version of Sumita eyeliner (in a different color, I believe) in one of my Birchboxes months ago and I honestly haven’t even really used it. I’m definitely going to put this one to use (and probably use the other one I have, too). If this liner stays on as awesome as it goes on (creamy, smooth, vibrant), then it’s definitely a keeper.

Sumita Beauty Kala Color Intense Pencil (reg. $15 for .06 oz.shopsumita.com) is described as a deep-pigment, long-wearing eyeliner pencil that is ideal for use on the inner water line of your eye, as well as the outer lash. Sumita liners boast bold color, blendability and long-wear — I found that the color was super rich when I quickly swatched it on my hand (I should have taken a photo …), and it went on smooth with a creamy consistency that should make it great for blending. I’m going to try it out tomorrow morning and see how I like it. If it stays put like they say, then I’m sure I will love it.

 

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Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $21 per month and sends out five full- and deluxe-sized “prestige” beauty products each month. To sign up with my referral code, shoot me an e-mail with your name and e-mail address, or visit Glossybox.com for more information.

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Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Photos & Swatches

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I received this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag a few days ago but it took me a little while to get the post up because I finally wanted to start incorporating some photos of myself/real swatches of how products look the way they are intended to be applied into the post. I still haven’t really gotten the taking-photos-of-myself-for-my-blog thing down just yet … but I’m working on it. I did end up trying out the liquid/cream eyeshadow in this month’s Glam Bag and I was able to post photos of how I wore the shadow on my eyes 🙂

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Each Glam Bag is shipped in a cute, hot pink mailer

The Glam Bag for February 2014 was, of course, themed around “The Look of Love.” I was pretty happy with most of the products, like I usually am with most of the Ipsy Glam Bags I receive. Ipsy’s service is $10 per month for four to six beauty items that come packed in a cute little makeup case. I think a huge plus about the Ipsy service is that they send out a lot of full-sized items. For a service that costs a mere $10/month, that’s pretty awesome, and they definitely stand out for the range in makeup items (both drugstore and higher-end brands), and the size of the products selected.

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

 

This month’s case was hot pink, so I loved it, of course. It is the perfect size to fit makeup necessities that you will need throughout the day and you can carry it in almost any size purse. My Glam Bag also came with almost all full-sized products this month (four out of five were full-sized), so that’s a huge plus, especially for a subscription service that only costs $10/month.

MY FEBRUARY 2014 IPSY GLAM BAG CONTAINED:

  • POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini Lipgloss in Fuchsia Freesia, full-size (reg. $16 for 0.14 oz.; popbeauty.co.uk)
  • ZOYA Nail Polish in Dot, full-size (reg. $9 for 0.5 oz.; zoya.com)
  • Tini Beauty Eyetini Eye Cordial Cream Shadow + Base in Violette, full-size (reg. $18 for 0.14 oz.; tinibeauty.com)
  • skyn ICELAND Fresh Start Mask With Ace Age Mud, single-use packet (reg. $39 for six masks; skyniceland.com)
  • J. Cat Beauty Eyelashes + Eyelash Glue, full-size (reg. $3.99 for set of lashes + glue; jcatbeauty.com)

POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini Lipgloss in Fuchsia Freesia review, photos and swatches. Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This super cute hot pink lipgloss was definitely great for the Valentine’s Day, love-themed February Glam Bag. Ipsters received this gloss in one of two shades, “Peony Petal” or “Fuchsia Fressia,” I received the latter, a hot pink, which I love. This lipgloss had a huge color payoff when swatched on my hand, but I didn’t really like how it applied to my lips (not so smooth). I then applied it over a lip balm and I liked it a lot more. When applied over a balm, it loses some of the bright pink color, but I kinda like this slightly-muted hot pink a little better.

POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini Lipgloss in Fuchsia Freesia review, photos and swatches. Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini Lipgloss in Fuchsia Freesia (reg. $16 for 0.14 oz.popbeauty.co.uk) is described as a “plumping pout perfector” that “combines the high-shine of a lacquered gloss with the long wear of a stain.” This lipgloss is formulated with “lip-plumping peptides,” as well as avocado and jojoba oils. I haven’t used it enough to really make a final judgment on it, but I always find a way to put new lipglosses to use. I especially love anything that’s pink.

ZOYA Nail Polish in Dot review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

It’s funny that this ZOYA color appeared in my February Glam Bag because I have been meaning to paint my nails a perfect light/pastel pink for a few weeks now (every February I go into pink overload), and realized that I really don’t have such a color. Out of the almost 200 nail colors I own, a perfect light pink is not one of them. I have every other pink in the spectrum, but not one like this. I love ZOYA polishes so it was a double plus that I received my perfect light pink from a 5-Free (formaldehyde-, formaldehyde resin-, toluene-, dibutyl phthalate-, and camphor-free) nail polish brand that I love.

ZOYA Nail Polish in Dot (reg. $9 for 0.5 oz.zoya.com) is described as a “full-coverage pink petal cream.” I applied two coats of this polish and it looked great.  ZOYA has a color intensity scale (with 5 being the most opaque, 1 being sheer), and “Dot” is at a 4 on this scale. Love the color, love ZOYA, love full-sized products in beauty subscriptions. Thanks, Ipsy!

Tini Beauty Eyetini Eye Cordial Cream Shadow + Base in Violette review, photos and swatches. Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The next product was this cream eyeshadow in a super pretty lilac color. The color actually looks a bit lighter in the tube than it does in the above photo, but the color that comes out when applied is closer to what the photo looks like. I want to start taking photos of myself/mini makeup tutorials/photos of me actually wearing the clothing and makeup I blog about, so I just quickly started by trying out this cream eyeshadow.

I only had my iPhone to use as a camera at the time, so I’m not even going to post the full-face photos of myself. For now, I’m just posting the photos of how the shadow looked on my eyes alone, and then how it looked blended together with a regular powder shadow.

Tini Beauty Eyetini Eye Cordial Cream Shadow + Base in Violette review, photos and swatches. Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Tini Beauty Eyetini Cream Shadow in Violette worn alone, over an eyeshadow primer

I wasn’t too disappointed with how these two photos came out. I hope I can just give a general idea of what this product looked like when it was actually applied to my eyelids (I’m still learning!). I think I made a mistake by applying an eyeshadow primer underneath the Tini Beauty cream shadow, especially since this shadow is also considered a “base.” I found that it didn’t blend very well, and all the product kind of hugged the outer corners of my eye and moved away from the middle, as you can see in the above photo (where the shadow is worn by itself, over an eyeshadow primer).

Tini Beauty Eyetini Eye Cordial Cream Shadow + Base in Violette review, photos and swatches. Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Tini Beauty Eyetini Cream Shaodw blended with a silver/gray powder eyeshadow

In the second photo, I quickly blended the Tini Beauty Eyetini Cream Shadow with a silverish/grayish generic Sephora-brand eyeshadow. I found that the Tini Beauty shadow looked a lot better when it was mixed with a powder shadow color. If I was to apply a purple powder shadow over it, then the lilac shade of the cream shadow would really pop.

Tini Beauty Eyetini Eye Cordial Cream Shadow + Base in Violette review, photos and swatches. Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Here is the shadow swatched on the back of my hand

Tini Beauty Eyetini Eye Cordial Cream Shadow + Base in Violette (reg. $18 for 0.14 oz.tinibeauty.com) is described as a “revolutionary formula” that “glides on beguiling creamy color and sets to a transfer-resistant finish that doubles as a wear-extending base under powder shadow.” I’m going to try this product again alone, without a primer (as it is considered a “base” as well as a cream shadow), but I really don’t think this is going to be at the top of my eyeshadow list either way. The consistency, to me, was a little too thin and runny.

skyn ICELAND Fresh Start Mask With Ace Age Mud review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The only product this month that wasn’t full-sized was this face mask sample from Skyn Iceland. I love trying out new facial masks so I’m always happy to find them in beauty subscriptions. I haven’t tried this one out yet, so I can’t really comment on whether or not I like it.

skyn ICELAND Fresh Start Mask With Ace Age Mud (reg. $39 for six masksskyniceland.com) is described as a “10-minute weekly treatment” that “polishes and re-texturizes skin to reveal a luminous, youthful translucence for a fresh start.” This dual-phase, weekly detoxing and brightening treatment contains cooling blue clay blended with an “AHA fruit acid gel complex” to create a warming, oxygenating foam that “clarifies and smoothes stressed, depleted complexions in just 10 minutes.”

J. Cat Beauty Eyelashes + Eyelash Glue review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag February 2014 Review, Swatches & Photos. Monthly beauty subscription service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

And the last item in my February Glam Bag was yet another pair of false eyelashes. I never really wear these unless I’m going out for a special occasion or something (even then, I rarely wear them), but I think I should probably start. I used to wear fake eyelashes all the time in high school, but now they just annoy me too much — taking the time to put them on, and then once they’re on I’m always playing around with them. I’ve been building a mini collection of these things since I’ve been finding them a lot in all the beauty boxes I subscribe to as well as a few beauty kits I have purchased recently, so I might as well start wearing them.

J. Cat Beauty Eyelashes + Eyelash Glue (reg. $3.99 for set of lashes + gluejcatbeauty.com) come in 30 different styles, ranging from eyelash pairs to individual flare lashes (these would have been better for me), and they’re pretty cheap, too. I’m not sure how they would compare to the Ardell lashes, but the individual flares look very similar to the individual Ardell lashes. I’m gonna try this false lash pair out this weekend.

 

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription that contains full- and deluxe-sized sample items from both high-end, prestige beauty brands as well as drugstore brands. Each month, these products are packed into a new “Glam Bag” makeup case. Ipsy costs $10 per month, plus a very small shipping and handling charge for some states (I think mine is less than $1 to ship to New York). To subscribe click here, or visit Ipsy.com for more information.

 

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