BUXOM Haute Pink Lips Sephora VIB Set: 3 Brand-New Lip Shades. From left to right: Mini Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress
I received these three BUXOM lipgloss and lipstick shades in a Sephora VIB gift a few weeks ago — it was available in stores, but I never saw a code for it online. I’m not sure if this set is still available, but the full-size versions definitely are and they are all new BUXOM colors. I wanted to do a post because each formula is amazing (all three are different), and the colors are beautiful and perfect for the summer. That, and the photos I took actually came out okay (you can actually notice the difference between the three colors), even though I took the pictures at night.
So before I go into each lip product individually, I just wanted to show the swatch photo I took – I just took one swatch photo of all three shades side by side instead of three individual pictures; this way you can see the contrast between the colors a lot better. On the left is the lipstick, which does come out a bit creamier-looking when applied to the lips (you can see that in the photo below); then the full-bodied gloss (my favorite one); and then the sheer lipgloss.
(Mini) BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick in “Mistress”
The first product was a mini version of Buxom’s Full-Bodied Lipstick. This shade wasn’t exactly HOT pink, but it was very pink nonetheless. I love Buxom products, especially their lip products (their lip liner is the only liner I use), and this lipstick was no different. I loved the creamy consistency and the color payoff was amazing. I’m really trying to branch out and wear different, brighter colors on my lips, and even though this one is really almost like a nude baby pink, it is still very noticeable and it looks great with a light/natural makeup look for the day.
BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick in “Mistress”
Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21 for 0.13 oz.; sephora.com) is a “full-coverage lip color” that has a “gentle plumping effect.” It really made my lips look pretty and full (without the plumping tingle). I’m more of a lipgloss girl than a lipstick girl, but this is one of my favorite lipsticks, especially since it doesn’t come out cakey and it has a satin finish. It is described as a “smooth, creamy, ultra-hydrating lipstick” that contains encapsulated hyaluronic spheres to help promote hydration and fullness, as well as shea butter, coconut oil, chamomile flower wax, and vitamins C and E to help moisturize, soothe and protect.
(Mini) BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole
The next product was a much brighter pink, described as a “shimmering strawberry,” in Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish formula. This is Buxom’s sheer lipgloss formula and, even though it is considered “sheer,” the color is definitely very, very noticeable. It’s not sticky and it also has a plumping technology to make your lips look full and prettier.
BUXOM Mini Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole
Buxom Full-On Lip Polish ($19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “sheer, high-shine lip polish” that creates the look of “fuller, more voluptuous lips.” It has a “gentle plumping effect” that comes along WITH the tingle (unlike the lipstick and the other gloss, below), and it contains vitamins A and E, which help to keep lips soft, supple and protected.
(Mini) BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in “Sweet Thing”
The last lip product is my favorite one. This is Buxom’s “Full-Bodied” Lipgloss, and it totally lives up to its name — the color came out beautifully and it was definitely way more “full-bodied” than the sheer Lip Polish (above). This gloss is also very moisturizing and feels super nourishing on my lips (which are usually pretty dry), and it also plumps the lips, but without leaving the tingle effect.
BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in “Sweet Thing”
Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss ($19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “shimmering, hydrating gloss with a no-tingle plumping effect.” It is an “ultra-hydrating” gloss that contains encapsulated hyaluronic spheres that help promote hydration and fullness, as well as jojoba oil and vitamin E to help moisturize and protect lips.
All three of these BUXOM shades are available exclusively in Sephora stores and online at Sephora.com!
Smashbox Summer 2014: The Santigold Collection [Photo: Smashbox.com]
I know Smashbox debuted their new summer collection about a month ago, but the products have finally hit shelves so I just wanted to do a post going over all the awesomeness that is their new Santigolden Age Collection.
The Santigolden Age Collection was created by artist Santigold, who fused unexpected vivid colors and elements into the collection the same way she does regularly with her amazing fashion sense and all-around artistic boldness. This exclusive collection is influenced by Santigold’s “strong creative sense of collage,” with a “vivid and playful” color palette that is really unlike any beauty collection I have seen recently.
The whole collection is gorgeous and I can’t wait to get my hands on those eyeliner pencils. Besides the fact that the colors are amazing and there are a bunch of different products to choose from (from shadows to liners to lipgloss to nail stickers and even a lipstick ring), the artwork and packaging design is really over-the-top beautiful, so these items will definitely be some great collectors’ pieces.
The new Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection for the summer contains five different items, four of which have two different color combinations:
Apocalypse Now. [Photo: Smashbox.com]
Smashbox The Santigolden Age Eye Shadow Collage ($36 for 0.17 oz.; smashbox.com) is described as a “one-of-a-kind collaged and mirrored palette with five dramatic wet-to-dry eyeshadows.”
“Apocalypse Now” (above) consists of a shimmery oyster shade, shimmery tea, sparkling pewter, matte black and bright golden orange.
Earth As We Know It. [Photo: Sephora.com]
“Earth As We Know It” (above) consists of a soft sparkling cream, kelly green, dark matte blue, raisin with rosegold pearl and a dark sparkly forest green shade.
My favorite items in the collection are these gorgeous, versatile, bold eyeliners. The Smashbox Santigolden Age Double-Ended Limitless Liner ($24 for two 0.02-oz. pencils; smashbox.com) is described as a “double-ended eyeliner with eight-hour staying power and limitless possibilities.”
There are two different liner pencils in the new collection with two different shades on each one: Yellow Dwarf/Green Martian (a bright yellow and a mint green — on the left of the photo above); and Azurite is Never Wrong/El Dorado (a bright azure blue and earthy gold — on the right of the photo).
Be Legendary Lipgloss in All Gold E’rything (left) and Hot Lava (right). [Photo: Smashbox.com]
The next two products are Smashbox’s Be Legendary lipgloss formula in two very “Santigolden” shades. Smashbox The Santigolden Age Be Legendary Gloss ($20 for 0.20 oz.; smashbox.com) is described as “a vibrant, glassy-finish gloss hand-picked by artist Santigold.”
“All Gold E’rything” is described as a “sheer copper sparkle” and “Hot Lava” is described as a “sheer red-orange.” I’m loving the gold color so I will definitely be picking that one up (red is not really my thing, even though this red looks lovely).
Nail Polish Art Strips in “Serpent Charmer” (left) and “The Eye of the Beholder” (right). [Photo: Smashbox.com]
These sweeeet nail polish stickers come with two different designs in one pack and I have a feeling they will work pretty well, since they’re made by Smashbox (I usually have such a problem with these things). Smashbox The Santigolden Age Nail Polish Art Strips ($22 for set of two different patterns; smashbox.com) are described as “one-of-a-kind, mistake-proof nail strips designed by artist Santigold,” who is known for her collage art and strong creative sense, which influenced the whole collection’s “vivid and playful color range.”
“Serpent Charmer” (left) is a black snake pattern on what looks like a glittery gold background; and “The Eye of the Beholder” (right) is a creepy-cool (and yet pretty at the same time) silver eye design on a black background. I love the design and colors of the black eye pattern strips and, even though I’m not usually into snake-print anything, the gold one is pretty cool. I could definitely rock these.
Be Legendary Lipstick Ring in “Still Kickin.” [Photo: Smashbox.com]
The last product in the collection is a jewelry-and-makeup-in-one deal. This is a really pretty lipstick ring that is actually not tacky (in my opinion). I usually find these things to be either childish (‘cuz they’re usually for kids) or just tacky-looking. These are actually really nice.
Smashbox The Santigolden Age Be Legendary Lipstick Ring ($49 for one ring in size 8; smashbox.com) is described as “a collectible snake ring that holds a limited-edition shade of Be Legendary Lipstick inside.” This is the only product in the collection that comes in just one shade, but it’s a pretty “golden reddish coral.” I’m definitely picking this one up too.
I might as well just get the whole collection at this point (maybe just one eyeshadow shade, though, and just the gold lipgloss, not the red one). This collection is gorgeous and I usually don’t do posts as previews for new beauty collections, especially when I haven’t even bought the collection myself yet (using the official photos), but this one was way too pretty to pass up.
Smashbox’s Summer 2014 “The Santigolden Age” Collection consists of five different products in a range of prices (see prices above). It is now available in stores and online at Smashbox.com, Sephora.com, Beauty.com and other retailers that carry Smashbox cosmetics.
Julep started out as a nail polish/nail care company and has quickly been evolving into a bonafide beauty company, encompassing all areas of makeup, skincare and even haircare products. I got turned on to Julep’s beauty products through their monthly Maven box subscription and I have been highly impressed at how well most of these products work — the ones I love do exactly what they’re supposed to do, and they easily match and sometimes even surpass their counterparts from well-established beauty brands.
There are a few Julep beauty products that have disappointed me, but there are definitely more that I love and have been crazy surprised at how well they work. This post isn’t exactly the greatest representation of the best Julep beauty products, or my favorite ones, but these are products that I (mostly) bought before Christmas that I’m only getting around to reviewing right now.
Some of the products I bought with those purchases aren’t even available anymore on the Julep website (so they’re not listed here), but what’s great about Julep is that they are constantly experimenting with new products and doing away with the less-popular ones that may not work as well. I review the newer Julep products that are featured in Maven boxes in my Julep Maven posts, and they also contain some of my favorite Julep beauty products (like the gel eyeliner and eyeliner brush from the February box, which I reviewed here).
So, without any further babbling, here is an overview of some of Julep’s beauty products that I have recently tried that are definitely still available at Julep.com and haven’t been featured in recent Julep Maven boxes. You can check out the beauty products in recent Maven boxes in my Julep Maven posts at this link.
Julep Lip Vernis in Camellia
Julep recently debuted their new lipgloss line in Sephora stores, which is simply called “Julep Lipgloss” (reviewed later in this post). This lipgloss pictured here is an older product, and I actually like it better than the newer glosses, but, unfortunately, it looks like Julep might be doing away with this formula. The Lip Vernis line comes in four different colors, all on sale for $4.99 (down from $18), but it seems that this color (“Camellia”) is currently out of stock. I’m not sure if they’re going to bring this one back.
Julep Lip Vernis (on sale for $4.99, reg. $18 for .25 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “ultra-creamy, long-wearing gloss” with a “mirror-like finish.” I have only tried it in this one color, “Camellia” (a nude blush creme), but I found that the non-sticky formula goes on super smooth and the soft, baby pink is the perfect color intensity for a gloss. When comparing the Lip Vernis to Julep’s new Lip Gloss line, I found that the Lip Vernis gave a much better color payoff; even though the color is semi-sheer, it has a more milky, creamy consistency than the sheer colors of the Lip Gloss line and felt very moisturizing and nourishing. I posted a swatch of the Lip Vernis next to the Halo Lip Gloss set (directly below).
Julep Halo Lip Gloss Set, Merriment (left) and Peace (right)
Julep debuted this set as part of their 2013 holiday collection, and I was actually surprised to see that it’s still available to purchase. This set is also on sale for $22 (down from $36) and, even though I haven’t used these glosses much just yet, they have a great moisturizing formula and the berry color comes out as the perfect sheer, light berry shade. I don’t like wearing dark reds on my lips, so I was happy that this comes out a lot lighter than it looks in the tube.
From left to right: Julep Lip Vernis in Camellia, Julep Halo Lip Gloss in Peace and Merriment
Julep Halo Lip Gloss Set (on sale for $22, reg. $36 for set of two glosses; julep.com) is described as a set of two shimmery lip glosses with a conditioning formula enriched with Julep’s “proprietary Power Cell Complex” — an “age-defying, antioxidant-rich blend of rosehip seed oil, Malvaceae Lipid Extract and green coffee bean oil.” These glosses were definitely way more moisturizing than I thought and they aren’t sticky at all. “Merriment” is described as a “super-shiny clear shimmer” and “Peace” is described as a “festive fuchsia shimmer.”
Julep Boho Glam Lengthening Mascara
This next product turned out to be one of my favorite brown mascaras. I almost always wear black mascara, but decided that brown wasn’t all too bad, and even better for some more natural makeup days, and this shade is the perfect brown. I also have very sparse lashes, which I have been growing back for a few months now (they are finally “normal”-looking again), and this mascara definitely makes them look longer and separated. This product is also currently on sale.
Julep Boho Glam Lengthening Mascara (on sale for $12.99, reg. $24 for .32 oz.; julep.com) is an espresso brown mascara with “lash growth enhancement ingredients” and a micro-fiber applicator that “separates, lengthens and conditions individual lashes to lock in moisture and protect from breakage.” I was very impressed with this mascara, especially because it actually did something for my super sparse lashes, and I just received a brand-new one (full-size!) in Julep’s Cupid Mystery Box (which I decided not to review, since the New York weather made my package come extremely late — way after Valentine’s Day).
I feel like I have tried nearly every sea salt/”beach waves” spray on the market and to no avail. I have pretty damaged hair from all the color treating (which I have actually been turning around finally by using the Wen haircare line), plus unruly waves … so, sticky, drying “texture” sprays don’t usually do much good for my hair. This one for Julep actually made a difference thanks to its moisturizing, sulfate and paraben-free formula.
Julep Sea Salt Texture Spray ($17.60 for Mavens, reg. $22 for 3.9 oz.; julep.com) is a texture spray that uses salt water infused with a combination of marine botanicals that “provide intense moisture and essential nourishment,” a “two-punch combo” that protects hair from sun damage while creating “ocean-kissed, tousled waves.”
This sea salt spray adds texture, boosts volume on wet hair and adds “piecy texture” to dry hair. The waves actually come out smooth and natural-looking, and it doesn’t leave hair crunchy at all. I haven’t used this spray that much just yet, but I plan on integrating it into my hair routine more over the next few days.
The next product is not so much a beauty product — it’s more in tune with Julep’s background in nail polish and nail care. A good cuticle oil is absolutely an essential product and this one works great. I have a lot of bad habits, one of them being chewing the skin around my nails (I’m getting better, though!) and this stuff moisturizes and smooths out the area around my nails perfectly.
Julep Essential Cuticle Oil ($14.40 for Mavens, reg. $18 for .29 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “natural blend of essential oils and Vitamin E” that “hydrates and strengthens nails and cuticles.” This cuticle oil extends the life of your manicure and leaves a “glossy sheen.” It can be used daily to soften rough cuticles and strengthen nails.
Julep Blank Canvas Plumping Lip Primer
I actually haven’t even really used this next product. I tried it out once, under the Julep Lip Gloss, and that was it. I’ve had such dry/chapped lips this winter that I’ve been focusing more on using balms/Chapstick/lip conditioners than I have on plumping and priming my lips. This product didn’t get such great reviews on Julep’s website, but I did like how it looked underneath the nude-colored lipgloss (below). I’m going to try it out again tomorrow since my lips are finally back to normal.
Julep Blank Canvas Plumping Lip Primer ($17.60 for Mavens, reg. $22; julep.com) is described as a “multi-tasking marvel that plumps, moisturizes and preps lips for flawless application.” It is formulated with Sepilift DPHP for plumping and has a “tingle” to tell you it’s working. This lip primer is also supposed to keep your lips hydrated and smooth, while locking your lipstick or lipgloss in place.
Julep Lip Gloss in Glowing
The last two products are Julep’s recently-released lip glosses, simply called Julep Lip Gloss. I really thought I would enjoy these glosses a lot more than I did, but I haven’t really used these that much, either, so I can’t really make a final judgment. I found these glosses to be smooth, but it seemed like so little product was applied with the wand and I had to dig around in the tube and apply it at least three times to notice more color and shine. I guess these shades are considered semi-sheer, but I really thought the color would stand out more.
Julep Lip Gloss in Timeless
Julep Lip Gloss ($16 for Mavens, reg. $20; julep.com) comes in 10 different subtle colors that provide “unstoppable shine and luscious hydration.” These shades are described as “subtle sheers,” so I guess that’s why I felt like I had to apply it a bunch of times before I saw a real color payoff. I just don’t really see the point in creating a product that comes in ten different colors when each color nearly looks the same with just one application (the more applications, the more you can actually see the color).
“Timeless”, left, and “Glowing”, right.
I purchased “Glowing,” described as a “sheer light pink,” and “Timeless,” described as a sheer nude. I actually found that the nude color was more noticeable than the light pink, but it doesn’t look that way in the above photo. I had to swatch these glosses heavily on my hand for them to come up in the picture, so I applied each one at least three times. I still don’t like how this swatch photo came out, but these glosses really are so sheer that you can’t really get a good idea of how they look on the lips from a swatch on the hand. I would have posted a picture of them on my lips but I’m still a little embarrassed about the over-dryness/chapped-ness, so I’m not doing any close-up lip photos at the moment!
All of the above products are available at Julep.com, and the last two lip glosses are also available in Sephora stores (but not online just yet). Julep releases a new beauty product every month with their monthly Maven subscription program, which costs $19.99 per month. Click here to sign up or head over to Julep.com for more information.
I just recently discovered Beauty.com and the (super easy) power of buying beauty products with PayPal, so I’ve been doing a lot of shopping through this website and mini-“hauls” such as this one over the last few months. I don’t really consider this a haul … just a few new products, and I’m going to review each one of these products separately in a post of their own, but I did want to write about the free Daryl K. sample bag that Beauty.com is currently sending out with any order over $100.
I just can’t get over how awesome the free sample bags are from this website … they are way better as far as value goes than most of the other “free samples with purchase” gifts I have received after ordering from other beauty retailers, both in-store and online.
Daryl K. Sample Bag Makeup Case — Free Gift With A $100+ Beauty.com Purchase
This is the second sample bag I have received with a Beauty.com order and both of them included an awesomely oversized makeup bag jam-packed with amazing deluxe-sized samples from some of my favorite beauty brands (hardly any single-use packets here). I’m not crazy about the Daryl K. design on this particular makeup bag (above), but it’s such a great size that I will totally put it to use either for storage or for travel. The actual samples contained in the bag are also awesome and I would definitely consider the majority of them to be more travel-size than sample-size.
I’m just going to provide an overview here of the products I bought + the products in the free sample bag and then I’m going to do individual reviews of my full-sized purchases in posts of their own 🙂
Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder
I’ve been meaning to get this cute little bronzer from Stila since I first saw it in the stores a few weeks ago and I’m so glad I finally got it. The colors are great and buildable — I can wear this as light or as dark as I want it, plus the hint of peachy shimmer gives it a little more of a unique identity than your average bronzing powder. Plus, at only $14, it’s SUPER cheap … especially by Stila and “prestige beauty” standards.
Stila Sweet Treat Bronzing Powder ($14 for 0.35 oz.; beauty.com) is a trio of matte and shimmery bronzers, plus a pop of peach, to “deliver a luminous, kissed-by-the-sun glow.” The nine little bronzer “tiles” are formed together to look like a cute chocolate bar. This is the perfect beauty gift for Valentine’s Day, but I hope Stila decides to keep it around all year round because the colors work so well together, especially for my skin. I really like this product a lot better than I thought I would.
I’ve also been meaning to get this new lip balm/tint from Too Faced since it recently came out, so I decided to get it in the pretty coral color, “Coral Pop,” with my Beauty.com mini “haul.” I do have to say — this product takes some getting used to. It stings a lot when you apply it, the sign that it’s “working” (plumping your lips and whatnot), but my problem is that my super dry winter lips are pretty chapped, so this stuff mustttt be applied over a Chapstick or similar lip balm to cut down on the extra sting. I only tried this out once since I got it, and my lips have healed significantly since then, so I’m definitely going to try it out again tomorrow.
Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb in Coral Pop
Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb ($21 for 0.1 oz.; beauty.com) is described as an “ultra-conditioning balm” that combines Too Faced’s best-selling Lip Injection plumping and blood vessel dilating technology with a satin color stain. This lip balm comes in six shades and it is formulated with Vitamins A, C and E, as well as mango butter for extra moisture and a “softer, smoother, plumper pout.”
Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Streak
Another new product on the beauty market that I had been meaning to try is the amazing new Naked lipgloss from Urban Decay. This gloss is awesome — it is extra glossy, but not sticky at all, and the color payoff and staying power is great, especially for just a lipgloss. My favorite part about the new UD gloss is that it has beneficial moisturizing ingredients and it feels super smooth.
Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss ($20 for 0.13 oz.; beauty.com) is described as a “luxe gloss and a rich balm in one” formulated with good-for-your-skin ingredients like Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, vitamin E, avocado oil and shea butter to hydrate and condition lips, along with Rosehip seed oil that provides “an extra hit of vitamins, including vitamin A and vitamin C.”
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Metallic Lavender
And the last new product on the beauty market in my mini-haul that I’ve been meaning to try are these foil finish eyeshadows from Stila. I haven’t really used them to their full potential yet (just tried them out quickly so far), but I plan on doing a full review on them this week. I decided to buy two colors, the foil shadow version of Stila’s best-selling “Kitten,” as well as “Metallic Lavender,” so that I can mix them together, instead of just using one color alone or blended with powder shadows (which I intend to do either way).
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow ($32 for set of foil shadow, liquid primer and mixing tray; beauty.com) is described as a “cream-to-powder shadow with a multidimensional metallic finish.” This shadow can be built up for a variety of effects, ranging from a “light wash of shimmer to an opaque metallic finish.” It comes with a mini Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer and a cute little mixing tray.
Dr. Brandt CC Glow With Signature Ruby Crystal CC Cream
This next product is also fairly new — Dr. Brandt’s CC Glow CC Cream. I have had severe dry skin this winter and I wanted to get a new cream that would provide moisture benefits while giving off a dewy-type glow, and this is definitely the perfect CC Cream for that. I absolutely love this product and it looks great alone, for light makeup days, and it also works great as a CC Cream primer underneath my foundation.
Dr. Brandt CC Glow With Signature Ruby Crystal ($39 for 1 oz.; beauty.com) is described as an “all-in-one color correcting and perfecting cream formulated with Ruby Crystal Complex and stabilized Vitamin C.” This CC Cream has eight anti-aging benefits: it illuminates, primes, brightens, hydrates, smoothes, evens skin tone, rejuvenates and provides SPF 30 protection for a “natural, flawless and youthful glow.”
Malin + Goetz Essential Kit
I absolutely fell in love with the Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask that came in the January Pop Sugar Must Have box, and I wanted to try more products from this brand, so I figured this Essential Kit was the perfect place to start. I can’t get over how well the Malin + Goetz products work, and the brand is quickly climbing to the top of the list of my favorite skincare brands.
The Malin + Goetz Essential Kit ($30 for six different 1-oz. products; beauty.com) includes:
Grapefruit Face Cleanser: A foaming gel cleanser for all skin types that “synthesizes natural grapefruit extracts with nourishing amino acids to gently and thoroughly cleanse, purify, hydrate and balance all skin types.”
Bergamot Body Wash: A foaming cleansing gel that synthesizes natural bergamot with amino acid-based cleansing agents to “gently and effectively” purify and balance all skin types, unlike traditionally harsh detergents. This body wash is “blended to hydrate, rinsing free of residue without irritation, drying or stripping.”
Peppermint Shampoo: A hydrating shampoo that synthesizes natural peppermint extract with amino acid-based cleansing agents to “effectively purify and balance” all hair types. This mildly foaming, residue-free shampoo formula is “blended for frequent use without drying, stripping, irritation or build-up.”
Cilantro Hair Conditioner: A gentle, daily conditioner that “scientifically synthesizes natural cilantro with absorbent fatty acids and fatty alcohols” to effectively hydrate and balance all hair and scalp types.
Vitamin E Face Moisturizer: An oil-free, residue-free moisturizer that “scientifically synthesizes natural vitamins E and B5 with absorbent fatty acids and fatty alcohols.” This moisturizer “gently and effectively hydrates and balances all skin types, unlike traditionally greasy pore-clogging oils, for an intensely nourishing treatment,” while reducing epidermal irritation.
B5 Body Moisturizer: An oil-free, residue-free body moisturizer that “scientifically synthesizes natural vitamin B5 and soothing bergamot extract with absorbent fatty acids and fatty alcohols.” This body moisturizer “effectively hydrates all skin types” and reduces epidermal irritation.
Beauty.com Daryl K. Sample Bag
And now for the sample bag! When I first received a sample bag with my Beauty.com purchase (back in November, I think) I was SHOCKED at how much stuff was in there. So many great products/products I have been meaning to try/products I never heard of in REAL sample sizes. I’m a firm believer that if I’m going to “sample” a product, then there better be enough product in the package for at least more than one use.
I absolutely hate those single-use sample packets, so I was happy to see that Beauty.com sent out yet another awesome sample bag with this most recent purchase, packed with 11(!) sample products. I consider these sizes to be more “travel-sized” than sample-sized, especially the creams and lotions, and even hair products(!), that I can take with me wherever I go. I was also happy to see products with good-for-you ingredients and also some of my favorite brands.
I didn’t take the greatest photos of the actual samples, but I just wanted to give a general idea of what was in the bag. The Beauty.com Daryl K. Sample Bag included:
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Cream (reg. $55 for 1.7 oz.; beauty.com): An anti-aging, SPF 25 moisturizer that helps improve skin firmness, boosts moisture levels and helps to safeguard skin from aging UV damage, good for all skin types.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (reg. $79 for 1 oz.; beauty.com): A satiny serum that has been scientifically proven to reduce dark spots in just 4 weeks. This serum corrects existing dark spots, prevents their appearance and boosts the complexion’s radiance for “redensified, moisturized and beautifully radiant” skin. It contains pure Viniferine from grapevine stalks, that has an “exceptional action on radiance, dark spots and wrinkles.”
Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener (reg. $22 for 0.18 oz.; beauty.com): An eye-brightening wand that immediately brightens the under eye area and diffuses dark shadows while reducing the appearance of fine lines and dark circles over time.
Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray (reg. $33 for 4 oz.; beauty.com): A prep spray infused with vitamin B6, which absorbs oil, minimizes pores and reduces redness. This spray can be spritzed on any time of day (without messing up your makeup) to hydrate and soften skin with vitamins and antioxidants, or it can be used in the morning to prep and “wake up” skin.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara (reg. $23 for 0.31 oz.; beauty.com): An “amped-up, ultra-black mascara that lengthens, curls and magnifies lashes for an intensified look, proven to increase lash volume by 752% instantly.” This formula is infused with vitamins and emphasizes length and volume, while “conditioning lashes for a dramatic look that won’t dry out, flake or budge.”
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (reg. $22 for 0.28 oz.; beauty.com): A clear gel “fortified with botanical hair conditioners and essential oils to keep unruly brows in place all day without flaking.” This gel sets and tames “unruly brows” without leaving them stiff, flaky or sticky.
Go Smile Double Action Teeth Whitening System (reg. $89 for six-day supply; beauty.com): A teeth whitening system that “combines two powerful, patent-pending formulas” to “penetrate teeth and effectively lift stains, even from beneath the surface.” This system works “quickly and effectively to make a visible difference in your smile, and with virtually no sensitivity or irritation to teeth and gums.” Safe to use on all dental work.
Phyto Phytolisse Ultra-Glossing Finishing Serum (reg. $30 for 1.7 oz.; beauty.com): A hair serum specially designed “prevent hair from frizzing and instantly restores a smooth, shiny appearance.” This serum is formulated with botanical ingredients that protect hair without weighing it down for silkier, smoother and shinier hair.
H2O+ Targeted Care Hand and Nail Cream (reg. $16 for 6 oz.; ulta.com [I couldn’t find this to purchase on its own at Beauty.com, they just offer it in sets/kits]): A lightweight, non-greasy hand and nail cream that “restores moisture to hardworking hands.” This cream is formulated with silk proteins and vitamin E to nourish nails and cuticles, while moisture-rich marine botanicals “provide deep hydration for visibly smooth skin.”
NUXE Nirvanesque Light (reg. $53 for 1.5 oz.; beauty.com): A cream formulated with Peony and Blue Lotus, designed to “instantly and visibly smooth away wrinkles and fine lines.” The new Light formula contains Rice Powder and Enanthia Chlorantha to mattify skin. This cream leaves skin “de-stressed” with a radiant complexion.
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask (reg. $48 at ulta.com; also couldn’t find this specific item on Beauty.com, although it looks like they sell all of the other Jurlique products): A “hydrating and revitalizing high-performance gel mask infused with antioxidant beads that release Vitamin E to help address the first signs of aging and protect the skin against environmental aggressors.” This gel mask nourishes skin and leaves it feeling hydrated and looking radiant.
All products are available at Beauty.com (except for the two sample products that I noted in the post), and the Daryl K. sample bag is currently available with any purchase over $100 at Beauty.com.