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Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos (2014)

Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

 

Apparently, over the last year or so, my Influenster score has been steadily increasing thanks to my social media accounts and blog posts, and I had NO idea that I was picked to receive a bunch of VoxBoxes as the e-mails were going to an account that I never use. So, a couple of months ago when I started blogging again, I decided to check on my Influenster account and saw that my score was way up, realized the e-mail account was the one that I never use, then logged into said e-mail to see all of those missed VoxBox opportunities.

SO … with that being said … this is my very first VoxBox and I was super excited to receive it! I love, love, love free stuff and, of course, I love trying out different products (and a great variety of products at that — not just beauty products). The Uni VoxBox is for college-goers and, even though I graduated with my BA a few years ago, I am back in college (sort of), getting my certificate in Paralegal Studies, so I guess this is fitting.

Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

My first VoxBox was pretty cool — a nice mix of products and they were all products that I wouldn’t necessarily buy for myself, so it’s always great to get those things for free (except the tampons, of course … those are a monthly necessity).

Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The Uni VoxBox came with a card detailing each item in the box and a couple of coupons for some of the products (I didn’t take pictures of those).

The Influenster Uni Voxbox contained:

  • Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ($5.99 for colors, $7.99 for patterns; drugstore.com)
  • NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia ($1.99 for 0.11 oz.; available at most major drugstores)
  • Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen ($4.59 for pack of two, $6.24 for pack of four, $7.49 for pack of five; pilotpen.us)
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation ($4.99 for 1 oz.; ulta.com)
  • Playtex Sport Fresh Balance ($11.49 for pack of 32; drugstore.com)
  • Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer in Blackcurrant Raspberry ($4.99 for 1.62 oz.; redrosetea.com)

Broadway Manicure imPRESS Press-On Nail Polish and Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation review and photos. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The first product was a full-sized foundation from Rimmel London. I hardly use drugstore makeup (I’m not a snob, I just find that these products don’t work as well for me), but I do have to say Rimmel London is one of my more well-liked drugstore brands (and it’s one of the cheaper ones, too). This matte foundation isn’t for me since I have been having dry skin issues this winter, but I’m sure someone I know will get good use out of it.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation ($4.99 for 1 oz.ulta.com) is described as having a “lightweight liquid mousse texture” that “leaves skin shineless, yet feels weightless and cakeless.” I love the mousse-y texture of this foundation but I instantly found that it doesn’t work very well on my dry skin. This product is definitely for girls who need a foundation that will combat shine for a more matte finish. This Rimmel London foundation comes in eight different shades.

Broadway Manicure imPRESS Press-On Nail Polish and Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation review and photos. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The next product was a press-on, fast-fix manicure from Broadway Nails. Even though I never, ever get tips or fake nails or anything like that, I actually have used these press-on nails before. They are interesting … they’re fun, I found that they stayed on for a good amount of time (and I am the biggest klutz ever so I can never get nails/nail polish to stay on), and I think they’re cute.

I’m always happy to try out a new color/pattern and I haven’t used this product in well over a year now (at least) so it wasn’t necessarily something I would have bought for myself. However, they obviously look fake so if that’s not the look you’re going for I would definitely stay away.

Broadway Manicure imPRESS Press-On Nail Polish and Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation review and photos. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure in Lovestruck. There seems to be two different patterns called “Lovestruck” (I’m not sure if one was discontinued or something), so check drugstores for this particular pattern.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ($5.99 for colors, $7.99 for patternsdrugstore.com) is described as a press-on manicure that “delivers an instant salon-perfect manicure without the drying time of polish or nail glue.” They come in a bunch of different designs — solids and patterns — with a shiny top coat that doesn’t chip. Your biggest problem with these nails wouldn’t be if they fell off, but Broadway Nails includes a bunch of extra nails that you can use as replacements if one does fall off.

Even with my clumsy self I found that these stayed on (replacing a few here and there) for about 5 days. You can remove them by gently peeling them off or applying nail polish remover around the edges and then peeling (I never had a problem taking them off). If you’re into this kind of thing, I think these are a great cheap alternative for when you need a fast fix of pretty nails.

NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia review and photos. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Now here’s a product I wouldn’t buy for myself, but I am definitely going to try this one out. The funny thing is that I swatched it on my hand last night and it STILL hasn’t come off — after washing my hands repeatedly and taking a shower already. I haven’t tried it on my lips yet but, since my lips are dry from the winter weather, I have a feeling I’m going to need to layer this with a balm or gloss. The color is a fun, bright, bright pink. The photo of the swatch didn’t come out as bright as I wanted it to, so I decided not to post it.

NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia ($1.99 for 0.11 oz.; available at most major drugstores) is NYC’s newest lip formula that delivers “intense amplified color and shine that lasts up to six hours.” it is described as a moisturizing formula that “glides on easily for a silky, smooth, velvety finish” and it comes in 20(!) different colors. For just $1.99 you really can’t go wrong trying this lipstick out … I’m definitely going to try this out soon on a soft makeup day with a pop of (hot pink!) color on my lips.

Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen and Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer review and photos. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I lovessss me a good pen — I am constantly writing things down all day long and I go through pens like bottles of water (especially on days I have class for four hours). I love new pens and notebooks (I’m a little nerd) so this item made me happy. 🙂

Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen ($4.59 for pack of two, $6.24 for pack of four, $7.49 for pack of fivepilotpen.us) features “Spring Pantone-inspired color block grips on a glossy white barrel,” with the vibrant color of gel and the quick-drying benefits of ballpoint ink. These pens look sleek and write amazingly well with a thin point. They are also really comfortable to hold, so I’ll probably be switching over to this pen for those intense note-writing 3-4 hour classes I have throughout the week (my TD Bank pen has proved to be a bit painful during these long periods of time — sorry, TD Bank!).

The next product was one of those new-fangled water enhancer thingys where you change the taste of your water with one little bottle. I like the fact that this enhancer contains real brewed tea and, even though it doesn’t taste the greatest (it has that fake sweetener taste — even though it does include real cane sugar), I’m hoping that some of the amazing benefits of tea have been preserved in this little bottle.

Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer in Blackcurrant Raspberry ($4.99 for 1.62 oz.redrosetea.com) contains no dyes or coloring and it’s made from real brewed tea. This little bottle contains 24 servings (one squeeze for each 8-oz. glass of water), only five calories, it is “lightly sweetened,” gluten-free and it contains caffeine (which some people may not want — I’m happy about this though!).

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance review and photos. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

And the very last product in the Influenster Uni VoxBox was something every college girl (or otherwise) most certainly needs — a box of Playtex’s new Sport Fresh Balance tampons! Playtex Sport Fresh Balance ($11.49 for pack of 32drugstore.com) are designed to “neutralize odors for ultimate freshness on and off the field.” They are made with a 360-degree design for “Sport Level Protection” and come in a bunch of different sizes for different needs. Ahhh, tampons. Always a necessity. Thanks, Influenster.

 

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Influenster is an online community of “tastemakers, social media hotshots and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.”

To sign up for Influenster click here and start earning your badges. If you connect your social media accounts and start reviewing your favorite (or not-so-favorite) products, you will see your badge score rise pretty quickly and, soon enough, you will probably be eligible to receive a VoxBox for testing as well.

I remember asking my good friend Kate (her vlog is here!) about Influenster over a year ago because I just DIDN’T GET IT and I remember she kept telling me there isn’t really much to get, just do the badge exercises, connect your social media channels, and eventually your score will get higher — and this is all true!

Influenster is a lot of fun and there are so many different events going on throughout the year so if you love reviewing products, or if you have blog/vlog/social media channels where you love to talk about products you love, then this community is totally for you. Plus, everything is free, free, FREE. Visit Influenster.com for more information!

 

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Glossybox March 2014 Review + Photos - Including A Surprise Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani. Monthly Beauty Subscription Box Review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Glossybox March 2014 Review + Photos – Including A Surprise Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani

Glossybox March 2014 Review + Photos - Including A Surprise Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani. Monthly Beauty Subscription Box Review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Glossybox is definitely one of the subscription boxes that I look forward to the most each month and I usually love every single item they choose. Glossybox has its roots in the UK where it started and they often send out products from the UK and products from other European-based beauty brands which I love — most of the time, I find that these products work amazingly well and its fun to experiment and try out items that don’t get as much attention here in the states. I often like a lot of these products way better than their American counterparts.

This month, Glossybox also sent out a very “Made in America” brand — two different products from Rhode Island jeweler Alex and Ani. The Alex and Ani soap bar is HUGE and awesome and then there was also a surprise charm bangle bracelet that I was super happy to receive.

Glossybox March 2014 Review + Photos - Including A Surprise Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani. Monthly Beauty Subscription Box Review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com. Glossybox March 2014 Review + Photos - Including A Surprise Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani. Monthly Beauty Subscription Box Review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This month’s box also featured an awesome hot pink polish from Nails Inc. London (one of my favorite polish brands), a multi-tasking hair product from Alterna (one of my favorite haircare brands), a hydrating facial mask with good-for-you vitamins and plant extracts, as well as a gentle lip moisturizer/exfoliator that actually works (for me, at least).

All in all I was very happy with this month’s Glossybox and I honestly feel like each month gets better and better. Glossybox always sends out more “luxurious” products than the other beauty subscription boxes (in my opinion) and, even though it might be a little more expensive than some other boxes, it is well worth the $20/month charge (also my opinion).

Glossybox March 2014 Review + Photos - Including A Surprise Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani. Monthly Beauty Subscription Box Review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Each Glossybox comes with a card detailing the products featured that month

My March 2014 Glossybox contained:

  • Alex and Ani Scent 7 Soap Bar, full-size (reg. $14 for 7 oz.; alexandani.com)
  • Alex and Ani Swan Charm Bangle, full-size (reg. $28; alexandani.com)
  • Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand, 0.85-oz. deluxe sample tube (reg. $22 for 4 oz.; alternahaircare.com)
  • Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel, full-size (reg. $17.80 for 0.5 oz.; etre-belle.co — ** NOTE: I can’t seem to find any website that will ship this product to the US)
  • Nails Inc. Brook Street Nail Polish, 0.13-oz. deluxe sample bottle (reg. $9.50 for 0.33 oz.; nailsinc.com)
  • Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask, 0.38-oz. deluxe sample tube (reg. $158 for 2.1 oz.; nordstrom.com)

Alex and Ani Scent 7 Soap Bar review and photos. Glossybox March 2014 Review + Photos - Including A Surprise Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani. Monthly Beauty Subscription Box Review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The first product was this SUPER big and awesome soap bar from Alex and Ani (they make soap too?? I had no idea …). I love the earthy/floral scent of this bar … when I took it out of the Glossybox the scent filled up my whole room and it lingered for a good part of the day on my skin after using it in the shower. I also felt like my skin was noticeably moisturized and all-around better feeling after using this soap. I am all about aromatherapy and beauty products that “invigorate your senses,” so I am definitely happy that this came in the March Glossybox.

Alex and Ani Scent 7 Soap Bar (reg. $14 for 7 oz.alexandani.com) is “inspired by ancient alchemy and scented with warm spice and sweet floral undertones.” It contains shea butter and coconut oil that “effectively nurtures the skin, increasing hydration and thoroughly cleansing the body,” and it is crafted with “essential oils that embody the four elements: earth, air, fire and water,” that, when combined, “assist in harmonizing one’s chi.” Sweet.

Alex and Ani Swan Charm Bangle review and photos. Glossybox March 2014 Review + Photos - Including A Surprise Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani. Monthly Beauty Subscription Box Review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com. Alex and Ani Swan Charm Bangle review and photos. Glossybox March 2014 Review + Photos - Including A Surprise Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani. Monthly Beauty Subscription Box Review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Glossybox threw in a non-beauty “bonus item” this month which is awesome and I love when subscription boxes switch it up with a surprise like this. It’s especially cool when it’s a full-sized bracelet that I will most certainly be wearing and probably buying more charms for. I’ve only just heard of Alex and Ani jewelry recently — the company was founded in 2004 but only opened their first retail store in 2009 and then further expanded the business in 2010 and even added European stores a couple of years later.

I love jewelry and, even more, I love “free” jewelry (well, this was sort of free … minus Glossybox’s monthly $20 subscription fee), so the March Glossybox was a total win. As I said before, I feel like I’m loving the Glossyboxes more and more every month.

Alex and Ani Swan Charm Bangle (reg. $28alexandani.com) comes in a “Russian Gold” or “Russian Silver” finish (I received the silver one) with a swan charm plus three small Alex and Ani logo charms. The majestic swan is a creature that “embodies grace and beauty” and is a “powerful symbol of love.” This bracelet is made with Alex and Ani’s unique and original “Expandable Wire Bangle” design that “replaces traditional clasps with a sliding mechanism, making each piece adjustable” so that it fits perfectly for everyone.

Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand and Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel review and photos. Glossybox March 2014 Review + Photos - Including A Surprise Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani. Monthly Beauty Subscription Box Review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I absolutely love Alterna haircare products, and. out of all the hair products I have tried throughout the years, Alterna is one of the only brands that ever seems to actually work and make a difference in my dry, damaged, color-treated hair. WIth that being said, I was delighteddd to see this Alterna volumizer/hair beautifier in my March Glossybox, especially because it’s a product that I  have never used before.

Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand (reg. $22 for 4 oz.alternahaircare.com) is described as a “thickening lotion that strengthens, moisturizes and adds volume to the hair from root to tip,” leaving hair appearing more full-bodied without weighing it down. I haven’t tried this one out yet, but I like the fact that it’s a volumizing lotion, as opposed to a traditional volumizing spray, plus it’s by Alterna so I have a feeling I’m going to love it.

The next product is from German beauty company Etre Belle Cosmetics. I can’t seem to find this product for sale anywhere that will deliver to the US, but I have a feeling it will be more widely available soon. Occasionally, Glossybox will send out a product from a European beauty company that you can’t really (easily) find in the US or Canada, but then, when the product is opened up to a whole new country of potential buyers, the product becomes available somewhere over here for purchase. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel (reg. $17.80 for 0.5 oz.etre-belle.co) is described as a “gentle and moisurizing exfoliator for the lip area” that “gently removes dead cells and refines the surface skin.” This lip exfoliator is formulated with pure hyaluronic microspheres to smooth and it adds up to 54% more volume on the lips.

Nails Inc. Brook Street Nail Polish and Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask review and photos. Glossybox March 2014 Review + Photos - Including A Surprise Charm Bangle From Alex and Ani. Monthly Beauty Subscription Box Review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I was actually just about to buy a new hot pink nail polish because I ran out of all the ones I had and then my Glossybox arrived with this cute little bottle in it. I love this color and, even though the polish came out a little streaky at first, if you use a good top coat it will dry to a perfect opaque shade.

Nails Inc. Brook Street Nail Polish (reg. $9.50 for 0.33 oz.nailsinc.com) is described as a “bright, summery coral” that is professionally formulated for a “long lasting, super glossy, flawless finish.”

The last product in the March Glossybox was a hydrating cream mask that is absolutely perfect for my dry winter skin. I only tried out this product once so far for a quick test so I can’t really judge how well it works just yet.

Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask (reg. $158 for 2.1 oz.nordstrom.com) is described as “a skincare mask rich in trace elements, vitamins and plant extracts” that is “specially formulated to act instantly on the signs of aging and fatigue to rejuvenate skin and restore vitality.” This is Sisley’s first mask that is enriched with “anti-aging active ingredients” to restore skin’s radiance and tones while immediately hydrating and re-plumping for visibly softer and smoother skin.

 

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Ipsy Glam Bag March 2014 Review + Photos - "Destination Beauty" monthly beauty subscription box service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2014 Review + Photos – “Destination Beauty”

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2014 Review + Photos - "Destination Beauty" monthly beauty subscription box service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I usually love my Ipsy Glam Bags every month because there is always at least one full-sized item (usually way more than just one), a great mix of makeup products, and I have found amazing products in past Glam Bags that have become go-tos for me.

However … I have to say that the last couple of months I wasn’t that impressed with my Glam Bag. I always review the products each month on the Ipsy website (which has proved to be a great device where Ipsy really sends you products that are the most suited for you), but all of the products featured over the last two months or so haven’t really been that exciting to me.

With that being said, I don’t dislike this month’s Glam Bag, I just don’t find it very thrilling at all. I’m all stocked up in the primer department so the Pixi primer was a new addition that I really didn’t need — I’m still going through so many primer samples and I just bought a new full-sized Laura Mercier primer that I’m in love with (review to come soon), so this one is probably going to go in my “hardly used” pile … or to my BFF.

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2014 Review + Photos - "Destination Beauty" monthly beauty subscription box service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Every Ipsy Glam Bag arrives in this cute pink mailer every month

 

The blue Chella eyeliner pen featured this month is cool and I’m going to try that out. Not a huge fan of NYX Cosmetics, and I find that these eyeshadows don’t really have much of a color payoff. The one item I did really like (surprisingly) was the Bare Minerals lipstick. It has great moisturizing benefits and I will probably pick up a full-size version of it in a different color (not too crazy about this shade) the next time I go to the store. So, all in all, okay products, nothing too exciting here. But, Ipsy is only $10 per month (plus a small tax for New York), so it’s really always worth it to me.

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2014 Review + Photos - "Destination Beauty" monthly beauty subscription box service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Ipsy Glam Bag designed by Klari Reis

This month Ipsy did something a little different and featured a bag designed by Klari Reis as part of their new “Artist Series” (Note: As part of the Ipsy subscription you receive a mini makeup bag each month, the “Glam Bag”). I think the design is cool and I love the idea of promoting new artists, but I’m just not too crazy about the colors.

Either way, I love the size of the makeup bags Ipsy sends out since they always fit into whatever handbag I am using perfectly and they hold the perfect amount of products that I need throughout my day for touch-ups and whatnot.

My March 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag contained:

  • NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, full-size (reg. $6 for eyeshadow trio; nyxcosmetics.com)
  • Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner, full-size (reg. $24 for 0.40 oz.; chella.com)
  • Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready, deluxe-sized sample (reg. $18 for 0.05 oz.; bareescentuals.com)
  • Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer, full-size (reg. $9 for 0.40 oz.; pixibeauty.com)

NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag March 2014 Review + Photos - "Destination Beauty" monthly beauty subscription box service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

As I said before, I’m not a huge fan of NYX cosmetics but I guess I can’t really complain much about a full-sized eyeshadow trio palette. I only swatched these colors quickly on my arm and I found that they were a little blotchy and not as smooth or vibrant as I would have liked. I’m going to try them actually on my eyelids with a primer before I make a final opinion.

NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette (reg. $6 for eyeshadow trionyxcosmetics.com) comes in 22 different versions with three colors each. Ipsters received one of 10 colors and my Glam Bag came with “Moonlit Skinny Dip,” which is made up of a light nude shade, a light bronze and a dark chocolate brown. This palette is inspired by the “non-stop action” of Rio, with three-color shadow palettes that give you “high-glam, go-anywhere intensity day and night thanks to their highly pigmented formulations.” The Love in Rio collection features both “natural and pulsating colors,” and comes in NYX’s new Bow Compact complete with a double-ended shadow applicator.

Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag March 2014 Review + Photos - "Destination Beauty" monthly beauty subscription box service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I actually just ran out of my Eyeko dark blue eyeliner pen so I was happy to see a similar one from Chella in my March Glam Bag. I haven’t tried this liner out yet, but I have used other Chella products and they worked pretty well, for the most part.

Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner (reg. $24 for 0.40 oz.chella.com) is described as a “pigmented, non-staining eyeliner ink” that “provides a sleek, high-intensity eye makeup that lasts all day.” It’s a silky liner that “glides on to define, emphasize and embolden with long-lasting vibrant color” that lasts all day, is water-resistant, quick-drying and smudge-proof.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag March 2014 Review + Photos - "Destination Beauty" monthly beauty subscription box service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The next product in my March Glam Bag was my favorite product this month — the new Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick. I’m not usually a fan of Bare Minerals products (except for their Buxom line), but I noticed that I’ve been liking a lot of their new products a lot more than I used to and I found this lipstick in particular to be extremely moisturizing with a great color payoff, which are the main features I look for in a lipstick (especially because my dry lips are always in need of extra hydration).

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready (reg. $18 for 0.05 oz.bareescentuals.com) is described as as a “creamy, super-saturated, ultra-pigmented” lipstick that “glides on like butter for full coverage in a rich satin finish.” I only tried this lipstick out once so far but I was so impressed, and my lips looked just all-around better in every way, certainly fuller and “more voluptuous” as the product’s description states. This product is infused with minerals to revitalize lips and a “moisture-loaded hydrating complex” to help nourish and condition, as well as Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids for softness and smoothness. It also contains a vitamin A, C and E complex to help deliver antioxidant defense.

 Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer review and photos. Ipsy Glam Bag March 2014 Review + Photos - "Destination Beauty" monthly beauty subscription box service. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The last item in my March Glam Bag was this primer from Pixi, which got pretty good reviews on the Ipsy website. Like I said earlier, I’m really stocked up on primers at the minute, but, I do love a good primer and one look at the important ingredients in this product makes me wish I had tried it out already. I’m going to try it with full makeup tomorrow to see how much I like it and how well it works throughout my day.

Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer (reg. $9 for 0.40 oz.pixibeauty.com) is described as a formula that is “loaded with skin loving ingredients,” contains “powerful anti-aging and skin fortifying benefits,” and is suitable for all skin types. This primer contains awesome ingredients (which I just realized now after reading the description) including: pearl extract for revitalization, protection and anti-aging; truffle extract, which is rich in amino acids and minerals to tone and hydrate; vitamin E to increase skin elasticity; vitamin A as a powerful antioxidant; and vitamin C, which has revitalizing and nourishing benefits.

Now I know that many products boast about their beneficial ingredients like these and they often are only found in small percentages in the product, and this primer is not very close to having “all-natural” ingredients (I checked), but it still sounds pretty promising.

 

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Ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month (plus a very small tax if you live in NY or CA). Each month, you receive 4-6 deluxe and full-sized products (lots of full-sizes with this subscription), plus a mini makeup bag to hold all of your goodies! To subscribe click here or check out Ipsy.com for more information.

 

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Birchbox March 2014 Review + Photos – “Spring Forward”

Birchbox March 2014 Review + Photos - "Spring Forward". Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Alright … I’m getting to the end of the subscription box pile with two more kinda late posts (this one, and the next one is for Ipsy’s March Glam Bag). After this, I have two NEW subscription boxes to review that just arrived yesterday (Glossybox and the Influenster UniVoxBox), and then I’m going to make a bunch of non subscription box-related posts so yay. I’m happy that I’m finally really getting everything up and running on my blog and getting into the swing of things. So, on to the review …

This month, Birchbox featured items that were part of a “Spring Forward” theme: products that are amped-up basics and necessities, including multi-taskers and items that will make you look your best with little effort.

I haven’t been that crazy about my recent Birchboxes, but this month totally changed that for me, mostly thanks to the Michael Todd toner, which was a godsend, and I’m going to buy the full-size item as soon as this (pretty big) deluxe sample bottle runs out. I also loved the “Rescue Balm” from Air Repair and I’m still trying to come to a final conclusion on how I feel about the POP Beauty lip stain, but it was a full-sized item so I can’t complain.

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For $10/month, Birchbox sends you 4-6 deluxe and sample-sized beauty items (sometimes they’ll throw a full-size in there), as well as some lifestyle products. I feel like my recent Birchboxes have been a bit skimpy, but at $10/month I guess I can’t really complain. This month I was really happy with most of the products and the sizes (I was getting way too many single-use sample packets over the last few months that I wasn’t that happy about, so I was happy to see awesomely sized products this month).

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Each Birchbox comes with a card that tells you the theme of the month and a description of each product on the back. The products you receive are based on a beauty survey that you fill out when joining (you can change your answers at any time — something I have been doing pretty often to try to get better boxes), and there are a bunch of different products featured each month that get divided up into different box combinations.

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My March 2014 Birchbox contained:

  • Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm, deluxe-sized sample (reg. $12 for 0.9 oz.; birchbox.com)
  • Michael Todd True Organics Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner, 1.7-oz. deluxe-sized sample bottle (reg. $18.50 for 8.4 oz.; birchbox.com)
  • OmniPotent Duosity Hair Treatment, two 0.34-oz. sample packets that are used together (reg. $25 for 2.5 oz.; birchbox.com)
  • POP Beauty Stain Stay in Peach Pucker, full-size version (reg. $16 for 0.13 oz.; birchbox.com)
  • Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum, 0.34-oz. deluxe-sized sample tube (reg. $42 for 1.6 oz.; birchbox.com)

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I’ve had serious dry skin/dry lips this winter so I’m always happy to receive new moisturizers and lip balms. This Rescue Balm is an all-purpose salve used to fix any dry issues, including areas on your skin and your lips. I like it best as a lip balm (and I find that it works very well, instantly smoothing out my super chapped lips), but it is a true multi-tasking product and you can use it on your hands, knees, elbows or anywhere else you might have dry patches.

Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm (reg. $12 for 0.9 oz.birchbox.com) is described as an “ultra-restorative salve” that prevents transepidermal water loss, which is a primary cause of dry skin. It is formulated with sweet almond oil, lanolin (rich in fatty acids) and vitamin E to hydrate and nourish skin upon contact. It also contains lavender, which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to calm down irritation and geranium to promote circulation and rejuvenate skin.

The next product is a sunscreen serum from Supergoop! that can be used at any time throughout the year. Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum (reg. $42 for 1.6 oz.birchbox.com) contains the brand’s “unique Hydrovotin 24 complex” that “works with the skin’s own moisture mechanisms to increase hydration levels,” as well as vitamins E and B5 to heal damage. It is also formulated with a chemical sunscreen duo that absorbs UVA rays that lead to premature aging and UVB rays that cause sunburn. It received the “top of the line” PA +++ rating which means that this formula “meets the highest standards for sun protection.”

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The next product in my March Birchbox was my favorite — an amazing toner from Michael Todd True Organics. I am so in love with this stuff and I can’t wait to buy the full-size version (at the amazing price of just $18.50 for a whopping 8.4-oz. bottle!). I have had some weird skin issues over the last six months — I’m getting more breakouts than I ever have in my entire life and this toner has seriously cleared my skin up so much that it’s back to being almost 100% breakout-free again. Birchbox sent out a great deluxe sample size of this product (1.7 oz.) and I have been using it every single day for the last couple of weeks.

Michael Todd True Organics Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner (reg. $18.50 for 8.4 oz.birchbox.com) is formulated with gentle ingredients and a soothing lavender and birchwood scent to rid skin of oil, sweat and impurities without causing any dryness or irritation. It contains organic blue green algae, kelp and hyaluronic acid that all work together to “eliminate dead skin cells and toxins, revealing fresh, healthy skin,” as well as black willow tree extract to add extra healing power and tea tree oil that “kick-starts your immune response to help fight infections and promote clear skin.” As an added benefit that really rounds out the whole product, making it perfect for my dry, breakout-y skin this winter, this toner also provides serious moisturizing benefits. A+++++ in my book.  

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I’ve been getting pretty tired of the single-use shampoo and conditioner packets that Birchbox has been sending me for two reasons: 1). More often than not the shampoos I’ve been receiving contain sulfates, which are way too harsh and completely dry out my already dry, color-treated hair; and 2). I use the full Wen Haircare system (which works really well for me — review to come soon), so I don’t really have a need for other hair cleansing products.

With that being said, I was happy to see a haircare product in my March Birchbox that was NOT another shampoo. Instead, I received this deep conditioning treatment that I will most certainly put to use (although I haven’t used it yet — I’m going to be doing that tonight).

OmniPotent Duosity Hair Treatment (reg. $25 for 2.5 oz.birchbox.com) is a dual-phase conditioning treatment that you mix together yourself to activate. This product is described as a “gluten- and paraben-free formula” that “goes to work immediately to repair years’ worth of hair damage, leaving strands lustrous, hydrated and full of healthy bounce.” One side of the tube contains a “super-nourishing team” of silk amino acids, keratin and other plant-derived proteins. The other side contains a mix of “natural humectants and antioxidants” (aloe, rosemary and sage) that attracts and binds moisture deep into the hair shaft, as well as sodium bicarbonate to help balance pH levels.

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The last product in my March Birchbox was a full-sized item, which I was really happy to see because I haven’t really received any full-sizes in recent Birchboxes (and that was one of my gripes over the last few months). I’m not sure exactly how I feel about this product — it’s like a magic marker for your lips, which is kind of weird. It even has a scent … so it’s more like a scented magic marker for your lips (although I do like the peach scent and I was always partial to scented markers … ).

I haven’t really used this lip stain other than trying it out quickly and I guess I would have to layer it with a gloss or something, especially because my lips are so dry this winter and wearing the product alone just accentuated the dry spots. I did find that the color on its own looked okay as it just added some kind of color to my lips, but it didn’t really do much else (I guess that’s the point). 

POP Beauty Stain Stay in Peach Pucker (reg. $16 for 0.13 oz.birchbox.com) is described as a “superpigmented lip stain” with an “easy-to-use pen-style applicator” that “departs the perfect amount of pigmentation and the rich hues stay put for hours.” Birchbox’s description of the product adds that the “long-lasting, no-smudge formula imparts lips with sheer, rich color,” and it comes in six different colors to line and then fill-in lips.

I received the coral color which doesn’t really come out like coral, it kind of just makes my lips a bit more colored-in and tinted, if that makes any sense. I usually love coral on my lips, so I really don’t mind the color although this kind of just looks like it enhances the natural color of my lips — making them more even and less blah-looking. I guess the true test of this product will be in its staying power, which I have yet to try out.

 

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Birchbox is a monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription box service that costs a flat fee of $10 per month. To subscribe to Birchbox click here (you can cancel at any time), or head over to Birchbox.com for more information!

 

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Julep Maven March 2014 “The Riviera Collection” Review + Photos (Really Late) … Plus A Sneak Peek of the April Maven Box Selections!

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I know this post is super late and the Julep Maven box for April will start shipping in less than a week, but I’m still playing catch-up getting this month and trying to make as many posts as I can. I’m also REALLY trying hard to condense my subscription box reviews — make them shorter (more to the point) and less of an in-depth review (I want to save that for individual products and other posts), so I decided to still review the March Maven box and practice a more short and sweet review.

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Every month, Julep releases a new collection for their monthly Maven boxes ($20/month) and for March they released “The Riviera Collection” – a mix of Spring Break-y colors plus the necessary tools to keep your lips soft and smooth all year long. As a Maven subscriber, you get to choose between box styles that have different combinations of nail polishes and beauty products featured that month.

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This month (like most recent months), I decided to go with the Modern Beauty” box, which contained two new Julep beauty products: a super-smooth lip conditioning treatment packed with natural ingredients and an exfoliating, hydrating lip scrub that uses sugar crystals as a natural exfoliant. I then added-on three polishes (you can choose to add-on up to three products each month) — two polishes from the Riviera Collection and one limited-edition polish in the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 (Radiant Orchid), and then Julep threw in a classic candy stick (one of my favorites). I love it when my subscription boxes add in some candy — I have a crazy sweet tooth.

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From left to right: Tania, Rae & Lilou

I went with three add-on polishes this month:

Julep Nail Color in Tania (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Mavens. 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “multi-dimensional mermaid teal glitter” and I found that this polish, unlike most of the other Julep polishes I own, really didn’t look like the swatches of it on Julep’s website. Even with two coats, this polish still comes out too sheer to really get the full effect of the turquoise color and I kindaaaa wish I chose a different color as an add-on. I really thought this polish would be awesome but I had to layer it over an opaque turquoise polish for it to look wearable for me (I don’t like wearing sheer glitter colors). I only tried it once though, so I’m going to keep playing around with it.

Julep Nail Color in Rae (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is the limited-edition Pantone Color of the Year 2014 nail color for Radiant Orchid. It’s an opaque creme polish and, even though I own so many similar colors, I really wanted this one because it’s a special edition and it has the Julep silver cap for exclusive, limited-edition polishes. I am quickly building a very large Julep nail color collection so I think I’m going to start collecting as many of these silver-capped polishes as I can and begin a collection of those, too 🙂

Julep Nail Color in Lilou (reg. $14 or $11.20 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is yet another yellow-lemon shade to add to my collection. I can’t seem to get away from this color I just love it so much. This shade is described as a “lemon chiffon creme” and I like the fact that it’s a bit more opaque than the last yellow Julep color I received — I forgot the name, but I know that that bottle is almost finished so this new one (which I like better), has swooped in to take the old color’s place.

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As part of the Modern Beauty box I chose this month, I received Julep’s new lip scrub (as well as the conditioning lip treatment below). I have a really bad lip-biting issue and a dry-ass, seemingly never-ending New York winter to add to the problem. Since my lips were in such a bad condition before trying this scrub, the scrub didn’t really do much. I’m going to try it out again tomorrow since my lips are finally healed and then see how I like it.

Julep Buff Lip Scrub (reg. $20 or $16 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.julep.com) is described as an “exfoliating, hydrating scrub” that “makes it easy to de-flake on the go.” You massage the scrub on to your lips and then tissue off when you’re done. This lip scrub contains fine sugar crystals that act as a natural exfoliant and it is formulated with Panthenol (vitamin B5) that “dives deep” to heal and moisturize lips, plus shea butter to leave lips feeling smooth.

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This next product gave me awesome, instant results and it quickly became one of my favorite lip conditioning treatments. Like I said before, I have had extra-dry and chapped lips this winter and this conditioner made my lips look and feel amazing — even better than some of the medicated balms.

Julep Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment (reg. $20 or $16 for Mavens, 0.27 oz.julep.com) is described as a “silky-smooth moisturizer” enriched with natural ingredients that soothe, hydrate and plump lips. As soon as I put this stuff on my lips immediately felt better AND looked better — I really got noticeable results from the hydrating ingredients and the plumping agent.

This conditioning lip balm is formulated with Omega-rich pumpkin seed oil which boosts lipids and helps retain elasticity; a “healing oil blend” to heal lips, enhance definition and lock in hydration; vitamin E, which “unleashes protective antioxidants to prevent collagen loss;” and natural botanical waxes that create a soft and silky-smooth texture.

The awesome part about this balm that sets it apart from similar products is the cooling metal tip which helps soothe dry, chapped lips and stimulates microcirculation. This one is a winner for me and I am definitely buying another tube the minute mine runs out.

Overall, I was happy with my March box. I loved the lip conditioner and that really made the whole thing worth it for me. I kinda wish I got a different nail color because I wasn’t too crazy about the turquoise glitter but it’s whatever, and I’m not exactly sure about the results of the lip scrub, but I’m going to try it again now that my lips are more healed.

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Since I did this post so late, Julep has already revealed the April Maven boxes and I love this new collection so much that I am finally doing the upgrade and going for the whole entire collection ($20 Maven price + an extra $55).

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All of these colors are totally right up my alley — I love every single one of them. I never really wanted to get the whole Maven upgrade before because I have never really been crazy about every single nail color featured that month, so I figured April is definitely the month to do it. Yet another plus is that I reallyyyy want to try out Julep’s blush and bronzing brushes … I loved their eyeliner brush so much (part of February’s Maven collection), so I have a feeling these two will become my go-to brushes as well.

Anyway, I am super excited about April’s Maven box and this is the first time I went all in and I decided to get the whole entire collection so I’m really happy that I finally have the extra funds to be doing that and, most importantly, this month is my birthday so I am gifting myself 🙂

 

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Julep Maven is a monthly nail and beauty subscription service that costs $19.99 per month. Each month, you have the option of what box you would like to receive based on different styles and you can cancel your subscription at any time. To get your first box for FREE click on this link and use the code: FREEBOX. For more information, check out Julep.com.

 

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Beauty Box 5 March 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box

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I know I’ve been OD’ing a bit on the subscription box posts right now — I just fell a little far behind the last few weeks and I wanted to catch up and post the reviews of these boxes before the next month’s shipments arrive! I’ll be doing a new haul post and hopefully some individual product reviews tonight and over the next few days so I can get a little more VARIETY up in here. I really want to make this blog a home for all of my favorite things, I just have SO many loves and interests and I really need to find the time to post about them all — soon enough!

So, this was the first month that I received a Beauty Box 5. I only subscribed to it recently because I didn’t really think it was worth it since I receive so many other beauty boxes. I think the $12/month cost is what finally pulled me in — it’s so cheap and I wanted to at least try it out. I’m actually really happy with my first box and I like that they featured brands/products that I haven’t really seen in other recent beauty boxes (a lot of brands promote their products to the different subscription boxes, so there is often a good amount of overlapping).

I also liked the fact that all of these products are natural/have good-for-you ingredients which I love and there was an awesome mix of skincare/haircare and makeup products, PLUS the items featured this month were all great sizes (either full-sized or deluxe-sized samples). And, lastly, they mixed it up a bit and threw in a beauty accessory (the double-sided facial pad), so it was a pretty sweet mix of products.

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I’m also partial to Beauty Box 5‘s cute light blue/teal packaging … I definitely don’t mind adding to my list of subscription boxes and receiving another beauty-filled box on my doorstep every month.

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Each Beauty Box 5 subscription comes with a card detailing the items featured that month and it tells you the “theme” of the month. The theme for March is “Spring Cleaning,” featuring products to help you achieve clean and gorgeous skin (yay). The items sent out differ a bit from box to box (I think it depends on your answers to the “Beauty Survey” that you fill out when you join) and each box contains 4-5 different items.

My March 2014 Beauty Box 5 subscription contained:

  • Jane’s Pick All-Natural Soaps, full-size (reg. $8 for 5-oz. bar; beautybox5shop.com)
  • Swissco Dual-Sided Facial Pad, full-size (reg. $2 for one pad; swisscollc.com)
  • Tree Hut Coconut Lime Moisturizing Hand Cream, full-size (reg. $5.29 for 3 oz.; ulta.com)
  • Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse, 1.83-oz. bottle (reg. $15.99 for 7.5 oz.; beautybox5shop.com)
  • Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base, full-size (reg. $18.99 for 0.25 oz.; beautybox5shop.com)

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I loveeee all-natural, hand-made soaps and I don’t use them nearly enough, so I was super happy to see this one in my first Beauty Box 5. Jane’s Pick All-Natural Soaps (reg. $8 for 5-oz. barbeautybox5shop.com) is described as a “lightly scented” soap that comes in eight different fresh scents. I’m honestly not sure which scent I received — it doesn’t really look like any of the photos, and, even though all of the scents were listed on the package, I didn’t see the name of this specific soap anywhere on the package. It smelled lovely, either way. Very light, fresh and earthy, which I love.

The Jane’s Pick soaps are made with a base of olive oil, shea butter, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, palm oil, avocado oil and “the finest pure essential oils” to soften and cleanse the skin.

The next product was more of a “beauty accessory” than a beauty product, which I am totally okay with. I love a break from the norm, especially when it’s a product that I haven’t ever used before. Swissco Dual-Sided Facial Pad (reg. $2 for one padswisscollc.com) is an exfoliating pad that will help you achieve softer, brighter skin and smaller pores as it gently buffs away dead skin cells. This pad is a litttleee harsh so it is suggested to only be used a few times a week, but you can use it on the rest of your body, too — it’s not just for your face. I haven’t really tried it out yet so I’m going to try to use it extra gently on my face and see how I like it.

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Tree Hut Coconut Lime Moisturizing Hand Cream (reg. $5.29 for 3 oz.ulta.com) is formulated with Argan and Rose Hip Oil to “provide natural anti-aging and healing properties,” and it is a rich, non-greasy cream that leaves your hands feeling “soft and revived.” The smell of this lotion takes me back to summers in Key West and I love that, but I found that it didn’t really moisturize my hands as well as I would have liked (especially since I have extra dry hands this winter). Either way, I’m always happy to receive a new hand lotion since I go through them like crazy and getting a full-sized product in a subscription box is always a huge plus.

The smell of the next product, the curl enhancing mousse, is even better than the scent of the hand lotion. This mousse smells SO delicious, I just tried it out on my dry hair (which wasn’t a suggested use, but oh well) and omg it’s one of the best smelling hair products I have ever used. I can’t really judge how well it works because I haven’t used it in my wet hair yet, but I’m going to try it out when I wash my hair tomorrow.

Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse (reg. $15.99 for 7.5 oz.beautybox5shop.com) is infused with olive oil and vitamin B complex to nourish hair while providing added moisture and shine. It is described as a lightweight formula that dries quickly, without the “crunch” that you get from similar mousse products, and it “defines curls and reduces frizz while giving hair a gorgeous, natural sheen.”

Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base review and photos. Beauty Box 5 March 2014 Monthly Beauty Subscription Box Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The last product was also pretty awesome as a multi-tasking eyeshadow base, concealer and highlighter all in one (and I love multi-tasking products). I have only used this as an eyeshadow base so far and I was really happy with the results. It provided a smooth surface to apply my shadow and it even enhanced the shadow pigment by making it a bit brighter and a little more luminous (in a good way).

Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base (reg. $18.99 for 0.25 oz.beautybox5shop.com) was created by BellaPierre to help transform their shimmer powders from shimmery to matte, but it can also be used with any other type of eyeshadow as a water proof base. This makeup base can also be used as a concealer or even as a highlighter as it has a slight shimmer to it. It’s really a great, versatile product and the best part is that it stays on really well — it’s not greasy or anything like that. This one is a win in my book.

 

All in all, I was very happy with my first Beauty Box 5. I love the healthy skin theme and the great mix of products that all came in great sizes. It was definitely worth the $12/month cost and I’m already looking forward to next month’s box — I get really excited over new subscription boxes (ones that are new to me, at least), so I have a feeling I’m going to stay subscribed to this one for awhile.

 

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Beauty Box 5 is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $12 per month. Each box contains 4-5 full- and deluxe-sized beauty products and there is also an online store where you can buy some of the items featured that month (I think this store is new). To subscribe click here or head over to BeautyBox5.com for more information!

 

 

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New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box

New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I had to take a short break from blogging because I was so busy over the last couple of weeks. During this time I was also bombarded with almost all of my subscription boxes at once — it seems like they all came at the same time this month (except for a few of them …), and, as a result, I had a huge pile of boxes and new beauty products on my bedroom floor that was only getting bigger.

I was finally able to sort through everything and take all of the photos. I am trying to make my subscription box posts a bit shorter so that I can more of them up a lot quicker. I’ve been doing pretty in-depth reviews of each one, but I think I would rather leave the in-depth reviews for individual product posts instead of wasting time writing long reviews of each and every item in all of the subscription boxes I receive (which really adds up and becomes extremely time-consuming!).

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So, anyway, I would like to start off this New Beauty Test Tube review by saying that I am much happier with this Test Tube (March/April) than I was with the last one (for January/February). In my last New Beauty Test Tube review (posted here), I wrote about how there were not as many products as there usually are and the few products that were sent out were mostly duplicate items from past Test Tubes.

New Beauty Test Tube costs about $40 every other month after shipping (it’s a bi-monthly subscription), so you usually get what you pay for and then some. I have always loved the amount of products that are in the Test Tube and it seemed like the last edition was definitely a bit of a fluke, so I was happy to find that the latest Tube (March/April) is back to an awesome amount of products, including full-sized and deluxe- and travel-sized items.

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Every Test Tube comes with a booklet that describes each product featured in full detail and even gives information about the beauty brands, which I love. As a Test Tube subscriber, you also receive New Beauty magazine a few times a year — I think it’s quarterly.

The March/April New Beauty Test Tube contained:

  • It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite, 2 oz. (reg. $18 for 4 oz.; amazon.com)
  • GLAMGLOW YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, 0.5 oz. (reg. $69 for 1.7 oz.; sephora.com)
  • Professional Solutions Triple Action Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum, 1 oz. (reg. $40 for 1 oz.; professionalsolutions.net)
  • Philosophy Hope In A Jar Moisturizer, 0.4 oz. (reg. $42 for 2 oz.; sephora.com)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, 0.20 oz. (reg. $25 for 0.20 oz.; ulta.com)
  • BIOXIDEA Miracle 48 Excellence Diamond & Gold, one Excellence Gold mask (reg. $74 for Excellence Gold 3-pack or $79 for Excellence Diamond 3-pack; bioxideausa.com)
  • GrandeLash-MD Grande Mascara Lash Boosting Formula (reg. $24.95 for 0.41 oz.; grandelashmd.com)
  • Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes, pack of seven wipes (reg. $4.95 for 25 wipes; amazon.com)
  • Your Best Friend Perfect Prep Face Primer, 0.5 oz. (reg. $28 for 1.35 oz.; ybfbeauty.com)

PLUS the New Beauty Beauty To-Go Sample Bag which contained:

  • Rodial Stem Cell Super-Food Facial Oil, single-use sample packet (reg. $60 for 1 oz.; amazon.com)
  • Hydroxatone Instant Wrinkle Filler, 1 oz. (reg. ~$70-$80 for 1 oz.; drugstore.com)
  • Glymed Plus Intense Peptide Skin Recovery Complex, 0.125 oz. (reg. ~$77 for 1 oz.; amazon.com)
  • Phyto Phytolisse Perfect Smoothing Shampoo, 1.7 oz. (reg. ~$40 for 6.7 oz.; amazon.com)

Oooookayyy, now THAT’S more like it! Nine items in this Test Tube, two of which were full-sized items and the rest were great travel/deluxe-sized samples, PLUS four more “Beauty To-Go” items that were also pretty good sizes … AND the full-sized $70 Hydroxatone Wrinkle Filler again. This is, like, the third time I received this product in a Test Tube, so Hydroxatone must have a huge excess and they’re just giving them away or something because that’s just crazy.

The value of this Test Tube absolutely exceeded the bi-monthly subscription charge. The March/April New Beauty Test Tube was awesome and it totally made up for January/February’s Test Tube which was pretty skimpy and lame.

It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite review and photos. New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite (reg. $18 for 4 oz.amazon.com): A lightweight, leave-in conditioner that “helps repair, restore and revive frizzy, tangled locks without weighing them down.” It is formulated with a “regenerating blend of natural botanical extracts” as well as hydrolyzed rice protein and silk that deliver antioxidants and nutrients to help strengthen and revitalize damaged strands. This multi-tasking conditioning spray has 10 great uses, including heat protection.

This product was actually a repeat — I am almost positive that I received this same exact bottle in a past Test Tube. Either way, it’s a great product, I just haven’t really used it that much since I have dozens upon dozens of hair products. I used to use the It’s A 10 Leave-In Conditioner Plus Keratin all the time for two years straight and then I just kind of replaced it with other items and found that I didn’t really think it did much. The Lite version of this product actually works a lot better for me and I get noticeable results so I’m going to start using this one a lot more from now on.

GLAMGLOW YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment and Professional Solutions Triple Action Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum review and photos. New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

GLAMGLOW YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (reg. $69 for 1.7 oz.sephora.com): I was happy to see a GLAMGLOW product in my Test Tube this month. These treatment masks work so amazingly well and I have never seen better, more noticeable results on my skin after one use than I do after using GLAMGLOW products. The Tinglexfoliate Treatment is described as a “professional-quality mud mask” that “leaves skin noticeably tighter, softer and more radiant in just 10 minutes.” I feel like I never notice results with products like this, but I always do with GLAMGLOW treatments, so the $69 price tag is definitely worth it to me.

Professional Solutions Triple Action Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum (reg. $40 for 1 oz.professionalsolutions.net): This full-sized serum was a nice surprise this month, too. I have had extremely dry skin this winter and a few drops of this vitamin C complex really made my skin look and feel a lot better and more hydrated. Vitamin C is amazing for your skin, and this formula in particular has an “antioxidant trifecta of vitamin C” that “helps protect skin from free-radical damage while brightening skin tone for more luminous, healthier skin.” This serum also helps defend against signs of aging by boosting collagen and improves the overall texture and tone of skin.

Philosophy Hope In A Jar Moisturizer review and photos. New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Philosophy Hope In A Jar Moisturizer (reg. $42 for 2 oz.sephora.com): I am always happy to see a Philosophy product in a subscription box — I find that they work pretty well, for the most part, and this tube in particular is a great size to try out the moisturizer and get a bunch of uses out of it. This lightweight, multi-tasking moisturizer “boosts hydration for smoother skin and gently exfoliates for a glowing, more even complexion.”

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush review and photos. New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, 0.20 oz. (reg. $25 for 0.20 oz.ulta.com): This was definitely my favorite product this month, a full-sized version of Tarte’s amazing, super blendable Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush formula. I received the color “Frisky,” and it seems like this shade is either discontinued or on a temporary hiatus because I can’t seem to find it anywhere but on Amazon. It is a beautiful coral pink with a hint of golden shimmer. It can be a little intense, but it is super buildable, so you can start off by applying a little and then adding more color as needed.

I’m in love with this blush, especially this color (it comes in a bunch of other colors as well, in both shimmery and matte shades). This blush formula is infused with clay “harvested from the Amazon River banks,” creating a “naturally fortified cheek tint” that gives a touch of flush and balances the moisture levels on your skin. I’m going to do a full review post of this product soon – it is currently my go-to blush.

BIOXIDEA Miracle 48 Excellence Diamond & Gold review and photos. New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

BIOXIDEA Miracle 48 Excellence Diamond & Gold (reg. $74 for Excellence Gold 3-pack or $79 for Excellence Diamond 3-packbioxideausa.com): Described as a gentle, exfoliating and brightening mask to combat the “visible signs of aging,” and leaves skin feeling soft and polished.

I received this product in the “Gold” version which contains colloidal gold nano particles that gives skin a soft radiance and optimizes the other active ingredients in the mask, including algae extract to detoxify and reduce breakouts, aloe vera to soothe redness, vitamins C and E to neutralize free radicals and advanced peptides to diminish wrinkles and increase firmness.

GrandeLash-MD Grande Mascara Lash Boosting Formula review and photos. New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

GrandeLash-MD Grande Mascara Lash Boosting Formula (reg. $24.95 for 0.41 oz.grandelashmd.com): A mascara that features an “exclusive peptide formula to promote longer, thicker and more dramatic lashes.” The key ingredient in this formula, Sympeptide 226EL, has been proven to “significantly stimulate keratin production for healthier, shinier lashes” and the mascara’s applicator brush is made with “the perfect combination of hard and soft fibers” to lift lashes and increase volume.

Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes review and photos. New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes (reg. $4.95 for 25 wipesamazon.com): I can always use more cleansing, makeup-removing wipes so I was happy to see these in the March/April Test Tube. These wipes from Simple Skincare are formulated without harsh chemicals that irritate skin, alcohols, oils, perfumes or dyes, and they “effectively wash away impurities without upsetting delicate facial skin.” They get rid of dirt and waterproof makeup and include pro-vitamin B to help restore skin and keep it healthy and soft.

Your Best Friend Perfect Prep Face Primer review and photos. New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

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Your Best Friend Perfect Prep Face Primer (reg. $28 for 1.35 oz.ybfbeauty.com): I couldn’t get a good photo of the 0.5-oz. sample of this product that was include in the latest edition of the New Beauty Test Tube, so I used the photo from YBF’s website. The sample size that was sent out with the Test Tube was a great deluxe size and you can definitely get many uses out of it. I haven’t used it just yet since I have so many primer samples piling up from subscription boxes and free gifts, but it seems like this product got great reviews across various websites that sell it (Amazon, HSN, etc.).

This product, like all other YBF beauty products, is infused with YBF’s exclusive “Smart Active Immune Complex” to boost radiance and help defend against environmental aggressors. It has a yellow base to help conceal discoloration in the skin and to help minimize the appearance of any redness or age-spots and even out the skin tone. This formula is also loaded with vitamins A, C and E to nourish skin and defend against free-radicals for “younger-looking, healthier skin overall.”

March/April New Beauty Test Tube Beauty To-Go Sample Bag review and photos.  New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Each New Beauty Test Tube also comes with this “Beauty To-Go” pouch that includes even more samples. Most of the samples in the pouch are usually smaller than the products in the actual Test Tube, but it’s cool to get even more items with your bi-monthly subscription. The March/April Beauty To-Go pouch seemed to hold a few more items than it usually does. Again, this might be to make up for the lamefest that was the last Test Tube (for January/February).

March/April New Beauty Test Tube Beauty To-Go Sample Bag review and photos.  New Beauty Test Tube March/April 2014 Review and Photos: Bi-Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I know this isn’t the best photo, but I just wanted to quickly show the four samples that came in the Beauty To-Go pouch. They were:

  • Rodial Stem Cell Super-Food Facial Oil, single-use sample packet (reg. $60 for 1 oz.amazon.com): An anti-aging treatment that is formulated with a “concentrated blend of super-food actives” to provide nourishment and hydration to the skin. This oil is rich in antioxidants, Omega 3, 6 and 9 and vitamins A, B5, C and E. It minimizes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, increases skin vitality, protects skin against daily aggressors and it is suitable for all skin types.
  • Hydroxatone Instant Wrinkle Filler, 1 oz. (reg. ~$70-$80 for 1 oz.drugstore.com): Once again, Test Tube sent out a full-sized version of Hydroxatone’s Wrinkle Filler – this has to be the third time I received this product. I haven’t personally used it but I keep passing them along to my mom. Not sure if she’s even used them yet. This product is “specifically developed to instantly minimize the appearance of facial lines and pores” and it can be applied to all areas of the face, neck and body, including vertical lip lines, folds around the mouth and crow’s feet (wrinkles around the outer corner of the eye).
  • Glymed Plus Intense Peptide Skin Recovery Complex, 0.125 oz. (reg. ~$77 for 1 oz.amazon.com): This cream is formulated to “combat wrinkles and the signs of aging” with the “GlyMed Plus Intense Peptide Skin Recovery Complex,” which is a “clinically proven” blend of amino acid complexes and other skin repairing ingredients that stimulate tissue repair and increase skin firmness and elasticity.
  • Phyto Phytolisse Perfect Smoothing Shampoo, 1.7 oz. (reg. ~$40 for 6.7 oz.amazon.com): This little bottle is the perfect size to try out a new shampoo multiple times. I love Phyto hair products, and this shampoo is sulfate-free so I will probably give it a try. This is an anti-frizz shampoo that contains pine pulp derivative to offer detangling and frizz-taming benefits. It preserves hair’s natural balance, protects hair from external pressure and combats humidity and it contains hibiscus blossom enriched with flower acids, calendula flower extract and pro-vitamin B5 to help nourish and revitalize hair.

 

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New Beauty Test Tube is a bi-monthly beauty subscription that costs $29.95 plus shipping. With shipping to New York, my Test Tube subscription comes out to about $38 every other month. To get a discount on your first Test Tube, click here to shoot me an e-mail with your name and e-mail address (Test Tube doesn’t offer a simple referral link), or check out TestTube.NewBeauty.com for more info!

 

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