Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Allure Beauty Thrills Box Spring 2016

Allure Beauty Thrills goes on sale three times a year. The cost is $49.95 + $10 shipping. This is one of my favorite boxes due to the sheer volume of items and the variety. $5 from each purchase of the May Beauty Thrills Box will be donated to Melanoma Research Alliance. I like that they support causes each season.
Allure Beauty Thrills includes items such as makeup, hair, nails, skincare items, and other beauty finds such as tools or toothbrushes.  It is mostly drugstore brands, and usually there are some pretty nice finds. This is a great value and a large variety. Everything is generally full size. These boxes sell out very quickly once they are released, I've seen them sell out in under 15 minutes. As an Allure Beauty Enthusiast, I received an offer again this year to purchase all three boxes early and not have to wait until the release time. This ensures we get a box each time. They do post the list of items, so nothing is a surprise.
CHAPSTICK® Total Hydration 3 in 1 Lip Care - $2.99. My flavor received is Coconut Hydration. I'm constantly losing these in my bag so I am always pleased to find lip balm in a box.
REDKEN Beach Envy Volume Wave Aid - $20. This helps you get the beach wavy look on your hair, just as the name says. A look I prefer to achieve with actual salt water. From the Caribbean.
BURT’S BEES® BB Cream - $15. I have been wanting to try this so I'm actually pretty pleased to receive this. The color I got is Light/Med which is perfect for me.
BURT’S BEES® Lipstick in Magenta Rush - $9. I really like the color of this one and that it nourishes and moisturizes as well.
NOT YOUR MOTHER’S® In A Heart Beat Blow Dry Accelerator - $5.99. I'm all for anything that speeds up blow drying hair. It also detangles, softens, helps eliminate frizz, and provides thermal protedtion. Paraben free.
PUREOLOGY Pure Volume Style + Care Infusion - $34. This is a styling crème, that also protects hair from heat, frizz, and leaves your hair with a "no product" feel. This last one is very important to me. Pureology products can have quite a fragrance, but it doesn't last.
TANGLE TEEZER® The Original Detangling Hairbrush - $15. I have received this before, but never tried. I'm actually curious if it works. You can use on wet or dry hair and it supposed to work well for detangling.
COMPEED® Blister Cushions - $7.99. LOVE! We have never gotten these in a sub box before. Ever. If you are not familiar, you put this on when you have a blister, but before it pops. I have had blisters that were gone by morning, just like nothing ever happened. I am getting ready for another trip and these are going into my travel bag for sure.
COPPERTONE ClearlySheer® Faces SPF 30 - $9.99. I was definitely expecting sunscreen in the summer box. This is a pump. Lightweight sheer formula that doesn't cause breakouts. This can even be used under makeup.
HASK Macadamia Moisturizing Shine Oil - $1.99. This has 20 uses per vial. This is great to use on hair and K loves getting this stuff. It works on all hair types.
SIMPLE® SKINCARE Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes - $6.99. I've gotten this before and these are great at helping remove makeup. They are also very hydrating.
CARESS® Mystique Forever Body Wash - $3.99. Meh! I would have preferred body wash that does not smell like a perfume factory. And the smell is supposed to last up to 12 hours. Blech.
COMPLETELY BARE® calm down Ingrown Hair, Razor Bump & Redness Eliminator - $10.99. This does the basics, eliminates ingrown, razor bumps, and redness, moisturizes and heals. I am a Whish fan, and I have never used any other brand. So, I'm actually curious how this works.
DEGREE Women Dry Spray in Daisy Fresh - $4.99. This goes on instantly dry. I'm not sure how that works but it does. I like spray deodorants to use for shoes also, since it's hard to wear socks during the summer months, and your feel could sweat and this just works great for that as well.
RITUALS Magic Touch Body Cream - $7.22. This is an ultra cream and has a flowery fragrance of cherry blossom. This gets great reviews from people who don't mind flowery smelling lotions. This seems to be the only item that was not full size. This is also the first item I've ever seen in an Allure Beauty Thrills box that is not full size.
SCÜNCI® Everyday & Active® 3x Stronger Braided Elastics - $.55. It was interesting to get these. I personally prefer Kitsch hair ties, so not sure I'll use these. It supposed to be helpful to not damage your hair. Generally these come in a pack of more than two.
AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless Intensive Renewal Serum - $19.99. This is infused with blackberries, antioxidants, vitamins, and other good stuff. It helps improve elasticity and firmness, and you will have younger looking skin in just one week.
SONIA KASHUK® Double-Zip Clutch - $14.99. This is really cute and both sides are pretty sizeable. It's pretty but I'm not sure I need it.
ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Battery-Powered Toothbrush - $8.99. I have discovered Tpinbrushes from Allure boxes, and it's definitely time for a replacement. I love the purple color.
ARM & HAMMER Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste - $3.49. Who doesn't love getting toothpaste with a new toothbrush? I'll use this for sure.
TIGI® Bed Head Joyride Texturizing Powder Balm - $30. This gives the control of balm but it's really a powder. I'm not sure what to do with it yet. I was surprised to find out this is full size, the bottle is smaller than I expected.
VERSASPA® Gradual Tanning Face Moisturizer  - $35. This stuff is good for many different uses. It hydrates skin, blurs fine lines, and adds some tanning color to your face. It's also said to detoxify your skin as well.
Once again, a great box. The approximate retail value is $269.14. I will not use all the products but I will use enough to make up for the $59.95 cost of the box. My favorites are the Blister Bandaids, the Coconut chapstick, the SpinBrush toothbrush, and the Burts Bees BB Cream!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Luxor Box May 2016 Review

Luxor Box is a bi-monthly subscription box that includes luxury, beauty, spa, jewelry, and lifestyle items. Each item is high quality. You receive 5-7 items with a guaranteed value of $275. This is our favorite box in the “luxury” category.  

Cost: $129/US or $159/Canada OR a Petite Box is $43/US only
How Often: Bi-Monthly
Ships To: United States & Canada via USPS

This is generally one box I do not look at spoilers for, other than what they had sent out by email. The Luxor boxes are shipped in high quality boxes, and includes the stamped logo tissue/sticker.
First Look! You can see the info cards packed right on top. I put those away until after I have had my fun going through the box without spoilers.
Jesse & Co Genuine Leather "Beautiful" Word Pouch - $118. This is really nice leather and I like the deep red color a lot. This comes with a nice dust pouch. I'm not yet sure what I'll do with this one, but I'm leaning towards making it a nice gift for someone. I really like it though so I might just keep for myself. I guess there was an outcry over the original item that was sent out by spoiler, so Luxor replaced it with this item. I like that they listen to their customers this way. I cannot even remember what the original item was, and I never did find out what people were upset about.
Rose et Marium  Cement Tile Soap - $20. I came full circle on this one. First I thought it was fragrance and tossed it aside until I went to write the review. Then I finally read the card and realized this is tile soap, which was a nice surprise. Then I learned it includes lavender and I'm back to being less than thrilled. I wish I could keep it though. It is engraved with the cement tile patterns found on their tumblers which is seriously a nice touch. Made in France. Perfume from Grasse. Perfume from Grasse.
HEAD NOTES : Lavender, Coriander, Sicilian lemon
HEART : Vetiver, Sandalwood, Cedar, Leather
BASE NOTES : Tonka beans, Musk, Leather
Rose et Maruium Precious Tumbler - $115. This is definitely the nicest cup I've ever owned. It is truly stunning and I'm not sure I've ever used that work for a drink holder before. I'm certain I haven't. This is hand made in France, made of porcelain, and the finish is in platinum. You can drink out of these, but I will probably use it for a candle. Or perhaps a small silk flower arrangement would be great. It just begs to be displayed.
I liked the packaging on the tumbler, so I'm showing you pics of how it closes. It's unique.
Adornia Love Lariat Necklace in Silver - $95. The chain is 22.5 inches. The L goes through the hoop and the letters spell "Love". I'm showing you a stock photo so you can really see how it's designed to lay. There is also a suggestion to wrap the "L" through twice to make it more secure. A very useful tip that I hadn't thought of myself. Do you think this would make a nice gift for a recent grad? I've been struggling with trying to come up with something for my niece and this could be something she would like?
Mary Jurek Mirabel Mini Vase - $40. I knew we were getting something from Mary Jurek this month and I really like the brand. I was so thrilled to get this. I had the perfect spot on the fireplace mantle picked out within seconds of opening this. My pics do not do this vase justice, this is really shiny and so beautiful. I love the size and I like how it fits right in with my décor. I wouldn't mind a second one for my office either.

This months Luxor Box has a retail value of $388. Another quality box. Sometimes it's just one item that makes an entire box for me and the Mirabel vase is definitely that this month. I appreciate how all the items are good quality and "giftable", so if you can't use it yourself you can be sure it will be nice for someone else.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

PopSugar Must Have Box May 2016 Review

PopSugar Must Have Boxis a monthly lifestyle box, geared toward women, founded by Lisa Sugar. They send full size products and a mix of beauty, home, fitness, and other items. They guarantee a value of over $100. They also curate Special Edition boxes that are released throughout the year; they are very popular and contain luxury items. We recommend this box for anyone new to subscription services. 
Cost: $29.95
How Often: Monthly
Ships To: United States via USPS and FedEx
This months box was much larger than normal. It was the size of a Limited Edition box. The inspiration theme this month Fitness, Relaxation, Health, Hydration, Yoga, and Deep Breaths.
Spongelle Spongoloty Body Butter - $20. This is a sponge that is infused with organic products. It lasts up to 20 washes. Is is available in Milk/Honey or Eucalyptus/Lavender. Sulfate free. It has a rope handle, so it can easily hang in the shower.
Kocostar Foot Therapy - $9.50. This is a paraben free Foot Exfoliant Wrap. I have been seeing foot wraps a lot this year and I love getting them. They are great for softening up your feet and perfect for pedicure season!
Happy Spritz Breathe Deeply Peppermint Spray - $25.  This is a crisp, minty + refreshing mix of pure peppermint + eucalyptus + 100% pure essential oils.  This aromatherapy blend is soothing, stimulating, refreshing and cooling.  Provides you with relief from seasonal allergies + colds. K and I both really want this, so I'm going to try and get another one on MSA. There was a 25% off coupon included as well.
Bluma Project Capri Bracelets set of 2 - $44. Handcrafted by Guatemalan artisans. I love the color combinations. Bluma project has their products authentically handcrafted in Guatamala, India, Peru, and other developing nations.
Jimmybar Peanut Butter Clutter Jimmybar! Clean Snack Bar - $2.49. K is getting this because it has peanut butter. She loves peanut butter as much as I detest it. I wish this months snack was something else, but at least K will like it!
Gaiam Foldable Yoga Mat - $24.98.  I am not entirely sure yet how I feel about this. The quality is good. I like that you can fold it up or you can even roll it if you want. And it's very lightweight. I'm just not currently in need of a new one. We get at least one every year, and I think yoga mats should be replaced that often. It's just that mine really didn't get used much this year and is in incredibly new condition. Ideal for yoga on the go because it can easily fit into your tote or carryon.
Revlon Volume + Length Magnified Mascara - $8.99. This is a sponsored item. There are five new Revlon mascaras. I believe everyone got the blue one. I am happy with this one because length and volume are both equally important to me!
Hint Kick Lemon Cayenne Flavored Water - $1.69. This was the 2nd sponsored item. This is an all natural caffeine drink. Its said to be equivalent to a cup of coffee. I really like coffee. and I really like water. I have just never developed a taste for infused water. So, I'll stick with my coffee thank you very much!
Half Hitch Goods - $10 Coupon. Half Hitch Goods is an online store that has many unique items that are great for gifts. There isn't anything for this price, and there isn't anything for less than $10, but there are plenty of items that are under $25.
The May PopSugar Must Have Box has an approximate value of $146.65, including the sponsored items. I know people have mixed feelings on sponsored items, I personally really like them because you generally hear about the new products lines from known brands. My favorite item this month is the Breathe Deeply peppermint spray.