Archive | Uncategorized RSS feed for this section

Little Black Bag HAUL!

13 Apr

SAMSUNG

I can’t tell you how stoked I was to see this big, beautiful, black and white box sitting on my porch when I came home today. There’s been a lot of talk about LBB‘s new policies and the changes they’ve made lately, but I have so say that from my perspective it was an improvement.

I got my first box from them last month and, to be honest, it was a bit of a disappointment. This time around, I took a leap of faith, and purchased a bigger item and it was so worth it.

My main reason for the purchase was that I wanted a brighter, bolder, purse for spring. I chose this pretty baby:

607733ff65bef2a28b2091a0744e3ba1

Steve Madden Woven Satchel – Retail Value $98.00

On LBBv, I paid $49.95 (plus shipping) for it and got all of the following as well:

SAMSUNG

1928 Horseshoe Earrings – Retail Value $26

SAMSUNGLemon Cosmopolitan Shortie Socks – Retail values $7

and

SAMSUNG

Be Fine Packette Box – Retail Value $12

I can’t wait to wear the earrings. They are so dainty and having spent a lot of my early years in Las Vegas, I’m obsessed with anything with a luck theme. The socks were a gift for VIP members. They’d be really cute with a skirt and a pair of kitten heels.

I’m stoked to try the Be Fine Packettes. They are really big and it seems like I could get more than one use from some of them.

Included were

  • Gentle Cleanser with sugar, mint, oats, and rice
  • SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer with rosemary, pomegranate, and rice
  • Night Cream with cocoa, millet, rice, & bran
  • Exfoliating Cleanser with brown sugar, sweet almond, & oats
  • Pore Refining Treatment Scrub with coconut, jojoba, and citrus
  • Warming Clay Mask with cardamom, arnica, and pomegranate

If nothing else, I’ll smell good enough to eat.

I really think that Little Black Bag is such a fun way to shop and the recent changes are a huge improvement. Plus, they always have really fun bonus gifts with purchase for members. Such a treat!

Blush Mystery Beauty Box

21 Mar

Here’s another one I couldn’t resist. I’d heard good things about Blush.com’s last mystery box (they sold out in only a few hours!) so when I heard they had another one out I jumped on it.

blush march

The Box:  blush.com Mystery Beauty Box

The Promise: “mostly full- and (some) travel-size products worth at least $100”

Price: Single box for $34.95 or monthly subrsciption for $24.95/box (I just went with the single box to try it)

Shipping: Really fast & free! I did not receive a shipping notification but I ordered Saturday and it arrived Wednesday.

Bonus: Currently they are offering a free gift with purchase (more on that later) and free 1-3 day shipping.

The Products:

  • Snowkissed Cashmere Eyeshadow Palette from Skylark by Elle & Blair ($40)
  • Overshadow mineral eye shadow in “If you’re rich, I’m single” from theBalm ($15)
  • Rescue Restorative Shampoo (9 fl oz) ($16)
  • Rescue Restorative Conditioner (9 fl oz) ($18)
  • Hampton Sun Luxe Sport Lip Balm ($12)

Total Value: $101

Comes right in where they said it would and I got five full size products, awesome! Really the palette paid for the whole thing and everything else was icing on the cake.

Llwynog says…

Snowkissed Cashmere Eyeshadow Palette from Skylark by Elle & Blair – This palette really is beautiful and you can never have too many of them. How about a closer look?

skylark

The Snowkiss palette comes with six eyeshadows, a nice big highlighter, and a dual ended brush. The brush is pretty decent compared to what you might find in a lot of palettes. I was a little worried because I’d never heard of the brand but the swatches I did left me feeling pretty confident.

SAMSUNG

All of the eyeshadows have some shimmer except for Lace, which is matte. Lace is also quite pale, you can see from the photo that it barely show up on me, but would make a fantastic base to build the other colors from. My favorite is Ember, which is a deep red-brown with some coppery flecks. Its really beautiful and what a bummer I couldn’t really get a good photo. Its not a color I would typically pick for myself, same goes for Shiver, but both look quite nice. I’ll have to play around with them a bit.

The Satin Sparks highlighter is very light and not something I could really swatch but it has a nice, soft glowy effect.

theBalm Overshadow mineral eye shadow in “If you’re rich, I’m single” – a nice heavily pigmented mineral shadow in a flattering bronze shade. I used the tiniest amount for my swatch and was really surprised by the coverage.swat

Plus the packaging is super cute.

theBalm

This one could easily become a go-to several times a week for me. I’d never tried anything from theBalm before but I’ve read lots of good reviews. So thrilled to get this full-size eyeshadow!

Rescue Restorative Shampoo & Conditioner – Havent tried these yet but how nice to get a big set like this. I have long, thick hair so I’ll be curious to see how these do for it. They smell nice!

Hampton Sun Luxe Sport Lip Balm SPF 30 – okay, yeah, its chapstick. But its “luxury” chapstick and it smells pretty good. Plus this is something I will *always* use.

Overall, I’m really pleased with this box! Everything will be used, which is key.

Bonus: My free gift with purchase from blush.com was their Dermstore brand Lip Quench, which sells for $12. It really does moisturize and adds a nice clear gloss.

38330

and they also threw in a sample packet of Queen Bee Firming and Restoring serum. I probably will send this to the sample pile to give away later. It has royal jelly and is marketed towards aging skin, which I dont have just yet. Well, I mean, my skin is aging, but I’m still in my early 20’s and I’m not ready to worry about it. The full size bottle sells for $85, so my sample size would be valued at approximately $5.83, bringing the total box value to $118.83. Wee! Thank you blush.com!

As of the time of this writing, blush.com still has their Mystery Beauty Boxes available for purchase.

PLUS! Mr. Rebates members get 5% cashback on blush.com purchases!