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QVC New Beauty Test Tube Review, April 2013

13 Apr

I was a little confused by this sub at first because there seem to be two versions; the standard New Beauty Test Tube, and another version offered via QVC. Mine was purchased from QVC.

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Price: $29.96 + $6.47 S&H

Items Included: 

  • 1-fl oz Algenist Triple-Action Micropolish and Peel ($34.09)
  • 6-fl oz WEN by Chaz Dean Replenishing Treatment Mist – Fig FULL SIZE! ($27.00)
  • 0.04-oz tarte Skinny smolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner – Sunstone Bronze FULL SIZE! ($19.00)
  • 1-fl oz Peter Thomas Roth Antiaging Cleansing Gel – Travel size ($2.43)
  • 0.39-fl oz Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara in Black FULL SIZE! ($20.00)
  • 0.4-fl oz philosophy hope in a jar night – Travel size (?)
  • 0.17-fl oz Josie Maran Argan Oil – Travel size (?)
  • 0.60-fl oz Perfect Formula Manicure Booster ($8.95)
  • NewBeauty magazine
  • QVC booklet with product details and suggestions

Total value = At least $111.47

Not sure about the values on the Argan oil and hope in a jar, math is not my forte, but both are nice sized samples as you can see from the photo. The magazine has a price on it of $9.95, but I’ve never seen it in any store and I chucked it in the recycling after a quick flip-through revealed it was 98% advertisements.

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Llwynog Says:

Definitely good value for the money! Also, it was really nice that this is a box you can just order and get in a few days instead of waiting several weeks for it. Although, its not as much fun to know in advance what you’re getting, it is somewhat of a relief to know I will get more than what I pay for.

– The Algenist peel may be re-gifted. It looks nice, but I already have a ton of a similar product from Mary Kay that I forget to use.

– I’m really interested in the WEN hair mist. I’m not really sure what to use it for, but the fig scent is really nice, if a little strong at first. The literature says to spritz it in the mid-to-ends of your hair and rake it through to add moisture, or use as a leave in conditioner. There is also an interesting suggestion to use it as a make-up finishing spray or even as a moisturizing body spray. Interesting. I like anything that can multitask.

– The tarte eyeliner is FANTASTIC! I used it this morning and it stayed put all day. Normally with smudgy/smoky eyeliner it either fades or smudges where you dont want it. This one sat still and the one I received was a nice bronze-y shade that complemented the neutral shades I typically wear to work. I’m not certain what’s special about Amazonian Clay, but I’ll take it.

– I see Mally on QVC all the time when I’m channel surfing and I can’t ever tell if I love or hate her.  But, I was really interested to try this mascara. I used it today, and as advertised it did not flake. However, I don’t think it was any more spectacular than a standard drug store mascara that’s half the price. Nice to have it included in the tube though, it will definitely get used.

– Peter Thomas Roth cleansing gel: smells nice, will be good to throw in with my travel stuff.

– I’m not really in the age bracket for the philosophy hope in a jar night cream, but I will give it a try. The literature promises that it will “wake up to beautiful skin and a radiant complexion”, which I think anyone would like to take advantage of.

– I’ve been hearing so much about argan oil lately, I was really excited to get this Josie Maran deluxe sample size. A little of the stuff goes a long way. I massaged a tiny bit into my cuticles this morning and I have to say that I did notice an improvement. My nail beds typically get very dry through out the day and I often get hangnails. Not the case so far, very impressed. Plus, this is another major multitasker. It can be used for hair and other skin as well. Awesome.

– I CAN NOT WAIT to give the manicure booster a shot this weekend. I have the worst time with chipping nails. I’ll keep you all posted on the results.

 

Overall, I’m super happy with everything I got. Even though it wasn’t a surprise, the test tube is a great value. I know some people who get this on auto-delivery are sick of the usual “QVC brands” but seeing as this was my first one I was really excited about everything in it.

Get It: QVC is still offering the Spring New Beauty Test Tube on their website, but quantities are limited. Also, Ebates members get 2.5% cash back on QVC purchases.

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Steal Alert! PantyFly

23 Mar

Earlier this week I spotted a lot of ladies talking about PantyFly and it was such a spectacular deal I had to jump on it.

The Box: PantyFly

The Price: 1 pair a month for $4 or 3 pairs for $7

STEAL ALERT! PantyFly is currently offering a FANTASTIC deal! Prepay for 3 months of the service and pay only $15! Thats 9 pairs of underwear for 15 bucks which is a great deal no matter how you look at it.

Shipping: Fast and free!

The Options: 

  • Barely There (thong & string bikini styles)
  • Sleek & Sexy (more coverage, shorts-styles, and boy-styles)
  • Mix & Match (anything goes)

I went with 3 pairs Mix and Match per month. My first shipment arrived today, here’s what they sent:

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Items Included:

  • American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Boy Brief – $13 (x2)
  • American Apparel Cotton Spandex Hot Short – $14

Total Value: $40

Llwynog Says…

I had no idea what I’d end up with on this one since they are a really new sub. I was pleasantly surprised that I received 3 pairs of good quality American Apparel undies. They’re cute and I’ll definitely wear them. And the value for what I paid is absolutely incredible!

Also, according to the letter that came along with my new panties, PantyFly is working on adding other options to their $7 a month package. They’re also working on other improvements to offer more value to their members and from what I can tell so far their customer service is pretty amazing.

 

 

 

What’s for dinner? Hello Fresh!

23 Mar

Its no secret that I’m not much of a cook…

But I have an excuse! I’m in my 20’s! I’m single! I live alone! I dont need to be a good cook…. but I’d like to be.

Last night, I made this tasty dinner :

Dinner

It looks like I planned, prepared, and worked really hard at it, right?

I’d like to take all the credit, but I had a lot of help, in the form of a delivery from Hello Fresh.

Each week, Hello Fresh subscribers choose which 3 of 5 meal options they’d like to try. Hello Fresh does all the shopping and ships overnight everything you need to prepare the meal, including meat and dairy. They even send detailed instructions with pictures, so its fool-proof.

This is what the box looked like when I opened it:

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There were several labeled bags telling me which ingredients went with which recipe, very helpful.

The evenings options:

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I decided to make the Warm Goat Cheese Salad with Chicken and Avocado. I pulled out the bags for that and here’s what I had:

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I love that the even included packets of olive oil and honey. The only things I provided were a tablespoon of butter, a bit of salt and pepper, and some very basic cooking implements. The instructions walked me through prepping the avocado and mango, preparing the Honey and Garlic Vinaigrette, cooking the chicken, and even toasting breadcrumbs for the goat cheese.

The end result was delicious. All the ingredients were fresh and of excellent quality. Its not really in my budget to do this every week, but fortunately they offer a pause option, so I can choose to get one or two boxes a month.

The Box: Hello Fresh

Price: $69/box for 3 meals for 2 people. $59 for vegetarians.  There are also options available for 3 meals for 4 or 6 people.

The Deal: Use my referral code (Z65RMG) as a coupon when you order and save $20 off your first box!

Total value on this one is tough to determine but I’d say its worth welllll more than what I paid for it. Anyway, for me, skipping a trip to the grocery store is priceless anyhow. I’ve been raving to all of my friends about how much I love Hello Fresh and I cant wait to try more from them.

 

 

 

Steal Alert! Fab.com sale on elizabeth & clarke boxes

20 Mar

Thank youuuuu Fab.com! They added a wonderful new sale today for Elizabeth & Clarke subscription boxes.

Elizabeth & Clarke make beautiful designer blouses and t-shirts, a collection for each season. You chose 1-3 shirts depending on the sub you choose to pay for.

Fab is currently offering a discounted rate on each of Elizabeth & Clarke’s three box options.

  • Starter Box (Choice of 1 shirt) – $20, reg. $30
  • Signature Box (Choice of 2 shirts) – $30, reg. $50
  • Premium Box (Choice of 3 shirts) – $35, reg. $60

I went with the Premium Box since its the best deal, and what a deal it is! Expect a full review when I receive the box (the next one doesn’t ship until June 1st), but here are previews of the three shirts I chose (images from Elizabeth & Clarke):

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Let’s be honest; I chose this one for the name. Arden

I know, I know, I’m a total enabler, but this is way too good of a deal too pass up and you know it too.

March Fancy Box

20 Mar

I couldn’t resist the $25 off coupon that The Fancy put up a few weeks back, so I took the opportunity to snag one of their standard Fancy Boxes. It arrived today and while I have mixed-feelings about some of the items I was overall pleased with the items and received good value for what I paid.

The Box: Fancy Box (regular)

Price: $39/month + shipping

I Paid: $21.95 incl. shipping

Options chosen: Women, Home, Tech

March Fancy Box

Items Included:

  • Pilot & Captain T-shirt ($32)
  • Clocky Rolling Runaway Alarm Clock ($40)
  • Citrus Zinger water bottle ($15)
  • Crumb Casket mini-broom ($15)
  • $10 shoptiques.com gift certificate
  • Cute Fancy stickers

Llwynog Says:

– The alarm clock is a pretty cute (and probably obnoxious) idea. I’ll probably give it as a joke gift to someone who has a harder time waking up than I do. Being a morning-person, thats not really an issue for me.

– I really like the design of the Pilot & Captain t-shirt and the faded style. Fancy was nice and sent me the “medium” size I requested but its men’s sizing, so this one’s a bit on the large size for fashion purposes. For lounge purposes, on the other hand, its perfect. The material is super-soft and cozy. LOVE.

– Citrus Zinger water bottle? I was confused by this thing when I first pulled it out of the box. Thankfully, the packaging has pictures of how to use it.

Citrus

Basically, you put half a fruit (lemon, lime, orange, etc.) in the bottom compartment and water in the top. The idea being that the juicer-thing will infuse your water continuously as you drink.  I’ll give it a shot at work this week. Not sure if it will be useful or just weird. I just started a new job though, so this should be a good conversation starter.

– Crumb Casket. Hmmm. I think I might put this in a baby shower gift basket. Or something like that. Not really useful for me but it is kinda cute and tech-y.

Total retail value: $102 (not including $10 off coupon)

Totally worth the 22 bucks I paid! I did already cancel my subscription because I dont really need another one, but I would perhaps do another Fancy coupon deal. I enjoyed getting some random things that I might not otherwise think to get for myself and the value was well over the promised $80.

I probably won’t use the shoptiques.com coupon. If anyone would like the code, please leave me a comment with your email.

DEAL! Fancy’s got another coupon happening now. Use code 25OFF5 to get $25 off anything at Fancy. You can use it on any of the box subs, you can even use it on multiple different items and get $25 off each. I love their coupons!