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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.


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.

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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?


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.


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.


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.


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!