Hello! Whew, I'm marathon posting again so I'm kind of running out of things to say in these little intro paragraphs! (Edit: I am completing this post 10 days after starting it. I don't even know.) How likely do you guys think it is to get a fake eyeshadow palette from an Ulta? Not very, right? I ask because I recently picked up the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (because I am a sheep. Also, chocolate) from Ulta and I don't know if mine is a dud or what... The colors just don't seem to swatch very well and are very powdery and get everywhere! When I first brought it home, I thought one of the colors looked used (it had a swipe on it and the texture pattern was flattened) but I brushed it off as a shipping issue. Because I am incredibly paranoid, I started to feel like yes, someone had touched my palette, but that going all the way back to Ulta to exchange it was too bothersome (it's definitely a quest in this weather). I sprayed it with alcohol, brushed off the top layer, and called it sanitized. Soon, however, I started to get the feeling and ANOTHER one of the shadows looked used and that one I sprayed and scrapped as well. Then I started to notice other faults, like glue leaking in the top right corner, and now I just don't know...
I swatched all the colors for the first time, and I have to say, I'm not very impressed. A lot of them seem very, very powdery and dusty and they don't have a lot of color payoff (especially the glittery ones; Gilded Ganache, Black Forest Truffle, Candied Violet, and Cherry Cordial. Strawberry Bon Bon has poor color payoff as well). I don't want to bring it back because I am lazy and the palette's been clearly used by me, but I can't shake the feeling that mine is inferior somehow. And I was so excited for it to...
Uh, but that is not at all what this post is supposed to be about and I am sorry I went off on a tangent like that! This is about the Spring 2014 Fortune Cookie Soap Soap Box!
Some quick background info about the Soap Box since I don't get this one every month: This is a quarterly subscription box by Fortune Cookie Soap (who can be found at fortunecookiesoap.com); every season they release a series of new scents and sometimes new products and they give people previews of these new scents/products in the Soap Boxes. This box is $19.99 every three-ish months, which includes shipping, and it comes with a coupon code for $10 off a purchase of $10 or more from Fortune Cookie Soap (either online or in-store). When you subscribe to this box, you don't have an account or anything with FCS, so it's can be annoying if you have to update an address or your billing info (which I have to do and I've been avoiding...).
My very first FCS Soap Box was the summer box from last year (I just missed the cutoff for the spring box) so I feel like I've been subscribed for a year now! For this years spring box, FCS has a "Garden of Good and Evil" kind of theme, with scents that are "Good" and ones that are "Evil".
And finally, what may be my favorite product in this seasons box, the Marshmallow Dreams Cuticle Butter!
And that wraps up the "good" scents! Now for the "evils"... Not sure how FCS decided which scents were "good" and which were "evil"; a lot of the scents have similar floral notes and the only real difference I can find is the addition of heavier notes like musk in the "evils".
First up is the "Make It Rain" whipped cream.
Next is the product that's included in every Soap Box, the Fortune Cookie Soap!
Up next is the "Me So Thorny" Steam Me Up Scotty Shower Steamer.
This scent, "Me So Thorny", really reminded me of a perfume I once had from Hot Topic. It was based on Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and it smelt like wet, decaying flowers. I think it had a lot of patchouli and sandalwood in it, which are scents are now associate with Hot Topic. This scent is a combination of citrus, lavender, french vanilla, patchouli and sandalwood. I find the patchouli and sandalwood to be a little overpowering, but the scent might be better balanced in a different form.
This next product is another type of fizzy, the Bloom Bloom Room Bath Fizzy.
Finally, we have the "Venus Fly Trap" Perfume Oil.
And that was the Spring 2014 Fortune Cookie Soap Soap Box! I love getting this box; it's one of my favorites and I'm sad it only comes out four times a year. It's a great way to try scents that you might not normally think to try (if I had just read the description of Marshmallow Dreams and not smelt it, I never would have tried it). It's also a great way to experience all the different products that FCS offers; many of which I love and would highly recommend. Also, the boxes are just plain adorable. Case in point:
Thanks for reading! <3