Sunday, January 24, 2016

January 2016 Target Beauty Box - Renewal - Unboxing and Review!

I debating blogging about the January 2016 Target Beauty Boxes in one single post, but I'm glad I decided to split them into two individual ones; there are a lot of products in these sample boxes! I just posted about the Refresh box, so now I'm going to share with you the Renewal box.
Both of the January boxes were light on color cosmetics, but I believe the Renewal box was the more popular one since it contains a full size mascara and a BB cushion foundation sample. Like the Refresh box, this box cost $7, which included shipping (I paid $7.50 because of tax). Since the mascara retails for around $8, I definitely got my money's worth.

This box is no longer available, but Target does come out with these sample boxes about once a month, near the beginning.

January 2016 Target Beauty Box - Refresh - Unboxing and Review!

My makeup/beauty collection is reaching critical mass (again), and I'm due for a destash, so I'm trying to get through all of my January sample boxes and beauty purchases in order to integrate the products into my collection so I have a better idea of what I have and what I have too much of. January was a very fruitful month for sample boxes and Target released two different beauty boxes. And I got both of them.

The first Target Beauty Box I want to share with you is the Refresh box.
These beauty boxes are not subscriptions; you purchase them individually when they go on sale. On the one hand, it's nice since you don't have to buy the box if you don't like the products in it, but on the other hand, if it's a good box, you have to be very quick to get one! This box is no longer available, but Target does release these boxes once a month or so, so keep on eye out for one at the start of February.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

January 2016 Allure Beauty Box - Beauty and Brains - Unboxing and Review!

I tried to think of a different way of opening this post besides my normal "Hello!" greeting, but I wasn't happy with anything I came up with. I do like formulaic posts that, while not original, are consistent, but I know it can get irritating to read the same thing over and over again, kind of like when you're binge-watching a TV show and are totally over the opening/ending credits by like the third episode. There were going to be witticisms about subscription boxes, self-deprecating comments about my addiction to said subscription boxes, and so on and so forth, but nothing felt organic and so you get this. My apologies. Now let's look at the January 2016 Allure Beauty Box!
Allure really stepped up their game this month and gave us a box that is more in line with what I expect from this subscription service, both based an price and from the "beauty experts" at Allure.

Friday, January 22, 2016

December 2015 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month - Romeo + Juliet - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! I hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you my December 2015 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month!
The theme for December was not only Romeo and Juliet, but the Baz Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet, which is one of my favorite movies!

Monday, January 18, 2016

December 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag - With Love From Ipsy - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! I hope you're all having a great day! For this post, I want to share my December 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag with you!
Some nice things and...one maybe not so nice thing. But overall, this was a great bag, especially after I went and calculated the values of my samples.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

MAC Cosmetics - Dita Von Teese Lipstick - Swatch and Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you my MAC Cosmetics Dita Von Teese lipstick!
This is an online exclusive lipstick that released in a limited edition a month or so ago to coincide with Dita Von Teese's new book and it's now available again on the MAC website. I love Dita Von Teese and her pin-up/burlesque/vintage aesthetic, so I was super excited to see that she was collaborating with MAC on a lipstick; lipsticks are my favorite products made by MAC, and are pretty much the only products I buy on a regular basis from them! Dita Von Teese is a powerful, gorgeous woman, and anything she puts her name to has to be just a stunning.

If you're looking for an amazing matte red lipstick, then you'll want to click below to see my thoughts and swatches on this one!

Benefit Real Cheeky Party Blush Palette - First Impressions and Swatches!

Hello! I hope you're having a great day! I also hope you're still staying warm; it's currently -12°F with a windchill of -38°F. Neat. Anyways! For this post, I want to share with yous some swatches and my first impressions of the Benefit Real Cheeky Party blush palette.
As I mentioned in the haul post that included this palette, Benefit released a similar one for the holiday season last year that I was super disappointed to have missed out on. I think Benefit assumed this year it would sell just as well so they made a bunch more since this palette ended up going on sale even before Christmas. Which is why I bought it!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Formula X for Sephora Infinite Ombre Nail Kit - First Impressions!

Hello! I hope you're having a great day! For this post, I wanted to talk a little more about the Formula X for Sephora (do they still call themselves that, or are they just Formula X now?) Infinite Ombre Nail Kit.
This kit originally retailed for around $25-$30 (I tried to find it on the Sephora website, but it doesn't look like it's in stock anymore; it may still be available in stores, though) and recently it went on sale for a little under $15. I got my set from the Sephora in JCP, which usually has better sales than in the actual Sephora store or online. I was super excited to try this kit when it first came out, and now I'm even more excited since I got it for cheap!

Haul Time! Formula X, Kat Von D, Benefit, and More!

Hello! I hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you a small beauty haul from Sephora and Ulta.
I'll start with what I got using my VIB Rouge $25 off coupon...

December 2015 Birchbox - All Wrapped Up - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! Hope you're all staying warm! The temperature has finally plummeted here to "normal" winter levels, which means lows of -10°F with a windchill of -30°F. Yay. SO. Instead of focusing on the negative side of things, let's instead take a peek at my December 2015 Birchbox!




Was the final Birchbox of 2015 a good one?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

December 2015 Allure Beauty Box - Unboxing & Review!

Hello! I hope you all had a happy holiday season and are having a great start to the new year! Per usual, I am running a little behind on my blog posts, and things are piling up on my desk, so it's time to go on a posting spree.
Let's get the ball rolling with my December 2015 Allure Beauty Box!