Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 2016 Birchbox - Revive & Restore - Unboxing & Review!

One of my favorite things about subscription boxes is the mystery; the idea that you might get something worth a lot more than you paid is very appealing! While I now appreciate both mystery and non-mystery boxes (I always spoil the Allure Beauty Box for myself, but I never look to see what I'm getting in my Birchbox nor Ipsy Glam Bag), I still love the little thrill I get when opening a mystery box.
...which makes it especially weird when I go with the non-mystery curated Birchbox! I really liked the items in this box, which is why I went with it instead if my regular mystery box, but I kind of regret it since Birchbox tends to sell these boxes in the store for $10, so I could have gotten this box and a normal Birchbox for only $20. Hmm.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set - Swatch & Review!

When I first saw that Kat Von D was going to come out with a mini set of Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks for the holidays, I was super excited. I really like Kat Von D (KVD) as a brand, I've always heard good things about her liquid lipsticks, and I've enjoyed using the few that I have (I've never owned a full size, but I have a couple minis). I purchased this kit the day it launched at Sephora online and, at $49 for eight minis, the kit is a great deal (each mini is about half the size of a full size lipstick, which retail for $20 each).
I was feeling oddly apprehensive about this purchase while it was shipping and, while I do still think this is a good kit for people who love KVD and the Evelasting Liquid Lipsticks, it fell a little short for me and, spoiler alert, I ended up exchanging it.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sugarpill Kim Chi Liquid Lipstick - Swatch & Review!

We're living in a golden age for indie makeup; thanks to the internet, it is very easy for a smaller company to get their name out there and for consumers to get their hands on more niche products that may not be quite so readily available from mainstream companies. With the rise of consumer desire for more unique products, smaller indie companies can grow and thrive and turn into what I like to call 'semi-indie' companies; companies that still make products in smaller batches or that are not sold in retail stores, but that have corporate offices and a larger staff of people to help them run their business. One of my favorite semi-indie companies is Sugarpill, a super cute cruelty-free brand from California owned and operated by a very lovely lady named Amy (she goes by Shrinkle on social media). Sugarpill makes amazing cosmetics; they're best known for their eye shadows, but they recently branched out into lip products. I already own and love one of their liquid lipsticks, the elusive Trinket, so I was very happy when they announced that they'd be releasing a second called Kim Chi.
 I was prepared to fight tooth and nail to get it when it launched, but due to the issues I had when ordering Trinket (this was when it was limited edition; they've brought it back as a permanent color), I was given a special code to order it early. Yay!

Darling Clandestine Early Fall Release Haul - Dewlap Valentine, Fire Eater, Dulcinea, Hotel Clandestine Set - Review!

Like most people, I like to smell good. But smelling 'good' just isn't enough...I need to smell magical. Smell is a very important sense to me, and I love exploring new and interesting fragrances; there are some really great mainstream perfumes out there, but generally, they all tend to blur together and nothing ever really stands out to me. Which is why I prefer to purchase indie fragrances!
Out of all the indie fragrances I've tried, my favorites by far come from Darling Clandestine! There's just something about them; they're complex and interesting, and they invoke a lot of memory and emotion. Evonne, the owner/creator of Darling Clandestine (DC) is master at her craft, and she and creates some very impressive blends!

September 2016 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month - Comic Book Girl - Unboxing & Review!

Let's take a look at the September 2016 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month!
Glamour Doll Eyes is an indie cosmetic company that makes a variety of face and eye cosmetics, with a focus on loose shadows. It was one of the first indie companies I was introduced to, and one of the first (if not the first) that I purchased from. While the Of The Month wasn't my first indie subscription (I used to get the Rainbow Honey monthly mystery bags, though I never actually subscribed), it's the one that I've been getting the longest (over two years now!).

Friday, October 21, 2016

September 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag - Glamazon - Unboxing & Review!

The September 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag is here (...it's been here for a while) and my bag had a very good variety of samples, including brands and products that I have and have not tried before.
Admittedly, most of my excitement from this bag comes from the nail polish; if all my bag included was the polish I would be happy, and if my bag didn't include the polish...I might not be quite so pleased with it. That's not to say that most of the products aren't good, they're just not to my personal taste.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

September 2016 Birchbox - Go Forth And Multitask - Unboxing & Review!

For some reason, it seems like September was the 'multi-tasking' month for subscription boxes. Granted, 'multi-tasking' is a pretty easy theme for a makeup/beauty box, and lots of boxes share similar themes during holidays and certain times of the year, but I don't really see the connection between the month of September and multi-tasking products. Very intriguing!
Almost all the products this month are relevant to me and something I'm interesting in trying (I'm not going to be able to try the conditioner and styling cream because they have argan oil; if they didn't I would totally try them out), but this box really fell flat value-wise. Hmm.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

September 2016 Play! By Sephora - The Unbasic Basics - Unboxing & Review!

Time for the September 2016 Play! By Sephora box! Well, technically, the time for it should have been a month ago, but I need to stop making these 'lol I'm late' jokes...even though I just did.
A very interesting collection of products this month; some I am very excited for, others not so much. There was some variation again this month and, unfortunately, I ended up with the variation that I did not want. I'm interested in figuring out how Sephora decides who to give what to; is it random? Is it based on what you have in your beauty profile? I know Sephora is still tweaking this service (though maybe not any more since they opened it up to pretty much everyone), so perhaps they'll introduce customization/sample choice similar to what Birchbox does. One can only hope!

September 2016 Allure Beauty Box - Speed Dating - Unboxing & Review!

Well, I didn't get the posts about my September subscription boxes up before the end of September, but it's still early October and I haven't gotten any October boxes yet (this was true when I started writing this post, but I got busy and was unable to finish it at that time and now it's not quite so true)...so I still feel somewhat on time! Somewhat...(not at all anymore, really).
Since it tends to be the first box to arrive each month, let's talk about my September 2016 Allure Beauty Box! In past posts about this box, I've mentioned, mostly in passing, that there have been some issues with this service, specifically with customer service and new subscriptions. I've been lucky so far and have generally enjoyed this box, but this month things finally caught up with me and I ended up being disappointed.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September 2016 Julep Mystery Box - Rock Your Look: Color Play - Unboxing & Review!

It's been a hot minute since my last Julep Mystery box; I used to love to get these boxes because you got a lot of products for not a lot of money, but the last few I've gotten haven't been very impressive. Plus, I already own a ton of Julep nail polishes and I've been reluctant to try a lot of their newer makeup due to not-so-favorable previous experiences, so I wasn't confident I'd be getting my money's worth. I'm not sure what made me get the September mystery box, especially since it was makeup-heavy (I found a coupon code that dropped the price from $24.99 to less than $20, which was a big part of my decision...), but I am extremely happy that I did since this ended up being one of my favorite Julep mystery boxes ever!
The theme for the boxes this month was 'Rock Your Look' and Julep gave you two options: Classic Beauty, which included more traditional, neutral colors, and Color Play, which has full of bold, bright colors. I went with the Color Play box because I love bold makeup, plus I already own all the neutral makeup I will ever need!

Sephora Favorites Scouted By Sephora Kit - Review!

What's one thing that would make me love the Sephora Favorites kits even more than I already do(well, besides more products for less money...)? Making the boxes holographic!
Oh yeah, look at those rainbows... Sephora switches up the design/theme of these boxes every now and then, and it looks like for the fall, and possibly the holidays, they're going with holographic lids with die cut cardboard labels. Très chic! Admittedly, a shiny box doesn't always mean a better product, but when I already trust that it's going to be good, it doesn't hurt; Sephora could packaged these kits in kraft paper boxes and I would still buy them.

The kit I want to show you in this post is the Scouted By Sephora kit; this is a skincare specific kit that highlights brands and products that are new or uncommon. I have definitely not tried any of the products included in this kit and some of the brands are completely new to me!