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Glossybox | August 2014


Something’s up with Glossybox.  A slew of subscribers didn’t get their August boxes until practically the middle of September.  Isn’t that strange?  I’m all for waiting until the end of the month to do your shipping – I mean, if you get the box every 30 days, then technically it’s on time – but to wait until the next month to ship the previous month’s box?  No likey.

Well, regardless … here’s what took so long:


Well, dangit, it’s a pretty good box.  I was all ready to start pouting and complaining.  You know how when you’re in a bad mood and someone tries to get you out of the bad mood and you’re not welcoming of that idea one bit cuz you’re not done being in a bad mood?  This is like one of those times.  I will tell YOU when I’m ready to be happy again.  Thanks.

I’m generally okay with getting a shampoo and conditioner.  I have been using samples without having to purchase anything on my own for about a year now.  I was close to running out and was waiting for Glossybox to arrive so I could start using this Uberliss duo.  But then I was waiting and waiting and waiting for eons.  Broke down and had to buy some full-size L’Oreal stuff.  Well what a big o poo, ya know?  So I have no idea when I’ll get around to using this stuff, as I have also traded in some birthday money for some other shampoo and conditioner that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile (more on that later).

In the meantime, just know this is a hydrating sulfate-free shampoo that is supposed to be super foamy, strengthening and magical.  I’ll let you know how it fares once it falls in my empties bag.

Next product is a neat little cream highlighter by Kryolan.  It was custom built for Glossybox subscribers and is just the loveliest shade of pinky gold.  Or maybe it’s more of a champagne.  Doesn’t matter.  Point is, it’s very pretty.  Has miniscule sparkle – it’s primarily just a glowy, subtle sheen.  If you somehow manage to make yourself look a shiny mess with this stuff, you are DOING IT WRONG.  It’s pretty much idiot-proof, and I’m so happy to have it.  Best thing in the box, hands-down.

And even though you all know I don’t like nail polish that much, this shimmery purple shade from the Sparitual Explore Collection is rather pretty.  I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a good purple.  I’m super into purple lips right now, and purple eyeshadow looks really good with my brown eyes.  What this has to do with this purple nail polish is absolutely zero.  However, I will say I don’t have a purple this shade, nor have I ever tried the Sparitual brand.  So I’m gonna do mani and pedi this weekend and give it a try.  Then put it in my junk drawer for the next 11 years.

I’ve been using a day cream for the past 2 months that I haven’t really enjoyed.  I was forcing myself to use it since it was full-size product and I paid for it.  You know, trying to be a responsible adult and all that.  Then I received this Eslor Firming Collagen day cream, and thought I’d go ahead and use it even though I wasn’t done with the other.  Well, if I was trying to teach myself a lesson, I either failed or succeeded depending on how you look at it.  This Eslor stuff feels ahhhh-ma-zing on the face.  Like the softest most delicate cream of life.  It took me about 2 seconds to toss the other cream in my empties bin.  Why suffer needlessly? And even though the full size is $85, I’m kinda sorta considering it anyway.

Someone send help.

Last product in the box is what I thought would be my most absolute favorite.  It’s the Eyeko Skinny Mini liquid liner pen. I have the Eyeko Skinny Brush mascara and I absolutely love it so I had every expectation of loving the eyeliner too. So I tried it a few days ago. Annnnnnd … awful. Like the worst pen I’ve ever tried. It was barely black – more like a pale grey wash on my eyelid. I thought I was doing it wrong for a second, so I’m shaking the pen, wiping the nib, praying to Baby Jesus. But nothing helped. It was hideous. Remember that great mood I was forced to be in earlier? Well let’s just say I knew I wasn’t ready. I’m gonna give it one more chance this weekend before I pass it along to my sister.

And because Glossybox was so late last month, I am now behind on my September boxes. That’s just great. I’ve gotta blog in my sleep just to keep up. My life is hard you guys. SO. HARD.


Glossybox | July 2014


Really trying to squeeze all these reviews in before July 31. I suppose I make it really hard for myself when I subscribe to 11 of them. Do you see the sacrifices I make for my people? DO. YOU. SEE?

I am nothing if not professional.

Here’s my Glossybox:


Pretty good this month! I’ll use everything so that’s a success if you ask me. Let’s begin.

First item is a body cream from Mitchell and Peach. I have never heard of this brand but they are English and by default, adorable. I am not a huge lover of lotion but I do use it daily after bathing. This one has a slightly odd scent of honey and cocoa – not to be confused with CHOCOLATE – so it doesn’t smell as heavenly as you might expect. It may grow on me, though. I mean, it doesn’t stink or anything. It’s not a mushroom lotion, thank God.

Then I got this weird little hair toner from Philip B. I say weird because I’ve never seen a product like this – it restores the pH balance in your hair as well as detangles and controls frizz. Well, that sounds normal and all, but it’s made with apple cider vinegar. Whaaaaaa?!. I know. And then I used it and I was like yep, definitely apple cider vinegar. A little smelly, but kind of in an addictive way. Where the more you smell it the more you sorta like it. Which is good because the vinegar is unmistakeable although the website tries to convince you it smells like botanicals. Bwahahahaha.


Regardless, I like this stuff and I might even repurchase, which says a lot cuz I don’t get moved very often by hair thingies.

There’s just something about the name Malin + Goetz that gets me excited. Maybe it’s the use of the plus-sign in their name. Or maybe I’m just a weirdo. Whatever the case may be, I was happy to see the little mojito lip balm. I used it immediately because I couldn’t contain my curiosity. This stuff is like a thick oil instead of a solid balm. Has a minty feeling to it but smells kind of citrusy. Is that a mojito? I don’t even know. I probably need to drink more alcohol so I can do reviews properly.

Anyway, this stuff is very soothing on the lips and lasts for a suuuuuper long time. I went to bed and it was still there the next morning, albeit a stickier version. This is the only lip balm that’s done that, so maybe it might cure my chronic peeling lip skin? I’m on a mission to find out.

There’s a little baby tube of GlamGlow in here! Got the youth mud tingle version and I’ve used it before. I did like this, although it burned my face off for about 30 seconds. Let’s just say tingle is a horribly inappropriate word. However, afterwards my face was as smooth as a velvet pillow. So half a minute of searing, torturous pain? Totally worth it. It’s also won beauty awards and famous people use it. My two favorite things. In other words = winner.

Last item in the box is the most intriguing. It is an anti aging serum by Skin Inc, and the picture I took does it no justice whatsoever. It’s a clear gel looking solution with floating tiny beads in it. Or to be completely scientific, they’re seaweed capsules. It literally looks like it came from the future, and I can’t wait to use it. It’s a custom blend of two of their serums, and it’s supposed to soothe and hydrate the skin. And if you judge books by their cover like I do, then this stuff would be a New York Times best seller.

Alrighty, that’s all for today. Three boxes to go, two days left. A fail, but only slight.

Glossybox | June 2014


Last day of the month. Two reviews to go. One box isn’t even here yet. I have failed.

In better news, only a 4 day work week this week! I love holidays. And to commemorate the occasion, here is a patriotic themed Glossybox:


The most adorable packaging that ever lived. I’m keeping the box. I don’t know what for, but I feel like I could be arrested for treason if I throw it away. I would not fare well in an orange jumpsuit. I have pink undertones.

First item is the Rusk Texture Dry Finishing Spray. It has been immediately regifted. I don’t have time in the morning to do anything to my hair that requires a texture spray.  I almost don’t have time to do anything, much less fiddle around with a hairdo that will most likely not last half an hour.   I mean, the best effort I’ve ever made towards any kind of hair style is purchasing a hair donut.  And that was done primarily because it’s fun to say hair donut.

Next item is of course a big fat poo.  It’s red and blue nail polish from StrangeBeautiful.  This has also been regifted.  The contents of this box is dwindling fast people!  Is there anything left in here for me?  (Sad face.)  Now, to clarify, I’m not saying anything is wrong with the red and blue nail polish.  I just don’t want it.  It is not my preference.  Despite the fact it’s completely in season and holiday appropriate. I swear though, it’s found a loving home with my daughter. She will draw the Stars and Stripes for America, don’t worry.

Okay now things are starting to get better. I got a body butter by Ayres. The scent is called Patagonia, which I assume means jasmine and rosemary cuz that’s what it says on the label. I’m not a fan of those fake scents, those scent names that are not a real thing, but it doesn’t stink that much. It doesn’t smell like paradise either so don’t get too excited. However, it sinks in very fast which is my number one prerequisite for a body butter. I would actually consider buying a full size of this. Maybe try a different scent, as Midnight Tango or Pampas Sunrise seems like they would smell better. But what do I know? Cuz those aren’t real things either.

Got an eyeshadow crayon from Sumita Beauty in the color Champagne. Here’s my face: -__-

I dunno. I guess it’s not that bad, but I don’t prefer cream eyeshadows. I just don’t really know what to do with them. However, I used it this weekend and it was pretty creamy, went on very smooth, and the color was nice. Then I put it away in my Train Case of Forgotten Makeup where it will live for all eternity. I’ll dig it out every now and then, but there will be no miracles.

Last item is my absolute fave of them all. It’s a glorious hand cream by Camille Beckman called Imperial Repair. I love it. For one, it squeezes itself out of the tube very elegantly. I cannot explain it any other way than that. In fact, it squeezes out so incredibly elegantly, I would do nothing but squeeze it out for the rest of my life as a side job or a hobby. There’s just a satisfying pleasure in it. Oh my gawd, what’s happened to me?

The smell is a lemongrass grapefruit which sounds heavenly and is also a real thing. However, the lemon overwhelms the grapefruit so it smells mostly about 100% like furniture polish. But it also moisturizes well and leaves the hands feeling soft and lovely. Approved! Put it on your shopping list.

Thanks for spending the last day of June with me. One more box arrives tomorrow, then I got empties, July boxes and some hauls to share. The fun never ends!

Glossybox | May 2014


It’s June 1 and that can mean only one thing: I failed to get all my reviews in before the end of May. I suck so bad. In my defense, I watched two movies on Video on Demand (Gravity and Her), plus went grocery shopping. So as you can see, my day was var var busy.

In that case, all is forgiven.

Here is what came in my Glossybox:


This was a highly anticipated box. They teamed up with Bergdorf Goodman and touted this as a super luxurious box. And while I can’t say expectation and reality was completely in sync, I do feel that it was pretty awesome.

First product is a cleanser from Iluminage. I’m all for receiving cleansers, as I know I’ll use it regardless what kind it is. So it’s a pretty safe bet. I haven’t used this one yet but it’s up soon. The description says it’s luxuriously creamy, and I love both those things. I’ll keep you posted on if that’s actually true.

This next thing is the most expensive item I’ve ever received in any box. It’s the ReVive Intensite Volumizing Eye Serum. Full size of this stuff is a whopping $350. I other words, hope I don’t love it! The claims of this product is to fill out the hollows of the eye, and diminish dark circles, under-eye bags, and crepiness. I’ve been using it for a few days now, and I’m not sure if it’s fact or psychological brain trickery, but I’d swear my eye lines are less apparent. Not sure if it’s supposed to be an immediate result or not, but I’m almost certain I notice a difference. But then again, for $350 I dadgum better.

Then I got another eye cream which I thought was slightly redundant. It’s the Lancer Eye Contour Lifting Cream and it pretty much does the same thing as the other one but for only $95 instead. I have no idea if it works just as well but I’ll find out as soon as I’ve used up the ReVive. This one says it’s ultra-rich so it may be a thicker cream versus the thin ReVive serum. But I’ll let you know in a future empties post. You’re so excited, I can tell.

I own a lot of foundation primers, but I’m always excited to try a new one. The Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot primer is one I do not own and was so happy to get. Yes, a $45 product got me more excited than the $350 one.

Texture is a big thing with me, especially with primers. This one is more creamy than silicone-y, and once applied it made my skin feel very smooth and soft. That hooked me right there. I almost want to go out and buy it without even finishing the sample, all while hoarding about 15 other primers that need used up. I’m that impressed. So yeah, I’m probably gonna do that very soon. Once I get the idea, it’s very hard to ignore myself.

I did get some perfume, which I am very bored by. But it’s also by Atelier so I’m gonna keep it. I make no sense sometimes. The scent is Rose Anonyme and it’s $80 for 1 ounce. Also it’s made in France, where all fancy things come from. The top notes are bergamot, ginger and Turkish rose. I don’t know what any of that means, but figured somebody out there might appreciate a description. All I know is that it smells alright. And coming from a non-perfume lover like me, that’s high praise. For real, you shouldn’t even listen to me if you love perfume cuz I’m honestly no help whatsoever.

And then there was a repeat. Got another tube of Alterna CC cream for hair. I’m giving it to my mom, not because I didn’t like it but because I don’t feel like sampling it again. Hair products are probably my least favorite things to receive cuz my repertoire consists of zero products of any kind. I use no mousse, gel, hairspray, wax, texturizer – none of it. And somehow still manage to make hair magic every morning. I dunno. Just lucky I guess.

Last thing, and definitely my favorite in the entire box is the $25 gift card to Bergdorf Goodman. This is a no strings attached gift card. I didn’t even have to join an email blast. So instead of buying something for free, I decided to apply it towards something really expensive so I could get a $25 discount. Don’t argue with my logic.

Any day now, I’ll be receiving my brand new Tom Ford eyeshadow quad. I’m so happy, I could just about pee my pants. Look for it coming up in a future post. Again, you’re thrilled.

Okay, time to go. It’s Skincare Sunday so I have so pampering to get to. Ciao!

Glossybox | April 2014


It’s Saturday night, my OKC Thunder just won, and I’ve got a belly full of pizza. What more do I need in life?

Makeup. And skincare. Always always always. Then after that, Im pretty much set.

Here’s my Glossybox:


Can we say big fat poo? I was so superly disappointed in the box this month. I’m not excited about one item, and I don’t even know what one item even is. Let me explain.

That tall stick thing is an eyeshadow sealer by LASplash. A what now? Eyeshadow sealer. Mmmm k. I guess it’s like a glue of some kind to hold your loose glitter and shimmer shadows to your eyeball. Did you just fall asleep cuz I sure did. I will never use this. Delete. Moving on.

Next boo is this Aqua Spa body creme. You can buy this at Walmart. If I really wanted it, I’d go buy it myself. The whole point of subscribing to beauty boxes (other than opening Christmas presents eleven times a month) is receiving brands that are not easy to get, or brands I’ve never heard of. Not brands that I could buy while shopping in my pajamas on a late night emergency tampon run.

On a positive note, this is the best thing in the box. Yes, it’s all downhill from here.

Speaking of brands available at Walmart, I got a body wash from Caldrea that I swear to you I almost bought at Target the day before. Luckily, I opted for a different body wash or else what would be the point of this one?

I did actually use this so it isn’t going to waste. Although they sent me the tea olive lime scent which does not transport me to a tropical island in any way whatsoever. Gah! Would it kill you to put coconut in everything please?! Do I need to be CEO to get things done around here? Apparently so.

How many times have I received a Bellapierre item in one of my boxes? I can’t even tell you. I just feel like I get something from them at least once a month, mostly in the form of mineral shadows. Snoring! Well this time they sent lipgloss, which at first I was like another gold lipgloss? But then I shut my yap long enough to use it and it’s really lovely. It’s like a gold with some coppery rose in it. Purty! And not sticky either, which is nice.

Last product in the box is this horrid white nail polish by Ciate. Yes, they sent me white nail polish and it looks exactly as if I’ve been transported back to 7th grade when all the girls would paint their nails with Whiteout. Want proof? Here ya go:


Straight up Whiteout. Do you know how many colors this stuff comes in? I don’t know, but there are 13 pages of it on their website. Thirteen pages of colors, and I got the white one. My life hates me.

They do have a white chocolate nail polish remover that intrigues me very much. But that’s beside the point.

The point is I’m very tired now. More tomorrow. Good night friends!

Glossybox | March 2014


Happy April everybody!  My favorite month of the year because the grass gets green, flowers bloom and temperatures get warmer.  To celebrate, I’m going to review a box I received during the month of March.  (I tried to squeeze ’em all in, I swear I did.)

Glossybox was actually early this time, as opposed to last month’s which was shipped out at the very very end of February.  I don’t actually care that much, but I know a lot of other customers were complaining.  All I know is that I receive this box about every 30 days, so technically, it’s not late to me.

But I digress.  Back to the point of this post.  The box:


First things first, the box smelled.  I mean, literally smelled.  Like old man cologne.  The kind that appears in bars or swingers clubs.  Shoooo weeee!  Alas, it was just this bar of soap by Alex and Ani.  Blech.  Delete.  It immediately went into my husband’s shower.  He can smell like an old man swinger all he wants, but for me, no thank you.

As a bonus, Alex and Ani also included one of their gold bracelet thingies.  Again, not my style, but my daughter loved it.

Received yet another tube of Alterna Bamboo Plumping Strand Expand cream.  I’m selling this on eBay as we speak, so rush out and get it please.  I’ll hold my review on this until someone buys this dadgum thing and gets it out of my house.

Fine.  I did not like this stuff that much.  It leaves a horrid tacky residue in your hair that feels dirty and gross.  Granted, I probably used too much, but whatever.  In my defense, they do not give a specific dosage on the tube, just squeeze it out and apply it all over.  This is why I need clear, concise direction, people.  Leave me to my own devices and look what happens.  I had to wash my hair three times that week.  The earth done tipped sideways over that, my friends.  I have used it a couple more times since; I purposefully applied nothing bigger than dime-size, and it fared much better.  However, I don’t feel it gave my hair any extra volume.  So, AGAIN, I’ve now applied less than I should because, AGAIN, there are no specific instructions on the tube.  I’m afraid to go quarter-size because I refuse to wash my hair more than I have to.  Gah!  This stuff stresses me out.

In other words, go buy my sample on eBay.  Thanks.

Okay, nail polish.  It won’t escape me, even though I leave the door open.  Go!  Shoo!  Be free!  Nope.  At least this time around, the Nails Inc version they sent was in a super teeny bottle.  And I did use it, and it was quite a pretty color (Brook Street, if you must know) that was reminiscent of a super warm spring day.  But I just don’t prefer nail polish.  I have too much as it is.  Plus, I just got the spoiler for April’s box, and guess what it is?  Nail polish.  I’m swimming in a sea of nail polish.  Scratch that:  I’m drowning.  I swim in mascara seas, or eyeshadow seas.  Practically swan dive into facial mask seas.  But nail polish seas?  Drowning, always and forever drowing.

Got this tube of lip exfoliator from the German company être belle.  It’s housed in a chapstick tube, which I find very convenient.  I’ve only used it once, and the exfoliating bits were very gentle.  I think I’ll probably like it after using it more often.  My lips peel all the time.  I have been using the Popcorn Lip Scrub from Lush, which does a decent job, but still my lips peel.  Prior to that, I was using the Tarte version, which was also nice, but my lips continued to peel.  So if this one makes my lips not peel, that’d be great.  I’ll keep you posted.

Last product in the box – and my absolute favorite – is this Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream mask.  I cannot wait to use this precious little thing.  Full-size is $158.  Hope I don’t love it!  (Haha.)  Very pricey for skin care, I think we’d all agree.  But because I subscribe to beauty boxes, I can own smaller versions of these expensive things and that makes me very happy indeed.  Because I do own it.  I own a tube of Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream mask.  Who can tell me I don’t?  It is mine, it exists in my hot little hands.  I’m fancy, and that’s that.

So there ya have it.  Wasn’t the best box with a 2 out of 5 ratio, but by the sheer fabulousness of the mask, it does bump it up a few cool points.  Looking forward to next month.  Hopefully (aside from the nail polish), I will love the whole thing.

Glossybox | February 2014


Well, we’ve made it.  It’s the last box of February.  Good thing too, now that we’re six days into the month of March.  For whatever reason, Glossybox likes to be last, as they didn’t even ship my box out until February 28.  Same goes for January and all the months before.  Always last.

I’d like to say this time they saved the best for last, but it’s simply not true.  Cue sad music.  And tears.

I know.  First world problems.  WELL.  I pay for the damn thing.

Anyway, here’s what I got:


Let’s start with the most hideous first so we can end on a high note.  Nail polish.  Whyyyyyyyyeeeeeee?  I will never ever ever use up what I already have; I don’t need more nail polish.  Where is the nail-polish-off button?  Cancel. Delete.  Go away.  Ugh.

Now for those curious, it’s a Lauren B. Beauty nail polish if that means anything to you.  It’s also in a lovely spring pink color.  Anything else I can point out that is already obvious?  No.  Moving right along.

Next item to nap at is this hair spritzy thing from Pureology for color-treated hair.  I don’t have color-treated hair.  Although technically, once I calmed myself down and actually read the description, it can be used for any hair.  It’s basically a leave-in spray chock full of happy bits.  Vitamins, minerals and such as.  But I already decided against it, so I gave it to my daughter instead, who definitely does have color-treated hair.  Plus I’m always looking for ways to bribe her for a two-armed hug.  I may be her mom and she may love me, but getting her to hug me with emphasis is nigh on impossible.  Apparently I missed the notification that we’re nothing more than bros.  Bros who one-arm hug and back slap.  Booo.

Does your daughter do this?  Yes? No?  Mine might be a robot.  Who knows.

I also got a lovely box of under eye patches from Anatomicals.  While I’m not really opposed to this item, it’s primary function is to reduce puffiness.  However, I do not have a puffiness problem.  But upon further inspection, they do work for fine lines and dark circles as well.  Fine then.  The disadvantage to this product is the 30-minute wear time.  Who got 30 minutes to wear some damn eye pads?! How am I supposed to continue to live my life while wearing these things?  Like working, buying groceries, ellipticalling – where’s all that supposed to fit in while I’m spending all my time wearing eye patches?

Just kidding. I lay on the couch a lot. We’re good.

Next thing in the box is a bottle of Renu Lip and Eye Active Lift.  Sounds nice, right?  However, in the fine print right there on the front of the bottle it says for mature skin.  Excuse me, what?  I’m looking over both shoulders, trying to find the person this product was meant for, cuz certainly it’s not me.  I mean, maybe I have some fine lines under my eyes and around my mouth, and maybe there’s this weird verticle wrinkle right above my lip that makes no sense as to how it got there.  Maybe.  But that’s a far cry from mature skin, surely?

I’m pouting but I’ll use it.  I’m not really that ashamed.

I’m still using my Strivectin eye cream, and then I have another eye cream ready after that.  So for the moment, I’m using it around my mouth only.  The consistency is rather watery so a little goes a long way.  Haven’t noticed anything akin to a miracle happening, but I suppose it’s only been 3 days or so.  When I finish the bottle in 15 years, we’ll talk again.

Last product in the box is a black eyeliner by Sumita Beauty.  I know, black eyeliner.  Ho hum pigs bum.  Well, that’s what I thought at first anyway.  This product is by far the best thing in the box.  (Given the contents of the box, that’s not really a hard-fought prize.)  But here’s why:  it stays.  It’s the only eyeliner I’ve ever owned that will go in my waterline and not disappear in an hour.  It’s super black, very creamy, and hardcore.  Like I put it on for the very first time the other day, and I was like, hold up?  What kind of voodoo magic is this?  It’s that impressive.

Usually the eyeliner in my waterline is gone by 9am.  This one holds out for ages.  Granted, it’s not super duper bold by the end of the work day, but it’s still there.  And the fact it’s still there makes this eyeliner – dare I say it? – my holy grail.

Cue shocked audience sounds.

I know.  But it’s true.  I’ve also used it on my upper lid, and this creamy eyeliner sets like a rock.  Does. Not. Move.  There’s a part on my inner upper eyelid where my eyeliner likes to feather out, then disappear altogether.  It happens with all my eyeliners.  Except this one.  You guys!  Go get this.  Do it.  Immediately.

So, yes, I was slightly bummed about the contents of this month’s box.  The eyeliner saved it a bit.  But then I got an email from Glossybox with a sneak peek for the March box, and there’s a Sisley Paris mask in it.  Squeeeeeee!  Okay, I love you again, Glossybox.  Friends?

Glossybox | January 2014


Remember that time when I told you I subscribed to nine beauty boxes?  Yeah, completely not true.  I subscribe to ten.  TEN.  Is that really necessary, you ask?

Yes.  The answer to that question is always yes.

This is the final box, though.  All ready to review for you just in time for the influx of February boxes that will start arriving next week.  The fun never ends, people.  Don’t worry.

Here’s what I got in my Glossybox this month:


Purty stuff!  There’s only one thing in there that I’m not too sure about; everything else I will use.  I think that’s a pretty successful box if you ask me.  Glossybox is a nice one.  So sign up immediately.

First things first, the most awesome of all things awesome: the beautyblender.  This is not a dupe, this is the real thing.  And it’s fantastic.  Have you ever used one?  I’ve always wanted one, so several months ago I got an Ulta dupe.  Wasn’t very impressed so I stopped using it.  When I heard we were getting a beautyblender in our Glossybox, I was excited to finally get to try the tried and true.  Sooooo worth buying the original.  My foundation has never looked so flawless and beautiful.  I bounce this thing all over my face … tap tap tap tap tap … and voila! I love magic, don’t you?

Plus, they sent a bonus item – the beautyblender cleaner.  Not sure if this is a necessity or not, cuz regular brush cleaner might work just as well.  However, I’ll take it, please and thank you.  Anytime an item says “bonus” on it, I want it.  Can never be anything but good.

And then I got a little bottle of Balance Me super toning body wash.  The claim on this one is to improve your skin tone.  I don’t really have tone issues on my body, so I may  never know if this really works.  But the smell is decent, and I’ll use it simply because it’s body wash.  The only bummer is that it’s not a pump or a squeeze tube so it’s annoying to get out of the bottle.  And who has time to be annoyed while trying to relax in the bathtub?  Not me.  I have time for lazy, and that’s just about it.  If I get around to shaving my legs, it’s a dadgum miracle.

Next up is a mineral blush from Bellapierre.  I can’t remember what color I got but it only comes in 4 shades.  I haven’t used a mineral blush since 2006 or something so I forgot how much I liked it.  The color was very pretty on my cheeks, made me look as if I’d been sitting in a field full of wildflowers all day with nothing more to do but be innocent and pure.  Just a lovely flush.  I’m excited I got this.  I thought for a second I got another mineral eyeshadow, of which I DO NOT love, so had an episode of bummerocity for about 2.5 seconds.  Glad to see that was all for naught.

Got yet another moisturizer to add to the stack.  This time it’s from Vichy, an Aqualia Thermal Rich cream.  Sounds so fancy, and it should be since it’s made in France or somewhere else super exciting.  And if this matters to you, it won a Good Housekeeping award.  Apparently that’s quite prestigious, so if it doesn’t matter, it should.  I love award winners.  I instantly want it if it’s sitting on a shelf with an award winner sticker on it.  It’s a sad state of affairs sometimes.  There’s a lot of award winners out there, and only two paychecks per month.  So I appreciate Glossybox for sending this to me, saving me the trouble of having to buy it myself.

Last product is the one I’m not sure about.  It’s the Toni & Guy sea salt spray.  Now, I’m sure this is a great product for certain people.  Imagine simply spraying this in your hair, scrunching it around a little, and suddenly you look as if you’ve been frolicking on the beach all day, carefree and stress-free.  I, on the other hand, have difficulty achieving anything remotely looking like beach hair.  In fact, if I was leaning more towards something akin to severe case of bedhead, then I would look perfect.  I’m going to have to play with this a little.  Maybe on the weekend, see if I can create something relatively presentable and effortless.  We’ll see.

Alright y’all, that’s it for January.  Next round of boxes should be filtering in starting next week sometime.  Get excited!