GLOSSYBOX is an online subscription service that has fast become a favorite of beauty addicts worldwide. ...receive five travel size beauty products conveniently delivered to your door. Your GLOSSYBOX will contain only the top beauty products from well known luxury brands and up-and-coming niche brands.
Subscriptions start at $21 per month including shipping. Here's a look inside the September GLOSSYBOX...
Not pictured: Missha BB cream.
World-renowned hair care line, GKhair is committed to moisturizing, purifying and protecting your tresses. The first line of defense starts with this superior smoothing shampoo that invigorates your hair with moisture while purifying from roots to ends. This shampoo, nourished with plant extracts, leaves hair hydrated, soft and shiny after every wash. After using GKhair Moisturizing Shampoo, complete your experience with GKhair Moisturizing Conditioner, enriched with Juvexin, natural seed oils and plant extract. Your hair will thank you for leaving it manageable, soft, sleek and more protected than ever.
$20.00 for 10.1 fl oz (Full size, each)
GLOSSYBOX size: 1.5 fl oz ($2.97 value, each)
The shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling really clean without overdrying it. It smelled fresh and clean. It's a pretty good duo.
From the Yumura Hot Springs in Izumo, Japan, comes pure water, the essence of Koh Gen Do’s Cleansing Spa Water. This make up remover, rich in nutrients and herbs, replenishes and rejuvenates as it gently cleanses even the most sensitive skin. The heavily coveted White Birch Sap ingredient, harvested only three weeks in the year, contributes an abundance of minerals as it lifts off makeup, oils and residue. No washing or rinsing required! Oil-free, alcohol-free and safe for contact lens wearers. Does it get easier than this? Enjoy!
$13.00 for 10.15 fl oz - 300 ml (Full size)
GLOSSYBOX size: 100 ml ($4.33 value)
I think this would be better for those who wear barely any makeup and have naturally clear skin... It's a nice way to freshen up my face when I'm not wearing any makeup. But it doesn't do much to remove my long-wearing foundation and layers of mascara.
Kryolan, a trusted brand in the professional make up sector, has developed an exclusive moisture rich lipstick just for GLOSSYBOX! With this "Pro" approved lipstick, your lips will feel soft and velvety with a luminous, long-lasting color.
$14.00 for 0.14 oz (Full size)
GLOSSYBOX size: 0.14 oz ($14.00 value)
I'm not usually a lipstick wearer, but I've been dying to try KRYOLAN, and this shade of pink is just too cute. My grandma even commented on it!
Blemish Balm, also known as BB Cream, is shaking up the American beauty scene as the key to perfect-looking skin. Developed by Missha, one of Korea’s original BB cream creators, this product provides light coverage, soothes, protects, and moisturizes. Use as a light foundation or as the first step in your make up application.
$29.99 for 1.69 fl oz (full size)
GLOSSYBOX size: 1.69 fl oz ($29.99 value)
I've been curious about all of these BB creams I've been hearing about, so I was excited to give this a try. The shade was a little too ashy for my skin. And I'd say it has medium coverage, actually. It has a nice texture and feels okay on my skin, but it may have been contributing to my recent breakouts.
Overall, I feel like this box was a good value. Two of the products were full sized, and the other three had plenty of product for thorough testing. And although I didn't love all of the products, I still feel like I got more than $21 worth of product.
I'm loving this new limited edition collection from Laura Mercier!
Laura's inspiration for 2012 draws from her background as a fine art painter and focuses on the mood and attitude of women through different art periods. For the holiday season, Laura was inspired by the decorative architecture, style and mood of the Art Deco period in Paris in the mid-1920's, most notably the beautiful paintings of the artist Tamara de Lempicka... Laura created rich makeup shades of gold, red and black to beautifully contrast each other and add sharp definition that is geometrical, powerful and beautifully ornamental.
Holiday runs are all about cold toes waiting for the race to start and warm drinks at the end! :) I haven't done a race in a long time. I did Hood to Coast relay in August, but the last race I ran as an individual runner was in July 2011! Wow, time flies.
My good friend Cari convinced me to sign up for Hot Buttered Run 12K, since we love hot buttered rum, and we haven't run a race in awhile, and this was a nice sized event in our own city. I had been doing pretty well with the training until the last few weeks--all of the delicious holiday treats and The conditions weren't ideal, but I just wanted to have a good run. The weather was cold but dry, and I listened to Pandora while I ran. MapMyRun gave me my pace while I was running, which helped keep me motivated from mile to mile. I was able to keep a consistent pace, ran pretty quick, and felt good when I crossed the finish line :) Not because I won anything (I didn't), but it's just that runner's high when you ran hard and just put your all out there.
I forgot how much I missed races. I had a long stretch of disappointing ones, and then just stopped running altogether after an injury. I still set goals during regular running workouts, but there's something about a race that just really gets me going. It's fun being with other runners, it's fun competing, it's fun getting a race t-shirt, and it's fun having HOT BUTTERED RUM! :)
Have you done any races this season? Do you have any coming up?
I'm a huge fan of LUSH, and have tried almost all of their products. There are very few duds in the bunch. And since I'm a huge fan of color cosmetics, I was thrilled when I heard that LUSH was putting out a makeup collection. I was confident that they would have fabulous colors that were amazing in terms of quality. Here are my first impressions:
The packaging is definitely cute--little bottles that looked like something in an apothecary. The price ($22.95) seemed a bit steep though). The little brush attached to the lid seemed to get easily frayed, most of the testers had a lot of gunky product buildup around the top of the containers, and the consistency and texture of the eyeliners seemed to vary quite a bit between shades.
I have to say, a lot of the shades let me down. Feeling Secure, Healthy, Fantasy and Success just didn't have the pigmentation I was hoping for. You could probably layer it on for more pigmentation, but with eyeliners I expect them to be pretty opaque and intense on the first swipe. The tester bottle of Control seemed a little dried out, so I'm not sure how it actually performs.
There were a few decent shades in the bunch though: Motivation, Dynamic, Quietly Motivated, Calm and In Charge were fairly pigmented and quite pretty. I actually ended up buying Quietly Motivated, but later returned it because it irritated my eyelids (full review to come!)
I know these swatches aren't great, but hopefully they'll be a little helpful to someone.
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I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday :)
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What are your Thanksgiving holiday plans? I'm going to do a WHOLE LOT OF EATING, and a little Black Friday shopping with my mom tomorrow :)
Lately I've been thinking about money--spending it, saving it, and splurging a little. I've started using Mint.com to help me budget and keep track of all of my spending across all of my bank accounts and credit cards and loans. My fiance and I are looking at buying a house (which means a mortgage!), and Christmas is coming up, so I'm trying to save as much money as I can. And then my company is paying for my branch to take a trip to Las Vegas in January (although it will be free flight/hotel/food, I know I'll want to splurge and go shopping on the strip!).
And in addition to the shopping, there's something about going to Vegas that makes me feel like I should gamble. I mean, people go there just to do that. And if it's a free trip, a little voice in my head goes "why not gamble?". But I like money to be simple--I like to have a certain amount of money pay for a certain amount of things, which have a defined price. But gambling isn't like that. It's chance, mostly. There is some skill involved, but since I totally lack any skill in that area, for me it'd be plain ol' luck. And my luck won't cut it if I don't want to lose all my money!
Gambling is really popular--millions of people go to casinos each year. But it's not just casinos--there's horse racing, bingo, the lottery... And now you can gamble from the comfort of your own home (like http://www.foxybingo.com
). I've only ever gambled a few times--bunco a few times, an NCAA basketball bracket, and a few penny slot machines. Mostly it was just because it was a social activity. I know a lot of my coworkers do like to gamble though, so I'd consider doing some cheap slot machines just for kicks. Mostly I think I'll save my money and stuff my face at all of the buffets ;)
Do you gamble? Have you ever been to Vegas? Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.
I just found out a few days ago that America's Best Dance Crew
is getting cancelled. I'm really bummed out... I don't dance, I'm a terrible dancer, and I find most kinds of dancing really boring, but this show really made me wish I could DANCE. Unfortunately, I'll probably always be a terrible dancer. But at least I could live vicariously through the dancers on ABDC!
The JabbaWockeeZ in particular were amazing. They were the Season 1 winners, and for good reason. Check it out. I've watched these videos five times already. Seriously.
Did you ever watch ABDC? Who was your favorite dance crew?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.
Are you ready for some sparkle? ....
LUSH Lustre dusting powder
$14.95 for 1.4 oz.
LUSH Lustre Dusting Powder is a very fine, jasmine-scented gold powder that you can apply all over your body. LUSH's application instructions are to rub some in your hands and then use your hands to apply where desired. It's a little messy to do it that way, and I find it easier to mix it with some lotion to get a more subtle glow and a more even application. The one flaw of this product is the packaging--it's a little messy to try and use the little snap up lid because if you squeeze the bottle too hard, the powder will go flying everywhere. Be sure to squeeze very gently!
In spite of that one drawback, I definitely feel like this is a good quality product, and the small bottle definitely lasts a long time. I applied it on my arms and legs almost every day during the summer, and the bottle is still pretty full! I prefer this to other dusting powders I've tried, and to other shimmer lotions I've tried. I like being able to control the amount of shimmer, and what lotion I'm mixing it with. You could add the most subtle glow, or you could practically go Goldfinger/Pussy Galore with this stuff! I also feel that the golden shimmer of Lustre is especially pretty. Bonus: when I mix it with 100% Pure's Coconut Nourishing Body Cream, it smells HEAVENLY, like warm waffle cones.
Even if you don't usually splurge on shimmery body products, I really think most gals would like and use this, especially during shorts/bikini season. You could split it with a friend and put your in an empty decorative salt/pepper shaker! I think this would also be good to add a little golden glow to your legs and arms for holiday parties too (to keep the pasty white from blinding everyone, right?) ;)
KLUTCHclub is definitely raising the bar for monthly subscription services. Every month, KLUTCHclub delivers a shoebox sized package crammed full of health-related products centered around a theme (for example: "Spring Clean Your Body [Defrost and Detox]" and "Healthy Summer Entertaining [Impress Your Guests as a Healthy Hostess]"), for just $16-18 per month. That's really reasonable. AND a preview of each month's box is available on the website, so you can take a look before you buy. And there's a product guide explaining what each product is, why they chose it, how to use it, and where to buy it.
I really love how straight-forward this is. I received a complimentary October "Surviving the Holidays" KLUTCHclub women's box and was REALLY happy with the range and quality of products I received.