Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service that delivers five beauty or skincare samples to your doorstep for only $12 a month (and the shipping is free)! Ordering recurring boxes gives you an even greater discount.
I was really excited when Beauty Box 5 reached out to me to be on their review team!
My thoughts on these products:
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
While I think it's a good basic product (it's moisturizing without being heavy, the oatmeal scent is faint but pleasant), it's readily available, I've tried it before, and it's not very exciting to see a travel-sized container in my BB5.
Model Co Illusion Lip Pencil
I haven't tried any Model Co products before, so I liked the opportunity to try out a new brand, and I liked that it was a full-sized product. Although the color looks a little cool on me on it's own, it's a good neutral nude base for lipstick. Although the pencil seemed a little dry and tugged at my lips a bit, it's not drying--it feels pretty comfortable on my lips, and I like that the cap has an included sharpener.
Swissco Glitter Toe Separators
These are cute as far as toe separators goes, but I never use these things. Does anyone actually use these??
La Fresh Travel Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes
I really did NOT like these. The fragrance was too strong for me, and the wipes did not do a good job of removing any of my makeup. I needed to use two wipes to get the majority of my makeup off, and then still used a good foaming cleanser afterwards to get rid of any residue. I would not buy these.
Nubar Alter Ego Nail Laquer
While I love glitter polish, I know a lot of adults who wouldn't find this very useful or practical (for work). At least it's during the holiday season. While it looks orange in the bottle but looks like iridescent glitter on my nails (no orange tint).
For only $12, I'm not really disappointed in my October Beauty Box 5, because I did get some use out of most of the products, but there wasn't anything I was in love with. Of the five samples in the October box, the lip pencil was the best, and the cleansing wipes were the worst.
At only $12 a month, it's still a useful subscription service, and this could be a really good gift--and if you get a subscription, it's the gift that keeps on giving! How fun is that?! While the makeup lover who has everything might not need it, it's a great gift for those who love samples--whether it's because they like trying new things without committing to a full-sized products, or because they travel a lot, or for makeup-lovers on a budget.
Click on any of the photos to jump over to my review on We Heart This!
Left to right: MAC eyeshadow in Daydreaming, MAC lipstick in Sounds Like Noise, MAC nail polish in Riot Girl, MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Lightscapade [photo from We Heart This]
[photos from Marilyn @ Lipgloss+Spandex]
This spring, Hard Candy released 45 brand-spankin'-new shades of nail polish (see them all here
). I was very excited to receive a PR sample of Pixie Pink, which is part of the "Candy Sprinkles" collection/formula.
$3.97 for 0.26 fl oz
Walmart and Walmart.com
Suspended in a clear topcoat, shimmery flecks sparkle brilliantly with different shapes of tiny glitter. Candy Sprinkles is a fabulous top coat over any color.
About the product:
Hard Candy is re-establishing their presence as a brand with a wide array of colors and formulas, as demonstrated by their spring 2013 collection, particularly polishes. And this pretty pastel polish is so on trend!Product description (color/dupes):
Pixie Pink is a pastel pink/lavender with pink, silver and teal hex glitter. Pixie Pink and the other Candy Sprinkles polishes from Hard Candy seem to be inspired by the Illamasqua Imperfection/Speckled collection
and the Deborah Lippmann Staccato collection
One coat will give you a decent amount of glitter, but a very sheer milky wash of color that's a little streaky. It took about three coats to get it opaque/less streaky.Texture:
It has a slightly gritty feel to it, due to the glitter. A little bit of Gelous and Seche Vite helps to smooth it out.Length of Wear:
Unfortunately, this only lasted one day (less than 24 hours
) before it started chipping like crazy.Packaging:
The packaging is pretty basic. Taller than your average polish, but a smaller base.Value:
Four bucks is okay for a smaller than average bottle.Love it or leave it?
The fact that it chips in less than 24 hours makes this polish a real bummer. I tried different base coats and top coats and just didn't have any luck. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it looks, but I'm going to have to say leave it.Lipgloss+Spandex Rating:
SensatioNail manicure after a week and a half--only one chip, and some nail growth
SensatioNail Starter Kit in Raspberry Wine
$49.98 for Gel Cleanser, Gel Primer, Gel Top/Base Coat, Gel Nail Color, LED light, cuticle stick, lint free wipes
Your SensatioNail™ Starter Kit includes everything you need for 10 perfect applications! Kit includes the exclusive Pro 3060 LED Lamp - designed to safely and quickly flash- cure your favorite Gel Polish, sealing in the color to a glossy, damage-proof, mirror-like finish. After 10 manicures simply purchase the Essentials Kit and the color of your choice and you're good to go again.
I had been curious about gel polish systems for awhile, but wasn't ready to shell out the money to try one. I've already spent too much money trying to do at home acrylic nails (disaster)! But I had heard good things about the SensatioNail set in terms of quality for the price, and I had some Walgreens gift cards from transferring my prescriptions, so I decided to take the plunge since only ended up paying $20 out of pocket for this set. I figured if I botched this like I botched DIY acrylic nails, at least I didn't spend a ton of money on it.
It's definitely a longer process than a regular mani and it requires more products. But once you get it down, it's no big deal.
- Buff, cleanse, prime, base coat, 30 sec LED, color coat, 60 sec LED, another color coat, 60 sec LED, top coat, 30 sec LED, cleanse. See the official instructions here.
My SensatioNail mani really was hard right after I finished with it! Not hard to the touch like a quick dry nail polish, but actually hard. I applied my layers a little too thick, so the finish wasn't perfectly level, but it wasn't noticeable. The shiny topcoat looked fantastic even after 1.5 weeks, when I removed them. I had only one chip, and a teensy bit of tip wear, which is really impressive (I consider the tip wear is my fault for not capping my nails as per the directions!). With regular polish, I get one week of wear MAXIMUM, and by then the tips are pretty worn looking. I probably could have stretched my mani out to two full weeks, except the gap at the cuticles from new nail growth was driving me crazy. My SensatioNail manicure looked better and lasted way longer than any manicure with regular polish.
This part sucks. First, you buff off the surface of your mani. Then you can either soak cotton in 100% acetone and then wrap it around your nail with aluminum foil for 15 minutes, or you can soak your fingertips in a bowl of 100% acetone for 15 minutes. After that, you scrape the remaining polish off with the SensatioNail tool (some may have already flaked off). I tried following the directions but the polish was REALLY stuck on there. Removal is definitely more time consuming and more annoying than with regular polish, by FAR. It sucks. I've heard other brands of gel color are easier to remove, and you can supposedly use different colors with the SensatioNail system, but I haven't tried that yet.
Tips and Tricks
- DO NOT FILE YOUR NAILS when you have a gel manicure! It will break the seal on your nails and ruin your manicure. I didn't realize this, and after 1.5 weeks of amazing wear, I was testing out some glass nail files, washed some dishes and then saw that my nails looked like THIS:
- Use thin layers of product for a more even finish.
- You can use rubbing alcohol instead of cleanser. (Use the highest % you can find).
- You can use nail dehydrant instead of primer.
- You can use regular polish but with modifications. You can either just do regular polish and then a gel topcoat, or gel base coat + regular polish + gel top coat. In either case, the regular polish needs to be ABSOLUTELY dry before you put on gel top coat. It's been hit or miss for me on the wear time--still longer than regular polish, but not as long as a true gel mani.
- If you're having trouble removing the polish, try using a bowl of acetone placed in a hot water bath.
Further reading: This
article and this
article provide some useful information about gel manicure issues and how to fix them. These articles are short but really helped me!
Overall, I'm really really happy with my SensatioNail manicure and how long it lasted, I felt that the application process was easy enough, but I found it to be a little time consuming, and the removal process is annoying. If you like changing your polish frequently, this is not the system for you. But it sure beats the price of salon gel nails!Lipgloss+Spandex rating:
Forty. Five. Shades. That's a lot. And if you love glittery and shimmery and sparkly polishes, you're going to freak out. Especially since they're less than four bucks a pop.
Sooo... I want Crush on Lava, Little Hottie, and pretty much ALL of the Crystal Confetti, Glitteratzi and Candy Sprinkles colors. The bottles look smaller(?) but maybe they're taller and narrower? Still, at this price point, I'm pretty excited to see these in person. I received two press samples and will be posting reviews soon :)
Did you see any shades you like? Or do you avoid bling-tastic nail polish?
Just wanted to share my quick little St. Patty's Day FOTD and NOTD from yesterday! Fell asleep on the couch before posting, so they're a day late :P I know it's a little "out there," but that's what St. Patrick's Day is all about! And green beer.
I received some press samples of bella by Violent Lips lip appliques in Shamrock:
$7.99 for two temporary lip appliques
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Style. Sport the Luck of the Irish with our Limited Edition Shamrock Lips by Violent Lips. Each package includes 2 Temporary Lip Appliques.
This innovative line of Temporary Lip Appliques will keep the print and color on your lips for up to 8 hours. Vitamin enhanced with a smooth feel and glossy finish, the appliques are easy to apply to lips of all sizes.
I hate to say it... but I was really underwhelmed! I've never tried Violent Lips lip appliques before. They're super cute. But they're a little difficult to apply. I cut mine a little too small and had trouble getting the cardstock to line up on my lips correctly. They're basically temporary tattoos for your lips, which is theoretically an easy application process, but in actuality it's not quite that simple! And, unfortunately, the appliques on the top and bottom lip starting sticking to each other and tearing and splitting within minutes of application. Bummer. A little balm over the top would probably help next time. I'd still consider picking up a pair of these for a special event or a fun run, but I probably wouldn't buy these otherwise.
Chetana from StyleCraze has come up with a Valentine's Day nail art tutorial exclusively for Lipgloss+Spandex! Check it out...
has become increasingly popular these days and there is something in kitty for everyone. Patterns, prints, French manicures, stickers, decals, caviar art and lots more. But they are a few who are hesitant to try nail art as they think that it would be too hard for them to do it, but trust me it’s not that hard, even for the beginners. Here is a simple tutorial for Valentine’s Day special nail art
that you can try.
| || |Step 1:
- Apply a base coat and then apply a pale pink shade on the nails. I’ve used Avon nail wear pro French pink.
- This shade serves a great purpose for a base coat and helps in getting deeper shade and patters.
- Let the coat dry completely.
| |Step 2:
- Now take a dotting tool. If you don’t have a dotting tool not to worry, you can use a match stick instead. Take a bit of nail paint on a clean surface and use the match stick to make dots on the nails.
- Start with the nail on the thumb, leave the index finger and again dot on the middle finger.
- Repeat on the smallest finger. Let it dry for a while.
- I used color essence nail paint in 26 valentine.
Spring is here and China Glaze® is blossoming with vibrant color with its new collection, Avant Garden. The delectable palette flows between soft hues and vibrant pops of color, offering an unconventional bouquet of cheerful and vivid shades. Take a stroll down the China Glaze® path, passing a bubbling brook of light and bright blues. Take in the view of the mossy green meadow and stop to enjoy the fragrant flowers of soft pink and white. Let Avant Garden take you away to a playful, romantic field of color and innovation this Spring.
The Avant Garden shades include:
· Budding Romance: moss green
· Sunday Funday: bright blue
· Fancy Pants: indigo with pink and purple shimmer
· Snap My Dragon: bright red with pink shimmer
· Passion for Petals: bright salmon-pink
· Mimosas Before Manis: coral with a light wash of shimmer
· Life is Rosy: blushed mauve
· Pink-ie Promise: iridescent baby pink
· Tart-y for the Party: light lavender creme
· Fade Into Hue: periwinkle creme
· Keep Calm, Paint On: sea foam green
· Dandy Lyin’ Around: shimmery vanilla icing
Available March 2013, individually as well as in the six packs.
I love every single one of the Blooming Brights, but the Pastel Petals just aren't that exciting to me, except for "Keep Calm, Paint On." What do you think of this collection?
Disclaimer: Photos and information provided by PR.
$18.00 for 0.35 fl oz
The ultra-smooth formula provides chip-resistant, fast-drying and long-lasting color. Nail Lacquer does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
En Pointe is a semi-sheer light pink polish with just a tinge of peach. It's very "office appropriate" and also good for a "your nails but better" sort of look. Colors like this are great because even when they chip, it's hardly noticeable. Two coats will get you a fairly sheer coverage, while three coats creates a nearly opaque look.
I'm going to Las Vegas in January and will get to see my first Cirque du Soleil show! I'm pretty sure I neeeeeed to paint my nails with this new China Glaze Cirque du Soleil - Worlds Away collection before my trip. It's meant to be. Really. The timing of the collection and the timing of my trip... And I think I also need the Ardell lashes to complete the look. They're perfect for Vegas, since they're flashy but not too flashy.
The entire collection is supposed to be available NOW at Sally Beauty, Ulta, and other beauty retailers.
China Glaze - Bend Over Backwards
China Glaze - Get Carried Away
China Glaze - Running in Circles
China Glaze - Creative Fantasy
China Glaze - Hangin' in the Balance
China Glaze - Surreal Appeal
China Glaze - Def Defying
China Glaze - Igniting Love
China Glaze - Water you waiting for?
China Glaze - Escaping Reality
China Glaze - It's a Trap-eze
China Glaze - Whirled Away
Are you excited about any of these nail polishes? I just bought It's a Trap-eze on Friday and am testing out the length of wear right now. :)
Disclosure: Images were provided by a PR company.