Ipsy February 2015

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month plus $5 shipping per month to Canada. When you sign up, you take a little quiz about your preferences and details about yourself and they use that to choose appropriate products for you. Each month you will get a beautiful pink bubble mailer and inside is a cosmetics bag with the products inside. The cosmetics bag is different each month which is kind of cool! You can review products and share on social media in order to get Ipsy points which you can accumulate to buy certain products.

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Since February has Valentines Day, it makes sense that Love was the theme. I think they did a pretty good job sticking to the theme but let’s see what I got!

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Pencil Me In Cosmetics Natural Eye Liner Pencil in Amethyst

Mehhhhh, I’m not sure how I feel about this eyeliner to be honest. I’m not opposed to coloured liners, although it takes some experiment to figure out how I want them to look. This purple is fine and I like that there is a built in sharpener. However, just swatching it on my hand felt pretty waxy and like it was pulling at my skin. I’m a little nervous to see how it applies on my eyes.

This is a full sized product and retails for $7.

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ModelCo. BLUSH Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini

I planned on waiting until after I had taken a picture of the blush to swatch it but then i accidentally took a gouge out of it with my fingernail, so look at me go! I really like this blush. I don’t really have any peachy blushes so I am happy that I got this one instead of the more pink option. I have worn this a couple times and I really like it! I think this is a nice inclusion for a Valentines Day bag.

As far as I know this is a full sized product and it retails for $22

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Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray

I have heard a lot of people rave about Eva NYC products and although I am not big on hair products, I will give this a try. My hair definitely does need volume because it is super fine and the longer it gets, the flatter it seems to lay around my face. This can be used when your hair is wet or dry and it’s supposed to add volume and texture. This isn’t one that I’m super excited about but I will try it.

This sample size is 1 oz. and is worth about $3. You can purchase the full size (8 oz.) for $24.

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CARGO Cosmetics Mini Lip Gloss in Anguilla

I didn’t even think to swatch this one which was silly of me. I did try this colour on my lips and I have to say, the colour is not great for me. It is a white pink, I don’t think that’s an actual way to describe a colour but I’m doing it! I feel like this is the kind of colour that you see on someone who has their hair bleached a super white blonde and even then you think this colour is too light for them. I may be able to put this over a deeper lipstick to make the colour seem a bit better but that may take some experimenting.

The size of this vs. the full size is a little confusing but I’m thinking that this is about half the size of the full size which makes it worth about $8. The full size retails for $16.

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Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush 504

Now, onto my favourite item in the bag. I think that the colours on this brush are beautiful and it is so soft! The bristles are pretty dense so you have to be light handed with this one! I am so happy that I got this, love it!

This is a full sized product of course and it retails for $6.40.

Overall, I am pretty happy with this bag! The eyeliner and volumizing spray aren’t necessarily my favourite but I will use them. I love the blush and the brush, and will try to make the lip gloss work. The overall value of this bag is $46.40 which isn’t too bad.

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can use my link http://www.ipsy.com/r/c762?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general or you can check them out without my link at www.ipsy.com

Let me know what you got in your December Ipsy bag!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This bag was purchased with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

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Ipsy January 2015

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month plus $5 shipping per month to Canada. When you sign up, you take a little quiz about your preferences and details about yourself and they use that to choose appropriate products for you. Each month you will get a beautiful pink bubble mailer and inside is a cosmetics bag with the products inside. The cosmetics bag is different each month which is kind of cool! You can review products and share on social media in order to get Ipsy points which you can accumulate to buy certain products.

I believe the theme for this month was “Fresh Start” which makes sense since it is the start of a new year. Let’s see what we got in this bag!

January 2015 Bag

The bag itself is this blue on one side and white on the other with a coral kind of zipper. It is alright, not my favourite design but it isn’t bad.

J Cat EyelinerJ Cat Eyeliner Swatch

J.Cat Beauty Fantabulous Gele Eye Liner in Blue Black 

Although I have been using mostly liquid liner these days, I am quite a fan of gel liners and the way that they wear. When I swatched this, it stayed put after it had set right until I pulled out the makeup remover. Even when I washed my hands and scrubbed at it with soap it didn’t move so that is nice. My complaint would be that it is blue black which isn’t as wearable for me on a daily basis but I will try it out and see if I can make it work. I am pretty happy with this product.

This is a full sized product and it retails for $5.99.

Manna Kadar Sheer Glo

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo

I tried to swatch this but really it is so sheer that it wasn’t going to show up on camera. Once it is rubbed in, it does give a shimmer when the sunlight hits it. I think that this would be really nice in the spring and summer when glowy things aren’t so out of place. I do appreciate that it is sheer and not pink toned on my skin though. I will be excited to see how this wears!

This sample size is 0.27 oz and is valued at $7.84. The full size is 1 oz and retails for $29.

Nourish Organic Eye Cream

Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream

This is a repeat from a previous Ipsy bag but not a product that I have received before so it’s not so bad. Reading through the comments about this product, it seems like people really like it so if it is a good product than that is great! It seems that this cream was not actually sold until January from the company and these were sent out before it began retailing. I believe that they have just called it a different name on the company website but that it is the same as this product. I am still going through an eye cream but I am excited to see if this is worth the hype.

From what I can tell, the product is 0.5 oz in the full size which is the size of this tube as well. If that is true, than this retails for $19.99. Very cool!

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Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Ethereal

I received the shade Ethereal and the other option for this shadow was Treasure which looks like more of a bronzed brown kind of colour. It is a little hard to see this colour in the swatch because it is so light. I think that this would make a really nice highlight colour for the inner corner of your eye or under your brow bone! I do have several highlight colours so this will probably last forever. I am intrigued by the use of coconut in the eyeshadow and can’t wait to see if that makes a difference in how it wears.

These eyeshadows are only sold in larger palettes which retail for about $14. I have divided this up and estimated that it is worth $4.67.

Real Techniques Brush

Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush

This was the product that I was most excited for in the bag this month! I have heard so much about Real Techniques brushes and have been wanting to try them but hadn’t taken the plunge. Along with this, I have been considering buying a liner brush. I did have more of an angled brush type of thing in mind but this is awesome too. I was absolutely thrilled when I pulled this out of the bag!

This is a full size product and retails for $6.

I am pretty happy with this bag. It isn’t my favourite that I have received before but it isn’t my least favourite either. I will use (or at least try) all of the products in the bag! The total retail value of the items is $44.49 which isn’t too bad either.

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can use my link http://www.ipsy.com/r/c762?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general or you can check them out without my link at www.ipsy.com

Let me know what you got in your December Ipsy bag!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This bag was purchased with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

Memebox Boxing Day Special #1

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We know Boxing Day doesn’t officially start until after Christmas, but we couldn’t wait to give our Memebox fans an early K-Beauty treat! Rev up your beauty for the upcoming holidays, and prep for the new year with the first of a series of Boxing Day Special Boxes. Here, you’ll find a collection of our top K-Beauty selects, proven to be the best time and time again, so that you can be your most beautiful you NOW!

If you have not heard of Memebox, it is a Korean beauty box that contains a variety of skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. There are several types of boxes, including: memeboxes, superboxes, nakedboxes, and boxes that are set around a particular theme. The prices vary depending on the type of box that you get and can range from $15-$80 I believe. Most of the regular boxes are $23 and then you also have to pay $6.99 shipping for each box. You have to keep an eye on the shipping dates for each box because it can be months away, that way you aren’t frustrated wondering why the shipping takes so long. Sometimes if boxes are due to ship at the same time, they will have bundles so that there is only one shipping cost.

I didn’t have any particular reason for wanting this box, perhaps it was just fear of missing out. Regardless, I bought it, so let’s see what we have here!

Boxing Day 1 Box

Dr G BB

Dr.G Actifirm Recovery Super Blemish Base SPF30 PA++ 45 ml ($46)

This smart, 3-in-one BB cream protects against harmful UV rays while brightening up uneven skin tone and filling in fine lines and wrinkles to reveal firmer, heallthier-looking complexion. Its gentle formula is free of skin-damaging ingredients such as benzophenone and alcohol and it glides smoothly on, creating a thin coat over the skin with high coverage and lasting power.

How to Use: Apply evenly over clean, moisturized face. Pat it in several times with your hands for stronger staying power.

After today, I have an insane amount of BB and CC creams lying around. I really do need to start using them more often. This is one that doesn’t have a specific shade listed on it so I am assuming it is the smart kind that matches to your skin tone. I hope it is at least, or who knows what my face will end up looking like. With the price tag on this one being as high as it is, I hope that it delivers on the promises it makes! I will definitely be trying this out once I make more of a dent in my already opened BB creams.

Curling Essence 2X

Mise En Scene Curling Essence 2X 150 ml ($14)

Enriched with argan oil and cedar wood oil, this two-in-one hair essence provides deep nutrition and helps define your curls all at once. It will instantly make your sagging curls bounce with luster and elasticity.

How to Use: Apply the essence on semi-wet hair, and style your curls with your hands.

I am interested to see how this product works! At the moment, I have passed it along to my mom who has really curly hair and wears it curly every day. She has been having some trouble with it lately because she is trying to grow it out and finds that her usual products aren’t doing as much as they did when it was shorter. I hope that this works really well for her! If it does, I may have to try it on my own hair. Mine is kind of a weird in between curly and straight, but not in a good way. It kind of does a semi-wavy thing that is hard to style without actually straightening or curling it. If it works out super well, maybe mine will curl a little bit on its own without me having to break out the curling wand!

Hair+ Nutri-Injection

Hair+ Velvet Nutri-Injection 12 ml ($5)

For all those damaged hairs out there, the Velvet Nutri-Injection is here to save the day! Simply apply it throughout your hair, especially the damaged ends, after towel drying, and experience results of a hair clinic program!

How to Use: Squeeze out the treatment and massage it into your hair thoroughly.

I have been loving hair treatments lately because I am trying to grow my hair out some more and I find the ends are just in need of some extra TLC. I guess that this is kind of like a leave in conditioner sort of thing which for some reason always makes me feel like my hair will be weighed down. We will see if it works any miracles on my hair.

Zonskin Scalp Essence

Zonskin Special Scalp Essence 20 ml ($12)

An organic scalp essence formulated by Zonskin, a well-known hair clinic in Korea specializing in scalp care and hair loss prevention. This essence works to strengthen hair and scalp by effectively clearing away excessive sebum and dead skin cells. It can be applied on both wet and dried scalp.

How to Use: Spray the essence close to scalp. Pat it on with your fingers for full absorbance.

This is another product that I think is a little bit strange. I guess that aside from using shampoo, the scalp is a body part that we tend to forget about. I don’t have any problems with dandruff or anything like that but I suppose that getting rid of excessive sebum may help prevent my hair from getting oily too fast. I think that I will use this when my hair is still wet so that I don’t just have a strangely wet top of my head.

Beauty People Eyeliner

Beauty People Eyeliner Swatch

Beauty People Miss 100 auto Gel Pencil Liner 0.5g ($38)

Feature a sophisticated point eye makeup with Beauty People’s gel liner pencils that come in 3 delicate pearl shades – coral, bronze, and brown – and can be used as both a liner and a shadow. They’re auto-type liners that easily glides onto your eyelids, making them easy to use for even makeup beginners. Plus, there’s an eye liner sharpener attached on the other end for convenience.

This eyeliner came in three possible colours: Glimmer Brown, Glimmer Bronze, and Glimmer Coral. I got Glimmer Brown which I was a little disappointed about at first but then I realized that it is the most wearable colour out of the three so at least there is that. I was actually so excited to see a Beauty People liner in my box because I had always seen the Beauty People sets of about 5 eyeliners that had come in previous Memeboxes. I had always been a little bit sad that I didn’t get to try it. This eyeliner is very pigmented and doesn’t budge once it has set. I hope that this is awesome because I have yet to find my holy grail brown eyeliner. Maybe this will be it!

Ginkgo Cleansing Cream

Charmzone Ginkgo Natural Foam Cleansing Cream 150g ($16)

Charmzone’s Ginkgo Natural Foam Cleansing Cream contains 1500 mg of ginkgo leaf extracts and other natural skin-perfecting ingredients to soften skin while gently removing makeup. An essential step in your daily skincare regiment to transform skin to a soft, healthy state, this phenomenal cleansing cream contains high concentrations of antioxidants and nourishments to condition skin for softness and greater absorbency of skincare products that follow. The velvety texture also allows a perfect glide to massage the skin and the facial muscles, supporting natural circulation.

Last in this box is a cleansing cream that promises a lot in terms of what it will do for your skin. Cleansers are always something that I will use, and may never need to buy again at the rate I am getting them from Memebox. This has a later expiry date so I probably won’t get to it for awhile but I am excited to try it!

Alright, let’s talk about my overall impression of this box. Firstly, I paid $27 for this box and the suggested retail value of the products is $131. That part is great! I am actually fairly happy with this box. There were a lot of hair products in the box, and before today I hadn’t received any hair products from Memebox. I have heard nice things about the hair products they have included in the past so I hope that these live up to that. I think that many people would enjoy this box and I am happy that I purchased it!

If you would like to make any purchases from Memebox, feel free to use my affiliate link or codes below to do so! The first three codes are valid until January 31 2015.

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MEMEBUNDLE3 for $5 off on entire order when purchasing over 3 Memeboxes

MEMEBUNDLE4 for $8 off on entire order when purchasing over 4 Memeboxes

FREESHIPPING for free shipping on orders above $70 from Memeshop

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image taken from the Memebox website, all other images are my own. I have purchased this box with my own money and all opinions are honest and my own.

Memebox Special #72 Makeup Edition 3

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If you’re like us, your makeup bag is most likely overflowing with old mascara, cracked eyeshadows, dry lipsticks…and a long list of stuff that should have been thrown out last month. Updating your look doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Give your makeup stand a good cleaning, and fill it up with the best K-Beauty makeup products of 2014! This box is brimming with top quality skin perfectors, eye makeup essentials, lip loves, and much, much more!

If you have not heard of Memebox, it is a Korean beauty box that contains a variety of skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. There are several types of boxes, including: memeboxes, superboxes, nakedboxes, and boxes that are set around a particular theme. The prices vary depending on the type of box that you get and can range from $15-$80 I believe. Most of the regular boxes are $23 and then you also have to pay $6.99 shipping for each box. You have to keep an eye on the shipping dates for each box because it can be months away, that way you aren’t frustrated wondering why the shipping takes so long. Sometimes if boxes are due to ship at the same time, they will have bundles so that there is only one shipping cost.

I bought this as part of my second Memebox order, and this was in the same order I purchased my Tinkerbell box which I received quite awhile ago. I was quite excited about getting some new, interesting makeup to try so let’s see what we got!

**Sorry the lighting is worse than usual, I promise I have a temporary solution worked out for posts after this one!**

Makeup 3 Box

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Color World Concealer

Color World Concealer Swatch

Color World Double Cover Concealer 1.5 g ($14)

A dual concealer with a rounder stick type on one end and a finer tup pencil type on another, each catered to cover up smaller and larger skin imperfections. Its creamy, soft touch applies smoothly onto skin, blending well with base makeup with high coverage.

How to Use: Apply the rounder stick over larger blemishes and the finer pencil over smaller spots and freckles.

This product was randomly selected from light beige and beige. I got beige which is a bit too dark and orange toned for my skin. I will need to try it out because the orange may be nice for under my eyes but if it is too dark than it will be a no go for me. I did try and cover the freckles on my hand and it didn’t seem to cover too much so we will see how this goes. I do love trying out new concealers so this isn’t a total wash just yet.

     Dr MJ CushionDr MJ Cushion Swatch

Dr.MJ Real Mucin Restore Cushion SPF50+PA+++ 10g ($54)

Normal cushion BBs, when applied multiple times over and over, usually end up ruining the initial dewy look that you started with in the morning. However, Dr.MJ Real Mucin Restore Cushion is closer to a skin care formula than a simple BB, because it’s packed with rich nutrients from snail filtrates and various moisturizing agents for adding more radiance and glow to the skin with multiple applications. Free of paraben, mineral oil, benzophenone, talc, and alcohol.

I have only tried one BB cushion before and it was a sample of the Laneige cushion that I got in an Ipsy bag. I really liked that one so I was excited to see this in the box. I can’t seem to find a shade on this packaging but from the swatch, you can see it is pretty close to my skin tone and it blends out nicely. I haven’t tried this on my face yet but let me tell you, on the back of my hand this feels absolutely beautiful! It felt smooth and soft. It also gave the back of my hand a wonderfully smooth coverage. I am so excited to try this on my face! This is a big win for me!

Shara Shara Highlight

Shara Shara Skin Light-Up 02 Gold Beam 1ea ($11)

A creamy stick type highlighter for adding 3D definition and radiance to any makeup look. The hologram pearl-infused formula glides smoothly onto skin with a moist touch but then leaves a silky, powdery finish. It also comes with an attached blending sponge on the other end. 

I have really been into using highlighters lately. This one is a golden colour that is similar to the Peripera Heart Glow Stick from the Thanksgiving #2 Box. I find I like the more golden toned highlighters compared with the white to pink coloured ones. I think the lighter ones give a more dewy look which would be perfect for spring and summer, where the golden ones just give a little bit of a deeper glow which is nice for this time of year. I didn’t realize there was a sponge with this until a little later which I really like because most of the time I blend highlighters with my fingers. I am happy to have this product!

           Shara Shara Lip Gloss

Shara Shara Lip Gloss Swatch

Shara Shara Tinted Style Lip Gloss CR01 Shimmering Sunset Coral 4.5g ($11)

A sheer, lovely coral colour that could be used as both a lip tint and a lip gloss. It melts onto lips to instantly replenish while creating a tinted oil barrier over lips – thus a long-lasting shine and gloss.

I have so many lip glosses. A gross amount really, and I don’t love glosses. I wear my NYX Butter Glosses all the time at work, but other than that, I can be quite picky with glosses because they are so sticky. I wish Memebox would send out a beautiful (not orange) lipstick to try. This is a coral colour that leans more towards the orange side for me. I haven’t tried this on my lips yet but just from swatching it, I am not super excited about the colour. Maybe it will be one of those colours that I put on my lips and it looks really nice. We will have to see about this one.

Shara Shara Liner

Shara Shara Liner Swatch

Shara Shara Drawing Brush Liner 1g ($9)

A brush type liner in natural black, this Drawing Brush liner is perfect for any look from daily natural makeup all the way to smoky makeup. The soft brush tip easily glides onto lids and creates sophisticated, deeper-looking eyes in just 10 seconds.

I am actually quite happy to have this liner! I love using liquid liner and I love trying new ones out so I am pleased that this was in the box. Some reviews I have read found that this was not very pigmented and tough to use. I didn’t have any problems. I think it is easy to apply and the colouring of it is nice so I am really happy to have gotten this! Another win for me!

I am not disappointed with this box but I wouldn’t say I am over the moon about it either. I paid about $25 for this box (after discount code and using points) and the retail value of the box is $99. This value is driven way up by the BB cushion which is valued at $54.

Now, there is one thing to be said. Something interesting has happened with me since I started getting Memeboxes. Before getting them, I was terrible at taking care of my skin. I didn’t really have a routine, I would moisturize inconsistently, I didn’t use toners/essences/serums/ampoules or any of that kind of stuff. I did love makeup (and still do) so when I started ordering Memeboxes, they were primarily makeup based.

Once I started getting boxes that weren’t makeup based, I formed this crazy skincare routine that I have stuck to pretty well considering what I did before. I haven’t received any real holy grail makeup products from Memebox but have gotten some stellar skincare items that I love. Now, I don’t want to get as much makeup from Memebox, just really cool skincare items. Although this box was alright, I am just too excited to get my upcoming boxes that have cleansers, and creams, and masks. I can’t wait.

Sorry this has been a little long winded but I did want to say it’s not the box’s fault that I didn’t love it. I have just become a lover of skincare, which I wouldn’t say is a bad thing. If you have stuck it out this far in the post than kudos to you and I really appreciate you reading!

If you would like to make any purchases from Memebox, feel free to use my affiliate link or codes below to do so! The first three codes are valid until January 31 2015.

http://us.memebox.com/user/unboxingbeautylife

3ZDS74 for $3 off on orders above $30 (S&H and taxes do not apply)

MEMEBUNDLE3 for $5 off on entire order when purchasing over 3 Memeboxes

MEMEBUNDLE4 for $8 off on entire order when purchasing over 4 Memeboxes

FREESHIPPING for free shipping on orders above $70 from Memeshop

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image taken from the Memebox website, all other images are my own. I have purchased this box with my own money and all opinions are honest and my own.

Memebox Christmas Collection #2 My Holiday Glam

Christmas Collection 2

Tis the season for gorgeous! Sparkle just as brightly as the holiday lights with festive K-Beauty glitz and glam! Whether you prefer subtle shine or want to rock full-blown fab, there’s a gorgeous holiday party look waiting for you in this box! With this festive K-Beauty holiday makeup essentials box, you’ll be able to step outside the traditional party look and pull together a perfect party look. Don’t miss out on this coolest, most luxurious collection – perfect to give, love, or hoard for yourself!

Out of the two boxes in the Christmas bundle, this was the one that I was more excited about. I have a problem where I tend to hoard makeup and it takes me forever to get through because I have too many products to use. I love it though! One worry was that this would be too glittery just because it was a holiday box.

If you have not heard of Memebox, it is a Korean beauty box that contains a variety of skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. There are several types of boxes, including: memeboxes, superboxes, nakedboxes, and boxes that are set around a particular theme. The prices vary depending on the type of box that you get and can range from $15-$80 I believe. Most of the regular boxes are $23 and then you also have to pay $6.99 shipping for each box. You have to keep an eye on the shipping dates for each box because it can be months away, that way you aren’t frustrated wondering why the shipping takes so long. Sometimes if boxes are due to ship at the same time, they will have bundles so that there is only one shipping cost.

Christmas 2 Box

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Okay, let’s see what items came in this Memebox!

  Peripera Jewel PotPeripera Jewel Pot Swatch

Peripera Wholly Deep Jewel Pot #6 Burgundy 3g ($29)

Glam up your eyes with multi-angle jewel glitters that contain real diamond and amethyst powders for extra radiant, sparkling holiday season! Fool-proof pearly eye pigments last all day and all night! Channel your inner Beauty Queen in no time!

How to Use: Take out an adequate amount on its lid and use your fingers to apply it onto your eyelids. Do not throw away the inner lid as it’s needed to keep the formula moist and intact.

Of course the first thing I did when I opened this was throw away the inner lid. Then I decided to read the card and had to take it back out. The colour of this eye shadow is beautiful! I think it will be perfect for holiday parties and I can’t wait to actually try it out! It does have glitter in it so I hope the fallout from this isn’t too bad because I really do like it! Also, $29 for an eye shadow?! Ahhhhh…I can’t see myself actually paying that much for a single shadow but Memebox does tend to inflate their prices. However, if there are actual diamond and amethyst powders in this than maybe the price is justified.

              Deoproce BB CreamDeoproce BB Cream Swatch

Deoproce White Flower B.B Cream SPF35 PA+++ 30g ($12)

Enriched with a blend of lotus, lily, and peony extracts, Deoproce’s White Flower B.B Cream combines the moisturizing and protective powers of a skincare product with the complexion-perfecting and tone balancing properties of a foundation. Its featherweight texture smoothly coats over skin with long-lasting adherence, leaving the skin velvety soft and glowing with youthful radiance.

The two colours that you could have gotten were #21 Natural Beige and #23 Sand Beige. I got #21 which I am pretty happy about because I am pretty pale and Sand Beige sounds like it could be too dark for my skin tone. I have only tested this on my hand but it seems like it blends out pretty well. I am hoping that it blends well on my face and provides an alright coverage (not that I need a ton of coverage but it is nice to have a little bit).

             Vivito Painting Jelly TintVivito Painting Jelly Tint Swatch

Vivito Painting Jelly Tint RD02 Squeeze Cherry 5.5g ($29)

A moisturizing jelly-type tint with a water gel formula enriched with pomegranate, mulberry, fig, and Vitamin E. It smoothly melts onto dry, colourless lips for instant hydration, rejuvenation, and long-lasting colour radiance. 

How to Use: Apply 2-3 drops on the center of lips and blend it outwards for natural gradiation, or layer it on multiple times to create the full lip look.

This product was a little confusing and I know that others had the same confusion. The card says that this colour is supposed to be RD02 Squeeze Cherry but the sticker on the actual box says it is RD01 Squeeze Berry. Not only that, but the picture on the card looks like it should be a berry colour but then the one we received looks like a cherry red. So I’m not sure which one we were actually supposed to get. I feel like I would have preferred the berry.

In terms of wearing this, I feel like I need some practice with it. When I swatched it on my hand, there was a small patch that stayed tinted after I had washed it off. However, when I put it on my lips, it seeped into my mouth (and tasted horrendous!) and didn’t really colour all my lips that well. This was probably user error so I would like to see how it can really perform.

The Mirror

Cool Enough Studio The Mirror 1 ea ($15)

Still bringing around a bit fat mirror? Cool Enough Studio presents ‘The Mirror’ – the thinnest, most stylishly designed mirror for ladies to carry it around with them to glamorous holiday & year-end parties in their pretty purses.

I do think that this is a neat idea, and I love that it comes with a little pouch to protect it somewhat while it’s in your purse. The shape of this is a little bit awkward. I think I would prefer something that is more square so I can see more than a tiny part of my face at a time. Also, I’m not sure why all four sides are mirrored, unless you and a friend want to check yourselves out at the same time. Not bad though, I will probably throw this into my work bag.

   Dearberry EyelinerDearberry Eyeliner Swatch

Dearberry Rockcat Girl Waterproof Pencil Liner Purple 7g ($5)

Dearberry Rockcat Girl Eyeliner provides budge-resistant radiance in sophisticated deep purple with an easy-glide, creamy texture. Definitely a must-have for a refined, chic holiday makeup fit for any and all occasions!

This purple is more of a charcoal grey kind of colour with a purple tint which I am really happy about! I am more comfortable wearing black eyeliners so I feel like this is a nice way to ease into coloured liners. Also, since my eyes are brown, purple tends to complement that very well. This definitely is waterproof, at least when it is swatched on my hand. I had to use make up remover to get it off so I hope that it will be as resilient when it’s on my eyelids. Excited to try this out!

Eclipse Nail Polish

Eclipse Poppy Red & Fresh Green 15ml x 2ea ($7)

Go festive with Eclipse’s holiday red & green nail colours – vibrant and long-lasting in radiance and easy to apply and quick to try in formula!

I really do love nail polish so I am happy they included some festive colours in this box. I think that next week I will use both of these colours to have some nice Christmas nails. I am hoping that these actually are long-lasting because I really don’t like nail polish that is is quick to chip.

For me this is a pretty good box! I think that they did a good job of sticking to the festive, holiday theme which is what I was hoping they would do. I payed about $23 for this box including shipping and the total retail value (according to Memebox) is $97. Definitely a good box for me!

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