Beauty Joy Box February 2015

Now, it should be mentioned that my Beauty Joy posts have been absent for awhile. I have had some issues with shipping and what not so it has been a bit of a process. My January box was never sent. I had contacted them and they said it was re-sent but after a couple weeks without hearing anything, they ended up refunding me. We had some trouble with the shipping of this box too so it got to me pretty late.

Anyways, on to what this box is all about. The cost of this box is $15 a month with free shipping within the US. There is an extra $5 shipping fee to Canada and $10 to ship internationally. Each box ships on the 15th of the month so for those of us in Canada, that means receiving it relatively late in the month (November 24 for this particular month). Each box comes with 1 jewelry item, 1 full sized beauty item and 2-3 deluxe sized samples. Let’s see what came in the February 2015 box.

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This box was re-sent which is why it took so long and I am assuming that is also the reason I didn’t get an informational card in the box. Fortunately, I was able to look at other blog posts for pictures of the card to find out the values of each product.

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LipFusion Micro-Collagen Color Shine Lip Plumper ($38)

The colour that this lip gloss came in is called Bare. You can see why from the swatch picture above. It is definitely a nude which doesn’t really provide a colour on my lips, more of just a shine. Lip gloss isn’t my favourite kind of product because of the stickiness and I certainly can’t imagine paying $38 for a lip gloss. I didn’t notice any real plumping effects but I did feel the tingle. I am kind of neutral on this product, it isn’t bad but I would have preferred a nude lipstick.

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Silver Plated Heart Locket Necklace ($20)

This isn’t necessarily my favourite piece of jewelry but it isn’t bad. I’m not sure if it’s worth $20 or not because it does feel a little light and cheap but I may wear it at some point. It is a little bit rattly when it is hanging around my neck so we will see if that drives me crazy or not. I do really like the patterning on the front of the heart though.

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Alexandra de Markoff Balancing Cleanser ($3)

From what I can tell, other people who received the February box only received one of these cleansers so my value is actually $6 instead of $3. I have been using one of these are my shower cleanser lately and it definitely does do a good job of cleaning my face. It is a cream cleanser and it doesn’t foam so it kind of feels like I am rubbing lotion on my face in the shower which is a strange sensation. It does its job though for sure!

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Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer ($1.75)

This is another product in the box that I think everyone else only got one of. I really like the hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works so I’m definitely not sad to have gotten two of them. My value for these is actually $3.50 instead of $1.75. I think that there was an assortment of different scents people received which is always fun. I received Jungle Passionfruit and Blue Skies & Blooms. Jungle Passionfruit is pretty good, definitely one I would have bought myself.

It was kind of funny because the day I got this box, I had been at Bath and Body Works that morning. While I was there, I had pointed out Blue Skies & Blooms because it sounded like it would smell great. I am happy that I have it because it smells great!

This box isn’t my favourite by any means but it isn’t bad.  The box value for this month was $67.50. I do have to say that after the frustration with all the shipping, I ended up cancelling my subscription. I had already paid for my March box so I have that one and that will it for awhile at least. I’m going to be unsubscribed for at least a few months and see if I really miss it. In the mean time, I have a couple other subscriptions I will be trying out to see how I feel about them.

If you are interested in this service and want to check them out, you can find their website at www.beautyjoybox.com or their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeautyJoyBox

Also, the company does have a referral program so if you would like to sign up using my referral link than I would really appreciate it! My link is www.beautyjoybox.com/beautylife

xo Amanda

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own.

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Memebox Valentine’s Day #2 Candy For Me

Valentines Day 2

Whether you’re single or with someone, Valentine’s Day is a good day to be a lady! It’s because it’s the one and only day where you can get away with some indulgent self-gifts for decadent, self pampering. Because you’re so awesome, we gift you something super sweet! A box full of candy-scented wonderliciously made, and scrumptious-looking Korean beauty skincare and makeup goodies that will sweeten up your year! Screw Cupid, who says you need a valentine to get great gifts on Valentine;s Day?

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. Please be aware that Memebox will no longer be shipping internationally. They will only ship to addresses in China, Korea, and the USA as of February 10 2015.

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This will be my very last Memebox unboxing/review which definitely makes me sad. I know that I received this box a few weeks ago but actually writing up my last unboxing makes it feel more real. Anyways, let’s see what came in this box.

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Shara Shara Berry Berry Cleansing Sherbet 70g ($14)

Sorbet doesn’t just melt in the mouth, this Berry Berry Cleansing Sorbet melts on your face! It’s the perfect filling to go inside your favourite chocolate, but you’ll be able to massage this sinful delight into your skin! Designed to gently remove  even the most stubborn makeup, this sweet cleanser dissolves makeup, impurities, and oil without irritating or drying out the skin.

This has the same kind of cleanser texture as the Zero cleansers do and I really enjoy them so I think I will really like this! it has a nice scent to it so that is nice. I have really been liking these oil cleansers for taking off my makeup because they just make it easier! I am working on another oil cleanser and the moment but I look forward to trying this!

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Elizavecca Aqua Rising Steam Filler Moisture Cream 100g ($46)

Nope! It’s not the filling to your post-dinner dessert! This moisturizer, aka Gelato Cream, is a sweet remedy for soothing and moisturizing the skin! It uses a unique steam technology to provide a surge of a hyaluronic acid, minerals, and vitamins to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. This ultra hydrating facial-in-a-jar has a chewy marshmallow gelato texture that instantly absorbs into the skin to deliver a powerful dose of hydration, and creates a protective shield over the skin to keep moisture and nutrients in and environmental stressors out! The results? You’ll see noticeable improvements in skin’s texture and supple, refreshed skin.

This is my first Elizavecca product and I am really happy to have it because I have heard Meme fans rave about their products. I have also heard some awesome things about this cream in particular so that makes me even more excited to use it. I do have to say that this is one weirdly described texture. I have never heard a cream described as having a “chewy marshmallow gelato” texture but we will see what it’s like. I’m not going to open it up until it’s time to use it.

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Rappol Nutritious Bio Ampoule Mask 27ml x 3 sheets ($18)

These unique facial sheet masks contain sweet  and savoury pomegranate, and Cleopatra’s secret to her legendary beauty, hibiscus flower extract. The micro-fiber material is saturated with a blend of sweet ingredients to help diminish wrinkles and fine lines and maximize brightness and evenness in the complexion for a youthful look all around. The intense formula delivers radiant results instantly, while reducing existing pigmentation for a breathtakingly beautiful finish. Who knew such candy-sweet ingredients will you give you your radiant glow?

I love me some sheet masks! Not too much i can say about this one other than I love masks and I am excited to use these ones. They sound like the results will be great so I look forward to using them! I’m glad that they gave us three of these and not just one.

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Lassie’el Kiwi Brightening Yogurt Massage Mask 12g x 4 ($6)

Brighten and perfect your complexion with this sweet and refreshing kiwi and yogurt twist! Kiwi and yogurt flavours are extremely popular candy flavours in Korea, and can be easily found in candy baskets and gift boxes during the Valentine’s season in Korea. Now, take this sweet mix, infused with real kiwi extracts, yogurt, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to brighten, correct, hydrate, and firm saggy skin for your best skin ever!

I have received this mask before in a black raspberry yogurt formula and I really like it! One thing that I love about these masks is that they come with a lid so that you don’t need to waste it. I think I can get 2-3 uses out of each pack so that lid really comes in handy! I’m excited to try the kiwi formula!

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Etude Sweet Recipe Candy Stick 2g ($5)

Enriched with bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange and lemon extracts, the Sweet Recipe Candy Stick is a loss type lip tint that moisturizes and plumps up your dry, chapped lips for a long-lasting radiance.

Last but not least we have this lip tint. I’m pretty sure this came in a Memebox before I started buying them but I have never received one before. There were three possible scents/colours for this box: seedless strawberry candy, oh! orange candy or sour lemon candy. I received the seedless strawberry version and I am pretty happy with it. I was surprised by how much colour it actually put off and the scent is quite nice! I look forward to using this!

I am surprisingly happy with this box. I bought it because it was part of the bundle but thought that it might just be cutesy stuff that I didn’t really care about. I was surprised at how nice the products in the box were. I paid $25 for this box and the total retail value is $89. I am glad I bought this one so I have mixed feelings of happy and sad because this is the last box.

Sorry I don’t have any coupon codes for you but if you would like to check out their website and make a purchase (until February 10 for everybody or anytime for China, Korea, and US residents), than you can do so at http://us.memebox.com/

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image and product descriptions taken from the Memebox website. All other images and opinions are honest and my own. This box was purchased with my own money.

Memebox Find Your Signature Scent

Signature Scent

What’s your signature scent? Committing to one scent can be hard for most women. This box, packed with a variety of mood-enhancing aromas that will help you to relax and take a break from all the stress! Why limit yourself to one fragrance when there are so many to choose from?

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. Please be aware that Memebox will no longer be shipping internationally. They will only ship to addresses in China, Korea, and the USA as of February 10 2015.

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I ordered this box because I thought there would be some cool scented products and some perfumes in here, let’s see what came in the box and what I thought of it!

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Bellespiani Boutique Cleanser Rose 100g ($41)

This gently skin brightening cleanser powered by real rose petals dissolves away makeup, oil, and impurities and exfoliates skin naturally to uncover even, luminous skin. Real bits of rose petals gives a subtle rose fragrance and also acts as natural exfoliant to cleanse away all makeup and oil residue to leave the skin cleansed, refreshed, and glowing. Also, the pH 5 formula makes it a great daily cleanser gently enough for daily use.

This was the spoiler for this box which did sound nice, although not exactly the kind of scented product I had in mind. I can’t imagine paying $41 for this little jar of cleanser but we do know that Memebox retail prices tend to be inflated. I don’t usually open products that I don’t need at the moment but since this was a scent box, I figured I should be able to actually comment on the scents. I do enjoy the scent of this one. It has a super unusual looking texture but I think it will be nice. It is noted on the card that this is best before December of 2015 which is a bit disappointing but since it is pretty easy to use cleansers up quickly, this shouldn’t be a big issue.

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Yahah Auto Lip Crayon in Pink Holic 2.5g ($10)

This super sweet and fruity scented lip crayon glides on effortlessly and wraps lips in sinfully sweet scent and highly pigmented colour. The hydrating formula is packed with rose hip oil, avocado oil, and macadamia seed oil to plump and perfect, for more lovely lip. The high-pigment colour stays put – no smudging or bleeding – making sure your lips are on point throughout the night.

I actually really love the colour of this lip crayon. I’m not sure if it will live up to the promises of no smudging or bleeding because I haven’t worn it on my lips yet, but it definitely is pigmented. I wasn’t expecting the smell to be great but it actually is! It is a nice berry type smell that I really enjoy!

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Innoface Alie Vera Soothing Gel 100ml ($18)

This refreshing aloe vera scented gel is formulated with fresh aloe vera, trelahose, parsley, and broccoli extract, this portable, soothing gel soothes sunburns, windburns, razor burns and other minor irritations. It can also be used as a daily moisturizer for those that suffer with oily skin. Use it on the face to speed up the recovery process for acne and other blemishes, or just to keep yourself refreshed throughout the day, never have this portable gel out of sight. 

I have to say, this one irritates me a little bit. First of all, I think they are overstating how much people use aloe vera in day to day life. I personally only use it when I have a pretty bad sunburn which in the middle of winter, does not happen for me. Secondly, I would not consider this to be a product that fits the scent theme really. I don’t know anyone who wears aloe gel so that they can smell like aloe vera. Finally, this little pot is definitely not worth $18 so I think for the most part, this is a miss for me. I may find some use for it in the summer but I’m not sure, hopefully I won’t be getting any bad sunburns.

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Secretkey Glam Romance Perfume Body Lotion 180ml ($16)

This beautifully scented, creamy body lotion has a beautiful musky scent that is enriched with macadamia nut and aloe vera extracts to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. Plant extracts in the formula deeply nourish, help improve skin elasticity and smoothness, and provide head-to-toe hydration. It contains a proprietary blend of natural oils, emollients, extract, and oils known to soften and revitalize dry, tired skin.

I think that they were on the right track with a scented body lotion and this definitely could have been a hit. However, I do not find musky scents to be beautiful at all. I personally dislike them quite a bit so this scent really isn’t for me. This is just a personal preference though, I’m sure some people find the scent to be very nice, it just isn’t for me unfortunately.

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X.O.X Kisses Mist 30ml ($4)

This product was randomly selected from green tea, floral, rose bouquet, peppermint, fruity, or lavender. I received the peppermint version which is just a plain packaging knock off of Red Bull holy moly. I probably would have preferred the fruity or lavender version of this. The peppermint is very strong and I wouldn’t want to smell like it but maybe I can use it as a kind of aromatherapy or something when I’m not feeling well. This bottle actually had leaked all over my box too when I received it so a far amount of the product was actually lost.

Overall, I think that Memebox kind of missed the mark on this one in terms of the actual theme. I think that a lot of people were disappointed in the fact that this is a scent box and not a single actual perfume type product was included. I think I was disappointed because the scents all seemed to be drugstore, plain types of scents and I think they could have done a much better job curating this one. For this box, I paid about $25 and the total retail value was $89.

Sorry I don’t have any coupon codes for you but if you would like to check out their website and make a purchase (until February 10 for everybody or anytime for China, Korea, and US residents), than you can do so at http://us.memebox.com/

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image and product descriptions taken from the Memebox website. All other images and opinions are honest and my own. This box was purchased with my own money.

Memebox Boxing Day Special #4

Boxing Day 4

Last but not least, Memebox presents you with our final Boxing Day Special #4! This lovely box offers 5 full-sized skin care and makeup products from the hottest K-beauty stores (like Skinfood and Tonymoly anyone?) for only $23! Grab yours now, because Boxing Day Special boxes come in limited quantities only and we don’t want you to miss out!

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.

The promise of brands such as Skinfood and Tonymoly was the reason that I purchased this box. I have liked products from these brands before and was excited to see which new products of theirs I could try. Let’s see what we got.

Boxing Day 4 Box

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Skinfood Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake 4g ($5)

Formulated with cacao extracts, this Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake carries two naturally blending grey, khaki, or brown shades for shaping and defining fine arches with an easy sweep.

01 Grey Khaki Black, 02 Grey Brown

This is not a product that I was excited about to be honest. I received this product in my Skinfood box and wasn’t overly excited about it at the time either. You could have received 01 Grey Khaki Black or 02 Grey Brown and I received 02 Grey Brown which is the exact same colour I got last time. I think I will probably find someone to pass this along to.

Skinfood Tomato Toner

Skinfood Tomato Whitening Toner 180 ml ($17)

A premium Tomato Whitening Toner made from sun-ripe tomato extracts and Vitamin C complex to make skin brighter, clearer, and suppler.

This is another repeat from the Skinfood box that I received. I finished this bottle of toner literally only a couple of days before receiving this box which was kind of funny. I did enjoy this toner. I found it quite refreshing and it actually became my favourite part of my skincare routine. I am working on a lemon peeling toner at the moment but I think that this one is next in line (based on expiry date). Its not so great that this is a repeat but at least it is something I know I like!

Nuganic BB

Nuganic Customize Anti-Wrinkle BB or Customize Pure Snail BB 40 ml ($54)

Nuganic BB Creams work to balance out the skin’s oil & moisture level for a silky smooth finish to your makeup. They offer strong UV protection while effectively covering up skin imperfections and leaving your skin glowing with a natural shine. The Anti-Wrinkle BB is enriched with adenosine, arbutin, ginseng extracts and more, and the Pure Snail BB bases its formula on snail mucin filtrate, aloe vera leaf, lemon, and various herbal ingredients.

There were two options for which kind of BB cream you got and I was really indifferent to which one that I had to be honest. I have not opened this because I have several BB creams open at the moment but I’m sure it will be nice. There is no shade listed so we will see how it matches. I haven’t had too much trouble matching the Korean BB creams so far because I am pretty fair. I am excited to try this!

Skinfood Cleanser

Skinfood Egg White Pore Meringue Foam 200ml ($13)

Abundant, meringue-like fine bubbles penetrate deep into skin without irritating or dehydrating the skin texture. Highly recommended for weak and sensitive oily skin types.

This is the final repeat product in this box, also from the Skinfood box. I am a couple of days from finishing my first bottle of this cleanser and I have enjoyed it so I am not upset to have another one. I have so many cleansers at the moment that I may never run out!

Tonymoly Tint Swatch

Tonymoly Delight Tony Tint 8.3ml ($4)

One of the bestselling lip tints in Korea, this tint instantly gives vivid red colour to your lips with just a single touch. It creates the long-lasting, radiant lips, popular among Korean beauty lovers.

How to Use: Apply small amount to inner center of the lip. Blend it outwards to create gradient lips.

The final product of this box is a Tonymoly lip tint. For some reason I skipped actually taking a picture of the packaging but you can see the swatch above. I received 01 Cheery Pink and the other choices were 02 Red or 03 Orange Cha Cha. I am so unbelievably happy that I didn’t get the orange version of this! When I read that it was Cheery Pink, I was a little afraid it would be a Barbie kind of pink. Fortunately for me, it is a deeper pink that I actually like quite a bit. Once it sets, it doesn’t seem to budge so that is great! As you can see in the picture, the colour may feather out a bit so be careful with it on your lips!

I paid $25 for this box and received products that are valued at $93. I am still waiting on my Boxing Day #5 box but so far this has been my least favourite of the Boxing Day boxes. It’s not that these are bad products, I just would have preferred getting something new that I haven’t tried before. Overall, an alright box.

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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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.

Give Me More Lip

Give Me More Lip

Today I will be reviewing the Give Me More Lip holiday set from Sephora. This was something I had wanted for Christmas and was fortunate enough to receive it! I have an insane amount of lip products already but I wasn’t going to let that stop me!

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This set is just beautiful! It comes with 17 lip products from well known brands that are deluxe sized and there is supposed to even be one full sized product included. The colours are organized into nudes, pinks, berries, and reds. I do have to say that trying to swatch these onto my lips was tough because some of the colours wanted to stain. In the process of constantly wiping off lip colours, all the makeup around my mouth was wiped away too so just ignore how atrocious that looks! Let’s see what these colours were like!

Nudes

NUDES

Too Faced Nude Swatch

Too Faced Nude

Too Faced La Crème Colour Drenched Lip Cream in Naked Dolly (0.05 oz)

Alrighty, let’s start off with our first nude which is from Too Faced! This colour is described on Sephora as a satin pink. The formula for these lipsticks are supposed to be rich and creamy and are infused with moisturizing and strengthening benefits. The full size of this product is $26 and is 0.11 oz making this worth about $11.80. Holy moly! I don’t typically wear colours that are really nude but I don’t mind this! The formula really is creamy so I will be interested to see how long it lasts on the lips.

Bare Minerals Nude Swatch

Bare Minerals Nude

bareMinerals Mini Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Speak Your Mind (0.05 oz)

I LOVE this colour. I got this on Christmas day and it was the colour I decided to wear that same day. This colour is described by Sephora as a bubblegum pink which I do agree with but I think it is a subdued kind of colour. Most bubblegum pinks I look at and kind of cringe but this is absolutely beautiful. It is perfect to wear with a more made up eye look. This formula is supposed to be creamy and ultra-pigmented with a rich satin finish. The full size of this product is $23 for 0.12 oz making this mini version worth about $9.58. I think I would pay full size for this product!

Laura Mercier Nude Swatch

Laura Mercier Nude

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Blush (0.10 oz)

This colour is described as being a medium rose brown, but it comes across a bit lighter on my lips than it looks in the tube. These are meant to be sheer so that they can be worn alone or layered on top of another lip colour. I do like this colour and think I will wear it for sure! The full size of this is $29 for 0.15 oz making this worth $19.33. This is almost a full size itself so that is awesome!

Stila Nude Swatch Stila Nude

Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss in Nude Vinyl (0.04 oz)

This colour is so pigmented, I don’t think I have ever seen a gloss that goes on with such an opaque colouring. The brush has quite a bit of flexibility which I like, and it is very soft. This colour is described as a medium pink nude which I think is quite accurate! These glosses are meant to be very glossy and shiny and are meant to look like you have a lipstick on. The full size of this is 0.14 oz and retails for $32 making this worth about $9.14. I look forward to using this!

Makeup Forever Nude Swatch Makeup Forever Nude

Make Up For Ever Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 3C Medium Neutral Beige (0.025 oz)

This colour is described as a medium nude beige and is said to be creamy, non-transferable and long lasting. I actually was more fond of this colour on my lips than I was just looking at the pencil. I am quite fair so colours that are too beige can look kind of funny on me. However, I think this would be great with a gloss or a lipstick over top! The full size of this product is 0.04 oz and retails for $23 making this pencil worth about $14.38. That seems crazy to me because it isn’t too big but I guess pencils can last a long time.

Pinks

PINKS

Tarte Pink Swatch Tarte Pink

Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Flush (0.04 oz)

This colour is absolutely beautiful! I can’t stop looking at it. I feel like this is almost a berry-ish kind of pink and it is actually described by Sephora as a sheer berry. These lip tints are supposed to be moisturizing and provide bold colour. I absolutely can not wait to wear this out and about! This is actually a full size product and it retails for $29! Amazing! If this is as good as it seems, I may need to try other colours in the line.

Posie Balm Pink Swatch Posie Balm Pink

Benefit Cosmetics Posiebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm (0.1 oz)

This colour is described as a poppy pink. It is a really sheer wash of colour that is quite hydrating while providing a slight tint. I think this will be nice for when you want to have a little sheen to your lips but don’t want to wear anything heavy. These are meant to be sheer so I am glad that was their intention! The full size of this product is 0.10 oz and retails for $22 making this teeny sample worth about $2.20. I don’t think this one will last me too long at all.

Bite Pink Swatch Bite Pink

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino (0.07 oz)

This colour is absolutely gorgeous! I keep wanting to describe it as a raspberry watermelon kind of colour, so it obviously makes me think of the summer! It is described on Sephora as a vibrant magenta which I definitely will not argue with. These colours are meant to be moisturizing and long-lasting. I am so excited to wear this colour! The full size of this retails for $28 and is 0.15 oz making this sample worth about $13.08. This is another one that I could see myself purchasing the full size if I like it!

Too Faced Pink Swatch Too Faced Pink

Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick in Fuchsia (0.16 oz)

I have heard so much about the Melted Lipsticks from people on Youtube and from various blogs. I was so happy to be able to try it. This is such a pretty colour, I think it would be perfect for the spring and summer! This is described as a hot pink and that it is. If I like the formula of this, there are definitely other colours I would like to try. This does feel a little wet so I will be interested to see if it lives up to the promise of having “staying power”. The full size is 0.4 oz and retails for $25 making this version of it worth about $10.

Berries

BERRIES

Sugar Berry Swatch Sugar Berry

Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment (0.08 oz)

This is a lip treatment that is meant to nourish, protect, and plump the lips. It also has SPF 15 which is really nice because we need to remember to protect our lips from the sun too! This is described as a bold flirty berry, but I do find it a little bit subtle which I like. It can be a little uneven in the application so it just takes a little bit more time to make sure it looks smooth. The full size of this is 0.15 oz and retails for $26 making this worth about $13.83.

Buxom Berry Swatch Buxom Berry

Buxom Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Menace (0.04 oz)

This is an absolutely beautiful colour! It is described as a rich wine colour and it is actually sold out in this colour on Sephora so it must be a popular one. I think this will be so pretty for the winter! I didn’t really have any berry colours before receiving this set so I am so happy to have this colour! The full size is 0.13 oz and retails for $26 making this mini version worth about $8.

Tarte Berry Swatch Tarte berry

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Moody (0.06 oz)

If I had to describe this as a kind of berry colour, I guess I would have to say it’s more of a strawberry or cranberry type. I am happy to have a berry that isn’t so deep though because it is nice to have some variation in your lip products. This is described as a deep berry on Sephora which I don’t quite agree with but that is alright. These are meant to be moisturizing lip stains that give a natural flush to your lips. The full size is 0.1 oz and retails for $29 making this mini worth about $17.37.

OCC Lip Tar Swatch OCC Lip Tar Berry

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia Lip Tar: Matte Test Tube (0.08 oz)

I have heard a lot about the Lip Tars and to be honest, the colour of this scared me a little bit. When it first comes out of the tube it looks black, but it can definitely be sheered out and I really like it! This one also came with its own little lip brush which I really like because not everyone has lip brushes. This is meant to be matte but I didn’t wear it long enough to see if it does become matte or not. When I first put it on, it does seem relatively glossy so I will be interested to see that. This is described as “blackest blackened red” (terrifying!) and it is another one that is sold out online. The full size is 0.33 oz and retails for $22 making this one worth about $5.33. A little bit goes a long way with this one so it may last me quite awhile!

Reds

REDS

Sephora Red Swatch Sephora Red

Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion in 10 Red Essence (0.068 oz)

This is my first Sephora brand lip product so I am happy to try it! The formula for these is supposed to have no texture and should leave the lips soft with intense colour and no sticky residue. This colour is more of a brick red than I thought it was going to be but I like it! I will definitely be interested in trying it when I can take more time to apply (and when I’m not rushing so that I don’t stain my lips). When I swatched this on my hand briefly, it did leave a stain so I hope it works the same on my lips. The full size is $18 for 0.152 oz making this worth about $8.04.

Laura Mercier Red Swatch Laura Mercier Red

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Red Amour (0.09 oz)

Red Amour is described as a classic neutral red. The formula is supposed to be medium-to-full coverage that they claim will last 6-8 hours. I am very interested in seeing how long it really will last! I do like this colour and I think it will be nice this winter! The full size is 0.14 oz and retails for $32 making this deluxe size worth about $20.51.

Hourglass Red Swatch Hourglass Red

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon (0.03 oz)

Please excuse the actual application of this one. At this point I had put so many colours on, I was really rushing because I was afraid they were all going to stain my lips. This definitely is an opaque colour and I really like it! This is another one (like the Stila) that has a very soft and pliable applicator which I like! This claims to be matte and delivers 14 hours of continuous wear without smudging or dryness. 14 hours?! I will believe that when I see it, but I really hope it lives up to that. This is actually a travel size that they sell which retails for $12 so that is awesome!

Kat Von D Red Swatch Kat Von D Red

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw (0.10 oz)

For the last colour of the bunch we have a very opaque Kat Von D colour. Just look at that swatch, holy cow! I haven’t ever owned anything by Kat Von D so I was excited to get this. I do associate her with red lips so it makes sense that this would be in here. This is described as a brick red which I would agree with and it is supposed to have a smooth, matte finish. Even while I was swatching these on my hand it dried to a matte finish so quickly so that is exciting! The full size is 0.22 oz and retails for $24 making this worth about $10.91.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

This set retailed in Canada for $70 and claimed to have a value of $230 Canadian. By my calculations everything is worth about $214.50 Canadian but my math may be a little bit off. Either way, the value of this is huge! Not only that but there is such a wonderful variety of colours, brands, and types of products in this set. I am absolutely obsessed and have already warned my family that I may be rocking a different colour of bold lip every day. I love this set, I am so glad that I got it, and I think I would ask for the same kind of set again next year if it is available! If you got this set, let me know what you thought of it in the comments! Thanks for reading!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: I was given this set as a gift. Some information taken from Sephora.com. All pictures and opinions are my own.

Beauty Joy Box December 2014

This is my December 2014 Beauty Joy Box and it is the second month of boxes for this company. The cost of this box is $15 a month with free shipping within the US. There is an extra $5 shipping fee to Canada and $10 to ship internationally. Each box ships on the 15th of the month so for those of us in Canada, that means receiving it relatively late in the month (November 24 for this particular month). Each box comes with 1 jewelry item, 1 full sized beauty item and 2-3 deluxe sized samples.

I was really impressed with the November 2014 box, so let’s see what I thought about this month!

December 2014 Box

December 2014 Box OpenJust like last month, I am so impressed with the way that they have packaged their box. They seem to take a lot of time to make sure it looks classy and well wrapped. I love it!

December 2014 Box Inside

Personalized Necklace

Copper, Brass, and Bronze Personalized Necklace ($12)

These necklaces are individually hand-stamped and made with care just for you!

Beauty Joy posted on Facebook maybe a month to a month and a half ago saying that they were sending out personalized jewelry. They asked everyone to email them with the letter that you would like them to use for the jewelry. I thought it was really great of them to put in so much work organizing individual letters for each person. I of course got an A for mine and it is stamped on the little copper disc. I really like this necklace, I think is so cute! I love the older metal look of this. I can be a little picky with jewelry and I have liked the pieces they have sent both months!

PopBeauty StainPopBeauty Stain Swatch

PopBeauty Stain Stay ($16)

A Hydra-light stain that is packed with colour in a no-smudge, no-budge formula that provides effortless flawless lips!

I’m not sure if these were randomly selected colours or not because it doesn’t say anything about the particular colour on the card. I got this lip colour in Brick Beauty and I think it is nice. Reds are nice during the colder months and I am interested to see what this looks like on. I was already wearing a pretty bright lip colour so I haven’t been able to wear it on my lips yet. Applying it to my hand did feel a little bit like I was using a marker but it’s nice. I think you may need to use a clear liner for this one though to prevent feathering. I’m happy with this!

Sephora EyelinerSephora Eyeliner Swatch

Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner ($13)

Budge-resistant black matte colour with a touch of silver sparkle, in an easy-glide, creamy texture formula. With a built in sharpener and smudge tip, this liner is your all-in-one must-have!

I was thrilled to see a Sephora product in here! I have never used any Sephora brand eyeliners before so I am excited to give this a try. When swatching it on my hand, it felt very creamy and the glitter isn’t too overwhelming which is nice! You notice the glitter more when you smudge it out so just keep that in mind!

Burt's Bees Lotion

Burt’s Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion ($1.50)

Milk, Honey, and Vitamin E, designed to soften your skin and is clinically proven to moisturize for up to 24 hours.

The only thing I have tried from Burt’s Bees is their lip balm but I have considered buying other products from them before. This 1 oz. tube is definitely enough to get a feel for whether you like the product or not. It says its a body lotion but I may use it as a hand lotion instead. The smell is quite nice and subtle, and I am very happy with this as well.

CeraVe Moisturizer

CeraVe Facial Moisturizer (free)

CeraVe products are non-irritating, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free.

I appreciate that Beauty Joy tells you this is free. Some subscription companies will try and pass free samples off as valuable products. This really demonstrates Beauty Joy’s honesty. I do have a ton of creams to use up at the moment so I may pass this along, but I have not decided about that yet.

I paid $20 for this box (including shipping) and received products valued at $42.50. They are all products that I will use, or at least pass on to someone in the case of the moisturizer. I am so very happy with this box again and can’t wait to see what they include for January!

If you are interested in this service and want to check them out, you can find their website at www.beautyjoybox.com or their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeautyJoyBox

Also, the company does have a referral program so if you would like to sign up using my referral link than I would really appreciate it! My link is www.beautyjoybox.com/beautylife

xo Amanda

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own.

Memebox Superbox #79 Oh! My Lips

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Oh my lips! The colder season is comin’ round the corner, but are your lips ready? If taking care of your lips isn’t part of your beauty to-do list this winter, re-think your beauty priorities. Most people don’t know, but collagen loss and wrinkles around the lips add ages to your face, and with winter winds and drier climate, lips are more prone to aging and thinning. Don’t fret because we’re here to help you fight against lip-aging with this Oh! My Lips box. All goodies are made with a bold blend of potent age-delaying, moisture-enhancing, volumizing, and smoothing ingredients to give you the look of beautiful, plump, and youthful lips.

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.

This was kind of a last minute, impulse purchase. I do find that my lips get quite chapped and sore during the winter, so i thought it would be nice to have a box like this. After purchasing, I did have a little bit of buyers remorse because I have so many lip products, I didn’t really need more. However, I am quite happy that I got this box, so let’s see what we got!

Oh My Lips Box

Oh My Lips Card FrontOh My Lips Card Back

Vivito Berry

Vivito Painting Sweet Lip Balm 02 Berry Farm 12g ($24)

This chubby jelly-textured tinted lip balm gives rich moisture and nutrition for dry lips. With a refreshing blend of blackberry, orange peel, grape, cacao seed butter, and more natural ingredients, this cute jelly balm will be the answer to winter’s lip care concerns. It also comes in a cute tin care for on-the-go care!

This is my third tin of the Vivito Painting Sweet Lip Balm. Fortunately for me, I have managed to get three different kinds, and I think there only are three scents/flavours in this line. This one is the Berry Farm version and it has a lovely scent. The texture of these balms is so nice so I am happy to have another one. I’m not sure I will ever use them all up but I will definitely put them to some use.

Lassie'el Lipstick

Lassie’el Kiss Me! Glam Up! Lipstick 6ea ($6)

These are not one-time, disposable lip tattoos. They are real pigmented lipsticks packaged into these easy-to-carry lip cards, providing you with 6 different colour options to choose from according to your mood, day and occasion!

How to Use: Remove the film and apply it directly onto lips or use a lip brush. Do not throw away after a single use. 

I first made a judgement on this product before I opened the box or read the information on the card. Based on the picture on the card, I thought there was either a reddish colour or a pink colour. In the front of my box was a pink colour and I was a little disappointed. When I opened the box, I thought that there were 6 single uses of the same colour. Then, when I pulled them out and actually read the card/packaging, I realized there were 6 different colours and they’re not meant to just be single uses! The colours given are Lucid Orange, Lovely Pink, Oriental Red, Natural Coral, Vintage Pin, and Creamy Nude. I am actually pretty excited about being able to try all of the different colours!!

Update: An email went out about this product saying that the 6 colours were randomly selected. I’m not sure if this means that some boxes will have duplicates but the labels on my colours are all different so I think I got one of each.

SR Lip Scrub

SR Lip Scrub 30ml ($12) 

Exfoliate away dead skin skills and deeply soothe and hydrate dry, chapped lips with SR’s Lip Scrub enriched with a blend of argan oil, tocopherol, vitamin E, snail filtrate, and pearl extracts. The gentle micro-beads soften and smoothen out roughened lips for supple, kissable pout!

How to Use: Massage the scrub gently over lips for 20-30 seconds. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

This is a perfect product for the cold winter months! I have never used a lip scrub that you rinsed off, only sugar scrubs that you can kind of lick off. I am currently using a sugar lip scrub from Fortune Cookie Soap so when that is gone, I will use this one. I may even use this one as a more intensive lip scrub when needed in between uses of my FCS scrub.

Vivito Makeup Remover

Vivito Dessin Solution Lip & Eye Remover 100ml ($32)

A double-layered Lip & Eye Remover that effectively melts away stubborn point makeup and skin impurities around the sensitive eye contours and lips. Make sure to shake the upper and lower layers well together before application. Its gently blend of lemon grass oil and rosehip oil has soothing and moisturizing effects as well.

I am surprisingly happy to have received this in the box. I know that it isn’t specifically a lip product, but that is okay. The makeup remover I am using now, can’t be purchased in Canada and I was wondering the other day what I was going to use when it ran out. Now I will have this makeup remover to use next!

Rosemine Lip Balm

Rosemine Vitamin E Lip Balm Mint Tea 12g ($7)

Scented with a refreshingly minty, herbal fragrance, this Vitamin E Lip Balm is richly formulated from a blend of Vitamin E, ceramide, peppermint extracts and 5 different kinds of moisturizing essential oil. It coats over dry, chapped lips with a moisture layer to lock in the moisture and to protect against external damage or dehydration.

I have so many lip balms at the moment but it is something that I will always use so I am happy to have this. It smells very minty and feels quite nice! It sinks in which is great because I don’t love when lip balms just sit on your lips and don’t do anything. I’m happy to have this in my collection!

Overall I am a lot happier with this box than I thought I would be! I paid $27 for this including shipping and received products with a retail value totally $81. Even though this is a lower value than some boxes, I will use absolutely everything in this box so that is worth more than just a high retail value! Awesome box.

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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.