Friday, November 30, 2012

Glossybox-November 2012

This is my favorite box that I get each month. At $21 a month I expect more and they definitely deliver.

Novenber 2012 Glossybox

This is what I got!

Illamasque Lip and Eye medium pencil. Mine is the color Flinch.
I tried to wear this as an eyeliner and it did not show up. The pencil was a bit hard. If anyone has any ideas for me to use this. I would be grateful. In highschool we would just use a lighter to soften it up. Not sure of I can do that with this. hehe

Lierac Gommage Sensoriel

Everything on the bottle is French (I think). But the BG card says it is a gel-oil texture scrub. It turns into a milk when it comes into contact with damp skin. Smooths, tones, and has invigorating exfoliation.

I have NOT tried this yet. Usually I would have been using this everyday since getting it, but my face is ezema melt down. (sounds sexy doesn't it?!) I am a bit wary about washing my face with it. Later, when I get a chance I will update this post.

I did put a bit on the top of my hand and it has some pretty large coarse bits in it compared to the facial scrubs I am used to. It also has a strong perfume scent to it. I happen to like the smell.

Nume Arganics by Nume Argan Oil

Rich in Vitamin E and other beneficial fatty acids. Non-greasy and specially formulated for rapid penetration.
It says this is good for hair and skin.  I have not tried it on my hair yet but I did use it on the top of my hands. It did in fact absorb quickly. My hands very very smooth and soft. I may have to buy it for my body. I really like it and the smell is nice and refreshing.

Nume also included a $100 gift certificate toward their professional styling tools. I looked at the site and the prices are higher than I thought they would be. I know the high end hair gadgets can be quite pricey but I have no personal knowledge about what is or is not too much. I am an air dry girl most days.

Perfumies Solid Perfume Stick- My scent is Skinny Dipping

It is a cute little stick of perfume that would be wonderful if I liked mine. It doesn't smell bad. It is just not something I would wear.

Skin&Co Roma  Truffle Serum: Hydro-Toning Day Face Serum

Age fighting serum infused with Peptides, pure extracts of Tuber Melanosporum and Hyaluronic Acid.

I have not tried it. Again I will try after my eczema flare up has went away.

All in all I really like this box. I have to wait to use a couple of things but I am OK with that. Now the waiting for the next box to arrive begins!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

London Butter Nail Foundation is my Hero

London Butter Nail Foundation- Flawless Basecoat by Butter London  (On the bottle)

I have truly awful nails right now. They are ridged, pitted, and peeling badly.  I had initially thought it was OPI Nail envy but it soon revealed to be a form of psoriasis of the nail. I should not be surprised, I have it on my face and scalp at times....

I have cut them down as far as possible in the hope that the new growth would be OK. I was not so lucky. They have grown out a little bit and I wanted to start wearing polish again but it looks terrible when I do. While looking for a ridge filler, I ran across Butter London's Nail Foundation. <cue the miracle music>

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff.

Before- Click to see detail

This picture just doesn't show how bad my nails are. I need to invest in a macro lens some day.

Sorry for the less than perfect clean up. <grin>  This picture also isn't as details as I would like but you can definitely see the improvement. It looks awesome on its own and if I do use polish it is goes on perfectly smooth.

Did I mention I love this stuff??

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Starlooks Starbox November 2012

Oh how I love getting boxes in the mail!

This is my first Starlooks Starbox.  You get 3-4 of their full size products each month for $15.
I like this box, it was a perfect starter/ first box for me. I do not have much makeup. I am getting a late start on the makeup and beauty bandwagon.

Starlooks- Starbox- November 2012

Product info card
If you click on the product card it tells you about how this box is all about the "prime look". Base makeup you need to create a flawless look before you add color.


I have applied the shadow palette on my hand in the same positions that are in the compact.

The card tells you exactly where to place these colors. Perfect for me. I need all the help and direction I can get.

The bottom line is the "Nude Tendergloss" It is lipstick and lip gloss in one. Pretty snazzy! Mine is in Cream Caramel but is mostly nude sheer once applied. It also feels wonderful on my lips. Creamy and smooth. Glossy but not thick and sticky like glosses can be. 

Nude Tendergloss- Cream Caramel

The card says this is prep for the 15 shade pro eye shadow palette they are sending out next month. I can not wait! 

Also in this box is a weird looking contraption that is a mascara guard. You can go to the top of my post and click the picture to see a close up of it. Never heard of them before. I doubt I will use it. I would more than likely poke my eye out with it. (At least I would have neat mascara!)

Last, they include a cute little crystal in the box each month. 

I seriously can't wait to see the palette next month. It is not too late if you want to get it too. Go on, go sign up! You know you want to. <wink>

Cravebox- Knorr Ultimate Thanksgiving

I was pretty excited to get selected for this box. Mostly because it is my first and it is sort of like winning something for me. Sad, I know.

It showed up on my doorstep yesterday and as soon as I opened it <insert let down sound effects>.
Green beans?? Really??? Frosting? <sigh>

OooH Chocolate. Chocolate makes everything OK, right?

The Dark Chocolate Pomegranate is SO yummy. The turkey gravy and stock will get used on Thursday. The frosting...who know if and when it will get use. I may give it to my friend who bakes a lot.

What's in the Box- Card

Also in the box was a $35 dollar voucher for Folded Words by Walgreens  a coupon for a free can of biscuits, a couple of recipe cards, and a small Del Monte recipe magazine.

So I like the box. Do not love it. Most everything will get used and it is definitely worth more than the $14 I paid for it. I know the let down is mostly because my expectations were higher. Oh well. I will just eat the chocolate and feel better. <wink>

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Nail Art Society November 2012

Nail Art Society is a new monthly subscription service. This is the very first bag they have sent out and I love it. I was wary at first because nobody knew anything about it. I have no regrets and plan to continue my subscription.

The products came in a cute little sequin bag. Included inside was a bottle of LVX nail polish in Legendaire, some pretty feathers, nail string tape and a little container of round metal gems.
At first the feathers confused me but the kit included a card titled "Feathers and Sequence" It tells you exactly how to use everything.
My 9 year old daughter and I plan to have some fun with this.

Not bad for $9.95 a month.  You can check it out on the Nail Art Society Website.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Birchbox November 2012

This is my 2nd and last Birchbox for awhile. I have a small sub box problem and I needed to dump a couple. I chose to cancel Birchbox and Sample Society. (for now)

So far I have been pleased with Birchbox. I just get more out of the others so far.

November 2012 Birchbox

Color Club- Put A Pin In It

Again I have not nail swatched this polish. My nails are on a time out for a bit. It is a really pretty rose gold in the bottle and I am looking forward to using it. I can always use more polish for my collection.

Caldrea Hand Soaps

This are one time use little samples. I got Balsam Fir Plum and Basil Blue Sage. I have not used them yet but my BB card says they are lushly scented hand soaps. I really like good smelling hand soaps and I happen to be out.  If I like the smell of these, I may buy some so I can use it more than once.

Kerastase Hair Mask

I have never used a hair mask so I am looking forward to trying these out. I will update this post after I have tried it.

Lastly there was a small vial of mens cologne. John Varvatos Artisam.
It smelled great and is now in my husbands bathroom somewhere. He is not a cologne kind of guy so I doubt it will ever get used.  My only complaint is it should have been a spray bottle. Watching him fumble with a tiny vial was just sad and probably sealed its fate to a dark little spot in a drawer... never to be seen again.

Ipsy/My Glam November 2012

This is my first bag and I could not have been more excited about it. They did not disappoint. A very nice haul for just $10 a month!

The samples came in this adorable dark brown bag. I love the Ipsy tag inside!

Ipsy November 2012
Everything that came in this months bag was pretty good.

Nailtini Millionaire
Nailtini Millionaire Swatch

I just cut all my nails off and giving them a break, so I have not tried these on my nails yet. The base color looks to be reddish sheer but it is loaded with tons of bar glitter in gold and another that seems to change between blue and green. Very pretty! The swatch is applied pretty thick. 

The Balm Meet Matt-Matt Batali

This is my first Matte Shadow. I love the deep dark color. I applied it very light . Definitely going to get more of these.

Benefit They're Real Mascara
This stuff is pretty amazing. I will buy this when I run out. My lashes looked great and it doesn't flake at all. I even slept  in it and it was still there in the morning. I have very sensitive eyes and this is the first mascara I have found that doesn't irritate them after a couple of hours.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie- Dare Devil

I am not a huge fan of heavy sticky lip gloss. However... I really liked this one. The color was perfect and it seems to have a plumping effect with it. Wear was pretty good, lasted at least a couple of hours. To me it also smells like spiced rum. For me that is a plus! If I were to buy a lip gloss I would go for this one.

Starlet Eyeliner- All I want is peace love & CHOCOLATE

Last we have Startlet eyeliner in Chocolate. I have wore this 3 times now. If I put it on very lightly at my lash line  it works great. If I put it on a  little heavier or on my waterline, not so great. It smudges easily.  

All in all a great bag with great products inside. I can't wait until next month!

Monday, November 12, 2012

CraveBox Yay!


We are delighted to inform you that your entry was chosen in the Knorr® Ultimate Thanksgiving Cravebox drawing. 

This will be my first CraveBox. I am super excited and had to share. I will make sure to post about the goodies I get.

Carols Daughter- Love Butter

Carols Daughter- Love Butter

I have been using this for my facial eczema  for a few days and so far I am pretty impressed. I have a few patches that drive me insane when it is flared up. I can not wear any kind of foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream on my face when it is bad. If you have ever had a dry patch on your face then you know what I mean. It looks awful if you put anything on it. Now magnify that problem a few times.

In a past post I mentioned that it wasn't as bad with Skin79 BB cream if I exfoliated really good before hand. It works but the extra scrubbing seems to aggravate the eczema more.

Back to the Love butter. So far is a God send... I have been putting it on my scaly patches morning and night for a few days and the difference is amazing. The light redness is still there but the scaly skin is all but gone. I can also wear my BB cream after I apply the Love Butter and it looks great!

My only complaint is the smell. I wish I could try to explain it. Sort of an earthy organic with a touch of cinnamon smell. Not bad, just not pleasant. Fortunately it doesn't last long.  Also it isn't a strong smell. I just notice it more because I am applying it near my nose.

Direct Information from the Carols Daughter

An Extra-Intense Moisturizer For Extra-Dry-To-Very-Dry Skin
  • • Shea & Cocoa Butters intensely treat your skin so it’s incredibly soft
  • • Sweet Almond Oil softens and adds a natural glow to your skin
  • • Beeswax seals moisture inside your skin naturally to ensure it lasts

Deeply healing and deliciously scented, this moisturizing wonder keeps skin soft, silky, and totally lovable. No wonder it’s one of our most beloved body treats!
PLUS, No Parabens, No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil, No Artificial Colors
You can get Carols Daughter products HERE.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Color Club- Winter Affair

I posted a couple days again about some nail polished I had got. Here is the first one I wanted to show.

It is a gorgeous color for winter. A deep shimmery purple. Forgive my uneven ring finger nail. My poor nails are going through a rough patch of peeling and breaking. I probably should not be showing them off but I can't resist showing my new nail polish. *grin*

Beauty Bar-Sample Society November 2012

I got my first box from this subscription service yesterday.

What's in the Box
The Card
5 Deluxe size samples of a good range of products. Pretty awesome! So far I like this sub because of the different stuff they sent. Makeup, hair, cleaning, scent, and hand cream. Can not complain about that.

Here is a run down of what I got and what I think of it so far.

diego dalla palma Classic Lipstick
I was just going to go with this picture but I wanted you to see how small and cute the sample really is.

Cute eh? I think so!
It reminded me of the little samples my mom used to give me when I was a little girl. I like it!

Sample-29. Pink Satin-Swatch
I did wear some yesterday and loved the creamy texture of it. The color is a bit out of my comfort zone though. I will have to force myself to wear it. My daughter thinks it is fabulous but she is 9 thinks all pinks are wonderful.

Dermalogica Precleanse
I have not tried this yet. I plan to tonight and will edit this post to reflect my thoughts on it.
EDIT: I have use it! I can not say that I love it. I really did not notice a difference in my face when I do and do not use this. It just felt like an extra step washing my face that was unnecessary.

Diptyque Volutes Eau de Toilette

I do not care for this scent. When I put it on I kept trying to rack my brain. The smell was so familiar but I couldn't place my finger on it. Later it hit me...It smelled like my grandpa. Cologne and cigar mixture. Not bad, just not something I would want to wear.

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist

I really love this stuff. The feel and look of my thick, wavy, somewhat frizzy hair is amazing with this spray. The smell is wonderful too. I will be buying this.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
I am 39 and my hand are starting to show subtle signs of aging. Especially if I do not use lotion. Nothing I have ever used has made and instant difference like this has. I LOVE it. I will most definitely be buying this soon.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Online Shopping For Nails - Haul

Can anyone go to Trans Designs Inc and not buy something? So far the answer is no for me.

I intended to go there and find a glass nail file. I checked out with 4 bottles of Color Club, 1 bottle or Orly, my nail file and a thing called a bottle hug that claims it will hold a tilted nail polish bottle for me. We shall see!

Winter Affair-Angel Kiss-Cloud Nine-Berry and Bright
Orly Beach Cruiser
I will swatch the polishes for you over the next couple of days.

I did paint my nails last night to post. I used NYC Long Wearing in Cashmere Cream. I got up this morning to take pictures and it was already chipped really bad. Gorgeous color though. I do not know if it was the brand of polish or the top coat that made the chipping happen. Oh well....

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

E.L.F Nail Polish- Final Round

The last two polishes I have are glitters, Chic Confetti and Gold Star. I wore these over the colors I posted yesterday.

On my pointer and middle finger is Chic Confetti,  a multi colored mixture of tiny and small round glitters.
On my ring and pinky finger is Gold Star, a gold colored with tiny and small glitters although a little bigger than Chic Confetti.

I really like them both. I do however dread taking them off later! I know there are things I can do to make it easier but it still is no fun.

Monday, November 5, 2012

E.L.F Nail Polish- Round Three

This time we have Red-y-or Not, Violet Velvet, Sea Escape, and Cherry Bomb.

Again I am impressed with how well this polish goes on.
Red-y- or Not is on my pointer finger. It is a very pretty red.
Violet Velvet is on my middle finger. It is a gorgeous deep purple.
Sea Escape on my ring finger is a REALLY dark blue with subtle shimmer. However you have to go into some pretty bright sunlight to see it.
Cherry Bomb on my pinky is a deep darkish red.

Sorry for not having a perfect cleanup!

I like all four of these colors and will more than likely purchase full size versions. I may need to have the husband build a polish rack for me. yeah!