Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Subscription Box Smackdown (November 2014)

This month's Ipsy box was a mix of hits and misses. The lip gloss by Starlooks is just ok, the travel size hair spray will be good for travelling (duh), the mini microdermabrasion face scrub will go unused, because I'm super particular with my skincare, and don't want to risk it.

 The cream eye shadow by Be A Bombshell (sidenote - what's up with the brand Be A Bombshell? It seems like they have a product in every subscription bag, just about every month. I digress....) Anyways, it's a really gorgeous, shimmery bronze, called Submissive. I'm excited to try it out and see if it stays all day!
 The real winner in this box was this teeny, tiny powerhouse! It's the full coverage concealer by It Cosmetics. The TINIEST bit goes a very long way, lasts all day and truly doesn't crease once it's set. I will be buying the full size version!

For only $10 I'm pretty happy with this box - that concealer is awesome, and I'm excited for the cream eye shadow too. If you want to give it a try, you can subscribe HERE.
This month's Boxycharm was the first I've been disappointed with. Monetarily it was a good value, but there's really not much I'll use.

There was a full-sized Mica brand (again, I only ever see this brand in subscription boxes....) eye shadow base. On the card it says it was worth $45, which seems crazy for a kind of random brand. I happily pay $20 for my Too Faced shadow insurance because I know it works incredibly well for me. But $45 for this?? Hmmmm...There was also a really pretty purple eye shadow pigment by Bella Pierre (another constant in subscription boxes), and a super bright pink blush by Ofra. Both are very pretty.
 Next up is an odd, iridescent glitter gel liner by Tarina Tarantino. Not a fan.
 And then, a color bug from Kevin Murphy. I have owned the purple, pink and orange color bugs and was stoked when Boxycharm announced that everyone was getting one. But white?! Who actually wants to add white to their hair?? Least cool color I could have possibly gotten. Womp womp.

Most Boxycharms are great, but this wasn't my favorite. If you want to give it a shot you can subscribe HERE.
 This month's Glossybox had one product in it that is my new also had a mini sized lavender herbal bath by Kneipp (love!), a mini size green apple moisturizer by Juice Beauty, a travel size hair treatment by 12 Benefits, and a limited edition full sized pale pink nail polish by OPI.

....and then there was the blush! It's by a brand called So Susan Cosmetics, which I'd never heard of. This blush is their Universal Blush and it is obscenely gorgeous!! I instantly tore into it, and started playing. The color is kind of hard to describe - almost a mauve, with peach and pink undertones, with just enough shimmer to give you a healthy glow.

Pardon the goofy face, Leila insisted on taking a picture ;)
The blush alone makes this month's Glossybox worth every penny! You can subscribe HERE.

French Box was kind enough to send me one of their boxes to share with you guys, and I'm so grateful they did! It's a monthly subscription box ($24 a month), filled to the brim with goodies from France! It features of variety of things - gourmet treats, beauty items, things for your home and more! What struck me immediately about this box was the smell - the day it arrived my mailbox smelled heavenly! The source of the smell was some amazing little guest soaps by the brand Durance. In my box I got a set of three and the scent was Vanilla Ylang Ylang. I also got some little French candies - calissons by Couleur Calisson that even though I tried to like I didn't ;) Leila didn't either, but Coco was a huge fan! I also got a huge size of herbs de provence, which is one of my favorite cooking spices, along with a recipe sheet with some ideas of what to make with them. A mini perfume, which again smelled heavenly, a travel sized makeup remover from Caudalie (everything I've tried by Caudalie I've loved!), some green teas scented hand towels which make me feel like I've flying in first class, and an absolutely gorgeous cream eye shadow by Sothys!

The color is gorgeous (at first glance it's similar to the one from Be A Bombshell, but it's much prettier!) The application is simple - just pat on with your fingertips - and it lasts all day! I am so impressed with it!

French Box is a super fun, new company, which you can find here: SUBSCRIBE // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM

This month's winner????????
I loved EVERY single thing in the French Box! I'm going to give Glosybox honorable mention with their fabulous blush from So Susan too, though. What would YOU have chosen as the winner??

Any other boxes I should check out? Let me know in the comments section!

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