Blush Mystery Box ~ August

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So my Blush Mystery Box Subscription Box arrived and I was PUMPED! I saw a teaser for the Philip B. Wave Spray ($22), which basically covered the cost of my monthly box. They included a Philip B. product last month as well, which was a box I loved, and so I had a good feeling about this one as well…

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As usual, they sent all the items in a cute black custom drawstring bag. I really like it because it is reusable and I don’t need anymore empty cardboard boxes sitting around my house.

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This month was curated by Liz Franz, Editor-In-Chief of Blush.com, Dermstore.com, basically the whole company that sends these awesome bags out. The info card lists a bit of info on Franz, as well as their featured item the Philip B. Maui Wowie Beach Mist. Then, when you flip it over, you can see the rest of the items included on the back.

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And so I began to unpack my bag! First off, I got samples from Dermalogica and Dremu, which is always a nice surprise. One thing I noticed when comparing my items to other bloggers is that the colors varied depending on the item.

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After the samples, I pulled out the biggest bottle, which of course was the Philip B. Maui Wowie Beach Mist mentioned above. I was happy with the flexible hair spray I received last month from them (same brand) and so I was more than willing to give this a try. The only downside is that in at least 3 boxes this summer, I’ve received Beachy Hair Sprays, just due to the season and popularity.

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Next up is the Mor Emporium Hand Cream in Snow Gardenia. I really like the packaging of this bottle: it’s very classy and reminds me of my mom’s Ralph Lauren perfume bottle with its dark moody colors and gold cap.  I’m not 100% sold on the scent yet, but do think it is a good product.

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The Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant seems like an awesome product. I love face scrubs, exfoliators and treatments and so this totally caters to me. You just mix some of it up with water until it turns into a paste and apply all over like a face mask/scrub.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat seems like an awesome concept, except for the fact that I buy all my mascara as waterproof. I’m sure I have a few samples/mascaras lying around from past boxes and sample sales to try it out with, but I don’t think I would purchase in the future.

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Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pencil in Deep Plum is a full-size eyeliner that goes on smoothly, and actually came in a color I’m excited to try out. I believe they offered Navy Blue or Deep Plum, and I think this one may go well with my complexion.

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I have received Coola products before like in a past Ipsy bag, so I know that it’s a good quality brand. This Coola SPF 30 Face Classic Sunscreen is nice and doesn’t have that gross-overwhelming sunscreen smell, however the summer is just about over so I won’t be able to use it much, unless it’s really sunny and hot this weekend.

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Colorscience Sunforgettable Face Primer with SPF is an ‘eh’ item for me. I have about 10 primer deluxe samples sitting in my drawer that I just don’t get around to using as often as foundation or lipstick or mascara. However, it’s definitely nice for anyone out there looking for a primer, especially as it contains sunscreen.

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Skylark- Perfume Sample Set was a surprise to me. I wasn’t expecting a fragrance and I’m usually pretty picky, so I liked that this set gave you three different scents  to try out. Now to decide which I like best…

All in all, I’m fairly happy with this box. I got some products I know I’ll definitely use like the Pixi Eyeliner and Philip B. Waves Spray.

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The only thing I do not like is that they gave an ‘either-or’ option where you got one deluxe sample of either a Face Mask or a Primer. I would have preferred the face mask to the Colorscience Primer, just because I have SO many primers sitting in my drawers. In general, I don’t really use them as I apply a daily lotion, then foundation and primer seems like an unnecessary step in between/adds too much moisture and oil.

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*Coupon: If you’d like to try Blush Mystery Box, send an email to kenziedegen@gmail.com and I’ll send you a referral link for a $10.00 off either a 1-time subscription or $10 off $30 online purchase.

xo, Kenzie

What’s on my… August 20th: Discounts, Promos, Teasers

What’s on my Mind:

Okay, so it’s mid August and… wait, what? It’s the middle of August!? Sorry, but where exactly did the Summer go? There was a 2 week heat wave and then endless amounts of gloom and rain. I’m sad to say that I’ve been to the beach (besides vacation) about once this summer. That’s when you know childhood/college/happiness is over and you’re a real working adult now.

What’s on my Subscription List:

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I’m SO excited for some of the new boxes I’ve signed up for. I received a few boxes last week I still have to post up, and yet I keep thinking about the next ones that are coming. So, on my new subscription list for August, I’m adding Conscious Box! There is currently a Conscious Box Discount going on where if you simply use coupon code FREEBOX, you get your first box free… just pay for the cost of shipping ($7)

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Teaser/Spoiler Alert: Apparently Philip B. Maui Wowie Beach Spray (a beachy, texturizing salt water spray) will be one of the items in this month’s Blush Mystery Box! They just revealed it, giving you more of a reason to sign up. At $22 per bottle, this almost pays for the $25 box! I cannot wait.

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Additionally on my mind is… I have a LOT of products. I mean, way before I even got into attending beauty events or buying subscription boxes, I was a bit of a beauty/hair/skincare junkie. I’ve even gone to lengths now to organize my products: I have a shelf for sunscreen and selftanner, facial and bodycare, and then hair! My shelves are seriously overrun with Aussie, Garnier and Sublime Bronze products, yet that doesn’t stop me from getting more. Want to know my favorite products? Feel free to ask, and I’ll be posting every now and then with “Love List,” products I’m currently craving.

What did I do this Weekend?

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Many fun, relaxing things! I cuddled and played with Bella!

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I got Save The Dates for my brother’s wedding in April!

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I ate deliciously amazing Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato! (cheat meal, oops)

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And best of all, I saved a lil bird! This here is Carlos, or as Kevin decided to name him “Carlos Danger” (if anyone gets the reference… yeah, wasn’t my choice of names). But anyway, we went on a walk/jog at the track and on the way out, we decided to go a different route back to K’s house, and we all of a sudden saw this poor little injured bird lying in the ground. He couldn’t walk or fly, and then we noticed his eye was all beat up, like he flew into something or got attacked by a cat. And so, we found a shoebox, cut holes and created a little home for him with food and water, and Sunday we dropped him off a 1/2 hour away at a Bird Rescue and Rehab center. The woman told us he had his tail ripped off and definitely looked like he had been attacked. Fingers crossed for a healthy recovery for little Carlos!

xo, Kenzie