Blush Mystery Box ~ July 2013

Oh hey, I got a box! What could it be…

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I just got my first ever Blush Mystery Box from Dermstore.com and Blush.com. It’s my own fault for getting it just a few days before the end of the month, but I saw a few teasers as to the items in the July box and so I signed up in the middle of the month!

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Immediately, I saw lots of custom tissue paper and this black drawstring bag! The contents of the July 2013 Blush Mystery Box are all inside the bag. It adds a cute, unique touch, and also gives me a bag to keep some of my many beauty products in. Oh, what’s that to the side? FREE SAMPLES!

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I had heard via MakeUpTalk.com discussion board that they often include a free item or sample, however when I signed up there was another additional free item that you could receive, just for signing up for the monthly reoccurring subscription! Well, I’m all about free stuff, so I was excited when I saw all of these items. There was a packet sample of Neova “power defense” along with Dremu Airbrush refining eye cream, and then a tube of Dermstore Lip Quench moisture treatment!

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This month was specially curated by makeup artist Elle Leary, and their feature product this month was Emani- Organic Lip Shine.

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As mentioned above, this is the Emani lip shine in the shade Blush. I’ve never heard of this brand or product before, but I really like the color so I’m willing to give it a try!

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This is one of the products that had me sold on the July box. I recently recieved a Philip B. product in my June GlossyBox  and liked it, plus it was on sale at HauteLook.com. It seems different than other hairsprays, as you can build up the texture and hold based on how much and how often you apply. For $22 a bottle, this basically paid for this month’s subscription!

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I’m not going to lie- I was a little confused as to what exactly the Quick Refiner by Bioelements was. So, I did a tad of research and found out that it is a ‘leave-on facial exfoliator’ and is supposed to eliminate dead surface cells and reveal smooth even skin. Interesting. Apparently a full-size bottle of this is $46! Definitely giving it a try based on the good reviews and my hopeful thinking.

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I already love Tan Towels and have a love/hate relationship with L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tanning Towlettes, so I was interested and happy to recieve these. The Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad is made especially for your face, as an exfoliating self-tanner towelette. As long as it goes on smooth, doesn’t streak and doesn’t have that weird tan-smell, I’m in! I have tried so many self tanners, that I’m on the search for the best of the best!

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Designer nail polish. Oh, how you kill me. I already cringe when I hand over the $8-$10 per bottle of Essie or OPI polish, so I’ll admit I’ve never purchased a $19 bottle of polish before and I’m trying my hardest not to get addicted because I don’t think I (or my wallet) have the capacity to start buying these. But trust me, it’s hard not to love this polish called Ray of Light by Deborah Lippman. Perhaps I can just find a salon that carries it…

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Knock on wood, I don’t have wrinkles, however I’ve heard that by the time you’re 25 you should start using anti-agers and wrinkle fighters. Is there any truth to that? If so I still have a few years (phew!) however that won’t stop me from testing this Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex out. Besides reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and deep wrinkles, it also is supposed to help even out skin tone and increase hydration. Plus there’s SPF!

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I’m a little skeptical about changing my day-to-day face lotion, especially since mine has salicylic acid to keep my skin balanced and pimple-free. This Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance 24H Lotion is an all-day hydrating and detoxifying face lotion. What seperates it from other brands is the radiance-enhancing formula aids in regulating sebum production (regulate oil production, in simpler words) while minimizing the look of pores. I think I would test it out in the morning, but will be sticking to my usual routine before bedtime.

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So here’s the whole package! I’m really happy with the different combination of products: some hair products, skincare, makeup, etc. I will definitely be enjoying the Philip B. Hairspray, Deborah Lippman nail polish and Alpha Beta Glow pads, right off the bat. These are all high-quality, and most can only be purchased at specialty beauty stores which really makes it worth the $25 per month.  If you let me know, I can e-mail you a code for $10 off your first purchase! You can leave me a comment or e-mail me at kenziedegen@gmail.com

I can’t wait to see what’s in next months box! I’m hoping for another luxurious skincare product, and perhaps some high-quality makeup! Interested in Blush Mystery Box? Sign up Here!

xo, Kenzie

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GlossyBox ~ June 2013

I had been waiting and waiting for my first ever GlossyBox, the June edition, curated by Dallas Shaw. With the spoilers and great reviews I was more than willing to pay for the box, it was just the waiting that was killing me!

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Packaging was MIND-BLOWING. It started with this cute polka-dot logo brown and light pink box, then there was another box inside, white with gorgeous artwork and a mini magazine/brochure…

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…AND THEN within that box, it was all wrapped up with tissue paper and a bow. Lots of effort.

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It came with a guide that showed all of the brands and products included, just in case you weren’t sure about an item or wanted to read more up on it.

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So, here’s the first look!

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Items included:

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c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist not only smells amazing, it felt great too! I know this brand already, so I was really excited to see it included in this months subscription box, plus it was an item I had not tried before. I will definitely be using this, and still can’t get over how yummy it smells.

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The perfume samples included, all wrapped in a a silk bag were 6 samples from the Oscar de la Renta Essential Luxury Collection! I never tend to buy a full-size perfume until I have sampled and worn a perfume quite a few times, and so this is a great set because you can figure out which scents work for you! Perfect travel size + a little bag to keep it all together.

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Philip B. products were included in this months box, I believe I’ve seen at least 3 different variations of hair products, however I received the African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo. This brand has a good rep, so I am willing to give the product a try! I wish it was a summer sea-salt tousling spray or something of that theme, but I’m sure it’ll be great.

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Next up is the SpaRitual Nail Polish in Days of Wine and Roses! I loveee this color, and I apologize because my pictures never do nil polish any justice (something with the glare and lighting) but it’s this perfect purple-burgundy color, dark enough for winter, but light enough for summer. It has a slight shimmer/sheen, but is not something I would consider sparkly or glittery. Can’t wait to use it!

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And now, the whole reason I signed up for this box in the first place (well, the real push!) was the full-size tarte Complexion Enhancing Lipstick in Fair/Light. First off, I’m a fan of tarte, so when I saw this two-tone lipstick which was not only something I had not owned or tried yet, but also in colors that were supposed to boost my complexion, I was sold. It basically covers 75% of the cost of a GlossyBox too!

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PLUS: I got a FREE natural duo eyeshadow from MODELco for using the code Love when GlossyBox had a promotion going on! Although the promotion is no longer active, they almost always have something going on, like 10% off a subscription, a free lip gloss, etc.

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So.. why havn’t you signed up yet? Prices start at $21 (inc. shipping) per month and get cheaper based on the more months you sign up for!

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There are already promos and spoilers for next month like a Figs & Rouge Lip Balm tube (Value $9)

Sign up by clicking here!

xo, Kenzie