Yuzen Autumn Quarterly Box

There are subscription boxes… and then there are ‘turn your entire weekend into a spa day and forget about everything else’ subscription boxes! Okay, so maybe that isn’t a genre or name, but it’s definitely how I felt after getting … Continue reading

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…. July 2nd ~ Best Self Tanners and Upcoming Subscription Box Reviews!

What’s on my mind:

Pink Nails

I can’t believe the weekend is over already! I had a successful spa weekend that consisted of hitting the gym, a manicure (getting new acrylic tips~~ see above!), getting an eyebrow wax, going shopping, and starting to get packed and ready for my vacation, which begins tomorrow night! Eeek!

I just went out and did a drugstore run to make sure I was fully stocked up with shampoo, conditioner, makeup, and of course, Sunscreen! (which you’ll see why this is so important below)

What’s on my body:

Aloe, lots of it. Why do you ask? Because I foolishly let myself get burnt to a crisp trying to get a nice base tan before my vacation. I know, so dumb, especially with all the articles about proper sun and skin care and how drastic a sunburn can affect your skin and possibility for cancers. And so, here is my list of favorite self-tanners, because those are all I’m going to be using for a while!

I have always been a huge fan of the gradual self-tanners, like Jergens Perfect Glow and L’Oreal Sublime Bronze. They recently re-vamped their formulas to smell better, go on easier, and last longer!

Sublime Bronze

I just purchased and used the L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Lotion and Misting Spray (I usually get the gradual tanner lotion but I decided to go for the straight-up self tanner this time). Both the Self-Tanner Lotion and Aerosol Spray are effective, and give you a nice glow without looking like an Oopma Loompa. Just be careful to shave and exfoliate before hand, and to go easy around your elbows, knees, wrists and ankles or else they will be 2 shades darker than the rest of your body. For under $12 a pop, these are my favorites when I want to get glowing in a day! Depending on your activities, it could last up to a week! Personally, I apply the self-tanner about 2x per week, as I do go to the gym a few times per week. If you’re the type of person who goes into the ocean/goes to the beach 5 days a week, you may need to re-apply more often because of the salt water and sand rubbing it off. I’m going to use the Spray version to refresh/touch up my tan tomorrow,  so I’ll let you know if I recommend one over the other. I would not use the tan-towels version- suuuper streaky!

Jergens 3 Day

Jergens now has a 3-day ‘super’ formula that is supposed to make you gradually tanner in less time than normal! I tried this one a few weeks ago, and think it’s definitely a great product and you get the same results from applying 2x than with the regular formula you have to apply it approx. 4 times for the same result. The only downside to this product is that it’s the same price (give or take) as the normal gradual self tanner, however it’s a smaller bottle so you need to purchase it more often to maintain your tan.

Each of these companies do make separate face tanners for those of you with oily or acne-prone skin. I don’t buy them that often, but it is a nice option to have if the regular lotions are too ‘oily’ for your more delicate skin and clog your pores.

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Now, if you want to talk the pricier, overnight bronze goddess formulas, I’ll point you in the direction of St. Tropez (Self Bronzing Lotion or Mousse- $40), Beautisol Summer Glow ($40) or Fake Bake ($25-35) . But please, exfoliate and wear either gloves or a mitt with these, or else your hands will be brown for days! And put down old sheets on your bed so you don’t ruin your nice stuff with brown goo! PLUS: I just found out the hard way, that these formulas (the direct tanners/not gradual tanning lotions) that while they are the best hands down for flawless application and that perfect glow, after a while they do go bad. I reently opened up my cabinet to see which I still had left to use, and when I began to pour it out, it was this EMERALD-MOSSY GREEN COLOR! So, if you’re going to spend the cash to buy it, please make sure you use it within 6 months or so.

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What’s on my To-Do list:

The reviews for the June Bulu Weight Loss Box and June Wantable Beauty Box and June GlossyBox will be going up within the next day or so! Hope you’re all excited to check those out, or if you want to can look back at my recent reviews of Out of The Box Sampler, Juniper, Peckish, Sent Her Way or JackedPack!

I have a bunch of new subscriptions as well as current ones soon to arrive for July, so prepare for a busy month of posts once I’m back from vacation. I have some of the following soon to feature for July: The Fantasy Box, BeautyArmy, Ipsy Glambag, SkoshBox, NatureBox, JackedPack Custom,  FitBox by Platinum Box,  and MORE! That is a serious amount of boxes.. plus I’m sure there are more that I just can’t think of at the moment.

I’m also working on/looking into new subscription box companies for August, so if anyone knows of New or Up-and-Coming Subscription Box companies that are looking for blogger reviews, let me know! You can comment here on my post or e-mail me at kenziedegen@gmail.com

So…. what’s on your mind/to-do list and body today!?

xo, Kenzie