Beauty Box – Canada Box 2018

I get notifications about these boxes all the time. Until now though there was never enough in them that interested me. I opted to purchase this particular one because they are Canadian products and between my mother and I, they would all get sampled.

I paid $29.12 CAD for this box. I am hoping I find some winners in here!

LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen. I usually use sunscreen religiously during the summer. I have a sun sensitivity so it does not take much for me to regret trying to get that precious vitamin D. I will be using this and I do not see myself having a reaction to it as it is fragrance free. This is a sample sample though. I truly will not be able to make a real judgement call on it.

Lovacado Extra Virgin Avocado Oil. This one is not at the top of my list to try. I mean it is an oil that you massage into your skin. I will see if my Mother wants to give it a shot.

Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. This I will be passing along to my Mother. With curly hair this is not a product I want to be putting in it. It is awesome this is made in Canada though.

*update: My Mother said this exploded so she just tossed it.

Evio Green Tea Primer. I received one of these in a a past Little Life Box. I remember being so excited to try it out. It is not my most favourite and I will not be going out and purchasing it. It also is not the worst out there so I have no problem using it.

Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion in the flavour Coconut and Cream. This does not have a strong smell and it does smell like it is suppose too. This is a very thin formula, while it does absorb well I end up using way to much. I did not have a reaction to it though. I am using it as a hand cream instead.

BeautySoClean Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes. I have high hopes for this one. I am going to put a couple in my purse and store a couple at the office. I would not want to waste using them at home.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Forest Charcoal Soap. It smells very masculine and woodsy. Which means it smells pretty good. I did give it to Mister though. I do not use bar soap. It is much to drying.

Barefoot Venus Green Tea Body Wash. I have not tried this. Mostly because I forgot it was in the tube.

*Update: the smell is subtle and enjoyable. I do not find it drying but I will say that it is also not the most moisturizing either. I moisturize after washing though so it’s not a biggie.

Living Libations True Blue Spirulina Shampoo and Conditioner. I am offering these to my Mother first. These are suppose to be a clearing and renewing formulas.

We have another Cake product, this is Heavy Cream Intensely Smoothing Body Butter Balm. It has a bit of a stronger smell to it and the formula is thicker. I have not tried it yet but I have every intention to soon!

**I cannot do the smell. It is to rich for me and the fact that I would use it on my body. That is a lot of product to smell.

Luxe Box – Spring 2018

This is my second box in my purchase of year subscription. It is a quarterly subscription (which is why I had to go with a year). I paid $96.00 CAD with free shipping. If you wish to pay quarterly it is $26.00 CAD and free shipping with in Canada.

I am not sure where the winter box went maybe the last one was mislabeled.

We have a travel size can of Professional Sebastian – Shaper Plus+. This is an extra hold hairspray. Not a common thing for me to use. I honestly cannot remember the last time I used hairspray. I am going to hold onto this as a back up though. I do occasionally wish I had some.

Here we have a Pedi in a Box by Voesh in a lemon flavour. It claims to be a waterless 3 step. However, you are required to use water in the first two steps. That is not what I consider waterless. I also see water in the ingredient list.

Manna Kadar Beauty – Lash Extending Primer. Oh, how I wish I had waited to purchase primer. I am using one right now and so far I cannot say I like it but if it keeps to under perform I will try this one next. I am interested in finding out how it does with extending my lashes.

I did try swatching this but you could not really see it against my skin. Its a shimmer eye pencil by Laritzy Cosmetics. I do have a few things by this brand and the formula for the eye pencil seems nice on the swatch. I just need to buy a sharpener.

We have China Glaze in Stop that Train! I do like the colour and I have lots by this brand. It is a nice shimmer in a red/copper hue.

#GRLPWR liquid lipstick by The Beauty Crop. This is a very dark red that dries down to a matte. I really wish I could find a middle ground with red lipstick. I will try it out though. I may be finding a way to lighten it though.

Delectable hand cream in the flavour sweet mint and cream. Now I have gone back and forth on purchasing this brand. I am happy to see it in the box. I enjoy the formula, my hands did not feel greasy, and I had no allergic reaction. However, the smell I am not so sure about. It reminds me of those thin mints the Girl Guides sell. I do not eat them but they have a distinct smell. Yes, that is what it smells like with out the smell of chocolate. I will be buying from this brand in the future.

 

As always I will come back and update as I try items.

Medusa’s Make-Up – January 2018

I have been trying to get to this review for about a week now. After trying out the lipstick from Medusa’s Make-Up I decided to check out their website again. I noticed that they do a monthly subscription. To me that is perfect since I did want to try other products. Plus if I got fun colours that would be easier than trying to commit to buying them individually. They offer both monthly and yearly. I always check the math on it and it worked out to be the same price. I also did not want to commit to a full 12 months because that may end up being overkill for myself.

I paid $27.16 CAD ($20.95USD). This includes the shipping and a processing fee. Unfortunately it was not broken out on any of the receipts so I am not sure how much the box was itself. Shipping was $5.00 and rate increase to $10.00. I will keep it for another month but I may end it at that point. It seems fairly pricey to me for a regular subscription.

First item I pulled out was a setting spray. I have not tried this yet and now I have a few different ones. Cost is $10.00USD

** I have used this setting spray a few times. I do like it. I have only used it on light make up days. I am not sure how I would compare it to my others.

Here we have the Metallic AF Lip Gloss in Hells Bells. Now this has some pretty good staying power. I have yet to try it on my lips. I am not wanting to sport the full metallic so I need to practice my ombre look before wearing it out. Very nice pink colour though. This is $11.00USD

I did swatch this but you can hardly see it in the picture. The glitter is gorgeous though! It is a gold irirdescence called Star Wars. The cost is $8.00USD. No idea how I am going to use this but I will find a way. Plus this pot will last a lifetime it looks like.

Another neutral colour but it has some nice sheen to it. We have Mystical Eyedust in Chrysaor. Very happy with this colour and it is also safe for all other applications. Happy that I will be able to try this out on my lips as well. Having dual purposes makes me feel better. This costs $11.95USD.

I will admit despite the raise in shipping I am looking forward to what will be received in February. I probably would have never bought the glitter. I also would have stayed away from the metallic lip glosses. This is why I like subscriptions.

Also before I forget. They are vegan and cruelty free. While I do not force myself to only buy items that fall under those terms I do look for them and favour those products/companies. I also want to note they are PETA certified and not Leaping Bunny certified unfortunately.

Luxe Box – Fall 2017

This is a very late review but have done a year subscription to Luxe Box. It is a quarterly subscription (which is why I had to go with a year). I paid $96.00 CAD with free shipping. If you wish to pay quarterly it is $26.00 CAD and free shipping with in Canada.

I was pretty excited to see what was in the box and have new things to try out. I never know what to buy and I love to try new things.

Three of the items that I did not photograph individually are as follows:

Silicon blender by Laritzy Cosmetics. I do not own any blenders since I have never used foundation or concealer. However I am going to give this a shot when applying primer. Since I have one now.

*Update: I find it easier to use my hands with my current face primer. I will give it another shot once I finally invest in trying another brand.

Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment by Glamglow. This is not something I would have bought a bottle of as my skin is pretty sensitive to exfoliation. I will either give it a shot or I will give it to one of my nieces.

*Update: I am giving this to my niece. So unfortunately I cannot give any kind of review on it.

Bath bomb by Sweetie Products. I am excited to use this since it has been forever and a day since I used a bath bomb. I will as soon as I am comfortable soaking in the tub again.

*Update: I did try this out. Got to be honest. I personally did not find anything special about it. So I am going to keep searching for ‘the one’.

I forgot to take a picture of the actual lipstick but it is Sugar Daddy by Medusa’s Makeup. I have been wanting to try this brand; that it was the number one thing I could not wait to try. I have worn it since receiving the box. It is not a staying lipstick but I am in LOVE with the way it applies and feels. I recently went on a red coloured lipstick spree. So, receiving something in the neutral line was fantastic.

**I will have to remember to take a selfie next time I wear but I love this colour and I love the formula.

Fit for a Queen by Morgan Taylor nail polish. Wonderful holiday colour if you prefer to go seasonal with nail lacquer’s. I just simply love how it turned out. Applying two coats gave me full coverage. I just have to see how easy it comes off.

*Update: It is a sparkle polish. It took some work to get off. How I will admit not as much as other sparkle polishes.

Here we have 6 Shades of Nude by Cougar Cosmetics. My swatches suck but Missy was about to wake up and I did not have time to redo them. I have not worn make up in a while but I am hoping this applies nicely. The colours are nice swatched in person.

**Did not like the way the palette was set up. I have chosen to pass it along. I think there are other formulas I prefer as well.

Intensive hand repair by Barefoot Venus hand crème. Love the smell (kind of reminds me of sugar cookies). I do like the feel but it just does not cut it when I am washing my hands every 15 minutes it seems.

As always I will come back and update as I try items.

Little Life Box – October 2017

Octobers box has been in for a little bit now (besides I get it later than everyone else, got to love living up north). I paid $26.15 CAD for Octobers box and still a price I have been more than happy to pay. Lets see if this box was worth it though.

So, I love the fall colours this box had. Plus, the cards are always so pretty. Not as many big items this month but there are a lot of items so Yay!

FYI: the pictures are kind of horrible I could not find a spot where I was not getting a shadow.

Who says save the best for last. We are going to do them first! On the left there is ‘Green Tea Primer’ by Evio Beauty. Cruelty Free stamp (PETA), Paraben free, and vegan. Excited about the vegan aspect and of course that they say they are cruelty free. I will not be opening this until I finish with my current primer though. Oh and it is made in Canada!

On the right we have a lavender mud bath mix by Black Oxygen. Pretty sure I can use this right now. I wish I had done this earlier as I had a bath the other night.

*Update – I have tried the mud mix. Not sure if it is really for me though.

*Update: I have been using the primer. Since I only use a setting/finishing powder I do not think I can make a proper review of the staying power. The formula was much thinner than I am use to. I had no reaction to it which is always good. I also did not hate it either. I plan on trying a couple different brands but this one currently sits at the top of my list.

Two whey protein mixes. One in vanilla and one in strawberry, sweetened with stevia. Not thrilled but always happy to be able to try things out.

I have three sample packs of the ‘Organic’ Jelly Bellys. Have not tried them yet but I have mixed feeling about organic label. I mean they are still jellybeans and not healthy for you. This will not make me feel less guilty about eat them. On the right is strawberries and cream flavoured fruit and nut nibbles by Nakd. I want to say I have tried the brand before but no promises there. I am excited about these ones as the ingredients list is very small. Dates, cashews, raisins, rice flour, and natural flavouring. That is it!

*Update: Not a fan of the jellybeans. However I am not big on any jellybean.

*Update: Tried the nibbles, totally did not like them. I feel like it was more the flavour I could not stand. I would completely be open to trying a different flavour.

Toothpaste samples by Auromere. These are being put in the bin of travel products. We are currently using a vegan, Canadian toothpaste. Which, I happen to love and I will have to check with Mister on how he feels about it.

*Update – I tried the licorice flavour and I love it. I will buy it if I come across it but since it is not Canadian I will not specifically go looking for it.

Always enjoy this brand and while I cannot use these right now I am hanging on to them. They do not expire till 2019, lets just hope I remember to update when I am able to use them.

These I do not think I am comfortable using. They sound kind of interesting though. Pink Ice Energy Crystals. Raspberry and Mint flavoured. Suppose to be a dietary supplement. I would suggest doing some reading on these if you are interested in them. I am really on the fence about how I feel.

I have had this brand and the fact that they have chocolate cookies are a little exciting. Just not healthy for you. Awesome to be able to try this junk food with out actually having to buy more than you should!

On the left we have Handfuel marcona almonds with sea salt and freshly squeezed lemon. Mister seen these and told me I should be eating them right at this moment ha-ha. I keep stuff like this at the office but these sound much more refreshing or at least lighter. On the right are Laiki black rice crackers. They are vegan and kosher with a very limited ingredients list. Not holding my breath that I will like them but maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

*Update: The almonds are not anything fancy but I enjoy the simplicity of them. The size of the packaging is also perfect to throw in the diaper bag.

Besides a couple items I would say this box is worth what I paid. Cannot wait to see what November brings!