Friday, 20 June 2014

Beauty Box 5 - April 2014

Beauty Box 5 seems to come around the same time TopBox does.

Included in the April BB5 box:

  • BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow sample - sample size ? $? - full size palette 6.95
  • Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick in Daring - sample size 0.12oz - full size 0.12oz $4.99
  • Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes in Fresh Scent - sample size 30 wipes - full size 30 wipes $2.49
  • Jergens Natural glow - 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer - sample size 0.84oz $2.10(approx.) - full size 4oz $9.99
  • Bonne Bell Lip Definer in Apple Cider - sample size 1.1g Full size 1.1g $3.95
Retail value of April's BB5 box: $13.53 + eyeshadow sample ($13.70 less than last month)

Ugh. The same eyeshadow sample in two boxes in the same month. What are the chances? Again, I'll probably give it away. The lipstick and lip pencil will go in the use up pile. I might try the self-tanner but I'm weary on it because I've never used one before. The wipes will go into my camping gear or first aid kit. They'll come in handy there. 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Topbox - April 2014

Topbox is now the last box I get in the month.

Included in April 2014 regular TopBox:
  • BH California Collection Eyeshadow Sample - sample size ? $? - full size - palette $6.95
  • Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum - sample size 2mL $20.67(approx.) - full size 15mL $155
  • Sweet Pea Soap in Honey & Oats - sample size half a bar? $2.98(approx.) - full size 1 bar $5.95
  • La Splash Nail Splash in Blowfish Hot Pink - sample size 10mL - full size 10mL $7.50
Retail value of this month's box: $31.15 + the eyeshadow sample ($0.61 less than last month) 

Well the value didn't change much. I was sad to see the eyeshadow sample since I had gotten the exact same thing in my ipsy bag last July. I didn't even open it and may give it to Mum. The nail polish will go in the nail polish bag. I might use the eye serum when I run out of my eye cream and the soap will go into the use up pile.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


I've been so busy with my personal life that I haven't had time to take pictures and do the posts. I've started up again and hopefully will have more time to write more often. I'm going to catch up on my regular posts and hopefully start writing more personal ones. 

I'm slowly trying to get back into my old routine. It's been rather hard between the lack of routine of work hours and illness in my house. Spring wasn't good to us. Hopefully summer will be better. 

We're planning on getting some camping in and maybe a bike trip. It'll be a busy summer. 

Off to work I go on this rainy day. 


ipsy - April 2014

Ipsy's April theme was "Beauty Rocks" and was on trend with music festivals in the States.

Included in April 2014's ipsy bag:

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil Travel Size in Black - sample size 0.8g (travel size) $16 - full size 1.2g $24 CAD
  • Rainbow Honey Nail Polish in Midnight Fountain - sample size 5mL $3.13(approx.) - full size 16mL $10 USD
  • Demeter's Jasmine Perfume Oil Roll On - sample size 8.8mL - full size 8.8mL $10 USD
  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion - sample size 0.25oz $22.50 - full size 2oz $90 CAD
  • Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Teddy Bare - sample size 9.5mL - full size 9.5mL $12 CAD
Retail value of this month's bag: $63.63 ($17.12 more than last month)

This bag was a good one. I can never get enough waterproof black liner or nail polish. I've had the sample of Dr. Brandt's in my sephora cart for ever; now I don't have to use my 100 points. The perfume I'll give a go once I use up some more samples that I'm slowly going through. The gloss will go into the use up pile. The bag itself is a good size. I wish it didn't have a giant record on it though. I love purple and if it was plain, I would have used it a lot. It'll be a good makeup bag for my purse.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

March Favourites

March was a makeup month for me. I've been trying to wear my makeup again and use up some.

Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched - I got this in an ipsy bag back in November and as you can tell, I like it. It's a pretty good size sample and I may buy a full size when it's done.

Cover Girl Eyeshadow Quad in Country Woods - this is SUPER old and probably a little ify to still be using, but I've hit pan so I'm trying to use it up. I have lots of browns so I doubt I'd ever buy a new one, but it's a great quad for a neutral eye.

Cover FX Anti-Aging Primer - I got this in September's TopBox. I didn't find anything anti-aging about it, but it was a really good primer. You will see it in an empties soon.

Avon Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion - My go-to eye makeup remover.

Laura Mercier's Eyebrow Pencil in Fair Blonde - I was still blonde in March, and this colour matches my brows perfectly.

Monday, 9 June 2014

March Empties

March was a really good month for empties.

Lush's Mask of Magnaminty - a staple for me. Saving the tub for bring back 5.

Montange Jeunesse Glacial Clay Spa Face Mask - this was a sheet mask that I got in a Beauty Box 5 last fall. I'm not a fan of sheet masks, but I used it. It was ok. 

Montange Jeunesse Peel-Off Masque - I'm not sure where I got this but I couldn't buy it myself. It striped all the oils from my face.

Dior Hydra Life Sorbet Eye Creme sample - it was ok but I have my favourite eye dream already. 

Dior L'Or De Vie Trio - definitely not worth the price

Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray Conditioning Texturizing Spray - July 2013 Ipsy bag - this dried out my hair but it worked great as a kind of dry shampoo.

Paul Mitchell Super Rich Shampoo - Hotel sample. I found it didn't clean my hair that well.

Tree Hut Shea Extra-Rich Moisturizing Lotion in Tropical Mango - March 2013 Beauty Box 5 - This was good stuff and this sample lasted quite awhile. I'd probably buy some but I can't find it in Canada.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash mascara sample - this was dried up before I got to try it.

Pixi Lash Booster Mascara - it didn't do anything amazing.

Josie Maran Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara sample - it was okay, but again, didn't do anything awesome.

Oral-B Complete SatinTape floss - I found it didn't work for me.

Avon Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion - My go-to eye makeup remover.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion #2 - finally finished up the end of it.

Yaby Concealer Refill - it matched me perfectly, but I'd have to buy it online. It did introduce me to cream concealer.

up & up cotton rounds - regular and exfoliating - staples now :)

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes - old faithful, but I'm on the hunt for cheaper ones.

Assorted perfume samples. The only one I'd actually buy would be Tocca Beauty's Liliana. It's on my wish list.  

More tea! I can't say I'd buy any of these in full size.