Beauty Reviews

Bonnie’s July 2017 Beauty Favorites

Here’s my July favorites! I feel like I’m a bit disorganized this month but the thought of Fall scents and colors is getting me through to the end of Summer!

My crocheted tiara – My girlfriend runs a blog and Etsy store called Imperial Crochet and I really wanted to show off her work (she’s amazing) so do stop by her blog and Etsy Store as she’s got some really nice crocheted items including the tiara I’m wearing.

Lush Big Blue Bath Bomb – Big Blue delivers a burst of color and scent that will fill your bathroom with Lavender and Lemon, but the thing I like best is the seaweed. You get Arame Seaweed and Seaweed Absolute in Big Blue which makes for a soothing bath experience.

GlamGlow SUPERCLEANSE – This cleanser dissolves oil & makeup, rinsing away pore-clogging debris, impurities & excess oil.

NEW Julep So Plush Ultra-Hydrating Lip Gloss – The Julep So Plush Ultra-Hydrating Lip Gloss comes in 8 shades — I got Mood which is a nice light pink.

bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder – The bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder duo has two large pans of pressed powder — one is matte and the other is glow.

NUDESTIX Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Rose – I love this beautiful matte stick, it’s the perfect Fall color for me.

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara – This makes my bottom lashes pop! I love it.

Adoratherapy Vitality Chakra Boost – This product has “essential oils, absolutes, and gem and flower essences, in a base of organic Jojoba blends” and I have to say that it really does have a relaxing effect.

Bath & Body Works NEW Shapeable Soap – The Shapeable Soap comes in an aerosol can (like shaving cream) and either squirts out in thin ribbons or a mound if you hold the can close to your hand.

Bath & Body Works Soap! This is from last year but I’m using it now and can’t wait for Fall.

Julep, Nail Polish Reviews

NEW Julep So Plush Ultra-Hydrating Lip Gloss

I received a Julep So Plush Ultra-Hydrating Lip Gloss in my July Maven box. This is a new product and it’s really nice.

What’s to love?

The Julep So Plush Ultra-Hydrating Lip Gloss comes in 8 shades — I got Mood which is a nice light pink.

First up I love the square glass tube. It’s easy to hold and looks so pretty with the metallic top. The hourglass doe foot makes application easy too.

The “Made in the USA” formula is scent free and fairly non-sticky for lip gloss although I feel like all lip gloss has a bit of stickiness. They color is gorgeous and gave my lips a plump and pretty shine that’s perfect for Summer. You can also wear this formula over lipstick for added shine.

According to Julep “Hyaluronic Filling Spheres & Natural Oils coat and hydrate lips“.

$19.00 or $15.20 for Julep Mavens

 

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Julep 4th of July Fun!

Julep is fast becoming one of my favorite nail polish brands and I wanted to show off these three shades which are perfect for the 4th of July!

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These shades are:

  • Ari It Girl (Red)
  • Lottie Classic with a Twist (White)
  • Eunice Bombshell (Blue Shimmer)

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This red, white and blue combo is gorgeous and the quality of the Julep nail polish is amazing!

Have a safe and Happy 4th all!

Beauty Reviews

Bonnie’s June 2017 Monthly Beauty Favorites!

Hey everyone! Here are my favorites for June! I’ve had a bad case of poison ivy this month so I’ve been more focused on beauty products than make-up this month. Here’s what I’ve been using!

I created a video to show off my June 2017 Beauty Favs too!

Here’s a list of my favs for June!

This reward includes:

-0.3 oz/ 10 g GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment
-0.24 oz/ 5.02 mL GLAMGLOW GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer
-0.17 oz/ 5 mL GLAMGLOW VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer
-0.17 oz/ 5 mL GLAMGLOW DREAMDUO Overnight Transforming Treatment

Beauty Reviews, Julep, Nail Polish Reviews

Julep It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon Review

The Julep It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon in Ripe Raspberry Shimmer is gorgeous! I got this in my Julep Let’s Glow Out Mystery Box and I am thrilled.

What’s to love?

This Julep lip crayon is now one of my favorites. It comes in 18 shades and has a super-hydrating treatment core enriched with sunflower butter and vitamin E.

The crayon is a semi-gloss that perfectly plumps my lips with a little bit of shine. The Ripe Raspberry Shimmer color is so pretty for Summer too.

I feel like my lips are getting moisture while they look amazing and the formula is very pigmented and has great lasting power for a crayon. I really want a few more of these for my make-up bag and purse.

Price: $20.00 or $16 for Julep Mavens

Also be sure check out my Julep Let’s Glow Mystery Box video too!

Julep, Nail Polish Reviews

Julep Let’s Glow Out Mystery Box Review

I’ve been loving my Julep boxes so I decided to try out the Mystery Box this month which is called Let’s Glow Out for $24.99 and it’s still available for about 11 hours at the time of this posting. The estimated full retail value is at least $100.

First check out my Julep Let’s Glow Out Mystery Box Unboxing Video, I even got out my black light to show the GLOW!

Here’s a list of what I got in my box too:

  • Sibyl (It Girl) – Pink Tinted Black Light Top Coat
  • Amalia (Boho Glam) – Riviera Blue Crème
  • Kayla (Bombshell) – Electric Iris Sheer with Violet Sheen
  • April (Boho Glam)  –  Vermillion Crème
  • Sweep Eyeshadow Palette – Neutrals
  • It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon – Ripe Raspberry Shimmer
  • Rock Star Hand Cream

I was very excited to get so many products for $24.99, I really think I got some nice products. The eyeshadow is very pigmented and so beautiful!

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Julep Your Lip Addiction Tinted Lip Oil Treatment Review

I received a full-sized Julep Your Lip Addiction Tinted Lip Oil Treatment in my June Glossybox which was exciting because I’ve recently become addicted to Julep products.

What’s to love?

The Julep Your Lip Addiction Tinted Lip Oil Treatment comes in 4 shades: Covet (Pink Tint), Obsessed (Red Tint), Crave (Orange Tint) and Clear (Clear Shine). I have the Covet shade.

Your Lip Addiction has Camellia oil sourced directly from Korea’s Jeju Island to give lips a nice plumped shine. It also has Avocado oil, Rosehip seed oil and Grape seed oil.

I found the oil to feel extremely luxurious on my lips while it hydrated. It gave them a nice shine with a very light hint of color. This is not something I would wear everyday but it’s great for my no make-up grocery store visits. It has a nice feel and it has a sweet scent, maybe vanilla. The formula is pretty thin and a little goes a long way so I did have to be careful not to apply too much otherwise it gets goopy.

Overall I think this is a neat product.

Price: $22

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Julep Your Happy Look Pore-Minimizing Blush Review

I chose the Julep Your Happy Look Pore-Minimizing Blush as a “swap” item in my June Julep box and I am really impressed. This is my first experience with Julep make-up.

What’s to love?

First up the packaging is nice with a quality black compact that opens up to a square pan of product and good mirror. There is no brush with this one.

The blush comes in 4 shades: Peach Bellini, Petal Pink, Clover Pink and Rosewood. I have the Clover Pink.

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I’ve been using this Pore-Minimizing Blush now for about a week and I love it. The formula looks amazing on my over 40 skin. It gives me a beautiful sheer glowy look that does seem to minimize my pores (it is a mineral-based blush). I like this blush equally as much as the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush.

The muted pink with a light gold undertone looks great on my fair complexion and I can build on it with a little highlighter if I want. I would definitely place this as a higher end blush.

Now I can’t wait for July and I want to try more Julep make-up products!

Retail Price: $24, $19.20 Maven

Also be sure to check out my June Julep Unboxing video with the  Your Happy Look Pore-Minimizing Blush!

Beauty Reviews

Bonnie’s May 2017 Monthly Beauty Favorites!

May has gone super fast but I had a hard time picking just 11 favorites for my monthly favorites list. The funny thing is I seem to have a French theme going on here which is nice for Spring.

I hope you enjoy my May Beauty Favs video, it’s a bit dark because it’s raining here. Enjoy!

Bonnie’s May 2017 Monthly Beauty Favorites List

MAC Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Si Si Me – I am loving this pink satin shade from MAC!

Your Best Friend Gelus Eyes 5-Piece Collection – This 5 piece eye liner set is so pretty! The liners are soft and so easy to apply for me. I got this as a PR sample.

trèStiQue Mini Highlight Stick – I am loving this glowy highlighter stick!

Maison Jacynthe Lipstick in Bordeaux Mate – This 93 to 100% natural lipstick has a cool wood case. I got this as a PR sample.

Julep Nail Polish – Meredith – Wonder Maven in Sea Mist Chrome is fast becoming my favorite Summer shade!

Bath & Body Works French Collection –  More French inspired products! I am loving the Rose Champagne body cream which has sparkling clementine, crisp bergamot, apple blossom, pink pepper and blonde woods.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Luxe Anti-Aging Eyeshadow – I keep going back to this amazing palette. The eye foundations and shades are so pretty.

The BrowGal Highlighter Pencil – I now have two of The BrowGal Highlighter pencils and they are still my favorites!

Bumble & bumble Seaweed Conditioner – I use the Bumble and bumble Seaweed Conditioner a fews times a week to keep my hair soft and manageable.

Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face & Body Mask – I just got a new pot of the Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face & Body Mask and I still love how it makes my face glow.

It Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer – My final favorite is the It Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer. This product has been doing wonder for my under eye discoloration!

So there you have it! 11 favs for May. I can’t wait for June.

Beauty Box Reviews

Which Beauty Box Subscription Is Right For You?

I’ve been getting Beauty Box Subscriptions for about a year now and I wanted to give some insight into the benefits of each box so you can decide which one is best for you.

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Beauty Subscription Boxes are pretty simple. You pay a monthly or quarterly payment for a box of beauty products. Often times your box is a “mystery” but there are times when you can select a product that you want from a list. Many companies also have you fill out a survey about your skin type, hair color, etc. so that they can match you up with better products.

All of my Beauty Box review are right here and I’ve done some video unboxings too.

Here are the subscription boxes I get from low to high in price.

Monthly Subscribtions

Ipsy Glambag

I’m listing Ipsy first because I think it’s a great place to start if you’ve never tried a beauty subscription box.

Not only do you get 5 products every month you also get a unique “bag”. I find the bag to be of excellent quality, I love collecting them. The samples I’ve gotten are a good mix of make-up and facial products and I love that I get a brush once in awhile.

Cost: $10/month

Some of the brands I’ve gotten from Ipsy: Dirty Little Secret, Tarte, Purlisse, Ciate, NYX, theBalm, Too Faced, Josie Maran, Lord & Berry, Dr. G.

Birchbox

Birchbox has been kind of hit or miss for me and I did stop them for a few months. However now that I’m back I’ve been pretty happy. They do tend to give a lot of facial products. This past month (May 2017) was a 10/10 for me.

You get 5 samples every month in a pretty box with a unique design.

Cost: $10/month

Some of the brands I’ve gotten from Birchbox: Coola, MAC, GlamGlow, MannaKadar Cosmetics, Stila, Skin Food, R+Co., Benefit, Dr. Brandt, Bumble and bumble, Vasanti.

Sephora Play

You have to wait to get the Sephora Play Box but I got in fairly quickly. You also get a card that you can bring to Sephora to get 50 VIP points added to your total. You do have to make a purchase to get the points.

Each month you get a cute “bag” of 5 goodies from Sephora and I like what I get from them. It’s a nice variety of make-up and skincare products. Sephora also likes to give perfume samples.

Cost: $10/month

Some of the brands I’ve gotten from Sephora: Sephora, Make Up Forever, Smashbox, GlamGlow, Josie Maran, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Clinique, Origins, Bite, Lancome.

Allure

The Allure Beauty Box is a bit pricier and $15/month but you do get some higher-end products.

Most of the high-end products are skincare like the La Mer ‘The Moisturizing Soft Cream’. You also get a nice glossy booklet that describes each product. I’ve also gotten Luxie brushes which is nice.

Cost: $15/month

Some of the brands I’ve gotten from Allure: La Mer, Smashbox, Clinique, Estee Lauder, GlamGlow, Drunk Elephant, Luxie, Skinfix, Skin & Co., The BrowGal, SuperGoop, Orly.

Glossybox

I’m fairly new to Glossybox but I am loving it! They also have limited-edition boxes that you can get in addition to your monthly subscription. I got the Glossybox Limited Edition Pink Diamond Box for $35.

The products are unique and some brands are from the UK which I love.

Cost: $21/month (less if you purchase more months)

Some of the brands I’ve gotten from Glossybox: ColourPop, Jafra, Gilchrist & Soames, Tarte, Catrice, Rodial, Emma Hardie, Spa To You.

Target

You have to order the Target Beauty Box online, they are usually $7 to $10 and sometimes you can order 2 different ones each month.

You get a lot of great drugstore brands and the samples are on the larger side, you just have to be fast as sometimes they sell out.

Cost: $7 to $10/month (this is not a subscription, you have to order every month from Target online)

Some of the brands I’ve gotten from Target: Wet N Wild, Soap & Glory, Nexxus, Vichy, Burt’s Bees, Yes To, Raw Sugar, Rimmel, eb5, Banana Boat, Dr. Teal’s, L’Oreal.

More Beauty Box Subscriptions!

I also just subscribed to BoxyCharm and Julep!

Quarterly Subscriptions

Walmart

The Walmart Box is actually free, you just pay $5 for shipping.

I’ve gotten a lot of great drugstore brands and samples and I like getting this box every 3 months. You also get stuff like toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and masks.

Cost: $5/quarter

Some of the brands I’ve gotten from Walmart: Gliss, Colgate, Jergens, Ban, ICE Nail Polish, Covergirl, Ponds, Dove, Aveeno, SOO AE.

Beautycon

Beautycon was one of the first boxes I ever subscribed to and it’s amazing!

The box is curated by a beauty influencers like Grav3yardgirl and the products you get are full-sized. You get make-up, skincare products, haircare products and brushes.

Cost: $29/quarter (plus you pay for shipping. I pay $5.95)

Some of the brands I’ve gotten from Beautycon: Too Faced, NYXDirty Little Secrets, Redkin, OFRA, Milani, Luxie, OGX, The BrowGal, Cargo, IBY.