Monday, March 4, 2013

Beauty Army February 2013

Today I am bringing you my last Beauty Army box. I’ve held out cancelling my subscription to Beauty Army since last year and this last box is what broke the camel’s back. For those unfamiliar with Beauty Army, you get to choose up to 6 items for your monthly box. If you forget to do so or skip the month’s box before the closing window date, they will automatically pick 6 samples for you.
Unfortunately, I forgot to skip the month of February and they chose my products for me.

As you can see, my beautiful, reusable, pink box came smashed up on the side.  Boohoo.

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Daily Pore Scrub

Gatsby Ooh La La Volume conditioner

Mark Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss in Honey

Mark Hook Up Connector

Glow Baby Glow Lip Gloss with the connector

This connector’s purpose is to have the user customize a dual-ended lipstick/lipgloss. Not only do I not have a need for a connecter, but I can’t find any of my lip gloss tubes to fit the connecter. I think it may have been made just to fit their hook up lip glosses.

Lash Card

Enspri  Ultra Collagen 5 minute-anti aging facial treatment

Mark Mascara
Sorry guys, there will be no photo of a Mark mascara because I didn’t get one! As part of their anniversary, Beauty Army was giving a ‘birthday gift’ in each box but they forgot mine. I contacted them about it and they said to let them know to when I choose my next box so that they can add a replacement item. Yeah, that’s not happening.

As much as I like Beauty Army’s concept of choosing your own items, the selections were not abundant and there were lots of repeats each month. I don’t feel that my box was worth $12.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Birchbox January 2013

It’s a New Year along with new themes, and Birchbox’s January theme is Best Year Ever. I was so curious if Birchbox’s January box will redeem itself from the previous few months’ disappointment that I looked online to see what was coming in my box.

January 2013 box

N.4 Clarifying Shampoo

A highly concentrated formula for deep cleansing.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre

Aerie Shimmer Fragrance

The Balm Hot Mama! Shadow & Blush

As soon as I opened this up, I noticed that there was a smudge on it as if someone laid their finger in there. Anyone have the same issue?

Deborah Lippmann The Stripper to go 

The packaging looks like a piece of cloth nailpolish remover but it's actually finger mitts. Nice!

The only item I was looking forward to trying was the Hot Mama! Shadow/blush. I wish Birchbox could switch things up a bit for the new year. At least incorporate one full size item or introduce more makeup options. All these perfume samples are getting old and boring.

Birchbox February 2013

Birchbox February 2013

I peaked again before I got my February box and I instantly became disappointed in the selections for the month.  I was under impression that we had no full size product this month until I got my box.

Ghirardelli Milk and Chocolate Square

Twistband Headband

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
Packed with papaya enzymes and micro-crystals, this cleanser is suppose to exfoliate your skin and rid of dead skin cells to help brighten your complexion.

Votivo candle in Pink Mimosa Scent

Pink Mimosa smells wonderful but why are we starting to get home products in our boxes now? What happened to it being a beauty box?

 Juicy Couture Couture La La

Here's another sample perfume from Juicy Couture. Is it just me or does it feel like Juicy Couture is rolling out one new perfume after another? Didn't they just realize a new scent last spring? I admit, I haven't been keeping up with their line of perfumes anymore. I'm actually liking the new Couture La La... and maybe it's because it smells so much like Jessica McClintock's original perfume? Ahhh, anyone else pick up on that scent?

Dermablend Professional Quick-Fix Concealer in Tan

FULL SIZE! Thank goodness, this made my box feel worthwhile! I am a long time user of the brand Dermablend  (over 10 years) and I always turn to their concealers for this moments when I want to look as close to flawless as possible. Quick-Fix concealer is a full coverage, long wearability concealer with an SPF of 30.  This tube alone carries a $24 price tag.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you got in your box.