Fall Walmart Beauty Box Review

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Walmart recently released a brand new subscription box called the Walmart Beauty Box. I was super excited to try it, as it is an awesome deal. This is subscription based, and auto ships once a quarter (four times a year). The box itself is completely free, you just pay $5 for shipping. I signed up in time to receive the Fall box. I’ve seen a few different versions of this box, and here is what I received in mine.

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At first look, I was really happy with this box!

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Covergirl Glowing Nights Glosstinis nail polish – (value $3.79) – I love getting nail polishes in subscription boxes. Even though I don’t really love this color, I’m sure I’ll use it.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Glossy Balm – (value $7.99) – This lip crayon is supposed to give lips a high dose of pigmented shine, while smoothing and conditioning to keep lips soft. I received the Lovely Mocha shade, and initially didn’t think I would like it. But then I put it on, and I really like the color. I’m glad this is the shade I received. I liked that it wend on easily, and didn’t dry out my lips. It just isn’t very long-lasting.

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Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj Eau de Parfum – (value $1.00?) – I guessed on the value of this. I’m super picky about the scents I wear, and though this doesn’t smell bad, it just isn’t my style.

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Secret Clinical Strength Completely Clean Invisible Solid – (value $7.92) – This was the product I was most happy to receive. I’ve used this product before, but don’t typically purchase it because it’s kind of expensive. I also love that it’s full-sized!

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 Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner – (value $0.41 each) – These are a great size, and will be nice to have for my travel kit. I generally like Dove products, so I’m sure I’ll like these too.

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Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Hair Treatment – (value $1.40) – I’ve never used an oil treatment on my hair. But, it’s definitely on the drier side right now, so I’m going to use this ASAP.

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Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup  – I like that this sample card has all the shades, allowing you to find your perfect match. That’s often one of the hardest parts of buying drugstore foundation, so I appreciate this method of sampling.

L’Oreal YouthCode Pore Vanisher – This is supposed to minimize the appearance of pores, and actually shrink pore size in one month.

Overall, I’m very happy with the Walmart Beauty box. I estimate its value at around $23.00, and considering it only cost $5, I’d say that is a pretty good value. I love that there were two full-sized products (the lip crayon, and the deodorant). The deodorant itself is worth the value of the box alone. I also like the fact that these boxes are seasonal, and will change based on seasonal beauty needs. I’m excited to see what they put together for winter!

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Julep Jewel Heist Mystery Box

Recently, Julep offered a new round of mystery boxes – The Jewel Heist Mystery Box.

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Typically I don’t purchase mystery boxes. I just don’t love the idea of spending money and not knowing what I’m getting. But I caved on this one. Anyone who purchased one of the boxes was eligible to win all twelve birthstone colors – including the three remaining ones that no one has seen. Plus, one grand prize winner will receive a pair of sapphire & diamond earrings. It was just too good of a deal to pass up.

Here is what I received in my box.

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Ink Gel eyeliner – ($22/$17.60 Maven) – A creamy jet-black eyeliner. I’m an eyeliner pencil kind of gal, so this gel pot isn’t really my thing. It has good value, I just won’t use it. I’ll probably swap it or pass it along to a friend.

Alma – ($14/$11.20 Maven) – Dijon mustard yellow crème. I think that mustard yellow is one of those shades that you either love or hate, there’s no in between. I fall in the love it camp. However, this is a dupe for me. I bought it a few weeks ago.

Lengthening Mascara – Espresso Brown – ($24/$5.99 Maven Sale) – Lash growth enhancement ingredients and micro-fiber applicator separates, lengthens, and conditions individual lashes to lock in moisture and protect from breakage. I don’t wear brown mascara, so this will be gifted as well.

Mask Noir – ($32/$25.60 Maven) – An antioxidant-rich peel-off black mask that leaves skin smoother, brighter, and deeply hydrated. I love facial masks, and this looks like a good one. I love that I received this in the mystery box.

Double Duty Makeup Brush – ($28/$22.40 Maven) – 2-in-1 tool contains two stackable brushes—a large tapered brush for streak-free foundation application and a flat concealer brush that offers precision coverage and control. Julep makes great brushes, and I love that this is two brushes in one. Again, this is another win for me.

Green Tea Facial Blotting Papers – ($10) Not sold separately – This isn’t something I would have purchased for myself, but they will definitely get used.

Overall, I was actually quite happy with this mystery box. I also really loved that it was heavy on the beauty and makeup products. I totally get that Julep is primarily a nail polish company, but they make great beauty products and I’m happy to try them out. Even though I’ll only use/keep half of the products, the value is still well worth what I spent on it.  I estimate the value of this box at $130/$92.79 Maven.

 

September 2014 Birchbox Review

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I love Birchbox! This month they celebrated their 4-year anniversary, sent out adorable boxes with the theme “Fresh Paint,” and in my opinion killed it in regard to the samples. This was hands down my best box yet.

Birchbox is only $10 a month and they send you 5-8 (usually sample size) products to try out. If you end up loving the sample, you can purchase the full size version in their shop. They also have a crazy good points system so you can rack up credit for significant discounts. It’s an auto renewing subscription which you pay monthly for, or pay for a full year at once (for a discount). You can also cancel any time.

Here’s the first look at my September 2014 Birchbox. I should have received five products this month, but my box was missing the eyeliner. No big deal, their shipping me out a replacement.

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Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream -(value $2.94) – I’ve seen it around for months, but had never tried it. So this is a win for me. It’s made in the U.S. with eco-friendly ingredients, and the non-drying formula is supposed to give you a close shave without leaving your legs devoid of moisture. It’s also designed not to foam up, which is an interesting concept.

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Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute Peel – (value $4.80) – When I realized this was in my box I was thrilled. I’d seen this sent out in past boxes to other subscribers and was really interested in trying it. Needless to say, I am beyond happy that I get to. Lately, I’ve really been trying to nail down a skin care regamin that works for me, and I’ve been looking to incorporate a peel into the mix. I hope that I love this!

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Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture – (value $1.35) – I’m typically pretty on the fence when I receive fragrance samples, as I’m really picky about my scents. But I really enjoy other fragrances from Juicy Couture, so I am actually really happy to receive another one. This smells great, and is said to include a blend of wild berries, honeysuckle, and has warm caramel notes.

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Rituals Foaming Shower Gel –  (value $3.75) – Made with rice milk and cherry-blossom. I’ve never seen shower gel in a foam dispenser before. Having used it, I like the effectiveness of the product, but I really disliked this particular scent. I seem to be in the minority though, based off the online reviews people really like the scent, lol.

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Chap Stick duel-ended Hydration Lock Moisturize & Renew – (value $3.49) – This was the Birchbox Find that was included as an extra in my box this month, and was a complete surprise. It wasn’t listed in my sneek peek when I looked earlier this week. It’s a brand new product from Chap Stick. I love that it’s duel ended – one each side serving a different purpose. I love this chapstick, and I’m sure I’ll buy more when this runs out.

I estimate the value of this box at $31.33 (I included the value of the eyeliner pencil, which I didn’t receive, but which is being shipped to me). I can honestly say that I love and will use everything in my September Birchbox. It is by far the best one I have received yet. Bravo, Birchbox! You killed it on this one. And from what I can tell, everyone seemed to get pretty awesome boxes this month. I hope they keep it up.

September 2014 POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review

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Confession…I intended to only try one month of the POPSUGAR Must Have Box, but I forgot (at least that’s what I’m telling myself) to cancel it. But honestly, I’m really glad I didn’t. I really love getting this box, and even though I consider it a bit expensive for a monthly box, I’m really considering continuing my subscription. I’m always so impressed by the quality and value of the boxes I receive, and this month was no different. I think the variety of items is what I love the most.

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According to the info card, September’s box was inspired by autumn leaves, long walks, new tunes, back to school, fashion week, and football. Some of my favorite things about fall!

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POPSUGAR Must Have is women’s subscription service that is curated by the editors at POPSUGAR.  Typically you can expect to receive a wide variety of items including beauty products, home goods, food items, and other miscellaneous items. Each month is $39.99/month. Currently if you subscribe, you’ll receive the October box. However, they are in the midst of a planned site outage for the next week, as it appears they are upgrading it and potentially preparing to release new box varieties! I’m excited to see what they’ll come up with next, so don’t forget to come back next week to check out their new site.

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And, here’s a breakdown of the items I received:

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Tilo Scarf – (Value $125.00) – This was the spoiler item for the September box. And seriously? The value of this scarf alone makes the entire box worth it. It’s pretty high-end too, is hand-dyed, and is just beautiful. I can see it being worn a lot during these fall months. It’s something that I probably would have never bought for myself, but am really happy to have.

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Nike $20 gift card– (Value $20) – This was one of the special extras that were included in the box, but honestly it is one of my favorite items from the box! I’ll get this out of the way first by saying that I am totally biased when it comes to Nike. They’re headquartered in my home town, and I have family that work there. So, I’ve always loved Nike. Having said that, I’ll totally use this gift card. I like that it is actually a true gift card (no minimum purchase), and includes free shipping. It is intended to promote their Nike Pro Bra line (hence the measuring tape), but I think I’ll use it to design a pair of Nike ID shoes. I’ve wanted to do that for a while. What do you guys think of these?

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Nicole Miller Stereo Earbuds – (Value $20) – These are fun, and I like that they come with three different ear-cap sizes so you can find your perfect fit. I also like that they’re blue, that’s my favorite color.

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Oribe Superfine Purse Size Hair Spray – (Value $21.50) – This is apparently a celebrity favorite. It is medium hold, and isn’t supposed to flake or dull hair styles. At $21.50 for a purse sized version, it had better be amazing! I’m not sure I’d ever buy it, but I’ll definitely use it.

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Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Sea Salt & Almond Minis – (Value $5.95) – You had me at sea salt and almonds. I don’t think you can ever go wrong receiving chocolate. I have actually had these before. I live in San Francisco, and Ghiradelli is a local brand. These minis are perfect for a sweet treat, and come in a handful of other great varieties. Though I loved this version, I’m really excited to pick up a bag of Milk & Caramel, as well as the Milk Chocolate Toffee Crisp versions.

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Rifle Paper Co. Garance Dore Assorted Girls Set  – (Value $18.00) – Don’t get me wrong, I love most everything from Rifle Paper Co. But, I just don’t love these particular cards. They’re just not my style. I’ll probably gift them.

Letter C Design Gold Foil Arrow Pencils – (Value $5.00) –  These pencils are definitely cute, and I could see how they would be great for someone in school. But I just don’t have a use for a bunch of #2 pencils. Combined with the card set above, these would make for a cute gift set.

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Urban Remedy Almond Brownie – (Value $6.00) – This is a 100% organic, raw brownie. I like that there are no processed ingrediants in this snack. Urban Remedy is mostly known for their juices and juice cleanse programs. This came with a $10 off of a $50 purchase coupon, which I may actually use.

So, that was the September POPSUGAR Must Have Box! I am again really impressed by the value of this box, and the variety of items was really fun! Overall, September’s box was a hit for me.  I calculate the value of  this box at $231.45 (including the value of the two gift cards) which is a really tremendous value!

What did you guys think of the September POPSUGAR Must Have Box? What was your favorite item?

September Julep Maven Review

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Julep Maven is a nail polish and beauty box. Every month you have a choice between several curated style profiles or you can customize your box. If you’d like to customize your box, I suggest signing up for a 3 month prepaid subscription! Julep Maven is one of my favorite subscription boxes for a few reasons. Every month they create and release a new line of polish, all built around a theme. I think it’s a great idea. Also, I’m a big fan of the fact that their polish formulas are vegan, and 5-free.

For September, they introduced The Art Walk Collection.

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Initially, I had mixed feelings about this collection, but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. This is definitely a transition month into fall, so I expected less bright, and more muted colors. Is it just me, or does this collection also kind of scream an 80’s vibe? I was born in the 80’s though, so I can definitely get behind this. I have also really been interested in the satin finishes, and there were at least three of those featured this month.

Julep Maven subscription details:

The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription). Both options are customizable for new Mavens. I totally recommend the 3-month subscription. That’s what I have, and I love being able to pick exactly what I want, and getting the lowest price.

The Products: Nail polish and beauty items.

Ships to: US and Canada

Here’s the first look inside my September Julep Maven Box.

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Here are the colors that I selected this month.

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And, here is the first look at my September Maven Box.

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Here is the breakdown of what I received in this month’s box:

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Erin– (Value $14) – From Julep: Oyster grey crème.

  • I love grey polishes, and really didn’t have any in my collection. This is a really nice creme finish, and I’m excited to have it.

Quinn – (Value $14) – From Julep: Charcoal purple satin

  • As mentioned before, I’m really interested in different finishes right now, so this purple satin was right up my alley.

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Ryan – (Value $14) – From Julep: Overcast teal satin

  • I’m not as in love with this as I thought I would be, but I also think it’s a color that will grow on me the more I use it.

Ana – (Value $14) – From Julep: White jagged glitter top coat

  • Ana was part of this collection, but was only available as an add-on. I am in love with this top coat. It’s a little edgy, and I love that it’s white.

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Julep also released a new line of lip products this month called Plush Pout Lip Crayons. I feel like lip crayons have become a trend lately, and I was excited to see if Julep’s version was any better than the alternatives on the market.  These are supposed to be full-coverage lip crayons with a moisturizing core, and long-lasting with a semi-gloss finish.

I ordered the Magenta Plum color, but actually received the Almond Nude shade.  I was a little disappointed, but it wasn’t that big of a deal because they’re shipping me the correct color, and I get to keep this one. Typically, this type of nude shade wouldn’t work with my skin tone, so I haven’t tried it yet. I’m still debating whether or not I want to keep this one or trade/gift it to someone who would enjoy it more. I’m super excited to try out the Magenta Plum color once I actually receive it!

I chose the following as ad-ons:

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Chloe – (Value $14 – added on for $4.99) – Warm cocoa frost

Lola – (Value $14 – added on for $4.99) – From Julep: Moonlit night blue satin

  • Lola is a beautiful midnight blue! I can see this being a favorite for fall.

Because I purchased three add-ons (including Ana), I received a beauty freebie. They sent:

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Daria – (Value $14) – From Julep: Dark slate grey crème

Candace – (Value $14) – From Julep: Golden chocolate microglitter

So that was my box this month!

If you’re new to Julep Maven, don’t forget to use code FREEBOX to receive your welcome box for free (you just pay for shipping or get free shipping when you sign up for a 3 month subscription).

This month was the last of my pre-paid three-month subscription. I’m still debating whether or not I will continue my subscription or not. I probably will, but just haven’t decided for sure yet.

Are you guys subscribed to Julep Maven? Do you love it? What did you think of your September Julep Maven Box?