Spring 2013 LuxeBox

Check out the stuff I got! 🙂 Apparently this box was special because it was a Steven and Chris box but I don’t know who Steven nor Chris are… something about CBC and I don’t watch TV unless it’s Netflix.

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I was relatively pysched about what I got, because it was a good variety of hair, makeup and face products (and no perfume for once!). There seems to be a pretty big disconnect between my box and the one my sister received so I think there was a wider set of products for this month.

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On the top left there’s the Rich Nourishing Cream from Blue Lagoon Skin Care. Haven’t used it yet, but it claims to be full of algae and other fun stuff like that.

That big blue blob to the right is a blending sponge from Loose Button, and I had to look that up to figure out what it was. I tend to use my fingers to put on my foundation and I use a kabuki brush for powder, but I tried this out to get into the creases of my nose and weird places like that. I guess it works? I don’t really know how to use it.

Finally, there’s the Pandora’s Makeup Box mascara which truthfully seemed like any other mascara to me — not amazing, not gloopy. Middle of the road.

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Top left: Rags To Riches Colorsmash Hair Shadow, which would make me say coooool, purple hair if I were still in a demographic where it’s okay to have purple hair. I don’t think I will be using this while, say, I cover court, or interview people. I guess I could use it on the weekend? The idea is neat, I just don’t think I’ll ever use it now that I’m not a college student. I bet my nieces would love it.

Below that is the Hydrating Under Eye Primer from Smashbox, which felt kinda greasy going on. I don’t know if it did anything but I guess it will help prevent dastardly wrinkles?

And, the Quick Blow Dry from KMS California. I think I’ve mentioned that I basically never heat style my hair anymore (too much hair, too lazy) but this did what it said and made my hair dry faster when I pointed a blowdryer at it this morning. It did not moisturize it in any way though. I would have loved this stuff in high school, when I flatironed the bejeesus out of my hair no matter what.

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Finally, on the left we have Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate from Lancôme which seems to be French for ‘you will always receive wrinkle cream in beauty boxes’. I’ll add it to my growing pile of tiny serums and creams.

The Silica Mud Mask from Blue Lagoon Skin Care is the one product I’m actually really excited to try! My skin has been acting very teenager-y lately and I hope it helps.

I wish I had been a recipient of the Kerastase samples! I ran out and that’s actually one product beauty boxes have taught me to enjoy.  And the Moroccanoil stuff, too.

Luxe Box: Fall Edition, September 2012

I have to admit, I was a bit iffy on the switch to sending Luxe Boxes quarterly instead of monthly. I got my Fall Edition box last week, though, and I was impressed!

I had to laugh when Matt told me I got “a box from Members Only.” It wasn’t a jacket.

The branding itself is quite nice. Everything is made from high-quality papers, and packaged elegantly. I received four full-sized products, and a few products that were just launching.

First up was the Eyeko skinny liquid liner. I’m not really a liquid eyeliner person because I find it messy and hard to use. This stuff wasn’t too bad–my left eye looked a bit rough when I tried it, so I still need practice, but it went on really smoothly and stayed put.

The No Bleeding Lips secret lip liner is supposed to be a universal liner that matches any lip colour. I never wear lipstick, but I’m going to try it out during the wedding!

Of course, it being Luxe Box, I got wrinkle cream. The B. Kamins Nia-Stem Eye Cream KX is actually supposed to stop the formation of future wrinkles, though, so that’s not a bad thing.

My Luxe Boxes usually have something for damaged hair included, and this time around, it was Kerastase Elixir Ultime with Immortal Moringa, which sounds like a bunch of made-up words. It smelled good, and had a silky, oily kind of texture that reminded me of when my aunt used to do V05 Hot Oil treatments on us when we were kids. I have no idea if it did anything for my hair, though — it’s so out of control already, even though I recently got it cut, so I’ve been in ponytail-land for the last few weeks.

There were two nail polishes, which made me happy! The Bourjois Paris mini enamel is a really pretty, shimmery colour, and I can’t wait to try the China Glaze out.

They sent along a Loose Button branded exfoliating pad, which is probably something I will use often, coming into the dry-skin days of winter.

Like I said, it was a pretty good haul! I honestly have no idea when my next box is coming, at this point, but I think I’ll stick with it for awhile.



April 2012 Luxe Box Review

My latest Luxe Box was filled with delightful things!

Everything seemed to follow a bit of a purple theme, along with it being Daffodil Month in April — for April’s box you could donate one of your products to support the cause, and they also sent a daffodil pin in the box. It’s kind of lazy charity because I didn’t really do anything to support Daffodil Month, but at least it’s something.

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From the top, left to right, there was the aforementioned pin, a full-sized Essie nail polish, Pantene Aqua Light shampoo and conditioner, BOBOS Remi leave-in conditioner spray, and Yves Rocher eye makeup remover for sensitive eyes.

The pin is really cute but I’m not a pin wearer so I’ll have to find something on which to stick it. I’m excited about the nail polish, even though purple isn’t really my favourite colour for fingers, because a) I’ve never tried Essie and b) it looks fun on my toes.

I used the other four products right away — as much as I kind of thought Pantene, seriously, I thought this was supposed to be fancy stuff I like the idea of silicone-free products with my crazy hair. I used the shampoo and conditioner then followed it up with the BOBOS spray and, while my hair is still out of control, it feels soft and smells good. Once I get a haircut I’ll be happy!

The eye makeup remover was perfectly timed because I don’t have any left and was just about to get some. I wasn’t patient enough to follow the instructions (soak a cotton pad and hold it on your eye for a minute before wiping away) so when I woke up this morning there was still eye makeup that had migrated onto my face. Still, I have sensitive eyes, and I’m willing to bet if I follow the rules this is a product I’ll use.

I’m glad I got products that I’ll use, this time around — everything seems a bit more age appropriate. I think I had initially figured I’d be getting more makeup samples, but I’m happy with things like hair products and nail polish, too!