Fall 2013 Luxe Box

My latest Luxe Box was pretty perfect for a pregnant lady!

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This was a really nice mixture of products — not too much skin stuff, and NO wrinkle cream (hallelujah!). And a lot of it, I’m looking forward to using while relaxing a bit post-Halloween trick or treater rush. 🙂

Here’s what I got:

Barefoot Venus Bath Bliss – This stuff smells awesome! It seems to be a scented skin moisturizer that you put right in the bath. The whole box smelled like coconut because of it, so I hope the smell translates over to the water.

B.Kamins Diatomamus Earth Mask – My skin is pretty rough right now, if you ask me. B.Kamins has been friendly to my face before so I’m excited to try this out.

L’Occitane Supple Skin Oil – This is an almond oil moisturizer which sounds wonderful to my itchy belly. No stretch marks yet, but a supple oil can only help, right?

Be a Bombshell eyeliner – A nice, thick felt-tip-like eyeliner. I think this is going to be a makeup bag staple post-baby, if it’s any good, because the marker eyeliners are so easy to use!

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Going right into the hospital bag. I’m not a big dry shampoo user but I’m willing to try!

Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Grapevine – When I can reach my toes this is going on them!

TheBalm Instain Powder Blush in Swiss Dot This just seems like a fun, colourful product — something nice to try out and feel like I’m dressing up my maternity leave sweatpants a bit. 🙂

Overall I’m really impressed with this round of products (having not tried any of them yet, of course). There’s nothing in here that I don’t want to try, or that I’m disappointed with, which is exactly what I want out of a beauty box!

Summer LuxeBox Reveal

After an issue with shipping my LuxeBox arrived! (LuxeBox ran out of their normal packaging, but offered up boxes sent on the regular schedule if people opted for different packaging — I opted for the different packaging but used the wrong email address to do so, so I got mine a bit later than usual). Here’s the haul:

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(Don’t mind the cat!) It was a pretty good mixture of stuff — fun and practical.

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First up, these Essie nail stickers. I very much suck at doing nails (I think my sister must have got all that talent) so peel and stick stuff is great for me. Unfortunately I also suck at applying peel and stick nail polish! Here’s a strange fact, though — Matt used to work in a sign store, and part of his job entailed applying vinyl decals to tricky things like airplanes. He applied nail stickers for me last year and did an awesome job, so that’s my backup plan. 🙂

The Simple Pleasures vanilla rose hand cream isn’t something I’d pick out for myself — I never, ever use hand creams — but the smell isn’t too heavy, nor is the product, and with all the packing/moving/painting in my near future it might be handy to have (no pun intended).

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Moving along — Olay colour correcting cream, a.k.a. CC cream, a.k.a. the new BB cream from what I can tell. I don’t really feel like Olay is a luxury product so it always seems out of place in these beauty boxes, but I’m curious about the product itself. BB cream doesn’t play nicely with my skin (I just threw out my Garnier stuff because it makes my face shiny and feels like its burning my skin) and I don’t know if CC cream will be any different.

Next, there’s Just Cavalli perfume. Not a big perfume fan, especially since getting pregnant. This stuff smells like most of the other perfume samples I’ve picked up along the way; I’m not sure if I’m just bad at discerning between fragrances or what, but it doesn’t seem very special. And I couldn’t figure out how to open it for about five minutes.

The Loose Button foundation brush is intriguing to me. I don’t think I’ve ever used a foundation brush! I’m trying to get my makeup routine into something a lot more simple as we get closer to baby time, because I don’t think applying all kinds of products with all kinds of brushes is going to jive well with sleep deprivation, but I’m excited to try this out and maybe keep it for special makeup occasions.

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Goldwell Jelly Boost is a spray gel that promises body and texture. I definitely don’t need volumizing with my hair, but it might be good for my new bangs? And then there are these feather clips which made me laugh. Beauty boxes want me to do weird stuff with my hair. I suppose I might find some occasion to clip in hot pink feathers!

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.

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