Thursday, January 30, 2014

Eco Emi Mystery Box Review December 2013!!

Hey guys! So I actually thought I had published this awhile ago, but I guess I didn't, so I'm going to post it today!

This is the Eco Emi Mystery Box! It was $40 and I guess they do these every few months. (According to my mom it was in October, but I'm not too sure.) This was a Christmas present, so they are no longer available, but I wanted to post this so you guys could see what items they include.

If you don't know Eco Emi also does monthly boxes which are $15 a month. (:

They shipped this USPS 2 Day mail (which I believe is how they ship their monthly boxes as well) and it came super quick!

The first items are Sen Cha Natural Green Tea Leaf Mints. Teeccino Dandelion Caramel Nut Coffee Tee-Bag. Artisana Raw Walnut Butter. The three of these go for $1 together? I'm not a big fan of tea mints, so those got passed on. But I really loved the coffee tea bag. It was interesting and it tasted super good! I'd totally buy more! I've tried the walnut butter before and it is probably my favorite type of nut butter, so I was excited to get another packet of it.

Then there is a packet of Eco Dent Original Mint Daily Care Baking Soda Tooth Powder and Eco Dent Dental Gum. 2 Crystal Body Deodorant Towelettes. 2 Bull Dog Original Moisturiser samples. These I'm going to say go for $1 as well. The tooth care products are meh. I've tried the deodorant towelettes before and they are ok. They're good for traveling, but I'm not sure that I'd ever use them otherwise. The moisturizer samples will be used as soon as I can put them into a sample jar. I've never heard of the brand before, but it looks nice!

I was really impressed that these were the only foil packets I received in the whole box!

The next items are a sleep mask, a Tallulah Jane Aiyana perfume sample (valued at $1.60), a mini wooden spoon and spatula set from It's All Good Party Supplies, and two samples of M&J Dog Essentials Nutrient Fusion Pre-Shampoo Treatment. I'm going to say that these, minus the perfume sample, goes for $1. Honestly the only thing I'm excited about in this lot is the perfume sample, which smells very classic and almost musky like. The sleep mask and wooden utensils will probably be given to my little sisters. I do have a dog, but she gets professionally groomed, so I'll probably give this to a friend that washes her own dog.

The next items are two packets of seeds from Botanical Interests. One is for Lettuce and the other is for Wheatgrass. These go for $4.08 for both. My mom does a garden every year so these will be going to her!

The next item is a Safronique Lavender Sea Laundry Detergent. This goes for $.55. I love this stuff! It made the clothes I washed smell so good! I've been trying to use more eco friendly home products as well as beauty products, so I was excited to try this! I might end up buying a full size.

The next item is a pack of 2 Grab Green Dishwashing Detergent pods. This goes for $.99. I was impressed with how clean and nice my dishes looked after using these! They did a great job and I'd totally buy them again!

Then I got a little bag of stuff from Dolphin Organics. It comes with a 1 oz bottle of baby shampoo and bodywash ($1.50). A 2 oz bottle of baby bubble bath ($3). A 2 oz bottle of hair conditioner ($3). And a foil packet of mineral sunscreen ($1?). I've only used the bubble bath so far and it made pretty nice bubbles, however I think I'll probably still use my Johnson and Johnson lavender soap because I think it's a bit more calming around bed time.

Then there is The Seaweed Bath Co. Powder Bath in Lavender Scent. This goes for $3.89. I haven't tried this yet because I always forget things like this, however I'm super excited to use it since I've heard good things about the brand!

The next item is a Aura Cacia Comforting Geranium Mineral Bath.This goes for $2.37. I haven't used this yet either, but it's a blend of geranium, rose, and lavender so I'm thinking it would be really calming and soothing!

Then there is the BWC (Beauty Without Cruelty) Shampoo ($2.19) and Conditioner ($2.19) in rosemary mint tea tree. I was actually pretty excited to get both the shampoo and conditioner in the same box! I've tried BWC products before and I really like them, so I'm sure these will be great!

The next item is Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes. There are 10 in here and they go for $2.99. I did not like these at all! I primarily use facial wipes to remove makeup and these did an awful job at it! Plus they felt almost like they were dry, which is weird since they were sealed super tight when I opened them.

Then also from Burt's Bees a Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream. This goes for $2.03. I love pretty much all of Burt's Bees' lotions because they are super moisturizing and this is no exception! I'm going to put it in my purse!

The next item is a 7th Heaven Clean Up Mud Mask. This goes for $2.99. I was just thinking today about how I really wanted to do a mask like this, so this will probably get used tonight! I love masks, so I was stoked to see this!

The next item is Fortune Cookie Soap Mother Pucker Whipped Cream. This goes for $.75? (currently out of stock) I've actually gotten this before in an Eco Emi box, but I'm totally okay with getting this again! I loved it the last time and I love it even more now because my skin only gets drier in winter! This is nice and moisturizing and it smells really good! Citrisy, like a lemon. (Plus you can't go wrong with Fortune Cookie Soap products.)

Then there is a Theraganics Detox Charcoal Bar. This goes for $2.28. I love charcoal face products! They are always great to get because I feel like they really do something for my face. I haven't tried this yet, but I'm sure I'll like it!.

The next item is The All Natural Face Vegan Lipgloss in Glazed Strawberries. This goes for $4.60. At first glance I thought I had about a billion other lipglosses in this color, but after looking at the lip glosses I reach for often, I'd definitely say that this one is a couple shades darker. It's really pretty and shimmery and I'm sure I'll use it at some point.

The next item is The All Natural Face Cream Blush for Lip and Cheek in Peachy Rose. This goes for $5.75. This is a dark coral color that looks really pretty on my skin! I love cream blushes and I've been obsessed with coral blushes recently and I was super excited to get this!

The next item is a Coco LacQuer nail polish mini in Breeze. This goes for $2. This is a pretty light blue creme. It will look pretty with some glitter or something over it and it will be great for spring!

Then there is a Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Creme Foundation. This goes for $1.40. I love that they sent out a sample of 3 different shades, however I have a very yellow undertone and I felt like these (well the medium one, since the light shade was way too light for me) made me look super ashy! I do think that the light one would be a good undereye concealer though!

The next item is a Erba Organics Mommy to Be Stretch Mark Cream. This goes for $4.12. I have super awful stretch marks from when I was pregnant with Gabe (yay for gaining an unhealthy amount of weight) but I've been using cocoa butter recently and it's really been helping. I'm sure I'll give this a try eventually, since I'm almost out of my current lotion.

Then there is an Albrey Body Spritzer in Tangelo Twist. This goes for $2.79. I love how this smells! It smells like such a classic perfume with a hint of citrus! (:

Sorry about the picture, my new camera sucks!

The next item is a Eartha Essentials Stress Relief Bath Soak. This goes for $2? I honestly have enough bath soaks to last me at least a year, especially with how often I actually use them. I like the idea of it, but I never have enough time to actually take a calming bath. This one smells like a pretty watered down version of an aromatherapy product, so this probably wouldn't be my first choice anyway.

The next item is French Girl Rose Cleansing Grains. This goes for $7.50? I've actually gotten this exact same sample before and I loved it! I used up the whole bottle, so I was stoked to get another sample! I think after I use this up I'll buy a full size! You can use it as either a cleanser or a mask and I've used it both ways and I just really like how my skin looks after. (:

The next item is a Suncoat Natural Mascara in brown. This is full sized and goes for $14.99. I was really needing a new brown mascara so I was super excited to get this. This is super cool because it's sugar based, however I've been using it for about a month and it doesn't really make my eyelashes look super amazing or anything. However I do think it's nice for a natural look (which is usually what I'm going for when I use brown mascara anyway.)

Then there is a Lauren Brooke Creme Eyeshadow in Dahlia.This goes for $1.40. I love this color! It is a nice light purple color. I tried it as a base for some more neutral toned pigments and it looked really pretty and lasted for quite awhile! I could totally see myself buying a couple of the neutral ones to use as bases for more bright eye looks!

The next item is a Purely You Purely Bronzer. This goes for $3.50 (I'm assuming it's half sized?) I do use bronzer as a contour, but since I'm happy with my current bronzer,  I haven't tried this one yet.

The last item is a super small sample of GBT Natural Eyeshadow in Gun Metal Gray. I'm estimating  these to be worth $.50? I don't use grey shadow often, so I'm not sure if I'll ever use this. I wish I had gotten a brighter color.

All totaled my box is worth $87.96. Not only is that a pretty good monetary value, but it's also a great value because of how many items you get! Most of these items, I've also never received before so that was also a plus! I love Eco Emi and I think I'll probably get another mystery box if they offer them again!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Beauty Sage Sample Box Review January 2014!!

Hey guys! So I got in my January Beauty Sage Sample box earlier this week and I wanted to show you what was in it!

Beauty Sage's Sample boxes aren't monthly subscriptions. They come out at the beginning of every month and you can buy them anytime throughout that month as long as they aren't sold out. They are also different prices it seems every month ranging from $10-$19. This month's box was $15, but since I bought one and my mom bought one too, we used a coupon so it was really only more like $10. Beauty Sage prides itself on having products that really work. So if it says it gets rid of wrinkles/headaches or whatever it really does!

I wasn't super excited about this box when I first saw it, but there was something in here that I really wanted to try, so since I could use a coupon I decided to go for it!

They ship via UPS and for some reason it takes forever to arrive! Maybe it's just the awful weather though.

They do have information cards. You get 10% off your order and the other side shows the products.

The first item is a Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Face and Body Bar. This is full sized and goes for $5.56. I've never used a face bar soap before and I really liked this! It did not dry out/irritate my skin at all (which is a feat because sometimes when I use my normal face wash in winter, it freaks my skin out). I really like this! It does also have a light mild scent, but it's not bothersome.

The next item is a Kahina Giving Beauty Brightening Serum. This goes for $6. This looks a bit strange, it seriously is like a tannish color that could almost look like super slushy road snow! This is a pretty thick serum, that seems pretty moisturizing, and a little goes a long way. I haven't seen a lot of brightening yet, but that's okay since I only sometimes get minor red patches on my cheeks.

The next item is a Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub: Ruby Crystal Microderm Exfoliator. This goes for $2.68. I love getting high end exfoliators in my boxes! Even if I'd never actually pay $75 for this, it's still fun to try! This one has a very nice scent and even though at first glance it doesn't look that exfoliating, it really is and it made my skin look super nice!

Then there is a Kneipp Arnica Joint & Muscle Rescue Herbal Bath. This goes for $4. I have really bad knee pain all the time, so I used this once and it was really nice! I'm not sure if it was this as much as just taking a warm bath, but my knee pain was totally gone when I got out! This smells like a mix of mint and herbs. I'm not sure that'd I'd buy this, but it was nice to try!

The last item is the 21 Drops 05 Headache Essential Oil Therapy. This goes for $4.93. This was the item that I was most excited to try! I've heard of stuff like this before, I believe Origins makes something similar, but I've never actually tried one. I get really awful headaches and this did seem to help! It's also nice because even though this is a sample it came with a rollerball so it was easy to use. I'm thinking about buying their Sleep one of these as well since I have an awful time falling asleep.

All totaled my box is worth $23.17. I'm pretty happy considering I only paid $10 for the box! I really love what I got and I think it was fun to try out some different products that I wouldn't have tried out otherwise. I love the Beauty Sage sample boxes and I can't wait to see what they have in next months!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Beauty Box 5 Review January 2014!!

Hey guys! So today I have a review of my January Beauty Box 5!

Beauty Box 5 is $12 a month and they send out a good mix of sample sized and full sized makeup, hair care, nail care, and skin care.

They ship in pretty blue boxes.

This is their information cards. They are probably some of my favorite information cards because they are very informative! Also this month they included a card about the main character's beauty look from the movie That Awkward Moment.

The first item is a pair of Swissco Bath and Shower Exfoliating Gloves. These go for $4. I love that I got these in mint green since that is my favorite color! I've never used exfoliating gloves before using them, and while these were nice, I don't think they were any more exfoliating then a loofah, so I probably wouldn't repurchase.

The next item is an H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash. This is 1 oz and goes for $1.36. I was super excited to get this because I've been wanting to try this line! It was a pretty nice body wash. Not super moisturizing, but definitely not drying. Plus I love the smell! It smells like an old Avon scent that they had when I was little, very beachy like!

The next item is a Jergens Daily Mosturizer. This is 1 oz and goes for $.25. I've actually never tried Jergens lotion before, so I was excited to get this! I'm currently trying to see the difference between a couple of other lotions that I have, but after I use those up I'll totally jump into this one!

Then there is a Epic Blend Hemp Coconut Lip Balm. This goes for $3.49. I love this lip balm! I think it's my new favorite! It smells nice, like coconut, and it is so super moisturizing! I've actually found that all products with hemp in them seem to be super moisturizing, so I think I'm going to start looking for that! (:

The next item is a Nubar Cuticle & Nail Oil in Sweet Almond. This is half size and goes for $5. I love this! I've used this a couple times a week since I've gotten it and I can already see a difference in not only my cuticles, but in the skin around my cuticles as well! I like the smell too, it totally smells like almonds! I would totally rebuy this!

The last item is a bonus item and it is a That Awkward Moment Mirror Compact. This I'm saying would go for $1. I'm saying that basically because I put it in my purse when I first got it, and when I went to use it today the mirror was no longer connected to the packaging! I'll probably end up reglueing the mirror back in, but it was kinda super annoying!

All totaled my box is worth $15.10. That isn't really the most valuable box ever, but I really liked all the products and everything will be used! I love Beauty Box 5 and I'd encourage anyone to sign up for it, because even though it's not the most exciting products, everything is usually always usable!

February spoiler below!

It is a Rockstar Nails nail polish and nail sprinkles set! I am super excited for this since I love stuff like this! (: Also if you order by now and the end of the month you will get a January box for free! (As supplies last)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sample Society Box Review January 2014!!

Hey guys! So today I got my Sample Society box in!

Sample Society is actually from Beauty Bar and they partner with Allure magazine. It is $15 a month and they send to send out mostly skin and hair care samples. They ships UPS so the boxes tend to arrive relatively quickly once they ship. They used to ship the first week of the month, but the past couple months they've been shipping later.

This is what their boxes look liked. They are slightly less sturdy then a Glossybox, but still nice for storage. I have no idea why my box looks like it was mauled, but it looked that way when I opened it.

Every month they send a little magazine from Allure and their information card which gives you your $15 off code and talks about the products on the other side.

The first item is a Nicole Richie perfume sample. This goes for $1.99. I've actually gotten this sample before (from Birchbox, I think) and I didn't really like it then. I still don't really care for it now. It's too musky smelling for me.

The next item is a StriVectin Instant Retexturizing Scrub. This goes for $8.78. I am so excited to try this! I've heard such good things about this brand, but it is a bit pricey, so I'm glad this is a pretty nice size. I'm also super happy that this is a scrub, instead of some type of anti aging product, since I will totally use this!

The next item is the Strivectin SD Eye Concentrate. This goes for $16.25. I'm actually super excited to have gotten this as well, since I just finished my last eye cream sample. This is also a super great sample size as well. I just hope I don't love it too much since the full size is $65!

The next item is a Butter London Horse Power Nail Fertilizer. This is full sized and goes for $19. I have some pretty crappy looking nails right now, so I'm excited to try this! I really like Butter London's polish, so I'm hoping this is a win as well!

The last item is a Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer. This goes for $11.25. I've always wanted to try the Malin + Goetz line, so I was excited to get this! Plus it's a moisturizer and I can never have to many of those!

All totaled my box is worth $57.27. That's great since this box was only $15! I loved my Sample Society this month! I'm going to use everything, except probably the perfume sample. And I'm actually excited about it! I haven't been excited about one of their boxes for a long time, so I'm taking this month as a sign to stick around. (: