Review – Summer 2017 Walmart Beauty Box

I received my Summer 2017 Walmart Beauty Box and I’m ready to review it! Walmart sells a quarterly beauty box for $5 plus tax with free shipping. It’s one way to get a really low cost beauty box or subscription box. However – Walmart’s boxes are filled with more basic drugstore items. If you’re okay with that, great! Just be aware you’ll end up with a lot of samples of basic shampoos and lotions.

This season’s box has quite a bit of stuff in it.

Banana Boat Dry Balance – This is a 1 fl oz sample size tube. It is a sunscreen lotion. I like little tubes of sunscreen because they fit well in travel bags for park trips or camping trips. This product has an SPF 30.

You can buy it at Walmart.
You can also find it on Amazon.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion – This is a 1 fl oz sample size bottle. This lotion helps relieve dry skin. I like the tiny size because I can throw this in my purse for lotion on the go. My hands sometimes get dry while I’m out during the day. This stuff is very nice at soothing them and making them feel softer. I like that it’s not overly scented like some lotions because some of them give me a headache. This stuff is mild enough that even Little Divine can use it.

You can buy it at Walmart.
You can also find it on Amazon.

Got 2b Ultra Glued Invincible Styling Gel – This is a 1.25 oz sample tube. This stuff is handy for my cosplay! I have one character with bangs that require styling and this product has been perfect for that. I normally don’t use hair gel but this is perfect for small things like my bangs when I’m doing cosplay. (^.^)

You can buy it at Walmart.
You can also find it on Amazon.

Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner – These each 1.7 fl oz sample bottles. I received a set of the shampoo and conditioner samples which I like. I like trying out both from the same product line to get the full feel of how they work together. This set is perfect to take on the go for trips! They clean very well, have a good scent, and leave my hair feeling soft.

You can buy them in a smaller size two pack at Walmart.
You can also find them on Amazon in a bigger size two pack which I like.

Real Techniques Brush Cleaning Gel – This is a .25fl oz sample packet. This stuff is really nice for ladies because keeping our makeup brushes clean is very important! If you don’t clean your brushes it can lead to your makeup not going on as well and your skin getting irritated or breaking out. This product is pretty simple to use and helps you keep your brushes nice and clean!

You can find it at Walmart.
You can also find it on Amazon.

Eco Tools Mask Remover Sponges – These are really great! I use these to wash my face and I feel like I get a gentle exfoliation with them which I like. They are firm which is nice as I prefer something less floppy when I wash my face. I plan to get more of these when I need to!

You can find them at Walmart.
You can also find them on Amazon.

Soo AE Nature Collagen Essence Mask Vitamin – This is a .85 oz packet with one mask in it. I love getting masks! This is one of my favorite items to get in a subscription box. This mask went on easy and my skin felt super soft and looked great after using it! I will actually save the packet and use the left over remaining serum in it on my skin later at night before bed. (^.^) This is a really lovely mask!

You can find it at Walmart.
You can also find it on Amazon.

Smile Direct Club Coupon – Inside you’ll find a coupon for a free SmileShop scan or $55 off impression kit. If you are considering clear braces, this coupon is handy for you to use. You’ll get a discount on the kit to do your dental impressions. I believe the cost for a full set of braces is around $2,000 total. Check out Smile Direct Club for more info!

Ending thoughts – My Summer 2017 Walmart Beauty Box was filled with products which I like because I feel like I get my $5 worth easily. I liked a lot of the products in it, especially the sponges and the mask. The hair gel arrived at a great time to be used for a cosplay I just put together. I’m pleased with this box and I hope the next one has just as many products I can use!

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Review – August 2017 Birchbox

Today I am reviewing the August 2017 box from Birchbox! I like to take my time with each box and try out the products for a few weeks to really get a good opinion on them. Birchbox is a monthly subscription box. Each month you receive a random selection of hair, skin and beauty products. Here’s what I thought of this month’s box!

*AS A REMINDER, YOU CAN OFTEN FIND THESE PRODUCTS CHEAPER ON OTHER SITES. I HAVE AMAZON PRIME SO I SAVE A BUNCH OF MONEY AND DON’T PAY SHIPPING BY ORDERING THROUGH AMAZON. EBAY IS ANOTHER SITE TO CHECK AS THEY HAVE LISTINGS THAT CHANGE DAILY.*

This month I received 5 samples. To start with I received Amika Bombshell Blowout spray in a 1 fl oz sample size. I liked the scent of this hair product which wasn’t too strong or perfumed. I didn’t see an amazingly huge difference while using it when it came to volume. I do like that it protects against heat so I sprayed it on before blow-drying it. The scent left my hair smelling very nice for the day as well.

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon.

My second product was Balance Me Congested Skin Serum in a .24 fl oz size sample. Now, I love Balance Me’s Instant Life Primer. I bought it in full size because I loved what it did for my skin so much. However, I could not stand the smell of this product. I had to wash it off my face because it was bothering me so much. I think Balance Me makes great quality products, but I could not deal with the scent of this one.

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon.

Next up is Coastal Scents Blush & Bronzer Palette in a 2 pack sample size. I loved this set! It has one bronzer and one blush included in it. I found them to work really well when I mixed a bit of both together. I ended up with a nice looking color without it looking too gaudy or too faint. It doesn’t have a brush included so I packed a mini blush brush with me to use with this set on the go. I really like the colors in it and I would definitely considering buying the full size set!

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon.

My fourth item was Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in a .09 fl oz sample size. I loved this stuff! I received the mint shade and it not only smells good, but it makes my lips feel like they are getting a mini spa treatment. I like to apply it in the evening when I’m not wearing lipstick or gloss, or I’ll put it on under my lipgloss before I head out for the day. It is thick but not sticky or goopy. It’s a great way to pamper your lips after abusing them with lip makeup!

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon in: Raspberry – Honey – Mint – Honey Glam – Tangerine – Red Berry – and a Lip Oil Trio Set which I think looks awesome to try!

My last product was Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel in a .06 fl oz sample size. I liked this sample as well! I found that it cleans well without being harsh on my skin. It doesn’t have an over-perfumed or make me break out. I like to use it in the morning before I start my day as I feel it gives my skin a gentler cleansing. In the mornings I am just washing to remove sweat and oil from sleeping so I don’t need a harsh cleanser. This product is perfect for my mornings! I would definitely recommend it!

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon.

Other than the one cream with a scent that I couldn’t deal with, my August box was actually pretty good! I liked my products and 3 out of the 5 are products I would buy full size. (^.^) What did you think of your August box? You can join in on Birchbox’s monthly subscription for only $10 a month by clicking HERE and signing up! Each month they give you a free gift when you sign up as well!

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Review – Matte Liquid Lipsticks From Ebay PLUS Mac Dupes!

I have been keeping my eye out for matte liquid lipsticks that won’t cost me a ton and will work well. Of course, everything in life is cheaper on Ebay so I ordered 5 lipsticks from one company to try out. They were a hit or miss combo. I feel that they come off easily near the inner part of my lips where saliva is. Also, the color is thin and needed multiple applications for good coverage. Some of the color were WILDLY off from the pics on the Ebay listings which was frustrating as well. Below is picture of each lipstick when on, as well as the link to where I purchased it from.

We will start with Lipstick 1. This was NOTHING like the picture on Ebay. The color was so off that I left feedback to reflect that. I looked like a chick from a 1980’s flashback…. It’s a very light hot pink color. I was not a fan. Also it did not go on very thick so it took several applications to get decent coverage.

You can find it on Ebay listed as color number 3.

Lipstick 2 was actually a pretty color. Again, it was a bit thin, but since it was a darker color it took less layers to get good coverage. I liked this color but I noticed that it started peeling off on my lips closest to my teeth where my saliva got to it. So I’m not sure how long lasting it will be.

You can find it on Ebay listed as color number 4.

Lipstick 3 was less of a crazy 80’s pink, but still a little pinker than I normally wear. Again, since it was a lighter color it needed more than one layer of color to look even and give good coverage. I would say this is a night pink shade for those who like pink and a good spring color.

 

You can find it on Ebay listed as color number 1.

Lipstick 4 is a great shade because it is a very cheap dupe of Mac Crème Cup, something I’ve been looking for to use for my lipstick dupe set to make Kim Zolciak Biermann. I buy a lot of products from her Kashmere Kollections skin care line and I LOVE them. A lot of the girls in the Kashmere Community group on Facebook try to create her lipstick look. This one looked pretty good, especially with the liner and gloss on!

You can find it on Ebay listed as color number 7.
You can find Mac Crème Cup on Amazon.

Here is Lipstick 4 with the liner on. The liner used is another dupe for Mac Lip Pencil in Oak. I used Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lip Liner in Spice, number 011.

You can find the Rimmel Lipliner on Amazon.
You can find the Mac Lipliner on Amazon.

And here is Lipstick 4 with liner and lipgloss on. Now, as soon as I added lipgloss over it, the staying power of the liquid lipstick was gone. For some reason, a lot of glosses don’t mix with liquid lipsticks well and they will start to come off and leave marks. Keep this in mind! I used Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gloss in Pink Cadillac, number 1165. The final look was really pretty! This gloss was a dupe for Nars Turkish Delight lipgloss.

 You can find the Hard Candy Gloss on Amazon.
You can find the Nars Gloss on Amazon.

Lastly, here is Lipstick 5. It is another darker color and those look really good with my hair color and skin tone. I’m a big fan of this color. I’m hoping to find more darker red tinted colors for myself, with hopefully a bit better quality. This color also needed a couple layers for solid coverage and started peeling near the insides of my lips.

 You can find it on Ebay listed as color number 2.

Final thoughts – you get what you pay for! Sometimes you luck out and find good quality products at a fair price. These liquid lipsticks I got for only .95 cents each. I knew ahead of time that they might not be the best quality. For a cheap liquid lipstick they aren’t bad. However, there are many more products out there that work better and won’t break your bank. I’ll probably try mixing these with some of the other brands I use to see if I can make different color combos. (^.^)

I really like long lasting liquid lipsticks. I just don’t want to pay $50 each. I’ll keep looking and testing out products until I find some I really adore! And I’m happy to keep review products for you! ❤

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Review – July 2017 Birchbox

Welcome to the July 2017 Birchbox review! We had some hiccups in our months for July and August which is why I am just now getting this review up. However, this is still a good way to get a look at what comes in a Birchbox month’s subscription box, as well as seeing an actual review of the products. I don’t find unveilings to be super helpful as they do just show you what’s in it, not how they work. *AS A REMINDER, YOU CAN OFTEN FIND THESE PRODUCTS CHEAPER ON OTHER SITES. I HAVE AMAZON PRIME SO I SAVE A BUNCH OF MONEY AND DON’T PAY SHIPPING BY ORDERING THROUGH AMAZON. EBAY IS ANOTHER SITE TO CHECK AS THEY HAVE LISTINGS THAT CHANGE DAILY.*

So let’s get started!

This month we received 5 products total. Occasionally Birchbox will send an extra sample, but they did not this month. To start with, we have Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional Face Primer in a 0.25oz sample size. THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! I love it! I’ve already purchased a full size product because it is so amazing! My skin looked smooth and my pores were almost unnoticeable. On top of that, my skin was smooth and it worked very well as a primer under my makeup. I even used it on a no makeup day and I still loved how it worked without makeup! Run to the stores and buy this! Better yet, order it online so you don’t have to run anywhere!

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon.

Next up we have Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray in a 1oz sample size. This I was not impressed with. There was no hold and no waves… This beach hair was super lacking in all the waviness. Maybe it’s my hair type, but for me it did not do much of anything beside make my hair sticky.

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon.

The third product in this box was Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer in a .34fl oz sample size. This product I liked because I felt my skin was noticeably softer after using it. So soft that I had to touch my skin again just to make sure I wasn’t imagining it. I have been working hard on my skincare regimen lately so this moisturizer fit nicely into the mix. I use it in the mornings after washing my face and it looks and feels really nice after.

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon.

Next up we have The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes Waterproof Mascara in a .14oz size. I’m not sure if this is a sample size or not because the full size is listed as .71oz but this mascara is really big for a sample size. The mascara itself IS waterproof. It is also sweatproof. I used it through my workout today and it held up with sweat dripping down my eyes. Now, it does not do major eye lash boosting. So your eye lashes won’t look like falsies. But it does give them good color and it is waterproof and sweatproof. I haven’t received many great mascara samples from Birchbox but this was by far the best I’ve received so far. And again, it looks like a full size tube to me which is really nice to see. I hate teeny tiny samples that make you feel cheated.

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on the Beauty Crop site.

Our last sample is Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Gel Eye Makeup Remover in a .23oz sample size. This is one of those teeny tiny samples. However – you don’t need much! I used only about a pea sized amount for each eye and it worked well. Both my eyeshadow and my Beauty Crop mascara came off pretty easily. I lost 2 eyelashes in the process, but I may have been rubbing too hard. The mascara came off really well and very quickly. One of the most important steps in having healthy eye lashes it to remove your mascara at night. This product helps do that in an easy way.

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon.

July’s Birthbox was surprisingly good. I have not been impressed with my boxes much the last few months but I was really pleased with this box! I liked almost all of my samples which is RARE for a Birchbox. The POREfessional Face Primer is my recommended must buy in full size from this box! I love this stuff! I used it once and went online to order the full size, it’s just that good.

What did you think of the July 2017 box from Birchbox? Let me know in the comments below!

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