Ipsy August 2014 Bag

The August 2014 Ipsy monthly bag has arrived! This month’s bag was a cute orange and white polka dot cosmetic bag.

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The contents included inside were:

1. Absolute New York Lip Balm in Green Apple, 0.42 oz – retail $2.99. It has a nice green apple smell and pink tint.

2. Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, 0.5 oz – retail $19

3. UrbanDecay Perversion Mascara, 0.1 fl oz – retail $5.50 based on full-size

4. Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil in black, 0.02 oz – retail unknown

5. MannaKadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo, 0.27 oz – retail $7.83 based on full-size

The grand total is $35.32 retail. For me, this was a wonderful bag with good mascara, nice lip balm, and other wearable make-up.

If you are interested in signing up for this bag, subscription prices vary but at an estimated price of $10, the retail of the bags typically exceed the value you pay. Please consider using my referral link at http://www.ipsy.com/r/2t2o. Based on their current points program, my understanding is that I would receive 250 points per referral who buys a subscription, but the points have no dollar value and can only be redeemed for items in their catalog (at much higher point values).

If you were not lucky enough to get one of these bags, you might want to consider searching eBay and other auction sites for subscribers looking to unload these great items.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week! Please sign up for my blog, and follow me on twitter @ChristineGurney. Please follow my subscription box boards on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/ or just this box at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/ipsy-monthly-bag/.

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Glossybox USA Subscription Box July 2014

The July 2014 Glossybox monthly box arrived.

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It contained:

1. Mitchell and Peach Body Cream, 1.4 fl oz. Retail based on full-size is $14.04. Smells awful…

2. GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, 0.5 fl oz. Retail based on full-size estimated at $20.29.

3. Skin Inc Custom-Blended Anti-Aging Serum, 0.34 oz. Retail $45.

4. Philip B. PH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist, 2 fl oz. Retail based on full-size $11.35. This disappointing mist is a duplicate brand and product for Glossybox.

5. Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm, 0.20 oz. Retail based on full-size approximated at $6.86. Smells good and does the job.

The grand total on this box was $97.54.

I do not have an affiliate link for this subscription box like some bloggers, but I do have a referral link, http://www.glossybox.com/referal?CI=NzE2OQ==, where if five people sign up I get a free box. If you use the link, that would be greatly appreciated, but you can always sign up directly through Glossybox’s website.

I do recommend using the Ebates service to get cash back if you sign up and do not want to use the referral link (it looks like they cannot be combined). If you are not an Ebates member, please consider using my referral link: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=7SGQDlJH. Please keep in mind I receive a credit if you decide to sign up, and it will be $5 per their FAQ. It would be greatly appreciated, as I do not monetize this blog. Either way, I recommend you sign up if you make any purchases over the Internet, since you might as well get cash back through their links!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week! Please sign up for my blog, and follow me on twitter @ChristineGurney. Please follow my subscription box boards on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/ or just this box at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/glossybox-usa-monthly-box/.

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Birchbox Subscription Box August 2014

The August 2014 Birchbox monthly box arrived. The box contained the following samples:

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It contains:

1. Laura Mercier Tone Perfecting Creme, 10 g/0.35 oz. Wonderful stuff! Makes the whole box worthwhile. Retail based on full-size at $31.50.

2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Sunscreen card in three colors. Retail unknown.

3. Not Soap, Radio Happiness Body Wash, 1.5 fl oz. Retail based on full-size at $1.76.

4. Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Acai Grapefruit, 22 ml/0.75 fl oz. Retail based on full-size at $2.93.

5. Hello Breathspray in Pink Grapefruit Mint, 7 ml/0.24 fl oz. Retail $3.83.

6. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, 0.10 g/0.003 oz. Retail based on full-size at $1.80. Very nice product!

Retail value is $41.82.

I am adding a referral link, if you are interested: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/zdnzq. Please keep in mind I receive points if you decide to sign up but not any cash. If enough points are accumulated, I can redeem for merchandise.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week! Please sign up for my blog, and follow me on twitter @ChristineGurney. Please follow my subscription box boards on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/ or just this box at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/birchbox-monthly-box/.

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Birchbox Subscription Box July 2014

The July 2014 Birchbox monthly box arrived. The box contained the following samples:

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It contains:

1. Harvey Prince Hello Body Creme, 15 ml – retail $0.93 based on full-size. Smells nice, but I do not use fragrances.

2. Ofra Universal Brow Pencil, 0.04 oz full-size – retail $13.

3. ncLA Nail Wraps in House of Hollywood (ugly!), 12 count – retail $7.38 based on full-size.

4. Supergoop! Advanced SPF 37 Anti-Aging Eye Cream, 2 ml – retail $6 based on full-size.

5. St. Tropez Tan Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Ageing Multi-Action Face, 0.5 oz – retail $10.94 based on full-size.

6. Bonus subscription (1 year) to Women’s Health Magazine (retail $9.99).

Retail value is $48.24.

I am adding a referral link, if you are interested: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/zdnzq. Please keep in mind I receive points if you decide to sign up but not any cash. If enough points are accumulated, I can redeem for merchandise.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week! Please sign up for my blog, and follow me on twitter @ChristineGurney. Please follow my subscription box boards on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/ or just this box at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/birchbox-monthly-box/.

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QVC New Beauty TestTube August 2014 Subscription

The August 2014 QVC New Beauty TestTube has arrived! This quarter’s tube contained:IMG_3699

1. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Mini. I have received several of their samples through various subscription boxes. The ExfoliKate is not my favorite, but a lot of people love the product so it is an easy give away.

2. Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick in Dusk. Okay, but nothing fabulous. I like the quality, but the color is not one I would have chosen for myself. I prefer Mally’s mascara, and her Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is the best!

3. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash Mini. Received before and nothing special.

4. ItCosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil. Nice brow pencil.

5. Doll10 Luxe Lip Gloss in Blush. Never tried before, but I loved the color on my skintone.

6. Phyto Botanical Straightening Balm. Another duplicate that is nothing special and an overpriced product line.

7. Philosophy Amazing Grace Shampoo Bath & Shower Gel Mini. I just hate the way this stuff smells, and I feel like it gets sent in the tube at least once a year.

8. Fresh Mini Sugar Lip Treatment. A nice product, but very expensive.

The contents come in a pink tube which I promptly provided to our pet ferrets for their amusement.

IMG_0287Also, included is a copy of their magazine. I used to subscribe to New Beauty’s program since I always buy the magazine (which I enjoy and is my favorite part!). However, once the program moved away from the quarterly subscription, I decided it was more product, more often than I needed it. I had subscribed to the old quarterly program and would likely have continued it had the change not occurred. I also subscribed to both QVC and the regular New Beauty TestTube at the same time for a while.

My take is that the program is expensive. There are a lot of repeat brands and products. For example, Phyto, Bliss, and Philosophy. Personally, I cannot stand the Philosophy perfumed stuff, and it pops up every so often. I wish they would lay off the repeats! If you are not in love with them, it just stinks to get them again…

If you are interested in signing up for this testtube, you can purchase it via a quarterly subscription or each quarter when it becomes available. The QVC version is available via their website. They do sell out of it relatively quickly so I prefer the subscription, but the advantage of coming back quarterly is you will know what you are getting. I bought the tube with my own money, and I do not receive any compensation if you sign up.

If you were not lucky enough to get one of these tubes, you might want to consider searching eBay and other auction sites for subscribers looking to unload these great items.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week! Please sign up for my blog, and follow me on twitter @ChristineGurney. Please follow my subscription box boards on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/ or just this box at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/qvc-new-beauty-testtube/.

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Ipsy July 2014 Bag

The July 2014 Ipsy monthly bag has arrived! This month’s bag was a pretty bright pink cosmetic bag.

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The contents included inside were:

1. Model’s Own Red Sea Nail Polish (red with big glitter pieces) 0.47 oz full-size (retail $6.77 at one online retailer). I have liked the Model’s Own products I have tried, but I just did not care for this polish.

2. Purlisse SPF 30 Sunscreen 0.5oz (retail based on full-size approximated at $16.18)

3. Lavilin Jojoba Skin Smoother Gel Cream 15ml (retail based on full-size approximated at $3.15). I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the texture was of this cream and how well it worked. I had never heard of the brand, but I can say this one was a winner!

4. Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink 0.06 oz ($2.33 retail based on full-size). My usual opinion for Pixi products with this one. It is okay but nothing special.

5. bareMinerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Divine Wine 1ml (retail $0.54 based on full-size). Nice color and love the SPF!

The grand total is $28.97 retail. For me, this was a great bag. It had wearable, pretty makeup colors. The skin care is great.

If you are interested in signing up for this bag, subscription prices vary but at an estimated price of $10, the retail of the bags typically exceed the value you pay. Please consider using my referral link at http://www.ipsy.com/r/2t2o. Based on their current points program, my understanding is that I would receive 250 points per referral who buys a subscription, but the points have no dollar value and can only be redeemed for items in their catalog (at much higher point values).

If you were not lucky enough to get one of these bags, you might want to consider searching eBay and other auction sites for subscribers looking to unload these great items.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week! Please sign up for my blog, and follow me on twitter @ChristineGurney. Please follow my subscription box boards on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/ or just this box at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/ipsy-monthly-bag/.

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Pop Sugar Must Have Monthly Subscription Box July 2014

The July 2014 Pop Sugar Must Have Monthly Subscription Box arrived.

 

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Now, the goods included inside the July 2014 Pop Sugar Must Have Box ($111.96 retail value):

1. Michael Stars Sea Grass Crusher-retail $48. It does have several loops with straw coming out (poor quality!). And, ugh, horrible smelling! Although “one size”, it is a bit small. Off to Goodwill it goes!

2. Dang Toasted Coconut Chips 1.43 oz -retail $2.99. Very tasty! 

3. French Bull Salad Servers-retail $12. Not my taste, but a practical item.

4. ACME Party Box Company 24 Count Paper Straws -retail $6. It will be interesting to see how these hold up in liquid since they do not appear to be coated… We’ll crack them out at the next family gathering and see how they work out.

5. TKO Glacier & Ash Soft Grip Jump Rope -retail $14 (best guess based on eBay). I cannot try the rope out since I have been told to cut back on exercise temporarily.

6. Sun Bum Broad Spectrum SPF 30, 3 fl oz-retail $11.99. Unfortunately, I have reactions to the sunscreens used in this product so it will be given away.

7. Sun Bum Cool Down Soothing Aloe Lotion with Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter, 3 fl oz – retail $7.99. Smells wonderful!

8. De ja vu! I just got this in the Beauty Army box: Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara in 001 Blackest Black at 0.24oz ($7.99 at my local drugstore) with $1.00 off coupon

This is the second box I have received recently without the insert describing the details of the items in box. Not one of my favorite boxes, but it did have some nice items.

If you are interested in signing up for their monthly box, subscription prices vary but at an estimated price of $40, the retail of the boxes typically exceed the value you pay. Please consider using my referral link at http://popsu.gr/rtJb. I do not receive cash for referrals, but after a certain number, I qualify for a box. I do appreciate any and all purchases through the referral links as I do not monetize this blog.

If you were not lucky enough to get one of these boxes, you might want to consider searching eBay and other auction sites for subscribers looking to unload these great items.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week! Please sign up for my blog, and follow me on twitter @ChristineGurney. Please follow my subscription box boards on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/ or just this box at http://www.pinterest.com/cpgurney/pop-sugar-must-have-monthly-subscription-box/.

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