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Unboxing + Review: FabFitFun Fall 2017 Fall in Love

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Another season, another FabFitFun box! Granted, I have had this box for awhile now but I ended up going on vacation before  I could write my unboxing. Whoops! 

FabFitFun is still one of my favourite subscriptions and I look forward to it every three months. As the seasons change, I love discovering what’s on my box and these unboxings are always so much fun! The theme for Fall’s box is Fall in Love. This season’s box is full of some great things that are perfect for the season.

Before we start, here’s some information about the subscription for those who are unfamiliar with it. FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box that contains everything from beauty to fitness items. Seriously a mishmash of many different products for the season. Every box tends to be very high value (I’m talking in the $200+ and then some range most of the time!) so it’s not your typical subscription box. If you would like to try this subscription, please use my link here.

So let’s get started!

FabFitFun has a subscription feature called Choice. This is available to all subscribers where, every season, there is a theme or two where you can pick and choose the item you would like to receive. For Fall, there were two Choices you had to make.

The first Choice theme was Beauty Innovation Boost. The choice was betwen the Moir Dental Club Organic Carbon + Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder and Toothbrush ($43.95 USD) and the DPHue Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse ($35.00 USD). Honestly, I didn’t really like either choice but I went with the hair rinse. I like using a clarifying shampoo so I thought I would give this a try as it seems to work in a similar way.

The second Choice theme was Fashion Boost where you were able to choose between the B-Low the Belt Mia Belt in Tan or Black ($55.00 USD) or The Jetset Diaries Cable Knit Beanie in Dusty Rose or Black ($49.00 USD).  As it’s getting cooler otuside (and the fact that I rarely wear belts in the first place), I chose the beanie. Besides, I love toques this season! And quite honestly, I have been using this toque for the last few weeks already. It’s so cute! 🙂

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Now onto the standard box contents! 

The Mer-Sea + Co Scarf in grey ($98.00 USD) is super soft and cozy! To be honest, I am wearing it over my shoulders right now. It’s also super cute with tassels and an ombre pattern. i really like this grey one as it goes with literally everything! Plus, it also goes great with the black  Jetset Diaries beanie I got! I am super happy with this one and it will come in very handy at home, at work (I don’t know about you but sometimes my office is chilly!) and out and about as a scarf. Loving the versatility! And grey goes with everything. 😉

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Next, how about a nice gym or overnight/weekend bag? This Private Party Gym Bag ($59.00 USD) is perfect for this! I know I can definitely make use of it when camping season starts up again. This will be perfect to keep a couple of changes of clothes, some makeup and toiletries and a book among other things. There is an outside compartment and an inner pocked to help you keep smaller things organized. The bag came in a couple of different sayings but mine was “Gym & Juice”.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

The Imm Living Coxet Wite Heart Ceramic Jewelry Holder ($33.00 USD) is a rose gold and porcelain jewelry holder. It’s nice to hang your earrings and keep your rings in the dish but it’s not my favourite item in this box. I’m just not digging it for some reason… maybe it’s because I don’t need another jewelry dish. I have enough for the jewelry that I own.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

This next item is pretty practical… especially in my case as I have so much tension in my neck and shoulders. I am sitting at a desk most days for work so that doesn’t help. The Mytagalongs Hot and Cold Gel Pack ($15.00 USD) is going to be great for soothing aches and pains. You can put it in the freezer before using it cold or heat it in the microwave if you want to use it hot. This will come in handy after massages to deal with the pain and it’s even portable enough to keep at work. Or you can use it as a heating bag if you’re chilly. This is a great addition to the Fall box!

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Now on to the beauty items! <3

The Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil ($12.50 USD) is great if you love the scent of lavender! It is a nourishing blend of vitamins and organic oils, such as, argan oil and bamboo extract. Meant to moisturize and soften your cuticles. I don’t often use a cuticle oil but this one smells divine! But then again, I’m a fan of lavender.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Next is the Whish Beauty Renewing Mud Mask ($48.00 USD). This mud mask includes natural ingredients like aloe, rosehim oil and bentonite clay. It’s said to help your skin become smoother and softer while slowing down the aging process.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

This next one is my fave – the trestique Matte Color and Shiny Balm Lip Crayon in Florence Fig lipstick and Rose balm ($28.00 USD) is great! I was already a huge trestique fan, receiving their items in other subscription boxes, so it was great to see this full-sized product in my Fall Box. 

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Last but not least was the Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths (Sponsored Product). We already use this in our household so we are no stranger to this product. Having this little travel pack is handy! Juuust in case. 😉

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

So that’s it for my Fall box! What a great mix of things this season. I’m sure I will be using most of it! The only thing that didn’t really catch my eye was the jewelry holder and hair rinse. I’m still up in the air when it comes to the cuticle oil and mud mask, too.  Still, I can’t complain too much because the scarf, beanie, bag, gel pack, and lip crayon are so great!

How are you liking the Fall box items? See you all soon for the Winter box! I just received it today and I can’t wait to show it to you!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

 

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Unboxing: Color By Amber Color Club January 2017 – Be a Goal Getter

color by amber color club january 2017

 

Happy Monday!

It has been a few months now since I last accepted a Color by Amber Color Club Box. I wanted to really use what jewelry pieces I already had – and trust me, I have A LOT. 😉 My will power got me through for the most part… until I saw the January reveal. I broke my No Buy because I knew I had to get it!

Before we get to the unboxing, you may be asking “What is Color Club?”

Color Club is a monthly jewelry subscription box from the company Color By Amber. If you would like to learn more about CBA and what an amazing and caring company they are, please see my first unboxing post here. The subscription box costs $59.95 CAN plus taxes each month but you can skip months (or gift that month’s box to a friend) as long as you respond before the deadline. But when you do find a set that you love, it is totally worth it. Totally. I can tell you there are pieces from past Color Club’s boxes that I wear all the time. The contents of the boxes are unique and available for that month only and only through Color Club.

 

color by amber color club january 2017

 

Formalities aside, here is January’s Color Club unboxing!

First, let’s take a look at the box. I haven’t accepted in months so the box itself was a pleasant surprise to me!  The packaging has changed! It is so cute, I love it! When you open it up, it shows you the months theme and there are two compartments. On the left, it’s your Color Club goodies. On the right, it’s any other pieces you ordered when you accepted your Color Club. You do get 20% off any additional pieces you decide to add on. In my case, I didn’t purchase anything this month so the right compartment was empty.

 

color by amber color club january 2017

 

January’s theme is Be a Goal Getter. How perfect is this for the first month of a new year?  While most  Color Club boxes come with a couple of pieces of jewelry, this month, it’s just one. But it’s totally okay! I will explain why in a little bit.

This month, it was a gorgeous charm bracelet with a whole lot of meaning behind it. They really said it best in their reveal email where they said

Each charm in this set will help you along every step in the goal reaching process. Just take a look at your wrist whenever you feel yourself slipping; and whether it’s time for a checkpoint or time to take action, your January Color Club will be there.

 

color by amber color club january 2017

color by amber color club january 2017

 

Each charm has a meaning behind it meant to be a reminder to get that goal! There are five charms included on the bracelet. Here is a description of each charm:

Take Aim – arrow charm
This charm features the Full Circle Interlayer called “Knotted Blaze”. Artisans in Nepal weave together two of their most popular interlayers – hand-knotted hemp and blue, shimmery lurex threads – into this new combo. I just love the colour of this one!

Act Now – bar with Color By Amber tag charm
This charm features the Beauty Interlayer called “Sweater”. I have the Sweater cuff so I love this interlayer! It’s a knit fabric with some gold interweaved into it. Super cozy!

Checkpoint – flower charm
This charm features the Full Circle Interlayer called “Grey Leaves”. These are prayer leaves that are made by Artisans in China that pound the leaf so that it only reveals a skeleton.

Follow Through – circle charm
This charm features the Sustainable Interlayer called “Gilded Denim”. This one is recycled denim with a splash of metallic gold!

Goal-Getter – diamond charm
This charm features the Full Circle Interlayer called “Beam” which is probably one of my favourite interlayers of all time! I have earrings in this, too. 🙂 This charm features lurex fibers weaved together by Artisans in Nepal. There is also a crystal on it that I love!

 

color by amber color club january 2017

 

I have had this bracelet for a few days now and just love it! The mix of colours are pretty neutral so it can go with just about anything in your wardrobe and is such a versatile piece! I have worn it alone. I have worn it with other Skinnies. Either way works! The bracelet is gold so you can use it to dress your outfit up but the charms make it fun so you can dress it down and wear it with something casual. Plus, you can wear it with just one charm or all of the charms!

Now going back to my previous comment where I mentioned that I was okay with this being the only piece of jewelry I received in this Color Club Box. There is a reason behind this. The charms can come off the bracelet so you can use it as pendants on a chain and wear it as a necklace! You can use one charm for a dainty look, a few charms for a bit more colour, or heck, you could probably put them all on a chain and wear these as a necklace! Regardless of the chain length, any one of these would also make beautiful pendants.

 

color by amber color club january 2017

 

How’s that for a versatile piece that also reminds you to be the best you can be?

I truly loved this month’s box and I’m super happy to have added this bracelet to my collection of CBA jewelry. It’s a great way to accessorize and it’s a great reminder that, whatever you have your mind set on this year, you can do it!

Interested in some Color By Amber goodies? You don’t have to subscribe to this box to get jewelry. In fact, they are having their winter sale right now! Check out my stylist friend Lisa’s website and shop here.

What are your big goals this year? Share them in the comments below! 🙂

Have an amazing week everyone!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I purchased this box with my own money and all thoughts and opinions are honest and , of course, my own.

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Unboxing + Review: Miss Blanco Joyful Box December 2016 – Celebration

miss blanco joyful box december 2016

 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great New Years! I had a wonderful holiday season, spending Christmas and New Years with family and friends.

Another year of blog posts gone by! Here’s to another year more. I plan on some new blog series, more unboxings and more actual product reviews this year! I hope you stay and enjoy the ride with me. 🙂

The very first unboxing for 2017 is the December Miss Blanco Joyful Box. I received this just before Christmas (literally – it arrived on December 23rd!) so I am just getting to my unboxing now. I was so happy to see it come just in time for Christmas! And the theme for December is Celebration, which is the perfect theme for the season.

For those of you who ware not familiar with this subscription: Miss Blanco Joyful Box is a lifestyle box sent straight to you each month containing five items that are a mix of deluxe or full sized beauty times,  hand-curated items and lifestyle items.  It is priced at $38.00 CAD (or $28 USD) monthly.

Miss Blanco Joyful Box does offer a VIP member option in addition to the standard subscription. This is just an option – you are not required to opt into this – but for $30.00 CAD per year, you can opt into this program. Please note that you must already be a subscriber and that the cost is on top of your monthly subscription cost. BUT you get a full year of extra perks and surprises for $2.50 CAD per month.  If you do decide to join, please put my name in the field where it asks who referred you – Olivia from starpixel. I would very much appreciate it! 🙂

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box December 2016

 

There is a lot to cover for the month of December so we should get started. December’s box contains two artisan items that are hand made, two beauty items and one lifestyle item for regular members or two lifestyle items for VIPs.

The first item isn’t really an item in the box but I would like to take notice of it anyways! Love this magnetic Miss Blanco Joyful Box 2017 calendar that came in my box! I will definitely be putting this up somewhere at home or at work. I’m not sure where yet. This is super practical and perfect to kick off a new year!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box December 2016

 

The first of two artisan items I receved is a Bath Bomb in the scent Hot Chocolate from Sunbasilgarden Soaps ($7.50 CAD, one full sized bath bomb). If you are a chocolate or a vanilla lover like I am, you will think that this smells delicious! I love hot cocoa during the colder months so this was perfect for me! There were three other scents availalbe – Mistletoe, Sugar Cookie and a Minty Peppermint one – but I’m so glad I received this one because it smells delish! I love bath bombs but I will admit, I don’t take baths as often as I probably should. I really should make a better effort because bath bombs are the perfect thing for a night in if you just want to relax!

The other artisan item was this gorgeous heart ornament from Crate Charms ($10.00 CAD). This piece features a heart with scalloped edges. This can easily turn into a lovely ornament that you can put on your Christmas tree… or wherever else you may want to hang it. Perhaps from your rear view mirror in your car or even on your purse.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box December 2016

 

Moving on to the beauty items! This first item – or two items – are not a stranger to me. This is kind of a 2-for-1 deal because you are getting two nail polishes instead of just one! I received two Essie nail polishes in the shades Russian Roulette (a classic red orange shade) and Getting Groovy (from Essie’s Winter 2016 line, a lovely palladium gold) ($17.00 CAD). Of the two, I think I prefer the gold shade, because honestly, you can’t go wrong with a bit of sparkle during the holiday season! Wear one shade alone or wear them both! I myself see myself wearing the red polish as is with the gold being on an accent nail.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box December 2016

 

This other beauty offering was a shampoo and conditioner deluxe sized duo from the brand Bain de Terre  featuring their Lavender Color Enhancing Shampoo and Keratin Phyto-Protein Strengthening Conditioner ($8.00 CAD). I have never heard of this brand before but it smells really good so I am willing to try it. From what I can tell, though, the shampoo and conditioner are from different product collections. The Lavender Color Enhancing Collection is brand new and the shampoo looks good seeing as it’s a paraben free product. The Keratin Phyto-Protein Collection is both sulfate and paraben free. I do colour my hair so the shampoo will be nice to try next time I get my hair done. I love strengthening products so the conditioner will come in handy, too.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box December 2016

 

Last up are the lifestyle items. Depending on whether or not you are a VIP member, you may have received one or two lifestyle items.

All members received a Gold Gladiator Hair Band ($31.00 CAD). Wow, this is the high value item in this box! Not sure if that is the going rate for these types of hair bands! This is a beaitiful gold headband that can easily be incorporated into an evening look or as a fun piece with a cute top and jeans for casual days. It is definitely a pop of gold, regardless of what you are wearing! Seems pretty versitile to me. I personally don’t wear hair bands myself other than the headbands I use when I’m putting on makeup to keep my hair out of my eyes or when I’m working out or when I just need something to keep my hair in check when I’m having a lazy day at home or while camping. My head bands are definitely not as glam as this one. Glad I can add something like this to my  accessories collection!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box December 2016

 

If you are a VIP member, you also received an extra item – a Gold Scarf ($24.99 CAD). I will be honest, this isn’t really my style but it’s still a beautiful scarf! And it coordinates great with the gold headband! I have not see anything like it so it’s very unique in style and super light to go with almost any ensemble.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box December 2016

 

So that’s all for December! The total value of the box is $73.50 CAD for regular members and $98.49 CAD for VIP members. That’s pretty good value for a lifestyle box! More than double what I paid for.

The December box had a nice variety of items but I personally preferred my October and November boxes. That being said, I will still use most of the items from December.

What are your thoughts on the December Miss Blanco Joyful Box?

Until next time! Have a Happy New Year everyone!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post does not contain referral links.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box December 2016

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy December 2016 carpe p.m.

ipsy December 2016

 

It’s almost a new year! Can you believe it? I feel like 2016 went by in a flash… like I blinked and it was gone! But a New Year also means New Years Eve gatherings and celebrations and ipsy’s December bag is one that you can use as your go-to clutch this holiday season. 😉

 

ipsy December 2016

 

ipsy’s theme for December is carpe p.m. A quick Google search shows that the word “carpe” means to “seize, enjoy, use, make use of” so “carpe p.m.” may translate into something like “seize the night” or “enjoy the night”. And you can “make use of” the pretty magenta pink clutch when you’re at it! See, it all makes sense in the end.

 

ipsy December 2016

 

The contents support a fun night out, as well! Let’s take a closer look at each product that was included in my December ipsy bag.

The first item is probably my fave. Granted, I am a big lip balm junkie – I am obsessed with lip balms! Especially peppermint ones.. which this one is. The Jersey Shore Cosmetics Peppermint Moisture Rich Hydrating Balm ($10.00 USD, 0.15 oz) looks like a winner to me! I am already obsessed with Jersey Shore Cosmetic’s Mongongo Lip Conditioners so that alone tells me that I will love this Peppermint lip balm, as well. I love how the brand is non-toxic and paraben free, as well! If it wasn’t so expensive to ship things to Canada, I would probably try more of their products. Anyways, back to the lip balm… I am not quite ready to start using this one yet – I have three lip balms on the go right now! But I’m looking forward to trying it soon. 🙂

 

ipsy December 2016

 

So now that your lips are soft and smooth from using a lip balm, it’s time for a bolder lip. Enter the tarte cosmetics tarteist glossy lip paint in WCW ($4.00 CAD, 1 m). WCW is a berry colour but since this has more of a lip gloss consistency, it’s not as deep of a berry shade as I thought it would be from looking at the shade in the tube. It’s perfect for a night out or for any holiday parties you have! I always wanted to try this product so I’m glad I received it. It’s not drying on your lips at all and it’s very pigmented for a lip gloss.

 

ipsy December 2016

 

ipsy December 2016

 

This next product is already a fave of mine and I’ve been using it for a couple of years now.  The Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional face primer ($6.86 CAD, 3 ml) is so great! It is meant to minimize the appearance of your pores which is something that I always struggle with. I often use this on my nose and cheeks. This product applies smoothly and isn’t sticky at all. It also does a great job as an overall face primer. My makeup seems to stay put when I use it this way. I’m happy that I received another deluxe sample of this as they are always put to good use! 🙂

 

ipsy December 2016

 

Next is the Royal & Langnickel MODA Angle Shader Brush ($5.99 USD? – I couldn’t find the exact brush on the site but this is a guesstimate based on similar brushes). Royal & Langnickel’s MODA brush line is super colourful, has synthetic bristles and has a Silk-Touch coated handle that makes it super easy to use and feels comfortable. I haven’t tried it yet but I hope to soon. Plus, it is purple which is my favourite colour! Can’t go wrong with that. 🙂

 

ipsy December 2016

 

ipsy December 2016

 

Last but not least, is not a makeup item but it’s a pretty great body care item! The Cake Beauty heavy cream intensive hand repair balm ($6.47 USD, 1 oz) is great! I was already a big fan of Cake Beauty’s Delectible lotions so I was looking forward to trying this. As the name says, it’s definitely a heavy cream (heavier in consistency than the Delectible line) but it is very moisturizing so I’m a fan! Plus it smells like vanilla and I love vanilla scents! It’s a cold, dry winter here in Alberta so my skin is always so parched and dry, including my hands. Good stuff!

 

ipsy December 2016

 

Well that’s it for December! I loved everything I received! The value of this bag was $41.26 CAD (based on today’s exchange rate) so it was worth it! Plus I will use everything that I have received so that’s a huge bonus. ipsy has been more good to me than not so I will continue to sub to this beauty bag!

For those of you who would like to give this a try and would like to know more, it is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link – much appreciated!

What was your fave from December’s ipsy glam bag offerings?

Whatever you are up to this weekend, have a happy and safe New Years! Until next time!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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Unboxing: Topbox November 2016

topbox november 2016

 

Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate it)! We had a great Christmas with our friends and family and decided to go to a couple of stores today for Boxing Day.

I’m still in catch up mode and this is the last of the November unboxings that I had in the backlog! Similar to my November ipsy glam bag, this one came right before I left for vacation so I have not had a chance to post this unboxing until now.

In November, I had chosen to receive a Regular Topbox. I didn’t see any Prive boxes that looked interesting to me yet again. Here is a look at what was in my Regular Topbox.

  • Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black ($10.24 CAD, 4 ml)  have received this from ipsy already but I passed on it because I had a huge backlog of mascara’s sitting around and then I had put on eyelash extensions prior to my holiday. Perhaps I will keep this one this time and give it a try when I begin using mascara again. I’ve had some luck with Smashbox mascaras so I will try it out.
  • Novex Bamboo Sprout Leave In Conditioner ($5.14 CAD, 110 g) – I like the Novex products that I’ve tried so I’m willing to try this one, as well. It is a leave-in conditioner – something I don’t use very often – but it appears to help make your hair strong and shiny.  Smells nice, as well.
  • Bella Aura Antioxidant Booster ($55.25 CAD, 10 ml) – Wow, this is an expensive item for such a small sample! The full sized 30 ml version is over $165.00 CAD. WOW! The Antioxidant Booster is said to help protect your skin from environmental damages and is meant to be an anti-aging skin product. Because it’s such a high value item, I will definitely be trying it! Though, I am afraid of getting hooked on it since it is so pricey. It’s also a Canadian company who uses natural ingredients. I like that.
  • China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Teen Spirit ($14.00 CAD, 14 ml) – What can I say? It’s a purple polish – my favorite colour! – and it’s glittery. I love it! It’s been a long time since I last said I loved a nail polish that Topbox sent to me so this was a great item to receive! Looking forward to trying it out.

The overall value of my November Topbox was $84.63 CAD. That’s great value for $12.00 CAD plus taxes. Especially if you do end up loving and using everything. I am going to try everything in this box myself so it’s well worth it to me.

Hope you had a great Monday and a fun Boxing Day! What was your big Boxing Day score this year? Have a great rest of the week!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post does not contain referral links.

 

topbox november 2016

 

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