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FabFitFun Winter 2017 – Unboxing and Review

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

Wow! Is it time for another FabFitFun unboxing already? The seasons seem to be flying by! We are in the midst of winter (and with the bone chilling temperatures we’ve been getting this past week, I believe it!) so all we want to do is keep toasty, warm and cozy.

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.

 

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

The Winter box is filled with all sorts of things to help you get through the season. But before we get into the contents, let’s discuss the Choice items.

There were two Choice themes this season: Beauty and Wellness. The two Beauty items you could choose from were the Grace + Stella Anti-Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Masks ($16.00 USD) and the Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask in Coconut ($23.00 USD). The two Wellness items were the FFFTV Fitness Ball with Jillian Michaels Videos ($16.00 USD) and the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($29.00 USD).

My Choices were the Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask and the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I can always use a new hair mask and the sleep spray smells like lavender and smells lovely. I do love a lavender spray on my pillow at night. I was happy with both of my choices this time around!

 

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

Okay, now on to the standard contents of the box… beginning with beauty items!

I’m a huge fan of Kate Somerville products – at least of the products I have tried! – so I was excited to see the Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($75.00 USD). I just started using her products this year so I’ve never tried this product before but I’ve heard great things about it. This exfoliator contains papaya, pumpkin and pineapple enzymes and uses a combination of both physical and chemical exfoliators. Plus, its a two minute treatment. If it’s quick and effective, then perfect!

 

fabfitfun winter 2017 kate somerville exfolikate

 

Next up is the DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Nude ($70.00 USD). This palette features eight eyeshadows and one highlighter. I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t say much about the formulation of these powder products but I do like how compact this is. I can see myself using this for travel and a 2-in-1 with eyeshadow and a highlighter. That is one less thing you need to pack!

 

fabfitfun winter 2017 doucce eyeshadow palette

 

The AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream ($33.00 USD) is a rich hand cream that is perfect for those of you who have dry hands. I know I get dry hands in the winter so this is perfect! I also like the scent, too.

 

fabfitfun winter 2017 ahava hand cream

 

Moving on to fashion items, the BB Dakota Poncho in Black ($70.00 USD) is so cozy and also very stylish! I’m glad that I received this colourway (the other two available was burgundy and grey) because it is reversible and the other side is grey. This makes it super versatile and it goes with pretty much everything!

 

fabfitfun winter 2017 bb dakota poncho

fabfitfun winter 2017 bb dakota poncho
photo credit: bb dakota

 

 

The Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks ($19.00 USD) are so soft and perfect for cozy nights in at home. I live for cozy socks and slippers in the wintertime! I mean, who doesn’t love a pair of cozy socks in this weather? I also like how these socks are aloe infused. Super great.

 

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

The 8 Other Reasons Nine Lives Choker in Silver ($58.00 USD) looks super classy and delicate. Perfect for when you’re dressed up for, say a holiday party, for example!

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

The last item in this season’s box is the Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug ($16.00 USD). There were three variations of this product and I received the black and white mug that says “Coming in Hot” on it. Perfect for my morning coffee or evening hot chocolate. 🙂

 

fabfitfun winter 2017

fabfitfun winter 2017

 

The total value of my Winter FabFitFun box was $393.00 USD. That translates to $495.50 CAD at todays exchange rate. I think this is one of the highest value boxes I have received!  Add to it that I was happy with everything I received. Overall, I adored the Winter box!

What do you think of this season’s offerings? I’d love to hear what you think!

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 + 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!

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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 + Review: Miss Blanco Joyful Box October 2016

miss blanco joyful box october 2016

miss blanco joyful box october 2016

 

Greetings folks! After having a very long week last week, receiving this in the mail was a lovely surprise!

This unboxing is a little bit different for me because I know the girl who started it. Well, I don’t know her in real life but I know her online from a Canadian Facebook beauty group or two and she is the NICEST person! I know Yoanella (Miss Blanco herself!) put in a lot of hard work and research into this. She even asked a group of beauty box subscription lovers about their thoughts around beauty boxes, such as, what they love and don’t love about their current beauty box subscriptions in preparation of kicking off her very own beauty box subscription service. After all that preparation and hard work, Miss Blanco Joyful Box was born!

This week I received the very first Miss Blanco Joyful Box. The October box was chock full of amazing goodies! Not only do you get beauty and makeup  items – which is a pretty standard offering in beauty box subs, really – but Yoanella expanded what her boxes offer to include both handmade and lifestyle products, as well. When we go through the contents of the box, you’ll see what I mean.

For the month of October, shipping was free so the box cost $38.00 CAD. Starting in November, the price of the box will be $38.00 CAD plus $6 CAD for shipping to Canada and $7 CAD for shipping to the US (to be converted to US Dollars).

Now that we have the logistics out of the way, what are we waiting for? Let’s begin this unboxing! You have no idea how excited I am to share this with you! 🙂

When I first opened the box, I noticed a cute Thank You card! 🙂

 

miss blanco joyful box october 2016

 

Underneath the card were the goodies. Let’s start with beauty, shall we?

The first item I received was the Manna Kadar LipLocked Priming Lip Wand in the shade Joie ($31.00 CAD, 2.5 g, full sized). Joie is the word “joy” in French – how perfect is it that I received this shade in my Joyful box! Joie is described as a “Muted Rose” and it really is such a gorgeous colour. Usually I am not a big fan of lip crayons due to how dry some of them can be but this one isn’t dry at all when I put it on. It goes on smooth and is nicely pigmented.  Other pluses to this product? It’s paraben free, cruelty free and allergy tested.

I would still suggest that you use a lip scrub and lip balm to ensure that your lips are smooth when you use this if you have dry lips like me. Though it applies smooth, I found that to be because my lips were drier than usual (due to being sick and taking cold medication for the last few weeks, ugh), it would start to settle in the creases on my lips after awhile. The lip balm also adds a bit of gloss, making the muted rose colour shine and pop. This really was the perfect colour for me and I’m really happy that I received it! I have a feeling I will be toting that around with my new fave lip balm in my purse cause right now they are my “dynamic duo” of lip products. 😉 

This next one was not on the card because I believe it was a little bonus surprise in my October box! I received a Lord & Berry 20100 Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick in the shade Intimacy ($20.00 USD, 1.8 g, full sized). From the looks of it, the website shows that this is a limited edition product.

Yes, I already received a lip pencil but ohmigosh. Again, this is the perfect shade for me! This is darker than the Manna Kadar Lip Wand but it’s in a similar shade family and I do love those rose colour lippies! This lipstick crayon is also very easy to apply and the pigmentation is really great. It’s a very wearable colour for day-to-day at the office or for running errands on the weekend! Super happy with this as well. This lip junkie likes this too. 🙂

 

miss blanco joyful box october 2016

 

Here are some swatches of the two lip pencils.

 

miss blanco joyful box october 2016

 

I also received another product from this brand. The Manna Kadar Radiance Split Pan Bronzer and Highlighter Duo ($28.00 CAD, full size) is fab! This year has been the year of the highlighter for me and I really can’t say no to a lovely bronzer so I thought this was great! I have tried this product before receiving it in this box and I’m happy to have a backup now. Both the highlighter and the bronzer are super silky and very pigmented. The shades are perfect for my medium skin tone but by the looks of this, it looks like it would be great for most, if not all, skin tones. It’s very versatile that way. And hey, it’s also perfect for travel! You won’t need to bring a separate highlighter and bronzer because this takes care of it. I will be putting this in my makeup bag when I go on holidays!

 

miss blanco joyful box 2016

 

miss blanco joyful box 2016

 

The final beauty product in the October Miss Blanco Joyful Box was the Barefoot Venus Lilly Pilly Shea Butter Hand Cream ($6.75 CAD, 50 ml). Such cute pink packaging! I am a big fan of Barefoot Venus. Everything that I have tried from them so far, I’ve loved! It’s also great that this product is paraben free and also does not contain any synthetic colours, mineral oil or propylene glycol. And I love shea butter lotions. This one is no exception. This is a great hand cream. A little bit goes a long way! It’s a thick hand cream with a light scent. It’s quite nice! This is perfect for me right now because my hands are so dry from the colder weather. And this will be fantastic to take on my holiday. Big thumbs up on this one!

 

miss blanco joyful box 2016

 

So just because we finished talking about beauty doesn’t mean we’re done this unboxing yet! What I love about this box is that it also included one lifestyle item and a handmade item.

The lifestyle item for the month of October is an adorable handmade soap in the shape of a cupcake ($6.00 CAD). How cute is that! It’s Canadian-made in Waterloo, Ontario and made exclusively for this subscription. The scent I got was in Pink Clay. I wasn’t sure what Pink Clay was so I had to Google it and came up with this description:

French Pink Clay is a combination of red and white clays. […] French Pink Clay can be used to cleanse and detoxify the skin, remove dead skin cells and create an overall refreshed appearance. It can also be used to treat acne and other skin ailments; poor blood and/or lymph circulation and sun damaged skin.

It has a soft scent but it smells really nice! I’ll be honest with you – it’s almost too cute to use! I could totally put it on display on my vanity. We’ll see what I end up doing with it.. it really is a toss up! Enjoy the lovely scented soap in the shower or display on my vanity… tough. Tough decision. 😉

 

miss blanco joyful box october 2016

 

Last but not least, the handmade item is a little crochet purse ($21.00 CAD). It was available in three colours and I just happened to receive the mint one! Perfect! Other than purple, greens are my fave colour. 😉 This crochet purse is perfect to keep in your handbag to for your loose change or other tiny items.  I love receiving practical items in sub boxes!

 

miss blanco joyful box october 2016

 

The overall value of my Joyful Box for the month of October was $92.75 CAD PLUS a lippie with a value of $20.00 USD as a bonus surprise. That is amazing, AMAZING value!I am thrilled with my first Miss Blanco Joyful box! I can’t wait to see what November has in store. 🙂

If you want to try out this subscription, there is a coupon code available right now. Use the code MISSBLANCO10 for 10% off your first box!

Not ready to commit to a subscription yet? Boxes are available for one-time purchase for the upcoming month (in this case, November and December boxes are available in the shop now) and sometimes Yoanella has special surprise boxes that contain fewer items but is less expensive so you can get a taste of what you could receive if you do subscribe.

What can I say? So far, so good. This really was a box full of joy! 🙂

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 2016

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Unboxing: Unilever Trends Box from Topbox (Limited Edition)

topbox unilever trends box

 

Ugh. I don’t usually get sick often but the bug that’s been going around at work has hit me hard. So my apologies for the delay on this post! I meant to post this sometime last week.

The Unilever Trends Box was included for free with my September Topbox. What a surprise that was! I definitely wasn’t expecting that. 🙂

Other subscribers received the Unilever Classics Box. Both were available for purchase from Topbox for $10 CAD but they are both sold out now which is a shame because it’s such a great deal!

A ton of great stuff from brands under the Unilever umbrella – both old and new to me – were included.  It’s a good mix of stuff so let’s get started!

 

topbox unilever trends box

 

Dove Dry Oil Moisturizing Body Wash (53 ml)
I have tried other Dove body washes but not this one in particular.  It is said to be “Infused with precious Moroccan Argan Oil beads” which intrigues me. I don’t often use exfoliating body washes so I look forward to trying this one out!

Dove Soothing Camomile Dry Spray Antiperspirant (107 g)
Now here’s something that I’ve heard good things about but haven’t had a chance to try yet. I have never tried a spray antiperspirant before so I’m glad I received this! This is definitely a new-to-me product.

Dove Regenerative Nourishment Shampoo (30 ml), Conditioner (30 ml) and Serum (9 ml)
A sample of an entire hair product range! That’s pretty awesome. This is for damaged and over-processed hair. My hair isn’t damaged, per se, but I often use heat styling tools so it’s probably damaged enough. I will have to give this a try. Maybe I will take these on my upcoming vacation. That sounds like a good plan to me. 😉

 

topbox unilever trends box

 

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes (7 count)
I love, love, love Simple cleansing wipes! I can’t even count how many of these I’ve used up already. Super glad to have a nice travel pack for vacation, though. 🙂

TRESemme Perfectly (un)Done Waves Sea Foam (45 ml)
I usually feel very indifferent about sprays that claim to give you waves because I still haven’t found one that works for me. Something to try, I guess.

TRESemme Perfectly (un)Done Waves Sea Salt Spray (50 ml)
Same comment as above. Why are there two similar products in this box? Not sure. I guess I could try this also.

 

topbox unilever trends box

 

Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hands Stronger Nails Lotion (100 ml)
Perfect! As the weather gets colder, my hands get drier so this came at a perfect time! I will be using this for sure.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter (17 g)
Another perfect product for me! I have always loved Vaseline’s Lip Therapy but haven’t tried it yet in this new packaging. Cocoa Butter is my fave one so I will also be using this for sure. 🙂

So there you go – the 10 products included in the Unilver Trends Box. Overall, it’s pretty great! Other than maybe the TRESemme products, I will be using it all at some point in time. Super glad that I also received a few things I can use right away when I go on holidays.

Thank you Topbox for this amazing bonus with my September Topbox!

Until next time, friends!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I received this box for free as a bonus with my September Topbox. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Birchbox Canada Unboxing and Review – February 2015

Happy Sunday everyone! It is a beautiful sunny spring day outside and after a full week of windy weather, it’s great! How is your weekend going? 🙂

I am so close to catching up on my Birchbox reviews… but I’m still a couple behind! That’s alright, here we go… let’s move on to February.

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