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Unboxing + Review: FabFitFun Summer 2017

 

fabfitfun summer 2017

 

Hello Summer! That is the perfect headline so FabFitFun got it right! The Summer FabFitFun box is chock full of items that scream summer! I was super excited to receive my Summer box because the spoilers made it super hard to resist. Just so many amazing things… you’ll see!

FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box that contains everything from beauty to fitness items. Honestly one of my favourite subscriptions because I haven’t unsubscribed to this one yet like I did for so many others already! If you would like to try this subscription, please use my link here.

 

fabfitfun summer 2017

 

Before we begin this unboxing, can I just say that this box looks amazing? Because it does! And bonus points for being purple because that’s my favourite colour! πŸ˜‰ 

 

fabfitfun summer 2017

fabfitfun summer 2017

 

Every FabFitFun box comes with a magazine and this time around, it came in the form of a newspaper. Within this newspaper, you get the details of all the products in the Summer box plus many articles that are relevant to the items you receive. As usual, there are the items that everyone gets in one variation or another and then there are the Choice items that you get to choose based on some vague hints. But before we take a look at those Choice items, let’s take a peek at the stuff that is found in each and every Summer box.

 

fabfitfun summer 2017 michael stars ruana

fabfitfun summer 2017 michael stars ruana

 

Let’s start with the Michael Stars Ruana ($54.00 USD). If you are like me, you are probably asking “So… what is a ruana?”. Forgive me! While I’m in the loop with beauty, fashion is not my forte! πŸ˜‰ Well, I did some research and essentially a ruana is a poncho-style garment originally from the Andes region of Venezuela. It has so much versatility because you can wear it as a scarf, sarong or even a shawl. Check out the many different ways you can wear it in this video by FabFitFun. I received the blue colour variation (there are three patterns and colours available) and it feels so soft and light! I’m going to have to experiment with this one.

 

fabfitfun summer 2017 bkr bottle

 

Next, I received the BKR Little (500 ml) Water Bottle ($35.00 USD). To be perfectly honest, I have wanted one of these for a long time now so imagine my excitement when I saw that this was included in my box! I received the pink bottle (which is also available in blue). It’s a glass water bottle that is so cute. I will definitely be using this at work! I need to get a carabiner so I can use the cap loop to hook it on to my bag. 

 

fabfitfun summer 2017 cargo hd highlighter

 

I also received a makeup item in my bag and being the highlighter junkie that I am, I was glad to see it! The Cargo HD Picture Perfect Highlighter in Bronze ($30.00 USD) is beautiful! I love that is’ a compact with a mirror. It’s going to be great for travel! The consistency of this highlighter feels very smooth and it looks very pigmented. You can apply it lightly or really build up that shine! Looking forward to using this!

 

fabfitfun summer 2017 juice beauty

 

The Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate ($29.00 USD) is probably what I was least excited about. I haven’t been a big fan of the Juice Beauty products that I have tried in the past. Granted, I’ve only tried their Green Apple line which this product is not a part of. Instead, it contains grape, aloe and carrot juice so I may actually like it. It’s worth a try. We shall see!

 

fabfitfun summer 2017 avene

 

Another skincare product I received was the Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ ($24.00 USD). Perfect for summer! You always need a sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. This one is great for sensitive skin and is lightweight enough to use on your face. I’m sure I will be using this product! It’s super practical, in my opinion.

 

fabfitfun summer 2017 kris nations

fabfitfun summer 2017 kris nations

 

The next one is so pretty! I received the turquoise Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace ($58.00 USD). Turquoise promotes balance, discovery and confidence. Fort he record, this was missing from my box when I first received it so I was super disappointed. But I contacted their Customer Service right away and they were very quick in sending out a replacement! I received it about a week after… which is pretty good considering the box itself seems to take forever and a day to get to Canada sometimes! I’m so glad they sent it right away because I love this! The necklace came in a cute glass jar and ti’s so delicate. I’m glad I receive the turquoise one because it goes with pretty much most of my wardrobe. I can definitely see myself wearing this necklace a lot! I love it! Probably my fave item from this season’s box.

 

fabfitfun summer 2017

 

This last one is a sponsored freebie. The Vital Proteins Marie Collagen is an unflavoured drink mix. It is drinkable collagen (first I have ever heard of this!) that can be added to pretty much any hot or cold drink. It is gluten free, sugar free and non-GMO. And again, there is a card that gives you 3 months of free access to Salted. Salted has cooking classes videos and recipes. There’s something for the chefs out there! If you like cooking, you can take advantage of this code.

And now on to the Choice items! The Summer Box came with two Choice items and I gotta admit, I like having the opportunity to choose something… and it’s even better that it’s still a surprise!

 

fabfitfun summer 2017 salted

fabfitfun summer 2017 salted

 

For Choice 1, you got to choose between the following themes: traveler, artist and chef. While I do love to travel and do artsy things (I mean, paint night anyone???), I chose the Chef option. Boy, was I ever glad that I did! I received the Salted Himalayan Pink Salt Kit ($26.00 USD). It comes as a small block of himalayan salt and includes a wooden stand that you can display it on when you put it in your kitchen. A small metal grater was also included and the wooden stand has a spot for that, as well. It’s said that Himalayan pink salt is bet used to sprinkle on top of your food to finish dishes. This is such a unique item! I love it! To cover all our bases, the Artist choice would have been a Ready, Set, Creat! Art Kit which includes a canvas, brushes, acrylic paints and an alphabet stencil and the Traveler choice would have been an Understated Leather On The Road Again Travel Set which contains a passport cover and luggage tag.

 

fabfitfun summer 2017 klorane

 

For Choice 2, you got to choose between the following themes: fitness and beauty. I went with Beauty, of course! I received the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($20.00 CAD). I have tried this before because I received a travel size of this product in one of my previous Topbox’s. I really liked it so having a full sized can is great! Just an FYI – choosing Fitness would have gotten you the Way of Will 03 Soothe and Cool Massage Oil.

So that’s it! That’s all for my Summer FabFit Fun box! The value of my box, including the two Choice items I received, came to $276.00 USD (which comes to a whopping $343.00 CAD in today’s exchange rate!) which is amazing! While it doesn’t appear to have as many items as previous boxes, the value is still very much there and because I received many great items that I will be using, it’s totally worth it for me!

What was your fave from this season’s box? Were you happy with your choices? I love seeing my readers thoughts in the comments! πŸ™‚

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: FabFitFun Spring 2017

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day weekend! And a Happy 4th of July to our American Friends too!

This is a bit late. My goal was to get this posted before I went on vacation! But it was so busy leading up to vacation that I just didn’t get a chance to finish. So here it is! My apologies. I’m home now from a week away camping in the BC Kootenay’s and back to blogging! And work, let’s not forget that. πŸ˜‰

Honestly, FabFitFun is still one of my favourite subscriptions. It only comes four times a year, as the seasons change, but for the most part, I really like what I have received in the past. The FabFitFun Spring box was no different!

FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box that contains everything from beauty to fitness items. If you would like to try this subscription, please use my link here.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

First off, I am loving how each box comes in a design now. Now pretty is the one for Spring? There are also a number of variations when it comes to the box design. Second, I love that the box comes with a magazine. It’s everything from a product card and more! 

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

For spring, FabFitFun introduced a new feature called “Choice”. With Choice, all members are given the chance to choose a few items in theri ox based on their personal preference. They provide you with a bit of a teaser as to what the items might be so that you can choose one OR choose them all! Additional Choice items can be added to your box for $10 each, while supplies last.

For this box, the Choice was between two jewelry items. They gave us vague hints. Being the jewelry lover I am, I chose both. You don’t actually get to see what they look like before you select them but I will reveal and cover both pieces below. πŸ˜‰

Anyways, let’s get to it. Here is what I received for Spring. πŸ™‚

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 briogeo

 

First up is the hair care product I received. The Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($20.00 USD) is said to add softness and shien to your hair. What I really like is that it also helps with frizz and, as an additional bonus, shields your hair from heat and UV rays. Perfect for summer and tropical holidays! This is a full sized bottle which is one of the perks of FFF – full sized products! Plus, I really like the scent. This was a win for me.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 dr. brandt

 

Next, I also received a couple of skin care products. The first one is the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator ($79.00 USD). I’m sure I have tried a deluxe size of this before but it was from ipsy and came in a black tube. If I remember correctly, I really liked it. It is a lightweight cream and you don’t need to use much to use it effectively to exfoliate your skin. It is pretty gentle and is said to fade dark spots and minimize lines and wrinkles. I haven’t opened this yet because I have other exfoliators on the go… I will use this once I finish those.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 karuna

 

I also received the Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask ($28.00 USD, four masks). My skin is normal right now so I will have to save this for another time. It is said to help dry, dehydrated skin. It is a deep-conditioning sheet mask made of 100% natural wood-pulp fiber. This would have been great to have during the winter! Either way, I love sheet masks and always keep them on hand.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 realher

 

Moving on to makeup, I received the RealHer Lip Kit in Neutral Pink ($48.00 USD). Boy, was I ever glad to see this set! The deep red set is too red for my liking and the deep nude set likely would have been too nude or brown for me. At least the pink works for me! This set includes a lipstick, lip gloss and a lip pencil. It’s made from natural ingredients which is a plus! I plan on writing a review just on this set so I won’t say too much yet but I will say that I do like it! 

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 deborah lippmann

fabfitfun spring 2017 deborah lippmann

 

Next up is nails. I got the Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set in Shape of My Heart (light pink) and Like a Virgin (white) ($19.00 USD). I have a few Deborah Lippmann polishes and I really like the formulation. They don’t chip right away and have been long lasting for me… I hope these are the same! These pastel shades are great for summer. I also like that these are minis as I have never in my life EVEr finished a bottle of nail polish! Minis are totally fine by me!

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 gypsy 05

fabfitfun spring 2017 gypsy 05

 

I received two lifestyle items in my Spring box. The first one is the Gypsy 05 Roundie in the yellow pattern ($50.00 USD). Round blankets seem to be very popular right now so FFF sure got it right by including this in the box! Made of 100% cotton, this roundie blanket is perfect for picnics or trips to the beach. It measures 62.5″ in diameter and has a tassel trim all around the edge. It comes in many designs. This will come in very useful this summer!

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 milly

 

Next is a zip pouch from Milly with the saying “Haute Mess” ($45.00 USD) on it! And you know, some days I just am! A haute mess that is. πŸ˜‰ The huge plus that differentiates this bag from my other ones is that it’s water resistant. It’s a good sized bag too! You can use it too keep wet swimwear in it or to tote your liquids around during your travels which is what I did during the last week on my holidays. It sure came in handy! It also has a wrist loop so you don’t lose it. Overall, this is such a great bag!

fabfitfun spring 2017 emerald duv

fabfitfun spring 2017 luv aj

 

The final item that was in the Spring box was the Choice item – a jewelry piece. Or in my case, two jewelry pieces! For my Choice pick, I chose the Emerald Duv “Joshua Tree” Cage Bracelet ($80.00 USD) at first but then decided I wanted both so I also received the Luv AJ Diamond Kite Crawler Earring Set ($85.00 USD) for an extra $10.00 USD. I’m glad I got both because I would have kicked myself if I just received one. The cage bracelet is beautiful! It is a larger cuff but is still delicate looking. It is comfortable and light to wear. And the earrings are a lovely rose gold! I have always wanted crawler earrings so this is a great set to start with. Overall, I’m very happy with both jewelry items I received! 

So that’s it! That’s all that came in the Spring box. The total value of my Spring FabFitFun box was $454.00 USD. That is insane. I will certainly be using everything I received so for me it was worth it. 

What was your fave item from the Spring FabFitFun box? πŸ™‚

Have a great rest of the week everyone! 

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: Glow Getter Spring 2017

glow getter box spring 2017

 

Hello friends! There’s a new subscription box in town and it’s called Glow Getter!

Glow Getter (http://www.glowgetter.net) is a seasonal subscription box that ships to your door quarterly as the seasons change. You get four boxes a year and each box contains six or more full-sized products. 

Glow Getter is not your typical beauty box. In fact, it leans more towards being a lifestyle box because it features everything from beauty products to accessories to lifestyle and wellness items. Everything which is seasonally appropriate, of course!

This subscription costs $56.00 CAD per season which includes all taxes and shipping. While this is a Canadian subscription service, it is also available to those who are in the United States.

I was super excited to see this subscription box come to life. I am in a number of beauty groups with Natasha, Glow Getter’s founder, so my anticipation was high with this one! I was very happy to see it in my mailbox!

The Spring Glow Getter box contains items from both Canada and the United States. It is a mix of beauty, skincare, body care, jewelry, lifestyle and wellness products. Whew, that was a mouthful! πŸ™‚ Totally worth it because what a great mix for spring! Let’s take a peek at what I received. There were eight products and a bonus item so we have a lot to go through today! 

 

glow getter box spring 2017

 

The first item in my box was a Coconut Cream Bath Bomb from Spell Craft Bath ($8.00 CAD). This is a full-sized bath bomb in the shape of a white heart. I’m definitely looking forward to trying this one out. This smells divine! But then again, I adore coconut scents… it reminds me of vacation! And pina coladas. OR my new fave drink that I discovered in Hawaii called a Lava Flow. Delish! πŸ˜‰ These bath bombs claim to keep your skin smooth and hydrating because they contain the following oils: grapeseed, coconut and vitamin E. This looks like it’s the perfect thing to use during the colder and drier months… especially here in Alberta! Please note that other subscribers may have received this product in the scent Pink Sands.

Next up is  an item for your home. This hand poured Soy Candle in Garden Mint from Heirloom Candles ($5.00 CAD, 2 oz). It’s so cute! It is not overly minty or overly floral but it is a good balance. I love this scent because it reminds me of my mint plants in my garden. I love keeping mint in my garden so that I can infuse it in my drinking water. The scent is so fresh! This candle will come in very handy when I try the bath bomb. Soothing, relaxing baths and candles are complimentary and go so great together!

The first beauty item I received was the Manna Kadar Paradise Blush ($25.00 CAD). If you can recall, I received this in my January ipsy and I already very much like it! (A swatch of this shade can also be found on the ipsy unboxing post.). It’s a very nice pearlized pink blush that you can lightly put on your cheekbone or build up for more colour. It’s very versatile in that manner. This is already in my vanity and in rotation so I may keep this one as a back up!

 

glow getter box spring 2017

 

Next, let’s talk skincare! I received a full-sized bottle of Delia Organics’ Restore Treatment ($40.00 CAD, 30 ml). This is a very light and very quick absorbing facial oil. You don’t need to use very much as a little goes a long way! I love that this is 100% natural and that it’s fragrance free. This will appeal to a lot of people! It is said to soften fine lines and wrinkles and hydrate your skin… among a number of other things! I can definitely say that it does absorb very quickly and that it is not at all greasy.  I am finding it very nice on my skin. I don’t often use facial oils but this one has impressed me so I will continue to use it.

The wellness product in January was a Larabar in the Peanut Butter flavour ($3.00 CAD, 48 g). I have never tried this energy bar before but I’ve seen this around at Shoppers Drug Mart and my local grocery establishments so it’s easy to get ahold of if you end up falling in love with it. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was curious! I Plus, I adore peanut butter so I am happy I received this flavour! I will likely take this bar to work for those hunger emergencies during busy days where I am running from meeting to meeting. It doesn’t happy every day but it does happen! Or I will try it before a workout. We’ll see! 

 

glow getter box spring 2017

 

I love jewelry! So I was super happy to see that a Day and Co Jewelry Hand Stamped Bracelet ($24.00 CAD) was included in the Spring Box! Each bracelet is hand stamped with a different saying and were available in three metals: copper, aluminum and brass. The one I received was in brass and it says “Let Your Light Shine”. So cute and so inspirational! It is very light and it does bend so if you’re like me and have super small wrists, you can do a little bit of adjustments to make it fit so that it won’t fall off. The fact that it came with a cleaning cloth is great, too. Can I just say that this is also a local brand from right here in Alberta? I love being able to support local businesses so I’m super happy to see one of them make it into the Glow Getter box! 

 

glow getter box spring 2017

 

I did receive another makeup product. The Skone Cosmetics Luxe Doubler Eye and Lip Pencil in Girlypink ($16.00 CAD) is a multi-purpose pencil! Lip liner, eyeliner, lipstick, eyeshadow… you name it, you can  use it that way! But knowing my personal preference when it comes to pink shades, I will likely only use this on my lips. It’s very rare that I use these bolder pinks on my eyes. Girlypink will work with a lot of my rose and berry lip colours.

I have used this next skin care product before and I really do love this product! The Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator ($6.00 CAD, 20 g deluxe size) is an amazing exfoliating cleanser! I have used up one of these tubes before and I’m on my second one now. I’m glad that I now have a backup for what was my backup! πŸ˜‰ At 20 g in size, this is the only non-full-sized product in this box but that’s okay! In my experience, my last tube lasted a long, long time. A little goes a long way for sure. I find this to be such a gentle scrub that works and I found it to work well on my skin. This was already a big fave of mine so I was happy to see this. As much as I love being exposed to new products, I also love to see favorites, as well.

 

glow getter box spring 2017

 

The last item I am going to write about is a bonus item in this box. It is another product from Skone Cosmetics and it is their Smudger Brush ($20.00 CAD). This brush is a lot smaller than my other smudger brushes but that’s a good thing. This one looks like it will be great to use for smaller details such as applying or smudging eyeliner or for add some detail to the corners of your eyes. The bristles feels dense but are soft so that if you do use it on your eyes, you’re not poking your eyes out with prickly bristles. I think I will really like this brush!

 

glow getter box spring 2017

glow getter box spring 2017

 

Oh wait! I am not quite done yet. Some of you may have noticed this in my Instagram teaser post but there is something pink in the middle of the box. It is shaped kinda like a diamond but I wasn’t really sure what it was for. So I asked Natasha and it turns out that it serves multiple purposes. Not only does it help keep the box from getting crushed while it’s on it’s way to you, once you receive it, it can also be used in a variety of ways. You can flip it on its side and use it to keep your Beauty Blender clean or put a tea light underneath it and it becomes decorative. 

 

glow getter box spring 2017

 

I also love that these two tea recipe cards were included in the box. This is a great idea! I love teas myself so I will definitely be trying out these detox tea recipes. 

And that, my friends, wraps up our unboxing the the Spring 2017 Glow Getter box today. The total value of this box, including the bonus, was $147.00 CAD which I think is fab! It is worth it for the amount I paid and I found the products to be of quality. I was super impressed with the variety you can find in this box! It really does feature a little bit of everything which is fab! I was super happy with this inaugural Spring 2017 box from Glow Getter that I am really looking forward to seeing what is in store for us for summer!

If you are interested in subscribing to Glow Getter, use the code glow5 to get $5 off! There are still a few spring boxes available so if you like what you saw in this post, jump to it! If you don’t get the spring box, ,your first box will be a Welcome Box.

What was your favorite product from the Spring Glow Getter box? 

Hope you are all having an amazing week! A new post will be up soon. πŸ™‚

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 any 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. πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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 November 2016 – Acceptance

miss blanco joyful box november 2016

 

Greetings everyone! The holidays are slowly creeping up on us so we finally put up our tree and decorated this past weekend! We were a little late with the decorations this year because we were in Hawaii.  Plus, it was a good time to do so due to the deep freeze we are dealing with here in Alberta where our windchill temperatures were dipping very close to -40 Celsius. Brr! This also gave me a bit of time to snap some pics and write about this beauty of a beauty box! So let’s get started.

Miss Blanco Joyful Box is a lifestyle box sent straight to you each month containing two to three deluxe or full sized beauty times, one hand-curated item and a lifestyle item. A “Box Full of Joy” so to say! It is priced at $38.00 CAD (or $28 USD) monthly.

Miss Blanco Joyful Box is a little different than other beauty box subs out there in that it offers a VIP member option. 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! πŸ™‚

The Miss Blanco Joyful Box for November was called Acceptance. November’s box made me feel absolutely spoiled! I received a lifestyle item, a hand-curated item, three body products, two beauty items AND two surprise items bringing me to a total of nine(!!!) products in my box! I get that this does not occur every month but either way, I was ecstatic to see this! Just to clarify, I am a VIP member because I joined in the first month where you could become VIP free for life but this will give you a taste of what kind of surprises you can expect. πŸ˜‰

Now that you know a little about the subscription and a brief summary of what I will be covering here, let’s take a closer look at each item I received. There’s quite a bit here so grab a cup of coffee or hot cup of tea with me and let’s go!

Let’s take a look at the lifestyle item first. This month’s lifestyle item is a Plaid Fashion Scarf ($32.99 CAD). Plaid and scarves are very much “in” this season so this is really the bet of both worlds! Unlike the more common blanket scarves out there, this is a lighter scarf so you can wear it well into spring, cooler mornings in summer and into the fall. You can totally pull off wearing this during any one of the four seasons! The colours in this scarf also makes it easy to wear with what you probably have in your closet. This makes it very versitile and I can already see myself wearing this a lot! I do love scarves, after all. πŸ™‚ Here’s a pic I posted on Instagram wearing it.

 

 

After a long day, I’m so tired! So excuse the look of tiredness. Taking pics for my @mbjoyfulbox November unboxing blog post and decided I had time to squeeze in a selfie with this fab scarf! It is so so so SOFT! I’m in love! ? The Joyful Box was so great last month! Oh and that’s my new moonstone and rose gold ring from @soprettycaracotter that I’m now { obsessed } with ?? Wearing the Cami Lippie Stix from @colourpopcosmetics too (you can’t see it but my shirt says “Lipstick Addict” ?) #unboxing #style #scarf #fashion #comfy #soft #plaid #lifestyle #beauty #blogger #beautyblogger #camadianblogger #yegblogger #beautyblogger #lifestyleblogger #loveit #whatsnew #jewelry #sopretty #ring #colourpop #lipsticklover #lipstick

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Next up is a handmade Artisan Necklace ($20.99 CAD). This necklace is so adorable! It features a heart pendant on a black cord. Like the scarf, you can pretty much wear this with anything. This is a great piece for any day and any occasion.

 

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Let’s discuss body products now. The first one is the Barefoot Venus Lilly Pilly Bath Treat ($5.50 CAD). Like the Lilly Pilly hand cream I received in my October box, it smells great! It contains epsom salt, mango butter, palm kernel oil and sweet almond oil and is created without any harsh mineral oils, parabens, propylene glycol and synthetic colours. I can definitely see myself settling into a nice bath with this treat. I can see this be very soothing and relaxing. 

Speaking of soothing and relaxing, I also received the Barefoot Venus Lilly Pilly Argan Dry Body Oil ($2.50 CAD) in a travel size and it smells just as heavenly as the Bath Treat! I haven’t tried a body oil until now and this one is very nice. I found that it absorbs quickly into your skin and doesn’t leave a residue. I will definitely continue to use this on my dry skin. It’s wintery and cold now so this came at the right time!

I really like the Barefoot Venus products I have tried so far so these two were great to see in my Joyful box. πŸ™‚

 

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The final body product I received was the Cherish All Natural Products Body Oil in Bubble Gum ($10.00 CAD). I will be honest, I was very uncertain about this when I first saw the spoiler. Bubble Gum Body Oil? Really?

Yes, really! I did give it a try (because you should really try new things at least once!) and was pleasantly surprised! I thought it was going to be super sweet but it really isn’t. It’s still sweet but not crazy sweet. I am actually loving the scent – who knew? This was a great new discovery and I have the Joyful Box to thank for this! I also love how this product is natural. Similar to the Argan Dry Body Oil, I will be using this for sure… our winters here in Alberta are so dry. I did need this!

 

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The body oil wasn’t the only item I received from this brand… I also got the Cherish All Natural Products Lip Balm in Cherish Cherry ($6.00 CAD). If you don’t already know, I am a self-proclaimed lip balm junkie! So I am always happy to see a new lip balm in these subscription boxes. πŸ™‚ I haven’t opened this yet because I have too many lip balms as it is. But again, it’s made of natural ingredients so I have high hopes for it! I will use it one day soon! (Maybe sooner than later.. the Nivea lip balm I received from ChickAdvisor is just about done! I did use that one faster than usual… I did love it, though.)

Did the lipstick count as a makeup item? You decide. I did receive a real makeup item and it is the Sweet Leilani Eyeshadow in the shade Mai Tai ($14.99 CAD). This is one of Sweet Leilani’s Seaside Mineral Jewels Eyshadow. The shad Orchid is a grey-silver… I don’t have a colour similar to this in my collection so receiving this was nice. It is velvety smooth in consistency and very pigmented! I probably won’t use this too much as an all over shade but I will use it in the inner corners of my eyes. It’s vegan, and paraben and gluten free so if you are looking for those types of products, this may be something you would like to look into. It’s also fragrance free if you are sensitive to fragrances.

 

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I will wrap this up with this random thought: so far the three body and beauty brands we’ve looked at are all Canadian. That is great! I always love supporting local or Canadian brands!

But we’re not done yet! Sure, we are done discovering what was in the box itself but I did also receive two bonus surprises in my box!

The first surprise is the elf Long-wear Lipliner Pencil in the shade Bitter ($1.00 USD). I haven’t used many elf products before so I’m looking forward to trying it! From the swatch shown on the elf site, Bitter is a berry shade. This also comes with a sharpener so that’s always a plus! While this was a great bonus surprise, I was way more excited about the other product.

The second surprise I received was the Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Moisturizer ($18.30 CAD, 15 ml) and since this is one of my favorite moisturizers, I was VERY happy to see this deluxe sample size! I’ve used this in the past and I loved it! it’s super moisturizing and worked so great with my skin.

 

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Overall, the value of this box is $93.00 CAD according to the product card for the official box contents and then an additional $20.00 CAD in surprise items which is not too shabby! It contained way more products that other monthly subscription boxes (though, I do realize that this won’t happen every single month) so that was a huge plus! This was a really great box – awesome scarf, cute necklace and brands that are brand new to me.  Can’t go wrong with that!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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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 november 2016