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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! 😉 

 

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! 😉 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.

 

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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! 🙂

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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: Glow Getter Summer Heat 2017

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

I don’t know why but I just love seasonal subscription boxes! Perhaps it is because they give you an opportunity to try so many products from makeup to lifestyle and fitness products… sometimes even snack goodies! 

One such box is the Canadian subscription called Glow Getter. 

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

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. 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.

The summer Glow Getter box’s theme is called Summer Heat. The product card says:

Whether you are taking in some sun, having a date night out or enjoying the local market, we have what you need to soak in the Summer heat!

This is only my second season with this subscription so this is only my second box. I was so impressed with the Spring Box (see that unboxing here) that I couldn’t wait to see what summer had in store! Well the wait is now over! Let’s take a peek at what was in the Summer box. Once you see everything, you’ll see that the product card was spot on!

 

glow getter summer heat 2017 - jersey shore cosmetics

 

The first two items we will take a look at are from a company called Jersey Shore Cosmetics. I am already a big fan of their Mongongo lip balm so I was excited to try more from this brand! 

The first one is the Jersey Shore Anti-Aging Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 ($29.00 CAD). How convenient is that? This mineral sunscreen stick is 100% natural and super portable. Keep in in your purse or beach bag and you’re good to go! All you need to do is apply it to your skin and blend it in. Easy peasy. This is a great sunscreen to use on your face, protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays. The downside is that it is not waterproof or water resistant so you should reapply it often – they recommend every two hours. Still, I can’t wait to try it! I will take it with me on my summer holiday. And yes, this is a full sized product. 🙂

From natural sun protection to natural makeup, the second item is the Jersey Shore Natural Radiant Gold Leaf Highlighter ($29.00 CAD). This is also full sized. Being a highlighter junkie (yes, I’m not just a lip junkie :D), I was super happy to see this! You can use this on your cheekbones, nose, lips and even shoulders for a more luminous all over summer look.  The shade Gold Leaf (it also comes in the shade Platinum) contains edible gold leaf and gives your skin a sun-touched glow. Again, this product is 100% natural and is paraben and petrochemical free. You know, all the nasties. I’m always happy to try new natural products.

 

glow getter summer heat 2017 - wtichcraft bath

 

The next item I received is a homemade product from Spellcraft Bath. One of their specialty products, the Spellcraft Bath Berry Mint Foot Scrub ($8.50 CAD) contains poppy seeds that will gently exfoliate your feet and peppermint oil to cool and refresh them. It is 100% sulfate, paraben and gluten free. This arrived just in time for me because my feet are in serious need for some TLC! As I love wearing sandals and flip flops when the weather is warmer, my feet are feeling a little bit rough. I can’t wait to try this! It also smells so good! 

 

glow getter summer heat 2017 - evelyn iona

 

Have I ever mentioned my love for lip products? I’m sure I have… many times. Of course my love of lippies includes lip glosses. The Evelyn Iona Natural and Organic Lip Gloss in the shade Susan ($28.00 CAD) is great! I really love the formulation because it’s not at all sticky and it feels moisturizing and creamy on my lips. Susan is a soft pink shade and it is beautiful! It is not crazy and bold so you can pretty much wear it every day. I also love the natural ingredients it contains, such as, bark extract (tightens and plumps), Vitamin E (moisturizes), oregano (antioxidant), coconut oil (anti-aging) and shea butter (heals). Because it is a lip gloss, I don’t really expect it to have staying power. So great! I am so happy with this lippie!

 

glow getter summer heat 2017 - evelyn iona

 

While this was not on the product card, I also received the Evelyn Iona Bamboo Concealer Brush ($15.50 USD). This is a small concealer brush. I’m very curious to see how it performs as it’s the smallest concealer brush I have seen… it reminds me of a lip brush. 

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

Moving away from beauty for just a minute, let’s take a look at the fitness item I received. The Sally Yoga/Running Headband from Beautiful Boundaries ($8.59 CAD) is handmade and made from nylon/spandex. It is super comfortable to wear and it’s breathable too. The design is cute with flowers and bright colours. The way the headband is designed is that it is wider in the front and narrower in the back which helps create a non-slip design. I will have to try it next time I work out. 🙂

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

Gotta admit, I love discovering great indie nail brands. I received a Beyond The Nail nail polish in the shade Glow Getter ($8.00 CAD). Dare I guess that this summery, bright orange shade was named after this box? 😉 How great is that? While I probably wouldn’t choose a colour like this on my own, it sure looks like a fun summery shade to pull off on your toes! 

 

glow getter summer heat 2017 - kind bars

 

Now who can resist a healthy snack? It would be a good one before or after a work out. I’m talking about KIND bars ($2.00 CAD each). I have seen these in stores before but have never tried them. I received two flavours: Almond + Coconut and Almond Sea Salt + Dark Chocolate. Both of these look so good! I’m sure they are tasty and delicious. Can’t wait to try these. 

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

With all these goodies from the summer box, you need something to carry it all, right? How about a black tote bag from Small Glow that says “Goal, Smash, Repeat” ($22.00 CAD)? I think that would be perfect! This is a good sized tote bag to carry a lot and the gold lettering looks fab. I love this fun tote bag!

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

The final item in the summer box was a Glitter Silisponge from Get Into the Limelight ($24.00 CAD). I love my beauty sponges but I have always been curious about silisponges. I have used this one a couple of times now and it works well on my skin. I can’t complain. I am using it as directed, dabbing and blending concealer and foundation on my skin. I love how easy it is to use and also how easy it is to clean! I think I will continue to use this. I still love my BeautyBlender but this is a good product too.

And that’s it! You have now seen everything in my Summer 2017 Glow Getter Box. The total value for this box was $161.09 CAD – and that’s not even including the mysterious brush that snuck in there and wasn’t on the product card. That’s pretty much three times the value I paid. I had so much fun unboxing this one and I’m super happy with everything! I don’t see one thing that I won’t use (or eat! ;)) so I found that this box was worth it for me.

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

glow getter summer heat 2017

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

Summer boxes are still available if you subscribe today so if you like what you see, don’t delay! 🙂 

What stood out the most for you when you saw what was in Glow Getter’s Summer Box? Let me know in the comments below!

Hope you’re having a great start to the week!

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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 any referral links.

 

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June Favorites 2016

Another month has gone by! We are well into July already and only now am I putting together my June faves. I must say, though… it was difficult to keep my faves to only a select few! I had quite a few faves in June! However, I’ve decided to save a couple for my July post. 😉

This month I’m mixing things up a bit with my faves. I will write about my beauty favorites – as usual – but I also have a bonus fave this month. Since there’s quite a bit to go through, let’s get started!

My first June favorite is the Annabelle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads. This has been a fave since… gosh, I don’t even know! At least for the last year. This is my third jar and there are only two remover pads left in it. I already have a backup for when this runs out! Quite honestly, I’m surprised I’ve never really written about this before! This is probably my biggest “unsung hero” product. 😉

 

Annabelle Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads

 

Removing my eye makeup has been effortless and quick since I started using this… it even removes mascara and waterproof eyeliner so easily! There is a smooth side and a patterned side on the pad. I love that’s it’s oil free so it doesn’t feel greasy at all and when I do have eyelash extensions (usually around when I am going on holiday somewhere hot) it’s perfect because you’re only supposed to use oil free products to make sure your lashes last as long as possible! I also wear contacts and these do not bother or irritate them at all. This stuff is great!

 

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My next fave is the Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer in the shade 07 Sand. This foundation is love! Why? Well, let’s summarize:

  • It has a pump! This is huge for me. I always complain when there isn’t a pump because it gets messy! So a pump is a huge plus!
  • There are 14 shade choices – not many drugstore foundations have this much choice!
  • Feels nice on my skin. It’s not heavy or greasy. It just feels lightweight. And it’s waterproof and sweatproof to boot! And last but not least…
  • It’s a dual purpose product. I don’t need a separate concealer when I use this foundation.

There are so many positives! The one big negative, though, is that I haven’t seen this in stores in Canada yet. I sure hope it comes one day!

For more about my experience with this foundation, along with swatches and looks, you can read my in depth review of this product here.

 

Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer

 

Okay.. what’s next? Oh yes! The Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black… straight from Japan! I had heard about this liquid liner from various sources in the last few years… YouTube, beauty blogs, etc… and I’ve always wanted to try it. Thanks to a Facebook friend who had a friend visiting her from Japan, they were nice enough to pick one up for me! I’m still ever so thankful because I’m super impressed with this eyeliner!

As you may know, I use the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. The Dolly Wink one is very similar.. but for some reason, the brush seems a lot easier for me to use. I’m not entirely sure why. I don’t want to go too in depth here because I will be writing a review about it soon but let’s just say that it’s a rich black with awesome staying power that’s really easy to apply! All great things when you’re looking at a liquid liner. 🙂

 

Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner

 

Now that it’s summer, sunscreen is an important part of my skincare regime. Last year, ChickAdvisor sent me a tube of Coppertone Sensitive Skin Faces SPF 50 sunscreen to try out and review on their site. It quickly became a favorite then and I continue to use it now.

Because it’s for sensitive skin, it’s the perfect sunscreen for my face. It is free of dyes, oils, alcohol and fragrance and is non-acnegenic. It is pretty thin in consistency so it feels light on my skin. Upon application, it is very white but it’s super easy to rub in and once you rub it in, it’s no longer white. I actually like that it’s white because it helps me keep track of where I have applied the sunscreen. It’s an SPF 50 suncscreen so it’s more than enough protection for day to day. I use this daily after I apply serum and moisturizer. And at the end of the day, for just under $8 CAN at Walmart, this is a great product for an affordable price!

 

Coppertone Sensitive Skin Faces SPF 50

 

Well, that’s it for the beauty favorites!

For my bonus favorite this month, I’ve chosen an accessory – I am in love with the Carefree Bracelet from Color By Amber! It’s made with wooden beads and have two dangling charms made with the Feather interlayer. The Feather interlayer is probably one of my faves!

 

Color By Amber Carefree Bracelet

 

What I love the most about this bracelet is that it goes with everything! Regardless of what clothes I am wearing or  what colors my clothes are, this will match it. It looks great on it’s own but I love pairing it with skinnies! This bracelet (and the skinnies) are so light and comfortable to wear and is a versatile piece that I can wear with anything and everything! You really can’t go wrong with it!

 

Color By Amber Carefree Bracelet

Color By Amber Carefree Bracelet with Skinnies

 

So there you go, all of my June faves! What were you lovin’ this month? Share in the comments below! 🙂

xoxo

Disclaimer: I purchased everything mentioned in this post with my own money. The only exception is the Coppertone Sensitive Skin Faces SPF 50 sunscreen which I received for free from ChickAdvisor in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Review: Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Moisturizer – ChickAdvisor

It’s May and summer is just around the corner! I can tell because we are having amazing weather and it has been an unusually warm (and very dry!) spring here in Alberta. And summer days mean sunny days so it’s time to dig out those SPF products!

That being said, I never did put away my facial sunscreen. In the last year or so, I haven’t stopped using it. I have been using sunscreen year round on my face. It could be a beautiful sunny day out or the dead of winter and I still used SPF on my face. Trust me – even when it’s cloudy and overcast outside, the suns rays still penetrate the clouds and you still need protection. A dear friend of mine learned this the hard way years ago – she didn’t wear sunscreen because it was overcast all day but she still burned! We all took that as a lesson learned and became a bit more sun smart.

The face sunscreen I use right now has one downfall: it is just a sunscreen. It’s not a moisturizer so because of that, I always have to apply a moisturizer before I apply the sunscreen. It’s totally worth doing everyday but if I could skip one step and find a two-in-one product that’s a moisturizer and a sunscreen, I wouldn’t say no! 😉

Enter the new Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Moisturizer!

 

Continue reading “Review: Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Moisturizer – ChickAdvisor”

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Sephora Haul – VIB Rouge Spring Sale – Part 2!

This post was a long time coming! A looooooong time coming. Sorry guys.

Clearly, in-store shopping just wasn’t enough for me during Sephora’s VIB Rouge Spring Sale. Of course, I had to go and order a few more things online! But I was under control. Most of these were items were ones I couldn’t find in store yet. They also had some awesome 100 point rewards that I just to have that my local store didn’t have either. So I put in an order and waited patiently for the Sephora box to make it into my hands.

First off, for the curious – although I didn’t explicitly list off everything from my first Sephora haul, you can see a picture of it on my Sephora Spring Sale & Private Event post. Now for my online Sephora haul! Let’s start with makeup.

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