Posted by Lisa Heath | August 4, 2013 11:36 am | 5 Comments
It’s no secret that I am a subscription box lover. I have 3 going currently and I am always on the lookout for new and exciting boxes to try out!
Wantable.com offers two different types of boxes for only $36.00 per month. I know $36.00 sounds like a lot – but looking back, I spent $10 a month on Birchbox for almost 2 years and all I really got was sample packets and every few months I might get a full size product. For $36.00 a month with Wantable.com, you get 4-6 full sized cosmetic items.
My July Box!
July’s box was PERFECT for me and my skin tone. Very flattering colors and 4 of the 5 products I will use regularly (and will probably buy more of). The value is well beyond the $36.00 fee as well.
Lets move onto the items!
Michael Marcus Eyeliner: Prism
I’m going to start this off with the one item I wasn’t happy with. It looked promising – a dark brown eyeliner with glints of gold shimmering in it. When I did an arm swatch though, it was rough, it pulled and it left my arm red. Color payoff wasn’t great and when I applied a little pressure to get some color, it crumbled a little and 3 small chunks came off. I’m a huge eyeliner junkie, but if its that rough AND crumbled – it’s not going near my eyes! Because of this, I did not do an actual eye swatch. I already have sun damage to my eyes, I don’t need more caused by crumbled, rough eyeliner.
Michael Marcus Eyeliner Retail Price – $20.00
Lisa Watier Ombre Soufflé Supreme: Sunrise Peach
Now my favorite item of the box! Lisa Watier Ombre Soufflé Supreme in Sunrise Peach. This is a light, airy, and has anti-aging properties. I used my fingertip to apply (as suggested) and it feels like a light, whipped mousse. When I applied it instantly turned to a light powdery feel. It gave off a nice shimmer to my lids without looking like a 13 year old who just discovered glitter makeup. Perfect for a neutral look, or as a toned down base you can add a fun pop of color to! Very usable!
Lisa Watier Ombre Soufflé Supreme Retail Price – $24.00 CAD (which converts to about $23.10 in USD)
A very nice, subtle shimmer!
Paula Dorf Cheek Color: Ecstasy
Another great product! Paula Dorf blush in the shade Ecstasy is a light rose shade with a very fine shimmer to it. It’s almost hard to see when applied and gives off a nice natural glow. Builds up very nicely if you want a stronger shade (I use it fairly light handed). Very soft blush with great application and easy to wear for an every day look.
Paula Dorf Blush in Ecstasy Retail Price – $23.00
Manna Kadar Gloss Ware Long Lasting Lipgloss: Lip Candy
This is a completely new-to-me brand. I want more though! Manna Kadar Gloss Ware Long Lasting Lip Gloss in Lip Candy is a great shade for me. It applied easily with a doe foot application and felt more like a lipstick when on. There was a touch of stickiness, but really not that bad (I dislike sticky lipgloss!). I wore it for 3.5 hours before it started to fade. Not too bad for a gloss. Lip Candy is a pretty coral pink with gold shimmer in it.
Manna Kadar Gloss Ware Long Lasting Lip Gloss Retail Price: $19.00
Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer: Apple Kid
Eep! Nail polish! I was very pleased to find this in my box for July! I have actually never tried Rainbow Honey (shame on me, I know!) I received the color Apple Kid which is a nice fuchsia shade with lots of shimmer! I applied 2 coats for the thumb swatch I did and I will definitely be wearing this again.
Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer Retail Price: $10.00
Overall Value of Box: $95.10 (even if I deducted the eyeliner I didn’t care for, it’s still worth $75.10)
Subscription Price: 36.00
Not a bad deal. Aside from the eyeliner, I will use the other 4 items again without a doubt.
Not sure you want to subscribe without trying it for yourself? You can also buy each box for $40.00 without signing up for a sub box!
How Do I Sign Up?
When you first sign up, you are taken to a screen that helps you fill out your preferences which helps eliminate the possibility of getting items in the wrong colors as well as products you just won’t use. (I added a screenshot to show you)
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You just move the slider either up or down for Love or Dislike (leave it in the middle if you Like it). Very easy to do and this is why my box had colors and items I was actually into! There are several screens you do this in. It should take you no more than 5 minutes to get through. It will go from types of products, to finish of products (not a glitter lover? Select Dislike and you should never receive glittery items!), your skin tone, whether you like toned down or dramatic shades, to actual color shades! They really go in depth on this to ensure you get a box you love!
Not into cosmetics? They also offer an accessories box! The accessories box contains 3-4 boutique jewelry pieces. Monthly price is the same as the Makeup Box!
Monthly Subscription Price – $36.00
One Time Purchase Price – $40.00
Where do you go? Wantable.com
Can’t afford a box one month? They give the option to skip your box. I always like sub boxes that allow you to skip!
Don’t like your box for any reason? They allow you to RETURN your box! You just have to return it within 6 months of receiving it.
Not too bad, and I am ready to sign up (in fact I signed up right before typing this review). For me, its worth it. I can skip when I need to, return if I don’t care for it… otherwise I get new makeup to play with.
So what do you think? Willing to try Wantable.com?
Posted by Lisa Heath | April 23, 2013 10:22 am | 1 Comment
Beauty On A Budget: Great Items At Great Prices
I have a wonderful Beauty Budget Guest Post up for you all today! A huge thank you to Amanda from SkincareHQ.org for this post!
Having a limited budget does not mean that you have to do without some really great beauty must haves. There are plenty of products out there that are totally affordable. Not only are they are totally affordable, but they are also a really great value! Don’t believe me? Then check out our list of great items at great prices for those who have to do their beauty on a budget!
1. Aloette Clarifying Facial Wash
This facial wash is a steal. Not only is it cheap, but is also works great at unclogging your pores, treating blackheads, and even whiteheads. It is surprisingly gentle, and is specifically great for oily skin types.
2. Bamboo Brush Set By ELF
Crafted out of recycled material, and 100% cruelty-free, this product is a real steal for ‘go green’ lovers who also happen to have a limited budget. The set comes with a complexion brush, concealer brush, blending eye brush, and mini Kabuki brush- and all for just $8.
3. Glycolix Elite Facial Cream Ultra Lite
This is a light glycerin moisturizer that is perfect for either oily skin, acne prone skin, or even combination skin. This facial cream has been formulated using ingredients that have both moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties, so it leaves you skin totally healthy and germ free. On average, you can find this Glycolix facial cream for around $15.
4. Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturizing Face Lotion
This dermatologist recommended face lotion is great for dry and/or sensitive skin. It’s lightweight, helps to replenish the skin’s natural oils, and protects your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. It is also extremely lightweight, fragrance free, non-comedogenic, and clinically proven to be safe for even the most sensitive skins.
5.Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation, SPF 15
This foundation is great for oily skin, and has a finish that lasts around eight hours without becoming flawed. It offers a medium shine-free finish.
6. Loreal Oil Free Moisturizer
This moisturizer is a perfect choice for anyone who suffers from oily or acne prone skin. Since there are no added oils, your skin will not end up being greasy and shiny. Loreal is a really great brand in general, even though all of their products are not as cheap as their oil free moisturizer.
7. Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser
This is another one that’s oil free, so it’s great for any type of acne prone skin, or those with oily skin. This one is available at just about every drugstore or grocery store, so it’s also very easy to find.
8. Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash
This wash is great for all skin types, and comes dermatologist recommended. It’s made plenty of “best” facial lists, and appeared in multiple magazines and websites.
9. Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser
Good for normal to oily skin, it is made from salicylic acid. This product is also oil free, alcohol free, and dermatologist tested. The average price is around $5 to $6.
10. Bobbi Brown Blotting Paper
If you have oily skin, then blotting papers are a must have for your purse and general beauty regiment. These powder-free sheets come in a pack of around 100 for only $10 or less.
11. 180 Colors Super Queenie Eyeshadow Palette
This eyeshadow palette comes with a whopping 180 vibrant, bold colors and it’s only $30 for the whole palette…that’s around 16 cents a color!
12. Voluminous Mascara by Loreal
Cheap and effective, that is exactly what this mascara is. No matter how many layers you put on, you will never be left with clumpy looking eyelashes, and you can find this product nearly anywhere makeup is sold.
13. Baked Blush by Milani
This powder blush is simple to use, and makes your skin look absolutely luminous. It looks great on anyone, and comes in nine different shades. It also costs less than ten dollars, and pretty much lasts forever.
14. Easyliner For Eyes by Jordana
This is a bright eyeliner that comes in ten different colors. Each stick costs under $2 each, so you could gather up every last one of the ten colors for less than $20.
On top of all of these beauty products, there are also a few brands who are on the cheaper side of things, but that work just as well as their expensive counterparts. Here are a few of the brands:
- ELF (Eyes Lips Face)
- Purity/100% Pure
- Icing Cosmetics
Do you know of other awesome budget items that actually work? Have you used one of the ones we mentioned and want to tell us how it worked out for you? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear what you have to say!
Author Bio: Amanda is a skincare fanatic and author of SkincareHQ.org which features a guide on Non-Comedogenic Foundation. Aside from skincare, Amanda loves to travel and one day dreams of living in Europe. If you have any questions or comments for Amanda, feel free to connect with her @Skincare_HQ on Twitter!
Posted by Lisa Heath | December 16, 2012 1:52 pm | 1 Comment
The Skin Regime – Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin Review & Giveaway
Good afternoon! I have something a little different for you today as far as reviews go!
I was sent a book named The Skin Regime – Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin written by Dana Ramos as well as a sample of a glycolic peel to test out. The book is an interesting read and helps arm you to help better your skin either on your own, or if you want to see a dermatologist to help. Dana Ramos compared it (in the book) to whether you want to work out on your own or hire a personal trainer.
This isn’t a textbook on all the horrible skin issues, this is a book Dana Ramos wrote to help people with similar problems to her own. I personally have ok skin. Nothing to be impressed with, but certainly nothing I could really complain about. Would I like better skin? Of course! I’m currently 30, only 3 months shy of my 31st birthday and I have some red patches, dry spots and I get breakouts here and there – usually along my jaw line or around my nose. I still “ohh and aww” when a commercial boasts a new product that is miraculous, but I stopped spending a ton of money on those types of products about 7 years ago because my wallet was hurting and frankly, I never really saw results. If the product got rid of the dry patches and redness, it increased my outbreaks or vice versa. We really are our own worst critics, and while my boyfriend tells me I don’t need to change anything, I see all the issues and imperfections.
Along with the Skin Care Regime book I received a Glycolic Peel sample and this is my first time doing an at home peel. Was I scared? Yes I was. I even told my coworker that if I called in sick on Monday (I attempted this on a Friday) that it was because my skin looked like it was melting off. I was only half kidding.
Here is what I’m working with – a 50% Glycolic Peel from Platinum Skin Care
Here is the before picture of my skin:
Yup here I am in all my glory. Not a stitch of makeup and getting ready to apply my very first glycolic peel. I do need to get my eyebrows done, so aside from that, you can see some redness and bumps (a couple bumps are scars from poison oak I use to get as a child) but overall, it really isn’t much that I can’t hide with some good face powder. I realize the picture isn’t flattering, but I’m not here to BS you about products. The only way to really show products, especially skin care ones, is to actually show what you are working with. That means I get to post pictures of myself people generally wouldn’t see.
3 Days AFTER using a Glycolic Peel:
I really had no reason to be scared. I did panic right after using it though. Within a few minutes of applying the glycolic peel it started to burn. It wasn’t pleasant. I rinsed it off as instructed and the burning feeling remained. It lasted a good 15 minutes after I rinsed the glycolic peel off and I panicked that I did something wrong. A good friend I contacted reassured me that I should be ok, to just give it some time. Finally the burn subsided to a mild stinging, and then it went away altogether. I woke up the next day and my skin was normal. It wasn’t melting off! YAY! I waited another 2 days to do an after picture just in case. I didn’t want to prematurely post that everything was amazing and then have my skin go haywire.
Visually, my skin shows a very mild improvement. Very mild. BUT I can tell a difference when I feel my skin. I usually need to exfoliate often due to dry patches, but I have only exfoliated once since using the Glycolic Peel. I do plan on doing this regularly in hopes my skin improves more visually.
The Skin Regime – Boot Camp For Beautiful Skin does caution that if you have problems such as cystic acne, open lesions, rosacea, eczema or problems similar, you really should consult a dermatologist before starting the Skin Care Regime. If you are looking to improve your skin and don’t know where to start, or you have exhausted your efforts on over the counter creams, cleansers and such – The Skin Regime Boot Camp For Beautiful Skin is a good book to purchase or download for your Kindle. The book is direct and honest as well as humorous, so it isn’t boring to read.
You can purchase The Skin Regime – Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin on Amazon HERE . It is available in both paperback ($9.95) as well as Kindle Edition ($9.45)
I was kindly sent a second sample of Platinum Skin Care’s 30% Glycolic Peel to do a giveaway with as well as the book The Skin Regime – Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin!
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***Products in this post were sent for review. All opinions are my own***
Posted by Lisa Heath | December 12, 2012 12:15 pm | 0 Comments
Protective Nourishment Launches the Super C Serum Concentrate, Pumpkin Wine Elixir & Replenishing EGF Serum
Check out some new products launching from Protective Nourishment to keep your skin in perfect shape!
Check out Protective Nourishment treatments for your skin needs at ProtectiveNourishment.com
Posted by Lisa Heath | September 6, 2012 8:32 pm | 101 Comments
Nerium AD Age Defying Treatment Review
A couple of weeks ago I was approached to review a new skincare treatment called NeriumAD Age Defying Treatment. I turned 30 this year and although I don’t show huge aging signs, I do have some. My major skin issues (that I hate) are large pores, mild acne and dry patchiness. Not necessarily “aging issues” but issues nonetheless.
I was given a 5 day sample supply with an instruction booklet and some background on the company in general. NeriumAD was developed as a breakthrough product by Nerium International. Nerium International was founded as a result of advanced biotechnology research on the Nerium oleander plant. An accidental discovery was made when scientists realized that the unique properties of the oleander plant led to significant age-defying results with application to the skin. What came as a result was NeriumAD,a first-of-its-kind product with the patent-pending extraction process of the NAE-8 extract!
Clinical Trials of NeriumAD showed that skin ailments were drastically improved in the following areas:
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Enlarged Pores (This is why I decided to try it!)
Uneven Skin Texture
Aging or Sun Damaged Skin
I have been testing out NeriumAD for 5 days and I will show you my Before and After photos that have not been altered in any way. My photos are straight from the camera to this post and they were only cropped/watermarked as usual with my photos (I don’t visually alter photos on my blog at all).
The first thing you will notice when using NeriumAD is the scent. The first packet I opened smelled like walking into a real flower shop. There was a mixture of floral scents as well as an herbally smell. Not horrible, but not exactly pleasant. NeriumAD is tan in color and you apply it to your face while your face is still moist. NeriumAD is a night cream so it will replace anything you currently use at night. You just wash your face off with cleanser & then apply one of the packets of NeriumAD each night. While your skin soaks in some of it, you leave it on like a sort of mask overnight (you can feel it, but it isn’t heavy). In the morning I simply rinsed it off and my skin felt smoother and I was able to use a lighter moisturizer than I normally do.
Now for the photos (I realize my eyebrows need to be done again, I haven’t had time recently. Also, the red “splotch” on my nose is from the pads of my glasses). It takes a lot for me to post photos of my skin with no makeup, especially this close up. I knew getting into beauty blogging that eventually this day would come though.
The biggest difference I noticed was that my pores weren’t as enlarged as they had been. As I stated before, I backed down to a lighter moisturizer than what I usually use and I didn’t need to exfoliate as often as I do (usually in a 5 day period I exfoliate 2-3 times, but while using NeriumAD I only exfoliated once). I liked the feel of the product, the scent takes a little getting use to though, after 10 minutes or so I forgot about it (my boyfriend however did not lol). I would like to revisit the product when I’m showing more signs of aging a little later down the line, but for now, the reduction in pore size made me quite happy.
Here are some results pictures that were provided to me:
For more Before and After photos – you can go HERE
You can find more info on NeriumAD on their website HERE
NeriumAD retails for $80.00 per 30 mL bottle.
NeriumAD does offer a 30 day money back guarantee. If you aren’t happy with your results, just return it for a refund! If you love it, even better!
As with with any skincare product, results will vary depending on skin types and ailments.
Here is the ingredient list for those interested:
Nerium AD Night Cream Ingredients:
NAE-8™ Proprietary Blend (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Liquid, Nerium Oleander Leaf), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Liquid, Proprietary Protein (Collagen, Elastin, Glycosaminoglycans), Glycerin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Oil, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sodium Borate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder, Quinoa Protein, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, Proprietary Blend (Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenylpropanol), Parfum, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
You can purchase here: Nerium Age Defying Treatment 30ml (1bottle)
***The Product in this post was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest as well as my own***