Today, I am back with stocking stuffers!!

Sorry it’s been so long! I’ve got some catching up to do it seems, but those will come later. I received an email from Blush this morning about Beauty Grab Bags. I think they also did this for Cyber Monday… but for the Holiday stocking stuffers, there are two bags you can choose from: Let It Glow or Merry Makeover.  I’m not quite sure what will be inside, but the previous ones seemed to include items that came in past Blush Beauty Mystery Boxes. I grabbed both bags (each bag is $20 for $100 worth of products!) and used a coupon. Anyways enjoy!

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Will you be grabbing a bag? Have you already gotten one? 

Happy Friday!

Today, I am glad it’s Friday! (Blush Beauty Mystery Box September 2013)

Looks like I’m going to be the fifth wheel tonight at Jaleo DC. Might as well start hashtagging things as #foreveralone… or as I joking mentioned to the Arkies, my ONE TRUE LOVE or OTP or #onetruepairing is with food 🙂 NEVER BE ASHAMED of your interests and loves. Speaking of interests and loves, my Blush mystery box came! 🙂 🙂 I have to leave in about 30 minutes, so I’ll keep this short-ish! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Blush and this month is no exception! But let me just say that ONE of the products I received made the entire box worth it to me!

Blush Mystery Box 
The Box: Full, deluxe and travel size products worth at least $100 + a free gift
Cost: $24.95 (monthly subscription)/ $34.95 (one time subscription)
See my previous reviews HERE

***Coupon: If you’d like to try blush out but are not willing to subscribe, send an email to and I’ll send you a referral link for a $10.00 off a one-time subscription (or it’s really off any $30 product at DermStore, blush or HairEnvy) 

A preview of the beauty box. Something feels bulky inside the bag. What could it be??!?!?!!!!

Racinne Deluxe Travel Set (Valued at $70.56)
MY EYES WENT @_@ when I pulled this bulky kit out of the mystery bag. This set consists of the Ultimate Youth Power Cream (.34 oz), Serum  (.34 oz), Mask  (1.07 oz), and Neck Emulsion  (.34 oz). This line uses Korean ginseng callus extracts and active antioxidant ingredients to reduce the signs of aging.

Amlactin Triple Action Alpha-hydroxy Therapy Foot Cream (3 oz / $10)
Basic foot cream. It has kind of a light, fresh wood scent (maybe that’s not the right description). But it’s light and not overpowering.

LVX Nail Lacquer in Midori (.5 oz /$16.00)
I am always amazed when nail polish costs more than $10.00! This is a “muted neon green” that is very spring/summer season.

Pop Pouty Pop Crayon in fuchsia flirt (Value $4.16 ??)
Very pink. Crayon.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo (0.10 oz / $0.83)
I love dry shampoo. I also love ALTERNA. I also have disgusting/aging hair that is slowly being fixed thanks to these subscription boxes. 🙂 This will definitely go to use (though it is a tiny sample).

Brad Biophotonic Skin Care Ultra Peel (0.25 oz / $25.73)
Oh my goodness. The full size (1.7 oz) product is $175! This product better work! It contains kojic acid, licorice and bearberry extract to treat brown spots and give you a more even skin tone.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (0.085 oz / $6.67)
Uses a hydrating, flake-free formula that keeps your eyebrows in place.

These were my free samples – VICHY Liftactiv (0.05 oz / $4.46) and Airbrush Eye Cream (which I’ve gotten twice before).

Final Thoughts. The value of this box came to $133.95. Overall, I think some of the previous boxes have been better. However, I was so happy to see the Racinne Deluxe Travel Set in this box! I will use most of the items, and it was a good variety… though I think som eof the other samples had to be smaller to accommodate the anti-aging kit. Anyways, hope you enjoy yours if you get this, too! Did you receive the same products? 🙂 

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Today, I finally get to rest with my August blush Mystery Beauty Box (2013)…

Wow… What a full week it has been! I had a good friend in town. In addition, a couple of awesome friends just recently moved here, so I’ve been partaking in some sort of social activity every day from Wednesday to today. Wooo, I’m worn out! Some highlights, a lot of FOOD (sushi sushi, POPEYES, Shake Shack, sushi!, gelato, …. JUMBO PIZZA SLICE)… and just fun activities.

I received my blush Mystery Beauty Box yesterday and am happy to rest it with now.

Blush Mystery Box 
The Box: Full, deluxe and travel size products worth at least $100 + a free gift
Cost: $24.95 (monthly subscription)/ $34.95 (one time subscription)
See my previous reviews HERE

***Coupon: If you’d like to try blush out but are not willing to subscribe, send an email to and I’ll send you a referral link for a $10.00 off a one-time subscription (or it’s really off any $30 product at DermStore, blush or HairEnvy) 

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Weeee. A quick look at this month’s bag

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Looks like the theme this time was gardenia! Which is my favorite scent!!!!!

Philip B. Maui Wowie Beach Mist (5.07 oz)  $22.00 value
Full size!! Do these beach sprays actually work? I’ll give it a try… Blush had a Philip B product (hairspray) in the last box. I hope they’ll change it up a little more next time

MOR Emporium Hand Cream – Snow Gardenia (3.3 oz) $20.00
This is from the black collection… the packaging itself makes it look like a luxurious hand cream. I love the smell of gardenia and I’ve been looking for a hand cream, so I’m so happy to have received this! What’s in it? Shea, Cocoa Butter, Glycerin, Sesame Seed Oil, Allantoin, Irish Moss, Vitamins A&E all to hydrate and moisturize the skin! 😀 It’s also free of parabens, mineral oil and synthetic dyes, if that’s something you’re interesting in. It’s such a light scent that feels so wonderful… I can’t stop using it!

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PIXI Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen – No. 5 Deep Plum (0.04 oz) $15.00
I’ve seen great reviews about this Eye Pen, so I’m excited! (see picture below for close-up of pen tip) It’s waterproof and glides on easily! Also, I’ve never ventured past using black liner, so I’m excited to try it out in Deep Plum. I took a look and some of the other colors they have seem fun, too!  My only question is, how do you sharpen such a pencil? 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat (0.11 oz) $12.15
This is a deluxe sample… you use it on top of your mascara to add shine and make your mascara waterproof. I don’t use mascara so I’ll be putting this in a future giveaway (STAY TUNED~!!!!!!)…. I checked out reviews on Sephora and seems like most people really love this product … so good thing is that it works!

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Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant (0.5 oz) $5.71
**Shoutout to dearest Charkie! This is apparently a Hungarian skincare product 🙂 I was also so excited to receive this daily use rice-based exfoliant (see picture below for texture). It’s in a loose-powder form … and you can just use a little with some water on your face. It’s lovely!

Coola SPF 30 Face Classic Sunscreen – Cucumber (0.23 oz) $4.32
I received this product in my May birchbox (see review here) – so it’s nice to have another one 🙂

Vapour Organic Beauty Elixir Lip Gloss – Hush (0.36 oz) $20.00
Another organic lip gloss from blush beauty! It’s a nude-pink tinted gloss… looks nice. I’ll probably be gifting this one, however, since I have too much lip gloss at the moment.

Carita Paris Masque Biologique – Biological Face Mask (0.5 oz) $26.47
Oh my gosh. This is one expensive product… the full size mask (1.7 oz) is $90.00! I love masks… and this one seems to be help brighten, enhance and renew tired, dull and aging skin. Unfortunately, I would never purchase this product at full price… but that is the reason why I love subscription boxes! I love trying different products… that I could never really afford at their original price!

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**Closeups of the Pixi Eye Pen and the Eminence Dermafoliant

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**Free sample – I am not sure why I got two… but it’s a good thing. I already got the Dremu Airbrush Eye Refining Treatment (.10 oz/ $9.06) sample in a previous box (SEE HERE) , so I’m glad to have also gotten a Alchimie Forever Rejuvenating Eye Balm (0.068 oz/$9.38). 🙂

Wow! I love Blush beauty box! I wasn’t so happy with my last one… but this one made up for last months! I will continue to stick with blush … it’s actually one of the few subscriptions I’ve kept! This month, I received $125.65 worth of products (with the samples includes, the value comes to $144.09!!)… I’d say that’s a pretty great value for the $24.95 that I paid.  Did you get this month’s box? Did you like it? What was your favorite product? Would love to hear your alls thoughts! 🙂

Have a great Sunday and I hope you have a good week!

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Today, I am a busy bee but I review the July Blush Beauty Mystery Box…

I’m a bit busy today so please excuse me for the rushed post! I’ve always had great things to say about the blush mystery boxes, but I was a bit disappointed in this one. However, I think it’s the fact that I don’t really have any use for quite of the few products. If I were to be a little more objective, I’d say that the box provided a great variety of products and definitely has a GREAT value. Six out of the seven items were full-sized items! So what did I receive? See below 🙂

Blush Mystery Box 
The Box: mostly full- and (some) travel-size products worth at least $100 + a free gift with every box
Cost: $24.95 (monthly subscription)/ $34.95 (one time subscription) … free shipping!
Coupon: If you’d like to try blush out but are not willing to subscription, send me an email at and I’ll send you a link for a $10.00 gift card off your one-time subscription 🙂
See my previous review HERE

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Philip B Self-Adjusting Hair Spray (5.07 fl oz/ $22.00)
Full size! Hair spray… but I don’t use hairspray. Expect this in a giveaway soon 🙂 From reviews I’ve read online, seems like you have to be careful with this one… the spray doesn’t function very neatly, so if you’re planning on using it, I’d suggesting using it over a bathroom sink! And wear something you don’t mind getting hairspray all over!

Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance 24 h Lotion (50 ml/ $19.99)
I feel like I’ve received too many Lumene products lately… This one’s for the face for a brighter complexion.

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Emani Organic Lip Shine ($16.00)
Vegan lip gloss

Bioelements Quick Refiner (~$3.83)
It would happen that the one sample product in the box is the one that I’m most excited to try out. It’s suppose to

  • Eliminates dead surface cells
  • Uncovers smoother, softer skin
  • Targets the appearance of pores

FREE SAMPLE Airbrush Eye Refining Treatment  (click on photo above to view what it says… )

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Deborah Lippman Nail Polish in electric indigo (full size/$19.00)
NINETEEN DOLLARS for a nail polish?! I guess I’ve started using nail polish and it’s pretty fun. I’ve also been looking for a dark purple so I’m excited to try this out 🙂

dr dennis gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad (10 wipes/ $18.00)
I’ve used one before… and they’re pretty awesome… however, I don’t really used tanners of any sort… so I think this will go in a giveaway too!

Hydroxatone AM/PM Wrinkle Complex (0.5 oz/ $34.97)
I’ve also have a stash of Hydroxatone products in my apartment… I will actually be reviewing this particular product in an upcoming blog post (I received it from iFabbo shop) … so stay tuned for that! General note? It’s a bit greasy, seems like it’s moisturizing… #1) I haven’t used it long enough & 2) I’m not at the stage yet to noticed visible differences in wrinkles and such 😛

Final thoughts? From an objective standpoint, this was a GREAT box in variety of products and value. The value of the box came to $133.79!!!!! Personally, I thought it was an okay box… the value of the ~3 products that I liked is greater than the $24.95 that I paid for the box… so not bad. Looking towards the future, it’d be great if Blush could have a survey or profile for us to fill out stating our product preferences and skin/hair/etc type. But blush still remains as one of my favorite subscription boxes as of right now, so I’ll stay with them 🙂


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Today, I’m back with my totalbeauty and blush mystery box!

I took a small weekend getaway (down the street to North Bethesda’s fancy hotel – I just recently learned how to bid for hotels on Massages, heated pools, room service (lovely breakfast tray), fire alarms in hotels, fire trucks coming 😛

Two beauty boxes came! And you might be familiar with the feeling. Receiving email that the box is on its way –> anticipation –> box gets delivered –> excitment …. OPENING of the boxes… wheeeee. Anyways, here’s what came!

TotalBeauty Collection 

I actually saw a couple of YouTube videos regarding this box so that when I opened mine, I wasn’t AS disappointed. They definitely had misleading information but oh wells. I’m still fairly happy with the products.

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Revealing the box! I see a lot of Orange packets. … ….

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Going from left to right –

  • Ferro Cosmetics Blush in Suzie Glow and Terra Cotta (Total value ~$6) – Check out the shades below in the picture below (C & D). I really like Suzie’s Glow (perfect pink glow). Both are nice 🙂 Note: They spill out of their containers really easily… I just ended up giving my desk a makeover with the blush. Be sure to open it in the bathroom or on a tissue paper. 
  • Neutrogena naturals lip balm (0.15 oz/ $2.99) – Full Size!  I’m a fan of the Neturogena naturals brand (no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, phthalates). Very light beeswax/pepperminty scent.
  • NYX Roll On Shimmer in Mauve Pink (0.052 oz / $4.00) Full Size! I like ! I like! I like! I will definitely use this on my eyes, my cheeks… they say that it can also be used for the body… but I’m not a body shimmer gal. Maybe one day! 😛
  • NYX Color Lip Balm in Thank you (0.14 oz/ $3.00) – Lip Balms that always give color are the best. Less stuff for you to apply 🙂
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On my arm in natural light –
A) NYX Color Lip Balm, Thank You CLB03 
NYX Roll On Shimmer, Mauve Pink 
Ferro Mineral Blush X3, Terra Cotta
Ferro Minteral Blush X3, Suzie’s Glow

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  • Ziaja Goat’s Milk Eye Cream (0.5 ml / $7.99) – Another full size item! Do eye creams actually work? I know I should also work on getting enough sleep, eating right, making sure not to let them bake in the sun, etc. But for now, I’ll put all my faith in these creams. This is for dry & wrinkle prone skin … and moisturizes, tones, tightens and smooths the area under your eyes.
  • Juara Candlenut Body Creme (0.17 oz / ~$0.80) – Beaty Secrets from Bali? Excited to check this out.
  • AlfaParf Semi di Lino Diamond Illuminating Serum (~$10 value) – A serum (for the hair) that contains linseed extract and Vitamin E anti-oxidant to soften your hair. In general, I feel like a little serum goes a long way and my brittle/damaged hair will probably need this.

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  • EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo (2 oz/ $7.00) and Conditioner (2 oz / $7.00) – Perfect for travel!
  • The Honest Co. honest healing balm (1 oz / $4.31)  and honest face & body lotion (1 oz/ $1.48) – Lotions/Balms that are perfect travel size products! I received an Honest Co. lip balm somewhere (I’m getting all these boxes confused) and really liked it… so I have good feelings about these two.

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I don’t really care much for this last group. Well, I like the q-tips… but the others, I don’t care for. I just realized now (and I’m too lazy to correct this) that the wine gift card has the code/password on there. Well if you happen to like wine, want the gift card and are quick to act, go ahead and use the code! LOL FREE CODE. LUCKY READER OUT THERE, FEEL FREE TO CLAIM. haha.

Verdict? Despite feeling a bit misled (this was not $100 worth of beauty products)… I feel like I will actually use all the products, so I’m a happy gal. 🙂 I paid $17.00 ($20 without the coupon code that I used + free shipping) for about $60 worth of products.

Blush Mystery Box

I’m so happy that I signed up for the Blush mystery boxes (<–if you still want to purchase this box, you can). This, along with the NewBeauty & QVC test tubes, is one of my favorite subscription boxes. This month’s wasn’t as great as the last two, but I am still happy with it. Better than other boxes 🙂

The mystery bag + free sample :)

The mystery bag + free sample 🙂

Free sampleInnovative Skincare Instant Smoothing Gel 0.06 oz (Value: 11.76) – WOAH the thing that caught my eye… $98.00 for a 0.5 fl oz product?!?!?!?!?  Well, I don’t really have wrinkles… but maybe I’ll try it on my forehead. Haha…

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  • Hydroxatone Revitalizing Microdermabrasion (0.5 oz/ $15.00) – I just opened it and tried it…. before I even looked at the other products. I don’t know why I’m obsessed with exfoliating my skin… I guess I just want it to be radiant! But don’t worry… I know to only do that 2-3 times per week. My thoughts? A nice texture that was not too rough. I wish that it were in a different form… like maybe a pump or even a squeeze bottle. I made such a mess trying to scoop it out… but maybe that’s my own fault 😛
  • Glytone Sunscreen Spray Mist 50+ Water Resistant (6 fl oz/$39.00) – This was the product that they revealed would be in every mystery box. It’s come in a perfect time. Now I don’t have to drag my derriere to a drugstore to buy sunscreen. Yippeeee! And a spray sunscreen is always easy to apply than a lotion/cream.

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  • Decleor Aroma Cleanse Youth Cleansing Milk (0.33 oz/ $1.92) and Youth Lotion (0.33 oz/ $1.92) – Great travel size cleanser + toner!
  • DHC Clarifying Pore Cover Base (0.42 oz/ $19.00) – I believe DHC is a Japanese brand… (I think… this is coming from my memory… which sometimes is not the best). I do like their products. I don’t really wear primers… but I’ll give this a try.
  • Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 in Glow Enhancer (0.5 oz/ $5.02) – I’m not a fan of this brand/these products…. I think more so because I don’t have any use for them. Maybe they’ll appear in a giveaway (I’m thinking … July, maybe? 😛 )
  • Stila Lip Glaze in kaleidoscope (0.05 oz/$13.75)  – This seems to be a shade from last fall… looks pretty and sparkly! I suppose I’ll save it for this fall. August/September will be here soon enough!
  • Supergoop! CC Cream SPF 35 (3 ml/ $2.04 ) – I still have quite caught on to CC creams yet… I’m a skeptic. Seems to me just like a fancier version of BB… a way to make money. Haha, but if you think I’m wrong, please let me know and I’ll give this a chance! 😛

Like I mentioned above, not my favorite box… but definitely content with this box 🙂 The total value of this box without sample came to $95.73. Definitely one of the best value for your money box. 🙂 What did you think of your box?

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