Today, I drink lots of hot chocolate & enjoy my NewBeauty TestTube Sept/Aug 2013…

My NewBeauty TestTube came on my birthday! What a lovely “Experiment with Beauty” birthday surprise! 🙂 Since tests and applications are starting to slow down, I have much more time to just enjoy this 20-something life, which sadly but also lovingly means gorging on delicious food (pizza?), sipping on coffee/teas/hot chocolate, lying in bed, watching TV, etc. Speaking of which, Downton Abbey came out overseas. I shall watch tonight along with my cup of hot chocolate. Markie found this article about the health benefits of hot chocolate (let’s keep away Alzheimer’s & Dementia!). I guess I can’t complain. Of course, the addition time given to me also means finding new/discovering old hobbies (drawing/painting) and spending quality time with dear friends 🙂

NewBeauty TestTube
Cost: $29.95 + S&H (~$38.00)
See my previous reviews HERE.

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The box has gone through some changes along with that came new packing! The overall design is so pretty! And the tube is now recyclable and reusable! I love it. I always felt a bit guilty having to throw away the previous tubes. I am still thinking of ways to use this tube.

I was excited to receive an additional AmorePacific color control cushion compact and two hair products! 🙂 Much needed!

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion (0.14 oz / $8) 
I first discovered this product in a previous Glossybox… I love that it protects, hydrates and provides coverage… the perfect on-to-go product to keep in your bag. It’s interesting in the sense that the makeup is liquid-ish but in a sponge so that you can control how much of it gets applied onto the puff. The puff is what is used to apply make-up to face. Wonderful coverage! 🙂

BioSilk Silk Therapy (2.26 oz / $10.01)
This product contains silk, wheat and soy proteins and smells wonderful! It isn’t too heavy and leaves my hair feeling so smooth!

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin (2 oz / $10) 
I first experimented with It’s a 10 product .. actually from a previous testtube. I finished that bottle last week, so I’m excited to get this one. 🙂 Smells good and works!

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush (Full size: $48) 
It’s a large plush powder brush. I don’t wear make-up that often… but it seems so awesome that I’m going to have to give it a try… maybe with my bareminerals powder that I’ve been meaning to use. Apparently delivers a flawless airbrush application every time! 🙂

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (0.25 oz/ $2.97)
I’ve actually received way too many of these deluxe samples that I’ve lost count. However, I keep managing to give them away, so this time, I will TRY it. I’ve heard good things about them. Have any of you tried them?

La Roche-Posay Mela-D Deep Cleansing Brightening Foaming Cream (0.5 oz / $9) 
Brightens with gentle exfoliation. Smells good… I wouldn’t say it’s too foaming, but I think it’ll be go wonderfully with my foaming net. Formulated with 0.1% micro-exfoliating Lipo-Hydroxy Acid (LHA).

Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner (Full size: $15) 
This is a really pretty eyeliner. Light blue-ish with almost a light green tiny. I don’t think I’ll use this much… so expect in a future giveaway 🙂

Extra samples 🙂 I am in somewhat of a rush, so I won’t calculate the value of these bonus products! I’m sad that my dr brandt collagen booster doesn’t work. I’m a bit lazy to try to contact customer service. Should I contact? Bleh. Lazy me. Hahaha.

The total value of this box came to OVER $102.98. Aside from the eyeliner, I’ll be able to use every single product (and I’m looking forward to it). This was a wonderful box for me. What did you think of it? I’m currently stuck in between deciding whether to keep Blush Beauty or NewBeauty mystery box :\ I need to cut back on spending to just one box. Any suggestions? Advice? Comments? 

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Today, I am loving Cool Britannia!! (Glossybox Best of Britain Limited Edition Review)

Downton Abbey is coming back to the UK on September 22! I vowed to never watch it again after how Season 3 ended, but I just can’t seem to keep away from it. Chelsea FC is an English football club. We love the royal family (and the royal baby is adorbs). Not to mention, I believe my current crush is English (hahahaha or I just have a really bad sense of such things and he just has a Southern accent… um, not the same thing? … uh… right). Do you see a trend? We/I kind of love cool Britannia! Glossybox does too… I was so excited to receive my Glossybox Best of Britain (Limited Edition) today! 🙂

If you’re unfamiliar with Glossybox, it’s a subscription box (it’s about $20 a month depending on your subscription plan). I recently opted out because I wanted to cut back on my spending… I did enjoy Glossybox when I had it (check out my previous boxes here). I’ve also purchased their Mother’s Day Limited Edition box which I enjoyed. I’m even happier with my Best of Britain box!

Glossybox has the cutest packaging!

Each box comes with a Glossybox Union Jack accessory bag, a small bag that is great for traveling. I have too many random bags, so expect this in a future giveaway 🙂

Steamcream All-in-One Natural Moisturizer for Face Body & Hands (2.65 oz / $19.50)
This is probably one of my favorite products in this box. The light scent is perfect, giving it a very “natural” and “handmade” feel. It’s got a very light, whipped texture (sour cream?) that I love! I’ll be using it for my dry elbows and knees as fall and winter coming in.

Mitchell and Peach Luxury Hand Cream (2.1 fl oz / $26.00)
EXCITED. I’ve been using my MOR luxury hand cream from my previous Blush box a little too quickly… so this will be a perfect replacement. This one’s got Vitamin E, shea butter, and English honey to soothe your hands. I just used some and it’s oh so light, delightful, smells wonderful… and the best part is that it absorbs very easily.

Batiste Dry Shampoo blush (1.6 fl oz / $2.30)
I recently purchased the full-size version of this on my TJ Maxx haul. Love it! I use it daily to give my hair a nice texture/body/shape/shine. It smells nice & has a nice cooling effect when you spray it on… this is a perfect travel-size version!

HD Brows Grow Baby Grow ($45.60)
Eh… I think this is the last of my concerns. If anything, my eyebrows are too bushy and need to STOP growing. Thus, I can’t comment on this product. But if this is something you want to try, do keep an “eye” out… as it’ll probably appear in a future giveaway 🙂

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues Skin Illuminator in Pearl Pink (0.41 fl oz / $8.30) 
I’m EXCITED, again. Now when I stay up too late watching shows/dramas or getting stressed out by work/studies/apps, I can fight the dullness of my skin with this illuminator. Iridescent is the key word here!

Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Top Coat (0.33 fl oz / $18.20) 
That is some expensive Top Coat. They say it’s got 45-second dry-time formula, which is true. Dried really quickly! Gives your nail polish a little (tiny bit) of added shine! I can’t comment on chipping since I just applied it tonight.

NailGirls London WHITE#1 (0.33 fl oz / $12.90)
Um… I’ve never tried white nail polish. According to Glossybox’s description, it’s this season’s trend. I guess it can look alright… but I don’t think it’s work-place appropriate. It would good for my coworkers to NOT think that I just applied a ton of white-out from the supplies closet onto my nails. LOL. But it’ll be good for a french look 🙂

Helen É Lasting Lip Colour in Raspberry (0.12 oz / $12.20)
I love the creaminess to this lipstick. It goes on so smoothly and nicely… and the color is very vibrant. However, raspberry is a bit too dark for me. But I’ll hold onto it… and maybe if I need to have a more mature or brooding look, I can make use of this shade.

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Final Thoughts? The value of the box came to $145, which definitely covers what I paid for it ($40). However, personally, this box is worth $100 (since I won’t be using the HD brows)… but that’s still a great value! I really loved that the box covered skincare, makeup, nail care, and hair care. A really great Limited Edition box. I’m really glad I was able to grab one of these 🙂 Did you get this box? Have you gotten previous Glossybox Limited Edition Boxes? What are you thoughts? Would love to hear them 🙂

Until next time~ (my birchbox also came tonight… so next time probably means another review tomorrow hehe). Good night~!

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Todaycommai 2013 Blogiversary Giveaway Part 3 – Exciting Beauty Box!

We promised another giveaway (to celebrate you lovely readers and to celebrate our blogiversary), and here it is! 🙂 This is a beauty giveaway… full of awesome goodies! 🙂 Instructions on how to enter are below. We will select a winner on October 1, 2013. 

Todaycommai’s 2013 Blogiversary Giveaway (Part 3) – Beauty Box Giveaway!
One lucky reader will win a box full of 11 beauty products, ranging from skincare to makeup to nail products to hair products and more… valued at more than $140!

Jarkie bought the products or received them in her subscription boxes (This giveaway is not sponsored by any third party). For a list of products and why she chose to include them in the giveaway, see details below.

What’s in this beauty giveaway? 

To enter, follow the rafflecopter directions below. Remember, this giveaway is only open to residents of the US. If you cannot access it in this post, you can also use this link to enter. Good luck! 🙂

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Today, I prepare for autumn a little early (Allure Fall Beauty Box 2013 Review)…

My Allure Fall 2013 Beauty Box arrived TODAY! So happy –

Let me just say that August is an awesome month! Every day this month, you can log on/sign up to win free things on Allure.com. Have any of y’all won anything before? This is my first time trying. I’ve heard that you don’t know if you win or not; the prizes just show up at your door 1-1.5 months later. I’ll definitely share if any goodies come my way. I’ve talked Markie into doing this too! She better give me something if she wins! 😛

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Yiippeeeee! Look what arrived! Comes with a little booklet of products.

This is also the first time I’ve purchased a beauty box. I tried to purchase the Summer 2013 one but completely forgot about the time (I think I was busy eating… of course) and logged on about 18 minutes late. It was sold out by the time I tried to purchase it. This time, for the fall box, I made sure to watch the clock.

Allure Fall Beauty Box 2013
Cost: $39.99 plus shipping & tax**
Value: Over $350 worth of products!
What: A collection of 23 of fall’s most essential products!
**Generally comes to around $50-$52

My thoughts? THIS WAS AN AWESOME BOX. I really don’t have any complaints. I mean… how can you complain about all these full size products? And the value of the box? It finally added up to $355.60 (this is of course calculated by me, Jarkie, to the best of my ability… but I can’t guarantee the value is EXACTLY that… )!!!! So happy. So much stuff to test out! Did you purchase a fall beauty box? What are you most excited to try out? Least excited to? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Take a look … take a look! So ecstatic! It’s like Christmas in… well, in August! ….

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Cetaphil® Daily Advance® Lotion Ultra Hydrating (8 oz / $11.99)
I used some on my legs… seems light and quick absorbing! Not really a scent here which is good. I like their cleanser so I’m also happy to give this lotion a try.

Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Wash (5 oz / $6.49)
I do need a cleanser! I’m not too picky when it comes to cleansers… as long as it can clean my face 😀

Simple® Hydrating Light Moisturizer (4.2 oz / $10.99)
I opened this to try it… First thoughts? Not much smell… very very light and quick absorbing. I just wish it had SPF … so that I could wear it during the day.

Neutrogena® Rapid Tone Repair Night Moisturizer (1 oz / $20.99)
I don’t have dark spots… so maybe I’ll gift this to my mom

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Goldwell® StyleSign® Magic Finish® Hairspray (8.7 oz / $17.99)
Apparently “enhances color brilliance” – I don’t really need this hairspray. So it’ll make a great gift or an addition to a future giveaway 🙂

KMS® California HAIRSTAY anti-humidity seal (4.1 oz / $17.99)
Shields hair from humidity and frizz? Hmmm, I’ll give this a try… maybe…

Redken satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion (5.4 oz / $18.00)
I sometimes use a straightener so this will be perfect to protect my hair against the heat.

GK Hair Serum (1.69 oz / $25.00)
I was suppose to get a Tibolli Hair Oil… ummm this product came out of nowhere…but I’m not upset. The value is around the same… and both products supposedly tame frizz. The scent is a little too strong for me … and the serum seems kind of heavy… but I’ll give it more of a chance… it seems to have pretty good reviews.

Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil (3 oz / $30.00)
Dry & Brittle hair?! This product was made for me. Definitely excited because I’ve never tried any Redken products.

Neutrogena® TRIPLE MOISTURE™ Deep Recovery Hair Mask (6 oz / $6.99)
AFFORDABLE HAIR MASK. I’ve seen pretty good reviews regarding this hair mask… and my hair certainly needs a mask!

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask (7 oz / $32.00)
Um my hair is damaged! This is needed! I’ve heard great things about Carol’s Daughter… so I’m excited to try. #monoimagic

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Pixi Eye Bright Liner ($17.00)
I’ve been using bright liners to make my eyes larger for a while now (well this is when I wear make-up … which is almost never) … a great addition to my slim collection of makeup

RoC® MULTI CORREXION® NOURISH Stress Repair Eye Cream (0.5 oz / $24.99)
Fights accelerated signs of aging caused by a stressful lifestyle? Yes, that’s me! Thanks!

Redermic® Eyes Dermatological AntI-Aging Eye Corrector – Intensive (~$41.00)??
This was a 2011 Allure Best of Beauty Award… the product combines pure retinol + caffeine to fight against crows-feet wrinkles and dark circles. Did someone say dark circles? Because I’ve got those! I’m a panda.

Burt’s Bees Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate ($3.30)
Love Burt’s bees! And it smells great, I’d say I smell/taste more of the dark chocolate than the blueberry!

BONUS PRODUCT!! – ROC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream (0.05 oz/ $1.14) – SAMPLE PACKET
At first, I thought I had been cheated of my ROC eye cream… but upon second thought, I realized this was a nice present 🙂  

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Sally Hansen® Ouch-Relief™ Wax Strip Kit (32 wax strips / $10.99)
Oooo I am looking forward to trying this. If it works a-okay – then what a way to save money, right?! Salons are so expensive these days!

Sally Hansen® Airbrush Legs® in Medium ($12.99)
Hmmm has anyone used this before? I’m still not sure if I’ll try it or not.

Schick Hydro Silk® ($11.99)
I’ve gotten a sample one before and I like these alright. Razors cost a lot … and it’s great when I can get them in a box like this… or for free!

Skintimate® Skin Therapy Sensitive Skin (7 oz / $3.79)
Just in time! I need shaving cream.

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Sally Hansen® Salon Effects™ Real Nail Polish Strips in Laced Up ($9.99)
Mmmm it’s not that the design is ugly (it’s not pretty in my eyes either…but that’s only an opinion/preference)… rather it’s these designs just aren’t practical for me to be wearing around work. Seems like an interesting concept though.

Sally Hansen® Complete Salon Manicure™ Cuticle Eraser + Balm ($6.99)
I love using my Burt’s Bees cuticle balm… but I’ve run out so I’ll give this a try. It has a light scent of cucumbers. Such a pretty design, I hope it works as well. J

Sally Hansen® Complete Salon Manicure™* ($7.99)
This reminds me of the Deborah Lippmann nail polish I received (uhhh I’ve forgotten which box that was … memory problems). However, I’m not a fan of that polish… hopefully Sally Hansen will not disappoint me/us! Seven benefits in one! Supposedly like going to the salon!

SATION Wine-y Happy People ($5.00)
Dark Purple shade. Looks like a good shade for fall.

Seeing it all together makes me warm & fuzzy. I think I'm addicted. I need intervention :P

Seeing it all together makes me warm & fuzzy. I think I’m addicted. I need intervention 😛 (sorry for the blurry photo here)

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Today, I’m admiring Kate Middleton’s Easy-to-Recreate Half-up Hairstyle…

I ate too much this morning. Dim Sum. It just touched my heart (Just so you know… I’m borrowing from the literal translation of the phrase: dim sum). On a completely different note, I’ve noticed that I’m very BORING with my hair.  I don’t blow-dry it, I don’t straighten it, I don’t comb it, I don’t brush it. I don’t do anything except for wash it. Today, I used an ALTERNA product that helped me create lovely waves, but I thought to myself… why not add some change into my life? And who better to turn to than the lovely Duchess of Cambridge? In celebration of her, of her newborn, and everything, here’s the hairstyle of the day 🙂

I love wearing my hair half up. I also love that this hairstyle isn’t too plain or boring. Instead of just tying a chunk of her hair with a hairband, she weaves it through… kind of like making a basket! Anyways, I’m sorry to admit that I was too lazy to take a picture of me doing this so I’m borrowing from Glamour’s Tutorial: CHECK IT OUT HERE

There you have it!

Is this something you’d try? Did you like it? Was it easy or difficult? Have fun with it and have a lovely weekend!

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