Today, I’m prepping for fourth of july (NewBeauty TestTube July/August 2013)…

Happy almost independence day to our dearest readers!  I get tomorrow (Thurs) off work… so I decided to also take Friday off and make it a nice four (4!)-day weekend. Gives me just enough time to fly back home to the best place in the world: Louisville, Kentucky. 🙂 Have you ever been? If not, you should! You’re missing out!

Anyways, some catching up: us –arkies got a twitter! We’re still learning how to use it but you can check us out @todaycommai. In addition, we’re starting our July Giveaway this afternoon! Mmmm… other than that, nothing much. Charkie is traveling in Germany with no weefee. Markie, Arkie, Jarkie (that’s me!) –> we’re all working in our own ways on our next steps in LIFE. 🙂 Let’s see where our futures lead. Anyways. Back to this post.

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I love that they’ve been adding this bonus products pouches! 🙂

New Beauty. Question: Which one do you prefer (if you’ve tried both) – QVC or NewBeauty Test Tube? I’ve only gotten one QVC tube so it’s difficult for me to say… but I’d love to hear what you have to say. For those of you all not familiar with these tubes. Each one costs ~36 dollars (after shipping and such)… The QVC one is a quarterly box (they reveal all the products.. and you can buy just that individual tube). The NewBeauty one is now a bi-monthly (as in every other month… is that the term for that?) subscription. So basically if you’re subscribed, you pay more for NewBeauty but you also get more products in a year. From my New Beauty magazine, … the next QVC tube will be available for purchase August 9th! 🙂

Side note: If you’re interested in getting a box … I have a referral link for $5 off your first box… email todaycommai@gmail.com and I’ll send that over to you.

The box at a glance.

The box at a glance. I spy a Moroccan Oil product. Teehee.

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Philosophy purity made simple one-step facial cleanser (1 oz/ ~$3.33)
This is a 3-in-1 cleanser for the face and eyes … making this is a perfect travel product. Who has time to remove makeup, cleanse and tone?! 😛 I tried it and I like it… the scent isn’t strong… and it does a good job of removing makeup (well, at least my eye-makeup… )

MoroccanOil Body Butter (1.7 oz/ $13.81)
This product uses antioxidant argan oil, and argan, shea, cocoa and mango butters to soothe your skin. Another product with a light scent. Good news 🙂

Perlage Illuminating Primer (0.017 oz/ ??)
I don’t really know much about this… are you familiar? I also don’t use primers.

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Pantene Expert Collection Pro-V AgeDefy Shampoo (3.9 oz / $3.47)
Not much to say here, except, woah…STRONG SCENT! I don’t know if I like that. My entire box/test tube smelled like this shampoo/conditioner set. And I couldn’t get the scent out of my nostrils for the longest of time. This will come into use when I’m traveling, for sure!

Pantene Expert Collection Pro-V AgeDefy Conditioner (2.5 oz/ $2.67)

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Lite (2 oz/ $10.00)
A leave in conditioner that you use after you’ve shampooed/conditioned and towel dried your hair. I always need conditioners, so this is great. I hope it works! I’ll let y’alls know.

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tarte Pure Maracuja Oil Rollerball (0.60 oz/ $17.00)
I’m probably most excited about this item! I’ll be honest. I have no clue at all what Maracuja Oil is. A quick google/wiki search will do 🙂 According to tarte, it contains Vit C and essential fatty acids. This sample came in a roller-ball form which is great! It is in a glass bottle, so if you keep this in your purse, you want to be careful not to accidentally break it and have oil soaked your hangbags. However, I love the rollerball, it makes it easy to apply to my face, especially under my eyes. I’m excited to see it’s effects. And I’m happy there’s not really a strong scent (actually I didn’t smell anything).

ybf Automatic Brow Pencil ($12.oo)
For those of you interested, this is a paraben-free/cruelty-free product. I read their description (link above) of the product and found it amusing and cute. Hehe. Take control of them eyebrows! I don’t really do anything with my brows. Sorry for my bushy eyebrows 😛 But I did give it a try, though I really don’t know how brow pencils work. Maybe you can give me some tips 

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ORLY Nail Polish (0.6 oz/$8.50) – 
I don’t use nail polish that often, so I don’t really care for this. Twas funny… because they mentioned how the excitement of this being the first nail polish in a test tube! No excitement for me… but no worries! It’ll be a good gift 🙂

Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Night Cream (0.5 oz/ ~$5.87) – pictured below
A decent sample size night cream. I received the day cream in another NewBeauty box, I believe.

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NEW BEAUTY magazine – $9.95

BONUS PRODUCTS

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Boost-it! Instant Complexion Enhancer (0.25 oz/ ~$10.90)
Supposedly tightens and brightens the skin within seconds! I don’t really need the tightening but I guess I could try it for the brightening!

Dalton Colour Creme Lip Gloss  in Shawny K. (.21 oz/ ~$15.00)
I like the application of this gloss. I noticed on the website that it should come with a brush… maybe I missed it in my box. Or it just didn’t come with it. I’ll have to do some more digging. I’m not sure how I feel about this yet. It’s very shiny. You probably have to reapply every 2 hours or so. I do like the fact that it comes in a jar… this means none of it goes to waste.  As you can tell, with the color I received, the color is very light… not much… more gloss than color. It definitely felt like my lips got plumper.

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NIP + FAB No Needle Fix Serum (2 .03 oz foil packets, ~$0.70)
A serum to fill in fine lines and smooth wrinkles … hehe don’t got those yet… but soon enough. They shall arrive. When I stay up late stu-DYING. 😛 And this will come handy.

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Okay, pretty sweet box! I feel like I’ll use almost everything… except for maybe the nail polish. It’s not my most favorite box, but I am still a happy gal. 🙂 I received over $100 worth of products… for only $36 … which is not bad… actually pretty sweet. 🙂 Did you receive this box? What did you think and what did you get for your Bonus Products? Enjoy the day… and stay tuned for our giveaway! 🙂

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Today, I’m feeling the American Beauty… (Glossybox June 2013)

Wow! Glossybox sure surprised me this month! The box came in earlier, but I was busy with getting my car fixed. That process took over 6 hours… but luckily there was a mall across the street…so, retail therapy!! I’ll post the items that were the products of the therapy session, but back to the box! Glossybox had given us so many sneak peeks (and eventually revealing the box contents) before the box actually shipped. I suppose this was to keep our curiosity alive since the boxes were sent out later than usual this month…  That did not bother me, because I was so happy with the products and the packaging and everything else!

Note: I’ll begin writing more reviews of all the products that I’ve either stumbled upon by myself or have received in these boxes. You can use the menu above (look under “Health/Beauty”) to navigate the subscription box and product reviews … 🙂

The box + GLOSSYBOX MAG (june 2013)

The box + GLOSSYBOX MAG (june 2013)

This month, fashion illustrator Dallas Shaw made a sketch of The Glossy Girl … featured on the lids of all the boxes (see above picture). In addition, she curated the product collection of the box. I suppose I must thank her, because I love the box!

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Box at a glance

A print of Dallas Shaw’s sketch of The Glossy Girl (the same one was printed on the lids of the box) is included in the box… if you flip it over, it’s a list of all the products included in this months box. I really like the sketch and think I’ll use it as decoration on my walls.

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Oscar de la Renta ESSENTIAL LUXURES (0.18 fl oz/ ~$7.94)
I love that all six fragrance samples were included. The silk bag that the samples came in was a nice touch .. definitely made these seem luxurious. And woah, these perfumes are expensive! I think I like Granada the most (I love jasmine scents!)… but here’s a short description of each scent (from the magazines):

  • Sargasso – Fresh citrus notes, watery cucumber and patchouli
  • Coralina Blend of mimosa, violet, orris
  • Granada – Romantic citrus floral .. jasmine petals/bitter orange with exotic roses …
  • Oriental Lace A blend of hoya carnosa flower and honey and bitter almond with dark cacao and patchouli
  • Santo Domingo – Smooth, smoky with notes of mandarin, coriander, tobacco, patchouli and spices
  • Mi Corazon – Tuberose and ylang-ylang with peach

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Tarte Complexion Enhancing Lipstick (Full size 3.5 g / $14.50)
I applied this lipstick to my hand and really loved the shade, a sort of creamy & glossy pink shade. However, I noticed that the packaging is not the best… Tip: do not twist up too much of the lipstick… to avoid it falling off … it must have something to do with their eco-packing. I almost broke mine! I could feel it wobbling!

Spa Ritual in Whirlwind Romance (Full size .5 fl oz / $12.00)
I really don’t use nail polish all too much, but I love this shade. I think I’m going to keep this one. This line of polish is created from naturally formulated, vegan, certified-organic and fair-trade ingredients.

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c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist (2 fl oz/ $4.00)
They call it a lightweight dry oil … though when I sprayed it on… it was very oily and thick. They also say it’s a gentle sweet blend, but I’d say that it smells really really sweet. Despite that, the oil mist definitely made my arms, legs and hair feel soft. I will definitely be using this for right after showers to seal in the moisture.

Philip B Styling Gel (2 fl oz/ $6.00)
Every box this month comes with a Philip B product. I wish I could have gotten a conditioner or some other sort of product because I don’t really style my hair 😛 … but I can’t complain. It’s definitely a nice size… you should see this product in an upcoming giveaway!

Final Thoughts? I was really amazed by this months collection. The total value of the box came to about $44.44. I signed up for the 3-month subscription and this was my 3rd box. I’m sad that I will not be extending my subscription… mostly because I’m cutting down to only having 2-3 subscriptions now.

Did you get this month’s box? What did you think about it?

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