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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Beauty Army - December 2013 Shipment

It's been a while since I've ordered a Beauty Army shipment (; $12).  It's not that I don't like their service, it's just that I receive a lot of beauty product sampling subscriptions and the variety of samples offered to me by Beauty Army based on my profile, just haven't been items on my wishlist.  This month, the offering featured something new so here is some insight into what I received. Unlike previous shipments, this month's box was white with the same pink camouflage lining and came with a "Happy Holidays" banner around it.

In my December shipment, I received 3 deluxe samples and one full size kit as follows:

Emani - Foundation Primer & Hydrating Serum - Sample; Full size 0.84 oz./$28 - Velvety in texture, it absorbs excess oils and minimizes the appearance of pores. Hydrating Primer Serum contains 10 different organic extracts to aid and prep your skin for an ultimate foundation application. It deeply nourishes, moisturizes, and softens the skin, creating a soft, luminous effect.  I had received this before but it was damaged in shipping so they sent a replacement.  How nice was that?

Skin Type: All skin types

For Best Results: Apply Primer Serum before powder based foundation. Use with moisturizer or in replacement of.

• Ginkgo Biloba Extract, promotes microcirculation
• Chamomile & Witch Hazel extracts for calming of the skin
• Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice for added moisture and hydration

Yes to Blueberries - Age Refresh Eye Firming Treatment - Sample: 0.1 fl oz./3 ml; Full size 0.5 fl. oz./15 ml/$19.99 -
Formulated with Paracress Flower to Help Reduce the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Paraben-free
  • 95% Natural Product
  • Free of Petroleum and SLS
  • Paraben-free, naturally!
  • Cruelty Free
Yes to Blueberries™ formulations naturally blend anti-oxidant rich fruits with special ingredients to help fight the signs off aging.  The collection features products that help improve skin firmness, protect skin, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and nourish age-damaged skin.  use the entire collection for a recipe of youth-enhancing goodness!
Rich in Anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and Anthocyanins to help fight the formulation of free radicals that can damage the skin's microstructure.
Paracress FlowerHelps firm and rehydrate and delicate skin around the eye to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and crow's feet.
BeeswaxProvides hydration, soothing and healing of age-damaged skin and promote the retention of moisture in the skin.
Olive Fruit OilRich in Oleic Acid to help regenerate skin cells and attract moisture to the skin.
The Power of Yes
Yes to™ Health.  Yes to organic fruits and veggies.  yes to caring as much about what you put on your body as what you put in it.  Yes to the benefits of anti-oxidants.  yes to being low maintenance and highly fabulous.  Yes to happiness.  Yes to you!  Join the Yes to movement at
Yes to™ Seed Fund  |  Seeds of Change
A portion of proceeds from every Yes To product goes toward the Yes to Seed Fund -- giving kids fun and engaging ways to connect with Mother Nature and teaching them to lead healthier lifestyles.
Mixed Sources
Product group from well-managed forests and other controlled sources

Macadamia Natural Oil - Deep Repair Masque - Sample size 0.5 fl. oz/15 ml; Full size 8.5 fl. oz./250 ml/$32 - Macadamia Natural Oil™
Tea Tree and chamomile oils along with aloe and algae extracts combine with our Macadamia and 
Argan oils to produce miracle-like hair rejuvenation.

Acquarella - Detox Bootcamp for your Nails - Polish Remover - Full size: 4 fl. oz./118 ml
; Watercolor Conditioner - Full size: 0.42 fl. oz./12.5 ml; Includes full size black buffer, colored buffer and orange stick; Full set: $26 - Detoxify your nails from harmful, harsh ingredients and discover Acquarella's amazing water based nail system.


Kit includes:

- 3 Way File Shaped Buffer for better surface preparation of the nail
- Ultra Buffer (Pink/Purple) promotes better adhesion of Acquarella Nail Polish
- Cuticle Stick great for gentle removal of polish, pushback of cuticles and cleaning
- Conditioner to help strengthen and moisturize nails
- Remover to leave your nails squeaky clean and ready for application

Overall rating: Booyah!  This was a great shipment.  It was nice of the Beauty Army Troops to send me replacement items for a previously damaged shipment.  Additionally, paying $12 for a full-sized kit that retails for $26 is a great deal! I hope Beauty Army continues to offer deals like this in the future.

Have you tried any of these products?  What are your thoughts?

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box - Luxury Edition for Her

As many of you know, I have been a huge fan of POPSUGAR and their Must Have Boxes and Bags.  For the month of December, they also had an offer for the Luxury Edition.  I couldn't wait to check that out so I placed the order for the Luxury Edition for Her.  This special edition box cost $100 plus tax (free shipping), which is more than the usual Must Have Box, but as you will see, it was well worth it.  It too includes a variety of must have products from the worlds of beauty, fashion, food, and home.

Here's what was in my Luxury Edition Box for Her:

Fashion - JewelMint Clutch - - I could not find this or any of the clutches offered on the JewelMint website so I can't tell you its retail price.  The one I received is accented in finished stones that look like precious stones.

Beauty - Epicuren After Bath Moisturizer - Lemongrass - 8 fl. oz./250 ml/$38 - - I have never tried any Epicuren products. I couldn't wait to shower and try this moisturizer.  It had a pleasant scent and left my skin feeling velvety smooth.

Food - Vosges Mini Chocolate Bar Library - Box of 9 bars - $25 - - These awesome chocolate bars are exotically flavored and created by Chief chocolatier and founder Katrina Markoff.  They come individually wrapped and packaged in a lovely box with ribbon.

Home - Compagnie de Provence Liquid Hand Soap - Olive and Lavender - 16.9 fl. oz./500 ml/$24 - - This long-time favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow comes in a glass bottle.  This soap is made with natural vegetable oils and it doesn't dry my hands.  I will definitely re-purchase this soap as it is a lovely addition to both the kitchen and bathroom.  Can't wait to try their other products as well.

Home - Tocca Scented Candle - Kyoto - Peach Nectar - 10.6 oz./300 g/$38 - - This candle is absolutely lovely and simple in its design.  Nothing crazy or ornate, just an elegant design similar to their fine fragrance collection.  The candle is encased in white glass and boasts a 60-hour burn time so it's sure to grace my home well into the New Year.

Fashion - Heather Belle Cuff - Classic Gold - $110 - This polished brass cuff is classic and timeless.  The insert indicates that Charlize Theron has been spotted wearing one.  This versatile cuff is a lovely accessory for both day and evening events.  This bracelet alone retails for more than the entire luxury edition box.

Beauty - Deborah Lippman Lip & Nail Duet - Love Notes: Let's Do It & My Old Flame - Lipstick: .13 oz/3.6g; Polish: .50 fl. oz./1.5 ml; Set: $38 - The holidays inspire me to bring out golds and reds and this duo is just perfect for the holidays.  The lipstick is a sheer, deep red and the polish is a classic shade.  I can't wait to try more Duets.

Overall rating:  Booyah!  The value of this box was incredible!  I also ordered the Luxury Edition for Him and will be certain to share with you the contents of that box as well.