Saturday, November 24, 2012

Concealer Week: Sonia Kashuk

 Hey Adventurers! Today is the first day of concealer week, I'll review all the concealers I have in my collection! To kick it off, I'm starting with the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda concealer quad. This quad costs around 13 dollars and you can get it at Target. I'm not sure of other places that carry Sonia Kashuk. It comes with 3 creams and one powder. In this picture the upper left is the powder. There is also a tinted green concealer, a salmon tinted, and a light skin color.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Target haul!

Hey adventurers! Gotta really quick haul for you and two announcements! One: Next week will be Concealer week! I review all of my concealers for you all. Two: This blog is not going to be only makeup, I'm expanding my horizons to household goods. I've really been wanting to review a few household items but I don't want to start a whole new blog. So I'm just going to add them into this one. On to the goodies!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

My experience with Monthly Subscription Services!

Hey adventurers! Today is November first, so happy November everyone! I'd like to do a review of all the subscription services I am apart of. As you may or may not know, I am a member of a few. Them being: Ipsy, Birchbox, New Beauty Test tube, Beauty Army, Little Black bag. I'll be reviewing these for you today.

Beauty Army: 12 dollars a month, you get to pick 6 samples out of the 9 that they choose for you from responses to their quiz. I like Beauty army because they aren't a first of the month company. You have a week to choose your samples and it starts around the time frame of whenever you got your first bag. I got my first bag around the 24th so my week starts on the 24th. The shipping is quite slow to Hawaii, so it takes about a week and a half to get it here. But shipping is free so it's not an extra charge. I have been skipping my monthly boxes because the samples were the same as previous months and the samples-in my opinion- haven't been worth my 12 dollars. Recently they've been perfume samples, and little packs of skincare. I don't use those, therefore I have been skipping.

Bottom line: I do like this box, but I just wish the samples were better. I have skipped the past 3 months, and I have only received 3 boxes.

Birchbox: Oh the mighty birchbox, in my opinion this one started it all. When Birchbox got popular then all the sudden these things were everywhere. Birchbox is 10 dollars a month. I have had Birchbox for the past 10 months and I can honestly say that it's not that great. Every month it has been a disappointment. I will probably be canceling my subscription here soon. Every month it's like a twist band, a perfume sample, and last years not handed out samples. Three months ago, they put out a box that was just of the leftover samples and they handed that out as the "beauty school edition." Today is November first and I have not received my October box. They take my money out on the 1st, but they don't ship the boxes until the middle of the month. Shipping to Hawaii is painfully slow. It takes a very long time to get here. I usually don't receive my boxes until the end of the month which just irritates me.

****As of November 5th. I have canceled my Birchbox membership. I got my October box today and the contents of one of the bottles was all over the box, plus the customer service hasn't gotten back to me. BAD customer service Birchbox...*****

Bottom line: I do not think this box is worth the 10 dollars I've been putting into it for the passed 10 months. I will be canceling my subscription soon. I do not think it's worth it.

Ipsy: 10 dollars a month. The infamous Ipsy bag, personally I think they changed the name from Myglam because of all the horrible reviews the MyGlam bag got and they wanted to get a fresh start. The passed 3 Ipsy bags have been really nice. I actually enjoyed the products I got, except the bags are shitty. I tried to zip the black one with the gold zipper that I mentioned in my last post and it broke. So they aren't meant to be used obviously. Besides the dollars that I've put in in the past to get shit products, the one thing I don't like is the pink lipgloss they include in almost every bag. If it's got a lipgloss in it, it's going to be pink. Usually a sparkly, sticky, bright pink. How many pink lipglosses do they think I need?

Bottom line: I'll stick it out for a few more months because they seem to be heading in the right direction.

Little Black bag: This isn't a makeup only bag. They 'bag' costs 49.95 a month and of course you can skip it. But shipping is not free so in total when I get the bag it costs 54.95. You can choose the first item and then they choose 2 more items to be included in that bag. I have had several 'bags' from them and if you watch my YouTube channel, I have video's up on it. In my opinion I think it's only worth it when you get a purse. Because when I didn't get a purse, the 'bag' didn't feel like it was worth the 50 dollars I paid for it, but if I got a purse it was fine no matter how crappy the other two items were. The thing that everyone likes to mention about LBB is that you can trade the items you don't want for things that you do want as long as the other person accepts your trade, which is cool. But it's time consuming and usually only the crappy items are getting traded. I haven't been getting LBB only because it's so expensive. Yes, I have the money. But I'd rather not spend 50 dollars on something else that is 100% guaranteed that I'm going to like.

Bottom line: I like the concept, I really do. I periodically check back and see if there's anything that I like. But I never seem to buy it. They are always running monthly specials though if you're into that type of thing.

New Beauty Test Tube: 39.95 + shipping I believe. This is a seasonal thing so you only get 4 a year. I have quite liked this program every time I receive one you get at least one full size product and not just saying that you'll get a full size product you actually get one. In my first tube, I got a full size Moroccan oil anti frizz hair spray. Worth 38 dollars, the time after that I got the it's a 10 worth 20 AND a full size neutrogena concealer worth 14 dollars plus all the extras, and this tube I got a moroccan oil deep conditioner. Every tube I get is worth the 40 dollars that I'm paying for it. All other programs should take note. The only downside is that it seems to be more toward older women. I've gotten a lot of anti-wrinkle products that I just don't need at my age.

Bottom line: This is the one service that I really feel like I get my money's worth every time I receive a tube. So thank you New Beauty for getting something right! :)

Do you have any thoughts on Subscription services? Do you think they're worth the hype? Let me know in the comments below!
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