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GLOSSYBOX April 2013 USA

      GLOSSYBOX is my favorite subscription box. I did a blog post as well as a YouTube video to show you what I got inside. Take a look!

To learn more about GLOSSYBOX, click here.

Do you have a subscription to GLOSSYBOX? Which items did you receive? I love to hearing from you. Please comment and subscribe.

Eat healthy. Drink lots of water and get lots of sleep.

Until later,

Heather N King

GLOSSYBOX April 2013

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     Another box full of goodies from GLOSSYBOX  this month. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

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     Alterna Haircare Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist is among my box full of goodies this month. Although I’m sporting a super short ‘do these days, I can still benefit from a texturizing mist that will keep my hair from looking so flat and boring.

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     Believie it or not, but I used to be platinum blond off and on for about a decade. One of my favorite hair care lines was “Dumb Blond” by TIGI. Although, I’m very familiar with their haircare, I’ve never tried their makeup. GLOSSYBOX sent me a baked blush in the shade “Brilliance”. Looking forward to trying this out.

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     Wash With Joe Coffee Mint Invigorating Bodywash? Hmmm. Sounds yummy… smells delicious. It reminds me more of chocolate mint. Looking forward to trying this out. Love being introduced to brands I’ve not heard of before. icon_smile-9789474

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     One can never have too many lip balms. The Honest Co. organic lip balm in “Purely Simple” has no fragrance and is packed with healthy organic oils. I just know my lips are gonna love this!

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     Oh, thank you GLOSSYBOX  for pampering me with Bvlgari! A white tea bag for my bath? Yes, please! When the dogs, kitty and boyfriend are snoozing, I’m going to steal away to the bathtub for some precious ME time.

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     In a recent GLOSSYBOX, a sample of the luxury day cream from Le Metier De Beaute was included. I was happy to see it again. The full size prize for this decadent skincare is $225. On the back of this postcard along with the sample is a special promo code that allows GLOSSYBOX members to get this cream at a discounted  price. $150 for a day cream is still a little rich for my blood; however, it’s still a nice gesture on their behalf.

     All in all this is somewhat “small” box compared to previous boxes I have received from them. But as always the overall value of this month’s box ( approximately $54!) is greater than the cost of the monthly subscription fee of $21.

     Is this GLOSSYBOX worth subscribing to? Absolutely!

     To learn more about GLOSSYBOX, click here.

Do you have a subscription to GLOSSYBOX? Which items would you like to see reviews on? I would love to hear from you. Please comment and subscribe.

Eat healthy. Drink lots of water and get lots of sleep.

Until later,

Heather N King

Whip Hand Cosmetics Loose Pigment Eyeshadow Camo Collection

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     Whip Hand Cosmetics Loose Pigment Eyeshadow Camo Collection has been on my wishlist for a while. I finally stopped procrastinating and picked it up. If you are not familiar with Beauty Army or Whip Hand Cosmetics, allow me to make a quick introduction.

      Beauty Army is one of many beauty subscription box services that has popped up recently. What sets this  service apart from others is that for $12 a month, you can CHOOSE the items that you want to try. You actually decide and know which goodies you will be sampling every month. If the current month’s selections do not appeal to you, you can skip that month without cancelling or getting charged.

     It is through Beauty Army that I learned about Whip Hand Cosmetics. I even posted a video about my first impression of Whip Hand Cosmetics in October 2012. If you want to check that out, I’ve queued the video to start at that exact point: http://youtu.be/W3zA_TSXam4?t=7m4s

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     If you haven’t heard of Whip Hand Cosmetics it is most likely because they are an independent makeup company based in Detroit and founded by makeup artist Riese Lauriat. To spread the word about their great makeup for pros and novices alike, Whip Hand has made four  limited edition shades of deluxe size samples of their gorgeous loose pigment eyeshadows available exclusively at Beauty Army.

     Their deluxe size samples made exclusively for Beauty Army are rather impressive. Don’t let the tiny size fool you; that’s $4 worth of product in there! I liked their deluxe sizes so much that I originally planned on purchasing the full sizes. They retail individually for $14. But then they released a limited edition keepsake tin that contained all four shades – FULL SIZES! The collector’s edition keepsake tin houses the limited edition shades Locked & Loaded, Green Beret, Special Forces, and Medal of Honor.

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      As always I am sucker for great packaging! It’s really impressive how much thought and care Whip Hand Cosmetics has put into the packaging and presentation of their products. I don’t know why I waited so long to add this to my collection. The price is really quite excellent at $42. When you break down the math that means the full size loose pigment eyeshadows are only $10.50 each (normally priced $14 individually) and the keepsake tin is FREE! Another bonus is that there is still room left over to keep a few other things inside of it. An eyeshadow base or eyeshadow primer maybe?

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     As usual my amateur photographs do not do this product justice. It is really a great ensemble! I will do swatches in a separate blog post to keep this from turning into a novel.

     Whip Hand Cosmetics Loose Pigment Eyeshadow Camo Collection is available exclusively at Beauty Army and retails for $42.

     To learn more about Whip Hand Cosmetics, please visit http://www.WhipHandCosmetics.com

What do you think of this limited edition collection? Are you going to pick it up before it’s gone? I would love to hear from you! Comment and subscribe!

Eat healthy. Drink lots of water, and get lots of sleep.

Until later,

Heather N King

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask

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     Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask was one of the goodies featured in my February 2013 GLOSSYBOX. I was excited when I saw the word “snail” all in capital letters on the front of the pouch. I was impressed and curious when I saw that the pouch boasted that it contained 5% snail slime extract. Just when you thought you heard it all, right?

     Snail slime is slowly crawling it’s way into mainstream skincare products such as masks, serums and facial creams. Why? “The slime contains proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans, glycoprotein enzymes, hyaluronic acid, copper peptides, antimicrobial peptides, copper, zinc and iron” (Read more: About Snail Cream | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5711009_snail-cream.html#ixzz2OmXzYSnJ).

     In other words, snail slime naturally contains a lot of goodies that we often put into the formulations of our skin care. The effects of some of these ingredients include increased hydration, decreased redness and inflammation, “promote the natural healing process, enhances skin’s ability to recover, dissolves dying cells, triggers skin regeneration and repair and helps the skin produce antimicrobials that fight infection” (eHow.com).

     For once reading about the promises of a skin care product is actually making me feel better about my own skin. It sounds like I’m in pretty good condition. The directions on the back of the pouch are pretty simple:

  1. Wash your face.
  2. Apply a toner (I skipped this step).
  3. Leave on for 20-40 minutes (I opted for 40 minutes while playing the Sims 2 on my old school PS2).
  4. Remove mask and pat the excess into skin to absorb the rest.

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The snail mask instantly felt wet and cool on my skin. It had actually felt quite nice and soothing. Although I looked like a total freak, I felt relaxed and comfortable. For your viewing amusement, here is a pic of me wearing  the Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask. Forgive the fuzziness. It’s an iPhone pic. The mask is actually divided into two cloth sections that are drenched in all kinds of hydrating goodness. I snapped this pic before I settled in with my Playstation 2. My game froze on me twice during the 40 minutes that I wore this. Definitely time to upgrade to the next gaming generation, huh?

After 40 minutes of wear, I peeled it off. There was excess snail slime gel on my forehead, cheeks and chin. I took about 30 seconds to tap the excess into my skin with my fingertips. My skin felt sticky to my fingertips; however, I didn’t not notice the stickiness unless I was directly touching my face. I have rather normal skin right now. Not overly oily or dry. Just right for me. Although I did notice the the pores around my cheek area looked smaller, this mask gave me a hydration overload. Simply way more moisture than I need on average.

So if you oily skin, I recommend that you follow up with a toner and avoid moisturizer that day. If you have normal/combo skin, this may be a little too hydrating in the T-zone. Again, just follow up with toner where needed. If you have dry skin, you will love this mask. After you tap in the excess snail slime, you may follow up with a moisturizer if desired. If you have sensitive skin and are prone to redness and inflammation, this may be the mask for you. However, proceed with caution and check the ingredients as well as with your doctor if you have one.

I enjoyed trying out this mask, but I feel that it is not a good match for my skin type. Simply too much hydration for me. All in all it’s definitely worth trying once. It’s a nice way to pamper oneself with an uncommonly used beauty ingredient.

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask retails for $6.

It can be found at Glossybox.com.

Have you tried this? What was your experience? I would love to hear from you! Please comment & subscribe!

Eat healthy. Drink lots of water, and get lots of sleep.

Until later,

Heather N King