Day 11: April 2014 Beauty Box 5 Shades of Beauty

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Time for another Beauty Box 5! This little turquoise box showed up in my mailbox on Wednesday and I of course couldn’t wait to rip into it. If you don’t know what BB5 is, it is a $12 a month subscription box that sends 5 samples of makeup, skincare, or any beauty type product. I have had 2 really bad boxes (my first 2) with tons of misses from BB5. I have been tempted to cancel, although I really did like last month’s box. With that, I had higher hopes for this box. I was thinking that it would be makeup based, since last month was mostly skincare. You can find more information on their box here.

Monthly Theme

This month’s theme is Shades of Beauty. It talks about taking time for yourself by enjoying your mornings and doing a little leisurely layering.

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A Little Social Networking….

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My Description Card

I really like that BB5 includes this description card. That has always been something that I haven’t liked about Ipsy.

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My 5 Items

1) Bh Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette Retail: $18.95 16 Eyeshadows/4 Face Powders
I was really disappointed with receiving this product. Nothing against BB5 or Bh Cosmetics with sending this out, but I already received this exact trio in an previous Ipsy bag. I do have a full sized San Francisco palette from this collection and honestly I hardly ever grab for that palette. I even featured it on my Perfect Palette Tag with it being the Biggest Regret. If you’re interested in seeing some of my palette collection you can check that tag out here. Now, I don’t want you thinking I’m hating on Bh Cosmetics because I do have some of their palettes that I love such as: Galaxy Chic and Take Me to Brazil. You can find my Galaxy Chic review here. Bh Cosmetics has nice affordable makeup products and I think they’re stepping up their game with their newer palettes, especially with packaging. Also, with their pricing, I have never seen a Bh Cosmetic palette full price. They always have sales. The San Francisco palette had the best colors out of the 3 whole sized choices in my opinion, with San Francisco being the most wearable. I would say the others are more for night out wear. I do like the colors that they decided to include in this little trio palette. I would take a picture of mine, but I don’t want to open this one and I’m not sure where mine from my Ipsy bag is at the moment. I might actually include this in my Giveaway as a little extra. Comment down below if you would like me to include this.

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2) Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick Retail: $4.99 for 0.12 oz
I am not a person that does bold lips very often, so this product was a little disappointing, yet really fun at the same time. I tend to wear more lip tints and lip glosses than lipsticks, but I am always up for trying new products. I really like that this lipstick is paraben free. I applied this lipstick and at first it was very bold, but as it wore off I liked the color even better. I can’t tell you much for longevity because I tested the color out a hour or so before bed and I ended up wiping it off when I washed all my makeup off. I can tell you that it applied nicely and wasn’t patchy at all.

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3) Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes Retail: $2.49 for 30 wipes
Once again, I think of the post that Stephanie Wright wrote about makeup wipes and hoped these didn’t have that icky chemical that she speaks of. Every time I think of makeup wipes I think of that post. Good news Effie there isn’t that chemical: phenoxyethanol. But, it does have Ethyl Alcohol in it. In case you’re interested her post is here. My first thought when I opened these wipes is that they’re very thin and cheap looking. I wasn’t impressed. They do smell good so that is a plus, but still can you see how thin that wipe is??? I used it to wipe off my lipstick swatch and it performed pretty well, but I’m just not big on makeup wipes. They’re also made in China. I do like them when wiping off my swatches off my arm, but that is about it. It is definitely travel friendly and even comes with a clip. Also, these wipes don’t seem to separate from each other meaning that when I would pull a wipe out, they would just keep coming. I ended up having to take the red top off and push some of the wipes back into the container.

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4) Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer Retail: $9.99 4 oz.

I don’t know how I feel about this product because I’m not a fan of these type of self-tanners. But, I will still have to try this out. I got my sample for medium to tan skin tones. I feel like there isn’t much product included to get the whole body evenly. But, once again I’ve never used this type of product. There are 3 packets, 1 for each of the 3 days. I also feel like this color might be a little too dark for me, I am more of a light to medium skin tone. I just think it would look unnatural looking to use that shade. But, oh well! Comment and let me know if you have tried this product or have tried any other self tanners.

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 5) Bonne Bell Lip Definer Retail: $3.95 One Size
Once again, this product disappoints me. I don’t use lip liners ever. I got the color luscious lilac. I also felt like when I swatch this on my arm it was hard to get a nice color. If I would use lip liners, I would rather have a more creamy one. The color is pretty so I give it that. I remember getting lip smackers from this brand as a young girl.

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Overall, I thought this BB5 was a big disappointment this month. I liked that it was makeup based, but not 1 of the products included got me excited. These products are all forgetful in my mind. If I didn’t already have that little trio from Bh Cosmetics, I might be a little excited over that. The lipstick is probably my favorite product I got this month. All in all, I’m debating on if I want to cancel my Beauty Box 5. I think I will give them 1 more month, if next month’s isn’t better they will chopped off the chopping block. They may have the same fate as which Birchbox had in my life. Here is to hoping my Ipsy Glam bag is more exciting. I just looked at my Glam Room a few minutes ago (which I usually don’t do) and I didn’t get the Benefit Lollitint sample! Of course not! I never get the products that I really want from Ipsy. I will be doing a post once my Ipsy bag comes. Comment and let me know what you thought of these products? Did you think your BB5 was a disappointment or did you like the products included?

 

Also, don’t forget to check out my previous posts from this month during the #30daysofthebeautydeputy

Day 10: Discuss with Me #3

Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap Spring Box

Day 8: No 3 month No-Buy

Day 7: My Weekend & an Ulta Sale

Day 6: Tag 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

Day 5: Only One Tag

Day 4: GIVEAWAY

Day 3: Miranda’s Tangerine Natural Lip Balm

Day 2: March Favorites

Day 1: Beauty & Fashion Spring Picks Blog Hop

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Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap: Spring Box 2014

 

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I was really excited to receive this yummy smelling package in my mailbox. I’ve had it for awhile and am finally sitting down to do this post. I even felt like skipping this post because I got it awhile ago, but I just couldn’t. I can’t do my Fall box, my Winter box, and then skip my Spring box. Nope not happening! I think the reason that it took me so long to write it is, I just wasn’t feeling Spring yet. Even though at the time, I could have probably skipped to Summer because the Winter was terrible this year. A few of my items were actually frozen so I had to un-thaw them! Now I am definitely feeling Spring. If you don’t know what Fortune Cookie Soap is, then you should check them out. You can find their website here. FCS is a lot like Lush, Bath and Body Works, and The Body Shop. The thing that sets them apart from the others is that they send out little subscriptions boxes 4 times per year. This is my third time receiving a box from them. Four times a year FCS comes out with new product launches so this subscription service gives the subscriber a little heads up on what the new products are.

THE THEME
Something that I love about Fortune Cookie Soap is that they always seem to have a theme for their boxes and product launches. This new product launch theme is called, “The Garden of Good & Evil” My last soap box dealt with the movie, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Check out my previous FCS boxes! The Quarter Quell collection was a separate collection that I ordered from when Catching Fire was in theaters.

 

THE PRODUCTS (All the descriptions are from the card included in the box)

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THE GOODS: Rainbows! Butterflies! Fig leaf bikinis! We’re not gonna lie, The Goods gave us a run for our money. 🙂 But we think we’ve done “The Garden of Good justice, with three fragrances that are pure, angelic, and virginal. You know, all that”good” stuff! 

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1) Native Nectar Body Wash: Fresh cracked coconut. No machete required.

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Reading the description of the product, I thought I would hate it. Good news, I really liked the scent of this body wash and I have already used this up. If I needed a body wash, I would purchase this one. I’m not going to because I already have a few other body washes and soaps to use up before repurchasing any others. I didn’t really smell that much coconut in it which is a good thing because I’m usually don’t like coconut scents. This just reminds me of fresh Spring air. It moisturizes the skin surprisingly well. It doesn’t lather as well as other body washes, but I think that is a good thing because those types tend to strip the skin more.
2) Afternoon Delight OCD: Pink watermelon dancing with fresh apricots, crowned in white florals.

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I loved the scent of this OCD or hand sanitizer! It is my favorite scent out of the box. I wish that this scent came in more than just this. It reminds me more of Summer because of the fresh watermelon scent. The apricots and the white florals added to the watermelon makes the scent amazing. The OCD is also not drying like normal hand sanitzers. So I just searched their site and I have good and bad news. The good news: they have this scent in pretty much every FSC soap product I could think of. The bad news: I’m on a no buy. Oh well! Another bad news: I can’t find where I put this lovely OCD.
3) Marshmallow Dreams Cuticle Butter: Lavender sprigs draped over sage and basil, livened with a splash of vodka, and a swirl of sticky, sweet marshmallow fluff.

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I really like this product because of the consistency. It reminds me of Lemony Flutter from Lush, but just with a different scent. It is super moisturizing for the cuticles. This jar will last forever because it has a very thick formula and a little bit goes a long way. The scent is very light and refreshing. This stuff is not sticky and is honestly a perfect consistency. Once again, FCS made a great product!

 

THE EVILS: Yeah, Baby! It’s the strangest thing, but once we started on The Evil’s they just came naturally. Weird, huh? 😉 We don’t know what Evil smells like, but we’re betting it goes something like this…

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1) Make it Rain Whipped Cream: Grab your umbrella! Sparkling droplets of citrus & jasmine dripping with musk, clutched by bloated cedarwood boughs.

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I love FCS whipped creams. They’re super moisturizing and they’re one of my favorite products to apply on my hands. They remind me of The Body Shops body butters. The consistency of this product is light and fluffy. I do like the scent as well, but it isn’t my all time favorite scent. It reminds me of being outside and it is very earthy smelling. I would not repurchase this item in this scent, but I would of course purchase this in the Afternoon Delight scent.
2) Forbidden Fruit Fortune Cookie Soap: Dusky verbena creeping over fresh blueberry skins and lemon zest.

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Love these soaps! I think that these little soaps are very unique. A soap shaped like a Fortune Cookie and than a business named after them. The scent is amazing! It is very fruity and just amazing! This is my second favorite scent from the Spring collection. I have not used this yet, but I plan to sometime soon!
3) Me so Thorny Steam Me Up Scotty! Me love you long time! Sorry, I couldn’t resist! Citrus, lavender and french vanilla corrupted by a dark shadow of patchouli & sandalwood.

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I actually threw this guy away without using it because I did not like the scent. It was way too strong. I could definitely smell the patchouli. These are a nice product to have because you use them just throwing it on the floor during a hot shower.

4) The Bloom Bloom Room Bath Fizzy: A strip club for flowers?? I wanna go! A sinfully sweet combination of Jasmine, Lilac, and Lily of the Valley darkened with throbbing musical notes of fresh peach & citrus, all swirling around poles of decadent spun sugar.

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These remind of Lush’s bath bombs, but this one is much smaller. They of course also have big ones like Lush in case you were wondering. I have yet to use this, but I’m not too fond of the scent. It is sort of strong, but it isn’t a bad scent or anything. I really like the fruity notes in the scent, but I feel like the floral is a little to overpowering.

5) Venus Fly Trap Perfume Oil: Bergamot, narcaisse & musk lurk beneath delicate notes of water orchid, sparkling lemon & pink jasmine.

Sadly, I lost this little guy. I wasn’t too impressed with the packaging. I was scared I would spill it all over, so I never smelled it when I initially opened my package. Soon after that it was lost. I really wish that I could find it because I looked at some reviews online and it has a few awesome reviews!

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So that concludes this Fortune Cookie Soap box post! Overall, I was quite impressed. I really love Fortune Cookie Soap and I love supporting smaller businesses. My favorite scents were the Afternoon Delight OCD and the Forbidden Fruit FCS. My least favorite was the Steam me Up Scotty. I love receiving these boxes each and every season. I look forward to receiving my Summer box. They also have an adorable Easter collection going on right now, along with some Harry Potter items that were resurrected for Easter. Comment and let me know if you have tried Fortune Cookie Soap and what you’re favorite products are! I love reading your comments!

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NATUREBOX: The road to healthy snacking!

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What is it?
A monthly subscription box called NatureBox. Each month you get a box filled with healthy snacks that were carefully picked out and nutritionist approved. Snacking is one of the leading causes of childhood obesity according to NatureBox. Check out this link to read about their mission: http://naturebox.com/our-mission

So what makes these snacks better for you?
States right on the packaging

  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No partially hydrogenated oils
  • no artificial sweeteners
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial colors
  • 0g trans fat

For the heck of it I grabbed a box of Little Debbie Oatmeal cream pies out of my cupboard and looked at the ingredient list. Not only was I amazed by how long the list was, I did find high fructose corn syrup listed.

So what does it cost per month and what does it include?
There are 3 options. Shipping is free!

  1. NatureBox Deluxe package: $19.95 (most basic option). Each box includes 5 different snacks, 1 packet each.
  2. Happy Snacker: $29.95 (save $10). Each box includes 5 different snacks, 2 packets each.
  3. Smart Snacker: $49.95 (save $30). Each box includes 5 different snacks, 4 packets each.
So do they actually taste good? 
 
Snack #1: Garden Tomato Almonds
 
These were one of my favorite snacks included. I am a big almond fan and I felt like the seasoning was just the right mix. The garden tomato flavor was not overpowering at all and it defiantly added a nice touch to the taste of an almond.  They also have been lasting a long time but I have been the only one eating them so they might run out fast with a family involved. Well actually my mom taste tested them and she approves!


Snack #2:Country Ranch Sunflower Kernels

If you like country ranch and sunflower kernels then you will like these. I’m a big fan of ranch although I don’t eat sunflower kernels very often. I do occasionally eat them on salads. I do feel like they have a nice ranch taste. It has the perfect amount of flavor, the ranch isn’t too overpowering and it isn’t bland either. 




 Snack #3 Lemon Tea Biscuits

So for people who like lemon and tea flavors in a butter cookie then this is the snack for you. I never drink tea because I don’t necessarily like the flavor but these biscuits have a very faint flavor of tea flavor so I actually think they taste good. They do have a good lemon flavor although the lemon isn’t overpowering. They do taste like a healthier version of a butter cookie to me but I still think they taste good. 
 
 

Snack #4 Whole Wheat Blueberry Figgy Bars

I usually don’t buy fig bars or anything along those lines. But, I did like the taste of these. If you like blueberries and Fig Newton bars then this is the snack for you. These come in handy because they are individually wrapped so they can be taken on the go. Also they’re made out of whole wheat so that makes them healthy.

Snack #5: Big Island Pineapple

The only ingredient in this snack is dried pineapple. So if you’re a fan of dried fruit and pineapple then these will be a hit. This snack ran out the fastest because I love pineapple and I also felt like there weren’t very many included in the bag. These defiantly were delicious!



Conclusion:
So is it worth it?

I think it is hard to say because this is my first box, but I did like what I got in this box. These are healthy snacks so they are going to be more expensive. They all tasted pretty good. My favorites were the pineapple and the almonds. My least favorite was probably the lemon tea biscuits.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this blog entry. I am not affiliated with NatureBox at all. I just was trying to better myself and wanted to look into healthier snacking options.

Well onto my freezer to grab out the “Talenti gelato Caramel Cookie Crunch” that I just bought. Well you got to indulge sometimes. Don’t judge! Well at least it says, “all natural” and this pint will last me awhile since its super rich and creamy but super delicious!

xoxo,
Brittany