Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bonjour Jolie September 2014 Unboxing

I was introduced to this box on YouTube by a fellow Canadian, Ashley Elizabeth (check her out if you don't, she's great). Anyways, she does these boxes monthly and I wanted to give it a try. I just got the one box.

Here is the product card, and look how cute and fallish it is.
First I pulled out this bag which is part of the gift bag. Apparently I forgot to take a pic of what was inside haha. But it has the hand lotion, soap shaped like leaves, two leaf shaped candles and two packets of advil. 
Next I pulled out the food bag!! Yum.. it was pretty packed full. My only issue is I wish there had been some chocolate included. 
My favourites from this bag were the Ginger People Spicy Apple Gin- Gins chews and the Go Naturally Organic apple ones in the green wrappers.
I only got a bite out of this cookie and it was delicious. Then I set it on the table and my cat knocked it off for my dog to eat :/
Yay! I see a full size product!
OMG! This smells so good. I have been using this scrub that last couple of days and it's okay. I find that when I rinse it off I am covered in like a greasy film so not sure how I feel about that. Also the smell doesn't last very long on my skin so that's sad because I love the scent.
This was also in the bag with the scrub. It's pretty cute and I will probably wear it ion a casual day.
Then you get to pick out the actually period products that you want and they come in an envelope inside the box. I picked Kotex tampons in Ultra size just to try. I've never seen then in ultra haha so we will see.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Freebie/Sample Mail Haul #2

So I have a pretty good week of freebies and samples. I was in Vegas for a week and then came home to all of these!

Firstly, I received some child proofing for cupboards and drawers. I may have lied and said I had kids but in reality I want them so my cats quit opening the cupboards. That is the most annoying thing because they open them and let them slam over and over and over again. 
Then I received some dog food for my dog haha obviously. I haven't gave these to him yet but  I'll let you know what he thinks when I do.

When I first saw this box I had no idea what is was and I was really excited.
Then I opened it haha. oh yea! I remember now, not as exciting I i thought it was going to be. But I will be donating these to where I work.
I got the right box of samples from kotex this time. last time I got pads and gave them to a friend to use because I don't wear pads. Check out her review HERE.
And this little baby I picked up in Las Vegas so I was super stoked for that. I should have taken more haha. But i'm really curious to try this product. We will see if this little pack makes any difference. 

Thanks for checking out my post. What did you get this week? Did you get anything I did? Have you used any of these products before and how did you like them?

Wantable October 2014 Unboxing

YAY!! my Wantable box finally arrived!! I am so excited. This was a subscription that I had been contemplating about but the picture that they released for their October box made me instantly purchase a one month box just to see what it was all about.

How amazing are these pieces?? Like if I have these in my box I will subscribe forever!! I want them all, they are so gorgeous.

So without further ado, here we go. Fingers crossed. Also I love how it says it's packed just for you, with your name. Very cute.

Well thank you... I will try to enjoy this collection.

Before you get your subscription, you fill out a quiz with the things you like. Here's what I put down.
Love: Classic, Rock n' Roll, Bracelets, Necklaces and Gold Tone
Likes: Boho, Mix n' Match, Rings, Scarves, Silver Tone and Multitone
Dislikes: Glam, Earrings, Watches, Sunglasses and Hair Accessories

All of the jewelry pieces come in this velvet (so nasty, I hate that feeling) pouch.

Libby Bracelet Gold: 
A cluster of metallic and black bracelets with a rock influence. Stack with your favourite skinny jeans for an edgy rocker look! Retail $12

This is the first piece I pulled out of the bag and I HATE it. This picture actually makes it look better than it does in real life. It looks so cheap. The only part I like is the cross but I wish it had been on a metal bracelet instead of the one its on that I can get at any beach in mexico for like $1. All of the other bracelets are the stretchy kind. I hope the rest of the box goes better than this or I will not be resubscribing. 

Kami Necklace:
The Kami necklace features a geometric, diamond shaped pendent housing a beautiful stone. 
Style tip: Pair with an oversized sweater and a bold violet lip for a striking look. Retail $22

Thank god this necklace is better. It is kind of weird but I do like it. It has a long chain. It's definitely something people will look at haha. I showed my mom and she wants it. She loved it!

Sherri Necklace:
The Sherri necklace is a silver, layered chain and beaded necklace. 
Style tip: Wear with a blouse and high waist skirt for an edgy business look. Retail $18

This is my favourite piece even though I am in a gold loving stage right now. This is the most easy to wear piece but is also a statement necklace, just more on the subtle side. 

Dakota Scarf:
The Dakota scarf is an infinity design with a unique, wavy pattern inspired by the flames of a roaring campfire.
Style tip: For a pop of colour, pair with a bold fuchsia lip. Retail $21

And lastly, this infinity scarf. I love the print and this will be great for fall. I can honestly say I used to wear scarves all the time but then they started to feel like they were choking me so I stopped. This will be a great transition to get back into wearing them.

Overall, I'm very torn about this box. I wasn't in love with any of this pieces. I only outright hated one of them. But the box is rather expensive to have so many hits and misses. If there was a way to get what was on the product card thing from above I would join right back up. They clearly use that to suck you in and then give you different things. So I don't know. I may give it a few more months to see if they can redeem themselves.

But I did email Wantable and tell them I wasn't happy with the bracelet so we will see what happens with that. I also decided I might as well give them a few more months and I re-took the style quiz. If this is something you are interested in here's my referral LINK.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ipsy vs. Topbox October 2014 Unboxing

 First off we will start with Ipsy. This month's theme is Beauty Candy, and I love me some candy.
I think this month's bag is so cute! It reminds me off swimming pool tiles but in a good way.
ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for hair:
A first in haircare. Finally, an ultra-light, incredibly versatile, all-in-one multifunctional beauty balm that harnesses the moisturizing and protective power of the patented Acacia Collagen™ for ultimate repair, conditioning, manageability, smoothness, body and shine. Perfect for all hair types. Color safe. Paraben free.

How to Use: Emulsify a dime size amount into the palm of the hands and work through towel dried hair starting at the ends and moving up. For optimum results, comb through hair for even distribution, then press into ends and style as desired. Acacia Protein BB Cream can also be used on dry hair for added hydration, reducing frizziness and taming flyaways.

Weight: 30 ml / 1 fl. oz.

I was excited to see this product in the bag, well actually it didn't fit in the bag so in the envelope. I've never heard of this brand but I'm always excited to try hair products in hopes of taming my crazy mane. 
It smells okay, nothing too amazing and I think the smell would fade quickly.

Fig & Rouge Hand Cream in the scent Mango Mandarin:
Figs & Rouge Shea Butter Enriched Limited Edition Hand Creams are deliciously fragrant & indulgent. These delectable creams soften, nourish & thoroughly pamper hands throughout the day, quickly absorbing to provide super-soft skin. Apply Figs & Rouge Hand Cream onto your hands and massage into skin throughout the day as needed.

Ipsters who sample Figs & Rouge will receive either Mango Mandarin or Rose Berry scent.

Weight: 20 ml / 0.67 oz

This is another product that I am excited for, one can never have enough hand creams. Plus this packaging is to die for. This scent is very mild, I didn't smell any mango but I did smell the mandarin. I liked this so much that I went on the website and bought a few more things. The only issue is it comes from the UK so shipping was a bit expensive.

15% off at with the code IPSY.
US and Canada only. Promo ends 11/30/14.

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser:
Indie Lee’s bestselling Brightening Cleanser naturally washes away impurities to leave skin soft, refreshed, and luminous.

Key ingredients strawberry fruit extract and hydrolyzed wheat protein make it a must-have for cleansing, hydrating, tightening, firming, and blemish control. The skin-softener exudes a light and refreshing strawberry aroma that brightens the skin and appeals to the senses.

This antioxidant rich cleanser gently removes eye makeup (without stripping skin) and can be used with and electronic cleansing brush and to clean makeup brushes.

To use: Apply a small amount of cleanser to wet face. Use with a wet cotton pad to remove eye makeup. Rinse completely with water. Follow with toner and moisturizer.

Tip: When the cleanser is applied to face and left to sit for 5-10 minutes (before rinsing), this complexion clearer acts as an exfoliating mask. The properties of the strawberry extract provide gentle exfoliation without drying, scratching, or stripping skin.

Weight: 15 ml

This is another product that I am excited to have. I love using cleansers and this one smells pretty good, like bubble bath. 

Jessie's Girl Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder in the colour Graphite Frost (I think, it didn't say):
Get out-of-this-world eyes with Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Powder Eyeshadows.

Ipsters who sample Jesse’s Girl will receive one of the following shades: Plum Frost, Rosemary Frost, Ocean Breeze, Graphite Frost, Kiwi Shine, Esmeralda.

Weight: 2 g / .07 oz
This is the product that I am least excited for. I have put on my preferences and reviews every time that I don't use eyeshadow and every month I get an eyeshadow. This one looks cool but when I swatched it, it was so dry and barely had any colour. So not really impressed. 

Noyah Lipstick in the colour Deeply in Mauve:
Fall Deeply in Mauve this season! noyah's newest lipstick addition, Deeply in Mauve, has a semi-matte, cream finish that leaves your lips hydrated and nourished. With this luxuriously rich shade of mauve, you can apply a light coat to work as a day-time neutral or build on for a lip statement that will turn heads. Did we already mention this do-it-all lipstick is all-natural? An ingredient list you can actually read, now there’s a concept!

There’s more! For every photo of a noyah product you post online and tag with #livedivinely, noyah will donate a lip balm to the homeless through the National Health Care Coalition for the Homeless Council. And of course, they think your furry friends are cute enough without makeup, so they leave them out of their testing. So go ahead and indulge in one of noyah’s all-natural lipstick shades and say bye-bye to yawn-inducing colors, all while feeling amazing inside and out!

Weight: 1.4 g 

And lastly I got this dark shade of plume lipstick. It's kind of scary for me, but since it's fall I might try it out just to see. The colour swatched smoothly but the product has a nasty smell to it. 

Overall, I'm pretty happy with this bag. I love 3/5 of the products, 1 is okay and the other I have no use for. But I loved the bag and I even used one of the promo codes to order more of one product (which I have never done). 

Onto Topbox! This is the first time I actually received the box, I had opted out of using the box in exchange for recyclable bags, but I wanted the box. Look how cute it is.

Every month you get 4 products, but there was a special on before that you could buy mystery products which I mistook for saying mystery boxes but oh well. 

Philosophy Spray Fragrance in Pure Grace scent:
A lighter, softer, crisper interpretation of the original Amazing Grace fragrance, Pure Grace is a clean, transparent blend of fresh blossoms and cool greens, laced with sensual, frosty musk.

Bergamot, Water Lily, Lavender, Jasmine, Cool Greens, Musk.
Clean. Crisp. Sensual.
Retails for $55.00

At first I thought this was a bar of soap lol. But when I saw it was perfume I was less than stoked. I don't wear perfume because I have a sensitivity to strong scents. Perfume gives me an instant headache. But i did smell it just incase lol. It smells like fresh laundry, but this will be an item to gift. 

Teeez Soft as Sin Cream Blush in the colour Beach Glow Brown:
Containing nourishing Vitamin E, this on-trend cream blush has a velvety finish that feels super soft against your skin. It can be applied with your fingertips or a blusher brush, enabling you to shape your face and adapt the intensity of the shade to suit your look and mood with ease. Simply apply a thin layer for a more natural sheen, or add more if you want to inject some color to your cheeks! 
*I could not find a retail price for this product

When I swatched this product it didn't really show up on my hand at all so I'm not sure about it as a blush. I'll try and use more and see but since it is a brown instead of a pink it might be a little scary lol. 

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution:
At the cutting edge of innovation, Bioderma has pioneered micellar solutions. Specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skins, the Sensibio H20 Micelle solution gently cleanses face and eyes. It removes water resistant- make-up. 250 ml $21.95

I'm excited for this product because I have used another product similar but by Lise Watier and love it but I'm almost out. Hopefully this will be a good replacement. 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Complex II
Now re-ignite the youthful light of your eyes with our most comprehensive anti-aging eye serum ever. Proven to reduce the look of every key visible sign of eye aging: fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness and uneven skintone. 15ml $75.00 (this sample costs $25.00).

I loved this little cute package. I don't really need any eye cream but I guess it's never too early to start fighting wrinkles. I din't find this product to really have any smell, so thats good lol. I can't wait to use my most expensive sample I own. 

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper:
A water- based formula that controls frizz due to humidity. This enables you to become the master of any curly hairstyle for several days. It is effective in all weather conditions, and is great for scrunch drying, styling with brushes, defuse-drying, or just drying naturally. (No price included, $3.00 per my calculations). Retail 100ml $9.99 

I'm extremely excited for these samples!! I have crazy, somewhat wavy, thick, frizzy hair that I can't tame lol. Hopefully these will be the miracle product that do something about it. I love the look of these samples too, they are really cute. 

The Balm Cosmetics How 'Bout Them Apples? Lip and Cheek Cream Palette in the colour Pie:
A multi-functioning lip and cheek palette. Each freshly picked colour is formulated to have a smooth finish that won't streak or fade, so there are no bad apples in this bunch! 20g $32.00

OMG!! Another totally cute package. I love it! The only sad part is it doesn't smell like apples lol. But I'm very excited to use this and hopefully I'll love it and buy more of their products because they all look super cute.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Freebie/Sample Mail Haul

I recently decided that I wanted to try and do my product reviews so I started to look around for free products and coupons. I never realized that there are not very many opportunities for either in Canada. But I will give it my best shot and let you know how it goes.

The first freebie/ sample that I received I requested not for me, I work at an old folks home and we are forever running out or ward stock products usually on weekends when it's impossible to get any replacements. I know that this isn't that many but it will help. Look at how neat this packaging is.
I opened this puppy up and voila! 
The box came with four different types of samples plus a coupon for the same.
Next I received some Robax, my husband is forever having a sore back from working at a gym. I also occasionally have a sore back so I knew both these products and the coupons would be helpful.
Lastly, I received a sample of some calcium. I love that it came with a tiny pill container. 
So for me this was a big haul because it was my first one and I actually got things haha. All of these products will be used.

Memebox Scentbox #6 Sweet Shop Unboxing

My very first Memebox!! And it took so long to get to me that I will only ever buy ones that have the free upgraded shipping. I took two months to get to me, I started to think it was lost. Anyways it finally showed up and I loved the packaging! Pink is my favourite colour. Plus the little present is cute. 
So excited to bust into this box!! Look how pretty it is on the inside. I'm in love already. 
1). Pure Smile Jewelry Scrub Glitter Sugar Scrub 100 mls (Full Size). Retails for $8.
Randomly selected from Diamond, Ruby, Topaz, Emerald and Sapphire,
Product Description: Pure Smile's sweetly scented body scrub is made from black sugar, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, glycerin, and also diamond powder extracts for cleaning your skin of any impurities and maintaining it silky, smooth and healthy!

I'm not sure about this product. The packaging is okay, looks a bit cheap. I didn't find there to be any smell at all when I tried to smell this product. I have no idea what diamond powder extracts are unless they literally crushed up diamonds into powder and put it in this scrub haha, but then you would think it would be worth more. I haven't used the scrub yet but I will be sure to let you know when I do.
2).Hello Everybody Vita Berry Shampoo 220 mls (Full Size). Retails for $23. Available at the memeshop.
Product Description: This Spa Vita Berry Shampoo is supercharged with 10 berry complexes that gently cleanse and repair damage without stripping colour, wilting perms, or drying out hair. It deeply penetrates into each lock of hair to reconstruct each individual strand of hair from the inside out to rebuild and resurface hair, leaving strands strong, healthy, smooth, shiny and fully restored. 

This shampoo smells amazing, just like berries. I can't wait to use it and hopefully it is a miracle shampoo and can fix my damaged hair.

3). Hope Girl Tinted Lip Balm 5g (Full Size). Retails for $12.00
Randomly selected from Strawberry, Love Peach or Hot Cherry.
Product Description: Scented with a delicate strawberry, peach or cherry fragrance, Hope Girl's Tinted Lip Balm is both a lip tint and a lip balm. While the co- enzyme Q-10 and shea butter formula deeply nourishes your chapped lips, the lovely pink tint will stain you lips with a long- lasting, colourful radiance!

I got the colour Hot Cherry and it does smell like cherries and it's delicious. Also, how cute is this packaging? I'm going to give this balm a go once I have finished the ones I am currently using.

4). Pure Smile Choosy Lip Pack Shining [White Pearl & Pink Pearl] 3 mls x 2. Retails for $5.00
Product Description: Enriched with collagen, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and honey, the Choosy Lip Pack Shining editions deliver abundant moisture and nutrition to your lips easily and quickly. The hydrogel adheres tightly onto the lips and offers a cooling and softening effect to chapped lips, stressed- out skin as well. 
How to use: After toner application, place the lip pack over your lips. Rest for 5-30 minutes, remove the patch , and pat in the remaining essence onto your lips.

This product seems really cool, I hope not having the toner won't effect how these work. I'm really excited for them and I'll let you know how they make my lips feel.

Overall, besides being extremely disappointed that this was called the sweet shop bow but yet really didn't have anything sweet like cake or frosting or candies like I had pictured, I do like this products and I am excited to try them all.

I also ordered some items from the memeshop.

1). Deep Detox Black Mask:

A facial mask that clarifies skin pores and rejuvenates dull skin with volcanic scoria clay from Jeju Island containing rare minerals
Digs deep into pores and absorbs impurities, r
emoves dead skin cells, controls excess serum, improves skin elasticity
KEY INGREDIENTSJEJU Volanic Ash Clay, Charcoal powder, Papaya extract, Grapefruit extract, Walnut shell powder, Centella Asiatica Extract
Wash your face to remove makeup and any environmental toxins.
Gently unfold mask and place on your face, adjust the eyes, nose and mouth opening.
Relax for 15~20 minutes with the mask in place.
Remove the mask from your face and discard.
No need to rinse, massage remaining product into your face.
1 box - 10 sheets
2).Ginseng Nutritious Black Mask
A nutritious facial mask containing medicinal ginseng root extract for dark and dry skin
WHAT IT DOESNourishes skin with ingredients for resilience and vitality, soothes and brightens skin, removes impurities and dead cells, strengthens skin elasticity 
Ginseng root extract, Ginkgo Bioba Leaf extract, 
Betaine, Trehalose, Hydrolyzed Collagen 
Wash your face to remove makeup and any environmental toxins.
Gently unfold mask and place on your face, adjust the eyes, nose and mouth opening.
Relax for 15~20 minutes with the mask in place.
Remove the mask from your face and discard.
No need to rinse, massage remaining product into your face.
THIS SET CONTAINS1 box - 10 sheets
3). Honey Moist Black Mask:
A soft, ultra-moisturizing black facial mask containing Brassica campestris honey from Jeju Island for dry skin
WHAT IT DOESImmediately moisturizes skin with special honey ingredient, energizes skin with radiance, removes impurities and dead cells
Brassica campestris, Fucoidan, 
Betaine, Trehalose, Hydrolyzed Collagen
Wash your face to remove makeup and any environmental toxins.
Gently unfold mask and place on your face, adjust the eyes, nose and mouth opening.
Relax for 15~20 minutes with the mask in place.
Remove the mask from your face and discard.
No need to rinse, massage remaining product into your face.
THIS SET CONTAINS1 box - 10 sheets
The only mask I have tried so far is the Deep Detox mask. I enjoyed it but I have an issue with how big the masks are, it like took up my whole face and then some. Also the eye, nose and mouth holes are weird and mine kept sling and covering up where i didn't want to be covered. Otherwise it left my skin feeling amazing.