Play by Sephora: February 2017

I’ve been hella busy with the house, the upcoming release of “The Ice Maiden’s Tale” and the blog redesign, so as expected I’m a wee bit behind on my boxes.  Today we’re heading back to February for my Play by Sephora review.  This is one of the best budget beauty boxes at the $10 price point, so if you don’t have a ton of cash, but want to try out a beauty sub, check this one out.

If you want to see my box reveals as soon as I get them, follow me on Instagram for real time spoilers.

February’s theme was “The Soft Side” – Make a Radiant Understatement “Muted, mellow shade shades and skin-perfecting formulas are a never-fail way to show off your natural beauty.  From a romantic lip color to a radiance-boosting eye cream, add definition and just a hint of dram with this month’s subtle-yet-stunning lineup of makeup and skincare.”


CLINIQUE Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer

(Full Size: $29.50)
Description: “A lightweight, oil-free moisturizer-meets-primer instantly blurs imperfections while providing all-day hydration for a silky, soft-focus finish.”
Verdict: Like
I love trying out different primers and one that is light and moisturizing sounds particularly appealing.


Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake
(Full Size: $22.00)
Description: “Sheer tinted gloss uses a botanical-infused formula to visibly plump lips instantly while also hydrating and softening over time.
Verdict: Like
I’ve been looking for some nude lip products and I like that this one is hydrating.  This would look great paired with a smoky eye.


Rainforest of the Sea™ Quench Lip Rescue in Nude

(Full Size: $19.00)
Description: “Sheer ultra-moisturizing lip balm delivers vitamin-rich hydration and nurtures dry lips while providing a soft natural tint.”
Verdict: On the fence
This product is definitely moisturizing, but the color is very light and it doesn’t have much staying power.  It also got very soft, pretty quickly and it didn’t go anywhere with a lot of heat.  I’m thinking this product isn’t something to leave in your summer bag.


SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Length & Volume Mascara
(Full Size: $12.00)
Description: “A jet-black volumizing mascara with an innovative flat paddle-shaped wand to lengthen and lift lashes.”
Verdict: Okay
I’m always on the lookout for awesome mascara, but this one is pretty ordinary.  Not bad, not amazing, but perfectly adequate.


Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream

(Full Size: $30.00)
Description: “A luminous eye cream infuse with coffee beans, ginseng, and magnolia extract ot visibly brighten and depuff the undereye area.”
Verdict: Love!
Eye creams are one of my fave items to get in sub boxes.   I use them regularly and they typically cost quite a bit so sampling them in advance is super helpful.  This one was really light and suitable to wear even in the morning.

This Month’s Perfume Pick:

Prada Candy (1.7 oz $90.00)
Description: “A confident, daring, and seductive fragrance, this feminine scent features caramel, benzoin, and notes of white musk.”
Verdict: Confident = way too strong
As usual this doesn’t work for me.  I’m just going to pass it on to someone else who might enjoy it.

OVERALL

Verdict:
A bit uneven
This box had a lot of practical items that fit the “low key” “basics” vibe, but the curation felt a bit off.  There were two moisturizers and two nude lip products included.  I would have liked to see a hair product and maybe a nude shadow or a natural blush.  Overall, the box was still a great value since I paid $10.70 and I’ll use nearly all of the items.  The Too Faced gloss was a great size and easily covered a chunk of the box cost.

I’ve got so many more box reviews coming up including some really unique subscriptions, so be sure to check back.

What types of products do you want to see in beauty boxes?

THE BACKSTORY
Each month Play by Sephora, will send you 5 deluxe samples handpicked from their shelves (plus a fragrance bonus) – all in a collectible bag.

Cost: $10 per month (plus any applicable tax)
Bonus:  Each month you’ll get an included card that you can bring to Sephora for an extra 50 bonus points for any Purchase.  These points are part of Sephora’s VIB program and can be traded in for an assortment of samples.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Summer 2015

I get a lot of Subscription boxes, but the Rachel Zoe Box of Style is the one I stalk UPS for. Boxes ship quarterly and her Spring box already topped my favorites of 2015.  To save $10 on your own subscription, use code SUBTHERAPYSP10!  I was anxious to see how she would follow up the gorgeous Minsai bracelet and TOMS sunglasses. So many new subs start out great, and then falter which subsequent boxes. I was praying Rachel wouldn’t let me down, like so many others had before, (cough…Nina Garcia…cough).
Box
Rachel includes a fabulous brochure with lots of info on the products along with styling ideas. Each item also has a special coupon code that subscribers can use on the product websites for extra discounts.
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The box is packed beautifully with great details and it truly feels special to unwrap.
Open Box Close Open Box Wrapped
Okay, enough talk. It’s time to rip stuff open.

HERO ITEM:
Purse Purse with Strap
Purse Closeup
The Cambridge Satchel Company White Leather Pushlock Handbag:
(Estimated Retail: $150.00)
Rachel’s Description: “This white leather cross-body is everything. With its English heritage this bag is totally timeless and impossibly chic—perfect for work and play! Welcome to your new favorite summer purse.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “This bag is so versatile you’ll literally carry it everywhere –from the beach to the office. For daytime, pair it with a T-shirt denim shorts and gladiator sandals. For evening, remove the cross-body strap to use it as a clutch. Dress it up with a printed skirt and high heels.”
Verdict: Oh Rachel, you’ve won already
Rachel has a big ticket, “hero item” in every box and reveals it in a spoiler. It’s a fabulous way for subscribers to know if the box will be a good value for them. I’ve lusted after bags from the Cambridge Satchel Company for a long time so I was thrilled to see this included. It’s an incredibly versatile bag that can be casual chic or workplace appropriate. The white makes it fresh for summer and a classic piece to put in your wardrobe and the not too large, not too small size makes it quite practical. A fabulous choice that already more than covers the cost of the entire box. I couldn’t find white available on the Cambridge site for this particular style, but they do offer it in a variety of other shades.

BronzerBronzer CloseBronzer Compact
Too Faced Bronzer in Sunberry:
(Estimated Retail: $30.00)
Rachel’s Description: “I always use a bronzer from summer and beyond. IT’s the perfect way to enhance your summer glow. And the thing and pretty packaging fits perfectly into a clutch so you can have it hand for day or night activities.”
Lipstick Lipstick Close
Too Faced Lip Créme in Spice Spice Baby: (Estimated Retail: $22.00)
Rachel’s Description: “I always use a bronzer from summer and beyond. It’s the perfect way to enhance your summer glow. And the thing and pretty packaging fits perfectly into a clutch so you can have it hand for day or night activities.”

Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “For the perfect pout and extra staying power, apply a lip primer before putting on the crème. Create an effortless, sun-kissed beauty look by wearing both the lip and bronzer. Top it off with minimal mascara. For a natural glow, use a makeup brush to dust the bronzer from the top of the forehead to the cheekbones, across the jawline and down to the chin.”
Verdict: Hit!
Bronzer and a neutral hydrating lip stick are perfect makeup choices for summer. I have a Too-faced eyeshadow palette that I really love and I find their cosmetics to be excellent quality. The packaging on the bronzer is adorable so it gets bonus points. I didn’t swatch these since I currently have an overload of product, but I’ll be pulling these out in August for some pretty summer looks.

Sarong
Mara Hoffman Sarong:
(Estimated Retail: $98.00)
Made exclusively for Box of Style
Rachel’s Description: “Summer is all about print and color! Even if you’re not on an island or jet-setting this season, wear the sarong as a scarf, shawl turban—you can even use it as a beach blanket!”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Wrap it around your body then tie behind your neck to create an impromptu halter dress. Come fall, wear it as a scarf with a maxi dress and ankle booties. It makes a great head scarf when you need to hide a bad hair day..”
Verdict: Hit!
A wrap/sarong is a perfect item for summer and this one was made exclusively for this box, so subscribers are the only ones who will have it. I normally gravitate to prints that are vintage style, but this one is cheerful and fun and I like that it makes me step outside my comfort zone.   It’s a substantial size and you can use it in a variety of ways. I think it would even make a nice throw for a couch or chair.

Mineral Peel
O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Face Peel
(Retail: $44.00)
Rachel’s Description: “It’s so important to exfoliate regularly during summer and all year-round. Achieving that fresh-face, dewy glow starts with the prep. This peel exfoliates and smooths skin, making the the perfett foundation for self-tanners, moisturizer and makeup. I’m obsessed!”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “Use this peel before self-tanning to deepen an existing tan. Exfoliating regularly keeps your skin looking smooth and youthful. Complete your at-home facial by following the peel with your favorite face mask and hydrating eye gels.”
Verdict:
Hit!
I have a lot of skincare products thanks to all my sub boxes, but I haven’t tried many peels and I’m looking forward to using this on a full home spa day with face masks, eye gels, pedicures and whatever other beauty products I’ve been hoarding.

Nipple Cover
Bristols 6 Nippies
(Estimated Retail: $26.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Summer is the season for sheer, gauzy and lightweight fabrics. Nippies are the perfect styling accessory when a bra would be distracting. They mold to your body, work with your natural curves and go unnoticed in the best possible way.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Avoid exposed bra straps by wearing with off the shoulder racer-back or sleeveless separates. They’re reusable and easy to clean, so you can get plenty of use out of them. You can even place them in shoes as heel pads or insoles.”
Verdict:
Oh Rachel, I wish I had the life you think I did
I promise Rachel, it will always be more distracting for me to not wear a bra.  It doesn’t matter what I’m wearing. Trust me. My bras resemble the harness you use when you jump out of a plane so no way are these girls going out with just some little rubber pads for coverage. I do understand that there are women out there who are able to see their toes, and that they would like to have the option to go braless, especially in the summer. This is a great addition for them. It claims they have other uses so we’ll see if I can get creative with the “Nippies”. (And there is a sentence I never thought I’d type).

OVERALL:
Rachel Zoe Summer 2015 Box

Verdict: Like a Boss

And Rachel Zoe keeps up her impressive streak this year with thoughtfully curated boxes that are seasonally appropriate, arrive on time, and are beautifully packed with a value that high exceeds the cost. This is everything that a women’s lifestyle box should be. I said it before, but this sub has definitely raised the bar. This box cost me $100 and I received $370 worth of lovely, fashion forward finds. I’m already itching to see what’s in the Fall Box. And that being said, I do have a spoiler!

SPOILER FOR THE FALL BOX
Spoiler

Cluse Gold Watch with Dual Straps

What do you think of the Fall Box of Style spoiler? Does it make you want to subscribe?

THE BACKSTORY
Box of Style has Fashion, beauty and lifestyle items you’ll be obsessed with!   Over $300 worth of product in every box.

   Box of Style ships 4 times per year—March, July, September & December

   Membership renews each quarter

COSTS:
DISCOUNT!:  Use code SUBTHERAPYSP10 to save $10 off!
Seasonal Membership:
$100.00 / 4x year
Annual Membership: $350.00 / year
Free shipping!

Seasonal membership:  Cancel any time (after the shipment of your first purchased Box of Style)
Annual Membership: Renews each year (membership is not cancellable during the year)

 

October Blog Hop: A Spooktacular Beauty Blog Hop!

Last month my beauty & fashion bloggers group took a brief hiatus from our monthly blog hops. We’re back this month for a Spooktacular Beauty Blog Hop with an obviously Halloween theme. Halloween has always held a unique place in my heart because my birthday is just a few days before. I can’t tell you how many Halloween themed birthday celebrations I’ve had over the years.

Halloween is one day a year where you can let your inner monster (or princess, for that matter) run around unfettered. But why limit yourself to just one day a year? Why not keep a little bit of Halloween with you all the time? This October 13th, I thought I’d pick 13 Halloween inspired items to help you keep that vibe going for more than one day in October.

#1 For the Ghost Hunter:
Ouija Dress

Modcloth’s: Spell Me a Story Dress
(Photo from Mocloth.com)
(Retail: $89.99)
Description: “Channel your most spellbinding style in this playful tank dress! Skulls, scrolls, and stars frame a Ouija board graphic on this soft, knit frock. Accentuated by a caged cutout back and sweetheart neckline, this mystifying dress tells a tale of enchantment!”

#2 For the Vampire Slayer:
Polish
Picture Polish’s Vampire
(Photo from llarowe.com)
(Retail: $12.50)
Description: “Deep vampy red jelly polish”

#3 For Bat Girl:
Bat Heels
Jeffrey Campbell’s All Bat and More Heel

(Photo from Mocloth.com)
(Retail: $179.99)
Description: “Swoop! There it is! You glide into the room and all eyes are drawn to your Batgirl heels from Jeffrey Campbell – and for good reason. How could anyone not adore the wing-shaped closure on these black pumps? Feeling magnificent in these suede, pointed-toe shoes, you’re destined to ‘stiletto’ the spotlight!”

#4 For a Steampunk Princess:
Trunk
Butter London’s Gears & Gadgets Ultimate Lacquer Trunk
(Photo from Butterlondon.com)
(Retail: $150.00)
Description: “All hail the ultimate gift for the beauty obsessed! Discover your signature look with 20 gorgeous Fashion Size Shades, 4 best-selling treatments and our favourite tools of the trade. Mix, match and play with all the essentials, and never wear the same look twice.”

 

#5 To visit a Galaxy Far, Far Away:
Leia Tshirt
Thinkgeek’s Star Wars I Know V-Neck Ladies’ Tee
(Photo from Thinkgeek.com)
(Retail: $24.99)
Description: “Han and Leia kiss on the front of this grey, 100% cotton shirt. Features a v-neck and delicate spirals with the words “I know” subtly integrated.”

#6 For the Mother of Dragons:
Dragon
SerpentsDance on Etsy: Dragon Necklace on Leather Cord Copper and Silver
(Photo from Serpentsdance Etsy Shop)
(Retail: $80.00)
Description: “This intricate pendant shows a dragon curled up on his back, nose buried in a book. The book has sterling silver covers, and inside are four tiny copper pages. A 6mm rose cut Labradorite cabochon is bezel set above the dragon.”

#7 To Curse A Princess:
Lipstick
MAC’s Maleficent Pro Longwear Lipglass
(Photo from maccosmetics.com)
(Retail: $22.00)
Description: “The bright, crimson gleam of Pro Longwear Lipglass in Anthurium. Goes on smooth and lasts for up to six hours. Envelops lips with shine and colour and prolongs the hours between reapplication.”

#8 For A Pixie:
Zoya
Zoya’s: Bar Magical PixieDust
(Photo from Zoya.com)
(Retail: $10.00)
Description: “A glittery nude topaz in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula.”

 

#9 To Rule Them All:
One Ring
Thinkgeek’s Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide One Ring
(Photo from Thinkgeek.com)
(Retail: $99.99)
Description: “This Tungsten Carbide One Ring replica has the highest melting point of all non-alloyed metals and tough enough to go with you on your daily adventures. You’ll need the volcanic lava of Mount Doom to destroy it… or you could just wear it and see if you can withstand its evil powers.  The ring features an inscription in Elvish letters of the Black Speech devised by Sauron when he crafted the all powerful ring: ‘One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.’”

 

#10 For a Black Widow:
Cleanser
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Elastic Pore Cleansing Foam
(Photo from memebox.com)
(Retail: $25.00)
Description: “Suck out dirt out of your pores with charcoal while collagen extract from pig skin firms and hydrates skin. Spider extract makes this cleansing foam extra refreshing and suitable for sensitive skin.”

#11 For Wonder Woman:
Cuff
Fancy’s Goddess Gold Cuff
(Photo from fancy.com)
(Retail: $28.00)
Description: “Rock the ultimate wrist party with this oversized gold cuff.”

 

#12 For a Good Witch (Or a Bad Witch):
Witch

Skipnwhistle’s Witch on Broom Scarf
(Photo from skipnwhistle’s Etsy Shop)
(Retail: $20.00)
Description: “This super comfy American Apparel SUGAR SKULL SCARF is printed by Skip N’ Whistle with eco friendly ink.”


#13 For Catwoman:
Palette
Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette
(Photo from sephora.com)
(Retail: $36.00)
Description: “This set features the Too Faced signature Glamour Guide, with three iconic cat-eye beauty looks to get you started. From sheer washes of color to highly-pigmented shadows, it includes nine shades in warm and cool tones. Three vivid, wet-and-dry formulas provide intense precision lining and a perfect wing tip for foolproof, dramatic eyes in minutes.”

If you enjoyed my post, please check out these other fabulous blogs who are posting their own take on Spooktacular Beauty:

Kristina from The Feminine Files

Megan from Polished Portland

Sammi from College Beauty Buff

Angela from Your Beauty Whisperer

 

Popsugar Must Have: April 2014

It’s time for one my favorite monthly boxes, Popsugar! As you know I was a bit disappointed in the Popsugar Special Edition resort box so I’m hoping this one makes up for it.

Let’s find out if it does.

Box Open Box

Bag
BlueAvocado (Eco) Shopper (Retail: $24.99)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Description: “This collapsible tote is made from upcycled plastic bottle sand folds neatly into a wallet-sized pouch.” It was desgined by Lauren Conrad and BlueAvocado.
Verdict: Love!
There are a few items I hoard: blank notebooks, lip balms and tote bags. I saw this and I loved the print and how neatly it folded up. I’m revamping my work bag for spring and this is going to get tucked inside for those lunch time trips to the fruit and veggie vendors.

Naturebox
Naturebox Popsugar Must Have Mix (Suggested Retail: $5.00)
Category: Must Have Food
Description:“Enjoy the balanced medley of almonds, soybeans, corn and cranberries for a satisfying crunch.”1 oz/serving = 130 calories &3 Weight Watcher’s Points.
Verdict:
Miss
I’ve had a Naturebox subscription (and will be posting my review of my last box soon) so I’m familiar with their snacks and products. Personally this one wasn’t too my taste and I don’t think it was a good option for a mass subscription box. There are nuts, corn & soybeans – that’s a lot of allergens in one little package. I think perhaps one of their pretzel offerings or dried fruit might have been better. This included a code for 50% off your first Naturebox. Just use POPSUGAR.

Palette1 Palette#2
Too Faced Natural Eyes (Retail: $36.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “With nine different shades, there is a color for every age and skin tone.”
Verdict: Love!
So when the spoiler for this leaked, everyone was completely excited and it seems lots of new folks signed up for Popsugar just to get this. I completely understand the buzz since it’s a beautiful palette in an adorable tin and the cost of it covers almost the entire pricetag of the April box. This came with a little booklet to give you ideas on how to use the shadows. I can’t wait to try it out. I have so much new makeup from all these boxes that I’m going to need to clean out my beauty case!

Towels
Fresh Pastry Stand Totally Awesome Tea Towel Set (Retail: $18.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “Handmade from a water-based ink and completely lint-free, these graphic towels totally live up to their name.”
Verdict: Gift
This is a really cute towel set, but I already have an over-abundance of kitchen towels so I’m going to bundle this into a cute birthday gift with some baking themed items. It’s nice to see an Etsy seller included and this one has some adorable tiered stands in their shop.

Notebook
Graphic Image Pocket Notes (Suggested Retail: $20.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “…this Graphic Image notebook designed exclusively for Popsugar..isn’t your average notebook..with silver eges, acid-free paper, and a flexible cover, it’s the smart and stylish way to keep your life in order.”
Verdict: Hit!
So another little notebook I can use when I finish the leather Graphic Image one from the Nina Garcia box. Graphic Image has some really great notebooks and planners but they tend to be out of my budget. I’m happy to get this and will definitely use it.

Soap
Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap (Retail: $10.50)
Category: Must Have Home
Description. “The combination of floral aromas and spicy cedar undertones creates a subtly divine experience…this gentle yet heardworking soap is free of any harmful chemicals.”
Verdict: Love!
I love Caldrea products. They have the best scents that always smell natural (never that cloying artificial stuff). Since I am spring cleaning the hell out of my apartment, I am super happy to see this and it will make its appearance on my bathroom counter when I finish deep cleaning and painting the room.

Full Box
Overall:
Love!

I think this is my favorite monthly Popsugar box I have ever received. I love so many items from it and will use nearly everything. The suggested retail value came out to $114.49 and thanks to some referral credits I got this one for free, but I would have still been quite happy at it for the regular monthly price. I can’t wait to see what’s in next month’s box.

What did you think of the April Popsugar Box? Did you love it as much as I did?

What were your favorite and least favorite items?

The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

Nina Garcia Quarterly Box – November 2013

When I opened my mailbox and found a jury duty summons there was only one thing that could make me feel better.  The fact that it was sitting on top of my Nina Garcia Quarterly box.  Quarterly is a service that offers quarterly subscriptions curated by all kinds of interesting folks who send select items in their special area of expertise.  Nina Garcia is listed a “Style Expert” so this is a fashion and beauty focused subscription and November 2013 is the launch of its first box.
Box
I was a little perturbed by the size of the package.  It just didn’t seem big enough for a $100 subscription, but I’m not going to panic because I trust Nina.

First ImpressionThe first thing I find when I open it up is the nicest descriptive info I’ve gotten from any of my boxes.  It’s a long letter from Nina detailing all the items and why they were chosen.

CardsNina writes, “For my first box, I’ve handpicked products from this season that reflect what’s happening in fashion today: hot brands, wardrobe staples, beauty essentials and up-and-coming designers.”  She goes on to explain that she’s connected the items with an underlying theme: Glam Grunge.

Okay people, this is going to be good.

The first item is:
Leather Cuff
Leather Dual Cone Cuff by Baublebar:
(Estimated Retail: $32.00)
Verdict: Love!
This item is exclusive for Nina’s first Quarterly mailing. She writes that it “strikes that perfect balance between polish and edge”.  Okay one, how cool is to have something that only the other folks smart enough to subscribe to Nina’s box will get and 2. This thing is just badass.  What I also love about it is that it has 3 rows of snaps, so whether you have a larger wrist or a freakishly small one like I do, it will fit you.  This item also came with a Baublebar coupon for $15 off of any order of $30+.  Because this is an exclusive, I’m basing the retail on a somewhat similar studded bracelet on the Baublebar Site.

Ear Cuff
Jack Vartanian Ear Cuff:
  (Retail: ????)
Verdict: Love!
The ear cuff trend is everywhere and I think it looks pretty damn cool, but I’ve been on the fence as to whether I could pull it off.  But now that Nina Garcia has given me permission I am totally ready to rock this.  It’s so dainty but edgy, and its subtle enough to make that touch of punk seem effortless.  Now I googled trying to find a retail price only to discover that Jack Vartanian is super fancy – as in jewelry at Barneys with price tags in the thousands of dollars.  This might not be gold and diamonds, but I’m betting the retail on costume jewelry from this caliber of designer is quite high.

Stole
Faux Fur Stole by Adrienne Landau
(Estimated Retail: $39.90)
Verdict:
Love!
How did Nina know that I’ve been pinning fur scarves to my Pinterest board for the last two months?  This little stole is quite soft and has an easy Velcro closure.  It’s small so it can add just a touch of fur without overwhelming your outfit.  Plus it’s warm, which is helpful for facing NYC winters.  This is yet another item made exclusively for Nina (clearly everyone loves Nina or she’s got a safety deposit box chock full of incriminating photos).  So this is another one where it’s difficult to pinpoint a retail value.  Adrienne has products in stores from Saks Fifth Avenue to HSN.  Since this stole is faux we’ll estimate the price to be on par with this piece she has on HSN.

Liptstick
Too Faced La Créme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Teddy Berry:
  (Retail: $21.00)
Verdict: Love!
Nina chose four different shades of plum lipstick and included a different one in each box.  Mine seems to be a little on the lighter side, but I think it will complement my skin tone really well.  I’ve never tried any Too Faced cosmetics so I can’t wait to give this one a whirl.

Essie
Essie Polish in Shearling Darling:
(Retail: $8.50)
Verdict: Hit!
I am a sucker for dark red polishes and this is a lovely shade of burgundy.  I only own one Essie polish, so this will help build my collection.

Soap
Pearl+ Luxury Soap: (Retail: $6.00)
Verdict:
Miss/Gift
This is a detox soap comprised of crushed pearl and charcoal.  It sounds fascinating but I am really sensitive to smells and this one is just too strong.  It’s definitely a manly type soap (think musk and cologne).  I think I will be adding this one to the gift pile.

Open Kit
VBeauté It Kit Anti Age Skin Care System:
(Retail: $99.00)
Verdict: Love!
Okay so the cost of this little kit pretty much covered the entire box.  It is an anti-aging skin care system and this little clutch is designed to be TSA friendly.  I have to say this is the most luxe travel skincare set I have ever seen.  Included with this was a coupon code for $25 off of a $75+ at vbeaute.com. I am unfamiliar with this brand, but if their product is half as good as their packaging I will love it.

Magazine
December 2013 Marie Claire Magazine:
(Retail: $3.99)
Verdict: Hit!
We all knew this would be in here.  I don’t subscribe to this magazine, so it’s nice to get a free copy.

Full Box
Overall:

Amazing.  Badass.  Awesome.
I had high hopes for this subscription and it more than exceeded them.  I paid $100 for this box.  Without including the Jack Vartanian ear cuff or the coupons,  my estimated retail is already at $200.00.  I love nearly everything, and with the exception of the soap I will use it all myself.  It’s clear that Nina had a lot of input and took a lot of care with this box.  I also adore that she gave all the items a theme.  I have to say I think this is my favorite subscription box to date.  Brava Nina!

There is just one downside to this box.  I have to wait a few months until the next one.