Luxury Scent Box September 2017 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code!

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Luxury Scent Box is a monthly designer fragrance subscription that sends you a convenient 9ml (.30 fl oz) purse size spray of an authentic fragrance of your choice or you can have them choose one for you based on a scent profile that you fill out at sign up. The service is $15 a month and shipping is free, plus, LSB offers scents for both women and men. Choose from both niche and designer fragrances such as Black Opium, Gucci, and Atelier. (Note: I received this complimentary box for review purposes and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.)

Save $5 on your first box, enter promo code DebintheheartofTexas at checkout!

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You can add fragrances that you like to your calendar, either by choosing your favorites or by taking a scent survey and adding the suggestions that pop up. Note that premium fragrances are an additional $3 charge, but if you use a promo code such as DebintheheartofTexas, you will save $5 on your first order. There are no contracts, order month to month and cancel whenever you choose, or you can order an annual subscription and pay for 11 months and get the 12th month free!

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New subscribers receive a velvet holder and a silver case with their first box, plus receive a new, colored case quarterly. This month I am showcasing niche designers but to see a review of the regular monthly subscription, click here. You can order additional scents for $18 each but you must be a member to take advantage of that perk.

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Luxury Scent Box hooked me up with four luxurious niche fragrances and sent some of their beautiful holders, which are interchangeable so if you want to match your holder to your bag then you can! I’m not sure which color I prefer, they are all adorable and upscale.

I received a card on the Luna Collection from Tiziana Terenzi, a niche brand from Italy.

I also found a card about how to update your fragrance calendar, rate your fragrance, and share on social media.

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Finally, I found a card on how to remove fragrances from their holder.

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I even received two samples!

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Vetiver Fatal by Atelier Cologne is a woody aromatic cologne absolue (pure perfume) and has pretty good longevity. It is perfect for this time of year, as summer turns to fall, because it is green and citrusy but also has a woody warmth. This is truly a unisex scent, neither too masculine or feminine.

 

Atelier Cologne Mimosa Indigo is another cologne absolue that falls under the “leather” fragrance category, although it is so much more than that. At first spray it does smell like leather, however not in an overpowering or manly way. It turns a bit powdery, a touch sweet and yet also warm. Nice for fall weather.

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Draco by Tiziana Terenzi was my favorite of the bunch! I starts off sweet and fruity and although it’s a unisex Oriental fragrance it is very feminine and flirty. I haven’t picked up much citrus this wearing, but peach, vanilla, and a bit of something warm and yet green makes this a winner. With my chemistry the base note turns out to be a very long lasting ambroxan, similar to Juliet Has a Gun Not a Perfume. Warm and musky.

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Orion by Tiziana Terenzi is a unisex floral woody musk that I meant to give to my husband but accidentally sprayed on myself! It was the longest lasting of the bunch and seemed more masculine to my nose. Everything I have read about this scent compares it to Aventus Creed, which is an extremely popular choice for men. Getting a similar scent for only $18 seems like an awesome deal to me!  img_5393-1

I love Luxury Scent Box and I know you will too! I have commitment issues when it comes to fragrance and choose a different one each day depending on my mood, shoe type, sky color, whatever, and this service lets me date the perfect candidate before settling down. Make sure to take advantage of that promo code to save $5 on your first order and let me know which type of fragrances you prefer in the comments!

Luxury Scent Box June 2017 Subscription Box Review 

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Luxury Scent Box is a monthly designer fragrance subscription that sends you a convenient 9ml (.30 fl oz) purse size spray of an authentic fragrance of your choice or you can have them choose one for you based on a scent profile that you fill out at sign up. The service is $15 a month and shipping is free, plus, LSB offers scents for both women and men. Choose from both niche and designer fragrances such as Black Opium, Mon Paris, and Flowerbomb. (Note: I received this complimentary box for review purposes and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.)

Save $5 on your first box, enter promo code DebintheheartofTexas at checkout!

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You can add fragrances that you like to your calendar, either by choosing your favorites or by taking a scent survey and adding the suggestions that pop up. Note that premium fragrances are an additional $3 charge, but if you use a promo code such as DebintheheartofTexas, you will save $5 on your first order. There are no contracts, order month to month and cancel whenever you choose, or you can order an annual subscription and pay for 11 months and get the 12th month free!

New subscribers receive a velvet holder and a silver case with their first box, plus receive a new, colored case quarterly.

To see one of my previous, full reviews about the monthly subscription, click here.

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Today, I would like to talk exclusively about Galimard, a French perfumery with a rich background and who has been making perfumes for over 250 years!

Grasse a small town in Provence is known as “the world capital of perfume”

The foremost city for perfume in the world, all of the most recognised French fragrances are created here, the best known of these being Chanel N. 5 in 1921.

Galimard is France’s first creator of French perfumes. In 1747 Jean de Galimard, Lord of Seranon founded the perfumery Galimard in Grasse, thanks to Him Grasse has become known around the world as the birthplace of perfumery.

Galimard was the purveyor to the court of the King of France, Louis XV the well-beloved, and his mistress Madame De Pompadour.

With over 269 years experience of creating the highest quality French perfumes, Galimard has probably the richest tradition of perfume manufacture in the World.

Until Today the royal houses of Europe are customers of Galimard and for celebrities became our Perfume an insider tip. The amazing painter Picasso, Leonardo di Caprio, Goldie Hawn, or Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi are just a small summary who visited our Perfume House in the Provence.

As in the past, the sources from which we obtain our subtle fragrances are the natural flowers of Grasse: Jasmine, rose, lavender, orange. Only the use of our traditional methods can guarantee the incomparable unique quality.

 

 

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I received four Galimard scents from Luxury Scent Box to try out and to get a feel for this niche fragrance brand. As you can see, the name and designer of the fragrance is on the outside of the bottle so you can quickly pick the one you want to wear for the day – or evening. You can add these to your monthly queue or purchase them outright for $18 a bottle on the LSB website and there are 16 scents to choose from on the women’s section of the site, 13 on the men’s section, and a few of those scents are on both.

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Journal Intime“Exquisite grapefruit, wrapped in rose and black currant, twines seductively with lily of the valley with an iris tonality; the base reveals blackberry, musk, sandalwood and finishes the fragrance with a subtle fresh-fruity signature note.” While fruity florals tend to be one of my favorite scent groups, this one has a tad too much rose for my tastes. This reminds me of green tea for some reason, but it is also juicy and fresh. After about an hour it reminded me of clean laundry pulled straight from the dryer –  warm and comforting.

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Péle Méle“Green and fresh notes open the sparkling dance of this attractive fragrance, unveiling a melange of green tea and rose; sensually warmed by musk and sandalwood, the close is enriched by a glowing touch of ripe peach and mellow plum.” This is a floral fruity scent but on me it smells like a white floral musk, with a strong lily of the valley scent at the opening. I didn’t really notice much sweetness at all unless I REALLY smelled my arm deeply – isn’t that weird how our bodies can play around with a scent?

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Feuilles & Fleurs d’Oranger (Orange leaves & blossom) “Escape to Tunisia where the softness of sweet almond pastries brighten the beauty of orange flower fields for as far as the eye can see. Orange leaves and blossom is an exotic cologne full of freshness and delicacy with soft notes of neroli and petitgrain.” This scent is a white floral in the sense that an orange blossom is a white flower. It smells just like an orange blossom and is light and sweet, not heavy or strong. The initial spray is also green and lively, like an orange leaf. The longevity wasn’t too bad, but this was a skin scent. Lovely and feminine.

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Paradoxe: A luminous flight of mingled figs and lemons gently fades to reveal a warm heart of radiant accords; an unexpected base of sumptuous woods creates a unique signature.” This is categorized as a floral green scent and features notes of fig and lemon along with floral and woody nuances. This was my favorite of them all, I loved the warm feeling it evoked and it was sweet without being cloying. Fig is my favorite fruit – maybe that has something to do with it? It transports me back to my childhood home in Southern California, picking the ripe fruit off of the tree and immediately eating it, still warm from the sun.

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I love Luxury Scent Box and I know you will too! I have commitment issues when it comes to fragrance and choose a different one each day depending on my mood, shoe type, sky color, whatever, and this service lets me date the perfect candidate before settling down. Make sure to take advantage of that promo code to save $5 on your first order and let me know which type of fragrances you prefer in the comments!

 

My Texas Market Subscription Box Review April 2017

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code 10FIRST you can save 10% off your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).img_1278-1

The items were wrapped in bubble wrap and there were brown paper squiggles to keep everything safe.
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Everything in my box!

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April’s theme was Blackberries & Bluebonnets and is here to help us celebrate springtime in Texas!

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My Texas Market includes a card with a little info about the products and their producers, plus where they are located and instructions for their use.

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My Texas Market mentioned that some fan favorites from last year have made their way into this box and if there’s one thing I’ve discovered from this subscription it is the always fabulous Texas Hill Country Olive Company. I have tried their olive oils and flavored balsamic vinegars and they are hands down the best! I love this Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar and used it to make a dressing for a salad. The vinegar itself is from Modena, Italy, and the blackberry lusciousness was added right here in the heart of Texas.

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Spring mix salad greens, feta cheese, craisins, toasted pecans, and a homemade creamy blackberry balsamic vinagrette.
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I was wandering through the jam aisle at our local H.E.B. Central Market and saw this on the shelf and was so excited, telling my family “look, I got that in my box!”. Jammit Jam Blackberry Star Anise Merlot is a sophisticated take on a classic flavor and while I tried it on buttered toast it would be extraordinary on a cracker with Brie or cream cheese. I make blintzes every once in a while and I think this might just put them over the top.

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Here are some other serving suggestions!

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Luna Tigre Bluebonnet Soy Candle has a lovely floral scent and is made with 100% soy wax. This Austin-based company makes the candles in small batches and this size should burn between 15-18 hours.

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I don’t really think of bluebonnets as having a scent and yet both this soap and the candle have a similar bright, floral fragrance. Kuhdoo Soap Co. Bluebonnet Soap makes this bar with saponified coconut oil, avocado oil, shea butter, organic goat milk, Texas raw honey, colloidal oatmeal, and high-quality phthalate-free fragrance oil.

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Aww, a bluebonnet in a box! Nature Favors Texas Bluebonnet Garden Kit

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The dirt is even in the shape of Texas!

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There’s a little pot to place the mini-Texas seed inside. Then add water and wait for it to grow!
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I ALWAYS enjoy getting my monthly taste of Texas! The items were perfect for the theme and any time I see Texas Hill Country Olive Company I do a little happy dance. Texas has some wonderful makers and this box features them to great effect. I love that My Texas Market takes the time to visit farmers’ markets across the state and then picks the best of the best!

If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

What item are you wanting to try from this month’s box? Let me know in the comments!

Luxury Scent Box May 2017 Subscription Box Review 

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Luxury Scent Box is a monthly designer fragrance subscription that sends you a convenient 9ml (.30 fl oz) purse size spray of an authentic fragrance of your choice or you can have them choose one for you based on a scent profile that you fill out at sign up. The service is $15 a month and shipping is free, plus, LSB offers scents for both women and men. Choose from both niche and designer fragrances such as Black Opium, Mon Paris, and Flowerbomb. (Note: I received this complimentary box for review purposes and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.)

Save $5 on your first box, enter promo code DebintheheartofTexas at checkout!

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Everything in my box!

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You can add fragrances that you like to your calendar, either by choosing your favorites or by taking a scent survey and adding the suggestions that pop up. Note that premium fragrances are an additional $3 charge, but if you use a promo code such as DebintheheartofTexas, you will save $5 on your first order. There are no contracts, order month to month and cancel whenever you choose, or you can order an annual subscription and pay for 11 months and get the 12th month free!

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I received a card showing how to remove my perfume from the case so I can easily pop in next month’s fragrance!

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There was a card saying thank you for joining plus a little info on how to rate your fragrance, update your fragrance calendar, and share on social media for a chance to receive bonus samples.

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New members receive a velvet carrying pouch to keep the holder from getting scratched while being carried around in a purse, backpack, or luggage.

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New members also receive a black or silver holder in their first shipment, plus a new, colored case quarterly!

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I received two samples this month!

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My first fragrance was Cantabelle by Galimard which is an oriental vanilla scent.

A cheerful and fruity composition, merge with the orange and blackcurrant to reveal an opulent heart of sun-kissed delicate flowers.
The concept is elevated by a warm and sensual base of precious woods. An ode to feminity, both classical and contemporary.

The top notes are blackcurrant and orange with white flowers along for the ride. It is fruity and floral and as soon as I smelled it I knew I had smelled something similar before. If you have ever subscribed to Birchbox for a while you have probably received an Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – this smells almost exactly the same!

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I also received Feminissime by Galimard which is an oriental floral.

As she passes, she leaves behind a scented trail of subtle fruits and delightful flowers, transcended by some blazing notes.

She walks, delicate and charming, haloed by a luminous grace…

She is beautiful, she is a Woman, she is Féminissime.

If you like Flowerbomb or La Vie est Belle, then you will love Feminissime! Top notes are pineapple, peach, and lemon; white florals plus tonka bean are in there, too. Sweet, floral, romantic, and longer lasting than Flowerbomb!

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I love Luxury Scent Box and I know you will too! I have commitment issues when it comes to fragrance and choose a different one each day depending on my mood, shoe type, sky color, whatever, and this service lets me date the perfect candidate before settling down. Make sure to take advantage of that promo code to save $5 on your first order and let me know which type of fragrances you prefer in the comments!

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Luxury Scent Box Subscription Box Review + Coupon! March 2017

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Luxury Scent Box is a monthly designer fragrance subscription that sends you a convenient 9ml (.30 fl oz) purse size spray of an authentic fragrance of your choice or you can have them choose one for you based on a scent profile that you fill out at sign up. The service is $15 a month and shipping is free, plus, LSB offers scents for both women and men. Choose from both niche and designer fragrances such as Black Opium, Mon Paris, and Flowerbomb. (Note: I received this complimentary box for review purposes and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.)

Save $5 on your first box, enter promo code DebintheheartofTexas at checkout!

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You can add fragrances that you like to your calendar, either by choosing your favorites or by taking a scent survey and adding the suggestions that pop up. Note that premium fragrances are an additional $5 charge, but if you use a promo code such as DebintheheartofTexas, you will save $5 on your first order. There are no contracts, order month to month and cancel whenever you choose, or you can order an annual subscription and pay for 11 months and get the 12th month free!

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I received a card showing how to remove my perfume from the case so I can easily pop in next month’s fragrance!

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There was a card saying thank you for joining…

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…plus a little info on how to rate your fragrance, update your fragrance calendar, and share on social media for a chance to receive bonus samples.

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There was one more card with a little info on one of the fragrances I received this month.

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Perfume inspired by wine, I’ll drink to that!

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New members receive a velvet carrying pouch to keep the holder from getting scratched while being carried around in a purse, backpack, or luggage.

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Each scent comes in a box.

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New members also receive a black or silver holder in their first shipment, plus a new, colored case quarterly!

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I love pink! This is really pretty – sleek and sophisticated yet girly at the same time!

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First up is Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom Eau de Toilette. I love niche fragrances and am especially fond of citrus scents. I grew up in Southern California with orange trees in my backyard and I loved it when the smell of the blossoms drifted into the house. This scent is an oriental floral and has lots of lovely white floral and citrus notes. It smells very different on my skin than it did on my paper tester. On paper it almost smelled like lime LifeSavers but there was definitely a powdery presence on my arm. The longevity was surprisingly long-lasting and I felt very comforted by this lovely scent.

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I also received Kelly + Jones Reserve Notes of Riesling Eau de Parfum, an aromatic fruity scent that has notes of citrus and white peaches and was spot on for my tastes. This scent is light yet I can still smell the base notes 12 hours after applying.

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I love Luxury Scent Box and I know you will too! I have commitment issues when it comes to fragrance and choose a different one each day depending on my mood, shoe type, sky color, whatever, and this service lets me date the perfect candidate before settling down. Make sure to take advantage of that promo code to save $5 on your first order and let me know which type of fragrances you prefer in the comments!

Luxury Subscription Review

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Luxury Subscriptions is a new subscription that pairs the classic Harper’s Bazaar magazine with deluxe perfume samples for $50 a year. Harper’s Bazaar is published 10 times a year and 6 of those issues will contain up to 3 perfume samples. My items came packaged in an orange plastic mailer.

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Right now if you subscribe you will receive this special edition that includes two Tory Burch samples along with the June/July issue of Harper’s Bazaar. The perfumes are inside the long tube on the left of this picture.

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I pried the cap off of the end of the tube and the samples came out easily!

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The June/July issue featured Kendall Jenner on the cover.

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The perfume samples are a generous 2.5ml each and come in a convenient sprayer box. Each sample is approximately 50 sprays.

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I received Tory Burch ($6.50) and Tory Burch Absolu ($5.80). Both fragrances are sophisticated and long-lasting and available at Sephora.com.

I think this subscription would be perfect for someone who enjoys this magazine and would like to receive a fragrance surprise every other month!

Note: This subscription preview was provided by Luxury Subscriptions and no compensation was received for this post. Thank you Luxury Subscriptions! To subscribe please visit Luxury Subscriptions!

Play! by Sephora June 2016 Subscription Review

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Play! is a monthly beauty subscription box from Sephora. It is $10 per month (plus tax in my state) and there is no customization so everyone receives the same samples. I have been receiving the boxes since the service started last September in limited release but Sephora recently opened up more subscriptions nationwide. If you would like to subscribe click here.

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Every Play! box comes with a Play! card. Take it to your local Sephora and score 50 points with any purchase. You can also ask your Sephora Cast Member for info on how to use each of the products in your box.

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The theme for June was “The Minimalists” with a focus on creating an easygoing look with pared down products.
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Sephora sends a monthly guide with tips on how to put your new products to use.

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The items were inside this little drawstring bag. Although it is cute I can’t find a use for this type of bag. A proper makeup bag would be more useful but this is the second identical bag like this and I am not sure what to do with them.

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Tarte Tarteguard SPF 30 Lotion ($4.33) I love to get SPF products in my boxes and really enjoyed this vegan, chemical free lotion with a beachy scent. I applied it under my makeup with no problems.

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara ($8) This is 1/3 of the original size so I should be able to use it for a whole month. This isn’t new to me but I really like the formula and effect so I am happy to have another one!

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Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It (H)air Styler ($3.10) This is meant to enhance texture and body for a more refined look when you choose to air dry your hair, which is nice for summer weekends. I have such fine hair that I must blow dry and style every day so I will pass this on to someone else. I did try it but became impatient and went ahead and blew it dry anyways and my hair was soft afterwards.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter ($7.60) This is a pricey primer but then again it is supposed to have crushed pearls as an ingredient. I used it as suggested in the Sephora video, as a highlighter after my makeup was applied. A little goes a long way so use sparingly.

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bareMinerals Bare Skin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer ($2.80) This serum/bronzer combo can be added to your usual base to darken it to your summer skin color (just mix a bit on the back of your hand and apply as usual). I tried it as shown in the Sephora video; I placed a drop on my contour brush and just blended it into my cheeks and the other spots where the sun naturally hits. I didn’t look dirty so I think I did it right!

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Here are swatches of the Becca primer and bareMinerals bronzer. I didn’t really blend these in, just left on the top surface of my inner arm.
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Tocca Florence ($2) First off, can we just get rid of these non-spray fragrance samples? I ALWAYS end up with it on my hands no matter how hard I try. Just put it in a spray sampler! End of rant. Tocca scents are named after women and Florence is a sophisticated Parisian beauty. It is a white floral and very feminine. I like Tocca hand lotions but am not fond of the perfumes for some reason.

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My June Play! box had a value of $27.83. I especially liked the Tarteguard SPF and They’re Real! mascara this month! I am having a blast trying new products and learning new tricks so this is worth it to me. The theme for next month’s box is “Effortless Summer”. Visit the Sephora website here to sign up. If you already subscribe, what did you think of this month’s box? What are you doing with the little bag?

 

Birchbox June 2016 Multifaceted & Mighty Box Review

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Birchbox is a monthly beauty discovery subscription service that sends you 5-7 deluxe sized samples (and the occasional full sized product) for only $10 a month. You earn 10 points for reviewing your samples for a total of at least 50 points ($5) each month and your points can then be used like cash in the online Birchbox shop. Points accrue and it takes two months to earn 100 points, which is $10. Points must be used in $10 increments. You also earn points on shop purchases and for every friend who uses your personal link to sign up. Combine points with promo codes and sales to reduce the price of items or even get them for free!
Birchbox lets you choose from a curated box (samples are already chosen based on a theme) or will send a random box of samples based on answers you provide at signup. This is my review of my June curated Birchbox, “Multifaceted and Mighty”. My personal referral link along with discount codes are at the bottom of this post.

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Presentation is very important in a subscription box and mine was thrown together rather haphazardly. The card was bent and the tissue paper was torn and messy. These were minor inconveniences and all of the products were fine.

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This curated box is all about multi-tasking so each product can be used in more ways than one.

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The product information card lists each item in the box and the price if I were to purchase the full-size in the online shop.
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Birchbox had a big Benefit promotion this month. Each of the “random” Birchboxes were supposed to have a Benefit brow product inside.

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I received 6 items in my Birchbox this month so I will receive 60 points ($6 credit) in the Birchbox shop after I review my products.

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Davines Authentic Cleansing Nectar Hair/Body  ($9.16 value) I have been happy with all of the other products I have tried from this brand and this cleansing gel/shampoo is pretty generous in size too. Has a green, herbal scent.

Davines Authentic Replenishing Butter for Face/Hair/Body ($2.31 value) This multitasker can be used as a deep conditioner (they suggest putting on hair for 5 minutes and then following with a shampoo), body or facial moisturizer, or even makeup remover.

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LOC One & Done Shadow Stick (Full Sized! $10 value) I received the shade Heavy Petal which is a light rose gold and after swatching it on my arm this morning and trying to wash it off it is STILL THERE! Talk about long-lasting! I love this shade and formula but you may need a new sharpener. My e.l.f. sharpener wouldn’t work but the Anastasia Beverly Hills sharpener from Sephora has a removable sleeve and works perfectly.

The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick  (Full sized! $14.95 value) I received the shade Raisin the Roof which is not really working for me but lip color rarely does so I will mix it with a darker shade. Has a slight scent but no flavor and is very moisturizing.

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Nuxe Rêve de Miel Facial Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel ($1.42 value) This gel cleanser cleanses and removes makeup gently. It has a strong, sweet honey smell but that is due to the added fragrance.

Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer ($2.52 value) This is a rich moisturizer that can be applied thickly like a mask, or smoothed on for overnight softening.

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PBJ Smoothie Stick on top and LOC Heavy Petal on bottom.

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Overall I was very pleased with my Birchbox this month! I knew exactly what would be in there and I am happy with the results of the products as well. My box had a value of $40.36 which is incredible for a $10 box! If you would like to grab this box as your first Birchbox use promo code MIGHTY at checkout, or leave the promo code space empty for a “random” box based on your personal beauty preferences. I would love it if you would use my link here to sign up, or just visit the Birchbox homepage. Which product are you most looking forward to trying?

Play! by Sephora May 2016 Subscription Review

Play! is a monthly beauty subscription box from Sephora. It is $10 per month (plus tax in my state) and there is no customization so everyone receives the same samples. I have been receiving the boxes since the service started last September in limited release but Sephora recently opened up more subscriptions. If you would like to subscribe click here.

This month the box looked a little different. There is usually another box inside the striped box but it looks like Sephora decided to go in a different direction. This is also the first month that the box has been more widely available so I’m thinking they decided to do an overhaul.

Instead of a box all of the items were inside of a drawstring bag!

Usually Sephora has a booklet with all of the product info and suggested uses inside but this month they included a foldout instead. The theme this month was “The Forces of Nature” and the products chosen are supposed to be high performing and good for you.

One thing they kept was the bonus card that lets you earn 50 extra points when you make a purchase at any Sephora store. I have noticed that the cards expire much sooner than they used to.

Origins Maskimizer Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer This product is designed to be used with a mask as follows:

Maskimizer™ Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer preps, primes, and optimizes skin for mask to follow. It improves spreadability and rinseability of masks while hydrating, soothing, and boosting skin’s radiance immediately. Great for use with every type of mask except peel-off, it softens skin and boosts hydration levels.

There were also two foil-pack mask samples from Origins: Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask   and Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. The charcoal mask is a traditional mask that is rinsed off after drying and the overnight mask is really more like a moisturizer that you apply before bed.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask ($9 value) This weekly treatment contains rosehip and almond oils and algae extract to help smooth and strengthen hair.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue (sample size) I like Atelier colognes and already have a small version of this and to me it smells just like fresh orange or tangerine zest.  It doesn’t last long but it is a comfort scent to me and I like it!

Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($12.67 value) This is my first ever product from Korres and it is designed to help improve uneven skin tone and dark spots. I didn’t care for the fragrance, it reminded me of hairspray. Not tested on animals.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi ($8.67 value) This shade is shocking pink with blue undertones. This is very bright and I would have loved it in high school. I did manage to tone it down with a darker color. Almost all of my lipsticks must be mixed anyways since I still haven’t found my signature color. This one is smooth and lightly flavored.

Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram by Tarte ($2.77 value) This is a 2-in-1 primer and liner for lips and the shade is described as mauve but is more like the exact color of my lips. Tarte offers a matching lip paint. This didn’t go on very smoothly but it did make my lipstick last a little longer.

Bite Amuse Bouche in Kimchi
Top color: Tarte Latergram. Bottom color: Bite Kimchi.

When I first started receiving Play! I loved it but the last few months have been meh. The value (not including the small packets and perfume) was over $30 but most of that is from products I didn’t care for. Also, I am not sure what to do with the little bag; a proper makeup bag would be more useful. I know that the purpose is to get out of my comfort zone a little and to try something new but that lip color is bright.  I do appreciate that they chose masks for both young and slightly more mature skin types though.

What do you think of Play! by Sephora? If this was your first box/bag, what did you like best? If you have been getting them for a while, are you still happy with this sub? I saw the spoilers for June and I am looking forward to my next box!

Target May 2016 Beauty Box Review ‘Spring Fling’

About once a month Target releases a one time purchase beauty box. Unlike other beauty boxes this is not a recurring subscription and you have to grab one online at Target.com as soon as possible because it always sells out within a few hours. Follow me on Facebook here or on Instagram @debintheheartoftexas to get a notice of when they go on sale. I paid $10 plus tax for the May box and used a Target gift card for payment.

This month’s theme was “Spring Fling”. Most of the products this month seemed to be facial care items.

There was a product information card with the items listed and what they are designed to do. There was also a coupon for $3 off a $15 or more beauty product purchase.

Here is everything in my box. Target sent 9 items, 6 of which were for facial care.

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes for Body in Medium Natural Tan ($1.30 value) I have never tried a self-tanning towelette before but this is not really my thing so it will be passed on. It claims to dry quickly, contains Vitamin E for smooth skin, and is supposed to be a streak-free application.

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream ($1.20 value) I have never heard of this product but it is supposed to be very moisturizing and nourishing with its “unique mixture of all-natural ingredients derived only from living plants and organisms: olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly extract, and propolis”. It is an all-purpose product that is especially helpful as a moisturizer, lip-balm, eye cream, hair mask, or to relieve minor skin irritations. I thought it smelled like bacon grease but maybe mine was bad.

Clairol Hair Food Kiwi Dry Shampoo ($4.99 value) I never have to buy dry shampoo thanks to subscription boxes, however, it is one of my least favorite beauty products. No matter which one I try it always leaves a greyish-cast to my hair yet others rave about it. This one smells good and comes in a handy travel size so it would be great for a gym bag.

Andalou Naturals Age Defying Night Repair Cream ($5.88 value) Another new-to-me product that is perfect for dry skin and is supposed to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles overnight. Contains resveratrol and CoQ10. Cruelty-free.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser (42 cents value) CeraVe is recommended by my daughter’s dermatologist and since this is for normal to oily skin I will pass it on to her (she already uses their cleansers and moisturizers). Removes makeup and oil gently and is unscented.

derma/e Firming DMAE Moisturizer ($5 value) This is for firming and lifting the skin and is supposed to smooth as well. Apparently the DMAE and alpha lipoic acid in this product may cause an adverse reaction so make sure to do a patch test first. Cruelty-free.

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil ($2.67 value) Removes makeup and cleanses skin without leaving an oil slick behind. Contains coconut and argan oils (however they are not high on the list of ingredients) and is not tested on animals. This worked well but I can’t get over the scent, which smells like sunscreen to me.

Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream ($12.80 value) A rich facial moisturizer for normal to dry skin. Has a strong floral fragrance, which I prefer not to apply to my face.

L’Oreal Colour Riche La Lacque Lip Pen in #201 Lacque-y Charm ($8.99 value) Smooth finish and highly pigmented color in a convenient twist up pen.

My May Target Beauty Box contained $43.25 worth of products! This box was very heavy on the facial moisturizers though. Still, I discovered some new-to-me brands which is always fun!  What did you think of this month’s box?