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June MyGlam August 16, 2012

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MyGlam has been pretty fun lately with a good mixture of types of products.  They have also been mixing their bags up a bit. This month was a party-ready gold glitter bag. I was really nervous about all the glitter but none of it came off. I can totally see myself using it for a party where I fear that my stuff might get spilled on.

So what came inside this shiny shiny bag of goodness?

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June Beauty Army August 6, 2012

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Happy August everyone. I’m still moving stuff out of boxes and into my house – and now the Olympics are on – so I’ve got to catch that – ya know?

I actually chose my own samples this time, and was excited to try the “surprise me” option for one of the 6 samples.  What I didn’t know was that it could duplicate a product you had already received.
Obviously from that statement I received a product I’d gotten before…

Which one was it?

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June Glossy Box July 31, 2012

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It is nearly August (and my August Glossy Box arrived today) so I figured I should probably share my June Glossy Box items. June’s theme was Beauty Around the World.  Each of the items are from different places on the globe. 

So what wonderful items were included from each of the 5 countries?

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Sindulge – May or June or? July 30, 2012

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Here is another company which has dropped off the face of the earth, and with good reason I suppose.  If you are a company looking to get into the sample subscription business please learn from these other companies shortcomings and failures. Sindulge was plagued with issues since its debut. The idea was to have a consultation with a personal beauty curator to help define what sorts of products you should be sent.  Both times that I had a consultation the “Video chat” was not working…but I didn’t receive any notification from the consultant that I needed to switch over to the text platform – and it seemed the consultants were distracted, because the text conversations were very slow. The samples were not sent promptly, though they did resemble the conversation, and customer service was lacking. All in all, had I not started with a 1 year subscription, I would have been droping them after this anyway.

What all was included for May or June or whatever month it was supposed to be for?

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Sisley-Paris Hydra Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration – Review July 24, 2012

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Today I bring you the Sisley-Paris Hydra Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration lotion. I had planned on saying that spending that much money on a face cream was ludicrous.  I can’t say that.

This thick, rich, luxurious cream is what skin care dreams are made of. God I wish I had $250.00.  This cream is supposed to return your skin’s hydration balance giving you a more youthful appearance.  I used it the first night, and thought “meh- it is similar to the Erno Laszlo velvet night cream” then I kept using it – for about 5 nights before I ran out. Every morning my skin felt better and better and better – seriously! My face felt soft and smooth, like it had before I hit puberty and had issues with acne. My bb cream went on smoother and more evenly (which I thought was impossible since it went on so nice before), and overall it just looked better. 

I swear I didn’t remember this was my expensive face sample at the time, I just had it out on my counter and used it – then I was thinking “I love this” so I went back to see what box it was from – my heart sank.  I can’t afford this – but I need this!

In any case, if you have the cash to spare, get it – seriously you will not be sorry, it is AMAZING.  If you have even more cash to spare please get me one!

Would I buy this again? I plan to save up for it – but my husband is liable to kill me if he sees the price tag.

Will I finish the sample? I did and loved it.

Here’s the breakdown:
Sample Size:  0.14 oz
Full Size:  1.4 oz
Full Size Price: $250.00  
Sample Value: $25.00   

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Bar Sample Society  or any of the brands included in the box.  Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

June – The Look Bag July 22, 2012

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Today I bring you what is probably the last Look Bag review that I will write.  On July 18th I received the following note:

As many of you know, we have been experiencing some troubles in the recent months with our beauty sample program The Look Bag. We have thought very long and hard about this decision and it very much saddens us to say that we have decided to discontinue The Look Bag while we refocus on The Look Store.com to bring you the very best in celebrity beauty picks.

Those that have purchased gift subscriptions for 3, 6 and 12 months, or yearly subscriptions will be refunded for remaining months. Those who have not yet been charged for July, will not be receiving a July bag. 

My guess is that I will NOT be getting a July bag as we are 9 days from August. Bummer! That’s okay – I really did feel like we were being sent mostly older items that were no longer in style.

They sent the June bag out at the end of June instead of the beginning explaining that they were trying to package their products more carefully after complaints of subscribers.

So what was included in this “well packaged” but still “last” bag?

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June Total Beauty Collection July 14, 2012

Today I bring you my first of the June boxes in the format I mentioned a few days ago – I still can’t believe I got an entire month behind! Anyway, this is the second of the Total Beauty Collections.Total Beauty Collection is different than the other sample subscriptions in that it is not really a subscription. You get notified that a new “Collection” is out the email tells you what brands are included. You then can click on the link and see more specific information on the products included. Then you can purchase it. If you don’t like it you don’t have to buy it. You will not be automatically billed for it. The down side is it can sell out and you don’t have any way of ensuring you get it.

So what was included in the second Collection?

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June Jacobs: Green Tea and Cucumber Body Balm July 10, 2012

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Today I bring you the June Jacobs Green Tea and Cucumber Body Balm that I received in my May Total Beauty Collection. This medium-thick white cream has a very light scent. I suppose it does smell like green tea and cucumber, but it is soooo mild that I just can’t put my finger on it.  My husband likes the smell though.

The cream is somewhat moisturizing – it is not intensive but it does give lots of moisture. For me, I couldn’t use it in the winter because I get far too dry, but it is just perfect for spring and fall, with something lighter yet needed for summer.

I like it a lot and if the June Jacobs line wasn’t so expensive I’d get it again.

Would I buy this product again? No, even though I really liked it, it is too expensive for a body balm.

Will I finish the sample? I did, and enjoyed every dallop of it.

Here’s the breakdown:

 June Jacobs: Green Tea and Cucumber Body Balm
Sample Size:   1.6 oz
Full Size: 7.0 oz
Full Size Price: $50.00
Sample Value: $11.42

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Total Beauty Collection or any of the brands included in the collection. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

StriVectin SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks Wrinkles July 8, 2012

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Today I bring you the StriVectin Concentrate for Stretch marks and Wrinkles that I received in my May Beauty Bar Sample Society Box.  It is medium-thick cream that is supposed to help reverse the visibility of stretch marks in 2 to 8 weeks.

I have some of these evil lines so I figured I’d pick one small area and apply the cream generously to that one area – that way I’d have enough for at least a few weeks to see if it actually worked.

There is no such thing as magic when it comes to beauty routines, but this comes darn close; after about a month my stretch marks had reduced a bunch, not gone but certainly not as obvious as the untreated areas. At $135 per bottle, though, it is not something I will hurry out and purchase – the marks just don’t bother me enough and aren’t in places you’d see unless we were at the beach.

Would I buy the product again? Yes, if I had spare money and was planning a warm weather vacation and had lost the weight I want to lose then I would probably get it.

Will I finish the sample? Absolutely.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:   0.75 oz
Full Size: 5.0 oz
Full Size Price: $135.00
Sample Value: $20.25

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Bar Sample Society  or any of the brands included in the box. Not affiliated with nor compensated by UPS. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

MAD Skincare Redness Rescue June 19, 2012

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Today I bring you MAD Skincare Redness Rescue which I received in my May Beauty Army Kit. I felt ambivalent about this one. I didn’t care if it was in my kit or not.  I have what I like to call a “natural blush”. I don’t get red all over my face, but if I go without foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer, then I DO NOT need to use blush. So, I figured at least I had some red spots I could try this out on!

First, MAD, please start using a dispenser that works or switch to a less fancy squeeze tube…your products are too thick to make it through that sample squirter…really! After storing this upside down for a couple days I had enough product migrate to the top that I could remove the top and pat some out. This green gel is fairly thick but spreads smoothly, with a faint earthy scent.  I figured I’d put it on a whole half of my face rather than just the cheek areas.

Bad, Bad I say. The half of my face I put it on turned all the red color of my cheeks! EEP. I ended up applying it to the whole rest of my face solely so that when I put my BB cream on I didn’t look like Dr. Jeckyl/Mr. Hyde with one side one color and the other side a different color.

I’m not sure why it didn’t work for me…their other stuff has been nice enough – nothing amazing, but nice enough! Have you had better luck with this?

Would I buy this again? Certainly not.

Will I finish the sample? Nope

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.13 oz
Full Size: 1 oz
Full Size Price:  $32.00
Sample Value: $4.16

 

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Army or any of the brands included in the kit. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.