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Sindulge – May or June or? July 30, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review,Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 11:11 am
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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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Sindulge – April – Wrap Up May 17, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Skincare — slagoon @ 9:57 am
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I’ve had a chance to use and review all of the products from my April kit and decide on how much I liked them. So now it is time to do my box wrap up.

In case you don’t remember, here is a summary of the Awesomeness level:

Box Awesomeness Level Review (AL)

  • 5 points for an item that surpasses everything else I’ve tried and becomes my #1 choice for what role it fulfills
  • 4 points for an item that becomes added to my permanent collection of cosmetics and I will repurchase
  • 3 points for an item that joins my “I might buy this again” list
  • 2 points for an item I finished or will finish the entire sample of but in the end decided not to re-purchase
  • 1 point for an item that I tried and immediately threw out/gave away
  • 0 points if the item was a duplicate of something from a previous bag/box/kit that only scored a 1 in that box – meaning I knew enough to not even bother with trying it.
  • Don’t forget that I subtract 1/2 point for samples that can only be used 2 or fewer times.

Click “more” to see how this kit rated…

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dr. brandt – Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion – Review

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 7:39 am
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I’m always confused on how I should put brands in my posts, for instance, Dr. Brandt is a brand which, gramatically, is treated like a proper noun, like Bob or Cindy, however some brands, like Dr. Brandt have their name spelled in all lower case on their products and website. If anyone has suggestions on how to deal with such grammar issues please help, 6th grade was too long ago for me to remember.

On to the product. Today I bring you dr. brandt pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion from my April Sindulge box. This oil-free thin-ish yellow-ish cream is intended to help delay signs of aging, stimulate new cells, increase moisture retention, and provide a nice matte finish.

Mattifying – check, increase moisture retention – check, new cells and delay signs of aging – dunno. My skin, after using this did not feel dehydrated like it does with many matte finish facial products, which is great. I suspect that the anti-aging effects are not something I’d notice unless I used this on a more daily basis. I honestly prefer a more dewey look unless I am going to be out in  hot weather (where dewey turns into melting) or in photographs where dewey often looks like glossy so I don’t use this sort of product much.  I do like it, and it is very different than the other mattifying product I like (Smashbox’s Photo Finish) which is silicone based.  I also like that it is multi purpose and helps the skin while providing a matte effect.

Will I buy this again? It is definitely on the maybe list – but it is not something I need right now.

Will I finish the sample? I’ll keep using it until I run out or the product becomes too old.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.25 oz
Full Size: 1.7 oz
Full Size Price:  $60.00
Sample Value: $8.82

 

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Sindulge 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.

 

Pop – Nail Glam – Tangerine Taste May 10, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 10:09 am
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Today I bring you Pop Nail Glam in Tangerine Taste from my April Sindulge Box.  This is a great orange color and is perfect for spring.  I’m not sure about other skin tones but it goes great with mine. Again because of my nail challenge (up on Sunday) I can’t tell you about how it wears but I can say that goes on smooth and is opaque in one coat.  I am really looking forward to wearing this on my nails.

Will I buy this again? I will definitely buy more Pop  Nail Glam colors. It seems to be a great formula.

Will I finish this sample? Absolutely! It was pretty great.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.5 oz
Full Size: 0.5 oz
Full Size Price:  $10.00
Sample Value: $10.00

 

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Sindulge 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.

 

YoungBlood – Eye Impact Quick Recovery Cream – review May 5, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 2:13 pm
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Today I bring you the YoungBlood, Eye Impact Quick Recovery Cream that I received in my April Sindulge box. The claim for this product is: “this hydrating, illuminating eye cream instantly reduces the signs of fatigue with a combination of powerful ingredients”. 

So does this thin-ish white cream support it’s manufacturers claims?

Not as well as I think it should. The cream goes on smooth without tugging and absorbs rapidly, but it doesn’t really reduce any signs of fatigue, like puffiness, dark circles, lines.  It feels good, but not great.  If you are looking for a soothing under-eye product I’d point to the SKYN Iceland Product I reviewed last month.  This is nice enough – but it has the hefty price tag associated with far more effective products.

Will I buy this again? No, it was okay but not great.

Will I finish the sample? I’ll throw it in my gym bag and use it after gym showers…so it’ll get used.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.01 oz
Full Size: 0.5 oz
Full Size Price:  $58.00
Sample Value: $1.16
 

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Sindulge 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.


 

YoungBlood – Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder April 30, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 10:38 am
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Today I bring you the YoungBlood – Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder from my April Sindulge box.  This is a white powder  that goes on transparent. It can be used as a setting powder.  I don’t have a lot of use for a setting powder.  I did however receive an eyeliner that wanted to transfer to the upper part of my lid so I used this product and it totally kept the transfer from happening.

While I don’t usually have a need for setting powder this one really did a good job, and I will keep it around for my occasional setting powder need.  If you need or use a setting powder frequently this one is great and you should try it.

Would I buy this again? If I need a setting powder I totally would..

Will I finish this sample? Yep I really like it .

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.02 oz
Full Size: 0.35 oz
Full Size Price:  $40.00
Sample Value: $2.28

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Sindulge 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.


 

Pencil Me In Healthy Eyeliner Pencils – Denim – Review April 25, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 8:06 am
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Today I bring you Pencil Me In Healthy Eyeliner Pencils in Denim which is a blue eyeliner between the color of sky blue and the Microsoft Blue Screen of Death. I received this as part of my April Sindulge Box. I was super excited to receive some makeup – I like makeup and I’d seen some other’s boxes that were not really makeup oriented – though that is probably what they discussed with their consultant. 

So how did this perform?

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