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June – The Look Bag July 22, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review,Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 2:49 pm
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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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May the Look Bag – Wrap Up July 9, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Skincare — slagoon @ 12:18 pm
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I’ve had a chance to use and review all of the products from my May bag 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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Naked Princess Shine Luscious Lip Gloss – Review July 8, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 11:32 am
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Today I bring you the Naked Princess Shine Luscious Lip Glosses that I received in the May Look Bag. There were four of these mini glosses in 4 nice and neutral colors.  Each has a tiny doe foot applicator

The glosses are glossy but only a tiny bit stickey and felt very moisturizing. The colors looked gorgeous on my lips too.

I really did enjoy these glosses.

Would I buy this product again? I’m not sure. The full size glosses are similar in price to Urban Decay and Stila glosses which I think I like more.

Will I finish this sample? Yes the glosses are definitely nice enough to keep using.

Here’s the breakdown:
Sample Size: 0.008 oz
Full Size: 0.1 oz
Full Size Price:  $26.00
Sample Value: $2.08

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

 

The New Black Runway Colors – Midnight Blue and Yellow (Electrical Banana)

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Today I bring you “The New Black” nail polishes that I received in my May Look Bag.  The New Black is a relatively new-ish brand that brings runway fashion to you at an accessible cost. The two I was sent (Midnight Blue and Electrical Banana) were from the “Color Barometer” set which contains 8 primary colors (one is more a nude) each at 0.125 oz. They also have glitter, ombre, and newspaper print sets.

I decided to try a manicure I had completely failed at in the past, the half moon.  As you can see I still basically failed – but it is better than before and gives you a good idea of the colors of the polish.  The blue is NEARLY opaque in 1 coat and the yellow takes two coats. This lasted my normal 2 days (always remember I am SUPER rough on my nails) which puts it up there with Zoya, Opi, and Butter London.

Would I buy this product again? Yes, I am really considering getting the newsprint set so I can learn how to do that manicure with products specifically made for it before I go experimenting and getting annoyed at bad results.

Will I finish the sample? Yes, the colors are fun and very on trend right now.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.25 oz (2 x 0.125)
Full Size: 1.0 oz (8 x 0.125)
Full Size Price:  $35.00
Sample Value: $8.75

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

 

Bambola Beauty Açaí Anti-Oxidant Cleansing Cream June 9, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 7:02 am
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Today I bring you the Bambola Beauty Açaí Anti-Oxidant Cleansing Cream that I received in my Look Bag in May.  This is a brand I have never heard of before – the premise of the company is that they provide natural skin care with high quality ingredients. This particular cleanser has specific ingredients that target different objectives:

Lemon Juice Extract – Tones, uplifts and oxygenates
Mandarin Oil Refines texture of skin, has antiseptic and cell rejuvenation properties
Sunflower Seed Oil – Rich in Vitamin A & E
Vitamin C from Acai – Stimulates collagen synthesis and fights environmental damage

What did I think? It felt nice, but it is made up of oils, and you probably remember I don’t like oil based cleansers. I still felt like my skin was left with a slick feeling after rinsing the cleanser off. I just can’t get past that feeling.  It smells nice, not overwhelming, like lemons and berries, but once rinsed off, there is no remaining scent. I think it did clean my skin – and thats good.

Would I buy this product again? No, I prefer some of the other cleansers I have used.

Will I finish the sample? No, it just didn’t strike me as that wonderful.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: estimated – 0.25 oz
Full Size:  6.0 oz
Full Size Price:  $30.40
Sample Value: $1.26

 

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


 

 

 

Erno Laszlo – Hollywood Collection June 5, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 11:36 am
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Today I bring you the Erno Laszlo – Hollywood Collection that I received in my May Glossybox AND my May Look Bag! I am actually glad that I received both of these because the sample foils were SO small that I couldn’t have given most of the products a fair shot.  I’m going to review each of them.

In my breakdown at the bottom, I have ESTIMATED the volume based on other foils I have used. I also poured each of the foils into cosmetics containers and labeled them – you will see these throughout the post.

Lets get started!

The Erno Laszlo – Hollywood Collection consists of 5 different products for complete facial skin care – each inspired by a famous actress of the past. The descriptions are cute so I included them. 

Morning Beauty Rescue – This iridecent pink serum goes on smooth and absorbs readily into the skin. The micro iridescent particles disappear into the skin as well so you don’t have to worry about looking like you just played with glitter. I did not notice any real benefit to using this particular item.

   

Refresh Moisture Infusion –  This light purple/blue cream feels like a standard moisturizer, it seems to be made for a general “everyone” skintype, as it did not really help with my dry spots or my oil spots on my face, but my normal areas did feel nice from using this.

    

Instant Eye Repair – This light green cream feels nice under the eye – I did not see any benefits beyond those of my Lift Lab, nor did my fine lines increase while using this cream.

   

Intensive Porcelain Veil – Not sure what to say about this one , it was slightly thicker than the other creams included thus far, but it didn’t really feel any different once it was on my skin.

   

Velvet Night Cream – This was by far my favorite product from the set. It left my face feeling ultra smooth and soft. Unfortunately, unlike the others in this set, a little does NOT go a long way. I only got about 2.5 nights of using this cream. It is very thick and does not spread easily, but the feeling of it is so worth it. They do sell it separate from the set of 5, but it is $175 for only 1.7 oz.  I’m not going to be able to pick that up for a LONG time.  I wish I could use it long term, it feels soooo amazing.

   

Would I buy this product again? For all except the velvet night cream NO, I can get nice products for far less expense. For the velvet night cream I will have to save up for it.

Will I finish the samples? Yes, they are each nice enough to continue using.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 5x 0.03 oz – estimate
Full Size: 5x 0.5 oz
Full Size Price:  $125.00
Sample Value: $7.50

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by The Look Bag or any of the brands included in the bag. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. Not affiliated with nor compensated by Glossy Box or any of the brands included in the Box. Items were won as part of an anonymous contest.  Regardless of cost of the items I promise to always give you my open and honest opinion. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

L’Oréal Paris Wear Infinite Pressed Eyeshadow – 901 Sweet Chemise May 26, 2012

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Today I bring you the L’Oréal Paris Wear Infinite Pressed Eyeshadow in 901 Sweet Chemise that I received in my May Look Bag.So, I’m getting a little confused about the Look Bag items.  Last month I received the Laura  Mercier moisturizing water, which was using the title that was now an outdated product.  Before the April Look Bag was even sent out, Laura Mercier had already changed the name of the product and was marketing it as something different.  This month I received the L’Oreal Paris Wear Infinite Pressed eyeshadow, and that seems to be a discontinued product as well.  On the L’Oreal websites they no longer carry a Wear Infinite Pressed Eyeshadow anymore.  Upon searching for the Wear Infinite  Eyeshadow, I found some items for sale that were claimed to be discontinued and were being sold as such.  This product does not seem to be something that is available for purchase any longer.

I’ll still try it out though.  This pressed eyeshadow is a light goldish yellow.  It does feel smooth and not chalky.  On my skin, the color is not very obvious so when I use it I have to use it as a highlight color.  I have tried it a few times since I received it, and it is okay, for a drugstore brand.  Using a primer, the shadow lasted for about 6 hours before it started creasing and fading.  The performance is not amazing, but for the price points that L’Oreal eyeshadows are sold for this performs adequately.

Would I buy this product again?  Probably not, I have lots of eyeshadows that I really like in a plethora of colors so adding less amazing products to my collection isn’t something I plan to do.

Well I finished the sample?  Yes, I will continue using this color on whenever it seems like it would go with the look I’m trying to create.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:  0.08 oz
Full Size:  0.08 oz
Full Size Price:  $3.00
Sample Value: $3.00*            This price is based on the items I found for sale on sites that sell discontinued L’Oréal products.

 

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