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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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May Inaugural Total Beauty Collection – Wrap Up July 11, 2012

I’ve had a chance to use and review all of the products from April and decide on how much I liked them. So now it is time to do my bag 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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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.

 

Blinc Tubing Mascara – Review

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Today I bring you the blinc tubing mascara that I received in my May Total Beauty Box. This mascara is a polymer that coats your lashes all the way around  with a tube and is supposed to stay on all day even if you go swimming, cry, or workout. 

This sounds like a revolutionary product….does it hold up?

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Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist – Review June 7, 2012

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Whew  – Two Alterna Bamboo products in 2 days! Luck you! This sample was included in the May Total Beauty Collection.

This mist is intended to provide shine as a finishing spray as well as help tame the frizz and flyaways. It also is supposed to help with color retention. Does it work? Yep. I had horrible bed head this morning from my evening shower and my flat iron was just not getting rid of that icky dryish look, I spritzed this all over and I got a lovely glossy shine. I went though with my hot iron again, and I got perfect silky and sleek (not oily)  hair.

The only problem with this product is that I keep touching my hair all day because it feels so nice!!!

Would I buy this product again? Yes, I plan to!

Will I finish the sample? Definitely!

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:  0.85  oz
Full Size: 4.0 oz
Full Size Price: $22.00
Sample Value: $4.65

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.

 

Pevonia: $15 Gift Card May 23, 2012

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Today I bring you the Pevonia $15.00 Gift Card from the May Total Beauty Collection. Some people were not too thrilled with this being part of the box, but I figured I’d find some use for it.  I scoured the Pevonia site looking for items under $15.00. Most of the site is skincare and there is not much for less than $30.00.  They do have some candles and lots of soap bars for under $15.00.

I eventually got to the spa page and there I found Tea.  You may remember how I’m a bit of a tea snob, but when I saw these I had a good feeling about them.  They had four different blends, Energize (black tea), Rejuvenate (green tea), Renew (herbal), and Slenderize (red). I decided to pick the Slenderize, both because I like the idea behind slenderizing teas and because I love rooibos (red) tea.  The teas sell for 17.00 each, and everything at Pevonia is free shipping.  After tax I ended up paying just a little over $3.00.  I also got to pick a free sample on top of the fact that every order receives samples of Age-Defying Marine Collagen Cream and Hydrating Cleanser. The package arrived a quick 4 days later.

I was excited to find that not only did I get the tea, the three samples, but they threw in two more samples, Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion and Anti-Stress Bath and Shower Gel.

So, how did I like the product that I actually ordered?

     

The tea was delicious. Not only was it refreshing, but it also had excellent flavor. I’m not sure why, but I always find tea more interesting when it is a different color than a normal black or green.   This tea is a whole leaf tea where the ingredients have not been mashed into tiny bits.  Not only does this allow the tea know to taste better, but it also is healthier for you.  When tea is mashed into tiny pieces, it often loses some of the health benefits due to the ingredients being broken down.   As you can see in the pictures, this tea has normal size chunks of dried fruits, berries, and rooibos tea.

Overall, am quite impressed with my Pevonia purchase–especially for paying just $3.  Should I find the need to, I will definitely repurchase from the store in the future.  I look forward to trying each of the samples from their skincare line in the near future.

I am actually glad that this gift card was included in the total beauty collection.  It’s really ended up being worthwhile for me at least.

Have you found any products that you have enjoyed using this gift card?

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.

 

May Inaugural Total Beauty Collection – Initial Impressions May 15, 2012

Oh my goodness I have been getting a lot of my subscriptions over the last week – must catch up – must start reviewing! Yikes.

Yet another site has jumped on the sample bandwagon. This month was Total Beauty Collection’s inaugural set. Total Beauty Collection is a curated set of 4-6 deluxe beauty samples each month for $15.00/month.  I got the email and I bit. I really am having a good time with all these sample companies and trying all the different products – many of which I never knew existed.

Total Beauty has taken a different approach on its packaging. The parcel is neither bag nor sturdy box…it is what is known as a “pillow box” (yes I had to google it) and it has a cut out flap in which reside the samples. 

What was in the box this first month, you ask?

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