Walmart Beauty Box : Spring 2016

IMG_1235Here’s another Walmart Beauty Box! They’re “free” ($5 shipping per quarter) and they now let you choose from one of two beauty profiles. They automatically chose “trendsetter” for me, since I was at the time under 30. The millennials, they love trends!

I’ve gone on and on about why I love this box, but it really is just the right price point, shipped just often enough for me to never be disappointed. I always seem to get one item that makes the subscription feel like a good value for me. This month was no exception!

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste – I’m pretty sure this is a sample size tube, but it’s still very large. I’ve gotten this from Influenster and purchased it on my own. It promises whiter teeth in three days. While I can’t speak to that claim, it’s definitely whitening.

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser – This is a clear, nice-smelling cleanser. I used it on my nose and chin and it had the most neutral results of any cleanser I’ve ever used: nothing bad to report, nothing terribly great. I could feel some random rough chunks in this, and I couldn’t’ decide if it was supposed to be the baking soda or some plastic microbeads (boo! hiss!)

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer – This is a fake tanner. I never try these, but figured I’d give it a go. I’m very fair, and this was splotchy on me. It’s a nice “natural” fake tan on me, but using this daily would be a big no.

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick – OMG THIS SMELLS LIKE NOSTALGIA. It smells like a Bonne Bell Lip Smacker. The shade is somewhere between pink, puce and brown. It’s a nice natural shade on me. This is full-size and a $7.50 value!

Curel Itch Defense Body Wash – I haven’t tried this, but I’m surprised this wasn’t part of the winter box. It says it’s for dry skin, and that’s when my skin is at its dryest.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter – I’m not so sure about this product. It claims it will lighten your hair! It says it will do so without going brassy, but I am skeptical. I might try this. It doesn’t smell at all like a chemical lightener and it has some natural extracts that should be nourishing.

CeraVe Healing Ointment – “Protects and soothes cracked and chafed skin with a non-greasy feel”. Will I be trying this to protect against chub rub? You betcha.

Vera Wang Embrace This is the blue scent, which is Periwinkle and Iris. I hate perfume samples, but this was a nice scent.

 

Others – A foil packet of Burt’s Bees BB Cream, a shade sticker try-on card from Loreal True Match and some coupons.

ColourPop Cosmetics First Purchase

IMG_0569I finally broke down and made a very small order from ColourPop Cosmetics. For the unfamiliar, they’re a makeup brand based in L.A. that doesn’t test products on animals (I’m unclear whether they’re totally “cruelty-free” or not, but they do say that some of their products are vegan.) How cute is it that they handwrite every customer’s name on their thank-you cards? They also include postcards with product suggestions and instructions.

My experience?  Of course I’m going to tell you all about it!

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Fifty Shades: The Movie!

fiftySo I watched the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. (PS No, I didn’t buy a ticket –coughcough-)

I watched it with my boyfriend, who had not read the books.  (Well, that’s not entirely true–he did read large passages of the first book to me. In a Cajun accent, because that actually somehow makes more sense than Jamie Dornan’s broken brogue…)

Regarding the plot/direction: The plot of the books is thin, so I didn’t expect the movie to feel more robust. What I did not expect is how much the movie assumed you’d read the book and knew what the hell was happening.

“Everything feels like a non-sequitur,” my boyfriend grumbled. I was continually explaining to him why something was happening on screen or, “well, in the books, that sentence was a four-page discussion.” EL James was personally obsessed with doing the fans a service, but Marvel can tell you–for a movie franchise to work, it’s got to make sense and be fun for people who don’t know anything about your books. This was a huge mistake. I’ve read all of the books and I was still confused about what was happening with some of the plot points.

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Naturebox Review

For anyone unfamiliar with Naturebox, it’s a “healthy” (they have dietitians and nutritionists on staff), “natural” snack sampler of 5, 10 or 20 4oz bags of nuts, seeds, granola and dried fruit.  I think the concept is pretty neat–you get snacks mailed once a month and you have the option to buy more of what you love from the site.  The sample includes several (3-6) serving sizes per box for $19.95, and I think that’s a decent value (but honestly, I graze at these snacks, so I anticipate them lasting a while).  They offer vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO and nut-free options with a promise of avoiding HFCS, trans fats/partially hydrogenated oils or artificial colours/sweeteners/flavors. Well thanks, Naturebox.

You have the option of choosing all, some or none of your products.  They’ll send random snacks if you don’t choose!  There are a whopping 95 different snack options to choose from, which makes it pretty promising as a long-term subscription.  I know they add new products often, as well.

For our first box, I chose Sweet Blueberry Almonds, Yogurt Dipped Pretzels, Praline Pumpkin Seeds, Dried Pears and Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops.  (A lot of their options are much more thrilling, but I’m a little picky.)

The Overall: This is a really great value if you choose your panty wisely or like the convenience of having it just come to your door once a month.  At around $4 per bag, some items with naturally be a better value than others.  Since I’m very picky about my snacks, I don’t think I’d trust the selection to their random choices, but for “normal” folks, I bet it would be just fine.  I HAVE heard some people complain that their items came a bit stale, but that was before they changed the way they handle the pantry, so I’m assuming this issue is now solved.

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Colgate® SlimSoft™

I received a complimentary Colgate® SlimSoft™ toothbrush (as well as Colgate toothpaste and mouthwash) through the Influenster program for review.

When I first felt the bristles with my thumb, I was actually impressed with how soft and flexible they were.  Looking at the bristles, you can see how thin they become at the very end, which allows the impressive sweeping action.  The feel is a bit like some children’s toothbrushes.

The brush overall has a very slim profile.  It’s fairly comfortable to hold, though I’d like these bristles offered on some slightly more grippy handles.

This really works for me.  My teeth are rather crooked and have some strange spacing in spots, and this is one of the first toothbrushes I’ve used that really cleans between and around.  I didn’t expect to be so impressed with it, but I really was!  I actually find myself brushing my teeth for longer with this toothbrush, which is definitely a good thing.

I’ve honestly always been a “whatever’s cheapest” toothbrush buyer.  I’ve tried a lot of different bristle arrangements, but I think I’ll be sticking with this guy!

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Ipsy Bag Review: May 2013

The Bag/Theme: VERY cute, loved that it was blues and orange.  I’m not a fan of pink.  The theme was “Spring Fling”, which I feel is a little late for the season and a very UGH phrase, anyway.  This is the FIRST bag where they’ve confirmed that they chose products based on our website profiles.

Under the cut, because I know some of you don’t care. 🙂

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