So July happened. It hasn’t been my favorite month this year, but one of my favorite parts of the month is when little packages are delivered at my doorstep. A lot of goodies found their way to me in July, so here’s a round up of this month’s subscription boxes:
Supergoop! SPF 37 Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream I love Supergoop! products, especially their CC cream. The thing is, I usually use eye cream at night, so the SPF just seemed unnecessary to me. However, I can imagine that if my eyes were puffy or irritated in the morning, it would be a good under-concealer layer. I may end up getting a full tube next time I restock my beloved CC cream.
Offa Universal Eyebrow Pencil This may be the biggest win since I have been looking for an eyebrow pencil that matches my eyebrows, and (woohoo!) it matches perfectly. I don’t really have much more to say about this one except that it does what it’s supposed to do without being obvious and making it look like I penciled in my light eyebrows.
Ruffian Rapture Collection polish in Ambrosia and Ruffian Nail remover wipes. The nail color is really pretty and I plan to use it for my next pedicure. The nail remover wipes weren’t exciting to me since I am too inept at doing my own nails and go to a salon instead. The sample is handy though, in case I need to touch up a boo-boo. I can’t attest to how well they work for a serious job.
Juice Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer. This moisturizer reminded me a lot of Caudalie’s Vinoperfect, which is to say that it’s luxe and wonderful. I wish the sample was larger, but I guess that means I’ll eventually have to invest in a full size.
Harvey Prince Imperial Gardenia. This fragrance is gardenia and gardenia only. I really love the smell of gardenia, and this fragrance is lovely without being perfume-y. I don’t think I’d wear it every day though.
Ipsy Glam Bag $10/ Month No referral code because they want you to share everything on Facebook, which is super annoying (in my opinion).
The bag itself is often part of the allure of this subscription, but this month’s was utterly hideous. It looked like a 7th grade sewing project. But here’s what else it came with:
BeFine Food Skin Care Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 First, for some reason I found “food skin care” to be a turn off. Sure I’ve made my own avocado moisturizers in my kitchen and stuff, but as a marketing ploy, it doesn’t work for me. The moisturizer was just okay, but this is 2014, why is the SPF only 15?
Bare Minerals 5-in 1 BB cream eye shadow with SPF 15. Intriguing, but the color was a bit too dark for my skin tone for a cream shadow. Maybe I just don’t do cream shadows right, but if they’re too dark they just don’t spread well and look like I am bruised. If this was a really light shade, I may have liked it.
Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 8. What is this, the 80′s? Who lays out with dark tanning oil any more? No thanks. Straight to the trash can.
Pixi Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm. I have a different (not mini?) tinted balm from Pixi that I really like. This one is a shade lighter, which is kind of nice and gives a very natural, just ever-so-slightly tinted look. Not bad.
Whet nail polish in Facetious. This color just doesn’t do it for me; it’s a little too pre-teen for my taste.
I’ve been considering cancelling Ipsy lately, because it seems like in the past few months, they’ve changed their target demographic and sell cheap products directed at teens. Any suggestions on an alternative?
PopSugar Must Have Box- $40/month. Referral code
I always love this box, and this month was no disappointment!
Michael Stars Beach Hat. I used to have a similar hat to this that I loved, but it got crushed and lost its shape (it was cheap). This one is meant to be crushed and shoved into whatever beach bag or luggage that you have, which is just perfect. The hat alone also retails for more than the price of the box!
FrenchBull Ziggy Salad Servers. So chevron isn’t really my thing, but these are still cute and festive for a summer BBQ. I took them to a party with my Caprese Pasta Salad and they added the right amount of pizzazz.
Sun Bum Sunscreen and After Sun Lotion. I’m definitely NOT going to throw away a decent waterproof sun screen, and this one spreads evenly, which is an added bonus. I love the after sun lotion too, because even when Islather on the protection, after a day at the beach my skin is often hot and dry. This is basically a soothing aloe lotion, and that works for me!
ACME party box stripey straws. Cute straws! These are another one of those things that I don’t need but I also don’t mind having around.
TKO Jump Rope with Soft Grip Handles. Woohoo! I’ve been doing a lot more HIIT training (I’ll post about that soon) and was going to buy a jump rope the week this box came. Perfect timing! It’s a pretty legit, sturdy jump rope.
Dang Foods Toasted Coconut Chips. They sell something very similar to this at Trader Joe’s, and I love them. I sometimes add a few to my smoothie, or they make for a good topping for almost any dessert. I also snack on them just plain, because I really love coconut.
Revlon Bold Lacquer Length and Volume Mascara. Not too shabby for a Revlon Mascara. I still have a few other mascaras that I like a little better but this is a perfect back up tube that gives some decent volume to my lashes.
Khaleesi says: Good squeak. Fun tug-o-war. Good for hitting mommy to make her play. Rachel says: Khaleesi pretty much summed it up. She likes to hit me with this toy when I am not paying attention to her, and it’s a good one for tug-o-war.
Bixbi Daily Essentials Chicken Breast Jerky treats. Khaleesi says: ??? (as she cocks her head to the side) Rachel says: Whoops, I forgot about these. They’re in the cupboard. She has so many treats right now that I haven’t thought to open this bag. I guess that’s a sign we’re good with dog treats thanks to Barkbox.
Healthy Dogma Coconut Flavored Barkers. Khaleesi says: Cookies! Yes! Cookies! I’m a good girl! Rachel says: she loves these. She definitely knows the word cookie and does a happy dance if I say the word. She really likes these and to be perfectly honest, I’ve been tempted to eat one. They’re made with real ingredients (though the pea flour has me curious) and they smell like real cookies.
Etta Says Duck Chew Khaleesi says: Mine! Rachel says: She loves this thing and is possessive of it. I like it because it keeps her from chewing on my shoes, and it’s healthier for her than my leather flip flops.
Mr. Barksmith’s Pina Colada Smoothie. Kahleesi says: Ice cube? Yummy. More? Rachel says: These are really cute. Khaleesi really loves ice cubes, so this frozen treat was right up her alley. It was perfect after a long walk on a hot day.
So there you have it! Barkbox is a real winner and keeps my pup happy, and PopSugar Must Have keeps her momma happy. Ipsy may not see another month at this house, but Birchbox has gotten better and continues to make me happy.