Birchbox Bonanza! Updated.

I am a new Birchbox subscriber. I began in August. I have just received my September box as well. So far I’ve been loving this subscription. I’ve even ordered some limited additions. With the limited editions, I knew what I was getting. The monthly subscription boxes are surprise packages. I’ve loved both surprise packages! This program has introduced me to great products that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about, such as the Neil George Hair Care Collection, and Laqa and Company lip products. At $10 the price can’t be beat, especially since Birchbox sends you deluxe size samples, as well as a full sized product here and there.

Look at how pretty these limited edition boxes are. They are great to reuse too. I’ve been keeping cosmetic supplies in them.

B4 The products in front of the boxes are from the Mystery Sample Bag that I earned for spending $35 at the Birchbox store. The Yes To Pomegranate lip balm was part of my purchase along with the two limited edition boxes. The mystery samples are deluxe samples of Cynthia Rowley’s Liquid Lip Stain which I love, love, love, and Shea Butter Body Balm by Perlier.

These boxes are CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) winners of the Insider’s Choice Beauty Awards. These awards are described as the “Oscar’s” of the beauty world.

The pink box is the Prestige Headliners Edition for 2014.. The Blue is the Mass Appeal Edition for 2014. I purchased these because I saw what was packed inside them, and couldn’t resist.

Look at how pretty they are packed.


Prestige Headliners Edition:


100% Pure Creamy Nail Polish. (The color that I received was Cloud. This is beautiful and lasting. It is also very pigmented.)

Coola Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After Sun Lotion. (I haven’t tried this yet, and when I do it will probably be next summer since it is now the fall season.)

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Crème. (I have yet to try this. I will soon.)

Josie Maran Cosmetics 100% Pure Argan Oil. (I’ve tried this on some dry skin patches, and it really does help heel and soothe.)

Philosophy Miracle Worker Overnight. (I don’t have any signs of aging, but I’m using this to prevent it lol.)

Lifestyle Extras:

Birchbox Pocket Mirror. (I take this with me in my makeup bag for quick touch ups at work.)

Toe Separators.

The Mass Appeal Edition:


Burt’s Bees100% Natural Lip Gloss in Spring Splendor. (Pretty color that feels nice on the lips)

Dove Go Fresh Restore Body Wash. Blue Fig and Orange Blossom scent. (I loved this so much that I bought the full size. It is very refreshing, and I feel clean and pampered after showering with it.)

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara.

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15. (Love this!)

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum. (Gave my hair some shine, and made it feel very soft and smooth)

Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips. (Haven’t tried this yet, but hear good things. I will try it soon.)

Here is a closer look at the lip balm and “Mystery Samples”.:

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Swatches of lip products from both CEW boxes, as well as the August box:

swatchesbirchI cannot say enough about how awesome Cynthia Rowley’s gloss is. I love the color that I was sent, and it feels absolutely wonderful on! It is easy to apply, and goes on smooth.

My August Box:

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Neil George Shampoo and Conditioner. (These are a hit with me. My hair looks great after using them.)

Dr. Jart’s Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm.

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Crème. 2 small packages. (Very Nice, and light.)

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil. This is more like a crayon. Color-Menatour(purple).( Love this product!)

September’s Box Which I’ve Just Received. The box was sent out with different pretty designs for the company’s four year anniversary.  This is the design I was sent.  I’m reusing this box for storage too.:

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Harvey Prince’s Liquid Loofah Body Wash-This deluxe sample smelled divine, and was very nice.

Real Chemistry Peel-Deluxe sample. I’ve used it once a week for three weeks, yet still have some left in the tube. A little goes a long way. It makes my face feel soft and smooth.

Chapstick Night and Day- Full Size. I’ve used the night side every night. I love it! It is hydrating and a comfortable wear. I like the day side too, but like the night one better.

A closer look at what was under, and inside the smaller, enclosed box:


Noir Cosmetics Long Wear Eyeliner

Catherine Malandrino Fragrance sample- This is nice, and the designer’s first perfume.

Whish Shave Cream-Deluxe sample. I received the Acai Grapefruit scent. I am buying the full size of this because it smells great, gives you a close shave, and moisturizes your skin as well. Love it!

So far, I prefer Birchbox over Ipsy. I’ve loved every box from them.

Upcoming Subscription Box Reviews for 2014 from ambrosiakat:

Glossybox August and September.

Lip Monthly for both August and September.

Ipsy Glam Bag September.

Paper Dots September.

Julep Maven September.

Rainbow Honey Mini Mystery Bag September.

Subscription Box Review: Julep Maven Welcome Box, And August Box.

Julep is a beauty company that focuses on nail polish and nail care with a large variety of makeup collections, and bath and body selections as well. Customers can become members of Julep Maven by subscribing to their monthly boxes.. Mavens get 20% discounts every time they shop at the site. In addition, they are privy to a variety of  “members only” perks which they will be notified about through email.  The box costs $24.99 a month. If you agree to a prepaid 3 month subscription, the fee is $19.99 per month. They offer free welcome boxes to new members, so you will get the welcome box and your first box for the price of one. This month’s code for the freebie is FREESIZZLE. The monthly charges are recurring, but you may cancel membership at any time.

You are guaranteed 5 full size Julep products in your welcome box. My welcome box was “Nautical By Nature”. The items in my box are pictured below. All full size!

JMWelcomeBoxNautical themed nail colors, red, white, and blue.

product                           retail value

Shiela  nail polish              $14.00

Michelle nail polish           $14.00

Soraphine nail polish        $14.00

Bare Face Cleansing Oil   $28.00

Mighty Nail And Curicle Serum  $16.80

Total value is $86 and you get it for free after only paying $24.99 for your first month! They also send you a card with a 50% off code to be used when you shop the Julep online store. In addition, you will get a little booklet explaining the benefits of membership.

Below is my first box as a member, the August box Wanderlust collection.


I took a quiz and my results categorized me as an “It Girl”.. Julep will prepare selections for all of the categories that different subscribers may end up in. Before they send out the boxes, you can view the selections and swap out items with other products and colors, or send the box as a gift to a friend. If you like the selections that were chosen for you, do nothing and they will send those to you. They will temp you with gorgeous add on items at deep discounts.  If you order three items as add ons, they send you an extra product free of charge. I couldn’t resist. I loved the “It Girl” products chosen for me, and I clicked the  “accept” button at the website. Then I chose three more items. I thought it was fun planning my own box. As you can see in the photo, I received some gorgeous products.

The Items And Total Values:

Blank Canvas Eye Shadow Primer 

Katie nail color(Orchid Iridescent Chrome)  $14.00

Cameron nail color (Silver Lilac Stardust Matte Glitter) $14.00

Kirti nail color(Persimmon Iridescent Shimmer) $14.00

Tammy nail color(Lemongrass Green Shimmer) $14.00

Jane nail color(Full Coverage Rose Gold Multi-dimensional Glitter) $14.00

Joyce nail color(Lava Red Shimmer) $14.00

Cameron, Jane, and Katie are my chosen additions. The eye shadow primer was my free gift. Joyce, Tammy, and Kirti  are the “it Gitl” selections.

My box came with a code card for a free polish with a $15.00 order that I could use twice. It also came with a screen cleaner for my Smartphone.

I am excited about my September box because Julep has introduced lip crayons, and I’m getting a few of them.

I did pay more than the $24.99 that my box would have cost without the add ons. I paid $41.96, but as you can see, I received $84.00 worth of products, plus a free gift.

As a maven, I have earned points which I used for add ons to my September box. I have some points left over too, which is awesome.

If this sounds great to you, check Julep out!






Subscription Box Review: Flirty Fingerz Nail Design Box.

You can order a one time only box, which is what I did for $14.99 plus $5 S+H, or you can subscribe monthly which is a recurring charge of $10.99 plus $5 S+H.  Starting in September, the company Flirty Fingerz will offer a subscription for girls called Lil Dolls Nail Design Box.

The Flirty Fingers website states that you will get a design idea with everything you need to complete it. Well….they sent me two design ideas :) Yay! The more the better!



Behind the design cards is the packaging that was inside the box, a plastic bubble envelope with cute striped bags inside. The products were inside these striped bags. Below is how the box looked when opened.


Here is a better look at the card on the inside lid.

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And the box itself……..


The products to complete the designs……

f6  Nabi Nail Lacquer in Fruit Green. Maybelline New York Color Show in Mint Mist. Stickers to help create the first design.

f4The plastic envelope that the striped bags were in, and Maybelline Color Show in Midnight Swim.

flirty2L’OREAL Enchanted Queen Nail Stickers, and Essie Good To Go Rapid Dry Top Coat.

The labeled swatches are below.




Every product in the box came as a full size.

Value of Products:

Essie Good To Go Rapid Dry Top Coat-$8.50

Nabi Nail Lacquer-$2.95

Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish-$3.99 x 2 = $7.98

LO’REAL Nail Stickers-$3.99

Total:  $23.42  I paid a total of $19.99(including S + H)for the box.


I like this box. I got about $3.42 more than what I paid for, and the design tutorials are fun, as well as creative. I love how they even included the Essie top coat and nail stickers.  I have too many subscriptions right now, lol, but this is definitely a box I would consider subscribing to in the future. The one time box is especially good for those who wish to experiment, or even just get started, with a variety of nail designs.

Subscription Box Review: Rainbow Honey Mini Mystery Bag.

Inside the envelope, this was the packaging:

bagThe sticker is really cute. It says, “From Rainbow Honey Labs”.

Below is what was under the wrappings:


All of the products are by Rainbow Honey. I subscribe to the mini bag, so they are mini, not full sized. Honestly though, these mini sizes are rather substantial, and you get quite a bit of product in each item.

The following are the products I received, their volume/size, and information from the included card:

Modern Hearts, 5 ml-A mix of peach, pink, and neon matte glitters with white hearts in a shimmery base. (Glitter Top Coat Nail Polish)

488nm, 5 ml-A brand new solid blue azure crème, part of an upcoming 2015 collection! Oooh, a sneak peak! (Nail Polish)

Royal Fruits Scented Top Coat, 5 ml-(Nail Polish Top Coat)

Royal Fruits Cuticle Balm, .15 oz-Scented cuticle balm that is enriched with vitamin E, and protects your cuticles and nailbeds.

Royal Fruits Eau de Parfum Rollerball, 4 ml.

Summer Juice Body Splash, 1 oz

All of the above are brand new, upcoming products.

The full sized mystery bag products would be 15 ml for the polishes, 12 ml for the parfum, and 4 oz for the splash. The balm is the same size in the full bag as it is in the mini.

The scents are deliciously fruity and juicy, which I happen to love.

Below are labeled swatches of the polishes. One swatch is the polishes layered together.


Oh, I almost forgot. Included in the mini bag was a code for 20% off of a purchase at Rainbow Honey’s online shop. I intend to use it. You should see the unique, gorgeous shades, fragrances, and scents that they offer.


Mini Mystery Bag-$10 plus S+H.

Large Mystery Bag-$25 with free US shipping.

The fee is recurring each month. You will be sent nail polishes, fragrances, and bath and body products.


This is another subscription that I really, really like.


Check out this link to subscribe, or even just look through their shop.










Subscription Box Review: Ipsy Glam Bag.

The packaging that the bag came in was a pink, shiny, bubble envelope.     

Ipsy2 This is everything that was in the bag, or came with it. The card on the left is all about this month’s theme, “Beauty Schooled”.

This subscription service is $10 a month.

Contents of my box:    

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow

Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk

The lip conditioner is full size. Everything else are deluxe sample sizes. They are a bit larger than your typical, tiny samples. At Sephora and Ulta you have to purchase anywhere from $25 to $50 worth of full size products before they give you the larger samples like these for free. So you are getting your money’s worth and a bit more with this beauty subscription service, especially since a cute makeup bag is always included. You get a new design each month.


I love the lip conditioner. I will definitely use it ALOT . It feels nice on the lips, and has a fresh citrus smell. The bag design is adorable. The other products are decent. I have to say I’ve seen products that I was far more excited about on Ipsy unboxings for past bags that I’ve viewed on YouTube. $10 is a reasonable price, so I will see what products I get in the next few months before I truly have a final verdict.

Subscription Box Review: Square Hue Nail Polish Box.

My first month’s box, and the free surprise box that I received for getting a subscription:


The surprise box on the left is the Rio Collection. The box on the right is the Beverly Hills Collection.

Here are the swatches, which I have labeled:


The cards that came with these collections explained the type of polishes featured.  For example: In the Rio set, Leblon is a shimmer, Ipanema is a micro glitter, and Copacabana is a glitter polish. In the Beverly Hills set, Rodeo Drive is a micro glitter, and Cannon Drive, as well as Wilshire Boulevard are both micro shimmers.

How it works:

Every month, Square Hue sends its members the newest collection that has been prepared in the company laboratories. New formulas and colors are created each month. Next Month’s feature is the Sydney Collection which I must admit I am excited about. The Square Hue website will give you clues about what is featured in upcoming boxes, but not so much of a spoiler that it ruins your surprise. The cost of this subscription is $14.99 a month plus $5 S + H per month. This total of $19.99 per month is a recurring charge until you cancel.


I really like the design of these easy to store bottles. The colors are gorgeous, and the polish applies smoothly. Most importantly, these polishes didn’t begin to chip for about 7 days. Even then, the chipping was very tiny, and only in the top corners of the nail.  I am a nail polish addict, so I’ve tried many brands. I can honestly say that Square Hue has been the longest lasting on my fingernails. This is a subscription that I will be sticking with.

If you are interested, Square Hue is still offering the free surprise box.

Subscription Box Review: My Kandy Box Tease Me Box, and Mini Box.

This company offers single boxes that you can order separately as opposed to monthly subscriptions. I ordered the Tease Me Box for $14.95, and the Mini Box for $12.95. Both were one time charges. The Kandy Box Website is offering larger boxes that you can preorder for November, and December. October is sold out. The November box is the Sweet Treats Special Edition which will have 7 full size products. The price for the box is $29.95. December’s box is Pop Of Color which will have 6 to 8 beauty items, and cost $24.95.  Shipping and handling for both is free.

The Tease Me Box:  This box is a teaser for Krav Cosmetics lip products. I received a full size lipstick, and a full size lip treatment cream. Krav charges $14.95 for just the lipstick, so the price was a nice little deal since the lip cream was an extra.

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Contents of Tease Me Box:

Cotton Candy Lipstick-  $14.95  Lovely packaging!

Vitamin C Lip Treatment- $9.95

Total Value: $24.90

Contents of Mini Box:

Full Size Baby Lips By Maybelline Moisturizing Lip Balm-  $3.99

Full Size Liner 101 Eyeliner With Sharpener By Kleancolor in Viridian Green-  $1.49 at the Kleancolor website, but this color was not found there.

.34 oz. Sample Size Package of Macadamia Nourishing Leave In Cream For Hair-The full size bottle is $28, however this size is like the kind of free samples that you get from shopping at the Sephora and Ulta websites.

2 ml tube of Nars Multi Protect Primer SPF 30 with UVA and UVB protection-The full size is $36, but like the Macadamia product, this is a sample size that you might get at the Sephora, or Ulta sites.

A very pretty, on trend, silver tone ring with sapphire colored crystals-I looked, but when you do not know what company sells the ring, you cannot find retail value. It is a good quality though, not at all cheaply made.

Total Value: ?

The lip treatment and Baby Lips Balm go on sheer. The latter has a nice minty scent.

Here is a swatch of the Krav Lipstick:


I love this!  It is absolutely gorgeous on my lips. It is creamy, and glides on smoothly.


The Tease Me Box was worth more than the actual price, and the lipstick is great, so
I am very pleased with this box.

Although I really cannot determine the value of the Mini Box, I was not disappointed in it. I think the ring might have brought the value of this one up to the $12.95 that I paid for it. So, I at least got what I paid for.

I am going to give one of the larger boxes a try.