Popsugar Must Have Box June 2013

I know this is SUUUPER late, but my boxes weren’t the same last month and I didn’t get as many and I sort of forgot about them and just kept forgetting/pushing aside the pictures and research for the blogging of the goodies. Fortunately  I was smart enough to take pictures of my Popsugar Box when I did, and as usual I love this box!

These monthly subscription boxes are full of hand-selected items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food. The cost is $35/month, and is well worth the money because the boxes are usually worth well over $100 in products. They always include a little booklet explaining all the items inside.

Use my referral link to hook yourself up with an amazing Popsugar Must Have Box next month!!!

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Now onto the review of the products included in the June box! :]

1 • Gorjana & Griffin Zuma Scarf
$62.00
This. scarf. Oh. Em. Gee. The colors! The stripes! The beachiness! The summerness! I absolutely love it! It’s light and perfect for summer with amazing navy and white stripes alongside a beautiful, bright hot pinkish/coral color. It’s SUCH an amazing scarf and is worth almost double what I paid for the entire box! {Of course the picture on their website looks much better}

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2 • Juice Beauty Stem Cell Repair Moisturizer
1.7 fl oz, $65.00
ANOTHER great product that is worth well over the cost of the box! This moisturizer is proven to reduce fine lines and fight signs of aging. It comes in an amazing bottle/tub, that lets you “squeeze” the perfect amount out every time, so no product goes to waste and there is no messy caps or cleanups. Perfect! This is an amazing product from a great brand that I have come to love through all my subscription box services! {You can check out the product here on the Juice Beauty website}

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As a little added bonus, they decided to include little samples of Juice Beauty CC Cream. I have tried this before and love the product. The “Warm Glow” is perfect for me, and although I think it smells like a strange version of Fruity Pebbles, the scent seems to go away quickly!

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3 • Hard Candy Fitness DVD – Addicted To Sweat 4
$9.99
Ok, so this is NOT my favorite item in the box. At first, I thought it was okay because it was a workout DVD and I REALLY REALLY need to keep up with my gym time/ workouts… however, this involves using a chair. I don’t want to use a chair when I work out. I probably wouldn’t have the right one and then I would get even more confused than a workout tape would already make me! PLUS there are supposed to be Madonna’s workouts, and that doesn’t appeal to me because she annoys the hell out of me anyway. Sooooo I guess not every item is a big hit. {Check out the workout DVD website here}

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4 • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, by Lauren Weisberger
Hardcover, $25.99
I LOVE to read!!! And I love adding books to my library collection!!! I never actually read the first book, but I did see the movie, so I hope to like this book too! I read a lot of good things about it in all the summer reading articles in the magazines lately, so I was pumped to see it in my box! And a hardcover copy! I never get to buy those because they’re always too expensive… Thanks Popsugar!! ;] {Buy it on Amazon for waaaay cheaper, like $11 bucks!}

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5 • Project 7 Quench The Thirsty Wintergreen Mints
I don’t know how much these costs, but I DO think I spotted them at Target the other day. I think this is a great brand and product. They are simply mints, however, each product that is sold helps support an entire year of clean drinking water for someone in need. I’m so happy to know that the product I got was also helping out someone else who truly needs it much more than me. Wonderful & delicious! {Check out the amazing brand Project 7 now!}

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6 • Popcorn, Indiana Fit Popcorn Sea Salt
Sooooo I accidently ate this delicious popcorn before I had a chance to take a picture of it. Woooops. As you can tell, it was nice and yummy! This was the description from the booklet of info of the products.

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All in all, this June box was great! I got OVER $160 worth of summer products for under $40 of my own bucks……… now that’s a good deal!!

Here’s everything, minus the popcorn of course that I ate much too quickly:

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Since it’s already July, I get to look forward to another wonderful surprise box soon!!!

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Just bein’ ‘murican down in Louisiana last summer takin selfies in red, white & blue!

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Ipsy Glambag May 2013 Review

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“Spring Fling”

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This month’s theme is Spring Fling. I LOVE the bag, super bright & adorable! This month, I am SO PUMPED about all 6 items that I received in my Ipsy Glambag. Ipsy costs $10/month, and you usually get 4-5 deluxe samples of beauty products to try! The bags are always themed, and they send along a little card that gives the theme name and also all the deals that you can get on products on their website. I am a little unhappy with this feature because I wish that (like almost all of my other monthly boxes) a list came with all the products and comments about usage.

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This month’s bag was jam packed (and heavier than usual) so I was very excited about it from the start! This month’s box also came with a NuMe gift certificate worth $110 on their online store. I am SUPER pumped about this because I have been wanting extensions for a super long time to thicken up my hair, and they have some that I think I may have to try out! I also got that little note about the special Urban Decay product that I got in there too…. which made me super excited because I LOVE UD!

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 1 • Pacifica 
Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter, 2 oz. (FULL SIZE!), $7.00
This is a slight instant tanner with amazing shimmer that smells heavenly. I get a coconut-vanilla scent from it, and the shimmer isn’t over the top. Always love tanning products!!!! Check out the product here.

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2 • Macadamia 
Healing Oil Treatment, 1 oz. (FULL SIZE!) $13.50
Well this product is worth OVER the entire price of the bag itself!!! I loooove getting hair products to help restore my hair back to some state of health, and oil always makes my hair feel extra soft and shiny. This particular oil has a strong scent that at first I thought smelled like an old man’s cologne (!!) but now I’m starting to like it… So I don’t know if I’m just crazy, but it does have a pretty strong scent. Check out the product here!

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3 • Urban Decay 
Moondust Eyeshadow – Stargazer, 1.5 g (FULL SIZE!) $20.00
This was the bonus item I get this month from Ipsy, and I couldn’t be happier with it!!! Urban Decay is one of my all-time favorite make-up brands, and this color is so amazing! At first, it looked to me like mustardish yellow and I didn’t think I would like it at all… until I tested it out and realized that it is a super beautiful gold color! The feel of the eyeshadow is so smooth and it’s simple to apply. I am so excited about receiving this extra marvelous product (that is worth double the price of the bag itself!!!) Check out the product here.

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4 • Yaby 
Concealer Refill, #cc008 – Buff, 3.5 g (FULL SIZE!) $4.85
This was the item that I was least excited for in this months bag… at first. Then I tried it out and it actually blends perfectly well with my skin tone/makeup, so I like it a lot! The packaging is obviously not very nice (or non-existent if I lost the loose plastic casing they send it in), but I can just stick it in the magnetic little Glam RX freestyle pallet I got in the March Ipsy glambag. It’s not my favorite product, but it’s definitely a good one! Check out the product here.

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5 • Zoya 
Nail Polish, Blu, 0.5 oz (FULL SIZE!) $8.00
This color is beautifully blue (hence the name), and it’s a perfect formula that spreads on super easy and dries fairly quickly! I LOOVEEE nail polish so I’m always excited to get a color that I know I’ll use and get to try out more nice polish brands I wouldn’t normally buy in the store. I have gotten other Zoya polishes before from subscription boxes but I never remember them coming in boxes like this month’s did… Made it seem even fancier, so I loved it! Check out the polish here.

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6 • Juice Beauty 
Reflecting Gloss – Pink, 0.14 oz, $7.50
When I went to look up the price on this lip gloss, I just assumed it was also a full sized item because it’s a normal size for a lip gloss. When I found out the full size is DOUBLE (0.28 oz) I was shocked because I thought this was already big enough! Anyway, this gloss has a yummy sorbet smell and looks nice and shiny (and not sticky!!) on the lips. Perfect for Spring! Check out the product here.

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This was probably my favorite glambag yet… value-wise, I’m sure it was the best! This month I got (almost!) ALL full-sized items, for a grand total of $60.85! And that’s not even including the adorable makeup bag that it comes packed in! This month my $10 was FOR SURE worth it. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next month! Hopefully things just keep getting better & better!

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all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

KLUTCHclub March 2013 Review

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This month’s KLUTCHclub box was pretty great, and of course this happens the month that I cancel my subscription. It is one of the pricer boxes I get at $17/month, but the first two boxes I received (January and February) weren’t worth the money (to me I mean). They boast “$50 of the best healthy snacks, supplements, fitness programs, personal-care products, and more”, and although most of the products I received were pretty cool, some of the “programs” that are “worth” the most money were just pointless to me. It was like I was getting maybe the $17 back for the products, and then they send gift cards for random stuff I wouldn’t use for $20 or $30 some dollars. THIS MONTH HOWEVER, the 2 programs they give gift cards to are pretty cool and I love most all the other stuff too!

Let’s get to the box!!!

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Nice big booklet of information about the products included

Nice big booklet of information about the products included

Item #1) Skinny Pop 100-Calorie Popcorn Snack 
Retail value: $3.69, 4.4 oz

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Item #2) Lumosity.com 1 month giftcard 
Retail value: $14.95 for the month 
I thought this was kind of silly. I’ve seen commercials for the company, about how it helps you “train your brain”, and always thought “Who the heck would pay money for this?!” BUUUUUUT now that I have a free month of it, I checked out the website and it looks kinda cool! I won’t be renewing it and paying for it next month, but I think it’ll be fun. It says that after just 10 hours of working on stuff, you can see improvements in the areas that you needed the most help on (for me, that will be memory).

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Item #3) Lacote USA Guam Beauty Mud Cellulite Treatment 
Retail value: $69.00, 17.64 oz.

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Item #4) Cocoa Via, Daily Cocoa Extract Supplement 
Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, 1o packets
Retail value: $39.95 for 30 count box

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Item #5) Aligned Signs.com $30 Gift, 1 month worths 
I had no idea what this was and it looked super weird… but then I checked out the website and it was completely fantastic! It looks pretty cool, it’s sopposed to help you get to know yourself better and stuff… It just seems pretty interesting :]

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Item #6) Juice Beauty, Hydrating Mist 
Retail value: $22.00, 6.75 oz. 
I already got this in my ipsy Glambag this month, making me think that this product was being given away for free like crazy.

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Item #7) Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate 
Dark 70%, 1.2 oz
Retail value: $35.84, pack of 10

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Item #8) Corazonas Blueberry Oatmeal Squares 
Retail value: $13.99 for 12 pack 
SO YUMMY!

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Item #9) Crystal Body Deodorant Stick 
Retail value: $2.99 for the travel size 
This looks pretty awesome. It has no scent, you just splash a little water on and then use it to block odor. The only ingredients are natural mineral salts.

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Item #10) Davidson’s Organic Tea 
Tropical Green, Sun Moon & Stars, Red Green & White
Retail value: $2.95 for a box of 8

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I think I got my money’s worth for this box, and I’m really happy about it! I know I cancelled my subscription, but that’s only because I’m currently unemployed and need to cut back on some stuff…. maybe in a couple months I’ll try them out again! These 3 months were pretty fun with them tho! :]

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all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

ipsy Glambag March 2013 Review

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This month’s ipsy Glambag had me very excited with their theme of “the Great Escape”. The bag was super cute (I love anchors and basically all things nautical), and even the little card made me smile with the waves and sailboat and dolphin, all things I obviously LOVE.

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BUT THEN… I turn over the card to find that I was only getting 4 different products this month, which kinda stinks because some of the other boxes I’ve been getting lately have been very generous with 5 and 6 different products. I already don’t like the cards that come with the ipsy bags because they never explain what the product is, it’s uses, prices, etc. They just give the brand and the discount they will offer for being an ipsy subscriber (which most other subscription services also do too).

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I opened the bag to see what was inside….

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and before I even start to list the goodies inside, I can just say that I was very disappointed with this bag. Nothing was too fun or exciting and it was kind of confusing opening it, because I thought half of one of the products was missing and the cheap looking packaging of the shadows just turn me off. Anywho, HERE ARE THE GOODIES:

Item #1: Glam RX
Mini Freestyle Pallet, price unknown

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This is the item that I first opened and right away got angry. I thought that something was missing on the inside. I had to go online and check out their website, only to find out that the normal pallet that retails for $16.50 actually comes with stuff inside. This is just a magnet that will hold 2 of the eye shadows that we also got in the bag, and obviously any other little colors with the metal backing. I don’t think I will honestly use this at all. I’m very disappointed in the product to say the least. *Side-note: As I was opening this, Michael said “well I’m sure the colors that go in there are probably in the bag too” and I said “well that’s stupid, I just think they jipped me and gave me a bad/missing one”…. come to find out, he was right. haha the following are the shadows that can start this pallet….

Item #2: yaby
Eyeshadow Refill, 3 grams, $3.15/each

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As shown, I received 2 shades, #es296 “So Vein”, and #es442 “Sand Dune”. I guess I’m happy that they are both very usable colors, easy for blending and such, but the packaging is so ugly. I know they are just refills and not sopposed to be fancy because you stick them right in your magnetic pallet, but still. It just looks so cheap. I put them in the pallet because I don’t know what else to do with them, but again, this item is just blah and I’m not too happy about it.

Item #3: La Fresh
Travel Lite Makeup Remover, 8 wipes, $1.99

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Ok, so I’m actually happy about this item. I love travel items that are easy for on the go, and these are much easier to remember to throw in your purse than lugging around and always misplacing the normal remover I usually use. I haven’t tried them yet, but they smell like regular baby wipes, so I don’t have a problem with that, although it might feel weird to have wipe-smell all over my face. The usual makeup remover I use from Avon is a lotion that has no scent, and I love that, have been using it for years. Over all, this product wasn’t too bad. Nothing super exciting, but still better than the first two items!

Item #4: Juice Beauty
Hydrating Mist, 1 oz. (Full size, 6.75 oz, $22.00)

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Although I have heard about this product from a friend, I had never used a “hydrating mist” before. I tried it out though, and I didn’t mind the smell, it felt weird to just spray something directly on my face like that though. It says that it “tones & refreshens”, so maybe this would be a great product for when I’m traveling and basically just on the go for a long period of time. I like this brand a lot so I was happy with this product (finally).

All in all, this bag was obviously not my favorite. ipsy Glam Bag is $10/month, and I’m not sure if I even got my money’s worth on this bag, which is a big downer. I’m not thinking about canceling because I have loved the bags in the past, so hopefully next month they step it up and send out a much better bag! :] High hopes!

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse