May 2015 GlossyBox Review!

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Today I have for you a review of my May 2015 Glossybox, which just arrived here on Saturday. Happy weekend to me! I love subscription boxes, they’re like surprises you can give yourself. If you’re not familiar with GlossyBox, GlossyBox is a monthly beauty subscription box that offers 5 full or deluxe size samples of products for $21/month. They offer mostly high-end products, but they throw in some great drugstore items too.

Here is what they had to offer for May 2015:

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Head Over Heels Nail Lacquer (Value: $14/0.24 oz)

Teeez is a Dutch brand that’s new to me and–if you’re located in the US–it’s probably new to you too. As far as I could tell from a quick search, the only place it’s available to buy online if you’re located in the US is Cloud10Beauty.com. Teeez strikes me very much like a Dutch version of Urban Decay: high-end products, but still edgy.

The nail lacquer I received was in the color Smoking Gun, which I have swatched below!

The color is lovely–it contains flecks of gold, bronze, and silver. It is definitely something I will wear and use! I also noted that it dried very quickly when I swatched it–always a plus!

GlamGlow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment (Value: we received 0.5 oz, which retails for $19 at Sephora)

The GlamGlow product line is really hot right now–everyone seems to be buzzing about their masks. I’ve never tried one, partly because Lush’s Fresh Masks line (my favorite) is much more affordable; however, I am pumped to see what all the fuss is about. This Dualcleanse treatment is both mask and cleansing oil treatment. You apply a layer and allow it to dry for 5-10 minutes.  Then as you add water to rinse it off, it transforms into the a cleansing oil. The treatment is intended to purify and exfoliate. I am intrigued and I will definitely let you all know what I think!

GlossyBox also included a coupon code for GlamGlowMud. Enter GLOSSYBOX30 to get 30% off through July 31st, 2015.

Clearista Retexturizing Gel (Value: ~$10–retails $79.99/4 oz; we received 0.5 oz)

This is a pretty unique product and I am excited to see if it’s worth the hefty price tag. This gel is massaged into the skin for 30-60 seconds, then rinsed off. The gel is supposed to exfoliate and smooth the skin, reduce dark spots, and hydrate all in one. The brand, Clearista, prides itself on producing forward-thinking skincare products through science and research. They remind me a lot of another brand I’ve had great luck with–Algenist. I will definitely do a review on this, since it’s a newer product on the market.

Doucce Mineral Matt Lipstick (Value: $20/full size lippie)

Doucce is a New York based up-and-coming makeup brand. They are new to me, so I was excited to swatch this and tried it out right away this weekend. Below is a swatch of the color I received, Cherry Blossom.

The color is a beautiful rosy-pink with blue undertones. Unfortunately, it is a little too blue on me, but I can make it work with a warmer gloss over top. Regardless of the color, let’s talk formula. The formula is described by Doucce as a matte color that “glides on effortlessly.” Well, it is matte. I will give them that. However…it does NOT glide on effortlessly. The bullet is actually rather dry and applying it was literally a bit rough. Given how difficult it was to apply, I was actually rather shocked that it wasn’t drying on the lips at all. I wore it all day on Sunday with no issue. However, I probably wouldn’t purchase it outside of the box given the rough application. The packaging is also a very light plastic that feels quite cheap–it doesn’t feel like something you would spend $20 on.

Sebastian Professional Stylbrid 9 (Value: ~$5; retails $19.96/6.2 oz, we received 1.55 oz)

This product is a hairspray that can also act as a primer to protect your hair from heat, add volume, define curls, and offers UV protection. That’s a lot of usage packed into one bottle. I have used Sebastian products previously and really liked them; I am really hopeful I like this too because I am definitely in favor of any product that can free up some space under my sink!

Overall Value: $68 (over 3x your subscription cost!)

I am once again really impressed with this month’s Glossybox. I think they do a fantastic job of combining highly buzzed-about brands like GlamGlow and sleeper hits, like last month’s Marrakesh Endz. If you’re interested in signing up for GlossyBox, I would love it if you clicked here 🙂

Which products in this month’s GlossyBox that you are dying to try? Did you receive any new favorites in your subscription boxes? Let me know in the comments below!

Nail Art Anyone Can Do — Easter/Spring Nails! 2nd Edition

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I love holidays because it’s an opportunity to do some fun nail art! If, however, you struggle with more complicated designs, this post is for you! I couldn’t resist doing another Easter design because…bunnies.

DSC_0430You will need:

  • Base coat (I used CND Stickey)
  • Top Coat of your Choice (I used a Sally Hansen topcoat)
  • A slightly darker than pastel purple nail polish (I used Sinful Colors Tempest)
  • A white nail polish (I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White)
  • A pink polish (I used a super old Sephora for OPI Set the Mood)
  • A black polish (Also super old Sephora for OPI)
  • Dotting tools and brushes of your choice

1) Start with a base coat, then layer your purple until opaque. I chose this darker purple, Tempest, because I wanted the white of the bunny to pop. I needed 2 coats of Tempest to achieve opacity.

DSC_04242) Draw a half circle with the flat side towards the base of your toenail with the white polish and fill in. Think of your bunny as peeping over your toenail. You can’t see his whole face.IMG_32293) Now for ears. I tried to place the ears at the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock position, if you were thinking about your half-circle like a clock. To do the ears, I drew a straight line down the center with my brush, then slightly arced it along either side of the line. You may need to go over it a couple times if you get any clumps of polish. And no worries if your ears are totally symmetrical or perfectly placed. There are no real life symmetrical bunnies either.

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One ear done. I went back and smoothed it over.

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Two ears done!

Now for the easiest part, in my opinion. 4) Take your dotting tool and the pink polish. Place a dash down the center of each ear.

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5) Place a pink dot towards the bottom of your nail, but in the midline of the half-circle. This is your nose. Place two black dots above the nose on either side for eyes. Voila!

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Have fun making your little bunny mani/pedi! I think that’s the most important part of nail art at home…it might take a few tries or mistakes, but have fun getting there. If you’re not having fun, then why do it?! I finished off the rest of my nails with Easter egg-type designs, like dots and stripes.

DSC_0434I tried to do a “bunny butt” on my left foot, but it didn’t quite turn out. Next year, maybe!

Nail Art for the Non-Artistic Crowd: Spring or Easter Manicure

I intended to have this post up for Mani Monday…oh well. Life happens.

Anyways, I have always seen super cute manicures on Pinterest and Instagram for holidays and loved them. But the truth is–I will never possess the fine motor skills to draw many, many of those designs. But there are still super cute designs in reach! Can you do dots? Then you can do this!

Today I’ll be showing how to do an “Easter Chick” accent nail (Mine are gels, but this could easily be replicated with real nail polish)

To do this accent nail, you will need:

DSC_0440Base Coat

Top Coat

Yellow Polish (I used LeChat’s Happily Ever After)

Orange Polish (I used Gelish My Carriage Awaits)

Black Polish (I used Sephora OPI What’s a Tire Jack? [discontinued])

A dotting tool (or a bobby pin)

These steps are really, really easy!

1. Paint and cure your base coat

2. Apply your yellow polish until opaque (took 3 coats of Happily Ever After)

3. Apply and cure your top coat.

IMG_3244Now for the design! So easy…you ready?

4. Imagine a line going down the center of the nail. In the top third of the nail, place a black dot on either side of the center for eyes.

5. For the beak, in the dead center of the nail, draw a triangle with the orange polish. If its easier, use 3 dots to make a triangle. (Point side down, obviously)

6. For the feet, draw 2 dashes at the bottom of the nail on either side of that same imaginary center line with the orange polish.

7. Cure with LED light.

8. Apply top coat and cure.

Boom! You’re done. Cheep Cheep!

Paint your non-accented nails with a cute pastel. I used Gelish Ella of a Girl.