August 13, 2012

August 2012 myglam Glam Bag

Wow. I'm so excited by this month's Glam Bag. Take a look at what's in the bag this month:

We have a full-sized Circus nail polish (0.45 fl.oz.) in Spectacle, eclos Anti-Aging Regenerative Cream (0.25 fl.oz.), eclos Anti-Aging Cellular Activator Face Serum (0.5 fl. oz.), a full-sized myglam Glam Gloss in 02 (0.237 fl. oz.), s.a.l.t.y. cosmetics Mineral Eye Shadow in Glama-ZOID! $150 (1 gram), and Demeter Roll On Perfume Oil in Dragon Fruit (0.29 fl. oz.). That's a lot of stuff.

Here's a closer look at the myglam Glam Gloss:

It smells like watermelon, tastes like lipstick, made in China. Honestly... I don't know if I trust it. When it comes to stuff I'd be ingesting, I prefer brands I know and trust. myglam Glam Gloss? I don't trust. Pretty color though.

Next up is the Circus nail polish in Spectacle. It's a bright neon orange that is opaque in 1 coat! Like other neon polishes it dries slightly matte. Great coverage, but the brush is croaked. Full-sized product and I don't have a neon orange, so no complaints.

The Demeter dragon fruit roll-on perfume smells quite nice and refreshing. Smells kinda like lychee to me. It's a pretty decent-sized sample too. Ingredients are coconut oil, palm oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and fragrance. Judging from the ingredients you can probably use it as a cuticle oil.

I've never heard of s.a.l.t.y. cosmetics before. The mineral eye shadow is very iridescent. From different angles it shimmers blue and pink. Very pretty. Good for highlighting the brow bone.

The eclos anti-aging cream and serum smells like... medicated creams. I don't know how well they work yet, but I'm excited to try.

** Update 8/14 **

The eclos creams have way too much fragrance in them, and they don't smell pleasant. I actually had to wipe it off because the smell was preventing me from falling asleep! It reminds me a bit of Murad's durian wrinkle reducer in terms of smell, mixed with something else not pleasant like an airplane bathroom. I may end up using these as an intense mask and washing it off in 15 minutes.


Overall I'm quite impressed with August's Glam Bag. Well worth the $10. If you haven't signed up yet, do so!

August 10, 2012

August 2012 Birchbox

Happy Friday!

I'm here again with August's Birchbox. It came fast this month!

Jumping into the contents, we've got Beauty Fixation Cuticle Conditioner (24 swabs), Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur (0.05 fl. oz.), WEI Pomegranate Buffing Beads (2 x 0.02 oz), WEI Golden Root purifying mud mask, and a Schick Hydro Silk Razor.

The Juicy Couture fragrance is actually very nice. I've gotten a sample from Sephora before and liked it, so it's nice to have another sample. I can't wait to try the WEI products out. I've never heard of them, and I'm certainly due for a mud mask.

The razor blade got promptly passed to my husband, who gladly accepted it. I don't use razor blades, so I'm glad someone's gonna use it. Although, this is the description on Birchbox's website: "The Schick Hydro Silk Razor is our latest Birchbox Find. Thanks to this innovative new razor, we’ll be showing off our legs all season long." Well... I'm quite certain my husband is planning to use this on his face and not his legs...

And here are more pictures of the Beauty Fixation cuticle conditioner. I was really excited to see these! Certainly fun to use.

I snapped one open and the liquid inside quickly drained to saturate the cotton at the end.

It was easy to apply to my nails. I like how it's scentless.

10 minutes later it looks like the conditioner is mostly absorbed. Very convenient.

By the way, I'm wearing Zoya Kate from the Birchbox Blogger Collection, 2 coats. I used my Birchbox points to get them for free last week and they applied like a dream. Beautiful summer color. Great formula and perfect for layering, or jelly sandwiches if you're into that.

The WEI mud mask leaves my face feeling especially clean. When you put it on, it feels like you're smearing your face with chocolate. The smell is faint and pleasant. It says one application but I'm able to get two out of it. Very nice.

Overall, I think this Birchbox is definitely worth the $10. I'm pretty happy with it. If you want to join Birchbox, click here to use my referral link, or not, no biggie. Still think $10 a month, the cost of lunch, is a good deal for beauty samples.