Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Remembering my roots and February Glossybox!

It's been quite some time since I've updated this blog and as 2015 moves forward I feel excited to start this blog up again and share my life with the world.  Last year was a whirlwind of preparing myself to apply for Graduate school, so you can only imagine the stress of work, life, and a quiet determination to stay focused,  in order to keep my 5 year journey worth every step I took. Crazy year I tell you, but so far, it's all good! 

To help keep myself sane there were a few subscription boxes that I was gifted and tried during the second half of 2014 which I'm bringing into 2015.  I had tried Glossybox for several months and some of the products were wonderful and some were just okay.  I just renewed Glossybox this month because I actually wanted the limited edition LOVE box, but alas, that did not happen but I still get a great box I can use to gift someone their birthday gift. 
This month's box looks great so far.  The packaging is always stellar from Glossybox and they really make you feel excited when you open it.  The box itself is very sturdy and I will tell you from experience, all those boxes I got last year I used as my gift boxes for family and they all loved it!  So be good to the world and reuse these gorgeous and well made boxes.  Glossybox is $21/month and has monthly, 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions.  Be sure to use EBates to get some cash back and check for coupons, or deal sites like Groupon, Living Social, or other similar sites for discounts! 

First up is the Ritual Cosmetics Foaming Shower Gel Sensation in Yogi Flow
 Say that 5 times fast, now go!  That is a mouthful.  This cleanser smells delicious.  The info card encourages you to "Channel your inner goddess," and I believe that you can certainly do this with this cleanser.  The shower is one of my favorite places to relax and decompress after a long day.  Of course baths are just a relaxing, but to me, there's something so calming feeling water from the shower against your body.  This cleanser would be luscious and keep me smelling lovely after a nice shower.  Looking forward to trying this one! 
Value: $15

Julep Color Treat in Heartleigh
I was eager to check out the nail polish from Julep that was included in this box.  I rarely ever give myself manicures but when I do, it's gonna be with some cute nail polish like this one.  It has itty bitty hearts in it, white sparkles and metallic specks.  This is perfect for Valentine's day or any day you wanna get some extra sparkle but aren't into statement jewelry.  A lovely little tid bit about this nail polish is that it is formulated to help your nail beds breathe, it's Vegan (I would hope so!!) and gluten-free. (Not that I'm all for gluten but it's interesting that the info card added that in there.  
Value: $14

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Wind: 
Here's a better picture of the color.  It's a nice nude pink that almost has a bit of coral in it to make it interesting.  Nude colors usually look washed out on me since I now live in Nebraska and avoid tanning beds like the plague, but I can see myself wearing this when I visit my home in Hawai'i where, despite wearing a high SPF of 47 and reapply, I still get a little golden.  It's feels nice on my lips, none of that sticky business that you sometimes find with glosses.  This is a winner in my book for sure! 
Value: $20 

Teadora Nourishing Beauty Bar in Rainforest at Dawn
I've always wondered if luxury soaps were really worth the price tag they carry.  I currently use Dove soap and have no complaints, but this bar soap looks promising.  According to the info card this soap contains Amazonian superfruites, coffee butter and powerful botanicals and promises to hydrate and firm skin.  It smells refreshing and citrusy.  It's about the size of a bar of soap you'd find at hotels like Caesar's palace or along those lines of hotels.  It would be great to keep in a guest bathroom or to take when traveling.  I will probably gift this to my mom, who loves fancy soaps like these.  Her very own box of goodies, I think she'll like that! Mother's day is just around the corner peeps! 
Value: $5

Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner 
This I will use.  I have pretty long, thick, wavy hair so girls like me condition more than shampooing.  Am I right girls?  I've never heard of this brand but if what they say is true then I will consider this as part of my regimen.  It has a nice fruity scent and promises to cleanse while keeping your natural oils, moisture, and color.  This is a replacement of shampoo and conditioner, it must be a new 'trend' or direction in hair care so I'm eager to try this out.  
Value: $36
Total: $90 
If you're wondering what subscription box to get that will be worth your hard earned money, Glossybox is a winner in that respect.  I paid $21 for this month and got $90 worth of products that I probably would never given a second glance to in a store or online.  That's their point, they want to bring luxury brands and brands we may not know about into our homes for us to try.  If you're wondering what beauty subscription to try and want to make sure sure it's worth it, check out Glossybox!  I'm not sure if I will renew again, but I'm very happy with this month.  

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