MAGIC BOX: FAB FIT FUN WINTER BOX 2018

Dear Lovely Reader,

Hands down, this has to be one of the best beauty/lifestyle boxes I’ve received so far.  It’s been a year since I started my subscription to the Editor’s Box, which comes out seasonally (4 times a year), for Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.

This box was chock full of goodies, plus some snuggly good extras that I picked up as Add-Ons because this time of year is about being warm and protected and looking good at the same time.

The theme of the box is based on the charity Fab Fit Fun paired with:  The American Heart Association.  There are little hearts throughout the box design.  The box artist is named Elizabeth Olwen, a Toronto-based surface designer.

The Editor’s Box subscription is $49.99 a box and you may get a choice on one or two things otherwise the rest of the box is pre-set, along with free shipping.  If you upgrade to their $179.99 price, you get more say in the selection of what is sent to you and get early access to the Add-On’s when they go live as you can get some pretty cool things for less — these go really fast.

The newspaper/newsletter that comes with it showcases Homemade creator Ayesha Curry.  This paper showcases what you may have received and what it is for — there are even recipes in there!  The newsletter also advises that the price of everything that comes in the Winter 2018 box would add up to $373.00 – $393.00 U.S.!  Whoa!

If you are interested in buying your own box, check it out HERE

Let’s see what’s within:

BB Dakota Poncho in Black, Charcoal or Mulberry $70.00 U.S. (got the charcoal! soft!)

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AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream $33.00 U.S. (for winter hands, this will be utilized for sure)

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DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Smokey or Nude  $70.00 U.S. (my oh my)

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Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug  $16.00 U.S. (very cute)

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Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate  Intensive Exfoliating Treatment  $75.00 U.S. (is this made of gold?!)

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Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks  $19.00 U.S.  (feel soooo soft!)

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Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle Energizing Eye Masks  $16.00 U.S. (there was a beauty choice between this or the hair mask)

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8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker in Silver Color Rose Gold Color  $58.00 U.S.

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FFFTV Fitness Ball with Jillian Michaels Videos  $16.00 U.S. (there was a wellness choice between this or the pillow spray)

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This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray  $29.00 U.S.

Nelson J. Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask Coconut Scent  $23.00 U.S.

THE ADD-ONS (I pay extra for these but still get them at a good price):

Plush Chunky Knit Neckwarmer (Mink)

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Olive & Pique Triple Cuffed Beanie  in Grey (I had prayed I would get my hands on one of these as they were featured in the Fall box and I didn’t get it, I got the belt option instead)

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Crown Brush 35 Color Metal Eyeshadow Palette (very pretty; was also thinking of getting something for a possible giveaway)

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DOLLAR TREE HAUL!

Dear Lovely Reader,

Found myself unable to resist checking in on a Dollar Tree store (they’ve opened three in a 3-mile radius where I live) and wasn’t expecting to find much.  Today was a little bit better.

Getting into the holiday spirit, I picked up:

some Christmas cards

 

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candy canes

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scotch tape

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and ornament hooks.

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For makeup, I wasn’t expecting to find a lot but I was surprised to find this:

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L.A. Colors Auto Eyeliner (you don’t have to use a sharpener to get the point) in TWO colors, one navy, one black.  SO rare to find something other than black in the dollar store as a selection.

L.A. Colors Lash Building Mascara — never tried this so why not.  Only in black.

Colormates Eyeshadow (says it’s paraben free, interesting) in a cool tone palette called Island Oasis.

Think I got enough for a Dollar Tree makeup of the day look!

So…that’s my huge haul from the almighty Dollar Tree Store!

 

 

ULTA HAUL!

Dear Lovely Reader,

Today I got a surprise gift card as an early birthday present — an ULTA gift card!

I was then dropped off at ULTA (the new Flagship store that opened on East 86 Street in Manhattan) where I immediately utilized it and stocked up on some favorites:

NEON Sugar Cleanse by Paul Mitchell (I got hooked on this when it was part of a Paul Mitchell takeover where the entire NEON line was in last year’s November How To Be A Redhead beauty subscription box).   It smells so good and leaves my hair feeling so clean!  $9.99 (U.S.)

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My favorite number one beauty blender — Real Techniques.  ULTA has a sale going on where you buy one get the second at 50% off.  I couldn’t resist.  Plus I was able to get one with a travel container!  And these have a new feature, with “RT” stamped into the side of the sponge.  So cool!  A perfect stocking stuffer as well.  All under $10.00 (U.S.)

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Last but certainly not the least, NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla.  I was running low so this was perfect. $30.00 (U.S.)

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Feeling grateful and lucky!

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MAGIC BOX: How To Be A Redhead – December 2017

Dear Lovely Reader,

Hello and how are you today?  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I received my H2BAR box for December.  So excited!  Let’s see what’s within!

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A gift card from Savvy Sleepers (new pillow to luxuriate on)

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Coupon for Udderly Smooth – a very good thick moisturizing cream

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Exclusive offer for Pai-Sau Tea Infused Haircare

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A step by step on how to give yourself a manicure

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WOOOOO!    Now to the contents within.

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Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Soft Waves Sea Salt Texturizing Spray

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Dadi’Oil Nail & Skin Treatment ($12.00 U.S.) to help care for brittle nails

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Pencil Me In Cosmetics Eye Pencil  $7.00 (U.S.)

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Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($10.00 U.S. value) Fast absorbing body cream that purports to help tighten and smooth the look of skin

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Udderly Smooth ($3.00 U.S.) Softens and soothes rough dry skin

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Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling Gel ($7.00 U.S.) Provides fabulous hold and frizz control

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Original Sprout Hair and Body Baby Wash ($3.00 U.S.) Gently cleans, contains aloe and cucumber.

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Freedom Naturals Calming Cleanser ($4.00 U.S.) Gentle cleanser to help reduce redness & irritation.

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PCA Skin Dual Action Redness Relief  ($5.00 U.S. value) After cleansing, apply to entire face and neck in the morning and evening for barrier repair and redness reduction.

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Agadir Argan Oil Hair (1) Treatment (anything for hair and heat protection is A-OK in my book)

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Pai-Shau Biphasic Infusion ($10.00 U.S.) Daily treatment to strengthen, nourish and protect your red hair.

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Lone Natural Deodorant ($10.00 U.S.) A made in the USA deodorant that’s free of aluminum.

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Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Charcoal Mud Masque ($2.00 U.S.) Purifying natural charcoal mask to detox the skin.  The face of the model with the masque kinda scares me.

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Pretty Woman Red Nail Polish ($8.00 U.S.) perfect color for Christmas time!

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Out of everything here, what intrigues me the most is the Pai Shau Biphasic Infusion (just sounds so exotic and 21st century), followed by the Bum Bum Cream and the Body & Baby wash for funsies. I can only imagine the baby wash is for very sensitive delicate skin.  Can’t wait to try it and smell it.  While Lone deodorant also sounds interesting, I don’t know how that’s going to work to keep me dry.  But I’ll try it!

Have you tried out H2BAR?  You can check out my prior write-ups here here and here on this lovely one of a kind beauty monthly subscription box that caters to redheads!

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEAUTY DEBUT: I’m A Guest Blogger!

Dear Lovely Reader,

Hello and how are you?  I’m so excited to introduce my first foray as a guest blogger for PAIR’D Beauty!  I’m a fan of their product and I’ve written about their all natural products for dry shampoo, setting spray and now, clay masks.  They delighted me with the honor of being their Brand Ambassador, another beauty first for me.

Please check out my guest blog piece here and say hello to PAIR’D!

Stay lovely!

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MAKEUP LOOK OF THE DAY!

Dear Lovely Reader,

Happy Monday!  How are you today?

To break out of the Monday blues, I broke out the Colourpop x Laura Lee NKLA collaboration eyeshadow set, and utilized three of the four eyeshadows for this look — Glitz on the lid, Shiny in the corner then blended out, and Hiney for a bit of shine in the inner to middle of the lid.  I then used a fluffy brush to get rid of the hard edges, blend and soften it.  All were applied with a clean finger, with the fluffy brush to finish the look.  So warm and pretty!

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Let’s Review: UPDATE Colourpop x Laura Lee Super Shock Shadow Foursome

Dear Lovely Reader,

 

OH. MY. GAWD.  The colors of the four pack Super Shock Shadow from Colourpop x Laura Lee collaboration (with all proceeds going to Best Friends Animal Society’s @NKLA, a no-kill shelters program) are so beautiful, shimmery, and very pigmented.

I wrote announcing Colourpop’s collaboration with YouTube beauty influencer Laura Lee here, and also wrote about Colourpop’s collaboration with NKLA the prior year here.  Laura Lee is an avid cat lover and currently owns three cats that sometimes show up in her makeup videos.  Seeing this collab happening is natural and a no-brainer.

Colourpop had something for NKLA the year before, when they released two shadows, one to honor cats (Cat Nap) and the other to honor dogs (Puppy Love), with all proceeds going to NKLA.  I bought both, as I love both cats and dogs and felt the cause was worthy and I love the quality that Colourpop brings with their shadows and makeup.

Colourpop brought both Cat Nap and Puppy Love back for this one of a kind cause for no kill shelters.

The four shades (two shimmery and two matte) in the Laura Lee collab are as follows:

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Ritz (beautiful sheer nude sparkly that can easily be blended with a lot of different eyeshadows and looks)

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Shiny (rich, deep rust matte color)

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Hiney (sparkly icy-pink MULTI-DIMENSIONAL shimmer! very wintry holiday)

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Glitz (a pretty warm rose, matte)

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To be honest, Glitz should have been for the icy pink and Hiney for the rose matte one.

Laura Lee picked out the names for these four.

The price for the set is $18.00 (U.S.) and can be worn for day and evening (especially the multidimensional shimmer of HINEY, must be seen to be believed).  I think of the four, I’m most in love with the nude shimmer of Ritz.  But all of them are beautiful and will be worn and treasured.

Will post an update later here on eye looks.

Overall, I like the set!  I may buy the lip set next.

Stay lovely!

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