The Kit Beauty Box Unboxing

The Kit Beauty Box is a one-time purchase box from the makers of Topbox. It costs 45$ (with free shipping everywhere in Canada except the territories) and claims to have over 200$ worth of products in it. This kit is filled with a lot of drugstore brands, many of which I’ve never tried. Since these products would be a lot easier to get if I decided that I love them than my normal fare, I needed this.

Flashforward to yesterday, and I get a delivery notification from Canada post. (Always my favorite kind of email.) I actually got this BEFORE I got a notice from Topbox that it shipped. I’m definitely not complaining because this arrived very quickly and had oodles of goodies for me to dig through.

This box came with a fold out item card and was very well packed in bubble wrap (for breakable items) and tissue papers. I’m happy to report that all items made it to me safe and sound. (This post also marks the first post done with my new phone/ new camera. It’s amazing what a difference a few megapixels can make.)

Without further ado, let’s get to unboxing! I’ll be doing multiple items per picture, because otherwise that’s 20+ pictures.

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Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Succulent Cherry

This deliciously rich lipstick is infused with shea butter for lasting coloring and comes in 36 shades you can’t help but crave.

I actually received this once before, from another topbox. Since I have a mostly full tube, I know the perfect person to give this to since it’s actually a really nice color and formula.

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara By Lashblast in Very Black

Achieve a runway ready look by curling your fringe, then applying two coats of this volumizing mascara.

I’m actually currently using a tube of this that I got awhile back, from another Topbox coincidentally.  I like this formula and I’m actually happy to see it. With subscription boxes, mascara isn’t something I ever seem to run out of.

Essie Nail Laquer in Toggle to the Top

This is one of the easiest ways to get in the spirit without going over the top– plus, it’s gorgeous. 

I really like Essie nail polish but I really can’t justify spending the full price in drug stores. I don’t have any colors in my expansive nail polish collection, so I’m pretty happy to see this.

Ceramic Glaze Nail Lacquer in Sorcery

Long lasting shine, highly pigmented shades. Apply 2 coats for gorgeous nails. 

I’d never heard of this company before this. It’s apparently a brand that’s exclusive to Shopper’s Drug Mart stores. There are over 20 colors in their collection and is said to be chip resistant.

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Medusa’s Makeup Eyeshadow in Black Gold

Highly pigmented mineral pressed powder with micro sparkles. For best results, apply “Stick it” primer then apply with brush.

I feel like this would be a great smoky eye color. I don’t do that often, but this would be good to have on hand.

NYX Baked Shadow in Smoke & Mirrors

Use with dry eyeshadow base. Great to apply wet or dry. Apply choice of colors to create edgy, natural and artistic eye looks.

Another fun, and smoky color. I wonder how this would look with the other one.

Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil

Can be applied directly to the eyebrow area then smudge genty with a small brush or brow wand applicator. Use a light hand with soft feather strokes for blonde brows/fair skin and a heavier hand for a darker brow.

I don’t really use a brow pencil but I wonder if I should.

Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops

A fast nail polish dryer to prevent smudges and dings.

This was actually an either/or product. The other option was a cuticle eraser and balm. I’m very happy to get this drying drops since waiting for polish to dry isn’t fun.

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OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo

Let this antioxidant-rich shampoo take you to a tropical paradise with each use. With coconut and egg white proteins, this wonder cocktail works to bring out your hair’s natural strength, while boosting shine.

Herbal Essences Rejuvenating Shampoo and Conditioner

Strengthening shampoo cleanses for smooth, healthy-looking hair. Lather, rinse and use our Wild Naturals Rejuvenating Conditioner to experience a perfect pairing.

Moisturizing conditioner that deeply nurtures and restores your hair’s vitality. Massage in and rinse. 

I’ve actually done an in-depth review of this a few months ago. You can read the full review here. A short recap: I love the scent, this product works well with my hair and it makes my hair shiny.

Redken Frizz Dismiss Fly-Away Fix Finishing Sheets

This big beauty trend is one we can get behind! The new REDKEN Frizz Dismiss dryer-like sheets utilize lavender oil to help tame frizz and flyaways in one easy, smooth inducing application.

This seems like a great winter product! I have hair that loooooves to frizz up and having to wear scarves and hats doesn’t help that at all.

Redken Braid Aid 03 Braid Defining Lotion

Add grip and smooth out strands while you’re twisting and braiding your way through each music festival this summer.

Braids aren’t only for summer! I use braids to keep my hair from bugging me on days when I just can’t deal with it.

 

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Pantene Expert Pro-V Advanced + Keratin Repair Split End Fuser

Specially crafted for those who seek an exceptional level of care to treat their damaged hair. Gentle enough for those who color.

This is another repeat for me, once again from a Topbox. I’m totally ok with that because this is a decent product and I will use it.

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract

A soothing clean you can unwind to. Specially crafted for normal to dry skin. Remove makeup, cleanse, and tone in one easy step, leaving skin naturally clean without the need for rinsing.

While I don’t often use wipes, I’m definitely okay with having them. I like to use them for travel when I can’t bring along my actual involved skin care routine.

Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Remove weeks (yes-weeks!) worth of pore gunk with just one strip. Leaves skin feeling fresh, clean and 3x less oily.

Well, at least they don’t specifically say blackheads since they’ll mostly remove sebaceous filaments. I can’t help but love pore strips. I know they don’t do much, but I love them.

Avon Anew Power Serum

Apply daily on clean, dry skin in the morning and evening before using your preferred moisturizer,.

 

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MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask- I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

MaskerAide is a unique line of super hydrating facial sheet masks created for fabulous lifestyles.

This is a new thing for me. Usually, I use Korean branded masks, but I am definitely game to try this one.

Eslor Introductory Collection

The Eslor Introductory Collection contains 4 of our best products to provide you with a complete skincare regimen. Start with our soothing cleanser and refiner, next, the Botanical Peeling Gel. Follow with the Chlorophyll Lifting Mask and finally, apply our Firming Collagen Day Cream.

I know that I’ve gotten this before, but I can’t remember where or if I liked it.

Belvada Tweezers

Never slip again with these unique and colourful grip tweezers that fit perfectly into any purse or handbag.

Not exciting, but useful. I can always use a good pair of tweezers.

Joico Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray

Noted in our One-Minute Miracle digital issue as a Beauty Game Changer, this new technology from Joico means you can give your hair volume and hold from every angle.

I don’t always need volume, but this could help when I do.

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Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer- Cocoa Radiant

Calms and soothes discomfort by combining moisturization and SPF protection in a refreshing, fast-absorbing format.

So this is really fun. It makes moisturizing so easy. It also smells nice, but I can’t quite determine what that smell is.

Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex

Instantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and smoothes skin texture and allows makeup to go on smoothly. 

Meh. Not something I’m into. I need to figure out who to pass these onto.

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer

An all-over thin coat of Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer creates the illusion of fuller lips.

I like Burt’s Bees products, and yet, for some reason, I never buy them myself. Go figure.

Olay Ultra Moisture With Shea Butter Body Wash

We know that supple, touchable skin starts in the shower. For a luxuriously foamy shower that also quenches thirsty limbs.

It’s travel size, which is fine by me. I like having these on hand for traveling.

 

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Overall:

I am definitely impressed by this selection. Looking at even just a few items at the drug store, and I already would have gone past the 45$ that I paid. This box is definitely worth it. I checked out what I could on Well.ca (an online drug store in Canada that has prices similar to actual drug stores) and with only being able to add 10 items to my cart, I already surpassed 75$. I also know that Redken items are usually pretty pricey.  I am so happy with this and I would definitely get one of these boxes next time they come out.

What do you think? Let me know!

Cheers,

Kristen

Friday Fave: 01/01/2016

It’s time for Friday Faves! Since it’s January 1st, it’s the perfect time to start the year off right. This week, I’ll be reviewing The Saem Healing Tea Garden Cleansing Water in Tea Tree. I received this back in September in my Beauteque monthly bag.

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Cleansing waters seem to be all the rage right now. I can definitely understand why. They’re perfect for when you’re feeling a little lazy and need a quick clean, or when you need to take off some makeup. I like to use it in the morning to remove my night time skin care. I just don’t have the patience at a ridiculously early hour to do a full cleanse. I’m barely coherent enough to make coffee at that point. They’re also great because they don’t need to be washed off.

This cleansing water features tea tree from Australia. It has three major claims. It claims to remove makeup in one go while still leaving skin moisturized, removes excess sebum and impurities and doesn’t irritate the skin. This type of product is designed to be used with a cotton ball or pad. The cotton needs to be saturated and then you can start dragging it over your skin, going outwards. The product doesn’t contain artificial pigments, synthetic fragrances, benzophenones, parabens, animal ingredients, mineral oils or talc.

I’ve decided to test this product out as a part of this review. I already know that I quite enjoy it. But how does it stack up against some heavy duty cosmetics.

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Here are the products used:

1) Urban Dollkiss Easylooks Soft Lipsticks in 04 2) Tonymoly Auto Lip Liner in 04 3) Skinfood Seaweed Mineral Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick 4) It’s Skin It’s Top Professional Fix Gel Eyeliner in 01 5) Etude House Color Pop 6) Secret Key Holic Pigment Glitter 7) It’s Skin Babyface Waterproof Eyeliner 8) Skinfood Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake

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The top picture is after one swipe. The picture on the left-hand side is after 3 swipes and the final picture is after some serious scrubbing. That being said, I’d never put on eyeliner that thick. Given the staying power of some of these products, I’m actually pleasantly surprised. I don’t wear heavy makeup, so I haven’t had any issues. But, it’s nice to know that if I decided that I needed some heavy duty eyeliner, that this could likely handle it.

Sadly, I only have about 1/3 of a bottle left of this lovely, lovely stuff. It’s surprisingly hard to find at a price that won’t make me cry… plus not having ridiculous shipping to Canada. So even though I love it, I won’t be buying another bottle anytime soon unless I can find it at a reasonable price. I also have two bottles of different cleansing waters en route from The Face Shop.

Have you tried this product? What did you think? Let me know!

Cheers,

Kristen

New Series: Friday Faves

It’s no secret that I’ve been a huge slacker this past while. I have so many unpublished and half-done posts. It’s shameful. With 2016 just around the corner, I’m starting a new series that will guarantee a weekly post as well as share some of my fave things/products. I will still be doing unboxing posts, but this will just be in addition to it.

So, before I embark on this journey, I have to ask. Any products that you’d like to see?

 

Let me know what you think!

Cheers,

Kristen

December Beautiful Being Box

This is a relatively new Canadian Subscription box. Beautiful Being Box contains items from small businesses with the goal to make you smile, feel confident and beautiful and help you to see true beauty. Each box contains tea, a lip balm and 1-3 other products (usually from Etsy shops). These boxes are reasonably priced. They are 19.99$ per month (shipping included!!!), and you can often find deals for 3, 6 or year-long subscriptions. I bought a 3-month subscription and will receive the November, December and January box. All prices included are from the card.

This company also has a rewards system. You receive 200 points for making an account and can earn additional points at a rate of 5 points per dollar spent.

Without further ado, let’s get to the box! This month the theme is Sweet & Cozy.

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Amitea Organics Tea

From Amitea Organics, I received 3 different Christmasy teas. I received Joy to the World Black Tea, Iciclcle Mint Rooibos and Winterberry Green Tea. I am so not a tea person so this will be passed onto someone who is.

Value:6.50$

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Eclair Lips Lip Balm

 

This is a dessert flavored lip balm. It’s Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread. It smells really nice.

Value: 6$

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Lavender & Vanilla Goats Milk Bath Soaks

This is a handmade bath soak made with powdered goats milk, rolled oats, dried lavender buds, sea salt, baking soda, cornstarch and ground vanilla bean. I received two tea bags of this, so I will be able to try this out more than once.

 

Value: 7$

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Soy Tealights from Bow & Arrow Candle Co

 

I received quite the assortment of tealights. I received Cedarwood Vanilla, Spiced Cranberry, Apple Pie, Maple Pancakes and Cinnamon Vanilla. I’ve already started burning the Apple Pie and it smells amazing! Some of these are holiday scents.

Value: 7$

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Overall:

This month’s box had a value of 26.50$.  For boxes such as this one (with the majority of the items coming from Etsy shops), my main criteria is that I at least get what I paid for.  I like discovering new etsy stores and having cute handmade items. I will likely save some of the candles for gifting, but I will be using the rest.

Have you tried this sub? What do you think?

Cheers,

Kristen

November Beautiful Being Box

This is a relatively new Canadian Subscription box. Beautiful Being Box contains items from small businesses with the goal to make you smile, feel confident and beautiful and help you to see true beauty. Each box contains tea, a lip balm and 1-3 other products (usually from Etsy shops). These boxes are reasonably priced. They are 19.99$ per month (shipping included!!!), and you can often find deals for 3, 6 or year-long subscriptions. I bought a 3-month subscription and will receive the November, December and January box.

This company also has a rewards system. You receive 200 points for making an account and can earn additional points at a rate of 5 points per dollar spent.

Without further ado, let’s get to the box!

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I love how well packaged this is! It’s a nice touch and made me feel extra special! I also really appreciated the personalized note on the inside of the package.

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For some strange reason, I didn’t go picture crazy. I have this one picture, and my box is disassembled all over my apartment at the moment.

Maple Cream Tea

This is tea by the company Linen + Leaves. It’s described as ‘Perfectly cozy, Autumn flavors to comfort you on those cool fall days. ‘ I am so not a tea person so this will be passed onto someone who is.

Value: 1.60$

Orange Spice Lip Balm by Wild Prarie Botanicals

This is an orange-y lip balm and is described as ‘Sweet & warm. Perfect for cool fall nights and kick starting crisp mornings.’ Wild Prarie Botanicals is an Etsy shop out of Calgary, Alberta.

I actually haven’t opened this because I’ve added it to my Christmas gift pile. It’s that time of year and I like giving cute little gifts.

Value: 4.50$

Lavender Sachet

This is a lovely smelling lavender filled sachet from Atelier Emma Rose (the lavender) and Bear Earth Herbals (Organic Muslin bag). It is described as ‘Beautifully sweet and calming- perfect for freshening up drawers, closets, stinky shoes or placing under your pillow for a good night’s sleep.’

The extra muslin bag is actually for the tea (and not for extra lavender as I originally thought.) I think it was a nice touch to include that since not everyone would have one of those tea balls or infusers.

I stuck the lavender near my pillow and oh my goodness! It simply smells amazing! It’s very relazing.

Atelier Emma Rose is from Delaware Valley, USA and Bear Earth Herbals is from Michigan, USA.

Value: 3$

‘The Time is Meow’ Print

This is from Elemenopee (ha! LMNOP!) Design. It’s explained on the card as ‘A cute & friendly reminder to seize the day this refreshingly fun season.’

I have this on my dresser. It’s a cute sized print and I love the message. It’s like a cat themed version of carpe diem. I haven’t decided if I am keeping this or passing it onto a cat loving friend.

Value: 3$

Pearl Pendant Necklace

This is a necklace from Vachonista. It’s described as ‘This gooorgeous necklace is perfect for any occasion- simple & sophisticated!’

This is a beautiful necklace. It’s very sweet and elegant. That being said, it’s not exactly my style. I may give it a whirl, but I am not sure when I will wear this.

Value: 17$

Overall:

I was pleasantly surprised by the first (for me) box. I like the variety and it was a great pick me up. I received roughly a value of 30$, which is about 10$ more than I paid. For boxes such as this one (with the majority of the items coming from Etsy shops), my main criteria is that I at least get what I paid for.

Have you tried this sub? What do you think?

Cheers,

Kristen