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Weekly Favorites – part 4

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful week! My week consisted of a little bit of work travel and a broken rental car. Let me state that my absolute favorite thing of the past week is Uber and my Uber driver, Mark who got me to the airport in record time.

Other things that made me happy include:

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Left to right: benefit Majorette blush, MAC Fluidline in Chilled, Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Tinted Luminizer, Aveda Color Conditioner

- benefit Majorette - this is the most recent benefit product launch and it is soooo nice! Part of me fell for the sweet old school packaging, the practical side of me bought it for the excellent color and ease to use. This is a pinky-peach cream to powder blush that blends (and smells) like a dream! You can find this at Sephora or Ulta now for $28.

- MAC Fluidline in Chilled – another limited edition product from the amazing Magnetic Nudes collection from the end of 2013. This might seriously be my most favorite MAC collection ever. I use this as a cream eye shadow – with the help of a good black liner, it can create a really great smudgy ’90s grunge look.

- Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment Shade 1 – it is a tinted, SPF18, hydrating, lightweight serum-packed, anti-aging product (WHEW!). I’ve been using this as a base to even out my skin tone before applying foundation recently and my skin looks fantastic! This can be found at Neiman Marcus for the price of $125 (ouch).

- Aveda Madder Root Color Conditioner – I used to use this in Clove (for brown shades) and since I’ve been using a more auburn color, have forgotten about it tucked away on a shelf. On a trip to Aveda a couple months ago, I was reminded that there was a shade for red hues. It has really helped keep my color fresh and vibrant between trips to the salon. Oh and it has that amazing Aveda scent! This comes in an 8.5 oz tube for $19.

Sorry this is a bit late this week – we had a very full family weekend and am a bit behind on a few posts. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Memebox Anti-Aging #3 – Superbox #50

Okay Memebox, either you love my reviews or you just really, really like me. I have to be honest, I’m pretty likeable. :) The kind folks over in Korea sent me yet another box to review. I can’t say thank you enough to everyone at Memebox!

My last box, Dermocosmetics #2, was gifted to my fabulous friend Laura to try. She’s been curious about some of the products and I thought it would be nice to give the snail cream to a more adventurous person than myself.

So for those of you who are not familiar with Memebox, here’s my usual rundown: 20140707-184811-67691771.jpg

Memebox (pronounced Mi-Mi box) is currently the #1 beauty box provider in Korea, and arrived here in the US and other countries just recently! We strive to bring you only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. Korean cosmetics are renowned for their high quality and efficacy, and we’re really excited to bring this to you! Memebox carries 4 main types of beauty boxes: Memebox, Memebox Special Editions, Superbox and Luckybox. In addition to the box series, we also carry full-size, Korean beauty products in our Memeshop

The original Memebox comes packed with 4 – 8 full-size products and deluxe samples. Boxes in each Memebox series always contain the same products, and contents vary from hair and body products, to skin-care and makeup products.

The Superbox is specially designed to cater to beauty box fanatics looking for full-sized products that will target their specific beauty needs. Each Superbox is designed with its own theme and purpose, and contents in the box are carefully selected to fit the box’s theme. Our Superboxes are loved by daring beauty enthusiasts and beautyholics that are open to trying new products and have a specific beauty need in mind. Also, we UNBOX our Superboxes on the product page one week after the scheduled shipping date so that you can find out which goodies are in your box!”

While Memebox is not necessarily a typical subscription service like that of Birchbox or Glossybox, its suggested that people sign up on the website to receive updates when new boxes are available. You can buy the boxes at anytime, but they sell out VERY quickly.

This box was much lighter than the last box, but I was so surprised to see it was filled to the brim with amazing full-size products! Here is the scoop on the Memebox Anti-Aging #3, part of the Superbox collection:

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Far gone are the days when women start to worry about aging in their 40s. The onset of aging woes come earlier in a woman’s life these days (try 20s!) due to stress, pollution, prolonged exposure and etc, resulting in the premature onset of dreaded wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.

So now, meet the power players of anti-aging skin care and counteract all the visible signs of aging, including lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, dullness and dehydration! Upgrade your beauty loot and stop time so that you can have beautiful skin longer!”

Products included:

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1 - Pro You S Wrinkle SC Renewal Cream (full size included – $96 for 100g)
Free of parabens, imidazolidinyl urea, triethanolamide, alcohol, and artificial coloring, Pro You’s S Wrinkle SC Renewal Cream is extremely gentle for skin and works to enhance skin elasticity and firmness. It also replenishes skin’s moisture and stimulates skin regeneration. 

HOW TO USE

Apply generously over your face at the last stage of skincare.

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2 – Pro You Lip & Eye Wrinkle Spot Cream (full size included – $30 for 15g)
Made from peptide, Actiflow and adenosine, this Lip & Eye Wrinkle Spot Cream works to firm up sagging skin near lip and eye areas by maintaining the healthy moisture/oil balance. Again it contains no parben, mineral oil, artificial coloring alcohol and imidazolidinyl urea (what?).

HOW TO USE

Squeeze out a small amount of the cream and gently massage it onto dry, sagging spots near your eyes and lips.

3 – Pro You Multi White & Wrinkle Ampoule Dual Set (full size included – $48 for 2ml x 2)

This is a day and night ampoule set made for addressing different skin care issues – controlling sebum and enlarged pores during the day and maintaining skin, clean, deeply moisturizer and enhancing the overall skin elasticity overnight. Both ampoule, however, work to fight signs of aging with its adenosine-based formula for treating fine lines and wrinkles and offering lifting effect to the skin.

HOW TO USE

Generously apply each ampoule day and night and pat it in for full absorbance.

4 – Tosowoong Super BB Cream (full size included – $12 for 50ml) IMG_2602.JPG

Tosowoong’s Super BB Cream contains a UV protection level of SPF15 and glides onto skin nice and smooth for a perfect no makeup look. It works to cover up skin imperfections and enhance firmness all at once.

HOW TO USE

Apply an adequate amount evenly over your face.

5 – Simply When Present Perfect Mask  (full size included – $11 for 20mg mask x3)

Simply When Present Perfect Masks are just the thing you need when your skin feels dry, rough and aging! It’ll deliver intense skin revitalization and firmness in one easy go.

HOW TO USE

Place the mask over your face and rest for 10-20 minutes. Remove and pat in the remaining mask essence for full absorbance.

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6 – Seatree Tibet Mushroom Neck Cream (full size included – $12 for 45ml)

Infuse young vitality and suppleness to your sagging neck area with this adenosine-rich Neck Cream containing various organic ferments such as Tibet mushroom (kefir), pharbitis, paeonia japonica, and lactic acids. Firm up those lines and wrinkles be delivering deep nutrition and brightening up dull, roughened skin!

HOW TO USE

Take an adequate amount and massage it into your neck in an upward direction. Gently pat it in for full absorbance.

This Superbox is valued at more than $200, and currently SOLD OUT on the Memebox website! Thanks, Memebox! It was available for only $39.

If you want to find out more about similar products and other types of boxes, visit the Memebox website. Superbox prices range from $19-59, with an additional $6.99 in shipping. Because the products are shipped directly from Korea, it can take 15-21 days to arrive on your doorstep.

Memebox ships to 45 countries: Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA.

If you want to purchase a Memebox for yourself, take advantage of $5 off on any order and use the code JRARRX . Valid only during the month of September, limit to one per customer. There are so many amazing things on the website right now including products by Etude House, Banila Co., and 2 Princess Edition boxes!

September Promotion Codes:

New! Memebox collaboration: CutiePieMarzia Box#2 is now available – $23 and includes a free gift!

Get $5 off on orders when you buy 3 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE3
Get $8 off on orders when you buy 4 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE4

 

All products were received complimentary for testing purposes from Memebox and does not guarantee a favorable review by the blogger. 

 No compensation was received in exchange for product reviews.

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September Le Métier de Beauté Vault

Oh dear – this should be a terrible indicator of how far behind I am… the September Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault shipment arrived the first or second week of the month. And I just tested it out last week…

 

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Oh hello, September!

 

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This month’s product is the Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe valued at $175!

IMG_2576.JPGThe Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Tinted Complexe provides sheer, natural-looking coverage for instant smoothing and perfecting, as it works to improve the skin long term.

The lightweight fluid has a sheer texture that applies like second skin and features a potent blend of restorative ingredients to help smooth, tighten and soften the skin’s overall appearance.

Broad-spectrum SPF protects the skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays.

 1. Foundation: a silky smooth, sheer wash of color for a clean lightweight glow all day.

2. Anti-Aging Treatment: delivering retinol deeper into the skin to encourage collagen production, smooth fine lines, blur blemishes, reduce redness and tighten pores.

3. Sun Protection: broad-spectrum SPF protects the skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays.

4. Luminous Finish: immediately notice a brighter, smoother more radiant complexion.”

Color Swatches:

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Top left: indoor no flash; top right: outdoors, natural light

Bottom left: direct sunlight; bottom right: blended in direct sunlight (I sparkle like a Cullen!)

First impressions are overall very good. This arrived in Shade 2 and I was a bit nervous about how dark it might look on my very Shade 1 skin. This ended up blending so well and evening out my skin tone. Because is it is quite luminous (read: sparkly), it works best under a tinted moisturizer or foundation. This paired very well with my Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer in Alabaster Tint. My skin felt smooth and hydrated all day and looked flawless!

Since I already use (and love) the Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment in Shade 1 (not sparkly), it is unlikely that this is an item I would purchase outside of the Vault program. This will make a great illuminizer for when my skin is looking a bit dull this winter.

Again, another amazing product from the VIP program! I can’t wait until next month!

What is the LMdB VIP Vault?

“It is Here the 2014 VIP Program! Consider yourself a VIP.

Become a member of the LMdB Beauty Vault VIP Program. Gift it to yourself or gift it to a friend. We promise: you won’t be disappointed. Liberate your inner Beauté and share the discovery of something beautiful every month.

How it works:

For a one-time fee of $348 ($29 dollars a month, for 12 months), become a Beauty Vault VIP. At the beginning of each month, our Le Métier de Beauté experts will send you a carefully curated full-sized product or assortment of products shipped right to your door. As an added bonus, Vault VIP Subscription shipping is free. All you have to do is sign up and anticipate 12 exciting months of LMdB surprises. Savor the perks of insider access, and start discovering beauty with us.

  • One full-sized item or an assortment of items shipped to you at the beginning of every month
  • Curated mix of our favorite Color, Skincare, Pre-release Sneak Peaks, Lab Previews, and Vault Exclusives
  • Shipping is free
  • Share your feedback, we want to get to know you better”

Program value to date – $270

- August – After Dark Total Kaleidoscope valued at $95

- September – Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe valued at $175

There is no question as to whether or not this program is worth the hefty cost up front!

Did you make the year-long commitment? What are your thoughts?

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Weekly Favorites – part 3

Hello again!

Welcome back to my new weekly glance of current rotation/most used/obsessions of the week. And yes, it really could be any or all of those things. Depends on which day you ask me! ;)

Its been very strange this week – cold but so humid. Like 80% and above humidity… makes it really tough to transition seasons well.

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Left to right: Benefit They’re Real!, Brazilian Tech Keratin De-Frizz Wand, Laura Mercier Shimmer Mosaic,
Kiehl’s Superbly Effective Antiperspirant, Bath and Body Works Peach and Honey Almond Body Cream and Body Scrub

 – Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara – I recently dug this sample out of my stash and I fell in love all over again. This mascara never lets me down. The wand is great and the formula thickens and really sticks (sometimes a little too much…). It comes off fairly easy with eye makeup remover. This can be found at Ulta, Sephora, etc. for $23.

- Brazilian Tech Keratin De-Frizz Wand – this is a repeat from Week 1, but has come in so handy.. again, 80% humidity! Again, $8 at Sally Beauty Supply.

- Laura Mercier Pink Tourmaline Mosaic Shimmer Bloc (affiliate link) – I’ve been having a lot of fun with this again. Yes, it can be used for cheekbones, but it looks amazing on the brow bone. A little goes a long way – I’ve had this for over a year and I swear I haven’t even made a dent… At first glace, this could be mistaken for a borderline glittery product, but it actually reflects the light and brightens skin. The colors when blended are just gorgeous! You can find this and 3 other shades at Nordstrom for $42.

- Kiehl’s Superbly Effective Antiperspirant & Deodorant Cream – I think its weird to post about deodorant sometimes, but this is AMAZING! Someone told me about this a while back and I was a bit skeptical. It is a cream (obviously) and dries clear, no residue. While it has a light, citrus scent, there is no lingering scent once it dries. This protects easily for 12 hours. It comes in 2 sizes – 1.7 oz ($16) and 2.5 oz ($19.50).

- Bath and Body Works Peach and Honey Almond Body Cream and Shea Body Scrub – this smells yummy. I can’t get enough of this – the body scrub is made with crushed walnut shells, but is so gentle and the body cream, in typical BBW fashion is super hydrating. The scent is long lasting and is a mix of vanilla, peaches and citrus. There are tons of other notes, but its not overwhelming. This is limited edition, but still available in store and online – $12.50 each and currently buy 3, get 2 free.

I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to officially welcoming FALL this week!

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September Julep Maven Box

Happy September, mavens!

So I went a little out of the norm and went for all products in the Art Walk collection. And I’m so glad I did! This box is chock full of amazing stuff!

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- Dry Clean Invisible Dry Shampoo (3oz) – ok… there is no description on the website. I mean I can’t even find the product on the website… So, um dry shampoo. It has a nice clean scent and goes on very light. I felt as though it absorbed oil nicely and didn’t leave any residue. It wasn’t long-lasting though – probably 8 hours at the most.

- Elixir (1oz) – um, also not on the website. But this was the product that sealed the deal on this particular box. I was just about to splurge on some Josie Marana Argan Oil and this came in just in the knick of time. It is unscented and lightweight, just as any good argan oil should be, right?

 

Nail Polish (cause no box would be complete without it)

- Kendra – Army green frost

Haven’t tried this yet, but that isn’t a very sexy description…

- Freedom Polymer Topcoat:

Features & Benefits:

  • Quick-dry formula cures smudge-free under natural light in just five minutes; no UV light required
  • Perfecting polymer force field smoothes brush strokes and imperfections, leaving a high-gloss, gel-like finish
  • Gel-like shine without gel removal hassle
  • Comes off with any nail polish remover
  • ‘4-free’ formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, or DBP
  • For best results, use every other day and seal your free edges with each application.

I already have one of these – I might share this one with a friend. This is a nice topcoat, but I really prefer the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails.

 

NEW PRODUCT!!

- Plush Pout Lip Crayon in Almond Nude Crème (.07oz) -

What it is:
A full-coverage lip crayon with a moisturizing treatment core in the middle.

What it does:

  • Rich, creamy formula glides on and delivers long-lasting color with a semigloss finish
  • Antioxidant-rich oils, sunflower wax, and vitamin E keep lips hydrated and happy

This is a smooth, lightweight colored balm/sheer crayon. At first glance, it looks very similar to the Nivea A Kiss of Care and Color balm. The color is much richer and lasts a couple hours. The scent is this tasty vanilla/almond scent but does not have and discernible flavor.

This month’s breakdown: I couldn’t find prices or even some of the actual items on the website… The Plush Pout Crayon was $20 ($16 for Mavens, nail polish $14 ($11.20 for Mavens), polymer topcoat ins $18 ($14.40 for Mavens). The ArtWalk box was $24.99 ($19.99 plus the additional $4.99 for one add on) for products valued at $???.  I used a combination of points and cash this month, bringing my out of pocket cost to $15.99.

If you are interested in subscribing to Julep,  please feel free to use my referral code and don’t forget the FREE BOX code to get your first subscription box free. Month to month pay as you go Maven boxes will run $24.99, or you can make a three-month commitment and get a reduced price of $19.99/month.

So I already made the decision to skip next month. I wasn’t in love with the colors and would rather blow the rest of my points on holiday colors. Thoughts? What did you think of September?

What is Julep?

From the beginning, Julep has been powered by girlfriends. Our girlfriends believed in us when we were just an idea, encouraged us through the challenges and connected us to amazing designers, architects, web developers, lawyers, editors and so many more inspiring professionals who, in turn, also became our beloved girlfriends.

To celebrate these unique roots and to continue to pay it forward, we are proud to donate a percentage of proceeds from the sale of every Julep Nail Polish to organizations that empower women. We also encourage all of you in our Julep community to like us on Facebook so you can keep posted on opportunities to help us support specific charities throughout the year.

At Julep, our mission is to ignite the spirit of engagement in women everywhere, and our Powered by Girlfriends initiative is an important part of bringing this mission to life.”

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Weekly Favorites – part 2

Welcome back to my weekly favorites update!

I just returned from 7 days in the lovely city of Chicago – 3 days of work and then my husband joined me to go to a weekend-long music festival. I was so excited to finally be home to hug my dogs and unpack my suitcase.

So this week is kind of short and sweet – travel kind of took a toll on me. Its hard to pack for a work and pleasure trip… especially when much of my stuff was in a carry on! There are 3 things that really made my week:

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Left to right: Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil, MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter, Lush – WHOOSH Shower Jelly

 – Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil SPF 50+ - this is an amazing, lightweight spray oil. Just a few spritzes goes a long way – it glides over the skin and dries very quickly. There is no oily finish and layers well when reapplying. This is the 1 oz travel-size, but the full-size is 5 oz and runs about $26 at Sephora.

- MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose (affiliate link) –  this was originally reviewed here. It handled my toughest dark circles so well this week. What a life saver! You can find this at Nordstrom and all MAC free-standing stores for $26.

- Lush – WHOOSH Shower Jelly – it looks like blue Jell-O and smells like heaven! It is this fantastic citrus blend that really helps wake you up in the morning. You can break off small chunks or use the entire blob to soap up. It comes in 2 sizes – a travel(ish) 3.5 oz for $6.95 and 8.4 oz for $11.95.

That’s it, friends. Have a fabulous week!

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Weekly Favorites – part 1

Happy September, everyone!

I don’t know about wherever it is that you are, but all of  a sudden, this Midwestern end of summer just turned… well.. like summer. The temperature has been in the 90’s and the humidity is through the roof. It’s definitely been an odd couple weeks!

With that in mind, I started thinking about things that were on heavy rotation this last week to combat shine and such. It occurred to me that maybe I should start looking more critically at how I have been trying to tackle some of my skincare challenges, as well as things that have been in high rotation in my constant effort to de-stash. But let’s be honest, that’s probably never going to happen… de-stash? Ha! My goal will be to feature a few favorites each week with a mini-review/explanation.

Here are this week’s favorites:

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Left to right (clockwise): MAC Fix+, Murad Oil-Control Mattifier, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Brazilian Tech Keratin De-Frizz Wand, MAC Mineralize Blush in New Romance, MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in A Natural Flirt and Sweet Heat, Vogue September 2014

 – MAC Fix+ – excuse the old packaging of this particular bottle. I’m a little embarrassed about that… I talked about this in my Summer Favorites post a few weeks back – and it has been a daily life saver the last few days! I’ve actually been layering this and using after foundation and setting powder and then again after applying blush and eye products. Its really helped keep everything in place with the high humidity.

 – Murad Oil-Control Mattifier – I know I’ve mentioned other things from the Oil-Control line before, as well as many other Murad products. I just love their skin care. It’s been a go-to brand for over 10 years. I decided to forgo primer for a few days and revisit this old favorite. Apply a thin layer to the T-zone and chin and it really keeps the oil away.

 – Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – I’ve been going back and forth between foundations this week and this brush has been very forgiving throughout my experimenting… it smooths out the foundation and provides consistent coverage. It is so gentle and never pulls at the skin. This is one of the best value brushes – high quality and only $9. I took advantage of some sales at Ulta and Kohl’s a while back and pretty much doubled my brush collection. This is by far my favorite!

- Brazilian Tech Keratin De-Frizz Wand - this came in the Winter Allure box and has been an absolutely amazing addition to my hair arsenal. It looks just like a tube of mascara – the wand comes out coated in product and a couple swipes at the roots calms even the smallest flyaways. You can use this on day one or three after shampooing and does not weigh down hair or make it greasy. It is getting to the end of the tube and I’ve been panicking a bit because I’ve never seen it in a store – turns out this little magic wand is about $8 at Sally Beauty and available on Amazon. CRISIS AVERTED!

 - MAC Mineralize Blush in New Romance – I picked this up the other day at the MAC launch party (post coming soon!) last week – I just love the color and shimmer to this peachy blush. It is so sheer that I have been using as a highlighter with The Balm Hot Mama and alone layered a bit heavier for a pretty flush. And I love the new magnetic Mineralize packaging! This is available now at all MAC locations for $27.

 – MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in A Natural Flirt and Sweet Heat – these were limited edition shadows from the Magnetic Nudes collection that I reviewed here. I probably used these shadows 3-4 times this week and am just as in love as the first time I swatched them. Keep an eye out for similar shades in future Extra Dimension releases.. I have a feeling something similar may come back around based on the Alluring Aquatic line that came out a few months back.

And do I need to explain the September issue? :)

I hope you enjoy this new weekly feature!

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Product Review – Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask

In looking back through the archives, I realized that aside from the Use It posts, content in general recently has been awfully subscription heavy. It’s been way too long since I dedicated a post just to an individual product review. My apologies, readers!

Over the last few months, I’ve started watching a lot of YouTube product review and empties videos. I think you can learn so much about a product by reading or watching feedback on empties! One of my favorite YouTubers, Compacts and Cupcakes, talked about the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask in her May 2014 Favorites video and I rushed out to Sephora for a sample. I mentioned the sample very, very briefly in my Sample Killah Finale post – it was in my Sephora shopping bag before I even ran out of the multi-use sample.

I really love everything about this product. After washing my face with a gentle cleanser, I leave this on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and hydrated and the smell is just amazing.

This has inspired a full on Sunday night skincare regime that is so uncharacteristic and… good for me!

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Sephora says:

“What it is:
A cooling, soothing gel to help counteract visible signs of aging for younger-looking skin.

What it is formulated to do:
With state-of-the-art breakthrough stem cell technology, rose stem cells are blended with rose extracts to help counteract visible signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration, dullness, and sagging. This powerful Gel Mask strengthens and tones, revealing silky soft, radiant, beautiful, and youthful-looking skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Cutting-edge plant biotechnology isolates and replicates the perfect rose stem cells for maximum antiage benefit.

Suggested Usage:
-Apply a generous coat on clean skin.
-Allow mask to remain on for 10 minutes.
-Rinse with cool water.
-For an intensive treatment, refrigerate and apply as a mask or apply a thin layer as the last layer of skincare and leave on overnight.
-Use two to three times a week or daily for intensive repair.

Ingredients:

-Desert Rose: Helps support natural surface cell regeneration, supports skin barrier, and helps restore suppleness.
-Damask Rose: Helps to tighten pores, purify, smooth, and fight the signs of aging.
-Rose Commiphora: Possesses anti-redness properties.
-Pale Rose: Helps to rebuild the moisture barrier; provides skin suppleness and softness for the appearance of newer, softer skin.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Triethanolmine, Carbomer, Rosa Centifolia Leaf Cell Extract, Rosa Alba Leaf Cell Extract, Rosa Damascena Leaf Cell Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rose Centifolia Flower Water, Commiphora Myrrha Leaf Cell Extract, Adenium Obesum Leaf Cell Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Bht, Sodium Pca, Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ppg-26 Buteth-26, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylimethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Disodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Red 33 (Ci 17200).”

 

Have you tried the Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask or any of the other products in this line? What are your thoughts?

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Use It – August

It doesn’t feel like August – its been so incredibly mild the last few weeks. It is so unusual for it not to be 90F plus with humidity… well the humidity hasn’t changed… hooray for consistency!

Sometimes it feels like I plow through products and other times, it feels like I’m slogging through the same old stuff and will never see the bottom of a jar, bottle or tube. While this wasn’t the most productive month as far as big products, I realized I amassed a nice little collection of small things. Such a nice surprise!

So here we go:

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- Apothoderm Firming Serum – this was a Birchbox sample from forever ago that I started using during Sample Killah. This provided 3-4 weeks of use, one time per day. This was a great daytime serum – it absorbed quickly and hydrated without feeling oily. I can’t say that I notice differences between a lot of serums, but I do like the way that my skin looks and feels since I started using them about a year ago. I probably wouldn’t buy this again, only because I have other serums hoarded away.

- Basil Limon Cleansing Bath Gel – why am I sharing a hotel body wash? This is a product created for the Mirage Hotel and Casino by the amazing Gilchrist and Soames – it is sold in full and travel size at the hotel. I wanted to bring home 20 bottles of this, however I need more body wash like I need another dog… This is such a wonderful clean, crisp, citrus scent. The cleanser is very thick, foams easily and is not drying on the skin. I will probably stockpile this the next time I go to Vegas. This is available for purchase through the Mirage Spa and At Home pages – $12.50 for 8oz.

- Chella eyeliner in Indigo Blue - you can read my initial Ipsy review here. I think the point of this pen is too long. There was more liner to use, but the tip became very soft and I was not able to draw a solid line. It started to bend and smudge, rendering it ineffective. Nice color, bad design. Would not purchase.

- Covergirl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast in Very Black - This was included with the Birchbox Finds earlier this year. I had very mixed feelings on this. The first couple times I used the #1 section, it flaked and smudged, however the more I used it, the more the wear improved. It thickened the lashes and did a great job of keeping them separated and not clumping. I didn’t use the #2 end until recently and.. Have you heard about this product causing massive chunks of lashes to fall out? No? I did, but didn’t believe it until I tried #2. After one use, I lost probably 20 lashes per eye. It was HORRIBLE. Never again.

- Davines Lovely Smoothing Shampoo – a very nice acquisition from my June Birchbox. This was a deceptively large sample at 2.5oz, and lasted quite a while. I love how soft this left my hair and the scent was divine. Having used the entire system, I would repurchase the 3-piece set, not just the shampoo. This can be found at some salons or on Birchbox.com – $28 for 8oz. or the Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo, creamy Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner, and lightweight Davines Oi/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion for $24 (not full sizes).

- EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – original Influenster review can be found here. The more I used it, the more I realized this was a great addition to my daily routine. It is gentle enough to use twice a day with a foam or gel cleanser. I just repurchased this! It is currently on sale at Ulta for $4.49 – normally $5.99.

- Mary Kay® Lash Love® Mascara in I Love Black - original Influenster review here. Hmm. I loved it, then I hated it, but ended up just liking it. I used this for a month and it was great. All of a sudden, I was having a terrible time with my lashes clumping and sticking, so I threw it in the drawer and didn’t touch it for weeks. I finally decided to give it another chance and it worked just as well as day 1 – no clumping, no sticky lashes, just flawless application. This was in rotation for another month and then retired at the 3-4 month mark. I probably would not purchase this. Lash Love Mascara can be purchased for $15 through your Mary Kay representative.

- Mèreadesso All-In-One Moisturizer – this is supposed to be a moisturizer, eye cream and primer in one (hence the name…), but I didn’t find it to be a good fit for all of the above. I think what blew me away was that this is a $120 product… I honestly expect more for that price point. The packaging for this sample was brilliant – it has a snap closure. I’ve only seen this brand on Birchbox – this particular 12ml sample is available for $28, $120 for 50ml.

- Oscar Brandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray (affiliate link) – OK – I have hyped up this product so much that it is almost embarrassing… however, if you would like to read my previous reviews here and here, go nuts. I love it and can go through a can in about a month. This runs about $23 for 3.2oz and can be found at the link above, Ulta and some Sephora locations.

- Sumita Beauty Jamun Contrast Eye Pencil – This was in some subscription bag or box.. I don’t know. It dried out and was unusable after just 2 uses. The color is very similar to the MAC Permaplum (which might have been a limited edition). Would not purchase.

- Ulta Strengthening Nail Polish Remover – I’m not really into spending tons of money on polish remover. I would rather spend my hard earned cash on eye shadow or lip gloss. So I feel silly even reviewing it… its $2.99 nail polish remover. I use it often.

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

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Memebox Dermocosmetics #2 – Superbox #34

Okay, Memebox… now you are just spoiling me! I ordered the Tea Cosmetics box a few weeks back and when I received a text message from DHL, assumed that was what was to be delivered. When the box arrived, I realized it was a complimentary Superbox for review. Thanks, Memebox!

For everyone who is not familiar with this company:

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Memebox (pronounced Mi-Mi box) is currently the #1 beauty box provider in Korea, and arrived here in the US and other countries just recently! We strive to bring you only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. Korean cosmetics are renowned for their high quality and efficacy, and we’re really excited to bring this to you! Memebox carries 4 main types of beauty boxes: Memebox, Memebox Special Editions, Superbox and Luckybox. In addition to the box series, we also carry full-size, Korean beauty products in our Memeshop

The original Memebox comes packed with 4 – 8 full-size products and deluxe samples. Boxes in each Memebox series always contain the same products, and contents vary from hair and body products, to skin-care and makeup products.

The Superbox is specially designed to cater to beauty box fanatics looking for full-sized products that will target their specific beauty needs. Each Superbox is designed with its own theme and purpose, and contents in the box are carefully selected to fit the box’s theme. Our Superboxes are loved by daring beauty enthusiasts and beautyholics that are open to trying new products and have a specific beauty need in mind. Also, we UNBOX our Superboxes on the product page one week after the scheduled shipping date so that you can find out which goodies are in your box!”

While Memebox is not necessarily a typical subscription service like that of Birchbox or Glossybox, its suggested that people sign up on the website to receive updates when new boxes are available. You can buy the boxes at anytime, but they sell out VERY quickly.

I was so surprised to find this box incredibly heavy and when I opened it, was even more surprised to see all full-size products! At quick glance of the info card, the first two products are listed at $72 each. Whoa. This is a serious skin care box!

This box is the Dermocosmetics #2, part of the Memebox Superbox collection:

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“Dermatologist tested and proven to be effective for all skin types, our Dermo-Cosmetics Box #2 is back with a bigger punch!

Approved for effectiveness and sensitivity, our Dermo-Cosmetics Box #2 is packed with dermatologist favorites that are meant to pamper, restore and rejuvenate your skin! It contains everything you need to illuminate the skin and repair damaged skin by the sun and other environmental stressor to improve the appearance of dull, uneven skintone and dark spots, giving you a naturally healthy looking glow.

Take the Dermo-Cosmetics #2 challenge and experience the difference in your skin!”

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Products included:

1 – KANG SKIN Rejuvenating Cream (full size included – $72 for 50ml) OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Enriched with adenosine, ceramide and snail mucus extracts, this Rejuvenating Cream is highly effective wrinkle care product. By deeply hydrating and nourishing the skin, it improves the skin elasticity and minimize stress-instigated aging of the skin.

HOW TO USE
Apply the cream at the end of your skincare routine.

2 – KANG SKIN Aqua Essence  (full size included – $72 for 50ml)

Kang Skin’s Aqua Essence bases its formula on hyaluronic acid which is widely known for its intensively moisturizing and soothing properties. It maintains the skin soft and supple by treating excessive dead skin cells and delivering abundant nutrition deep into the skin.

HOW TO USE
Apply the essence over dry areas of your face and pat it in for full absorbance. Suitable to be used both day and night.

3 - COTTERANG Bubble Peeling Pad (full size included – $7 for 16ml)

This is an exfoliating pad enriched with natural AHA components, various plant extracts, and fermented extracts which work to easily yet very effectively remove dead skin cells and excess sebum off your face. This Bubble Peeling Pad was made so that you could experience the same peeling effects at home as you would with expensive treatments at dermatology.

HOW TO USE
Moisten the peeling pad with water, create enough foam, and place your fingers on the band. Gently and evenly rub onto your face (be careful the foam doesn’t go into your eyes) and then rinse off with warm water. After use, apply a soothing, moisturizing product.

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4 – COTTERANG Acne Killer Kit (full size included – $20 for 16ml+5ml) OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A 7-days bio peeling product which consists of the Killer Peeling Pad & the Killer Tok Tok Sol, this anti-trouble Killer Kit works to remove stubborn acne and excess dead skin cells piled up on your skin. You’ll be able to experience real dermatology-like results after 7 days of using this kit!

HOW TO USE
First rub the pad to create enough bubbles, place your fingers on the band, and apply it all over your face. Then, squeeze out the Tok Tok Sol on the black cotton tip and apply it on acne on your face. *A Killer Pad can be stored in a zipper bag for reuse.

5 – REBOM Calming Skin (full size included – $30 for 200ml)

Rebom’s Calming Skin contains ceramide, niacinamide, and various oriental medicinal extracts beneficial for soothing and moisturizing dry, sensitive skin. Its gentle formula also helps maintain the skin soft and supple. In addition, all of reBom’s therapy products are researched and made through a joint research of CNU Laboratory Co., Daejeon University Department of Oriental Medicine, and OBM Lab.

HOW TO USE
Apply the product at the first stage of your skincare routine.

This Superbox is valued at approximately $200, and currently available for $39 on the Memebox website! Thanks, Memebox!

If you want to find out more about similar products and other types of boxes, visit the Memebox website. Superbox prices range from $19-59, with an additional $6.99 in shipping. Because the products are shipped directly from Korea, it can take 15-21 days to arrive on your doorstep.

Memebox ships to 45 countries: Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA.

If you want to purchase a Memebox for yourself, take advantage of $5 off on any order and use the code XOXYCQ. Valid only during the month of August, limit to one per customer.

August Promotion Codes!
New! Get free standard shipping on 1 of your boxes when you buy 2 or more boxes: SHIP4CHEAP3 Ends Aug. 24th!
New! Get 10% off orders above $100: 10%OFF$1004U
Get $5 off on orders when you buy 3 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE3
Get $8 off on orders when you buy 4 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE4

 

All products were received complimentary for testing purposes from Memebox and does not guarantee a favorable review by the blogger. 

 No compensation was received in exchange for product reviews.

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