Glossybox – February 2014 Spoiler Alert

I was reading the Glossybox thread on today and was so surprised to find out that there are people out there that still haven’t received their January boxes. I was one of the lucky ones, I guess, since I received mine weeks ago. 

Glossybox is my favorite subscription box product-wise, but this January debacle is sort of making me scratch my head about the company itself. First off, I haven’t received a single announcement email from them. The only emails I receive are the ones stating that my box has shipped. I don’t receive spoilers nor did I receive an email about the delay. I also tried checking my Junk folder and they didn’t wind up there either. 

If anyone has read my blog and ended up one of the frustrated customers out there, then I’m truly sorry. I still love Glossybox but I want to make sure to stay honest here by giving the pros and cons. Here’s to hoping February is better.

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Subscription Box Deals – Cult Cosmetics & Hello Fresh

Good morning everyone! It’s -12 here today, so my husband and I are stuck inside with a Netflix marathon. I’m not complaining but I’ve had lots of time to browse the web for deals.

My first suggestion to anyone that found my page by searching “subscription box coupon codes” is to go to the website of the box that you’re interested in and sign up for their emails. Even when I can’t find a coupon code online for certain boxes, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to receive unique codes in my inbox to use. A few girls have mentioned that they received promo codes today from Glossybox for 15% off, which would make your first box $17.85. Some companies may not have mass codes that can be found online but they do send out one-time use codes for new customers.

I’ve also found a few good deals that I wanted to share. Both are companies that I haven’t tried yet, but I’m very interested in.

Cult Cosmetics has a nail polish subscription box and is offering their Blackbox for a penny (plus shipping) with the promo code PENNYPOLISH — This brings the total down to $5.01 for 3 nail polishes, making them $1.67 each.

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To sign up, click the picture or visit:

Next up, Hello Fresh is a gourmet delivery service. Their boxes provide all the ingredients you need to prepare a complete meal at home. I’ve been wanting to try this out but the meal prices seem a little high for me. TODAY ONLY, they are offering 50% off for all new customers. With the coupon code, it would cost you $34.50 for 3 meals for two people, so $5.75 per meal per person.


To sign up, click the picture above or visit:

Other subscription box deals-

-Darby Smart – DIY January 2014 box. Coupon code still live:

-Conscious Box and Taste Guru both still on Groupon:

Wantable Makeup Box – January 2014 Review

Ever since discovering Birchbox a few years ago, it’s been my goal to try all of the beauty boxes. I started with the cheap ones (Ipsy, Birchbox) now I’m making my way up to the more costly ones (Glossybox, Wantable) Wantable is one of the most expensive ones, at $36 a month BUT they promise 4-5 full-sized products.

I’m still trying to come down from my December ’13 Glossybox high, so Wantable had big shoes to fill. The retail value of my box was $75.50. So for $36, I received double the retail value. However, I’m always concerned with getting my money’s worth more than what it would cost in the store.  (If I wouldn’t buy it in the store, then why does it matter what the retail value of it is?)

One thing that I’ve noticed about Wantable is that they try to keep your loves, likes and dislikes in mind when picking your products. My survey shows that I love brows, eyeliner, blush, highlighter, lip color and bronzer and that I like eye shadows and nail polish. I don’t really have any beauty hates other than fake eyelashes. And that’s mainly due to my own incompetence. I wore them for my wedding and loved the way they looked on me, but I just can’t apply them myself even after watching YouTube videos labelled “applying lashes for dummies”

So without further ado, let’s see what my $36 got me:


At first look, I was enamored with all the pretty packaging and noticed that I wasn’t familiar with any of the brands in the box. This is one of the best things about subscription boxes!

I’ll start with my two favorite items. The Sorme shimmer glow brush got me all kinds of excited. I used to have a similar product from the Victoria’s Secret beauty line that I wore every day and loved. The packaging of this product is also great. At first, I thought mine was broken but I realized the silver piece moves up to protect the brush. Genius! (Sorme Shimmer Glow Wand in Rosy – retail value $24)



The only sad thing that I can say about this is there’s not a ton of pigment and it really is just shimmer. I originally thought it would be more of a blush/shimmer combo, but I was wrong.


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You can see from the swatch it’s just a nice sheer shimmer. This will be great to add a nice healthy glow to my obviously pale skin.

The next product was the Bella il Fiore Rosie Lip gloss. I’ve received a few glosses lately, but I never get sick of them. Mine always seem to end up in the wash or I lose them, so enough is never really enough when it comes to lip gloss. (Bella il Fiore Shine On lip gloss in Rosie – retail value $11)


After swatching this on my arm, I noticed it was a little sticky but a great color. I then had to rub the swatch on my lips and I swear it tastes like Twizzlers. If anyone else has used this product, please confirm this to me because I think I might be going crazy.


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I’ve been begging Ipsy for some beauty tools, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a brush in here. After researching the brand, I found that Michael Marcus doesn’t have the best reviews for its line of cosmetics. I haven’t used my brush yet, but I’ll let you know how it pans out.

This is a primer brush that you can use for concealer or primer:


The brush seems really sturdy, so I hope that his brush line is better than his cosmetics line. Dear every beauty box in America, please keep sending me tools! (Michael Marcus Prime Foundation brush- retail value $20)

Next up are the two polishes. Face Stockholm and The Color Club:


Le sigh. These are both really pretty colors, but I have a ton of blue polishes:


After taking this picture, I found another blue Old Navy polish, so that makes the count 5. I’m not a nail polish hoarder like some of you ladies out there, so I really only need 1 or 2 in each color!

Of the two colors, I think I like the Face Stockholm in Want-a-blue more since it has hints of purple in it. I can see a really cute mani/pedi coming out of this polish:

The Color Club polish in Personal Stylist is also very pretty but I may need to email Wantable directly and put in a request to send me different colors if they are going to send duplicate items. I’m less excited about the Color Club polish than the Face Stockholm one. (Color Club In True Fashion Polish Personal Stylist – retail value of $8)

I really loved the variety of my Wantable Accessories box, but I felt like the variety wasn’t there with this box. I am really loving two of the products and am open-minded about the brush, so I won’t be returning my January box. Side note, Wantable is the only beauty box that I know of that lets you return your box for credit if you are unhappy with it so I’m really loving this aspect of it! However, the box didn’t completely blow me away for the price point. I think this will be one that I cancel for now and re-visit in the future.

Have you ever tried any of the Wantable boxes? How did you like it?


Ipsy December 2013

I’ve been doing Ipsy for about 5 months already and it’s been my favorite box. You can always expect to receive a ton of makeup in a new cosmetic makeup bag for only $10 a month. The debate on the web is always Birchbox v. Ipsy. The thing I’ve noticed with Ipsy is that it’s usually cheaper, non-prestige brands but you’ll get larger samples and sometimes full-sized products. I tried Birchbox for about the same time frame and discovered a few awesome brands that I now love, but the samples were always so gosh darn small that it made me happy and sad all at the same time.

Now that I’ve been doing Ipsy for awhile, I’m starting to love it less. I’m noticing a lot of repeat brands and I’m not getting to discover new products or colors like I’d hoped. Are we just receiving products that are overstock and didn’t sell, Ipsy? Please tell me that’s not true.

Here’s the first look at my box via my Instagram:


As you can tell from the first look, my perfume leaked and discolored the packaging. A new one is on the way, but I’ve read online that a few people received their replacements leaked too. No bueno!

First up, my favorite product from this month! The NickaK Ripe Apple nail polish. She’s so stinking pretty and a really beautiful shade of maroon. I’ve never really been a nail polish girl, but I still couldn’t help but get excited by the beauty of this little creature. Let me also add that I’m not really good at doing my nails but something about this brush is a little different and made it easier to apply with less of a mess.

Peep my Christmas mani:


I also used my NCLA Nail Wraps from my December ’13 PopSugar MustHave box. Although the wraps are more red and the polish is more maroon, I’m loving how they all look. I put about 3 coats of clear over the top so they don’t chip before Christmas. So far, so good!

Moving on to the Pop eyeshadows. I don’t really love these colors since I have something similar and will probably trade them.


A few months ago, I’d never heard of Be a Bombshell, now this is the 2nd product I’ve received from this brand. This is The One Stick in Flustered. You can use it on your lips or cheeks or anywhere you want to add a little color.


The thing I don’t love about multi-use products like this is how big it is. It’s so awkward to try and apply this to my lips, yet I don’t completely love it on my cheeks either. I think from now on, I’ll use it as a lipstick but use a brush for easier application.

Here’s a swatch of Flustered and below it is a swatch of the Be a Bombshell Hot Damn lip crayon that was in my November ’13 Ipsy bag (you may also see a peep of my Lulu Sugar bracelet from my December ’13 PopSugar MustHave box. I haven’t taken it off since I got it!)


The Flustered is a nice shade of pink with a little bit of sparkles, while the Hot Damn is a matte show-stopping finish. I love the way the lip crayon applies so easily, that the Flustered was a bit of a letdown.

I think I need to edit my Ipsy survey because I’ve been getting a ton of lipsticks lately. I’m not complaining but I need some variety in my life! I also received the Nyx Extra Creamy lipstick in Sky Pink. This is a great everyday lipstick because it is a nice shade of light pink and the “extra creamy” bit rings true. My lips feel so moisturized and I have no need to apply any extra lip balm.


It was a great year for me with Ipsy. My makeup storage is now chalk full of lots of makeup. Although Ipsy is primarily known as being a makeup service, in 2014 I’d like to see them stray from that once in awhile. My 2014 Ipsy wish list: a few makeup tools (brushes, sponges, tweezers, etc) as well as some more moisturizer for the winter (The Ole Henriksen Truth Creme from my October ’13 bag is probably my all-time favorite Ipsy score) and some scrubs or Lush products. If I’ve convinced you to give this a shot, please use my referral link:

If you’re already a subscriber, what do you hope to see in your Glam bag in 2014