Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag - September 2014 - Beauty Subscription Bag

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What is it? Ipsy Glam Bag
How Much? $10 per month, plus $4.95 shipping to Canada
What’s in it?  4-5 beauty products every month 
My September Ipsy Glam Bag shipped September 8th and arrived September 15th. I resisted peeking at spoilers this month so I had no idea what to expect.

In honour of New York Fashion Week, the theme for September is Street Style.
All eyes are on NY but our eyes are on YOU. Are you ready? 
CAILYN Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Love Affair (full size, $19)
Intensely Colorful + Artistically Glossy. CAILYN Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss delivers the stunning color impact of a lip stain and high shine of a lip gloss. This silky smooth gloss glides on your lips like butter, leaving you with a lacquer like finish. 

The colour of this gloss is gorgeous! It's a rich wine colour and will be great for fall and winter.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask (1oz, $4.95)
Repair and treat dry, damaged and breaking hair with Don't Despair, Repair!™ deep conditioning mask. Fortified with ultra-hydrating avocado, sweet almond & argan oils, strengthening keratin protein, power-conditioning rosehip oil, soothing aloe, and super hair-essential vitamins B5, D, A, E and biotin. This unique complex of targeted ingredients helps increase hair elasticity and moisture to prevent breakage, promotes healthy shine and luster, and replenishes strength. 

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser (1oz,  $2.33)
This gentle cleanser washes away impurities without drying, irritating or causing redness. Cucumber hydrates and soothes. Watercress, rich in antioxidants, helps protect skin from free radical damage. Alcohol-Free. Gluten-Free. Vegan.

I received a Nourish Organic Moisturizer before and I like it. I'm happy to try more of their products.

Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil (0.73g, $5)
These rich water-proof, buttery smooth eye pencils glide on smooth and deliver big color pay off with every stroke. Long-lasting natural formula, provides hours of wear and contains beneficial ingredients great for the sensitive eye area.

This liner is about half of a full size one. It's bigger than the eyeliner I received from Ipsy last month, but still kind of small and pathetic.

Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush (Full size, $17.50 - on sale $6.99)
This dual-ended brush offers the best of both worlds. The shadow brush is perfect for applying eye shadow or contouring the eye, while the crease brush is designed to be used dry for defining the eye, or wet for precision concealing.

This seems to be a nice brush, but I already have one similar from bareMinerals.

The September Ipsy Glam Bag included five products with an approximate retail value of $38.27 (or $48.78 if you use the non-sale price for the brush). I love the gloss and I look forward to trying the face cleanser and hair mask. The liner and brush will be added to my swap/sell board. This is representative of a usual Ipsy bag - a mix of hit and miss products. I'm never overly disappointed or overly excited, but I am happy with the products I received.

What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Kids Subscription Box Deals & Updates

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Back to School with Peekapak Promotion

What is it? Peekapak
How Much? $24.99/month. Save with 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions
What's in it? An exciting storybook filled with educational tidbits, interesting challenges, and craft instructions, 2-3 engaging crafts, and all the materials needed.

Peekapak is a Toronto-based subscription service for kids. Peekapak are designed for play-based and inquiry-based learning. Each month Peekapak provides an activity which "emphasizes active, collaborative play and learning". The kits are meant to let your child's imagination and creativity flourish.

"Take your child on a new journey each month and fly through space, or view the world through the eyes of an insect! The adventure extends from the pages of their storybook into real life when kids create items from the story and join the adventure!"
For a limited time, you can save 40% off your first Peekapak. Use promo code BACKTOSCHOOLPAK to claim your discount. Shipping is free in US and Canada! This deal is valid until September 21st.

 Kiwi Crate
Kiwi Crate Family Brands >>

What is it? Kiwi Crate
How much?  $19.95/month (save w/ 6 & 12 month subscriptions), plus $6.95/month shipping
What's in it? See below
Kiwi Crate has announced three new boxes, in addition to the original Kiwi Crate. There is now a box for every child, aged 3 to 16.

Koala Crate:  Ages 3-4 - Explore developmentally appropriate, enriching projects with your preschooler.

Kiwi Crate:  Ages 4-8 - Celebrate creativity and curiosity with activities designed to help kids discover, explore, and create.

Tinker Crate:  Ages 9-14+ - Promote creative problem-solving skills with STEM-based, at-home experiments and magazines.

Doodle Crate: Ages 9-16+ - Inspire self-expression & confidence in young makers with new crafting techniques and materials.

The new boxes are launching soon and are currently available for pre-order, with limited quantities of each box available. Click on the links to see more about each box and what will be inside.

Rockettes® Fancy Box Review - September 2014 - Lifestyle Subscription Box

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What is it? Rockettes® Fancy Box
How Much? $39 per month, plus $17 shipping to Canada
What's in it? Check here

The Rockettes® Fancy Box is a brand new offering in the Fancy Box lineup. For those living under a rock and not familair with the world famous Rockettes®, they are 'a precision dance company founded in 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri and since 1932 have performed out of Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York City (source).

As with all Fancy Boxes, this box has a guaranteed minimum value of $80 (retail prices). The Rockettes® box is supposed to contain "their favorite items, from dance to beauty, fashion to fitness". I was super curious about, and I'm interested in fashion, fitness, and beauty, so I signed up for the first release.

First look

I didn't receive an e-mail shipping notice for this box (actually my last three Fancy Boxes didn't come with shipping notices), but I know from the fine print, the Rockettes® Fancy Box ships around the 8th of the month. This one shipped via FedEx September 10th and arrived September 12th. Pretty impressive FedEx!

 Product Card

American Apparel Long Leg Warmer ($18)
This is something I would expect in a box curated by dancers! Someone suggested to use them as boot socks this winter, which could be really cute.

Veho 360 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker ($45.99)
Just yesterday I was thinking about ordering a wireless speaker for my phone and laptop.Great timing!

Twistband Headbands (3 set, $12)
I really hate ribbon hair ties and headbands so I will either gift or sell these on my Pinterest Swap/Sell board.

WRDBNR "If Not Now Then When" Tote, ($18)
I love fun totes. They are great for shopping, groceries, work, the market, travel... anything and everything.

The first Rockettes® Fancy Box included only four times, but they are valued at $94! I'm really happy about the speaker and the tote. The legwarmers could be fun and cozy for this winter. The headbands are great, but not my style so they will probably be gifted. It's a good start for this new box from Fancy. I look forward to seeing what they offer next month.

If you order the Rockettes® Fancy Box before October 3rd, your box will ship around October 8th. Order after October 3, and it will ship around November 8th.

What do you think of the new Rockettes® Fancy Box ?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Elizabeth & Clarke Review - Fall 2014 - Clothing Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

What is it? Elizabeth & Clarke
How Much? $60 per quarter for 3 shirts, $50 per quarter for 2 shirts, $30 per quarter for 1 shirt. Shipping to Canada is $15. What’s in it?  Designer-quality blouses and tees delivered every 3 months, at the beginning of the season.

Elisabeth & Clarke is a clothing subscription service that sends designer-quality tops to your door every season. They are called "perfect basics" because the tops are all made of quality fabrics, in neutral colours. The styles are fashion forward and appropriate for any lifestyle.

This is my second Elizabeth & Clarke shipment. My first one was in the Spring and I wasn't super thrilled with it. The blouse I received was great quality, but the fit and sizing was off. I decided to skip the summer season and hold out for fall and winter.

The Fall Collection  featured three new shirts, along with two from the Forever Collection. I opted for The Allende, a camel-coloured sweater.

First look

The Allende
This camel-colored sweater will keep you cozy from fall into winter. We searched for the perfect textile for this fall staple; it is heavy but also incredibly soft, and warm but without added bulk. We added vents to the sides and a few other chic details like an oversized hem and extra-high neckline.

Photo via Elizabeth & Clarke

Once again the quality of this top is fantastic. It's a soft and sleek viscose/acrylic blend. The knit is lightweight and perfect for transitioning between seasons. I ordered a size up for a more cozy, oversize fit and I absolutely love it. My only wish is that the neckline was cowl-neck, turtleneck, scoop-neck, or even boat-neck. Anything but what it is... the high neckline looks odd. Regardless of that, I think this top will look great with leggings or skinny jeans and boots. It will work on it's own or under a blazer or quilted vest.

Are you interested in Elizabeth & Clarke? The Winter Collection has been released and is available for purchase until November 1st. 

Photos via Elizabeth & Clarke
The Bronte is back and even better than before! We took this already great style and made it even more fabulous by sourcing the perfect chiffon fabric and meticulously re-shaping the garment to perfection. With its two-tier design and super high neckline this is the ultimate subtle statement piece that will inspire compliments everywhere you go. 

 The Williams is the ultimate long sleeve tee to take you from day to night. With its super-soft fabric and chic asymmetrical hem it keeps you comfortable while staying stylish, and who doesn’t love that combination?

The Swan is the ideal comfy-chic sweater to get you through those cold winter months. Its’ super-soft fabric and flattering fit will earn this sweater a permanent place in your winter wardrobe. The adorable suede elbow patches and unique knitting at the hem take this sweater from staple to special.  
If you don't like these ones, the Forever Collection is also available, as always. I opted for The Swan. Something about elbow patches always gets me! 

If you are interested in Elizabeth & Clarke's Winter Collection, be sure to read the FAQ page before signing up. They include a size chart and all the payment, order, and shipping dates for each season. You will be charged as soon as you sign up, but the next collection doesn't ship until December 1st. After that you will be charged on December 15th for the Spring Collection, which ships by March 1st, and so on. It's a little confusing, but Elizabeth & Clarke bills so far in advance because they make the shirts to order.

New subscribers can save 20% off their first order by using prom code Newsletter20 at checkout. Order by November 1st and your Winter Collection tops will ship December 1st.

What do you think of Elizabeth & Clarke?

Friday, 12 September 2014

Product Review - GOSH Comsetics #GOSHGoddess Super Panel

I received these products complimentary for review from ChickAdvisor.
I was lucky enough to receive a 4-piece GOSH Cosmetics set for review courtesy of the ChickAdvisor Product Review Club. ChickAdvisor is an "award-winning Canadian community for women, by women, featuring reviews on products we love". The community is free to join, and once a member, you can sign up for the Product Review Club for your chance to test and review new products from leading companies and brands. I've been a member for several years and over that time, I've had the opportunity to test L'Oreal Intense Repair Shampoo and Masque, Danone DanActive, Oral-B Pulsonic Power Toothbrush, Aquafina Plus+ Vitamins 10 Cal, Maybeline New York Instant Age Rewind Makeup, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Water-Light Daily Face Sunscreen, Marcelle Essentials 1st Wrinkles Day Cream, and Breyes Smooth & Dreamy Ice Cream. That's a lot of free product! If you aren't a member of ChickAdvisor yet, you really should sign up!

It's been a long time since I've been chosen for a Product Review Club offer. I usually miss the application deadline. I was thrilled when I found out I was one of the 600 Canadian women chosen for the GOSH Cosmetics Super Panel. I wouldn't be reviewing one product - I was going to get four!  GOSH Cosmetics is a Danish brand, new to the Canadian market and available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart and it's subsidiaries.

Lip Lacquer has the best of 2 worlds – an intense rich color of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss. Comes in cool nail varnish-inspired bottle. Enriched with Argan oil and Vitamin E to keep lips soft and nourished. Comes in 8 long-lasting on-trend shades. Some with amazing coverage, others more transparent with high shine.
This bright and shiny lip lacquer came in a bottle similar to that of nail polish. It has a q-tip style applicator in the cap. It is easy to apply and feels smooth and rich on the lips, probably because of the addition of Argan oil. The Lacquer is very shiny without being too sticky, but the shine is short lived and the colour faded in under an hour. It definitely wouldn't stand up to food and drinks. For the $12 asking price, I don't find the results worth it.

GOSH Mineral Powder in shade 004 ($22)
This Mineral Powder has a very light and silky texture, which is easy to blend into the skin with a mineral powder brush.  It gives a medium to full coverage and a natural matte finish.
This Mineral Powder goes on heavy, almost cakey so the trick is to have a great brush and blend, blend, blend. The coverage was good if you are looking for a full coverage powder, but the "matte finish" left my skin looking dry and dull.  

GOSH Defining Brow Gel in Brown ($15)
GOSH Defining Brow Gel tames unruly brows without leaving them stiff, flaky or sticky. The gel can be worn alone or layered over GOSH Eyebrow pencils or over one of the brow powders from GOSH Brow Kit. Perfume free. Available in 4 colours.
Brow Gel is new to me. I have pretty well groomed and "tame" brows without needing a gel, but the brown shade helped define my barely there reddish/blond hairs in a very subtle, natural looking way. This isn't a product I need though so I wouldn't buy it.

GOSH Double Precision Mascara ($17)
This mascara is a two-brush wonder tool for luscious, long lashes with serious definition. In two easy and perfectly controlled sweeps, the large brush adds extreme volume to upper lashes while the small brush allows for individual definition on the lower lashes. Perfume and paraben-free.
I found my new mascara of choice! The large brush is meant for the upper lashes and the small brush is meant for the lower lashes. I don't wear mascara on my lower lashes so I used this mascara in a different way. First I applied a coat to my upper lashes using the small brush. This helped define and separate the lashes. Next I followed with a couple coats using the large brush, adding length and volume. The results were amazing. I had voluminous, defined, clump-free lashes. This mascara lasted all day with no fading, flaking, or smudging.

I really enjoyed testing these products for the ChickAdvisor Product Review Club. For a few days, I got to be a #GOSHGoddess and wear a lot more makeup than I normally would wear. The mascara is the definite winner in my collection of products. The Mineral Powder would be my least favourite. The GOSH line is priced higher than most drugstore cosmetics brand, but it's still less than the higher end brands carried in the Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique (Stila, Benefit, Clinique, Smashbox, etc).

Check out ChickAdvisor here so you can be part of the Product Review Club too.

See more about GOSH Cosmetics at Shoppers Drug Mart here or head to your local SDM to check out the new line.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Fall Edition FabFitFun VIP Box - Shipping Soon + Spoiler & Free Gift PROMO CODE

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What is it? FabFitFun VIP
How Much? $49.99 per quarter, plus $8 shipping to Canada
What’s in it? Full-size premium beauty, fashion, fitness, and wellness finds, valued at least $200

The Fall Edition FabFitFun VIP boxes begin shipping the week of September 22nd. You still have time to sign up for this great subscription. My first box was the Summer Edition and I absolutely LOVED it.

The Fall Edition box promises at least $200 of "uh-mazing finds", including a Jessie Steele apron valued at $32.

As an added bonus, new subscribers can score the hottest item from the summer box- the FabFitFun Water Infuser Water Bottle. Use promo code FRUITWATER to get this great water bottle added to your fall box for free! The promo will show up as a $0.01 discount on your order. This water bottle was my favourite item from the summer box. I filled mine with lemons, strawberries, and my fave blend - mint and cucumber!

If you don't want the water bottle promo, try promo code FALL5 to save $5 off your box. This code is for new subscribers only. As well, if you sign up for a full year of FabFitFun VIP, you will save $20 off the yearly subscription price. To sign up for a year, click the link under "SPECIAL OFFER" on the sign up page.

Click here to check out FabFitFun VIP.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

BlushBox Review - August 2014 - Intimate Subscription Box

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How Much? $27 per month, plus $10 shipping. Save with 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions.  What’s in it? Includes sexy surprises like romance enhancers, lingerie, adult accessories, personal play things, bedroom beauty and much, much more.

BlushBox is an intimates subscription box company. They have quarterly subscriptions, as well as lower-cost monthly options. There is the Monthly Teaser Box, a monthly Panty Delivery, a monthly "Toy" Box, and a monthly condom box. BlushBox is "dedicated to helping you embrace your sexy side in a classy, fun and stylish way".

With each of our BlushBox subscriptions, we’ll send you a curated BlushBox that combines fun and fashionable with sensual and sultry surprises to keep you up-to-date on the hottest trends and transform your intimate lifestyle.
This is the last box of my Monthly Teaser Box subscription. There is nothing especially shocking or inappropriate this month, so the review will not be hidden as it normally is.

 Product card

 First look

Dreamgirl - Lace Thong in coral ($10)  

Topco - Funzone Juicy Mini Male Masterbator ($26)

Booty Parlor - Flirty Little Secret Firming Bronzer with Pheromones (sample)

System Jo - H2O Vanilla Cream Flavored Lubricant (sample)

Earthly Body 3-1 Massage Candle in Dreamsicle ($5)

Coochy Rash Free Shave Cream in Green Tea (30ml, $3.50)

The August BlushBox included four products and two samples, with an approximate retail value of $44.50. They also included a $10 off promo card for any purchase of $30 or more at BlushBox. I like this box the most of all four of the boxes I've received. There is a great mix of things. Lingerie, body products, a toy, and some romance. I'm a little bummed that the Juicy item is for men... there is no one I can gift it to without it being incredibly awkward! Overall, it's a great box.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Guest Post - Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Review

 The following post is a product review written by my cousin Tobe. She is a presenter for the new cosmetic phenomenon - Younique 3D Fiber Lash "mascara". I am posting this in support of Tobe. I receive no compensation from this post, nor from any purchases made through the links in this post. Tobe, being a brand presenter, will receive compensation if you purchase Younique products through her website.

My Quest for Fabulous Lashes

I am fully willing to admit that I am a beauty product junkie. At times my habit could be considered a borderline addiction. I know I'm not alone; all of us ladies want to look our best. I'm always searching for the latest and greatest beauty goodies. Subscription boxes have become such a great friend. The boxes have led me to find several "keepers" which remain in my beauty arsenal. The one elusive product I have struggled to find is mascara. Over time my lashes have become thin, especially since having children. My lashes have become almost non existent. I have tried so many mascaras to help with my puny lashes-almost too many too count. Cheap or expensive, nothing has made a difference until now. I have literally hit the mascara mother load and finally found my HOLY GRAIL mascara.

A friend of mine introduced me to a very cool product called Younique 3D Fiber Lash mascara. When you purchase, you get two tubes of complete awesomeness. The first tube is a transplanting gel (the longer tube, shown above). You start by putting a couple of coats of Transplanting Gel on your lashes. The second tube is a wand of 3D fibers. With this, you lightly coat the ends of your lashes with the fibers and then seal the lashes with a couple more coats of the transplanting gel. VOILA!! You now have noticeable, fuller lashes! A great tip is to start with a light coat of regular mascara to add more colour, then top with the Transplanting Gel, 3D Fibers, and finally, seal with more Transplanting Gel. The best part is that this mascara is water resistant and doesn't smudge, yet comes off easily with soap and water. It's made with bamboo and green tea fibers-no icky chemicals or dyes to ruin your lashes. Younique 3D Fiber Lash mascara is an absolute must try. If you are unhappy with it, you can return it for a full refund within 14 days...though I can't imagine you would want to return it. I will be keeping this little miracle product around for a long time

I did a side by side comparison of Younique 3D Fiber Lash mascara and the top selling "They're Real" by Benefit Cosmetics. They're Real has been making the rounds in various subscription boxes recently so it seemed the perfect mascara for this side by side test. Younique 3D Fiber Lash is on the left and Benefit's They're Real is on the right.

 Younique vs. Benefit

The pictures speak for themselves. 3D Fiber lash mascara actually enhanced the size and length of my lashes. Benefit They're Real mascara only gave my lashes a more defining color. When it comes to price the two mascara's are very comparable. "They're Real" is $29 on  Younique 3D Fiber Lash mascara is $35. Yes, the 3D Fiber lash is $7 more but when you compare the quality and lash enhancement it gives you, the price is worth it.

Another cool thing about Younique 3D Fiber Lash mascara is that it is sold exclusively through presenters for Younique. This company has only been around 18 months and is making a huge impact on the beauty industry. Younique strives to help women empower themselves and build a life of debt free living. I hope you enjoy this product as much as I do! 

If you are interested in buying Younique 3D Fiber Lash mascara or have any questions on the Younique opportunity feel free to contact me at any of the following:
Twitter: @3DBiglashes
Instagram: @3DBiglashes

Note from Jill:
I also tried a side by side with Younique and Benefit. I told Tobe I didn't want MEGA lashes, and I don't use mascara on my bottom lashes, so she went easy on the 3D Fibers. My results are very subtle, but the Younique 3D Fibers did make my lashes seem more full, especially around the base. For my photo, Benefit is on the left side and Younique on the right side. 

 Benefit vs. Younique

For another perspective, this YouTube video is what made me want to purchase Younique. This chick is crazy but she's hilarious and it sold me.

Have you heard of Younique 3D Fiber Lash mascara or ever tried it before? What did you think? If you have any questions, post them here. Tobe will check in and answer your questions as best she can!