Medusa’s Makeup January 2019

Another month, another Medusa’s Makeup subscription box!  This is the one for the current month, January 2019, and it arrived at least a week ago, maybe more.  I did say I’m getting back into blogging, but there’s some catch up to do here.  Anyway!  This month featured four items and a bonus clear zip bag, and as usual, everything is vegan and cruelty free.

  • Totally Baked Eyeshadow – 2 g / $9 – (Full size product)  The color is “Fer Sure” and it’s a coppery red color.  The eyeshadow is incredibly pigmented, but it can be applied lighter or a super-pigmented gorgeous metallic color.  This is the kind of color that works really well to kick up the green in my eyes, so I LOVE this one to bits.
  • Lip Balm – .1 oz / $8.95 – (Full size product)  The flavor is “Cha Cha Cha Cherry Bomb” (HELLOOOO EARWORM!) and it smells exactly like a very popular brand of cherry lip balm, but this one is vegan and cruelty free.  Perfect timing for my dry, chapped winter lips.
  • Metallic AF Lip Gloss – .2 oz / $11 – (Full size product)  The color is “Bad Medicine” which is a metallic light pink gloss.  It goes on like a gloss but then dries almost like a matte lipstick, so it sticks around for a while.  The color and metallic shine may be a bit outside of my makeup comfort zone, but I think using this as a layer over a darker lipstick might be fun to try.
  • Mystical Eyedust – 3 g / $11.95 – (Full size product)  The color is “Psykhe” which is a really interesting chameleon of a color that looks purple and brown but with a gold shimmer.  It’s a really neat color and I can’t wait to use it.
  • Makeup Bag – ?? – Bonus item this  month!  I’m not a huge fan of plastic, but I do like having bags like this for travel, and I’m pretty sure this one would be okay to use as your carry-on baggie of liquids on a plane.

The total value of this box comes to $40.90 plus the value of the bonus makeup bag which is pretty great for a cost of only $16.95 per month!  It looks like the price went up $1 this past month, but the longer term subscriptions of 6 and 12 months bring the price down to $15.50 and $14.95 a month respectively.  I love that all the products are cruelty free and vegan, and it’s just a fun box to get every month.

Sephora Play! January 2019

Since I’m back on blogging, here’s my Sephora Play! box for January 2018!  My box was variant #279, and I have to say it was mostly a miss, but I’ll get into that below in the box contents.  I’ve been subscribing to this one since nearly the beginning (since it was available in my area), and sometimes it’s a big hit, and other times it’s just all wrong.  They still can’t seem to get the curly hair items together, and I really don’t need yet another Smashbox Primer product (I’ve gotten Photo Finish twice, and I know I have samples of the Primer Water around too).  I do like the switch to these plastic zip bags – I mean, they’re plastic which, meh, but they’re way more useful for travel since they’ll contain spills and products that accidentally open mid-flight, but again, overall I could do without the bag.

  • Hum Daily Cleanse Supplement – 60 capsules / $25 – (Product is 6 capsules, value of $2.50)  These are going straight to the trash.  I don’t want ‘dietary supplements’ in ANY beauty box, not to mention that stuff like this is worthless.  You’re not going to detox or cleanse anything by taking these, other than that you’re going to pee out nearly 100% of what’s in there, and you could possibly do harm to your body by taking a supplement you don’t actually need.  What a waste.
  • Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon – 1.56 g / $24 – (Product is .89 g, value of $16.27)  Color received is “Glacé” which is a dusty mauve.  Mauves usually don’t work well with my skintone, but this one is just cool enough that it looks great!  Plus, Bite is cruelty free and already a favorite.
  • Origins Clear Improvement Mask – 1 oz / $13 – (Product is .5 oz, value of $6.50)  Charcoal masks are great and I use them all the time, so I’ll definitely use this one.  It’s nothing new to me since I know I’ve bought this before, but at least it’s not sketchy vitamins.
  • Smashbox Primer Water – 115 mL / $32 – (Product is 5 mL, value of $1.39)  Meh.  I don’t use primers often since I rarely to never use foundation, and I know I have a sample of this around here already anyway, plus I have probably a dozen of the regular non-water Smashbox primers too.
  • Laneige Water Sleeping Mask – 70 mL / $25 – (Product is 10 mL, value of $3.57)  I have super dry skin, so this will be fun to try!
  • Marajo Cleansing Creme & Deep Treatment Butter – 8.5 oz / $29 and 5.3 oz / $29 – (Products are both .23 oz, total value of $2.04)  A hair product that contains silicones, acrylates, and sulfates.  Curly hair that isn’t washed using a traditional shampoo with SLS/ALS cannot use these products because they cause buildup.  This is going straight to the trade/give-away box.

I think the reason I’m so disappointed with this box is that here we are starting a new year, and it’s all old products really.  I’m super disappointed with the inclusion of a supplement especially considering the science keeps proving over and over and over again that they’re useless and can actually do more harm than good.  It’s irresponsible to send these out without having some kind of opt-in for this kind of product.  The value in total comes to $32.27.  For a personal value, the Bite Lip Crayon makes this box worth the $10.60 cost for me alone since I really do love the color and will absolutely use it.  The rest is kinda meh.  Two products (hair care and supplement) are either being tossed or traded/gifted, and while I’ll probably use the remaining three (primer, two masks), I’m not really thrilled about them.  I know Sephora is sending out TONS of these boxes at this point, but they’re doing a really poor job at customization and keeping things fresh and new – it’s been a lot of repeats and old products instead of new items to explore and discover.  I wish they’d let you review your box and give ratings to let them know what you loved, hated, didn’t use, or were ambivalent about.  Anyway, I suppose for $10.60 a month, I really don’t have a lot to complain about, and getting samples to try, even if I’ve tried them three times before, is still worth the money for now, but if this keeps up, it might not be.

 

Medusa’s Makeup December 2018

I wanted to get back into the habit of posting subscription boxes and whatnot even though I’ve dropped a bunch of subscriptions this year.  We’ve been away or moving most of the year, so it didn’t make sense to keep receiving stuff I wasn’t home to use (or, not wearing yoga pants and t-shirts 24/7 for months on end).  Anyway!  I jumped back on Medusa’s Makeup after a hiatus when I saw this box teased on social media.  Unicorns, I’m in!

  • Unicorn Farts Lip Sparkle – 2 g / $10 – (Product is full size)  The sparkle looks like it would show up like crazy, but not a whole lot of it transfers to your lips, so it ends up being just a subtle pink shimmer.  AND, it smells like cotton candy.  What’s not to love?
  • Magical Makeup Setting Spray – 2 oz / $11.95 – (Product is full size)  It has a light, fresh smell, and while it dries a little slower than some other popular setting sprays, it didn’t feel tacky or sticky at all.
  • Disco Queen Lip Gloss – .2 oz / $11.95 – (Product is full size)  Oh boy, I’m usually not that into lip gloss, but this one is surprisingly not sticky and goes on more like a lip balm but with decent glitter payoff and has this pretty peachy shimmer.  It’s enough to be like HELLO GLITTER, but not so much that it’s WHOA, GLITTER.  Plus, it smells like cupcakes.
  • Glam Rock Eyeshadow – 2 g / $9 – (Product is full size)  The color is “Heroes” and is a shimmery, metallic forest green.  It’s really easy to blend, so it can go on as lightly as you want, or crazy full blast deep, dark green.
  • Rainbow Brush – 1 / ?? – (Bonus item)  I mean, how could you have a unicorn box and not include something ridiculously rainbow fantastic.  Love it!
  • Unicorn Hair Ties – 2 / ?? – (Bonus item)  I go through hair ties constantly, so extras are always welcome!

The value of the items comes to $42.90 and the value of the bonus items is reported to be $12 according to the product card.  The beauty box only costs $15.95 per month including shipping, so we’re well over double the cost even without including the bonus item value!  I was surprised that I love the lip gloss this much (and I mean, I really really do), and I’ll definitely use everything in here, so chalk this up as a winner for me.  What’s even better is that every item in the box is vegan and completely cruelty free.

Storybook Cosmetics – November 2018

My poor little blog has been neglected since April, but it’s time to get back at it.  To be fair, there were a lot of crazy things happening, but I think I’ll get into that in another post.  This post is about the first shipment from the Storybook Cosmetics Book Club!  The first shipment was originally scheduled to ship in August, but there were a few delays, and this finally arrived on the 27th of November.  There was clear communication on social media about delays the whole way along, so I’m okay with that.  This being the first shipment, sometimes it takes a while to work out all the logistics and timing, and hey, it was well worth waiting for!

The first shipment is based on Little Women and is shaped like a book, complete with a dark green woven fabric printed book cover featuring gold lettering.  Inside the book, there’s a mirror on one side, and three eye shadows and a liquid lipstick on the other.  The eye shadow colors are Meg, Beth, and Amy, and the liquid lipstick is Jo.  This is just so perfectly on theme!  The packaging is gorgeous and sturdy with a magnetic closure.  As for the eye shadow colors, Meg is a shimmery sage green, Beth is a matte tan, and Amy is a shimmery, plummy pink sort of color.  The liquid lipstick is a deep raspberry shade – not a bright color, a good bit darker than my natural lip color, and it goes on much darker than it looks in the tube.  I really do love the color though, and the formula goes on creamy without drying out my lips.  It dries to a pretty long lasting matte finish.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next shipment which, according to an update today, looks like will arrive in January.  Honestly, I’d be okay with this being an every-other-month club since I could see it going to makeup overload pretty quick since those are all full-size products.  The cost is $24.99 per month plus shipping which came out to a total of $28.99 for me.  As far as a value goes, the liquid lipstick costs $14.00 on their website, and a 12 pan eye shadow book goes for $55, so it’s hard to come out with an exact value, but I’d say it’s right on target with their other products, plus, it’s a unique one-of-a-kind item that only goes out to subscribers which is always the draw of subscription boxes.  Overall, it’s a stunning product, and I can’t wait for the next!