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Goodebox July 2015

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July’s Goodebox just arrived this week, and I’m finally getting around to posting  about it.  Really a great box, and a near perfect fit!  The only thing I rhave no interest in is the self tanner and would’ve preferred getting the mascara other folks got in their boxes over the tanner.  I don’t tan on purpose (naturally/chemically/tanning bed) ever, and I find pale to be a naturally lovely shade.  Work with what you’ve got!  Anyway, the Sunstick is absolutely brilliant, the facial scrub is great, I’m already a huge fan of Yarok, and the toner is non-alcohol based, so those are all big wins in my book!

  • Acure Brightening Facial Scrub – 4 oz / $9.99 – (Sample is full size!)  I was a little skeptical at first – brightening scrub?  I’m a pretty fair shade to start with, if I go brighter/lighter, I’ll end up transparent!  I’m not sure I completely buy claims like this anyway, so taken at face value as just a scrub, it’s a really great product with a fantastic ingredient list that doesn’t include sulfates, petroleum products, and is cruelty free.  It’s a thick paste that almost looks like really chunky pesto and smells minty and botanical (but not overpoweringly so).  It exfoliates well but isn’t as coarse as a sugar or salt scrub which makes it suitable for regular  use, especially for someone with dry, thick skin.  The price point is reasonable as well and may make this a new go-to for face scrubs.
  • Yarok Feed Your Shine – 1 oz / $26.40 – (Sample is .3 oz, value of $7.92)  I’m already a huge fan of Yarok, so this product is perfect.  The small, 10 mL dropper bottle feeds out drops of a blend of all kinds of oils, perfect for dry summer hair.  The oil is pretty strongly scented, and smells, “Green,” for lack of a better term – fresh and woodsy, but not musky.  A few drops on my second day hair ends brings them back to life and makes them glossy and manageable again.  LOVE this product so much.
  • SunTegrity Self Tanner – 5 oz / $36 – (Sample is .25 oz, $1.80, or $1.95 on website)  I’m not into tanning.  I never go out of my way to get, “color,” ie, skin damage.  Same applies to self tanner – it’s just another way to make your skin look damaged and promotes the idea that getting a summer tan is good for you when it’s absolutely not.  This one is beet color based which is interesting, but it comes out as a jaundice yellow color on my skin.  It doesn’t smell chemically though and goes on smooth and even feels moisturizing, but this product totally missed the mark for my preferences.
  • All Good Coconut Sun Stick – .6 oz / $7.99 – (Sample is full size!)  I am THE WORST about applying sun screen.  You’d think, after my rant above about tanning and skin damage, that I’d be THE poster child for sunscreen.  I’m not.  I should do better, and do put on sunscreen  if I know I’m going to be out in the sun between 10am and 4pm, but sometimes a quick 15 minute weeding session to create some Vitamin D runs over and before you know it, burnt.  Or, you go out to a festival and realize forgot the sunscreen at home.  No more excuses!  This is such an easy product to stash in a bag and cover your face and arms quickly without chemical blockers.  The active blocker is zinc (physical blocker) which is great!  Plus, it smells deliciously like coconut, is cruelty free, and contains a bunch of wonderful waxes, oils, and butters that are good for your skin.  While it says it’s not waterproof, I found that it stayed in place while sweating when mowing the lawn due to the waxes.  It still washed off easily with soap and water though, and can’t melt/leak in my bag which makes this the perfect to-go sunscreen solution.
  • Angel Face Botanicals Grace Antioxidant Facial Toner – 9 oz / $32 – (Sample is 1.2 oz, value of $4.27)  A toner that isn’t alcohol based?  AWESOME.  Not a single alcohol in the ingredient list.  Aloe juice seems to be the carrier liquid, and the product smells mostly like lavender which is great.  It doesn’t feel drying and doesn’t make my skin feel tight afterwards.  If I regularly used toner, this would end up being my go-to, but it’s just not something I feel the need to use really.  It’s still fun to try out and I’m glad this was included!

Overall value of the box comes to $32.12 and is actually on the lower end for this box (last month’s was almost double this month’s).  I’m not too bothered by the dollar amount though because the two full size products, the scrub and sun stick, are things I’ll use till they’re empty!  Like I mentioned above, I’m a little bummed that I didn’t get the mascara in this box, but if there’s a coupon coming in email, I may spring for it anyway since I keep hearing how amazing it is.  Can’t wait to see what they come up with for next month!

Goodebox June 2015

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Another month, another Goodebox!  It arrived within the first week of the month (yesterday, June 3rd if we’re keeping count) which is great.  It feels like a pretty substantial box this month at first glance – 5 products, three of which  full-size.   I’m really rather happy with this one!  No pink nail polish, but a lovely nude color along with some really fabulous basics instead of bizarre niche products.  They nailed the selection for the MyChelle product, and it’s a company I’ve come to love through Goodebox.  Anyway, before I go on too much, on to the contents!

  • Lillian Eve Nail Polish – .5 oz / $12 – (Sample is full size)  I received the color, “Nothing But Nude,” which is this really lovely basic neutral tan color.  I’d been wanting a nude/neutral for a while, and somehow Goodebox nailed it!  For a five-free polish, it’s on the more affordable end of the spectrum (for the same size, Butter is $15, Lauren B is $18, Aila is $17).  For being such a light color, it really did cover in two coats, while three made it super opaque, and is enough to look like there’s polish there without being some crazy wild color (I dig crazy wild colors, but not all the time).  It dries quickly and feels durable which I’m surely going to put to the test this week while digging in the garden.  Big fan of this  nail polish, so glad it was included!
  • MyChelle Clear Skin Serum – 1 oz / $33 – (Sample is full size)  The formula is for Oily skin and Blemish Control which, while my skin my not be all that oily, I still get pimples, so it works for me.  The ingredient list includes a base of Witch Hazel with plant extracts, clay, tea tree oil, and all kinds of vitamins.  It pumps out as a clear gel that has a bit of an alcohol smell.  Goes on smooth, but feels a little sticky when dry.  This is probably something I’d put on before bed on a clean face for maximum effect.
  • Red Flower Wanderlust Hand + Face Towelettes – Pack of 7 / $5 – (Sample is full size)  I’m not super huge into these type of towelettes, but with it being summer, I can see these being useful for a quick freshen-up on my face to clear off sweat ick if I’m out in the sun all day.  The scent is AMAZING and so totally me – it’s woodsy and warm, with a neat balance between resiny and musky.  The towelette is thick and doesn’t fall apart, nor does the liquid feel sticky or drying.  I couldn’t find a full ingredient list though, not even on the company website which is a little bothersome, especially if I’m going to be using it near my eyes.  In fact, I couldn’t even find this specific product on the website at all, but they do have a Blood Orange scent which is in my top three favorite scents.  These are probably going into my everyday bag to keep on hand for hot and humid summer days.
  • Odacité Intensive Hand + Heel Treatment – 4 oz / $39 – (Sample is .5 oz, value of $4.88)  The product card says this is good for severely dry, cracked, and coarse skin.  That fairly accurately describes my hands and feet during the summer.  I go barefoot most of the summer (unless I have to wear shoes), and am digging in the garden, doing yard work, projects outdoors, etc all summer long, so this is the perfect timing to include a product like this!  It squeezes out of the sample container easily as a thick cream and smells a little citrusy and minty.  A little bit goes a long way, and just a pea sized amount massaged cleanly into my heel.  My calloused heels immediately felt softer.  While it’s a pretty pricey product, it does work and a little bit goes a good long way, so I could see that 4oz full sized tub lasting a LONG time.
  • Vapour Clarity Makeup Remover – .98 oz / $32 – (Sample is .21 oz, value of $6.86)  I don’t currently have any makeup on, so I’ll have to give this a try and report back later.  Price-wise, it’s a pretty good sized sample for something that’s kind of expensive.  The ingredient list includes only oils, so it’s completely safe to use around eyes.  I suppose it’s a lot like the Meraki sample from last month’s box, but at just over 3  times the price.  I’ll have to update this review once I get a chance to use it, but I’ll admit here that I loved the Meraki oil so much that I placed an order for a replacement already!

Overall value of this box is $61.74 which is INCREDIBLE for Goodebox.  The majority of the value comes from that MyChelle serum, so I’m a really happy  gal this month.  Looking forward to trying out the Vapour Makeup Remover sample hopefully later this week and will post an update here once I’ve given it a go.  Looking forward to next month already!

Goodebox May 2015

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I’m not sure when May happened, but it did, and so did another Goodebox!  This one arrived yesterday, still within the first week of the month.  It’s not a box that blows me away, but the variety is great, and there are new products I’ve never heard of before.   The face oil I’m most excited about and the other products are things I’ll at least  try.

  • Seaweed Detox Cellulite Cream – 6 oz / $14.99 – (Sample is 1 oz, value of $2.50)  My first impression, upon breaking the safety seal is that this STINKS.  It smells medicinal, and almost like Vicks Vaporub.  As far as the claims of reducing cellulite, increasing thyroid function, I’m just too skeptical to believe any of that stuff given that you’re putting it on your skin in such small amounts that it’s unlikely to make any difference.  Another small gripe is that the bottle is so sturdy that it’s impossible to squeeze the product out – I have to screw off the cap and shake it out into my hand instead.  If I use it, it would probably in the evenings when I  won’t be  carrying the stink of this cream around with me, but I have serious doubts that it will do anythinig to my cellulite.  The cream is pretty thick in the bottle, but turns almost to an oil on the skin and sinks in fast, so as a moisturizing cream, it’s great.  It just smells so terrible, and I’m not sure I can get past that.  I’m also a little concerned because I do have a thyroid issue that involves medication and I don’t want a skin care product to mess up the delicate balance we have going.
  • Juice Beauty Blemish Be Gone – .27 oz / $15 – (Product is full size, full value)  Really love the fact that it’s a roll-on, but I’m not entirely sold on the ingredients.  I don’t get pimples often, but what clears them up best are products containing sulfur.  This contains a natural version of salicylic acid (which has never done anything to my pimples) and a bunch of other fruit acids.  It’s worth a try since it came in the box, and I’ll be sure to report back about its efficacy!  It doesn’t have much of a scent, so that’s a plus.
  • Derma-e Evenly Radiant Brightening Day Creme – 2 oz / $29.95 – (Sample is .5 oz, value of $7.50)  I had received a batch of Derma-e samples in another Goodebox a while back, but not this one specifically.  I love that the sunscreen is a physical block instead of a chemical block, so I’ll definitely be using this over the summer!  Again, my skeptical side isn’t exactly buying the whole skin brightening thing, but I dont really have visible discoloration and sun damage for it to improve anyway.  Still, as a good daily moisturizer with SPF, it’s worth a try!
  • Mullein and Sparrow Cheek & Lip Tint – 1 oz / $22.00 – (Sample is approx .2 oz, value of $4.50)  Not too impressed with this.  I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of lip products that I have to apply with my finger.  The tint doesn’t seem to show up at all, and the product is really oily and melts a little too easily.  I’d be worried on a hot day that this would melt all over my bag.  There’s no discernable scent other than smelling like vegetable oil, and it goes on about the same.  I definitely enjoy lip products that are more sticky/thick like a beeswax lip balm and stay in place longer than oily/greasy products.  As a cheek product, again, it’s got no discernable tint without heavy application which then makes my cheeks look greasy.
  • Meraki Rose Grapefruit Face Oil – 2 oz / $20 – (Sample is 1 oz, value of $10)  I tried this out right away because I’ve always been interesting in trying the oil cleansing method, but didn’t want to invest in a larger product without being sure it would work with my skin.  This smells SO good, and following the directions on the product card, it definitely felt refreshing and moisturizing.  I could even see using a few drops before bed for an extra hydration boost.  I’ll have to see how well it removes makeup later and report back!
    Update, 12 May 2015 – It worked GREAT as a makeup remover!  Much more gentle, removed everything easily, and my skin didn’t feel stripped dry afterwards.  This may be my new favorite thing in the world.

Overall the value of this box is $39.50 which is about mid range for the box.  I’m REALLY happy with the Meraki oil, and the Derma-e sample will definitely be used up quickly.  Even the other products that I wasn’t exactly thrilled with, part of this is finding out what I do and don’t like by sampling products instead of ending up with a drawer full of full-size products that didn’t work out.  So, even though sometimes there are things that are misses, boxes like this are a great way to be introduced to new things.

Spring Bonus Goodebox – Spring 2015

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Every quarter or so, Goodebox does a bonus box to clear out their stash of leftover products from previous boxes.  I’ve gotten a couple and so far have had some pretty decent bonuses!  This is no exception.  I’m just going to list the contents below, but for $25, I know just with the  MyChelle (full size, value of $45.50), the cost of the box is covered, no problem.  I am excited to try the serum, love the nail polish color, the candle and MSC perfume, and the Zosimos mask are all stuff I was really happy to see included, even if some of them are dupes from other boxes.  Overall very pleased with the bonus box and looking forward to the next!

  • MyChelle Pure Harmony Serum
  • MSC Candle in Scent 003
  • MSC Alcohol-Free Parfum in Scent 002
  • Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder
  • EO Bubble Bath in Yoga scent
  • Tallulah Jane Eau de Parfum in Aiyana
  • Barre3 Field Guide & Wrist Band
  • Zosimos Raspberry N Honey Facial Mask
  • Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream in Warm Glow
  • Jacobsen Salt Co. salt tin
  • Hue Nail Polish in Wilshire Boulevard
  • Blissoma Scentless Solid
  • Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color in Flash
  • The All Natural Face Vegan Cream Blush in Dark Rose