Friday, July 31, 2015

Memebox X MakeupByEvon HD Ready Matte Lipsticks Review and Coupon!

Memebox has been picking up on my radar a bit more often lately. It's strange because I used to review Memeboxes left and right on this blog, but when they made the move to the US, I felt the quality and value of the boxes went down while the prices went up. That's not really Memebox's fault as they didn't have access to Korean companies and partnerships etc any longer and now had to start charging US-based prices for products/boxes etc. Even with the price increase and my lack of interest in the curated boxes, something that has always been awesome in my opinion, is their makeup line.

I remember when the XO Memebox products first launched, and I was more than skeptical. I didn't think that they would surpass drugstore quality and I was concerned that they would be overpriced. Boy was I wrong! I have to say that I use Memebox eye shadows almost exclusively for the better part of 2015. The original Pony Palette is truly the most workable neutral palette I own. I use the matte side during the day, and the shimmery side in the evening. I have quite a few shadow palettes and I have loved every single one. I also bought the entire set of shadow duos as well as a variety of their lip products- all of the being incredibly high quality at a reasonable price. I can't say enough good things about their makeup line, truly, and that's saying something considering how hard I am to please!

I was recently sent some new products from the Memebox line, and they were curated by MakeupByEvon. I had actually never heard of her before, but she is gorgeous and seems to have lots of fans! Not only does her collection include 3 matte liquid lipsticks (which I'll be showing you today) but two contour palettes as well.
Memebox has a huge variety of value sets and boxes that include just the MakeupByEvon products, or value sets that also have skincare, makeup brushes, you name it! If you want to grab these lipsticks but also want some bonus goodies, definitely check out the value sets and HDReady boxes they have available!

COUPON!
You can use the coupon code: MEME10 at checkout to save 10% off your purchase!

Check out the Value Sets and HDReady Boxes Available Here!

Memebox describes these lipsticks as:
This ultra-pigmented, cream-to-powder formula applies thin, even, and opaque. It glides on beautifully and sets to a silky, semi-matte finish that’s not overly drying. It’s formulated with moisturizing ingredients for a comfortable wear throughout the day. #HDReady Cream Matte Lipstick. Evon designed the perfect cream matte lipstick formula in three different shades from the Marsala family, Pantone color of the year. This naturally robust and earthy wine red will add a sultry glamor to any skin tone. Paraben free. 

PRICE 
$10 Each (free shipping is included with purchase)
$20 for set of 3 (buy 2 get 1 Free)
The packaging is pretty standard, but what makes them interesting is the words on the tube are actually transparent, so you can see the color of the product inside the tube. That makes it much easier to grab the right shade when you're in a rush since these tubes all look identical!

Group Swatch
Indoor light
Natural Light
From left to right the shades are: Daring Marsala, True Marsala and Shy Marsala.
It was smart to use the "Color of the Year" as inspiration for these lipsticks. I think these shades are wearable year round, which makes them super versatile.

When I first swatched these, I thought they looked more like pigmented lip glosses than a matte liquid lipstick, however testing them later I found that they definitely have a matte finish on the lips!
Here's a closer look at the applicator, which your standard doe foot.

Shy Marsala
Shy Marsala is the lightest shade of the trio, and is described as a "classic pinky nude beige" and the lighest shade on the "marsala color spectrum" This is a super wearable color, and I think it would work on almost anyone. This is the color you wear day-to-day, whether you're running errands or going to the mall. What is really great about this shade though, is that it also compliments a really dramatic smokey eye as well. It's virbant enough that it gets noticed, but understated to the extent that it helps a dramatic eye look really shine.

Ingredients: 
Dimethicone, Kaolin,Phenyl Trimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2,Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Polyethylene,Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer,Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer,Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate,Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate,Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Red 7 (CI 15850:1), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)

True Marsala
True Marsala is the middle shade in terms of depth, and is the closest to "actual" marsala. The shade is described as, "better than nude, a warm soft brown with a hint of marsala red undertone."
I wasn't so sure about this shade at first, as brown-based colors tend to make my teeth look yellow and make my skin look less vibrant. Interestingly enough, this one comes off looking a bit more like a muted red/dusty rose on my lip and I really love it! It's a step up from Shy Marsala in that it's still wearable for any time of the day, but brings a little bit of drama and attention to the lip.

Ingredients: 
Dimethicone, Kaolin,Phenyl Trimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2,Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer,Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate,Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77492),Iron Oxides (CI 77499),Red 7 (CI 15850:1)

Daring Marsala
This is the deepest shade in the group and my personal favorite. I really love berry/wine shades on my lips, and I think this one will be especially beautiful in the Fall. This shade is described as a, "sensual, bold and rich wine, also known as 'Pantone Marsala.' Which most likely means this is the color Pantone was referring to when they named it 'Color of the Year.' I find this one to be the most pigmented in terms of application- I don't need to dip into the tube more than once with this shade, and it smooths on really nicely!

Ingredients:
  Dimethicone, Kaolin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2,Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Polyethylene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Red 7 (CI 15850:1)

Overall Thoughts
This "liquid lipsticks" start out as more of a pigmented lip gloss when they are applied to the lips. They do have a bit of a shine to them as well, so at first I was pretty confused by the "semi-matte" claims. However, once they dry they are matte. I wouldn't even say these are semi-matte as the site claims. It gives a really sophisticated look to the lips, which I like. I was a bit concerned that my lips would look wrinkly or feel incredibly dry like many matte lip products tend to do, but these did not feel that way at all. I would suggest only using these on non-chapped lips, and maybe applying a very thin layer of lip balm before using these. 

Once these set on the lips, they don't feel drying at all, which was a surprise to me. Even after wearing them for hours they don't dry out my lips. The reason why I don't wear many matte lip products is because of the dry-feeling, so I'm really happy that these work as well as they do! If you are attracted to the idea of these being "semi-matte" though, I do want to mention that they do dry almost completely matte- I couldn't detect any sort of shine on my lips once the lipstick had set. 

The pigmentation is really good for the price, although I did feel like I had to dip the applicator wand into the tube more than once with the lighter shades- I think it's more an issue with the packaging wiping off too much product from the doe foot applicator, though. I did find that these do apply a bit streaky if you don't put on enough, so I had to make sure I was super careful with the application so I didn't leave streaks behind.

Overall, I am really thrilled with the look of these lipsticks. My favorite thing about them is that I can get the matte finish without turning my lips into a wrinkly desert. I also love the color selection, as I think they're a nice mix of wearable, yet bold shades that would work on almost every skin tone!

If you want to try these out for yourself, you can purchase them on their own, as a set, or part of a value set on the Memebox website. Memebox is also offering automatic free shipping on all the MakeupByEvon products and value sets!

Don't forget to use MEME10 at checkout to save 10% off as well!

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All thoughts and opinions in this blog post are genuine and belong to Harlot Beauty. No monetary compensation was received, although goods have been provided and accepted for purpose of review. Post may contain affiliate or referral links.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kloverbox July 2015 Review and Unboxing and Coupon!

I know it's creeping towards the end of the month when I see my Kloverbox in the mailbox. It's the last subscription box I get each month, and constantly reminds me how quickly the days are flying by. Since I work at a school, I'm essentially on Summer vacation right now. It's been nice reliving my youth and having my Summer's off to sit on the porch and sip iced coffees and just relax, although I've been nothing but busy lately! Regardless, The Summer is almost over and I'll soon be returning to school and be overrun with children hanging off of me and singing Frozen songs non-stop. Ahh delightful. 
Anyway, the topic at hand: Kloverbox! 
This month marks 1 Year since Kloverbox first launched, which is a huge accomplishment! In the incredibly competitive subscription box industry, it's not easy to keep up. I have seen more boxes come and go than you could possibly imagine. I've seen some start out great and then crash and burn. Kloverbox managed to start with the right ideas in mind and continue to grow and improve their boxes. Keeping a subscription consistent, yet always giving variety and value to the subscriber is what is most important, and Kloverbox has delivered time and time again. Congratulations and here's to another great year!
What is Kloverbox?
Kloverbox is a lifestyle subscription box that sends 4 or more natural and organic products for you to fall in love with each month. This isn't a beauty subscription. Kloverbox sends products from all categories: beauty, health, food and home products, so you can incorporate more natural products into every aspect of your life!

How Does It Work?
On the Kloverbox site, you can choose a 1, 3 or 6 month subscription. The one month and 3 month subscriptions automatically renew, which means you will be billed again once that cycle is over (monthly, or every 3 months.) The 6 month subscription is a one-time purchase; Meaning you will not be billed again once the 6 month subscription is over. This is a great option to gift to friends and family because you won't have to remember to cancel the subscription. The longer the subscription you choose, the more of a discount you get, which is also awesome!
Another really great thing about Kloverbox is that they usually include a coupon code on the information card for each product for that month. So if you really fall in love with something from your box, you'll be able to get more at a fantastic discount. 

How Much?
  A month-to-month subscription to Kloverbox is $25 per box.
 3 month subscription is $71.25 ($23.75 per box) 
6 month subscription is $135 ($22.50) per box. 
Shipping is free and fast! 
 
COUPON!
You can save even more money by using the code "HB10" at checkout to save 10% off! This code can be used on any subscription.

This month's box theme was "Cause For Celebration" And contains 4 full size products!

Previse Skincare: SunSheer SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizer ($36)
My skin is incredibly pale and even more sensitive. I load up on SPF whenever I think I'm going to be outside and heck- I put it on if I think I'm going to be near a window for too long! I go through it relatively quickly, so I was happy to have this fancy sunscreen show up! I was really surprised at the retail price of this SPF, but hey- maybe it's really amazing, who knows? This particular product has SPF 30 and blocks UVA/UVB radiation. It also includes multi-action antioxidants and licorice root which boosts hydration. I like the moisturizer/SPF combo because there's nothing more irritating than slapping on a moisturizer and then having to wait for it to absorb before putting on my SPF. This helps me skip a step during those hot days when I can barely drag myself out of the house, never mind do a full skincare routine! I found the formula to be really runny, but I later discovered it must have separated a bit; Once I shook it, the formula was much more workable. A little goes a long way, and it really is quite nice- not too thick and not too thin. I went out for coffee with an old friend yesterday and we sat outside for a couple of hours in direct sunlight. I had this on my face as well as on my arms, chest and shoulders. Came home sunburn free!

Flutterfly Scrubs: Sugar Scrub Skin Polish in "Mango Slice" ($8.95)
Kloverbox is known to work with up and coming Etsy stores, which I absolutely love. There are so many fantastic small businesses on Etsy that deserve more attention and more customers! This month, Flutterfly Scrubs was the featured store, and they have provided a full size sugar scrub. The info card states "assorted scents" so I'm assuming everyone got something different (vanilla pear, coconut cream, cheery bomb and creamsicle were the other options). The Mango Slice scent is literally the most mouthwatering thing I've ever sniffed. I literally started salivating after I opened the jar. It looks like a slushie and smells like the juiciest mango on the planet. This scrub is made from all vegan ingredients and is safe to use on your face or body, although I don't use abrasive scrubs on my face unless they're incredibly fine. This isn't super rough by any means, so I'm sure it would be fine for someone with skin that isn't as sensitive as mine is. Regardless, this is going directly in my shower because if I don't use it soon I'll probably end up eating it!

Praerie Botanicals: Tonka Body Balm ($20)
Something about the simple packaging of this body balm is just so chic to me! I really loved it the moment I took it out of the box. This is a "hydrating body balm" which made me think it was going to be thick like a body butter or hard like a lip balm, but it's actually a rich, creamy lotion consistency. It's made with Brazilian Tonka Bean oil, which acts as an optical brightener to reduce uneven skin tone and hides age spots. Very cool! It also absorbs UV light and leaves skin looking healthier and more radiant. Other ingredients include organic virgin coconut oil and plant butters that make this a great product to moisturize, soften and heal the skin. This stuff smells like Summer in a jar. It's hard to explain, but the closest thing to the scent would be a really warm vanilla with a hint of something else- something very light and summery. I can't get over how much I love this product. It's hard to make me excited about lotion, but seriously this stuff is fantastic!

Ellison's Organics: 3-Free Nail Lacquer in "Kaptivating Koral" ($12)
We received an Ellison's Organics top coat in a past Kloverbox, and it's still the only top coat I use! It's really fantastic and 3-Free (they also have 5-free options available), not to mention it helps my polish last for-EVER. I was really happy to see this company make a return, this time with a beautiful pinky/coral shade that was made exclusively for Kloverbox! How cool is that? It's described specifically as a 'metallic coral-pink hue'. I think this is an absolutely perfect shade to receive in the height of Summer. It's not too orange, not too pink, not too metallic and not too cream in regards to finish. It's really nice and I don't normally go for coral tones. I haven't used this yet since I just got my fingernails and toes done, but I will be toting this shade to my next pedicure for sure!
Overall Thoughts
Kloverbox costs $25 a month (or less with a longer subscription), and the July box had a total value of about $77. Even though there were only 4 products this month, each one was full size and of very nice quality. The value I receive with Kloverbox never fails to impress me, especially because they're not a huge company. I know that I'm not going to get the same old brands over and over, but a wide variety of natural products from all sorts of brands- many of which I've haven't yet heard of- which makes opening a Kloverbox such a fun experience. As someone who has been getting a wide variety of subscription boxes for many years, It's not common to consistently impress me as much as Kloverbox does. While I always like to see a lifestyle item of some sort (a candle, razor, coin purse etc) and this one is all beauty, I'm still pleased with this box because it fits the time of year so perfectly. I love that I can pamper my skin with a great sugar scrub, moisturize and protect it with the body balm and sunscreen, and top it all off with an on-trend pedicure! I really loved this month and I'm excited to see what they have in store for August, which will be the last "Summer" box of the year. Can't believe we're almost into Fall boxes! Woo!

If you want to sign up for Kloverbox (and why wouldn't you??) You can do that here!
Don't forget to use HB10 at checkout to save 10% off any length subscription!
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All thoughts and opinions in this blog post are genuine and belong to Harlot Beauty. No monetary compensation was received, although goods and/or services may have been provided and accepted for purpose of review. Post may contain affiliate or referral links.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beauteque Monthly: July 2015 Review

While most people do "Spring Cleaning", I tend to do a clean out of all my beauty and skincare products during the Summer. This past week, I spent 2-3 days going through each and every drawer, nook and cranny and forced myself to let go of things that I probably wouldn't get around to using. One of the perks of being a blogger is always having a stash of makeup and skincare on hand, but the bad thing is that it's usually too much for one person to use. This is why I'm secretly planning a fun kbeauty giveaway very soon as well! 
Now even though I have so much stuff that I'm always trying to get rid of, there are some subscriptions that feel like an absolute necessity in my life. I'm subscribed to a few that I could take or leave at this point, to be honest. But one that I always look forward to is Beauteque Monthly. I have a lot of kbeauty products, but since it's one of my weird obsessions, I always want new and exciting products. When I was buying Memeboxes, I was getting insane amounts of them and had more stuff than I knew what to do with. What i like about Beauteque is that they keep my obsession alive and send me stuff every month to have fun with, but I'm never overwhelmed, and it's always a great variety of things that I've already used up or dove into by the time the following month's bag comes. 
I also think the BB Bags are the best kbeauty subscription right now in regards to price and product selection. I also think that Beauteque has been doing a great job with the curation over the past few months, and July's bag was no exception!
The July Bag theme was "Picnic of Pretty" so this cute checkered bag is perfect for that! It reminds me of a picnic blanket and is bright and cheerful for the Summer.

What is Beauteque Monthly?
Beauteque Monthly is a beauty subscription curated by the wonderful US-based Korean beauty website, Beauteque. Each month, subscribers receive BB Bags (Beauteque Beauty Bags) filled with all kinds of Korean beauty goodness! I have found that Beauteque's bags are perfect for anyone new to K-Beauty, as well as an old pro. There's something for everyone!

Details
Subscription Types (3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions are Prepaid):
1 Month (month-to-month) $24 per month
3 month $24 per month
 6 month $23 per month
12 month $22 per month
All subscriptions will auto-renew at the end of it's cycle so you never accidentally miss a bag!
You can also gift subscriptions if you want to surprise a lucky friend or family member!


What makes Beauteque Monthly different, is that you always have some customizable items!
Beauteque will email options to subscribers on the 1st of the most.  Subscribers must send in their option choices by the 5th or items will be chosen for them. (ex. Lipstick color, hand cream scent, toner type,etc)

WHAT WILL I RECEIVE?
-6 or more full sized products in every bag
-A value between $65 to $85+
-Makeup, skincare, and lifestyle products
-Products from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, America

SHIPPING
Beauteque Beauty Bags ship to the US, Canada, and Europe.
-US shipping is $3.95 per month
-Canada shipping is  $5.95 per month
-Europe shipping is $8.95 per month 
 Now that we've got the details out of the way, let's get onto the July Bag! 
Beauteque Blending Brush ($15)
Beauteque has a line of mineral eye shadows and face powders and has also been slowly releasing brushes with their branding. This is the blending brush, although I have one very important use for brushes like this: wash off mask applicator. I never used these brushes in the past because I use different brushes for blending, however they are soft, yet firm enough to help apply all kinds of wash off masks. My old one was getting a little beaten up, so I'm super happy that this came at the perfect time. The bristles are super soft, yet firmly packed and it feels like very nice quality.

Holika Holika: Golden Monkey Glamour Lip ($7)
When I first saw this in the bag I thought, "Oh no...not another 3-step nose pack!" If you haven't seen them, they're basically a 3-step nose strip that is completely useless unless you suffer from a lot of blackheads on your nose- which most people don't. The nose packs don't remove sebaceous filaments, which is what most of us have and mistake for blackheads. Having said all that, I was incredibly and embarassingly excited to see this was a 3-step lip treatment. Fun!
Step 1 is an exfoliating treatment that confused me a bit. It looks like a sheet mask for your lips, but you're not supposed to just leave it on, you're supposed to massage your lips with it to remove dead skin cells. Mkay, then. I actually applied it to my mouth and left it on for about 2 minutes before I started massaging it on my lips. Even though it doesn't feel abrasive in any way, I did see visible skin and flakes coming off my mouth, so it somehow magically works, which is good stuff!
Step 2 is your typical lip mask. It feels like a hydrogel, it shaped like a big pair of pucker lips and sort of sticks right onto your mouth. This is a thinner one, which is actually good because the thick ones tend to not stick as well. I left this one on for about 15 minutes. I never think the lip hydrogels do anything, to be honest. My lips have never felt different after using one of these, but hey- I did it for the sake of science.
Step 3 is a honey lip essence. You can pull the "steps" apart from each other, and I would suggest doing so for this one so you can squeeze it out and apply it easier. I would also recommend only applying a little at a time- there is at least 3 applications in here- I've gotten 4 and still have some left. It's not at all sticky, but feels really moisturizing on the lips. I wish they sold this stuff in a tube because it is really lovely!
I'm not sure if this mask did wonders for my lips or anything, but it was a fun pampering session regardless!

The Yeon: Jeju Hallabong Special Peeling and Pack Mini 4 Set ($10)
Woohoo!! Those of us familiar with Memebox are already well versed in The Yeon. While they were a new brand to me at the time, I am now pretty familiar with them thanks to my own testing and other beauty blogger reviews on their fun citrusy products. This particular 4 pack is a set of wash off masks that each have a different use. The live pack replenishes and energizes the skin while the peeling gel exfoliates and smooths. The Pore ghassoul pack gets rid of dirt and excess oil. The peeling gel is used by massaging it onto clean dry skin until it "congeals" then continue to massage for 1 more minute before rinsing. The live pack is applied to face and left on for 15 minutes and rinsed with cold water. The ghassoul pack is applied after cleansing and toning and left on for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. 
I haven't gotten around to using any of these yet, but I seriously can't wait. I've had some great luck with products from The Yeon, and I'm sure I'm going to really enjoy these as well!

Etude House: Milk Talk Body Wash in "Steam Milk" ($12)
This was one of the products in this month's bag that you had a choice of scent, although I chose strawberry and received the steamed milk, I'm fine with that considering I don't really have a preference. I have used and really enjoyed the chocolate version of this body wash so I'm sure I will like this one as well. I particularly favor things that have insanely cute packaging, but I like it even more when the product is awesome. Since I have very sensitive skin on my body I'm always careful with the body washes I use, but since this one didn't irritate my skin, I'm pleased to have another one.

Secret Key: Witch Hazel Pore Clear Toner ($19)
While we weren't able to choose our type of toner, subscribers were given one at random between Aloe and Witch Hazel. I think this would have been a good "choice" item though, considering one is best for dry skin and the other for oily. I lucked out and got the toner that fits my skin type. I love witch hazel toners and since this one is specifically made to clear pores, I'm already planning on making this the next toner I use. Some people have issues with the fact that this toner has a small amount of alcohol in it, however most of the toners I use that work the best for me seem to. They don't necessarily tingle or have any sensation on my skin either, so alcohol in small amounts isn't a deal-breaker for my skincare. I do have a couple versions of this toner and I like them, so I'm hoping I'll enjoy this one as well!

Tonymoly: Crystal Blusher in "Peach" ($8)
I go through these weird phases with blush. Sometimes I couldn't care less and I end up using the same shade every single day for months. Other times, I want every color, tone, and finish possible and I mix and match them to my mood, the weather, you name it. Blush can actually make a huge difference if you apply different shades to compliment the rest of your makeup! This is was the other product that subscribers were able to choose the shade of, and I really love this one! It's almost a rosy-peach shade. It's great for the warmer weather and for a natural flushed look, which is what I normally go for! I haven't opened it yet because I am forcing myself to finish up the current blush I have, but since I already have 2 blushes from this line, I know it's nicely pigmented, and they blend really beautifully too!
Overall Thoughts
The June BB Bag cost $24 (plus shipping) and has a total value of $71.
I thought this bag was not only bright and colorful (perfect for the season!) but also well curated in terms of brands and product variety. You've got a beauty tool, makeup, skincare, body care, and masks all represented here and all the brands are popular or buzzworthy. There wasn't a single product this month that I didn't have a use for or didn't like, which is pretty rare for me in terms of kbeauty since I'm so stinkin' picky! This might be one of my favorite BB bags thus far, and I hope they continue to produce this kind of quality in the following months. I know the Fall is coming up before we know it, and that's when my skin needs the most attention!

If you're interested in signing up with Beauteque Monthly, you can do so HERE!
If you want to shop Beauteque's regular website for limited edition bags, and K-Beauty galore, you can check that out HERE.
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All thoughts and opinions in this blog post are genuine and belong to Harlot Beauty. No monetary compensation was received, although goods and/or services may have been provided and accepted for purpose of review. Post may contain affiliate or referral links.

Target Beauty Boxes! July 2015 Review and Unboxing (Head of the Class / Honor Roll)

Target has been releasing these beauty boxes at random for some time now, and they always seem to sell out incredibly fast. I rarely review them because I hate that they're no longer available for purchase! However, I decided to do a quick review on their 2 most recent boxes so that anyone who is unfamiliar with these boxes can get an idea of what they include, and keep an eye out for when they release new ones. I always post about newly released Target Beauty Boxes on my facebook, so if you want to be informed when the next ones are out, please feel free to follow me on facebook!

This time around, Target released 2 boxes that were both loosely "Back to School" themed. The first one called "Head of the Class" and the second one is "Honor Roll." I decided to review both of them at the same time. These boxes both cost $5 with free shipping for everyone. There was no limit on how many you could purchase either, so if you had friends or family that might enjoy them, it's definitely worth it to pick up a few! The best part is if you have a Target Red Card, you can save 5% off of them as well.

Both boxes also included a coupon for $3 a $15 Beauty Purchase at Target.
 Must-haves. Can't-live-withouts. Obsessions. As purveyors of all-things beauty, we at Target Style like to keep a lookout for what makes the grade. We've put together a few of our faves- all in one convenient box for you to try for yourself. Test 'em out and tell us what you think. And if you love them as much as we do, find the full size versions at Target.com/beauty.

Head of The Class
 Covergirl: Colorlicious Lip Gloss
I actually really like Covergirl lip products, but it's been quite awhile since I've purchased any since I've made a silent vow to use up at least half of my lip gloss/stick collection before buying more. This one is a peachy pink with a slight golden shimmer, although it's more of a "shine" product than one that gives off much color on the lips. It's very pretty and doesn't have any stickiness, which I quite liked!

Wet N Wild: Max Volume Plus Mascara
Wet N Wild has seriously stepped up their game over the last few years. I remember when I was younger, they were basically considered the makeup brand you went for if you needed something desperately and had no money. Mostly everything was $1 and mediocre quality at best. In recent years, they've really come into their own and have their own pretty loyal fan base, especially regarding their eye shadows and lip products. I actually haven't used one of their mascaras before, but this one looks like a very interesting one to try. It contains macadamia nut, jojoba and olive oil to strengthen lashes while giving them 10x the volume. I haven't tried this yet but I'm interested to see how it compares to some of my higher end favorites.
 Yes To Cucumbers: Facial Towelettes
Ahh cleansing tissues. My one true love. Although I recently read that they take a very long time to decompose and are bad for the environment, so I'm trying to use regular face washes more often rather than being lazy and always using wipes. Regardless, I just got the Yes to Blueberries version of these in my PopSugar box, and I'm happy to say their pH (both varieties) is about a 5, which is awesomeness. I will say that for some reason, the cucumber variety left an ever so slight burning sensation which I wasn't fond of considering they're supposed to be soothing, but there was no visible irritation after using them. They did a good job removing my makeup and have a good amount of wetness to the to wipe your whole face clean.

Herbal Essences: Wild Naturals Illuminating Dry Oil Spray
This is a mist-on hair oil that hydrates your hair while sealing each strand to give a shiny, glossy look to the hair. This stuff smells amazing and I bet it would work really well for anyone with medium/thick hair, however my hair is very thin and oily as it is, I don't want to be misting even more oil in there. I'll be passing this on to someone who'll enjoy it. I'm not sure if this is a sample or a full size, but it's quite generous regardless!
Bathery: Pumice Stone
There isn't a ton to say about this. It's a pumice stone that is used to smooth out rough skin- most often used on the feet. I have about 5 foot buffers and pumice stones etc, so this will also be given away, but it's a nice addition to the box!

Hollywood Fashion Tape
Hollywood Fashion Tape has a wide variety of products at this point, but this is the first and original one. It's basically double-stick apparel and body tape. If you're wearing a low cut neckline, or have a shirt that keep puckering and showing little peeps of your bra, you can use this tape to hold things in place. I rarely wear things that require me to use tape like this, but I'm sure it'll come in handy the next time I wear a dress!

Goody: Ouchless Elastics
 These were included in both boxes, and are your standard hair elastic that are made without metal closures for less snags and pulls. Pretty standard products but definitely a useful one to have!

Honor Roll
 Olay: White Strawberry Body Wash
I'm pretty sure I got a smaller sample of this in one of my past Walmart Beauty Boxes, although I could be wrong? Subscriptions tend to blend together for me sometimes! Regardless, this is actually a generous size for a sample, and it has a really refreshing scent of white strawberry and mint.

Bathery: Delicate Poof
One of those products I can't really elaborate on, haha. It's a bath pouf. I will say it's quite soft and fluffy so it'll be perfect for my sensitive skin!
 Covergirl: Outlast All-Day Primer
I haven't made my way down the drugstore makeup aisle in close to a year (I know, it's insane) so I'm not sure if this is a new product or if it's been around for awhile, but I'm definitely interested to see how a drugstore primer works in comparison to my higher end ones!

NYX: Butter Gloss in "Strawberry Parfait"
I bought a few of these when they were first released, and I had mixed feelings about them. It a soft gloss that isn't sticky at all and has a really sweet taste to it. I found that some of the were a little "milky" looking and streaked a bit on my lips, although I don't think I've tried this one so I think I'll give it a shot and see how it works.
Burts Bees: White Tea Facial Wipes
Ah I am blessed with more cleansing wipes! These ones are from Burt's Bees and are the White Tea variety. It says they are hypoallergenic and are made with natural soothing ingredients like white tea and aloe which help cleanse and remove makeup without irritating the skin. I haven't pH tested these yet to see if I can use them, but I'm crossing my fingers that they're 6 or less- I go through face wipes like water!

John Frieda: Luxurious Volume 7-Day Treatment
I received this exact sample in a past New Beauty Test tube and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked for me. The claim is that it's a semi-permanent treatment that gives fine hair more fullness even after multiple washes. You essentially apply it to your hair at the end of your shower and leave it in for about 4-5 minutes and rinse it out. When I used this, I absolutely noticed my hair was more thick and full-feeling, however I will say it did not last a full week. If I remember correctly, I used this product once every 3-4 days to keep the volume going. It wasn't an extreme change, but it was noticeable. Enough that I will most likely buy a full size of this soon!

Goody: Ouchless Elastics
 Already talked about these earlier! Hair elastics. Metal-less. No ouchies. Moving on!
Overall Thoughts
The Target Beauty Boxes cost $5 apiece, and each box has a value of around $25, which is fantastic! I love that they both had such a great variety of makeup, haircare, skincare, body care and beauty tools. You really can't beat the value of these, and I especially love them because they help re-introduce me to a lot of drugstore brands I haven't used in a while. I'm quite pleased with most of the things that were included this time around, and I'm excited to try everything out!

Again, since Target releases these boxes at random, I'm not able to tell you exactly when the next one(s) will be available. However I do post links to the boxes on my facebook page as soon as I find out about them. So please feel free to follow me on facebook for updates!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Mishibox July 2015 Review and Unboxing

Mishibox is a brand new kbeauty subscription box, so of course I signed up the moment I heard about them. It took a couple of months for them to officially launch with their first box, but when they finally did send it out, I really felt like they had a lot of promise. This is the second box that they've released, and while I'm not entirely sure who they're marketing to or where they're going with this service, I'm probably going to go along for the ride. I pretty much can't resist kbeauty mystery boxes sent to me every month. It's a weakness!

The Details
Mishibox is a beauty Korean Beauty Subscription service that sends subscribers 4-6 items each month- which can be a mixture of deluxe samples and full size products. A subscription to Mishibox costs $19.95 per month, shipping included. Mishibox currently only ships to the United States, but if you're an international customer and want in on the fun, you can join their International Waitlist.
Update!
Mishibox is now delivering to Canada! They are charging a shipping rate of $8.95, but if you must have this subscription, you can sign up on their site! 
 Mishibox immediately impressed me with their info card before I even saw what was inside the box. On the front side, Mishibox suggests that you patch test products in case of allergies. But here's where they really won me over: Each month, Mishibox will have the ingredients for every product they included translated on their website! You can see the ingredients for the July box on their blog HERE. Since English translations for Korean ingredient lists are not always readily available, I think this is already a step above and beyond on their part.
 The info card also includes a small color photo of each item, it clearly states which products are full size, what they are, how to use them as well as the retail price. 
Mishibox also sends out surveys each month so you can give your opinions on each product included. I love this because you're able to give the company feedback on each individual product.
Now that all the details are out of the way, let us commence with the looking at the pretty things!
MJ Care: Royal Jelly Essence Mask ($2)
Gwailnara: Touch Therapy Cacao Pore Clear Nose Sheet ($1) 
I'm quite familiar with the MJCare Masks, and that's because they're pretty much the cheapest sheet masks you can buy on TesterKorea. They're 500 won each, or around 43 cents. Honestly, they're not bad masks at all if you want decent ingredients and a basic mask to soothe or moisturize the skin. However I wasn't thrilled about receiving one in this box considering their price. I would have preferred to receive a higher end mask, a mask that is interesting or different in some way (like the animal sheet masks for example) or at the very least: more than one of these MJ Care masks. Aside from my "value issues" with this mask, I'm sure it'll be just fine in terms of basic use.
The next product is...uhm...a single nose strip? I'm sorry, I just don't understand this at all. Instead of giving us a 43 cent sheet mask and a single nose strip, why not give us a box of nose strips or 2 sheet masks of varying types? This addition was just confusing to me beyond all reason. I have a ton of nose strips and they're not very good at removing sebaceous filaments, which is my main concern, so this will probably go in the giveaway pile.

Gwailnara: Peach Hand Essence ($7)
"Hand Essence" is a fancy pants way of saying "Hand lotion." This one is the Pink Peach scent and it is rich in vitamin A to keep hands supple and healthy. I was crossing my fingers for the blueberry or the avocado since I already have hoards of peach hand cream. Is it a popular scent in Korea? Who knows. I didn't open this because of the large amount of hand cream I already have- I figured it would be better to save for a future giveaway. Having said that, Mishibox has this product listed at a $7 value, which I don't agree with. I found this hand lotion for sale on wishtrend for $3.99, and it's not like wishtrend is known for their insanely low prices or anything.

Missha: The Style Lip and Eye Makeup Remover ($9)
This Lip and Eye makeup remover from Missha is nice because I always use a separate makeup remover for my eye makeup. It contains Portulaca Oleracea, Mulberry Root, and Polygonum Multiflorum Root extracts which are included to help calm sensitive skin. Here's the thing that's a little annoying to me. Some subscribers received the Green Tea makeup remover, which not only comes in a cute heart-shaped bottle as well as it's own box (this one is neither heart-shaped or in it's own box), but it retails at $8 while this one retail for $6 on Missha's US website. So not only did subscribers get different valued products, but their listed value of $9 on the card is wrong for both removers. I'm pretty lenient when it comes to "values" from small companies. Even if I can get a product for less on a Korean website, I try to find them on US websites to get a better idea of the US-value...but saying this is worth $9 when the MisshaUS website has it for $6 is a little strange.

Confume: Argan Gold Hair Pack ($2)
This is a small sample tube of an Argan hair treatment. These kinds of treatments are great for dry or damaged hair because argan helps maintain hairs elasticity while repairing damage. This particular pack also helps volumize hair and restore health to your scalp. I don't normally mind small samples but this is enough for maybe 1-2 uses on my hair since it's past my shoulders in length. Not to mention, I have thin, oily hair so this probably wouldn't work very well for me. I'm sure at this point I don't have to mention it, but I based the $2 price on Mishibox's value for the full size tube, which is $25. However I found it for around $12 all over the internet, so I'd say this sample is worth closer to $1.

It's Skin: Macaron Lip Balm in "Green Apple" ($10.50)
These Macaron lip balms have been all over the place over the past year or so! I feel like I purchased a few back in the Memebox heyday, and also received one in a past Beauteque box. That's not Mishibox's fault though, and I think that this is a cute addition to a box like this, especially if someone is new to kbeauty. The packaging is super cute and these lip balms smell really nice, and they're pretty basic in terms of performance, but this is definitely something that you want to get just so you can display it on your vanity!
Overall Thoughts
Mishibox costs $19.95 per month, and the July Box has an estimated value of about $31.50. Now that is going by Mishibox's prices that are listed on the info card. However looking at the more realistic prices, the value is closer to around $22, which is dangerous close to what I paid for this box. When I get a subscription box, the reason for it is not only for curation, but for the value. Considering there was neither in this box, I was disappointed. The worst part of it all, is that half of that value comes from the Macaron Lip balm on it's own. This box was mostly filled with low-priced products, half of them are 1-2 uses. Nothing here was exciting or interesting to me at all. Even to someone who is new to kbeauty, they've heard of nose strips, lip balm, argan oil hair treatments, hand lotion and makeup remover. Where is the excitement or the interesting products? It's not a terrible box objectively, I just felt really let down by this curation overall and definitely dont' feel like I got my money's worth.

For all the negative things I had to say about this month, I will say this: Mishibox is still a brand new subscription and I'm sure they're still trying to find their footing. Last month's box was much more impressive to me than this month, but since they're so new it's very hard for me to gauge how these boxes are going to look going forward. Mishibox has done a fantastic job with their info cards and keeping their customers informed of ingredients and how-to-use instructions etc. They were even sensitive to customers concerns about high pH cleansers etc. They're doing a great job with customer service and professional appearance in terms of the website, actual shipping box and the way it's packed etc. My only complaint is with the curation this month, which I'm hoping improves.

I can't say that I would recommend subscribing to Mishibox right now, however I have decided to continue my subscription to see if they improve in the coming months because as a company, they have a lot of potential. I'll keep you updated, as always!

If you do think this box is a good fit for you and are planning to sign up, you can do so HERE.
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