I can't believe December is coming to an end, along with 2016 - the year, and the Holidays, have flown by! I think its definitely time to recap what I bought this month.
In November, with the help of Allan and my bestie, I decided to cancel the majority of my monthly beauty subscription boxes. I was so tired of receiving the same items, all the time, and also hardly ever receiving full-sized products. I ended my long time relationship with a few of them and signed up for only two monthly boxes - knowing that they ONLY send full-sized items. Here's the lowdown on what I purchased this month:
BoxyCharm (New Subscription)
You have all seen the post about this box already but I can't stop raving to all my friends about it. The products are only ever full-sized and they are really great items too. My box had a total value $178.50 USD and only costs me $35 CAD per month. I received:
Pure Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette in Buff - $50 USD
Model Co Shimmer Bronzing Powder - $24 USD
OFRA Metallic Liquid Lipstick in Napa Valley - $19.98 USD
Purlisse Pur-Eye Adore Serum - $65 USD
Starlooks Ultra Longwear Mechanical Lip Pencil - $19.50 USD
Verdict: AMAZEBALLS. If you can only have one monthly subscription box, this is the one to get.
This month was my last Ipsy bag as I have cancelled my subscription. I paid about $19 CAD a month for this and HATE that everything is little. Plus, there are only so many cosmetic bags a gal can have. This month, I received:
Tarte Maracuja Oil
Briogeo Curl Charisma
Ciate London Liquid Velvet Lipstick in Pin Up
NYX Prismatic Shadow in Punk Heart
Cake Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Balm
Verdict - FAIL. Yes, the eyeshadow is really cute but for $19 CAD a month, this is not a good value at all. Everything is way too small.
Beauty Box 5 (Cancelled)
This was my introductory beauty box as I am still waiting for December's. Shipping was delayed and I don't actually know when my first box will be in. Either way, I've cancelled it. Items are small and for $20 CAD a month, it's just not worth the price. This box contains:
HappyFace Makeup Cleansing Cloth
Scratch Nail Wraps
Knotty Think Pink Elastics
Austrailian Gold Hemp Nation Body Wash
Tints & Sass Lip and Cheek Stain
Verdict: Just, no. Items are way too small and as much as I love the robin's egg blue box, it's not worth the money.
Benevolent Beauty Box (New Subscription)
This box made me very happy. First, this box commits to sending only cruelty-free, mainly vegan, beauty products and the boxes will always be over $100 USD. (At least that's what they say). This company only emerged in May 2016 and have made a lot of women so happy with the variety of products they send out. Oh, did I mention that everything is always full-sized? Here's what I received:
Beautiful Birdie Full Lash Mascara - $22 USD
Dirty Lamb Coffee Scrub - $8 USD
Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Face Wash - $4.50 USD
Girlactik Sparkle Eyeliner and Base set - $27 USD
Tat2u Matte Lipstick in New Generation - FREE upon signup
Bunny Bath and Body Morning Jolt Caffeine Serum - $7 USD
Manna Kadar Blush in Paradise - $19 USD
Verdict: Undecided at the moment. I love my free lipstick and the mascara is actually fantastic but the total value was only $87.50 USD. This monthly subscription is $29.95 USD per month plus another $8 shipping - with exchange, I just haven't decided if this is a good deal or not. I will stay for another month and decide.
I also purchased a couple items from Sephora this month to ensure I took advantage of the $25 off coupon for being VIB Rouge.
I am loving this new little blush palette and have already been using it most days. Such a good deal as this was only $12 CAD.
I ran out of my favorite facial oil/serum and had to order more. LOVE this brand. Also a steal as I used a separate $25 coupon for this and only paid about $70.
Now on to the fun stuff (ha) - the gifts! I have the best friends and family, truly. Here are some of the great goodies I received this year.
I have never tried Bliss products before but my bestie, Carmen, said they are the best. Thanks to her I get to try them out!
My other bestie saw these shot glasses and instantly thought of me - I wonder why. Thanks Bronwen, they are fabulous.
Also thanks to B, I get the Stila "Spirit" Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette to play with!
And then Carmen found this adorable little NudeStix Lip and Cheek Pencil set. The set contains 3 chubby stix, a sharpener and a really cute tin.
We did a secret santa gift exchange with all the friends and I got the vanilla chai scented lotions, scrubs and body wash from the Body Shop. The scent reminds me of Bali!
As usual, I was spoiled. Allan and Ben bought me a beautiful birthstone necklace as Ben's birthstone is emerald and my mom sent me a lovely perfume set. Plus, I got oddles of Sephora gift cards...yay!
Hope you all had a great Holiday. What was your favorite item you received?