Friday, December 30, 2011

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Face Masque Review

Another one of the items I received in my Holiday VoxBox from Influenter was a Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Face Masque. Although I don't have problematic skin, I love doing face masks and of course trying new ones out. As I said in my original blog for the VoxBox, I did a search for local retailers and didn't find anyone. Shortly after, I ended up finding some at my local Ulta, so I thought that was cool to be able to go and get some if I liked it. I have tried this and here is my full review.

Before I get into the review and more specifics, let me show you some pictures:

I received the Passion Peel Off Face Masque in Pulped Pomegranate

Fairly simple instructions

Right after I put it on

The consistency was a little "tacky" and was see thru (sheer). It made my face really shiny and it was a light red color which also made my face a little red. At first I was alarmed, but then remembered that the product itself was red.

Half way through/I think my face was turning more red.

Towards the end, it started to naturally peel around my mouth.

Peeled off half way.


The amount that I received (.17fl oz) was just enough to cover my face, but just barely. I had to stretch it out a little. I didn't put any down my neck or extremely close to my hair line because pulling that stuff out is a pain. My face is naturally red so the added redness made me look like I was sun burnt, but you shouldn't be doing this anywhere other than home or in the privacy of a room so that isn't a large issue.
Montagne Jeunesse beauty treats are free of parabens, vegetarian approved and never tested on animals. So treat yourself today to a masque that will hydrate, nourish and leave your skin cleansed, smooth and glowing.
Packaging (3/5):
Not too much to say about the packaging. If I am purchasing a face mask, I would tend to go towards ones in a squeeze tube or even in a tub since I feel that the foil packs are a bit difficult to work with and get product out, specially when you've already applied most of the mask. The instructions were clear on the back of the product but I wish they were a little more detailed. By "cleanse", I wasn't sure if I should have just washed my face, deep cleaned, what have you.

Product (3/5):
I wouldn't imagine my face would feel amazing after one use and that wasn't the case either. I didn't feel or see any difference in my skin after I took the mask off. I am giving this a 3 because I love the concept of "peel off", I think its fun. Yes, I am strange, but it was like pulling glue off your fingers in kindergarten.

Smell/Texture (5/5):

Typically this spot goes to longevity but since that is irrelevant in this case, I changed it to smell/texture since those are both things that can make or break a product. The smell was fabulous. I love Pomegranate and it smelt very fruity. The texture as stated above was a little tacky and gooey but nothing to be drawn back about.

Price (3.5/5):
Granted this is priced at $0.96 (for this particular sample, $1.99 regular), however, I didn't notice or feel much of a difference in my skin after applying this mask. I gave it a 3.5 because it was "fun" but I couldn't see spending any money on something that didn't do anything for my skin. I would love to try the other masks and see how they are.

Overall (3.625/5):
All in all, I wouldn't say this is a bad mask. If you happen to find it at your local store, pick one up. You're not losing a ton of money if it doesn't work out for you. Ulta has these for $1.99 and they have several different "flavours" as they call them. I will most likely pick one or two up to test.

Available at ULTA Beauty, Walgreen’s, Claire’s, Walmart, Kroger, CVS Pharmacies and other retailers across the US, these masques are available in a variety of succulent flavours, including:
  • Cucumber Peel Off
  • Passion Peel Off
  • Dead Sea Mud
  • Fruit Smoothie
  • Strawberry Souffle
  • Chocolate Mud
  • And many more!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 2011 Giveaway!!

I have decided that I will be giving away the items that I don't need from every box that I get to you guys. A lot of the samples I receive are things that I might already have or something I just know I wouldn't use, so that works out great for you guys!

For December, I will actually have 2 giveaways. As you know from my MyGlam posts, they forgot my mascara. They told me they were going to send it, then told me they didn't have any left and were giving me a refund. A week later, I get a mascara AND an extra Sin Eye Shadow in the mail. Since I already have Sin in my Naked Palette and my wonderful friend Vicki sent me a full size of the Tarte Mascara, I don't need either.

For the first winner, you will receive:

  • Sliced Almond Brittle on Bittersweet Chocolate - $2.00
  • Benefit POREfessional - $9.66
  • ShowStopper Designer Fashion Tape - $0.83
  • Mini Urban Decay Primer Potion Original - $6.66
  • Full Size Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Sin - $17.00

Total Prize Value: $36.15

This pack will actually come in the bag I got from MyGlam because I have a million make up bags already!

The second winner will receive:

  • Full Size Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Sin - $17.00
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara - $7.92

Total Prize Value: $24.92

To Enter:

  1. You must be a follower of this blog.
  2. You must be at least 18 years old or with parents permission.
  3. It is open internationally!
  4. You must comment down below with the following:
  • Your name:
  • Your location:
  • Your email address (in case you win):
  • What sample boxes do you get? If you don't currently subscribe to any of them, which is the one you're drooling for the most?

Winners will be contacted via email on January 3rd (so 1 week from today). You must email me back within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. Winners will be chosen through and the first one who is picked will get to choose the prize "pack" they would like!

Good luck!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

NYC Liquid Lipshine in Nude York City 582

In my Holiday VoxBox from Influenter, I received this pretty gem, the NYC Liquid Lipshine in "Nude York City". I have never purchased any NYC lip gloss's before so I was excited to try it and put it on right away!

Before I get into the review and more specifics, let me show you some pictures:



Top is on bare lips, bottom is over Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout

I have never taken pictures of my lips before, so please bare with me!
Have you heard the gossip? There’s a new gloss in town! NYC New York Color Liquid Lip Shine is getting headlines with seriously high-drama color at a seriously low price. Pure pigments give a 3-D effect that’s off-the-charts glossy. Tons of hot new shades, from preppy nudes to bold statement hues – all for less than your weekly fashion magazine.
Benefits (per
  • Pure pigments, 3D-effect shine
  • Lips feel moisturized
  • Creamy and soft texture
  • Non-sticky
Packaging (5/5):
This comes in your standard lip gloss tube and a doe foot applicator but it's not your typical doe foot. It is flat on both sides which I love much better than regular doe foot applicators. At .24fl oz, it's almost 2 times the size of your standard MAC lipglass.

Product (4/5):
The product itself is very nice. I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 because it's a little on the thicker side. It isn't sticky though. It has a nice scent of vanilla but isn't overly fake vanilla scented. The color is very sheer but also very nice. Texture is very nice as well, not chunky or "glittery" feeling.

Longevity (4/5):

I am giving this one a 4 out of 5 because after I while, I can tell that it's slipping away. I don't typically wear lip gloss for all that long because I end up drinking or eating or something but I can confirm that I have worn this for approximately 3 hours without having to reapply.

Price (5/5):
Priced at just $2.49, this is such a steal. You get double the size of most of your large brand lip glosses and the quality isn't drug store. There are 10 colors to choose from as well so you can own all 10 without breaking the bank and almost as much as one gloss from any other brand.

Overall (4.5/5):
I have never personally seen these in stores (although the website says you can get them at your basic drug stores) but I would definitely pick up some other shades if I found them.

I love that this gloss gives my matte lipsticks a nice glossy finish without changing the colors of the original lipstick.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Eco-Emi December 2011

Eco-Emi is a sample box that is more on the "green/vegan" side and doesn't include all beauty. I think most of the beauty I have ever gotten is from the same company (so they must be doing really good!). I don't live a green or vegan lifestyle (just being completely honest) so the contents of most boxes don't really appeal or apply to me and to be completely honest, I have only found one thing that I have really enjoyed out of the 10 months I have been subscribed.
Let us show you what is worth spending your hard earned money on! For only $15.00 a month we will mail you a minimum of five samples to your door wrapped in a chic earth friendly packaging. You will have the luxury of trying out the green world in the comfort of your own home.
You typically get more than 5 items, most are usually full size.

Here is what I got in my box:

Lets go through each individual item:

Genesis Today Vitamin C w/Zinc Chews - $3.67
I am just going to be honest and blunt. These taste like feet covered in lemon. Would not buy these, will not eat more than one.

John Masters Organics Face Cleaner and Body Wash - $1.94
I can't wait to try these, specially the blood orange and vanilla body wash. The full size prices are a little bit more on the expensive side, however.

Artisana Cacao Bliss Raw Chocolate Coconut Butter - $1.49
I actually thought this was something to cook with until I just looked it up but I guess its something kind of like Nutella. Everything about this sounds amazing, now I need to find something to eat it with!

Green Shield Organic Free & Clear Laundry Detergent - $0.16
Not a very good sample, a little small but we're always looking for laundry detergent that is hypo allergenic and good for HE machines. Seems fairly inexpensive in stores too so if we like it, it will be easy to find and cheap!!

Wyk Candles in "Whispering Pine" - $2.25
This doesn't say what size it is so I am guessing on the price. Smells like a Christmas tree met with vicks vapor rub. Only day I could see myself burning this is Christmas, so I will keep it until then!

Zambeezi Tangerine Lip Balm - $2.95
I like this, it has sort of a soothing sensation, might be the tangerine. Not a huge fan of the smell but it's not something that would stop me from using it. Very moisturizing. The shape is a little weird but that's no issue.

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Lip Gloss in Winterberry - $8.00
This is definitely something I don't care for. When I first swatched it, it was very patchy. I thought maybe because it was it's first application it would be that way. A few days later, I tried it again but on my lips this time and still patchy. Very hard to apply. The color wasn't even at all. Took about 12 clicks just to get the product out the second time. Not something I would spend $8.00 on.

Patterned Footies by Maggies Functional Organics - $6.00
The second I saw these I knew they were meant for my mom, so I gave them to her.. Socks are socks so I don't think there's much to comment on about that.

The breakdown:
Box: Eco-Emi December 2011
Price: $15.00
Monetary Value: $26.46
Keeping subscription?: No.

Without the terrible gloss and the socks, this box wouldn't even be worth the $15.00 price tag. I am not a huge fan of Eco Emi, I always forget to unsubscribe or I figure if I wait until the next month and I am unhappy, I will unsubscribe but I never get around to it. I finally did yesterday and I am sad to say, that will be one less box that I will be receiving every month!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Foodzie "2011 Stocking Stuffer Favorites" Tasting Box

Foodzie is a little different from your normal monthly box because it's obviously about food. I was a little hesitant to sign up for this box because I am extremely picky when it comes to food, but on the other hand, I wanted to try new thing. I loved this concept and decided to try it out.
Each month, you will find a variety of Tasting Experiences carefully selected by the Foodzie team. Choose one that matches your taste or let us pick one for you.
What I like about this box is that around the 1st of the month, they will email you with a link to that months "taste boxes" and you can choose the box you would like to receive. If you would like more of a surprise, you can ignore the emails and they will send you a random one. This really works out for me since I am fairly picky, if its a month where there's nothing I wouldn't like, I will keep it a surprise. This is my first box and it was picked for me since I signed up too late in the month, but I have to say, its pretty fun!!

Here is what I got in my box:

Lets go through each individual item:

4 Sun Cups - $4.00
Sun Cups are made in Boulder, Colorado, and hit all the sweet spots: they're nut-free, gluten-free, organic, vegetarian, and Kosher (dairy). I just ate the sunflower butter milk chocolate one and it tasted just like a reese's but not as peanut buttery. Pretty good!! Can't wait to try the others.

Zeke's Candy Butterscotch - $6.32
Guessing on the price since they only have the packs listed as a 6 or 12 pack and the pack doesn't say the size. I love butterscotch, this stuff is yummy. There is a little thing that comes with it that says "Suck, don't chew" and they really melt in your mouth. Mmm..

Pop Candy Butter Crunch Treats - $7.00
This is a 4oz bag of "classic trios", which comes with Almond, Pecan and p.o.p mix. I wish it would have came with Pistachio, I would have loved that. I am not too big on butter toffee but I will try it, haven't yet.

Blueberry Acai Gummy Pandas - $4.75
As you can tell, I have already opened these, they're pretty good! They're just like gummy bears but not as sweet, a little more bitter. Made with organic sweeteners, gluten free and wheat free too if that's a concern for you!

Put Your Money On Honey - $9.95
Four salted caramels made with Northern California wildflower honey enrobed in pure dark chocolate and sprinkled with fleur de sel. I have recently found an interest in salted caramel, I can't wait to try these. But what is it with dark chocolate lately? Tis the season?

Ginger Sesame Caramel Popcorn - $1.58
Don't like ginger, at all, will leave this one for my husband to try!

Sliced Almond Brittle on Bittersweet Chocolate - $4.00
This looks rather interesting and its made of Almonds which I love. Can't wait to try it.

The breakdown:
Box: Foodzie 2011 Stocking Stuffer Favorites
Price: $29.95
Monetary Value: $37.60
Keeping subscription?: Yes.

You're not getting a HUGE value/savings by getting this box but it's really nice to try things. This is my first months and I can't wait to see what is to come in the next months so that I can decide if this is a service I would love to keep or not. I really love the concept!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cravebox December 2011

Cravebox is a new sample box and the December one was their "Beta" one. Although this box isn't all about beauty, it does have some beauty items in it.
Cravebox makes the discovery of great products not only easy and fun but affordable too! For just $10 a month, you'll receive a box of products that have been pre-screened and hand-selected for you to try and enjoy.
This box is put on by "SheSpeaks", I have never used the website so I am not 100% sure what it's about, but I just thought I would throw that out there.

Here is what was inside:

Lets go through each individual item:

Perugina Dark Chocolate & Almond Bar - $2.29
This says it's dark chocolate but it doesn't taste like dark chocolate to me at all. I don't like dark in any way, but I find this very tasty. I love almonds so this is a great bar. Not something I would seek out and buy, but a nice treat for that "craving".

BIC For Her Pens - $12.98 (I actually couldn't find much about these online at all, I am taking a guess on the price as I found some on Amazon.)
I love pens, but I hate gel pens. One set is ball point and the other are gel. Of course the black ones are gel. The ball points are pink and purple. I can still use them and plan to, I just can't stand gel!

Perugina Baci - $1.25
These were delicious, again, not something I would seek out but a nice little treat!

Mereadesso Beautiful Body Balm - $54.00
First off, let me say, $54.00!??!?! I definitely didn't expect that when I looked up the price. This is a full size, 200ml which goes for $54 on their website. This stuff is nice, it does moisturize like crazy, I just can't get passed the smell. It smells like a cheap dollar store lotion or maybe even glue. The smell lingers too, which I don't appreciate since it does smell nasty.

Nicole By OPI Nic's Sticks Paint & Go Nail Lacquer - $6.50 (per
I just experienced my first Nicole by OPI product last night and I wasn't really impressed. OPI is my favorite nail polish hands down but I don't like their other branches (Sephora by OPI, Nicole by OPI, etc). This seems like an interesting concept. I got it in the color "Stick With Me" which isn't a color I would use in the slightest but I will try it to see what it's like. You have to "click" it to get the product out and the appeal is that it's small enough to stick in your purse. The applicator doesn't see that great either.
The breakdown:
Box: Cravebox December 2011
Price: $10.00
Monetary Value: $77.02
Keeping subscription?: Yes.

This is their first box and like I said, it's not a "beauty" box but I can't wait to see what will come next. I hope that they throw in a lot of surprises and just get better from there. I know that subscriptions were limited for a while but hopefully you will be able to sign up. I could have done without both things of chocolate and maybe not pens, which I thought was a little random, but all in all I enjoyed the box and will be keeping my subscription.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Birchbox December 2011

I signed up for BirchBox in February of 2011 and I think they have lost a lot of their meaning and what they run for. The "sample" sizes have become smaller and smaller and some are even "O_o" worthy. However, I am afraid to unsubscribe because I know that the moment I do, everyone will get a full palette or something amazing and I will kick myself.

Don't get me wrong, I do find a lot of great things in BB's but sometimes I feel like their samples are lacking because of the amount of people they have subscribed.

But that's not what this post is about, this is for my December 2011 box! Here is what was inside:

Lets go through each individual item:

Eboost Daily Health Booster - $1.40
Last I thought, this was a beauty box. Yeah, "health" is a part of beauty but I don't sign up for an orange flavored pack of dust. Not really my thing. I might try it, but will most likely give to my husband.

Benefit POREfessional - $9.66
Have this, LOVE this, but since I already have it, I will be keeping it for a giveaway. This stuff is fabulous, really covers up pores. It has a strange consistency but it really works.

Jouer "BirchBox Pink" Lip Gloss - $5.71
I only have experience with Jouer from BB so I don't know much about their product but this lip gloss is not the best, probably not even good. Remember, this is entirely my opinion. First off, this thing is worth $6. There's NOTHING in it! Its .06oz. Second, the color isn't that unique. Third, the brush is terrible. It hardly picks up any product so its rough on my lips and I have to dip it in about 12 times just to get enough on my brush, which also makes the application uneven and funky. Fourth, the texture. I don't know whats wrong with it, maybe too much color but there are little grains of something on my lips, I can feel it when I rub them together. I think the only thing this gloss has going for it (for me) is that its sheer and I can wear it without personally looking like a clown. If you are looking for a hot pink opaque lip gloss, look somewhere else.

ShowStopper Designer Fashion Tape - $0.83
I hate to put BB down but is this a joke? Seriously, if I think my boob is going to fall out of a top, I don't wear it... Or better yet, I don't buy it!

Blinc Eye Liner - $2.29
Can't wait to try this, however, I am terrible at top liner. I got the mascara in a few boxes back so this will be a nice pair!

Harvey Prince Ageless Perfume - Not sure how large the sample is
When I first opened it I was a little leery because I watched some videos where people say it smelt really bad. They got another scent however. This smells divine. This is something I would actually wear, however at $55 for 50ml, the price is kind of steep. I can't really describe what it smells like, just a little sweet and clean at the same time, yum! The bottle is an actual thick glass too so that's nice!
The breakdown:
Bag: BirchBox December 2011
Price: $10.00
Monetary Value: $19.89 (not including perfume)
Keeping subscription?: Yes, because of my fear of missing out on something awesome.

All in all, this box was ok. Some of the things were "O_o" worthy, as always, but I did find a few things I can use that will make it worth it. I can also add something to my giveaway pile so that is great for you guys!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Influenster Holiday VoxBox

If you haven't heard of the influenster website, you NEED to check it out. I found this site really randomly and signed up, not thinking anything of it. I unlocked things they call "badges" and a month later I was getting an email inviting me to participate in their holiday voxbox.
What is an Influenster? Community of trendsetters invited to share their lifestyles and show their influence to qualify for personalized product shipments, special rewards and exclusive deals from the brands they love. Members love testing the latest products, giving insightful feedback, and spreading the word on their favorite finds!
So to sum it up, you get a box full of goodies absolutely free (you don't even have to pay for shipping) to test out, review and "influence". I am not sure how often they come out with boxes but I do know that there are different boxes and the one you get is based on the badges you unlock. I obviously unlocked beauty so I got items more on the beauty side.

Let's see what's in my box:

7 items, most of them were full size and a few "testers".

Lets go through each individual item:

Larabar in Cherry Pie - $0.84
I ate this right away and it was terrible. My husband wanted to try it too so he had half and he took one bite and threw the rest away. It was so bitter and the consistency was gross. I am sure someone loves these but I do not!

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Mask in Pulped Pomegranate - $0.96
I am super excited to try this, I LOVE masks. This is a great size for a one time use. They're vegetarian and animal friendly for anyone out there that is concerned about that but the only problem I find with these is that they're UK based. I did a search for local retailers in my area and there weren't any, so id I wanted to buy these, I would have to buy them online and wait.

NYC Liquid Lipshine in Nude York City 582 - $2.49
I really can't tell you what it smells like but its AMAZING. I just want to eat it. The color is fabulous, right up my alley. I love that it is more sheer than opaque, I can't wait to try this out!

Garden Botankia Lash Primer - $11.00
I am assuming this is full size, the site doesn't say what amount the full size comes with, but this is 7.5g, which is pretty large. I love anything for the lashes, anything that makes them grow, appear longer, fuller, whatever, I will take it. Can't wait to try it!

imPRESS Press-On Manicure - $7.99
I have to admit, I am not a fan. Press on nails remind me of something kids do to be like mommy. I will try them since that's what were supposed to do but I don't have high hopes in the least bit.

Mentos Chewing Gum in Fresh Mint - $1.49
Not much to say about this, it's gum. I love gum and I have already gone through about half the container, I am a fan. Mint lasts a while too!

Softsoap Coconut Scrub 2 pack - $1.74
Call me lame but when I saw this, I squealed. I love ANYTHING coconut, put coconut on a piece of paper and I would probably eat it so I was extremely excited to see these. Can't wait to try them!
The breakdown:
Bag: Influenster Holiday VoxBox
Price: $0.00
Monetary Value: $26.51
Keeping subscription?: Most definitely

Like I said before, I am not sure how often they come out with these boxes but I would definitely love to keep trying them. There are quite a few items I would love to try. I am not sure if this is the "beauty" box, but I would love to see more "beauty" related items. Maybe a mascara or an eye shadow. Some things in the box weren't necessary (to me).

I think that you should go subscribe and unlock some badges. Now that I have logged back into my account, I see that you can enter some giveaways from these brand, which is also cool! Go subscribe now! :)

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