Birchbox September 2014 Unboxing

Birchbox September 2014 Unboxing

It’s another exciting month from Birchbox! IF you don’t know what Birchbox is, well, it’s a monthly subscription box that is $10 a month (this includes taxes and shipping within the US) and for that price, you get 4-5 deluxe size beauty samples every month! There are a lot of perks to being a member with Birchbox, like earning points for reviewing your items that you can then spend in their shop AND every once in a while there are contests and special events. Recently, you could enter to win a party in a box #BeautyBash sponsored by Birchbox and Benefit Cosmetics. I was lucky enough to be selected! Stay tuned for more information on that! I’m taking this time to relive last years Rosy Girls’ Night In!

Anyhow, on to my box!

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This month was especially great for two reasons! First, it was Birchbox’s 4th Birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIRCHBOX!! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since Birchbox launched the sensation that is now the beauty subscription! Birchbox is certainly the pioneer of what is now a huge trend! Secondly, Birchbox continued on with their special personalization to their boxes by allowing subscribers to select one of their samples! At first, I didn’t think I would like this option, but last month I got to select a box with two of my favorite items inside and this month, I picked something that is a great fit for me! It never fails that if there is an idea, Birchbox does it first and they hit the mark!

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This month’s Theme is fresh paint, hence the adorable geometric box! I’m going to use this box for something, not sure what, but it’s far to pretty to throw out.

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Each month, we get a card that details the products a little more (What it is and How to use it) and tells you the price of a full size. I think that is really important so you can know right off the bat if this is something in your price range. Everything in this box looks really reasonably priced for me so I’m excited to dive in knowing it’s okay to fall in love!

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We’ll start with the item I chose. There were 4 options (I believe). This is a “starter kit” from Liz Earle that includes the Cleanse & Polsh Hot Cloth Cleanser and one of the muslin cloths. The idea here is that with the two, you get a great exfoliating wash. Funny story is that I recently sunburned my face (and body) very bad and I’ve been letting it heal and doing a few masks here and there. I’ve got a few more days before I am in the clear to exfoliate and you had better believe I’m going to town with this set! So far, people are raving about this and I literally cannot wait…but I will. For the sake of my skin. (EXTRA: Right now, you can get this set for FREE with any Liz Earle purchase on the Birchbox site. I’m planning to test this ASAP because if I love it, I can’t pass that up!) To break down the price, the cloth is a sample value of $3 and the cleanser is a $6.52 value at 1oz. Nice.

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I received another HUGE sample. This is a shampoo by a brand called Davines. I’ve never heard of this brand…at all. That isn’t to say I’m not excited. I admit, I’m pretty happy with my hair routine right now but I do enjoy good, natural brands. This product is suppose to add shine, boost volume and improve the overall texture of your hair- these are all things I need in a shampoo. I’m really happy I’ve got over 3oz to see how I like this! This is a sample value of $8.36

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As an excellent and well thought bonus, I also received two additional sample packets from the Davines line! I’m always SO happy to see Birchbox sending these little additions. This really seals the deal for me when I’m looking to purchase! I received the Absolute beautifying Conditioner (a $1.51 Value and probably 2 uses for my long hair) and the All in One Milk Multibenefit Beauty Treatment ( a $.80 sample value).  Because these are packets, I can’t comment on their smell but the shampoo has a nice, relaxing herbal smell that I happen to like a lot!

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I’m sorry Jouer but this is the only snoozer in my box. This is essentially a tinted moisturizer and while I do like and see the practicality of these types of products, this is something I’ve received in the past (in a different subscription and different, darker shade) and I just never fell for it. This is also a very small sample for something meant to be applied all over the face. I guess I’m a little spoiled by the other products’ sizes this month. This is in the shade golden which is a wonderful shade for my fair skin tone, it just adds a tiny, natural glow to my skin. I’m going to give this another glow (I have a feeling this will make a great primer for a photo shoot.) This is a $3.80 sample value.

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I’m with the lot of beauty subscribers when I say I don’t ALWAYS get excited about perfume samples. In my mind, a step up from the little vial samples is one with a spray cap. This sample is an exception to all of that. This could have been a sample packet and I would have been happy. I’ve been obsessing over this perfume at work for weeks. I want it. I need it and now I have a mini I can inhale until I finally make that purchase. This smells SO amazing. It’s sweet and warm and perfect for the fall season. I am just smitten!! This sample value (based on the price of a 1.7oz size) is $2.18

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My last product is a full size shea butter lip balm by Pixi. I’ve had my highs and lows with Pixi but was REALLY excited to try this balm. It smells SO good and the color (Ripe Raspberry) is pretty. I think this is a great alternative to chapstick for the upcoming cooler weather. This is a full size balm with a $8 ‘sample’ value. There’s just one problem…

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When I rolled up my tube for a clear shot of the color, there was a gnat stuck into the side of my balm. I know this is obviously not intentional, and not Birchbox’s fault, but I’m  going to send an email to Birchbox and I know they’ll take care of me. They are the best!

Overall, this Birchbox was AMAZING! The overall sample value is $34.17, but most of all there are some really useful products, products that are new to me and some really on trend things. I’m always impressed with Birchbox and I’m happy to be a subscriber! If you want to check out Birchbox for yourself, head over to their site HERE!

 

 

Beauty Box Five August

Beauty Box Five August


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It’s Beauty Box 5 time! IF you don’t know what BB5 is, it’s a fabulous monthly subscription box that comes straight out of Austin, TX! Of all the boxes I’ve tried, Beauty Box 5 is always the most balanced! Typically, BB5 is $12 per month or you can opt for a yearly subscription and get it cheap for $99 a year, which breaks down to $8.25 a month. Usually, there is a sneak peek of the full size item included in that month’s box and this month, they peeked a full size lip gloss! Above are the 5 items I got in my August box! (As you might have guessed, there are always 5 items. So clever.)

For full reviews on these items and a break down on the awesome value this month, be sure and follow @TheRosySnail on Instagram!

 

Birchbox August 2014

Birchbox August 2014

Birchbox is here! If you aren’t familiar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly subscription box that is a flat rate of $10 (including shipping in the US). For that price, you get 4-5 deluxe size beauty samples delivered to your door every month! I rejoined Birchbox a few months ago and have been loving it so far! Last month, Birchbox launched a new level of customization to their boxes by letting subscribers select one of the items that would be included in their box. They brought that back this month PLUS there was an option for a special curated box that you would already know the contents of. I went with the curated box because it had a few products in it I couldn’t say no to!


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The box I selected what The EveryGirl box. This box is full of products that all retail under $35. I love the concept, but that really didn’t have anything to do with why I nabbed this one.

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Here is a look at the inside of my box! Nice sized samples and a good range of products for hair, skin, body and a makeup product (inside the pillow box). I really enjoy a little of everything in a subscription box. I’m a head-to-toe kinda girl!

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The product that sold me this box was this Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub. This stuff is the BOMB. I’m addicted to this product. It gets ride of dead skin cells, it hydrates and it just leaves my skin feeling so absolutely amazing. This is obviously an organic product and it’s cruelty free, too! This is a sample value of $3.75

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This brand was completely new to me, but it sounded delicious. This is an exclusive scent/flavor to Birchbox from Not Soap Radio.From looking at their site, a lot of their names have funny little puns like this one. The scent, as you might have guessed, is lemon but it’s also sweet and super calming. I adore this body wash. This is a sample value of $1.76

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The last thing loose in my box was this No. 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect spray. I’ve had this sample before. It smells great, it works well on my hair. For me, I already have a hair primer that I really enjoy. I’m probably just not a fair judge for that reason. Would I recommend this. I would. It is light enough to thin or fine hair and that is hard to find in the hair market. This is a sample value of $4.80

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The pillow box this month was especially cute :)

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Inside, I found a small sample of Hello by Harvey Prince. I REALLY loved this scent and I’ve almost used this completely up. I’m about 80% committed to purchasing the full size, I just know I have a lot of perfumes I need to finish out! This is a sample value of $1.62

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The last item in my box was a bit of a let down. I own this product already and one of the great things about this product is the twisting up of the products. The mini of this product is small but somehow, Birchbox got a sample even smaller! This doesn’t even have a twisting mechanism, you have to squeeze the product out which is really difficult when you’re trying to get a nice, even cat eye. Love the product, hate this sample. This is a $1.80 sample value.

While the value of this Birchbox was technically on the lower end at just over $15, I got some products that I absolutely adore and I have already used and enjoyed all of these!  Really happy with my choice to get this box this month!

 

 

 

NEW from Yves Rocher

NEW from Yves Rocher

I think I’ve always been aware that Yves Rocher was the #1 Makeup brand in France. I’m not sure why it took me becoming a blogger to really fall in love with the brand, but I’ve quickly learned that everything that comes from this brand is gold. That’s saying a lot considering that Yves Rocher covers a huge range of products from making and fragrance to bath, body and skin care. They even make nail polishes! I recently checked out two new goodies from the brand, also winners!

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These new products focus of smooth, hydrated skin. Whether you’re gearing up for the colder winter months (when I personally get the WORST dry skin) or you’re still soaking in the sun- getting dehydrated for the sake of fun in the sun, it’s always a good idea to exfoliate and hydrate the skin you’re in!

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Step One: Exfoliate. Most exfoliating shower gels use tiny pieces of silicone. These silicone spheres actually never dissolve and end up littering the oceans and water plants all over the world. Aside from this, they are often irregular and can actually tear away at your skin. Yves Rocher decided on an all natural alternative- fruit seeds. I got to try the Blackberry scent which contained 100% natural blackberry seeds inside!

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Suspended in their already amazing shower gel is hundreds of tiny seeds! I found this wash to be both hydrating and obviously, exfoliating! I loved the scent too!

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Next was this NEW Beautifying Dry Oil. Yves Rocher really turned me onto dry oils last summer and this one is just as good! The smell is amazing- rich and a little nutty and it applies wonderfully on the skin.

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I love that this came in a spray bottle, last season it was a bottle you just pour and that ended up being a little messy in the long run. I really love this oil for hydration but also for laying in the sun (be careful with this one, it is an oil after all) and for a pre-spray tan treatment. Easy application for quick hydration is always a win!

Overall, I’m always happy with the new releases from Yves Rocher and its a given that my skin is happy too!

 

 

NEW Kiss Gel Fantasy

NEW Kiss Gel Fantasy

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You might be thinking “Why?”. Press on toes nails? And woman-to-woman, I was right there with you just a few weeks ago! My first thought was “Oooh, glitter!” followed quickly by…”can I actually wear faux toe nails?”. Turns out I can. I will. Most of all, I like it!  Get ready for a true “Ah-hah!” moment with the new Kiss Gel Fantasy Ready-to-Wear gel nails :)

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Each package of toenails comes in a box, displaying a full set. Luckily, there are a total of 24 nails so you’re very likely to find the correct sizes for your toes. I wasn’t sure if my “weird toes” would work, but was pleasantly surprised! Not only did I find the right sizes, but I didn’t need to trim in any way. I almost always have to trim fake finger nails.

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One of the points I really have to rave about with this particular set of false nails is the options. The kit includes everything you need for the application of your choice. You can apply these with the strong adhesive tabs or with professional strength nail glue for a longer lasting gel pedicure. I am more of a nail glue kinda girl (confession: I do NOT enjoy doing my toes!) but I like that I have options!

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Kiss also thought of all the details when making the glue easy to open. No scissors needed.

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Also included is a nail file to gently buff the ends of the nails with the tabs attached.  These tabs are especially useful for the tiniest of toe nails! I’m not sure how this would be possible without the tabs!

KissGelFantasyThe moment of truth! Most people couldn’t tell they were fake. Not even my husband! though he did proceed to laugh a little bit when I told him the truth! I made it a point to avoid extra water while I wore these. No extra long baths or pools and they lasted about 9 days before my youngest jumped on my foot just right and popped one off. It didn’t hurt as I’m sure they were ready to come off. I gently peeled the rest. My nails underneath were undamaged and ready for my next pair.

My overall opinion: Invest. Aside from a little cuticle prep before application, these are ZERO work, last a good while and look fantastic! I typically do my own nail art and a pedicure this glitter packed would take hours to dry. No one has time for that. These retail in the $8 range making these a bargain compared to the nail salon price.

 

Beauty Box 5 July 2014

Beauty Box 5 July 2014

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My Beauty Box 5 came in the mail this week and it is PERFECTION! If you’ve not heard of BB5, it’s a monthly subscription box that comes straight from the Heart of Texas (Austin that is!) and is $12 a month! You can save even further on this already low price with a monthly subscription for only $99! You can learn more about their deals and sign up HERE.

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This month, everyone got a full size Revlon Bold Lacquer by Grow Luscious Mascara. I’ve not done too much reading on this mascara to know about Grow Luscious, but studied or not, this mascara packs a serious punch! I’m really loving this so far. It’s been too long since I found a great “drug store” mascara. As always, BB5 has you planning ahead with a $1 coupon. You could grab the waterproof version! Fall Weddings are coming! ;) Them gem retails for $7.99

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This brand, Anna Naturals, is new to me but I LOVE a good scrub. This one is free of chemicals or fragrance and is all natural and vegan. I’m saving this for a special, leg baring occasion! It smells great though and I can’t wait to see more from this brand. This is a sample value of $2.75 for a 1oz tub!

DSCN0039These last 3 products were probably my favorite. Okay, that’s a lie! Everything this month was pretty much my dream box! I’ve been SO obsessed with hair masks though! This is the Hask Intense Deep Conditioning Treatment.  First off, this is a HUGE packet at 1.75 oz. I will easily get 3-4 uses out of this so I actually put it into a small squeeze bottle :) I absolutely adore this stuff! It smells down right heavenly and leaves my  hair feeling like I just left the salon. This is a budget friendly hair solution, too at only $2.39!

c700x420Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of my own Body Drench Lip Balm BECAUSE the Mister swiped it! I received the Lemon Drop one and I did get a chance to use it (just once!) and it smelled and tasted great. The flavors in this month’s boxes were from the Candy Licious line- delicious!! These retails for $3.99

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Last, but not least- another full size product! I received the Starlooks Lip Liner is Tickle Me Pink. I own a lot of Starlooks liners and I admit at first wasn’t that excited. I just didn’t think I needed another liner- then I popped this on. LOVE! This color is amazing and as always Starlooks pigments are spot on. This beauty retails for $12- score!

Overall, this box included absolute must-haves for me! Mascara, lip color, body scrubs, lip balms and hair masks! I don’t know where my beauty routine would be without these! This box had a huge value of $29.12 :)

Birchbox July 2014

Birchbox July 2014

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I’m on my 3rd of 4th month back with Birchbox and I have to say, it gets better and better every month. If you aren’t familiar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly subscription service that costs $10 a month and for that price you get 4-5 beauty samples. You can check it out HERE if you’re interested in signing up! This month, Birchbox teamed up with Women’s Health magazine! I thought the pair made for a great box!

As a bonus, we got a one year subscription to the magazine, a $9.99 value! I already get Women’s Health so I passed this on to a friend :)

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The theme this month was Power Up. Along with the samples we received a little booklet of 12 Bite-sized Challenges. I love the concept and plan to give each one a go over the next few weeks. It’s always good to focus on you in the healthiest way you can. I accept this challenge!

DSCN0023The first thing I pulled out of my box was the Whish Shave Cream in Acai Grapefruit. I understand the benefits of a good shaving cream but I’ve just yet to find one that truly wows me. That being said I’m thrilled to be able to try this one! Maybe I’ll fall in love. This is a perfect example of why I subscribe to boxes like this, something I never think to shop for, but really need! This is a .75 oz sample with a $3 value.

DSCN0022Next was this Reach Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel. I. Love. Peels. I can’t wait to try this, I just did a treatment recently so I’ll give my skin some time to repair itself between treatments. When I squeezed all the air out of this tube, there was barely anything inside. I’m not sure if I got an empty one or what, but I think I can squeeze one application out of it. At .17oz, this has a sample value of $4.70 (Ouch! Hope I don’t love it!)

DSCN0028So, I guess Birchbox was reading my mind this month because aside from being obsessed with peels and masks, I’ve been trying new eye creams! This one is by Balance Me and it’s their Wonder Eye Cream. This is labeled as .2oz, but honestly, I don’t believe it’s that much. Again, when I squeeze the tube it’s really sparse. The full size of this product is .5oz so this sample is worth $15.20

DSCN0030My last sample is this LAQA & Co Lip Lube in Menatour. I absolutely LOVE this product! The color, the texture- its just brilliant! They call this a lip sheer and I agree the formula is sheer feeling and lightweight (not to mention hydrating) but I found it  to be packed with color. The Birchbox website says the full size is .07 oz, which is what this tube is labeled as. This is clearly wrong and I couldn’t find the full size information anywhere.  I can guess (and based on some other reviews of this) that it’s around a $8 value.

DSCN0021As a little bonus this month, we got this 100% Pure Honey Cream Wash in Gingerade. I’m a little on the fence about getting body wash in a TINY packet sample. Meh.

The total sample value (including the magazine subscription) was $40.89- probably the highest value I’ve had yet! $30.90 without the magazine. Very happy with this month’s box :)

Paw Palette 101

Paw Palette 101

In the last week or so, I can’t even believe the number of questions I’ve gotten, both in person and on social media, about this flat, glittering accessory I’ve been sporting! I admit, I’ve been quite amused by the strangers who stop me and are fairly blunt “I have to ask. What on earth is that?”…I thought I would set the record straight with everyone and tell you exactly what my Paw Palette is for!

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Several months ago, I was looking at pro kits posted by fellow makeup artists on Instagram when I saw one wearing what looked like a very large, acrylic bracelet. My first reaction was that it looked super cute (I may have a weakness for glitter, it’s not a secret!), so I clicked around for more details. This let me to the Paw Palette Instagram Page and eventually to their Website. I went on to read about this genius invention by Crystal Powder. So what exactly is it?

These glittering beauties are palettes for makeup application. In my work as a freelance makeup artist and as a Beauty Consultant at Ulta, my palette is often my own hand. This works for personal applications (as in, I’m Tim Gunn all the sudden and I “make it work.”) but for makeup on other people, it can be really frowned upon. It’s not really sanitary and it can be really hard to clean off! Especially for waterproof applications. With Paw Palette, they’re easy to sanitize with alcohol (they’re made of acrylic so they hold up great with repeated washings) and it’s raised and off the hand, making my word easy. Plus, if I need to move onto another task and don’t have time to clean and sanitize the Paw Palette, I simply set it down and come back it it. Obviously, that isn’t an option with my own hand!

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I received the Lavender Gem Glitter Smooches Paw Palette. The bling on this baby is absolutely perfect! It’s completely opaque and glistens in the sun! Paw Palette offers a range of colors and shapes including lips, hearts, solid colors, glitters and even magnetic palettes for loose panned products!

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The strap is completely adjustable and I loved the stud detailing! This makes pulling to tighten the strap easy, the stud acting as a “button” or place holder, and also just adds some extra sass!

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This is the proper way to wear your Paw Palette- on your paw! Which is great for makeup applications. When not in use, I did find myself pushing it further up my arm and out-of-the-way. The strap made this easy and definitely has enough give to fit all the way up your arm. You know, if you’re into that!

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Another ADORABLE option is the rings! These pint size palettes make the cutest surface for spur of the moment applications or small jobs and honestly, I’d wear this even if I weren’t doing makeup! It’s just beautiful.

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The band on the back is adjustable to fit any ring size. It came adjusted just right for me, I wear a size 7.

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I wonder how I lived without my Paw Palettes! They really do make my job easier and more sanitary! Not to mention, they’re just cute! You can find Paw Palettes online on Crystal’s online shop HERE (where you can find the BEST deals and special edition palettes like these Bang Bang mini palettes!!)  or you can find them on BeautyLish.

Do you think Paw Palette is the Puurrrfect makeup artists tool?

Makeup Train Case from TheSalonOutlet.com

Makeup Train Case from TheSalonOutlet.com

I’ve been asked my fair share of time how on earth I keep all my makeup organized. I’d be lying if I said it was easy! There are so many little tools I need for both my personal use and my pro kit for events and clients. For easily transporting my pro kit for weddings, prom, etc I’m a big fan of makeup train cases. I was at a point where I feel like I had tried them all (and been disappointed by many) when I got an email from TheSalonOutlet.com that would change things for the better!

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The Salon Outlet offers many tools for salon use from hair washing sinks and hot tool holders to waxing supplies and air brush machines. They even offer lighting kits for film and photography! Searching their site made it nearly impossible to pin point what item I’d be adding to my collection. Then I saw this Black Aluminum Train Case and I knew it was the one.

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You might think a Train Case is a Train Case…is a Train Case but you’d be wrong. The first thing about this one that caught my eye was the drawer at the bottom! I’m always feeling like my large train cases have too deep a bottom and end up with a piled up mess in the larger compartment (the bottom, if you will)  but with this case,  I have a sleek, locking drawer to store anything I want! This drawer so far has been perfect for brushes, pencils single eyeshadows and even lashes! I like to keep the drawer empty until I know exactly what my client wants, then add the special touches in this drawer, like special brushes and embellishments. I really don’t know how I got along without this drawer. It makes keeping things SO much easier!

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Aside from the drawer, this case has TONS of space! I found I really prefer the cases that fold out sideways like this so that you have the extra “lip” of the lid to set things down. The drawer is about 1″ deep and the bottom of the case is a perfect 2″-3″. It’s deep enough to stack powders or lay foundations and skin care items.

I love the sleek aluminum look but whats more, this case just feel super well made. The handle is a sturdy plastic which feels better in my hand than the thin metal ones but doesn’t feel like it would even disconnect. I love all the edging too that adds to making this case look really expensive! As a makeup artist, I always want clients to feel like they are getting the VERY best!

Speaking of expensive….this case really wasn’t! My comparable case by Caboodle (which is made of the same materials BUT has a skinny metal handle that I really dislike carrying long distances. Outdoor weddings anyone?!) was $80! It’s one of the most expensive purchases I’ve made for my job and was NOT an easy decision. One that I’m now wishing I’d waited on! This stunning case from The Salon Outlet will only set you back $49!

I can’t wait to try some more handy products from The Salon Outlet! So far I’m so impressed and happy to report that their prices may be much lower, but the quality is outstanding! Be sure and check them out online for your next kit purchase!

ALSO if you want to see a FULL inside look at what I carry inside my Pro Kit featuring my new case, leave a comment! I’d also be happy to answer questions!

IT Cosmetics #TSV June 21st on QVC

IT Cosmetics #TSV June 21st on QVC

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If you aren’t a QVC shopper, you might not be aware of all the amazing deals they offer. If you’re an It Cosmetics fan, that is a darn shame! Aside from the deals and steals listed everyday on QVC from the various brands they carry, QVC also does a very special daily deal of sorts that they lovingly call “Today’s Special Value”. These deals are typically kits or sets and give you an INSANE discount on their already wonderful prices, but for one day only this kit will be only $59.96! I got an early look at the TSV scheduled to release this Saturday, June 21st!

DSCN9996 (2)This kit is truly suited for any IT Cosmetics lover. This kit is called “IT’s All About You” and it features 5 customer favorites, two of which are brand new launches. You might be wondering how IT could put two new products in a kit and call them favorites, but trust me, they weren’t wrong. I’ll get to that a little later. As with all IT kits, every product if full size and you’re paying a fraction of the price you would pay purchasing these products on their own. This will launch at Midnight (ET) on Friday night at an amazing price but I’ll break down the prices these pieces each retail for alone.

Let’s take a look!

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Up first is the most fool-proof brow products I’ve ever told you about! This is the Brow Power and its great for a wide range of hair colors. This universal brown can be applies softly for people with blonde hair or light brown or darker for people with darker brows like my own. The waxy texture holds  easily to the hairs and lasts all day! Unlike other pencils in my collection, there isn’t a need to set this pencil, it holds your hairs all on its own. Multitasking, FTW!

DSCN0009Adding to the all-in-one feel of this product is the built-in spoolie end. I also appreciate that each end is capped adding to the sanitation and on-the-go feel of this brow product. They’ve thought of it all. This product retails for $24.

DSCN0011This kit, in my opinion, could not be called Customer Favorites without the BEST foundation powder in the world! The It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation is a serious game changer. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve converted over to this foundation! It’s tact free, full coverage, long wear, keeps me matte all day without looking dry, it never cakes, feels light weight and THAT is why it was voted Best Foundation (by QVC customers) just last year. If you’ve never tried this powder before, pop into an Ulta and find yourself a Beauty Advisor! You will not regret it! This retails for $35. This kit will include your choice of 5 colors: Fair, Light Medium, Medium Beige, Tan and Deep. I am typically “Fair” but went with Light Medium for my summer shade :)

DSCN0016The first NEW product in the kit is a GREAT twist on a total classic! IT Cosmetics took their amazing Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and prepped it for the Summer. Making it waterproof! This concealer pairs amazing with the Celebration Foundation above and was voted Best Concealer, not once, but twice. Not only is the coverage flawless and long-lasting, but a little goes a long way, making this concealer a great value- even at full price!

DSCN0017I can’t wait to really test this out for its waterproof claims. Other than that, it promises the same great coverage and smooth finish. This retails for $24.

DSCN0018To apply everything to-the-t, this kit also includes the Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush. This brush looks very similar to the Dual Airbrush Foundation Concealer Brush and in a lot of ways it is. I decided to compare the two :)

DSCN0021You’ll have to excuse my older brush, its been well-loved ;) The first thing I noticed is that this new brush is all together. I feel like it will be easier to buff and blend with the extra length.

DSCN0024The top to the new brush is also a little less rounded and the base is just a hair smaller. The brush feels more densly packed (there appears to be more hairs in a slightly smaller space) and while I didn’t think it was possible, it feels softer. The “older” version of this brush retails for $48.

4Last but CERTAINLY not last is the NEW CC+ Radiance Palette. For me, this palette makes this entire kit a MUST HAVE. No matter ow many of the other favorites you’ve got in your collection, you don’t have this and I’m here to tell you- you need it!!

DSCN0029From the pictures I originally saw of this palette, I expected it to be somewhat small with a combined product weight of maybe one full size, but these sizes are generous at .21oz for the CC+ Brightening Powder in Radiant Light and CC+ Matte Bronzer in Warmth and .24oz for the CC+ Blush Stain in Love.

DSCN0032I love everything about the look and feel of the palette and the colors are super flattering. My only complaint is that the Brightener is a little dark. I’m still currently wearing my winter color so I wonder if lighter skin tones will get a different shade than this one. Since this product is totally new, I don’t know the price :)

DSCN0040Here are all three of the powders in the palette swatched!

imageI tried out all these products together for a great natural, yet glam look :) Love, love, love!

I definitely love this kit and if you break it down, the value is outstanding. For under $60, you get over $130 worth of products not including the value of the CC+ Radiance Palette which I would assume is at least $40 on its own. The value is great, the pieces are all useful, customer favorites and It Cosmetics is good for your skin. There’s no way you won’t win! Plus, the kit comes packaged perfectly for gift giving! If you’ve got a makeup lover in your life that hasn’t tried IT now, it’s time to give her the best gift she’s ever received!