Ready for spring: Loose Button Luxebox Spring 2015 box

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Stop what you doing right now and head over to Loose Button’s website to order the spring 2015 box. Seriously guys, this season’s Loose Button Luxe Box is worth every penny.

I previewed what they had in store about a month back, and I finally received my box a couple days ago.  I got the winter 2014 box and was disappointed by the offerings, but this one? They hit it out of the park for spring. For those of you new to Loose Button, they are a beauty subscription service where they mail out boxes every quarter.  The Spring Luxe Box is tailored to each member’s beauty profile and they always make sure to not include a duplicate product that they may have received in a previous season’s box.  You can check out how it works here, but in the meantime, let’s get to what I got this season.

My box was valued at over $72 and included products I would actually use. Usually in these boxes, there’s always something that doesn’t interest me, but every item in this box is something that I would get good use of.  There was only one full-size product, but everything else was generously sized and to be honest, makes great travel sizes (I have a few trips coming up, so these will come in handy).  Here is what I received:

  • Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract (50 ml)
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Petal Pink Nail Lacquer (full size)
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (4g)
  • BUXOM Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation (four-shade sample)
  • Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse with Mini Mitt (25 ml)
  • Suzi Skincare Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser (30 ml)
  • Eyeko Brow Gel (4 ml)
  • Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter (50 ml)

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The bronzer! The brow gel! The tanner! Heck, even the nail polish! You know when you sign up for these services and they show logos of prestige brands, but then you end up with stuff from brands you’ve never heard of?  This is not the case. Most of these brands are prestige brands, and to receive such generous-sized samples is rare for a beauty box, trust me.  A full-size of that tanner is over $60. The Too Faced bronzer retails for $38 full size, and to get 4g of product, that is amazing.  I find bronzer lasts forever, so a mini size of this is more appealing to me than the full size to be honest.  Plus it smells like chocolate. Just saying. I was even happy with the nail polish, which is always a given with these beauty boxes, because of the pale pink colour (my favourite).

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There is still time to sign up for the spring box and believe me, you will want to get this season’s box, just for the brands they are offering alone.  Every box is different, so you may receive different products than me, but even the other products that were previewed and weren’t in my box are amazing.  Seriously guys, if you are into beauty subscription services, get on this one. You will not be disappointed.

Will you be signing up for the spring 2015 Luxe Box?

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In bloom: Maybelline Rebel Bloom spring 2015 lip collection

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Can we just talk about these colours.

Maybelline released their Rebel Bloom lip collection for spring 2015 in January of this year and I just about died (#notreally).  The 10-colour collection (eight in Canada) features super-saturated pigments that give you the most intense pastel collection this season.  I just needed to see the colours and I was sold.  This collection features the most irresistible spring shades; if you thought that their Vivids collection from two years ago was a showstopper, you need to see this one.

Each colour has a white base, so what you see in the tube is what you get on the lips. You know how when you add a white base to your nail colour it amps up the shade?  Same theory, but in lipstick format.

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I received five of the colours from the collection: 705 Blushing Bud, 710 Petal Pink, 725 Lilac Flush, 735 Rose Rush, and 740 Coral Burst.  Unlike their other lipstick tubes, these come in a gorgeous lilac casing that just screams spring. The formula is infused with honey nectar, which adds moisture, a must for these last few months of winter. As with other Maybelline lipsticks, these aren’t the longest-wearing ones I’ve tried (the darker colours, like Rose Rush and Coral Burst last a little longer), but I mean really, look at these shades. I certainly don’t mind pulling out that gorgeous lilac tube every few hours to reapply.

Blushing Bud

Blushing Bud is a mauvey-pink.. This is definitely a pink that mostly anyone can wear as it’s not too in-your-face, leaning more towards a subtle rose. I would say this shade is probably the most wearable from any other them in the collection; it’s one of those pink nudes that you can rock everyday without getting tired of the colour.

Petal Pink

Petal Pink is a blue-toned baby pink.  At first glance, I thought it would be similar to Pink Pop from the Vivids collection, but this one is more bubblegum pink, whereas Pink Pop is more purple-toned pink. You can definitely tell that there is a white base with this one, as the colour is so fluorescent.

Lilac Flush

Lilac Flush is one of those shades where when you look at it you just want to bask in all its glory.  It’s almost too pretty not to use.  A white-based lilac shade, this one takes a bit of a heavy hand when applying it, but once it’s on, the colour is just so gorgeous. Definitely more of a statement look, this one will be so gorgeous on the lips once the weather warms up.

Rose Rush

Rose Rush is a red that leans towards more of an orange-tomato, if that makes sense. It’s not a deep vampy/traditional red, but rather a red with orange undertones, making it lighter for a nice spring look. I’m not typically into reds, but rock this one with a tan, and you’ll have a nice refreshing look for spring.

Coral Burst

Finally, Coral Burst is a pink-toned coral colour.  At first glance I thought it was going to be similar to Coral Crush from the Vivids collection, but Coral Crush is a lot more vivid in nature, compared to this one. With a pink undertone, Coral Burst leans more towards pink than orange, but again, this one will be great to rock this summer with a tan.

Maybelline slayed it with this collection (#yassssssbitch), and if you haven’t picked up any colour yet from the collection, make your way over to your nearest drugstore to check it out. I can’t even pick a favourite since they are all so perfect. If anything, I just want to get my lipstick hoarding hands on the rest of the collection (not that I need anymore lipsticks).

What do you think about Maybelline’s Rebel Bloom collection?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Pucker up: Rimmel London Provocalips lip colours

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So it seems like the biggest rage in lips these days is long-wearing lip colour in a cream format, with a matte shade and a glossy balm.  L’Oreal has one.  Make Up For Ever has one. And now Rimmel London has one.

I have all three and for the most part they all work the same way. They come in a dual-ended wand, with a high-intensity opaque colour on one side and then a matte gloss or balm on the other. The colour side is a liquid that dries matte on the lips, and they all claim to last anywhere from 16 to 24 hours.

I do plan on reviewing the L’Oreal one (right now we are having a love/hate relationship), but today, it’s all about the new Rimmel London Provocalips.  This dual-ended product claims to be kiss-proof, transfer-proof, and trouble-proof, delivering a high-impact endless colour.  There’s no tight feeling or dry lips and lips feel smooth and moisturized all day long.  Available in 10 shades from nudes to pinks to reds.

Wands Wand balm

I have the colours Kiss Me You Fool (a standard red) and Skinny Dipping (a brownish nude). For long-wearing lip creams, typically you apply the colour and keep lips apart for at least 60 seconds.  Then, when you feel like they are dry, apply the gloss.  The gloss on these have a jelly texture, so they aren’t the best, but they add enough moisture to the lips to keep them comfortable.  They also aren’t the shiniest of glosses, but they do just fine.

KISS ME YOU FOOL

 

Skinny Dipping

 

Although I didn’t wear these for the billed 16 hours, both held up pretty well.  I do find reds last a long time in general, so a 10-hour wear with Kiss Me You Fool was standard (note, I applied a lip liner underneath the colour).  With that being said, I did reapply the colour after lunch as it faded away at the centre of my lips. As for Skinny Dipping, I really didn’t believe that a nude would hold up that long, and although the colour didn’t, it wasn’t completely gone after eight hours.  I didn’t reapply the colour throughout the day as I wanted to see truly how well it stood up.

As for the balm, it wasn’t the best “gloss” I’ve tried.  Like I said, it had a thin jelly texture, which added moisture to the lips, more so than shine.  I did find myself reapplying the gloss part a few times throughout the wear because my lips did feel dry, so I wanted to add back some moisture.

Overall, these aren’t the best long-wearing lip colours I’ve tried, but they aren’t bad.  For the price point, I would give these a chance.  There is a gorgeous baby pink nude that I eyed in store, and although I don’t think it would last the 16 hours, it probably would last longer than a regular lipstick in that shade.

Have you tried Rimmel London’s Provocalips?  What were your thoughts?

Please note, I was sent this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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