March 2012 Loose Button Luxebox and Contest! (CLOSED)

Last week I was contacted from the nice people at Loose Button about reviewing the March 2012 box and another little goodie (which I’ll get to in a bit).  Although I don’t have a subscription with the company, I did have a chance to review the December and January boxes and have been very happy with the contents, company, and overall packaging of the product.

To sum it up real quick, the Loose Button Luxebox is a monthly Canadian beauty subscription service, where you get pay C$12 a month and you receive a box filled with four to five deluxe goodies.  Although the service mostly gives out beauty-related items, I have gotten coffee and chocolates in my boxes, which was a nice little surprise.

The March box marks Loose Button’s first year anniversary, so they threw in a special “thank you” seeded card that will grow into a plant.  I don’t know if these things actually work but it’s a pretty cool idea.

On to my box!

Made for me! Love this little detail.

Alright, so not going to lie, I’m a bit disappointed with the contents of the March box.  Compared to the December (where I got a pair of Velour lashes) and January’s (that came with an extra bath and body box), the March one is a bit of a let down.  Don’t get me wrong the contents are good brands, but it didn’t blow me away.

My March 2012 Luxebox included the following:

  • Prevage Face Advanced Anti-Aging Serum 5 ml (full size 50ml retails for $159.  Sample worth $15.90)
  • J. R. Watkins Hand and Body Lotion 29 ml (full size 325 ml retails for $10).  There was also a coupon for $1 off any J.R. Watkins Hand and Body Lotion at Shopper’s Drug Mart
  • Fekkai Advanced Salon Technician Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner 9 ml each (full size 236 ml retails for $28)
  • Fekkai Advanced Salon Technician Color Care Rapid Results Moisture Mask 2 x 8.6 g (198 g retails for $45)
  • China Glaze Electric Beat nail polish full size (approx. retail C$8)

Looking at the items and brands, it is a good box in theory but when it comes down to it, I don’t really need anti-aging serums because I’m only 23 (I’m giving my mom this product), I have hand and body creams up the ying yang so I don’t really need anymore (plus this sample was only half full), and I got some sample shampoo and conditioner packs with my March 2012 Topbox (although they were Redken).  With that being said about the last point, I got some Fekkai samples in my January Luxebox and I really liked them so I am quite excited to try this formula.  I did enjoy getting the China Glaze polish, and although it’s pretty, it’s not really a colour that I would have picked out, but we will see how it looks on the nails.

To sum it up, my review does sound more negative then I mean it to be.  Part of the excitement about receiving these subscription services is the excitement in opening the box. Although the March box isn’t as good as the December and January boxes (or even the March 2012 Topbox), my heart still skipped a beat opening it up.

Now onto the fun part! The kind folks at Loose Button gave the opportunity to give a May box away to one lucky reader!  To enter the contest, you must be a Canadian resident and a subscriber of this blog (you can subscribe at the top of the sidebar on the homepage), also leave me a comment with what brand you would love to see in an upcoming Luxebox!  I would love to get a bottle of Seche Vite or a Deborah Lippmann nail polish (like the November Topbox), or even another pair of Velour Lashes (they are so fab!).

Contest officially opens today and ends April 20, 2012. The winner will be chosen through random.org.  If the winner does not reply with their address within five days another winner will be chosen (the box will be shipped directly from Loose Button).  I look forward to your answers and good luck!

Did you receive the March 2012 Loose Button Luxebox?  If so, what were your thoughts?

Please note I did receive this product for review purposes; however, all opinions are my honest own :).

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Book review: Lauren Conrad Style

So I felt the need to invest in a few girly books and I have always had my eye on Lauren Conrad’s Style (co-written with Elise Loehnen).  This book was originally released in October 2010, but fear not, the style tips do still apply as they are pretty basic things that anyone should know.

From amazon.ca:

You’ve seen Lauren Conrad on TV and red carpets, looking fabulous whether she’s going casual for a day with friends or dressed for a night out. Now Lauren reveals how you can adapt her classic, understated style for yourself. 

In her first-ever style guide, Lauren offers tips on how to create your own unique look, shares her favorite sources of inspiration, and identifies the absolute must-haves for any fashionista’s wardrobe. Along the way, she examines her fashion evolution, from California-casual teen to camera-ready style icon and clothing designer.

From beauty advice and hair secrets to how to shop vintage or find the perfect T-shirt, Lauren Conrad Style unlocks the mysteries of being effortlessly chic. With Lauren’s guidance, you’ll look and feel stylish every day.

Now I’m going to start off here by saying that I’m not a die-hard Lauren Conrad fan by any means. I watched Laguna Beach for the first two seasons that she was on, as well as The Hills for I believe the first three seasons.  I’ve always enjoyed Heidi more than Lauren because to be honest, I find her a bit boring at times and she always seemed quick to write off her friends (whereas Heidi is always stirring up the drama).  If you are looking for a tell-all book on her television career, this isn’t it.  Instead, you get a 240 page picture book of Conrad’s style tips.

Now the stuff in here isn’t cutting edge by any means, it’s a lot of simple style rules like what kinds of clothes should be staples in anyone’s collection (a nice pair of denim, black pumps, a blazer, a white button down, etc.), what to wear in an office, how to wear a little black dress a variety of ways, etc. The stuff she talks about isn’t revolutionary, but it’s an enjoyable read (and a fast one, it took me two days to read, although most people could probably read it in a day if they didn’t take a break).  With that being said, I did learn that a pair of sandals or shoes that dips slightly in the front will make short legs look less choppy (like Lauren, I was blessed with short legs which make wearing gladiator sandals, or any other shoe that cuts off at the ankle, next to impossible).

The book is broken up into three sections, Fashion, Beauty, and Hair, with a variety of chapters in between.  Chapters range on everything from what to pack when you travel, mastering your closet, how to shop, building your wardrobe, etc.  The chapters are not long and are broken up by a ton of colourful glossy photos that adorn the pages.  The only qualm I can really think of when it comes to Style is that in the photos and in the text she often mentions very high-end brands and items like Chanel, Christian Louboutin, J Brand, etc., that although they may be on most girl’s wish lists, they are very expensive items that probably a lot of girls in the book’s target demographic may not be able to afford.

Is this book worth buying?  If you were a hard-core fashionista, maybe (although you probably wouldn’t learn anything new.. it would look good as a coffee table book though).  If you want a fun, enjoyable read and are interested in fashion, definitely. To be honest, I don’t find Conrad to be the most fashionable celebrity and she hardly takes risks (she says so herself in her book); her style is quite plain and basic, very under the radar and “all american girl” if you will (she has a whole chapter on t-shirts and jeans).  I also find her line for Kohl’s to be nothing special and have never found a piece in the collection that I liked.  However, with that being said, it is an enjoyable read and filled with style basics which is great for teenagers and 20-somethings.  And although the info in here is very basic, it’s a good book to have on hand in case you need a quick fix on a hem of a new pair of jeans, want to double the life of your shoes, or just inspiration for your daily wardrobe.  Plus, the fun photos make the book even more enjoyable to flip through as you can lust over her Chloé riding boots, Chanel bags, and Stella McCartney dresses.

Oddly enough, as I was writing this post I actually was painting my nails the colour Violet Daze by mark.(I got it in my March 2012 Topbox), of which Conrad was the spokesperson for.  Coincidence or marketing ploy? Hmm…

Have you read Lauren Conrad’s Style?  If so, what were your thoughts?

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Spring product love: Kiehl’s Super Fluid SPF 50

So you know how they always say to wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin from skin cancer and premature aging/sunspots?  Yeah, well I don’t do that.  In fact, I don’t really know anyone who actually does.

It’s a good idea in theory but really, who wants to slap on sunscreen everyday, wait for it to dry, and then walk around with that gross smell all day?  Now don’t get me wrong here, I believe in taking good care of your skin and body as much as anyone else but the hassle of applying sunscreen every day is a pain.  Luckily, I found my solution.

I got to try the Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50 lotion when I got a whole whack of Kiehl’s products a few weeks ago.  Now, I can’t vouch for the rest of the body, but I apply this on my face after my moisturizer in the morning and it acts as a foundation primer, while at the same time protecting my skin from the sun.  When the sales lady told me I could use it as a primer I pretty much fell in love.  I mean, if I’m going to use a primer anyways, it may as well be something that has a high SPF right?

From Kiehl’s:

Shake-shake away 90% of skin aging with this oil-free, lightweight facial sunscreen.  Provides long lasting protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays, which can cause again, dark spots, freckles and skin darkening.  Water-resistant and recommended for daily use after your moisturizer or under make-up application.

I got the 50 ml bottle of this (also comes in a 125 ml size) and it retails for C$36, which sounds like a lot of money, but when you think about how pricey some foundation primers are out there (Laura Mercier’s foundation primer is C$40 and Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer with SPF 15 is C$50) it’s really not that bad.  And you are getting something with a high SPF factor in it.

The product is quite runny when you squeeze it out of the bottle so I find that I have to work fast with it otherwise it will get all over my hands. I usually squirt a dime-sized amount on my fingers to cover my entire face.  Also, considering that it is a sunscreen, it goes on sheer, not white, unlike other sunscreens out there.

So would I recommend this product?  Yes, absolutely!  I think I have finally found my holy grail primer.  Not only it is great for a base but you can use it as a sunscreen for the beach, pool, etc.  This is definitely one of those products that have a variety of different uses, and although it’s a little pricey at first, I think that its well worth the money and I will be purchasing this again when it runs out.  It’s also unisex; not just for women, so really anyone can use it.

I'm wearing Bare Minerals Mineral Foundation over top of the Kiehl's Super Fluid. It provides a perfect foundation base. ** Please excuse my gross hair, I had a bad dye job recently and I'm currently growing it out. I swear it doesn't look this bad in real life.

Have you tried Kiehl’s Super Fluid?  If so, what were your thought?  Also, what is your favourite foundation primer?

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