Beauty Boxing Day: Loose Button Luxebox December 2011

Happy Boxing Day!  For all of you non-Canadians out there, Boxing Day is basically like our Black Friday, all the retailers have their big end of season discounts.  Stores do tend to get crazy but I haven’t heard of anyone getting pepper-sprayed (I take that back, my local mall was pepper sprayed) or beat up over a two dollar waffle makers…

Anyways, in honour of Boxing Day I thought I would review the Loose Button Luxebox, a monthly sample service containing beauty products.

The Loose Button Luxebox is similar to the other beauty sample services in that you pay a small fee ($12) per month and they send you a box of deluxe samples of different beauty products.   Every box is different and you won’t know what you will be receiving every month, so it’s kind of like opening Christmas or birthday presents every month.  Right now, Luxebox is only available in Canada but the company is working on getting it in other countries as well.

Okay so first impressions on the packaging of the box, I absolutely love it!  The whole feel of the product is very luxurious and I love the little touches they put in.  For example, each box is personalized to you.  When you slide the inner part out there is a sticker that says “Made for Shayna” and there was also a card with my name on it. I really like how the company goes the extra mile to make the consumer feel special.  I felt like I was receiving a special package from a friend of something.  I liked feeling how I wasn’t just a number to the company, they think of each person who registers as a person and each box is addressed to the individual.

I also liked how the box looked.  The sleek black with the high-fashion typography really adds some appeal to the whole package.  The whole thing just looks so appealing and expensive that it’s really a treat to open the box and see the goodies inside.

Speaking of…

I was very surprised (in a good way) about the goodies I got in the December box. My box included Kerastase Elixer Ultime, Velour Upper Lashes (so excited about these!), Prada Candy perfume sample, Prada Infusion D’Iris perfume sample, DDF Advanced Firming Cream, and a Loose Button chocolate coin.

DDF Advanced Firming Cream (14 grams) **Full-size 48 g retails for $130.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime (5 ml)

Velour Mink Lashes (full size)

Prada Candy Perfume Sample (1.5 ml)

Prada Infusion D'Iris Perfume Sample (1.5 ml)

Loose Button Chocolate Coin

I also got a Chase! Kidding, kidding!

The retail price for my box is easily over $50 (the lashes alone are $34.99).  I have to say I was very impressed with the product choices and the selection of stuff I got.  My favourite product in the box was obviously the lashes (full review coming soon!), but I also liked the Prada Candy perfume sample and Kerastase hair serum.  I tried the DDF cream but ended up giving it to my mom as I don’t really need wrinkle cream yet.

Love my Velour lashes!

Like I mentioned earlier, every box is different, so just because I received this stuff doesn’t mean that everyone did.  If you check out the Loose Button Facebook page others got China Glaze nail polish and NYX eye liners as their full-size product.

In the end, Loose Button is one of the more expensive beauty sample services offered in Canada at $12 a month, but if every box is like this one, it’s totally worth it.  On their Facebook page there are a few people complaining about what they got, and okay, I understand the whole perfume sample thing (anyone can get perfume samples for free at department stores) but would you have necessarily tried these particular scents?  The whole point of these services is to introduce you to new brands and try products that you maybe would not have tried before.  For example, I probably would not have bought a pair of $35 eyelashes, but having tried them (and knowing the fact that they can last up to more than 21 wears) maybe they actually are worth the money, and who knows, maybe in the future I will order more pairs.  $12 is not a lot of money to spend each month to receive some cool products that you may not have tried anyways; it’s basically the price of one lunch.

So would I recommend the Loose Button Luxebox?  Well, if every box is like the one I received, then yes!  I loved the products I got and I hope that they keep up with the higher-end brands.  I also loved the packaging, it made me feel like I was receiving a gift in the mail from my best friend of something.  The box was super cute and honestly, I don’t even want to throw it out, it’s too cute!

Have you tried the Loose Button Luxebox?  What were your thoughts?  Leave me a comment below.

Please note: I did receive this product for review, however, it did not affect my opinions on it.  All opinions are my honest own :).  

The Holiday Collection: NARS Danmari Cheek Palette

The holidays are officially upon us!  Hanukkah started two nights ago, there is two days until Christmas, and four days until Kwanzaa, so alas, I bring you the last Holiday Collection post.  But don’t worry it’s a good one.

This is something that was on my list which I received yesterday (thanks mom!).  Many of you have probably seen this on other blogs, but I know that as soon as I laid my eyes on it on I knew it had to be mine.

Nestled in it’s own holiday case is the Danmari cheek palette, a limited edition item for the holidays only available at Sephora.  Unfortunately, as of yesterday this product is sold out online but check your local Sephora, they may still have it.

Enclosed inside is six NARS blushes.  They aren’t full size but 0.12 oz (full size blushes are 0.16 oz, so you are getting 3/4 a size).  This palette retails for $65 USD ($70 CDN I believe), whereas full-size NARS blushes retail for $26 USD ($30 CDN), so to get six of them for basically the price of two is awesome.

From Sephora:

What it is:
Based on the exquisite tradition of Kabuki theatre, a classical Japanese dance drama, this palette features six high-pigment cheek powders that let you play up your features like a true performance artist. 

What it does:
The ultimate authority in blush, this limited-edition mirrored holiday NARS compact features the essential blush and bronzer shades, ranging from warm bronze and luminous highlighting hues to shockingly bright pink. Turn a new cheek with this fashion-forward mix created exclusively for Sephora. 

I don’t know what this product has to do with Japanese theatre but I find that NARS often themes their products after Japan culture, maybe because the brand is owned by Shiseido?   Who knows?

Top from L to R: Hungry Heart, Orgasm, Desire. Bottom from L to R: Casino, Super Orgasm, Sin

As for the actual palette, the colours are truly fab.  I already own Orgasm, so I doubt I’ll even touch that one but I have wanted to try Super Orgasm for a while.  It’s a bit odd that they put Orgasm and Super Orgasm in here because they are basically the same colour just Super O has more shimmer and glitter.  The colours that I am the most excited for are Hungry Heart and Desire (hello hot pink!).

I haven’t had a chance to try out the colours as of yet (I literally just got it) but if they are anything like the NARS blushes and bronzers I already own I’m sure they are perfect.  There is a reason that NARS is known for having the best blushes and honestly a palette like this, I think, is the perfect gift for any makeup lover out there.

From L to R: Sin, Orgasm, Hungry Heart, Super Orgasm, Desire, Casino

So why would this make a good gift?  Are you kidding me?  There is a reason it is sold out online and probably in the majority of Sephora stores.  If you can find it, grab it because this is the best NARS gift set I have ever seen.  The online beauty world went crazy for this palette, and to get six blushes that are 3/4 the size of a regular blush for $70 CDN?  That’s crazy talk!

This palette is perfect for really anyone who wears makeup.  The colours are great and would suit any skin tone, and the best part is that it includes and bronzer and highlighter so you have a full cheek set to complete your look.  I was so happy to receive this as a gift and I’m sure so would any woman in your life.

Is the NARS Danmari cheek palette on your list this year?  Have you tried it?  Leave your thoughts below!

False Fantasy: MAC False Lashes Mascara Advertisement Inspired Look

So a couple of weeks ago I received a MAC False Lashes mascara postcard in the mail.  I guess I’m on MAC’s mailing list or something because from time to time I get these little promo pamphlets sent to me.  Unfortunately there were no special offers inside but I really loved the artwork for the ad.  I have a pair of glasses similar to the one the model is wearing in the photo and I thought it would be fun to recreate it.  Although her look is winged out a little too much to be wearable for everyday, if you tone it down and sport a cat eye instead, this look is totally wearable.

Okay so the first step is to apply a full coverage foundation.  I used MAC Pro Longwear in NC15.  The model is quite pale and lucky for me, so am I (in this instance), so this light coloured foundation worked perfectly.

After you apply your foundation I recommend using a translucent powder to set the makeup.  MAC’s Pro Longwear, I find, you don’t really need to set because it settles onto your face quite fast, however,  I did apply a bit of Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder on top for the sake of this tutorial.

Grabbing the pinkest blush you have, work that onto your cheeks.  I used NAR’s Angelika, which is a blue-toned pink with shimmer.  I went a bit overboard for the purpose of this look (the model has a ton of blush on) but obviously if you wanted to wear this in real life you would apply it with a lighter hand.

For the eyes, all I applied was a shadow primer.  I used Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray and blended it in.  The look for the lids is very natural so no eyeshadow is needed.

Working with a black eyeliner (I used a Joe Fresh retractable eyeliner), line your top and bottom lash line also applying the colour to your tightline and waterline.  

After you apply the liner, use a smudger and blend it out creating an exaggerated wing on both your top and lower lash line.

To make the look a bit bolder I went over the eyeliner using a black liquid eyeliner.  I used MAC’s Liquid Eye Liner (my personal favourite).

Because this ad is for mascara, make sure that you curl your lashes and apply a volumizing and thickening mascara.  I used DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and Primer and then applied YSL Faux Cils mascara over top.  I personally have not tried MAC’s False Lashes mascara or any MAC mascara for that matter, but to be honest, I haven’t really heard great things about them.  False lashes were obviously used in the ad, so if you think that your lashes will look like the models if you use that mascara, think again.

Speaking of false lashes, apply the most spidery, longest ones you have and then use mascara again to fuse them together.

Moving onto lips, the model’s lips are a matte pale pink.  I don’t have anything similar to that (the closest was YSL’s Lingerie Pink but it’s too creamy for this look), so instead I used NYX’s Dolly Pink lip liner.

Grab a pair of glasses and you are done!  Of course it’s not the exact same look but a similar one.  Like I mentioned before, I think this is totally wearable if you tone down the wing on the eyeliner.

What is your favourite makeup look wearing glasses?  Leave me a comment below?

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