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Walmart Fall 2014 Beauty Box

I was very excited when I first heard about Walmart having a beauty box just like Target, but I did not sign up to get one due to their internet security issue. The URL of the site to get the beauty box was “http” and not “https” when it first went live and that raised a huge red flag to me. After talking to several people who knows a lot about internet security, I decided that it wasn’t worth the risk to sign up for it. A month or so went by and I happen to just randomly check it again and the URL now shows “https”. I signed up that day and here’s what I got with mine:

Walmart Fall 2014 Beauty Box

Everything came in a sturdy cardboard box. Everyone else I know that got the beauty box either has the exact same one as mine or another version. Mine is I think for the older age group or something like that. I like my version to begin with anyway because there’s more stuff I can use from this.

L’Oréal Glossy Balm

Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Deodorant

CoverGirl Outlast Glossy Days Glosstinis Nail Polish

Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil

Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Fragrance, Neutrogena & L’Oréal Samples

It’s definitely worth the $5 price tag to me. Items I am most excited about are the ones from Dove. They are currently in use right now as I figure out which ones are worth repurchasing the full size version. The L’Oréal Glossy Balm is reserved for my niece that loves lip products and the nail polish is a bright yellow that’s right up my alley. The deodorant itself pays for the beauty box prize. The other small samples are nice to have, but they’re not that applicable to me currently.

Overall, not bad and I can’t wait to see what they have to offer in their next beauty box.


OPI The Sky’s My Limit

Hey guys! Hope y’all are having a great week so far. The weekend is coming up fast and I have lots of plans to catch up on my blog. Today’s post is on a shade that is pretty special to me. You see, this shade will always make me think of Polish Insomniac and the story behind how this shade got to me. I won an Instagram round robin giveaway that she took part of a few months ago. The prize she’s giving away on her IG account is a set of the OPI Mustang Collection. She informed me happily that I won and promptly sent out a package. She was very excited as she decided to include something else from my wish list that she also had on hand. Such a sweet girl! It was around the time I was set to leave for a road trip to Yellowstone that the package should’ve arrived. It didn’t, but I figured it just got slowed down in the mail. About 3 weeks later with still no sign of the package, I figured it was lost. BUT I didn’t want to not acknowledge that she did send something off to me, so I sent her a message on Twitter telling her that it hasn’t arrived and it could be lost but I wanted to thank her anyway. She responded pretty quick that she looked up the tracking and it showed that it has never left her residence. The package was never picked up! It was stolen. I reassured her that it’s okay since I’ve been on both sending and receiving ends of something that got lost and I didn’t want her to worry about it. She seemed more upset than me and understandably so. She put thought into sending the extras she wanted me to have.

Fast forward to a few days later, I got a package in the mail. It was from her. She sent out another package with all shades from my wish list and included the shade I told her I was most excited to get when she first informed me that I won her giveaway: OPI The Sky’s My Limit. So here it is ladies and gentlemen….

OPI The Sky’s My Limit

The Sky’s My Limit is this very pretty metallic blue shimmer. It’s not a shade I’ve never seen before (made me think of OPI Catch Me In Your Net), but it’s the prettiest one from the collection to me. It’s pretty opaque that I could’ve used one less coat. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

OPI The Sky’s My Limit (in shade)

OPI The Sky’s My Limit (direct sunlight)

OPI The Sky’s My Limit (close-up)

I love this shade and the story of how it got to me. Check out Polish Insomniac‘s blog if you haven’t yet! She’s one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve come to know over the years.


NYC Rule The City

Hey guys! Today’s post is on a shade from the NYC Fashion Queen Collection. This collection is still available in stores that carry NYC (if they haven’t sold out of them yet!). I have a few of them and today I’m sharing NYC Rule The City.

NYC Rule The City

Rule The City is a charcoal grey sprinkled with red glitter. I was actually surprised with the silvery shimmer in the base since I didn’t expect it really just by looking at the bottle. It really showed up more on the nails for me. This shade makes me think of cold winter nights during the Holiday season. Formula for this is good and more opaque than I thought. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

NYC Rule The City (in shade)

NYC Rule The City (direct sunlight)

NYC Rule The City (close-up)

This can be found in chain drugstores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5pc Collection

Hey guys! If you’re an IT Cosmetics fan then get ready to open your wallets tomorrow as this set will be on QVC Today’s Special Value starting tomorrow October 14, 2014 at midnight ET. It will run until 11:59 PM PT while supplies last. I’m not sure how much this will go for, but it’s their Today’s Special Value and these are usually great deals that go fast. It’s definitely worth checking it out in my opinion since I almost bought another backup set of their last TSV set on QVC It’s All About You!. Here’s the breakdown of what you’ll be getting in this IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5pc Collection.

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5pc Collection

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5pc Collection (box contents)

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5pc Collection (with instructional booklet)

If you’ve been following this brand, you would’ve known that they recently nabbed 6 coveted QVC Customer Choice Beauty Award! Huge congrats to them for that achievement! And I personally can vouch for their concealer. It’s hands down the best I have ever tried. You can read my review on that here. The item I am most excited about in this set is actually their blush. It looks so pretty with the ombre and the shade name is Je Ne Sais Quoi. The name makes it twice as easy for me to remember because last time I was watching IT Cosmetics on QVC they had this lip product that I was really tempted to get that has the same name. I didn’t end up getting it but as soon as I saw this blush’s name it just burned into my mind. I have used other makeup brushes from IT Cosmetics and they’re good in my opinion. The bristles are soft and they stay that way even after my basic brush cleaning regimen. I tried another brand’s makeup brushes recently and was so disappointed at the state of the bristles after just one wash. The IT Cosmetics one fared so much better, so I’m definitely happy that this came with the set. I expect the foundation to be of the same caliber or better than their older formula per se. This one is the newer version of their foundation I believe. I’ve seen the mascara being sold in a set of 3 on QVC before but didn’t want to commit to getting that much in one shot. What if it doesn’t work for me? This is a newer and different version of their mascara. I can’t wait to try it to see what it’s all about and if getting them in a bundle of 3 isn’t crazy after all. One of their eye liners won an award too and this makes me quite eager to try this one out.

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation® Illumination

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

IT Cosmetics NEW CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush

IT Cosmetics NEW CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush (close-up)

IT Cosmetics NEW Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

IT Cosmetics No-Tug® Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

And in case you’re worried about how it’s packaged and all that, again, just like their other sets it’s pretty solid in that aspect. See below what it looks just from opening the box it came in:

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5pc Collection (solid packaging)

The hard plastic hold the products in place (molded to the shape of the products) and have enough space or gap around so that the sides of the boxes aren’t touching the products at all. Well done once again!

Again, this will be available on QVC Today’s Special Value starting at October 14, 2014 at midnight ET. and it will run until 11:59 PM PT while supplies last.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Freeman Mystery Bag 2014

Hey guys! I’m sure most of you know about the Freeman Beauty Mystery Bag that went live a few days ago. I got the email and even saw it posted on my IG by a few beauty bloggers I know. I hemmed and hawed but only for a little bit before taking the plunge. This shipped out the same day I placed the order. Upon inspection when I opened everything, I noticed that something seems to be missing so I compared it to what I know someone else has gotten in their shipment as seen on Nouveau Cheap’s site here. Now this is everything that came with mine:

Freeman Mystery Bag 2014

My order comes with an extra travel size dry shampoo cause of the code WELCOME but notice that everything else I got is the same….with the exception that I’m short 8 sachet items. Here is the breakdown of my Mystery Bag:

Pssst! Instant Dry Shampoo Travel Size (not counting this since this is in addition to the Mystery Bag) – FREE
c. Booth Milk Bath & Shower Cleanser – $6.99
Pssst! Instant Dry Shampoo for Wavy or Curly Hair – $6.99
Feeling Beautiful Acai Facial Purifying Clay Mask – $3.99
Feeling Beautiful Chocolate & Strawberry Facial Clay Mask – $3.99
Bare Foot Spa Professional Moisturizing Massage Cream – $5.99
Barefoot Repair Overnight Foot Cream – $6.99
Eclos Plant Stem Cells Super Concentrate Night Booster Fluid (can’t find this anywhere except going for $19.50 on Amazon right now) – $19.50
Eclos Daily Hydra Primer SPF30 – $15.99
Vita-K Professionals Deep Facial Lines – $14.99

Travel size sachets (6 since 1 is my freebie with my order) – $1.99 x 6 = $11.94

TOTAL RETAIL VALUE OF MYSTERY BOX: $97.36

I emailed them to inquire if I am indeed missing some items since I got exactly the same things as what is seen from someone else (less 8 sachets). I just wanted to know since other people might be expecting to get X amount and only got Y amount (like what happened to me). I thought about several different scenarios that could’ve happened such as they mistakenly left 8 travel size sachets out of my order or they somehow mistakenly counted my free travel size dry shampoo offer against my Mystery Bag to everyone simply may just get more or less since their offer is “valued up to $100″. I held off buying another Mystery Bag because I was curious to see what the response was. It’s not a hill to die on whether I get the 8 sachets or not, but I want to know the reason behind it and that says a lot about companies. I just got a response this morning and it points to a scenario I didn’t even think of! Here is what they said:

“Dear K,

Thank you for contacting Freeman Beauty.

Our apologies for any misunderstanding with the offer, as please know that is the “mystery” with this promotion, and as our email blast states towards the bottom of the special:

“Some bags include a mystery treat for feet…will your bag be one of them?”

Thank you for your inquiry and for your patronage, and again our apologies for any misunderstanding with the promotion.

Best Regards,
Freeman Beauty”

So this response leads me to believe that the extra items that someone else got was a mystery treat for feet. Looking back at G’s post of what someone else got, seems to make sense since the missing sachets are mostly for the feet (only 1 of what I got is for the feet…the rectangular sachet). I just made a search online to see if someone else has gotten their Mystery Bag and looks like Beauty Hoard got hers too here and it’s exactly the same as mine (except for my free trial size dry shampoo). And looks like someone else got what I got (again, minus the travel size dry shampoo) and emailed them too receiving the same response. You can see it if you follow this on Reddit here. Now the thing left in question is on their website right now it says “get mystery treat for feet while supplies last!” so does this mean the supply is all gone? Their email response to me states that some bags include it, so it’s different from “while supplies last”. But eh….this is something that will confuse some customers for sure.

So I didn’t get $100 worth of stuff, but it’s close to it. Was it worth it still since last year’s was only $20 and valued at over $90? The % of savings you get definitely went down, so if you look at it that way — no. But I’m about to place another order just to see if I get some other stuff (I’m hoping for more clay masks really). Here’s a look at some of last year’s Mystery Bag breakdown from Hello Pretty Bird! and Zadidoll (and again here since she got 2).