Let’s Talk Trash! Empties & Mini Reviews # 7

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be my mid January to mid February Empties! This is going to be in blog post form versus video form, simply because I haven’t had time to sit down and film/edit a video because I have a newborn and two toddlers. Let me know in the comments below which format you prefer!

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I used up quite a bit this month!

+ Yorba Organics Nourishing Shampoo, $12.95.
I received this in a subscription box and I really didn’t like it. I’ve talked about the conditioner before, which I didn’t like either. This just had a funky texture and smell to it. My husband wasn’t the biggest fan of this either, so we wouldn’t repurchase.

+ Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray, $2.99.
My husband was the one who used this up. He says he liked it, but he’s not super picky about his hairsprays. It does have a nice scent though, and it’s at a really great price point so we would repurchase!

+ OGX Nourishing + Coconut Milk Conditioner (3 FL OZ), $2.99.
I liked this conditioner, but this packaging on this travel size is terrible. I can’t get the last half of the conditioner out of the bottle. It was nice, and I haven’t tried this in the full size so I don’t know how the packaging differs so I’d be hesitant to repurchase.

+ Fortune Cookie Soap Strip Teased Sea Salt Spritz, $9.99.
This worked really well for me. I loved the volume and waves it gave my hair. It held up nicely throughout the day and it kept my hair looking great! This is a keeper for me, and way cheaper then my holy grail. It’s a definite repurchase!

+ The One by Frederic Fekkai One To Believe In Leave-In Conditioner (1 FL OZ), $5.20.
I never really got to use this. My spritzer is way clogged and I cannot fix it for the life of me. It kind of bums me out because I was really interested in trying this out, and it also leaves me with several concerns of the full size. I’m probably over-thinking it, but I probably won’t purchase the full size.

+ Suave Professionals Honey Infusion Strengthening Conditioner, $2.89.
I used up two of these! Go me! I really love this conditioner. It’s crazy cheap, which is a huge plus, but it makes my hair feel amazing! This makes it feel soft and luxurious and I get more compliments when I use this when I use high end hair care. The scent is so soft and nice. I have seceral more of these stashed away and I will continue to repurchase.

+ Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Nourishing Conditioner, $3.79.
This is another one of my favorites. It smells amazing and gives my hair a nice shine boost. It also leaves it smelling great and almost as soft as the Suave conditioner. I have a few bottles of this stashed as well, and I will always repurchase.

+ Broo Moisturizing Conditioner, $7.49.
This conditioner is made with craft beer, so my husband was alll over that. I actually won the shampoo and conditioner set from a Twitter party, so I didn’t pay for these. This was really nice though. I personally thought the scent was a little odd, but it worked well and I’d repurchase it.

+ Clearasil 5 in 1 Exfoliating Wash, $6.69.
I’ve used a couple of these now and I really like this face wash. It has a nice exfoliant to it, not too harsh but not too weak. It makes my skin feel refreshed and clean after using and I would absolutely repurchase.

+ Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter (0.5 OZ), $5.33.
I was really impressed by this. It worked really well and removed the majority of my makeup, including my eye makeup. I did have to remove the bit that was leftover after I used this, but it removed way more then I expected. I would repurchase this.

+ It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm, $38.00.
This I absolutely loved. It left over a little bit more of my eye makeup then the Boscia product did, but this just made my skin feel cleaner after using. I didn’t even feel the need for a face wash after this. It was silky smooth and the packaging is a nice size to get a good amount of product out. I would 100% repurchase this. I loved it.

+ MD Solar Sciences Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 (0.25 OZ), $12.50.
This was okay. I didn’t love it, but it wasn’t bad by any means. It just didn’t wow me. It didn’t feel like anything special. I do love that there is SPF in this, that’s always nice to have on a day to day basis but I probably wouldn’t repurchase this when there are moisturizers that I like a lot more.

+ SOO AE Snail Brightening & Moisture Mask, $4.09.
This was really nice mask. I’m a huge fan of sheet masks. This one intrigued me because of the snail references, but it worked really well and really helped to rehydrate my skin. I can’t say I noticed a difference in brightness, but I’m pleased with the results and would repurchase.

+ Philosophy Raspberries & Cream Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $4.50.
I got this in a set on Black Friday if I recall correctly. I can’t locate this scent online currently. Either way, I love this product itself and this scent was really nice. My husband even used this a few times because he enjoyed the way it smelled. These are some of my favorite shower gels and this one didn’t disappoint.

+ Philosophy Apricots & Cream Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $4.50.
This scent is another amazing one. I think out of the two, my husband and I both agree this one was the best. It’s such a nice, crisp scent and the product itself is really good and works really nicely. Another repurchase for me.

+ Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Recharge Body Wash, $13.50.
This is another product that my husband used. Since I tend to take showers at night and him in the morning, it just made more sense for him to use this one. He said he really enjoyed it and he liked the scent and how much more awake he felt after using it. We both really like the formula of Bath and Body Works body washes, so this was a nice one, regardless of who got to use it.

+ Ulta Beauty Red Velvet Cupcake 3-in-1 Smoothie, $16.00.
This is no longer available for purchase online. I’ve tried a couple of these in the past, and I’ve always like the formula. The scent of this was really nice though. I definitely got the baked goods vibe and this always put me in a more cheerful mood. I would repurchase, but alas – the good die young.

+ Holika Holika Aloe 92% Shower Gel, ?.
This is not the full size, but the label does not list a size, so I have no way of calculating value for this, unfortunately. I have gone through a full size of this before and I absolutely love this shower gel. It’s so crisp and refreshing and it makes my skin feel so much healthier and soft. It is nice and cooling, so it’s especially nice to use in the summer. I’d definitely repurchase.

+ Bath and Body Works Bright Autumn Blooms Body Scrub, $16.50.
This is another product that I’m not able to find for sale online, so I’m assuming it’s discontinued. This was a really nice scrub, it worked really well and the scent was beautiful. I’m discovering Bath and Body Works does decent scrubs, so I’m excited to try out more from them!

+ Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Moisturizer (1.69 FL OZ), $2.50.
This was a really nice moisturizer. It was thick and hydrating. Perfect for the winter months and definitely for my last couple of months of pregnancy. I went through this little tub like crazy because it was so moisturizing and rich that it really soaks into the skin and hydrates even the driest patches. I’d repurchase.

+ Fortune Cookie Soap Sorcery and Seduction Walnut Body Scrub, $8.99.
This had a very floral scent to it, which was a bit over powering at times. I didn’t love this. It wasn’t harsh enough of an exfoliant for me personally. This was more of a body polish to me. I wouldn’t repurchase based on my own personal expectations of body scrubs.

+ Spongelle Bourbon Vanilla Buffer, $9.00.
This was really great. I enjoy these little Spongelle buffers. This one lasts for 5+ washes, and the scent is gorgeous. I like these for in between exfoliating, because it’s so light and since the body wash is built in, I can turn two steps into one. I would repurchase.

+ Gillette Daisy Razor 2 Pack, $3.19.
I can’t find these online, and from the looks of it they don’t make them in this packaging/count anymore. These seriously sucked though. They’re disposable razors, which I’m not a huge fan of to begin with but these didn’t remove much hair. I have a couple packs left that I will probably end up donating.

+ Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive 6 Cartridges, $24.99.
These razors I adore. These are so nice to use, they don’t rust as easily as other razors I’ve tried and they cause much less irritation. These are one of my favorite kinds and I would absolutely repurchase.

+ Skintimate Skin Therapy Lotionized Vitamin E Shave Gel, $3.82.
I have so many bottle of this type, it’s ridiculous. Borderline Hoarders status. I freaking love this stuff though. It’s so great for sensitive skin and it really cuts down on irritation from even the cheapest razors. I don’t need to repurchase this because I’m pretty sure I have a lifetime supply.

+ Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (0.12 OZ), $7.35.
This is my holy grail primer. It can be used with any foundation and it makes everything look beautiful. It’s super pricey though, which is the only downside. I would consider repurchasing if I ever ran out of primers or got a killer deal on it. I definitely recommend it though!

+ Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in 101 Classic Ivory, $4.97.
This foundation is still about 3/4 of the way full. I really liked the formula of this, but the packaging drives me up the wall. It doesn’t have a pump and the formula is a bit thicker, so it’s ridiculously hard to get much product out. I eventually just too frustrated. It’s good, but not worth the effort to me. I wouldn’t repurchase unless they changed the packaging.

+ Laura Geller Balance N Brighten Foundation in Porcelain, $33.00.
This is a beautiful powder that provides really nice coverage. I really liked this and have used several of these in the past. They’re good for people who want full coverage. I would obviously repurchase.

+ Elate Clean Cosmetics Universal Creme for Cheeks and Lips in Love, $25.77.
This was a really pretty shade and it blended into my skin beautifully. It provided a nice flushed color and lasted all day. I would repurchase!

+ It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ in Fair (0.135 FL OZ), $4.75.
I have a couple of these in the full size and I really like it. I’m not normally a big fan of CC creams, but this one provides a nice amount of coverage and feels really lightweight on the skin, so I’m a big fan.

+ Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer (0.03 FL OZ), $1.08.
This was just a little foil sample, so I was only able to use it once, but it worked well. I was pleased with how smooth it felt on my skin, so I would be open to trying it again.

+ Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover (0.84 FL OZ), $2.20.
I really liked this. I believe I got it in a Sephora Play box. It worked really well and removed the majority of my eye makeup without leaving that weird film that I find I normally get with eye makeup removers. I am a fan of micellar waters, but I would use this again.

+ AHAVA Deadsea Salt Mineral Bath Salt – Relaxing, $22.00.
This is one of the things I got from my last order of FabFitFun add-ons and I used it during my pregnancy when I would take baths. I really liked it. My husband used it at one point and he agreed with me on the benefits. It does create a relaxing environment and I would repurchase.

+ Degree Motion Sense Antiperspirant & Deodorant in Sexy Intrigue, $3.89.
I really like the Degree deodorants. This scent was really nice and this worked for me even on the hottest days of the Arizona summer! I have several of these in my stash and I will continue to repurchase.

+ B-Lab I Am Sorry Just Cleansing Water (100 ML), ?
I was unable to find this online with the exception of reviews. I received this is a Bomibox mystery box. I really liked this. It removed my makeup like a dream. I would absolutely repurchase if I could find it again!

+ Yuni Shower Sheets, $1.25.
When I originally reviewed this, I had said I wanted to use it at the hospital after I gave birth. With how everything went down, I ended up never touching this and just using the regular shower shortly after the delivery. I used this after I got home, and while it’s good and I could see its place at the gym or camping, I don’t feel like it replaced a regular shower so I don’t see myself repurchasing.

+ AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream in Sea-Kissed (1.3 FL OZ), $9.17.
This has a really fresh scent to it, which I enjoy. It’s very thick and creamy and gave my skin some much needed hydration. This was great to have in the hospital since the air is so cold and drying. I would repurchase this.

+ Ulta Beauty Premium Quilted Round Cotton Pads, $2.99.
I seriously loved these. They were so soft and the quilting was a great texture that really attached to my makeup to remove it. I’m using a pack from Up + Up at the moment, but I would absolutely repurchase these.

I used up $340.81 worth of products this month!

What did you use up this month? Have you ever tried any of these products?

January 2018 Target Arts & Crafts For Kids Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is the last January subscription box review. Today I’ll be reviewing the Target Arts & Crafts For Kids subscription box for January 2018!

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The Target Arts & Crafts For Kids subscription box is $14.99 a month and each month you’ll receive a new craft kids from Target.

It comes packaged like a regular online order from Target would come, so there’s not much unboxing excitement that comes along with this box, sadly.

Creativity For Kids Light-Up Heart Marquee Craft Kit, $13.99.

This kit comes with everything you need to create a colored light-up heart. It’s a really cute craft idea and is relatively simple to do. I am a bit irritated by the value this month, the subscription cost more then this kit. However, I’m willing to overlook one month of bad value and it is a nice craft kit that I don’t think I would have purchased myself just because it’s not something that would have normally caught my eye.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I am a bit bummed by the value this month. I haven’t had any issues with the price of the craft kit being lower then the cost of the subscription before this, so I’ll have to keep my eye out to see if this is a recurring issue going forward. But, I do like the craft this month and I think it’s unique, so I’m okay with it for now.

I paid $14.99 for $13.99 worth of products.

What do you think of this subscription? Have you ever made a craft like this before?

January 2018 Beauteque Mask Maven Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be one of the last subscription box reviews for the month of January (just one more after this), the Beauteque Mask Maven review for January 2018!

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Beauteque Mask Maven is a monthly subscription box that costs $18.95 a month ($15 for the box and $3.95 for shipping). Each month you’ll receive 9-11 masks of all kinds, straight from Korea.

The theme for this month is “Prime Time”! The information card has the company’s social media information and instructions on how to find information on this month’s box through their online portal.

I seriously have a sick obsession with sheet masks. This is like Christmas to me <3.

Disclaimer: I have not tried any of these at the time of this review. This review is more like an unboxing and first impressions.

Purederm Black Food Under Eye Mask, $2.90.

Black Food Complex, which contains 17 types of black food ingredients packed with healthy energy and nutrients, makes the sensitive skin under your eyes firmer and healthier, and Collagen, Bamboo Water, Panthenol, Pearl Extract, Cauliflower Extract, and other ingredients thoroughly fill up the moisture in the skin.

This mask is a black under eye gel mask that firms, hydrates and brightens. I really like under eye masks for the days that I’m just not feeling a full face mask. Gel masks in particular always make me feel more refreshed and relaxed. I can’t wait to use these little guys.

It’s Skin Fresh Sheet Mask – Pomegranate, $1.99.

The cushion pulp sheet includes nutrition from fresh and natural ingredients, giving its own nourishment to the skin as well as solving skin problems. The Fresh Mask Pomegranate delivers natural glow and vitality to dull skin.

Pomegranate masks are really great to get your skin glowing. I’ve had really good luck with them in the past. You’re supposed to keep this mask on for 15-20 minutes, which is pretty standard for a sheet mask. I really like the scent most pomegranate masks seem to have, so I’m pretty excited to try this one out.

NOHJ Aloe Mud Texture Mask Pack, $2.99.

The packaging of this is super cute and the mask itself has this amazing gold rose imaging on it. This contains mud extract and tea tree to help calm and reduce inflammation which is great for the days when the weather gets the best of my skin. Or for when my hormones do. I really am intrigued by the whole concept of this particular mask, so this is one of the next ones up in my rotation and a welcome addition to my stash.

NOHJ Tea Tree Mud Texture Mask Pack, $2.99.

This mask has the same design and same claims as the previous one, so I’m curious to see if I notice a difference after using them both. Either way, I’m loving the gorgeous pattern on these masks and the again, the packaging is super cute. I’m excited to try this pair.

Goodal Water Full Mask – Moisture, $1.99.

The water-full mask moisturizes skin. Mineral moisture from Salicornia herbacea water. The formulation of a moisture film with Hyaluronic acid. Adhering sheet like a second skin.

This mask is meant to be used for 10-20 minutes. It claims it is perfect for dry and cracked skin. Due to the weather and my hormones going crazy after giving birth, my skin is super dry right now so I’m hoping this will be a miracle worker when it comes to getting my skin back into shape. The packaging is simple, but cute. In all, it seems like a promising mask.

MJ Care Premium Charcoal Black Mask, $2.99.

This mask contains charcoal extract and is meant to make skin elastic, moisturized, clear and relaxed. The packaging of this intrigues me and I’ve recently tried a couple of charcoal based sheet masks that I really liked. I love charcoal skincare products as a whole, but the sheet mask world of charcoal products is really interesting to me. I’ve had pleasant results with the ones I’ve tried so I’m hoping this mask lives up to my expectations.

Entia After Overwork Vitamin Water Pack – Vitamin B, $3.99.

Okay, the packaging of this mask is seriously super cute. I love the Vitamin Water reference. This mask was created to calm and restore skin after a stressful week. This seems like the perfect sheet mask to use during a nice bubble bath. I can’t wait to try it. Even the packaging looks relaxing to me, with a nice throwback to my high school years – a simpler time.

FrienVita Gold Glow Mask, $4.99.

This mask seems a bit pricey to me for a sheet mask, but one of the ingredients listed is 24K gold. This mask is supposed to purify the skin, eliminate toxins and provide a nice glow. I am really interested in the 24K gold addition to the mask, so I’m hoping this will be a really nice, luxe mask that just makes you feel good if you know what I mean. This should be a fun to use and I’m really looking forward to it.

FrienVita Aqua Gold Glow Mask, $4.99.

This mask is the same price as the previous one, which still seems a bit high to me. This mask is advertised as “perfect skin adhesion”, claiming that the mask was developed based on the octopuses tentacles. This mask also boosts 24K gold as an ingredient, but the octopus resemblence is what intrigues me about this one. I always have an issue getting sheet masks to stay in place when I use them, so I’m hoping this one works a bit better.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I really like this subscription. This is only the second month I’ve been with them, but I really appreciate the value and curation they provide. It’s really nice to be able to try several new sheet masks every month, most of which are not easily available in the US. That alone makes up a decent amount of the value for me.

I paid $18.95 for $29.82 worth of product.

What do you think of this box? Do you like sheet masks?

January 2018 Sephora Play! Box Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the January 2018 Sephora Play! box.

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Sephora Play! is a monthly subscription box that costs $10.00 a month. Every month, you’ll receive six samples, a PLAY! BOOK of tips and tricks, and a PLAY! PASS for in-store learning.

This month’s theme is Happy You Year.

When resolutions look this good, they’re easy to keep. Kick off 2018 with a new beauty routine that puts hydration first.

On the opposite side of the information card, there’s an illustrated list called “Here’s To A Beautiful 2018”. The list is monthly challenges to make 2018 a more beautiful year. There is also a Play pass that you can take to a Sephora store and redeem for 50 Beauty Insider points.

Each month, the products come in an exclusive drawstring bag. This month’s bag features a black haired girl peering out over a banner that says “Happy You Year”, wearing a crown that says 2018.

Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base, $9.39.

A creamy, conditioning primer that preps lashes for smooth application and a boost of drama.

Your lashes are delicate and sometimes they require a little R&R. This formula is infused with vitamin E and microfibers, which not only make your lashes look fuller and longer, but also nurture and rejuvenate lashes.

Apply from roots to tips of lashes and then apply mascara while formula is still wet.

I have used this before, and while the product itself is nice, I’m just not a fan of lash primers or mascara bases. I feel like they make my mascara a bit clumpy and make it much harder to take off, which I get is kind of the point, but I don’t have an issue with my mascaras on a day to day basis. While I will use this on occasion, it’s definitely not my favorite from Sephora.

Glamglow SUPERCLEANSE Clearing Cream-To-Foam Cleanser, $3.20.

Ultra-creamy cleanser uses a blend of three charcoals to clear pores and remove excess oil and makeup.

End the day feeling fresh with this powerful yet gentle cream-to-foam cleanser that removes every trace of makeup while maintaining moisture in your skin.

Squeeze a generous amount into your hands. Add water and rub hands together to create a foamy lather. Massage over face morning and night. Rinse clean.

I am a huge Glamglow fan. Their masks are amazing, although quite expensive. This cleanser has a nice minty smell, and foams up really nicely. Glamglow products always make my skin feel super clean after using them, and this one meets that expectation from the first trial. This is a thumbs up for Sephora!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer, $5.46.

Lightweight, non-greasy primer and moisturizer delivers deep hydration while prepping skin for makeup.

Streamline your morning routine with this two-in-one primer-meets-moisturizer, which contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, two all-star ingredients for deep hydration. The result? Glowing, dewy skin.

Using your fingertips, apply a small amount all over face before applying makeup.

I have tried several Smashbox primers in my days, and I’m a pretty big fan of the entire line. I do however, love multi-use and multi-tasker products so I’m really excited that Smashbox came out with this little guy. And I mean little literally. This is a very tiny sample. Cute, but tiny. It’s a very thing formula with no scent that I can detect and is a nice change of pace from their silicone based primers. It blends into skin nicely and holds makeup in place. Another win!

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream, $5.30.

A hydrating and brightening under-eye cream that’s easy to pop in your bag for pick-me-ups throughout the day.

Say goodbye to tired eyes with this moisturizing and brightening eye cream. Powered by peptides, it will keep you looking refreshed all day long, no matter how little sleep you got.

Using a circular motion, apply a small amount directly to under-eye area in the morning or as needed throughout the day.

This is another product that I have used before. I actually have a couple little baby sizes like this one in my stash. It really is a great eye cream. My under-eyes feel hydrated and soft and look smoother and brighter after I use this, which is amazing in my opinion. Especially as a mother of three.. 🙂 This is a win for me, because I love having smaller options for eye cream so I can try out more since a little goes such a long way.

Fresh Rose Floral Toner, $2.82.

A hydrating facial toner infused with soothing rosewater for a refreshed, healthy-looking complexion.

Keep this by your side during flights, long work days, trips to the gym, or anytime your skin needs a little pick-me-up. This gentle formula is great for giving dull skin a boost of vitality.

Apply using a cotton pad morning and evening. Avoid the eye area.

Fresh is another brand that I really enjoy. This is a cute little mini bottle of their Rose Floral Toner. It does have a strong scent of rose to it. I never used to like the rose scent, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to appreciate it more and more. Nowadays, it doesn’t bother me at all and I quite enjoy it. This is a really nice toner, it makes my skin feel cleansed and refreshed and I do like the scent. All in all, another win.

Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Moisture Shampoo, $1.00.
Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Moisture Conditioner, $1.00.

Luxurious moisture-boosting shampoo and conditioner packed with age-defying proteins, minerals, and vitamins for silky strands.

Feed your hair the nutrients it needs with this replenishing shampoo and conditioner fortified with caviar extract, vitamin C, and cytokines. We love that it provides color and UV protection!

Apply a generous amount in the shower and rinse with water.

I have used this before, in these same little sample sachets actually. I actually still have a couple from GWPs and sample bags. These are okay, but the size is something that really bugs me. Small bottles is one thing, but these little one-time use foil packs never comes with enough products for the length of my hair. Especially the conditioner packet. Eh, I’ll use what I can out of them, or combine with the other ones I have to get enough product but I’m not really impressed with this as an addition in the box since this really just feels like a free sample to me.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

All in all, I think that this was a good month for the Sephora Play! box. I’m happy with 4 of the 6 products in here and I’ll still use the other two products, so I call that a win. I think the value is definitely a plus with this box and I love shopping at Sephora, so I think it’s a great way to try out a variety of the products they sell at a discount.

I paid $10.00 for $28.17 worth of product!

What do you think of this box? Do you shop at Sephora regularly?

January 2018 Nosejoy Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the January 2018 Nosejoy subscription box.

I am trying to perfect these posts, both with picture quality and how the posts are laid out, so bear with me but hopefully the quality will continue to increase, especially once I move onto Febuary’s boxes.

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Nosejoy is a monthly subscription box for home and body fragrances of all sorts. Each month, you’ll get 4-5 scented products, such as candles, lotions, and more for $34.95 a month.

This month’s theme is New Year’s Nose – Resolution Inspiration. Each product is accompanied by a specific resolution on the information card.

Lollia Wander Petite Treat Handcreme, $7.50.

Resolution: Travel More. The perfect cream to keep with you while wandering the world, or just letting your thoughts wander. Macadamia nut and avacado oils create a nourishing blend with hydrating aloe extract and replenishing shea butter. The floral scent includes night blooming jasmine, ancient cypress, and water lily.

Lollia is a brand by Margot Elena (who recently launched her own quarterly subscription that I started subscribing to, so keep your eyes out for reviews!). Lollia does really nice hand creams, and this one is no exception. This has a really nice, uplifting scent and is super moisturizing and hydrating. It’s also a really nice smaller size that is great to throw in my purse.

Cottage Greenhouse Fresh Carrot French Soap, $6.50.

Resolution: Eat Healthy. You may stumble a bit on your diet, but you can always add veggies to the bath! Nurture yourself with the rich and creamy lather of shea butter soap. Made with a vegetable base and a yummy carrot fragrance, and triple milled to generate exceptional lather.

This is the cutest little bar of soap. Well, it’s more like a block. The scent reminds me of Dove soap with a touch of carrot in it. It lathers really nicely, and I think its a perfect fit for my guest bathroom.

Big Dipper Wax Works Pure Beeswax Tin Candle, $5.00.

Resolution: Don’t pollute. Beeswax is a 100% natural, renewable resource that cleans the air by emitting purifying negative ions. Irritants like pollen, dust, and dirt carry a positive charge, and the burning beeswax negates them to reduce asthma, allergies and hay fever. Who needs air purifiers when you can just burn a candle? The natural, sweet honey fragrance is infused straight from the hive.

I’ve tried candles from this brand before, and they’re really nice. I’ll never turn down a cute candle though. I know bees and beeswax are supposed to be amazing for the planet, so that’s a nice plus, as well. This has a very plain beeswax scent, but it does a great job of cutting back on odors in the air.

Pretty Little Bath Co Coffee Lip Scrub, $6.00.

Resolution: Get more done. To get more done, you’re going to need some coffee. This coffee scrub with coconut oil and sugar will stimulate blood flow in your lips, leaving them awakened and plump. To use, spread a small amount on lips (a little goes a long way), gently rub your lips together or scrub off with a finger, and then wash away with water. Better yet. . .just lick it off!

I love me a nice lip scrub, and a coffee flavored one is a great addition to my collection. This is created by the cutest small batch company on Etsy. This scrub comes with real coffee beans on the top! I love adorable little touches like that! It literally smells like a bag of fresh coffee beans and the granulation in the scrub is the perfect amount.

Sam Wish Hippy Detox Bath Soak, $10.00.

Resolution: Clean up your act. This soak is the perfect way to rid yourself of both voluntary and involuntary toxins. The intense, rich aroma of patchouli, geranium, grapefruit and lemon along with both Epsom and sea salts draw out all the toxins in your body and give it a boost to return back to perfect health. Pro tip: Be sure to drink lots of water to replenish and flush out your body of anything left behind.

The packaging of this is absolutely beautiful. It comes in a gorgeous glass bottle with a simple brown label. The scent is on the strong side, but makes a bath smell like the most relaxing thing in the world. The directions call for 1-2 cups in a warm bath. I adore soaks like this, especially as a mother of three.

And one last Resolution: Be a better friend. Maybe you’ve gotten something in a Nosejoy box that you don’t love, or that you just think someone else would enjoy. Toss it in the enclosed gift bag and pass it on!

I think this is the cutest idea! This is a little canvas bag with the Nosejoy logo and some black and white polka dot tissue paper. The entire concept behind this inclusion is a very sweet thought and it’s nice that they included this in their resolution themed box.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I really enjoyed this box as a whole. I’ll use everything in it and I think it was really thoughtfully curated. The value came out to about the cost of the box this month, which I’m not super pleased with, but hopefully the value will increase next month. It’s just something I’ll have to keep my eye on.

I paid $34.95 for $35.00 worth of products!

What did you think of this box? Do you subscribe to Nosejoy?

 

January 2018 Rag Tag Box Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is a review of the January 2018 Rag Tag Box!

Rag Tag Box is a monthly subscription box by Spot Colors that provides a new cross stitch pattern and all the supplies needed to make it every month for $16.00 a month.

This month’s theme is Beetle Juice! I love the Beetle Juice movie and I can’t wait to make this pattern!

Each box comes with a card that lists whats included, a pattern, a photo of the completed project, and a link to more patterns and instructions.

This is the pattern for this month. I think it’s really cute and fits the Beetle Juice theme perfectly.

This box also includes a 14 Count White Aida Fabric, DMC threads, a wood hoop, and a needle to make the cross stitch.

Every month includes a couple of small extras. This month they included a black and white stripe baggie and a Beetle Juice business card, which will be so cute for my bulletin board.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This box is hard to put a value on, simply because some of these pieces can be purchased separately, but you have to take into account the fact that this kit is pre-made and that you are receiving an exclusive pattern that you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. I love the theme of this month’s box and I can’t wait to do the project, so I think that the kit as a whole is well worth the $16.00 price point.

What do you think of this box? Do you cross stitch?

January 2018 Allure Beauty Box Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the January 2018 Allure Beauty Box!

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Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription box from Allure Magazine. Each month they send out a mix of deluxe and full-size products from high-end brands. It costs $15.00 each month.

This month’s theme is To New Beginnings. The information booklet says that the products in this box are perfect for welcoming the new year in style.

One of the things I love about this subscription is the information booklet. It’s made to look like a mini magazine and it has incredibly detailed information and coupon codes about all of the products inside the box!

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Serum, $85.00.

This serum contains 15% tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a vitamin C derivative that penetrates skin so well that you get the full pigment-fading, glow-inducing power of the ingredient.

Ya’ll. This is literally an $85 serum. In a $15 box. I can’t even. I really love Sunday Riley products, I’ve tried a few in the past that I received as PR samples for a previous blog I had. This product is new to me, though. The packaging of this is gorgeous, it comes in a beautiful frosty orange glass bottle with a pump. It has a slight citrus scent to it and it’s a bit thicker then most serums that I’ve tried, but it soaks into my skin really nicely and leaves me with a refreshed clean feeling. This seriously made this box for me. We can all go home now :).

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up, $20.62.

This product is a mask-moisturizer-primer hybrid. It contains skin plumpers (hyaluronic acid, glycerin) and a tightener (caffeine). It’s described as a balmlike texture that feels a little sticky at first but quickly becomes a smooth canvas for foundation. This product was not a product that every subscriber received. The information booklet states that your box contains either This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray, Red Flower Icelandic Moonflower Moisturizing Body Lotion, Noxidoxi Pollution Blocker Face Mist, or LXMI Creme du Nil Pore-Refining Moisture Veil.

This product is not the full size, so I calculated the price based on the full size product. I don’t notice a scent with this, but the texture does blend to a smooth final product. It sinks into my skin nicely and feels rich and hydrating. It is a bit pricey, but I do feel skincare is worth the cost if it works, so I’d be open to purchasing this in the future.

The One by Frederic Fekkai One and Then Some Dry Texturizing Spray, $2.10.

This spray is said to create fullness and volume without dulling hair. It has exclusive marine technology that helps transform hair from the inside out by protecting against external pollutants. The information booklet states that your box will either contain this product of the One More Day Dry Shampoo from the same line.

First of all, the scent of this is incredible. Like, perfume worthy incredible. That’s huge in my book because a lot of aerosol hair products have a scent that really bothers me. I haven’t tested this on my hair yet, but I use a texturizing spray every day as part of my hair routine and I’ve heard really great things about this one, so I’m really excited to try this out!

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick in Rosewood, $10.00.

This shade is an opaque pinkish-nude. It’s an ultra-matte, liquid lipstick with high color payoff and 20-hour, comfortable wear. Its precise applicator coats and defines every peak and valley of your lips to perfection.

I adore Make Up For Ever’s lip products and this shade is absolutely gorgeous. This tube is half the size of the full-size, which I think is a great value for this box. The packaging is very sleek, just like all of Make Up For Ever’s products. This is a really comfortable liquid lipstick that dries down to a beautiful matte finish without feeling drying on the lips. And, like I said, I really love this color. This was a perfect shade for me.

Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in Brown , $21.00.

This is a kohl and sharpenable pencil that delivers a rich brown color that stays crisp or smudges easily depending on the look you’re going for. The information booklet says subscribers will receive either the Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in Brown or Black, Beauty For Real I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner in Whiskey, Grande Bat Your Lashes Mascara, or PopBeauty Kajal Pen in Inky Purple.

I’m not the biggest fan of brown eyeliners. I typically prefer black, but I love that I can smudge this out to fit my style a bit better. This is a really creamy pencil that provides an opaque color. This is full-size, which is awesome especially when you take into account the other items in this box.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I am seriously so blown away by this box. The value was incredible this month, and I will use every product included, which is always a plus. I view this as money incredibly well spent and I really couldn’t be happier.

I paid $15.00 for $138.72 worth of products.

What do you think of this box? Have you ever tried any Sunday Riley products?