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Subscription Product Testing (week Ending 05/21/16)

By Elisabeth @onecutedoc

Hey Beauty and Subscription Box Lovers! These are the subscription box products I received and tested this week. These are my honest opinions and suggestions. I have linked where you can buy the products if you so choose. I hope you learn more about the products subscription boxes offer. I really enjoy testing these products. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

PRODUCT TESTING: 

Nick Chavez Advanced Volume Hairspray ($9)

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I received this product (deluxe sample) in my February 2016 Beautyfix Box. I wasn’t a huge fan of this hairspray. It didn’t smell the best and it was very sticky. I don’t mind some crunch in my hair but this left my hair sticky. I felt like I had so much product in my hair and I didn’t spray much. It also didn’t spray very evenly and came out very fast. I will pass on this product.

Rating: 

2bulbs

Repurchase:

No
Didn’t like how it felt in my hair

Karity 5 Shadow Palette ($21)

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I received this product in my Limited Edition Mother’s Day Glossybox. I am a huge fan of Karity products! They are an amazing brand and all the products are high quality. This palette was no exception! It is stunning and pigmented. The shadows are so easy to blend and I love the shades. It was so easy to create a gorgeous look. I highly recommend checking out Karity! I love them so much!

Rating: 

5bulbs

Repurchase:

Yes
Love Karity

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer ($29)

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I received this product (sample) in my May 2016 Featured Birchbox. This is definitely a cult favorite and I have heard so many awesome things about this bronzer. I must say, I love it! It is such a gorgeous shade for warming up the face. It can also be used as a contour shade because it is a bit cool toned. It blends so easily and beautifully. I was so impressed. A little goes a long way and this sample will last me a very long time. I will definitely be purchasing the FULL SIZE once I am finished with the sample. I just love it so much!

Rating: 

5bulbs

Repurchase:

Yes

ModelCo Lip Lacquer in Creme Brulee ($24)

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I received this product (sample) in my May 2016 Featured Birchbox. This gloss is so pigmented. It is pretty sticky so if you don’t like sticky glosses, you won’t like this. However, I don’t mind sticky glosses. I find they last longer on the lips. The gloss does accentuate my lip lines in the picture. In person, you can’t really tell. It did last a decent amount of time on my lips. I don’t think I would buy the FULL SIZE, but I will continue to use this sample. I am going to try it over a lipstick and see how it works.

Rating: 

3bulbs

Repurchase:

No
Like it but not enough to repurchase

Dewytree Blackhead Out Nose Patch ($11.60)

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I received this product (samples) in my May 2016 3B Box. These nose patches were awesome. I wasn’t a fan of the medicinal scent, but I got use to it. They really did remove a ton of junk out of my pores. I haven’t used a nose strip in forever and I definitely needed it. I really enjoyed these.

Rating: 

4bulbs

Repurchase:

Yes

California Mango Mend Treatment Balm ($4.99)

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I received this product (sample) in my May 2016 TomBox. This is such a great little find. It is so affordable at only $5 for the FULL SIZE! It is a thick balm (think Vaseline). I used it for my feet and it has been helping with my extremely dry skin. The best part though is that it smells amazing! I love the mango/tropical scent. I love that it isn’t overly greasy and really does help with dry skin. I would definitely purchase the FULL SIZE!

Rating: 

4bulbs

Repurchase:

Yes

Fran Wilson Moodmatcher Lipstick ($4)

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I received this product in my May 2016 TomBox. I am not a fan of pH changing products. However, I didn’t hate this lipstick. I am glad it wasn’t overly orange on my lips. It was very easy to apply and didn’t dry out my lips. It was so comfortable to wear. I don’t know if I will reach for this all the time, but it is fun every now and again. I have so many lip products right now. I do like the shade it created on my lips and that it felt very nice.

Rating: 

4bulbs

Repurchase:

No
Won’t use it enough

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Shady Lady Pout Potion ($5)

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I received this product in my May 2016 TomBox. I was pleasantly surprised that I actually liked this product. I am not a fan of Be A Bombshell or pH changing products. However, I liked this gloss. It left a nice stain on my lips and was comfortable to wear. I also really liked the shade. I don’t like it enough to repurchase, but I will use it again.

Rating: 

3bulbs

Repurchase:

No
Won’t use it enough

LuxePineapple Luxe Liners in Rich Navy and Penny ($15 each)

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I received these products in my May 2016 LuxePineapple Box. I love these eyeliners! They are so creamy and easy to use. I love the Penny shade and it is unlike anything I own. It really made my blue/gray eyes pop. I love that there is a smudger on the end for creating smoky looks. I was just so impressed with these liners. I love anything LuxePineapple does because all their products are so awesome. I can’t wait to create more looks using these.

Rating: 

4bulbs

Repurchase:

Yes

Mereadesso All-In-One Moisturizer ($120)

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I received this product (sample) in my May 2016 LuxePineapple Box. This product is crazy expensive! I used it all week and thought it was just okay. It is a green color and you only need to apply a very thin layer. This little packet still has a ton of product in it. I liked it but not enough to spend $120 on it. It left my skin feeling nice and very hydrated. It also didn’t break me out. I didn’t notice any huge improvements in my skin, but it did leave it glowing.

Rating: 

3bulbs

Repurchase:

No
Pricey

Laqa & Co Lip Lube Pencil in Honeypot ($20)

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I received this product in my May 2016 LuxePineapple Box. I really love this lip color so much! I am a huge fan of pink and nude shades for the lips. I love lip crayons because they are so easy to apply. I like the formula and it is very moisturizing. It didn’t dry my lips out at all. Overall, I really love this lip crayon.

Rating: 

4bulbs

Repurchase:

No
Won’t use it enough

Foreo Luna Play ($39)

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I received this product in my May 2016 Allure Beauty Box. How cute is this? I love this little guy so much. I hate that you can’t recharge it or change the batteries. It only lasts for 100 uses and then you have to toss it. That seems like such a waste to me. Aside from that, it really is a great device. I feel like it truly deep cleanses my skin and gets all the dirt and makeup off my face. It is easy to use and is so gentle. It didn’t irritate my skin at all and can totally be used every day. I love the feel of the bristles on my face. It was like a mini facial. I now want to purchase the FULL SIZE Luna. I just loved it so much!

Rating: 

4bulbs

Repurchase:

No
I will buy the regular Luna

Foreo Day Cleanser ($30) & Foreo Night Cleanser ($36)

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I received these products (samples) in my May 2016 Allure Beauty Box. I was surprised how much I loved both of these cleansers. The day cleanser is really nice and light. It smells like citrus and really wakes me up in the morning. It leaves my skin feeling so clean and not stripped of moisture. I really loved it. However, I love the night cleanser even more. It is so beautiful with swirls of radiant gold. It also has very gentle beads that remove dead skin. It felt so great on the face. My skin seriously felt as smooth as a baby after using the cleanser. It works so amazingly with the Luna. I love the smell and it isn’t overwhelming at all. It also removed my makeup very well and very quickly. You apply both cleansers to dry skin and then it milks up when wet (wet either your fingers or the Luna). It was almost therapeutic watching it turn to milk and cleanse the skin. I just loved them so much and would definitely purchase the FULL SIZES (especially when I purchase the Luna).

Rating: 

5bulbs

Repurchase:

Yes
Love the night cleanser so much

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Rose Naturelle ($12)

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I received this product (sample) in my May 2016 Allure Beauty Box. I love this lipstick so much. I was surprised at how moisturizing it was. It glided on the lips so easily and left a beautiful shade. It is a my lips but better shade. My lips didn’t dry out at all and it was just so comfortable. This shade goes with any look you want to create and I will definitely be wearing it more. I need to pick up more of these Mattelustre lipsticks.

Rating: 

4bulbs

Repurchase:

Yes

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara ($24)

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I received this product (sample) in my May 2016 Allure Beauty Box. This mascara is okay. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. The want is so cool but the formula isn’t my favorite. I like that it doesn’t clump, but it takes many coats to build to the volume I want. It doesn’t smudge which is great, but it leaves my lashes feeling a little sticky. It separates my lashes well but, they almost look too separated. I think this mascara is just okay and I wouldn’t buy the FULL SIZE.

Rating: 

3bulbs

Repurchase:

No
Wasn’t too impressed

FINAL THOUGHTS: 

I really enjoyed testing the products I received in my subscription boxes. What do you think of the items? Are your opinions the same as mine? Are you picking up any of the products? Let me know in the comments below!

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