State of the Beauty Blog

It’s been several months since I last updated, and yes!, I’m still receiving my beauty subscriptions. The main focus of my little blog was reviewing the services and all the types of products that come in them. It’s fun receiving all types of new, fun and exciting products, but after a couple of months, there are so many samples, bottles, vials, packets, etc. to try and not enough time to give them an honest review.

The past few months have been busy and leaves not enough time for hobbies… But anyways, I think I’m going to try refocusing the content and reviews on my blog and making things a bit more easier to read and write. That means shorter reviews of single products, more swatches and photos, and hopefully better content! Thanks for reading!

News: May 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box

I checked my email today and saw that my May 2013 shipped today!

For those who haven’t heard of the Blush Mystery Box, this is a monthly subscription service from the retailer Dermstore/Blush/Hairenvy (all under one company, different ). The pricing starts out with a one-time box for $34.95 or a monthly subscription for $24.95.  There are a limited number of boxes available, so get one soon if you’re interested!

Products include brands sold in their online stores, usually a mix of full size and travel size items. They guarantee that the items will usually be worth over $100.  This month contains six products, and two products have already been revealed via


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ipsy News: May 2013 Spoiler update!

May Ipsy 2013

Still time to sign up! I would appreciate it if you use my referral link if you do!

There’s been even more product variations revealed for May’s ipsy bag via Instagram/Makeuptalk/etc. and I just wanted to update the picture product guide to include details on the colors and scents.

ipsy may 2013 products

There are two types of coconut body butters (Bronzing vs Luminizing) from Pacifica, two roll-on perfume scents (Vanilla or Tahitian Gardenia) also from Pacifica, two variations on Mirabella lip liners, a Mirabella Glimmer Gloss (in Ruby Red?), and a Mirabella Perfecting Powder. Four shades of pink lipstick from Mirabella are also being sent out too (no info on the names though yet)!

ipsy may 2013 products

Read my first spoiler post for more information on these items!

ipsy News: ipsyPoints Referral Program


ipsy (referral link) has a new referral program that rolled out today called ipsyPoints! When you visit ipsy now, as a subscriber, there is a new tab at the top labeled ipsyPoints with your unique referral url to share.

While supplies last, the two possible bonus items you could receive for referring two people are an Urban Decay Moondust eye shadow or a BaubleBar wrap bracelet. If you refer two before May 1st, one of these items would be in your May bag (chosen randomly).

New bonus items will be added when supplies run out every month.

Unfortunately, past referrals are not tracked and at this moment, there are no actual “points” to be earned. More information on ipsy’s Q&A!


Anyways, I’m excited about May’s ipsy bag, which would be including a gorgeous Zoya sping pastel polish! Sign up soon if you want to be on a list to receive ipsy bags (possibly starting with May).

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Special April/May Boxes news

I unsubscribed from Glossybox for April, but there is a special limited Mother’s Day Box curated with BeautyBlitz for sale. $30 gets you a full-sized essie polish and other deluxe sized samples including a Benetint and an Estee Lauder mascara. (Edit: April 24 / Box contents have changed! No more Benetint… ) It seems like an okay deal if you’re interested in the products, but it doesn’t seem like it should be more than the regular $21 Glossybox price. For that price + a little bit more, I would rather get Allure’s summer box (on sale Tuesday April 23)!

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Allure’s Summer Essentials Beauty Box. Spoilers below!

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For $39.99 + $10 shipping, you get 25 items with the value over $250.

Prices below are my estimates from online retailers

BCBGMAXAZRIA Bon Chic (unknown size) $30-55
Burt’s Bees Lip gloss $8
Butter London in Bit Faker $15 (Bronze glitter)
Cetaphil Daily facial cleanser $7
Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner $6 each
Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes $5
GK Hair Leave-In spray $20
Neutrogena MicroMist Sunless Tanning spray $10
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15 $10
Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm $7
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser $7
Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir $18
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream $8
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen $15
Pureology Colour Stylist Supreme Control Hairspray $28
Redken Control addict 28 high-control hairspray $17
Redken Extreme Anti-snap leave-in treatment $16
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Jaded $7
Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops $7
Sally Hansen Zero Bumps Bikini spray $8
Sation Nail Lacquer in Love at First Byte $5
Simple Kind to Eyes, make-up remover pads $6
Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil $6
TanTowel the Original Self-Tanning Towellette for Face & Body $20
Tresemme Platinum Strength Strengthening Heat Protect Spray $5

Total estimated value : around ~$305

I can’t wait! It looks like a great deal. Not a lot of makeup products, but tons of hair and skin care.

Subscription Box News + Glossybox spoiler?

Happy Sunday! With the winter blizzard in the Northeast, lots of boxes including Birchbox and ipsy have been delayed a bit for this month, but this does not stop all the news of spoilers for this month!

First, a special price for a nail art box called Nail Art Society. News via Nouveau Cheap. Use code PUREICE to pay $10 a month, a savings of 50%. I haven’t tried it before, but you can read a review from Polish Hound and see how it might fit for you.

Next, Glossybox spoilers/rumors are up. I’ve looked at it, but not much have interested me, so I’m glad I’ve cancelled for the month of February. Read below for possible spoilers…. *updated Feb 11 2013*

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