Unboxing the September 2021Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm Subscription

Here it is, a small blue plastic mailer has arrived in my mail box and it is postmarked New Jersey. You know what that means, my darlings. The September Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm Subscription has arrived. Now this month they did increase the price. Before the subscription (with shipping) came to $8 per month. Now, with shipping it is $10 per month.

As each of their lip balms retail for $10 and you receive two lip balms per month. So it is basically double the value, so I don’t mind the increase. And I do like the lip balms. In fact these have been my go to standard for lip balms for a while. I love the formula and the scents and tastes of the lip balms. i always keep a tube on my desk and all winter you will find them tucked into coat pockets and purses in my world.

In fact this is the subscription I use to stock up so that I don’t end up with dry cracked lips in the winter. There is something I really like about seeing a stockpile of lip balms. It makes me think, ‘wow I really need to use those up’. Because of that thought I tend to reach for them more, and apply the product more and thus have fewer chapped lips in the winter.

However it does take me more than a month to get through one lip balm. And each month comes with two, so this is one of those subscriptions that I frequently dip in and out of. I keep it around for a few months and then let it go as I work my way through the balms I have. It is one of the reasons I tend to subscribe to this service through Cratejoy rather than look for it on the Jersey Shore Cosmetics Website. It is super easy to find, sign up for and cancel. And I sign up and cancel at least once a year.

This will probably be my last month for a while as I am starting to look at my lip balms and thing, yeah I have enough for a while. I know it is a bit early, but I want to actually restart the subscription again around January. I noticed that I tend to stock pile enough to get me through the winter, which means I sign up for the subscription in the spring and keep it through the summer. It means I get a lot of watermelon, Strawberry and lemonade flavored lip balms. This year I want to try out some of the wintery versions instead.

But September is most definitely autumn, so what lip balms arrived this month?

First off both are labeled Lip conditioner and aromatherapy.

The first is Citrus Zest. It is lemony but has a slightly different scent and taste from the Lemonade lip balm (which I actually really enjoy). It smells as though lemon and lime were blended together in this vegan formula.

The Second lip balm is the Petite Vanilla. As you might expect it smells of vanilla, but has no real taste to it. The scent is actually more like a vanilla pod than the faux vanilla that you get in a lot of beauty products. It is lighter and less cloying.

Now while I tend to pay attention to the scent of lip balms because they are placed on your lips which are just under your nose, these are labeled aromatherapy. I’ll have to look into what the scent of vanilla and citrus are supposed to do mentally, but I can tell you that the scents of these are a little bit stronger than their normal lip balms. So I can see why they are a different line.

Personally, I rather like both of them. I can sort of see the Vanilla edging into fall scents, but I’m not certain about the citrus. Admittedly seasonality is not always the point. One thing i really like about this Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm Subscription, besides the lip balms, is that the products sent out tend to be their new releases. It is not older product the brand is trying to get rid of, but new items they just released. Earlier this summer we received two products from their new Spritzer line of lip balms and now we have the aromatherapy ones. As Autumn deepens I’m sure there will be more seasonal scents. And while these don’t scream fall, they are good lip balms and I will very much enjoy putting them to use.

Jersey Shore Cosmetics August Lip Balm Subscription

One of my favorite subscriptions is the Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm Subscription. Mostly because I really love The Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balms. What I generally tend to do with this subscription is to keep it for a few months and stock up and then cancel it while I work through my stockpile.

Then of course once my stockpile drops low, I open my subscription back up. The subscription itself is through Cratejoy. I found it while poking around one afternoon several years ago. The subscription has changed a little bit over time. There used to be tiers (1, 2 or 4 lip balms per month) but now they only seem to have the one tier.

It is $5 per month ($8 with shipping) and you receive two lip balms each month. The subscription always ships out by the 7th of the month and you are charged on the 11th of the month for the following month’s package. They are usually really good about sticking to the listed dates. The lip balms sent are the same lip balms they sell on the Jersey Shore Cosmetics website. Those retail for $10 each, which makes this a great deal actually.

Yup, my frugal senses are tingling, Batman.

Or whatever superhero is in charge of savings.

Accountancyman? The Budgetator?

Actually, the Budgetator sounds like a potato with a coupon clipping habit.

I’ll work on my super heroes later.

In fact last month we received two of their newly released Spritzer Lip balms. The Peach Apricot Spritzer is one of my favorites and I think it is one I will end up reordering at some point. It smells just like a peach Bellini (sans alcohol of course). The spritzer part keeps the scent light and stops it from becoming too cloyingly sweet, which I like.

This year when I signed back up for the subscription (having worked through my stockpile once again) I realized that because I generally run out of lip balm in early spring, I tend to do my stockpiling in the spring and summer so those are the scents I end up using. My plan this year was to wait a little longer, possibly use up some other lip balms and then get some fall flavors/scents.

August is that strange borderland between summer and autumn. There is a great deal of longing for fall, or at least cooler weathers. Especially as you gather school supplies and realize that over the summer your desk has become a strange place where notes lay have buried under reports and where your Humidity control hair products mingle with your spray sunscreen. But at the same time, the heat has hit what we generally call The Dog Days. Where the heat and humidity combine to make you feel like you are in some strange giant’s stew pot.

Or at least that is how I think of August.

Oddly my lip balm subscription sort of reflected that. The two scents I received this time were Watermelon and Peppermint. Watermelon is most certainly a summer scent and one I have used quite frequently from Jersey Shore Cosmetics. I really enjoy it and am happy to have another one around. The peppermint I have had before and also enjoy. It is cool and refreshing, although peppermint seems to be associated with cooler months. Or at least that is what I am told when I question why peppermint scented body wash is only available for a few months out of the year. I love the scent of peppermint. I find it far superior to spearmint. I find it rather rude that peppermint gets restricted to the cold while spearmint gets to frolic throughout the calendar.

It is an injustice.

So I was happy to see the peppermint lip balm. I didn’t get to keep it however. My babydoll looked at it and said, “Is that for me because I ran out?”

I said yes. Because getting him to use any lip product has been quite the battle. He seems to believe that lips aren’t actually dry enough to need anything until they actually hurt. So if he will use the peppermint lip balm, I will happily give it over to him.

So that was my August Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm Subscription. I enjoy the two products I received and think they are well worth the price. I have already paid for September’s subscription and have my fingers crossed that there will be some fall scents just around the corner. If you are interested in this subscription, I would recommend that you go through Crate Joy to get to it. It is much easier to find. I have been all over the Jersey Shore Cosmetics website and it tends to be really hard to locate. With Crate joy it is quick and easy, plus it is easy to cancel when I have reached sufficient stockpile levels, and renew when levels drop. Plus, I can always poke around and see what other nifty things are on Cratejoy.

I’m also interested to see what changes Jersey Shore Cosmetics has going on. At the moment they have a sign on their website saying that big changes are coming. So that too will be something to watch.

A little Jersey Shore Lip Balm

Oh yes, it is that time again. It is time for the Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm Subscription. At just $5 (plus $3 shipping for a total of $8) this is currently my least expensive subscription box. For your low subscription price you receive two lip balms per month.

I have tried to find the subscription link on the site but even though they talk about it on the blog I tend to have a hard time finding it there, so I go through Cratejoy to find them. It is super east to sign up for Cratejoy and I have to say I find myself poking around on there often just to see what new subscriptions appear.

The Jersey Shore Cosmetics one is a subscription that I sign up for every year, and keep for a few months before letting go while I work my way through the lip balms. How long I keep it depends on me. Sometimes I use the lip balms fast, or accidently leave them in my pocket and send them through the washing machine, or lose them in a purse, while other times I keep it on my desk and slowly work through them.

I generally keep the subscription until I feel like the lip balms are accumulating faster than I can use them and then I take a break. When I last subscribed, the subscription cost more and sent four lip balms in a package so I kept it around less. Two balms is actually more my speed and I might actually use them enough that I won’t feel overwhelmed.

Summer is usually the time when I sign up and then I end up leaving the subscription just as they roll fall flavors and scents out. Last year i missed the spiced pear and was annoyed, but as I was swimming in lip balms I couldn’t justify it. With only two per package, I don’t think I’ll be swamped as fast this time and will get to linger in the subscription until the fall.

I personally like the formula of the Jersey Shore Cosmetics lip balm formula. It is soft and hydrating. It is also vegan and both paraben and phthalate free. It glides on easily and smoothly without tugging at the lips, fairly melting into them, and even when it is gone from the surface, my lips feel hydrated. On the Jersey Shore Cosmetics website their vegan lip balms are sold for $10 each, so getting two for $5 or even $8 is a really good value. Plus, I know I will always go through them.

I think one of my favorite things about the subscription though, is that it never feels like left overs. The two lip balms I received in this month’s subscription are Peach Apricot Spritzer (which smells a lot like a peach bellini) and Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer which still smells of strawberry, but has a slightly more effervescent scent to it than the regular strawberry lip balm making it lighter and fresher in scent.

The Spritzer line is one of the latest released for Jersey Shore Cosmetics. Which means that the balms included in the subscription are among their newest releases, not the products that failed to sell last season. How cool is that?

Plus, they are really good lip balms. I can’t wait to see what the next few months bring.

Since I find it easier to locate the subscription on cratejoy, the links are to the cratejoy subscription site. For those interested Cratejoy just started a mega sale. It is the Summer Christmas in July Sale. If you are looking for something new to try, now might be a good time.

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The Make Up Bag: June 19th, 2020

The Make up Bag used June June 13th – 19th, 2020

This month’s Ipsy bag contributed a couple of items to my selections for this week’s Make up bag.  I’m not upset about it as I got to try out a whole bunch of new to me products.  I find it surprising because most Beauty subscriptions lately have been very skin care heavy so having a makeup up heavy box this month was a pleasant surprise.  Not that I’m abandoning my first and dearest love, Skincare, but it is nice once in a while to flirt with someone new.

This week there were separate postes for the NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil which I used as this week’s foundation product, and the Doucce Freematic Pro Eyeshadow Palette. The links will take you to the full reviews if you click on them. 

The short version is that I really liked the NYX Skin Veil and will be reaching for it often throughout the summer. 

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Aside from one or two high points in the Doucce palette it was a fail for me.  One of the highlights was the physical palette itself actually.  It is a nice magnetic case that I will be reusing. The highlighter in this shadow palette was also nice and I will be using it again as well.

There were a couple of repeat items this week.  I again used the Ciate Everyday Vaccay loose translucent setting powder.  I really like it and I’m sure you will be seeing it again, even if it does make me crave macaroons. Also making a return was the No. 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder. 

I am really enjoying using it and am really glad I forced myself out of my Rimmel Pressed powder constant.  Don’t get me wrong, Rimmel will return as it is my favorite standby, but I have to say, I think I actually like the No. 7 better. I know, shock and gasp. 



Also returning this week was one of my favorite mascaras and that is The Expert Mascara by Kevyn Aucoin.  The formula doesn’t flake and it doesn’t sweat off.  The shape of the brush is a curved hook shape that curls my lashes and isn’t too big to use on the lower lashes. 

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However it has been used two weeks in a row and I need to rotate it out for another open mascara. Parting is such sweet sorrow, but I know you will return again. I just also know that a couple of the open mascaras I will be choosing from this week aren’t in my top five favorites.  But that is okay.

The last weekly return was the Thrive Causemetics lipgloss in Ashley.  It is a good light lipgloss to grab on a summer day and I enjoyed using it.  This week it will return to the dressing table and a new product will take it’s place.  It will however be returning.

While it wasn’t used last week, the Brow Contour Pro from Benefit returned this week.  I enjoy having all of the products from pencil to highlight from Benefit because they are all good products.  I’m just not sure about the all in one pen issue. I’m a big fan of benefit brow products, I would prefer them as separate items if that makes sense. I enjoy using it even if it is an all in one contraption though. 

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Plus I also made a deal with myself that I can’t replace my Precisely my Brow Pencil from Benefit until I’ve used this one up.  So as a consequence you will be seeing it in the make up bag until I use it to the point where I feel justified in placing a Benefit order. Although it is really hard to resist the current sale going on. I’ll set it aside if I end up testing other brow products, but for now, I am focused on using this one up.

My contour and bronzer this week came from the Tarte Park Avenue Princess Palette.  I really liked using this palette.  The palette feels and looks lux.  I know it is shallow of me but I feel fancy using it and that makes me happy. Of course adding to this week’s fancy feelings was my early birthday present of a new kimono style robe which I’ve been wearing in the mornings (I know my birthday isn’t until the 27th but it came early and I opened it.  I regret nothing.)

The Park Avenue Princess palette is nice as well.  I really do like the products.  I also like that there are several different shades for me to choose from so I can adjust for my look that day.  I really enjoyed using it this week and will be using it again. 

This week I also chose another IPSY product. This was the Betty Boop blush trio palette.  I like the slim packaging and quite frankly that is what saves it for me.  I only really like one of the blushes, and even then it isn’t my favorite. 

It’s a color thing, they all actually perform fairly well.  I do think I am going to end up eventually using the one blush I like down to pan and then stripping it out to use the case for other products.  I don’t know how successful I will be, but I will try.  Well, I will try sometime in the future.  I believe it is a limited edition item from Ipsy, but if it was available, I wouldn’t repurchase it.  It’s fine but not great and I like the packaging more than the product. While I think it is fine to appreciate good packaging and to enjoy the beauty of makeup, it’s never a good sign when the packaging is the best part.

One of my new products for the month was the pores no more Luminizer Primer from Dr. Brandt. This is definitely a Luminizing primer.  It is very glowy.  Many of my primers I like because I can wear them without foundation and only a dusting of powder over on light makeup days.  This isn’t one of those primers. 

I didn’t find it to be very pore filling, but I did find it luminizing.  As I put a matte foundation over it, I didn’t have too much of a problem.  I had a light glow to my skin showing through my foundation which lightened up the matte look a bit, but without the matte foundation, it would have been too much.  I will continue to use this primer, but I can’t say it is my favorite.

Speaking of primers, this week I used the Pretty Vulgar eyelid primer.  When using it for regular lid priming, you really need to let it dry down for a moment before applying powder shadows or you will have a rough time of it.  The primer is somewhat sticky.  As I was already working with patchy shadows, this didn’t help.  Because it was my first time really using this primer, I tried it with a couple of different shadows to play around with it.  It is a good primer if you wait for a moment to let it dry down.  It is excellent if you are doing a cut crease and using a glittery shade.  That is where this primer shines. That is what it was built for.  I believe this will not be a regular every day primer for me.  I think it will be a hold in reserve for the days when I am going for the drama.  Personally I don’t mind that.  I am perfectly happy to use my concealer as an everyday primer and to bring this out when I need the big guns.  In fact, I like having it in my arsenal. It’s kind of like having a bazooka even though you know your weapon of choice is a bow and arrow.

Not that I actually have a bazooka. Me having one would just be a bad idea. I know I’d try to reach something on a high shelf knock it over with my hip and take out the neighbor’s shed. Or windmill. Speaking of, I think my neighbor is actually trying to use that strange little windmill he put up to run a small grain mill instead of generating electricity. His entire back flower bed has been planted in wheat. Apparently the roses died. Yeah, I’m not sure of that thought process either, but the end result is that he has a four foot wide, six foot long raised flowerbed full of wheat. Emmer wheat no less, for that extra old timey touch.

But that is beside the point. No bazooka for me, just an imperfect metaphor and a neighbor with a new hobby. Back to the makeup.

Although I didn’t mention it, I added a wet ‘n wild liquid eyeliner to the bag this week, the megaliner to be exact.  While pen style eyeliners have become my go to, I started with the inkwell style liquid eyeliners when I first started wearing makeup and I forgot how much I enjoy the brush and pot of liquid. 

It took me a little while to get back in the habit of keeping my eyes at half-mast and fanning myself until the liquid dried enough not to transfer when I blinked, but I soon was back in the swing of things.  I liked using the eyeliner and I have to admit, I picked up the a Maybelline version to try as well.  I don’t know if it is true or not, but I always felt like these inkwell styles dried out less than the pen styles. 

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Who knows, if I get back into liking them maybe I’ll branch out into some colors other than black. I do know that the wet’n wild one didn’t seep into my fine lines and once applied if I didn’t want a sharp line, I could use a small brush to smudge it out a little. It I did want a sharp line, I could just apply it and fan my face until dry (which doesn’t take that long). I really enjoyed using this. Wet ‘n wild is really stepping up their game. Plus I am really glad to see these style of liners on shelves again. I know KVD Beauty has a line of them as well, so I may have to try some of those out soon.

And this brings us square to the lips. I covered the Thrive Causmetics Lip gloss so we are left with three products.  The first is the Hydrating Lip Balm in the shade Nudist from Jersey Shore Cosmetics.  Normally I love Jersey Shore Cosmetics lip balms.  They are in fact my go to lip balms. I did not care for this one.  Shocking I know, it is the first lip balm from the company I didn’t like.  It performed as well as the others and had a lovely little shimmer to it.  It smelled nice, but it tasted awful. It just tasted slightly chemically, almost like sunblock.  It does have an SPF 10 on it so maybe that’s it.  I was beginning to think there was no product they had that I didn’t like, but I suppose there is always one.  So I will be passing on this lip balm and going back to using the others.

This week I also had one bullet style lipstick and one liquid lip.  The bullet style was from Colourpop’s Disney Villains collection in the shade Evil Queen.  It is a true red and I have to say, I really like a bold red lip on a minimal makeup week.  And this one performed.  I do really need to pick up a red lip liner that matches it, because it needs one and I noticed that while I have a plethora of pinks, I have no red lip liners.  This makes me sad and is something I will soon be remedying.  I also need to remember to take my lip liners into the make up bag with me so I don’t have to go hunting in the morning, but that is another story. I picked up the Colourpop Villains trio and I tend to reach for the Hades one more often, in fact I actually forgot I had this one as it rolled to the back of the drawer.

This is one of the reasons I am really liking doing this makeup bag post each week. I get to find all sorts of things I love, yet forgot about as well as try new things. I’m glad you like the posts too, but I think even if I didn’t post on them I would still set up the makeup bag each week. It is really reminding me to use products I like and forcing me to get rid of the ones I’m just not going to wear.

The liquid lip I chose this week was Matte Dreamy 411 from Il Makiage. The official title is the Infinity Long Wear matte lip cream.  While I own a boat load of their lip liners, this was the first liquid lip from them that I have tried and it did not disappoint.

The packaging is super lux feeling.  It is heavy in the hand and feels really good.  The wand is a little thin and plastic on the end of the tip.  It could use a little bit of padding but it wasn’t bad. I also think I might have expected more because of the exterior packaging.  While the color wasn’t exactly right on me, the formula was great. 

It dried down almost all the way but not quite.  It is slightly drier than the Nars Powermatte formula, but not by much. Which means it dries down enough not to smudge everywhere and leave a trail of lip prints behind all day, but not dry enough to make your lips feel parched.  I am sad that I don’t care for the shade all that much, but I will be looking into picking up other shades in my next lipstick purchase.

Finally, we come to the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore.  It is the Coconut Water Prime/Set/Refresh.  I didn’t use it to prime, but I did use it to set and on a couple of sweaty days, refresh.  It worked well for both.  It has a very fine mister which I appreciated.  In addition while it is somewhat coconut scented, it is not over the top coconut. It is in fact the scent of coconut water and not the artificially sweet coconut scent.  Personally I appreciated that.

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So that was this week’s Make Up bag.  There were some winners, some returning favorites and some ‘thanks but no thanks’ in the mix. Next week the returning products will be the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Setting spray and the Benefit Brow Pencil. Everything else will be changed out for something else. Won’t that be fun?

I have to say as an aside, I’ve been using the Ipsy make up bags as the bag I pack and take from the dressing table to the bathroom. The one I’ve been using it is simple zip top bag.  While these are fine for traveling because they hold a great deal in a relatively small space, I am finding it hard to work with as a daily make up bag.  When I travel if I am going to one place and staying there for the duration, I unpack the makeup bag and line things up in the bathroom. 

For that sort of travel this is an okay bag.  For working out of on a daily basis, it is kind of a mess. Especially with brushes thrown into the mix. Recently I’ve been intrigued by the Kusshi make up bags, especially with the separated brush compartment.  I keep circling it trying to make up my mind.  Since I have been working out of a makeup bag, and plan to do so for the foreseeable future, I know I am going to have to find something soon.  I’ll link the Kusshi site for anyone interested in checking them out. I have heard great things about them. One of my friends is in love with the way they perform in the wash, which lets face it, is a pretty big deal if I’m going to use it daily.

KUSSHI

While the Kusshi might be an option, if anyone has any make-up bags or kits that they like working out of instead of just using for transport, let me know. I’d like to hear about them. I suspect I’ll end up looking into a whole bunch of them and then just get annoyed one morning and order the best one in the collection I’ve investigated, so the better the collection the better chance of getting a good bag. So let me know your favorites, if you have one.

For now, I am going to get on with my day as always my desk is cluttered with the things I’ve been putting off all week and need to do before Friday ends and the weekend rolls around. It’s been a little crazy so I haven’t had a chance to choose next week’s products yet, so with the exception of Laura Geller and Benefit, the rest will just be a surprise. Happy Friday everyone. I’ll see you this afternoon for the Friday Face mask.


Jersey Shore Cosmetics and Sox Box Subscription Reviews

This week I received two of the subscriptions I have through Cratejoy.  The first is the From Korea with Love Sox Box.  For $12.95 per month you get three pairs of Sox.  This month they came in a small box wrapped in tissue paper instead of the little cardboard tube in a bubble mailer. 

As the box is easier to recycle, I’m okay with that. I suspect recent pandemic protocols caused the mailing change. The socks fit my feet with a little extra room to spare.  I wear a US 7.5 and I think they are supposed to fit size 6 -8.5 US.  The subscription charges on the 11th of the month and ships between the first and the third and they ship out of California.

This month I have to say the penguins are my favorite.  Seriously, how stinkin’ cute are these? Pretty stinkin’ cute that’s what.  And they make me happy when I look down at my feet.  I know, they are just socks, but I have to tell you, I really like socks.  I think one of the reasons I like them so much is that with my weight and weight loss, all of my clothes feel temporary and somewhat ill fitting.  All clothing has been going from too tight to just right to too baggy for the past year. Or if my weight loss stalls I wonder why it isn’t getting too baggy. And then I worry that I’ve plateaued and start to rethink my entire work out plan.

This does not happen with socks.  They are just cute and I am happy.

Also arriving is my Jersey Shore Cosmetics. This month I am adding to my stockpile.  After this month, I may be cancelling this subscription for a while, or I may keep it one more month, then cancel.  I love lip balm, but there is only so much lip balm I can use.  It takes me about a month to go through one tube and each subscription comes with four lip balms.  It is a really good deal actually.  The subscription is $10 with a $3 shipping charge and comes with four lip balms from Jersey Shore Cosmetics. 

As each of their lip balms costs $12 each, it is a great value for the price.  So what I tend to do with this subscription is keep it for a few months, stock pile lip balms and then cancel until I’ve gone through my stock pile. Then I re-subscribe and the process starts all over again.  I may not keep this subscription every month, but I will always return. 

This month I received my four lip balms.  They are a lip balm in watermelon and another in cherry.  These are their standard formula for lip balms.  As in only the scent varies as opposed to highlight or tint.  The third lip balm was the Quattro H2O Pure Hydration Ultimate Hydrating lip balm.  I have never tried this one before.  As I am almost through with the pomegranate lip balm I opened last month, I am just going to mark this as next in line so I can try the formula. 

Okay that is a long winded way of saying I opened it even though I try to keep only one open at a time.  As a spoiler, I also opened the fourth one too.  The Quattro feels a little firmer than the regular lip balms and I put it on to test it out and it actually stayed on my lips longer as well. If I venture near a swimming pool this year, this is the balm I’ll take. For now, I’m wearing it on my walks outside.  I think it is designed for the summer and I look forward to wearing it and seeing how it does with my lips. 

The fourth hydrating Balm I received in my subscription this month is called nudist.  I opened it becuase it seemed to have a tint to it which made it more like a lipstick than a balm, so of course I had to open it and see.  First off, it smells like candy.  It actually reminds me of Tarte eyeshadows.  Its that kind of scent.  That vanilla-esque scent. Personally, I love it. There is a little bit of a bronze shimmer to it, but it is very subtle and when I tried to take a picture just looked like lip balm. Even though I normally plan to stockpile my lip balms I may try this one out in my make up bag next week. 

In addition to the lip balms, Jersey Shore Cosmetics sent a stick mineral sunscreen as a free gift this month.  It smells oddly like oatmeal.  In the best possible way of course.  I love oatmeal.  In the spirit of fairness I should point out that my baby doll does not think it smells like oatmeal.  He also thinks I am crazy for thinking it smells like oatmeal. 

But it smells like oatmeal.

At the moment I just started testing out a Volition sunscreen so I will be putting this to the side to try at a later date, but I really appreciate having extra sunscreen around.

Both of these subscriptions are through Cratejoy.  I really enjoy having the one system to manage several subscriptions. It’s really easy to log into my account, see what subscriptions I have that are active, which one’s I’ve cancelled and when the next payment date for the subscription is.  It’s especially useful with subscriptions like Jersey Shore Cosmetics that I only keep for a few months at a time, but then return to after a break.. They are easy to find, easy to cancel and easy to reactivate.  It helps me to keep things organized.  Plus I get to poke around and see what other new subscriptions I think might be fun to try out for a while. I always seem to find something interesting.


Jersey Shore Cosmetics Balm Bag Review August 2019

Its really hard to take a good pic of just two lip balms, but this was August 2019’s selection.

First, the basics. This is a bag that sends lip balms monthly to your mailbox.  For one lip balm it is $2.50, for two it is $5, and for four lip balms it is $10.  There is shipping added. I get the two product bag for $5 and with shipping it comes to $8 per month.  Since each lip balm they send retails for $10 each, I think it is a pretty good deal.

Normally, I really like the products they send.  This month, I’m a little on the fence.  Usually a card with the monthly theme comes with the bag.  It is little more than a business card.  This month, it was missing completely. There was nothing but the two lip balms in the package.  A little odd, but as the card doesn’t really tell you much it wasn’t a huge loss. Just odd.

The first of the lip balms was the  SUPER SATIVA MEDICINAL HYDRATING BALM. It is:

formulated using 100% natural, organic, and Non-GMO ingredients. This soothing, medicated formula contains nutrient-rich cannabis sativa seed oil and 100% natural, organic ingredients, including hydrating coconut oil, nourishing cocoa butter, lavender essential oil, natural menthol, and vitamin E.

The green color in hemp seed oil is a result of the high level of chlorophyll which is naturally present in the seeds. All natural certified organic and Non-GMO ingredients. Paraben-free. No THC. Nourishing, hydrating and soothing.

I know CBD oil and other cannabis based products are really hot right now.  Personally, I have never tried anything in the skin and health care line.  The hype around the products reminds me of the way people flocked to kale, touting it as a super miracle food that will fix all your woes. I’ve always been leery of fads, especially the kind that promise miracles. I also don’t like kale. I’ve tried it in pretty much every form at this point and had to just admit it isn’t for me. I don’t like the taste and it makes my tummy bubble. I am kale intolerant.

I’ve always been a big fan of pot though.

(Yes, I know there is a difference, in case you are thinking, wow she’s about to be super disappointed in ways the company never intended.)

Additionally, so far I have liked every lip balm Jersey Shore Cosmetics has sent me.

I have to admit though; I don’t particularly care for this one. I like the scent of it. It smells really nice. And I really wanted to like it as I want to like all nice smelling products. However, on my lips it feels waxier than their other lip products. I don’t know if it is just a modification of their usual product to include the cannabis sativa oil or what, but it doesn’t have the same feel on the mouth. 

Also when I lick my lips with it on, it tastes green. I don’t have another word for it.  Sometimes tastes and scents hit my brain in colors.  This was one of those times. This tastes green, a weird sea foam green if you want particulars. Like a bad 1980s prom dress.

Reading the description though, I think that perhaps the extra chlorophyll might be to blame.  I certainly felt better about the taste after seeing the description.  Still I don’t care for the taste or the way it feels on my lips, so I doubt I will be getting much use out of this.

The second product in the envelope was the MONGONGO ORGANIC LIP CONDITIONER which is…

paraben-free, petroleum-free, and are formulated using 100% natural and organic ingredients. Mongongo oil has hydrating, regenerating and restructuring properties and offers a unique protection from UV and environmental pollutants in skin applications. Mongongo oil is rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and anti-oxidants. Leaves lip silky smooth, supple, moist, luscious and hydrated. Lips feel amazing.

I admit, it feels really amazing on the lips and I will use it.  I don’t however care for the scent of it. While they have various scents, the one I received is the vanilla coconut cream version.  While I like vanilla and I like coconut cream, something about the way it smells is like canned coconut frosting that has gone slightly rancid in the heat.

My lips do feel amazingly hydrated with it on, and luckily the scent dissipates fairly quickly.  I will use this one, but I can’t help feeling that if I was able to take the decent scent from the first lip balm and swap scents with the second, but keep all other properties of the second, I would have gotten one really good lip balm instead of two I’m not particularly crazy about.

I suppose they can’t all be winners. And if I don’t like them, the most I’ve lost is $8 instead of the retail $20. Although I will use one of them so I guess I only gambled and lost on $4, which isn’t all that hard a loss to bear. Especially since they have a really good track record. Fingers crossed for next month.  If you are interested you can check out these products or the lip balm bag by following the links below.

Jersey Shore Cosmetics

JSC Balm Bag Subscription page

Jersey Shore Cosmetics Bag July 2019 Review

July 2019

Last month I went for the one lip balm as I was unfamiliar with their products and wasn’t sure I’d like it.  I did and June’s Lemonade balm spent the month living on my desk, fighting my urge to snack and keeping my lips from being dried out in the sun.

The balm certainly got a workout.

We got enough rain here that pulling weeds in the garden was more or less a daily chore and tying up the tomatoes to keep them out of the reach of roving rabbits required constant vigilance as they seemed to grow a few inches every time my back was turned. (the tomatoes not the rabbits)

The rabbits of course multiplied and were out in force. After losing the majority of my lettuce to them defeating the Bunny Patrol has become a minor summer obsession. Don’t worry, there will be no Elmer Fudd like blasting, and certainly no chemical warfare.

I will admit to turning the hose on full blast and aiming it into the bushes where I knew they were hiding and then chasing them with the water as they scattered for safety. But I only did that the one time and I just found my eggplants gnawed to nubs so I felt justified. A little crazy, but justified.

It was my attempt to inspire fear.

As they came back in the night and took the lettuce, I would have to say it failed miserably so I’ve stopped wasting water. I mean I stopped scaring the poor little darlings.

Who are plotting evil behind their fluffy little faces.

Evil.

In addition my love decided there were so many new flavors of chips out there that he had to bring the more interesting ones home to try.  So I used the lip balm to resist the salty temptation sitting in the kitchen while I worked.

All this means that my one lip balm was worn to a nub by the time the new ones arrived.  So, since I like the product and will use it, I upped my subscription to two lip balms a month. That subscription is $5/ month, but with shipping it comes to an even $8. As each of their lip balms are usually $10 a piece, I am okay paying $8 for two.

For those interested, one lip balm is $2.50 (adding shipping brings it to $5.50), two lip balms are $5 (Adding shipping brings it to $8) and four lip balms are $10 (I haven’t ordered this one, but I would guess that shipping would be about the same and bring it to $13). The subscription bag information I was unable to find on the regular Jersey Shore Cosmetics website, but I did find it through Cratejoy. I’ve posted both links below for anyone interested.

Now, on to this month’s selections.  The first one I pulled out of the bag was the Arabica mineral lip tint. At first I was a bit concerned because it looks so dark, but the tint goes on fairly light and just slightly deepens the lip color.  Which is great for me, since I tend to put the lip balm on at the desk without the aid of a mirror and didn’t want it smearing everywhere. If I try keeping a saturated color on the desk I look like a drunken clown post bar fight by the end of the work day. Not my best look. If you are looking for more saturated color though, this is probably not for you.  Personally, I like it.

Tinted Balm

Which is a good thing, as it turns out.

The second balm in my bag was the Peppermint moisture rich hydrating balm. It is stark white and smells like peppermint.  I got to try it once and it is a good formula.  I’m sure I would have used it just like I did the Lemonade from last month.

Yup, would have.

My potato chip loving baby has been working outside for the last month as they try to complete a project, which is probably why he is craving salt.  His lips are dry and his winter only, no scent extra strength, manly, no frills, medicinal because the doctor gave it to me on my last checkup, lip balm is nowhere to be found so he absconded with my peppermint lip balm.  His review when I asked was ‘not as waxy’.

Yeah, I’m not actually sure if he meant that as a positive or negative to be honest.

To give you a gauge, he has no sisters only brothers and no close female cousins. His mother wears no makeup so his only experience with make up was his grandmother who only wore a 1940s-50s red. Which means really red lipstick is referred to as ‘lipstick colored’ and every other color is ‘that weird color’. It it is one of my favorites (I favore dark berry tones) then it is ‘that weird color you like’.

So yeah, I’m not really sure if ‘not as waxy’ is a positive or negative.

As his doctor will no doubt give him another lip balm in the fall (they are imprinted with his name and number and he gives them out like a dentist gives out toothbrushes), I suspect I won’t know how they compare until then. I probably won’t know even then as questioning will probably just get me an answer of, ‘it’s lip balm’ since like red lipstick, it is the standard.

Not all that enlightening, I know.  But at least I know it will be used, just not by me.  So I will be using the tinted lip balm to stave of snack cravings and dry lips for the month of July. All in all, I’m glad I switched to the two pack.  Maybe next month, I’ll get to use them both.

If interested in the brand or the subscription bag, check out the links below.

Jersey Shore Cosmetics

Jersey Shore Cosmetics Subscription bag at CrateJoy