Macy’s Beauty Box June 2021 Unboxing

This Month’s Macys Beauty box was a little bit interesting postal wise.  I checked the tracking number and saw the expected date of arrival. Then on the travel log for the package I got to watch two separate post offices play a game of hot potato with it.  It went to and from the same post office about four times before they finally got tired of bouncing it between them and sending it on. 

I’ll admit, when it arrived, I expected the worst.

The package was surprisingly only slightly dented and when I opened it up the dropper on the serum bottle was bent but still worked and the spray cap for the dry shampoo was knocked off.  It popped right back into place and the product worked just fine.  I am a little worried about the air seal on the serum so I may be using it this week just to make certain it doesn’t go bad. 

But before we get into the products, this subscription is a $15 ($16.27 with tax for me) per month subscription and each month you receive five sample sized products.  They tend to be on the higher end of the spectrum and because of this subscription I have tried a lot of luxury brands that interested me.  I really like that as I enjoy trying things out before I invest in the full size. I find it helps me to not waste either month or product.

In addition some of the products that have been sent in these boxes were complete unknowns to me.  Some of them were from familiar brands and new product releases, others were things that I knew and loved already.  It has thus far been a really good box.  And the products generally go really well with the theme. 

Speaking of, this month’s theme is Expert’s Choice.  Each item included is something that critics have raved about. 

Since I already opened the serum, we’ll start with it.  The serum sample is the Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate.  I have heard a lot of rave reviews about this and I did try out the eye cream in this line as well.  I really liked the eye cream actually and put it on my must try in a full size list. Because the dropper is a little damaged and I opened it to see if it still worked, I will probably be using this serum this week just so that it doesn’t go bad.  I don’t think there is more than a week’s worth of serum in it so I think I can take a break from the serum I am currently using to try it out. Quite frankly I can’t wait to see if it is as good as the eye cream and it’s hype.

The second item was the Dry Bar Detox Shampoo.  This is not the first time I have tried this dry shampoo and it is a good one.  I actually just finished a bottle of my favorite Klorane Dry Shampoo (nettle for dark hair) and haven’t was thinking of working through some of my travel sized dry shampoos as I have a lot in stock.  Since I had to open it to repair the nozzle and see if it worked, I might just keep this one out.  It smells nice and as it’s been a while since I’ve tried a Dry bar product it will be interesting to shake things up for a bit.

The third item in my Macy’s Beauty Box this month is the Clarins Total Eye Lift Concentrate.  As I am in the middle of an eye skin care trial I will have to wait to try this out, but I am actually looking forward to using it.  I’ve tried several products from Clarins before and have always liked them. 

Currently, I am using the Instant Perfecting Primer and absolutely love it.  Most of what I’ve tried from Clarins has been Moisturizers and face washes so an eye cream will be a different category to try.  I can’t wait to see if it performs as well as the other products I’ve used.

There was a fourth skin care item in my Macy’s Beauty Bag this month and that was the Retinol Ceramide Capsules From Elizabeth Arden.  To be honest I don’t think I have ever tried anything from Elizabeth Arden.  I’ve seen them around, but I have never picked up any products. I’ve actually seen this exact product and thought it looked interesting, but still never picked it up.  I think that was because I wasn’t too certain about the individual capsules. Now that it is here of course, I’ll give it a go. Perhaps the premeasured doses will be exactly right.

There were two makeup themed items in the bag this month.  The first is a tiny sample of the Giorgio Armani  Liquid lip.  I have gotten one of these tiny samples before in a different shade and I have to say while I still find the tiny size laughable, I really do like the formula of the lipstick so even in a tiny size, I am happy to have the product. And it is a nice color that I think might suit me.  So that’s always a plus.

The second makeup item is the MAC Fix + setting spray.  I’ll be honest I have setting sprays but I tend to forget to reach for them unless I know I am going out.  If I am getting ready for the day and know I will be sitting at my desk for the bulk of the day, I don’t generally bother with setting spray.  

I always use it when I know I am going to be running around where there are other people though.  And I always pack it when I travel.  I tend to really get on well with MAC products so I look forward to giving this a trial.  I might try using it this week and then adding what remains to my travel bag if I know it works well.  And then if it does work well eventually getting a full sized bottle.  My current setting spray is the Benefit Porefessional Super setter but it is always nice to have options.

Most months there are two perfume Samples included in the bag.  This month both come from Ralph Lauren.  One is Polo Deep Blue and the other is Ralph Lauren Romance.  At the moment I am leaving them sealed and adding them to the cache of perfume samples that I have yet to try out.  They will be added to the drawer and then like all perfume samples they will be worn and evaluated to see if they make the cut to be added to my collection.

Usually there is a makeup bag included in the Macy’s beauty bag. Sometimes they supplement other items in for the bag and this month they added the Beauty Supplements Box. 

I have to say, I’m not mad at it.  The box is hard plastic with tightly sealed latches and a rubberized seal so that if it is in a makeup bag and something leaks it won’t get into your supplements box.  Inside the box are two additional little boxes divided into compartments. 

While I have my vitamins, I also always travel with some Ibuprofen and because my babydoll has rather bad allergies I have started adding a few back up Benadryl for him just in case he forgot his allergy medicines.  This is a well thought out and well-designed box that will be getting quite a lot of use in my personal travel kit. I am quite happy with this month’s substitution for the makeup bag.

So that was my June Macy’s Beauty Box.  Was it worth the $15?  Yes, it most certainly was.  Everything in the box is something that I will use.  Many of the items are products I have wanted to try out and quite frankly I am very pleased with the selection of items this month.  This is definitely a subscription box I will be keeping.


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Unboxing the May 2021 Macy’s Beauty Box

Macy’s Beauty box is a $15 per month ($16.98 with tax).  While they promise five items and a bag (sometimes replacing the bag) they usually end up sending an additional perfume sample with the bag. My first Macy’s Beauty bag was in December of 2020 and I have to say that while some months are clearly better than others, I have never been disappointed by this subscription.  In fact it is one that I most look forward to.

So let’s see what this month brought, shall we?

First up, the bag.  It is a clam shell sort of shape with a flat bottom in a pearly pink wipeable material.  I love that the zipper opens wide so that larger items can be stored inside and I like that it has a pretty big capacity for such a small bag.  My favorite part has to be the fact that it has a flat bottom and can stand up on it’s own.  That makes it so easy to use.  I can actually see me getting a lot of use out of this.

This month the entire pink tissue paper wrapped roll of goodies was inside the bag.  There were five items and a perfume sample this month.  This month’s perfume sample was Marc Jacobs’ Perfect.  It is one that I saw an advertisement for and have been interested in trying out. At the moment I am working my way through the Zent’s perfumes so it will have to wait, but I am very happy to have a sample in the perfume testing line up.

The next item is one I have tried before and really enjoyed using.  It is the High Maintenance Cannabis Peeling mask (this link will take you to my full review).  I received a sample in a Look Fantastic box a few months ago and absolutely loved it.  It made it onto the list of products to order in a full size and I am thrilled to have another sample.

I am also happy to have another sample of the Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Brightening Serum.  I used the full size of this a while back when I did a full skin care line up of Sunday Riley Products.  I really enjoyed using the serum and am happy to have it return in any size.

The other three products are new to me, but also on the list of products I want to try.  The first of them is the Urban Decay All Nighter Face Primer

Last week I found out that my favorite Urban Decay Primer was being discontinued and this primer was the only one featured on the Urban Decay site.  So I am very happy to have a chance to try it out and decide if, when my current Urban Decay Primer runs out, this would be a good replacement for it. I love when timing lines up like that, don’t you?

Next we have the Elemis Peptide Overnight Radiance Peel.  I’m sure if you’ve read my posts for any length of time you have realized that Elemis is one of my favorite brands.

I don’t think I have ever tried a product from them that I didn’t like.  I’m sur there will be a first time at some point but thus far they have rocked it. I am always happy to see any Elemis product in a Subscription box and will certainly get a good use out of this one. At the moment this Overnight Radiance peel from Elemis is on sale as part of a bundle for their 24/7 Essentials Collection. The bundle is on sale for $84 (retail of $153)

Finally we have the bareMinerals Ageless Retinol Treatment.  It is apparently a new release product and I am very excited to try it. I have used a wide variety of bareMinerals makeup products but in their skin care I have only used their face masks. 

They are one of those brands that always produces good products but tends to fly under the radar. You don’t see a lot of ads for them which is a shame.  I am going to have to schedule this retinol into my list of products to try in my skincare line up.

So that my darlings was my May Macy’s Beauty Box.  This month it seems like they looked directly at me and said, you know, we thing that we should just send you a bag of things you like and want.  It is rare that I am this excited by every item in a subscription but quite frankly this month was all aces as far as I am concerned.  This was certainly $15 well spent.

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April 2021 Macy’s Beauty Box

Good morning my darlings.  The April subscription boxes have begun to arrive.  First in the mailbox this month is Macy’s Beauty Box.  It is a $15 ($16.46 with tax).  I signed up for this box and December of 2020 was my first one so this makes the fifth that I have received.  Thus far I have been really impressed by the items they have included.  Each month has been very much worth the price of the box and I have to say, it is one of the subscriptions that I am really excited to find in my mailbox each month.

Inside the pink roll

While I believe prior to December Macy’s Beauty Boxes always came with a small makeup bag, for the past few months the makeup bag element has been substituted for other items.  In December there was a reusable plastic container with travel sized containers and I believe January’s bag was hair product themed so instead of a makeup bag they included a mini hair straightener. There has always been something that replaces the bag. Personally, I am okay with the substitutions. I like makeup bags, but there are realistically only so many you can use. This month, we actually received a makeup bag.

I kind of like it.  I wish the zipper went down the sides a bit so the mouth could open wider making the insides more accessible, but it is a really cute little bag that can hold quite a lot of items. I like the iridescent blue and the almost cracked mirror look.  While the bag does come with an information card, the card says nothing about the bag itself.

The card does give some pretty good information on the products and it also lists the theme as Red Carpet Inspo. Usually Macy’s does a pretty good job linking the theme to the products so it will be interesting to see how it relates.  Let’s dive into the pink tissue sausage roll shall, we?

I’ll admit, the first Item out of the bag made me happy.  It is a sample size of the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer.  You know I love primers. They smooth the canvas of your face so that you may paint your daily masterpiece upon it.  A good primer can make even a not so great foundation better. This is one that I have wanted to try.  However it is on the pricey side, so I held off hoping I would get a chance to try it out before actually purchasing the primer. 

I know, I love trying products before I buy them. I’ve mentioned that about a zillion times before. Because here is the deal, it doesn’t matter if it is a very expensive luxury brand or a discount drugstore item, a product is only good if it works for you.  And you don’t know if it works for you until you try it.

There have been several products everyone raves about (both drugstore and high end) that just performed horribly for my skin and there are some that just really work well with my skin type that other people can’t stand to use.  Playing around with samples rather than listening to marketing is a better way to determine if something works for you.

Which is one of the reasons I love subscription boxes.  Now don’t get me wrong, I saw the YSL logo and the pretty, pretty gold flakes and I really wanted to take it home with me. Hence the delight that it is a sample in the bag.  I will gladly use the sample and see how I feel about the product after a week or so of use. And you know I am going to have to give it a go this afternoon when I put on my makeup. So you’ll get a first impression soon.

But on with the bag.

The second Item was a small Makeup Eraser. It is so small and cute. I really like Makeup Erasers.  They let me stop using makeup wipes and thus reduce the amount of trash that I produce and have become an essential part of my skincare and makeup routine.  While I do use makeup removing balms and oils, I apply the balm and oil to my face use the Makeup Eraser to help me out. It keeps the wash cloths from becoming mascara stained and keeps me from having to do any harsh scrubbing on my face. 

And the Makeup Eraser always washes up clean.  I’ve had mine for over a year (maybe 2 for the current one I’m using, I lost track) and after the wash it looks practically brand new.  The colors have faded a tiny bit, but there are no stains.  I can’t actually say the same thing for the PMD Cloth I received in a Boxycharm a few months ago, but that is another tale to tell.

Thus far I was as happy with this box as I have been with every other Macy’s box I’ve gotten. 

Then out rolled two black gel pencil style eyeliners. One is Natasha Moor’s Kohl it Magic Eyeliner and the other is Clinique’s Quickliner for eyes in Intense Ebony. I swatched them both and they look slightly different but feel the same on the skin.  I’m sure there are differences between them that I will find out once I start wearing them.  I’m sure that they are both fabulous.  But here’s the thing.  Its two black eyeliners in the same box. The same color. The same type of formula. It seems like a bad decision.

I have to say I was not all that happy with the Bodyography tapered blending brush either.  The ferrule is a little loose already and it feels a little cheap.

Next up we have the two perfume samples.  The Macy’s box tends to come with at least five items and usually includes two perfume samples.  This month the samples were both from Jimmy Choo.  One is the New I want Choo which looks interesting and the other is Jimmy Choo Man.  I will give that a sniff and see if it is unisex enough for me to wear or if it needs to pass to someone else but I am always happy to have new perfume samples to try out.

I have to say as much as I love the YSL Primer and the Makeup Eraser, this isn’t one of their better boxes.  Sadly I might have thought differently if the brush wasn’t wobbly and one of the eyeliners was in a shade other than black. 

Then I would probably have been a little happier.  But the brush was cheap feeling and there were two black eyeliners.  And as the boxes have been really good in the past few months, I just really expected more. I still think it is a good box for $15 and I am still glad to have it, but I feel it just isn’t as good as the other Macy’s boxes I’ve received in the past few months.

It’s still a good solid three out of five for me, but that is really because I love Makeup Erasers and am always happy to have another one in any size and because I really wanted to try out the YSL primer. Still a three isn’t all that bad all things considering.  It is solidly middle of the pack. It only feels like a letdown because the past few months have hit high fours and fives.


Makeup Eraser

Macy’s Beauty Box March 2021 Unboxing

I started my Macy’s Beauty Box subscription in December and I have to say each month I have received it, I am liking it more and more.  It is a $15 ($16.46 with tax). The box promises 5 or more items each month and it is usually more.  This month there were seven items in the box.  Typically there are perfume samples as part of the box, but this month we received an interesting product that I think takes the place of the perfumes. 

The pink tissue paper roll in the box

We’ll get to that in a second.  First there is the theme of the box.  This month is called Me-Time magic and are items geared towards creating your own at home spa time.  Normally I don’t really pay too much attention to the themes because quite frankly in most boxes it seems that the theme is sort of chose for the month and the products have little to nothing to do with the theme.  Macy’s seems to do rather well in tying the theme to the box. Everything in this box is geared towards self-care.

We’ll start with the scented product that I think replaced the perfumes this month  It is called Scentered.  And despite the fact that spell check is having a fit with the name, that is how it is spelled .. It is a destress therapy balm. It looks like a little lip balm and it is meant to be applied to the wrists, temples and neck to relieve tensions and sooth the mind and spirit. 

rolled up all the way

The scents are Chamomile, Neroli and Mandarin.  I will say it smells a bit like herbally oranges. It is a nice scent and one I would think of as quite relaxing.  Time will tell if it actually helps with the destressing, but I am certainly willing to give it a go. For such a little thing there is quite a lot of product considering how little you use when applying it. When I looked at their web page they had a whole range, including one to promote sleep. I am always looking for things to encourage me to sleep so if I like the feel of this balm, I may be ordering a sleep themed one to try out.

The second Item out of my pink tissue paper roll was the Ritual of Sakura sensational Foaming shower gel.  This scent is rice milk and cherry.  I have actually used this before.  I had one that was infused with cedar and I absolutely loved it. 

It is a really good shower gel and I will happily add it to my line up of bathing products. I also need to remember to start posting my reviews of bathing products.  I tend to forget my shower when talking about products and I am trying to remedy that.

The third item was one that we’ve seen before.  It came in one of the Macy’s boxes a few months ago.  It is the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask.  I will never complain about seeing this mask in a subscription box.  In fact I will never complain about seeing any Peter Thomas Roth Product in a subscription box. 

I am always leery of repeated products though.  This is the first repeat I’ve seen, and I can very easily see how it goes along with the me-time spa experience, I will just be on the lookout for repeat products.  I am however very happy to have this, especially as we start edging into warmer weather.  This is an excellent mask to use when you’ve had a little too much sun.

There is actually a second mask in this bag as well, and it does go along with the spa theme to also have a clay mask.  I’m not upset about having two masks in one box as they are very different.  This second mask is the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment mask. 

I have heard very good things about this mask.  For a while I was rather down on Glamglow as I tried a couple of things that just didn’t really work for me.  But recently I’ve been trying a couple of products from them and liking them more and more. Their Bright Eyes Eye Cream is definitely one of their products to look into and hopefully this Supermud clearing treatment will be as well. I am always happy to have a clearing treatment around.

In the box this month there is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, chamomile and Lavender. I think I might have tried something from the brand but I vaguely recall not being that impressed. But I could be recalling something else to be honest.  I know loads of people rave about the brand.  I spritzed it in the air and while there was a fine mist that came out, there were lots of spatters so I don’t think I would use this post makeup application.

To be honest, I am not too keen on the scent and will probably pass it on.  It reminds me of the herb packets my grandmother used to tuck into the sock drawer.  As I’m pretty sure she used chamomile and lavender in her herb mix I would say that those are the two scents present. So two thumbs up for the brand on that. The scents just remind me of a sock drawer however, which is not really a relaxing scent to me.  I might try it on my face to see how it feels, in case I want to pick up a different scent, but I can’t see this being an oft used product for me.

One scent I do find delicious is the Harper and Ari Uplift Blackberry Fizz that is in the box.  It smells delightful.  Although, really if you are trying to get me to like something blackberry is almost always the way to go. I know the Harper and Ari bath cubes were a huge thing a while back although I didn’t try them.  I am very happy to give this a go as I adore bath fizzes.

I normally keep a bunch on hand, but now I am actually down to the ones I don’t particularly care for scent wise.  Surprisingly, my baby doll also likes bath salts and fizzes.  Admittedly, he had never seen them before we moved in together and now he has his own jar. He likes the eucalyptus and menthol scented products. He and my mom have bonded over that because those are her favorite as well.  As they are her favorite, she sends me a pack every year for Christmas, because on some topics she is of the mind that if she likes them then everyone likes them. 

Luckily, my baby doll does. As much as he likes them he has never actually had to buy them. Part of me wants to hid his jar and see if he will actually order them on his own or if he will just wait until the next holiday. Thus far I have been able to resist the urge to hide them, but the urge is strong.

Finally there is a Cold Gel Eye Mask in the bag that, according to the pamphlet was created just for Macy’s. (Since it is created just for Macy’s and I couldn’t find it on-line I linked to the one I was getting ready to order for spring in case you are interested in these sorts of masks – It’s a basic amazon link, I get nothing from it).

I love these cold gel masks, especially during allergy season.  They have these little gel balls in them and you put it in the fridge when your eyes are puffy, and then lay with it over your eyes for a little while.  Poof, no more puff. It is the best non medicated way to make my eyes and sinuses feel better mid allergy season.   And my old one is looking pretty rough. This one has a nice fuzzy and soft back with a wide elastic band to hold it in place.   

strap

I am going to have to find a special place in the fridge for it.  And to be honest, I will probably store it in a zip lock bag in the fridge.  My old one has a bit of a mustard stain issue because I did not take such precautions before and no matter how many times I wash it, I find myself thinking I might want to eat a hot dog while wearing it.

But no more.  Now I have a new non mustard scented mask and I intend to keep it that way.  So a zip top bag will be deployed keeping it safe from the incursion of condiments.

It is also one less thing I need to pick up before Spring and Summer really kick off.  I put in an order for more sunscreen from Volition already as I knew I was going to need to stock up (and because I use it year round and my tube is almost empty), but I haven’t made a list yet of the other things I’ll need to order. I’m sure a gel mask would have made it onto the list as it is allergy season necessary.  Now I don’t have to add it.

I love when that happens with subscription boxes.

I have to say I was very impressed with this month. I may pass the Mario Badescu on because of scent issues, but I will try it once or twice despite that to see if the formula is one that I think works for me, so even though it will be passed on it is a plus. Thus far the Macy’s Beauty Box is shaping up to be a subscription that I want to keep.


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Macy’s February 2021 Beauty Box Unboxing

The card, the bag and the pink tissue roll of goodies for the February 2021 Macy’s Beauty Box

I know it is March, but my February Beauty Box from Macy’s finally arrived.  It is however not the last of the subscriptions to arrive as I am still waiting for Petit Vour and EarFleek to arrive.So even though February has departed, we have a few late arrivals to cover.

Macy’s Beauty box is a $15 per month subscription and in the subscription box you are supposed to receive five deluxe Sample size items and I believe you are supposed to get a bag of some sort each month as well. In December the bag was replaced by a set of plastic travel sized containers (which was actually pretty nice) and in January since it was a hair care themed beauty line up they replaced the bag with a mini flat iron. As I already have a mini flat iron I passed it to my mom and she is absolutely loving it. It was kind of an amazing thing to get in a $15 Beauty Bag.

The Canvas Bag

This month the canvas draw string bag is a little less exciting, but to be fair it is a really sturdy and well-made canvas bag.  It actually put Ipsy’s Glam Bag Plus draw string bags to shame and that is a $25 beauty bag.

But the bag is really just a little something extra. 

This month’s bag celebrates ‘skin-gredients’ and features items  ‘Grounded in skin loving ingredients from mother nature. So let’s see what was inside.

The first item is the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. (currently Lovely Skin has this Mask on sale for 20% off if you follow the link it will take you there. I’m not sure how long the sale will last but I am always excited to see Elemis on sale so I thought I’d share).  You know I love the brand Elemis.  Every product I have tried from them has done amazing things for my skin.  And actually this Papaya Enzyme peel was in my Look Fantastic Box this month as well.  In addition, that was the box I received two of due to my own miscalculations and so I now have three of these trial sized tubes.  The three of them may be enough product to do a full skin care review. Regardless of future reviews, I am always happy to see Elemis in any beauty bag.

Do you know what I am also happy to see? Caudalie.  The Vino Perfect Radiance serum was in this bag and I am never upset about seeing it.  I’ve tied it before and really liked it.  I have a couple of other Caudalie serums and really enjoy them.  At the moment the Beauty Elixir is in my skin care line up and I have to say it has been a great edition to the skin care shelf.  

Next up is the First Aid Beauty Ultra repair cream.  I have a love/hate relationship with First Aid Beauty.  Well actually it isn’t a love/ hate relationship it’s more of a love/meh relationship.  The products I like from them I really really love and the products I don’t like aren’t bad they are just meh.I tried a tiny sample of this cream before (it lasted two weeks) and I ended up putting it on my to be purchased in the full size list.  This tube is packed full and I am very happy to have this appear in my beauty bag this month. 

The next item in the February Beauty Bag is from Perricone MD.  It is the soothing and hydrating eye cream. To be honest the only thing I have ever tried from Perricone has been the no makeup makeup lipstick.  It was an excellent product and one I reordered once it ran out.  I look forward to trying the eye cream.  The eye cream I am currently working with isn’t really making me happy, so it is nice to have another one in the wings.

I’ll admit I have only heard of Sundari before and never actually tried any of their products.  I am also not entirely certain how to use an eye oil, but I now have the Sundari Chamomile Eye oil in my collection.  According to the little pamphlet it is suppose to smooth skin and combat fine lines.  My guess is that you either use it in place of a n eye cream or to boost your current eye cream. I will be looking at more information before I open it and if it is an eye cream booster I may be putting it to work soon. 

The final item in my bag this month is a perfume sample from the brand Clean it is the Galbanum and Rain Fragrance.  I’m not entirely certain what a Galbanum is so I will have to look that up before I give it a week’s trial.  Right now I am testing a group of Perfumes from Kierin NYC Perfumes, but this will definitely go into the lineup of perfumes to be sampled in my never ending quest to build a scent library.

All in all I have to say I am very pleased by the selections in the February Macy’s Beauty Box.  I wish it didn’t have to spend so much time hanging out in a Georgia Post office, but I am glad it is here now.  I received two items from brands I adore (Elemis and Caudalie) One cream that I know I like, two skin care items I have never tried and am looking forward to giving a go and a new perfume to try out. This was an excellent $15 bag. And I can’t wait to see what turns up in March’s Beauty bag.

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Macy’s Beauty Box January 2021 unboxing

Yesterday my Macy’s beauty box arrived.  I was kind of surprised actually as yesterday morning I received an e-mail letting me know that my Macy’s Beauty Box was going to be late this month.  Admittedly I received the same message last month and my December box came in around the same time of month.  This is the second Macy’s Beauty Box I’ve received so I’m guessing they were accustomed to sending them out at the beginning of the month.

I’m not certain.  Regardless, it arrived.  For those that don’t know Macy’s Beauty Box is a $15 per month box ($16.27 with tax for me) and it is supposed to have five sample sized products per month.  This month the theme is Hair Care Heroes and with the exception of the perfume sample everything in this month’s box is haircare related. 

Since it isn’t hair care related, I will go ahead and start with the perfume.  This month I received a sample of the Michael Kors Hello Gorgeous to try out. The card says that it is a new perfume and I honestly couldn’t find a link to it. I don’;t know if that means it is so new it isn;t up on the Michael Kors’ site yet or if they have discontinued it. I’ll keep looking for links and will hopefully have them before I review the perfume.

I have added it to my perfume line up and as there is enough product in the little spritz bottle to last a week so I will give it it’s week of testing to see if I want to try and pick up the fill sized version for my collection.

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I did spray it once and it smelled nice enough that a week won’t be a hardship.  I did however accidentally spray over my water glass. Which I didn’t realize until I later took a sip.  It smells much nicer than it tastes. I do not recommend tasting it. I very much do not recommend tasting it. I do recommend Crest mouthwash however. I know it isn’t technically designed to get the taste of perfume from your mouth, but regular rinsing just left a remaining taste lingering on the tongue so I had to call in the big guns. Crest Mouthwash, for when you accidentally taste something nasty. Yeah there is a reason I don’t work in the marketing department. They do have a current discount running until January 18th, with the code posted just here and if you’d like to see their actual marketing (non-mimsy designed) there is an ad at the bottom of this post as well. It is much better than ‘helps when you’ve accidentally tasted perfume.’

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As for scent, I’ll get back to you on the details.

For now, me and my now minty fresh mouth are moving on to the hair related products.  The first item out of the pink tissue paper was none other than Klorane dry shampoo. And yes I did a happy dance. Those of you who read my posts often know that it is my favorite brand of dry shampoo. 

While I am currently enjoying the Nettle infused dry shampoo for dark hair, the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk that came in this month’s Macy’s box was my go to for a really long time.  I am always thrilled to have more Klorane products on hand.  (at the moment I am absolutely loving their eye makeup remover too, but that is another story.)

I initially thought that there were two dry shampoos in my Macy’s box this month because the second item that rolled out of my pink tissue paper bundle of fun was from Dry Bar.  It is the Southern Belle Volume Boosting Root lifter and it is apparently a spray foam that gives lift and volume.  Which from the name Volume Boosting Root Lifter I would expect.

Kind of a no brainer there.

I’ve tried several Dry Bar products. I think the last one I tried I liked the way it worked, but didn’t care for the scent.  It has been a while though so I could be wrong.  All of the Dry Bar products I have tried have been non-foaming so this will be a new to me product that should be fun to try out.  Currently I use the Oribe foaming mousse when I want to give a little volume to my hair.  It would be nice to find another product I like as at the moment it is the only real volumizing type of styling product I use.

The next item in this month’s box was the Verb Ghost oil. Verb has been cropping up in my world a lot lately. I enjoyed their hair mask and I believe I have a sample of their leave in conditioner in my to be tried drawer. 

Also in this month’s Birchbox I chose a sample of their shampoo and conditioner to try. Now courtesy of Macy’s, I have the Ghost Oil to try. By the time February rolls around I think I will have tested a substantial amount of their products. Which I kind of like. 

I like trying out a lot of different products from a brand so that when I put together an order I can order several different items at the same time instead of just getting one thing from the brand. I like having a list for each of the brands I like.  Plus, the only hair oil I’ve tried that I really liked has been the Moroccanoil for fine hair. (Yes, I know I don’t have fine hair, but I find it lighter weight  than the regular one and it works for me.)  It is a good oil actually and I tend to use it in the summer time especially as it is lighter in the hair than a lot of leave in conditioners.  But it would be nice to have a second oil I like keeping around so I’m glad I have the chance to try one. 

I have to admit that I have never tried anything from Rahua before.  I’ve seen the brand around, but I have never actually tried anything thing from them. I like that Macys put both the shampoo and conditioner in the box. 

I also like that they are tubes with more product than should be used in one sitting. a couple of uses will give me a better feeling for the product. bove all I love that this was not a foil packet. I won’t go into my shampoo and conditioner foil packet rant again, just know that while I can occasionally accept foil packets in other products I loathe them in shampoo and conditioner.

Don’t worry, I won’t inflict the full rant here.

I know it seems like a no brainer, but not all boxes pair the shampoos and conditioners.  I really like having both.  I also like that this is listed as their classic formula.  Since I’ve never tried anything from the brand it is nice to try their classic before trying out other versions.  At least that is my feeling.

There were two more items in the box this month.  One is a velvet hair scrunchie that was apparently created for Macy’s. It’s a cute little scrunchie.  It isn’t a really ‘wow look at that’ kind of scrunchie but it is nice and I will use it. I think I’m used to seeing the velvet scrunchies that are a little poofier. This one is only as wide as my index finger. This is nice and I’m sure it will do the job, but it isn’t all that spectacular.

The final item in the box is a mini ceramic flat iron from Sutra Beauty.  And when they say mini, they mean mini.  I popped a picture of it next to my travel sized Foxy Bae flat Iron as a size comparison.  (they both retail for the same price)

I use the Foxy Bae travel flat iron for my bangs when they go all wonky and sometimes to curl parts of my hair.  To be honest, I am not sure it will work with my hair.  It might be super fantastic, but it is really small and I have a lot of hair. It is adorable though and I like that it was included in this month’s box.

It really does make a box like this feel kind of special when you get a tool that you can use well after the samples are gone.  I really like that, even if I do have more hair than I think the mini flat iron is equipped to take. My mother however has shorter and thinner hair so since I already have a mini flat iron that I like and I think this would work better with her hair, I will be putting it back in the packaging without trying and sending it over to her. Funny enough, she has been claiming that her hair tool is actually too big and heavy for her hair, so this might be the perfect tool for her.

Even though I will not be using it, someone else will and getting this hair tool in the box made it feel luxe. Especially in a $15 box. (The tool retails for $59 on the Sutra Website.)

This was my January Beauty Box from Macy’s  I have to say I am very impressed with it this month.  It stayed on theme, it gave a good assortment of products and I for one will use almost all of them.  And the flat iron will see use, just not by me. I feel it was definitely worth my $15 and I very much look forward to seeing what Macy’s comes up with for February.


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A new to me box: Macy’s Beauty Box, December 2020 unboxing

My first Macy’s Beauty Box

I have to say Macy’s was one of those beauty boxes that I heard a lot of good things about.  Their focus was, if I remember correctly, on more luxury brands. In addition they almost always add perfume samples to the box. And you know perfumes are a weakness of mine. For me it is irresistible. I have always been drawn to glassware in general and I am a very scent oriented person, so the combination of pretty bottle and lovely scent are too much for me to resist. Although in my last move I whittled down my collection to one box before we moved and then sadly the box was destroyed in the move. While sad, the scents were replaceable. I still mourn the 1915 enameled glass atomizer that the replaceable scents took down and have been lurking in etsy and e-bay corners trying to find a replacement with no luck. But that saga is a story for another day.

Today we talk Macy’s. It is a $15 per month subscription box that offers five products.

Having heard good things about it, I was getting ready to subscribe to the box, adding it to my 2020 subscription list, when in the initial Spring of Corona, they discontinued the box.  Now it has returned.  I think October 2020 was their first month back.  I signed up in November, but December is my first actual box from them.  So this is not only my review but my initial impressions of the box itself. Let’s see what this first box holds.

The very first thing out of the box was a card that says Oops, we had to make a substitution. So it should be an interesting unboxing. There was also a travel kit, a tissue paper roll of products and a card with details about each item. I like that the card talks about the products a little bit and then offers a pro tip for using the product. Several of the pro tips are things I will be trying out actually so in that regard the pamphlet is really helpful. The prices listed for the items are for the full sized items. Interestingly, beside each item break out there is a picture of the sample sized item while in the center of the brochure there is a photo where the full sized items are pictured. while the samples in this pack were easily identifiable, I have gotten samples where the labels were almost too tiny to read. I can see the pictures being quite useful in many cases. The pamphlet also came with a $10 off my next Macy’s beauty purchase. Which is nice to have. I suspect i won’t use it before it expires because at the moment I am all shopped out. While I did save some money by not traveling for the holidays this year, I overcompensated for my lack of presence with extra gifts.

But that was the brochure and now we move to the actual products.

The first item in my Macy’s box is the new Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick in the shade Honesty from Bare Minerals.  It is supposed to be a good for your lips lipstick formula.  From Bare Minerals I can believe this. 

I really enjoy their products. They are one of those brands that is consistently reliable, but kind of quiet about it so I occasionally forget them. Then I use one of their products again and chastise myself for forgetting them. It is sometimes the danger of having so much selection. The good reliable brands don’t always get talked about as much.

And I am always happy to try out a new lipstick formula. The lipstick is small and kind of adorable.  If I hadn’t gotten the Giorgio Armani liquid lip in my Allure box this month I would have said it is one of the tiniest lip products I’d ever seen.  It is however a reasonable size for a sample. I think I will definitely get enough of a use out if this lipstick to be able to tell if I like the formula. Since I’m actually using both products in this week’s makeup bag, I’ll show a side by side sample size comparison then.

The second item in my box was the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask. I like several Peter Thomas Roth products including both a primer (Skin to Die For Mattifying Primer) and a moisturizer (Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer) and the mask sample of the Pumpkin Enzyme mask made me want to get a full sized jar immediately, so I am always happy to see anything from the brand in whatever size it comes in. 

Plus, you know me and masks. I am always happy to try a new one. Even the ones with no discernable skin care benefits give me a fifteen minute mental break, which is sometimes desperately needed. Admittedly those I use up and don’t repurchase, but it is still a nice mental break. I just prefer the mental break with skin care benefits.

And now things get a little interesting.

In the brochure, the next product listed is the Grande Cosmetics Stay put invisible lip liner. I have to say I was really looking forward to trying this out. Not only does it match everything since it has no color of it’s own, but it might make my lips look a little less crooked then when I try to use a dark liner with my red lipsticks. Although I am working on practicing my lines.

However, this is where the oops message came in. 

The item I received was from Grande Cosmetics, but I received a Plumping Liquid lip instead of the liner.  It is a pretty decent size and in the side panel where the color is shown I thought it looked nice.  And I do like plumping lip products, so I went from disappointed to excited. But as I’m guessing several of you looked at the picture and realize I am about to be disappointed again.

When I pulled the wand out to swatch it, the end of the wand was MIA.  It either snapped off in the tube or is missing.  I’m going to call and report it in and see what happens.  If worse comes to worse, I will try using a lip brush to attempt applying it if only to test the formula.  I’ll have to let you know how that works out. I know the top is too small for a cotton swab, but I think I might have a brush that will fit for at least one use.

If nothing else at least it gives me a chance to see what their customer service department is like.  And that is always nice to know.  Admittedly, I would have preferred the lipstick or the liner. I’ve tried mascara from Grande cosmetics and really liked it, but I’ve not tried any lip products so I went from happy to kind of bummed.

Still, I was happy to see the Kiehl’s since 1851 Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque.  Not only is it another mask for me to try (woot!) but I actually received a sample size of the moisturizer from this line in my Birchbox Advent Calendar this year so it will be nice to try two different products from the same line. Plus, I believe this is a five minute mask and having a quick mask around is not a bad thing. Because one is a longer and possibly overnight mask (the Peter Thomas Roth) and the other is a five minute mask I don’t find it too strange that two masks were in the box. Especially as this theme seems to be self-care. And Keihl’s is a brand that I generally like using so I am happy to try more from them.

There was a moisturizer in the box as well this month.  It wa the most adorable little pot of Shiseido Energy Moisturizing Gel Cream.  I’ve tried a couple of samples from Shiseido before and they always worked really well on my skin.  They are all relatively strongly scented, so that is always something to watch out for, but I have always liked using them. And I am happy to have another sample to try out. especially since the samples I tried were the foil packet sizes and I wasn’t certain I liked the fragrance enough to try for a full size. This sample, though small, is large enough that I can consistently use it for a short time and make a decision about the fragrance and a full sized trial.

Speaking of fragrance…

There were two perfume samples in this month’s bag, one from Juicy Couture – the new Viva La Juicy Le Bubbly to be exact  and the other Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue Pour Homme. I have never tried wither so I am more than happy to give them a test.  Each of the little samples has enough product in it to do a full week’s trial so look for those reviews coming soon.

Finally this month there was also a kit of travel sized plastic bottles.  The bottles are nice plastic bottles, one pump, one spray one squeeze and two pill container type pots.  I know, technically it was the first thing out of the box as it wasn’t wrapped up with the other items, but I needed a few minutes to decide how I felt about it. The bottles come in a reusable plastic pouch and are all suitable for plane travel carry ons.  In the blurb about the Beauty Box when I subscribed it mentioned a bag coming with the subscription. I think this travel kit is in replacement of that bag. I could be wrong about that and only some boxes come with a bag and some don’t. Or they might have changed it.

Whether the travel kit was a bag replacement or not, I found it a bit of a strange addition, especially this year when a lot of travel has been canceled. But it is a nice little kit.  I’m sure at some point I will have a use for it.  For now it will go into my suitcase to be stored for when I am finally able to travel again.

Overall, I am actually pleased with my $15 December bag.  The products are all nice and ones that I will certainly use, some just not now.  The Grande lip product was disappointing, but hopefully I will at least get to find out a little about Macy’s customer service. The pouch of travel containers was a little strange given the current moratorium on travel that most of us have going on at the moment. I don’t know if that was a hopeful selection when it was made or if someone just didn’t think it through.  Maybe it was pre-planned and too late to change by the time the bags were getting ready to be shipped.  I’m sure at some point I will get some use out of them, it just isn’t going to be this Christmas.

I will admit that when I went looking for more information as to why the travel kit was added this month (I thought there might be a blurb featuring reasoning that made it seem less strange) I saw a bit of a spoiler.  Apparently next month is going to be focused on products for the hair so I am excited to see what they come up with for that. Even if I didn’t find out more about the bag and travel kit.

As a first month of a subscription, it was pretty good for me. I look forward to trying out a few more months at least to see how long I will be keeping the subscription, but for now, I’m happy to stay subscribed and see where this beauty bag takes me.


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