Unboxing the March 2022 Macy’s beauty Box

I am very used to getting the Macy’s box at the beginning of the month so when this turned up over the weekend I was surprised and thought, ‘Oh yeah, it never did arrive.’ Typically this box charges to my account on the 25th of the previous month and arrives around the 9th. This month it charged on the 11th and arrived on the 19th. This is a $15 per month beauty box and it generally has five items and a makeup bag and about two perfume samples. Occasionally they will replace the beauty bag with a small item.

In the past the bags have been replaced with a set of reusable travel containers that were TSA approved. One month in a hair care themed month the bag was replaced by a mini travel flat iron. In general this has been a fantastic beauty box. many of the items are higher end and it allows me to try these products without spending a lot. Which saves me both money and keeps me from wasting products.

Last month was okay but not fabulous and this month is…not really my favorite. But let’s get into it.

First off this month was the theme Let’s Go Girls and it spotlights products from female owned brands. It has been a common theme this month as it is Women’s History month and I have to say in other subscriptions I have been blown away by some of the products I didn’t know were from female owned brands. This was not the case here.

This month they chose to replace the bag with a notebook that says Girl Power on the front. Which is fine, I can always use another notebook. I have one with a different logo but otherwise identical in the glove box of my car at the moment. I use to to track my mileage and gasoline purchases. It cost me $0.97 at the Dollar Store. which makes it less impressive to see here. And I think it sort of set the tone for me. I felt disappointed in the notebook and then I looked at the other items and there seemed far fewer of them than usual.

The reason it seemed like less is because there were no perfume samples in this month’s bag. There is a scented product which I suppose is why they decided to leave them out. I am used to opening the bag and feeling like it is over flowing with product. This month just felt like something was missing. I even checked the box twice to make sure nothing had been left in the box.

The second item in this month’s box was a makeup sponge from Natasha Moor. It is a nice makeup sponge. It feels like it is a decent quality and it has an angled end which I really enjoy on my makeup sponges. So this I am not mad about. It is a nice sponge, shaped in the way I prefer and it is a lovely maroon color. It is a fantastic item in the box.

The second item in this month’s Beauty Box is a Nudestix Bronzer. I have tried Nudestix lip products but never their bronzer. I am happy to give it a go even though I am not blown away by Nudestix lip products. One of my favorite bronzers is a cream stick formula so this might actually be another one I can add to my list of products to buy.

The third item in my box this month I will be passing on unopened. It is the Girlactik Rose Oil Petal Gloss. It is full size, which is nice. I already have this exact lip oil. And while I do love lip oils this one tastes like you accidentally sprayed perfume on your lips. It is pretty with the rose petals inside, but it isn’t my favorite product. So i will be passing it along unopened.

The Fourth Item I will also be passing along. It is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. It is actually a good brow product. I also currently have three in my collection. It is a nice formula that I do use. It isn’t my favorite formula, but it is nice. For some reason the Brow Wiz has been popping up a lot lately for me. Most of the time my bangs cover my brows so i just give them a good comb with a spoolie. My favorite brow product is from Billion dollar Brows and it is the pomade, so I tend to reach for that first. I know Macy’s can’t be blamed for me already having a product, but it is still disappointing to pass along.

The final item i will be keeping. It is the Sea Salt Surf from the Broken Top Candle Company. It is an essential oil Perfume. A sniff of the tip smells nice so I will roll it into my perfume trials and see how it performs. I know it is the reason there are no perfume samples in this month’s box so it is a relief that i did like the scent of it.

Over all the products were nice. the notebook felt cheap and the lack of perfume samples made it feel like something was missing. I think what actually disappoints me is that this beauty box is often one where I end up getting samples from brands I’ve never heard of or only heard of and never tried. With the exception of the Broken Top Candle Co’s scent, I knew these products and these brands. Four out of five of them I knew were female owned. while I generally love the trying out new things aspect of subscription boxes, I think this month they played it really safe. I think this would have been a good time to play up products that people might not have realized were women owned.

It wasn’t a bad box, in fact the products are over all very good. They are just safe and familiar. Except for the notebook. That was just cheap. For the first time since starting this subscription, I am actually contemplating letting them go. I will be paying close attention next month to see how they perform. If they continue in the okay but not great category I might let them go and give another subscription a try. There are so many out there now and I am at the point where I can’t really try out another one without letting something go. Part of that is monetary, I can only afford to pay for so many subscription boxes. The other part is product acquisition. It is actually more of a factor than money on occasion when dealing with subscription boxes. Too many subscriptions and you end up with product overload. I love subscription boxes, but it is a balance. Macy’s is one I will be watching closely in the next few months. Perhaps it might be time to let it go or this could just me an off month and next month they will come out gang busters. They have had some spectacular boxes so I am not willing to give up on them yet. But I will be watching.


Unboxing the Macy’s Beauty Box for January 2022

Oh Macys. I always love your beauty box, but this month, you gave me anxiety. Sometimes having access to all of the tracking information can drive you a little bit mental. This Macy’s Beauty box is $15 per month ($16.46 with tax) and is usually a really good Beauty Subscription.

They tend to lean towards more high end products. I really like this because often the products they send are ones I would really like to try, but don’t want to experiment with at that price range. If I like them, I’ll end up buying them, but honestly I like to try even drug store products before I pick up a full sized version. I just don’t like buying any product and then have it go to waste because I simply didn’t like it. I’d rather try out the sample first. with the higher end products, this personality quirk also helps me save a bit of money.

Usually Macy’s charges for their Beauty box around the 27th of the Month before (charging in December for January’s Box) and then they send the box out the first or second week of the month. This month I was Charged January 3rd (Which I suspect had more to do with the Holidays than anything else). Then later on the 3rd I received an e-mail saying the boxes would be shipped late that month. Again that isn’t an uncommon thing. But then I received a tracking number on the 4th saying it would arrive on the 14th.

I figured they weren’t running as late as they thought. Then on the 14th it claimed to be at my local post office but was listed as delayed. It was out for delivery on the 18th and then it actually arrived on January 21st. I’m sure that mostly has to do with the post office and not Macys. It just felt a bit like a saga to get it here.

So what arrived in this box the Post Office seemed intent on keeping for themselves? Well the first item out of the box would make me want to keep it for myself. It is a travel size of the Elemis Cleansing Balm. I can’t be mad at a subscription that sends and Elemis Cleansing Balm. At least not on the month they send it. This is hands down, my favorite cleansing balm. And I am happy to have it in any size.

The second item out of the box is a deluxe sample sized tube of the AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream. It is a classic and it is a fantastic hand cream. With AHAVA I am hit or miss with their other products, but their hand creams are fantastic. This one has a really light scent and is not only super moisturizing but excellent for those with a sensitivity to strongly scented skincare products. After trying out the Bloom and Blossom, the low scent is actually kind of nice.

The third item is one I have seen before. It either arrived in this subscription box or a Birchbox. I can’t remember which, but I am very pleased to have it. This is the Clarins Total Eye Lift. It is a great product and I enjoyed using it. The biggest issue is that there was almost no product in my last tube. I tried it for two days I believe, before it ran out. This one feels just as light. I’m going to roll it into my line up right away simply because I don’t think it is going to last more than a couple of days and I know I like it so i might as well clear the sample out while using up the discontinued Bright Eyes I am currently working through. Plus when samples are so small I always worry the air in the rest of the tube is going to make the sample go bad. I’m sure it won’t but I’d like to just like to go ahead and use it up rather than have it kick around the drawer for later.

Continuing on there is the Youth Haus Glow and Go Gold Eye recovery Eye patches. While I have never heard of the brand, I do love eye patches. This is a single set so I will put it with my other single sets. I really need to actually use the single set ones. I usually just buy a pack of my favorite brand, use them and then just re order forgetting that I have singles from subscription boxes. I may make a concentrated effort to work through them to see if any of them are as good as my standard and deserve to be ordered in a full sized box as well. Regardless, I am always happy to see another set of eye patches.

Moving along is a box that dominates this month’s subscription items and I think it may be a full size. It is a set of the Babor HydraPlus Hydration Ampule Concentrates. It says there are seven Ampuls, so a week’s worth if you are using them daily. When I went on the website they seemed to sell the boxes in the same size as full sixed (for $29.95 on one of my favorite sites The Skinstore), so I think this is the full sized item. Which is kind of awesome for a $15 beauty box. The description sounds like they are amazing for winter dry skin, so I may be trying these out soon. As the cold settles in, my skin just dries out more and more. So perfect timing from Macys. Someone there was thinking.

Usually there are two perfume samples in this box, but this month there was just one. It is the Beautiful Magnolia from Este Lauder. This is a brand that I think everyone recognizes. They have been around for a long time and I know there heaps of long term fans out there. I have to confess, I don’t think I have ever tried anything from the brand. I vaguely recall something that might have come in from a subscription box, but i think I might have passed it on. Or if I tried it I have no recollection of it. which is kind of strange since they are so well known. I think my Aunt has been using their foundation since before I tried out my first lip balm. And you know I love trying out perfumes. I will definitely have to give this a go. And perhaps look into more Este Lauder trials at some point. It just feels strange to realize I’ve not tried the brand when it has been a part of my little corner of the world for so long.

But that my darlings is the January Macy’s Beauty Box. It had to fight it’s way through the postal system to arrive here, but I have to say it was worth it. There are products I know, love and will use as well as products that I am really looking forward to trying out. This was a great month. Actually most of the Beauty Subscriptions are having a really good January. I know I’ve sounded very up about my subscriptions this month, but it seems like everyone is just intent on making January a really good month. I don’t know if it is a start the new year off right sort of plan or a determination to make 2022 a really good year, but I hope that they can keep it up.

And possibly sort out shipping.

The bar has been set pretty high for subscription boxes this year. I can’t wait to see what February brings.

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Unboxing the November 2021 Macy’s Beauty Box

The Subscription boxes for November have started to arrive. The first of the beauty subscription to make it to my door this month is the Macy’s Beauty Box. November was a special edition and I have to say, I didn’t see any spoilers or notes on this so I was very surprised when I opened it and found it was the Yves Saint Laurent edit. That’s right everything from the bag to the products is from YSL.

We’ve had a couple of items from YSL in the Macy’s beauty box before. I have a lipstick and a primer from the brand that both came from Macy’s. That is actually one of the things that I really like about the Macy’s Beauty box. They may have samples, but they tend to lean into the higher end brands . With higher end brands I really like trying samples before I purchase them. There are a lot of higher end products that I’ve tried and loved, but there are a lot of pricy items that simply didn’t work for me. Trying them out in a smaller size from a subscription box like this lets me see if the product is right for me before I spend the money on it.

So let’s see what is in the YSL Macy’s Beauty Box.

The first thing is the bag. I know sometimes the bag is just extra. This bag is extra in a different way. It is a brown, almost maroon tones faux leather bag with gold detailing I love the little metal cut outs and the fact that the YSL logo is done in raise metal lettering. It feels and looks super luxe. I suspect it might be one of the makeup bags I pack for the upcoming thanksgiving holiday. Mostly because it just looks too fab not to use.

Once I got over the sight of the bag I found the infamous OOPS card. So I knew that there would be a substitution in my bag. Knowing this, I decided to look at the items I received before looking at the card and then figure out where the exchange was.

Looking at the items, I’ll start with the two perfume samples. In general each Macy’s Beauty Box comes with two samples and they are not considered part of the five bag items. They are just standard extras. At least that is how I think of them. So the first of these samples was the YSL Libre eau de toilette and the second is the YSL Men’s eau de parfum. Even though one is listed as a men’s fragrance, I look forward to giving them both a try. Sometimes I prefer a more masculine scent. Perhaps this will be one of those times. Either way I will set them aside with the rest of the waiting perfume samples so they may have their turn as a trial scent.

There was another perfume in my bag this month. This is a .25 oz deluxe sample of the Mon Paris from YSL. I know everything is from YSL so I probably don’t need to keep saying it. Listing the brand with the product is a hard habit to break though. The sample comes in a lovely little glass bottle. It will go onto the shelf with the other larger perfumes rather than into the box with the smaller samples. I am looking forward to giving the perfume a try. I have to say the bottle is pretty but I find I really like the look of the box it came in. The black with the pink and gold is just an elegant looking combination. I know that doesn’t really matter, but I do like the look of it.

From perfume we move into the one skincare item in this box. It is the Pure Shots Night reboot Resurfacing serum. I have never used any YSL skincare and to be honest, I didn’t realize YSL made skincare. I find the night serum interesting. I don’t know if you are supposed to use it in conjunction with a night moisturizer or instead of and will have to take a look to find out before I open it. But I think it will be fun to try.

From here we delve back into makeup. The first makeup item is the Radical Volumizing Mascara. This mascara is supposed to volumize and lengthen. As those are the two things I always want my mascara to do, I am a happy camper. Or I will be if the claims prove to be accurate. The formula is also infused with argan oil and pro vitamin B5. As my hair and skin always do well with argan oil I don’t know why my lashes wouldn’t. I think that I will be rotating this mascara into my routine very soon as I am curious about the length and the volume so I guess I’ll see how my lashes feel about argan oil soon enough.

The last two items in my beauty box this month are lip products. The first is the same Rouge Volupte Shine in Oil stick hydrating lipstick balm I have received in a past bag (I think it was either a Red Carpet look Themed Bag or an award winning products bag. Either way I really enjoy the formula of it. The color is slightly on the pink side for me, despite looking very red, but with a darker lip liner under it, the color deeps into something I prefer. The formula is very good and very hydrating. It isn’t terribly long wearing but the lips stay hydrated long after the color disappears.

The second lip product in the box is the Rouge Pur Couture No 70 Lipstick. It is a more neutral pink toned lip stick. From the swatch it seems to have more of a satin type finish to it. I can’t wait to try it out and see how it performs.

So those were my items, but you remember there was that little oops card at the initial unboxing. And so into the little booklet we go. The item not pictured is the second lipstick. The Rouge Pur Couture no 70. That was the substitution. What I should have received is the 0.25 oz perfume sample of Libre eau de Parfum. While I would have loved to have that perfume and I would have loved to compare the parfum to the toilette of the same name, I am okay with receiving one more lipstick and one less perfume. There are two samples of perfume as well as one deluxe sixe sample in the bag. So I am happy with the substitution.

It also helps that I am still trying to work my way through a back log of perfume samples. One less, isn’t going to break me. And you know, I always love having an extra lipstick around. Over all I am very pleased with the items that came in this month’s Macy’s beauty box. It is a $15 subscription and this is one subscription I can definitely see myself carrying forward into the new year.

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The arrival of Macy’s Beauty box, October 2021

It is with the Macy’s Beauty box that I have really felt the postal delays, at least in the past few months. I know, as of this moment, Glossy Box still hasn’t mailed out for the month of October, let alone arrived, but the Macy’s beauty Box causes me the most postal angst.

This is a $15 per month subscription and quite honestly i always feel like I get more than I was expecting with the box. Some months are better than others, which happens with all subscriptions, but I still always feel like I receive more than I expect. I think part of that is the perfume samples. While each month you are supposed to receive five items, and a bag (or something replacing the bag, you also get two perfume samples on top of the other samples. As a result it just feels like more.

Plus I always love having extra perfume samples to try out.

Typically this subscription renews around the 27th of the month prior. So, for example, I was charged September 27th for the October Beauty Box. This box was mailed out actually on October 1st. Or at least that is when I received the tracking e-mail. Everything seemed to be going well until it reached Smyrna. According to the tracking codes it arrived in Smyrna on October 6th. And there it stayed until October 18th. And that my darlings is when it arrived at my mail box.

Of course tracking still says it is in Smyrna , so perhaps it escaped without anyone knowing.

I know everyone is dealing with all sorts of delays and such, but for some reason it is, for me the Macy’s Beauty box where it shows. I think I may just have to stop watching the tracking number on it. It gives me a great deal of angst.

But what was in this month’s box?

Well first off this month the bag was replaced by a rose quarts Gua Sha Tool. It is nice and heavy and feels very nice in the hand. I’ve received a cheaper plastic version before, but as I didn’t care for the plastic I didn’t use it. This feels like something that I would actually use, so I am happy to try it out. There is no information on it in the pamphlet that came with the box so I’ll have to look into the proper way to actually use it, but I never really mind doing a bit of research.

The tool replaced the bag this month and I am okay with that. This means that the first of the five items this month was a black eyeliner from 3INA. I recently received a Brown Eyeliner from the brand in another subscription box and I love the pen style. It drew a fine line that dried quickly and didn’t smudge. I tend to wear more eyeliner in the cooler months than I do in the hot. And actually I found out that I have no working pen style liners at the moment so I will be happy to use this one.

The second item is the Perricone MD High Potency Growth Factor Firming and Lifting Serum. I’ve used many products from Perricone MD and actually just received a cleanser in my Boxy Charm. I can’t recall if I’ve use a serum from the brand before, but as I like the other categories of skincare and makeup they produce, I am willing to give it a go.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz brow pencil was the third item in the box. It is a standard dark brown eyebrow pencil. It has an angled edge which I really like and because it is a deluxe mini size it is perfect for a travel bag. I’ve used ABH brow pencils before and always find they work well for me. The trick though is to warm them up on your hand first as it is a bit of a stiff formula. Or it was. It has been a while since I’ve used the ABH pencils. At the moment I am really loving the Billion Dollar Brows Pomade in taupe. I do like traveling with pencils rather than pans though so the pencil is appreciated.

The Cosrx pimple master patch was also in this months box and quite honestly going into the holiday season , having spare pimple patches around is a pretty good idea. I generally go with either Zitsticka or Peace Out Acne Dots, but even though I try to restrict my calories the foods at this time of the year start to get richer and harvier and my skin often shows the dietary change. I’ve never heard of the brand Cosrx but if the pimple patches work I will happily include them with the others in my holiday survival kit.

The fifth item this month is actually a mascara from Tarte. Its the Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 travel Mascara. Oddly enough I have gone from having an over abundance of mascaras to down to a few tubes as I have worked though my secret mascara stash. So I am happy to have another one. I generally like Tarte mascaras. They usually preform well for me and are a great work day type of product.

This month there was a sixth item in the box and it was the Kiehl’s New Retinol Skin Renewing Micro Dose Serum.I am always happy to try out a new serum. Kiehl’s and I have an on and off relationship. Sometimes I really like the product. Sometimes I can’t stand the product. Very rarely do I feel middle of the road about it. With me Kiehl’s runs hot and cold, love or hate. It will be interesting to see where I land with this one. I will say though, the products I love, I really love. So I have my fingers crossed that this goes into my loves list.

In addition to the products included in the box, there were two perfume samples this month, as there usually are in each box. This month there was Daisy from Marc Jacobs and Defy from Calvin Klein. The Calvin Klein one is new but Daisy is a long time favorite. It is very much a spring scent for me. It is one that I will reach for when the green tips of the daffodils are struggling to push out of the cold ground and I really want spring to just arrive. So this sample I will put away to use for later. The Calvin Klein I will put in the line up to be tried out soon. Now that the weather isn’t so warm, I’ve started wearing scent again. For a while it was just too hot for me to want to wear perfume.

So that my darlings was the October Macy’s Beauty Box. While maybe not the most exciting box they’ve put together, I actually really liked it. There are a couple of favorites as well as several new things to try. It is a good mix for me actually. Who knows I might find something I really like. And isn’t that the point of trying samples?

Macy’s Beauty Box Subscription August 2021

It is time once again for the Macy’s Beauty bag. This is a $15 subscription that generally comes with five or more products and often comes with a makeup bag. Some months the bag is replaced by something else (a travel supplement’s holder, a mini flat iron), but there is often a bag.

This month there is a bag. It is a stiff mesh bag with the words Golden Hour on it. It is a cute little bag. Oddly it reminds me of the bags my grandmother always put into her luggage for clean underwear. Worn underwear had a solid bag so no one could see the items within but the ones were always folded into a bag that looked a lot like this. It had a pink sipper and a blue mesh to the bag, but it was pretty much the same thing. The bag is actually very well constructed and who knows, perhaps on my next trip I will use it for my clean undies.

But as always it is the products inside that actually count.

The first item out of my August Beauty Box was the Mario Badescu Cleansing Oil. Now I have heard of the brand and even tried a couple of their products. I think I have a facial spray in my ‘to be tried out’ items. But to be honest, I have never been really impressed with the things I’ve tried. They seem okay, but not really worth the major hype they seem to get. But once I have worked my way through my Peach Pudding Makeup remover, I will need another cleanser to take its place so perhaps this is the product that explains to me why so many people seem to rave about the brand.

The second item in my beauty box this month was the GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer. I have actually used this illuminating moisturizer before. It worked really well under a matte foundation to give it a little depth but it wasn’t very glowy. I remember liking the moisture level during the day but needing more at night. Mostly however I remember that is smelled like candy and every time I used it my babydoll thought I had some sort of hidden candy somewhere. I’d find him rummaging through my desk drawer looking for Smarties. I am happy to have another tube of this to use. I will also have to pick up some smarties to keep around while I am using it so that there are no disappointed faces thrown my way.

The Caudalie Vino Perfect Complexion Perfecting serum is one that I have used repeatedly and always enjoy seeing in a subscription box. This one is actually a fairly large sample. I have a couple of much smaller samples in my skin care drawer so I am not only happy to have this serum, but to have it in such a deluxe sample size.

The Coola Sunless tan I am a little less pleased about seeing. I like Coola Products in general. They make a very good sunscreen actually. And this year I have been trying out a few sunless tanning products, mostly on my legs so they match my arms, face and neck when I wear skirts. (I actually have a post about that coming soon.) But it seems strange to me to have a sunless tanning lotion in an August box. Also if you hold the Coola tube up to the light it is only about a third of the way full. Which means I might be able to get one leg, but not a second leg tanned with the amount of product in the tube. I might be able to blend out a bit of the farmer’s tan from my arms, but that is about it. So that was a bit disappointing.

There was a second makeup item in the bag this month and I have to say I was thrilled to see it. It is the Laura Geller Baked Highlighter. I have seen these before but never gotten around to trying them. According to the packaging it is designed to be all glow, no glitter. As the glitter is one thing I’m not a fan of in highlights, I am looking forward to giving this a bit of a test.

As with most of the Macy’s Beauty bags, this month there were two perfume samples. This month, they were both by Coach. One is Coach Blue and the other is Coach Dreams Sunset. Normally I wear perfume every day and so I tend to post a perfume review for any product I wear over a week. This summer has been so hot that for some reason I haven’t really felt like wearing perfume. So there have been several weeks with no scents decorating my wrists and neck. I am hoping the weather breaks soon so that I can get back to trying out and in general wearing perfumes more often. When I do, these will be in the line up to try out. Actually because Macy’s sends two samples more or less each month I have quite the line-up of products to try. Generally by the end of August, the heat will wane, or at least no longer feel obsessive enough that I avoid perfumes. Soon, my lovelies. Soon your scent will be released. Well some scent will be released. It might take me a while to work through all of them.

So that my darlings was this month’s Macy’s beauty bag. Over all, I was quite happy with my $15 bag. The sample sizes were decent sample sizes. The products are ones I am interested in trying. My only real complaint was with the mostly empty Coola and the sunless tan in August. Was it their most exciting bag? No. I’ve had months that were just fabulous with Macy’s. But it was all in all a pretty good bag. And as always, I am interested to see what they come up with next month because this is a subscription I am holding on to for a while.


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 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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