Unboxing the June 2022 GlossyBox

Coming in just under the wire is the June Glossy Box. I can’t lie, this box caused me great angst this month. Normally this is one of my favorite boxes and any time i have had to e-mail customer service they have been great. This month was a little different. Around June 20th I realized my Glossy Box had not come in so I sent a note to their customer service asking when boxes would be shipped.

I received a message stating that orders charged by the 5th and ship by the 12th. The entire message made it feel like I was at fault for not sending an e-mail on the 12th to ask if the box had been shipped. I was a little irked, but I probably should have checked on the box sooner and at least now I know when i should check. I sent a message back saying that I had not been charged and had not received a shipping notice. I received a much more polite return e-mail telling me that June’s boxes sold out and that my subscription would start with the July box.

I pointed out that I had been a member for several years and it wasn’t a new subscription. They again told me that June’s box was sold out and that my subscription would start with July.. The same day, my account was charged for June, I received a tracking e-mail and two days later the box was on my doorstep. It is the June box but there were some substitutions. So now that we’ve settled ourselves with customer service, let’s look at the June Box. First lets take a look at the items covered in the pamphlet that came in the box.

Item number one is a deluxe Mini of the Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing paste. I have never tried this product before but as I have more or less loved every Christophe Robin product I’ve tried, I am really looking forward to trying it out. I just finished up one of the sea salt scalp scrubs from the brand and will be ordering it. (The Skinstore routinely has both Christophe Robin and Grow Gorgeous (another fave hair care brand) sales so I am waiting for the next one to stock up – Their Fourth of July sale has begun so you might want to check it out if you are looking into stocking your own skincare). I did open the jar though and took a sniff. It is very Rose scented. I’m not sure how that will play out in my hair, but those with rose scented issues beware. It will be interesting to see how much scent stays in the hair from the paste.

The second item listed in the brochure that was in my box was the Pixi by Petra Peach Honey Blush Duo. It is a deluxe mini and according to the pamphlet…”sweep on the peachy pink and follow with a dusting of the golden highlighter. I suspect the peachy pink may end up being a bit light for me but I am willing to give it a try. While I have tried a few makeup products from the brand when I purchase form them I almost always purchase toners. The makeup I have received in subscription boxes and tends to be very hit or miss for me. They do make excellent toners though.

The third item listed in the pamphlet is a full sized body cream from Not Pot. It is the Banana OG Hemp body cream. It has a big fragrance free label on the side. It may be the most well sealed body lotion I have ever received. The entire tube was sheathed in plastic and it had an interior foil cap. Whoever sent this out was determined that it would not leak in transit. And it didn’t. When I finally released it and took a sniff I have to agree, there is zero fragrance. The label lists banana extract as well as sativa oil in case you are wondering why both banana and hemp are in the body cream’s name. I am kind of glad thee is no CBD scent, but at the same time I am a little disappointed that there isn’t a banana scent. I think it would be a nice summery scent that was different from the typical watermelon and coconut. But unscented is fine too.

Here’s where it gets interesting. The remaining two products in the box are not the same ones in the pamphlet. However the two items that are listed in the pamphlet I have received before. So I don’t know if the substitution was made because someone is keeping track or because they simply ran out of products. The two listed in the pamphlet are Comfort Zone’s ReNight Cream and Balance Me’s BHA exfoliating concentrate.

The two remaining products I received are the Astaxanthin Collagen All in One Gel from DHC and the Julep Love your Bare Face Hydrating Bamboo Water Cleansing Wipes. Interestingly enough I have received this gel moisturizer and a different type of Julep cleansing wipes from Look Fantastic. The DHC Moisturizer is nice. It is full size and has a water cream texture to it. It is actually really good for summer wear. I also like the burnt orange Ombre of the jar. It is a good product and I don’t mind having it appear again.

I’m never going to be thrilled by cleansing wipes showing up because I have taken them out of my routine. I do like the ease of using them, I just dislike the waste. Julep does make great wipes though. They moisturize the skin while removing dirt and makeup from your face. They are really good it is just a category of product that i specifically gave up using not because I really wanted to but because it was the right thing to do. Since they are here I will use them but i really wish subscription boxes wouldn’t send them.

For me this was a frustrating box. I was annoyed by customer service, more because it felt like they were giving me standard answers without actually reading the question I was asking and I do like when the items match the pamphlet. when they don’t it feels a little more last minute and like leftovers instead of a box someone thoughtfully put together. Whether it is true or not, I like believing that someone thought about the contents in at least a cursory way. I am happy with my substitutions though and am looking forward to trying them out. This month just felt harder than it had to be. Maybe I just felt it more this month because I so often really like Glossy Box and look forward to it. Or because I really needed June to be drama free for my own piece of mind. Either way I will still enjoy the products and I will hope that whatever the internal issues were this month they re resolved and won’t carry over to July.



Unboxing the IPSY Glam Bag Plus for June 2022

In a lovely turn of events about the time I finished writing up my thoughts on the Boxy Charm Premium Box for June, my IPSY Glam Bag Plus arrived. As I mentioned in the Boxycharm unboxing, I am evaluating both subscriptions and trying to figure out if I need both.

The IPSY Glam Bag Plus subscription is $28. With taxes it comes to $30.73. However this month there was a message sent out from IPSY…

we will be adding a $1.99 handling fee to monthly Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus shipments, starting with July shipments. We will also update the quarterly Glam Bag X price to $58 with an added $1.99 handling fee, starting with August shipments. – IPSY e-mail sent to subscribers June 9th, 2022

The Glam Bag X (Quarterly subscription was $55 ($60.36 with tax) in case you were wondering. Boxycharm added the same $1.99 S&H to their Pop Up shop items as well so I was sort of expecting something like that and to be fair the extra cost doesn’t bother me that much. Slipping the raised Glam Bag X fees in there at the same time is a little sneaky, but I am guessing they thought if they did the extra fee now and then in two months raised the price of Glam Bag X people would have been even more upset. So I can see the logic.

what bothers me most are the items in this month’s Glam Bag. Now i d want to be clear. The items themselves I actually really like and am happy to have. What bothers me is that all but one have been in Boxycharm. It is what prompted me to seriously consider if I needed both memberships. So let’s look at the items shall we?

There are five items in the Glam Bag Plus, two that they choose and then three that are selected from a group of options. The first item they chose for me was the Saturday Skin Rub a Dub peeling gel. It is a good product and I have used it before. I will happily use it again. I believe it was a Boxycharm item three months ago.

The second item that IPSY chose for me is the Ciate London Dewy Skin Primer. I received this in of of my boxy’s a few months back. I’ve been testing it off and on and am actually on the fence as to whether or not I like it. It is dewy look. If you are going for that look then it is fabulous. For me it might be a bit too dewy. But that will be decided later.

Now we get to the items that I chose. The first is a Natasha Denona eyeshadow palette . It is the Ayana palette and different from the palette that I received in Boxy this month. I love the formula of the shadows and I love the shades. And to be honest I have no problem with the same types and brands being in each box as long as the items are different. In this case, it is a different range of shadows so I am happy with it.

The second item I chose was the Vike Makeup Melt. I also received this in a previous Boxy. This link will take you to my full review if you are interested actually. I enjoyed the product and am happy to have another bottle as my first is about half empty. It works well and is quick and easy to use. It was also the only item in that categories choice selection that I wanted.

And now we come to the final item I chose and this one I have not actually seen in a Boxycharm Box. (It is however for sale in the Boxy pop up store) The other items in this selection category I did see there so I decided to choose the Lovita Never lost Necklace. It is a little gold charm imprinted with a compass design. The Charm is of good quality but the chain feels a little bit cheap. I’ll probably end up putting it on a different chain. I am actually quite pleased with the charm though and might choose the jewelry options more in the future.

To be fair i am pleased with all of my items and I look forward to using them, with the possible exception of the primer. The issue I have is simply one of repetition. If I am going to get exactly the same items from each subscription, why keep both subscriptions? Especially when the items in the bag or box are often for sale in either IPSY add ons or Boxy pop up. Would it not be better to pick one subscription and then just use the money that I saved by not having the subscription to pick up the extra items i might want from the store of the subscription I keep? Or to try out a completely different subscription service?

Thee is also the possibility of skipping months. Perhaps I might try skipping the months between the Glam Bag X months and only getting the quarterly bags. That too is a possibility. This month could also have been a fluke and next month completely different products might appear. I generally start evaluating my subscription list in November/December. I think I will probably keep both subscriptions until then, but monitor the items as well as which of their shops I actually use. This month I did pick up a few items from IPSY’s add ons where I did not from Boxy. It is going to be an interesting situation to monitor. For now though, I do like the items I have received and I look forward to using the,. There are no surprises which is a bit disappointing, but they are good products.

If anyone else is going through this sort of decision, I’d love to hear your thoughts. You can drop them in the comments or simply send me a message. For me it is watch and wait, but I suspect things will change in the new year.

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Unboxing the June 2022 BoxyCharm Premium Box

This month is going to be an interesting unboxing for both Boxycharm and IPSY for me. A while back, IPSY bought Boxy Charm. Since then there have been more products appearing in both boxes. Up until now, it hasn’t really affected me that much but this month’s IPSY had a lot of overlap. while I will deal with that discussion when IPSY arrives and I unbox it, I am really having to take a look at both subscriptions and see if I need to keep both. So while I am unboxing the products and will think a certain way about them, I am also thinking about the subscription more.

While IPSY has many tiers, after trial and error I found that the one that suits me the best is the Premium Category. The official cost is $39.99. With all of the applicable taxes the box comes to $43.89 per month when it all shakes down. One of my favorite aspects of the subscription is the Drop shop where I can pick up items that I may be interested in but not one hundred percent sure about at a discount. It is a pretty step discount and there have been many times I have purchased something in the drop shop to try out simply because it was reduced and there was less risk with the lower price, then fallen in love with it and purchased it for full price when I ran out. I have also found somethings I really didn’t want to repurchase, but the discount makes me more open to taking risks and I have surprised myself on occasion.

Prior Drop Shop (was called Add ons) had no shipping. when they started Mega Drop Shop it had no shipping if you ordered more than $25 worth of items. Typically I only add one item and it is usually around $9. Sometimes I will find more than one item that I want to try but usually it ends up being one, and often it will be the one item I saw a spoiler for but didn’t make it into my box. with tax and no shipping it still isn’t much. Shipping added, I’ll probably put the item back and think, well if it is there next month then maybe I’ll find something else to go with it and I’ll reach the $25.

It seems like now all of the Drop Shops have that $25 before you get no shipping and for me that actually lowers the value of the membership. I know that is a lot before we even get to the box, but it is something that weighs into my will I be keeping both IPSY and Boxy Charm or will one be let go and if so which one, decision. If you too are weighing this, I hope it helps (and I’d love to hear your thoughts if you feel like commenting)

But now on with the box.

We’ll start with the two items I got to choose. The first was the Korres Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream (retail $36). I have to admit I chose this as soon as I saw it and can’t remember even looking to see what it was paired with for choice. For years the Pomegranate moisturizer was my hands down favorite. I have been wanting to try this moisturizer for a long time. And I am just now finishing a moisturizer trial so this will be rolled into my line up as soon as possible. I am very excited to try it and I just love the pale green glass of the jar.

The second item I chose was the Dominique Cosmetics Silk Tone Cream Blush (retail $22). I have really been getting into cream and gel blushers lately. I have tried some eyeshadows from Dominique Cosmetics and I liked them but I don’t think the palettes stayed because the mix of shadows weren’t ones I would use. I was able to choose my shade and I think this one is going to work really well for me. And it doesn’t hurt that the packaging is lovely. Packaging may not be everything and I won’t keep a pretty product that doesn’t work, but I do like good products in pretty packages and look forward to trying this out.

I think there were three separate eyeshadow palettes that were possibilities this month for the premium so I was pretty sure I would be getting one of them. The one I received was the Natasha Deonna Cupid Eyeshadow Palette( retail $48). I have the cranberry palette and it is one of those palettes that I want to find a more prominent place for as I want to use it more often. it is small so it slides down out of sight. It is a great formula for shadow. Pigmented but very blendable. So I hope that this palette has the same formula. I do like the shades. I am a fan of the rosy but more neutral kind of palettes. And with this palette arriving (and the Urban Decay Palette I couldn’t resist purchasing this weekend) I will definitely have to do an eyeshadow declutter and reorganize. But I am looking forward to trying this out and am happy with it in my box.

Going along with the shadow is the Sandbar Beauty Shadow Light Eyeshadow Primer (retail $28). I tried a Sandbar palette (it came in an IPSY BAG) and I liked the formula and since that is the only thing I’ve tried from them I don’t mind trying something else. But here’s the thing. I’m not a fan of eyeshadow primers. I prefer to use a concealer if I am going to prime my lids.

The concealer is already shade matched to my skin and if you get a creaseless concealer it really helps prevent creasing on the lids under the shadow. (my current fave is the Dior Backstage Concealer, perfect match to my skin, creaseless and it has a brush applicator for easier control if you are using it on your lids, just remember a little goes a long way, I’m not a Dior Affiliate, although I wouldn’t mind being, it is just my current preferred.)

But as the lid primer is here I will try it out. Who knows, it may end up working better than my concealer.

To go along with my primed and shadowed eyes is the Patrick TA Beauty Major Volume Mascara.(retail $29). To be honest I thought I had tried it but then I realized that the outer packaging just reminds me of the Kevin Aucoin mascara. That has the Same sleek metal look but I think is in silver while this is clearly rose gold. I have a Patrick Ta Blush that I really like and I remember trying out and liking his cream contour. So I am very happy to have a mascara to try. Plus I have about three mascaras that need to be removed from rotation so having one to roll in is a good thing.

And finally we come to the last item in the box. It is the Shadow Moon Reusable shadow Shield (retail $15). It is basically a shield to stop excess powder flying over your face. As I tend to do my face makeup first, then end with the eyes, I like the thought of this. Looking at it i am pretty sure it will either end up loving this and considering it essential or try it out once and forget about it. It is one of those tools that has that sort of feel to it. I am not sure which it will end up being (and honestly isn’t that half the fun?) But I am game to give it a go.

All in all I have to say I really liked this box. The Sandbar Lid Primer isn’t a big hit for me, but that is just a category thing for me. I am really excited about the products I received and I honestly can’t wait to try them out. As far as cross overs go, IPSY had a Patrick Ta Glam Bag X, but I didn’t get the mascara and it was long enough ago that even if I had the mascara would have been used and gone by now so that doesn’t bother me for over lap. I also know that I am getting a Natasha Denona Palette in my PISY bag this month. It is however a completely different palette, so that over lap doesn’t bother me. As long as the products are good, and different enough not to be the same product, I am fine with a little bit of repetition.

The problem is keeping the products different enough. This month, Boxycharm did a good job of that. I am very happy with my box. For me, this was a very good month for Boxy Charm Premium.

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Unboxing the Allure Beauty Box for June 2022

I told you, it is now subscription box time. Usually thy are scattered throughout the middle of the month, but allure came in right after Look Fantastic. There are six items in this month’s box. Allure promises six to seven I believe. And three of them are supposed to be full sized. This month we have four that are full sized I believe. The cost of the box is $23. I actually saw no spoilers for this box so it is a complete surprise this month to me. While some subscription boxes I have to go out of my way to avoid spoilers, this one I never seem to accidentally come across. According to the pamphlet, this is version 2.

So what does Version 2 hold?

Well the first item out of my Allure beauty box this month is the Symbiosis Tightening and Resplendent eye mask. It is a 0.50 oz size which I believe is full size. According to the pamphlet this size retails for $93. Given the description I wasn’t entirely sure if it was some sort of concealing eye mask or an eye cream. From the description it sounded like it might be tinted. So I did open it (plus I am almost finished with my current eye cream and needed a new one) It is a light weight eye cream. I can always use eye creams and I am very interested to see how it performs. I have had products from the brand but I think they are in my waiting to be tried drawer. I honestly didn’t realize it was that expensive a brand. But I am up for some tightening, hydrating, crows’ feet removal so bring it on.

Item number two in the box this month is a travel size of the belif Aqua bomb hydrating Body Moisturizer. I kind of find this amusing as for a while it seemed like all of the subscription boxes were sending out the Aqua bomb facial moisturizers. For me it was too hydrating for my skin type so I ended up using them as body moisturizers. They worked wonders on my elbows actually. It will be fun to try a belif moisturizer that is actually designed for the body on my body.

The next item in this month’s beauty box I am sort of on the fence about. It is a sample size of the Sephora Smooth and Blur Primer. I like primers. we all know i like primers, however this 5 mL tube feels almost empty. I did actually put it on the scale and with the tube included it came to exactly 5 mL. In general I tend to pick up Sephora brand items when I need to add a little something to make sure I get free shipping, not because it is something that I was looking for. Perhaps I will use it and see why it’s presence in this beauty box is justified, but I can’t exactly say it thrills me to have it in the box.

Moving on we have the Beautaniq Beauty Raindrench Serum. It is a full size with a value of $26. It has Hyaluronic acid and niacinamides, both of which my skin loves so I am happy to give it a trial run. Beautaniq Beauty and I have had out ups and downs before. I am hoping this is on the plus side. Since the serum does contain some nice ingredients I have high hopes for it.

I love that the next item is a Ciate London palette. It is the Everyday Vacay Palette and like the Everyday Vacay powder, it smells of coconut. While I am sure all of the shades can be used as eyeshadow, there is also one shade that would work well as a blush, another as a bronzer and a third as a highlighter. They’d make great eyeshadows too, but i do like the versatility of it. I also see some shades I can’t wait to try out. It looks a bit more neutral than summer fun but the rosy tones do brighten it up a bit. I look forward to trying it out.

And finally we come to a full sized lip scrub from Manna Kadar. (retail $10). I do like the lip scrubs shaped like lipsticks as they are really easy to use. I find they don’t last as long, ether because they wear down faster or I simply use them more. While I have a jarred one I am using up, I was going to restock my ELF lip scrubs as they are nice. I am always happy to try a new one and in the summer, I do go through a lot of them. I have not tried the Mana Kadar formula before but it has a nice light vanilla scent to it so that will be nice, preceding it works well of course. I look forward to putting it to the test.

To be honest i had kind of mixed feelings about this Allure Beauty box for June 2022. While I am looking forward to trying out the items in the box, I can’t say that I find it all that exciting. I’m happy to have the eye cream and lip scrub as they are both needed in my line up right now. And I like Ciate’s shadows. It is a more useful than fun or exciting box this month. Which is fine, I will use all of the items and I’m sure most of them I will probably enjoy. It is just lacking a little of the summer sizzle I suppose. And to be honest, I find the Sephora sample a let down.



Unboxing the Look Fantastic Beauty Box for June 2022

Ah yes the June Subscription boxes have started to arrive. I really shouldn’t be surprised, as most of them usually hit around mid month. Yet every month I start wondering when they will arrive and then they all seem to come at once. The first of the beauty subscriptions this month is the Look Fantastic Beauty Box. It is a $19 per month subscription if you go month to month, but the cost lowers if you subscribe for a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription. You still pay monthly, which I love, but you pay less. I am on the annual plan so my box costs$16. I have always found this box worth the cost. Currently you can get your first box for $11 (just follow the link below and if you miss Junes, they almost always have a new monthly code up on their site each month for a different discount)

This box comes with a pamphlet and sometimes if there are a lot of variations they don’t always list all of the products. I don’t know if there weren’t any variations this month, but all of the products I received are broken out in the pamphlet, which I really like. I know I can look them up, but I really like having the information right there.

Are you ready to see what is inside this month’s box?

The first item is from a brand I love. It is Nuxe. I am personally in love with their Insta-masques. they have different varieties for different skincare needs and all are fabulous. Oh and if you are interested, Nuxe is currently running their 50% off friends and family sale so now is definitely the time to stock up. This month there is a 100 mL bottle of their Very Rose Micellular water.

Since I love micellular waters as cleansers in the summer I went ahead and opened this one and took a sniff. In the bottle it has a light rose water scent, very light. When tipped out onto the hands the scent fades very quickly. I was a little scared of the Very Rose name, but with a scent this light I don’t think it will be much of a problem.

The second item in the box is also from a brand I love, but not an item that i have used before from the brand. The brand is Eyeko and the box has a clear brow gel. I love that it is clear because anytime i get a tinted brow gel it seems to come out way too dark for me. I love using clear brow gel with a brow pencil rather than going for a tinted brow gel. I may have to try this with today’s makeup. I love Eyeko’s eyeliners and mascaras so it is nice to see something new from the brand.

The third item is from Bubble t. We have had many items from bubble T in the past. I personally love their strawberry rhubarb custard bath fizzy. Admittedly the scent made me want custard. I haven’t tried their body scrub though and this month we received a 100 mL tube of their Watermelon Body Scrub. While towards the end of the summer I am sure I will be saying ‘no more watermelon’, I do like watermelon products in the summertime. i think they smell fresh and summery. By August though I’ll be ready to put them away. I doubt this will last that long though as i am out of body scrub so i can roll this right into the shower. I love when things get timed like that.

One of the items I am a little less sure about is the Lottie London Power foil Golden Hour. It is a loose powder gold eyeshadow. In general I don’t have the best luck with loose powder eyeshadows. Nine times out of ten i will end up spilling more than I use. And just opening this one caused a bit of a glitter cascade. Still I do like gold glitter so I might give it a go and see how it works out for me. And the gold does have a bit of a bronzy look to it and you know I have a hard time resisting the bronzes. Who knows, perhaps this will turn out to be the loose pigment for me.

The last two items in my box I had not heard of before. I really enjoy the mix of new products from brands I love and products I think look interesting from brands I’ve never heard of. The first of these items is Disciple What Spot Dots. They are basically those little dot’s you put over emerging blemishes. These have Salicylic acid which always works wonders at drying out my blemishes and in the summer it is the swear and over production of grease spots that causes most of my spots so I am sure I will have the chance to test it out soon enough.

And finally we have the Gatineau Radiance Gommage. I know from using the Skin and Co Face Gommage that gommage is basically an exfoliation scrub. I do love a good exfoliator and I have never heard of Gatineau before. I actually just finished my ESPA exfoliating scrub so this too is perfectly timed.

I have to say that over all this Look Fantastic Box works well for me. It is skincare heavy, but that is sort of what Look Fantastic is known for and the skincare items they included are all ones I want to try out. They also had two make up items, both of which interest me so that will be fun to play with. I really like that they included information about all of their products this month.

Was this box worth it? I think it was. All of the items are ones I will use and I feel that I got good value for the cost of the box. As for next month, the spoiler is in the back of the booklet. It is a Hyaluronic Hydra Powder from By Terry. I am very excited. Not only is it skincare infused makeup, which I kind of like, but the only thing that i have ever tried from By Terry are the rose scented/flavored lip glosses. They feel fantastic on the lips but taste like you are sucking on perfume. I’m hoping the powder has the same excellent quality without the perfume taste. As it isn’t a lip product, that shouldn’t be a problem. And I am definitely looking forward to trying it out next month. For now, The June 2022 Look Fantastic Beauty box was a pretty good one and I plan on putting each item to the test. I can’t wait to see how they perform.



Unboxing the June 2022 Underclub

That’s right, the June subscriptions have started to arrive. Well, the first of the June subscriptions has arrived anyway. And there is no surprise that it is The Underclub. While the Underclub has several different subscription tiers, including one where you can add a matching bralette, I have the single pair for $15 per month tier.

And honestly, I have never regretted it. Every pair I have ever received from them has fit perfectly and has been high quality. And as I have had this subscription for well over a year at this point I can say that the underwear wears well over time. Most of the pairs I have received are still in rotation in my drawer.

The only ones I have had to release from service have been because I lost enough weight to go down a size. My earlier subscriptions were a size larger. While a few of them i can still get by with there were a few styles that just didn’t do well with a smaller me. I’m sure they too would have lasted longer, but they just no longer fit.

June’s selection

I went onto my member page and adjusted my sizing (it took two seconds) and now i am back to the right sized underwear. I know I say this each time this subscription comes in, but one of my favorite things about this subscription (besides getting a fabulous pair of undies each month) is it’s size inclusivity. They have XS and XL (I was a 3X and am now down to a 2X but they go all the way up to 4X) and in their bralettes, their XXL goes all the way up to a 40DD. As I am a 40D this really helps me out.

And, here is the best part. The XL (or XS) aren’t in separate sections. That’s right, you don’t have to go diving into a small section of the site and looking at the limited options that might be available in your size. Both their subscription and their store (where members get 20% off) have every item and style in every size.

I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it is kind of a big deal. Especially in underwear. There are many places that either don’t stock my size apparently in the belief that if you are over a certain size you should just go commando, or it feels like they make the decision about what styles you should like based on only offering you certain styles. which is not only annoying in general when I am trying to shop, but something I also find very condescending. After all the general public isn’t going to even see my underwear, why should they get a say in what type i should wear?

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So the fact that The Underclub is so size inclusive means that this is a subscription (and store) I really enjoy. Plus I love pretty underwear. If I am wearing pretty underwear, I feel pretty. And I know some people use that as date underwear, but let me tell you pretty underwear has helped me feel better about even bad work meetings with overbearing bosses. Just knowing I am wearing it makes me feel good. And sometimes that little boost can really help.

And June’s pair is very pretty. I am really happy it is since it is my Birthday Month and i like thinking that my birth month is special. This month’s selection is a pale pink and is in the style called Lanya Lace Cheeky in Peach Whip. I suppose it could be called peach but I always think of peach as having a little more orange tone to it. This is a delicate pink.

While the color is pretty, I also love the scalloped edges to the lace. For me scalloped edging always makes the underwear feel a little sexier to me. I think partially because my work out undies are all Hanes cotton with the straight edging on the legs. The scalloped edge makes them feel that much different from the work out pears. The lace of these undies are soft and not at all scratchy. The waist band is satin covered elastic that feels quite durable so I am sure it will last just as well as the other pairs I have received.

As always, when i received the subscription, I checked over the pair for loose threads and stitches. I found none, then I sent them through the wash and checked again. Again, there were no problems. And yes I know it sounds like a little much, but I just can’t shake my grandmother’s voice from my head. She always did the same thing and I find that even though she is long gone, it is still habit and I am unable to resist checking them again for loose threads after the first wash. It was her quality check system. And it has become mine.

The Underclub passed. I’ve never had a pair from them that didn’t.

This month’s selection is perfect for me to celebrate my birthday month. They are pretty and I will feel pretty this month when I wear them. And in addition, I will feel pretty many more months to come as they continue through my rotation.

Unboxing the Look Fantastic Beauty Box for May 2022

This is one of my favorite times of year for the Look Fantastic Beauty Box. This Beauty Box is $19 if you are on a month to month plan but the rate is lowered if you subscribe for a longer commitment. You still pay month to month, but you just commit to the subscription length. With my subscription it is $17 per month and it is always worth it.

In May each year they have the start of summer bag. They send out the subscription not in a cardboard box, but in a bag. This year’s bag is clear plastic and shaped like an old school shaving kit with a loop on one end so you can hang it up out of the way if you’d like. The zipper moves easily without sticking and the plastic looks sturdy. I am certain I will end up getting a lot of use out of this over the summer.

But while the bag is nice, it is what is inside that counts. This month there was no pamphlet with my box and no QR code to scan either so I am flying blind on many of these items. The first item however was out spoiler from last month. It is the Rituals Ritual of Karma Shimmering Body Oil. According to the website this oil is used to…

Reveal your inner sparkle with this body shimmer oil from The Ritual of Karma. Containing tiny shimmering mineral particles, the oil nourishes while leaving a satin finish and illuminating sun-kissed skin. The delicately sweet aroma of holy lotus and White Tea softens and scents, and the tan activator complex promotes a longer-lasting tan.

Rituals

It smells lovely and when I applied a little to my skin I ended up more of a golden hued shimmer than a glittery shine so I am actually looking forward to using this over the summer with the warm weather clothing. I was worried it would look glittery, but it doesn’t.

The second Item is one I have seen before. I have the exact same sized tube from a different beauty box and a third smaller size from yet another one. It is the Paradox Repair 3-in-1 Conditioner, hair mask and finishing cream. I actually scheduled to start using the smaller of my samples of this product to see how I liked it. (I’m finishing up the Kendra Hair treatment at the moment). So soon i should know if this is worth stock piling or if the extra samples will be sent to other homes. But as I always love a good hair mask and go through them fairly quickly, especially once the summer sun started baking my hair, I am okay with having another sample of the Paradox mask. I’ll feel even better about it if i use it and like it, so for now judgement is reserved.

There is one makeup item this month and it is a Ciate London Highlighter. It is in the shade Starburst. I am actually quite pleased with this. I generally enjoy Ciate products. There are a few not to my taste but for the most part I love them. I had the Confetti highlighter and really enjoyed it but then I dropped something on it and because it was pressed beads instead of a pan of product once a few beads came loose the entire thing cracked up and disintegrated. I think a highlighter was the one thing i needed to have a full face of Ciate. I know it sounds strange but i get an odd thrill when I can do an entire face with one brand. I don’t know why, but I just do. And this is a golden toned highlighter which i love. So i am looking forward to trying this out.

Moving on we have a Bondi Sands Daily Moisturizing Face SPF 50+ Fragrance free sunscreen. Because what would a summer themed box be without sunscreen? I know they will crop up for the next few months and I am always happy to have sample sizes of sunscreen. I tend to be a bit picky with my sunscreen. There are just so many that I just don’t like. I’ll wear them if needed because it is better than not having sunscreen, but I do like to try out formulas. This far nothing has beaten the Volition Prismatic sunscreen in my fabulous to wear on a daily basis sunscreen, but I love trying new ones. And I have heard (and tried) the Bondi sands self- tanners so it is nice to see a sun protection product from them. And 50+ protection is perfect for gardening.

I have also heard of the next brand but i have to confess I am not that familiar. The brand is Skin Chemists and the Product is The Rose and Lavender Intensive Night therapy eye serum. The product I tried from them was a Rose scented lip oil or maybe a balm. I can’t remember but it was for the lips, it was rose infused and it tasted like perfume. I tried it and couldn’t take the rose. I am not opening this up, because the clock on skincare starts ticking as soon as you do and I have other eye products to work through first, but I am hoping that it is not as rose-tastic as the lip balm because i can always use a good eye serum for night time repair. So I am pleased that I get to try out something from the brand and because I am applying it no where near my mouth taste won’t be an issue. When I went on the Real Chemist’s website, I found several items from the Youth Series but I couldn’t find this exact serum. I don’t know if it is new or at least new packaging, or if it is older packaging. It is one of the drawbacks to not having the actual pamphlet. I am sure they are saving on waste which is appreciated but I would have liked at least a QR code to scan so that I could easily find the products. It will become more important as I try the eye serum. Then I’ll want to look into all of the details, and if I like it possibly look at purchasing a new bottle. This is just a little more difficult without the pamphlet.

And finally we come to the last item in this month’s Look Fantastic Beauty Box and it is the Gruum Klar Purifying Facial Cleanser. I it a plastic free cleansing bar with activated charcoal and lemongrass. I have never heard of the brand before but the cleansing bar smells amazing. It is a fresh lemongrass scent. I love the scent of lemon grass. I actually grow it in a pot every year not just for cooking purposes but because I love the scent of it after it has been sitting in the sun for the day. The pot sits on my back porch and it is a fantastic scent to have surrounding you at the end of a long summer’s day when you sit in the shade and unwind with a cool drink. Especially if you use the lemon grass in the drink.

But that is another story.

In general I am not a huge fan of cleansing bars. The only one I’ve ever really liked has been the Erno Lazlo Black Cleansing bar. That one I actually love. I am willing to give this one a try though, partially because it is here and partially because I just love the scent from the cleansing bar. Plus I do like activated charcoal in my skincare. Plus it is a brand I know nothing about, so that is also fun.

Over all I am quite pleased with this month’s Look Fantastic Box. Most of these items I might not have picked out for myself, partially because I had never heard of them. However now that they are hear, all of them will get a good try out. Actually i am kind of looking forward to trying out these products. Especially the cleansing bar. I think that might be because of the scent. It really does smell absolutely fantastic. And in addition, I also have a fabulous new plastic travel bag. I love these bags for not only transporting shampoo and body wash without risking them spilling over other products, but for beach use (goggles and sunscreen) and my favorite, putting a wet wash cloth and a few ice cubes inside when working in the garden.

It is fantastic when you just need a little cool pick me up when working in the sun. I meant to use last year’s summer bag for travel, but it ended up being a garden bag and was a life saver last year. As this is a long bag instead of a small square one it might have a chance of being saved for travel instead of garden use, but we’ll have to see how that shakes out. It is a welcome addition to my word though. The only drawback this month, for me, was the lack of information that a pamphlet would have provided (either a physical pamphlet or a digital one). That was my only minor complaint, and as I will end up looking up each product in greater detail as I start to use it, it is a minor one. Otherwise, i quite enjoyed May’s Look Fantastic.

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Unboxing the Allure Beauty Box for May 2022

The Allure Beauty Box for May 2022 has arrived. For those who don’t know the Allure beauty box is a $23 per month box that promises 3 or more full sized items in their box each month. This month there seemed to be a wide variety in the products. The version I received is version 3. The Version number is on the top left hand corner of the enclosed booklet. It has the month, year and version number (So mine is 0522V3).

I believe all of the versions received the sponsored product of the month and that was a deluxe sample of the LatinUs Beauty Shampoo and conditioner. I have never tried the brand before so I will be curious to try them out. The shampoo and conditioner set is designed to manage curly, thick or thin frizzy hair. I have thick hair that sometimes gets a little frizzy in the high humidity. So we will see how it performs. I always like trying out new hair care products and I like that these are large enough to contain enough product for several washes. They should give me at least a week’s worth of washes so I can actually properly test it. Which is nice.

I believe the second item is something that all subscribers received as well. It is a full sized AHAVA Mineral Hand cream in the scent cactus and pink pepper. AHAVA hand cream is often in subscription boxes and I really enjoy the formula of the hand cream but I have never tried the scent. I may have to give this one a try just to see how I feel about the scent. Since my mom adores everything AHAVA I generally pass all of their products on to her. This one, I may actually keep to try out.

The next item in my Allure Beauty box is a sample size of the Acure Resurfacing Glycolic and Unicorn Root Cleanser. It comes in one of those foil pouches with a spout. As far as foil pouches go I like these as they tend to be less messy as they have the spout to control them when there is more than one uses’ worth of product. I might actually be able to get a week of cleanser out of this packet, which is enough to try.

With cleansers it is important to have multiple uses as what seems fine at first can over the course of a week dry you out or break you out. It is something that needs repeated use to determine if it is for you. This pouch looks like it has enough to make that determination. It is especially good for me as Acure doesn’t always do well with my skin. It tends to be very hit or miss for me. I have to admit, I am curious about the unicorn root. That at the very least will bear further investigation.

Our last sample sized product (all the others are full sized) is the Haruharu Wonder Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner. I know this subscription is a mix of full sized and sample sized products, but personally I wish this had been one of the full sized items. I tried the Haruharu black rice essence a while back and absolutely loved it. I’m hoping this toner is as good. I’ll happily use the sample size and I am excited to try it.

Our next full sized product is the Mudmasky Vitamin A Booster Blue Clay Mask. I know loads of people love this brand. I tried one product a while back and thought it was just okay but not something to get excited about. But perhaps it was just not the product for me or the hype at the time was too great for the product to measure up to. Iam happy to give the brand another try and as anyone who has read this for a while knows, I do love a good clay mask.

The next item in this month’s Allure Beauty box is the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel. It is listed as a light weight gel moisturizer designed for use in warmer weather. In the summer time I do find that gel moisturizers make a great day cream. I am pleased to have this one around to try out and see how it feels and works with my skin. Now is the time to start shifting from winter skincare into summertime products. I have never tried anything from Benton but Aloe and Propolis both do well with my skin and gel is the summer weight formula. So I like the thought behind it and hope it works well.

And finally we have one makeup item in this month’s box it is the True and Luscious Super Moisture Lipstick. It is in the shade Vintage Rose which looks as though it might be a good shade for me. I’ve tried out a few powder makeup products from the brand but never a lip product. And we all know I love lip products. And moisturizing ones are a must for the summertime.

This month there were four full sized items which I appreciate. All of the products are ones I will try out and use. There are a couple of familiar brands and a couple I have never heard of. While this month was a little skincare heavy, the products are good and ones I will certainly get a lot of use from. I am very much looking forward to trying out the haruharu toner and in finding out exactly what a unicorn root is. And yes there is a part of me that wants to see unicorns sprouting from the ground with their tails still buried below, at least until they ripen and trot off. I’m sure reality will be less amusing but until I do the research that is the image that will stay in my brain.

All in all I have to say that May was a pretty good Month for Allure. I am very pleased with my box and already looking forward to whatever June brings.

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Unboxing the IPSY Glam Bag X for May 2022

It is May and May is an IPSY Glam Bag X month.  The Glam Bag X is a Quarterly upgrade.  For the Glam Bag X months the cost is $55 .  In these bags there are eight products, three of which you get to choose from a set list.  This month was interesting for me.  In their choice items they generally feature a makeup bag.  As I remember when the makeup bag came as a standard part of IPSY instead of a choice item I generally don’t choose it. This month I actually chose the bag as one of my items. It is listed as retailing for $18.

There are two reasons that I chose this bag from the items offered.  The first is that there were no other items in this selection category that I actually wanted.  I can’t remember what those options were, and I actually need to start writing them down each month as part of my evaluation of the subscription process, but I do know that none of the other items appealed to me. 

inside the bottom of the bag

The bag, while I am not really a florals sort of person, did sort of appeal to me.  I think it is more the shape rather than the print.  I like the under bag storage area for makeup brushes and I really like the clam shell shape with the flat bottom.  It means I can stash a small palette flat if I wanted to which is sometimes nice. The bag itself is nice and something I will get use out of.  I still wish it had been more of a choice rather than the only option I was interested in for that category.

Since I started with the choice Items, I’ll go ahead and continue with them.  My next choice item was the Sunday Riley Pink Drink Firming Resurfacing Essence (retail $48).  To be honest I have no idea what else was in this category because I was going to choose this regardless. 

I really enjoy having an essence in my skin care routine and in general I like Sunday Riley Products.  The ones that aren’t targeted for my skin type clearly don’t work for me but the items that are targeted for my skin type I really love. From everything I have read about this, it seems like I am the target so I have high hopes for this product and can’t wait to try it out.

The third item I chose was the Let Me Glow Illuminating Serum from Keys Soulcare (retail $26 ).  I have the mask from the Keys Soulcare line that is going to be put through its paces starting next week.  It was going to have its first use post this Friday with Face Mask Friday but I am having to postpone until next week). And I am interested in seeing how the brand performs.  I know it had a lot of hype when it came out and the glass containers are lovely and feel very luxe.  My skin loves niacinamides.  I can’t wait to see how it performs.

And now we get to the items that IPSY chose for me.  The first up is the Dew of the Gods Claydate Healing Face Mask (retail $42).  You know I love a good clay mask.  It is also spot on for my profile.  So IPSY knows that I love a good clay mask.  I can’t remember if I’ve tried any products from Dew of the Gods.  I think they had something in Boxycharm a while back.  I don’t think it ended up in my box thought.  I do know it is listed as a clean brand so that makes me very happy to give it a try.  I have noticed though that most of my masks are now in the hydrating category. 

I think I used up most of the masks that fell into the detoxifying category.  They tend to be the ones I reach for first.  Soon I am going to need to do a mask inventory and see what I have.  I might need to do a sample sized round up to clear out some of the smaller tubes and then find out what I am missing.  But that is for later.  For now I am pleased with this mask in my Glam Bag X. I like it when IPSY remembers my profile.

The next item made me smile slightly because it makes me feel like the universe is listening to me when I’m not paying attention.  This product is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner (retail $24).  Recently I said that I was pleased to get a toner in a subscription box because it isn’t a category that is often stocked and that I end up picking up on my own.  Now it seems that it is stocked.  For the first time in a long time I have more than one toner.  I’m used to having extras of other categories (I have eye creams galore at this point) but almost never extra toners.  Now I do.  I like First Aid Beauty and look forward to trying out the Oat based toner. As most of my toners tend to be witch hazel based it should be interesting.

And now we move into makeup items.  The first of these is the Sunset to Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette from Iconic London (retail $62).  I really like the colors in this palette.  They are very spring moving into summer wear and look light and fresh.  I have tried a lot of Iconic products but never their eyeshadows.  I am very much looking forward to trying this out.  There are 20 pans and it looks like it will be fun to play around with.

One of the things I love about subscriptions is that I get to try out brands I have never heard of and products that I might not buy on my own.  This month there is a product called Lip Treat by TYS Beauty (retail $30).  From the description it sounds like it is a nourishing lip plumper.  It has peppermint and ginger extract in it as well as vitamins B and  E. 

Which I can’t lie makes it sound like it is committing a crime.  But also like it will be hydrating to the lips. So maybe it breaks into your lips and hydrated, like a burglar who does your laundry and refills your ice trays. I do like lip plumpers even if I am not always a fan of lip glosses so it will be interesting to see where this falls during use. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. But it is a brand I have never heard of and I look forward to trying them out as well.

Finally we have a brand that I know well and a product I have used several times in the past.  It is the Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil (retail $42). I have used many tubes of this and am always happy to have another one.  And this is actually it’s time to shine.  In the summer time I tend to go more with tinted moisturizers than actual foundations and I also layer fewer products on top.  Putting a drop or two of this on my skin , letting it absorb for a minute and then moving on to the tinted moisturizer, gives a great subtle glow to the skin and a little extra moisture for the days when you are going to be spending time in the sun. It is a great product and I am thrilled to see it.

As far as Glam Bags go, this was a pretty good one for me.  The selection categories weren’t that great but I did end up with things I like.  I’m always going to be a little salty that the bag counts as an item.  But it is a nice bag and it is one that I will happily use. It irks me more that there was nothing else in that category that I was interested in than it does counting the bag as an item though.  Even with the slimmed down choices, I really did end up with some great products. As I will use them all, I consider the value worth it, but for those looking for monetary value, let me do some quick math. 

The bag was $55 and the value of the products inside comes to $292.  For me, that was a decent value for the money.  It is even better since I will use all of the products inside.  This month there were some old favorites and familiar names.  There were also some new to me products I am looking forward to trying out.  It did lean more heavily towards the skincare, but I really don’t mind that. There was enough makeup to keep me from feeling overwhelmed so yeah, I am over all happy with this month’s Glam Bag X from IPSY.

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Unboxing the BoxyCharm Premium for May 2022

That’s right, all of the subscription boxes seem to be coming in. The Boxy Charm Premium is now $39.99 per month and includes six items. Two of the items you get to choose from a limited number of select items. The rest end up being surprises. I tend not to look at the spoilers for Boxycharm as I kind of like the surprise. But is it worth it?

Let’s start with the two items I chose.

The first is the Tresluce Beauty La Flor De Mexico Eyeshadow Palette (retail $30). I have never tried any Tresluce shadows before so I am eager to dip a brush into them. I chose this because it looks like a beautiful selection of colors. There aren’t a lot of bright shades (at least not that I can see prior to testing, some may apply brighter) but it is an interesting mix of mattes, shimmers and metallics. So that will be fun to play with.

I absolutely adore that the mirror is just held into the palette by a magnet. I love that it can be taken out. And of course the palette packaging is beautiful. And I have to say this is a $30 eighteen pan palette that looks like it should cost more as opposed to a couple of other palettes I’ve had recently in subscription boxes that have higher prices and look like they should be much less expensive.

And yes the thought that it is a good deal does excite me. It is just a legacy of my upbringing.

The second item I chose this month is the Aavrani balance restoring Serum. (Retail $60). It is a toning serum and I am hoping it can be used as a toner. (I will doubly check before using) It contains cucumber, chamomile and witch hazel so I have pretty high hopes. I have an old fondness for witch hazel as it was such a staple in my house growing up. And for some reason toner is the category of skincare that I tend to get less in subscription boxes. I tend to purchase it separately since it is a rare item and I almost never have extra lined up in the drawer. In addition I have never heard of Aavrani before so it is always nice to discover a new brand.

The first surprise item is from Elemis. You know that I am neve mad at seeing an Elemis product in my subscription boxes. This is the Elemis Superfood Midnight facial (retail $50). I’ve never tried it but my skin has really enjoyed other elements of the Superfood line so I am looking forward to it. Plus we are getting into the time of year where I tend to go lighter on moisturizer during the day lest it sweat off and heavier with the night cream. So I am rather happy to have this cream around to try out. And for me, Elemis is always a nice surprise in a subscription box.

And you know what I also like? Lipstick. I know sometimes it doesn’t seem like I am happy when it arrives in the box, but lately there have been a lot of lip balms and clear glosses. Which they are nice, but not very exciting. This is the KVD Epic Kiss Vegan Butter Lipstick (retail $22). To be honest, while I love the KVD eyeshadow and cream contours I have only tried liquid lipsticks from the brand. I may be forgetting something along the way but I can not recall trying an actual KVD lipstick. So I am thrilled to give this one a go. I like the swatch so hopefully it will wear well too.

While not makeup, the next item in my box is makeup adjacent. It is a trio of Laruce brushes in a reusable zippered pouch from @servicedbye. (retail $50). I like Laruce brushes. I generally think that they are a bit over priced, but they are good quality. Admittedly as two of these are face brushes, this trio with the pouch isn’t as pricy as many of their other sets. It is almost $16.70 per brush which isn’t bad actually considering their quality. I am a big fan of their textured handles as they are very easy to grip even when you have slick hands. And the little bag is really nice for travel. I suspect the zipper slide won’t last very long, but it will be nice while it lasts and I like that it is reusable and not an immediate throw away.

Finally we come to the last item in the box. It is the Baseblue Cosmetics Dry and Wet dual action cleansing wipes. (retail $21). They are essentially individually packaged travel wipes. The dry ones are activated by water and they can be used to wash your face and take your makeup off. While I don’t mind keeping one of these in my purse or adding them to my travel bag, I am not a huge fan of the waste that such individually wrapped products create. while I will try them and test them, I think this is a product that I will use sparingly instead of letting it become an everyday thing. It is useful, but to be honest, I would much prefer a cleansing balm or a liquid/oil based makeup remover. But perhaps I will get into the details and there will be a recycling/biodegradable aspect I missed. For now I will go with interesting to try out and leave it at that.

So that was my May 2022 Boxycharm Premium. The retail value of my $39.99 box came to $233. As a return that is a pretty goo value for me. The fact that I will use all of the items is even better. Even though I dislike the waste of the individual towelettes they are useful. I have been needing to replace several brushes so the Laruce is welcome. Elemis always makes me happy and I am looking forward to trying out the KVD lip, Tresluce shadow and Aavrani toner, so for me, this box was a big win.

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