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Goodiebox vs. LF Beauty Box – February 2015

Hello, lovelies! I know I haven’t been active for a VERY long time, but I’ve had sooo many things to deal with that I just haven’t had the time (I mean, how often do YOU get an ear infection the night before your very first day of school?). I also had some idiot hack my credit card, which means I had to hurry and cancel it, and get a new one. BloggersDelight didn’t get the memo, so instead of sending me a “we couldn’t take the money from your card for your PLUS subscription” (like EVERYONE else does) they decided to just cancel it without a word. Which is why my blog looks like shit right now.

Anyways, this month Goodiebox sent out their box two weeks earlier than usual – because of Valentine’s Day – which means it arrived around the same time as the LF beauty box. So I figured, why not set them up against each other?

We’ll start with the Goodiebox, followed by the LF Beautybox, and then I’ll give you my opinions on each one and which I like the most this time. Fair waring – it’s a super long post, so grab a cup of tea or something.

Goodiebox February 2015

Febryart 2015 Goodiebox

Goodiebox glass nail file – 69 kr

This is produced by Goodiebox itself and even though I haven’t tried it (I bite my nails, Goodiebox, when will you understand?) it seems to be really good. I usually use those disposable ones so a tiny little thing like this, which will fit right in your pocket, seems nice to have if you actually have a use for it 😉

Kueshi Natural & Pleasant Cosmetics Revitalizing Face Toner – 200 ml, 99 kr

The first thing I noticed when I opened my box was the lovely smell of this product. Unfortunately it was because the lid sucks and it was spilled ALL over the box! Everything was soaking wet so bye-bye 1/8 of the product. That aside, the smell is amazing. According to my husband it smells like chewing gum. I have to agree – it really smells like candy, and I’m excited to try it out, even though I don’t really need any more facial toners since I usually only use Eucerin’s facial toner.

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm – 40 ml, 79.95 kr (sample 4 g)

You all know this by now – I loooove Eucerin. I’m ALWAYS happy to see one of their products in the boxes and this is no exception. Sadly, it’s just a tiny sample but never the less it’s definitely one of the eexciting for me. This is supposed to be good against chapped lips, dry hands, nails… “you name it”, Goodiebox says. I’ve tried it out on my horrible, horrible winter-lips and so far I’m definitely game. It’s very thick so a little product goes a long way and the smell is veeery faint but reminds me a little of chocolate or coconut.

Oolution Check Matte – 30 ml, 299 kr

This is the expensive product of the box. The small 30 ml tube is estimated at around 299 kr, and even though I’m sure you can get it cheaper (hello, UK!) it’s still a pretty hefty price for such little product. The smell is that typical “cream” smell – not exciting but not bad at all. It claims to have 100% ecological ingredients and is supposed to adapt to the individual skin. The red is actually really great and I love that it says, “take risks!”. I’m looking forward to trying this out since it promises a lot.

BelláPierre Cheek & Lip Stain – 149 kr

I was SO excited to see this in the box. I saw a review of this product the other day, and since I’ve really come to like BelláPierre’s products I was a little sad that particular box doesn’t ship to Denmark. But there it was! You can use it as a cheek stain as well as a lip stain, but since I don’t really use such things for the cheeks (read; I don’t want to end up looking like a clown) I’ll only try this product on my lips. I got mine in the color Pink and it does look a lot more pink out of the box than in. It’s got quite some shimmer to it without being glittery, and it’s super creamy which is always nice. Another great hit for this month. I think the packaging is really nice but ALL their products look like this, so it gets confusing having to dig through eye shadows, powders and stuff to get to what you’re actually looking for.

Lookfantastic Beauty Box Febryary 2015

Lookfantastic Beauty Box February 2015

Monu Illuminating Primer SPF 15 – 20 ml, 11.18 GBP (50 ml, 27.95 GBP)

We actually got this in January’s Goodiebox! Not that I mind ’cause I’ve come to the conclusion that we like Monu quite a lot! I have the Monu Recovery Balm from a previous box which I really, really like, so of course I was excited to see this product, albeit it was “again”.

I quite like this product because it doubles as a moisturizer as well as being a primer, and you need to use VERY little product so it will last you a long time. The only downside is that it’s so freaking hard to press a tiny amount out of the bottle, and if (when) you end up squeezing too much out, you can’t really put the rest back.

The packaging is really simple and sophisticated so the only real “problem” is the price; I seriously would never pay THAT much for a freaking primer, but I’m not really a primer kind of person in the first place.

PawPaw Original Balm – 10 ml, 2.78 GBP (fullsize – 25 ml, 6.95 GBP)

Much like the Eucerin Skin Balm, the PawPaw balm is made for a plethora of things – dry lips, for sun burn, as a moisturizer… even to be used as a nappy cream or as a hair conditioner! I’m not sure I would stick this stuff in my hair since it’s REALLY thick and can barely get out of the tube (seriously, I was pressing and pressing, just waiting for it to suddenly splash all over the place) but it feels good on the lips.

I like the logo and I love the name (it just sounds so cute!) but I HATE the freaking tube. It reminds me of those tubes you’d get your lipgloss in when you were 15, and to me it just feels cheap. The yellow is really cool, though, and the product itself is supposedly full of all sort of natural healing qualities, so I’ll definitely be trying this out some more.

Korres Citrus Little Body Milk – 50 ml, 2.50 GBP (200 ml, 10 GBP)

My first reaction to seeing this was, “… oh”. We got a Korres Citrus Shower Gel in a previous box and DAMN, it smelled bad. I have a serious problem with citrus-like smells, they tend to smell like toilet cleaner to me and thus not as something I’d like to put on my face and/or body.

Aaanyways… this one isn’t that bad. It actually smells quite nice and I would use it if it weren’t for the fact that I have a bunch of others I’d much rather use. Honestly, I think this one is going to be passed on.

Moroccanoil Treatment – 25 ml, 13.45 GBP (100 ml, 31.85 GBP)

I must be the only person left who hasn’t tried this yet. It’s not that I don’t want to, I do, it’s just that to me oil is oil, and even olive oil will actually moisturize your hair, so I haven’t been too interested in cashing out for this, especially since I’ve had a storage of hair oils for a reaaally long time. Now that I have it, though, I’m VERY excited to try it out. I’ve been extremely sick and stressed lately which means my hair isn’t really at it’s best condition right now. I’ve been giving it some oil treatments but I have somewhat long hair which means it takes a lot for me to moisturize all of it.

BelláPierre Cosmetics Eyeliner – 14 GBP (sale 5.99 GBP)

I have just been raving about how much I looove BelláPierre… and now I’m about to tell you how I don’t love this product. I was initially very excited with this (you know, seeing as I truly like the brand) and I got it in a very nice midnight blue color, but after swatching it on the hand it just feels so hard and dry that I can’t see how I’d be able to use it. I like my eyeliners to be like me chocolate – creamy. Really sad about it as well since I L.O.V.E. eyeliners to an extreme.

Erno Laszlo Sea Deep Cleansing Bar – 17 g, 5.40 GBP (fullsize – 45 GBP)

I think this is one of those products you either love like crazy or bitch over like crazy. Everyone has had a comment about this in every single review I’ve read on their website.

It’s a sea mud deep cleansing bar made of 97% natural ingredients, supposedly detoxing and hydrating your skin while also gently exfoliating.

So why do people complain? Because the bar we received is TINY. It’s almost impossible to hold, not to mention that after you get it wet, there is nowhere to put it while waiting for it to dry… With that said, I’m NOT complaining about this because honestly, that TINY sample is worth almost 6 pounds. In other words, if you were to purchase the fullsize, you’d have to dish up with 45 pounds. I don’t know about you guys but I’m not born with a silver spoon up my ass, which means I’d never ever get to try this out otherwise.

What I WILL complain about is this: it claims to be good for normal, combination or slightly oily skin. My skin is combination skin but oooooh my God, it’s so drying. Have you ever tried washing your face with an actual bar of soap instead of face wash? You know that very dry feeling it leaves you with, like you can’t even run your hand across your face without it “bumping” over it? Yeah, THAT I would like to complain about.

I’m going to try it out some more but it’s definitely going to be with my moisturizer right next to me. So far? A bit disappointed, though I have to say, it DOES actually clean the face very well, no doubt about that.

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To compare, there are upsides and downsides of both boxes.

The upsides of the Goodiebox is that I really like three of the products a lot and the other two are quite okay. The downsides are that it’s always so freaking hard to find shops where you can buy the items. I want to be able to buy the item if I like it, isn’t that kind of the entire point of the box? I also don’t like that they have a habit of exaggerating the “estimated” price at times.

The upsides of the LF Beauty Box is that they’ve started writing how much the sample received in the box, is worth. For instance, if the Eucerin product is a samlpe but Goodiebox only tells you the esitmated fullsize price so you have to sit and do math. We don’t like math. LF Beauty Box tells you how much the samples are worth, making my life a lot easier. Another upside is that the box is worth more than the Goodiebox and it almost always is, and there’s an extra product compared to the Goodiebox. The downside is that while the box is definitely nice, it’s just not super exciting.

IN TOTAL I would have to say that while in general I prefer the Lookfantastic Beauty Box (because they almost always have better quality products) this particular time I’m giving the win to Goodiebox; the BelláPierre Lip Stain and the Oolution Check Matte are just way more interesting that the Moroccanoil and the Monu I already have.

My top 3 products this time:
* Oolution Check Matte
* BelláPierre Cheek & Lip Stain
* Moroccanoil Treatment

My 3 least favorite products:
* Goodiebox nail file
* Korres Citrus Little Body Milk
* BelláPierre Cosmetics Eyeliner

What do you think about the boxes? Which one do you prefer? I’d love to hear from you (:

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Shop My Stash review – Manhattan Cover Stick Concealer

Manhattan Clearface Cover Stick 76

This is what the old packaging looks like

Manhattan Clearface Cover Stick Sand 76

The core provides the anti-bacterial properties.

Manhattan Clearface Cover Stick 76 Swatches

Swatch of the product – on the left, it’s slightly blended, on the right it’s just put on.

A 100 years ago I did a “Shop My Stash” project but kind of failed – maybe? I combined it with a no-buy but that didn’t work out all that well, although I haven’t actually bought many things – only a very few, and only things I needed/didn’t already have.

But even though I didn’t get around to using up all the products from the list, I’ve actually used some of them quite a lot. This cover stick is something I use every day now. So, let’s get to it.

The packaging: Like the powder, the cover stick has had an upgrade as well. The new packaging looks a little fresher and the colors are different, but the product is pretty much the same. The old packaging, which I have, is admittedly a little dull but nothing you think about while using the products, since most of us apply cover-products in the morning, at home.

The smell: It doesn’t really have much of a smell, definitely not something you notice anyways.

The texture: It’s got a creamy texture though a little “dry” which I think it’s great if you have oily skin. I often have problems with applying too moisturizing products when my skin is oily so it’s definitely a big plus for me. Even though it’s creamy it dries up/sets quickly which means you don’t have to wait forever to continue with your routine.

The price: The new cover looks a bit better but the product is essentially the same, so if you want to save a good chunk of money, I’d recommend buying from FragranceDirect for 0.99 punds – they only have Sand (76) left, though. If you want the new packaging, it can be found at Matas for 69,95 kr.

Does it work? It works, definitely. Even though I use Vanilla (70) for the powder, I have the Sand (76) cover stick because I have very bad redness under my eyes due to anemia. The coverage is good, although I think it would be much better for someone with less redness under the eyes. I get semi-coverage but the powder helps it look much better. I use this product every day, so I definitely like it.

Rating: 4/5 stars. The only reason it doesn’t get 5 stars is that the coverage simply isn’t 100% when you have the problems I have. If I had “normal” bags under my eyes this would definitely do wonders.

Have you tried this? What do you think?

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LookFantastic Beauty Box October!

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It’s finally here! The LookFantastic Beauty Box! I wanted to order the September one but didn’t want to do it over my phone before bed – and next day it was sold out. So when the October box got available, I pre-ordered it as fast as I could. And before it arrived, the November box got available – so I pre-ordered that one as well, not knowing if I’d like the boxes or hate them.

So, what’s in there and what do I think?

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Shop My Stash review – Manhattan 123 Clear Compact Powder

DSC_0762DSC_0766 DSC_0770I’ve hit pan!

I haven’t forgotten my Shop My Stash callenge – at all, actually! I’ve really been using the things from my LIST as much as possible. This powder actually suits my skin tone (which is “pale dead vampire”) so when I hit pan I hurried to order a few more 😉

I will make a collective how-did-it-go post by the end but until then I’ll be reviewing the products from the list, starting with the powder.

Packaging: The packaging isn’t anything too special. It’s easy too see it’s not high end and reminds me of makeup 13-14-15 y. o. would wear. The quality of the packaging is perfectly fine, sturdy and doesn’t at all feel flimsy and cheap. There’s a little “sponge” in the package but – to me at least – it’s worth nothing so I threw it out straight away.

There’s a new packaging, they changed it a while ago, so mine’s the “old”. The new packaging looks a little better but the product is pretty much the same.

Smell: It doesn’t really smell like anything particular, but it definitely doesn’t smell bad – you don’t notice any smell which is something I like since I’m really picky when it comes to smells.

Consistency: It’s a powder so of course it’s powdery 😉 But it doesn’t end up all over the place and stays on the brush as it should.

Price: If you want to buy the new packaging it costs 69,95 kr in Matas. If you’re good with the old packaging you can get it for 0.99 GBP (!) at FragranceDirect.

Does it work? Yes, it works! I’m very, very pale and have a lot of trouble finding powders and foundations in a working shade – either it’s way too dark or it’s vampire pale. I use the Vanilla (70) in this range and it’s perfect for my skin tone. The powder stays where it should all day, even through sweat (which there is a lot of these days) and it covers nicely without making you look like you’re wearing a 3 cm layer of powder. It does say it’s got anti-bacterial properties but in all fairness I haven’t really thought about it so I haven’t noticed whether it’s made a difference or not.

Rating: 5/5 stars – definitely a favorite of mine!

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Wet N Wild Haul – I won a giveaway!

Wet N Wild giveaway

Awesome price!

Yay! Lucky me won a wonderful giveaway at Skønhed Og Tips. They had 3 prices, and I won 2nd price. I’m SO excited because it was the one I found most interesting. First price was a lot of awesome nail polish but since I bite my nails, it  really don’t use nail polish enough to justify getting so many. 3rd price was a Mentholatum set which was really nice. And what did I win, you ask?

A makeup bag full of Wet N Wild products! It completely saved my otherwise pretty horrid day and I’m so glad to have received them now. Here’s what the bag contains.

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From the left:

* Coloricon Eye Shadow Single in the color Envy
* MegaGlo Illuminating Powder in the colors Catwalk Pink
* Fast Dry Nail Color in the color Silvivor
* Wild Shine Nail Color in the color Black Créme
* Megalast Nail Color in the color Tropicalia
* Coloricon Eye Shadow Trio in the color Knock on Wood
* Megalast Liquid Lip Color in the color Raisin’ The Roof
* Megaslicks Lip Gloss in the color Sun Glaze
* Megaliner in the color Brown
* Glassy Gloss in the color Poppy Glaze
* Megaimpact Mascara in the color Very Black

I’m most excited about the Eyeshadow Trio because I saw swatches of it on Youtube and fell completely in love with it. I’m also lowing the MegaGlo powder, the nail polishes for my summer-toes and the lipglosses.

I already have an eyeshadow which looks like the Envy one, and I don’t wear brown eyeliner so those two are most likely not going to be a part of my makeup collection for very long. Not because there’s anything wrong with the products, but because I’m running low on space.

The mascara I haven’t tried yet but I’ve wanted to try something new for ages so I’m looking forward to it (:

All in all, a wonderful price which I’m very happy about, and I do really recommend that you check their blog out.

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Nothing is sponsored, but I did with these things fair and square in a giveaway (:

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