I'm baaaackk!! Normal blogging shall resume starting with my monthly beauty boxes. While I was gone, BeautyBar's Sample Society box arrived. It was a great box with better sized samples than previous boxes. A few new brands and a few familiar faces. Let's see what I got...
Elemental Herbology Cool & Clear Facial Cleanser (0.8 fl oz/ full size 2.5 fl oz $46) | Arcona Cranberry Toner (1 oz/ full size 3.7 fl oz $32) | Phyto Phytonectar Oil Ultra Nourishing Oil Treatment (0.33 fl oz/ 1.7 oz $30) | Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Private Dancer (full size $18) | Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara in Black Ice (0.1 oz/ full size 0.42 oz $33) | Extra sample: Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Moisturizer (.04 fl oz/ full size 4 oz $45)
3-in-1 cranberry milk toner cleanses, tones and hydrates, infusing skin with protective antioxidants to leave it glowing and refreshed. Removes dirt, oil and makeup. Protects and clarifies skin with antimicrobial cranberry, contains vitamins, phyto-nutrients and essential fatty acids. Neutralizes free radicals with vitamin E tocopherols and tocotrienols. I LOVED this toner! It smells great, gentle but effective. I think I'm going to use my $15 gift code to get a full size bottle.
This unique oil easily penetrates into each strand bringing damaged, dehydrated hair back to life. The formula restructures ultra-dry hair with egg yolk that is rich in proteins, lipids and vitamins, and also prevents oxidation with sunflower extract. The directions say apply from roots to end and leave on for 15 minutes. I wasn't sure how much to add my hair since it was vague. It reminded me of V05 hot oil my grandma uses except you don't heat it up.
My first Deborah Lippmann nail polish! So excited. I've always wanted to try her polishes. Private Dancer is described as gilded ultra violet color.
|Left: Before; Right: After|
Jane Iredale's mascara contains dual-purpose formula including sea minerals that condition lashes so they can grow to their fullest potential, while thousands of cellulose fibers coat the lashes for a look that's glamorous, rich and full. I like the squeezable tube; however, I wasn't very impressed with this mascara especially for $33.
Our oil-free, residue-free moisturizer scientifically synthesizes natural anti-oxidants vitamins E and B5 and soothing chamomile with absorbent fatty acids. Gently and effectively hydrates and ph balances all skin types, unlike traditionally greasy pore-clogging oils, for an intensely nourishing treatment, reducing epidermal irritation for the most sensitive of skin. There was barely enough sample to apply on my face so can't give a full review.
Sample Society also includes beauty tips from Allure magazine editors. This month included "Skin Tricks for Plane Travel" which would have been helpful for my flight! Did you know that airplane air has an average of 15% humidity, less than the Arizona desert? Their tips:
- Before boarding, spray/splash your face with warm water and apply a moisturizing serum and lotion. Don't forget your lips!
- Once you're seated, apply sunscreen with SPF 30 to face and neck. UV lights are even more intense at high altitudes.
- Every hour of your flight, reapply moisturizers and lip balm. Drink plenty of water!
- Before landing, wash your face with a pre-moistened wipe. Airplane's recirculated air allows acne-causing bacteria to gather on the skin's surface. Eww!