Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Allure Summer Beauty Box 2014 FAIL!

My first experience with the Allure Beauty Box craziness and why I won't be trying to get one anymore.

A couple of weeks ago I heard about one of Allure's famous Summer Beauty Boxes set to go on sale April 29 at 12:01 PM EST. $44.95+shipping for over $350 worth of products!

Pick me!

Around the same time Bare Escentuals had their Beauty Surprise Box on sale ($45 for $239 worth of makeup). I love bargains so I knew I was gonna purchase one of these (not both, can't afford both :(  ). 

No pick ME!
I had the Bare Escentuals box in my shopping cart and I was just about to click submit when I asked myself if I would really be able to go through all that makeup before it went bad. I don't wear makeup everyday so the obvious answer was no. So I emptied my cart and shut down my computer before I could change my mind, deciding to wait for the Allure box instead. A few days later the Surprise Box sold out and I was no longer tempted to go back on my decision.

I had heard how quickly the Allure Beauty Boxes sell out so I made sure to be on the site at exactly 12:01 PM (6:01 AM Hawaii time), only to be greeted with a blank page. For the next several minutes I tried loading and reloading, getting the same result each time. Online chatter suggested that the site was down and nobody had gotten through. 

After one hour the page finally loaded but the site read "Coming Soon." So apparently SOMETHING was wrong because it was waaay past the start of sale time. Another 15 minutes went by and someone posted a direct link to the box order form since the website was down. I filled out everything and clicked submit only to be confronted by an annoying pop-up window: 

"Sorry, we do not ship to Alaska or Hawaii. Please provide a different mailing address."

WHAT THE WHAT!! I wasted over an hour of my life (and precious data on my phone) only to find out I could never get a box in the first place?!! It would've been nice if they could at least make it clear on the announcement that boxes were only available to the 48 contiguous states so I would know not to waste my time trying to purchase one.

Yours truly at the moment

I'm so bummed that I decided to give up the Bare Escentuals box only to try for a one that I could never get. This comes on the tails of my failed attempt at purchasing a Glossybox subscription at a deeply discounted rate because they don't ship to Hawaii either. And the fact that many retailers who have supercheap shipping specials always write in fine print: Offer excludes Alaska and Hawaii. Ah, the downside of paradise. Nothing is ever cheap. Ever. Oh well maybe it's for the better. At least I saved a bunch of money. I'll just use some of that money to buy ice cream and everything will be okay again. Spoken like a true piggy. 

So was anybody able to purchase the Allure Beauty Box? If so, wanna do swaps? :)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

VoxBox Review - MKGlam Box

I got my second Influenster VoxBox yesterday and I'm super stoked because I'm pretty sure this is one of the best ones they've ever had. If you haven't heard of Influenster before, it's an online word-of-mouth type of review community where you review products and complete surveys to increase your Impact score. The higher your score, the greater your chances of receiving a free VoxBox which contains several items for review (and they're usually full-size!). I received the J'Adore VoxBox in February (you can read that review here) even though I still had a pretty low score so everyone's got a chance :)

Now on to the MKGlam VoxBox curated by Mary Kay! I took a survey a couple of weeks ago for a chance to be one of 5,000 lucky ladies to receive one. To my surprise I got an email saying I was in and a few days later here it is!

My first thought was, "Why the heck is this box so huge?" It's almost the size of the placemat! As I expected, there was a lot of tissue paper filler. No matter, more for me to use when I stuff gift bags. No joke, I really do keep all the not-too-wrinkled ones. The first thing I saw was an info card. I love info cards. They're so helpful, especially for someone as clueless as I am.

MKGlam VoxBox info card
Under the paper were my new toys. Seriously, my face just lit up when I saw how much stuff was in there. Keep in mind, I got this all for FREE to test out!

Whoa, that's a lot of stuff!

Translucent Loose Powder (Value: $16.00)
Honestly I can't tell the difference between loose finishing powders. Don't get me wrong; this one sets very nicely and is very sheer, but it doesn't feel any different from the bareMinerals one I currently use. I do appreciate the extra though, as I go through this the fastest out of all my makeup.

Bronzing Powder - in Light-Medium (Value: $18.00)
I love bronzers. They give just the right amount of color to my pale face without making it look unnatural. This one's buildable to give you a luminous pearl finish.

Mineral Cheek Color - in Shy Blush (Value: $12.00)
I like medium pink blushes, so this shade is perfect for me! It contains Vitamins A, C, and E to help protect against free radicals which can cause wrinkles. Sweet.

Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush (Value: $10.00)
It might just be me, but these synthetic bristles feel really soft for a concealer brush. Or maybe mine is just really old and...stiff with age? 

Powder Brush (Value: $16.00)
You can never have too many powder brushes. I mean you've got so many things to put all over your face; wouldn't it be so much easier if you could have a dedicated brush for each? Right now I make do with two. Now I've got three. Yay! And it's made with natural bristles so makeup goes on evenly.


Lash Love Mascara - in I ♥ Black (Value: $15.00)
This mascara delivers four times the volume for super defined lashes. I've got ugly thin lashes so of course I was interested. The verdict? I like this. After just one coat there was a noticeable difference. And no clumps! In all honesty I don't wear mascara very often (even though my sorry eyelashes wish I did), but when I do I'll be using this!

Gel Eyeliner w/ Expandable Brush Applicator - in Jet Black (Value: $18.00)
Confession: I've never tried gel eyeliner before. My lazy/cheap ass just uses the loose powder eyeshadow + a bit of water to make instant eyeliner. True, it doesn't have staying power, but I don't normally wear makeup for longer than 6 hours anyway. So I tried this gel eyeliner, new to the Mary Kay line. And you know what? I think I'm gonna use this eyeliner from now on. It goes on super smoothly and stays put. I may change the brush though; it was too bushy for my liking. I feel like I have more control with angled liner brushes.
Close-up of gel eyeliner in Jet Black
Cream Eye Color - in Apricot Twist (Value: $14.00)
LOVE. I've also never tried cream eye color before. Wow, I didn't realize until now how unadventurous I am when it comes to makeup. This can be used alone or as a colored primer for mineral eyeshadow. I tried it alone and it's a perfect subtle but shimmery peach. I honestly didn't think there was any need for eyeshadow after applying it. Very appropriate for wearing around the office. I will definitely incorporate this into my makeup routine.
Close-up of cream eye color in Apricot Twist


NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss - in Mango Tango (Value: $14.00)
I was a little hesitant at first because I'm not a fan of red lip color, but to my surprise this wasn't very red after all. It's subtly obvious. Does that make sense? You can tell it's there, but it's not like peoples' eyes will zero in on my chops when they see me. Kind of like what my lips would look like if I drank fruit punch. This gloss conditions during wear and is long lasting - it even survived a shower! It has a tiny hint of shimmer, which is always welcome in my book.

This box that I got for FREE from Influenster to try out and review had a total value of...are you ready? $133!! Plus everything in the box was FULL-SIZE. And the best part is that I will use every single one of the items I received. I am sooo happy right now! I highly recommend joining Influenster; it's a bit tougher to qualify for products than with other online review community sites, but I think it's worth it. If you're interested, send me your email address and I'll send you an invite (fyi, it'll boost my score a bit). Or if you want to sign up directly through Influenster you can do that too (I promise I won't be offended).

Note: I received the products in the MKGlam VoxBox complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. This review reflects my honest opinion of all the items in this VoxBox.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On My Quest to Becoming A Better Person

No box reviews today; instead today I am writing on a personal level. I'm sure by now everyone is familiar with the Pay It Forward/Random Acts of Kindness movement that's been gaining popularity by the day, so I thought it'd be nice to jump on the altruistic bandwagon. I've been lucky to have been blessed with loving family and friends and a job that allows me to afford a comfortable living. Not everyone is so lucky.

C and I have always embraced the idea of making others happy and helping them out, whether it's giving our 20% Off coupon to the guy buying a TV who looks like he could get more use out of it, or simply buying a drink for the next guy in line at the drive-thru. Things like these are simple to do, and to get others to do.

I want to share with you a story that made this whole helping people thing hit home for me. In high school I had a friend, let's call him Mike. Mike was easily the fastest runner I knew -- I'm talking about sub-5:00 miles in high school -- and needless to say he was on the fast track to making a name for himself in the running world. He was also one of the Top 5 most gentlemanly guys I have ever met. Ever. Well after sophomore year Mike made some bad choices and ended up throwing it all away when he dropped out of school. That was over a decade ago, and I hadn't heard of him since. The other night another classmate, my good friend (let's use John), saw Mike walking past his house by himself - Mike was homeless. I'm sure many can identify with the unsettling feeling of knowing an old friend is wandering the streets. It makes you realize the things you've taken for granted - like reeeally realize it. But that's not what made me want to write this post.

If you saw someone you knew looking disheveled and obviously under the influence of something, honestly what would you do? Look away? Put on an uneasy half-smile and hurry inside the house? Maybe offer a bottle of water? Admittedly, it would be scary to approach a homeless person on drugs. That night John did just that. He gave Mike some food, made it clear he would not be giving any money whatsoever, and then gave a risky but pivotal thing: a phone number. Having lost all self-confidence, Mike told John he didn't want to risk disappointing him, to which John replied that "I won't give up until you get your shit together." But that's still not what made me want to write this post.

After that encounter it was up to Mike. Nine times out of 10 I'm pretty sure that would be it. End of story. Drugs mess up your brain and no one can help you short of physically dragging you to rehab. But the very next day John got a call. From Mike. Asking for help. THIS is what made me want to write this post.

No matter how far gone someone is, it's never too late. Mike has been living on the streets for over a decade. It's his way of life. He's been on drugs for over a decade. It's his way of life. It's comfortable to him. But it took just one hour of the right kind of encouragement to make him step out of that comfort zone. They met up to discuss possible options. I told John I'd be willing to help in whatever way I can, whether it's by forming a support group or coaxing him into rehab. Many other classmates have also offered their help. C isn't very supportive of my decision because he is concerned about my dealing with someone on drugs - the unpredictability, the less-than-favorable people I may encounter, etc. Very real possibilities, but I'm taking at least a bit of comfort in knowing that we will be helping as a group. Safety is always a priority, but I also hate seeing someone who had so much potential living a wasted life. By reaching out for help, Mike is taking the first step toward turning his life around. I know it's very possible that all this will be for nothing, that he will feel overwhelmed and go back to his way of life and leave us feeling heartbroken and disappointed. But I would feel 10x worse knowing he's wasting away when I could have at least tried.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baribox Review - April 2014

I was pleasantly reminded today that I've been slacking in my paper crafting when my Baribox showed up in my mailbox. I've been so consumed in puppy training and coaching high school athletics that I didn't even realize that the last card I made was three months ago. Okay, once I get back from my trip next month I'll make it a point to get  back into it. If you've never heard of Baribox, here's a little info:

What: Baribox is a paper crafting subscription box service
When: Boxes ship monthly, usually during the second half of the month
Cost: $12.99/month

Like last month, April's box didn't have a card. I'm starting to think they nixed the card idea. Not that it makes much difference; they weren't really info cards, but more of a greeting/advertisement. 

Imaginisce Snag 'em Stamp (Approx. Value $1.00)

How cute is this! My clear stamp collection is slowly growing and once I pick up some brush markers I'll sit down and make something crafty with these. It's just so hard to peel them off the backing the first time you use them! I'm a stamping noob (actually maybe even one level below that), so does anyone have any suggestions on how to make peeling them off easier?

Craft Medley Cup Sequins (Approx. Value: $2.00)

Confession time: I don't know how to sew. Other than tacking and backstitching, my sewing knowledge is nonexistent. That home economics class I took in 8th grade which taught me how to thread a sewing machine? Loong forgotten. Therefore, rather than make something fashionable/wearable out of these sequins, they're going straight to meet Mr. Glue and Mrs. Paper. A sequin border? Tedious, but the only thing I can think of making with this. And I'm kinda sad about it because these are so cute and perfect for spring. Maybe I'll suck it up and go YouTube a quick tutorial on sewing sequins to do these cutsies some justice.

Washi Tape, 7mm (Approx. Value $1.00)

A lot of people will probably cringe at how plain this roll of tape is. Solid yellow. Nothing cute or spectacular about it. But solids are my favorite washi tape to use because you can create your own designs rather than be limited to the pre-printed one that might not be suitable for all occasions. I just need to get my hands on a couple more rolls of these Plain Janes and I'll be a happy camper :)

Studio Calico Vellum Stickers (Approx. Value $2.50)

I like brightly colored things. I like stars. So I can definitely use brightly colored stars. I'll probably mount these on foam squares when I use them because for some reason flat stickers don't do it for my anymore. I need dimension in my accents. Very cute. Another thing I can use for any occasion.

Forever in Time 3D Handmade Glitter Stickers (Approx. Value $6.00)

Now these are the types of stickers I like! Layered accents are so awesome because they really make your paper craft project pop. This set has an ocean theme so I'm not sure what I can use it for at the moment, but with summer just around the corner I know I'll find something to make with it.

This month's box had a value of about $12.50. I picked up the 3-month plan which comes out to $12.67 per month so I about broke even on the value. But as I mentioned in my first Baribox post I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a value box where you expect to get a higher value than you paid. At least not yet. But I thought they did a very good job with sticking to a spring theme - the colors were appropriate and the sunshine stamp screams spring. Do you subscribe to Baribox? What kind of spring craft projects do you have in mind?

Note: I paid for this box on my own and this post reflects my honest opinion of the products. I was not compensated for this review in any way.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy (Belated) Easter from the Pups!

By now I'm sure many of you have seen the picture of the corgi bunny from Corgiaddict.com making its way around the interwebs. So for Easter I thought we'd do a little Nailed It session and have Macho wish everyone a Happy Easter:

Okay, let's just get this over with already. I've got eggs to find and chicks to chase.
Not nearly as cute as the adorable puppy original, but eh, we work with what we got. And if that's not Easter bunny enough for you, here's a perfect butt shot I caught of the Machobunny.

She has no clue that I just farted. Wait for it...3...2...1.......    MACHO!!!
And I can't let Macho do all the well-wishing. Here's how Pebbles spent Easter:

Happy..Easter...yadda...yadd-- zzzzzzz....................

Hope everyone had a fabulous day!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Birchbox Review - April 2014

What a nice treat, Birchbox day came early this month! (It usually gets here the last week of the month :-/ ) Here's a little description of this service:

What: A box of 4-6 samples of high-end beauty and lifestyle products
When: Ships on the 10th of each month
Cost: $10/month or $110/year upfront
Fun fact: Birchbox has an awesome points system where you can review products or make purchases from the Birchbox shop to earn points. Every 100 points gets you $10 credit in the BB shop.

April's Birchbox

This month's theme is Rainy Days. Unfortunately, the term "April showers" holds no significance where I live because it showers year round. It's also sunny year round. While it's showering. If that makes any sense. Right. Moving on. April's box is intended to inspire us to be productive at home when it's raining outside.

Included in each box is a tip on how to spend a rainy day indoors. I got Tip #4: "Organize your book collection. By color, topic, author - it's up to you." Sad truth is I have about 5 books from five authors and five genres. Maybe two of them are purple. But I really don't think much organizing needs to be done about that. I'm only about 1/4 through all of them, so I don't forsee my collection growing any bigger in the near future either. Birchbox also announced a new VIP program they have called Birchbox Aces. If you rack up 500 points in a calendar year you become a member of this exclusive program and get access to free shipping, concierge service, surprise gifts and offers, and more. So keep those reviews coming, Birchboxers!

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave-in Conditioner (Approx. Sample Value: $2.75)

If you ever wanted to know what awesome smells like, go get something from Beauty Protector. I received the shampoo and conditioner in my first ever Birchbox and immediately purchased the full size. I've seen lots of good stuff about this leave-in conditioner and was really hoping I would get one this month. So far it feels like any other detangler I've tried, but with the added bonus of smelling heavenly  :)

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner - in Jamun (Sample Value: $4.40)

This wax eyeliner boasts color that glides on smoothly and lasts all day. Birchbox describes jamun as a deep purple but all the swatches I see look charcoal gray-black. I like black but not purple...not sure what I'm going to do with this yet. Maybe I'll do a bit more research before I decide whether to keep or swap.

Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream - Light/Medium (Sample Value: $6.40)

First impression: meh. BECAUSE... when I first opened the tube I tried squeezing some into my hand. Suddenly *splat* a whole glob came shooting out onto my shirt. I like that shirt so I immediately tried removing the stain to no avail (bye bye, shirt). Even if it hadn't ruined my clothes, in all honesty I don't get overly excited when I receive BB or CC creams. At first I was thrilled that one cream could do triple/quadruple duty, but I later found myself preferring to use all the separate products instead because I found most BB creams to be too oily or sticky. I must admit this one didn't feel oily going on, but it still felt a little too sticky for my liking. Blended nicely, though. Maybe when they come out with DD creams I'll consider putting another shirt at risk.

Color Club Gala's Gems Collection - Aquamarine Azulino (Sample Value: $3.25)

How did they know my favorite color is blue? And light blue, even better! Shimmer? I think we may have found a winner! I didn't get to try it yet (I can't part with my Easter egg colored nails before Easter!) but this will be next on my list. Can't wait!

KIND Healthy Grains Bar - Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt (Value: $0.80)

This is kind of like a chewy granola bar. I never thought sea salt would taste good in a granola bar, but it was a welcome twist to the norm. Not sure if I'd buy this flavor again, but according to their website there's four other healthy grain bar flavors (Vanilla Blueberry sounds yum) in addition to other bar types, each with their own assortment of flavors. Gluten free, GMO free, and packed with five super grains, this bad boy is made entirely with ingredients I can pronounce.

I thought April's box had a great mix of items - hair, makeup, skincare, nails, and food. It had a total value of $17.60 - definitely more than I paid, but I'm not sure I'll use everything in it. The eyeliner may end up going up for swap if it's too purple for me. But I'm super glad I finally got to try the detangler. I've been eyeing it for months! Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What did you think of April's box?

If you want to jump on the Birchbox bandwagon, please use my link to get your first box. It's a great way to try out products without spending a buttload on the full size without even knowing whether you'll like it.

Note: Post contains a referral link. I paid for this box with my own money and didn't receive any form of compensation for this honest review.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Barkbox Review - April 2014 + $5 Off Your First Box!

Barkbox day is kind of a big deal at my house. The pups love 'em and I love watching them have a blast. This month we received our box before they even supposedly shipped out! Maybe it's because I shot them an email last month complimenting them on their superfast shipping? Hehe I'd like to think so anyway. Needless to say it was a great surprise. Here's some info on Barkbox if you haven't heard of them before:

What: Barkbox is a subscription box for dogs filled with 5-6 treat, toy, and hygiene items
When: Ships monthly on the 15th
Cost: $19-$29 per month depending on the length of your subscription
Fun Fact: 10% of proceeds from each Barkbox goes to rescue groups!

By the time I got a chance to dig in it was late already so I apologize for the dark artificial lighting pics. Since it was so late the pups didn't get to try anything out yet, but I'll update as they get their paws on their new goodies. April's box was taller than usual, and me being a little kid at heart, I just had to shake it. Hmm...lots of movement inside. And as a kid you're conditioned to know that can only mean one thing - TOYS! Yesss! (...well, speaking from the dogs' perspective)

April 2014 info card
April's theme is all about welcoming spring and getting out and about, whether it's hitting the trails or sunbathing. Knowing my dogs, they'd prefer to run through sprinklers all day :) April's items are intended to help you and your furball enjoy the great outdoors for a day of fun before cuddling around the campfire and enjoying some all-natural treats (for your dog that is). 

Quaker Pet Group Hear Doggy! Deer Flat (Approx. Value: $10.00)

This is the closest our poor suburban dogs will get to feeling the thrill of the hunt. We have the Hear Doggy whale at home and the furbutts destuffed that one in no time, so I'm glad this deer is stuffingless to begin with. Both pups love their plush toys long after they're flattened so it shouldn't be a problem. The concept of a silent squeaker is cool, but I don't really mind the squeaking anyway because it lets me know where the rascals are hiding. Their favorite toys seem to be the ones where the squeaker is broken and all you can hear is air coming out, so I have no doubt that they will welcome this with open paws.

Riley's Organics Peanut Butter & Molasses Treats (Approx. Value: $3.50)

These are bone-shaped biscuits made entirely of human-grade ingredients, i.e. you can eat them! Admittedly, I probably will sneak a piece just to see how this compares to other human-grade ingredient treats the pups have tried (yes, I've done it before and I'm not ashamed). Macho usually prefers soft meaty treats instead of biscuits, but he loves peanut butter so we'll see. Pebbles will eat anything including napkins so she won't be a problem. Wheat, corn, soy, sugar, and preservative free so it's great for any pup!

Humans! You can enjoy these with your pup!

 JW Pet Megalast Ball (Approx. Value: $7.00)

Last month after the bacon bone fiasco, I asked Barkbox to note Macho down as a heavy chewer. They said they would try to send toys geared toward dogs with strong jaws, and I think this is a good reflection of that conversation. This toy is made in the USA out of Megalastomer, JW's non-toxic thermo plastic rubber, and can even float or be filled with treats. I'll probably do the latter with my dogs since they do anything for treats, even if it makes them mentally exhausted trying to figure out how to get them. (translation: more quiet time for me!) To keep with this month's outdoorsy theme, the ball even has a wildflower pattern on the ends!

Update 4/17/14: It's a hit! Macho only lets me humiliate him for treat/toys that are really worth it to him, and he let me try for a whole 10 minutes! I wanted to post a photo of him balancing the ball on his head for you guys, but the ball's too heavy, his head's too round, or my camera's too slow, so it kept falling off before I could snap a clear picture. Long story short, his extended patience means it's right up there with bully sticks! Pebbles is lucky she doesn't know that trick yet and got a free pass, but she loves the Megalast ball too. The thing is bigger than her head, and since she's not used to carrying something so heavy it's a trip watching her fetch it. WIN.

Mr. Barksmith's Cool Treats Smoothies - Carrot Cake (Approx. Value: $2.50)

We've tried the Pumpkin and the Peanut Butter flavored smoothies from this brand before, and both were a hit with Macho. It fits perfectly in a custard dish so the furpup can enjoy his treat with minimal mess. I think we still have one more left from before, so both pups will be able to enjoy their smoothie without fighting (actually only Pebbles would fight because she's a bitch).

Complete Natural Nutrition Buddy's Kitchen Off-Leash Treats - Smoky Beef Flavor (Approx. Value: $5.00)

We received the Cheese Please snacks from this brand in our February Barkbox; unfortunately we didn't get to it yet in our stockpile so I can't say whether the pups loved it (it's 100% cheese though, so I'm sure they would). At only 4 calories per treat, these Off-Leash treats would be great for training the puppies to do chores around the house ;) Plus it's soft and chewy, the kind that Macho likes! It has a smoked flavor great for that warm cozy campfire feeling. Also, it's made with all-natural ingredients. Corn, soy, wheat, and gluten free.

This month's Barkbox had a total value of about $28.00. A little lower than usual, but I'm pretty certain everything will go to use. I can't say for sure whether it's a hit or miss this month since the fluffies haven't had a chance to sample their new toys & treats, but they've never met a Barkbox they didn't like. I'm glad Barkbox followed through with my request for tough-chewer toys and sent the Megalast ball. Macho loves to destroy toys, but judging from the past month with Pebbles, it looks like she destroys toys in half the time! So glad I got that ball.

Do you subscribe to Barkbox? How did you like April's box? If you want to watch your pup enjoy new toys and treats each month, please use my link to get $5 off your first box! Your dog will thank you with hundreds of doggy kisses!

Note: This post contains a referral link. I paid for this box and was not compensated in any way for this honest review.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Julep Speckled for Spring Mystery Box 2014 Review

Earlier this week I saw that Julep released their Spring Mystery Boxes. This time there were three choices - one containing Kimberly-Boho Glam (a wisteria pink polish with black specks), one with Emerson-Classic With A Twist (powder blue with black specks), and a 100% mystery box. I just purchased the Lucky Mystery Box last month and really don't need anymore nail polish, but I love pastel colors, and what better time for pastels than spring? So of course it was a no brainer for me to pick one up. I opted for the box with Emerson. It was in my mailbox a day earlier than the tracking info said it would get here. Love when that happens!

When I tore into the box I couldn't help but feel a bit let down. A few of the items were repeats from the last mystery box. I mean it's not totally their fault because I'm the one who picked out the box; it's just that I thought they'd put different stuff in consecutive boxes to minimize the chances of repeats. It's as if they just had a whole bunch of extra from last month and decided to throw them into this one. This is only my second mystery box, so I don't know if this is a normal thing? Am I just being too nitpicky? But there were some things I like so it's not a total loss.

Glycolic Hand Scrub / Forget-Me-Not Seeds (Value: $23.00)

These are a couple of the repeat items from my Lucky Mystery Box. I hear good things about the scrub, but I'm still using a homemade sugar scrub I received during the holidays and I have the duplicate tube, so I my end up gifting this or swapping it. And I'm sure one pack of seeds is more than enough to replace the flowers I inadvertently killed along the walkway at home; I'm thinking of giving these to the next person who wants to test out their green thumb.

Lip Vernis - in Peony (Value: $18.00)

I love this lip gloss! It's a nude blush creme that's subtle with the perfect amount of shine. I've gone through sooo many tubes of gloss that were either too sticky or too dark/light. It also smells yummy, like vanilla. This one's a definite win for me.

Julep Luxe Repair Skin Serum (Value: $3.27)

Holy smokes this thing is expensive. The 0.6 oz full size goes for a non-Maven price of $28 in the Julep shop. But you only need a few drops at a time so even this foil should last at least a couple of uses. Not sure if I'd pay that much just for the sake of my skin since I don't feel like it's incredibly damaged, but I'll gladly give it a try and keep my eyes open for any magic.

Nail Polish (Value: $14.00 each)

Spring Mystery Box nail polishes (L-R): Max, Yumi, Emerson, Josephine, Tatiana
Pretty good assortment of polishes. Here's what I got:

Max-It Girl - black and white speckled top coat
Yumi-Classic With A Twist - pink/silver/holographic glitter polish
Emerson-Classic With A Twist - powder blue with black speckles
Josephine-It Girl - deep teal gray (I think it looks more like a charcoal gray)
Tatiana-Boho Glam - golden burnt orange shimmer

For the most part I'm happy with the polishes in the Spring Mystery box. One of them (Tatiana) was another repeat from the Lucky Box, but I'll see if I can swap that for something else. I'm really excited to try out Max, Yumi, and Emerson because hello, Easter egg nails! It will probably take a while for me to warm up to the idea of wearing a dark color like Josephine, but I like charcoal gray and it matches the color of my truck so I'm game!

Mystery Box Add-On: Edith-Classic With A Twist (Value: $14.00)

Another one I can't wait to try. I picked up this add-on for $4.99. I love deals! Pinks are my favorite color polish to wear (ironic, since I normally don't like pink) and I like shimmery polishes. Edith is a cherry blossom pink shimmer. Score! Also, it was created in honor of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. Double score!

The Spring Mystery Box had a non-Maven value of $114.27, but I only paid about $30 including shipping (but not including the add-on). Sweet! Honestly, I'm both sad and happy about this box. Sad because I got three repeat items from the last mystery box, but happy because all the new stuff I got were freaking awesome! I guess it's more good than bad though because I can always swap the duplicate stuff. So yay!