Unboxing: Wet n Wild Summer Season in a Box – Unicorn Glow!

I don’t really keep up with beauty trends, so I completely missed the unicorn highlighter craze that apparently happened late last year. I only just discovered rainbow luminizer in a recent Ulta e-mail a couple weeks ago, advertising the limited edition release of Wet n Wild Summer Season in a Box – Unicorn Glow.

Ulta was releasing the box one day early (May 21), and I was pretty excited (rainbow highlighter! iridescent lipstick!) but I hemmed and hawed about it. By the next day, though, the box had sold out at Ulta, and I was a bit disappointed…but I was still on the fence. Was I just being lured in by the holo unicorn marketing scheme? I had to think about this a little.

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In the end, I decided I didn’t care. Wet n Wild is so affordable ($29.99 for this box of nine items!) that I figured I might as well throw in the towel and nab some fun unicorn makeup. I mean, I’m not much of a makeup wearer, but when I do wear makeup, I do it for fun!

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This box was only available at a New York beauty convention, Ulta, and the Wet n Wild website, it seems. Wet n Wild e-mailed a notice the second day after release, around 6am when I was heading into the office, that they only had 50 boxes left. I made my order right then and there on my phone. 😀 Good thing, too – they also sold out shortly thereafter.

Seriously, good job on that marketing, Wet n Wild. Way to reel in the children of the 80s and 90s. 😉

My box came in a few days later on May 27, and it did not disappoint! Wet n Wild may be an inexpensive drugstore brand, but their products are pretty solid.

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(1) Unicorn Glow Highlighting Brush – check out that oil-slick iridescence! This is one of those rare cases where the actual product is way prettier in person than in the marketing photos. I like how you can see the colors of the highlighting powder really well on the white brush, and it does a decent job, too. It looks small, but it’s just the right size for sweeping over the top of a cheek bone.

Gotta admit the brush was a large reason for my attraction to this box. This and the rainbow highlighter:

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(2) Color Icon Rainbow Highlighter in Unicorn Glow – surprisingly wearable rainbow highlighter. Once applied, it’s not as garish as you might think – just a hint of sparkle and color. It’s buildable to greater opacity, too, but I’ve only worn it sheer. The pan is a bit too large for applying every color of the rainbow over the cheekbones, though. I settle for about half the colors at a time.

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(3) Color Icon Rainbow Highlighter in Bronze Over The Rainbow – this one imparts a warmer, gold-tinged glow.

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(4) Color Icon Rainbow Highlighter in Everlasting Glow – this one is a cooler-toned pale golden pink when applied. A surprise favorite for me!

I’m guessing these highlighters probably go fine with most complexions, though I found that the cooler-toned Everlasting Glow looked a bit more flattering on my cool-leaning neutral-toned light complexion. I’m guessing Bronze Over The Rainbow might look better on warmer-toned complexions.

Each of these can be applied as is or swirled together. I kind of like the subtle bands of different colors, though!

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(5) Color Icon Loose Pigment in Mythical Dreams (purple),

(6) Color Icon Loose Pigment in Pegasus Flutter (pink), and

(7) Color Icon Loose Pigment in Unicorn Wishes (blue) – I haven’t tried these yet, but the packaging says they can be applied anywhere, not just the eyes.

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(8) Mega Last Prismatic Lip Color in Immortal Tears – sheer with blue-purple shimmer. It’s pretty similar in effect to Bite Beauty Opal Creme Lipstick (which I bought sometime earlier and really like), as you can see above.

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(9) Mega Last Prismatic Lip Color in Unicorn Soul – this lipstick looks blue, but it’s one of those color-changing lipsticks that turns pink/fuchsia after application. The blue shimmer remains, though. I think it’s Wet n Wild’s version of Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Unicorn Tears, but I don’t own that one (yet), so I can’t compare. In any case, I really like this one, even though it feels slightly gritty and doesn’t glide on as smoothly as other, nicer lipsticks that I own. (Immortal Tears is smoother.) Surprisingly wearable (though I wouldn’t wear it to work).

I was surprised by the quality of the products, especially for the price. (Where were these fun colors when I was a teen and didn’t have to worry about looking appropriate for work?) Even better, they’re all vegan and cruelty free, and my sensitive skin didn’t react badly to them. ❤

Woot! Guess what arrived over the weekend! #wetnwild #unicornglow #rainbow #unicornmakeup

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The Unicorn Glow box may be sold out, but it looks like the individual items are still available as of this writing if you’re interested in them, and they may be eligible for promo codes that the box wasn’t eligible for.

Next up on my radar, Chaos Makeup Kaleidoscope Rainbow Highlighter, my dream rainbow luminizer.

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Julep January 2017 (Future Fresh) Custom Maven Box (with promo code!) | Julep Ginny & Julep Yulia

A bit of a late post, but here it is: my customized Julep January 2017 Maven box! Since I took so long to find time to post this, I’ve also already swatched the polishes that came in it, so I’m throwing that in here, too.

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Looks like Julep’s cutting down on packaging. Instead of the usual pretty tissue paper and paper crinkles, everything was cushioned in utilitarian brown paper. (Hey, I don’t mind. It works and is easier to clean up.) My picks this month:

  • Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil ($36 regular, $28.80 Maven), this month’s featured new product that I was pretty excited to try;
  • Ginny ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven), from Julep’s collection last month, described as a “Sapphire Sunset Holographic,” which actually isn’t a bad description; and
  • Yulia ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven), new this month, described as a “Turquoise Sheer Iridescent Shimmer,” which is also accurate.

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Boost Your Radiance was new this month and comes packaged like What Your Skin Needs Restorative Facial Milk in a frosted glass bottle with a dropper. Julep touts this as “[a] reparative ‘wonder booster’ that leaves all skin types radiant and hydrated. Prevents and repairs the appearance of fine lines and hyperpigmentation while regulating oil production.”

I tried the oil for about two weeks, and it really does wonders for my face. I love that it takes only a drop or two, and though I have the annoying kind of skin that gets dry patches and eczema here and there, this oil seems to smooth out those spots without making the rest of my face feel greasy. It’s pretty great! Might be too early to tell, but I have no idea if it helps for hyperpigmentation, and I don’t really have fine lines to repair yet, so hopefully it’s doing its job preventing them!

And, for your reference, here’s some swatches of the two polishes from this month, Ginny, plus one coat of Yulia over accent nail, topped with Essie Good to Go top coat:

Ginny is quite possibly my new favorite Julep polish and is a sapphire-blue jelly packed with just the right density of fine holo shimmer/microglitter to create that starry-sky look. It’s similar to Zoya Dream, another favorite, but it looks like it’s probably more purplish, with finer holo shimmer, and it has that extra, subtle pink flash. I love it.

Yulia is sheer, as advertised, and designed to be a topper. It reminds me of Pure Ice Heartbreaker, but I’d have to do a side-by-side comparison to really tell. You can see from my photo that from some angles, it’s hardly visible (at least at once coat), but at some angles, it’s got a strong teal flash.

Both polishes had excellent formulas and dried on the faster side of average for me and had pretty good durability. They almost lasted an entire week!

Also in this box:

  • Monthly collection intro & quote card: primarily introducing Boost Your Radiance and this month’s quote, “Never dull your shine for somebody else,” from Tyra Banks;
  • Tootsie Pop, this month’s freebie (which amused my toddler, then fed my husband); and
  • Promo code card: $10 off $25+ purchase at Julep.com (use WINTER10, expires 2/28/17).

That’s it for this box…and it’s already time to make our choices for the February box. Where does all the time go?

Julep December 2016 (This Way to the Soiree) Custom Maven Box (with promo code!)

Has it been a month already? Life’s been so busy that I can hardly keep track!

Anyway, time for another quickie unboxing post! Here’s my customized Julep December 2016 Maven box!

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Teal paper crinkles, wine-colored tissue paper (though it doesn’t look it from the photo), and:

  • Lock Down Your Brows Iconic Brow Gel ($22; website doesn’t list a Maven price, for some reason), “Clear-setting gel infused with brow-boosting peptides and nourishing Power Cell Complex™ that shapes and tames brows with a flexible, natural-looking hold,”
  • Bree ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven), described as a “Golden Gardenia Multidimensional Glitter” (whoa, uh, I somehow got two, even though I actually only ordered one!),  and
  • Light on Your Lips Full-Coverage Creme Lipstick in Shimmy ($22; again, no Maven price listed) a sort of rusty, orangey red.

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I’m still riding out those gel nails, so I haven’t painted my nails in a long time, but maybe I can try out Bree with last month’s Mercedes next. I had a hard time choosing out of Bree, Ginny, and Kristjana when I first saw the December 2016 reveal, and I’m still not sure I picked the right one of the three! Bree reminds me of those Maybelline Color Show Brocade polishes from 2013.

Other than the polishes, my choices this month are maybe a bit weird for me. My sister likes the brow gel, so I decided to give it a go, but my wiry brow hairs are adamant about sticking the way they want to stick, and the gel honestly didn’t seem to make any difference, even with extra coats. I like the brush, though. It’s spiraled like a shorter mascara brush, or a bottle brush, and is firm without being too scratchy. The gel itself hardly feels like anything.

Finally, I’m not typically one to wear lipstick because of skin sensitivity issues, but that just means that when I need to wear some, I can’t seem find any I can or would like to wear. I’ve, therefore, made a point of nabbing a lipstick here and there (when economically prudent ;P) to try out so I can figure out what works. I didn’t have an orangey one like Shimmy yet, so I’m going to give it a try!

Also in this box:

  • Monthly collection intro & quote card: info on the new It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse colors (which I didn’t pick up) and a quote from socialite and fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer, “That’s what life is about: Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight.”
  • Gilliam Green Apple Old Fashioned Candy Stick, this month’s freebie (yum), and
  • Promo code card: free polish with $10+ purchase at Julep.com (use FREEDECEMBER, expires 1/31/17).

Oh, also, I love the Julep bird-and-stars print compact mirror I picked up during Black Friday. It’s really cute and happened to be free with a $30 purchase:

The chameleon eyeliner trio is pretty good, too. In that subtle Julep way, the liners look black but have a hidden shimmer (silver, gold, or violet are the shimmer colors in the trio) that’s visible (when the light hits just right) but not too flashy for work. 😀

That’s it for now!

Julep July 2016 (Into the Sea) custom Maven Box (with promo code!)

I received my Julep Maven July 2016 Maven box almost a week ago (last Friday) but I didn’t have time to post about it until now.

I’d been thinking of skipping to save money, but I thought I’d give Julep’s new Lip Shade Sheer Lip Butter a try, since my lips need something with SPF that they’re not allergic to, and I’d yet to find the magic lip balm that fits that bill.

On to the box!

 

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Neon yellow tissue paper and turquoise paper crinkles: nice, bright summer colors. And:

  • Intro/quote card – “I must be a mermaid… I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin, Cuban American poet.
  • Promo code – use JULY30 for 30% off a Julep.com purchase through August 31, 2016.
  • Glow Highlighting Powder ($28 regular, $22.40 Maven) – I think this product currently only comes in one color, since the Julep website doesn’t actually specify a color choice, but mine is labeled as Champagne.
  • Lip Shade Sheer Lip Butter in Macaroon ($22 regular, $17.60 Maven) – Julep’s new product this month, with broad-spectrum SPF 30.
  • Julep Tomi ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven) – “Bermuda blue holographic jelly”
  • Julep Mickey ($14 regular, $11.20 Maven) – “Pink geranium ghost iridescent,” a freebie!
  • Pizzazz Juicy Jelly – This was pretty yummy, actually. It’s a soft jelly made of agar (a kind of algae), which seems more common in Asian candies. These are made in Canada, though. (Mine was cherry-flavored, and TiO2’s was lemon.) A freebie!

Onward!

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The Glow Highlighting Powder case has a simple and clean modern design, matte-black cover, and shiny sides. The hinge opens easily, though not so easily that I’d be afraid of it just swinging open in a bag. I did notice some loose powder inside the cardboard box, though, so I wouldn’t want to just throw this naked into a purse.

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Here it is, opened, though with the protective film still covering the powder well. I don’t typically carry makeup with me since I hardly wear it and don’t bother to touch it up when I do, but the large mirror seems handy for that, so I dig it.

Glow seemed like it could be a fun, subtle addition to barely-there makeup, so I gave it a shot. I swiped some on over the usual highlight areas (cheekbones, bridge of the nose, chin, etc.), and it looked fine over my favorite mostly matte bareMinerals. The sparkly diamond dust added a bit too much shine to some of my tinted sunscreens/BB creams, though. Guess it takes some trial and error not to end up looking sweaty. 😉

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Lip products are always such a gamble for me because of how often they irritate my skin, but Lip Shade Sheer Lip Butter in Macaroon is okay so far! Only time will tell if my skin will eventually hate it, but it’s otherwise a nice product. It smells a bit like cotton candy or cookies, goes on smoothly and semi-sheer, and feels moisturizing. (Macaroon turned out to be not the most flattering color for me because it’s not as bright as my natural lip color and makes my lips kind of disappear into my face, but a little lip liner helps with that.)

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And, finally, Tomi and Mickey, this month’s polishes. I’d completely forgotten that Julep promised to throw in a free surprise pink polish for sharing a Julep e-mail coupon earlier in the month. I’ll be trying these out soon and posting up swatches.

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Julep January 2016 Maven Box: New Year, Fresh Look Collection, Modern Beauty box + add-ons (with promo codes!)

My Julep Maven January 2016 Maven box arrived yesterday! I got the Modern Beauty box this time because I wanted to try their new moisturizer, plus I grabbed a few add-ons with some of the polishes I wanted at a reduced price. Such a good deal.

Here’s what came in the mail:

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A smaller box, plus the It’s Balm lip crayon in Nectar Pink from the Modern Beauty box, all my add-on nail polishes, and the freebie for picking up three add-ons, all nestled in cream-colored paper crinkles and wrapped in glittery baby-blue tissue paper. ❤

Before I continue on, here’s Nectar Pink, one of the new It’s Balm colors released this month, up close:

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I haven’t tried it on yet, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m not allergic. I don’t even wear lip stuff very frequently because of skin sensitivities, but the coral color really attracted me. So happy looking. I’d brave that for a special occasion.

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The smaller box had the No Limits Luxe Hydrating Creme (an all-purpose moisturizer, the other half of the Modern Beauty box) and this month’s bonus: a little box of Junior Mints! Yum. I liked that the quote this month is from Dr. Seuss.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

True, that. And, here’s No Limits, unboxed:

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The sparkly pearlescent box and plastic jar are pleasing to the eye. Under the lid, though, the dispenser for the moisturizer was unusual – at least, I’ve never come across this kind of dispenser before.

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Gotta admit, it took me a few tries to figure it out. “Push to dispense,” unfortunately, was not an adequate instruction. It should have read “pump a few times to prime, then push to dispense.” (If anyone from Julep is reading – maybe you could include the instructions on the side of the jar?) I didn’t pump the button first because I didn’t want to accidentally dispense too much, so when no product came out when I pressed the button, I initially tried pressing again, then pressing harder, then holding the button, then even checking the valve (the smaller circle) to see if there was a seal I hadn’t removed before I tried priming the dispenser. After priming, the product eventually squishes out from under the edges of the valve, so you can scoop it up with a fingertip or something. Weird design, but I guess it works.

Also, maybe I’m a n00b, but hey, I got it working eventually. ;P

The moisturizer itself is nice; I tried it on my face and hands. The creme isn’t greasy or heavy, soaks into the skin quickly, and kept my horribly dry skin feeling nice for many hours. So far, my super sensitive skin hasn’t had any bad reactions to it, either. The smell isn’t my favorite, though. It’s got the same scent as Julep’s Rock Star hand creme, I believe.

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The add-ons I picked up were:

  • Out Of This World trio (three polishes released this month: Tali (“[g]lacier breeze linear liquid holographic”), Shay (“[c]eladon iridescent chrome”), and Celeste (“[c]osmic gray iridecent glitter”)) for $14.99,
  • Viv (“[c]rème de menthe liquid holographic”) from this past holiday’s All Is Bright holographic polish trio, for $4,99, and
  • Tiffany (“[p]ink radish jelly”) from last June’s The Deep End collection, for $4.99.

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Janae, a “[c]ool charcoal crème” was my freebie for getting three or more add-ons.

Last, but not least, the promo codes for this month:

  • JAN10 for $10 off a $20+ purchase (from my box) and
  • JANLIPPY for a free It’s Whipped matte lip mousse ($22 regular retail price, $17.60 Maven) with a $20+ purchase (from my sister’s Boho Glam box)

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