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Lip Monthly September 2020

Lip Monthly September 2020

I missed the cutoff date for cancelling the Lip Monthly subscription for the month of September. I think this bag worked out to be between $17 and $20 CAD. Which feels, uh, very not worth it? IDK. This bag arrived the first week of October […]

Boxycharm – June 2020

Boxycharm – June 2020

I thought I was deserving of a treat (I always find a way to justify it), and ordered the June Boxycharm on a hope and a prayer. I ordered the box on June 3, it shipped June 16, and I received it July 6. Since […]

FabFitFun Starter Box Fall 2019

FabFitFun Starter Box Fall 2019

I love a good subscription box. I’ve been wanting to try FabFitFun for ages, but the price (plus shipping and exchange) has always been a deterrent for me. Sure, you get a lot of stuff with a high value, but if I don’t use it, it provides no value, you know?

FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box, filled with home, lifestyle, and beauty products. The box costs $49.99 (but you can always find a discount code). The value is regularly over $250.

A friend of mine gave me a code for a starter box. The box itself was free, but I did have to pay shipping, which worked out to be around $12.00 CAD. Shipping took about 2 1/2 weeks from ordering to delivery.

Anyway, here’s what I got in the box.

Mark & Graham Colorblock Throw in Gray/Ivory

This was my favourite item in the box. It’s getting cold here in Canada, and there’s no such thing as too many blankets. The blanket is super soft. It took its place on my couch immediately. I love it!

MRSP $49

Lavido Aromatic Body Lotion in Mandarin, Orange & Bergamot

The lotion was probably the most ‘meh’ thing for me in the box. Lotions are fine. I just don’t use them a whole lot. The scent is nice.

MRSP $19

Way of Will Strengthening Nail & Cuticle Serum

This was another highlight in the box. I have weak, soft nails that sometimes peel. I enjoy nail oils, and loved that this one was strengthening. The dropper leaves much to be desired. I prefer to ‘paint on’ a nail oil. I felt like I kind of had to rub it in myself, and had oily fingers.

MRSP $24

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been experimenting with exfoliators, both chemical and physical. This is a combination of the two, which I’m excited about. The card says it’s $75 but it seems to have gone up about $10 since. On the Sephora Canada website, it’s listed as $110, which is nuts. I hope I don’t like this too much!!! Because I am not spending $110 on any beauty product ever unless it promises to make me look like JLO in Hustlers.

MRSP $75

Considering I only paid $12 for this box, I am pretty darn happy with it. I don’t know if it’s convinced me to get the full-size box. If you want to join FabFitFun I have a code you can use here for 50% off your first box. Or if you want to try a starter box like this one, message me on Twitter and I can send you the email.

Ipsy – September 2018

Ipsy – September 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve received an Ipsy bag – so long in fact, Ipsy sent me an email offering me a free bag. I’m not one to say no to free things. If you think that I am getting this up too late, […]

Boxycharm September 2018

Boxycharm September 2018

Well, it’s almost October, so why wouldn’t this be the most perfect and definitely relevant time to give my thoughts about the September Boxycharm? I was looking forward to getting this box, it was going to be my last one for a while. After only […]

Boxycharm August 2018

Boxycharm August 2018

Hello and welcome back to another Boxycharm review! Let’s get right into this.

Boxycharm has rocketed to the top of my list as my favourite beauty subscription box, for the main reason of the value for what you pay being so astronomical, but the value of the box is really only worth it if the box is valuable to YOU as a consumer. I guess I could say that the August box, is probably not the most valuable to me.

In the August box I received:

Laura Lee Los Angeles Party Animal Pressed Pigment Palette – $19 USD – Laura Lee was embroiled in some not so casual drama juuuust in time for this predetermined-far-in-the-past box to be released. So it’s tough to use this palette. It also features some pretty out there colours, which is fine by me, but I’m not going to use this for every day looks. This is not everyone’s cup of tea, I get that.

House of Lashes Falsies in Bambie* – $9 USD – I was reeeeeeally hoping I wasn’t going to get the lashes variance in my box, but alas, here we are. I never use lashes. I got a pair of lashes in my June Boxycharm that I am probably never going to use. And these are pretty out there in the realm of lashes. Even if I was going for super glam I would never go for these.

Bang Beauty Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate – $22 USD – With the previous two product, they may not be everyone’s taste, but they’re decent products. This “eyeliner” is just egregiously bad. It straight up does not work as an eyeliner. It doesn’t have enough pigment. It doesn’t work as an eye shadow base because it makes every shadow muddy and hard to blend. It is incredibly lacklustre as an eyebrow gel. It is truly unfathomable that this was included in the box this month AND that the market value is $22. You could find better eyeliners at the dollar store.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks – $25 USD – I have a hard time noticing any tangible difference that eye masks might provide, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love them! I was pretty excited about these coming in the box this month. I was even more excited to see that they included 3 pairs of them. I feel like most subscription services only include one pair. These are great because they stay on my face, most that I’ve tried just slide off so I have to lay very still. V v v into these.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Latte Matte* – $25 CAD – I was really looking forward to getting a Smashbox lippie in this month’s box. When I saw the colour I received, I was kind of eh about it. I liked the colour on me, but I was hoping for something a little more interesting than a peachy nude. That was until I saw some of the colours other people were getting in their boxes. Green metallic? No thanks. Then I was very thankful for the one I got.

NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil – $18 USD – My nails suck. I don’t treat them very well. I was super happy to get a cuticle oil. I’ve been trying to use it with some regularity, and I’ve noticed an improvement in my nails. I’m getting waaay less hangnails.

The overall market value of this box was $113 USD. The overall Haley Strong value was much less than that. Still, even with this month’s box being a bit of a disappointment, I’m still quite happy to be subscribed to Boxycharm. If you want to subscribe, use my referral link here.

*Variant

Boxycharm July 2018

Boxycharm July 2018

I truly never intended to get the July box. I really wanted the June box, and then I thought it was going to be one and done with Boxycharm. Not because it wasn’t good, but because it’s just a little tough on my budget. Don’t […]

Boxycharm June 2018

Boxycharm June 2018

As a lover of beauty products and getting things in the mail, I am obviously a huge fan of subscription boxes. I’ve taken a long break from them for various reasons – they will no longer ship to Canada, I wasn’t excited about the products […]