Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Boxycharm Review - Pros and Cons of Boxycharm Beauty Subscription Service!

Hi Beauties.

Recently I had the opportunity to try out the new monthly beauty subscription service, Boxycharm!

For $21/month or $60/3 months, you will receive a beautifully crafted box with 5-7 beauty items; at least 4 items will be FULL SIZE.  Before subscribing, you will be able to complete a beauty profile and choose a plan that best suits your beauty needs. Boxycharm contains the best hair products, hottest cosmetic picks and latest nail trends. 
Sounds great, right?! 
Well before hitting that "subscribe" button, read on to see some pros and cons to this new service, and my personal thoughts.

Let me start off by showing you the first ever Boxycharm, and its contents...

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gloss in Pink Perfection
Approx Value $2 (Out of Stock)

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Wishful Pinking
Approx Value $2 (Clearance/ Discontinued)

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Explosion Luminizing Eyeshadow in Pink Punch
Approx Value $5.50

Mary Kay Cosmetic Bag
Approx Value $0

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Coffee Cake
Appox Value $6

Essie Nail Lacquer in Mod Square
Approx Value $8

Essence of Beauty Travel Brush Set
Approx Value $9.99

Style-Style Line & Seal 24 Twist Liner in Emerald
Approx Value $4.99

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 06
Approx Value $2.59

Approximate Total Cost for this Boxycharm:

My Thoughts on Boxycharm

In all honesty, I was a bit confused by this subscription service. While I was excited to see recognizable drugstore cosmetic brands, I was not pleased to see that a few of the items I was sent were either discontinued or out of stock at retailers. Many people purchase these monthly boxes to try out new products, and possibly purchase them again in the future. BUT if you were to fall in love with a product from this particular box, there's a good chance it will be discontinued and you will not be able to purchase another when you run out; a definite con. Of course when dealing with discontinued products, there's also the concern you might be receiving makeup that has already expired, which makes me a bit leary as well.
While I did enjoy a few of the products (especially impressed with the full size Essie nail polish and Rimmel lipstick!) I was also confused by a couple... random empty Mary Kay cosmetic bag?*usually free with purchase, and an Essence of Beauty travel brush set fit for someone with a face the size of a pea. lol
I did do some research on the products I received in this Boxycharm and found many of their current retail prices, which I listed above. The box's total value came to approximately $41.07, nearly double the monthly subscription fee of $21. So this box IS in fact a deal. Now, whether or not you want to spend this amount of money on drugstore makeup each month is up to you. I think I would personally enjoy picking out my own favorites at the drugstore for this price.

Have you tried Boxycharm? What are YOUR Thoughts? Let me know in the comments! :) 

You can learn more & sign up for Boxycharm here -- http://www.boxycharm.com

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Beauty & Fashion Must Haves for Summer 2013 ☼

Hi Beauties.

It's Summer Time! Woohoo! 
Time for fun in the sun and big changes in our beauty, fashion and hair regimens.
 I always love to see what you beauties are using and wearing each season, so I decided I wanted to share my Favorite Summer products with you all! 
I'm literally OBSESSED with these products, and I use many of them everyday!
So without further ado, here are my Beauty & Fashion Summer Must Haves:


BentleyBlonde's Beauty & Fashion Summer Essentials:

Fringe Bikini: http://amzn.to/ZvE9RE (ONLY $12 ! WOOHOO!) 

Bandage Dresses: WOW Couture on Hautelook: http://www.hautelook.com/short/MQu2

Tie Dye Shorts: Wet Seal
OR make your own! with my "Dip Dyed Ombre Shorts DIY": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_R8Lc...

Neon Shorts: Forever21, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Oi3GE...

High Waisted Denim Shorts: MISS KL (BLANK NYC Hi Rise)
 20% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER! + 10% OFF EVERY ORDER after that! w/ code: bentleyblonde20

Old Navy Tamis: http://amzn.to/13dIWpZ 
SEE ME HAUL THEM HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Oi3GE...

Studded Thong Sandals: Ross

Mint Studded Crossbody Bag: http://bit.ly/14jqf71

Aviators: JLo for Kohls

Mint Watch: http://bit.ly/14jqf71

Twistband Hair Ties: http://amzn.to/11HuvYJ

Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin: http://amzn.to/13dMQPE

Amore Pacific Time Response Eye Renewal Crème: http://amzn.to/13dN6hw

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Foundation: http://amzn.to/ZSJ2GJ

Sheer Cover: http://amzn.to/ZvLa50

Urban Decay De Slick Mattifying Powder: http://amzn.to/12uJMnc

Physicians Formula Conceal RX: http://amzn.to/19M6esf

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Blushes: http://amzn.to/11k9oLW

NYC Sunny Bronzer: http://amzn.to/17rCfXa

It Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Powder: http://amzn.to/19M6Iyu

Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray: http://amzn.to/11HxjVH

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner: http://amzn.to/12uKzoh

Stila All Day Waterproof Mascara: http://amzn.to/17rCYYm

Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre: http://amzn.to/191RarE

NYX Dolly Pink Lip Liner: http://amzn.to/17rD6qN

Makeup Forever Aqua Crème #7 Fuschia: http://amzn.to/14jsOpI

Loreal Colour Riche Le Balm: http://amzn.to/19M8hfY

Maybelline Baby Lips: http://amzn.to/19M8pff

Orly Fancy Fuschia Nail Polish: http://amzn.to/111LO85

Tarte Brazilliance Self Tanner: http://amzn.to/13nUJDC

Million Dollar Tan Cabana Tan Extreme FACE: http://amzn.to/12uLjd0

Million Dollar Tan Icon Extreme Sunless Tanning Spray: http://amzn.to/122TonP

Vaseline Aloe Hydrating Non Sticky Lotion: http://amzn.to/16NdaXj

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen: http://amzn.to/18RMAtj

Coppertone Sensitive Skin Faces: http://amzn.to/191Szyg

Hawaiian Tropic Tanning Dry Oil: http://amzn.to/111MXMQ

Moroccan Oil Treatment: http://amzn.to/13nVwEB