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GB vs VBB : How Much Make-Up is Too Much?

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Last week I got my third installment of GlossyBox and my second Vegan Cuts Vegan Beauty Box. I wasn’t nearly as excited as the first few times–I’m still making my way through drawers full of sample and regular size products, and I just feel like I need a pause on the inflow of beauty potions that has invaded my bathroom, purse, diaper bag, gym bag and blog.

There are a lot of positive things about subscription boxes, it’s a less expensive and more fun way to try new things, but I’m starting to feel a little overwhelmed by having too many options. Especially of lipstick. Since I wear it once every…never. The baby doesn’t like lipstick kisses all over her face.

Despite my lackluster attitude about receiving them, these were by far the best boxes yet. There wasn’t one thing in either I’m not excited to try, and whoever chose the products did such a great, tailored job, the contents felt like I had taken a trip to the creepy Sephora in JC Penny (the only one nearby) for a beauty splurge.

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The products, in order of excitement to receive them.

February Glossy Box “Love is in the Air”

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  1. Etre Belle Cosmetics: Golden Skin Roll-On Caviar Eye Gel
  2. Biorepublic Skincare: Sheet Mask
  3. Teeez Cosmetics: Oasis Gem Lipstick in Heat Wave Ruby
  4. Benefit Cosmetics: The Porefessional Face Primer
  5. Glamglow: Thirstycleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser

Everything in this box appealed to me, and I’m not sure if a few of the things would have a few months ago (thanks GB for educating me on all the make-up I didn’t know I needed). I’ve been looking for a roller eye gel ever since reading a recent review about how the rollerball stimulates the skin around your eyes, helping to de-puff. Which I need a lot of.

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Sheet masks are my new favorite because of the easy clean-up and the husband scare factor.

But I have to jump to the fourth product on my list, the Primer. I had never used a primer prior to our trip to the Super Bowl. I try not to use too much product on my face because of my sensitive problem skin. But. Primer. Works. It helped my make-up stay on through a long, sweaty and windy game and it made my BB cream cover more of my flawed skin. Who knew?

Apparently everyone but me.

I mentioned above I’m not a huge lipstick fan. But the color this month IS very pretty, and the packaging is pretty cool. I’ll probably try to wear it one day to work and see if I get any sort of reaction my coworkers.

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Face wash is face wash. I have way too much right now.

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February Vegan Cuts Beauty Box

  1. Harvey Prince Organics: Luxury Perfume in Yogini
  2. Tara Smith Haircare: Base Coat Serum with starflower seed and coconut oil
  3. 100% Pure: Versatile Eye Creamstick Liner with sea minerals and vitamins
  4. The Wonder Seed: Hemp seed oil facial cream

I can back most organic beauty products, I truly believe you should know not just what you put IN your body, but on it. Like food though, organic doesn’t always mean good. Especially in the perfume world. I’ve tried a few different perfumes that didn’t smell quite right or didn’t last past leaving my bathroom. Initially, I thought this perfume was way too strong, but I decided to try it this morning, and rolled into my wrist, it smelled incredible. After a full day of work, a speed workout at lunch and a baby bath, it was still lingering. The yogini is a little deep and spicy for everyday, but I’m still searching for my perfect perfume and want to try his other scents.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI’ve been using an Aveda anti-humidity smoother, but it leaves my hair a little greasy. I tried this Tara Smith serum on dry hair and it was almost unbelievable. It softened my hair, had no sticky residue, smelled fresh but not too earthy and left my hair shiny and bouncy.

The last time I wrote my Vegan Box review I said I thought the face mask was eye shadow and got excited. Well, someone listened, and they included a crayon eyeliner in a dark brown and brassy silver. Like primer, I just started using a little eye shadow (ok, maybe I need to blame living in the South for this need to feel made-up all the time?? What happened to my every day yoga pants and no makeup??), and I’m excited to try this one sometime this week.

The face cream smells like fresh spring. That’s why I love it.

I’m still not sure I’ll continue the boxes, or both boxes, much longer. I’ve really been pushing minimalism, with a potential move lingering over us and my new stance that I want less, but better, stuff. But it’s also hard to find the time to test and search out new products. I’m still on the fence.

And I’ll probably end up with a third subscription box by March.

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