New boxes and bitching

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I got my last Nail Art Society box today. I cancelled on the 5th of this month before they could charge me for next month. You have to cancel by emailing them as there’s no way to do it on their site. Imagine my surprise when I got an email confirming my credit card was billed for next month. I was pissed. I emailed them twice more and left a phone message. I went on their facebook page and bitched. While there, I discovered I wasn’t the only one complaining about being charged after cancellation. Dirty rat bastards. After 4 days of hounding them, I finally got refunded and they claimed to have deleted my information but I’m not feeling relieved. We’ll see what happens next month.

My reasons for cancelling are simply that I have too many subs and I’m not sure I think this one is worth the money. April’s box just barely hits the $9.95 cost.

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I got a Kiss Nail Artist Kit which I like and while I already have a couple of these, I don’t have these specific colours so I’m happy for this.
–Stop Beauty Products nail string tape in aqua…I have 9 bazillion nail tapes in a ton of different colours. It’s incredibly cheap on ebay so this isn’t something I need.
–Beauty Art nail glue…I just ran out of nail glue and even though I hardly ever use it, it’s good to have some around.
–A clear box with 12 kinds of plastic nail art bows…I’m not a fan of 3D nail art and totally not a fan of putting plastic junk on my nails. I do, however, like the plastic box they came in because it might be handy to put some of my glitters in so I can see a bunch at once instead of digging out individual pots.

The Kiss kit retails for about $7.99 at CVS. The rest of this stuff might be worth two bucks. Meh.

I also decided to try Beauty Army. It’s $12 a month, you can skip months without cancelling your account and I have a couple of friends who seem to like it. You get to pick 6 products so you know what you’re getting and you have total control over what you get. I like the concept so I figured I give it a go.

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New York Streets Dry Shampoo I love dry shampoo. I had just run out so I was very happy to see this in my list of choices. It’s full size and it smells awesome! I like it. It retails for $10+ on Amazon.
Yes To Carrots Body Butter It’s a sample packet.It smells really good.
-Whip Hand Cosmetics loose pigment eyeshadow in Medal Of Honor…this is a seriously teeny little bottle. It’s a high shimmer shadow and I’m too old for shimmery shadows so I gave it to Amber. It’s a nice colour.
MARK Scanda-lash Hook up Mascara in Brownout. I like mascara so I’ll be trying this soon.
AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion I already use this lotion and I love it. I like this little 2 oz portable size.
Skinn Cosmetics Color Touch Eye, Cheek and Lip Glow in Teen Tone…I absolutely LOVE this colour. I wouldn’t use it for lips or eyes but it’s a gorgeous, perfect shade for me. It’s a creme not a powder which makes me love it all the more. This is also a full size product.

Here are some close-ups of the colours and a comparison of the eye shadow size to a coke bottle cap.

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I definitely think this is worth the $12 cost and I’ll keep an eye on them to see if they have stuff I want every month.

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Boxes

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I got my Ipsy box and the $1.95 try-it box from Conscious Box today. Ipsy made me happy, Conscious Box made me go “WTF!”

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The cute pink & white Ipsy bag contained:

Sation Nail Lacquer in Love At First Byte, a sheer peachy colour. I like it.
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder I don’t know about this stuff. I’m going to have to research how to use it. I assume it’s like dry shampoo only loose powder.
Be A… Bombshell Blush in Sweet Cheeks. This is a great colour for me.
Two Cosmetics Eye Shadow Duo in Heartache. Pink colours, one matte, one shimmer. I might like this.

There were only 4 products this month which is on the light side for the Ipsy bags but the last couple of months have seen less than the normal amount of products. It’s still worth the $10 I pay so it’s all good.

Next up is Conscious Box. I read on Makeup Talk board about the $1.95 try-it special so I figured I’d give it a go. What a pile of crap. For real. There’s a couple of things in here that I might use but seriously, I would never ever ever pay $20 a month for this. I assume their demographic is the earthy, crunchy, tree-hugger, vegan, vegetarian, organic, all natural, bark and twig eating types. Bleh.

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Safonique Lavender Sea laundry detergent…I’ll use this.
Health Force Nutritionals Vitamineral Green 5.2…WTF? It’s some kind of powder. I have no idea what you would do with it. It says, and I’m not kidding, “Foundational, full spectrum, hard-core, alkaline, therapeutic, whole food bio-nutritive superfood complex for the entire body.” There is a list of about 30 ingredients including things like Nettle Leaf, Horsetail Sweetgrass, Amla Berry, Chlorella, BladderWrack, Alpha-Galactosidase and about 15 more. Once again I ask you…WTF?
Lafes deodorant stick…It’s one of those mineral rock deodorant things. I’ll stick with Secret Flawless.

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Qspeed…this is CoQ10. 100mg. It says delicious orange-flavored tablets that dissolve in your mouth. I don’t know what CoQ10 does and I have no plans to eat this.
MRM 100% All Natural Whey in Rich Vanilla…it says it’s a dietary supplement. I say WTF.
Earthrise Spirulina Natural Green Superfood for Longevity 6 tablets (one day supply)…Let’s just say I’d rather die young than eat crap I have no clue what it is.
Organic Food Bar Chocolate Covered Active Greens…I don’t know what an active green is but hey, it’s covered in chocolate! How bad can it be? Bad. Really really really bad. It smells like dirty socks and it tastes like a combo of prunes, grass, a fuckton of brown sugar and what I imagine cow shit might taste like.

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Seventh Generation Mandarin Refreshing Facial Cleansing Cloths (1 cloth)…Oooo! A brand I recognise! I’ll use these.
Totlogic Body Lotion…I assume with the name TOTlogic, it’s for kids although it says it’s “for the entire family. It’s lotion. I know what lotion is so I’ll probably use it.
Celestial Seasonings Blackberry Pomegranite Green Tea…Oooo! Another product I recognise! I’ll give this to Amber. She loves flavoured teas.
Coromega Omega 3+D Squeeze Tropical Orange…It says it supports bone, cardiovascular and immune health. Lovely. However, it’s some kind of liquid jelly type thing that you eat from a spoon. Just no. Really. No.

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Peter Rabbit Organics-Banana and apple 100% pure fruit snack…I think this is some kind of puree that one drinks like a smoothy. I also think this is baby food.
Nurture Me Plump Peas Dried Organic Babyfood…I’ll give it to Chrissy. Maybe she’ll be brave enough to feed it to my grandbaby girl when she’s old enough to eat.

This box also came with 90000 flyers and literature for the products. The Health Food Nutritionals flyer makes me really want to eat straight up bacon fat and sticks of butter…at least I know what’s in that. I’d rather die than be healthy if that’s what it would take to live forever.

The Totlogic sheet lists some of its other products…Barklogic – a flea & tick product for dogs, Licelogic and Bedbuglogic. This company creeps me the fuck out. Seriously.

I would never deliberately put in my body 99% of the stuff in this box. Being healthy tastes like ass, makes you rub rocks on your underarms, feed your baby c-rations and pureed smoothies, slather yourself in lice lotion and eat unrecognisable green powder with bladderwrack in it. Oh hell no. Bring on the bacon fat. I’d rather die young, fat and happy.

Flowers while blind

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I had polisher’s block this week. I did 3 separate manicures but nothing really did it for me. I did one hand in pink & white dots and stripes and I was going to do the other hand today, (it was late, I didn’t want to stay up to do the other hand,) but Bill somehow managed to develop an ulcerated cornea overnight so I ended up at the eye doctor with a one-handed manicure. The receptionist remarked on it, said it was cute, but I dunno…it just wasn’t doing it for me.

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Base coat is Seche Clear
Pink is is NYX Girls Zurich #233
White is OPI Alpine Snow #L00
Top coat is Seche Vite Dry Fast

So I decided that I would take it off, practice stamping…which I suck at…and then try to do something I might like. I guess I took my glasses off at the eye doctor’s office though I don’t remember doing it. I got a call from them that my glasses were there and I could pick them up on MONDAY (!!!) because they’re closed this weekend. That nixed the stamping practice idea but I am emotionally incapable of having naked nails..I might have a total mental breakdown… so I pulled out my old prescription glasses but they’re old for a reason. I can’t see up close with them at all. Undaunted, I opted to fly blind.

I went for grey with white flowers with red centers and some random black dots. I then opted to matte it out which I like much better. What do you think? Shiny or matte? I don’t think I did too bad considering I couldn’t see what I was doing. I suppose I can live with this for a week…depending on how it looks to me when I can see again.

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These two are matte:

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Base coat is Seche Clear
Grey is NYC In A New York Minute Quick Dry in Sidewalkers #270
White is OPI Alpine Snow #L00
Red is NYC In A New York Minute Quick Dry in Madison Avenue #226
Black is Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Black Diamond #325
Top coat is China Glaze Matte Magic

Frostbite

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New nails! I love, love, love this colour so much I want to marry it. Seriously. I only did one accent finger because this colour is so freakin’ gorgeous, I don’t want to cover it up. I think this is my new favourite colour. Next time, I think I might try it with the China Glaze Matte Magic top coat. I bet it would look fantastic.

I took this picture without flash because the flash altered the colour completely. This picture still doesn’t have the colour just right, though. It’s deeper, way shinier and much prettier. Unfortunately, I totally suck with a camera so this is the best I can get. This pic makes it look kind of purple-y, ya think? But it’s not purple at all. It’s bright, electric, jewel tone kind of royal blue. Lots of adjectives, I know. Stupid camera.

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Base coat is Seche Clear
Blue is China Glaze in Frostbite
Black is Wet n Wild Wild Shine in Black Creme
Top coat is Seche Vite Dry Fast

So I decided to use the China Glaze Matte Magic top coat to see how it would look. I have to say, I really like it both ways. I just love this colour so much! What do you think?

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My last Glossybox (maybe)

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Glossybox keeps annoying me in small ways. I have no idea why they roll out shipments in dribs and drabs. I hate it that some people get theirs before others. I don’t get the point in shipping that way. And the customer service was just plain bad. I got to the point where I was kind of afraid that they had my credit card info. I cancelled for February for two reasons: 1. Sucktastic customer service. 2. It was a shitty box with nothing I might use.

I got sucked back in for the March box because they sent me a promo code for an eyeliner which included a spoiler for the Modelco Cheek & Lip Tint. It retails for $24+ and that covers the box cost and then some. Also, I understand that gb has stepped up their customer service from horrible to less horrible. In the end, it turns out March is a good box. Glossybox is $22 per month.

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Elite Models liquid eyeliner in Matt Brown – $15.00. I’m going to try it but I’m scared of liquid eyeliner. I’m like a T-Rex having a seizure when it comes to that type of thing.

Modelco Cheek & Lip Tint in Rosy Red – $27.31 on Amazon. I’m happy for this mostly to try on my lips.

Pixi Glow Lid Last Shadow Pen in Shell Sheen – $11.99 on Amazon. It’s got a lot of shine and sparkle which is never a good thing for old chicks like me. I might try it under my eyebrows as a brow definer.

Prestiche Essential Oil Bar Soap in Yin Yang – $17.99. It smell like eucalyptus which reminds me of Vick’s Vapour Rub. Um, just no. On top of that, I don’t like bar soap. They’re messy. I’ll see if one of the kids wants this.

Sebastian Shaper Fierce Hair Spray – $2.10 ($14.35 full size 10 oz on Amazon.) I like Sebastian products and I really need a new hairspray so I’m happy for this.

Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Flinch – $20.63. This was the promo item. On the site it’s called a charcoal grey but it’s actually brown with a grey hue. It’s a hard, dry pencil and I can tell it will be a bitch to get on. I’ll give it a try; maybe I’m wrong. I wish I had used the code to get the lipstick instead.

The only item that wasn’t full size is the Sebastian hair spray which is a deluxe sample at 1.5 oz. There is also a $40.00 gift certificate to use on the Prestiche website. There are several types of items that go for $40 or under but shipping is $12…no matter what you buy. A single soap is $18 with $12 shipping. Ridiculous! If anyone wants this certificate, let me know and I’ll send it to you.

The value of just the product is $95.02. If you add in the gift certificate, that brings the overall value to $135.02. My $22 turned into $95.02. You just can’t beat these subscription boxes for their value. Depending on what I see for April spoilers, this might not really be my last box. I just keep getting sucked in.

Stripes

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I moved away from dots for my latest manicure and into stripes! I’m liking this quite a bit and it’s toned way down from my fabulous watermelons of last week. I got all of the polishes for both of these manicures from Rachel. She’s a rockstar!

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Base coat is Seche Clear
Top stripe is is Opi A Grape Fit
Middle stripe is OPI Ate Berries In The Canaries E46
Bottom stripe is OPI Strawberry Margarita M23
Top coat is Seche Vite Dry Fast

I bought the Seche Clear base coat. I love the Seche top coat so much, I figured the base coat must be awesome too. It dries super fast.

My daughter-in-law had the baby and left me to my own devices so I did both of these manicures myself. The girls in Bath & Body Works just loved the watermelons. They really were super cute in spite of having broken the nail on the index finger of my left hand. :sad face:

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Base coat is Sally Hansen Diamond Shine
Pink is Essie Status Symbol 681
Green is Essie Pretty Edgy 725
Top coat is Seche Vite Dry Fast

There was also a small amount of Wet n’ Wild Wild Shine in Black Creme 424A and Nyx Girls in White #149 and a paler green from Kleancolor but I forget the name.