Before I begin I just want to point out the box was tied much better than shown in the picture – I couldn’t help myself when I got this package, I ripped open the box before taking any photos and my bow wrapping/tying skills are terrible as you can see.
Not that anyone cares.
LuxePineapple is a website that sells beauty products at a discounted price and they release Boxes of Joy and Mystery Boxes a few time a month and they also have the option to build your own Box of Joy!
Liz, the founder of LuxePineapple, was kind enough to let me build my own Box of Joy for review purposes, you can check it out here!
When LuxePineapple tweeted about their NYX mystery boxes, I knew I had to get my hand on one. Each box was $10 with free shipping and included 3 NYX items!
I was really glad I purchased this as soon as they came out because they sold out in minutes!
NYX Diamond Sparkle Lipstick in Sparkling Rust $4.63
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cobalt $4.50
NYX Mosaic Powder Blush in Truth $7.00
Everything but the lipstick is available on NYX’s website but I did find the lipstick on NYX UK’s website so that’s where I got the retail value from.
I took some swatches of the products
I don’t know if you guys can see but I swatched the mosaic powder first, it’s a really pretty golden color! I think I’ll end up using this as a shadow more than a highlighter/bronzer but who knows! I really like the color of the lipstick they sent me, I know I’ll be using it often! I know I won’t use the jumbo eye pencil often but I’m glad they sent me a pretty blue since I don’t have any colors like this!
This box had a value of around $16 and that’s a really great deal for me considering I only paid $10 for this box! NYX is one of my favorite drugstore brands and I love trying different products from them, and getting them at a discounted price is a huge win for me.
I’m definitely looking forward to purchasing more boxes from LuxePineapple, especially since they’re releasing some Ciate polishes soon! If you’re interested in checking out LuxePineapple, be sure to use my link here to get $10 off a $25 purchase!
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Beauteque is by far my favorite website to shop at when it comes to Asian beauty products, I’m particularly addicted to the various sheet masks they sell! Along with their monthly BB Bag, Beauteque also released a new Head to Toe Bag! This bag is not a subscription bag, it is a one time purchase and is only available until the end of February – I was kindly send this for review purposes.
The Head to Toe Bag costs $26 plus $4.95 shipping in the US, $6.95 in Canada, and $8.95 in Europe and contains 7-8 full sized products.
Some items are customizable and three of the items were shown in a sneak peek while the other items remained a mystery. I tried not to peek at all of the contents of Head to Toe Bag but I couldn’t help but check out reviews from other bloggers since the crazy weather delayed the mail!
February’s Head to Toe Bag had a theme of “Pink”, and is said to include a variety of beauty products perfect for an afternoon with friends or a night out with that special someone!
I saw many other gals raving about the actual bag this month and I can’t say I disagree! It’s completely different from the other bags they sent and I love the material and design! Plus the color is perfect for February!
Each bag comes with an information card detailing the products inside
Onto the products
Hada Senka by Shiseido Moisturizing Lotion – $15.95
Femme Couture Highlighting Luminizer in Pink Sparkle – $11.50
I know Shiseido is a highly respected brand so I was excited that Beauteque included one of their products in this bag! I tried this out and it feels great on my skin – it’s lightweight and moisturizing. I think it’s perfect for right now since I get a few dry patches in the cold weather.
I’ve never used a luminizer before since I prefer a matte finish. It can be used on its own or be mixed in with a foundation. I was curious to try this out but I made a HUGE mess with this product! I didn’t know it was going to be super liquidy/runny! I got it all over my hand and clothes. It does give a subtle glow but it settled into my lines so I’ll probably find someone to give this to. I really wish the packaging was different!
It’s Skin Todak Todak Wash Off Mask in Pomegranite – $2.50 each
Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream in Rosehip – $3.95
Yay for masks! I’ve never tried these wash off masks before but I’m excited to use them. These are one time use but I’ll probably get 2 uses out of each pod. These are specifically for moisturizing and elasticity! You apply the mask and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
I was really interested by the spoon cream since I never saw a product like it before. This cream is supposed to moisturize and brighten skin. You snap the handle and use it to mix the cream and apply it on your face overnight! I love Etude House so I’m really excited to try this out!
Lameila Compact Puff – $15.95
Tony Moly Automatic Lip Liner in 02 – $7.25
Tony Moly Circle Lens Volumizing Mascara – $6.50
The compact puff was in the sneak preview so I was really really excited to try it out! I LOVE my beauty blender but they’re pricey so I’m trying to find a nice dupe to purchase. Although the card says it’s nearly $16 I found this compact for $3 on a different website.
I have an addiction to lip liners at the moment so I was really happy seeing this in the bag! The shade is a gorgeous pink color and I know I’ll be using it often! It wasn’t super creamy but wasn’t rough when applying either, I may purchase a few other color! I also like how there’s a brush at the other end!
This mascara is supposed to give a long and defined look and isn’t supposed to clump. I’ll probably pass this over to someone since I don’t use mascara often. I do like how affordable it is but again, I found both of these Tony Moly products for a slightly lower price than listed on the card.
Another look at the lip liner + a swatch
The overall value with the prices listed on the card come to be around $66 so I think they had a misprint when they wrote the retail value was $80. However, some of the products do seem to have inflated prices and with my research over the web, the value I came out was near $50. I still think that’s a great value for the price of the bag! Plus I’m in love with all of the products – except the luminizer. I think my favorite are the Tony Moly Lip Liner and Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream! I’m most excited to try the compact puff to see how it compares to the beauty blender!
I think Beauteque was successful in incorporating the products to the theme of “Pink”! I was intrigued on how they would do that and I am definitely going to stick the bag into my purse soon since pink is my favorite color!
I’m super excited to see what they come up with in March! If you’re interested in purchasing the Head to Toe Pink Bag, you can do so here! They’re available until the end of February or until supplies last.
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First off, let me just say how excited I was to FINALLY get this! Mail was delayed for a few days because of the crazy weather but it seems like the worst is over.
UPDATE: LuxePineapple does not currently have the option to create your on Box of Joy as I was able to. They will be releasing other boxes soon so be sure you’re following them on Instagram and Twitter!
What is LuxePineapple?
LuxePineapple is not a subscription service. They release about 3-4 different Boxes of Joy , filled with beauty products, each month and they’re available until supplies last. From my knowledge, they seem to sell out super quick! They also release Mystery Boxes of Joy from time to time, and the ones I’ve seen so far have included incredible products! Some brands LuxePineapple includes in their boxes and shop are Mac, Laura Geller, Too Faced, Kiehls, Lancome, Tarte – and according to their Instagram, they’ll be including Urban Decay and NYX products soon!
A great thing about LuxePineapple is that they offer some awesome deals in their shop – as you’ll see with my Box of Joy!
When I first visited their website, I thought it was too good to be true since some high end products had such a huge discount! They included this explanation as to how they offer low prices:
We work the same way that large retailers like TJ MAXX do. It’s not a secret. Manufacturers liquidate overstocks, discontinueds, excess testers, or “old” packaging after a package update. We buy in big quantities and pass along the savings to you. We keep our overhead low so we’re able to keep our prices low too. We DO NOT buy shelf pull items, we DO NOT buy product from China, we DO NOT buy “fake” products. After working in professional beauty for a decade it took me a year prior to our launch to find and vet our vendors. We think we have the greatest products at the best prices and work hard daily to keep it this way.
Not all Boxes of Joy cost the same price, the ones I’ve seen so far cost from $10 – $25. The Build Your Own Boxes have various prices since you get to decide on how many item you’d like to include! My favorite thing about LuxePineapple is that shipping is FREE – but only in the US. If you live outside of the US, you can email them and they’ll give you a quote on shipping.
Onto my box!
I was originally going to review one of the pre-made Boxes of Joy from LuxePineapple but when they came out with the ”build your own box” option, they asked me if I’d rather try that! Although I did get to choose the items, LuxePineapple gave me store credit in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
The packaging is gorgeous! I love the box they put it in – it reminded me of Birchbox and the way they tied it up reminded me of Glossybox!
I noticed some of my products were covered with some dust or something – not sure what it was.
My box came with this cute card and I think keychain they added was super cute!
Laura Geller Accessor-Eyes Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner & WOW Factor Mascara – $20.00
Too Faced Exotic Color Intense Eyeshadow in Enchanted Garden – $17.00
I’ve never owned any Laura Geller products so I was really excited when I saw this in the shop! I thought it was perfect to get since I just finished the gel liner I was using and the mascara will probably be given to my mom since she goes through them super quick.
I love Too Faced and I just HAD to have this shadow, it’s such a pretty shimmery dark brown! They had tons of other colors in their shop when I purchased this one but many of them have sold out since I last checked.
Kleancolor Kabuki Brush – $4.50
Kiehls Mahvelous Muave Lip Gloss – $6.50
I thought this Kabuki Brush was cute and I’ve never tried this brand before. The bristles aren’t super soft and you can see from the photo that the hairs are already starting to come off – but it was only $4.50 so I wasn’t expecting it to be luxurious.
I know the Kiehls lip gloss is discontinued I wanted to check it out anyways so I thought why not?!
The total price of my box was $48.00 but stop – wait a minute! (am I the only one who laughed? yes? okay moving on)
With the Build Your Own Box of Joy – you can use coupon code “CUSTOMBOX” to get 50% off your order BUT you have to have $30 of items in your cart!
So the total cost of my box was $24 with free shipping (do you hear angels singing because I do!)
For the price, I think it’s a great deal! I do wish I waited to place my order though because they just added some Mac Blushettes for $12.50! Who knows though, I may build another box just for those!
Anywho, I do recommend checking out LuxePineapple if you’d like to purchase beauty products at a discounted price and don’t mind if it’s old packaging or whatnot!
I’m definitely looking forward to the NYX box they announced on Twitter – which should be coming out in a few weeks!
Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.
I wasn’t expecting my Birchbox since I didn’t get an email for tracking but I’m glad it randomly showed up in my mailbox a few days ago!
For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!
Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!
Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in the Birchbox store. Something new they started this year is if you share your Birchbox on FB or Twitter you will get an additional 10 points! These points add up super fast since you can get $6 or more worth of store credit each month!
I am in love with February’s box! This month’s theme is Friendship – This month’s box is dedicated to the people who cheer us on, calm us down, and make us laugh so hard we cry.
Birchbox sent out a new coupon code, “BENEFITGIFT”, where you can get a free Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer Deluxe Mini with any Full Size Benefit Purchase from 2/9-2/26!
Each box comes with a card detailing the products sent to you
I was hoping for a Beauty Blender this month but no luck this time..hopefully they sample those again soon!
Marcelle Gentle Make-up Remover for Sensitive Eyes: 50 mL – $5.00
The Balm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in BAM!: .08 oz – $4.00
The Marcelle was my sample choice for this month since I never used a liquid makeup remover before – I’m always used face wipes and honestly prefer those better. I’ve been using this since I got it and I’m happy to say it didn’t irritate my eyes! I don’t see myself reaching for it often unless I run out of my face wipes – but who knows, maybe this will grow on me!
I’ve always wanted to try The Balm and I do like this lip gloss but the shade isn’t for me, I wish they sent out something a tiny bit darker! The formula is a little sticky but not the point where it bothers me. I’ll probably find someone to send this off to!
BeeKind Conditioner: 1 oz – $1.88
Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub: 1 oz – $3.19
Proper Bar Soap: 1 oz – $2.40
The BeeKind conditioner is made from honey and organic calendula, and it’s supposed to soften hair and add shine. I’m going to pass on this sample because it’s barely enough for one use – I’ll probably pass it along to someone else who’s interested in it. One thing I like is that it’s paraben and phthalates free!
I’m super excited to try the Derma E because one of my friends loves this brand and had nothing but great things to say about it! Plus I will never say no to an exfoliator, this one is an all natural cleanser that fades dark spots, cleans pores, and takes off dead skin. I’m glad they sent a nice sample size of this, I’ll be able to use it plenty of times to see how it works with my skin!
The last item I got is the soap – it’s a French-milled soap that hydrates skin and is made with shea and olive oils. I wasn’t excited about this product but I do want to try it and see why a one bar costs $12!
The total value of my box this month is $16.47 – not bad considering this only cost $10. I wasn’t impressed with the contents of my box this month but I can never get super upset with Birchbox since I’ll get $6.00 in store credit for reviewing my products and sharing my box on Twitter or Facebook!
What are your thoughts on February’s Birchbox? If you would like to subscribe, you can so here!
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Beauteque launched a new website for their subscription service not too long ago and they kindly sent me their February BB Bag to review!
For those who don’t know, Beauteque is one of my favorite websites to shop at when I’m looking for beauty and skincare products from the Eastern side of the world! They have an AMAZING variety of products – I’m particularly addicted to their sheet masks!
This month’s BB Bag contains 8 full sized items that are a variety of beauty, skincare, and lifestyle products and the cool thing is that you can customize some of your products each month or you can decide not to customize at all and the Beauteque team will choose for you!
Here’s a breakdown of the different plans and prices:
- $24 + shipping for 1 month.
- $24 + shipping for 3 months PLUS an additional full sized item with each BB Bag!
- #23 + shipping for 6 months PLUS an additional full sized item with each BB Bag PLUS a gift set valued at $50 with the last BB Bag of the subscription period!
- $22 + shipping for 12 months PLUS an additional full sized item with each bag PLUS a gift set valued at $100 with the last BB Bag of the subscription period!
- The shipping fees are 3.95 for the US, $5.95 for Canada, and $8.95 for Europe.
- If you subscribe by the 15th of the month, you will receive the BB Bag of that month, if you subscribe after the 15th, you will receive the BB Bag for the next month.
Let’s dig into February’s bag!
Each bag comes with a card detailing the products inside:
Onto the products:
NextBeau Collagen/Elasticity Wrinkle Piggy Mask Pack $2.50
Humanpia Costech Arbutin Essence Mask: $2.50
It’s Skin Mango White Lip and Eye Remover Tissue: $5.00
Etude House Collagen Eye Patch: $3.99
Yay for sheet masks! I was so excited to see two of them in this bag, and I haven’t tried either of these brands before so I can’t wait to try them out! The Piggy Mask moisturizes the skin and keeps it vibrant, plus it contains wrinkle improvement raw material and hyaluronic acid, which helps your skin retain water and fights off wrinkles and signs of aging. The Humanpia Costech mask restores flexibility in skin!
The It’s Skin tissues smell soooo good, the scent is super light! I know the packaging says it’s only meant for your eyes and lips but I’m wondering if I can get away with using it on my full face. Hopefully these will motivate me to take off my eyeliner thoroughly each night – I’m the worst when it comes to that off!
I’ve never used an eye patch before but I’m definitely intrigued by these! They’re meant to revitalize and improve appearance near your eyes and they’re from Etude House – one of the brands I really like!
Tony Moly Petit Art Perfume Mist in Romantic Pink: $12.00
Hair Spa Towel: $9.99
This was one of the three items we were able to customize! The perfume mist scent is super light and sort of florally and I’m usually not into floral scents but I really like this one! It’s meant to be sprayed all over your body after you take a shower.
I’ve always wanted one of these hair towels and I’m so happy Beauteque included one in this BB Bag! I’m definitely going to use this all the time and I love the color!
A’Pieu Nonoco Tea Tree Emulsion: 12.99
E Choice Peptide Cream: $14.99
Skinfood Black Bean Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown: $11.00
I LOVE tea tree! I love it as an oil, I love it in my facial masks, I love it in my shampoo, and you can bet I will love it in this emulsion! I’ve been using it for 2 days now so I can’t really tell if it’s making a difference but it hasn’t shown any negative effects so I’m super glad about that! This emulsion provides moisture and the tea tree oil reduces redness and acne.
These last two products were also customizable! I didn’t know whether to choose the peptide or ceramide cream so I literally did a coin toss – not the smartest decision but I just couldn’t decide! The peptide cream is an all in one cream (softener, lotion, and cream) and has an anti wrinkle functionality.
The last product in this bag was an eyebrow pencil and I’m not expert at filling in my brows, I just started using brow products a few weeks ago so I have tons to learn! This pencil was a perfect shade for my brows and had a natural finish!
The total value of February’s BB Bag is close to $75! That’s an incredible value for the price!
This month’s bag had a ton more skincare products as opposed to makeup but I, personally, didn’t mind because I’ve been super into skincare since the new year began!
If you’re interested in subscribing to the Beauteque Monthly BB Bag, you can do so here!
I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.
I’ve always seen and watched monthly empties and thought it would be fun to post my own! I don’t have nearly as many products as most people do but I’m excited to share what I did finish up using this month!
Mac Sheer Pressed Powder in NC42
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 in No. 31
I love both of these products so much! Mac’s powder is the only one I’ve ever used and probably the only one I’ll continue to use. It really does make my skin look flawless and I’m so glad my aunt bought me another one for my birthday last year so I don’t have to go and repurchase this for awhile!
I’ve never tried any Missha products before I got this sample of the BB Cream in one of my Ipsy bags last summer. I was hesitant to use it at first but I fell in love with this BB Cream right away! It was super natural looking and is said to prevent wrinkles and fade dark spots. I’m definitely going to buy a full size if I don’t find another sample size from someone!
Smashbox Photo Finish More than A Primer Blemish Control
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
I got the Blemish Control I purchased in a mystery box and it definitely has become my favorite primer! I prefer this primer over Smashbox’s original primer and bought another at Ulta last week! Fun fact: Buying two travel sized Smashbox primers is equivalent to the full size primer and it’s 12 bucks cheaper!
I got the Smashbox Lid Primer in the Smashbox Try It Kit last spring and fell in love with it as well! I definitely prefer Urban Decay’s Primer Potion over everything but this is definitely my second choice! I actually got another Smashbox Try It Kit in a Christmas Swap so I’m glad I’ll have another one of these to use!
Origins Trio: Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, and Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
I bought this trio from Sephora on Black Friday for $10 and regret not buying multiple sets! I love Origin’s Clear Improvement Mask and wanted to try other products by them so this was the perfect opportunity. The Modern Friction was a great exfoliator and super gentle for my sensitive skin! I really really loved the Drink Up Intensive, it worked perfectly with my dry patches and was super moisturizing! I already purchased a full size Clear Improvement, which should be arriving next week, but I’m waiting to use up my other exfoliators and masks similar to this before buying full sizes of the Modern Friction and Drink Up Intensive.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More
Iope Cleansing Foam
Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Mask
The Dr. Brandt and Royal Apothic are both samples I received from Birchbox! I had high hopes for the Dr. Brandt since I saw so many people raving about it but in all honestly, I couldn’t see any different after using it and will not be purchasing the full size. The Royal Apothic was also another mask many people were raving about and I really liked it as well! I loved how my skin felt after using it and want to purchase a full size when I get more Birchbox points!
My last empty is the Iope Cleansing Foam I bought a few weeks before my move to Kentucky, it lasted way longer than I expected it to! I love this cleansing foam because it was really gentle and didn’t dry out my skin like other cleansers have. I do have another one of these but I’m trying out a cleanser from Philosophy right now so I probably won’t use the next Iope one for a while.
So those are my empties, not too exciting but it was fun to figure out which products I’ll plan on repurchasing and which products to cross off my list forever!