Influenster Frosty VoxBox 2014

It’s Holiday Season, which means it’s Christmas VoxBox time! :D   First, let’s start off with the basics: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes.

Now to the good stuff! Here’s what was in the Frosty VoxBox:

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  1. NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum ($1.99)
  2. Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea (2 bags)
  3. EcoTools Hair Brush ($10.99)
  4. Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover ($7.49)
  5. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner ($4.49)
  6. McCormick Gourmet Thyme ($4.79)
  7. Fruit Vines Bites ($1.28-$1.79)
  8. No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED Sachet

I was really excited to see the Rimmel products–yes, it’s a drugstore item, but I’ve been seeing them (particularly the Kohl Eyeliner) pop up in all sorts of magazine beauty features lately. I still have a few products left over in my Sephora Draw the Line kit (eyeliners YES!) but I’m going to work this one into the rotation. I’m imagining that it smudges very beautifully (and probably sets really well too, with some powder).

The other beauty products were very welcome additions to my routine: This Eco Tools brush is perfect for my long, straight (and thin) hair, I will never turn down a serum (No7 is a Target brand, but it was weird because the sachet + coupon came in a Ziploc), and this Lip Color is supposed to last 6 hours–we’ll see!

The one item I was really surprised to see was the thyme. It’s so cute! Why is getting seasoning cute? I don’t know, I was just really happy to see it. It makes the box feel extra Christmas-ey, I don’t know why. I don’t particularly cook with Thyme, but now I get to experiment so that’s always good. I googled the McCormick recipes including thyme and there are TONS! If you have a favorite, let me know!

The Fruit Bites are okay–I normally don’t eat these because of the sugar content. These bites are made by Red Vines and I like the flavor of these better then the generic fruity variety. I’m also kind of wary about the tea–I love green tea but I’ve never tried it mixed with things like…peppermint? Haha. I’ll be open minded, I’m sure I’ll love it.

There you go! I’ll be doing some follow-up posts about this box later but woohoo, thank you for the Christmas present, Influenster! Are any of you Influenster members? They have all sorts of cool boxes!

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One more that didn’t go through—I was wondering about this!!!  Wordpress was eating my drafts.

 

But anyway–sometimes, Kit Kat can be boring?  (Not really, it’s just sometimes, they only have the same 3 flavors, over and over again).  I try to mix it up with Pocky.  It’s fun!  Definitely different, but it hasn’t gotten the same ‘:3′ response that Kit Kat gets, when I give it to friends.

I don’t understand, look how big/cool it is!  *sigh*

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Japanese Makeup Review: Eyemania Mascara

Remember my big beauty products score a few months ago? Here’s one of the all-stars:

Eyemania Mascara.  I have no idea what it says, but it looks like it was #1 in something (related to Yahoo?) and that it’s a fiber-based mascara that promises 300%…..Length and Volume.  Also, from what I can make out, it looks like it’s removed with warm water, it lasts 24 hours, but it’s not waterproof.  Neat!

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If you can tell from this picture, the brush already comes curved.

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You’re supposed to apply the mascara to the underside of your lashes, first, like so:

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And then apply like you normally would!  *cue sparkly ness*

Here’s what it looks like on me (ignore my crazy brows):

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This is one coat, curled lashes, with a base of black eyeliner.  First impressions are that this mascara is DEFINITELY of the wet variety.  It was a bit messy to put on and all layering must be done while it is wet–otherwise, it gets kind of dry and clumpy looking.  Also, even if I continued to comb, I had to fine-tune the separation of individual lashes with a lash comb.

But overall, I’m in love!  This formula is great–I feel no burning or sensitivity in my eyes what-so-ever.  It’s great for my everyday look and the fibers really add length and volume.  I don’t know about 300% but I’m definitely a believer.  I don’t mind the extra clean-up from the brush/formula, it’s definitely worth it for me because taking it off is a CINCH.  I use makeup remover because I also line my eyes and it comes off VERY easily.  It also doesn’t budge when I’m hot or sweat (a little) but if you’re going to be doing outdoor things, I’d definitely recommend a waterproof formula instead.  I do think it lasts all day, though!  I usually apply my makeup around 6AM (YES I START EARLY) and if I’m going to the gym, I don’t take it off until 8PM ish.  It lasts all day.  *high five*

I bought this mascara for 1800 yen, if you want to try it, I found it on Amazon for about $18 (free-shipping woohoo)!

Random thought: I’d pick this mascara over Fiberwig, HANDS DOWN.  I love Japanese Mascara!  I have one more to try (from my stash), I’m excited!

Halloween Kit Kat Edition: Pumpkin Pudding

 

 

This never went through!  OMG and Halloween was so long ago.  Oh well.  I guess it’s not that bad–I found these Pumpkin Cheesecake kitkats for sale when I was in Japan last week.  D:

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I also paid a ridiculous price for these Tokyo edition, Strawberry Cheesecake kitkats.  Not worth it but very tasty!  My favorite is still the plain green tea.  It’s not overly sweet or overly weird…it’s perfect!  (And it’s the cheapest)

December 2014 Birchbox: Decked out

Unfortunately, the special box for December wasn’t an option for me because whatever was in it couldn’t be shipped to Hawaii/Alaska/APO, etc.  So….I ended up picking the Vasanti Eye Pencil as my pick of the month.

Here’s the rest of what Birchbox is sending me this month!

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I’m a bit on the fence with the Davines products because they are really really really strongly scented for me.  The last one I had was really musky–not unpleasant to use, just not my thing.  I’m imagining 2 squeeze bottles and maybe a small foil packet for that serum looking thing.

This box is just okay with me (hence the super short post)–I really like the eye pencil and the face serum.  This year, I’ve gotten enough nail polish to last me until next year, and lip stain….I’ve got to try it out to know so we’ll see.

What I’m REALLY looking forward to, versus the actual box items themselves, are the Birchbox Extras!  I ordered 2 necklaces that’ll be perfect for Christmas parties.  Pictures when they finally come in!  :3