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Review of December’s Blush Mystery Beauty Box

Although we’re now in January of 2014, the December 2013 Mystery Beauty Box from Blush.com was chock full of great products, so I decided to turn back time and bring you my thoughts on them. There were some real winners for me, products I could see myself purchasing and using on a regular basis. Let’s dig in.

 

Lisa Hoffman Japanese Agarwood Body Wash  – $28

A review of Lisa Hoffman Japanese Agarwood Body Wash on theprettyguineapig.com

Well, we’re starting off weak, because this is not one of the products I would consider purchasing again. There’s nothing wrong with it, there’s just nothing spectacular about it. This is one of those products that hangs its hat on its scent, and the scent of this body wash just didn’t capture me enough to pay $28 for it. That’s not to say the scent isn’t nice, but it’s really strong. I’m sure for the right person it would be heavenly, and they’d probably consider paying the steep price for it. That person just isn’t me.

 

NYX Love in Paris “Je Ne Sais Quoi” Eyeshadow Pallette – $10

A review of NYX Love in Paris "Je Ne Sais Quoi" on theprettyguineapig.com

I love this eyeshadow palette from NYX. It’s a great winter palette, with a lot of neutral and light shimmery colors, plus a few dark matte ones thrown in for depth. They’re not very pigmented, but that can be a good thing, because you can build color slowly. The Love in Paris series from NYX is really affordable, around $10 per palette. It’s compact in size too, so it won’t take up a big footprint in your makeup drawer. Here’s a fun tutorial from stephbusta using the Love in Paris “Merci Beaucoup” palette. Enjoy!

 

Eminence “Stone Crop” Body Lotion – $32

A review of Eminence Stone Crop Body Lotion on theprettyguineapig.com

This was a funky one. I think this is definitely a long term tester, because some of the benefits it touts is wrinkle and dark spot reduction. And the funkiest thing about this lotion? The smell. I couldn’t really wrap my brain around it. It’s like peaches and dryer sheets, or something. It was a really strong clean scent, but with an underlying fragrance of stone fruit. And once the strong clean smell dissipates from your skin, the smell of peaches is left behind. I didn’t feel like it was super hydrating, but I’m used to using thick creams to moisturize, especially during the winter, so wrong time of year for me to try it out.

 

NeoStrata Skin Active Exfoliating Wash – $35

A review of Neostrata Skin Actove Exfoliating Wash on theprettyguineapig.com

LOVE this facewash, although the price is steep. It’s super gentle, and feels like velvet. It dispenses as a very dense foam that is just lovely to the touch. The product is unscented, and the exfoliation comes from gentle acids. Highly reviewed on the Dermstore (part of Blush.com) site. I’m torn about the price, but if you poke around the internet you can sometimes find it for around $10 cheaper than the retail price.

 

REN Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream – $45

A review of REN Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream on theprettyguineapig.com

Now this is a pricey product I would consider worth the money (if you have it to spend). It’s creamy and emollient, but doesn’t leave a greasy feeling behind. The scent is light, but very herbal (there’s no synthetic fragrance added to the cream). It’s free of everything you would want it to be free of. A lot of the reviews online are from women with Rosacea, and they say this cream calms their skin. I don’t even have sensitive skin, and I love this product. I think this one is a keeper for me personally.

 

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum – $89

A review of Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum on theprettyguineapig.com

If you’re going to splurge on any aspect of your skin care, I think there are two areas that will give you the most bang for your buck; night-cream & serum. This is a fabulous serum, and although expensive, a little bit goes a long way. I did experience a bit of peeling with this serum a few days after I started using it, but that has since passed. I did find the serum for quite a bit cheaper on Amazon, and I think it might just be due to the fact that the Murad packaging changed. Also, you can get a sample size of the serum through Amazon, if you are curious and want to try it out without committing yourself to a full bottle of the stuff.

 

Neova Makeup Remover – $18

Neova Make-up Remover on the theprettyguineapig.com

A truly gentle makeup remover, according to reviews on the Dermstore site. I’ve got to be honest, I count on my nightly use of Yes To Carrots Cream Cleanser to take my makeup off (which it excels at for me).  But I don’t apply really heavy or waterproof makeup (although Yes To Carrots makes quick work of SmartBrow), so I’m not the best person to be reviewing this product. When I did use it though, it removed my eye makeup well, and I had no irritation.

 

Nailtiques Avocado Foot Creme – $15

A review of Nailtiques Avocado Foot Creme on theprettyguineapig.com

Going out quietly with our last product. This foot creme was nice, but it was just a foot creme to me. Nothing miraculous. The scent is clean, and reminded me of baby lotion or a cotton scent. It’s very affordable for the amount of creme that comes in the jar. Sorry to be Switzerland here, but I feel neutral about this product. Judging from the reviews on Dermstore.com though, I might need to give it another chance.

Author: Sarah

A self educated health enthusiast, I love geeking out on the latest information on healthy eating and exercise. Although this may happen while drinking a glass of wine...

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