I recently had the opportunity to try out a perfume subscription service called Scentbird. I thought the idea was pretty smart, as I like wearing numerous scents rather than having a signature perfume. For $14.95 a month you get to pick a scent to try or choose one of the pre-selected scents determined by a little quiz. Watch my unboxing of my scent, Yves Saint Laurent Cinema, below!
Yves Saint Laurent Cinema is a somewhat seductively sweet scent. The notes include clementine, almond blossom, cyclamen, jasmine, peony, amaryllis, musk, and vanilla. Although it has a lot of floral notes, it doesn’t overwhelm or smell old lady-ish or powdery. I think it is a sophisticated scent and I enjoy it so far.
Overall I think the service is a great idea. I think there should be more scents to choose from- I think more niche or higher end brands such as Jo Malone or Penhaligon’s would be a great addition and make me want to subscribe myself. I was also a little confused because I didn’t get the traditional black case and velvet pouch that the vials usually come in, but I think that was an isolated error. And, like I mentioned in the video, having a card with information on the scent you’re being sent would be ideal so you don’t have to research that on the internet after the fact. Would you subscribe to a fragrance subscription like Scentbird? Let me know in the comments!
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In the last few weeks I picked up a lot of beauty products in all of the countries I visited. So, since I was busy with traveling and finals, I decided to wait until I came home to film a haul! So, come join the party and see what I got, no spoilers here!
PS: So sorry for the bad lighting & coloring in this video. I pre filmed this and then bought new lightbulbs after editing it since I wasn’t satisfied with how it looks! But, hopefully you will like how my future videos will look, because it will be a vast improvement!
ThePOPSUGAR Must Have Box is one of my favorite boxes to look at reviews of, because I love how they curate a box that covers beauty, fashion, and lifestyle that is well worth the $39.95 price tag. Although I wouldn’t splurge out on it monthly (broke college student, much?), it is such a lovely gift to give yourself every once in a while! As I’m a part of PopSugar’s Select Beauty Bloggers, I was sent a box this month- perfect timing as it was my birthday month! Let’s take a peek inside:
As you can see in the video, the 6 items (plus a bonus item) totaled a whopping $124 value! That’s over 3 times what the box costs- amazing, right? In the video I share my initial reactions, but keep reading for my full reviews & additional photos!
Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye ($50)- I sneaked a peek at Allison Anderson’s unboxing blog post and saw she got a pair of earrings from this brand, which weren’t my style (I don’t even wear earrings), so I was pleasantly surprised with this dainty little necklace. It didn’t fit my neck, so I needed to use an extender, but it is a beauty! It’s so simple and elegant.
Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle ($10)- I always see them include candles in these boxes, so I was so pleased to get one this time around! Waiting to burn this until I get back from Europe, but it smells lovely. It is a fresh smelling, but not what I was expecting! It smells a bit floral to me. Would love to try more from this brand, so glad to have the option to with this box!
The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate Cookie Mix ($12)- I was elated to find a baking related item in the box, because I am an avid baker! If I wasn’t in the beauty industry, I’d probably be a pastry chef. I had a bit of sticker-shock with the price of this mix, so I doubt I’d buy it again, but the mason jar packaging is adorable and the mix was so easy to make. Plus, the cookies are delish!
Goodbyn Purple Meal and Dipper Set ($8)- This mini meal box is perfect for people who go to school or work and want to bring along a snack to save money. I could see this housing peanut butter, hummus, or any other dip with the fruit, vegetable, or dipper of your choosing! Not sure if I’ll get much use out of it, as I always tend to buy lunch and snacks on the go, or buy prepackaged food.
Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss ($22)- I was so excited to see Bite Beauty in this box, because I have always wanted to try more products from their brand, especially after using their Agave Lip Mask I reviewed a while back. I’m not a huge gloss gal, but I loved the fruity scent and the sheer pink that adds the most subtle tint. You can’t find this shade, as it was an exclusive PopSugar pink- how cool is that! It’s a bit sticky, but it’s manageable because it gives the glossiest look ever!
Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel ($22)- Another beauty product, yay! I have never heard of this brand, but the packaging is too cute. The shower gel seemed very liquidy and has a pretty strong scent. It is supposed to smell floral, but, to me, it reminds me of baby body wash. Would never buy such a pricy body wash, I swear by Caress and go through it like water!
thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar- this was a free “special extra,” which I wasn’t nuts about. I really just don’t care for these type of bars!
Overall I really thought this box was impressive. Way more so than the last box I received almost a year ago. Such great brands featured! I like mixing it up from beauty-exclusive subscription boxes because I have enough makeup to last me a lifetime.
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**This post contains products that I have received for free. POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**
Another month (or two), another empties video. I passed on posting a June empties video because I hardly had any products, but in July they really stacked up! I think this will be my last empties video before I go abroad next month, so let’s enjoy it!
Recently, my current favorite body wash brand, Caress, launched their new Fresh collection. It contains 3 scents of body wash, and a fresh beauty bar soap. The scents are all very fresh but different and special in their own way.
Aqua Sparkle contains lilac and aquamarine, Juicy Escape contains lily and pink grapefruit, and Emerald Rush has gardenia and white tea. All of the fragrances have additional top, heart, and base notes- they are truly composed just like a perfume is!
I love Caress body washes because they are so affordable ($2.99!), smell great, and lather amazingly. Although my favorite scents from them are their Fine Fragrance Elixirs (try Passionate Spell & Sheer Twilight!), these ones work just as well. My favorite scent from this launch is the Juicy Escape, because it has a nice blend of fruit with still being fresh. It’s zingy and energizing! I was expecting lilac with Aqua Sparkle, but unfortunately couldn’t detect it…and lilac is one of my favorite scent. Emerald Rush comes in both liquid body wash and fresh beauty bar soap form, but I am not a huge fan of bar soaps. I really liked it as well, because it balances fruity and floral.
Overall I can’t recommend Caress enough, because their scents are so well put together for such an affordable line. I recently ran out of all of my Caress washes, now I need to pick some more up! And bonus, they’re usually on sale at Target to save even more money.
**This post contains products that I have received for free– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**