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BOXYCHARM OCTOBER 2014 UNBOXING: BEWITCHED – TRICK OR TREAT?

Published October 31, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Happy Halloween from Casa Beholding Eye. It’s our favorite holiday (which is why we chose today to be the drawing of our Big October Beauty Giveaway winners) and the mail carrier did not disappoint.

Trick or treat indeed…She came bearing both Boxycharm and Glossybox. Halloween is already starting out fantabulous.

Now, I believe in full disclosure with my blog and I should let everyone know that I’m extremely disappointed in Boxycharm this month. Not the products, but with the shipment and delivery dates. My card was charged on October 7th for the October box, and yet it wasn’t released for shipment out of Florida until October 23rd, and then didn’t hit my manicured greedy little fingertips until October 31st. Ummmm…really not cool, Boxycharm. The much-ballyhooed Halloween Bewitched box did manage to hit my hands precisely on Halloween but…well, considering I’ve been seeing other people receive their boxes for about 10 days now, I’m not a particularly happy “Charmer” this month. Hopefully that won’t color my opinion of the box but I’m really expecting Boxycharm to step it up in November, or we’ll be parting ways. My biggest pet peeve with these boxes are lackadaisical or flat-out poor customer service, and I call waiting over 2 weeks to ship a subscriber’s paid-for product pretty much unacceptable. So, get back on your toes, Boxycharm…It doesn’t matter how great your products are if I can’t get them in a timely manner.

Okay, now that I’ve vented, let’s try to objectively look at the box and its contents.

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As always, there is it, in all of its glory…the Bewitched box.

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The descriptor card and, on the flip side, the contents and their retail values. The goodies lie under that pesky piece of paper.

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Let’s see what our caffeine-filled little brain is drawn to first…

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Ahhhh, now this is a treat. From Palmetto Derma, it’s a full-sized bottle of their Collagen Booster & Restoration Serum. It says it “protects from premature aging and creates youthful, glowing and beautiful skin, all day and night!” Okay, I’ll take them up on that challenge. I’m still on my first cup of coffee and glowing is about the last thing I’d describe myself to be at the moment, so maybe this will do the trick.

Palmetto Derma also included a coupon for 20% off their entire website. I actually really appreciate it when companies do this, in case I fall in love with their product and want to order it again. Of course, sometimes scouting about the internet with a Google escort can help you locate the product at another source even cheaper than the cost with the coupon (yes, I’m notorious for being thrifty whenever possible when it comes to my beauty products).
(RETAIL VALUE: $48..00)

Moving right along…we’ve still got Glossybox sitting there taunting us as well as picking winners for the giveaway so there’s no time to waste…

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From Cult/Commerce x Boxycharm is the “Shady” collection of nail lacquers, in beautiful shades of deep purple sheen and deep gray/black sheen. These colors are really lovely. That being said (here we go with that full disclosure nonsense again), apparently a lot of Charmers have had issues with the brushes in these being stiff and…well, not acceptable. Boxycharm assured us that if we soak the brushes in acetone or nail polish remover for a few seconds and wipe them off, they will work just fine. I’ll be putting that to the test later and hopefully that little tip does work, otherwise you’ll be hearing from me, Boxycharm!
(RETAIL VALUE: $21.00…seriously? For that price, these brushes better not have issues)

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The next 2 items are both full-sized; the first is Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow in Risky Business (a gorgeous golden brown color) and a full-sized Starlooks eyeliner in Ultra Olive (a lovely deep shade of olive green flecked with gold). Loving both of these…Not sure how often I’ll actually wear the Ultra Olive eyeliner, but I’m sure I will at some point because it really is a lovely color.
(RETAIL VALUE: $28 combined – eyeshadow $14.00 and eyeliner 14.00)

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Last up is the much-hyped piece de resistance of the Bewitched box, a full-sized Coastal Scents Eclipse concealer palette. With shades designed to camouflage undereye circles, neutralize redness, and cover just about any imperfection, major or minor, on one’s face, I’m looking forward to trying this one out. It’s also apparently buildable for sheer coverage up to full coverage.
(RETAIL VALUE: $19.95)

And there we have it, the Boxycharm October Bewitched box, finally in my hands and unboxed.

RETAIL VALUE OF BOX: $116.95.

Do I love it? Meh…but as I said earlier, I’m dissatisfied with Boxycharm and the extremely late shipment this month, so that might be dampening my enthusiasm. They are great products (I’d have liked a black or brown gem liner but what the hey…olive is neutral, too, right?). Other than that, I really have no complaints…Provided those brushes on the nail lacquers work properly after a brief dip into some acetone. I love the eyeshadow color, I love the description of the serum, and the palette hopefully lives up to its hype.

We’re going to give Boxycharm one more month to see if they can pull their act together with shipping boxes out in a timely fashion and then perhaps do a “kick it or keep it” evaluation of them. I truly do usually love Boxycharm, so I’m hoping they get their proverbial act together and step up their performance next month.

If you’d like to sign up for Boxycharm (I believe there might be a short wait list), here are some links to get you started:

WEBSITE WITH REFERRAL CODE: https://www.boxycharm.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/9718/
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/Boxycharm

As always, feel free to follow what I’m up to on the following social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beholding-Eye/683364698413511
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheBeholdingEye
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

Until next time, stay beautiful…and stay tuned later today for the announcement of the Rafflecopter winners of the drawing…Good luck to all, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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EVERYTHING $1 (JEWELRY, MAKEUP, ACCESSORIES, ETC.)? SHOP MISS A…AMAZING BUT TRUE!

Published October 2, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Along with makeup, skincare products, shoes, and handbags, I have a serious addiction, almost to a 12-Step degree, to jewelry. Costume jewelry or the real deal, I love jewelry. Gold, silver, rose gold, platinum, it doesn’t matter. If it’s pretty and sparkly, I’m all over it.

I’d been seeing posts of purchases by other like-minded addicts for a company named “Miss A.” Everything on the site $1. Yes, you read that right…One Single Dollar. EVERYTHING.

I had to dive in. I placed my order about 10 days ago and today my lovely mail carrier presented me with a bright orange bag from Miss A containing my haul.

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I was a little taken aback delicate items such as jewelry were simply wrapped in a plastic bag for shipping and held my breath, expecting some things to perhaps be damaged but, no worries here, these lovelies were packaged exceedingly well inside the plastic bag:

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And even better, wrapped up very prettily in tissue paper once I removed the protective bubble wrap:

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Now let’s rip that pretty paper aside and dig into the goodies!

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And here it is, The Haul…Pretty and shiny and sparkly earrings and necklaces suitable for every occasion. I’m rapidly ascending to jewelry utopia.

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I even tossed in a few $1 ELF products because…well, I love certain ELF products and that eyeliner in the purple tube was just to die for.

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And, because I am looking at that huge haul of 26 items and a total due of under $30, I’m still pinching myself. Here’s the packing slip with the total amount I paid for this incredible haul:

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Oh, Miss A…I am going to declare the day I heard about you and discovered your site of awesomeness and wonder a personal The Beholding Eye holiday.

While there would be no mistaking these items for anything other than costume jewelry, it’s on a par with Forever 21 and Claire’s Boutique jewelry…and I think we all know it’s difficult to get anything at such stores for $1. (Again, yes, ONE DOLLAR PER ITEM, ALL ITEMS, ALL THE TIME).

So, ladies, here’s the hookup to go score your own Miss A goodies and perhaps check out the Miss A Facebook page:

WEBSITE: http://www.shopmissa.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ShopMissA

And, as always, feel free to follow me via the following social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beholding-Eye/683364698413511
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrsMorelion
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE BIG OCTOBER GIVEAWAY…SNEAK PEEKS START THIS FRIDAY AND I CAN GUARANTEE YOU’LL WANT A CHANCE TO WIN THIS HAUL!!!

Until next time, stay beautiful…And stay sparkly with Miss A!

IPSY GLAM BAG: OCTOBER SNEAK PEEK #2!!!

Published October 2, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

The second day in October brings us the second sneak peek into the Ipsy October bag.

And here it is:

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Looks like the October bag will be bringing 1 of 3 possible lip choices *and* 1 of a few possible eye makeup products.

Lookin’ good for October, Ipsy, lookin’ good!

If you’d like to sign up for Ipsy here are a referral link and the link to their FB page:

Referral link to subscribe: http://www.ipsy.com/r/jk7y?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ipsy

And, as always, feel free to follow me on the following social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beholding-Eye/683364698413511
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrsMorelion
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

And, again, be sure to subscribe to this blog to be eligible for the big October GIVEAWAY. Sneak peeks are planned starting this week, and with names like Tarina Tarantino included in the products, you definitely want a chance at taking this baby home.

Until next time, stay beautiful!!!

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