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BIG OCTOBER BEAUTY GIVEAWAY – SNEAK PEEK #12 – GO BIG OR GO HOME!!!

Published October 26, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Happy Sunday and, to fellow fans, Happy The Walking Dead Episode 3 Night! We’re all about The Walking Dead on Sunday nights here at Casa Beholding Eye. We like to think of it as quality family time gathered around the TV after work and having dinner…even though we rarely speak a word until the episode is over.

There are less than 2 days left to enter the giveaway and we’re up to Item #12 (one sneak peek featured 2 items).

This blog is lengthy but there may or may not be a little “twist” at the end, so I encourage you to read all the way through. *hint hint*

This one is probably going to rock your socks off so be prepared.

From the FabFitFun Fall Edition box is “the” big-ticket item. Renowned for skincare product extraordinaire, here it is:

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From Dermalogica, one of the top names in the skincare industry, is a full-sized Skin Hydrating Booster. I love me some Dermalogica but, truth be told, my skin is sensitive and a bit combination but rarely, if ever, dry. I’m sure this is an exceptional product (as are all Dermalogica products), but it would just go into my Skincare Graveyard as I would likely never use it. My skin’s quirkiness is your gain, readers.

RETAIL VALUE: $56.00.

So let’s take a look at the other 10 items in the giveaway and do a quick recap, in no particular order:

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RETAIL VALUE: $38.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $25.00

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RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $10

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RETAIL VALUE: $29.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $22.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $19.00

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RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $20.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $35.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $95.00

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RETAIL VALUE: $55.00

ESTIMATED RETAIL VALUE: $404.00

With an estimated retail of over $400, not to mention most of these items are top-of-the-line, in-demand products featured in recent subscription boxes, this is a giveaway in which we at The Beholding Eye take great pride offering.

A few people have asked why do a giveaway as opposed to selling the items on Ebay and making a quick buck (or a lot of quick bucks, considering the retail value).

Well, that’s a very good question.

1. Because it’s better to give than to receive? Yeah, sometimes, but I’m usually pretty self-absorbed.
2. Because before I discovered subscription boxes, I would have crawled through broken glass on my hands and knees to get my bloody hands on a just a few of these products? Definitely.
3. I’d like to let someone who will be able to use and appreciate these amazing products have a shot at owning them? Yes indeedy.
4. Because I’m nice? (Nah, get that idea out of your head…I’m actually quite snarky — as one can tell reading my other blog entries, I’m sure — and straightforward, although with a hint of diplomacy…”nice” isn’t the first word that usually comes to mind when describing myself.

I don’t know, actually. I think it’s more a combination of #2 and #3. I’ve won a couple of very small giveaways and I know the euphoria that comes with winning. As ecstatic as I’ve been to win a few relatively minor things, I can’t even imagine being the winner of this haul. I’d probably be shouting from the rooftops and dancing in the streets…and THAT’S the reason I’m really doing this. I want to make a fellow beauty-holic happy (not to be confused with being “nice,” so banish that thought out of your mind). And while these products are UH-MAZING, realistically, they don’t do me a bit of good when they’re not right for my hair/skin type or if it’s a duplicate of a great product that I’d like for someone else to be able to try. Times are still tough for a lot of people…being able to make someone happy with a box full of fantabulous beauty products just seems like the right thing for this beauty-holic to do.

So, if you haven’t entered the drawing yet, I strongly encourage you to do so now. Entries end tomorrow at midnight. I may or may not put another product into the mix (if I can find it…I put it up for safekeeping for the drawing and have yet to unearth it) but as it stands right now these will be the contents of that glorious USPS box complete with tracking you’ll be receiving if Rafflecopter chooses you as the winner.*

From this point forward, I plan to do monthly or semi-monthly giveaways, albeit to a lesser degree. Two to three times a year, I plan on doing a blockbuster giveaway such as this one. Again, it will be products I simply cannot use or duplicates I have received. Sharing the wealth and all with my readers. I hope everyone who entered will continue to follow me on social media for updates, reviews, unboxings, etc. I’m planning on getting a laptop with a camera after the holidays so I can also do vlogging.

And Happy Sunday and Happy The Walking Dead Episode 3 night from Casa The Beholding Eye to you. See our bright and shining faces? That’s yours truly photo-bombing in the background.

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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
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Until next time, stay beautiful…

If you haven’t entered yet, click on the Rafflecopter link below and get your name into that proverbial hat…Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter!

ENTER HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Due to the overwhelming response to this giveaway and our heartfelt appreciation at all of the kind words, new subscribers, new followers to our social media, etc., we were thinking….Perhaps we should add a second-place winner, who will receive a cosmetic bag full of various and sundry samples we’ve been receiving in our boxes for a few months now. While not nearly as grand and glorious as first place, we think it would be a nice little “thank you” gesture for one additional reader who took the time to enter the contest. Let me know in the comments what you think about this latest addition. Au Revoir for now, and stay beautiful!

(Please note that the giveaway will only be available for US and Canadian residents, otherwise postage would be cost-prohibitive…Thanks for understanding!)

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BIG OCTOBER BEAUTY GIVEAWAY: SNEAK PEEK #10 – GO BIG OR GO HOME!!!

Published October 25, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Okay, we’re winding down to the last couple of days of the giveaway and, since it’s Friday and I’m still on cloud 9 over my Wantable Intimates box from this morning, let’s grab another item and toss it into the giveaway. Who ever thought giving things away could be so much fun?

And here it is, Item #10 in the Big October Beauty Giveaway:

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From the world-renowned Bulgari, this is an approximately 3-ounce bottle of their Bulgari Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc Conditioner. It smells wonderful (as do the Bulgari fragrances I’ve sampled). Assuming its hefty price tag means it not only smells good but actually works well, this should knock your proverbial socks off.
(RETAIL VALUE: Approx $20; full-size 6.76 oz bottle retails for $45)

And tomorrow will likely bring what is likely the final item in the giveaway. Off the top of my caffeine-deprived head (I’m only halfway through cup #2 this lovely Friday morning), I believe retail value on this giveaway is now up to $350 and contains some truly UH-MAZING products. It’s going to be like the Beauty Fairy came to visit the winner…Be sure to enter now so you don’t miss out on your chance to have a big box of awesomeness show up on your doorstep! Link at end of post for your convenience, my lovelies…

As always, feel free to follow me on the following social media and be sure to enter the big October Beauty Giveaway (link at end of this post!):

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

ENTER RAFFLE HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time, stay beautiful, and good luck to all who enter the giveaway!

(Please note that the giveaway will only be available for US and Canadian residents, otherwise postage would be cost-prohibitive…Thanks for understanding!)

BIRCHBOX OCTOBER 2014: KEEP IT OR KICK IT?

Published October 24, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

I’ll be up front about the October Birchbox. I wasn’t thrilled with my preview of what I would be receiving, but I remained optimistic and hoped that the products actually in my hand would be more exciting than the pictures on the website.

As the new year approaches, here at Casa Beholding Eye, we’re deciding which boxes are actually worth keeping and which need to be kicked…as in, kicked to the curb. Birchbox, which has an amazing points system (which can be accrued simply by reviewing the products received on the BB website) and spent as cash in the Birchbox store, and those points are what have keep me hanging on every month.

Let’s see if they can retain my subscription with the October box.

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And there it is. It feels amazingly…light. Well, let’s dive in…maybe something Friday Fabulous awaits.

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First up is a 4-shade sampler of Coastal Scents Revealed palette in the shades “Latte.” These colors are definitely right up my alley, lovely nude/neutral shades suitable for every day wear and totally able to be built up for more a more dramatic evening-out look. The size of these samples is decent as well, containing enough of each shade for several applications.

The only con? I love this Coastal Scents palette so much that I already own the full-sized version…unfortunately this sampler isn’t “purse-friendly” and can’t be taken for quick touch ups on the go. C’eset la vie.

Moving right along…

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Next up is a sample size of Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips. This product was apparently originally made for nursing moms and apparently was found to make an amazing lip balm, as well as a good balm for dry cuticles, elbows, etc. I’ve actually heard good things about this product, so I’m looking forward to trying it.

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And the next item to find its way into my hand is Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner. I normally love Dr. Brandt products, and this is apparently an award-winning gel that helps to degunk pores for fewer blackheads and smoother skin. I’ve gotten several Dr. Brandt samples over the past couple of months in various subscription boxes that I’ve loved, so I’ll definitely give this product a try.

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I’ve already read high praises for this product. Beauty Protector is supposed to lock in color, protect from heat damage, and add silkiness. I’ve heard that not only does this product work well, but that the smell is UH-MAZING. After spraying a tiny bit onto my hand for the sniff test, I concur. It smells wonderful. Having thick, naturally wavy hair that’s been every color of the rainbow and beyond, I’m always on the prowl for products like this, so I’ll definitely be giving Beauty Protector the next time I wash my hair.

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I’ve saved my favorite product in this month’s Birchbox for last. This caught my eye as soon as I pulled back the tissue paper. This jar is just gorgeous, so perfectly “me.” It contains Camille Beckman Tuscan Honey Glycerine Hand Therapy. I have no idea how good the product inside may or may not be…I was so immediately enamored of the packaging that it really doesn’t matter. I’m going to keep this gorgeous little gem on the desk in my office…and likely order a full-sized product as well. The black container with the red rose is the perfect combination. I’m in love with this product without even trying it. Brava, Camille Beckman!

And there we have it, the October Birchbox.

Birchbox is $10/month and offers the easy-to-accure points benefit that I described above.

I’ve had months where Birchbox knocks it out of the park for me. I’ve unfortunately had more months where the products fail to excite me and end up in the “graveyard” of products that maybe I’ll get around to using someday. Such as during a Zombie Apocalypse where I wouldn’t be able to go out and purchase anything else.

Having a couple of hundred of points accumulated, I browsed the Birchbox store and decided to cash out my points by purchasing a 2-pack of Beauty Blenders.

Keep it or kick it?

There are so many other subscription boxes out there to choose from (some truly amazing ones, such as BoxyCharm, The French Box, and Lip Factory) that I feel my $10 is much better put toward a more expensive box that will contain products that I’m more likely to love…and thus more likely to use.

Au revoir, Birchbox. I’ve enjoyed our time together for the most part, but it’s time to go our separate ways.

STATUS: KICKED TO THE CURB.

Just because Birchbox isn’t a good fit for me doesn’t mean that some of you readers won’t love it and find it perfect for your needs. It’s great for sampling new products that you might not have otherwise heard of and the points are a huge perk of a Birchbox subscription. If you’d like to check it out further for yourself, here are some links to get you started:

WEBSITE AND REFERRAL LINK: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/ngb9d
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/Birchbox

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
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Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

Until next time, stay beautiful…And keep your eyes open for the next Sneak Peek of the Big October Beauty Giveaway. There is one more item to be revealed before entries close and a winner is chosen.

Okay, maybe TWO items. We like to share the love here at The Beholding Eye.

If you haven’t entered yet, click on the Rafflecopter link below and get your name into that proverbial hat…Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter!

ENTER HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

BIG OCTOBER BEAUTY GIVEAWAY – SNEAK PEEK ITEM #6 AND #7 – GO BIG OR GO HOME!

Published October 12, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead. HUGE. I even planned my dinner menu tonight around everyone’s work schedule and watching the season premiere off of the DVD. Like other TWD fans, I’ve been anticipating tonight’s premiere episode for endless months and I’m very happy The Big Day is now here.

Just as a little celebration because I’m feeling particularly festive, today I’m revealing not just one but TWO spoilers that are being included in the Big October Beauty Giveaway. I’ll also post pictures of the first 5 items below for new blog subscribers or just to refresh everyone’s memory.

So, don’t “look at the flowers” (insider TWD joke)…Look no further than below to see what else is being added to the drawing:

SNEAK PEEK #6: It seems just about everybody fell head over heels for this Harvey Prince HELLO fragrance when it started appearing in various subscription boxes over the past couple of months. Well, here’s your chance for the fragrance straight from the Boxycharm September box!

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(RETAIL VALUE: $29 – Product in giveaway as listed as full size on the HP website).

And, because I think hair is serious business, and because I know there are many fans of cleansing conditioners (such as the coveted but pricey Wen hair care products), I’d like to give everyone a chance to try this little gem, Macadamia Professional Flawless 6-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner. It gets fabulous reviews and was featured in Birchbox last month to great excitement.

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(RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $10 ($33 for full-sized 8-oz bottle at Ulta; this deluxe sample is a generous 3 ounces).

And there you have it, Sneak Peeks #6 and #7. As you can see, the retail value of this giveaway is now in the range of $270 and is chocked full of some absolutely phenomenal products.

And here’s a quick refresher of the previous 5 UH-MAZING items:

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HAPPY RETURN OF THE WALKING DEAD…WOOHOO!!!

Be sure to subscribe to this blog, leave a comment on the original giveaway announcement, and follow the directions through the Rafflecopter for your chance to win. Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. Entries end October 28, 2014, and the winner will be announced via this blog on October 31st.

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/MrsMorelion
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

ENTER DRAWING HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time, stay beautiful, and good luck to all who enter.

(Please note that the giveaway will only be available for US and Canadian residents, otherwise postage would be cost-prohibitive…Thanks for understanding!)

FABFITFUN FALL BOX HAS ARRIVED: UNBOXING AND COUPON CODE!!!

Published September 25, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

I knew my FabFitFun Fall Edition had shipped 2 days ago…but I wasn’t expecting to see my mail carrier walking by my window with it today. As I scurried from my office to the door, probably looking a fright (but who cares when it comes to delivery of a new subscription box???), I looked at it awe and amazement. Now, all things being equal and me keeping it real for my readers, I found the Summer Edition box a total snoozefest, with a couple of exceptions (the Sonya Dakar Flash Facial being my primary reason for purchasing that box). Grabbing a knife from the kitchen with the dexterity of a potential horror movie victim, I hurried back into my bedroom to see what possible wonders the Fall Edition held.

Here it is, in all of its wonder and glory. It’s packaged quite lovely, as usual…and I can’t wait to get beyond that pristine white tissue paper to see what lies beneath!

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Now let’s get that pesky tissue paper out of the way and see those much-anticipated contents:

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And there it is, just begging to be dug into…

Okay, first let’s get to the 2 items we had spoilers for. First is that A-MAZING Jessica Steele Apron. While I didn’t get the pink and gold I had hoped for, this adorable cream and black polka dot number works for me…Love it! I didn’t unwrap it as I’m saving it to wear for the upcoming holiday meal preparation.

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(Retail Value $32)
Now moving on to the “spoiler” item #2, the full-sized Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster. I love all things Dermalogica. Great brand and this alone has a retail value higher than the cost of this box of awesomeness.

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(Retail Value $56)

Okay, now for the goodies we haven’t had spoilers for. Diving on in…

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Here we have LaNatura Travel Size Body Butter. This is a generous-sized travel sample (however, FFF has been advertising for over a month now about how they’ve done away with all sample sizes, so I find this size included in the box to be interesting). That being said, it sounds amazing, and I love body butters so I’m sure I’ll be using this very soon now that Fall has officially dropped the temperatures substantially.
(Retail Value $18)

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I’m really excited about having this Honest Co. (Jessica Alba’s company) Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar in this box. I’ve been hearing really positive reviews about Honest Co.’s products so I really appreciate the chance to try one of them before buying. So far you’re knocking it out of the park, FFF!
(Retail Value $4.95)

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ADORBS!!!!!! Okay, now I’m starting to do a little happy dance. Here we have a pair of Great Soles Pink Ribbon Ballet Barre Ped workout socks. CUTEST. BOOTIES. EVER. Woohoo…Oh, but these are almost too cute to wear. ALMOST.
(Retail Value $12)

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Well, here’s a lovely colored lip gloss just in time for Fall. This is the Beauty for Real True Color Lip Cream in “Always There.” It also comes with an LED light and a mirror…Nice touches! This will definitely be put to good use and, being a lip gloss addict, this is definitely a hit with me.
(Retail Value $22)

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A must-have for every season, next is a full-sized CHI 44 Iron Guard thermal protection spray. This will go lovely with my ridiculously cute pink zebra print CHI straightening iron. Great product to include, FFF!
(Retail Value $14.50)

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Wow, this is total awesomeness. By Gramr Gratitude Co., it’s a lovely and classy thank you card set, complete with sealing wax and wax press. This is a gorgeous set and absolutely perfect with the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.
(Retail Value $43)

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And a couple of food-related items, which FFF always throws in. This time it’s a Numi Organic Tea and a Mary’s Gone Crackers organic chipotle tomato pretzels. Yeah, let’s be honest…these 2 goodies won’t make it through the day. My stomach is already rumbling just looking at those pretzel sticks.
(Retail Value 0 – sponsored items)

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Also included is a 25% off coupon for the first purchase with The Honest Co. If you’d like to use this, it looks like it’s meant for sharing. Just proceed to checkout and enter HONESTLYFAB to save 25% on your purchase.

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And they’ve also included a free 3-month trial to FitFusion Digital Subscription. Eh, here at Casa Beholding Eye, this probably will be of no use but if you, my lovely reader, would like to take advantage of it, enter code ffftrial to give it a try for 3 months.

And there we have it. The FabFitFun Fall 2014 Edition, all unboxed. First of all, I’m really pleased with this box and the variety of contents. I’m also delighted with the superfast shipping. To my estimation, the retail value of this box is in the area of $233 for which I paid about $54, including tax and shipping. All in all, a great deal with products I absolutely love (well, except maybe that 3-month subscription to FitFusion but, hey, I’m sure a lot of subscribers will love it!).

If you’d like to order this box for yourself, they are still available. Here’s my referral link:

http://vip.fff.me/7PHPh ENTER SPLURGE10 TO SAVE $15 OFF OF THIS BOX

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Still awaiting Glossy Box and Allure Sample Society (I finally slipped off of the fence onto the YES side!)…Stay tuned for those unboxings!

Until next time, stay beautiful…AND STAY TUNED FOR THE BIG OCTOBER GIVEAWAY ON THIS BLOG!!!

WALMART BEAUTY BOX: AND IT’S FREE!!!

Published September 23, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Well, imagine my surprise when I found out that not only does Walmart have a beauty box, but that that it’s FREE. Yes, FREE. For $5 postage, I wasn’t expecting much in return, maybe a few foil packets but, hey, what’s $5, relatively speaking? I signed up immediately, of course. Free is always too good to pass up.

The Walmart Beauty Boxes come out every quarter. Once you sign up (which was amazingly simple and pain-free), you start receiving a box every quarter. I would assume by receiving my box in late September that I received a Fall box.

My shipping information on my account never updated to “shipped” but showed “in process” the entire time (although I had been billed). Well, last night the little box of gems showed up in my mailbox, nicely wrapped in a small but very sturdy box.

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Opening up the box, it looks pretty much like any other subscription box, with an inscription on the top of the box and a layer of tissue paper between my prying eyes and the goodies therein.

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Now let’s get that pesky tissue paper out of the way and get to the important stuff…THE CONTENTS. Let’s see what our $5 postage netted us in return.

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Well, my oh my…This doesn’t look too bad at all. There are quite a few little goodies in here to sort through. Let’s pick a product and take a closer look.

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Olay Microsculpting Cream? Really? In a FREE box? And it’s a very decent 0.5 ounce sample size, packaged just like the full-size version of this product is. A quick check with my BFF Google tells me a full-size 1.7 ounce of this at Walmart is $23.94, which means this little beauty has a value of about $8. Okay, so this one sample is worth more than cost of the postage I paid. It’s all cake from here forward.

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L’Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer is the next product I pull out. It’s in a really heavy glass jar, another 0.5 ounce sample size. Google informs me a full size of this product (1.7 ounces) sells for $19.97 at Walmart, so this little beauty is worth a little over $6. Total value so far is around $14 and there are still plenty of goodies taunting me in this box.

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Next up is a sample vial of Couture Couture by Juicy Couture. Imagine my surprise. I didn’t even know Walmart sold Juicy Couture fragrances. Great fragrance that I hadn’t sampled before, so I was delighted to get this.

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Okay, color me surprised…or color me Vintage Wine, I should say, as least my lips. Here’s a full-size Cover Girl Continuous Color lipstick. Although I couldn’t find this particular color on the Walmart website, I did note that this product sells for $4.94. So far the value of this box is adding up quite nicely…Moving right along.

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Well, here’s the big ticket item for me in this box…A full-sized Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant. Secret is the only brand I buy and I haven’t yet tried the clinical strength, so this is really a welcome addition to the box. Bonus points for this being the clear gel formula…no pesky white marks. This baby sells for $7.92 at Walmart. To quote Charlie Sheen, WINNING!!!

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Next is a foil packet sampler of Clear Hair and Scalp Therapy, the damaged hair version. I had actually gotten samples of this about a year ago and, as I recall, I loved it, the way it worked and the way it smelled. Now I’m wondering why I never remembered to actually buy it. Perhaps these samples will refresh my memory as well as my hair.

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And there it is. The Walmart Beauty Box Fall edition, with a retail value of around $27 for FREE, just $5 shipping and handling.

Was it a deal? You betcha. Heck, the deodorant alone is worth more than the cost of the postage and to get all of those other goodies along with it? Icing on that proverbial cake.

Here is the link to get you started if you’d like to grab one of these boxes for yourself. I’m really glad I did!

WALMART BEAUTY WEBSITE: https://beautybox.walmart.com/

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Until next time, stay beautiful…and keep watching for our big October GIVEAWAY…You don’t want to miss that one!

Birchbox September 2014 Unboxing: Lovely Outside and Inside!

Published September 20, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Okay, on to the second unboxing of the day at Casa Beholding Eye. This is my monthly Birchbox subscription. I enjoy Birchbox. The samples are usually very generous in size, and I’ve actually gotten a few samples that impressed me so much that I actually bought the full-size versions from the Birchbox store. Birchbox has an amazing points system where you accrue points by reviewing products you’ve received and for referring new subscribers. Unlike some other subscription boxes, these points add up very quickly and are redeemable as credit towards items in the Birchbox Shop or to redeem towards specialty boxes that are released. Birchbox is a box I can recommend without hesitation. It’s a mix of beauty products from hair care, skincare, and makeup, and I think I’ve only ever gotten a couple of things that I just didn’t care for at all (see last month’s review and the zombie-apocalypse-worthy Neil George hair products…Oy!). Also, recently Birchbox has started letting subscribers actually choose their own sample from a pretty impressive assortment of products. Last month I was able to score a full-size Laura Geller cream eyeshadow to be included in my box (which sort of made up for the pungent Neil George products and had a retail value that was about double the cost of the entire box).

Anyway, let’s dive into this month’s box…and speaking of the box, it was gorgeous this month. The great thing about the Birchbox boxes is that they are very sturdy, come with ample pretty tissue paper, and can be reused for a multitude of things. I reuse mine to separate and store my costume jewelry (earrings in one box, necklaces in another, bracelets in another, etc.). Great added bonus of repurposing with each and every box. Here’s my September box and its contents this month:

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Pretty impressive at first glance, Birchbox…And not a Neil George product in sight so my nose is in the clear! Okay, now let’s inspect the treasures a little more closely.

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First up we have this SUPER generous-sized sample of Macadamia Natural Oil cleansing conditioner. I’ve tried a few cleansing conditioners in the past and, while I appreciate this is probably a very good line and probably an excellent product, I think I’ll be using this as one of the items in next month’s GIVEAWAY (stay tuned for more details and sneak peeks about that event!).

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Next up is this small tube of Temptu highlighter in Champagne. It’s a gorgeous warm color, yet very subtle. A little goes a long way with this product and it will definitely come in handy for a little added twinkle during holiday festivities, which are just around the corner now.

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Here’s a product I’m looking forward to trying. I love new skincare products and this one seems to be from a really good line. By Vasanti, it’s called Brighten Up Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator and appears to be full of awesome goodness. This sample is also generous enough to decide if it’s a product I’d like to incorporate into my regimen and snag a full-sized tube.

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From Harvey Prince, this is the Ageless Liquid Loofah and it smells unbelievably delicious. It’s a body wash chock full of anti-aging exfoliating ingredients and I’m definitely going to use this today. Considering it only takes a quarter-sized dollop per use, this sample should last for about 6 showers, enough to decide if I’d like to purchase the full-sized product. Again, this smells absolutely delish!

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Next up is a Pixi product. Pixi is much-loved brand usually found at Target. It’s a tad more spendy than other drugstore cosmetics but I find they’re usually well worth the price. This is no exception. This balm, in Honey Nectar, is the perfect shade for me (one I definitely would have chosen myself in the store) and feels like butter on the lips. Soft, moisturizing, and pigment payoff, too. And full-sized. I’m always delighted to get any Pixi products in my subscription boxes, so this was my home run from this month’s Birchbox. This particular Pixi product retails for about $8, so just this one amazing product has justified the $10/month that I spend on Birchbox.

Here’s the descriptor card for the retail prices of full-sized versions of these amazing products:

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If you’d like to give Birchbox a try, here are links to their website with my referral code, as well as a link to their Facebook page. As with Ipsy, Birchbox is $10 per month and can be cancelled at any time (although I doubt you’ll want to cancel once you get your first box). Reliable, fast shipping, and always love the packaging with those boxes that are so useful.

Website: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/ngb9d
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Birchbox

And as always feel free to hit me up on any of the following social media:
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Also, don’t forget to follow me on any or all of the above for updates about the GIVEAWAY next month. From extremely high end to drugstore products, this assortment will definitely have something for everybody.

Until next time, stay beautiful!