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ALLURE SAMPLE SOCIETY OCTOBER 2014 UNBOXING: HIGH-END LUXURY? YOU BE THE JUDGE.

Published October 20, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Well, the third box delivered today was my maiden voyage with the Allure Sample Society/Beauty Bar collaboration subscription box. I sat on the proverbial fence for awhile with this one. After a relaunch in July, the box seemed to have garnered a little more credibility and seemed to be moving right along.

And then October happened.

Well, let’s get to the unboxing and you’ll see what I mean.

First off, once I pried it from it’s extremely tight-fitting shipping box, this is what my eyes beheld:

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The bright red box emblazoned with Allure. So far, so good.

The real test is yet to come.

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Looks okay at a glance. Now let’s get a little more in depth and personal with the contents.

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Hair ties. At the moment, I’m growing out a summer pixie cut and it’s now about Lisa Rinna-ish in length and appearance. Passing these straight off to my daughter. Admittedly, it could have been worse. It could have been scrunchies. At least this brand is “celebrity friendly” and is sold at Nordstrom.
(RETAIL VALUE: $6.50)

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This is more along the lines of what I was expecting. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, in a nice sample size. As I pointed out earlier with the Model Co VolumEyes, I’m on mascara overload with subscription boxes, but this is one I did want to try, so it will go into Things I Need To Try basket (right after the Sothy’s mascara I received in the French Box).
(RETAIL VALUE: FULL-SIZE $28)

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Next, wrapped up in a cute little candy-wrapper fashion and appropriately called a “bon bon sample,” is Bond No. 9 in High Line. This smells amazing. A full size of this perfume is anywhere from $99 to $165. Now, this is what I expect as a “high-end luxury sample.” Would I ever buy this? No way, not at that price (plus I’m more of a Pacifique Sud Vanille Abricot kinda gal). But the chance to dip into this luxury sample for special occasions? PRICELESS.
(RETAIL VALUE: $99 to $165)

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Here is a 0.25 ounce sample of Estee Lauder Enlighten serum. At $62/ounce, I consider this nice-sized sample to definitely quality as high end…or at least, “higher end.” As much as I love trialing Estee Lauder serums, however, I can honestly say that I’ve never been sufficiently impressed to actually purchase one of them. I’ll happily use this sample up and then probably move on to the next serum that catches my eye (or arrives in a subscription box).
(RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $15)

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Now for the kicker. I do wish someone at Allure/Beauty Bar could explain to me precisely how a L’Oreal shampoo and conditioner I can readily purchase at the local drugstore, pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Target, or KMart found itself into their purported “high-end luxury samples” box. No offense, L’Oreal, I do love many of your products, but you are most assuredly not what comes to my mind in the “high-end luxury” category.
(RETAIL VALUE: Didn’t bother)

Seriously, Allure? SERIOUSLY?

Okay, for the nitty gritty of the box. Since the hair ties (while definitely not for me) are indeed available in the high-end department store Nordstrom and appear to have some celebrity status, I’ll let these slide. I might even love them if I could actually wear them but these subscription boxes can only rationally do so much personalizing of boxes and so, much like a shade of eyeshadow or blush that isn’t for me, I’ll just pass it on to a loving home. No harm, no foul.

The Estee Lauder serum, the Bobbi Brown mascara, and most assuredly the Bond No. 9 perfume are all definitely high (or higher) end.

But L’Oreal? Not so much.

I’ll keep this subscription for one more month to see if it measures up to my expectations a little better than this October box did but if not…off with it’s head (in my best Red Queen voice).

If you’d like to check out Allure Sample Society/Beauty Bar, here are some links to get you started:

WEBSITE WITH REFERRAL LINK: http://www.beautybar.com USE CODE SAMO3924 IF YOU’D LIKE TO BLAME ME…OR USE ME AS A REFERRAL)
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/beautybar.com

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 if you haven’t entered the Big October Beauty Giveaway, here is the link so you can jump in now…You definitely don’t want to miss out on a chance to win this amazing haul of makeup and beauty treasures!

ENTER RAFFLE HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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LIP MONTHLY: OCTOBER UNBOXING (5 PRODUCTS + A GREAT BAG = $10/MONTH!) AND HALF-OFF COUPON CODE!

Published October 20, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Lip Monthly is one of my favorite little guilty pleasures. It’s only $10/month for which you get 4 lips products and a “monthly mix-up.” It doesn’t boast high-end products and it delivers great, sometimes little-known products, for subscribers to try…and this month they even mixed it up with a new bag. I had heard the October bag would have products geared more towards fall, and Lip Monthly did not disappoint. I love this little subscription. It’s a lot of fun, and my daughter and I usually share the contents, so for $10, it’s quite a bargain for Casa Beholding Eye.

Let’s see what surprises the October bag holds.

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And speaking of “the bag,” gotta love this one…Great fall colors and I’m a total sucker for anything purple (or pink). Nice job, Lip Monthly!

And now for the contents…

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Looking good…Right off the bat I see a nude-colored lipstick. I’m totally addicted to lipsticks and lip glosses in the nude/taupe/tan/beige/brown family, so for me this single item already makes the October bag a huge hit!

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By J-Cat Beauty, this is Fabtabulous lipstick in shade FL107 Honeycrisp.
(RETAIL VALUE: $2.99 on J-Cat’s website)

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Well, this is an interesting product. By Look Devine, it’s a shimmering plum lip balm that contains resveratrol, grapeseed oil, and red wine antioxidants. Fabulous ingredients and just enough color payoff to make it perfect for casual wear while keeping lips healthy and moisturized at the same time.
(RETAIL VALUE: $4.50 based on a set on the Look Devine website).

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Next is a product I’ve been wanting to try. This one is Starlooks Lip Sugar. This is a brown-sugar-based lip scrub that smells absolutely delicious…in fact, dangerously delicious, like I’m-going-to-lick-it-off-of-my-lips-immediately delicious. This will be perfect to use before the Look Devine lip balm. NOM.
(RETAIL VALUE: $2 based on Starlooks’ website)

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This month’s “mix-up” is an eyeliner by LA Girl in the shade GP618 Blue Metallic. As with my lips, I tend to stick with what works best for me, and sadly Blue Metallic isn’t one of those shades. My daughter will be inheriting this gem, and she’ll be delighted with it.
(RETAIL VALUE: $3.00 based on LA Girl’s website)

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And the last little lip treasure in this month’s bag is a lip balm by Noyah in Cherry. This is labeled as “kosher” and is apparently all natural with only 4 ingredients.
(RETAIL VALUE: $3.99 based on Noyah’s website).

And there we have it, the October Lip Monthly bag. Costing only $10/month, the contents of this bag have an estimated retail value of $17, so in this box-a-holic’s humble opinion, it’s a good value and gives me a chance to try 5 new products that I’ve never previously used. Also, everything is full-sized (with the exception of maybe the Starlooks brown sugar lip scrub, but I believe this is full-sized as they sell in a set of 5 on the Starlooks website).

Brava, Lip Monthly, and thank you once again for providing me with 5 fun products that will surely be put to good use…and 2 lip balms are fantastic now that the cooler (and drier) weather is kicking in here in sunny central California.

If you’d like to check out Lip Monthly and perhaps even subscribe, here are some links to help you out:

Website: https://lipmonthly.com/referral/eO4RCHAHnq8T6m2 (ENTER FALL5 TO GET $5 OFF YOUR FIRST BAG)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lipmonthly?ref=br_tf

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 if you haven’t entered the Big October Beauty Giveaway, here is the link so you can jump in now…You definitely don’t want to miss out on a chance to win this amazing haul of makeup and beauty treasures!

ENTER RAFFLE HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

BIG OCTOBER BEAUTY GIVEAWAY – SNEAK PEEK #8 – GO BIG OR GO HOME!!!

Published October 18, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Away we gooooo……Here’s a sneak peek at item #8 in the Big October Beauty Giveaway.

This product was a huge hit in the FabFitFun summer box and apparently does wonders for hair of all types. I’m sure it’s a fabulous product but my old-school self doesn’t waiver from my tried-and-true hair miracle, John Frieda Frizz Ease, so time to pass this little jewel on to someone who will put it to good use.

Balance Guru Organic Sesame and Lemongrass Balancing Oil (1 ounce)

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(RETAIL VALUE: $25 – GIVEAWAY PRODUCT IS FULL SIZE)

Retail value of the giveaway is now up in the $300 range…with more yet to come!

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/TheBeholdingEye
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!)

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!)

BEAUTY BOX 5 OCTOBER 2014 UNBOXING AND GIVEAWAY UPDATE!!!

Published October 11, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

So it begins, the delivery of October beauty boxes. Every reader of this blog who subscribes to any beauty boxes very well knows the excitement that goes with receiving the first box of the month and knowing the influx is starting.

First up, as usual, at Casa Beholding Eye is the October BeautyBox5. BB5 is a nice little subscription service that costs $12/month. Containing a mix of full-sized and sample-sized products, I subscribe to this one for my daughter. She loves this box and it always seems pretty well-suited to her as well. She actually received this yesterday but she was working, so I persuaded her to wait to sample anything until after I had a chance to take pictures for the blog.

So, here we go…The unboxing of the October BB5:

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The BB5 theme this month is Effortless Allure.

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And the reverse side of the card gives us a run down of this month’s products and their retail values:

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Looks pretty good at first glance but let’s investigate further, shall we?

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Oooh, now this is a handy little gadget. The SpattyDaddy is a long-handled miniature spatula that is specially designed to help the consumer get every last drop of that favorite lip gloss, serum, etc. I think we’ve all experienced the utter frustration of knowing there are still several applications’ worth of a product at the bottom of the container, even though it isn’t enough to be caught with an applicator or a pump. The SpattyDaddy has that covered, readers. Even if this hadn’t come in this BB5 box, it was definitely on the 10 Most Wanted List at Casa Beholding Eye. Awesome!!!
(RETAIL VALUE: $5.49)

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Lip balms of any kind are always welcome, especially with the cooler weather and chapped lips on the horizon. This is a full-sized Chapstick Hydration Lock double-ended lip balm. This will definitely be put to good use.
(RETAIL VALUE: $2.99)

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Next goody in the box is a sample size of Lashem Picture Perfect serum for fine lines that also works as a primer. At first I thought I could wrench this from my daughter’s perfectly manicured little fingers, but no such luck…Turns out this baby doubles as a primer for those not yet worried about wrinkles!
(RETAIL VALUE: $3.95 for full sized product)

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Shades of awesomeness…Here’s an absolutely GORGEOUS nail polish by Nanacoco called Surfer’s Dream. And a dream it is. Although I normally associate teal and its various incarnations as a summer color, this hue is especially deep and I actually think might work for early Fall, as well. Outstanding addition to our obscenely large polish collection.
(RETAIL VALUE: $3.95).

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And, oh my my, saving (in my opinion) the best for the last is this little gem from Bella Pierre. It’s their Lip and Cheek Stain in Pink. What a lovely shade, perfect for my daughter (pinks don’t normally play well with my complexion, so I can’t arm wrestle her for this one). It blends beautifully and is a lovely, just-in-from-the-snow flush. She’ll definitely put this to good use. Maybe next month she’ll get a similar product in the peach family and we can play Rock, Paper, Scissors for it.
(RETAIL VALUE: $19.99).

As I said, BB5 is $12/month. This month’s box has 4 out of 5 full-sized products, with an estimated retail value of just over $30 (which doesn’t include the estimated value of the Lashem serum sample). Now, that’s what I call a deal, particularly when every single item in this box will be used and not tossed into the Makeup Graveyard (c’mon now, we all have one, right?).

If you’d like more information on Beauty Box 5 or perhaps to sign up for it, here are my referral link to their website as well as the link to the BB5 Facebook page:

WEBSITE REFERRAL LINK: http://www.beautybox5.com/?u=12356
FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/BeautyBox5

GIVEAWAY UPDATE: MORE ITEMS TO BE ADDED TOMORROW!!!!

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 you can see, we’re only 5 items in and the estimated retail value of this giveaway is currently at about $225 (and growing). Great time to enter and a great time to share this giveaway with your friends, too!

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

ENTER RAFFLE HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time, stay beautiful, go treat yourself to Beauty Box 5, and good luck to all of you who are entering the raffle. Check back often. I try to add a prize every couple of days and you never know when the product you’ve been coveting might just pop up!

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

BIG OCTOBER BEAUTY GIVEAWAY – SNEAK PEEK #5 – RV NOW UP TO ABOUT $225!!!

Published October 9, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Happy Thursday from Casa Beholding Eye…It’s beautiful weather today and I’m getting ready to dive into a cheeseburger for lunch (a rare treat!), so I decided to share the next sneak peek with all of you lovelies who are entering the Big October Beauty Giveaway.

I present Sneak Peel #5, which is a product many were clamoring for and was included in the August BoxyCharm subscription.

*DRUM ROLL*

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RV: $22 (PRODUCT IN GIVEAWAY IS FULL SIZE)

From Model Co., it is their Lip and Cheek stain in Rosy Red. This is a really nice product. It blends out to very sheer and natural looking “just came in from the snow” flush or can be built up for a more dramatic impact. If you missed the August BoxyCharm and really wanted to try this product, here’s your chance so enter below for your chance at winning this amazing giveaway!

And just to refresh your memory, here is a peek at Sneak Peeks 1 through 4:

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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 you can see, we’re only 5 items in and the estimated retail value of this giveaway is currently at about $225 (and growing). Great time to enter and a great time to share this giveaway with your friends, too!

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

ENTER RAFFLE 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!)

OCTOBER BEAUTY GIVEAWAY – SNEAK PEEK #4 – RV UP TO $200 – GO BIG OR GO HOME!!!

Published October 7, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Happy Tuesday, my lovelies. It’s payday at Casa Beholding Eye so I’m feeling festive and want to roll out the next Sneak Peek into the October Beauty Giveaway.

This is a product sought after by many in the September Boxycharm box. Since I already have one that I haven’t used yet, I’ve decided to throw the duplicate into the giveaway so someone who perhaps missed out on it can have a chance to give it a spin, too.

And here it is…

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TARINA TARANTINO FLEUR DE LASH MASCARA LIMITED EDITION IN GUNMETAL PACKAGING IN BLACK (RV $19)

And just as a refresher, here are the other products thus far in the giveaway, in no particular order:

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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 you can see, we’re only 4 items in and the estimated retail value of this giveaway is currently at about $200 (and growing). Great time to enter and a great time to share this giveaway with your friends, too!

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

ENTER RAFFLE 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!)

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