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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:


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.


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




RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $10




RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $20.00





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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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!)


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:


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!):


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!)


Published October 23, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

And in celebration of nothing in particular other than it’s Hump Day and I’ve got some trashtastic reality TV shows awaiting me on the DVR tonight, let’s roll out the next to the last sneak peek into the Big October Beauty Giveaway.


Boscia B.B. Cream Bronze Broad Spectrum SPF 27 PA++

Even though the summer months are now behind us, this little skincare delight can be used mixed with your regular BB cream or foundation to give you a kiss of the sun wherever you would like. Boscia has a great reputation in the beauty industry for having superlative skin care products, and I’ve no doubt this BB cream will be amazing for your skin (and even in the winter, protection from the sun is still vital to our skin).
(RETAIL VALUE: $38 – Giveaway item is a full-sized product)

And, in no particular order whatsoever, let’s recap all of the items:











TOTAL RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $325.

Entries close on October 28th, with the winner chosen on October 31st (Happy Halloween!!!). If you haven’t entered yet, be sure to do so now!

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


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!)


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)



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:


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!)

Lip Monthly September 2014 Unboxing: Yes, 5 Products for $10/month

Published September 17, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Well, while a lot of my subscription box shipments seem to be hostages of the infamous DHL Global Mail, Lip Monthly has arrived on time. Let’s see what they’ve put together for us this month.

Here are the bag and its contents:

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Once again, that adorable little monogrammed bag holds all sorts of interesting products. Let’s start with the one that caught my eye first, that nail polish:

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By “Julie,” I couldn’t find the name of the shade but it’s a gorgeous coral/salmon color that’s perfect for the last few weeks of summer. I’d never heard of this brand but it’s a shade I’ll definitely use over the next couple of weeks as summer finally (mercifully) turns into fall.

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Next is yet another sample size of the bane of most beauty box subscribers existence this summer, Purlisse sunblock. Don’t get me wrong. Purlisse is an amazing brand and is very spendy, but once you’ve received 3 sample-size and 2 full-size products over a 3-month period, well…the less I see of Purlisse from this point forward, the better. I’ll be using this one in a giveaway so stay tuned!

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Here we have a lip crayon by Cherimoya in the color “Fig.” Really gorgeous color, applies matte but not drying on the lips, and is a shade that will work through the rest of summer and into early fall.

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Also by Cherimoya, here is a liner for lips or eyes in the color “Latte.” While too pale to use around my eyes, it’s a gorgeous color that I’ll definitely be using as a lip liner. I love a nude lip, and this pencil will a great addition to my lip arsenal.

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And rounding out this month’s bag is this strawberry-kiwi lip balm by Eco Lips. I go through lip balms like a maniac all year round, so lip balms are always a welcome addition to any of my subscriptions.

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And as you can see, the approximate retail value of this month’s Lip Monthly bag is $37, which you get for $10 (including shipping!) with your Lip Monthly subscription.

I really look forward to my Lip Monthly bags. The products are always extremely wearable and fun at the same time. I hear next month’s bag will contain 4 lip products, 1 mix-up product, and be very fall-friendly. I’m looking forward to that bag…as well as the 30-degree drop in daytime temperatures here in central California.

If you’d like to check out Lip Monthly for yourself, here are links to the website and to their Facebook page. For $10/month, I’m finding it’s quite a deal!


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Coming soon: Ipsy, BoxyCharm, BirchBox, FabFitFun, and Walmart Beauty Box.

Look for my GIVEAWAY coming up soon…Lots of amazing products for one low price…FREE!

Stay beautiful!

BH Cosmetics Makeup Brush Set Pictures and Review

Published September 13, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Well, having brushes strewn about in various places by various makers, I finally decided to indulge in a reasonably-priced set of makeup brushes that actually matched and had their own storage area.

I’d been hearing pretty favorable reviews about BH Cosmetics, not only about their cosmetics in general, but in particular about their brush sets. Now, I don’t mind paying top dollar for high-end products but if I can find a reasonable substitution for a high-end product at a fraction of the price, I’m all over that deal. It frees up money to spend on other things…Like more makeup or another subscription box or SHOES.

After perusing the BH Cosmetics site and finding a number of really impressive sales, I decided to go with the 24-Piece Burgundy Brush Set which was rated 4.3 out of 5 possible stars by reviewers, as well as a lip gloss and lipstick to check out the quality of those as well.

Shipping was very fast. I ordered these on Tuesday night and they arrived bright and early Saturday morning.

Here is what the case (brushes contained inside) looked like out of the bag:

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This baby is BIG. It’s much larger than I was anticipating (dimensions weren’t given that I saw on the BH Cosmetics website). It’s aesthetically pleasing and looks like a nice alligator skin clutch that one could carry for an evening out.

I was also really impressed with the closure/clasp on this clutch, too. Really a pretty and classy touch with the gold closure and the logo:

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Now for what’s inside the lovely clutch, the brushes themselves. Here are a few random shots of the various brushes. They range from a huge fan brush to a foundation brush to various eye lining and shadow brushes to a mascara wand to a lash/brow grooming brush. If you need any type of brush, I’d say you’re probably going to find it in this kit.

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Beautiful presentation, the brushes that should be soft feel very soft, the stiff brushes feel stiff enough to do the job, and overall I’m a very happy camper with this set. Full disclosure: I haven’t used them with makeup yet (hey, it’s Saturday, I overslept, and I’ve only had one cup of coffee so far) but have done the “touch” test and feel these are very comparable to the quality of Eco Tools or ELF Studio.

PROS: Great price, seem to be of high-average quality, fast shipment; also, note that BH Cosmetics always has specials and promo codes and coupon codes and their website is tons of fun what with their vast array of palettes and sets.
CONS: Ye gads, this poor set smells like chemical warfare gone bad. It’s going to need to be aired out for awhile after being trapped in that plastic in which it was wrapped. I realize the clutch is faux and not real leather but the scent is a bit overpowering. I’ve left it out unfolded so air can circulate to it. That, however, is the ONLY con I’ve found about this set and, hey, for this price, I don’t mind airing it out for a couple of days. It’s not like I was putting on makeup today anyway so I’m good with that.

And here are the lipstick (“Toasted”) and lip gloss (“Office Queen”, love the name AND the color) to which I treated myself when I ordered the brushes. Both go on smooth, have great pigment, and coupled together are my PERFECT nude lip. The “Toasted” is much more tan than pink, the lighting in the picture is a bit deceptive. Well done, BH Cosmetics!

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All in all, I was out about $25 for the amazing brush set, the lipstick, and the lip gloss. As I said, BH Cosmetics can be found on Facebook (links to their FB page and website below), and ALWAYS have special deals going. I even saw the set I ordered on for $16 or so a week or so before I got around to ordering it. I intend to order more products from BH Cosmetics in the future and hope that I’m as pleased with all of their products as I am these 3.

BH Cosmetics Website: (this will take you to the set I purchased and then you can navigate from there)

BH Cosmetics Facebook:

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