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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:

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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!)

GLOSSYBOX SEPTEMBER UNBOXING: DOES IT MAKE THE CUT…PLUS GIVEAWAY!

Published October 6, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Well, today’s mail call brought my first Glossybox, a monthly subscription box sponsored by Harper’s Bazaar touting a monthly assortment of their cream of the crop samples.  I’d been watching unboxings of Glossybox for awhile and sat on the fence for awhile.  Costing $21/month (the same as my much-beloved BoxyCharm), it just didn’t seem to pack the bunch of BoxyCharm.  However, being as BoxyCharm is predominantly makeup and Glossybox also contains high-end skincare products, I decided to give it a try for a couple of months and see if it passed my own personal bar for a subscription.

So, here we have it, the September Glossybox.

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Lovely presentation and the box is really lovely, and I’m a sucker for black and white combos.

Okay, let’s get this lovely box ripped open and dive on in.

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I should point out that large full-sized BB cream by Boscia is a bonus item I got for subscribing and not part of the monthly subscription. Which is good, because they sent me the color “BRONZE.” Yeah, my lily white skin is going to pass this product (which is supposed to be UH-MAZING, but definitely not my color) along to someone who can give it a good home. FAIL, Glossybox, right out of the proverbial gate…or box, as is the case here.

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(RETAIL VALUE: $38…Or ZERO, in my case)

Okay, let’s get to the regular subscription box items. First up is this OCC Lip Tar. I won’t lie, I was hoping for Black Dahlia but received Authentic. Le sigh…I won’t call this a fail yet, though, as I understand the color doesn’t apply nearly as Jack-O-Lantern orange as it appears in the tube and is a great mixer for other colors, plus it *might* fall into my love of nude/taupe/brown lips that I prefer, if applied with a very light hand.

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(RETAIL VALUE: $18)

Next up is a luxe skincare treatment from Vichy, their Liftactiv Night. I love trying new skincare products and this sample is large enough to give it a try for about 10 days, so I’m happy about that.

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(RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $12 – Full Size is 1.69 oz and $50).

Okay, now let’s take a look at the lovely Essie nail polish in the color Madison Ave-Hue. A little late in the season for this color and, while I would have preferred something a bit more Fall-friendly, I can see wearing this in a few (short) months when Spring is once again upon us.

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(RETAIL VALUE: $8.50)

Next in this box of mixed wonders is a very nice sample size of Bulgari Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc Conditioner. It smells wonderful (as do the Bulgari fragrances I’ve sampled). That being said, I’ve never had much luck with perfumed conditioners actually WORKING besides adding a temporary fragrance to my hair. I’ll try to go into this one with an open mind simply because, being Bulgari and considering the price for a full size of this product, it better be out-of-this-world FANTABULOUS.

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(RETAIL VALUE ABOUT $15 – Full size is 6.76 OZ AND $45)

And last item up is a sample size of the much-ballyhooed Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real mascara. I’ve actually read mixed reviews about this product. Some users immediately loved it and made it a holy grail, whilst others gave it more of a ho-hum review. I guess I’ll find out for myself now that I can give it a try. It’s going to be hard to top my favorite mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex, but I’ll go into it with an open mind.

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(RETAIL VALUE ABOUT $5 – Full size is 0.3 oz and $23.00)

So, there we have it, the September Glossybox.

Would I choose Glossybox over Boxycharm, if I had to choose? NO. WAY. NO. HOW.

Will I give it another month to see if it gets better? Ummmm…Not sure, but at this point I’m thinking probably. Although a new subscription box, New England Sack, just launched and it’s spendy…I may cut Glossybox sooner to make room in the budget for NES. I’m obsessed with New England and that box just sounds custom-tailored for me. Well, that and the French Box, which should be arriving in the next week or so.

Okay, my lovelies, that’s it for this Glossybox review. If you’d like more information on Glossybox, here are some links for you to check out.

WEBSITE: http://www.glossybox.com/referal?CI=MTIxNDg0
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/GlossyBox.com

And 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/MrsMorelion
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!)

Boxycharm September Unboxing: Let Me Count The Ways…

Published September 20, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

The highlight of my month is when the mail carrier brings my Boxycharm to the door. I subscribe to an array of various subscription boxes, but Boxycharm is just in a league of its own. While I don’t quite understand how they can offer such amazing products at such a low monthly price, I try not to bother myself with that little detail and just savor every single monthly box. This month’s box was exceptionally fantabulous. This blogger was wringing her sweaty little hands in anticipation, stalking the September box’s shipping status practically every hour, and hyperventilating whenever it would move closer to arriving. Sound extreme? Maybe…but one look at the contents below and I’m sure all of my sister beauty addicts will totally understand. Boxycharm isn’t like Christmas every month…It’s more like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and my birthday all packed into one lovely little box.

Let’s jump on in and rip into this baby!

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There it is, the contents of the box in all of their much-anticipated glory. My heart starts pounding as I snatch up each product to see what color lip gloss and which amazing palette I’ve received. Exercising a bit of self-control, I begin to explore…

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First up is a full-sized Tarina Tarantino Fleur de Lash Mascara Limited Edition. Not only do I adore Tarina Tarantino products, the packaging of TT items is always classy and gorgeous, the kind of products that you want to whip out of your makeup bag just to show off how utterly pretty they are. This mascara is no exception. I’ve received a lot of mascaras the past few months in various boxes and individual purchases, so I think I might decide to share the wealth with this beauty and toss it into next month’s GIVEAWAY. Stay tuned for updates on that event…Guaranteed it will be chock full of products every one of my blog subscribers should adore.

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Next to make its way into my eager little mitts is this full-sized tarte LipSurgence lip gloss. There were 4 shades being distributed and, although I had my fingers crossed for Park Avenue Princess (a pale nude gloss with subtle gold glimmer), I received Blushing Bride. I’m normally not able to wear a lot of pink shades, but this is a lovely dusky mauve color that luckily works with my skin tone. Item #2 from the box and it just keeps getting better and better. Oh, how I *heart* thee, Boxycharm, and I still have 3 more products with which to count the ways…

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Next up is a full-sized Harvey Prince Hello perfume. Now, a couple of months ago I had received a Harvey Prince Hello body lotion in one of my subscriptions, and I was not impressed with the fragrance. In fact, I passed the product to my daughter, who thought it smelled fine. I had my reservations about getting a full-sized perfume in this scent but…”Hello” indeed! This perfume smells absolutely amazing, soft and fruity and delicious, nothing like the body lotion. In fact, I’m so delighted with the fragrance that I’ll likely be purchasing it on my own when this runs out. I’m really finicky about my fragrances, so the fact that I would repurchase this says a great deal about how impressed I am.

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The fourth item in the box is a full-sized NCLA Nail Lacquer in Model Behavior. There were 3 shades of polish distributed, and this is precisely the one I was hoping to get. It’s a gorgeous deep purple/gray color that will be absolutely amazing this Fall and Winter. I’ve never seen a color quite like this and can’t wait to give it a try.

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The fifth item in this month’s box is a full-sized Go palette by Coastal Scents. There were 4 different palettes being distributed and I had my little black heart set on either Cairo or Beijing. Imagine this blogger’s delight when I looked at the package and saw I had indeed gotten…CAIRO! Gorgeous colors, great pigment, a great size to throw into your bag for touch ups on the go, complete with a mirror. It just doesn’t get much better than this. I’m looking forward to using these with my new and amazing BH Cosmetics brush set that I blogged about earlier this month.

And, we’re not quite done yet….Boxycharm also put in a couple of pretty handy-dandy discount codes for subscribers this month. Didn’t care for the tarte lip gloss in your box? No problem, here’s 20% off from 10/10 to 10/24 so you can purchase your preferred shade or whatever your beauty-loving little heart desires. I love sharing deals with my readers, so here’s the card with the code for you to take advantage of:

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Just go to http://tartecosmetics.com and enter “FALLBOXY” at checkout and save your 20% on the amazing tarte product(s) of your choice. Bear in mind the dates the coupon is applicable, 10/10/2014 through 10/24/2014. Ready, set, go!!!

And another little discount Boxycharm added this month is for specialty “name” jewelry (think Carrie’s much loved necklace on Sex and the City). I’ve checked out the website for this company and there’s an adorable assortment at pretty good prices, so the 10% off is definitely enticing. Here’s a copy of the card with the coupon code so my readers can redeem if you’d like your own personalized objet d’art:

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Just go to http://www.mynamenecklace.com and enter code BOXYCHARM at checkout to score your purchase and save your 10%. Again, super cute stuff. I fully intend to grab one for myself.

Just to recap, here’s the product descriptor card for this month’s Boxycharm. As is always the case with Boxycharm, all products are full-sized so the retail value reflected on the card is true to the individual products received:

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The total retail value of this month’s box is $95.95…for which I paid $21. The best part is, not only is it a bargain, these are products I will most definitely use. Again, Boxycharm, how I *heart* thee. It’s the best $21 per month gift I’ve ever blessed myself with. If I could only choose one box out of my numerous subscriptions, Boxycharm would be the winner hands down.

Want to sign up for your own Boxycharm subscription? Here are links with my referral code to their website and also for their Facebook page:

Website: https://www.boxycharm.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/9718/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Boxycharm?ref=br_tf

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

And don’t forget to follow this blog for updates and sneak peeks at next month’s big GIVEAWAY…Believe me when I say you won’t want to miss this event!

Until next time, stay beautiful…now, go get your Boxycharm on, you deserve it!

BEAUTYBOX5: September “Balancing Act” Unboxing (and coupon codes for FREE AUGUST BOX)

Published September 13, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

It’s that time of the month that all subscription box addicts look forward to…when shipping notifications are received and boxes start shipping out and then finally arriving at the door.

First up this month is BeautyBox5 with the September “Balancing Act” box.

Let’s just jump right in because it’s going to be a busy month for unboxings at Casa Beholding Eye.

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There are the contents, all unboxed and ready for exploring.

First up are two generous-sized sample packets of Natural Style by FUBU Deep Conditioner and Co-Wash. I wasn’t aware FUBU made hair care products, so I’m looking forward to trying these.

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(RETAIL VALUE FULL-SIZED PRODUCT: $9.99)

Next up is this gorgeous eye pencil in Violet by Nicka K New York. The color inside the tube is exactly the same color as the outside of the tube. Really lovely and a great color for fall.

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(RETAIL VALUE: $4.49)

Then we have a handy little pedicure helper with these Sally Hansen Toe Spacers. These things ALWAYS come in handy at pedicure time so always happy to receive something I’ll definitely put to good use.

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(RETAIL VALUE: $1.99/PAIR)

And what better accompaniment to toe spacers than a gorgeous new nail polish in a lovely mauve/silver shimmery color? Why, thank you, BB5, you’ve read my mind and picked a great color for me. I don’t see the shade name on the bottle, but this is by My Beauty Spot.

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(RETAIL VALUE: $24.99/SET OF 6)

And rounding out this “Balancing Act” box is a generous-sized sample of Chrislie Formulations 3-in-1 Eye Bright an overnight treatment for tired eyes. As I work nights, I’ll definitely be able to put this baby to good use.

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(RETAIL VALUE FULL SIZED: $40.00)

All in all, not a bad box at all. Not as spectacularly perfect as last month’s box, but items I’ll definitely put to good use. With a retail value for the eye pencil, the toe spacers, and the nail polish being worth the $12/month subscription price, it makes for a pretty decent deal.

And now for that FREE COUPON CODE. If you’d like to subscribe to BeautyBox5 and would like a FREE AUGUST BOX (my August box was BOMB, see review below), use the following code to start your subscription and get your August box FOR FREE….

LINK TO SITE: http://www.beautybox5.com
COUPON CODE: UTBHXM OR ZMVTBV

Coming soon will be unboxings for BoxyCharm, BirchBox, Ipsy, French Box, Blue Velveteen, and more, as well as reviews of a killer makeup brush set from BH Cosmetics and an absolute STEAL on the most gorgeous Dooney & Bourke bag EVER in the history of bags from “Twice.”

Until next time, stay beautiful…What are you waiting for, though? GO GET YOUR FREE AUGUST BB5 WITH THE ABOVE CODE AND TREAT YOURSELF (you totally deserve it).