Kira Kira Crate – May 2018

I’ve been a fan of Glossybox for a pretty long time, but recently I’ve been getting disappointed from the items they sent out in the boxes that eventually made me deactivate my account again. I wanted to try something new and I found Kira Kira Crate, I’ve been into Asian cosmetics for awhile and I think their skincare products are the best so why not try it every month and see how it goes?

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The crate comes directly from Japan so it takes time to arrive, say about 2 to 4 weeks. It contains 6 full sized items along with a cute booklet that has the instructions of every item in English and tips on how to use them.

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Bath Salts

You could guess from the package, it’s honey and lemon. Of course it smells citrus-y and I appreciate anything that makes me relax in my bathtub.

Moasis Oil Milk

A hydrating oil milk that has cactus oil. It doesn’t get absorbed by the skin fast, and also it has a sticky feeling after using it so I didn’t like it that much.

Paper Soap (Rose)

A cute little package that has 50 sheets of paper soap. This is something completely new to me and I was mind blown about this. It can be kept in your bag so you would have soap whenever you need it.

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Hot Eyes Mask

The package include 3 sets of eye masks and it comes with a cute polar bear with glasses design. Honestly I didn’t think it would get this warm when I put it on my eyes, it was very soothing and smells like lavender which is my favorite. I absolutely LOVE this.

Organic Mask (Chamomile)

I love those masks, they are always so soothing to use before going to sleep. It helped calming down my skin and I love how my face feels after it.

Black & Shiny Eyeliner

Even Japanese packaging look cute, this eyeliner got a leopard design and the tip is a bit bulky for what I’m used to. It has a slight glitter on it once you apply it but it gets smudged easily so I wouldn’t say it’s long lasting. I would add it on top of my usual eyeliner if I need a little shimmer on my eyes for a night out.

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Overall, I would say I’m interested in Kira Kira Crate and I’ll keep my subscription for a while to see what more they have to offer in the upcoming months. I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know if you tried any of Japan Crate subscriptions.

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GlossyBox – March 2018

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Hello April, hello Easter and helloooooo GlossyBox.

I hope you are all doing well. Honestly I wanted to post about Tales of Berseria since I recently beat the game and I wanted to outline my thoughts about it but I noticed that beauty related posts does a lot better which stresses me out since I don’t want to start focusing on numbers and how my posts attract traffic. I’ll post it anyway on Thursday, I still want to post about games.

Anyway here’s my review for March GlossyBox …

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FORM – Multitask. Leave-In Lotion

A hair product yay. I honestly love the smell of this, it’s very light-weighted. It left my hair softer and more easier to manage when its having the dry days. I would actually go for the full size of this, that’s how much I love it.

Figs & Rouge – Soft Focus Pore Perfect HD + Matte Veil

I didn’t use it, I gave it to my sister so I’m taking her words for it. It did make her skin smooth as a base for her foundation but didn’t help much with the shine and it felt patchy after awhile so she wouldn’t recommend it. Let me know if you got a different result.

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De Bruyère Beauté – Jumbo Eye Pencil (Bubble 07)

I got this eye pencil before back in November 2016, I still like it. It blends easily and the color is pretty nice and has a nice shimmer.

COVER FX – Perfect Pencil Concealer (Medium)

I never really tried any Cover FX products so I was excited to try this out. It’s very useful for little touchups and defining the brow arch, I wouldn’t say it’s good for larger areas like the circles under the eyes.

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I forgot to mention, it’s blendable.

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Morgan Taylor Nail Polish (Heaven Sent)

Subscribers will receive one of three colors and I got this white one. The formula is a bit too runny, I wasn’t expecting that so it was a messy experience for me. It needs plenty of coats to reach the desired shade since it’s really too sheer, I didn’t like it that much.

Unani il-lumnate Milk Cleanser

This item is labeled as Glossy Fave so this may vary for subscribers but I’m really glad I got this cleanser. I got it before back in October 2016 and it’s been my favorite cleanser for a pretty long time, it leaves my face soft and fresh.

Overall, after my disappointment on February box, this month products redeems itself and I’m back in love with GlossyBox.

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GlossyBox – February 2018

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It’s been awhile since I last posted, again I’ve been under the weather and it’s not exactly fun. Also I’ve been ticked off from a French website that took my latest post, translated it fully word by word in Google Translate which showed in the many grammar mistakes their post had, and ignored my emails and comments that I sent to the owner about it. It made me upset but at the same time it validates that I’m getting relevant in the blogging scene ? Maybe I’m just telling myself that, anyway I’m back and hopefully I won’t miss a posting day again. Here’s the review of the February Glossybox …

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Royal Apothic Scrubbie Exfoliating Lip Treatment

Honestly when I saw a sneak peek of this product last month, I was very excited to try it out because I’ve always wanted to use those sugar lips scrub. It’s sweet and fruity as it’s written “fig” on it but also slightly oily so it keeps your lips moisturized even after washing the sugar off, you can use a lip balm after it or keep it that way.

JJ Young Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask

Now I’m familiar with sheet masks but this isn’t any ordinary sheet mask, it’s a 3D mud mask. The packaging is all in Korean so I applied the mask the way I think it should be and I felt like it’s a bit messy and not exactly easier compared to normal mud masks so I wouldn’t say I liked this product that much.

Luxie Makeup Brush

Aaaaaaand I already got this brush from a previous Glossybox so that was disappointing.

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John Masters Organics Geranium & Grapefruit Body Wash and Milk

This set smells absolutely amazing, I really love it. The lotion gets absorbed really fast and it doesn’t feel greasy or sticky afterwards.

Doucce Gloss Wear Lip Gloss

I don’t really mind getting lip glosses but … This one had my jaw drop because I got the shade 766 (Tasty Mango) and it’s really bright. It’s definitely not my shade and I can’t ever wear such a bright in-your-face lip color. I would say though the formula is really nice and creamy, also it took a long time to wash off so I can safely say it’s long-wearing.

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Overall, I think this is the first time I feel disappointed from Glossybox. I was hoping from something more since it’s around Valentine’s season, I would say the body wash and milk are my favorite products this month.

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Glossybox – January 2018

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I wanted to post this earlier but I’ve been scheduling posts in the past two weeks trying to give the post topics more variety and also I wanted some time to use the products that was sent out if I can notice any difference.

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Steve Laurant – Dusty Rose Lip Tint

At first I was a bit intimidated seeing “lip gloss” because the last time I wore a lip gloss was back when I was a teenager and I was afraid it’ll been like those old super shiny lip glosses, see how old fashioned I am ? Thankfully I was wrong and it turned out to be a really nice pink almost natural, I used it after applying liquid lipsticks using my finger and it gave my lips a subtle shine as if my lips were smooth. I love it, it can be used as a cream blush as well since it blends so well.

Theorie – Marula Oil Transforming Hair Serum

I think I mentioned before that I love getting hair products, and this came in a perfect time since the serum I was using just finished. I wish it came in a larger size since I have a very thick hair so 10ml isn’t exactly enough for me. It helps protecting your hair from heat and also adds shine which I noticed.

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Dr Botanicals – Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil

I’m all for the “100% Natural” label, it makes me feel safe of the stuff I put on my skin. Honestly I was afraid it would be thick in consistency since it was an oil substance but it was the complete opposite, it’s very light, smells really nice and it got absorbed quickly.

Lumene Lahde – Pure Dew Drops Hydrating Eye Gel

Lately I haven’t been sleeping well so it shows in my eyes as it gets puffy and dark circles began to appear. It was the perfect time to test this product, so per directions written I used it after cleaning my face couple of times now and I felt that cold sensation under my eyes which feels really refreshing.

Buxom – Big Tease Plumping Mascara

I’m a certified Mascara hoarder, seeing mascaras excites me. If you’re looking for lash separation, great volume and length, this is the mascara for you. It’s amazing I absolutely love it, too bad it’s such a small size.

Overall, loving every product in this box specially the lip tint and mascara.

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Glossybox – December 2017

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I finally reactivated my subscription to Glossybox and I’m so happy to receive those boxes again, I really miss this. December box came a little late, in fact came together with January box but I’m not going to complain.

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Laura Geller – Easy Illuminating Stick in Ethereal

I’ve been introduced to Laura Geller products before when I tried Birchbox I’ve been using that highlighter for awhile now so I was happy seeing this stick from this brand. It’s definitely easy to use, just glided on my cheekbones and then I blended it with a brush since I didn’t have a sponge but it worked well. It’s the right amount of shimmer that I need for my everyday look.

Beauty For Real – I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner in Platinum Blonde 

I’m not exactly comfortable trying such bold colors for my eye makeup but in the spirit of changing, I’m willing to try it out if I want to look a little bit extra for a girls night out. It’s waterproof so it won’t budge easily.

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Ignore my sophisticated nail polish … design ?

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Show Beauty – Riche Grooming Balm

I love me some hair products, anything that helps with my abused hair makes me happy basically. The formula of this product is really light so it doesn’t leave your hair looking greasy, also it smells nice.

Makeup Drop – Original

I never really understood those silicon thingies, I tried liking them but I couldn’t. Maybe because I’m more old fashioned, I just can’t like them. They have more pros compared to normal sponges as it doesn’t absorb the foundation and can be cleaned easily, but I wouldn’t really use it so I’m going to give it to my sister (I recommend reading Lise’s post about this).

Omorovicza – Queen of Hungary Mist

This was an instant love for me, it smells absolutely amazing. I used it instead of my usual toner before applying my makeup and then after since my makeup setting spray Urban Decay All-Nighter doesn’t exactly have the best scent. I don’t why the scent of this mist is so refreshing and calming, it’s light and I can say rose-y. I could definitely see myself getting addicted to this, I will buy it that’s for sure.

Overall, feels so good to receive this subscription box again as it’s been my favorite for quite sometime. I would say the Laura Geller highlight stick and the Queen of Hungary mist are my favorite products in this box. Have you ever used those products before, let me know what do you think.

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OwlCrate – Find Me In The Forest

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I’m very sad to write this review because this is my last OwlCrate and it hurts that I had to cancel. I was considering donating some of my books so I could have more room for books on my shelves and then I could probably reactivate my subscription since it’s honestly my favorite subscription box. Anyway let’s get into this post, so October theme was Find Me In The Woods.

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Cabeswater Candle from In the Wick of Time

I’ll never say no to candles, I love collecting them for some reason. This candle is inspired by The Raven Cycle and it smells absolutely amazing, I didn’t think moss and mint would smell this good together.

Exclusive Harry Potter Mug from Cara Kozik

This is the first time OwlCrate sends a mug in their boxes and it’s gorgeous. I’m a Harry Potter fan so this made me so happy, the design illustrates the forbidden forest from Hagrid’s cottage with Buckbeak in the pumpkin fields then unicorn and the centaur, finally the Weasley’s flying car and Aragog the Arachnid. I’m in love with this and I instantly took it to my office so I can have my morning coffee with it.

Princess Mononoke Art Print by Audra Auclair

I’m so happy they included a Ghibli related item, this print looks so amazing. I was so impressed by the designs of Audra Auclair, they are so beautiful so please if you have time just check them.

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Sherwood Forest Loose Tea from Riddle’s Tea Shop

Robin Hood was one the first anime I watched in Arabic dub, reading the name of this tea made me happy for some reason. I’m not a tea blend fan but Earl Grey would be my favorite tea so I don’t mind trying this blend.

Magnetic Bookmarks From Craftedvan

I love Craftedvan designs, they are always too cute and adorable. These bookmarks are from Where the Wild Things Are and they are so cute.

Coaster Illustrated from Kristin Askland

A Mug, tea and a coaster in one box, thank you OwlCrate. This coaster is so beautiful, it goes well with the new mug and it’s a great addition for my office desk.

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As usual the book came with a lovely letter from the author and also a signed bookplate. Also a pack of seeds, it didn’t specify what sort of plants it’ll grow so it’s all a mystery.

and finally book of the month …

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

I actually love OwlCrate exclusive cover more than the original. The summary sounds so interesting and obviously I’m all about the magic part, I’ve read some reviews of this book to be a slow-burner so we’ll see how it goes when I start reading it.

Overall, this would be my favorite box in 2017 from OwlCrate. Everything in this box is perfect and I love it.

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OwlCrate – Mythical Creatures

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I’ve been getting tons of messages and emails from aramex to pick up my OwlCrate box when I was away, I finally had time to get it and it has a very cool theme “Mythical Creatures

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Dragon Coin Purse by OwlCrate

It’s a lovely canvas bag with dragon design. I don’t normally keep coins in my wallet, I usually donate them to those charity boxes that are kept near the cashiers so I might give this to my younger sister.

Son of Poseidon Bath Salts by The Soap Librarian

I love bath bombs and salts so this was a nice find. The ingredients gave a beauty to the colors in the container, I’m excited to try it.

Hagrid Sticker by Susanne Draws

As a Harry Potter fan, I’m in love with this. I think this is third time OwlCrate sent an item by Susanne Draws, I remember seeing in Epic and Fast Time at YA High boxes.

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Mother of Dragons Bookmark by Ink and Wonder Designs

This bookmark is made out of thin wood and it’s gorgeous, it’s definitely my favorite item in this box. It looks so beautiful even though I’m not a Game of Thrones fan.

Book Sleeve from Book Beau

I’ve never had a book sleeve so this is something new to me. The fabric is quite thick so I can be sure that my book would be protected, it has such a beautiful design as well.

The box also included a small brochure that has few fun facts and an interview with the author.

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As usual the book came with a signed bookplate and also a handwritten letter from the author using golden ink that fits the book cover.

Now finally book of the month …

Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful—or at least that’s how she’s forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles.

Except Mira is over being a pawn. Fighting to survive against outer threats and inner demons of mental illness, Mira must find her inner fire and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic—before her very world collapses.

And that’s all before she ignites.

The more I read about it in the reviews, the more I got excited to start reading it. Apparently the story includes new worlds, dragons and magic which are all my weakness in a fantasy book.

Overall, I love the theme and I was hoping for more but I would say it’s a decent box. Unfortunately I cancelled my subscription because I don’t have space for more books, I need to organize my shelves before I reactivate again so October box will be my last for now. I hope you enjoyed this post and have a nice day.

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