I don’t know when I became so gullible. Maybe it’s because I have the worst FOMO that I jump into things blind without thinking it through….but I got scammed….like BAD.
I found this on Instagram and their feed was not bad. It had items I wanted and it was $30/month which doesn’t seem unreasonable. But. It’s shit. And by that I don’t mean ‘the shit’. I mean every item was the biggest piece of garbage and I am embarrassed to even have to write this. I am not going to go into detail because it makes me mad even writing this BUT it will be evident when you look at the pictures.
This box promised ON TREND items. Take a look.
I could have gotten this at the Dollar Tree.
The smallest sample in the world for a $30 box.
We have no idea what the brand is but I could probably get this at a $5 jewelry sale.
Straight to the trash with this greasy ass nasty scrub.
ONE. FREAKING. PILLOW. CASE.
WHICH IS STAINED!……from the shit scrub.
There is nothing on trend about this box. I am SO mad at myself but I am sharing this because I don’t want anyone else to fall for this scam. If you look at their website (as of this post), it is not in business. So not only did they have this box, but they put everything out with poor quality and then went out of business. I reached out to customer service to let them know that my shit scrub leaked on my pillow case and asked if they could at least replace my ONE pillow case……they had some stupid ass reply and said they couldn’t do anything because they are terminating the business. Assholes.
I don’t know what made me like Tatcha so much – I feel like I may have gotten a couple samples of random things in the past. Today I wanted to give a glimpse into the selection and variety of items they have to offer and if it is worth the money. They have a ‘create your own set’ that I thought would be fun to dive into. Keep in mind that skincare usually takes a while to see real benefits BUT I can give you first impressions because these are expensive items!
I unboxed these items so you can get a sense of scale and how amazing the packaging is – you really can’t always convey that in a picture.
Plus, I like to talk to my computer.
Let’s dive in!
First off, the fact that this is their sealing sticker/tape is amazing. Like I always point out, I am a sucker for great packaging. This detail just makes it feel more luxurious than a regular package.
This is the first glimpse into the box and holy heck I might cry because it’s so beautiful!!!!
Y’all, this is the packing slip cover. High. Class.
And a hand-written note?!?! I love a personal touch like this.
First Item: Luminous Deep Hydration Eye Mask
A hydrating sheet mask for the eye area enriched with the nourishing powers of Okinawa red algae and peony extract.
The inside is just as beautiful. There are two sizes available on their site (one includes 4 masks) but I thought this might be a fun thing to try out.
This eye mask ($12) is so different than the other eye masks I have tried out. It is more of a gel mask that has two pieces of paper which you remove before applying. The shape is also unique! Let me show you a picture of my lovely face!
This left my under-eye area feel nice and hydrated. I would absolutely love to try this more longterm to see how much of a difference this will have on my under-eyes because I was simply marvelous after one use.
Second Item: Pure Signature Camellia Soap
This nourishing body bar is made of pure, cold-pressed Camellia Oil, the heart of Tatcha’s iconic Cleansing Oil.
This soap definitely has more of an oily texture than other soap bars I have used and I have to say I absolutely dig it. It has this really great oaty smell to it as well which just makes me feel like I am coating my skin in some great. beneficial lathery goodness. I definitely feel like I would purchase this soap on a regular basis if I could afford to ball out like that. Definitely a great little splurge item ($15) that makes you feel like you’re really treating yourself to some luxury.
Next, we will get into the part where you can create your own sample pack.
This is the travel bag that comes with it and it is freaking stunning!
The inside is just as gorgeous as the outside and this will be great to travel with. It seems like my whole skincare routine is expanding as I find new products so I love that I can have a designated little case for it.
On to the items!
Third Item: The Silk Canvas Primer
Velvety priming balm of pressed silk smooths and makes makeup last longer while keeping it out of skin, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.
I am going to really try this out and give it its due testing timeframe since it is such highly acclaimed primer SO I will do that in a weekly update. I am very excited to try it out though!
Fourth Item: Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
This 2-in-1 makeup remover and cleanser of Camellia Oil gently melts away impurities, even waterproof makeup, leaving behind pure, silky soft skin.
If you have read some so of my other posts, you might have read that I am absolutely in love with the Mamonde Oil-to-Foam cleanser so naturally when I saw this was an oil cleanser, I felt obligated to check it out. This one doesn’t have any scent that I could really pick up which is neither a plus or a minus for more – mostly just an observation. This, however, is ONLY an oil so there is no real foaming action when you add water. I think it’s a great cleanser and really did the job BUT when you compare this ($48) to Mamonde ($21), I have to say I can’t notice any real reason to purchase something double the price.
Fifth Item: The Rice Polish Gentle
A water-activated exfoliant of nourishing Japanese Rice Bran that transforms to a creamy foam for smooth, polished skin with a healthy glow.
I think I made a mistake in choosing the ‘gentle’ version of this product. I really love exfoliants and on the site it advertises this as an exfoliating enzyme product. Maybe it’s just my ignorance but usually I equate exfoliation with some type of abrasive or more chemical quality and there was none in this that I could feel. I didn’t really notice any exfoliation or any real difference in anything using this product. The full-size comes in at $65 and after using this sample, I am not sure what benefit there is with this especially at that price point.
Sixth Item: Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
A multi-tasking beauty oil with 23-karat gold for face, hair and body that adds instant nourishment and radiance to your skincare and makeup routine.
I wanted to like this so much more than I did. Maybe it’s because I have been using the Sunday Riley Facial Oil (which is my first facial oil I’ve used) but I really didn’t enjoy this product. I put it on like I have been doing with the other oil and it took ALL NIGHT and then some to absorb into my face – honestly, it never actually fully absorbed. This product is $95 which is more than double of the Sunday Riley oil. This is also much thinner than the other and made my skin feel no different – the SR one at least made my skin feel nice and hydrated and took care of some dry patches I had. I know that skincare takes a while to see benefits but really what normal person can drop $95 in hopes that this works for them. I don’t think I’m being too critical in analyzing this from a sample (which is still $33…..$7 less than a fill-size SR).
Seventh Item: Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
A silky, fine mist moisturizer that can be used under or over makeup for dewy glowing skin anytime, anywhere.
I ‘dew’ have to say that I love this facial mist. It has the same herbal scent as the dewy face masks (which I adore). This instantly makes your skin look dewy and beautiful but it is also so lightweight that it doesn’t muddy up makeup. I love this product and can definitely see myself spending the $48 for the full size because I think it is such a lovely product. Plus I love the smell damnit.
The site also offers 3 complimentary samples which is great!
Sample One: The Essence
A resurfacing softener of 98.7% pure anti-aging Japanese superfoods that makes all skincare work better.
I have read that this is another highly acclaimed product from Tatcha and i have to admit I have no idea what the heck an essence actually is. This says plumping and skin softening which sounds luxurious….but I imagine that it takes a decent amount of time in a dedicated skincare routine to achieve those effects. I also read in most k-beauty skincare routines that an essence is a very important part of the routine and is used before any other skincare products like serums, oils, etc. I can’t say that I noticed any immediate benefits BUT I am intrigued so much that I am going to look into adding an essence to my routine.
Sample Two: Violet-C Radiance Mask
A creamy anti-aging mask, packed with Japanese beautyberry, 2 types of Vitamin C and AHAs from 7 fruits, that unveils softer, glowing skin.
I absolutely love this face mask! It says that it illuminates your skin and I really, truly feel like my skin had this ‘shine from within’ look to it after using this mask. I will definitely be looking into saving up for the big ol $68 splurge on this. Plus, it has this great purple coloring to it which I think is just lovely.
Sample Three: The Deep Cleanse
A daily gel cleanser with natural fruit exfoliant that deeply but gently lifts impurities and unclogs pores, while leaving skin soft and hydrated.
I was surprised at how much I loved this little sample. I really wish I had made this a bigger sample size because it was so lovely! It has little abrasive beads which I just adored. I really felt like this helped get rid of some dead skin cells AND really helped clean up my more oily zones without drying out the rest of my skin too much. I loved this!
So here is the final lineup of my mini haul!
Everything is so gorgeous!! Overall, I feel like this was a great way to try out some of the products I have been dying to try. I love that they have this option because there are so many times where I want to try a more high-end product than something at Target. I can’t say I really understand the price points of some of these products because I honestly couldn’t tell a difference from these samples, but that might be because there needs to be a longer testing period. I adore the case that the samples come with and I can feel boujee when I put my poor person skincare items in there. I do love the other items I purchased outside of the samples – the soap and eye masks – and if I had the budget for a routine purchase of them, I certainly would.
Tatcha is such a luxurious brand to me, from the packaging to the items themselves, and I am very happy I tried everything out. I hope this was informative for you guys and I would love to know if you have had a similar experience with higher end items not living up to the hype OR if you think that these items really are worth the price tag.
I am so excited to share this with you guys! I have been waiting months to get off the waitlist for the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus and now a million people and myself can finally show you what’s in the box!
Let’s dive in!
Here we have a lovely fold out booklet which has a ton of info on the products which I absolutely adore.
First Item: Paris Hilton Skincare Pro DNA Dual Action Cleansing Gel – $29
This cleansing gel is infused with exfoliating caviar lime and pineapple-derived enzymes to brighten skin, cucumber to depute, and white tea extract to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help repair sun damage.
Did y’all know Paris Hilton was still around? I didn’t. I am glad to see this lovely looking bottle in my box though! The size is so great and I love getting skincare anything in a box. This item alone meets the price you pay for the box so that is a great start. I have a few face washes open right now so I am not going to tell you how this is yet – keep an eye out for the review in a Social Saturday update!
Second Item: Goldfadden MD Bright Eyes – $55
This eye cream gets straight to the root of your under-eye issues (because there’s only so much concealer can hide). Formulated with rice bran extract, soy peptide, organic red tea and arnica, it helps reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.
I am loving the value and items in this box so far! Skincare and eye care?!?! My freaking dream come true. Plus, this is catering to those pesky dark circles which always stay under my eyes. Again, I have a few eye creams I am trying out but I will update as soon as I can. I am so so so excited though!
Third Item: Laura Sanchez Moods Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette – $35
This all-in-one palette is loaded with matte and metallic shades of cheek and eye colors – an option of any mood you’re in.
I am absolutely in love with this palette! It has some colors that are definitely outside of my comfort zone but they are gorgeous! You should check out my video to see the swatches because this picture does not give it justice. They blend so beautifully and are pigmented just enough to not be too crazy. I am shocked this is such an affordable palette!
Fourth Item: Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Eyebrow Highlighter – $22
When your brows need a lift, look no further than this creamy highlighter brow pencil. The matte, linen-pink shade pops on and accentuates your arches for brighter, lifted, younger-looking eyes.
I wasn’t expecting this to be a pencil for some reason. It is very creamy though.
This honestly isn’t something that I would use on my eyebrow highlight BUT I do think it will be great on the waterline. I know that adding white to the waterline is beaming an “in” thing and since I am so hip and cool, I will definitely be doing that with this pencil. Plus, the cap for this is just stunning!
You don’t need an entire drawer of makeup brushes when you have one that does it all. Not only does this brush give makeup products an airbrushed finish, blurring away the appearance of fine lines and pores, it also applies skincare like a dream.
Holy hell this is an expensive brush. It is so expensive that I feel like I wanted to use it to apply my expensive skincare products……but I actually didn’t enjoy it. So. In a future update, I will let y’all know if this actually has any blurring abilities with makeup because it sure as hell better with that price. Hell, it better paint a whole new damn face as far as I am concerned.
So here is the final lineup! The final value came out to be $189 which is amazing since they say the value is guaranteed to be at least $120 (if I’m correct). I am so so so so happy with this box and I love each and every product. If it keeps being like this, I will probably end up cutting out BoxyCharm and only having this one next year!!
As always, thank y’all so so much for reading! Remember I have an active giveaway on both my Youtube and Instagram so check those out!
Today, I have a super exciting unboxing that I haven’t seen many people do (which is surprising because it’s amazing). Make sure to check out my video if you want to see my awesome awkwardness in action.
Ok, so as the title implies, we are looking into the GlobeIn Tasting box which was one of the themes for March. If you are unfamiliar with the subscription, let me tell you a little bit about it! This subscription features handmade, ethically sourced goods from around the world by amazing artisans. Each Artisan Box is filled with at least $70 in value and includes 4-5 handmade items by artists from around the world. The cost is $48 a month but there is a more ‘add-on’ type subscription if you are interested. Also, I have a referral link which will get you $30 off the Artisan Box if you’re interested.
So as you can see, the box is a decent size (and if you can’t see, check out the video). I am going to go ahead and show you the two *free* glasses I got for signing up! They literally always have promos going on where you get free items like this.
Aren’t these just stunning?! They are SUCH amazing quality and beautiful. I cannot wait to add these to the collection I just ordered from add-ons.
We have the info booklet which tells you about the products and the artisans who made them. I am going to include all the information because I absolutely love it!!!!
First Item: Tasting Journal
Jot down your thoughts and comments on the flavors, origins, and tasting notes of new bottles and brands.
This is such a great thing to include in a tasting box. There are so many intricate details that go into different beers, wines, and teas. I love picking up on these notes but I have the worst memory so keeping track of what I like and why I like it is always a struggle. This give me one organized place to keep track of my thoughts! My whole family loves craft beers so this will be a great way to share and discuss with them.
Second Item: Handwoven Bottle Coaster
Dress your favorite 40-ounce bottle of beer, wine, or champagne to add a bit of festive-flare to any table top set-up.
We are always reaching for coasters in our house but we definitely don’t have anything so beautifully made or so large. I mean this can fit a biggggg bottle…..which means more drinking for me! It is nice and thick which means nothing will seep into the surface below which is important in keeping your furniture safe! I just love the colors and that it is handwoven.
Third Item: Hand-carved Flight Stand
Place your teal-rim Tasting Glasses on this stand, cleverly shaped as a wine bottle, for organization.
I have been wanting to get a flight for my home for a while now. My favorite thing when going to a new brewery is to try a bunch of what they have because I am always so indecisive. Now, I can make tasting at home a more fun experience! This could organize any kind of tasting with the cute glasses that are in here too.
Fourth Item: Tasting Glass Set in Teal
Sample new brands of beers and wines, or try out cocktail recipes on your friends.
I AM SO EXCITED!!!! These glasses are SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I cannot emphasize this enough. They are indented on the sides which helps for handling, they are thicker glass -the weight makes it feel unique and valuable, and I love the teal rim. I can see myself putting little toppings in this and of course I can see all kinds of beers, wines, and teas in here too. This is such a great thing to add to my current glassware.
Fifth Item: Bottle Opener Necklace
Wear as a necklace and surprise your friends with its hidden bottle-opening functionality!
There is nothing that says you’re classy like a handmade necklace that functions as a bottle opener. Seriously, look at how stunning this is!!! I am always reaching for random things to open bottles but this is something you can wear as jewelry and then whip out to pop tops. I just love that! Plus, the design is stunning.
Here is the final lineup of everything that I received and I am over the moon! Everything fits into the theme so well and is something I can see myself using frequently. I love seeing the artisan’s stories in the booklet and I love that there is support for artisans all over the world. The value is definitely there and each item is visibly high-quality. The functionality of each item is diverse: the glasses can be used for sampling food, beverages; the necklace can just be jewelry or a bottle opener; the coaster can hold any type of bottle or glass. I am just so happy with this!!!! Let me just show you a few more pictures of the items closeup.
There is even this tasty recipe!!!!!!
Thank you guys so so much for reading. Til next time!!
I did it again – I bought a new subscription because I saw you could get two free gifts. I am a sucker for free things and I don’t know why….like I am still buying something. They always get me. I can pretty much be talked into buying anything. Like literally. It’s a mix between me being too awkward to say no and also I am down to try almost any product at least once.
I also got these two gifts for signing up!
The funny thing is they sent me double which I am really excited about because that pillow spray is the bomb. The little candle is crap though.
I just think this is so cute for an outer box.
And here we can see another box that I will add to my hoarder collection because I have a problem.
This is out little info sheet – I really love this quote. I need to tell myself something like this more often.
Ok, on to the products!
First Item: Manna Kadar Cosmetics Eyedylic Gel Liner – $19
Formulated for long-lasting, budge-proof wear, this jet black eyeliner glides on effortlessly. Dot the color along your lash line, then fill in to create your desired look.
I love this type of pencil eyeliner. I don’t usually buy black so this is nice to have. I have to admit that I suck with liquid eyeliner so I usually take a pencil like this and make everything look like I’m a pro. This specific pencil is so smooth and pigmented. I am really excited to try to add a little more black eyeliner looks to my routine.
Second Item: Purlisse Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm – $45 for full size
Watermelon hydrates, aloe vera reduces inflammation, and cucumber soothes in this gel moisturizer that instantly energizes skin. Apply a thin, even layer to your face before SPF.
I am so sad this is small because I LOVE IT! Normally, I hate products that have a scent on my face because I am really sensitive. However, this one is so refreshing and delightful that I don’t even mind it. It makes me get all kinds of summer vibes and let’s be real, everyone wants that. The balm itself is really light and it doesn’t take much to drench your face in hydration. I definitely think this is a homerun.
Third Item: Marula Light Hair Oil Treatment – $26 for full size
This sulfate- and paraben-free oil conditions, tames frizz, and adds shine without weighing hair down. Run a dime-sized amount through damp or dry strands.
I have been trying this out for like a week now and I don’t know that I’ve seen any difference. I can tell you this: it is super lightweight and doesn’t weigh down my thin ass hair so that’s a plus. As far as benefits go, I really can’t see any. Also, there is no scent which is unfortunate for me with hair products because I want my hair to smell like a perfumed luscious garden.
Fourth Item: Natura Castanha Hand Cream – $19.50 for full size
This rich, delicately scented hand balm softens and smooths skin while strengthening its natural moisture barrier. It leaves your hands feeling nourished, not greasy.
This is a really great hand cream that is nice and thick but not overbearing. It makes my skin feel nice and hydrated – I have been putting it on before bed and my hands have been feeling soft and refreshed every morning. It doesn’t have much scent which is pleasant. The price point for a full-size seems affordable too!
Fifth Item: Model Co Metallic Eyeshadow Trio in Positano – $18 for full size
Three complimentary shimmery shades of light peach, violet, and chocolate make uptimes this vibrant metallic palette that’ll give you a sultry eye look.
I am pretty sure I got this exact eyeshadow trio in my Feb Allure Beauty Box and I thought it was really lovely. There is something weird though….let me show you!
They have different names but I SWEAR they are the exact same. Regardless, they are beautiful!
Sixth Item: Luxie Brush
I am obsessed with Luxie brushes and this will be a great addition to my collection.
So here is the final lineup!
And here are some swatches!
Overall, I am really excited about this box and I can see myself using every product! I think the price ($10/month) is great BUT I did see that they are increasing to $13/month which I am not thrilled about. I feel like I can get these same type of products in Ipsy which is still $10/month and more personalized. What do you guys think?