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April 2016 Empties

I have always wanted to do monthly posts – favourites, empties etc but I can never commit. I always forget to keep my empties so that I can blog about them; I am too fickle to really have monthly favourites but I am going to try.

Earlier in April, I finally graduated university and completed college. This meant I no longer needed my desk as a “study” desk and I was able to clean it out and convert it into sanctuary, that is, my makeup desk. It gave me so much pleasure to be able to display my makeup in all its glory. Anyhow, this meant I was able to see products, at a glance, that were close to empty and use them up for an empties post! Yay!

So what did I use up in the month of April?

April 2016 empties

April 2016 empties

Curash Fragrance Free baby wipes – these are my go to when I am lazy to remove my makeup. I have gone through about ten of these and always repurchase. This time, however, after cleaning out and reorganising my beauty stash, I didn’t repurchase the baby wipes as I had other facial cleansing wipes to use up.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy – a scent that has been in my stash for years. As I keep my fragrances away from sunlight, it kept really well. I saw that it had a bit left so committed myself to using it until it was finished. I loved this scent when I purchased it and still do – it’s a very fruity and sweet without being sickening. A scent from my teenage years, it was time to move on. Kind of symbolic that I finished this in the same month as completing another chapter in my life. I probably won’t repurchase as I have way too many perfumes go through and I tend to gravitate towards floral scents nowadays.

Britney Spears Curious – another purchase from  my teenage  years that was sent to the back shelf of my perfume stash. Wasn’t a favourite of mine so won’t be repurchasing.

Innoxa Anti-Ageing Makeup Setting Spray* – a setting spray formulated with skincare ingredients such as aloe vera and cucumber. I love the smell of this – vsry fresh and soothing. As I have an oily t-zone, makeuo setting sprays are a must. This kept my makeup on longer than usual and kept the oils at bay for longer. I’m uncertain if I will repurchase as I think I prefer my Urban Decay one over this as it keeps my makeup on until it’s time to remove.

Avene Gentle Toner – alcohol- and oil- free, this was ok. Didn’t notice any amazing changes in my skin so won’t repurchase as I use witch hazel for my toner and its cheaper and does the trick.

Bioderma Sebium H2O – Bioderma’s cleansing waters are my favourites. It has gained holy grail, desert island status. Sebium is the range designed for acne-prone and oily skin but does have a very light floral fragrance. If, like me, you don’t like the fragrance, do as I do and opt for the original fragrance-free bottle from the Sensibio range. I already have three backup bottles of these stashed away.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner – promises to tighten your pores and improve skin texture – not sure about that but it did provide a good base for my makeup and didn’t break me out. Undecided as to whether I will repurchase.

Mary Kay Signature Eye Primer – works just as well as my Urban Decay one but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Luckily, I still have an Urban Decay and Australis one to use up.

Smitten Cosmetics Whipped Foundation – not an empty but throwing it out. It came with my Violet Box and has separated in the tube so I was unable to use it :(

So there you have it! My first empties post and I hope it won’t be my last.

The product/s marked with * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Review: Violet Box June 2013

Violet Box June 2013 Outer Packaging

Violet Box June 2013 Outer Packaging

Violet Box is a new beauty subscription box that is now available in Australia. They also offer a ‘rewards’ system which will allow the consumer to purchase full size products using the reward points earned via surveys, reviews and referrals etc on the Violet Box website. I was lucky to be sent their inaugural June box – the launch box!

In terms of price:

Bella Box – $15, 5-7 samples
Lust Have It – $19.95, 5-6 premium samples
Violet Box – $22.95, promising at least 4-6 samples

So as you can see, it’s a bit more expensive by a couple of dollars compared to Lust Have It and Bella Box. Read on if you want to know if it’s worth it?

Violet Box June 2013

Violet Box June 2013

When it arrives on your doorstep, it’s actually in a satchel. Rip open that satchel, and you get the white outerbox. Encased inside that white outerbox is a sleek matte black cardboard box with the Violet Box logo printed on the lid on the bottom right hand corner.

Lifting off the lid, there are three cards on the top resting on purple tissue paper.

Violet Box June 2013

Violet Box June 2013

Card 1 lists the contents of the box, along with descriptions and prices. Card 2 is an offer for $5 the RRP $30 of the Lash Control mascara in the Violet Box Beauty Shop. On the back is another offer – receive one month free subscription to Charlott Dodson TV, which is, from what I can gather, like yoga tv. Good for the cold weather as you can get your yoga fix without having to leave the house. Card 3 is all about the new CK One Color range. Also offers a complimentary 20 minute makeover at Myer counters.

Here is a look at card 1 which lists the box’s contents:

Violet Box June 2013

Violet Box June 2013

So the contents of this month’s box:

Violet Box June 2013 Contents

Violet Box June 2013 Contents

John Plunkett Glyco Peel 15ml $28.95 {full size}

This is a 25% glycolic acid PM exfoliator promising clear, refreshed and younger looking skin and the reduction of fine lines and surface discolouration. I am a bit scared to use it as I think 25% is quite high??

CK One Gloss Eyecolor in Pop 4g $25 {full size}

Ever since the CK One Color Cosmetics line launched, I’ve been itching to get my hands on it. The colour I received is Pop, a light sea green with gold shimmer. It’s sheer and quite glossy. I’ve never used an eye gloss before so I am looking forward to using it. Here’s a quick swatch –

CK One Gloss Eyecolor in Pop

CK One Gloss Eyecolor in Pop

CK One Gloss Eyecolor in Pop

CK One Gloss Eyecolor in Pop

Lash Control Clear Coat mascara and brow fix 8.87ml $25 {full size}

Most days, I opt for brow powder and a clear brow gel or mascara has always been on my list of things to buy {just never get around to it cos there are other more prettier things to buy haha} so if this works well, then the box itself would be worth the subscription value!

Special feature of this is that you squeeze the middle of the tube which controls how much product comes out of the wand!

Argania hair oil 5ml {sample size; 100ml for $34.99. Value = $1.75}

Can never have enough hair oils and it comes in a handy travel size.

Avene Gentle Gel cleanser 50ml {deluxe sample size; 200ml for $23.95. Value = ~$6}

I think I received the milk cleanser and toner in another beauty box so I now have a whole skincare routine hahaha. I’ve never tried Avene before so hopefully I get around to it one day.

The Gentle Gel cleanser is aimed at normal-combination sensitive skin and is supposed to cleanse and remove makeup. Sounds like a great multitasker.

Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty EDT 1.2ml {sample size; 50ml for $80/100ml for $120. Value = ~$1.70}

Violet Box June 2013 TOTAL value = $88.40

The thing with these subscription boxes is that it’s worth it only if the products are of use to you. Seeing as I would use at least 4 out of 6 products in this box AND the fact that half of the products are full size, I am not disappointed. However, for a launch box, it’s not WOW either.

If you are contemplating on signing up, I would keep an eye out for the next box and see what the quality is like. If Violet Box can maintain the quality of the samples then I believe they would survive in the market.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.