LaRitzy Box Review, March 2016

LaRitzy Box, $24.99 per month for regular box, $14.99 for LaMini box; US only

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Beautiful little Eleanor wanted to check out the March LaRitzy box.  She loves that it is cruelty-free, but she thinks there should be bunnies instead of sheep on the side of the box.  She thought the teeny bunny on the Lippygirl product was a nice touch.  I just love the face she is making in this picture!  She is such a cutie!

LaRitzy Box is a vegan and cruelty-free monthly beauty box.  While I don't keep vegan myself, the vegan boxes are often some of my favorites.  The regular box contains four to five beauty products; the LaMini box contains two to three items.  Everyone who subscribes to the regular box gets the same products each month with perhaps some color variations.  The products in the LaMinis are sometimes products that are in that month's regular size box, sometimes products that were in the regular size box of a previous month, and sometimes a completely new product.  This is a review of the regular box.  

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Let's see what came in the March LaRitzy Box:

My March LaRitzy Box was worth $78.65.  That's more than three times the price of the box, so I'm perfectly happy with the value.  Everything was full size, which is always nice.  I liked that the box contained a skincare item, a nail polish, and two makeup products.  That's a great mix.

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Is it eye cream month?  I have gotten so many eye creams this month!  I'm not complaining, just making an observation.

The Juice Beauty Green Apple Nutrient Eye Cream is a lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer that has tons of organic ingredients that are fabulous for the delicate skin around your eye.  It's anti-aging, brightening, and moisturizing, so it has something for everyone in there!  Juice Beauty says on their website that those who have sensitive skin and/or rosacea should not use this product because the alpha- and beta-hydroxy fruit acids could irritate their skin.  

I've liked Juice Beauty products in the past, but this is the first time that I have liked a product from their Green Apple line.  Usually the smell bothers me, but the scent of the eye cream isn't very strong.  People either love or hate the Juice Beauty Green Apple line's scent, so that is something to be aware of if you're thinking of giving something in the product line a try.  This gave the skin around my eyes some much needed moisture and brightened the skin.  I can't say anything about the anti-aging effects after using it for a short time, but keeping your skin hydrated is half the battle in fighting signs of aging.

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Aren't the packaging and bottle cute?!  This was one of the spoilers for March.  I was looking forward to trying this polish because I had never even heard of Deco Miami before.  I've encountered many a 3-free and 5-free nail polish and even the occasional 7-free, but this is the first 8-free I've seen!  Besides the usual seven ingredients (DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, parabens, xylene, and ethyl tosylamide), their formula also contains no TPHP.  I wasn't really sure what TPHP was, so I checked it out and found an article on the Mother Jones website about it.  The article is short but informative, so I encourage you to read it as it explains it better than I can.  

The colors subscribers got varied.  I got the color Feeling Fuego, a coral creme.  It's a bright, cheery color that will be perfect for summer.  This went on smoothly, dried quickly, and looked pretty on me.  It lasted a couple of days without chipping, which is longer than usual for polish on my nails.  I can be really hard on my nails!  Deco Miami's color selection is limited, but I am hoping it will expand as their business grows.  

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I've never been a lip gloss fan, so I didn't have high hopes for the Lippygirl Extra Virgin Lip Gloss.  Fortunately, it is very moisturizing and contains a variety of plant oils, so I think of it more as a balm than a gloss.  It does not have that gross sticky feeling most lip glosses have, which is a huge plus for me.  I hate that sticky feeling so much.  This product has a light citrus scent from the orange oil that is in it.  It gives your lips a soft sheen, but it isn't overly glossy looking.  Despite my initial misgivings about this Lippygirl gloss, I ended up loving it.  

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Finally, there was the Modern Minerals Eyeshadow.  I got the color Rose Quartz (swatched below), but colors subscribers got varied.  It looks like a shimmery peach in the container, but is more like a champagne when swatched on my skin.  The Modern Minerals Infused Eyeshadow Spheres are infused with rose and honeysuckle and also contain coconut and vitamin E.  They also make a regular, less expensive line of eyeshadow without the flower infusions, but this is their new line.  I don't think I've ever had an eyeshadow that contains ingredients meant to improve my skin.  The eyeshadow goes on easily and stays on all day, but Rose Quartz is not the color for me.  I prefer the color options in Modern Minerals' regular line of eyeshadows to those in their Infused line. I know lots of people love soft neutrals, though, so I'm sure the new line will be popular.

Modern Minerals Infused Eyeshadow Sphere in Rose Quartz

Modern Minerals Infused Eyeshadow Sphere in Rose Quartz

March was a fantastic month for LaRitzy!  I loved three of the four products.  The fourth product, the Modern Minerals eyeshadow, had a great formula, but just wasn't the color for me.  All of the products were new to me and were of excellent quality.  I just started subscribing to LaRitzy a couple of months ago and I'm now a huge fan.  I look forward to getting the box in the mail each month because the curation is always fabulous.  There's currently a waitlist for LaRitzy, so I suggest you hurry up and get on it.

If you got LaRitzy this month, what did you think?  What colors did you get for the nail polish and eyeshadow?  If anyone got the LaMini box, I'd love to hear what was inside it this month.