September 2016 Beauty Box Wrap-up!


It's that time again!  Can you believe September has gone by so quickly?  I'm going to give you a quick review of all the beauty boxes I got this month.  I'll link to the full reviews on each of them, so, if you want links to the products or boxes or a more in-depth review, just click on over.  If my opinion on any product has changed since the initial review, I'll make a note of that here.  That doesn't happen often, but there actually is a product this month that I don't like as much as I did when I first used it.  At the end, I'll choose my favorite boxes and products!  I can never choose just one.  Unfortunately, Terra Bella Box and Beauteque's boxes didn't make it here in time for the wrap-up, but you'll see reviews of them soon!  


First up is ipsy!  September was a lackluster month for ipsy.  None of the products were amazing.  The Dr. G My Skin Mentor BB Cream and the Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Tonic were both okay, but nothing special.  I thought the Rodial toner was a little expensive for what it was.  The BB cream was a couple of shades too dark for my skin, but it worked if I put foundation over it.  It gave me heavier coverage than I usually get from a BB cream.  The Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment is for hair that is blow dried and I air dry my hair.  It gave me extra volume, which is the one thing I don't need from a hair product.  I found that the Dirty Little Secret eyeshadow didn't have the staying power I need, even with Urban Decay primer.  The Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme plumped my lips more than I expected, but my lips don't really need a plumper.  If you do need a lip plumper, though, this actually does work and gave me pretty dramatic results.  The tingling is bordering on painful for the first few minutes, but it's tolerable.  After this month, I went back in and redid my ipsy profile because this month was almost a total miss for me.  I've had some good months from ipsy this year, so this was quite the disappointment!

Next we have Glossybox.  The September box was beautifully illustrated by Antonio Soares.  This was the best Glossybox I've gotten in quite some time!  I absolutely loved the Korres Volcanic Minerals Twist Eyeshadow.  The more I use it, the more I love it.  When you put that stuff on, it is on for the day.  It's actually kind of hard to get it off at the end of the night.  You're going to need an oil-based makeup remover to get every last bit off.  The color was pretty, although I'm not sure exactly what color it is -- it looks like it might be Golden Bronze, but the color isn't listed anywhere.  I also liked the ModelLauncher Brow Duo Pencil.  It filled my eyebrows in and it looked very natural.  I wish Glossybox would lay off on the brow pencils for a while, though!  The Lierac Micellar Cleansing Water was okay.  I've used other micellar waters that I like more, but this one is fine.  It won't remove the Korres eyeshadow, but it'll get light makeup off.  Two of the products weren't for me.  The MONUspa Rosewood Reviving Mist can be used to refresh your skin, set your makeup, or you can even use it as a light perfume.  I didn't like the scent, though, so I won't be using it for any of those things.  Finally, there was the eb5 Skincare Daily Repairing Eye Cream.  The cream was a little too heavy and didn't work for my skin type.  eb5 reached out to me and offered to send me an eye gel that they thought would work better for my skin, so I'm going to give that a try.  I'll let you know how it works!  I think this is the best Glossybox I've gotten this year.

The September Birchbox was fabulous!  I was surprised by how much I loved the LOC Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in Cherry Bomb as I hadn't liked the same pencil in a different color I got several months ago.  The pigment was amazing and it had excellent staying power.  I also really loved the Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara.  It gave me tons of length and volume and didn't clump.  This was the first Milk Makeup product I've liked.  The Erno Laszlo Bespoke Cleansing Set was adorable.  The little bag contained a Detoxifying Cleansing Oil and a Sea Mud Cleansing Bar.  The oil removes makeup and exfoliates, then you use the bar to wash off the oil and moisturize your face.  I liked this little set.  Birchbox sent me a big sample of the Davines OI All in One Milk, plus foil packets of the shampoo and conditioner to go along with it.  I used all three products and they left my hair extra soft and shiny.  The final product was the Juliette Has a Gun Lady Vengeance perfume.  This was the only product I disliked this month.  It smelled like man sweat on me.  It was horrible.  Perfume smells different on everyone, so I assume it does not smell like man sweat on most people.  Besides the perfume, I loved my Birchbox this month!  I don't like that Birchbox overhauled their points system, but if they're going to be putting out boxes this good, I can live with it.


I was very happy with my September Petit Vour!  Two of the products, the OSEA Ocean Cleanser and the Odacité Bl + C Cumin Cajeput Pimples Serum Concentrate, were fabulous.  The OSEA cleanser has a fresh citrus scent, which I love, and it cleans your skin, increases collagen production, and fights signs of aging!  This is going to be the perfect facial cleanser for this winter.  The Odacité serum is antiseptic and helps prevent pimples.  I had an annoying breakout when I got this and this helped get my skin back to where I wanted it.  The Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream in Grapefruit smelled good and worked well, but I just don't think I'll ever like deodorant I have to apply with my hands.  My girlfriend, Emily, loves it, though, so it's all hers.  The final product was the Adorn Cosmetics Mineral and Organic Hydrating Cream Foundation.  Sadly, this didn't work for my skin type.  I think this would be better for those with dry skin.  Overall, September was a great month for Petit Vour.  I loved two of the items, Emily loved one, and one didn't quite work out.  

I'm so happy Kloverbox is back!  It never went away, of course, but it had a rough few months.  Last month and this month, though, Kloverbox has gone back to being the box we know and love.  The September box had a yoga theme.  I'm not into yoga at all, so I wasn't sure what I would think of this box, but I ended up loving it.  The Cuccio Somatology yoga DVD wasn't for me, but I liked everything else.  The Buddha Fresh packet has done a great job of keeping the bunny room odor-free.  It's a bag of bamboo charcoal that absorbs odors.  You put it in the sun once a month to "recharge" it and it should last two years!  I also loved The Wonder Seed Facial Scrub.  It's a very gentle exfoliating scrub that I've been using daily.  The Cuccio Somatology Balancing Lotion was lightweight and non-greasy.  The chamomile scent was lovely and not too strong.  The final product was the Balanced Guru Empowering Energy Mist.  This is an aromatherapeutic spray that is supposed to encourage discipline and make you more joyful.  While I can't say I noticed those effects, I found the scent to be very calming.  Kloverbox had an amazing month in September and I'm really excited to see what future months will bring.

My Goodbeing this month was okay, but it wasn't as good as past Goodbeings I've gotten.  All boxes will have their off months, though, and it's not like this was a terrible month for Goodbeing.  I actually really liked three of the products, but two of the products were total misses for me.  The Pukka Cleanse Tea is the product that I was most surprised to see in my box as Goodbeing usually is very good about tailoring my boxes to fit my profile.  Cleanses and teas are not things I'm interested in at all.  The other product that wasn't for me was the Yuni No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam.  This is a foam that you can rub on your body when you're camping or just don't have time for a shower.  I understand the purpose of this product, but I don't see how it really cleanses.  I think it just covers up your body odor as it's certainly not removing any dirt.  I liked the Marley's Monsters reusable cotton rounds, but I probably won't use them that much.  There are four of them and I don't do my wash every two days (as I would have to use one in the morning, one in the night).  If I bought an entire package of them, of course, it would work out much better.  They're soft, work well, and are completely adorable.  I loved the HAN Skin Care Cosmetics cheek and lip tint in Rose Berry.  It was very natural looking and pretty as a blush.  I liked it so much that I chose the other color Goodbeing has available for my October sample choice!  The Zatik Beauty Essentials Bearberry Bilberry Organic Elixir Complexion Brightening was the product I had chosen for my September box.  I loved this and found that it worked perfectly with the Zatik toner I had gotten in August.  Clearly, September wasn't a bad month for Goodbeing, but after so many absolutely fabulous months from them, it was a bit of a letdown.  I'm not worried, though.  I'm confident October will be much better.  


The September Play! by Sephora was the best I've gotten so far!  I can't recommend the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper highly enough.  After the millions of black eyeliners I've gotten in boxes, it's not easy for a liner to impress me, but this one has done it!  This stuff stays on all day, doesn't smudge, and gives me the best tight line ever.  I saw that ipsy is sending this out to some subscribers in October and I desperately hope I get it!  I don't want to have to go out and buy a full size of this when I am swimming in black eyeliner.  I'd love to try this in the other color it comes in, brown.  Kat Von D needs to make more colors of this liner.  I'm also in love with the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Protector.  I didn't like the Living Proof 5-in-1 treatment that came in my ipsy, but Night Cap made my hair look gorgeous.  The Ole Henriksen moisturizer was okay.  It was your basic lightweight moisturizer.  Atelier's Sud Magnolia perfume is a beautiful, soft floral scent, but I've tried it before, so it wan't new to me.  I know a lot of people love Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, but it feels like glue in my eyebrows when I use it.  I'd rather use a tinted brow gel like Benefit's Gimme Brow so I didn't have to use both a pencil and a gel.  The Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in 14 Love Spell was very disappointing.  It didn't give me any color at all, just shine.  The pigment was really lacking.  Although not all of the products were for me, I loved the Kat Von D and Living Proof products so much that it didn't really matter what else was in the box.  The Kat Von D liner is a Holy Grail item for me and I'm pretty sure the Living Proof Night Cap is, too.  

The September DermStore BeautyFix was good, but not quite as good as it usually is.  The Patchology Flashpatch made my lips feel dry, so I won't be using one of those again.  I wanted to like the Glytone Enhance Brightening Complex, and I probably would have liked it if I had had a chance to really try it, but the tube had only enough product for four uses.  That's not enough for me to see results from a serum and certainly not enough to convince me to spend $70 on a full size.  I always forget to use the DS Laboratories Spectral.Lash, so I haven't seen any lash growth.  You have to use it twice daily for a couple of weeks to see how it works and I have only used it once every few days because it slips my mind.  I'm happy with how my lashes look with mascara, so I don't feel the need for a product that stimulates eyelash growth.  Has anyone used it regularly and seen results?  I love the Jane Iredale primer.  This isn't my first time getting this primer, but it is a great, lightweight base for my makeup and it makes my skin look just about flawless, so I'm always happy to have more.  The Danielle Creations rose gold tweezers are pretty and work well.  I love getting Danielle Creations products in my BeautyFix box almost every month! In October, there will be a compact from Danielle Creations.  The NIA 24 Treatment Catalyst is the big value item this month.  It's full size and worth $71.  This product is a serum that improves moisturizer absorption and fights sun damage.  I like this product, but I would never spend $71 on it.  The Erno Laszlo Phelityl Cleanser is a cute little bar of soap!  This is a face cleanser that is moisturizing.  It feels weird using a bar of soap on my face, but this got my face squeaky clean and didn't dry it out at all.  The final product was the LIFTLAB Skin Regeneration PURIFY + CLARIFY Daily Cleanser.  This was my favorite product in my BeautyFix box this month!  I loved the orange scent and I especially love that this is a cleanser and mask that fights both acne and signs of aging.  This stuff works.  While DermStore might not have put out my favorite BeautyFix ever this month, I'm still pretty happy with it.

Allure's September beauty box was just okay.  I loved the adorable Bvlgari Omnia Coral perfume mini, so it had that going for it.  I like it when beauty boxes send out a perfume mini instead of the tiny sample vials.  The perfume had a light fruity-floral scent that didn't last quite as long as I would have liked, but it lasted for a couple of hours.  Of course, there was a Pur~lisse sample because this is Allure and there is always a Pur~lisse sample for some reason.  I like Pur~lisse's Cleansing Milk, so I'm okay with getting this.  It's a gentle, fragrance-free facial cleanser.  While the color of the ORLY Breathable Treatment and Color Nail Polish wasn't for me, I liked the formula a lot.  This stayed on my nails for several days without chipping and I like that it contains argan oil and vitamins.  The SuperGoop! Shine On Lip Screen is sunblock for your lips that can be worn over your lipstick, but I hated the stickiness.  I don't really see how you could apply this over your lipstick without messing it up.  I have more eye cream than I know what to do with, but I liked the Eau Thermale Avéne PhysioLift Eyes.  It contains retinol, so it's great for preventing wrinkles.  The final product, the Grande Cosmetics Primer, is the product that I've changed my mind about.  While it still gives my lashes a lot of length and volume, the product has gotten thick and sticky.  I've only used this for a couple of weeks, but I imagine that if you had a full size version, this would dry out pretty quickly and become unusable within a few weeks.  I don't pump my mascara or primer and have never had an issue with my mascaras drying out before the two month mark, so it shouldn't be like this.  The full size is $25, so it's not like it's a cheap throwaway product that you don't care if you have to get rid of it after a couple of weeks.  Every month, I'm on the fence about Allure, and every month, I like it just barely enough that I don't cancel it.  I liked the September products for the most part, but I didn't love any of them.  


I got the very first BomiBox this month!  BomiBox is a brand new K-beauty subscription and I was so happy they asked me to review their first box.  I'm really impressed.  The CosRx Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser and the CosRx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner were just the things I needed to kill off an annoying breakout.  I used these products in conjunction with the Odacité serum and couldn't believe how quickly the pimples died off.  They also threw in a CosRx Holy Moly Snail Mask to help you heal your face after a breakout!  The Innisfree Jeju Hand Cream in Lotus Flower smelled so good.  It's a small tube, so it'll be perfect to throw in my purse when the tube I currently have in there is finished off.  The Laneige Hand Sleeping Ball gave my hands some nice overnight moisture.  I wish I had saved it for the winter when I desperately need it!   I still haven't had a chance to use the Mediheal I.P.I. Lightmax Ampoule Mask.  This is a brightening mask that will be perfect to get rid of those little dark spots pimples leave behind.  The bunny on the package, one of the Line Friends, is too cute, so I don't know if I'll ever want to use this mask!  The Missha Mild Sun, another product featuring a Line Friend, is an SPF 30 sunblock.  While I usually expect sunblock in summer boxes, it's important to use it year-round, so it's nice to get one in the fall.  The only product I didn't like this month was the Heimish 5-Color Mini Lipstick Palette.  The color was way too subtle for me!  BomiBox threw in two extras for their first box, the Etude House Dear Darling Water Tint and the CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence.  The Water Tint gave my cheeks a nice pink flush that lasted all day.  The only thing that worries me about this product is that it is a very thin liquid and, if the bottle tips over, it's going to spill all over everything and stain anything that's porous.  I've tried the CosRX essence before and had good luck with it.  The first box was heavy on CosRx, but I love CosRx and don't mind.  BomiBox is off to a fantastic start!

I loved my Fall FabFitFun box!  I loved it so much, in fact, that I've bought a second one.  The ModCloth Loch and Key scarf was my favorite product, so I'm hoping I'll get a different color in the second box.  I've gotten so many compliments when I've worn it.  It's soft, warm, and fluffy.  The Created Co. Travel Mug is cute, but I don't drink coffee and probably won't get much use out of this.  I think I'll end up giving it away.  The mugs say either Good Morning Gorgeous or Joy Comes in the Morning.  I got Good Morning Gorgeous and I hope I get the same one in my second box as I think Joy Comes in the Morning is a little weird.  The Pure Cosmetics Nude Collection is a dupe for Urban Decay's Naked 2.  I liked that it didn't have as much fallout as Urban Decay eyeshadow and I found that it had great pigment.  I have more neutral eyeshadow than I know what to do with, so I'll probably use these as Christmas presents.  The Spongellé Bulgarian Rose buffer is a little more strongly scented than I would have liked, but I still love this sponge.  It's infused with enough body wash for fourteen uses and it's very exfoliating.  I liked the Mullein and Sparrow French Lavender Body Oil more than I thought I would.  It is lavender scented, and lavender isn't my favorite, but it is great as a massage oil.  It's moisturizing and doesn't leave you feeling greasy and gross.  The Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum is fabulous.  It's fragrance-free and anti-aging.  I expected that The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks Clear Eyebrow Gel would be like the Anastasia clear brow gel, but this is a hundred times better.  While I still like brow gels with tint to them because it takes a step out of my already too long beauty routine, this shaped my brows perfectly and didn't leave me feeling like I had glue in them.  FabFitFun put together their own coloring books and colored pencils set.  They offered both Things and Nature coloring books; I got the Things and it has lots of cute pictures.  I hope I get the Nature coloring book in the second box.  The fitness product this month was Toesox Halftoe Lowrise Grip Socks.  I won't be using these, but I have a friend who will love them, so I'll mail them to her.  FabFitFun threw in two sponsored extras, Cottonelle FreshCare Cleansing Cloths and Secret Outlast Xtend Completely Clean Antiperspirant.  These were nice little additions to the box.  FabFitFun boxes can be hit or miss for me, but I'm loving the fall box!  


Choosing favorite boxes was so hard this month!  I think if I have to choose, it would be Petit Vour, FabFitFun, BomiBox, Play! by Sephora, and Kloverbox.  That's almost half of the boxes, though.  Birchbox was also great, but I didn't want to have six favorites.  


It's difficult to choose favorite products, too!  The list was a lot longer, but I forced myself to limit the number.  The Korres Twist Eyeshadow from Glossybox The CosRx Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser from BomiBox, the Kat von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper from Play! by Sephora, and the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Protector are my favorites this month.  I wanted to include the ModCloth scarf, but I limited myself to beauty products, so I left that out.  The LOC lip pencil and the Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara from Birchbox, the Odacité serum and the OSEA Ocean Cleanser from Petit Vour, LIFTLAB cleanser from DermStore BeautyFix, and The Wonder Seed cleanser and Buddha Fresh from Kloverbox, are honorable mentions.  

That's it for September!  What did you think of the boxes this month?  Did you have any favorite boxes or products?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!  Keep an eye out for October spoilers!  They'll be coming soon!