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Beauty Box 5 December 2016 Subscription Box Review

Beauty Box 5 delivers a box filled with at least five cosmetic samples every month. Subscribers receive a mixture of luxury, recognizable, niche, and even vegan brands that cater to every skin type. Every box includes a selection of makeup, hair care, skin care, nail care, fragrances, and beauty accessories. Here is what I received in my December 2016 box.

Jelly Pong Pong Liquid Gossamer is a lightweight, water-based luminizer that gives skin instant radiance while keeping it moisturized at the same time. It is formulated with ultra-fine, light-refracting coated mica pigments in a sheer, soft cream that gives your skin an ethereal, youthful-looking glow. A small amount goes a very long way! Dot onto your cheekbones, browbones, down the middle of your nose and anywhere you want a soft light. Blend with fingers or brush.

Hikari Lip Gloss in Merlot is a gorgeous, high-shine matte lip gloss. This high pigment lip gloss can be worn alone or layered over your favorite lipstick to create an intense new color. It will give you the perfect sultry lip with just the right amount of shine!

Can we just take a minute to admire the first two products? I mean how stunning are these? That shimmer and the lip gloss is the perfect mix of pink and red. Love them both!

Neutrogena Rainbath is a classic. Awaken your senses with this refreshing shower and bath gel. The fragrance is comprised of a blend of spices, fruits, and herbs. It softens and conditions skin without leaving behind heavy residue. You can smooth it on your body using moistened hands, a puff, or a washcloth, or you can add it to your bath or use it as a skin-smoothing shaving gel.

AmLactin Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion will get you through the cold winter months. It combines an intensely hydrating, triple action, patented formula with three essential ceramides. So what’s in it for you? No more rough, flaky, or dry skin. It retains the skin's natural moisture, and draws water to the skin to hydrate, so it looks and feels soft and smooth.

Professional Freezing Finish Spray will keep that gorgeous style all day and long. This extra firm hairspray never makes your hair look stiff or feel tacky. The fast drying formula adds body and texture, while resisting humidity.

Subscribe :: You can subscribe to Beauty Box 5 for $12. Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription, so there are twelve boxes available per year.

Sick? No Need for Drama! + Giveaway

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

Getting sick is no fun, especially at this time of the year. But just because you are sick, doesn't mean there is need for drama. From colds to sinus pressure, when you’re not feeling your best, it seems like you’re missing out on all of the fun. With a night out, a weekend getaway, or even just your daily routine, you don’t want the drama of having a cold to stop you.

When your cold and flu symptoms become too much, only Advil® Cold & Sinus is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand to treat your worst symptoms. Advil Cold & Sinus combines Advil – the number-one selling pain reliever – and a powerful nasal decongestant to provide fast, powerful relief. Ask for it at the pharmacy counter!

I get rid of the drama that comes from being sick by doing everything in my power to feel better fast. This includes taking Advil Cold & Sinus and eating a nice big bowl of soup. The more vegetables - the better. I always feel better after eating soup with lots of veggies.

While the Advil Cold & Sinus is doing its thing, I kick back and watch some television! If there was ever an excuse to finally binge watch that show you have had on your DVR forever, it is when you are sick.

After a few hours of binge watching, make sure you get a good night's rest. With the help of Advil Cold & Sinus, you will be back to feeling like yourself again in no time. Save the drama for that show you were watching.

Advil Cold & Sinus is giving one of my readers a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card! Use it to stock up on your sick day essentials - or enjoy spending it when you feel better!

Walmart Beauty Box Review

Did you know that Walmart offers a beauty subscription box? It is only $5 and includes brand name products all available at Walmart for purchase. Each Walmart Beauty Box is a limited edition and may sell out at any time.

The best way to make sure you receive one is to sign up as a Walmart Beauty Box subscriber. You will be charged $5 per box. There are four boxes per year. So the $5 charge will be automatically repeat every season until you cancel your subscription.

Here is an example of what I received in one of my recent Walmart Beauty Boxes. As you can see, it is definitely worth the $5 cost. If nothing else, you can stock up on travel sized goodies and try some new products while you are at it.

Subscribe :: You can subscribe to the Walmart Beauty Box for $5. This is a seasonal subscription, so there are four boxes available per year. 

BOXYCHARM December 2016 Subscription Box Review

It's not too late to give the gift of a subscription box! You can purchase it now, and let the gift of beauty arrive all year long! Of course you can choose how many months you would like to give. I love receiving subscription boxes for the surprises, the anticipation, and the fun!

Don't miss my Subscription Box Guide where you will find links to reviews, promo codes, pricing information and more! Keep checking back because I will be updating it with the latest information. Probably my favorite beauty box right now is BOXYCHARM. They have been killing it every single month.

Each BOXYCHARM contains 4 to 5 full-size beauty items. Yes full-size - not sample size! These products range from makeup to skincare, beauty tools to color cosmetics and each box has a value of $100 and up. Brands range from emerging to established, and you're guaranteed to find a few new favorites in each box. Here is what was inside my December box.

The star of the show was this Pure Cosmetics eyeshadow palette. This is a $50 value on its own! This palette features 12 wearable shades inspired by the popular smokey eye trend. To maximize staying power, start with your favorite eyeshadow primer. Blend these smooth, rich pigments to create your desired look. These colors are fantastic and perfect for winter looks.

Perhaps you have heard of butterLONDON nail lacquer? Of course you have! This shade called Ruby Murray is the perfect holiday burgundy. Each bottle retails for $15!

The cure for dry winter lips is the Beauty For Real Lip Revival Scrub. Raw sugar cane exfoliates your lips while orange, vanilla, and cinnamon bark essential oils hydrate and condition for the softest, smoothest, kissable lips. This product will leave your lips hydrated and moisturized like a lip balm.

Next up is OFFRA metallic liquid lipstick in napa valley. While this shade is stunning, I am not sure I could pull it off. OFFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick is a one step full lip color that does not feather. The creamy and soft texture moisturizes your lips while creating a long lasting lipstick effect. Contains antioxidants and vitamin E.

Finally, I also received the Thrive Cosmetics brilliant eye brightener. Brilliant Eye Brightener highlights, brightens, and opens the eyes, proving an instant eye lift. Apply to inner and outer corner of the eye. You can also instantly neutralize redness by applying directly to your waterline.

With full-size products and picks that make me smile each month, you can see why BOXYCHARM is my favorite subscription box right now! Get someone special a gift subscription for $21 a month, or get one your yourself!

Subscribe :: You can subscribe to BOXYCHARM monthly for $21. Pay even less for a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription.

The Julep Maven Beauty Box

It's not too late to give the gift of a subscription box! You can purchase it now, and let the gift of beauty arrive all year long! Of course you can choose how many months you would like to give. I love receiving subscription boxes for the surprises, the anticipation, and the fun!

Don't miss my all new Subscription Box Guide where you will find links to reviews, promo codes, pricing information and more! Keep checking back because I will be updating it with the latest information. One of my favorite beauty boxes is Julep Maven. 

Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty subscription box. You can choose to receive all nail polish, all beauty, or a combination of both. Julep makes their own products, and they are always coming out with new on-trend things to feature.

Every month, Julep brings the latest beauty trends to your doorstep with a fun and easy-to-use collection of new, full-size products. Julep releases a collections on the 20th, and you can decide which box you want, you can upgrade to the entire collection, or you can even skip that month.

If you are gifting a box, you can choose the number of boxes you'd like to give. (You can buy boxes for new or existing Mavens.) Then you tell Julep when to send your giftee a welcome email with redemption instructions. They will let you know when she redeems her gift.

It's good to be a Julep Maven. Mavens (beauty box subscribers) get first access to new collections each month in the Julep beauty box. They create award-winning multi-benefit products, and Mavens get exactly what they want by customizing their selection each month.

Subscribe :: You can subscribe to Julep monthly for $24.99. A 3-month subscription is $19.99 per month. Use the code NEWMAVEN to receive your first box free (if ordering a 3-month subscription) or 50% off your first box (if ordering a 1-month subscription)!

Fight the Signs of Aging with the Three Speed Conture System

Thanks to Conture for partnering with me for this post!

Can you really tone your way to the improved appearance of aging skin? It sounds hard to believe, but the Three Speed Conture System promises to do just that. It utilizes Isometric Compression combined with Low Frequency Vibrations to gently stimulate and tone skin for a more youthful looking appearance. I was afraid it would hurt, but it really doesn't! The compression feels like gentle sucking and releasing. Really, it doesn't hurt. And the low frequency vibrations are mild, like an electric toothbrush.

This technology is similar to those used in med-spas and skin centers, so I am quite excited to be working with them! Used daily, the Conture System has been shown to enhance the appearance and absorption of skin. The result will hopefully be an improvement in the overall signs of aging. Dull and tired looking skin will be improved and skin will be left feeling and looking radiant and more youthful.

I am officially over 40 now, so this is definitely something I should be using. I am noticing more signs of aging and it is just not cool! I will be using the Conture system daily for the next month. Once my trial is complete, I will write another post to let you know what kinds of results I achieved. Fingers crossed.

The Conture Skin Toning System features three treatment programs, each uniquely designed for the face, neck or delicate areas. I will be focusing on my face. Included with my device was a sample of Kinetic Treatment Serum which I will be using in conjunction with my treatments.

How does this thing work? Well according to Conture, this device utilizes isometric compression in the form of a gentle vacuum that lifts and releases the skin zone within the treatment head. This action stimulates skin, similar to the positive effects seen in skin massaging. In a clinical study designed to measure the effect of hemoglobin - a red protein responsible for carrying oxygen in the blood - in the epidermis, it was shown to have a positive effect compared to skin that had not been treated with the Conture system.

As mentioned, low frequency vibrations are the second component. In a clinical study designed to measure the effect of skin absorption of lotions and crèmes, this toning system was shown to improve the skin’s natural ability to absorb topicals by 300% compared to a skin area which just had topicals applied manually. That is awesome because think of how much we spend on topicals? We want them to work to their full potential.

Also included with the device were samples of Kinetic AM Ignition Lotion and Kinetic PM Recovery Crème. The Kinetic AM Ignition Lotion hydrates skin while helping it retain essential moisture. It contains Hyaluronic Acid, an ingredient naturally found in skin, which helps to minimize the appearance of any lines and wrinkles. The Kinetic PM Recovery Crème dramatically improves skin barrier function and the skin’s own ability to remain healthy and at peak performance, giving you beautiful, healthy skin that looks and feels younger. I will be using these during my trial period as well.

Stay tuned for the results of using the Three Speed Conture System for one full month. Visit to learn more about the Three Speed Conture System. You can also connect with Conture on Facebook and Twitter. Use the code alittleumbrella25 to receive 25% off your order!