Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Box v. Box - Wantable & Glossybox

>>I bought one (Wantable) and I got one (Glossybox) free of charge from the company<<
Now that November is coming to a close, day of Thanksgiving drawing closer with the hours, anticipation of a grossly full Belly looming large, I want to turn your attention to my Box versus Box experience.

By "Box" I mean those various beauty subscription and one-time boxes chock full of an incredible selection of personalized full sized and deluxe products!  *small cough*  Why, get to try products from fun and new brands I've never tried before?  Have a chance to find my brand new holy grail something?  Or that's the tantalizing thought which persuaded me to buy a November beauty box from Wantable.  I also received a Glossybox, free of charge from the company.  Having both, I thought I'd do a deep dive of what came in those boxes.

This is probably one of the more expensive subscription boxes out there.  While you can opt in to the subscription mode and save a few dollars each box, I decided to pay more just to receive the November one.  The featured brand is Surratt, and I of course was hoping to receive something from the brand.

Here was the selection of product I received:

  • Spellbound Nail Polish in Medallion
  • Geri G Foundation
  • (Pla) Beauty Eye Shadow in Serenity
  • Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pencil Refill (in Raven) & Case
 The Spellbound nail polish is very pretty and metallic.  The color turns cool and warm with profuse shimmer and has a rose tone to it.  It applied very easily and streak free.  I was pretty surprised with how much I liked this shade.  But would I pick it up on its own and buy it?  No, probably not.

This Geri G foundation is a veritable mess on me.  The color was way way way too pink and several shades too light for my tone.  Aside from the color mismatch (no big deal), it is heavily scented with a floral fragrance and has a very dry matte finish.  No bueno.

 The eye shadow is a soft musty mauve pink shade.  It is quite powdery and lightly pigmented.  Nice shade, but nothing to write home about and doesn't compare favorably with my other matte formulas.

 Of course the biggest draw in this box is the brow product from Surratt.  I was pretty delighted to receive the 2-piece brow pencil.  The case is refillable.  The tip is super fine.
 Ebony is a cool dark brown shade and is a nice color for my brows.  It is very pigmented compared to my normal rotating set of SUQQU brow pen and palette, but easy to soften by brushing the brows through with a spoolie after application.
Quick comparison below of the other brow things I use for color reference:
From left to right: SUQQU Balancing Brow Palette in Moss Green (left shade of pan, middle shade of pan), SUQQU Brow Pen in Moss Green (the squiggle), Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pen in Ebony (three lines), Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown.


Glossybox comes in its signature pale pink box.
It came with a varied selection of products, hair, nail, skincare and makeup.

  • 12 Benefits Hair Treatment Spray
  • Kneipp Balancing Lavender Herbal Bath
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer
  • So Susan blush - Universal Blush
  • OPI nail polish in Pink Outside the Glossybox

 I will definitely try the Lavender herbal bath.  It smells really beautiful!  But the hair treatment spray isn't something I'd normally use as I'm generally pretty low maintenance about hair care.  The Juice Beauty seems too light for my drier winter skin, but I will keep it in my purse to use as a hand lotion.

Now this blush from So Susan... I've never heard of this brand before and this "Universal" color thing is weird.  There's very little in the world color wise in cosmetics that would be universal.
 It's a very high shimmer peachy pink color, that really has a lot of golden sheen to it.  Reminds me of a more sheen and less glitter version of Nars Orgasm.  It is a pretty color, decent color payoff and smooth formula.  Again, not likely something I would pick up at the store.
 The OPI of course is a well know brand.  The pink of this shade is developed just to match the pink of the Glossybox.  It's a very sheer, pale pink and makes a good practically nude shade.

So I'm not sure I'm likely to wade into the world of these boxes again.  Though the Surratt brow pencil, the Spellbound nail polish, and the little jar of the Kneipp bath are nice, I'd rather choose what I want to choose a bit more selectively and not end up with duds I need to figure out a way to get rid of.

However, it was all in all fun to experience the "SURPRISE!" element of opening up these boxes to see what potential treasure lurks within.

Are you  a fan of these beauty subscription boxes?  Did you find anything that ended up as a true holy grail for you, or discovered any fun brands?

Happy Thanksgiving for those celebrating in the US!  Hope the rest of your week is filled with fun family time.  I shall be baking my pumpkin pie, and prepping for the FEAST of TOMORROW.

disclosure: this post features a subscription box that was provided by Glossybox.  I purchased the Wantable.  I am not compensated to feature any product on this blog and all opinions are my own.  If you are interested in checking out my PR/disclosure policy in more detail, check out this page!

Monday, November 24, 2014

SUQQU Eye Color Palette (Trio) in 03 Aoruri

>>This was a personal gift from a friend<<
I wish I can say I love absolutely everything I've tried from SUQQU, but that just isn't the case.  In this particular instance, the product quality and formulation are fine.  Actually the other trio I own, Toutouseki is pretty much fits my ideal of sophisticated glitter.  In the case of Aoruri, I couldn't possibly find harder colors for my skin tone!  However, I am so grateful, to my friend "Anonymous" (hehe) who offered me a trade of a SUQQU trio, for a fine specimen of a Shrinky Dink Bellycorn.  My friend has a rather off sense of fair trade wouldn't you say?  I'm not complaining! ;-)
Emblematic of the newer releases from the brand, there some shimmer and a glitter in this trio.
This palette has two "color" shades and a sparse, but intensely glittery top coat.

  • There is a shimmery dusky blue
  • A shimmery plum
  • glitter top coat that has a sheer base shade, and mostly imparts fine glitter
The picture below is a bit washed out by the bright natural light, but you can see the finish of these three shades pretty clearly.  There is an overall icy coolness to these colors that is even further enhanced so by the bright white shimmers and the pale blue shimmers in the blue shade.  They are all very translucent and a good part of how the color looks on your skin will be greatly influenced by your own skin.
As mentioned, they are not intensely pigmented, but shows up pretty well on my skin and on my eye lids.
I've layered the two shades and topped with the glitter shade and it turns into a very cool dusky purple.  Though this collection has a theme of jewels, the colors are muted and very cool leaning.  

Here I am wearing Aoruri.  Very cool shades every where isn't my thing, I can see.  In this look, I am wearing all the same base products as in the last post, plus:
  • SUQQU Aoruri palette on eyes
  • Chanel Stylo in Ebene
  • Physicians Formula liner
  • Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash waterproof mascara
  • Chanel blush in Rose Ecrin
  • SUQQU Bright Up lipstick in Hanabeni

Maybe it's something about the very strong yellow pigmentation in my skin which makes these cool translucent shades so tough to wear.
I also found the dusky blue particularly difficult to wear confidently.  I have the plum shade worn all over the lids and up past the crease.  I've placed the blue on the outside third of my lid as well as slightly into the crease.  I've mixed the two shades and placed in the lower lash line.
Thank you, darling Anonymous, for giving me a chance to play with this trio!  The slight jaundiced look is but a small price to pay for playing with MOAR TEH MAKEUPS!  I think I will try layering this over a dark or light cream base shade to see if I can get a more clear translation of the colors onto my lids without all the yellowness of my skin tone interfering with it all over the place.
Do you have any particular eye color shades that you find challenging to wear?  Have you also tried Aoruri from the SUQQU trio release?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow in Sakurakaba 05

Are you new to this blog?  If so, you may not know that I have a complete and total obsession for SUQQU eye shadow palettes.  Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs level of obsession.  And if you are old hat to these silly parts, you might also be same in preoccupation.  *pets your silly head*
I've purchased many a new things recently.  *cough*  So why choose to show this, which is one of the older eye shadow quads from the Japanese brand?  While the new ones from the brand are beautiful and shimmery and covetable, these old ones have such a special place in my heart.  I think my heart is not a right normal organ, mostly I think it is full of shiny plastic cases, and pumps glitter.  And as it beats, it also sends a loud message of: "BUY IT GET IT BUY IT GET IT BUY IT GET IT."

Alrightie then.
Unlike the shimmer on shimmer on shimmer compositions of the new trios and quads from SUQQU's recent releases, Sakurakaba heels close to the old white matte base, dark matte, lighter high shimmer and one satin format.  Looks kind of boring in the pan.  And though I've collection pretty much all the older quads one through six (purged dry icky Kokedama), this one kept on falling out of proverbial shopping cart.

I do my near daily penance for my short sighting shopping by wearing this often.

Clockwise from the top right:
  • pale, shimmery peachy pink
  • a mid-tone satin peach with cooler shimmer, slightly rust in cast
  • a warm white matte base shade
  • a very dark, deep and gorgeously matte color that is a plum brown
Thank you, Pan, for allowing this old quad to still be available from time to time in the UK.
Thank you, cold Sunlight, that plays with the pale shades and brings out the happy shimmers.
Thank you, Bizarro Belly Skin, that turns most colors taupe.  The three colors (no base shade) turns into a layers shade of complex purply grey taupe.
This palette in particular pleased and surprised me with just how pigmented the matte plum brown shade is.  All the shades are particularly smooth and applies delicately, but with some good level of oomph.  
I am wearing it as a very simple smokey gradient, which is my preferred Lazy Belly easy way of placing the shades in the older SUQQU quads.  Basically dark matte close to the lash line and smoked, deep peach layered above it and slightly past the crease, and the light shade layered on top of the whole thing and applied higher up the lid.
In this look, I am wearing:
  • Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation in Pale Dune
  • Surratt concealer under eyes and around nose (here & all colors swatched here)
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder (here)
  • SUQQU Sakurakaba
  • SUQQU Akanemizu EX-03 blush
  • SUQQU Bright Up lipstick in Akaanzu (here)
  • Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash waterproof mascara
  • SUQQU brow palette in Moss Green (here)

And thank YOU, Belly Blog Reader, that enjoys a good sparkle-sauce as much as I do and allow me to share our mutual obsession here.

Has a recent purchase of an older product completely knocked your socks off?  Let's share the old shiny happy things!
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