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Product Fails – Makeup, Hair Care, And Subscription Boxes – January 2019

Product Fails January 2019

Product Fails January 2019

There have been a lot of things I have loved over the last year, and there so many of them that I want to share with you. But, I thought as I come back from my winter break from the blog, it might be good to get the bad out of the way first. I did after all say last year that I would do one or two of these posts a year about things that didn’t work for me. And that is exactly what these post called product fails are, at least for the most part, they are products that didn’t work for me. That is to say that, I recognize that most of these products may work for someone else. Just because they are a fail for me doesn’t mean they don’t work for other people. We are all different people and can have different favorites.

For the sake of these posts I will not be linking to the products. So lets take a look at the products I have tried over the last few months that didn’t work for me.

Makeup

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

 

The first product I tried this year that was a fail for me is the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. I was really excited to try this as I had heard so many great things about both drop foundations in general as well as this one in particular. But it just didn’t work for me.

While it was advertised for all skin types, I don’t think it really works well for anyone with textured skin, especially if it is dry textured skin like mine. This formula dries down to a really matte finish, and it left my skin looking extremely dry and cakey. It dried my skin out even more than normal and it was almost to a painful point. I even gave it a second try, but still had horrible results.

 

NYX PRO Total Control Drop Foundation Brush

 

Along with the foundation I had to try the NYX PRO Total Control Drop Foundation Brush. There are many foundations out there that suggest using a certain brush with the foundation, but it’s not always necessary. However, everything I had read and saw prior to using this foundation made it seem that using NYX own foundation brush with the product was very important for proper application.

I have definitely had foundation brushes that I thought was fantastic, but it has never been my first choice for application of foundation. But this brush was a fail because I felt like it absorbed twice the amount of makeup a sponge does. I never could figure out where it was absorbing to, but the product was definitely not on my face.

 

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Moody

 

I recently tried the Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in the color Moody. I had gotten this sometime last year, either in a multi pack lip kit or in a subscription box. I honestly can’t remember which. And I do believe that Tarte is clearancing this product out and planning on not carrying it anymore.

Now Tarte claims this is the best of two world. You are supposed to get the pigmentation and staying power of a lipstick with the hydration of a balm. This was definitely not my experience. If anything I found this to be the exact opposite. It was very drying on my lips and it went on patchy and wore off fast. Now I did try mine in a sample size. I will suppose that it is possible that could have effected it somehow, or that I got a bad one. I doubt it though.

 

Clinique High Impact Mascara

 

I also tried a sample size of the Clinique High Impact Mascara. I honestly thought I would love this mascara since one of my top five favorite mascaras is the Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara. However, with this mascara there was a lot of clumping and flaking that I never experienced with the curling version.

I know at least part of my dissatisfaction lies with the wand. It is incredibly different from the one in the Curling mascara.

 

 

 

Hair Care

Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo

 

I had actually been using the Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo for some time. It had been one of my favorite dry shampoos.

But when I received my most recent order I first noticed that the bottle looked different. I was hoping that was all that had changed, but that was not the case. I immediately noticed upon application that the fragrance was different. And it wasn’t too much longer that I had an allergic reaction.

So if you don’t have fragrance issues like I do, this one may be a great one for you. I do believe it is only the fragrance mix that was changed, the way it behaved in my hair was the same. And it is a great dry shampoo for anyone who has dry hair.

 

Aquis Peime Starter Kit

 

Most of you know I often get packaged called VoxBoxes from Influenster. A couple of months ago I got one containing a hair care system from a brand called AQUIS. It is sold on the AQUIS website as well as at Sephora.

When you are sent a box from Influenster there are always requirements you have to meet in order to receive future boxes. For this particular box the only requirement was to review the product on Sephora’s website. However, I had initially intended to review this here on the blog in she shampoo and conditioner review series. I did not end up doing that because after using this product once I had nothing good to say about it at all, so I decided to wait and include it here instead.

This was sent to me claiming it was great for thick heavy hair that breaks easily. It was supposed to limit the amount of water your hair was exposed to, all while thoroughly cleansing your hair. And it was supposed to be easy to use. While I am sure this works wonderfully for some people’s hair, it did not work for mine. My hair never felt clean and at least a couple of the steps didn’t realistically work in my hair at all.

 

 

Subscription Boxes

For the last category, I only have one item at the moment. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures of this to share, and I think once I explain what happened you will understand why.

So some of you may remember back in November I was sharing some Scorpio related products. I had mentioned in one post that I would be doing a review of the My Zodiac Box. I have actually paid for two boxes, one of which I sort of received. I say sort of, because they sent me the wrong box (This was after them not sending my box out to begin with). I spoke to the owners and was told I was going to be sent a replacement. I waited a couple of weeks and nothing came. So I messaged them, and no response. I messaged again, and again no response. So obviously I cancelled my subscription, and in no way can I recommend this box to anyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Subscription Box Review – Black Unicorn Subscription Box November 2018 “The Wolf Box”

November 2018 Black Unicorn Subscription Box

Today I bring you another subscription box review. If you missed my last one, you can go back and check out the Macy’s Beauty Box review at any time. You can also find all of the subscription box reviews I have done by going to any page here on the blog, find the green bar under my logo and click on the down facing arrow. You should see a search box and you can search for subscription box reviews.

My last few reviews have been aimed at beauty boxes, but there is a lot of different types of subscription boxes out there. So, I wanted to make sure to get a few non makeup boxes reviewed this year too. I went on the hunt for some unique boxes, new boxes, boxes I hadn’t really heard a lot about, but boxes that still included things that interested me. It didn’t take me long till I came across the Black Unicorn Subscription Box.

I mean they kind of had me with the name. After all I do dress up as a black unicorn for Steampunk Symposium every year. It was meant to be, right?

 

Service Name: Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Price: $25.00 a month or $75.00 for three months, plus shipping.

 

Where Is It Available: This box is available internationally. Be aware you pay shipping and any customs fees due.

 

Who To Get It For: This box is meant to be targeted at people in alternative lifestyles. If you consider yourself Goth, Punk, Steampunk, Lolita, or even Wiccan this box may be of interest to you or alternatively the person you are gifting it to.

 

What You Get: Each month will have a theme. All items included will pertain to that theme in some way or another. Each box will include a crystal or other magical item, some sort of DIY item, and one or more items from a featured Etsy seller or small business. Types of items that will be included can range from home décor to accessories and everything in between.

 

Drawbacks: Since this box does not have once consistent theme, and items can come from a broad range of categories, there is a much higher chance you may receive items you don’t like. Also, if you don’t typically like the types of items you find on Etsy, this may not be the box for you.

 

The Details:

I often start this part off by showing you the boxes these arrive in. However, this particular subscription arrives in a plain brown box. No identifying logo or anything, and I really didn’t think you guys would be interested in seeing that.

So lets take a look at what came inside the box.

November 2018 Black Unicorn Subscription Box

In addition to what is pictured above, each box also includes a card insert that tells a little something about each item you receive. It also includes any pertinent information about the box.

As I said previously, each month the box has a different theme. This month’s box, November that is, is “The Wolf Box”. So most things in the box will relate to wolves in some way or another. I personally was quite happy with this month’s theme. I have really loved wolves since I was a teenager.

An added benefit with this box is that some of the proceeds go to a different charity each month, and this month’s proceeds was going to be donated to a charity that works towards Wolf Conservation. Once you are a subscriber you can join the subscription box Facebook page and you can make suggestions on charities you would like to see supported.

The DIY item in the Black Unicorn Subscription

 

DIY Stark Wolf String Art – Obviously this is the DIY craft project for this months box. It was created to be similar to the wolf that represents House Stark in Game of Thrones. For me this is an item I wasn’t personally crazy about. I don’t have a lot of extra time for crafting, so when I do it I am very particular about what crafts I want to do. This will most likely get passed on to my niece who loves to craft.

 

Custom unicorn beanie made for the Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Black Unicorn Beanie – This was the one item that was not related to the theme, but of course is related to the box. This item I was really excited about. I don’t wear a lot of hats, but beanies are one of the few that I can and do wear occasionally. And well it has a unicorn on it, and you guys know me and unicorns, so there is that.

 

 

Hand painted cork coasters in the Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Howling Coasters – This is a set of four coasters. They are made of cork and then hand painted with the wolf picture on each one.

This is an item that I felt torn about. On the one hand I really like what they are, or would have if they had arrived looking as they were intended to. Mine, and from my understanding, several other people’s warped. You can see this in the second picture that is from the side. Now of course I let the owner of the subscription box company know. She actually offered me and
Side view of the warped coastersothers several options, including the option for a partial refund. I actually chose to not take the refund because I wanted money to be able to go to the charity.

I decided to just chalk this up to something that  just wasn’t for me. That happens sometimes, and its a chance you take with subscription boxes. But I was just relieved to know the owner handled the situation well.

 

 

Crystal of the Month in the Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Magic Crystal – Every month’s box includes a crystal or similar item. I’m not sure if the card always refers to it as the Magic Crystal, or if that is just what it is calling it this month.

This month’s crystal is an orange calcite. According to the card this particular stone was chosen because, “Wolves are known to be extremely loyal to their packs, and this crystal enhances relationship connections, between you and your family. This crystal is also great for camaraderie and achieving goals, portraying
orange calcite compared to a mac lipstick bullethow the pack works together to survive in the wild.”.

I have also included a second picture of the orange calcite to help show the size od stone I received. I have it placed next to a MAC lipstick bullet. Of course due to the nature of the item, there will be variety in shape and size that people receive in their boxes.

This is another item I loved receiving. I have always loved crystals since I was a little kid. I find them fascinating and have a bit of a collection.

Vinyl VHS sticker in the Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Wolfen Vinyl Sticker – This was the item from the featured small business of the month. The business is Vinyl Hell Stickers Co. This was a custom designed sticker for the Black Unicorn box and it was based on the thriller film Wolfen. This is another item I wasn’t a fan of. I’m just not a fan of stickers in general. But again one of my nieces might really like this, and I think it could be put in her Christmas stocking as something fun.

Bad Wolf earrings in the Black Unicorn Subscription Box

 

Bad Wolf Earrings – The final item in the box was this pair of Bad Wolf earrings. If you are a Doctor Who fan, then no doubt you recognize the term. And of course I am a doctor who fan, and I was stoked to get these earrings. One of my steampunk costumes is doctor who themed, and I will definitely be wearing these with it.

 

 

 

 

Where To Sign Up:

You can sign up for the Black Unicorn Subscription Box on Crate Joy. You can find their page at https://www.cratejoy.com/subscription-box/black-unicorn-subscription/. They do offer multiple subscriptions, so be careful to make sure you are signing up for the correct one.

 

Final Thoughts:

In this particular box I was happy with half of the items, and with the other half, most of those items can be used as gifts. Personally I feel okay with that at the end of the day, especially knowing that part of what I spent goes to a good cause.

With this particular type of box, I think it is just par for the course that you have some months where you really love everything, and other months there are going to be some stinkers. Hopefully there won’t ever be any months where you don’t like anything.

Tell me in the comments what you think about this box. Would you/have you tried this box?

 

Now if you like the idea of this box but it’s not quite what you wanted, you might want to take a look at these other boxes:

Accio! – the first and only artisanal subscription box 100% inspired by the Potterverse.

Running With Scissors Jewelry & Accessories – Where GOTH, GLAM, and GORGEOUS unite! Jewelry & more you won’t find elsewhere.

Goddess Provisions – Monthly box with crystals, aromatherapy, natural beauty products & spiritual tools

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Friday And Cyber Monday Sales 2018

Black firday and cyber monday deals

Its that time of year again, turkey and family followed by days of deals. This is always the time to get the best deals on Christmas gifts or just something special for yourself that you wouldn’t normally splurge on.

Black firday and cyber monday deals

 

That’s right it is time for those Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Just like last year I will continue to add to the list over the next few days as I find things, but this is going to be the majority of it.

Yes some of the links are affiliate links, but not all of them. Each year I try to give you only a list of the stores I believe to be giving a great deal that you can not get the rest of the year from that store, or at least not most of the year. And just like previous years, this will consist of mainly plus size clothing sales, but it will also have some beauty and other types of products. And this year I have added a section for subscription boxes as well. I will make it easy and list in categories and then in alphabetical order. So, if you are looking for Torrid, look in the plus size fashion section and then look for the T’s. Store names will be clickable and all their sales will be listed below their names.

 

Plus Size Fashion

 

Adrianna Papell

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/24
Discount: 25% Off Sitewide

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 30% Off Sitewide

 

Ashley Stewart

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/26
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 50% Off & Free Shipping Sitewide, Free Gift with $75+ purchase while supplies last

 

ASOS

Coupon code: EPIC25
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 25% Off everything including sale

 

Avenue

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 11/23
Discount: 50% Off Sitewide, Doorbuster Specials ($12.99 Knit Tops, $19.99 Sweaters, $19.99 Denim)

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/23
Expiration date: 11/25
Discount: 40% Off Sitewide

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/29
Discount: 50% Off Sitewide

Charlotte Russe

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/25
Discount: Everything $20 or less

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 40% Off regular price 20% Off sale

 

Cherry Velvet

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 25% off all party dress

 

City Chic

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 12/02
Discount: 50% Off Sitewide

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 60% Off Dresses (50% off discount does not apply on top of this)

 

Curve Girl

Coupon code: 10OFF
Activation date: 11/19
Expiration date: 12/19
Discount: $10 Off $50 or more

Coupon code: 40OFF
Activation date: 11/19
Expiration date: 12/19
Discount: $40 Off $150 or more

Coupon code: CURVEBOGO
Activation date: 11/19
Expiration date: 11/23
Discount: 50% Off sitewide

 

Fashion Nova

Coupon code: CYBER90
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: Extra 40% to 90% off entire site & free shipping on orders over $75

 

Fashion To Figure

Coupon code: 114728
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 40% everything including sale, and free economy shipping on all orders

 

Forever 21

Coupon code: SAVE20
Activation date: 11/21
Expiration date: 11/22
Discount: Receive 10% off your purchase of $50.00 or more with code SAVE10, 15% off your purchase of $75.00 or more with code SAVE15, or 20% off your purchase of $100.00 or more with code SAVE20

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/21
Expiration date: 11/22
Discount: 50% Off Web Exclusives, 30% Off all sweaters, $20 and under Holiday dresses

 

Her Room

Coupon code: ?
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 25% Off select sleepwear, Up to 50% Off new deals daily

 

Hot Topic

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: Up to 50% off sitewide, and free shipping on any purchase.

 

IGIGI

Coupon code: BFCM70
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 70% Off Sitewide

 

James Jeans

Coupon code: D0J0TX18
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: ?
Discount: 50% extra off sale, 40% off regular price (excludes wonder jeans)

 

Kiyonna

Coupon code: THANKFUL
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 11/28
Discount: 40% Off $150 or more

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/25 3:00 P.M. PT
Discount: $40 dresses & $25 separates

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25 3:00 P.M. PT
Expiration date: 11/27 12:00 P.M. PT
Discount: $50 dresses & $35 separates

 

Lane Bryant

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 40% Off everything except panties, BOGO Free Clearance, Daily Doorbusters

 

Lindy Bop

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/21
Expiration date: ?
Discount: Up to 70% Off Select items, new items will be added. (I have linked to the UK website as that is the one I shop. US customers can shop both the UK and US sites. I like the sizing better on the UK site. But if you prefer there will be a link on their main page to take you to the US site.)

 

Loft

Coupon code: FRIYAY
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/24
Discount: 50% off your purchase & daily deals

 

Madewell

Coupon code: DEALWITHIT
Activation date: 11/23
Expiration date: 11/25
Discount: 25% Off your purchase

 

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Simply Be

Coupon code: CYBER50 or BF50
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 50% Off Sitewide and free shipping

 

Society Plus

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: ?
Discount: 50% Off New, 50% Off Sweaters & Cardigans, 40% Off Tutus, Tops Under $30, Pants Under $25, Skirts & Accessories starting at $13, and Dresses starting at $25

 

Standards & Practices

Coupon code: NOIRE35
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 12/02
Discount: 35% Off

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 12/02
Discount: $19.99 & $29.99 Black Friday doorbusters

 

SWAK a.k.a. Sealed With A Kiss Designs

Coupon code: THANKS70
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: ?
Discount: 70% Off Sitewide

 

Swimsuitsforall

Coupon code: 18EABF
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 11/22
Discount: 45% Off sitewide & $4.98 shipping

 

Torrid

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 50% Off Everything, Shipping Specials based on location free in the US

 

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Unique Vintage

Coupon code: BESTWEEK
Activation date: 11/18
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 25% Off Sitewide & Daily Deals (I will update this each day with the daily deal, as I am not allowed to reveal ahead of time.)

Sunday 11/18: Preview Day – All Week 25% Off Sitewide, Including Sale!
Monday 11/19: Free GWP on order of $50 or more
Tuesday 11/20: $20 & Under Bottoms
Wednesday 11/21: Catch of the Day
Thursday 11/22: $25 Dresses
Friday 11/23: $25 Dresses with New Styles Added
Saturday 11/24: $40 Novelty Skirts
Sunday 11/25: $20 & Under Tops

 

White House Black Market

Coupon code: 96005
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 40% Off

 

Beauty

 

e.l.f. Cosmetics

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/24
Discount: 50% Off $30 or more

 

Margot Elena

Coupon code: BF18
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/25
Discount: 20% Off

 

Milani

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/21
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 30% Off $30 or more & Free mini Make It Glow Duo when you spend $45

 

Riley Rose

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/21
Expiration date: 11/25
Discount: 50% Off select items

 

Sally Beauty

Coupon code: 444915
Activation date: 11/18
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: 40% Off Styling Tools

Coupon code: 444780
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 15% Off Salon Equipment

Coupon code: 888310
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/24
Discount: 30% Off $50 or more

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: Shop the ASP Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit for $39. (Reg. $72.99)

 

Sephora

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date:11/22
Expiration date:11/22
Discount: $15 and under doorbuster deals
If you want to see what will be available check out my post from earlier this week about the Sephora Black Friday Sale.

 

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YesStyle

Coupon code: 2018BLACKFRI
Activation date: 11/19
Expiration date: 11/24
Discount: Extra 15% OFF on orders over $35

 

 

Subscription Boxes

 

Cat Lady Box

Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY2018
Activation date: 11/23
Expiration date: 11/23
Discount: 30% Off all past box items

Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY50
Activation date: 11/23
Expiration date: 11/23
Discount: 50% Off your first box

 

Cratejoy

Coupon code: CJBLACKFRIDAY
Activation date: 11/23
Expiration date: 11/23
Discount: Discounts vary by box (Over 500 boxes on sale sitewide)

Coupon code: SUBBOXSUN 
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 11/25
Discount: 20% Off subscription to a handpicked collection of over 40 boxes

Coupon code: CYBER18 
Activation date: 11/26
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: 30% Off a curated collection of the top 50+ boxes on Cratejoy

 

Emma & Chloé

Coupon code: EARLYBIRD
Activation date: 11/20
Expiration date: 11/26 11:59 P.M. EST
Discount: 30% Off Sitewide

 

Kitnipbox

Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY25
Activation date: 11/18
Expiration date: 11/26 at midnight
Discount: 25% off any new subscriber’s first month

Coupon code: CYBERCATURDAY
Activation date: 11/08
Expiration date: 11/10
Discount: 20% off any new subscriber’s first month

 

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Dylan’s Candy Bar

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/23
Discount: 50% Off Black Friday Doorbuster Deals, 30% Off all Chocolates

Coupon code: BLACK2018
Activation date: 11/24
Expiration date: 11/25
Discount: 25% Off Sitewide & Free Shipping on $25 +

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/26
Expiration date: 11/28
Discount: 50% Off Cyber Monday Doorbuster Deals; 25% Off Tackle Boxes, Cupcakes, and 4 Tier Towers; 30% Off all Chocolates

 

HauteLook

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/21
Expiration date: 11/27
Discount: Free Shipping & Special Daily Deals

 

Ting

Coupon code: n/a
Activation date: 11/23
Expiration date: 11/26
Discount: Get $300 back in Ting credit when you buy iPhone 7 (starting at $449), $200 back when you buy Google Pixel  XL for $300 and $100 back when you buy Moto E4 Plus for $169. There will be deals on other phones as well.

 

Walgreens

Coupon code: THANKFUL2018
Activation date: 11/18
Expiration date: 11/24
Discount: 50% Off everything photo

Coupon code: SAVE30
Activation date: 11/22
Expiration date: 11/24
Discount: 30% Off all regular priced items

Coupon code: CYBER30
Activation date: 11/25
Expiration date: 12/1
Discount: 30% off regular price sitewide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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