Showing posts with label cosmetics. Show all posts
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Monday, August 19, 2013

[Review] Wantable box!

If you're reading this, you probably know what a beauty subscription box is.

If you don't - it's a monthly (or a one-time box, if you choose) box that is delivered to you. You pay a set amount for each box, and receive items that have been picked for you. 

I've read so many reviews on different boxes (Ipsy, Glossybox, Birchbox, etc), but I've never subscribed to one. Never ever! A part of me really wanted to, but I guess I'm a tad uncomfortable with that (and protective of my money hahaa). It was a good idea, but the reality of having to pay $20, $30, or more for a box that I might not like... meh. 
Still, there was a little daredevil in me that wanted to go all, "screw uncertainty, I wanna try it!"


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So when I was given a chance to review a Wantable box, I was so excited! They're a "box" company that offers 2 different types of boxes: makeup or accessories. You fill out a pretty lengthly survey (to determine what your style/preferences are) and your box is handpicked by their in-house stylists. 

The box is pricier than other boxes I've seen - it's $36 a month, or $40 for a one-time box. However, each box is valued between $80 to $100. It also comes with expert application tips or tricks for you.

Everything in the box is full sized, premium products.  
No "here you go, your paid samples!" shenanigans.





The box came quickly - it arrived on my doorstep in under a week. The box is sturdy quality, it'll be really hard to have anything squished or broken. On top of that, there's a lot of foamy, thick layers inside the box to protect everything inside. 





Your box comes with a little "thank you" card from Wantable, which has a little introduction about their company as well. 




It also comes with an information sheet. It lists what you filled out on your survey (what you said you loved, liked and disliked) as well as a list of products inside the box. Beside the product names, it has the retail price for those items. 

Looking at the sheet, the price of 2 products (the FACE gel eyeliner and angled foundation brush) easily exceeds the box price. Awesome. 





What I got (and its retail price):

1. FACE Stockholm gel eyeliner - brown. (It's awesome that it's brown - I almost never use black eyeliner.) $24

2. Besame 1930's mascara (good quality mascara, but not a favourite) $18

3. Japonesque Angled foundation brush (I said I wanted tools in my survey - I don't use brushes too often, but this is pretty good! I've used it every time I've applied makeup so far) $25

4. Michael Marcus nail polish - "Geisha Girl" (the bottle... is amazing. The colour is good, I like pinks/corals best anyway!) $15

5. Color Club nail polish - "First Looks" (color is okay, nothing special. But I do love the shimmer~) $8

6. [Additional sample: Echo Vie all natural lip balm] $15 full price
(The sample size looks exactly like the full size, though... not that I'm complaining.)

= $90




Additional pictures 

FACE gel liner - excellent quality, it's really creamy! Pretty long lasting. It reminds me of the Tonymoly backstage gel liner, but creamier and glides on easier. I'm impressed with this! 

Besame 1930's mascara - good quality, but I'm not too crazy over it. I'll stick to my Kiss Me Heroine Make (HG) mascara, and give this to my mom! She likes it~

Japonesque angled foundation brush - short handle, good control. I never really used brushes, but I like this one and have been regularly using it.

Michael Marcus nail polish in "Geisha Girl" - how cool is the packaging? Like the colour, too! Its not as scary looking as in the picture. In reality, it's a very wearable colour. 

Color club nail polish in "First Looks" - not too crazy about the colour, but I do think I'll use this a lot for nail art! (Gradients, etc). I love the shimmer! 
Finally...



This is the one sample included in my Wantable box - I am SUPER happy that I received this. Through this subscription box, I have found a new HG.

Goodbye, Blistex. It's been a nice run.

Echo Vie's all natural lip balm is absolutely AMAZING. The full price is expensive at $15, and I'm not one to spend so much on a lip balm. But for this one, I will. I'll be buying a full size, and will continue to buy it.

Absolutely amazing. Moisturizing, slightly tinted, 100% natural. I am crazy over this. 






So... 
If you haven't noticed yet: I am in love

I've never experienced receiving a bad box - but I've read so many reviews by others, and boxes can be a serious hit or miss. Even if you fill out a survey, it's apparently very common to receive things that you specifically said you didn't want, cheap drugstore products, or lots and lots of weird samples. 

I thought filling out the survey was just for fun, and maybe box companies didn't even look at survey results. I was wrong. 

I am extremely happy with this box, and I never thought I'd say it but - here is a box actually worth what you pay for (and then some)! 



Pros (why you should subscribe)
- Premium, good quality products
- Comes with 4-6 full sized products
- Handpicked for you, to your tastes
- No 2 boxes are the same 
- Retail price of products is at least x2 more than what you pay for 
- No paid samples (There's no way I'll ever pay for a box, only to receive "deluxe" samples... nty.)
- Fast customer service
- Package is always trackable (during shipment)
- Free shipping (for US only, though)
- Not obligated to stick around (you can cancel/skip subscriptions at any time.)
- The box is refundable! (Don't like it? Return for full refund, no questions asked.)


Cons 
- Only (currently) ships to USA, Canada and Australia! 


That abruptly ends my Wantable (pretty lengthly) review! My mum's convinced that this box is amazing, and she's planning to subscribe hahaha. ^-^ I'd actually recommend Wantable to anyone looking for a good quality, no-strings-attached beauty box. 








What about you?
Do you subscribe to a beauty box? How's that going for you?~


Disclaimer: This box was provided to me for review purposes. As always, this review is 100% honest. My opinion cannot be bought. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

[Circle lens review] Neo Glamour Green!

Hi! It's 12:39am right now, and I'm absolutely dead tired. My eyes feel kind of heavy and whatnot, but I really, really wanted to write about these pair of lenses right now. I'm a happy lens camper, you see.

I've mentioned that the Geo world series were my first lens, and when I first saw them on a store website, I was all "that. is. mine!"

Well, I'm here today to talk about the 2nd line of lenses that made me go ga-ga. It's another 3 tone lens (yes, we know I'm crazy about 3 tones), from Neo Vision. I'll be talking about the Neo Vision glamour lens in green!


Thank you very much to Honeycolor, who has sponsored this review.



First, let's have a quick look at Honeycolor - they're one of the most well known online circle lens stores, known for their huge circle lens collection. On top of having such a selection, Honeycolor also has great selection of false eyelashes. You can find famous brands like Dollywink, Jumily, Diamond lash and Eyemazing there!

The lenses came in this little box, which I really like. The front of the box has the Honeycolor company name printed on it - the back shows pictures on how to insert the lens into your eye! Its great help for beginners, who may not know how to put on lenses. The lenses also come with an adorable case! I got a purple fishy case, heheh! ^o^





So, I'll begin by telling you a little more about the Neo Glamour green lenses!

Diameter: 14.2
BC (Base curve): 8.6
Water content: 45%
Life: 1 year 
Certified by: KFDA, UKAS 054, ISO 13485, CE 0499, GMP
Colours available (8): Green, hazel, blue, brown, honey, violet, gray, aqua

Price: Currently $26.32 [here]



Design

This lens does have a pretty unique, interesting design. Instead of having a solid limbal ring like most circle lenses, they have jagged edges! These lines do look a lot more natural than a normal, solid limbal ring would. 

The green colour of the lens doesn't show up too much when it's in the case, but there are 3 colours that blend in together. It begins with black/dark gray colour lines, and changes to a natural green, then finishing off with a deep yellow colour. 






Pictures




You can see that the lens colours do blend in well with my natural eye colour. It doesn't really give off a vibrant green look, but rather a natural, murky green. I really, really like that! (As usual, I wasn't going for a vibrant eye look!)

In the picture below, I'm wearing the lenses in different lightings. 


Update May 13 2018: OMFG LOL why do i look like this, my eyes are uneven omg






My thoughts

Honeycolour service: I'd have to say that the store service is brilliant - they always reply quickly, and very politely. Not all stores can offer the 2 (speed and politeness) together in customer service, so I like that a lot. 
The shipping was extra fast - it only came in a couple of days for me. Honeycolour does offer several different shipping options, so you can choose whatever option fits your budget. On average (if you choose the cheapest method), it'll take approximately 2 weeks. 

As for the lenses - I do really, really, honestly like these. They give off a natural look, which I can always appreciate! They're not as HUGE on me as the Geo nudys, it only gives off a slight enlargement. When in regular room light, it's not too obvious that you're wearing lenses. However, they do change your appearance a little bit, enough to make a slight, nice change.

Comfort is brilliant. I can't even feel them in my eyes (as all contacts should be, haha), and I forget I'm wearing them! These lenses have a 45% water content - this makes them super, duper comfortable and I can easily wear these for a long time (7+ hours). Brilliant. 

The only thing I'd have to point out is that sometimes, the right lens doesn't seem to "stick" onto my eye properly. It moves around a very, very little bit. It's nothing that other people will notice (if it does indeed move). It's not much to worry about and no one notices it, though. (It's probably just my eye adjusting to it.)



Rating
(Note: I don't give 0.5 marks!)

Color:  / 5 
Enlargement: /5  
Comfort: /5
Overall rating: /5

Brilliant lenses, love them! I hope I can try out all the colours in this line, hehe. My next favourites (by colour) are hazel, honey and brown! 



Pictures 
I've taken some more pictures, in case you guys wanted to see more of these lenses in action! 






Update May 13, 2018 - What was I doing with this ribbon? Where did I find this ribbon????????



What about you?
Have you tried these lenses before? Do you like natural lenses? ^___^



Disclaimer: I was given these lenses for review purposes. As always, this post is 100% honest. My opinion cannot be bought. 
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