Let's start with Target's June Beauty Box which isn't free but pretty close. Target has been offering beauty boxes filled with samples and a few full size products for $5-10 on a monthly basis now. They tend to sell out quick so as soon as it pops up you need to jump. Some boxes are more worth it than others - so decide quickly! I got my husband the men's box this month but he put it to use before I could photograph it. The women's box wasn't as exciting for me but it has some solid products that I'm sure I'll pay with when I get a chance. I always look for a good lipstick, nail polish, razor, dry shampoo or hairspray. This box was $10 and the lippie was by elf so I probably should have skipped. Live and learn.
FYI - The July box should be available any day now...
These days they mail it this black box with shrink wrap - which unfortunately doesn't do much to protect the goods...
I've been doing Influenster for a few years now but I'm stuck on their mommy list. They send you stuff for free to review and share with followers. While my friends get luxury makeup, I get apple juice and dish soap. That's not to say this box isn't full of useful stuff...I'd really like to try some of the good stuff already! Either way head over there to sign up and see what they send you. Maybe you'll get lucky...or just don't tell them you have kids LOL.
I'm not even sure I remember how this one came about but POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try and I have to say it's chock full of fun. They cost for $39.95 and have surprises that retail for $100+ The background I'm using is actually a really pretty oversized scarf that came in the box. Also included was a little mirror, nail polish, pretzels, bottle opener, card game and underarm deodorant wipes. My son was quizzing us all weekend with those cards.
Won this WEI Beauty haul on Instagram a little while back. I have to confess I still haven't touched anything because I'm so stuck on my Murad products for my face. I swear by Murad's Clarifying Mask (which makes pimples disappear overnight!) so I'm afraid to touch anything else. I'm gonna read up on these and start playing with them soon.
When Sugar Brand reached out to me and offered me free shoes...you can guess what I said. I choose these crafted sandals because I'm always looking for cute flats. I'm sure you recognize my new Jason Wu sunglasses from the Modo sale but my new Flocking Fabulous MAC lipstick was from the 30% off deal I mentioned here. They still have a few products left on sale but this lippie sold out. Hope you didn't miss that deal!
Thanks to Practically Haute, I was introduced to 0.8l, an online platform where you can try before you buy some interesting Korean beauty products. You have to apply to "win" and so far I've won 3x.
My favorite score was this Vant Sun Cushion - which arrived just as I ran out of my favorite BB cream. I have a hard time with foundations - they don't make a lot in fair with a hint or yellow. It seems I have Korean coloring because this one is perfect for me! It's really dewy and moisturizing, and has just enough coverage :)
This Pongdang Mulbit Glow BB Cushion scared me when I opened it. It looks so dark, yet applies lighter than the Vant. The color is fine but it's a little drier than the Vant.
Finally, when my Delight 18 U White Pang Cellapy Sun Cushion and lip gloss arrived, my girls flipped for the packaging. So cute! The lip gloss appears clear but applies to a soft, natural pink but doesn't leave my lips as moist as I'd like. The sun cushion on the other hand is white. Literally white. All of these cushions have SPF which is amazing but this one is primarily for whitening - which I don't really need or like. Frankly, I'm pale enough. It's also a little drying. It's just not for me. Too bad because that doggie is so sweet.
We went to my Uncle Bob's pool last weekend so I felt the need to shoot everything in front of the pool. I put my $5 Rebecca Minkoff sample sale sandals to use - if only they were as comfortable as they are cute. But they sure do take a pretty picture!
And last but not least, my new Benefit Brow products. They ran a promotion to earn free products for referrals and I earned these two - and then they ran out before I could earn their third and final free product. Hate when that happens. Haven't tried them yet but can't wait! I should also thank my girls for their artwork all over my front walkway - I keep using it as a backdrop for photos :)
I'm finally feeling well enough to shop but I'm trying to give my kids a little more attention this Summer. Took them to Finding Dory yesterday and it was sweet...other than the insane woman who started cursing me out for taking her seats - which I didn't do. My husband was already sitting there holding our seats while I went to the bathroom with the kids. She claims she had sent her young son in to save seats while she was buying candy but must not have noticed my husband was there first. Honestly I didn't even see a kid standing there when I sat down - not to mention I saw the two of them walk in behind us because I remembered her grumbling on the way in and tried to stay clear of her. Maybe the kid didn't see the seats were occupied because my tiny daughter was sitting in it and in the semi dark it looked empty? Either way, she went ballistic and called me every profanity in the book at the top of her lungs. Who does that? Who curses in front of their kid like that at a children's movie? A normal person would move on and take an empty seat - that's what I would do. She eventually backed down and found another seat but not without loudly complaining to all the poor bystanders. In hindsight I probably should have looked for a manager and had her thrown out of the theater. All I can say is there are some crazy people out there...and her poor kid who has zero chance for being normal with a mom like that. Ugh. Vent over.
Anyway...hope your mail days have been as successful as mine :)