Product Review: beauty box finds

I am no stranger to beauty box subscription services, but I feel that there are definitely enough variations and choices now that can fit whatever level of comfort you may have to trying new products. My challenge is being able to try or use up the products fast enough before another box arrives – therefore, this blog post is a bit behind schedule as I needed more time to actually use and try the latest box that I’ve decided to test. The beauty box I tested in the month of March is from, a company local to me and one that has been around since 2012. I was excited to try this, as I knew it would contain more indie brands, and not be similar to IPSY, which features mostly big retail brands that I can easily get elsewhere. The box price was just over $40, but that was the total of the products at half their cost. Let’s take a look at what arrived, based on my personalized bio/profile:


From the Top:

  1. IBY Beauty Mascara – IBY stands for “Inspired by You”, and I’m really liking this formula. The brush is a large bristle brush, not silicone, and the shade is very highly pigmented. Rich with Vitamin E, this formula is based on natural ingredients and is paraben-free. I took this with me on vacation two weeks ago to Hilton Head, SC, and the formula held up to humidity without flaking or smudging.
  2. Elizabeth Mott Queen of the Fill tinted brow gel – this product is basically a tiny mascara for brows, which gives control, fills in sparse areas, and creates a fuller look. This style of brow product has become super popular in recent years, and is a bit different to master than a brow pencil. But kudos to the Wantable stylist for getting me a great shade based on my profile – it’s long wearing, and super buildable.
  3. Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass fabulous lip & cheek stain – I’ll admit that even though this isn’t a new product concept (Benefit and TheBalm have been pros at this for years), I really liked this formula. The sheer, rich cherry color blended in well with my skin tone to create a natural looking blush, and a pretty pink matte lip shade. I layered a light opalescent lip gloss over this, and was able to flex the shade from matte to shimmery in seconds.
  4. Spellbound Nail Lacquer by Liberty Republic – Jordan Liberty is an LA-based makeup artist and educator, and his products have received a lot of buzz and awards. I chose to get a pedicure with this coral shade ‘Snap Dragon’ for our South Carolina vacation, and I’m loving the formula so far. The formula acts like gel, has a true color pay-off, and is long-wearing.


It was fun to give this service a try, and I’ll consider them again in the future. If you are more into independent beauty brands, I recommend giving them a try as I think you’ll have fun with discovering their picks. Their website had a different functionality than Julep, Birchbox or IPSY, but you can build your custom profile to match your preferences on what you want to receive. They also provide skincare in addition to makeup. Just be prepared to receive full sizes of product, and not samples, which is a bit different from other beauty box subscriptions like Birchbox.

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Product Review: Thrive Causemetics Triple Threat Color Stick & Infinity Waterproof Brow Liner

I am so excited to write this review, as I believe this brand is one to truly watch in the beauty industry. It’s not everyday that you come across emerging brands that have a purpose to serve the greater good and challenge the status quo, but they do exist! Think TOMS Shoes, Warby Parker, and FEED, for example.  Also, it’s rather rare in the beauty industry. Through the data algorithm magic of Facebook targeting, an ad came across my newsfeed that directly spoke to me – Thrive Causemetics, which gives a product to a woman in need for every beauty product purchased. The ad was bright in showcasing the eye-catching turquoise packaging, an on-trend highlighter for brows, and most importantly, the message had true heart. I clicked, read more, and ultimately purchased two products (which I knew I’d be able to use everyday) to get a better idea of who this newer brand is.

As I read more about the brand and company, I learned that it was founded by a woman who had real-world beauty and cosmetics industry experience, but who had also had experienced personal loss by losing a close friend to cancer. Through various giving partners, Thrive Causemetics donates product to women fighting cancer. This really spoke to me, as my own circle of friends and family has been affected by cancer, and I wanted to learn how she was making a difference with her brand. Products are named after people, are vegan, and made without the ingredients that have a lot of controversy around them in terms of safety (parabens, sulfates, etc). I’ve put a link at the bottom of this blog post that is their “About Us” page, as I feel like they tell their own story really well, and I’m happy to help spread the word.

I chose the Triple Threat Color Stick in “Maggie” (a rosy, berry pink), and the Infinity Waterproof Brow Liner in “Christina” (a universally light blonde), and gave them a try during the month of February. Read on for the details!

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Triple Treat Color Stick and Infinity Waterproof Brow Liner
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“Maggie” and “Christina” shades

First off, I LOVE the packaging because it’s both useful and easy to use. Each product has an attached brush, and the Color Stick’s brush does not face the product. This is great, because I can easily cap the end of the color/product, and spray clean the brush to let air dry. This is huge for hygiene, because I really dislike products that have a brush constantly in contact with the powder or cream product – that breeds bacteria, which leads to breakouts. So, much applause for the Thrive team to use smart packaging! The tiny kabuki brush blends the “Maggie” cream blush easily – just swipe the product on your cheeks, and use the kabuki to blend in circles. Or swipe the color on your lips, for a very pretty lip color – it applies just like lipstick! The Brow Liner twists up to give just the right amount of color, plus the spoolie brush on the end easily blends color in and controls brow hairs.

Second, the formulas rock. The color payoff is beautiful, and is true to what you see. The “Maggie” shade has just the slightest bit of shimmer, but looks natural and is long-wearing. Don’t let the intense bright pink shade fool you – the brighter the color the more natural the blush looks on cheeks. It’s a moisturizing and non-sticky lip color as well, and it is definitely on-trend right now with achieving the mono-chromatic look. The “Christina” shade went on smoothly, blended in perfectly with my brow hair, and had just enough wax to control brows all day.

I can’t wait to order more from this brand, and have also joined their lab to help answer questions as they develop future products. They have a fun yet sincere approach to their brand, and I appreciate their sense of duty to give back. As promised, click here to read more about them. As a veteran of the beauty industry, I really appreciate what they are doing since it’s a different approach to producing product and is making a difference in women’s lives.

© 2017 28daysbeauty