Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Beauty Box Challenge!

In this video, I create a complete look using only products I received in my beauty boxes, i.e., makeup (including makeup brushes), hair, and nails. The idea was to see if someone who only subscribes to beauty boxes would have enough products to achieve a comprehensive look. Thanks to Carly Jean for tagging me! Note: I modified the original sample tag a little because I wanted to see if I could use all beauty box products.

Here is a list of the products I used along with where/when I received them:

1. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen with SPF 55 - June 2012 Glossybox
2. M. Asam Vino Gold Perfect Teint Primer - September 2012 Topbox
3. Boxx Cream Corrector in Amber - May 2012 Glossybox
4. Pandora's Face Blush in St. Tropez - March 2012 Glossybox
5. Expression Bronzing Brush - May 2012 Topbox
6. Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara - April 2012 Glossybox
7. Expression Lash & Brow Brush - August 2012 Topbox
8. Cargo Eye Shadow Duo in Vienna - May 2012 Glymm Bag
9. Starlooks Pointed Slant Eye Liner Brush #844 - August 2012 Starbox
10. Starlooks Infinity Liner in Sculpture - August 2012 Starbox
11. Pari Beauty Eye Shadow #35 - February 2012 Topbox (replacement for broken shadow)
12. Pari Beauty Precious Glow - June 2012 Topbox
13. Benefit They're Real Beyond Mascara - September 2012 Topbox
14. Elizabeth Grant Moisturizing Stick - February 2012 Glossybox
15. Glossybox by Kryolan Lipstick in Glossy Pink - August 2012 Glossybox
16. Sebastian Professional Potion 9 Lite - August 2012 Glossybox
17. Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz - June 2012 Glossybox
18. Layla Cosmetics Mascara in Glitter #2 - August 2012 Glossybox
19. Essie Neo Whimsical - February 2012 Glossybox
20. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Whatever Lola Wants - May 2012 Topbox
21. Balenciaga Paris L'Essence Eau de Parfum - September 2012 Topbox

Not Used: Starlooks Lip Gloss in Pink Petal Rose - August Starbox... I e-mailed Starlooks about the defective packaging and they said they will be sending a replacement. :)

I ran into a number of issues with this challenge:

a) No setting powder. My face gets so shiny that I was really nervous about not using a powder. I was really glad I still had some of the Neutrogena sunscreen because it is matte and non-greasy. I also picked a matte primer - since I've finished the POREfessional, I chose to use the M. Asam Perfect Teint from my most recent Topbox. I was really impressed with this product! With these two items alone, my face stayed matte most of the day.

b) My brows. I had some anxiety about how I was going to fill in my brows in this video, haha. At first, I thought I could use some mascara on a lash and brow brush to fill them in. Yeah... nope! When that failed, I reverted back to my original plan of using the dark shade in my Cargo eye shadow duo. I was reluctant to use this because of the shimmer in the shadows but this was a much better alternative than my hare-brained mascara idea.

c) No eyelash curler. Since my lashes point straight down, I find I have to curl my lashes every day. I was uncertain about how my lashes would turn out without having been curled. I thought the Benefit They're Real mascara did a great job at curling, lengthening, and volumizing my lashes. When I was done applying the mascara, I actually couldn't tell that I hadn't curled my lashes.

d) Makeup brushes. By far the most challenging thing for me was not having my regular complement of makeup brushes... in particular my eye brushes. It was very hard for me to blend my eye shadow and I wasn't all that happy with the completed eye look. If I had my regular brushes, I would have put on more eye shadow and blended it out to create a more smokey eye.

Here is a summary of the number of products I used from each box:

Glossybox Canada: 10
Topbox: 8
Starbox: 2
Glymm: 1
Julep: 0

I didn't map out beforehand the number of products to use from each box so I was surprised by how few samples I ended up using from Glymm. I really like the products I receive from Glymm (they are some of my favourites) so I think it's because the samples are so small that I use them up really quickly. In hindsight, I should have used the Julep lip gloss when the Starlooks one didn't work out! I looked through my Julep polishes when trying to choose a colour but Neo Whimsical won out because I've had lilac on the brain lately (I've been planning to wear Do You Lilac It? for weeks now but it just hasn't worked out).

Overall, I think I did ok with this challenge. Even though I've been subscribed to beauty boxes for over 6 months, I was still surprised by how they have provided me with such a wide range of products. While I wasn't 100% happy with the look, it was good enough for me to wear out all day so I can't complain. If you have enough samples or beauty box products to do a full makeup look, I would love to see a video or even a photo! :)

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