Luxebox Fall 2017 #beauty #beautybox #amwriting


Time again for my Luxebox Beauty Box. It’s a beauty subscription that arrives seasonally. Lately, I find since the boxes have changed appearance most of the items are less big name brands. Many items are more cruelty free,vegan based, or free of certain ingredients. 

Here’s this Autumn’s box: 
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The packaging

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Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment – If you’ve oily skin a good mud mask to clear out your pores — For me a bit too drying.

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Laritzy Cosmetics- UndressedLiquid Lip Stain in Pebble – Cruelty and Paraban Free – Love getting lipstuff but considering I fill out a survey with my skin tone and hair color, it wasn’t a lip color that should have been included in my box. This is a lovely lip stain worn thick or with less brightness but for Autumn skin tones – yellow undertones.

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Barefoot Venus – Green Tea Body Wash in Gingerly – Gifting this it smells nice and most everyone can use extra body wash if the Green Tea scent suits you.

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Avry Beauty – Shea Butter – Everyday Luxurious Hand Cream – Smells nice and softens your hands well. Not as thick as some hand creams but still, extra hand cream is always nice!

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Manna – Beauty Simplified – Glo Illuminator (Step 3) Perfect – A disappointment – Its alright to mix with your foundation for a bit of a gleam but it’s not much of a highlighter on its own, on the tops of your cheeks, your nose, Cupid’s bow, or brow bone. As a highlighter it isn’t impressive despite being a lovely color.

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Douccee Punk Volumizer Mascara – Mascara is always great to have for free and the brush looks fantastic for volume!

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer with Hardners – Street Style Princess (Color) – I wasn’t sure I’d like this but the light gray color is flattering with two coats. I know the matte skin tone like colors are in but I put sparkly silver polish overtop and it looks awesome! Love that the polish dried so fast.

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Garner Skin Active – Moisture Bomb – Dry Skin Gel Cream – I haven’t tried this yet. My skin usually doesn’t react well to Garnier skincare products but I might use it around my eyes later.

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Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer vs. Garnier Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer Serum & Moisturizer


Recently, I have attempted to cut costs on items I usually buy in certain categories of my budget. One of theses categories I have tried to spend less in is personal items which include beauty products such as the two I am focusing on today: Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer  ($54) and Garnier Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer Serum and Moisturizer ($22).

Of course, I am sometimes biased to the more expensive products to begin with, that’s just me. If you asked me to blindly choose which products I liked out of several beauty products, I would without fail choose the most expensive items. A lot of the time I find it’s true that the more costly beauty products work better than their cheaper counterparts but this is not always the case.  After watching a YouTube video comparing these two products I felt I had to give the cheaper Garnier moisturizer product a try. The lovely girl who did the video felt that the Clinique and Garnier moisturizers were working equally well on her skin and that the less costly Garnier product was the better beauty buy. Well I came to a different conclusion:

www.clinique.ca
http://www.clinique.ca

Clinique Turnaround products are in my mind, some of the best beauty creams that exist. They make your skin feel baby soft and promote cell turnover so that your skin heals faster from marks left by acne and the inevitable dry skin that comes with winter weather. Also, the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Moisturizer specifically, can be used as a daytime moisturizer as well as a night-time moisturizer. But if you have very oily skin this moisturizer is not for you because it can make your skin feel greasy. But if you tend to be more of a combination skin type or have a dryer skin type, then this Clinique moisturizer is perfect for your skin. I have combination skin and use Clinique Turnaround Moisturizer twice a day and it works great.

Another aspect about all Clinique products is that they are excellent for people with sensitive skin, especially if your sensitive skin is the reason you are breaking out or having other skin problems. Clinique products are more than hypo-allergenic they have no perfumes or ingredients in them that will make your skin react to them. On http://www.clinique.ca the product description for Clinique Turnaround Night Cream reads that it ” [i]nstantly reveals a healthy radiance” and [g]ently replaces dull, worn-out surface cells with livelier, more luminous” cells. “Skin breathes [and a]ccepts moisture better” and the cream “optimizes up-and-coming cells to help” your best skin emerge. . . [d]ay after day, skin seems to glow from within” and [b]ecome . . . smoother over time.”

And I believe that the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Moisturizer is definitely worth the $54 per jar as it lasts me 3 to 4 months. A little moisturizer goes along way. And the very fact that I break out less when using this cream or any Clinique cream,  tells me that Clinique truly does live up to its customer’s expectations of producing products that are healthy for your skin and not irritating or damaging. This is why I like the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Moisturizer better than the Garnier product.

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http://www.garnier.ca

Not only was Garnier’s cream oilier and made my skin break out much worse than it has broken out in a long time, the Retinol ( I think It was Retinol) caused a burning sensation on my skin. Not to mention, while the Clinique cream had no particular smell, just a regular cream like smell, the Garnier cream smelt like it was rotting, literally. When I tried a bit of the cream in Shopper’s Drugmart I did not feel that the smell would bother me that much but every time I put the Garnier cream on I cringed from the acrid smell. Who wants to buy any product that smells like it is rotting? Not to mention the cream made my skin feel greasy by the end of the day because it did not absorb well, unlike the Clinque cream for me. So, I was a bit disappointed as you can see that I even spent $22 on this product when that money could have gone towards the Clinique moisturizer.

Lesson learned, You Tube beauty product videos are not always right and a girl must always consider her own skin type and if it is more prone to be irritated by cheaper products from companies that do not always take skin irritation and sensitivity into account.