Beauty: Luxebox – Summer Edition 2016 #beauty 

Yep, it’s that time again. Time for my quarterly Luxebox beauty box. I usually receive a card with the box which tells me more about the items and what the full sized product is worth. However, they forgot to put one in the bag this time.  I’ll tell you the product name and package details as that is all the information I have for this Luxebox edition. Sorry, I don’t even the name of the special edition box I bought.


Brazilian Keratin Protect and Repair: Extra Deep Hair Care Cream, For All Types of Hair w/ Vitamin E (100 g)


OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Sunset Beach (8g)/Pur-lisse BB Tinted Moist Cream SPF 30 – Natural Looking Color and Flawless Finish (10 ml)


ST. TROPEZ Gradual Tan In Shower – In Shower Tanning Lotion in 3 minutes (50 ml)


Harvey Prince Organics – Bailando Eau de Parfume (7 ml)


Deborah Lippman Nail Colour in Video Killed the Radio Star (15 ml) / Turqoise Bracelet with Silver Beads and Charm


Coppertone Light Weight and Breathable Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection – Won’t Cause Breakouts – Water Resistant for 80 minutes (59 mL)


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Ipsy Beauty Bag

Some women enjoy having beauty products every month. There are many different subscription boxes/bags you can buy. Sometimes they are a once a month deal or such as Luxebox, a box filled with beauty products four times a year for each season.

I wanted to try out another subscription service to compare to Luxebox so I decided to try out Ipsy. Ipsy comes monthly and you receive four or five makeup samples in a little makeup case. Some of the samples I received were full-size so I was impressed about the products being full-sized. It costs about $21.00 Canadian/month for Ipsy bag. It’s around $15.oo US.

I won’t be continuing the subscription after this bag. I don’t need so many beauty products each month. I received five products this month. A problem occurs when you don’t like everything in your bag, what do you do with the products after handing them out to friends or female relatives? There always seems to be somethings no one likes and if you’re getting products monthly it is a real waste of products and money.

I like Luxebox because I can choose a theme each month and I know the products which will be in each box. Plus, four times a year for some new beauty products to try is good enough for me. I don’t need them every month.

Anyways, for a change, here are the products I received in my monthly Ipsey bag:

Red Christmas Makeup Bag

Power of Love Natural Lipstick 100 % Vegan by PACIFICA natural minerals. Shade: Nudie Red

So Nude Perfume by CoSTUME NATIONAL

(I don’t  like the smell it is too manly!)

Be a Bombshell Eyeliner. Shade: Wild Orchard (Purple Black).

Mark Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil Shea Butter: Sulfaye Free Deep Nourishing Conditioning Treatment. Tropical Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Biotin restores dry, damaged hair. Adds Shine. Protects Color.

Hello Lashes 5 in 1 Clinically Proven Mascara with Hydra-Luxe Technology, Peptides, Collagen, Proteins and Jojoba. By It Cosmetics. 430 % Increase in Lash Volume.114 % Increase in Lash Length.

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Luxebox ” Frosted Petals ” Winter 2015 Edition

Hey all! It’s that time of year again; time for a Luxebox. Luxebox is a beauty box that you receive quartly. You can choose to get a basic Luxebox everytime or you can sign up for a limited edition box for a few extra dollars. Often, I sign up for the limited edition because the products are better and more expensive. I have done that with the Winter 2015 box. So, I hope you enjoy frosted petals:

Bioderma Laboratoire Dermatologique Moisturisung Cleansing Milk for Sensitive  Dehydrated Skin: Cleanses, removes makeup, moisturises.

Hask New Professional Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioner – softens and prevents breakage in weak, damaged hair.

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Kiss Luxury, Treatment-enriched Nail Color with Biotin, Green Tea Extract and Aucoumea.

The Face Shop Character Mask – Soothing Apple face mask.

Suncoat All Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel made from Corn and Soy – oderless, safe, and effective.

Make Up Forever Professional Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Starlooks Ultra Violet GP4B Gem Pencil Eyeliner.

Teeez Cosmetics Read My Lipstick Moisturizing in Red – 8 hours long lasting.

Thanks for reading! I’m thrilled with the eyeliner already and am especially interested in trying the nail polish remover gel and hair mask conditioning treatment.


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Random Friday Post

I had big plans this Friday, to read through 2 chapters in my Study Guide for Editing 110 as well as some of the additional reading that is recommended in the Study Guide such as reading about punctuation, spelling, and hyphenation in the textbook. Not to mention, there are added readings at the back of the Study Guide. As I surmised yesterday, I had high hopes of finishing all of this reading but in reality, I am only probably going to be able to finish the textbook reading if I concentrate on it. The textbook is a great guide, something I think I will treasure as I continue to edit. It is called The Copyeditor’s Handbook, 3ed. and it is written by Amy Einsohn. The caption on the book reads that it is ” [a] guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications” and it includes exercises and an answer keyIs it wrong to love your textbook? To drink in every word as if it were ambrosia. But I think I have found a career I want to do tremendously, along with writing. Plus, it is a career I can do freelance so I’m looking forward to the future. So, please don’t mock me for loving my textbook.

Also, I received a couple LUSH products today that I can’t wait to do a beauty blog on for you. I wanted to treat myself and a

wonderful smelling body wash and a great hair mask which are naturally made, are great ways to do that. I purchased LUSH’s Prince Charming Shower Gel in the 500 ml size which include “fresh pomegranate” and “grapefruit oil” and Marilyn a hair mask that is a “pre-wash for blonds who want lighter, brighter hair.” I was a bit bummed they did not have my H’Suan Wen Hua hair mask because I love its cinnamony spicy smell but I have tried the Marilyn mask before too and it is pretty great. So, in the future look for a blog on these 2 fine products. I am especially excited about the body

wash, I love smelling great out of the shower and using a product that just wakes you up.

I also wanted to mention to you this great trilogy of books I am reading, or trying to read, because it’s hard to study and have good books to read both at once. They are by Sylvain Reynard and she is romance writer but a Canadian writer to my great happiness and what I really love about this series is her love of and knowledge of Dante and his literature The Inferno and how it contributes to the overall tone and characters of the book. The books are about a a 23-year old Master student named Julia who is studying her Master’s in Toronto. She has the talented Dante specialist Dr. Gabriel

Emerson as her teacher for one of her classes. Gabriel is not only her professor but the older brother of one of her best friend’s and the son of  a now dead second mother to her, Grace.

Year’s ago when she was 17-year old, she and Gabriel spent a romantic night together in the apple orchard and they both thought they were the love of each other’s life. But then Gabriel disappeared and Julia got lost in the woods and they never saw each other again until Julia had Professor Emerson for her class, but he doesn’t recognize her. The story goes on from that point and there are 3 books in the series and I am 3/4 through the 2nd book. The first book is called Gabriel’s Inferno, the second book is called Gabriel’s Rapture, and the third books is called Gabriel’s Redemption. If you are into romance kinds of books I urge you to read these and am pleased to say Sylvain Reynard is a great writer and storyteller even if she is telling a typical romance tale. It might also interest you to see what a Canadian writer can do as compared to some of her American counterparts. I think she does an awesome job and in many cases tells a better story.

The last item I would like to tell you about in my Friday Random post is that I’m going to the Opera with my parents this Saturday night for opening night of the Opera Die Fledermaus, Revenge of the Bat. I am excited for it because it is supposed to be a funny opera. This is what it’s about:

Gabriel von Eisenstein has been sentenced to a fortnight in jail, but his confinement is preceded by an evening of mistaken identity. At a masked ball, two old flames reunite and flirtations occur between a woman and her husband who don’t recognize each other. One man’s elaborate plan for revenge results in a comedy of errors, accompanied by some of opera’s most catchy music.

So, it should be a good time. I am able to dress up and have a little wine at intermission and the opera sounds great.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

LUSH Cupcake Fresh Face Mask and H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment

For Christmas my mom usually gives my siblings and I 2 kinds of items: money and some type of stocking stuffer. This year for my stocking stuffer I received two wonderful products I love from LUSH. One product is a face mask called Cupcake. It is a chocolate face mask that calms oily skin with chocolate and sandalwood and the other product I received  is a hair mask called H’suan Wen Hua, a hair treatment that intensely moisturizes your hair with fresh eggs, herbs, and conditions hair.

According the the website, LUSH face masks “are handmade with the finest essential oils, fresh fruits and veggies, deep cleansing clays and nutrient rich herbs. [They] use active ingredients to address a host of skin needs, from dryness to breakouts to fine lines, and everything in between! When [they] use the term “active ingredient”, this refers to an ingredient that is biologically active. [They] use freshly squeezed juices, extracts, or whole fruits and vegetables in [their] face masks, so they need to be refrigerated . . . to prevent spoilage.”  But just to note, I have found with the chocolate face mask this is not the case. As long as you use the face mask within a couple of months and your bathroom is a cooler environment, the Cupcake face mask will last without refrigeration. If you want to buy a couple at a time, however, it is best to put the mask in the fridge. This is why you can buy a LUSH face mask only in store and not online.  LUSH  “face masks should be used as a treatment, applied once or twice a week to refresh and deep cleanse the skin.”

What I love about the Cupcake face mask is how it makes my skin look and feel after using it. Usually, I will use it when my skin starts to feel as if it is breaking out a bit and feels somewhat oily. I apply a thin layer of the wonderfully chocolate looking and smelling mask to a cleansed face and leave it on for about 5  minutes or until the mask is dry. After, I take a damp face cloth and remove the dried on mask from my face. But you should remember to use an old face cloth as the mask may stain it. The mask also contains some exfoliating particles which are great when you are rubbing the mask into your skin. Once the mask is removed, my skin is not oily and my blemishes decrease considerably. My face does not look red anymore and my skin looks lovely and smooth. If I do happen to break out, it is because the mask is cleaning out the toxins from my skin and I apply the mask again a few days later, then my skin ends up perfect. For a little pot of 60 g and a cost of $7.99 the chocolate mask is an awesome product for oiler skin and great for getting rid of acne and helping to heal other imperfections. I love it and urge you try it I have used it for about a year.

LUSH hair mask H’Suan Wen Hua  is an ” intensely moisturizing treatment for truly unruly hair . . . [y]ou . . . just massage it into your scalp and mane [on dry hair] and let it go to work for 20-30 minutes before shampooing and conditioning the product out. It’s [Lush’s] version of a fresh face mask for the hair, with softening and moisturizing mashed bananas, avocados and olive oil, shine-enhancing balsamic vinegar and fresh eggs. [You can] treat dull, damaged and dry hair right; feed it H’suan Wen Hua and bring it back to life.”                                                                              



What I love about H’Suan Wen Hua is how amazing it smells and how it makes your hair feel. Since have to leave it in for about 20 minutes or longer it is a long wait but it is well worth the wait because your hair ends up so soft and lovely. Not to mention the clovey spicy smell of the hair mask is amazing and stays in your hair making your hair smell awesome too. You do need a lot of mask for longer hair but because this product works so well I completely recommend it. For $20.95 this mask is a great price and lasts as long as many hair masks out their but for a cheaper price. Plus, it’s all natural.

LUSH has many other great products so I hope you can find some that you will love and will work awesome for your face, hair, skin, or whatever need you might have. Plus, remember you can save 5 LUSH containers and trade them in for a free fresh face mask in store!