Bare Escentuals BareMinerals March 2015 Mystery Box Review

It’s a 10-piece Beauty Surprise collection brimming with mystery goodies. These go fast. We’re talking a few hours. Tops. You’ve been warned…

bareminerals-mystery-boxThis Mystery Box was only avaliable on March 17, 2015. Since I had never gotten a Bare Minerals Mystery Box before, I decided to try it out.

I was lucky to get one of their special Black Friday deals a year or two ago and was very happy with the value, so I thought this might be similar. I definitely think the is a great way to try out different products from their brand.

The Mystery box was $45.00 and was labeled as a $191 value.

Here’s what was included in my Mystery Box:


Full Size:

  • Soft Focus Face Brush with Matte Black Handle ($30)
  • Big & Bright Eyeliner, Charcoal ($14)
  • Big & Bright Eyeliner, Midnight ($14)
  • Prime Time Primer Shadow, Racing Green ($18)
  • Natural Lipgloss, Rose ($15)
  • Ready Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Tinted ($23)
  • Ready Eyeshadow 4.0, The Exotic Escape w/ Rose Gold Case (orig $30)


  • Brightening Pearl Perfect Light Mineral Veil w/ Rose Gold  Cap (6.5g – $18 ?)
  • Mini Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer (1.5ml)
  • Sample Prime Time Foundation Primer (1ml)
  • Large Patent Leather Makeup Bag


I think the $191 value is a little high because after looking up my items online it is more like $160. Especially since many of these items are no longer available and can be found at a discount.  Even at $160, it is still a great value of items at $45.

My favorite items in the Mystery Box are the Soft Focus Face Brush and the Ready Touch Up Veil. I have wanted to try out their pressed powders since they started making them but never ended up getting any.  So far I really like the results and the brush is super soft!

I was pretty impressed with the variety of the box but  most of the items are not necessarily something I will use. I have tried a few different Mineral Veils before and I am not a fan of them. I also tried out the Charcoal Eyeliner today, which I like as a backup. I just recently started wearing eyeliner – but I still prefer the Stila liquid Eyeliner I received in the Sephora Favorites Superstars Set. The Midnight (blue) Eyeliner  isn’t for me, so I will probably end up gifting it to a friend who loves colored eyeliners.

Overall, I think this is a really great way to try out different products from BareMinerals at a great price. The three items I ended up using would cost almost $70 to purchase separately, so it definitely ended up being a good deal. I am not sure if I will do another Mystery Box right away, but maybe in another year or two I will be ready to experiment with new BareMinerals products.

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Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2015 Subscription Review

A defining line here. A splash of color there. Every woman has her own unique way of showing the beauty within her. At Walmart, you’ll discover the latest products and most trusted brands at our low prices. Every day.

For $5 each season, Walmart will send you a box full of samples and coupons for Walmart beauty products.


Here’s a list of the samples and coupons I received in my Spring box:

  • John Frieda Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner (0.28oz/8.3ml each)
  • L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Shampoo, Conditioner, and Instant Shock Treatment (0.34oz/10ml each)
  • TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo(1.15oz/32g)
  • St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub(1.0oz/28g)
  • Dial 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion – Omega Moisture (0.5oz/14ml)
  • Dove Pure Care Dry Oil (0.4oz/11ml)
  • Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Stain in Chic (0.081oz/2.3g)
  • Nivea Smooth Sensation Dry Skin Body Lotion (0.14oz/4ml)


And the Coupons/Ads:

  • $2.00 Off Coupon for any John Frieda Luxurious Volume styling product
  • $1.00 Off Coupon for any one Nivea Body Lotion or Creme
  • $2.00 Off Coupon for one Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless Foundation Product
  • Ad for Maybelline’s new pallette: The Blushed Nudes


At first glance, I was fairly disappointed in my items compared to others I have already seen, as it looks like others received larger samples and more coupons in their boxes. But now that I am looking into the items more carefully, I am actually becoming more excited in some of the items I received.


I was most happy to see the Hard Candy lip stain. I believe this is full size and $5 in stores, so that one item covers the price of the entire box. Chic is a nude color, not my first choice but it’s pretty and glides on silky smooth. I like it!


I also really liked the Dial 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion. It smells like berries/peaches to me and my skin loved it. It looks like the Omega Moisture is a newer scent featuring Sea Berries. I also saw they have a Greek Yogurt lotion which sounds delicious!

The majority of my box contained hair care type products, which is something I don’t use a lot of. I have quite a few oils that I have received in different subscriptions that have been left unused… so I don’t see the Dove one to be of much use for me. I will have to force myself to use the shampoo/conditioner samples so that they aren’t wasted. I hear other rave about dry shampoo all the time, so maybe I will give it a try, as well.

Once I am able to thoroughly test each product, I might post a review of an item that stands out to me. So far I am most intrigued by Dove’s whole Omega Moisture/Sea Berries line.

Overall, I am pretty pleased with the selection for $5. Since I generally do not shop at Walmart  or buy these types/brands of products, I am probably not their target market. I ended up cancelling my subscription, but I did enjoy getting this box and think the value is good.

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CocoFeed: JewelScent Lemon Macaron Ring Candle – Ring Revealed Inside!

Unfortunately, the smell for this one was almost nonexistent and I wasn’t a huge fan of the actual candle style of this one. But… the RING!!! WAS GORGEOUS!!! I’ve been wearing it for days now!

CocoFeed: Had to finally dig this beauty out toward the bottom of the candle. Totally worth the wait as it is appraised at $100 on the site. Kinda chunky but gorgeous. Doesn't look like its sterling silver tho

This ring appraised for $100! I absolutely adore this ring and can’t wait to keep trying for a token!

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CocoFeed: JewelScent Pumpkin Caramel Ring Candle – Ring Revealed Inside!

This candle is absolutely beautiful and smells great. Although, I wish it was stronger. It didn’t quite fill the room as I had hoped. The ring in this one was a miss for me, but my best friend’s daughter LOVED it.

CocoFeed: First ring obtained! Not really my style. Worth $22 according to the site. Fingers crossed for the next candle! No sign of it yet @jewelscent

This ring appraised for $22!

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