Spilling the beans on my latest BeautyCon box! This post is definitely lengthy, but it’s super informative so make sure you stick with me until the end. If any of you have questions regarding the items featured, feel free to reach out with questions, and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
1. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ($4.50)
I’m digging this pencil for sure. BeautyCon sent me this in cashmere (aka gold), and I’m a fan. It works as an eyeliner/eyeshadow and glides on effortlessly. It has just the right amount of sparkle so it’s tasteful and not tacky. Swipe it on your lids for special occasion or girls night out! It’s available in a slew of colors so if you’re interested, click here to browse!
2. Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil ($8.59)
I absolutely love this oil. Use a pump or two on your face to dissolve your makeup before washing. I like to massage it on before jumping in the shower! I was worried that it’d be super oily, but it comes right off, and I’m so glad I got to try this product out. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this, and I recommend that you incorporate it into your routine as well.
I like this moisturizer, but I wouldn’t wear it out for a full day of fun in the sun because it’s only SPF15. This product works well with my dry/normal skin now, but I think it’d be too light for me during the winter because I prefer to keep my skin as hydrated as possible! However, it smells really good and should be enough SPF if you slather it on and avoid baking in the sun. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
4. Redken Fashion Waves Sea Salt Spray ($19)
This product’s supposed to give you “beachy waves,” but I didn’t really get any? It did help with frizz though, although I hoped that it’d give my mane more texture. I don’t really recommend this product because it’s on the pricier side, and it doesn’t really work. You could always try it and return it! I’ve heard that some people really like using this spray so experiment with it and let me know how it pans out for you by leaving me a comment below.
5. La Fresh Beauty & Personal Care Wipes (pricing varies)
I had the opportunity to test two of these babies out (oil-free face cleanser + body soother), and they were both meh. To be fair though, face wipes aren’t really my thing because I prefer washing regardless of how tired I am. The body soother wasn’t strong enough either; it didn’t have enough of a peppermint scent for me. These wipes are fairly affordable, but personally, I’d pass on them.
BeautyCon included a sample of this, but I didn’t try it out because I don’t like to use use self-tanners. Sorry friends! You’ll have to be the ones telling ME how you like this.
7. Benzac Acne Solutions Blemish Clearing Hydrator
I honestly don’t know how well this product fights acne yet because I’ve only used it once! I do have to say that I’m impressed with the formula though. I’ve used a lot of spot treatments in my day, and they’ve almost always left my skin super dry (aka flaky and gross). Thankfully, this doesn’t.
For those of you looking to treat acne, Benzac sells a 3-step regimen – this product is the third and final step of the aforementioned set. I’m planning on doing a post on the best spot treatments out there so keep an eye out! If this product works well, I’ll make sure to include it in my roundup. Oh, one thing though! This item smells awful so if scent’s a deal breaker for you, you may want to reconsider your purchase.
This baby gives you serious volume without clumping so if you’re looking for a new mascara to try, purchase this stat! There seem to be a lot of negative reviews about this online, but I’m not sure why because I personally loved it. Apply this slowly to coat every lash, and don’t be afraid to layer. As long as you’re careful, you won’t mess up your eye make-up – just remember to let it dry before using a curler.
9. Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder ($24)
Love, love, LOVE this product! I own it in taupe, and it looks super natural on my face. It’s available in three other colors as well, and the applicator makes it really easy to use! Start from the center and work outwards – don’t try to line your brows with it. Also keep in mind that a little goes a long way. You can always build volume and intensity so go light, at least at first!
10. NYX Ombre Lip Duo ($11.99)
I really want to like this product, but I don’t. I was excited to try it because I thought it was a cool concept, but the execution was just off. Basically, you line your lips with the darker shade and fill ’em in with the lighter one to create a cool ombre-style pucker.
Sounds easy, right? Nah. Unfortunately, the product made my lips look super dry and blending was a bitch. This is definitely not worth the money in my opinion, and that’s saying a lot because I typically love NYX products. This item doesn’t make the cut.
11. Cover FX Contour Brush ($16.33)
A high-quality brush for sure. The bristles are really nice, and it does a great job blending, but I don’t like the fact that it’s double-sided. I store my brushes in a cup so one side inevitably gets smushed which is no bueno. Honestly, ELF brushes get the job done just as well, and they’re a fraction of the price. I actually wrote a post on the best of ELF products so take a look, friends.
Apparently, Seventeen magazine is launching an online pop-up store this month! I don’t know what kind of stuff they’ll have, but I’m planning to check it out (editby17.com). It sounds like it’ll be Forever 21-ish? Anywho, they include a card in the box that gives you an extra 15% off + free shipping on your first order.
Conclusion: My favorite products from my latest BeautyCon box were as follows: Neutrogena’s Ultra Light Cleansing Oil, Garnier’s SkinActive Clearly Brighter Daily Moisturizer, Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, and Smashbox’s Brow Tech Shaping Powder. I’m really glad I had the chance to review this box. I’m definitely going to purchase the next one because they give you serious bang for your buck. For more beauty favorites, click here!