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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Spoiler Alert: Total Beauty Collection Mystery Box

Total Beauty Collection offers beauty sample collections, usually $10-15 for a handful of products. They recently offered a Mystery Box at $20 for 13 samples. Through a discount and a coupon code, I paid $16. Here is a photo of everything that came in my box:
*I purchased this collection with my own money and I am not affiliated with nor compensated by any of the brands or Web sites mentioned in this post.*


My initial reaction to the contents:

Honest Co. Face and Body Lotion, deluxe sample 1.0 oz tube
I've read and heard good reviews about this company. The sample is a good size. It says that the lotion is free of harsh chemicals. Nonetheless, I will probably trade this on makeuptalk.com, since I am currently stocked up on my favorite lotions. https://www.honest.com/

Honest Co. Healing Balm, deluxe sample 1.0 oz tube
My closest friend has tried this and says that it is a great product, so I would like to try it. It is a good size for a sample. It is designed for sensitive skin with rashes or irritation and to prevent future occurrences. https://www.honest.com/

Evolvh Ultrashine Moisture Shampoo, deluxe sample 2 fl oz bottle 
Evolvh Ultrashine Moisture Conditioner, deluxe sample 2 fl oz bottle
I have used this shampoo and conditioner before; I found them to be pretty good, but nothing spectacular. That being said, I love having an abundance of shampoo and conditioner samples around, so I am happy to received these. I like the size of these samples and that they are in bottles, not packets. http://www.evolvh.com/

Eboost Daily Health Booster orange flavor energy drink powder, 7 packets
I am almost indifferent to these. If someone wants them on makeuptalk.com, I will include one in a trade. If nobody chooses the Eboost, I am not adverse to drinking them. I used to use Emergen-C a lot and liked it; this seems to be a similar concept. http://eboost.com/

$50 Gift Card to nakedwines.com
I would not personally define this as a gift card, since you have to have a minimum purchase of $51, pay $9.99 shipping IF they ship to your state, and the available wines do not add up to $51. Anyhow, it is a sizable discount and may appeal to some people. Not for me. http://us.nakedwines.com/

NYX Color Lip Balm in 'Xie Xie', full size 0.14 oz tube
I have been very happy with the lip products that I have tried by NYX in the past, so I am excited about this sample. I don't really like clear lip balm, but lip balm with color is right up my alley. http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/

Ferro Cosmetics Mineral Blush deluxe sample pots, in 'Terra Cotta' and 'Suzie's Glow'
These both look very pretty, but I do not like my blush to be loose. They will be up for trade on makeuptalk.com. https://www.ferrocosmetics.com/default.aspx

NYX Roll On Shimmer in 'Platinum', full-size roller
This is also very pretty, but too similar to shadows/pigments that I have already. This will be up for trade on makeuptalk.com. http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/

Alfaparf Milano Semi di Lino Diamanté Cristalli Liquidi Illuminating Serum, deluxe sample (edit: dropper) bottle
This product had great reviews online, so I'm looking forward to trying it on my hair. I have not used this type of product before. My hair has been dry and dull around the lower half, so the timing is good for me. http://usa.alfaparf.com/

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, deluxe sample 10g tube
I am excited to try this sample. I love facial masks, especially the peel-off versions. I find it very refreshing. I have been wanting to try this particular mask since I have had good experiences with the Boscia brand in the past. http://www.boscia.com/newsite/index.php

Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm, full size 4g tube
As I said above, I am not into clear lip balms. Therefore, although I think this is a good sample and I generally love the Neutrogena brand, it is not for me. I need color on my face. This will be up for trade on makeuptalk.com. http://www.neutrogenanaturals.com/

Q-tips Purse Pack, 30 cotton swabs
I think that most of us would consider this to be a boring sample. However, it is practical and I will definitely use it. http://www.qtips.com/

Overall, I am quite pleased. It was fun to expect a surprise to be delivered to me, and there are at least eight products that I will be using. Keep an eye out for my reviews of the products that I am keeping.

*I purchased this collection with my own money and I am not affiliated with nor compensated by any of the brands or Web sites mentioned in this post.*

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