UNBOXING: BDJ December Box

From a Benefit exclusive box last November to this December’s Cover Girl exclusive box, Santa must have listed all BDJ Bellas under “nice” this year. Not only that, all products this month are full sized products, the prices of which total to more than 4x the price of a BDJ Box! Yey!

BDJ December Box 2014

30ml TruBlend Liquid Makeup worth Php 645
11g TruBlend Pressed Powder worth Php 425
3g Cheekers Blush worth Php 395
4.6g Smoky Shadow Blast worth Php 525
13.1ml LashBlast Fusion Water Resistant Mascara worth Php 595

An Eye for an Eye

 As always, I’m eyeing the mascara for I am truly an eye makeup fan, especially of mascaras. I just love trying out the different brush types created by makeup manufacturers.

It’s also my first time to own an eye shadow stick so I can’t wait to try the Smoky Shadow Blast. It’s a double ended stick, giving it a multipurpose quality.

Cheek Matte

Cheekers Cover Girl Powder Blush

The header is actually a joke. You know, checkmate but instead, cheek (for the blush) and matte (for the foundation and powder). Get it? 🙂 Never mind. It’s the thought that counts.

Anyway, I love barely there blushes, as if I just naturally have rosy cheeks even though there’s a fat chance of me having them naturally. That’s why I’m always open to trying out different blushes–whether cheek tint or stain, powder, cream, stick, etc. The Cheekers Blush I got is rose silk and promises to give an “easy and natural rosy silk flush”. According to the product brochure, the blush is currently BDJ Box exclusive and will only be available in the market by in February 2015. Yey for first dibs!

For the powder and foundation, I got no. 2 shades, which is a relief. Meaning, they should be compatible with each other. Whether the shade will be compatible with my skin tone is yet to be seen so I look forward to that. I’m still in search of the perfect liquid foundation that’s best for my skin.

Best Beautiful You!

There you have it. Five promising products from Cover Girl c/o BDJ Box. I wonder if this will make me look like Katy Perry as in the cover of their product brochure. 😉

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Like any of the products in this month’s BDJ Box?

Unboxing: BDJ November Box

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BDJ November Box

There’s always something about a BDJ Box that is a Benefit box. It makes me giddy and taking pictures of the products becomes an art, sort of. What I’m trying to say is… when BDJ Boxes contain kikay products (i.e. makeup), especially one that features Benefit items, something in it inspires. In my case, I just love taking pictures of them despite the feeble lighting in my room.

This will be my third BDJ/Benefit Box. The first one was in March (not much artistic effort done there). It was my introduction to Benefit and I know little about the brand. The second one was in June, which got me excited since I first saw an early post from a fellow BDJ Box subscriber. There were tints! And now’s my third. Three’s a charm right?

 7ml Bathina Scented Body Mist worth Php 1,800 @ 75ml
3ml POREfessional PRO Balm worth Php 1,600 @ 22ml
2 pieces of 3ml Big Easy Complexion Perfector worth Php 2,000 @ 35ml
2.5ml High Beam Complexion Enhancer worth Php 1,700 @ 12.5ml
0.10g They’re Real Push-Up Liner worth Php 1,300 @ 1.4g
3g They’re Real Mascara worth Php 1,300 @ 8.5g
0.5g Posiebalm Hydrating Lip Balm worth Php 1,000 @ 3g
samples of It’s Potent! Eye Cream and Instant Comeback Facial Serum
Hello Gorgeous! Voucher

Highlight!

The highlight of this box for me is obviously the High Beam Complexion Enhancer. Since I bought the full size Benetint, I’ve been eyeing this one but not yet sure if it’ll suit me so I’ve been delaying my purchase. It’s a good thing, too! Now I have a whole 2.5ml to test it!

Happy!

I’m also happy that they included another They’re Real Mascara. I’ve been loving the one I got from the June box. The fact that it’s petite is a plus because I can carry it wherever I go and re-apply when I need to (which I seldom need to).

Hope!

As partner to the mascara, I’m excited to try They’re Real Push-Up Liner. The publicity and hype leading to the launch of this product has not escaped me. But the tester I tried at the store got my eyes itchy 30 minutes after application. I hope it’s just because many lashes have touched the tester. I’m still keen on trying it out and excited to do so now that I have my own sample.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Okay, so it’s getting corny. I didn’t intend the previous three paragraphs to start with H’s. But since I’ve type Highlight and Happy, I thought I’d just use Hope instead of Excited. Also, I was tricked by the box into thinking it’s already December because of the Christmas-y packaging. So I think a Ho! Ho! Ho! (or Hoax) is in order as well. 😉

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What do you like best about this month’s BDJ Box?

Unboxing: BDJ October Box

Who’d think a box is enough for BDJ Box? This month, I received two boxes from them, the big ones, just because BDJ can’t get enough of giving all of us big surprises. 🙂

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Here are the two big boxes from BDJ Box.

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This is the primary box.

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This is the other box, dedicated to Dial Cleansing Pair.

 Contents

473ml Dial Coconut Water Body Wash worth Php 200
113g Dial Coconut Water Soap worth Php 140 for a trio pack
7 sachets of 1ml Yves Rocher Zero Blemish Gel Cream worth Php 795 for 50ml
500g My Choice Spa Salt worth Php 100
90ml My Choice Hand and Body Lotion worth Php 70
1 pack of 7 vials (7ml each) Dove Hair Fall Rescue worth Php 470
5ml L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser x3 Serum worth Php 1,500 for 30ml
5ml L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser x3 Anti-Aging Day Cream worth Php 1,500 for 30ml
Revlon ColorStay 16-Hour Eye Shadow Quad worth Php 795
Strip RPT Kit containing sachet samples of: Strip Ice Cream worth Php 1,750 for 50ml; Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub worth Php 1,650 for 220ml; and Malin + Goetz Ingrown Hair Cream worth Php 1,750 for 15ml

Pictures!

Impressions

It’s quite a lot, actually, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to use or even try everything. Just after opening the courier packaging, I already smelled the Dial products. It’s amazing! But scent isn’t always equivalent to cleaning so the product’s effectiveness remains to be seen/tested. I find the scent too strong though. I hope it won’t be as strong after washing.

As always, I immediately took the eye shadow palette aside because it’s makeup and I love them all. I’m also curious about Strip’s RPT Kit. I didn’t take a picture of it but the the kit says that if you return the kit to them and buy one full size product, you’d get a 20% off from each. I’d probably try the ingrown hair cream, among others.

As a whole, a great surprise from BDJ Box. Some are too specific for most subscribers to be able to use but I guess it’s just a matter of being open minded and trying them even if they’re not really suited to our conditions.

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What tickled your fancy in this month’s BDJ Box?

BDJ Elite Boxes: Heroine Make (Glam Light and Glam Medium)

BDJ Box Elite: Heroine Make

BDJ Box Elite: Heroine Make

Months ago, BDJ Box introduced a new addition to its boxes: the BDJ Elite Boxes, which featured Heroine Make, a Japanese makeup brand. There were 6 boxes to choose from, ranging from sweet to glam to fierce, each catering to a fair (light) or medium complexion. As Heroine Make is an Asian brand, it can be expected that these will cater to our yellow undertones.

The Elite Boxes

You can be sure that each box has mascara, eyebrow pencil, powder, BB cream, eyelash, eyelash glue, eyeliner, and sunblock, but the variants in each may differ. For myself, I got 2 elite boxes, the Glam Heroine Light and the Glam Heroine Medium.

My Elite Boxes

If you noticed, I got identical items in the form of the eyebrow pencil and eyelash glue. I didn’t mind. In fact, it was only the in eyebrow pencil shade and type of eyelash that I was more meticulous. Even though I don’t use falsies, it’s still good to have good ones when the times comes that I’d need or want to try one, right?

In the top left portion of the IG photo you will see the items that I was excited to try. I’ve already started using them actually, plus the BB creams as well. I’m in heaven with the mascaras and eyebrow pencil. The BB creams are so-so. Then again, my skin doesn’t really take well to BB creams so I’m looking for buyers if anyone’s interested. 🙂

The BB loose powder does great coverage! And the puff is just sublime in its softness and ability to glide on my skin. And the eyeliners! I never thought I’d be able to use such thin brushes and create thin and precise lines that hug my lashes. They’re a wonder, believe me.

There are still a handful I have yet to try though, mainly because I don’t normally use such things. So let me know if you’re interested in buying them from me. Just comment below and I’ll see what I can do to have them delivered to you. I’m trying to learn this blog sale thing as I go along.

Contents

Glam Heroine – Light

7.5g Heroine Make Impact Frame and Curl Mascara (Php 695)
2.5g Heroine Make Impact Liquid Eyeliner (Php 595)
0.7g Heroine Make Quick Eyebrow (Php 345)
30ml Sunkiller Perfect Strong Plus (Php 445)
30g Heroine Make Protect UV Mineral BB Cream (Php 595)
6g Heroine Make Mineral BB Loose Powder (Php 695)
Heroine Make Impact Eyelash (Php 345)
5ml Heroine Make Eyelash Fixer (Php 345)

Glam Heroine – Medium

7.5g Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara (Php 695)
3ml Heavy Rotation Jewel Eyeliner (Php 595)
0.7g Heroine Make Quick Eyebrow (Php 345)
30ml Sunkiller Cool Perfect Strong (Php 445)
30g Heroine Make Lasting Mineral BB Cream (Php 595)
8g Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder Clear (Php 695)
Heroine Make Impact Eyelash (Php 345)
5ml Heroine Make Eyelash Fixer (Php 345)

There you have it! My uber late unboxing of my BDJ Box Elite. 😉 Since I plan to review the products, I thought that I should at least finish this unboxing post, which had been a draft in my dashboard for so long. Haha!

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See anything you like me to review? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Unboxing: BDJ July Box

Another month, another unboxing. But if you noticed, we skipped a month because there were some complications in July’s BDJ Box so it was shipped near the end of July instead of the usual first 2 weeks. Not an issue and I think the size of the box, which is bigger than the previous boxes, was supposed to make up for the delay.

BDJ July Box

The BDJ July Box is similar to the BDJ May Box in that the former is filled with assorted products and brands. Again, it’s not a purely makeup box but the products address skincare, hair care, as well as include some protective care.

Contents

July Box contents
6g Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette (Php 199)
20 wipes Nivea Pure Effect Exfoliating Wipes (Php 139)
35ml Nivea Anti-Perspirant Invisible Spray (150ml @ Php 184)
10ml Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner (100ml @ Php 109)
50ml Celeteque Back Acne Spray (Php 320)
100ml Hygienix Hand Gel (Php 45)
55ml Hygienix Hand Spray (Php 40)
30ml Vitress Heat Protect (Php 75)
30ml Vitress Hair Repair (Php 75)
89ml Keratin Complex Travel Valet Care Kit (Php 495)
250ml Pink Sugar Fine Fragrance Mist (Php 299 fruity, Php 349 happy, dreamy, naughty)

There’s only one voucher in this box from Envie Aestheticare & Medspa:

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Of course, it wouldn’t be BDJ Box without the monthly encouraging stickers. This month, it’s

Standout Sticker

Impressions

I’m not at all enthusiastic about July’s BDJ Box. Although the size of the box is bigger than usual, this did not mean that the contents are “bigger”. There are items inside the box that I don’t care to have or see in a beauty subscription box primarily because they are less than Php 100 and because I can just get them from any store, whether a department store, drug store, grocery, or sari-sari store.

As I’ve said in my previous entries, I like being surprised and this means getting to open a box filled with items that I haven’t tried before and perhaps not even think of trying if not for my subscription. Much too common items don’t have a place in beauty subscription boxes.

Still, the BDJ July Box has redeeming items that I didn’t know existed such as the Nivea Exfoliating Wipes, the Keratin Complex Travel Valet Care Kit, the Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner, and the Pink Sugar Fine Fragrance Mist.

There are also a couple of products I’m excited to use like the Nivea Anti-Perspirant Invisible Spray and the Celeteque Back Acne Spray. Indeed, I’ve already started using these 2 to see if they indeed work. I’m thinking of making a review on these 2 items plus the Nivea Exfoliating Wipes, which I’ve also begun using.

All in all, my enthusiasm for the BDJ July Box would have been great had it not been dampened by the all too common products that were included. I just don’t think they belong. However, as I said, the other items livened my spirits as I am as much in to skin care as I am in to makeup. Let’s see how well the products I’m now using will fare in delivering their promise.

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What’s your take on the BDJ July Box? What product would you like to be reviewed? Let me know what you think!