Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Talk About Subscription Boxes - November 2017 Goodbeing + Black Friday

I can’t believe we are almost already through November. The end of the year always seems to go so quickly, doesn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to the holiday season, so I have no complaints. But it really does seem like just yesterday that I was writing about the October Goodbeing box but here we are, talking about the November box and the goodies I received. Make sure you read through to the bottom because I’m also sharing the Goodbeing Black Friday Deals… and they’ve never had a discount like this before so it’s a pretty cool deal!

Anyway, here’s the quick breakdown of Goodbeing for anyone new to Beautiful Basics who missed the last review or are simply unfamiliar with the monthly beauty and/or lifestyle subscription box. You can sign up for the month to month plan or purchase a 6-month subscription (this option allows you to save a little bit of money). From there, you can choose either the Standard plan or the Mini plan. With the Mini Goodbeing you’ll receive 2 items per month, either 2 travel size or a full size plus a deluxe sample. This plan has an average value of $15-$20 but will vary month to month. The Standard plan has an average monthly value of $40-$50 and comes with 4-5 items per month in a mix of sizes that can be full size or deluxe sample sized. You can also choose either the Beauty box or the Lifestyle box. And as an extra (awesome) perk you get to choose 1 or 2 items yourself each month. You can truly customize your Goodbeing experience to make it what you want it to be.

This month I received: Au Naturale The Anywhere Creme Blush Stick in the shade Adrenaline (my selection), Alima Pure Indigo Eyeliner Pencil (my other choice), Yarok Feed Your Ends, K Voss Nourish MagiK Shimmer Body Lotion, and Plaine Products Body Wash.

My favorite feature of Goodbeing is that I get to choose 1 or 2 of the products I receive in each monthly box. I always know that I’ll at least really enjoy a product or two and this month I am especially in love with the items I selected.

The Anywhere Crème Blush Stick by Au Naturale is formulated so beautifully that it’s absolutely perfect. I am head over heels in love with this gorgeous product. We received deluxe samples in a 3g glass jar instead of the actual 9g stick form the blush usually comes in, but I am really impressed with both the hefty jar and the size. I have a feeling that this product will last a very long time, even with very frequent use. I chose the shade Adrenaline, described as a vivid pink with magenta undertones, but subscribers had many different color options to pick from. I adore these bright pinkish blue shades for the winter. They give my light skin this lovely just in from the cold kind of look and I have already worn this organic, vegan, cruelty-free and completely ethical blush 4 times since I received it last week. I’ve also been using it on my lips and it lasts a crazy long time with no touchups needed. I am so, so happy with this little beauty!

The Alima Pure Indigo Eyeliner Pencil is probably the prettiest blue eyeliner I have ever seen in my life, and I’ve tried my fair share. This shimmering, rich blue eyeliner is so smooth and easy to use. It lasts well and looks gorgeous on.

I haven’t used the Plaine Products Body Wash yet because I’ve put it into my travel stash, but it smells insanely good. It smells of mint and vanilla and comes in the coolest eco-responsible, returnable, refillable and reusable aluminum bottles.

The K Voss Nourish MagiK Shimmer Body Lotion is so cool. It looks so beautiful and I was excited about it but unfortunately it smells too strong for me, and my extremely sensitive nose. If you know me from my blog at all you know that I am extremely sensitive to any smells at all, natural or not, and this is scented to sandalwood essential oil that just doesn’t work for me. This is a full size, though, and it really is gorgeous.

The last product I received is YAROK’s Feed Your Ends. This is a detangler, heat protector and leave-in conditioning spray. I’ve actually worked with YAROK in the past, trying their line, and this product just isn’t for me.

This awesome box has a value of $75. The whole point of subscription boxes is to find some new products you fall in love with and I absolutely have with this one. This box was a big win for me! And I just want to remind you that I’ll be putting everything that didn’t work for me into a giveaway for you. It’s a win-win situation!

As for the Black Friday deals, from November 23rd-Nov 27th:
  • - Anyone who shops (you don't have to be a member) Standard Goodbeing Gift Memberships will automatically get a 20% discount
  • - Regular Members will get 30% off Standard Goodbeing Gift Memberships
(Discount is not applicable to regular memberships or mini gifts.)
Both of these deals will be limited until they run out!

Also, if you are on their email list you will get early access to the special offers code on Wednesday via email.

If you’re interested in signing up, you can click here to do so. With plans starting at $9.95 you’re bound to find an option that works for you whether you’re wanting to try out the beauty box or the lifestyle box. The box ships within the US but also to Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and the UK. A subscription would also make a great gift for any beauty lover in your life.

You can also find Goodbeing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

And if you’re already a member I would love to know what you received so be sure to leave a comment below.

(FTC: This box was sent to me for free for review purposes. I am not being compensated for this post. Although, if you sign up with my link I can get a longer subscription for free + boxes to give away to my readers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Talk About Kari Gran - Bath Soak & Essential Balm

It’s November, which means the holidays are rapidly approaching. This is my favorite time of the year for a million and one reasons. I love the holiday season so much! And even though I’m more about the memory-making than the material things, one little fun part of this time of year, in my opinion, is all of the incredible beauty launches. There are so many awesome new products being released and wonderfully priced value sets and kits, and it gets me really excited!

And one of the most beautiful sets I’ve seen, maybe ever, comes from Kari Gran and features two brand new products. Bath Soak would be a perfect gift, for yourself or someone you love, because I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy taking some time out of their day to pamper their skin and relax. I mean, I love baths and I love adding something special to the water to make my self-care session even better.

This lovely set comes in the signature Kari Gran jute makeup bag and is tied with a beautiful black satin bow. The products within the bag are gorgeous, as well, because both the Bath Soak Crystals and the Bath Soak Oil come in the classic Kari Gran dark violet MIRON glass that is recyclable but also repurpose-able.

The Bath Soak Crystals are made of Himalayan Pink Salts and Magnesium Flakes (from the Dead Sea), while the Bath Soak Oil is comprised of Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Bulgarian Lavender Oil and Non-GMO Vitamin E from Sunflower. Like the rest of the Kari Gran line, these products are simply formulated but incredibly rich and luxurious.  I adore how they have separated the dry ingredients from the oils because this allows them to stay fresh for a much longer amount of time and allows room for customization.

The suggested ritual is to “add 2 capfuls of Bath Soak crystals followed by 5 dropperfuls (not drops) of Bath Oil under running bath water and enjoy. Customize your experience by varying the amounts of each or using them on their own.”

I’ve been following this suggestion and I am so impressed with this Bath Soak. It makes for an incredible bathing experience and ends up leaving my skin so unbelievably soft and silky when I get out. It does a great job of helping me relax and detox from the day and helps give me a nice, relaxing spa-like atmosphere. The scent is perfect, neither too heavy or too light, and the formula is dreamy.

This set is gorgeous and luxurious and thoughtful. With a lovely presentation, the soothing set of products (that also look gorgeous on any bathroom counter or vanity), and a price of $58, you really can’t go wrong. You can check out the product by clicking here.

I have another newly launched product to briefly mention, as well, and that is their Essential Balm. This thick, eco-luxe balm is their beloved Essential Serum in a much more velvety form. If you’re already a fan of the Essential Serum than this multi-tasking, luxurious, golden-hued balm is for you. You can use it on your face, neck, eye area, décolleté, hands, dry spots on your body and even your lips. The glass jar is impressive and comes with so much product that it will last you a long time since a little goes a long way. This will be perfect to combat any winter-weather skin woes!

If you’re interested in learning more about Kari Gran you can click here to visit their website. Kari Gran is also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Oh! They also recently just commissioned their Third Annual Green Barometer Survey among American Women, which has some really interesting facts about the demand and growth of green beauty. You can check that out by clicking here.

(FTC: These products were sent to me for free for review consideration by the company. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)