Thursday, October 31, 2013

QVC New Beauty Test Tube Fall/Winter 2013

Oh, hey! Look what I got!

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I started seeing the spoilers for this box shortly after the New Beauty Test Tube was released, and was really excited about a couple of things, but some of these I have never heard of! That's the great thing about subscription services- you get to experience new products and brands that you may not be able to afford to try otherwise! (I know I never thought I would spend the money to try Alterna products, and thanks to this box and the previous one, I have now tried two!)

My auto subscription for this year is now over, and I am most likely going to renew next year, and am seriously considering signing up to get the regular New Beauty Test Tube- I love the curation of their boxes.

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(I'm pretty proud of this picture, mostly because stuff kept falling over!)

As usual, all descriptions are taken directly from the Test Tube catalogue.

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Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100& Purified Squalane (.34 fl oz)
This luxurious, silky, skin-softening moistuizer helps to improve the look of fine lines wrinkles, and radiance.
How to use: Apply a.m. and p.m. as a treatment moisturizer. Use one drop on face, sparingly on body, elbows, cuticles, and damp or dry hair.
Benefits Include: Sweet Ingredients - Derived from farmed sustained sugarcane; Smoother Skin - In a clinical study after three weeks of daily use, a decrease was seen in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and No Residue - Peter's formula is silky smooth and luxurious to the touch, without leaving an oily or greasy after feel. It provides all the hydration benefits of an oil without leaving you with that filmy feeling.
Will I use it?: I have used it once since receiving the test tube, on my face and on my hair. I was nervous about putting oil on my face since I do have very oily skin, but I was pleasantly surprised that it felt extremely moisturizing, and I didn't get oily throughout the day like I usually do. My hair, on the other hand, did not like this stuff at all. It fell so flat, and I only used three drops. It also made my ends look super oily but also crunchy. I think I will continue to use this for my skin, and see what happens!
(This is the second Peter Thomas Roth product I have received in a Test Tube.))

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Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer (.5 fl oz)
This smooth and lightweight formula is scientifically formulated to help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, firmness and radiance, leaving the skin looking healthy and youthful.
How to use: Apply liberally to face and neck in the morning and evening.
Benefits Include: Anti-Aging Science - Vitamin C ester, alpha-lipoic acid and DMAE combine to help address the appearance of wrinkles and firmness while imparting a beautiful, radiant glow; Advanced Hydration - The luxurious texture and key antioxidants will keep your skin feeling soft and smooth throughout the day; and Radiance Restored - Formulated with vitamin C ester, this moisturizer works to help improve the appearance of skin tone and texture to impart a visibly more glowing, radiant, porcelain-like complexion.
Will I use it?: I have used it probably around 10 times since receiving it in my box, and am frightened by how much I love it, considering this size is $13.95 on amazon. It does sting, but it doesn't create any redness. It's also extremely potent, and is a strong floral scent. That's the part of this that I really, really don't like. I'm extremely sensitive to scent in products. But this product is just so good. My skin does look more glowy after use.
That's the downside to these tubes- falling in love with pricier products!
(This is the first Perricone MD product I have received in a Test Tube.)

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Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinoid Eye Treatment (.07 fl oz)
Eyes show the first signs of aging, but you can bet there's a product to help slow down the clock. Help reduce the appearance of the signs of aging- including lines and wrinkles- with this innovative treatment.
How to use: Gently apply a small amount with fingertips under and around the eye area morning and evening.
Benefits Include: Groundbreaking Ingredient - High-performance retinoid (hpr) helps deliver results; Anti-Aging - This gel formula helps improve the look of the signs of aging; and Eye Awakening - Specifically designed for the eye area, this cream provides a powerful anti-aging agent.
Will I use it?: I have used this three mornings, and I really like the AM benefits- I do feel like it plumps up my teensy fine lines, and it also helps my foundation go on smoother in that area in general. I've also found my makeup settles less in the lines throughout the day. However, I'm unsure that it's unique to this product, because my other eye creams that are good for the morning tend to do the same thing. But I really like the texture of this one, as opposed to a standard lotion. So I will keep using it and see what happens!
(This is the third philosophy product I have received in a Test Tube.)

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WEN Pomegranate Finishing Treatment Creme (4 fl oz - full size!)
If weightless, manageable hair is what you're after, the Finishing Treatment Creme is your savior. Made to use on dry hair, it will give you body or a polished finish.
How to use: Apply a dime size amount of less to palms and rub together. Gently squeeze treatment into hair, starting mid-shaft and working towards the end.
Benefits Include: Mane Attractions - The WEN system is infused with a perfect blend of herbs and natural ingredients; Soothing Formula - The aloe vera in this finishing treatment has soothing, healing and moisturizing properties, which are a huge benefit for damaged, frizzy hair.
Will I use it?: I have used this once, the day I am writing this post (which is Oct 25th), but I will definitely be adding this to my daily routine. After I blow-dried my hair, I used this as suggested, and it seriously made my hair so soft, and voluminous. And it smells AMAZING. So amazing I want to eat it. But I won't, because that would be weird. The smell doesn't stay in the hair too long, which is a shame. I would be happy to smell this in my hair all day.
(This is the second WEN product I have received in a Test Tube.)

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Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist (.85 fl oz)
Envelope your hair in a lightweight, frizz-fighting, nutrient-rich oil mist that helps protect hair. Your strands won't be able to thank you enough.
How to use: Spray liberally throughout damp hair and style as usual.
Benefits Include: Two Times the Benefits - Not only does this formula help to nourish, but it can also be used as a color-protecting primer; Bamboo Boosters - Made with bamboo extract, this spray is sure to provide you with sustainable style; and Lightweight Finish - This ultralight texture won't weight hair down.
Will I use it?: I have used this three times. The first time, I was in love with it. I let my hair air dry and it looked gorgeous. The second time, I hated what it did to my hair- it made it greasy and flat. That may have been my fault, as I sometimes get spray happy, and I also let it air dry this time. The third time, it really didn't do anything at all to my hair, it looks like it normally does when I blow dry it, which I did this time to see if it made a difference. I will keep using it, but so far I have mixed feelings.
(This is the second Alterna product I have received in a Test Tube.)

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Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask (.16 fl oz)
If you want gorgeous, glowing skin, look no further. Engineered to mimic the effects of bliss Spa's world famous Triple Oxygen Treatment Facial, this mask is a superfast fix for dull, tired and sallow skin. This fabulous complexion formula gives you the appearance of fresher, younger-looking skin.
How to use: Massage a generous layer onto damp skin, wait ive minutes for a full froth to form and rinse well.
Benefits Include: Oxygen Detox - bliss uses different ingredients that deliver oxygen to the skin and contain antioxidants to help protect the skin from free-radical attacks; Fast Worker - It only takes five invigorating minutes for this frothy mask to leave your skin refreshed and glowing; and Vitamin Filled - This formula helps lighten the skin with the most active form of vitamin C available.
Will I use it?: I try to use all the products at least once before writing my blog so I can give at least some type of initial impression. But I haven't used this yet. I am planning on giving my skin a nightly mask treatment soon, and will be using this one. I will definitely do a separate blog post review later.
(This is the second Bliss product I have received in a Test Tube.)

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IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara (.16 fl oz)
Get ready to go vertical! From the lash ball detailer to the volumizing formula, this clinically proven mascara takes the place of five products, all in one bottle!
How to use: Starting at the base of your lashes, hold the brush horizontally, then wiggle and sweep the brush up and through to the tips. Next, use the lash ball detailer to add length, volume and separation to your lower lashes, as well as your inner and outer corner lashes. For a more dramatic look, add additional coats.
Benefits Include: The Multitasker - Not only is it a volumizing mascara, it's also a conditioning lash primer, lash-enhancing serum, lash tint and a lash comb/curler; Unique Brush - The flexible brush works to lengthen, curl and separate while the lash ball tip reaches even corner lashes. You'll never miss a spot again; and Vitamin Packed - Vitamins A, C, E, and B5, along with green tea, acai and jojoba, work together to condition and enhance lashes.
Will I use it?: I have used this almost every single day since receiving it, and it is quickly becoming my favorite mascara. Ever. The link above is to my size sample from amazon. Buy it right now. It's the cost of a drug store mascara to try. I will definitely be purchasing a full size of this once this sample is dried out.
I never believed the hype behind IT Cosmetics, but now I am thinking I should have, and will be looking into trying more of their products soon.
(This is the first  IT Cosmetics product I have received in a TestTube.)

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Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in Saddle Shimmer (.06 oz)
For eye color that won't crease or wear away, Mally's Evercolor Shadow Stick is a creamy, glide-on shadow that stays looking freshly applied. It includes a special silicone system that glides on, then seals together to last and last.
How to use: Run along lashes to use as an eyeliner or smooth on lids and blend to use as an eyeshadow.
Benefits Include: One and Done - In just one stroke of the glide-on applicator you'll get an incredible high-performance look. Once applied, you've got 30 seconds of playtime to blend and smooth the color before it sets; Multitasker - This easy-to-use color stick can act as a primer, eyeshadow or eyeliner, and it even replaces your brushes. You simply glide the color where you want it to line and define your eyes, or layer several colors for a dramatic, smoky look; and You're In Control - You have complete control with this easy-to-use stick, so have fun and experiment! It's the perfect solution for a quick, finished look that won't come off until you take it off.
Will I use it?: I have used it, and honestly? I wasn't super impressed. I don't feel like it does anything better than the Maybelline Color Tattoos do, and it is very similar to the Bad to the Bronze shade. It also creased like crazy on me less than an hour after I put it on, and I used my Too Faced Shadow Insurance, which NEVER causes creasing. It is a really pretty shade, and it does go on beautifully. And I will probably still use this on an occasion, but I will never buy one of these for myself.
(This is the third Mally product I have received in a Test Tube.)

As with the others, overall, I was really happy with this tube, and as I said above, I am most likely going to be renewing my purchase should they do this again next year. My favorite product by far is the mascara, followed second by the finishing creme.


  1. Great review! I also received this test tube--I thought the Bamboo oil smelled amazing. I haven't used anything enough to have much of an opinion (still finishing up some things I already have in rotation), but I already know that I like the Bliss mask and the Mally shadow sticks. I never get any creasing with those, and they keep my shadow looking like it was just applied all day long (I also put Shadow Insurance under them). I'm sorry you didn't have the same kind of luck with yours!!

    1. I'm actually wondering if the shadow stick creased due to the eye makeup remover I've been using- it's oil based (bought the wrong one), so that could be causing issues.