Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Beauty Test Tube November 2013

I finally made up my mind to subscribe to the New Beauty Test Tube. I was lucky enough to sign up in time to receive the newest Test Tube for November 2013.
(The New Beauty Test Tube is released every two months, whereas the QVC New Beauty Test Tube is released quarterly.)

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It came in this pretty pink box, just like the QVC New Beauty Test Tube, but with slightly different lettering.

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When I opened the box, it was wrapped up all pretty like this!
(Since this is the first box, I'm showing the complete unboxing.)

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The tube itself has products in it, and there are products outside of the box. There is a candle that is a part of the Test Tube, and then there are a few products in a clear bag that are "extras". They call this "Beauty To Go."

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I haven't tried this facial oil yet, and to be honest, I probably won't. Those little packets are so hard to use!

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I've heard really good things about this John Frieda 3-Day Straight Spray, but since I don't have curly hair, I am not the ideal person to test this out. I'll be passing it off to a friend.

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It's pretty different than the QVC tube- it's a lot heavier duty (I believe they may have just changed the packaging?), and could be reused! Unfortunately, I have no place for things like this so I recycled it, but once I am able to, I could definitely see finding a use for these!

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(All the products!)

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John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme (1.25 oz)
Win the battle against humidity with this smoothing cream that keeps your straight hair soft and sleek while also moisturizing and protecting your locks.
How To Use: Place a dime-size amount into palms and rub hands together. Work through wet or damp hair and blow-dry straight.
Benefits Include: Frizz Fighter - Keep your style sleek and chic from a.m. to p.m. with this smoothing cream that wards off humidity-induced frizz while also keeping strands nourished and hydrated for healthier-looking hair; and Safeguard Strands - The formula contains unique Thermoguard Complex and helps protect strands from damage brought on by heat-styling tools.
Will I Use It?: I have used this once, but I am still forming my opinions. I did feel like my hair was super straight and sleek when I used this before I flat-ironed my hair. There is definitely enough here for me to really try it and see what I think.

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Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips (0.25 fl oz - Full Size!)
Loaded with the healing power of Vaseline Jelly, this sheer, rose-tinted lip treatment deeply moisturizes dry lips to leave them soft and beautiful.
How To Use: Apply as needed to keep your lips moisturized, soft, and rose-tinted.
Benefits Include: On-The-Go Hydration - Packaged in an adorable and perfectly portable jar, you can bring this lip treatment wherever you go for hydration anytime, anywhere The perfect accessory for the girl on the go!; and Pure Formulation - Made with 100% pure, triple purified Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, the formula instantly softens lips, while providing an occlusive layer that locks in moisture- so lips feel better over time.
Will I Use It?: I have been using this interchangeably with a couple other things I put on my lips either at night or in the morning after I brush my teeth, while I'm putting on my makeup. The opening on top of the container is really teeny, and I wonder if my nails were longer (I'm still struggling with my nail biting) if it would be a lot more difficult, but only time will tell! This doesn't give any kind of tint to my lips, but it is very moisturizing and doesn't seem to leave any residue on my lips as it goes away. It smells rosy, but tastes pretty much like regular Vaseline.
As a quick side note, mine was open like that when I received it. It did make me a little nervous to use it, but the product itself appeared to be untouched.

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Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age CC Color Correcting Cream (1.0 fl oz - Full Size!)
This six-in-one formula helps reverse the signs of aging while also working as a long-wear foundation, concealer, primer, illuminator, and SPF 20.
How To Use: Apply to cleansed skin alone or after applying day cream.
Benefits Include: The Timesaver - Take a few steps off of your routine with this semi-matte formula that works as a foundation, concealer, primer, and illuminator all in one; and Flawless Complexion: The supersmooth color correcting cream helps even out your skin for a smoother complexion while SPF 20 helps protect skin from sun damage.
Will I Use It?: I have used this several times since receiving this box, and I really, really like it. It evens out my complexion, and has been great under my bareminerals. The light shade, which came in my box, is a really great match (as you can see above). My skin looks so great with this stuff, and my face doesn't seem to be getting oily as quickly. Granted, it's getting colder so I'm not sweating as much, so the true test will be when it starts to get warmer. I'm definitely going to keep using this to try to formulate a more complete review later.

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Votivo Icy Blue Pine (1 candle tin - Full Size!)
Fill the air with the scent of holiday nostalgia with this deliciously fragrant candle in Icy Blue Pine.
How To Use: Place candle lid underneath before burning to prevent damage to your furniture. (This is actually a really good tip!)
Benefits Include: Vibrant Fragrance - A bold whiff of pine, accented with hints of cedar and ice come together in a fragrance reminiscent of a crisp winter day; and Long-Lasting Scent - Using the finest wax, this candle will burn for up to 40 hours.
Will I Use It?: I won't be using this. I'm not a huge fan of the scent. It does smell exactly what they say it smells like, but scents like this one can get overwhelming for me and give me a headache. So I will be gifting this to someone that will enjoy it.

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Glo Therapeutics Refresh Facial Polish (1.0 fl oz)
Harnessing the power of botanical extracts, nourishing oils, and gentle skin polishers, this exhilarating facial polish awakens tired, sluggish skin while working to clear pores and remove dead skin cells and debris for a smoother-looking complexion.
How To Use: Massage a small amount onto clean, damp skin. Rinse clean after one to two minutes.
Benefits Include: Smooth Operator - The botanical-based formula features gently exfoliating and dissolving Jojoba Beads to smooth and remove debris from the skin's surface sans irritation; and Invigorating Scent - Pure Mint Essential Oil not only leaves a refreshing clean scent in its wake- it also lends a cooling tingle to revive skin and awaken the senses while providing soothing and nourishing benefits.
Will I Use It?: I have used this once, and I enjoyed it. It didn't irritate my skin at all, and it was quite refreshing! It also smells exactly like baking soda toothpaste, and has a similar texture, so that was a little weird. This doesn't lather, so if you're a lather-lover, this isn't the product for you. But I did feel like it got my skin clean. Usually I only use products like this at night, but I feel like this would be safe to use in the morning, and would probably feel great as I wake up!

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Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy in Midnight Monarch (1.35 oz)
Using old-fashioned recipes and state-of-the-art technologies, these hand creams deliver powerful hydration to restore softer, suppler skin.
How To Use: Dab a small amount on hands or areas of rough skin. After 10 minutes, your skin should feel noticeably smoother. Use daily for best results.
Benefits Include: Time-Tested Ingredients - Each formula uses time-tested ingredients like glycerin, vitamin-E, aloe vera, almond oil, and botanical extracts, all known for their nourishing benefits; and Noticeable Difference - The luxurious, gluten-free formula will leave your hands healthier and softer after just one use.
Will I Use It?: I have kept this in my purse since receiving it, and I have used it a couple times. I do like the outcome of using the cream, but the scent is not really for me. The Camille Beckman website lists the scent, Midnight Monarch, as follows: Top Notes - Jasmine Tea, Bergamot; Heart Notes - Orange Orchid Nectar, Damask Rose; and Base Notes - Midnight Patchouli, Vanilla Amber. I know it's the Jasmine that really gets me, and the Patchouli is definitely noticeable to me. I will probably keep this in my purse until I use it all (my palms get really scally and gross so I like to keep a hand cream on me), or if someone enjoys the smell more than I do and I can pass it on to them.
I am really interested in trying a couple more of her scents, though, and they are cheap enough for the size I received to do so (the 1.35 oz sells on the website for $4.99). They actually do sell this at a couple of places in my town, so I might have to stop buy those places and check out the selection. As I stated above, I really do like the benefits and would love to try a different scent because I really feel like that's the only thing keeping this from becoming my new favorite hand cream.

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Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion (3.3 fl oz)
Infused with ingredients that are good for your skin, this fragrant pink lotion helps deliver serious hydration along with a spicy, yet fun and flirty scent.
How To Use: Apply to skin in a circular massaging motion after showering or bathing, or whenever your skin needs it.
Benefits Include: Nourish Skin - Rich in antioxidants, key ingredients pink pepperpod extract and ginger oil help hydrate for smoother, softer, healthier skin; and Fresh Scent - The luxuriously, creamy lotion, also contains patchouli, which melds seamlessly to create an irresistibly clean scent.
Will I Use It?: I haven't used it yet, only just tested it slightly on my arm to see how the scent would interact with my body chemistry, but I do like it. The patchouli is actually not noticeable at all. It's a lot spicier scent than I normally use, but I think it's a nice winter scent. And it's not too thick, which I also like.

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Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner (1.8 fl oz)
(I can't find an exact link to this, but I believe I've seen it at my local drugstores.)
The shampoo and conditioner work together to keep hair incredibly moisturized, healthy-looking, and soft.
How To Use: Apply shampoo to wet hair, lather, and rinse. After shampooing, massage conditioner through hair and rinse thoroughly after 1-3 minutes.
Benefits Include: Cellular Power - Dove's Pro-Moisture Complex goes to hair's cellular level. Get gorgeous results without excess residue; and Strand Smoother - Appropriate for thick and curly as well as soft and straight locks, the shampoo and conditioner will leave hair beautiful and up to 5x smoother.
Will I Use It?: I have it in my shower and have used the combination once, but not enough to really give an opinion. I didn't feel like it was as good as the Tresemme shampoo and conditioner that I love, but it was still nice. I'm not a huge fan of the smell, though. I'll probably end up using this completely and give a full review, but for now, I'm just okay with it.

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StriVectin-EV Get Even Brightening Serum (1 fl oz)
Say good-bye to discoloration and dark spots with this innovative serum that will leave you with a smoother, more even-toned complexion.
How To Use: Apply to clean skin before moisturizer in a.m. and p.m. For best results, follow with StriVectin SPF 30 in the day.
Benefits Include: Powerful Formula - Clinically proven to be six times more effective than brightening actives alone, this formula fights dark spots at the source to deliver noticeable results starting within two weeks of use, according to the company; and Radiance Booster - Paraben-free and suitable for all skin types, this serum helps brighten up even the dullest complexion for more youthful-looking, radiant skin.
Will I Use It?: I have used this a couple of times, but not enough to really see a difference. It feels good on my skin and I haven't seen any breakouts. I'll definitely keep using this, though, the full size of this is 1.7 fl oz, and costs $89.00, so I'm probably not going to repurchase even if it is a miracle product. But I will enjoy it for now!

If you'd like to sign up for the New Beauty Test Tube, please leave your e-mail below so I can refer you!
(I will receive a free box for every person that signs up, but I will post and review everything that is received in them.)
I'm really happy I signed up to receive this box, and I can't wait to get my next one! Although I hadn't heard of a couple of these brands, and the candle is getting gifted, the box itself is a great value with good quality products.

FTC: This box was purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own. All product descriptions were taken directly from the New Beauty Test Tube catalog included with the box.)
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