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Beauty DNA March 2014 Review

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Beauty DNA is a new skincare, body and hair product subscription service that offers super customization to ensure that you get the best products personalized for you every month. You fill out a really in-depth profile about yourself and your product needs. Then, using a complicated algorithm, Beauty DNA matches you with a product that fits your profile. They send you a new product every month and you can update your profile at any point to reflect your changing needs and preferences. The total cost for the product and shipping is $25 a month. I was really excited to try this subscription out as I hate spending exorbitant amounts of money on skincare products that I feel have been overly hyped by a sales rep. These products almost never actually work for me and my skin needs and the price tags associated with them can be a downer.

After trying out the service, I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. I had a small snafu with actually getting my products as my box was one of seven, I believe, to have had some kind of shipping error so that it actually took several weeks to match me and send my box along. However, I thought the Customer Service was awesome. I spoke with Beauty DNA rep Whitney a couple of times to ensure that my products were still coming to me and when I could expect them to arrive. What I thought was truly awesome is that she didn't give me the standard Customer Service phone number to call. It was a direct line to her that I could give a quick ring to when I needed an assurance that I was still getting my box and that it would arrive soon. I was anxiously waiting to try out some new skincare products as my skin was having a major freakout at the time. After all the delays, Whitney was nice enough to overnight my box so that I could finally get my hands on my new products! Thanks Whitney!  

I received two products in my first Beauty DNA box. My first product was the Avène USA Cleanance Lotion. (valued at $24) It's a light weight moisturizer for blemish prone skin that mattifies and keeps your skin shine free throughout the day by absorbing excess oil. I have used this moisturizer for about a week now and I think it's a definite winner. It goes on really smoothly and has a light rose scent. It absorbs SUPER well and makes my skin feel much healtheir. It has become a new staple in my skincare routine.

The second product I received was a bonus product, a volumizing Power Whip mousse from Joico (valued at $16). Unfortunately, this product was a major miss for me. It may have been my application, but the mousse made my hair feel extremely crunchy and sticky. I actually ended up rewashing my hair to try and get most of it out. This was a sad revelation for me because I had just run out of volumizing mousse and was excited to try another brand!

Overall, I am really enjoying Beauty DNA and will continue to subscribe for as long as my match-ups continue to be as awesome as my new moisturizer! My only two suggestions for them would be to let the user ask for a specific product type each month as our needs tend to differentiate. Currently, I'm on the hunt for a great serum for my skin and I wish there was a request area where I could mention that or tell them that, in the month of May, i'd really like a great smelling moisturizer with SPF! Another suggestion would be to keep a list on our account profiles of products we've received in the past and a way to re-purchase them through Beauty DNA! Perhaps, they can implement something in the future! In the meantime, I can't wait to see what they have coming for me this month!

Lush Easter Haul 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lush just released their collection for Easter and I hopped to the store the moment I heard! I love their holiday themed collections and this is the year that I am determined to try some from each! Easter was, as you can imagine, decked out in rabbits and eggs galore! Below are three of the goodies that I grabbed during my little haul! Check them out!

The first thing I grabbed in my excitement for Lush Easter was the Bunny Bubble Bar! This little beauty is described as the ultimate Springtime bathing experience with notes of Fairtrade vanilla, coconut oil, and tons of shea butter to soften the skin. What I loved most about this bubble bar, besides that it was big enough to get two baths out of it, was the blue cornflower petals that were in the middle of the bar. They swirled throughout the tub as the bunny bubbles slowly dissipated.
Bunny Bubble Bar 
The second item I quickly snatched up from their Easter collection was The Immaculate Eggception Egg in yellow! It's a massive bath bomb that had a secret surprise inside to discover! If you cut the egg open, you discover an adorable little bunny inside making the bomb big enough for three baths! It's a super delicious scent with notes of ylang ylang, grapefruit and vanilla making it both sweet and energizing. I went for the buttercream yellow egg, but this delightful bath bomb also comes in pink, with a different colored surprise inside! At about $13, it is not a cheap bath bomb, but given that you get three baths out of one bomb, it's definitely worth it!
The Immaculate Eggception - Yellow
Bunch of Carrots is a batch of the most delicious smelling vegetables ever. Although you can't really eat it, you can swirl this reusable bubble bar around your tub to create big bubbles and release an edible scent of bergamot, black currant and lemon. They say your bunch should be good for seven baths, which makes them well worth the expensive price tag. Bunch of Carrots was actually my favorite scent by far and I can't wait to try them out again and again!
Bunch of Carrots
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