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  1. Sasa.com is having free overseas shipping to the U.S. and Canada for orders over $19 right now if anybody is still interested. Offer ends Feb. 14th, Hong Kong time, so sometime Feb 13th for most of us here since they're like more than 1/2 a day ahead of us. This is their free shipping offer info from their site. But from past experiences with them, expect a long wait time for your order to arrive especially if it gets stuck at customs (14-21 days). United States and Canada free shipping offer period: 00:00 11th to 23:59 13th February 2014 (Hong Kong time GMT+8). Orders (upon US$19) for United States and Canada will all enjoy free standard shipping. Customers could add US$15 to upgrade to expedited shipping. *Please select the shipping method to 'Expedited Shipping' under Step 1 Shipping fee of the checkout process. Time to stock up on sheet masks. =)
  2. Posting a bit early so I can toss these out and salvage those empty jars. =) 1) Axe Dark Temptation Revitalizing Shower Gel - Got suckered into helping my bf finish this. He got four huge bottles of these from a $1 clearance sale. Yes, four, sigh. 2) Styled by Hayadi Pure Happy Smooth - Really nice hair smoothing product, great for smoothing out hair static. It also serves as a heat protectant when blow drying. 3) Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - This product is awesome. The scent (rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus) makes it so soothing to wash my face with this in the shower right before bed. It is a really thick cream. I like to leave it on my face for a few minutes (5-10 mins) before washing it off with the cloth. It's really relaxing to close my eyes and just breath in the scents to wind down after a long day. Very tempted to buy the full size. 4) DermOrganic Soapless Facial Cleanser - This little bottle took me over four months to use because I keep getting distracted with trying other products. It is oil and fragrance free. Very gentle cleanser! The label claims it removes makeup but it wasn't enough to completely remove my current non-waterproof eyeliner (Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner). 5) Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips - Fun to use, really thick. Hard to squeeze out of the tube in colder weather so had to roll the tube between my hands to warm it up a bit before use. 6) L'oreal Testing Panel Pink Shimmery Serum - I don't know what this serum is. It's the pink shimmery one from one of their serum studies. This product is amazing, wish I knew the name. 7) Soin Gommant Purifiant G-1 - This is an exfoliant facial scrub by Benta Berry. Product was kind of runny and the scrubbing seeds were very sparce. Didn't do much for me. I heard a lot of people got a skin reaction from this brand so I did a spot test on the back of my hand first. 8) Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Polisher - I've never used a product like this before but the description on the Birchbox site reminded me of another product (CURE Natural Aqua Gel) that I've seen YouTube beauty gurus such as Bubzbeauty raved about in their vids. I didn't think this particular product did that much for my skin though. I'd rather just use a real exfoliant scrub cleanser or even a simple sugar scrub. 9) Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion with Clary Sage - This lotion is really great for the winter. I love the texture but the scent gets to me when it's right in my face.I ended up using this as a hand lotion. 10) oluv Care Intensive Relief Salve - Had to toss this. Not sure why but the product got very grainy after a year. 11) atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine - Summery scent. Nothing against it but it's not something I would buy (too fruity, reminded me a bit of orange juice with a hint of rum, haha). It was fun trying out a new scent though. 12) Time Balm Grapefruit Antioxidant Day Face Cream - VERY thick cream. The citrus scent is MUCH milder compared to Yes To Grapefruit products. 13) Dr. Hauschka Rejuvenating Mask - Last sample of this product. Still do not like it because of the medicinal herbal scent. 14) Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 - Last sample of this product as well. I used up most of my samples of this product last summer but I still don't like it very much even now, it leaves little white clumps of residue on my skin. It's even worst when applied to my face and it comes in contact with my moisturizer. By the way, I ended up making a purchase for the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder this month because it's been showing up in so many empties list, haha. Those who commented about the product seem to really like it. I have to say that I'm in love after using it for about two weeks!!
  3. Quote: Originally Posted by LydiaNichole A few of my recent empties. There were more that I didn't get a chance to take pictures of. I got the Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask from that same brand! I'm barely half way done with it though. They give so much product for the price!! What did you think of the Mint & Lemon mask? I was thinking of getting it too but made myself pick only one.
  4. Quote: Originally Posted by pride I was waiting for my lipstick survey comp, but I guess I forgot to change my address from when I was home from school for the winter break. My mom got my comp and I got: - Miracle Blur - Lipgloss in Gleaming Grenadine (excited to try this one!) - Le Stylo Waterproof in Turquoise (I already have a turquoise liner I barely use...oh well) I got the lip gloss in this shade too! It's a super bold and pretty color. I'm iffy about the Miracle Blur. I tried a little on my hand first to see if I would be sensitive to it and found that it was super thick. The texture reminded me of a serum I got in Birchbox but I can't quite place it (maybe DDF??).
  5. Quote: Originally Posted by MissJexie They definitely have a card in the box with English descriptions and instructions. Not all of them have ingredients lists but I have e-mailed them before and asked for ingredients if I cant' find them online and they've provided it. They are great boxes and really worth the cost considering what you get for this price point from US boxes! Thank you for the reply!! Can't wait to try out the products!!
  6. Wow, this sounds awesome. I'm just wondering if the instructions and ingredient lists of the products are in English. I'm sooo tempted to try a box!!!!
  7. I like both birchbox and ipsy but I'm just too overwhelmed with full sized makeup products atm. I need to thin out my collection a bit. Ipsy would be awesome if we can skip months like beauty army/julep.
  8. Getting box 16 with the coastal scents, burts bee, perfume, and shampoo & conditioner. A little bummed considering all the other items that I would have liked to try this month. The coastal scents packaging looks super cute this time.
  9. Quote: Originally Posted by MUMami we're only 8 days into the month and already i've finished up 3 glosses - one just today HOORAY Nice going!! =)
  10. Quote: Originally Posted by mrst909 Thanks for sharing your favorites! I have the Dr jart sample but haven't tried it yet, now I really want to try it! Hope you like it when you get to try it!! I really want to try the black label Dr. Jart BB before I make a purchase (don't have enough points yet) but I have yet to come across a sample of it in any boxes. Come ooonnn, Birchbox, hint hint! =)
  11. This is super late but here are my empties for November and December!! Now I'm all set to begin anew for 2014. =) November 2013 1) Softsoap Black Raspberry and Vanilla 2) Summer's Eve Sensitive Skin Wash 3) Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam - A bit disappointed with this product. I think for its price, it could have been a lot more. I purchased this as a set of three that came with cleanser, moisturizer, and lotion (I think lotion is the Asian term for toner) because of a blog entry I read about Asian skincare. 4) Lancome Savon Fraichelle Body Wash - Very strong lingering scent. 5) Dr. Jart + BB Beauty Balm SPF 45 - LOVE! I will definitely be getting this full size from Birchbox when I have enough points. I think I found my HG BB cream. I LOVE this product and the SPF it provided. It was just the right shade and did not make my face feel oily after a day at work. 6) Almay One Coat Nourishing Mascara - Clumps, not good. 7) Murad Essential C Serum - Had to toss this. Red irritation spots after a few days of use. Kinda disappointed. 8) Shiseido The Skincare Day Moisturizer SPF 18 - Part of a set of three. It wasn't bad but also not worth the price tag. I'd rather use something else with higher SPF. 9) Herbal Essences Body Wash 10) Wei Mud Mask - LOVE! This mask is heavenly. I got this from a birchbox mystery two pack. Kinda wish the packaging is a bit different. I got three uses out of one of those pods. 11) Sebastian Drench Conditioner - I think I got this sample from a Ulta purchase. It's a really nice conditioner. 12) Aldrey Collagen & Almond Moisturizing Lotion - Average. 13) Murad Age Balancing Night Cream - Gentler than their Essential C line. Did not make me break out. 14) Murad Essential C Day Moisture - Broke me out. I'm just gonna give up with Murad's Essential C line. I was really taken in because of the "fades dark spots" advertising. 15) Smashbox BB Cream - Wasn't too bad but got oily faster throughout the day compared to Dr. Jart. 16) Pantene Expert Collection Age Defy Shampoo 17) Pantene Expert Collection Age Defy Conditioner 18) Miss Jessie's Creme De La Creme Conditioner 19) Caldrea Tea Olive Lime Body Lotion 20) Julep Luxe Repair Skin Serum - LOVE! This skin serum is heavenly and I really want more of it. But judging by the speed I used up that sample packet, it seems like one of those products that will be gone in no time. 21) Lancome Tresor Eau de Parfum - I think this was from Birchbox but I don't really remember. It's kind of a mature classic ambery musk scent. Supposedly, it has some fruits and florals but I barely smell any. To be honest, I'm not quite sure why I kept using it but before I knew it, the sample was all used up. Maybe my subconscious was trying to say something. December 2013 1) Lancome Exfoliant Fraichelle - So just when I thought I was done with this scent last month, I got sent another in the form of body scrub instead of gel wash. Prefer this scrub to the gel wash. 2) N4 Super Comb Prep & Protect - I would rate this under both Beauty Protector and uniqOne All in One Hair Treatment. My preference is for the uniqOne. 3) Wet n Wild Clear Nail Protector - I got this clear polish to try to mix my own nail polish. I mixed iridescent glitter and mini blue glitter stars. It ended up more as a starry top coat than a colored polish. 4) Beauty Protector Shampoo - Did not like. It seemed to make my hair more dependant on daily shampooing. 5) Beauty Protector Conditioner - The conditioner, on the other hand, isn't bad. 6) DermOrganic Facial Moisturizer - Very decent moisturizer. Would have been even better if it had spf. 7) Vasanti BrightenUp! Face Scrub - I got this again as a Birchbox dupe. I liked it a lot more this time. 8) Juliet Has a Gun Not a Perfume - I do like this sample but I'm not sure I would pay full price for it. 9) Dr. Hauschka Rejuvenating Mask - Got two uses from one foil. Didn't like it too much. It smelled a bit like herbal medicine. 10) Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Light Shade SPF15 - I think this is only available in two shades, light or medium. The coverage is a bit on the sheer side. 11) 100% Pure Green Apple Nourishing Body Cream x3 - These were single use packets. Not very moisturizing though. But then it is winter right now so my skin is ultra dry. 12) Sephora Masque Instant Moisture Mask - Do not follow the instructions on the back. The instructions said this is a single use packet and to pour this into the provided cup and shake/mix with water. It is not single use at all, more like 8-10 uses. The cup that it came in was large and useless. I used an empty samples jar and mixed as needed. The water takes a while to be fully absorbed by the powder so don't use too much. A little goes a long way. (Thought it would be fun to go back to review and list my empties that I favorited this year. I'm soo glad this thread helped me keep my samples cabinet under control, haha!) 2013 Empties Favorites Hair Care Davines Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion uniqOne All in One Hair Treatment Skincare - Day Dr. Jart+ BB Cream SPF45 Coola Classic Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 Cucumber Skincare - Night Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum Julep Luxe Skin Serum MISC WEI Mud Mask
  12. Quote: Originally Posted by cari12 Nope they are having issues on their end, they're working on it though! I've gotten mine to save with a few refreshes but decided to make another change and am just waiting until later today. I'm sure it'll be back up and running smoothly soon Thank you! I'll try again later today then. Pretty excited for the nail polishes this month! =)
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