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Special Edition Fall 2015
Like the other special edition boxes, this one came in a nice box. The box is sturdy and could easily be reused for storage purposes.
Retail Value of Items
- Deepa Gurnani Aria Necklace (Retail Price: $90, although it’s selling at Sak’s Off Fifth for $98.99 down from $225!)
- BECCA Cosmetics Ombre rouge Eye Palette (Retail Price: $40)
- Smith & Cult Nailed lacquer in No Poem (Retail Price: $18)
- Canvas Home Dauville Coasters in Platinum (Retail Price: $46; on sale for $38 at One Kings Lane)
- Swing Design Aura Lacquer Aquamarine Valet Tray (Retail Price: $54)
- Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (Retail Price: $65)
Total Retail Value of Box: $313.00
This necklace is gorgeous. (The picture does not do it justice.) When I saw it in the spoilers, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. It’s one of those necklaces that may look cheap, depending on the materials used. You can tell it’s a good quality necklace, however. In fact, although I’m guessing there must be something different between this version and the one from Off Saks, I can’t actually see anything. I’m already planning whole outfits around this necklace. That’s how much I love it.
This palette has excellent reviews, so I was excited to try it. It came with an instruction book that helped you figure out which colors to apply, according to eye shape. Although I usually stick to nude shadows (perhaps in penance for my love affair with Urban Decay eye shadows in the 90s. Yes, I wore teal shadow. Yes, I am embarrassed for my past self), I like that these are neutral but with a bit more color. The shadow didn’t last long, but I didn’t apply any primer either. I plan on trying them again for work tomorrow and expect that they’ll last when applied after primer.
Fun fact: The founder of Smith & Cult also founded Hard Candy. (As a teenager in the 90s, I was obsessed.) She describes this color is an “opaque deep asphalt hue.” As PopSugar notes, it really is a great fall color. (The Zoe Report also includes it in their Fall 2015 Nail Polish Trend Report.) I recently decided to take a break from gel manicures, so I will painting my nails with it this week.
This is my least favorite item in the box, but I still like the coasters. I wouldn’t ever spend almost $50 on coasters, but since I have them, I’ll use them.
The book says that this tray is an “exclusive,” but you can actually purchase it from Swing Design’s website. This tray is a good size and appears to be well-made. It also happens to match my decor, so, as soon as I find a space for it, I’ll be displaying it in my house.
This is another beauty product with really good reviews. I also love that each purchase from this brand supports education for girls. It’s also a really expensive product, so it’s nice to get a full-size one in a subscription box (although you can get a very small version at Sephora for $15.) Although I haven’t used it for very long yet, I’m already noticing some difference in my skin. I think this will become part of my daily routine.
I love, love, LOVE this box! I would have been relatively happy if all I liked was the necklace, but I loved pretty much everything in this box. It was definitely worth the money to me. I’m already looking forward to the holiday edition!