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The #MorpheMe brush subscription

I recall many moons ago when I started reading beauty blogs, I could not fathom why beauty bloggers needed so many brushes. Is it greed? Indulgence? Were they just too rich? Then I bought my first makeup brush. I’m sure it was a CALA eyeshadow blending brush. That snowballed and I started trying and buying more brushes. I realised all brushes are not created equally, hence the quest for the best makeup brushes actually never ends…..AND the dirty brush problem…the struggle is real…so just buy more apparently. lol

I’d hear a lot of beauty personalities go on and on about Morphe brushes. Every fabulous YouTuber has a Morphe discount code for you to use and I hoped one day, when the rand was super strong, I’d be able to place an order and the hard part would just be deciding if I was using Jaclyn or Kathleen’s code. I was due to be waiting a long time….until I stumbled upon a post by Nisa from Belle Blushh where she mentioned she was trying out this new brush subscription after cancelling a lipstick box subscription. I immediately clicked on the link and signed up. Yes….it’s that easy when you’re in the throws of a makeup/beauty buying addiction.

Okay, so LiveGlam currently has 3 different subscription options:

– The brush club

– The lipstick club

– The polish club

I signed up for the #MorhpeMe brush club. It’s a monthly subscription that costs you $19,99 per month and you will get brushes worth at least $30 delivered to you. I pay an additional $7 to get them shipped to South Africa. In total this came to roughly R360.

On 31 January I placed my order and through a very trying and patience testing snail mail delivery system, my brushes eventually arrived at my local post office on the 11th March. I had a customs bill of R24….SERIOUSLY???? Urgh….

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The February brushes were from the gun metal range and I received:

G36 – Round Powder (RSP $13.99)

Use this Round Powder brush to apply powder foundation flawlessly or to blend out a contour. This synthetic brush is ultra-soft and gets powder exactly where it needs to be.

G33 – Angled Buffer (RSP $8.99)

Our new Angled buffer is perfect for under eye makeup. Buff concealer under your eye, exactly where you need it. The shape of this brush targets all the areas that can crease easily.

G34 – Mini Round Buffer (RSP $8.99)

This small synthetic brush is perfectly dense for buffing in concealer to flawless coverage.

Then, because I clicked on a sign up link, I also qualified for a free brush and received:

E22 – Pointed Blender ( RSP $6.99)

A small, tapered blender with just a bit more density than your average crease brush. Perfect for buffing out over applications of eye shadow or blending away harsh lines.

The brushes excluding my freebie, were valued at $32/R420 vs the R384 I spent (incl. customs). That’s R96 per brush. I doubt you’d be able to buy these for less than R100 – R200 per brush in SA. Maybe even more.

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The March brushes arrived on 3 April, after having been shipped on 1 March. The brushes I received were:

M401 Large Pointed Powder (RSP $13.99)

Use this large, natural hair, powder brush to define your cheekbones, set your under-eye, or add a light dust of powder!

M412 Deluxe Pointed Blender (RSP $5.99)

This fluffy, pointed eyeshadow brush will help you achieve a blended crease or add a pop of accent color. – I can already tell that I am going to LOVE this brush!

M521 Chisel Oval Shadow (RSP $5.99)

This natural hair eyeshadow brush will help you pack on color and carve out a perfect crease!

M436 Mini Duo Blender (RSP $6.99)

Try this duo-fiber synthetic and natural bristle brush to apply a flawlessly airbrushed foundation, concealer, or powder!

The retail value of the March brushes are also $32/R420.

So besides the fact that this is cheaper than ordering locally, there are a few other benefits to subscribing with LiveGlam.

  • You can pause your subscription anytime.
  • After the brushes are revealed for the month, you can opt to exchange/trade these brushes for some other brushes on offer, before they are shipped to you.
  • You accumulate rewards points by subscribing and referring friends, that you can use towards makeup items or free brushes. (i.e. I get 100 points a month for being subscribed. For 225 points I can get a LA Girl concealer. 850 points gets you a Tarte mascara. 200 points gets you a Morphe brush.)
  • You also get a free brush if you get a friend to sign up through your own referral link. The (obviously very good) friend also gets a free brush when using the link.

Feel free to use my  referral link if you want to sign up 🙂 We both score, so why not? he he

So that’s the rundown of the #MorpheMe brush subscription. I think it’s a fabulous way to try out new brushes and to get your hands on the cult favourite Morphe brushes ❤

Let me know what you think of the subscription and if it’s something you’d consider signing up for? Also do you know of any other cool makeup or beauty related subscriptions that are accessible internationally?

{Unboxing} Boxycharm

I’ve been watching Kathleen Lights do her ‘boxxxy ssshhhharm unboxing’ every month and had major envy at the fact that the US gals can get makeup and goodies valued at over $100 for a mere $21.

On a whim one day I went onto the site. I saw that they will send a box to a mail forwarding address (like Aramex), so I just signed up.

What is Boxycharm? It’s a monthly makeup and beauty subscription box that costs $21 and offers 5 full sized products to try out. The value of the box seems to range from $80 to $140. That’s insane value for money! In addition to the goodies in the box, you also earn CHARMS for being subscribed and for referring friends, which you can use to purchase beauty products on the site. Feel free to use my referral code if you want to sign up 😉

I signed up on 3rd February and expected the money to be deducted immediately, when an email came through saying I was on a waitlist. How long I’d be on….I didn’t know 😦 I went onto their social media pages, and many people were in the desperate position I was in, on the dreaded waitlist. I checked daily, logged in, emailed, chatted on social media….like a real crazy stalker person….when EUREKA….3 weeks later on the 27th, the transaction went off my account which meant I was off the waitlist, still in time to qualify for a February box.

On the 7th March my box was shipped. By the 9th it was with Aramex and it was delivered to my door on the 15th. Excellent service from Aramex which I’m happy about as there have been a few complaints lately about the service, but I really could not ask for better service! What was in my box?????????????????????????? Gals…the excitement is real!

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So inside my box I got:

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Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion (Age defying exfoliator) (RSP $80)

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ZPalette (small – RSP $14)

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MakeUp Geek Eyeshadows in Cherry Cola and Prom Night (RSP $6 each)

Omnia eye brushes (RSP $26)

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Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss (RSP $15)

That is $141, which is around R1800 worth of products! That’s insane!!

If you sign up now I’m pretty sure there’s a waitlist, but gals…the wait is worth it in my opinion. I paid R125 in shipping fees and no customs. So in total this box cost me around R400. Bargain Beauty for high quality products. I’ve always wanted to try Makeup Geek eyeshadows and also have always wanted my very own Z-Palette. I’m one really happy gal ❤

What do you think of the box? Would you sign up?

PS If you are wanting you very own Aramex account, I have discount code for free registration. Use code 100AGS081 and you’re on your way to happy international shopping ❤ In the words of Maui….You’re welcome 😉 

 

 

Belle Box Unboxing

My 1yr old has been battling with an ear infection, sore throat and teething for the last few nights.  If I’ve gotten an hour’s solid sleep in the last 3 nights, it would be a lot. My husband and I are like zombies, snippy zombies that want to eat each other’s brains. Or maybe the 1yr old’s should be an option as well?? ha ha….maybe ha ha….maybe I’m serious….

So every morning I wake up tossing between 2 moods, wanting to die or praying for it to be 10pm already. Not that 10pm would bring any relief, because that’s when the fun starts! This morning I heard the doorbell and didn’t really wonder much about it, because I’m not expecting anything to be delivered. I was crawling towards the lounge when I saw a package on the table. I didn’t want to act  too excited as I honestly couldn’t think what it could be….and then I opened it and I smiled inside.

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Hello? What have we here? Seems I bought this in my sleep a few weeks ago, because I genuinely forgot about buying it, but buy it I did. I see I have an account registered and everything. So this is a monthly box, but it isn’t a subscription box. You opt to buy it every month before the 15th and it then gets delivered at the end of the month. The box costs R200 and then there’s a delivery fee of R50 and it comes straight to your door. I did see on the Belle Box website that they would be introducing a debit order system, so that would probably be a lot more convenient than going and purchasing it yourself every month.

Now to the exciting part….what’s in the box???

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So there were quite a few goodies inside the box. Let’s list them in order of what I’m most excited to try out.

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BYS Eyeshadow brush

I love makeup brushes, so I’m always going to be excited to try a new one out. I had to Google this as I’ve never heard of this brand before. It appears to be an Australian brand so I’m not sure if it’s available locally.

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Beautiful Earth Skin Care Trial Pack

  • Facial cleanser (30ml)
  • Facial toner (30ml)
  • Moisturising day cream (25ml)
  • Repairing night cream (25ml)
  • Facial serum (5ml)

This is  quite a cute mini set and I like that I get to try a range of products out before I decide if I want to purchase any of it. Also this brand is certified by the Natural Products Association as all fragrances are derived from essential oils and the products contain no parabens, sulphates, colouring, mineral oils or glycols. I’ve used some of their baby care products, so it is a brand I like and trust. I’ll do a review on these once I’ve used it.

Also from BE was a baby bum cream sample (not pictured here).

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Crème Sand Scrub (Coconut & Papaya)

I always love a good body scrub and this sounds like a lovely combination, BUT I wish they’d  listed the ingredients on the tub. I’m hoping I’ll find it online somewhere or perhaps I can enquire from Belle Box as well.

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R50 off a Mischu purchase (online)

I had to go and check the website out as I am not familiar with the brand and I was ecstatic to see that they are a coffee site and they stock pods that are Nespresso machine compatible. The postage I found a bit steep though, so I wish the voucher was instead for free postage and I find the pods are not much cheaper than Nespresso pods. That being said, I will give them a try as I always love discovering a good cup of coffee ❤

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BYS Complete Cosmetic tissues

How long can I make a paragraph about tissues? Are they 2 ply, single ply? They’ll be handy for my bag I’m sure. The end.

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Funky Fish Phone Sticker

Initially I thought these were nail art bedazzle stones and I was SOOOOOO excited, then I realised it was a sticker for my cellphone. I don’t know, I just feel like I’m passed the age of putting stickers on my phone. I did try to use it, but it blocks the speaker if I stick it on my current cellphone cover, so I can’t use it. I’m sure my 8yr old would love to bedazzle her tablet with this though, so it won’t go to waste.

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Five Roses Bombay Circus Tea

I do love chai tea (though coffee will always be my first choice and love), so I’ll give this a try.

So for R200 do I think this box was worth it? I do. The Beautiful Earth trial pack alone I am sure is valued at around R200. Then add on all the other bits and bobs and I think it’s worth giving this box a try. I was hoping for another makeup item, but keen to see what’s in store next month. The November box is currently on sale for delivery at the end of November.

Have you tried out the Belle Box yet? Do you think you’ll order one in future?