“The Art of Beauty”, eh? Sure, why not? My initial reaction to the theme is, “Oh, I bet it'll be a total Pop Art bag with bright colors and heavy Twiggy-era eyeliner!” But really, “art of beauty” is such an open-ended theme that there could really be anything in here!
I object to the design of this bag for several reasons:
1. It's very similar to April's “Pretty in Pink” bag.
2. More plastic-polyester fabric. Meh.
3. If you're going to quote Emerson, attribute it.
4. If you're going to quote Emerson, GET THE QUOTE RIGHT. Sure, some people may think the capitalization of Taste and Beauty isn't important, but the man chose to express his thought in that manner so get it right.
Well, whatever. The real value of the bags are always the contents, not the physical bag itself. Right? Right.
Sexy Hair Spray Clay: Honestly, I'm not sure what this is or how to use it. Texturizing Spray? Why do I want to spray clay in my hair? Very confused. According to the Internet, it'll help my curls maintain their shape, so I guess it could be useful, but given how lazy I am about styling my hair I doubt I'll use it. Ulta sells this travel-sized spray for $8.00. Sexy Hair products previously popped up in the July and April bags.
Zoya Nail Polish in Giovanna: I love this color! It's a shiny, shimmery emerald green. A perfect jewel-toned color for fall that retails for $8.00. I'll be using this ASAP. There was a Zoya nail polish in the May 2013 bag.
Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Mineral Shimmer in Navy: This is a pretty mineral eyeshadow that will make a good eyeliner. It has a lot of shine to it, and will be great for dramatic looks. The website claims that you can also use this for hair color (how?) and on the cheeks and lips. I'm not so sure about that, but it is a pretty color. It retails for $14.99.
Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush: It's actually been a really long time since I bought a make-up brush, so I'm probably overdue for one – especially since a lot of the ones I have are actually artist's brushes. Heh. This looks like a very basic brush for eyeshadow – the edges aren't sharp enough for precision eyeliner but it will work just fine for color and highlighting. $2.49.
Ole Henrikson Truth Creme Advanced Hydration: Good grief, pot bottle is tiny! I doubt that there's enough cream here for more than one or two uses, which may not be enough to really evaluation the efficacy of a face moisturizer. The full-sized, 50ml pot is $45, so this is not an inexpensive cream, either. The tiny sample is only 7ml – I'll give it a go (this claims to be hydrating and anti-aging, which is exactly what I look for in a face cream) but unless it's miraculous I don't think this sample will be enough to sell me on this. Value? About $6.40, I'd guess.
While this isn't my favorite bag, there are some really cool things in it. I'm really happy with the nail polish and the shimmer eyeliner. The brush is nice, and I can always use more face cream. But there wasn't unity to selection process – the products all seem rather haphazardly chosen. At just under $40, it's not the most “valuable” bag, but I know that not every subscription is going to be mind-blowingly amazing, so I don't mind.
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