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A Meaningful Beauty Bonus.

Beautiful skin is the great foundation for beautiful makeup. They go hand in hand. If your skin care is not up to par, no amount of makeup is going to make it look better. And really, you want your makeup to complement your features and your skin - not cover it up.

Two people who know a lot about both beautiful skin and beautiful makeup, supermodel Cindy Crawford and award-winning makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, have joined together again (they wrote Cindys' Basic Face makeup book together) for an exclusive deal. A Meaningful Beauty® bonus, if you will. That is because with the purchase of the complete Meaningful Beauty® Advanced Anti-Aging System, you will receive a custom designed Sonia Kashuk Essentials Brush Set for FREE.

Now, this is no ordinary skin care or brushes. These are both proven products. Let's take a look at each.

Meaningful Beauty® Advanced Anti-Aging System

Meaningful Beauty Advanced Anti-Aging System

  • Skin Softening Cleanser
    This mild cleanser is designed to provide a healthy clean without stripping skin of natural oils.
  • Crème de Serum
    This crème de la crème treatment takes a triple approach to combating the signs of aging with three powerful anti-aging ingredients: super-antioxidant melon complex, anti-aging peptides and hyaluronic acid working to moisturize, hydrate and protect your skin.
  • Lifting Eye Crème
    This rich cream helps to address all of the visible signs of stress around the eye: crow's feet, fine lines, puffiness and wrinkles.
  • Antioxidant Day Cream SPF 20
    This day cream does more than moisturize, it combines a powerful dose of anti-aging ingredients to clarify, brighten and even skin tone.
  • Skin Brightening Décolleté and Neck Treatment SPF 15
    The décolleté and neck area is often neglected, but it doesn't have to be when using this.  An extra 20 seconds in your routine with this cream not only protects this sensitive area with SPF 15, but it smooths and evens skin with it's advanced formula.
  • Wrinkle Smoothing Capsules (bonus item)
  • Glowing Serum (bonus item)

Sonia Kashuk for Meaningful Beauty Essentials Brush Set

Sonia Kashuk for Meaningful Beauty Essentials Brush Set

  • Foundation Brush
    The soft synthetic bristles of this lush brush are ideal for applying face products. It is perfect for concealer, foundations or even Meaningful Beauty® skin care products.
  • Domed Eye Shadow Brush
    The soft bristled brush is perfect for using in the crease to add depth to your eye makeup look. If you don't like a dark crease, use it to blend out products to give eyes a soft, beautiful look.
  • Lash Brow Groomer
    This must have duo brush is a very versatile tool. One one side, the brush brushes brows perfectly into place, while the curved comb separates lashes for an easier mascara application.

The Meaningful Beauty® Advanced Anti-Aging System plus Sonia Kashuk Essentials Brush Set sells for $39.95 at meaningfulbeauty.com.


The Wantable Makeup Box.

There is another sample box on the market and this one was made just for us makeup lovers. Sounds great, right? Meet Wantable.

Now, I am admittedly not a fan of sample boxes after trying and comparing beauty sample boxes late last year. Let's take a look at Wantable and see if I have changed my mind.

Wantable Makeup Box Review

When going to website, wantable.com, you can select from different boxes. Currently there is makeup, accessories and intimates. I am obviously going to talk about the makeup box, so you under makeup, you would click on "select box". This will bring you the a page showing this months box. It is a subscription service, in which for $36, you will get a new makeup box each month. You can also just purchase a one-off box for $40.

You next go through a very intensive quiz so the service gets to know you, about your coloring, needs, likes and dislikes. It took me about 10 minutes. I "told" the quiz what colors and formulas I liked to get a very customized box.

The box I received was the August box and it contained 5 full sizes makeup products, plus two samples. The box was curated by expert Matthew Ambrosio and he centered the box around bold eyeliner. In the box was an FACE Stockholm Gel Eyeliner in Brown ($24), a Japonesque Smudger Brush in a travel size, to apply the liner ($14.50), a Michael Marcus Brow Pencil in a Blonde Shade ($24), a FACE Stockholm Blush in a pretty rose shade ($20.00, and a Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer in Mint Flavor ($10). You can see the value is there. The products separately would cost $92.50. Would I have necessarily bought these items? Now that is the question.

Wantable Makeup Box Review

I really like the eyeliner, blush and smudger brush. As far as the brow pencil goes, I have never heard of Michael Marcus and the brow pencil color was wrong. I must have mentioned that I have blond hair in my profile, but my brows are far from blonde. I have never heard of Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer either, and for the price, the quality is just not there. Can I justify the $36 for the products I like? Sure. I could have done without the samples though. I am not for trying an eyeshadow on a card and the lip balm seemed a little too homemade for my taste, but all in all it was a very good value. Knowing that each box contains 4-6 full sized items is definitely a plus.

If you are already a fan of beauty sample boxes, I would highly recommend this one for you, as you already know what to expect. But for someone as picky as me, I am still undecided. I really am torn on this one. While I would usually say you would be better off spending your hard earned cash on something you really want, I really liked three of the products that are far worth more than what I would have paid. I think I will need to see a few more boxes to give it a better judgement. I will let you know!


Bigger is Better: 6 Supersize Beauty Products to Buy Now.

When shopping for beauty products that you use often, bigger is better. Think of your favorite beauty products. If they are products that you really love and buy month after month, stock up by buying supersize. Not only will you save trips to the store, you will be saving money to boot.

Take my favorite Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser as an example. I could purchase the 3oz. size for $10.00 ($3.33/oz), 8oz. size for $22.00 ($2.75/oz), 16 oz. for $33.00 ($2.06/oz), 24 oz. for $41.00 ($1.71/oz), or 32 oz. for $50.50 ($1.58/oz). Obviously, the best deal is to buy the largest size and pay less per ounce.

Here are my favorite supersize beauty products that are super beauty buys.

Bigger is Better: 6 Supersize Beauty Products to Buy Now

It Cosmetics Supersize Airbrush Silk Luminizer .49oz. - $44.54
This silk finishing powder that adds a soft, airbrushed glow to skin is infused with Vitamins A,C and E to help skin as it makes it look better.

h2o+ Raspberry Guava Shower and Bath Gel Jumbo 32oz. - $24.00
This invigorating body wash has little beads suspended throughout that are full of Vitamin E to nourish the skin as it washes it. It smells so good, just like fresh, ripe raspberries!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 12oz. - $39.00
A super thick, rich nourishing cream that works hard on even the driest of skin. I use this all over extra dry spots like feet and elbows for instant and soothing relief.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate 5oz. - $175.00
If you want the results of a facial in a few minutes right in your home, this best seller does the trick better than any other. This scrub works by way of enzymes that slough away dead skin, unlike most scrubs that are harsh on the skin. It does so immediately and over time to give skin a super healthy glow.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer 1.7oz. - $49.00
The best selling foundation primer, preps and primes skin by filling in pores and lines as it makes for a perfect base for makeup. Foundation just looks better and lasts longer when using.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser 32oz. - $50.50
My favorite cleanser and product I use each and every day, removes every trace of dirt, oil, makeup with just a very small amount. I have yet to find another cleanser that works as quickly and effectively on my face, while keeping it soft and smooth.