January 13, 2016

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016!

If you're a blogger, then I'm sure you have heard the hype around the Beautylish Lucky Bag. Each year, Beautylish releases a "lucky bag" which is essentially a grab box (since it's a box and not a bag) with random best selling products. They promise you will receive a box valued over $150 US, and you pay only $75 US.

Looking at past reviews, there was mixed feelings. In previous years you were able to choose a natural box, or a bold box, and then last year they introduced a makeup artist box. I decided I would try and get one this year, and surprisingly I was able to! I've seen others complain it sold out fast, but I was able to order one a good 12 hours after they posted they were up. Here is what was in my lucky bag!

As you can see there's a little tag on the packaging, here's a closer look...

Lucky Bags are a New Year's custom in Japan which inspired us to create our own. We can't wait to see what you received. #luckybag2016 #beautylish - if you search both of those hashtags on Instagram, you can see what other types of bags/boxes others got. I tried to hold off on looking at them all before I received mine, because I wanted to avoid having bag envy, but that didn't last long. As soon as I got a shipping email, I started stalking the hashtags lol.

I received 6 products.. which looked to be about average for most people. However, there were some more lucky bags sent out which included a full set of brushes, or a viseart palette. I didn't get either one of the lucky items as you can see. Let's get a closer look at everything!

Wayne Goss - Brush 05 - $20 USD
The new Brush 05 was first introduced in The Anniversary Set. It is designed with detail work in mind. The fine-point tip and supple bristles allow for the utmost precision when applying pigment to the eyes and lips.
Handcrafted in Japan. Cruelty free.

I wasn't too excited to see this in the box, just because I don't really use these smaller brushes. But I will give it a try. It has a nice weight to it, and is super soft!

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Self Made Palette - $35 USD
This limited edition, fashion-forward eye shadow kit is the ultimate makeup artist's palette. Featuring 14 shades, ranging from a neutral beige to galaxy black, that deliver intense color so you can create an endless array of custom looks.

When I was snooping at the hashtags, I had seen this palette and I was like "I want that!" and I surprisingly did get it. The colours are so pretty!

I absolutely love the pink champagne colour (top left) and flush, and hot and cold.. There are some great colours in here. I can't wait to play around with it. I will definitely do some swatches and make a whole post about it! So nice!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone - $38 USD
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured is a pigment-rich crème formula that provides high color payoff with a soft, sophisticated shimmer.

When I first searched Beautylish's website for this product, I was scared when I saw the colour swatch. Moonstone looks like it may be a little too dark for my skin tone, so I didn't want to swatch it on my skin, just incase I could swap or sell it. But as I was taking photos, I looked at my physical product and thought, maybe it wouldn't be TOO dark.

This is a cream shimmer, which I assume would be use for highlighting. Now, I don't normally highlight but I try to here and there. I think this Becca creme formula would encourage me to try a little more. Here's a swap on my skin...

As you can see it's very light, and that was with me applying 2-3 coats of it. I'm excited to try this the next time I apply makeup. I've never used a product like this!

ItCosmetics Hello Lashes! 5-in-1 Clinically Proven Mascara - $24 USD
Increases the volume of your lashes while using cutting-edge ingredients that work together to take the place of 5 products, rolled into one mascara!

Serious question - what are 5 products you would use on your lashes!? I can think of a primer, and a mascara. That's about it.. what would the other 3 be?! Anyway - it's mascara, nothing really TOO exciting. Here's a look at the brush...

I'm not sure I will be happy using this wand, I don't think I will like the ball at the top.. but I will give it a try soon. I have so many mascaras going and so many in my stock pile, I won't need any for a long time. Once I give it an honest try, I will have a full post about it. It wasn't the greatest to receive in this bag, but I guess it could have been much worse for me!

Kevyn Aucoin - The Matte Bronzing Veil - Desert Nights - $48 USD
Kevyn Aucoin's The Matte Bronzing Veil is a silky, ultra-fine powder that adds a bronzing glow to the skin. It is light-weight, offering buildable coverage. Use it to bronze and sculpt the face. Natural matte finish.

If you've been following me for awhile, you know I don't use bronzer. I also dislike matte products because my face is so dry. So this was a major miss for me. I was hoping maybe I got the lighter version of the two, but I was wrong. It comes in a little velvet case.

As you can see, it's very dark, and would be very orange on my casper skintone. If you're reading this and like it, I will sell it to you, or trade it. It hasn't been swatched at all because I know it just wouldn't work for me. Let me know! Send me a message through the contact me section.. (it can be found on the right hand side in the side bar!)

Last but not least...

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water - $6.95 USD
Bioderma Sensibio H2O (also known as Créaline H2O) is a no-rinse micellar cleanser and makeup remover specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skin types. It can even remove water-resistant face and eye makeup! A soothing emollient thanks to cucumber extract, it clears up irritated skin and produces a feeling of instant freshness. Fragrance-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic.

How to Use: Soak a cotton pad with Sensibio H2O and use it to gently cleanse and/or remove makeup from your face and eyes. Lightly dab your face with a clean cotton towel afterwards.

Apparently I forgot to take a photo of it on it's own.. I really thought I did. Ah well, not a big deal. Everyone was sent a sample size of a Bioderma Micellar Water. The one I was sent is for sensitive, normal to dry skin types. I'm excited to try this, although I wish they had sent a larger bottle. They also sent out a version for oily skin, so I'm happy I got the one that I did.

Overall, the value of my bag was $171.95 USD. I would say that I got a decently valued bag, but let's break it down to see how much I paid CANADIAN for it.

The bag was $75 USD, they added on a $10 shipping fee (although their site says free shipping to Canadians with a purchase of $35, they excluded this box) and then there was a $9.75 duties and taxes fee. That came up to $94.75 US... and then the day they processed it onto my credit card, I was charged $134.77 Canadian. I'd still say I got an okay value, but our dollar sucks. I wish they sent Canadians an extra product, or something else to bump up the value. Looking through Instagram and forums, it looks like many Canadians were sent the same box.

Would I purchase this again? Possibly. I will use all of the products except for the bronzer (which is up for sale... someone buy it please! haha) but if the dollar continues to be this bad, then I probably wouldn't buy it again. You do take a gamble with this type of service. Also, I wish they were a little more customizeable... even by asking the skin tone. There could have been less of an issue if they asked. Many darker toned people got light products, and many lighter toned people got dark products. Overall, I wasn't as let down as other people, and I enjoyed the surprise!

*I purchased this with my own money. All opinions are of my own*


  1. This looks awesome, but it is too bad for our exchange rate right now!!!

    1. Our exchange rate is horrible. I read somewhere that they were predicting it was going to get worse :(


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