Macy’s Beauty Box – September

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I loved my first Macy’s Beauty Box so much, that I didn’t cancel the subscription. And September’s box arrived the first full week of the month!

I forgot how much I love subscription sample services; I never know what I’m going to get (actually, I believe Macy’s does tell you on their site, but I choose to stay surprised!)

This month’s box – or bag, I should say – included:

It all came in a small baby blue bag with a travel theme to it. There were big threads coming off of it inside so it isn’t the nicest bag, but cute and possibly more useful than last month’s small dome-shaped bag. Also, there’s a Macy’s label sewn inside.

First product I tried was the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. The consistency of this moisturizer is wonderful – it’s a cool gel (although not meant to be “cooling,” it just felt cool because it was stored in a cool place) that felt nice going on. I had no reaction to it and have continued using it each morning as my moisturizer, until I use it up! I remain a little skeptical that this will help me in the dead of winter so if I buy it, it will be in spring, as my spring/summer moisturizer.

I love love love perfume samples. I hoard them, I really do. I take them on trips or I spritz them on me when I’m feeling like a change from my usual! Vince Camuto Ciao is a pleasant scent – and my husband complimented me when I wore it, which was nice! It wasn’t heady or overbearing. It has floral and citrus notes with “a rich dry down of glowing amber and vanilla,” according to

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance was another product I immediately used! To be honest, I’m not a huge believer in primers, unless they’re mattifying. But even then, I’m super picky because not a lot will live up to their promise with my skin (Make Up For Ever is an exception, for sure!). I usually do my makeup in the car before I head into work. I know, so glamorous. So I applied this primer before leaving the house and it gave me a nice glow to my skin so that when I dropped off my daughter at daycare, I didn’t look like death. As soon as I put foundation and powder and blush and highlighter on…you couldn’t tell that I had a radiant primer on. What I DO like about this primer is that it isn’t loaded with silicone, so it feels like you’re applying a moisturizer vs. a primer. I didn’t notice my skin any smoother when I applied my foundation, but that’s OK. I’ll likely pass on a full size, just because I hardly ever prime now that it’s cooler out.

I tried the Ahava Purifying Mud Mask as I went through my shower routine. I usually let my conditioner sit in my hair while I wash the rest of my body so I added conditioner to my hair and then this to my face, letting it sit for the recommended two minutes before washing off. My face was clean; I didn’t notice anything else extraordinary, although my skin was not as red when I caught a look at myself as I did my hair and added deodorant and scent to my body.

It doesn’t matter what the time of year, my hands are always in need of TLC. Whether I’m swatching nail polish for a blog review, not getting enough water, or just living life…my hands get dry and my cuticles gross. Burt’s Bees Hand Salve is thick and greasy at first but absorbs nicely leaving a soft, velvety feeling behind. It’s got a super strong herbal scent, though, which is not unpleasant, unless you are averse to strong smells or herbal scents.

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder is the only product I haven’t tried yet, because I’ve been wear-testing a foundation and setting powder duo! But I can’t wait to dig in!

I can’t wait to see what comes in October’s box – I’m not looking at the site because I like the surprise!