Rocksbox Review: December 2017

It’s the beginning of January, and you know what that means! It is time to spill the tea on my Rocksbox from December. This box was important for all of my style needs for the month and for the 24th because it was my BIRTHDAY! What self-respecting fashionista wouldn’t want new jewelry for her special day?

PS: Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday! It really made my day!

With this set, all three items were pulled from my wish list. My stylist for this set was Jamie, and she is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time)! While opening my package, I realized that all of the pieces were from Perry Street. If you are up to date on all my reviews, you know that Perry Street is my absolute FAVORITE!

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If you are not up to date and wondering what a Rocksbox is…Let me bring you up to speed.

Rocksbox is a jewelry service that presents its members with a subscription box every month for a flat rate. The pieces are all designer brands, and come in an array of styles. If  this is your first time hearing about this company or want even more details…

Check out my first Rocksbox review!

Let us continue…

 

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Let me clue you in on some of my expectations for this box:

“The best things in life are unexpected, because there were no expectations.” – Eli Khamarov

Well Eli, that’s all nice and dandy, but I was expecting a Rocksbox, I was expecting it to be amazing, I set my expectations HIGH, and I was not disappointed!

I was in need of some statement pieces with gold accents. One of the main things I wanted was a pop of color, but I didn’t want the pieces to look like they were spring/summer only. All-season jewelry are you out there?

I really wanted something coral or close to it. I have strayed away from wearing a lot of pink in my accessories, but I was feeling a little frilly so why not?

The final and most important was that I needed something that was white. I know that might sound strange, but hear me out. I was hoping for a necklace that had white in it to go with a particular outfit. The outfit is very streetwear appropriate, but it needs a feminine flare.

Here goes! *blows out birthday candles*

I received everything my little heart desired and then some! Let’s dig into this box shall we?

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When looking at the pictures on the Rocksbox site versus the actual pieces…The only thing that is a bit off was…ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I was surprised at the actual quality of the preview photos this time. The photos were true to color, so I received exactly what I expected!

 I opened the box and yelled out

Zayum Zaddy!


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After a well-deserved twerking session, I finally pulled the first piece from the box. These were my Perry Street Mallory Statement Drops. Yes, you read it correctly. I said drops!

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 If someone were to ask me to describe these earrings without actually seeing them…I would definitely say these are Legally Blonde meets Betsey Johnson, and I feel like that’s fair. These earrings are post backed and have shiny gold plating over the brass pieces. I love that the pink stones are the only bright shade within the piece. The other stones are a medium tone champagne, a blush/wine shade and your oh so classic clear stones. I give this piece two extra points just for the spikes! Sooo…little babies you are a 10!

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Cop or Drop?

*Grabs loud speaker* Jamie, could you wrap those for me please? Thank you!

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The Rocksbox Shine Insiders’ price for this pair of earrings is $59 USD

The retail price is $70 USD

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Ladies, Gentlemen-Ladies, Pre-Ladies, Post-Ladies, Sistas and Homegirls…Have you ever looked at a necklace and debated how you would wear your hair in that very moment? You did this not realizing that was your make or break on buying that singular piece of jewelry? That was me the very second I opened the luscious black bag that this baby came in.

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My bun will be so huge! My lashes will be done! My nails will be so nice!

*Plays No Limit Remix by G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, French Montana, Juicy J, Belly at 1:49 mark*

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This necklace is much more beautiful in person. The picture on the site does not do it justice! When natural light hits the necklace only then you can see all the colors in the iridescent stones. The other beautiful additions to this piece are the white stones and clear crystals.

The chain on the necklace measures out to 16”, and that’s LONG for a statement necklace. However, a little wiggle room never hurt anyone. Just like the previous piece, the necklace has pieces that have gold plating over brass. Now that I think about it…I love it more on the necklace than the previous piece.

R E A S O N: The gold that is over the necklace is not overly shiny. It has a natural and almost vintage flare.

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I can definitely see this being an all-season piece. Now that I have shared this piece and all of its glory, I am sure you are thinking…”Woman how much does it cost?” I’m so glad you asked!

The Rocksbox Shine Insiders’ price for this necklace is $63 USD

The retail price is $75 USD

Cop or Drop?

*Grabs loud speaker* Jamie, we might need a bigger bag!


This is getting serious. I have never been this excited about an entire box before.

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This next one brings me back to a childhood favorite because I have always loved turquoise! These are the Jayne Drops by Perry Street. While this precious pair is not gold plated, the silver plating makes the colors stand out beautifully. The Rocksbox description mentions clear and blue crystal accents. There are green and yellow crystal accents as well. These definitely give me fancy Coachella vibes!

Let’s take a closer look shall we?

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The Rocksbox Shine Insiders’ price for this pair of earrings is $46 USD

The retail price is $55 USD

Cop or Drop?

*Pulls out megaphone* Jamie! That’s a wrap! Let’s tell them what they’ve won!


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Off Day Pamper Routine 2017

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I’m free! My busy work weekend is over, and I am exhausted. I’m an Event Coordinator, and I have a crazy work schedule at times so, when I can squeeze in a little self time…I AM ALL FOR IT!

For the past couple of months, I have been experimenting with a few new products and falling in love with some old favorites. This pamper day usually falls on a business day. That is huge for me! I am not disturbed as much because almost everyone I know is at work…Don’t make that face. I love you guys!

Let the pampering begin!

The first part isn’t exactly pampering at all. It’s part of my daily therapy…Coffee! I love having something hot to drink after waking up in the morning. I’m feeling in the fall spirit this morning, so I am going to enjoy some pumpkin spice creamer from Califia Farms. It’s so good! If you haven’t tried it, this is an absolute must have for any fall coffee junkie.

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To begin any magical off day, I must watch at least one episode of Sex and the City. The older the episode…the better! Everything Carrie Bradshaw makes my heart sing.

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I can’t start a pamper day without taming this crazy mess on my head! Ok, not so much a mess, but I don’t like going for a certain amount of days without washing my hair.

Can I get an amen? Thank you!

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The Breakdown

This is the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo and matching conditioner by Shea Moisture. I purchased this set from my local Walgreens.

The conditioner has a soft honey scent. The shampoo smells much more like the oils than the conditioner does. Both products are sulfate free and for dry hair. In my opinion, this is an all around set. They also contain African Rock Fig and Baobab Oil.

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According to the product description and my own personal research…

Manuka Honey has anti-inflammatory properties, it soothes the scalp and helps create a moisturizing barrier.

Mafura Oil has high levels of hair thickening & strengthening Oleic Acid. It also helps replenish oils that are stripped from the hair during our everyday activities.

The African Rock Fig contains Vitamin C, and this aids in keeping our hair strong and vibrant. This also improves the hair’s elasticity. #winning

Baobab Oil is rich in Omegas 3, 6, 9 and vitamins that repair the hair from root to end. This oil adds extra shine to the hair and protects it from pollution & UV rays.

After shampooing my hair, I will let my conditioner sit on my hair while I slide into the next part of my routine…

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Dry brushing is somewhat new to me. In the past I would use a regular shower brush. The all over kind that you wet, cover in body wash and use to scrub all over. The first time I used this dry brush I was so confused. It hurt! I felt like I had been slapped in the leg, chest, neck, thigh…just everywhere. This is good for overall exfoliation, and it preps my body for the next part of my pamper routine..but beware…scrubbing too hard might make you change your religion. It WILL hurt.

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This dry brush is from Eco Tools! You can snag this one at your local Ulta or Ulta.com

Time for some mango love! I will shower regularly, shave, rinse my hair and all that jazz after my dry brushing session. Once my hair is pinned back up and out of the way, it’s time to use my Shea Sugar Scrub by Tree Hut. The scent is Tropical Mango, and this one is my absolute favorite!

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Tiny Tip: If you add a bit of coconut oil to this body scrub, it will moisturize the skin, add a nice glow to your body and hold the scent much longer! Who doesn’t love smelling like a tropical paradise?

Depending on what I have going on with my hair at this point (natural hair or weave), I generally let it stay in the clip until after my next step.

Time for a much needed face mask! I know my skin probably hates me right now due to all the mess I have been up to the past few weeks, but….that’s why I purchased the I’m Real Cactus Mask Sheet by Tony Moly. I got this particular one from Urban Outfitters when I was in Scottsdale, AZ. No Urban Outfitters? That’s ok! You can pick them up at Ulta, Amazon or the Tony Moly website.

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This mask is loaded with so much yummy goodness, including prickly pear extract. Keep in mind…I did say MASK SHEET, so expect to look a little crazier than the usual.

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After 20 minutes, I peeled the mask off and rinsed my face with warm water, then cold water to seal in all the greatness! I always add Vitamin E cream to my face and lip balm  after doing a mask.

Voilà! Cleansed, hydrated, happy skin!

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Time to slay! At this point I will finish drying my hair and style it to my liking. I’m feeling straight hair this go around! After having curls and waves for the past few days, and I need to switch it up.

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The final portion of my pamper routine is to change my polish color! This past time I chose a coral pink color, and I am completely bored with that. Today’s choice is a nude shade. I love a nice, natural color sometimes. Strangely enough, the nail polish that I chose came from Old Navy! Before this polish I did not know that they sold nail polish at all. It’s a pale blush/nude polish by Tip Toe, and it is called Ballerina.

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Best Face Forward

When is the last time you changed your skincare routine?

The products that you put on your skin are so important. They could be the difference between looking like you just got a spa facial or looking like a leather purse…

Hopefully you would be Hermès, but that is besides the point.

Whether you have dry skin, acne prone skin, oily or combination skin…We have all come across the golden questions:

What would make my skin better?
What’s the new thing to try?

Under the makeup, self tanner, or whatever it is that you wear…once it’s gone, there is only one thing left…

Naked…Nude….Bare…

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Hopefully this list of serums can guide you to radiance.

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Dry Skin? Try the HydraSea Ultra Moisturizing Polarized Water Serum by Phytomer- $82.00 USD (1 oz.) at Dermstore

This product contains Weaving Algae. What does it do? As a very active ingredient, the algae adds a protective layer to the skin. It holds the moisture deep in the skin to combat dryness. It also encourages production of collagen, and that keeps your skin looking youthful.

When shopping for a good serum, especially for dry/sensitive skin, it’s important to find one that contains a decent amount of water. Let’s look at the ingredients shall we:

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When looking at ingredients, the order in which they are listed is done by quantity. There is a method to the madness. Most serums contain water, but products that contain a mass amount of water have a short shelf life. Once you open it, use it. Do not let it sit and collect dust. The product will lose effectiveness. If you still have that serum, foundation or moisturizer from over a year ago…It is time to throw it out. General time frame is 6 months to a year. The only exception is for ingredients that are in quantities of less than 1%. After they hit that mark, they can be listed in whatever order the manufacturer wants. If you pick up a product and the first half of the ingredients scare you…please do us all a favor and…
·P U T · I T · D O W N·

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Large Pores? Try the ‘Idealist’ Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher by Estée Lauder- $55.00 USD (1 oz.) | $82.00 USD (1.5 oz.) at Sephora

What caught my attention about this serum was not the cute bottle that it comes in, but the scent. No one wants something on their face that doesn’t smell nice. This serum has a earthy/citrus smell. This is probably due to the grapefruit and green tea leaf extract. Grapefruit also helps with increased production of collagen. Green tea has been known to reduce inflammation, and that helps minimize the look of pores. With a silky texture and a bit of shimmer, this product is definitely an attention grabber!

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Super Oily Skin? Try the ‘Total Matteness’ Oil-free Mattifying Pore Eraser by Philosophy- $41.00 USD On Sale! $22.55 USD (1 oz.) at Philosophy

This product is the T-Zone Savior! I can’t think of a Philosophy product that I haven’t been fond of. You can wear this one bare faced or under makeup with no issues. If you have oily to super oily skin, this is the product for you. If you have combination skin, I would not advise this product. Reason? It could be overly drying to your skin.

A heavy hitter in this product is Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract…also known as Bamboo Stem. What does it do? The bamboo absorbs oil! Another great benefit is the large amount of silica within bamboo. This helps once again with increased production of collagen. Silica has been known as the “beauty mineral”.

Bonus: This product contains salicylic acid. That means the speed at which your skin renews itself will increase, and it helps with acne. It’s a win-win!

WARNING: KEEP AWAY FROM SENSITIVE AREAS OF FACE: EYES & LIPS ESPECIALLY

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Combination Skin? Try the Umbrian Clay® Mattifying Serum by Fresh®- $37.00 USD (1 oz.)  at Fresh

If you have combination skin and live in a very humid climate….Thank me later. This serum is full of a much sought after Italian mineral called Umbrian Clay.

Umbrian Clay is found in Nocera Umbra and has awesome benefits:

Soothes irritation
Reduces breakouts
Turns over healthy skin cells

This product also contains olive leaf extract, lemon fruit extract and cucumber fruit extract. That’s a serious triple threat! The olive leaf extract helps moisturize, prevent aging and aids in healing of the skin. The lemon fruit extract assists in the lightening of dark marks and evening out the complexion. Cucumber fruit extract adds that much needed soothing feeling so everything is balanced.


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Acne Scars? Try the Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector by L’Oréal- $24.99 USD (1 oz.) at Ulta

I give this serum the seal of approval! I have been using this particular serum for 4 weeks, and I can honestly say that I am in love with it. The formula glides on smoothly, and it smells great. The product soaks in rather quickly…I’m impressed. The product looks like a serum/lotion. Personally it makes an amazing makeup primer, but that’s just me. This serum is full of Niacinamide. What is that? It is a vitamin that falls into the B3 vitamin category. B3 is the go to for radiant skin and treatment of inflammatory acne. Niacinamide prevents the skin from losing water, and it protects the skin from UV damage.

Bonus: This serum has the SAME effects as the Lacome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate. With 1 oz. of the Lancome serum at $78.00 USD (3x the price of Youth Code), we can see that L’Orèal has the better deal.


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Age Rewind? Try the Anti-Aging Intensive Repair Daily Serum by Prevage- $230.00 USD (1 oz.) at Elizabeth Arden

I know you are looking at this price and saying…”This better come from gold.”

Just hear me out.

The first thing that caught my attention was that it contains Chondrus Crispus Extract. What’s that? It is a seaweed extract that is full of vitamins and minerals! If you are not familiar with that name, it is commonly referred to as Irish Moss.

The second was Retinyl Linoleate. This is a Retinoid, which means it is a form of Vitamin A. Retinoids stimulate the skin and reduce signs of aging.

This product claims to improve skin firmness by 60% in 4 weeks…

Are you up for the challenge?


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Tony Moly I’m Real – Aloe Face Mask Sheet- $7.50 USD at Ulta

I am very iffy on new face masks in packages… Especially the individually packaged ones. Sensitive skin + New item is a bit scary at times. Walking through Ulta one day, I came across this one, and figured, “Ah it’s worth a try.” This face mask feels amazing! It has a cooling sensation due to the aloe vera, and the sheet is comfortable to wear.

Just kick back and relax.

20 min will fly by! It is not a serum…BUT it is great for all skin types.

the benefits

Prevents Signs of Aging
Moisturizes Skin
Reduces Acne and Helps Lighten Blemishes
Helps With Sunburns

Be confident in your skin. It’s yours. Treat it with care.


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