Last month, I saved for LMdB’s VIP programme. For an upfront fee of about $340, subscribers will receive makeup and skincare products from the high-end cosmetic company. From what I have read, many customers jump at the offer. If you divide the sum, it’s a monthly sum of $29, about 8 dollars more per month than Glossybox, and more than most subscription services. (Some women would subscribe to two or more services. I subscribed to what is now call ipsy– myGlam at that time. I usually get one full size product and scads of samples. I stopped after four months.) When I saw what LMdB will send in its inaugural box on Facebook, I was excited, for it meant they most likely will send good stuff that is NOT chintzy.
Here is a bumper crop of luxe items, all in a cute box.
And here is a note with XO’s on it.
A frickin’ KALEIDOSCOPE!!! This alone would cost me $95 at Saks or Neiman Marcus. Some people got the Sterling Beauty dual kaleidoscope, I braced myself for silvers and rosy lips though I gravitate towards wines and purples. However, I thought I got something more appealing, the Chauvet Pont d’Arc. I did already received that one via the ALS drive. However, it was the only eye kaleidoscope I had and did not want to use it and ruin it. Now I can use one and save one for later (or for collection purposes…). In fact, I swatched one and this is what it looks like on NW40 skin:
The lustres/frost work well, the blue matte takes a little more effort.
This kabuki brush is cute in its pouch. I showed that to Preggie and he asked what this was for. Told him it is for face powders including blush, and brushed it on his face so he can feel the bristles. He noticed it was soft, not scratchy. That is a very good sign. I am hoping it won’t shed much.
This red lipstick is in a brand-new formula. I want to swatch it, but I do not want to use it until I am finished with some of my current lipstick. Hopefully, someone will swatch it. UPDATE: Two people did compare the unnamed red at the Specktra forum, one swatched it next to MAC Russian Red and Hourglass Icon. Very similar. Another person thought this red is similar to LMdB’s Madaket. (You know, I had to look up Madaket. I thought it was some exotic place in Morocco (or something along the Silk Road). It’s actually a village in Nantucket.)
I will need to practice using this Noir (black) liner. My lines are goofy when I use any eyeliner. My eyelids twitch when I use this.
Let’s see the total retail value: the kaleidoscope is 95, the kabuki is 85 at Nordstrom, the lipstick is 32, and the Noir precision eyeliner is 42. That’s a retail value of 254 bux, and that’s only the FIRST month! Talk about getting your dollar’s worth. Based on what I got today, I’m feeling optimistic about future shipments. Theoretically, they can send samples or just one full sized product and it will be more that we bargained for.
And now, I’ll speculate what would be in next month’s box. I thought of nail polish, but the USPS won’t allow that in the mail. LMdB’d have to use UPS or a private mail service. Maybe those eyemasks, so I can refresh my eyes after my long work with this year’s Ohio LinuxFest. (BTW, registration’s open. We will have a great line up!)