Provided for review. Sponsored giveaway.
Hello polished friends! I have such a fun post for you today! This seriously has me excited - when I received this package in the mail, I couldn't wait to tear it open and play with everything inside, and I get a lot of nail mail...so for me to get really hyped up...that's saying something! The Beauty Quartet Subscription Addiction is a bi-monthly indie box featuring four brands: Philly Loves Lacquer, Smokey Mountain Lacquers, Digital Nails, and Northern Star Polish.
I'm going to split this post up into four sections, so that things are simple: The Box, The Polishes, The Extras, and The Giveaway (!!!!).
First, let's talk about what you get in the box and how it works. All of these subscription boxes on the market are different, so it helps that this one is really simple! There's a new box every two months. Pre-order starts on the first day of one month and is open for about two weeks, and then the box ships on the first of the next month. For the Winter Break Box, pre-order is open November 1-15, 2014 and the boxes will ship December 1, 2014. You order a new box every other month, so there is no long-term commitment and you always know what you're paying for...no mystery boxes here! Orders are first come, first serve during the pre-order period. Beauty Quartet Boxes are $50 shipped to the US, $55 shipped to Canada, and $60 shipped internationally. The Beauty Quartet Box will be available on the Philly Loves Lacquer site!
So what does that price get you?! In each box, you can expect 4 exclusive full-sized polishes and 4 exclusive extras! The polishes that come in the Beauty Quartet Box will not be available anywhere besides that box. The extras could be anything from matching accessories, handmade personal care products, nail art tools or candles (and remember, you always know what's in the box before you order, so if you're not into something, you don't have to buy it!). For the time being, all boxes will include the same four brands: Philly Loves Lacquer, Smokey Mountain Lacquers, Digital Nails, and Northern Star Polish.
In typical Philly Loves Lacquer fashion, the packaging on the box is adorable. I was so pleased when I opened it. Everything was packaged well and arrived safely. The Beauty Quartet Winter Break Box includes the following:
- "Midwinter's Midnight" polish and Gingerbread Brulee Body Schmear by Philly Loves Lacquer
- "Special Snowflake" polish and One-Minute Sugar Scrub by Digital Nails
- "Reindeer Games" polish and Gingerbread Brulee Cuticle Oil by Northern Star Polish
- "Ho...Ho...No!" polish and matching pendant necklace by Smokey Mountain Lacquers
When you see all that you get in this box...I must say, I think it's a great value! If you figure that each polish is around $10, you're already at forty bucks! I am really impressed!
Like I said above, each Beauty Quartet Box features four exclusive shades from the four participating brands! These polishes are all high quality and beautiful. Each brand brings something different to the box, but the polishes still come together in a cohesive collection!
Digital Nails Special Snowflake is a silvery white microflakie with flashes of red and green. This is three coats with Out the Door top coat. Shimmering and gorgeous...perfect for a snowy day! You could also layer one coat of this beauty over just about anything.
Northern Star Polish Reindeer Games is a dark brown linear holo with flashes of green and purple. I just adore this! This is three coats with Out the Door. Perfect for fall. Perfect for holiday. I want to do some reindeer nail art NOW (too soon?!). I also just want to note that this bottle of Northern Star Polish comes in a cute teal green box.
Smokey Mountain Lacquers Ho...Ho...No! is an antique red scattered holo. I would add that there is a duochromatic quality to this. This polish really surprised me; this is not something I would usually pick for myself, but I loved it once it was on my nails. This is two easy coats with Out the Door.
And finally, we have Philly Loves Lacquer Midwinter's Midnight, a dark blue linear holo with a lighter blue flash, blue and silver microshimmer, and silver holo microglitter. This is subtly complex and beautiful! This is three coats with Out the Door.
I hate to call these items "extras" because they are full-sized, awesome products that I am just as excited about as the polish! I love handmade hand care products, so this was like heaven to me! Let's take a look at the four products included in the Winter Break Box!
First up is the Philly Loves Lacquer Whipped Body Schmear in Gingerbread Brulee. This is a paraben-free, vegan handmade body and hand lotion, and it smells heavenly! Unlike lots of the handmade hand creams I have used, this has a nice, smooth lotion consistency, making it easy to use and absorb into the skin. Lots of nice things in this lotion: safflower seed oil, aloe vera, chamomile extract, and lavender extract. It should be noted that the Whipped Body Schmear that goes out in the consumer boxes will have the vegan notation on the label! The fragrance is perfectly holiday and I can't stop using it!!
Northern Star Cosmetics Nourishing Cuticle Oil in Gingerbread Brulee shares the same fragrance and packs and healthy-nail-punch! In a convenient roller ball, this delivers jojoba, apricot, avocado, rice bran, meadowfoam, and rosehip seed oils to your nails. This is cruelty-free and vegan, and the scent is exclusive to the box. Very nice.
Digital Nails One-Minute Anti-Aging Sugar Scrub in Sweet Citrus is hand scrub made with sea buckthorn oil, which is known for its anti-aging properties. I love a good sugar scrub - it's a simple luxury you can use at home that makes a big difference and feels like a treat! I used an orangewood stick to mix it up after I opened it (the oil had separated out, which is completely normal!), and used a quarter-sized blob all over my hands. Then I rinsed the sugar off and my hands were left with a layer of moisturizing oil!
The final extra in this box is a Smokey Mountain Lacquers Ho...Ho...No! Pendant Necklace. This handmade cabachon pendant comes on an adjustable chord...very pretty!
Let's finish this post off with a bang, shall we?! The ladies of the Beauty Quartet are giving away a Beauty Quartet Winter Break Box to a lucky winner! The prize will be shipped directly from the Beauty Quartet on December 1, 2014. Must be 18 or older to enter. Open internationally! Giveaway closes October 31, 2014 at 12:00AM EST. There are a wide variety of entry options, so please see Terms & Conditions on the Rafflecopter widget below and enter now!
So just to make sure you didn't miss anything: The Beauty Quartet Winter Break Box pre-order is open November 1-15, 2014 and the boxes will ship December 1, 2014. Beauty Quartet Boxes are $50 shipped to the US, $55 shipped to Canada, and $60 shipped internationally. The Beauty Quartet Box will be available on the Philly Loves Lacquer site!
The Beauty Quartet Winter Break Box was provided for review. Giveaway prize provided by Beauty Quartet.