Sep 022013

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I was given the chance to try Wantable, a beauty subscription service which offers a mix of products customized to your personal preferences. Before you go forward with your order, the site asks you to answer numerous questions about the types of products that you like (or dislike). Here is a typical page, giving you a range of products that might interest you. You move the sliders to input your preferences.

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It’s a little hard not to say “love” for all of them, but I did my best to emphasize certain categories over others.  As you move forward through the Wantable survey, there are more refined questions about your preferences. Here, I believe that I emphasized metallics over nail art and creams when I did my initial survey:

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Here’s a similar page for blush textures, which offers a selection of preferences that range from matte, brights, cream, and the like.

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My August Wantable box arrived with an interesting array of products, nearly all choices were full size:

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This box included:

  • FACE Stockholm Bronzer in #3 Capri
  • FACE Stockholm Nail Color in #164, a shimmery gray green
  • Lise Watier gloss in Rouge Catwalk, a highly pigmented warm red (fire engine)
  • Japonesque Smudger Brush
  • Cailyn Eye Primer
  • Lise Watier sample card of the Ombre Souffle Supreme with two bubble-dots filled with products (and images of the rest)

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Generally, I think that this tracked my preferences pretty well. I recall giving high scores for bronzers and primers, and for glosses over lipsticks. I also chose metallic nail colors. The typical price for a Wantable makeup box is $36 for subscribers (or $40 if you only want to buy just one box).

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I was impressed that the box contained so many full size items from premium brands. For this U.S. makeup-lover, these are brands that are comparatively hard to find, and so these were not things that I had the opportunity to examine in the local stores. Also, many of the products are from brands that have a reputation for high quality. Here is the Face Stockholm #164 nail polish, which was a pretty frost-metallic that dries quickly and is finished in two coats.

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I was a bit surprised that the FACE Stockholm bronzer was so dark–it’s probably darker than my complexion can use. I must admit that the Lise Watier gloss is a gorgeous, pigmented color that delivers plenty of glossy shine. It’s a stunner.

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Here are swatches of the color products:

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Overall, I like the concept of Wantable. Although the price is higher than some beauty boxes, the name brand recognition and customization are undoubtedly part of the ‘you get what you pay for’ philosophy that justifies it. You should note that Wantable has a similar service for accessories at this link.


What do you think of the Wantable option? Are there beauty boxes that you prefer? Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

Wantable supplied this August box to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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Jun 262013

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A few weeks ago, Cafe Makeup joined Popsugar’s Select Blogger Program–yay!  We thought that was pretty awesome because we’ve been fans of the Popsugar world for several years. We love their energy!  When they asked whether we’d like a peek at the Popsugar Summer Must Have Box ($35), part of a monthly subscription service. Ours just arrived, so we wanted to share.

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After an arm-wrestle over which of us would get the box (Liz won), we looked inside to see the goods.

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We were surprised by the timeliness, quality and high “fun factor” of the goodies inside.

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Pretty good, right? “Revenge Wears Prada,” looks like perfect airport or beach reading. There’s also a fun summer scarf by Gorjana & Griffin that’s massive enough to wear as a sarong (of course, I expect that Liz will wear it around her shoulders in proper French style). There’s a serious looking workout video “Addicted to Sweat”–hmmmm probably would help our sarong-wearing if we take a look at that instead of watching “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”  I guess if it’s one of Madonna’s routines…hmmm…

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For a post workout snack, there’s some healthy looking popcorn and mints (more details about the contents are here.)

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There’s some new products from Juice Beauty in the mix, including a sample of  Juice Beauty’s new CC Cream (which is getting some good buzz so far). 

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I like that Popsugar is including both shades, because trying to decide which to get (or to mix) is so much easier this way.

Overall, Liz and I were impressed.  More information about this monthy $35-per box is available here. What do you think?

This Popsugar Summer Must have was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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Feb 172013

It’s been literally months since Cafe Makeup has brought you “Here’s what three things I’m Obsessed With Today…” In one bit of news, we’re finally moving to a smaller, more personalized host provider. We’re hoping that this means that our site will be more dependable, stable and (dare to hope) load a bit faster. We’re terrified, but wishing that it all goes smoothly. Please pardon our dust during the move. We have a very patient professional assisting us (thank you, J!)

On with our list…

First, goodbye Peter, we hardly knew ye…. In the past, readers Cafe Makeup have know of our undying love for Chanel’s Creative Director of Beauty Peter Philips. We’ve been traumatized to learn that Peter is moving on from Chanel, hopefully to continue to do all of the creative wonderful things that we know that he’s capable of doing. That offer of lunch still stands, Peter, by the way. 

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We’ve heard that Peter will still be heading the Chanel Fall 2013 show in Paris in a few weeks, so I know we’ll see him again. And now the speculation begins? Who will be next? Dick Page? Pat McGrath? Who is your guess?

Second, our Man Repeller Glossyboxes arrived. Cafe Makeup has never tried a subscription service before, but when we saw that Glossybox was offering one hosted by Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller blog, we had to jump on board. We like her style, we like her sense of humor, so we were hopeful that her beauty selections would be a “best in class” experience.


This is Glossybox’s January selection (we received ours last week). Inside where some fun things, including an awesome sample of Le Metier Replenishing Daily Solution (take that on your next flight and arrive with baby soft skin). I’m wearing the Narciso Rodriguez For Her now, it’s subtle, sophisticated and a little spicy.

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It was sort of fun to play with someone else’s makeup selections, sort of like playing “what’s in your purse?” with a friend’s makeup bag. Overall, although I’m glad to have tried Glossbox, I ultimately cancelled the subscription. I don’t think the sample box service is something that I’d like to repeat monthly. 

Third, Omovoricza is having a gift with purchaseIf you’d like to try a variety of things, this is a good time to try out the line. This bag of sample size products, including the Queen of Hungary Mist, Copper Peel 2-part system, the Instant Plumping Cream and the Deep Cleansing mask are free with a $175 purchase online. It pops into your cart automatically (no code needed). I suspect that Omovoricza will run out of these soon.

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So, gorgeous readers, what are you obsessed with lately?

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