Monday, November 28, 2016

Rakuten Affiliate Network 2016 Bonus Box Unveiling & Review | #RANBonusBox #RakutenAffiliateNetwork

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I am so thrilled to have been among the 50 bloggers selected to receive the Rakuten Affiliate Network's 2016 Bonus Box! If you have seen their boxes before, then you realize that they are absolutely amazing, and I am so excited to share these outstanding goodies from some of their top affiliate brands! If this is the first time you’re hearing about Bonus Box by Rakuten Affiliate Network, it is a fantastic affiliate network that works with companies and online publishers, and from whom publishers use affiliate links.
Box Contents:
TOPSHOP Smokey Eye Palette in Enigma ($22.00 from TOPSHOP): Enigma is a stunning neutral palette that features 4 finely milled shadows that are smooth and gorgeous. They glide across the skin effortlessly, deposit color evenly and the shades are infinitely flattering.
According to TOPSHOP,

Everything you need to create the perfect brown smokey eye. The palette includes four complementary colours, complete with an applicator, mirror and a handy step-by-step how-to guide. 
Pony Effect Stay Fit Matte Lip Color #SoGood ($18.00 for 4.6 g.from MEMEBOX): I don't wear too many matte lipsticks because my lips dry out easily. #SoGood is a gorgeous, deep berry pink, and while I find it neither drying, nor moisturizing– I do prefer to wear it on top of a lip balm. The wear-time is quite impressive, and I find it transfer proof. I experience at least 5 hours of wear time, and when it fades– it does so evenly. If you are a fan of matte lipsticks, then this is a definite must-try!

According to Pony Effect,

Go mad over matte without drying out! There's no chapping or cracking with these silky colors, which is why it's our go-to for a bold lip!

This matte lip color from Pony Effect delivers intense, opaque color without sucking all the moisture outta your lips, thanks to its nourishing formula of Murumuru Seed Butter and Brazil Nut Seed Oil. Creamy in texture, it glides on smoothly and sets to a long-lasting matte finish that stays put with minimal smudging so you can sip, slurp, and smack away!

Ingredients: Isododecane, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Silica, Polybutene, Silica Silylate, Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Polyethylene, Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Propylene Carbonate, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Flower Extract, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Sorbitan Isostearate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Butylene Glycol, Methicone, Dehydroacetic Acid, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77499).
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in Nomad ($11.99 from Rakuten): Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics makes such gorgeous lipsticks, and their Stained Glosses are also absolutely stunning. OCC's Stained Gloss in Nomad is described as a "gold-laced maroon" shade, and it has a stunning pearly sheen and luminosity. It is very, very concentrated– therefore only the tiniest amount is needed for the greatest efficacy. It can be worn alone, or over an OCC Lip Tar for added depth. The finish is gorgeous and glossy, and I do not find it in the least bit drying on the lips. It actually looks gorgeous on top of Pony Effect Stay Fit Matte Lip Color #SoGood!

According to OCC,

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics OCC Stained Gloss, Nomad Stained Gloss combines the pigment potency of a Lip Tar with a casual glossy finish that is ready-to-wear from its first slick application to the high impact stain it leaves behind. It can be worn alone or layered over your favorite existing lip tar shade for added depth, dimension and a long lasting glossy finish. It's highly pigmented so a little goes a long way.
Left to Right: Pony Effect Stay Fit Matte Lip Color in #SoGood, OCC Stained Gloss in Nomad and TOPSHOP Smokey Eye Palette in Enigma.
Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack ($1.00 for 23 ml. from MEMEBOX): I have not yet tried this mask, but I will soon. I am a huge fan of masking, and sheet masks are among my favorites.

According to Bonvivant,

The Bonvivant 100% Botanical Mask line boasts au naturale sheets crafted with 100% Eucalyptus-derived elements that gently adhere to the skin without any irritation. They're enriched with a top-notch blend of fruit extracts like Mulberry, Fig, Pomegranate, and Gingko Nut that naturally protect and revitalize skin. This refreshing line comes in 6 concentrated superfood essences, each with its own unique benefit that caters to specific skin concerns, so your skin is covered no matter what mood it's in.  The Adenosine + Acai sheet mask restores damaged, tired skin. Adenosine re-energizes, while Acai Extract delivers rich antioxidants to strengthen skin and protect it from toxins and environmental pollutants.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask (Travel Size. $10.00 from AHAVA): is a deep cleansing beauty mask that is formulated to purify and detoxify the skin for a visibly clearer complexion. I look forward to using this soon.

According to AHAVA,

A unique blend of purifying Dead Sea Mud, minerals and natural extracts, this mask deeply cleans and detoxifies pores for a fresh, even complexion.

  • Absorbs excess oils as it smooths and hydrates for a radiant complexion.
  • Horsetail extract helps to soothe skin with its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Jojoba oil helps to nourish and moisturize skin.
Directions: Apply a thick layer evenly to clean skin avoiding the eye and lip area. Leave on for 2 minutes and rinse off thoroughly with warm water. Use twice a week.

Nooni Deep Water Therapy Facial Cream #Balancing ($4.00 Sample. $23.00 for 50g. from MEMEBOX): This face cream is formulated to deeply moisturize and recharge the skin to help create a dewy complexion. Once I finish testing the cream that I am currently using, I will give this a try to see the extent to which it moisturizes my skin.

According to Nooni,

Whether your skin is a dry patch or a hodgepodge of oily and dry, the solution is hydration. That's exactly what Nooni's Deep Water Therapy line offers. The products star premium mineral-rich Deep Sea Water, brimming with Magnesium that detoxes skin, locks in moisture, speeds up cell turnover rate, and battles acne and other skin problems. Plus, the line features smart and simple multi-functioning products that save time and your skin!  This lightweight, water-like gel cream instantly invigorates and soothes irritated skin. Packed with Ceramide NP, the gel forms a protective moisture barrier to fend off environmental pollutants that can damage skin. The result is long-lasting hydration, supple skin, and an all-day glow. Plus, the gel cream sits well under SPF and even upgrades makeup application.

Ingredients: Sea Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Trehalose, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethiconol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Squalane, Dipropylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Peg-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Alcohol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Fructooligosaccharides, Disodium Edta, Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ceramide Np, Fragrance.
THE LIMITED Simply Modern Eau de Perfum Rollerball Set (Regularly $25.00. Currently on Sale for $10.00 for 3 x 0.27 oz. fragrances. Currently on Sale for $10.00 from The Limited): I have only just smelled these three fragrances from The Limited, but look forward to trying them out. All three areas are quite lovely.

According to The Limited,

From our Simply Modern fragrance collection. A collection of exclusive perfumes, effortlessly tailored to the faceted silhouettes of today's modern woman. Created in collaboration with three inspiring female perfumers for the women we love to style


Luna: "From our Simply Modern fragrance collection. Luna layers bold notes of fresh blood orange with alluring wild orchid and warm vanilla, an enchanting fragrance that gives you a confident edge.:

Fleur: "From our Simply Modern fragrance collection. Fleur combines zest of juicy bergamot with the nostalgic romance of magnolia and pure blonde woods. An intriguing fragrance with a lasting impression."

Belle: "From our Simply Modern fragrance collection. Effortless yet chic, Belle blends notes of glittering grapefruit, dewy water hyacinth flowers and warm cedarwood to create a bright fragrance that enhances your natural aura."
DORCO Shai 3+3 Soft Touch Razor and Cartridge Pack ($6.50 and $7.45 from DORCO): The Shai 3+3 features two 3-blade cartridges that are conveniently fused together on a single, flexible pivoting head with a lubrication strip. 

  • Blades: 6
  • Blade Construction: Flow Through
  • Head: Pivot
  • Lubricating Strip: Yes (Contains: Vitamin E, Aloe, Lavender Oil)
  • Handle: Stylized Rubber Grip
L.L. Bean Katahdin Pom Hat ($29.00 from L.L. Bean): This is such a cute and cozy pom hat, and while it isn't quite cold enough in LA to use use yet, it will be perfect for the cold nights of winter!

According to L.L. Bean,

This colorful pom hat features our 'sunrise over Katahdin' logo, which was first released in 1988. We believe that Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain, perfectly embodies the adventurous spirit of every customer, in every walk of life. We love the retro yet timeless appeal of the bright, bold colors and find ourselves pairing it with everything from sweater fleece to chamois shirts.

Features: Knit from 100% acrylic yarns. Hand wash, dry flat.
Halogen Silk Skinny Scarf in Ivory Eggnog ($38.00 from Nordstrom): This is a '70s-inspired 100% silk skinny scarf that is cut from "rich, lustrous silk" that created to add "instant cool-girl style to any look." Measures:  3" x 76" Dry Clean.
JCPenney $50.00 Gift Card (from JCPenney): Gift cards are always such a treat since they allow you to select precisely what you want. I am not sure what I will get with this card, but I will definitely go have a look soon!

Vestiaire Collective Coupon for $50.00 Off an Order over $350.00:

Vestiaire Collective was launched in 2009 with the aim of offering a community platform on which members are able to buy and sell, top of the range and pre-owned luxury clothes and accessories. The catalogue is comprised of the most inspiring items coming from the wardrobes of hundreds of thousands of users throughout the World. This selection meets the specific expectations of buyers from across the entire World. Each week, more that 20,000 new items selected by a team of stylists are put on-line and add to strengthening a permanent catalogue of 400,000 products. The site stands out on the basis of its unique quality control. 100% of the products are physically checked by a team of experts. More than 100,000 new members sign up each month, and join an international community of 4 million members. These generate more than 3 million transactions each month. To date 180 people are employed by the start-up and spread across the offices in Paris, New York, London, Berlin and soon Milan and Madrid.
Overall Assessment: The Rakuten Affiliate Network Bonus Box is filled with so many wonderful things that are positively perfect for the holiday season. A very special thank you to Rakuten Affiliate Network for the tremendous honor of selecting me for this outstanding opportunity! A+

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  1. Wow, what a fabulous box! So nice of them to do it!

  2. Replies
    1. It definitely is. They always do such a great job with these bonus boxes!

  3. So, how does this work for the average person/non-blogger?

    1. It introduces people to a variety of great products at affordable prices. Rakuten works with their affiliated retailers to highlight these products, and then the retailers often provide nice deals to the public. For instance that fragrance is normally $25.00 for the set, but they dropped the price to $10.00 for a period of time– therefore making it an excellent value for holiday shoppers.

  4. What a great assortment of items. This had to be a ball to open. I think JCPenney has a great linen department, that's where I'd look first.

    1. I agree! They definitely did a nice job. This is my second box from them, and they definitely are a lot of fun to open! I will definitely check out their linen department. I was wondering if they accept these gift cards at the Sephora locations inside of JCP, because if they do– that's where I am headed! Of course I could be more practical and pick up some new bath towels!

  5. Oh wow! That's a nice box of goodies! The little eyeshadow palette looks perfect for travel.

    1. It is a nice box of goodies! The palette is definitely a great size for travel!

  6. What a great box. I see these, from time to time and they always have good stuff in them.

    1. They really do a great job with the products that they choose for their boxes!

  7. That's quite a box! The makeup goodies all caught my eye... and of course the gift card

    1. They did a great job. The makeup and the gift card are definitely the highlights for me as well!

  8. What a fabulous box! I would reach for the Topshop palette every day - the shades are so wearable. And the Pony Effect lippie is so pretty!

    1. I agree! Yes, the Topshop palette and both of the lippies are super gorgeous and infinitely wearable!

  9. Oooh, that would be fun to find in the mail! I love the look of the OCC lip tar.

    1. It definitely was a fun find in the mail, Bailey! Yeah, the OCC Lip Tar is definitely one pf my faves from this box!

  10. OMG you got a Pony Effect product! I've been wanting to try her stuff since they launched since I'm a huge fan of hers.

    1. I did! I was pretty excited to see it in the box when I opened it up! I definitely think that her Matte Lip Color is a definite winner.

  11. This box was fantastic! I need to play around with it more, but I love the Pony Effect lipstick. I used my JC Penny gift card at my local Sephora inside JCP! :D

    1. I agree, it really is a fantastic box! I can't wait to see your review of it! I was planning on using my JCP gift car at the Sephora inside JCP as well! SCORE!


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