Beauty Boxes: Wantable October Accessories review

And now for something completely different!

I have been trying out a few beauty boxes lately and was offered a chance to review a relatively new company called Wantable. Their approach is unique since they give you a few different types of boxes to get. Currently the choices are Makeup, Accessories, Intimates, and a LE Halloween. It was such a hard decision to pick just ONE. But thought I would give the accessories box a shot for something different.

Items received:

Chana Earrings, Valencia Necklace, Alpha Earrings and Mariana Necklace. Combined stated value = $82.

My take:

Largely I liked the items in my October Wantable Accessories box. I will take issue with the stated value. While the items were stylish, the quality was varied.

Chana Earrings – 3 stars

Super cute gold hoops, and I WILL be wearing them, but the finish of the earring was not the best. The gold tone itself was nice, but the metal underneath was very warped looking from the mold used to create the earring. To me, these were a step below fashion jewelry that you find in a department store. I don’t expect them to hold up well and they seemed to lack a secure back that wouldn’t fly off the minute I do something silly like take off a scarf. I would pay maybe $5 max for these earrings. Stated value is $20.00.

Valencia Necklace – 2 stars

I’m having difficulty envisioning myself wearing this necklace. I think it looks cool in theory, but once on the little bent tubes can get upside down and the chains twisty. The tubes themselves have a questionable quality much like the Chana Earrings. The tubes are almost a stainless steel look and the chain is very shiny silver. I actually think I would like this necklace more if it were on a longer chain and wear it as a statement necklace. The shorter chain doesn’t do it for me. I would pay maybe $7 for the necklace. Stated value is $24.00.

Alpha Earrings – 4 stars

I don’t have a lot of stud earrings, but I do  need them! I thought the cylindrical backs on these were really nice. They have sort of a rubber inside that feels like it does a good job of holding your earring on. The shape of them are also unique to where you can’t tell they are triangles at some angles. The finish on the triangle part isn’t perfect. But its well hidden, so I gave it a higher marks than the Chana earrings. I will probably end up using the backs from these on those too. I think they are worth $10 but I’m a deal hunter 🙂 , stated value is $18.00.

Mariana Necklace – 4 stars

This was the best of the bunch. I’m digging the two toned and the double strand chains. TWO CHAINZ!!!! Sorry. The finish was a little rough on the hexagon (thank you, 8th grade geometry) no complaints on the triangle. The chains are two different gauges with an adjustable clasp. The length is decent. I wish they were a little closer together in length and it would be perfect. I can see myself wearing this a lot because it dresses up a tshirt without looking too overboard. I think the value for this would be as its stated $20.00

Bottom line:

For $36/month you can get a Wantable Accessories box. Even using the values that I would personally pay for the items, its still a deal. Not to mention the fun and anticipation there is in getting a surprise in the mail. You can also buy a one time box from their site for $40. I especially like the idea that you can try the other 3 types of boxes. I definitely see myself wearing most of these pieces, so I feel they got a good handle on what I like and my style.

Without further ado… my October Wantable Accessories box pictures!

October Wantable Accessories

Cute box. I like attention to detail.


All items were packed carefully with 3 layers of foam so things didn’t move around.

Packing slip with preferences

My box was based on these preferences. You are most likely to get the things you love, but never the things you dislike.

Chana Earrings

Chana Earrings – Gold toned, studded. ROCK N ROLL.

Chana Earrings

I liked the way these looked. I’ll be wearing them often. Pair with the whiskey and black leather of your choice.

Chana Earrings

Side view of the Chana Earrings.

Valencia Necklace

Valencia Necklace – silver multi layered necklace

Valencia Necklace

Although it looked interesting, I don’t know if its me or if I’ll actually wear this one.

Alpha Earrings

Alpha Earrings – geometric studs with a cylindrical back.

Alpha Earrings

Alpha Earrings – subtle, gold toned, would be great for ear hole #2 as well.

Alpha Earrings

Alpha Earrings – I liked the cylinder shaped back on these, felt very secure.

Mariana Necklace

Mariana Necklace – silver tone chaines with geometric shapes in gold tone.

Mariana Necklace

Mariana Necklace – Probably my favorite of the bunch, very on trend and versatile.

Disclosure: I received these items free in exchange for a review. All opinions stated are my own.


Indie: Kimberly Noel Cosmetics. Attraction, Bubblegum and Tidal Wave

An Indie cosmetics company from the Midwest, you say? I became acquainted with this line while digging around on Reddit’s r/indiemakeupandmore subreddit. I received some samples from Kimberly herself to review. Here’s the look I put together with the colors she sent.


First up is the pressed eyeshadow in Attraction. It’s a very pretty lilac purple that is sure to please lovers of frosty shades. It’s a very wearable daily color and I found the pigmentation, blend ability and wear to be right on par with any major brand. I do recommend using a primer (but I do that with all my shadows) to get the best color payoff and longest wear.


On my lid and inner corner I used a loose pink eyeshadow in bubblegum. This was an interesting color! You cannot tell from my picture, but it has a nice darker pink shimmer to it which isn’t noticeable when applied dry, but using a mixing medium like Ben Nye Liquiset or a primer will bring it on. I didn’t get much color payoff applying dry as it was quite powdery. But once a primer was used it was much easier to work with.

I’m not a huge fan of loose shadows in general for those reasons, but all in all  Bubblegum is a unique enough color that it will fit in nicely with my collection.


I’ve been getting into using gel liners, and was eager to try out Tidal Wave. The shade is a blackened blue. On application it was a bit sheer, and I was unsure if it would work for me. I then used an angle brush to tap more on and build it up around my eye, this seems to be the best method and I liked the color payoff.


If you are looking to try out an indie company, check out Kimberly Noel Cosmetics at

Disclosure: I received the above products for free for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Review: Mary Kay Cream Eye Color Violet Storm




The packaging is what you would expect out of a creme eye shadow pot. Very similar to the Maybelline Color Tattoo eye shadows. Glass pot with a screw top.

P1040691 With Flash

P1040692Without flash

The formula is build-able and has a grey/purple sheen to it.


The above photo is with a flash. I was able to wear this all day. I applied the color using Mary Kay’s cream eye shadow/concealer brush which I love, by the way! I’m going to start using it with my Color Tattoo shades since it makes application a breeze. You are able to blend this easily when its still wet. Once it’s set though, you are good for the day.


For my final look I blended the Violet Storm color in with a medium matte brown eye-shadow. This purple is a great shade for every day. You could pair it with black or charcoal eye at night for a dramatic smokey eye. If you are on the fence about trying Mary Kay Cream Eye color – don’t hesitate. I never thought Mary Kay had products that I could see myself using. This proved me wrong. Good job Mary Kay!

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.