When the clickbait gets you. That what happened to me when I saw "Your last chance to shop Lucky Bag 2017" in an email subject line from Beautylish. I had absolutely no idea what a Luck Bag was but I love makeup and Beautylish carries a lot of makeup brands I'm eager to try so I decided to check it out. Essentially Beautylish Lucky Bags are a super sized version of a subscription service (think ipsy or Birchbox). The idea comes from a Japanese New Years tradition called fukubukuro. They send out the emails for sign up around Christmas and if you're quick you can snag yourself $150 worth of mystery cosmetics for the price of $75 (or if you're opting for the XL version, $150 for $300 worth of beauty goodies). What differentiates a Beautylish Lucky Bag from your typical subscription box is that the products in a Lucky Bag are all full sized! I was so intrigued I just had to do it even though by this point I had already vowed not to buy myself any more Christmas/Birthday presents (Capricorn life).
Unfortunately, I did the bad thing. The thing you should not do when you order any kind of subscription beauty service. I looked up videos and blog posts from previous years to see what past Lucky Bags had contained. I got super excited hoping I'd be lucky enough to get some Charlotte Tilbury (my most sought after beauty brand of the moment). What I received certainly did not disappoint but alas I did not get anything from my beloved Charlotte Tilbury (bummer). I need to just learn my lesson and quit looking at what other people snagged...but we all know that won't happen. After all part of the fun in getting a subscription services is sharing what you got to see how it compares to others. Enough rambling, without further ado I give you my 2017 Beautylish Lucky Bag contents.
This brush is super duper soft. Not sure which brand it is since the only info on the brush handle is the word powder and there wasn't any additional info in the package on it. I will always welcome new makeup brushes and since I think this one is by Chikuhodo it should be great quality. I was super excited to get the Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoo, since you know brush shampoo is super exciting and all, but it was actually already on my Beautylish wishlist! It smells really nice and has great reviews so I'm very hopeful for this product. I am a huge fan of Smith & Cult (though if I'm being honest I only have one product by them but I love it) so I was really jazzed to get something else from the brand. Their packaging is something else. When I first bought a nail polish from them I thought it was damaged, but nope that just the signature dent in Smith & Cult packaging. While I of course would of rather had another nail lacquer, this gloss was a welcome surprise. When I swatched it on my hand it was very sticky but when I put it on my lips I found it was one of the less sticky glosses I've tried. The color is a nice soft subtle shimmer and looks particularly good over nude glosses to give the lips a nice plump look. Viseart palettes have a reputation of being one of the best matte eyeshadow formulas out there so I was really excited to see this in there. I'm not gonna lie to you though, I would of much rather had The Cool Mattes but this is still a pretty good find. In the future I'll be posting looks using this palette so see if it lives up to the hype. The Oribe spray is the only thing I probably won't use because I have very short hair. If I had to get a hair product by Oribe I would of much rather had the Côte d'Azur Hair Refresher since that product would be of better use to me. I have used Oribe products before back when I had more hair and they are pretty awesome and smell quite nice. This one however will be finding a new home with a friend or family member that can get more use out of it. The last item is from Bioderma. I had the Bioderma Hydrabio in my wishlist since Bioderma is a highly touted micellar water so I of course have to try it. I have very dry skin so I would of rather had that formula but I'm still excited to see if this is as good as everyone says it is. Overall I'm pretty happy with what I received. Excluding the price of the brush (since I don't know which one it is to figure out the cost) the value of the rest of my Lucky Bag contents comes out to $145.90. Unless that brush is only $4.10 I'd say I got my monies worth and will definitely be purchasing again next year! Thank you for visiting and have a lovely day!