PLAY! by SEPHORA The Iconic Edition 2017

Play By Sephora the Iconic Edition

So Sephora kind dropped this Limited edition Play by Sephora Iconic Edition last week. I did get an email notification from Sephora. This box was exclusive to VIB Rouge members on for $20. Its one time purchase. It’s now sold out. If you are rouge member and would like get this next time I would recommend to set the email reminder.I would as usual update on Instagram once it available but its sold out pretty quickly.

Sephora described it as

Discover the best in luxury. This exclusive, limited-edition box is only available online and includes six deluxe samples from Sephora’s top luxury brands curated by our experts. PLAY! by SEPHORA: The Iconic Edition is an individual set of luxury items, not a monthly subscription.

I placed on my order on 9th June and the box was delivered on 13th June. Not so fast …kind of late .

The box is black unlike the regular playbox.

Gold Bag

The box included Play book and a gold bag. The book and bag certainly feels like luxury.

 The Booklet

The booklet certainly has lot for information about the products and different tips & tricks. The bag has a golden zipper not like usual playbags.

Let’s move on to the products.

Tom Ford Black Orchid  & Dior Poison Girl

I love Tom Ford Black orchid perfume so much that I already own full size . Its warm and floral at the same time. It’s certainly a very heavy fragrance. Whenever I have worn this perfume some or the other person has stopped and ask me. And the long lasting power is awesome. I find that either you love this perfume or you hate it. Also this sample is roller ball and not just a spritzer.

I love perfumes from Dior but never tried Poison girl. It’s certainly floral.  Strangely i loved this perfume even though its floral and sweet.  I can’t explain what i like about it .The sample size is certainly what you get as 250 point perk at Sephora. I wished this was a roller ball for easier application

BURBERRY Cat Lashes Mascara

BURBERRY Cat Lashes Mascara

BURBERRY Cat Lashes Mascara

BURBERRY Cat Lashes Mascara

Ahh..Burberry Mascara certainly super expensive brand. I would never spend $30 to try this mascara.

The brush seems really promising. I will surely updated if it’s really worth the price tag.

Guerlain L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer & La Mer Crème de la Mer

That primer which everyone is talking about so glad to see this in the box. And the La mer Moisturizer

Guerlain L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer &  La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

The primer actually has 24 carat gold flakes. I am super excited to try this primer.

The la mer moisturizer is certainly the most expensive sample of the entire box.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick- 49 - bright strawberry pink

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick -49 – bright strawberry pink

This lipstick is exactly what it says ..oil in lipstick. Don’t be alarmed by the bright pink color. When I swatched it looks pretty sheer and my lips love the formula. It’s so moisturizing and hydrating. I would highly recommend a lip liner so it doesn’t feather out



Final Thoughts:

Let’s take look at we what got in the box and their value.

 La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream -0.24oz $40.8

BURBERRY Cat Lashes Mascara -o.11oz $16.5

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick – 0.050z may be ? $12 ?

Guerlain L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer – 0.16oz  $10.7

Dior Poison Girl – 0.17oz $5

Tom Ford Black Orchid – 0.1oz $22.5

Total Value of the box -$107.5

Cost -$20

I am pretty happy with what I  got in the box.  I won’t purchase all these products looking at the price tags The guerlain primer, the lipstick and the both the perfumes are my favourite. The mascara is also great to test if its  are really worth  it .

Will i get it again Yes certainly. Were you able to get it ? and what were your thoughts ?

 

XOXO

Ketaki

 

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Ipsy vs Play by Sephora September 2016

Good morning everyone …… here is a comparison of what i got in my September Ipsy Bag vs Play by Sephora ..i know its kinda late…but it’s better late than never right. Let’s get started

Before we head to the bag some info about the subscription.

Ipsy is monthly beauty and makeup subscription all for 10$ including shipping. Every month ipsy sends out four to five sample and deluxe size products with a makeup bag. There are different combinations of products depending upon your style profile.

When you subscribe for ipsy you need to answer the questionnaire which helps ipsy to decide the best combination of products.

Subscription: Ipsy

Cost: 10$ ( shipping included)

Ships to : US and Canada

Theme: GLAMZON

 

Ipsy Bag September 2016

The Ipsy Bag

Love the bag it has some girls printed metallic print. I only feel bad because the bag had  a chemical smell. It’s been almost a week the bag was kept in open and i can still smell it.

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Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner

Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner – $2

Feels like a combo of dry shampoo and conditioner. Smells good and i like that it’s a good travel size. Certainly going to use in my upcoming travel.

belif cosmetics The True Cream – Moisturizing bomb- $7.6

I was so happy to see this item in my bag. I have tested this moisturizer as perk from sephora. I can use this sample for couple of weeks and the best part is that it’s not a foil packet.

BelláPierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Autumn Glow

BelláPierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Autumn Glow-$20

This blush is not really a blush for my skin tone but it works like highlighter as it’s so shimmering. It’s certainly full size item in fact when i checked  on BelláPierre Cosmetics website they sell 4g version and what i received was 6g.

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme-$10

I was super excited for this lip injection but i must say this is not for me. It just doesn’t tingle but it burns . I tried this on my bare lips and omg it felt as if my lips were on fire. It’s certainly an expensive product. I am glad i got to try the sample first.

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Nail Polish in Holy Fuchsia

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Nail Polish in Holy Fuchsia $6

I have a love hate relationship with be a bombshell products. Most of the time the product works great but they have strange chemical smell which goes away but when you are applying them it will be noticed.This product  exactly falls in the same category great color,two coats and i was done. But the smell was too much for me.I wished they took care of this issue and i would certainly buy more products from them.

Now let’s move to Play by Sephora.

Play by Sephora is a  monthly beauty subscription box that brings you the best of it. Each month, you’ll look forward to a curation of five deluxe, prestige samples (plus a fragrance bonus) in a collectible bag.

Subscription: Play by Sephora

Cost: 10$ ( shipping included)

Ships to : Only available in the 48 contiguous United States, and cannot be shipped to Hawaii, Alaska, US territories, or APO/FPO addresses at this time.

Theme: The Unbasic Basics

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The box includes PLAY Book which has the tips and tricks. Also don’t forget the pass you can use the pass for free tutorial and 50 extra  beauty insiders points on any in store purchase.

The play by Sephora bag

All the goodies are packed in this cute bag. I like to reuse these bags eg:  for hair ties ..you know how they disappear

SEPHORA COLLECTIONRouge Shine Lipstick Love Spell

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Shine Lipstick Love Spell- $3.37

Have never tried these rouge shine lipsticks. The color is kind too pale for my skin tone but they are so hydrating and has that candy gum fragrance. I am not so mad at the fragrance,it fades away quickly so does the lipstick the lasting power is not that great needs to be reapplied but i love the hydration it gives.

 

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Kat Von D Tattoo liner – Trooper $7

This is certainly a repeat offender,got this in my march 2016 play sephora bag. I am glad they included it in this bag since this one of my favourite eyeliners. The sample which I received earlier is now kind of started to dry out and was in need of new one. So yay …this eyeliner is a winner.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day® Night Cap Overnight Perfector

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day® Night Cap Overnight Perfector-$7

I love the living proof products but they are so expensive. So whenever i get a deluxe sample it makes the subscription so worth it .This one seems to be overnight mask,  pillow safe ..interesting to me ..will update on my instagram how it works.

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Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation-$5.60

Another repeat offender from the  september 2015 box.But i would have liked if sephora would have checked if had tested this product earlier. I am not mad but the reason for these subscription box is to try out new things right???There is nothing wrong with the moisturizer I can get at least  3 weeks of use as you need very little.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel – Clear $6.68

I always wanted to try this brow gel and i must say it certainly worth the hype. Great sample size.

 

perfume

Atelier Cologne Collection Azur – Sud Magnolia

This is a bonus item and sephora does send out very expensive perfume samples. It smelled fresh and citrusy.

Ipsy September 2016

Ipsy September 2016

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Play By Sephora September 2016

Value of Ipsy:$45.6

Value of Play of sephora:$29.65

Overall both subscription performed very well in fact the retail value of  Ipsy is much higher than play by sephora. Ipsy could have won this one but for the too faced lip injection which is a complete toss  and so Sephora is the clear winner 🙂

By the way both these subscriptions have variations so what did you get in your bag ? Let me know in the comments below. Also if you like to sign up for any of these subscriptions here is the link

Ipsy:Ipsy signup ( Referral Link)

Play by Sephora: Play by Sephora signup

Till next time….

XOXO

Ketaki

 

December 2014 Ipsy Unboxing !!!

Subscription: Ipsy

Cost : 10$

Ships to : USA and Canada

Ipsy is monthly beauty and makeup subscription all for 10$ including shipping. Every month ipsy sends out four to five sample and deluxe size products with a makeup bag. There are different combinations of products depending upon your style profile. 

When you subscribe for ipsy you need to answer the questionnaire which helps ipsy to decide the best combination of products. 

 Now let’s get on to this months products 🙂

The ipsy bag comes in this Pink bubble Bag.

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Theme for the month

 

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December 2014 Ipsy Bag

This month the bag came with quite a stuff. 5 items mostly deluxe size.

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The Bag….

The bag is black silky I actually thought i won’t  like it but its nice soft bag and its has quite good space. I think its good to carry brushes when travelling.

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Bumble and bumble Repair Blow Dry $3.5

Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry

Repairs hair with every blow dry,heals split ends and it makes the blow dry last 3 days… I would be very excited to try this product as i have fine hair.

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Tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara$5

 Tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara

 Promises to deliver a 330% increase in lash volume instantly. Loved to see that….. another mascara. I love these deluxe size mascaras will travelling.

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CAILYN Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish- Orchid $15

 CAILYN Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish-Orchid

Nice inner corner highlight or nice all over lid color. The sponge is good applicator and it helps in applying the inner corner highlight. Its main ingredient is raw mineral powder seems good. Oh this is full size product.

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Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream-$5

 Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream

I have received a moisturizer from this brand it was really nice. Its nice to get an eye cream and i hope its not too oily. Every girl needs a eye cream…. panda eyes ..:P

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NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm-Parfait (fuchsia with blue undertones) $4

 NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm-Parfait (fuchsia with blue undertones)

Perfect lip balm for the Boston Winter …:) I can’t have too many Lip Balm.

Final Thoughts

I paid $10 and got $32.5 worth products. It was a good month. Are you a subscriber to Ipsy ? What did you receive this month? Let me know in the comments I would love to know what you feel about ipsy.

If you like to subscribe ipsy click on the following link :
 Ketaki
XOXO

Julep October Box 2014 Swatch and Review – The Black Magic Collection

Hey Everyone,

I know past two months I have been late at posting swatches and reviews. I have been super busy with my fall trip and work ..sorry for the delay..but here we are with Julep October Box…The Magic begins..:)

 

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The October Box The Black Magic Collection (It Girl)

Theme:The black Magic Collection.

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If you are not aware what Julep Maven is let me explain,it’s a monthly subscription where you get limited run nail colors and /or beauty products. Julep will make 5 curated boxes for each style profile.

Subscription:Julep Maven

Ships to : US and Canada

Subscription options:Two subscription tiers: My Maven and Maven Luxe.

With My Maven, you’ll get $40+ worth of polish & product for $24.99/month, or $19.99/month with a three-month prepaid subscription. Each monthly box is completely customizable.

With Maven Luxe, you’ll get $60+ worth of prestige products for $39.99/month, or $34.99/month with a three-month prepaid subscription. Each monthly box is completely customizable.

When would be my credit card charged?

Your card will charged when you order your Welcome Box. If you sign up before the 19th of the month, you will be charged again on the 27th for the next month’s box. If you sign up on or after the 19th of the month, you will be charged again on the 27th of the following month.

Skip option ?

You’ll earn a skip option every six months, allowing you to skip up to two boxes per year. Log into your account during the Monthly Maven Reveal (20th-24th of every month) to apply the option.

If you do not have a skip option available, but extenuating circumstances prevent you from taking your box this month, please contact our Julep Beauty Advisors at 877-651-3292 or maven@julep.com and we’ll do our absolute best to help you out.

*Mavens who joined before December 19, 2013 are “grandmothered” into their original terms, with no changes to their skip options

When does my Maven Box arrives ?

When you first become a Maven, we’ll send out your Welcome Box as soon as your account is processed. Monthly Maven Boxes start shipping on the 27th of each month. Please allow 7 to 10 business days for your box to arrive. Please note: if your shipping address is outside of the continental United States, your box may take longer to arrive.

Now to the box and the swatches….

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Shailene (It GIrl)-Purple with Gold iridescence( Without Flash)

 

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Shailene (It GIrl)-Purple with Gold iridescence( With Flash)

 

 

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Dana(It Girl) White with electric blue sheen.Black Light Reactive.

 

Ledi (IT girl)-Black Pearl Shimmer ( With Flash)

Ledi (IT girl) Black Pearl Shimmer ( With Flash)

Ledi(It girl)-Black Pearl Shimmer ( With Flash)

Ledi(It girl) Black Pearl Shimmer ( With Flash)

Overall Thoughts: I wasnt that impressed with box. The most disappointing one was Dana (White with electric blue sheen),formulation was patchy and  took me 3 coats to build up opacity. I don’t own black light so i can’t comment about that feature. Loved the formulation on Ledi and Shailene.

Shailene does not look at that impressive without flash and the true color shows up only in flash light.

Ledi seems to be my favourite black polish its a one coater perfect formulation.

How was your October Julep Maven Box ? Which box did you get ?

Let me know your reviews…in the comments down below.

 

Are you a Julep Maven ? Would you like to be a julep maven ?

You can get your first julep maven box for free.

To get your first box or to subscribe click on the below link

http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/228035/

Once you have registered Julep will mail you the unique promo code.

XOXO

Ketaki

Disclaimer : This post contains referral/affiliated Link.

 

 

Nailette October 2014 Box Review and Swatches

Subscription:Nailette

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Nailette is the easiest way to stay on trend. They curate the best nail colors for you each season based on your style and skin tone so you can always be the one wearing the latest and greatest, effortlessly.

Basically a nail polish subscription but it sends out mini polishes. How cute 🙂

The products include high-end brands like essie,opi, orly etc.

Ships to :US

Cost: $9.99 for every month or every alternate month. You can choose out of the two options.

I subscribed to get the minis every month. You can cancel anytime .

So here are the second box of Nailette with the two mins

Essie Under The Twilight

Essie Find Me An Oasis

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These two colors were part of the Essie Resort Fling Collection 2014.

Here a the swatch of Essie Under The Twilight in natural light. This is nice deep purple bluish shade. I like how pigmented it is and the consistency is awesome. You could even get away with one coat. Hands down an awesome Fall shade.

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This is the second shade Essie Find Me An Oasis. When I saw this shade in the box I was bit skeptical as it looks similar to those near white shades from essies. But I was so wrong I loved how it turned out. Formula was it was streaky but well dried 2 coats and we are done….

 

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These swatches are all 2 coats and do have a top coat.

 

Final thoughts: I love both shades one is perfect fall shade and the other pastel shade. Such balanced shade selection.This box also came with voucher to Sweet Baby by Donna which sells out a nice cuticle oil.

I feel Nailette is totally a nail fanatic subscription and it is so far my favourite nail polish subscription.

Are you subscribed to Nailette ? What did you get in your September Box ? Let me know in the comment box below 🙂

XOXO

Ketaki

http://www.nailette.com/

Ipsy Bag September 2014 review

I know it’s too late write this review as September has already gone.
Sorry I was on vacation And my professional responsibilities tied me up.
Enough of my chatter and let’s begin the ipsy bag review.

The Pink Packaging!!

The Pink Packaging!!

Theme- Street Style..

Theme- Street Style..

Ipsy Bag

 

If you are not aware about what Ipsy is, here’s the info you would like to know.

Ipsy is monthly beauty and makeup subscription all for 10$ including shipping. Every month ipsy sends out four to five sample and deluxe size products with a makeup bag. There are different combinations of products depending upon your style profile.

When you subscribe for ipsy you need to answer the questionnaire which helps ipsy to decide the best combination of products.

Subscription: Ipsy

Cost: 10$ ( shipping included)

Ships to : US and Canada

Theme: Street Style.

Metallic Bag!!

As per the theme street style this month Ipsy sent out a fun Metallic bag with studs so on trend this fall.Love the Bag.

NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow-  Innocent

NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow Innocent$4.5

I haven’t tried NYX eyeshadow,so I was super excited to receive in my bag. Its pretty mauve shade and pigmented.

NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow Innocent

NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow Innocent-$4.5

NYX  Hot Singles Eye Shadow Inocent Swatch

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Hot Singles Eye Shadow Innocent Swatch

Here’s the swatch,it’s not soft as high eyeshadow but i have tried this eyeshadow and it goes on really smooth. Also it stay for more than 6 hours and faded gradually with making my eyes look like a raccoon..:)

Alterna Haircare  CAVIAR CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction

Alterna Haircare
CAVIAR CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction-$8.5

The second product is CAVIAR CC Cream is leave in product with 10 benefits. This product smells fresh and lemony.  My hair felt soft and smelled so nice. I can get quite good use out of this deluxe sample.

CAILYN Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss- Basic Instinct

CAILYN Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss- Basic Instinct-$19

I am glad that ipsy didn’t send me another hot pink gloss. A full size lip product worth $19 ..yay!!

This is a perfect pink nude which is my kind of shade. Didn’t feel sticky like other glosses.

Crown Brush  Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush

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Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush-$4

This was the best product out of the four products received. The brush is super soft and I like the concept of dual brushes is awesome. One end is a shadow brush and the other is crease. It picks up shadow like a high-end brush. The only problem I have with these dual brushes  is storage as I keep them in a brush cup. That damages one end of the brush.

Crown Brush  Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush

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Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush

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Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush

Pacifica  Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil- Gun Metal

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Natural Waterproof Eye pencil Gun Metal-$4 may be ?

I was excited about this Pacifica Eye Pencil in Gun Metal,but this was the most disappointing product. It has no or very little staying power. It got transferred to my waterline making my eyes look like racoon and was over my eyelids. I don’t think so I will ever pick up this product again.

Overall thought: Out of five products four were good,the bag was impressive. The total worth of products was $40 which is really a nice value for 10$ subscription.

Ipsy sends out bags with different combination of products, what products did you get ? How was your experience ?
If you like to subscribe ipsy click on the following link :
XOXO
Ketaki
 

 

Wantable August 2014 Accessories Box Review

Wantable is subscription service which creates curated boxes every month. They have three different options  makeup , accessories and intimates. One can have a monthly subscription for $36 or one time purchase for $40. You can answer the quiz and select what you love like and dislike. Unlike other subscription boxes wantable will never send items which are selected under dislike.

You can return single item or you can also return the entire box if your unhappy. The return process can be found on the wantable website.

I opted for the accessories box which has 4 boutique accessories, hand picked by the stylist of the month.

For the month of August Youtuber and blogger  Rachel Weiland has partnered with Wantable to create the accessories box.

My likes were Classic ,Glam,Boho,Mix and Match,Earrings,Bracelets,Necklaces,Sliver tone,Gold tone & Multi-tone.

Also my dislikes were Rock n Roll,Watches,Rings,Sunglasses,Scarves and Hair accessories.

Selections

Selections

Wantable sends the accessories in a cute pouches which are really useful for storing and when travelling.

Keep them for future use 🙂

Velvet Pouch

Velvet Pouch

So lets get on to the first item that was in the box, the Lainey earrings are beautiful rhinestone studs. Love these type of studs, it can be paired with simple jewelry or on their own.

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THE LAINEY EARRINGS-16$

These intertwined loops textured gold tone makes them simple yet so different. Love them too….:)

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JUDY EARRINGS-$17

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This is why i like wantable this Madison necklace is not something I would have picked up at my normal shopping spree.

This blue necklace is surely a statement piece. Can be worn everyday or make it a statement jewelry for a date night.

Madison Necklace

Madison Necklace-$15

This fourth item is the highlight of this month. It’s by california fashioner Ettika.

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RHINESTONE CRYSTAL THREAD SILK COMBINATION BRAIDED BRACELET-$40

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 Love this dainty Rhinestone braided bracelet. It is indeed a simple piece  but has classic look.  It was most  expensive item of the entire box. 

Final Thoughts: I paid $36 for the box and received accessories worth $88. Overall I am happy with wantable would like to keep on with this subscriptions.

 If you would like you subscribe to wantable you can click on the following link.

https://www.wantable.com/invite/Qfz5Mqb_scQ

Yes it is a referral link..:)

If  you don’t wish to use my referral link you can log  to https://www.wantable.com and subscribe for the box.

XOXO

Ketaki….

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