EDIT 2/8/14 - At this time I no longer recommend purchasing from Bondi New York.
EDIT October 29th, 2013 - Bondi New York's Bondi Box subscription service was suspended as of October 28th, 2013. Right now they are only selling individual polishes.
Most of you may have heard me go on and on about this incredible company called Bondi New York and their ahhh-mazing polishes, or you may have heard me gush about their fantastic high-quality customer service or "Rockstar" service as they like to say! AND you also may have read my post about them starting up a monthly subscription service! Well you MAY have, if you haven't, my darlin's, then never fear, here is the link -
August was Bondi's first month for their new service and YES, I absolutely DID subscribe! (As should you, ahem ahem. ::enable::) and without further ado, here is what I received!
I received three polishes, a perfume, lip glaze & a lip gloss
This month's box included three mystery polishes from their Spring/Summer 2013 collection, as well as mystery grab bag beauty items from various companies. September's box (which is now available to sign up for!) will include 3 polishes from their new Fall/Winter 2013 collection and a deluxe beauty item but it won't be a mystery grab bag item, everyone will be receiving the same product. Here's the awesome part though, Bondi will be be letting subscribers pick the three polishes for their box! That personal touch, I love it!
Let's take a closer look at what Cookie received in her box...
FRUIT PIGMENTED LIP GLAZE
"Sheer berry pink red. Gorgeous colors from fruit pigments in a moisturizing base of avocado and cocoa butters. 100% natural formula will give your lips a sheer wash of fruit pigmented color while nourishing your lips with vitamins and antioxidants." - from 100percentpure.com
How cute is this sleek little tube? Positively adorable! The color is a beautiful strawberry pink-red and the formula is soft, buttery but not sticky and applies nicely.
Being a glaze, it's not as pigmented as a lipstick, but the color payoff is still fantastic and it's easily blended as you can tell by the picture above. It has a glossy, shimmery sheen that looks gorgeous in the daylight.
I love how natural it looks, but it still gives you a beautiful wash of color. The consistency is light, it doesn't feel heavy or thick on your lips, even with a couple of layers applied. It also doesn't have that stickiness that some glaze or gloss lip products tend to have. The color lasts about 2 hours before fading (without eating or drinking), but you'll still have a soft color fade. It also keeps your lips very nourished hours after use!
LOVE & TOAST by Margot Elena
LITTLE LUXE PERFUME
in Gin Blossom
Fragrance: Citrus Zest, Spring Dew, Mandarin Blossom, & Verbena Leaves
- from loveandtoast.com
Mmmmmmmm.....the fragrance is fresh, light, with a tangy sweetness from the citrus and mandarin blossom. It's absolutely delicious! This is the perfect mix for people like me who aren't partial to floral scents because it has a brighter zing of notes. The scent lasted pretty much all day after I applied in the morning and by night it was a light airy lingering aroma. Love & Toast also has 5 other fabulous sounding fragrances that I will DEFINITELY be needing to try:
- Honey Coconut - sweet honey, sugared vanilla, violet, sandalwood
- Mandarin Tea - african rooibos, pomegranate, neroli, orange blossom
- Paper Flower - waterlily, dewberry, rose, ylang ylang
- Pomme Poivre - vanilla orchid, white musk, jasmine, ebony woods
- Sugar Grapefruit - pink grapefruit, orange citrus, warm musk, lily
This adorable little bottle is 0.33 oz, but they also have full size bottles that are 3.4 oz as well as roller balls, handcremes, and balms!
FRUIT PIGMENTED LIP GLOSS
"100% Pure lip glosses made with Vitamin E from organic rice bran and beautiful colors from fruit pigments. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant that drenches your lips with moisture and deeply softens." - from 100percentpure.com
Is it strange that I keep smelling my lip gloss tube? Because I DO! It smells SO good, just like fresh yummy fruit!
As you can see the consistency is a tad thicker than some glosses and the color is a beautiful pink-mauve nude. The two swipes looks thick and sticky, but it's not at all, it's very creamy from the shea butter and honey beeswax in the formula. You can also see it's very blendable!
On my lips, it doesn't show up quite as much since my lips are already pink, but in person the color looks beautiful! Again, from 100% Pure, can you believe a lip gloss does NOT GET STICKY! Immediately once you rub your lips together you can feel how well moisturized they are and they last like that throughout the day, but the color does fade in about 1.5 hours as most glosses do.
::swoon:: Hellooooo beauties!
From Left to Right:
- Teal Magnolia
- Top of the Rock
- Botanical Beauty
Can I just say I nearly fell over with joy upon receiving a teal polish? BONDI HOW DID YOU KNOW?! They know everything, I kid you not, they are phenomenal! I know you're just dying to see swatches, so I'll keep you waiting no longer!
"A luscious lilac may have them fooled into thinking you're a lady, but we know a tantalizing temptress lies beneath the soil. Plant the seed of intrigue and watch it grow - they won't be able to resist your bouquet." - from bondinewyork.com
Feminine, soft, but still with a bright, sprightly edge, this color is darling! It was the thickest of the three polishes, but still very easy to work with if you take your time. I only needed two coats for full opacity. One coat was pretty opaque by itself, but I used two just to make the color pop more. It's classic, yet modern, girly, yet can be edgy. I think this would be amazing as a base for a stamping design, or as a feminine french tip, or just by itself! Beautiful!
TOP OF THE ROCK
"Paint this posh grey on your paws and claw your way up to the top. A monochrome mani/pedi is the new powersuit, so get to workin' it. Three words: Stone. Cold. Fox." - from bondinewyork.com
This color is incredible, it's a cool steely grey with a very, VERY soft brown undertone that's hard to detect unless you inspect it closely. It's the sheerest of the three, but this picture shows only two coats which I found to be adequately opaque for my taste. It does brush on sheerer towards the edges, but I think that looks lovely as it softens them. At the most, you might need three coats if you want a strong solid color. Also, to note, I'm not wearing a top coat on any of these as I want you to see the formula by itself. If you noticed, Botanical Beauty was a bit semi-glossed in finish, but Top of the Rock is very glossy! I think the color is very unique and stunning!
"You'll never have the blues again when you make teal your signature color. It's a beautifully bold move for a delicate flower such as yourself. Now's the time to blossom into a bad-ass." - from bondinewyork.com
Ah, babydoll, teal has BEEN my signature color! Does that make me a bad-ass? Cause I would LOVE to think I am!....oh who am I kidding, I'm a cuddly little kitty ::grin:: However, is this color not DIVINE? The formula is wonderful, it only needed two coats for full opacity and to brighten the shade. It has a beautiful semi-gloss finish as well. I could just stare and stare at this shade forever! It's definitely a brighter more jade-mint toned teal, but I think it's one of my favorite teal polishes I've ever seen. Love, love, love!
WORTH AND PURCHASE:
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze in Strawberry (full-size): $15
LOVE & TOAST Little Luxe Perfume in Gin Blossom: $9
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Gloss in Mauvely (full-size): $13
Bondi New York Nail Polishes: $12.50 each x 3 = $37.50
Total Paid for Box: $19.99
Total Worth of Box: $74.50
Wooooooooow. UNbelievable! I received almost FOUR times worth the amount of what I paid! Not only that, but I adored absolutely everything I received! The polishes alone are worth more than what I paid. Well done, Bondi, well done! You know how to make a gal happy!
Well, you didn't think I'd leave you without a mani finale, did you? Haha, silly.....
I love the way these three colors look together! A bit of brightness, a bit of girlishness and a bit of edge! I painted the base colors, then used french tip tape from a Sally Hansen set to line the edge and painted just a single coat of each color for the tips. I am also wearing Bondi's clear polish I'm Vers as both my base and top coat!
I am so excited to be adding this sub to my list of subs for my blog, as I know it will ALWAYS be stunning and knock me off my feet! After September's box, the polishes will be all new never-seen-before colors! ::stoked:: Already looking forward to seeing the Fall/Winter collection!
Also if you are interested in seeing more of their Spring/Summer collection, just a head's up, I have a special post coming up soon with......SWATCHES GALORE! AND a special linkup with a fabulous blogger bestie of mine, so stay tuned! ::wink::
Happy Makeuping & Polishing, a Bondi Girl forever,