Aloha! I am back! (I imagine that sounds all cool because it sounds like I am back from a restful vacation but alas, it was a hustle month of weddings and I am glad to finally just... stop.) As I hinted last week, I've got a whole week full of Rainbow Honey! They were kind enough to send over a few samples, including this month's mystery bag! I know I post a lot of Rainbow Honey, but in case you want more - be sure to follow them on Facebook and check out their shop! They're offering a wicked cool discount of 20% off your entire purchase with the code: MIXTAPE20.
Also, again if you haven't entered THE GREAT POLISH GIVEAWAY 2014 brought to you by folks of Nail Polish Canada, I've thrown in Rainbow Honey's Midnight Garden into the jackpot. I believe as of today, the jackpot is up to 154 and ends in 16 days. Enter right hurrrrrr.
Also! ALSO. Coming this fall, Rainbow Honey will be working with a Canadian retailer to bring "my people in the land of the north" these lovely Mystery Bags without having to pay the same amount as the bag for shipping - in addition to faster shipping speeds and no duty fees. It's about time? It's about time.
OK enough. Less talk, more rock.
Here's July's Mystery Bag - it looks like each month now has a custom logo, if we're following a trend. Love the cute tiny size of them still.
Ripping off the tissue wrap and sticker reveals a bubble pack with the goods. (See how cute?)
BOOM. All contents unveiled. I'll go through each of them, fear not.
First, here's the card. It's a taller card now, same as last month's:
Here's a transcription:
July's Mystery Bag
Greetings from the Rainbow Honey Lab!
Thanks for picking up this month's Mystery Bag!
This month's bag includes (Mini/Full):
Deep Heart Sea, (5/15 mL) - (a personal fave around here)... enjoy this new fun polish, filled with white hearts and neon glitters in a sheer blue base with purple shimmer!
Viridis, (5/15 mL) - A new treat of neon green stars accented by pastel glitters in a shimmery base!
Chemical Plant (5/15 mL) - A gourgeous sparkling magenta/violet with sparks of blue and glod shimmer! (Be sure to tell us what you think!)
Midori Eau de Parfum Rollerball, (4/12 mL) - A new summer scent; reminiscent of summer fruits... let us know what you think!
Midori Cuticle Balm, (.15 oz) - Our beloved cuticle balm, enriched with vitamin E, will protect your cuticles and nailbeds! Now in a matching (and delicious) new scent, Midori!
Midori Cooling Gel, (1/4 oz) - A brand new product for us; a cooling gel enriched with aloe to protect you during the hot summer days! Let us know what you think!
We hope you've enjoyed this month's look at some of our upcoming products! And since it's no longer a mystery, tell us what you loved the most - and tag your posts to make sure we see them!
Thank you again for being such a loyal fan! Love,
The Rainbow Honey Lab
(see you next month!)
And in addition to the card, a mini flyer promoting the new Summer Mixtape collection also came! Of course, shipping from eastern US to western Canada is sometimes lame and by the time I received this Mystery Bag, the collection was already released and happening! Fear not, though - again, coming this fall, Rainbow Honey will be working with a (still yet to be named) Canadian retailer to bring faster shipping and no duty fees.
Check out that discount swag. Again, until August 18th, you can use MIXTAPE20 for 20% off your purchase. Holy bajesus, seriously.
Here's the little mini Midori cooling gel. It's pretty freaking cute.
Here's some hilarious photos of me using it. (I couldn't stop laughing and making sound effects. I'd like to see you try to resist!):
(You totally made the "PLOP!" sound in your head, TELL ME I'M NOT ALONE!)
The cooling gel is pretty nice. It takes forever to dry, which is great because if you're really hot, what you can do is sit in front of a fan with the cooling gel, and it just cools you down forever. I also found that it wasn't in any way sticky, which was a concern of mine since most aloe gels can be sticky. This also has a slight bit of "Rainbow Honey signature" shimmer (I swear they must have literally tonnes of it), so if you want to make "sparkle like a vampire" jokes, you totally can. You can see a hint of shimmer below. (Sorry not my nails):
Next up is the Midori scented Eau de Parfum. Midori is described as "reminiscent of summer fruits", which I totally get. I thought there was a hint of coconut too but there are definitive notes of passionfruit! Love these rollerballs. Very fun scent but need some reapplication throughout the day, which I don't mind because I honestly don't want a scent on me the whole day. For those of you who are familiar with Rainbow Honey's other scents - I find that Midori is more mild and subtle than Summer Juice. Summer Juice is far more sweeter and stronger.
And one of my fave Mystery Bag items - the Midori cuticle balm - it should be no secret that I LOVE Rainbow Honey cuticle balms. They are a staple in my nail care, and a godsend for my swatchfests. In fact, I used this guy all throughout my Rainbow Honey swatching. I think I still prefer the skinnier "cuticle sticks" but I feel like this format might offer more product. Definitely a change I don't mind making.
Here's the packaging:
How does it stack up? Pretty good! Love that it's not a greasy format. Usually between polish removing and the next polish, I will use the cuticle balms liberally and then just use a tissue to wipe off the excess. No greasy look here! Scent is pretty good too - again a nice mild fruit ode. I dig it.
Don't mind the ridges on my naked nails, but you can see that there isn't a greasy look to my hands!
Lastly, my favourite part - the mini nail lacquers by Rainbow Honey.
This month's mystery bag included Deep Heart Sea, Viridis, and Chemical Plant.
Here's a swatch of Chemical Plant. I found the formula is thickened quite easily as well as not being self-levelling but this may be due to that I have a fan running in my room (seriously guys, summer is so hot). Asides from the slightly thick formula (which can always be corrected by thinner), I was pretty impressed that I only needed two coats! Pretty damn opaque.
Here's a swatch of Viridis. It's pretty cute. I knew the seemingly green jelly base would be super sheer but I wanted to swatch it without any undies any way. I feel like this polish would kick ass over black or a contrasting glitter bomb like a dark blue! (GLITTER ON TOP OF GLITTER, WHY NOT!)
And lastly, but certainly not least... A swatch of Deep Heart Sea. I have to admit I wasn't sold on it right away because jellies are never a certain sell to me but it definitely grew on me pretty quick! I can see why this one is a crowd favourite. Application was a bit tough because the glitters are actually quite generously packed! Some dabbing and placement tactics are needed but it's quite the pay off. It can be a bit thirsty for top coat so make sure to give it some top coat love!
That's all for this month's Mystery Bag. I know I was late to the party but again... Shipping to Canada always equals balls. This is a totally scientific term, by the way. Rainbow Honey has also changed their "free shipping qualification" on their online shop from $50 to $75 for us Canadians, but let's again just rejoice that Rainbow Honey is actually changing their ways this fall and switching over to a Canadian retailer. They claim that all products on their site will be available so I hope all the cuticle sticks and limited edition mystery boxes count as well. I'm looking forward to it! And again, make sure you use MIXTAPE20 if you plan on pulling the trigger on any purchases until August 18th!
What do you make of this month's Mystery Bag? What are your faves?
Full disclosure: This sample was provided for an unbiased review.