First Birchbox! June Birchbox – Away We Go

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For the first time ever, I am sharing a Birchbox unboxing with you! After having been subscribed to Ipsy, I finally decided to also subscribe to Birchbox. For those who are unfamiliar with Birchbox, for $10 USD you get box filled with samples of beauty and lifestyle products. To subscribe or just to read more about Birchbox, you can click here. This month’s theme is, “Away We Go.”

So last week on Instagram I eluded that the reason why I finally decided to subscribe was, well, dumb. It kind of is. Next month I’ll be taking a short trip for work and for my birthday. I’ve never waxed my legs so I shave (yes, we are heading into TMI territory). My leg grows crazy fast! It’s also dark and fairly thick so I find myself having to shave every day I go out especially during the summertime. Well, Birchbox sent out an email that if I subscribed for June I could choose an extra sample, it was between a Cynthia Rowley lip gloss and… a shaving cream. The shaving cream got me. And THAT is why I subscribed this month. See, I told you, dumb right?!?

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I got my box a lot later than other people since I’m a new subscriber so I could not wait to dig into it.

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1. Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner, and OI All in One Milk (full size $24-$28)

With the other subscription box I get, most often time the hair products that I receive are useless, but this was right up my alley. It is described as a “strand smoothing trio [that] softens, detangles, and tames frizz for remarkably sleek locks.” I used the shampoo the first day, the shampoo and conditioner the second day, and all three the third day I washed. The shampoo and conditioner have a nice smell, slightly perfumey that lasted quite a while after washing. The scent of the all in one milk however was a little bit overpowering. I didn’t notice much of a difference with my hair after using the shampoo but the conditioner in the other hand is a whole different story– my hair felt like silk! And mind you that “silk” is not a word that I used to describe my hair. It didn’t weigh my hair down either. Overall, I would probably purchase the full size of the conditioner but pass on the shampoo and milk.

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2. Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleaner (full size $32.95)

I get somewhat hesitant to use face products mainly because many tend to break me out, I don’t know what it is. This is a foaming and exfoliating cleanser that smells “deliciously lemony” as the Birchbox description box calls it. I would describe it as a freakin’ Lemonhead candy… and I love Lemonheads. The exfoliation particles in the cleanser are gentle and the cleanser foams up nicely. You only need a small amount, about the size of a Lemonhead should do. I used a bit too much on my face the first time I tried it and I looked really… frothy.

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I did end up with a couple small pimples the next day but I can’t for sure attribute it to using this cleanser. I will try it again though because of the scent. Despite the sample being small in terms of size, it’s perfect for travel since you need so little of the product to do the job.

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3. Egyptian Magic All-Purpose skin cream (full size $26-38)

I’ve been hearing the name Egyptian Magic often lately but to be honest I never really looked into it in depth. It’s supposed to moisturize, fight wrinkles, treat burns and bruises, and more. I did read a review briefly that mentioned it broke the user out so I will likely not be using this on my face.

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4. LAQA & Co. sheer lip lube pencil (full size $18)

This product was both surprising and pleasing. Surprising because of the bright color. To me it is a radiant orchid color (Color of the Year, wooo!) and it typically isn’t a color I would buy when it comes to lip products. It is described as a semi-sheer product that packs a whole LOT of color. There was nothing sheer about this for me. The color is rather gorgeous though and despite my reluctance to ever purchase this color for my lips, it looks really pretty on my skintone. It’s really glossy just as the description says.

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This product did not dry out my lips at all and the color lasted a good amount of time. It does have a slightly minty scent which I appreciate. The packaging is also really pretty– metallic and white? I’m all over it.

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Here’s a swatch of the color. Pretty right?

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5. Joie Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum (full size $98)

This perfume sample came in a standard size spray vial that you would typically get with perfume samples. The scent was nice, but to be honest it’s nothing to write home about. I didn’t find anything unique in the scent that would persuade me to buy it. But then again, $98 for a bottle of perfume? I don’t think anything could persuade me to buy the full size.

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6. Whish shave cream (full size $20)

Last but not least is my bonus sample that I picked as my welcome to Birchbox. I chose the Whish shave cream which is in the scent acai grapefruit. I have not yet tried this sample (I’m using it for my trip hahaha). The reviews I have read have been mixed, more positive than negative though.

And that, my friends, is my first Birchbox. Overall, I’m very pleased with it. Out of the entire box, there isn’t a single item that I did not like, maybe some that I liked less than others, but nothing that I would not use. I’m happy I decided to subscribe and I’m already looking forward to July!

 

 

June Ipsy Glambag – Pretty in Paradise

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It’s Ipsy time! For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here. This month’s bag theme is “Pretty in Paradise,” fitting for the start of summer.

The surprise is the makeup bag itself. It is a deep blue with red zipper and has a fun pineapple and bird of paradise print… and it was designed by Rebecca Minkoff. Take a look at her video here!

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Here is what I received in my glambag this month:
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1. NYX butter gloss in apple strudel (nyxcosmetics.com, full size $5)

I’ve said this time and time again– I love NYX. They are affordable and great quality. I’ve been hearing a lot about the NYX butter glosses but have holding off on purchasing any until I saw what color I got in my Ipsy bag. I received it in the shade apple strudel which is a pretty peach color. It has a typical sponge applicator. The formula is slightly tacky but not anymore than I would expect from any other lipgloss. The color swatched pretty on my arm but unfortunately the color didn’t show so much on my lips. An additional plus is that it smells delicious– I felt like the entire time I was applying this, I was smothering a birthday cake flavored cupcake all over me! Nice product that doesn’t disappoint, I’ll just need to try out different colors, I’m thinking maple blondie or red velvet.

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2. Nicka K New York shimmer liner in green (nicka.com, full-size $4.99)

I remember getting a Nicka K nail polish in a past Ipsy bag, it was a gorgeous red color that was the red of all reds for me. Sadly, I can’t find the polish =(. I was happy to be able to try another product from the line. Nowadays, I typically don’t reach for colored eyeliner (I tend to reach for black or brown almost every day) but a new colorful liner is always a welcome change. (I actually recently purchased the NYX liquid crystal liner in gold which I love.) Anyway, this month I received the Nicka K shimmer eyeliner in green. The colors is very pretty, it’s more of like a peacock green than a green-green if that makes any sense HAH. It watched beautifully on my arm but unfortunately I felt at odds when I applied, or rather tried to apply, it to my eyelid. The applicator HURTS. The website describes it as a foam tip applicator. When I think of “foam” words like soft and gentle come to mind. Instead it was hard and stiff. Haha hard and stiff *devilish grin*… A bit of a disappointment considering the color is nice and the formula so far seems to stay put pretty well (I can still see my swatch on my arm a day later after having washed over it). I suppose I could use a different brush that is much more gentle on the eye area but having to remove the applicator that came with it, dip in a different brush and wasting some product, then having to recap it? Too much hastle.

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3. Laneige BB Cushion (target.com, full size $34)

I’ve seen a lot of Laneige posts lately and now I’ve seen the line carried at Target so of course I’ve been really curious about it. I received the Laneige BB cushion sample in my Ipsy bag. At first, I thought this was just a small foil sample since all I saw when I first pulled it out of my pink bubble mailer was the cardboard display. The sample actually has four little compartments– one for the applicator puff and one each of the light, medium, and dark shades. When I first saw that I was receiving the BB cushion, I thought it was going to be a single sample of one shade and the color that each person received was going to be a toss up, so the sample that was actually sent out is a pleasant surprise.

I have been searching for a new BB cream and also something in a compact form that would make applying it much easier on the go especially since I’ll be doing some traveling this summer. I have not yet tried this product but I have high hopes for it.

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4. Marc Anthony dream waves beach spray (walgreens.com, full size $8.79)

I’m not a fan of hair products unless it’s a conditioner or mask so styling products in my Ipsy bag are usually pretty bleh to me, so things like spray clays or gels are not the types of things I want to see waiting for me in my bag. Most days my hair has been flat ironed but lately I’ve been leaving the house with my hair in its natural state– airy, curly, and slightly frizzy. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t mind going out with my hair in all its glory from time to time so anything that will enhance my natural texture is fine.

Let me say first that this beach spray from Marc Anthony smells divine! It makes me want to grab a pina colada and sit it a lounge chair while I’m basking in the sun at the bask. It smells like a freakin’ pina colada! I’ll get back to you on how this performs a little later– my hair is currently ironed out and I don’t want to waste a perfectly good hair day.

// Edit // I’ve had a chance to now try out the Marc Anthony beach spray and while it smells delicious, it didn’t perform how I was hoping. It left me hair feeling sticky =(.

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5. Be a Bombshell lash out mascara (beabombshellcosmetics.com, full size $15)

Last but not least and unfortunately the most disappointing product I received this month is this Be a Bombshell mascara. It is a repeat brand that we seem to receive every other month. I haven’t had any issues with the quality of products but the colors usually haven’t been ideal for me and I’ve had to work them with other color products for them to be wearable. With that said, this month is the first time I’ve received a product by this company that I cannot use. Why? I’ll get to that shortly.

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The packaging of the mascara follows the look of the packaging of all the other products I’ve received– matte, black, and simple with just their logo on it. The brush is a spiral brush that applied the product well. The formula didn’t clump even after the first application.

So, everything I’ve said about the mascara has been pretty positive, right? Why is this a product that I cannot use? To begin with, I was hesitant to apply this because the SMELL that came out of that tube when I first opened it was awful. Like, worse than the smell that came out of the POP Beauty lip gloss a few months back because this time around, the smell enveloped by senses right when I opened it. At least with the POP gloss I couldn’t smell it until it got closer to my nose. That is how bad the smell was and I can’t even begin to describe it. My eyes also started getting irritated after applying that I had to take it off immediately. I took to the company’s Facebook page and sure enough there were the posts of BaB addressing with the many people posting issues with it. Here is the first post made on June 11th:

We understand that several IPSY customers have received our Lash Out Mascara with a strong smell. We would like to assure you that all of our ingredients are 100% safe.

Three of the ingredients included in our Lash Out mascara are included in the FDA’s list of Generally Recognized As Safe ingredients list. Those ingredients are Cera Alba (Bees Wax), Propylene Glycol, and Stearic Acid. All other ingredients are ingredients that are commonly used in other cosmetic products.

Although the mascara has a strong smell, we as a company chose to not cover the smell with a fragrance in the formulation. Fragrance is often an irritant to sensitive consumers.

We value our customers and all Ipsters. We take all complaints seriously and take them into consideration. Please e-mail Be A Bombshell cosmetics at customerservice@beabombshellcosmetics.com with any questions or concerns.

And here is the second post made yesterday:

Dear Ipsters and Bombshells,

We would like to address the continuing concern over our Lash Out mascara included in many of Ipsy’s June bags. Batch 0310 was produced in April of 2014 specifically for the Ipsy June bag. At the time of production this batch underwent our standard testing and all tests came back normal.

We recognize the continued concern over the safety of this product. We urge anyone who experiences any irritation or other reaction to discontinue use of this product. In light of the continuing concern over our Lash Out mascara batch 0310 we will be engaging a new independent laboratory to conduct additional safety testing on this batch of mascara.

The safety of our customers is of paramount importance to us. We take all complaints seriously and are investigating these concerns. If anyone has any additional concerns, please continue to reach out to us at customerservice@beabombshellcosmetics.com. We will reply to each email as soon as possible.

Thank you,
The Bombshell Team

While I appreciate the fact that the company is addressing the issue at hand but, come on, to say that they chose to not cover the smell with a fragrance? No fragrance in the world can cover up the smell of the mascara and it is nothing like any other mascara I have ever used. I surely hope that the company intends to keep its users updated especially considering many people other than myself experienced eye irritation from its use.

And back to my bag… Here are the swatches of the NYX butter gloss and Nicka K shimmer eyeliner:

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Overall, this month’s bag was OK. The fact that Ipsy collaborated with Rebecca Minkoff to bring us a fun tropical bag for summer is a major plus but a couple products did not perform as I hoped they would that they bring down the entire bag this month. Did you receive your June Ipsy glambag? What did you get?

NEW! Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette

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I am BEYOND excited to be sharing this post with you today! While I was watching one of CoffeeBreakWithDani‘s YouTube videos, I browsed through the comments and someone had mentioned a palette called Revealed 2. Curious me got to researching and I found the Revealed 2 palette by Coastal Scents. I’ve heard of Coastal Scents before but never purchased anything. I think I’d received them in an Ipsy bag before but without having to research I honestly can’t remember, so whatever I received must have been forgettable (most likely due to color). After watching reviews and looking at swatches, I gave in. Mind you this was all early in the morning last Friday and there was a promotion going on to get this palette for less than $10 — regular price is $19.95.

Tuesday came and there in a pretty yellow box were my palettes, yes, I bought two of them. Imagine my excitement when I got home! It came very well packaged, the palettes were wrapped in large bubble wrap then wrapped in paper all in a good sized box.

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The palette is made of cardboard. One of the things it is lacking is a mirror on the cover. For some people, that is a deal breaker. For me, the presence of a mirror is just an added bonus so I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. The palette contains 20 matte and shimmer eyeshadows in rectangular pans the same size as those in the Urban Decay Naked palettes that the Revealed palettes are getting compared to. Most of the reviews that I’ve read and claimed that most of these shadows are dupes of colors in Naked 2 and 3. Unfortunately, I never could bring myself to purchase those (I only have the first Naked palette) so I can’t confirm those claims but based on everyone else’s pictures, many of them definitely do look like dupes. So, if you’re like me and the UD palettes are out of your budget, then Revealed 2 is a great alternative.

Quite a few of the shadows are pink toned similar to Naked 3 along with a couple more bronze and taupe shades. Here is my first set of swatches. No primer was used and these are dry swatched and a single swipe. I tend to be lighthanded when swatching so mine may not look at “vibrant” as others you see but, rest assured, pigmentation of these eyeshadows is amazing.

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And let’s take a look at each section since the colors are not named.

Top left:

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The color second from the right from this set seemed a bit more chalky when swatching.

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Bottom left:

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Bottom right:

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The shade second to the left in this set was a bit harder to swatch.

Overall, I think this a great palette. Only a small handful gave me issues when I did my swatches. The colors are absolutely beautiful. I haven’t yet used them on an eye look but I will definitely keep you all updated and let you know how they are in the long run. At under $10 each plus shipping there was no hesitation for me to purchase this palette at all, but even at the regular price of $19.95, you’re still getting a great deal– you’re basically paying $1 per eyeshadow. The colors are beautiful and the quality overall is really good for a discount makeup brand. For the most part, the eyeshadows are very silky with little fallout. If you choose to purchase this palette, you will NOT be disappointed. You can purchase the palette here!

Have you purchased Revealed2? What do you think about it?

May Ipsy Glambag – “Fresh Picks”

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Sorry I’ve been lagging so much with unboxings! It’s been really hectic around here but for now, it’s Ipsy time! For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here. This month’s bag theme is “Fresh Picks.”

The bag is a canvas, burlap-like fabric which is different than any other glambag I’ve received. It has a pretty green leaf print on the front of the bag with a matching zipper. Very pretty actually.

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Here is what I received in my glambag this month:
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1. Pacifica mineral eyeshadow duo #2 (Moonbeam & Unicorn) (pacificaperfume.com, $14 for 4-shadow palette)

I’m a huge fan of Pacifica body products, they’re scents are amazing! I’ve never tried their makeup though. Lately, I’ve found myself not using a whole lot of eyeshadow so to find that the only makeup item I received this month was this eyeshadow I was a little disappointed. With that being said, The size of this sample is perfect for travel– two shadow colors in one simple, small compact. I received duo #2 which consists of the shades Moonbeam and Unicorn. The colors are ok– the darker shade which I am assuming is Moonbeam is an almost matte with a slight shimmer muted purple color. Unicorn has a few teeny tiny specks of glimmer and is what I would describe as a vanilla color. Of the two shades, the lighter shade is much prettier in my opinion.

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Would I purchase these with my own money? Probably not.

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2. Eva NYC therapy session hair mask (eva-nyc.com, full-size $40)

I’m not a fan of hair styling products in my Ipsy bags but please give me conditioners, masks, and treatments! This mask by Eva NYC has a nice scent, sort of perfumey but not the old lady type of perfumey. The scent, however, did not last long after rinsing and drying. Unfortunately, I did not see much of a difference in my hair after using or at least not enough to justify the $40 price tag for the full-size product.

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3. Jersey Shore Sun anti-aging sunscreen (jerseyshoresun.com, full size $40)

Holy sh*t! Forty bucks for a sunscreen?! Way to rich for my blood. Yes, I am basing on whether I like this product on the price tag.

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4. Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria (macys.com, full size 4 oz $89)

Perfumes are one of my favorite items to receive in subscription boxes because they’re compact and fit perfect in my purse and are excellent for traveling. I haven’t yet found a scent that I have not liked but I have found some that were… underwhelming? This may be just one of them. I appreciate the size and ease of use of this sample but Endless Euphoria didn’t stand out to me.

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5. Avene thermal spring water (drugstore.com, full size $18)

When I first saw this I thought, “I got water **insert straight, emotionless face here**.” IT’S A CAN OF WATER. Literally, a can of water. Now the application of this was great, it is an aerosal can with a nice even mist so I didn’t get droplets all around my face. It left me face feeling nice and refreshed, kind of like those misters that you run into everywhere during the summertime. A+ for the packaging but if I’m going to pay $18, I’ll be more than happy to get a $1 spray bottle and fill it up with water myself.

 

Did you receive your May Ipsy glambag? What did you get?

April Ipsy Glambag – “Beauty Rocks”

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Guess what time it is. It’s Ipsy time! It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve done an Ipsy unbagging. For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here. This month’s bag theme is “Beauty Rocks,” which I am assuming is inspired by the beginning of music festival season.

Let’s start with the bag itself. The bag is square shaped which is a nice change from the regular rectangular shaped bags and featured a record design on the front. I like it.

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Along with the theme card that we get each month, subscribers also received a flyer for Ipsy’s Generation Beauty event that includes a code to purchase a ticket at a discounted price.
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And here is what I received in my glambag this month:
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1. Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on eye pencil (urbandecay.com, full size $20)

This month every subscriber received the travel size Urban Decay 24/7 velvet eye liner in black. A lot of times when Ipsy has the more well-known/more desired brands or products, only a handful of subscribers receives the item. This time every got the same pencil as one of the items in the bag. I love Urban Decay eyeshadows and when I purchased the first Naked palette I also received a dual ended eyeliner pencil. I had a few issues with smudging and when I read lots of people recommending it for the lower lash line or waterline I just couldn’t do it. I basically stopped using it.

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BUT, if Ipsy wants to give out an Urban Decay eyeliner then I will gladly accept it. It applied smoothly to my upper lash line without any tug on my skin or skips in the color. I did apply just a tiny bit to the outer corner of my lower lash line then smudge it out towards the center. It blended nicely. I tend to create a thick line on my upper lashes and it didn’t transfer onto my eyelid. I posted this photo on my Instagram so I figured I might as well post here, too:

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Yup, that’s me.

I love the rich black color when it comes to eyeliners and it blends nicely. Best of all, it stayed put.

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2. Rainbow Honey nail polish in Midnight Fountain (rainbowhoney.com, full-size $10)

I’ve never heard of Rainbow Honey so yay for trying new brands… finally. Their website indicates that their polishes are made in the US and are big 3 free (no formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate), 100% vegan, and cruelty free. I know that those attributes alone will make some poeple go gaga over them. The color I received is called Midnight Fountain, which is a blue jelly based polish with what looks like various blue, aqua, and silver glitter.

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We received a 5ml mini size. In the bottle it is GORGEEEOUS! I applied 3 thin coats on my nails (without any other base color) and the color was beautiful on my fingers though these types of blues isn’t something I would typically wear on my nails anymore. The unfortunate thing is that this started to chip the very next day.

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Though this isn’t a wearable shade for me, there are lots of other glitter bomb polishes that I do like. I just can’t get over the fact that I couldn’t go one day with it looking good on my nails. On the bright side, can we say helloooooo beautiful packaging! Sure, it’s a little wasteful (the UD also came with the large paper… thing? I don’t know what to call it) but the photograph is absolutely breathtaking.

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3. Demeter perfume oil roll on in jasmine (demeterfragrance.com, full size $10)

I have been DYING to get a Demeter perfume in an Ipsy bag– I always hear tons of amazing things about the brand and their scents. Just my luck that I would receive it this month in Jasmine. I love floral scents! The size of the product is spot-on for carrying in your purse for on-the-go refreshing. I love roll-ons, too, because I can control just how much I am using.

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The scent is exactly is you would get as if you were to sniff a fresh jasmine flower. This was a definite hit for me and I look forward to trying out more of Demeter’s fragrances.

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4. Mary Kay jelly lip gloss in berry me (marykay.com, full size $10)

This next product I would have not expected to see in an Ipsy bag… ever. Mary Kay? I think of it like Avon and, again, something I wouldn’t expect to receive from Ipsy. I’ve never tried Mary Kay products, I’ve only seen people driving around in their cars with Mary Kay decals plastered on them.

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The color gloss I received is called Berry Me. It’s a pretty pink berry color swatched but on my lips the color is very, very sheer with a little hint of pink but very shiny. (I’m wearing it in the photo above with the UD eyeliner.) It’s also very sticky which is NOT something I am a fan of on my mouth. The last thing I need is to be out on a day with a nice breeze and I can’t see because my hair is in my face because it’s stuck to my lips.

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5. dr. brandt microdermabrasion (drbrandtskincare.com, full size $78)

And we’re back to five items this month! Lastly, I received a sample tube of the dr. brandt microdermabrasion. I’ve heard of this brand and have always wanted to try it but could never bring myself to spend the money on it. The value of this sample is $9.75 so this alone almost makes up the entirepurcahse cost of the bag. I am always on the lookout to try different exfoliating products (I received the Epice  purifying exfoliant in my January bag as well which I liked). I haven’t yet tried the product since I’m trying to finish up the Epice but I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

 

For this month, despite the fail of the Mary Kay lip gloss and the Rainbow Honey polish, I do have to say that April’s Ipsy glambag is still one of my favorites that I’ve received in the 18 months that I’ve been a subscriber.

Did you receive your April Ipsy glambag? What did you get?

March Ipsy Glambag – “Destination Beauty”

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Guess what time it is. It’s Ipsy time! It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve done an Ipsy unbagging. For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here. This month’s bag theme is “Destination Beauty.” I’m a little late with this post– I actually received my bag almost two weeks ago but I was a little underwhelmed this month.

Let’s start with the bag itself. So it looks like Ipsy is doing a series of bags in unique prints for the new Artist Series. This month’s bag was designed by Klari Reis and is from her geography-based series called “Street Anatomy.” I’m going to be honest, I’m not a fan of the bag. It’s nothing against the artist– I took a look at her web portfolio and her work really is amazing, and I love the fact that Ipsy has chosen to reach out to artists because it’s giving them lots of exposure. It is how the artist’s work was printed on the bag that leaves something to be desired. As a non-SF person, it just looks like tons of colorful blobs (the print quality doesn’t help any either). Had the print been smaller and showed more of the work itself, I probably could have appreciated it more.

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With that being said, here are the products I received this month:
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1. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Get Ready (bareminerals.com, full size $18)

bareMinerals is a repeat brand with Ipsy but we don’t get it often enough for me to be sick of it, thank goodness. This month, subscribers received either the Marvelous Moxie lipstick of lipgloss. The last time I received bareMinerals, I received a lipgloss so I’m glad I received a different product. The lipstick is in the shade Get Ready which is a warm rose pink color. The formula has a satin finish and leaves my lips feeling moisturized. The color is really pretty and I can see it complimenting just about every skin color, yes, even mine.

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It is a pretty decent sized sample, it would be perfect to carry around in your makeup bag or purse or in your travel bag.

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2. Pixi flawless beauty primer (pixibeauty.com, full-size $22)

I always welcome primer samples. My success with primers has been 50/50– Smashbox Photo Finish worked well with my skin as did the Mirabella Prime for face & eyes I got in a previous bag, but some others have caused me to break out, one of which was the Pixi Flawless & Poreless primer that I received in a Target Beauty Box.

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Unlike the Smashbox and Mirabella primers, this primer is not clear/silicone but instead has a tint when dispensed and blends in like a moisturizer. It does leave a bit of a sheen when blended. Unfortunately, I’ve been working really hard to clear any current breakout that I’ve been dealing with to risk another breakout from another Pixi primer.

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3. Chella eyeliner pen in indigo blue (chella.com, full size $24)

I love eyeliner pens. If you ask me if I prefer pencils/kohl, gel, liquid, or pens, I will say pen just about every time. They’re easy to use, no additional brush required, and they allow for precision application– what more could you want? So, yes, I love that I received an eyeliner pen. What I’m on the fence about is that… it’s blue.

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I know many people on forums have been crying out for colored eyeliner and I would have also welcomed color if it were, ohhhhh I don’t know, purple, green, or gold. I’m not much of a blue around the eyes person. In terms of the applicator and formula, the pen tip is very easy to manage, you can draw a thin or thick line depending on how you hold the pen, and the formula is fairly budge proof. The blue color is nice but not for me. It’s too bad that Chella only offers this eyeliner pen in black and indigo blue. It’s also too bad that it’s $24. I’ll stick with Jessie’s Girl.

They do have a visible black band but thankfully it isn’t as thick as others that I’ve seen. These have potential for me… you know, once I actually start wearing false lashes. At $3.99 per pair and they come with a tube of glue, they’re worth giving a try.

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4. NYX Love in Rio eyeshadow palette in the Brazilian (nyxcosmetics.com, full size $6)

I have said it many times, I love NYX. I also love neutral eyeshadows. So, it’s just about a given that I love NYX neutral eyeshadows. I just love NYX. This palette comes with three neutral eyeshadows (and a useless sponge applicator). The packaging is plastic and very lightweight but who care, it’s NYX and I love NYX. I detail I noticed about the packaging that I thought was cute was on the front closure– it looks like a bow. You can’t tell me that’s not cute.

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So here are the shades that are included in the palette:

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They are dark brown, nude pink, and shimmery toffee. All are velvety soft. The dark brown is a matte shade that is perfect for defining the crease. Nude pink is a slightly shimmery shade though you can’t tell in my photos. It has teeny tiny specks of glitter and strikes me more of as a champagne color and looks really pretty in the corners of the eyes or to accentuate the middle of the eyelid. I probably wouldn’t use it as a brow highlight. The shimmery toffee is, well, shimmery toffee and very pretty. It’s a great little palette to add to all of my other neutral palettes.

Here are swatches for the cosmetic items:

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In summary, while the NYX eyeshadow palette and bareMinerals lipstick are pluses in my book, the eyeliner is not something I could see myself using nor purchasing and I don’t want to risk my skin for the Pixi primer due to past experiences with face products from the brand.  I see my time with Ipsy coming to an end soon.

Did you receive your March Ipsy glambag? What did you get?

Memebox – 4th Global Edition

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I think the post I am most excited about posting nowadays is my Memebox unboxing. If you aren’t familiar with it, Memebox is a beauty box that is Korean based but recently expanded to offer a global edition. It offers 6-8 different items exclusively from Korean brands. It’s similar to a lot of beauty subscriptions that have taken over mailboxes everywhere but one of the main differences is that you are not automatically billed each month– you have to go to the website and purchase the box each time one is available. Read more about Memebox here.

I posted my first review on Memebox towards the middle of January and, surprise surprise, my next Memebox has already arrived! They don’t wait one month between each release like most regular subscription boxes do. So when I logged onto the website to purchase the next box, they were already on the 7th edition! Yeah, I missed out on 5th and 6th =(. So word to the wise, if you are interested in getting a Memebox of your own, DO IT NOW.

I’ll spare you the unwrapping portion of it. It came in a black tear strip top bag and the box came wrapped in bubble wrap. Love companies that put so much thought into packaging and don’t skimp on it. When I opened the box, it was jam packed. The 4th edition included 10 products. Woo hoo! The double sided insert as usual shows the products sent as well as descriptions, direction on use, and full-size product information.

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And without further ado, the beauty goodness:

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1. Goodal Repair Plus Essential Oil (value $7.20, full size $48.00)

I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of facial oils recently in beauty reviews and subscriptions boxes. I had tried one a few years ago that I’d purchased from Avon and for the life of me I can’t remember how it performed which means two things: 1) it didn’t mess up my skin and 2) it wasn’t a miracle product. This product contains multiple difference essential oils– argan, olive, macadamia, sunflower, jojoba, camellia, and green tea. This combination is supposed to hydrate, firm, and enhance your complexion.

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The product has a dropper so you can easily control how much of the product you dispense. It has a slight herbal scent this is not too overpowering but it is definitely noticeable. I applies this to my face last night after washing and so far so good.This product can also be used on the hair and nails.

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2. LJH Dr’s Care Vita Propolis Ampoule (value $8.67, full size $26)

Oils must be a pretty popular product because the second item included is this oil and, oh my, isn’t the packaging adorable. Gold and silver? It’s captured my heart. This is another sample size bottle with a dropper for dispensing. The writing on the package is all in Korean so thank goodness for the description card! This oil is described as the “perfect combination of vitamins and propolis harvested by bees to bring out the natural, healthy luminosity of your face.” It is also suitable for sensitive skin. The usage instructions recommend mixing it with a facial lotion or hydrating cream. On days when I don’t wear makeup, my face looks so lifeless so I’m excited to try this.

Update: I had a chance to try the LJH serum this morning and the one thing I immediately noticed was that it took a bit longer for my skin to absorb than the Goodall serum.

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3.Lanoa natural soap sulfur (full size $12)

This is the first time I’ve received a bar of soap in a subscription/beauty box. This bar of soap came wrapped in plastic and packaged in a box and has a strong scent that I have yet to decide if I like or not. It is a 100% natural handmade soap that contains sulfur, shea butter, chamomille, and lavender.

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I actually just started using Asepxia soap for my face about a week ago and it is working well for my oily, acne prone, and scarred face so unfortunately this soap will have to take the backseat for now.

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4. The Shampoo Plus natural waterless shampoo (full size $5)

I’ve seen powdered and spray dry shampoos but never a foaming dry shampoo which is what this is. I’ve tried a couple of dry shampoos and to be honest haven’t really been a fan of them. My hair tends to be naturally dry and using a dry shampoo after a day or so of not washing makes me feel even dirtier. When I pumped a little of product into my hand and it was more on the runny foam side versus a thicker styling hair foam. The product did not leave my hands sticky and my hair so far feels alright. I still prefer good ol’ shampoo and water.

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5. Clio VF 21 Water BB SPF35 PA++ (value $6, full size $20)

One of the products I was hoping I’d get samples of from Memebox is a BB cream. I’ve only tried a couple of different BB creams which were both American brand and neither one impressed me completely. This BB cream has SPF35 which is always good in skincare or beauty products especially in California. Only downside for me is the color will inevitably be off for me which was the case here. It was too light for my NC40 complexion but at least I get to try the formula. This BB cream is to offer a long-lasting medium coverage and give a natural dewy glow to the skin. There isn’t much of a scent to the product. I applied it with just my fingertips. The formula is not thick nor runny so application is very easy. It blends in very nicely and the claim to medium coverage is just about right.

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6. IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning (value $6.43, full size $60)

When I saw “Intensive Conditioning” at first I thought this was for the hair… but then I read that it wasn’t. The sample size received is a 3 days sample kit which includes an 18mL sample bottle of the product and a baggie of cotton squares. The product is supposed to clear and smooth the skin texture in 3 days. So I guess once the sample is done, your skin goes kapput or you buy more. Hah. I haven’t yet tried this product but, again, something I’m happy to have received and look forward to giving a go.

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7. Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss (value $12)

First off all, doesn’t the name just want you to buy it automatically?! Snow Crystal Pure lip gloss, come on. The gloss contains micr0 glitter that gives this gloss a beautiful sheen giving the appearance of fuller lips. I received this in the color veil rose which is a pretty coral pink color. The formula is slightly sticky but not bothersome. There is a bit of a fruity scent that sort of reminds me of the gum I used to get at the asian markets as a kid. Anyone remember these?

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8. T.E.N. Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence (value $13.33)

The packaging of this product is really pretty– it’s a matte see-through bottle with a swirly pattern in white decorating it all around. This is one of those bottles that I would hold onto after the product is gone just because it looks nice. This product works to hydrate, tighten, brighten, and even out your complexion. All properties that I could definitely use a little help with when it comes to my skin. It is paraben free and fragrance free (as well as other things free) which is great. Reeeally excited to try this and add it to my skin regime.

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9. Peripera Peri’s tint mint mandarin juice (value $2.69, full size $7)

Ladies, we’ve got another lip tint! Again, packaging is cute but I don’t know if the packaging will save this product. Like the Tonymoly tint from the 3rd edition, this stuff has great staining power. I swatched this on my hand last night and have washed my hands multiple times since then and I can still see the color. This one fro Peripera is an orange color which I don’t see myself wearing on it’s own. One of the main differences I found between this tine and the Tonymoly is that this formula bled much more which is a big negative for me. I want a lip tint to stay on my lips not wander around, so seeing as how it bled when swatched I’m a little hesitant to try this on my lips. Tonymoly is the winner here.

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10. Danahan bon yeon jin essence (value $16.32, full size $68)

And to round out the 4th edition Membox, I have for you an anti-wrinkle serum which contains red ginseng and herbal extracts. It has a very subtle scent that I can only describe as… clean. Anti-wrinkle anything, give it to me!!!

Last but not least, here are swatches of the cosmetic items. To the left is the Laneige lip gloss and to the right is the Peripera tint. You can see the shimmer in the gloss and also how the lip tint bled into the lines on my hand.

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This is after wiping off the tint and washing my hands a couple of times:

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The value of the Memebox 4th Global Editiona comes out to $89.64 which is significantly less than the 3rd edition but still a great value considering the cost of the box.  I paid $21 plus $6.97 shipping to the U.S. which included a free upgrade to express shipping. I missed out on the 5th and 6th editions– apparently there are two version 5s and two version 6s and I missed out on all of them. I did order the 7th edition though. Beginning with the 5th editions, the price of Memebox has gone up– instead of $21 it is now $23. Not a significant difference but it is more, maybe because of the popularity of the boxes now? Regardless, I would still recommend Memebox to anyone who wants to try new skincare products that are not readily available here in the U.S.