Ipsy – January 2017

Ipsy January 2017

If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US; with an additional shipping fee for Canada).  Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products.  You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.

If you find yourself interested and want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

It’s been a pretty hectic month, so I haven’t tried most of these items.  Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site or the brand’s site.

Ipsy January 2017

Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wildrose (full size $12) – This is a “universally flattering cheek color with subtle pink and peach undertones that creates a natural blush that will highlight any complexion.”

Trust Fund Beauty Lip Gloss in Method to the Madness (full size $22) – Ipsy says this gloss is “easily buildable; one coat delivered a rosy sheen, two coats added a more noticeable flush to our lips.”

Smashbox Cosmetics Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 in Light (full size $39; sample value $9.75) – This BB cream has a bit of coverage with a dewy finish.  It also hydrates and has added sun protection.

Ipsy January 2017

Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub (full size $19) – “A little scoop of the shea-butter and sugar scrub buffs away any trace of flakes or dead skin, leaving lips soft, silky, and ready for lipstick application.”

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in I’m Not A Ballerina (full size $7.99) – This polish is a pale pink that is opaque in two coats.  It did chip after a day, even with a top coat, which is unfortunate.

 

Bag Value: ~$71

Birchbox – January 2017

Birchbox January 2017

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

I haven’t had a chance to try this month’s items, so general descriptions from Birchbox are below!

Birchbox January 2017

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment (full size $105; sample value $17.85) – This is a lactic acid treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells, plumps fine lines, and evens out hyperpigmentation.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (full size $18; sample value $10.29) – Per Birchbox, “this user-friendly liquid liner goes on velvety smooth and features a pen-style applicator to control the thickness of your eyeliner look.”

Arrow Endure Water-Resistant Mascara (full size $20; sample value $9.23) – From Birchbox’s own brand, this mascara is deeply pigmented and water-resistant, giving clump-free length and volume.

Birchbox January 2017

R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo and Restorative Gel Conditioner (full size $24; sample values $4 + $0.96) – This deep cleaning shampoo removes product buildup with a mix of rosemary leaf extract, coconut oil, and witch hazel.  The conditioner nourishes and strengthens with vitamin E, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil.

Juliette Has a Gun MMMM… (full size $100-$135; sample value $1) – A newer launch from Juliette Has a Gun, MMMM… is a floral, gourmand, oriental fragrance.  Notes include: neroli, raspberry, geranium, orange flower, jasmine Sambac, tuberose, iris, patchouli, sandalwood, and salicilates.

 

Box Value: ~$43

Sephora Play – January 2017

Sephora Play January 2017

Play! by Sephora is a $10/month subscription box program. Every month subscribers receive a bag of deluxe samples as well as a Play Pass to redeem in store for free expert advice and 50 extra Beauty Insider points (with any purchase). The six samples are curated from the prestige brands Sephora carries online/in-store.  Typically, there are five deluxe samples and a fragrance sample.

Sephora Play January 2017

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick (full size $22; sample value $4.84) – This is Tarte’s new exfoliating gel cleanser; it twists up and goes from a solid gel to a cleansing lather.  It is a physical exfoliant, so I have to take care not to use too much pressure when applying to my face (though, really, it’s fairly gentle).  I don’t know that I’d use it daily, but I do like it.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (full size $17; sample value $9.71) – Cult classic, right?  It applies smoothly and leaves a sheer wash of berry color behind. The formula is very much like a lip balm, and wears off easily.

Sephora Play January 2017

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum (full size $66; sample value $25.38) – This is an anti-aging moisturizer that combines resveratrol and hyaluronic acid to lift, firm, and plump skin.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve liked all of the Caudalie products I’ve used in the past.

Boscia BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 27 PA ++ (full size $38; sample value $7.60) – Another one I haven’t tried… it’s a beauty balm that provides light coverage, moisturizes, and protects skin with an oil-free formula.

Ouai Treatment Masque (full size $32; sample value $6.67) – This hair mask restores damaged hair and leaves hair smooth and soft.  Also, it smells great, like all of the Ouai products.

Pinrose Wild Child (full size $varies; sample value $1) – I reaaaaaaaally wish this weren’t a one-use sample, since I like to give fragrances a few tries before deciding if it’s worth a purchase.  I appreciate the idea behind the packaging (Pinrose actually sells boxes of these ‘samples’ for travel use), but, eh.  As for the fragrance itself… it’s one of my favorites from Pinrose.  Very floral, with notes of gardenia, jasmine, and plumeria.

 

Total Value: ~$55

Ipsy – December 2016

Ipsy December 2016

If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US; with an additional shipping fee for Canada).  Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products.  You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.

If you find yourself interested and want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

It’s been a pretty hectic month, so I haven’t tried most of these items.  Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site or the brand’s site.

Ipsy December 2016

Aurora Intensively Precise Eyeliner in Cinnamon (full size $12) – Per Aurora, “the German ink technology ensures this modern liquid eyeliner to draw a flawless even line with the ultra-thin felt tip. The long lasting ink formula will give you up to 24-hours of precision definition for even the sharpest of cat-eyes. The natural ink formula is 100% free of alcohol and won’t smudge. This liner provides a smooth and luminous look for any occasion. ”

The Balm Mad Lash Mascara (full size 8ml/$18; sample value 2.5ml/$5.63) – “Equipped with an injection molded wand, Mad Lash transforms your lashes to new levels of height and fullness. The phenomenal formula delivers intense volume and definition in a rich black shade that’ll bring your lashes to life.”

Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer (full size 10ml/$24; sample value 5ml/$12) – According to Smashbox, “this gel transforms any cream lipstick into a velvety matte finish that’s never chalky. Now you can wear your favorite lip shades 2 ways, minus the mess of DIY mattifying methods.”

 

Ipsy December 2016

Symphony Beauty Snow Cream Moisturizer (full size 100ml/$20; sample value 10ml/$2) – This moisturizer absorbs quickly, leaving skin looking fresh and hydrated with no sticky residue left behind.  Vitamin E nourishes and helps brighten up your complexion.

Ouai Wave Spray (full size 5oz/$26; sample value 1oz/$5.20) – “A weightless texture mist for effortlessly chic, undone hair. Infused with rice protein to add hold and memory for that “just got out of the ocean and my hair dried perfectly” look.”

 

Bag Value – ~$37

Birchbox – December 2016

Birchbox December 2016

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

I haven’t had a chance to try this month’s items, so general descriptions from Birchbox are below!

Birchbox December 2016

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel (full size 1.7oz/$48; sample value .17oz/$4.80) – An acid-free exfoliating peel that leaves behind smoother, brighter, softer skin.

Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray (full size 8oz/$24; sample value 1oz/$3) – A lightweight styling spray that volumizes, smooths, and protects hair.

Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute (full size 1.5oz/$34; sample value 0.5oz/$11.33) – “This best selling moisturizer is made of aloe vera and plant milks that help your skin maintain optimum hydration levels so it feels soft and refreshed.”

 

Birchbox December 2016

Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel (full size 6ml/$18; sample value 4ml/$12) – A clear brow gel that “lifts, holds, and grooms each hair into place.” Can be used on its own or over another brow gel/powder.

Coastal Scents Blush and Highlighter Duo (full size 8 pan palette 1.58oz/$19.99; sample value 0.023oz/$0.29) – Two favorites from the Blush & Bronzer palette to add a pop of color to the cheeks and a shimmery highlight “wherever you want a lifted and defined look.”

Also included this month was a little mirror, though I would be a bit hesitant to take it anywhere without a padded case.  Perhaps it’s best to slip it into my desk drawer for touch-up purposes.

 

Box Value – ~$31

Sephora Play – December 2016

Sephora Play December 2016

Play! by Sephora is a $10/month subscription box program. Every month subscribers receive a bag of deluxe samples as well as a Play Pass to redeem in store for free expert advice and 50 extra Beauty Insider points (with any purchase). The six samples are curated from the prestige brands Sephora carries online/in-store.  Typically, there are five deluxe samples and a fragrance sample.

Descriptions below are from the box insert; I haven’t had a chance to try most of these products.

Sephora Play December 2016

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (full size 6ml/$30; sample value 3ml/$15) – “Jet-black, kohl-pigmented mascara delivers high-impact volume with a smudge-free formula.” (And lots of hyphenated words!)

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red (full size 0.169oz/$14; sample value 0.04oz/$3.31) – This “lightweight stain moisturizes while saturating lips with a bold, nonstop shade of crimson red.”

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer (full size 1oz/$37; sample value 0.16oz/$5.92) – “This silky primer helps makeup last longer while the targeted formula balances skin’s texture, resulting in a smoother, more even look.”

 

Sephora Play December 2016

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (full size 4oz/$31; sample value 0.5oz/$3.88) – “Weightless setting spray prevents makeup from fading, smudging, and settling into fine lines for a touch-up-free finish.”

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon (sample value $1) – “An intoxicating blend of vanilla bourbon and spice wood with a delicate floral note.” (Notes include: vanilla bourbon, tuberose, oak, and spice notes)

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo (full size 3.5oz/$23; sample value 0.8oz/$5.26) – This dry shampoo “extends the life of blowouts by absorbing oils, adding body, and leaving hair feeling fresh and clean.”

 

Box Value: ~$34

Ipsy – November 2016

Ipsy - November 2016

If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US; with an additional shipping fee for Canada).  Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products.  You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.

If you find yourself interested and want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

It’s been a pretty hectic month, so I haven’t tried most of these items.  Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site.

Ipsy - November 2016

Luxie Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush 524T ($18) – “Synthetic white fibers on the end of the brush lay down pigments more gently than a denser brush would” and give you more control.  Use with creams, powders, and liquids.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (full size 0.27oz/$23; sample value 0.17oz/$14.50) – Get both length and curl in one swipe with “film-forming polymers ensure smudge-proof, all-day wear.”

‘Tini Beauty Eyetini Eyeshadow in Firestarter ($13) – This shimmery reddish-pink shade is perfect for a fall eye look.

 

Ipsy - November 2016

Delectable by Cake Beauty sweet mint & cream ultra nourishing hand cream (full size 4oz/$12; sample value 2oz/$6) – This hand cream has a rich formula that dries quickly and leaves skin deeply moisturized.

Adesse New York Brightening Base Coat ($18) – A base coat with “antioxidants keep nails safe from damage caused by the environment”  and “keratin proteins and vitamin E make nails stronger.”