Ipsy – March 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.

Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site or the brand’s site.

theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama – This is a matte, natural-looking bronzer with brown undertones.  I definitely prefer it to more orange-based bronzers.

Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Suede Splash – This lipstick has 100% natural ingredients AND recyclable packaging.  It contains raspberry and moringa seed oils to moisturize and has a stain finish.

EYEKO Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Satin – A shadow stick that “delivers creamy color that you can quickly swipe on”.  Wear it on its own for a look with a slight sheen, or layer under powder.

 

OUAI Treatment Masque – This hair mask it meant to give you softer, smoother hair. Keratin and amino acids add strength and prevent damage.

Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream – The packaging!  The product!  It contains snail secretion to “heal damaged skin, boost elasticity, and leave your complexion smooth and hydrated.”

Birchbox – March 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.

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette – The full palette features “twenty can’t-go-wrong shades in a variety of textures and colors, this shadow collection comes with blendable hues to craft any smoky look—from subtle and elegant to dark and smoldering.”

ARROW ENHANCE Waterproof Brightener – this “pearlescent pink” pencil “gives eyes an instant pick-me-up, brightening and accentuating your natural eye color”.  The full size comes dual-ended, with a highly pigmented black eyeliner on the other end.

 

TOCCA Emelia Eau de Parfum – “Equal parts zesty and bohemian, the refreshing blend offers fruity layers of clementine, fig and coconut water, backed by warm florals like magnolia and geranium.”

Beauty Protector Protect & Volume – This non-greasy mist adds “touchable body and volume without any stickiness—no product buildup allowed.” It adds shine without weighing down your hair, and has a lovely floral scent.

Real Chemistry Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser – This “zesty grapefruit cleanser” gently removes makeup, oil, and dirt while leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Great for “dry, sensitive, acne-prone, and even aging complexions.”

Sephora Play – March 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.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink – Glides on easily, and has a long wear time (you know, hence the name) provided you use a decent primer.  Also fills in as a quick highlight stick if needed!

Glam Glow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer – Haven’t used it yet, but it’s meant to hydrate, blur, and enhance your complexion.

Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter – This one I’ve used many times in the past… I seem to get enough samples of it to last forever.  It’s a pretty good highlighter; able to be used on many complexions, swipes on easily, blends out well, great finish.

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm – It’s a “makeup and skin-care hybrid” that primes and finishes (so, you can use it as a step in the beginning or end of your makeup routine).  It’s meant to give an all-over glow.

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast – Love, love, love this stuff. I’m always looking out for products that give my hair volume and a fuller look, and this one fits the bill.  The fact that it also doubles as a sort of dry shampoo is a definite plus.

Chloe Fleur de Parfum – I like this floral fragrance, but then, I’m usually pleased with Chloe scents.  This one has notes of lemon, verbena, freesia, rose, cherry blossom, white cedar, almond, and amber.

Ipsy – February 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.

BelláPierre Cosmetics VolumeLash Waterproof Mascara (full size, $20) –  “The flexible brush perfectly separates and coats every single lash, so your fringe looks completely full and defined. Even though it’s waterproof, a makeup removing wipe will take it right off, no tugging or rubbing (or lash damage) required.”

Luna Cosmetics Highlighter in Calypso (full size, $23) – “With just the right mix of both cool and warm undertones, the pale lavender shade flatters any and every skin tone. Easily layerable, one coat is pseudo-sheer, adding more on top puts you into serious strobing territory. A baked formula = a creamy and velvety texture.”

NYX Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry (full size, $6) – “Right now this satin finish is our goldilocks texture. Glossy is too much. Matte isn’t doing the trick. But this is just right! These are so insanely creamy that there’s no need to use lip balm beforehand.”

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in $12 Latte (full size, $15) – “Going above and beyond much of the competition, these super shiny formulas are 10-free. Equally fab, the brand is vegan and cruelty free.”  Though it is described as a “deep grayish-purplish-brown”, it really just looks brown on the nail.

MOR Rosa Noir Hand & Body Milk (full size $36; sample value $2.16) – “It does exactly what a good hand cream should do: hydrate (using shea butter and macadamia oil), without leaving hands so slippery or greasy that you can’t do anything.” The scent includes notes of wild rose, hibiscus, and fig.

 

Bag Value: ~$66

Birchbox – February 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.

Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads (full size $18/5 pair; sample value $3.60/1 pair) – These 100% pure collagen pads hydrate the skin under your eyes and reduce puffiness.  Haven’t used my pair yet, but I’m looking forward to it; I’ve had some issues with bags under my eyes lately.

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Antioxidant Serum with Retinol (full size $34; sample value ~$6) – A treatment that is meant to combat aging and acne at the same time while reducing the look of pores.

LAQA & Co. Avo Lip Butter in Ninza (full size $15; sample value estimate ~$4) – This came instead of my sample choice, much to my disappointment (suuuuper not my shade).  Upon opening, I discovered that it was smashed into the lid and that the bullet itself was broken from the base.  It went straight into the trash.  Bummer.

 

Obliphica Professional Seaberry Mask (full size $38; sample value $3) – This hair mask is meant for medium to coarse hair.  Mine is fine and thin.  Another miss in this box, sadly.  It’ll get passed along and enjoyed, especially if it smells similar to the Obliphica Professional hair oil I received in an earlier box.

Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry (full size $32; sample value $3) – A blow dry lotion that heals split ends, prevents breakage, and protects against heat styling and UV rays.  Seems to do the job!  Smells lovely.

 

Box Value: ~$19

Sephora Play – February 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 Collection Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara (full size $12; sample value ~$4) – This mascara has a flat paddle-shaped wand that lifts lashes and a nylon-infused formula that leaves you without clumps or smudging.

Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (full size $26; sample value ~$9) – A medium nude-pink liquid lipstick that applies easily and has a semi-matte finish.  Wear time is average; a few hours before I needed to reapply.

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake (full size $22; sample value ~$5) – This is a sheer tinted gloss that visibly plumps lips and contains avocado and jojoba oils to soften and hydrate.  I don’t use glosses very often, but it does give my lips a slightly fuller look.

Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence (full size $72-$122; sample value $1) – A flanker to the original Decadence, this woody/earthy fragrance has notes of Champagne Extract, Orange Blossom, Creamy Bergamot, Gardenia, Hydrangea, Honeysuckle, Saffron, Vanilla, and Liquid Amber.

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer (full size $29.50; sample value ~$4) – This oil-free, lightweight moisturizer both provides all-day hydration and blurs imperfections, making it a perfect primer.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (full size $30; sample value $10) – An eye cream that contains coffee beans, ginseng, and magnolia extract to brighten and depuff the undereye area.

 

Bag Value: ~$33

 

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