Ipsy – May 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.

  • Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick in Posh (full size: $13)
  • Pacifica Island Life Eyeshadow Palette (full size, estimated value: $10)
  • Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Opal Overcoat (mini size: $6)

 

  • Adesse Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl (full size: $18 …sure, Jan)
  • Beauty & Pin-Ups Fearless Hair Rescue Masque (sample value: ~$5)

Bag Value: ~$52

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Birchbox – May 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.

  • The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes Mascara (full size: $22)
  • Tocca Giulietta eau de Parfum (sample value: $1)
  • Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion (sample value: $7.50)

 

  • Davines Minu Shampoo, plus packet of Minu Conditioner (sample values: $7.80, $1)
  • Living Proof Perfect hair Day In-Shower Styler (sample value: $4.80)

Box Value: ~$44

Sephora Play – May 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.

  • Trestique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives (sample value: ~$6)
  • Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper in Clear (sample value, estimated: ~$9)
  • Milk Makeup Blur Stick (sample value: $3.60)

  • Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt (sample value: $8.60)
  • Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (sample value: $14.50)
  • Nest Black Tulip (sample value: ~$1)

Box Value: ~$42

Birchbox – April 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.

  • Benefit They’re Real Double the Lip (sample value: $5)
  • Dr Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream (sample value: $4.80)
  • Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner (sample value: $1)

  • Number 4 Jour d’Automne Sugar Texturizing Spray (sample value: $4.50)
  • R+Co High Dive Moisture & Shine Creme (sample value: $2.70)

Box Value – $18

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.