February Battle of the Boxes| Ipsy Vs. Play by Sephora

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Today I am showing you what I received in my February Ipsy and Play By Sephora boxes/bags. Both are $10 a month beauty subscription boxes. Ipsy promises 4-5 deluxe sized samples in a cosmetic bag with at least 1 being full sized. Play by Sephora offer 6 sample-deluxe sized products with 1 always being a fragrance. Check out my unboxing video below as well as individual reviews of the products with direct links and coupon codes. You don’t have to be a subscriber to use the coupons and you don’t have to use them on the products I received.



Ipsy:

Theme: Much Love. Items: 5. Full Sized: 3


The first item I received was a full sized nail polish from Trust Fund Beauty in the color “I Give Good Tweet” which retails for $15. This is a beautiful periwinkle blue color with slight shimmer. Perfect for spring! I have gotten other Trust Fund Beauty polishes in past bags and the formula is super opaque and long lasting. Check out my Instagram for pictures of me wearing this color. Get 30% off HERE with code “IPSY30”.


Next I got a Full sized NYX Butter Lipstick in “Lifeguard” which retails for $6.00. This is a beautiful berry red color. It leans more red then berry but the formula glides on so smooth and is super moisturizing and buttery. This has a creamy shine finish and feels awesome on the lips. Get 25% off HERE with code “BUTTERUP.”


Next we got a deluxe size sample of the naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Banana Powder. This powder has a subtle yellow tone to help color correct under the eyes. I use it to set my concealer and it helps diminish the under eyes and bring brightness to the area. The powder is also super fine and smooth. This is my first banana powder I have ever tried and I really enjoy it. Get 30% off HERE with code “IPSY30.”


The next item I pulled out was the full sized BellaPierre Cosmetics Volumelash Waterproof Mascara which retails for $20.00. This mascara is supposed to separate each lash while providing length. I haven’t used this yet as I am waiting to use it this summer for any water activities. Get 25% off HERE with code “ipsymascara2017”.


The final product was the BeFine Food Skin Care Gentle Face Cleanser. This is a vegan facial cleanser that moisturizes and also gently exfoliates the skin leaving it soft and smooth. I haven’t used this yet but will be throwing it into my travel bag. Get 20% off HERE with code “IPSY.”


Overall this months Ipsy was awesome. We got 3 full sized products and the other 2 were great sized sample sizes. I always love the variety that Ipsy sends and I am rarely disappointed. Subscribe HERE.


Sephora: 6 deluxe sized samples


The first item I got was the Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake. This is a nude tinted plumping lip gloss that leave the lip suck shiny and full. The color is on the more caramel nude side where as I would have liked more pink nude for my skin tone but I can still wear it. I have the clear version of this and I love it! The formula is super long lasting and does have plumping effects. I am not a fan of the scent though. It has a strong medicine/cinnamon scent but that goes away once applied. Check it out HERE.


The next item I received was the Sephora Collection Lashcraft Length and Volume mascara in Noir. This has a unique paddle like wand unlike anything I have ever seen! This is supposed to define and volumize lashes and is infused with nylon to keep lashes separate but full of volume. I am really picky when it comes to mascara formulas and their wands. I really like this one! The nylon keeps my lashes soft and they don’t feel hard or like they will break off! I also really enjoy the paddle wand. I recommend checking this out. Check it out HERE.


The second lip product we received was the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue in the color Nude. First off the packaging is so cute! It is a light pink cardboard tube covered in seashells. The formula on this is amazing and long lasting! It leaves the most beautiful/natural nude color on the lips and also leaves behind major shine! When I wear this my lips look and feel super full, plump, healthy and moisturized. I can’t get enough of it! It is also vegan which is great for my vegan ladies. I want to pick up all the shades! Check it out HERE.


Next I pulled out the Orgins GinZing refreshing eye cream. I love using eye cream to help wake my eyes up and prevent future wrinkles or at least prevent my eyes from aging quicker then they will. This formula contains caffeine, ginseng, magnolia extract, and natural optic brighteners to depuff the eyes and make them look wide awake. I like this because it isn’t too heavy or greasy. It can be used both day and night which is great and doesn’t make my under eye concealer crease or move around. Check it out HERE.


The fragrance this month is Prada Candy. This has a warm, spicy, sweet scent that is perfect for the Spring/Summer. I actually really enjoy this fragrance and have been thinking about buying it! I might ask the hubby for it for my birthday. I recommend giving it a sniff! Check it out HERE.


The final item I got was the Clinique Pep Start Hydroblur Moisturizer. This is a moisturizer and primer in 1 and is perfect for oily and combo skin. This provides a smoothing matte finish that instantly blurs any lines or pores on your face. It is oil free and is supposed to help control oil for up to 8 hours.  When I read this I instantly thought I had found a holy grail product for me! I do really enjoy this. It makes my make go on super smooth and it does blur my pores a bit. I also noticed my skin doesn’t get as oily as quick when I wear it. The only thing I wish it had was SPF since I always wear that everyday. I am really thinking about picking up the full size of this. Check it out HERE.


Overall I wasn’t disappointed by my Play box this month. I found a few new favorite items that I would never have picked up on my own. Play is such a great box for trying out higher priced items! Subscribe for only $10 HERE.


 

 

February BoxyCharm Unboxing + Reivew| Over $155 value!

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Today I am Unboxing and Reviewing my February Boxycharm box. Boxycharm is a $21 a month beauty subscription services that promises 5+ FULL SIZED HIGH VALUE items! One item this month is worth $79 alone! Check out my unboxing video below as well as in depth reviews of each product. Don’t forget to enter my latest GIVEAWAY HERE.



The first item I pulled out was RealHer Moisturizing Lipstick valued at $20. This is a light nudeish pink color that would be great for spring. I haven’t tried this all day on my lips just yet but the 2 times I put it on my lips to test the color I could see every line and crack! It didn’t seem very moisturizing either. The packaging is cool but also a bit bulky for my taste. I am hoping that a good scrub before applying this will help it look more smooth and even. Check it out HERE.


Next I received 2 Makeup Geek shadows valued at $6 each in the colors Cinderella and Crème Brule. Crème Brule is a beautiful brown/orange matte color that is perfect all over the lid as a base or blended into the crease. Cinderella is a beautiful light champagne pink shimmer that I like to pat onto the center of my lid. Both are great everyday colors and the formulas are long lasting. Check them out HERE.



Since the Makeup Geek shadows need somewhere to be stored Boxycharm sent us a custom small Z Pallete valued at $14! This palette has the black and white logo of Boxycharm and can hold approx 9 Makeup Geek sized shadows. I think it is awesome that Boxycharm included this. I own 1 Z palette but I like how this one is small and compact and perfect for travel. Check it out HERE.


The high value item this month was the Dr. Brandt Micodermabrasion scrub valued at $79. This has a nice lemon scent and the exfoliating beads are so small and smooth they leave my skin feeling soft and supple. Boxycharm is amazing when it comes to the value of their boxes and this is no exception. Dr. Brandt products are pricey but super high quality! Check it out HERE


The final item(s) I got were the OMNIA Royal eyekit valued at $29.98. This is a double pack of high quality makeup brushes. The gold shadow brush is made of natural bristles while the rose gold smudger brush is made of synthetic bristles. Both made my Makeup Geek shadows go on great and felt really nice on the lids. The brushes also have a nice weight to them and the metallic finish of the handles is gorgeous! Check it out HERE.


Overall Boxycharm didn’t disappoint with the products of value of this box at $155+! I am always super excited to get my box and look forward to playing with full sized products and tools every month. This is def my new favorite box! Subscribe HERE.