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

Hey guys!

Today I am reviewing my October Ipsy and Play by Sephora boxes. Both are $10 a month and are beauty subscription services. Ipsy promises 4-5 deluxe size samples with at least 1 being full sized. Sephora promises 6 samples with 1 always being a fragrance. Check out my video below as well as my in depth reviews with product links and discount codes. 

Ipsy Bag: Halloween Design Items: 5 Full-sized: 2 Theme: Black Magic

This month’s bag was designed by Valfre. They create really cute phone cases! Check them out HERE and get 25% off with code “IPSY25.”

The first item I pulled out was Sally’s Box Aqua Moist Gel Cream. This is a moisturizer that is supposed to really hydrate the skin using roses, chamomile and lavender. I like using this at night because it doesn’t have SPF. I also like using gel type moisturizers on my oily skin. This sinks in super quick and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and fresh. Not greasy and heavy. I like it! Check it out HERE.

The next item is a full sized Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner. This retails for $19. For a girl who wears cat eyes every day I was super excited to see this! And it is full sized which is an added bonus! This a great felt tipped eyeliner that glides on smoothly. It isn’t 100% opaque but it is buildable. It lasts all day without flaking or cracking. Get 30% off HERE with code “IPSTER.”

Next I pulled out a sample size of the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation. The color I received was Y225 Marble. This foundation promises invisible coverage, light texture, and lasts all day without needing to set with a powder. I was super excited to receive this as I rarely get to try out higher end foundations. The sample is a decent size with enough products for about a week of wear depending on the amount you use. Unfortunately I really don’t like this. The coverage is too sheer for me. The redness and discoloration on my cheeks peeks through no matter how much product I use. It also doesn’t seem to agree with my oily skin as I get shiny quickly and the foundation breaks up on my face. I do set this with a powder with this still happening. The shade is a tiny bit light for me as well. I wouldn’t recommend this for oily girls but if you have normal skin with little imperfections I would recommend it. It does feel super light on the face and not cakey. Check it out HERE.

Next I received a full sized Kokie Cosmetics Nail polish in the color Heavenly. This retails for $6. This is a BEAUTIFUL lavender blue color and the packaging is super cute! This has a glossy finish, long wearing, and chip resistant. I have yet to try this color but I will be pulling it out soon! I love Ipsy because they always send full sized polishes in the cutest colors! Get 25% off HERE with code “IPSY25”.

The final item I got was a sample of the Trust Fund Beauty Gimme Good Face Face Primer. This Primer is supposed to blur lines and wrinkles. I don’t really have any of those yet so I can’t tell if it does this or not. It has a more slippery silicon texture that works ok with my oily skin. Since it is cooling down a bit it works better but if I am hot and sweaty I find these types make my makeup slide off quicker. I like other primers better but I am glad I was able to try this. Get 40% off HERE with code “IPSYGLAM”.

Overall I loved this month’s variety like always! Even though I was disappointed in the foundation I am glad Ipsy sent out a higher end foundation that I know a lot of people (including myself) want to try. I absolutely love the full sized liquid liner and will be using the gel cream up! Subscribe to Ipsy HERE: Only $10!!! (Also makes a great holiday gift)


Sephora Bag: Lipstick & Chill Theme: The Cool Cut Items: 6

Sephora is starting to do different variety boxes tailored more individually and I love it!

It is so much better when companies tailor the products they send out to the individual because then most people can actually use every item in the bag/box.

The first item I received was a sample of the Blinc Amplified Mascara. This came in INTENSE packaging. It was in a metal tube that was covered in yellow plastic. The actual mascara is in a nice silver tube. The brush is super full and fluffy, just the kind I like. This is marketed as a “tube” mascara. It is supposed to deposit tubes on the ends of your lashes to create length and drama. It also only needs water to remove at the end of the day. Overall I don’t think this mascara works for me. It gives me a nice natural effect but I am more into volume and length. It doesn’t flake throughout the day and come off easily at night though. If you like more Natural mascara give this one a go. Check it out HERE.

Next I received a sample of the Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Mask. This contains rare prickly pair seed oil that is supposed to deeply nourish and hydrate the strands. I haven’t tried this yet but it looks like a nice thick creamy texture. The only thing I don’t like is the smell. Is smells like a diaper. Not a dirty one but it has the scent of baby powder mixed with something else, like a baby wipe. I am not a fan and hope my hair doesn’t smell like that after using. Check it out HERE.

Next I got a sample of the Skin Inc. Pure Revival Peel. This is a peel that you rub on your face in circular motions and it rolls up the dead skin on your face so you can see what you are removing. This got rid of so much dead skin and my face felt super smooth after! It also didn’t dry it out! I really enjoy it! Check it out HERE.

The next item I received was a sample of the Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb. I actually tried this in one of my FREE Sephora Classes (check it out HERE). This is from a Korean Beauty company and promises instant hydration with a cooling gel feel. This smells so good and feels great on my oily skin! For oily skin I love using gel moisturizers because they don’t make me feel overly greasy or make my skin heavy. I really enjoy using this at night since it doesn’t have SPF. Check it out HERE.

Next I got a sample of the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in the Color Driver’s Seat. This is supposed to last 8 hours and be comfortable on the lips. The color I got is a bricky red orange. I love it! I didn’t have this color in my collection and it is the perfect nude for fall/winter. Even thought the formula is matte it didn’t dry out my lips while wearing it. I put this on when I got to work and immediately ate a cream filled doughnut and nothing came off! I love it! I want to check out their other colors! The size that Sephora sent out is amazing as well. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Check it out HERE.

Sephora always sends out a fragrance every month and this month I got YSL Mon Paris. This is a super sultry musky night time scent. It is a heavy musk but has so much sexiness to it. Perfect for fall/ winter date nights. I feel this would be too heavy for day time. I actually enjoy the smell and recommend you go sniff it in stores! Check it out HERE.

Overall the Sephora Bag/box was great. I loved the variety of items and I thought the sizes were decent. My favorite item is the Smashbox Liquid Lipstick!! Sign up for Play by Sephora for $10 a month HERE. ( It also makes a great gift for makeup lovers)

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

Hey Guys!

Today I have my September Battle of the Boxes to share with you. Ipsy Vs. Play by Sephora.

Both are $10 a month and are full of makeup and skincare samples. Ipsy guarantees 4-5 deluxe sized samples with at least 1 being full sized while Play by Sephora gives about 6 samples sizes with 1 always being a fragrance sample. Check out my unboxing video above as well as details about each item with coupon codes and links!

Ipsy theme: Glamazon. Bag: Dark Gray with Gold accents. Items: 5 Full sized: 1

The first item I received was a sample of the Amie New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish. This has natural rice exfoliators meant to be better and more gentle to the skin. It also smells like mango and oranges. I found this to be a bit too abrasive for me. I use it on my chest and back and feel that it wouldn’t be good on sensitive facial skin. It is more abrasive then the St. Ives Apricot scrub. It smells delicious and works well on my chest and back though. Get 50% off HERE with code Ipsy50.

Next I got a sample of the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. This is a plumping gloss that is supposed to give you fuller lips in seconds and has jojoba oil to help moisturize and nourish lips. I saw a couple people use this and claim it hurt and stung really bad but when I used it I only felt a little tingle and then it went away. It gives my lips instant pout and keeps them moisturized and shiny for about 4 hours. I recommend this product. Get a deluxe sized Melted Lipstick HERE with code IPSYGWP.

Next I received a full sized Coastal Scents Elite Bamboo collection Medium Shadow Brush which retails for about $5. I haven’t used this yet but it seems super dense and soft at the same time. I like the bamboo handle as well. Check it out HERE.

Next I got a sample of the naked cosmetics Advanced Aloe Cream. This helps moisturize, smooth and replenish the skin with aloe instead of water. I use this as a night moisturizer because it doesn’t have SPF. It feels really light and refreshing on the skin. Get 30% off HERE with code IPSY30.

The final item I received was a tre’stique Mini Highlighter Stick in the color Luminescent. I don’t use highlighters very often but I like using this on under my brow bone. It has the perfect lit from within glow and glides on super effortlessly. The shimmer isn’t too chunky and catches the light perfectly with out being too in your face. Get 30% off your order of $40+ HERE with code IPSYSEPT30.

Overall I thought this bag was OK. I am used to Ipsy sending out at least 2 full sized items so I was a bit disappointed in the sizes this month. They are all usable sizes but lately Ipsy has been KILLING it with the large sizes so this month seemed like a step back. I did like the variety of items as always and the bag was cute.

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Theme: Unbasic Basics Items: 6 Full size: 0

This was the first month where Sephora sent out slight variations in boxes.

The first item I received was a sample of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel. I have not used this yet but I am excited to. Anastasia is known for their brow products so I hope this one works great. I wish they would have sent a different brow item though such as a pencil or pomade. I feel like brow gel is a simple product that should work relatively the same as any other one. But the packaging is upper sleek and sophisticated looking. Check it out HERE.

The next item I received was a sample size of the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I LOVE this liner! It looks like a felt tip but is actually a bunch of tiny bristles together. It has a perfect point and is really great at drawing cat eyes. The tip is more flexible than a felt tip so I have had to get used to that. The formula is super opaque and lasts all day. I HIGHLY recommend this. Check it out HERE.

The next product is a sample size of the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation face cream. I actuallyreceived this in an Influenster Vox Box (See blog post here) and really like it! It feels nice on my oily skin. I like that it isn’t too heavy or greasy and melts right in to my skin at night. I love this stuff and want to buy the full size! Check it out HERE.

Next I got a deluxe size sample of the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight perfecter. This size is amazing and I can get at least 2-3 uses out of it easily. This product can be put onto damp or dry hair and left in overnight to sink it. It doesn’t leave any residue on your pillow and you can either wash it out or leave it in your hair in the morning. I really enjoy living proof hair products so I am excited to try this one out. Check it out HERE.

Next I pulled out a sample of the Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell. The packaging of this is super sleek and the formula is super shiny and moisturizing which I like. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the color. It is too light and frosty for my liking. I wish they would have sent out a nice vampy fall color. I am interested in trying out other colors from this collection as I really enjoyed the formula. Check it out HERE.

The fragrance this month is the Atelier Cologne in Sud Magnolia. This is very floral with a hint of sweetness. Not my favorite but also not the worst scent that has been sent out. I won’t be picking this one up. Check it out HERE.

Overall I think Play by Sephora was OK this month. I really enjoyed the moisturizer, hair sample, and eyeliner but would have liked a different brow product, different lipstick color and and different fragrance sample. The sizes were pretty great this month as well. Subscribe to Play by Sephora HERE.



Battle of the Boxes: Ipsy vs. Play by Sephora | July 2016


Hey Guys!

Today I have my July Battle of the Boxes to share with you. Both are $10 a month and are full of makeup, skincare, and other beauty goodies.

Ipsy promises 4-5 deluxe sized samples with at least 1 being full sized. It also comes in a cute cosmetic bag. This month we received 5 items with 3 being full sized!

The theme for this month was Hot Summer nights and the bag was silver holographic with beach umbrellas printed on the front.

The first item I received was a full sized nail polish from Trust Fund Beauty in the color No Filter. This item retails for $15. This is a nice greige neutral color. I don't normally wear nudes but I like this one! It is sophisticated and super opaque. It is free of harsh chemicals and covers in 1 coat. Get 35% off HERE with code IPSY35. 

The next item was also full sized and it is the Perfect Duo Brow Pencil from J. Cat Beauty. It retails for $3.99. I like this because it has the spooly on the back. I think this color is too dark for me though. It also transfers a bit. I wish it was a bit lighter but I will still use it. Use code ipsy716 HERE and get 25% off a purchase of $30. 

The next full sized item was a Baked Eyeshadow from Mellow in the color Coco. This retails for $8. This is beautiful! It is super buttery and pigmented and has a slight shimmer. I love it and highly recommend it. Get 15% off of any order of $40+ HERE with code Ipsy15. 

The next item was a small sample of the Get Glossed Hair Serum from Eva NYC. This smells amazing and a little goes along way. This helps to strengthen the hair, instantly adds shine, tames frizz, and protects against heat! Get 15% off HERE with code GetGlossedIpsy15. 

The final item was a sample of the Make up Forever Excessive Lash Mascara. I love this mascara! The brush isn't very bushy but it coats each lashI  and gives it volume, length and definition! It doesn't clump and lasts all day! I am addicted! Get it HERE

Overall this month had an AMAZING value and variety of items! Sign up HERE.

This month's Play by Sephora contained 6 products. Unlike Ipsy, Sephora always contains 1 fragrance sample. This is the one thing I don't like about it. 

This month's theme was Effortless Summer and came in a cute white bag with a Popsicles on the front. 

The fragrance this month was the Nest Fragrance in the scent Citrine. This smells fresh and fruity. The description of this is lotus flower, freesia, and sparkling citrus notes. I really like this and the packaging looks really cool! To keep your fragrance lasting longer on the skin make sure you are freshly moisturized with either an unscented lotion or one in the same scent. Check it out HERE

The next item was the Wave Spray from OUAI. This is a weightless texture mist that is supposed to add volume, texture, and shape to the hair. This stuff smells DELICIOUS! I want to get it in a body spray! Not sure how it works as a wave spray since I don't usually have luck with these but I might use it as a body spray hahah. Check it out HERE

Next was the Bloterazzi from Beautyblender. I actually own this already but I was happy to get another one. The full sized one has 2 sponges and a case. The sample just had one full sized facial sponge. I am keeping this as a backup in case any of my sponges gets torn or worn out. This item is designed to be like blotting sheets but instead of being disposable you can wash it and keep using it. Since it is made of the same spongy material as a BeautyBlender it doesn't disturb your makeup and soaks up oil. I love it. I highly recommend. Check it out HERE. 

Next up was the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. This is a foaming cleanser that uses red clay to purify and cleanse the skin and get rid of oil. I only use Proactiv so I won't be using this. I might try it once. Check it out HERE. 

The next time was my favorite! It is the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer. This is a mattifying and smooth primer for combo and oily skin. This is supposed to minimize shine, and pores and help makeup last. It feels like the Porefessional by Benefit. It smooths out my large pores on my cheeks and makes my skin so soft. I highly recommend!! Check it out HERE. 

The final product is the Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Chocolate. This is a matte bronzer that smells like delicious chocolate. This bronzer build able and perfect for contouring. I don't contour so I will be adding this to my giveaway pile. Check it out HERE

Overall I loved my Play by Sephora! The Primer is amazing and I am thinking about buying the full size! Sign up HERE

What is your favorite monthly subscription? XOX Chan