This month is my first Battle of the Boxes where I battle Ipsy Vs. Play by Sephora. I recently canceled my Birchbox because I wasn't happy with it. Play by Sephora is a new subscription service from Sephora and it is $10 a month!
Play by Sephora offers 5 samples of products in their stores and always includes 1 fragrance. I am not too excited about getting a fragrance vile every month but I guess they can't please everyone. Unlike Ipsy, who does a great job at mixing high and low priced products, Play by Sephora's items are a higher price point so I don't expect many full sized or giant sized products. Honestly I don't mind because I already am aware that products in Sephora are higher priced to begin with.
This month's Play by Sephora theme is Forces of Nature. Sign up HERE
We received 5 items. They are all sample sized.
The first was from Bite Beauty. It is their Amuse lipstick in the color KimChi. I have always wanted to try Bite Beauty and was very excited to see this in the box. It is a beautiful magenta color perfect for Spring/Summer. It is a very bold color and has a rich and creamy consistency that I enjoy. Now I see what all the hype is about their products. The bullet has a unique shape as well and there is enough product in this sample to last a while.
The next lip product was a Tartest Lip Crayon from Tarte in the color Latergram. This is a perfect "Your Lips But Better" Color. This is actually my least favorite item in the box unfortunately. The product itself is very dry so when it is applied to lips it breaks off easily. The packaging also is not my favorite because you can't retract the liner so beware! If the full size was more creamy than I would recommend this. The color was great!
We received a 3 sample pack from Orgins. Usually I don't like foil packets but because this one had us try out 3 different products I didn't mind. The first was a spray tube of the Maskimizer. This is a spray you apply after cleansing and before applying a face mask. It is supposed to help prepare the skin for masks and help the skin to absorb the ingredients better. I think this is a cool concept but I didn't see results right away. It was still fun to try out! The first mask was the Charcoal Mask. I liked this because I love masks that draw out impurities and toxins. The next was an overnight hydrating mask that is great to do after a Charcoal mask as it helps re balance the skin. My husband said this one made my face smell like Fruit Loops! I loved the texture and woke up to glowing skin!
The next product was from Korres and it is their Wild Rose Overnight sleeping facial. This one is a rose serum that helps hydrate and balance the skin. I apply this nightly in the place of my moisturizer and it is so soft and buttery! It smells like Roses too but not in an overly perfumey way. I wake up and my skin is glowing and so soft!
Next I got a deluxe sized sample of the Don't Despair Repair Hair mask from Briogeo. This is a hair mask that you put on after shampooing and leave in for a few minutes. I like to leave it in for as long as possible so I usually use it when I am showering and shaving. It has a nice consistency and smells great! It left my hair feeling soft and hydrated!
The final item was a fragrance. It is the Orange Sanguine Cologne. I was not a fan of this fragrance.
Overall I am happy with my first Play by Sephora box. I love that I get to try higher end items for $10 a month!
This month's Ipsy theme was Destination Chic. Sign up HERE
We received 5 samples with 3 being full sized!
The first was the Acne Pore Deep Cleanser from NoTS. This is a great deluxe sized sample that is perfect for travel. I haven't had a chance to use this yet but I will be throwing it into my travel bag to take on vacations with me. I would use this as my chest and back cleanser.
Next I received a Full Sized Small Contour W07 Brush from Slmissglam. This brush is so cute and so soft! I love it! It has a white handle, 2 diamonds on the gold base and pink bristles. I don't contour but I found that it is perfect for setting my under eyes since it is so soft! Get 25% off your purchase HERE with code "Slipsy25:.
The next full sized item I received was the Lavender Moisture Rich Balm from Jersey shore Cosmetics. I am not a huge fan of getting lip balms in subscription services. I will use this product but I would rather try out something new and exciting! This balm is super moisturizing and the lavender scent is great to put on to calm the senses. Get 50% off HERE with code "ipsy50".
The next full sized item is the Gel Effect Nail Polish from Aurora in the color Safety Orange. It is a true neon safety cone orange color! I have gotten a navy polish from this brand before and love the formula! I might try this on my toes this summer! Get 10% off HERE with code "IPSYJUNE16".
The final product is a sample size of the new X-Rated Mascara from Smashbox. I love getting Smashbox items to try out because the price point is a bit higher. This is a decent mascara that doesn't' smudge throughout the day. It has a middle of the road formula where it is not too wet and not too dry. It didn't really wow me in volume or length though. Get 15% off HERE with code "IPSY15".
Overall I thought Ipsy was great this month in terms of size and variety of products.
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