March Battle of the Boxes| Ipsy Vs. Play by Sephora Unboxings + Review!

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Hey Guys! Check out my unboxing video below to see what I received in my March Ipsy and Play By Sephora boxes. Both are $10 a month and are always full of amazing things! Below the video I have links to the products as well as coupon codes. 



Ipsy theme: Tres Jolie Items: 5 Fullsized: 2


The first item I received was a full size of the Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Satin which retails for about $7. This eye shadow stick is super pigmented and has a metallic pewter sheen. It is so richly pigmented and the formula is extra creamy and doesn’t tug on the eyelid. I like to wear this either super saturated all over my lid for an intense metallic look or smoked out for a soft sparkle. See swatch below. Check it out HERE.



The next item I received was a sample of the Tarteist Lip Paint in the color Delish from Tarte. This is a smooth mousse like liquid lipstick that is long lasting and transfer proof. The color is a beautiful deep mauve nude that would look great on all skin tones. The formula is super lightweight and not drying at all. I think I might pick up some more colors! See swatch below. Get 20% off all Tarte products HERE with code “IPSYMAR”.



Next I pulled out a Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush that retails for about $12.00. I LOVE this brush! It is the perfect size to get right in the crease and blend out shadows. It also isn’t too stiff or too flimsy which is what I love and it is super soft! It can also be used to place highlight in precise spots. Get 25% off HERE with code “beautifulipsters25”.


The next item I received was the Pur Cosmetics Disappearing Ink 4-in-1 Concealer in the color Light. This concealer has a unique “Diamond Complex” that is supposed to reflect light away from imperfections and can be used under the eyes and on blemishes. Unfortunately I do not like this. The color is way to yellow tinted for me and didn’t do anything for my under eyes. I thought maybe the yellow would help diminish the dark circles but it didn’t cover anything and felt heavy. I do not recommend this. Check it out HERE.


The final product I received was the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer. This is great for sensitive skin and is a more lightweight version of their Repair cream so it is perfect to wear during the day. I passed this along to my Mom as I already have a billion moisturizers I need to get through. She says she loves the formula and how hydrating but light it feels on the skin. Get 15” off HERE with code “IPSY0317”. 


Overall I enjoyed this month’s bag. The Tarte lip paint was a real winner for me as I will most likely be picking up the full sized one or another color. As always I love the variety and sample sizes in Ipsy and the pink and rose gold bag this month was super cute! Subscribe HERE for only $10!!!


Sephora: Glow Getters Items: 6


The fragrance I received this month was the Chloe Fleur De Parfum. I love this scent! It is super light, fresh, and clean and perfect for Spring! The top notes are rose petals followed by freesia, cherry blossoms, and soft woods. It lasts all day and doesn’t smell overpowering. Check it out HERE.


The next product I received was a sample of the Watts Up Highlighter from Benefit. This is a cream champagne colored highlighter that is perfect for the inner corner or to highlight the brow bone. I have used this many times before and am happy to have it back in my collection. My favorite way to wear it is blended out under the brow bone. It is super creamy and lasts all day long.  See swatch below. Check it out HERE.



I also received a sample of the Bobbi Brown  Long Wear Cream to Shadow Stick in the Color Golden Pink. This is a BEAUTIFULLY pigmented metallic nude shade. I barely have to press the stick onto my lid and the color just melts right off. I like to either saturate the lid with this for a bold metallic look or blend it into the middle of a bronze smokey eye look. I can’t wait to check out more colors! See swatch below. Check it out HERE.



The hair product I received this month was a travel size of the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast Spray. This is basically a volumizer, texturizer, and dry shampoo all in one! This adds instant volume without weighing my hair down. I used this on hair that I recently straightened and got a ton of compliments at work the next day about how full and luscious my hair looked. Check it out HERE.


I received 2 face products this month with the first being the GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in the color Nude Glow. This is supposed to be good for all skin types and has skin care ingredients to hydrate and nourish the skin as well as give it a slight luminous glow. As an oily skinned girl I am a bit scared of this product. I hate putting products like this in my face because I don’t like all over shine. I prefer a matte face because I feel like illuminating products don’t mix well with my greasy skin. I am not sure if I will try this or if I will pass along. I did swatch it on the back of my hand and it gave a beautiful lit from within glow that didn’t look too crazy. I would recommend for normal to dry skin. Check it out HERE.


The final product I received was the Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm. This again is supposed to be good for all skin types and is supposed to be good fro dryness, large pores, and uneven texture.  I have large pores and uneven texture so I am curious how it will be for that. This is an anti aging product and skin primer all in one. Again this product is supposed to add slight luminosity to the skin which scares me. Unfortunately I haven’t tried this yet as my sample came a bit dried out. Sephora is sending me a new one though. The little bit I did put on the back of my hand felt very smoothing and didn’t leave very much of a luminosity so I will try this once I receive my new one. Check it out HERE.


Overall this is probably my least favorite Play by Sephora. Mostly because I am an oily skinned girl and don’t really like to glow. I did enjoy getting the perfume, volume spray and shadow stick but I wish I could have chosen to get oil control products instead of illuminating ones, Oh well! Subscribe for only $10 HERE!

 

 

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.


 

 

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

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Check out my Unboxing and Review of my November Ipsy and Play By Sephora Boxes. Both are $10 a month beauty subscription services. 

 

Below the video I give in depth reviews of the products as well as links and coupon codes. Don't forget to enter my HUGE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY HERE.



Ipsy

Theme: Rockstarlet| Bag: Navy Constalation Theme| Items: 4|
Full sized: 2



The first full sized item I received this month was aLuxie Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush 524T and retails for $12.00. I love Luxie brushes and have gotten a handful in Ipsy bags. This brush is supposed to be used for blending foundations. The website says the duo fiber bristles are perfect for flawless blending. I personally think this feels too light and flimsy for foundation. I also prefer to use a beauty sponge. I think this would be good at blending out cream blushes or softening blushes that were put on with a heavy hand. It is super soft and the pink handles is cute. Get 20% off HERE with code “IPSYTRAVEL.”


Next I received a baby sample of the Formula X nail polish in Huntress. This is a beautiful deep emerald green that can come off looking black. In the bottle it shows tiny gold flecks but I don’t see any of that once it is applied. I have this polish on my nails currently, check out the picture HERE, and love it! It is a very deep vampy color but I love that it is a deep green. Such an unexpected color! The bottle is smaller so you can get about 2-3 full uses out of it. The formula is great and super opaque. I only needed once coat! Get it HERE.


The next item I received was a sample of the Verb Ghost Oil. This is a lightweight oil that can be used in hair leaving strands strong, silky and frizz free. This smells great and I love that it is weightless and lightweight. I have yet to try this but I always love to put hair oil in my damp hair before blow-drying to help seal the cuticle and make my hair shiny without looking greasy. Get 10% off HERE with code “IPSY10.”


Next I pulled out a full sized ‘Tini Beauty Eyeshadow in the color Firestarter. This is a deep rust metallic shade that is super pigmented and buttery. It is like no other color that I have in my collection. This can be buffed into the crease with a gold shadow patted on top or put all over the lid for a fun rusty smokey eye look. It can also be applied wet or dry. I recommend this product and formula! Get 40% off orders of $20 or more + a Free eyeliner HERE with code “IPSYONFIRE.”


The final item I received was a sample of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. This is a cult favorite mascara that promises giant voluminous lashes that don’t flake all day. I know so many people that are obsessed with this mascara but I can’t seem to get no that boat. I don’t hate it but I also am not in love with it. I am a big volume freak when it comes to mascaras and I just feel like this one doesn’t give my lashes anything. I have very long sparse lashes so that might be why. I do like to layer this under another voluminous mascara and find that it helps the formula a little. The mascara on it’s own does stay on all day and doesn’t flake. Get 20% off + Free Shipping HERE with code “IPSYLOVE2016.”


Overall this bag was great. As always I loved the variety and items included. The bag was super cute and I can’t wait to put it in my current purse.

Sign up for Ipsy HERE. Makes a great gift!


Play by Sephora

Theme: Best in Glow| Items: 6

 



 

The first item I received was the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rose Gold. This eyeshadow stick is super pigmented, waterproof and transfer proof. It can be used blended out all over the lid or popped in the middle of an eye look for some shine! It can also be used under the brow bone as a highlight or on the inner corners for an extra pop! I actually already own this product in this color so I have put this in my HUGE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY (Enter HERE). Get it HERE.


The next item was Pop by Stella McCartney fragrance. This is described as a bold floral scent with a hint of sandalwood. I like that is a floral but musky scent. It keeps it interesting and good for day or night. I would buy this fragrance for someone who is into scents who might not have something quite this unique in their collection. Get it HERE.


Next is another item I am including in my Giveaway. It is the Cover FX Illuminating Primer. This is a silicone free primer that illuminates the face and is great even for super sensitive skin types. It also doesn’t feel heavy under foundation but adds a nice lightweight and glowy base. This is perfect for dull skin! I did not try this because I have oily skin and don’t like to use any sort of illuminator on my face. I naturally get illuminated throughout the day so I prefer to use a mattifying primer. I do know that Cover FX is a great brand and I want to try their mattefying products. Get it HERE.


Next I got a sample of the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. This is a lightweight gel based moisturizer that reduces redness and skin congestion. I get super red cheeks and clogged pores so I am super excited to use this product. It feel nice and lightweight on my oily skin and I wake up with super soft supple skin. I also like to take this product down onto my neck to help soften my dry skin that comes in the colder months. Get it HERE.


Next I got a sample of the GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. This is a professional grade exfoliatingmask. I have used this many times before and really enjoy it. It gives you an intense burning and tingling sensations for the first 2-3 minutes so if you have sensitive skin I would not recommend. If you are sensitive to sensations on your face I would also not recommend. After the burning goes away it gets cool and drys. When your rinse it off you want to rinse in circular motions to really get the exfoliating benefits. Afterwards my skin feels amazing but not overly tight or dry. I would use this once a week or every other week because it is so intense. Bonus: it also tightens pores! Get it HERE.


The final product was a sample of the Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel in the color Pin up Pink. This lip gloss has medium opacity, no stickiness and I love the wand! The wand is and hourglass shape that glides into the contours of your lips without being messy. I love having lipglosses on hand when wearing matte liquid lipsticks that can get too drying during the day. Instead of adding another layer of liquid lipstick that can sometimes cause it to flake or crack, I like to add a gloss to give it some moisture and shine. I am going to check out other colors of this product as well as other products with this wand. Get it HERE.


Overall this bag was OK. I say that only because I am giving away 2 of the 6 items. I wish there was an option for oily skin girls to choose one of the mattifying products for Cover FX. Other than that Sephora obviously didn’t know I already owned the Laura Mercier product so I am not too mad about that. I liked everything else but the sizes were a it small. I know Sephora products area at a higher price but I wish the samples were a bit bigger or even some were deluxe or travel sized.

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

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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

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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.

 

 

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

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Hey Guys!

Today I have my August Battle of the Boxes Ipsy vs. Play by Sephora for you. Both are $10 a month subscription services that let you try out the latest makeup and skincare products. Ipsy guarantees 4-5 deluxe sized samples with at least 1 being full sized while Sephora usually has 5-6 sample sizes with 1 always being a fragrance.



Ipsy’s theme this month was Sugar Highness and you could get 2 different bag designs. Both were designed by Ipsy co-founder Michelle Phan which is really awesome! I got 6 items with 4 being full sized! I will also have coupon codes for the brands in this months bag. The codes don’t have to be used on the items I mention.



The first item I received was a full sized Dermelect 'ME' Peptide Infused Lacquer in UNSCRIPTED nail polish. This retails for $14 and is infused with ingredients to help weak brittle nails stay strong and healthy. Here are some of the other claims from their site:

·         strengthens weak, brittle nails

·         restores flexibility

·         helps resist chipping and splitting

·         superior extended wear

·         water and detergent resistant

·         UV protected

·         DBP, Toluene & Formaldehyde free

·         cruelty free- no animal testing, ever!

 The color I got is a beautiful medium toned Lilac! I actually have a similar color to this that I love! I think it is perfect for spring/summer so I will be holding on to this till next season. If I didn’t just wear this color I would have put it one! Get 20% off HERE with code Ipsy-20.


The next items I received were 2 Sally's Box Secret Garden Ampoule Masks. One of the things I love about Ipsy is they not only count sending 2 of the same thing as 1 product but the fact that they send multiples of things that need more than one try before you can see if it works or not. These retail for $6 each and the 2 I got were the Olive Oil Mask which nourishes skin and helps diminish the look of fine lines and the Camellia Oil Mask which gives you a radiant glow. These masks are cool because they are 2 step sheet masks. You first rip the top open and pat the serum all over your face. Then you put the sheet mask that is also damp with ingredients over your face to help really seal in the skincare benefits. After you take it off you pat the remaining products into your skin and you’re done! I used the Olive Oil one and my skin instantly felt soft, smooth and radiant! Check them out HERE.


The next item I received was a travel size of the Sympan Beauty ONE Moisture Cream which retails for $20. According to their site, these are tested on every skin type, is great at wrinkle reduction, increases skin firmness and brightens! Check out the other benefits below:

·         Bendable with all foundations, powders and primers

·         Instantly evens skin tone

·         Chocked-full of super succulent aloe–ultra moisturizing and calming

I use this cream at night because it doesn’t have SPF in it. It has an interesting scent that is neither good nor bad. It is a super rich cream that just melts into my skin. I feel like it is super moisturizing but as someone with oily skin I do notice my skin feeling a little greasier in the morning after I have used it. This doesn’t bother me too much as I wash my face off in the morning but if you have oily skin I wouldn’t recommend using this during the day. I also haven’t seen any improvement with my skin tone yet. Fingers crossed! Get 30% off HERE with the code IPSY30.


The next product I received was a sample size of the IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner in black. As someone who suffers from year round allergies and sneezes a lot I have been on the hunt for an eyeliner that I can tight line my top lashes without it smudging to my bottom ones. Their website says it is a smooth formula that glides on without damaging delicate lids. I would have to agree that this glides on so smooth and is super pigmented! I usually find that super creamy formulas tend to move around on my eyes but this one stays put! It only transfers to my lower lash line a tiny bit but if you don’t sneeze a million times a day like I do I think you will find that it stays put all day! It also removes easily with waterproof eye makeup remover. Check it out HERE.


The final product in my Ipsy bag this month was a full sized Beau Gachis Paris Pro Series Applicator Sponge. This retails for $12 and is comparable to the BeautyBlender. I recently got into using my beloved BeautyBlender for foundation so I was excited to try this one out and see how they compare. Here are some of their claims from their website: This latex-free wonder is stiff enough for precise application of cream blushes and highlighters, as well as foundation. It is also safe for anyone allergic or sensitive to latex, blends better than a brush or your fingers and has a unique teardrop shape is easy to hold and maneuver. I found that this does apply foundation great but not as great as my BeautyBlender. What I actually find this perfect for is patting powder on my face. I cover one side in powder then press it on my skin and I find this makes my large pores smaller and helps set everything nicely. It also cleans easily and can be used damp or dry. Get 25% off HERE with code beautifulipster25.


Overall my Ipsy this month had a great variety. One of my favorite things about Ipsy is all the different items you try out are so diverse and at many different price points. My favorite item is the sponge. Subscribe to Ipsy HERE


This month’s Play by Sephora theme was The Eye Openers and we receive 6 samples. None are full sized which is OK with me. I know that Sephora has higher priced items so as long as the samples are big enough to try I don’t mind them being smaller.



The first item was the Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer. The website claims this is good for all skin types and refreshes, protects and hydrates skin to get rid of uneven skin tone and dryness. I like to pat this on in the evenings as my serum before moisturizer so it can really sink in over time. I don’t use it during the day because I don’t like to add more products to my oily skin during the day. I find that when I wake up after using this I have a glow! A little goes along way with this as well. It smells clean and fresh and feels luxurious on the skin. Check it out HERE.


 

The next item was a sample of the Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Eye Lifting Balm. For an expensive eye cream sample I must say this is a great size! I use this eye cream at night and find that it sinks in really well and doesn’t leave a heavy sticky feeling behind that I find a lot of other eye creams do. This one is supposed to quickly reduce dark circles, puffiness, and smooth the appearance of wrinkles. This sinks in quickly and has a nice pleasant scent. I haven’t seen results yet but I know with skincare it can take a while. Check it out HERE.


The next item was a sample size of the SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in the color flirting game. This is a super creamy eye pencil and the color is a purplely taupe color. Super beautiful! I am excited to use it to create a smokey eye which I learned how to do in my latest FREE Sephora class! Check out my write up HERE. I find that this is super long wearing and highly pigmented. The color also goes perfectly with the next item from the box. Check it out HERE.


The next item was a sample size of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow Eye shadowin the color I-544. This can be depotted an put into a Z pallet which I plan to do. It is a perfect brownish purple that goes perfectly with the liner above. I think both would create an amazing smokey eye together. I also like wearing this lighting on my lip during the day. It blends out beautifully and doesn’t crease when using a primer! This formula comes in a ton of different shades so check them out HERE.


To finish off the look I received a baby sample of the Urban Decay Perversion mascara in black. I have tried this mascara before and honestly love it! It has a medium dry/wet formula and grabs on and plumps up every lash creating volume and length. It is also a super black color and doesn’t flake off during the day. It also removed easily at night. It gives the perfect false lash effect as well. Check it out HERE.


The fragrance we received this month was CLEAN Reserve Blonde Rose. This is a very classic feminine scent that leans a bit too mature for me. I wasn’t a fan of this scent because it was too heavy. If you are into mature rose scents you might like this! Check it out HERE.


Overall I feel the sample sizes in Play by Sephora were great and I loved all the items. I liked the focus on the eyes this month especially after going to my Sephora makeup class. Check my review out HERE. My favorite item is the eye shadow. Sign up for Play by Sephora HERE


Overall I think both boxes/bags were great. I wasn’t disappointed in anything except the fragrance. Both had such a great variety and I got to try out some awesome things!

Subscribe to Ipsy HERE and Play by Sephora HERE 

What is your favorite Subscription Service? XOX Chan


 

 

 

 

 

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

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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