December Battle of the Boxes: Play by Sephora Vs. Ipsy

Hey Guys! 

It has been a crazy hectic month for me! I was out for 1 whole week from work with the flu/Laryngitis :( But I am back with my December Battle of the Boxes! Both are $10 a month and AMAZING! Check out my video below where I show the products and under the video I have a blurb about each product as well as direct links and coupon codes if they are available.



 

Ipsy: Bag: Hot pink Faux Fur Doubles as a Clutch

Theme: Carpe P.M

Items: 5 Full sized: 1



The first item is a sample of the REN Clear Skincare Glycol Lactic Radience Renewel Mask. This is an exfoliating mask that contains lactic acids and fruits. It also minimizes pores and hyperpigmentation. I have yet to use this but sounds like something right up my ally! According to reviews this is great so I am super excited! Get 20% off HERE with code "Ipsy20". 


Next I received the Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil Hydrating Treatment. This is a hair mask you leave on for 5 minutes and it helps repair breakage, and add strength. Exactly what I need for my long hair! This smells amazing and leaves my skin so soft and smooth. Get it HERE. 


The next item I pulled out was a sample of the Benefit POREfessional primer. This is supposed to fill in pores and is oil free. I have tried this many times and am not a fan because it breaks me out. So I am not even opening this and will be passing this on to someone else. Get it HERE.


Next I received a NYX Prismatic Shadow in Bedroom Eyes. This shadow is super pigmented, buttery and beautiful! It is a satin finish that goes on super smooth and lasts all day. It can go from day to night and is stunning! I want to try out other colors. Get it HERE.


The final item I received was the Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Color in Pin Up. This is a purple/pink color that comes off darker then it seems in the tube. It is the perfect dark nude color for the winter. The formula is long lasting and doesn't dry my lips out. I want to get more! I LOVE IT! Get 30% off HERE with code "IPSTER". 


Overall I loved the variety of this bag. I love the lip color and can't wait to continue to use the face mask. Get IPSY HERE.


 

Sephora: Theme: The Partygoers

Items: 6



The first item was the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red. This is a BEAUTIFUL rich red lip color. The stain is super pigmented, creamy, and long lasting. It is opaque in one coat and feels comfortable on the lips. Get it HERE


The fragrance is Elizabeth and James in Nirvana Rose. This is a very rose heavy scent but also has a citrusy undertone. It isn't too heavy so it can be worn day or night. Get it HERE


The next item I got was the Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer. This is supposed to help makeup last longer, mattify skin and fill in pores. I used it today and didn't notice my skin not being any less oily. It did make my makeup go on smoother and my pores looked a tiny but smaller. Nothing dramatic. Get it HERE. 


The next item I got was the Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. I have always wanted to try a setting spray from Urban Decay. I recently bought the De-Slick spray but haven't used it yet. I can't wait to try this one because it is supposed to keep makeup from settling into fine lines and is good for all climates. Get it HERE


Next I pulled out a sample of the Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo. I have gotten this in a Birchbox and I enjoy it. It leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling light and fresh. It does leave a tiny white cast on my hair but I just brush through it a couple times and it get it HERE. 


The final item I recieved was a sample of the Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara. This is supposed to give lashes a full effect This is apparently a cult favorite mascara and is supposed to work really well. I haven't had time to try this out yet but I can't wait. Check it out HERE. 


Overall I loved the variety I got in my Sephora bag/box. It contained lots of new items I have been wanting to try and great formulas! I HIGHLY recommend this subscription. Get it HERE. 


Milani 2-in-1 Foundation+Concealer Review!

Hi Guys! Spring is coming so that means makeup companies are launching new products. Most of the time I see that the spring brings luminous/dewy products and bright colored eye shadows, blushes, and lipsticks. I love my bright lips but I prefer a matte face. Partly because I have oily skin and the other part because I just like the flawless matte skin look.


I saw this foundation in my CVS and was instantly intrigued. It boasted that it was a 2-in-1 meaning it has enough coverage where you wouldn't need a concealer. It also claims to be medium to full coverage, oil-free, long lasting, sweat proof, and water resistant. Sign me up! I chose my shade which is 01 Creamy Vanilla and went to work.


This retails for around $9.99 at 1 fl. oz.,which is normal for most foundations. The packaging is high end looking with gold and black. It also has a pump which is a must have for me when it comes to foundations. I use about a pump and a half for my entire face. The foundation's consistency is pretty thick. A little definitely goes a long way. It has a yellow base which was a bit too yellow on me. My skin leans more on the warm neutral side so it worked but if you have a pink undertone this wouldn't be for you. I used an angled top kabuki brush to apply it few times and a softer blending brush others. Both gave me the same coverage.


Check out my video below for a more in depth review.

Overall this foundation didn't wow me. I would say it is medium coverage. If you put too much on to try and get it to be full coverage it gets very cakey especially around the eyebrow/eye area. It also isn't long lasting, at least on me. I do have oily skin but since it is winter I only get slightly oily throughout the day. I also work a desk job so I don't move around a lot. By the end of my 8 hours the foundation has caked up and gone "goopy" around my nose, eyes, and brows. It transfers like crazy and if I wear sunglasses they leave a line where they "pushed" the foundation out of the way.


I do set my face with a powder and spray but this still happens. I also blow my nose a few times throughout the day and it transfers onto the tissue instantly. I know it doesn't say that it is oil controlling or for oily skin but I would assume if it is water resistant and sweat proof it would at least have some staying power on oily skin. It gave decent coverage but I still had to go in with concealer on red spots. Check out my pictures above to see it in action. It does look great in photos once it is on but as the day goes on it get shinier and shinier.


Sadly I will be returning this. That is a perk at purchasing from CVS. Let me know if you have tried this and what your thoughts on it were.

XOX Chan