Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag: Beauty Schooled, August 2014

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Ipsy wasn't very exciting this month, it's the first month that's been kind a little bit of a dud.  It was still worth the $10 price for me but just barely. However, most months of Ipsy have been great so this kind of average one just balances things out.  I'm not disappointed, just now wowed like usual.

The bag itself is tubed shaped and has cute polka dots. It's quite roomy and holds a lot more than past bags so I like that and think I'll find more uses for it than the more common pocket type bags ipsy sends.


I have seen this Absolute lip balm in store before, only in the Absolute Love Duo version which comes with both Strawberry and Bubblegum tins.  I received half of the Your the Balm set, subscribers either got Green Apple like I did or Grape.  I've seen some mixed reviews from subscribers who got this, but I happen to really like the apple scent and the very sheer bit of color it gives.  When I saw the other lip products ipsy was sending out this month I was really glad I was getting this one and I had my finger's crossed it would be the apple so I'm really happy I got this.


This Dr. Brandt product is quite nice, but I've already gotten it from Birchbox so I was kind of hoping for something new.  However, it is a higher end product that works well so I'm not complaining about a duplicate.  I still haven't finished the other sample, so these tubes go along way.


I love me some mascara and I love Urban Decay.  I am working through some other mascaras and have three tubes open so I'm waiting to open this but I don't know how long my will power to wait will last.  I'm really curious to give this Perversion sample a go!


So the next two samples are the reason why this month's ipsy is just okay.  First of all these Forever Blush samples from Coastal Scents are packaged in a very inconvenient manner.  It's hard to really get the product up onto your brush.  They are pretty colors but so close together in this sample that they swirl together.  You basically don't get to try Elegant (left) or Fresh (Right) by itself.  I'd rather get one sample in a better container that's easier to work with that this.


My last sample for August is this Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil, which is a fancy way to say black.  And it's teeny tiny.  This is about where I usually throw away my used up pencil because it gets hard for me to comfortably handle and apply.  I don't know why, but the size just kinda made me crabby.  I think ipsy usually does such a nice job of spoiling us and we've come to expect either full or really deluxe sizes that this is just really odd to find in one's bag.  It seems like a mistake!

I still got three products I like and a cute bag that I find more useful than most so I still think I got my $10 worth.  If you'd like to give ipsy a try, please consider using my referral link :)

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Mani Monday: 100% Pure in Soul Mate


Last week I shared the Prestige Headliners Limited Edition Birchbox and the 100% Pure nail polish that came inside is so creamy and easy to work with!  This is two coats along with a topcoat.  I was so pleased when I painted my nails with it. I'm going to enjoy wearing it year round.  I think this shade of pink goes so nicely with my skin color and it's a nice addition to my polish collection, which is short on neutral leaning colors.  I'm very happy with my first experience with 100% Pure's nail polish.  Have you ever tried this brand before?  I'm hoping to pick up more soon, check out all the shades now available on Birchbox!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Birchbox for CEW Prestige Headliners Limited Edition Box


This is the second limited edition box that Birchbox recently released that features finalist brands from this year's Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Insiders' Choice Beauty Awards.  I picked both the Mass Appeal box, reviewed last Friday, and this Prestige Headliners box using my Birchbox points, saving an additional $5 for buying both and 20% with a coupon code.  See the entire order, here.


I was excited for this box because it features higher end brands that I might not usually splurge on.   Here is what came in the box, which sells for $18.  Right away I see $12 back in the bottle of nail polish.  The Fekkai creme is half the size of a full bottle, so you're getting another $10 worth of product right there too.

For me, these two combined made this box worth trying out.  Because even if using up Birchbox points mean nothing additional out of pocket, it's still my money that earned the reward points in the first place, by buying my monthly box and anything else from the store, so I want to get the most bang for my buck!


Lip and nail products are my two most favorite types of cosmetics and I was looking forward to trying out the polish from 100% Pure.  I sampled one of their fruit pigmented mascaras in a previous Birchbox and really liked it so I had high hopes for this product!

I got the nail polish in the shade Soul Mate and it just beautiful!  It is a great neutral pink color, subdued and perfect for year round wear.  It applied so smoothly and the brush fanned out nicely so I could get good coverage with little effort.  I am so glad Birchbox is now carrying this in so many colors.  It's my favorite product from this box.


I've already gotten this sample of COOLA Environmental Repair Plus® Radical Recovery™ After-Sun Lotion.  To be honest, I am pretty vigilant about applying sunscreen so I haven't had an occasion to use either the first or this second sample, but I saw on the description that it's also good for when you have dry skin.  I may have to try it out for that purpose instead.  It's been a cooler summer so we haven't been out by the pool or anything like that as much.  I have other COOLA products, love their Liplux especially, so I'm sure it's a really nice product and does what it says.


The Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Crème included is half the size of a full product so it's definitely a deluxe size!  You only need a pea size to help control frizz so this will last me a long time.  I just wish I'd gotten it back in spring instead of at the end of the most frizzy part of the year.  I really like how this has been working, I think it would totally be worth getting the full size, which would probably last me an entire year.


I've heard lots and lots about Josie Maran products, there is a ton of buzz about her products and I can't remember any that's been negative.  With all the raves I've been seeing, I'm glad that Birchbox sent this 100% Pure Argan Oil Light.  It doesn't look like they're carrying any of her other products yet, which is a same because I'm much more interested in the Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee.

I've yet to try pure argan oil so I'm glad to try this out, as it's too expensive for me to purchase without a good trial beforehand.  I've been liking it a lot as a moisturizer at night, although it does feel weird to putting oil on my face versus moisturizer!  I'm not sure if this would be heavy duty enough for winter use but for now, it's working well.


The last sample is one I'm familiar with, having gotten samples from Philosophy when purchasing from them directly at Macy's.  I love their Miracle Worker Overnight, I've just never purchased because of it's price, but like all the Philosophy products I've used it works really well.  Hope in a Jar is still my favorite from them, it does wonders during especially dry winters!


Along with the five samples, a pocket mirror and toe separators were also included.  They are nice extras.   I know I'll use everything, and I really love that nail polish, but even though I see the value in the box I am still more excited about the Mass Appeal box.    But I would definitely get both boxes again.  What do you think of the Prestige Headliners box?  Did you get either of the Limited Edition boxes?

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