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iBbeautiful Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

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iBbeautiful is a super cute subscription box for teen and tween girls. To get an idea of what kind of box this is, check out the company’s mission statement:

“iBbeautiful’s mission is to help young girls realize they are beautiful just as they are without comparisons to how others look or act.  We do this by offering a monthly box of inspiration that includes fun lifestyle items and a message of empowerment to help young girls be confident, smart, brave, unique and kind.  Every girl should be confident that she will become the woman she is meant to be and can achieve anything she sets her mind to.”

What’s not to love about that? I’ve been searching for the perfect sub for my step daughter P, and I finally found it!

Each box is filled with 4-6 fun and girly makeup and accessory items. You can choose either the tween (age 8 to 12) or the teen (age 13 and up) box, and either the basic box ($24 per month) or a graphic tee box ($34 per month).

They also have bonus boxes available with special themes (ex: best friends) or for special occasions (ex: birthdays). Check them out here.

P is pretty mature for her age, so I get her the teen graphic tee box ($34 per month).

This is the second month we have received this box, but our first time reviewing. Let me tell you, after two months, P LOVES this box! I love it too, mainly because they focus so much on sending girls positive messages about themselves.

 



THE BOX:

This is January’s Teen box:

 

 

Let’s dig in!

Every box includes a card like this explaining the company’s mission:

There are always neat postcards and stickers with positive quotes and mantras. I like these because P can put them up in her locker, or frame them if she wants.

This is postcard size:

This one is more like a business card size:

 

 

Okay, so the first item P grabbed was this adorable purple mesh bag. It includes a sticker with another positive phrase on it, and this bracelet.

I really love this bracelet! Its so simple but super adorable! The key goes with one of the month’s themes, “Confidence is key.” I can’t find this exact bracelet online, but very similar ones are priced at about $10, so we’ll go with that.

 

Next up is LA Girls Colour Pop nail polish in the shade “Extra! Extra!”

This is a cute shade! I’m such a sucker for glitter and confetti! LA Girl carries this polish in a bunch of different colors, too. You can get it here for $4.

 

Okay, now we have this nice little addition to the box, Jean Pierre Cosmetics Moisturizing Lip Mask. It comes with five masks!

I love lip masks. We live in Arizona and it gets very dry here, so lip masks are great! P has never tried one, so she will have fun with it!

You can get a very similar set by Jean Pierre Cosmetics here for only $9.99.

 

 

 

Moving on, we have another super cute piece of jewelry, embracing the “Confidence is key” mantra.

I love how delicate this is! P isn’t a huge fan of gold, but she didn’t seem to mind too much with this. I love that it’s gold plated and made in the USA.

In fact, I’ll probably buy myself one, because it’s such a great everyday piece. Get it here for $9.89.

 

Next up is the Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain.

I forgot to check which shade this is before P took it home with her, but it looks to me like “Siren” or “Pinot Noir.” Very pretty! Get it here for $22.09.

 

Lastly, we have this month’s graphic t-shirt.

It’s a nice Olive green color, and brings the “Confidence is key” them full circle. P loved it!

While I can’t find this exact shirt online, similar ones are priced at around $15, so that’s what we’ll go with.

 

THE VERDICT

iBbeautiful got it right this month. Their selection of items is perfect for P’s taste. She really loves this box!

As far as value goes, let’s add it up. The total approximate value of this month’s box is $70.97. Not bad for a $34 box. The value is double the cost.

So far, there hasn’t been one item that P hasn’t liked. Of course, we are only two months in, but that’s a good sign!

Make a teen or tween in your life happy by signing up for this box here.

 

Caio broads!

 

 

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Boxycharm December 2017 Unboxing

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Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that costs $21 per month. They feature makeup, skin care, and hair care products, and their website states that they send 4 to 5 full-sized or luxury-sized beauty products in each box. The company guarantees the box value to be over $100.

Boxycharm is my all time favorite subscription box. If I had to get rid of all of my boxes but one (what a sad world THAT would be), I would keep Boxycharm without thinking twice.

 



 

For me, no other box delivers the fantastic value of Boxycharm. Every month I find myself wondering how they can send so many amazing and EXPENSIVE products, but only charge $21! It rocks my socks!

You can sign up here.

 

 

THE BOX:

 

What have you got for me this month Boxy? Let’s see:

 

 

There is always a nice little information card that describes what products you are getting and their retail value. Like so:

 

 

Glitz and Glam. Great theme! Don’t we all need a bit of that in our life, to remind us what crazy awesome ladies we are?

 

 

The first item I see is one I’ve been expecting. Boxycharm’s Facebook said a few months ago that the Tarte mascara would be in one of 2017’s boxes. Since I haven’t seen it yet, I assumed it was coming in this month’s box. I’ve gotten the smaller sample size of this mascara in other boxes, but I’ve never had the full-sized version.

 

 

This stuff is great! What I like about it is that it lengthens, separates, AND volumizes. It’s an all around great everyday mascara.

You can get it here for $23.00, which is the exact value Boxycharm states on the information card.

 

 

Next up is the Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Lightweight Liquid Lipstick. I haven’t tried anything from this brand, which is what I love about beauty subscription boxes. Always making me try new things!

 

 

So when I swatched this (below), I was pleasantly surprised at how unique the color is. It also stayed put for a very long time, especially for not being a long wear lipstick. I’m pretty excited to try this color. It so coppery and beautiful.

The information card says it retails for $24.00. You can get it here for, you guessed it, $24.00!

 

 

I’m pretty stoked about this next item! It’s the Bellapierre Pro Concealer Palette.

 

 

I love colored correcting concealers. They help to even out skin imperfections. The orange is great for bluish dark circles, the green helps to even out redness, and the purple is perfect for minimizing yellowish spots. I’ve noticed some color problems with my skin as I’m getting older, so this is a great product for me.

This can be purchased on the Bellapierre website for $29.99, like the information card says.

 

 

Next we have the Real Her Blush Kit.

 

 

Ain’t it a beauty? These colors are just lovely! Plus they have very empowering names, which always makes me walk a little taller.

I love blush. I really can’t live without it, and this palette will be immediately added to my daily makeup routine.

According to Boxycharm, this is $32.00 retail. Sure enough, you can get it on the Real Her website for $32.00.

 

 

The last item is great paired with the blush palette. It’s the Crown Brush Deluxe Blush Brush.

 

 

You know what’s as awesome as getting a new blush palette? Getting a brand new brush to use with it! Crown Brush makes great brushes, and I’m always happy to get makeup brushes.

The information card values this brush at $12, which I confirmed on Crown Brush’s website. Get it here.

 

 

Here is a swatch of the blush and the lipstick:

 

 

It’s so pretty!

 

The Verdict:

 

Adding up the retail cost of each product, this month’s box is worth $120.99.

Again, the cost of the box is $21/ month. Like I said, in my book, no other beauty subscription box even compares in value for the price!

I am not paid or affiliated with Boxycharm in any way. My monthly subscription comes from my own pocket, like everyone else. I just love them THAT much!

Again, I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link (here it is again), we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

 

Thanks Broads!

 

 

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Geek Fuel December 2017 Unboxing

 

Geek Fuel is a monthly subscription box that appeals to gamers, pop culture geeks, movie lovers, collectors, and more.  I get it for my 12 (almost 13) year old stepson, D.  However, this box isn’t just for boys. Geek Fuel has a huge variety of different subscribers, male and female, young and old.

Their website explains that each box is guaranteed to have at least $50 worth of merchandise. Since the box only cost you $24.90 (that’s $18.90, plus $6 shipping & handling) a month, that’s a pretty darn good value!

The types of items you get in your box include toys and action figures, household goods, limited edition comics, collectibles, everyday essentials, hard cover books, exclusive t-shirts, and downloadable games.

Every box is guaranteed to have a cool t-shirt, AND a full-size downloadable STEAM game. Those were the two main reasons I picked this subscription box for D over all of the others out there. He loves STEAM games, and always wears fun comics/pop culture t-shirts, so it’s perfect for him!

Let’s check out what December’s Geek Fuel box has to offer!

 

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The Box

Here’s December’s box:

 

 

Just looking it over I’m getting excited! Lots of goodies!

 

So first of all, every month you get a copy of GeekFuel magazine. Its filled with fun stories, gift ideas, recommendations, interviews and more.

 

 

Who doesn’t love Gremlins? I know I do!

 

Another thing you always get is an information card describing the items in the box. Here is the front, and I’ll show the back when we look at the T-shirt, because it explains that.

 

 

 

 

So as usual, I always go for the shirt first. This shirt is so fantastic!

 

 

Here’s the back of the information card describing the shirt. Every month they have a promotion where you can take a selfie in the shirt and possibly be featured in the next issue of Geek Fuel magazine. How rad is that?

 

 

To determine the value of the items from Geek Fuel can be difficult, because most of them are made exclusively for the company, so you can’t get them anywhere else. This is almost always the case with their t-shirts. After looking up similar types of shirts, I put the approximate value of this shirt at $20.

 

 

The next two items are collectors pins. You get a lot of collectors pins from Geek Fuel and my step son loves them. The first in this box is a classic,  from Super Mario Kart, and of course, it’s upside down. Good job to me!

 

 

The second pin is from Stranger Things. I haven’t watched the show yet, so I’m unfamiliar with the nuances, but D was excited!

 

 

Again, these are collectors items exclusive to Geek Fuel. I usually guess the value of these pins to be around $5 each, so $10 for both.

 

 

Next up is a Star Wars item. This is a very cool and high quality leather key fob. Nice! You will get either the Rebel or the Imperial key chain. Love that D got the Rebel one.

 

 

You can find this same item here, from Amazon for $11.95.

 

 

I received an email telling me there would be a South Park item in December’s box, so I’m super stoked! It’s Kidrobot! Whoop whoop! It’s the exclusive glitter edition, and comes with a custom play set.

 

 

Again, this is a Geek Fuel exclusive item. It’s similar to this version, which sells at Best Buy for $9.99. However, this one looks nicer than the Best Buy one, so I’m gonna say its value is about $14.99.

 

 

Last but certainly not least, is this month’s STEAM card. It’s called Poncho, and is about a little robot in a poncho. Cool beans!

 

 

As it says on the card, this game is valued at $5.

 

 

The Verdict

That, my Broads, is December’s Geek Fuel box. Let’s see the value!

Remember, the cost for this box is $24.90. Adding up everything, it looks like the approximate worth for December’s box is $61.94. That’s almost three times what I paid. Not bad at all!

 

What do you Broads and Bruts think?

 

 

 

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Geek Fuel November 2017 Unboxing (Fashionably Late)

GeekFuel is a monthly subscription box that appeals to gamers, pop culture geeks, movie lovers, collectors, and more.  I get it for my 12 (almost 13) year old stepson, D.  However, this box isn’t just for boys. Geek Fuel has a huge variety of different subscribers, male and female, young and old.

Their website explains that each box is guaranteed to have at least $50 worth of merchandise. Since the box only cost you $24.90 (that’s $18.90, plus $6 shipping & handling) a month, that’s a pretty darn good value!

The types of items you get in your box include toys and action figures, household goods, limited edition comics, collectibles, everyday essentials, hard cover books, exclusive t-shirts, and downloadable games.

 



 

Every box is guaranteed to have a cool t-shirt, AND a full-size downloadable STEAM game. Those were the two main reasons I picked this subscription box for D over all of the others out there. He loves STEAM games, and always wears fun comics/pop culture t-shirts, so it’s perfect for him!

Let’s check out November’s box!

The Bonafide Broad is not affiliated with or sponsored by Geek Fuel in any way. We purchase a monthly subscription like everyone else. However, if you sign up for a subscription for Geek Fuel through our referral link, we receive a $5 credit for the referral.  Subscribe here!

The Box

I just love how cram packed the box is full of fun goodies. Let’s dive in chicas and chicos!

So first of all, every month you get a copy of GeekFuel magazine. Its filled with fun stories, gift ideas, recommendations, interviews and more.

Like most subscription boxes, Geek Fuel includes an information card detailing the items in the box, like so:

I always like to check out the t-shirt first, and November’s is stuffed into a super cool box, which is obviously Jurassic Park related. Whoop whoop!

This shirt is too cool! It features Isla Nublar, and the graphic is wicked cool. Totally digging “Life Finds a Way!” D loved the shirt this month, too.

There is this cool info card featuring the shirt, as well as a promotion where you can take a selfie in the shirt and possibly be featured in the next issue of Geek Fuel magazine. How rad is that?

It’s hard to determine the EXACT value of some of the items that come in the Geek Fuel box, because many of them are exclusive to the company. I’ll try my best.

I googled Isla Nubler t-shirts, and there were quite a few between $15-$20. We’ll go with that.

The next item I am drawn to is the cool little Deadpool Plush toy. We knew there would be a Deadpool item in this month’s box, and Deadpool just so happens to be D’s favorite superhero, so YES!

LOVE that he is white instead of red. It just makes it a little more unique.

You can get the red version of this on Funko Mopeez: Marvel – Deadpool Action Figure“>Amazon for $10.48.

Next up are the Kom-Bot Edition Epic Enamels. I love that Geek Fuel sends collector pins. D can put these on his jacket, his backpack, or anywhere he wants. They are super cool, and great quality too! I like that this month gave us a set of two pins instead of the standard one. Another win!

I can’t find anything regarding price for these pins because they are exclusive to Geek Fuel, so I’m going estimate they are worth about $10 for both.

The next item is amaze-balls! It’s from Star Wars Rogue One, ans it’s a collectible 3D wood model. I like this because not only is is wicked neat looking, but D has to build it. Anything to get the kid doing something besides being glued to the TV.

You can get this wood model on Incredibuilds Star Wars Rogue One: At-Act 3D Wood Model and Book“>Amazon for $16.99.

Moving on, we have a pretty fantastic seasonal item, wrapping paper. Not just ANY wrapping paper either. These have to be the funkiest, most fun wrapping paper sheets I’ve seen in a while. I was surprised how much D and Mr. OG like them, too.

Again, these are exclusive to Geek Fuel, so I’ll have to estimate their worth. Based on wrapping paper prices, and how unique these are, I’ll value them at about $8.

Last but not least, we have our monthly STEAM game. This one is called Lumini. The STEAM website says of the game: “A long-forgotten species, a hostile planet and a journey of discovery! Welcome to the world of Lumini – split and reform your swarm, evolve and discover new abilities to bring the Lumini back to their former glory…”

FUN!

Determining the value on this one was a cinch because it says right on it that it has a $13 value. Nice!

The Verdict

That, my Broads, is November’s Geek Box. Pretty great, I’d say, but let’s check the total value of the whole box to be sure.

Remember, the cost for this box was $24.90. Adding up everything, it looks like the approximate worth for November’s box is between $73 and $78. I’d say that’s fantastic. Its triple the price I paid, and I love hearing that!

What do you Broad’s think?

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Boxycharm November Unboxing!

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that costs $21 per month. They feature makeup, skin care, and hair care products, and their website states that they send 4 to 5 full-sized or luxury-sized beauty products in each box. The company guarantees the box value to be over $100.

Boxycharm is my all time favorite subscription box. If I had to get rid of all of my boxes but one (what a sad world THAT would be), I would keep Boxycharm without thinking twice.

 



 

For me, no other box delivers the fantastic value of Boxycharm. Every month I find myself wondering how they can send so many amazing and EXPENSIVE products, but only charge $21! It rocks my socks!

You can sign up here.

 

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THE BOX:

November November I’m ready for what you have to offer me! Let’s do this!

 

 

I just LOVE the moment I open my box, before I can see what’s included. Look how pretty! And it’s all mine!

Boxycharm selected the perfect theme for November. The weather is getting chilly and we’re all pulling out our boots, gloves, scarves, long socks, beanies and coats. Yep, it’s Sweater Weather.

There is always a nice little information card that describes what products you are getting and their retail value. Like so:

 

 

 

Let’s check out the items:

The first thing I notice (maybe cuz it’s giant, white, and on top of everything else) is the Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray, which I actually saw a spoiler for on My Subscription Addiction.

 

 

It’s so pretty! I’ve really been looking forward to getting this item. The value is great! The info card lists a retail price of $31, which more than covers the cost of the box, and it’s the first item!

The info card explains that this product is meant to be used as a spray to set your makeup for long-wear (all day, in fact). It mentions that this will impart instant, all-over illumination.

Ok, so I sprayed two pumps onto my hand. I don’t know if it was because I sprayed too close or too much, but it was instantly dripping down and off my hand. By rubbing it in, I was able to get a decent picture of what it might be supposed to look like.

I had to blend it A LOT, though. Here it is:

 

 

Broads and Boy-Broads, this is VERY reflective. I mean, it makes it look like I covered my hand with aluminum foil. Whoa!

This result has me wondering about using this as an all-over spray. I’m a little afraid that if I spray it directly onto my face, it will just drip down and cause super reflective tear drops all over my makeup. If I spray it too far away, will it get all over me and my clothes and turn me into a ball of runny light?

I think the way I will try use this is to spray it onto my finger or a beauty blender first, and then rub it into strategic places (cheek bones, brow bones, Cupid’s bow, etc.) on my face to maximize dewiness but minimize me turning completely white when cars drive by me at night (you know, like reflective street signs do).

One thing I’m sure of, I’m not gonna do a whole face worth of makeup and then spray this on top, because I’m lazy and am afraid the result may ruin all my efforts. Did I mention I’m lazy?

What I really need to do is spray this on to my face after I’ve just washed , so I’ll be clean and makeup free. That way, I’ll get a good feel for what it will look like used as a setting spray. I’m still excited about this product, it’s just a little different than I anticipated.

I checked it out online, and the Illuminating Setting Spray retails for $31 on the Cover FX website, just as the info card stated.

 

 

Moving on, the next item that catches my eye is the Luxie Beauty Quad Eye Travel Set. I’m a big fan of Luxie, so this is exciting!

 

 

These are nice looking brushes. One thing you can’t tell from the picture is that they are quite a bit shorter than a typical makeup brush. Hence the travel aspect, I assume. This set includes brushes 207T, 213T, 221T, and 227T. According to the info card, these retail for $32.

I visited the Luxie website to compare pricing. Unfortunately, because this is a set created specifically for Boxycharm, it doesn’t sell on the website. I was unable to find a set that has all four of these same brushes. So I priced them out individually.

The 207, 213, and 221 brushes retail for $12 each. The 227 brush is not sold individually. I found similar brushes in a couple of their sets. Bummer, because this happens to be my favorite brush in this set, a blending brush, and I’d like to know the value.

For the sake of this blog post, let’s just say that, like the others, the 227 brush would cost $12. That would be $48 for all four brushes.

I haven’t decided if I’ll keep this set or add them to someone’s Christmas gift, but these are a great addition to the box this month. Good job Boxycharm!

 

 

Next I see the KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Masks.

 

 

I get a lot of masks in subscription boxes, which suits me fine, but I don’t get a lot of lip masks, so yay! When I realize Boxycharm threw in three of them, I’m stoked man. I can have a couple friends over and we can do lip masks together. Or I can slip these into the stockings of a couple of friends around Christmas time. Perfect!

Either way, I will definitely be using one of these lip masks for myself. Since moving to Flagstaff, I’ve had to carry chap stick everywhere because it’s so dry! My lips need some TLC. I’m excited to see the results!

According to the info card, these masks are $15, so they run about $5 each. This was confirmed when I checked out other sites. Nordstrom sells a set of five for $25, so pretty spot on.

 

 

After using the lip mask, a natural next item to turn to would be the Laqa & CO Cloud Lips. I’m unfamiliar with this brand. I love meeting new makeup and skincare brands, so nice to meet you Laqa & CO (shakes hand).

 

 

This lipstick is very pigmented, which I love. It has a matte finish, but it isn’t heavy. It’s made with avocado oil, so it feels nice and light on your lips (or hand).

I was pleasantly surprised by the shade I received, because I have so many nude lipsticks from subscription boxes. I realize the reason for this–a medium nude color seems to look good on all skin shades and types. But it’s nice to get a lipstick that makes a statement. Check it:

 

 

Isn’t that a fun pop of color? Very feminine. It’s a full-coverage lipstick, so it doesn’t take much to get a nice intense lip. This is definitely not a color I personally would wear during the day. However, it’s perfect for a date, or a girls night out. It just screams FUN to me! This will go into my night out lipstick rotation.

The info card says this item retails for $17. Sure enough, that’s exactly what I see it for on the manufacturer’s website. Not bad!

 

 

 

The final item in this months box was at the very bottom, and it’s GORGEOUS!! It’s the Winky Lux Kitten Pallet.

 

 

When I opened it up, I was super happy. These are great colors! I was even more excited after swatching the colors.

 

 

Very beautiful, and a nice mix of lights, neutrals, and jewel colors. I can’t wait to play around with it!

The info card explains that this palette retails for $25, which is exactly the price you will find it for on Winky Lux’s website.

 

**Side Rant** The other day I saw someone comment in a Boxycharm Facebook group that they were “so over” palettes. It almost broke my ears. I can promise I will never be “over” palettes, ESPECIALLY when they come in a subscription box! For one, when you get a palette in a subscription box, the palette alone is almost always worth more than the cost of the WHOLE BOX! Second, they are always beautiful and have a nice variety of shades and textures. And lastly, if I end up not really wanting the palette, they make excellent gifts for your family or friends. How can any of that be bad? I will always hope for a palette in my box! **Rant Over**

 

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

As usual, Boxycharm nailed it this month! They always give such a nice variety of items, and the value is consistently top-notch.

The total value of everything, according to the information card sent with the products is $120. I found all of these items online for $136. So, to buy these same items actually costs more than Boxycharm determined, because of the exclusive Luxie Eye Quad Travel Set.

Again, the cost of the box is $21/ month. Like I said, in my book, no other beauty subscription box even compares in value for the price!

I am not paid or affiliated with Boxycharm in any way. I buy a monthly subscription like everyone else. I just love them THAT much!

I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link (here it is again), we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

Thanks Broads!

 

 

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Ipsy November Unboxing!

 

Ipsy is a fantastic monthly subscription box, created by beauty influencer Michelle Phan, as well as Marcelo Camberos and Jennifer Goldfarb. It’s been around since 2011, and is the very first subscription box I ever tried back in 2015.

When you sign up, you complete a beauty profile quiz, which determines the products you receive in your bag. Some subscribers don’t think the quiz makes much of a difference, but I have noticed I almost never get hair products, which was what I specifically stated in my beauty quiz that I didn’t want. It seems like they’re listening.

 



 

I stick with Ipsy because it’s only $10 a month, you get 4 or 5 deluxe-sized or full-sized products that always come in a cute little makeup bag, and the company’s website says the value of each bag is around $50.

Another thing I LOVE about Ipsy is that you get points for reviewing the products in the bag, and you get to trade in your points for extra items. I’ve gotten several awesome items from my points, like a full-sized concealer, an eye shadow palette, and a crystal nail file.

It’s also exciting because your bag comes in a bright pink shiny bubble mailer. Every time I see that super shiny pink in my mailbox my heart flutters with happiness!

 

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Let’s check out this month’s bag:

 

 

I saw a spoiler for this bag on the Ipsy app, and subscribers will receive it in either blue or yellow. I’m so glad I got blue!

First thing, your bag will have a little info card that explains why they chose the specific theme they did, as well as some sort of online promotion-type thing they are featuring for the month.

 

This month’s theme is: All You

 

 

I like that they are featuring real life Ipsters (the company’s nickname for subscribers) this month. They usually feature popular online beauty influencers, so it’s fun to see real life people.

I just wish they would put the approximate value of each product on the card. However, they tailor boxes to each person, so it would probably cost a lot to make different cards with specific products for each subscriber. I get it.

 

 

The first item I’m drawn to is that fantastic colorful box with the tiger on it. It’s the Glamour Dolls Bitten & Bronzed Matte Bronzer. Here’s what the actual item looks like:

 

 

I got instant nostalgia, because it reminded me of the Lisa Frank brand that all of us 90’s ladies loved in grade school. I mean we had Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers, pen boxes, peechees, lunch boxes, book covers, etc! And, of course, we put Lisa Frank stickers on everything!

I was delighted to see this is ACTUALLY a Lisa Frank inspired item!

Here’s what it looks like swatched:

 

 

It’s nice and subtle, but definitely buildable. I like that it isn’t super orange-y (although my hand makes me look like an Ooompa-Loompa). This will be used for sure.

This item retails for $4.99 on the Glamour Dolls website.

 

Next up is this gorgeous makeup brush by slmissglam. On the side of the brush, it says it’s the B36 tapered brush.

 

 

What a beautiful color, and the little rhinestones are a nice touch, too!

I couldn’t find this exact brush anywhere. I believe it was made specifically for Ipsy (You, know, cuz it says IPSY right on it).

However, I did find several brush sets on the slmissglam website with tapered highlight brushes in them. By dividing the cost of the brush set by the number of brushes included, I determined that the average individual price for a tapered highlight brush from slmissglam is about $15. We’ll go with that.

 

 

The next item I see is by Too Faced, a brand I love. It’s their Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray.

 

 

Truth be told, I’m disappointed in this item. It’s so tiny that I don’t even want to try it on my hand, for fear I’ll use it all.

I have tried the Too Faced Hangover Replenish Primer (the one in the tube), and it’s a good primer. This is taking that primer a step further and turning it into a multitasking spray that Too Faced claims can work as a primer, moisturizing mist and/or setting spray. It’s packed with fantastic ingredients like coconut oil and probiotics to boot!

Since I can’t try it on, I went online to see what people are saying about it. Apparently it’s a pretty decent product. The general consensus I seemed to find is that it works best as a refreshing spray over your makeup throughout the day. So I’ll try it that way this week at work. We’ll see. I’m a little disappointed though.

This is $32 online at Ulta, for the full-sized version. Since this sample size is so tiny, it comes out to a value of about $1.42

 

 

Now I am turning my focus to the product by Tarte, another brand I love. This is their Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush, which I’ve heard good things about.

 

 

Subscribers received one of three shades: feisty, quirky, or idol. I got feisty. This is a gorgeous shade! Here it is swatched:

 

 

It’s VERY subtle, and I even tried to build it up a little. But I always think subtle is good in blush. It’s so easy to get clownish with too much blush. So I’m good with the subtlety.

This is their mini-travel sized version. At .05 ounces, it’s a quarter of the size of the regular one. I found this size and shade on Amazon for $10.50 with free shipping. The full-sized version is $29.99.

 

 

The last product in this month’s bag is the Touch in Sol Advanced Real Moisture Liquid Foundation. Subscribers will get either Shade #23 Natural Beige or Shade #21 Nude Beige. I got #23 Natural Beige, which looks like this swatched:

 

 

The left picture is after barely rubbing it in, and the right is after blending it well. This is a perfect shade for me, as it disappears completely into my skin color. It felt very light, but with good coverage. It’s buildable, and not even a little cakey. Ipsy recommends on their website that you warm this up in your fingers before applying and it will be much more blendable. It has SPF 30, too, which rocks!

This bottle is 10 ml, which is a third of the size of their full-sized version. The full-sized version can be found on Amazon for $22.98, so I’m gonna divide that by three, making the value of this deluxe sample $7.66.

I will likely use this in the spring and summer, when I switch to a lighter, more dewy foundation. Can’t wait!

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This month’s Ipsy was pretty damn good. The value I calculated came to $39.57, and that doesn’t factor in the makeup bag. So the value is about 400% of the cost. Totally worth $10 in my book.

The real disappointment was the tiny Hangover Spray. I mean, come on, what’s the point of a sample that small, especially when it’s a spray? Just stupid.

Ipsy nailed it with everything else though, so I can’t put too much emphasis on the one disappointment.

 

I am not paid or affiliated with Ipsy in any way. I buy a monthly subscription like everyone else.

I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link, we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

Talk to ya lata Broads!

 

 

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Boxycharm October Unboxing! (Just a LITTLE Late)

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that costs $21 per month. They feature makeup, skin care, and hair care products, and their website states that they send 4 to 5 full-sized or luxury-sized beauty products in each box. The company guarantees the box value to be over $100.

Boxycharm is my all time favorite subscription box. If I had to get rid of all of my boxes but one (what a sad world THAT would be), I would keep Boxycharm without thinking twice.

 



 

No other box delivers the fantastic value of Boxycharm. Every month I find myself wondering how they can send so many amazing and EXPENSIVE products, but only charge $21! It rocks my socks!

You can sign up here.

I got my box late this month. With moving, and signing up again, my box was sent 1,300 miles away to Washington. I had a HARD time waiting! But, alas, it did FINALLY arrive.

 

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THE BOX:

October didn’t disappoint! Let’s dive right in:

 

 

 

This month’s theme was Spellbound, perfect for Halloween! There is always a nice little information card that explains what products you are getting, and lets you know their retail value. Like so:

 

 

 

 

So first, I was super stoked to get a full-sized bottle of Dr. Brandt’s Poredermabrasion Exfoliator.

 

 

This stuff rocks! It has a nice creamy texture, with these little micro crystals that do a fabulous job of getting rid of dead skin cells and gunk that doesn’t belong on our face. It smells fantastic, too! It’s sort of minty and fresh, but not overboard. My skin always feels so refreshed after using this!

This retails for $58, but I checked Amazon, and you can get it for $25.99 with free shipping. Which is more than the cost of the whole box. So awesome!

 

Next we have the DLS Eyeshadow chubby.

 

 

I’m not a huge fan of these, because my eyelids tend to get oily, so I get crease-grease about halfway through the day. But if used as an eyeshadow base, with a powder over it, it stays put much better. This color is gorgeous too!!

The price is $14 on the card. Online, I could only find this shade new for $10 + $6.49 shipping at Poshmark.

 

The next items are the Jonteblu Lip Liner Pencil and the Tarte Tartiest Dry Quick Matte Lip Paint.

 

 

This my first time trying the Jonteblu lip liner. It seems like your average liner. Good pigmentation, and stays on pretty well. It says  $5 on the card. I found it on Amazon for $4.50 + free shipping.

The Tarte Lip Paint is great! Not only does it stay on FOREVER, but this color is one of those perfect light nudes that goes great with a smokey eye. I think these two will do well together to create a contoured lip.

The card says retail is $20. On Amazon? $19.97 + free shipping. Here’s a swatch of them both:

 

 

 

 

MY FAVE ITEM OF THIS MONTH:

I saved the best for last! I was SOSOSO excited to get this Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Liquid Highlighter!!!

 

 

This is one I’ve always wanted, but it’s spendy!! It retails for $41! (Maybe I’m just cheap)

I’m so happy to have the full-sized version too!

 

 

Look at how it makes skin glow! This is a gorgeous color, and the shimmer is microfine so it never looks chunky or tacky. It goes with almost every skin tone. It’s also really versatile.  You can wear it as a base under your foundation, or you can use it as a highlighter after foundation. LOVE!

The card says retail is $41, and Amazon says it’s $39.98 + free shipping.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This month’s box was great! It held up to the high standard that Boxycharm consistently performs at. Between the Becca Highlighter and the Dr. Brandt Exfoliator, I got MORE than what I paid for, plus there were 3 more products!

The total value of everything, according to the information card sent with the products is $138. I found all of these items online for $106.93. Again, the cost of the box is $21/ month. Like I said, no other beauty subscription boxes even compare in value for the price!

I am not paid or affiliated with Boxycharm in any way. I buy a monthly subscription like everyone else. I just love them THAT much!

I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link, we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

Talk to ya soon Broads!

 

 

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