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Ipsy Subscription Box: March 2018 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.

 

Elaine Turner

 

I stick with Ipsy because it’s only $10 a month, you get 4 or 5 sample, 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 FREE 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 bubble mailer. Every time I see that super shiny pink in my mailbox my heart flutters with happiness!

Let’s check out this month’s box!

 

The Box

It’s more of a bag than a box. Here it is:

 

 

Pretty cute, no? I’m a sucker for black and white ANYTHING. What’s super cool about this month’s bag is that you can color it yourself! It comes with a couple of markers, so you can fill in some areas and make it a little more customized to your taste.

 

 

Aren’t those the cutest tiny little markers? My personal taste is to leave it black and white, because I think it really makes that bright pink zipper pop. But who knows? Maybe I’ll change my mind later.

This month’s theme is “Create.” The information card is pretty adorable, so I’ll probably tape it to my bathroom mirror.

 

 

I love any themes that have to do with creating, crafting, making, upcycling, or similar. The back of the card explains that this month is all about embracing the artist inside each of us. It encourages trying something new, or mixing and matching things from different areas of your life to create something unique.

As usual, the card explains how you can show off your bag and products by snapping a selfie and posting it to your social media accounts with the appropriate hashtag. You may even get featured on ipsy.com!

 

 

Now, on to the products!

 

The first item I see obviously is the Goodnight! PM Mask by Meg Cosmetics.

 

 

There are two of them, which is nice, because you can enlist a lady pal to mask it up with you. According to Meg Cosmetics’ website, these masks are made with an “eco-friendly lyocell sheet infused with Avocado Fruit Extract which helps with nourishing the skin while maintaining firmness.” The formula includes Camellia Sinesis Leaf Water, which is vitamin-rich and helps encourage moisture and elasticity.

Again, I love, love, LOVE getting masks. Not only are they fun and  great for your skin, they are also nice to tuck in to a gift for a friend.

These retail for $6 each on the Meg Cosmetics website.

 

Next up is the SLMISSGLAM L36 Tapered Highlight Brush.

 

 

It doesn’t get much cuter than this, does it? Super girly, and pretty decent quality as well, I’ve used many slmissglam brushes. They are nice, middle-of-the-road makeup brushes, and they get extra points for being so damn adorable!

I could only find this brush in a set on the slmissglam website, so I divided the cost of the set by the number of brushes it included. I came up with an approximate value of $13.

 

The next item is Tarte’s Sex Kitten Eyeliner in (you guessed it!) black. Please forgive the crummy picture, I didn’t have time to retake it.

 

 

Prepare for a mini rant!

I’m just NOT excited about this item. That’s coming from a HUGE Tarte fan! But the truth is, I’m sick to death of black eyeliners.

There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I don’t wear dark eyeliner unless I’m going out, and since I’m turning into an old lady who likes to stay at home, I hardly ever go out. Second, why do sub boxes always send black? I have so many black eyeliners it’s ridiculous.

I keep a box on the top shelf in my bathroom that’s labeled “For gifts/giveaways.” When I know I won’t use a makeup item, as long as it’s sealed, I’ll throw it into the box. I can’t dig it out later when I’m putting together a gift for a friend or when I’m doing a giveaway with multiple related items. Almost every time I receive a black eyeliner in a subscription box, it goes straight into the gift/giveaway box.

I have one more beef with this item, and that is, it looks tiny as hell! It’s really only half the size of the full-sized version, but it seems much smaller. It’s pretty difficult to hold it and line your eyes, because of the size. It feels awkward.

I would like to point out, that, despite my complaining, this eyeliner glides on very nicely, and it’s waterproof. It has fantastic staying power. It stayed on my hand for hours after I swatched it for this review. So if you are in the market for a new black eyeliner, this would be a pretty good choice.

The full-sized version goes for $20 on Tarte’s website. That would put this smaller sized version’s value at $10.

 

Up next is Doucce’s Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa.

 

 

This color rocks! It’s sort of a pinky rose, with a nice shimmer to it. I always like getting single shadows that aren’t in a pot or palette. A couple of years ago I purchased a lovely magnetic palette from Etsy, and these slip right into it.

This particular shadow sells for $10 on the Doucce website, but you can get it here for $8.

 

The last product in this month’s bag is the City Color Glow Duo highlighter palette.

 

 

If you’ve read my Ipsy reviews before, you probably already know that I’m not a big fan of City Color. I have nothing against cheap makeup companies, I just don’t think City Color puts out great products. I’ve struggled with colors being too muddy, especially for bronzers. Their packaging screams poor quality a lot of the time as well.

However, I am pleased to say that City Color hit the mark with this product.  The colors are quite pretty, and I really dig that one side is cream and one side is powder.

One of my favorite beauty gals on YouTube, Kandee Johnson, taught me to always put powder over cream, because it creates fantastic staying power. So I’m pretty happy to see this feature in the duo.

You can purchase this palette in a circular version on City Color’s website for $5.99.

 

Here are the items swatched:

 

 

The two on the left are the City Color highlighter duo. The pink spot is the Doucce eye shadow. Of course, the black line is the Tarte eyeliner.

 

The Verdict

This month’s bag had some highs and some lows. For lows, I was disappointed in the itty bitty black eyeliner. Just a miss for me. As far as highs, I was happy with the cutesy makeup brush, the set of face masks, and the eye shadow pan I can add to my magnetic palette. The DIY coloring bag with two mini markers was a really nice touch for this month, and played very well into the “Create” theme. Most of all, though, I was happy to see City Color finally impress me! The Glow Duo highlighter palette is something I will definitely get use out of.

As far as value, I paid $10, and the approximate value of all the products in the bag is $48.99. I’m happy with that. The last couple of months, the bags have been lower in value than normal, so I’m glad to see it back up around the $50 mark.

 



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

I highly recommend signing up, because Ipsy rocks, and you get great value for the price you pay. If you sign up using my referral link, we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? If so, what did you think of your March bag? Let me know in the comments!

 

Enjoy spring break!

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Boxycharm Subscription Box: December 2017 Unboxing

Boxycharm Subscription Box: December 2017 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.

 

 

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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Ipsy Subscription Box:  November 2017 Unboxing!

Ipsy Subscription Box: November 2017 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!

 

NOTE: This post may contain referral and/or affiliate links, so I make a commission from some of them. However, I promise I will NEVER recommend a product unless I have personally tried it or have done research and would purchase it myself. I will also remove anything from my blog that is unsatisfactory for any reason, so please contact me if you encounter a problem or issue with any product I recommend.

 

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 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.

 

NOTE: This post may contain referral and/or affiliate links, so I make a commission from some of them. However, I promise I will NEVER recommend a product unless I have personally tried it or have done research and would purchase it myself. I will also remove anything from my blog that is unsatisfactory for any reason, so please contact me if you encounter a problem or issue with any product I recommend.

 

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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