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Ipsy November 2014 Unboxing

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November 2014 Ipsy Glam bag

elizabeth mott eyeliner

elizabeth mott eyeliner swatch

Elizabeth Mott – You’re So Fine eyeliner swatch

marc anthony morocco oil hairspray

temptu highlighter

Temptu Highlighter in Pink Pearl Swatch

Temptu – S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl Swatch

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J. Cat Beauty – Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion

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J. Cat Beauty – Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion

Hey everyone, here is the breakdown for my November ipsy bag:

  • Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in Submissive (Value: $14)
  • Elizabeth Mott You’re so FINE Eyeliner in Glitterati (Value: $17.99)
  • J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion (Value: $4.99)
  • Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray (Value: $1.38)
  • Temptu S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl (Value: $2.75)
  • Total Box Value: $41.11

This month’s theme was all about glitter as you can tell by the bag’s design. One of the items I was really impressed by was the J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint because I have received previous J. Cat products and have found them to be low in quality. However, this lip paint has a lovely color, formula, and many people have said it is similar to the OCC Lip Tars. The other item that I will be using constantly is the You’re so Fine Eyeliner. It is regular liquid eyeliner with some almost invisible glitter but it does not budge after it dries so there will never be any smudging. In my opinion, the glitter just adds more texture to the liner than actual color. The two items that were not that appealing were the Temptu highlighter and the Be A Bombshell base. I already received a Temptu highlighter in one a previous Birchbox and did not really like the consistency since it’s silicone-based. The color of this highlight is nice so I will probably try it and see how it applies over a foundation. On the other hand, I did not even bother to swatch the Be A Bombshell base because I have not had the best experience with their products. Most of their products seem low in quality as well and I rather just immediately toss it to my swap pile. The Marc Antony hairspray does leave the hair a bit stiff so I think I will use it more for styling and dealing with flyaways.

Just like last month, IPSY actually forgot to include my Temptu highlighter so I had to contact them and they were very kind and understanding. They sent a replacement immediately with a little extra for the hassle. I am glad that their customer service is so helpful and professional. I just really hope that everything arrives in my December bag because I have been having second thoughts about continuing my subscription.

Well that is all for November’s bag, hope you enjoyed my short overview. Thanks for reading! Peace to the outtt.

-Purchased by me-

November 29, 2014
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Ipsy October 2014 Unboxing

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October 2014 Ipsy

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Contents of the bag:

  • Ercu Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for Hair (Value: $12.00)
  • MicaBeauty Mineral Eye Shadow: Night Colors in the shade Reluctance (Value: $14.95)
  • Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths (Value: $5.00)
  • Starlooks Lip Gloss in the shade Guilty Pleasure (Est. Value: $2.00)
  • Product that was not received: ROGUE by Rihanna Eau De Parfum (Value: $9.99)
  • Total Bag Value: $43.94
  • Replacement product received: Figs & Rouge Rose Berry Hand Cream (Value: $6.56)
  • Actual Bag Value: $40.51

As you can see Ipsy failed to send me an item in this month’s glam bag, Rogue by Rihanna, and instead sent me the Fig & Rouge hand cream. I contacted Ipsy telling them I was missing an item the day I received my bag and their customer service representative was extremely kind and placed a replacement order. I was disappointed to receive the hand cream instead of what I was promised. I messaged the representative about receiving the cream and she said they were all out of perfumes. I would’ve preferred if they had told me beforehand that the perfume was sold out and allowed me to choose a different product because I won’t be using the hand cream at all.

The Starlooks lip gloss is slightly sticky but far from unbearable and smells like vanilla. However, this product is once again made for ants and definitely could have been larger. I’m always happy to receive facial wipes because I can never have too many. My only worries about the Skyn wipes is that they contain cucumber extract and my skin seems to be very sensitive to that ingredient so I’m hoping it doesn’t cause any irritations. I’ve never heard of BB cream for hair so I’m excited to see how good it’ll work for my hair. Lastly, the MicaBeauty eyeshadow is going to the swap pile because most mineral eyeshadows I’ve tried haven’t been opaque.

Thanks for reading and here are some promo codes from this month’s Ipsy products that you may use for your purchases! Peace to the outttt.

-Purchased by me-

October 26, 2014
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October 2014 Boxycharm Unboxing

October 2014 Boxycharm

October 2014 Boxycharm

 

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Hey everyone, here is the October 2014 Boxycharm!

  • Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster & Restoration Serum (Value: $48)
  • Coastal Scents Eclipse Concealer Palette (Value: $19.95)
  • Cult/Commerce X Boxycharm “Shady” Collection (Nail Polish Set – Value:$21.00)
  • Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow in Southern Sass (Value: $14)
  • Starlooks Ultra Gem Pencil in Ultra Olive (Value: $14)
  • Total Box Value: $116.95

To be honest, I wasn’t that happy with this month’s box. I already own the Camouflage Concealer Palette by Coastal Scents and found it to be mediocre. The contour colors are hard to blend and look muddy even when using the smallest amount possible. I’m not sure if I’ll try the Eclipse Concealer Palette yet, since they’re both cream products and made of the same ingredients. Also, we received a Coastal Scents eyeshadow palette last month so I would’ve liked to see a different brand instead. I personally avoid “collagen booster” serums so I won’t be using that and probably adding it to my swap pile. If I liked nail polish I’d be happy with the ones in this box because the purple shade is so pretty. The bristles need to be washed in acetone before using because they’re super stiff. The eyeliner is extremely creamy so it’s definitely a win! The eyeshadow on the other hand requires you to really press your finger into the pan to get a decent payoff; however, I know that some eyeshadows do have a rough top layer that once broken through gives a great color payoff so hopefully this will be the same. If not, then it is not worth its retail value at all which sucks because I love this red shade!

That’s all for now! What did you like about your Boxycharm? Any suggestions for the eyeshadow or concealer palette? If you want to subscribe, just click on the Boxycharm referral button below! Thanks for reading, peace to the outtt!

-Purchased by me-

October 20, 2014
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October 2014 Birchbox Overview

October 2014 Women's Birchbox

October 2014 Women’s Birchbox

*Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that has both a Women’s and Men’s box. The Women’s box is $10 a month that sends beauty and lifestyle samples. The Men’s box is $20 a month and includes grooming and lifestyle samples.*

Hi everyone! I just want to start by saying that I am extremely disappointed with my October Birchbox and I’m starting to think about unsubscribing. Most of the products I received this month just aren’t appealing to me and I am getting tired of seeing some of the same brands over and over again. Furthermore, the past three months I have received at least one product by Harvey Prince and in the last two months they were both perfumes. I don’t mind receiving perfume samples every once in a while but at least send me two perfumes by different companies!!! Why in the world would Birchbox send me three Harvey Prince samples back to back to back?! Seriously, this isn’t helping me expand my knowledge on new products and companies but rather making me dislike a certain brand all together. Here are the samples I received this month:

beekind body lotion dr brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner lord and berry paillettes glitter eyeliner modelco lipstick in kitty

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty swatched on lips

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty swatched on lips.

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Price Breakdown:

  • BeeKind Body Lotion (Value: $1.88)
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner (Value: $11.25)
  • Harvey Prince Petaly Noir (Value: $1.30)
  • Lord & Berry Paillettes Glitter Eye Pencil in Black (Value: $3.50)
  • ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty (Value: $8.00)
  • Total Box Value: $25.93

I’m extremely upset with the Lord & Berry Paillettes Glitter Eye Pencil because it’s just so tiny! Is it an eyeliner for ants?! I received this exact same eyeliner in the shade black in my July ipsy bag and the liner smudges after 30-45 minutes of wear. I won’t even bother to try this one especially since it has glitter in it.

The only two items that I’ll be using are the ModelCo lipstick and the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner. The ModelCo lipstick just seems very cheap to me, I’m honestly not impressed at all. The shade is nice with a cremesheen finish but the wearing power is about one hour and that’s ONLY if you just sit there and look pretty. Dr. Brandt products have positive reviews on most sites so I’m going to give this product a try and see if it works any magic on my skin.

The Harvey Prince perfume is just disappointing because I’ve just seen so many Harvey Prince products that I really just want to try a different company 🙁 Finally, the BeeKind Body lotion has a good size for a sample but I own almost a whole year’s worth of body lotions.

**Disclaimer: I will now go on a huge rant about something that I noticed this month so beware.**

One of the item that was sent out to multiple subscribers was the BeautyBlender + Pure Solid Cleanser (Value: $25). This item alone is worth the same as my whole entire box. In addition, most of these boxes included the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner (Value: $11.25) and the ModelCo Lipstick in Kitty (Value $8) plus two other miscellaneous items. Of course, there were variations among these boxes, some might have only included the lipstick or the cleaner but many pictures I’ve seen have included all three. The value of all three of those items in one box is $44.25, ALMOST $20 more than my box’s value, and that’s not including the two other misc. samples. I know beauty boxes won’t always have the same value for each box and I don’t mind if the difference between box values is around $5-$7 but a difference of over $20 is where I draw the line. I do not think it is fair for that gap to exist. I might just be overreacting but honestly, I would’ve preferred to receive one item in my box that was close to the value of the BeautyBlender to make up for the gap differences. We all pay an inexpensive amount of $10 a month for these boxes; we should all receive our money’s worth in samples. This is just what I think and if you think otherwise I would love to hear your thoughts and maybe that’ll calm me down. OH and I just noticed that my box contained two items from this month’s sample choice which is awful because that means that someone else could’ve received the ant-sized eyeliner and actually been happy with it since I only chose the ModelCo lipstick. It’s unfortunate that this occurred and I’m going to swap the eyeliner and hopefully give it a good home.

Now that my rant is over, thanks for reading and let me know what you got in your Birchbox. What did you think of it? Was it worth your $10? I don’t think mine was but that’s life! You win some and you lose some. Well catch you next time, peace to the outtt.

-Purchased by me-

October 14, 2014
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September 2014 Birchbox Overview

Birchbox September 2014

Birchbox September 2014

Birchbox September 2014

Birchbox September 2014

I was excessively excited about this month’s Birchbox because of two things: the box and the Macadamia Oil Spray. Please tell me that I’m not the only one who is in love with this month’s box! I have always liked patterns and geometric prints so this design is totally in my ballpark, absolutely love it. Also, the Macadamia Oil Spray was one of the choices for this month’s customization option. Besides the oil spray, you could choose from three other individual samples or pick a standard box. I will include the possible choices in a screenshot down below so that you all know what I’m talk about and don’t start to think I’m crazy 🙂

September 2014 Customization Choices Birchbox

September 2014 Customization Choices

Now let us get to the box value breakdown!

    • Avene Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser (Value: $5)
    • Hello by Harvey Prince (Value: $1.30)
    • Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray (Value: $14.50)
    • Temptu S/B Highlighter in Champagne Shimmer (Value: $2.75)
    • Tocca Crema de Mano in Bianca (Value: $5)
    • NEW ChapStick dual-ended Hydration Lock (Value: $2.99)
    • Total Box Value: $31.54

Tocca Crema de Mano - Bianca

Avene Cleanance Soap Free Gel Cleanser Temptu HIghlighter in Champagne Shimmer

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chapstick dual end hydration lock

macadamia oil healing spray

Hits: Hands down the Macadamia Healing Oil Spray is my favorite item in this box. It smells ridiculously good and has a decent amount of product. This product is supposed to provide moisture, softness, protection, shine, and help with frizz control. I’m excited to see how well this product works with my hair so if I love it, you will see it in my September favorites post. Another item that I liked from this box was the Chapstick dual-end hydration lock stick. This is a brand new item in the market so it’s cool that Birchbox was able to provide every member with this sample. I love chapsticks, especially Burt’s Bee, because I slobber them on right before going to bed and I wake with freshly soft and smooth lips. I haven’t used a product by Chapstick since maybe high school or middle school so I would love to see if they’ve stepped up their game. This dual ended chapstick is specialized for moisturizing and renewal; it claims to help make lips look fuller, feel smoother, look younger, and help revitalize the lips. The only thing that is a bit disappointing is that I will be receiving this exact same sample free from a program called Smiley360 but at least Birchbox gave us six samples instead of just five.

Misses: I have to say that Hello by Harvey Prince is a miss for me just because I already received a full size of this item in my Boxycharm this month. The scent is infused with Meyer lemon and grapefruit so if you don’t like fruity scents don’t try this one. The Avene Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser is another miss for me because it is for oily skin and I have dry skin therefore this product probably won’t benefit me that much. The scent is similar to the ones found in cleaning products or laundry detergent it’s very close to a fresh linen smell. The Temptu highlighter is a joke of a sample if you ask me. The size is really small and is full on glitter with a gel like consistency. After blending this product, you’re barely left with any actual color or glow and just a bunch of glitter. I will try it out with a full face of products and see if it enhances the cheekbones or provides even a subtle glow but I really doubt it will be successful.

Temptu S/B HIghlighter in Champagne Shimmer

Temptu S/B HIghlighter in Champagne Shimmer swatched & blended

The Tocca Crema de Mano is the only product I am indifferent about and it’s going to my swap pile because I have way too many creams and I just don’t need any more. The cream is made with natural oils, green tea, and lemon to provide you with the most moisture. The size of the sample is pretty good and this product is paraben-free!

The overall value of the box was fair and the Macadamia spray was what made the box worth it, in my opinion. Let me know what you guys got in your boxes and if you’ve tried any of these items before too. If you haven’t tried Birchbox and are interested just click on my referral button to sign up. If you use promo code BBKIWI100 to receive $10 worth of points to use in the Birchbox shop. Birchbox is $10 a month and they always send five or six samples from haircare, skincare, makeup, and lifestyle items! See you next time, Peace to the Outt!

P.S. if you want to buy anything from Harveyprince.com use the promo code: MORNINGGLORY for 10% off your total purchase!

September 2014 Birchbox

September 2014 Birchbox

-Purchased by me-

September 14, 2014
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