September 2013 ipsy glam bag Review

The September ipsy theme was Classic Beauty. This is what the bag looked like:

Here’s a look at what was inside. (Sorry for the picture quality.)

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Here’s the back of the card with offers for September.

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The products:

Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil – I hesitated to try this because I have a ton of eyeliners. I read some reviews and they were mixed, so I decided to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised! The pencil glided on smoothly and stayed put. I used it on my waterline and had no problems!

Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara – I haven’t tried this, and I probably won’t. I have several mascaras to try right now, so I’ll probably pass this one along.

Victoria Jackson Taupe Brow Pencil – This pencil is a bit too dark for me. It’s taupe and should be universal, but every time I’ve tried it the results were terrible. I’m hoping I can find a way to make it work or give it to someone with darker brows!

NYX Eyeshadow – This is a pretty purple color. I haven’t opened it and may pass it on. Always happy to get a full sized product, though!

J.Cat Beauty Fantabulous Lipstick – This is a nude lipstick. I’m super pale and looked a bit washed out when I used it, but I think it’ll look great on either of my sisters. Here’s a closer look at the lipstick:

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My rating for the September ipsy glam bag: B+

While I wasn’t a fan of the brow pencil and will probably give away the lipstick and mascara, I still feel like this was a good box. I love the idea of getting an eyeliner, lipstick, brow pencil, mascara, and eyeshadow all in the same box! I really liked the eyeliner. I could probably get use out of all the products if I needed to, but I’m able to pick and choose because of my makeup stockpile! Plus, I always like having things on hand to give to the girls in my family. So overall, I give this box a B+! Ipsy is $10/month. Sign up through any of my links in this post!

August 2013 Birchbox Review

The theme of this month’s Birchbox was Finishing School. I was VERY happy with my August Birchbox!!August Birchbox

I received these products:

Whish Exfoliating Body Wash – This body wash is amazing! It smells wonderful (coconut milk) and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. I didn’t find it to be quite as harsh as some exfoliating products, which was nice. I received Whish shave cream in last month’s Birchbox. I’m loving Whish products!

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product – I was really excited to receive this product as I see it advertised in EVERY magazine. It’s a really good sized sample and feels weightless on my hair. I can never have enough leave-in products!

(MALIN+GOETZ) vitamin e face moisturizer – This moisturizer hydrated my super dry skin. It’s safe for sensitive skin and can also be used as a primer.

stila stay all day liquid lipstick – I was super excited to receive this product in my birchbox. It is extremely pigmented. I like the formula–it goes on as a liquid and dries immediately. It’s a bit hard to work with…if you don’t put in on perfectly, you may spend awhile cleaning up a mess. This red is a little much for me, but I think it’d be great in a nude shade.

Whish hair inhibiting deodorant swipes – I haven’t tried these yet, but I’m expecting great things since they’re a Whish product. They claim to “tackle odor and slow hair growth in one swipe.”

More about these products:

Birchbox info

My rating for the August Birchbox: A

The Finishing School Birchbox really impressed me! I’d been getting frustrated with Birchbox because their boxes have been paling in comparison to ipsy, but this month they pleasantly surprised me! (Check out my August ipsy review here.) Birchbox only costs $10 a month and you can sign up for a subscription here.

Birchbox subscribers: What’d you receive in your August Birchbox? Were you happy with the products?

 

August 2013 ipsy glam bag Review

The theme for this month’s ipsy glam bag was Glamour Academy. The bag itself is purple with gold decoration.Image

My bag consisted of the following products:

Michael Todd True Organics Jojoba Charcoal Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Pacifica Alight Mulit-Mineral BB Cream

Pixi Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black

noya cherry lip balm

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My rating for the August ipsy glam bag: C+

I’m usually VERY happy with my ipsy glam bag. It only costs $10 and usually gives really great deluxe or full sized products. This month I was disappointed. I was really hoping for an Urban Decay lipstick sample and the Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask. This bag still boasted a great value, but I won’t be able to use all of the products. The eyebrow pencil is much too dark for me, and the BB cream has an odd scent and looks almost yellow on my skin. I’m not a fan of pixi products–I think they’re overpriced and not the best quality. I’m excited about trying the Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Scrub, and who doesn’t love cherry lip balm? Overall, the ipsy Glamour Academy bag rates at about a C+ on my scale. One of the best subscription boxes around, but not a great month.

Any other ipsy subscribers out there? How’d you like your August bag?

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