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Saturday, June 13, 2015

June 2015 Ipsy Unbagging and Review

Look at this – Two days and two unboxing's! Today I am unbagging the June 2015 Ipsy bag. Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends 5 or so sample sized beauty products. The difference with this beauty subscription service is that they also send you a small makeup bag every month. The cost for Ipsy is $10.00 a month check them out here at www.ipsy.com

Now onto all the things! 

Jules and Esther Vitamin C Serum was the first product I took out of my bag. I was pretty excited to see this. I’ve been looking for a good vitamin C serum and have been sampling a few brands. The product has a very nice orange smell to it. I anticipated that it would be clear but the liquid is more milky white. This product is cruelty and paraben free (which is a plus) and I’ll report back after using this for a month to see how it goes!

I was pretty shocked to see these BioRepbulic SkinCare Sheet masks. I received their sheet mask trio in Cucumber Breeze, Aloe Rescue, and Green Tea Detox. I love sheet masks. Korean skincare, and Asian skincare in general, uses sheet masks regularly. Since I use a lot of Korean products sheet masks are already part of my beauty routine. I haven’t tried any of these masks yet but I will this weekend and will report back on if I think they’re effective. Great product!

The Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer was the first primer I ever used. I’m still a huge fan of the product and already own a full sized bottle. I will be giving this one away to a friend so they can sample it. Overall if you haven’t tried the Smashbox primer and you’re looking for one you should give it a go.

I have wanted to try Sephora’s Formula X nail polish and I got my chance this month because of Ipsy. This hot coral pink color is a great summer color. The formula is thick and while I like two coats of nail polish you could do one coat and go. I can’t say much about how long the polish lasts (I haven’t worn it long enough) but so far so good. I’ll report back after week. 

I thought this tre'StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon had opened in bag but it was just the packaging that fooled me. I received the shadow crayon in Marimoto Pink Pearl. It’s a very subtle pink color but is very buildable. I like this shade for summer. I do have to say that I swatched this on my hand and it wouldn’t wipe off (laugh). I actually had to pull out my makeup remover so I’m going to say that this is a long staying product. 

I am very happy with my Ipsy bag this month. This months bag fit my personal tastes and I hope that this is an ongoing trend for the future. Most of the bags I’ve had from Ipsy have been misses so much so that I was thinking about canceling. They have remnewed my faith in them (smile). What did you guys think of your Ipsy bags?

Friday, June 12, 2015

June 2015 Birchbox Unboxing and Review

I’m baaaackkkk. Yes I know I’ve been MIA for awhile with my reviews but I have had a lot of life stuff going on. Boo life stuff! I’m back with my unboxing's though and I’m also happy to announce that my YouTube channel will be up and running in July! Whew that channel has been a crazy effort! For June we’re going to start with Birchbox. Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that provides you with 5 beauty or lifestyle samples. Birchbox is $10.00 per month and is worth it just to expose yourself to new products. 

Now onto all the things! 

First we have the amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – full-size price $21 dollars. I love dry shampoos. Living in Florida if I don’t use a dry shampoo my hair would look nuts in a few hours. I’m a huge fan of the John Freida dry shampoo as well as the Kloraine Oat and Thistle dry shampoo. I have to say that I’m not a fan of how the amika dry shampoo smells. It works well though so if you’re not sensitive to smells like I am then give the amika dry shampoo a try. 

Supergoop! Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology – full-sized $19 - $48. The Supergoop! Sunscreen is the same consistency of other sunscreens but the smell is different. It has a light scent of black licorice along with the normal sunscreen smell. Not much to say other then it works well as a sunscreen. 

Look at the hair tie by L. Erickson. This is the Narrow Grab and Go Ponytail Holder – full-sized $12. I like this. I do put my hair back into a ponytail a lot in the summer. My hair obscenely long right now (getting it cut soon) so I really am happy to get the hair tie in my Birchbox Would I spend the money on it myself - Probably not. 

I love the color of the Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner – full-sized $11. I usually wear a navy blue eyeliner for a pop of color. The product goes on smoothly and is opaque. I only wore the eyeliner for a few hours before I took my makeup off to work out, so I can’t speak to wear, but it did last well in the Florida humidity for those few hours. 

If I didn’t have the information card I would have thrown out the Dr. Jart+ BB Night Beauty Blam – full-sized $38. The product is clear with small white beads. I thought the product had separated and had gone bad. However, the info card warned that the product is a clear gel with beads so score. Birchbox provided a small sample so I can’t say it did anything for my skin. What I can say is the product did not irritate my sensitive skin, has no scent, and my face felt hydrated in the morning. 

Last we have the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel – full-sized $48. The product is clear and has a gel like constancy. I have not tried the peel because I’m worried about irritating my face and when I put a little on my hand the product had the subtle scent of burnt wood. The product is well packaged and the sample is large enough to get a good idea of how it works. 

Well, that’s my unboxing of the June Birchbox. I’m curious to know what others got this month!