June Sephora Box

Happy June! This little bag of awesome arrived earlier this week.

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I love the way this gets delivered and the little bags are always adorable

This is a monthly subscription from Sephora, it $10 a month, and it has always got a great theme. This one is “In a Summer State Of Mind”

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A little bag of fun!

So here we go!

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Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It Air Styler

I got this in another bag a few months ago and I LOVE it. I don’t like to use a blow dryer, especially in the summer months, and this is so perfect for just letting your hair air dry because it tames the fly-aways, conditions, not to mention, it leaves my hair super silky and smooth.

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Tarte Tarteguard Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 20 in Medium

Light and silky, this tinted moisturizer is sheer and doesn’t melt away in the heat. It also doesn’t have a heavy smell, it’s light and clean. I don’t like heavy makeup, so this fits the bill nicely.

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Thierry Mugler ALIEN Perfume

This is the perfume extra in the box this month. Its not a scent I would buy for my self, but i can use this sample.  The scent has notes of Sambac jasmine, Cashmeran wood, and amber gris.

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Kat Von D liquid lipstick in K-Dub.

This is a beautiful bright fuchsia matte Lip color. It’s not my style, as I prefer neutral, and sheer satin or gloss. That being said, it looked surprisingly good on me, and because it’s so bright, the more tan I get, the better it will look.

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Briogio Curl Charisma Leave-in Defining Creme

I don’t know if I will use this because my hair is only slightly wavy, but I’ll give it a go.

Do any of you get the Sephora Play box?

 

 

I’m Back! And I Have an Ipsy Review 

Hello again beautiful readers! I had to take some time off because, well….

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I may be biased, but I think shes a cutie patootie

That’s right, We are now parents! Crazy right? Sorry for disappearing on you like that, but time off with no deadlines was essential. But after almost a year, I’m back, and more ready than ever to get back into reviewing boxes.

Now, on to the review!

This was a great month for Ipsy. The bag is adorable, and, after months of getting stuff that won’t get used, I feel like there’s adorable few things in here that I’ll enjoy and probably purchase again.

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First up!

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Game Changer 

There were two options for nail polish for this month and I was really glad to get this one. I love how this color looks next toy skin tone and it will look even better on my toes when I’m tan!

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PUR Fully Charged Mascara

Here’s the description from the website “Opposites attract with this anti-aging mascara that has a magnetic polymer matrix that wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define each lash for long-lasting performance” I’m excited to try, I’m very picky about my mascara, so I’m hoping it’s good. wp-image-1582248468

Hey Honey Undercover Detoxifying Mud Mask

This should be a great addition to my stash! My skin has been looking tired lately, because, well, I’m tired, but I hate for the world to know that by looking at me, so hopefully this will help. wp-image-501673563

Skyn Glacial Face Wash with White Willow

Another skin item I will add to my rotation. This should help brighten me up!

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Peek Black Primer

I was SO excited about this item! I have seen several tutorial’s on some other sites I follow, and it looks amazing. Because it’s black, it brings out the colors in your eye shadows. You can also use it on your lips, to darken your natural color, or your lipstick. It can also be used to sculpt your cheekbones.

What did you think of this month’s bag?

Megan’s Walmart Beauty Box

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So I guess I’m on the later ship date for this since I just received my box the day Paige posted her review of it.   This box contained less makeup than the previous ones but it more than made up for it in other items that I really like.
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Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste:
Well, not super exciting, but I love a good mint (none of that rubbish spearmint stuff please) and I do love travel sizes. I have to jump on planes often enough for work that these are super handy.
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Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Medium:
Well, I am a HUGE fan of this. As someone who burns when they even think about going into full sunlight regardless of the SPF slathered on (yes, I am the person they make the 100 spf for…), I’ve known and used this product (in Fair) for years. It goes on easily (especially now that they have the lotion version instead of the spray that got everywhere) and once dried (and it dries quickly) stays where it should and not on your clothes. You won’t regret it. Bonus, it covers up those random bruises that you have no idea how they got there.
Burt’s Bees Lipstick in 511 Magenta Rush:
Not a color I ever would have chosen in the store but after having put it on, I actually really like it. It’s fun, not too orange, goes on really well, has good pigment, and was a little shines without being over powering. Good job Burt. I plan to get a more neutral shade the next time I’m at the store.
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Incoco Coconut Nail Art in Fashion Statement #03505:
I’ve used these before and they go on pretty easily. I really like the pattern/colors on these and can see them being accent nails for black polish or something like that. The only warning I will give is that when using these, make sure your nails (the top of your nails) are really smooth. Make sure to clean, buff well, and dry leaving no dust or bumps. Anything left on your nail WILL be extremely visible once the strip is applied.
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Schwarzkopf Shampoo and Conditioner Essence Ultime:
Thank you sending both the shampoo AND conditioner. Also, thank you for sending enough of a sample to actually be able to try it out. I’ve been seeing these commercials and am very interested to try it. I’ll report back.
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Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented:
Again, this is an item that I use already and really like. This will go into my travel stash as it is small enough to be carried on. LOVE the unscented-ness of it. It does everything it should and doesn’t let anyone but you know that it’s been applied.
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Nivea In Shower Lotion:
I think this is the third one of these I’ve received from various boxes and might actually have enough now to be able to try it. Maybe it’s just me, but this seems like a potentially bad idea. Wet tub floor plus very smooth, slick substance equals at best a bruise that is awkward to explain and at worst a trip to the ER. Wish me luck.
Reviewed By:
Megan
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Megan’s Beauty Army Box Review

wp-1468580110547.jpgSo…beauty Army has had a rough few months. It basically fell apart, got a new CEO, tried to get its subscribers to come back by giving multiple promises that things were different and vouchers for free boxes. I fully admit to being skeptical. The old Beauty Army had a very poor sample selection, hit and miss as to whether you actually got the samples you selected, and unreliable delivery.

The new Beauty Army has better sample selection, still not amazing, but pretty good, delivery was smooth, but the actually getting the samples selected is still a bit of a problem. You choose 6 samples from a list of about 20.  Well, I received five samples. I probably wouldn’t have even realized that I was a sample short except that the one that didn’t make it into the box was the one I was really excited about.  Good thing this was a free box. Well, scratch that, technically I had paid for a year’s subscription and only received 5 boxes, so I paid for this… 😒😑🤔
wp-1468580049606.jpgNeutrogena Naturals Makeup Remover Towelettes:
I will always take these when they are available. I use them everyday and this sample pack of 7, is perfect for my travel stash.
wp-1468580071149.jpgBatiste Dry Shampoo
I have the cherry scented version of this (thank you another monthly beauty box) and it works great. Very excited for this unscented version (since I really don’t like products to have specific smells unless it is perfume).
wp-1468580101027.jpgRevlon Bold Lacquer
I REALLY like this!  Went on amazingly well. No clumps, didn’t smudge, nice layering. Usually it takes me half a bottle to get to this ease of use. I can’t wait to see if it holds up. If it does, I’ve found my new go-to!
wp-1468580090847.jpgL’Oreal Revitalift
Pretty good size sample. Feels nice, didn’t leave any residue. Not sure if it will actually be firming and anti-wrinkle but I’ll keep using it just for the moisturizing it provides at night. I wonder how much a full container is…I don’t know that it is really any better than my basic St Ives lotion that I normally use…
wp-1468580059716.jpgScratch Nails Multi Base and Top Coat
I like that it came with a sheet showing all the different colors available.  Nice as a top coat. I won’t be trying it as a base because I am so in love with my Rubberized Base Coat by Orly…(if you don’t have it already, go now and get one. You’re welcome).
Reviewed By:
Megan
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Paige’s Walmart Summer Beauty Box Review

imageThe Walmart beauty box is a fun one. It’s seasonal, coming out every 3 months, but unlike Target, you can subscribe to it, and it’s only $5. I call that a pretty excellent deal, especially since even if I don’t use EVERYTHING, the value is definitely there.

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InCoco Nail Art Stickers

Speaking of Value, these really got me excited. I love nail decals, and polish, and this style is especially fun. I can’t wait to try them.

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I use and loose hair ties all the time, so these Goody Slide Proof were a great treat. (See? The box has already paid for it self) I’m in that super thick preggo hair mode right now, so I go through these really fast

imageLady Gaga Black Fluid Fame

I have received this Lady Gaga Fame perfume in other boxes
It’s not my favorite, because it’s super sultry, and rich. I prefer much lighter scents. I can see possibly wearing a very light splash out to a formal event or a ritzy date with the hubby, but it’s definitely not for every day wear on me.

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Sally Air Brush Legs

I LOVE this stuff, I have been using the spray version for years! I hate wearing nylons and this is the perfect product when its too hot out for an extra layer. It makes legs super smooth looking, and spider veins are no more. Just make sure you let it dry COMPLETELY before you get dressed.

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Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Diamond Color and Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner

Well. That’s a mouthful… I didn’t notice an immediate difference when I tried this out, but I also don’t have colored hair, and for right now, my hair is pretty healthy, other than needing a trim. That being said, it smelled OK, and I REALLY appreciate the fact that there are BOTH a shampoo and conditioner to try.

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HMMM, I may have to rethink using my phone…

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion

Lotion samples always come in really handy, and Vaseline makes a great product! not much more to say there…

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Truly Radiant Clean and Fresh Toothpaste by Arm and Hammer

I like Toothpaste samples, and this is a good one. With as much as we travel, samples like this are super useful and this will be thrown in my stash for camping and traveling.

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Simple Micellar Cleansing Water (one use)

This was a tiny (one use) sample. We call them foil packets, because you cant close them back up and essentially need to be used all at once. It was a nice little bonus, but it would probably not be something that I would buy because I like the act of washing my face. It relaxes me at the end of my day, and makes me feel cleaner. This was like putting on a toner, I didn’t feel like I got everything, and I used it on a day when I wasn’t wearing makeup at all.

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Nivea In Shower Body Lotion (single use)

I use  this stuff on a regular basis, because I’m constantly forgetting to put on lotion after I get out of the shower. This way it’s already in there with me and super easy to rub on, rinse off and BAM! Silky skin! This got used immediately.

I felt the box definitely paid for itself this season, although, I would have LOVED to have seen a makeup product this time around. What did you guys think of your boxes?

Reviewed By:

Paige

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June Sephora Play Box Review

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The insert that tells you whats in the box, and how to use it. I REALLY like the fact that everyone gets the same items.

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Sheer Sun Bronzer Serum

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This was promising at first, but after a squeeze and a slight rub, it started almost pilling on my skin, and left no color what so ever. 2016-06-21-10.45.53.jpg.jpgIt also felt a bit oily, and wont play well with other makeup. It’s not something I’d want to wear if I knew I was going to be sweating all day.

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June Ipsy Bag Review

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The bag

I can see how many people will like this bag. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. It is too loud and busy for me. Definitely not one of my fave designs.

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Urban Decay eye shadow in “Lounge”

Urban Decay eye shadow is always great and this is no exception. The color is so amazing! When I added it to my brush, it looked maroon. However, when I applied it to my eyelid it went on as a gorgeous green/purple color. A little product went a long way and it gave me just the look I wanted. I highly recommend this color and this company in general. They may be pricey but are oh so worth it! Continue reading

1st Sephora Play Box Review- May

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So far, I’m digging the presentation! This is the play card you take into the store for your one on one tutorial.

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How Cute is this little bag!

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This is the little tip sheet/ mini mag that comes with the box, I did not really use the tips but they looked good!

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So much fun stuff….

Lets get reviewing, shall we?

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BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi

This is bright, but actually looks really good on! It’s the perfect bold color for spring time and summer and will look great with a tan and white teeth. This lipstick also a great formula It feels like  butter sliding on, and it has staying power. It’s a semi matte formula that does not dry your lips out at all. (Also- How cute is the presentation? I love that little bullet!)

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Tarte Lip Crayon in Latergram

I really like this color, a great neutral mauve, which is the PERFECT “my lips but better” color for me. The formula is great, its a matte, but is not drying. The only issue that I have so far is that because of the sample size, it goes on more like a liner than a lip crayon. But for the amazing color payout, I think I’ll deal.

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Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial

I don’t know if I would call this a facial, more like a very thick night cream. It works well as a night cream and my skin still feels very moisturized and super soft when I wake up in the morning. I’m not sure if I would seek this out for future purchase because of the high price point ($48.00) and the similar products out there for a lesser price. I did enjoy using this product though, and will use it ’till the last drop.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

I like that this product stems from the inspiration of raw beauty. It come very close to its roots by not using parabens, sulfates, silicone or artificial colors or fragrances. It has an argon oil base, that I really appreciate, because that’s a product I use on my hair every single day.  This hair mask will definitely get used. The sample is big enough to probably get a few uses out of it for me, but for someone with extremely thick hair, there might only be one or two.

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Origins Maskimizer + Drink Up and Clear Improvement Masks

I don’t use masks on a regular basis, though I probably should. Anything that will help improve the outcome of a mask is appreciated and will get used. I really like the Origins company and what it does for the planet, which includes planting over 500,000 trees globally, so if these masks work well, I can see my self purchasing one of them in the near future.

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Atelier Cologne- Orange Sanguine

This is one perfume sample that I will be using! If you have read this blog in the past, you know that I don’t really like perfume samples because I never like the smells, as they are often too rich for me. This is a perfect, subtly fruity scent, and the starting price point of $25 is not bad. I don’t usually buy full size perfumes because I change my mind often, and a small size at an affordable price works in their favor. The bonus with this product was the beautiful information/ post card that came packaged in a wax envelope. The whole presentation was beautiful, and I’m looking forward to wearing the perfume soon.

Does anyone else get this box? What did you guys think?

Reviewed By:

Paige

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Natalie’s May Ipsy Bag review

The Bag

May Ipsy glam Bag

I am on the fence on this bag. I like the idea of it but not necessarily the design I got. I am not a huge fan of the color purple so that’s the main reason. I will definitely use this bag. The size is comparable to other bags we have received but nothing out of the ordinary.

Smashbox X Rated Mascara

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ALL Smashbox mascaras are amazing. This one is no
exception. The brush was a bit interesting. I actually stopped to look at it in detail before
applying the product because it was such an odd shape. It applied well and I was able to also use it on my lower lashes with no product hitting my cheeks or under eye area. I really like this mascara and will definitely use it.

Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer

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 I adore Hikari products! I got the blush in my Ipsy bag a few months ago and it is now one of my go to products when I want a bright pink blush with great pigmentation. This product was no exception. I applied this product this morning for a general overall flush effect and it worked beautifully. The four colors in the compact blend well together and give a beautiful pink/brown color. There are little sparkles in one corner and that adds a bit of shimmer to the overall effect which I love. I highly recommend this product and Hikari products in general. Love it!

INSPR Eye Fluff Brush

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I used this today to apply my shadow in the crease. It worked really
well and applied the product evenly. I can always use a good crease brush and this is a perfect addition to my collection. The bristles are soft and pick up a decent amount of product with just one swipe.

Soo AE 3 Collagen Essence Sheet Mask Set

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I am giving this away because I honestly won’t
use it. I will most likely try to trade it with someone for something I will actually use and if not, will give it away as a gift. I know Ipsy is always trying to promote new partners but seriously? I won’t use this. Never have and probably never will. Stop sending me stuff I specifically say I will not use, please. UGH.

Epice Hydrating Mask

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Yet another product I will not use. I will try to trade it to someone for something better. I am frustrated with this month’s selections as this is the second item I will not be using/have no use for. Yes, it’s only $10 a month for this stuff but I want to get things I will actually use and not throw/give away. What a disappointment

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Natalie

Photo Credit:

Paige and Ipsy!

Natalies’ April 2016 Ipsy Bag Review

The Bag:

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Not my favorite bag in terms of looks but still a cute one. There have been
others I have loathed getting but this one is not one of them. I will definitely be using it in
the future.

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L.A.B. Live and Breathe Beauty “Just Blending In” brush

The brush is a nice size, blending brush. The bristles are soft and pick up product well. I was able to use this brush as both a transition shade brush and an accent shade brush. I can definitely see myself using it regularly. It is not as soft as say a Morphe brush or even an ELF brush but it is still a nice texture.

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Nudestix Lip & Cheek Pencil in “Mystic”

The product comes in nice packaging and applies
smoothly. It almost has a cream finish look to it. That makes sense as it is also being marketed as a blush. I only had to apply once around the lips to get a great color payoff. Overall a great nude lip product.

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Ren Skincare Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream

Wow! This product is amazing! I was
a little skeptical about it when I first opened it but after applying it, I know I will purchase it in the future! The lotion has a semi strong scent that fades after applying and the product goes on smoothly and easily. Usually when I apply my face cream, it takes two attempts before my skin feels moisturized and not “tight”. That was not the case at all with this product. I could feel it absorbing into the skin and when I woke up with morning, it was still doing the job and my skin felt incredible. I love this lotion!

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Buxom Cosmetics Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid lipstick in “Centerfold”

This product is…interesting. It is being marketed as a liquid lipstick and it really isn’t. I would compare this product and consistency to the Maybelline Vivid Matte liquid lipstick. It goes on smoothly, like a gloss, but does appear matte. It does not dry the lips and the color payoff is great. I am just thrown off by the label of “liquid lipstick” as it isn’t. I love the brand and wear products of theirs but in this case, would prob not purchase this again as it is so similar to the Vivid Matte lipsticks. Maybelline is cheaper. 🙂

Moroccan Oil Moroccan Oil treatment

I’ve used this product in the past. It is nice but not for
me. I already have healthy hair and don’t need this product. I didn’t even use this. I traded it for a lipstick from someone else who also gets Ipsy. I also don’t really like the scent either.

Looks like Natalie had a great bag this month! How did you like yours?

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Natalie