March Nadine West Bag

I received my first Nadine West Bag today!

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Hmmm, Does this look IPSY-Ish to you too?

Shiny pink mailer aside, I was excited to see what I had been sent.

Nadine west is an online subscription bag that is COMPLETELY FREE and TOTALLY NON COMITMENT

In theory, this is a great idea: you sign up for a subscription, (you do have to enter your credit card info, and they put a hold on a $1 to make sure it goes through-I’ll explain this in a moment) fill out a little info about your self- including your pricing and size preferences- and they send you fun tops and accessories that they think you’ll enjoy. Once these are received, you can either choose to keep them, in which case you will be charged (see? I told you I’d explain), or send them back with the free shipping label that comes in the bag

Here are the things I was sent this month

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Shady Peak Infinity Scarf

This scarf was all right. It wasn’t awesome quality, but it was pretty with its muted turquoise and corals, it would go with a lot of my clothes…. If I didn’t have one that already looks the same… that I bought for around $5.00. For this one they wanted $17.99, and while it wont break the bank, it’s more than I want to spend on an item like this. So back it goes.

Laughing Buddha Bracelet
Laughing Buddha Bracelet

This was cute, but they were asking $9.99 for it, a stretch bracelet with plastic beads. Not totally unreasonable, but too much for the quality of the item, in my opinion. Also, I just don’t like stretch bracelets, I’ve always had larger wrists, and they rarely fit me correctly. It went back into the bag after one glance.

Hooty Hoot Turquoise Pendant (That is the actual given name)
Hooty Hoot Turquoise Pendant

I hated this option. Yes, its boho, yes its turquoise, two of my favorite attributes . BUT- and this is a big one- It was horrible quality, the WHOLE pendant was plastic, it had no weight to it, and it came with this weird snake chain that did not mesh well at all. For this they wanted $17.99?

That went back as well.

All in all I am not yet pleased with Nadine West. This is my first month though, and they are a fairly new company, so I’ll stick with them and see if they take my preferences into account next time. On the survey/ return slip that comes with the bag they ask why you returned items. I filled them out accordingly and hope that they will see that.

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I really like this concept, and I hope it gets better. You can choose the style of tops you like and whats preferable jewelry wise. The profile test is really easy to take and only lasts a few minutes. I was hoping to see some plus sizes in the clothing, but there are no plus options yet. I also wrote that I would rather have accessories over clothing because I don’t think any of the clothes will fit, but I guess we will see if they stick to that. Has anyone else tried this subscription? What do you think?

Lets keep Trying Nadine West!

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March Ipsy Bag Unbagging

FLOWER POWER!

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IPSY is a monthly subscription bag that is $10 a month for monthly subscriptions. The cost lowers as you subscribe for longer. Each month you will receive 5 deluxe or full size beauty samples and a cute makeup bag designed exclusively for Ispy subscribers.

Flower Power was the theme for March’s Ipsy Bag, and while it is a cute for spring, we were a tad disappointed that it was not St. Patrick’s day themed. (Only because green is one of Paige’s favorite colors).That Being said, one of our favorite parts of Ipsy is the fun bags that the products come in every month. So, while this month’s wasn’t our favorite design ever, we liked the blue and yellow combo with the pops of pink.  It makes us think spring is actually on the way.

Reviews

Paige- I was the only one who received the Sexy Hair Argan Creme Oil, and it intrigued me. I use oil on my hair regularly, but hair creme is something new to me. It is meant for use as a blow dry agent, but it might be more useful to me as a setting creme, since I am more likely to curl my hair than blow dry it. It does have a micro sheen to it though, so beware if you are not a fan of micro glitter. It also seemed to take some of the sheen out of my hair, which is weird since the shine seems to be built into the product. The Price I found was $7 on Amazon For the travel size.

I  also received Dr. Brandt Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion. This is not something that I have used in the past, so I’m pleased to see it in this bag! I am almost at the end of a sample of a similar product and I have heard rave reviews about this brand, so I’m really excited to try it out. Estimating at $15 for the sample since a 1.7 oz can be found on Sephora for $60

IMG_20150317_1Paige-I LOVE Lip gloss, in fact, I hoard it like its going out of style. Lipstick, however, isn’t really my thing. Oh but THIS NYX Butter Lipstick in Little Suzie,  goes on SO smooth and glossy. I might be converted if all lipsticks felt like this! Bonus- Its full size! $6 on NYX Website

Megan-I really like NYX, Its affordable and has great pigmentation. Pops NYXExplosif is a great neutral color! Its more a stain than a lipstick. I love that it glides on so well, but the shine doesn’t last long. I might use it under a lip balm that will be refreshed throughout the day or as a base under a gloss.  I have a feeling this will become a staple for me.  Next time I see NYX, I’ll be looking for a slightly lighter shade of this exact thing.

BLAKE-  At first sight I was disappointed because my skin doesn’t normally mesh well with dark colors. However I did a total 360 when I put on this lipstick. Holy cow! I love how it goes on my lips so smooth, like butter! Ha! Just like in the name. This plum color is not as dark as it reads in the tube, which is also a plus. I would wear this out and about. If I was going to rate this item I would give it 5 Ipsy bags, stars, whatever.

2015-03-16 06.53.56Paige- Ipsy hit this one out of the park for me, since I LOVE copper eye shadows. I feel like the color highlights my green eyes perfectly.  This Marsk eyeshadow is Lucky Penny, and lives up to its name. It was easy to apply, no blending or fancy brushwork needed here. It reads dark at first glance, but goes on sheer and is easily build-able if you want a more dramatic look. This is also a spectacular color for those blue eyed gals. Full Size at 1.2 Grams and $22.50 on Marsk Website

Megan-I also got the Marsk shadow, in Fifty Shades. You’ll need a lot of layering to get to a deep gray because it goes on sheer.  I like to use multiple colors and blend them together on the lid, so I want shadow to go on in the color it appears to be immediately, not after 10 layers (who has the time?).  That being said, if you’re like Paige, this is a very nice, easy way to get a shimmer of gray across the entire lid quickly and walk out the door.  Used that way it is good for the office.  Bring it with you, add a few more coats before leaving the office and you can have a fun evening out with the girls and get a  pop of color without veering into Gothic territory.

2015-03-16 07.00.42Paige- If I’m being totally honest, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do with this highlighter because the color is much lighter than I usually use, and goes on thick,  so if you guys have suggestions, please let me know! It might come in handy for Inner eye brightening, a base for pastels, or lining my water line when I want to look more awake. Full Size is $16.74 on Amazon

Megan- Ah, the highlighter pencil that I can’t read.  This is my least favorite product of the bunch.  Good color for brow highlighting, but it went on sort of heavy (it either went on heavy or not at all) and didn’t blend well.  When it’s near the delicate skin of my eyes, it needs to blend easily and go on smoothly.  It will go into the pile of costume makeup for when I need super bold looks, but this is definitely not going into my everyday wear.

Blake-This highlighter is the one that did not work for me at all. Its not light enough that I would use as an accent, and it goes on so thick, like a crayon. I don’t like waxy products because it feels like I’m wearing tons of makeup when I’m not. This is a big ‘ole zero for me.

hair oilMegan-  I received Coolway Hair Oil this month. I’ve never used hair oil before.  While it’s not greasy, my hair produces enough of it’s own oil that I would never go out and buy more to add to it.  That being said, I’ve always liked trying new things and if this can tame even a few of my flyaways, it might be worth it.  Maybe it’s just me and the amount of hair I have, but I feel like I’d have to use the whole  bottle to just get it in evenly.  I only used what the directions suggested and tried to spread it as evenly as possible.  I was sure that I’d get up in the morning and find that one section of my hair would be slick and that would be the end of it.  To my delight, there was no particular section that was especially greasy.  On the flip side, there was no particular shine or any smoothing of my hair either.  Time to try a little bit on the dry hair like the bottle suggests.  The end result: I have some very nice, shiny, sleek flyaways sprouting from my head.  It certainly didn’t help keep anything down (although I don’t really know that anything short of a clay mask would) but the dry application of the oil (used sparingly) gave my pony tail a nice sheen.  I won’t be going out and buying this by the bucket load, but this little bottle should last me the better part of a month the way I’m using it.

Face washI also received the Pur-Lisse Cleanser.  My skin actively rejects most things that come into contact with it, so using new products can be risky. While this makes for reasonably clear skin, it makes finding a good cleanser (and foundation) a challenge. The best I can say for this product is that it didn’t irritate my skin.  It also didn’t remove my makeup very well. This is one that I might use in the after having used an actual makeup remover. It will stay in that corner of the bathroom that holds the random things I use when I run out of my usual suspects and haven’t made a Target run. Hey, it didn’t end up in the trash which is where a lot of skin products go for me.

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Blake- I guess I was the odd man out this month as I received several different products! Pixi by Petra in Apricot Glow was a great find. I definitely judged this book by its cover. They looked like they were going to be either very light or very dark, and when I wore them separately they did just that. But woah mama when I combined them they completed my casual look for work and a dinner with the girls. I give it 4 ipsy bags.
Acure (day cream)2524-First off, this smells amazing, I mean just like oranges! Who wouldn’t like that for morning cream? (Crazy people, that’s who) With any cream that I put on my face I always feel like it leaves a film on my face.Though this, my friends, does not do that, my face feels so smooth, I love it! This is a huge 5 IPSY BAGS for me.
Skyn (Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels)
    2509This item is OK. I don’t hate it or love it. I mean, it does exactly what it says, and feels like cool ice cubes which I did like, but they were kind of big for my under eyes (I’m very petite, so my facial structure is much smaller). In the end I will probably use maybe once or even twice a month but that’s it.
3 Ipsy bags

All in all, a very fun bag of goodies, and over $60 value for one bag!  As always, we can’t wait for next month!  Way to go, Ipsy. 🙂