May Beauty Army Box- Reviewed by Megan

IMG_1193Ok, so the concept is good.  I like the box that it comes in (I mean, purple tissue paper, you are speaking to my soul).
IMG_1195I like the idea of going onto the site each month (they send you a super helpful reminder email when the sample selection period is open) and choosing specific samples that I want to get.  The downfall comes when you’ve filled out their (pretty intensive) profile and clearly stated that you are interested in makeup, nail polish, etc. and (no exaggeration) every single sample choice is either skin cleaners/moisturizers, shampoo, or random things like chocolate mint tea.

There was only one (1!) item on my available list to chose from that I was even remotely interested in and it’s been this way every time I’ve chosen samples. Also, it’s not a huge choice list.  It is maybe 12-13 each time.  Box #1, never came.  Box #2 went to the old address (oops).  Box #3 just arrived (this review is of it).  Box #4 just had it’s sample choosing window and it was the same drill.

So, needless to say, I am kicking myself for paying up front for 12 months of boxes (saving 3 dollars a box) instead of trying it for a couple months first.  Darn my miser-ish ways.  They always flare up at the most inopportune times.  Have I paid up front for any other boxes?  Noooo.  Just this one…

IMG_1196Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer – Eh, I can take it or leave it.  It’s fine. Doesn’t really smell like anything and didn’t tell any difference from using it or Jergen’s which is my default after cleaning my face.

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Lusera Tangle Free Shampoo – This peaked my interest because tangle free is a high claim with my hair.  It was a decent sized sample (probably enough for 2.5-3 uses to the normal person which meant that it was actually enough for one use for me).  Again, didn’t really smell like anything (which is fine, I’d rather that then something that smells like chemicals), but the blow was that there was nothing Tangle Free about it.  Not while washing/rinsing in the shower.  Not while drying it.  Not while brushing it afterwards.  Nothing.  So…that goes into the ‘Don’t buy again’ list.

IMG_1196 copy 3Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Remover Towelettes – This is the one item that I was happy to chose.  I love these things.  So convenient, great for business trips (This sample was 7 cloths), they work well and aren’t too harsh on my skin.  I buy these in the normal quantities.

IMG_1196 copy 5Shea Moisture Shampoo and Hair Masque – First off, this company makes amazing smelling products.  I have their Black African soap and I love it.  This was no exception.  Smelled great.  The problem came in that the amount you get isn’t enough to do anything with.  I know I have super thick hair, but this was ridiculous. Squeezing every last bit out that I could (not particularly an easy thing to do in the shower, at least I remembered to cut it open with scissors before hopping in because there was no way it was tearing…) only gave me about a quarters worth of product in the palm of my hand.  That covers approximately the top 1/16th of my head.

IMG_1196 copy 2Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths – I got these because I figured, if  I had to get something else, at least I could take these with me when I travel.  I’ve used the Cetaphil lotion before and it didn’t cause adverse reactions with my skin so I am assuming these will be ok as well.

IMG_1196 copyNo7 Lift and Luminate Day & Night Serum – Well, maybe if there was enough for more than one application I could test over a week their claim to ‘reduce the appearance of wrinkles, visibly lift, (and) even skin tone’…alas, no change in skin tone that day.

So, it will be interesting to see if the sample choices get any better.  I’m not holding my breath.
Reviewed By:
Megan
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May Glossy Box Unboxing

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Wow, we got the exact same Glossy Box this month, which is a rarity, because we are so different as far as what we prefer to wear. Here’s what we thought:

Paige’s Thoughts– I thought it was a good box this month! There were good products, all good sizes and probably one that I will go out and buy for my self. However, I would like samples of brands that I am more familiar with as well.

Meg’s Thoughts– This was quite the month for glossy box.  Highs and Lows.  Two SUPER products that I will be going out to get again, one really pretty product, one that was fine (just sort of eh…totally me, not GB), and 1 DUD.

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Glam Glow Power Mud

Meg– First, I am a huge fan of Glam Glow.  That being said, this was no exception.  Went on easily, you can feel it working as it dries and I loved how it felt washing off in the shower.  I just wish the effects lasted a little longer.  I could see the difference for about 24 hours.

Paige– I had never tried this but have heard some awesome things about it, so I was really excited to see this in my box. It works just like it says it will, my skin was tighter and smoother, and as with most mud masks, you actually feel it tightening and working while it’s on. Like Megan said though, I wish the effects lasted a bit longer, but it makes skin super smooth for a day or two.

2015-05-19 13.36.56Clearista Retexturizing Gel

Meg– Okay, I was a bit skeptical, but…I loved it!  I really needed to be careful not to rub too hard.  That being said, my skin was smooth afterwards and felt awesome.  I kept touching my face and having to slap my own hand away.  The only downside is that the granules that you wipe/wash off get everywhere.  Next time I am definitely using this in the shower.  I had to Swiffer my bathroom floor and I still feel the little buggers.

Paige– I actually thought this was a hair product at first, because of the name. Good thing I read the packaging before I tried it! This is a face scrub that is supposed to clean and smooth your skin. And it did do that… But, it also made huge mess, i.e., miniscule pellets EVERYWHERE, even after rinsing several times. This is definitely an in-shower product. My skin was crazy smooth after the first use though, and ladies, try it on you decolletage, and thank me later.

2015-05-19 13.37.53Sebastian Stylbrid 9 Hairspray

Megs– I admit it.  I’m hopeless when it comes to using hairspray.  It just doesn’t do anything to my hair unless I have enough in there to make it look and feel like a shellacked helmet.  On the plus side, if my bathing suit starts riding up during photo shoots (yeah…) I have just the thing (thank you, Miss Congeniality).

Paige– I really don’t use hairspray that much either, so this is just kind of “meh” for me. It seemed to work just fine and it’s supposed to have more benefits for your hair than other sprays, so on those super rare occasions when I do need it, I’ll be comfortable pulling this out. I did notice that, unlike other aerosol sprays, that can result in a sticky mess if your not careful, this dried in no time, not leaving a bad residue. It also smelled pretty good!

2015-05-19 13.36.25Teeze Head Over Heels Nail Lacquer

Megs– Best thing about this?  The box. (Paige was too excited to remove it from the box to get a good picture though. Sorry Guys!)  It’s awesome.  Such fun colors and designs.  The polish is good too.  It’s a base coat.  Goes on nicely, not too thick.  nothing outstanding, but a solid product.  I would get it just for the box.

Paige– This was so cute! I love pretty packaging and this was no exception. I also love when it’s pretty and WORKS well. This does what it’s supposed to. It went on well, and dried smooth. It seemed to dry quickly as well, which is a plus because I’m always in a rush. My nail polish went on smoothly over the top with no smearing and has pretty much stayed in place for at least 4 days as of this review. I would LOVE to try out a color from this line for summer. Bonus for me! (And this is ’cause I’m strange) I love that it comes in a square bottle that’s skinny enough to shove into an over-packed makeup bag.

2015-05-19 13.34.47Doucce Lipstick -Color 904

Megs– This is everything I dislike about lipsticks.  First, the color is just bad for me.  It has almost gray-purple undertones which make me look like I’m severely ill even in full foundation.  Second, it did not go on well.  It was almost dry and when I tried putting a bit of chapstick on first, the color wouldn’t apply.  Third, once on, it showed every ridge, bump, line, etc.  My lips aren’t super duper smooth but they are a darn sight better than this made them look.  Into the trash it went and people, I NEVER throw makeup samples out (unless they are old).

Paige– Wow, it’s like we are talking about two different lipsticks! I thought this was a really pretty matte pinky nude shade, perfect for my skin tone. I am excited about the matte lipstick trend and wanted to try it. While I was really happy with the consistency and staying power once the color was on my lips, it was really hard to get on because it was so sticky (possibly because it was the first application?). It might become easier with use though, so I will keep trying. Bonus, it stayed on through my daily run, so I’m really happy!

Update- The second time I applied, it went on much more like regular lipstick should, and kept its staying power.

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May Ipsy Bag

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Well, we LOVE THIS BAG! It’s so cute and we love the functional strength of the canvas, though we all thought it seemed a little cheap feeling once we opened it.

So- Here goes!

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Pixi By Petra Beauty Bronzer in Summertime

Paige– I really like this bronzer. The formula is soft and silky going on, and it is also very sheer. It makes for a perfect daytime look when swept over the cheekbones. (It also softens the look of my sunburn from this weekend)

Blake– I haven’t been big on bronzers but lately I have been trying to learn the art of contouring and this is the perfect product to learn with. It goes on very light which is a must for me. I will give this product 4 Ipsy bags.

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Bella Pierre Waterproof Gel Eye Liner in Ebony

Paige– I don’t like the Bella Pierre line very much, and this is really no exception. This smears way to easily and is very greasy on me. I found this had smudged and traveled by the time I made it into work. The color was a nice strong black though for the first 45 minutes or so.

Blake– So, this weekend, I took my mom to DragCon, and thought that this would be a great opportunity to try this little baby, and boy am I glad I did. I generally don’t really like pencils because the color, over time, becomes dull to me but this one was outstanding. First it glides on like a liquid eyeliner which I love and the color lasted all day. Only defect is where you put it is where it stays. I give this product 4 Ipsy bags.

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Bare Republic Natural Mineral Sunscreen in SPF 30

Paige– I always love to see sunscreens in my bag. It’s a product I use EVERY DAY, so I’m stoked to try this one out. It was very light and sunk in really fast. I really like this one!

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Nuxe Paris Reve De Miel- Face Cleansing and Make-up Removing Gel

Paige– This was an interesting brand that I have never tried before. The product works as it says it will, and leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. But OH THAT SMELL, it’s GOT TO GO… Pungent is the only term I can use to describe it, like horrible incense.

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Urban Decay Revolution High Color Lip Gloss and Ozone 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ultimate Ozone

Paige– I got two samples of the lip gloss, one in the shade Bittersweet, which was scary in the packet, but actually a kind of pretty pink purple when on and would be a great date night color. The other shade was Failbait, which is a PERFECT pink and is a great color to wear on a daily basis. As for the liner, I did not see a difference when using it under the gloss, but I also don’t use lip liner on a regular basis so I wasn’t really sure what to look for. (Sorry about the flash guys!)

Meg– The two colors came with the pencil. One is useful (Failbait) and one fun to put on in makeup experiments (Bittersweet). So the pencil is supposed to go on first and fill in lines, keep everything in place, and stay creamy. I honestly could not tell the difference on the half of my lips that I used the pencil and the half I didn’t.  I really like that they showed the other colors available. I’d love to try 69 and Quiver. On the other side was an ad for another of their products (sheer revolution lipstick) which I now really want to try. I’m a huge Urban Decay eyeshadow fan and am glad for the chance to try their lip line.

Blake– First off I love Urban Decay so I was very excited to receive one of their products. The thing is I don’t wear enough lipstick to try the product so I waited until I went to DragCon. This product makes me want to wear lipstick every day. I put it on and waited for it to set then applied my lip color. I will say it didn’t last 24/7 but it did last about 5 hours on me and I was eating and drinking too. Not only was I happy, but some of the queens were asking how my lips looked flawless. Ha! I give this product 5 Ipsy bags.

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Skone Pretty Eyes Automatic Eye Liner in Navy:

Meg– It goes on well and smudges nicely. It says navy, but it is a really bright navy. I wish it was a bit darker so that I could use it for everyday, but this will be fun for girls nights out in flirty dresses

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Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches

  Meg– I got two. I don’t know if that was a mistake or not, but I’m glad. They feel nice on and while I can’t really see any differences, they definitely are soothing.

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It Cosmetics CC+

Meg– Goes on nicely. Doesn’t smell very strongly like some other CCs I’ve tried. I love that it’s 50spf.

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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-in Conditioner:

 Meg– It doesn’t smell very good. That is the first thing I noticed. It smells like chemicals. On the plus side, my hair is softer with it in.

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Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream and Peter Lamas Detoxifying CitrusC Facial Cleanser
Blake– Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream- I absolutely love this product. I get a little skeptic about hair products because usually they leave an oil aftermath. This product left my hair smooth,shinny and silky. I just dab a little on my hands and work it through my damp hair after I shower and the end result is amazing. I give this product 5 Ipsy bags.

Peter Lamas Detoxifying CitrusC Facial Cleanser- I’m not really big on cleansers because my skin is very sensitive and will breakout or turn my skin red. This one didn’t do this it just made my skin super dry. I give this product 1 Ipsy bag.