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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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?

Reviewed by:

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Natalie

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.

April Glossy Box Review

Wow! This month’s box is a work of art!

What a fun box top this month with the comic character like makeup girl.  And a surprise treat? There was a little bag inside this month.  Very cute, sturdy, and a welcome treat from a box that we already love the packaging on.

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We love it!

 The makeup bag was cute and came with a mystery discount code that I haven’t tried yet, but its always nice to get discounts

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Julep Gel Eye Glider-Smokey Taupe

 Paige- I don’t wear a lot of eyeliner, so samples are a good size for me, but, if I get the odd full size, in a good color, I’m happy. This one happens to be a nice color, and a good eyeliner in general, actually. It smudged easily, but didn’t move once I was finished. I’m very impressed.

Megan- This is a great color. Goes on really nicely.  Be careful that you get it where you want and nowhere else because it isn’t budging once it is down.  Put it in a fun thick cat eye and heavy lashes with bare or bone colored (non shimmer) lids and be prepared for a fun night.
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Lip Tar Stained Gloss in Meta

Paige- Oh My Gosh, did this color ever intimidate me. I have seen this brand in stores and have stayed away because I thought “No Way will colors like those look good on me, they are way to saturated” Was I ever shocked, then, to try this out and find that its actually quite lovely!

One coat was sheer enough to be great for regular daytime use, and two coats were perfect for a brighter lip. It goes on glossy and is not tar like at all. It feels super, and looks awesome. Definitely will be using this this summer

Megan- Lip Tar Stained a gloss in Meta: no joke, the color scared me in the box. It looks almost like a neon raspberry.  The fun of lip tar (besides it staying for a long time) is that you can layer it so that you don’t have to have full impact of the color immediately.  The barely there brush gave my lips a nice color that works with anything and is almost matte immediately but doesn’t look like your lips are dry.  A second, heavy layer gives you a sheen of slick color that is fun without being overwhelming.  Good for heading out after work or to a summer picnic in a flirty dress.  A third coat was a bit scary.  I’d save it for Halloween or someone with a bolder, more golfer skin tone than me.

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Este Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum

Paige- I am more concerned with faint wrinkles at this point than dark spot correction, so this did not really interest me, but I’ll take a sample of this brand any time. I have always liked Este Lauder, and this really is no exception, but I might pass this onto my Mom or Mother in Law and see if they can use it.

Megan- Well, it fells nice going on, soaks in fast and cleanly, no residue at all.  The little bottle is a gorgeous blue, but it is one of those that you sort of tap the product out, there is no was to squeeze or pump it out and I can tell you that it gets old trying to get it out, even when it was brand new. I can’t imagine that I’ll have the patience to try once it is down to half a bottle or less.  Hope the full size is better designed.
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Aerin Waterlilly Sun Eau De Parfume Spray

Paige- This packaging was so pretty! I like getting perfume bottles, as opposed to vials, so this was nice. The scent is kind of a different story. I’m getting over a cold, so I either cant smell anything or I smell EVERYTHING. This hit me as being very “Fumey” lots of alcohol in this product, and the smell lingers… Once it drifted off and had been on my skin for a while though, the scent is pretty nice, a little strong, but nice.

Megan- Well, this was the disappointment of the box.  The packaging was so cute and it was a lot of spray to get in a sample but the alcohol scent when sprayed is so strong and dissipates so slowly that there is no way I will ever wear it.  That is sad because once you let the alcohol scent go away (no joke it was at least fifteen minutes before I could smell my wrist without recoiling) the scent is actually fun.  A little heavy but there are nights out when heady is a good thing 😉

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 Marakesh Endz Split End Mender and Preventer

Paige- Anything with Argan Oils is a must try for me, and this is no exception. It made my hair really soft and I instantly noticed a slight difference. Im sure with regular use, it will show a great improvement

Megan- Granted I don’t really have split ends to worry about (one of the perks of not using heat tools or a blow dryer on my hair, basically ever), but this smelled really nice.  Not overpowering and left my hair feeling very nice.  Did nothing for my extreme flyaways but not much does…

We love that Glossy Box always takes into account your coloring and I have have yet to receive a bad color choice from them.

This box continues to be awesome.  We look forward to it every month!

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.
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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. 🙂