July Sephora Play Box Review

I absolutely LOVE this months’ Glamp Out theme! I love to be outside, and am an avid camper, so this spoke to me on a deep level. When I camp, I admit, I do wear a bit of makeup. What can I say? I like to look nice, and I feel better when I have a bit of mascara on, and no under eye circles, and SPF! ALWAYS SPF.

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Isn’t this an adorable bag as well? It totally reminded me of the summer camp in the original Parent Trap movie. I always wanted to do a long term sleep away camp like that.

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I really love this color of Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag. The formula is amazing, it slips right on, and does not dry your lips out! It’s also a perfect nude color for me. I am really excited about this color and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it.

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Next up we have IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara in Black. Its a good formula, and goes on easily. I did not see the dramatic results pictured, however, I only used one coat. I don’t like to wear black mascara, I prefer brown, but I like the way this one looks on me. It was easy to put on, and easy to take off, and it didn’t flake during the day! Win win win.

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This is both the mascara and the lip color. Nice and natural!

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Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick was a nice little surprise! I used this mainly for my puffy eyes when I didn’t get enough sleep because the baby was up all night. It works like a charm, goes on light, and with almost no residue. It was very easy to smooth right on, and add makeup immediately after. No waiting for the excess to absorb!

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I was excited to try the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Mask. Unfortunately, I only used this once because I just could not get past the smell! It is VERY organic, if you get my drift. I did not see much of a difference here, but I could only stand to leave it on for about 10 minutes because, oh man, that smell. Pungent…

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This Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray is a nice little item. I use leave-in conditioner every day, so this will definitely get used. The smell is great, and it leaves no residue.

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I received this Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine in my first Play Box Last year. The smell is light, fruity,  and perfect for summer, and I am happy to have gotten it again.

Did you all enjoy your boxes this month?

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June Ipsy Bag Review

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wpid-2015-06-23-09.57.21.png.pngwpid-img_20150612_1-1.jpgReview time again! We love this time of the month! Meg actually came back from wedding activities on the East Coast to this little pink mailer, and after hours of traveling and days of wedding festivities,  It was a nice treat to see this in the mail box.  Actually, we were reminded a bit of a really cute summer bathing suit, gotta love that combo of black neoprene and bright coral. Our bags were actually quite different this month, which is a nice change of pace.
FullSizeRender(4)Liptitude Limited Edition 24/7 Hydrating Lip Stain
Blake- I loved how this felt on my lips. It felt like it was hydrating and cooling at the same time. The color was a bit orange red which is fine as a base color. Though watch not to smudge because like the name it is a stain. I give this three ipsy bags
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Sorry about the grainy photo! (for color)
Meg- I have no idea what color this is officially. Unofficially, it’s a bright (bright) deep pink. It looks like a gloss on but be mindful when applying it. They aren’t kidding when they call it a stain.  It’s a fun color, I have a dress that is just begging to be worn with it. The downside is trying to keep it in place. It smears easily and stains easily so it will take a lot of work and will power to keep it in place. I tried wiping the bulk of it away after ten minutes and was left with patchy stains. They smoothed out with some lipgloss and I feel like that might be the way to go. I’ll keep experimenting because I really do love how bold the color is.
IMG_1486 copyTrestique Mini Shadow Crayon in Marimoto Pink Pearl.
  Meg- I’m in love!  it is an amazing shade. I’m going to wear it to work tomorrow. Cute package (I really thought the cap had fallen off and I was searching for it…hey, I’m still on east coast time…let’s see how long that excuse lasts) Easy to apply, stays put nicely. A winner! (Don’t feel bad Megs, It happened to Paige too)
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Blake- I love this color it’s like a beige gold that gives a little shine to you lips. It also feels very smooth and not chalky. I give this three Ipsy bagsFullSizeRenderNuxe Paris Gentle Exfoliating Gel with Rose Petals
Blake- This goes on very smooth and does have some exfoliating beads which is not to harsh on my skin. It really is gentle an smells amazing.  I give this four Ipsy bags
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Blake– This mask feels and smells amazing. When I put it on I just felt to fresh and so clean. It also did not make my skin dry up when I washed it off. I give this four Ipsy bags.
Meg- No really?  With cucumber?  I never would have guessed from the name.  I’m not the most objective person on this one since I find the smell of cucumber offputting.  It went on well. I kept expecting to encounter fine grit but it was really smooth. Kind of a pain to get off though. I really had to scrub and still, I looked in the mirror and saw little white streaks in random places.   Not one I plan to put into my wish list but interesting to try.IMG_1486Jules and Ester Facial Serum No. 24
Meg- It says it contains vitamin C and the faint whiff of citrus is very pleasant. Absorbs quickly and cleanly into my skin and doesn’t feel really heavy.  As to reducing the signs of aging, well, after two cross country flights, three days of wedding festivities, and 90 degree humidity I have a really tough case. I don’t know that anything could help today…
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  Blake– I first wanted the Melted lip gloss but wow I love how this primer feels. I mean it feels so smooth going on. Like I have said in the past, I love to wear makeup that doesn’t feel heavy and this primer feels like I’m wearing nothing. The only down fall is the size. It is tiny. It seems smaller than a sample or travel size. For the product I would give five Ipsy bags but for the size I have to subtract down to four Ipsy bags
Meg- This has been a standard in my makeup box since discovering the joys and the horrors of uneven foundation many (many) years ago. It’s been my go to primer for everything from formal pictures to performances to date night. It hasn’t let me down yet and I love having the little travel size to take with me. Where were you last week when I was trying to cram all my makeup into a carry-on?
Paige- Like Blake, I really wanted the Melted sample, because I don’t wear primer often. But upon seeing this little gem in the bag, I was still really excited. (I have heard Megs talk about this since it came out YEARS ago) The size is a bit small, but the full size is also small for what you pay for it. It went on really smoothly and stayed on all day, but because I don’t wear this kind of product often, I don’t know if I would be comfortable plunking down a good chunk of change for it at Sephora. wpid-img_20150623_2.pngAltcheck Dermitologist MD DePuff Eye Pads
Paige- I don’t usually use this type of product because wrinkles have not been high on my list, but dark circles are a huge issue with me. I was wondering if it might help with brightening those as well as hydrating the area. They worked very well, and I was impressed. If the circles were not gone, at least the area was moisturized and better looking. wpid-img_20150623_4.pngwpid-20150623_090715-1.jpgtreStique Mini Shadow Crayon in Aspen Pine
Paige- This was a good color for me and a nice change from all the copper colors from Ipsy that I have been receiving lately. The packaging was adorable, and like others, I thought the cap had fallen off and went on a hunt for it. The formula is awesome, I have a greasy eye lids (I don’t have another way to say that, I know its gross, sorry) It stayed all day and didn’t really budge. I love the color as well!
wpid-img_20150623_3.pngFormula X Nail Color in Power Source
Paige- This is a great Summer Color, and I am really happy with the formula. The ONLY issue I had with this was that it was that the brushes in these tiny bottles are very small and don’t coat nails well. But I managed to make it work and I’m happy with the product.
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Paige- Brow pencils are not something I use often because I have thick brows, but when I do need one, now I have something to reach for. It worked well, and I like the attached brush (because I DO use those). I have dark brows, but even though the color seemed light in the pencil, it seemed to work well. Overall, its a good product that will get use, but rarely.
All in all we were really happy with this bag! Blake gave it 18 Bags out of 25, and we are all happy with the value for this month.
Happy June! Enjoy the Beach This Month!
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Megan
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Paige
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Generation Beauty Day Two- Write up by Blake and Guest Blogger Erica

Generation Beauty by Ipsy Day 2!

Breakfast of Champs
Breakfast of Champs
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We’re up we’re up!

This was so much more organized then the first day. (Can I get a whoop whoop?) The second day came with more freebies, like Too Faced matching your skin tone and giving you a full foundation. You heard me right, a full size foundation! There was also Smash Box, who gave us not one but TWO full sized eye liners. But the best vendor by far was Tarte. We love their products and surprise, surprise, they did have items for sale. Well, they had select items for sale, (about 12) but they were offered at a 60% discount.  YAY.

The pros are in!
The pros are in!

It felt like we were pros on day two and knew exactly what to do. The event ran much more smoothly, which told us that the Gen Beauty hosts and volunteers were paying attention to the issues from the day before. They were all very nice, and spent time asking us what we thought worked from the day before and where we had problems.

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Unique Beauty Wall

Even though this day was run much better, we felt like we had seen most of what we needed to see on day one. We did get to look around more since it seemed that there were fewer people, and shorter lines, and we even got the chance to buy stuff! (Shopping? Uh, YES)

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Goodies!

So, in the afternoon, when we were finally handed the key to the world, our Day Two Glam Bag (choir singing in the background…) we decided to head home.

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Erica is rocking that grey lipstick!

In the beginning, with all the confused craziness, it was frustrating, but once we got a handle on things, we actually had a fantastic time! Will I go again? Uh HECK YES, whether I am by myself or with my amazing friends.

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Yup, I’m happy

Oh and I forgot the best part, the savings! Between the glam bags from both days and freebies we received the amount was (drumroll please)

$551.18 !!
And, I got it all for free!!!
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Bag of awesome

Now, for the items I spent money on. The in-store cost of everything would have been $257.93, but I only paid $128.10, so in the end I saved $129.83, on what I purchased. However, if we want to look at the whole shebang with all the freebies and the discounts, what outrageous numbers would we have?

If I HAD paid for everything in the glam bag at retail price it would have been, $809.11, for a TOTAL SAVINGS OF $681.01.
UNBELIEVABLE RIGHT? These numbers, just blow my mind. I love to save, and Gen Beauty helped me do that, I can’t wait until next year when the whole team will go with me!!
If you have any questions or know of other events like this, please comment and let us know. Now on to the next beauty review!
Erica is a good friend of Three Girls and a Box, go visit her over at In The Life of a Fit Fatty.

Generation Beauty By Ipsy 2015 ( Day One) – Write Up by Blake and Guest Bloger Erica

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My cute name badge! We are ready to start our beauty adventure!

Wow where do I even begin with this crazy weekend of Gen Beauty?

 Well, The beginning, I guess! To start, finding the location was not the easiest thing do, and I am not saying this because I don’t live in LA, but because the directions were horrible! Luckily, we were not the only people that were lost. There were like 90 people, no joke, that were milling about asking for directions.
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Eep! We’re here! Finally.
We did finally find the place, after parking in the wrong structure, and walking WAY out of our way, thanks to the lies Google told us about where we were going. (Thanks Google Maps!)  Once we found the address, we became slightly more confused because it was another parking structure. (We were pretty sure we were being punked at this point, because really?) It seemed that we were in the right place though, because there were several people heading up the stairs or into the elevators. At the risk of sounding cliche, we followed the crowd! We Had finally found it! We excitedly headed for registration to get our badges which were adorable, and we received a mini permanent maker to write our names. Then we got to wait.
Wow, that's a bunch o' people...
Wow, that’s a bunch o’ people…
And wait… And….. wait some more, in the heat with only about five umbrellas for about 4,000 people. They did give us a box of water (strange, but cool) and a nice tote to look through while we waited, but people, it was HOT out there. The end of May in Southern California is usually around 90 degrees, and this sunny Saturday was no exception.
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First look
After waiting for what seemed like hours, we were ushered into a massive white event tent. We were a bit surprised to find that this grand event was held in a tent, but they did some pretty neat things with what they had. The first vendor was Sephora.They asked if we would like a makeup touch up, and how can you say no to that? (duh)  It was free and done by professionals. They told us about every method they were using, as well as what products, which we loved. After our touch ups, we got to play a quick game and win a free prize.
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Our makeup guru from Sephora. She did a great job, no?

Once both of us were done we thought “what now?”. It looked like a cluster**** in a huge white tent! There was no concept of lines that we could conceive, just huge globs of people at each vendor. In the end, we decided to simply walk around and try to figure out what the “must sees” were for us. Upon further investigation we realized that there were a lot of vendors who were doing touch-ups (however, no one mentioned to me that we probably should have started with clean, makeup free faces, so they were skipped). The next revelation was that we needed to pick a line and pick it fast, as it was becoming increasingly crowded.

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So many people, so little organization!

Once we had our bearings, we headed for the NYX line which ended up being two lines. In one, we got to vote for a You-Tuber and get a free popsicle. (YUMMO) Then, after we voted, we took pictures to get a free item.

A much needed treat
A much needed treat.

The popsicle wasn’t bad at all, and after waiting in both lines we received two free full size lip glosses, a NYX tote and 40% off all their products! Not bad right? NYX was definitely the longest wait with the most people for the first day.

Pictures to get free stuff? Heck Yeah!
Pictures to get free stuff? Heck Yeah!

After the fun of shopping we decided to check out each vendor to see what their freebies were. There were a couple good ones, like LA Girl and IT cosmetics, who also gave us wonderful tote bags with a coupon or a lipstick. Actually, the majority of vendors had something to give us, which was awesome. Not something little either! Of course there were a few who gave out travel sized items, but mostly we either received full size, or a couple travel sized items from each vendor.

Love this stuff
Love this stuff

The only issue for me was, that even though there were a lot of vendors, who were giving away these awesome items, it didn’t seem like there was much for sale. Yes, they were informing us of their new and upcoming items, but we weren’t able to actually BUY much. If I am going to an event, and I love the products that are featured, then I really want to be able to buy the products at the event, not write them down or take pictures to go by later. Isn’t that why we were there? To get a first glimpse of new items? What better way to do that than allow us to purchase said items? Seems to make more sense to me. But I digress…

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Getting a little closer…
     Once we understood how this whole tamale was going to work, we decided to grab some lunch. This was an adventure in itself! There were these great food trucks, but not enough seating. With very little shade in the area, we had a slightly uncomfortable meal standing there in the sun, hovering over other people who were sitting and trying to squeeze in where we could.
We love us some yummy food truck grub!
We love us some yummy food truck grub!

Once we came back from lunch, with tans and full bellies, we formed our game plan. We had wanted to see a couple You-Tubers but it was super hectic because there was really no set panel location, they were just out in the open, in the middle of the tent, talking about their vlogs in big crowds, which was not for us. It would have been nice to have placed them in a separate room (or area, as it were) where they could be heard over the din and we could maybe sit down.

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Believe IT wall
After getting more freebies we were handed the ULTIMATE glam bag for day 1. Once we had the bag in our hot little hands, everything became right in our universe. It went a LONG way in making up for the disheveled way our day went. With only thirty minutes left of day one, we dragged our selves to dinner and our hotel to catch some shut eye and rest up for day 2!
Yumminess at Casey's Irish Pub
Yumminess at Casey’s Irish Pub
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Some day one awesomeness

Erica is a guest blogger from In the Life of a Fit Fatty. Check her out!