So…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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Paige and Ipsy!
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
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.
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.
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!
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?
Wow where do I even begin with this crazy weekend of Gen Beauty?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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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This box is always so much fun to get. It’s sent out quarterly and filled with some great samples to try, and always includes awesome coupons.
Its $5 every three months and comes with the seasons.
This is what came this quarter:
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara (Black)
This was full size, (There’s always at least one full size item in this box) and actually goes on pretty smoothly and stays on your lashes, not your face. I was impressed and would buy again. No clumpage or running here folks!
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters facial Clenser
This worked well, I threw it in my travel bag for future use, but it took everything off and felt clean, so, I’m calling it good.
Dove Go Fresh Nutrium Mouisture Body Wash
This smelled so good, I could not wait to try it. My skin is always dry, so it sucks up any lotion quickly, and the moisturizer in this was no exception. I still needed to use a lotion after my shower. But the smell was divine.
Essence Omega Repair Shampoo and Conditioner
I like getting both parts of a set so I can see what its like when used correctly. I like these! The shampoo cleaned and rinsed easily, and the conditioner was thick and worked like a mask would have. It left my hair soft and manageable, even with no blow drying.
Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid Perfume
Perfume samples are fun, when they smell good. However, more often then not, they smell too sweet, or ripe, or over ripe… you get my drift. I was fully expecting to hate this one, so I was pleasantly surprised when I test sprayed it and actually liked it!
It’s a little sweet and a little rich, but would be a great date night perfume, when used sparingly; I think my husband might even notice it!
Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation
This was a small sample, but worth several uses for me since I use so little foundation on my face, if any. Here’s a tip- I have a bunch of old contact lens cases that I never use, these work well for the little samples that will take me a while to get through and still keep them relatively fresh and ready for use. These are also easier to travel with these than a larger make-up bottle, and easy to clean when your ready for a different product. This works well. It did not transform my face or give me porless skin, but it covered what needed to be covered and worked as a foundation should, it also was nice and matte without being too “made up” looking
Nivea In shower Body Lotion
I was nervous to use this because it just seems like it would be hard to use. Lotion on wet skin while IN the shower? Seemed to gooey to really be able to rub in. It went on surprisingly easy though and felt very good for a couple hours after I got out. I did still need to apply lotion that night though before bed.
Garneir Ultra Lift Miracle sleeping Cream
This stuff made my skin feel so nice that I went out and bought a full size as soon as this ran out! (People, I almost NEVER do this) I don’t notice any lifting, but it is smoothing everything out, and makes my skin REALLY soft, which is the reason I loved it. I’ll definitely keep using this.
All of these samples came with great coupons, $2 and $3 off until the end of the year.
All in all, I feel like I have gotten better boxes from Wal-Mart, but for $5 with free shipping, I’m not going to complain, the mascara alone more than paid for the box, so I’m a happy girl.
The boxes can be purchased HERE.
Target Beauty Boxes went on sale today HERE. You have to grab these fast as they tend to sell out really quickly, $5.00 with some awesome products!
What do you think, will you try it out?
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.
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
Paige-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 Explosif 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.
Paige- 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.
Paige- 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.
Megan- 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.
I 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.
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. 🙂