July Ipsy Box Review

With July, came the  HEAT. Here in Southern Ca, it’s hot hot hot. Actually, it’s hot across the US right now, so I suppose I cant really complain.
I am always excited for the summer bags because I hope for some fun bright gloss or maybe a bright blush or highlighter.
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The bag is ok, but I didn’t really like, or get the theme it was promoting, which was Lazy Sunday. That’s not at all what I think about when it comes to mid summer! However, Lazy Beauty, I can get behind! I want out door adventure themes and travel themes, but I digress. Lazy Sunday it is…
Review time!

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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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March Glossy Box Review (Megan and Paige)

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Paige’s Glossy Box
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Megan’s Glossy Box
We LOVE Glossy Box. It never fails to impress and amuse. Both of us love to get the fun new products every month that are tailored specifically to our profiles. This specific box is no exception and chock full of goodies!
unnamedMegan– I received Tree Hut Shea Body Butter in Coconut Lime  – Heaven.  Heaven in a petite package.  It smells like the tropics are all around.  It goes on like silk, soaks in quickly, leaves smooth skin and no residue. $6.37 Value
2015-03-24 16.20.53Pop Beauty Kajal Pen in Inky Purple (We Both Got this!) $10 value
Megan– This a a great little  liner.  It goes on well and stays, so if you get it somewhere you didn’t mean to, it isn’t going to wipe away easily.  I may have had to redo half my face this morning when I sneezed while applying and had a line from my cheek to my eye brow…Ok, I did have to.
Paige– I was so impressed with this liner. I love purple eye makeup, and I rarely find a good enough product that is subtle enough to wear every day, but purple enough to highlight my eyes nicely. Megan is right though, I needed an eye makeup remover to get this off my face at the end of the day, and my hand after a curious mishap that i still can’t figure out.

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Paige swatched this way to early in the morning

Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Stain in Pink – (Another Item we both received ) $12.99

Megan and Paige– We admit, we were both hesitant to try this.  The color was scary. It was bubblegum pink…(See Megan’s March Boxy Charm Review)   You have to go easy with it. Lots of blending.  But, when applied correctly, it is very clean and pretty.  Just a hint of flush to make you look glow-y and healthy. It even worked as an eye shadow!
This pot will last a long long time.
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Megan– My hair needs this.  Badly.  I haven’t tried it yet because it is a little labor intensive to use.  First I need to buy a shower cap and then I need to unearth my hairdryer from…. somewhere…  I hope it’s as good as it says it is. $26 value for a sample size
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Orogold Cosmetics 24K Multi-vitamin Day Moisturizer – (We got a lot of the same this month)
This is a very heavy cream.  A little goes a very long way.  Both of us feel that we couldn’t use this as a day moisturizer like it says because nothing went on well on top of it, even after we let it soak.  That being said, this makes an outstanding, just-before-bed-on-a-clean-face moisturizer because it really does feel good.  (bonus, there were two of these minuscule pots in our boxes!). Value estimated at $25 per sample
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Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo
Paige– I’m all for sample and full size trials of beauty products, but I would so rather have a small sample of a SET, than a full size sample of something that wont work properly when not used in conjunction with the other items in the set.
Ok, rant over, on to the review. I didn’t like this product at all after I used it. The smell was nice, but that was it. I don’t have colored hair, so, while I can always use a good deep conditioner, a shampoo for colored hair does not work for me, other than make my hair greasy, and weirdly dry at the same time. It might have worked better had it been used with the correct conditioner, but, we’ll never know. Value Estimated at about $15 for deluxe sample size
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So Susan Concealer Quad-
Paige– Valued at $37.14, this little gem has everything you need to conceal all sorts of imperfections. It’s an awesome blend of four great shades to cover anything you want. Its also 100% cruelty free and not tested on animals. (A HUGE plus for me) The concealers them selves are lightweight, and super sheer, though when blended properly, can offer amazing coverage. The darker colors are also great for contouring.
All in all, these boxes were valued from $105.36 to $125.13. For a monthly payment of $21, its a great value. Even though there were one or two things we didn’t like (On Paige’s end anyways), we still both feel its worth the money. Glossy box hasn’t’ let us down yet, and we are always waiting for the next awesome treat!