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.
The Walmart beauty box is a fun one. It’s seasonal, coming out every 3 months, but unlike Target, you can subscribe to it, and it’s only $5. I call that a pretty excellent deal, especially since even if I don’t use EVERYTHING, the value is definitely there.
InCoco Nail Art Stickers
Speaking of Value, these really got me excited. I love nail decals, and polish, and this style is especially fun. I can’t wait to try them.
Goody Slide Proof Hair Ties
I use and loose hair ties all the time, so these Goody Slide Proof were a great treat. (See? The box has already paid for it self) I’m in that super thick preggo hair mode right now, so I go through these really fast
I have received this Lady Gaga Fame perfume in other boxes
It’s not my favorite, because it’s super sultry, and rich. I prefer much lighter scents. I can see possibly wearing a very light splash out to a formal event or a ritzy date with the hubby, but it’s definitely not for every day wear on me.
Sally Air Brush Legs
I LOVE this stuff, I have been using the spray version for years! I hate wearing nylons and this is the perfect product when its too hot out for an extra layer. It makes legs super smooth looking, and spider veins are no more. Just make sure you let it dry COMPLETELY before you get dressed.
Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Diamond Color and Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner
Well. That’s a mouthful… I didn’t notice an immediate difference when I tried this out, but I also don’t have colored hair, and for right now, my hair is pretty healthy, other than needing a trim. That being said, it smelled OK, and I REALLY appreciate the fact that there are BOTH a shampoo and conditioner to try.
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion
Lotion samples always come in really handy, and Vaseline makes a great product! not much more to say there…
Truly Radiant Clean and Fresh Toothpaste by Arm and Hammer
I like Toothpaste samples, and this is a good one. With as much as we travel, samples like this are super useful and this will be thrown in my stash for camping and traveling.
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water (one use)
This was a tiny (one use) sample. We call them foil packets, because you cant close them back up and essentially need to be used all at once. It was a nice little bonus, but it would probably not be something that I would buy because I like the act of washing my face. It relaxes me at the end of my day, and makes me feel cleaner. This was like putting on a toner, I didn’t feel like I got everything, and I used it on a day when I wasn’t wearing makeup at all.
Nivea In Shower Body Lotion (single use)
I use this stuff on a regular basis, because I’m constantly forgetting to put on lotion after I get out of the shower. This way it’s already in there with me and super easy to rub on, rinse off and BAM! Silky skin! This got used immediately.
I felt the box definitely paid for itself this season, although, I would have LOVED to have seen a makeup product this time around. What did you guys think of your boxes?
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?
I thought the packaging was beautiful. I loved the spring flowers. This is my first box with Birchbox and overall I’m very pleased. I think I’ll keep this subscription going.
LAQA&Co. Cheeky Lip in the color Humble Brag:
I love getting full size lip colors and this one didn’t disappoint. When I first tried this, it was shockingly pink on me and I thought this one wasn’t going to make the cut, but then I paired it with my Mac lip liner in Whirl and it was the perfect summer pink for me, I’m very excited to use this one for a fun date night!
St. Tropez in Shower Tanning Lotion:
I don’t usually like tanning lotions, I’ve had bad experiences with streaking. This one seems to be working pretty well, but a few more uses and I’ll know for sure if it’s working. I guess it’s a good thing I wear pants to work, who knows if I’m going to end up with zebra striped legs.
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion:
I love, love, love this exfoliant. It’s so gentle on my face that I didn’t think it was working, but wow my skin looks great and is so smooth. I will definitely be using this one a few times a week.
Ferterer Leave-In Smoothing Fluid for Hair:
So, as you can tell by my cute pics, I have very short hair so I don’t get too excited about hair products unless it’s a new taffy (my favorite to use for my short hair, I don’t like pomades), but this did make my locks feel smoother and softer, this one is probably going to my sister for her to use on her long tresses.
O. P. I Nail Polish:
Ok first I have to say a baby nail polish bottle?!?!? ADORABLE! I’ve always been a fan of O. P. I. and I love this color, it’s a perfect transitioning season color. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name because it’s not listed on the bottle, but I would describe it as a metallic peach with a hint of copper. This will be well used as we’re heading into late summer and early fall!
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I received my first Nadine West Bag today!
Shiny pink mailer aside, I was excited to see what I had been sent.
Nadine west is an online subscription bag that is COMPLETELY FREE and TOTALLY NON COMITMENT
In theory, this is a great idea: you sign up for a subscription, (you do have to enter your credit card info, and they put a hold on a $1 to make sure it goes through-I’ll explain this in a moment) fill out a little info about your self- including your pricing and size preferences- and they send you fun tops and accessories that they think you’ll enjoy. Once these are received, you can either choose to keep them, in which case you will be charged (see? I told you I’d explain), or send them back with the free shipping label that comes in the bag
Here are the things I was sent this month
This scarf was all right. It wasn’t awesome quality, but it was pretty with its muted turquoise and corals, it would go with a lot of my clothes…. If I didn’t have one that already looks the same… that I bought for around $5.00. For this one they wanted $17.99, and while it wont break the bank, it’s more than I want to spend on an item like this. So back it goes.
This was cute, but they were asking $9.99 for it, a stretch bracelet with plastic beads. Not totally unreasonable, but too much for the quality of the item, in my opinion. Also, I just don’t like stretch bracelets, I’ve always had larger wrists, and they rarely fit me correctly. It went back into the bag after one glance.
I hated this option. Yes, its boho, yes its turquoise, two of my favorite attributes . BUT- and this is a big one- It was horrible quality, the WHOLE pendant was plastic, it had no weight to it, and it came with this weird snake chain that did not mesh well at all. For this they wanted $17.99?
That went back as well.
All in all I am not yet pleased with Nadine West. This is my first month though, and they are a fairly new company, so I’ll stick with them and see if they take my preferences into account next time. On the survey/ return slip that comes with the bag they ask why you returned items. I filled them out accordingly and hope that they will see that.
I really like this concept, and I hope it gets better. You can choose the style of tops you like and whats preferable jewelry wise. The profile test is really easy to take and only lasts a few minutes. I was hoping to see some plus sizes in the clothing, but there are no plus options yet. I also wrote that I would rather have accessories over clothing because I don’t think any of the clothes will fit, but I guess we will see if they stick to that. Has anyone else tried this subscription? What do you think?
Lets keep Trying Nadine West!
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. 🙂