I am so so super excited you’re taking the time out of your day to check out my new blog, Poeticlaughter. As a THANK YOU I’ve decided to launch with a $50 gift card giveaway from my favorite store, Sephora. Along with the gift card, you’ll also receive a 45-minute custom makeover. All you have to do is check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below and do the suggested actions to get entered. After a month, I’ll be announcing the winner here and on my Facebook page. The gift card also comes with an adorable little makeup mirror. Best of luck to you! Feel free to click around and learn about makeup, beauty, and life, all through the lens of love. If you’re new, click here to learn more about what you’re in for.
I received the April Glambag this past month and I was super disappointed. Even before getting it in the mail, I received an email that said that the MICA Beauty eye primer had some discoloration in it. Nonetheless, I held out, hoping the bag would still deliver.
Spoiler Alert: It didn’t.
I’ve always heard other beauty lovers complain about their subscription purchases and I thought it was absurd. It’s cheap makeup and risk is involved…so don’t complain. Just cancel. Well, after this month I was a little more understanding. Here’s what I received in my bag, and why I can’t be too happy with it this month.
Mullein & Sparrow All Natural Tinted Lip and Cheek Balm, Sample Size, Valued at $8
This product had me really excited for this bag. I really like anything from Etsy sellers and love supporting small businesses. Unfortunately this product didn’t have any pigment. As you can see in the swatches, there wasn’t any color. The smell was delicious. It reminded me of citrus. Some members of Ipsy said they were going to use it as a perfume. I think this was an OK idea. Unfortunately I haven’t even reached for it since I reviewed it. The design on the front is beautiful and the concept is cool but it just didn’t work.
Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray by Redken, Sample Size, Valued at $10
This sample was probably my favorite item in the bag. I like Redken products and I’ve used this a few times since receiving it. The finishing spray is supposed to hold your hair and also help it look more polished. Overall it wasn’t something I’d purchase myself, but I’m glad to have it.
theBalm Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Flirty, Sample valued at $1.50-$2
I was bummed about the size of this sample. I like theBalm, which is sold at Ulta and other stores, but this sample was so tiny. The color was ok but I have other shades similar. The individual eye shadow comes in a magnetic little package. Of course I think the packaging is cute though.
MicaBeauty Eye Primer, Sample Size, Value $12
Oh, this was a big oopsidaisi from Ipsy. Right before I was mailed out my bag I received a message saying that the MicaBeauty Primer was discolored. I’m a member of an online makeup forum and many members were saying they found mold in their product. Now, Ipsy swears that it’s just discoloration but I wasn’t too confident. Once I received it I looked it over. Even though it looked alright to use, I was weary. I emailed the help desk and was responded to quickly. They told me that they understood my concern and offered another sample with its own shipping tracking code. I threw the primer away and within a week had another item in the mail. I was shocked that they sent me a full sized Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture and Volume Spray. I plan on offering a full review on this product later. I was really pleased with the quick response and customer service. This has made me more confident with my subscription and I’m super glad I haven’t cancelled.
JulieG Nail Color in Damsel, Full-size $3.99
The color is pretty for spring but I’m not a fan of the formula. It has formaldehyde in it, which is pretty bad for you. Now, I do use a lot of different nail polishes, some of which may not be 100% natural, but this worried me. It’s a cheaper brand from Wallgreens and I’m picky about what I put on my nails. Overall, I decided not to use this. I’ll probably give it to someone. The color is pretty though, too bad I don’t know what it looks like on.
Overall: It Was the Worst Bag I’ve Ever Received
I was shocked when I received this. It was the worst bag I’ve ever received from Ipsy. The bag itself was cute but the items just didn’t seem worth the price. Some people loved this bag and I think it might be a matter of preference. I won’t really use the eyeshadow, the primer, the tint, or the nail polish. I’ve used the hair product and liked it and I also used the bag when I went to the beach. It’s been a few months since I’ve taken the pictures and I still think this is a pretty bad bag…but I’m happy with the full-sized product they sent me.
This made me keep subscribing and of course I’ve been super happy with the products ever since.
Have you heard of Pinchme? I discovered them a few years back when I was obsessed with getting free things sent to me in the mail. Although I still love free samples, I find that I only sign up for things I know I’ll use. I have a kazillion foil packets at home that are collecting dust.
Pinchme is a website where you can sign up for free samples. There aren’t any catches. They send you a box of samples if you qualify. You don’t have to jump through hoops or pay a cent. No credit cards. No spam. They send you email updates and let you know when you can sign up for a box. You pick up to three or four samples and you receive it for free. All you have to do is re-log in and review the items you received. In the past I’ve gotten perfume samples and other wonderful items. This month, I opened my box and found:
Neutrogena Hand Cream
An itty bitty little hand cream that’s .5 ounces. It smells like lotion and looks like beauty primer. It is kinda clear-ish and disappears once it’s rubbed in. According to Neutrogena, this product is their Norwegian Formula which is supposed to moisturize your hands without leaving a greasy feel. As soon as I used it, I began typing and my fingers stuck to the keys. Although it does seem greasy, it definitely moisturizes. I don’t think I’ll be buying this – or even finishing the sample. Bummer.
Sunny Body Natural Sunscreen
This 1 ounce sample is really cute. We’re running off to Myrtle Beach this month so it’s the perfect thing to try. Sunny Body Natural Sunscreen is a sunscreen that’s made of some organic ingredients! From Goddess Garden Organics, this product offers a broad spectrum SPF of 30 and it’s water resistant for 40 minutes. I was a little thrown off by the branding. I thought it was 100% organic, but it only has SOME ingredients like sunflower oil and aloe vera that are. It smells like sunscreen. Nothing special there. I haven’t tried it yet but will while on vacation at the beach. On the side of the tube it says “sheer mineral lotion, biodegradable, cruelty free, reef safe, non-GMO” I’ve never heard of the brand, Goddess Garden, so we’ll have to wait and see. You can purchase it on Amazon for $13.49 for 3.5 ounces.
Ok, I’m addicted. I love coffee samples. It doesn’t matter if you’ve tried them…you still get them. This little .84 ounce bag is good for four cups of coffee. I like Gevalia ok. I’m not a huge fan. I’d prefer Starbucks but, hey, it’s free. I got a sample of the house blend which is a medium roast. It comes already ground.
Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion
I hate foil packets but I can’t complain because it’s absolutely free. This little sample is of Nivea Body In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion. I get it. Some people have extra dry skin and need this. I’m not one of them. I usually take a bath to feel less icky and not put on lotion. BUT part of blogging is trying new things and letting you guys know what I think. I’ll give it a shot.
Overall: It’s Free & Fabulous
Pinchme sends free samples at no cost to you. They just ask you take a little survey once you try them. I love it. It’s an easy way to try new products and get free coffee samples. It’s also nice to get a box in the mail. FOR FREE. You can sign up here.
*I don’t receive anything for you joining. I’ve been a member for about one year.
After I did the review of Roller Lash Mascara, I decided to try it another time without rushing the application. I found that I liked it a lot better and that the product wasn’t as clumpy as the first review. Although I had thought I’d layer it with They’re Real! Mascara, like the company suggested, I ended up liking it on its own.
The difference? I took my time when applying the mascara and turned the wand at an angle. I ran it through the lashes more than once and separated the clumps with the end of the brush. I was surprised at the length it gave the lashes (same as before) but and was happy that it wasn’t as clumpy when I took my sweet time. I also liked using the wand shape for the bottom lashes. The verdict? Maybe I was too harsh the first time I reviewed it. i liked it much better the second run. Perhaps the product is clumpy for the first application? I’m not sure. Will you be trying Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara ?
Also, I tried a new eyebrow powder and lip color for Easter. In these pictures I used an older version of e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit, $3 and Tarte’s Power Pigment in Flush.