Without further adieu, this is what I received in my July Birchbox! If you can’t tell, the theme was BRIGHT. This has been one of my favorite boxes. I fell in love with the Stila lipstick. Also, who doesn’t love hair products that smell like blackberries? Sorry it’s such a late post. I just thought, better late than never. No?`
Love & Laughter,
I purchased this box with my own money! The post does include a referral link though. If you sign up, I’ll earn some points. I appreciate it!
July’s Ipsy Glambag was just so-so. Of the five samples included I really loved the Tarte Bronzer, the gel polish, and the sea salt spray. Obviously it’s October, so we’ll make this a little shorter than usual reviews. Here’s what my bag entailed!
Octavio Molina Hair La Playa Salt Spray
I was excited to get try this because I can never get my hair to look beachy. It always ends up looking frizzy and not very uniform. I like the smell of this product, but it didn’t seem to add that much texture to my hair. I haven’t used it for awhile.
tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer
A lot of beauty bloggers say this is one of their Holy Grails. I liked it a lot and was surprised that it blended well on my fair skin. I’ve used it a few times on my cheeks, along my jawline and on my forehead. When I wear it, I get asked if I’ve been in the sun. Win win! This sample alone is worth $10.
I’m always hesitant to try new cleansers. I’m happy with what I’m currently using so this sample will get donated.
Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Balm
Be A Bombshell is kinda a throw-in for Ipsy. I’ve not found a lot of their products to work well. This lip balm is nice, but it’s very pigmented. It’s easy to get smeared on your face once it’s applied. The color was nice, but I won’t be wearing it.
Aurora Gel Effect Nail Polish
This polish is really pretty and was a good size! I liked the coral/orange color and received a lot of compliments on it. Now, it doesn’t stay on as long as a gel manicure, but it did go on really well and seemed to be a good quality polish. I would like to try more from this brand.
This month wasn’t my favorite. I liked the sample from tarte and thought the nail polish was a good addition. I’m getting tired of Be a Bombshell though. I hope I don’t get anymore products from them. What do you think?
I’m still catching up! I received June’s Ipsy bag and have had the pictures waiting to be published.
The bag wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t the best bag I’ve had from them.
There were about three things I really loved. To begin, the bag was an interesting material. It has “ipsy” all over it with a top orangish colored zipper closure. I personally thought it was ugly so I’ll be passing it on to someone else. The most recognizable branded item was the Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer. As you can see, it isn’t pictured because I used it up! The other brand I recognized was Lavanilla. I was happy to get this sample because I’ve wanted to try their lotions.
Here’s a breakdown of what I received and their values!
Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $8
This was an exciting sample for me. I love Smashbox Cosmetics and this primer helps your makeup stay on forever. It feels really slippery and fills in all your pores. It basically perfects your skin before putting on other layers. It’s also good for oil-prone skin like mine!
Pure Vanilla The Healthy Body Butter Instant Hydration by Lavanila Laboratories, $4
This sample was wonderful. The warm scent of the vanilla was really strong and it stayed on my skin. Unfortunately I didn’t find it as moisturizing as I’d hoped. It didn’t seem to make my hands softer in the long run. What I do love about this brand is that it’s 100% all natural. I wouldn’t buy a full sized item, but I’d welcome more samples of other scents.
tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Kona Coffee, $10
This is a brand that Ipsy has been including lately. I think this is the first item I received from them. It was OK. Nothing too spectacular. I liked the shape of the crayon and the pigmentation was alright. It’s one of those products that isn’t worth the crazy high price tag for the quality. A full size is $26. I’d rather buy shadow crayons from more established brands for that price. I haven’t used it once since June.
Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain by J.Cat Beauty, $5.99
When I first saw this lip color, I thought it was a throw-in and nothing special. The color looked OK, but the name, Liptitude, seemed juvenile. When I opened it, I decided to try it. The color was fantastic! My husband even said it looked great on. I think the shade I received was called Blow Your Mind. My mum saw it on me and also wanted one. Eventually I noticed it did move around on my lips. The color stayed, since it’s a stain, but I had trouble keeping it in place. The formula was thick and a little messy. Since I liked the shade so much, I think I’ll try it with a clear lip liner. Overall, I liked the sample, but won’t buy it since it was a little messy and had a strange smell.
BioRepublic Soothing Fiber Masks (3), $14.95
Three masks! Woohoo! That’s a great “one item.” A set of three masks is valued at $14.95. In the picture there is one missing because I tried it the night I opened the bag. Overall these masks worked well. They seemed to help with my irritated skin and smelled really great. I don’t think they work as well as Karuna masks or GlamGlow, but they were the perfect addition for the June bag. BioRepublic is a really interesting brand. It was developed by Americans who traveled in Asia. The website says,
“Not being ones to accept the status quo, Justin and Paolo immediately set out to create their own line of sheet masks, inspired by Korean products but formulated with American tastes and values. Now they’re bringing their masks to you, without parabens, sulfates, pthalates, or triclosan. 100% cruelty-free. Dermatologist tested and totally transparent.”
If you haven’t tried a sheet mask yet, you should! They work really well and are inexpensive.
Overall I liked my bag. I don’t have a lot of complaints because I feel as if I got my $10 worth of products. I loved the masks and the primer. Did you get this bag? What have you been using since June? If you give it some time, then you learn what you really use on a regular basis and prefer!
Love & Laughter,
Disclosure: I pay for my own Ipsy subscription. There are referral links in this post and also Amazon referrals. I receive points if you sign up using my link. Thanks!
This Ipsy bag from last year was one of my all-time favorites. I loved the bag and loved the contents even more. Of course, like a few of the other posts, I took pictures and then forgot to post about them. So I’m backlogging and clearing all my drafts to stay up-to-date. Also, you get some more beauty reviews!
This product is lovely. I used almost all of it up. When I went to Sephora for a makeover they used this product on my face as a moisturizer. It was a little heavy for me but I love it on my hands. They feel so soft! I like carrying it in my purse. It also doesn’t have a strong scent so that’s good if you have more expensive perfume on and don’t want another scent messing it up.
NYX Eyeshadow Trio for Ipsy
Ipsy collaborated with NYX for this little eyeshadow palette. The shades were more neutral. I liked the dark matte and have used it for smokey eyes. It was a great addition and I like the quality of NYX’s eyeshadows!
Formula X Nail Polish
This itty bitty nail polish was only good for one to two uses. The color was nice and the brush helped it go on thick. An all around good polish!
Liquid Freud Hand Lotion
The play on “Freud” and emotions is super cute in this lotion! I really liked the smell but it wasn’t very hydrating. Bummer. I wouldn’t buy this.
There was also a pencil of sorts included but I can’t remember if it was for lips or eyes. Oops Well, this has been almost a year ago. Feels good to get it up finally! I no longer subscribe to Ipsy. This was one of the better bags but the others seemed like repeats and it wasn’t worth it for me.