I am finally getting back into the swings of things. There are some posts I definitely need to get caught up on.
The theme of the January ipsy Bag was Super Stars. My bag consisted of:
- Soho Crease Brush
- Sexy Hair Hairspray – deluxe sample
- Josie Maran Argan Oil – deluxe sample
- Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter – deluxe sample
- Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Latte – full size
With the exception of the hair spray, I used everything in the January ipsy bag. I really liked the Soho Crease Brush. The handle had an ergonomic design. This brush was also very effective as a blending brush. The Josie Maran Argan Oil worked wonders on my hair. I was skeptical about the Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter. My skin is drier during the Winter months. The body butter did a good job of moisturizing my skin. The Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Latte is a shade that looks good on everyone. What stood out for me the most from the January ipsy Bag was the crease brush and the argan oil. The Soho Crease Brush was very versatile. I used this brush as a crease, blending, and fluffy shadow brush. The Josie Maran Argan Oil was great. A little goes a long way. My hair is normally drier in the Winter. I could use this oil everyday and not worry about oily buildup.
The theme of the January Birchbox was the Best Year Ever. My box consisted of :
- Amika Color pHerfection Shampoo – deluxe sample
- Harvey Prince Skinny Chic – sample
- My™ Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer – deluxe sample
- theBalm Cosmetics Hot Mama – deluxe sample
- Deborah Lippman the Stripper to go – one mitt
I have definitely seen an improvement with the January Birchbox. I wasn’t sure if I was going to renew my beauty subscription. I really liked the amika Color pHerfection Shampoo. My hair is dark brown so I couldn’t tell if it prevented my color from fading. The shampoo smelled wonderful and was really gentle on my hair. I liked the Skinny Chic Fragrance. The scent wasn’t overpowering, something I could actually wear everyday. The Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer really worked. I was impressed with how well the moisturizer controlled the oily shine on my t-zone. The Hot Mama powder worked great as a highlighter on my darker complexion. The last item from the January Birchbox was Stripper to go nail polish remover. One mitt was enough to remove the nail polish from both hands. There were two items that stood out for me The My™ Multipurpose Mattifying Moisturizer controlled the oily shine without drying out my skin. That was a concern since my skin in normally drier in the Winter months. The item was theBalm® Cosmetics Hot Mama Blush and Highlighter. I used this mostly as a highlighter on my cheekbones and browbone. The color wasn’t ashy on me.
I have definitely made up my mind as far as which beauty subscription service I am going to renew.
The theme for the November ipsy bag was Party Perfect.
My bag consisted of:
- Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Millionaire – full size
- theBalm® Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow in Matt Batal – single size
- Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Dare Devil – deluxe sample
- Starlet Cosmetics Intense Eyeliner in Black – full size
- Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel – deluxe sample
- JustFab Gift Card – $20 value
With the exception of a couple of things, the November ipsy Bag was almost perfect. The JustFab gift card I couldn’t use since I wasn’t a new customer to JustFab. The next item was the Starlet Cosmetics Intense eyeliner. This eyeliner was okay and it lasted pretty good on my lower lash line. The black eyeliner didn’t seem that intense to me though. The next four items really stood out for me, starting with the Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Millionaire. This was my go to nail polish for the Holiday season. Next was theBalm® Meet Matt(e) eyeshadow in Matte Batali. This dark brown eyeshadow was very pigmented and easy to blend. I also liked the bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lipgloss in Dare Devil. The lipgloss was a great color on me. Last is the Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel. My eyebrows aren’t thick and they do their own thing. I applied the eyebrow gel before I filled in my eyebrows with a pencil and they stayed in place all day. The November ipsy Bag was a great way to kick off the Holiday Season.
The theme of the November Birchbox was Give.
My box consisted of:
- Masqueology Revitalizing Eye – sample
- MCMC Fragrances in Phoenix – sample
- Kiehl’s Crème de Corps – deluxe sample
- Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer – deluxe sample
- Masqueology Masque Cleanse – sample
- Masqueology 7 D Moisture Cream – sample
- Chromatic Gallerie $15 off coupon
The November Birchbox was okay with the exception of a couple of things. I didn’t like the MCMC fragrance. This fragrance wasn’t something I would normally gravitate towards. I received a $15 off coupon to Chromatic Gallerie. Even with the coupon the shoes were still more than what I would want to pay for shoes. I liked the samples from Masqueology. The revitalizing eye mask did a good job of reducing the fine lines and puffiness around my eyes. The masque cleanse gently cleaned without drying out my skin. The 7 D moisture cream moisturized nicely without being greasy. There were two items that stood out for me in the November Birchbox. First was Kiehl’s Crème de Corps. My skin is naturally dry during the cold weather months. The crème de corps eliminated the dryness I normally get on my knees, elbows, and hands. The next item that stood out was the shimmer liquid luminizer from Stila. A little goes a long way which I really liked.
My oldest daughter’s contribution for December. Have a happy and healthy Holiday Season!
This is what she used:
Gift of Gold
Natural Nail Base Coat
Fast Forward Top Coat
Kiss Nail Art
Nailtini Nail Lacquer