Sephora’s “Summer Surge” kicked off on Sunday with an exclusive shopping event for VIB Rouge members (the top Beauty Insider rewards program tier) and I actually woke up extra early on a Sunday to head to my favorite Sephora store just so I could score the exclusive goodies. This cute shopper (above), plus a “limited edition” cosmetic bag filled with samples were available during the event (from 9-11 AM) with a $35 purchase.
I actually got there after 11 AM, but I called first to make sure I would still be able to get the free stuff if I came late, and the sales associate told me that the shopper and cosmetic bags would still be available until they ran out of them. So, if you missed the event, you might still be able to get the freebies if your Sephora store didn’t run out of them yet!
Sephora Summer Surge VIB Rouge Sample Bag
These were the freebies in the “exclusive” makeup bag. The bag itself was just a plain black case — they made it sound a little nicer, but it’s whatever. I have so many makeup bags at this point that I don’t even know what to do with them, and a solid black one always comes in handy. I think the products in the sample bag differed a bit from person to person, I guess it depended on whatever the store had available. The bag I received included the following eight samples:
DR. JART+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 Mini Sample (0.2 oz.) — Also a good size, especially for trying out the product over a few days (I think I can get at least a week out of this tube, maybe more).
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm Mini Sample (0.23 oz.) — Another great size. I had this same exact sample before and you get a LOT of use out of this little jar. I would say almost a month since you use so little of the product around the eyes.
Deluxe sample-sized (0.12 oz.) Blinc Mascara Amplified in Black — This is a completely new product for me so I’m excited to try it out.
Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter Mini Sample (0.08 oz.) — I have so many of these already that I haven’t even had to buy the full-sized product yet. Love this one and the sample size lasts forever because I use so little of the product, it’s great!
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Protect Deluxe Sample (0.5 oz.) — Awesome size, great primer. I have actually been mixing this with my other Laura Mercier primer (the radiance one) and I’m loving the result.
My purchases (4x points)
And, of course, I had to buy something. In order to get the freebies you had to spend at least $35, which is never a problem for me when it comes to ANY kind of shopping, not just makeup! I actually placed an online order on Sephora.com a couple days before the “Summer Surge” on Sunday, so I really didn’t NEED anything.
Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray ($18 for 7.5 oz.; sephora.com): I got this because I so desperately needed a new, GOOD hair spray. My hair gets super frizzy and poofy during the summer, and I have been on the hunt for a good anti-humidity hair spray for … years, really. I love Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth line so I decided to try this one out, and I’m definitely liking it a lot so far! I’ll really put it to the test the next time it rains — which will probably be in a day or two thanks to this super stormy New York summer.
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Violet ($20 for 0.01 oz.; sephora.com): I don’t really use Stila’s Smudge Sticks in natural colors for everyday wear, but I do love the ones that come in bright colors and I decided to start a mini collection. It seems like some of the bright colors are only available in stores (like the turquoise shade), but this beautiful violet is definitely available in stores and online. I’m going to do a colorful summer eyeliner post this week and include this one from Stila 🙂
Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix ($12 for 1.01 oz.; sephora.com): I’ve been using the Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray for a couple of years now, but I have been meaning to try out this one from MUFE since the product description makes it sound so wonderful. I only used this once so far (I’ve been doing lazy, half-assed makeup the last few days), but I think I like it better than the UD spray! I bought the smaller bottle so I could try it out; the full-size bottle costs $29.
Sephora Beauty Insider 100-point samples
And the very last things I got during the Sephora Summer Surge shopping event were these two Beauty Insider 100-point samples. I have so many points and I keep saving them up for an awesome 500-point set, and there are some great 500-point rewards right now but it’s all stuff I either already have, or stuff I don’t really have a use for. So I just pick up the 100-point samples whenever I see something I like. I actually have so many of the 100-point Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliant (my favorite exfoliator) right now that I don’t even have to buy the full-size tube anytime soon 🙂
The Sephora Summer Surge is going on until August 10 and it’s a chance for Sephora Beauty Insiders on all tiers of the program to earn extra points on all purchases, in-store and online. Beauty Insiders (the first tier) get 2x points, VIBS (the second tier) get 3x points, and VIB Rouge (the third tier) get 4x points.
They say the free goodies are just for VIB Rouge, but if it’s not a busy store and they have extra freebies they might be able to give them to any Beauty Insider member. Always ask for free samples no matter what! You’d be surprised by what they have behind the counter — like how I had no idea they had this freebie from BUXOM on my last trip. Happy summer makeup shopping!
The most beautiful Glossybox (ever) is here just in time for Independence Day AND the USA vs. Belgium World Cup Round of 16 match that is taking place tomorrow (Tuesday). Patriotism is at an all-time high this month, mostly thanks to our soccer (football) team’s astonishing escape from the “Group of Death.” So this Glossybox is all the more special.
I’m going to definitely find a good use for the Stars & Stripes Glossybox in my room. I actually have been collecting almost all of my Glossyboxes for about a year now (since I first subscribed, really) — both the regular pink ones and the special edition ones — and most of them end up in my closets to use as extra organizers. I’m going to use this one as some sort of decoration/organizer that won’t be hidden away in one of my closets.
StrangeBeautiful Colorbloc Nail Polish
First up is this patriotically-inspired nail polish duo from StrangeBeautiful that was designed exclusively for the GlossyboxStars & Stripes edition. These two little nail polishes are held under one cover so it’s kind of like the size of one regular nail polish bottle, and it’s really cute. I was impressed at how well these colors went on my nails — just one coat was vibrant enough, even though I still used two coats as always. Since this Colorbloc duo is exclusive to Glossybox, I included a link to buy different Colorblocs from StrangeBeautiful on the Anthropologie website.
StrangeBeautiful Colorbloc Nail Polish ($18 for two 0.15-oz. bottles; anthropologie.com) is a nail polish duo that “enables you to color your nails on the go effortlessly.” These polishes are great for travel and airline-friendly, and they are comprised of two “saturated” colors housed in a convenient, compact design.
RUSK Texture Dry Finishing Spray
I haven’t used this finishing spray yet so I’m not sure how well it works, but I like seeing different and unique hair products in subscription boxes, especially since I’m kind of all stocked up on the regulars (hairspray, serums, creams, etc.).
RUSK Texture Dry Finishing Spray ($18 for 8 oz.; ariva.com) is described as a “talc-free styling spray” that adds texture, shape, and grip “for an instant boost on hot summer nights,” while still maintaining hair’s natural movement. This spray leaves no white, chalky residue and it provides all-day flexible, medium hold.
Ayres Patagonia Body Butter
I have only tried out this body butter once so far, but it’s definitely extremely “luxurious” and hydrating with a pretty scent. I can never have enough body butters and lotions, so these are always great subscription box additions for me.
Ayres Patagonia Body Butter ($28 for 6.75 oz.; ayresbeauty.com) is described as an “all-natural body formula” that is enriched with herbal extracts and vitamins to help moisturize dry patches on the skin. This body butter is formulated with a fragrant fusion of jasmine, rosemary, lavender, bergamot, and fir essential oils to provide long-lasting hydration.
Camille Beckman Platinumé Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy
This is a wonderful hand cream for some super intense hydration. My hands get dry pretty easily (all year long) and I go through a lot of tubes of hand cream, so this is another product that I never mind seeing in a subscription box. In fact, I don’t think I have even bought hand cream for myself in almost a year because I always get one every couple of months in a subscription box; no complaints here. The only thing I’m just a little ehhh about is the scent of this lotion — I LOVE a pretty lemongrass scent, but the lemongrass in this hand cream seems to be hidden a bit, and when I first applied it it kind of reminded me of a grandma perfume. Either way, this stuff works very well.
Camille Beckman Platinumé Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy ($10 for 1.35 oz.; camillebeckman.com) is described as a “dye-free, gluten-free, citrus-scented cream” that includes botanicals like sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and Camille Beckman’s signature herbal complex to give your hands an extra dose of hydration, restoration, and softening.
Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil
This last product was probably my favorite item in the June Glossybox. It is a beautifully vibrant and creamy eye shadow pencil in a perfect champagne-y, taupe-ish color. I haven’t worn it yet but I swatched it on my hand and I loved it. I kinda messed up the photo (above) and the tip of the pencil came out a little blurry … the color of this pencil is so pretty and it’s perfect for any kind of makeup look no matter where you go, day or night.
Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil ($18 for .08 oz.; zibabeauty.com) is described as a “universally-flattering golden shade” that “offers a hint of shimmer to accent any eye color” and is the perfect finishing touch for day or night. This silky eye pencil can be used as a highlight, a liner, or it can be applied to your entire eyelid as a shadow that won’t budge or smear.
This wasn’t the most exciting month for Glossybox, but the box itself is beautiful and the Stars & Stripes theme was cute and fun. The nail polish was great with super vibrant colors (it dried quickly, too); the eyeshadow pencil from Sumita Beauty was definitely my favorite product as the color is so versatile and beautiful; the hair finishing spray looks like a product I’m going to really like (haven’t tried it out yet); and the hand lotion and cream are two products that I will always be able to put to use.
Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $21 per month, with the option to buy 3-, 6-, or 12-month plans at a slightly lower cost. They usually send out five deluxe- and travel-sized beauty samples (always really good sizes, I have no complaints), and sometimes you will find full-sized products, too. The brands that are featured are all higher-end, more “luxurious” beauty brands, and, the best part is, since Glossybox started over in the UK they often feature a lot of British and other European beauty brands, so there’s always something new and exciting (which I love). To subscribe, click here, or visit Glossybox.com for more information.
I ran into some extra money this month so, naturally, I hightailed it over to Sephora to buy a ton of new products. I ended up doing my summer beauty shopping in three trips — two trips to the store and one on Sephora.com — so I’m going to break up these three “hauls” into three individual posts. I’m going to review almost all of these products in their own individual posts, so this is just an overview of the new items I bought.
My skin has been changing a lot ever since I turned 26 (I’m 27 now); they say your skin can start changing in your mid-20s so I’m not too upset about it, but I needed a complete overhaul of my skincare routine because, instead of normal-type skin, I now have normal-dry skin, I’ve been getting a few breakouts and my overall complexion needs some evening out.
So I asked the wonderful staff member at the new Sephora in the Bay Shore Mall on Long Island what kind of products I should be using now and she was SO helpful and friendly. She put a lot of products into small sample jars so I could take them home and try them out for a few days to see how they work.
I usually would rather shop online than in the actual Sephora stores because I often find that the staff members never really help you (I feel like I know more than they do about a lot of these products most of the time) and they’re pretty snooty sometimes, too. That, plus the store is a mess — at least at the big malls here on Long Island they are.
So this is why I am SO happy a new Sephora opened up at the mall in Bay Shore. The staff is amazing, the store is super clean and not too big and crazy, and that mall in general is a LOT quieter and less busy than the other malls on the Island, so shopping is so much less of a headache.
I was planning on going back to the store after trying them out but I didn’t really have the time, so I ordered online at Sephora.com instead. As a Sephora VIB Rouge member I get free 3-day shipping and it’s seriously the quickest-shipping website I have ever ordered from. Sometimes it’s more worth it for me to order online because I know I’ll have the products in a day or two.
Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker Brush #45
The first item on my list was a good foundation brush because I was getting pretty bored of my Beauty Blender. I still like using the Beauty Blender to blend cover-up into and around my under-eye area and around my nose, but, even though I’ve been using this tool for 2+ years now, I just wasn’t getting the right coverage that I wanted from my regular foundation application. Someone suggested this brush from Sephora and I asked the Sephora associate in Bay Shore about it and she said she used it too. I am very, very happy with it.
Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker Brush #45 ($24; sephora.com) is designed for applying both loose and compact powders as well as any liquid makeup, and it’s bristles have undergone a “hypoallergenic, non-toxic, antibacterial treatment” to help keep skin healthy. Like I said earlier, I’m going to do a full review of all the items in my haul in individual posts of their own so I’m not going to go to in-depth here, but my foundation has been looking better than ever after I started using this brush.
Sephora Collection Rose Mask – Moisturizing & Brightening
These new Sephora Collection masks displayed throughout the store quickly caught my eye — the bright rainbow of colors and cute little circle packaging made it way too hard to not want to pick one up. They’re only six bucks and they come in six different formulas for different skin concerns (each one is a different color package). My only gripe about this mask was that, even though the results were instant and noticeable, it didn’t really last very long.
I think they should have maybe made them a little more expensive and put, like, three or four masks in one package … or even two would have made a difference. With just one you’re really only getting use out of it for that one night or day that you’re using it. I used it at night and then took a shower the next day so the effect kinda wore right off. I would suggest to use these during the day, or at night before you go out.
Sephora Collection Rose Mask – Moisturizing & Brightening ($6 for one 0.84-oz. mask; sephora.com) is described as a “natural fiber mask” that contains natural rose extract to moisturize skin for a more radiant appearance. It “perfectly hugs facial contours,” to allow the active ingredients to penetrate and plump the skin, creating a fresher, brighter, glowing appearance.
These masks come in six different type including: Pearl (light pink) for perfecting & brightening; Green Tea (green) for mattifying & anti-blemish; Ginseng (yellow) for toning & revitalizing; Pomegranate (red) for anti-fatigue & energizing; Honey (orange) for nourishing & balancing; and Rose (pink, the one I bought) for moisturizing & brightening.
Korres Milk Protein Cleansing Wipes for Normal to Dry Skin
I needed new cleansing wipes because I just ran out of them and I decided to pick up this pack from Korres. I love Korres products and all of their natural, good-for-you ingredients, so I knew I wouldn’t have any complaints about these wipes. I can’t really say that I notice any difference between these and any of the other makeup removing wipes I use (I usually pick up whatever I see first, whether it’s at CVS, ULTA, Sephora, or anywhere else), and I always wash my face after using them, so I really can’t say much about them other than the fact that they work well in removing makeup, even mascara.
I actually can’t find these available on Sephora’s website, I only see Korres’ Pomegranate wipes (the ones for oily and combination skin), so if you want to pick up these Milk Protein wipes (for normal to dry skin) your local Sephora should definitely have them. If you would prefer to order them online I did find them on HSN, so I included that link below.
Korres Milk Protein Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Wipes ($12 for 25 wipes; hsn.com) are formulated for normal to dry skin to remove face and eye makeup and dirt while nourishing the skin with the “moisturizing powers of milk proteins.” They also contain aloe and proVitamin B5 to soothe skin.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer
I cannotttttt get over how much I LOVE this stuff. I just can’t even describe how it has completely transformed the look of my hair. I have been having serious issues with dry, damaged strands, and the summer is especially bad for me because my hair can easily turn into a poofy mess. This AMAZING stuff makes my hair look beautiful. It looks healthy and shiny, voluminous — everything you could possibly want for your hair. I’ll go into more detail when I post a review on this product but OMG I am so happy I picked this bottle up.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer ($26 for 8.5 oz.; sephora.com) is a sulfate-free “pre-styler” that “protects, conditions, and eases styling for dry, brittle, or coarse hair.” It is described as a multitasking primer that’s infused with six different “feather-light” oils “for complete hair transformation” (and transforming it is!!). Hair appears softer, smoother, silkier, less tangled, and it also protects against breakage, heat, and UV radiation.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak
I picked up the original Naked Flushed blush/bronzer by Urban Decay when it first came out (less than a year ago I think?), and I really liked the formula but I wasn’t so crazy about the colors. Well now UD has four different Naked Flushed palette colors (three new ones plus the original), and I was loving this one, “Streak,” which has a super pretty peachy blush that’s perfect for summer.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak (the photo is a little darker than how it looks IRL — the blush is a LOT more peachy in person)
Urban Decay Naked Flushed ($30 for 0.49 oz.; sephora.com) is described as “a silky bronzer, highlighter, and blush in a sleek, travel-ready compact.” Each pressed powder can be used individually or blended together and they contain light-diffusing particles to enhance skin for a “fresh, glowy look.”
Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme
I finally caved and bought this much raved-about BB cream from Dior and I am so glad I did. I actually meant to pick up the more moisturizing, Dior Hydra Life BB Cream, but this one has been working great. My skin has been looking soooo much more even and prettier. I’m probably going to try out the Hydra Life formula when this one runs out, but I might just go back to this one because it’s been making my complexion look near-flawless.
Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme ($44 for 1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a Broad Spectrum SPF 10 BB cream that “moisturizes, smooths, protects, and corrects,” creating a “lustrous, flawless finish.”
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
I also needed a new foundation and the Sephora staff member suggested this one — this is yet another product that I instantly fell in love with and I’m so happy I bought it. This, combined with just a litttttle bit of the Dior BB cream on top, has been making my skin look amazing and super even and all that good stuff. Love love love.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation ($45 for 1.18 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “rich, long-wear foundation that gives skin a professional, full-coverage finish.” It’s a creamy formula that contains a “special collection” of silk proteins, tea extracts, and treated mica, which all blend together to create a “luxuriously hydrating foundation” that leaves skin “softer, smoother, and flawless.” I can totally attest to all of these claims … I can’t wait to review this product in its own post!
BUXOM Haute Pink Lips Sephora VIB Set: 3 Brand-New Lip Shades. From left to right: Mini Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress
Andddd … I saved the best for last! The awesome sales assistant at Sephora in the Great South Bay Bay Shore Mall (I feel so bad that I forgot her name!) also gave me this mini three-piece BUXOM lip collection of brand-new beautiful hot pink lip shades. I love BUXOM products, especially their lip products, and I don’t really have too many hot pink shades, and this set is SUCH a good mix of vibrant pink shades (strawberry, coral, and a hot baby pink).
When the Sephora associate was showing me the set at check-out I thought that it was a VIB point gift (where I’d have to spend points for it), and I didn’t realize she was actually GIVING it to me. So, if you’re a member of the Sephora VIB program, ask about this set next time you’re in the store! I was there exactly one week ago, so they should still have it! This set contained:
One Mini (0.07 oz.) Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole (reg. $19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “sheer, shimmering strawberry” lip gloss with a tingling, plumping effect. Formulated with Vitamins A and E to help keep lips “soft, supple, and protected.” As of this spring, BUXOM’s lip polishes come in 100 (!!) different shades, making it impossible to not find one that you love!
One Mini (0.06 oz.) Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing (reg. $19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “sheer, shimmering, hydrating gloss” that plumps lips without the tingle. This brand-new shade is a sheer, yet full-bodied, hot pink, with a slightly creamier consistency than the lip polish (above). It is encapsulated with hyaluronic spheres that promote hydration and fullness, plus jojoba oil and vitamin E to help moisturize and protect lips.
One Mini (0.04 oz.) Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress (reg. $21 for 0.13 oz.; sephora.com) is a pretty hot pink shade that I can only really describe as like a baby pink-hot pink with a slight shimmer. This smooth, creamy, ultra-hydrating, full-coverage lipstick plumps lips without the tingle, and it contains encapsulated hyaluronic spheres to promote hydration and fullness. It is formulated with shea butter, coconut oil, chamomile flower wax, and vitamins C and E that all help to moisturize, soothe, and protect lips.
All products are, of course, available in Sephora stores and on Sephora.com. I don’t see the Korres Milk Protein Cleansing Wipes on the Sephora website, but they are definitely available in Sephora stores and on HSN.com.
I have been a member of Influenster for over a year now, and in that time I had all Influenster e-mails going to the wrong e-mail address so I was missing out on all of these VoxBox opportunities. With that being said, this is only the second box I have received so far (complimentary) from Influenster for testing/review purposes.
I guess this VoxBox wasn’t the best choice for me since I don’t really use shampoo; I only put cleansing conditioner in my hair because, no matter what shampoo it is, shampoos always dry my hair out. My hair is pretty damaged from coloring and heat styling so I have to use the most gentle products possible, and erasing shampoo completely from my hair washing routine was the only thing that really worked.
So, I am “reviewing” these products, but I honestly haven’t even tried out the shampoo. I’m always looking for a good dry shampoo so I was happy to try this one out. Herbal Essences’ new “Naked” collection contains “0% heavy residues, parabens, and dyes” and are made with white tea and mint extracts which smell extremely pretty and refreshing.
The new Naked line comes in three different collections: one for volume, one for shine, and one for moisture. I received the moisture shampoo and conditioner (I think all Influensters did, but I’m not 100% sure), and the dry shampoo is part of the volumizing line. The moisturizing line DOES have a cleansing conditioner, which I would have LOVED to try out, and I figured I would mention this here because the whole cleansing conditioner thing is fairly new and this is really the first widely-available, “mainstream” haircare brand that I’ve seen that’s come out with a cleansing conditioner product. The whole Herbal Essences Naked line consists of 11 new products.
Herbal Essences Naked Collection Dry Shampoo
The only product out of the three that I really could put to use was the dry shampoo. I’ve only used it once since I received it a few days ago, but I’m planning on trying it out again tomorrow. I really can’t say whether I like it or not just yet, but it does have a lovely scent.
Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo ($7 for 4.9 oz.; drugstore.com) is an oil-absorbing dry shampoo formula that “rejuvenates dirty hair” with natural tapioca to instantly absorb excess oils. It contains an “invigorating” scent of white grapefruit and mint and refreshes hair without using parabens or dyes (that’s why it’s “Naked”).
I honestly haven’t tried out the shampoo and conditioner yet, and I don’t think I’m going to try the shampoo at all because, even though it doesn’t contain any parabens or dyes, the formula still contains sulfates and I know that’s going to strip my already-damaged hair. I’m sure a lot of people with more normal, manageable hair will find this formula useful. I just don’t quite understand why Herbal Essences would come out with a “Naked” line and still have products that contain sulfates. I really thought these new products were going to be sulfate-free until I read the shampoo’s label.
Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Shampoo ($4.15 for 10.01 oz.; drugstore.com) is described as a shampoo that “smoothes and infuses moisture into locks while gently cleansing,” leaving dry, rough hair nourished and hydrated. It contains 0% parabens or dyes and it is infused with a crisp mint scent containing notes of rosemary, basil, and lemon.
Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Conditioner ($4.15 for 10.1 oz.; drugstore.com) soothes and conditions hair by “gently wrapping each strand with essential moisturizers” that “revive dull and damaged hair, leaving it smooth and soft without buildup.” It also contains 0% parabens or dyes (like the whole Naked line), and it is formulated with a “revitalizing” mint and herb fragrance.
I definitely loved receiving these products (as with all Influenster VoxBoxes), but this VoxBox just wasn’t for me. I’m not a shampoo-using girl at all — it seriously makes such a huge difference for me to use a cleansing conditioner, and when I use shampoo my hair becomes completely unmanageable, so I didn’t even try out this new Herbal Essences Naked Moisturizing Shampoo. The conditioner I’m sure works fine, but you never really can get a real feel for the conditioner if you’re not using a shampoo from the same line. I’m happy I received the new dry shampoo since that’s the kind of product that I always want to try out and, even though I only used this one once so far, I found that it smelled delicious, so I’ll definitely be trying it out more over the next few weeks.
I get in these slumps where I get so busy – yet still have SO much to blog about – and I just can’t seem to get any of my posts done. So I always revert back to these subscription boxes to review first because so many people blog about them, and they become boring after you’ve seen the same post on dozens of blogs already. I actually skipped a few boxes from last month (May) because I waited too long to get the post up. I have so much to write about and review so I’m definitely ready for a more serious blogging schedule.
So, anyway, I hope this Ipsy Glam Bag review isn’t too late (and/or boring already). I received my Glam Bag about a week ago and I was pretty happy with it. I always love my Glam Bags because they’re only $10 yet they always feature great full- and deluxe-sized products. Ipsy includes a bunch of different products every month (skincare, makeup, and hair care), from a bunch of different brands, both high-end and lower-end.
Ipsy Glam Bag for June 2014
Every month Ipsy sends out about five different products (this month there were five) according to a theme of the month, plus a mini makeup case (the “Glam Bag”) to hold all of your new goodies. This month’s bag was pretty cute (above), and it went along with the “Pretty in Paradise” summer theme for June.
Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray
The first product was this beachy waves spray from Marc Anthony haircare. I honestly can’t find a wave spray that works (or one that I like) because I always find these products come out way too sticky and just dry out my already dry hair. I haven’t really used this one yet so I can’t say whether or not it works well for me, but Ipsters really seem to like it as it has received many positive reviews on the Ipsy website.
Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (~$7 for 4.2 oz.; walgreens.com) is a wave spray that “adds body and texture to straight, fine strands” and it also “pumps up the curl” in hair that’s already wavy. It contains Hydrolyzed Silk and Provitamin B5 to “protect your tresses while adding moisture and shine.” It also contains powerful UV protectors to absorb ultraviolet light to protect hair from harmful sun exposure, dehydration, and color-fade, leaving you with “manageable, touchable waves.”
NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel
I’m not really a huge fan of NYX cosmetics — there are really only a few items that I have tried that actually worked well for me. I’m kind of on the fence about this lipgloss. I think I was expecting it to be a lot more “buttery” and less glossy, but it’s still really not bad. It’s definitely not sticky and I absolutely love this color, so, either way, I’ll definitely be wearing it this summer. I just kinda thought it would be a litttttle more moisturizing/nourishing (then again, my lips are seriously chapped from biting them way too much so I’m still trying to get over that).
NYX Butter Gloss ($5 for 0.27 oz.; nyxcosmetics.com) is described as a “buttery gloss with a sweet scent that provides sheer to medium coverage” without leaving your lips with that sticky feeling. This gloss provides nourishment and a simple flush of color and it can be worn alone or layered with your favorite lipstick.
Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
I wish I got a better photo of this liner but I was kind of in a rush. I actually haven’t tried this one out yet, but it got great reviews on Ipsy.com and, now that I’ve read the reviews, I can’t wait to try it out.
Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($6.99 for .017 oz.; jessesgirlcosmetics.com) is a liquid eyeliner pen with a “unique Japanese calligraphy-style brush” that allows for precise, super-fine application, letting you create lines as small as one millimeter thickness. This quick-drying formula allows for a “waterproof, smudge-proof application,” and it “glides on smoothly without tugging or pulling.”
Laneige BB Cushion
Even though this next product was just a sample, I was still pretty excited to use it since this BB cream sounded extremely promising, especially the fact that it’s supposed to hydrate skin and even out your complexion. I found that I really wasn’t that impressed by this BB cream and I’d rather stick with my (non-traditional) Too Faced and Dior BB creams. I still have yet to try a real Korean or Japanese “blemish balm”, and I know all these new “BB cream” products really aren’t the same thing, but I’m happy with the extra coverage, sun protection and hydration factors that the BB creams I do use contain.
Laneige BB Cushion
Laneige BB Cushion ($34 for 0.5 oz.; target.com) is described as a “revolutionary 5-in-1 BB in a convenient compact.” This product contains a broad-spectrum SPF 50 to block the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays, and “skin perfecting Optimal Mineral Water” to cool and hydrate skin upon application. This cream prevents shine and brightens skin by “visibly reducing dark spots” and comes with a patented air cushion that distributes just the right amount of product.
Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser
The last product in my Ipsy Glam Bag for June was also super promising — a makeup removing deep cleanser that also doubles as a mask (and I love multi-tasking products). I’ve only used this cleanser a couple of times so far, so I haven’t really been able to see if it works well or not. It’s definitely the type of product that you have to use a few times in a row in order to see how it works.
Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser ($24 for 4 oz.; store.skinn.com) is described as “a natural based and gentle cleansing balm” that dissolves dirt, removes makeup, removes dead skin cells, softens, smoothes, and moisturizes skin. It is rich in Polyphenols and skin resurfacing enzymes, and contains rich olive butter to soften and smooth skin, as well as orange oil which works to purify. You can also use this cleanser as a mask for “the ultimate super smoothing, resurfacing, deep pore-cleansing treatment.”
This wasn’t my favorite month for an Ipsy Glam Bag, but it definitely wasn’t the worst month, either. After trying it out again, I really really liked the NYX lipgloss (and I’m never really too happy with the NYX products I try out); the cleanser seems really good so I’m looking forward to using it more; the liquid liner pen (which I have yet to use) got great reviews so I’m excited to try that one out; and the beach waves spray also got good reviews so I’m going to try that one out tomorrow. The only thing I really didn’t care for was the BB cream cushion sample. My skin has been a little whacky and the products I’ve been using are finally balancing everything out, so I think that trying out a new BB cream at the moment isn’t the best idea.
Ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends out 4-6 deluxe- and full-sized beauty products for $10 per month. Each month Ipsy also features a brand-new mini makeup case that’s the perfect size for throwing in your purse to carry along makeup on-the-go. To subscribe, click here, or visit Ipsy.com for more information.
Beauty Box Five is one of the cheaper beauty subscriptions (at $12/month), but, even though I have only been subscribed for a few months so far (about four months), I’ve been pretty impressed by the items that they send out. I really don’t like single-use sample packets, but I can deal with them as long as there are some good deluxe- and full-sized items to round out the box, and BB5 always seems to do that.
I’m trying to keep this post short and sweet because I want to do a couple more posts before I go to sleep tonight (really getting into the swing of blogging regularly here!). As the name suggests, Beauty Box Five sends out five different beauty items each month to try out and I’m really liking my BB5 boxes so far. This month they sent out an awesomely deluxe-sized shower gel that smells amazing, a full-sized nail polish in a super pretty lilac color, a deluxe-sized mascara (that I have yet to try, but it’s supposed to be really good), shampoo & conditioner samples, as well as a big sample pack of skincare items from a brand I’ve never tried out before.
Beauty Box Five – “Summer Chic” – June 2014
Even though I’m usually not thrilled about receiving sample packets like this I’m really liking the skincare samples and I think I’m going to try out a few full-sized items from the brand (Eslor). When it comes to sample packets, I just hate seeing them in a subscription box because those are the kinds of things you can get for free any time you shop at Sephora, or even at the beauty counters in the department store. But this was a whole pack of a bunch of different products from Eslor and I was able to get about two uses out of each packet, so I’m not complaining at all!
Nicka K New York Nail Color in Lavender
The first item this month was a full-sized bottle of nail polish from Nicka K New York. I tried out this out immediately and I love this color — it’s a true lavender creme. I own so many shades of purple nail polish but this one is pretty unique to my collection — it’s not too light, not too dark, it’s really the perfect lavender.
Nicka K New York Nail Color ($4.99 for 0.5 oz.; nicka.com) is described as a “professional collection of nail lacquer” that comes in 58(!) different colors, available in opaque, sheer, shimmer, bright, and “vampy” shades. This polish goes on smooth and “offers even, long-wear coverage that doesn’t chip,” with a short brush to make application easier, and a “clean, formaldehyde-free finish.”
Organix Ogx Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner
I didn’t even realize Organix had to change their name (in California at least) until I got my BB5 shipment this month and saw that the “Ogx” name was everywhere (even on their website) instead of the familiar “Organix.” Apparently some people claimed they were participating in deceptive marketing because the brand isn’t really organic. I don’t know … first of all, I don’t use shampoo. Even if it is sulfate-free (like this one), regular shampoo still tends to dry out my already parched strands, so I have hopped on the cleansing conditioner bandwagon and it’s been working very well for me. On the other hand, I do use some Organix … Ogx? … styling products from time to time that I really like a lot. I think consumers also need to do their job in reading the labels. I, for one, never believed Organix was truly an “Organic” brand because, as every good consumer should know, it lacks a USDA Organic certified label. But I digress …
Organix Ogx Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner ($7.99 for 13 oz.; ulta.com) is described as an “ultra-light and weightless”, sulfate-free hair hydrating duo that is “charged with electrolytes and coconut oil” to give your hair a silky, healthy shine. I tried out both the shampoo and conditioner and found that it actually didn’t dry out my hair as much as regular shampoos do, but I definitely won’t be using this myself because I’m pretty happy with my cleansing conditioner routine. I would probably recommend this to people who don’t have ultra shampoo-sensitive hair like mine.
Glam Natural Mascara
I haven’t tried out this mascara yet, but it looks super promising as it has a sensitive formula that won’t irritate your eyes.
Glam Natural Mascara ($28 for 0.25 oz.; beautybox5shop.com) is described as a “gluten-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic” mascara with a vegan formula that lifts and coats lashes without any sort of irritation. My eyes are a little sensitive I would say, especially from allergies, so I’m excited to see how this one works out.
Eslor Introductory Collection Calming Kit
This is the skincare sample pack I was talking about earlier on in the post. Single-use sample packets are a lot less annoying when they come in little mini kits like this. So far, I really like the cleanser and the moisturizer … I only got one use out of the scrub so I couldn’t really tell how well it worked, and I still have at least one more (maybe even two more) mask applications to go before I make a decision on how well that works. If I decide I really like these products then I’m going to order a few of the full-sized versions and give them a try.
Eslor Introductory Collection Calming Kit
Eslor Introductory Collection Calming Kit ($28-65 for 1.7 oz.- 2oz.; beautybox5shop.com) is a paraben-free kit that includes some of Eslor’s “all-star products” – a soothing refiner & cleanser, replenishing scrub, comforting mask, and soothing cream to hydrate and protect skin.
I found these products to be super gentle, and I loved the way the cream especially felt on my skin. The mask is one of those green masks that remind me of the Avon lady applying a face mask to Edward Scissorhands — Like the cream, it also felt really gentle on my face and I didn’t really use much of the small pack at all so I think I have at least two more mask applications left. I really want to try out the full-sized products because this whole line seems great and extra hydrating which is a huge benefit for my normal-dry skin.
Vita Bath Body Wash
And the last item this month was this awesomely-scented body wash from VitaBath. I love getting body washes in subscription boxes because they’re the type of product that I always need and use every single day. I actually haven’t bought a body wash for myself in almost a year now (about) because I keep getting lots of deluxe- and full-sized body washes and shower gels in subscription boxes. I was running prettttty low, so I was happy to see this one in my June Beauty Box Five.
VitaBath Fruit Fanatic Wild Cherry Body Wash ($7.95 for 12 oz.; beautybox5shop.com) is described as an “antioxidant-rich body wash” with the sweet scent of freshly-picked cherries. It is paraben- and sulfate-free, and it also does not contain propylene glycol, mineral oils, or silicone.
Even though two items this month were sample packets, I still think June’s BB5 was pretty good, and the full-sized pretty lavender nail polish and the awesomely-scented cherry body wash were definitely my two favorites. The skincare starter kit from Eslor was really promising and I’m excited to buy a few of their full-sized products for myself … and I guess that’s really what this whole subscription box thing is all about — finding new products that you otherwise wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself.
Beauty Box Five is a monthly beauty subscription services that sends out five full-, deluxe-, and sample-sized products each month for $12/month. To subscribe, click here, or visit Beautybox5.com for more information!
This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag was pretty awesome. I usually like my Ipsy subscriptions a lot because they always send out such great product sizes and, at only $10 per month, the bag is way more than worth it as far as the value goes. I also usually really like the products themselves, and this month I was pretty impressed with both the sizes and quality of the items.
This month I also thought that the actual “Glam Bag” (the mini makeup case that comes with every Ipsy subscription) was the highest quality bag yet. Usually the bags are a bit flimsy, kind of cheap-y looking, and even though I still use all of the bags anyway (they are the perfect size for all of my purses), I think that this month’s bag was just better looking and way more durable than all of the other Ipsy Glam Bags I have received since first subscribing over a year ago.
Ipsy Glam Bag for May 2014
This month’s Glam Bag theme was “Fresh Picks”, so I’m pretty sure the bag is made out of an eco-friendly material, and the products featured all contain natural ingredients (not sure if they’re “all-natural”, though).
I just wanted to take another shot since the bag is so nice this month (especially compared to other months)
Ipsy is a personalized service, so they send out items based on your hair/skin color, as well as some other personal preferences. There are different products/brands featured each month that make up a few different Glam Bag combinations. Ipsy doesn’t feature as many items as Birchbox does every month, and there really aren’t that many different bag combinations, so a lot of people end up with the same bag (I don’t mind this at all). But anyway … I was pretty impressed by my Glam Bag this month the minute I opened it.
I haven’t used this cover-up yet but it’s an awesomely-sized tube (0.34 oz.), so that’s a plus … no complaints so far. The color matches my skin (I received the medium shade), and it seemed to blend well when I swatched it on my hand. I don’t have any boo-boos to cover up right now, but I think this stuff will work just as well for dark circles under the eyes, and the healing ingredients definitely can’t hurt, either.
Boo-Boo Cover-Up ($19.99 for 0.34 oz.; booboocoverup.com) is described as an “innovative formula” that is designed to provide coverage for skin imperfections while actually healing your boo-boos, thanks to “ingredients known in nature to promote healing.” This cover-up contains aloe, chamomile, green tea, tea tree oil and vitamin E.
Avène Thermal Spring Water and Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF50 Sunscreen
This pure thermal spring water mist spray is awesome and I loveeee products like this. This is the kind of product that I normally wouldn’t buy for myself so it’s definitely unique to me, it’s good for a bunch of different uses, and it’s also perfect for the upcoming summer months.
Avène Thermal Spring Water ($18 for 10.58 oz.; drugstore.com) is the only thermal spring water bottled directly from the source and packaged in a sterile environment “to guarantee purity and maximum skin benefits.” This thermal spring water is known for its “long history in treating atopic dermatitis” and has a unique composition that is “proven to soothe inflammation, itching, redness, general sensitivity, and post-medical and aesthetic procedure irritation as it softens, protects and purifies the skin.”
This product is apparently recommended by dermatologists worldwide and it is a bestseller on Drugstore.com. To use, you spray a fine mist onto the skin, leave on for 2-3 minutes and then pat dry. “Ideal” uses include: after cleansing, shaving, exercise, sun, to soothe diaper rash, and even to set makeup to help keep it fresher looking longer (I can’t wait to try it out for this last one).
The next product was a basic sunscreen that I’ll be trying out on one of my upcoming beach trips for the summer. I have been receiving a bunch of different SPF lotions in subscription boxes all year long, and, since I don’t usually wear a heavy SPF every day, I’m going to be putting all of these lotions to use within the next few months. Hang Ten is a COOLA brand, and I have a bunch of regular COOLA lotions I’m going to finally be using this summer, too.
Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF50 ($12.99 for full size; hangtensunscreen.com) is described as a “clear, lightweight, naturally-scented sunscreen,” that “provides maximum water resistance” and “full body coverage against harmful UVA/UVB rays.” It is paraben-free, non-greasy, and synthetic fragrance-free.
Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Duo #2 (Moonbeam & Unicorn)
Okay I couldn’t really get the best photo of this eyeshadow duo (above), so I took two pictures to give a better idea of how it really looks. I’m a fan of Pacifica products; I haven’t really used that many, but what I have used I have definitely liked. I’m also always a fan of getting a full-sized eyeshadow and this smoky gray-purple (“Moonbeam”) is a shade I don’t already own — I might have a similar shade in one of my palettes, but if I do I never really use it.
The shimmery white (appropriately called “Unicorn”) has a little hint of cream/white gold in it, and it blends well, so it’s a great color to use with pretty much any other shade. Ipsy sent out two different Pacifica shadow duos, the other duo (Duo #1), contains two more neutral shades (“Celestial” and “Opal”), a cream color and a light bronze-y tan shade.
Pacifica Duo #2: Moonbeam (left) and Unicorn (right)
Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duos ($14 to $32 for Pacifica’s regular shadow sets and palettes; pacificaperfume.com) were exclusively made for Ipsy subscribers, but these shades are available in Pacifica’s other eyeshadow sets/palettes. Pacifica’s mineral eyeshadows are infused with coconut and have a smooth application with “gorgeous color pay-off.” I’m obsessed with Pacifica’s packaging and the whole mystical theme they’ve got going on, so I think I’m going to order some items to review because, like I said before, I like the brand, but never really tried out enough products to make a real judgment on how well they work. All Pacifica items are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
Balanced Guru No Frizz Organic Sesame and Lemongrass Balancing Oil
Alright I would say I saved the best for last, but all of the products this month were pretty awesome. This last product is a frizz-fighting, all-natural hair oil with the deliciously fresh scent of Lemongrass. I know some people don’t really like this scent (one person on Ipsy said it smelled too much like “Thai food”), but I am absolutely obsessed with this scent. I actually have a review coming up of three different Lemongrass-scented products that I bought from a local beauty company in Brooklyn called Lime Green. Seriously awesome stuff. But anyway, back to this hair oil …
I found that this oil seriously cut down on my frizz and, even though I’ve only used it once so far, I noticed instant results. My hair gets extremely dry (it’s also in need of a cut right now), so any hair product that actually works is amazing for me. I also love how Ipsy sent out such an awesomely-sized bottle (0.5 oz.) and the full-sized bottle (1 oz.) is relatively cheap for an all-natural oil at just $25 a pop.
Balanced Guru No Frizz Organic Sesame and Lemongrass Balancing Oil ($25 for 1 oz.; balancedguru.com) is a hair oil that balances frizzy hair “without the need to weigh it down with silicones.” It controls flyaways with a blend of Sesame, Grapeseed, Jojoba, and Tamanu Oils and provides control even in super humid and tropical weather. This oil also provides “incredible shine and manageability” and is certified USDA Organic and cruelty-free.
Going over all of these products again for this post made me realize even more how awesome this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag was. The bag itself is definitely the best one I have received since subscribing, and I really like all of the products this month. It seems as though all of them are made with all-natural ingredients (not 100% sure about this), and it’s just such an amazing mix of products — makeup, skincare, and hair care.
The only thing that wasn’t so exciting for me was the SPF50 sunscreen, especially since I am so stocked up on sunscreens already (and beach weather hasn’t even really hit yet), but I’m sure I will put it to use. Kudos to Ipsy for an amazing Glam Bag (that only cost 10 bucks).
Ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month and sends out 4-6 different full- and deluxe-sized beauty products each month, all packed up inside of a mini makeup bag. To subscribe, click here, or visit Ipsy.com for more information!