I wasn’t too crazy about my Ipsy Glam Bag this month — or last month either, to be honest — but it’s kind of my own fault because I’ve been slacking on reviewing the items in my Glam Bag on Ipsy.com. I really find that when I review each item for the month and check off the brands I like and the brands I don’t like I usually get much better Glam Bags.
I think Ipsy does a great job at really personalizing their subscription service. They also let you review bags from past months so I tried to catch up on the ones I missed and I’m sure that I’ll love my Glam Bag again next month!
My Birchboxes have really been getting better and better recently. For a few months there I was actually super close to unsubscribing because I was so unhappy with the boxes I was getting — I loved them when I first subscribed and they were good for awhile, but then I kinda felt like they were going downhill. So I switched up my Birchbox beauty profile a bunch of times and then, about three months ago, my boxes started getting great again. I really liked this month’s box a lot – especially the deluxe Laura Mercier eyeliner (this one is half the size of the regular pencil but there’s definitely a great amount of product here).
Not Soap, Radio Body Wash and Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion
Not Soap, Radio Awash in a field of four leaf clovers Body Wash ($16 for 13.61 oz.; birchbox.com): I am loving this super green clover-scented body wash. It is actually infused with real four leaf clover extract and green tea — how awesome is that? I think I’m going to pick up the full-size version of this, or choose one of the other aromatherapeutic scents — there are eight to choose from and they each come in a big 13.61-oz. bottle.
Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion ($15 for 8 oz.; birchbox.com): I’m loving the super fresh aqualeaf and citrus scent of this luxe body lotion. It is infused with extracts of Japanese sea fennel to calm irritation and soothe skin, plus other sea-based vitamins and minerals that absorb into skin to moisturize it and reverse environmental damage.
Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil in Violet
Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil ($24 for 0.04 oz.; birchbox.com): This one was definitely my favorite item this month. This is actually the first time I am using Laura Mercier’s Longwear Crème Eye Pencil and I love it! I have only tested it out so far, but I plan on using it this week. I received this beautiful violet color that’s not too bright — you can definitely do some more “toned-down” makeup looks with this pencil … or you can go all out and do a dramatic look! It’s great for both.
Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intense Fortifying Masque
Fekka PrX Reparatives Intense Fortifying Masque ($25 for 7 oz.; birchbox.com): Birchbox sent out a great deluxe sample size of this hair masque. I used it the other day in the shower and my hair came out looking great! This treatment repairs, protects and smoothes damaged and tired hair.
Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips and Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter
Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips ($14.50 for 0.51 oz.; birchbox.com): I have been meaning to try this stuff out for awhile, so I was so happy to see this mini tube in my November Birchbox! It’s kind of like a thicker Vaseline and it can be used on parched lips, cuticles, elbows and any other dry area on the skin.
Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter Squeeze Pack ($12.99 for ten 1.15 oz.-packs; birchbox.com): I haven’t tried this out yet, but I thought it was a cool extra to include in my Birchbox this month. I love almond butter and chocolate so I know I’ll like this a lot. You can eat it straight from the pack, or spread it on toast, fruit, crackers, sandwiches, etc.
Subscription Box Breakdown:
I loved my Birchbox this month and I think it was one of the better ones that I have received in recent months. I am so happy that I’m getting better boxes now after hitting a bit of a slump for a few months there. I love the Laura Mercier eyeliner, I definitely want to order a full-sized Not Soap, Radio body wash and the Fekkai hair mask worked great in my hair. Loved all the products pretty much!
Pricing & Availability:
Birchbox is a monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription box that costs $10 per month. To subscribe click here, or visit Birchbox.com for more information.
Pop Sugar Must Have is one of my favorite subscription boxes and I get so excited when I see it on my doorstep every month. This month’s box wasn’t my favorite one ever, but it did have a lot of great stuff and I like pretty much every item in it. I’ll definitely be using them all!
G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popped Corn
G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popped Corn ($3.69 for 7.5 oz.; ghcretors.com): I’m not really a fan of cheese-flavored popcorn so this bag was a little weird to me. I LOVE, love, love caramel corn, though, so I picked those out and ate around the cheese-flavored pieces. The caramel corn pieces were amazing and perfectly popped, puffy and crunchy and all that popcorn awesomeness. I would even say this was one of the best caramel popcorns I have ever tried … !
The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel
The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel ($35; books.simonandschuster.com): I love getting new recipe books and this is a beautiful, beautiful book. This one is definitely more of a coffee table book (for me, at least) because a lot of the recipes are a bit complex. There’s definitely a few in there that I can try out (I’ll post the results here when I do). Dominique Ansel’s pastries are GORGEOUS so this book is worth it just to look at the amazing, super intricate and crazy unique pastry designs.
Wine Glass Writer & Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Stationery
Wine Glass Writer ($9.95 — custom 3-pack for Pop Sugar Must Have; wineglasswriter.com): These are cute fast-drying metallic wine glass writers that you can use to design your glasses. They wash off with soap and water so you can write (or draw) something new each time. Not something I would necessarily buy for myself but I will definitely be using them!
Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Stationery ($15 for set of 15 notecards & envelopes; tinyprints.com/popsugar): I loveeeee stationery so I was happy to recieve this cute set, which was designed exclusively for Pop Sugar. The November box also included a card to get $25 off your order at tinyprints.com — they have a bunch of cute stuff that you can personalize with your name, photos, sayings, etc. I’m going to order a new notebook and maybe new business cards too 🙂
SORIAL Saffiano Wallet on a Chain
SORIAL Saffiano Wallet on a Chain ($49 for one wallet; shopsorial.com): This wallet-on-a-chain is super cute to use as a tiny evening bag or even to throw in your purse and use it as a wallet or case to hold makeup/phone/accessories — which is probably what I’m going to do with it. The SORIAL website features different mini clutch/wallet designs in a bunch of different colors as well.
K. Hall Simpatico Ambergris Shea Butter Cream
K. Hall Simpatico Ambergris Shea Butter Cream ($22 for 3.4 oz.; khalldesigns.com): The last item was this super smooth shea butter cream for hands and body. It has a sweet musky scent and “intense moisturizing qualities.” I have soooooo many body creams and lotions that keep piling up but I’ll definitely be using this one because it works so well and I love the scent!
Subscription Box Breakdown:
Again, it wasn’t my favorite month ever for Pop Sugar Must Have but it was definitely a good one. I liked every item pretty much and it was a nice mix of goodies. My favorite item this month was probably the notecard set!
Pricing & Availability:
Pop Sugar Must Have is a monthly beauty, fashion and lifestyle subscription box that costs about $40 per month (I am charged $43.39 per month, which includes tax and shipping to NY). To subscribe click here, or visit musthave.popsugar.com for more information!
I received my Beauty Box 5 for November a few days ago, and then I got a ton of other boxes over the next few days (this week was like an early Christmas!), but I really just had time to sit down and write the reviews this weekend so I will be posting all of the reviews tonight (Sunday night) and tomorrow morning.
This month’s Beauty Box 5 wasn’t the most exciting (in my opinion). I usually love to receive makeup items the most and, unfortunately, there were no makeup items in this month’s box. However, there was a nice variety of different types of beauty items and accessories which is cool. I will probably put all or most of these items to use.
DenTek Floss Picks + Case
I use floss picks sometimes on-the-go and I honestly was having a bit of an issue with how I would carry them along with me to keep them clean and organized, so I was just leaving the whole bag in my car (I got cute little Hello Kitty floss picks so that’s really what inspired me to use them since I am obsessed with Hello Kitty). Even though it’s not really an item that I use all of the time, this floss pick pack is a great idea and I will definitely be using the case with these floss picks and to hold my Hello Kitty ones as well 🙂
DenTek Floss Picks + Case ($2.49 for 4 count; dentek.com) comes pre-packed with six “Comfort Clean Floss Picks” and fits conveniently in pockets, purses or travel bags for on-the-go flossing. Each DenTek floss pick comes with “Germ Shield protection” to prevent the growth of bacteria and the cases come in five different colors.
Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash & Afterfeather Refillable Travel Bottles
I decided to take a more artsy approach to this next photo 🙂 I had some pretty flowers laying around and I put them down on this white tray I have and liked the way it looked so I decided to put these next two products down on the tray as well and snap a few pics!
The first product is Dove’s Deep Moisture body wash. I always need body wash so, even though this might not be the most exciting product, I will definitely be using it. The second product is a cute little refillable travel bottle. I honestly don’t really have many travel bottles so I’m sure I will find a use for this at some point.
Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash ($6.49 for 22 oz.; drugstore.com) is supposed to provide 10 times more “skin natural nourishment” with Dove’s “NutriumMoisture.” It is described as a “gentle, rich body wash formula” that helps to rinse “cleanly and quickly” and help you have “softer, smoother skin after just one shower.” I haven’t tried this one out yet but, like I said, I always put body washes to use. In fact, I haven’t even bought a full-sized body wash for myself in about a year now because I get so many samples in all of my subscription boxes.
Afterfeather Refillable Travel Bottles ($8.95 for set of two refillable 2-oz. bottles; afterfeather.com) are compact and lightweight, “making them ideal for travel,” and they each hold up to two fluid ounces, which meets TSA compliance for carry-on items. They feature Dandelion and Peony designs and use 25% post-consumer plastic. Ten percent of Afterfeather’s proceeds are donated to charities.
Laura Ashley Body Butter & HASK Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil
I will most likely not be using this body butter since I have sooooo many body butters and lotions already, many of which I don’t even use, but this one looks super cute, and it smells pretty good, so I’ll probably pass it along to my mom or to a friend. I haven’t used the next product yet, the hair oil from HASK, but if it’s good I will probably keep it and use it. I also have a bunch of hair oils so if this one isn’t as good as the ones I already have then I see no reason to hold onto it.
Laura Ashley Body Butter ($20 for set of six 1.75-oz. body butters; lauraashley.com) is described as a “nourishing, rich lotion” in the scent of “Sweet Peony.” I actually can’t find this six piece set online, maybe it’s new? So I linked to the one body butter I did find at lauraashley.com.
HASK Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil ($2.99 for 0.62 oz.; ulta.com) is an ultra-hydrating oil that can be used on wet or dry hair that leaves hair “nourished and glossy” with the deep penetrating and cuticle-sealing qualities of macadamia oil.
Subscription Box Breakdown:
This month was not my favorite month for Beauty Box 5. I thought it was a little boring and the value of the items in the box wasn’t that great either — all of the products this month pretty much cost the same as the $12 monthly box price. I’m not complaining about that, I’m just used to getting a better value out of subscription boxes, including Beauty Box 5.
Pricing & Availability:
Beauty Box 5 is a monthly beauty subscription box that costs $12 per month with the option of paying less per month when you buy a multiple month subscription. BB5 focuses mainly on drugstore makeup, hair and body products. To subscribe click here, or visit beautybox5.com for more information!
I have been a New Beauty Test Tube subscriber for over a year now and I absolutely loved the program when I first subscribed. You receive a new Test Tube every other month and the first few Test Tubes I received were awesome and jam-packed with beauty goodies in great deluxe sample sizes, plus plenty of full-sized items every month. Then, a few months ago, my Test Tubes started going downhill.
I’ve been paying about $40 (including tax & shipping to NY) every two months to basically find repeat products with every new Test Tube I receive. Out of the last three (at least) Test Tube shipments, there were more repeat products than new ones — and many of the products weren’t even ones that I loved enough or used enough to want doubles of them. I decided to stick it out for another couple of months to see what the next Test Tube looked like, and the current one (November/December) had, once again, almost all repeat products.
So I have decided to cancel my New Beauty Test Tube subscription after receiving this latest Test Tube. I really hate the thought of cancelling a subscription box because I am really obsessed with this whole craze and whenever I think of cancelling a subscription box I always tell myself that the next month will probably be better and I don’t want to miss out. But … one of the main reasons I subscribe to subscription boxes is to discover new products, and I just don’t think it’s worth it for me to stay subscribed to NBTT if I just keep getting the same products over and over again.
New Beauty Test Tube November/December 2014
I still stuck it out for a good six months (at least) after I started seeing a lot of repeat products in my Test Tubes and it seems like each new one I received had more repeats than the last. I really can’t justify paying 40 bucks every other month just to get products that I already received in past Test Tubes — and a lot of the repeats are products that I hardly even used in the first place.
I don’t want to turn this post into a New Beauty Test Tube rant. I really loved the service when I first signed up and I got to try out a lot of great products, including a bunch of products that were completely new to me. I think that anyone who signs up for the program now for the first time would be happy because all the products will be new and there’s no chance for repeats when you are just signing up for the program for the first time. So, with that being said, I am a little sad to have to cancel a subscription box and I might sign up again in the future but, for now, I feel like it’s just a waste.
SO, with my “rant” out of the way, on to the review of the current New Beauty Test Tube for November/December 2014:
Dermalogica Precleanse and Klorane Make-Up Remover Wipes
I received this Dermalogica Precleanse a few months ago in a subscription box, I’m not sure if it was New Beauty Test Tube or a different one. This pre-cleanse is step one in a two-step cleansing routine and Dermalogica makes a cleanser that goes along with it; you could also use any regular cleanser right after using this product. I honestly haven’t really used this product much since the first time I received it because I have a good cleansing routine that I’ve been sticking to, but this product did get great reviews on the Dermalogica website and people really seem to like it.
Dermalogica Precleanse ($38 for 5.1 oz.; dermalogica.com) is described as a deep-cleansing, “oil-busting emulsifyer” that melts impurities and makeup from the skin. It is the first step in Dermalogica’s Double Cleanse regimen and it “thoroughly melts away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof makeup, pollutants and products that build up on skin,” allowing your Dermalogica cleanser (Step 2) to “penetrate even further for professional cleansing results.” The New Beauty Test Tube only came with the pre-cleanse, but you can really use any cleanser afterwards to achieve similar results.
The next item were these makeup remover wipes from Klorane. I’ve never used this specific brand before, but I always put makeup remover wipes to use. I don’t like these as much as my favorite wipes from Ole Henriksen, but they definitely do the trick!
Klorane Make-Up Remover Biodegradable Wipes with Soothing Cucumber ($12.50 for 25 wipes; kloraneusa.com) contain decongesting cornflower water (extracted from Klorane’s own organic cultivation) to soothe skin and remove makeup without the need for water. This alcohol-, fragrance- and paraben-free formula is ideal for sensitive eyes and contact lens-wearers.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme and CHI Silk Infusion
I received this Frizz-Ease smoothing creme a few Test Tubes ago and I actually haven’t even used it yet! I guess it’s a good thing that I got a new one because it reminded me that I had this product tucked away in my haircare drawer.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme ($6.99 for 5.0 oz.; johnfrieda.com) is described as a lightweight crème that smooths away frizz and “keeps hair soft and moisturized for up to 24 hours” while it helps to block out humidity. This smoothing creme contains a special “ThermaGuard Complex” to help protect against damage from heat tools and it is formulated with sweet almond oil and Milk Protein to smooth and condition the hair.
I actually think I received the CHI Silk Infusion in a past Test Tube as well, but I’m pretty sure I used it up already since I don’t see it anywhere in my haircare collection. It’s a great treatment for those with dry, damaged hair and it definitely made my hair feel a lot stronger after using it.
CHI Silk Infusion ($41.50 for 12 oz. or $22.50 for 6 oz.; ulta.com) is formulated with “positively charged silk molecules” that “interlock into hair’s natural structure to build strength and resilience and to improve moisture and shine.” This treatment restructures hair with silk, wheat and soy proteins, making hair stronger and minimizing breakage. This leave-in product won’t dry out hair and it works on both wet and dry hair to detangle, provide manageability and reduce frizz. It’s like an all-in-one, leave-in wonder treatment.
These next two items weren’t in any past Test Tubes (or at least none since I’ve been a subscriber), so they were brand-new to me. The tinted moisturizer is a really cool product and it won the New Beauty Beauty Choice Award; as for the lip balm — I constantly need lip balms and I use them every single day, especially now that the weather’s changing. I’m always happy to get a new lip balm!
Revision Skincare Intellishade Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 ($52 for 1.7 oz.; intellishadespf45.com) is a three-in-one anti-aging tinted moisturizer with sunscreen that conceals, corrects and protects. In a clinical study, 94 percent of participants said that they experienced smoother, brighter and more even-toned skin after using Intellishade, which contains “proprietary technology” that enables it to match “every skin tone, every time.” It is formulated with a blend of three peptides and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while providing broad-spectrum UV protection.
Donell Lip Saver SPF 15 ($7 for 0.15 oz.; donellskin.com) is a “professional-strength lip balm” that is “designed to combat cracked, fissured lips and extreme dryness caused by the use of Accutane and other chemical treatments.” This lip balm soothes chronically dry, chapped lips and it contains a “proprietary MCC complex for healing properties,” as well as SPF15 for UVA and UVB protection.
Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in “Ice Blue”
This is the third time I have received a Mally eyeliner in a Test Tube and the second time I have received this exact color. It’s a good eyeliner but I haven’t really used it that much. I’ll probably pass this new one along to a friend.
Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner ($15 for 0.04 oz.; mallybeauty.com) is described as a “professional-quality, waterproof, long-wear eyeliner” formulated with jojoba oil, a nutrient-rich, vitamin-packed skin nourisher. This formula glides on smoothly and “sets to a beautiful finish.”
Votivo Aromatic Candle in “icy Blue Pine”
This is also the third time I have received this Votivo candle. I do love this candle, so I’m not exactly complaining, I just would have preferred a new product a lot more.
Votivo Aromatic Candle ($15 for one candle tin; votivo.com) is described as a “deliciously fragrant” luxury candle. Votivo scents come in a bunch of different products, including hand-wrapped candles (with hand-pressed seals), fragrance sprays, reed diffusers, sachets and more. I received the “Icy Blue Pine” scent, which is described as “a bold whiff of pine, accented with hints of cedar” that come together in a candle that is “reminiscent of a crisp winter day.”
Subscription Box Breakdown:
If I had not already received a lot of these products then I would definitely be liking this current Test Tube a lot more. There were a few great products and I’m probably going to be using most of them. I’m a little disappointed that I have to cancel my Test Tube subscription, but, like I said before, I really don’t think I should be spending $40 every other month just to get repeat products all the time. I’ll be watching the blogs for reviews on the next few Test Tubes to see if I want to re-subscribe in a few months.
Pricing & Availability:
New Beauty Test Tube is a bi-monthly beauty subscription service that costs $29.95 plus tax and shipping (my Tube cost about $38 every other month). For more information or to sign up for the Test Tube program visit testtube.newbeauty.com.
This month’s Glossybox didn’t feature any makeup products and instead focused on skincare and hair products. I usually love seeing makeup products the most in the boxes I subscribe to, but I didn’t mind that they were nowhere to be found in the July Glossybox because all of the skincare and hair items were hardworking products for a number of different concerns, like skin brightening and clearing, hair restoration and lip treatment. A++++ products!
Each month I say the same thing – that the products featured in each Glossybox are more “luxurious” than a lot of their counterparts in other subscription boxes (although Glossybox does feature some brands that other boxes also send out). This month’s products were very top-of-the-line and definitely luxurious and many of them have already received rave reviews on Glossybox’s website and across the web.
Mitchell and Peach Body Cream (left) and Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (right)
Mitchell and Peach Body Cream (reg. $61 for 6.08 oz.; mitchellandpeach.com) contains steam-distilled floral essential oils straight from the Mitchells’ family estate in England. It is described as a “luxurious body cream” that contains pure English honey, organic cocoa, vitamin B5 and shea butter to leave skin “soft, nourished and delicately fragranced.”
I tried this lotion out quickly yesterday and I honestly didn’t think it really did much. I didn’t apply it all over, I just did a little test on the rough patches around my knees, but it just didn’t feel like it was actually moisturizing my skin … maybe it’s just me. I’ll try it out a few more times before I make a final decision.
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (reg. $12 for 0.35 oz.; malinandgoetz.com) is a hydrating gel lip balm that “melts into lips” to moisturize without leaving the sticky factor. It is scientifically blended to restore and replenish with fatty acid absorption technology.
This is one of my favorite lip balms and even though I already have a tube of this stuff, I was super happy to receive another one because it’s so awesome. It soothes lips perfectly and you can use it all over as a gloss or you can use just a little bit as a treatment for dry, irritated lips.
GLAMGLOW YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
GLAMGLOW YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (reg. $69 for 1.7 oz.; sephora.com) is a power-packed “facial-in-a-jar” that is supposed to work with skin’s natural collagen to exfoliate, tighten pores, smooth texture, reduce fine lines and absorb impurities. It is comprised of French sea clay, volcanic pumice rock and pieces of green tea leaf.
This is another product that I already use and absolutely love and I’m pretty sure everyone has heard about the awesomeness of GLAMGLOW’s facial treatments by now. I like their Super Mud Clearing Treatment a tad better than this one because I actually see crazy noticeable results with that one (it literally LIFTS the gunk out of my pores — way better than those pore strips do), but this treatment mask is great, too. A whopping 100% of testers “agreed it brightened their dull skin” after using it three times during a seven-day period.
Philip B. pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist
Philip B. pH Restorative Detangling Toning MIst (reg. $24 for 4.23 oz.; philipb.com) is described as a “weightless, daily detangling mist that leaves hair shining and frizz-free.” It is a keratin-safe leave-in toner that works by adjusting the pH of tap water to seal the hair’s cuticle for a smooth finish. It contains Apple Cider Vinegar, a natural astringent and pH balancer, to boost manageability and shine, as well as a “featherweight blend” of essential oils to detangle and fight frizz and static. It can be used on wet or dry hair.
I have SO many different hair products from subscription boxes that I rarely use, so I love it when I find a unique one like this — I really don’t have another product quite like it. I haven’t had time to style my hair since receiving my Glossybox a few days ago (I’ve been doing the lazy-girl messy bun), but I did try this spray out quickly on my dry hair and my hair DEFINITELY felt a lot smoother after using it.
With that being said, I absolutely must point out that the smell of this stuff is like … wayyyy too vinegar-y. I actually didn’t know what the hell that smell was until I read more of the product description — I usually have a pretty good nose for this kind of stuff but my first guess wasn’t vinegar because … why would a hair product smell like vinegar? So I read the label and realized that Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the ingredients, which makes the smell a lot more understandable.
The plus side is that the smell (I wouldn’t really call it a “scent”) does subside a LOT after applying it (almost completely), but I would suggest spraying a perfume or body spray — even another hair spray — on top of it if you have a sensitive nose. I’m really not picky about scents, and this product does seem super awesome (and unique).
My hair was instantly softer and smoother after testing it, but I’m going to try it out for real tomorrow on my wet hair and then after it’s dry. I have a good feeling this product is going to become part of my regular styling routine!
Skin Inc Custom-Blended Brightening Serum
Skin Inc Custom-Blended Brightening Serum (reg. $45 for 0.34 oz.; iloveskininc.com) is a “custom blend of tone-improving vitamin A, detoxifying chlorella and hydrating hyaluronic acid.” This serum features Skin Inc’s patented encapsulation technology that improves skin tone and the appearance of dark eye circles, tackles dullness and dryness and reduces the appearance of pigmentation for clearer, brighter skin.
Skin Inc is “the world’s first Skin Supplement Bar,” and offers “highly concentrated, 100% pure and active serums and skincare” from Japan. I haven’t really tried this serum out yet (just a quick test to see what it felt like), but it got amazing reviews on Glossybox’s website and the serum that I’ve been using is just about finished so I’m going to start using this one tomorrow and try it all week long to see how well it works. It sounds great and perfect for all of my skin concerns, including dehydration and dark spots/imperfections from breakouts, so if it’s as great as it seems to be then I’ll definitely be purchasing the full-size version 🙂
Subscription Box Breakdown:
Almost every single item this month really was top-of-the-line, “best of the best” in hair care and skincare. The only item I wasn’t that impressed with was the body lotion, but I’m going to try it out again before totally writing it off. All of these products are pretty pricey, but they seem to be well worth the full-price cost, and the value of the box this month (according to Glossybox) was over $90. Totally worth the $21 monthly charge!
Pricing & Availability:
Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $21 per month. To subscribe click here, or visit Glossybox.com for more information!
Instead of starting the dozens of other posts I have sitting in my brain waiting to be written, I wanted to first finish all of these subscription box reviews before they become “old news.” I received so many boxes over the last few days and I do have to say that all of the different July boxes have been awesome. The last one I received this week was the July Ipsy Glam Bag and it was just as great – if not better – than the other boxes I received over the last week. Each Ipsy Glam Bag subscription comes with a mini makeup case that holds all of the items for the month. These bags have been getting better and better and this month Ipsy sent out this super cute hot hot pink makeup case. This is definitely my favorite Glam Bag ever, I love it! The photo doesn’t really do the color justice because the actual color is a super hot pink — almost like a neon color.
Ipsy included a new eyeshadow formula from bareMinerals in the July Glam Bag and I’m really liking the color and the consistency of this stuff. I haven’t tried it out yet on my lids but I swatched it on my hand (below) and I was really impressed at how smooth and pigmented it looked. I’m really excited to use it tomorrow!
bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in “Divine Wine”
bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow ($18 for 0.10 oz.; ulta.com) is described as a “creamy, long-wearing” shadow with “exceptional skincare benefits” and broad spectrum SPF protection. This 5-in-1 “luxurious” formula provides 12-hour long-wearing color; acts as a primer that won’t budge, smudge or crease; brightens eyelids; smoothes fine lines; and protects with SPF 15 mineral sunscreen.
Lavilin Jojoba Gel Cream (left) and Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil (right)
Lavilin Jojoba Gel Cream ($21 for 3.4 oz.; lavilin.com) calms and softens skin, and it’s perfect for use after over-exposure to sun. It is formulated with Jojoba, which is “known to restore the skin’s natural luster and suppleness, and soften and hydrate dry skin.” Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08 ($11.99 for 6 oz.; hangtensunscreen.com) is described as an “organically indulgent” dark tanning oil that is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and exotic plant extracts. I really liked the Hang Ten sunscreen I received in a past subscription box so I’m excited to try this product out, especially since I love using tanning oils during the summer. Ipsy sent a cute 1-oz. bottle that I’m pretty sure I will be able to use over multiple beach trips.
Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara
Mascara is usually one of those products that I’m not that excited to see in a subscription box since I already have so many of them, but this mascara looks awesome and the packaging is beautiful so I can’t wait to try it out! Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara ($20 for 0.17 oz.; purminerals.com) is a waterproof mascara made with Argan Oil, which is loaded with “lash-loving” omega fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants. It comes with a clump-resistant wand that is supposed to ensure a “smooth, no-mess application,” even in the inner corners of the lashes.
Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm in Pretty Pink
The last product this month was this super cute mini tinted lip balm from Pixi Beauty. It goes on smoothly and the color comes out perfectly — not too bright, but definitely noticeable. Pixi Beauty Tinted Brilliance Balm ($14 for full-sized balm; pixibeauty.com) is described as a “glossy gel balm” packed with “lip-loving ingredients” that protects and hydrated lips instantly. After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a “flattering, personalized hue just for you” with a color intensity that depends upon the unique pH level of your lips!
SUBSCRIPTION BOX BREAKDOWN:
This was one of the best Glam Bags I have received all year. I’m pretty much loving every single product and the makeup case is so so cute and awesome — I’m going to be using it every day!
Ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly beauty subscription box that costs $10 per month plus a small tax (my monthly charge is $11 and change with shipping to NY). To subscribe, click here, or visit Ipsy.com for more information.