Wednesday, November 8, 2017

October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

First off, I apologize for all of my late posts the past few months - I've recently discovered how ill-prepared I am for this baby and have been running around like a chicken with no head hounding friends for insider tips and tying up loose ends at work before going on maternity leave. But better late than never, no? So without further ado, here's what came in October's (*sigh* last month's) Ipsy glam bag:

What: Ipsy Glam Bag contains 5 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products in an exclusive makeup bag.
When: Glam Bags ship monthly on the 10th
Cost: $10/month (free shipping within the US)
Fun Extras: You can review your products each month to earn points which can be redeemed for bonus items. You can also purchase the products you love straight from the Ipsy website.

Skinvolve Phoenician Secret Scrub - Peppermint - I'm not very big into drinking coffee, but I'm willing to see what this coffee scrub is all about. It can supposedly fade stretch marks, decrease cellulite and help alleviate eczema and rosacea. There's also crushed mint leaves in here to leave you feeling refreshed.

Luna Elara Lip Crayon - This highly pigmented, creamy lip crayon is perfect for any skin tone. I can never have enough lip products (especially subtle pinks and neutrals) so this is going straight in my bag. Plus this is a nice full size lipstick which means it won't get lost in my whirlwind of a purse!

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer - Light - Eyelid primers are one of those things that I always have on hand but always forget to use and then kick myself in the shin when my shadow ends up making my cheeks look like a unicorn kissed them. So will having another one make me remember to use it? Probably not, but it's nice to know I can hold off the unicorns a bit longer as long as I remember to use this thing.

Tonymoly Peach Hand Cream - This is my favorite scented hand cream ever. I bought the full size version of this from my local Tonymoly store and used it everyday because it smelled divine. As far as effectiveness goes it wasn't the best but it keeps your skin soft between hand washings. But a word of warning - you won't stop sniffng your hands. Forreal.

Pretty Woman NYC Nail Medic Charcoal Infused Nail Polish in Lava - When it comes to nail polish, I have an unhealthy assortment of blues and pinks but only a couple of grays so I'm so excited to get one from Ipsy. This is a light lavender-gray creme that matches pretty much any color or design. It'll be perfect for the upcoming winter season.

Verdict:  Lately Ipsy has been on point when it comes to curating my glam bags. So fill out those beauty profiles and review your items, folks. It really does make a difference! I'm really happy with October's bag (again, probably because they actually took the time to match items to my profile) and could definitely get some use out of everything in it...ESPECIALLY THE HAND CREAM Y

Sign up here to subscribe to Ipsy. Each month you'll get five items for a mere $10 (I've always gotten at least one full size item each month) inside an exclusive makeup bag along with access to tons of online coupons from the featured brands as well as discounted prices via the Ipsy website. 

Note: This post contains referral links. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Friday, November 3, 2017

October 2017 PLAY! by Sephora Review

What: PLAY! by Sephora contains 5-6 deluxe samples of beauty products in a stylish drawstring bag. Curations are based on your beauty profile so what you get may differ from other subscribers.
When: Glam Bags ship monthly on the 20th
Cost: $10/month + tax (ships anywhere within the US)
Fun Extras: With your subscription you'll also get access to how-to videos and tutorials for everything in your bag. Bonus: Each month you'll also get a Play Pass worth 50 points when you redeem it in-store with any full-sized purchase.

It's my second month of getting Sephora Play and so far so good. October's theme is about perfecting your complexion. Included with this month's goodies were tips on achieving perfect skin - hydration, a killer skincare routine, and of course makeup.

Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water - Cleansing micellar water contains tiny oil molecules that attract oil impurities, so it's like a mild makeup remover, face wash and moisturizer all rolled into one product. It contains HydroSenn+, Sephora's trademark plant-derived ingredient that delivers immediate and long-lasting hydration to skin.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum - If you're looking for something potent to fight dullness and dark spots while also brightening your skin, look no further. This serum is infused with THD ascorbate (a stable, lipid-soluble form of vitamin C) to offset oxidative damage that can otherwise result in the degradation of collagen and elastin.

Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydracharged Complexion Prep Priming Spray - The coconut water in this priming spray provides skin with a moisture boost prior to applying makeup and anytime throughout the day. Just spritz some on whenever your skin starts to look dull and in need of a pick-me-up. Plus it smells like coconuts...mmmmmm.

Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum for Her - Do you like florals? Then try this; the name says it all. Aptly named Bloom, this perfume has notes of jasmine and tuberose with a hint of rangoon creeper. Fun fact: rangoon creeper is a tropical plant with white flowers that turn pink and then red when it blooms. Sounds pretty - I need to get me one of these plants!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer in Medium - Bye Bye Under Eye is a full coverage concealer designed to even out skin tone and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but I'm curious to see how well it'll hide scars and blemishes. I've been having some yucky pregnancy acne that leaves behind lingering scars - yup, my first pregnancy acne scar (and each one after that) is still here four months later! Surprisingly, the best concealer I've found so far has been a drugstore brand, but it won't hurt to see how this one compares.

Make Up For Ever in Y335-Dark Sand - Kudos to Sephora for color matching! Out of 40 possible shades, this is the one I would have picked out for myself. Plus it's in a multi-use bottle (with pump!). This is a buildable lightweight foundation with a seamless application so your face won't look cakey. I love no-makeup makeup.

Click here to subscribe to Play by Sephora for $10 a month. You'll get a drawstring bag packed with deluxe samples of makeup and cosmetics to try before buying. And if you do end up loving it you can purchase the full size straight from your account. How convenient!

Note: No referral links were used in this post. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

September 2017 Pooch Perks Dog Box Review

What: Pooch Perks is a subscription box for dogs containing 2-5 treats and toys. There are three subscription options: Sample Pooch (2 past items), Popular Pooch (4-5 toys & treats) and Custom Pooch (includes options for just treats, just toys, heavy chewer, or no grains). Boxes are also curated according to your dog's size.  If your dog has allergies you can also note that down when you sign up. 
Note: If you signed up before February 2017, you're grandfathered into the previous subscription options. For reference, this review is for the older plan's Popular Pooch box (4 items) for a medium-large dog (35+ lbs).
When: Choose between monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly deliveries
Cost: $12-$32 per box depending on which subscription option you choose (+$5 shipping/box); ships anywhere in the US and US territories

Summer's over and the days are slowly starting to cool down. In other words, it's perfect hiking weather. That was the inspiration for September's Great Outdoors box. Again, there was a shipping snafu and September's box didn't find me until well into October, but where I live October is still great for becoming one with nature. Let's see how Pooch Perks plans to bring the Great Outdoors indoors!

Kong Ballistic Woodland Squirrel - The thing I love about Kong toys is that they can actually stand up to my dogs' chewing tendencies. Macho must play tug of war with every single toy he touches and Pebbles has to rip it apart at the seams until she extracts the squeaker. The reinforced canvas material on this squirrel will definitely make it harder for her to grip but she'll get there eventually. And then there will be the stuffing to deal with...oh my gosh, the STUFFING.

Dogs Love Kale Beef & Apple Soft Dog Treats - They really do love kale. But when you mix it with beef I'm sure they would. Macho and Pebbles both love treats from this brand (and I love that it's packed with all kinds of good stuff) but I recently discovered that my poor Macho man is allergic to peas which is the second ingredient in here. Sorry bub, you'll have to wait till the next one comes along.

Patchwork Pet Gus Greybar Plush Toy - This guy is so soft! Gus features a squeaker and a pull-through rope for tug of war fun. Knowing my dogs, though, they'll pull at his head and feet instead of on the rope. -_-

Kong Pet Stix - Another toy from Kong! This camo toy will definitely stand up to my little monsters. Even though it contains stuffing, it's packed to the max with no loose points in the nylon for Pebbles to grasp at and rip it apart. She and Macho will get tons of fun out of this one.

Healthy Dogma Peanut Butter Blueberry Recipe Barkers - Healthy Dogma always has really yummy-sounding dog biscuit flavors. And I love that their recipes are all-natural so I could eat it if I wanted to. If. These are made with peanut butter, applesauce, and blueberries. Mmm mmmm delicious.

Zippy Paws Adventure Bowl - Perfect for the outdoorsy dog, this portable bowl can hold 3 cups of kibble or 22 oz of water. It even folds flat so you can stuff it in your pocket or jacket if you're trying to pack light.
Adventure bowl measures 5"x5"x3"
Verdict: As always, Pooch Perks is spot on with the theme. What's even better (and my dogs concur) is that there were THREE toys included in this box, two of them being Kong favorites. I also appreciate that a dog accessory found its way into here. My pups love the treats and toys, but the humans like to see other dog supplies once in a while, too. I'm a little sad that we can't keep both treats, but when you have a dog who's allergic to fillers as common as peas and potatoes you can't really blame anyone. So all in all another great box of goodies!

Click here to sign up for Pooch Perks. Make sure to use the code FRIEND10 to get 10% off your subscription!

Note: This review reflects my (and perhaps more importantly my pups') honest opinions. No referral links were used in this post.

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 2017 Stickii Club Cute Sticker Pack Review

 What: Stickii Club is a sticker subscription that sends an envelope of Cute, Retro or Pop themed stickers every month (you choose which category when you sign up). This review is for the Cute pack.
When: Ships by the 11th or 22nd of each month depending on your signup date
Cost: $10 per month (free shipping to US; $1.25 to Canada, $2.00 to anywhere else)

Last month Stickii made the wise choice to celebrate Halloween early - it gave me time to use the stickers in my cards, and I even have some time leftover to decorate goody bags with the ghost flakes! So I was wondering what they'd do for the actual Halloween month. Turns out it's nothing Hallow's Eve-related. Instead, Stickii collaborated with Australian graphic designer Jenni for October's Live in Imagination cute pack featuring her bottle animals collection.

That's it in the center of the above photo! - this month's featured bottle animals sticker sheet. Aren't they just ADORABLE??! If you take a look around Jenni's store you'll see that she specializes in kawaii animals. I love kawaii and I love animals, therefore I'm automatically a fan! The bubbles with golden borders are also very pretty, too, not to mention perfect for any occasion! There were also several pieces of Nintendo DS's the closest I'll ever get to owning a real one :-P

What imagination-themed sticker pack would be complete without Alice in Wonderland stickers?? Drug-induced or not, there was definitely a ton of imagination that went into that story. And how about those epoxy stickers to the right? Those were my favorite kind as a kid because it was so 3D-ish. And with the gold accents? Yes, please! Rounding out the sticker pack was a scepter die cut because, well, scepter = powerful = in my dreams! = live in imagination.

So there you have it - October's imagination-themed stickers. I think my favorite is the gold-trimmed epoxy stickers. Once a favorite always a favorite, I guess. I forgot to mention this month's sticker flakes are of bunnies! Of all the stickers I've collected over the years, bunnies are one thing I didn't have much of and now I got tons! :D

I'm not sure what next month's sticker theme will be but you can bet it'll be something awesome. Click here to sign up for November's sticker pack!

Note: No referral links were used in this post. All opinions are my own.

Friday, October 13, 2017

September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

What: Ipsy Glam Bag contains 5 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products in an exclusive makeup bag.
When: Glam Bags ship monthly on the 10th
Cost: $10/month (free shipping within the US)
Fun Extras: You can review your products each month to earn points which can be redeemed for bonus items. You can also purchase the products you love straight from the Ipsy website.

Ipsy is one of those subscriptions that I'll probably never let go of. Not every bag is super unbelievably fantastic, but the value is consistently there and to be honest, it's the only way I've been getting my makeup. Seriously, I haven't bought any makeup at the store in over two years. At this point I think they pretty much have me figured out based on my profile and bag reviews so I have no need to shop elsewhere. ;-)

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Gunmetal (0.7g sample, $4.50) - Call me dull but I've been into gray eye shadow lately, especially the kind with a bit of sparkle, which is odd considering I don't normally care for shimmer in my shadows. But then again I've always been a fan of anything gunmetal because shiny gray is such a badass color. This eye shadow is creamy and subtle but buildable and will probably be my new favorite.
Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Gunmetal
Luxie Beauty Medium Angled Shading Brush ($12) - My Ipsy profile always includes makeup tools as a preference in hopes that I'll see a foundation or eyeliner brush, but they never seem to make the cut. This is probably the 10th eye shadow brush I've gotten in a glam bag, which I guess isn't that bad since I can potentially use as many shadow brushes as I have eye shadows. Plus I like the Luxie ones, the bristles are so soft and don't scratch at my eyelids like some others I've tried.

ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Glossy Lip in ipsy VIP (0.09oz full size, $6) - Have you ever had an obsession with a type of beauty product to the point where you know you probably have the exact same color but in another brand and you convince yourself that they are indeed two TOTALLY different things? I'm like that when it comes to lip glosses (and nail polishes, but that's another story). Ipsy collaborated with ColourPop to create this mid-tone berry pink and I'm positive I have this exact color somewhere but I'm just too lazy to dig around to find it so I'll just add this one to the top of the pile (this may or may not be how hoarding begins). It provides medium coverage without all that stickiness that ends up all over your hair when a gust of wind blows.
ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Ipsy VIP

P.R.M.I.T Beauty GELlusion Gel-Effect Polish in September (Virgo) (0.5oz full size, $11) - I've gone to the nail salon once in my life and it was to get the only gel manicure I've ever had done. I don't own a UV lamp or a single bottle of gel polish so it's kind of a treat whenever a gel-like traditional nail polish comes my way. I have yet to come across one that holds true to its gellish no-chip claim, but whatever it's still fun to try it anyway. I honestly don't know what P.R.M.I.T stands for, but all of their polishes are 9-free and vegan. So in other words they make healthy, friendly polish. September is a deep sapphire, kind of a cross between royal and navy blue. And just as with lip glosses, I'm kind of a blue nail polish freak so I'm 110% sure I have this exact color in my drawer. But guess what? Now I have two (or maybe three) ;)

Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off  - Yesss! I've wanted to try Skinfood's sugar masks for sooo long. A lot of their products smell yummy, and this sugar scrub smells just like the brown sugar that's in it. I love Skinfood's philosophy of rooting beauty products in good-for-you foods. Plus it's always fun to say you treated your skin with peaches and caviar :)

Verdict: Ipsy has really nailed it this month! Everything in here is something I like and will use. I guess those glam bag reviews every month really are good for something, huh? My fave is probably the Skinfood mask just because I've been wanting to get my hands on it for so long. We're talking the past two years, but since I only use scrubs once per week I didn't want to spend the money for a full size only to find out I can't finish it. I'm also really happy to get the eye shadow; it's not quite smoke but definitely does not look flashy and silver when applied.

Sign up here to subscribe to Ipsy. It's $10 a month and you get five items (I've always gotten at least one full size item each month) inside an exclusive makeup bag along with access to loads of online coupons from the featured brands as well as discounted prices via the Ipsy website. 

Note: This post contains referral links. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.