Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ipsy Unboxing - June 2015

What: Ipsy Glam Bags contain 5 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products (mostly makeup) in an exclusive makeup bag.
When: Glam Bags ship monthly on the 10th
Cost: $10/month
Fun Extra: You can review your products each month to earn ipsyPoints which can be redeemed for monthly bonus items.

Ipsy got here early this month. I'm talking two days after it shipped which is pretty darn quick for first class. The theme was "Swim into Beauty" so I'm guessing we'll see stuff for having some fun in the sun. Perhaps some waterproof makeup?

Well there's definitely a lot of blue in here. I guess that goes along with the water theme. Time to take a closer look, shall we?

Pure Brazilian Miracle Leave-In Conditioner (1oz travel size value: $6) - I don't use leave-in conditioners very often but I will occasionally bring it out when I have a case of the frizzies. I've fallen in love with the scent of Beauty Protector's leave-in conditioner/detangler but I think this one smells almost as good. It's kind of coconutty. This is infused with keratin so it's great for dry brittle hair. I would keep this but I just swapped for another Beauty Protector one and I don't go through these fast enough to keep an extra on hand. Or maybe now that it's summer and I should be doing the beach thing like everyone else, I'll be getting lots of sun damaged hair and will be needing lots of leave-in conditioner. Hmm. We'll see.

Absolute New York Nail Lacquer - Turquoise (0.57oz full size value: $5) - I'm always happy to receive nail polish because I have a weird nail polish addiction and will collect them all even if I already have a similar color. Bonus: these polishes are 5-free so they don't have all that bad stuff (dibutyl pthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or camphor). Of course, the trade-off is that these polishes usually don't last as long but I don't mind because I change it up pretty often anyway. I'm 98% certain I already have a turquoise-y color but this is pretty and even though I know I'll probably never even finish my first bottle, I feel compelled to keep this one as well. C is finally getting annoyed that I'm always doing my nails lately and not hitting the gym or going for runs like I used to. He's bummed that I'm becoming girly. Say whaa--- ??

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner (0.25oz sample value: $11.25) - Ever since I first heard of this I've been curious to try it. With a name like "vacuum cleaner" who wouldn't be? I have two tubes of the Pores No More Pore Refiner and found out that my pores are too huge to see a difference. And my big ol' pores are great at collecting dirt so I always have blackheads. Every single blackhead remover mask/scrub/cream I've tried so far has been unsuccessful. The best method I've come across are pore strips. (You can see my very own nose pore strip here!) This uses salicylic and glycolic acid along with Eijitsu rose to loosen blackheads and tighten up pores. I won't hold my breath about this one, but with a name like vacuum cleaner I just have to try it.

TréStiQue Mini Shadow Crayon - Aspen Pine (0.02oz sample value: $10??) I had to do a triple take to make sure I wrote that brand out correctly. This eye shadow crayon isn't for sale yet so Ipsters are truly getting first dibs. When I first pulled this out of the bag I thought they forgot to put a cap on it and had to tap the tip a few times before I realized that was the cover. Doh! The color I got is Aspen Pine which looks like a moss green according to the faux tip. This is a twist up crayon so no sharpener is necessary. Fun fact: the full size will have a smudger on the opposite end to create smokey eye looks!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (0.25oz sample value: $9) - This is another thing I've wanted to try ever since I saw it in the bin alongside the checkout line at Sephora. That darn impulse bin. I always fall victim to it and end up picking something up because "it's only $5!" Argh. But you know what? I do like this. But I'm partial to silicone-based primers because I love that velvety smooth finish so I guess I'm biased. In addition to dimethicone, this primer also has sunflower, tea, and grape seed oils to moisturize skin. I will definitely be using this. Plus it takes me forever to go through primer so this tiny tube should last me several months.

Makeup Bag - Holy meatballs Batman, this might be my favorite Ipsy makeup bag yet! It's neoprene with Ipsy embossed all over it. The words are actually a lot less apparent in person so it pretty much just looks like a plain black bag. I love plain and I love black. I guess I love boring? But even if it did have some other print I think I'd still love it because I love the material. It brings back memories of my kneepads I wore for sports but not in a gross way. I'm talking nostalgia here. Thankfully, the inside of the bag is nylon so your eyeliners won't mark up the fabric.

Okay. Deep breath. I think this is my favorite Ipsy Glam Bag to date! The items are valued at over $30 (not even including the eye crayon) and I'm actually going to be using over half the stuff PLUS I got a spiffy new makeup bag that I love. It's nice that I can actually see the connection to the Swim into Beauty theme. Blue things, neoprene bag - ocean, wetsuit - you get it. No waterproof makeup like I expected but that's okay. I don't swim with makeup anyway. Now playing in the rain with makeup on, that's another story. :) I'm such a little kid sometimes.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BarkBox Unboxing & Review - June 2015

What: BarkBox is a subscription box for dogs filled with 4-6 treat, toy, and hygiene items. Boxes are curated according to your dog's size. This review is for a medium-dog box.
When: Ships monthly on the 15th
Cost: $18-$29 per month depending on the length of your subscription
Fun Fact: 10% of proceeds from each BarkBox goes to rescue groups!

One of the things I love most about BarkBox besides the lack of spoilers (I love when it's a 100% surprise and there's no way around it!) and the derpy look on my dogs' faces when they see their box is discovering what fun theme the folks picked for the month. Lately they've also been changing up the packing paper to match the theme. I'm guessing June's box has something to do with space:

Amirite or what?! This card lists five reasons why my dogs love me. At least I hope they do. How nice when you can buy one's love with toys and food. :)

P.L.A.Y. Star (Value: $9) - My first thought? SUPER MARIO BROS SUPER STAR!! I have already decided that this is not going to the dogs; it's going straight to my shelf to be on display with the rest of my collectibles - minions, old coke bottles, Lego builds. You know, important stuff. Sorry, dogs. I love you but I also love the Mario Bros, and right now the Brothers are winning because I didn't step in their poop this morning.

Think!Dog BarkMade Flying Saucer (Value: $9) - So BarkBox has been putting out their own (mostly plush) toys for about a year now and I think I've only given one or two of them to the pups because the rest are too freakin cute to part with. Kind of like how I can't part with the star. This is a pretty small toy with a honky squeaker that drove Pebbles nuts because I was hiding behind the kitchen island when I squeaked it and she went completely insane looking for the mystery toy. My dogs lack inhibition and will shred this till the cows come home. And I don't own cows so that means they'll never stop ripping it apart.

BarkMade Space Rover Bandana (Value: $7) - The last time we got a bandana for the pups was in December's box and the furturds ripped that to shreds before I could even make a fashion statement out of them. But now I can make furry astronauts and I'm 100% sure that's more awesome than Xmas corgis. They'll be space puppies for crying out loud! And this bandana is reversible! If your dog gets tired of being a space rover you can flip it over and he'll just be spiffy canine with a soft spot for celestial objects. 
Your Dog's Diner Pizza Pawty Crust (Value: $7) - We've only tried this brand once before and it was a doggy meatball seasoning mix. Macho's birthday was right around the corner at the time so of course I had to make a 1/2 lb meatball for him. Then just as expected, Pebbles yoinked it from under his nose and took it onto the carpet to eat. And all Macho did was watch and make a sad face. At least now we know who the alpha is. Anyway, these are preservative-free organic biscuit sticks. Flour, cheese, beef, flaxseed, oregano, and basil. That's all. Smells exactly like pizza yet it's actually pretty tasteless (I tried it so you don't have to), but this is probably the doggy equivalent of real pizza. Pebbles drooled while watching me open the bag. And yup, she loves it.

Emerald Pet Piggy Twizzies (Value: $4) - Barkbox almost always includes one chew in each box, and this time it's from a brand we've never had before. Piggy Twizzies are half a foot of twisted all-natural pork. I haven't opened it yet so I'm not sure if it's a long lasting thing, but for $4 I hope it is. This is going to Pebbles since Macho was bad today. See for yourself:
He's totally buying me a new screen
This was another super cute Barkbox though I'm not sure how much use we'll get out of everything. Well the star is going up on display so I guess that counts as using it. But the UFO is way too cute for my destrucodogs and I'm debating whether I want to risk getting another bandana stuck in the middle of a game of tug of war before the pups even get to wear it. At least the treats will be thoroughly enjoyed!

If you like to spoil your dog, I highly recommend BarkBox. Actually, I recommend it even if you don't spoil your dog because it saves you a trip to the pet store every month and risking buying waaay too much stuff. Like the 50,000 toys you don't need BUT THERE'S A BUY 9 GET THE 10th FREE SALE GOING ON SO I HAVE TO. AND I HAVE TO BUY 49,990 MORE BECAUSE THEY'RE SO DARN CUTE. I've been a victim of those sales for way too long. Each BarkBox usually comes with five items - two toys, two treats, and a chew. This was my first subscription box and I still love seeing it at my door each month. You can sign up here for as low as $18/month -- plus get a free box tacked on to your subscription just for using my link! Thanks in advance if you use it!

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