Friday, May 31, 2013

Ushering in June with my late May ipsy Glambag...

Guys, my first bag just got here yesterday and I'm already so glad that I switched.
First of all, the little bag it comes with is super convenient.  I do a lot of traveling and the bags I currently use just weren't cutting it, I needed a slightly bigger one.  This one is perfect, and has a light colored inside so that darker items won't be so easily overlooked.

Immediately upon opening the bag I was presented with coupons--$110 off hair styling tools, and a list of all the deals I could get on the ipsy website.  I like this a lot better than Birchbox, who was just spamming my mailbox occasionally with sales that generally were either not relevant, or expired as soon as I went to use them.

Island Vanilla Perfume Roll-on by Pacifica: Well, I have to say one thing--even though I'm not thrilled with perfume samples, I'm somewhat more okay with getting a full size roll-on!   The scent is really strong right out of the bottle, but I'm told it mellows after putting it on.  The scent reminds me of those cheap body mists everyone used to douse themselves with in high school...
Remember them?
I was partial to the cotton candy variety, myself.  Whenever I walked into a room people would almost instantly react "ooh, I smell cotton candy!"

I digress.  

Zoya nail polish in Gie Gie:  Pretty and sparkly, but I've never been one for pinkish nails.  (Currently wearing OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys on my fingernails and OPI San Tan-Tonio on my toes--both varying shades of brown.)  I think my biffle might find this nail polish in a care package...

Mini Brow Gel by Anastasia: SUPER excited about this stuff!  I have wavy/curly hair and although my eyebrow hair is straight for the most part, it can get really unruly on the edges near my temples.  I've used this once already and although the "crunchy", hair-gel like feeling will take some getting used to, it does hold my eyebrows in place like a charm.

Color Sheers Lipstick by Mirabella in Pixie: Super excited to get a lipstick, but not thrilled with the shade.  This stuff goes on more like a balm and is super moisturizing (without a yucky lipstick taste) but this dark coral color (even though it went on sheer) collected around the edges of my lips and nothing else.  You know how if you eat a spicy meal the edges of your lips swell up and darken a little?  It looks like that.  I've tried it twice, but I'm not a fan...wish I got a nude color.  I want to see how I look with lips like this:
Probably pale and sick and washed out...but, we'll see.

Concealer Refill by yaby in buff:  Hmm. A teeny, tiny, magnetic (I think it's meant to go in a big case/palette like this, but I'm not spending the $20ish on the case!)  I've only tried this quickly but so far I don't like it--it goes on very thick and doesn't seem to blend without getting flaky.  It might work better on someone with oily skin.

All in all, I'm still incredibly picky when it comes to beauty products, I guess, but ipsy turned out to be way better than Birchbox.  All along, I was looking for more fun products to play around with--not things like chocolate, hair ties, toothpaste, and pens.   Ipsy's Glambag seems way more my speed!

If you're interested in signing up for Ipsy's Glambag yourself, feel free to use my referral link!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ditching Birchbox. (Boxes April and May)

I got my last Birchbox the day of the marathon bombing, and I didn't feel it was appropriate to really blog about makeup on a day like that.  Unfortunately, putting it off meant I forgot to post it for the whole month of April.  Here's the short version:

We have...
Beauty Protector, Protect and Detangle:  It smells good but is nothing I would buy--I use it to help with heat styling, but it weighs down my hair.  It's not exactly sticky, but I definitely can't run my fingers through my hair after I use it.  The only bonus is that it doesn't seem to set off my allergies like most hair products due.

Caudalie S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue: I put on a few blobs of this dark circle/puffiness remedy and immediately broke out--and my skin is pretty tough.  No, thank you.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream:  I didn't feel or see much of a difference when I put this on, but man, did it STINK! It smelled like an overflowing ash tray in a closed-up hotel room.  Bleh!  I tried it twice, once alone and once under makeup.  I read on the site that you "definitely don't want to fall asleep with zinc on your face!" so you should make sure to take this off before going to bed.  I didn't do so, and my skin was fine, but I was pretty freaked after that.  I mean, I know we're supposed to take off all our makeup before bed, but...why zinc specifically?  What is supposed to happen if you don't?  I'll let you know if my skin starts coming off in chunks or something.

Yes to: Carrots/Grapefruit/Cucumber:  Tiny samples of a scrub and dark spot corrector.  I don't have dark spots, but I used it anyway.  Nothing exciting to report.  I also got a Cucumber Mint chapstick which was as boring as your average chapstick.  I was really disappointed in this stuff specifically because I can run down to Target and pick up this brand--I thought the point of Birchbox was to introduce us to brands we might not already use or find on our own.  Bah.

Out of everything in this box, the only thing I'm going to actually keep using is the detangling spray. Everything else was a bummer.


May Birchbox:

amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask:  I was excited at first until I realized this is simply a conditioning mask for your hair.  This would be all well and good except I still haven't used the leave-in hair treatment from my March Birchbox.  I wish they would shake things up a little.

Marvis toothpaste:  Again, I was excited at first to see an imported italian toothpaste.  Sounds fancy, right?  Unfortunately, one of the ingredients is Sodium Laurel Sulfate, and that bothers my gums.  Can't use it.  Bummer.

COOLA Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face:  Not really a moisturizer, but a sunblock. Which is, surprise, just what they sent me in March, which I still haven't used.  Again, shake things up a little, please.

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner: (in black) A waste for me, as my eyeliner is tattooed on.  I have no use for eyeliner.

Pilot Corporation of America Acroball PureWhite pen:  Yikes.  Talk about a reach, Birchbox.  How is a pen a beauty supply? The Birchbox reviews are pretty amusing--everyone is equally pissed.  And it writes in pink ink, so it definitely won't get used much.  Boo.

Isaac Mizrahi FABULOUS Eau de Parfum: When I see a perfume sample I pretty much just throw it out. So, that was equally wasteful of Birchbox.

So after all this, I've cancelled my Birchbox subscription and moved on to ipsy's Glambag.  The one good thing about Glambag is that each subscriber gets the SAME bag as everyone else does every month--so it won't be like looking under the Instagram #birchbox hashtag and getting envious because everyone else got better products than me!  (And honestly, with Birchbox, they did!  Lipsticks and blushes and foundations and mascara...things I actually would have used!)

Plus with Glambag you get a cute reusable makeup bag every month! I'm excited about that.

Birchbox could have been a lot better if they simply had a better system!  If I could have checked a box that said, "Don't send me perfume" or "I don't wear eyeliner", it would have been really helpful.  Of course, ipsy doesn't have such a box to check either, but at least their bags look more fun.  We'll see!

Same as before, if you'd like to sign up for ipsy's Glambag, please use my referral link!  (Katie, this means you.) ;)