Ipsy- Ipsy is a makeup subscription company and for $10 a month they send you make up in a cute little bag! I do pay for the subscription myself, and this is the link that all subscribers get as an affiliate link.
Link to subscribe: http://www.ipsy.com/r/1zbn7?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general
The theme this month was Thinking of You, and came in a slim and sleek black bag. The material it’s made from is soft, but this bag just seems boring to me. I don’t mind though, they are great to put gifts in, and the service isn’t about the bag but what’s inside it. The bag is just an added bonus! Here is what I got:
NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm in Ladyfingers- This is a super build-able lip balm, I was shocked! It goes on sheer with a slight tint, but as I added more it became SUPER PIGMENTED! And to top it off, it smells like berries AND moisturizes, which is awesome for the wintertime when I get chapped, cracked lips. It is also very buttery, hence the name “lip butter” and I would buy more. It is a mauve toned lip balm, and reminds me of the Revlon lip butters, but (sadly) without the cute packaging.
Full Size: $4 My Value: $4
Link (25% NYX Glam Collection, with code NYXGLAM): http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/p-214-butter-lip-balm.aspx
Coolway Boost Repair Treatment- This product smelled so bad. It was a combination of nail polish remover and hand sanitizer with a bit of fruit, but is was just so overpowering. I did use it and the smell went away, but it didn’t repair my hair. It did volumize it for some strange reason though, but I would never buy it in fear that any more interactions I have with it will make my nose fall off from that nasty odor. I can get volume someplace else, not worth losing my poor nose over this.
Full Size: $29.95 Sample Size: $3.74 My Value: $.5 (the volume is worth something)
Link (20% any purchase with code IPSY12):https://www.coolwayhair.com/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=126
Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush- The shadow side of the brush packed the color onto the lid nicely, but was a little scratchy. A dense-ish brush, but not good for blending. The crease side of the brush was great! I felt it really held onto the color to bring it through the crease, and was a very dense brush. Neither brush was very fluffy so I would recommended a different brush for blending the shadows together. I do enjoy this brush, and it is great for travel to have a two-in-one. It seems to be of good quality, no hairs have fallen out, still a firm brush.
Full Size: $6.99 My Value: $4
Link (30% a purchase of $25 with code IPSY30): http://crownbrush.us/deluxe-infinity-shadowcrease-duet-p-904.html
Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust in Brightening Bare- I really like the color of this shadow. It is a shimmery nude with a satin feel and look. It is also quite blend-able and makes a nice lid color. I just wish the packaging didn’t suck. I hate it’s packaging soooo much. With a burning passion, because how am supposed to apply it to my lid with this silly q-tip-like applicator?! Answer: I’m not, there is way to much fallout onto my lashes an face, and GAH! So instead I just glare at it and hope it transforms into a non-stupid mineral powder pot instead of this weird tube whatsit, because those don’t aggravate me! Grrrrrr.
Full Size: $10 My Value: $3 (not worth much because of its hassle to use)
Link (20% off of any purchase with code PIXIDUST):http://www.pixibeauty.com/eyes/eyeshadow/fairy-dust
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara- I am really bi-polar towards this mascara. Sometimes it looks gorgeous and there is no clumping and it volumizes the heck out of my lashes. BUT other times I just want to give it a bit of a smack, because it will be clump city, and then it will have a fallout onto my face and I have these nasty black bits under my eyes. The formula itself just smells like a regular mascara, and it has bushy, fiber bristles. Straight wand, nothing fancy, and I think that my indecisiveness about it could just be operator error. I get so frustrated with it sometimes that I am just doing to blame it on the mascara 🙂 Nice product, just nothing to rave about. Sadly I don’t have a holy grail mascara, but if you have any suggestions let me know in the comments below lovelies!
Full Size: $20 Sample Size: $8.33 My Value: $4
Link (20% at tarte with code IPSYDEC): http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-lights-camera-lashes-mascara
Total Math Value: $33.06 My Value: $15.5 How many of the products will I use/like? 3 of 5
Birchbox- Birchbox is a makeup/lifestyle subscription company and for $10 a month they send you things! I do pay for the subscription myself, and this is the link that all subscribers get as an affiliate link. Link to subscribe: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/noobbeauty
This months Birchbox theme was Decked Out, and came in the most gorgeous box ever, which I will definitely be keeping!It also came with $10 gift card to Gap, which will last until December 30th! Oh my goodness this totally gets me into the holiday spirit 🙂 Here is what I got:
Beauty Protector Protect and Oil-This smells like the holidays. I’m not even kidding, it smells like sugar, spice, and all things nice, it’s it’s like liquid gingerbread. Along with the smell it is a nice product. I don’t straighten/curl my hair so I don’t know how great of a heat protector it is, but I use it as a hair oil and it works well. It makes my hair shiny, and soft, and smooths out the flyaways which is perfect. Good product, and smells like a Starbucks drink 🙂
Full Size: $29.95 Sample Size:$4.54? My Value: $3 Link: https://www.birchbox.com/shop/beauty-protector-protect-and-oil
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in Sugar- This is a really smooth everyday lip color. When they say creamy I would agree, but I don’t think it is a lip stain, and for me it had a very short lasting time of an hour or two before it started to fade. It’s a pigmented rose-y, mauve pink semi-matte lip color, and is very buttery in feel with a makeup smell. I like the color, not the lasting power.
Full Size: $20 Sample Size: $9.29 My Value: $3 Link: https://www.birchbox.com/shop/beauty-protector-protect-and-oil
Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24Hr Mascara in Black- This mascara makes my lashes longer, but too much can make them spindly. The mascara’s smell is slightly stronger that a typical mascara smell, with a curved fiber bristle wand. I think it does a good job separating my lashes, but doesn’t really darken or thicken them much. I think if you combined the thickness of the Tarte mascara with the length you get from this one, it would make a really awesome product. I just layer this mascara on top of the Tarte one and it does a pretty darn good job. By itself it’s OK, but not Barney Stinson legendary.
Full Size: $29 Sample Size: $11.6 My Value: $3.5 Link: https://www.birchbox.com/shop/mirenesse-icurl-secret-weapon-24hr-mascara-curl-power
Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator- Ouch, this scrub was too harsh for my face, and made me break out. I swear whenever I used it it caused blemishes to appear on my skin. I didn’t think it was a “rejuvenator” and I don’t think it did much good. Maybe I just have sensitive skin, but I don’t recommend this for people with delicate and/or sensitive skin.
Full Size: $34 Sample Size: $5.67 My Value: $0
Whish Shave Cream in Acai Grapefruit- This smells really nice, but when I shave I use soap, so this wasn’t my favorite product. It was ok, but it didn’t wow me. It wasn’t very moisturizing, and I am not going to use it just for the smell. I wouldn’t buy this product, and soap actually works really well! I don’t hate this product, but I would never buy it either.
Full Size: $20 Sample Size: $2.93 My Value: $0 Link: http://whishbody.com/products-shave-crave.php
Gap Gift Card- I think that this was a great idea, but I totally forgot about it, and since it expired on the 30th of December, and I got my box on Christmas, I had little time to use it. I just didn’t get around to it 😦 I would have loved to use it though, and it is totally my fault I didn’t. I just wish they would have had a longer period before the Gap-Cash expired. I do believe that it is worth the $10, as I would have definitely used it had I remembered, and I go to Gap a lot anyway.
Full Size: $10 My Value: $10 Link: http://www.gap.com/
Total Math Value: $44.03 My Value: $19.5 How many of the products will I use/like? 4 of 6
Summary: I really enjoyed both boxes this month, and both mathematically in value and in my personal value did Birchbox win. I think it was a close call, but it came down to the products I enjoyed the most, and so Birchbox won. The score is now 1-1.
See you in the next smackdown lovelies,