Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Monthly Subscription Review ~ Play! by Sephora & Ipsy Glam Bag ~ February 2016

Figuring my March Ipsy bag has already shipped I thought I should probably get my ass in gear and get this post up! February's boxes came with a pretty even amount of hits and misses. I really hope March has some better stuff in store though.

What's Inside?!

Lancôme DRAMA LIQUI-PENCIL Longwear Eyeliner: I swear, if I get one more black eyeliner in any of my subscription boxes I am going to fucking rage! I am so damn sick of black eyeliner samples. I have enough to last an entire lifetime. There are a million other shades of eyeliner! Send one of those!

TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID: I'm sure I have said it a hundred times, I am really picky about perfume so I wasn't thrilled with this one. It actually gave me a headache so I will be passing it along.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick:  is a really pretty, everyday color. I'll probably throw it in my purse and get some good use out of it.

Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder: This is my favorite product in the box! It's THE BEST dry shampoo I have ever tried. It gets rid of oil but it also gives a nice texture to my hair without making it feel nasty and grimy. A++++++!

bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm: Lovely spring shade. Gives a nice wash of color. Nice, smooth texture.

tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara: I really like this mascara. It defines my lashes without looking too dramatic or clumpy. However, I have about 5 samples of this. I'd like to try something new.

Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment: I love the color- a shimmery nude shade but I rarely use loose pigments. I get a ton of loose pigments from Ipsy. I'm over it.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Oil: I haven't attempted to put this on my face yet. I'm quite hesitant to do so as I am already an oily bitch on a good day. I plan to put it to the test soon, so keep an eye on my Instagram for a mini review.

Chella Lipstick Pencil: Pass. I hate this color.

Jersey Shore Cosmetics Vanilla Bean Anti-aging Lip & Hand Polish: This shit smells like I might "accidently" eat it. Seriously though, it smells good. I'm definitely a fan of scrubs and I like that you can use this for both lips and hands. 

Luxie Beauty Small Tapered Blending Eye Brush 231: I am slowly becoming a huge fan of Luxie brushes and at the rate Ipsy is going I might have an entire set soon. I ain't even mad about it.

Spit It Out! 

What are you hoping to find in your March subscription boxes? How many black eyeliners do you own?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Monthly Favorites~Jan/Feb

For the past few months I have been much more attracted to skincare than ever before in my life. It's slowing becoming a new addiction (like I need a new one) and my skin has never looked so good. I've acquired a few new things this year that I am really loving a lot and can't stop recommending to anyone who will listen.

What are they?!

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleasing Water: What is this sorcery?! I still don't really understand what the hell this actually is but I can tell you it is legitimately life changing. My skin is an asshole and it will break out if I wash it too much... or not enough... or look at it wrong. So, I have to be careful about what I use and how often I use it and it's kind of a pain in the ass. With the Micellar water I can wash my face multiple times a day without my skin drying out or throwing a shit fit and ruining my life for a week. It leaves my skin feeling super clean and silky. It also removes makeup like a champ!

Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer: I like to use this guy a couple times a week or during breakouts. It keeps my pores from looking like giant, filthy craters but it also greatly reduces the lifespan of a face demon even with only a single use.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads: If you have issues with skin texture, hyper-pigmentation, acne or general dullness then I highly recommend these exfoliating pads. My skin just looks so fresh and bright and amazing. I know it's not just me because I keep getting compliments on my BARE skin! That has not happened since I was like 6 years old.

Acure Day Cream:  I don't know what the hell "gotu kola" is but I think it's my new best friend. This face cream feels so lovely when I'm slathering it on. It's not greasy, absorbs quickly and it smells sooooo good!

Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist: I think I thought this was a setting spray when I ordered it but it is actually much more than that. It claims to refresh your skin or makeup after wearing it all day. I tested this theory a few different times. While I did notice that I was a tad bit less oily, I can't say I noticed a significant difference. However, I tried using this to prep my skin before makeup application and I LOVE it. I can get pretty oily and for some reason I always lose makeup on my nose no matter what I do. I focused the mist on my T-zone after applying primer and I noticed a huge difference in the longevity of my makeup in that area. I was less oily throughout the day and my makeup actually stayed put on my nose. 

My Magic Mud Tooth Powder for Detoxifying & Whitening: I received a sample of this in the mail through a Facebook giveaway. I didn't really expect much from it and I was reluctant to willingly put this weird black crap in my mouth, but holy shit I am glad that I did! My mouth is so clean! And after only one use my teeth were much brighter. I've also noticed that my teeth consistently feel clean even after a couple days of not using it. Even my gums look healthier! Once this sample is gone I will be purchasing the full size and I am making everyone in my family order it too. 

Spit It Out!

What are your favorite products this month? Is there a product you didn't think you'd like but became a HG for you?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Monthly Subscription Review ~ Play! by Sephora & Ipsy Glam Bag ~ January 2016

December was a "no subscription box" month for me so I was excited for January to get here. Both subscriptions had some great products this month but Ipsy was actually my favorite box this time. I know, I'm shocked too!

What's Inside?!

Play! By Sephora

CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight: This is a pretty big sample which is always a plus. Unfortunately, I am not big on cream/stick highlighters so I will be passing this one along. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel: I've tried these in the past and I am excited to use them again since my skin texture is shit these days. You definitely need a good moisturizer and SPF if you plan to leave your cave after using this.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender Spray: I've used this a couple of times in the past. It's okay. It works but I don't think it's anything special.

Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More: I have a sample of this that has been sitting in a drawer for a year waiting for me to get around to using it. I wonder if it's gone bad.....?

SEPHORA COLLECTION Eye Mask in Green Tea: I really enjoyed using this mask. It was very cooling and my skin felt amazing afterward. I'm just not sure I would spend $5 on one mask.  

Tocca Isabel Perfume: I haven't actually gotten around to trying this on yet. I am not a huge fan of perfume and I am very picky with the ones I do wear. I'm seriously over getting perfume samples in my subscription boxes.

Ipsy Glam Bag 

OFRA Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil: Claims to be a "universal color suitable for all skin tones." I seem to always have an issue with finding appropriate colored brow products that don't break the bank. I think this eyebrow pencil is a really good shade for me. I like the stiffness of the pencil as it creates a more hair-like effect.

Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Lavender Bloom: I love these colors and the texture is quite nice. I like that you can use these wet or dry. Good neutral shades.

theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now): theBalm and I have had a sordid love affair for many years now and they still manage to get my rocks off. I received Scott B. Bordeaux which is a deep purple and I freakin' lurv it. 

Skone Cosmetics Smudger Brush: Makeup brushes are one thing I am never mad about getting in my Ipsy bag. They always manage to give great quality brushes. This one is no exception.

Lasting Smiles Lip Balm in Peppermint Creme: Meh. It's lip balm. However, I recently read that sniffing peppermint can ease migraines so I will be stashing this for easy access during my next suicidal (read: migraine) episode. 

So, all-in-all both boxes were packed with excellent products. For me, I will be getting more use out of the Ipsy bag this month. I can't wait to see what February has in store for both of these subscriptions!

Spit It Out!

What subscription services are you signed up for? What was your favorite product for January?