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Birchbox: December 2013

Birchbox | December 2013So, I hate to say it, but this is likely my last review of Birchbox. Need to move on to another genre of boxes for a while. I’m going to stick with my Ipsy glam bag, because a girl has to have a monthly makeup fix, but I think it’s time we try something new! What do you think?

I was really excited when I saw the beautiful gold box in the mail. It was perfect for the holiday season! In addition to a handy little cell phone screen cleaner, I found the following inside my December Birchbox:

  • Number 4 | Non-Aerosol Hairspray
  • Chuao Chocolatier | Chocolate Bars
  • Camille Beckman | Glycerine Hand Therapy™
  • Wild Honey Apothecary | Buttermilk Sandalwood Honey Mud
  • Jouer | Moisturizing Lip Gloss

Number 4 | Non-Aerosol HairsprayNumber 4 | Non-Aerosol Hairspray
Sample Value: $4.50 (30 ml)
Full Size Cost: $30.00 (200 ml)
Buy at Birchbox

The first thing I noticed about this hairspray is the smell. It’s got that strong, classic hair spray smell that brings be back to the 80s or our community theater’s dressing room before a show. It’s not my favorite, but for real holding strength, I’m willing to compromise. I was kind of surprised it had such a strong odor, because it is a non-aerosol mist that’s supposed to be good for the environment. It’s full of natural botanicals that nourish strands, and I think you can see that right away. When sprayed on, hair looks super shiny afterward. Just don’t spray too much or else you’ll be left in greasy town.

Chuao Chocolatier | Chocolate BarsChuao Chocolatier | Chocolate Bars
Sample Value: $0.84 (0.39 oz)
Full Size Cost: $6.00 (2.8 oz)
Buy at Birchbox

I’m not one to pass up chocolate, and with it being the holidays, seemed appropriate in this month’s box! The packaging said the chocolate was intended to taste like popcorn, and it sure did! To a point that I found it kind of odd, like something out of Willy Wonka’s factory. They have a bunch of flavors to choose from on Birchbox’s website, so maybe if popcorn isn’t your cup of tea, there’s something else you might enjoy more!

Camille Beckman | Glycerine Hand Therapy™Camille Beckman | Glycerine Hand Therapy™
Sample Value: $0.58 (0.25 oz)
Full Size Cost: $14.00 (6 oz)
Buy at Birchbox

This cream is super rich and with it being so cold outside was more than welcome! It feels super luxurious on and I can see why its Camille Bechman’s best-selling product! The sample size is great for tossing in your bag, or leaving at your desk for when you need some midday nourishment.

Wild Honey Apothecary | Buttermilk Sandalwood Honey MudWild Honey Apothecary | Buttermilk Sandalwood Honey Mud
Sample Value: $3.50 (0.35 oz)
Full Size Cost: $20.00 (2 oz)
Buy at Birchbox

I’m always up for a good mud mask! And this one keeps it simple with organic, locally sourced honey, aloe vera and grapeseed and argan oils.  The mask exfoliates, nourishes and brightens the skin.

Jouer | Moisturizing Lip GlossJouer | Moisturizing Lip Gloss
Sample Value: $9.41 (0.08 oz)
Full Size Cost: $20.00 (0.17 oz)
Buy at Birchbox

This is probably my favorite product in this month’s box. I may cash in on my Birchbox points and buy the full size, I am THAT in love. And, that’s saying a lot from a girl with a purse full of lip glosses. It just has a beautiful shimmery finish, and it turns dry lips into something beautiful in one swoop!

The Verdict
Cost: $10.00/month
Value: $18.83

Birchbox knows their stuff when it comes to putting together samples that are worth the $10.00/month subscription fee. I always appreciate their beautiful packaging and high-end selection, I just wish the sample sizes were bigger. What can I say, I wan MORE!

What did you guys think of December’s products? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this review are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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MAKEUP SUNDAY: 2 FOR 1 SUBSCRIPTION BOX REVIEWS (PART 2)

Ipsy | November 2013Alright, here we go folks. If you didn’t check out today’s Makeup Sunday Part 1 post on Birchbox, you won’t want to miss it! Now we’re going to dive into Ipsy. New to this subscription box? You can find out everything you need to know on my Ipsy page.

To start off, the Ipsy’s glam bag was super cute in November. It’s a gold little clutch, that I had a friend actually use as a purse when we went out for her birthday. These little Glam Bags are great and often go unnoticed when reviewing all the different products inside. I even forget to mention them myself!

Let me start off my saying used most of November’s products  every day since getting them, and I couldn’t be happier!

  • em michelle | phan pillow plush cushiony lip balm (bubble gum)
  • Be a Bombshell | Lip Crayon (Shameless)
  • Nailtini | Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer (Caviar Cocktail)
  • Pixi Beauty | Bronzer
  • Starlooks | Gem Eye Pencil (Amethyst)
  • Cailyn  | Built-In Sponge Tip Mineral Eye Shadow (Champagne)

em michelle | phan pillow plush cushiony lip balm (bubble gum)

em michelle | phan pillow plush cushiony lip balm (bubble gum)
Full Size Sample Value: $15
Buy at em cosmetics

This lip gloss is super cute and the bubble gum color is light enough that you can wear it with almost everything. It’s not over powering, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing something that’s super noticeable. And, that’s right up my alley! The lip-smoothing balm is also great for cold wintry days and leaves your lips looking super juicy! Love love love!

Be a Bombshell | Lip Crayon (Shameless)

Be a Bombshell | Lip Crayon (Shameless)
Full Size Sample Value: $14
Buy at Be A Bombshell Cosmetics (Save 40% with coupon code IPSY40)

Now, while I haven’t been wearing this one every day, the color is appropriate for my complexion. It’s a subtle burgundy that I’d normally purchase for myself. It’s not over bearing, so I feel comfortable wearing it and its smooth texture is great for travel and touch-ups on the go. This color  builds as you apply it, so if you want something darker, you can put on a couple of coats for a more dramatic look!

Nailtini | Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer (Caviar Cocktail)

Nailtini | Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer (Caviar Cocktail)
Full Size Sample Value: $13.00 
Buy at tini beauty lounge (Receive 50% off and a FREE eyeliner with $25 purchase with coupon code IPSY4GLAM)

I thought it was kind of funny that both Birchbox and Ipsy offered up silver/metallic nail polishes this month. The Nailtini polish in the Ipsy Glam Bag was of a slightly better quality than the one in the Birchbox, and I only preferred this color too. It’s darker and less shiny than the one in Birchbox, which suited me.

Pixi Beauty | Bronzer

Pixi Beauty | Bronzer
Full Size Sample Value: $13.00 (estimate)
Buy similar product at Pixie Beauty (Receive 25% off with coupon code BRONZEPIXI)

I recently went to one of those Mary Kay makeup parties, and I got a lesson regarding bronzer. Basically, it’s the idea that when applying, you want to make the shape of a three on both sides of your face to highlight the forehead, cheeks and jaw line. After that lesson and finding this bronzer in my Glam Bag, I’m pretty much hooked on bronzer. I’ve added this guy to my daily makeup routine and am happy that the color I received is subtle enough that I can wear it everyday without someone thinking I look like Snooki.

Starlooks | Gem Eye Pencil (Amethyst)Starlooks | Gem Eye Pencil (Amethyst)
Full Size Sample Value: $14.00
Buy at Star Looks (Save 40% off any purchase with coupon code IPSY)

This was probably my least favorite item in November’s Glam Bag. I guess I’m pretty traditional when it comes to eyeliner, because I rarely venture outside my normal black and brown. But, for those with adventurous hearts, this metallic finish seems pretty fun! The pencil is highly pigmented and leaves a very holiday-appropriate micro-glitter finish.

Cailyn  | Built-In Sponge Tip Mineral Eye Shadow (Champagne)

Cailyn | Built-In Sponge Tip Mineral Eye Shadow (Champagne)
Full Size Sample Value: $15.00
Buy at Cailyn Cosmetics (Save 30% off any purchase with coupon code IPSY30)

Now, this mineral eye shadow is right up my ally! I’ve been wearing it every day, because it’s so versatile and goes with pretty much everything! I don’t think it lasts long enough though. It pretty much disappears by the end of the day, but that hasn’t really stopped me from using it. The other down side is the built-in sponge tip. It’s just really hard to use and I would have preferred a container I could use a brush with. I find myself pouring some of the eye shadow out and then using a brush, but I know I’m wasting a ton when I do that!

The Verdict
Cost: $10.00/month
Value: $84.00

Ipsy really out did itself in terms of value this month. Seriously, $84.00 worth of product for only ten bucks? Not only that, I was super happy with the products I received this month. Nearly everything inside the Glam Bag could be used every day, and the Glam Bag itself is cute enough to use as a clutch! Double bonus! What did you think of November’s glam bag? Share your thoughts below!

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this review are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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Ipsy: October 2013 Review

Ipsy | October 2013Every month, the team at ipsy puts together some stellar full size and deluxe sample size products for its subscribers. For only $10.00/month, you can try out some exciting hair and beauty products that you may not have encountered before. I’m a girl who loves makeup, so this is one of my favorites out there.

This month’s ipsy glambag had some great variety, and like its sister beauty product box, Birchbox, it also packed some heavy weight this month. Inside I found:

  • Zoya | Nail Polish (Neve)
  • H2O Plus | Face Oasis™ Hydrating Treatment
  • Nourish Organic | Deeply Nourishing Coconut & Argan Body Lotion
  • Ofra | Sultry Lipgloss and Plumper
  • Sexy Hair | Spray Clay Texturizing Spray Clay 

Zoya | Nail Polish (Neve)Zoya | Nail Polish (Neve)
Full Size Value: $8.00
Buy at Zoya (Buy 2 nail polishes, get 1 free and free Zoya Remove+ with coupon code IPSYZ3)

This is a nice little nail polish! The color is actually much brighter than the photo, but it’s still very pretty! I haven’t tried this brand before, but I liked it fine. It went on very smooth and pretty, but I found it chipped kind of quickly. I really need to invest in a top coat polish to see if that helps out my manicures.

Neve is a part of Zoya’s Fall 2013 Cashmere’s & Satins Collection and are designed to complement the season. They’re also free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

H2O Plus | Face Oasis™ Hydrating TreatmentH2O Plus | Face Oasis™ Hydrating Treatment
Sample Value: $7.20 (10 ml)
Full Size Cost: $36.00 (1.7 oz / 50mL)
Buy at H2O Plus (25% off any purchase with coupon code IPSY13)

I love this hydrating treatment! It feels so smooth and luxurious when you put it on and it has this cooling quality that really makes you feel like you’re putting some real moisture back into your skin. What I really like about this product is that when it says it’s oil free, it’s really oil free. Sometimes these deep moisturizers feel really heavy and greasy, even when they’re supposed to be oil free. But, this gel is so light and airy. It even features marine botanicals to fill surface lines and Vitamins A and E to keep skin looking great all day.

Nourish Organic | Deeply Nourishing Coconut & Argan Body LotionNourish Organic | Deeply Nourishing Coconut & Argan Body Lotion
Sample Value: $1.25 (1 oz)
Full Size Cost: $9.99 (8 oz)
Buy at Target (20% off any Nourish Organic product with coupon code Nourish20)

Now, I knew I had seen this product somewhere before! So, I was not surprised when I realized it was sold exclusively at Target. This organic body lotion sample is great for your purse, especially as it starts to get cold outside and hands start to feel dry. I’ve been using it primarily on my elbows, which I’m enjoying immensely. This product is highly concentrated to replenish, hydrate and soften skin.

Ofra | Sultry Lipgloss and PlumperOfra | Sultry Lipgloss and Plumper
Full Size Value: $12.95 (10 ml)
Buy at Ofra Cosmetics (30% off any purchase with coupon code ipsy30 )

I really like the color of this lip gloss. It’s pretty subtle, but adds just enough color for everyday use. I wouldn’t say its primary benefit is lip plumping though. I noticed a slight improvement and some tingling, but I’ve tried some serious lip plumpers, and I think if that’s what you’re really after, this product isn’t for you. But, if you need a pretty, subtle lip gloss, this guy definitely does the trick!

Sexy Hair | Spray Clay Texturizing Spray ClaySexy Hair | Spray Clay Texturizing Spray Clay
Sample Value: $6.03 (1.4 oz)
Full Size Cost: $18.95 (4.4 oz)
Buy at Ulta ($5.00 off $25.00 purchase with coupon code 105339)

I really was confused by this product initially. I just didn’t know how to use it! I did some googling and decided to go forward as if it was a texturizing/volumizing spray. And, it seriously got the job done. It made my hair so thick! I think if you were trying to do an up do, this guy would be really handy. I used it for some Halloween styles, and it was great!

The Verdict
Cost: $10.00/month
Value: $35.43

ipsy always does a stellar job in the value department, and I love that I get some serious deluxe and full size sample sizes for only $10.00. My favorite item this month has to be the H2O Plus | Face Oasis™ Hydrating Treatment. Can’t really say there was a product I didn’t like this time around. I’m using everything regularly, and I’m glad I got to try these guys out!

What did you get in your ipsy Glam Bag? See anything different? Would love to hear what you guys received!

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Birchbox: October 2013 Review

Birchbox | October 2013I was immediately impressed with the weight of this month’s Birchbox. I picked it up and immediately thought, “Hello!” I couldn’t wait to dive inside to see what I’d find.

Birchbox is a monthly cosmetic and hair care subscription box that sends you a variety of sample size products for $10.00/month. All of the products are also available for purchase from Birchbox’s website. This is one of my staple boxes that I’m absolutely addicted to and love getting every month.

So, what did I find in this month’s box?

  • DDF® | Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum
  • Atelier Cologne | Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue – 200ml
  • theBalm® cosmetics | Stainiac
  • SARAHPOTEMPA | The HALF-UP™
  • ChapStick® | Hydration Lock

DDF® | Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing SerumDDF® | Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum
Sample Value: $25.00 (0.5 fl oz)
Full Size Cost: $85.00 (1.7 fl oz)
Buy at Birchbox

Now, I may only be 27, but I am all about ANYTHING that is anti-aging. My theory has always been, it’s never to early to start! So, I was excited to try out this Wrinkle Resist Serum. Now, whether or not it works, is kind of hard for me to determine. But, it goes on smoothly, is gentle on my skin and is something I could totally see myself using every day.

Birchbox tells me this thing uses dual-phase technology, what that is… I have no clue. But, apparently, it’s supposed to work like a top-notch primer, while hydrating skin, shrinking pores and masking flaws. These are all good things in my book. The product certainly seems to be worth the $85.00 price tag, but unfortunately, I just don’t have that kind of skin care budget! Either way, I’m likely to use this thing to the max and enjoy it while I got it!

Atelier Cologne | Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue - 200mlAtelier Cologne | Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue
Sample Value: $1.16 (1.5 ml)
Full Size Cost: $155 (200 ml)
Buy at Birchbox

This is probably one of my more loved perfume samples lately. It’s the one I reach for first, and I’m really enjoying its sweet citrus scent! It’s fresh, highly concentrated (so it sticks around for hours) and offers a burst of sweet blood orange, combined with jasmine and rich sandalwood.  Really, I only smell the orange, but that’s good enough for me!

theBalm® cosmetics | StainiactheBalm® cosmetics | Stainiac
Sample Value: $2.26 (0.04 fl oz)
Full Size Cost: $17.00 (0.3 fl oz)
Buy at Birchbox

I’m not a huge fan of lip stains, but I thought I’d give this one a go. It builds as you put it on, so if you just want a light rosy color, one swipe does the trick. As you put more and more layers on, the color becomes a rich red. I didn’t try this as a cheek stain, mainly because I’m a little intimidated by the thought of putting a stain on my cheek. However, my Grandma’s #1 beauty tip involves using lipstick as a blush, so there has to be some merit to it.

SARAHPOTEMPA | The HALF-UP™SARAHPOTEMPA | The HALF-UP™
Full Size Value: $9.00
Buy at Birchbox

I was super excited when I saw this full size product in this month’s box. I’m always looking for a quick and easy way to throw my hair in a bun, without the hassle of bobby pins. But, I have to say, I was pretty disappointed with this product. I couldn’t get it to sit or stick right. I’ve basically resorted from using this as it was intended, and instead use it as a glorified hair tie when washing my face. It’s a sad, sad day for The Half Up™ in my world.

ChapStick® | Hydration LockChapStick® | Hydration Lock
Full Size Value: $2.99
Buy at Birchbox

Everyone needs ChapStick! And, this is certianly a winner, especially in the fall and winter months! This thing packs a ton of hydration and lasts up to eight hours. My hubby was pretty jealous of this product, which doesn’t happen too often with my Birchboxes, so I got some sweet satisfaction out of that! Birchbox tells me Hydration Lock also features antioxidant CoQ10 and healing vitamin E, two mainstays of healthy skin and soft, silky pouts.

Right now this thing is sold out on Birchbox. But, I’d imagine you can also find it at your favorite drug store or in the check-out aisle.

The Verdict
Cost: $10.00/month
Value: $40.01

This month’s Birchbox had one of the best values to date thanks to the DDF® | Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum, and I am perfectly fine with that! Other than the SARAHPOTEMPA | The HALF-UP™, this month’s box was a total winner! Opening it up, there were a ton of products to enjoy and I was super pleased with the variety! 

What did you get in your Birchbox this month? What was your stand-out product? Would love to hear your comments below!

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this review are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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ipsy: September 2013 Review

ipsy | September 2013 Glam Bag1Ipsy is probably one of my favorite subscription boxes out there. For $10.00/month, you’ll receive 4-5 deluxe or full-sized cosmetic and hair care products. Each Glam Bag also comes in its own little makeup bag, which after a couple of months, you kind of wonder what to do with, but it’s still a nice touch!

ipsy | September 2013 Glam Bag2

I’m not too big on ipsy’s theme’s, but to me… it doesn’t really matter, because the products themselves are usually so good!

Opening up this month’s bag, I was immediately pleased with the contents. I knew I could use everything that night, no problem! Inside my September ipsy Glam Bag I found:

  • Elizabeth Mott | It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara
  • NYX | Single Eye Shadow
  • Starlooks | Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil
  • John Frieda | Full Repair® Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner

Elizabeth Mott | It's So Big Volumizing MascaraElizabeth Mott | It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara
Sample Value: $8.00 (4 ml)
Full Size Cost: $19.99 (10 ml)
Buy at Elizabeth Mott (50% off with coupon code IPSYBIG)

This is apparently an ipsy exclusive launch, so you won’t find it anywhere else! Hello exclusivity! I wasn’t happy with my last mascara sample, so I was excited to find one I really liked! This thing really pumps up the volume, without getting overly clumpy or heavy. It features an “hourglass” brush that promises to always give you the perfect amount of mascara for each lash.

NYX | Single Eye ShadowNYX | Single Eye Shadow
Full Size Sample Value: $4.50
Buy at NYX Cosmetics (30% off eye shadow bases with coupon code IPSYPRIME)

I’ve used NYX eye shadow before, so I was happy to see it inside this month’s Glam Bag. The color is a rich purple that goes on nicely and builds for various levels of color density. It blends really easily, and I mean, who doesn’t love a full-sized sample?!

Starlooks | Obsidian Kohl Eye PencilStarlooks | Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil
Full Size Sample Value: $12.50
Buy at Starlooks (30% off purchases of $25.00 or more with coupon code IPSY)

Now, I’ve heard of Starlooks, and I know they have their own subscription box service, but I’ve never actually tried any of their products. And, I gotta say… this one didn’t make a good first impression. The eyeliner just gets everywhere and doesn’t last as long as I would like it. It smudges like crazy and is definitely not a favorite!

John Frieda | Full Repair® Full Body Shampoo & ConditionerJohn Freida | Full Repair® Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner
Sample Value: $2.34 (1.5 fl oz each)
Full Size Cost: $13.18 (8.45 fl oz each)
Buy at Drugstore.com (BOGO 50% off with coupon code IPSY)

I was excited to see some hair treatment in this month’s box, because my hair is starting to look fried! I definitely needed this Full Repair® product, and I really enjoyed it!! I mean, it’s John Freida, all their products are quality and I went through both of these after a couple of showers. Lord, I just wish these samples were bigger!

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This month’s Glam Bag also came with a little something extra.  Michele Phan’s The Life Pallete sample featured a small collection of colors from the Career Life. I really wanted to like this sample, because I’m a sucker for a good pallete, but I just found the product faded quickly and certainly didn’t last throughout the day.

The Verdict
Cost: $10.00/month
Value: $27.34

As always, ipsy did a great job in the value department. They never disappoint in providing me with quality products that are definitely worth the $10.00/month rate. This is one of my standard subscription boxes, and I have no intention of stopping it any time soon!

My favorite item this month has to be the John Freida | Full Repair® Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner, mainly because my hair was in such desperate need for it! It’s probably pretty obvious my least favorite item was the Starlooks | Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil. Has anyone else tried their products? Was this just a bad first impression?

What did you think of this month’s Glam Bag? Did you get something you think I would like? Share below or get your own ipsy Glam Bag by subscribing here.

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this review are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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August 2013: Ipsy Review

Ipsy Glam Bag | August 2013Ipsy’s Glam Bag‘s theme this month is Glamour Academy! Which, I gotta say.. is eerily similar to Birchbox’s Finishing School. I always wonder how they come up with these themes and if there’s major competition between these two makeup subscription boxes. I wonder if they get tips about each other’s themes and if they try to outdo one another…

Any way… Glamour Academy! This month’s theme is supposed to be all about giving you the beauty essentials you need for a school bag or next big party! And, looking over this month’s samples, there are a lot of great items for your purse and a couple you can use every day!

In this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag I found:

  • Urban Decay | Revolution Lipstick (69)
  • Pixi | Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black
  • Smashbox | Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • MicaBeauty | Eye Shadow in Bronze
  • Michael Todd | Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask

Urban Decay | Revolution Lipstick (69)Urban Decay | Revolution Lipstick (69)
Sample Value: $7.86
Full Size Cost: $22.00
Buy at Urban Decay (Free Shipping Coupon Code IPSY)

To start things off we got a sassy little lipstick from Urban Decay. First of all, I love Urban Decay, so right off the bat, I’m happy with the quality. The color is a rich, deep red. Hello! The color is called 69! What else would you expect? And, while this isn’t something I’d wear every day… it’s definitely something I’ll use when I’m on stage at the local community theater or even for a night out. It’s super sexy and fun and something I’m glad to have in my collection!

Pixi | Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest BlackPixi | Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black
Sample Value: $2.00 (Approx)
Full Size Cost: $17.00
Buy at Pixi Beauty (20% Off Coupon Code PIXI+IPSY)

When I saw there was a mascara sample in this month’s Glam Bag I was STOKED! My mascara is running low and I couldn’t wait to try a new one. The product is called LASH BOOSTER Mascara in BLACKEST BLACK, and I got to say… I don’t think this product lives up to its name. I just feel like it’s pretty weak. I don’t think it did anything to boost my lashes and I had to put a ton of coats on in order to notice it at all. So, kind of a disappointment!

Smashbox| Photo Finish Foundation PrimerSmashbox | Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Sample Value: $9.00
Full Size Cost: $36.00
Buy at Smash Box (Free Mascara with purchase of Primer, Coupon Code IPSY)

Now this is a product I’ve been reading about and eyeing for a while! This is a high-quality primer and I’m so glad I got a sample of it! I really love the soft finish it leaves on my skin and it really helps my makeup stick around throughout the day. This coupon code is also really tempting… you know I need a new mascara and getting one free with the purchase of this primer is really tempting!

MicaBeauty | Eye Shadow in BronzeMicaBeauty | Eye Shadow in Bronze
Full Size Sample Value: $14.95
Buy at MicaBeauty (25% Off Coupon Code IPSY25)

Now this product confuses me. The capsule says it’s a bronzer but Ipsy says it’s an eye shadow. Who knows! I’m not really one for bronzers (pale people unite!), so using this as an eye shadow seems like a better fit for me. It works fine. But, it doesn’t really last all day. The color is really pretty and right up my alley. I haven’t tried it with an eyelid primer, but I feel like that would help this guy stick around a bit longer.

Michael Todd | Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial MaskMichael Todd | Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask
Sample Value: $10.00
Full Size Cost: $34.00
Buy at Michael Todd True Organics (30% Off Any Purchase Coupon Code AUGIPSY)

When I pulled this out of the Glam Bag I immediately went, “YES!” I love facial masks and I was immediately intrigued by the Pumpkin! I literally went straight to the bathroom to try it out! And, the best way I can describe it is that it’s literally like putting pumpkin pie on your face. What surprised me was it heats up and kind of tingles! Didn’t expect that from my pumpkin pie! Definitely something I enjoyed and will use again!

The Verdict
Cost: $10.00
Total Value: $43.81

As always, Ipsy knocked it out of the park in terms of value and I got a ton of high-quality products that I was excited to try. It’s probably pretty obvious my least favorite item was the Pixi | Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black. It was a major let down. I kind of have a hard time picking a favorite, but I got to go with the Smashbox | Photo Finish Foundation Primer, because it’s something I’ve used every day since getting it in the mail. 

What did you think of this month’s theme? Did you get anything cool that I didn’t? Would love to hear about your Glam Bags! Ready to try it out for yourself? Sign up now!

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this post are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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August 2013: Birchbox Review

August 2013 BirchboxWe’re taking a trip to Finishing School folks, so grab your tube socks and sharpen your pencils. The theme for this month’s Birchbox is all about giving you the finishing touches you need for your beauty routine.

This month’s Birchbox included:

  • Coastal Scents® | Eye Shadow
  • Harvey Prince | Eau Flirt
  • Juice Beauty | Oil-free Moisturizer
  • Number 4™ | Super Comb Prep & Protect
  • TanTowl® | Classic Formula Self-Tan Towelettes

Coastal Scents® | Eye ShadowCoastal Scents® | Eye Shadow
Sample Size Value: $1.54
Full Size Cost: $34-39.00
Buy at Birchbox

Not sure I’d call this a finishing touch item, but anything that claims to give you the perfect smoky eye is okay in my book! These colors are definitely up my alley and they offer some really beautiful pigments. I’ve used the colors independently and in combination and find them to be very versatile! I wasn’t uber impressed with how long they last, but I thought the sample size was really nice!

Harvey Prince | Eau FlirtHarvey Prince | Eau Flirt
Sample Size Value: $0.98
Full Size Cost: $55-98.00
Buy at Birchbox

Now, I really liked this scent! And, as far as the theme goes, perfume is a perfect “finishing touch.” It’s really floral and very girly. Usually I’m more of a subtle perfume kind of girl, but I’ve really enjoyed trying this out and have been wearing it almost every day.

Juice Beauty | Oil-free MoisturizerJuice Beauty | Oil-free Moisturizer
Sample Size Value: $7.00
Full Size Cost: $28.00
Buy at Birchbox

Now, I don’t know if it’s this moisturizer or what, but since using this… I have started to break out a bit, even though it is oil free and claims to not clog pores. I don’t really have sensitive skin, so I am pretty surprised with my skin’s reaction. I’d say the primary downside for me is the scent. I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s kind of earthy… but, not really in a pleasant way. It almost smells like oatmeal, maybe?

Number 4™ | Super Comb Prep & ProtectNumber 4™ | Super Comb Prep & Protect
Sample Size Value: $4.80
Full Size Cost: $32.00
Buy at Birchbox

When I opened up this month’s Birchbox and saw this hair protectant, I was super stoked! I loved the Beauty Protector | Protect & Detangle I got in my May 2013 box, so I was excited to try out a similar product. And, while I don’t think it’s as fabulous as the Beauty Protector, I definitely noticed some improvements! My hair was certainly softer and it definitely took care of some tangles. It also smells pretty good!

TanTowl® | Classic Formula Self-Tan TowelettesTanTowl® | Classic Formula Self-Tan Towelettes
Sample Size Value: $2.40
Full Size Cost: $24.00
Buy at Birchbox

As a committed member of the pale-person club, you’d think I’d be pretty excited about a self-tan towelette. But here’s the thing about being pale, and I mean… really pale… tan towelettes become kind of intimidating. There’s only one of these in the sample and I’m not sure where I could sufficiently use this, and it not end up looking like an uneven tan streak somewhere. So, yeah… I didn’t use this.

The Verdict
Cost: $15.00
Total Value: $16.72

Overall, I was pretty happy with this month’s Birchbox. The Number 4™ | Super Comb Prep & Protect, Harvey Prince | Eau Flirt and Coastal Scents® | Eye Shadow were definitely my favorites.  I’ve used all three products almost every day since getting them in the mail. It’s probably pretty obvious that I was less excited about the TanTowl® | Classic Formula Self-Tan Towelettes and Juice Beauty | Oil-free MoisturizerNot sure how much longer I’ll continue using the moisturizer… and maybe someone out there will want my Tan Towelettes? Any takers?

What’d you think of this month’s Birchbox? Did you get something different you think I’d like? A penny for your thoughts. Not really, I don’t have that many pennies. 😛

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this post are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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Ipsy: July 2013 Review

Ipsy July 2013 IntroductionI’ve been literally waiting months to get my very first ipsy box! I’ve been anxiously awaiting for this pink package, and it’s finally here! And, let me start off by saying, I wasn’t disappointed!

For $10.00/month, the team at ipsy will select products they love for you to try. Everything comes in a cute little makeup bag, fondly referred to as the “Glam Bag.” Each is filled with a mix of 4-5 deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. The site pairs the included products with videos and tutorials on their website.

This month’s theme was “Beach Beauty,” and I gotta say… I really feel like ipsy hit the nail on the head with this one. I feel like this little glam bag gave me everything I need to look smokin hot at the beach! Now if only they could tear me away from the ice cream… alas, that’s another issue.

So, let’s get to it! I received the following in my premier Ipsy box:

  • Pouty Pop Crayon | Fuchsia Flirt
  • BH Cosmetics | California Collection Eyeshadow Sample
  • COOLA | Mineral Face SPF 20 Unscented Moisturizer
  • Sexy Hair | Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray
  • Demeter | Salt Air Perfume Oil Roll On

Pouty Pop Crayon | Fuchisa FlirtPouty Pop Crayon | Fuchsia Flirt
Sample Value: $4.17
Full Size Cost: $25.00
Buy at POP Beauty (Save 20% with coupon code POPLUVSIPSY)

Well hello there! This lip crayon is certainly this month’s flirt! I got a pretty pink color that, while I find pushes my bright lip limits, still made its way into my purse. The texture is super smooth and I gotta say, the color definitely has some staying power!

Pouty Pop Crayons nourish, treat and add a plump pop to lips. It comes in six shades and from what I can tell it’s currently available in packs of six.

BH Cosmetics | California Collection Eyeshadow SampleBH Cosmetics | California Collection Eyeshadow Sample
Approximate Sample Value: $0.75
Full Size Cost: $7.00
Buy at bhCosmetics (Save 10% with coupon code IPSY)

I wasn’t so sure about these colors initially. This collection includes samples from each location, San Francisco, Hollywood and Malibu. I took it easy and started with San Francisco and Malibu and enjoyed both. Then I dove into the rich purple from the Hollywood palette. Gotta say, I was a little intimidated. But, the color goes on very gently and allows you to build your intensity. So, I was able to enjoy a hint of purple without getting into the “whoa you’re wearing purple eyeshadow” territory.

COOLA | Mineral Face SPF 20 Unscented MoisturizerCOOLA | Mineral Face SPF 20 Unscented Moisturizer
Sample Value: $4.87 (.23 oz)
Full Size Cost: $36.00 (1.7 oz)

Buy at COOLA (Save 30% with coupon code IPSY)

I was super excited to see COOLA in this month’s box. I’ve received some of their other samples before and loved them! This sample size is great for traveling and since it’s unscented, I might keep this guy in my purse for UVA/UVB emergencies. You know, those unexpected moments in the sun when I can’t catch a break under some shade. Yep, this will definitely come in handy!

Big Sexy Hair | Weather Proof Humidity Resistant SprayBig Sexy Hair | Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray
Sample Value: $7.80 (1.4 0z)
Full Size Cost: $18.95 (3.4 oz)
Buy at Ulta (Save $5.00 on order of $25.00 or more with coupon code 108723)

Now, I love me some Big Sexy! And, I was super stoked to see this humidity resistant spray, because it has been HOT here in Southwest Michigan. I’m not entirely sure I’ve been using this product correctly, but I’m loving it anyway. I’ve kind of been using it in place of my hairspray, and I’m starting to think that’s not the way to go. Big Sexy Hair says this should be the last thing you put on before heading out the door. So, I think I might need to rethink my morning routine.

Demeter | Salt Air Perfume Oil Roll OnDemeter | Salt Air Perfume Oil Roll On
Sample Value: $3.48
Full Size Cost: $6.00 (1/2 oz)

Buy at Demeter Fragrance (Save 20% with coupon code IPSYDFL20)

Now, this is my kind of perfume! Not only did I feel this was a generous sample size, I really liked the subtle smell. It’s just so gentle… like… a perfect sea breeze on a tropical island. Ha! Either way, there’s definitely something tranquil about it! And, it’s pretty affordable. So, this might be something I’d consider purchasing in the future. It’s also got me intrigued about their other scents… and I can get 20% off? Okay, I’ve been looped in.

The Verdict
Cost: $10.00/month
Value: $21.07

Overall, I am super pleased with the value and quality of the items inside this month’s ipsy box! I mean, my value was over twice what I paid! And, I really felt like each of the items was a full size product or at least a deluxe sample size, except maybe the sunscreen. That one WAS a little small.

My favorite item has to be the Demeter | Salt Air Perfume Oil Roll On. This is something I’m seriously considering purchasing with the coupon code. I really like that about ipsy. Not only are they letting you try these products, but they are also giving you a deal if you buy the full size! 

I really can’t say there was an item I really didn’t like. I guess it would be the COOLA | Mineral Face SPF 20 Unscented Moisturizer, but that’s only because of the size. It’s certainly not because of the quality of the product or because it’s something I won’t use. Because, that’s not true! So, yeah… definitely hard to find a weak link in this month’s box!

What do you think of ipsy? Are you loving it as much as I am? Want to try it for yourself for $10.00/month? Go ahead and sign up! Like I said, I had to wait a couple of months to get off the waiting list, but I’ve found it’s definitely worth it!

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this post are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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Birchbox: July 2013 Reivew

Birchbox July 2013This month’s theme was “Power Play,” with the idea being that Birchbox wants to help you take control of every situation and make the most of every minute.

Looking at this month’s samples, I’m struggling to see the connection, but you gotta at least give Birchbox an A for effort on that one. I mean it can’t be easy figuring out these themes every month and connecting them to beauty products.

Birchbox is a monthly cosmetic subscription service that brings beauty samples to your doorstep for $10.00/month. Want to read about past boxes? Feel free to check out my previous posts in the review section.

So, what did we find inside this beautiful July box?

  • Juliette Has a Gun | Juliette Has a GunNot a Perfume 
  • Birchbox | Bobby Pins
  • theBalm® cosmetics | InStain® Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush
  • Vivant® Skin Care | Green Tea Antioxidant Cleanser
  • ModelCo | Party Proof Lipstick

Not a PerfumeJuliette Has a Gun | Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume 
Approximate Sample Value: $2.40
Full Size Cost: $120.00 (100 ml)
Buy at Birchbox

Let’s start things off with the perfume, because you know how I’m a sucker for perfume samples!

Not a Perfume features an elegant and unmistakable scent that Birchbox says is totally addictive. I’m not so sure about the addictive part, because I can’t figure out if I like this scent or not. In some ways it’s almost too strong for me. And, I have a terrible time putting it on. For whatever reason, these little perfume bottles are just so hard for me to navigate!

Birchbox Bobby PinsBirchbox | Bobby Pins
Sample Value: $1.66
Full Size Cost: $5.00 (set of 6)
Buy at Birchbox

Of all the items, I feel like these little bobby pins probably connect to the whole “keep things under control” theme the most. They’re definitely cute, and I love the design, but I don’t typically wear bobby pins like these. I tried pairing them with a navy blue dress I was wearing and chickened out. I don’t know if it’s just not my style or what. I used them as regular old bobby pins and I found them difficult to use. What is with me this month? I guess I’m struggling in using the samples!

InstaintheBalm® cosmetics | InStain® Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush
Sample Value: $4.44 (0.018 oz)
Full Size Cost: $22.00 (0.09 oz)
Buy at Birchbox

Now this little guy impressed me! Birchbox says the pigment lasts from sunup to sundown, and while I didn’t notice any long-lasting qualities, I couldn’t believe the vibrance of the color! This sample is small, so I didn’t expect it to make a big impact. But, my brush just soaks up the color and it goes on bright. So, I was very impressed with this little sample!

Vibrant Skin CareVivant® Skin Care | Green Tea Antioxidant Cleanser
Sample Value: $0.56
Full Size Cost: $29.50 (8 oz)
Buy at Birchbox

This is perhaps my favorite sample in this month’s box. Probably because I’m a sucker for a good old fashion face wash. Birchbox says it can also be used as a body cleanser, and while I haven’t used it for that yet, I imagine it’s pretty awesome on that front as well. It is packed with antioxidant-rich green tea and grape seed extract and leaves my skin feeling super clean! It also really does smell like green tea!

Model Co LipstickModelCo | Party Proof Lipstick Trio 
Sample Value: $8.00
Full Size Cost: $24.00

Buy at Birchbox

Now, I know some folks who weren’t happy with this palest of pale lipstick hues, but I really didn’t mind “Get Naked.” I find the trick is not putting it on too thick. When I just use one coat, it adds just a little bit of shimmer. If I put on anything more than that, it looks like I’m wearing a pretty sad lipstick. Birchbox says this lipstick doesn’t come off when you take a drink or give a smooch, and let me just say… that’s a bit of an over statement. It definitely came off on my coffee cup this morning when I put it to the test.

The Verdict
Total Cost: $10.00/month
Total Value: $17.06

Birchbox always does a really great job of giving you an exceptional value. For $10.00/month, it always seems worth it to me to keep this subscription. Especially when you’re a makeup feen like myself.

As far as the products this month, there wasn’t anything I really fell in love with. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting jaded in my box ways or what. But, there just wasn’t anything that really set the box over the top for me. My favorite item is probably the Vivant® Skin Care | Green Tea Antioxidant Cleanser. If I had gotten a different color of the ModelCo | Party Proof Lipstick Trio, it definitely could have taken the lead.

My least favorite item was probably the Birchbox | Bobby Pins, mainly because they aren’t the kind I normally use. If I was thinking, I should have not opened these and instead gifted them to someone. Woops!

What did you guys think of Birchbox this week? What  all did you get? Would love to hear your thoughts! Want to try it for yourself, check them out here!

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this review are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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The New Subscription Box Influx

Let me tell you, as a lady who is still semi-new to this subscription box world, I’m a little overwhelmed by all the new subscription boxes. It seriously feels like there is a new one coming out every day, and I hardly know how to keep up. So, I’ve been thinking about putting together a post with a list of all the new ones. And, here it is! A run down of all the new ones I’ve come across and the links you need to enjoy them!

  • Ankle Swagger
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    Cost: $30-36.00/quarter
    What’s Inside: three subscription packages offer 3 pairs of socks each quarter
  • Bourbon & Boots Box
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    Cost: $42.00/month
    What’s Inside: southern goods deemed worthy and hand-selected by the Bourbon & Boots staff based on the season. 
  • Cooper & Kid Cooper Kit
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    Cost: $65.00/kit
    What’s Inside: multiple curated products and activities designed to enrich your quality time with your children (and have a good time while doing it)
  • Cult Cosmetics Blackbox Nail Club
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    Cost: $19.99 ($5.00 shipping)
    What’s Inside: at least three seasonal nail polishes and a professional nail tool
  • e.l.f. Beauty Bundle
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    Cost: $19.95/month ($6.95 shipping)
    What’s Inside: an amazing selection of e.l.f’s best products, all in their favorite neutral colors designed to look beautiful on every skin tone
  • Escape Monthly
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    Cost: $49.95/month
    What’s Inside: destination-inspired monthly delivery of luxury products to help you relax, renew and escape, inspired by luxurious spas, tropical getaways, cultures of the world and more
    Coupon Code: YOURESCAPE—worth 20% off for life (First 500 members)
  • Happy Dog Box
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    Cost: $29.95/month
    What’s Inside: at least 3 packages of gourmet dog treats
  • A Kitchen Box
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    Cost: $89.00/3 months
    What’s Inside: something to see, taste, learn and try. A Kitchen Box will equip you with information and connection to all things kitchen while exciting your senses and reminding you of the joy in trying something new.
  • Makana Box
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    Cost: $30.00/month
    What’s Inside: quality, unique, gifts that are truly locally made to share our Aloha and a little bit of the Hawaiian islands
  • Monthly Mani Box from Scratch
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    Cost: $25.00 (first box), $30.00 (monthly) +$8.00 shipping
    What’s Inside: 4+ unique manicures including tools & accents needed and a surprise gift curated by the month’s Featured Artist

  • Munchit
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    Cost: $3.58/box (weekly)
    What’s inside: one snack mix, one all-natural treat, some all-natural gum and one tea bag in your box based on your tastes.
  • My Big Day Box
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    Cost: $18.00/month
    What’s Inside:  clutch/evening bag filled with 4-6 beauty samples for brides
  • Supplet
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    Cost: $39.99/month
    What’s Inside: a collection of curated goodies that complement one of the most important times in a woman’s life, pregnancy 
  • Taste Trunk
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    Cost: $29.00/month
    What’s Inside: from gourmet food to household lifestyle, discover your new favorite brands from around the world
  • The Vegan Box
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    Cost: $29.95/month (5.00 shipping)
    What’s Inside: the best cruelty free/vegan products, handpicked from businesses that care for earthlings
  • Your Bijoux Box
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    Cost: $35.00/month
    What’s Inside: 2-3 pieces of hand curated jewelry delivered to your door
    Coupon Code: JUSTLOUISE1— free bubble bracelet
    Free Bubble Bracelet
  • Zockster
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    Cost: $5.00/month ($2.00 shipping)
    What’s Inside: 3 pairs of socks made from eco-friendly bamboo
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