September & October 2014 Ipsy Reviews.

Playing catch-up again with the reviews. Whoops. 🙂
Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription box. Each month you get 4-6 beauty products inside a makeup bag. If you’d like to subscribe to Ipsy, I’d appreciate you using my referral link. It arrives each month in a pink bubble mailer!

September’s Bag & Review, Street Style

September 2014 IpsyYikes sorry for the terrible phone picture

Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush. I don’t mind receiving brushes in these bags. I don’t know about it being double sided though, like it might make a mess.

Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil. Not a big fan of pencil eyeliner but it’s fine. It was also brown which is a bummer, I’m a black eyeliner kind of girl.

Briogeo Don’t Despiar, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. Gotta grow my hair as long as possible and keep it healthy for the wedding. And this mask smells really good.

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss. Not going to lie, getting sick of this brand. It’s in like every bag! I’m sure this gloss is fine, but I don’t like the color so I won’t be using it.

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser. Not my kind of thing. I don’t know what I need to do to keep them from sending me weird face cleaners.

I actually like the bag this month, they’ve stepped it up! Yay for that. Overall I give this month’s bag a 2.5/5.

October’s Review, Beauty Candy

October 2014 Ipsy

City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino. Don’t like the color, too brown even for fall. Would have like to try it since it’s  ‘matte’ though.

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Mango Mandarin. Cute packaging and smells good. I’m always happy to get a lotion that has a screw on cap, so I feel safe throwing it in my purse.

KISS iENVYbyKISS Lashes. I’ve never worn fake eyelashes, this is the second pair I’ve gotten from an Ipsy bag. I should give it a try sometime I guess, but my eyelashes are pretty long as they are.

ModelCo VOLUMEYES Extreme Black Mascara. Nice brush, seems to be a decent formula. Haven’t used yet because I have a couple open right now.

Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths. I guess I don’t really mind getting face cleaning clothes because I use them a lot. These seem really nice.

I like the bag this month too, it’s fun and does give off that candy vibe. Overall I give this bag a 3.75/5.

Can’t wait until November’s bag!

Memebox Superbox #31 Herbal.


I was a little disappointed with this box. It claims on the Memebox site that the box is “packed with beauty products made from organic herbs such as lavender, tea tree, chamomile, or peppermint”. The box didn’t end up including much of those. Instead it was much more floral, which really isn’t my thing. But overall it was still a nice box of goodies.

20141003_113905This box included:

1. Calmia  Rooibos Aqua Spinkler Gel. An all-in-one skin booster, toner, and emulsion with a thicker texture. Once applied thins out and is absorbed by skin.

2. Calmia Herb Cleansing Oil Gel.  Created with argan oil, lavender, rosemary, chamomile, basil leaf, and green tea extracts. This cleanser goes on like a gel cleaner but then lathers up when water is applied to cleanse deep.

3. Skinfood Bath Salt Honey Jasmine. Meant to alleviate and replenish your tired body and soul. I wasn’t really a fan of the scent, it’s pretty strong.

4. Nasarang Herb BB SPF50+. I’m just not that into BB & CC creams. But this one was right on par with all the other ones I’ve tried. A little on the pricey side though – $46.

5. Rose Mine Azulene Calming Gel. Formulated with chamomile extracts to alleviate redness, smooth out roughened skin texture, and even reduce red blemishes. Notes that it great for using with a sunburn or after long sun/heat exposure.

6. Kskin Rose Sense 100% Essence Oil. For use a perfume, bath oil, or massage oil. Strong rose scent, so not my favorite.

This month Memebox is offering my readers $5 off any purchase! Just use code: D6BHT2 at checkout.

Disclaimer: I received this box for review, all opinions are 100% my own.

July & August Ipsy Reviews.

Sorry, still playing catch-up on my Ipsy posts :(.

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription box. Each month you get 4-6 beauty products inside a makeup bag. If you’d like to subscribe to Ipsy, I’d appreciate you using my referral link. It arrives each month in a pink bubble mailer!

July’s theme was ‘Sensationally Sunkissed’. So this is what I go in July:


Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 8. Do people still use tanning oil, seems so 1987 to me 🙂
Pur Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara in Black. Love this, and it was in black. Score!
Lavalin Jojoba Gel Cream. Not even sure what this is, I’ll have to do some research. Anyone heard of this product?
Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm. OK, kind of too bright of a pink for my liking.
bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow. Nice neutral color, interesting product.

The bag itself kind of reminds me of a giant pink ravioli. Not the biggest fan, not sure how I feel about it.

I give this month’s bag and products a 2.5/5. Not the best.

Let’s move on to August’s bag. August’s theme was ‘Beauty Schooled’, since it was back to school time. The products I received were:

20140831_133927Coastal Scents Forever Blush Sample. Nice little sample set. I really need to get one of those Glam Rx palettes.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More. This is like the 3rd time I’ve gotten this from a beauty subscription. It’s a pretty good product overall though.
Absolute You’re The Balm in Green Apple. The balm itself is a transparent red balm. It really does smell just like apples!
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara in black. Love, love, love this.
Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Pencil in black. Black eyeliner score. Goes on nicely.

The bag this month is a orange polka-dot pencil case, it’s so-so. Overall I give this bag a 4/5. It was a pretty good one!

I also finally redeem some IpsyPoints! They were offering  a mystery glam bag for 1000 points. I decided to go for it because I haven’t really liked any of the single items that were available. This is the bag and products I received:

20140831_134030Starlooks Eyeliner in a blueish/teal color. Just not a color I’ll wear.
Pop Beauty Eye Shadow Trio in neutral colors. Great palette for neutral eyes.
Klorane Smoothing & Relaxing Eye Patches. Haven’t tried these yet, but I’m excited too.
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter. Love this smell, also moisturizes nicely.
Coastal Scents Eye Shadow Brush. I already have this brush, but you can’t have too many brushes right!?

The bag is a leopard print accented with neon green, I like it.  Overall this was a pretty good bag & products. I’d rate it 3.75/5. I think it was worth the 1000 points.

June 2014 Ipsy & Birchbox Review.

I am SO far behind for posting these reviews! Sorry guys. So I will just give a quick recap for each month to get caught up!

I’ll start with Ipsy…
20140630_154223Laneige BB Cushion. Came with 3 different colors; a light, medium, and dark, plus an applicator. I would have preferred they used our beauty profile and sent out a larger sample of the skin color we chose. I’ll never be able to use the dark, maybe not even the medium.
Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner in Blue. It’s a nice eyeliner and I like the way it applied, but it’s blue. I don’t wear blue eyeliner so that was a bummer.
NYX butter gloss in Creme Brulee. Cute pinky color. I liked this. Not a sticky formula.
Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray. Coconut smell, I liked it, smells like the beach. Works pretty decently.
Be a Bombshell Lash Out Mascara in Black. Definite plus that it was black. But it has such a strong odor that I put it in the giveaway pile.

Overall the bag was OK, I’d give it a 2.5-3/5. I wasn’t a fan of the bag design either. Navy blue with pineapples on it, not for me.

On to Birchbox…
20140630_153912Perlier Shea Butter Body Cream. Smells awesome, I love it! Feels nice on your hands, seems to moisturize pretty great too.
Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Sampler. I was pretty excited to get this in my box. 4 sample sized shadows from the big palette. I really need to get one of those GlamRX magnetic palettes, I was hoping Ipsy would use them as a points reward again…hint hint.
Coola Mineral Sunscreen. So sick of this brand and getting sunscreen in my beauty boxes! end rant.
Suki Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser. This stuff has the neatest texture/feel, haha. Seems to work good.
Folle fe Joie perfume sample. Smells OK, wouldn’t purchase a full-sized though.

This box was surprisingly pretty good. I’d give the box 3/5. Just to update you all this was my 12 box, so my year subscription was up, I did not renew. I just didn’t think the quality was there or that they were the best fit for me.

What beauty box subscription do you recommend? I still have a few months left of Ipsy, which I think I’ll probably continue. I will miss Birchbox’s point system though!

Memebox Superbox #41: My Cute Wishlist Review.


When I received the Superbox My Cute Wishlist and couldn’t wait to open it up and see what goodies were featured in this box! This box included 10 items! That’s right TEN! Awesome!


The box included some really great skincare and makeup items!

Pure Smile Neco Punch Point Pas Hibiscus & Lemon Grass. You cover areas of concern on your face with this nutrient infused pad and it works to correct the problem and maintain healthy skin. ($4) 

20140825_153017a;t fox Moisturizing Gel Cream Gyoolpy Tea. Face cream high in vitamin-c that deeply nurish the skin. ($6) a;t fox Whiting Capsule Cream Jasoyup Herb Tea. Face cream that lightens or removes dark spots to create a clearer, glowing skin. ($6) a;t Lifting Cream Black Tea. Face cream for those problem areas. Clears up bags under your eyes and smooths wrinkles and creases. ($6) How cute are those!? Mini cupcake containers!


Beauty People Snow White Special Edition Season 2. A set of 5 gorgeous nude colored shimmer eyeliners. A waterproof and long lasting formula. Comes in glimmer black, brown, bronze, gold, and beige. ($54) The box also included a cute pink pencil/eyeliner sharpener.


Etude Missing U Hand Cream in Half Seal. Organic olive oil and shea butter hand cream. ($5) Pure Smile Muddy Girl. Red clay mud mask. Soothes, purifies, and moisturizes the skin. ($1) Etude Sweet Recipe Candy Stick in 01 Seedless Strawberry Candy. Probably my favorite product! It’s SO cute. It smells and tastes great. Nourishes lips and doesn’t feel sticking. ($5)


Kocostar Spilt End Therapy. A nourishing wrap for your hair filled with essential amino acids. Put your hair into the wrap and secure with the ADORABLE ponytail holder included in the package. ($6)


This is definitely my favorite box so far. The total value of the box is $93! You can purchase this box for only $23, which is an awesome deal! I can’t wait to check out more boxes!

Memebox #1 Review.

When I was contacted by Memebox about reviewing one of there beauty boxes, it was something I couldn’t turn down! I was sent the Memebox Colorbox #1 Red.


Memebox is a beauty box from Korea, featuring popular beauty products from that area. They have SO many different types of boxes – so many that I want to try. They have colorbox, scentbox, boxes for the office or travel, you name it they have it!

You have probably figured out that since I received the Red Colorbox, that all the items are red in theme. The box included 5 full-sized items plus content card. This specific box retailed for $15.

20140812_153841Included beauty products:
Dearberry Flirt Lipstick 08 Red Parade ($12)
Dearberry Today Nail Laquer #21 Pink Sprinkling ($3)
L’OCEAN Eye Shadow L-35 Red ($10)
Tosowoong Gel Pencil Liner 04 Burgundy ($10)
Cheek Room Two Color Lip Gloss #6 Red ($12)

That’s a $47 value, so this box is totally worth the $15. The lip gloss is neat that it’s two colors and you can apply the pink or red to create the look you want. The nail polish is a nice color and has nice coverage and wear-ability. I have not used the eye shadow or lipstick. I just don’t wear red lipstick or shadow. This was a really nice box my only dislike is that it is all red, but I’m not a red person. But I definitely plan to check out other boxes because like I said they offer such a wide variety.

I had a lot of fun trying out this box and can’t wait to try more of their boxes in the future.

Disclaimer: I received this box from Memebox to review. All opinions are 100% mine.

May 2014 Ipsy & Birchbox Reviews.

I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever. I’m still alive if you were wondering. My schedule at work just sucks and I’ve been so busy lately, but I’ll try to make more time to blog! Today I’m going to review the Ipsy & Birchbox beauty subscriptions, I know I really suck at posting these during the month I receive them! At least it’s only the 2nd :).

Let’s start with Ipsy. Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription box. Each month you get 4-6 beauty products inside a makeup bag. If you’d like to subscribe to Ipsy, I’d appreciate you using my referral link. It arrives each month in a pink bubble mailer!

This month’s theme was ‘Fresh Picks’, just in time for Spring. So this is what I go this month:


Avene Thermal Spring Water. Basically it’s a spray on hydrator/toner. I was really excited to see this in my bag! I’ve always wanted to buy the Evian version (only one I knew about) but I didn’t want to spend $15 for spray on water ;).

Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria. I’m not the biggest fan of receiving perfumes in these boxes because I have my go to scents. But I was happy to see that this wasn’t just one of those little vials and it smells decent so that’s obviously a plus.

Eva BYC Therapy Session Hair Mask. As I’ve mentioned before in other posts I’m getting married next year. I want to grow my hair and long as possible for that. So I was happy to see a mask rather than a shampoo/conditioner. Haven’t used it yet, so I hope it works. It smells fantastic!

Jersey Shore Tan Sans Tan Anti-Aging Sunscreen. Not excited about sunblock, but not upset about getting it because everyone got some version of sunblock. It’s also one of those products everyone needs. I’m not going to buy a $30 bottle but I don’t mind sampling it. I told myself I’m going to be better about wearing sunblock this year – so here we go!

Pacifica Mineral Eye Shadow Duo. A brownish and a creamish color. A nice shimmer to both colors. Probably not a shadow I’d pick out at a store but it’s not terrible.

I was pretty happy with the items I got this month. Although I already have it, I would have liked to receive the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer – mainly just because of the price. But was happy to sample products new to me. The bag this month was canvas with a green leaf print. I love that it was canvas but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the design, but again it wasn’t terrible.

Now on to Birchbox.

Birchbox is a beauty subscription box for $10/month. If you’d like to sign up please CLICK HERE to use my referral code and get signed up! This month’s theme was ‘Freewheeling’. Not going to lie, I don’t even know what that means.

This is the content card that is included in each box.


And this is what I got:


Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion. Smells OK, seems to work fine. Happy with it.

Smarty Paint All-in-One Gummy Vitamins for Adults. Not a beauty product so not impressed. I actually take gummy vitamins, I use Vitafusion Women’s Complete Multivitamin. They taste better and you only have to take 2 gummies daily, unlike these where you have to take SIX.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Silver. I was happy to see this! I wish it was in black though. I don’t really ever wear non-black eyeliner.

No. 4 Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner. Smells pretty good, but I haven’t used it. Still not really a fan of getting shampoo & conditioner but oh well. They acted like they were doing me a huge favor including the foil packet of conditioner. Woo-hoo.

Marcelle BB Creme Golden Glow. Why, oh why. So many BB creams. This one sucks even more though because it’s too dark for me.

I am NOT a fan of Birchbox including a non-beauty relating product in the last two boxes. Kind of a deal-breaker, Birchbox. I didn’t subscribe to get vitamins and gross health bars. It was an OK box. I feel the boxes are declining again.