Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Top 5 Favorite Discoveries from IPSY!

Today I want to share with you the amazing products I have discovered through IPSY! Ipsy is a company created by Michelle Phan, who is a well-known YouTube "makeup guru". (I really hate that term!) For $10 a month, you receive 5 beauty products in a (sometimes) cute makeup bag. You get a combination of full size and sample size products. For me, ipsy is such a steal at $10 a month. Do you always get high-end makeup? No. Most of the time you don't get what matches your profile either. But again, I can't complain for $10. I didn't think that I had a lot of new favorites from ipsy, but when I sat down and made the list, I realized that I loved a lot more than I originally thought I did. So here are my five favorite ipsy discoveries!

Price: $10 a month
From their website: "Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month."

May 2013

Ok - so ever since I have been subscribed to ipsy, they have had a ton of variations in the products that go into their bags. They used to have maybe one or 2 items that would vary between people, but now, there are tons of different variations in products. For example - this month there were twenty different products! Out of those 20, you receive five based on your profile. ANYWAY, I ended up trading this perfume (not a vanilla fan), but it is on here because it started my Pacifica obsession! I have bought solid perfumes, body wash, lotion, and soap from this company since getting it in my Glam Bag! Look for Pacifica products at your local Target or TJ Maxx!

NUMBER 4 - PIXI BRONZER in Subtly Suntouched
November 2013
When I heard we were getting this product - in NOVEMBER - I was a little peeved. First of all, I already have a bronzer that I use and love. Second, it's winter!! No one wants to look like an oompa loompa! Then I tried this bronzer. It is very very subtle on my skin but gives a very nice glow. It's actually a perfect winter bronzer. It looks more like a blush than a bronzer, but once you put it on you can see that it is more tan than pink. Definitely a great product!

August 2013

One of my favorite things about ipsy is that if you get something you don't want - you can head to the trade boards over at Makeup Talk and trade someone for something you DO want! That is actually how I ended up with at least 2 of my 5 favorites! This is one of those items. I received the pumpkin mask, but after hearing that it wasn't good for sensitive skin, I traded it for the jojoba scrub. I was so happy with the scrub that I traded again for another one, so I ended up with two! I have since purchased the full size from the MT website. I love that this scrub is gentle and ok to use on sensitive and/or acne prone skin. I definitely recommend to anyone who is in need of a good scrub!

September 2013
I have never been able to find an HG liquid eyeliner pen - but this little guy is now the winner! I did not receive this in my bag - but was able to set up a trade for it, and I am SO GLAD I did! Even though this item is pretty cheap ($6.99 at RiteAid), I still wanted to be sure I liked it before I bought it. And I LOVE IT. It has a super slim tip that applies the product without tugging at your eyelids. It's super easy to make a thin line with it. At $6.99, this product is a total steal and has since become a staple in my daily makeup routine!

October 2013
The reason why this is my number one pick is because when I got this in my Glam Bag, I was just starting to really get into shadow brushes. I only had really cheap ones before this. I know, these brushes are actually REALLY cheap, but they also work really well. I loved how if felt when I held it and when I applied my eyeshadow. I ended up ordering a whole bunch of shadow brushes shortly after receiving this one. I love them and I use them every day! I cannot recommend these brushes enough. They run from $1.95 - $5.95 each on the Coastal Scents website. I recently places a second order of brushes from them, due to arrive this week!

I think the reason that I love ipsy SO MUCH is that they always have a huge variety of products, and if you aren't happy with what you get - just trade it! I have never had a problem setting up a trade, even for the most coveted items in each month's bag. I also feel like you can't really go wrong with $10 bucks a month either. It fits my budget well and I don't plan on stopping any time soon!

If you would like to try out ipsy for $10 a month - here is my referral link: ipsy YAY!

What products have you loved from your ipsy bag?? Let me know!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Top 5 Favorite Discoveries from Glossybox!

Hello lovely ladies!

I'm back today with some of my very favorite discoveries from one of my subscription boxes - Glossybox! My love for subscription boxes started several years ago when I first heard about Birchbox. I think I saw it in a magazine or something - so I subscribed to Birchbox for a year. I really loved the idea of getting samples in the mail every month! Once my subscription ran out I didn't renew, but ended up getting a 3-month sub gifted to me for Christmas last year. It reignited my love for getting samples in the mail, so I went and searched for other subs like it. Man, was I missing out not knowing that there were TONS of other boxes like Birchbox!

I did a lot of research on which boxes would suit me best, and I decided on Glossybox. I started subbing in March 2013. After a month or so, I was sucked into the subscription box vortex and decided to get ipsy. I received my first ipsy bag in May 2013. So far, I've loved different things about both boxes, even though they are very different. I've discovered some really amazing products in both boxes! Here are my five favorite discoveries from Glossybox!

Price: $21/month
From their website:  "A beautiful box full with beauty treats - GLOSSYBOX is the perfect beauty surprise - for friends, loved ones, even yourself! For $21 per month, you’ll get a beautifully wrapped box containing five deluxe-sized beauty products delivered directly to your doorstep.”

April 2013
I really like this blush. I wasn't expecting to, but it is actually really pretty. I usually only wear matte blush, and this one has some shimmer to it. I used it a ton this summer.

NUMBER 4 - c.Booth Dry Oil Mist
June 2013
This stuff is AMAZING! Another product I used a ton this past summer. You can spray it on when you get out of the shower and it absorbs quickly. It leaves your skin feeling hydrated and smelling heavenly! I was also excited to find this brand at my nearest Target, so it's affordable and easy to find!

August 2013
When I first got this powder and tried it, I really didn't like it. It was much thicker than any other pressed powder I had ever tried. After playing around with it a few times, I realized that on a good skin day I could wear this without any foundation, which was PERFECT for hot summer days! I am now using it to set my under eye concealer on a daily basis. 

October 2013
This may actually be tied with my number one product for most favorite Glossbox find. The only reason it is in the #2 spot is because my number one gets used everyday - and this baby I use only sparingly! I am beyond obsessed with this perfume - it is absolutely perfect! It's main note is green tea, but it also has notes of jasmine, orange, bergamot, and rose. I set up a trade for a second sample bottle - so I have 2 of these little guys hanging around. Just enough for me to save up and buy the full size. (Am I the only one who hates shelling out an arm and a leg for a tiny bottle of perfume?!)

NUMBER ONE - Tarte Lights, Camera, FLASHES mascara
October 2013
Uhg you guys - this MASCARA! I have a love affair with mascara...I want ALL the mascaras all the time. I wasn't sold after my first try, but after a few days of getting used to the brush and applying this, I haven't used another mascara since! I do love my drug store mascaras, too. This stuff is just SO GOOD. I am so glad that they sent us the full size!

So those are my top 5 favorite discoveries from Glossybox so far! I am currently subscribed month-to-month, so we will see what the future holds for me in terms of boxes I will actually buy this year. I WILL say that for me, it seems like the collaboration boxes are definitely the best ones they put out. My 2 favorites so far were the Dallas Shaw box and the Byrdie box. 

Stay tuned for my ipsy favorites!!!