Ipsy Glam Bag May 2014

“It’s Ipsy bag time”, as my favorite youtuber stilakiss33 would say! Well this months bag is a super cute canvas bag with a green leaf pattern and green zipper. I think this is the first canvas bag I’ve received from them, so the change is nice. Now on to the products in the bag:

Therapy Session Hair Mask 60 mL

First up was a hair mask from Eva.Nye, a brand I’ve never heard of. The packaging is bright and springish, but the smell, oh dear god the smell! One of the girls on MUT (makeuptalk.com) said it smelled like “bad breath” and she’s kinda right. I don’t know if I want to use this and have to smell my hair all day. Full size 2.03oz value $12 (-$200 for the smell)

Up next was a sunscreen from Hang Ten with SPF 50. I remember this brand being cool when I was a kid, I really love the colorful packaging and the cute feet. This product adsorbed quickly and has a light tropical fragrance. Over all I will use this, but it’s not really exciting.  Full size 3.4 oz  $12.99, I received a deluxe sample 1 oz valued at $3.85.

I also received a Pacifica eyeshadow duo #1, a light champagne and golden bronze color. I’ll be honest I didn’t open this, I have so many shadows in these colors I know it would just sit and not be used. I was curious about the quality and formula, so I searched and found most people found it to be chalky with little color payoff and the lid breaks off very easily.  I was planning on gifting it, but who do I dislike enough to give a chalky/cheap eyeshadow??? It looks like this was made exclusivity for Ipsy, so as far as value goes…a full size shadow sells for $14.

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Again I received a microdermabrasion product, last month I received the Dr. Brant’s one. Come on Ipsy mix it up a bit!! Could it be a dupe for the Dr. Brant? It is in very different packaging, but the size of the exfoliatior beads and the smell is the exact same. I will be doing a side by side later this week to verfi this and will update this post.  Full size is 2 oz and $32, I received  1 oz valued at $16.

Last but not least was the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive. I was really hoping to get this, I have a few of the Colorburst Stains and love em. Unfortunately this color really washed me out, I had a “under the weather” kind of look. Not Cute! The product it’s self was nice, creamy application that dried down to a soft matte finish. I would purchase another color from this line and think Revlon makes very nice lip crayons.  Full sized $6.50.

 

I was less then impressed by the contents of my bag, sorry to  be a Debbie Downer. In fact I almost didn’t blog this bag, if you don’t have something nice to say….well here I’ll just said it. I still love my Ipsy subscription and for $10 a month it’s totally worth it. I will say out of all the bags I’ve gotten this was my first boo bag, they really do a great job…most of the time! The total value of my bag was $52.35, but for me the value is just $17. $16 for the scrub and $1 for the sunscreen (that’s what I’d pay for a tube of Coppertone) plus the bags value.

 

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Men Glossybox June 2014 *Spoilers*

What do you give the man who has everything?   Men’s GLOSSYBOX for Bergdorf Goodman ($40) + 6 exclusive grooming products + $25 gift card, redeemable at Bergdorf Goodman Men’s store and bg.com  *Order by June 5, 2014 to guarantee delivery by Father’s Day >> Shop Now

Glossybox is also producing a men’s box with Bergdorf Goodman. The box pictured above is the only variation and will cost $40, it will include a $25 Gift Certificate for use at Bergdorf Goodman. This would be a great Fathers Day gift!! BUT this is Glossybox and they did not get their Mother’s Day box to everyone in time. So be sure you have a back up plan…

Glossybox May 2014 & Promo Code with *Full list of Spoliers!*

Here it is the full list of products we’ll see in this months May Glossybox!

This information is coming straight from Bergdorf Goodman:

You will be receiving 6 of the following 15 items listed below.

Each box is guaranteed to contain 1 sample from each of the following vendors

Lancer, Napoleon Perdis and Revive chosen at random and the remaining 3 samples are picked at random. 

1. Alterna CAVIAR CC Cream 25ml/0.84 oz
A miracle leave-in hair treatment that delivers 10 benefits in one easy step.

2. Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolue 7.5ml/0.25 fl oz
A breathtaking, seductive rose scent.

3. Lancer Eye Contour Lifting Cream 5ml/0.16 fl oz
An ultra-rich cream formulated to treat the eye area.

4. Lancer Lift Serum Intense 5ml/0.16 fl oz
This Lancer serum delivers firming and lifting effects to skin.

5. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer 15ml/0.5 fl oz
Auto Pilot helps to prime and soothe the complexion to help makeup last even longer.

6. ReVive Intensite Volumizing Eye Serum 3ml/0.1 fl oz
This advanced formula helps visibly plump, rebuild volume and re-contour the delicate eye area.

7. ReVive Eye Renewal Serum Firming Booster3ml/.01fl oz                                                                          This powerful yet lightweight serum helps to tighten the delicate area around the eyes.

8. Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss 3ml/0.1 oz
Brilliant Gloss is made from a hydrating and enriching formula that imparts long-lasting color and brilliant shine.

9. Iluminage Skin Prep Gentle Cleanser 15ml/0.5 fl oz
This gentle cleanser helps clean skin of makeup and impurities.

10. Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara 4g/0.14 oz
The Essential Mascara delivers seductively glamorous lashes.

11. Lancome Absolue L’Extrait 5ml/0.16 fl oz
Absolue L’Extrait helps reveal firmer, more elastic, more radiant skin for fascinating beauty.

12. Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara 4.5g/0.15 oz
A sensational all-round mascara with dramatic, cinematic results.

13. Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating Cream 5ml/0.16 fl oz
This luxuriously textured cream envelopes the skin in nourishing botanicals to promote softness and vitality.

14. Aerin Beauty Rose Hand & Body Cream 15ml/0.5 fl oz
A silky, lightweight rose-scented hand and body cream that drenches skin with moisture.

15. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer, Box of 7 Sachets, (1ml/0.03 fl oz)
Auto Pilot helps to prime and soothe the complexion to help makeup last even longer.

* I couldn’t find a photo of the Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer (as least not in a box of sachets??)

If you made it all the way to the end…Here’s your prize, a promo code for 15% off :

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(not valid on gift subs)

 

My Acne Cure…No Really!

I’ve battled acne for over 23 years! I don’t “do” antibiotics unless it absolutely necessary and couldn’t bring myself to possibility compromise my immune system for vanity sake. That being said I’ve tried EVERYTHING else, I just figured nothing works and I just have to live like this, I was so wrong…THIS STUFF WORKS!

Image of CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser

  Step 1 is the cleanser and although good, I find it isn’t strong enough to remove all my makeup at the end of the day. I do enjoy it for my morning wash or as a 2nd wash in the evening. It’s 6oz for $11.

Image of CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

Step 2 is the Bee’s Knee’s, this is the Holy Grail in my skin care routine!!! It’s a liquid exfoliant with 2% Salicylic Acid. “Oh but I’ve tried Salicylic Acid and it didn’t do anything for me”, yep that was my thoughts exactly. The problem with most SA products is the PH level is off, and because of this the product is ineffective. I apply this with a cotton round with a textured side, so that I get all the exfoliation I can. This has reduced the number of clogged pores that turn into acne to almost zero! Right now I have only 1 active blemish, which for me is unheard of (insert happy dance here)! The cost for this is $23, but I gladly pay double!

Image of CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide

Step 3 is the 5% Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatment, there is also a 2% treatment. I think this IS really good, I purchased the 5% because in my past experience I had no results with the lower levels. This one is really too strong for me! When I reorder I will purchase the lower level and use it as an all over treatment. For the price of $18 this bottle will last forever!

Paula’s Choice offers a full refund if you are unhappy with the products and so I tried the 15 day trial kit, on day 3 I knew this was something different. I have a promo code for $10 off your first purchase and today they have free shipping. So you can try this out for…wait for it…$5! Not good enough you can also use ebates to get an additional 5% back.

Save $10 off your first purchase, just click this link:

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Here’s my referral link to Ebates:

http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=Lm4mZ8aPLUGzuhogWVsZKQ%3D%3D

If you don’t use it yet, it’s amazing!! I started using it last year and have gotten almost $400 back…no strings attached!

 

Glossybox April 2014 Review *update*

GLOSSYBOX April 2014

This months Glossybox came with 5 items, 3 being full sized. All the boxes contained the same items with variations in the color of the nail polish, 13 different colors sent and 3 different fragrances of the body wash.  I must say this box was not my favorite, but here are my thoughts on what I received.

 

Body WashThe best product in my box hands down is the Caldera Body Wash. I received Coconut Fig Leaf and while they claim this is a brightening and free-radical fighting product, what really made me fall in love was the fragrance. It’s love at first wash and even with the $18 price tag it’s something I MUST have. The brand wasn’t on my radar prior to me recieving their hand soap in last months Popsugar box, which I also loved.  Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Paint Pot

This full sized Caite Nail Polish was what I was most excited to try out, unfortunately I received the color Snow Virgin (pictured above). Other then a french manure or some form of nail art, what would I do with this??? I can tell you I’d never spend $15 on a white nail polish…Bummer!

Vanilla Pink SUPER Gloss

This full sized Bellàpierre Vanilla Pink Super Gloss was another spoiler and I knew it would be in the box. I’ve recieved products from this brand before and was UN-impressed, I don’t believe for one second this brand has the value they place on it. I think it feels like dollar store quality, not even drugstore. No way in hell it’s worth $24!

Eyeshadow Sealer/Base

*Update: Stop Everything! This sucked as a eyeshadow primer, BUT rocked as a eyebrow primer. I use Anastasia Dip Brow and even as good as it is, I worry about wiping off a brow! I’m at 15 hours of wear and they look amazing, almost as good as freshly applied. No lie!!

This full sized La Splash eyeshadow primer is designed for glitter eyeshadow. I hoped it would work with some beautiful eyeshadow I own that are glitter bombs (yeah I’m talking about you Urban Decay). It’s states you should apply the shadow while the primer is still wet, but even wet I had major fall out and once it dried it made my other shadow impossible to blend. Swing and a miss on this one.  Full size $9

Relax Body Crème

My last product was this Aqua Spa body cream in lavender-camomile, while not full sized they did give us a generous amount to try.  This is a brand new company and they contacted me on Instagram to ask how I like their product. This was the 1st time a company had contacted me and I let them know if they sent me additional information on their brand I would include it here on my blog. I was told they would email me the next day…nope I never heard from them again. SO no inside scoop for you, just my honest opinion…I think the product felt nice on my hands but I hate the smell, while not too strong , it just wasn’t for me. The full size is $9 and not worth a trip to the dreaded Walmart to see if I like the other products.

Overall this box was blah….the one saving grace was the body wash, it’s fantastic!   Thank goodness the next box is going to be awesome, I’ve purchased 4 of Mays box! Why??? Check out my sneak peek and bonus post, you’ll be glad you did!

Sephora Fragrance Samplers *Updated 9/15/14

Christmas is just around the corner and Sephora’s Fragrance Samplers are a wonderful way to give her just what she wants. Why? She gets to try out a ton of fragrances and receive her favorite in a full size! These will all ship to you for free, but which one should you choose?

*Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler (Newest addition) $60

Sephora Favorites - Perfume SamplerSephora Favorites - Perfume Sampler

This is the newest sampler to be introduced (all the others are still available) and it’s another amazing value! You will have a choice of 14 of the top selling fragrances Sephora carries:

– 0.06 oz Burberry Brit Sheer & redeem for 1.7 fl oz Spray $66
– 0.04 oz Chloé Chloé & redeem for 1.0 fl oz Spray $75
– 0.06 oz Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black & redeem for 1.0 fl oz Spray $55
– 0.06 oz Elizabeth & James Nirvana White & redeem for 1.0 fl oz Spray $55
– 0.05 oz Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia & redeem for 1.0 fl oz Spray $45
– 0.06 oz Gucci Flora By Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia & redeem for 1.6 fl oz Spray $72
– 0.05 oz Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy & redeem for 1.0 fl oz  Spray $52
– 0.05 oz Lancôme La Vie Est Belle & redeem for 1.0 fl oz Spray $58
– 0.04 oz Marc Jacobs Daisy & redeem for 1.7 fl oz Spray $76
– 0.03 oz Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Rodriguez & redeem for 1.0 fl oz Spray $54
– 0.05 oz Prada Candy & redeem for 1.0 fl oz  Spray $64
– 0.04 oz Thierry Mugler Alien & redeem for 1.0 fl oz Spray $80 (Best Deal)
– 0.03 oz Versace Bright Crystal & redeem for 1.0 fl oz Spray $52

Sephora Favorites - Bottled Dreams Fragrance Sampler For Her

Sephora Favorites Bottled Dreams Fragrance Sampler $58

While this Sampler has larger testers, the redeemable sizes are smaller, most around 1 oz.
– 0.25 oz Balenciaga Florabotancia dabber & redeem for 1 oz Spray $70
– 0.15 oz Burberry Body Tender dabber & redeem for 2 oz Spray $68
– 0.17 oz Bvlgari Omina Crystalline dabber & redeem for 1.3 oz Spray $65
– 0.24 oz Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Rollerball & redeem for 1 oz Spray $55
– 0.24 oz Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Rollerball & redeem for 1 oz Spray$55
– 0.16 oz Gucci Guilty & redeem for 1 oz Spray $58
– 0.17 oz Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur & redeem for 2.5 oz Spray $72 (Best Deal)
– 0.14 oz Lancome La Vie Est Belle & redeem for 1 oz Spray $58

Sephora Favorites - Fragrance Sampler For Her

Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler For Her $65

This Sampler has the most choices at 14 and also has great values with 2 in $100 range.
– 0.04 oz Florabotanica by Balenciaga & redeem for 1.7 oz $100
– 0.04 oz Chloé by Chloé & redeem for 1.7 oz $105 (Best Deal)
– 0.05 oz Happy by Clinique & redeem for 1.7 oz $48
– 0.05 oz Love by Coach & redeem for 1.7 oz $72
– 0.05 oz Light Blue by Dolce&Gabbana & redeem for 1.6 oz $72
– 0.03 oz Very Irrésistible by Givenchy & redeem for 1.7 oz $71
– 0.06 oz Guilty by Gucci & redeem for 1.6 oz $77
– 0.04 oz Butterfly by Hanae Mori & redeem for 1.7 oz $68
– 0.05 oz Couture La La by Juicy Couture & redeem for 1.7 oz $72
– 0.05 oz La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme & redeem for 1.7 oz $78
– 0.04 oz Daisy by Marc Jacobs & redeem for 1.7 oz $75
– 0.03 oz For Her by Narciso Rodriguez & redeem for 1.6 oz $78
– 0.05 oz Florence by Tocca & redeem for 1.7 oz $68
– 0.06 oz Bright Crystal by Versace & redeem for 1.7 oz $69

Sephora Favorites - Fragrance Sampler for Her

Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler for Her $55

This set has one of the largest redeemable bottle, Clean Rain at 2.14 oz.
– 0.04 oz Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline & redeem for 1.3 oz $65
– 0.03 oz CLEAN Rain & redeem for 2.14 oz $69
– 0.06 oz Gucci Guilty Black & redeem for 1.0 oz $58
– 0.05 oz Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir & redeem for 1.7 oz $72 (Best Deal)
– 0.04 oz Marc Jacobs Honey & redeem for 1.0 oz $52
– 0.05 oz MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE & redeem for 1.0 oz $60
– 0.03 oz For her Narciso Rodriguez & redeem for 1.0 oz $54
– 0.05oz Prada Candy & redeem for 1.0 oz $64
– 0.05 oz Ralph Lauren Romance & redeem for 1.0 oz $49
– 0.05 oz STELLA MCCARTNEY Stella & redeem for 1.0 oz $50

Sephora Favorites - Fragrance Deluxe Sampler For Her

Sephora Favorites Fragrance Deluxe Sampler For Her$50

This Sampler is the least expensive, but has 2 of the largest redeemable bottles, Clean Skin and Marc Jacobs Daisy.
– BVLGARI Omnia Crystalline & redeem for a 1.3 oz $65
– Chloé Chloé & redeem for a 1 oz $75
– CLEAN Skin & redeem for a 2.14 oz $69
– ESCADA Especially Escada & redeem for a 1 oz $50
– Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia & redeem for a 1 oz $45
– Gucci Flora by Gucci & redeem for a 1 oz $64
– Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh & redeem for a 2.5 oz $89 (Best Deal)
– Paco Rabanne Lady Million & redeem for a 1 oz Not on website
– Philosophy Love Sweet Love & redeem for a 2 oz $36
– Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y & redeem for a 1 oz $60
– Tocca Cleopatra & redeem for a 1.7 oz $68