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Sep 162016
 

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription where each month you receive a Glam Bag with around five samples focusing on makeup and sometimes nails or skin care. The cost is only $110 per year with occasional savings options, and you can purchase full sized items from your bag on your Ipsy account for a discount.

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In this month’s bag:

  •  Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum sample – value $6.30?
  • Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme lip plumper (small) – value $10
  • BelláPierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Autumn Glow – value $20
  • Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Nail Polish in Va Voom – value $6
  • Clark’s Botanicals Age Defying Radiance Cream (10 ml) – value $23.80

Total value about $66.10.

This bag is pretty decent. The Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum is nice under makeup since it is not greasy at all. However, if you have really dry skin, I would go for something more intensive at night. The Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme lip plumper really only works for a couple minutes, then the swelling goes away. It is an OK lip gloss over some matte color though. I really don’t know of any lip plumpers that work for very long. The BelláPierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Autumn Glow goes on nicely, but use a light hand. The color looks sun kissed when applied very lightly. Otherwise you look like a bad bronzer job. The brownish blushes and lipsticks in right now remind me of my college days in the 90’s. Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Nail Polish in Va Voom is a really dark blue color, which is kind of fun. Although, I imagine it will chip right away, so I would prefer a lighter color. The brush is nice and it goes on smoothly though. The Clark’s Botanicals Age Defying Radiance Cream is good and reminds me of another botanical cream with sea buckthorn I used to use until my skin became too sensitive. My only beef with it is the price. There used to be a similar ingredient cream at Bath & Body Works for a fraction of the cost. This cream feels nice and smells good. I don’t know if it is defying my age, but hey, that is what miniskirts are for.

 

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The September  Beauty Box 5 is here! (Affiliate links)

Beauty box 5 is a beauty subscription box with 4-6 sample size (and sometimes full sized) beauty products like makeup and toiletries.
It is $12 a month by the month, $10 a month with a 3-month subscription, or $8.25 a month with an annual subscription. Sometimes the value of the box can be six times what I pay for a subscription!

In September’s box:

  • Pur-Lisse Blue lotus Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 – value $16.50
  • Be a Bombshell smooth Criminal HD Finishing Powder – value $7
  • Simple skincare Simple cleansing Facial Wipes – value $2.19 (at Bed,bath, & Beyond)
  • Happy Brands Happy Hair turban – value $18
  • Go smile Teeth Whitening gel – value $4.26

Total value around $47.95.
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This box was OK. I am normally not a huge fan of Pur-Lisse, but I kind of like this light moisturizer. I just wouldn’t use it as my heavy one at night. It goes nicely under makeup though. The Be a Bombshell smooth Criminal HD Finishing Powder is something I DO NOT have the hand of apparently. If I use it just over the other makeup, it either sits along all the little hairs, or it just sinks into the wrinkles, haha. It basically makes all of my flaws hi-def. I Like the Simple skincare Simple cleansing Facial Wipes. They are alcohol and paraben free and the 7-pack is perfect for travel. The Happy hair turban makes me laugh. I can see it being useful for moisturizing your face or keeping hair away while waxing eyebrows. I have not tried the go Smile yet, but I am excited. The reviews are mixed, but if it works even a little I might buy a large tube.

Overall, it is a useful box this month.

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