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Birchbox vs Ipsy

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Hey y’all! I have had a pretty decent week so far. How about y’all? Decent until last night, that is. Apologies for no post last night. I had a doctor appointment yesterday afternoon and had to get blood drawn (which is every appointment ugh) and I decided to treat myself to some retail therapy. I got a few things at our local Belk store, which is similar to Macy’s, for those who don’t live in the South. After that, I popped in to see my grandparents for a bit, then to the grocery store. I’ve been having trouble with my truck again and took it back to the repair shop today, so I needed to make sure I had everything I needed, in case they kept my old girl for a while. Well, the grocery trip was the final straw for my body. You’d think, after having this diagnosis for as long as I have, I would realize that my body has significant limits. Maybe I’ll learn one day. When I got home, I was already in a good deal of pain, but I had to get the groceries in and put away. All of my helpers are gone! By the time I finished that, I could barely move. I even fell asleep without taking off my makeup, or changing into my jammies. It was that serious. I feel much better today, though, thankfully! I can’t afford to have too many days like that. I have things to get done and dreams to reach, after all!

My ipsy (affiliate link) bag came today and I thought this would be the perfect day to do a head-to-head with Birchbox (affiliate link).

Let’s start off with this month’s Birchbox. I really like the white and gold box this month. I really wish I could find a use for these boxes. They are so pretty and I really hate tossing them out every month. I don’t give enough gifts that I could justify keeping them, and storage space is at a premium in a 700 sq ft house haha I wish Birchbox was a little more makeup oriented. It seems to favor hair care products, and honestly, I just don’t use products in my hair that often. There are two hair products this month, a shampoo/conditioner and a hair oil:

That being said, these products seem to have been hand-picked for my unique hair issues. The shampoo/conditioner are for brightening blonde hair. The oil is argan oil infused and is supposed to keep frizz under control, as well as protect from UV exposure and heat styling damage. We’ll see how it works for my naturally frizzy hair because I am constantly on the hunt for a product that will actually work. Funny enough, both products kinda of smell the same. It’s kind of floral, kind of fresh. I’ll be able to better figure that out when I use them.

 

Next up are the two makeup products, a strobing pencil from Lord & Berry and a plumping lip gloss from Pixi by Petra. Let’s talk about the strobing pencil first. I’m glad the card that comes in every Birchbox tells you where this should be used and the cheekbones is not one of them. I gasped when I saw how small and sharp the point on this pencil is. They recommend it for the nose, inner eye corner, brow bones and Cupid’s bow. I can definitely see it working some magic in those areas. It’s a beautiful frosty pink, which is my preferred highlight color. Now the lip gloss … if you don’t like peppermint, you will not be a fan of this. The peppermint scent is quite strong, but I imagine that’s where the plumping effect comes in. I haven’t used anything from this brand. If I am not mistaken, it is exclusive to Target, and the closest Target is a thirty minute drive on the highway. I’m also not a huge fan of plumping formulas. My lips are quite nice I think, so it’s never crossed my mind to use them. The color also looks a bit light for me, so I’ll likely have to use it as a lip topper.

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Alright, alright, alright … ipsy Glambag, come on down! I have been an ipsy subscriber for several months and I have noticed a definite pattern to the bags. There’s always a tool, a mascara and an eyeliner. Without fail. I really do like the brushes we get, and it’ll be ages before I really need to buy an eyeliner, because they tend to be full size haha Let’s talk about that eyeliner.

 

I have gotten this brand before (Beauty for Real I-Line 24-7 in Champagne Buzz) from ipsy and it’s a pretty good brand. The formula is nice and creamy and it dries pretty quickly. In fact, as soon as I took the pic of the swatch, I immediately went to the bathroom to wash it off, and I had to rub quite hard. Granted, I was only using a wet washcloth, but that’s great, as far as how it will wear, I think. Removal should be easy enough with some eye makeup remover. It doesn’t claim to be waterproof, but I would say it’s definitely water-resistant. Not sure how I will style a champagne colored eyeliner, but I’m sure I’ll have fun figuring it out!

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Next up is an angled shader brush from Luxie. This is also a brand that appears in ipsy glambags with some frequency, and that’s okay. These are right decent brushes. This one is rose gold and cruelty free, so it’s pretty much perfect!

Two skin care items were included this month, an egg white cleanser from SKINFOOD and a face cream from The Organic Pharmacy. Let’s jump in with the cleanser first. The Egg White Perfect Pore Cleansing Foam makes some pretty great claims: gentle, but hard-working to remove makeup, dig deep to clean pores, refine the pores and refresh the skin. Sounds great, if it actually does all of those things. We’ll find out soon enough! It has a very light, clean scent, which I like. I tend to be sensitive to smells and sometimes, they can trigger a migraine. I’d rather not have a strong scent all over my face, although, I do like light scents. And for the last skin product of the month, we have the Double Rose Rejuvenating face cream, for glowing, radiant skin. I am a sucker for rose-scents, and this has already garnered my attention. Not only is it rose, it’s double rose! This also caught my attention for another reason. I’ve talked before about having rosacea. One of the difficult aspects of that skin condition is broken capillaries on the face. I have broken capillaries all across my nose and my cheeks. Even with the rosacea under control, I’m left with the redness from them. I would say that laser treatments are the only option, but this product claims to reduce them!! I am quite skeptical of that, but if it works, I will hand over a blank check to The Organic Pharmacy. The scent is also incredible.

And finally, we have Ciaté London’s Wonderwand mascara. It’s an ultra volumizing formula and they swear it doesn’t smudge. We shall see, Ciaté .. we shall see. While we’re discussing mascara, something pretty cool happened regarding last month’s mascara selection from ipsy. I will link to that blog post here. My first impression of that month’s mascara was less than impressed. As usual, I linked the blog post in a tweet and ipsy actually read my blog. They were bummed about my experience with that mascara and wanted to send me another one to try. Of course, I agreed. I wanted to give Make Up For Ever a fair shot, and I am so glad I did! The new tube was nothing like the first one I received. My lashes looked fabulous!! So, huge shout out to ipsy for not only taking the time to read my blog, but to make right the issue I had with a product. That really showed me who you are as a company, and I liked what I saw.

So there it is, friends! What I think I will do, in order to get a real good grasp of the products, is use them as much as possible over the next two weeks, then come back and spill all the tea. I think that’s a more fair method for a head to head with these two services. Which subscription services to y’all subscribe to? What kinds of cool stuff did y’all get? Lemme know! I love hearing about the different stuff that people receive!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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August Glambag Unbagging

Happy Friday Eve, y’all! Tomorrow is the big day … we’re moving our daughter back to university to start her sophomore year! After the snake incident (it still has not been located, btw), she is more than ready to get back to campus. Can’t say I blame her, really. That means, though, that today has been filled with laundry and finishing up the last bit of packing. It also means that this post and tomorrow’s will go live later (and probably shorter) than usual. I really need to work on scheduling posts haha

Let’s talk about some Ipsy! I have talked about how much I love subscription boxes, and Ipsy was my first. The plan was to sub to Ipsy and Birchbox, decide which I liked more, then drop the other one. Wellllll … I have kept both, plus I have added Target, Walmart, Macy’s and now Sol Theory (exciting stuff on this one to come). They are totally addicting. I love when the time comes to learn what’s coming that month. I almost stalk my apps and websites. I Google spoilers. It’s a little sad haha but a lot of fun! I love being able to try products, some of them high-end, with minimal investment and waste. There are few things worse than spending $45 on a foundation, only to learn it breaks you out, or oxidizes terribly. Most stores have great return policies, but let’s be honest, I am that person. I will forget about it until it’s too late.

Subscription boxes nearly remove that completely. I say nearly because I still buy products that are not featured in the boxes. One thing I like, that Ipsy has started doing, is giving you the option to choose one product you’d like. I only found out about this through the newsletter from My Subscription Addiction. Every month, she lists your options and you just email Ipsy and tell them which one you want! Super easy, but I’ve only done it once.

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This month, Ispy did some cool stuff. For one, there are four full-sized items. Two sheet masks, an eyeliner and a brush. The second cool thing was having three different bag possibilities. Since I tend to be insanely positive, my bag is quite fitting. I was super excited about almost everything in this month’s bag. If you have read my blog for a week or two, you will know how much I like skin care and face masks, of any kind. I am working on perfecting winged liner, so any liquid eyeliner is a fantastic option, and I am desperate for a GOOD blending/crease brush. I’m pulling for you, Glamour Dolls! The only thing I have tried from my bag so far was the mascara, and it was awful. I know MUFE is a good brand. My only thought was this sample sat in a warehouse for a while, thus drying the product out.

Do y’all subscribe to any monthly boxes? Which ones? What are your favorites? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Hey Hey, It’s Sephora Play!

Well, technically, it’s Play! by Sephora, but that wouldn’t rhyme! Happy Friday, lovelies! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! Mine certainly got better at the end. I got three deliveries, one from Sephora, one from Pur Cosmetics, and one from Macy’s. We’ll be talking about all of those next week. When I checked my mail today, I was shocked to see my Play! by Sephora box inside. That box usually doesn’t come until later in the month and it’s never gotten here before Ipsy or Birchbox! YAY!

This is my third month with this subscription service, and I’m pretty pleased so far. I’m quite happy with all of my subscriptions, to be honest. I love being able to try out a product, with minimal investment. If I don’t like it, it’s not a big deal, and there have been some products that just weren’t my cup of tea. Overall, though, everything has been great. One thing I particularly like about Sephora’s service is you get five deluxe samples plus a fragrance sample. I’ve become a bit of a perfume junkie lately, and this is a GREAT way to find new scents. In fact, I have found a few new fragrances that I cannot live without now … looking at you Versace Bright Crystal!!

Let’s jump on in!

For starters, how flipping cute is this bag??? And I love that they used the Periodic Table to talk about beauty ingredients! As always, you get 50 free Beauty Insider points with purchase, but they have to be used in-store. That’s a big bummer if you don’t have a store nearby. I think one was recently built in our JC Penny store, but I haven’t been there in ages. Guess I should go and check it out! Also, these points are not good forever. They expire on the last day of the month after you get your bag. In other words, these 50 points I got with my August box expire September 30th.

Lets dig into these goodies, shall we?

Starting with skin items, there’s a mini Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation stick in the shade Shell ($46). It looks light enough for my skin tone, so YAY! Next up is Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum ($98/1oz). This is something I am SUPER excited about! It looks very glittery in the bottle, but doesn’t seem to be too much on the skin. I just had to put a drop on the back of my hand, once I saw it haha It smells wonderful!! This has actual Greek saffron and, from what the paperwork says, it takes 150 Krocus flowers in order to produce one gram of saffron. Finally, we have the beautyblender micro.mini sponge applicator ($18). These are the perfect size for concealer, and maybe using a damp sponge will keep my under eye area from looking so dried out and crease-y.

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I’m not really a huge fan of the hair products that come in these boxes. Most are texturizing sprays or volumizing sprays. My hair has plenty of both haha and sprays just make my hair out of control or sticky. This spray from Alterna Haircare, Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist ($30/4.8oz) is both volumizing AND texturizing, so it should be interesting! This has a wonderful citrus scent, so I will definitely try it out. I’m just not going to have high hopes hahaha

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This is an interesting product, Clinique’s HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo. This must only come as a mini, because I cannot find it on the Sephora website anywhere. I have never used a lash primer before, and this claims to be moisturizing, which I could probably use. I try to only use waterproof mascara (watery eyes and living in the South haha) and that has to be hard on lashes. It also says using the primer will create more a more vibrant and longer lasting eye look. I am looking forward to seeing what effect this will have on my mine!

Finally, we have my favorite part of the Play! bag:

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I had to laugh when I read the description of My Burberry Black ($72/1oz) … “inspired by the iconic Burberry trench coat” What??? It features a blend of jasmine, candied rose and amber. How do those scents jive with a trench coat, exactly? It also has peach and patchouli. Don’t get me wrong, it smells incredible. I just don’t understand how a trench coat was the inspiration for the scent hahaha

So, that’s my August Play! bag. This service is $10 a month and I think it’s well worth that price. If I went out and bought full sizes of these products (not including the Clinique duo), the total cost would be $264. What do you think? Do you subscribe to any of these boxes? Which ones are your favorites? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Sephora mini haul and July Play! box

Good Tuesday, lovelies! I hope everyone is doing well on this fine day! It has been quite rainy here, and this weather is KILLER for those of us with chronic pain and/or conditions. I don’t know what it is about the barometer falling, but the storms yesterday and Sunday sent me into a horrible flare. None of my prescription opiates were working and I spiked a fever, which is pretty common. I am not fully recovered yet, today, so I thought I would do an easy and fun post!

I am the worst when it comes to online shopping. Having access to apps makes it even worse hahaha I get emails from Sephora and Ulta daily, telling me all the cool things they have on sale. And I am weak!! Weak, I say! This is a mini haul, because I actually practiced some self restraint. It was tough … have you guys seen the new Sephora Pro palettes???? It took every bit of self control not to put one of those suckers in my cart, but at $68 a piece, they’ll just have to wait. But they are soooo prettyyyyy …

 

I am pretty sure I’ve talked about the Clinique pep-start pods before, and the Sephora sleeping masks. I wouldn’t recommend the pep-start wipes for eye makeup. I have found (the hard way) that you have to use a little too much force if you are wearing waterproof products. They are great for face makeup, though. And those sleeping masks … y’all … incredible products and well worth the money. There is way more than one use in those little pods. I have also found the Sephora brand lip balm to be some of the best I have ever used on my lips. They seem to be perpetually on sale at $4, which makes them very much worth trying out. The formula is very smooth and buttery, and delivers lasting hydration. I have not used the blotting papers before, so I am looking forward to trying them out. Nor have I used the Caudalie facial mist, but I know the brand’s reputation is impeccable, and I read grape water is great for soothing rosacea. Win-win! Finally, the freebies!! I am excited to try out the eye makeup wipes. I’m not gonna lie … I’m a lazy girl  sometimes and I just want to lie on my couch instead of taking off my makeup. With these, coupled with the Clinique pep-start pods, I can do just that hahahaha! I am unfamiliar with the Jo Malone perfume, so I’m also excited to try that out, and a girl can never have enough Juliette has a gun 🙂

On to July’s Play! box …

 

Isn’t that a cute little bag? I am most excited about the Peter Thomas Roth mask. I use a facial mist from that brand (same line, in fact) that is AWESOME (and always sold out at Sephora … that’s how amazing it is)! Also very excited about the perfume. I spritzed a bit on a piece of paper and it is divine! Sephora Play! runs about $10. They do charge tax, so it does vary based on where you live.

Do you guys sub to any subscription boxes? I also do Ipsy and Birchbox. What are your thoughts on sub boxes? Love ’em or hate ’em, or just confused by them? Lemme know!
Carrie♥

Mascara Review

I got my ipsy bag today, finally. It has never, ever gotten to me this late before. I even got a “sorry for the delay” email a week ago. Despite the tardiness, I am overjoyed with ipsy. I have loved nearly everything I’ve gotten from them, and I’ve always gotten things in very complimentary colors. I always worry when I see the color choices of, say an eyeliner, and they are gold or brown. I always implore the powers that be to provide me with the brown one haha! 

This month, I was blessed with a mini mascara. I am always on the hunt for a jam up mascara. I like my lashes, but when I’m wearing the right mascara, my lashes look phenomenal. This month’s offering was a “right” mascara. 


I received a mini tube of PÜR Cosmetics Fully Charged mascara, in black.  It’s an anti-aging formula that, according to the website, uses “a “magnetic” polymer matrix that wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define each lash for long-lasting performance.” (http://www.purcosmetics.com/fully-charged-mini

Those are pretty bold words, until you actually use the product. Then, you realize that it really lives up to the hype. In the picture below, I used one coat. ONE COAT, people!! 

That’s pretty impressive, if you ask me. The tube I was sent is not waterproof, and I prefer a budge-proof formula, especially in the summertime. I wore this out this afternoon for about two hours and there was no smudging. It was super easy to get off my lashes, too. I always use coconut oil to remove eye makeup, and it cut through the mascara like it was nothing! 

This definitely made a very good first impression. My lashes were well coated, separated, lifted, fanned out. Just about every good thing that can be said about a mascara, I’m saying. The only drawback, and it’s slight, is that this isn’t waterproof, and I couldn’t find a waterproof version of this formula on their website. Again, it’s slight, but it is a drawback for me. However, that will not stop me from purchasing the full size when I finish up this little baby size. Aren’t travel size makeup products the cutest? Check it out, let me know what you think. What are some of your favorite mascaras and what do you recommend? 

Carrie❤️

UNBOXING!

I love unboxings. I think they are a really fun to see what comes in subscription boxes, and I’m a huge fan. It’s not always easy for me to get out of the house, and I don’t always feel like I can stand in a makeup store and check out everything they have. Let’s face it, I think any makeup lover can get lost in Ulta or Sephora haha! I have gotten lost in Ulta and I don’t always realize in the moment what I’m doing to myself, standing and walking around for an hour or two (or three hehe). Subscription boxes are a really cool way for folks like me to check out new products without a huge investment in time, money or physical exertion.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that Target and Walmart offer beauty boxes!! Target’s box isn’t a subscription, meaning you actually have to go to the website and order every month. For around $7, that’s not such a bad thing. Walmart offers two boxes, the Classic, which is geared toward women over 35, and the Trendsetter, geared toward women under 35. Their boxes are sent quarterly, and are $5 each. I used my daughter’s info to order the Trendsetter. I can be trendy. No, really, I can be!

My poor box took a beating, but check this out! Included items are a Masque Bar soothing sheet mask, a full size Sinful Colors Professional nail polish in Clad in Plaid (It’s showing up orange but it’s not. It’s more of a pinky coral.), a Schick HydroSilk 5 blade razor, and NYX Goctha Covered concealer in medium. Also, travel sizes of Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, Hawaiian Tropic 30 SPF sunscreen, and John Freida sea salt spray. There was also a $3 off on a $15 beauty purchase, not pictured. That’s four full size products and three travel size. With tax, this was a little under $8. This box is valued at $31.93. I call this one a winner!

The first photo is the Classic box. There’s a collagen mask from SOO AE (one of my fave skin care companies), a royal jelly night cream from Bert’s Bees, coconut oil moisturizer and liquid coconut face oil from Palmer’s, a travel size roll-on deodorant from Ban, travel shampoo and conditioner from Gliss and a travel size Colgate Optic White Beauty toothpaste. The Trendsetter box contains several of the same items, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, moisturizer and face oil. There’s a sample of Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse foundation (and a coupon), a travel size Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment conditioner, Bioré baking soda acne scrub, and a travel size Dove deodorant. I couldn’t find a value for the boxes. These travel size items are coming in very handy, as my daughter is leaving Monday for a two week trip to Canada, via train. It’s her first trip by herself and certainly her first time out of the country! These boxes came just in the nick of time haha

I think these are fabulous boxes for the price.What are your thoughts? Thinking about adding these to your subscription list? To order the Target box, simply go to their website and search beauty box. To get on the Walmart list, click here  and enjoy!

Carrie♥