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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♥

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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♥

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