Ipsy June 2014

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I just got my Ipsy bag and that makes today one of my favorite day’s of the month!!


The Rebecca Minkoff bag was such an amazing thing to open my package to…It is so pretty and I can’t wait to throw minis in it and toss it into my purse.


The samples this month, on the one hand, are not that exciting.. I went to Generation beauty so I have the NYX Butter Gloss and the Laneige BB Cream Sample.


The Beach Spray is just another brand of a product that I have a lot of. The Bombshell product is a mascara and I also am at my capacity with those too and to be honest, I haven’t found many that I have liked as much as my staple choices. Finally, the one thing I might be excited to try but also isn’t something I would go for on my own is the electric blue eyeliner. I love bright mascaras but I am just not a dedicated eyeliner person. I just don’t pick it up to wear as often as some others might….so while it is the most exciting, it isn’t the most practical for me considering my makeup rituals.


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BirchBox February 2014 Us Weekly Edition

I got home and, without thinking about it being Sunday, opened it to find this surprise! Maybe it’s an LA thing or a President’s day weekend thing, but I couldn’t be happier!


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This is my first Birchbox….I almost subscribed when it first launched but there were a few things I didn’t like….1. there were a lot of perfume samples and at that time I was working in fragrance…that was  a waste of my money…2. everything felt like a sample size and to me that was less valuable than Ipsy…I know that Ipsy products are definitely a lower price point than some of the Birchbox products but I didn’t really have a need for prestige product samples (working in fragrance also meant I had access to the broader cosmetic brand community) and I am a more bang for your buck kinda person. I buy the prestige products anyways…I liked the idea of spending $10 and getting extra full size products to have around.


But here I am, a year or so later, and now a Birchbox subscriber!! So let’s pull this box apart and see what I got….


First thing first, this box also came with a one year Us Weekly subscription that emailed subscription signup so that’s not here but I’ll start getting it soon and that’s great…because now my guilty pleasure can come straight to me.


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Skin&Co Truffle Therapy Serum, Full size, $75

This stuff feels like and smells good so I will give it a shot but I have more serums than I know what to do with right now.

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Hello by Harvey Prince, full size, $55

This is nice and light and fresh. I will be tossing that into my handbag immediately for a nice little afternoon refresher.

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OPI Sheer Tint in “Don’t Violet me down”, full size, $9

I LOVE this…this is just one layer on my plain nails but I want to try it over white and other colors….it reminds me of the Julep Rock Candy. I will probably be buying this whole collection or sheer tints.

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Beauty Protector Protect and Oil, Full Size, $25.95

I tend to use the Bb. hairdresser secret oil or whatever it is called. But this stuff is great for when I blow dry or straighten. Which isn’t everyday but fairly frequently.

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Bonus Item, Harnet and Sons Fine Tea, full size, $9.60 

I know a lot of companies get grief when they send out tea as part of a subscription but as an “extra” I think Birchbox alleviates that tension while also pleasing people like me who LOVE getting tea like this. I went to a conference once where they had these exact teas and definitely stashed a bunch in my purse. They are so wonderful and I will probably be buying them now too.


I think for $10 bucks its one of those easy expenses you forget about and can justify spending even if you don’t have a good month. There are some great things I love but it’s also definitely not my favorite so far. I do like that it ties it into the store and you can earn points, etc. But now Sephora has competition except that this year, I am aiming for that VIB Rouge (okay, let’s not worry about what that spending threshold is).


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