Monday, September 22, 2014

September ipsy bag - Street Style

Ipsy bag sends out 4-5 samples and a makeup bag for $10 a month with shipping included. If you sign up yearly it's $110 which brings the price down the $9.16 a month with shipping included.  I've been with them for almost two years and this is one subscription I am for sure keeping. They constantly have a high product value with products that I use.

Price: $10 a month with no option to skip. Discount offered for a yearly subscription. 

This subscription is available to the US and Canada and ships from Harrisburg, NC.

The good:

The samples: Usually you get at least one full size product in each bag.

The packaging: Each month the products come in a cute makeup bag for all your goodies.

Discounts: The almost always offer a discount on any additional purchases you want to make.

Semi-customized: You take a little quiz and your bag is semi-customized with products you will enjoy.

Points: You can earn points for reviews and referrals. You can redeem points for extra goodies in your bag. 

The not so good:

Skip a month? There is no option to skip a month.  You have to cancel.

Renewal. If your a yearly subscriber they automatically charge your credit card for another year when the paid for year is up. I think they should sent out an email prior reminding you that your year is almost up and it will automatically renew.

September ipsy Bag

Contents of bag with value and approximate retail price:

.3 oz. Harvé Bernard Precious Gold for Her fragrance. Value = $6.37

Hikari Lipstick in Cabernet. Value = $13.00

1 oz. Brigeo Don't Despair, Repair deep conditioning mask. Value = $4.95

.026 oz. Pacifica Natural Water-proof eyeliner in fringe. Value = $2.75

Be a Bombshell Smooth Criminal Powder. Value = $12.00

silver makeup bag with studs on it.

The approximate value of this months bag is $39.07. I am 100% happy with this bag. I have a full size Brigeo from another box but I'm happy to get another one. I really think using these deep conditioners helps especially if you have color-treated or heat damaged hair. I love the red color of the lipstick, so pretty. I am so thankful ipsy had the foresight to put the perfume in a zip bag because it leaked in the bag. I'm not a  huge fan of waterproof eyeliner but I like the color so it's a keeper. The thing I had no idea what it was for was the smooth criminal powder. It's silica so I figured it was used as a de-shine but I looked it up anyway. It gives you a matte finish when used over your foundation. I don't use liquid foundation all the time but I'll probably keep it around to try it out.

Verdict: This months bag was fantastic!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Julep Jewel Heist Mystery Box

Julep recently offered a new mystery boxed called Jewel Heist. Each box was promised to have a 100+ value. This one, like the other ones came with a prize for a few lucky winners. Fifty lucky people would win the birthstone collection, including the 3 colors not yet released. One lucky winner would win a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings. The price of the box was $24.99 and they also had add-ons you could purchase. Major mystery add-on was $14.99, the mystery add-on was $9.99 and the mystery polish was $4.99. I ended up buying all three but I had a coupon which saved me $8.99 so all of it came to $45.97.

Sadly I didn't win any of the prizes but I got some things I've been wanting.

This was the Jewel Heist Mystery Box.

This is the Major Mystery Box.

This is the mystery add-on.

This is the mystery polish.

Contents of the Jewel Heist Mystery Box: $24.99

Sweep Eye Shadow Palette in Neutral. Value $24.00/$19.20

Tatiana, shimmer, Boho Glam. Value = $14.00/$11.20

Surprise Rush Lip Gloss. Value = $20.00/$16.00

Blank Canvas Mattifying Eye Primer. Value = $22.00/$17.60

Eyeshadow Brush. Value = $18.00/$14.40

Set of 2 Hair Ties. Value $2.00??

The total value of this is $100 or $80.20 maven pricing. 

Contents of the Major Mystery Add-On: $14.99

Sweep Eye Shadow Palette in Neutral. Value $24.00/$19.20

Taryn, Holographic Glitter, It Girl. Value = $14.00 - this was only available in the "lucky" mystery boxes in March. 

Dawn, Créme, It Girl. Value = $14.00/$11.20

The total value of this is $52.00 or $44.40 maven pricing. 

Contents of the Mystery Add-On: $9.99

Annemarie, Créme, It Girl. Value = $14.00/$11.20

Shoshanna, Glitter, It Girl. Value = $14.00/$11.20

Catrina, Créme, It Girl. Value = $14.00/$11.20

The total value of this is $42.00/$33.60 maven pricing. 

Mystery Polish: $4.99

Kendra, Sheer/Frost/Pearl, It Girl. Value = $14.00/$11.20

In the end I got $208 or $169.40 maven pricing and I paid $46.00. I was bummed to see that I got two eye palettes. There aren't suppose to be duplicate items in the different boxes. I emailed Julep and they gave me enough points for a free polish for my trouble. I guess that's ok because I'm actually going to save one of the palettes for a Christmas gift along with the eye primer. I'm happy about the hair ties because I love those things. I was also happy about the lip gloss because I've been wanting to try it but didn't want to buy it. The Taryn color was exciting to see because although I have it already it was only available in the previous "lucky" mystery box. I totally don't mind having a dupe of it.

Verdict: All in all not a bad deal but I got a lot of dupes in the polish. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

September Beauty Box 5

Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service for beauty products including makeup, skin care, fragrances, nail care, body care, beauty tool and just about anything else beauty related.  Each month you receive 4-5 samples of beauty related items.  They have three ways to subscribe.  You can pay monthly for $12 a month, or quarterly $30 which brings the price down to $10 a month or yearly for $100 which brings the price down to $8.33 a month.  Shipping is included in all these prices.

Price: $12 a month with no option to skip. Discounts for 3 and 12 month plans. 

This subscription ships the the US and Canada from Austin, Texas. 

The good:

The brands.  Well known brands including some eco-friendly ones.

The pricing structure.  I like the options they have, monthly, quarterly and yearly.  Even the quarterly gives you a little bit of a discount.

Information: They have started including an information cards on the products in the boxes which I love

The not so good:

Skip a month. Currently there is no option for this.  If you want to skip you have to cancel.

September Beauty Box 5

Contents of box with approximate retail value.  

Nicka K New York Eyelight crayon in moss. Value = $4.49

.5 oz. Natural Style by FUBU Deep Conditioner & Co-Wash. Value = $0.42

Sally Hansen Toe Spacers. Value = $1.99

My Beauty Spot Nail Polish. Value = $4.17/$0.00 - My value is zero since when I opened it the first thing I noticed was nail polish all over the neck like it had leaked. The polish inside was so thick and gloopy it's unusable. 

.17oz. LashEm Chrislie Formulations 3-in-1 Eye Brights. Value = $13.33

The total approximate value of this month's box is $24.40 or 20.23 for me since I'm tossing the damaged nail polish. I could go through the process of emailing them and getting a replacement but honestly I probably wouldn't have used it anyway. I have tons of Julep, Zoya, Essie and Enchanteds to keep me in polish for the next 50 years. Also since I don't paint my toes I won't use the toe spacers but the last time I received one I put it in a gift bag so it worked out. I do love the color of the eye crayon though and can't wait to try it. I swatches it on my hand and it's really nice looking. I will definitely use the deep conditioner. At first I wasn't excited about the LashEm product but the description promises to make your eyes not look tired even if you are short on sleep. I will surely find a need for this.

Verdict: Ok box, and even though I didn't like two of the items I still got my moneys worth.

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