Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March ipsy bag - Trés Jolie

ipsy sends out a glam bag with 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 since 2011 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.

***I have 2 invites for a free glam bag. It's for first time subscribers only!***

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.

Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

.84oz. Neogen Coconut Milk Cleanser Value = $6.33

1oz. Cake Desserted Island Supreme Body Mousse. Value = $1.72

.034oz. Tarte Tartiest matte lipstick in Rose. Value = $12.00

.05oz. Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Marissa. Value = $10.00

Chella Tweezers.  Value = $20.00

blush colored foldover makeup bag. 

The approximate value of this months bag is approximately $50.05.  I'm pretty happy with this bag. The only thing I don't care for is the matte lipstick. I like the color but matte lipsticks don't look great on me. I like the size of the eyeshadow and the color. Can someone tell me why tweezers are so expensive? I will definitely use these, mostly likely I'll put them in my travel bag/

Verdict: I'm happy with this bag. I love the actual bag, it's super cute.

Monday, March 27, 2017

March BeautyFIX box

The BeautyFIX by Dermstore is a monthly subscription box for beauty items. Each month Dermstore will send out a BeautyFIX box filled with skin care, makeup and hair care with a value of at least $100. The price on the website shows $34.95 but if you sign up for a monthly subscription the price is $24.95. Both prices include shipping. 

Price: $24.95-$34.95 a month with no option to skip.

Ships to US only, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico additional shipping charges apply.

The good:

Price: They send great products with a value of at least $100 that's 3-4 times the price of the box.

Want more: Since they have a retail website reordering is easy and all these products were easily found.

Referrals: If you refer someone that person gets $10 off a purchase of $30 or more and you get $10. 

Discount: They offer a discount if you want to purchase an item from your box.

The not so good:

Price: This is one of the higher priced subscriptions but the products are usually high end.

Skip: Their website is not user friendly.  I couldn't find an option to skip or cancel.

Products: You are likely to end up with products you won't use. The good news is the value is so high it's usually still a good value. 

Referrals: It's not a clickable link for referrals. You have to send an invite via email.

March BeautyFIX box

Contents of BeautyFIX w/approximate retail price from Dermstore listed:

FULL SIZE Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser. Value = $36.00

sample vial Skinceuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier. Value = $??

Sun Bum Sunless Tanning Towelette. Value = $3.20

Beauty Blender Blotterazzi. Value = $10.00?

2oz. June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist. Value = $11.41

FULL SIZE Evolvh Superfinish Polishing Balm. Value = $32.00

(5) Hum Nutrition Beauty ZZZZ melatonin. Value = $1.67

FULL SIZE Jouer Cosmetics Essential Lip Enhancer. Value = $16.00

.1oz. Vichy Idealia Life Serum. Value = $3.90

The total approximate value of of this BeautyFIX box is $115.00. I haven't reviewed this box in awhile but I've still been getting it. I was going to cancel it but I love the products they send even though I'm overloaded with products. I love that they send full size and high end products. I work nights and I'm always looking for something to help me sleep. I can't wait to try the Hum nutrition melatonin. I currently use Dream Water products but I'm always open to trying something new. I was hoping the blotterazzi would come in the compact like they sell online - it would help keep it clean in my purse. 

Verdict: Great box for full size and high end products. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring FabFitFun Box

FabFitFun is not a monthly subscription but quarterly. Each season you will receive hand-picked, high-end and exclusive gifts including beauty, fashion and fitness products. The items are full sized and premium with a value of $200+. The cost of this box is $49.99 billed every 3 months. 

Price: $49.99 every 3 months. Discount of $20 for yearly subscription.  

This subscription in available in the US only and ships from Los Angeles, Ca. 

The good:

The Products: You will receive mostly full size and premium products in each box and not just beauty items.

The Brands: They send well known premium brands

Quarterly: This is nice because monthly boxes can cause overload.

Info: They send a nice color information sheet that has all the product info and prices on it.

The not so good:

Price: The price is a sticker shock, but it's only 4 times a year as opposed to monthly.

Spring FabFitFun box

Contents of the FabFitFun box with approximate retail price/value:

Gypsy 05 Roundie. Value = $50.00

Briogeo Rosarco Leave-in conditioning spray. Value = $20.00

Milly Zip water-resistant pouchValue = $45.00

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliator. Value = $79.00

Karuna Hydrating Face Mask. Value = $28.00

Realher Lip Kit in Neutral Pink. Value = $48.00

Deborah Lippmann mini nail polish set. Value = $19.00

Luv AJ Diamond Kite Crawler Earring Set. Value = $85.00

The total value of the summer FabFitFun box is $374.00. As a yearly subscriber I was able to choose which jewelry item I wanted. I've been wanting to try the climber earrings for awhile so I picked those. You could also pay a little bit more and get both jewelry items! I was hoping to be able to customize the roundie, the lipstick and the pouch. Unfortunately for me I received my least favorite designs in each item. I'm sure I can do a little trading though. The lipstick color will probably be ok but I was hoping to get the red cause I've been kind of feeling reds lately. I'm super happy about the Luv AJ earrings though. I've been wanting to try this style for awhile. I'm also stoked about the leave-in conditioning spray and the Dr. Brandt - two of my favorite things 

Verdict: Overall this quarters box was great and well worth the money!