Ipsy and Birchbox February 2016

I have 2 subscription boxes now and decided I should just talk about it all together this month.


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IPSY

The theme this month for Ipsy is Pretty in Pink and the colors of the items are very feminine and romantic.

 

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Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in I’m Kind Of A Big Deal

The color of this nail polish is so lovely; I’m King of a Big Deal is a really beautiful baby pink. I’ve personally never heard of this company but it’s a vegan and cruelty free company.

VINTAGE by Jessica Liebeskind – Sparkling Lipgloss in Pink Sequin

Another product received is a sparkling lipgloss that’s of course also in a very pink shade. It claims it has a “sheer, reflective formula provides luminous shine and sophisticated shimmer”.

Jersey Shore Cosmetics – Vanilla Bean Anti-aging Lip & Hand Polish

I received another exfoliating item this month but this one is geared towards the lip and hands. I thought it was a hand cream at first due to the packaging. It claims it’s “made with all natural brown sugar, vanilla bean extract, anti-aging vitamin E and nutrient dense jojoba oil, shea butter and plant extracts”; it sounds a product worth trying.

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Smashbox Cosmetics – Photo Finish Primer Oil

I’ve been looking into trying a new face primer lately so when I got this one in the bag, I was pretty thrilled. I’ve never tried a primer oil but since “this fast-absorbing hero blend of 15 essential and lipid-rich plant oils penetrate instantly to moisturize your face for seamless foundation application with a dewy, youthful finish”, it seems like a perfect primer.

Naked Cosmetics – Mica Pigment in Sierra Nevada #02 (champagne, shimmering nude)

This is probably the most interesting item I received in the bag. I didn’t even know exactly what it was for. After some research, I figured out that this is just pigment that is for flexible use on any part of the body. I have a pretty good feeling that this will call for a lot of creative uses. Though one thing that I didn’t quite like is the packaging; before I even opened the jar, I already saw some glitter on my hands and I know this is going to be a pretty messy product.

February Makeup Bag 

The makeup bag this month features a really simple and cute envelope/mail design. It has a nice pebble texture on the front of the bag and a smooth pink back.

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BIRCHBOX

For Birchbox, I chose the Date Night theme, which is aimed at creating an effortless evening look, and a majority of the items received were sample sized.

 

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amika Bombshell Blowout Spray

The blowout spray was one of the products I was excited to receive in this month’s birchbox. It’s a “lightweight spray [that] works on both damp and dry hair to give you the perfect blowout, protecting, nourishing, smoothing, and volumizing hair”. I’m in the middle of trying out the product and if it goes well, I might purchase the full size.

Catherine Malandrino Romance de Provence Eau de Parfum

I’m not a huge fan of perfume and I’m not much of a fan of this one. Lol nothing more to say…

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Liquid Lipstick – The Reds

I was pretty happy to receive a matte lip product. I’ve never tried a matte shade before so this one is a must try. But the product is so so small even for a sample size

 

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Whish Renewing Mud Mask

I love receiving mask especially these wash off mask. This one is “to refresh and renew skin, revealing a smoother, brighter, trouble-free complexion”. It also seems to be aimed at “random pimples, dryness, and flakiness” which is perfect of me.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator

This is a highlighter which gives a “subtle sheen that lights up your features”. Personally, I’m a fan of the Benefit Girl Meets Pearl and since this product does sound very similar, I feel like I’ll like it. In the packaging, it even comes with a template on where it suggests you could use on your face.

Ipsy does seem to have more full sized products and the bag seems a lot more useful than the box. But overall, I really liked this month’s subscription boxes/bags and I really enjoyed the very pink and feminine theme. What do you think of this month’s themed subscription boxes?

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