September Birchbox

I received the following:

Dear Clark- Resurrecting Wash
Dear Clark- Resurrecting Rinse
Juicy Couture- Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Perfume
Shiseido- Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
Temptu- S/B Highlighter In Champagne Shimmer

My review…

*Resurrecting Wash- I love that this shampoo is natural. It cleansed my hair and scalp well. Full-size of 8.5 oz is $24.  Would I purchase it? No,because I’m currently using Carol’s Daughter 7-In-One Shampoo and like that more. 

*Resurrecting Rinse- It’s thick and again I love that it’s natural. It has a strong herbal smell though. It left my hair moist and shiny.Full-size of 8.5 oz is $24. Would I purchase it? No, because I like the Carol’s Daughter 7-In-One Conditioner a lot more. 

*Perfume- It smells good. It’s not as overly sweet smelling like some of their other fragrances. It’s a good fall scent. Full-size of 3.4 oz is $92. Would I purchase it? Yes 

*Concentrate- I’ve tried this before. I received a sample in one of my magazines. It moisturizes well. I haven’t used it long enough to see any anti-aging benefits. Full-size of 30ml is $65. Would I purchase it? Maybe 

*Highlighter- I wasn’t sure how this would look against my skin but it actually looks nice. It blends in well into my skin and is sheer. I put it above my cheekbones and it leaves a nice glow. Full-size of 1 oz is $27.50. Would I purchase it? Maybe. This is the first time I’ve tried a highlighter. If I decide to use it frequently then I’ll consider purchasing it. FYI- I don’t wear foundation or concealer so that’s why I’ve never tried a highlighter before. That’s for those of you that are like whaaat? Lol. My focus is eye makeup, which I am obsessed with. 

Disclaimer: I was not paid to do this review, nor am I affiliated with Birchbox. These are my honest opinions.

September Ipsy Bag

I received the following: 

  • Nourish Organic- Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser
  • Crown- C476 Crease/Shadow Brush
  • Cailyn- Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss
  • Pacifica- Eye Pencil 
  • Alterna- Caviar CC Cream 

Now for my review…

*Face Cleanser- It’s more of a liquid than a cream. It has cucumber to hydrate and soothe and antioxidant rich watercress in it. I love that it’s organic. It cleanses my face well. Full-size of 6 fl oz is $13.99. Would I purchase it? No because I like my current facial wash more. Ipsy Deal- Receive 30% off with IPSY30. Exp 11/30/14

*Crease/Shadow Brush- I love it! It’s great quality and you can never have too many double-ended brushes. Full-prize is $17.50. Would I buy it? Maybe, if I need another one if the future. Ipsy Deal- 30% off any purchase of $25 or more with code: CROWNIPSY30. Exp 12/31/14

*Lip Gloss(full-size)- I received the basic instinct shade. It’s a little too light for me. It’s slightly moisturizing but you’ll probably need to put some lip balm over it if you have really dry lips. Full-size is $19. Would I purchase it? No, because it’s too light. Ipsy Deal- Receive 20% off and two free deluxe samples of pure lust lip tint with code IPSYGIFT. Exp 10/31/14

*Eye Pencil- It’s creamy and very pigmented like a good eye pencil should be. It’s a very dark, sparkly, grey. The shade is called pewter. I like it. What’s interesting about it is that it has shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamin E and vitamin C in it. Full-size is $11. Would I purchase it? Yes. Ipsy Deal- 20% off any purchase with code FALLBEAUTY. Exp 10/31/14

*CC Cream- At first I didn’t realize this was for your hair. It smells good, like a high-end product. It claims to have the following 10 benefits: moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, UV protection, manageability, strength, anti-breakage, heat protection, and light hold. It left my hair shiny and smooth. It has a thick consistency. It’s a good finishing product. If you have fine hair it might be too heavy for you. It actually has caviar extract in it, which is interesting…Full-size of 2.5 oz is $25. Would I purchase it? Maybe. It was nice but wasn’t spectacular for my hair, which is relaxed and thick. Ipsy Deal- Receive 20% off any purchase and free shipping with code IPSY20. Exp 10/31/14

Disclaimer: I was not paid to do this review, nor am I affiliated with Ipsy. These are my honest opinions.

August Ipsy Bag

I received the following:

  • Coastal Scents- Eyeshadow Sampler 
  • Jersey Shore Sun- Anti-Aging Lip Conditioner 
  • Cali Cosmetics- Evulcano Body Creme 
  • Urban Decay- Perversion Mascara 
  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics- Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion

My review…The bag this month is really cute. A big improvement from last month’s bag. 

*Eyeshadow Sampler- I have a couple of custom Coastal Scents palettes, as well as the Revealed and Revealed 2 palettes. And I love them all! All four shades in this sampler are nice, but laguna green is da bomb. It’s the one on the upper right, above the dark blue shade. It’s a gorgeous green. Their shadow pots are $1.95 each and you can purchase a single, four piece, twelve piece, or twenty-eight piece palette to put them in. Would I purchase their shadows? I already have and highly recommend them. Ipsy Deal- 25% off your purchase at coastalscents.com with code blush25off. Expires 10/6/14

*Lip Conditioner(Full-size)- I love the smell of this stuff. It smells like lemon. I love that it’s USDA certified. It’s very moisturizing; however, I prefer to use it at night since it’s more of a heavy lip balm. Full-size is $5.50. Would I purchase it? Yes. Ipsy Deal- 50% off all Jersey Shore Sun Lip Conditioners at jerseyshoresun.com with code IPSY50. Expires 9/30/14

*Body Creme- It’s thick but airy at the same time. It’s a souffle-like texture. It absorbs quickly and also smells like lemon. It has volcanic minerals in it, which is interesting. This would be good to use to keep yourself moisturized throughout the day without looking like a greaseball. You can purchase it in three sizes: 30ml($4), 8.5 oz($24), or 16.9 oz($36). The sample is the 30ml size. Would I purchase it? Yes. Ipsy Deal- 25% off any purchase at calicosmetics.com with code IPSY25. Expires 9/30/14

*Mascara- The wand is nice and it creates a lot of volume, which I like. It doesn’t flake. I love the metallic packaging. Overall, it’s a really good mascara. Full-size is $22. Would I purchase it? Yes 

*Shimmer Lotion- Even though it’s a peachy color it goes on sheer once you blend it in. I love it. The shimmer particles are so small that it doesn’t obviously look like glitter. I wasn’t too thrilled when I initially saw it in my bag, but in the end it was a pleasant surprise. Full-size of 1 fl oz is $29. Would I purchase it? Yes. Ipsy Deal- Receive 20% off any purchase plus a free sample of liplocked at mannakadarcosmetics.com with code IPSY20. Expires 10/21/14

Disclaimer: I was not paid to do this review, nor am I affiliated with Ipsy. These are my honest opinions.

August Birchbox

This month you had a choice of the Everygirl box(which stated the samples you would receive), one sample that would be in your box, or a box curated based on your responses to the questionnaire. I chose the Everygirl box.

I received the following:

  • Benefit- They’re Real Push-up Liner
  • Harvey Prince- Hello Fragrance 
  • Acure Organics- Brightening Facial Scrub 
  • Number 4- Super Comb Prep & Protect 
  • Not Soap, Radio- Body Wash

My review…

*Eyeliner- I don’t like this at all. It applies really dry. And when I pressed down on it a little bit a big glob of it came out. That was annoying. Maybe I received a bad sample, but the product sucked. Full-size of 0.04 oz is $24. Would I purchase it? No 

*Fragrance- It smells fruity. It has meyer lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia, and plumeria notes in it. It’s a feminine, spring scent. I like it. Full-size of 50ml is $55. Would I purchase it? Yes 

*Scrub- I love this stuff. I already have it and it’s my favorite scrub. I love that it’s all natural. It’s paraben-free with argan stem cells, chlorella growth factor, French green clay, and lemon peel. I use my ring finger to scrub my face with it instead of my Clarisonic because it’s kind of gritty. It is expensive at $15; however, it’s the best scrub I’ve used. Full-size is 4 oz. Would I purchase it? I already own it :-) 

*Leave-In Conditioner Spray- It smells kind of funny. It’s not a bad smell, just weird. I feel like with leave-in conditioners a couple of weeks isn’t enough to adequately review them. It’s just alright. I do like that it has natural ingredients though. Full-size of 200ml is $32. Would I purchase it? No 

*Body Wash- This smells really good. It’s an awesome lemony smell. It lathers well too. It would be real nice as a bubble bath. Full-size of 13.61 fl oz is $16. Would I purchase it? Yes

Disclaimer: I was not paid to do this review, nor am I affiliated with Birchbox. These are my honest opinions.

ColourPop Eyeshadows

Recently I purchased seven ColourPop eyeshadows. They’re really pigmented and well worth $5(each). The company included this cute note with my order. Here’s a closer look at each shade…

This is Fantasy. It’s purple with blue glitter. 

This is Ibiza. It’s a gorgeous teal with silver and gold glitter. 

This one is Sequin. It’s a copper shade with silver and gold glitter. 

This is Sugar. It’s a gorgeous silver blue with silver, champagne, and gold glitter.

This is Get Lucky. It’s a gorgeous gold shade. 

This one is my fav..Say Hello To Liberty. It’s like liquid silver and the most pigmented shade out of all of the eyeshadows I purchased. 

This one is Envy. It’s black with purple glitter. It’s a great outer V shade. 

Here are the swatches. From left to right: Fantasy, Ibiza, Sequin, Sugar, Get Lucky, Liberty(It really is an amazing shade), and Envy. 

I love them all and plan on purchasing more. They offer free shipping for any order $30 or more in the US. You can check them out here

Groupon currently has a deal where you can get Michael Todd’s Eye-O-Sonic System and their intensive eye cream for $19.99(shipping is $3.99). Typically these products combined are $107.

The Eye-O-Sonic is similar to the Clarisonic Opal, which retails for $185. The following statement is from Michael Todd’s website: The Eye-O-Sonic combines ultrasonic waves at 160 oscillations per second plus ionic technology to get eye creams and serums deeper into the skin where they can do the most good. 

As you can see in the pic the deal ends in 12 days. You can purchase the system here: http://touch.groupon.com/deals/gg-michael-todd-true-organics-eye-system-3

Groupon currently has a deal where you can get Michael Todd’s Eye-O-Sonic System and their intensive eye cream for $19.99(shipping is $3.99). Typically these products combined are $107.

The Eye-O-Sonic is similar to the Clarisonic Opal, which retails for $185. The following statement is from Michael Todd’s website: The Eye-O-Sonic combines ultrasonic waves at 160 oscillations per second plus ionic technology to get eye creams and serums deeper into the skin where they can do the most good.

As you can see in the pic the deal ends in 12 days. You can purchase the system here: http://touch.groupon.com/deals/gg-michael-todd-true-organics-eye-system-3

PMD Personal Microderm Device- On Sale!!

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*Photo is from PMD Personal Microderm’s website.

On August 7th Good Morning America had a deal for the PMD Microdermabrasion device for $58(add $4 for shipping). The deal is going on until they sell out. So you can still purchase the device for $62. This is an awesome deal because the device retails for $179 on the manufacturer’s website. It also appears as if you are able to use a discount code on their website. Several YouTube gurus have 25% off coupon codes. This will bring the price to $51.45 including shipping. 

For those of you that are not familiar with microdermabrasion it basically removes dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. It also removes dark spots and blemishes, as well as reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s supposed to leave your skin looking and feeling great. It will also allow for your products to absorb better. You can purchase it here. The device is also featured in InStyle Magazine’s Best Beauty Buys of 2014. 

**UPDATE: Even though their website will allow you to use a discount code, DO NOT use one. It is not valid with this deal.

*Disclaimer- I am not affiliated with the manufacturer or Good Morning America. 

L’Oreal Paris Extraordinaire by Color Riche Liquid Lipstick Review

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This review is a little late but a couple of months ago I was chosen by Marie Claire Velvet Rope Club to try out L’Oreal’s new lip product. It’s the Extraordinaire by Color Riche. I received shade 304, ruby opera. 

It’s very creamy and moisturizing. The color is pigmented. It’s a little bit sticky but not enough to be bothersome. It’s long-lasting and will last through a meal. However, it’s not a lip stain. It doesn’t fully dry so if you touch your finger to your lips a little bit of it will come off. It’s more of a mix between a glossy lip balm and a lipstick. If you’re not into glossy lip products you probably won’t like it.

Overall, I like it. It’s a good product and it won’t dry out your lips. The glossiness of it is not over-the-top. It comes in 16 shades and retails for $9.99. You can purchase it at Ulta, as well as your local drugstore. 

Disclaimer: I received this product from Marie Claire for consideration. However, all opinions are my own.