I would first like to apologize again for not posting more often this month. Life at work got really hectic really fast and I am only now beginning to catch up. I’m going to try really hard to post more often!
I will start with Ipsy.
First off, I absolutely love love love the bag this time! It’s a really nice shade of grey and I love the studs. I’ve been using it to store my makeup brushes, and it’s the perfect size for them to lay flat. And so far the zipper hasn’t fallen off like the orange polka-dot bag did.
Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil – $11.00
The eyeliner I received was in the color “fringe,” which is a fancy word for brown. The brown is not too dark and not too red, which I like. Brown/Red eyeliner’s don’t work for me, and I greatly appreciate the fact that I got an eyeliner wasn’t black. It goes on really well and I can easily smudge it into place along my lash line. I love the fact that it isn’t tested on animals and no animal products were used to make it. My only problem is that it’s water proof. I don’t use water proof because it doesn’t come off easily. Some people really like water-proof mascara and eyeliner, but I don’t. I find it a hindrance more than useful. I would definitely consider buying the full sized, but the sample was pretty big. I will be able to use it for at least another month.
Hikari Lipstick – $13
I’m pretty sure that we got the full sized product in the bag. The shade we received is called “Cabernet.” The color is nice, an almost purple red that is great for the fall. I’m not wild about the fact that it clumps awkwardly around dry patches on my lips. I would suggest putting on chaptstick before putting on the lipstick. The lipstick is also not great with staying on my lips for very long. When I put it on in the morning, it has rubbed off considerably after drinking my morning coffee on my ride to work. This is compensated for by getting a full sized sample to put on after the coffee. I’m not sure if I would buy this exact color again, but I would be willing to try a different color, something with a little less purple. See the shade below!
NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow – $4.50
I received what appears to be a full sized sample in the shade “Innocent.” The shade is a metallic-like brown. I like the shade and it’s definitely one I don’t have, but I was disappointed that when I put the eye shadow on, the shade simply doesn’t look the same on my eyes as in the container. For it to get even close to the shade in the container, I have to brush it on very thickly, at least apply it on three different times. Which is a bit too much effort to get a color that is only slightly darker than my natural skin tone. I have used it as a base for other colors to be layered on it several times. All and all, I’m not displeased with my sample, but I don’t love it either. I might consider buying other colors, however, I am way more likely to purchase the previously reviewed J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow. As you can tell from the above photo, you can’t see the shadow very well against my skin.
Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush – $6.99
Ironically enough, I was looking to purchase a new eye-shadow brush for the main application of eye-shadow on the top of my lid. I was excited to get to try this brush out, but alas my excitement was stunted when I got it. The shadow part of the brush (the wide and larger eye-shadow brush in the picture) is a little too wide for my eyes, and a little too flat to use above the lid and below the eyebrow. I have tried to use it in both ways on more than one occasion, but I just don’t like it for my eyes. The crease part of the shadow is definitely more effective for me. It does exactly what I want it to by seamlessly working the shadow into the crease of my eye. The brush is very dense which means I don’t have to use a lot of shadow. I probably won’t purchase another shadow brush anytime soon though, as I bought myself a nice set of Ecobrushes.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask – $26
I loved it. Plain and simple. It does exactly what it claims to do, which is to repair dry and damaged hair from hot tools and general living. My hair has a propensity to be dry, so this was great for me. After I used it my hair felt much softer and less brittle for a couple of days. My biggest gripe with the product was that the sample was a bit small. I only got two and a half uses out it and on the last use had to supplement the product with my own conditioner. That being said, this is the product I’m most likely to spend my money on.
Birchbox last month was in celebration of their anniversary so they gave extra samples.
Noir Cosmetics Long-Wear Eyeline – $15
I will talk about this first. It’s the only product not shown in the picture because I gave it away. I have already gone in-depth about black eyeliner and therefore I don’t feel the need to go on ad-nauseam about the fact that I don’t wear black eyeliner. I gave this to my friend and she seems pleased with it.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner – $45
The packaging claims it’s supposed to be for blackheads, to unclog the pores, and to minimize the appearance of pores. It’s also supposedly going to turn blue and feel cool on your skin when it’s ready to be washed off. Can’t say that it’s ever turned blue or felt cool on my skin no matter how much or how little I used. It does however seem to work on the blackheads and shrinking the pores on my nose. I’ve always had problems with blackheads on my nose and it’s always bothered me. Nothing ever seems to work, and not that this magically makes the gross little blackheads go away, but after almost a months use I do think I have fewer blackheads and my pores look smaller. Not as great as the “vacuum cleaner” would imply, but definitely effective. I’m pretty sure I will never purchase this though, because $45 seems a bit ridiculous for only an once of product.
JUARA Candlenut Body Creme – $35
I love love love this body cream! The formula is perfect, extremely silky and leaves my skin soft. The package indicates it is to be used when your skin is really dry, so when I had a really bad sunburn (as only I could do on the absolute last day of summer), I applied it and I feel this product locked in moisture and shortened my healing process. I used it before and after the sunburn, and I still love it. Even the smell, which I can’t describe but I know I like. Two samples came in my box this time, which if you’ve read any of my other reviews you know I like it when I can use a sample more than once. I’m not sure if I would ever get a full sized version of this, but I’m enjoying the sample.
ChapStick® Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Day & Night – $2.99
I got the full sized product. I’ve used both the day and night formulas, the day more than the night because I can never remember to use the night one at bedtime. But, it’s chaptstick. I will use it and my lips will be softer. It’s particularly appropriate now that we are heading towards the winter months when my lips will suffer the bitter cold.
Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream – $20
I’m a huge fan of the ingredients they used for the shave cream and that it’s paraben and sulfate free. It has shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil that really moisturizes the shaved area. It’s very creamy and is perfect for shaving sensitive areas. I’ve used it several times and I love how it makes shaving easier. I would definitely recommend using it for very sensitive areas and not your legs, because it’s simply too expensive to waste on such a large area that doesn’t require the same level of care. My only problem with the sample that I got was the smell. I hated it. I don’t know what about it I hate, because supposedly it smells like acai grapefruit. There is something about this particular smell I don’t like, but I will say that my boyfriend used this on his face (he really liked it too) and he loved the smell. I found that I can buy the shave cream in a different scent, which exponentially increases its purchase-ability.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – $79
Needless to say with a price point of $79 and the fact that I’m not rich, I will never buy this. I also don’t have a lot to say about it, because it’s not relevant to my life. At all. It’s supposed to reduce dark spots and even your skin tone. Needless to say, I’m in my early 20s and have not reached the point in my life where I have dark spots to reduce. I plan to give it to my mom to see if she likes it.