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Fresh Start - Ipsy January 2015

Fresh Start – Ipsy January 2015

The January theme for IPSY’s subscription is Fresh Start. I’ve been writing about my subscription for IPSY for at least 2 years. Occasionally I’m a little disappointed but for the most part I am very happy with IPSY.

Ipsy costs $10 per month and that includes shipping. If you read my Beauty Army review for January then you’ll see what I like about this price. There are are 5 products in each cosmetic bag and almost all are full size. (Again read that Beauty Army review!!) This month’s bag is vinyl that’s blue on one side, white on the other and lined in red. Very patriotic.

IPSY January 2015 bag

IPSY January 2015 bag

I received two packages on the same day – this Ipsy and the previously mentioned Beauty Army. I opened Ipsy first since I didn’t know what would be in it and was very happy to see what was inside. 5 full size items can’t be beat especially for $10.

BellaPierre mineral eyeshadow and Pacifica eyeshadow

BellaPierre mineral eyeshadow and Pacifica eyeshadow

Two eyeshadows (my favorite product) were in the bag. Bella Pierre Mineral eyeshadow pigment in Whesek, a gunmetal gray ($4) and Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Treasure, a golden brown (approx $10). The reason you aren’t seeing swatches today is that Lisa and I are saving up for our upcoming 5th Blogaversy giveaways and these will be in one of the prize boxes. I like these and I’m happy they came but one of you will too.

Probelle nail polish in Into the Blue

Probelle nail polish in Into the Blue

This nail lacquer from Probelle is a beautiful summery shade. Into the Blue is a dark sky blue with a touch of teal. It’s available on Probelle’s site for $6.

Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush

Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush

Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush

Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush

This Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush ($10) is my favorite item in this month’s subscription. I’m a brush hoarder and this pretty pink brush is right up my alley. It’s on the firm side with densely packed bristles so it’s great for blending shadows as well as placement.

Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm

Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm

(Malin + Goetz) Mojito Lip Balm ($12) is the last in my cosmetic bag and a wonderful addition. This is not the first time I’ve received this in a subscription so I know it’s great. “Flavored with (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito, our lip balm is scientifically blended to restore and replenish.  Our hydrating lip gel easily integrates for daily maintenance, prevention and treatment of dry, irritated lips.  Color and paraben free.”

IPSY for January is filled with $32 worth of items. But that’s not all ladies and gentlemen (said in my infomercial voice). You earn points on IPSY for reviewing products and when people sign up with your referral link. This month I cashed in 500 points for >>>>

Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow

Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow

bare Minerals Elegant Taupe 5 in 1 cream eyeshadow

bare Minerals Elegant Taupe 5 in 1 cream eyeshadow

bare Minerals Elegant Taupe 5 in 1 cream eyeshadow

bare Minerals Elegant Taupe 5 in 1 cream eyeshadow

Previously I had gotten a sample size of this bareMinerals Cream Eyeshadow in Vintage Wine and liked it. When this was in their shop I decided this was perfect for me. The color is Elegant Taupe and it makes a great base. It’s not an exciting color but it works well with other shadows, makes an easy to use base or all over color when I’m in a hurry. And it sells for $18 but my points helped me get this for free.

All of my January Ipsy items

All of my January Ipsy items

I’m happy as a clam with this month’s bag. I have items I’ll use, some goodies for the upcoming giveaways and I’m earning points for extra items. Did you get this same Ipsy bag for January? If you don’t subscribe, are you considering it? Here’s my referral link for extra points so if you are inclined, I hope you’ll use it? — Marcia

Bye Bye Beauty Army – I’m done with you

Beauty Army mailer

Beauty Army mailer

Beauty Army is a monthly subscription service that I’ve been buying on and off for a few years. What I like about it is that you can skip a month without a problem. But that’s about the extent of what I like. Let me show you my latest box to see if you agree with me.

Beauty Army box inside

Beauty Army box inside

Number 1 reason to quit: The price of Beauty Army has been raised to $12.99 and they now charge shipping. It used to cost $12 a month with free shipping but not now.

Number 2 reason to quit: Beauty Army used to put the items in the cutest small cigar style box that you could use to store items. Now it’s just the outer mailer. That wouldn’t be bad if the items had improved, but have they?

The storage box it USED to come in.

The storage box it USED to come in.

Number 1 reason to stay with Beauty Box: You get to pick your samples. You fill out a questionnaire, which you can change at any time, and they generate 9 samples for you. You can pick up to 6 (I always picked 6).

Number 3 reason to quit: Beauty Army has samples and rarely anything more. This month I did get a full size item as a choice and that’s why I decided to try it. That was before I knew they raised the price.

Number 4 reason to quit: You have a window of 5 days to pick your samples. If you don’t pick within those 5 days, they’ll pick for you and not necessarily from your questionnaire. I missed the email one month about making my selection and they sent me a package with nothing I could use.

Number 5 reason to quit: Unlike most services there’s no perks like earning points towards more products, no discount on full size items if you bought them and not even a referral credit.

Here’s what I received in my January 2015 Beauty Army. What do you think of it?

Beauty Army for January 2015

Beauty Army for January 2015

Cosmetics included beauty army cosmetics

– a mini nail polish from Pretty Woman in a bright summery pink cream. Nice shade at least but it really is small.

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands. Now this is the reason that I decided to order. I’ve been wanting to try Burt’s Bees lip crayons and the color is right up my alley.

Burt's Bees Sedona Sands lip crayon

Burt’s Bees Sedona Sands lip crayon

Burt's Bees Sedona Sands lip crayon swatch

Burt’s Bees Sedona Sands lip crayon swatch

The rest is skincare since there were no other cosmetic choices.

Skincare samples

Skincare samples

– deluxe sample size of L’Oreal Revitalif Anti Wrinkle & Firming Eye

– sample pump of AminoCare moisturizing cream

– sample tube of Skin + Co Truffle Therapy Serum

Michael Todd samples

Michael Todd samples

– 4 packets of Michael Todd True Organics products (Cleanse & Tone, Hydration Boost Facial Serum, Wild Rose Petal Creamy Body Wash, and Citrus Cream Moisturizer)

Would you pay almost $15 for this? I am using the Burt’s Bees lip crayon but everything else is going in the contest pile as extras for BIZ giveaways. The skincare samples feel like ones that Sephora lets you pick as freebies when you order. What’s your take on this? — Marcia

*nothing to disclose – check my Ipsy January package later today to see the difference

 

Wantable January 2015 Accessories Collection

2015 Wantable January Accessories CollectionSomehow January always seems to be a lackluster month to me.  Maybe it’s because December was so twinkly and bright with all the decorations and bells and whistles.  After I take down the tree and put away all the holiday chotchkies, everything seems bare.  My January Wantable Accessories Collection brought me some stylish brightness that sparkles up even my plainest looks.

2015 Wantable Accessories Collection

2015 Wantable Accessories Collection

This month’s Wantable Accessories Collection is well worth a $36 subscription fee.  My collection has a scarf, a necklace, a ring, and a pair of sunglasses – great variety!

The Shannon Ring

The Shannon Ring

1.  Shannon Ring (retail value $9)  What a super cute ring.  I am partial to round stones, so this vintage-looking gold ring with a salmon stone is a real treat.

Kelli Sunglasses in silver

Kelli Sunglasses in silver

2.  Kelli Sunglasses (retail value $18)  You just can’t go wrong with aviator sunglasses – they look good on everyone.  My pair is silver, and they are fantastic for sunny winter walks.  These are super sturdy so it should be a while before I manage to break them!

Eileen Scarf in mustard

Eileen Scarf in mustard

3.  Eileen Scarf (retail value $24)  This is a tube design knitted scarf with fringe detail.  Mine is mustard, which is a wonderful winter color.  I am a huge scarf fiend, but this is my first tube scarf!  I love how easy it is – even if I throw it on it instantly looks artfully arranged.

Karina Necklace

Karina Necklace

4.  Karina Necklace (retail value $32)  I can’t begin to tell you how difficult it was to photograph this necklace.  It has three different length multi-tone chains.  The shortest chain has a golden ball, the middle length has a beautiful pearlized semi-precious drop stone, and the longest chain has taupe colored beads.  It is truly gorgeous and is great for dressing up simple tops.  Wantable recommends pairing this with a marsala colored sweater, so of course I am now on a mission to find one.

Trying to look cool for winter...

Trying to look cool for winter…

The retail value of this month’s collection is $83, and I love every item.  Wantable continues to be the best surprise I get every month…do something nice for yourself and get a subscription!  – Lisa

*Sent for editorial consideration, opinions all mine.  The Wantable links are affiliate links.

A little love and a little “eh” = Ipsy’s December bag

Ipsy December 2014

Ipsy December 2014

I had some higher hopes for IPSY for December that were dashed when this arrived. While I like the contents of this bag there’s not a lot that I love. No matter what though, I got my $10 worth like I do every month.

One of the fun things about IPSY is that not everyone gets the same bag. Now that can create some jealousy when you read other blogs and they received a shade you’d die for or a product you really wanted to try, but that’s okay.

This month’s cosmetic bag is just a plain black bag with a small Ipsy heart on the zipper. Nothing exciting but sometimes you want something not too showy. Inside was 3 deluxe samples and two full size items.

BWC Cleanser and Big Sexy Hair Spray

BWC Cleanser and Big Sexy Hair Spray

Beauty Without Cruelty is a great brand and it’s nice to be able to try their Facial Cleanser in the box. I have a big box of samples to pick from if I travel and this is a great size for any time I’d get away.

Style Sexy Hair 450 Protect is a hair protectant for blow drying and flat irons. It’s waterless so it also keeps hair safer from frizz. While I don’t love getting haircare all the time, this will come in handy when I’m refreshing my hair with my flat iron.

tarte deluxe lights, camera, action 4 in 2 mascara and NYC Butter Lip Balm

tarte deluxe lights, camera, action 4 in 1 mascara and NYC Butter Lip Balm

tarte deluxe lights, camera, action 4 in 1 mascara is probably my favorite item in the bag. I love mini sizes of mascara and I love tarte mascara. It’s a great way to try a new formula from any brand and even better when the brand is a favorite.

NYX Butter Lip Balm isn’t opened because it will end up in one of my giveaways. I’m one of the few that don’t really use NYX lip products, I just don’t like the scent. I know they get raves and most people would be thrilled to receive this.

Caitlyn Eye Polish in Orchid

Cailyn Eye Polish in Orchid

I was happy to see Cailyn Eye Polish in Orchid in my bag. But it turns out I’m not really crazy about the formula. I love the color (which isn’t very orchid in my book) but the application was patchy.

Caitlyn Eye Polish in Orchid

Cailyn Eye Polish in Orchid

Caitlyn Eye Polish in Orchid

Cailyn Eye Polish in Orchid

Next time I’ll try it with a brush and not the spongy applicator since it didn’t allow it to apply smoothly. This is the most expensive item in the bag at $15.

While I should be raving about the bag so that you’ll use my referral link for extra points to subscribe, I have to be honest and say that Ipsy finished the year sort of on the down side. But here’s to 2015 and better products!! — Marcia

 

My cozy and sexy Wantable Intimates Subscription Box December 2014

2014 Wantable December Intimates Subscription BoxThe two words that perfectly describe the goodies inside my Wantable Intimates Subscription Box for December?  Cozy and sexy.  Typically, those two words don’t go together.  Sexy intimates almost always equal uncomfortable…at least for those four minutes they are actually on your body, right?  But this box surprised the heck out of me and delighted my hubby.  I may only have these intimates on for four minutes, but then I actually put them back on ten (well, the hubby insists it’s 20) minutes later.

Wantable recently updated their Intimates Subscription Box so customers are sent 3 or 4 items of greater value, instead of 4 or 5 items.  I really like the new and improved quiz, which now includes a new lingerie category, inseam sizing, and more specific color and style questions.  The Intimates Subscription Box that Wantable sent me for December has only three items, but they are all quality pieces.

2014 Wantable December Intimates Subscription Box Yummie Tummie Aire Skimmer Leggings

1.  Aire Skimmer Legging by Yummie Tummie (retail value $30):  Oh how I love Yummie Tummie.  These lightweight, high waist leggings are simply wonderful.  The black leggings are comfy seamless footless tights that make legs, hips, and tummy look slimmer and sexy.

2014 Wantable December Intimates Subscription Box Affinitas Intimates Hipster

2.  Embroidered Bow Front Hipster by Affinitas Intimates (retail value $20):  Sooo sexy…and comfortable too!  These gorgeous panties feature a bow embroidered detail on the front and bow detailing on the back.  The legs have flirty ruffles and combo of black with purple trim is striking.  Don’t wear these unless you want some action.

2014 Wantable December Intimates Subscription Box Nouveau Dot PJ Set

3.  Dot PJ Set in Lilac from Nouveau (retail value $39.99):  Pictures don’t begin to do this pajama set justice.  First of all, I could live in these pajamas because they are so soft and cozy.  Second, the detail is beautiful.  The fabric is a polyester/rayon mix.  I love the combo of lilac with small black dots.  There is a black bow centered on the elastic waist of the long pajama pants, which have wide legs. The sleeveless top has a T-back and gorgeous sheer lining along the bottom that is longer in the back.  Love, love, love.

The retail value of my Intimates Subscription box this month is $90.  The Wantable subscription is still a great bargain at $36 a month.  I love a box of surprises, although I think my husband looks forward to this box even more than I do! Do yourself and your significant other a huge favor and get yourself a subscription. – Lisa

*box received for review; affiliate link to help us earn credit off our future boxes.

Wonderful Wantable cosmetics for December

My December Wantable Cosmetic Box

My December Wantable Cosmetic Box

I am totally 100% thrilled with my Wantable subscription box for December. This month I was lucky to receive one for review, thanks to the readers who went through our link to give us points for these. December was a prime month for me and absolutely everything is getting use.

December Wantable products

December Wantable products

The biggest surprise for me this month is the Geri G Innocent Foundation ($38).I’ve never heard of the brand so I had no expectations. That means I can’t really say it goes beyond my expectations but I’ll say it anyway. I’m so happy with this foundation. I have it in the lightest shade and it’s an ideal match. According to Geri G: Non-masking and nourishing to the skin, Geri G’s exclusive water-based formula combines moisturizing benefits of Squalen Oil from oilves , green tea, white tea, with radiant pigments that conceal imperfections and illuminate the complexion. Weightless and hydrating, Innocent Foundation glides on seamlessly and provides all-day sheer to moderate coverage with a natural matte finish. For all skin types.

Geri G Innocent Foundation

Geri G Innocent Foundation

Geri G Innocent Foundation

Geri G Innocent Foundation

Geri G Innocent Foundation

Geri G Innocent Foundation

The Geri G Innocent Foundation blends easily on me and the finish is a slightly dewy. I love the color match and how long it lasts. Good pick Wantable!!

Vincent Longo Cream Eyeliner in Velvet Plum

Vincent Longo Cream Eyeliner in Velvet Plum

Vincent Longo Cream Eyeliner in Velvet Plum

Vincent Longo Cream Eyeliner in Velvet Plum

As someone who doesn’t feel complete without eyeliner I was thrilled to find Vincent Longo’s Cream Gel Eyeliner in Velvet Plum ($25) as one of the items Wantable chose for me. I’m surprised that the VL site describes this as a deep purple with blue pearl since I find it to be a brown with plum undertones. It’s a great color for me and one I’ll happily be wearing.

Pla eyeshadow in Shimmer Timele

Pla eyeshadow in Shimmer Timele

Pla Beauty eyeshadow in Shimmer Timele ($18) was the next product to grace my eyes. It’s a golden beige with some shimmer but not as much as the name implies. I don’t see this shade on their website but they do have a large variety of shimmer eyeshadows. If they are all this formula then they’d all be ones I’d enjoy wearing. (The shadows are also $19.50 on their website.)

Pla shadow, Shimmer Timele

Pla shadow, Shimmer Timele

Pla shadow, Shimmer Timele

Pla shadow, Shimmer Timele

I saved the Surratt box for last. I wanted to savor the delights of the box before I opened the brand I was most excited to see in there.

Surratt Beauty Lip Gloss in Nudite

Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre in Nudite

Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre in Nudite

Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre in Nudite

Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre in Nudite ($32) goes with the theme of the box. I’ve got a very neutral look all packaged together to delight me. Nudite is one of 12 shades shown at Barney’s, the exclusive store for the line. It’s thicker than a lip gloss but thinner than a liquid lipstick, it’s sort of a cross. It has plenty of shine. I’m excited with my first Lip Lustre from Surratt and it makes me want more.

december wantable content sheet

A subscription to Wantable is $36 per month and you can stop it at any time. My box was worth $113 which is incredible. The value keeps coming and the products keep getting better and better. If you still have a gift to buy then think “she’ll want Wantable” or maybe it’s time to cave and purchase a Wantable subcription for yourself. I know you won’t be sorry. — Marcia

 

*box received for review, affiliate link to help us earn credit off our future boxes

Geri G foundation ingredients: Squalene (Olive Derived), Kaolin, Safflower Oil, White Tea, Japanese Green Tea, Naonomarine-5®, Aloe Vera, rose water, Vitamin E.

It’s “Just For You” from Color Me Monthly

Every month Color Me Monthly brings out 1 special nail polish shade for their subscription and they just keep getting better and better. When I received this month’s box from them I had the biggest smile on my face upon opening it. JUST FOR YOU is a stunning metallic red that’s a true red. It’s the kind of color that I can wear every day without ever getting tired of it. It’s Christmas and Valentine’s Day rolled into one magnificent nail polish.

Color Me Monthly December Just For You

Color Me Monthly December Just For You

Color Me Monthly December 2014 JUST FOR YOU

Color Me Monthly December 2014 JUST FOR YOU

Just For You applies without any streaks. As I’m typing this I’ve worn it for one week and it looks absolutely perfect. It’s a shiny red that you’d just love!

Color Me Monthly Just For You

Color Me Monthly Just For You

CMM Just For You

CMM Just For You

I can’t recommend COLOR ME MONTHLY enough. I’ve never been disappointed in the application or wear of the polishes. These are vegan polishes that have never been tested on animals. They are non-toxic and carcinogen free. And they have the added bonus of being just $7 per month including shipping for their subscription. Each bottle is full size: 16.5mL / 0.56 fl. oz. From CMM: “Our nail polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde/formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. Color Me Monthly is dedicated to delivering what we believe is one of the ‘cleanest’ and most eco-friendly nail polishes on the market.”

Color Me Monthly named this Just For You but I’m renaming it Just For Me. This is a total Marcia color.

Don’t forget that they have a giveaway going on for a 6 month subscription and it ends on 12/21/14.  – Marcia

never forgotten

a token of gratitude

carefully gift wrapped

JUST FOR YOU

monthly haiku CMM

monthly haiku CMM

 

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