Ipsy Glam Bag: June 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag June 2014


June’s theme was “Pretty in Paradise”.  The bag is a cute tropic print and does not smell like toxic waste #winning!

In June I received:

  • Be a Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: This is a black mascara.  I have 900 other black mascaras, so I have not opened this one. (Value: $15.00)
  • OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil: I don’t use eyebrow pencils, so this one is a bust for me.  However, OFRA’s claim that ” it is one color to suit all skin tones” makes me question how well this product works. (Value: $13.00)
  • Realtree For Her Perfume (Est. Value: $1.50)
  • NYX Butter Gloss (Crème Brulee): I really like this lip gloss.  It’s not sticky and it’s got a great nude/pink color (Value: $5.00)
  • Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (Est. Value: $3.25)

Total Bag Value: $37.75

This was a pretty decent bag.  I will eventually use the mascara and the perfume, I loved the lip gloss!


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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Ipsy did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

Ipsy Glam Bag: July 2014

July 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag


Has anybody looked outside?  I’m 85% sure that pigs are actually flying today.  I got my Ipsy Glam bag for July and I actually really loved it!  I will use all of these products and NOTHING is going in the trashcan!  Ipsy really nailed it for me with the “Sensationally Sunkissed” theme this month and I really couldn’t be happier (OK, I would totally have taken the Bare Minerals eyeshadow over the sunscreen, but then I would have had two eyeshadows and apparently the payout isn’t very good, so I’m happy with the sunscreen).

This month’s bag is super cute!  It’s hot pink and has scalloped edges.  It feels like it might be water resistant – though I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s water proof.

In this month’s bag I got:

  • Model’s Own Nail Polish (Red Sea): This looks like such a fun polish!  It looks semi sheer with big chunks of glitter in it.  It does look more pink than red, but I will have to wait until I can try it on first.  I think this is a UK brand, but it looks like you can get it at Urban Outfitters (Value: $8.00)
  • pur-lisse pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf 30:  It’s a moisturizer with sunscreen – useful, but not particularly exciting. (Est. value: $18.33 – a full size tube of this moisturizer is 1.7 oz, this deluz sample is .5 oz.  The normal price of the full size bottle is $55 [WHAT?!], but it’s currently on sale on Amazon for $21.50, so take my pricing estimate with a grain of salt)
  • Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment: I’ve been using this for a couple of days and it’s hard to tell if it’s working or not.  The first ingredient is alcohol, so I’m unclear if it’s just drying out the blemish and making it look smaller or not.  I’m also not a fan of the doe foot applicator – it just doesn’t seem hygienic to me. (Est. Value: $9.33)
  • bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow (Barely Nude): This is supposed to be a super long ware eyeshadow with a built-in primer.  I don’t know – we’ll see… (Est. Value: $5.40)
  • Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm (Unique Pink): I really like this lip balm!  It doesn’t have much color to it (product description: After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a flattering, personalized hue just for you (color & intensity depends on pH level of lips)) but I like it anyway!  It’s really shiney and hydrating! (Est. Value: $7.00)
My bag had really good value this month – $48.06 – AND I liked everything!

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Barkbox: June 2014

June 2014 BarkBox


As I’ve stated previously, I think BarkBox has started randomizing the items within the box categories – CASE IN POINT, all the people who got ADORABLE FRENCH-THEMED boxes, and then us – who got a monkey butt.

Here is what we got:

  • Primal Freeze-Dried Formula (Value: $9.00)
    We haven’t tried this yet, but Poesy generally prefers freeze-dried food, so this should be a win for us!
  • Romp! Silly Bums Monkey Toy (Value: $8.00)
    This toy is super weird, but Poesy seems to enjoy it – she’s a strange dog…
  • Healthy Dogma Blissful Banana Crisps (Value $8.00)
    Poesy likes these, but she doesn’t got crazy for them like she does with some of the other treats we have gotten.
  • Pet Qwerks Tree Frog Toy (Value: $8.00)
    Not super interested in this one – she showed some interest initially, but otherwise hasn’t really played with it.

Total box value: $33.00

BarkBox is one of our more expensive subscription boxes and I really wish there was some amount of customization being offered for the price – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again!  Especially since I saw all those ADORABLE Paris themed toys!

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Julep Maven Box: June 2014

June 2014 Maven Box


Now, I am going to start this off by saying that THIS IS NOT THE BOX I ORDERED (did the red angry face give it away?)!!!  This is the Modern Beauty box (plus Katerina – which I added on), which contains none of the monthly nail polish colors – I ordered the Classic with a Twist Box.  I emailed Julep on June 12th about the error (I was out of the country when my box arrived) and it took them 4 days to respond to me.  Now, they did agree to send me the two missing polishes (Classic was supposed to come with the base coat, Bergen, and Ariana) – but it took almost 2 weeks for me to get them (give or take a few days as I did go out of town for a weekend).  Now, I don’t know about Julep but MOST companies would have sent the correct product out with expedited shipping.

I just…I can’t with Julep anymore.  Then there was the whole Red Marker Sale disaster – where you had to RSVP to get access to the sale early and then they released the sale earlier than they said they would but didn’t tell the Facebook Event RSVP people about it. I just – UGH!!!  I actually got my Red Marker order BEFORE I received the replacements for my June box.

ANYWAY – June’s theme was the Three Wishes collection.  All the polishes were very sparkly and Aladdin-esque.  I wish that Julep would stop putting junk in the Modern Beauty box – they released a brand new top coat – why wasn’t that in the box?  The Oxygen Treatment has been out a while…

The box I actually received included:

  • Oxygen Smoothing Basecoat:  A breathable, perfecting base coat that creates a matte canvas for long-lasting color (Value: $18.00)
  • Oxygen Nail Treatment: A perfecting pink tint that lets nails breathe and encourages strong, healthy growth (Value: $18.00)
  • 4 weird orange nail buffer things (Value: $1.00)
  • 3 Pixie Sticks (Value: $1.00)

Total Box Value: $40.00


So there it is.  If you are considering becoming a Maven I strongly recommend you review the recent changes to the Maven program and make sure it still sounds like a good deal to you.  If you think it is, and you aren’t afraid of getting the wrong nail polish in the mail, please use my referral link!

Julep Maven Box: May 2014

May 2014 Julep Maven Box


While May was all about the Pliè Wand, the theme was Fresh Twist.  I selected the Classic With a Twist collection – I had also elected to “pre-order” my box during the Pliè Wand crowd-funding process, so I also received Yumi.

Via Julep

Via Julep


This month I go:

  • Maddy, which Julep describes as a raspberry sorbet shimmer ($14.00)
  • Ramona, which Julep describes as a muted lavender rose crème ($14.00)
  • Yumi, which Julep describes as a pink, silver and holographic glitter ($14.00)
  • The Julep Pliè Wand, overcap and precision brush ($25.00)

Total Box Value: $67.00


I’m always excited to get free polishes especially when they are glitter – Yumi looks very pretty and I’m excited to try it out.

The Pliè Wand – I mean, I don’t really care? Maybe I just need to use it more but I haven’t noticed a vast improvement in my polish jobs and this isn’t something I would purchase on it’s own.  I did pick-up the doting and striping tools as an add-on, but haven’t tried them yet – maybe I will see a difference when I use those.  I an glad that Julep modified that cap design, because if I had to to buy a new cap for all my polishes as was originally planned I probably would have just cancelled then and there.


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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Julep did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.



Ipsy Glam Bag: April 2014

April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag


April’s theme was “Beauty Rocks” and the products were pretty good…the bag smelled kind of funky fresh, so that was not so good.  In April I got:

  • pop! goes the shadow (champagne): I really like this color – it’s a nice shimmery champagne.  It’s not the best shadow in terms of opacity, but I would definitely buy this brand again. (Value: $12.99)
  • Cover FX Mattifying Primer: I’ve been using this primer and I really like it – it’s clear so sometimes I just throw it on by itself and go! I’m not super sold on their acne reducing claims yet, but this is a great lightweight primer.  (Est. Value: $19.00)
  • Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm(apple pink): While this isn’t the best color for me I really like the lip balm.  As with the other Cailyn product I have received the brush is stored in the handle, which makes for convenient storage.  I really like this brand and I’m glad that Ipsy has introduced me to it – although I can never seem to get my act together to use the discount codes we get each month! (Value: $19.00)
  • Big Sexy Hair Root Pump: I haven’t used this – it’s another hair product and I wear pony tails 99% of the time ’cause I’m awesome like that (Est. Value: $2.75)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil: I’ve used this a couple of times and it’s a great little eyeliner pencil.  It’s a dark black, goes on well over my eyes shadows, and stays put. (Est. Value: $15.00)

Total box value:  $68.74


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BarkBox: April 2014

April 2014 BarkBox


via simplydogsandcats.com

via simplydogsandcats.com


BarkBox sends out different boxes based on the size and age of your dog, so this review is for the small dog box.  Since I renewed my 6 month subscription I pay $19.00 / month.  This month the box was all about hiking and camping.

This month’s box included:

  • Etta Says! Duck Meat Treats (Est. Value $9.50)
  • Complete Natural Nutrition Off-Leash Smokey Beef Treats ($5.99)
  • GoDogs Unimal Toy ($15.75)
    Poesy really likes this toy and has been playing with it non-stop.  The u-shape makes it really easy to play tug with.
  • Mrs. Barksmith’s Carrot Cake Smoothie (Est. Value: $1.25)
    Poesy gave this frozen treat several enthusiastic licks, but the majority of it was left uneaten.
  • Barkworthies junior Bullystick (Est. Value: $2.50)

Box value: $34.99

We are much more satisfied with this month’s box than we were with the last couple – still hoping for a little bit of customization though!


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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  BarkBox did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.