IPSY – February 2015

It’s hereeee!

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I got:

A cute pink and gray bag

Two sample sized products:
Cargo Cosmetics Mini Lip Gloss in Anguilla – value about $8
Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray – value about $3

Three full sized products:
Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush 504 – value $16
ModelCo Blush Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini – value $22
“Pencil Me In” Cosmetics Natural Eye Liner Pencil in Amethyst – value $6.99

So for $10 I got about $55 worth of products. You can’t complain about that!

However, I only really liked two things out of this bag, and one of them is the bag itself. =\

My verdict: I really like the bag. It’s super cute!
– I’m not a fan of the lip gloss at all. It’s not a color I would have ever picked up. It’s also really thick and sticky, too. =[
– I don’t use hair products (especially since The Big Chop), so this voluminizing spray will go unused.
– I LOVE the angled face brush. It’s REALLY soft and so far, so good with using it for my setting powder.
– I don’t wear blush, but the color is very pretty and would work nicely for an eye shadow. I just personally have too many pink tones already.
– I love the color of the eye liner (I think purple is great for matching with brown eyes), but it’s nothing exciting. Just a purple eye liner.

Overall, this bag is okayyyyy. I’m not going to cancel my subscription or anything, but this IS the first time it’s actually crossed my mind. I’m going to go rate my products on the website and see what I get next month!
I have faith!

Allure: My First Box and A Bit of Allure Versus IPSY

WARNING: This is going to be long and wordy, so if you don’t really care for beauty box subscriptions, you can skip this post.
(Yes Dad, that means you.)

So, as you may know, I’m subscribed to IPSY and have been getting boxes from them for about nine months. I usually like most of the items in my boxes and it’s just plain fun to get stuff in the mail. Am I right? When I set up my IPSY account, I went through this whole thing where I answered all types of questions to build my profile. What products I like, what brands I don’t like, what brands I’d like to try, skin tone, hair color, knowledge of make up (newbie or expert), my favorite types or products, etc. It was pretty extensive but not at all boring. Another thing I really like is that I can log into my account, go to my “Glam Room” and rate the things I got. I can say, “I love this! Keep sending me more!” or “I don’t really have a use/need for this.”. I think that’s GREAT for being able to really build and customize your bags so that you always like what you’re getting.

I don’t know why, but I decided to try another beauty box subscription to see how I liked it. I chose to try the Allure (Sample Society) box. It’s $15/month (IPSY is $10/month). I know Allure is a pretty popular one and it’s a decent price. (I know some beauty boxes can be $25+ plus and that is NOT OKAY with me – ha!) My beauty boxes are really “just for fun”, so $15 is probably my cap.

I had a code to get my first Allure box for $5 off. (You can find the code on the site.) I signed up, submitted my payment and address info, answered a three question survey and was done. There was no profile building or anything like that. Once I realized that, I was a bit nervous about what would come in my box. I mean, there was no personalization whatsoever. Oh, and another thing – with IPSY, you create your profile and answer all the questions BEFORE you enter your payment info. I like that because you can see how personalized everything will be before you commit. With Allure, you pay before you do anything else.

My Allure box came and this is what I got:

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I obviously got my money’s worth because that StriVectin product alone is $89.
I do think that Allure is more likely to have more well-known brands (like StriVectin), but honestly, aside from the intial shock of “WOW! I got an item worth $89!!” I’m a little disappointed with this box. Yes, the StriVectin is valuable – but I don’t have a need/want for that particular product (Intensive Illuminating Serum – for brightening and evening skin tone, I believe) and I never would have purchased it to try. The facial masks retailed for $1.99 at Target (I happened to see them there the day before I got my box). I do like nail polish, but I don’t see myself wearing that shade (I tend to like darker colors for my nails) and I don’t use dry shampoo or perfume. I knew that this box wasn’t going to be customized to me (due to the lack of questions when signing up), but… EH. I am going to give the subscription another shot and see what I get in the March box. If I don’t like the March box, I’ll cancel this for sure.

I was able to log into my Allure account and give the products 1-5 stars, but there was no way to give an explanation.

I’ll use the nail polish for example – with IPSY, you can say that you like the brand and formula, but don’t care for shade. With Allure, I gave the polish one star, but since I can’t explain why, does that mean I won’t get any more polishes, at all? Ever? IPSY is just more thorough – and less expensive.

So, that’s my ramble on the two subscription boxes. Feel free to ask me any questions!

(You can also see my IPSY bag reviews by choosing the “IPSY” tag below.)

Organizing DVDs

Once upon a time I realized we had too many DVDs. I asked Hubs (very nicely) if I could ditch all of the cases and put the DVDs into a CD binder and he (very nicely) said no.

Looking at all of the DVDs was seriously driving me insane. I found out that I could stack the DVDs on top of each other (instead of standing them side by side) to fit more on one shelf (so I could actually use the shelves for books), but it was still unsightly.

I scoured Pinterest for other ways to organize the DVDs and came up with this:

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I went to Lowe’s and got a 1×6 board cut down to 28 inches (the width of my book shelf) and made a “shelf within a shelf”. (I got an 8 foot board and it was about $7.) I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I searched around my house work for things I could use to raise the board up. I found these white packing blocks (made of foam) at work and decided to just use those. The floral foam blocks that you use for floral arrangements would work well too, and you can get those at the dollar store!

It wasn’t a DRASTIC improvement, but I’m happy with it. It looks way less cluttered, at least.
(My next mission is to purge books and magazines. Do we really need the Hunting Regulations and Guidelines book for 2011? I think not.)

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Yay for small victories!