Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ipsy vs. Topbox October 2014 Unboxing

 First off we will start with Ipsy. This month's theme is Beauty Candy, and I love me some candy.
I think this month's bag is so cute! It reminds me off swimming pool tiles but in a good way.
ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for hair:
A first in haircare. Finally, an ultra-light, incredibly versatile, all-in-one multifunctional beauty balm that harnesses the moisturizing and protective power of the patented Acacia Collagen™ for ultimate repair, conditioning, manageability, smoothness, body and shine. Perfect for all hair types. Color safe. Paraben free.

How to Use: Emulsify a dime size amount into the palm of the hands and work through towel dried hair starting at the ends and moving up. For optimum results, comb through hair for even distribution, then press into ends and style as desired. Acacia Protein BB Cream can also be used on dry hair for added hydration, reducing frizziness and taming flyaways.

Weight: 30 ml / 1 fl. oz.

I was excited to see this product in the bag, well actually it didn't fit in the bag so in the envelope. I've never heard of this brand but I'm always excited to try hair products in hopes of taming my crazy mane. 
It smells okay, nothing too amazing and I think the smell would fade quickly.

Fig & Rouge Hand Cream in the scent Mango Mandarin:
Figs & Rouge Shea Butter Enriched Limited Edition Hand Creams are deliciously fragrant & indulgent. These delectable creams soften, nourish & thoroughly pamper hands throughout the day, quickly absorbing to provide super-soft skin. Apply Figs & Rouge Hand Cream onto your hands and massage into skin throughout the day as needed.

Ipsters who sample Figs & Rouge will receive either Mango Mandarin or Rose Berry scent.

Weight: 20 ml / 0.67 oz

This is another product that I am excited for, one can never have enough hand creams. Plus this packaging is to die for. This scent is very mild, I didn't smell any mango but I did smell the mandarin. I liked this so much that I went on the website and bought a few more things. The only issue is it comes from the UK so shipping was a bit expensive.

15% off at with the code IPSY.
US and Canada only. Promo ends 11/30/14.

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser:
Indie Lee’s bestselling Brightening Cleanser naturally washes away impurities to leave skin soft, refreshed, and luminous.

Key ingredients strawberry fruit extract and hydrolyzed wheat protein make it a must-have for cleansing, hydrating, tightening, firming, and blemish control. The skin-softener exudes a light and refreshing strawberry aroma that brightens the skin and appeals to the senses.

This antioxidant rich cleanser gently removes eye makeup (without stripping skin) and can be used with and electronic cleansing brush and to clean makeup brushes.

To use: Apply a small amount of cleanser to wet face. Use with a wet cotton pad to remove eye makeup. Rinse completely with water. Follow with toner and moisturizer.

Tip: When the cleanser is applied to face and left to sit for 5-10 minutes (before rinsing), this complexion clearer acts as an exfoliating mask. The properties of the strawberry extract provide gentle exfoliation without drying, scratching, or stripping skin.

Weight: 15 ml

This is another product that I am excited to have. I love using cleansers and this one smells pretty good, like bubble bath. 

Jessie's Girl Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder in the colour Graphite Frost (I think, it didn't say):
Get out-of-this-world eyes with Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Powder Eyeshadows.

Ipsters who sample Jesse’s Girl will receive one of the following shades: Plum Frost, Rosemary Frost, Ocean Breeze, Graphite Frost, Kiwi Shine, Esmeralda.

Weight: 2 g / .07 oz
This is the product that I am least excited for. I have put on my preferences and reviews every time that I don't use eyeshadow and every month I get an eyeshadow. This one looks cool but when I swatched it, it was so dry and barely had any colour. So not really impressed. 

Noyah Lipstick in the colour Deeply in Mauve:
Fall Deeply in Mauve this season! noyah's newest lipstick addition, Deeply in Mauve, has a semi-matte, cream finish that leaves your lips hydrated and nourished. With this luxuriously rich shade of mauve, you can apply a light coat to work as a day-time neutral or build on for a lip statement that will turn heads. Did we already mention this do-it-all lipstick is all-natural? An ingredient list you can actually read, now there’s a concept!

There’s more! For every photo of a noyah product you post online and tag with #livedivinely, noyah will donate a lip balm to the homeless through the National Health Care Coalition for the Homeless Council. And of course, they think your furry friends are cute enough without makeup, so they leave them out of their testing. So go ahead and indulge in one of noyah’s all-natural lipstick shades and say bye-bye to yawn-inducing colors, all while feeling amazing inside and out!

Weight: 1.4 g 

And lastly I got this dark shade of plume lipstick. It's kind of scary for me, but since it's fall I might try it out just to see. The colour swatched smoothly but the product has a nasty smell to it. 

Overall, I'm pretty happy with this bag. I love 3/5 of the products, 1 is okay and the other I have no use for. But I loved the bag and I even used one of the promo codes to order more of one product (which I have never done). 

Onto Topbox! This is the first time I actually received the box, I had opted out of using the box in exchange for recyclable bags, but I wanted the box. Look how cute it is.

Every month you get 4 products, but there was a special on before that you could buy mystery products which I mistook for saying mystery boxes but oh well. 

Philosophy Spray Fragrance in Pure Grace scent:
A lighter, softer, crisper interpretation of the original Amazing Grace fragrance, Pure Grace is a clean, transparent blend of fresh blossoms and cool greens, laced with sensual, frosty musk.

Bergamot, Water Lily, Lavender, Jasmine, Cool Greens, Musk.
Clean. Crisp. Sensual.
Retails for $55.00

At first I thought this was a bar of soap lol. But when I saw it was perfume I was less than stoked. I don't wear perfume because I have a sensitivity to strong scents. Perfume gives me an instant headache. But i did smell it just incase lol. It smells like fresh laundry, but this will be an item to gift. 

Teeez Soft as Sin Cream Blush in the colour Beach Glow Brown:
Containing nourishing Vitamin E, this on-trend cream blush has a velvety finish that feels super soft against your skin. It can be applied with your fingertips or a blusher brush, enabling you to shape your face and adapt the intensity of the shade to suit your look and mood with ease. Simply apply a thin layer for a more natural sheen, or add more if you want to inject some color to your cheeks! 
*I could not find a retail price for this product

When I swatched this product it didn't really show up on my hand at all so I'm not sure about it as a blush. I'll try and use more and see but since it is a brown instead of a pink it might be a little scary lol. 

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution:
At the cutting edge of innovation, Bioderma has pioneered micellar solutions. Specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skins, the Sensibio H20 Micelle solution gently cleanses face and eyes. It removes water resistant- make-up. 250 ml $21.95

I'm excited for this product because I have used another product similar but by Lise Watier and love it but I'm almost out. Hopefully this will be a good replacement. 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Complex II
Now re-ignite the youthful light of your eyes with our most comprehensive anti-aging eye serum ever. Proven to reduce the look of every key visible sign of eye aging: fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness and uneven skintone. 15ml $75.00 (this sample costs $25.00).

I loved this little cute package. I don't really need any eye cream but I guess it's never too early to start fighting wrinkles. I din't find this product to really have any smell, so thats good lol. I can't wait to use my most expensive sample I own. 

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper:
A water- based formula that controls frizz due to humidity. This enables you to become the master of any curly hairstyle for several days. It is effective in all weather conditions, and is great for scrunch drying, styling with brushes, defuse-drying, or just drying naturally. (No price included, $3.00 per my calculations). Retail 100ml $9.99 

I'm extremely excited for these samples!! I have crazy, somewhat wavy, thick, frizzy hair that I can't tame lol. Hopefully these will be the miracle product that do something about it. I love the look of these samples too, they are really cute. 

The Balm Cosmetics How 'Bout Them Apples? Lip and Cheek Cream Palette in the colour Pie:
A multi-functioning lip and cheek palette. Each freshly picked colour is formulated to have a smooth finish that won't streak or fade, so there are no bad apples in this bunch! 20g $32.00

OMG!! Another totally cute package. I love it! The only sad part is it doesn't smell like apples lol. But I'm very excited to use this and hopefully I'll love it and buy more of their products because they all look super cute.

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