Thursday, November 21, 2013

November 2013 Ipsy Bag - Unboxing (Unbagging?) and Review!

Hello! I'm super excited to show you guys my newest subscription: the Ipsy bag!  I put off getting an Ipsy subscription for a long time now... Glam Bag/Ipsy was one of the first subscription services I heard about (the very first being Birchbox) but at the time, I wasn't as interested in makeup as I am now. It seemed like it was a hit-or-miss type of subscription; some bags were really good, others were pretty awful. I also wasn't very interested in drugstore/mid-range makeup; when I first started getting into makeup I was solely interested in high-end brands (backwards, I know). As I've gotten to know the world of makeup better and have tried many different products from many different brands, I've become much more interested in trying things from both drugstore and high-end brands (I still prefer high-end, but I now know there are a lot of products in the drugstore now that are similar, if not better, than some high-end products).

I've been watching Ipsy unboxing/unbagging videos for a while now (I think one of my favorite types of videos on Youtube are subscription box unboxings, followed by favorites and empties videos) and have been really impressed with the type and value of the products included. I also really love the makeup bags you get each month! For $10 a month, shipping included (always a bonus), I didn't really have an excuse to not subscribe. I actually signed up in the beginning of October, but since I missed the payment window for the October bag (it looks like Ipsy charges on the 1st of the month and starts ship near the middle), I was wait-listed until November.

I was super excited to get my first Ipsy bag, and let me tell you, it was well worth the wait!
The Pink Bubble Mailer!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sephora Haul - Make Up For Ever, Urban Decay, Holly Jolly Sampler Pack - Plus Kohls and BBW!

Hello! The holiday shopping season is now upon us (it's been here for a while now, but you know how I am with posting in a timely manner...) which means it's also the season of HAULS! Lots and lots of hauls! I love watching haul videos/reading haul blogs and I want to share mine with you guys as well. This is one of the first(ish) of probably many hauls this season, and I'm excited to jump right on in!
Come see what's inside!

November 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! You may notice that I have a new header on my blog! I really want to make my blog more aesthetically pleasing but sadly haven't had the time to work on some new graphics. The new header is actually from my etsy shop (which explains the more crafty spin on it) so it's not a 100% match, but it will do for now (plus it looks way better than just having a title up there). If I get some time off for the holidays (I get Christmas Day off for sure, but we have an incentive right now where we can earn the 24th and 23rd off, too, which would be awesome) I'll make one just for this blog!

And now onto the meat and potatoes of this post, my November 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box. I was really excited for this month's box; Blush hyped it up, saying it would have $250 worth of products, the most they've ever had. Overall, I've been pleased with my monthly mystery boxes from Blush, so at $250 sounded like it could be amazing. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat and it seems like a lot of people are pretty upset about it (if you go by the reviews of the box on blush.com). November's box was a mixed bag for me.
There are some products I'm excited to try, and there are others that I'm really disappointed with.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sephora Inside JCP Exclusive - Lip Service Lip Sampler - Review!

Hello! It's been such a dreary day today; I was hoping to get some videos filmed (I. Have. So. Much. Stuff. And I want to show everyone!) but with the poor lighting, I thought maybe I'd catch up on some blog posts instead! I really do need to invest in some kind of extra lighting. I was thinking about getting one of those ring light mirrors from Target, but I'm not sure if they would work with my set-up (if you don't watch my videos, I film on my carpet and only show my hands; I think the ring-light-mirror only really works when it's your actual face being filmed). I might have to move things from my carpet to my desk or something, but that would mean I'd have to rearrange some of our big floor lamps. Or, you know, I could just start actually filming myself, but that highly unlikely.

But that's not what this post is about and I'm sure that's not what you were expecting to read about when you clicked here! What I actually want to talk about in this post is my Spehora Inside JCP exclusive Lip Service Lip Sampler! If you've been on Sephora's website or to an actual store, you'll probably have seen the "Sephora Favorites" sampler sets. They release them every year around the holidays, and they usually have a mascara one, an eyeliner one, an expensive one with a bunch of different types (it's called the "Superstars" set this year), a fragrance one (there are like four of these this year...it's weird), a special glitzy party look one, and two lip product ones (one's smaller than the other, by a lot). These sets are really nice to get if you're interested in trying out a lot of different products at once, or if you want travel sizes of some favorites. Most of the products in these kits are "deluxe sample" or "travel size", but you do get full sizes as well. This year, the favorite, and most often sold out set, seems to be the big "Give Me Some More Lip" set which retails for $59, has 16 products, and is worth $209 (compared with the smaller "Give Me Some Lip" set which is $25, has 6 products, and is worth $90).

I have found a somewhat secret, third lip sampler set - the Lip Service set! It's a little more expensive than the Give Me Some Lip set at $28 for 6 products (it also seems to be worth a little less, too, valued at $83), but what really drew my attention to it was that, unlike the Give Me Some Lip, it included samples that are in the Give Me Some More Lip set. The best way to describe it is a smaller version of the More Lip set, which is totally awesome!
Such a pretty box!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 2013 Julep Maven Subscription Box - Modern Beauty and Add-Ons - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! Hope you're all enjoying November! I can't believe we're already half-way through; Thanksgiving is in two weeks and Christmas is only a month and a half away! ...I actually started Christmas shopping, but that's mostly because I was in the mood to wrap presents. I refuse to put the tree up until after Thanksgiving, though!

This month, Julep released their "Right At Home" collection; a selection of nail polish colors that can only be described as "comfy" and "cozy" (which I will be saying. A lot.). Julep also launched a new line of lip glosses and a new lip primer/plumper. This was another month where I had a bit of a difficult time picking which Maven box I wanted; a lot of the colors didn't really appeal to me (which isn't to say they aren't pretty, they're just not for me). I ended up going with the Modern Beauty box, the one that doesn't come with any polish! Weird, I know.
Because I can't seem to buy just my Maven box, I also added on two of the new polish colors.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Odds and Ends - Baking, Crafting, and Assorted Fall-ish Things!

Hello! I thought it would be kind of nice to take a break from posting beauty things and to take some time to talk about my other interests and the things I have been doing with (because of?) them! You can only talk about makeup/skin care/hair care for only so long before it all starts to run together.

As you may, or may not, depending on how far back you go in my blog, know, I'm big into crafting and baking; specifically crochet and cookies, respectively. I find crocheting to be very relaxing, and it's a great way to sit and watch Youtube videos while still feeling productive! Baking, too, is oddly soothing for me. Something about it being like edible chemistry really appeals to me, and having cookies to eat at the end doesn't hurt, either!

I also wanted to show you guys a few purchases I've made throughout the fall that don't really fit with anything else, but that don't warrant their own posts. So, without further ado, let's see what I've been busy making/baking/buying!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

October 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box - Unboxing and Review!

I made a promise to myself that I would get this posted while it was still October, thus making it still relevant. If you look at the date of this post, you'll see that it is, in fact, Nov. 2nd and I unfortunately didn't meet my goal. However, as long as I get this up before the November 2013 Beauty Box ships, I'll be happy! I was charged for it on the 1st, so I'm assuming it's going to ship out sometime next week, therefore, I'm pretty confident that I'll get this up in time. On a side note, it's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)! This month, a lot of people will be trying to knock out an entire 50,000 word novel! In a month. I've tried the last couple years, but I kind of give up, so to speak, about halfway through. Not sure if it's a problem of motivation or lack of writing ability or what, but I'm not sure I'm cut out to write a novel in one month. We'll see if I try this year; I know it's already two days in and I haven't started, so I better decide soon!

But that's not why you're reading this post! You're reading it to see what kind of goodies I got in my October 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box!
Mysterious!