Tuesday, 31 October 2017

BATTLE OF THE BOXES- Ipsy vs. Boxycharm

Makeup subscription boxes are everywhere and there really is a box for everyone. I've seen so many boxes on social media that look promising, but taking the plunge to sign up can be a bit daunting if you're scared of making that commitment or getting disappointed with what you get. Two popular boxes that seem to always creep up on my social feeds are Ipsy and Boxycharm. I thought it was the funniest thing that both sub boxes have the same theme this month: Spellbound. How fitting for a sub box comparison post LOL!! Both offer monthly makeup and skin care items and if you can't decide on which subscription box to commit to...keep reading!

I've been an Ipsy subscriber for over a year and I appreciate the opportunity to learn about makeup at an affordable price. For Canadian subscribers, Ipsy is around $20 per month and is a great way to build your makeup collection on the cheap. I've learned about so many new brands thanks to this subscription and I didn't have to break the bank to do it. I like that you also get a clutch with each package that I use for keeping everything organized. There have been some months that I like the clutch more than the products inside!!

I've received two boxes from Boxycharm and I can already tell you it's quickly becoming my fave sub box. For Canadian subscribers, Boxycharm comes in at just under $35 per month. It is a bit more than Ipsy but I feel its worth the price considering that you get bigger (but that doesn't always mean better) products. 

As you can see, both boxes have something to offer for everyone depending on what you're looking for. Both Ipsy and Boxycharm have similar delivery times and I found that customer service tends to be pleasant for both as well. 

Here are my top pros and cons for each subscription box:

Ipsy Pros:

-Exposure to indie and well known brands
-Fantastic rewards program and rewards shop
-Reusable clutch every month
-Good member perks and discounts

Ipsy Cons:

-Affordable price but low value. You get much smaller samples (full size products don't come often)
-Recycled products (I've seen the same range of products sometimes in various bags for other months)

Boxycharm Pros:

-Affordable price and high value
-Almost always full size products
-Exposure to indie and well known brands

Boxycharm Cons:

-Terrible rewards program and rewards shop (Seriously don't waste your time if you like to redeem points on the reg)
-Lack of customer appreciation (not many member perks or discounts)

While there are areas for improvement for both boxes, the thrill of getting new items to try each month is the same. Do you love makeup subscription boxes?? Which ones do you love most? Let me know in the comments :)

Monday, 30 October 2017

October 2017 Boxycharm Review

After being a loyal subscriber to Ipsy for over a year, I decided it was time to give another makeup subscription box a chance. Boxycharm is similar to Ipsy. Each month you get full size or deluxe-sized products delivered right to your door, and I was sold after checking out their previous boxes. If you're not very adventurous with makeup like me, it's a great way to build your makeup collection on the cheap and expand your makeup expertise!

The October 2017 Boxycharm theme was Spellbound which is the perfect theme for Halloween! I loved seeing all the spoilers on social media and I'm still amazed at how Boxycharm is able to do this every month.

In my box:
Jontéblu lip liner
Tarte Lip Paint
NCLA manicure kit
Becca Cosmetics highlighter
Dr. Brandt pore perfecting exfoliator

I was very happy to get some new nail tools! Beauty isn't always about makeup or skincare so it was a nice treat to get tools instead of nail polish. There were many standout items and I'm still in shock that this box cost just under $35! I was really happy to see many high end brands and full size items. I rate the October Boxycharm box a 5/5.

Click here to sign up with Boxycharm to get a haul like this for yourself! 

More about the products inside:

Jontéblu lip liner- I really like the formula of this pencil. It went on smoothly and lasted all day! I usually don't wear lip liner but this Jontéblu product won me over. I never heard of this brand before I got this from Boxycharm so I was thrilled to try something new!

Tarte Lip Paint- Oh Tarte! How I love thee...let me count the ways :) Nothing bad to say about this lip paint. It's long lasting and dries to a pretty soft matte finish. The colour is just a touch too light for me but it blends well with other products so I'm able to customize it :) I like! 

NCLA manicure kit- I was very surprised to see this nail kit in the October box. I was expecting cheap tools that break after the first use but the NCLA kit was actually higher quality than I originally thought. This kit came with 5 tools to keep my nails looking fresh! I'm happy this kit came in the perfect sized holder to keep everything organized. Amazing!

Becca Cosmetics highlighter- So I just jumped on the highlighter bandwagon and let me tell you...Becca really nailed it with this one. I got a full sized Prosecco Pop pressed highlighter and I've fallen in love with it! It has the perfect amount of shimmer and blends well with makeup. I even wore this on bare skin and it looked fab! The retail price of this product is about the same as I paid for the entire box so I'm loving the value of Boxycharm in the two months I've been a subscriber. 

Dr. Brandt pore perfecting exfoliator mask- I'm a huge fan of exfoliating products year round but I wasn't familiar with the Dr. Brandt brand until Boxycharm. This scrub is formulated with micro-size aluminum oxide crystals  which did a fantastic job of buffing away dry patches. I was left with baby soft skin and felt radiant. I'm thrilled I got a full sized tube so I can write a proper review after I use it a few more times. 

I was very happy to get such an amazing box from Boxycharm.  Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes? Which ones are your faves? I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

I have been an Ipsy subscriber for over an year. I was a bit skeptical about a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box because I didn't want to end up with a bunch of products I couldn't use or didn't know how to use. Each month you get full size or deluxe-sized products in a cute makeup bag, and I was sold after checking out their previous bags. If you're not very adventurous with makeup like me, it's a great way to build your makeup collection on the cheap and expand your makeup expertise!

The October 2017 glam bag theme was Spellbound and at first glance I didn't really like the bag design. Pictures don't do it justice! Once I held it in my hands, I did change my tune. I liked the lace and the bag felt like it was better made than some I've had before. I thought the bat zipper pull was a nice touch for a Halloween themed bag. Well done Ipsy :)

In my bag:
Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Perversion (as requested)
First Aid Beauty ultra repair cream 
Rimmel London lasting finish lipstick by Kate in Shade 47
Meech and Mia loose eyeshadow
IT Cosmetics pressed powder
23 Years Old Rosegold24 Mask 
Tony Moly Green Tea Watery sheet mask 

I was really surprised with all the unnecessary paper included with some of these products but I was very happy to get the new UD eye pencil and sheet masks :) I rate the October Ipsy Glam Bag a 5/5.

Click here to sign up with Ipsy and get your very own Glam Bag! 

More about the products inside:

Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Perversion- Social media can be a wonderful thing. I've found many Ipsy spoilers from my fave subscription accounts and I always get giddy when you find out that you're able to request specific items for your next Glam Bag. Last month I requested the UD eye pencil and I'm so so happy I did. The formula is so smooth yet long lasting. I prefer pencil liner over liquid and I'm happy to report that this will definitely be added to my regular routine. 

First Aid Beauty ultra repair cream- I've been a huge fan of FAB for a while now so it's no surprise that I loved getting this sample in my bag. This cream absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling nourished and supple. This formula works well on all skin types and every member of your family (even kids) could use this cream. It's perfect for keeping in your bag or purse for when you need a quick fix. I like that this cream is also versatile and you could use it from head to toe. My skin gets really irritated during the cooler months so I appreciate having more of what I already love. It really is the perfect cream for everyone!

Rimmel London lasting finish lipstick by Kate in Shade 47- I'm not the biggest Rimmel fan, but I must say, this formula is like a hydrating lip balm. I wore this lipstick for a party and I did have to reapply throughout the night even though the claim is "a creamy formula that stays on for 8 hours". OK so maybe that would work if you don't talk, eat, or drink for 8 hours bahahahha!

Meech and Mia loose eyeshadow- I'm excited to play around with this loose eyeshadow since I don't have much experience with products like this. The colour is highly pigmented and blends nicely. I got the purple shade that has a bit of shimmer. I like! 

IT Cosmetics pressed powder- I must admit...I never use powder. Like ever. I like looking slightly dewy so the idea of looking airbrushed and matte doesn't appeal to me. I do like how soft the powder feels and I'm happy to get a decent sized sample to try  :)


23 Years Old Rosegold24 Mask- This was the first mask I tried that didn't have a mouth opening and I was surprised when I first opened the package. I look so creepy right??! I got this mask for free using my Ipsy points and thank goodness for that because my first impressions of this mask aren't all that great. There was a ton of essence and the mask fit ok. My skin was left a bit sticky after wearing the mask for 20 minutes and I didn't notice any immediate benefits. The fragrance was ok, but a bit too clinical for my taste. Don't fall for the pretty packaging- this mask didn't perform as promised! This mask was just ok. 

Tony Moly Green Tea Watery sheet mask- I haven't used many Tony Moly masks so I was happy to score this one for free using my Ipsy points. I love anything with green tea in it so this was a real treat! I liked the fit of the mask and the essence absorbed well. I'll definitely repurchase!

Did you get your October Glam Bag and if so, how did you like it? I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

My First Time using Fenty Beauty

When I first heard about Rihanna's makeup line, I thought it was going to be another celebrity collaboration with a well known brand. You know the ones, Colourpop X someone famous, Becca X some YouTube star,  So and so for Estee Lauder etc. I was over the moon when I saw the first teaser pictures on social media and learned that this in fact, was not your everyday collab, but your full range independent beauty line. Wait, what? Yes. It's not often that a beauty line causes a stir before it's even launched, and let me tell you, with each sneak peek that was released I knew it was going to be big...and that I absolutely had to have it.

And so it came. Fenty Beauty. 

The day it was released I went to my local Sephora to try it out. I've never been happier to swatch anything in my entire life like I was that day. I remember walking towards Yonge St with an extra pep in my step knowing I was about to be blown away. I watched and re-watched all the Fenty Beauty tutorials so I knew what to expect. I tried everything I could get my hands on and walked away with a Pro Filt'r Foundation and two Match Stix. I was a happy camper indeed!

Pro Filt'r Foundation ($34) -

So what is it? A soft matte, longwear foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage, in a boundary-breaking range of 40 shades. 

I really love how this foundation is so easy to work with and looks fanFREAKINGtastic when you first put it on. Yes, it's buildable and long lasting BUT I noticed that if you don't have flawless skin, this foundation isn't going to offer the coverage you're hoping for. I tried this foundation on my clear skin days (yes 3/4 weeks of the month my skin is poppin') and again during my hormonal week (you know the one!) and I wasn't as impressed the second time around. The Fenty Beauty website says it's important to hydrate but let me give you the honest truth- no matter how much you hydrate or exfoliate, this foundation will crease like heck around your eyes (and I tried it with and without the concealer) and won't cover those blemishes that you're trying to hide. This foundation did no favours for my dry skin since I could still see every single dry patch on my face :( I'll still keep this foundation in my regular rotation because I love how light it is and doesn't irritate my skin, but I prefer using other concealers around my eyes and to cover other blemishes. 

Match Stix Matte Skinstick ($25) - 

So what is it? A magnetized makeup stick in a longwear, light-as-air matte formula to conceal, correct, contour, and touch up in 20 shades.

This product is perfect for on the go touch ups or days where you want even lighter coverage. You can use the skinstick on it's own or over foundation to conceal and contour. I found this product easy to work with and I love that it's in stick form. It glides on easily and blends well. I didn't get the under eye coverage I was hoping for even though I used plenty of primer and the pro filt'r foundation. I'll still keep this product as part of my beauty routine to conceal and contour other parts of my face, but I won't use this under my eyes. A little does really go a long way and I can't complain about the price either. I feel like this is more of a mid-range than high-end brand and would be perfect for people that need every day "better than drugstore" products. 

I can't wait to try the other products in the Fenty Beauty range since I'm due for a new highlighter and lip gloss :) This brand should really be on the top of your mind if you're looking to update your makeup game since there really is a shade for everyone. Try it for yourself if you haven't already but don't fall for the hype just because RIRI put her name on it. While I believe in everything Fenty Beauty stands for, you really do need perfect skin to get the results you might see on social media. 

Have you tried Fenty Beauty? What are your thoughts????

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