Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Unboxing Wars March 2015 IPSY vs Birchbox

Yey! It's already time for me to review the products I got from my Ipsy and Birchbox. I love both subscriptions with just costing $10 a month and you get deluxe and most of the time full size samples to try out every month is a win win for me. I am trying to post my reviews later during the end of the month Because I wanted to try out the samples I got before I write up my review. So with out further a do here is what I got from IPSY this month.
Dr. Brandt Skincare pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion
Sample size 0.26oz $9.18
Product Description
This oil-free, lightweight lotion is formulated with apple stem cells to help delay the natural signs of aging by maintaining the longevity and activity of stem cells in the skin. Simultaneously, retinol stimulates new cell turnover and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Brandt’s multi-tasking formula provides the best of both worlds, delivering anti-aging and pore minimizing/mattifying benefits.
What I think so far... 
I am not really looking for any anti-aging skincare products at the moment so I will be gifting this away maybe to my mom but I guess this would be ideal to mature skin types with oily skin since it has a mattifying effect.

Boo-Boo Cover-Up in Medium Shade
Sample size 0.13oz $10
Product Description
Have a Boo-Boo? Skip the bandage and the shiny ointment. Look your best even while you heal with Boo-Boo Cover-Up for face and body. Our innovative formula offers great coverage for skin imperfections while containing ingredients known in nature to promote healing.
What I think so far... 
I really like this concealer matches my skin tone pretty well and it covers my blemishes easily and a little bit goes a long way so I think this tiny tube will last me a significant amount of time. I like that it doesn't cake up and also it blends well with my foundation so it looks natural on the skin. 

VINTAGE by Jessica Liebeskind Illuminating Face Highlighter
Sample size? 0.07oz $3.5?
Product Description
Add a beautiful wash of color and subtle, sexy shimmer with the ILLUMINATING FACE HIGHLIGHTER. Created to be worn on top of fresh, dewy skin or as a delicate highlight over pretty blush – the reflective pearls add radiance on contact delivering a diamond-like finish to the skin.
Key Benefits
Illuminates the skin for a diamond-pink glow
Layers beautifully over powders and creams
Complements pink and pinky-coral blush shades
Works well on all skin types
Instructions for use
Sweep the Illuminating Face Highlighter on the apples of your cheeks and cheekbones after blush has been applied. For a luminescent glow, dust lightly over freshly hydrated skin on the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.
What I think so far...
This is a very nice shade but I don't really incorporate a lot of illuminators or highlighters on my makeup so I just use this as an eyeshadow or brow bone highlighter, but I really like the shade of this it can compliment any skin tone. The shade of this looks like rose gold to me which is so pretty. ^.^

NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Hunk
Full size 0.16 oz $6
Product Description
Pamper your lips with a hydrating kiss of smooth Butter Lipstick in 22 luxurious shades. The delicate texture of satin fused with the high color saturation creates an even finish on lips that’s long-wearing and beautiful.
What I think so far... 
I really love this lipsticks I have a few of them on my collection and thank goodness I still don't have this shade in my collection and I love it! I can't say its long wearing though as you need to reapply like for every 3 hours or so, or for every time you eat, but I love how moisturizing and pigmented it is.

pūr~lisse beauty
pūr~delicate gentle soymilk cleanser & makeup remover
Sample size 1oz $6.43
Product Description
Appreciate your skin, don’t irritate it. Cleanse the day away in one simple step with this sulfate-free blend of Soy Milk, Whole Oat and White Tea. This gentle cleanser leaves your face silky soft, without a trace of impurity. The 4-in-1 sulfate free & non-drying formula gently washes away dirt and makeup (even mascara!), while soothing and toning skin.

What I think so far...
I haven't tried using this alone for cleansing when I have makeup on but when I used this my face felt clean without drying it so, so far so good. I tested the pH level of this cleanser with my pH strips 3 times and I got a result of around pH 7 which is not bad, I tend to use cleanser up to pH 8. I was curious to test it out so that any one who are curious to know or anyone who are very specific about using cleansers with a certain pH level.

Here is what I got from my Birchbox this month! I must say that I am really loving what they are doing every month now with boxes its so creative and it makes very month really fun to open up and see the different patterns they put on every month.
It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in product
Sample size 2oz $9
Product Description
This 10-in-one treatment addresses the spectrum of hair damage, from bitterness to frizz. Smooth one to two spritzes into dry hair with your hands, then style. Use more for wet hair.
What I think so far...
I have been wanting to try out this product for the longest of time so when they offered this on the sample choice I picked it out immediately. I helped with the frizziness of my hair and really gave it moisture it needed especially the ends. What I don't really like about it is that when you spray it to your hair the product seems to not disperse out as I wanted it to be so I ended up spraying it to my palms then applying it to my hair. Another thing is also the smell it's really too overpowering floral scent that when I first applied it, it gave me a slight headache so I think the scent needs getting used to, but it eventually fades over time when you have applied it.

Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum
Sample size 10ml $23
Product Description
Innovative treatment that unclogs pores and restores skin with patent-pending YS3 COMPLEX. Twice daily, dab the serum directly onto spots, pimples, and scars. Follow with moisturizer.
What I think so far...
This smells strongly of tea tree and also I felt a cooling sensation when I was applying it on my skin, it absorbs fairly quickly and doesn't have a sticky residue after application. I have used this maybe only twice but I don't really see a difference on my zits and blemishes, maybe this needs more uses to see the effects but labeling it with the word "intensive" gave me so much expectation for this product, and I felt I don't really wanna waste so much of my time using it when it doesn't do anything for me at all, I already have a product that I have been using that does wonders for my zits and blemishes and the effect of that product is immediate so I think I will be tossing this one out. I was surprised also about the sample size they gave out which is around 10ml while the full size is 15ml which costs $35, your like paying for a lot of money and you get so little product, one that I don't really like about this also.

Etat Libre d'Orange Like This eau de parfum
Sample size 1.5ml $2.55
Product Description
Crafted in collaboration with Tilda Swinton, this lush scent makes an alluring statement. Spritz for a captivating blend of sweet, herbal, and citrus notes. 
What I think so far... 
I really didn't like the scent of this perfume may be its because of the ginger and pumpkin scent they mixed in with this I am not really liking the overall combination this turned out to be I swatches on my wrist and I didn't really appeal to me at all, so this is a miss for me.
Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge In Paris
Sample size 1.7g $7.04 
Product Description 
Velvety color with a modern matte finish. No need for lip liner: This stain stays put. Glide wand over lips. Wear as is for bright color, or blot for a subtler look. 
What I think so far... 
I really love the color that I got been wanting to try this out for a while now and I love it! you can do a subtle lip color with it or you can pile it on for fuller effect and it stains the lips so even though through out the day of wear you still have a stain in your lips. The photo below I took after around 5 hours of wear with eating and drinking included.

Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
Sample size 20g $5.67
Product Description
This customer gave mimics the effects of microdermabrasion for glowing, smooth skin. 3-5 times a week, massage a pea-sized amount into damp skin and rinse. For all skin types.
What I think so far...
I like mircrodermabrasion scrubs they make my skin smooth and this is no exception, I felt that this was more gentler than the one I used from Derma E. When it comes to physical exfoliants I used it less often like maybe 3 times a week only to avoid over exfoliating my skin. I tested the pH level for this 3 times also and the pH level result was around 7.5 to 8 but I think it leaning more towards 8 though.

The total value of my Ipsy bag for February is around $35.11 I really love to get a full size nyx butter lipstick this month, while my Birchbox value is around $47.26. I really appreciate the curation of both sunscription but I think without a doubt that I really enjoyed the contents of my Ipsy bag this month.



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