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Ipsy – October

Ipsy continues to impress!
Now that they are working to customize the bags you receive
I am finding items I am loving!!

October’s Theme:  The Art of Beauty

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Looks good so far.  I even love the bag!

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Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Eye Shimmers in Navy
Retail $14.99 for 2.5 g – Full Size Sample

This is the dark purplely-blue I have been looking for – hooray!!
It will replace my MAC ‘Contrast’ since MAC has
started animal testing (thanks Estée Lauder for destroying
another great brand!).  Bella Terra is cruelty-free 🙂
Now to find a replacement for ‘Club’…

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Sexy Hair Spray Clay
Retail $8 for 1.4 oz / 50 ml – Full Size Sample

This didn’t thrill me.  However, my girlfriend who I gave it to LOVES it.
It gives her blonde locks a beachy volume – which I found impressive!

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Ole Henriksen Truth Crème
Retail $45 for 1.7 fl oz / 50 ml – Sample Value $6.30 for .25 fl oz / 7 ml

The formula is lovely and light!  Skin is extra soft!

However…

The smell is awful!
Think lightly rotting oranges with a little sour milk thrown in :-\
Had to wash my face because the smell was knocking me out!
This is why these samples are great – you find some good
and some not so good – or just down right stinky!

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Zoya Nail Lacquer in Mason
Retail $8 for .5 fl oz / 15 ml – Full Size Sample

The pictures do nothing for this color – it’s GORGEOUS!!!
Very fall – if not the perfect Halloween purple!
Between the Navy Eye Shimmer and this I am torn as to which is my fave!
So thrilled I got them both!!

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Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush
Retail $2.49 – Full Size Sample

Decent brush – you can never have too few especially at this
time of the year!

Total Value for my June Ipsy bag – $39.78

I really loved this bag.  The stinky face cream was not great
but the rest will be used happily!!

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Birchbox – October

ZOWIE!
I live on the west coast, and this was the fastest I have received my Birchbox!
I’m digging the quick turnaround!

October’s Theme:  Beauty Buzz

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Nothing LOOKS scary – but let’s take a closer look…

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Our list of fun.  Looks like this month they are focusing on
products with the most buzz.

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Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquer in Flowering Fuchsia
Retail $14 for .34 fl oz / 10 ml – Full Size Sample

I was so excited when I read on the product list that this contained jojoba oil.
Then I looked at the ingredients – MINERAL OIL – #1 on the list?!?  SERIOUSLY?!?!
Why would you waste good jojoba oil on a product with cheap petroleum
based man-made oil?  When ChapStick is the better choice that’s kinda bad.

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Dr. Brandt Mircrodermabrasion Skin Exfoliant
Retail $78 for 2 fl oz / 60 g – Sample Value $9.75 for .25 fl oz / 7.5 g

I loved this!  It reminds me of the Vasanti Brighten Up but with a finer texture.
It left my skin feeling super soft.  However, it is over twice the price of the
Brighten Up – so I will be sticking with Vasanti – unless I find a killer deal.

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Miss Jessie’s Original Pillow Soft Curls
Retail $22 for 8.5 fl oz / 250 ml – Sample Value $2.55 for 1 fl oz / 29 ml

Okay first the good – this made my hair feel uh-may-zing!!
My hair was silky feeling and felt light almost airy – and I have super
thick course hair.  I never felt my hair like this.

Now the bad…

….Oh Dear God does this smell bad :-\  They made it to smell like a fabric
softener – and it does – times a hundred!!!  We don’t even use commercial
fabric softeners – so the last thing I want is to smell like I spilled Downey
on my head.  I hope they come up with unscented – I’d buy it by the gallon then.

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Benefit Fake Up in Medium
Retail $24 for 0.12 oz / 3.5 g – Sample Value $3.43 for 0.01 oz / .5 g

Kind of funny we got this in October – because it reminds me of grease paint
that we used at Halloween when I was a kid.  Their theory is great – but the
execution does not work.  It actually acentuated fine lines around my eyes –
ones I did not notice so much.  Plus, it did not play well with my foundation.

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ChapStick Hydration Lock in Vanilla Crème
Retail $2.99 for .15 oz / 4 g – Full Size Sample

It’s ChapStick.
Not any different from the rest of the ChapSticks I have tried – except the Vanilla isn’t gross.
It’s cool to have for the upcoming cold weather – and nice as a bonus.
Plus, we got a $1 off coupon.  That’s cool.

Total Value for my October Birchbox – $32.72

This was a decent box.  I had some hits and couple of misses – but that is what I love
about these subscriptions.  I get to try things I normally would not.
It would be cool if they went a little nuts for Halloween –
but the scent of the Pillow Soft Curls was frightening enough 😉

Birchbox is a $10 per month subscription service that offers deluxe & full size samples.
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about Birchbox based on my post.

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