Unboxing: Birchbox vs. Ipsy

Birchbox May 2017

R+Co – Death Valley Dry Shampoo

I can never have too many dry shampoos so please subscription boxes keep ’em coming! This particular dry shampoo is packed with rice protein sourced from Brazil. This style-refreshing spray will absorb excess oil (as most dry shampoos do), as well as give hair volume and a tousled texture. Make sure not to spray it to close to your scalp. Spritz 10-12 inches away from your roots.

The Beauty Crop – Fabulous Flocking Lashes Mascara

Flamingos just so happen to be one of my favorite animals so I died a little inside when I saw this mascara. I am such a sucker for cute packaging. It claims to be a smudge proof as well as clump free. These are two things that I look for in a mascara so I am very excited to try it out. The formula is nourished with argan and jojoba oils to condition, separate, plump, and lengthen lashes.

Living Proof – (PHD) In-Shower Styler

This is an innovative, first of its kind lotion to just washed hair. The directions say to rinse while you’re in the shower, and air-dry for soft waves and more manageability without any residue. I love the idea of this product but I am afraid to use it. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any products like this one and your opinion on the result.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Glo Illuminator

I have dry skin so I prefer liquid or cream highlighters. The less powder the better. Now don’t get me wrong I do use powder highlighters every now and then and I will layer them when I am feeling extra glamours that day. This unique formula subtly reflects light to make skin look radiant. Mix with foundation or apply alone.

Peter Thomas Roth – Max Complexion Correction Pads

I am really excited to try these out! The treatment pads are soaked in a cocktail of powerhouse ingredients including salicylic and glycolic acid to cleanse skin, banish breakouts, and promote cell turnover.

Ipsy May 2017

Mellow Cosmetics – Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude

I must admit these days I tend to lean more towards liquid lipsticks vs. lipsticks. However, this lipstick is the exception. Not only do I loooooove this shade, it is also very moisturizing while still providing a matte finish. This is a trait most matte lip lovers find to be very rare. I’m so sorry the lipstick isn’t as pretty/crisp as it usually is upon its reveal. I just ¬†couldn’t wait to use it before taking a picture hah.

Luxie Beauty – Precision Foundation Brush 660

Do I even need to talk about this? I LOVE GETTING BRUSHES IN SUBSCRIPTION BOXES!

Urban Decay – Afterglow in Sin

This is the first time I have ever received a sample from Urban Decay so I was instantly thrilled. The formula is very finely milled, and therefore the powder is very buttery. Even if you don’t have dry skin, who doesn’t want a creamy lightweight powdered product.

Grande Cosmetics – Grande Mascara in Rich Black

According to the Ipsy website this mascara is waterproof. I have watery eyes/wear contacts so I only buy waterproof mascara. Might I add, this is actually full size. So, that means Ipsy automatically earns extra points.

Adesse New York – Nail Lacquer in Sufer Girl

I am a nail polish junkie so I always get so excited to see a nail polish in my bag. Unfortunately, this just isn’t my color. However, I have a few friends that would love it so it will not go to waste. The formula is extremely opaque and shiny and almost looks like gel polish when it dries.

This month’s winner is… Ipsy

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