Today I wanted to review the contents of my Birchbox and Ipsy and give you guys some first impressions about the products. Each of these companies provide a $10 a month beauty subscription service where you receive 5 deluxe sample or full sized products. Also, in the Ipsy subscription, you receive a new makeup bag each month. I love getting these because it's a great way to discover new brands and products and also treat myself to a little "present" each month.
This month was pretty cool for Birchbox. I dove into some different items that I wouldn't normally appreciate, and found some great results. First, I've been using the EVO mane tamer smoothing shampoo and conditioner. I feel like the shampoo is mediocre, but the conditioner is definitely something special! It has a balmy texture, which it great for untangling unruly hair. Also, if you were lucky enough to receive these as well, read the packaging; it's hilarious! Next up I received the coola daydream mineral primer. I have other primers from coola, and they always make me break out. This made me hesitant to try out this one, but luckily this didn't do the same thing. I love how it includes SPF 30 and also has a light, "moussey" texture. One issue with this month's box was the fact I received a self tanner to use a week before prom. I didn't want to risk trying the VITA LIBERATA ten minute tan and getting a sick orange tan before the big event, so I'm planning to trying out in June. Hopefully it'll be as useful as the product claims. Finally, I got my favorite product of this month! First off, how cute is this packaging? The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes mascara is packaged in a hot pink tube covered in flamingos. How more perfectly could Summer be wrapped up? Although the mascara itself is pretty average, I'll never say no to a new one in my stash!
This month's Ipsy included some great makeup products. First I'll start off my saying I haven't tried out the Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator. It seems to have a nice clean smell and the exfoliant texture is really fine. One of my favorite things to receive in my subscription services are brushes! I received the Royal & Langnickel Prevision Angled Brush this month. It's really soft and can be used for so many uses! Right now, I'm using it for highlighting, but I think I'm going to start using it for under eye concealer. If you have any suggestions, please let me know! Next up, I picked up the highlighter I've been using. The Urban Decay After Glow powder highlighter in Sin is so pretty but not totally blinding, which I love! I also received the City Color Bold Brow powder, which I've been featuring a bunch on the gram. Although this product comes from a super affordable brand, the pigment is crazy good. I love using this duo to achieve a natural brow. Lastly, I received the Mellow matte lipstick in nude. This shade is so pretty. While not exactly a nude on me, this darker warm shade compliments so many looks.