Monday, March 20, 2017

March 2017 Ipsy First Imperssions

Both of my subs came in the same day this month (best day ever?) Let's start with the easy one. Ipsy is always pretty easy, low maintenance, a cheap date. Works for me though.

Ipsy is a subscription box that sends a (sometimes cute) bag and five beauty products a month. Ipsy usually ranges the gamut from sample, deluxe to full sized. I don't recall ever receiving any single use foil packets in my (holy shit!) 12 bags from them and the value is usually at least double the bag (referral link here)
Full shot of bag
Folded over

This month I received:
Per usual, CF=Cruelty Free, V=Vegan.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sephora Mini Haul

I've been on the hunt for a good primer for a while now. My first experience with a moisturizing, non-silicone based primer was the Too Faced Hangover Primer. That experience was so bad that I started questioning my need for a primer in the first place. In my hunt for a new primer I recently hauled two Smashbox Try-It-Kits from Sephora and I've spending the past week or few playing with the things I snagged. Being in desperate need for an eyeshadow primer and wanting to find a new foundation primer I grabbed the Smashbox Try it Kit-Primer Authority and grabbed the Try-It-Kit: Bestsellers while I was at it (for a couple of backups and things I might use).

In my past experience, most primers don't really do too much for makeup longevity, only pore filling. I am a staunch advocate for silicone based primers for myself since I have cavernous pores that each support small villages of miners, but even then there is a specific, almost lubricating quality (if you work with graphite you will know what I mean) that I look for. I like clear, thick yet spreadable pore filling face spackle that mattifies and is almost entirely unlike lotion or any type of moisturizer. A common top ingredient I've found in these primers is Cyclopentasiloxane, a huge no-no if you are trying to avoid silicones in your beauty routine, but then I'm not. In this case  Cyclopentasiloxane serves the purpose of filling in large pores beautifully and fortunately Smashbox did not disappoint with their quality and ingredients list.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March 2017 Target Beauty Box Review

My March Target beauty box (now sold out) came in and boy howdy, is it boring. Funny little back story, I was supposed to get the February box but it was a bit of a comedy of errors. The Target boxes get delivered to my mother in law because her mailbox is larger and she is always home (in case something is delivered that won't fit in the box). Somebody swiped her name plate on her mailbox and she checks her mail very infrequently, nfi why, she's just always been awful about checking her mail. After getting pissed enough at her for a perpetually overstuffed mailbox, the postal worker just stopped service and things were being returned to sender, including the February Target beauty box. By the time we realized what the problem was, the box had. Even sold it and I had to call customer service (which their customer service is awesome!) and get a refund.

This tiny little guy was heavy
White box for Spring?


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cheap review: Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion

I received a Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion sample in the mail some time ago and finally gave it a spin. It was only a 9ml sample which wasn't actually large enough to really use where I most need it: my legs (serious chicken skin, if anybody has any remedies for that because so far nothing really works to smooth it).

The sample was pretty nice feeling and smelled pretty strongly of cocoa butter but other than that, it just rinsed off immediately and clung better to the bottom of the tub than to my legs. I highly suggest you don't do this if you're not very sure footed. I would love to try this again with a larger volume but It did the job of piquing my interest though because now I feel compelled to buy a full bottle to give it a real try.

Overall opinion: Not bad. It moisturized better than I thought something used in a stream of water would. It did not wash off immediately (that's good) but my legs weren't the best choice to try this considering the texture and just how much surface area they take up. It's also crazy affordable so that's a win.

Sorry, it's a bit of a wasted review but I got tired of seeing the garbage hanging out in my closet.