Product Review: Ipsy – September Glam Bag

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Stars: 4/5

Cost: $10 a month

Products:

1. September Ipsy Bag – I absolutely love this bag! It’s super cute, and a great size, bigger than previous months. I will definitely be using this for travel to and from work, school, or out of town. Fits everything I need! Can’t wait to see what October’s bag will look like!

2. Cailyn Tinted Lip Gloss / Love Affair – Full Size!– I love this color! Definitely perfect timing for the cold winter months ahead and the holidays. My only complaint is how much it dries out my lips. If you use vaseline as a base, it won’t dry out!

3. Crown Brush / Infinity Shadow & Crease – When I saw that I would be getting this eyeshadow brush in my September Bag, I got really excited! I just recently bought the Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay and Natural Eyes Palette by Too Faced so this tool is perfect! I’ve been using  it for a week now and so far I love the softness of the bristles and how much pigment it will hold.

4. LeeAnni Ego 3 in 1 – Sample – I haven’t tried this sample yet, but I really love the idea of having a toner, serum, and moisturizer all in one. This product is vegan and all natural! Can’t wait to try it out. Has anyone else tried it?

5. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Conditioning Mask – Sample – I have really fine oily hair, so I probably won’t use this. I read up on this product though and it sounds amazing for anyone looking for a natural hair mask without parabens, silicones, and phthalates. The 4 main natural ingredients are avocado, almond oil, rosehip oil, and aloe. Sounds like it would be a treat for dry, damaged, parched hair! Not to mention, super hydrating for you scalp with the Winter months ahead.

6. Pacifica Red Red Wine Nail Polish – Full Size! – Another all natural vegan cruelty free product! This color is amazing for Fall and Winter, I love the deep burgundy red. The cool thing about this polish is that it will change shades in the light! The polish can reflect a more transparent blood orange-like color or a deep burgundy wine. I love it! I’m still a loyal fan of Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel but this polish is a nice change.

Pros: I loved this months bag. The only bag I had to compare it to was my June Glam Bag I received in July with all the left over stock products thrown together. I felt like these products were more personalized and higher end, and that I would be using them more frequently.

Cons: During my Ipsy test I said I had fine oily hair, so I don’t know why they sent me a conditioning mask for dry damaged hair. Although I’m sure it’s an awesome product, I probably won’t be using it. Who knows! I might though if Winter magically strips my hair of all it’s natural oils! Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my review. What did everyone else get in their September Glam Bag?!

Enjoy!

~Jess

PRODUCT REVIEW: SAMPLE SOCIETY BY ALLURE SEPTEMBER BOX

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Stars: 5/5

Cost: $15 a month

Products:

1. Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream Full Size – This was definitely the BEST product in the box! They included a FULL SIZE Revitalizing Eye Cream that retails for $85! This product couldn’t have come in my sample box at a better time. I’ve been working 52-55 hour work weeks for almost 2 months now, so you can imagine my absolute need for this product, especially considering how many Executives I encounter from around the world. This definitely made the month worth every penny and more. I have been using this for about a week now and I definitely look less tired, alert, and ready to conquer the world. You apply this product under your eyes once at night and once in the morning. It slightly stings, so be careful! $85

2. LORAC POREfection Mattifying Face Primer Deluxe Sample –  This was a very tiny sample, I can maybe get a few uses out of it. I don’t use too much foundation or powders on my face, so I don’t benefit from this as much as the next person might. I used it today with my BareMinerals powder foundation and it was meh, I wouldn’t spend the extra money for something I could get at the drugstore for less and it would be the same thing.

3. Alterna Caviar Repair RX Re-Texturizing Protein Cream Deluxe Sample – First of all, I love the smell of this product! It smells citrusy and delicious, definitely refreshing! At first I didn’t think I would have any use for this product, I thought it was for frizzy damaged hair only and acted as a deep conditioner. Any hair type can benefit from this product! It makes your hair silky smooth and soft and gets rid of any frizz and split ends. Use this product 1-3 times weekly to get the best results. I would definitely consider buying the full size of this product!

4. Tarte Brazilliance Maracuja Self Tanning Face Towelettes  – This sample box came with 3 of these self tanning face towelettes. At first I was bummed thinking to myself, “O well that’s a tease!” I had the opportunity to use these over the weekend for a friend’s wedding and WOW! Streak free even tan with very minimal self tanner smell! The box claims that there is zero smell, but ANY self tanner has least a small distinct self tanner smell. I would definitely consider buying a larger box for special events such as a night on the town, weddings, dinner dates etc. $8

5. Givenchy Fragrance Dahlia Divin Fragrance Sample – I’m a huge fan of fragrances, but I’m also pick as hell! At first I really liked this scent, very woodsy with sandalwood and patchouli undertones, still warm and feminine. After a while though the smell sort of turned ‘tart’ I guess you could say. It went from sexy feminine to teeny bopper. I’m not sure what happened! It might just be my natural scent combined with the perfume! Don’t let my judgment stop you though, you’ll have to smell for yourself. $1

Pros: Loved, loved, LOVED the full size eye cream obviously. Sample Society has been doing a great job keeping their buyers happy with a good balance of samples, deluxe samples, and high end full size items. I loved the tanning towelettes too, I will be definitely stocking up on these for future events!

Cons: Only thing I didn’t like was the tiny LORAC primer sample. Even though the Givenchy Dahlia Divin wasn’t my style, I still appreciate trying new scents.

Enjoy!

~Jess

#VSSportBra from Victorias Secret and Influenster

Itbra4(2) finally arrived! My Victoria’s Secret VoxBox arrived yesterday, what a wonderful and well deserved surprise after a 12 hour work shift and a 5 mile run home after it all. I’ve been running a lot more frequently as of late, and I love the mental benefits I get from it. Sure, it might be the last thing I want to do after an exhausting day at work, but I never regret it afterwards…. especially when there’s a VoxBox waiting at home for me to open.

First of all, I was stoked outta’ my MIND when I bra3(2)received the email that I was a lucky chosen one to receive the #VSSportBra VoxBox. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with fitness, and I can never have too much fitness gear. I was already a fan of the Victoria’s Secret sports bra, but none the less elated that I would be getting the latest and greatest. I was skeptical about their crops at first, mostly because I’ve never tried them before and I’m pretty faithful to Lululemon. I was pleasantly surprised though….

I’ve been tracking my VoxBox every day since I received my tracking number, so I KNEW the package had arrived. More motivation to kill my run! I’ve been following the #VSSportBra hash tag, so I’ve been seeing everyone else’s photos and reviews which made me even more excited for my own! Plus I want that $50 gift card to VS, and hell why not, the $500 as well 😉 The sooner I get my package, the sooner I can complete tasks!

bra5(2)When I opened the original box to reveal the signature Victoria’s Secret gift box I nearly squealed with joy! It felt like Christmas came early, except I peaked this year and I knew exactly what I was getting. I opened the box to reveal my new best friends. Inside the box came my #VSSportBra and a pair of black crops, as well as 25% off coupons and an informational pamphlet about all of Victoria’s Secret sports bras. I eagerly flipped through the pages and picked out some favorites I will need to try on this weekend.

After I showered from my run, I immediately tore off the tags to try zuzka(2)everything because let’s be real, I ain’t selling these for anything! I was extremely satisfied with the color I received, I like neutrals that aren’t too flashy but still fun. Everything fit perfect; 32C sport bra and small crops. Victoria’s Secret is obviously known for their bras, so I wasn’t too shocked with the extreme comfort and support of the bra. Comparing this bra to my previous Victoria’s Secret sport bras, I noticed that the band was much wider and the cups much thicker for support. Definitely held my puppies in gently! I’m a HUGE fan of Zuzka Light as most of my readers know, and she always wears the cutest Victoria’s Secret sport bras and she has some BIG knockers!

bra2(2)I was most surprised with the crops! I’ve been a faithful Lululemon shopper, but the thickness and comfort of the Victoria’s Secret crops amazed me! They were comfortable and very flattering. I can’t wait to try them out in the squat rack, that will be the true test! So many workout pants can be too thin, believe me, I’ve seen some thongs and other unmentionables! I am thoroughly impressed with my #VSSportBra VoxBox and can’t wait to visit the nearest Victoria’s Secret store to stock up!

If anyone needs or wants a 25% coupon to try these suckers out yourself, let me know and bra(2)I’m more than happy to snail mail you a coupon! I received easily over $100 of gear complimentary, so I will definitely be stocking up as well! The coupons expire September 21st! So message me A.S.A.P! I have plenty! Stay tuned for my YouTube video coming later this week along with my review on my store visit. Have a great evening everybody, happy hump day!

~Jess

DISCLAIMER:This is a sponsored blog post. Influenster provided me with complimentary Victoria’s Secret products to test and review as part of a contest.

 

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To all my fellow Subscription Box Bloggers!

If you have not heard of the website: mysubscriptionaddiction.com YOU NEED TO CHECK IT OUT!

This site is the bees knees for those of us who are scoping out potential subscription boxes to buy for review purposes. The subscription boxes range from beauty, clothing, food, fitness, DIY projects, vegan, organic, mens, adult etc. If you’re having a hard time deciding which box you want to purchase next, this site has an extensive list along with plenty of reviews from other subscribers. There are coupon deals and you can create your own wish list to keep your desired boxes organized.

The best part is the Swap page! If you’re unhappy with an item you received in your box, or it’s just not not your thing; you can list your item on the swap page and trade with another swapper. You can customize your profile letting other swappers know what items you’re interested in and you can also do multi-item swaps. Here’s a swap I recently did:
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I am subscribed to Fabletics which is an awesome workout clothing site for women. You can subscribe paying $49.99 a month for an entire outfit, the best part is you can skip a month if you like within the first 5 days of the month if you decide you don’t want an outfit. If you don’t skip the month, you will be charged the $49.99 which will be added to your account as store credit if you don’t choose and outfit.

I recently ordered a couple items, a few of which didn’t fit the way I wanted them to. The Adventura Camo tank listed above was a little too large for my taste, so I posted it on the swap page of mysubscriptionaddiction.com. Another swapper liked my item, so they sent me a request to swap with them. Once I receive a request to swap with someone, I go to their profile with all their available items listed and choose what I would like. I chose the leopard print scarf listed above. Once I choose what I would like, the swap proposal is sent back to the other person and they either accept or decline. In my case, the swapper accepted, so we had a trade! We’re both responsible for shipping costs of the item we send to the other person. After we exchange shipping information and send our items to each other, there is a section where we can update the tracking number so we can track our packages.

The swapper I exchanged with already received her item from me and left me great feedback. I should be receiving my new scarf in the mail on Tuesday!

It’s a really awesome site! I’ve already done 3 swaps. So far I’ve noticed that a lot of people are interested in my Fabletics items. I’ve swapped a sports bra that was too small, this tank top that was too large, and a switch back tee that I didn’t like the fit.

Anyways my fellow Subscription Box Bloggers, you should definitely check out this site! It’s really awesome and full of great boxes and items to be swapped for! Enjoy!

~Jess

 

#VSSportBra VoxBox

Woohoooo! Influenster is blessing me yet again with another complimentary VoxBox. Guess what I qualify for?! Well I guess I gave it away…. I qualify for a complimentary Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra and sport bottoms!

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How I feel when I open an Influenster VoxBox qualification email….

Hell yeah, practically an entire new gym outfit! I’m pretty pumped about it, this site has me so excited. Whenever I open an email like this, it’s like freakin’ Christmas came early.

Sports Bra2So stay tuned for my review in the next few weeks! Soon I’ll be kicking ass and looking like Adriana Lima 😉

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~Jess 

DISCLAIMER: I have received ‘Influenster’ products complimentary for testing purposes

Product Review: Sample Society by Allure August Box

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Stars: 4/5

Cost: $15 a month

Products:

1. Oribe Surfcomber Mouse 2.5oz – I was the most excited for this product when I saw I would be receiving this in my August Sample box! I’m a HUGE fan or Oribe products. I love the quality, the smell, and how long the products last. When I did a little more research on the product, I was kind of skeptical since I originally thought it was a texturizing spray, turns out it’s a mousse. I don’t usually use mousse in my hair when I’m rockin’ the short hair doo. However, I was extremely impressed with how far one dollop goes, and how much volume, texture, and hold it had. Oribe, you’ve done it again! I would definitely buy the full size of this product in the future. A 5.3oz full size of this product costs $37.

2. Too Faced Melted Liquefied Lipstick Peony – I’ve recently become interested in this girly thing called lipstick and lip gloss. I have tried a couple lipsticks from Smashbox and Marc Jacobs, and the lip gloss I use is NYX. This Liquefied Lipstick is amazing! Although I’m not a huge fan of the bright pink I received, I think it’s genius to have a lipstick that goes on like a lip gloss, but has the matte finish and durability of lipstick. A full size of this product costs $21.

3. Ciate Cha Cha Cha Mini Paint Pot – I haven’t actually tried this nail polish yet, but I think the vibrant color is great for Summer. This would have been a great sample to receive in June or July, but it tends to get a little colder in preparation for Fall in August. Even though I haven’t tried this polish yet, I probably wouldn’t buy it since I rarely do my nails. On the rare occasions I do my nails, I will be faithfully choosing Sally Hansen’s new Miracle Gel polish. Great colors, shine, and lasting durability 🙂 A full size of this product costs $8.

4. Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara – You want the honest truth? I really hate ANY mascara samples. I am true to only one mascara, and although it might not be the priciest thing on the shelf, it gives amazing volume and length. I am an avid user of Covergirl. However, this sample great for a compact emergency backup for my purse, gym bag, or travel. A full size of this product costs $33.

5. Kate Somerville Dilo Oil – When I saw I would be receiving an itty bitty sample of this dry oil I was pretty bummed out. I have naturally oily skin anyhow so I didn’t think I would use it, plus it seemed like such a small sample I would hardly have enough uses to see a difference. I decided to try it anyways, and man oh, man! Just one use I saw a huge difference in my skin’s overall tone and softness! A little goes a loooong way too. You use only 2-4 small fingertip dots on your cheek bones, forehead, and chin. I really am in love with it, this product definitely ties for ‘favorite’ with the Oribe Surfcomber Mousse! A 1oz full size product costs $65.

Pros: This was my first box from my Sample Society monthly subscription and I was thoroughly impressed! They could have ditched the nail polish and mascara, but my absolute love for the Oribe Surfcomber Mousse and Kate Somerville Dilo Oil make up for it. I would definitely buy the full size of the Oribe but the Kate Somerville Dilo Oil is a tad bit too steep in price for me. Who knows! Maybe the sample will continue to do wonders for me and I’ll cave in and buy it!

Cons: The mascara was my least favorite product, but I’m VERY picky with my mascara, so don’t base any opinions off my bias!

Enjoy!

~Jess

Product Review: Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™

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Stars: 5/5

Cost: $9.99

Pros: I’ll be real with you, I’m not really a nail polish kind of gal. I only really get my nails done on VERY special occasions. The past 7 years I’ve had my nails done professionally TWICE, yes twice. Once for my wedding, and once for my bikini competition in April. I was kind of skeptical when I saw I would be receiving the Sally Hansen Voxbox from Influenster, I didn’t know what to expect since I usually do a horrendous job at painting my own nails. I was actually BEYOND satisfied with the polish I received; compliments of Sally Hansen and Influenster. First of all, I loved the flat brush, it definitely helped me keep a steady hand and apply even strokes of polish to my nails without getting any on my hand or creating bubbles underneath the surface. The quality is amazing, definitely salon quality and shine like the bottle and packing advertises. I can’t stop looking at my nails! The shade they sent me is vibrant and fun, I will definitely be purchasing this polish in the future, I can’t wait to try their different colors. It was so easy, I’m actually quite impressed with myself as well as the polish.

Cons: Literally my ONLY feedback would be the drying time. I feel like the polish remained a little tacky and sticky an hour or more after finishing my coats. I did the recommended 2 color coats and 1 top coat but it still took a while to dry. Other than that, I’m in love with it!

Enjoy!

~Jess

DISCLAIMER: I have received ‘Influenster’ product complimentary for testing purposes

Fabletics!

fabYippee! I just bought myself a 3 piece $25 outfit on Fabletics.com! I’m super excited to receive it in the mail. I always feel like I’m the gal at the gym rockin’ the same shit. Some times I get self conscious thinking other people probably think I don’t even wash my clothes!

It’s definitely fun to rock some new gym swag. Plus, I deserve a treat since I’ve been making such great progress with my workouts and following IIFYM. Fabletics is an amazing website where you can buy amazing quality workout clothing at great prices. They have everything from sports bras, tank tops, t-shirts, shorts, crops, leggings to jackets, long sleeve flowy yoga shirts, yoga mats, accessories, open back styles and so much more. For the month of August they released a really cute Ombre style pattern for leggings, tanks, and this sweatshirt I freakin’ want so bad!

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, follow this link: Fabletics.com. You have 24 hours to get your first outfit (up to 3 pieces!) fableticsfor $25 🙂

However, this will sign you up for a monthly subscription that begins at $49.99. Every month you will have outfits tailored to your tastes offered to you on the 1st. You have 5 days (until the 5th) to either decline and skip the month free of charge or choose your own outfit! There is no binding contract whatsoever. If you should forget to skip a month, your card will be charged the $49.99 BUT you will have that amount as store credit, just remember for next time 🙂

I’m really excited, I can’t wait to try my new outfit and get great deals in the future. I’m excited to see what they have in store for Winter apparel. This honestly is such a great idea for me because I spend most of my life in workout clothes anyhow. Might as well have the professionals tailor an outfit to my tastes, log in, decide wether or not I like my selections or pick something else out for a really great deal. Most 3 piece outfits are less than one article of clothing from Lululemon. Isn’t that crazy?!

Anyhow, I hope you can take advantage of the 24 hour promo deal to get your first outfit for $25. There is absolutely NO commitment, you can skip a month or cancel at anytime. I bet you won’t want to though 😉

On that note, enjoy the weekend and browsing for your new wardrobe!

~Jess

 

New Products!

INFLUENSTERYipee, I just found out that I qualify for a complimentary Sally Hansen VoxBox from Influenster for testing purposes, I can’t wait to get my goodies in the mail 🙂 If you’re new to my blog, Influenster is a FREE website where you can connect all your social media such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Blog etc. to increase you impact score when you review products. The more followers you have on social media, the more desirable you are to be chosen for complimentary products for testing purposes. You can complete reviews and answer questions about products you are knowledgeable about, increasing your score, and earn brand badges from thousands of companies.

Currently I am enrolled for my Ebay badge and Sally Hansen badge. For my Ebay badge I submitted 3 detail oriented guides on chosen topics on how to shop or sell on Ebay. They are under review, but once they are approved I will have won my Ebay badge AND a $25 gift card for Ebay! Easy huh? You can check out my Ebay guides at: Jessica’s Ebay Guides.

Once I receive my Sally Hansen VoxBox in the mail, I will be able to check it in online. From there they will provide me a list of tasks to complete to earn my Sally Hansen badge! VOILA!

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On top of that great news, I will also be receiving a complete supplement line from my sponsor Femme. They are launching their new Zip, Fit, Firm line of pre-workout, BCA complex, and a Carnitine blend for fat loss. I’m extremely excited to try it out, especially since I’ve been so happy with their Peach Skin Firming Cream. I’m not sure when it should be arriving in the mail since they are based in Australia and it took nearly 5 months for my first product to arrive. It turns out they sent my Peach Skin Firming Cream several times, it just kept getting lost in the mail somehow. I’m not surprised, IPSY had a hard time finding my house too!

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Plenty of great opportunities ahead! I’ve been very blessed this past year and I’m extremely thankful. I will admit I was very discouraged when Quest Nutrition didn’t follow through with their offer to become a brand ambassador for them. I’ve worked really hard to get where I’m at today, putting in the effort to reach out to plenty of company’s, promoting myself and my lifestyle, and not giving up. It’s been a crazy ride, but things are starting to fall into place.

~Jess

Product Review: IPSY – June Glam Bag

 

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Stars: 4/5

Cost: $10 monthly

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Wearing Ofra Eye Brow Liner and NYX Butter Gloss

Products:

1. Sacred Tiare Styling Cream by Carols Daughter – This product is meant for dry, frizzy, out of control hair. It’s meant to tame the frizz and moisturize your hair. I recently cut my hair so I won’t be able to try this. I have very fine hair anyways, so I don’t think this product would be a great product for me. I did a lil’ research on their line though and a 3oz bottle of this is pretty affordable $12 on average.

2. Butter Gloss by NYX Eclair Shade – I recently wrote review about the NYX Butter Gloss and I LOVE it! The Eclair shade IPSY sent me  is pretty light on me. I really like their Tiramisu shade. I would definitely recommend their glosses, only $5.99 at your local drugstore.

3. Black Kohl Eyeliner Pencil by Starlooks – I’m really excited to have mostly full size items in my IPSY bag! I’m usually a huge fan of liquid eyeliner, but I’ve heard great things about Starlooks and I’m excited to try this. It glides really nicely, with eyelid primer it should last all day. This product retails for $12. Starlooks also has their own subscription box too, check it out!

4. Eye Brow Pencil by Ofra – I’m usually a huge fan of powders, and that’s honestly because it’s a lot easier to fix powder mistakes with a Q tip than it is to fix eye brow pencil mistakes! I tried this on, and I’m sure with practice I’ll get better, but I actually really like it! Definitely gives a bolder look, I’m usually very modest when it comes to my eyebrows. This pencil retails at $13.

5. Fragrance by Realtree – This is the fragrance description off the website: “Realtree for Her opens up with the sweet taste of pomegranate, a hint of persimmon and an exotic scent of orchids. It blends with lotus blossom and champaca flower and it’s followed by the rich scent of amber, the transient scent of violets and the depth of mahogany wood.” I was really excited for this fragrance! This was probably the item I was the most excited about and I’m a little disappointed in the scent, size, and how the tube squirts. The tube wouldn’t squirt so I had to take the lid off and tap the top on my wrist. At first I liked the scent, but after a while I found it to be too sweet and it smelled like cotton candy. Kind of a teeny bopper scent, meant for Junior Highers. I’ve only been wearing it for 45 minutes and the scent is completely gone. A 3.4oz bottle is $19.99. A good quality bottle of perfume costs roughly $60, so you know this isn’t top notch quality.

Pros: Only $10 for 3 full size items and 2 sample items?! Hell yeah! Just the 3 full size items would have cost roughly $30. I’m happy with what I received, and the concept of a monthly sample subscription bag is so cool! I love it!

Cons: I really enjoyed my June Glam Bag! Sadly, this is the only Glam Bag I’ll be receiving. I had a horrible experience with loosing this bag in the mail and tracking it down through Customer Service. I literally just got it in the mail today! I cancelled my IPSY membership when they wouldn’t respond to me for weeks and July was fast approaching. O well, does anyone else have any great make up bag subscriptions?

Enjoy!

~Jess