I forgot I was subscribed to this! So it was a nice little surprise today. It’s $5 a season and you get a random assortment of beauty and makeup samples. Sometimes you’ll even get a full sized product! I really want to sub to the cheap beauty boxes from other stores, lately I have an obsession with samples and deluxe sample sized products. Probably because I am doing a turn and burn project pan. Which is just making a point to use up samples, deluxe samples, and products that are almost empty.
I’m not going to go into any detail with these. Here is just an assortment of one use packets. The L’Oréal Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Liquid IV flavor packet, and Not Your Mother’s Smooth Moves Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner.
Daily Concepts Exfoliating Dual Texture Scrubber
I am a bit iffy about this. It just makes me a bit nervous to use wipe something so textured all around my face. I am afraid of tears. I might try this, but I also might just give it to a friend to try.
Cera Ve Daily Moisturizing Lotion
I have heard really good things about this lotion so I am interested in trying it out. I think it will work really nicely on my legs which are much more sensitive than the rest of my body. This will be a nice way to see if I like it or not.
Chap Stick Total Hydration With Hemp Seed Oil
I am always happy to try a new lip balm. This one feels really hydrating on the lips and has a nice fresh scent. Into my purse it goes!
Lottie London Slay All Day Liquid Lipstick “Fleek”
I have not been big into liquid lips lately like I use to be. I just find them to be too drying on my lips and I don’t like how they just flake off. However, I do really like the shade of this one so I may make an exception.
It’s a brown-red shade. I just really enjoy it and think it will really complement some looks. I don’t think it screams spring by any means, but who cares. It’s not like I’m into bright springy colors.
What did you think of this Walmart beauty box? Not a bad little assortment for $5! Comment your thoughts below! What is your favorite product or brand from the drugstore?
I have been curious about the Benefit Boi-ing concealer in the past, so I’m excited to see it included in my Ipsy. I’m particularly interested to see how it will wear under my eyes. I think the shade I got will be a good match. I’m currently trying to use up a deluxe sample size of a Tarte concealer, but once that one is gone, this one will be in rotation.
Kokie Cosmetics Eyebrow Pencil and Brush “Blonde” $8
I have been wanting to try more from Kokie, but I never see their products in stores near me! I have used a concealer from them in the past ( also from Ipsy) and I used that sucker up I loved it so much. I really do just need to make an order from their site. I have high hopes for this brow product. It seems like it will be pretty precise and a good shade match.
MAAPILIM Exfoliating Solution $63 full size
“It’s formulated with AHAs and BHAs to help dissolve dead skin cells, degunk pores, and leave your skin super soft and smooth.” It’s always exciting to get to try out expensive skincare. I will have to throw this in my skincare rotation to see if it makes any difference.
SOROCI Low-Hyaluronic Tangerine Booster Serum $29 full size
This is meant to have the hydrating benefits of Hyaluronic Acid as well as the brightening and firming benefits of tangerine extract. Apparently if you put this on before the rest of your skincare routine it will boost absorption.
COSRX Inc. Master Patch Intensive $12
I have some of these from other brands that I need to go through. I have tried the mighty patch brand and didn’t think they worked, hopefully these will perform better.
The Balm The Balm and the Beautiful Vol 1
I am not sure why this was included in my bag. It isn’t in my card, I didn’t order any add ons and I don’t recall ordering anything separately. But this is a happy accident! Ever since I saw Emily Noel use it in a video I have wanted to try the palette for myself.
The colors seem right up my alley. They are pigmented and the color story itself is very nice.
I am really excited to give it a go on my eyes!
That is it for my April Ipsy! I really enjoyed this bag! I think it’s the best one I have gotten in a while. What was in your Ipsy? What is your favorite Kokie products? Comment below!
Gripping primers are all the rage right now. While ELF does have some popular gripping primers under their belt, of course they had to come out with one that touts the gripping claim.
The ELF Power Grip Primer retails for $10. If I had to compare it to the Milk Hydro Grip Primer (the mini I have of the milk primer is lasting me ages!) I would say it is EXTREMELY comparable. I haven’t compared them side by side, but I have used them on alternating days and I haven’t noticed much of a difference. Honestly, I probably won’t pick up another Milk Hydro Grip Primer now that I have tried the ELF Power Grip Primer.
This day was my second time trying the Power Grip Primer.
On day one I learned that I don’t like using a brush with my coverage products when using this primer. It came out very patchy. (I forgot to take pictures!!)
Day two I used a sponge and all was well.
This was SIX HOURS into my day. Most of which I was wearing a mask. I noticed some wear down of my foundation on my nose, around my mouth, and cheeks, where my mask sits, but everywhere else looked fantastic! The ELF Power Grip primer really does increase the longevity of makeup.
This was the beginning of day three. I forgot to take pictures hours later, it’s allergy season so work is busy! But I noticed the same wear as the day before. I wish I would have taken pictures much later on either day to really showcase just how well the ELF Power Grip Primer improved the longevity of my makeup.
Over all thoughts?
BUY THIS! It will be $10 very well spent. Buy it from the ELF website, they always have great promotions going on and their rewards program is wonderful.
I would say the keys to really getting a “grip” on this primer is to use a sponge when applying your coverage products. As well as not using too much of the primer. A little really does go a long way.
I definitely think the ELF Power Grip Primer is a major win. Bye Bye Milk Hydro Grip.
I mainly decided to get this because I really really like the bag. So every thing else is pretty much a bonus for me. The mystery glam bags retail for $14
Mini Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Dqy Moisture SPF 30
I have the full size of this product but I have yet to use it. I will probably try this mini size first to see if I like it. And if I don’t I can always pass the larger size onto someone else.
Love craft Beauty Number 2 Brush
The bristles are soft and it seems pretty sturdy. I’ll definitely use it for blush or bronzer
This Works Morning Expert Hyaluronic Serum
I have been getting a lot of Hyaluronic acid stuff lately. This is another little mini to add to my turn and burn project pan.
UOMA Level Up Mascara Mini
I love getting mini mascaras. I can actually use it up before the three month shelf life passes.
The bristles are kind of spread out and in a weird pattern around the wand. I am interested to see how this work.
Basic Beauty Eyeshadow Quad “Hot Cocoa Bomb”
This is a cute little quad and the shadows seem to be of pretty decent quality.
It was really buttery and smooth with the figure swatches and I am interested to see how they work with a brush. I am going to add this to my collection of mini palettes I keep on my vanity.
Sometimes I really enjoy getting this mystery bags. Sometimes they suck though. This was luckily not one of this times! I would be interested to know what products you got in this bag when it originally came out or if you have ordered the mystery bag as well!
This is a new to me box and I am pretty excited about it! It is $35 and it seems to include multiple products from one brand each month.
This month is Jason Wu. I have wanted to try this newer drugstore brand since I saw it featured in some YouTube videos. This box is a great way to try out a good assortment of products.
Jason Wu Magic Matte Oil $16
This product I am really looking forward to trying. I have pretty oily skin and I am interested to see how much of a difference this oil makes on my skin. Apparently it is supposed to be oily to matte instantly. It can be worn alone or as a primer. I’ll probably use it in both ways.
Jason Wu Saved By The Patch $12
I have some acne patches from another brand that I have been using and liking. I am glad to have more and hope they work just as well as the others.
Jason Wu The Bush $14
This is a vegan formula brow soap. I have been toying with the idea of giving soap brows a try and I guess this is my sign to take the plunge.
Jason Wu Stay In Line “Parisian Chic” and “Royal” $10
The Stay in Line lipliners are incredibly creamy pencil liners. The shades are pretty nice go to shades for me and I can see myself just wearing these all over the lips.
Jason Wu Flora 9 “Matte Agave” $15
I love the look of this little palette. I do t have a matte palette that is set up in quite the same way. The shadows are buttery and pigmented and seem like they will blend nicely. I will probably be doing a dedicated post for this palette (and many of the other products featured here) so keep an eye out for that!
Jason Wu Hot Fluff “Jelly Roll” and “Éclair” $12
These are both creamy matte lipsticks. They remind me a lot of the Milani Fetish Matte lipsticks formula wise. I will probably wear the more almost terracotta shade more than the bolder berry, but if I’m going to wear a berry now it will probably be this one.
As far as my first American Influencer Beauty Bundle goes this one was great to start off with! I got some great products from a brand I had really wanted to try. I am excited to see what the coming months bring.
The primer comes out as a blue jelly and feels very cooling and hydrating when you spread it on your face. Once it dries down it does feel a little bit sticky to the touch, but it isn’t bothersome on the face. It reminds me a ton of the Milk Hydrogrip primer. So much so that I do t feel the need to repurchase the Milk Hydrogrip primer now.
This picture was taken right after I applied my makeup. Everything sat very well on my skin. I made sure to use a foundation and concealer that I trusted to give the primer a fair chance.
Here we are four hours later. Everything is still looking good! I did notice my pores looked a bit large, but nothing I had on claimed to be pore filling.
Here we are 8 hours after application. I noticed makeup had rubbed off on my nose and my chin thanks to my mask. I also noticed that there was much less creasing under my eyes and in my smile lines than normal.
I highly recommend this primer. It is a great drugstore alternative to the Milk Hydrogrip Primer and it works wonders. It won’t break the bank and it does it’s job nicely.
I have had a few of these quads just sitting around. I haven’t really been playing with makeup, but this morning I was watching Tati videos and got inspired. So I thought, “ let’s do an inexpensive fall look.”
This quad retails for only $3!!! Here ! Let’s get into swatches and the super quick and easy look.
My first comment is I wish the matte shades had one that was a bit more orange toned, but the mattes are still super pretty.
The mattes don’t swatch the best, but they do work very well. The metallics on the other hand swatch like a dream and work just as well.
I used a fluffy blending brush and used the lightest matte and went all through the crease. I used a more tapered blending brush and used the darker matte on the outer corner. On the outer portion of my lid I used the darker metallic and then the lighter one on the rest of my lid.
I am in love with the look that came out of this quad! Simple easy, so cheap and perfect for fall. Now I want every single one of the bite sized quads and no one will stop me from getting them. I feel an ELF hall coming on!!
Kinder Beauty Box is $25 a month. All products are cruelty free and vegan. You receive 5 products, two of which will be full sized.
Delia Organics Dew Drops Serum $30
This serum is lightweight and meant to balance out your complexion while providing hydration. This is going to be the serum I use bevy after I finish my Kypris one!
Delizioso Watermelon & COQ10 Facial Polish $39.95
Here we have a very fine facial polish that is packed full of skin loving ingredients. Oh, and it smells ahhhmazing!
Glov BioBased Pocket Mirror $10
This is actually an awesome little mirror. Mine is going right into my backpack so I can do makeup touch ups while at work and college.
Eco Tools Lip and Cheek Tint “Pink” $8.99
I am obsessed with cream blush and multi tasking products lately, so I am really excited about this. The shade isn’t too pink, and looks illuminating as well. You will see more of this guy in an upcoming post.
100% Pure Creamy Long Last Liner “Dark Cacao” $26
I already own this eyeliner, and it is by far my favorite liner. It’s long wearing and very pigmented. I’m so happy so have another!
I am really happy with this box! It’s full of amazing products and I’m excited about everything. My box came to a total of $114.94.
What product interests you most from this months box? Comment below!
Kinder Beauty Box retails for $25 a month. It contains all cruelty free and vegan products. You get 5-6 items, two of which will be full-size.
Glov Makeup Remover $12.99
This is so useful! I have been obsessed with my makeup eraser as of late, and I’m glad to have another similar product. It’s very soft and fits nicely on the hand for better control. Not only does it remove makeup, but it is supposed to help leave your skin balanced and soft.
Dirty Lamb Ultra Night Serum $52
Great timing! I am on the last few uses of my current night serum. This serum contains a high antioxidant blend of fatty acids to really hydrate skin through the night. It also has a hint of lavender, ylang-ylang, and orange. It smells great! I also love the little lamb on the bottle.
100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask $7
These are a caffeinated eye mask to brighten and de-puff. I have tried these before and really enjoy them.
This eye cream contains botanicals, vitamins, and moisturizing ingredients to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is a really nice sized jar for $22. It’s going to last ages!
Medusa’s Makeup Eye Dust “Penny Wise” $8
This pigment is a really pretty metallic copper. I have other eye dusts from Medusa’s makeup and they are all wonderful and really pack a punch. If you haven’t check out Medusa’s Makeup, I highly recommend you do.
BONUS ITEM Folly Fire Lipstick “Full House”
I used a coupon code I found, which I believe was MSA, and got a mystery bonus item. Unfortunately, it is a lipstick I already own. However, it is a beautiful color and formula and I know one of my sisters will love it!
Over all thoughts?
I am so happy with my first box! I am blown away! I have replaced my VeganCuts subscription with this one, and I am very happy with that decision! For $25 I got a total of $101.99 worth of products. That’s fantastic!
What item is most interesting to you in this box? Comment below!