Happy Friday world!! Of course my kids and I are sick, just in time for the weekend. Hopefully we recuperate by Monday, and don’t have to miss any school or work!
I just realized it is the last day of September (can you believe it!?), so I figured that I better get this post up! I did my first Ipsy vs Sephora Play last month and it was pretty close because both boxes were really good. Even though I wasn’t in love with either box this month, it was still difficult to choose a “winner.” Read on and let me know what you think at the end!
Ipsy vs Sephora Play – September 2016
The Scoop on Ipsy: $10 a month for 5 samples. You can earn Ipsy Points which you can redeem in their small shop. The products in the shop are limited and the good ones tend to sell out very quickly, so you have to constantly check back. You can earn 10-15 points for every glam bag item you review. You can also earn 250 points for each person you refer to Ipsy. They also randomly give you 10 points here and there if you share your bag contents or sneak peek on FB/Twitter. The items in the shop range from 250-1500 points. (The 1000/1500 point products are full size.) They also have discount codes for products included in each months glam bag, incase you want to buy the full size or something else from the brand. If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy you can use my referral link, and I would really appreciate it! 🙂
What I got:
- Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté Mask– This mask is intended to give a refreshing boos of moisture in 10 minutes. I’m a big fan of the Nuxe brand and their body oil is amazing. However, I don’t like trying too many facial products because it aggravates my skin. This mask also has a rather strong rose type scent that I’m not particularly fond of. ($25)
- Seraphine Botanicals Guava Butter– This is a lovely multi tasking product that is 91% natural and formulated with Shea Butter. I am not a fan of the color on my lips, but it creates a beautifully warm glow on my cheeks! It also has the most amazing scent, and it’s vegan & cruelty free! This was a full size! ($24)
- Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish– I have tried a few of their polishes in the past and really liked them. This color, Champagne Socialite, is a stunning pale metallic rose gold. It has a great formula and I used 2 coats. Usually, I’m not a fan of metallic polishes because they can be very brush stroke-y, but this one wasn’t that bad. (Another full size here!) ($15)
- Living Proof PHD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment– As usual, the Living Proof hair treatments are pretty great. For some reason though, I just don’t like the smell of them. It’s not really a bad smell it just doesn’t do anything for my olfactory sensors. This worked well on my fine, thin hair and made it silky and frizz free after blowdrying. It’s a good size sample because I only need a small amount. ($27 )
- Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme– I have tried some of the Lip Injection stuff in the past, but this “Extreme” version gets a big NOPE from me! I don’t really need lip plumping, but I tried it for review’s sake. Holy Moly. I only had it one for about 1 minute before it started burning. I then had to wipe it off with a cool cloth. Too bad because the shimmery, clear gloss is kind of pretty! ($28)
The Scoop on Sephora Play: $10 for 5 deluxe samples plus a bonus fragrance. You can’t earn points and there is no referral program with this subscription. However, they do include a Play Pass each month which can be used to receive expert advice in the stores and 50 extra Beauty Insider points with any purchase. Every month they also include a big pamphlet of tips, tricks, and how-to’s for each product in the box and it is actually pretty helpful!
What I got:
- Dr. Jart Water Drop– This moisturizer is for all skin types and it features a special emulsion system with droplets packed full of brightening and nourishing ingredients. Even though it says it is for all skin types, it is fairly lightweight and may not work for super dry skin. The formula is so amazing though! It literally changes into water droplets when you are massaging it into your skin. You have to try it for yourself if you go into Sephora! However, I am sad to say that it didn’t work for me and I had pretty bad breakouts around my chin/neck area after using this. Also, it has a tiny amount of shimmer to it, which I didn’t care for. ($36)
- Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick– These lipsticks are designed to be moisturizing with a glossy shine finish. I got a mini of the shade Love Spell which is a cool toned light pink. This was fairly sheer and my hand swatch shows several passes. It is comfortable on the lips, but the color looked a little off on me. Maybe it was a little too “Barbie-ish” for my skin tone? I might try it out in a few of the other shades available. There are 39 shades + 5 shades that are on sale! ($12.50)
- Living Proof PHD Night Cap– This overnight perfector claims to provide up to one week of more shiny, vibrant, manageable hair overnight, with benefits that last through five shampoos. You are supposed to use this right before bed and it can be applied on wet or dry hair. Simply spread it throughout hair, concentrating on the ends and comb it through. Then, either style as is in the AM or wash out. They also claim it’s non greasy and “pillow safe.” I haven’t tried this yet because I don’t trust the non greasy claim. I want to get a hair wrap or net first. LOL ($28)
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel– TBH clear brow gel doesn’t really do anything for me. I need some color on my brows. I guess this would be great if you already have full brows and wanted a natural brow look. ($22)
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner– This liner features an innovative brush tip as opposed to a felt tip like most liquid liners. The formula is kind of sheer at first but it layers easily without getting patchy. (That might be tricky though when trying to get a precise wing.) Haven’t tried this on my eyes yet. ($20)
- Tory Birch Perfume– I received the scent Jolie Fleur Verte. This is a crisp, green floral with hints of musk and sandalwood. (It smells a little mature as some reviewers on Sephora noted.) I really like the scent, but it is very strong. Even one spritz on my wrist almost gives me a headache. ($95)
OK, it’s a tough call but I think IPSY wins it again this month! I really liked the polish, cheek tint & hair cream. Plus, Ipsy has the rewards program which is a big plus in my book.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MY CHOICE? WHICH ONE WOULD YOU HAVE PICKED??