Beautiful Update!

Hello Beauties! I’ve been neglecting my blog, plus I haven’t been keeping up with my own very small goal of writing something every day (whether related to this blog or not). I had initially intended to update more frequently than I have been, but I’ve been sick and in severe pain recently.

Since the last time I posted anything, I’ve received quite a few boxes, some of which have been amazing! All of them are well-worth the price I paid for them. Anything I don’t like has or will be either sold amazon or ebay; some I’ve given away or will give away as gifts!

Here are the boxes I got:
*WalMart’s Beauty Box, as well as their Baby Box (which I ordered for my sister and n niece), each of which are quarterly subscriptions that cost $5.00 to cover the cost of shipping.

*BirchBox, the original beauty subscription box, which at $10.00 a month is a great deal!
*Allure’s Beauty Box, which is $15.00 a month, though I paid $10.00 for the first month.
* Glossybox, which normally runs $21.oo a month, but I paid $15.00 because they had a special where they were selling past boxes, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity for me to try them out and see what they were about without making a commitment that I wasn’t exactly sure about.

Today I was able to get the limited edition Target Beauty Box, which comes out once a month, and sells out FAST! I have been waiting patiently to get in on it, so thank god I woke up this morning and checked my email. I’m on the My Subscription Addiction email list, so they alerted me to the availability of the Target Beauty Box!

I also want to share a few other tips and tricks that have helped me acquire some beauty products FOR FREE! I’m on sites like Crowdtap, which I highly recommend, because they give away Amazon gift cards as well as products for you to sample and review. I got both a sample of Secret Clinical Strength deodorant and an Amope Pedi Perfect foot file the other day, and needless to say, I was pretty excited about that! And with all of the amazon gift cards I’ve earned, I was able to buy a new Kindle Fire, which my niece is enjoying just about as much as I am!

Remember, if you are looking to sign up for any subscription services, please use my referral links so I can get some bonus points to score some beautiful freebies! I’ll of course post reviews of the products I receive, and I’ll be so grateful if you do so!
Ipsy Referral Link
BirchBox Referral Link
GlossyBox Referral Link

*Please Note: I am not compensated in any way, shape or form for these reviews, nor have I received any free boxes, so you can be sure I’m giving an honest, unbiased opinion! 

Ipsy February Glam Bag

Hello beauties! How’s the weather where you are? Here in Bennington, Vermont it is below zero, which is not my cup of tea! I have no plans to leave my apartment for a couple of days, unless I absolutely have to!

Finally, a little prezzie came today, and I couldn’t wait to tear into the bright pink envelope with my February Ipsy Glam Bag  which had a Valentine’s Day theme.

Let’s break down the contents and take a peek inside the cute faux beadwork bag. This is my fourth month with Ipsy, and I’ve been consistently impressed with the bags themselves. They’re really cute and good quality, just one more reason why Ipsy is worth the ten bucks! These items are what I found in MY glam bag, which they tailored to my specific preferences, based on a survey I filled out. This isn’t reflective of what products were included  in other people’s glam bags!

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This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag

 

INSIDE THIS MONTH’S BAG:

The contents of this months glam bag total NEARLY $67.00! I am once again impressed, my friends! If you aren’t a subscriber and you’re sitting on the fence as to whether or not you should get a glam bag, SIGN UP NOW!!

I’m not sure about you, but I could never afford a single one of these products with my budget! Ipsy consistently delivers a variety of high quality products, and I have no plans to cancel my subscription, like EVER! This month’s glam bag gets a grade of A+!

What are your thoughts about Ipsy? Got any feedback for me? Leave your comments below, and STAY BEAUTIFUL!

 

In the Name of Science: Upcoming Beauty Box Review Series

When I originally started this blog, I knew I wanted to feature reviews of beauty subscription boxes, because they’ve become my newest obsession – one that I am hoping will eventually pay off. A good number of these services send luxury products that I would never find in my small town. And even if I did have access to such high-end stuff, I wouldn’t be able to justify spending the kind of money required to take these products home. To me, that’s the real beauty of these boxes – I have the ability to enjoy a little bit of the fancy products that I’d otherwise have no idea were even in existence.

I have a hard time parting with my money, because I have so little of it to work with each month. I am more than just broke, I’m living well below the poverty line. If you’ve been where I am, you know very well that ten dollars can often mean the difference between eating and going hungry when it’s the end of the month.  Because ten bucks could very easily be a make-or-break amount of money for me, I keep a very close eye on my funds. While I’m currently subscribed to four different beauty box services, continued membership is entirely contingent upon the value of what they send, and whether or not I’m able to sell the most valuable goods I get within a relatively short period of time.

I’m taking a huge chance right now, but I’m willing to do so in the name of…art? Of course I do this in the name of art, because I’m a performer and an entertainer, and visual aesthetics are an important part of the music and art I create. The way I express myself is an extension of my art. Art is beauty, so art is a great excuse reason for me to be doing this little beauty box project.

Most importantly, I’m doing this in the name of SCIENCE! Yes, I said science! This is, after all, an experiment, one in which I compare and contrast different aspects of these services, breaking them down to their fundamental elements and submitting a report based on whatever evidence I find during the course of my research. See? Very scientific! There’s a method to my madness, I assure you! Stay with me, because it will all, eventually make sense.

This is also, quite clearly, a selfish pursuit, but I’ve already profited from being an Ipsy subscriber by selling a select few of the high-quality goodies contained in their glam bags. For that reason, I decided research any and all similar services I could find, and after a lot of consideration, subscribed to the ones that were most reasonably priced. If they had a deal or a coupon code, that sweetened the deal. I also based my decision on the reviews of others.

Now that I’ve gotten all of THAT out of the way, I’m ready to tell you what you can expect to find in each review. I’ll be breaking it down into sections, each one providing different information that might be useful in making a decision as to whether or not the service is a match for you.

THE DETAILS:

  • The name of the company and where to find them online
  • What they offer and how much it’s going to cost you
  • The terms and fine print
  • Basic background information on the company, if available and relevant to the review
  • Customer service, returns, shipping, and other policies

THE DELIVERY:

  • How long of a wait you can expect between the time your subscription is initiated to the time the first box arrives
  • Whether or not tracking information is sent, and what shipping service is used by the company.
  • If the company charges you upon shipment, or immediately after you place your order.
  • Finally, I’ll talk about the box itself and most importantly, the contents of said box.
  • I’ll talk a little about each item, which I will rate and review. I’ll also share how much each of these items goes for and what the total value of the box/bag is estimated at!

THE PERKS:

  • I’ll tell you about their referral program (if they have one in the first place) and how it works
  • I’ll discuss the benefits of membership, including giveaways, bonuses and discounts

THE LOW-DOWN

  • Here, I’ll let you in on what others are saying, including the good, bad, and indifferent
  • If there are any drawbacks, I’ll tell you about them
  • I’ll also briefly answer the question “how do they stack up against the competition?”

THE VERDICT

  • Here, you’ll get my honest opinion, and I’ll let you know if I intend on continuing or cancelling the service, and the reasons behind that.
  • You’ll find out whether or not I think YOU might like the service, and the reasons why it may or may not be a good fit
  • And finally, I’ll let you know if it is worth it or not.

And that, my friends, is how I plan on organizing my reviews. Here’s hoping I continue to be disciplined enough to practice writing each and every day, because the more I do it, the better I get!

A Pleasant Surprise!

Thanks to everyone who read, liked, and commented on my initial post on the Big, Broke ‘N Beauty(Full) Blog. I am grateful for those who took the time to show me love, because it made my day. More than that, it motivated me to start working on new stuff that I can’t wait to share.

I plan on doing some reviews over the next few days, the first of which will be about Ipsy’s glam bag subscription service, which is a steal at just $10.00 a month (that price includes shipping). Click on my referral link here to find out more, and if you decide to subscribe, I’ll get credit!

My beauty tip for the day: Stay hydrated. Water is free, and it’s got numerous health benefits. It also makes your skin look better!

 

I’m Trying a Few Subscription Boxes

Every so often, I become obsessed with one thing or another, especially when it comes to shopping for beauty products. One example is when I wanted to buy an eyeliner I had a chance to try – Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. For weeks, I clicked around the internet in an attempt to find it at a price that was reasonable enough for me to splurge. I eventually bought it for my birthday, but not before I got that discounted price!

My current obsession is Beauty Subscription Boxes, which have been around for a few years, and are growing in popularity. I got turned on to these boxes by a friend who sent me a link to the well-known site Ipsy, founded by Michelle Phan, who got her start as a youtube make-up artist who shared her “how-to” videos. Those videos opened up many doors for her, and Ipsy is a business I feel great about supporting. I’ll be posting a full-review, subscription info, and periodic updates about their “glam bags”. At $10.00 a month, it is a steal, and I’ll break down all of the reasons why very soon.

After having a really positive experience with Ipsy, I decided to look into other boxes, cuz, why not!? I don’t have enough money in my budget to subscribe to more than one service every month, however, I am finding ways to make this whole obsession pay off for me, which is a motivating factor in my decisions.

Soooo…I signed up for Birchbox, which is again, a reasonable $10.00 a month. Of course I found and used a coupon code for a freebie, and upon signing up, I got another code for 20% off. I’m currently awaiting the first shipment, and I’ve heard that when a customer initially subscribes, it takes a little longer to get their first box together. Their service has a lot of positive reviews, so I’ll be patient, for now!

I also subscribed to the Allure Beauty box, because they’ve been getting some rave reviews of late. The first month is a bargain at $10.00 a month, and beyond that it is $15.00. I’ll let you all know whether or not it lives up to its reputation as soon as I get my first box.

In addition to these, I ordered a WalMart beauty box for just $5.00 to cover the cost of shipping. Apparently, it is well-worth the money, so I’ll share what I got when it arrives. The subscription is quarterly, and they also offer a Baby Box. Go here to get your beauty box, or here for your baby box.

Glossybox is another service that I found out about, so I looked into it, and instead of subscribing, I ordered a box from a previous month in order to check them out. That pretty little pink box arrived yesterday, and at $15.00 with free shipping, it was a great deal, considering I got over $40.00 retail value in products. Whether or not I will subscribe to their service in the future remains to be seen.

I have no intention of cancelling my subscription to Ipsy at this point, because in the three months I’ve been with them, I have had a very very positive experience. I wish they had more to offer, like an upgraded subscription or something of that nature.

As for the other boxes, that all depends on what they contain, how much the items are worth, and whether or not I like their company in general. Come back to my blog, and subscribe to learn more about whether or not subscription boxes are a thing for you!

Stay beautiful, my dear readers, and let me know about your experiences with subscription boxes!

CONSIDERING A SUBSCRIPTION TO ONE OF THESE SITES? CLICK ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LINKS, WHICH WILL GET ME POINTS TO USE FOR FREE STUFF! THANKS SO MUCH! 

Ipsy Referral Link

Birchbox Referral Link

Glossybox Referral Link