Free Glossybox: One-Day Only

As you all know, I love subscription beauty boxes, and I’m a bargain hunter. What you do not know is how many boxes I’ve tried over the past few months, because I haven’t been blogging about them. I won’t announce my plans to write about all of the various boxes out there with reviews because of the simple fact that I may not follow through. One of my favorites of all is Glossybox, which offers a mix of high-end makeup, hair, body and skin care products, ranging from deluxe samples to full-sized!

TODAY ONLY, NEW SUBSCRIBERS GET A FREE BOX! The cost is a little more pricey at $21.00 a month, but the retail value has been at least double if not triple that amount consistently since I began my subscription. Their packaging is beautiful, the products are quality and customer service is great! Click here and use the promo code EXTRA to take advantage of this great offer!

For those readers who happen to be supporters of LGBTQ causes, I’d suggest this company. The reason for this is not because they publicize themselves as being supporters of any particular cause, nor are they philanthropists as far as I can tell, however, when I was creating my initial profile, I had more than two gender options to choose from, and as an activist who supports transgender rights, this stood out to me. So much so in fact, that I made a point to email them and thank them for this seemingly small thing that most people would overlook or even take for granted. Since I believe in putting my money where my mouth is, I plan to continue my support of this service as long as I can afford to.

Theoretically, you could cancel after the first month, and you’d be getting two boxes for the price of one! If I didn’t already have a subscription, today’s offer would have been a good enough excuse reason for me to give it a whirl!

Subscribe now using this link here, and I will get credit towards a free box! Think of it as a way to give yourself a present while also giving ME one as well! Thanks to everyone who reads my little beauty blog and stay tuned for more great updates on subscription beauty boxes and more!

 

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My First Birchbox: February, 2016

Before I begin, please remember that I am not paid for these reviews, nor am I given any free products/boxes! These are my opinions, based on my experiences, and I pledge to tell you the truth – be it good, bad, or beautiful!

At $10.00 a month, Birchbox is one of the more economical options in the Beauty Box subscription world, so when I became obsessed with the idea of these boxes, I decided they’d be the second one I’d try (Ipsy was the first). It took a little bit of time before my first Birchbox arrived, though I was billed weeks prior to shipment. FYI, subscriptions are billed on the first of each month, and since I’m on disability benefits, this challenges me to make sure I’ve got enough in my account to cover my Birchbox (and other subscriptions). 

The February box arrived around the 17th, and I was delighted when I opened it up. I noticed it had a light scent to it, which I initially thought was a nice little touch that Birchbox added, until I realized it was because one of the products was slightly warped and had leaked a little bit. I never contacted customer service about it, but perhaps I ought to, seeing as I have no qualms about doing that kind of thing in general. Plus, it will give me a chance to review their customer service as well. I’ll let you know what happens if and when I do interact with their representatives.

I initially intended to take pictures of the box, as I’d done with the Ipsy glam bag I posted about, but I was apathetic and unmotivated to do so by the time I got it, and I just wanted to tear into it and see what it was I’d waited to patiently to get! The pink box contained a card about the theme, and I noticed right away that the word “occasion” was misspelled as “ocassion” which is something that was hard for me to overlook. When I went on their site, they had the same message as the one printed on the card, only this time, it was spelled correctly. I’m a stickler when it comes to grammatical errors, especially when it is a business making those mistakes! Who does your proof-reading anyway? Moving on to the review…

I was impressed with what they sent me, and the box was also cute and worth keeping, so hooray for that!

The contents of the box I received were as follows:
  • Not Soap, Radio – Body Wash, Sample Size – I got the “Liquid Freud” version, which is lightly scented with coconut milk and a splash of mango. It had the following message printed on the front: “Liquid Freud: When you need to turn up the volume on your inner voice of reason” which of course, I got a kick out of. ESTIMATED VALUE: $2.50
  • Marcelle New Age 8 in 1 Power Serum, Sample Size –  This is a really nice serum, with a consistency that’s thicker than your average serum. I really appreciate that, as it works a lot better for my skin needs than serums with a more runny formula. It didn’t irritate my very sensitive skin either. ESTIMATED VALUE: $10.00
  • Coola SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint, Sample Size – Let me preface by saying that I hate tinted moisturizers, as well as foundations and BB creams, because I have yet to find one that works well with my skin tone. This stuff, however, was AMAZING! The product formula is lightweight and smooth (hence the “matte”) and it blended so well with my skin tone, that I couldn’t help but be seriously impressed. So much so that I am probably going to purchase a full-sized version of this product, with my Birchbox points, of course! ESTIMATED VALUE: $5.00
  • POP Beauty Matte Velvet Lipstick, Satin Rose, Full Size – I didn’t try this product because I debated on whether or not to put it up for sale on ebay or amazon, but I held on to it and ultimately decided to give it to my sister-in-law as a gift, because I know she is obsessed with lip color and lip products. She was, of course, delighted when I gave her it, and the shade looks really good on her. ESTIMATED VALUE: $16.00
  • Beauty Protector, Protect and Detangle, Leave-in-Conditioner Spray, Sample Size – This is the product that leaked slightly and gave my box a nice, light scent. I nearly sold this sample as well, but decided against it because of the fact that it leaked. I have yet to try it, but I plan on doing so shortly, maybe even tonight! ESTIMATED VALUE: $10.00
THE TOTAL ESTIMATED VALUE OF MY FIRST BIRCHBOX IS $43.50! 

Not bad, consider it was only $10.00.

Being a budget beauty, I honesty wouldn’t pay full-price for any of these products EVER. They’re simply out of my price range! Not to mention, there are times when I like to sell the products I get from these boxes, because if there are items with pretty decent retail value, I can make back the money I paid for the subscription and then some! The real reason why I subscribe to services like Birchbox and Ipsy is because I can’t afford to buy these kinds of products in the first place, but I deserve a little bit of luxury in my life, don’t you think? Everybody does, in my humble opinion!

For those who are curious about trying a subscription beauty box, I’d recommend trying either Birchbox or Ipsy. I will say that I think Birchbox caters to a slightly older demographic and they seem to offer mainly higher-end items. Ipsy seems to market towards a younger crowd, based on my observations, and their product offerings are a mixed bag, but generally contain a retail value ranging anywhere from $40 – $60 retail value!!

In addition to being generally awesome so far, Birchbox offers bonuses to subscribers. You’ll earn 10 points for each product you provide a review for (must be products you received in your box). 10 points gives you a buck to spend in their shop. Not bad for taking a minute of your time to give your feedback! When you reach 500 points, you become an “ACE” which gives you access to even more exclusive offers and discounts. If you refer a friend who then becomes a subscriber, you get another 50 points to spend in their shop. And for each dollar you spend in their shop, you get another point, which is pretty cool, considering I couldn’t ever afford to place an order on their site without points.

THE VERDICT: Birchbox is totally worth the $10.00, especially if you like to try new, high-end products. So why not treat yourself to a little something special and subscribe!? Click on my referral link and I’ll get 50 points – which is 5 bucks to spend in their shop! You can count on both Birchbox and Ipsy to send you plenty of bang for your ten bucks, so go ahead, what are you waiting for? TREAT YOURSELF, BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT, MY BEAUTY! 

Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes, and if so, which ones? Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What’s your experience been like? Are you a fan of Ipsy instead, and if so, why? Or are there other boxes you really love? Share your feedback in the comments section, and as always, thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more reviews of subscription beauty boxes!

*Since I’m not compensated, nor given any free boxes to review, you can be sure I’m giving you my honest-to-goodness, unbiased, real 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!

 

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