I have been receiving Ipsy Glam Bags for the past 6 months or so. I feel like there is always the question on whether to choose Ipsy or Birchbox. They have the same idea (a subscription to receive a few beauty products each month) but I didn’t know which brand to choose. I am still happy with my Ipsy subscription and continue to receive the Glam bags every month but I really wanted to give Birchbox a go. I had heard great reviews about Birchbox and I love it so far. I feel like Ipsy provides a lot of make-up and facial products with the occasional hair treatments, nail polish, etc. while Birchbox gives a variety each time. I really like both Birchbox and Ipsy and I don’t have a personal preference of my favorite. Here is what I received in my Birchbox for the month of May:
I had received this same lipgloss in one of my previous Ipsy bags except it was a different shade. I prefer matte lipstick rather than gloss so I was skeptical. I am all for a nude lip but the glossy nude just did not look good on me at all. I applied this gloss while I was babysitting and the kid looked at me and said “um why are your lips the same color as your skin” (Katie Lee… it was Joseph). I laughed and immediately took it off because it looked so creepy. Although I don’t like this shade too much, I really like Model Co. products! Check out more of their products here.
I absolutely LOVE setting sprays as I religiously spritz my face with one every. single. day. It gives my skin that dewy look and keeps my face feeling hydrated. I literally feel like my face is unfinished if I dismiss the use of my setting spray. Setting sprays really set your make up in place which is always important — especially during the summer days. This one has an SPF of 30 which is SO helpful. I’ve already thrown it in my beach/pool bag so I am prepared when I head out on a sunny day. I have yet to try it but I can’t wait to!
Bronzer is typically a habitual product for every girl. Even though I apply bronzer for my every-day make-up routine, I have never found a favorite bronzer that I swear by. I usually just use the powder from my Anastasia Contour Kit as my bronzer but since I received this one, I have really been loving it. It’s matte and has no shimmer at all which I’ve found that I like. I feel like I get enough of the “dewy look” from my setting spray as well as my highlighter. It is a bit dark for my skin right now but once I get a little color on my face this summer, I feel like it will blend well.
I like to switch up my hair products because sometimes I feel like my hair gets used to the same old thing (I don’t really know if that’s actually a fact but that’s how I feel, ok). I have never received shampoo and conditioner before so I was excited to try it. I really actually liked this brand and loved the scent of the shampoo and conditioner.
I have several perfumes that I really love, but I am pretty picky when it comes to smells. I believe that one perfume can smell different on everyone and it all depends on our body chemistry. I have found my personal preference of scents that I like and floral is not one of them. This perfume has a strong, floral scent and although it smells nice from the bottle, it wouldn’t be my first choice.