Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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Life of a Recessionista

I apologize for completely skipping the month of August. And since I received both my Glam Bag and Birchbox really late this month, in order to make sure this post goes live in September, I going to skip on writing down the sizes as I usually do. But I can finally say I have chosen a keeper between these two monthly subscriptions services and have officially unsubscribed from the loser. Not that is wasn't any good, but since this is Life of a Recessionista, I try my best to save money and look for the best deal, therefore forcing myself to only choose one of them. They both cost $10 a month each, making it $240 a year on beauty product samples if I were to keep both subscriptions, and in my opinion, it a bit much.
London Soho Smudge Brush (Full Size / Retail Price $6.99) A full size smudge brush? Hell Yeah! It really good quality, too. I absolutely love this.

Jane Lip Gloss in the Color Sparkle Sparkle Pink(Full Size / Retail Price $9.99) I not a big fan of glitter in my lip gloss but this glitter is subtle enough to make it wearable. And though the color seems very bright in the tube, it actually very light and gives a very romantic look.

Circus by Andrea Choice Nail Polish in the Color Tightrope (Full Size / Retail Price N/A) In all I received three of the Nail Colors in the Circus line, the yellow (eww), the pink (amazing!), and in this bag I got the purple, which is more of a magenta, fuschia color than purple. I absolutely love it. I get so many compliments when I wear this color. It not as durable as I wished it was, even after applying a long lasting top coat, but the color is to die for. My absolute favorite nail color ever.

Mirabella Eyeshadow in the Color Semiformal (Full Size / Retail Price $10.00) It a light bronzey shimmery color that works perfect as a crease color for almost all skin tones. It does have a red undertone to it, so I have to be careful when applying it so that I don look sleepy or tired.

Carol Daughter Split End Sealer (Trial Size / Retail Size sells for $25.00) This s Nike Factory tuff is amazing, it does a great job doing exactly what it promotes itself to do: seal split ends and makes them super soft. I hope I can make this sample last forever.

The box is always the same so no photo. I also didn notice that this month box came with a them either.

Color Club Nail Polish in the Color Insta this (Trial Size / Full Size sells for $8) This is a matte cobalt blue nail polish. Personally not my favorite color in the world but it does look really good on. It also doesn last as long but it still a really good polish.

Dr. Jart Beauty Balm (Trial Size / Full Size sells for $32) I going to be fair and honest and admit that I haven had the chance to try this one out yet.

Fekkai Technicolor Shampoo Conditioner (Sample Size / Full Size sells for $25) The only thing I really liked about this shampoo and conditioner is that it wassurprisinglya pretty color baby pink and it got me distracted just by looking at it in the shower. It did make my hair super soft but other than that, nothing to write home about.

Twistband Hair Tie (1 Qty / Set of 12 sells for $18) I don understand this hair tie at all. It like taking a piece of elastic, tying a knot at the ends and then using it to tie Nike Factory up your hair. I could seriously do this myself and it would come out much cheaper than buying a set.

Vasanti Brighten Up! Face Rejuvinator Wash (Trial Size / Full Size sells for $34) This little scrub type face wash really does brighten up your face. I used it in the morning and my skin was glowing and looked very healthy.

The Brush Guard (Full Size / Retail Price $5.50) This is a very practical tool for traveling with makeup brushes. I be traveling soon so I glad I got this.

And now to announce the winner! And the winner of Birchbox vs My Glam (aka Ipsy) is (drum roll please) My Glam! It should come as no suprise reading this month reviews. The Glam Bag by far won over Birchbox. It has more full size products so you get more bang for your buck. It also sends more variety in my opinion. You also get a cosmetic bag each month. Even though it starting to annoy me how they are starting to pile up, but it nice to get something extra than just the beauty sample. I have officially unsubscribed from Birchbox and willcontinuemy My Glam subscription until I either broke or they disappoint me and with they way they seem to be going, I don think they disappoint me for a while.

Who would have you chosen? You can see the other My Glam vs Birchbox here here.

Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15Moisturizer (Trial Size .5 oz/ Full Size 1.7 oz retails for $38) I hate the smell. It smells more like Fruit Loop Cereal than green apples. The texture isn veryabsorbent, which is strange for a moisturizer with such a low SPF number. Anyhow, I find that it works great as a makeup primer under my foundation, not so much as a moisturizer.

Nume Hydropunch Hydrating Conditioner (Trial Size .67 oz/ Full Size 8.45 oz retails for $24.99) Honestly, I haven gotten around to try this one yet. The color is very, and I mean very bright pink though. It nice on the lips, but I have no idea how to use it as a cheek stain without it looking like a drew on blush circles with a sharpie.

Yes to Cucumbers On The Go Facial Towelettes (10 count, retails for $3.00) I haven used these either, not because I haven gotten around to it yet, but because I want to save them for when I really need them (like when I come home tipsy and don feel like fully washing my makeup off ;)).

Circus by Andrea Choice Nail Color in the color (Full Size .45 fl oz. price N/A retails this fall) I really liked receiving a full size nail polish (yay for two full size products this month!) but personally I hate the color. It is Big Bird yellow. It took about 3 to 4 coats to get a flawless color payoff, and it did last a full day without chipping. It would lasted longer but I couldn stand looking at the color on my nails anymore.

Amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask (Trial Size .067 fl oz/ Full Size 16.9 fl ozretails for $40) This hair mask smells great and left my hair super soft. I was able to use only half to get a second use out of it. If it wasn so expensive I would consider purchasing the full size.

Amika Obliphica Oil Hair Treatment(Trial Size .01 fl oz/ Full Size 3.38 fl ozretails for $34) I really liked this hair oil. It didn weigh my hair down and it didn make my hair greasy at all. And trust me, I used the whole packet in a single use. But again, if the full sizewasn so darn expensive I would consider purchasing it.

Boscia BB Cream(Trial Size .01 fl oz/ Full Size 1.75 oz3.38 fl ozretails for $38) I really believe it hard to give an unbiased review on sample facial products. Especially when they are not paired to match your skin color or type. And even worse when the amount is too small to give it a good test drive. (It seems like I didn like any of the colors of the samples I received this month, right?) I wouldn know how to wear a green colored eyeliner. But, thankfully, it dries almost black, which is great. It looks Nike Factory more subtle than dark black liquid liner. It really easy to use, which is perfect for the winged liner look. And it lasts a long time.

Harvey Prince Perfume (Trial Size N/A / Full Size retails for $26) This is a really girly and lightly scented perfume. It smells really nice and sweet.

Larabar Uber Banana Foster Fruit Nut Bar (Sample Size .82 oz / Full Size Pack of 16 $27.95) It a bit strange that they would add a food sample into this month Birchbox. I really hope they don do it again, because I don like the idea of eating food that has been sent in the mail. However, if it weren for the banana flavor (because I not a banana fan) this would been quite tasty.

Birchbox Exclusive Earbuds Real, functional headphones? Hell yeah! Birchbox can feel free to send as many electronic items anytime they want. So they aren Beats Audio quality headphones, but they work pretty good.

And the winner of Round 2 is (drumroll please) Birchbox! My favorite Birchbox items were the hair mask and oil (even if I only did get one use out of it, it was that good), the liquid eyeliner, and the earbuds. It was definitely a tough decision to pick a winner this month but the free electronics won me over. It was a really nice touch. Do you agree? Which one would you preferred to receive this month?

Marbella Permanent Eyeliner Pen (Full Size Retail Price $19.00) I am the worst when it comes to applying eyeliner, especially with eyeliner pens. So when I saw that they sent me an eyeliner pen at first I was reallydisappointed. I am now LOVING this pen. I wear it ever Nike Factory yday. I not sure if it the felt tip pen applicator or theconsistencyof the liquid but this pen is super easy to apply. Plus, it is waterproof,smudge proof, crease proof, ninja proof, you name it. When it says it will last all day, it will last all day, but also washes off easily with soap and water. Think of it as a Sharpie for your eyes. The packaging says it not safe for contact lenses users, but I going to ignore the warning and just hope it doesn go in my eye.

Philosophy a Deep Breath Energizing GelMoisturizer (.4 fl oz Trail Size Retail Price for 2 oz Full Size $34) This oil free moisturizer is like a glass of water on your skin. It feels refreshing and light weight. I only wish my trial size tube will never end. I wouldn say I would pay $34 for a full size but if you have the money it a great moisturizer to splurge on.

Living Proof Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream (2 fl oz. Trial Size Retail Price for 4 oz Full Size $26) Another great product. I am the queen of frizz. I remember once, when I was little, I wanted to be a witch for Halloween and all my mom had to do was dress me up in costume and run a brush through my freshly washed hair. I was skeptical, yet hopeful, that this product would work and thankfully it did. It didn eliminate 100% of the frizz but the most of it was definitely under control.