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January: Sparkle Or Dull?

It is no secret that I love me some makeup.

I tend to accumulate a ton of beauty products….it’s almost like they multiply when I’m not looking (think of the scene from the movie Gremlins….it’s kind of like that).Because of this, and because of the fact that I just love to share my opinions on things, I’ve decided I will start doing a beauty review monthly on two products to determine whether they are worth buying or not.  I don’t know about you, but I purchase a lot of items based on reviews that people I know share, so my hope is that I can help you find some cool new things or save your money if something is downright terrible.

I’m not doing anything crazy with a rating system or anything like that. An item will either get the SPARKLE seal of approve from me, meaning you definitely should look into purchasing it for your collection. If I review a product as DULL that means it isn’t worth the money. Of course, these are strictly my opinions. I’m not compensated at all by the companies whose products I am reviewing. Therefore, the reviews are 100% Katetastic.

Let’s get to my January products.

Product #1: Thank Me Later Eye Primer

Back in December I fired Ipsy after they sent me pretty much the same stuff two months in a row. I love samples and all, but I don’t like getting the same stuff back to back, especially when they include products I won’t use like a gross seaweed mask (more on that another time). Anyway, my final bag with Ipsy included a primer by Elizabeth Mott called Thank Me Later that i finally decided to try. When it comes to primer, I have always had a difficult time. Some change the color of my eyeshadow, some make it impossible to blend eyeshadow, and some just make my eyeshadow look greasy and strange. For the past year or so I have been in a committed relationship with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and I must say….it will be difficult to break us up.

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I decided to try Thank Me Later for a few days on its own with my eyeshadow, and one day I used it on one eye while I used my Urban Decay on the other eye to compare. I have to be honest….I didn’t see a difference on the day I wore both brands. Thank Me Later has a good consistency to it, eyeshadow colors don’t change at all, and there was absolutely no creasing. The day I opted to wear it with the Urban Decay I wore my makeup for about thirteen hours, so I really put it to the test. It is similar in price to Urban Decay (about $20) for those of you wondering.

This is definitely a product worth investing in if you are looking for a primer (or if you hate Urban Decay). Will I make a change? Probably not. Had it blown me away, maybe. I liked it and all, but I have been loyal to my Urban Decay which never disappoints and since it was so similar, I will stick to what I know never lets me down.

Final Vote: SPARKLE.

Product #2: Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo

One of my all time favorite stores is Lush……I’ve written about my love for their bath bombs in the past….and their lip balm….I just love them and think they are a solid company. If you don’t know much about their company or philosophy, check them out.

Earlier in the month my mother got to experience Lush for the first time when she and my aunt came to town for a concert and decided to do a little shopping before the show. Of course she fell in love with the bath bombs, but I fell in love with a product she purchased for me while there: Lush’s No Drought Dry Shampoo.

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If you recall, a few months back I wrote about dry shampoo and a few of my favorite brands. Both of the ones I wrote about came in aerosol cans and contain butane and propane, two ingredients that not every wants on their hair or can have in their hair. If you fall in this category, check out No Drought by Lush. This dry shampoo is made up of various oils and fresh ingredients, such as grapefruit oil and lime oil (if you click the link above you can visit the Lushopedia to learn exactly what every ingredient is), so not only is it a great chemical free option, but it smells incredible. I personally love the smell of grapefruit, so this is makes me very happy. I have been using this for a few weeks now and can report that I don’t need to use as much product, meaning more bang for the buck.  Is this product enough to make me fire my Batiste and Big Sexy? Absolutely.

Final Vote: SPARKLE!

Never let a product dull your sparkle. Fortunately, this month, neither do.

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Birchbox Vs Ipsy: The Great Debate

I am obsessed with makeup and beauty products…..pretty sure everyone knows this by now. I’m also pretty into samples. Getting to try something gives me the opportunity to try things out before I choose to invest in them….i like saving myself money.

Insert into this discussion a concept that I embraced several years back: a sampler box being delivered to my door every month. At first I was apprehensive….do I really want to spend money on samples and products I have never heard of….is it worth it? Finally I bit the bullet and decided that I would give Birchbox a chance.

So what is Birchbox? It’s a company that launched back in 2010 by two individuals, one a self proclaimed makeup connoisseur and the other a makeup novice. Their objective was to provide beauty product lovers of the world the opportunity to try some quality products in an inexpensive way. Their idea ended up being a monthly beauty box that arrives monthly…… all for the lovely price of $10. Each box comes with 5 total items, 4 of which were sample size and one full sized.

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Then there is Ipsy. Ipsy was created by Michelle Phan, an individual who was known for her Youtube beauty tutorials. Much like Birchbox, Michelle wanted to get great products she loved out for others to try. Ipsy’s monthly Glam Bag is $10 a month and delivers five samples including full sized products.

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The two sound similar, right?

On the surface, they seem like they are the same fabulous deal. To be honest, they are both great. If you are a beauty lover like me, getting new products to try is a great thing…..especially when one is full sized, so it’s hard to not love samples. I can honestly say that some of my favorite new beauty products were discovered after I gave a sample a shot. With both companies you create a profile based on what kind of beauty products you like so they customize the samples they send you, which makes it even better.

I have declared a winner in the Birchbox/Ipsy debate. If you are trying to determine the best of the two and where your $10 should go, let me share with you my thoughts. After all, this month I officially canceled my subscription to one of these companies and now only subscribe to the company I think it better. Who would that be?

My winner!

Ipsy is my winner! Let me share my reasoning:

1. The packaging. Birchbox does come in a different box each month that has a fun design….and don’t get me wrong….I love the boxes, but I don’t really have much use for them after I take the items out of it. Ipsy not only comes in a cute metallic pink envelope (screams Katie), but each month your samples come in a different bag. The bags are great for traveling, plus they are very modern and chic….nothing lame like some of the bags you get from department store makeup counters (Clinique comes to mind).

2. The Quality. I have gotten many great products from Birchbox, but I don’t think they hold a candle to the products I get from Ipsy. The past couple of months my Birchbox items included fun products, no doubt, but the only brand I really knew about prior to the box arriving was Benefit. In addition, sometimes I got items that I didn’t want….like shampoo and conditioners when I had specifically asked not to have any of these items sent. With Ipsy, I have received Too Faced Melted lipstick (one of my all time favorites), Smashbox, OGX, and Not your Mother’s (if you read my article on hair you know how much I love this brand). I’d much rather receive the items I love…..great for having on hand for trips and to meet airport regulation size, and I have yet to receive something outside of the profile I created when I set up my account.

3. The Benefits. If I wanted to purchase anything from my Birchbox, I didn’t feel like I saved much, sometimes 10% was the max. With Ipsy, I save 40%. That’s called being shoppertunistic.

You may agree with me, you may not. Regardless, I truly support anyone who gives either a try. $10 is a great deal for the items you add to your makeup vanity and can help you save money in the long run. You won’t be sorry….especially if you are new to the beauty game and want to determine what you like.

In the meantime, I’m leading Team Ipsy.

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