Ipsy Review – March 2017

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Ipsy Review – March 2017

Ipsy is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription. Each month, subscribers will receive 5 deluxe and full size beauty and makeup items, including a reusable makeup bag. Products are chosen for you based on a customized profile you complete when signing up.

Ipsy Glambags vary by subscriber. Selections are based on the profile you submit when you sign up for Ipsy.

Cost: $10/month

Each month, you will receive a reusable makeup bag. The design of the bag is different each month. This month is a nudish pink bag. It’s soft and velvety on one side and the other side is mesh netting. It also folds over so it can be used as a clutch.

Because the bags vary so much for every subscriber, ipsy does not include an informational card. Sometimes there is a card with the monthly “theme” and hashtags to use on social media in case you want to post pics of your bag.Yo can log into your account at ipsy.com for details on all of your products. You can also check out spoilers early int he month in case you don’t like surprises!

This month’s card reads “You are Beautiful. (Pass it On).” Such a lovely sentiment.

The Products:

Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask ($18.50): So the value on this mask seems high but a full size bottle (60ml) is $74! This masks promises to renew an detoxify skin while also refining pores and brightening. The awesome thing is that this mask only needs to be used for 7-11 minutes (depending on your skin type.) You can use this one to two times per week.

Skone Luxe Pro Blending Brush ($15): Ipsy tends to send a lot of brushes and I love that. This blending brush is great quality. The bristles are soft yet seem resilient to falling out. It also did a nice job of blending my eyeshadow without tugging or pulling at my skin. I also really love the rose gold accent of this brush!

City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector ($3.48): I am obsessed with color correcting these days so I was thrilled when I saw this in my glam bag spoilers this month. This is a peachy hue so I’m not sure it would work well for really fair skin tones. For me, I think it will work just fine on my semi-dark undereye circles. It seems to blend out fairly well. It’s a creamy formula so I will still need to set it with powder.

tarte tartiest lip paint in delish ($3.33): Ipsy actually gave subscribers sample choices for one product this month and this was my choice. There were three shades to choose from. This shade, delish, is a rose-nudish shade. It’s a bit dark for me but I think I might be ableto make it work for me this fall. The formula is kind of runny at first so you have to be careful of feathering. It does dry quickly to a matte finish.

So Susan Blush & Glow in Rose Rust ($22.95): This blush is gorgeous! It looks dark in the package but it goes on slightly sheer and it’s buildable. It’s just a gorgeous shade. Plus, this is a full size blush!!  It’s also vegan and contains no phthalates and parabens.

Total Value

The total value of this month’s ipsy glam bag is $63.26. That is so incredible for a $10 cost! I am really happy with all of the products this month. The lipstick may be the only miss for me but again, I think I can wear it this fall.

Did you get this month’s Glam Bag? What products did you receive? I love hearing all of the variations that were sent out!

Pooch Perks Review – September 2016

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. No compensation was received for this review.

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Pooch Perks is a monthly subscription box for you and your dog. Each month, you will receive an assortment of premium treats, toys, and other goodies delivered right to your door. All of the treats in Pooch Perks are made in the USA and are mostly organic and grain free so you can feel good about spoiling your pups.

Cost:

Pooch Perks offers 4 different subscription plans:

Pennywise Pooch (2-3 items) $20/mo

Popular Pooch (4 items) $29/mo

Patriotic Pooch (5-6 items) $45/mo (every item is made in the USA)

Pampered Pooch (6 items) $50/mo

COUPON CODE: “SPARKYLITTLEWIFE25” to save 25% off a minimum purchase of $25.

Pooch Perks kindly sent me this box to review. I received the Pampered Pooch box.

We have three dogs: Two Bloodhounds (Ruby Sue and Ellie Mae) and an American Pit Bull Terrier (Remy).

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Pooch Perks includes a detailed informational card that lists the items in each box.

Each month, Pooch Perks introduces a “theme.” The theme of this month’s box is “Back to School.”

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Pound Bakery Trail Mix ($8):  I could not find this particular mix online so I am guessing at the value. The mix is packed with protein, complex carbs, and other wholesome ingredients that energize your dog while also satisfying their taste buds. I love that Pooch Perks sends wholesome, nutritious treats and our dogs seem to appreciate them too!

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Exclusively Dog Jerkeez Pizza Flavored Treat ($4.59): These treats are free of wheat, corn, soy, and sugar. The dogs really enjoyed these. They were gobbled up quickly!

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PetLou Dinosaur ($10): This is another one I am estimating the price on. This is a cute little guy but unfortunately, he may not last long in our house. As you all know, our dogs are a bit rough on plush toys!

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Grooming Wipes ($5): I am estimating the price on these as well. These wipes come in so handy! We use them to wipe the dogs paws before they come in the house or get in the car.

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Pet Qwerks Newspaper ($7): This is one of the “crunchy” type toys. It sounds like it has crumpled newspaper inside (which of course would be perfect!) I ended up passing this one on to my Mom’s dog however since it is a bit more delicate and would be shredded if we gave to our three dogs.

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Gralen Kong Sport Balls ($5.25): I love the Kong brand so I was thrilled to see this set of tennis balls. Remy can destroy a regular tennis ball within minutes. However, these are made with extra thick rubber to make them tougher. We will have hours of fun playing fetch with these!

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Redbarn Roofles with Natural Maple Flavor Dog Treats ($1.39): These treats are so cute because they look like little waffles! They are made with chopped rawhide and topped with natural maple flavor. Ruby Sue got this one and she ate it in about two minutes. Our dogs don’t really slow down to savor their treats!

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Smokehouse Prime Slice Beef Tenderloin ($1.50): This treat is high in protein and low in fat. It is made with 100% beef tenderloin. This will also help to clean your dog’s teeth and gums.

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Squeak n Snap ($14.95): You can plug this little bear into your phone and use it to get your dog’s attention when taking a photo. It has a squeaker in it so it’s great at getting your dog to look at your camera. The website also says that it works for babies!

Here are a few photos using the Squeak n Snap:

Remy

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Ellie Mae

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Verdict: The total value of this month’s Pooch Perks is around $57.68. I really enjoyed this month. I love the whole some treats and the toys were a big hit. I especially love the Squeak n Snap!!

ave you tried Pooch Perks yet? What are you waiting for? Check out the website here!

Allure Beauty Box Review – August 2016

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Allure Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription from Allure magazine. Each box includes 4-6 deluxe and full size beauty and makeup products chosen by Allure’s beauty editors.

Cost: $15/monthly

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Each box includes a mini-magazine that details each product.

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Freeze 24-7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum ($52.90): Incredible value on this sample! This serum reduces puffiness and fine lines. I actually own another sample tube of this serum so I have passed this one on to my Mom.

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Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer ($16): Another great value! I love Pur-Lisse products so I am happy to receive this. I  think I already own this one as well. It leaves skin soft and glowing without any residue or greasiness.

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Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 ($4.12): I own this as well! This is a setting spray that mattifies skin. I love that it also includes an SPF. It’s also really refreshing and cool on hot summer days. One warning on this product: When you spray on your face, be careful to not accidentally spray any on your hair. I did get some in my hair and it left it feeling sticky.

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Mally Mattewind Eye Brightener ($25): This is a dual pencil that includes a pencil and a shadow brush. I thought this was eyeliner at first! The pencil is peachy-white and is meant to be used around your eyes to help brighten them and make you look more awake!

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Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach ($12.60): I like that this shade is a deep brown but it’s not black. This will be a much better shade for work or every day wear. It’s supposed to be waterproof so I’m hoping that means it will stay in place all day.

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Wet Brush Midi Brush ($8.99): Subscribers received this brush in either blue or silver. It’s a small, compact brush which I like. I usually use a wide tooth comb when my hair is wet but this brush is designed to be used on wet hair without damaging or breaking your strands. So far I have used this only on my dry hair but it does not pull my hair at all.

Verdict: The value of this boz is $119.61 which is mind-blowing! At first, I was not really excited with this box but after looking over the products again, I have to say this is one of the best Allure boxes this year for me. A lot of the products were repeats for me but that’s ok because they are products I love! I think my favorite find this month is the brush! My hair tangles so easily so I love the idea of a brush that does not break or damage my hair!

Did you receive this month’s Allure Beauty Box? If you are interested in subscribing, click here.

Loved + Blessed Review – August 2016

Disclosure: This box was received for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. No compensation was received for this review.

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Loved+Blessed is a monthly Christian subscription box geared towards women. Each box has a unique theme and includes products of encouragement to help you strengthen your faith.

Loved+Blessed kindly sent me this box to review.
Cost: $10/month
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Loved+Blessed includes a card that details the items in the box as well as how they connect to the monthly theme.
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The theme of each month’s box is on the inside of the lid. This month’s theme is “Following God.”
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Each box comes with a repositionable sticker, mini poster, and wallet card. I use the stickers on my planner, my laptop etc. The wallet cards and stickers are great for Project Life or pocket letters too!
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The feature item this month is a pair of cozy socks  to remind you to have the courage to walk in the direction God is sending you.  I love this item both because the sentiment is sweet and it’s also useful! I am not wearing socks much right now but I know these will be very well used once winter time again!
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The box also includes an encouragement kit that you can pass on to a friend or loved one. This kit includes the box’s theme, a note card, and the wallet card.
Verdict: Loved + Blessed does a great job of curating inspiring and meaningful boxes each month. I think this is a really sweet box to gift yourself or your loved one. We all need a little encouragement from time to time and this is such a great box for providing just that!
If you’re interested in subscribing, click here.

Pooch Perks Review – August 2016

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. No compensation was received for this review.

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Pooch Perks is a monthly subscription box for you and your dog. Each month, you will receive an assortment of premium treats, toys, and other goodies delivered right to your door. All of the treats in Pooch Perks are made in the USA and are mostly organic and grain free so you can feel good about spoiling your pups.

Cost:

Pooch Perks offers 4 different subscription plans:

Pennywise Pooch (2-3 items) $20/mo

Popular Pooch (4 items) $29/mo

Patriotic Pooch (5-6 items) $45/mo (every item is made in the USA)

Pampered Pooch (6 items) $50/mo

COUPON CODE: “SPARKYLITTLEWIFE25” to save 25% off a minimum purchase of $25.

Pooch Perks kindly sent me this box to review. I received the Pampered Pooch box.

We have three dogs: Two Bloodhounds (Ruby Sue and Ellie Mae) and an American Pit Bull Terrier (Remy).

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Pooch Perks includes a detailed informational card that lists the items in each box. The card was a bit different this month and did not include the values of the products. I am using values that I was able to find online.

Each month, Pooch Perks introduces a “theme.” The theme of this month’s box is “Olympics.” Pooch Perks included nutritious treats and interactive toys in this box to get your dog ready for the Olympics!

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Boo Boo’s Best Bison Flavored Treats: These treats are full of nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids to help with inflammation and arthritis. They must be tasty too because Ruby Sue gobbled them up!

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Twister Pull: The rope on this toy is made with cotton blend fibers that help to “brush” and massage your dogs teeth and gums. Remy loves tennis balls so I will give this to him to play with outside. I know he will love it but something tells me it won’t last too long.

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Natural Twister Dog Toy: This toy is made with 100% natural nubby fabrics like corduroy and microplush to make an interesting feel for your dog’s mouth. We usually give the plush toys to Ruby Sue since she isn’t as hard on them.

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Dogs Love Kale Chicka: These treats are made  with.,..you guessed it! Kale! Kale is a superfood, packed with vitamins and minerals. The ingredients also include blueberries to help control blood sugar levels and improve cardiovascular health.

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Jack for Joy Toy: This toy was only included in the large dog box. (The small dog box included a Kong Gyro.) This jack toy is very durable and made with non-toxic plastic. I am going to give this to Remy and Ellie Mae to play with outside.

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FouFit Bandana: This bandana is made with a fabric that is treated with powdered jade ore to absorb and lock in water so that it is released slowly to keep your dog cool. The info card says that it will work from 2-6 hours and does not include soaking or freezing.

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Verdict: Pooch Perks did not include costs on this info card so I did not do a cost breakdown this time. However, I am really happy to see that Pooch Perks is now offering the small and large dog boxes. I love getting more durable toys that all three of my dogs can enjoy. As always, the treats included are nutritious and made with wholesome ingredients. Pooch Perks really has become one of my favorite boxes!

Have you tried Pooch Perks yet? What are you waiting for? Check out the website here!