Ipsy is a monthly subscription that sends you samples and full size items that are beauty related. Each month your items come in a cute little bag! This subscription is $10 a month and well worth it. Some examples of things I’ve received in the past: nail polish, mascara, eye shadow, eye liner, lipstick, dry shampoo, hair ties, and so forth. You can also review your items and earn points. You can turn in your points to get additional products.
In the past few months there’s a new MLM that a ton of friends have been selling – Jamberry Nails. If you know me, you’d know that my nails are almost always polished and you may notice they are fake. Sadly beautiful long nails are something I wasn’t naturally gifted with so for almost 20 years I’ve been getting a manicure every two weeks and thankfully I now have the long beautiful nails that most wish they naturally had. My nail beds are very short so with my natural nails my fingers look stumpy but with long nails they don’t look quite so… manly. Anyway, a friend started selling Jamberry and I ordered some strips because I thought it’d be a fun change for the second week of my manicure and for holidays as my nail tech doesn’t do much nail art and I fail miserably at it.
The wraps arrived and I sat down to give them a whirl.. and quickly found out that they were nowhere near as easy as people make them out to be. Maybe after a few whirls they are easy but the first time is anything but. So if you’ve ended up here somehow because you’ve googled something along the lines of “Is Jamberry nails impossible to put on or am I just a moron” don’t fret, they are tricky. I figured that I MUST have started with the hardest ones to put on (the glitter ones) and tried again but with just the regular “Neptune” striped pattern that is supposed to be the easiest to put on. While they were better, I still experienced some wrinkling. To some or maybe most this wouldn’t be an issue. I’m a picker though and those little wrinkles grabbing on each hair, catching on my clothes and so forth? THEY DROVE ME NUTS. I couldn’t do it and within a day I’d taken them back off.
I watched a million videos. I read a dozen blogs. I tried the baggie method. I tried the cold method. I tried the rice method. NO dice. I thought that I was just seriously inept and a total loser at life because reps that saw my whining on Instagram were telling me it was IMPOSSIBLE that I wouldn’t be able to get the wrinkles out and I just wasn’t doing something right. I just wasn’t using enough heat. I wasn’t using the right tools. I wasn’t using the right application method. I wasn’t getting rid of ALL of the oil. I was touching something before putting them on. My heat wasn’t strong enough. I didn’t apply enough pressure. It went on and on from there. It frustrated me because it’s not like I didn’t want them to work, I really and truly did. I think they are adorable and even though they aren’t cheap they are fun! I was looking forward to the holiday wraps and having something a bit more festive than my usual OPI Dear Santa manicure. I’m totally their “niche” market and I was seriously bummed that it didn’t work for my nails. You know what it did work on? My toes.
When I realized that they were PERFECT on my toes I realized there were a few things stacked against my fake nails. One – I have rounded tips so the wrinkles at the tips were inevitable. Cutting a notch seems to HELP but it wasn’t a cure all. Two – my nails are not only rounded at the tip but they are rounded from root to tip AND rounded from edge to edge. Most with fake nails will have this from the layers of gel and acrylic – it’s just how they are applied. Some will have flatter nails but mine are far from flat. Three – they aren’t as “grabby” as a natural nail would be. They are slicker and don’t have ridges. Scuffing them up a bit seemed to help but they didn’t make them perfect. It did also seem to help to cut notches in the sides as well.
I still think they are cute – and I will use them on my toes a lot. It’s nice to not have chipped toenail polish anymore! No more taking along the bottle of polish along on travels and praying the polish doesn’t come undone in the luggage! YAY! I seem to be able to go 6-8 weeks per pedicure which is great! I may even try a manicure again for special occasions and events and try to stop myself from picking at the wrinkles.
About 6 months or so ago a friend turned me onto the magical world of Birchbox. For $10 a month you get a variety of samples of beauty products – usually new ones but sometimes they are old favorites. I love trying new products (I’m a product tester for Amazon) so this was straight up my alley! The first couple months though I have to say they were ho-hum boxes. A few good things but mostly meh. After that though they started getting good and since then I haven’t been disappointed. Last month’s “Teen Vogue” box was a definite hit with a twist band hair band, full size Essie nail polish, a sample of Kate Spade’s Twirl perfume, a beauty blender (I am already asking how I lived so long without one!) and more.
This month I think is another hit! Each month has a theme of sorts and this month is “Natural Wonders.”
Here’s what the box looks like when you open it up from the postal box.
The box is simple but pretty and very sturdy.
When you upen it up you will find the card describing the month’s theme and a letter from the Birchbox team with the flipside telling you about your products.
I was taking these pictures as I opened the box so I was good and didn’t flip because I wanted to be surprised.
All of the pretty pretty products!!!!
From L to R what the products are and the prices.
Wonderstruck Taylor Swift. $49.50 – $59.50
I’m surprised that none of these products are crazy expensive. Generally there is at least one product in each box that is pretty high end and makes you love to try it but then you love to hate it because you don’t want to buy it! LOL. I love being able to try a variety of face creams because my skin is sensitive and I have the craziest randomest allergies EVER so I never know what will make me break out in hives. So far my running favorite moisturizer has been Fix Malibu The Works. Amazing, amazing stuff. I’ve been testing out some others but I may be going back to this as my go-to full size.
Since I literally just got this hours ago I haven’t tried all of the products but as a self confessed lip balm junkie I dove right into the one included and I have to give it a thumbs up! I do like it, there isn’t much of a taste, the smell is divine and it seems to last pretty long. No hives or blisters either which is a huge relief after my lips broke out in blisters after the Jouer Lip Enhancer which I was SO excited to try! It felt amazing until the blisters :(. I also have to say Wonderstruck smells amazing too. It reminds me of another perfume though and I can’t place it! It’s driving me mad!