ipsy News: ipsyPoints Referral Program

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ipsy (referral link) has a new referral program that rolled out today called ipsyPoints! When you visit ipsy now, as a subscriber, there is a new tab at the top labeled ipsyPoints with your unique referral url to share.

While supplies last, the two possible bonus items you could receive for referring two people are an Urban Decay Moondust eye shadow or a BaubleBar wrap bracelet. If you refer two before May 1st, one of these items would be in your May bag (chosen randomly).

New bonus items will be added when supplies run out every month.

Unfortunately, past referrals are not tracked and at this moment, there are no actual “points” to be earned. More information on ipsy’s Q&A!

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Anyways, I’m excited about May’s ipsy bag, which would be including a gorgeous Zoya sping pastel polish! Sign up soon if you want to be on a list to receive ipsy bags (possibly starting with May).

My link again: http://www.ipsy.com/?refer=u-h5iifjki5i44en6

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April 2013 Blush Beauty Mystery Box

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Blush.com/Dermstore/Hairenvy are the web stores featuring a newer subscription beauty box that includes a mix of full-size and travel size sample items. The box itself will be worth over $100 every month.

The products range from cosmetic items, hair products, and skin care products and the cost for a monthly box is $24.95 or a one time box for $34.95

Two days after ordering, my box arrived. I was quite pleased with Blush’s fast shipping, but the box’s presentation could be improved. Instead of being in a box with nice packaging, like Birchbox or Glossybox, there was a big, black ziplock bag with items just tossed in and a free gift with purchase on the outside of the bag. Also, there was no card or insert included describing the items received or how to use them.

What was inside the box then?

Items:
Tendu Ultimate Hair Conditioning Treatment Mask / Full Size $60
Vichy Eau Thermal / Full Size $12
SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub .25 oz *Gift with purchase
Obagi Nu-derm Foaming Gel / Sample Value $12
SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer / Sample Value $6.50
Make-up Designory Eye Pencil in Black / Full size $13
Paula Dorf Lip Liner in Sultry / Full size $20

Total Value: $123.50

I’ve seen other reviews with box variations; some boxes have had a blush, dry shampoo, and serum. Preview on my items received below.

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Birchbox April 2013 Review

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Time for another Birchbox review, and for April, Birchbox had partnered up with Women’s Health magazine to promote this month’s theme of “Tiny Tweaks, Big Results”.

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The first thing greeting you this month is a lime green sleeve with a very flexible woman stretching! I don’t know how these products will promote healthy living and exercise, but I digress. With this month’s magazine partner, Birchbox has also sent out a card for a free year’s subscription to Woman’s Health (or $9.99 rebate, which would make this box free)!

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My box this month was a monster! It weighed at almost 1-lb, which is twice the usual shipping weight of around .4-.5 lbs. I’ve been liking how they’ve been packing things in this pillow box to protect smaller things from shifting too much.

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Five items this month! Not too bad, and I think I received two full-sized items and some good sized sampler items.

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Special April/May Boxes news

I unsubscribed from Glossybox for April, but there is a special limited Mother’s Day Box curated with BeautyBlitz for sale. $30 gets you a full-sized essie polish and other deluxe sized samples including a Benetint and an Estee Lauder mascara. (Edit: April 24 / Box contents have changed! No more Benetint… ) It seems like an okay deal if you’re interested in the products, but it doesn’t seem like it should be more than the regular $21 Glossybox price. For that price + a little bit more, I would rather get Allure’s summer box (on sale Tuesday April 23)!

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Allure’s Summer Essentials Beauty Box. Spoilers below!

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For $39.99 + $10 shipping, you get 25 items with the value over $250.

Prices below are my estimates from Drugstore.com/other online retailers

BCBGMAXAZRIA Bon Chic (unknown size) $30-55
Burt’s Bees Lip gloss $8
Butter London in Bit Faker $15 (Bronze glitter)
Cetaphil Daily facial cleanser $7
Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner $6 each
Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes $5
GK Hair Leave-In spray $20
Neutrogena MicroMist Sunless Tanning spray $10
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15 $10
Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm $7
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser $7
Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir $18
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream $8
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen $15
Pureology Colour Stylist Supreme Control Hairspray $28
Redken Control addict 28 high-control hairspray $17
Redken Extreme Anti-snap leave-in treatment $16
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Jaded $7
Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops $7
Sally Hansen Zero Bumps Bikini spray $8
Sation Nail Lacquer in Love at First Byte $5
Simple Kind to Eyes, make-up remover pads $6
Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil $6
TanTowel the Original Self-Tanning Towellette for Face & Body $20
Tresemme Platinum Strength Strengthening Heat Protect Spray $5

Total estimated value : around ~$305

I can’t wait! It looks like a great deal. Not a lot of makeup products, but tons of hair and skin care.

Glossybox USA March 2013 Review

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I decided to skip February’s Glossybox since there was nothing in it I was looking forward to… but March’s Glossybox looked interesting and worth a try. I was hoping things would be better than the way February’s box looked.

The theme this month was “Spring Fling” and had products for renewing yourself after the cold of winter. All the items arrived in Glossybox’s usual light pink box and had a very girly feel this month with all its pink color.

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