ipsy: August Glamour Academy

I was all set with a manicure for today’s theme, but when I was looking at the pictures, I hated it. So I’ll get back to that later this week and instead give you a look at this month’s ipsy bag! Ipsy is a beauty subscription box that I’ve reviewed before, and you can read their FAQ here.

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A simple look using Chella Brow Pencil, Mica eyeshadow in Bronze, and Pixi Lash Booster Mascara

Click here to see my August bag

Skoshbox: August

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Picture courtesy of Skoshbox

I wanted to tell everyone about a new subscription service that has nothing to do with beauty. It’s called Skoshbox! Based out of Hawaii, this service sends packages of Japanese snacks and home items each month for $12. Japanese snacks are generally a little quirky and kind of addictive; with this service you can sample different kinds each month, and if you like them, you can buy more on the Skoshbox site. It’s a random selection each month, but fortunately they upload images and descriptions of what you got, for people like me who can’t decipher the wrappers. The snacks are a mix of savory and sweet, and some are a little bizarre, but fun. I was really surprised by how much I liked the umaibo, which were kind of like Jax cheese puffs.

Click here to see pictures of my box!

Bondi: August – new subscription box!

WHOOPS. Bondi went bust. I’ll have a post about that later, but my recommendation is to NOT get involved in any enterprise led by Bondi or Richard Annington.

I’m really excited to finally share a new subscription service: Bondi New York! Bondi offers 5-free polish in a variety of pretty cremes and metallics, with all of the net profits going to their foundation that supports charitable causes. Their subscription box is $19.99/month, with scaled discounts for 3-, 6-, and 12-month purchases. I purchased a 3-month sub, and the first one arrived yesterday.

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Bondi August 2013

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SquareHue August: Endless Summer Collection

I drove back home yesterday to find a note on my door saying my neighbor had taken in my packages (so nice of her! She didn’t know when I was coming home), so I spent the afternoon waiting breathlessly for her to get home from work. I had boxes from Skoshbox (review coming soon), Zoya, and SquareHue: I was in polish heaven for the night! So I have a lot of swatches for the next couple of weeks. 🙂

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Click here for swatches and review!

ipsy: July Beach Beauty

ipsy is a beauty sample subscription box, similar in concept to Birchbox. Instead of having the full sized products available in their own store, ipsy works out discounts with the brands for the month that they’re featured. The samples ship out starting on the 10th (in a rolling release, so it’s not as dependable a date as Birchbox), and each themed month comes in a little makeup bag. Sometimes the samples are actually full sized, sometimes not, but they never seem to be the little foil packets that Birchbox is so fond of and that make me feel so ripped off.

This is my second month with ipsy, and I’m still on the fence. You can’t choose which five of the eight possible products you’ll get, and while you take a style quiz, I don’t think anyone at ipsy actually uses it to design the product selection. Everyone usually gets two featured products, then the others are an either/or between two types of the same product. You can see what you’re getting a few days in advance by clicking on your “glam room,” although it won’t tell you what shades you’ll get if there are multiple color options.

Click here to see my July bag

Julep May box

The Great Gatsby-inspired boxes for May finally convinced me to sign up for Julep, a mail-order monthly subscription box of nail and skin care. If you’re interested after viewing the post — and hey, why wouldn’t you be? — I’d appreciate if you clicked the blue box here on my sidebar to sign up through my referral, as it grants me reward points.

Julep costs about $20 a box. You take a beauty quiz to get a profile, from which Julep recommends a curated box each month, but you can chose a box from any profile or opt out of a month. You pay when you choose your box, and if you do nothing, you get charged and sent the box according to your profile. Boxes are shipped at the end of each month. Becoming a member, or maven, gives you an automatic 20% discount on individual products in the shop and gift sets, but not curated boxes. Julep has more than nail polish and skin creams; with the Gatsby sets they’ve put out lipsticks and lip scrub, and they had members take a new beauty bio quiz that implies they’re broadening into other makeup and skin care products.

The May Julep box. The tissue is sparkly and has a pretty floral design.

The May Julep box. The tissue is sparkly and has a pretty floral design.

“That’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” -Daisy Buchanan