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Ipsy February 2012 Review Ipsy finally arrived in my mailbox today. Although a lot of beauty bloggers have been giving them a hard time for this month's offerings, I think that is was consistent with the quality levels of previous Ipsy bags. It didn't blow me away, but I am happy to have spent my money on it. The bag and...
Birchbox February 2016 Review It's Birchbox time! Even when you check what you're getting in advance and are profoundly unexcited, there's still something nice about getting that box in the mail. It's a monthy ritual. Check online, hold out hope, open box, be mildly disappointed. Every month like clockwork. This month, I received: Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle (estimated 1.25 oz), approximate retail...
Julep Maven February 2016 Review Although I usually skip my Julep Maven box, I did receive it this month. This was 30% because I was intrigued by the Freedom Top Coat and 70% because I forgot to skip my box until the window was already closed. Since I have no particular interest in non-nail polish Julep products, I got the...
Although I have generally mild, positive feelings about this month's Birchbox, I can't help but notice that the Birchbox staff are not particularly adept at picking out ridiculous claims made by their brands. Here's what I got: Birchbox all together. Lumiere d'hiver Clarifying Shampoo (1.75oz), approximate retail value $6.67 Lumiere d'hiver Clarifying Shampoo Birchbox offered some awfully ridiculous claims for this shampoo: "Rich in...
It's that time of the month. No, not THAT time of the month. It's the time of the month where the subscription boxes start rolling in. Here's my junk. Er, my stuff. Er... sorry, I am feeling a bit like Tobias Funke today. This month's Ipsy was housed in a bag that is slightly less boring than the last two bags we received....
Julep Maven is the monthly subscription box for people who would rather look at their fingernails than their faces. Based out of Seattle, Washington, Julep sends either two nail polishes and one product or three nail polishes month for $19.99. To be honest, I probably wouldn't have signed up for Julep if not for the promo I found. My promo...
Is it Important to Get "Three Free" and "Five Free" Nail Polish?: The Science I've had a few questions recently about two marketing buzzphrases in the nail polish business: "Three Free" and "Five Free". "Three Free" nail polish is advertised as nail polish without Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde. "Five Free" nail polish is advertised as nail polish without Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and...
How Much Do Your Eyeshadow Brushes Matter
How Much Do Your Eyeshadow Brushes Matter? I was one of them. "ELF studio eyeshadow brushes are basically just as good as the nice brushes," I rationalized. And yes, in comparison to my dinky discount brushes from $10 brush sets, ELF was performing pretty well. It all changed, though, when I got a hold of theBalm's Give Crease a Chance Eyeshadow...
The Five Most Ridiculous Claims People Make About BB Creams   You guys, we need to talk about BB creams for a minute. BB creams are not magic and I am sick of people claiming that they are. Source: http://doridream.miiduu.com/userdata/store1/22506/image/data/missha_bb_creams-JM69.jpg I know you want to believe in magic. I want to believe in magic too! I was also a slightly disappointed 11-year-old when...
  Beauty Bullshit: Revlon Eterna 27 Revlon's Eterna 27 is a line of creams that supposedly helps target wrinkles. Source: http://di1-3.shoppingshadow.com/images/pi/6d/fa/99/70952157-260x260-0-0_Revlon+Revlon+Eterna+27+Moisture+Cream+With+Progen.jpg Credit for this observation of pseudoscience goes to Rachel, a reader who observed some rather bizarre claims in the Revlon cosmetics employees training guide. According to Revlon, their "protective telomeric complex ... is like a special 'memory' for your skin that continually reminds our...

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