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August 2014 Ipsy

The Rundown: Ipsy is a $10/month subscription service where you receive a makeup bag filled with 4-6 deluxe or full size samples!  For your reviews of these products you get ipsy points that you can use once you hit 500 or 1000 points for bonus items in your bag!  If you want more info on becoming an ipsy subscriber, click here!

ipsyThe Theme: Beauty Schooled (click here for the unbagging video or scroll to be bottom)

The Items:
New Jersey Sun Mongongo Lip Balm
Free Your Mane Reviving Spray
Lord & Berry Black Silk Kajal Kohl Liner
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Manna K—– Sheer Glo

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The Review: Let’s talk the bag first.  I think this is one of the cutest bags I’ve seen from Ipsy, although I wish it wasn’t smashed!  It’s the perfect size for a pencil case and its bright orange polka dots on the white background is fun and light-hearted!  It’s too big for my purse, but if I was actually going to school I’d use it for a pencil case, and if I get a bigger purse I might switch to it!  Of all the products there was only one that I couldn’t use and that’s the reviving spray so I’ll be setting that aside for a giveaway at a later date.  

Perversion

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I know this is going to surprise a lot of people, but I really disliked the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara.  To start let’s talk pros, because there are a few.  The formula isn’t super wet but isn’t super dry either, it’s a nice in-between which my lashes love.  I like the size of the brush.  It isn’t quite as big as say the Smashbox Full Exposure brush, but it isn’t tiny either.  The effect is quite nice too!  With just one coat your lashes are lengthened and separated, adding a second coat just amps up the volume.  At first I loved this mascara, until later on in the day.  Within a couple hours I started getting transfer on my brow bone.  By the end of the day it looked like a bunch of black lines on my brow bone.  I couldn’t even tell you the last mascara that did this to me.  (Although I know one or two have, but never to this extent!)  It didn’t flake or smudge on me, which was good and it didn’t transfer under my eyes.  But I just couldn’t get passed the brow bone smearing.  It made my eyes look dirty and gross!  I was totally disappointed.  I don’t know if I put a waterproof topcoat on it would help, but I’m definitely willing to try.  This retails for $22 for the full size and if they release a travel size I expect it to be around the $10 mark.

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The Mongongo lip balm is nice.  Not my favorite either though.  It’s very slick and doesn’t really feel like it sinks into the lips.  Instead it just seems to sit on top slipping all over the place.  Ok, that’s a little dramatic, but you know what I’m talking about, when you have a lip balm or gloss that is so glossy and slick that when you blot your lips together they slide around?  It’s like that.  And it smells very very and I mean very citrusy!  I though it smelled limey, but I’ve heard other people say lemony, it sure doesn’t smell orangey which is what the scent is! Haha.  Not bad, but I don’t think I’d be willing to pay $5.50 for it.

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The Lord & Berry Black Silk Kajal Kohl liner was nice.  Let’s talk sample size.  This was ridiculous!  Seriously, my last liner to get to this point got tossed because it was uncomfortable to use.  I know it a sample, but after a couple sharpenings there will be nothing left, I give it like 4 maybe 5 uses.  I didn’t feel it was the blackest black I’ve ever used so I did need to build it up.  It smudged nicely and did seem to set into place fairly quickly.  Not the best on the waterline though, it seemed to strangely just disappear after about 4-6 hours requiring a touch up or two.  I think it’s a decent liner, but I prefer the Scandal-eyes by Rimmel especially with the price.  L&B retails for $15.00.

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Lastly is the Manna Kadar Sheer Glo lotion.  Which I haven’t quite found a use for.  As a luminizer it just doesn’t give enough of a glow.  It sits weird on top of foundation so I don’t recommend that.  Underneath it doesn’t seem to do much although it does make your skin feel silky smooth.  So it might make a good primer, but I haven’t noticed if it adds any staying power.  I haven’t mixed this with my foundation to see the type of glow it gives, but if I do I’ll let you guys know.  I don’t see myself ever buying the full size of this especially since it retails for $29.00!  Man that’s a lot!  I’d get the Becca Skin Perfecter before I went for this one.

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So those are my ipsy finds for this month.  Did you get an ipsy bag?  If so what was your favorite item, and if you didn’t are you thinking of getting one?

PopBeauty & DermaE | Ipsy

On Monday we talked about the overall Ipsy bag and today I wanted to finish up the review.  So we’re talking the Pop Beauty bronzer and the Derma-e BB Creme.

I was so excited to see a full size bronzer this month!  And even more excited when I swatched this one and it felt so incredibly soft and buttery!  I feel like often face powders, bronzers, highlights, etc aren’t as soft as we tend to like eyeshadows to be, and maybe there is a reason for that, but for me it seemed like a fairly luxurious bronzer by touch.

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The color isn’t super orangey which means it will compliment many skin tones.  It does definitely have shimmer through it which means it won’t be good for contour, but means it does give you a really pretty sunkissed glow (hence the name!). 

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My overall thoughts on this bronzer is super positive!  First of all, I love that it is full size.  I love that the compact closes nicely and doesn’t have a mirror (to me that’s a waste unless it’s a HUGE compact!).  And I love how easily this makes my skin look glowing!  I usually dust it over the high points of my face with a massive powder brush to give me an allover summer glow.  As a bonus though, it’s also been a great crease color for eyeshadow, blending quite nicely with any other shadows!  The full size of this retails for $10 which means it paid for my ipsy bag on its own!

I’ve never been a huge fan of BB creams.  The only one that I’ve ever considered actually purchasing after sampling was an Asian bb cream, and that is totally different from the tinted moisturizer like western bb cream.  The only Western bb cream that I have liked was one that I sampled from birchbox by Supergoop. 

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I actually really want to like a bb cream for their ease of use especially on a hot summer day where I don’t want to fuss over my face.  But they just don’t have enough coverage for my liking.  With my hyper-pigmentation from acne (click here for deets on that), I just need more medium to full coverage and these are usually sheer to light.

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This one is no different, I wasn’t a huge fan of the scent and although the texture was nice, I just didn’t love the finish.  I felt like I needed to powder down a lot more than usual, and although it was a nice quick and easy foundation.  It just isn’t for me.  I’ll continue to try to find one that works for me, but until then I’ll stick with my favorite foundations.

If you are a bb cream lover you might really like this one, it did blend nicely and did match my skin color perfectly.  It retails at $29.50 for 2oz and is available at online at Dermae.com.  Its not a horrible price for the amount you get.

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July 2014 Ipsy & Bare Minerals

The Rundown:  For those of you unfamiliar, Ipsy is a $10/month subscription where you receive 4-6 deluxe or full size samples to try out every month all inside of a little makeup bag.  (More info on that here)  The July Ipsy bag is ADORABLE!  Its bright pink faux leather with a scalloped edge.  Compared to other Ipsy bags, the size of this bag is awesome.  It fits everything I want to have in my purse perfectly!  So far of all the bags they’ve sent out with the subscriptions, this is my favorite. 

July Boxes (5)

Products in my July Bag –

Bare Minerals 2.0 Eyeshadow, a good sized light pink and burgundy super pigmented eyeshadow duo deluxe sample
Pop Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer, a full size super soft and buttery shimmery bronzer
Derma-e BB Cream, a deluxe sample of a light coverage bb cream with spf-25
Purlise Sunscreen, day cream with spf 30
Pixi Brilliance Balm, a glossy tinted lip balm

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I loved the majority of the products this month, however the Purlise Sunscreen and the Pixi Brilliance Balm both contain Soybean oil which I’m allergic to so I wasn’t able to use either of those.  I’ve put them in a pile for a giveaway at some point.  Today I’m going to talk about the Bare Minerals shadow.

To be completely honest, I’ve never really been a big fan of Bare Minerals.  Their powder foundations just don’t work for me and their lipsticks all contain soy.  However over the last couple months I’ve tried expanding my Bare Minerals Horizons.  I recently did a first impression of the Bare Skin Foundation and that was really the first thing I liked from the brand.

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When the 2.0 shadow duo came in my July Ipsy bag I was actually excited to give it a shot.  And when I swatched it on camera I was really surprised by the pigmentation.  A few days later I tried them out and was thoroughly impressed.  First off the colors are so creamy and didn’t have a lot of fall down, plus they blended beautifully.  I’ve found myself using them a lot, even in my day to night smokey eye tutorial.  The colors are a deep wine and a light pink, and they’re the exact type of colors I really like on my hazel green eyes.

That being said I don’t know if I would purchase these, only because I prefer palettes, they are easier, offer more choices and make my vanity cleaner and more organized.  But if Bare Minerals ever came out with a 4.0 squared or 2.0 cubed palette I might just splurge for it!  If you do however like duos or quads this would be right up your alley, they are great quality.  This retails at $ for the duo and $ for the quads.

On Wednesday we’ll be talking about the Sunkissed Bronzer and the Derma-e BB Cream. Stay Tuned!

August Ipsy Unbagging

It time for Ipsy! Here is what I got this month!

For those of you who don’t know, Ipsy is a $10 a month subscription where you get 4-6 deluxe or full size products a month. I’ve had some great finds through ipsy this far. If you want more info click here – http://bit.ly/1jUAXFo

What I got –
Perversion Mascara $10
Free Your Mane Spray $4.41
Lord & Berry Liner $2.50
Mongongo Lipbalm $5.50
Manna Sheer Glo $7.83
Total $30.21

Where else am I?
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Beachy Waves Required | Ipsy

 

So I meant to post this Friday but life got in the way so today we’re doing a double post, this one and then another later tonight.  So lets get started by finishing up my June Ipsy Bag!  These are the last 2 items-beachy

I am lucky enough to have enough hair that I can pull off effortless beachy waves without them looking sad.  I don’t have very thick hair, I just have a TON of it.  Like seriously, it feels like a ton…  Sometimes if I’m not careful texture sprays can actually make my hair seem like its stuck in the 80s (just a little too poufy).  First off I need to remark how amazing the Marc Anthony Beach Spray smells.  It smells like coconutty sun screen.  Like you’re spraying a pina colada into your hair.  Pure heaven.  I love love love it!  Even better though, a little bit goes a really long way.  I’ve been using the Garnier texture spray for a while now and I think I like the Marc Anthony one even better!  It retails at $8.79 for 4.2oz and is available at Walgreens.

Lash OutThe last item I got in my ipsy bag was a full size Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Lash Out mascara.  And to be completely honest at this point I haven’t used it.  I have so many mascaras right now that I really don’t want to start another one.  One of the biggest complaints I saw/heard was that the mascara smelled AWFUL.  I didn’t think so at all.  Now, don’t get me wrong, it didn’t smell good (but aside from YSL, what mascara’s do?).  To me it just smelled like plastic.  Not like chemicals, not like it was bad, just plastic.  At some point I will test this out, when I do I’ll post and update to it.  This retails at $15.00.

All in all my June bag was a good one!  Not only was I able to use all of the products but I liked a good number of them! If you’re interested in the other products I got, click here!

Ofra & Nyx | Ipsy

Monday I began the discussion of my June Ipsy bag by talking about the Bag itself and the Realtree fragrance.  Today we are going to continue with my June Ipsy Bag, talking about the Nyx Butter Gloss and the Ofra Brow Pencil.PicsArt_1407982362228

I was really excited to see a full size NYX butter gloss in my bag this month.  I LOVE the butter glosses so much I can’t even tell you.  They are smooth, creamy, feel like butter on your lips, they aren’t sticky and they smell like cake.  What’s not to love!  They aren’t quite opaque, but not sheer either, they fall somewhere in the middle.  Unfortunately I already have the color Crème Brulee, I was really hoping for one of the other colors they were sending out but I can’t complain seeing as I use it more than any other gloss I own.  A backup is always a bonus!  There are a ton ofdifferent colors of these they retail for $4.99.

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I’ve been all about the eyebrows lately.  Trying to grow mine in a little more to try to change the shape of them.  It’s a slow and unkempt process to say the least…  Needless to say I’m always up for trying a new brow product whether it’s a power, pencil or gel.  I’m usually a huge fan of the universal colors because they tend to be on the lighter and cooler side so that more people can use them.  This one is actually quite dark to be considered universal, there is no way someone with blonde brows could use it.  It’s almost too dark for me and I have dark hair.  The consistency of this is very waxy, which makes for easy application and usually means less staying power but this one happens to be waterproof so it does stay all day.  It kind of feels like a double duty pencil because it’s like putting on a brow wax and brow pencil all in one.  That being said if it’s hot out this will be a soft mess, and because of how soft it is you need a really good sharpener to sharpen it.  I won’t be buying this because I’m just too picky (and I really want to trythe Anastasia Brow Pomade).  This pencil retails for $13.00.PicsArt_1407982491030

Friday we’ll be talking about the final two items, the Marc Anthony Beach Spray and the Be A Bombshell Mascara!  Stay Tuned!

June Ipsy Bag & Realtree Fragrance

June Ipsy Bag

For those of you who don’t know Ipsy is a monthly subscription service that costs just $10 a month.  Each month you are sent 4-6 deluxe samples or full size products ranging from skincare, makeup, bath and body, hair care, nail polish etc. each month coming in a cute little makeup bag.  You receive products based on a short survey.

This month the theme was Pretty In Paradise and my products included:

Marc Anthony Beach Spray
Nyx Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee
Realtree Fragrance
Ofra Universal Brow Pencil
Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara
Rebecca Minkoff Bag

I’m doing this review a little late so that I was able to test out and try each of the products sufficiently over the last month. Each day I’m going to go over one product to give you an idea of my thoughts!

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Let’s start with the bag!  How adorable is this bag?!  Seriously with palm trees and pineapples all over it!  It’s a little small which is my only complaint about most of the bags with ipsy, but seeing as it’s a bonus I can’t complain.  I’ve been using the bag from March, but I just switched to this one, they are both the same size, the July one however might take over both of them more on that at a later date!

RealTreeAs I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fragrance fan, I find one I like and stick with it for the
whole bottle.  This isn’t going to be one of those perfumes that makes me want to change that.  THIS SMELLED AWFUL.  Seriously, awful.  I’m sure it’s right up someone’s alley, it’s just not my thing.  On a good note, I’m glad that ipsy went out of their way to make sure it didn’t spill.  They placed it into a plastic pouch inside the bag so that if it spilled or broke open it wouldn’t destroy my bag.  I disliked this so much that I actually threw it away before even snapping a pic of it!  (the pic shown is a stock photo!)  No use keeping something you really dislike.  This retails at $24.99 for 3.4oz which is super cheap, but still not something I’d be willing to pay for.

Wednesday we’re talking about some Butter Gloss and Brow Pencils!

May Birchbox & Ipsy

I decided to unbox my Birchbox and Ipsy on camera this month!  I’ll do an update next week of what I thought of the products!  Plus there’s a giveaway at the end!  Be sure to watch and follow the instructions!

YouTube, Blogs and Vlogs… Oh My!

For starters, I decided to do a April Selfie Challenge, where I took a picture of myself every morning to see how I changed over the month and see all the different makeup I did.  May is Make faces May, so at the end of the month stay tuned for that video.  Here is Aprils!

Some of you may have noticed some big changes coming over the last couple of weeks.  And I’m here to tell you more changes are still to come!  I’ve decided to jump head first into my blogging and vlogging.  After a couple years off of filming I realized how much I really enjoyed it.  So I’ve decided to start it up again and I wanted to give you guys a run down of what I plan on doing.

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April Ipsy Beauty Rocks Glam Bag

So this was going to be posted on Friday but I forgot to take individual pictures so now its today instead!

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