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November Ipsy!

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November Ipsy Bag

It’s that wonderful time of the month again…Ipsy bag day! πŸ˜€ (I actually got it on Saturday, but real life has been hectic; I’m sure y’all understand)

November’s theme is “Girl Meets Glitter” & the bag is a glittery silver with pink trim. Need I even mention how much I adore this bag?! Forever 21 Cosmetics partnered with Ipsy this month on the bag.

In addition to my regular 5 items, I turned in 250 ipsyPoints to get a Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil. This chubby pencil applies very smoothly & looks very nice on my skin tone. It blends out into a nice, subtle, non-shimmery ivory color. I put it on over my primer & the color lasted all day. I was bumming after I picked this item, but I’m glad I did now!

Now, onto to the regular items! First up, SeaRx Micro-Dermabrasion Face & Body Scrub. Like usual, I was bumming when I saw this in my glam room instead of more makeup, but honestly? This stuff is uh-maz-ing, in every sense of the word! It’s got a nice lemon-y scent that I love. & talk about smooth skin after using it! Even my Hubby noticed the difference! Now my only disappointment in this item is that it isn’t the full-size. πŸ˜‰

Next up, Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray. This is a travel size, which is OK with me, as I rarely do more with my hair than brush it & put it in a pony. I haven’t used this product — yet. Not sure when I will LOL but I will one day! I’m happy to have received this item, but not really? IDK LOL

I joined Ipsy for the makeup, so let’s get to it! I’m loving the StarLooks lip gloss in Guilty Pleasure. It’s a pink-mauve color that adds a hint of color to my lips without being in yo face about it. It lasts a while without needing a touch-up. It’s got the typical lip gloss feel & I don’t really think it’s all that moisturizing — but it is a very nice gloss.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t get a good night’s sleep & let me tell you, if you’re in that boat with me you’ll love IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye. This is available in 4 shades, I received Neutral Medium & it blends perfectly into my skin tone. This highly pigmented, buildable formula covers everything without creasing or cracking. I found that it held up all day without fading & even after washing my makeup off I saw an improvement in those dark circles I have. Totally pleased with this!

Last, but certainly not least, is Be A Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive. This shimmery bronze-ish color can be used as an eyeshadow base (& works wonderfully as a base), or it can be used as an eyeshadow (& it looks wonderful!). I had never heard of this brand before Ipsy, but I’ve loved every product I’ve tried of theirs, this included!

Overall, I thought Ipsy hit a homerun with my bag this month! It makes me excited for December’s bag!

What did you get in your bag?! Have you tried any of these products? Give me your opinions in the comments!

October ipsy Review!

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October ipsy bag

Well, it took a week later than usual to get here, but my Glam Bag finally arrived! πŸ˜€

I’m quickly becoming overrun with cute makeup bags, but, dudettes (& dudes, if ipsy is your thing), I can’t help but love the turquoise bag this month! It’s one of my favorite colors & the quilt-like design is perfect for Autumn.

That , & I may be becoming a hoarder. Who knows… So, anyway, on to the goodies!

First up is the skyn ICELAND Glacial Cleansing Cloths. A lot of ipsy reviews were critical of these wipes; either people said they were too harsh for sensitive skin, or said the wipes didn’t really get their skin clean. I have sensitive skin, so was weary the first time I used one…but ya know what? One cloth removed all of my makeup, wasn’t too harsh for my skin & smelled really nice afterward. Not an overbearing scent, but a light cucumber scent. I love these! Plus, I had just run out of my previous wipes, so the timing was great!

Next up, City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappucino. To be honest, I wasn’t too excited over the color…until I tried it on. It looks like a 90’s, brown, lip color in the tube…but on? It’s more of a neutral lip color that goes amazing with my fair skin. Plus the product is cruelty-free. Another win!

As an eye makeup freak, I figured I’d like the ModelCo VolumEyes Mascara. I mean, mascara is a daily staple for me. This mascara gets the job done, I just have so many other mascaras that also get the job done & at a lower cost. Don’t get me wrong — I like it, a lot. It’s just…I might still be a tad bitter about not getting the eyeliner instead, though. LOL

I’m always disappointed to get lotions in my subscriptions & I don’t know why! I always end up loving them! I’ve had dry skin since I was tiny & the weather up here does nothing to help that. With all that said, let me introduce Figs & Rouge Mango Mandarin Hand Cream. My dry hands’ new love for the upcoming horribly dry winter (ugh!). The company is from the U.K., which for some reason makes me feel a little high class (I’m weird, I know). It’s non greasy, smells amazing & a little bit of product quenches the dryness. I also like the tube it’s in. Love this hand lotion!

Last, but hardly least, is the Doll 10 H2Glo Highlighter. Now, I’ve had a highlighter before, but never really liked it; it involved a lot blending & I never really achieved the look I was going for. I’m still a little shy using this particular highlighter, but it’s head & shoulders above my old one. Even the directions for the H2Glo Highlighter says “if you have to blend you’ve used too much“. I like straight forward directions like that! While I’m still getting the hang of this, I already love it!

Overall, while this month might have been a headache to get ipsy to take my money, it was well worth it. I loved everything in my bag — including the bag! πŸ™‚

What all did you get in your Glam Bag this month? What was your favorite item? Let me know in the comments!

September Ipsy

September was an amazing month for ipsy subscribers, I kid you not! & after last month, it should have been!

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September Ipsy Bag

Let me start by saying: I adore the Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Basic Instinct! Goes on smoothly, isn’t sticky like most lip glosses are & the color is beautiful! It didn’t even dry out my lips like other glosses do. I’d love to have more of this!

I’m currently rocking an awesome mani thanks to my new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish in color Redgy. Very quick drying bottom color & an equally fast drying top coat. Best of all? Natural light is all this gel polish needs to look fab! This also came with a $2 off coupon, so I may have to go buy another set! πŸ˜€

There were two color options for the Pacifica Natural Minerals Eyeliner, a silver color & Fringe, a brown color. Thankfully, I received the brown! It’s a nice eyeliner pencil & I will get use out of it, but I don’t see what all the hype was over. In my opinion, it’s just your average eye pencil.

As sneak peeks were being revealed, I hoped I’d get the Be A Bombshell Smooth Criminal Powder & lo & behold, I did! It can be worn alone to smooth flaws & reduce pores, or over makeup as a setting powder. Either way, I think it works wonders! Tried it over my makeup & didn’t have to touch up once! & by itself, it did smooth over some of my imperfections (not that I have all that many “imperfections”!).

The final item from this month’s bag is Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. It smells good, but I don’t really like conditioners!

That’s not the end of my bag, though! I finally saved up 1,000 ipsyPoints & was able to score a NYX Bronze Smokey Look Kit! It has 9 eyeshadows, 2 lip colors, 2 double ended applicators & a mirror! My entire bag was awesome, but this made it the best bag I’ve ever gotten! πŸ˜€

July ipsy Glam Bag!

Howdy! June was a fun, busy month. Between birthdays, concerts & real life, I didn’t get the time to post much (at all!). I have a few posts planned to make up for it, though.

I got my July ipsy Glam Bag a few days ago & it’s beyond awesome!

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June Glam Bag

The bag this month is uh-maz-ing! It’s really soft & has an almost leather-like feel. It’s plain pink, but it’s one of my favorite bags so far.

There wasn’t really any item that I didn’t like, but the one I was least excited about was the Hang Ten SPF08 Dark Tanning Oil. I have a hard time tanning (mostly I burn, even with sunscreen), so yeah, didn’t have high hopes for this. BUT! While I can’t say I’m rocking a tan yet, I can say I’m not rocking a sunburn, either. This oil sprays on & has a nice coconut scent. It wasn’t greasy, either. Overall, I do like this product. If it ever warms up enough to wear shorts & a tank top I’ll be using it a lot more!

ipsy also sent my a sample of bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in the shade Divine Wine. I love bareMinerals, so was excited about this product. I like the color; it’s not too overwhelming. A great product.

Usually my hair care routine consists of wash, towel dry, comb & done. I do like trying styling products, but most of them require an investment of time, which I can pass on. The Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray is my kind of styling product! Brush damp hair, spray this & done. It added nice, loose curls to my wavy hair & smelled great in the process. I’d definitely buy more when this sample runs out.

I’ve only really used bronzers a few times, so now that I’ve got a pop beauty Sunkissed Bronzer in shade Secret Sunshine, I’ve got to start trying to remember to incorporate it into my make-up routine. I think this shade looks very good on me! & I think this is a full-size item, too! Very happy with this!

Last, but hardly least, is the Pixi Beauty Tinted Brilliance Balm in shade Pretty Pink. I adore this brand & have since I first tried them. This little lip crayon goes on smoothly, has a minty feel (can you feel mint, or am I crazy? LOL), & keeps lips feeling hydrated. I thought the color lasted a while, too. I had been hoping since the bag previews that I’d get this & thank you ipsy, I did!

I thought July was an awesome month at ipsy! πŸ˜€ All of these great products for only $10, I mean, how can you go wrong?

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

May ipsy Glam Bag!

My May ipsy Glam Bag arrived today, much to my delight!

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ipsy glam bag!

Pretty happy with the products I got this month; I’ll use everything, at least. I still feel a pang of jealousy seeing other people receiving more make-up than skin care products, though, but c’est la vie, je suppose.

I got a Pacifica Eyeshadow Duo! & I really did need the Hang 10 Waterproof Sunscreen (if it ever warms up enough to spend time outside – the high temp here today was 43Β°!). The Pur~Lisse Moisturizer is nice (one can never have too much moisturizer, IMO). I liked the derma-e scrub, too; it’s a rather generous size for a sample. Everything in my bag is cruelty-free, too, so props to ipsy on that one!

Best thing about this month is the bag, by far! It’s a spring-y, canvas bag & this puppy is taking over as my travel bag, for sure!

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May IPSY Sneak Peak

Because I have the patience of a 5 year old on Christmas Eve, I had to peek at what’s going to be in my IPSY Glam Bag this month!

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At first I was pretty bummed; the only make-up I’m getting is the Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo. πŸ˜₯

Then my loving hubby pointed out a few things:

You’ll use the sunscreen this summer! & look, it’s Hey Honey Take It Off! Β» wink, winkΒ«

So yeah. I’ll give it all a try before ruling it out. I’ve noticed anyway though, that while I’m usually bummed about a product at first, I end up liking said product immediately after trying it.

& that’s what ipsy is about, anyway…trying new things! & for $10/month, it’s a steal. Getting more excited about my bag as I type!