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Unboxing + Review: ipsy May 2017 Summer Friday

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Are you ready for summer? I sure am! And May’s glam bag is just the thing one needs to kickstart their summer season.

Titled Summer Friday, May’s glam bag is so cute and proper. It features ice cream and popsicles and is waterproof. It screams summer and is perfect for the pool, the beach and other summer activities!

 

ipsy may 2017

ipsy may 2017

I received a good mix of products in May. Let’s take a look!

ipsy may 2017 benefit cosmetics gimme brow

 

The first item in my bag was the Benefit Cosmetics gimme brow volumizing fiber gel in the shade 5 ($10.67 CAD, 1 g). I used to love gimme brow. The old version. I’m not sure if they changed the formulation of this when they changed the packaging but I have tried this new version before but it didn’t work out too well for me. The skin around my brows became super dry. I couldn’t tell if it was an allergic reaction or if it just dried out my skin. I don’t know if I received old product… so I’m a bit pensive. I’m not sure if I will try this again. I have heard that it has worked wonders for others, though! 

 

ipsy may 2017 hempz

 

Next we have the Hempz Pomegranate Herbal Body Moisturizer ($7.50 CAD, 2.25 oz). This is a nice sized sample and smells heavenly! I will definitely be trying this one out.

 

ipsy may 2017 trestique

 

The trestique Mini Matte Lip Crayon I received what in the shade Tuscan Wine ($10.67 USD, 0.025 oz). I’m not sure about this colour. I don’t often use colours this dark and dramatic. While I love the formulation (I have other shades of this product), I think I am going to pass on this shade. This doesn’t quite work with my day-to-day work and weekend looks. It would be nice, though, if I were going glam… which doesn’t happen often.

 

ipsy may 2017 luxie

ipsy may 2017 luxie

 

This next product is great – Luxie Beauty’s Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660 ($30.91 USD). This brush can be used to apply liquid, cream or powder foundations, concealers, highlighters and bronzers. I absolutely adore my other Luxie brushes so I’m happy to add this to my collection. They feel so soft and work so well. Plus, the handle colour of the Dreamcatcher line is beautiful!

 

ipsy may 2017  kvossnyc

 

The final product in my May glam bag is the KVossNYC Macaroon Lip Balm in Light Cream ($14.00 USD, 0.25 oz). Being the self-proclaimed lip balm junkie that I am, I always welcome a new lip balm to try! It smells sweet and it’s supposed to be very moisturizing. Looking forward to trying this. 🙂

So that’s it for this month! The total value of my May ipsy glam bag was roughly $92.00 CAD based on today’s exchange rate. That’s not bad at all! The unfortunate part is that I don’t love all the products. Aside from the body lotion, brush and lip balm, I am not a fan of the other products. That’s the risk you take with these beauty subscriptions! 

 

ipsy may 2017

 

This is my final remaining monthly subscription. The remainder of my subscriptions are all seasonal. I’m okay with that, though, because I do need to downsize my collection badly. Subscriptions can really pile up! Oh well, I am still enjoying my ipsy bag. I love at least having one sub to surprise me every month. 🙂

Like what you see here? For those of you who would like to give this a try and would like to know more, this subscription is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link here. ?

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone! 

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy March 2017 Tres Jolie

ipsy March 2017 ofra city color tarte skone cosmetics first aid beauty

 

It’s April! How did we already get to April? I know they say time goes by faster when you get older but this is ridiculous! Time seriously needs to slow down a bit or something!

The weather here is finally getting warmer which is great because I’m pretty much over the whole winter thing. What I’m really happy about right now is that I am all caught up in my blogosphere! It feels so good to be caught up. My March subscriptions are up next on the blog – starting with ipsy.

The theme for March’s ipsy glam bag was Tres Jolie which translates to Very Pretty in French. (Ha! Those French classes in junior high paid off after all!) But as you can see her, the bag is also… well… very pretty. Why? Because of these three things:

  1. It has a cool new design that you’ll flip for,
  2. It makes us soooo psyched for spring,
  3. It’s a chic, pale pink shade (that’s totally on trend).

So there you go. Straight from the ipsy site. Now you know.

 

ipsy March 2017

 

ipsy March 2017

 

But seriously, how adorable is this bag? I love that it can be a large makeup bag or a fold-over clutch. That is very practical and useful, in my opinion! This would be so great for travel, especially since it does double duty. Pack all your things and if you’re headed out for a night out, just dump all your makeup and use it as a clutch! PERFECT! 

Also, how awesome is this month’s card? It’s a great reminder to us all and it’s so true. Always remember that!

 

ipsy March 2017

 

Moving on, let’s take a look at the contents of my March bag. I tell ya, ipsy’s got me all figured out! Let’s get started.

The first item we will look at is the Skone Cosmetics Luxe Pro Blending Brush ($15.00 USD). From the looks of it, this brush is from Skone’s new Luxe Pro Brush line. This blender brush has a fluffy, rounded head that’s made of synthetic hairs (described as professional grade nylon by the folks at Skone) and topped off with beautiful rose gold accents. I will say that this brush is so soft! Also, it’s a bonus that it’s rose gold… because really, rose gold is ‘in’ now. I am a big fan of blending brushes so I’m totally okay with adding one more to my collection! And honestly, you can never have too many brushes! Right? Who’s with me? 🙂

 

ipsy March 2017 Skone Cosmetics Blending Brush

 

ipsy March 2017 Skone Cosmetics Blending Brush

 

This next one is intriguing – the First Aid Beauty (FAB) Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer ($6.00 CAD, 9.6 g). It’s intriguing because I feel like I have used this before, years and years ago, and if it is the same thing then I remember loving it a lot. I never repurchased it because I had a big tub of the FAB Ultra Repair Cream that I used as a face moisturizer at the time because my face was super dry and I was dealing with some patches of eczema too. FAB really is a great brand and I have really enjoyed their products (heck, I have their Face Cleanser in my shower right now!) so I loved seeing this in my bag. Time to rediscover (what I think is) and oldie but a goodie! 

 

ipsy March 2017 First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

 

Continuing on, I also received the City Color Cosmetics Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector ($3.99 USD, 4 g). I can definitely use this on those days where my eyes give away exactly how tired I am! This is a peach concealer which will help disguise those under eye circles. I haven’t tried this yet so I can’t say much about the consistency and coverage but it does look promising.

 

ipsy March 2017 City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector

 

ipsy March 2017 City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector

 

I love receiving this brand in my subscriptions because it is one of the only ways of getting this brand without having to pay a lot to ship it to Canada! I received the Peach Blush from OFRA Cosmetics ($15.00 USD, 4 g) which I think is great because I love the brand and I haven’t tried any of their blushes yet. Glad I am finally get the chance to now! It’s a nice peach colour and it’s so pretty. I do love that it’s just the pan so I will be adding it into my magnetic palette which is perfect!

ipsy March 2017 OFRA Peach Blush

 

ipsy March 2017 OFRA Peach Blush

 

And last but not least! I received the Tarte Cosmetics tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in the shade Delish ($4.00 CAD, 1 ml). Delish is described as a rosy mauve which falls into line with colours I usually love so it’s the perfect colour choice for me! I love it because it’s neutral enough to wear every day but still has a hint of rose in it. I find that this matte liquid lipstick feels comfortable on my lips and it isn’t as drying as others I’ve tried int he past. It is super pigmented too. I would love to try more shades!

 

ipsy March 2017 tarte tarteist matte lip paint dusty rose

 

ipsy March 2017 tarte tarteist matte lip paint dusty rose

 

Like what you see here? For those of you who would like to give this a try and would like to know more, this subscription is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link. ?

So that was it for March’s glam bag. I quite loved what I received! They were all pretty much hits with no misses and they will all get used at some point. What was your fave product from the March bag? 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, starpixel friends! 🙂

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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Unboxing + Review: Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

This unboxing is a bittersweet one for me. I was super excited to receive it because I knew one item I was receiving and I knew it was amazing! But I also knew something else that made me sad… but we will get to that later. Let’s concentrate on the good stuff first.

The theme of February’s Miss Blanco Joyful Box was Love. That’s fitting, no? Considering the month and the face that it was Valentine’s Day, it was pretty self explanatory.

The product card shows three items plus a line that says “Check your box for other bonus items available, even if you are not a VIP. Minimum 4 items will be received!” Hey, that’s pretty good. For those who are subscribed, what gooddies did you get? 🙂

Let’s see what was in my box. Let’s take a look at the three standard items that everyone received this month.

Everyone received one artisan item this month and it was a handmade guest soap in the scent Pink Sugar from Little Luxuries Soapworks ($1.75 CAD). Pink Sugar is described as “Light, sweet airy smelling, like cotton candy” and I would have to agree with it! It’s not overly sweet smelling and is just right! This will be cute going on a soap dish in the bathroom. I love that these are hand made in Nova Scotia. I love supporting Canadian companies! 

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

The next item I received is a lifestyle item. This pink and black fashion scarf ($29.99 CAD) is pretty! It’s very light which makes it perfect for spring. 

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

Finally, this last one is the spoiler item that I was most excited about! The beauty item for this month was the Tini Mini Pro Flat Iron in Deep Purple ($99.00 CAD). I have always wanted a small flat iron for home and for travel so this was perfect! It even comes with a cute matching pouch. 

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

My fourth item was my VIP item – a lip gloss in the shade Silk Orchid ($14.99 CAD). I’m not sure what the brand is… could it be private labelling? I’m not sure. But in the tube, it sure reminds me of my MAC Cremesheen Glass Lip Gloss in Playful Petal which I adore! If this is a dupe, I will be happy! I will have to try it and see.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

There weren’t as many items in this box but with the mini flat iron, the value was up there! It came out to a value of $138.73 CAD in the end.

Now for the bittersweet part – Miss Blanco Joyful Box is taking a break. They plan on readjusting their business model and hope to be back in a few months! Hopefully the break will be short as I do enjoy what they put together in their monthly box. There really aren’t enough of these types of variety subscription boxes. For the most part, these really were Joyful Boxes. 🙂

So that’s it for February. Better late than never, right?

Have a great week everyone!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post does not contain referral links.

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Unboxing + Review: Topbox February 2017

topbox february 2017

 

I feel like this month is passing me by at lightning speed! I’m just trying to keep up with life! 

Today I bring to you my Topbox review for the month of February. I received the Regular Topbox again . The prive boxes don’t seem to be catching my eye a whole lot nowadays and that’s a bit disappointing. But February’s Regular Topbox contained makeup, skin care and beauty tools so I really can’t complain with a mix like that. 🙂 

Anyways, let’s take a look at the contents of the box!

  • Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat ($31.99 CAD, 4 ml – full size?): This deluxe sample of Smashbox’s liquid lipstick was released as part of their Fall 2016 lineup. Driver’s Seat is described as a peach-rose nude. They say it “features Advanced Polymer Technology that makes it stay put (…) for up to 8 hours.” Sounds pretty technical, hey? I’m not quite sure what to think about that because I Googled it and all I found were links definitely did not involve makeup whatsoever! At the end of the day, this isn’t quite my shade. Peach toned lippies and I don’t get along very often and this one leans more towards the peach side than the rose.
  • Bella Aura Skincare Daily Repair Moisturizer ($30.00 CAD, 10 ml): This brand again. I feel like I’m going to end u receiving the entire Bella Aura product line! I keep getting these in my Topbox subs. Which would be vine and dandy… IF I liked it! I just can’t seem to get over the smell of their products. But for those that do like it, this is a nice way to sample these high value products. For me, though, it’s a pass.
  • La Ritzy Cosmetics Pro Blender ($16.29 CAD): I am a big fan of Beauty Blenders and I am always game for trying other beauty sponges. I’ll give this a try when it’s time for a new one… which will probably be sooner than later. 
  • Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush 211 ($24.00 CAD): Yay! I love Luxie so this brand was great to see in my Topbox. I’m quickly growing my Luxie brush collection through various subscriptions boxes. This concealer brush looks to be the perfect size for your undereye area. The brush is the right size and it’s soft. I’m looking forward to trying this! Though, I don’t know why the product card says this brand is available at Sephora when I have never seen it there before. At least not in Canada.
  • Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Golden Hour (card sample): I’m not sure whether to include this as an item in the Topbox or as a bonus sample. I don’t mind receiving eyeshadow card samples because you can use them many times… and usually that is enough to let me know if I like it enough or not to buy t he actual product. In this case, Golden Hour was not for me. I gave it a try this morning and while.I loved the dark purple shade and the neutral that can be used for pretty much any eye look but I wasn’t a huge fan of the other two colours. I will still use it up, though!

There you go! February’s box was pretty great. Scroll down for all the pictures.

The value was roughly $86.00 CAD (if I only took half the retail value of the full sized Smashbox liquid lipstick) so this was an excellent high value box! I will probably only end up using two of the four products, though. Overall, this Topbox was still worth it. 

Check back soon for my March unboxing. I also have plans for a great new blog series and more! 

Have a great week, friends!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This does  not contain referral links.

topbox february 2017

 

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy February 2017 Much Love #IPSYMUCHLOVE

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It’s time for another ipsy glam bag unboxing! Well, I guess it’s more of an unbagging. That doesn’t have quite the same ring to it but it’s the truth! Technicalities aside, let’s take a look at the bag and the mix of items that I received.

February’s theme is Much Love. How perfect is that considering it is Valentine’s Day? But aside from all that lovey dovey stuff, what ipsy was trying to get across is that the Much Love theme is all about your inner glow and how you show your squad, well, Much Loveone… which I was really skeptical about at first because it also has a neon orange trim that screams 80s and early 90s! Not exactly what I imagined for February, the month of love, but I suppose it will do. When I received it, I thought the bag was alright. It was a super soft denim material and it was cute.  Not my favourite by any means but also not horribly bad. 

 

ipsy February 2017

 

The contents of the bag, however, is what made my February glam bag really shine! I absolutely adored everything I received! Let’s take a closer look. 

The first item I received was the Luna by Luna Cosmetcis Highligher int he shade Calypso ($23.00 USD, 3 g). If you haven’t noticed, I have been on a huge highlighter kick lately! So I was happy to get a new one to try. When I first saw my bag reveal and saw that the colour was described as a pale lavender shade so I really wasn’t sure about this. But it did say that it’s a mix of warm and cool undertones that works with every skintone so I was willing to give it a shot. At the end of the day, it kind of reminds me of the new Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismtic Amethyst… not exactly but in the same or similar colour family. I wish I owned the Becca one to compare swatches. Anyways, this one is a baked highlighter so it feels sillky smooth to the touch. It is sheer with one swipe but it is super buildable so you can use as little or as much as you’d like depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. I don’t have one in this shade yet and I find it is pretty unique so I will try it. And can I just say that I love the name of this company and the packaging? I love stars and anything sky related, really, so Luna is right up my alley!

 

ipsy February 2017

 

I also received a lip product in the form of a NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard ($6.00 USD, 4.5 g). I have tried butter lipsticks before and I’m a huge fan of their formulation and pigmentation. I love that they are creamy and not drying at all! But while I love them, I’m just so-so on this shade. Lifeguard is described as a deep magenta but to me it seems like it leans more towards red… and I am so not a bright red lipstick girl! I have been leaning more towards neutrals lately, everyday colours that I can use at the office or as I go about y errands during the day. And when I do choose a red, I go for the deeper berry colours. So at the end of the day, I adore this product but I am passing on the shade.

 

ipsy February 2017

 

I am actually quite excited about this next product because I have been dabbling in the world of toners lately! The Dermadeli Rejuvinating Toner ($2.49 US, 10 ml) intrigues me. I have never heard of this brand before but it’s all natural so I am willing to give it a chance. It is said to “remove cellular debris, tighten pores and firm(s) the skin” which all sounds great. The witch hazel and sea kelp helps with keeping your skin moisturized, as well. The one thing that is turning me off is the very strong scent that it has. It’s very herbal due to the witch hazel. While this comes in a great size for travel, the last time I received a toner sample in this size, I had wished that I had more! We’ll see if it’s the same thoughts this time around.

 

ipsy February 2017

 

Next up is the Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer ($2.19 USD, 0.7 g). My first impression of this was disappointing… mainly because this was so small and I have received other products form Elizabeth Mott that were much larger. When I received a blush from this brand last year, it was pretty much full-sized so when I saw that I was getting this, the expectation was pretty much the same. Instead, this made me reminiscent of the super small theBalm samples I have received and were unhappy with in the past. Anyways, I guess it was not meant to be. However, it still looks like a nice bronzer! It is matte and pigmented. A little powdery but easy enough to blend. I do prefer matte bronzers because they look more natural on me. This was also easy to depot. The pan came right out and I think I will just add it to my magnetic palette. Overall thoughts? Underwhelming in size, challenging to use with my larger brushes that I use for bronzer but still worth a try because I loved the blush I received before so much.

 

ipsy February 2017

 

Last but not least, my fave out of the entire bag – the Luxie Rose Gold Blush Brush 514 ($24.20 USD). Because you can never have too many brushes! I am a HUGE fan of Luxie brushes so I’m happy to be able to add a new one to my collection. This blush brush is made of soft synthetic bristles and is 100% cruelty free and 100% vegan. It’s so soft and so fluffy which is what I look for in a blush brush so this is just perfect for me! Great for powders like blush, bronzers or pressed highlighters. I just love it. It’s so great.

 

 

Well that’s it for February. The total value of this bag was $57.88 USD which translates into around $78.00 CAD so the value is definitely there! Plus, out of the five items I received, three were full sized (highlighter, lipstick and blush brush) so I really can’t complain at all! Everything will be used, as well. I can say with confidence that February’s ipsy glam bag was a win! 🙂

Oh wait! Before I forget, I did redeem points for something this month! The Wet n’ Wild megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals is absolutely gorgeous! Totally worth redeeming for. 🙂

 

 

Like what you see here? For those of you who would like to give this a try and would like to know more, this subscription is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link. 🙂

What did you love from ipsy’s February glam bag offerings? Did you make out like a bandit with your glam bag? Share in the comments below!

Until next time, my friends!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.