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Unboxing + Review: ipsy August 2017 Good Vibes Only

ipsy august 2017

I can’t believe it’s already September! The mornings are starting to feel cooler but I refuse to admit that summer is almost over. Even though Pumpkin Spice Lattes have made a comeback… and I love PSL’s! Anyways, let’s stick to summer…. and ipsy’s August glam bag screams summer! 

 

 

August’s bag comes in three variations – one that says Peace, Love, Lipstick, another says Wild & Free and a third one says Good Vibes Only . Looking at it is totally helping me keep that summer vibe. The oranges, reds, pinks and purples were inspired by sunsets. They’re all so pretty! I knew I was going to be happy with any of the three bags I would receive. In the end, I received the bag that says Good Vibes Only and I love it!

 

ipsy august 2017

ipsy august 2017

 

The contents of my bag weren’t too shabby either. 

 

ipsy august 2017 winky lux concealer

 

The first product was the Winky Lux Peeper Perfect Concealer in Medium ($??.??, 3 g). This concealer is so nice! I’ve used it for a few days now and I’m quite impressed. The consistency is silky smooth and light. It’s easy to apply – I just used my ring finger – and blends in quite nicely. The shade Medium was the perfect shade match for me. It’s said to be hydrating with buildable coverage and I completely agree with that. The only thing I don’t like is the fact that the sample is so small! Good thing you don’t need to use too much of it each time. This is definitely one I would repurchase in the future! Heck, I am considering using the ipsy discount to get this – it is that good! 

 

ipsy august 2017 pacifica blush

 

When I first saw that I was getting the Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo in Beaming and Tenderheart ($??.??, 14 g), I had mixed feelings. Why? Because I wasn’t too impressed with their makeup products that I received in past ipsy bags. They always were lacking pigment and I was always disappointed. But when I tried it, I was surprised at how great these blushes are! They are so pigmented and totally buildable. A soft touch for a light shade or build it up for more colour. The colours are really nice, too! Beaming is a muted terracotta and Tenderheart is a soft mauve. Gotta say, I do favour Tenderheart but they’re both pretty great. And what’s even greater? These are pretty much full sized. I was impressed with the size of it and the mirror on the bottom of the packaging was neat, too. I’m sure I will get it dirty, though. Fingerprints!

 

ipsy august 2017 air repair eye cream

 

This next one was a surprise to me. I was not expecting to like it as much as I do! The Air Repair Skincare Super-Hydrating Eye Cream ($7.67 USD, 5 ml) is such a nice light eye cream! It feels like a cloud going on my skin – it’s that gentle! It also has a nice soft scent to it. I’ve only used it for a couple of days but I really like it so far! Shame this is also such a small sample. It’s a good thing that you don’t need to apply very much each time. 

 

ipsy august 2017 the balm balmvoyage eyeshadow

 

This next one is a love-hate relationship. I received yet another theBalm product. This time it was theBalm Voyage Volume 2 Eyeshadow in the shade Wilkommen ($??.??, 0.57 g). Again it’s such a small sample! Cute, though, but still! I have tried this shade and it’s a nice deep caramel shimmer. I will use it since I love using neutral shades on work days. I guess it’s just the size that bugs me! But that’s nothing new, I guess.

 

ipsy august 2017 slmissglam brush

 

Last but not least was the SLMissGlam T35 Precise Blending Brush ($13.00 USD). This was an okay brush. It’s not as soft and is a little bit scratchy when I’m applying eye shadow but it’s still super cute! I love the teal colour and the small gems on it! And honestly – I just can’t say no to new brushes! πŸ™‚

So that’s it for August! I couldn’t quite figure out the value of this bag seeing as I couldn’t figure out the price of three out of the five products. At the end of the day, I’m using it all so it’s worth it to me. Heck, I have been using the Winky Lux concealer and Air Repair eye cream on the daily this past week! So good.

How was your August glam bag? Did you have any favourite products?

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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: 2017 Cosmetics Magazine Canadian Fragrance and Beauty Awards Limited Edition Topbox

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

I don’t currently subscribe to Topbox but I do really like that they offer Limited Edition Boxes on occasion! They are one-time purchases and do not required a subscription so they’re great! I certainly don’t buy all their Limited Edition Boxes (I’m still on a low buy and trying to use up what I have) but sometimes they release ones that you just can’t overlook. This was one such box.

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

The 2017 Cosmetics Magazine Canadian Fragrance and Beauty Awards Box was inspired by the awards and features a number of the award winners and finalists. At first glance, it contained products I already love (which pretty much guarantees that I will use it and my money hasn’t gone to waste) and ones I have always wanted to try (this is a low cost way to try something without buying the full sized product) so the decision to get this box was a no brainer. For $26.00 CAD, this box came with 11 deluxe and full-sized fragrance and beauty products.

Let’s take a look at what they are. I will go into what I’m most excited about after we see the goodies!

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Thierry Mugler Angel Muse Eau de Toilette
  • Michel Germain Sexual Paris Tendre
  • Michel Germain Sexual Paris Tendre Pour Homme

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Clarins Hydra-Essentiel (15 ml)
  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (7 ml)

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + (15 ml)
  • Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (10 ml)

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Sphynx
  • Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02 Raspberry

 

cosmetics magazine 2017 fragrance & beauty awards topbox limited edition

 

  • Rimmel Wonderlash Mascara with Argan Oil (full sized, 11 ml)
  • Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water (100 ml)

I think the biggest draw for me was that it contains so many great brands and products that I have tried and loved before (like the Bioderma, Shiseido and Clinique) and really want to try before taking the plunge and buying the full size (like the Clarins moisturizer and lip gloss, Estee Lauder and Rimmel). I will definitely be using most of it! The only ones I might pass over is the Therry Mugler perfume and CoverGirl lipstick because they’re just not for me. Either way, this is such a great mix of products! I love how the products were either deluxe samples, travel sized or full sized. I’m super glad that I got it. πŸ™‚

Do you like Topbox limited edition boxes? Let me know your thoughts below! 

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Disclaimer: I pay for this limited edition box with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. 

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Unboxing + Review: Boxycharm July 2017 Cutie Pie

boxycharm july 2017

 

I’m trying out another new subscription this month!  I have cancelled quite a few of my subs in the past few months so I felt like something new. I have heard so many great things about this sub and when the opportunity came when the spoilers were just too good to pass up and they lifted the wait list, I couldn’t help but sign up!

 

boxycharm july 2017

boxycharm july 2017

 

Boxycharm is an American subscription box that ships to Canada. It is $21.00 USD per month or you can get a small discount for a 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription. You can cancel at anytime which is nice. Each month you will receive four to five full-sized beauty items. The key words here are FULL-SIZED! Not samples or deluxe samples like other subs! That was one of the things that drew me in. If you would like to try this sub, I would appreciate it if you would use my link here. πŸ™‚

So now that you have all the deets about this sub, let’s see what July had in store for me!

 

boxycharm july 2017

 

July’s Boxycharm’s theme is Cutie Pie. There are so many goodies in this box so let’s get started!

 

boxycharm july 2017 blinc

boxycharm july 2017 blinc

boxycharm july 2017 blinc

 

First up, we have the Electric Eyes Palette from Blinc ($45.00 USD). Wow! Those were the first words out of my mouth when I saw the shades in this palette. Sure, the packaging was scratched up but this palette contains five jewel-toned shades that are just gorgeous! It really is the inside that really counts. πŸ˜‰ Each one is so beautifully pigmented. I had so much fun swatching all these shades! I love golds, bronzes and purples so it’s almost as if this palette was made for me. πŸ˜‰ Each shade is buttery smooth and easy to work with. Love this!

 

boxycharm july 2017 colourpop

boxycharm july 2017 colourpop

 

Next, I received the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in the shade Lock Diary ($6.00 USD). I am a huge ColourPop fan so this was exciting! This product was from their limited edition Hello Kitty collection. Lock Diary is a bright cool fuschia. I’m talking super bright. Too bright for me! While I likely won’t wear this shade myself, I will say that I’m a fan of the Ultra Satin lippies. It’s a nice product… the shade just wasn’t me!

 

boxycharm july 2017 bareminerals

 

I am sure I will find a use for this next product. The BareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo ($32.00 USD) is a palette that has a setting powder on one side and a finishing powder on the other. Being translucent, it’s great for all skin tones. I’m often using powder setting products to keep my makeup in place and looking great so I’m excited to see how this product performs. I already have it set aside and included in my September Shop My Stash line up so stay tuned for more thoughts on this product! πŸ™‚

 

boxycharm july 2017 winkylux

 

The next product is great, too. I’ve been using more brow products in the last year or so so it was nice to see the Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil by WinkyLux ($12.00 USD). How gorgeous is this gold and white packaging? This is not a fine brow pencil and reminds me of Benefit’s Goof Proof Pencil which I love. I have high hopes for this so I’m hoping that I’m not going to be disappointed!

 

boxycharm july 2017 project beauty

 

The last product I received in July is Project Beauty’s Spray. Set. Go. Makeup Setting Spray ($32.00 USD). Am I the only one who finds it odd that there are two makeup setting products int his box? I get that one’s powder and this one is  spray but still. Anyways, I do use setting sprays so I will still give this a try. It’s a nice size to travel with. Not too big and not too small. 

So that’s it for my very first Boxycharm! At a value of $127.00 USD, this is a high value box. That’s $160.00 CAD at today’s exchange rate. I do love that everything is full-sized, as well! So far I’m impressed. I just received my August box this past week so look for that unboxing soon!

Do you sub to Boxycharm? What do you think about it?

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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 July 2017 Over Easy

ipsy July 2017

ipsy summers are ultra chill… or in the case of July’s bag, it’s just Over Easy.

Over Easy is the them for July and the bag features Gudetama, and over easy egg. Gudetama was created by Sanrio, the same brains behind Hello Kitty, Keroppi and other cute characters. Gudetama looks a little sad, though. I’m don’t know why. He really shouldn’t be! I love Sanrio characters and have loved them since I was a pre-teen and there were still Sanrio stores around here. I’ll give this sad egg a chance. πŸ™‚

 

ipsy July 2017

 

But right now, let’s see what was in the bag!

 

ipsy July 2017 trestique

 

The first item I received was the treStiQue Mini Concealer Crayon in Bisque (price and size of product is unknown). Now how handy and convenient is this? A concealer pencil that’s super portable! This concealer has a creamy texture that provides medium to full coverage. It is coconut-infused making it hydrating for those who have dry undereyes. I’m glad I received this. πŸ™‚

 

ipsy July 2017 seraphine botanicals

 

Next, we have the Seraphine Botanicals Ginger + Gold Peach & Gold Frosting Blush ($14.00 USD, 3 g). This is so so so my colour! So it’s safe to say that I’m happy about it! This is a nice smooth blush with ginger, lychee, mangosteen and chamomile extracts. Because of these ingredients, you can smell it in the pan but not when you apply it. I also love that it’s mineral oil, paraben and phthalates free. It’s also hypo-allergenic so my sensitive skin is thankful! Love this blush!

 

ipsy July 2017 modicum

 

I also received the Modicum Essential Serum ($12.50 USD, 5 ml). I have always been uncertain about oils on my skin. More often than not, I end up breaking out a bit. The tarte one is probably the only exception. This serum is packed chock full of oils and it’s plant based so it’s said to be great for problematic skin. It also has anti-aging benefits. They also say that it has healing properties for chronic skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. It does have a strong scent, though, and I’m not a fan so that, in addition to it being an “uncertain oil”, I think I will take a pass. 

 

ipsy July 2017 tarte cosmetics

 

This next one is fun – the tarte cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel ($1.50 CAD, 7.5 ml) is an excellent cleanser. How do I know this? Because I have already used it before! It is super great for cleansing makeup and it’s really gentle, too. And if you don’t like strong scents, this is great because it’s super subtle. I am going to save this small travel sized bottle for my next vacation. It’s great for travel. πŸ™‚

 

ipsy July 2017 bellapierre cosmetics

 

Last item! And it’s quite intriguing. It is the Bellapierre Cosmetics Banana Setting Powder ($35.00 USD, 4 g)! I gotta admit… I’ve always been curious about banana powders for colour correction and this is the first time I’ve gotten my hands on one so I’m super excited about it! Also, this is a full sized product so that’s pretty great!  I haven’t tried it yet because I’ve been trying to get through my current concealer in my Shop My Stash basket but I’m going to have to try it soon. I will try it to set my makeup under my eyes maybe. I hope it works well!

That’s it for July’s bag. The overall value for this month is $78.94 CAD at the very least… I’m not sure what the value of the treStiQue concealer is… but that’s still pretty good! Considering I like every item except the serum, the bag is worth it this month. 

I’m still waiting for my August ipsy to come in the mail so it will be a little while yet before that unboxing but I hope to get it up sooner than later!

Like what you see here and would like to try ipsy? 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. 

What has your favourite ipsy item this month been? Share them in the comments below!

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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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Shop My Stash Recap: July 2017

shop my stash recap july 2017

 

Wow, July sure went by in a flash! I’m truly amazed at how quickly summer is going by yet sad because I don’t want it to end! Don’t get me wrong, I do love fall but I’m not quite ready for summer to be over just yet.

I had a pretty great Shop My Stash basket in July. I used everything pretty much every singld day this month! Plus I did not make any makeup purchases this month! I was super dedicated to using what I already have and not getting anything new other than what came in my subscription boxes. 

There’s quite a bit to go through today so let’s get started!

For those of you who are new to this series, every month in 2017. I will be selecting (or β€˜shopping’) different items from my makeup collection (aka the β€˜Stash’) in an attempt to rediscover and use up what I already own instead of going to the store or shopping online. When your collection gets out of hand, you tend to forget what you already have. 

If you want to read up more about this series, please see my introductory post. It contains a pretty thorough explanation as to what this is all about. ?  Also you can check out all my other Shop My Stash posts here.

I break down my recap posts into three parts: empties, keepers and rejects. Starting in May and June, I have also added a new category called β€œretired” which I will explain in that section. I think having this new category is a very good thing! Under each category, there is a quick write up about each product to express my thoughts about each one. I like to start off with success so lets look at the empties first. Quick wins! πŸ™‚

 

The Empties 

As usual, we are going to look at the empties first. There’s three of them. I consider it a successful month anytime I get empties! There was almost four but the NARS Tinted Moisturizer still has some product in it left.

 

shop my stash recap july 2017

 

Face primer: Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer
Pretty good! This is the first time I have ever used a primer that also illuminates your skin. I really liked the formulation of this one. It was super light on my skin and wasn’t sticky at all. My makeup also stayed put. Overall, I really like this primer. I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase it again!

Brow: ColourPop Brow Pencil in Black N’ Brown
I used up another ColourPop Brow Pencil! This one is a darker shade that Bangin’ Brunette but it still worked for me…. it just made my brows look a lot more dramatic! I like this pencil… and I especially liked how it didn’t break as often as Bangin’ Brunette did! That just goes to show that it was a flawed brow pencil and not representative of the entire ColourPop brow pencil line so that’s a good thing. I do think I prefer Bangin’ Brunette, though… I would purchase that one over Black N’ Brown.

Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash 
I used to LOVE this mascara! Now I think I just like it… recently, I found a couple of other mascaras that I like more. Still, this keeps the curl and does volumize my lashes. I’d use it again… and I’m going to have to since I still have a couple of these lying around in my collection! Not complaining, though. It’s a good mascara. πŸ™‚

 

The Keepers

The largest section of these recap posts, as usual, is the Keepers section. These are the items I like enough to keep and continue using. πŸ™‚

 

shop my stash recap july 2017

 

Concealer: Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Medium
While I do love my tarte Shape Tape, I also love this one…. but for different reasons. For days when I don’t have such dark circles or I just need light to medium coverage, I reach for this one. It’s a lot thinner consistency but still offers buildable coverage. This is also available at Sephora so I don’t need to order from tarte to get it. This is one of my fave concealers that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again!

Foundation / BB Cream: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz, Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer in 07 Sand, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+SPF 50 in Tan
Okay, I knew that I liked the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer but I didn’t realize just how much I loved it until this month! I reached for this one the most in July. I’m going to say about 90% of the time, I wore this. It’s just so perfect for summer and July was a pretty warm month here with many days that felt humid, too. All I wanted was light coverage on these days. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the IT Cosmetics and Milani ones (in that order) but they were too thick for this month even though they are darker shades that work with my skin tone right now. Still keeping those for future use!

 

shop my stash recap july 2017

 

Blush: NARS Orgasm and tarte cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush in Entertain
The NARS has shimmer while the tarte was matte. I love them both, though! The NARS is very pigmented so I just made sure to use a light hand with that one… otherwise, I would be very shimmery for work! The tarte was more subtle and natural. I will continue to use both!

Highlighter: tarte Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
This was a lovely highlighter palette! I used Sunlight and Moonlight (the two larger of the pans) the most. Excellent pigmentation and Moonlight kinda falls uder the same shade family as Becca’s Opal shade so I probably used that one the most. I was disappointed in Filtered Light (the smaller shade in the middle), though. It wasn’t pigmented at all! Two out of three is still better than none, though!

Setting powder: elf Perfect Finish HD Powder
I’m starting to get into the duplicates in this category so I think I will be retiring this one in October after I try out the Bare Minerals one I received in July’s Boxycharm in September. As you know, I really like the elf pressed setting powder! Seeing so much pan proves that point. This is a great product and it’s reasonably priced, too. I got this last time I went to Vegas but I’ve seen it a lot locally, too. Superstore, Walmart, London Drugs and Rexall all carry this now. I will definitely be repurchasing this!

 

shop my stash recap july 2017

 

Eye primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
I really need to start using some of my forgotten eye primers… this is a duplicate, again. So you already know this is a holy grail for me. If you follow my blog, you’d know this already! So we’ll just say it’s great and I love it and let’s move on.

Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, Urban Decay Naked 3 Double-Ended Eyeliner in Darkside and Blackheart
KVD is holy grail. That is a no brainer. It’s like the Too Faced eye primer. I love it and have repurchased it again and again. That’s all that needs to be said. The Urban Decay duo eyeliner is nice, too. I love these two colours. Darkside is a warm plum with a satin finish and Blackheart is a cool burgundy with a glitter finish. The formulation is nice. it glides right on. This one’s a keeper.

Mascara: tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes
I hope this never runs out! I’ve been using this one since April and I love it! It really lengthens and volumizes my lashes. It doesn’t smudge on me either (like the Too Face Better Than Sex one… oh my, raccoon eyes!). I will be using this until it’s done… or until the six month mark when it’s due for replacement. I would repurchase this in a heartbeat!

Eye shadow (palette or singles): ColourPop Super Shock Shadows 
When I first started this endeavor, I said “For the month of July, I will focus on all my ColourPop. I have so many that I have neglected for too long!”. So I used mostly ColourPop in the month of July and it was SO good! I forgot how amazing these formulas are and just how pigmented and great they look! I will definitely have to use these more, for sure! Here are swatches of a few of my favourite ones.

 

shop my stash recap july 2017 colourpop super shock shadows

From Left to Right: Mooning, Tinsel, Catnip, Mixed Tape, Get Lucky, Supermodel, Partridge

shop my stash recap july 2017 colourpop super shock shadow

First Row: Partridge, Supermodel, Get Lucky
Second Row: Mixed Tape, Catnip
Third Row: Tinsel, Mooning

 

The Rejects

None this month. I didn’t have anything in my basket that I absolutely couldn’t use or hated. That’s good, I guess? πŸ™‚

 

The Retired

I’ve made it! When it comes to this category, at least. πŸ˜‰

 

shop my stash recap july 2017

 

Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Another duplicate. This category is going to go into a loop right away and I don’t want to clutter this post with the same thing each month. I love this setting spray so it’s definitely going into that rotation.

And that’s it my friends! Another month of Shop My Stash in the books. I’m still working through my collection but at least now that I’ve completed seven months of this, I’m feeling a lot better about it. I’m discovering what I love and what I don’t. That was the whole point when I started this.

While summer is still busy, I’m going to try and not fall behind on my next Shop My Stash posts. Look out for my August recap and the intro to my September basket posts on the week of September 3rd! 

Until next time! How are you doing on your makeup challenges? πŸ™‚

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