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Unboxing + Review: ipsy April 2017 Side Show

ipsy glam bag april 2017

 

April’s ipsy glam bag is your ticket in to the show. Literally. The bag is a shaped like a ticket! πŸ™‚

The theme for April’s bag is Side Show. It represents fun – like having fun at the arcade, having fun on the rides and just having fun in general.

While the bag itself is unique and cute, it does lack storage space in that it’s not the ipsy bag that would hold the most stuff. It is more about how it looks than it is practical, in my opinion. Still super cute, though. It would make a great conversation starter if you use it as a clutch!

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017

ipsy glam bag April 2017

 

Moving on, let’s take a look at the items I received in my bag.

The first item in my glam bag also embodies the “fun” vibe. The Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Blush Brush ($5.00 USD) has unicorns and rainbows on it. This seems to be the “in thing” with a lot of companies nowadays, especially with unicorns, so I feel like this brush is very current. And the whole Lisa Frank think is totally a throwback to my childhood. I grew up loving Lisa Frank products and often saw the Lisa Frank ads in my Archie comic books and digests. I used to collect the stickers, buy stationery for school… the handle on this brush is just so nostalgic for me! The brush itself has very soft bristles with rose gold on the handle. So cute! This would be a great brush, not only for blush, but for power highlighters and bronzers, as well.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Glamour Dolls Lisa Frank

 

Next up, we have the Adesse New York Cupuacu Butter Lip Balm ($24.00 USD, 3 g) – and it is indeed full sized! Being the lip balm junking that I am, I was happy to see this. I have never heard of the brand Adesse before so I’m looking forward to trying it. The site says that this lip balm will smooth, moisturize and hydrate your lips. It looks two-toned but it’s mostly sheer and the centre core is “infused with cold pressed Cupaucu Butter”. The ginger mint scent is subtle but not my favourite. I find lip butters to be more moisturizing than just simple lip balms so I’m curious to see if that’s the case with this one.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Adesse

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Adesse

 

Now how cute is this packaging? I recieved the Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in the shade Palm Island ($8.00 USD, 0.1 oz). Stars and a bow – what can I say? I am a sucker for cute packaging! πŸ™‚ Palm Island is a mid to dark bronze. I think this shade should work on me… as long as I’m not super tanned. It feels silky to the touch and is lightweight. What I really like about this is that it’s a matte bronzer. There’s now glitter or shimmer or anything. I also love how it comes in a mini size. i can definitely keep it in my camping makeup bag and use it for travel in general.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Ciate

ipsy glam bag April 2017

 

This one I am super curious about. The Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($6.99 USD, 1 ml) says it is Japanese made on the packaging and I’ve had great success with some Asian eyeliners in the past. It has a super thin, super precise tip which is what I usually use with liquid liners so this is right up my alley! Reminds me a bit of my holy grail Kat Von D Tattoo Liner that I adore. I haven’t tried it yet because I currently still have one KVD and an Essence eyeliner that I’m using but I will certainly try this one in the future. I hope it works well. 

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Jesse's Girl

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Jesse's Girl

 

The last item in my bag was the Avene Rich Compensating Cream ($3.50 USD, 5 ml). I am a big fan of Avene moisturizers and this one would have been very handy this past winter when my face felt drier than usual. This is a richer, thicker moisturizer that is said to melt into your skin to soothe and nourish it. It doesn’t hurt to keep a product like this around if you tend to have dry skin at times. I’m sure I will be using it at some point in time.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Avene

 

And there we have it. The total value of my April ipsy glam bag was $47.49 USD which makes it around $65 CAD at today’s exchange rate. That’s not bad.

This wasn’t my absolute favourite bag but it was still pretty good. I will be using pretty much everything I received so that’s always a plus!

What was in your April glam bag? 

Until next time, 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.

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Shop My Stash Recap: January & February 2017

shop my stash - january and february

 

Happy March everyone! We are just around the corner from spring! At least, I hope we are. It’s quite the cold snap we are experiencing this week!

Wow! The first two months of my Shop My Stash felt like it flew by! After using these products for about a month and a half now, I’m ready to make some decisions about them… some easier than others. 

Before I introduce you to my March lineup, here is a quick recap from the January and February selections. If you’re just joining us now and you don’t know what the Shop My Stash series is all about, please see my introductory post about this. It contains a pretty thorough explanation as to what this is all about. πŸ™‚ So let’s get started! And we really should get started now because there is a lot to cover so go grab a cup of tea or coffee because this is a long one! πŸ˜‰

 

The Empties 

So I have decided to start with the easy ones. These are the products I finished and will be thrown away. No decision required.. .it’s pretty much just garbage right now. πŸ˜‰ I can feel my collection getting smaller already! Rather than adding these to a future empties post, I’ll provide a short review of them now.

 

shop my stash - january and february

 

Face Primer: Too Faced Primed + Poreless Skin Smoothing Primer
This was already about 85% empty when I started using it again. I really like this primer because it really smooths my skin, making it the perfect “blank canvas”. Definitely one that I will repurchase again! Now that I think about it, this was already my second full size tube I have finished… not to mention, I’m sure I finished at least two small deluxe sizes, as well. This is pretty close to Holy Grail… or maybe it already is!

Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder
If I can recall, I received this from a past ipsy glam bag and that it came with a small fan brush. I can’t for the life of me find the fan brush! But I finally ended up trying this product and I ended up really loving it! It did a great job setting my makeup and it didn’t look powdery on my skin at all. I was sad that it was just a sample. I know this product is more on the expensive side but I would still repurchase it. I am also curious as to how the other, more popular Laura Mercier translucent setting powder performs. I wonder if that one comes in a smaller deluxe size…

Brow Setting Gel: MAC Cosmetics Brow Set in Translucent
If I want to be completely honest, this is my holy grail brow gel. This was my second tube I have gone through. I didn’t have very much left going into this Shop My Stash. It does an amazing job setting my brows and, unlike others I have tried, it doesn’t make my brows look white and flakey. So yes, this is a fave. And guess what! I already repurchased it. On to the third tube…

Mascara: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara
I had a couple of these kicking around. I had started using this one back in December on my lower lashes only. I had lash extensions for my vacation at the time so I didn’t have a big need for a  mascara at the time. This one is not bad but it’s not my favourite. I did get racoon eyes sometimes so I wasn’t too impressed. I will likely swap or sell the other one that I have.

Mascara: Guerlain Maxi Lash Intense Volume Mascara
I had this sample that I was really curious about. I started using this in January and immediately after I started using it, I stopped using the Elizabeth Arden one mentioned above. While that one didn’t impress, the Guerlain Maxi Lash was a huge win for me! I love the wand. It’s not too big for my eyes. The bristles are small but I found that it worked really well with my lashes! This mascara added length and volume and I was so impressed with it. I love this sample so much that when I redeemed Shoppers Optimum points a few weeks back, I made sre to get one of these. I really hope the full size is just as good as the sample!

 

The Keepers

Moving on to the next category: The Keepers. These are the products that I love (or at the very least like) enough to keep it and use it at a future time. 

 

shop my stash - january and february

 

Eye Primer:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance
This is pretty much my Holy Grail eye primer. This tube has been in use since October… I use it just about every day but since it’s an eye primer, I don’t need very much of it. I love how light it feels on my skin and it does such an amazing job at making my eyeshadow stay put! I have never had any issues with my eye makeup when I use this product. I’m just about done this tube and will be carrying it into March so hopefully it will turn into an empty.

Foundation/BB Cream: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream + Anti-Aging Hydrating Serum + SPF50 in Tan
I picked this up from Ulta when I was in Florida two November’s ago. I picked it up in the shade Tan and can only use it when I’m… well… tanned. πŸ˜‰ Which means this gets used the most in the summer or if I’m on a winter vacation somewhere tropical. The only reason why I can use this right now is because I was in Hawaii a few months ago. I really do like this foundation! Not only does it have a nice lemon scent, it also provides you with SPF 50. I love it when foundations contain sun protection! This foundation has a thick consistency but because of that, I find that  a little goes a long, long way! This is a medium to full coverage foundation that you can build but I don’t find it to be too heavy or sticky on my face. Love this one! Definitely a keeper. πŸ™‚

Foundation/BB Cream:  NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz
I do adore this BB cream! It provides light to medium coverage and feels so light on my skin. It’s not at all cakey and it doesn’t feel heavy. I love the convenience of this travel size (which proved to be my go-to during my last trip) and I think you do actually get more bang for your buck on this smaller tube than you would purchasing the full size. ($55 CAD for 1.9 oz vs $19 CAD for .58 oz) However, this only works if you use the St. Moritz shade because this is the only one available in the travel size. Either way, I don’t have many BB creams on my radar right now and since I’m so happy with this one, that’s totally okay. The only downside I found? This doesn’t have any sun protection. If it had that, it would be absolutely perfect!

Foundation/BB Cream: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF  20 in Fresh Beige
Not gonna lie, this is my fave foundation right now so it was a no brainer that I was keeping it! This has a nice medium coverage and it feels super light on my skin… like it’s not even there! Fresh Beige is the perfect shade for me right now but next time I go to the US, I will have to pick up a shade lighter for when I’m not tanned. It doesn’t oxide on me and lasts all day. It really doesn’t budge at all when I use a setting powder and spray with it. Plus, it has sun protection in the tune of SPF 20 so that is pretty great too. Honestly, everything about this makes it perfect for me! I’m sad we done get Neutrogena makeup in Canada. This product makes me wonder what else I’m missing out on from this brand.

Concealer:  COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Concealer in Light
Still one of my favourite drugstore concealers to date! It gives me great coverage without being cakey. I have already raved about this extensively when I reviewed it so I will just leave a link to that post here.

Concealer: Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer in Light/Medium
I am having pretty darn good luck with drugstore concealers lately. I really like this one too! It feels even lighter than the COVERGIRL one but I find that the coverage still works for me. Great for under your eyes and any dark spots. I will definitely continue to use this!

 

shop my stash - january and february

 

Eyeliner: IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
I don’t often use pencil or gel liners because I find they don’t work as well as liquid liners with my hooded eyes. But this one is okay! So I will keep it. It doesn’t really smudge like all the others I have tried.

Eyeliner: Ciate Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner
I’m very surprised at how much I like this! It’s easy to use, dries great, and doesn’t budge as the day goes on! I have been using this a lot… just about every day… since December that I just about completely wore out all the silver writing on the tube! Now what does that tell you???

Eyeshadow Primer: Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
I haven’t even tried this yet so I will keep it and give it a fighting chance in march when my Too Faced one runs out!

Face Primer: MAKE Moonlight Primer
Also a nice surprise! At first I really wasn’t sure about it because it was so dark but in the end it does go on clear and I ended up liking it. I really like how it also moisturizes. This is a keeper but I will be using it sparingly because I’m not sure where I can get more. That’s just fear of running out on my part.

Highlighter: Benefit Watts Up! Softfocus Highlighter for Face
This will always be a fave of mine! It is super easy to use and just gives me the perfect glow in just the right spots. I swear, though, this deluxe sized sample is lasting me forever! We are almost going on years  here.

Blush: Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher in Pearlescent Pink
This is a great colour and this is a great blush! It is very pigmented so you can build it up if you want more colour. Keeping this one in my collection.

Blush: Mellow Face Blush in Bronze
A fave for sure! I am surprised that I like this bronze blush as much as I do but it really is great. When my skinis darker, this adds a very natural look on my cheeks. I imagine this would also make a nice matte bronzer for those with fairer skin.

Mascara Primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Lash Primer
I like this. It does a great job prepping my lashes before I apply mascara and my mascara does stay put! I can’t get this at our local stores yet so I’m also keeping it due to how difficult it is to get here. 

 

shop my stash - january and february

 

Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
Holy grail. I have been using this on and off for years now and I always go back to it! I can’t help it… it does a great job at keeping my makeup from smudging and makes it last all day long. Great stuff!

Eyeshadows: tarte Tartelette Palette, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Alchemy
I am just going to talk about all three of these together because I love them all! The tarte Tartelette Palette is made up of some really great neutral matte shades that you can use every day and for any occasion. The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette has such great colours and a mix of matte, shimmer and glitter shades that you can use to make so many looks! This is such a versatile palette. I just love it! And of course, the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Alchemy give any eye look that added sparkle. I use it for all my looks, all the time. I’m so glad I bought backups because I actually hit pan! Here’s a quick look at my usage for each one.

 

shop my stash - january and february

shop my stash - january and february

shop my stash - january and february

 

The Rejects

Finally! We have looked at the empties and the loves. Now it’s time for the rejects that I will not be keeping. Other than empties, this is just another way I’m going to use to downsize my collection.

 

shop my stash - january and february

 

Face Primer: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer 
I must say, I just love Too Faced primers! This one, though, is one I think that I have a love-hate relationship with. This is the sensitive skin version which performs just as well as the regular one but I find this one is a bit thicker. It does makes my foundation stay in place but compared to the other one, this one made my skin a bit more oily. I will definitely continue using this deluxe sample until it’s all gone but I’m not too sure if I would purchase it again.

Colour Correction: Make Up Forever Step 1 Redness Correcting Primer
I rarely reached for this at all. I’m not sure why. Maybe colour correction just isn’t my thing? I mean, I forgot about it all the time! As a result, I didn’t use it very much so it’s time to move on.

Pore Reducer: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
I have been using this for a long time now. Almost two years? And it still hasn’t run out! It does do a good job but I feel like I’m tired of it and that I need a change. I will finish this until it’s gone but I won’t be repurchasing anytime soon. It’s time for a break!

Highlighter: City Color Highlight Trio
This highlighter trio was okay. It did the job and isn’t too overly sparkly. Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a bad product but I have so many other highlighters that I love more.

Brows: Annabelle Brow-To-Go Brow Shaping Kit
Great product but I have had this one for a long time now and it’s getting super messy up to the point where it’s not worth cleaning up. I have another one and other brow products I love so it’s okay for me to let this one go.

Brows: IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
Again, this one was just okay. It did a good job but it also didn’t make me go “wow!” as much as I wanted it to. I was disappointed because there’s been so much praise for this brow product but it was just okay for me. I will finish this one up but I don’t think I will repurchase it.

That’s all folks! If you made it this far, thanks for sticking with me! When I started this endeavor, I didn’t realize how much of a recap I had to do at the end so I will admit, it did take longer than I had expected to post this. 

I’m happy with the amount of empties I ended up with (that would be five) and the number of products I decided I could do without (six of ’em). That’s a pretty good start for destashing and using up products in 2017! Looks like the first month and a half was a success so I will keep tally and keep going.

Now we’re well into March so keep a lookout for my March Shop My Stash list this weekend! 

Enjoy the rest of your week. πŸ™‚

ipsy august 2016

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Shop My Stash: January & February 2017

shop my stash january february 2017

 

A new year means a new blog series! 

Last year I tried a Project Pan and for the most part it was very successful! Except for when it came to the makeup products. I got very bored of using the same three products so eventually I just stopped using them. So to help curb that boredom, I am trying something new this year: a monthly Shop My Stash!

What is a Shop My Stash?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Every month, I will be going into my makeup collection and – you guessed it – I will shop my stash. πŸ™‚ Just think of it as a haul post but instead of makeup I bought at Sephora or at Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s a haul straight from my own collection! And I’m hoping that by doing this monthly, I won’t get bored of the products I chose like I did in last year’s Project Pan.

Why Shop My Stash?

The reason why I wanted to start doing this is the following:

  1. My collection is too big and I need to start using more things up! More empties and more pans hit will be a glorious thing. I don’t know about you but I always feel accomplished when I hit pan or finish something. 
  2. Knowing what I own. I don’t know about you but there have been times where I have forgotten that I owned something! I would like to get to know my collection and avoid buying duplicates of things.
  3. Rediscovery. Related to number 2. I know I own many products that I once loved but forgotten about. I would like to make those rediscoveries of old faves!
  4. Helps with the “no buy” attempts. I am hoping that by going through my existing stash and rediscovering products I already own will help curb my urges to go shopping. I don’t really need anything at this point so I would like to avoid spending money when I don’t have to! 
  5. To save money. See point 4. Saving money is always a good thing!

How Shop My Stash Works

Every month I will take one or two of these types of products and put them in a basket.

  • Face primer
  • Color correction
  • Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer
  • Setting powder
  • Pore reducer
  • Eye primer
  • Eye shadow (palette or singles)
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow 
  • Brow setting gel
  • Mascara primer
  • Mascara
  • Setting Spray

If you haven’t noticed, I did not include any lip products (lipstick, lipgloss, etc.) to my list. This is because they are already in rotation in my purse. I change them around a lot so I didn’t think they needed special attention like the rest of these products!

At the end of each month I will have to make a few decisions: keep the product, continue using it (for those holy grail products I must always use) or get rid of it. I’m hoping that by doing this I can help identify my loves and get rid of what I don’t want anymore. I hope that I can get my collection under control.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am not going to be limited to only using what’s in my basket. If there’s something I want to use then by all means, I will! The basket is just there to help give me something to focus on that month. 

Then at the end of the month, I will summarize my monthly basket (what I loved, what I didn’t love, etc.) and then I will pick out a new basket of products!

Shop My Stash for January & February 2017

So let’s get started! Here is the lineup for January and February. The reasoning behind having the same basket for two months is because I spent most of January just trying to figure out how I wanted this to work. By carrying it over into February, it gives me a chance to really try everything in my basket. After February, the baskets will be monthly. Here’s the lineup for the first installment!

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Face Primers: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer , Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer, MAKE Moonlight Primer
  • Pore Reducer: Maybelline Baby Skin

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Concealers: COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Concealer in Light , Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer in Light/Medium
  • Color Correction: Make Up Forever Step 1 Redness Correcting Primer

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Foundation/BB Cream: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream + Anti-Aging Hydrating Serum + SPF50 in Tan, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF  20 in Fresh Beige, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Blush: Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher in Pearlescent Pink, Mellow Face Blush in Bronze
  • Highlighter: City Color Highlight Trio, Benefit Watts Up! Softfocus Highlighter for Face
  • Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Eye Primers: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Creas Eye Shadow Primer, Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Eyeliners: Ciate Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner, IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
  • Brows: IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil, Annabelle Brow-To-Go Brow Shaping Kit
  • Brow Setting Gel: MAC Cosmetics Brow Set in Translucent
  • Mascara Primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Lash Primer
  • Mascaras: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara, Guerlain Maxi Lash Intense Volume Mascara

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Eyeshadows: tarte Tartelette Palette, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Alchemy

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

So there you go! The first installment of my Shop My Stash series for 2017! These products should be more than enough variety for this month…. well, to be perfectly honest, I have already been using this basket of goods for half of January and I’m pleased with how it’s going so far. I hope this will help me use up my products and I would be happy to come out with a couple of empties! Not quite a “Project Pan” per se but still an attempt to use up what I have!

Check back in a month to see how it went and to see a new basket of products. πŸ™‚

Have you tried shopping your stash before? What sorts of things did you redicsover? Thinking about doing the same? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next month! Stay true to your Shop My Stash basket. πŸ˜‰

ipsy august 2016

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Unboxing + Review: FabFitFun Winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

I always get excited when I receive a new FabFitFun box! It is so different than the other boxes I subscribe to. Not only do you get beauty items like skin care and makeup… you also get other goodies, as well.

For those of you who are not familiar with FabFitFun, it is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box based in the US. You will receive four boxes a year. The box costs $49.99 USD and it is an additional $8 USD to ship to Canada. It is a pricier subscription but it is seasonal and you only get four of them per year and each box has a value that is well over $200.00 USD so if you see that the spoilers are items you would like, it’s totally worth it! If you would like to try this subscription out, I would very much appreciate it if you use my referral link here.

The FabFitFun Winter 2016 Box contained seven items that will help you through the winter and will also get you ready to tackle the new year. 

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

Let’s take a look at the beauty items first.

The makeup item that was included in the Winter Box was the Butter London IconoClast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara ($20.00 USD, 2.6 ml). If I didn’t already have a couple of mascaras opened right now, I would love to try this! They claim that this mascara increases the volume of your lashes by 300%! As someone with not that noticeable, straight lashes, I am very intrigued by this mascara! I also love the fact that this product is full sized. This one will be something to try out in the future.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

Next up is skincare. I received the O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Face ($44.00 USD, 59 ml). This face peel claims to give you “smoother, softer, more radiant” skin. Who wouldn’t want that? It seems easy enough to use – just spray it on your face, massage it off and done! This sounds like an awesome peel! I’m hoping it’s a gentle one.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

The last of the beauty products is in the form of a body cream. There were two scents available and I received the Anderson Lilley Beach Butter Body Cream ($24.00 USD, 148 ml) in Sicilian Tangerine (the other scent was Manhattan Beach). I don’t know about you but my skin gets pretty parched during these dry Alberta winters. I always use a body lotion or body butter after I shower so this will certainly come in handy! Plus, it smells great, too. Love this!

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

Now that we covered all things beauty, how about we take a look at something that is pretty?

The Gorjana Taner Toggle Lariat Necklace in Gold ($75.00 USD) looks so delicate! I love this necklace. I’m glad that I received a gold necklace (the other option would have been the silver one) because I have been adding a lot more of this colour to my accessories as of late. I have worn this a lot since I received it. It is so versatile and goes with pretty much everything I own. Maybe not my active gear, but certainly what I wear to the office and my casual clothes, too. It’s pretty fantastic and so beautiful.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

Now how about some home goods? FabFit Fub is so great at including items you can incorporate into your home and the Winter Box is no different! The D.L. Co Candle in Bergamot Woods ($45.00 USD)  is lovely and decorative. Bergamot Woods comes in silver (the other option was Blackberry Nectar which comes in a gold candle holder) and it is a gorgeous looking candle… though, it is smaller than I thought it would be when I saw the spoiler. In all honesty, I think I would have preferred the Blackberry Nectar one but I will still give this a try.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

Can I just say that I love stationery? The Marie Mae Company Thank You Card Set ($24.00 USD, includes 10 cards and 10 envelopes) is so pretty! You never know when you need to send a thank you note so these are great to keep on hand for those moments. Written notes are so rare nowadays so it was great to see something like this included in the box.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

The last item in my Winter Box was a 2017 Weekly Planner by Moleskin ($20.95 USD). This one looks to be made specifically for FabFitFun but Moleskin does make many different planners and notebooks. I love planners so I thought this was awesome! This will definitely keep me on track in 2017. And there are stickers! I love stickers. I received the forest green colour (I believe it also comes in a purple?) and it is the perfect size to fit in the bag I usually take with me to work. I know I can use my phone’s calendar to keep track of things – and to an extent, I do – but when it comes to formally using a planner, I’m still very much old school.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

So there you have it! All the contents of my Winter 2016 FabFitFun box. 

The total retail value of everything was $253.95 USD which equates to $332.20 CAD in using today’s exchange rate. Not too shabby. I wish there were more products but I guess there were just more high value items this time around. Overall, this is still well worth it for a seasonal box!

What did you think of the Winter 2016 FabFitFun box? 

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Disclaimer: I purchased this subscription box with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone. There are referral links in this post.

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fabfitfun winter 2016

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy November 2016 Rockstarlet

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice holiday season. It’s a busy time for sure!

I received my November ipsy weeks ago but it was right before vacation and I was SUPER busy during that time that I didn’t get a chance to write my unboxing post yet!

For those of you who are not familar with this subscription, ipsy is a monthly beauty bag based out of the US but is also available to Canadians. It 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 – much appreciated!

November’s ipsy bag’s theme was Rockstarlet. The bag itself is very unique and shows constellations in the shape of various makeup and beauty items. So cute! I love stars so this was perfect for me. πŸ™‚ It comes in two colorways – gold and silver constellations on the deep navy blue –  and I ended up with gold. I would have been happy with either!

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

The items, on the other hand, were very hit or miss for me this month. More hits than misses, though, so that was good! Let’s see what came in my November glam bag.

The first thing I received was the Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Diva ($7.00 CAD, 2 ml). Blue-toned red shades don’t work for me.  I’ve tried many times now and I just can’t pull it off! So unfortunately, it’s a pass. I didn’t even want to open it to see how the consistency and feel was because I knew right away that this was going to be passed on to someone who will use it. I do see that there are other shades that I think I would prefer so I may have to try this another time.

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

Next up is the Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush (524T) ($16.08 USD). This is the travel sized version of their 524 brush. Luxie is one of my favorite brush brands so I was very happy to see this! This small duo fiber brush will be great for foudation, setting powder, cream blushes… you name it! This is very much a versatile brush that can be used with many different products in many different ways. I love this!

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

I also received a deluxe sample of the pur~lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer ($16.50 USD, 15 ml). I love getting moisturizers during this time of year because we have SUCH dry winters in Alberta! Any moisture helps! I have also really enjoyed other products I have tried from this brand so this looks promising to me. I love how it is said to provide hydration and prevents fine lines and wrinkles… you cannot go wrong with that at all! Looking forward to trying this one out!

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

My fourth item was the ‘Tini Beauty Eyetini Eyeshadow in the shade “Firestarter” ($13.00 USD, 1.6 g). What a gorgeous colour! The shade Firestarter is described as a “burnished amber chrome”.  It is nicely pigmented and I do like it. I also have a soft spot for duochrome eyeshadows. πŸ˜‰

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

And the last item was the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara ($15.00 CAD, 4.8 g). This travel sized mascara is a great value item to receive in this bag! While this mascara doesn’t quite work for me – I turn into a racoon by the end of the day as this seems to always smudge under my eyes for some reason! – I know that it does work for others so this would be a great score in one’s bag! In my case, I will be passing on this.

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

There was excellent value in this bag and the items I received were all from great brands! The overall value of my November ipsy glam bag came out to around $82.79 CAD (based on today’s exchange rate) so that’s great to see. This was definitely a hit or miss bag for me and I only like three out of the five items but it’s still worth it to me! The mascara and liquid lipstick will find a great home, I’m sure!

What was your favorite item from the November ipsy glam bag?

Hope you all have an amazing week!

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.

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