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Unboxing + Review: ipsy June 2017 Volume Up

ipsy june 2017

 

While I wait for my July ipsy bag to arrive, let’s take a look at what was in my June bag! 

June’s theme was Volume Up which is represented by an illustration of a smiling mouth sporting red lips. The description of the bag is

This loud and proud pouch is a not-so-subtle reminder to *always* speak your mind!

 

ipsy june 2017

ipsy june 2017

 

The design of this month’s bag, while cute, is not my favourite. Though I must say it is made with a nice material. Like all ipsy bags, it’s the perfect size to keep all the small stuff in your purse together and organized in your purse. I’m talking things such as lipsticks, lipbalms and whatever else you want to keep in it.

While the bag itself was only okay for me, the contents of my June bag proved to be more exciting!

The first item I received was the Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner in the shade Chocolate Fix ($14.00 USD). My first exposure to this brand was in my Spring 2017 FabFitFun box. I was quite pleased with the lip products I tried so I’m excited to try more from this brand. It is a gel eyeliner said to last all day long. That would be great! The shade Chocolate Fix is a dark chocolate brown that is matte. I really like brown eyeliners for a less dramatic daytime look. Looking forward to trying this one!

 

ipsy june 2017 beauty for real

 

Next is the Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash with White Willow Bark ($4.00 USD, 20 ml). I have tried products from this brand before and I always enjoy them. This is a super mild foam cleanser that is great for all skin types. Glacial water and botanicals are supposed to help sooth, revitalize and detoxify your skin. This deluxe sample is coming at the perfect time for me! I’m slowly running out of face cleansers. Score!

 

ipsy june 2017 skyn iceland

 

I love lippies so I was happy to see this next item! The Vasanti Cosmetics Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom ($6.76 CAN, 2 g) is fab! It’s not only a lip gloss but it’s also a lip treatment, too. It has healing and nourishing natural oils. This is a hydrating lip gloss in a pink nude shade that is perfect for all occasions! And you don’t have to be a mom to wear Super Mom. Do Cat Mom’s count? It really is great shade for all!

 

ipsy june 2017 vasanti

 

I also received theBalm Cosmetics INSTAIN Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush in the shade Pinstripe ($4.00 USD, 1 g). You know how I have a love-hate opinion of these samples… “love” because I think they are a great brand with great products and cute packaging so I’m always willing to try something new from them but “hate” because their samples are so darned small! Anyways, about this blush – this is a powder blush that is supposed to be super long lasting (hence the word “stain” in the name). Pinstripe is a nice deep rose colour. I like this shade a lot. I just wish it was larger!

ipsy june 2017 thebalm

ipsy june 2017 thebalm

 

And last but not least, I received the Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara in Black ($9.77 USD, 6 ml). Of course I would receive a mascara when I’m currently sporting lash extensions and can’t use it! And the open mascaras I have are only for my bottom lashes right now so this one will have to wait. The Doucce mascara seems to have good reviews so I will have to try it when I’m back to just natural lashes again. I mean, who can say no to volumizing mascara?

 

ipsy june 2017 doucce

 

That’s all for June! I thought it was a decent bag. Valued at $46.94 CAD (based on today’s exchange rate), it’s not a bad haul.. especially since I will use everything here! Not too shabby at all! 

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. ?

 

ipsy june 2017

 

Do you sub to ipsy? What was your fave item from June? Not subbing to ipsy? Want to try it? Let me know in the comments below! <3

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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Unboxing + Review: Topbox January 2017 and $10 Beauty Surprise

Topbox January 2017

 

Here we are again!  It’s time for another Topbox unboxing! I chose the Regular Topbox in January because none of the Prive boxes looked appealing to me… again. Oh well. I also opted in for a $10 Beauty Surprise that I was hoping was going to be amazing. But until you get it, you don’t really know… so all I could do is throw my money at them and cross my fingers!

January’s Topbox came with four items PLUS a bonus! Bonus items are always great! Now, let’s go through each of the products in the box.

  • MaskerAid SPOTTED! Anti-Blemish Clear Spot Patches ($6.25 CAD, two sheets): this is an interesting product. These patches are mant to be applied on blemishes for 8 to 12 hours or overnight. They help minimize the look of pimples, absorbs oil and calms redness. It’s formulation includes salicylic acid, volcanic ash and tea tree oil. I personally use tea tree oil on my blemishes and it works for me so this has some promise. I will have to give this product a try.
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($2.56 CAD, 3.6 ml): now, how did Topbox know that I was in the market for a new topcoat? I have heard of Seche Vite before and I would like to try it. Perhaps next time I do my nails. This one is said to be “Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling.”
  • Voesh New York Pedi Mud Masque in Olive Sensation ($7.99 CAD, 3 x 20 g packets): when I first took these out of the organza bag, I seriously thought these were a face mask. But no… this mask is for your feet! I haven’t tried a foot mask before, nor have I ever heard of this brand before. My feet aren’t in too bad of shape right now. This may best be saved for the summer when I’m living in sandals of flip flops which is when my feet usually take a beating and I am in need of a pedi, stat! That’s when my feet will really need some TLC.
  • Bella Aura Skincare Gentle Purifying Cleanser ($4.50 CAD, 10 ml): Another Bella Aura product. This time I received a cleanser.  I am actually quite tired of seeing this brand in my Topbox.. yes, I understand I’m getting  a different product each time but I am not a fan of the scent of the products I have already received so what makes me think this is going to be different? This is a pass for me.

Topbox January 2017 - MaskerAide

Topbox January 2017 - Bella Aura and Seche Vite

Topbox January 2017 - Voesh

 

Quite honestly, getting a bonus item in a beauty box is quite awesome! And is it crazy that, out of everything I receive in January, it was the bonus freebie that I was most excited about?

I received a trave sized bottle of Garnier All-in-One Micellar Water ($2.50 CAD, 125 ml). I already use this product and I love it! I have been using this (and the Simple one) instead of Bioderma lately and I’m not looking back! It is much more cost effective and it works just as well. I love how I have a travel sized bottle now! I wonder if this was included as an intro to consumers because they are finally selling the smaller bottles of this now? Whatever the reason, I am happy to have received this. 

 

Topbox January 2017 - Garnier Micellar Water

 

As I mentioned before, I also got a $10 Beauty Surprise. I received the DDM Liquid Lipstick in the shade Rich Bitch ($12.00 CAD). I have never heard of DDM before so I’m not sure as to the quality of their products. This liquid lipstick is not exactly a high value item but on the bright side, at least I received a colour I can actually wear. Rich Bitch looks to be a reddish brown colour. The formulation is thicker and very pigmented. I haven’t truly tested this for wear yet. I have seen other people receive the black shade… of which I really would have no use for. So I guess that’s okay. I really wish it was a higher value item, ,though. This is really just a savings of around 16%. That’s not a lot.

 

Topbox January 2017 - DDM Liquid Lipstick

Topbox January 2017 - DDM Liquid Lipstick Rich Bitch

 

So there you have it! That’s all for January. Nothing overly exciting but I do love the micellar water. I’m back in limbo again. The question “Do I keep subscribing or do I try something new now?” has popped into my head the last month or two again. We’ll see how long I will continue on with this subscription. Nothing is really wowing me as of late which is unfortunate because this is a Canadian company and I really do want to keep supporting them!

I have already received my February Topbox so stay tuned for that unboxing coming soon!

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! 

ipsy august 2016

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

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Unboxing + Review: Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 – Femininity

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

I cannot believe that we are well into February already! A lot happened in January so that disappeared in a blink of the eye! January definitely flew by in a flash.

I still have some catch up to do when it comes to writing about my subscription boxes. I really wanted to write about this one sooner because it’s one of my fave subs but because January was too eventful (both good and bad) and my Macbook Pro died on me (I’m currently using the hubby’s ‘on loan’ or my desktop which isn’t quite set up for image editing as well as my Macbook was until I get a new laptop!), it had to wait.  But better late than never, right?

For those of you who ware not familiar with this subscription: Miss Blanco Joyful Box is a lifestyle box which contains five items that are a mix of deluxe or full sized beauty times,  hand-curated artisan items and lifestyle items.  It is priced at $38.00 CAD (or $28 USD) per month and comes 12 times a year.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box does offer a VIP member option in addition to the standard subscription. This is just an option – you are not required to opt into this – but for $30.00 CAD per year, you can opt into this program. Please note that you must already be a subscriber and that the cost is on top of your monthly subscription cost. BUT you get a full year of extra perks and surprises for $2.50 CAD per month.  If you do decide to join, please put my name in the field where it asks who referred you – Olivia from starpixel. I would very much appreciate it! ?

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

Now let’s get into the good stuff! January’s theme is Femininity and everything in this box screams it. Can I also say that I love the teal box that it came in? Teal is one of my fave colours. 😉 

January’s box came with four beauty items, one artisan item and two lifestyle items… that’s more than the usual five items so you’re already ahead with this one! Because I am a VIP member, I also received a bonus item AND because I participated in the Ambassador Contest, I was gifted some extra goodies as a generous thank you! So there is definitely a lot to cover here, so let’s get started!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Charmed Makeup

 

Let’s start with beauty. The first item in the beauty category is really two items! I received two makeup brushes from Charmed Makeup ($36.00 CAD). I have not heard of this brand before so this is a new one for me. The first brush is their Small All-Over Brush #58 from their Organic Collection. It is said to work with both creams and powders. The tapered head should make this a good under eye brush for concealer. They call in an “all-over” brush because you can use it your face or lips and even for applying eyeshadow. The other brush I received is their Contour Brush… though it is smaller than other contour brushes I own. This looks like it would make a great eyeshadow blending brush… and it’s so soft! Looking forward to trying both of these out.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Maybelline Baby Lips

 

The next beauty item I received was a Green Tea Makeup Remover ($14.99 CAD, 75 ml). On the product card, it says it’s a White Label Product for Miss Blanco. I have tried this and it does a good job of removing my makeup. The way I have been using it is by applying it onto a round cotton pad and then wiping off my makeup but you can also spray it on your face before wiping it off. Applying it on a cotton round is just my preferred method. It is also a no-rinse formula so that makes it super convenient! I don’t find that it leaves a residue and I really like the light scent that it has.

The final beauty item was the Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm in Coral Crave ($4.99 CAD). I have tried the regular Baby Lips lip balm before and I just wasn’t a fan. I will have to try out this medicated one, though. Maybe I will like it more because it is minty and and I am a big fan of mint lip balms! The coral colour is also very nice. Assuming this version of Baby Lips works for me, I can see putting this in my purse for every day wear whenever you need it. It is quite handy for the dry winter months!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

Moving onto the artisan item, this month I received a digital download of this cute Deer Head Art Print ($6.66 CAD). I have been on a huge deer kick as of late – you will see more of that in my next favourites post – so I thought this was great! Love the colours, as well! It will definitely give a dull room a pop of colour!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

I received two lifestyle items. The first one is this gorgeous pair of Lace Boot Cuffs ($14.99 CAD). I’ve been wearing boot cuffs a lot this winter but all of mine are of the knit variety so this is a nice change. I love the flower and pearl detailing. This will be perfect for spring! 

The last item in the box was a Tassel Hair Accessory in dark royal blue ($7.00 CAD). I use hair ties a lot so this will come in very useful. The tassel adds a little something to your everyday ponytail and it also looks cute when you are wearing it on your wrist. Sometimes I also clip hair ties onto my purse so this one can also add a little decor to my bag!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

That pretty much covers January’s box contents but because I am a VIP member, I received a bonus item. The bonus item I received is a Blush Pan in the shade Cheeky Luscious ($9.99 CAD). In the pan it looks super bright! Not really something I would choose for myself but perhaps I will give it a go. At 3.5 grams, it’s a good sized blush and it just comes as a pan so you can add it to your magnetic palettes.

The final value of my January box was $94.62 CAD. That’s a pretty good haul! Other than the blush, everything will be put to good use! But that is not all!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

There’s still more to cover because I participated in the Ambassador Contest. When I saw my thank you goodies, I felt so, so spoiled! First, I received this lovely thank you card. That was so sweet of Yoanella! These extra goodies made me feel like I was doing a bonus unboxing because I received five additional items! Let’s take a peek.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - elf cosmetics

 

I received two items from elf cosmetics which is great because I have always wanted to try more from this brand. The first one is elf’s Shimmering Facial Whip in Pink Lemonade ($1.00 USD, 9 ml). This is a liquid highlighter that you can use, not only on your cheeks, but on your eyes or lips, as well. I love how this product is multi-purpose! I haven’t tried many liquid highlighters so I’m glad I got this. The other elf product I received was a 24 pack of elf’s Nail Polish Remover Pads (price unknown, 24 count). I am about to run out of the ones that I have so this was perfect timing! This has a citrus scent and I love nail polish remover pads cause they are super easy to use and having them in this little container will make it so handy and convenient. Great for travel, too! I hope they work well.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - darphin paris

 

Another item I received was a sample of the Darphin Paris Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum ($17.50 CAD, 5 ml). I don’t get very much redness in my face.. just a little bit around my nose. Great high value sample, though!

I’m super happy about the next three because I have always wanted to try this brand out but haven’t had a chance to yet. I have heard many good things about Laneige so I was so happy to receive these! 

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Laneige

 

The first item is the Laneige Multi Cleanser Multi-Action Makeup Remover and Exfoliator ($4.83 CAD, 1 oz). I haven’t tried it yet because I have a couple of open cleansers right now but I smelled it and it smells so nice! Light and not overpowering. Reviews online show this as a cleanser that cleanses all your makeup easily and makes your skin softer and brighter. I cannot wait to try it! 

I also received the Laneige Good Night Kit ($8.00 CAD) that contains two deluxe samples: the Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask (20 ml) and the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (15 ml). I’ve gotta say, the Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask smells just like Strawberry Pocky! No lie! I love that! This product says that it supports firmness so that’s prefect for me right now as I am looking for products to help with that. I’m excited to try the Water Sleeping Mask, too. I have never tried a sleeping mask before so this will be the first. Great for hydration so I’m all over it! My skin isn’t overly dry this winter but I like to keep my skin hydrated because it looks healthier. So excited to try these, as well!

And that, my friends, is it for January! I hope you had fun reading this as much as I did writing it! It was definitely much longer than my usual unboxings but there were just so many things to go through. I couldn’t help it! 

I hope you all had a great weekend and a fab week to come! 

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.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box - january 2017

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Unboxing + Review: Rexall Topbox December 2016

topbox december 2016

The month of December was a bit puzzling when it came to Topbox – I had requested a Regular Topbox but I received a Rexall Topbox instead! That was very unexpected but a fun surprise nonetheless! 

As you can see, the products come in a nifty Rexall tube. And of course, the products featured in this box are from brands that are sold at Rexall. It only makes sense!

For those of you who are not familiar with Topbox, it is a Canadian beauty box subscription. Topbox sends subscribers a monthly survey that also gives you a choice between a Regular Topbox that contains a surprise mix of four deluxe sized samples or full sized products or you can “wish” for a Prive box for the next month. And sometimes – like this month – Topbox collaborates with stores like Rexall to provide a curated box to some subscribers. Prive boxes typically contain products from one brand and can include one or more items. Always read the Prive box descriptions when you are filling out your wish list! Regardless whether you wish for a Prive box or stick a Regular one, it costs $12 + taxes and shipping is free. If you are interested in subscribing, I would appreciate it if you use my link here.

Now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s take a look at what I received in my Rexall Topbox! Scroll down to see pictures of each product.

  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($3.10 CAD, 30 g) – I don’t often use dry shampoo but it doesn’t hurt to keep some on hand, just in case! I tend to use dry shampoos more in the summer when I am camping. This one from Klorane worked well when I tried it and I do like the smell. I really like how this is available at the drugstore and is very cost effective (a full sized dry shampoo will set you back $15.50 CAD) compared to similar products.
  • NeoStrata All-in-One Cleansing Milk ($2.75 CAD, 25 ml) – This product is unique. I have never seen a no-rinse cleansing milk before! (Am I just sheltered?) You just put this on a cotton pad and then wipe your makeup off with it. Easy! I will be giving this a try. I have never tried NeoStrata products before and this one has me intrigued!
  • La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Balm ($8.99 CAD, 7.5 ml) – This one is a full sized product! That’s always a plus. 🙂 This is coming at the right time for me, too. This looks to be a very moissturizing lip balm. This is perfect for me because it has been an extremely dry winter here in Alberta and my lips are a lot drier than usual. I haven’t tried this one yet but I will keep it on hand for when I finish one of the lip balms that are already in rotation.
  • Studio Makeup Soft Blend Eyeshadow in Jungle Green ($14.00 CAD, 2 g) – Lasts but not least, is a makeup item! I have heard good things about Studio Makeup eyeshadows but unfortunately this is not really my colour. Because of that (and because of my attempt at limiting the amount of makeup products that I have) I will be passing on this one and passing it on to someone who will appreciate it more!

So there you have it. My surprise Rexall Topbox was not too bad…. not great but not bad. The total value of my box came to $28.84 CAD. That is okay, I suppose, but I have seen higher value boxes in the past. Still,it was over the cost of the box itself and I will likely use three out of the four products that I received so that is still a plus.

Oh wait, that’s not all! I also received a couple of coupons that I can use at Rexall! They’re pretty good, if you ask me. They also included product information for NeoStrata and Klorane. The coupons I received are:

  • Save $10 when you spend over $50 on almost anything in-store. (Valid between December 10, 2016 to February 8, 2017)
  • One Free Kotex product (not to exceed $4.00)
  • $5 off your next La Roche-Posay purchase of $25 or more

Do you subscribe to Topbox? What did you think of December’s box? 

Hope you all had a great weekend and an awesome week to come!

ipsy august 2016

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

 

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Review: Nivea Must Haves – ChickAdvisor

chickadvisor nivea must haves

 

I have heard of the Nivea brand for as long as I can remember! I remember my Mom used to buy the classic Nivea Creme when I was little. It is a tried and true brand that has been around and has lasting power. Personally, I have not used many Nivea products yet… but we are about to change that!

I recently had the opportunity to try out a handful of Nivea products through ChickAdvisor’s Product Review Club. Five Nivea products were included in the Nivea Must Haves Campaign and I was excited to try each and every one!

The first product I tried when I received this package in the mail were the Nivea Creme Care Facial Cleansing Wipes. I figured, it was the end of the day and it was time to remove my makeup so, why not?

 

chickadvisor nivea must haves

 

This is a brand new product to the Nivea product line. Each cloth has the signature Nivea Creme scent! The cleansing cloth is very, very soft and gentle on your skin. It’s not at all abrasive. It does remove most of my makeup, however, I still felt the need to cleanse my face to get a more thorough cleansing after using the cleansing wipes. Leading me to what I tried next…

The Nivea Creme Care All-in-One Facial Cleansing Lotion was the perfect “next step” in my night time skincare routine. How convenient! This is also a brand new product and it is said to have “skin- friendly ingredients” that “cleanses face and eyes thoroughly while protecting skin’s natural moisture balance.” That sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Now that the weather is getting colder and the skin is getting drier here in Alberta, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered!

 

chickadvisor nivea must haves

 

When I squeezed some of the cleansing lotion onto my hand, I noticed right away that it also had the signature scent of Nivea Creme. (I’m sensing a trend here!) Application  was smooth and it does feel like a lotion on my skin. This concerned me at first because I wasn’t sure if it would rinse off easily but I was wrong. I was rinsed it off with ease and my face felt very soft. As if I already had a moisturizer on. I was pretty happy with it.

The next product is a classic. The Nivea Creme is the original moisturizer that kick started everything! You can use it on your body, face or hands and it comes in numerous sizes (400 ml, 250 ml, 150 ml). It’s a very rich and thick moisturizing cream so it’s awesome for dry skin. I like how small this tin is. I will be adding this to the makeup bag that I keep in my purse for those moments when I need a hand cream.

 

chickadvisor nivea must haves

 

So what’s next? Oh yes, the Nivea Protect & Care Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant. I am usually a fan of gel anti-perspirants but this solid is pretty good! It has a nice, light scent and it works great as an everyday anti-perspirant. It is still effective even when I’m working out AFTER work… roughtly 10 hours after I first apply this after my shower in the morning! So I really can’t complain.

 

chickadvisor nivea must haves

 

And I have saved the best for last! Honestly, this product is the biggest surprise to me. As you may already know, I’m a big lip balm junkie! I keep one in my purse, my makeup vanity, my nightstand… all the important places where I may need a lip balm! So when I received the Nivea Essential Lip Balm, I was intrigued. I’ve seen this product in stores but I never had the urge to try it. Now that I have, all I have to say is – what took me so long??? I love this lip balm! It’s super hydrating! A great addition to my lip balm collection just in time for winter! To be perfectly honest, this lip balm has not left my purse since I first put it in there for “testing purposes” the day I received my package from ChickAdvisor. I use it every single day. LOVE!

 

chickadvisor nivea must haves

 

Overall, I was just so impressed with the Nivea Must Haves! ChickAdvisor doesn’t fail me when they send me these awesome boxes to try and I am just so thankful for the opportunity. 🙂

Have you tried any of these Nivea Must Haves? What’s your fave product? Or if you haven’t tried anything yet, what are you looking forward to trying?

’till next time, friends!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: The products mentioned were sent to me by ChickAdvisor and Nivea for free in exchange for my honest opinion. A blog post was not required but I thought these products were great so I wanted to share with my readers. ?

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